Chapter 90 – I’m guessing he will not marry you
After a simple visit, we didn’t enter the school.
Lu Shifeng said to Jian Luo, “Don’t go to crowded places.”
Jian Luo asked with a soulful inquiry, “Why?”
“To avoid trouble,” Lu Shifeng stood by Jian Luo’s side. “It will be easier for you to adapt to the environment once you return.”
Jian Luo felt dizzy and didn’t understand much. In the end, he only grasped the phrase about adapting to the environment. The rest didn’t really faze him. Well, that part about adapting did shake him. Recalling the hardships of morning sickness, he instantly became obedient.
The leader said, “Basically, our entire city is like this.”
Jian Luo looked at the empty spaces. “Aren’t these areas being utilized?”
After all, the protective shield wasn’t that large. If these spaces were left empty, it would indeed be wasteful, wouldn’t it?
The leader explained, “These areas are reserved as artillery positions for defense against external enemies. The forest over there is not very safe, and during winter, there may be wild beast attacks. Without proper preparation, it can be dangerous.”
Speaking of which, the leader looked at Jian Luo meaningfully, a hint of irony appearing on his dark face. “You guys probably don’t need to worry.”
Jian Luo was speechless. If you really thought about it, you couldn’t deny the leader’s words. Compared to these concerns, their lives might be better here. Not to mention that even in the Dark Star, they were considered refugees. But there, they only had to endure discrimination, not life-threatening danger.
Jian Luo furrowed his brows. “How long does winter last?”
The leader answered, “Two months.”
It was coming soon. Jian Luo sighed inwardly. Land beside him said, “Had enough sightseeing?”
“Rest for a while.” Lu Shifeng led Jian Luo to a nearby pavilion. “Don’t stand for too long.”
Jian Luo obediently sat in the pavilion. If he didn’t rest, he didn’t feel much different. But once he sat down, he felt a bit thirsty and licked his lips, struggling to endure.
Lu Shifeng said, “Do you want some water?”
Jian Luo was surprised. “You know that too?”
Lu Shifeng didn’t explain much, just took a water bottle from the storage space of his information bracelet and handed it to Jian Luo.
“You carried water with you.”
“It’s not like everyone is as empty-handed as you when they disembark from a warship.”
Jian Luo took a few sips of water and then offered it to Lu Shifeng. “Are you thirsty?”
The cup was handed to Lu Shifeng’s face. If his secretary were here right now, she would surely be astonished because Lu Shifeng’s level of fussiness was quite terrifying, not to mention using a cup that someone else had already drunk from.
But Jian Luo didn’t notice this peculiar detail at the moment and continued to hold the cup.
Lu Shifeng’s gaze fell on Jian Luo’s hand. There was a trace of scrutiny in his dark eyes. After a moment of silence, just when Jian Luo started feeling a bit strange, he raised his head. He saw Lu Shifeng coincidentally taking the cup from his hand and taking a sip of water.
Though it wasn’t a particularly ambiguous action, Lu Shifeng didn’t make any suggestive gestures. However, as Jian Luo continued watching, he suddenly felt uneasy.
“Cough…” Jian Luo lightly coughed and then turned to the leader not far away. “Actually, I have a question.”
The leader quickly said, “What is it?”
Jian Luo asked curiously, “How do you handle illnesses here? I mean, when you get sick.”
This question wasn’t out of place, and the leader relaxed a bit upon hearing it. He answered, “We have doctors. For serious illnesses, we rely on imported alien medicines. For less serious ones, we have military doctors who use our own medicines.”
Jian Luo’s eyes lit up. “Can I go and see?”
The leader nodded.
Jian Luo looked at Lu Shifeng. “Are you coming?”
Lu Shifeng furrowed his brows and looked Jian Luo up and down. “Are you sick?”
Jian Luo justified himself, “No, I just want to see if I can contribute to medical care.”
Lu Shifeng’s blood-red eyes quietly stared at Jian Luo, making him feel somewhat embarrassed.
“What do you mean?” Jian Luo became irritated.
Lu Shifeng withdrew his gaze and calmly said, “Your courage is commendable.”
You arrogant dog! Just wait!
Accompanied by the leader, Jian Luo visited the doctor in the city. He roughly understood the local procedures. Their indigenous medicines were made from herbs, and although Earth’s herbs had gone through thousands of years, their medicinal properties hadn’t changed. The so-called imported alien medicines were probably nutrient solutions.
Jian Luo contemplated for a while. “What’s the likelihood of getting sick here?”
The doctor, aware that he was dealing with an important guest, responded politely, “Fifty percent. During bad weather, people may experience headaches and fever, but it usually occurs in children. Adults here generally don’t get sick easily.”
Jian Luo nodded as if he understood.
If he thought about it his way, the birth rate and disease rate here had probably gone through natural selection.
