or a while, he couldn’t see which side had the upper hand.

Ruan Xian raised the muzzle of his gun and his eyes fixed on the movements of the abdominal muscles.

Indiscriminately attacking them would only irritate them.
He must seize the moment— The success of in the ruins was purely fate, and if it weren’t for those steel beams on the ceiling, Ruan Xian didn’t think he could handle the kind of thing in front of him.

After a burst of gunfire, a shrill wail pierced Ruan Xian’s ears.
One of the bloated abdomens stopped moving.
The actions of the other gradually slowed down.
Tang Yibu held a gun in one hand and supported Chi Ge, whose legs were weak, with his other.
He leaped over the belly of the strange insect again and ran towards Ruan Xian.
Xiao Ding jumped up and quickly followed Tang Yibu closely.

The abdomen of the insect was originally soft, and after some fighting, it was wrapped in a lot of mucus.
Ding Zepeng stagged and fell straight down from the two-meter-high insect abdomen.

Tang Yibu stopped immediately, turned his head and fired a few more shots.
The bug seemed to be dizzy as it waved its feet without the slightest inclination to escape.
Its thick abdomen suddenly deflated, and three scorpion-tail-like things burst out from the bulging abdomen and stabbed Ding Zepeng.

“It’s a tail stinger.
This thing wants to die with us!” Chi Ge shouted in a hoarse voice.
“231, use explosives.
Bomb it!”

“It’s already blind.” Tang Yibu’s voice was steady as he continued shooting.
“The explosion will attract detection birds, which isn’t the best solution.

“The patrol time for the detection bird is still approaching.
We’ll still have time to hide!” Seeing Ding Zepeng struggled to stand up, his face paled and he dragged his legs forward.
Chi Ge’s voice became sharp.
“Xiao Ding! You brat, come here!”

The monster was already covered in gunshot wounds.
It was a few steps behind Ding Zepeng as it bit down.
Its broken black sickle-like feet were waving while the mucus-stained stingers were poking frantically.
Ding Zepeng pursed his mouth and look towards them.
Instead of approaching, he began to lead it away.

“Where are you going? Get back!” Chi Ge roared as he watched the monster left his range.
“231.
Explosives.
Bomb it.
This is an order!”

“I can only properly carry two people.
Now that the three of you are all in a state of inconvenience, when the explosion attract the detection bird, one person is destined to fail to escape the reconnaissance.
It takes five minutes to kill a ventral cockroach, while the patrol will take five minutes and forty seconds.
There is a surplus of forty seconds.
In theory, all the crew can survive… If Ding Zepeng is unfortunately sacrificed, I will immediately take you two to hide.”

“…Use the explosives first.
Bomb it, then take those two boys away.
I give you my authorization.” Chi Ge shook off Tang Yibu’s arm and sat on the ground panting.
“You can’t take risks with Xiao Ding.
They are still young.
If someone has to die, I should be the one.”

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“No.” Tang Yibu’s movements didn’t stop.
“I must choose the plan with the highest collective survival rate.
This is the rule.”

His voice was calm and unwavering.

“You—” Chi Ge was so angry he lost his breath and almost dropped the gun in his hand.

“Xiao Ding, come here!” Ruan Xian suddenly raise his voice.
“231 has a way—!”

Hearing that “231” had a way, Ding Zepeng honestly changed direction and limped towards them who were just a few hundred meters away.

“What are you doing?! I told you…” Chi Ge was about to divert his anger but suddenly fell to the ground softly, as if he lost consciousness.

Tang Yibu glanced at Ruan Xian meaningfully.

“He has lost too much blood.
His physiological reaction won’t lie.
You were also waiting for him to faint, weren’t you?” Ruan Xian sighed.

It was now.

His heart beat like a drum and his ears was full of sound of blood flowing.
Ruan Xian gasped desperately, holding onto the muzzle of the gun with both hands.
Time flow seemed to slow down, and the monster’s movement were clear and slow.

Combining wind speed, weapon status, and distance, he found that he could predict where the bullet would hit.
It felt wonderful, abnormal but natural, as if it came from instinct and the calculation process was almost negligible.

It was like bending over to pick up a fallen leaf.

This feeling had appeared in the ruins before, but this time it was particularly strong.

In Ding Zepeng’s shocked eyes, Ruan Xian fired at the monster behind him.
Outside the young man’s field of vision, every bullet hit the place where Tang Yibu had hit.

The damage suddenly doubled, and the frantic abdominal movement stagnated for a few seconds.

Tang Yibu took the opportunity to rush forward and knocked Ding Zepeng aside while firing— The latter didn’t get up again after falling.
Ruan Xian was pretty sure he saw Tang Yibu put away something similar to a needleless syringe.

Tang Yibu dropped his gun.

“Hit the columnar structure below its mouth!” The patterned smile on his face disappeared as Tang Yibu stepped onto the abdomen of the cockroach.

Ruan Xian didn’t hesitate.

After being hit in its sensitive area, the crazy ventral cockroach instinctively curled up.
This action caused its stingers to shrink back and its abdomen to swell again.
Tang Yibu directly clung to a stinger and tore it off cleanly, bringing out a large bunch of viscous internal organs.
Before the ventral cockroach had time to react, he used the stinger as a weapon and nailed the soft abdomen of the ventral cockroach to the soil fiercely.

The entire process was rough and precise, like a fierce beast hunting.

Just like Ruan Xian had seen before, the ruptured abdomen quickly stopped moving.

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Tang Yibu clapped his hands, put the gun on the ground back on his belt, and then picked up Ding Zepeng.
He easily returned the way he came and placed the unconscious Ding Zepeng next to the unconscious Chi Ge.

“What should I do now?” Holding back the shock and tension, Ruan Xian asked in a steady tone.
“There’s less than a minute left.
I can’t move yet.
Can’t you move three people?”

“I’ll control their coma time to two hours.” Tang Yibu spread his hands.
“That should be enough.”

“According to the conversation you just had, the detection bird…”

“Yes, that’s them.” Tang Yibu’s irritating introductory tone reappeared as he pointed to the flock of birds flying their way.

Then he simply made a gesture.

The flock of birds turned a little and flew away from the area.
A single bird flew out of the unusually neat flock, flapping its wings and descended, stopping on Tang Yibu’s index finger.

“Detection birds.” Tang Yibu stretched out his hand slightly and showed it to Ruan Xian.
“The city uses this to detect human traces.”

The shape of the detection bird was a bit like a sparrow, with brown and gray feathers, which made it an excellent camouflage in the woods.
Its head had no eyes or beak, only a camera-like structure in the middle, and its body was not much different from a real living bird.

Ruan Xian forcibly held back his shudder and observed it as calmly as possible.

Tang Yibu was flat-faced and rubbed the deformed head of the bird with his fingers.

“Since it is used to detect human traces, what about Chi Ge and Xiao Ding?” Ruan Xian specifically excluded himself.

“They will not be discovered.”

Tang Yibu retracted his hand and let the probing bird fly back into the sky.

“…I used my administrative rights to rewrite the exploration log of the birds.”

Ruan Xian turned his face mechanically.

‘You must hide it,’ he thought.
The reason for Tang Yibu to silence him so he won’t be exposed seemed to have just increase by another count.

The author has something to say:

Yes, this is a love story between a range + (?) melee.
Before, a friend asked who fights better.
Under normal circumstances, they are evenly matched… It mainly depends on the terrain√

But Mr.
Ruan’s current strength hasn’t been fully unlocked XD

Thank you all for your support (*/ω\*)

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