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Chapter 5

Chapter 5: Tomato Fried Eggs



Translator: xujin  Editor: xujin-editor

The reason why he chose to cook this dish was because of his limited cooking ability . Hence, this was the only dish he was good at, since he cooked the same thing every day .

 

[Once I have money, maybe I should hire a maid? ] Jiang Chen thought, before he got rid of the idea immediately . His secret would cause too much hysteria . Therefore, a maid would be inconvenient in hiding the truth .

 

A girlfriend would be his priority .

 

He thought about the gold bars in the living room, as a mischievous and happy smile appeared on his face .

 

Sun Jiao’s mind was full of questions she wanted to ask . But instead, she stared at the steaming tomatoes and sniffed the delicious fragrance- she couldn’t remember how many times she had done so already .

 

Jiang Chen already said that her questions would be answered at the dinner table . She was in no rush to know now . She cut the tomatoes silently, but uncontrollably glanced at Jiang Chen who was mixing the egg . His faint but happy smile made her heart beat a little faster .

 

“Lightly… It looks like you are going to chop through the cutting board as well…”



 

“Ah, oh . ” Jiang Chen’s voice made Sun Jiao instantly look back at the chopping board . When she realized her irregular action, she felt a mixture of rage and embarrassment . But behind those emotions, a little bit of happiness was there as well .

 

[Happiness? What a distant word . ]

 

She almost had to trace back to her time in the survival base .

 

Sun Jiao faintly remembered when she was young, the survival base’s door was still locked and it was almost like heaven in there .

 

No crimes, no class structure, and a society governed by Artificial Intelligence . Everyone equally shared the work and resources, and there was no conflict of interest . Everyone was kind and happy . Although people occasionally longed for the blue sky, nobody questioned their happiness . Compared to the wasteland, survival base 071 was heaven .

 

At the time, both of her parents were still alive . She had an adorable sister that was only one year younger . After the end of the lockdown period at the survival base, they both witnessed the first ray of the sunshine that shone through the cold steel door .

 

Then they lost each other .



 

She later learned that a lot of bandits picked poorly defended and newly opened survival bases as raid targets . They used the remaining conscience of those people and looted their survival supplies and population . It was at the raid, that she lost her family .

 

After that incident, she destroyed any remaining conscience she had, and became a qualified “wasteland survivor” .

 

But for some strange reason, her frozen emotions melted a little now .

 

[Family?]

 

Sun Jiao had an illusion that she was home . She soon realized what she was thinking and her face turned red .

 

These past two days were the most emotional she had been in the last few years . With a bitter smile on her face, she shook her head . She then placed the sliced tomatoes into a bowl .

 

To suppress her emotions, she only had to take a deep breath . However, the feeling that touched the softest part of her heart could no longer be hidden .

 

Even Sun Jiao, herself, didn’t realize that the man standing beside her became a bit more important in her heart .

 

As he watched Sun Jiao devour the dish, Jiao Chen laughed at the thought . This was the first time he saw someone eat this dish with that amount of excitement .

 

“I know you have a lot of questions . For example, why do I have so much food . ” Jiang Chen put down his bowl and looked at Sun Jiao quietly .

 

“I can’t explain how I feel . ” Sun Jiao also stopped eating as she gazed into Jiang Chen’s eyes . With a puzzled voice, she replied, “you gave me a feeling that … it’s almost like you are from a fairytale . ”

 

“Psh, a fairytale?” Jiang Chen was astonished .

 

“It’s from the books published before the war . In the survival base, we called them fairytales . ” Sun Jiao sighed as she continued to mock herself, “everyone lived in harmony, with families, friends, and even lovers . Regardless of what you think, it must be a fairytale . Like the first time sunlight shone on me, when I was seven years old . ”

 

Jiang Chen was silent . He walked to the fridge and grabbed a few cans of beer . He turned around and gave her an assuring smile . “Where I am from, when people feel tired and lost, they have a drink . ”

 

Sun Jiao chugged the beer as her throat let out a satisfied noise .

 

“Grrr . This does not taste as good as Coke . ”

 

“Nevertheless, it is a good way to let out your emotions . Which is a good thing at the end of the day . ” Jiang Chen also took a long sip of his beer . How many times did he drink alone? It wasn’t until after graduation did Jiang Chen start to enjoy the feeling of tipsiness . He ventured into an unknown city, worked at an unknown company, and was burdened with the stress of work and life after he was fired .

 

The cruel reality shattered the porcelain tower in his dream .

 

When he received his notice of termination, he felt the world collapse around him .

 

At least here, there was someone that drink with him . This apocalyptic world is not as bad as he imagined .

 

They chatted as if they have been best friends for years . With hands crossed, their distance got closer, and so did their heart .


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