To Rise Again in the Apocalypse [BL] - Chapter 37
The news was reported live, and at that time, it was played throughout the country. Li Jinghua was just returning home when she heard it being played. Rushing to the living room, she saw the scene of the destroyed mountain on the TV. She stared at the TV with wide eyes, almost not believing what happened.
“Why…? How come?” she murmured softly.
“Hua-jie, what’s wrong?” Li Xinwen, who was sitting on the sofa of the living room asked.
“I… this mountain isn’t supposed to be like this,” Li Jinghua replied.
“En. It was destroyed just now,” Li Xinwen informed her.
‘There was a strong spiritual signature and the source appeared to be that mountain.’ Li Xinwen thought back to Abbot Bingwen and couldn’t help but feel that it was related to him.
Not long after, Li Xinwen’s phone gave out a single notification and he took it out only to see a message from Min Xiaoyu.
[Min Xiaoyu: My grandfather wants to see you.]
[Min Xiaoyu: He’s dying.]
The second message came right after and Li Xinwen frowned. “Hua-jie, can you help me tell Mom that I will be going out for a bit? Something happened with Min Xiaoyu,” Li Xinwen said as he sent his reply.
“Mr. Min? What happened?”
“Nothing too serious. Hopefully…” Li Xinwen replied before he left, leaving Li Jinghua alone in the living room. Not long after, Mother Li came out of the kitchen only to see Li Xinwen was no longer in the living room.
“Ah‘Hua, where’s Ah‘Wen?” Mother Li asked.
“Ah, I asked him to go buy some soy sauce nearby. I forgot to grab it on my way home,” Li Jinghua quickly replied.
“Soy sauce? But we still have it,” Mother Li said. Then her eyes went to the TV, which was still playing the news. “Mt. Shengyan is destroyed? What is happening to our world, ah… is the world ending or something?”
When Li Jinghua heard what her mother said, she quickly turned the TV off. “No, the world won’t end, Mom. Come on, I’ll help you finish cooking dinner,” Li Jinghua said as she gently pushed her mother back to the kitchen.
Meanwhile, Li Xinwen quickly arrived at the Min Family household. When he arrived, he already noticed that Min Shaotian’s spiritual signature was weak, almost that of a normal mortal. ‘No, it’s even weaker than mortal. It seems that he really is dying,’ Li Xinwen thought as he went into the house. He easily made his way and found Min Xiaoyu. He looked even more haggard than before. The rim of his eyes were red, and he was close to breaking down.
“Are you alright?” Li Xinwen asked.
Min Xiaoyu only shook his head. “Grandpa… he’s waiting for you. Please go on in,” Min Xiaoyu said in a hoarse voice.
Li Xinwen noticed that Min Xiaoyu seemed to be out of it, so he placed a hand on the other’s shoulder before he sent a small amount of spiritual energy into him. “Calm down, restrain your grief,” Li Xinwen said in a soft voice. “With the way you are now, you’re in danger of submitting to your inner demon.”
Hearing what Li Xinwen said, Min Xiaoyu took a deep breath and tried to calm himself. “Thank you…” he whispered in a soft voice.
Li Xinwen nodded his head before he entered the room where Min Shaotian was resting. The person had changed. No longer did he appear healthy and strong, and instead, he looked weak. His body had shriveled up and his hair had turned white. His skin was sticking to his bones, and Li Xinwen also noticed that the other was having trouble breathing.
“Min Shaotian, I thought I told you to tell me if you plan to approach An Wuya,” Li Xinwen said as he sat down before the now old Min Shaotian.
There was no reply, so Li Xinwen could only sigh. He reached out to touch Min Shaotian’s forehead. “You called me here to tell me something when you can’t even speak anymore. Don’t resist,” Li Xinwen said as he injected some of his spiritual energy towards Min Shaotian.
He guided his energy into the brain, and started to replay what happened before. After witnessing what happened, Li Xinwen sighed heavily. “That Gu absorbed your spiritual energy and destroyed your cultivation. You are now a cripple and without a strong spiritual energy to keep up with your body… you-”
“Xinwen… Yuyu…” Min Shaotian spoke with a hoarse voice. He sounded extremely weak, and was struggling to voice out each word.
“I understand. I will help you take care of him. But you should believe in your grandson more, ba! He’s not weak,” Li Xinwen shook his head. “Consider this as a repayment for what you did to help Ah‘Xiao.”
