Chapter 90: Prayer
Bai Yi’s group finally escaped from the research facility, and behind them, a large proportion of those monsters that had already escaped from the research facility rushed back inside again. Only those that had run further away didn’t run back due to the enticing smell becoming very diluted in the space outside.
Inside the research facility, the corpse of the Progenitor was buried underneath all the flesh and blood, and when these flesh and blood came into contact with the Progenitor’s corpse, it gradually started to give off that enticing smell as well. Although the smell wasn’t as strong as the one given off by the Progenitor, it still drew all the experimental monsters to rush to that location crazily. At the center of everything, was half of the Progenitor’s body floating inside all the flesh and blood.
Bai Yi’s group looked towards the research facility and stayed silent for a long time… Tongariro National Park Research Facility!
In that place, countless things were buried inside.
After leaving the research facility, they looked at the outside world in shock. This was originally a national park that was more than 90% untouched and wholly natural, but now they couldn’t recognize this place at all. All the vegetation here were extraordinary lush, and this lush forest was filled with tranquillity and life.
Just like they thought earlier, these rapidly-growing plants after assimilating with the activated cells became the cornerstone of New Zealand’s new food chain.
“Let’s go and find a remote place first.” Bai Yi said to everyone.
Honestly speaking, there was a lot of luck involved in being able to escape from the research facility this time. If not for the Progenitor suddenly releasing that enticing smell, they probably wouldn’t have been able to escape so easily. The Progenitor was the source of all the evolution in New Zealand. It wouldn’t be strange if the Progenitor’s body was extremely useful to all evolved lifeforms, and they would all be tempted to devour her body.
It was extremely hard to walk in the forest, and even though they managed to escape, their bodies were still full of injuries. Hence, they didn’t walk too far either and the group of them stopped at an outcrop of rocks. Due to there being more rocks here, the vegetation was relatively less dense. After clearing out an empty space, everyone stopped and prepared to set up camp here. A monster that they didn’t know if it was an escaped experimental monster or just an evolved lifeform from the outside wandered into Bai Yi’s group. This monster was then unfortunately killed by Bai Yi and became their meal for this period of time.
Everyone had injuries on them, and those with heavy injuries waited for Mavis to treat them while the others with lighter injuries stayed quietly in this temporary campsite.
Everyone had already received their treatment, and now they could only wait for their injuries to heal naturally. All of them gathered into a circle, and the sky slowly darkened, the campfire in the center illuminating all of their faces.
Bai Yi took out the protective case, and took out a few syringes from the secret compartment by the side.
Prototy original form drug – even if they fused with genes from other monsters, it would not result in changes in their physical bodies. This kind of drug wasn’t completely successfully developed, but it was approaching completion. This was their purpose of heading to Tongariro National Park Research Facility. However, nobody imagined that they would experience so much tragedy and horror during this process.
Bai Yi raised his head, and sighed deeply.
None of them disturbed Bai Yi. As the leader of this team, he was the one that bore with the most hurt and stress during this journey. Teammates, friends, the one he loved… The fact that he could still remain standing here already showed how strong he was. Suddenly, Bai Yi stretched out both his hands and slowly grabbed onto Momo and Mavis by his side. Everyone looked at Bai Yi in puzzlement.
“I don’t believe in God... but... I suddenly want to pray for once!”
Everyone heard and was suddenly taken aback, but still held their hands and stood in a circle with a pious atmosphere. Even Sharpei and Pupu weren’t excluded this time, and the sat on the floor with everyone else. The campfire burned quietly, and everyone closed their eyes, peaceful and serene.
“I’m thankful that we met, and being able to become friends that we can trust our backs with. Thank you everyone for fighting and struggling together, it’s because of these efforts that we can still be standing here right now. We will always treasure all the friends that we have painfully lost along the way, and carry their hopes as we persevere on with life. Last but not least, I hope that all of us can survive, and return to a safe and peaceful world.” Bai Yi slowly said, and everyone’s hearts became solemn and tranquil.
After Bai Yi finished praying, everyone slowly opened their eyes again.
At this time, all of them looked towards the few syringes in the center. It was all because of these things that everyone struggled to this extent, and lost so many friends in the process.
“Let’s inject them!” Bai Yi said, and grabbed a syringe.
Honestly speaking, nobody knew if these things would still be effective to them who had already turned into monsters, but even if for the sake of not letting the sacrifices of their friends be in vain, everyone would still choose to administer the drug. Moreover, everyone still had a little bit of hope inside. Maybe this thing would really be useful.
