• Akiko: Talking Elbows

Volume four. more than one

Countdown to return 47:59:58.

回归倒计时47:59:58.

Countdown to return 47:59:57.

回归倒计时47:59:57.

Have you crossed?

穿越了吗?

So the end of the countdown is to travel to another time and space, and the return countdown refers to the time to go back.

所以倒计时的尽头就是穿越到另一个时空,而回归倒计时是指,回去的时间。

Qing Chen breathed a sigh of relief when he thought of this, it was a good thing to be able to go back.

想到这里庆尘先松了口气,能回去就是好事。

Although there may not be anyone who is thinking about him, his mother has a new life and can’t care about thinking about him. Father…should be in the detention center.

虽然那边也未必会有人惦记他,母亲有了新的生活,顾不上惦记他,父亲……应该在看守所呢。

So I shouldn’t care about him.

所以应该也顾不上惦记他。

But even so, I still want to go back and take a look.

可是即便如此,自己还是想回去看看。

And what he has to do now is to live well in these 48 hours.

而现在他所要做的事情,就是在这48小时里好好的活着。

So… now is the first day of countdown.

那么……现在是倒计时第一天。

Qing Chen began to re-examine the “new world” in front of him.

庆尘开始重新审视眼前的这个“新世界”。

When the world was put together again, Qing Chen saw his prison uniform and instantly understood his situation.

当世界重新拼凑起来的那一刻,庆尘看到自己身上的囚服,便瞬间明白了自己的处境。

He was in a dark gray room, except for an alloy gate full of technological sense, the other places were completely enclosed walls.

他身处一间灰色晦暗的屋中,除了一面充满了科技感的合金闸门外,其他地方是完全封闭的墙。

There is a small window on the 90 cm wide door, but now the window is closed.

90公分宽的门上有着一扇小窗户,但现在窗户是关闭的。

The cell was a single room with only one bed covered with a thin layer of bed linen.

囚室是单间,里面只有一张床,上面铺着一层薄薄的床单。

There is also a shelf next to it, except for quilts, toothbrushes, and towels, which are empty.

旁边还有一个置物架子,架子上除了被子、牙刷、毛巾之外,空空如也。

The walls of the cell were gray, but what Qing Chen couldn’t understand was that the gray wall was clearly emitting a metallic luster under the faint light from outside.

囚室墙壁是灰色的,可让庆尘不能理解的是,这灰色的墙壁在外面微光照亮下,分明在散发出金属的光泽。

Metal wall?

金属墙?

Qing Chen sat up and stroked the wall dazedly. Where would this kind of construction material be used at no cost?

庆尘坐起身子怔怔的抚摸墙壁,什么地方才会使用这种不计成本的建筑材料?

Obviously, this place does not belong to the world he once knew.

很明显,这里不属于他曾经认知的那个世界了。

He quickly looked down at his palm. The fingerprints on this palm were exactly the same as he used to be, and even the position of the pores on his hand was exactly the same.

他迅速低头看向自己手掌,这手掌上的指纹与曾经的他完全一致,就连手上的毛孔位置都半分不差。

This is his own body.

这就是他自己的身体。

After traveling to this world, Qing Chen’s boning knife disappeared, and his original clothes were also gone, but his body was indeed his own.

穿梭到这个世界之后,庆尘手里的剔骨刀不见了,自己身上原本的衣服也不见了,但身体确确实实是他自己的。

Fingerprints and pore positions cannot be faked.

指纹与毛孔位置做不了假。

Qing Chen was sitting on the bed with his knees on his knees. He looked at the heavy alloy door, not knowing what he was thinking.

庆尘抱着膝盖坐在床上,他望着厚重的合金门,不知道在想些什么。

Slowly, the door began to become noisy, and there was even the sound of someone slamming the alloy prison door.

慢慢的,门外开始嘈杂起来,甚至还有人用力拍打合金牢门的声音。

Qing Chen walked slowly to the door, trying to listen to what was screaming outside, but before he could hear clearly, the alloy door made a clear air pressure and the door opened.

庆尘慢慢走到门边,试图贴着门听听外面在吼叫什么,结果还没等他听清楚,合金门便发出了清晰的气压传动声,门开了。

He looked out the door, which was a back-shaped corridor.

他看向门外,门外是一条回型走廊。

There are seven floors in this square prison fortress, and each floor has densely arranged cells.

这正方形的监狱堡垒里有七层,每一层都有着密密麻麻排列整齐的囚室。

In the empty and huge prison fortress outside, only sporadic lights were on. Inside the open alloy doors were dim cells, like beasts closed.

