How was Ren Xiaosu supposed to answer? Was he supposed to say his mission was intercepted by someone while he was hiding in the bushes?
For the next half a month, he received a total of seven missions through the cell phone. However, five of them were to be carried out in strongholds too far away from Ren Xiaosu.
He would never make it there in time.
As for the two missions that were nearby, one of them was to kill an esquire in town. This mission was easier, but the reward was relatively low as well.
The other one was to kill one of the town’s administrators. As the difficulty was similar to that of killing a factory manager, the reward was 20,000 yuan as well.
However, without exception, every time Ren Xiaosu arrived at the scene, he would discover the mission had already been completed.
This made Ren Xiaosu even angrier. Where were the promised five completed missions within two months? And what happened to moving up to A-rank quickly?
Initially, Ren Xiaosu thought the hardest part of the assassination missions would be the killing. But now he finally understood the hardest part was to be the first to finish a mission.
The threshold for a D-rank mission was so low that even some of the refugees and ruthless townspeople could do it. This meant that any random person could easily snatch a mission from him.
Ren Xiaosu wondered if there would be fewer people trying for the missions as the ranks went up. After all, the higher the rank, the fewer hitmen there would be.
At this moment, Ren Xiaosu received a new text. “The target is Zhao Yanbo, the former warden of Stronghold 146’s prison. He bullied female prisoners while he was still in office and has escaped to the town outside of Stronghold 61. Reward: 20,000 yuan.”
Then a photo of Zhao Yanbo was sent over. Ren Xiaosu was stunned for a moment. Wasn’t this person the middle-aged man who had forced his wife to offer herself to him?
Ren Xiaosu got a pleasant surprise. He had already made three trips in vain in the past half a month. It was only because he was too far away from those targets that others could get to them before him.
This time, the assigned mission was right next to him!
If someone else went ahead and stole his mission again this time, Ren Xiaosu swore to himself that he would start eating while doing a handstand!
It was evening, and the townspeople were already back in their shacks. The number of people on the streets was starting to lessen.
Ren Xiaosu changed into his attire and even put on a cap as he walked out of his house.
Zhao Yanbo had been living quite well recently. Although it was not as good a life as he had at the Zong Consortium, at least he would not starve to death with his wife secretly bringing food back to him.
This person had no other pursuits in life anymore. He hid in the shack every day and would secretly ask his wife for some money from time to time to buy alcohol.
When Ren Xiaosu located Zhao Yanbo, he was merely hiding in his shack and drinking some alcohol.
However, Ren Xiaosu was not in a hurry to make a move yet. Instead, he hid in the shadows not far away and waited there quietly.
Three hours later, someone suddenly sneaked in from outside of town. He took out an old phone and checked the text. But just as his phone lit up, he heard someone behind him say cheerfully, “Here on a mission?”
The hitman was shocked. He tried to turn around and swing his sword at whoever said that, but before he could turn around, he was knocked unconscious by a knifehand strike.
Ren Xiaosu squatted down and took the cell phone away from the hitman. He sneered and said, “How dare you try to steal my mission? I’ll see how you can steal it away now without your cell phone!”
He happily looted the money the hitman had on him and threw the cell phone into his storage space. He was finally able to vent his anger after wasting the past half a month.
However, Ren Xiaosu did not kill the person because he was unsure if this hitman was evil or not. At least this hitman was here to kill someone who was an actual villain.
After he finished up, Ren Xiaosu dragged the hitman over to the side and continued waiting in ambush patiently.
As long as no one replied to the mission assignment text message with a picture of Zhao Yanbo’s death, then this mission would not be considered complete, and there would constantly be new hitmen coming here.
Currently, Zhao Yanbo was still unaware of what was happening outside because of him.
Ren Xiaosu was filled with a sense of frustration after having waited for half a month for nothing. He wanted to vent this frustration, but the people who had stolen the missions had already left the crime scene. Even if he wanted to blow off some steam, he did not know who he could vent to.
Now that the assigned mission area was right next to him, he could easily carry it out without any trouble.
Furthermore, Ren Xiaosu felt he could not always have others stealing his missions away. So how should he solve this problem?
Ren Xiaosu’s thinking had always been different from others. Everyone else would try to treat the symptoms of their problems, while Ren Xiaosu would look at the root of the problem. Wouldn’t it be better to solve it by taking care of those people who created the problems for him?
Today, all he needed to do was wait patiently and knock out the hitmen who responded to the mission. Afterwards, he would just have to take their phones. That way, wouldn’t he be the only hitman left in this vicinity?
After that, he could do whatever missions he wanted, and he could even do them whenever he wanted!
In fact, he could even pick and choose which missions to take. If the mission was too troublesome, he could totally ignore it! ‘I want to keep a low profile too, but I can’t!’ Thinking of this, Ren Xiaosu nearly laughed out loud.
This was perfect!
That night, the mission to kill Zhao Yanbo remained incomplete. More and more hitmen arrived at his door, but all of them were taken out by Ren Xiaosu.
Although the other hitmen also had problems related to finishing a mission first, they never once thought of Ren Xiaosu’s method. It was simply impossible for them to carry out.
These hitmen who answered to the mission were only D-ranked. They had not even seen a superhuman before, so they weren’t a match for Ren Xiaosu.
These people were basically D-ranked because they could only get to D-rank. After all, not everyone could complete five missions within two months. Meanwhile, Ren Xiaosu was only stuck at D-rank because he did not manage to complete any of the missions until now!
But not everyone was like Ren Xiaosu. Even though he had already become a legendary supernatural being in the Northwest, he was still meddling in these low-level missions here.
If the other hitmen knew about this, they would definitely curse Ren Xiaosu for being shameless.
In one night, Ren Xiaosu had already taken away five cell phones from other hitmen. He estimated there should still be some more hitmen in the stronghold controlled by the Wang Consortium, so as long as he continued seizing cell phones, he would get to pick any mission he wanted one day.
At dawn, Ren Xiaosu decided to stop waiting. He went straight to Zhao Yanbo, who was sound asleep, and twisted his neck. He did not have any reservations killing these Zong Consortium lackeys.
After Ren Xiaosu took a photo of the scene, he received a text as expected. “Mission accomplished. You have a time limit of two months, a total of 60 days, starting today, to advance to C-rank. Mission reward of 20,000 yuan to be transferred to the anonymous account 1583850 in the Wang Consortium Bank. The password is 666666.”
As the sun rose, the sky brightened and the red glow of dawn followed.
Ren Xiaosu finally let out a sigh of relief. His Path of the Hitman had finally begun.