Chapter 2: The Beta Lieutenant Colonel Who Died For His Country (2)
Translated by: Niladri
Edited by: celes
Just after the training was completed, the light brain on Lu Heng’s wrist suddenly rang, indicating an incoming call. He was able to recognize the caller and it seemed to be a familiar person.
After pressing the button, a holographic image of a military man appeared out of thin air. His face appeared hale and hearty, his nose was high, his eyes were profound, and his red hair was slightly messy. A few buttons at the top of his shirt were left open, revealing strong chest muscles, and the military uniform was casually draped over his shoulders. The person full of wild and seductive charm was Xiu Yi Te.
“Yo, little Nana is training. Such ruddy cheeks, reminds me of the past–”
“Lord Commander, what is the matter?” Lu Heng’s face interrupted him with a blank expression. Once Xiu Yi Te began to recall the past, he wouldn’t want to bring the conversation back to the topic in a short time.
“I think there’s plenty of time now, we can talk about the past for a bit.” Xiu Yi Te seemed stifled, like he couldn’t express himself completely…
“Lord Commander, what is the matter?” Lu Heng repeated in a cold voice.
Xiu Yi Te was just about to say something, when a soft and clear voice chimed in: “Xiu Yi Te, you would best be careful or Adjutant Reiner might hang up your call again.”
His expression was stiff for a moment, and it seemed to remind him of the scene where the communication was directly hanged last time. After a few moments, Xiu Yi Te put a cursory smile on his face. He said: “Reiner, please come to the combat command room at once, there is important intelligence.”
“Yes, I will be there soon.”
It was also amazing that these two characters of such opposing dispositions could be such close friends. Lu Heng picked up the decorative glasses on the table, let them rest on the bridge of his nose, and walked out of the cabin.
Crossing the long bridge, Lu Heng walked toward the combat command room at the front end of the starship. His back was quite straight, and every step was accurately paced. The military boots stepping on the hard floor made a very regular “squeaky” sound.
The soldiers along the way saw Lu Heng and stood up straight to give a standard military salute. Perhaps related to the character of the commander, Thunder Gale was not as strict as other legions. In the absence of a mission, the entire starship generally had a relaxed and casual atmosphere, but this was not so when Reiner appeared. With a serious and mechanical demeanor, he was always the epitome of strictness. In addition, his impeccable adherence to the rules and regulations alienated him from people. In fact, there were quite a few strange voices inside Thunder Gale [displeased with him].
A soldier who had just finished saluting Lu Heng looked at his back and disappeared around the corner. He immediately pulled his eyes up with his hands and mimicked Lu Heng’s frozen expression. His companion shook his shoulders and smiled lightly, but he didn’t dare to laugh out loud. They didn’t dare to challenge the listening ability of a 3S rank.
Here, Xiu Yi Te, who hung up the communication, sullenly slammed on the table and said to himself: “Really is more and more amusing, feel like teasing little Nana again till he blushes.”
“Xiu Yi Te, are you and Adjutant Reinar very close?” The young boy who spoke looked very delicate. Skin white and exquisite like cream, lips like petals, plus thin shoulders and a slender waist. It was the beauty of an Omega.
“Yeah, we’ve known each other since we were three. At that time, Little Nana was as cute as Little Carlo.” The more he said, the more he missed the younger Reiner. He was shy and cute, obedient and gullible; he would believe anything he said. Why was he like this now, like a pedantic old man, full of military discipline…
Even Reiner, who was a youth, was shy, albeit a bit crooked [naughty]. Xiu Yi Te sighed in his heart several times.
Carlo’s eyes widened and his rosy lips opened slightly, surprised: “Is it? I thought that Adjutant Reiner was so serious. When I first saw him, I felt as if I was watching the director.”
“How come?! When we were in the military academy, a lot of bad ideas all came from Little Nana. Those years of youth were truly full of joy.” Xiu Yi Te sat up straight and suddenly became spirited. “Did you know? During our training camp, the instructor–”
“When I was at the military academy, I often heard stories about the captain. At that time, I decided to join Thunder Gale.” Carlo interrupted Xiu Yi Te with some awkwardness.
Because his memories of past events were interrupted twice in a row, it was a little regretful for Xiu Yi Te. But he was always a little more patient with Carlo. Following Carlo’s words, Xiu Yi Te spoke of a few interesting things in the military school and made him to listen to it, Carlo’s laughter ringing unceasingly.
While the two were chatting joyfully, the door of the combat command room slipped open, and Carlo suddenly fell silent.
There was a bit of awkwardness in the air. Lu Heng, who came in, seemed to have felt nothing. He saluted Xiu Yi Te and sat on his right hand side.
“Then let’s get started.” Xiu Yi Te signaled by nodding, then pressed down the holographic projector switch.
What appeared in midair was a yellow planet. This was a neutral planet with poor resources and yellow sand, which was not owned by the Human Alliance. It was a paradise for all criminals: scammers, thieves, □□, the most wanted terrorists, and sinister murderers. This was the gold cave for star thieves. This place had no law and order. [squares might be rapists]
“According to reliable information, Ereden is now hiding in the largest city of Nabia, Frizian.” Xiu Yi Te zoomed in on the planet and positioned it in a city in the north.
