The First Order – Chapter 646


Chapter 646: Nothing to do with justice

Ren Xiaosu and Zhou Yingxue quickly disappeared from everyone’s sight. After the chaotic battle started, no pedestrians could be seen loitering on the streets anymore.

“Why did you come here?” Ren Xiaosu asked.

“I was about to cook for Wang Yuchi and the others at home, but I heard an explosion go off.” Zhou Yingxue explained, “At first, I wasn’t really bothered by it. After all, it had nothing to do with me. But later on, the neighbors ran out from their houses anxiously. Some of them said that there was an incident at Qinghe University and they wanted to go look for their children. That was when I thought if you would be OK.”

For the past few days, with nothing much to do at home, Zhou Yingxue had turned nanny to Wang Yuchi and the others and would cook for them every day to replenish their nutrition so they could focus on their entrance exam.

As a result, Zhou Yingxue’s status shot up in the eyes of Wang Yuchi and the students.

Putting all else aside, Zhou Yingxue was indeed very good at cooking. In the past, she was purely lazy and did not want to cook. But now something seemed to have gone wrong with her head. She actually got down to preparing their meals every day and would even tell Ren Xiaosu to gain his approval.

Ren Xiaosu thought for a moment and said, “The battle today was unavoidable, but this is still just the prelude. Night is when it’ll probably be the most critical moment. Go back and keep an eye on Wang Yuchi and the others. We were only doing the Qinghe Group a favor to begin with. If we end up letting Wang Yuchi and the others get hurt because of helping others, that would really not be worth it.”

Although Wang Yuchi and the others also had nanomachines, the problem was they did not have a lot. They did not even have enough to construct armor.

Meanwhile, the superhumans involved in this chaotic battle had yet to make their moves, so there must still be a greater conspiracy abound. If Wang Yuchi and the others got dragged in by these people, they could very well die.

Ren Xiaosu thought that since Wang Yuchi and the other students’ synchronization rate had improved, could he maybe get some nanomachines from Luo Lan to equip them with? After all, Wang Yuchi and the rest would still need to further their studies at Qinghe University in the coming days.

But of course, nanomachines were very precious, and the Qing Consortium’s production rate was not that high yet. The amount of nanomachines needed to construct armor would be enough to equip several dozen standard nanosoldiers.

However, Ren Xiaosu felt Luo Lan would probably not reject his request.

“Alright, hurry back.” Ren Xiaosu said, “And be careful on the way.”

“Master, are you worried about my safety?” Zhou Yingxue was overjoyed.

Ren Xiaosu raised an eyebrow. “Why do you have so many questions?”

“Alright, I’ll go back right away.” Zhou Yingxue happily headed off in the direction of the courtyard house.

After just two steps, she thought of something and turned around to say, “The soup I made is still sitting on the gas stove. Master, come back earlier and have some soup after you’ve dealt with those people tonight.”

Ren Xiaosu thought it sounded really weird. How did dealing with supernatural beings suddenly feel like it was something that he did every day? She actually made it sound that simple?

It was not easy at all, alright? With so many organizations gathered here this time, no matter how powerful an individual was, they could still easily fail tonight.

Ren Xiaosu called Qin Sheng and said, “The situation at Qinghe University has been resolved. How are things on your side?”

Qin Sheng answered, “The other party’s rounded up several dozen hostages and taken cover inside a building, so it won’t be easy to attack them. The situation is a little tricky at the moment.”

“Mhm.” Ren Xiaosu acknowledged that he understood. The reason he was able to eliminate the thugs without harming the hostages was entirely because he had taken them out from the inside. If he were to attack from the outside, he could still have taken them out. However, it would definitely be unavoidable that the enemy would kill some of the hostages. “Then what do y’all plan to do?”

The young Qin Sheng said ruthlessly, “Before it gets dark, and if we don’t have a better plan, we’ll have no choice but to force our way in. It’s better to have dozens of hostages dead than letting the enemy lead us by the nose like that. What they’re attempting right now is probably to keep the garrison troops busy by threatening to harm the hostages. We can’t let them have their way.”

Ren Xiaosu heaved a sigh of relief. It was good that the Riders were willing to make an assault. He was most worried that the righteous Riders would suddenly soften up and not bear to let the hostages come to harm.

But the truth was that even if the Riders had agreed to the thugs’ conditions, would they really let the hostages go? The thugs were all ready to give their lives for their cause. Since they dared to take so many people hostage in someone else’s territory, they probably did not intend to get out alive. In that case, it was only natural they would drag some of the hostages down with them before they died.

