Elite Mages’ Academy - Chapter 696
On the mountain peak, the Earth Division of Dawn Academy’s peace was heavily disrupted after the appearance of the blood moon. The employees might have already known about that astrological phenomenon, but it was still something that only happened once every few hundred years, so they could not help but start to chatter among themselves in low voices.
The telescope outside the building was already completely facing the surface of the moon, and was being broadcasted on a monitor on the screen so that everyone could see it. For the Earth Division that was never in need of money, the telescope had come at a very high price. The accuracy and quality came without saying, but there was nothing much to see on the Earth’s surface, and they had all already gotten tired of the mountainous regions on the moon.
Only Mao Tianying was getting more and more nervous; his eyes were fixed on the central monitor, and he constantly looked at his watch, mumbling to himself, “Hurry up! Hurry up and end!”
As long as the blood moon ended, it would mean that the night would continue to be peaceful and uneventful, and he could continue living his carefree lifestyle. Of course, that was the future he hoped the most for.
Time pa.s.sed second by second, minute by minute.
As the blood moon slowly disappeared, Mao Tianying’s face slowly relaxed, and he would occasionally talk to the few other employees. The cheerful division head was back, and the atmosphere in the office became much more relaxed. There were a lot more conversations going on.
“Didn’t the news say that this is a miracle that only happens once every two hundred something years? It’s such a rare occasion, so why isn’t the division head treating us all to a meal?”
“That’s right, we were ordered here for emergency overtime. Now, I only have instant noodles to eat.”
“Tomorrow, you can all go into the city, and you can eat whatever you want. Everything will be compensated!” Mao Tianying was incredibly happy.
“Do we only get to choose food? I canceled a date with a girl to be here.”
“Today’s overtime pay will be compensated in triple, no, thirty times!” Mao Tianying waved his hands in an exaggerated manner. He eyed the blood moon that was about to end. There was only a little crescent moon left on the blood moon, so his mood was good. He might not have a lot of powers as a division head, but in terms of overtime pay, he had the right to make the decisions.
“I love you, Division Head!”
“You’re the best!”
The office broke out in cheers. Everyone’s focus also slowly shifted away from the monitor. Even though the blood moon was rare, money was even more attractive. To those of them who were willing to stay on Earth instead of going to the New World, they naturally wanted more money to live a more comfortable life.
The strict office had finally returned to the usual atmosphere, and they no longer needed to sit at their desks in somber moods, so it became much noisier.
However, since the overtime order had been issued, there was no way for them to leave that night, so everyone’s gazes shifted back to the screen in boredom. The telescope had managed to capture the final moments of the blood moon, and the astrological miracle was quickly going to end.
“Hey, what’s that?” A woman of about twenty years of age suddenly exclaimed curiously, but her voice did not attract much attention.
“Zhang, what did you notice?” Mao Tianying had heard it. Even though his mood was not bad, he was still observing the monitor for any little changes. He would only completely relax when the blood moon completely ended.
“Ah, there must be something wrong with my eyes. I seemed to have seen a mosquito flying out of the moon.” That woman was quite honest, and repeated what she had seen.
The others shifted their gazes over, but when they kept on enlarging the image of the moon; they did not see anything, and the moon remained to be a desolate mountainous region.
“You must have been mistaken!”
“Haha. Could there be mosquitoes on the moon?”
“It’s winter now. There aren’t even mosquitoes on Earth.”
The whole office laughed.
The woman could not help but blush, and she felt like she had made a big deal out of nothing. She hurriedly waved it off. “It’s probably because it’s too late, and my eyes were playing tricks on me. Ah, it’s been so long since we worked overtime.”
“Let’s discuss what we’re going to eat tomorrow. It’s so rare for the division head to be treating us.” Someone who was not interested in the eclipse at all turned the topic around.
However, Mao Tianying’s eyebrows immediately furrowed. He motioned for everyone to keep quiet. “I have to issue a task first. Everyone, pull out all the recordings and pictures, and find that mosquito Zhang mentioned! No, not just that time period earlier. Check out the whole blood moon’s duration!”
“What?” They felt quite strange, not understanding why Mao Tianying was making such a big deal out of that so-called ‘mosquito’. In truth, all of them still did not understand the reason behind the sudden overtime order.
Mao Tianying looked at their lack of a reaction, and could not help but feel a headache coming on. He felt like he really lacked authority as a division head. He could not help but emphasize, “If we can’t find it tonight, don’t even think about the thirty times overtime pay!”
The group suddenly got much more serious. No matter if they were chatting away or making coffee, all of them tossed aside what they were doing and sat in front of their computers.
Mao Tianying shook his head ruefully; it seemed like money had more power than he did. However, that was fine. As long as they could get rid of that final worry, everything would be fine, and nothing else was more important. He looked up at the monitor. The blood moon had completely ended at that point, and now he just had one final remaining worry, which was that ‘mosquito’ from earlier. Then, he would be able to talk to his superiors.
The office was busy again, but because of the allure of overtime pay, everyone’s enthusiasm was high, and the work was naturally much more efficient.
The recording of the whole blood moon had been stored in the computer. Everyone divided the work among themselves, and searched through it thoroughly. Not long after, there was a result.
“Division Head! Zhang was right, there actually was a mosquito. No, it’s a suspicious black dot to be more precise. Iit just looks like a mosquito.” Someone had immediately shouted out after noticing it.
Mao Tianying did not wait for the picture to be printed out. He immediately rushed over, narrowing his eyes and looking at it for a moment. After constantly enlarging it, the black dot in the recording turned into a blurry black shadow, but it was hard to determine what it was.. However, from a few photos, they could confirm that the thing had definitely suddenly come out of the blood moon, and it was not just something that happened to land on the lens.