Chapter 04: The Space
After experiencing such a miraculous thing as transmigrating into a book, Zu Qi was surprisingly calm at this moment.
He calmed down and looked around the surrounding scenery, and found that the grassland seemed to have no end, extending to the skyline infinitely. At first glance, it looked like a still landscape painting, not even a slight breeze.
There was the sound of gurgling water not far away. Zu Qi looked for the source of the sound, and saw a rather turbulent river that appeared in front of him at some unknown time, and clusters of tender yellow flowers grew on its banks that were eroded by the river.
Zu Qi approached and took a closer look; it turned out to be wild chrysanthemums blooming in full bloom.
Zuqi remembered that the flowering season of wild chrysanthemums was from September to October in autumn, and it was not yet early autumn. So, in theory, wild chrysanthemums should not bloom so luxuriantly.
But at the moment, this was not the important point ——
Soon Zu Qi was attracted by the fresh smell spreading in the air. He barely squatted down with his heavy and rounded belly, and leaned close to a wild chrysanthemum, then took a deep sniff.
Suddenly, a strange smell quickly penetrated into his nose, Zu Qi yawned, and suddenly felt a chaos in his head, which unexpectedly gave him the urge to take a nap on the spot.
Zu Qi tried hard to suppress the sleepiness that was already in his heart. He reached out and picked a wild chrysanthemum, and when he stood up again with difficulty, he felt that the scenery in front of him changed suddenly.
In the blink of an eye, Zu Qi returned to the bathroom again.
“Madam.” Then, there was Steward Zhang’s cautious voice, “It’s cold at night, you still have water on your body, be careful not to catch a cold.”
Zu Qi woke up like a dream, his eyes were still slightly dazed, he clenched his fists unconsciously. The next second, he suddenly felt that the palm of his hand was hurt by something cold.
He looked down.
Immediately, he was surprised to find that he was holding a sparkling emerald green gemstone and a wild chrysanthemum that was crushed by him.
Zu Qi was stunned for a moment, and immediately came to a realization ——
It turned out that everything he saw just now was real, and also, everything he experienced just now did really happen. He was not dreaming.
Steward Zhang’s voice pulled back Zu Qi’s thoughts again, and he turned around to see Steward Zhang looking at him with a strange expression.
In order to prevent Steward Zhang from being suspicious, Zu Qi had to temporarily suppress the confusion and excitement in his heart, and made a plain and calm expression with his eyes down.
Steward Zhang adjusted the hot water in the shower and went out. Before leaving, he told Zu Qi to call him whenever Zu Qi had any questions, and then, he waited outside.
An hour later, Zu Qi, who was wearing a large nightgown, slowly walked out of the bathroom with the help of Steward Zhang. Xue Jue, who was given a closed door, was nowhere to be seen.
Zu Qi sat down by the bed, he called and instructed Steward Zhang: “Go and call Xue Jue.”
Steward Zhang replied without changing his face: “Madam, Master has important work to do tonight. It is not convenient to come over to see you for the time being.”
Zu Qi curled the corner of his mouth; he gave Steward Zhang a cold-eyed stare with his half-opened peach blossom eyes, and prepared to get up as if he had thought about it: “Since he is not convenient to come to see me, then, is it alright if I go and find him, right?”
Who would have thought that when he just stood up, Steward Zhang stepped forward and blocked his way.
Zu Qi: “.......” He was about to lose control of the great power in his body!
“You’re pregnant, you should rest early. Wait till tomorrow. Master will naturally come to see you when his work is done.” After saying those words, Steward Zhang nodded and left the room, without waiting for Zu Qi’s approval.
Leaving him gritting his teeth in anger, Zu Qi sat on the side of the bed being bored to death, and then, he simply kicked off his shoes and lay on the bed.
Before going to bed at night, it was usually the most active time for the little guy, and he would gently kick Zu Qi’s belly from time to time.
