Chapter 217: Death Cycle (XV)
There was suddenly a slight change to the air around them. Then, Zuo Xian’s figure appeared not far away.
“Where is ‘he’?” Zuo Xian looked at Shang Ke and asked. He was naturally asking about Di Kui. Before they departed, Huo Xuan asked him to pay attention to this zombie king while he monitors in secret. However, Di Kui was so quiet during the day as if he didn’t exist. At night, he disappeared and was very elusive. Therefore, Zuo Xian decided to bring Shang Ke out. Even if they clashed in this kind of place, only zombies would be affected.
“I don’t know.” Shang Ke replied. At the same time, he used his perception to search around. He didn’t find anything. If powerful people like Huo Xuan and Di Kui wished to hide, almost no one could find them.
“You better make sure that he won’t hurt people, or deliberately attract zombies to surround the mercenary group.” Zuo Xian stared at him coldly and didn’t hide his hostility.
Shang Ke scoffed, “Does he have to go through such trouble with his strength?”
Zuo Xian gave him a glance, then looked at Huo Xuan who was beside him and said, “Let’s go. A large number of zombies is gathered in front, that place should be their lair. We will split two ways and go there. You guys be careful.”
After saying so, he no longer cared about the two of them and just left.
Huo Xuan frowned. He was quite unhappy with Zuo Xian’s act of leaving teammates behind. However, he didn’t have time to worry about it now. Huo Xuan walked to Shang Ke’s side and reached out his hand to Shang Ke’s waist, intending to take him teleporting like before.
Shang Ke quickly avoided and said, “You don’t have to worry about me. Go first.”
“Don’t be willful. Come here.” Huo Xuan pulled him into his embrace without allowing any doubts and passed through the floors in an instant, sneaking into the center of the zombie lair.
Within the darkness, an unpleasant rotten smell permeated the air. The zombies walked in groups of three to five on the streets, walking back and forth in alleys and houses.
Huo Xuan brought Shang Ke and entered a worn out stadium. They lied on the top beam made of steel frame and looked down quietly.
Although it was dim inside, both of them had night vision ability which was enough for them to see everything below clearly. However, the sight they saw shocked the both of them.
There were about three to four hundred people gathered in the large square. There were males and females, young and old people. They were tangled together and crazily copulating like beasts, their throats letting out moans of pain or despair.
Around them, a few tens of high level zombies are scattered about surrounding them. They hissed and scratched about excitedly. Once in a while, a few of them really couldn’t bear it and would suddenly pounce over. They would ravage the humans’ body while gnawing on their flesh. Then, they would quickly be pulled away roughly by other zombies.
The bloody and chaotic scene before them was like hell and made people nauseous. Everything came too suddenly and the two of them weren’t mentally prepared. They only came here to investigate the zombies’ force distribution and number. However, the true situation was far more horrifying and shocking than they expected.
Huo Xuan pressed Shang Ke’s head onto his chest and whispered into Shang Ke’s ear, “I will send you out.”
Shang Ke shook his head and pointed directly below them.
Huo Xuan looked down and saw two female zombies curled up in the dark corner below them. They were completely naked and sat unmoving on the dirty cushion. Their expressions were numb as if they were dead. What’s more shocking is that their abdomens were slightly bulging, looking as if they are pregnant.
Horror appeared in Huo Xuan’s eyes and a word suddenly flashed in his mind—Reproduction.
The most scary thing about zombies wasn’t their combat ability, but their infectious nature. However, as the research for virus antibodies progresses, humans would be able to completely overcome this virus one day. By then, the zombies are bound to perish.
However, what Huo Xuan did not expect was that zombies would actually make use of humans for reproduction. Has the intelligence of some zombies already evolved to this level? Judging by the appearance of the two pregnant women, they should at least be pregnant for 4-5 months already. How is it possible for a zombie to become pregnant?
Huo Xuan looked back at the square again. The group of people that are crazily copulating were mostly normal humans. Which means, the zombies let the humans become pregnant first before turning them into zombies. The life force of the fetus mutated the pregnant women into another species—Zombie mother.
It might not be just human females. All female creatures have the possibility of becoming zombie mothers.
At this moment, the surrounding light seems to be getting darker. Huo Xuan and Shang Ke gradually became unable to see anything even with their vision ability.
Huo Xuan’s heart shivered slightly. He carried Shang Ke and left their hiding spot to move outside of the stadium.
However, the two people who should have left the stadium plunged into complete darkness the next second. It was as if they were in a void and there wasn’t a single ray of light. They could only smell a strange fragrance slowly spreading in the air.
“It’s a spatial ability.” Huo Xuan said, “A general level zombie with spatial abilities. It’s strength is comparable to the king level, we have to be careful.” No wonder the people who went investigating before did not come back. There was really nothing they could do when they encountered a zombie of this level.
Shang Ke covered his nose and asked with furrowed brows, “What’s this aroma? I feel uncomfortable smelling it.”
Huo Xuan felt no abnormality. He only felt that the temperature of the person in his embrace seemed to be getting higher and his breathing had also become more and more rushed.
“What’s wrong?” Huo Xuan raised his hand and waved in the void. Countless silver light blades hovered around the two immediately. However, the sharp sword light could only illuminate up to a five meter range.
Shang Ke rubbed his dizzy head. Huo Xuan’s closeness made him feel more irritable. Shang Ke stretched out his hand to push him away trying to put a distance. But on the instance he touched the other party, a strong lust rose in his body. It came so strongly and almost swallowed up all his reason.
