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Chapter 68 Refuse
Kneeling on the side of the bed, Leo kissed Xiào Mu’s hand with his left hand while rubbing Xiào Mu’s waist with his right hand. He comforted, “It’s my wrong, don’t be angry. Right now, I will send you back to the apartment first. I have to go to the military headquarter in a moment but I will come back soon.”
Xiào Mu raised his head and bit Leo’s chin, “Don’t be so long next time. Else, how can I meet people when I go out next time1?”
A smile flashed in Leo’s eyes, and his brows slightly raised, “It’s okay, when the sentinel and guide had their union for the first time, it usually last at least 1 day. Our time is not considered too long.”
When Xiào Mu is sent back to the apartment, the guards still have their usual wooden faces. But Xiào Mu himself is very embarrassed. After thinking about it, he is still worried about those sentinels who fell into heat that day and asked about their situation. He is relieved when he heard that they are all right.
Ah Da looked serious when he asked, “You have your union with Major General Leo?”
After seeing Xiào Mu nodded, Ah Da said, “That’s good, I won’t have to submit an application for transfer anymore.” He didn’t want to experience the situation of being suddenly forced to fall into heat a second time.
Xiào Mu coughed awkwardly. Just as he is about to say something, another guard informed him that someone from the military court had come to investigate the situation. Hearing that, Xiào Mu looked weird and he turned Ah Da, “The guards reported me?” The only time he is involved in harming others is putting his guards in danger of union heat.
Ah Da shook his head, “No, they should be asking about Major General Leo. For your information, it is illegal for a sentinel and guide pair to get into union privately2, and… the fact that no alarm went off when Major General Leo fell into union heat. Hence, he is suspected of criminal intent.”
Xiào Mu’s expression changed, “Leo really went to the military headquarters?”
Ah Da: “The military court.”
Xiào Mu gritted his teeth. Leo’s expression looked normal when he left as if he is just going to the military headquarters for some matter. Xiào Mu didn’t expect Leo to go to the military court.
The man sent by the military court is a middle-aged male prosecutor with a serious face and a meticulous suit. After greeting Xiào Mu, he went directly to the topic and asked Xiào Mu about his union with Leo.
Xiào Mu remained calm on the surface, but he has a row of black lines on the inside [=_=lll]. Asking about this kind of thing, it sounded wrong no matter how you think about it, a’ight?! The union is just a round of ‘exercise’ between couples, and the prosecutor makes it sounds like they did something bad. Hence, Xiào Mu clearly stated that he willingly did the union and was not subjected to any coercion. The prosecutor finished his routine questioning and left the apartment. Xiào Mu thought for a while and felt not at ease so he contacted Leo but Leo did not connect the call.
At this moment, Leo is currently listening to a prosecutor’s questions with impatience. Someone next to the prosecutor whispered to him about the result from inquiring Xiào Mu. The prosecutor did not mention to Leo about the private combination with Xiào Mu and moved the topic to another aspect.
“Leo Arnold, you secretly removed the alarm system to warn about your union heat. Are you trying to escape from being held accountable by the military after forcing a guide into the union?”
Leo sneered, “Do you think I need to force a guide? Don’t you find it funny to ask this kind of question?”
The prosecutor’s face turned black, “This is a common deduction. Since it is not for this reason, why do you want to secretly remove the alarm system? As a military officer, you should know quite clearly that this is a violation of the regulations.”
Leo: “Useless things for me do not need to exist.”
“Are you questioning imperial legal means?”
“No,” Leo said calmly. “I’m just confident enough to not force any guide. For the rest of the sentinels, I think this system is still necessary.”
“Are you admitting that you broke the law?”
“Yes.” Leo nodded.
The prosecutor and the rest of the jury turn to discuss this matter. After a while, Ren appeared with his defense lawyer. He glared at Leo before smiled kindly at the prosecutors whose expressions had changed slightly. After bringing in the defense lawyer, Ren left without saying anything. In the end, Leo paid a fine of 10 million star coins because of his friendly attitude towards confession and there’s no actual crime. Walking out of the court building, Leo saw the familiar aircraft docked next to his aircraft at a glance. He calmed down and walked directly onto the aircraft.
Xiào Mu is sitting in the back seat and Ren sat opposite him with a genial smile. His gaze is like he is looking at his grandson’s wife and he is talking enthusiastically about when the wedding would be held. Xiào Mu’s smile is slightly stiff. Ren is too enthusiastic that he couldn’t handle it. When Xiào Mu saw Leo entering the aircraft, he subconsciously breathed a sigh of relief.
Leo sat next to Xiào Mu and Ren glared at him, “You rascal, you only know to make mischief. You even dare to mess around before getting married. Fortunately, Xiào Mu has a good temper and doesn’t mind that about you.”
Hearing that, Xiào Mu’s expression became uncomfortable. To be honest, he is the more active party in this matter. After all, Leo gave him the opportunity to stop halfway.
Leo hugged Xiào Mu’s waist naturally and snorted, “Stop acting, you think I don’t know you are feeling happy?”
Ren couldn’t help but laughed. If Xiào Mu is not here, Ren would want to say ‘Good Job!’ to Leo.
“It’s good that you are here. I was discussing with Xiào Mu when you two will have your wedding.”
Leo glanced at Xiào Mu and remembered Xiào Mu saying that getting married now is too early for him so he said, “No hurry, I’m very busy these days.”
Ren asked in displease, “What are you busy with?” After Ren said that, he became alert and stared at Leo, “You promised that you won’t be impulsive3!”
Leo’s expression remained unchanged, “I won’t be impulsive. Grandpa went to the technical department today, right? With the things Mitte has on hand, the technical department will soon be able to develop a protective device against spiritual power attacks.”
