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Counterfeit Hero - Chapter 38

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Chapter 38: I Don't Want to be a Hero

Translator: Chaos Editor: Geoffrey

Zhou Zhi Sen shook his head, saying, ’’Not yet! But this no longer that important. We have just

received information that the enemy's newly assembled space fleets have started to attack our

fleets. The aircraft carrier battle group that was supporting the ground battles had been forced

to leave the battle and regroup with our fleets. As the enemy took full advantage of this gap

period to attack with their fighter aircrafts while simultaneously regrouping, they managed to

take over Banfoli Mountain Pass and threaten the logistic channel to our rear. Forward

command has given orders for all soldiers to return. If no accidents happen, then the war will

return to its original stalemate condition, as both sides are currently occupying parts of each

other's combat routes. I feel reluctant to say this, but it seems that a huge battle will be

erupting soon. Oh yes, the soldiers who occupied the Banfoli Mountain Pass are from the Myth

Legion. We have one aviation battalion and two divisions' worth of military power defending

against their advance. However, despite this, it was all futile. Judging from the enemy's

reactions, regardless of how we see this, your deductions are all accurate.’’

Seeing Tian Xing Jian's tense frown, Zhou Zhi Sen laughed. ’’Fortunately, we have at least

ignited this bomb, preventing them from blowing it up in our key positions. Right now, it only

resulted in us receiving some injuries on our limbs, so I can say it's a victory for us. At the very

least, the divisions moving out will not face the danger of being isolated.’’

Tian Xing Jian frowned as he contemplated for a moment. ’’I have always felt that deductions

are not holistic and the enemy could always take a backdoor or a short-cut. Now that it has

happened, I had not considered that the enemy would have long ago driven the battle to this

point. Even if their plan failed, they can still take the advantage against the Federation.’’

Zhou Zhi Sen had a habit of waving his hand as he laughingly said, ’’You are merely a vice

company commander of the special scouts company. It's truly praiseworthy for you to reach

this standard. If we had not seen your deduction at the last minute, the Federation might have

even incurred an unexpected loss. Furthermore, your opponent has experience that is much

richer than yours by a thousand times. Very soon, you will be in contact with him. This time,

regardless of how we see it, you are considered to be a true hero of the Federation and should be

awarded and protected. It is not appropriate for you to go to the front lines anymore. The

forward command has decided to assign you to the combat planning team as a staff officer.

These two staff officers came especially to bring you back to Jialipalan.’’

Seated by Tian Xing Jian, the colonel staff officer took out an appointment letter with a smile.

’’This is my very first official meeting with you. I am from the combat division and the director

of the 2nd Research Unit, Compton. First Lieutenant Tian, we'll be work partners in the future.

Welcome.’’

Fatty shook his hand blankly. After receiving the appointment letter, he opened it and took a

look. What was written inside was very simple: Appointed under the direct subordinate to

Aviation Squadron 16th Armored division, First Lieutenant Tian Xing Jian of the Special Scouts

Battalion will be assigned to the Miracolo Ground Resistance Army, subordinate to the Forward

Command Department, Combat Planning division as a staff officer. His previous assignment

will immediately be terminated. Behind the letter was stamped with the sigil of forward

command along with the current date.

Fatty flipped through the appointment letter a few times. Not even a month had passed since

he was assigned to the special scouts company and had gone out on a mission, yet he has

already been reassigned to the combat department to become a staff officer. This was truly

bizarre.

He pondered in his heart, ’’Previously, after becoming a hero, I was assigned to the front lines

under the glorified pretense of imparting my experiences to others. I've almost died from this

mission, and now that I've became a hero, I'll be assigned back there again. By tossing me here

and there, what do they think this father is? An omnipotent god? Saying that I should be

protected is merely for the fact that they are afraid there would be a hiccup with their new hero,

causing a stain on the media. I wonder... if I become a hero in the future, where will I be

assigned then? With the pretense of telling me that I am a hero, that I should naturally sacrifice

my life for the Federation and all the citizens watching, despite the dangers, they would tell me

'you will be going there'!’’

