Chapter 12: The Beta Lieutenant Colonel Who Died For His Country (12)
Translated by: Niladri
Edited by: celes
The planet of Atlantis was similar to the blue planet of humans, the vast ocean surrounding a few continents. This planet, for the human beings who had just left their mother planet, brought peace and tranquility that no other place could provide. Today, all buildings on Atlantis were protected by federal law and could not be dismantled secretly.
Therefore, Lu Heng’s secret base was still standing erect on the same position on the coast as it had been many years ago. Listening to the sound of the waves hitting the stone wall, Lu Heng slowly walked up along the long spiral staircase. The iron gate leading to the top of the roof had rusted, and it made a harsh sound when pushed away. Even so, the ramrod back that appeared in front of Lu Heng had not changed.
Lu Heng walked over and sat down beside Xiu Yi Te.
Xiu Yi Te’s jacket was carelessly laid aside. He only wore a black training vest, showing strong muscle lines. His whole person was like a strong black panther, but now the big cat felt a bit languid. The hot and humid sea breeze blew Xiu Yi Te’s red hair into a disheveled mess, and he was too lazy to take care of it. He continued to gaze into the distance silently.
Xiu Yi Te suddenly saw a cold face. He turned his head and saw a familiar bottle between Lu Heng’s slender fingers. It was the wine they had often drunk when they were young. Xiu Yi Te took the bottle, and the two remained silent. They just sipped the wine quietly until it bottomed out.
“Those bastards at Military Headquarters!” Xiu Yi Te raised his head, drank the last bit of wine and finally spoke.
Lu Heng just glanced at him and kept staring at him without a sound.
“Without any support, Thunder Gale is supposed to carry out the task of assassinating the Queen alone. Oh…” Xiu Yi Te laughed mockingly. “In their eyes, nothing compares to that [Marshal] position. Such a good opportunity is actually being used as a bargaining chip in their struggles!”
“So?” Lu Heng asked.
Xiu Yi Te was stunned.
Lu Heng raised his mouth and revealed a faintly smiling expression: “So you have no confidence?”
“How’s that possible! Even if it’s only Thunder Gale, this task is no problem!” This wasn’t arrogance. Although Xiu Yi Te’s brain was somewhat muddled due to the alcohol, regarding the strength of Thunder Gale, it has always been clear to him. Without the support of the rest of the legions, at most, it made the task more difficult.
“Then why are you so depressed? We are not going to ask others to understand. As long as we do not forget our original purpose, it’s enough.”
Xiu Yi Te looked at Lu Heng. In Xiu Yi Te’s eyes, those eyes have always appeared to be an ancient well, but now they were like a river of stars. Xiu Yi Te was attracted by the beautiful light, and it was as if everything around him ceased to exist. Even the perpetual sound of the waves that displayed its sense of existence disappeared as well. Xiu Yi Te could only hear the sound of his heartbeat, only seeing Lu Heng’s beautiful eyes. He slowly collected himself and was drawn to that starry brilliance. As they got closer and closer, he couldn’t help but hold his breath, and just when he was about to touch them, he was blocked by something.
At this moment, Xiu Yi Te wanted to destroy the thing that blocked him. However, his remaining reason made him snap out of it, and then Xiu Yi Te saw Lu Heng’s palm against his forehead; his face was incomprehensible.
The atmosphere was very silent for a moment, and Lu Heng regained his usual expressionless expression: “What do you want to do?”
The face of Xiu Yi Te flushed red in a flash: “You, there is a leaf on your face…”
Lu Heng’s eyes made Xiu Yi Te feel that he was an idiot. Sure enough, the next thing that Xiu Yi Te heard made him want to dig a hole and bury himself.
Lu Heng said: “There is no vegetation within one kilometer.”
The night was deep, and the faraway galaxy, under the curtain of night, appeared dazzling. The hot and humid sea breeze gently stroked them. Lu Heng bent his left leg, his right hand on the ground, a rare relaxed pose, quietly watching the waves under the night. Suddenly, he felt his right leg sink. Lu Heng looked down and saw that Xiu Yi Te was lying on his lap.
Perhaps Lu Heng’s expressionless stare was too lethal. Xiu Yi Te leaned over and hugged his waist: “The potency of this wine is too strong; I’m a little dizzy. Let me rest a while.”
Lu Heng stunned and decided to be too lazy to care about a drunkard, whether it was true or not, whether he was as drunk as he claimed.
Xiu Yi Te held Lu Heng’s thin waist and smacked his mouth at the angle he could not see, feeling that his ears were starting to get hot again.
“Now speak, what’s going on?” The two moons of Atlantis had already gone halfway into the sky. The breaths of Xiu Yi Te were very steady, but Lu Heng knew that he was awake.
“The First Research Institute’s analysis report came out. The Queen is evolving. The report was sent out seven days ago. It took the military five days to discuss it, and the shit resolution that came out is that Thunder Gale would perform the Queen’s assassination mission with absolutely no reinforcement.” Xiu Yi Te spoke with a smile of derision. “You can’t say that there’s no reinforcement. The interspace television station’s going to reinforce us with twenty fully automatic live-broadcasting machines!”
