o it.

This was a test.

Ruan Xian didn’t push away the hand this time.
He smiled as his right hand leaned into his thin white coat.

Three shots rang out causing Lei Ge to gasp.
Before his hand could move away from Ruan Xian’s waist, there was a few blood marks on his body.

A bullet grazed his temple and flew over his ear causing blood to trickle down his cheek.
The other two left two red marks on his neck.
The intersection of the two red marks happened to be the location of his carotid artery.

And he didn’t even see the movements of the beautiful young man clearly.

As soon as the man who claimed to be Lei Ge raised his fist, the muzzle of the gun was already pointed at his heart.

“You and Gang Ge have a good relationship and you seem to be of great character.
If you were to die here like this… How do you say it? It would also be quite wasteful.” Ruan Xian smiled politely again, but with the cold muzzle pointing, the smile completely had a different change of feeling.
“By the way, the one behind me belongs to me.
You don’t have to worry about him anymore.”

Tang Yibu was still squatting behind him, leisurely raising the half-asleep cat with both hands.
The cat hissed with dissatisfaction as all its fur stood up.

“Refusing a toast to only drink a forfeit*?” Lei Ge’s face darkened and spat at Ruan Xian’s feet with thick phlegm.
“There will come a time when you cry and beg for mercy in the future.”

*(敬酒不吃吃罚酒) Metaphor referring to being constrained to do what one at first declined.
|| Basically, he’s saying you’ll be sorry for refusing me this time and you’ll come around later after you regret.

“Good morning to you too.” Ruan Xian’s smile as the muzzle remained motionless.

The indifference on Gang Zi’s face vanished.
When he was sure the Lei Ge had disappeared into the corner of the ruins, he looked at Ruan Xian with complicated eyes.

“I guess Yu Le didn’t like the gentleman just now very much.” Ruan Xian put away his gun, let the cat go from Tang Yibu’s hand, and then pulled up the android who wanted engraved “soft and harmless” on his face.

“Well, as the captain said that there is a price to pay for killing people,” Gang Zi replied ambiguously.

Ruan Xian smiled briefly.

If the two of them were greedy for comfort, they wouldn’t lose face with the potential “backer” just now, and everyone would still be at peace.
They were “somewhat capable”, no matter how big or small, there would always be a bit of conflict.
There wouldn’t be too many good law-abiding citizens around here.
Lei Ge, the guy who was used as a “test” was undoubtedly worried about his life.
Perhaps he could use his life and add some foreign debt to the two of them so that that Yu Le could sit back and enjoy the fruits of other’s work.

However, Ruan Xian was in a good mood and this test undoubtedly gave him a chance.
An opportunity to naturally reveal his strength.

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Most likely the people who were on the Mainbrain’s side were at the middle and high levels, and his target, Tu Rui was undoubtedly also a high-level person.

It was necessary for him to reach him.

Seeing Ruan Xian no longer speaking, Gang Zi turned around again.
“This way, please.”

This time the burly man’s tone sounded much more polite.

Their destination was a well-preserved warehouse.
There were a lot of round spherical machines raised in it.
They bumped around in the fence, biting at the metal fragments on the edge.
Gang Zi tightened the chain, pulled one out of the fence, and stuffed it with a half-round bit.

Putting the coconut-sized spherical machine into the iron cage, he waved at the two of them and led them up the spiral staircase.

“According to the rules, I have to explain the situation to you two at this time.”

When he reached the surface of the Sea of Ruins, Gang Zi looked solemn in the sun.
He got a modified three-wheeled truck, hurriedly threw the cage with spherical machine into the body of the truck, and then pointed far away.

“You don’t need to gamble your life this time, the Walking Stones will give you support.
I’ll take you two to the deep diving wharf later, or the same place as last time.
It was the hospital, right? It’s enough to figure out which building.
Well, you only need to bring medicine and flickering grass, and the rest is yours.”

Ruan Xian’s expression became serious.
He didn’t look at Gang Zi but stared straight at where Gang Zi was pointing.

