Chapter 60: A+A (VIII)
Shang Ke was going to use his vacation to go visit his mother. However, when his mother heard of his plans, he firmly advised against his decision and had him stay put where he was. There were still many reporters out there waiting to catch him, if only to confirm whether or not his present physical condition was qualified to join the 45th Legion.
At first, the situation wasn’t supposed to be such a big deal. After all, the Empire respected and treated their heroes with courtesy. Even if Shang Ke was unable to enlist into the army again, he could still be given a position with practically no obligations and enjoy generous treatment. This was actually what the higher ups preferred as well, mounting Shang Ke up as a tragic hero and taking him out from time to time as encouragement. It was far better than letting him run off to the battlefield to throw his life away.
No one believed that Filmore still had the ability to participate in battle after seeing his medical report. If he sacrificed his life on the battlefield without any contribution, it would leave behind a stain on his title of “hero”. Sacrificing oneself for the country was admittedly glorious, but it also depends on one’s individual strength. Forcing oneself, despite knowing of their own condition, and inevitably falling would give the person a reputation of “overestimating one’s capabilities”.
For the Seiver family, Filmore’s retirement was not a bad choice. Although he couldn’t pile up any more achievements, at least he retained his honor and could raise the prestige of their family. But Shang Ke chose to enlist again, so no matter if it was the higher ups of the Empire or his family, they were all unhappy with it.
As a result, both sides took a laissez-faire attitude toward the reporters, the news, and the populace’s evaluation. Kanwen on the other hand, took a more hands-on approach by telling the public he had tried his best to change his mind but failed, his son was determined to work for the country and he, as a father, can only support him. He played the emotion card and did not care about what kind of pressure and disturbance it would cause his son.
The sensation over their hero which, by rights, really should have stopped a while ago, continued to sweep across the empire, driven by external hype. The populace’s attention turned from praising the hero, to judging whether or not he was qualified to become a member of the 45th Legion, to whether he could actually fight, what kind of performance would he give on the battlefield and so on.
If Shang Ke’s future performance did not meet their expectations, then the honor he slowly accumulated would instantly decrease by a large margin. This meant that he could only be better than others, otherwise, even if he gave up his life for a good cause, he would only garter sighs that he was nothing much. After all, in the era of war many heroes have stood out, it was not only Shang Ke who was worth remembering.
So to say, Shang Ke’s decision to join the army and placing himself in a spot where he could only advance without a way out is something no one supported. However, he had no choice. His mission was for him to promote to Senior Colonel in ten years. If he doesn’t join the army and accumulate merits, his mission was a guaranteed failure. He has to go up if he has the qualifications. If he didn’t have the qualifications, he has to gain them and then go up.
Shang Ke finished speaking with his mother and did not linger outside for too long before he returned to the training camp. He resumed his dull and difficult training regime and all but severed his connection to the outside world.
What was worth rejoicing lately though, was that after that one challenge, the number of people provoking him decreased. In addition to his perseverance in daily training, he gradually obtained everyone’s approval. Under his influence, the atmosphere of the training camp surged up abnormally and everyone acted so passionately, it was as if they had been shot with chicken blood.
Two months later, the southeast frontier reported an emergency and Rhine immediately called together the 45th Legion and rushed to the battlefield.
There were many breeds of the arthropod on Aima Planet. Not only were they varied, but they were also very strong and it was impossible to kill them all. Humanity has almost been destroyed several times due to the sudden uprising of the arthropods. Humans finally gained the ability to compete against the arthropods as they developed, expanded, and raised their level of science and technology.
However, the arthropods still occupied half of the planet. Even though not all breeds of the arthropods attacked humans, the breeds that were dangerous numbered around a hundred.
The variant type of arthropod that Shang Ke met in Via City did not have a high danger rating. It was only because of the sandstorm caused by the electromagnetic bugs that broke their connection outside of their city, and prevented them from obtaining reinforcement that they had such high casualty rates.
The arthropod forces that had appeared at the southeast frontier this time were mainly comprised of three types. One was the variant with the largest population, the second was the arrow beetle that shot thorns, while the third was capable of flying and building a giant flying fortress.
By the time Rhine’s unit made it over, the arthropod army had already completely surrounded Galonan to the point that not even a drop of water could make it through their masses. The unit could only set up station outside the city for the moment to prepare to save the inhabitants.
As one of the main battlefields of the Empire, the place that Rhine and Shang Ke were stationed received the most attention. One was the youngest General of the Empire while the other was a freshly recruited and severely injured hero. The whole nation was watching them like hawks.
Countless people online started to put aside their personal predictions as they began to properly use their professional observations to discuss the battle in depth. Many opinions differed, but for the most part, people agreed that this battle would be won since Rhine was the one commanding, there was no room for doubt there. Everyone also guessed that Shang Ke would not participate in front line combat.