“I don’t know which idiot came up with it, saying that this mission has a great impact. In order to respect the citizens’ right to know, the whole process of the task execution must be broadcast live.” Xiu Yi Te was also irritated and scratched his head. “What’s even more stupid is that the top of the military actually voted in favour of it.”
After learning the news, Xiu Yi Te immediately sent a message to the top of the military to revoke the order but nothing changed. The Queen’s evolution was such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, even if it was dangerous, Xiu Yi Te and Thunder Gale would not miss such an opportunity. Perhaps the top of the Military Department wanted to take advantage of this, only to bite then to death by refusing to give a little reinforcement. As for the live broadcast, the military explained that the news of the Queen’s evolution, was somehow leaked out and was raging on the entire Star Network, resulting in being forced by public opinion pressure, to open a live broadcast.
The intentions of the tops of the military are actually obvious. Without reinforcements, the only choice for Xiu Yi Te was to have the elite members of Thunder Gale use the No. 1 agent to go through the wormhole to perform the task. The consequences of using No. 1 agent was almost foreseeable, and no matter whether it was successful or not, for the person performing the task, it was only a dead end.
In this case, although it was for the task, the inside of Thunder Gale would inevitably produce dissent and the prestige of Xiu Yi Te would also be reduced. Then they would find ways to gradually split and swallow Thunder Gale, and add this formidable strength to their own armies.
“The safety of thousands of border stars cannot compare to their power struggles apparently. But from another angle, is this also a testament to our strength?” Xiu Yi Te was actually consoling himself.
“This is the result of not attending “General History of Mankind” when you were in the military academy.” Lu Heng came up with a sentence that sounded unrelated.
However, Xiu Yi Te quickly understood what he meant: “Yeah, if I had listened to the class with you, maybe I wouldn’t have been so idealistic.”
The struggle for power permeated throughout the development of human civilization. Whether it was peace or war, intrigue for the sake of one’s own interests has always been the unchanging primary aspect.
“However, if you didn’t have such a heart, Thunder Gale would not have been the utopia for all outstanding soldiers.”
Xiu Yi Te looked at Lu Heng under the starlight. Perhaps because of all that drinking, his cheeks were a little flushed, accompanied by his soft and low voice, and even the wind around him became a little gentle, and Xiu Yi Te’s chaotic mood became tranquil at this moment.
A huge projection suddenly appeared in the sky above the port and began to play a nostalgic movie, “Escape from the Blue Planet.” The blue planet was once the mother planet of all human beings. After being discovered by the Zerg, the human beings who were still backward in science and technology were not able to resist the Zerg army. Human beings were forced to give up their homes and evolved in the process of fleeing. At that time, an army of evolved humans accidentally discovered the queen of evolution. They were desperate to assassinate the queen at the expense of their lives, in exchange for two hundred years of human rejuvenation.
“Hey? This is the weekly open-air movie. The last time we watched a movie together here was twenty years ago.” Xiu Yi Te showed a look of nostalgia.
Lu Heng didn’t answer his words but quietly admired the magnificent epic. Xiu Yi Te looked at his concentrated side profile and relaxed his mood, immersed in the plot. A detail in the movie suddenly brought inspiration to Xiu Yi Te.
“Reiner, I have a bold idea. The Queen’s control over the spiritual network is weakest in the final stage of evolution.” The more he said, the more he felt the plan was feasible.
Lu Heng nodded to him to continue.
“We can imitate the psychic signals of the Queen, send orders to all the guardians to leave the nest to explore, and then wait for the opportunity to sneak in to assassinate the Queen.”
“This plan is feasible.” Lu Heng immediately turned on the light brain and began to simulate the execution of the task.
Xiu Yi Te quietly looked at Lu Heng’s serious look. Between them, he was the one who always put forward an idea. The details of the specific implementation were all considered by Lu Heng. As long as Lu Heng was there, an idea full of arrogance could also be implemented successfully.
“According to your idea, after calculations, to assassinate the Queen and successfully retreat, the minimum number of people needed to perform the task can be reduced to two.” After a long time, Lu Heng looked up and made two slender fingers in the air.
Xiu Yi Te excitedly grabbed Lu Heng’s extended hand: “Sure enough, as long as you’re here, nothing’s impossible!”
Lu Heng’s plan was to cross the wormhole again with him and Xiu Yi Te, simulate the psychic signals of the Zergs, and approach the Queen’s lair. Waiting for it to reach the final stage of evolution when its control of the spiritual network was the weakest, he would then simulate the Queen’s psychic signals to control all the Guardian Zergs to leave the nest, and Xiu Yi Te would be responsible for entering the nest to assassinate the Queen.
Once the Queen was killed, the Guardians would certainly be alerted, so there must be a person who would have to simulate the Queen’s psychic signals throughout the journey so those who entered the nest could evacuate smoothly. The task of the other members of Thunder Gale was to defend the other end of the wormhole and prevent the Guardians who were baited into leaving the nest from entering the territory of the Human Alliance through the wormhole. After all, the other end of the wormhole was not far from several residential planets. If the Zergs were allowed to enter, the consequences were unimaginable.
The plan to assassinate the Queen was finalized.
T/N: Next chapter: b**tching and whining of Carlo… so I will try to upload 2 chapters together. Since college has opened, release will be late.