If the Riders did not force their way in, they would lose a lot more by trying to save the few.

The Riders were not bound by virtue, and this was the main reason Ren Xiaosu was willing to be friends with them.

Ren Xiaosu asked, “Do you need my help with the assault?”

“No.” Qin Sheng said calmly, “If they weren’t holding any hostages, just these people alone wouldn’t be a match for me.”

“Alright then, keep me updated.” Ren Xiaosu hung up.

Qin Sheng looked at the building in front of him quietly. He had also just heard that Ren Xiaosu had resolved the hostage crisis at Qinghe University. Zhang Qingxi sighed next to him and said, “Our outsider friend that came to our aid has successfully resolved a crisis without a single hostage dying. Meanwhile, we can only choose to sacrifice the hostages held in there. The difference between him and us is obvious.”

Even the aloof Zhang Qingxi was starting to admire Ren Xiaosu a little.

There were still three hours until nightfall. At almost the same time, Old Li and Qin Sheng launched a simultaneous attack at both locations while the garrison troops charged in. Against the strong fire support, the thugs who were holding the hostages in the building attempted to organize a resistance but to no avail.

The garrison troops did not resort to using any artillery. Instead, they used heavy machine guns to penetrate the walls of the building!

Perhaps the Qinghe Group would have to face the questioning of the hostages’ family members after the chaotic battle was over, but they would have to get through the night before they could discuss what came after.

Today, the Qinghe Group suddenly shed their usual gentle nature and revealed their courage.

Every Rider had to go through a near-death experience before they could leave their names at the top of that cliff. Qin Sheng and the others were thrilled as they faced the hail of bullets.

What were the Riders? A lot of people’s definition for them was “justice,” but only they themselves knew that Riders were born from faith. Be it wingsuiting or free soloing, everything they did was to challenge death over and over again.

As the Riders started attacking, Ren Xiaosu arrived at the entrance of Hope Media’s headquarters.

After the chaotic battle had broken out at the school, Jiang Xu immediately rushed back to Hope Media to take charge of the situation. When Ren Xiaosu arrived, Jiang Xu put down everything on hand and went downstairs to welcome him. “How are things at Qinghe University?”

Ren Xiaosu grinned and said, “None of the hostages died, and the crisis has been resolved.”

Jiang Xu also smiled. “Admirable.”

The Hope Media staff were watching from afar as Jiang Xu conversed with Ren Xiaosu. They were all wondering who this young man was since he got welcomed personally by the chief editor himself.

Jiang Xu asked, “Why are you here at Hope Media now?”

“Qin Sheng, Old Li, and the others don’t require my help for the time being.” Ren Xiaosu explained, “I thought about it and decided to come here to ensure that y’all’ll be safe.”

“Alright.” Jiang Xu did not decline. “I’ll continue with my work then. There’s too many things I need to organize and report about today.”

“Mhm, just get me a chair.”

Inside the headquarters of Hope Media, everyone was busy with reporting the truth of this day. They rushed to do the typesetting for an additional print run of their newspaper.

Meanwhile, the young man sat down in a chair at the entrance of the building and waited for any uninvited guests to come and seek death.



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The First Order – Chapter 643


Chapter 643: These thugs are done for!

 

As soon as a commotion broke out in the lecture hall, a thug immediately came in from the outside with his gun up. The thug said coldly, “If you want to cry, cry. If the Qinghe Group doesn’t hand over the satellites, I’m afraid you all won’t even have the chance to cry.”

With that, the thug with the gun went back out.

Ren Xiaosu watched quietly. Most of the time, the thugs did not even come into the lecture hall and were just scattered at different locations in the teaching block. He was a little puzzled. Were these thugs not afraid the students in the lecture hall would try and save themselves?

Or were these thugs so confident the students they had rounded up would not cause them any trouble?

That couldn’t be. Ren Xiaosu felt these thugs were still very professional at their jobs. Arrogant people would definitely not be picked to carry out an operation that had been in the works for years.

Ren Xiaosu pretended to be despondent as he observed the students in the lecture hall.

In the end, he realized that although there was a person in the classroom who was also very young and wearing a school uniform, his expression did not look like he had been taken hostage at all. It felt like he was just acting afraid, but his eyes kept darting around in observation of the “schoolmates” around him.

Moreover, this person’s disposition was also very obvious. When a professional soldier was placed among a group of ordinary students, they appeared like a stone on a plate of white sand. Inside the crowded lecture hall, his posture remained ramrod straight, while the contours of his face exuded a sense of strength. One look and it was obvious he had received high intensity training for an extended period based on his extremely lean body.

