Global Evolution - Chapter 96
Chapter 96: Battlefield
The reason why he fled the scene was not only because of the beetles, but also
because of the gunshots that were fired by the soldiers under panic. There was
one more reason too the gene-altered soldiers might be able to get rid of the
After all, the predators that he lured there weren't the superior ones. His
biggest threat, the gene-altered soldiers, was only troubled without incurring
any actual damage. That's why he decisively ran as fast he could. Chang wasn't
a matching opponent for any of those soldiers once they got away from the
beetles. The gene-altered soldiers were superior in speed, and Chang would
never be capable of outcompeting that. His only advantage was his high
familiarity with the jungle and a deep understanding of the nature of the
predators that lived within it. He knew those things by heart, and now, was
able to utilize his knowledge to defend himself.
As for the other unstable factors, Chang couldn't do anything but put hope in
the commander's irrationality and the low intelligence of the gene-altered
soldiers, so that he could get away.
Tearing through the jungle, Chang didn't look back.
On the other side, where the troop rested at, the soldiers faced their most
terrifying nightmare upon the arrival of the beetles.
The gene-altered soldiers weren't injured because of their scaled skin, but to
the normal soldiers, it was a catastrophic disaster.
The beetles had become venomous from the rapid evolution, and the number
of them was overwhelmingly large. A bite would benumb the surrounding
neurons, and there were hundreds and thousands of the beetles. One word to
describe the character of these beetles was bloodthirsty. Firstly, they would
inject the disabling venom into their prey, and then tear off their skin and
muscles bit by bit.
The troop was now confronting the deadly and aggressive swarm. The
tremendous amount of beetles was undefeatable. Some smarter soldiers
immediately dropped their weapons and veered from the battlefield, but most
of them were drowned in the buzzing. They collapsed and became a pool of
blood and flesh soon after they were covered by the beetles.
It was merely a swarm of beetles, which were probably the weakest predators
in the jungle. Yet, they crushed the armed troop effortlessly. The troop was as
expected, losing their rational when grappling with these unknown enemies
some scurried away like frightened rats, and some attempted to shoot in
desperation at the shrouding ’’dark cloud’’, but neither of the two choices
helped them escape their fate.
A flamethrower might be a good choice at exterminating these beetles, but
none of the soldiers was equipped with this heavy weapon as they were
executing the mission in the city. The order from the institute was to capture
two targets, ending up in the jungle wasn't part of their plan.
Thus, the troop haphazardly fled, few of them getting away. Most ended their
short lives in this ghastly land.
The hooknosed woman and her adjutant were the first few who escaped. They
had watched the disaster from afar as they were too powerless to stop the
tragedy. Upon reuniting with the three gene-altered soldiers, the hooknosed
woman led her remaining subordinates away from the scene with fear
lingering in their hearts.
’’What the heck... It was such a simple trap and most of us fell for it. How
dangerous can this jungle be?’’ As they left the swarm, the adjuntant swore in a
low voice. ’’We lost too many soldiers, and I don't think the deserters will
return to the military. We really messed up the mission!’’
’’I know, even if we catch the other target by ourselves, punishment is awaiting
us.’’ The woman was worried as well. ’’We don't even know where he is now.’’
’’Since we failed this mission, why don't we...’’ The adjutant lowered his voice
again as he spoke. ’’Why don't we abort the mission and be deserters
ourselves... After all, with your ability, the military will have a hard time
finding us, and the target...’’
A fist swiftly and violently flew at the adjutant before he had even finished his
request. Its force smashed his head, making his voice vanish in the air. His
brain scattered, and the headless corpse was propelled for over ten meters. It
didn't stop until it hit a tree.
’’What are you doing?’’ Witnessing the brutal slaughter by the gene-altered
soldier, the woman howled, ’’What did you do? Didn't Zhuo tell you that you all
listen to my commands for this mission? What are you trying to do?’’
The woman gazed at the splattered brain, her eyes red. Apparently, the
adjutant was a long time comrade of hers.
’’... Mission ... Abort ... Die ...’’ As if the gene-altered soldiers didn't hear her
pain, their faces distorted from anger. Three pairs of baleful eyes stared at the
’’I didn't say to abort the mission, I didn't!’’ The hooknosed woman shivered as
she made contact with their eyes. She waved her hands, afraid that these
creatures might misunderstand her. ’’I didn't say I will abort this mission! Do
you understand? I won't abort it!’’
The gene-altered soldiers resumed their expressionless faces as they heard the
woman's words. They stood still as three stakes.
The woman was relieved when the gene-altered soldiers returned to normal
again. She heaved a sigh. ’’What kind of commands did Zhuo put in your
brains? Why did you understand me out of a sudden?’’
The hooknosed woman closed her eyes while standing in front of the corpse.
She silently lamented her adjutant's death, reluctantly leaving the scene as she
knew the blood smell may get her into trouble.
Bringing the gene-altered soldiers with her, the hooknosed woman utilized
her hound-like ability to once again track down Chang's scent.
And Chang kept creating troubles for them along the way.
The jungle was terribly dangerous. Chang didn't dare to go into the center as
he was afraid of getting lost, yet he didn't slow down in case the soldiers
caught up. Therefore, he was spinning around the edge of the jungle.
Because the woman didn't have an enhanced physique, she could only keep
tailing him while distinguishing his scent in the air. She chased with the genealtered
soldiers at her full speed, but Chang's shadow was still nowhere to be
Time passed by with this ongoing chasing game.
By the afternoon, the woman had completely experienced the horror of the
jungle. In only a few hours, she had almost died from many incidents leeches
went under her skin, slurping her blood, thin vines hanging down from
branches strapped around her neck, attempting to suffocate her. She even got
bitten by some venomous beetles at the ankle, and there was also one time,
when half of her head got almost chopped off by a strange animal camouflaged
as dead wood.
The pursuit covered her body with scratches. If she hadn't been accompanied
by the gene-altered soldiers, she would have died more than a couple times.
On the other side, Chang's experience with the jungle wasn't much easier than
the woman's. He too ran into a few dangers, but he managed to get away from
them relying on his calculation ability. As he was also an EM in the physical
category, his enhancement kept him alive till dusk.
At that time, Chang reached the limit of his physical capabilities aided by the
sunlight, he was able to avoid dangers with his exceptional vision. But without
illumination, his chances of survival were minimal. He knew that he couldn't
waste any more time in the jungle. If they didn't have a final battle now, he
wouldn't be surviving this night.
While traveling around, he planned his final destination for this battle they
were going to fight at another place that he knew. In the den of the spiders,
who trapped the gigantic millipedes. Hopefully, those monsters could surprise
the low intelligence gene-altered soldiers.