Chapter 34 - The misfortune of others
Chapter 34: The misfortune of others
The screeching sound rang out again as the dense and heavy portcullis separated the two worlds once again.
Ren Xiaosu went up to Wang Fugui and asked, "Whats the situation?"
He had to clear it up because he knew that Zhang Baogen must have been arrested and brought into the stronghold due to his "superpower." Moreover, both he and Yan Liuyuan possessed such a power too.
Wang Fugui sighed and said, "Its over, that kid is done for."
"Why do you say that?"
"Chen Haidong said that guy showed off his superpower to a scoundrel friend of his yesterday. That scoundrel sold him out as soon as possible. All of the strongholds are weeding out these supernatural beings right now. If there were no incidents of a supernatural being attacking a stronghold overseer, it might have been easier to handle. But now, theyve become the people the overseers dread the most. What would you do if you were afraid of someone?"
"Kill them," Ren Xiaosu answered calmly and firmly.
"See, thats where the overseers of the stronghold are different from you." Wang Fugui said with a frown, "The first thing they thought of when they realized the danger of this was not to kill them but to understand them better! Chen Haidong mentioned that a yard and building in the stronghold have been vacated for a psychiatric hospital to be temporarily set up. Theyve also sent a lot of medical devices over to that place."
"Are they going to treat these supernatural beings?" Ren Xiaosu was stunned for a moment.
"Treatment? My ass!" Wang Fugui said, "Chen Haidong said that those devices are not meant for treating people. They were previously used for scientific research inside the stronghold. In just one day, the stronghold has arrested three supernatural beings. Those three people are more or less done for now."
Ren Xiaosu felt a chill pass through himself. He could not imagine what it would feel like to be stuck in a psychiatric hospital and be studied by someone.
"Old Wang, are you still keen on getting a superpower?" Ren Xiaosu asked.
Wang Fugui thought for a while. "I dont mind having one, but I wont be so dumb as to let anyone know. The same goes for you, Xiaosu. If you and Liuyuan have any superpowers, dont ever let anyone know."
Ren Xiaosu put a strange expression on his face. "Um, okay."
That same night, a major incident happened in town. Zhang Baogens father found his way into that scoundrels shack in the middle of the night, a place that was only a few square meters in size, and killed all four members of their family. In the end, he also died due to severe blood loss.
Meanwhile, Zhang Baogens mother hanged herself on the dead, wilted tree at the intersection in the town.
Zhang Baogen was the only child in their family and was pampered all his life by his parents. He didnt even have to work as his parents would take care of him. Now that he was gone, his parents had no reason to live anymore.
In town, some people sympathized with them while others secretly mocked, "What a showoff. So what if you have a superpower? And that Zhang Baogens father, if he really had the courage, he would have charged straight into the stronghold instead."
At this moment, Ren Xiaosu remembered the look on Zhang Baogens face when he was blowing the saliva bubble. "What a fucking awful era!"
The high and mighty aristocrats in the stronghold seemed to have the power to control the life and death of people, but Ren Xiaosu felt that this would change someday.
The only thing was, nobody knew when this day would come.
A group of people gathered together in town, gazing at the dead, wilted tree where Zhang Baogens mother had hanged herself. Ren Xiaosu saw that Mr. Zhang from school was also around.
Zhang Jinglin looked at some of the people next to him who had gathered around and said, "Did I teach yall to be rubberneckers at school? Dont gloat over the misfortunes of others, lest theirs be yours."
When he said that, several young and strong men beside Zhang Jinglin looked down in shame. Zhang Jinglin sighed and said, "Help bury the couple together in the same place."
"Teacher, we have to go to work at the factory now," a few of the strong young men said hesitantly.
Wang Fugui said, "You wont be working for nothing. Ill fork out 800 yuan for their burial."
"Aye," the strong young men answered, "well get to it immediately."
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