Ren Xiaosu thought to himself that it was no wonder the thugs did not really step into the lecture hall. It turned out that they already had the situation inside under control. The thugs really were meticulous in their operations.

When the student impersonator in the lecture hall looked at Ren Xiaosu, Ren Xiaosu immediately started wailing. He said to the student next to him in a sobbing tone, “What should we do now? Will these thugs really kill us? I don’t wanna die yet….”

Seeing this, the impostor shifted his gaze away to observe the others instead. It was as though he was somewhat disdainful of a coward like Ren Xiaosu.

At this moment, a student said, “Do you guys think the Qinghe Group will hand over control of the satellites?”

“I don’t think so.” Someone sighed and said, “After all, how can the lives of a few hundred students be more important than the satellites?”

“But the Qinghe Group’s members will not sit back and do nothing. They aren’t that kind of people,” a female student retorted.

“But the Qinghe Group is still a consortium,” someone said.

As the students were discussing, a thug walked into the lecture hall holding a video camera. He had a thick layer of camouflage paint applied on his face and taunted the students, “I can offer you all a chance to save yourselves right now. Will you all take it?”

The students were stunned. No one dared to answer for a long time.

So the thug continued, “I want you to look into the camera and beg the Qinghe Group to hand over their satellites to us. Pressure them! This way, we’ll get control of the satellites and you’ll be saved. Wouldn’t that be the best for both of us? As for the satellites that the Qinghe Group will lose, what would that matter to you?”

The students fell silent. Ren Xiaosu thought to himself that these people were obviously not expecting to get their hands on the satellites by doing this. They were only making sure they would not miss out on any opportunity to create chaos for the Qinghe Group.

These students weren’t that stupid, right? Even if they did as the other party requested, they might still not be saved. In that case, why should they become tools?

But Ren Xiaosu was wrong. The students only kept quiet for a minute before someone suddenly cried into the video camera, “Please hand over the satellites! I don’t want to die!”

When one person started speaking, several more students also started pleading into the camera.

Ren Xiaosu sighed. The students were not in the wrong either. After all, who wouldn’t want to live? It was just that the people from the Qinghe Group would probably be a little disappointed. These were the university students they had been nurturing, after all.

In comparison, Xu Zhi, who Ren Xiaosu had encountered with Zhou Yingxue, had more backbone than these students.

After the thugs were done recording, they left in satisfaction. Soon, the garrison troops outside saw the thugs throw a thick paper package out from behind the defensive bunker.

A soldier from the garrison troops went to retrieve it, and the thugs did not open fire.

Old Li had already rushed to Qinghe University. The other two locations where chaos had broken out were handled by Zhang Qingxi and Qin Sheng, while the remaining Riders stayed behind at the Qinghe Group’s headquarters.

Old Li took the package from the soldier and had him move away before opening it layer by layer. When he saw a videotape inside, he heaved a sigh of relief.

“There must be some playback equipment in the school. Hurry up and find it.” Old Li said, “I wonder what those thugs are up to. Why did they throw a videotape out to us at a time like this?”

While waiting for the playback equipment, Old Li kept looking around for Ren Xiaosu. However, he could not find him at all.

“That’s strange. Didn’t Qin Sheng say Ren Xiaosu has been attending school every day?” Old Li was a little puzzled. Could Ren Xiaosu really have run away? But that did not seem in character at all.

Two minutes later, the garrison troops managed to find a classroom where there was playback equipment installed. Old Li and the commander of the garrison troops hurriedly rushed over and inserted the tape.

Very quickly, Old Li was able to see the students in the video begging the Qinghe Group to hand over the satellites in exchange for their release. Old Li and the garrison troops’ commanding officer got mixed feelings.

“They’re still just children, so it’s quite normal that they want to live.” Old Li also sighed.

But just as he finished speaking, he jerked his head up and roared, “Wait, rewind it!”

The soldier who was playing back the video was a little puzzled by Old Li’s reaction, but he did as he was told.

When the video was rewound back to the 1 minute, 31 second mark, Old Li shouted for the soldier to pause the tape.

Old Li looked at the television and muttered, “It’s over!”

The commanding officer of the garrison troops wondered, “Sir, our rescue plan hasn’t even started yet, so why did you say that it’s over? Please trust us. We’ll definitely complete our rescue mission! From the day I joined the military, protecting the citizens of Luoyang City has been my duty—”

“I’m not saying it’s over for us, I’m saying these thugs are done for!” Old Li interrupted

The officer was stunned. What the hell was going on?

Weren’t they just worried about the thugs killing the hostages a moment ago? How did it suddenly become the thugs who were done for?

