Apocalypse Cockroach - Chapter 19

Published at 16th of January 2016 11:30:40 AM
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Chapter 19

Him Again

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Zhang Xiao Qiang sat on the floor, body huddled up . He ripped open a packet of instant noodles with his teeth and ate it with some water . Only after eating 5-6 bags did he stop to take a breath . He gripped his right hand into a fist, recalling today’s events .

“Staying at home every day was easy, yet going out for just half a day was so hard!!!” What he encountered today was more dangerous than anything he had faced for the past half year combined . His mood swings made Zhang Xiao Qiang feel particularly tired .

Zhang Xiao Qiang also felt some pride in himself . He was able to get himself out of mortal danger several times . The crowd of zombies and the tank-like D2 didn’t cause him much harm . All he suffered was a cut on his forehead .
“Could it be that I have the potential of being a main character?” Zhang Xiao Qiang was flattered when thinking this .


The roof access door opened . A silhouette headed towards him . It was dark and vision wasn’t clear on the dark roof . Zhang Xiao Qiang didn’t know that the zombie wasn’t from the crowd downstairs . He pulled up the spear . When it was about to get close, he tripped on the water heater below it . He fell onto the ground, “Have I not been toyed enough with today?” Zhang Xiao Qiang said, cursing God .

He thrust the spear in his hands towards the zombie . Unfortunately, him lying on the ground makes him unable to use much of his strength . The spearhead stabbed into its calf . Stopping its movement for just a moment, Zhang Xiao Qiang took the opportunity to get into a kneeling position on the ground, forcing the spear further into the calf of the zombie . The zombie then lost its centre of gravity and fell onto the ground .


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Zhang Xiao Qiang pulled out the spear from the zombie’s brain .

When he killed this zombie, there wasn’t a second zombie coming up the roof, giving Zhang Xiao Qiang a breath of air . The rooftop was already so dark . He felt around for his matches, trying to look at what the zombie looked like . Too bad the wind was too strong so he couldn’t light it .

Zhang Xiao Qiang took out his hammer and used it to drag the zombie by its mouth into the corridor . He closed the roof access doors as the wind outside the door was freezing . Taking out his matches again, he saw the zombie’s face with the faint flame .

It was a female zombie . Its face was black and dry, so he couldn’t make out her original facial features . Her clothes were undamaged . She wore a stylish, bright red jacket and a pair of jeans,

“Her life was pretty short . ” Zhang Xiao Qiang concluded .

Zhang Xiao Qiang felt around, reaching the 7th floor . He used the hammer to smash a few mesh doors . There wasn’t any reaction . Feeling around the walls, he walked down, not afraid of any zombies on the stairwell . He had stayed upstairs for so long that the zombies would have been attracted to him a long time ago as the blood stain on him was a navigation light for the zombies .

Reaching the 4th floor, he stepped onto something soft . It was dark so he couldn’t see it . Zhang Xiao Qiang was startled and got goose bumps! Unable to see was what he was afraid of . This fear of the unknown was more than the fear of the D2 .

Zhang Xiao Qiang took 2 steps back and sat on the stairs . Taking out the matches, Zhang Xiao Qiang lit one . The faint flames were shaky and unstable . A milky white ladies bag was lying quietly on the stairs . He let out a breath of air and picked up the bag, starting to rummage through it .

There was a bundle of keys, a purse, some foundation and mascara, and also nail clippers and an eyebrow pencil . After inspecting the purse, there was an ID inside, several bank notes, and a few hundred dollars . The ID card had a picture of a young woman smiling, “Cao Xiu Yun, 12/5/1984” This must have been the zombie that Zhang Xiao Qiang killed on the roof!

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“She should live here, so there must be a door in which the key fits . ”

He was lucky, he might not need to sleep on the concrete tonight .


He threw the match onto the ground . After holding it for a long time it started to burn him . Zhang Xiao Qiang reached into his bag and pulled out a new match . He went around on the 4th floor, trying the key .


After reaching the 3rd floor, “still no” . “Could it be upstairs?”

He returned to the 5th floor .


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The security door opened and he carefully went into the living room .

The living room was big with simple décor . Zhang Xiao Qiang found a flashlight on the shelf by the door . After testing it he found that it was still working . Using the torch to search around it seems that this family used 3 rooms and one hall structure, one master bedroom, one study and one children’s room .

There was a dry child’s corpse on the bed of the child bed . The boy was around 5-6 years old . All that was left on the body was dried bones . Lying on the bed, it looked just like a mummy .
“Probably starved to death . ” Zhang Xiao Qiang didn’t continue looking and walked out . There was too much tragedy in this apocalyptic world . Who knows what would happen to him tomorrow? He had no desire to always be moody and melancholic . Every day he had to work for his survival .

“Too tired” Zhang Xiao Qiang went to the master bed room and lay down on the spacious bed, closing his eyes . That night, he slept in someone else’s bed with a mummy next door . He didn’t even care .

The morning light was shining on Zhang Xiao Qiang’s face . He opened his eye in a bit of a trance, as if he was lying on his own bed but when he saw a strange living room, strange curtains and a strange quilt, he remembered that he was on some stranger’s house . He started to remember the mummy next door and remember how he escaped death again and again yesterday .

Zhang Xiao Qiang got out of bed . His body was aching a little . His stomach was calling out, reminding him that he needed sustenance . He walked to the kitchen . The ground had all kinds of snacks and snack bags . Standing in the kitchen was like standing at the edge of a garbage dump .

Opening the fridge, he saw various ingredients nicely stacked . It had been a long time so most the food had gone bad . The freezer above had a lot of frozen meat and sausages . The electricity hadn’t been gone for long so the ice hadn’t melted yet . Zhang Xiao Qiang found quite a bit of rice in the kitchen cupboard along with some cornflour, noodles and other grains .

“Kids nowadays! Pampered! When I was his age, I was able to already make eggs with rice . ” Zhang Xiao Qiang thought of the child having rice around, yet starving to death was amusing .

This family used gas . After trying it, it didn’t ignite . It should be out of gas . Zhang Xiao Qiang looked around the kitchen and found a small can at the back of the cupboard, labeled “Lucky Gas” . He turned on the gas, “puaaa…” blue flames appeared .

He used the leftover ingredients in the freezer to make a hearty breakfast . One pot of rice that was big enough feed 7-8 people and all the dishes were eaten by Zhang Xiao Qiang . Rubbing his stomach and burping, he said “Have I become a big eater?” It was incomprehensible . Touching his forehead, the wound from yesterday was already scarred .

Zhang Xiao Qiang used the bottled water in the living room to clean himself . He put on clean clothes from the male master of this house . Making the flour into bread and cooking all the sausages, he put them all into the backpack .

After packing, he went downstairs all the way to the bottom floor . There, he saw that outside of the gate was packed with zombies . Once the zombies smelt Zhang Xiao Qiang’s smell, they were waving their arms through the gaps in the fence .

Then the zombies near the door were pushed aide and a large figure stood out .

“D2” Zhang Xiao Qiang uttered .


The iron gate was deformed . He turned and started to run upstairs .


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