Chapter 42: Let Me Protect You (X)
Chapter 42: Let Me Protect You (X)
“Say it, where is the money?” The driving bald man had already broken free of the police’s pursue and asked Shang Ke who sat on the copilot.
“When are you releasing my foster parents?” Shang Ke asked in reply.
“If we can’t get the money, I won’t let them go.” This is his bottomline.
Shang Ke fell silent for a moment then said a place: “Green Wheat Farm.”
He didn’t make up the place as it really was a stronghold of Tabimu before. It was just relatively hidden and the common members did not know of it. But the bald man clearly heard of it before as his eyes began to shine.
At the other side, Rowan who was monitoring them immediately arranged for the police force to go to Green Wheat Farm to prepare.
Green Wheat Farm was about over one thousand kilometer away from their spot, even if they drove without rest, it would take the next day to get there. The criminals clearly did not have that much energy and stopped at a motel at eleven to rest.
“If you don’t want to involve the people of this hotel, then you better stay put.” The bald man pushed the three into a small room and left behind a warning before leaving with another watcher.
“Bruno, what is going on?” The Ferrg couple did not have any desire to blame him despite the fright they took. The gaze they used on Shang Ke was curious and full of worry.
“Don’t worry.” Shang Ke comforted them. “I won’t let anything happen to you two.”
From afar where Feng Juan was at, he had just finished a family banquet and returned to his room. The first thing he did was open his computer, planning to contact Shang Ke. But then he suddenly thought how it should be very late over there and hesitated over it before finally caving to his desire. He decided to cruelly wake him up then video him.
He called but it rang for a long time with no one picking up. Feng Juan was unwilling to give up and continued to call while he browsed the UK internet.
Suddenly, his actions stopped as his eyes were rigidly staring at the top story of the news page—Mr. Bruin’s office building was met with a terrorist attack. Three people were taken hostage and were currently unaccounted for…
Three people… the first people Feng Juan thought of was Shang Ke and the Ferrg couple.
His fingers trembled and he almost couldn’t hold onto his phone. After a moment of shock, he quickly found Rowan’s number and called.
“What happened? Are Shang Ke and my foster parents in trouble?” The moment the call connected, Feng Juan yelled into the phone.
Silence flowed from the other side for a few seconds before a reply finally came, “Yes, they are taken hostage by a group of criminals.”
“Why would the criminals caught them when they did nothing?”
“Do you know Tabimu?”
“I know them, they were the ones that kidnapped me and Shang Ke back then.”
“Yes.” Rowan deeply said, “After you guys were saved, Tabimu did not plan to let you guys off. In order to protect you guys, Bruno always dealt with them in secret with the police.” He paused, then added, “Since ten years ago.”
Ten years ago? Shang Ke was only seven back then! Feng Juan’s mind went blank. So in the time when he still knew nothing, Shang Ke was already protecting him? In these ten years, the reason why anything he did went so smoothly was because Ke Ke was laying out the way for him in secret.
Rowan did not know the waves in Feng Juan’s heart and continued, “Tabimu’s power has been collapsed for the most part. Right now, they are doing their last retaliation and their targets are you, Bruno and your foster parents. Fortunately you were abroad when it happened, otherwise you would also become their hostage.”
Thunder flashed through his mind. Abroad? Don’t tell him that his abroad trip was also set up in advance by Ke Ke? He had knew ahead of time they might be in danger?
No, Ke Ke, how could you do this? We are brothers, family, we should face any danger together. If his safety was obtained in exchange for their life, how could he peacefully life on?
Feng Juan only now understood just how much Ke Ke cared about him.
“What is the situation right now?” Feng Juan compelled himself to calm down as a storm formed in his eyes.
“Bruno helped us monitor their cell phones, they are preparing to leave for Green Wheat Farm. We will put the place under surveillance before they get there.”
“I understand.” Feng Juan hung up and dug out his papers then with his cell phone and laptop, rushed for the airport.
The next day, the bald man and the others continued their way with Shang Ke and the Ferrg couple.
Their entire way was unimpeded, the closer they got to Green Wheat Farm, the less traffic there was.
Ten hours after, the group finally arrived at the destination. Before their eyes was a dense land of corn, the horizon was broad as far as they could see. The farm was very old-fashioned, a harvest machine was parked on the land while a couple hay piles were piled up at the corner. Two farmer middle aged men were currently busy in the courtyard.
“Where’s the money hidden?” The bald man watched the surroundings vigilantly, his gaze stopping on the two farmings for a short moment.
Shang Ke turned his head to the warehouse not too far from them and replied, “I only know that a portion is buried in the warehouse somewhere. You guys would have to find the exact position yourself.”
The bald man indicated for his subordinates to go take a look then glared fiercey at Shang Ke, “Don’t you dare try to play tricks, otherwise I will kill them where they stand.”
He pointed the muzzle of the gun at the Ferrg couple.
They waited outside for a long time and the people that went into the warehouse never came back out.
The bald man sensed that something was finally wrong and was just about to question him when fully armed police rushed out from the corn crops and surrounded them tightly.
The bald man and the others quickly grabbed the Ferrg couple and threatened, “Don’t come any closer, or I’ll shoot them.”
