Chapter 57: A+A (V)
The maglev car entered the capital’s number one military school through a private channel and Rhine directly took Shang Ke to the dorm for those that were taking special advanced studies. All the floors in this dorm were independent, very few people would disturb the people living here usually, so the environment was quiet and secluded, it was very suitable for recuperating.
“I already greeted the headmaster, you can live here for now. Afterwards, there would be a specialist to explain to you about the award of honor arrangements and process.” Rhine entered the living room, his large stature made this rather spacious living room appear somewhat narrow.
Shang Ke was not considered short, but he lacked the kind of presence Rhine has that just compresses the very air around him and dominates the area.
“Thank you.” Shang Ke put down his back and sized up the area. A room, a living room plus kitchen, it was all clean and neat with all the home equipment needed. He nodded, this new residence was still satisfying enough.
After he finished checking the bedroom, Shang Ke almost knocked against Rhine head on when he turned around. He stood at the doorway in a perfectly straight posture, the presence that belonged solely to him as an alpha was all around him, and seem to carry a faint sweet smell.
If Shang Ke was an alpha born and raised in this world, he would definitely notice something wasn’t right. The scent of alphas would reject each other, they have an innate intense competition and territory awareness. When an alpha shows clear enmity toward another alpha, they would emit a pheromone that would cause the other’s hackle to rise. This kind of pheromone for alphas was like a provocative scent type biological weapon. Even if they can’t smell it, spiritually they would receive some brutal feeling of being trampled on. As such, very rarely would feelings of love sprout between a pair of alphas.
On the contrary, the scent of an alpha has a fatal appeal toward omegas. And the pheromone the omegas emit during their heat also has a fatal enticement for alphas, it was enough for most alphas to go out of control.
Shang Ke never experienced it so he did not know, but Rhine was different from him. Ever since he saved Shang ke, he noticed that he did not reject his scent at all. Standing by him gave him a feeling of being in a sea of flowers, the air carried a sweet scent of blooming flowers and honey.
An omega’s scent was like an aphrodisiac, it could arouse a person’s pure and crazy desire. But Shang Ke’s scent made him feel at ease and cozy. Rhine likes this kind of natural intimateness that was not caused by physiological control due to gender differences.
“Brigadier General Lancelot, thank you for the trouble today. My place has already been set up. Delaying you for so long, I’m sorry for the inconvenience.” Shang Ke hintedly tried to see him out.
Rhine looked at him for a moment then nodded, “It is getting late, rest well. On the day of the award ceremony, I would be there.”
After sending off Rhing, Shang Ke was about to eat when his communication device suddenly went off. He took a look at the caller and rolled his eyes when he saw it was his cheap old man.
After he picked up the call, the angrily rebuke from Kanwen came through: 【Didn’t I say I will come get you? Why did you leave by yourself first?】
Shang Ke innocently said, “Sorry, Brigadier General Lancelot personally came to get me today to consult with me about the award ceremony. I had no way of refusing.”
Silence transmitted from the other side for a while then he spoke again with a much more mild tone: 【Cough, Brigadier General Lancelot’s identity is highly respected, you would naturally prioritize him. Okay, you handled it very well this time, just remember to notify me first next time.】
“Yes father. I’ll bear that in mind.” Shang Ke chatted with him in a joyful way and finally calmed him down.
Kanwen was actually pretty good toward Filmore, at least before the Via City incident, he granted whatever he asked for. However, he is also an individual that only cared about benefits, if he cannot achieve his expectations, then he will immediately decrease the emotions and substance invested in.
Kanwen severed his relationship with the original Filmore that had to go on trial because he had fled from battle. Even though he knew of his wretch poverty state later on, he did not help at all. If it weren’t for his mother helping in the dark, he likely wouldn’t have even lived to thirty-five.
Three days later, Shang Ke’s award ceremony was held at his college. All the students of the school participated in the ceremony and there were an additional dozen senior military officers and the Via City representative at the ceremony.
Shang Ke wore a brand new military uniform and stood straight, glowing with health and vigor. His entire being shone like a sun. He had just walked on stage and garten many screams. When Rhine who was conferring the awards appeared, it put the ceremony onto a new climax.
Rhine walked and stopped in front of Shang Ke, he first saluted then pinned the medal of honor carefully onto his chest.
