• Akiko: Talking Elbows

Volume five. Transcendent status

Qingchen once thought about it, would anyone else have a countdown on their arms?

曾经庆尘也想过,会不会有其他人手臂上也出现倒计时?

It is precisely because of this speculation that he took the subway to go far away to verify some things so carefully, so as not to be found by clues in the future.

正是因为有这个猜测,他才会那么小心谨慎的坐地铁去很远的地方验证一些事情,以免日后被人寻线索找到。

But later a series of changes followed, making Qing Chen almost forgot this speculation.

但是后来一系列变故接踵而至,让庆尘几乎遗忘了这个猜测。

It now appears that his guess has finally become a reality.

现在看来,他的猜测最终成了现实。

There must be a lot of people who have traveled from the earth to this world. There are two prisons alone, not to mention the world outside the prisons.

从地球穿越到这个世界的人一定不少,光这监狱都有两个,就更不用提监狱以外的世界了。

How many people are there? several hundred? several thousand?

穿越者有多少人?几百?几千?

What did they cross because of?

他们又是因为什么穿越?

Qing Chen could not be sure.

庆尘无法确定。

“This newcomer is a bit interesting, I’m afraid it’s not a fool,” someone looked at the collapsed teenager and laughed: “I heard that he was sentenced to 7 years for tax evasion? Didn’t he come in yesterday? Cry, cry until now.”

“这次来的新人有点意思啊,怕不是个傻子吧,”有人看着崩溃的那个少年嬉笑道:“我听说他是因为偷税漏税判了7年进来的?昨天被押进来的时候没哭,到现在才哭。”

“Those who dare to provoke tax collection agencies these days are not fools…”

“这年头敢惹税务征收机构的人,不是傻子是什么……”

Qing Chen looked at the source of the sound. It was a young man with mechanical legs. When the other party saw him looking, he raised the corners of his mouth and smiled: “Hey, newcomer, are you ready?”

庆尘朝声音来源处看去,正是一名装载了机械双腿的青年男子,对方见他看去,便挑起嘴角笑道:“喂,新来的,你做好准备了吗?”

The surrounding crowd burst into laughter suddenly, and seemed to be waiting for a good show.

周围人群顿时哄笑起来,似乎都等着看好戏了。

This place is obviously so sci-fi and advanced, but the evil side of mankind doesn’t seem to have changed.

这个地方,明明如此科幻与先进,可是人类那恶的一面好像并没有什么改变。

Qing Chen frowned, but ignored it. He looked at the young man surrounded by drones again.

庆尘皱眉,却没有理会,他重新看向那个被无人机围起来的少年.

I am afraid that only he knows that the reason why the other party did not cry yesterday and did not cry today is that the other party, just like himself, has just passed through the “greenhouse” of the earth, and is somewhat unable to accept this reality.

恐怕只有他知道,对方昨天没哭、今天才哭的原因是:对方今天和自己一样,刚刚从地球那个“温室”穿越过来,有点接受不了这个现实。

This is not a guess, but he has seen each other.

这不是猜测,而是他见过对方。

Qing Chen is 17 years old this year, and he is a sophomore at the Los Angeles Foreign Language School.

庆尘今年17岁,在洛城外国语学校上高二。

The collapsed teenager is a first grade senior.

而这位崩溃的少年则是高一年级的。

The two have not had any intersection, but Qing Chen never forgets, as long as they have seen it, it is hard to forget.

两人并没有过任何交集,只是庆尘过目不忘,只要看见过的就很难忘记。

This made Qing Chen a little surprised. Could it be that the location before the crossing was close, and the location after the crossing would be very close?

倒是让庆尘有些诧异,难道穿越前所在位置相近,穿越后的位置也会距离很近吗?

He can’t be sure.

他没法确定。

But Qing Chen discovered one thing: all the people here were speaking Mandarin, and none of them spoke dialect.

不过庆尘倒是发现了一件事情:这里的人全都在说普通话,竟是没有一个说方言的。

At this moment, the machine guard is rushing up the stairs, and each step can cross the five-step staircase, accompanied by the unique sound of hydraulic transmission.

此时此刻,机器警卫正沿着楼梯冲上去,每次踏步都能跨越五阶楼梯,并伴随着独特的液压传动声响。

The young man was already crying as an adult.

那名少年,已经哭的不成人样了。

Half of the people in this prison fortress are loaded with mechanical limbs, and encountering people on earth in a place surrounded by such steel beasts, it feels quite like a stranger in another country.

