Published at 15th of May 2017 04:00:11 AM
Chapter 30

Chapter 30: Back Home

Translator: Min
[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
face .
"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
building itself was reinforced with the windows fitted with steel bars .

"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
place .
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
whatsoever .
"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 .

A light, metallic scent filled the room which made Jiang Chen sniff the air . The delicate wooden
desk most likely once belonged to an equally adorable girl, but the table now was filled with
electronic equipment and gadgets . The full-sensory computer Jiang Chen had purchased for
her was on it as well as some other unknown devices . There was a silicon board that looked as
though it had come straight out of a science fiction novel on the table corner, but half of it was
broken . The exposed wires were fused to another piece of circuit board .

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 [1], 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
curtain .
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
slightly quirked lips had a silver string attached to it .
Jiang Chen left the room and closed the door .
"Did you eat her?" Sun Jiao watched with a mocking gaze as Jiang Chen came down the stairs .
"Am I a monster or what?" He rolled his eyes and sat across from her .
"Yao Yao," Sun Jiao hesitated, but she made up her mind and said, "Yao Yao . . . she really cares
about you . She’s been studying computer-related knowledge for the past few days and even
asked me to bring her a couple of books from the library . I don't know if what I did is correct .
She’s been extremely dedicated . Maybe she wants you to notice her, and this is her way of
expressing her emotion to you . "
Sun Jiao was adjusting the way she phrased her words to correctly express the intention behind
the conversation .

"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
hand from his collar .
"You are an honest guy . " Sun Jiao didn't get off the table . She half kneeled and looked into Jiang
Chen's eyes .
[She smiled? Why is she smiling?]
Jiang Chen had a strange look on his face . " I am honest to my woman . "
[There is no reason to lie at all . ]
"So, I am fortunate to be your woman then," Sun Jiao teased him .
"If you don't want to be, I won't force you . " The complexion on his face gave away his anxious
thoughts .
" . . . " Sun Jiao had the same expression . She gently bit her lips . "Of course I want to be, but I am a
bit angry at the fact that you ditched me here to find another woman . "
"I'm sorry . " Jiang Chen silently lowered his head but after a pause, looked up again . He carefully
met her eyes . "Although whatever I say will not make the situation better, if there’s anything I
can do to make up it to you, I can do it . "

"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 . "
[1] Computer Level Two examination is a certificate you can acquire for computer proficiency