w.a.n.g Ning stared at the three corpses lying in a pool of blood, muttering, "I'm finished! I'm finished!!"
The methods of the Five Ghosts Gang was truly vicious and despicable. If the matter blew up, knowing that three of their subordinates had fallen here, the Gang would not let w.a.n.g Ning's family off. Thinking to this point, w.a.n.g Ning was filled with despair and fear. Both her and her sister dared not envision their fates at the hands of those monsters.
Yue Zhong shot w.a.n.g Ning a look and spoke indifferently, "Rascal, they're dead now. You must be vexed right? Where is the headquarters of the Five Ghosts Gang? Take me there!"
w.a.n.g Ning's face was as pale as a sheet, looking at Yue Zhong with an expression as though she was about to cry, "This sir, I don't know where they're at."
Yue Zhong frowned, and he began to consider if he should use some other means to obtain that information.
Right at this time, there was a heart-wrenching shout, her tone full of urgency and anxiety, "Little Ning!! Little Ning!!! Where are you?! Little Ning!! Quick, come out!!"
w.a.n.g Ning heard the voice and shouted back, "Sister!! I'm here!!"
The next moment, a woman with tattered clothes but a clean appearance, her nose covered with a few pockmarks, came running over. Her demeanor was demure, and yet, she ran forward to hug w.a.n.g Ning without a care for her image or cleanliness, eyeing Yue Zhong and Han Zi Xuan with fear. Her body trembled uncontrollably, but she continued to hold w.a.n.g Ning tightly.
w.a.n.g Li Hua shot them a fearful look, handing her name cards over while pleading, "Who are you people? I only have 30 credit points here, please take them all! Don't kill my sister!!"
w.a.n.g Ning grabbed w.a.n.g Li Hua's arm and spoke, "Sis!! They saved me!! They saved me from the hands of the Five Ghosts Gang!!"
Hearing w.a.n.g Ning's words, w.a.n.g Li Hua heaved a sigh of relief. However, she caught sight of the 3 headless corpses and still remained fearful. These people in front were not exactly saints.
Yue Zhong held the card and asked out of curiosity, "Credit points? Is that the currency here? How does it work?"
w.a.n.g Li Hua saw that Yue Zhong was truly in the dark, thus she walked up bravely, holding up both her card and his. Some numbers appeared.
On Yue Zhong's card, there was a clear '0'. He did not have a single credit point. As for w.a.n.g Li Hua, there was a '30' on it.
"So it's like that, interesting! Zi Xuan!"
Yue Zhong chuckled and looked at Han Zi Xuan.
She swiftly went over and rummaged the 3 corpses for their cards, handing them to Yue Zhong.
He then used his own card to absorb the points of 2 of the cards, and the number on his card now reflected '230'.
He handed the last card to w.a.n.g Li Hua, "This is for you, we want to stay over for one night. I have things to ask you!"
w.a.n.g Li Hua grabbed the card tightly and bowed profusely, "Thank you, sir!! Thank you, sir!!"
There were at the least tens of points inside the card, which would feed the 2 sisters for another 2 weeks.
With her lead, they left the dark alley.
The moment they left, 7 or 8 men that had been lying on the street charged into the alley, fighting over the corpses of the 3 Five Ghosts Gang members.
Han Zi Xuan eyed their strange actions and asked curiously, "What are they doing?"
w.a.n.g Li Hua replied apathetically, "They're going to eat the corpses!"
Han Zi Xuan was taken aback, "What?! Eat the corpses? They're human, aren't they? Isn't this cannibalism?! This is Cloud Region, after all, the last stand of the humans! How could there be such things?!"
Since Han Zi Xuan grew up in the Storm Valley, and there might have been cla.s.ses there over as well, there had never been cases of cannibalism before. She simply could not imagine how such a place would condone such events.
w.a.n.g Li Hua laughed bitterly, "This sister, you guys must be from the outside world? Cloud Region is truly the last place for humans. There's plenty of technology here that outside do not have. The upper echelon lead the lives of the rich and luxurious, whereas we weak civilians cannot eat our fill. Every day, there would be people sick and dying in the slums. In the eyes of the rich, we're just bugs. They don't care about us at all."
The words of w.a.n.g Li Hua were filled with bitterness, "Inside Blood Red City, there are 4 districts, A, B, C, and D. They are split according to, higher upper-cla.s.s, ordinary upper-cla.s.s, ordinary citizens, and poor citizens. The poor folk can only move around in District C and D. Most of the jobs in District A, B, and C do not require us. Thus, our earnings are meager, and many cannot even fill their stomachs. There would be deaths every day, so, in order to survive, some people would eat even corpses."