这座监狱堡垒里有一半人都装载了机械肢体,在这种钢铁猛兽环伺的地方遇到地球人,颇有种他乡遇故知的感觉。

Most people will feel an inexplicable sense of security when they encounter a “hometown” in an unfamiliar place.

一般人在陌生的地方遇到“同乡”,都会升起一种莫名的安全感。

Ke Qingchen didn’t feel this way. He looked at the teenager who was on the verge of collapse and realized that “hometown” may not help you, but may become a drag.

可庆尘并没有这种感觉,他看着那个已经濒临崩溃的少年便意识到,“同乡”并不一定能帮到你,反而可能成为一种拖累。

Not everyone is still calm in the face of this newly arrived mechanical civilization.

不是所有人在面对这初来乍到的机械文明,还能保持冷静。

What he has to do now is to survive the first two days, and then return to Earth to understand why all this is happening.

他现在要做的是先撑过这初来乍到的两天,然后回到地球去了解这一切到底是为什么。

Qing Chen watched in silence, not knowing why, but his mood at the moment became more calm.

庆尘低调的默默观望着,不知道为什么,他此时此刻的心情反而更镇定了一些。

Until this time, all the prisoners were still standing motionless.

到这时,所有囚犯都还站在原地一动不动。

He looked around the prison fortress. The nine robots who had just rushed from the gate outside the prison area left three of them under martial law in the square downstairs, while the rest went upstairs to take the panicked teenager away.

他环顾监狱堡垒,刚刚从监区外闸门冲来的9名机器人,留下了3名在楼下的广场戒严,其余的则上楼将那名恐慌的少年带走。

The square downstairs is very wide and feels the size of a football field.

楼下广场很宽阔,感觉有一个足球场大小。

The open square is divided into several areas: restaurant, fitness equipment entertainment area, reading area, audio-visual area, etc…

开放式的广场又分成好几个区域:餐厅、健身器材娱乐区域、阅读区、影音区等等……

There is no partition between these areas, like a large free activity place, and on the edge of the square, there are 8 large steel gates.

这些区域之间并没有什么隔断,像是一个大型的自由活动场所,而这广场边缘,则分布着8个大型钢铁闸门。

Those gates are so large that they can allow armored vehicles to pass directly.

那些闸门之大,怕是可以允许装甲车直接通过。

Suddenly Qing Chen was stunned. He saw that three people had already appeared at the dining table in the square downstairs.

忽然间庆尘愣住了,他看到已经有三个人不知何时出现在楼下广场的餐桌旁了。

A middle-aged man who appeared to be in his forties was sitting, and the other two young men stood beside him with a smile, and then looked up at the prisoners upstairs with interest.

一名看起来四十多岁的中年男人坐着,另外两名年轻人笑眯眯的守在他身旁,然后饶有兴致的抬头打量着楼上的囚犯们。

A chess board was placed in front of the middle-aged man, and an endgame was set on the board.

中年男人面前放着一张象棋盘,棋盘上则是摆好了一副残局。

The most amazing thing was that beside the chessboard on the dining table, there was a cat nap with paws lying on it. It was gray with two pointed hairs on its ears. It looked a bit like a lynx, but it wasn’t.

最令人惊异的是,那餐桌上的棋盘旁,竟然还卧着一只揣着爪子打盹的猫,灰色,耳朵上有两丛尖尖的毛,看起来有点像猞猁,但又不是。

Maine Coon cat.

缅因猫。

Can cats be kept in prison? !

监狱里还能养猫?!

Qing Chen was a little surprised, his eyes were attracted by the “comrades” just now, so that he didn’t see when the three people and the cat came to the square.

庆尘有些惊愕,他刚才的目光被“同乡”吸引,以至于他都没看到这三人一猫是什么时候来到广场的。

At this moment, I saw the middle-aged man staring at the chessboard intently, as if what happened upstairs had nothing to do with him.

此时,只见那中年男人专心致志的盯着棋盘,仿佛楼上发生的事情与他毫无关系一样。

What’s more, what surprised Qing Chen most was that even the robots on the square were treated as if these three people and one cat did not exist.

而且,最令庆尘诧异的是,就连广场上的那些机器人都当这三人一猫不存在似的。

The seriousness and tension upstairs and the ease and calmness downstairs are like a sharp contrast between two different worlds.

楼上的严肃紧张,与楼下的轻松从容,像是两个不同世界般的鲜明对比。

Among the three, two young men wore normal blue and white prison uniforms, while the middle-aged man wore a white practice uniform.