If it was the usual, Zu Qi would start pointing to his belly and talk to the little kid inside as he teaches and scold the little guy, treating it as self-entertainment.
But now, Zu Qi was in no mood at all.
He recalled and thoroughly filtered the novel’s later parts of plot in his mind, he kept thinking and thinking about it, and not knowing why, his thoughts suddenly jumped into the space he had stayed in not long ago.
That place should be called ‘Space’, right? This was how it was called in the novels.
It’s a pity that Zu Qi was not yet clear about the role of Space and how he enters and exits the space.
Zu Qi suddenly remembered that when he entered and exited the Space, he seemed to have had the most direct contact with that emerald. Maybe the emerald was the key to enter the Space?!
Zu Qi couldn’t help getting excited when he thought of this. He called Xiao Ya who was waiting outside and asked Xiao Ya to bring the emerald and the wild chrysanthemum he had placed on the bathroom shelf.
After the confused Xiaoya silently exited the bedroom, Zu Qi leaned on the bedside to play with the emerald in his hand.
Before he could figure out the result, he suddenly smelled a strong fragrance floating in the air, and the fragrance lingered on the tip of Zu Qi’s nose as if it was alive.
Only fighting with it for just a brief moment, Zu Qi’s brain was already in a state of chaos, and a heavy sense of exhaustion came like a tide.
He casually pulled the thin quilt on the side and put it on his body, and soon fell into a deep sleep.
The next day.
When Zu Qi opened his eyes, the bright light filled and brightened the room, and the hour hand of the wall clock pointed to twelve noon - he slept for a full eleven hours in this sleep.
Zu Qi suddenly felt unbelievable, and thought that he was mistaken when he checked the time.
Today was the sixth day that he transmigrated into the book. The first four nights were either he suffered from insomnia or had nightmares every night without exception. Every morning, it was just before seven o’clock that he woke up naturally after surviving those dreams, and then began a groggy day.
Only last night, he had just closed his eyes and slept until noon.
And when he woke up, there was no feeling of sleepiness, as if the whole person had been washed from the inside out, his face was radiant and energetic, and even his brain was abnormally awake.
He had never been in this state before.
That wild chrysanthemum......
Zu Qi suddenly remembered the wild chrysanthemum he had put on the bedside table last night. He turned around and was about to reach for it, only to find that there was nothing on the surface of the table. The wild chrysanthemum was gone, leaving only a pile of yellow powder.
Zu Qi: “!!!”
He got out of bed and walked to the table and bent over to take a closer look. He found that the wild chrysanthemum had indeed turned into yellow powder. When he got closer, he could still smell the familiar aroma, but it was much lighter than last night.
Zu Qi thoughtfully took some powder with his index finger, and gently rubbed it between his fingers.
If he guessed correctly, the wild chrysanthemum should have played a role for his long-lost peaceful sleep and recuperation. It was very likely that there was a relation between his suddenly-improved sleep quality last night and the wild chrysanthemum.
Perhaps the reason why the flower turned into powder overnight was because it was already “used”?
Zu Qi was guessing wildly, while pulling a piece of paper towel to wipe off all the powder on the table and throw it into the trash can. Then he picked up the emerald and observed it in detail under the light.
In fact, the quality of the emerald was not that excellent, but it felt smooth and exquisite, and when he put it in his palm, he could feel a faint warm current pouring into all the limbs and bones.
‘Is it really the key to enter the Space?’
Zu Qi thought suspiciously, just after thinking about it, he saw his surroundings distorted.
In a blink of an eye, he was already in that grassland full with lush green grass, and not far away was still that gurgling river with yellow velvet wild chrysanthemums blooming on both banks.
There was no wind or sunshine there. The blue sky, white clouds and the endless grass seemed to be frozen into a static picture. Only the turbulent river and the walking Zuqi were in motion.
Zu Qi slowly opened his palm, and the emerald lay quietly in the palm of his hand.
In an instant, he seemed to realize something; a thought flashed in his mind, and the scene before him was distorted again. In less than two seconds, he returned again to the resort’s bedroom.