The two stood face to face, both with perfectly straight postures, both outstanding. For a moment, countless eyeballs were killed by the scene.
The ceremony went by very smoothly, as the “hero” being awarded, Shang Ke became the first student to have been promoted to Lieutenant from Second Lieutenant right after he graduated. He received the pursue and admiration of countless men and women.
Following that was a series of interview invitations but they were all rejected by Shang Ke.
Most of the outside world still does not know that Shang Ke was seriously injured in that battle and might never recover to the peak of his strength from before and might even forever leave the army. The people that were unaware of this were all confused when he did not accept the military’s transfer and chose to stay in school to take advance studies.
“Huu.” Shang Ke left the training room in a state that looked as if he had just went to a sauna. His entire body was soaked in sweat that was even faintly steaming.
When he walked to his room, he noticed that someone was waiting for him there. That person was around twenty with a favorable appearance and a pair of dark blue eyes like limpid autumn waters, a very charming individual.
Shang Ke quickly recognized him, this man was the omega Filmore once adored—Ryan. When he saw Shang Ke, a blush quickly rose on his cheeks.
Shang Ke just finished training so he was full of vigor and emitted a strong alpha scent that rushed at Ryan like a heatwave. His heart couldn’t help but speed up and his legs weakening, his breathing also became a bit hurried.
Shang Ke who was no conscious at all looked at him strange, “Ryan, you need something from me?”
Ryan worked hard to calm himself down and gave the small gift box he had in his hands to Shang Ke, “I came to congratulate you, Lieutenant Filmore.”
“Thank you.” Shang Ke accepted the box and unlocked his room, he asked offhandedly, “Would you like to come in for a while?”
Ryan once again blushed and his heart thumped.
Shang Ke did not know that alphas and omegas should keep a safe distance from each other unless both sides have a favorable impression of each other and wish to establish a relationship as lovers. Otherwise, they would usually not stay in the same room alone with each other. But in Shang Ke’s eyes, male omegas were not different from other men. Inviting someone into your house for a moment was just a courtesy.
Ryan wavered at the entrance, he knows that Filmore likes him, but he has not decided whether or not he should accept his courtship. Compared to Zeka, Filmore’s identity clearly could not be compared to him, but he was currently the hero everyone was paying attention to. His future was full of promise and staying with him seems to be a pretty good choice…
Just when he planned to step into the room, a cold voice suddenly came from behind him. “This does not seem to be a place omegas should come.”
Ryan turned back and saw that it was actually Rhine and became white from fear. He quickly saluted, “Brigadier General Lancelot, apologizes for my impulsiveness, I will leave right now.”
He hung his head and ran like he was escaping for him life after he said that.
Shang Ke let Rhine into the room and said strangely, “He seems to be very scared of you?”
Rhine snorted unconcernedly.
Alphas have an absolute control over omegas, this caused omegas to be deferential to alphas while fearing them at the same time. Especially when facing powerful alphas, some timid omegas might not even be able to have normal interactions with them.
“I just finished training so I’m sweating all over. I’ll go take a bath first, I’ll trouble Brigadier General Lancelot to wait here for a moment.” Shang Ke gave Rhine a cup of water and then went to his room. He did not notice that his attitude toward him was rather casual, as if they have been familiar for a long time.
Rhine stared at Shang Ke’s leaving figure and felt a bit irritated.
That omega just now was the person he liked? Besides looking a bit prettier, he was no different from other omegas. If he didn’t come today, then would Shang Ke establish a relationship with that omega?
Thinking to this point, a murderous light the he was unaware of went through his tranquil eyes.
“Brigadier General Lancelot, may I ask why you came looking for me today?” Shang Ke finished washing up and wore some light colored casual clothing. His entire person appeared very refreshed and relaxed.
Rhine’s line of sight paused on his wet hair and full lips for a few seconds then spoke, “I looked through your training data, you are recovering well but if you want to return to the battlefield, you would still need some time.”
He understood Shang Ke’s condition very well, so he naturally knows that every time he went through rehabilitation training, it was a great burden on Shang Ke and had a great cost on him. Yet even then, he cannot get the proper results. According to this speed of progress, even three years won’t be enough for him to make the standards of a junior officer.
“I know.” Shang Ke’s expression was very calm, he long knew about it and planned appropriately. He did not need to return to his former peak condition, he only needed to not be lower than the average level. Because he has one more advantage, which was that he could supplement himself with Intermediate Martial Arts.
