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Chapter 488

Chapter 488: The Not-so-heartwarming Reunion



Translator: _Min_  Editor: Caron_

 

1000 meters underground .

The vertical tunnel down was replaced by a new elevator supported by a durable graphene beam heading directly into the deep underground .

Jiang Chen, in T-3 power armor, was now on the elevator with his eyes focused on the hologram instructions in the helmet . The decreasing oxygen concentration made Jiang Chen especially wary .

Just like he expected, the fallout shelter underground wasn't designed for humans .

Lin Lin was standing beside him and she was completely covered by an orange protective suit with a large oxygen tank strapped behind her . Although she was a digitalized human, her brain, and vital organs were still made out of organic matter . Even if a lot of organic parts were replaced by mechanical parts, she was still a human .

"Open the oxygen supply device . " When the oxygen concentration dropped below the threshold, Jiang Chen said calmly .

"Mhmm!" Lin Lin obediently put her hand on her neck and opened the switch .

When they arrived at the temporary camp established at the New Age Square, it was already nighttime . But a thousand meters underground, there was no fundamental difference between night and day . In the beginning, Cheng Weiguo was firmly against the idea of going on until Jiang Chen made an order as the General .

It made sense that he was worried since this was the enemy home base .

But Jiang Chen didn't worry too much as he still had 100 cubic meters in his storage dimension, so even a few Reptiles wouldn't be too troublesome especially since Lin Lin was with him and the Harmony creature hidden inside her was a robot killer . Almost no electronic units could survive under the Klein particle ray .

When they were close to the bottom, Jiang Chen took out a tactical rifle and turned on the flashlight attached to it .

Lin Lin beside him gulped and crouched cowardly with a hint of fear on her face .

[Let me do it . ] A contemptuous voice appeared in her heart; it must've been Tingting . After learning how to speak, she was more and more ruthless .

[Who-who said I'm scared?] Lin Lin's face turned red as she immediately spoke in her mind .

[It's not me . ]

"Just follow behind me . " Jiang Chen noticed Lin Lin's fear and put his hand on her shoulder .

"Mhmm?! Mhmm!"

Lin Lin, who was distracted, flinched at Jiang Chen's actions . It wasn't until she realized what happened that an awkward blush appeared on her face .

Jiang Chen looked at her, puzzled by the sight .

[Is she really okay in her current state?]

The elevator slowly reached the bottom and Jiang Chen's rifle locked onto the door of the fallout shelter .

But just as he expected, the door was locked shut .

He took Lin Lin to the door and he put his hand against it .

[Storage dimension, activate!]

There was no reaction…



"The door and the wall are considered one?" Jiang Chen frowned and muttered to himself .

Just as Jiang Chen was deliberating how he should open the door, Lin Lin walked beside Jiang Chen and proposed to him in a small voice:

"How about I use the ray to take out all the robots inside then we'll go back…"

"Take them all out? Mhmm, that'll be our last resort . If possible, I want to get the stuff inside . " Jiang Chen felt his way all along the gear-shaped door in an attempt to find a switch .

Since it was the home base of the Supreme, if they could invent something like Lin Chaoen, then they must be advanced in electronic technology . Compared to Harmony's genetic technology, electronic technology was more coherent and applicable to the needs of the NAC .

Lin Lin seemed scared of the darkness as she looked around the place, feeling unsettled .

[There seems to be something not good about living inside, could I fire one ray at it?] Tingting said .

[Let's not do it . If we destroy the stuff inside, Jiang Chen will be angry . ] Lin Lin said in her mind .

[Then we don't have a solution . ] Tingting didn't say anything further .

Without any luck finding a switch, there wasn't even a communication cable similar to Fallout Shelter 27 . Jiang Chen took out the laser sword from the storage dimension and stabbed the thick door .

Ten minutes passed by and the energy of the laser sword was completely drained .

Jiang Chen directed the flashlight at only one hol . The size of a nail was burnt out .

