Chapter 143: 10,000 Ton Cargo Ship
Mavis got along quite well with the ghosts in Wellington, so very quickly, she learned where they could find a ship. Wellington was a port city in the first place, so there were actually a lot of ships there. Since their goal was to cross the Cook Straits, a normal small-sized vessel wasn’t suitable for this mission. New Zealand was a Devil Island now, only heaven knew what kind of monsters would appear from the seas. In the end, after enquiring a group of ghosts, they finally got to know of a piece of good news.
“Let me introduce a person to everyone. This is captain, Captain Marshall,” said Mavis to everyone, as she pointed at a blurry ghost. Although they had all turned into ghosts, their previous habits still affected them, and they referred to each other as ‘people’.
“How are you? I am Bai Yi.” Bai Yi nodded his head slightly.
“I am the captain of a cargo ship, Marshall,” the ghost said passively. As for their interaction afterward, Marshall did not continue talking like this. It cost a lot of soul power for ghosts to speak in the real world. Although they didn’t understand what this soul power was, most of the ghosts wouldn’t bear to waste it.
“Then, Captain Marshall…” Bai Yi’s team slowly communicated with the Captain, as they tried to understand everything in detail.
A cargo ship was anchored at the Lyall Bay on the southernmost side of Wellington. Overall, it was 180.5 meters long, 24 meters wide, 14.7 meters tall, and weighed 25,000 tonnes. It was an absolutely humongous ship. This Marshall was the captain of this cargo ship. After stopping his ship at the port, he had arrived at Wellington city before meeting with the tragedy that happened at this place by chance, and died here.
This cargo ship named ‘Big Tummy’ completely fulfilled the requirements of Bai Yi’s team. Even if they encountered some monsters in the sea, it wouldn’t be able to sink the ship unless it was those kinds of monsters in fantasies. Moreover, they didn’t have to worry about the ship being unusable. The activated cells only affected living things. Although the cargo ship was somewhat dirty from long periods of unuse, it could still be operated. However, their current worry was if they could operate such a giant ship.
“If it’s just steering the ship, it’s actually very simple. A captain can’t possibly stay at the bridge the entire day. The most important things for a captain is still to consider the slipstream, ocean current, ascertaining the ocean environment, and making correct judgments based on those things,” Marshall explained to Bai Yi after he learned of their worries.
After Marshall’s explanation, Bai Yi’s team could finally breath a sigh of relief.
“Since it isn’t hard to operate the ship, is the ship still here?” Bai Yi’s suspicion wasn’t baseless. Wellington was close to the seaport. From what Bai Yi knew, many people had tried to escape from New Zealand in various ways when the activated cells erupted. Many ships at the seaport in Wellington had already been taken away and steered toward Australia. As for what happened to those people, it wasn’t something they were concerned about.
“It couldn’t be steered away, Big Tummy was undergoing maintenance back then and 3 of its turbine engines were taken down temporarily. It would be strange if it could be steered away!” Marshall laughed loudly. Without using soul power to speak, his voice just sounded like a mess of random vibrations.
After Marshal explained, Bai Yi’s team finally knew that to operate the Big Tummy. They still had to equip the 3 turbine engines back onto the cargo ship. As for how would they do that, it was of course up to Marshall to teach them the procedure. Moreover, there were still the original workers at the shipyard among the ghosts, and they could assist them as well. However, it was just verbal assistance, and all the manual labour still had to be done by the living.
“Captain Marshall, why are you so willing to help us like this?” Bai Yi asked afterward.
“Do I still need a reason for that? I already heard about everything from Mavis, you guys are working hard for the future of all surviving humans. Even if I’m already dead, this kind of small help isn’t an issue to me,” Marshall said magnanimously.
“Thank you!” Bai Yi said seriously.
Since they already had the cargo ship, what they had to do now was to fix the ship according to Marshall’s instructions. Although Marshall said that the ship wasn’t damaged, and they were just doing regular maintenance on it, Bai Yi’s team had never touched a ship before. So, they were still very confused. It was already inconvenient for ghosts and humans to interact in the first place. In addition to the lack of electricity in the shipyard, Bai Yi’s team had to do everything manually. After struggling for more than 3 weeks, they finally fixed back the first turbine engine.
During this period of time, they really suffered badly trying to fix the engine.
After they fixed first turbine engine, the remaining two were easier to do. It was a lot faster to fix those two since they already had the experience from the first one. Even so, they still took two full weeks to do so. By then, one and a half month had passed since Bai Yi’s team had left the snow valley, and they weren’t sure about the progress of the other teams.
With Marshall’s guidance, the cargo ship was finally switched on again, and all the humans and ghosts cheered happily together at this accomplishment. At this time, Bai Yi was just like a worker in a car garage, his entire body covered in oil stains. His usual ‘leader’ appearance was thrown away beyond the nine heavens. Even Woolf and Raymond weren’t as dirty and messy as Bai Yi now.