“Thank you…” Min Shaotian sounded relieved and closed his eyes. After that, Min Shaotian’s spiritual signature disappeared completely. His body stopped breathing and Li Xinwen closed his eyes.
“May you safely enter the cycle of reincarnation. Who knows, maybe you’ll meet your grandson again in your next life,” Li Xinwen said before he stood up and left the room.
Outside, he saw Min Xiaoyu who had finally broken down into tears. Although he could not relate to Min Xiaoyu, he understood that the other was drowned in the sorrow of losing his elder. “Once you’ve calmed down, you should prepare a funeral for your grandfather.”
Min Xiaoyu didn’t answer and only continued to cry. Li Xinwen also didn’t say anything else and simply let the other be. He took out his phone and sent a message to Li Jinghua as well as Xue Jun.
To Li Jinghua, he informed her that he may need to miss dinner. To Xue Jun, he informed him of the death of Min Shaotian.
It didn’t take long for Xue Jun to arrive. He was still wearing his military uniform and behind him, there were several others who wore the same military uniform. Li Xinwen glanced at the people behind him, and noticed that though their strength was low, they were all cultivators.
Li Xinwen understood that they were students of Min Shaotian, here to send him off for the last time. “Since you are here, I won’t be needed anymore. Xue Jun, go and help Min Xiaoyu. As an outsider, I shouldn’t be here,” Li Xinwen told him. “If there’s something wrong with Min Xiaoyu, tell me immediately.”
Li Xinwen walked away. On his way out, he came face to face with Lan Minghui and Yan Zhuyi. Since he had just gone through Min Shaotian’s memories, he knew of the others’ identity. Nodding his head, he was just about to leave when Lan Minghui stopped him.
“Wait. Are you not going to stay?” Lan Minghui asked.
“I am an outsider. And I have already paid my respects to the dead. There is nothing else for me to do here,” Li Xinwen replied. “Speaking of which, is An Wuya dead?” he asked, while looking straight at Yan Zhuyi. Based on Min Shaotian’s memories, they had separated while escaping after the explosion in the mountain. He suspected that Yan Zhuyi went back to check.
“Dead. His body turned to ashes,” Yan Zhuyi replied.
“I see. Such a shame. I would like to have killed him myself,” Li Xinwen murmured in a soft voice. “Well, what has happened cannot be changed. Since you helped me settle this grievance, then I guess a word of warning will do. In the next few years, the world will change. It is better to be prepared.”
Three months passed after the death of Min Shaotian. Li Xinwen accompanied Li Jinghua to the military training ground. There, they met the others who were already waiting. Li Xinwen glanced at the people who sat around the table.
Min Xiaoyu seemed to have recovered. Xue Jun still looked the same while Xue Rui looked stronger than before. ‘Looks like he has worked hard. And surprisingly, he’s here too,’ Li Xinwen’s eyes landed on Xue Liang who had a bored expression on his face.
“Everyone is here? I’m sorry for calling you all suddenly but there might be a change in the future that I experienced,” Li Jinghua said as she took her seat. Li Xinwen naturally sat down beside her, appearing calm.
“About three months ago, Mt. Shengyan was destroyed. But in my past life, the timing of its destruction was three years later,” Li Jinghua told the others. “When Mt. Shengyan was destroyed three months ago, I asked Xue Jun to help me see if there is a meteor headed towards earth… and the result is, there is.”
According to Li Jinghua, the meteorite was the same one from her memories. After the pieces of the meteorite land on earth, it would take a few months for the zombie virus to appear and ravage the earth.
“This change might have been caused by my rebirth,” Li Jinghua let out a heavy sigh.
Li Xinwen, who is the real cause: …
“Since things appear to be happening earlier than expected, we need to hasten our plans. How is the preparation going?” Li Jinghua asked.
“Medicines and first aid materials have been stockpiled according to your request. The development of the water purification tablets have also started. We’ve hired the exact researchers that you suggested,” Xue Rui replied.
“So fast?” Li Jinghua looked at Xue Rui with disbelief.
“There is nothing that money can’t solve,” Xue Rui smirked.
“You mean, almost nothing. There are things that no amount of money can buy,” Li Jinghua frowned at Xue Rui. “In any case, you did well. What about weapons?”
At this, Xue Liang threw a stack of papers onto the table. “300 assault rifles, 20 grenade launchers, 20 rifles, 200 submachine guns, 500 handguns, several crates of grenades…” At the same time, he listed out the items by types for Li Jinghua. “There will be more shipments coming from R country in another six months,” he added.
