When Luo Wencheng came, Lu Chong was already waiting on the balcony. The balcony was enclosed in glass and comfortably warmed by the air conditioner.
After a couple of drinks, Lu Chong was called out, so Luo Wencheng took the opportunity to install three cameras in his room, and when Lu Chong came back he pretended that nothing had happened. In fact, the two men knew everything when they looked at each other.
Luo Wencheng got up to say goodbye, but Lu Chong suddenly took his hand: “Stay tonight.”
Luo Wencheng froze for a moment and said in a panicked, shy tone, “What are you talking about?”
But with his back to the camera he gave Lu Chong a quiet glare; the man knew there were cameras in the room!
Lu Chong laughed, stroking his head, “Just sleep with me, I haven’t had a good night’s sleep these days looking for you, shouldn’t you make it up to me?”
He gently hooked his fingers. It was too difficult and risky for them to have private communication at other times, but if they were under the covers it was as good as under the blanket in the car. No camera could capture what they were doing.
Luo Wencheng lowered his head sheepishly, “Okay.”
Lu Chong went to take a shower and came out. The two of them lay down on the bed and turned off the light.
Lu Chong held Luo Wencheng in his arms, and the void in his heart seemed to be filled all at once. He wanted to ask Luo Wencheng about the past, but now he couldn’t mention anything.
He glanced at the stud in Luo Wencheng’s left ear in the darkness and smiled a little, then asked about Luo Wencheng’s future plans. Luo Wencheng said he was going back to school. As they talked, Lu Chong slipped an earplug into Luo Wencheng’s right ear.
Luo Wencheng listened to the words Lu Chong had recorded in the earplug in advance.
Lu Chong now had two plans; one was to investigate Professor Delang himself and everything behind him, and the other was to increase Luo Wencheng’s value.
The other side was only ordering him to do surveillance now, but if what he spied on was so important that the other side needed him to do more, they were bound to be unwilling to abandon him easily. On the one hand, it would buy them more time, and on the other hand, Professor Delang might contact Luo Wencheng more frequently, whether by phone or by sending people to contact him. The more contacts there were, the more entry points there would be for their side to investigate.
Lu Chong was prepared to work on both fronts at the same time, but a sudden move on their side would look suspicious. That was why Lu Chong arranged an assassination attempt on himself so that he would have a reason to make some big noise.
After listening, Luo Wencheng took out the earplug, took Lu Chong’s hand under the quilt and wrote quietly: This isn’t dangerous, is it?
What he asked about was the assassination attempt. Lu Chong didn’t tell him that for it to look realistic he was really looking for a professional killer to try to kill him. He just said that everything was arranged by him and there would be no danger. It was just that Luo Wencheng should not leave the villa during this time.
The two of them had two sets of exchanges in public and in private, which was very labour-consuming and exhausting, and they felt tired after a while. Lu Chong really hadn’t slept well for months, and Luo Wencheng, in Professor Delang’s hands, had to pretend every day and was also very tired. The two soon hugged each other and fell asleep.
Luo Wencheng was hugged, but there were no waves in his heart and there was no change in his heart rate. He slept peacefully until dawn.
A few days later, Lu Chong was ambushed while he was out. He suffered a gunshot wound and was furious. Coupled with the last car accident, he was so angry that he used all his manpower to investigate and decided to go back to Beijing.
What he said to Luo Wencheng was that Haining was no longer safe after two consecutive attacks within a few months, and he had to return to Beijing to do some work.
“That can’t be helped. It’s a pity I still want to go to school,” Luo Wencheng said regretfully.
Lu Chong nudged his nose, “Don’t go to school. I’ll get you a big studio if you want to paint, and you can help me do other things. After these two incidents, I suspect there are spies around. Now ah, the only person I can trust is you.”
He looked like a dim-witted ruler, but in a few words he actually gave Luo Wencheng an extremely important identity. Luo Wencheng looked at him with a touched expression, laughing in his heart. The man was adding more and more small details to the script.
That night, Luo Wencheng finally received his first phone call from Professor Delang, in which he was told to follow Lu Chong to Beijing.
Luo Wencheng said, “Yes, but I heard that the Lu family’s main residence is very heavily guarded. Those cameras might not be able to be installed, and what I have on me, I might not be able to bring in either.”
“The one in your earring will definitely not be detected. Destroy the rest. Someone will contact you when you get to Beijing. Do whatever Lu Chong tells you to do and don’t get suspected.” Professor Delang ordered him; he seemed to be receiving instructions as he spoke.
Luo Wencheng hung up the phone and thought to himself: as Lu Chong expected, this was going to be a big game.
However, when he arrived in Beijing, the person who was supposed to contact him did not show up even half a month later, when Lu Chong ostentatiously stuffed something into his hand.
“What is this?” Luo Wencheng looked at the chip in a transparent box.
“Deep sea excavation technology, an amends gift from Chen Jingqiu to me,” Lu Chong said.
“Chen Jingqiu, the head of the Chen family?”
Lu Chong pinched his face: “Smart. This guy’s ambitions are higher than the sky but his guts are smaller than a mouse’s. At the beginning, his eldest son and his brother-in-law ambushed me and almost blinded me. He was worried that I would settle the score with him and immediately got his brother-in-law killed to make amends for me. Then he turned around and stirred up trouble behind the scenes. That car accident in Haining was done by his men with his connivance. The post on the campus forum against you was also related to him. I told him today that he could either apologise to me, or I would bet most of my fortune to destroy the Chen family, send a car to hit him every day and find a killer to kill him, and he gave in.”
