This is a fan translation. Correct me if you think some should be corrected.
Chapter 55 (1/2)
To be precise, Lu Qiming escaped.
The laboratory has been moved to the city, and he has completed all the tasks originally agreed upon. He could have left directly, but the government is preparing for a post-war commendation meeting to boost morale, praise heroes, and recognize everyone’s efforts.
He deserves to be commended as a person who dedicated his body and risked his life to help experts develop a vaccine.
In addition, everyone is curious about his appearance and full of expectations.
The commendation meeting is scheduled for tomorrow. Lu Qiming lives in the guest house and enjoys the highest level of treatment.
However, after much thought, he decided to run away.
Carrying a few cartons of cigarettes, he sneaked out of the guest house when no one was there and took an unknown black car.
Based on the address information provided by Jiang Miao Miao during previous phone calls, he searched all the way here.
As the two sat together, destroying the plate of braised pork, he revealed his experience of running away.
Jiang Miao Miao didn’t believe it.
“The government wants to name you a hero?”
“You still don’t want to be?”
Lu Qiming nodded, with the words “high integrity” written all over his face.
Jiang Miao Miao’s face was full of disdain, and she took away the biggest piece of meat on the plate when he wasn’t paying attention.
“Did you become stupid in the laboratory? You can also use these words to deceive others, thinking I am an idiot.”
He robbed her on the way, grabbed her chopsticks, and put the meat into his mouth.
“Not sure if I am an idiot, but it’s definitely true.”
Jiang Miao Miao said firmly: “If it is true, why did you run away? Who kept saying that every man wants to be a hero? You want to live in a mansion and drive a sports car, be respected by everyone, and be embraced by beautiful women. There are Big beauties and little beauties. Yes, some are beautiful and sexy…could these be what I heard in my dream?”
Lu Qiming chuckled, pinched her chin, and kissed her.
Her whole face scrunched up in disgust because both of them had their mouths full of oil.
“Those words I said are correct, but I have woken up. The world is so big. It is not as big as my own doghouse. Big beauties and little beauties are not as good as my cavalry.”
Jiang Miao Miao pushed him away, “Who is your cavalry?”
She heard a knock on the door when she was about to punch him twice.
The two of them looked back at the door. Jiang Meimu smelled the outsider’s breath and raised his ears alertly.
“Maybe a neighbor came to borrow something.”
Jiang Miao Miao put down her chopsticks and went to open the door. Standing outside were two tall, strange men.
Before she could ask, the other person politely explained his identity.
“Are you Miss Jiang Miao Miao? Hello, we are General Xu’s assistants. He is solely responsible for the two-day commendation ceremony.”
Jiang Miao Miao was confused, “General Xu? Which General Xu?”
The other party laughed, “Are you kidding? General Xu is the most famous among the survivors.”
A face appeared in her mind, and she immediately covered her mouth in surprise.
General Xu… that’s a really big shot. He entered the State Council before the war.
Seeing that she understood, the other party continued the introduction.
“Because Mr. Lu Qiming suddenly left without saying goodbye, we were worried about his safety and found out he was here, so we came here to look. Is he here?”
Damn it, did he really escape?
Jiang Miao Miao nodded hurriedly and said yes, let them in.
Lu Qiming, who was eating meat crazily, stopped awkwardly, cleared his throat, and wiped the corners of his mouth, pretending to be calm.
The assistant smiled and said: “It seems you are recovering well.”
He asked coldly: “What are you doing here? My contract with Chen Hong has ended, and now I have freedom in life.”
“Don’t worry, we are not here to arrest you. It’s just that General Xu wants you to consider whether you can attend the commendation meeting. Because of you, we can quickly develop a vaccine and return to the city. You should be present at the commendation meeting. Otherwise, that’s too regretful.”
Jiang Miao Miao walked to the table and said:
“People have come specially to invite you, so just go. What a great opportunity.”
This is the government’s recognition of his efforts. Lu Qiming was once upset because of his disgraceful status. As long as he goes through the commendation meeting, he will be able to hold his head high no matter where he goes.
The assistant glanced at Jiang Miao Miao and remembered another thing.
“Also, General Xu hopes you can return to work and serve the country.”
“You said?” She pointed to her nose, “And me?”
“That’s right. Mr. Lu has rich combat experience and should not waste such a strong ability. You have been on the rescue team before and performed very well. Most of the work in rebuilding the city is very basic work. You two stay here. What a pity. Now, the zombies in our country have been eliminated, but other countries are still in dire straits and need our help.”
“General Xu hopes that both of you can go back, join the rescue team, and work with other outstanding soldiers to help survivors in other countries. “
No wonder they insist on calling him a hero. It turns out that they want to give him a piece of candy and make him die…
Jiang Miao Miao decisively changed her mind and said to Lu Qiming:
“I support you, don’t go.”
