Furthermore, Zhou Yingxue was only interested in watching the show right now. ‘Master, you want to remain pure? You even needed to put on gloves before holding my hand? Let’s see what you’re gonna do now!’
Ren Xiaosu thought for a moment. “Forget it, there’s no need to apply the medicine. I believe that she’ll pull through.”
Zhou Yingxue was confused.
This was a matter of life and death, yet he simply decided not to apply the medicine just like that? ‘Master, do you still have a shred of human decency left?’
Li Ran, who was unconscious with them, suddenly said, “I can apply it myself….”
Zhou Yingxue and Ren Xiaosu looked down and saw that Li Ran had come to. She was struggling to take the black medicine from Ren Xiaosu’s hands.
“Don’t let go of my hand, or those creeper vines will start attacking you again,” Zhou Yingxue added. The show was over, and Li Ran’s strong desire to survive made her regain consciousness.
Li Ran applied the black medicine to her wounds with much difficulty using only one hand. The blood flow to her face had visibly started recovering. Not only did the black medicine have healing properties, but it also encouraged the regeneration of blood in the body.
Ren Xiaosu wondered if the palace had unlocked such a powerful trauma medicine for him as the first item because it was afraid he would accidentally die?
Then what the hell was about the effect of the black medicine when taken orally?!
Li Ran could feel her strength recovering quickly and was even surprised. “What medicine is this? It’s so effective!”
“It’s a secret ancestral remedy that’s only passed down the male side,” Ren Xiaosu remarked.
As soon as he finished speaking, Li Ran looked at him with a glimmer in her eyes. “Did you come here specially to save me?”
Li Ran wanted to reach out to hug Ren Xiaosu. However, Zhou Yingxue, who was in between them, pulled her away and said, “I think you must be daydreaming. Don’t keep saying ‘you’ when it was both of us who came to your rescue. Please say ‘you two’ instead! Why have you disregarded me entirely? And we did not come here specially to save you. Stop being so shameless.”
Li Ran found it a little regrettable that she did not manage to hug Ren Xiaosu. Didn’t a damsel marry the hero who rescued her? Why was it now that a damsel was offering her hand in marriage to the hero, the hero looked so unhappy? This did not seem to go with the storyline at all!
But there was no time to think about that. The creeper vines in the entire stronghold were suddenly starting to get restless. Ren Xiaosu looked at the vines below his feet starting to move towards the center of the stronghold like a wave.
“What’s going on?” Ren Xiaosu was surprised.
“It seems like… a new hunt has started,” Zhou Yingxue said.
“Let’s hurry to the city center then!”
While Luo Lan and the others were taking shelter in the supermarket, their field of vision of the outside was completely blocked by the roller shutter door. The store had become their last place of refuge.
The Qing Consortium soldiers surrounded Zhou Qi and Luo Lan while Zhou Qi sat cross-legged on the floor. The bright blue in his eyes was constantly dimming.
The frenzied creeper vines penetrated through the gaps in the roller shutter door, but no matter how many of them got through, Zhou Qi would use his superpower to draw out the water. In the blink of an eye, the vines dried up and turned into a fine powder.
“How much longer can you hold out for?” Luo Lan asked.
“At most an hour.” Zhou Qi had a worried look on his face. He asked the reporter from Hope Media, Zhou Tao, “You said the Wang Consortium troops will only be arriving in the afternoon? What time is it right now?”
“It’s 11 AM.” Zhou Tao sat against the corner. He found a pen and notebook in the supermarket and was writing nonstop in it.
Luo Lan asked, “What are you writing?”
Zhou Tao, whose face was covered in dust, said, “I want to record in detail everything that happened after the disaster began. I wasn’t able to explain everything over the phone, so it has to be written down. The creeper vines should only be interested in lifeforms. After I finish writing everything, I’ll call the chief editor and tell him where to find this journal. Once the Wang Consortium troops arrive and take care of the creeper vines, the reporters from Hope Media will come and retrieve this journal. It will be the most authentic firsthand account they can get.”