外面空旷而又硕大的监狱堡垒里,只有零星的灯光亮着,一扇扇打开的合金门里是昏暗的囚室,像是关着一头头野兽。

Qing Chen stood in the door, it seemed that as long as he took this step, he would walk into an unknown life.

庆尘站在门里,似乎他只要踏出这一步,就会走向一个不可知的人生。

In the vast prison, an unknown broadcast suddenly sounded, and inside was a nice female voice: “At seven o’clock in the morning, at breakfast time, all prisoners are asked to queue up and go to the restaurant to eat.”

广阔的监狱里,不知何处的广播突然响起,里面是一个好听的女性声音:“早晨七点整,早餐时间,请所有服刑人员依次队列,前往餐厅就餐。”

The voice echoed in the prison fortress, and Qing Chen still looked at the threshold in front of him.

声音在监狱堡垒里回荡着,而庆尘依旧看着眼前的门槛。

It seemed that as long as he stepped out, everything was different.

似乎只要他踏出去,一切都不一样了。

In fact, he felt that he had been different from a certain moment.

其实他觉得自己从某一刻开始,就已经有所不同了。

When did it start?

从什么时候开始的呢?

Probably… when he thought that there was only the last two and a half hours left in his life, so he did what he wanted to do the most but didn’t dare to do before.

大概是……当他以为生命只剩下最后两个半小时,于是就去做了自己最想做却以前不敢做的事情。

He even reported his father, so there is nothing he dare to face.

自己连亲爹都举报了,还有什么不敢面对的。

He stepped out of the cell.

他踏出囚室。

But the next moment he was stunned again.

可下一刻他又愣住了。

I saw a prisoner standing in front of the door of each cell in the not-so-wide corridor outside.

只见外面并不宽敞的走廊里,每个囚室门前都站着一名囚犯。

Qing Chen’s pupils shrank suddenly:

庆尘的瞳孔骤然收缩:

An old man leaned back and looked towards him. He saw that the opponent had a red gleaming mechanical eye in his orbit. The entire right eye socket of the opponent was a mechanical structure, and this metal part extended to the temple on the right. position.

一位老头佝偻着背部朝他看来,只见对方有眼眶里,竟是一只泛着红色微光的机械眼睛,对方整个右眼眶都是机械构造,这金属部件一直延展到右侧的太阳穴位置。

The mechanical eyes didn’t look delicate, or even rough, but I didn’t know why Qing Chen felt the oppression in this eye staring at him.

机械眼睛看起来并不精致,甚至还有些粗糙,但不知道为什么庆尘从这只盯着他的眼睛里,感受到了压迫感。

It seems that the other party is analyzing the details of him.

似乎,对方正在解析他身上的细节.

It’s like he uses memory to analyze others.

就像是他用记忆力解析别人一样。

A burly middle-aged prisoner’s right arm was made entirely of machinery, and the other party moved his fingers. Qing Chen could still hear the metal sound of the mechanical parts turning when the opponent’s palm was opened and closed.

一位魁梧的中年囚犯,右手臂竟完全由机械组成,对方活动着手指,庆尘还能听到对方手掌开合时,机械零件转动的金属声。

The sturdy metal arms, like knotted steel muscles, were tough and violent.

那粗壮的金属手臂,像是虬结的钢铁肌肉般,强硬而暴躁。

In this entire prison fortress, half of the people actually have mechanical limbs.

这整个监狱要塞里,竟是有一半的人都拥有机械肢体。

Mechanical civilization.

机械文明。

These four words popped out of Qing Chen’s mind.

庆尘脑中蹦出了这四个字。

Before he could continue thinking, he saw the burly prisoner in the cell next door smile at him: “Hey, newcomer, don’t eat too much for breakfast, otherwise it will be ugly when it comes out.”

还没等他继续思考,却见隔壁囚室那魁梧的囚犯冲他笑了笑:“喂,新来的,早饭不要吃太多,不然吐出来的时候会很难看。”

As soon as the voice fell, a lot of people laughed in the corridor: “I heard that there were twelve new people here last night, and they can entertain themselves today.”

话音一落,走廊上传出了不少人的哄笑声:“听说昨天晚上新来了十二个人,今天可以娱乐娱乐。”

“This kid doesn’t have any mechanical limbs on him, and it doesn’t matter if he looks outside.”

“这小子身上一点机械肢体都没有,看样子在外面也没什么关系。”

When he heard the three words “newcomer”, Qing Chen was taken aback. He thought that the other party knew that he had just crossed over from the earth.