The garrison troops’ commanding officer stared at the television but could not figure out what clues were hidden in this scene.

Old Li raised his head and stared intently at the image on the screen. He saw Ren Xiaosu hidden among the crowd with only half his face showing.

If one did not look carefully, they really would not discover that Ren Xiaosu was in there. But as Old Li had been looking for Ren Xiaosu all this while, he managed to spot some clues in the recording.

He felt these thugs were really unlucky to have taken Ren Xiaosu hostage.

Old Li turned around and walked out of the classroom. He said to the garrison troops’ commanding officer, “I need to hurry off to another hostage situation. After you’re done here, update me. I won’t waste any more time here. Calm the students down, and if any parents come over to cause trouble, tell them that their children will be saved very soon.”



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The First Order – Chapter 639


Chapter 639: Unexpected

Just because Zhang Baogen had accidentally amused an autistic child with his saliva bubbles, it made him, a supernatural being, decide to remain at the orphanage. This would probably be unimaginable to many supernatural beings.

But whoever stipulated that supernatural beings had to go around killing people and striving for supremacy?

Perhaps superpowers were meant for achieving other things in the first place.

Not everyone in this world was cast from the same mold. Ren Xiaosu sought to use his own superpower to protect his family and friends, while Zhang Baogen felt his superpower was at its peak when using it to cheer up an autistic child. Was there anything wrong with that?

Zhang Qingxi went into the orphanage’s kitchen to look around and realized there weren’t even any decent food ingredients.

Zhang Baogen explained, “The Qinghe Group disburses 6,000 yuan to our welfare home each month. But as y’all can see, we have so many children here, so that amount is definitely not enough to go around. We also don’t wish to see these children suffer, and most of them have some sort of issue. They’re either born with internal birth defects or developmental disorders like autism. Their parents abandoned them at our doorstep and gave up on them.”

Qin Sheng looked at the group of children and said coldly, “To think that there would be such an impoverished welfare home in Luoyang City. Why don’t they just call it a hardship home instead? Where’s the director? Get him out here. I want to check with him on who’s responsible for these situations!”

There were only two care workers at the orphanage. One of them was Zhang Baogen, and the other was a girl who was telling stories to the children inside the home. Meanwhile, the director had not made an appearance at all til now.

Zhang Baogen went in and shouted for the director. But when Ren Xiaosu saw the director, he was dumbfounded. It was Hu Shuo!

Ren Xiaosu immediately cursed in his head!

To be honest, he had not expected to encounter Hu Shuo here.

He was wondering why Li Shentan had only made mention of Si Liren but not Hu Shuo. However, he did not expect Hu Shuo to actually end up as the director of the orphanage at Luoyang City.

After all, this was the former director of the Li Consortium’s Special Investigations Division, so how could he possibly be willing to be the director of an orphanage?

He wondered how Hu Shuo ended up as the director of the orphanage, and it seemed like he had been in the role for quite a while too. However, Ren Xiaosu did not expose Hu Shuo’s identity. He just stood at the side and watched Hu Shuo lament to Qin Sheng and Zhang Qingxi. His acting was so flawless the two Riders did not suspect a thing.

Ren Xiaosu even suspected Hu Shuo was the one who instructed Zhang Baogen to deliberately kill someone so it would attract the attention of the Qinghe Group’s people. By playing the sympathetic card, they could improve the orphanage’s benefits.

Back when Zhang Baogen was holding the hostage, there was something that made Ren Xiaosu suspicious, and it was how Zhang Baogen had so easily stopped resisting.

But only by doing so could he survive until the “interrogation” stage without getting seriously injured. Only then could he convey to the Riders his reason for killing someone.

One would have to carefully consider the Riders’ behavior patterns before they dared to pull off something like that. And it was precisely someone like Hu Shuo who possessed such a quality.

If it were really so, Hu Shuo was probably not expecting Ren Xiaosu to appear here.

Qin Sheng and Zhang Qingxi assured Hu Shuo they would investigate this matter thoroughly the next day. On top of that, the disbursement of funds to the orphanage would be handled by the Riders’ staff in the future. It would no longer be controlled by the Civil Affairs Department of Luoyang City.

Hu Shuo was so grateful he directly addressed the Riders as kind angels. Zhang Qingxi and Qin Sheng turned red in embarrassment and wanted to get out of there.

Ren Xiaosu did not leave, as he told Qin Sheng he wanted to catch up with Zhang Baogen.

After the orphanage’s gate closed, he saw Hu Shuo smiling ambiguously at him. “Why didn’t you expose me just now?”