“He wants to get rid of the star road map through the auction?” Lu Heng frowned.
“Bingo! Little Nana, you really have a clever mind.” Xiu Yi Te laughed inexplicably. He saw Lu Heng staring at the projection with a serious look, completely ignoring his words. He shrugged his shoulders and continued talking about business. “So we have to find him before the auction and take back the road map.”
“As a military force, we cannot openly enter Frizian publicly. Ever since last time’s matter, the parliament has given serious directives to the military headquarters,” Lu Heng said.
“This has just been discussed.” Carlo, who had been silent for a moment, suddenly spoke up. “Xiu Yi Te suggested that the three of us could secretly sneak in.”
Lu Heng, hearing that, scrunched his brows even more instead of loosening them.
This mission was the task where Carlo’s estrus will reveal his identity, and it was also the time when this friend’s and his paths would diverge. The traitor, Ereden, stole the military’s recently drawn star map. It’s said that several unexplored rare ore stars were marked, making it quite valuable. This mission was to hunt Ereden down and find the star map.
Carlo’s father had sacrificed himself while rescuing Xiu Yi Te, which led to the latter especially favoring him. But it was too irrational to bring a newcomer along on such an important task.
Carlo saw Lu Heng’s disapproval and looked at Xiu Yi Te’s eyes with a look of suffering injustice. Seeing that he did not do anything, he also took the courage to say: “Although this is my first mission, I will definitely work hard.”
Lu Heng gently tapped his finger on the table: “Commander, this task is very important, you have to carefully consider the candidates.”
Carlo suddenly stood up and widened his eyes, but his eyes stared at Xiu Yi Te: ” Xiu Yi Te, I will work very hard, please give me a chance.”
Lu Heng, with extreme perseverance resisted raising the corners of his mouth. Are they worthy of being a destined pair? Carlo, who is a second-class private, actually calls the commander by his name.
Xiu Te patted his shoulder and appeased: “Don’t worry, Carlo. Reiner, let Carlo go in the consideration of the task. We are disguised as star thieves, and as star thieves, how could we not have a beautiful Omega accompany us?”
He spread his hand: “Look at our entire team. Who else could pretend to be an Omega besides Carlo?”
“Even if it’s like this, I still think that Carlo is not suitable. He used the special recruits’ quota to enter Thunder Gale. So far, Second-Class Private Carlo has only participated in three F-level missions cleaning the battlefield and is still only at the practice stage. His ability is not high enough to participate in an A-level mission.”
When he heard Lu Heng’s words, Carlo’s face flushed, and even his eyes were a little red. He bit his lip and still said reluctantly: “I can, I will work hard.”
“Reiner, you…” Xiu Yi Te was a little troubled and rubbed his hair, as if swallowing something unpleasant. “Carlo’s school performance was very good. Giving him more practical opportunities will hasten his growth.”
“Adjutant Reiner, I, my graduating score was A+…” Carlo was nervous and stuttered.
Lu Heng heard that and pressed a point on the light brain; a translucent screen popped up. It was Carlo’s transcript. He then said: “According to the transcripts in Second-Class Private Meg’s resume, his theoretical score was S, his practical score was B, and his comprehensive score was A+. The risk rating of Frizian on the planet list is A.”
He didn’t care about Carlo’s injured look. Lu Heng also checked related information about planet Frizian. It was well organized and well-founded.
“First, is the electromagnetic storm. On someone’s first encounter, [without prior experience], the discomfort of the body will adversely affect the judgment of the brain. Secondly, Frizian is an autonomous star, the order is extremely chaotic, and almost half of the 3S-level wanted criminals are hiding there. It can be concluded that if a newcomer participates in this task, the probability of failure is above 80%.”
Looking at Lu Heng’s indifferent look and listening to the alienated tone stating official business, Xiu Yi Te was both helpless and somewhat angry. Under the two intertwining emotions, although he knew very well that what Lu Heng stated were all facts, his mouth did not think before saying: “According to military regulations, the adjutant has only the right to make a suggestion, and the decision is in the hands of the commander. The commander can make corresponding decisions based on the actual situation!”
Even before the words were finished, Xiu Yi Te felt that his tone was too harsh, and he scratched his head irritably, closing his mouth and no longer speaking.
“Obeying your orders, Sir.” Lu Heng was unaffected. He nodded and gathered a massive amount of information about the auction from the light brain. “Since the candidates have already decided, then we will discuss the details of the mission. Let us proceed.”
Seeing Lu Heng’s performance, the frustration in Xiu Yi Te’s heart grew even heavier. Following this, he was continuously absent-minded. However, the preparation of various details was the responsibility of the adjutant. Xiu Yi Te’s absence did not have any influence on Lu Heng’s work.
T/N: someone pointed out that 1st chapter was a massive info dump so I tried my best to translate another chapter as soon as I could. Ordinarily I would have given this tomorrow but… No worries. The sooner it ends, the better it will be for me :3
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Edit: Sorry… auto correct f*cked up my title…