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Chapter 390

Chapter 390: The Calm before the Storm

Translator: Min  Editor: Caron_


"That's right," Jiang Chen said with straightforwardness .

He didn't hide the power of NAC because there was no need . Once the NAC flag flew above Jia City, the survivors, merchants, and mercenaries would naturally circulate the unknown but powerful name to the entire wasteland .

Jiang Chen was observing Kong Jie while Kong Jie was doing the same thing .

"I sense danger from you . "

"Could I interpret that as a compliment?" Jiang Chen crossed his legs as he said in a joking voice .

"Of course . Our merchants are spread all over the wasteland; there aren't a lot of forces that would scare us . The Northern Alliance Area is one of them, as are you . "

"Because of my weapons?"

"Because of your ambition . " Kong Jie stared right into Jiang Chen's eyes .

This act was extremely disrespectful in a friendly meeting, but he still did it . He wanted to see if Jiang Chen's eyes could reveal anything that could prove his assumption . In actuality, he did it because Jiang Chen didn't bother to disguise his ambition .

"How so?" Jiang Chen laughed .

"From the configuration of the base . " Kong Jie shifted in his seat as he scanned the room decorations . "As well as this office . For the people who prefer order, they have a high standard of living for themselves and their neighbors . Of course, the best way to demonstrate that is the name 'NAC . ' New Asia Corporation? Good name . "

"Do you feel unsettled?" To Kong Jie's comments, Jiang Chen only answered dubiously .

"That's right," Kong Jie said directly . "Our merchants are all considering one question: if you take out the nail between us, who could promise that you wouldn't step foot into Hang from Jia City?"

"So your recommendation is?" Jiang Chen asked .

"Let Jia City become the buffer zone between us . Without a land route, our merchants can develop routes in the shallow sea or Tai Lake . But without this nail, we won't sleep well at night . " Kong Jie stared into Jiang Chen's eyes, making his proposal with seriousness .

"That's impossible . " Jiang Chen rejected it right away . "Even if we don't attack them, the mutated humans will launch an attack on us . By that time, they would have a natural advantage; no one could guarantee that the war won't spread across the Taifu river . I won't prioritize short-term peace to risk losing an inevitable war . "

"We could fund you to build up your defenses along the river . " Kong Jie raised his finger . "Half a million crystals, on the condition that you won't send your forces west . "

Jiang Chen was not moved at all with this proposal .

"Then that's unfortunate; we already raised two million crystals through the distribution of war bonds . "

The negotiation was at a stalemate .

Kong Jie and Jiang Chen stared at each other and fell into silence .

Moments later, Kong Jie suddenly spoke with a smile .

"Do you know how the mutated humans obtained so many weapons?"

"Why?" Jiang Chen didn't seem too interested .

"Based on the data we gathered, an organization named The Dusk that migrated from the Northern Alliance Area is providing support for them," Kong Jie said with an ambiguous smile .

This information was outdated - the last time The Dusk sent out Sun Xiaorou to assassinate Jiang Chen, he already obtained that information through his unique methods . Regarding the operations of The Dusk, he knew a man called Bo Yu provided help to the mutated humans .

It wasn't hard to deduce this as the mutated humans were weak industrially, yet they had heavy machines or even cannons . Jiang Chen would never believe they didn't have support from a third party .

But from Kong Jie's ambiguous expression, Jiang Chen read something else .

"Are you threatening me?" Jiang Chen said dubiously as he looked into his eyes .

"I didn't say anything . But as merchants, we retain the right to invest in any projects that can offer a return . " Kong Jie shrugged .

Jiang Chen sneered .

Since it was already so obvious, why was he still afraid to admit the truth?

"You're playing with fire . "

"I am looking for an opportunity to work together," Kong Jie corrected him without backing down .

"I am looking for an opportunity to work together," Kong Jie corrected him without backing down .

Jiang Chen suddenly stood up .

A trace of anxiety flashed across Kong Jie's eyes, but he quickly calmed down .

"If you think you can fund the mutated humans to prevent us from removing them from Jia City, you can go ahead . " Jiang Chen walked in front of him . He stopped and stared into Kong Jie's eyes from above as he said, "But I can tell you now that if you support the mutated humans . . . "

Unable to breathe because of the oppressive atmosphere, Kong Jie held his breath and waited for the next sentence from the dictator .

Jiang Chen grinned and spoke the words Kong Jie didn't want to hear the most .

"Then there would be war . "

The atmosphere in the office froze, but it quickly faded by the next sentence from Jiang Chen .

"Of course, I trust that your party's foresight, you wouldn't make such an ill-advised decision . "

With his eyes wavering for a while, Kong Jie finally nodded in hesitation .

"Excellent . Welcome back to the negotiation table then . " Jiang Chen smiled and sat back down .

With the tension alleviated, Kong Jie finally breathed fresh air again .

