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When Li Weilan heard her murmuring something, he chuckled quietly to himself. Her voice was so soft, gentle like a cloud, that he almost thought he misheard her.
“Of course it’s Mother…” She seemed to mutter these words.
Li Weilan thought he was hallucinating. What? Mother?
Could it be that her young appearance was just an illusion, and her soul outside this body was already old enough to be his mother?
But… can’t she break her habit of wanting others to call her mother? The first time could be a joke, but this was the second time.
Maybe he misheard her.
Realizing that he might have heard her self-talk clearly, the girl’s voice suddenly grew louder in the air, and she spoke confidently, “I mean, I am the mother of Noah Base! After all, I saved your life, and I am the most important person to you, right?”
Li Weilan nodded dumbly, “Of course, that’s right, but I felt like you meant something else just now.”
“That’s okay,” the girl’s voice sounded a bit cheerful, “between the two of us, we don’t need to be too concerned about what kind of relationship we have. You just need to know that you are the most important person in my life, and I am the most important person to you.”
Li Weilan fell silent for a moment, his gaze gradually shifting from confusion to determination. He nodded and said in a deep voice, “You’re right. You are the most important person to me.”
When Shen Cheng started speaking, she was a little bit nervous, but the more she thought about it, the more she felt that her description was wonderful: now the game occupies almost all of her leisure time, except for setting up a stall to sell things or taking care of her cub. In her life, her relationships with other people are not too close, so her cub is the most important person to her!
She didn’t lie to him at all! She wasn’t nervous at all! She told the truth!
There was even a subtle sweetness in Li Weilan’s heart.
This kind of sweetness made him not even want to try what he had planned before. After all, for him, this little bit of sweetness in his difficult life was already enough.
He even felt that holding hands with her was soft and comfortable, making him want to float.
Even if… it’s just an empty shell, knowing that it is somewhere around him is enough to comfort him.
It takes about five hours from the base to the lake. When the two arrived at the lake, it was already pitch black, with only moonlight reflecting on the water.
At night, the area near the lake is very cold.
The full moon was hanging high in the sky, reflecting on the calm lake. In the faint ripples, it seemed that there were unknown creatures swimming lightly, occasionally revealing a ripple on the surface.
The dark back and the gray part that vaguely protruded from the water’s surface were indistinct and blurry under the misty cover of the water’s surface.
When Li Weilan and Shen Cheng arrived at the lake, they could even faintly hear the sounds of mutant beasts in the distance.
The best way to drive away wild beasts is to make a fire, but on the wasteland, making a fire may attract even more terrible things – zombie waves.
No matter how powerful an ability user is, once they get caught in a zombie wave, their abilities may be exhausted and they may fail.
So the usual way for espers to spend the night is to find a place with walls to block their backs, take turns keeping watch, and ensure safety for each other.
Shen Cheng remembers clearly that when she checked out the location called “Abandoned Lake” before, the description of its danger level was “extremely high.” This means that there is likely to be high-level mutant beasts or even high-level zombies lurking around.
When Li Weilan saw a house by the lake, which seemed to be the residence of the former forest rangers, he took a distant look and estimated that the house was about four or five meters away from the lake, so it should be relatively safe.
He planned to take a short rest with Shen Cheng in the house that night and then catch some fish the next day.
However, when they approached the house, Li Weilan’s keen hearing picked up a slight sound coming from inside. He listened carefully and his expression changed when he heard human voices from inside!
Just as he approached, the person inside seemed to be extremely sensitive as well. The door was pulled open from the inside and with a “whoosh,” an extremely sharp crossbow arrow shot towards Li Weilan’s direction!
He dodged to the side, and the person inside let out a cry of surprise. Seeing that Li Weilan was unharmed, the person apologized but still held onto the crossbow arrow, asking “Are you human?”
What kind of question is that?
Li Weilan didn’t get angry but instead smiled and raised an eyebrow, glancing at the crossbow in the person’s hand.
The person in the house pressed the crossbow arrow down slightly, revealing a heroic face and a head with a slight tinge of orange.
He didn’t seem too old, but the arrow that flew over was both fierce and sharp.
This person was a lone ranger.
After a quick glance inside the house, Li Weilan immediately made this judgment.
The boy’s hand holding the crossbow loosened a bit, and he asked with some hesitation, “Are you really humans?”
Li Weilan nodded as he saw that the boy had no intention of attacking anymore and said in a deep voice, “If you don’t plan to fight, then put down your bow and arrows.”
The boy slowly and awkwardly put down his bow and arrows.
After Li Weilan settled down with Shen Cheng, even though he knew that this might not be her body and she might not even feel anything, the first thing Li Weilan did after the two entered the room was to clean up a chair, blow off the dust on it, and let Shen Cheng sit down first. His behavior actually made the boy who used the crossbow more relaxed, but he still went over to close the door first, lowered his voice and said to Li Weilan and Shen Cheng, “I’m sorry, I’m not making things up.” He looked around and whispered, “Do you know, this place…it’s haunted!”