这三人中,两个年轻人穿着正常的蓝白相间囚服,而中年男人却是穿了一身白色练功服。

In this gloomy and depressing environment, the white dust was extremely dusty.

在这灰暗压抑的环境里,那抹白色出尘极了。

Qing Chen thought to himself, could this be the warden?

庆尘暗自思忖,难道这是监狱长?

No, although the other party is wearing a training suit different from other prisoners, the chest of the training suit is also embroidered with a small black sentence number.

不对,虽然对方穿着异于其他囚犯的练功服,可那练功服胸口还绣着小小的黑色服刑编号。

This middle-aged man is also a prisoner, but the most special one.

这中年男人也是监狱的一名服刑人员,只不过是最特殊的那一个。

As if feeling his gaze, a young man beside the middle-aged man suddenly turned his head and looked back at him with a smile.

仿佛感受到了他的目光,中年男人身旁的一名年轻人竟突然转头,笑意盈盈的回看着他了一眼。

Qing Chen took it back immediately.

庆尘立刻收回了。

After the crashed Earth boy was taken away, the announcement rang from the prison fortress again: “Go to the restaurant in the queue for dinner.”

待到那名崩溃的地球少年被带走后,监狱堡垒里再次响起了广播:“按队列依次前往餐厅就餐。”

As soon as the voice fell, Qing Chen saw all the prisoners turn to the right, and then lined up in a long line, walking along the stairs to the square.

话音刚落,庆尘便看到所有囚犯向右转,然后排着长长的队形,沿着楼梯往广场前进。

Only then did Qing Chen have the opportunity to count all the prisoners: including him, 3102.

直到这时候庆尘才有机会统计所有囚犯人数:包括他,3102名。

This prison fortress has a total of seven floors, and each layer of prisoners forms a team, led by the prisoner at the front of the team, to the restaurant in an orderly manner.

这监狱堡垒总共七层,每层囚犯组成一支队伍,由队伍最前方的囚犯带领着,井然有序的依次前往餐厅。

During this period, no one jumped in and no one left the team. Qing Chen felt that everyone here seemed to be operating according to the established procedures, and everything was “constrained” by others.

此期间没人插队,也没人脱离队伍,庆尘感觉这里所有人都像是在按照既定好的程序运转一样,一切都被人“约束”好了

This order does not end until everyone finishes the meal from the robot window.

这种秩序,直到每个人从机器人窗口打完饭菜才结束。

It seems that you can move around freely after finishing the meal.

似乎打完饭菜就可以自由活动了。

Qing Chen and the others lived on the fifth floor, so when it was their turn to eat, the people on the first floor had already finished their meal. Two burly prisoners pulled a young man directly to the nearest restaurant. As we walked to the cell in the building, many people clamored beside them.

庆尘他们住在第五层,所以轮到他们打饭的时候,前面第一层的人已经结束用餐了,只见两名身材魁梧的囚犯拉扯着一个年轻人,直接往距离餐厅最近的一楼囚室走去,还有不少人跟在旁边起哄。

Others confessed: “Hurry up and pull him into the cell, don’t hurt him on the square, be careful of the robotic prison guards intervening.”

还有人交代着:“赶紧把他拉进囚室,不要在广场上弄伤他,小心机器狱警插手。”

The prisoner who was pulling the young man casually responded, “Don’t worry, I’m not a fool like Yang Jie.”

拉扯着年轻人的囚犯漫不经心的回应道:“放心,我不是杨杰那种蠢货。”

At the same time, the young man struggled and yelled: “Let go of me!”

与此同时,那年轻人奋力挣扎着、嘶吼着:“放开我!”

But just when he was about to be pulled into the cell, the young man’s voice had already turned to pleading: “Please forgive me!”

可是就在他快要被拉进囚室的时候,年轻人的声音已经转为哀求:“求求你们饶了我吧!

However, no matter what he said, no one paid any attention to his request, and instead drew louder ridicules.

然而不管他怎么说,都没有人理会他的请求,反而招来了更嘈杂的嘲笑声。

Suddenly, the old man with mechanical eyes in front of him turned and smiled: “Don’t look around, it will be your turn in a moment.”

突然间,他前方安装着机械眼睛的老头转身笑道:“别东张西望了,待会儿就轮到你了。”

Qing Chen glanced at him calmly, and the old man suddenly felt that the young man’s eyes on the opposite side seemed to be different, and he didn’t know why, he actually felt a sudden tightness in his heart.

庆尘平静的看了他一眼,老头忽然感觉对面这少年的眼神好像有些不同,也不知道为什么,他竟然感觉内心里突然一紧。

After having dinner at the window, the formation was scattered.

