Chapter 1261: Feels Bad
The days quickly passed by, and soon, it was December.
Lu Zhou was sitting on a private plane flying from Beijing to Stockholm. He read the paper in his hands, and he soon fell into deep thought.
The author of the paper in his hands was Rudy Dobrik, the leader of the Z particle experiment team and the first person to observe the interference phenomenon of Z particles on gravitational fields in a low-dimensional experiment.
Professor Rudy had published more than five papers in this area.
The data he collected in the experiment intrigued Lu Zhou. Therefore, before getting on the plane, he asked his assistant to find a printer at the airport and print out a copy of this paper.
Chen Yushan looked at Lu Zhou, who had been staring at the paper in hand since getting on the plane. She couldn’t help but complain, “We’re almost at Stockholm, aren’t you going to take a break?”
“Take a break?” Lu Zhou replied casually without looking up, “I feel quite energetic.”
“The dark circles under your eyes say otherwise.” Chen Yushan sighed and continued, “You represent the Chinese academic community. There will be many reporters after getting off the plane. Can’t you just pay attention to your image?”
Lu Zhou smiled awkwardly.
“I’m not worried, after all—”
Chen Yushan knew what Lu Zhou was going to say, and she couldn’t help but roll her eyes. She snatched his paper away, grabbed his arm, and stood up from the chair.
“Come with me!”
She pulled Lu Zhou to the bathroom and took out the men’s BB cream she had bought before boarding the plane from her bag.
“I’ll apply it for you.”
“A man doesn’t wear makeup, and I’m not putting this on my face.”
“Enough, stop messing around, we’re about to get off the plane.”
Lu Zhou wanted to refuse, but Chen Yushan had already started to apply the BB cream on him.
There was not a lot of room in the small bathroom. Lu Zhou looked at her hands and red lips. He suddenly couldn’t say anything.
Speaking of which, this was the first time she was so close to him.
Lu Zhou could even feel her warm breath and her eyelashes trembling…
Chen Yushan was focused on helping him with the BB cream. She didn’t seem to notice anything wrong.
Thankfully, she didn’t.
Otherwise, it would be awkward if they made eye contact.
Lu Zhou could smell the faint scent of jasmine shampoo and perfume. He tried to control his breathing as he held his breath.
What perfume is this??
After applying the BB cream, Chen Yushan was addicted. She then took out an eyebrow trimmer and hair wax. Lu Zhou noticed that all of the products were new.
She obviously planned to do this before boarding the plane!
Time slowly passed by.
Lu Zhou felt like his brain was about to be fried.
Chen Yushan stepped back and looked at Lu Zhou. She nodded with satisfaction and did a victory symbol with her hand.
“I’m so good!
“Look in the mirror, aren’t you more handsome?”
Lu Zhou: “Oh…”
“What? Why is your face red?”
She tried to touch his forehead, but Lu Zhou gently tapped away her hand. He quickly slipped out of the bathroom.
Chen Yushan couldn’t help but smirk. But soon after, her cheeks began to turn red.
“Can’t this guy look somewhere else…”
Speaking of which, that was intense.
He’s normally so meticulous and serious.
It’s rare to see his “clumsy” side.
She couldn’t help but smirk again. She suddenly noticed that she was smiling in the mirror. She quickly wiped the smile off her face.
“Calm down, calm down…”
Chen Yushan patted her chest and quickly put the BB cream and eyebrow trimmer into her cosmetic bag. She waited for her breathing and heartbeat to return to normal. She then walked out of the bathroom like nothing had happened.
Under the escort of two fighter jets, a bright silver private plane landed smoothly on the runway of Stockholm Arlanda Airport.
This was the third time Lu Zhou had come to this city.
Everything here was the same as when he first came.
The only difference was that his identity was no longer just an ordinary “scholar”. People viewed him differently.
This was obvious from the second he stepped out of the plane.
An old man with a beard and white hair stood in the middle of the welcoming ceremony. He smiled and opened his arms toward Lu Zhou, who was walking down the airstair.
“Welcome, scholar from China! Welcome, my friend!”
“Haha, we meet again! How are you?”
“I’m doing well!”
Lu Zhou walked forward and gave Academician Staffan a big hug. Lu Zhou looked at the enthusiastic old Viking man and joked.
“I thought I would come to Stockholm at most twice, I didn’t expect to come three times.”
“Oh, don’t say that, Stockholm is more than just the Nobel Prize.” Academician Staffan continued with a smile, “Please come with me, we have arranged the most luxurious hotel in Stockholm for our distinguished guests. Hopefully, it can relieve the fatigue of your journey.”
Lu Zhou smiled and nodded.
Ambassador Zhang from the Sweden Embassy of China was also here, as well as Prince Karl Frederick, heir to the Swedish royal family.
Except for the little princess with blond hair and blue eyes, Lu Zhou had met everyone here. They were old acquaintances of his. He hugged them one after another.
“On behalf of the royal family of Gustavus, I’d like to welcome…”
The little girl, who was only about seven years old, said hello to Lu Zhou in a childish tone.
However, it seemed like she had either forgotten what Lu Zhou’s name was or she didn’t know how to pronounce his name. The little girl suddenly stopped talking.
A reporter next to her was carrying a camera. Prince Frederick was about to speak for her when the little princess suddenly said, “Mr. Scholar. I hope this trip to Stockholm will inspire you to explore the mysteries of the universe.”
Lu Zhou also smiled and nodded to her. He then said in fluent English, “Thank you, wise and lovely princess. My name is Lu Zhou. Can you tell me your name?”
The little princess replied, “Carl Lilia. You can call me Princess Lilia.”
“Nice to meet you, Princess Lilia.”
Lu Zhou reached out his hand.
The little princess tilted her head in confusion. It seemed like her etiquette teacher didn’t teach her the procedure of shaking hands after bowing.
After hesitating for a while, she suddenly stuck out her tongue playfully. Without giving other people time to react, she suddenly ran away.
Lu Zhou was slightly stunned. He smiled and retracted his right hand. The people standing nearby were also amused by the cute behavior of Princess Lilia, and they all laughed kindly.
The pick-up ceremony came to an end.
The group of people came to the motorcade parked on the side of the road. Wang Peng took the initiative to open the backseat door for Lu Zhou and Chen Yushan. He then sat in the passenger seat.
The staff of the embassy was the one driving. In fact, he was a colleague of Wang Peng, who had only been arranged to Sweden a few days ago. They were escorted by the embassy’s security personnel on the way to the Stockholm Grand Hotel.
Chen Yushan saw the little princess wave goodbye to Lu Zhou. She couldn’t help but pull Lu Zhou’s arm and said, “Wow, she’s so cute!”
Chen Yushan murmured, “You’re fine with what happened on the airplane, right?”
“Of course.” Lu Zhou continued to look outside the window and said, “I’m just surprised there weren’t any reporters when I got off the plane.”
Actually, there were two reporters.
This was quite unusual.
He still remembered that the reporters almost surrounded his plane the last time he came to Stockholm.
The driver sitting in the front row spoke with a smile.
“It’s mainly because of security issues. We discussed with the Swedish authorities here and finally decided to only contact CTV and the local media in Stockholm. If word had gotten out that you would be at the airport, it would have been chaotic.”
Lu Zhou realized that the reporters weren’t informed of his arrival.
“Oh, I see.”
Does this mean I put on makeup for no reason?
That’s good, I guess, I don’t like getting my picture taken.
But I feel kind of bad…