Chapter 34: Let Me Protect You (II)
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Chapter 34: Let Me Protect You (II)
The children social welfare organization that Shang Ke and Feng Juan entered was located on the southwest coastal are of UK. With them included, they altogether had twenty-one orphans. Although the residence conditions were normal, the facilities were complete. Not only were there specialized nursing staffs, there were also psychological doctors and social workers that came to check the orphans living circumstances at set dates.
Shang Ke and Feng Juan’s circumstances were particularly special, they were illegally kidnapped abroad and their identities were not confirmed. They would not be able to enter the adoption system within the year. In other words, they could only live in the orphanage for this year, even if someone wanted to adopt them, they could only wait until a year later.
A large portion of the orphans within the orphanage had some degree of disability. Shang Ke and Feng Juan, these two healthy and attractive boys could be considered the crane in a flock of chicken.
The dean gave them a small room, four sets of sheets were in there along with four beds. Only two of the beds had their sheets done while the other two were empty.
“Children, this will be your room. Do you two like it?” The dean smiled at Shang Ke and Feng Juan.
Feng Juan held Shang Ke’s hand, his face tight and didn’t say a word.
Shang Ke raised his head up and smiled at her, “We like it a lot, thank you dean.”
He said those words in Chinese, although the dean didn’t understand his words, she roughly got the meaning of it.
After she had them settled in, she left some more words before leaving.
Shang Ke pulled along Feng Juan with him into the room and closed the door behind them. He turned back around and smiled, “We will live here from now on.”
Feng Juan watched him put his bookbag by the bedside then lay all fan out on the bed. His relaxed appearance also dissipated much of his uneasy mood.
Feng Juan lied down by Shang Ke and leaned his head aside to look at his smile. He felt that as long as he accompanied him, then there was nothing to be afraid of.
“Ke Ke, can I sleep with you at night?” Some loathing formed in his eyes when Feng Juan looked at the bed on the opposite side.
“Alright.” Shang Ke spread out his arms to check the width of the bed and laughed, “This bed is large enough for the two of us to sleep together.”
A large smile immediately bloomed on Feng Juan’s face.
Shang Ke couldn’t hold back the urge and pinched his cheeks, “Not bad, smile more often or your face will become stuck.”
With his experience from three worlds, he felt that the reason why this guy became a cold face Yama was because of the lack of use of his facial muscles in his childhood.
Feng Juan gave Shang Ke a glance and then turned his head away, no longer paying attention to him.
At night, Feng Juan got into Shang Ke’ bedsheets right after he washed up. The two of them stuck closely together and smoothly passed their first night at the orphanage.
Their life at the orphanage wasn’t as dry and dull as they had imagined.
Because of the language barrier, the dean arranged another teacher to teach them the language besides their regular lessons. This teacher’s name was Rima, a women of over fourty. She wasn’t a staff member of the orphanage, but a volunteer.
When she first landed eyes on Shang Ke and Feng Juan, Rima especially liked them. Originally, she was only in charged of teaching them english, but later, she monopolized all of their courses.
Rima noticed that the two of them had a lot of individuality. One was often silent, but clever and polite, once he smiled, it was like a warm wind in spring. The other one was cold and serious, there was always some vigilance in his eyes but he was diligent, his learning ability was very strong.
Perhaps it was because of their past experience, but the two of them held matureness that children their age did not have.
With Rima’s care, Shang Ke and Feng Juan’s life at the orphanage was simple yet rich. But this kind of simpleness was destroyed a month later.
Shang Ke and Feng Juan were currently helping by cleaning up the trash on the lawn when he suddenly felt two intense gazes aimed at them. Shang Ke’s brow jumped a little and he calmly looked around him without leaking his intentions. He discovered the figure of someone flashing by outside the courtyard.
Shang Ke frowned a little, a trace of doubt arising in his heart. Perhaps those people still hasn’t relaxed their guard against them? They were just two children, do they need to be so on guard?
The following two days, Shang Ke would always see a suspicious figure and he finally confirmed it.
According to the original development, the original Bruno had been adopted by a family not even a year later so he did not know if Feng Juan was attacked afterwards. The System also did not give such information. But from the looks of it now, he still experienced a line of unexpected accidents in his childhood.
If his guess was right, then they could not continue to stay at the orphanage. It was not just for Feng Juan, it was also for the other people of the orphanage.
Shang Ke borrowed the phone from the dean and made a call to Detetive Rowan.
“Shang, I didn’t think you would make a call to me.” Rowan’s tone was very light and spirited, “Did you miss me?”
Shang Ke only replied with one line, “Detective Rowan, I think we are being monitored by someone.”
That very afternoon, Rowan sent out a couple people in civilian clothing to guard outside the orphanage and really found a suspicious person. But when they wanted to follow him, that person vigilantly escaped and did not reappear for several days.
But this did not mean Shang Ke and Feng Juan were safe. After Rowan informed the higher ups, he took away the two children from the orphanage and had them live at his own house.
Rowan did not understand why the others had to watch the two children so much and not let them go. Even if they knew something, they likely wouldn’t be able to offer much useful information. They were so young and they likely don’t remember much either, not to mention the language barrier.
Just what are those people worried about?
“Shang, since you can understand english, then can you tell us everything you know?” Rowan seriously looked at Shang Ke.
“I don’t know what to tell you guys.” Shang Ke and Feng Juan sat together on one chair while being surrounded by five to six adults.
When Rowan and the others heard his fluent english, their eyes twitched.
“Can you talk about where you came from?”
“I am a street urchin.” One line prevent them from digging any deeper into his history.
