Chapter 97: Humiliation and Anger
This was probably one of the preset background stories that would lead to an important clue for uncovering the truth. It was just that there were very few clues to begin with, and Liu Gan still wasn’t able to find convincing evidence that this clue had meaning. It was possible this was a strategy regarding the truth behind this game. At least for Liu Gan, he merely uncovered the tip of the iceberg.
Even though DuDu’s corpse hadn’t been dissected yet, Liu Gan could determine that within this young boy was a parasitic-type variant zombie. With a metallic reflective glow, this parasite resided within DuDu’s skull. It could control the movement of this young boy, and imitate a human.
A variant zombie that possessed intelligence was very frightening. Luckily, DuDu was only an incomplete product. It was defective, so it wasn’t able to bring out its truth strength. This parasite was unable to leave the body of the host, so once its host died, it followed suit.
Since Liu Gan drowned the boy, he had no knowledge of this Parasite Variant Zombie’s attacking and combat strength. So if he was to encounter another species of Parasite Variant Zombie, he wouldn’t know how to handle the situation or how to fight them.
Since this parasite could take control of a young boy’s body, later on it could take control of an adult and be free to travel. It seemed like the future of this game just became more difficult. So later on, even if he met regular people, he would have to be on high alert to not be misled by this facade.
As for the next step, Liu Gan really wanted to dissect the boy to investigate, but he couldn’t break open the alloy metal cage.
Zhang ShengLi caught up to Hu Rong and Zhang ShengNan. ShengLi pulled ShengNan over to a room by the stairs, and both males started to apologize and placate her. Zhang ShengLi even slapped himself in the face twice, in hopes of appeasing Zhang ShengNan.
“Your classmate’s brain is not thinking straight. He would even kill such a small boy! Are we really going to follow him?” Zhang ShengNan hatefully asked her brother.
“He reconsidered and won’t lead us anymore.” Zhang ShengLi replied to Zhang ShengNan. Deep down Zhang ShengLi knew that Liu Gan had nothing to lose if the three of them left, but it was a great loss for them without Liu Gan. Since this was their situation right now, he couldn’t help it.
“What are your plans? Do we continue going down?” Hu Rong asked the Zhang siblings with his face downcast.
“The ninetieth floor is up above. I suggest that we go up and take a look around. What danger can this building possibly have? Right now, even if several zombies appear, we can still handle it.” Zhang ShengNan said after pondering for a while.
“It’s close to midnight, so let’s not take the risk. The floors below us are all cleared out, and we can find a safe place below to rest up. As for our plans, let’s decide tomorrow when the sun is up.” Zhang ShengLi suggested since he didn’t agree with Zhang ShengNan’s decision.
“Brother, are you a man? Why do you have no guts after leaving your classmate? I don’t want to rest yet; I want to kill more zombies!” Zhang ShengNan angrily replied to Zhang ShengLi. Ever since Liu Gan called her dumb, she didn’t have anyone to vent her frustrations on, so it remained in her heart. She was in a bad mood.
“ShengNan, just listen to your brother.” Hu Rong said to Zhang ShengNan.
“It’s up to you guys. If you want to sleep, then go downstairs. I will go upstairs alone and kill zombies!” Zhang ShengNan said as she suddenly ran up the stairs. Zhang ShengLi and Hu Rong had no choice but to pursue her.
After the two of them caught up to Zhang ShengNan, they were able to convince her that once the ninetieth floor was cleared, they would find a place to rest up. So, the three of them were together in the dark, investigating the floor.
A zombie in the dark suddenly charged over. Since Zhang ShengNan was in the front, she had a fire axe in one hand and slashed at the zombie’s neck. She felt rejuvenated within her heart as she killed. She was imagining the zombies were Liu Gan.
There were several zombies that charged over in the dark, but they were all chopped down by Zhang ShengNan’s fire axe. This female’s combat power was definitely strong, and these normal zombies were no longer a match for her. As long as they didn’t surround her, she wouldn’t be in too much danger.
“ShengNan, you better be careful! Don’t charge too fiercely. Maintain our formation.” Zhang ShengLi reminded his sister throughout.
“Coward!” Zhang ShengNan made a hand sign with her thumb pointing downward.
The ninetieth floor design was similar to the eighty-ninth floor. There weren’t too many zombies, but it was definitely dark. With the aid of the flashlight, the three of them were able to clear out the floor with ease. Especially Zhang ShengNan, when she felt humiliated and angry internally, she was able to bring out extraordinary combat strength. She killed a majority of the zombies.
After ten minutes, the three players cleared out the ninetieth floor, but Zhang ShengNan still refused to go down to rest. She started heading towards the ninety-first floor, and Zhang ShengLi and Hu Rong were unable to block her path. If they forcefully obstructed her, she would shout and attract more attention, so they ended up just following her up to the ninety-first floor.
After half an hour, Zhang ShengNan was able to kill her way up to the ninety-third floor. She was satisfied with this type of venting to release her anger, and her body was becoming exhausted. At the same time, there was suddenly a faint sobbing noise on the ninety-third floor in the darkness. It seemed like a young girl was producing this sound. It was full of despair and helplessness.
Thinking about DuDu on the previous floor, Zhang ShengLi and Hu Rong suddenly were on high alert. However, Zhang ShengNan had already started walking quickly towards the source of the sound. After chopping down two more zombies blocking her way, Zhang ShengNan pushed open the room’s door. Using her flashlight, she shined her light over at the source.
Zhang ShengLi and Hu Rong quickly followed, and they looked into the laboratory.
They couldn’t believe it. This laboratory had the exact same setting as the eighty-ninth floor with the exact same alloy metal cage. A similar-aged girl as DuDu from before was within the cage! The sobbing noise that they heard was produced by the young girl.
“Please save me…” The young girl said as she saw the three of them coming in. She started begging the three of them for help.
Just like the cute young boy before, this girl was also very cute. With her large eyes and lovely face, Zhang ShengNan’s heart melted. Quickly, Zhang ShengNan walked over to the metal cage.
“ShengNan, this is very strange, don’t go too close.” Zhang ShengLi reached his hand out to hold onto Zhang ShengNan’s shoulder.
“Save it!” Zhang ShengNan brushed her brother’s hand off and kneeled beside the metal cage.