Mavis was still the most experienced in giving injections, and this thing probably couldn’t be randomly injected into the body. The process was quite simple for most of them, but Mavis met with a problem when trying to give Woolf the injection. Woolf’s armoured skin was now incredibly hard, this kind of small needle couldn’t possibly pierce his skin.
Woolf looked at everyone staring all over his body. He was suddenly stunned for a moment and held his butt. “No! Over my dead body!”
Everyone’s expressions instantly became strange. This guy, can your imagination not be so active? Just what were you thinking of? Seeing Woolf fooling around again, Heloise kicked him in the butt and he fell flat onto the floor. Mavis then walked over to him holding the syringe.
After injecting the drug, Bai Yi opened the protective case again and took out the flesh that he cut off from the Progenitor. Honestly speaking, the Progenitor’s meat didn’t seem fresh at all, and looked completely like the flesh of a dried corpse. Due to her eruption before, she practically shot out the entire essence of her body. However, it was this dried meat that was unbelievably enticing to all the experimental monsters.
The moment the soccer-ball sized chunk of meat was taken out, all of their breathings became heavy again.
Bai Yi took the kitchen knife from behind his back and split the meat into seven equal pieces, and placed them on top of a pile of wood. Bai Yi did not plan to cook this thing. One must know that for many type of ingredients if the chef didn’t know how to cook it properly, the ingredient would lose a lot of its nutritional value.
“I don’t know what the use of the thing is, but I think just from the enticing power of this thing towards us, we can imagine that it’s not ordinary. However, the more tempting something is, the more dangerous it is likely to be. So let’s discuss about this. Should we or should we not eat this?” Bai Yi looked at everyone and said seriously. In truth, there was actually no need for Bai Yi to ask. Everyone’s expressions already betrayed their thoughts.
“Ok then, I know everyone’s answer. However, we should still have one of us try it first.”
“Me, I’ll do it!” Woolf suddenly said and without waiting for Bai Yi to reject him, he immediately grabbed a piece and threw it inside that terrifying huge mouth of his.
Everyone didn’t know whether to laugh or cry at Woolf’s actions, but after Woolf swallowed it, all of them quietly looked at Woolf, waiting for his reaction.
“So tough and old, very dry too, it’s not very tasty. But I just want to eat it, this is so weird.” Woolf chewed vigorously on that piece of meat and said. Within a few seconds, that piece of dried meat disappeared from Woolf’s mouth. After Woolf had swallowed the meat, everyone stared at Woolf, silently waiting to see if anything abnormal would happen to him.
However, even after more than half an hour, there weren’t any changes in Woolf. At this time, the number of experimental monsters that got attracted by the smell already started to surround them. As for Woolf, he just continued looking at the other six pieces of meat at the center, his saliva continuously flowing down from his mouth.
Isn’t it not tasty!
“Bai Yi, let’s stop waiting.” Heloise said to Bai Yi.
Bai Yi looked at everyone’s eyes, and they were all filled with desire towards the meat. Since Woolf already ate the meat, if something really happened then they just had to face it all together. Bai Yi nodded, and everyone immediately rushed for the meat in the center, their movements shockingly fast. Apparently, these guys could no longer rein in their desire.
Bai Yi didn’t know whether to laugh or cry, but took the last remaining piece of meat and observed for a while, putting it into his mouth afterwards. Just like Woolf said, the meat really wasn’t tasty. It stunk and was very dry and rough. However, strangely everyone’s bodies desired this thing more than anything else. Even if they thought that it wasn’t tasty, they still chewed on it voraciously.
Just when they swallowed the meat, the smell gradually dissipated and the evolved lifeforms rushing here sniffed the air in puzzlement, finally leaving to search in other places in disappointment.
After finishing the meat, everyone sat quietly in a circle, not doing anything and silently felt for changes in their bodies. Based on their guesses, it was so tempting and also the flesh of the Progenitor. It probably had a huge use to lifeforms like them who assimilated with the activated cells from the Progenitor.
One hour, two hours… after three hours had passed, everyone looked at each other in puzzlement.
Weird, other than the strange desire while eating it, there doesn’t seem to be any other changes after eating it. Even after so long, there weren’t any responses from their bodies.
“No need to mind this matter anymore. If there were really any changes, we would’ve discovered them immediately anyway. Now, let’s discuss what we should do next.” Bai Yi said in the end, pulling everyone’s confused thoughts back to reality.