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Chapter 4

Chapter 4: Gold Bar

Translator: xujin  Editor: xujin-editor

It took only a second, before Jiang Chen stepped onto the dusty hardwood floor .

 

He checked the energy bar on his wrist . To his surprise, it only cost him 40% this time to complete the travel . Maybe the energy storage upgraded with the number of the times charged?

 

Jiang Chen shook his head . It was great news for him, but he couldn’t why it happened .

 

As he sat on the luxurious sofa, he enjoyed the comfortable life not common in the modern world . He lit a cigarette and watched time pass .

 

From the mold-filled window, Jiang Chen saw a glimpse of Sun Jiao’s shadow in the distance . He took out his binoculars to confirm before he opened the door to let her in .

 

“This is the gold you wanted . ” He caught the bag and both of his hands suddenly dropped . Happiness overflowed his heart, as the bag was hefty . The bag weighed at least a couple of kilograms, but the girl threw it like a volleyball . The amount of power she possessed was daunting .

 

Jiang Chen glanced at her arms . Her slim arms didn’t contain any signs of muscle .

 

“That was so tiring . The bank had zombies everywhere . It took me almost two batteries of ammo to completely get rid of those gross creatures . The vault was also sealed by a heavy layer of steel boards that I couldn’t open . I got these gold bars from the VIP room . ”

 

Sun Jiao wiped the sweat off of her forehead and threw her backpack onto the ground . Even if the gold bars only weighed a couple of kilograms, combined with her equipment and supply, she almost encumbered 20 kilograms while traversing the long distance .

 

“Catch!”

 

“Hmm? This is …” Sun Jiao caught the coke as she gazed at him .



 

“You seemed to have liked it . ” He was a bit embarrassed after Sun Jiao stared at him for so long .

 

Her lips moved without a word . After moments of silence, she resumed her usual boldness . She opened the can and took a big sip out of the coke .

 

“Gulp, Gulp… Haha, this is awesome . This weather is so ridiculously hot . Hmm, this is cold?” Sun Jiao looked at Jiang Chen suspiciously .

 

“The fridge in the kitchen is still usable . The photocell and solar panel is working in this place . ” He did not lie about this . Even though most of the electronics were destroyed, the power system somehow remained intact .

 

Maybe someone lived here and fixed some of the electronics . But from the layers of dust on the ground, that was a long time ago .

 

“That’s fine . You wouldn’t tell me where this Coke came from even if I asked . ” Sun Jiao waved her hand to dismiss the thought . “Ok, what’s next? If we were to blow open the vault and move the gold here, it would take some professional help . At least, we need powerful explosives, or skilled hackers to break the electronic lock . ”

 

“Where can we find them?” The explosives were a problem . It was almost impossible to buy them in large quantities in the modern world because of its restrictive nature, especially given Jiang Chen’s social status .

 

“A lot of survivor bases have them, like Liu Ding Town . ” Envy flowed out of her eyes, as she gazed into the distance . “That’s a place people consider fun, even on wasteland…”

 

“Is it far from here?”

 

“Not too far, but a bit expensive . Except for the resident who owns the property and the labor who lost their freedom, visitors must pay one energy unit worth of crystals, or equivalently priced items to enter . ”

 

“One energy unit of crystals?” Jiang Chen was confused .

 

“It’s this thing . ” Sun Jiao searched in her pocket before grabbing a piece of darkened green crystal . “This piece of crystal has about 37 energy units left . You can use EP to check . These are quite difficult to find because only powerful mutants possess them on the back of their heads . If possible, I never want to meet those things again…”



“It’s this thing . ” Sun Jiao searched in her pocket before grabbing a piece of darkened green crystal . “This piece of crystal has about 37 energy units left . You can use EP to check . These are quite difficult to find because only powerful mutants possess them on the back of their heads . If possible, I never want to meet those things again…”

 

Creatures that made this girl afraid? The thought of it sent a shiver down Jiang Chen’s spine .

 

He took the crystal and a faint attractive force pulled at his right arm . He was shocked . This thing could be used to charge the tattoo .

 

Jiang Chen’s facial expression remained calm . He played with it for a moment before returning it to Sun Jiao .

 

“What is one energy unit of crystals worth?”

 

“One-tenth of a can of meat or half of a normal can of food, ten nutrient supplies, one c-type battery, or three battery ammo . You can exchange so many things with it . This type of energy source is considered currency by many survival bases . You could even find a woman to sleep with you there . ” Sun Jiao looked at Jiang Chen mockingly . She enjoyed teasing this little guy .

