Terror Infinity

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Vol 23 Chapter 25-8: Primordial Dusk and Chaos... The End and The Beginning(VIII)

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(My comrades…)

Turning the clock a minute back. Xuan and clone were already approaching the domain of the Zhengs’ fight, and they could already see that distant cylindrical pillar shaped battlefield from their position in the sky. However, the two didn’t seem to have the intention to advance any further as they frenziedly exchanged blows there. Apart from Xuan aging, even clone Xuan with his G.o.dseal Board to reverse causality was aging as well. They were like lamps about to be snuffed out!

Xuan suddenly put down his Gauss pistols and stopped attacking, only using his Bell of the East Emperor to deflect a few streaks of power of faith. He asked, “For what do you live for, my clone?”

“... I want to surpa.s.s it.” Clone Xuan put down his Gauss pistols as well, nodding.

“Surpa.s.s what? What about feelings?”

“You and I both know very well what it is I want to surpa.s.s. It doesn't have that beauty if it’s said out loud. As for feelings, that’s just a sign of being corrupted by a mortal’s wisdom, or the excuse weaklings give themselves when running away. Are you not even clear on this, my original? Or are you already corrupted by team China?”

Xuan seemed to recall something upon hearing that. After a long time, he said, “You just want to surpa.s.s? Still remember when father brought us to see the stars? That kind of thing…”

“My original, you really have been corrupted. Based on what I know, the rules of survival for team Devil is far superior to team China. Perhaps for normal human societies, they need to rely on being hypocritical and weak to placate the ma.s.ses. But this thinking will be a burden to the chance to surpa.s.s the chess player.” Clone Xuan shook his head as he raised his Gauss pistols and said to Xuan.

“A human’s feelings carry infinite possibilities. For us who went through entirely different environments, you still follow my original methods and thinking. Only the maximisation of benefits matter. I, however, have experienced much and know that their potential can't just be expressed in numbers. Like sacrifice… I’m sure no one in team Devil knows what that means, right?” Xuan slowly closed his eyes upon seeing his clone raise his pistols. Using the special characteristic of the Bell of the East Emperor, he instantly located Zheng. The current Zheng was using his sabre to chop at the distorted s.p.a.ce while the real black hole formed. At the same time, he noticed the dense tangle of ropes on Zheng’s wrist.

“Comrades… Such a foreign and yet familiar word… It feels… rather warm…”

“Xuan, do you want to see the stars?”

“The stars?”

That was the instant he had truly understood the world with his own eyes. The world wasn’t just about numbers and data; something seemed to have been unlocked in his heart at that moment.

His white-haired father pa.s.sed away. That sadness had clutched at his heart. However, he wasn’t able to convey or express it, or cry. That had been painful and he never wanted to experience it again...

The people of team China really were naïve to speak of kindness and comrades. Did they not know the people who liked to betray others the most tended to be comrades themselves?

But what was this moving feeling? Everything he had seen and heard since his revival, something stronger than war buddies, fighting side by side and living and dying together… was that what a ‘comrade’ was?

Whether it was Zheng intentionally whacking him, Cheng Xiao intentionally speaking ill of him ‘behind his back’, the people around him showing caution, or… they all gave him a warmth similar to the first time he had seen the stars, like he had seen one of the most genuine facets of the world...

Thus, for this warmth and genuineness obtained with difficulty, he would remove all obstacles before him at all costs!

Xuan used the Bell of the East Emperor to feel the psyche imprints left on the ropes, his comrades’ pure and genuine feelings at the moment of their pa.s.sing.

Several moments later, two clear drops of… tears flowed out from his eyes!

“I’m... crying? Ah, so this is how it feels to cry? And tears. What is this…” Xuan was shocked as he rubbed the teardrops, muttering.

“This is because you’re weak. It’s proof of you being corrupted by a mortal’s wisdom.” Clone Xuan was shocked as well, but his expression didn’t change.

“NO! These… these are the tears of my desire to live on with everyone!” Xuan’s head abrupt shot up, a determination hitherto unseen in his eyes, even when he was wearing his hypnotism gla.s.ses. At the same time, a rune surfaced in his eyes, scanning Zheng’s battlefield. Then, he pulled down the Bell of the East Emperor that had been floating above his head.

“My clone, didn’t you want to know what the purpose of gathering so much energy in the Bell of the East Emperor was for? Let me tell you, there’s a reliable bond called ‘comrades’, an oath worth my life called ‘fighting side by side’, the greatest gap between us called… ‘feelings’! Zheng, this is my final a.s.sistance to you. WIN!”

As his words finished, power of faith that was unrivalled in radiance emanated from his body. The power of faith in clone Xuan’s muzzles were like fireflies to this sun! Then, all of Xuan’s power of faith poured into the Bell of the East Emperor as he hurled it at clone Xuan.