听到“新来的”三个字时,庆尘一愣,他还以为对方知道自己刚刚从地球穿越过来。

But soon he realized that this “newcomer” should mean that he had just entered prison, and the other party should not know his identity as a human being on earth.

但很快他就反应过来,这“新来的”应该是指他刚进监狱,对方应该是不知道自己地球人身份的。

And Qing Chen frowned, thinking that the other party’s so-called entertainment would be a disaster for him.

而且庆尘皱眉思索着,对方所谓的娱乐,对自己来说恐怕会是一场灾难。

But the question is, how can I survive among these mechanical “beasts”?

可问题是,自己该如何在这群机械“野兽”之中生存?

He restrained the restlessness and fear in his heart. When an ordinary second-year high school student faced a sudden and fierce change, the only thing Qing Chen could do was to force himself not to show any strangeness.

他克制着自己内心的躁动与恐惧,一个普通高二学生面对突如其来的凶狠变故,庆尘唯一能做的就是先强迫自己不表露任何异样。

Because he didn’t know what the consequences would be if things about himself from another world were exposed.

因为他不知道,如果自己来自另一个世界的事情暴露了,会招来怎样的后果。

Suddenly, a teenager in the corridor on the fourth floor opposite went crazy: “What place is this! I want to go home! I don’t want to stay in this kind of ghost place, who are you!? I am Huang Jixian and my dad is Los Angeles. Chairman of Wynn Group, stay away from me!”

忽然间,对面四楼走廊上有一名少年抓狂起来:“这是什么地方!我要回家!我不要呆在这种鬼地方,你们是什么人!?我是黄济先,我爸是洛城永利集团的董事长,你们离我远点!”

With that said, the boy ran wildly along the corridor.

说着,那少年竟是沿着走廊疯狂奔跑起来。

The others didn’t move, they just stood in place and watched as if they were watching the excitement, still keeping the queue ready to go to the cafeteria for dinner.

其他人并没有动,就像是看热闹似的站在原地观望,依旧保持着准备前往食堂吃饭的队列。

Some people are a little puzzled: “Where is Los Angeles?”

有人有些疑惑:“洛城是哪里?”

Suddenly, Qing Chen heard a buzzing sound from above his head. He looked up and found that four drones like iron boxes had separated from the wall on the high and deep ceiling and began to fall downward.

骤然间,庆尘听到头顶有蜂鸣声传来,他抬头看去赫然发现高而深邃的天花板上,正有四架如同铁盒子般的无人机脱离了墙壁,开始向下坠落。

Qing Chen’s gaze stayed on the ceiling, and the alloy wall was neatly “embedded” with eighteen Gatling-like six-barrel machine gun turrets hanging upside down.

庆尘目光停留在天花板上,合金材质的墙壁上,竟是整齐的“嵌着”十八台加特林一样的六管机枪炮台倒悬着。

As the panicked boy ran, the muzzles of nine of the machine guns were also turning!

随着那慌乱少年的跑动,其中九台机枪的枪口也在转动!

“Please stop walking,” a female voice from the drone: “Warning again, please stop walking.”

“请停止走动,”无人机上发出女性声音:“再次警告,请停止走动。”

Immediately afterwards, a female voice broadcast sounded from the prison fort: “All prisoners are requested to stand by.”

紧接着,监狱堡垒里响起女性声音的广播声:“请所有服刑人员原地待命。”

In just over ten seconds, four drones blocked the young boy in the corridor, and a gunpoint was pointed at him directly under each drone.

仅仅十多秒的时间,四架无人机便将那少年死死的堵在走廊某处,每架无人机的正下方都有枪口指着他。

At the same time, a gate opened below the prison fortress, and 9 robots holding unknown firearms were approaching at full speed.

与此同时,监狱堡垒下方也有闸口打开,9名举着不知名枪械的机器人正全速进场。

The young man sat down against the wall in fear, while Qing Chen watched all this coldly.

少年恐惧无比的靠墙跌坐着,而庆尘则冷冷的注视着这一切。

The other party’s behavior was a bit extreme, but it helped Qing Chen learn a lot of information.

对方的行为有些过激,但是却帮助庆尘了解到许多信息。

Machine guns, drones, robots, mechanical limbs, countless information all merged into his mind at a time.

机枪、无人机、机器人、机械肢体,无数的信息一时间全部汇入他脑中。

But what surprised Qing Chen most was that he looked at all the behavior of the boy and suddenly realized that he might not be the only one who came here from the earth.

但令庆尘最诧异的其实是,他看着那少年的一切表现忽然意识到:自己可能并不是唯一一个从地球来到这里的人。

Not the first, and it shouldn’t be the last.

不是第一个,应该也不是最后一个。

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