However, not only did Shang Ke participate in the front lines, he also performed beyond their expectations.
Utilizing his experience from Via City, Shang Ke grabbed the Queen with the help of his companions and pinned her to the back of a flying fortress arthropod. He was even so kind as to give the Queen protective armor. Then, they all concentrated their attacks onto this flying fortress arthropod, causing it to fly all over the place and lead the arthropod army into confusion.
The heart of that flying fortress arthropod, that had been beaten around everywhere, was very angry: Why are you humans only chasing and beating me!
The variant arthropods on the ground that wanted to rescue their Queen were also very angry: That big flying bug, hurry up and put down our Queen! Otherwise, don’t blame us for defecting!
Fort flying insect: Damn you guys, what are you guys doing bringing along the Queen to a battlefield? Is it just so that you guys can mate whenever you want to? No wonder you lot haven’t changed at all these several thousand years, you’ve only been raising numbers and not IQ!
Variant arthropods: You bird bug! You think you’re so amazing because you’re big? because you can fly? If you have the ability, come down! Let’s see who kills who!
The arthropods ran rampant in panic, the humans rampaging around fighting them.
The IQ of the arthropods was not very high at all across the board, it was also the reason for humanity’s ability to contend against the large populations of the arthropods. While taking the opportunity of the bug’s confusion, with enough firepower, the humans fought and had almost no casualties.
Rhine, without any restraint, noted down and praised Shang Ke’s achievement, his evil plan that thrown the whole arthropod army into chaos. After they returned back to camp from their battle, Rhine very publically gave him an embrace and conveniently used his pheromone to ‘baptize’ him inside and out.
However, their desire to eliminate the arthropods and help Galonan City out of the siege was not an easy matter. Although they had weakened the power of the variants, the population of arrow beetles and other fort flying arthropods had not decreased.
As such, the internet once again started to discuss at length the timing of when they could lift the siege on Galonan. Some guessed at least three months, others were more optimistic and believed two months was enough.
Who would have imagined the real outcome would blow away everybody’s expectations the way that it did? Rhine chose not to attack from the outside. Rather, he led a group detached from the main fighting force, alongside some supplies, and broke through a gap in the arthropods. They rushed into Galonan and defended the city’s perimeter, coordinating with the remnants of the army left in the area to initiate a pincer attack on the arthropods.
A month later, not only had they dealt with the crisis, but the entire arthropod army was wiped out. There were only a thousand casualties in this battle—it could be considered a great victory.
Two months later, Rhine led the 45th Legion back gloriously. They rested and reorganized, counting up the merits they obtained.
When the army announced online that Shang Ke had obtained first-class achievements, everyone was dumbfounded. What did he do to obtain first-class achievements? It must be noted that in this battle only ten soldiers received first-class achievements, but the severely weakened Shang Ke was actually one of them?
Facing the questioning from the outside world, they released online a few short clips of the battle. Everyone expressed their amazement when they saw Shang Ke appear immediately on the front line. Quickly his skills were made apparent and everyone’s minds were blown away.
Last time in Via City it was a war of attrition, soldiers relying on physical ability over combat skill. But this time, it was different. He had reinforcements behind him, so he could fight unrestrained and carefree Because of this, his skills shone naturally and became the highlight of the battle.
Even under the conditions that nobody supported him, he still stood firm by his decision to return to the army. Even after sustaining such serious injuries, he still was able to display excellent fighting skills in place of physical strength. He relied on his own abilities to shut the mouths of everyone who questioned him.
Just as the Empire Marshal Kai Mingwei had later evaluated: “Not all warriors can become strong, and not all that are strong can become a hero.” Willpower and perseverance, along with a powerful belief, are necessary conditions for becoming a true hero.
If his first battle to desperately save a doomed city painted him with the light of a tragic hero, then the second battle pulled his popularity into a whole new height.
The two battles established him the name “Newcomer King”, and he became the person most frequently spoken of online in half a year. He was also included in the list of most wanted young alpha partners of choice among the betas and omegas. His family who had originally gone along with a laissez-faire attitude also started to become respectful, visiting him frequently and greeting him politely.
In order to obtain peace and alleviate his fatigue, Shang Ke planned to rest and relax for several days to raise his spirits in preparation for going off to another battle at any moment.
He had ordered a room at the most luxurious bar and had just settled down in a comfortable aroma bath when he heard knocking coming from outside.
“Ryan?” Shang Ke was very surprised when he saw who came to his door.
Ryan’s gaze was like water, and he spoke in a soft voice, “Filmore, I have something I want to tell you.”