 

“Hmm . . . 37 energy units of crystal . I’ll use four cans of food in exchange?”

 

“Deal . ” Without hesitation, Sun Jiao threw the crystal into Jiang Chen’s hands . However, as if she just thought of something, she hesitantly explained, “Even if you have quite a lot of food, you lost out on the deal . If you ever trade like this in the future, people are going to take advantage of you…”

 

“Oh?” Jiang Chen shrugged . He didn’t care too much about the three energy unit difference .

 

“Although ten energy units is worth a can of food . It also depends on what kind it is . The majority of canned food contain mutant fish meat, or a lot of them are also filled with sand . Which are the best case scenarios . Some of the canned foods even include human meat…“

 

The voice was full of despair and numbness . Jiang Chen had difficulty breathing; he was out of words .

 

“Curry chicken, fried pork… This is the first time I have ever had these delicacies in my life . ” Sun Jiao looked at Jiang Chen full of awe . “Merchants use mutant cows to transport goods . I had the pleasure of having a meal with the beef from the mutant cows . Even the dry taste made me extremely satisfied . ”

 



 

“I trust you,” Jiang Chen voice was quiet .

 

He felt a sudden fear overwhelm him . To Sun Jiao, he was powerless . If she desired his food, it would only take a blink of an eye to finish him .

 

Trust? Jiang Chen felt a deafening fear overwhelm him . He almost wanted to grab the gold, travel back to the modern world, and forget everything that happened here . With the gold bars, he could live like a millionaire .

 

He only realized now that this world was more complicated than he thought .

 

Maybe it was because of greed, or because of a strong sense of arrogance . After a hard internal battle in his head, he calmed down and resisted the temptation to flee .

 

His face was emotionless as he tried to disguise his fear .

 

“Trust?” Sun Jiao laughed . However, within her eyes, there was a flicker of emotions that she couldn’t hide . This distant word had long been extinct in this landscape; long buried by starvation and death . Although Jiang Chen said this valuable word to her, Sun Jiao unconsciously reacted with a disdained look .

 

With a sigh, Sun Jiao walked into the kitchen .

 

“Your naïveness is becoming very worrisome . However, I am not bothered by it . ”

 

“…” Jiang Chen was more relaxed as he heard her words . This time he made the right bet, Sun Jiao had no ill-intentions .

 

Otherwise, she would have had plenty of time to kill him and wouldn’t have waited this long . Jiang Chen finally felt relieved, from this thought that has been bothering him for the longest time .

 

As Sun Jiao was about to reach the door, she turned around . “Since you are my employer, not only do I need to ensure your safety, I have the responsibility of preventing you from being tricked . If someone is after your wealth, that is also a problem for me . If you ever trade in the future, you should bring me . ”

 

As Sun Jiao was about to reach the door, she turned around . “Since you are my employer, not only do I need to ensure your safety, I have the responsibility of preventing you from being tricked . If someone is after your wealth, that is also a problem for me . If you ever trade in the future, you should bring me . ”

 

[She cares?]

 

“Don’t look at me like that! You are giving me goosebumps . ” Sun Jiao fled frantically from Jiang Chen’s sight . She ducked into the kitchen, and screamed in shock, “what! How is this possible? A fridge!”

 

Deception, and stories, the majority of Jiang Chen’s responses were lies . It was to avoid the imminent trouble and danger .

 

But the glimpse of emotion from her eyes was real .

 

At that one glimpse, to his surprise, the bold girl was not so annoying . She was . . . cute?

 

“Stop eating canned food; tonight let’s eat a fresh meal! For celebrating my first employee . ” Jiang Chen laughed and dashed into the kitchen, filled with an overwhelming amount of joy .

 

Sun Jiao was stunned in front of the fridge, as she did not bother to dispute her employee status . She stared at the tomatoes and eggs in the refrigerator .

 

Jiang Chen put these fresh ingredients in before Sun Jiao came back .

 

“You…” Sun Jiao turned her head around slow, with a dumbfounded voice .

 

“Don’t ask . I know you have a lot of questions . We can discuss this while we eat dinner . Now, do you know how to cut tomatoes?”

 

Jiang Chen left the dazed Sun Jiao in place, as a proud smile stretched across his face .

 

He took out a couple of tomatoes and eggs . “Tonight, we will make tomato fried eggs!”


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