Chapter 30: Back Home
[Apocalypse, I'm back . ]
The familiar but grimy air occupied Jiang Chen's nostrils as he stepped back onto ground . He
took in a slow, long breath and looked at his surroundings—the abandoned cars, cracked roads,
collapsed buildings, and the mindless zombies .
This was the place he had left .
He glanced at the cage in his hand where the cute but ignorant hamster lied silently in the cage .
Jiang Chen poked its soft belly only to confirm that it had passed away . He let out a sigh .
The nut had been its last dinner .
The idea of traveling with another human was unrealistic for now . Jiang Chen felt a little upset .
He followed the familiar street . Jiang Chen was careful not to disturb the powerless zombies
that wandered the street as he approached the mansion .
During the day, the zombies were not frightening at all . He would even go so far as to describe
them as harmless . But once night settled, even the nearly invincible Death Claw would have to
think twice before entering a zombie-filled street . Without the limitation of sunshine, the
zombies were as crazy as someone on drugs . They utilized every single mutated cell in their
body to chase anything alive .
The mansion looked the same, but the iron gate was reinforced with steel wires . Sun Jiao must
have done this while he was gone .
He walked up to ring the doorbell . Soon after, he heard steps from inside before the iron gate
was flung open .
A graceful figure crashed into his chest . Jiang Chen anticipated the hug with both his arms
extended . He welcomed the warmth he had longed for since he had left .
A wet sensation covered his lips .
"You’re finally back . " She gasped to gather her breath as she ruefully looked at Jiang Chen .
"I missed you dearly, my honey . " Jiang Chen slapped the firm butt as a grin appeared on his
"Come in . "
Jiang Chen stepped into the mansion as Sun Jiao skillfully locked the gate behind her .
He noticed that though it looked the same from the outside, the mansion's interior had been
upgraded . The small decorative forest was chopped down to create watchtowers by the wall
that were equipped with barbed wires and lined with hidden trenches . Even the mansion
"What did you do to my mansion?" A bitter smile appeared on Jiang Chen’s face . [This is no
longer a mansion anymore, it's a fortress . ]
"It is going to be safer this way," Sun Jiao proudly said . "The mansion wasn’t protected at all
before . I gathered some materials from the area and reinforced the place . "
"I think anyone would notice if we didn’t do anything . " Jiang Chen sighed .
"But this is our home after all . We can't pretend that no one lives here . There will be survivors
that notice this place eventually and spread the news . "
"You’re right . Thank you . " Jiang Chen realized he had underestimated the situation and how
crucial the problem was .
In the apocalypse, zombies were not natural protection . They were pretty much decoration
during the day time . The survivors were not the friendliest people either . The absolute neutral
Sixth Street was considered to be the most sympathetic force on the wasteland . If people
discovered that there was food here without any protection, floods of people would rush to this
place . Regardless of Sun Jiao’s strength, there was no way she could guarantee the safety of this
The most dangerous creature in the apocalypse weren’t the zombies but the humans .
"But why did you break the marble statues at the front door?" Jiang Chen directed a pained gaze
at the mansion . The mansion had been luxurious before, but now it had no aesthetics
"It occupied too much space . There was no need for cover within the wall . It would just prevent
me from shooting intruders," Sun Jiao reasoned with him .
[Okay fine, you are right . ] Jiang Chen sighed and accepted the idea .
He pulled open the mansion's security door .
"Where's Yao Yao?"
"That girl missed you a lot too . " Sun Jiao glanced at Jiang Chen with a puzzled look . She fixed
his collar for him . "Go to her room . She’s been tinkering around with some small equipment to
help you out . "
"Mhmm . " Jiang Chen nodded and walked to Yao Yao's room .
He slowly pushed open the wooden door, the hinges squeaking loudly . The room was dark . If
not the rhythmic breath, he would have thought the room was empty .
[This girl, is she still in bed?]
Jiang Chen could not help but smile . He knew too well that this timid girl was always a bit dizzy
in the morning due to her malnourished body .
Although he was curious, he didn't have the bad habit of touching other people's possessions
without permission .
