Chapter 33: Let Me Protect You (I)
Chapter 33: Let Me Protect You (I)
Shang Ke peeked outside through the small cracks between the supply boxes. Not too far from them were six to seven figures searching their way over. The surroundings were piled with junks of all sizes. There were emptied boxes, discarded parts and some disordered trash.
Although the light was a bit dusky right now, if they ran out from the junk, they would immediately be found. But if they continued to hide in this spot, they likely still wouldn’t be able to escape their fate of being caught.
What Shang Ke needed to do right now was to make sure Feng Juan and him would not be caught before the police hurried over. Otherwise, that group of people would show no mercy at all. Although he knew martial arts, his current body was just a child. Height, power, speed and so on were all not contendable against an adult. The only he could count on was flexibility.
Watching those people becoming closer and closer, Shang Ke whispered to the child in his arms. “Stay here and don’t move. I’ll draw those people away.”
Feng Juan tightly grabbed Shang Ke’s hand. Even though he didn’t say a single word, it was quite clear he was refusing.
Shang Ke’s turned his hand and easily broke free of Feng Juan’s hold, he once again repeated himself, “Stay here and don’t move!” Then he bent his waist and squeezed out of the box to go to the other side and hide. Halfway through, he “very uncarefully” kicked a bottle.
“Over there! Get him!” A deep voice shouted and followed that was the sounds of footsteps.
Shang Ke didn’t even look back and just used his ears to make out the situation behind him.
One, two, three… there was a total of five people that chased him.
Five? Shang Ke’s heart sank, there were seven people searching for them. If only five of them followed, then the remaining two… Shang Ke quickly turned his head back, as expected, there were two hoving around the area Feng Juan was hiding at.
Shang Ke took a sharp turn and dodged the man who threw himself at him. He quickly ran through all the messy junk like a wildcat.
“There’s another one here.” A man crudely picked up Feng Juan.
Feng Juan struggled nonstop, a small beast-like growl pouring from his throat.
“Damn it, this group of kids are so troublesome.” Another man spoke and raised the rod in his hand, striking down at Feng Juan’s head.
Feng Juan eyes went wide. In them were fear and despair, along with a faint trace of unwillingness toward this fate.
Right at the moment of crisis, a small figure suddenly dashed out and knocked against the man with all his might, causing the man to stagger from the impact.
After Shang Ke landed, he did not pause and put power into his legs to jump highly, aiming straight at the wrist of the man who was holding Feng Juan.
That man released his grip at the pain.
Feng Juan fell to the ground and was grabbed by and pulled up before he could come to his senses. Shang Ke dragged him and evaded the people while he went for the exit.
Feng Juan followed Shang Ke’s rough escape style, his arm almost pulled out by him. But the brave figure of the small person before him left a deep impression in his heart.
“This is the police, don’t move!”
The savior Shang Ke was waiting for finally came! A large group of policemen quickly rushed over from this side.
A curse came from behind followed by a string of gunshots.
Shang Ke keenly noticed that a couple bullets were clearly aiming at them, so he made a decision on the fly and dragged Feng Juan down. But unfortunately he was still a step too slow, his shoulder and right leg were shot. The bullet that went through his shoulder hit Feng Juan’s left arm.
The two of them fell to the ground together and blood mixed.
“Rescue support here please, there’s two children that were hit by the bullets!”
A burst of clamor came from the side and Shang Ke could feel someone carry him up. Knowing that they were already save, he relaxed and lost consciousness.
Two days later, Shang Ke woke up to the distinct smell of sterilization. His shoulder and leg were bandaged while an IV drip was connected to his hand.
With a turn of his head, he saw Feng Juan lying on the hospital bed next to him. He was sleeping deeply and did not appeared seriously injured, at his they avoided his legs becoming disabled.
“These children as so pitiful, especially that older one, his body was full of injuries, he must have been abused for at least four to five months.” At this moment, a female voice could be heard from outside the room. She was speaking in English and Shang Ke was rather proficient in it. After all, English was an essential language when trying to learn computer language.
“How are their situation?” Another woman asked.
“We still need to observe them a couple of days. They are stable for now.”
The door to the sickroom was opened then and a few people walked when. When they saw Shang Ke was awake, they paused for a moment before a comforting smile was immediately place on their faces. They slowly walked to his bed.
“Child, are you alright?” A somewhat older man smiled and greeted Shang Ke, he looked at his delicate features and clear eyes and secretly praised: He really is such a pretty child.
Shang Ke only stared at them and did not speak.
The woman by the man suddenly realized, “Detective Rowan, he isn’t from UK, he likely can’t understand English.”
“They should be asian, but we don’t know if they’re Chinese or Japanese.” Rowan paised and tried out using shoddy Chinese to say to Shang Ke, “Hello.”
Shang Ke nodded his head toward him.
After finding out his nationality, Rowan immediately had the policewoman by him to find someone who knew chinese.
They were not able to catch the mastermind in their operation this time, so they wanted to find some clues from these two children.
“Detective, they have just experienced such a disaster, I wish you guys don’t frighten them.” The female doctor reminded them.
“Of course.” Rowan guaranteed. He saw the injuries on the two children with his own eyes, he also felt quite a bit of sympathy. But this matter was rather urgent, if they don’t catch the mastermind and let them get away this time, then they don’t know when will they get another chance to catch them.
In a short moment, a middle age man in his forties entered the room. After he greeted the other people in the room, he walked to Shang Ke’s bed and used Chinese to gently asked, “Hello, I am Professor Ramson. What is your name?”