Zu Qi’s eyes gradually turned into surprise. He clenched the emerald tightly and was about to enter the space to test again when he suddenly heard a knock on the door.
“Madam.” Steward Zhang spoke from outside the door, “Are you awake? It’s almost afternoon. You should get up and eat something before you continue to rest. Don’t make yourself hungry.”
Zu Qi, who was totally immersed in surprise and happiness, was suddenly pulled out in the middle of it. He hurriedly hid the emerald under the pillow, raised his voice to outside to wait a while, then washed his face and brushed his teeth.
Xiao Ya had hung all the clothes in the suitcase in the closet, all of his clothes were bright in colors or colorful, but there was a feeling of chaos yet charming to the eyes - all of the styles were exactly the styles that Xue Jue hated the most in the novel.
Zu Qi chose and changed clothes for a long time in front of the closet, and finally chose a set of colorful shirt and shorts for summer vacation.
When he opened the door and went out, Zu Qi saw that Steward Zhang’s expression was obviously distorted, frowned and stared at his clothes for half a minute. Finally, he didn’t say anything, and waved his hand to let the maids behind him bring the prepared trays of Zu Qi’s meal into the room.
Zu Qi comfortably ate lunch under the help of the maids. After Steward Zhang led the crowd to leave, he used the name of the lunch break to slowly experiment on the emerald in the room alone.
Until four o’clock in the afternoon, Zu Qi saw that the time was almost up, so he called Xiao Ya to take him to find Xue Jue.
One had to admit that the overbearing president Xue Jue was really busy. Before Zu Qi approached the room Xue Jue lived in, he saw five or six people waiting respectfully outside the door to meet Xue Jue, and with their assistants, that group of people formed a human train.
This situation was no different from the group of officials waiting to have an audience with the emperor in ancient times.
With Xiao Ya leading the way, Zu Qi naturally walked through the crowd, all eyes were on him as he opened the door and walked into the room.
There were whispering voices behind him, and he could even think with his toes that those people were discussing his identity.
There was a faint scent of sandalwood in the room, which had a very pleasant smell. Zu Qi took two deep breaths, walked through the huge and luxurious living room, and then, finally came to the door of a small room.
The dark brown solid wood door was left unlocked, and there was the sound of two men talking inside.
“Hey, to tell you the truth, since I got through that crisis three years ago, I have never slept well again. I was under too much pressure that I’ve lost a lot of my hair.”
“Did President Bai go to see a doctor?” Xue Jue’s voice was low and magnetic, but very cold.
“I’ve done it a long time ago, but it’s no use.” The middle-aged man sighed, waved his hand and said, “If I’m suffering from insomnia, just say it’s insomnia. If I’m losing my hair, just say it’s hair loss. Do you know what the doctor said? It’s because my heart is overburdened with too much stress and anxiety! But, the body had already suffered to this point, what is the point of saying overburdened or not?”
After speaking, the man sighed again for a while. After the digression passed, they talked for a while on official business, and soon the middle-aged man got up and said goodbye.
Zu Qi stood by the door and waited. When the middle-aged man came out, his eyes suddenly lit up.
He watched the middle-aged man pass by him, and it was obvious that the other party had also noticed his protruding big belly, and there was a fleeting surprise in his eyes.
“Hello.” Zu Qi didn’t care about the other’s gaze, he smiled, nodded and greeted.
The middle-aged man was surprised that his eyes were a little impolite, he hurriedly retracted his gaze, and hurriedly left after he replied Zu Qi’s greeting.
Xiao Ya on the side opened the door and cautiously called “Master”. Zu Qi walked in, supporting his waist, just to meet Xue Jue’s raised eyes.
“Hi!” Zu Qi said in a good mood. He sat down on the chair opposite the desk and raised his eyebrows to look at Xue Jue, who was obviously unhappy. “Let’s talk about the breakup.”
Xue Jue’s face instantly became gloomy.