Shang Ke finally understood now why those people in the stadium would copulate so crazily. The dark space and strange aroma made people lose their mind and reduce them to a beast.
“Shang Ke…” The low voice seemed as if it came from another world, gently echoing in Shang Ke’s ear.
Shang Ke’s head felt groggy while his body felt light. It felt like he was in a dream.
“Shang Ke… Keke…”
Di Kui? Or is it Mutu?
Who cares, they’re all his man anyway!
Shang Ke pushed down the man beside him and tore his clothes while biting his body.
The man tried to stop him, but was kissed hard by Shang Ke. The familiar breath lingered between their lips and brought them an even stronger desire.
Shang Ke felt the man below him gradually changed from being passive to taking the initiative to hug, kiss, rub, entangle, give up his reason and be invested in it. Shang Ke suddenly felt a dull pain and his body was filled. What came after was successive thrusts hitting the deepest part…
Shang Ke abruptly woke up from his sleep and realised that he was currently lying on the bed. A few rays of sunlight shone in through the window and lit up the room.
“Keke.” A head came near him and bit his neck.
Several fragment images flashed in Shang Ke’s head. Feeling shocked, he lifted up the head which was near his neck. Seeing Di Kui’s expressionless face, Shang Ke secretly let out a sigh of relief.
“Where is this? Why am I here?” Shang Ke sat up and the blanket slipped down from his chest, revealing his bright and clean skin. His body felt refreshed with no abnormality.
“When I came back, I saw you sleeping on the bed.” Di Kui sniffed Shang Ke’s body and said with a frown, “I keep feeling that something is wrong.”
“What’s wrong?” Shang Ke touched about his body but didn’t find anything. Actually, he wouldn’t find anything even if there was something as he would self heal.
Shang Ke looked at the time. It was already around 9 a.m. on the second day. He and Huo Xuan went out to investigate the zombies’ situation last night and saw a hell like scene in the stadium. Zombies were attempting to use humans to reproduce the next generation.
Then, they left the stadium and were trapped in a dark space…
Shang Ke sapped his head. He couldn’t remember the things that happened afterwards at all. He seemed to have had a dream and he didn’t remember a single thing after waking up.
With Huo Xuan’s strength, he should have successfully escaped right?
Just as he was thinking, the sound of knocking came from outside the door.
Di Kui glanced at the door coldly, then disappeared from the room. He had been emotionally unstable recently and would have the urge to kill whenever he saw a human. Before he learned how to control himself, he didn’t plan to have too much contact with humans.
Shang Ke frowned. He also sensed something wrong with Di Kui. In the past, he never disappeared so frequently. Even if he wanted to go, he would bring Shang Ke along. But recently, his aura had been unstable and the changes got more obvious after entering Huaiqu.
The sound of knocking was still continuing. Shang Ke came back to his senses, wore his clothes and walked to the door. Just when he was about to open the door, he suddenly felt a burning pain on his chest.
He let out a soft groan. He raised his hand to pull open his collar, only to see a flame-like red flower blooming slowly on his right chest. The layers of petals kept spreading until his shoulder and collar bone.
Flaming Red Sky? Why did this tattoo appear again?
“Shang Ke?” Huo Xuan’s voice sounded outside the door.
Shang Ke looked up and stared at the door thoughtfully. Then, he stepped back slowly. After moving five meters away from the door, the burning pain on his chest gradually decreased and the tattoo also started disappearing.
It really was because of Huo Xuan? But this kind of thing didn’t happen when they interacted before.
Shang Ke took a few steps closer to the door again. Then, his chest started hurting again.
Just as he was holding his chest to ease the pain, a figure suddenly appeared beside him.
“What’s wrong?” Huo Xuan pulled him into his embrace. He caught a glimpse of the flaming red tattoo exposed beneath Shang Ke’s clothing and his breathing stop for a moment. The image of what happened last night couldn’t help but appear in his mind. He never expected that he would have sex with this person under that kind of situation. Although it was only an accident, it was the most wonderful experience in his life. He remembers every detail clearly. Every kiss and every time he entered gave him so much ecstasy.
Huo Xuan carried Shang Ke to the bed and said warmly, “Rest well. I asked Yu Fei to come take a look at you. He used to be a military doctor and had very good medical skills.”
“No need, I’m fine.” Shang Ke leaned against the head of the bed. His slightly messy hair drooped randomly on his forehead and his clear eyes were a little misty.
Huo Xuan stared at him intently and his eyes were full of tenderness and affection.
Shang Ke who was deep in thought didn’t notice Huo Xuan’s unusual intimacy towards him. After the pain on his chest eased slightly, he asked, “How’s the situation with the zombies?”
“We will make a move tonight. I am responsible for dealing with the general level zombie while Zuo Xian and the rest would be responsible for cleaning up the other zombies.” After pausing for a moment, Huo Xuan added, “You will stay here and be on standby.”
Shang Ke nodded his head and didn’t object. With a few tens against a few hundred, they definitely had to move secretly. He just needed to make sure that he wasn’t hurt or bleeding and it would be his greatest contribution to the team.
He hesitated for a while but still asked ultimately, “Last night…”
“Don’t worry.” Huo Xuan touched his hair and said, “I will take responsibility.”
Shang Ke was alarmed: What are you taking responsibility for?!