Vol 2: Chapter 2-3.
Is it because someone close to her left her before, so she’s afraid of losing again?
Zheng feels as if he can understand her. He thinks they are the same kind of people, after losing something especially important, they made a promise with themselves never to lose again. That’s why they’re desperately clinging onto their lives. That’s why they’re supporting each other.
“I’m much better.” Then another girl’s face flashes through Zheng’s mind. He lightly pushes Lan away. Even though he can barely move, but this push is firm and determined.
Lan is crying, then suddenly she gets pushed away. Her mind goes blank for a moment then she smiles unnaturally. “Are you alright now? You scared me just then. You were like you had an epileptic seizure, and blood was coming out of your mouth. That looked so horrifying…”
Zheng feels totally exhausted, yet compared to the pain a moment again, this is like heaven to him. He smiles bitterly. “Thank you so much, thanks for helping… helping me breath. Otherwise I would had fainted from suffocation. If I lost conscious under that situation… I think I would have been a corpse by now.”
Lan’s expressions came back to normal. She laughed. “I have to thank you, if you didn’t save me then I don’t know what would have happened. So what was that? Do you have a medical history?”
Zheng shakes his head, he doesn’t know how to describe what just happened. When he was on the border of life and death, he felt something unlocked within him. The combat was smooth and and the precision of his movements was within a millimeter. He spent every bit of his energy without waste. The combat instincts had no compassion or fear. If he really has to describe it with a phenomenon, it would be similar to SEED mode.
Of course, this is probably the genetic constraint that Xuan talked about, evolved human beings that can survive through any extremes. This also explains why it was so painful afterward, that was probably the side effects from the substance generated from unlocking the constraint.
The pain comes and goes quickly. Zheng feels he is gradually recovering his energy. Yet the feeling of unlocked genetic constraint also subsides. Perhaps the poisonous substance is being decomposed by his body. His enhanced cellular vitality and immunization strength saved him, at the same time prevented the substance from totally unlocking the constraint. Zheng can almost imagine that if he kept this combat instinct, the Alien’s won’t be unbeatable.
Lan sees that Zheng haven’t replied, she didn’t continue with the topic, instead she laughs. “See what rewards you get for killing an Alien. Hehe. There can’t be no reward for it.”
Zheng has recovered a lot by now. After hearing her words, he immediately looks at his watch. It says Aliens killed 1, and next to it is 500 points. Perhaps the reward was announced during his combat, but at the time his mind was filled with killing and didn’t notice the announcement.
He suppresses his happiness and said. “Awarded 500 points. That’s great, this is half the reward from surviving a movie.”
Lan is smiling also, as if she earned the reward herself. She says happily. “500 points for one, maybe you can kill a few more then you will get a few thousand points in just this movie… hehe, since you said I saved your life, then should you exchange some gifts for me when we go back?”
Zheng looks at her red lips and replies without thinking. “Then I will give you the perfect lipstick, that color is so beautiful.”
Lan immediately blushes. Then Zheng realizes the ambiguity of his tone. He coughs and continue. “We should leave this place as soon as possible. The smell of the Alien’s blood is too strong. I don’t know if there’s another one. I’ve also recovered a lot. So we will continue forward like you said.”
Lan nods but her face is still slightly blushed. She says in a low voice with her head down. “Are you… alright? You your leg and body bled a lot.”
In fact, Zheng already noticed his wounds. The strange thing is after bleeding for a while, his muscles and skin quickly closed up. The speed of healing is simply amazing. It seems like the genetics of vampire are working.
He stretches his arms and legs. “No problem. I have recovered a lot of energy. And there is a sense of danger approaching. So let’s hurry up and move on.”
Lan takes his warnings seriously this time. They continue on the path in hurry, after a few intersections, they come to a large door. Lan is about to go, but Zheng pulls her back. “I’ll walk in the front. Your reaction speed is honestly horrible. It’s better to let me take the lead.”
By the time Lan nods her head in silence, Zheng is already inside. The room is very quiet. It’s a kitchen filled with all kinds of packaged food. They look at each other and can see the delight in their eyes.
Suddenly, the communication device on the wall starts ringing. They almost fell to the ground from the scare. Zheng reacted immediately, he runs to the device and presses the button blinking in green light.
Xuan’s voice comes from the other side. “We found a Alien corpse outside room 22, did you kill it? Did you find the arsenal?”
Zheng sighs. “I’ll tell you the details face to face. Where are you guys? And how do you know we are here?”
“Every important room has a number. We are in room 27, the control room. This room has access to the security system. If you don’t enter a room, we won’t be able to reach you. And you are probably in the kitchen right? If you can, take as much water and food without slowing you down. Then follow the numbers on the doors to room 27.”
“What I am going to say next is concerns your lives. Long story short, there are three Aliens following you, about the distance of ten rooms. According to their speed, they will reach you in two and a half minutes. I don’t know the reason but they have been following you all along.”
Scent, it’s the scent of Alien blood on Zheng’s body. Zheng and Lan immediately realize it.
Xuan continues. “I will give you two minutes, run straight then on the intersections go straight, straight, straight, left, straight, left, straight, left! This is the path to reach the control room. Remember it! You have one minute to collect food, and must reach the control room in two minutes. At two minutes forty five seconds I will put down the walls outside the control room to isolate it. If you can’t reach the wall within the time frame… then I’m sorry I have to give up on you. We have five people here after all.”
“The timer… starts!”
Zheng takes a deep breath, he focuses his Qi on his ring and starts to sweep the food in this room. Especially the cases of water. A 1.5 cubic meter space can fit a lot of stuff, especially when these food and water are already packaged in boxes. After thirty seconds, he picks up Lan then sprint out of the room.
Zheng shouts. “I’m going to run as fast as I can, I won’t have time to think. So tell me when to make the turn! Ok?”
Lan nods, her eyes focus at the front. “Keep going, keep going, the first intersection go straight, the second one is the same, the third one same, this time make a left…”
Zheng is running like a madman. His speed has almost reached his limit. That feeling of the air becoming dense is back again. Even then he can still feel the danger approaching from behind. And it’s getting closer and closer. Compared to the smaller size Alien he killed earlier, the fully matured Aliens are faster, even faster than Zheng!
“Left! Left this time.”
Zheng kicks at the wall and shoots into the left hall. As he was making the turn, he could see the shadow behind him. He can’t even think anymore, all that’s left in his head is keep running straight as fast as he can! Death! Is following right behind him!
He can see it, a steel wall that is slowly coming down. Zheng can cross several meters with every step he takes, but after a few steps, he feels a pain in his back. The nearest Alien is just one meter behind him. It shot its tongue at him and just barely reached his back. That’s why he felt the pain.
No! I don’t want to die! I have to live no matter what!
Zheng shouted like a mad man. He suddenly turns around and jumps up. The Alien is really much faster than him, the moment he jumps up, the Alien closes their distance even more, and it retracts its tongue. The next time it shoots its tongue, is when Zheng’s head gets crushed.
As Zheng jumps up, he kicks at the Alien with both feet. He had spent most of his Qi during the running. He focuses the remaining Qi on his feet. Then he uses the speed the Alien is running at and the power of this kick to shoot himself at the half closed wall. He finally makes it in at the last split second. While the Aliens run into the door with a bang! That impact causes the whole room to tremble. Zheng lies on the ground like a dead fish. He really can’t even move a finger this time.
Live… no matter what I must live!