“Oh, you saw it.” Gang Zi grinned.
“That’s the Annihilation Point.”

There was a pitch-black round hole in the direction Gang Zi was pointing.

It just hung in the air, sucking in all the light, and it was so black that it made people’s hearts throbbed.
They were still far from the end of the Sea of Ruins, but the unknown sense of oppression still felt suffocating.
The Sea of Ruins was rumbling forward towards the hollow, like a giant python that slowly sinking into a cave.

“The Mainbrain did it, but I don’t know why.
Anyways, it can only absorb inanimate objects.”

Gang Zi patted the iron cage containing the mechanical life.

“Now the place where you are diving is only about six kilometers away from the Annihilation Point, so you have to bring this with you.
We call it an iron bead.
If the annihilation point is too close, it will scream loudly, then you need to quickly send a signal and we’ll throw the diving suit over.”

“It can only attract lifeless ruins, so what happens when a living body comes into contact with it?” Ruan Xian asked quietly.
He stared at the round void that made people’s hair stood up and already had a faint answer in his heart.

“What do you think? They’ll just be crushed.
There were some people who weren’t afraid of death, so we have to dragged back half their corpses.
It’s really half their body.
From the head to the brain, everything was separated in the middle.” Gang Zi gestured with his two big hands.
“If it weren’t for the flickering grass that likes to grow around there, who would want to run over there.
No offense guys, but as rookies, you have to do the dirty work.”

“Understood.” Ruan Xian stepped into the body of the car.

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Tang Yibu leaned against the frame of the car.
He stared at the dark Annihilation Point in the distance for a while and turned his face to the side.
The contour of his side face was soft and curved, making it easy for people to feel good about his appearance.

He blinked at Gang Zi and spoke in a worried tone.
“How long will we have to work? When can we do some indoor work?”

This guy probably just wants to start his observation plan early, Ruan Xian thought with a sullen face.

Unsurprisingly, Gang Zi was deceived.
“We don’t pay much attention to it.
Let’s explore for a week.
We should have gathered enough by then.
After that, it depends on what you two want to do.”

After that, he looked at Ruan Xian.
“Your strength is pretty good and I’m not just flattering you.
Keep the valuable good and don’t exchange them out too early.
If you can come back alive, you’ll be eligible to participate in the rally.
I’m stupid so I can’t explain it well.
Lao Tu will make it clear to you then.”

“Make what clear?”

The burly man smiled, and his smile lined up perfectly against the sunshine and the void behind him, which made a rather weird sight.

“What else can it be?” Gang Zhi bared his yellowish teeth.
“Make it clear how to take two more breaths under the watchful eyes of the Order Supervisors.
If it weren’t for survival, who would navigate an entire ship these days?”

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Ruan in the eyes of the pirates: super fierce.

Tang in the eyes of the pirates: super soft.

Expose your strength and pay attention to a Tian Ji horse racing* (×

*Tian Ji is a famous general of the Qi state during the Warring States period.
There’s a story about him regarding horse racing strategy which based on Game Theory.
You can follow the link to learn more about it or read my Kinky Thoughts.

Kinky Thoughts:

For those who didn’t click on the link to learn about the game theory of Tian Ji horse racing, the TLDR is this:

Tian Ji and the King of Qi often horse race with the rules being each bring 3 horses and whoever wins 2/3 wins.
Each of the 3 horses are ranked as, shit, good, best.
Being the King of Qi his horses are often a little better than Tian Ji’s horses, thus Tian Ji keeps losing because he had always matched the horse’s ranks to the King of Qi’s horses when they race, until one day Sun Bin learns about it and ask Tian Ji to bring him with him when he horseraces next time.
Sun Bin then proposes to Tian Ji to race like this:

Use his shit horse to race against the King of Qi’s best horse. Use the best horse to race against the King of Qi’s good horse. Use the good horse to race against the King of Qi’s shit horse.

In this way, Tian Ji finally beats the King of Qi.

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