Lu Qiming smiled and blinked, pointing at her with his thumb.
“Did you see it? The steward of my family has spoken, so I won’t go. You guys go.”
The assistant’s mouth twitched and asked Jiang Miao Miao:
“Ms. Jiang, do you have any worries? If you are worried about being in danger, there is no need to do so. Now, the methods of dealing with zombies are very mature, and there are very few casualties. You are all the most precious warriors, and the government will provide all support. Keep you safe.”
Jiang Miao Miao shook her head.
“We waited three or four years before we were finally reunited. There must be people among the survivors who are stronger than us, have the courage to be dedicated, and want to join the rescue team. You should focus on them. As for him and me… we want to be normal. A life that a husband and wife should have.”
The assistant asked: “Are you sure you have thought clearly? If you quit now, you will be an ordinary citizen in the future. But join the rescue team and do some meritorious deeds. Your living standards after retirement will be completely different.”
At present, society is still in a state of communal consumption and does not need currency.
But when productivity increases, the population increases, and living standards return to stability, it will definitely become what it was before the end of the world.
By then, the gap between the rich and the poor, working ability, and social status will gradually become apparent, and it will never happen again that a general and a cleaner eat at the same table.
They refused the rescue team’s invitation. Most likely, their future life would consist of working hard, earning money to raise children, noisy rooms mixed with some small happiness, busy and mediocre.
But what does it matter?
Their biggest dream was to live with each other in a world where they had a house to live in, food, water, electricity, and not having to worry about being attacked by zombies.
Now that her dream is right in front of her, she would not trade it for gold and silver.
Jiang Miao Miao’s eyes were firm, and she nodded.
“I’m sure. You can go back and express our gratitude to General Xu on our behalf.”
Seeing their determination, the assistant had no choice but to go to the corridor and call his superiors.
Come back in a few minutes and say to them:
“General Xu can understand your thoughts, but Mr. Lu has stayed in the laboratory for a long time and received surgeries and drug injections. Although the latest physical examination results showed that he is very healthy, he is still worried that his body will be affected in the future. So, in two days, there will be someone dedicated to taking care of your life. If you have any questions or needs in the future, you can tell him, and he will solve it for you.”
This couldn’t be better.
Jiang Miao Miao thanked them and sent them out.
There are windows in the corridor, and the sky outside is full of stars.
Under the bright light of the street lights, children are holding the hands of their parents and jumping around for a walk.
She took a deep breath of fresh air and felt great.
However, when she turned back to the living room, a bottom plate was left for her.
Lu Qiming said plausibly, “Your skills are so good, I just can’t help it.”
Jiang Miao Miao: “…Are you full?”
He licked his lips like a well-behaved child.
She picked up the plate and said, “Wait, I’ll make you another one.”
Fortunately, I was not willing to use all the meat.
Lu Qiming responded and sat on the chair obediently. Suddenly, he remembered something and ran after her with his rice bowl in hand.
“Don’t go, don’t go, leave the gravy for me to mix with the rice.”
The braised pork sauce is sweet and fragrant but a little greasy, but for him, who has been eating a light diet for several years, the taste is just right.
Jiang Miao Miao had no choice but to leave the plate to him and go to the kitchen to cook alone.
Almost half of the food she received was used to feed three mouths in the family.
After eating, drinking, and showering, the two climbed into Jiang Miao Miao’s pitiful single bed.
The bed is 1.5*1.8. Lu Qiming wants his head to lie comfortably, so his feet have to be in the air. If you want your feet to rest comfortably, your head must be hooked.
After adjusting it for a long time to no avail, he couldn’t help but complain.
“Your bed is too small.”
Jiang Miao Miao pressed her forehead against his arm and rolled her eyes.
“Who asked you to come back without saying hello in advance? Now that the furniture stores are closed, it’s too late for me to change my bed.”
He hugged her with a smile and put his feet on her, finally feeling more comfortable.
“No need to change. This is good.”
Jiang Miao Miao also thought it was good, but the man was too heavy. Within a few minutes, half of her body went numb. She pushed him and said:
“You’re pressing me.”
Lu Qiming was a little excited when he heard the word pressing.
“I’ve also been vaccinated.”
“The CCI virus in my body has been completely eliminated.”
“Even if we live together day and night, we don’t have to worry about getting infected.”
“Really?” Jiang Miao Miao nodded, “That’s good, go to sleep.”
Lu Qiming: “…”
The man in his arms closed his eyes after finishing speaking. He was left alone in disbelief.
After holding on for a long time, he couldn’t hold it in any longer, so he poked Jiang Miaomiao’s cheeks, which were much plumper than before.