Han Zi Xuan became silent upon hearing that. She had looked forward to Cloud Region. However, based on the situation as per w.a.n.g Li Hua's words, where the poor led lives worse than dogs and pigs, she became disheartened and disappointed.
Yue Zhong looked at all those and inwardly celebrated his decision not to have directly brought the Storm Battleship into the Cloud Region.
From the lives and situation of these people, Yue Zhong could tell that those in authority were not decent. While the upper echelon got drunk on their luxury, the common people suffered, there were obvious signs that there was rot within the government in the Cloud Region.
Yue Zhong asked, "What's the background of the Five Ghosts Gang?"
When the topic came to this, w.a.n.g Li Hua's eyes flashed with fear, "They're a tyrannical gang. They have 5 leaders, known as Zhang You Ren, Zhang Xiang, Zhang Wu, Zhang Lu, Zhang Jian. Each of them possesses terrifying strength. None of us from the slums are their opponents. At the same time, they have hundreds of subordinates, lording over the people of the slums. Anyone they act against would not have a pretty fate, and it's rumored that they have the backing from the upper echelons. That's why no one dares touch them."
Yue Zhong continued, "The upper echelons eh? How can one advance in tiers?"
w.a.n.g Li Hua replied, "One must kill over 10 Dino-warriors to gain the lowest-level 'Lord' t.i.tle. Killing a hundred Dino-warriors would earn the 'Baron' t.i.tle. A 'Lord' is an ordinary upper-cla.s.s, while a 'Baron' is a higher upper-cla.s.s."
As they spoke, the party soon arrived at the house of the two sisters.
It was a simple and rundown place, with only a few simple furnitures. However, the place was kept tidy and clean, looking extremely cozy.
w.a.n.g Li Hua then went into the kitchen to prepare dinner.
Soon, the table was filled with 4 bowls of water and soup made of black bread, with only a little salt in the soup.
The moment she placed them down, w.a.n.g Ning grabbed her bowl in hunger, drinking it in one go, before staring at the other bowls with a bright look.
w.a.n.g Li Hua bowed slightly, expressing for Yue Zhong and Han Zi Xuan to dig in, "Help yourselves!"
Yue Zhong took a look and had no appet.i.te, pushing the bowl directly in front of w.a.n.g Ning, watching her slurp it up with relish.
Han Zi Xuan also felt a sour ache as she watched w.a.n.g Ning, thus, she pa.s.sed the bowl over to w.a.n.g Ning as well, watching her finish her third bowl in happiness.
Within a certain area in the D District, a lavish mansion stood over a large plot of land. 20 burly hooligans were gathered together, betting money and playing cards. This was the headquarters of the Five Ghosts Gang.
Inside a large hall, a dozen naked men were currently having an orgy with dozens other beautiful women. The moans and sounds of l.u.s.t and desire filled the place.
A short and nervous man charged in as he hollered, "Boss!! Boss!! Not good!! Something happened to Yellow-hair and the rest!!"
A middle-aged man, Zhang You Ren, looked up with a frown. He had a hooked nose, his body skinny. He continued to thrust while scolding, "Gray Dog! What the h.e.l.l are you shouting for?! d.a.m.n it, you wrecked the mood! What happened?!"
Gray Dog replied loudly, "They have been killed!!"
The moment he heard that, Zhang You Ren kicked the woman in his arms away, standing up with an ashen face, roaring in fury, "What?! They were killed? Which a.s.sholes are tired of living already, to kill my men?!"
Gray Dog gritted his teeth, "It's those 2 newcomers. They have no background, and acted to save the w.a.n.g sisters! They hacked Yellow-hair to death and their methods are vicious!"
The face of Zhang You Ren contorted, "Very good! Very good!! They dare kill my people, truly wishing for death!!"
The Five Ghosts Gang had ruled the slums for a dozen years already. A few upright people had tried standing up for justice but had all been turned to corpses. Their Five Ghosts Gang replied precisely on fear to control and run the slums. If they did not react to this killing of their own men, soon, their prestige would plunge and would collapse easily.
Zhang You Ren's face then turned savage as he roared, "Second! Third! Fourth and Ole' Fifth! Stop f**king around!! d.a.m.n b.a.s.t.a.r.d, they actually want to go against our Five Ghosts Gang!"
The four others quickly got to their feet.
Under their lead, they gathered more subordinates and charged towards w.a.n.g Li Hua's home.
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