Shang Ke did not reply, rather, he turned his head to where Feng Juan was at.
“Ah!” Feng Juan breathing suddenly quicken in his sleep, he appeared very much in pain.
The female doctor quickly walked over to check his body condition.
Feng Juan struggled for a while before waking up, his face pale and full of sweat.
When everyone saw Feng Juan’s reaction, they did not think it was strange. Rather, when they looked back at Shang Ke, now they feel the oddity. Wasn’t this child too calm? From the time he woke up to now, he hasn’t shown any confusion or fear.
Feng Juan looked around in fear until he saw Shang Ke on another bed. He relaxed a bit then struggled to get out of the bed to go to Shang Ke.
The female doctor quickly stopped him in case he injured himself more. She had thought it would take more effort to stop him, but Feng Juan did not insist on it and quickly quieted down. He merely used a pair of vigilant eyes to stare at them, he stared at them so much they were a bit fearful.
Rowan and the others were all rather flabbergasted, they feel that the children they’ve saved this time were both a little different from normal.
After confirming that their situation was rather stable, Professor Ramson started to try to talk, asking some simple questions. In the end, the result was that one remained silent and did not speak while the other one spoke but did not give details.
The female doctor pointed at Feng Juan, “This child’s memory might have some holes because of the fright he received.” Then she looked toward Shang Ke, hesitantly saying, “There is no problem with his language system, it should be temporarily loss of speech.”
Rowan and the others all looked at each other, a trace of helplessness flashing through their eyes.
“Looks like we won’t be able to get any clues from them.” The policewoman made a bitter smile.
Shang Ke looked at them. It wasn’t that he didn’t want to say it, but in consideration of his small life, he temporarily cannot talk to them about it.
According to the information supplied by the System, the power of this underground organization was very large, plus, they had some moles in the police. The group of people the police previous caught were just a very small bait they threw out. They likely didn’t even catch someone who had any useful information.
Shang Ke did not know which police was a mole, but he knows that this power has been active for more than ten years until Feng Juan gradually grew to power and thoroughly collapsed them.
If he leaked out even a bit of information, what would follow Feng Juan and him would likely be endless assassination attempts.
They have seen the big shot behind the scenes once before when they were switching routes. Although it was just a glance, it left a deep impression in the original’s memory. Even just the fragments of information they could get from them would be enough for someone to be sent to kill them.
The mission the System released this time was to protect Feng Juan until he was twenty-two.
Shang Ke who thought it was just a normal nanny mission felt that he was really too naive…
The police were unable to get any information from the two children nor were they able to find out their identity. So they could only notify the embassy and have them investigate.
But Shang Ke knew that the final result of the investigation would be nothing, they simply could not find out their identity.
The original Bruno was a child from a mountain village, it was so small that even the population wasn’t noted. He was mistreated by his father since young and finally ran away from home when he couldn’t take it anymore. He wandered aimlessly until he was caught by the children traffickers.
On the other hand, the family Feng Juan was born into has a serious internal power struggle. His older brother was killed and he himself went missing on the route of being sent elsewhere. The political situation became worse after that, the Feng Family’s strength was greatly cut and they did not have energy to take care of other things. They were only able to regroup after five years, but by then, they had completely lost any information on Feng Juan.
In the days they stayed in the hospital to recover, Shang Ke and Feng Juan were getting by well. There was a specialized doctor and psychological advisors along with all sorts of children entertainments.
Detective Rowan seemed to really like them, although they were not able to obtain any clues from them, he still frequently came by to see them. Although Feng Juan did not look kindly upon him and Shang Ke remained silent the entire time, he was not discouraged.
Nothing strange happened these days so Shang Ke guessed that those people probably relaxed their guard against them. But he still did not take the risk to tell Detective Rowan any information even though he knew this Detective Rowan was the main person in charge that eliminated those people in the future. It was a pity that he was too concerned about them and frequently got in contact with them, so it made it harder for Shang Ke to say anything.
After half a month of recovery, Feng Juan’s injury was pretty much completely healed.
But the injury on Shang Ke’s left leg would be somewhat inconvenient, even after it completely healed, he would be unable to do any drastic actions. It just won’t hinder everyday walking.
“Ke Ke, don’t worry, I will forever stay by your side.” Feng Juan has lost his memories of the past, so this boy before him was his only memory now.
Shang Ke kindly smiled and nodded. His hand held Feng Juan’s right hand, softly brushing the mole on the hollow of his palm.
From here they know each other, and from now on, they will protect each other.
He wasn’t able to stay together with this person the past three worlds. In this life, he did not want to give up again. There was still sixteen years until Feng Juan was twenty-two. He had to protect him for sixteen years, and to him, it was something luxurious.
By the time their injuries have healed, the embassy were still not able to find information on their identity. As such, the local government decided to send them to the social welfare center, having them live in this foreign country from here on out.
When they were finally checked out of the hospital, Detective Rowan personally came by to send them out. He talked the whole very delightly even though the two of them said nothing.
When they were at the entrance to the social welfare center, Rowan felt a bit reluctant to part with them.
Shang Ke wore the small bookbag he gave him and suddenly used English to say to him, “Thank you.”
He turned and entered the social welfare center hand in hand with Feng Juan.
Rowan paused, staring at the two small figures gradually distancing before finally realizing something. Not only could this child speak it, he… could also understand English?
As such, his silence all this time was on purpose?
SnowTime: Thanks for all the wellwishes~ Sorta randomly dangling between getting better and getting kicked back down XD