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Global Evolution - Chapter 96

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Chapter 96: Battlefield

Editor: Monika

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

beetles soon.

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...’’

Smash!

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

woman.

’’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

seen.

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.



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