Saturday, 11 February 2017

Chapter 6 The moment between life and death

Chapter 6  The moment between life and death

There was a fierce fight between the army and three red monsters on the street. According to the neighbour lived upstairs, the army named those monsters as Red Shelled Insect, it belongs to Insecta class in the animal kingdom.  They had extreme strong defence and attack abilities. Their secretion was also extremely corrosive.

Luckily there were tanks and armoured vehicles on the street. However, although they killed three red shelled insects, they paid a heavy price for it. There was no celebration after the fight ended, no crying and sad screaming. Everything went back to the quiet state like what it was before.
  
After the second day, the army started to give out even less food than before. Neighbour lived upstairs told him again that it was not safe to transport supplies now. Everywhere were under the attacks from large amounts of red-shelled insects.

He also claimed that he even got a message from a whistleblower inside the army saying that military would probably abandon this area, they were starting to prepare for relocation. he said that there was a place where the red-shelled monsters were constantly coming out. And the number started to increase rapidly, the army started to lose control of that place.

This guy must be jinxed! Everything he said started to happen. Around 7 or 8 days later, red-shelled insects started to frequently appear around his housing estate.

There was a building just right behind the housing estate where Chu Yunsheng was staying, every time when it was around the time at late night in “age of light”(1), there would be many horrified screams mixed with high-pitched of animal roars rang out from there.

The troops were sent out to dealt with it several times, but gradually they stopped it and never went back to check again.

Red shelled insects’ roar started to appear everywhere around his housing estate as the time passed. Shen Cheng city was no longer a safe place to stay. Dangers were everywhere. He was living in the fears day by day, but he still did not forget to cultivate Yuan Qi.
  
It was not long until the army withdrew its first regiment from the city. under the protection of a large number of tanks and armoured vehicles, a long procession of the private motorcade was slowly passing the street in front of his housing estate. The neighbour upstairs said the first batch of withdrawal were some people with power, they were protected by the elite troops. but he did not know specifically where they were going to, perhaps some military base.

One week later.

The soldiers that distributed food in the area had stopped showing up for quite some days now, a number of law enforcement troops started to reduce, the situation started to get worse. The upstairs neighbour's wife almost got raped, but luckily Chu Yunsheng was there, he used the gun he purchased to stop the guy.
  
The neighbour was very grateful to what he did. later that night, he told him another secret he knew. He heard from his contact inside the military saying that after three days, the last group of a well-equipped elite troop would help to evacuate rest of important people. because of some unknown reason he was on the list.

Although he was at the lowest level of the protection list, he was allowed to bring three family members with him. unfortunately, he was a family of four, so he could not give out once place to Chu Yunsheng. Chu Yunsheng had already known that he was not eligible to be on the list, so he did not think too much about it.
 
Three days later.

The woman who was saved by the third-floor neighbours came back and took them away, it looked like from now one, they would also receive the protection from the army.

Although he thought that, it was his book saved the woman’s life, but he did not dare to tell anyone. of course, others might not believe him as well. The woman seemed to have a good heart, but He gave up the idea of seeking help from her. after all, the explanation would only cause more trouble than what he wanted
  
However, he did not expect that the evacuation on the third day was compromised. Even with the help of heavy armoured vehicles, they only had a chance to move a very short distance before they were stopped by the civilians. People were angry that military wanted to abandoned civilians, everyone was gathered on the street demanding the fair treatment.

Chu Yunsheng did not come downstairs, he was worried about if the red-shelled insects would appear, he removed the small metal plate on the window, noticed that street had been blocked by the crowd. The military’s vanguard had been driving away for a few blocks from his flat, he could only see some cars were blocked at back and people started to throw all kinds of stuff toward the cars to express their anger.
 
Before the neighbour who lived upstairs left, he told Chu Yunsheng that the military headquarters had already given out the order: During the evacuation, any obstruction of the military task would be neutralised. All the troops did not need to report to a higher level before executing the order. this was the trouble time. The harsh punishment was inevitable.

But when the 126th regiment was blocked by thousands of people, even the senior military officer also did not dare to execute the order. there were too many people and they were all just normal civilians. It would only cause more trouble if they started to kill people. Reports were sent to the headquarter constantly. But in the meantime, The military officer needed to calm the crowd down.