When Li Jinghua checked the list, she was evidently surprised by what she found. ‘At most… I was only expecting a few rifles and pistols but this…’ Li Jinghua inspected the stack of papers which included information on each weapon.
Seeing Li Jinghua looking at the papers so seriously, Xue Liang couldn’t help but lean on the table, propping his chin on his hand. “Did I also do well?” he asked. “If yes, then shouldn’t I get a reward?” as he said this, his eyes went over to Li Xinwen.
Seeing the unmasked desire within Xue Liang’s eyes, Li Xinwen only raised an eyebrow in return. “You want a reward?” he asked, feeling slightly amused.
“Good boys who did their jobs well should get a reward, no? How about you and I go out later after this meet-”
Xue Liang’s sentence was cut off by Xue Rui and Xue Jun respectively. The two brothers were glaring at Xue Liang. Li Xinwen, who witnessed this scene, found that it was funny and couldn’t help the small chuckle that left his lips.
All eyes landed on him but he paid it no mind. His finger tapped on the table as he thought for a while. ‘Speaking of which, I haven’t gotten back on him for stealing the cultivation manual. Since he delivers himself to me…’
“Alright. After this meeting, let’s talk,” Li Xinwen said to Xue Liang. “Just the two of us.”
“That’s more like it,” Xue Liang said with a big smile on his face while giving his brothers a haughty look.
Meanwhile, Li Jinghua only looked at her brother worriedly. After finding out that Xue Liang is one of the few underworld lords, she felt uneasy working with him. It was only with Xue Jun’s assurance that he will not let Xue Liang cause trouble that she agreed.
When Li Xinwen saw his sister’s worried expression, he just smiled and reached out to hold her hand assuringly. “Don’t worry. I won’t get bullied. You’ve seen how strong I’ve become these past three months, right?”
Li Jinghua just sighed and nodded her head. Then, she turned to Xue Jun and Min Xiaoyu. “The training of the soldiers, how is it?”
“All are doing well. Four of them are able to cultivate and I left those to train with Mr Min,” Xue Jun replied. “The rest, train with this idiot brother of mine.”
“Major General said everything goes well but I have one thing to report. One of the four that I trained was unable to comprehend the cultivation method that I teach,” Min Xiaoyu added. “Her growth is slower than the rest and it seems that if she were to continue, it would damage her meridians.”
Min Xiaoyu glanced over at Li Xinwen, silently asking for guidance on how to solve this problem. Li Xinwen only signalled to him that he would tell him later. Clearing his throat, Min Xiaoyu then added another sentence: “Since it’s like this, I asked her to stop cultivating for a while until I find the solution for the problem.”
If Min Xiaoyu was being honest, he didn’t understand why Li Xinwen would like to act like an innocent sheep in front of his sister when he’s actually a dragon in the sky.
The meeting continued, and Li Jinghua shared everything she remembered from the apocalypse before. Which events that they should know, and what effects they would cause. It was helpful, especially when it came to playing with the stock markets.
“Three months before the meteorites arrive we’ll start stocking up foods, clothes and other necessary materials that have a short shelf life. This is all from me. Is there anything else you’d like to add?” Li Jinghua asked.
“Well, about that… should we find a way to inform the citizens how to adapt to the changes that will happen in the early days of the apocalypse?” Min Xiaoyu asked. “If they are prepared, then maybe we can reduce the casualty rate during the early days.”
“I agree. The less casualties, the easier it’ll be to survive. Not to mention, if they are prepared and know how to fight the undead, then that is another load off our backs. After all, the military will be the one to lead on the front lines,” Xue Jun said in a calm manner.
“I understand. But how are we going to inform them? If we make a public post about this, they won’t believe us,” said Li Jinghua. “I don’t think it’s a good idea for Major General Xue to announce it either considering his position.”
“How about making it into a movie?” Xue Rui suggested. “When it’s a movie, people will have a higher acceptance of the information. And as long as we make it interesting, I believe the audience will be able to retain most of it.”
Then, as if remembering something, Xue Rui quickly added to his sentence: “Of course, we’ll need to cut off the cultivation and ability users bits. After all, we want normal people to relate to it.”
“En. That could work. But finding someone to write the script, actors, productions… it’ll need a lot of money and time. All of us will be too busy with the preparations to oversee those,” Li Jinghua replied.
