"A warrior must advance courageously!" Lu Qubing met Luo Yunyang's gaze before he said in an extremely tranquil tone, "This might sound easy, but it's difficult to do! That's why you shouldn't have any psychological barriers!"
Luo Yunyang nodded. "My wood-based life source core can now reverse vitality. I already absorbed most of Nie Xin's vital energy. I only left a little. I reckoned that he's already at death's doorstep, so he won't live long!"
Although Lu Qubing had already speculated that Luo Yunyang had reached an exceptional stage, when he heard Luo Yunyang's words, he turned pale and nearly stepped on his own foot.
"Is that why you didn't kill him right away?"
"Partly. Another reason was because I felt that, although killing someone openly is extremely valiant, doing so might cause you and the Rising Dragon Army quite a bit of trouble. I used this vitality-reversing method to make things simpler!"
Lu Qubing unconsciously turned his head and glanced at Luo Yunyang. Any killing intent on his face had already disappeared completely. He no longer had a sinister expression. He was actually even smiling back. Lu Qubing sighed inwardly. This ever-smiling fellow was really frightening. He appeared overcautious on the outside, but he always thought things through over and over. When he made a decision to kill someone, he was firm and decisive.
Although he was very young, the way he had handled this matter reminded Lu Qubing of a scheming killer hiding quietly and suddenly appearing with a killing knife!
"Yes, very good. Although a leader needs to know when to show grat.i.tude and take revenge, he also needs to be mature. Come on, let's go to my house and chat."
Being invited to Lu Qubing's home was a great honor among the Rising Dragon Army. The people who had been granted this honor could be counted on one person's fingers.
Lu Qubing was the Rising Dragon Army's Viceroy, so Luo Yunyang thought that his residence would be very s.p.a.cious. However, it was in fact pretty ordinary.
Lu Qubing's house was actually similar to Luo Yunyang's previous house.
There was only a room and a hall, both of them very out-fashioned.
There was just a shabby old table and a few chairs in the room. The only thing that betrayed Lu Qubing's status was the neat Viceroy uniform hanging on a hanger.
"Disappointed?" Lu Qubing asked, as though he could read Luo Yunyang's mind. Then, he laughed at himself. "Or are you disappointed that this old fogey doesn't have a pretty daughter or granddaughter?"
Ever since Luo Yunyang had met Viceroy Lu Qubing, he had found him very grave and solemn. He had never imagined that he would say such self-mocking words.
"The apocalypse was too long ago for young people like you." Lu Qubing's voice was extremely tranquil. "This house was my home before the apocalypse. It is still my home now."
Luo Yunyang tactfully decided not to ask anything else. If someone stayed at the same place and refused to move away, this meant that this place had a significant meaning to them. If that place was related to the apocalypse, then its significance would surely be even bigger.
"Actually, quite a number of people wanted me to demolish this house and turn it into a small district for Rising Dragon Army dependents. People are really straightforward when it comes to using one's power to bully others!"
A pot of wine and a plate of peanuts were placed on the table. Lu Qubing poured two cups as he said earnestly, "The first cup will be a toast to your victory at this compet.i.tion."
When Lu Qubing gulped the wine down, a red flush appeared immediately on his face.
"Don't think that this is something trivial. It is actually something ma.s.sive. Your victory will put food on the table of countless kids and improve the living standards of the entire 13 Eastern Cities."
Lu Qubing refilled the cups to the brim before he added, "The second cup will be a toast to the Ravenous Wolf's death. You now rank 10th on the Earth List!"
Luo Yunyang raised his cup and clinked it against Lu Qubing's. Lu Qubing coughed softly. "You might be very angry about this, but let me tell you something. I am also furious. When I heard that the secret prescription had been stolen, I felt the urge to kill someone. How could they dare kidnap a person right under our noses? This was simply a provocation..."
Lu Qubing gestured wildly with his arms. "At the time, I even wanted to start a war. If we started a war though, the odds of victory would be stacked against us. Even if we defeated the fellows from the 17 Western Cities, our many years of acc.u.mulated hard work would go to waste..."
"Humanity would truly have no hope anymore."
"How can they be so brazen?" Luo Yunyang's voice sounded a little detached as he placed down the cup he was holding in his hand.
"They have a plan to avoid the source beasts!" Lu Qubing said really solemnly. "Their plan is called the Ark Plan!"
"You have probably read the story of Noah's ark. That's right, their plan is to build a ma.s.sive flying ship that will carry the majority of humanity's elites into s.p.a.ce and escape to a planet they have already selected."
"They believe that they can avoid source beasts this way!"
"It is because of this plan that quite a number of people from the 13 Eastern Cities want to avoid being at a disadvantage and have chosen the 17 Western Cities instead."
The Ark Plan? Luo Yunyang felt a chill when he heard this. Although he didn't know how big the ark would be and how many people it would be able to hold, when he thought about it flying into the cosmos, he immediately understood that it would require ma.s.sive amounts of energy.
The number of people it would carry naturally wouldn't be very big.
If the elites were gone, one could imagine what would happen when the source beasts arrived.
"We have always opposed this plan, but the allure of survival is just too great. That's why there is a number of people who act honorably in the open, but have already approved this plan in secret."
Lu Qubing sighed deeply. "Most people cannot understand matters of life and death. Oh, I forgot. Let's toast this third cup of wine to you, for not killing Nie Xin right away. Although I would have tried my hardest to protect you, I'm happy that I didn't have to do it."
Lu Qubing's words were magnanimous, yet Luo Yunyang could hear the sincerity in them.
After three cups of wine, Lu Qubing placed his cup down and said, "That's enough wine. Take a look at my collection. You can pick three items from it, but your choices will be final. I don't accept returned goods!"
Lu Qubing was the Rising Dragon Army's Viceroy. Although his residence was simple and unadorned, this didn't mean that he didn't own anything nice.
Three cups of wine, three issues, three items!
Luo Yunyang didn't decline. He followed Lu Qubing into his storeroom, which only took up an area of one square meter. It actually looked like a really old green cupboard.
"All my belongings are here. Take your pick!"