(... Comrades? Or… family? With you all around, it felt quite warm…)

As the Bell of the East Emperor was flung out, Xuan’s body dispersed like ash, the only trace left of him some specks of ash. The only thing left to prove that a man named Xuan existed, the Bell of the East Emperor, flew along its trajectory and shot towards clone Xuan. As clone Xuan’s two streaks of power of faith slammed into it, they utterly vanished like clay bulls falling into the sea. Not only that, but the bell expanded in size the closer it got to clone Xuan. Regardless of how the G.o.dseal Board distorted causality, it was unable to divert the bell. Zhang Xiaoxue was still frenziedly using causality points as the bell collided lightly with clone Xuan. The G.o.dseal Board actually ripped into two, as the bell vibrated slightly and clone Xuan disintegrated.

(Is that so? I lost… What are… feelings?)

“NO! Nonononononononono! I still have causality points left! Xuan! Even if I die, you have to live!” Zhang Xiaoxue went mad, not avoiding the Bell of the East Emperor as she inserted a large quant.i.ty of causality points into the two sections of the G.o.dseal Board. Perhaps it was because of the causality backlash due to the G.o.dseal Board being ripped apart, but in the instant Zhang Xiaoxue was struck by the bell, a scar appeared in s.p.a.ce that sucked the two sections of the G.o.dseal Board within as well as clone Xuan and Zhang Xiaoxue’s remains.

The Bell of the East Emperor quickly shrunk into palm-size once again after killing the two, winking out of existence. When it reappeared, it was ramming into the small black hole two meters in front of clone Zheng. Two similarly immense powers clashed. One could suppress the world, while the other was an embodiment of the most violent and ultimate power in the universe. There was no explosion or shockwaves in this exchange, merely a clear ringing sound of a bell. A small crack had formed on the ancient bell as it fell to the ground while the needlepoint-sized black hole vanished as well.

The two Zhengs remained frozen until a rope fluttered to Zheng’s wrist. He directed his attention to the rope, carefully experiencing the most genuine and moving psyche imprints of his comrades.

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“Is that so? Xuan cried? That fellow finally has feelings?” Zheng muttered, not even looking at clone Zheng while he shut his eyes.

Liu Yu and Juntian were a thousand meters above the Eva. They were shuddering with every step the Eva took. This monster could still repair itself after taking so many consecutive attacks. Although it was walking slower, it could be seen regenerating. At this rate, it would return to its pre explosion state sooner or later, or even better. At that time, these two rookies would die even if they hid in the sky.

“Let’s, let’s run. While the monster isn’t healed, we’ll use the Sky Sticks to fly as far as possible. At that time, it won’t be able to find us. Maybe we’ll survive this final battle?” Juntian suddenly said.

“NO!” Liu Yu suddenly looked at Juntian. “Big brother Juntian, remember what big brother w.a.n.gxia said before dying? We’re going to become the members of the strongest team. So, we need to have the courage to bear the responsibility and burden of this t.i.tle. I won’t run! Run if you want to, big brother. Do as you please. I WILL become strong! Until the time I am worthy of this t.i.tle!”

Juntian couldn’t do anything but glare at the Eva that was walking faster and faster when Liu Yu said this so seriously. It was jogging along now, and once his Light of the Soul recovered, they would...

“I’m scared of death, but how can I abandon a kid and run away alone? It’s just dying anyway! All I’ll do is add a few days to my lifespan if I run. Liu Yu, if you want to become strong, we’ll do it together!” Juntian grit his teeth as he said to Liu Yu, determined.

But before Liu Yu could reply, a voice spoke ahead of him. “There’ll be a chance! You all will surely have the chance to grow stronger until you are worthy of the t.i.tle of the strongest team’s members, members of my team China!”

The two were shocked, and looked all over to find a man below who was before the Eva. He was covered in blood with an arm ripped off, while the other wielded Tiger's Soul. It looked insignificant compared to the Eva. Before the two recovered from their surprise, the man casually swung his sabre and the Eva was suddenly bisected, one half dusted. Then, the man took out a Sky Stick and flew to Liu Yu and Juntian.

“Big brother Zheng!”

“Leader!”

An indescribable sense of relief filled them as soon as they saw Zheng. Their legs felt like jelly, and they wished they could just collapse there and then. Zheng gave a smile, “Alright, let’s go. We still have to go to the Seventh Underground Laboratory. It’s at the valley there. We still have a bitter battle there. Perhaps we’ll have to face many mes there that can use Explosion and Destruction…” [1]

The two didn’t respond to Zheng’s words, but Juntian pointed to the Eva below that was beginning to repair itself. “Leader, he’s not dead yet. Your attack just now turned part of him to dust. How about another strike?”

“No… My comrades are still sleeping. We need to save them. The Chronicles of Narnia, was it? The conclusion of the final battle, our future… and ‘his’ existence. We can’t end the final battle like this. We still have to battle for a long, long time. Get stronger as soon as possible, until you are worthy of being a member of the strongest team. I’ll tell everything, from beginning to the end, to you two then.”

Zheng looked at the Eva beneath his feet, before pointing forward, “Let’s go! We’ll create our own future, a future where we are truly free!”

[1] Clones of Zheng were mentioned in Vol 23 7-2. I thought they had been a foreshadowing of clone Zheng's ability to regenerate, which I said a few chapters back. Sorry.

~FIN~

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