Li Weilan naturally didn’t believe in ghosts.
They had been in the lab for such a long time. If there were really ghosts in this world, they would probably have been used by those people to conduct experiments to study whether they were a kind of alternative ability manifestation.
Moreover, was there even such a thing as ghosts in the apocalypse?
It was probably a joke.
If you had to talk about ghosts, there was a living, unnatural existence right in front of them. She wasn’t even scared, so what could ghosts be?
Li Weilan just gave him a casual glance and said, “Oh,” completely indifferent, and asked, “What kind of ghost is it?”
“Um… let’s close the door first,” the boy swallowed, looking at the chilly night outside.
Without him saying anything, Li Weilan also felt that the wind outside was a bit strong.
Perhaps because they were by the lake, and there was a small grove nearby, standing here, one could indeed feel the slightly chilly wind blowing over from the lake.
He turned back and closed the door before sitting down to listen to the boy’s question about ghosts.
“Before you guys came,” the boy swallowed nervously, staring tightly at the door, “the door has been knocked four times.”
He suddenly thought of something, his face turned pale, “Was it you guys joking with me?”
They certainly didn’t have the leisure to do that.
Judging from the boy’s appearance, he didn’t seem to be making it up. So, the door was really knocked?
“It’s not us,” Li Weilan frowned, “then what happened?”
The boy probably didn’t do it either. His question only made him more worried. “The first time, I went to open the door and saw nothing outside. I thought it was my imagination, so I squinted for a while. Just a few minutes after I closed my eyes, it knocked again. I went to open the door, but no one was there, and I was scared awake. The third time, I waited by the door and saw clearly through the keyhole that there was nothing outside. Just now, when I asked who it was, no one answered. It was only when you knocked on the door that it came straight at us! I’m sorry, it’s not about you two!”
Li Weilan gave him a strange look.
It was normal even if it was them.
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After all, they were strangers and meeting in the wasteland. It was only natural to test the waters and exchange some handshakes.
And this was still a young boy.
Thinking of this, Li Weilan was a little less dissatisfied with his inexplicable arrow just now.
Shen Cheng was calm from beginning to end: because the boy always showed a greenish-yellow color!
At this moment, after finishing this series of words, he completely became a friendly green!
But what he said was indeed strange. If they were indoors and heard four knocks but no one was there… it would make people suspect it was a ghost or someone playing a prank!
However, after the evolution of various abilities in the post-apocalyptic world, it is impossible to say which type of ability this could be. Although the boy used an arrow, he himself was a wind ability user. The reason the arrow flew so fast was because it was attached with wind ability. As an ability user, he was actually afraid of ghosts, which was rare.
After the boy finished speaking and saw that they were all calm, he breathed a sigh of relief.
He blushed and touched his head, saying, “My name is Xu Zhou, a wind ability user. How do you two address each other? Are you lovers?”
Seeing the man so gentle and considerate, and even wiping the chair first, Xu Zhou felt that his observation should not be wrong.
Who knew that when he asked this question, the usual way lovers would happily answer, but it was met with the man’s hesitation and the woman’s continued poker face.
Huh? Are they quarreling?
He was about to say something, but he heard three knocks on the door, which Li Weilan and Shen Cheng heard clearly!
Since Shen Cheng had materialized her projection body, her game screen and body shared the same vision, which meant that she had lost the cheating ability of using the perspective lens as a “prophet” indoors, and in exchange, she had a whole set of Druid skills.
Shen Cheng cautiously transformed into a bear and transformed into a big brown bear rolling on the ground, and walked unsteadily to open the door.
“!!!” A big transformation!
Shen Cheng was startled.
Even Li Weilan, who didn’t know what skills her body had, was also surprised. But when he saw her chubby figure, he couldn’t help but imagine if this was her true form.
Shen Cheng, with her agile movements, opened the door and carefully looked around for a while. She turned around and blinked innocently at Li Weilan, “???” The bear’s vision was not very clear. It seemed that she should have turned into a cheetah…
But the skill to turn into other animals was still on cooldown, so she was stuck in the bear’s body for now!
Li Weilan walked over.
The entrance was quiet, and there was indeed nothing there.
Although it did take Shen Cheng some time to use her skills on herself, in such a short time…if there was anyone, how could they have escaped their ears?
Li Weilan suddenly thought of something and crouched down, carefully examining the path at the entrance.
Under the shimmering moonlight, there seemed to be a faint water mark extending from the door to the direction of the lake.
This water mark was faintly discernible and not very clear, but under the moonlight, it could still be seen reflecting.
He reached out and lightly touched the surface of the ground, and sure enough, there was a faint sticky substance that stuck to his hand.
He put his hand to his nose and sniffed it, and he smelled a faint fishy smell.
Looking at the lake about four or five meters away, Li Weilan stood up and turned around, spreading the sticky substance on his hand for Shen Cheng and the others to see. However, just as he opened his palm, Shen Cheng, who was facing his back, clearly saw a transparent, huge tentacle rising from the water, swaying like a whip and sweeping in Li Weilan’s direction!