“Finally, let’s go! We’ve finally repaired this big guy, so let’s go back to Wellington and throw a party,” Bai Yi said understandingly.
“That’s an awesome idea!” Woolf and Raymond of course agreed with him.
After talking, the two of them dragged the corpses of a few sea monsters down from the ship and threw it on top of a run-down cargo truck. Over this period of time, Bai Yi’s team had encountered many aquatic monsters, and there was even a bird-type monster that made its nest on top of the ship. When these monsters tried to target them, they of course unabashedly killed these monsters and turned them into their food.
The run-down cargo truck started and gave a grinding rumble, driving off into the city. This was one of the gains that Bai Yi’s team had acquired over this period of time. They finally found a vehicle that could still move. However, they didn’t drive the truck for too long a distance. They had to be very careful of other lifeforms entering the city, especially that bunch of Giant Devil Mosquitos. Rumbling noises were extremely dangerous to have around them.
Cautiously dragging the preys that they had hunted toward the city center, they finally relaxed when they reached their destination. This place was the territory of the vengeful spirits, so the Giant Devil Mosquitos wouldn’t come to this place. Then, Bai Yi discovered with some surprise that there was an additional person among the members that stayed back to guard the place.
“Hello, I am Nancy, a Medicinal Maker.”
“Hello, I am Bai Yi.”
“Hehe I knew that long ago. I’ve long heard of Bai Yi team leader’s great fame.” Nancy nodded. She heard about Bai Yi from various channels. In particular, she heard a lot from Yu Han’s mouth in the period of time before. Now that she saw Bai Yi lathered in oil, looking sloppy and casual, the image of Bai Yi in Nancy’s head changed slightly again.
“Is it? I’m not sure what you heard about me?” Bai Yi smiled and asked.
“Oh? What does Bai Yi team leader think I heard?” Nancy replied with a question intentionally. Just like Vala said, Bai Yi was a very amiable and approachable team leader. He didn’t put on much airs around him and was very easy-going. The two of them chatted randomly like they were already familiar with each other, as the rest of them dragged the preys into their villa.
“You are really lucky Nancy, we happened to catch a few preys while fixing the ship. Now that the ship is fully fixed, we intend to throw a party to celebrate, want to come with us?” Bai Yi invited.
“Sure! Thanks!” Nancy didn’t reject him.
Bai Yi didn’t ask anything about Nancy’s background. Instead, he just treated her like a friend that he had met by chance. After bringing the preys into the villa’s kitchen, Bai Yi started to display his culinary skills and prepared a delicious feast for them. During this period of time, Momo, Vala, and the few others who stayed back in the city had some decent harvests as well. This villa that was still very well-furnished was one of them.
Bai Yi didn’t have the chance to use such modern kitchen appliances for a long time. After taking in a deep breath, he started to prepare delicious food for the party with a smile on his face.
The rest of them smelled the delicious aroma of the food wafting out from the kitchen, and their saliva almost flowed out of their mouths. After the change in New Zealand, it was very rare for them to able to eat a good meal. As for Nancy, she became even more curious about Bai Yi. Somebody with such great fame was actually a chef?
This party went on from the evening all the way deep into the night. Not just all those who were living, but many ghosts came to this place as well. There were so many ghosts in this place, causing this place to become very eerie with shadows of ghosts flickering about the place, but nobody felt afraid here. On the contrary, everyone was chatting happily with these ghosts.
A few of the ghosts were originally chefs and gave pointers to Bai Yi’s culinary skills, telling him what to do at which step to make his food even more delectable. To speak of it, although Bai Yi was a chef, he couldn’t be considered a top-tier chef. He was just somebody who could cook more delicious food. After getting the guidance from these old ghost chefs, Bai Yi immediately tried to learn from them humbly. However, it wasn’t really possible for him to learn much at this time, and it just helped them to get along better.
As for the rest of them, they all found their own topics to talk about and chatted happily with each other. The distance between humans and ghosts seemed to completely disappear in those moments.
At midnight, Bai Yi and a few others immediately turned their heads to look toward the outside. Very quickly, all those who had more acute senses felt that something was coming. That something was very powerful.
‘Da, da, da’. Soft but heavy footsteps slowly headed toward this villa and a terrifying and sinister monster appeared before their eyes. The monster was more than 5 meters long, 2 meters tall, and its giant mouth seemed to split open from the sides. It seemed like another mouth opened wide and grew from the side of its head, revealing all of its sharp fangs on the outside.
All of them were stunned, as they looked at this monster. Nancy, who was closest to the monster, was practically rooted to the spot from fear.
“Sharpei!” Momo shouted with joy and ran toward the monster, hugging it tightly with love.
“Welcome back Sharpei!” Bai Yi also came in front of the monster and patted Sharpei’s head lightly, while Momo hung her entire body around Sharpei’s neck. Facing such a terrifying monster, their intimate actions made everyone blank out from shock.