The probability of such a thing happening is quite huge. With his self-declared superhuman

logical thinking, Fatty immediately made a decision he would henceforth pretend to be dead,

so that he could no longer become a hero. Whoever loved this hero would have this hero

assigned to their division. Whatever the reason, it seemed that this fatty would be retiring in

the combat department.

At the moment when he left, Fatty used an extremely earnest expression to ask for a request

from division Commander Zhou Zhi Shen he did not want to participate in any media-related

activities and also requested for the forward command department to consider keeping his

name a secret. It was fine even if he did not receive any rewards for his effort. The reason he

gave was that he did not want to become a hero, and neither did he want to become a target

which the journalists chased after; everything he had done was simply his responsibility as a

soldier for the Federation.

Zhou Zhi Sen had a puzzled expression as he looked at Fatty. He was baffled and pleased at the

same time with the requests. ’’If required, cooperating with the media is also part of your

mission. However, since you have explicitly requested for this, I'll tell that to the forward

command.’’ Laughing, he patted Fatty's shoulders. ’’Very good! It seems that you truly

understand the culture of the east. Succeeding yet not returning, becoming a husband but not

bounded to home. Where it is is where you will go [1].’’

This wretched person, who was not cultured, walked out the door with a fog in his mind

regarding the last sentence. What success? Go where? [2]

As the opposing fleets were having an intense battle outside Miracolo Planet, the mediumsized

transport ships had no way of leaving the atmospheric layer. Instead, under the

protection of the fighter aircrafts, they proceeded through the recently-opened air channel, all

the way until they reached Cato City's military airport.

The highest Supreme Headquarters and the President's Office would of course not forgo this

perfect opportunity to spread propaganda. They held an enthusiastic and touching welcome

ceremony, causing almost all the journalists on Miracolo Planet to start acting. The military

had even used their website to advertise this ceremony organized by the Federation.

Fatty, who had slipped away through the safeguarded door of the transport ship, did not see the

scene of the citizens welcoming them. He was currently looking at the Federation's 《Freedom

Newspaper》, which had an article:

<The airport has already been filled with the soldiers and citizens who received the news. Under

the protection of countless fighter aircrafts, the transport ships slowly descended. Several

families who have received their members the local soldiers of Miracolo could not help but

cry bitterly. This emotional sensation spread out as many others teared at the sight. These

Federation soldiers have experienced so much suffering, but now, they are finally back!>

When Colonel Peter, the highest ranked soldier among the group of prisoners-of-war and the

first person to exit from the transport ship's entrance, walked out, the crowd roared out with

cheers that reverberated in the universe. They were in tears as they shouted out the names of

people they knew amongst the Federation soldiers who were captured. The entire scene was

truly very emotional.

On the makeshift information panel was the relevant information of all the soldiers that were

rescued. Every single one of the soldiers that appeared at the ship's entrance would receive a

cheer as if they were heroes that returned.

That's right, they were truly the heroes of the Federation! These Federation soldiers had fought

for Miracolo Planet, for the freedom of the Federation, and for the glory of their nation!

They truly deserved to be called heroes!

Standing in a phalanx formation, the friends of the returning soldiers stood there quietly. As

strong as they were, most of them had their eyes turn red from the scene.

They said to the journalists how they lived for the honor of the nation and how proud they were

of the Federation Army for doing their best to rescue the prisoners-of-war. They believed that

the Federation would never abandon any of the children she loved. Likewise, the soldiers and

officers of the Federation would protect them till the very end.

Tian Xing Jian sighed before placing down the newspaper. Looking outside the windows of the

transport ship flying towards Jialipalan, he was lost in thought.

To the Federation, saving these prisoners-of-war, who had been used as test experiments

successfully, was more important than winning a large battle. To this nation, treasuring all

lives and freedom was one of their most important traditions. The majority of the citizens loved

peace and treasured life; they respected every person by their sides.

Tian Xing Jian seemingly saw that face of Ali, who tried his best to garner his favor the dazed

face that became pale and numb following the sound of a gunshot.

Resounding by his ears was the voice of Thoriko: Even if we die, we must never let this damned

nation become our conqueror!

[1] Kind of having a meaning of not letting success get into one's head, nor claiming the credits

for it. Instead, one just treated it indifferently and continued on with his journey of life.

[2] He had not really understood the idiom given from previously.



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