“Who did you learn your english from?” Rowan asked again.
“A wandering performing artist from the UK.” Shang Ke replied without even a change in his expression, “I lived with him for a period of time.”
“What about Feng Juan?” Rowan moved his sight to Feng Juan.
Feng Juan understood this question and replied, “Besides my name, I don’t remember everything else.”
Professor Ramson translated for them.
Rowan rubbed his brows, if he wasn’t sure that the two sitting before them were children, he would almost believe that they were lying.
“Shang, how long have you guys stayed on the boat? Who have you guys seen, or did anything special happen?” Rowan went back to questioning them.
Shang Ke seriously thought for a moment and then shook his head.
“Don’t be impatient.” Rowan crouched by Shan Ke and gently said, “Shang, close your eyes.”
Shang Ke slowly closed his eyes.
“Alright, let’s think back about it.” Rowan’s tone was light as he slowly said, “You and the other children are together on a boat, shut in a room. The surroundings are pitch black…”
Shang Ke was not a real child and naturally knew that Rowan was trying to guide his memory. He searched through the original’s memory for a moment then his body went stiff.
A narrow sealed room, crowded, muggy air, foul smells. The rocking of the ship, someone vomiting, someone losing control of their bladder or bowels, someone groaning in pain… there would be different boys and girls being taken away every day, when they returned, they would be injured all over so much they didn’t look human. Some, never returned.
As if he could suddenly feel the original’s despair and fear, he opened his eyes, covered in a layer of fog. He stared at them silently, as if saying: Please, don’t ask again.
He didn’t shed any tears, but it made everyone feel as if he was silently crying.
“Don’t ask anymore!” Feng Juan swiftly got up and coldly said, “We don’t know anything!”
They stared blankly, some awkward, some apologetic and the questioning naturally did not continue.
After everyone left, Rowan awkwardly asked the two children, “Are you guys hungry? What do you guys want to eat? I can go order some.”
Rowan was a bachelor, people could tell with just one look at his messy and trashy house. They really wanted to know how his commanding officer allowed him to take the two children with him back. Were they not afraid he would lead them to their deaths?
Shang Ke calmed his mind for a moment then said to him, “I saw a supermarket near here on the way, why don’t we go buy some ingredients and make it ourselves?”
“Ugh, I can’t cook too well.” He wouldn’t care if he ate the food he makes himself, but if he used it to feed these two kids, they would probably have food poisoning in a few days.
“I can.” Shang Ke sincerely expressed, “To thank you for your care, let me take care of the meals in the future.”
“You?” Rowan gave him a face of doubt.
After Shang Ke made a grand rich dinner, Rowan could only be dumbstruck and happy beyond words as he accepted this “delicious” reality.
Not only that, Shang Ke also thoroughly cleaned Rowan’s doghouse. In just two hours, it was completely changed, ready for new life.
Rowan felt as if he heard the house crying tears of joy…
“The water’s done, you guys can come in and take a bath.” Rowan called out the bathroom. All the household duties were taken by Shang Ke, so he might as well do the bath.
Two children as if carved from jade quickly appeared in front of Rowan and he suddenly thought to himself that raising a couple children like these were pretty good.
Feng Juan was cold like always and took off his clothes without hesitation. He stepped into the bathtub then sat on one side and waited for Shang Ke.
Shang Ke also took off his shirt, revealing his thin body.
Rowan was just about to leave the bathroom when he caught sight of his body from the corner of his eyes and immediately froze on the spot. On that small body was all sorts of scars, there were burns, whips, knives and also other unrecognizable scars.
Rowan had already seen the picture of these scars from the hospital, but now that he saw it himself, he felt something else. He was unable to imagine what kind of mistreatment this child suffered before. All those scars was like an accusation of this world’s cruelness.
“Detective Rowan, what’s wrong?” Shang Ke raised his head to look at the frozen Rowan.
Rowan looked into his eyes, there weren’t any resentment, any timidness, they were pure and beautiful.
“Ke Ke.” Feng Juan place his hands on the bathtub edge and stared relentlessly at Rowan: Vulgar Uncle, haven’t you seen enough! Hurry up and get out!
Shang Ke heard Feng Juan call for him and did not bother with Rowan anymore. He ran over to bathe with Feng Juan.
The two of them helped each other wash their back and hair, happily busy.
Rowan faintly smiled at the sight and left the bathroom.
The next day, Rowan arranged another police to protect the two of them then took Shang Ke’s delicious breakfast and rushed to the police department. In the past, he would either not eat breakfast or just randomly eat something to settle his stomach. Now that he has Shang Ke, he had a life is wonderful feeling.
Shang Ke obtained Rowan’s consent to freely use the computer in his study. As such, the first thing he did after he ate breakfast was to open the computer and check the configuration and internet information.
Shang Ke’s hacker skills was only at intermediate, he could barely be called an expert. However, what he discovered was now how superior he was in his skills, but that the technical knowledge of this world was behind his by seven years. Seven years within the computer domain was like heaven and earth.
For example, the firewall of this computer had hundreds of holes in Shang Ke’s eyes. If he exploited these leaks, then he could easily hack into another person’s computer. Of course, large companies or a division related to the country would be much more difficult to slip in.
Shang Ke did not plan to exploit his ability to cause trouble online. He only wanted to make a protective umbrella for him and Feng Juan, gather all the information he could on the enemy and cover their traces under the monitoring of the internet.
SnowTime: I forgot HDS chapters are usually 3-3.5k… I can’t finish this whole arc this week even if I wanted to… RIP