“What do I stand to gain if I expose you? After all, the children really do need new coats, and it’s also a good thing to improve their welfare.” Ren Xiaosu said, “But you’re not someone who lacks money, so why’s there a need to put on such an act?”

“Why? Did you see through my plan?” Hu Shuo chuckled and said, “I’m just trying to test the Riders to see if they’re as honorable as the rumors say.”

Ren Xiaosu gave Zhang Baogen a stern look. “You’re way too bold. Are you tired of living? You dared to go along with something like that?”

Hu Shuo smiled and said, “He’s not putting on an act. He really doesn’t know about it.”

Zhang Baogen looked at Hu Shuo and Ren Xiaosu with wide eyes. “The two of you know each other? Director, you…”

Ren Xiaosu finally understood Hu Shuo was mainly trying to test Zhang Baogen. Who could rest easy when a supernatural being like him claimed he just wanted to remain at the orphanage to take care of the children?

Hu Shuo patted Zhang Baogen on the shoulder and said with a smile, “Go and watch the children. I’m gonna have a chat with Ren Xiaosu.”

After Zhang Baogen went off, Ren Xiaosu asked, “Are you planning to make use of Zhang Baogen?”

Hu Shuo sighed, “That kid is like an uncut gem. I can’t bear to make use of him.”

“Then are you thinking of making use of the children in the orphanage?” Ren Xiaosu suddenly made a guess that Hu Shuo could probably raise a new batch of elite intelligence agents by staying here for a few years to groom these children who had no one to rely on.

Ren Xiaosu had attended Hu Shuo’s classes before, so he knew exactly what Hu Shuo was capable of. He was an expert in rearing talents.

Hu Shuo replied, “When I first arrived here, it was indeed just as you had thought. On the one hand, I wanted to keep my identity a secret and stay hidden in the city. On the other hand, I hoped to inject new blood into my intelligence network. But after living with them for a while, I’ve already dismissed that idea. All of us have led a tough life, so why should they have to go through those hardships again?”

“Alright.” Ren Xiaosu felt that Hu Shuo sounded quite sincere. Curious, he asked, “Where’s Li Shentan?”

“You still have the cheek to bring this up? I get so angry at the mention of it. Yang Xiaojin was chasing after him for half a month, and he ended up being forced to escape south. He says he’s gone there to wait for the typhoon season to arrive!” Hu Shuo snapped at Ren Xiaosu, “Why does your girlfriend have such a bad temper?”

Ren Xiaosu wanted to hold it in, but he finally snapped back, “Serves him right!”

“Look at you! Is that what you should be saying?” Hu Shuo said.

“Since he knew that Yang Xiaojin was at Qinghe University, why didn’t he just tell me?” Ren Xiaosu was also getting unhappy. “Do you have any news about Yang Xiaojin?”

“No.” Hu Shuo shook his head. “That girl is very elusive, so it won’t be easy to find her. But since you’ve already revealed your armor in the city, she’ll definitely be attracted back here when the news gets out.”

Ren Xiaosu nodded. Actually, the reason he no longer hid his whereabouts and revealed his armor was because he was hoping the various forces could spread this news to let Yang Xiaojin know he was here.

Perhaps the venue and timing of this reunion were not too appropriate, because this place would soon become the center of a storm.

But Ren Xiaosu did not care about the impending danger. Before meeting Yang Xiaojin again, no one was allowed to do anything to this stronghold!



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The First Order – Chapter 640


Chapter 640: A touch of humanity amid the chaos

After chatting with Hu Shuo, Ren Xiaosu went to take a look at the kitchen. There was not much rice left in the rice bucket. Furthermore, Ren Xiaosu even purposely took a look at the garbage can in the kitchen, but he did not find any meat remains in it. This demonstrated the living conditions of these children at the orphanage were deplorable.

Hu Shuo followed behind and said, “Do you know why I can’t bear to make use of Zhang Baogen? Was it just because he revealed his kind nature? No, or rather, it wasn’t that alone.”

Ren Xiaosu turned around and quietly listened.

Hu Shuo continued, “Actually, Zhang Baogen is also still a child. He had been sent to a psychiatric hospital by the Qing Consortium before he could get to see what the world is really like. Fortunately, the Qing Consortium is considered slightly more benevolent among all the consortiums. They only observed the condition of the supernatural beings without harming them.

“When Zhang Baogen first arrived here, he was totally broke. A while ago, one of the children said he wanted to eat dumplings. When he was three years old, his parents abandoned him at the entrance of the orphanage. Now that he’s twelve, he only remembers the taste of a type of pork and celery dumpling. That was the only memory left of his original family. He doesn’t even remember what his mother looks like, but he still remembers the taste of the dumplings.