After touring the place, Jian Luo’s mind was filled with various plans. If they really entrusted Earth to him, how could he maximize their benefits with his existing abilities? If they had to, they would definitely need to take a commercial route. He kept looking for the location of the food factory. Now, if he looked at it, establishing the food factory here within the protected area would be a good idea.
But there were also significant issues. The average education level here was quite low, and with the constant threat of wild beast attacks, establishing a food factory seemed too risky.
Thinking about this, Jian Luo sat down in a chair and asked the doctor, “If wild beasts attack during the winter here, how serious is the situation?”
The doctor put down his pen and replied, “In general, during the winter, hungry wild beasts become more aggressive. Our leader led us to excavate an underground city some years ago, and all our food reserves are stored there. We stop hunting during the winter, and some continue to produce energy stones to maintain the protective shield.”
Jian Luo asked, “Are there casualties?”
“Definitely,” the doctor nodded. “The mines where we produce energy stones are hot and enclosed. Normally, wild beasts don’t dare to approach, so the number of deaths is not too high.”
Jian Luo pondered.
So, the biggest problems now were solving two things. First, the issue of Earth’s magnetic field. If they didn’t need energy stones to maintain it directly, it would save a lot of effort and resources. Second, dealing with these mutants. Even if they wanted to build a factory, they needed to ensure the cleanliness and safety of the food.
The doctor said, “Mr. Jian, if you don’t mind me being forward, I’d like to ask a question.”
Jian Luo snapped back to attention. “Go ahead.”
“What’s your relationship with that marshal?” The doctor pushed up his glasses and quickly added, “I don’t mean to be intrusive, but I couldn’t help but wonder since you two seem… close.”
Jian Luo paused and didn’t answer immediately. Instead, he asked, “What do you think?”
This question stumped the doctor. However, seeing that Jian Luo was straightforward and not concealing anything, he said honestly, “You’re pregnant, I assume? You’re carrying his child?”
Jian Luo raised an eyebrow.
“But you two probably aren’t married, right?” The doctor smiled and added, “I guess the Dark Star doesn’t marry people like you, especially someone of his high status.”
Jian Luo pursed his lips, sat back in the chair, and propped his chin with one hand. “You’re right.”
The doctor cleared his throat nervously.
Jian Luo didn’t feel embarrassed. He knew very well what he was and what he wasn’t. Even though he had some feelings for Lu Shifeng, it didn’t mean he had to marry someone of that caliber. They would all have to part ways eventually; there was no need to get sentimental over trivial matters.
Jian Luo looked at the doctor and noticed that he also had a wristband. “Want to become friends?”
The doctor was momentarily surprised but nodded. “Sure.”
They added each other as friends, and Jian Luo stood up. “Well, I should be going.”
“Wait!” The doctor stood up too.
Jian Luo paused and turned to look at him.
“Um, you…” The doctor hesitated and then pursed his lips, finally saying, “Will the Dark Star invade us?”
Jian Luo raised an eyebrow. Though he was not very tall compared to the Earth’s standards, he appeared quite refined here. But paradoxically, it was this unassuming appearance that seemed to exude an invisible pressure. It almost scared the doctor to the point of losing his composure.
The doctor’s heart raced with nervousness.
Jian Luo smiled wryly. “Speculation won’t do any good.”
After saying this, he left.
In the remaining few days, Jian Luo began to study the base’s layout carefully. As a member of the same species, he didn’t encounter much resistance here, and some even welcomed him warmly.
Jian Luo took many photos and collected samples of various herbs. Rushing things would not be wise; after all, the Earth was not in danger at the moment. They had enough time to plan how to utilize this planet.
Finally, the day to leave arrived.
Compared to before, this time Jian Luo had someone to see him off. Lu Shifeng lowered his head and said something to the leader, while Jian Luo explained things to Aya.
Jian Luo said, “We’ve added each other as friends. Remember to keep in touch with me.”
“If you believe me, try to persuade your husband. Cooperation with the Dark Star is beneficial and harmless. To avoid being engulfed, you must first protect yourselves and then seek external development. Rejecting everything foreign will only lead to decline.” Jian Luo patted Aya’s hand. “Tasteless resistance will only bring sorrow.”
Aya’s eyes welled up with tears. She said, “Luoluo…”
Jian Luo asked, “Yes?”
“Did you also have to compromise and sacrifice yourself?” Aya lowered her voice, her tone somewhat tearful. “You’ve suffered too much.”
Jian Luo hurriedly shook his head. “No, I didn’t.”
Aya scrutinized Jian Luo for a moment, as if trying to confirm the truth of his words. Finally, she reached into her pocket and handed something to Jian Luo. “In that case, take this. From what I’ve observed these past few days, your relationship doesn’t seem very harmonious. Take matters into your own hands.”
T/N: Hey there! There is plenty more where that came from, so stay tuned! And stay healthy! Straighten your posture, so some stretches and drink some water before continuing hehe~
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