Shang Ke wavered for a moment, then invited him. At the same time, he said, “It’s so late, being outside by yourself isn’t safe. I will go change my clothes and send you back…”
He had only spoken halfway when he suddenly sensed the abnormal scent in the air. Shang Ke turned back to look at Ruan, dumbstruck. This omega came in the middle of the night to his room to go into heat?
“You, what are you doing?” Shang Ke asked stiffly.
Ryan used a gaze full of warmth on him, “Filmore, I want to be your omega.”
Shang Ke wore a stupefied face: “……”
Because omegas were sparse and bore the responsibility of bearing children, they were always fully protected. But they were still helpless to their nature. As an omega, they simply couldn’t resist the draw of alphas, especially those that bear the status of nobility. Although omegas always have many people pursuing them, they are unable to completely control their own future. As such, many omegas would choose a target they like themselves before they’re marked in order to avoid becoming sacrificial victims in the struggles of the influential.
Ryan had been indecisive between Zeka and Filmore. It wasn’t until the end of the battle and Filmore’s honored return that he finally made his decision and chose him as his partner. Compared to the fickle, loose and hard to control Zeka, the infatuated and hardworking Filmore was clearly the better target.
Shang Ke did understand the situation of omegas, but this did not mean he had to accept this!
The pheromone of an omega filled the room and Shang Ke’s body started to heat up, his desire roaring crazily and making itself known. Looking at the attractive Ryan lying on his bed, Shang Ke felt the beat of his own rushed heartbeats and retreated to the corner. But the desire in his body did not calm. Instead, it intensified.
Watching Ryan walking toward him with hazy eyes, Shang Ke stared at him like he was an extremely dangerous animal and shouted in his heart: Don’t come over here! Then, he bolted for the door and slammed it open, only to run into the chest of someone else coming in.
He raised his head. It was actually Rhine! Why was he here instead of at the celebration feast? He was even holding a bottle of red wine?
Shang Ke took a step back and was about to close the door without even thinking. Compared to Ryan, Rhine’s danger level was obviously higher.
But how could Rhine give him the chance to close the door? The first thing Rhine did was kick it open further and stride into the room. When his eyes locked on Ryan who was in heat, his face darkened and his figure flashed, knocking Ryan out and stuffing him in the closet.
After he did all that, Rhine’s sharp gaze shot toward Shang Ke. Shang Ke had just finished his bath, so all he wore was a large bathrobe. A sweet scent from the bath wafted from his hair and his fair skin was slightly rosy due to lust. His eyes were faintly fogged and his lips were very plump and lightly parted. It all looked like an invitation.
And how could Rhine refuse such an invitation? He had Shang Ke down on the bed without another word.
Under the stimulation of an omega’s pheromone, the moment their lips touched, the fire of passion lit in them. Like two wild beasts, they crazily tore at each other.
Even so, Shang Ke’s single shred of reason tugged firmly in his mind, but his body and boundless desire made it hard to gain any semblance of control over himself.
No, he cannot allow it!
Shang Ke did his best to throw off Rhine, but he was suppressed every time.
“Rhine, you said before,” Shang Ke panted, “You would wait for me to get stronger.”
“That was under the condition you didn’t touch others.” Rhine held his arm over his head, his gaze powerful enough to consume the man whole.
Shang Ke’s body was stronger and more muscular compared to the few months before, his figure well-proportioned and contain not even an ounce of extra flesh. His legs were slender and powerful, his butt ample and elastic. Spread across the bed, he looked like a feast—one Rhine was very eager to devour.
Just when Rhine was about to investigate deeper, Shang Ke suddenly clenched Rhine’s waist with his legs and flipped over so that he was the one pushing the other down. He had not yet stabilized his position when the world around him spun and he was pushed back down.
Rhine rolled him over and spread his legs, his scent spiraling and filling the room.
“Ugh…” Shang Ke groaned, sweating as he released his own pheromone to resist the invading one.
Motherf*cker, minutes earlier an omega was giving his virginity to him, and now it’s him giving his virginity away!
Under the collision of two alpha’s pheromone, the omega pheromone in the air became stronger as well and acted as a catalyst that sped up the spread of desire.
Shang Ke’s consciousness gradually became muddled as he tried his best to fight back, but his body was completely suppressed by the other man.
When the man unhesitantly penetrated him, Shang Ke knew he was finished. He wasn’t able to hold on in the end.
Following the turbulent, rising lust, Shang Ke gave up his resistance and was pulled into an entanglement that shook the world around him…
#Help, think about the mental shadows forming in the mind of Ryan lying in the closet#
The flying one indirectly insulted that the variants only thought with their dick, and the variants replied in turn that it was a dick, because the slang meaning of bird is dick.