Soon, Chu Yunsheng heard a man's voice from far away, the man was using a megaphone shouted:
“Comrade! Comrades! Please listen to me! I am the 126th regiment political commissar Qin Gang. please stay calm, I assure you that the headquarters will never give up any comrades, the military withdrawal plan, including you definitely, please believe me! "
……

“you are lying !”

“bullshit!your people are gone,who is gonna evacuate us?”

“They are people, we are not people? Are you the people's army or the army of a rich people?”

……

Crowds were enraged, no one believed a single word he said,

Qin Gang raised the voice shouted:"
"Comrades! Do not be blinded by certain criminals, the military will not give up on you. I, Qin Gang is willing to stay behind and help to evacuate every single one of you. please, believe me! a large number of troops are still defending the front, we are Not the last batch, evacuation requires order, otherwise, it will be vulnerable to monsters attack, we must ensure the smallest loss!

……

"Do not listen to this bastard, nonsense!"

"if this is really the case why the government officials and the rich the first, we are the last?"

"Money is worthless,  it is just paper now.”

“You know nothing, rich people have a background relationship with those government officials, they must have some kind of dirty deal.  we meant nothing to them !"

"hope they all got eaten by insects, those fuckers...."

The situation was very chaotic, the crowd did not show any signs of leaving, more and more people started to gather together, there was one soldier who could not handle the pressure, fired a warning shot, it was like a bomb just dropped in the crowd.

“Murderers!”

“They are going to kill everyone now!”

“Let ‘s fight them”

……

Qin Gang turned around, he was furious, ”who the fuck fired the shot, I am going to kill him ”he shouted at his men
 
The soldiers who fired the shot were already surrounded by the enraged crowd and they were preparing to rush to the military vehicle.

Suddenly!

someone screamed: " mon !  mon! , monsters!......"

One; two; three.... at least fifty or sixty of red-shelled insects were running along the walls of buildings on both sides of streets, they were approaching fast! The whole crowd was terrified and started to disperse, everyone was running everywhere.

there were 60 of the red-shelled insects! no one dares to stay.

While the telecommunication could not be used at moment, 126th regiment commander was using the megaphone shouted:

"Ready to engage!  2nd battalion, 3rd battalion, 7th battalion, get ready the heavy machine guns, the rocket launchers, all armoured vehicle get ready! ............"

While the heavy machine guns were firing, the rocket was flying,  the crowd were trampling onto each other and running toward the nearest building looking for a hideout.

Under the hail of bullets and rockets, red-shelled insects were still rushing forward, only a few of them were blown away by the rockets, rest of them was not affected by the bullets,   Saturation fire only caused a few cracks and holes on their shell, none of them was dead.

Until they reached the crowd, they immediately started slaughtering pepople. the spine-chilling screams just right before people die constantly came out crowds.

They were agile, one of them easily dodged the rockets and tank's attack, rushed into the troop’s formation and stood on the top of a tank. it opened its bloody mouth spat a green liquid on the tank, The armour was quickly corroded at a speed which was visible to the naked eye

It made a loud high pitched roar, it started to glow in red. then it just used its front claw to open up the tank's armour. Through the hole that was penetrated by its secretion, it killed the soldiers inside the tank. Before the soldiers inside the tank were skilled, they were still trying to use the pistols to kill the monster.

Chu Yunsheng admired the determination of those soldiers, if it were him, he would probably have fainted already.

He took a deep breath. he needed to cast the frost talisman onto the crossbow he bought three months ago.

According to the book, after the enchantment, He would be able to use to Yuan Qi on this crossbow,  it would unleash an arrow with frost damage. It was a very effective way to kill those monsters because they happened to be the fire element monsters.

Before the monsters appeared, He did not know what kind of monster would appear, so he made a lot of fire elements talisman, which was less effective than the frost talisman.

Now he needed to hurry up making more of those frost talisman. In order to protect himself.

The reason why he was in such hurry was that he noticed that three red shell insects were chasing the crowd towards his building. unless the book glowed again, otherwise those three monsters would definitely follow them into his building.

But when was the book going to shine the light? , he did not know. So he had to rely on himself.  Chu Yunsheng had to avoid having a close combat with those monsters. Because he did not have any protection nor his speed was fast enough compared to the monsters. That was why crossbow was the best option for him.


1. Age of light is referred to the day before the sun disappeared, people refer now as the dark age.

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