The way of fighting in this world was mainly relying on power and then teaming up with each other. It was simply and direct without many patterns. His offensive capabilities was more crafty tricky compare to that, he can grab ahold of his opponent’s weak point, attack his blind point and defeat them when they least expect it.
“If you can complete the rehabilitation plan in one year, then I will recruit you into my army.” Even if his physical capabilities did not reach the standard, he would still break the rule and place this man by his side.
“I won’t disappoint our great Brigadier General.” Shang Ke smiled. As the “main character” of this world, Rhine shall become a general that wins every battle in the future. He can definitely quickly accumulate military accomplishments staying by him.
Rhine nodded and stood up, “It’s time for lunch, want to eat together?” Although it was a question, his tone made it unquestionable.
“If Sir doesn’t mind, would you like to eat here?” With Shang Ke’s current reputation, going out meant being watched from all sides by people. With Rhine tagging along, he wouldn’t even know if they were going out to eat or for people to make gossip off of.
“Hm.” Rhine sat down again and relaxed.
Shang Ke’s cooking was at Great Master level, no matter which world it was, he was able to make delicious dishes that would fit the tastes of the masses.
Most of the food of this world was replaced by nutrient fluids, only nobility and some high-class restaurants would have a specialized cook. The benefits of nutrient fluids was that it is convenient, quick, hygiene and won’t be wasteful. But the three essential factors of food, color, appearance and fragrance have all been abandoned, it was somewhat of a pity.
After Shang Ke’s picture of roasting bug leg has been spread online, many people showed a lot of interest in this kind of thriller food and were even brave enough to try. The result was that they found the flavor was actually pretty good! The pitiful variants still did not know that it would become a worldwide popular dark cuisine soon after.
The hot and steaming food were placed on the table and Rhine who had never been particularly mindful of food ate himself to a bursting point for the first time.
Shang Ke then cooked a bowl of sweet and sour soup to aid digestion, feeding him until he was perfectly content with a face of laziness.
Rhine sat on the sofa, looking toward the kitchen where Shang Ke was organizing the dishes. The sweet scent lingered on his nose and he suddenly felt stuffy.
The thought had just rose when the pheromone in his body immediately spreaded out and forcefully intruded into Shang Ke’s territory.
Shang Ke paused, he felt like his body was being restricted by something that immediately turned into a warm flow that attempted to enter his body. He subconsciously strikes back, refusing it from entering.
Two competitive and yet attracting pheromones collided with each other, tangled and fought with neither one giving way. The intense scent of alphas passed through the room and quickly spreaded out. The neighboring alpha and beta were all affected, especially omegas, they were fundamentally unable to resist this kind of powerful pheromone and started to have their heat then and there in moments.
The lustful pheromone of an omega quickly blended into Shang Ke and Rhine’s scent.
Shang Ke who had never experienced the enticement of an omega’s pheromone was defeated in the first moment. His physiological attraction caused his breathing to speed up and his body to heat up.
Soon after, he was drowned by Rhine’s pheromone. It was like a beast that obtained victory as it insolently swept through his body.
Shang Ke’s hands were propped up on the table, his body trembled as sweat soaked his clothes. His fair skin became even more translucent.
He didn’t know when Rhine made his way behind him. The burning hot breath sprayed onto his nape and the intense oppressing feeling made Shang Ke stand a bit unsteadily. A pair of powerful arms held him from behind, and when their skin touched, both of their hearts jumped.
Rhine never experienced such an intense desire before, the man in his arms has a fatal appeal to him. It’s not that he has never met omegas that were in their heat before, but he never met one that would make him go out of control. Nowadays, another alpha actually stirred his desire that surpassed reason.
Shang Ke felt that the situation was bad and tried to resist, yet found his presence being completely suppressed by the man. Rhine stuck very close, although he didn’t do anything else, Shang Ke felt that he was already being intruded everywhere.
TL Note: 气息 is a hard word to tl… it means presence, scent, aura, etc… so take it as you will…
Holy shit! This fucking world is one where you can rape just using scent!
Shang Ke’s mind was crashing.
SnowTime: Why are all my joints rebelling and just causing me soreness and trouble in general… Happy Birthday Allen Walker~ And yeah, people are pretty much hitting the truth about the mole lol. I won’t state which comments o3o