16: Cashing Out
Jiang Chen almost cried as he took in a deep breath of the familiar smoggy scent .
The clock on the wall pointed at 11 o’clock, the time in the apocalypse was synced with the
modern world . When he left, it was also 11 .
He rubbed his temple and slowly took another deep breath . If he stayed there a second longer,
he would go insane . He thought his mental fortitude was strong, but he apparently
overestimated himself when faced with waves of machine gun bullets and body parts . He didn’t
quiver at that moment, but he was as traumatized as Yao Yao, if not more .
The familiar noise outside of the window made him calm . Even if the noise bothered him
before, it reminded him of the place called home .
Thank god for world peace!
Jiang Chen wanted to scream out these words, but he only stretched his arms and didn’t let it
out . The constraining force of the civilized society made him hold back . He didn’t want to be
considered as a lunatic .
He felt the heavy metal behind his back . It made his heart pump a little faster . Gold! He is rich
now! He placed the backpack onto a scale and saw the needle pointed at seven kilograms . His
heart pounded furiously . That’s mother fucking one million dollars! He didn’t know the exact
exchange rate, but it was around 200 to 300 dollars per gram which would add up to 1 . 4 million
He truly hit the jackpot . He didn’t even make 3000 per month back then . He only imagined this
in his dreams, but now the gold was right in front of him .
The contrast also made him ponder about his next step . Buy a car? He had plenty of money to
do so . Buy an apartment? Pretty close . No no no, he wanted a mansion .
Yes! The vault at the bank!
But when he thought about it, his face immediately dimmed . He hesitated about the idea . He
must go back to that place . The apocalyptic world where even the air made you feel suffocated
by the cruelty . However, as he was contemplating, a graceful figure appeared in his head .
“I also believe you . ”
“Don’t say anything, come back soon . ”
“Sun Jiao . ” Jiang Chen mumbled the name as he touched his lip subconsciously .
Her warm kiss remained on his lip . Another timid character flashed into Jiang Chen’s head .
“Yao Yao . ” Jiang Chen repeated the other familiar name . The fresh scent of the kiss, although
unexpected, kissed straight to his heart .
All the sudden, Jiang Chen burst out in laughter and let go of all his troubled thoughts .
“What am I even thinking? I don’t like little girls . ” He jumped off the bed .
First, it’s time to make lunch . Then, cash out on the gold .
As to the car and house, he wants the fastest convertible and the fanciest mansion . At least it
has to be better than his place in the apocalypse .
The entire vault will all belong to me .
As to this money . It’s time to enjoy and relax a little .
He walked into the familiar Kitchen and picked up the already dusty knife . He made up his
mind . First, he will spend every penny he has . Or else it would be difficult to gather the courage
to go back .
It would take some time to get used to it .
Along with the gold, he also took the full-sensory computer and pistol . Although he didn’t want
to bring the pistol back as it was outlawed in his society because he didn’t want to make too
much of a commotion, his goal was to be rich here .
He brought the computer so that he could watch movies . The store owner promised him that all
100 terabytes were quality movies . He was excited to experience it like never before .
He immediately opened it . The intricate computer projected a rectangular prism made out of
arrays of light particles . The interface looked even more advanced than Sun Jiao’s computer .
The already excited Jiang Chen immediately opened the folder titled <movie> . He selected the
first one from the list .
But the picture that projected completely shocked him .
“Yes, Yes, go harder!”
The arousing sexual scene projected straight into the middle of the room . It was almost as if the
action was happening in his room . He immediately closed the computer as the neighbors
probably all heard the noise .
He reopened the computer again, this time carefully scrolling through . He finally saw the
names of the movie .
<16 times in the office straight!>
Except for the slow activation and power cost of the storage dimension, it was quite convenient .
Jiang Chen also didn’t lack energy crystal anymore . It only took ten crystal energy to charge the
power of the bracelet completely .
He also didn’t take off the EP . The design of the EP matched the aerodynamics of the human
body . Therefore it looked completely hidden inside his sleeves .
He locked the door of the gloomy apartments behind him . He paused for a second before
stepping into the lively and vibrant metropolitan .
The shadow of leaves scattered across the rocky road . It was June in Wang Hai city . The
symphony of chattering birds echoed through his ear . He stood in the middle of the crowded
street and pondered before finally recollecting his thoughts .
Everything was surreal . The chaotic apocalypse contrasted with the serenity of the modern
world . Although he only stayed for a few days in the other world, everything there has been
engraved into Jiang Chen’s mind and memory . The cracked concrete was replaced by a rocky
trail . The tree’s scattered shadow replaced the reflection of a few branches sticking out of the
tree . He held his head high again and took a deep breath . He tried to get the unhealthy feeling
out of his skull .
He needed a couple of days to relax . It wouldn’t be long before he went insane .
With the back of his eye, he saw a cicada between the tree branches . He didn’t see cicadas in the
apocalypse, but the cockroaches were as big as a Shepard .
He shooked his head to get the odd idea out of his head and waved down a taxi to go cash out his
The bank was not an option . There was no way to prove his ownership, so the bank would not
accept it and probably call the cops . Respectable gold shops were a good option since they have
He worked for Goldlion for almost twenty years . He has seen plenty of people exchange gold,
but this was the first time he saw someone do it with a backpack .
Seven kilograms of gold . After the examiner had nodded, Liu Anshan coughed and displayed the
most pleasant smile he had .
“It’s 7122 grams . The purity is flawless . Do you have proof of ownership for the gold sir?”
“No . ” Jiang Chen stared at Liu Anshan’s eyes and answered decisively .
Liu Anshan momentarily gave a though before he motioned the examiner to leave . Only two of
them remained in the room .
“Let me be honest with you . Mr . Jiang’s gold comes from somewhere unusual . ” Liu Anshan’s
eyes flashed with intelligence before fading away . The gold’s purity was identical to a bank's .
However, gold from the bank usually has a receipt, but Jiang Chen's didn’t . The origin of the
gold was questionable .
“Don’t worry . There are no criminal records on these . The gold is my salary . ” Jiang Chen raised
his eyebrows and answered without too much emotion . He didn’t lie; it was his salary from the
Liu Anshan was also experienced in these matters . Jiang Chen’s vibe made him feel quite
uncertain . Gold as salary? Could he be a mercenary? That’s stretching it too far .
Jiang Chen accepted the card without saying much . He took a taxi and left right away .
Liu Anshan gazed at the direction of the departing taxi .
He was deciding if it was necessary to have someone follow Jiang Chen . He had a feeling that
for someone who sold the gold without a blink of an eye, he must have even more .
[If I can find the source of the gold . ]
A flame of greed ignited in his eyes before he extinguished it . He decided to be vigilant about
the situation .
Life is more important than money after all .