“Jinghua, you’re worrying over trivial things. Which family do you think I’m from? All of that is no problem at all. Leave it to me,” Xue Rui said with a confident smile on his face.
“Alright. If you say so then I’ll leave everything to you. Anything else?” Li Jinghua eyed everyone in the meeting room and when no one spoke, she packed up her stuff. “If there is nothing else, then let’s end it here.”
When the meeting ended, Li Xinwen turned to his sister. “Hua-jie, I’ll stay for a while to accompany Xue Liang for a bit. I did promise that I’d have a talk with him,” Li Xinwen said with a small smile on his face.
“Are you sure…?”
“En. Don’t worry,” he replied before turning to Xue Liang. The smile on his face disappeared and was replaced with a more serious expression. “Let’s go,” he said as he gestured for Xue Liang to follow him.
Xue Liang grinned at Li Xinwen’s invitation and he quickly stood up. He excitedly followed Li Xinwen, and as his eyes trained on Li Xinwen’s back, he slowly glanced down, before finally his gaze rested on Li Xinwen’s round, firm ass.
Remembering their past passionate moments, Xue Liang couldn’t help but lick his lips. ‘I really can’t wait to push him down and claim him as mine again…’
Xue Liang was so deep in his thoughts that he didn’t realize that they had entered the training ground.
“En. This place is good enough,” Li Xinwen said with satisfaction as he turned to face Xue Liang. “So, shall we begin?”
It wasn’t until Xue Liang heard Li Xinwen speak that he finally took notice of his surroundings. There were still some soldiers training there, and he also noticed that his brothers had followed them, as well as Min Xiaoyu and Li Jinghua.
“Xinwen, didn’t you say that we’ll talk alone?” Xue Liang asked.
“When did I ever say alone?” Li Xinwen asked with an eyebrow raised. “I said that we will ‘talk’, ‘just the two of us’. Naturally, we’re the only two who will do the ‘talking’,” Li Xinwen said as he beckoned at Xue Liang with one hand to come at him.
Xue Liang didn’t move, and only stared at him with confusion on his face. Seeing this expression, Li Xinwen just let out a chuckle. “What were you expecting? Hurry and come at me, ba. Don’t men talk with their fists?”
“You were playing me?” Xue Liang’s expression turned dark as he stared at Li Xinwen.
“Please don’t expect me to treat you well after all that you’ve done,” Li Xinwen narrowed his eyes and once again beckoned Xue Liang to come at him.
“I refuse,” Xue Liang said with gritted teeth. He turned around, wanting to leave. After stealing the cultivation manual from Li Xinwen, he had also started cultivating. Now, he was able to sense other people’s spiritual energy and gauge their strength based on the amount of spiritual energy within them.
When he arrived at the military base, he was pleased to find out that he had caught up with his eldest brother. And he had checked out Li Xinwen’s strength earlier. He was sure that the other was below him but now, he realized that Li Xinwen had been hiding his real strength.
‘To fight a losing battle is not something I do,’ Xue Liang thought to himself. He preferred to have control whenever he was in a fight. After being the overlord in the underworld business, there’s no one who dared to cross him. He had just taken a step when he was stopped by Li Xinwen’s next sentence.
“If you can beat me, I’ll do whatever you want.”
Xue Liang turned back to face Li Xinwen, whose face was full of confidence. Xue Liang then thought back to how satisfying it was to have this confident man writhe under him as he had his way with him. The temptation was simply too big.
He still remembered the way Li Xinwen’s tight hole would cling against his rod as he sheathed himself all the way inside. The sweet, seductive sound that he managed to elicit from the other each time he pounded into him was too much to resist.
“Are you sure?” Xue Liang asked. “Give me your word that you won’t go against it!”
“Alright. I promise you this. In return, if I win…” the corner of Li Xinwen’s lips curved up, forming a smirk. “You will listen to me until the day you can beat me. Let the heavens be our witness, and if I ever go back against my word, may the heavens send lightning down and strike my body.”
Xue Liang didn’t even wait for Li Xinwen to finish as he launched an attack, hoping to take Li Xinwen by surprise.
“Liang-ge! You bastard. How could you be so low!” Xue Rui who saw this scene couldn’t help but admonish his elder brother loudly.
Of course, Li Xinwen had long been prepared. After all, Xue Liang is someone who would take advantage of others’ weaknesses, someone who would break into someone’s house, someone who would openly harass people and he would even dare to steal from them. It was only natural for Li Xinwen to expect such a move from Xue Liang.