“So this is what he’s offering you as an amends gift? Just one technology?” Luo Wencheng asked.
“Baby, do you know how important deep sea excavation technology is?” Lu Chong said, “There are countless mineral resources in the deep sea but they can’t be mined because of technical reasons. The Chen family has been researching this technology for over ten years. Although it’s not mature enough, what’s in this chip is definitely a global leading technology.”
Luo Wencheng: “Is that so? Then what are you going to do with this thing? Find someone to continue the research?”
“No, I’m going to take it and give it away.”
“Give it away?”
“My previous actions in Haining were too conspicuous and made some people at the top look at me badly, so it’s just the right time to use this to go and make amends.”
“Is the dignified Lu Jiuye also afraid?”
“Of course there are times when I’m afraid. I’m still afraid every day that you’re not happy.” Lu Chong said in a flirtatious tone, “You will go with me tomorrow, I’ll introduce you to some people. By the way, that place is rather strict, no communication tools are allowed.”
“Understood,” Luo Wencheng said as he and Lu Chong looked at each other. There was no need for words to communicate what they meant.
After returning to his room, Luo Wencheng waited for a short time before a phone call came, still from the same long-unheard-from Professor Delang.
He was asked to pass on the contents of the chip to Professor Delang immediately.
Luo Wencheng looked at the chip and thought to himself, to draw out this old fox, some investment was definitely needed.
He turned on his computer, transferred the stuff over and asked if he was still going to follow Lu Chong to that very strict place tomorrow.
“Of course you go!” Professor Delang got the information and was clearly in a happy mood, “Luo, you’re fantastic! Keep it up! I’m not sure how high the level of security at your national level is. Just in case, take the earring off tomorrow and report back to me when you get back.”
“Yes.” Luo Wencheng turned off his computer, took off the earring straight away and locked it in a drawer, and went out to see that Lu Chong was indeed waiting outside the door.
His gaze first fell on Luo Wencheng’s left ear, “Took it off now?”
“I’m supposed to take it off tomorrow, but it’s not that far off. He’s too busy with the data I’ve passed him to keep an eye on me,” Luo Wencheng said indifferently.
“That’s too risky.” Lu Chong reached out and rubbed his earlobe, then took him into his arms and said with a sigh, “But it’s great that we’ve finally made a step forward.”
It was not just a step, it was the biggest step of all.
Luo Wencheng let Lu Chong hold him, not breaking away or returning the hug, “You went to a lot of trouble for this, didn’t you? Is that information real?”
“The information is real, but I asked a professional to modify it on the chip. This thing was not perfected in the first place, modifying some of it won’t be discovered and it’s enough for them to take a long detour.” Lu Chong straightened up and lovingly touched Luo Wencheng’s face, “When they don’t contact you, I’m worried to death. If this doesn’t attract their attention, I don’t know what else to do. Look, my hair is falling out from worry.”
These days, in order to act, to show that Luo Wencheng was the most important person in his heart, Lu Chong had said a lot of intimate words, even flirtatious words, and now these coquettish words were coming out of his mouth.
But when Luo Wencheng saw the hairy head lowered in front of him, his expression didn’t waver, and inwardly he didn’t want to laugh.
But the man in front of him didn’t seem to realise this. He didn’t care if he didn’t get any rewarding words. He looked up at Luo Wencheng, his eyes calm again. One arm gently wrapped around Luo Wencheng’s waist as he slowly lowered his head…
Although Lu Chong was showing intimacy these days, he had not done anything substantial. As an old-fashioned man with a conservative heart, he must have minded doing this kind of thing under surveillance.
Luo Wencheng looked at Lu Chong’s face getting closer and closer, and thought faintly in his heart, such a pity, if he had done this back then, he would have definitely cooperated happily, but now…
He raised a hand, pressed it to the older man’s shoulder and pushed him back.
Lu Chong looked at him, puzzled.
Luo Wencheng mentally chuckled without any emotion. Did he think it was a matter of course for the two of them to kiss?
“Since we don’t have to beat around the bush, let’s talk about the details of my current situation,” he said.
Lu Chong also remembered the business: “I’ve arranged for someone to give you a full examination.”
“That’s not necessary…” Luo Wencheng paused, “You can check. I’d also like to know what’s going on with this thing in my heart. But I have to tell you first that it shouldn’t be possible to get this thing removed. Because without this thing, I would have been dead a long time ago.”
He leaned against the wall with his arms crossed, saying blandly as if he was talking about someone else, “That so-called professor has the remote control that can stop this little apparatus or something. I just need to get that remote control and make sure there’s no second one in someone else’s hands.”
“So that’s the only way you’ll have to live on in the future?”
“That seems about right.”
Lu Chong didn’t speak again for a moment, just looking at him.
Luo Wencheng waited for a while, “What are you looking at?”
“Is it because you saved me?” Lu Chong touched his face and whispered, “Last time you saved me, you disappeared straight away for more than ten years. This time you were originally going to disappear too, but you happened to meet those people. Is that right?”
Luo Wencheng said subconsciously, “Not exactly like that, last time it was…”
He suddenly paused and looked at Lu Chong: “You…”
“Back then you said your name was Bug, but I actually misheard you, you said not Chongchong, you said Chengcheng, right?” Lu Chong stared hard into Luo Wencheng’s eyes, “At that time, it was also you, wasn’t it?”