The criminals wore a nervous expression, but no one dared to grab Shang Ke as hostage, causing him to stand there lonelily.
“How did you guys find us?” The bald man asked then as if he realized something, he turned to Shang Ke. “It was you! You have a tracking device on you!”
“No, I don’t have any tracking device on me.” Shang Ke indifferently said. “The tracking device was on you guys.”
The bald man froze, then immediately reacted and took out his cell phone. With a bellow, he slammed the cell phone onto the floor.
“I actually forgot you were a hacker! Haha, good good, I really grew complacent. Then everyone can die together here!” The bald man aimed at the Ferrg couple and pulled the triggers.
Shang Ke’s eyes and hands were quick and held his wrist and turned it. With a “bang”, the gun shot empty.
At the same time, the surrounding police started to attack and the criminals tried to find places to hide.
Shang Ke pulled aside the Ferrg couple and stood in front of them.
The bald man raised his gun and aimed at the bomb on Shang Ke’s body, crazily laughing, “Now, let me test the power of the bomb on you.”
He pull the trigger without hesitation.
“No!” A terrified voice came from not too far away.
Shang Ke subconsciously looked back to see Feng Juan get off a car and looking at him full of fear.
With the “bang” of a gunshot, Shang Ke felt a pain from his abdomen and he staggered backwards.
However, the bomb on his body did not explode.
The bald man stared at the unexpected situation, saying with disbelief. “So the bomb was fake?” He did not think Shang Ke’s courage was so great, he actually didn’t have any bargaining chip yet still mixed in with them without a change in his face.
“So, the money was fake too.” The bald man’s face was very dark.
Shang Ke held his abdomen, faintly smiling and nodded.
At this moment, the bald man was hit by a stray bullet and half knelt on the ground. With him down, the police quickly encircle the place.
Feng Juan was finally somewhat relieved and followed behind the police over.
Right at this moment, the bald man’s shoulders trembled and a strange laughter bubbled from his throat.
He raised his head and stared unwaveringly at Shang Ke, he slowly spoke. “It doesn’t matter, even if your bomb is fake, mine isn’t.”
He took out a bomb from his bosom, “Even if I die, I will at least drag you guys down with me.”
He suddenly pulled the secure pin after he spoke.
Right now, the police and Feng Juan that was starting to surround them were not even ten meters close while Shang Ke and the Ferrg couple’s distance with the bald man was barely four meters.
The area of effect a bomb usually had was a seven to ten meter radius, but the pieces that shoot out could reach a range of over a dozen meters. If the bomb explodes, Shang Ke and the Ferrg couple’s survival possibility did not surpass ten percent.
The bald man pulled the secure pin and Shang Ke instinctually threw himself at him.
“Don’t!” Feng Juan’s voice carried endless fear.
Shang Ke raised his head and looked toward Feng Juan who was rushing over. His eyes were as gentle as usual and his messy hair rustled in the wind. A yearning smile showed on his face…
Boom! The bomb exploded and flesh mixed with the pieces like a gaudy firework, cruelly bursting before everyone’s eyes.
Feng Juan was tackled down by a police, his forehead was cut open by a rock and the blood slid down, slowly to the corner of his eye. Shang Ke’s last smile was frozen in his mind, then shattered like glass, falling to pieces…
【This world’s main mission has been failed. The penalty mission shall start. Mission difficulty x2 and Host shall be sent to the next world in sixty seconds.】 The System’s voice suddenly echoed in Shang Ke’s mind.
What? He would be directly sent to the next world? At least let him bid Juan Juan goodbye, bid the Ferrg couple goodbye, bid this world goodbye!
【This is the first time Host has failed the mission. The System will reward one curse halo.】
There’s a reward for failure? What curse halo? Just hearing the name and you know it’s nothing good!
【Curse Halo: Curse attacks indiscriminately, the curse activation condition is pragmatic, the curse time is pragmatic, the curse target is pragmatic, the curse type is pragmatic.】
Shang Ke: “……”
【Please treat the curse halo well, it will give Host’s journey endless thrilling excitements to enjoy.】
He did not need some kind of thrilling excitement at all!
【May host please prepare to enter the next world. The countdown will begin: 9, 8, 7…】
Shang Ke had wanted to struggle a bit more, but the System didn’t give him time to struggle. When it countdown to one, he was sent to the next world.
He finally found out what was the consequence for mission failure. There were no rewards, no time to reorganize yourself, the mission difficulty was increased and there’s an additional strangely attributed halo.
Shang Ke didn’t even have time to adjust his mood. Moments ago he had been exploded into pieces, while the next moment he was at a bottomless abyss.
A bottomless abyss? Shang Ke stiffen from fright, below his body, clouds and mists lingered and the bottom could not be seen. Right now, he was lonelily growing on a three from the cliff.
That’s long, it’s “growing”.
He was now a damn motherf*cking mushroom!
His entire body was spotlessly white, sparkling and pure. An umbrella cap grew from his head and gently swayed in the wind.
At this moment, dark clouds covered the sky above and thunder rang. An invisible wave of power pressured him, like something awful was just about to happen.
Shang Ke, wearing a mushroom face was thoroughly dumbfounded.