After arranging for Ayesha to rest in an empty room, Jiang Chen headed to the captain’s room .
When he arrived, Ivan and Barkary were already waiting there .
Barkary was the man who worked as the manager to Future Security . He was in charge of the logistics . After Future Security shut down, Ivan asked if he was willing to relocate to work on the other side of the planet and Barkary accepted without hesitation . His only request was to bring his wife and children along . It was his dream to leave the impoverished West African region .
"Are you used to the deepwater here?"
Barkary smiled humbly, showing his white teeth . He spoke with his broken English, "Yes, just a bit wet . "
"That's normal since this is the sea . " Ivan laughed and patted him on the shoulder .
"Now, let’s get down to business . Ivan must've already told you . " Jiang Chen looked at Ivan and stared into Barkary’s eyes .
"Of course . " Barkary nodded .
Currently, the relationship between Celestial Trade and Future International wasn't disclosed to the public . Before Barkary arrived, he signed a non-disclosure agreement after which he would wear an electronic collar for ten years . The advantage was that his salary would increase from four hundred USD a month to one hundred thousand USD a year, the same amount as Ivan .
"Then your response is?’
"I have no reason to reject," Barkary said light-heartedly .
Jiang Chen nodded as took out the silica gel for the electronic collar and passed it to Barkary . The young black man didn’t hesitate as he put the collar on in front of Jiang Chen .
"Don’t worry too much, this is just for cautionary measures . "
"I understand, but it feels weird to wear this," Barkary said as he touched his neck .
"You'll get used to it . " Ivan patted him on the shoulder . "Buddy, now you’re a part of us . "
Jiang Chen laughed and looked at Barkary . "Just like before, I'll leave you the logistics of the military base to you, including fresh water, food, and living necessities . As to the firearms and ammo, I have my channel to take care of this . You only need to transport supplies from Coro Island’s warehouses to here . "
"Count on me," Barkary said confidently .
Jiang Chen nodded as he looked at Ivan . "You must've heard that Xin’s national defense will be taken care of by Celestial . I plan to build a military base, not for training purposes . Do you have any recommendations?"
Ivan served in Kane before and was an old Soviet veteran . Even if he wasn't an expert, he must have some perspectives to share .
"A deepwater port would be a good idea . The area near the island is too shallow, so vessels with a higher displacement can't approach it . Without a deepwater port, both supplies and military mobility would be greatly limited . "
"The deepwater port will definitely be built . What about other areas?" Jiang Chen said .
"Bunker, training field, radar station, hanger, runway… Mostly these . " Ivan smiled . "The size of this island is pretty good and quite similar to UA's Wake Island . It might even be a bit bigger . "
"Mhmm, I'll start the building process for the military base; keep an eye on this for me . "
"No problem . "
"Then that’s all . "
Moving took an entire afternoon .
It was indeed troublesome to move supplies between the island and vessels . Jiang Chen already made up his mind - he would contact people to build the deepwater port once he headed back the next day .
Although it was tiring to move supplies and build houses, Jiang Chen discovered that everyone’s face was filled with joy and happiness .
To avoid the flames of war caused by extremists, they had to flee with their families from their homes . Now, they were finally able to settle down on the other side of the world, on a beautiful island, to restart their life .
Although it was just an inhabited island now, everyone believed great things were to come .
The passion for building their new home made everyone energetic . It wasn't long before an array of tents were set up in the middle of the island .
At night, people gathered in the middle of the island and started bonfires around the island . They took out food from the vessel and began the BBQ party .
Children chased each other in the camp, couples cuddled together, people who enjoyed large crowds sat in the circle . People joked, drank, and ate .
The aroma of the barbeque spread across the camp - it was just like a picnic .
Jiang Chen soon joined them . A young man from Turkey warmly asked Jiang Chen to try his roasted turkey .
It was crispy on one side but tender on the other; Jiang Chen almost ate his tongue .
With the saline and warm wind blowing while they drank cold beer, it was a superb feeling .
The BBQ party lasted till midnight, after which people cleaned up the garbage on the ground . Although it had only been half a day, they felt an indescribable sense of belonging on the island already .
How could he explain?
Compared with Demarcus engulfed in the flames of war, the life here was too pleasant .
The next morning, people didn’t oversleep due to the celebration the night before, after months of military training made it a routine for them to wake up early .
Men lined up on the empty ground as they began the day's training with their trainers .
The children and women also woke up early, because they wanted to see the sunrise .
Since there was no extra tent on the island, Jiang Chen and Ayesha spent the night on the vessel . It was rather embarrassing in the morning because compared to the hardworking soldiers, it wasn't until noon before Jiang Chen left Ayesha’s body in bed .
After washing up, the two didn’t return to the island and remained on the boat .
Because he still needed to take care of the military base, he needed to return to Coro Island before taking a flight to Australia .
The older fisherman had woken up long ago . There was a bucket of fresh sea fish on the boat . When he saw Jiang Chen, the older fisherman named Carter was somewhat embarrassed . When he woke up in the morning, seeing that Jiang Chen had yet to get up, he took the boat out and fished .
But Jiang Chen only laughed as he didn’t mind him using a small amount of diesel . He also jokingly asked for a few fish and asked how to cook the fish .
The old fisherman felt relieved when Jiang Chen didn’t seem to mind him using his boat for other purposes . He controlled the boat expertly with the steering wheel while he began to explain the delicacies of eating the fish .
Jiang Chen wasn't paying complete attention, but Ayesha listened diligently while she recorded things secretively on her EP . The girl thought Jiang Chen suddenly became interested in eating fish, so she made up her mind to master this cuisine .
Once this conversation about fish started, the fisherman began to talk about his stories from when he fished . This time, Ayesha was rather disinterested while Jiang Chen was completely drawn in .
It was hard to imagine that in a life of fishing so many outsiders considered dull, the old fisherman had all kinds of interesting stories to tell .
In the light and happy atmosphere, 150 kilometers soared by .