Chapter 16: Survivor
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“Why are you sweating so much? Were you frightened?” Gu Panpan gave the woman a simple inspection. Discovering that there were no wounds, the pale faced woman wiped the sweat on her face. “Obviously I was frightened! That zombie came jumping out of nowhere and I almost became the food in its stomach.”
“As long as you aren’t injured, in comparison to everything else, it is definitely better.” Gu Panpan patted the woman’s shoulder. The woman only smiled, but her face became all the more paler.
“Leave, why are you just standing there?” Her husband had come over, patting the woman as well, but the woman became startled, hurriedly repeating. “Leave, leave, leave….”
“Has your spirit been scared off?” The man laughed, pulling the woman to follow. This time it was A Tu clearing the way. He was an earth elemental superhuman with the highest defensive capabilities, he was the best suited for this role.
This time, everyone was cautious and solemn when they were entering. Not discovering another zombie, they just saw piles of bones spread out on the ground. It appears that these people have died quite some time ago.
“So much provisions….” Gu Panpan stared foolishly at the granary. She did not expect that the granary would unexpectedly have this much food remaining. It must be because that variation zombie was protecting this area, thus most of the food provisions weren’t taken away by others.
The others went to the surrounding granaries to take a look. As expected, not even a drop of rice could be found to be remaining in the others. It may be assumed that the piles of bones might be the remains of the previous investigation teams.
“It must be that they plundered all the granaries all around and the ones that they sent over to this granary were all killed by the variation zombie. Since they were able to harvest so much, they probably didn’t care about a little extra food provisions. Not to mention they would be worried about how this granary might have quite a few variation zombies, thus they just decided to depart. Now that had just benefited us.” Gu Panpan was extremely excited.
Even A Tu echoed in agreement with Gu Panpan. “I also think that was what happened! Our luck is really awesome. With these provisions, even if we have to hand over half of it, we would still get quite a bit!”
“Go open the car quickly. Otherwise how else would we be able to transport the provisions?” Shao Qing was relatively calm and collected. After all, this mother and son duo did not have much demands in regards to food.
“I’ll go open it.” Gu Chuan volunteered and Yan Hanqing promptly followed him forward as well.
Everyone else kept guard at the entrance, resting a bit inside the granary. The young couple even took out some things and began cooking some dried meat.
After turning the dried meat into a pot of stew and mixing it with other rations, it could easily replenish their physical strength. Waiting for Gu Chuan and Yan Hanqing to bring the two cars over to this area, the rest of the group began to eat.
In reality, Shao Qing did not need to eat at all. However, she couldn’t reveal that she was too different from an average person, thus she followed along with the others and ate a small portion of the provisions. Feeding some of the meat stew to Xiao Baozi, then she found a convenient place where she could nearly puke everything out to settle her upset stomach.
After resolving the issues of satisfying their hunger, the group of people began to move the provisions into the car. Everyone was happy and excited. Right in the beginning, they accordingly divied up the portions of the provisions. The three superhumans would each receive twenty percent and the couple would each receive ten percent.
The newly added members Yan Hanqing and Shao Qing added up together would obtain twenty percent. The reason for this is because they had just recently entered, not to mention one of them was an ordinary person while the other was just a rank one female wood elemental superhuman.
Saying it bluntly, it was because Gu Chuan and the rest did not have a clear understanding of Shao Qing and Yan Hanqing’s fighting strength, thus this arrangement was made.
Gu Chuan and Gu Panpan stared at each other face to face, then Gu Panpan stepped forward. “Qing Jiejie, even though you just joined, your performance throughout this journey was definitely seen by everyone else on this team. Therefore, I feel that Qing Jiejie’s group just receiving twenty percent would be too little. So, after discussing it with my brother, we decided to split another ten percent to you guys….”
Before Gu Panpan had even finished her words, the man from the young couple unable to hold back his voice, loudly exlaimed. “Wait, I don’t mind if you want to divide them an extra portion, but…. Where are we going to get this extra ten percent from?!”
Gu Panpan couldn’t help but wrinkle her eyebrows. The nominally chosen leader was Gu Chuan, even overlooking this point and just basing it according to fighting strength or contribution, Gu Chuan and her were the highest. With this man’s words, isn’t this just simply not giving them any face at all.
“The ten percent that will be given to Qing Jiejie and her group will be from the forty percent share of us sibling’s share. We will have thirty percent and Qing Jiejie will have thirty percent. You can relax, we will not touch your twenty percent.” Gu Panpan expressionlessly spoke those words.
Saying this much, the young couple calmed down. On the contrary, A Tu felt embarrassed. “How about this. I will put forth enough for half of the share we owe Shao Qing and you could put forth half as well. Then, we could just combine the two portions to collect the ten percent needed to give to Shao Qing’s group.”
“No need. We just recently joined. Getting twenty percent is already more than enough.” Shao Qing didn’t really care about the food provisions, she only cared about the crystals.
“Ok. Let’s return to the base first, then divide the portions.” Gu Panpan spoke in a concise manner. “Let’s return.”
Not rejecting the suggestion, they packed up the materials and items and set off.
A normal investigation squad wouldn’t stay outside overnight because during the night was the zombie’s rule. There were just too many unpredictable dangers. Furthermore, Shao Qing and them had already harvested quite a bonus and didn’t really need to continue investigating anymore. Thus doing one final sweep around the area, they walked back towards the return route.
The car filled up with all the provisions they found was a bit slower in comparison to before. Because from time to time several people would even have to get out to clear the road of some zombies, unexpectedly they weren’t able to return to the base before it got dark.
“There’s a house up ahead. Let’s clear it up and stay for the night, then we can leave early the next morning.” A Tu suggested. Travelling in the dark would be too dangerous.
“During the evening is when the zombies are most active. I also agree that we should stay for the night.” After Gu Panpan also agreed with A Tu, everyone else didn’t have any objections. Then A Tu went in search for a house door that was still in good condition.
In the countryside, a majority of the doors were either made of wood or metal. Seeing a tightly closed secure metal door that looked relatively secure and sage, A Tu at once dashed towards the door to open it.
However before he could open the door, the door opened up a slit. A person with lush green eyes appearing to be only made of skin and bones, probably starved for quite a while, revealed himself from the small opening.
“Who are you guys?”