Ren snorted, “You even know about Louis’ whereabouts huh? I thought you are too immersed in your happiness these days!”
Leo shrugged, “If things are not too important, I would rather stare at Xiào Mu’s sleeping face without moving my eyes. I will never take the time to pay attention to these things.”
When Xiào Mu heard Leo’s words, he couldn’t help but pinched Leo’s arm lightly. What is he saying in front of the elder? Leo’s expression remained unchanged, even deliberately relaxing his muscles to let Xiào Mu pinch him comfortably.
Their aircraft landed in the marshal’s mansion, and they sat in the living room chatting. It didn’t take long for Louis to come back with good news.
“The technical department made chips based on the broken fragments from Mitte’s device, which can resist spiritual power attacks. It is currently being massively produced on an urgent basis.”
Ren moved his fingers slightly, his expression calm, “When are you going to leave?”
Louis sat on the armrest of Ren’s seat and put his hand on Ren’s shoulder, “In 5 days. I will be fully prepared, nothing bad will happen.”
Ren nodded and looked at Leo, “I know that you will definitely go this time. In 5 days, take care of your current pending works, especially the security matter for Xiào Mu.”
Xiào Mu: “I will go with them.”
“No,” Leo immediately refused in a deep voice, “You stay in Zone A.”
Xiào Mu frowned and looked at Leo, “It will be safer for me to go. You know my abilities best.”
After they joined in a union, Xiào Mu and Leo can feel each other’s spiritual power and emotions. Because of the union, their spiritual power has increased by 1,500 points each. His spiritual power has exceeded 13,000 points while Leo is close to 10,000 points. The higher the level, the more obvious the subtle difference, the person who knows the level of his spiritual power best is Leo.
Leo didn’t loosen his stand and said, “I will bring enough medicine so you don’t need to go.”
Xiào Mu’s brow furrowed more tightly. He felt uneasy about Louis’s situation and Novi’s situation last time. If something goes wrong, at least they will be treated in time if he is there.
Ren persuaded, “Xiào Mu, you should stay in Zone A. Zone F is a deserted area and the environment is harsh. Also, the interstellar transition is physically demanding, not to mention that the transition time is 5 or 6 times longer than normal transition, which is not good for your health.”
Xiào Mu hesitated for a moment and thought of Greene and Novi, “My physical strength has improved a lot now. I can do this.”
Truth to be told, Ren felt complicated too. The situation that happened to Louis before this really gave him a fright. This time Louis and Leo will be going together, and he is even more worried. He can’t bring himself to imagine the situation where both of them had an accident at the same time. Since Xiào Mu healed Louis, Ren has a lot of confidence in Xiào Mu’s abilities. If Xiào Mu can go with Louis, he will feel at ease. But Xiào Mu is a god-level guide, so by right, he shouldn’t go to dangerous places. If something goes wrong, it will be a huge loss to the empire. Ren didn’t speak for a while, feeling difficult whether to persuade Xiào Mu or not.
Leo looked serious as he said, “I will arrange for guards to protect you properly in Zone A.”
Xiào Mu’s eyes widened, “What do you mean by that? You want to monitor me?”
“No, they are just responsible for your safety.”
Xiào Mu snorted and did not speak, not wanting to fight in front of the elder. He understood that Leo did this for his own good, but he didn’t want to be treated as a helpless flower. Also, it is obvious that it would be helpful for him to go. However, Leo refused straight away, saying that he is worried, but in actual Leo just doesn’t believe in his ability.
Upon seeing this, Ren decided to let the couple have a good talk on their own, and took Louis back to their room.
Xiào Mu got up and walked out, Leo hurriedly embraced him, “Where are you going?”
“To the company,” Xiào Mu said in a huff and shrugged off Leo’s hand. “Let go, I haven’t been to the company for a few days.”
Leo didn’t let go and embraced Xiào Mu, “I’ll go with you.”
“No need, why are you following when I’m just going to do my thing? Go and do your thing.” Xiào Mu took Leo’s hand away and went out.
Leo felt helpless, these words are obviously insinuating about him going to Zone F, but the journey is dangerous, and he didn’t want Xiào Mu to take risks. He is too unfamiliar with coaxing people so Leo has no other way than following behind Xiào Mu wherever he goes. He stuck to Xiào Mu like plaster but he controlled his distance well without disturbing Xiào Mu’s work at all.
Xiào Mu ignored Leo. Deep inside, he had already figured out how to deal with the matter. He must go together with the trip, he can’t stop worrying otherwise.
When Xiào Mu went to Zhao Meng’s room in the office, he didn’t expect Hawke to be there. Hawke saw him and started jumping in front of him happily. Then he smiled ambiguously at him, “I didn’t expect you to move so fast. I thought that Lyle and I would be faster than you!” Hawke said with bright eyes, “Our wedding date is scheduled on the first day of next month. This should be faster than you?”
Xiào Mu laughed, “En, you guys are faster.”
After their greeting, Zhao Meng started talking about the business, “In the past few days, many guides signed a consignment contract with the company, and the number of medicines in the store is increasing every day.”
Xiào Mu is not surprised, and once again proposed, “How about recruiting more staff? Else, you will be too busy.”
“It’s okay, I can handle it,” Zhao Meng said. “Xiaojin has been included in the computing system and it will record the name of the guide and the number of medicines sold every day. It will directly transfer the money of their sale to the guides, which is very convenient.”
Hearing that, Xiào Mu relaxed a bit. Seeing that it is still early and thinking that he will be going somewhere far in 5 days, Xiào Mu asked Xiaojin to send notice to the sentinels who have an appointment. If those whose appointment is on tomorrow and they have free time today, they can come to the company today. Xiào Mu is going to finish all the appointments within 5 days.
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