“Hey, wake up.”
She hummed drowsily, “What to do?”
“We have been separated for three years. Although we met occasionally during this period, we were always under surveillance.”
“I am healthy now and don’t have to worry about passing the virus on to you.”
Lu Qiming paused and asked, “Do you understand what I mean?”
Jiang Miao Miao: “I don’t understand.”
“…” He lay on her ear and whispered a few words quickly.
Jiang Miao Miao waved her hand like a fly.
“I can’t hear what you’re talking about. I’ve been working all day today, and I’m so tired. Go to sleep.”
After saying that, he closed his eyes again.
The long-awaited reunion night turned out to be like this. Lu Qiming was indescribably depressed but couldn’t disturb her, so he had to close his eyes with regret.
Not long after, sleepiness came over him. A hand suddenly reached into his shirt and fumbled around inside.
Lu Qiming: “What are you doing?”
Jiang Miao Miao said confidently, “Touch you.”
“Didn’t you say you were tired?”
“No matter how tired I am, I can’t neglect you.”
Lu Qiming’s sleepiness that finally appeared disappeared without a trace, and he suppressed his impulse and said:
“Then you can’t go back on your word.”
She answered him with practical actions – she kicked off the quilt and climbed on top of him.
Lu Qiming: “…so enthusiastic?”
She raised her hand to turn on the bedside lamp and lifted up his T-shirt.
But she didn’t move as expected but looked at his body carefully.
Lu Qiming was a little embarrassed and pulled the hem of his clothes down.
“What catches your eye.”
“Do not move.”
She glared at him, and he had no choice but to retract his hand, try his best to assume a calm posture, and let her watch him.
He had lost a lot of weight, and his muscles were not as strong as before.
The most frightening thing is that the body is covered with wounds left by the surgery.
She looked at his thigh. The huge wound that almost killed him was now gone.
Seeing her confused expression, Lu Qiming explained:
“I used to have CCI virus in my body, and the wounds healed quickly without leaving scars. Later, after I was injected with the vaccine, my healing ability naturally returned to the level of ordinary people.”
Jiang Miao Miao was shocked: “Then you are starting to grow old?”
Lu Qiming hadn’t thought about this issue yet. He thought about it for a while and said, “Maybe.”
“Is it like ordinary people, aging little by little? Or is it like a newly unearthed ancient corpse that suddenly oxidizes beyond recognition?”
Lu Qiming: “…You are the ancient corpse that was just unearthed.”
Is there anyone who curses like that?
He, a muscular man over 1.8 meters tall, an ancient corpse?
Jiang Miao Miao said: “Don’t worry, I’m not scolding you. I’m just worried about this issue.”
If the appearance suddenly changes from 20 something to more than 50, the visual impact is not ordinary.
She had to be mentally prepared in advance.
Lu Qiming held her hand speechlessly and put it on his face.
“Tell me, am I getting older?”
She carefully felt the skin under her hands. It was tight, smooth, and elastic and felt very good. He didn’t look like an old man at all.
Jiang Miao Miao breathed a sigh of relief, pinched his cheek, and said:
Lu Qiming became interested, “What would you do if I looked like an old man?”
“I’m probably going to die of sorrow.”
“Sad to death?”
“A man in his fifties still acts like a fool. But I got married to him. Divorce is troublesome, but I don’t have to worry about his death.”
Lu Qiming’s face darkened, “Okay, you actually want to divorce me.”
Jiang Miao Miao raised her face.
He turned over like a tiger, switched positions with her, and slapped her hard on the butt.
Jiang Miao Miao complained sadly: “Domestic violence! This is domestic violence!”
Lu Qiming pushed her hair out of the way and kissed her from the back of her neck.
The long night is long, and the spring scenery is endless.
The bed was too small. After finishing, Jiang Miao Miao remained lying on Lu Qiming and fell asleep exhausted.
At seven o’clock in the morning, the piercing ringtone of the elderly machine broke the room’s silence, and the two of them were woken up at the same time.
Lu Qiming covered his ears in pain.
“Who is so annoying that he calls you so early in the morning?”
Jiang Miao Miao grabbed the phone and took a look at it. She yawned, turned off the ringtone, and said, “It’s the alarm clock. It’s time to get up and go to work.”
Does she still want to go to work when he comes back?
Without thinking, Lu Qiming wrapped his arms around her like iron hoops.
“You’re not allowed to go.”
Jiang Miao Miao: “Are you kidding? Let go.”
“Either take a leave of absence, find someone to teach on your behalf, or resign. Anyway, you are not allowed to leave.”
“…Everyone is very busy. Who can I look for to take my place?”
“It’s just an elementary school mathematics teacher. Who can’t teach it? Or do you think those students are more important than your husband in your heart?”