He moved his feet only to feel an obstructive force . He picked up a programming book full of
professional terms and notes, reminding Jiang Chen of the "study gods" back in university .
Although he passed his computer level two examination , he did not understand the book
contents at all .
[Is this a more straightforward and concise programming language?]
Yao Yao curled under her bed sheet as if in a sweet dream . She looked like a cute squirrel and
her slightly pouted mouth like soft candies . Her hands hidden in front of her chest gave Jiang
Chen a strong desire to protect her .
[Looks like she’s been eating well . ] Jiang Chen kneeled down and indulgently rubbed her soft
hair . Although the room was dark, her slightly chubbier face indicated her improved body
condition . The gentle and soft snores made Jiang Chen not want to disturb her sweet dream .
But he really wanted to hug her .
"Yao Yao, Yao Yao," Jiang Chen lightly called .
"Huu . . . Heehee . " Yao Yao dazedly rubbed her eyes as she sat up . With her sleepy eyes, she stared
at Jiang Chen and smiled .
Then like a koala, she wrapped her arms around Jiang Chen's neck and closed her eyes again .
"Hehe, big brother, don't leave anymore . Yao Yao has been trying very hard . Yao Yao is excellent
now . " She murmured the words before it turned into a light snore again .
[This girl, did you mistake me for a pillow again . ] Jiang Chen was about to wake her up when he
saw the dark circles around her eyes illuminated by the dim lighting from under the window
He thought about her murmured words and felt a bit teary .
"Yao Yao is good . Sleep for a bit more . " He placed the sleeping Yao Yao on the bed again and
tucked her in .
He leaned down and gently kissed her soft forehead .
As if dreaming about the sweetest thing in the world, a joyful smile appeared on her face . The
"I . . . thank you . "
"Only thank you?"
"But only, you are part of my family . " Jiang Chen made up this mind and solemnly looked her in
the eyes .
She suddenly climbed onto the table and grabbed him by the collar . In front of Jiang Chen’s
shocked eyes, she laughed .
"You mean, you’re going to eat her as well?"
"That’s brotherly love . What do you want it to be?" Jiang Chen looked at the suspicious Sun Jiao .
Her unexpected actions made her difficult to figure out .
"Oh? I can see that she likes you as more than a brother . "
Jiang Chen became silent .
"Don't you want to say something?"
"Can’t you let me go first?"
"No, what if you disappeared again?" Tears suddenly rolled out from Sun Jiao's eyes . It made
Jiang Chen frantic although he didn't know why . What made this audacious girl cry?
"I won’t disappear, honey . " Jiang Chen said with a bitter smile . He reached out his hands to hug
her, but she blocked him .
"Who knows? You have girls on the other side, right?" The gaze Sun Jiao used to stare at him
startled Jiang Chen .
"Eh, why are you asking this?" Jiang Chen dodged her eyes .
"Yes or no . " Sun Jiao did not give Jiang Chen the chance to avoid the topic .
Jiang Chen took a deep breath and honestly answered, "Yes!"
Prepared to be tied down by this wild girl, Jiang Chen was surprised when she withdrew her
"Really? Anything?" Sun Jiao mischievously examined Jiang Chen's face .
"Mhmm . "
"Okay then, let's start . "
Before Jiang Chen could gather his thoughts, Sun Jiao had already made her move with the
agility of a cat . Jiang Chen had no chance to react before he was tied down to the chair .
Sun Jiao stepped on Jiang Chen’s armrest, giving him flashbacks of when they first met .
"I, I mean . "
"What did you say?" Sun Jiao acted like she didn't hear him and put her head closer . Jiang Chen
now realized that she had changed into something else when she went upstairs, switching from
her tracksuit into an attractive shirt .
It was his first time seeing Sun Jiao wear stockings .
He thought about the clothes he had bought for them and realized clothing after the apocalypse
was not an issue as there were stores everywhere .
"No, nothing, this rope just looks familiar," Jiang Chen said with a bitter smile .
"Hehe, then let me show you again," she whispered, her red lips grinning wickedly, "how great I
am . "
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