“As Zhang Baogen did not have any money, he went to the market to collect celery leaves that had been discarded by other people. He even begged the butcher to give him some fatty meat that people didn’t want. I don’t know how he did it, but they really gave him some in the end.” Hu Shuo laughed and said, “That day at the orphanage, it felt as though we were celebrating the New Year. Later, Zhang Baogen went out to work some odd jobs like clean people’s cars to earn a bit of money. Every time he gets paid, he’ll buy some meat back for the children to eat. However, he didn’t have any for himself.

“This time, if it weren’t because of the coats costing too much, and the children already suffering from frostbite, he would probably not have taken the risk to go out and kill someone. Do you know what I value most about him? After he came here, he really wanted to turn over a new leaf and start taking care of the children. He also would like to eat the meat he brought back, but he’s fine with just watching the children have it.”

Ren Xiaosu said, “Aren’t you rich? Why didn’t you buy something for the children?”

Hu Shuo looked at Ren Xiaosu and said, “Don’t bring that up with me. Shentan, that rascal, did not even give me a share of the gold after taking so much of it. He said he was keeping it all for you. When I was still an official in the Li Consortium, I was always honest and never took any bribes, so how would I have any money! At the beginning, I did have a little bit of savings. But you don’t know how much these children can eat. As the saying goes, a growing child burns a hole in the pocket. I literally went broke because of them!”

Ren Xiaosu was stunned. “Are you really that poor?”

“So what if I’m poor?” Hu Shuo’s face darkened. “Money can’t buy happiness, anyway!”

Ren Xiaosu pondered it for a moment before saying, “It’s because you have too little money that you can’t buy happiness!”

He turned around and went out. The next afternoon, he came back with half a dozen kilograms of high quality pork and dozens of kilograms of celery. Behind him, Zhou Yingxue was also carrying a large bag of flour. All of the children at the orphanage started cheering.

This time, even Hu Shuo made the dumplings together with everyone. Ren Xiaosu used his two black sabers to put on a fancy performance of chopping the dumpling filling for the children. It won their applause and made Ren Xiaosu very proud.

When it was time for the pork and celery dumplings to come out of the pot, Zhou Yingxue stood next to it. However, the children did not make a rush for the food. They all followed Zhang Baogen’s instructions and lined up in an orderly manner, with each of them carrying a small bowl. Girls in the front, boys at the back, the young ones went first while the elders waited behind them.

It wasn’t until the children started eating that Zhang Baogen came over with a bowl in embarrassment.

Zhou Yingxue smiled and filled the bowl to the brim. Zhang Baogen even thanked her for it.

After they finished eating, the children sat in their chairs with bloated bellies. They had not had meat in a long time, so they could not stop eating once they got started.

A child smiled at Zhang Baogen and said, “Uncle Baogen, please blow a bubble for us!”

Zhang Baogen thought for a moment and casually blew out a bubble in the shape of a magpie.

However, the children recoiled and said, “Uncle Baogen, why does the bubble today smell like pork and celery…”

After leaving the orphanage, Zhou Yingxue walked beside Ren Xiaosu and said, “Master, you were quite compassionate today.”

“Compassionate?” Ren Xiaosu forced a smile and said, “That was nothing more than a moment of kindness. I doubt I can protect those children like how Zhang Baogen does.”

“It’s still better than doing nothing.” Zhou Yingxue grimaced and said, “The world would be very different if there were a touch of humanity. But, Master, why didn’t you leave some money for them?”

“Even without us, they’ll live very happily.” Ren Xiaosu said, “At first, I had wanted to leave them a million yuan. But later on, I thought that Hu Shuo was probably right. Their happiness there has nothing to do with money. Besides, Qin Sheng and Zhang Qingxi will help them solve their financial problems, so we don’t need to intervene unnecessarily.”

For the first time since last night, Ren Xiaosu suddenly felt a brief moment of peace.

Since arriving at Luoyang City, he was constantly tensed up in case he had to be on guard against enemies who might attack without warning. However, this should not be how the world worked. All of a sudden, he started looking forward to world peace.

Just as another wave of chaos subsided in Luoyang City, a group of more than 20 people were rushing towards Luoyang City from afar.

The person leading the group had a red cloth covering his face. It was the Rider Wu Dingyuan.

He had been taking the students out to travel according to the plan. But midway through their journey, he was informed about the crisis going on at Luoyang City. As such, he was forced to bring the students back to the stronghold.