Suddenly, he realized his entire back was drenched in cold sweat .

The negotiations ended peacefully .

Jiang Chen didn't plan to discuss the details of military operations in the fall but rather, he began talking about how to share trade routes after Jia City was captured . Although the war hadn't started yet, Jiang Chen already considered the city his .

Kong Jie still expressed concern with the fact that if Jia City was captured by Jiang Chen, Hang would be surrounded by him . But with Jiang Chen's firm position, he couldn't do anything about it .

After they reached an agreement with the trade routes, supply stations, and patrol stations, Kong Jie hastily left .

Seeing that Kong Jie had left, Han Junhua walked in .

Seeing that Kong Jie had left, Han Junhua walked in .

"Why don't you just detain him?"

"Because that would serve no purpose . " Jiang Chen yawned and waved his hand . "This is the annoying part about negotiating with such a loose organization - even if you killed its leader, it would just select a new one . Or rather, the leader itself is basically like a mascot . When I shook hands with him, I knew he wasn't a professional merchant . "

A professional merchant would not have calluses from holding guns . Instead of being a true leader, he was a representative pushed forward by a bunch of merchants .

"You don't seem to be worried about the reaction from Hang?" Han Junhua asked .

"They need a market, and we have the biggest market in Suhang province . Safety or crystals - they must choose between them, and I firmly believe they will choose the latter . Especially since my attitude towards the Sixth Street merchants seemed to ease his mind . Even if they were taken over by the NAC, their assets wouldn't be compromised… Most merchants would think this way . " Jiang Chen walked over to the desk .

There was someone knocking on the door .

"Come in . "

It was Wang Qin . She had a grave expression .

"General, information coming from the Sixth Street stated that mutant activities have been on the rise as of late . Mutants including mutated cockroaches and mutated rats are all exhibiting strong, aggressive behaviors . Typically, these mutants wouldn't attack survivors… The information reported that Wanghai City is preparing for the second flood of mutants . "

"Flood of mutants?" Jiang Chen frowned .

He had never experienced a mutant flood before; he just heard rumors about the terror of it . In the past when the World Alliance Organization had yet to launch the space colonization ships, a mutant flood erupted in Wanghai City . The ex-military army stationed near the city's research institute was driven out by the ferocious mutants .

The shock also impacted the Sixth Street, but with the equipment left by the World Alliance Organization, they managed to fend off the attack . At that time, the Sixth Street confirmed its rule under the Group of Ten Council .

But this time…

Wang Qin nodded .

"Alert Wang Zhaowu to be on the precautionary side; he's closer to the city center . I will give him permission to open the fallout shelter door and lead the citizens on the surface to retreat into the fallout shelter . At the same time, increase the fallout shelter energy reserve to 100 fuel rods . You will be responsible for that," Jiang Chen said .

"Understood . " Wang Qin nodded .

The time between each fallout shelter opening varied; no one knew when the other fallout shelters in Wanghai City would open . If he lost fallout shelter no . 27, that would mean that the research abilities of the NAC would decrease substantially . Jiang Chen would not permit such a thing from happening, so if a mutant flood were to erupt, he had to protect the safety of the scientists .

Whether or not a mutant flood would actually occur, there was nothing wrong with being prepared .

"Also, establish a temporary emergency shelter underground . Prepare necessary barricades, beds, nutrient supplies, and heaters . Although we know these things probably won't be used, prepare these things just in case . "

Whether or not a mutant flood would actually occur, there was nothing wrong with being prepared .

"Also, establish a temporary emergency shelter underground . Prepare necessary barricades, beds, nutrient supplies, and heaters . Although we know these things probably won't be used, prepare these things just in case . "

"Okay . " Seeing that Jiang Chen had no further instructions, Wang Qin quickly left .

After a brief pause, Jiang Chen looked at Han Junhua again .

"For the next few days… Mhmm, perhaps for half a month, I have something to take care of elsewhere . Just discuss things with Sun Jiao for now since she takes on my responsibilities when I'm away . If the mutated flood does erupt, I'll come back immediately . "

Jiang Chen thought Han Junhua would ask where he was going, but surprisingly, she only nodded .

"Okay . But my recommendation is that if the mutant flood was to erupt, as the general, you shouldn't return to the areas with high danger . "

"I will return because there are people who are important to me here," Jiang Chen said with seriousness .

"… I will protect them for you," Han Junhua promised calmly .

"Thank you . But don't be too worried, they may just be rumors . "

Jiang Chen patted her on the shoulder and left the office .

The door closed .

Long after watching the door close, Han Junhua squeezed her own face .

Then she put her hand down .

"Weird . "

She muttered to herself with an emotionless voice then looked outside .

It was bright and clear outside; not a single cloud was in the sky .

But the brightness gave her a surreal feeling .

This feeling was just like the calm before the storm .

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