"What material is this thing made out of?" Jiang Chen cursed and kicked the door .

The noise echoed back was very deep . Just judging by the sound; the door was at least seven meters thick . It was more fitting to describe it as a wall .

[Is giving up the only option?]

Jiang Chen sighed .

Just as he wanted to ask Lin Lin to use the Klein particle ray at the door, the door suddenly moved .

Jiang Chen was alerted and pulled out his rifle .

"NOOO!"

Lin Lin screamed out in fear and hid behind Jiang Chen's back .

The gear-shaped wall slowly moved forward and caused rock debris to fall down . Jiang Chen moved back slowly with Lin Lin and established a clear distance from the door . The vibrations continued for half a minute before the door came to a sudden halt and started to roll toward the side .

[8 . 1 meters thick, mhmm… I might not be able to penetrate this . ] Tingting said .

[Is there anything you can't penetrate?] Lin Lin was curious .

[Of course . Although Klein particles can cause strong electromagnetic pulses, it doesn't mean they have infinite penetrative power . You research this area and you should know this?]

Although Tingting's voice didn't show any scorn, Lin Lin's face turned uncontrollably red . Just as she wanted to rebut, Jiang Chen stood in front of her and suddenly said:

"Lin Lin, be prepared to fight . Try your best to control the power of the output and don't take apart the noncombat units . "

"Oh, okay!" Lin Lin nodded .



But from inside the pitch black hole, a man with hands up to surrender walked up .

When he saw the face, Jiang Chen narrowed his eyes and a red scope was already pointed on his face .

"Lin Chaoen . "

"That's right . It's me . " Lin Chaoen let out a sigh then joked, "I can't believe we meet again, in this fashion . "

"You provoked me multiple times, so you should've expected this day would come . " With finger rubbing against the trigger, Jiang Chen spoke emotionlessly .

Lin Chaoen shrugged and looked at Jiang Chen .

"Regardless, you won . In the end, Father wants to see you . "

Lin Chaoen then looked at Lin Lin who hid behind Jiang Chen with a bright smile on her face .

"And you, my dear sister . "

"Sis… sister?" Jiang Chen looked at Lin Lin in shock, but she looked puzzled too .

"What?" Lin Lin looked at Lin Chaoen, puzzled .

"You will know once you come in . "

Lin Chaoen smiled mysteriously at her, turned around, and headed into the fallout shelter .

Looking at the pitch black tunnel, Jiang Chen was uncertainty whether it was a trap or if they really did surrender like what Lin Chaoen said .

After debating for a while, Jiang Chen took out a signal stick, pulled the cord, and threw it in .

The bright red light luminated the space . Other than rows of hibernation chambers, the basketball court-sized room didn't have any weapons . With his rifle raised, Jiang Chen took Lin Lin into the fallout shelter .

"Lin Lin . "

"Mhmm?" Lin Lin hid behind Jiang Chen looked at his helmet anxiously .

"If they're planning to close the door, shoot that engine at the door . " Jiang Chen used a voice that Lin Chaoen could heart .

"Oh…Okay!" Because she was too nervous, she almost bit her tongue .

There wasn't too much light in the room other than the signal rod Jiang Chen threw out . The air in the room was filled with concentrated ozone . Because of this, the signal burned brightly .

A tower-shaped computer sat in the middle of the room with the flashing signal lights indicating it was running . The middle of the computer, a vial with a brain inside and the bottom, was connected with a complex series of wiring to the different machines in the room .

The room was filled with computers, hibernation chambers and nothing else with a sign of life .

Other than saying it was a fallout shelter, the place was more of a mechanical city hidden underground . The central computer was its brain, and its heart and the complex wiring was its vein .

Lin Chaoen walked beneath the computer and stopped .

"Father, they are here . "

The screen suddenly lit up and a middle-aged face appeared in the center . The hairstyle looked sleek, the two eyebrows were thick but tidy, the blank pupils looked collected but possessed a degree of sharpness, and the glasses gave him a more educated vibe .