But when they passed through the Kong Consortium’s stronghold and rested there for a night, their vehicles were all damaged by some people with ulterior motives. In the end, they could only travel on foot.

Wu Dingyuan knew someone was deliberately delaying his return, but he did not go and argue with the Kong Consortium about this. Since what was done was done, the Riders had to assume every consortium was their enemy.

When they were still about 300 kilometers away from Luoyang City, Wu Dingyuan suddenly stopped in his tracks. He looked at Vanilla and the elderly sugar painter in front of him.

Vanilla smiled and said, “I’m Vanilla from the Anjing House.”

The old man introduced himself while stirring some sugar syrup, “I’m Tang Hualong from the Anjing House.”

Wu Dingyuan frowned. “Is the Anjing House declaring themselves an enemy of the Riders? Have you considered the consequences?”

Vanilla explained with a smile, “That’s why we’re here. We have no intention of becoming enemies of the Riders, nor do we want to kill innocent people in Luoyang City. As such, we won’t enter the stronghold. We just hope that you, Wu Dingyuan, will accompany us and have a chat here.”

“And if I say no?” Wu Dingyuan said with a grim expression, “Are you going to use these students behind me to threaten me?”

“No, no, no.” Vanilla shook his head. “I’m not a cold-blooded killer. It’s just that you won’t be able to leave with the two of us taking you on.”

Wu Dingyuan stood right where he was. He suddenly realized the people in Luoyang City might be making a move soon.



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The First Order – Chapter 638


Chapter 638: Orphanage

“I heard that you work as an independent supernatural being. Why did you get involved in this chaotic battle?” Ren Xiaosu asked, “Who gave you orders and who were you trying to kill?”

Zhang Baogen thought for a while before replying, “I don’t know my employer’s identity. All I only know is that Scarface from Luoyang City hired me to kill someone at Triumphant Road. The target was going to appear at a restaurant wearing a black shirt and gray shoes.”

Scarface was a well-known underworld agent at Luoyang City who specialized in brokering illegal transactions. It sounded like Zhang Baogen and Scarface had collaborated with each other on more than one occasion as well.

This was easy to verify since it would not be difficult for Qin Sheng and the others to find Scarface.

However, Zhang Qingxi felt that Scarface might not even know who the employer was.

“Are you saying that you came to kill the target because you accepted an assassination mission?” Zhang Qingxi wondered, “I’ve been to the site of the battle. You aren’t cautious enough when carrying out your attacks and don’t look like a professional hitman either. Also, it seems you didn’t expect the target to be a superhuman too?”

“True, I really didn’t expect that.” Zhang Baogen said, “I’m really not a professional hitman either. I only come out to do such jobs when the days get unbearable. If I didn’t have to get coats for winter this time, I wouldn’t have taken the risk to carry out a hit in Luoyang City.”

Nobody knew how to react when they heard Zhang Baogen say he only resorted to killing someone because he wanted to buy a coat. He actually went to kill a superhuman so that he could buy a coat?

Zhang Qingxi scrutinized Zhang Baogen. He realized Zhang Baogen was dressed in ill-fitting clothes sold at street stalls.

“How did you manage to get into Luoyang City?” Zhang Qingxi asked. “The security is so tight now. Someone must’ve helped you get in. Who’s that person?”

This time, it was Zhang Baogen’s turn to be surprised. “I’ve been living in Luoyang City all this while. A few months ago, I came here like the other refugees and entered the city through a work recruitment exercise. Later on, the director of the welfare home took me in. He even helped me apply for a long-term work permit, which allowed me to stay in the stronghold for half a year.”

“Wait a sec, you’re working at a welfare home? What do you do there?” Ren Xiaosu wondered.

This time, everyone was confused by Zhang Baogen.

At first, everyone thought Zhang Baogen was just a hitman that operated alone. But the more they talked, the more they realized he was just a rookie. He did not even know who he was killing and was basically just doing the dirty work for someone else.

Furthermore, he was even working at an orphanage in Luoyang City.

Ren Xiaosu said with a sigh, “Did you accept such a dangerous mission just so you could buy one coat?”

“It’s not just one coat.” Zhang Baogen explained earnestly, “It’s 47 coats. The welfare home is running out of funds, and we still haven’t bought any coats for the children yet. Even though the director has applied for funding from the higher-ups, we did not receive any reply for a long time. Left with no other choice, I took the risk while trying to hide it from the director.”

Ren Xiaosu did not know whether to laugh or cry. This conversation with Zhang Baogen tonight was simply full of twists and turns. What did this have anything to do with the children at the orphanage?