在窗口打完饭,队形就散乱了。

Qing Chen found that the three people around him approached him, as if to control him directly!

庆尘发现身边三个人若有若无的朝自己靠近过来,像是要直接控制他!

He immediately speeded up his pace, and the other party also speeded up his pace, enclosing him tightly!

他顿时加快了步伐,而对方也同样加快了步伐,将他紧紧围在当中!

In the next moment, the picture in this prison fortress seemed to have passed through Qing Chen’s mind.

下一刻,这监狱堡垒里的画面宛如在庆尘脑海中细细过了一遍似的。

On the dome, 18 steel beast-like machine guns stood by silently, like a sleeping tiger.

穹顶上18台钢铁野兽般的机枪安静待命,犹如沉睡的猛虎。

72 drones are suspended in the card slots of the gray alloy ceiling, like sleeping wasps.

72台无人机悬挂在灰色合金天花板的卡槽里,犹如沉眠的黄蜂。

210 monitors slowly turned the angle, and 3 robots stood with guns in the square.

210台监控缓缓转动角度,广场内3台机器人持枪伫立。

The prisoners received the food from the window one by one, and some people complained that it was unpalatable synthetic meat today.

囚犯们一个接一个从窗口领取着饭菜,有人抱怨着今天又是难吃的合成肉。

Someone was washing the dishes next to the sink, and someone was washing the dishes for others.

水池旁边有人在洗刷餐盘,还有人替别人洗刷餐盘。

As more and more people finished eating, the square began to become lively. Everyone shuttled back and forth, some went to the fitness area, and some were onlookers for the newcomer ceremony.

广场上随着越来越多的人就餐结束,开始变的热闹起来,大家来往穿梭着,有的去了健身区,有的则围观者新人仪式。

However, everyone subconsciously avoided the middle-aged man staring at the chessboard.

但是,所有人都下意识避开了那位盯着棋盘的中年男人。

The man still looked at the chessboard earnestly, no one approached for five meters around it, like a calm and hard reef on the sea level, all turbulent waters and ships must retreat.

男人依旧认真的看着棋盘,周围五米都无人靠近,就像是海平面上镇静且坚硬的礁石,所有汹涌海水与船只都必须退让。

Suddenly, Qing Chen was carrying the dinner plate, speeding through the three-person circle, and walking towards the middle-aged man.

庆尘忽然间端着餐盘,加速从三人包围圈里穿过,朝中年男人方向走去。

Looking at the direction he was heading, many people suddenly realized what this newcomer wanted to do.

看着他前进的方向,很多人都忽然意识到这个新来的想要干嘛。

Gradually, more and more people turned their eyes to him and whispered. The expressions on each prisoner’s face seemed to be waiting to see him joke.

渐渐的,越来越多人把目光转向他,并窃窃私语,一个个囚犯脸上的表情,都仿佛等着看他笑话。

There are many prison newcomers who find that middle-aged men are abnormal, and there are also many prison newcomers who want to rely on each other to get out of trouble. Qing Chen has never been the only one.

发现中年男人异常的监狱新人很多,想要依靠对方摆脱困境的监狱新人也很多,庆尘从来都不是唯一一个。

But in fact everyone failed.

但事实上所有人都失败了。

However, Qing Chen turned a deaf ear to those bantering sounds, and continued to carry the dinner plates with no one else, passing through the crowd.

只是,庆尘对那些戏谑声充耳不闻,继续旁若无人的手端餐盘,穿过人群。

Before he could get closer, he was stopped by the young man next to the middle-aged man. The other party smiled and said, “Newcomer, I know what your calculations are, but we won’t help you.”

还没等他靠近,便被中年人身边的年轻人拦下了,对方笑着说道:“新来的,我知道你打的什么算盘,但我们不会帮你。”

The other party guessed Qing Chen’s idea, and Qing Chen cast his gaze behind the young man.

对方猜中了庆尘的想法,而庆尘则将目光投向年轻人身后。

The middle-aged man turned a deaf ear to what was happening next to him, as if he hadn’t heard anything.

中年人对身旁发生的这一切都充耳不闻,好像什么都没听到似的。

He looked at the middle-aged man earnestly and said, “If the soldiers advance, I can solve this endgame.”

他认真的看着中年男人说道:“前兵进一,这残局我能解。”

The middle-aged man didn’t raise his head until then, then the square suddenly became quiet, and the cat opened his eyes.

中年男人直到这时才抬起头来,然后广场上便突然安静了,猫也睁开了眼睛。

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