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Duan Lili stood up, took out her handkerchief, and carefully wiped the wet corners of her eyes.
“That’s all I have to say.
Whether you go to Fan Baiyan to give a recording or you want to stay, at least I tried my best.”

Finally, she put on the unwavering smile back on her face.
“It’s up to you what you want to do next.”

“When did you assemble the recording equipment?” After hearing the sounds of Duan Lili’s high heels clacking away, Tang Yibu asked in a sullen voice inside the quilt.

“I just knocked on a can just now.” Ruan Xian touched the smiley food cannister in his waist bag.
“You can come out of the quilt now.
You acted well.”

“No, I’m really uncomfortable.” Tang Yibu poked his head out of the quilt, his eyes a little wet.

Ruan Xian tightened his nerves.
“The firefly’s effect is that strong? I thought you—”

“…I ate too much.” The android sighed seriously.

Ruan Xian grinded his teeth.
“Business.”

“There are two relatively rare ingredients in fireflies.” Tang Yibu hugged the quilt tightly; his voice was extremely low.
“One of them, based on its molecular structure, is probably related to the shuttle agent used by the pirates.
But the amount is too small that I tend to think it’s a residue after extraction.
The other kind undoubtedly has a psychedelic effect, and it directly acts on the neurotransmitters of non-mechanical life.
The concentration isn’t high but it isn’t low either so it’s enough to get addicted after just one use.”

“This weird psychedelic ingredient is naturally formed— According to my personal inference, psychedelic ingredients can tempt small animals to devour fruits in order to spread their seeds.
There is no problem with its reproductive strategy.”

Ruan Xian hugged his arms and let out a sigh.
“Simply put, the psychedelic just happens to be a byproduct of the ‘shuttle agent’.”

“Yes.
The two components interact.
If the components of the shuttle agent aren’t separated, and the concentration of psychedelic components in the organism is too high, it will induce the host to shuttle to the most suitable environment, and then stimulate seed germination.”

Jiang Lin said at the beginning that the “raw fruit isn’t good for people”.
It seemed that this was most likely the reason, but…

“The fireflies didn’t remove the seeds from the flickering grass?” Ruan Xian touched his chin.

“No.
It’s a small grain and taste a bit bitter.” Tang Yibu described the taste of that deadly thing honestly.

Ruan Xian probably guessed.
Everything here didn’t make sense— Electricity was being wasted uncontrollably, and the environment was appallingly clean.
There must be a huge labor force to support all this, but the current world was in a state of struggle.
As such, enthusiasm wasn’t enough and wouldn’t last long, thus fireflies were undoubtedly an excellent weapon for controlling people’s hearts.

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However, psychedelics will always hurt people.
The more people contributed, the more fireflies they needed, and their physical fitness would gradually decrease.

Were the people who were sent to the ruins of the hospital sent to the dangerous frontline because they were deeply trusted or did Elysium simply didn’t want them back?

Or going a step further, hope that they would become part of the “resource” for later newcomers?

“Do you want to leave?” Tang Yibu interrupted his thinking.
“I don’t want to leave yet.”

“If you you’re saying that because of the food…”

“No.” Tang Yibu shook his head quickly.
“I just think the situation here is very interesting.”

“If you still want to go back to the Walking Stones, we still have three days left.” Ruan Xian lowered his head and looked at Tang Yibu’s face buried in the pillow.
“I have no opinion on staying here.”

“Do you want to help the lady just now?” Tang Yibu raised his eyebrows slightly and increase the volume of his voice.
“Like the refuge—”

“No, I don’t owe her a favor.”

Ruan Xian stretched out his hand, his fingertips bypassing Tang Yibu’s long black hair scattered on the pillow with no expression on his face.
Then he leaned down and continued the next sentence in a whisper-like voice.

“…And I don’t believe a word of what she said.”

The Walking Stones.

Yu Le stretched out, holding the wine bottle in his arms contentedly, and collapsed on a tattered couch, casually looking through a pornographic magazine with a sexually explicit cover.

“Lao Yu.” Tu Rui’s projection suddenly flashed beside Yu Le.

The captain of the Walking Stones shuddered and almost lost the magazine in his hand.
He tried to catch the magazine back to his hand a couple times before spatting out, “Fuck, Tu Rui.
I’ll be scared to death by you sooner or later.
Can you say hello next time? What if I had my pants off right now?”

“The newcomers are very honest, but we have lost the positioning information of Ruan Lijie and Tang Yibu.
The final positioning of the two was somewhere west.” Tu Rui ignored the other party’s nonsense.

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“Oh, Elysium?”

“I’m not sure but most likely.
I suggest removing the location tracking of these two people.
If they eat fireflies, they will be sent back—”

“If they get sent back it’s fine.
We can still kill them.
Ah, but only laozi can, you can’t.” Yu Le threw away the magazine in his hand casually and sounded a bit serious.

“What do you mean?”

“That Ruan Lijie is not so simple.”

“I can’t see it.”

“That’s normal.
After all, our captain Tu is a righteous man and a public official.” Yu Le grinned.
“As for me, I’ve been squatting in the brig for so long and have seen all kinds of lunatics.
Guess who is most similar to that Ruan Lijie? The most dangerous group of murderers.
I can live to this day because I managed to avoid those group of great uncles.”

“In the beginning, I purposefully teased him.
That boy is stable enough.
Fan Baiyan, that old bastard, may not be able to coax him.”

The author has something to say:

Tang is a good AI who knows how to have fun√

The issue of trust in troubled times is a big problem XDDD

Atropine* is a real drug, but the effect is made up by me.
Don’t care (*/ωω*)

*It is a real drug that is a nervous system blocker used to treat heart rhythm problems, stomach or bowel problems, and certain types of poisoning when injected (so this part could be applicable).

Kinky Thoughts:

Just a note on flickering grass (明灭草).
The (明灭) in its name is a term use for appearing and vanishing (think now you see me now you don’t), which is mark by its characteristic as seen in the novel.

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