Humans could die, but whatever that was recorded had to be left behind for the world to know. This was Zhou Tao’s attitude and dignity as a reporter.
Luo Lan chuckled as he sized Zhou Tao up. Zhou Tao’s face was still stained with blood. He had scraped his palms in a fall earlier. He said to Zhou Tao, “I used to think that people from the Central Plains were all quite stupid. Just look at the Wang Consortium. They’re clearly an ambitious lot, yet they insist on slandering our Qing Consortium. But I wasn’t expecting you Hope Media reporters to be so likable.”
Zhou Tao did not even look up. “We’re just doing our duty.”
“With people like you around, the heritage of humanity will never truly be lost. In any case, this is not something I can achieve,” Luo Lan admired.
Fatty Luo’s greatest strengths were that he was loyal and sensible. Second, he would never be jealous of others. If the other party were stronger than him, he would simply accept it. It wasn’t like he had anything to lose by accepting the fact.
Luo Lan looked at Zhou Qi again. “I’m sorry that I made you come to the Central Plains.”
Zhou Qi curled his lips. “I came here because there was money to be earned, so what’s there to be sorry about? Riches are earned through danger; I understand that perfectly.”
“Actually, you don’t have to work so hard to earn your money.” Luo Lan sighed and said, “Although you worship money, Qing Zhen and I actually see you as our best friend. We’re just worried you don’t feel the same way about us.”
Zhou Qi was silent for a moment before saying, “You’re still lying even though we’re on the brink of death? Aren’t you afraid of being condemned to hell for that?”
Luo Lan chuckled and Zhou Qi also started laughing. The Qing Consortium soldiers next to them could not understand why these two big shots were suddenly laughing when they were facing imminent death.
Zhou Qi said, “I didn’t expect I would end up dying together with a fatty like you. How unfortunate!” He was reaching his limit. “If I get out of this alive, can you bestow that secretary of Qing Zhen’s to me?”
Luo Lan’s eyes widened. “Why are you always so obsessed with my brother’s secretary—”
As he said that, the creeper vines outside seemed to have sensed that Zhou Qi was exhausted. Suddenly, a large number of vines swept into the supermarket. The creeper vines did not start attacking the people in the store but forcefully used its vines to remove the roller shutter.
Amid the noise, Luo Lan stared dumbfoundedly as the roller shutter got thrown out by the creeper vines, leaving the entire supermarket with a gaping hole. He muttered, “No way!”
Zhou Qi did not know if Luo Lan was answering him or reacting to the situation in front of them.
However, Zhou Qi was stunned when he saw the sight outside. “Look out there. Is that three people walking towards us?”
Luo Lan took a closer look. “Am I seeing things? Isn’t that Ren Xiaosu?”
The entire time they were fleeing, Luo Lan had kept rambling to himself about how they would definitely not die if only Ren Xiaosu were around.
When Luo Lan was muttering that to himself, Zhou Qi felt some resentment. But now he was convinced.
Ren Xiaosu, Zhou Yingxue, and Li Ran were walking hand in hand over the creeper vines like it was nothing!
Amid the cries, the chaos, and the tumult of the world, everyone was trying their hardest to stay alive as memories of their lives flashed past.
But right at this moment, three people were holding hands as they strolled through the bedlam in front of them. It almost looked like those three people were going on a picnic or flying a kite.
Time seemed to have slowed down. In everyone’s vision, the three people were walking so slowly it felt like the scene was moving forward frame by frame. It was a scene that shattered everyone’s worldview.
When Ren Xiaosu saw Luo Lan, he waved at him in pleasant surprise. It was as though they were old friends who had reunited on a street corner and decided to go for a scrumptious meal of lamb stew.
Zhou Qi was convinced. He was utterly convinced.
It was already shocking enough that there were still people alive in the sea of violent creeper vines. But those people were even holding hands too? What the hell?! Were they out there going shopping or something?!
This was simply too bizarre!