Global Evolution

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Chapter 2: Oxblood Fog

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Chapter 2: Oxblood Fog

Translator: Letty / Editor: DarkGem / IceTea

The boarding students’ morning began with no surprises. Since morning attendance was already recorded, some students arrived to cla.s.s at 6:30 AM.

Chang’s eyes were droopy as he woke up at dawn. He woke up the snoring Pangzi and gla.s.ses-man who stayed up all night reading his novel. He slowly moved to to the bathroom with his toiletries to wash up.

Being a good student, Tao had left before the rest of them had even woken up. After putting on his school uniform, Chang left the dorm and stood in front of the gate. The hazy sky was reflected in his eyes.

It was usually never foggy in summer mornings, but over the past two years, the fog had become a normal occurrence. What was stranger was that the fog had a constant pink tinge.

However, if anything strange lasted for a long time, no one would pay attention to it after a while. The weather forecast said it was a normal “cloud condensation” phenomenon. If the fog was harmless, normal people wouldn’t care about it. They were more worried about how to squish onto the crowded buses.

Walking across the campus, Chang’s back disappeared in the fog, and his mouth and nose were overwhelmed with the sweet scent in the fog.

He began studying when he arrived at the cla.s.sroom.

He was drowsy and groggy.

As morning pa.s.sed, Chang didn’t remember what he read, despite him reading aloud. He felt that the life he was living was tedious and repet.i.tive. Anyone living a monotonous life like his would feel as it if were the same as living the life of the walking dead.

Deep down in Chang’s heart, he craved for change. He looked out the window and saw the pink fog as he finished his breakfast in a daze.

After breakfast, the first cla.s.s began. It was biology cla.s.s.

Starting from last year, Biology had become a mandatory course in high school, regardless of the degree, whether it be art or science. The oddest part was that it became a primary course, because the portion that this subject covered in the entrance examination was insanely large.

No one would’ve ever antic.i.p.ated it, but the sudden policy change made Biology a particularly important subject. Fortunately, Chang enjoyed studying Biology, so he paid extra attention to the first cla.s.s.

"Today, we will once again review some key chapters—ones you will definitely see in the college entrance examination. We will begin with the Cambrian Explosion. This concept has been on the exam for two consecutive years, so it is worthwhile to remember everything about it.”

The teacher who pa.s.sed by Chang’s dorm last night was on the podium. He was young and seemed kind, and he wore black-rimmed gla.s.ses today. He didn’t talk much in the lecture, but he covered the most important topics.

“The Cambrian Explosion is one of the ten myths of modern science. Can the individual sitting next to the sleeping student please wake him up and tell him to explain the Cambrian Explosion?”

The biology teacher pointed at the kid sitting beside Chang, so Chang woke up gla.s.ses-man.

“The teacher is asking you what happened in the Cambrian Explosion." Prodding gla.s.ses-man with his elbow, Chang whispered the teacher's question to his desk mate.

Still half-asleep, gla.s.ses-man reluctantly stood up, adjusted and cleaned his gla.s.ses using his s.h.i.+rt, and then murmured, “The Cambrian Explosion probably happened hundreds of million years ago. It was a short and sudden evolutionary event. Evolutionary speeds were hundreds of millions of times faster during this event. According to my memory, there were no mammals or plants prior to this, but after that event, the species we know about today appeared on Earth for the first time.”

"Hundreds of millions of years ago? What has changed in species morphology? These are key concepts. You also have to remember specific years." The teacher waved his hands, allowing gla.s.ses-man to sit down.

"While your summary was not bad, pay attention in particular to the time period of the Cambrian Explosion. Not only did all species evolve much quicker, but new species were also born at unimaginable speeds. The ancestors of modern species all came from that period. Sponges, coelenterates, priapulida, lobopodia, brachiopods, molluscs, arthropods, echinoderms, chordates and more all evolved in that era."

“Such amazing creatures! The Cambrian Explosion is a strong piece of evidence against Darwin's Theory of Evolution, and Darwin himself had been wondering about that, too."

“Sir, are you criticizing Darwinism?” A loud voice came from the corner of the cla.s.sroom; it was Tao.

"Uh, yes. Do you have a problem?" The teacher smiled and said, "Well, there are three levels of arguments: Hypothesis, Theory and Law. Darwin's Theory of Evolution was just a theory, so why can’t I criticize it? You can certainly criticize a theory—even Darwin himself criticized his own theory.”

“Since we’ve discussed this, it wouldn’t be harmful to mention the reasons why the Cambrian Explosion occurred.”

“The main stream academic notion for the Cambrian Explosion is that the sudden abundance of free oxygen resulted in a large number of species rapidly evolving. However, I think this argument is flawed. With only free oxygen, how could species evolve that much in a short period of time?”

While he was making his statement, the cla.s.sroom darkened in seconds.

“What’s going on?” Chang looked out the window.

The fog outside the window was getting dense! That was why it suddenly became dark. The pink fog didn’t dissipate, but rather grew thicker. The fog filled the entire world outside the building as if a giant piece of cotton had expanded in air.

Perhaps it was because the fog was getting thicker, but for some reason, the pink fog now turned into an oxblood-red colour. The world turned b.l.o.o.d.y red at a noticeable pace. The sun was completely blocked and the whole world sunk into edgeless darkness.

More accurately, with the oxblood red fog covering the sky, the world now looked like a territory with patches of black and red scattered randomly.

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The bizarre colours gave Chang s.h.i.+vers. As he turned around, he realized that his cla.s.smates’ faces had become blurred in the black and red fog.

This attracted the attention of all the students. After he went out the door of the cla.s.sroom, everyone flocked to the window to look at him.

Visibility was less than five meters outside the window, and when the daring student took two steps outside, his figure had already become obscure.

“Hey, don’t go too far! We can’t see you if you go further,” a friend of his faced the window and shouted.

"Oh! Okay, it’s really red out here, and I can’t see anything. I can’t even identify which room is the teacher’s office,” the daring student shouted back. His voice came through the fog, forming small ripples.

Then ……

As the daring student’s response came from the other side of the hallway, further ripples tore apart the fog as a group of sparrows rushed towards the source of the sound.

Sounds of flapping wings—

A group of sparrows fearlessly crashed onto the daring student’s cheek!

“Crack—”

When the first sparrow impacted the daring student, it made a strange noise as if a tomato was being smashed. A few more similar sounds were heard after that.

Chang turned his head and saw the daring student utter a shrill scream as his face was immediately pierced by the sparrows. More sparrows noticed the prey, and in less than a second, his whole face was ruined like a rotten watermelon.

“Help----“

The daring student screamed desperately. He was pushed to the ground by the monster sparrows. However, his screams were very short, as if he was choking on his own flesh and blood. He kneeled and finally fell on the ground, muttering meaningless sounds. The normally timid sparrows began to peck the blood-soaked flesh as they heard the sounds.

The horrifying feeling paralyzed all the students in the cla.s.sroom. No one was able to even move an inch. They had never seen this scenario before, not even in a horror movie.

A moment ago, that student was still jumping around, but now he was crawling on the ground. The timid sparrows had become completely bloodthirsty. At this moment, no one dared to go out and stop these monsters; rather, fear flooded the crowd. No one wanted to move—not until those sparrows finished their “meal” and the daring student stopped twitching.

“Can someone please tell me what…has happened to this world?” The ashen-faced gla.s.ses-man muttered.

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