Lin Lin looked at the man with pupils suddenly contracted as she took two steps forward .

"Fa, father…"

"Don't go . " Jiang Chen put his hand on her shoulder .

"No! That's my father! Let me go—" Lin Lin fought in an attempt to break free from Jiang Chen to run .

Jiang Chen was stunned by the situation .

He didn't expect this could happen . His right hand was still holding the rifle with the left hand tightly grasping Lin Lin's shoulder .

"Lin Lin! Your father already went to—, went to the space colonization ship . This is only a video!"

He almost said "went to heaven" but he changed halfway in the sentence .

"Father, father! You're back to pick up your daughter, right?" Mist began to cover Lin Lin's eyes as she was about to cry,

Jiang Chen stared at the middle-aged man and aimed at the screen .

"If you continue to pretend to be Lin Lin's father, I'll shoot your brain!"

"No—" Lin Lin screamed out .

"I didn't pretend to be anyone . " The middle-aged man on the screen closed his eyes and pointed down there, "I'm here . You should be able to see my brain . "

The room quieted down .

Lin Lin blankly looked at him with disbelief in her eyes . "Brain? Dad, you…"

Shock also appeared in Jiang Chen's eyes as he adjusted the aim to the vial .

Seeing Jiang Chen's small adjustment, the middle-aged man laughed .

"Is this how you treat your father-in-law?"

[Father-in-law?]

Jiang Chen took a moment to process .

Lin Lin's face blushed as she waved her hands to cover up . "No, no, dad you're mistaken, he is not…"

It was just that when she said that, she didn't sound like she meant it .

"Ahem . " The middle-aged man interrupted his daughter and looked seriously at Jiang Chen .

Jiang Chen stared at him without a word . The rifle in hand still pointed at him – the brain .

"If you feel like this will bring you a sense of security, you can point at it . But I have to let you know that the vial's glass could withstand the bullets of the anti-armor sniper rifle . "

[The Old man who smells like ozone, can I shoot him?] Tingting didn't disguise her disgust to mechanical parts .

<No! He's my father!> Lin Lin restrained Tingting who was eager to move .

Jiang Chen smiled and lowered his rifle .

"By letting me in, you're preparing to surrender?"

"I just want to see my daughter . " The middle-aged man had a genuine smile on his face .

Jiang Chen's eyes lit up . He didn't think the situation would evolve into the reunion of a father and a daughter .

"Dad, where-where are you, the colonization ship—"

"I didn't board the colonization ship," the middle-aged man told Lin Lin .

Lin Lin's eyes widened as she didn't realize what he said . She didn't know how she felt - shocked? Happy? Sad? Perhaps similar to no one, but close to all of the emotions combined .

After a while, she squeezed out a few words .

"Why?"

"Because there's no need to leave . Space is dark and it's the same going in any direction . " The man slowly said .

He then looked at Jiang Chen .

"I'm confused . You seem to have a remarkable ability . Instincts tell me it's the primary reason why I'm lost . "

"I don't disagree with your perspective," Jiang Chen said .

[No sh*t . Without my interdimensional travel and storage dimension, I would've died many times already . ]

The man gazed into Jiang Chen's eyes then he sighed .

"Is that so? Although I hoped I would've lost because of a deeper reason . "

He then looked at Lin Lin, his daughter .

"I'm not a qualified father . On the path to Supreme, if there is anything I regretted, it would be you . "

Lin Lin eyes teared up, "No, dad, you gave me life, you gave the opportunity to—"

The middle-aged man interrupted her .

"Do you know why you had muscular dystrophy?"

Lin Lin stopped, "Is it that because it is congenital—"

"No . " The man shook his head . "I did it . "

Lin Lin became idle with tears freezing on her face then she murmured in a quiet voice, "Why?"

"It's a long story, if you have patience, watch this . "

His face looked reminiscent and slowly faded on the screen .

The picture in the screen changed just like the old film tape rolling . It unfolded the history belonging here .


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