Zhang Qingxi and Qin Sheng looked at each other. “Let’s go, we’ll head to the orphanage right away to verify the situation. Don’t worry, we won’t disturb the children there. If you’re telling the truth, we won’t make things difficult for you.”

After all, Zhang Baogen did not kill anyone from the Qinghe Group. It could be said that the more those forces fought among themselves, the happier the Riders were.

And if Zhang Baogen were telling the truth, then this person was at least good-natured.

Zhang Qingxi uncuffed Zhang Baogen. “Lead the way. We’ll talk when we get there.”

When Zhang Baogen got into the vehicle, he said in a low voice, “I know that there’s many good people in the Qinghe Group. I didn’t want to kill anyone in Luoyang City either…”

“Alright, that’s enough.” Zhang Qingxi said with a smile, “There’s no need to flatter us. As long as you’re telling the truth, you’ll be fine.”

When they arrived at the entrance of the orphanage, Ren Xiaosu looked at the run-down place. “This is your Qinghe Group’s property, right?”

“Yes.” Qin Sheng nodded. Since there was a sign that read “Qinghe Welfare Home” at the entrance, it had to be their property.

“Then why’s there a lack of funding? It’s not like y’all lack this bit of money,” Ren Xiaosu asked.

“I’m afraid this must be the doing of the Xu clan’s relatives. Those people do not have any principles at all, and this isn’t the first time they’ve embezzled their employees’ salaries. Previously, someone even dared to embezzle the garrison troops’ military salary,” Zhang Qingxi explained calmly. “This is probably one of the reasons why Xu Ke wants to purge the potential threats from the organization.”

As the four of them walked into the orphanage, Qin Sheng suddenly thought of something. “By the way, Brother Xiaosu, why did you straight-up shoot that hostage?”

Qin Sheng had been wondering about this for some time, but he couldn’t figure out why.

Zhang Baogen looked at Ren Xiaosu in surprise. So it turned out Ren Xiaosu was the one who took out his hostage.

However, Zhang Baogen could understand that. After all, Ren Xiaosu was well-known in town for being ruthless.

Ren Xiaosu explained, “You should know that I tripped a fugitive last night, right?”

“Yes, I heard so from a pedestrian yesterday.” Qin Sheng nodded. “After that, you were attacked by that superhuman.”

“The hostage turned out to be the person I tripped.” Ren Xiaosu lamented how fate was so unpredictable. If Zhang Baogen had really not colluded with anyone beforehand, then that hostage must have just been… purely unlucky.

The truth of the matter was that the guy was really unfortunate. As an intelligence agent, he only wanted to see what was going on out there. In the end, he got manhandled by Zhang Baogen.

He could only resign himself to the fact that he had been taken hostage. As a normal person who was no match for a supernatural being, he was carried away effortlessly by his opponent. But the Qinghe Group would most likely find a way to rescue him, right? After all, they did not know he was a spy.

But before the Qinghe Group could rescue him, he was shot dead.

Who could he possibly go and reason with!

It was 11 PM when the four of them walked into the orphanage. Some of the children who were still awake were horsing around in the yard.

When the children saw Zhang Baogen, they happily greeted him as Uncle Baogen. They even scrambled forward to get close to him.

Zhang Qingxi quietly observed that these children were truly wearing tattered and threadbare clothes and many of them were even patched up. Some of the children hiding inside the house were also wearing very thin fall clothing.

Judging by the situation here, Zhang Baogen was not lying.

A child looked at Zhang Baogen eagerly. “Uncle Baogen, didn’t you say you were going out to buy coats for us? Did you manage to get any?”

Zhang Baogen said in embarrassment, “I’m sorry, I didn’t manage to get them today. I’ll go out again tomorrow to have a look.”

Seeing that the child was a little disappointed, Zhang Baogen said with a smile, “Let me blow a bubble for you.”

With that, Zhang Baogen blew a saliva bubble for the child. The bubble turned into a white little winged horse in the air as the children ran playfully after it.

Zhang Qingxi asked, “You’re a superhuman. Are you really satisfied with just being a care worker at the orphanage?”

“Actually, my reason for coming to Luoyang City is not that simple.” Zhang Baogen whispered, “I only wanted to sneak into the stronghold to kill someone and complete my mission. But after I snuck in as a care worker, I kept wanting to cheer up those children whenever I saw them. It wasn’t until an autistic child saw the bubbles that I blew and started laughing that I suddenly got the idea of staying. There is nothing special about supernatural beings. Perhaps the purpose of my power was never meant for killing people at all.”



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