When Xue Liang’s fist was about to reach him, Li Xinwen simply evaded it by stepping to the side. He made sure to stick his leg out, tripping Xue Liang who was unable to stop due to the inertia.
“Stop playing as if you’re a normal person. Did you not steal a cultivation manual from me? Xiaohao Linghun… I’m sure you’ve already used it or else, how could you reach the peak 3rd stage of Houtian in such a short amount of time?”
Li Xinwen lifted his leg up high before he brought it back down. Xue Liang saw this and quickly rolled away thus, Li Xinwen’s foot only slammed down on the ground below. Li Xinwen had already reached the sixth stage of Houtian but he deliberately suppressed his strength to match Xue Liang.
Even then, the ground underneath his feet broke and countless web cracks formed. By now, his fight with Xue Liang had already gained everyone’s attention and they stopped their training to witness the fight.
Xue Liang recovered quickly, and after hearing what Li Xinwen said to him, he no longer hid his ability. Instead, he laid all his cards out on the table. His hands quickly formed several seals and activated the first move of the Demonic Profane Flame.
Li Xinwen watched as the dark, purple flame formed on Xue Liang’s hands. He had seen how Xue Liang effortlessly formed the seals to activate the move and he couldn’t help but lament. ‘Truly a shame. Such genius is hard to come by, even back in Long Xing,’ Li Xinwen thought to himself as he prepared for Xue Liang’s next attack.
He didn’t have to wait long; Xue Liang didn’t waste time and sent three sets of fireballs hurling towards him. Li Xinwen carefully analyzed their trajectory before taking a few steps backwards, letting the first two fireballs hit the ground.
For the third one, he decided to parry it away. Based on its trajectory, the fireball would’ve continued to fly and it would endanger Li Jinghua. When his hand touched the fire ball, his eyes narrowed slightly at the feeling of the corrosive power from the flame.
‘This flame does live up to the name of its skill,’ Li Xinwen thought as he mobilised his spiritual energy to cleanse the corrosive effect on his hand. Xue Liang on the other hand, rushed forward again. The demonic flame still covered his hands as his fingers formed into claws.
Li Xinwen dodged the first claw swipe from Xue Liang by leaning back slightly. As for the second one, he raised his left hand to block the attack before he grabbed Xue Liang’s wrist and held him in place. He then lifted his right arm up to his waist, his hand forming into a fist. With one quick movement, he pushed his hands forward, driving the fist into Xue Liang’s stomach.
It was only one, simple punch. No fancy movement. A straight punch that even a child could do. But the force contained within that punch was by no means weak. The flames on Xue Liang’s hands disappeared. His pupils rolled to the back of his head before he slumped forward.
Upon realizing that Xue Liang had passed out, Li Xinwen dropped his body to the ground. He blinked his eyes, as if he was not willing to believe that Xue Liang had fallen with a single punch.
‘Did I fail to control my strength?’ he wondered. Li Xinwen squatted beside the unconscious Xue Liang and slapped his face a few times but the other did not show any reaction. The other soldiers who witnessed this scene couldn’t help but feel disappointed at the outcome before returning to their own training.
“It looks like he is out cold. I guess this can be considered my win,” Li Xinwen grinned from ear to ear. “Xue Liang, ah… you better behave after this and listen to laozi‘s every word,” Li Xinwen said in a soft whisper while he placed his hand on top of Xue Liang’s chest.
He then pushed some of his spiritual energy into Xue Liang, guiding them to rest within the other’s dantian. After doing this, he finally pulled his hand away. “From now on, You. Belong. To. Laozi.”
“Xue Jun! When Xue Liang wakes up, be sure to remind him of his promise. Also, tell him that if he dares to misbehave, I will know,” Li Xinwen said out loud as he stood up.
Making his way to Li Jinghua, Li Xinwen gave her a smile. “So, do you think your brother is still helpless, Hua-jie?” Li Xinwen asked playfully.
Li Jinghua was still trying to process what had just happened. From the start of the match to the point where Xue Liang had passed out, it took less than a minute. Her worry was really unwarranted.
“Ah‘Wen… you didn’t plan this with everyone else just to make me worry less about you, right?” Li Jinghua asked back.
Li Xinwen, who hadn’t planned to knock Xue Liang out in one move, was rendered speechless by her question. Seeing Li Xinwen’s deadpan expression, Li Jinghua continued to explain her reasoning.
“I mean, he… those flames had the strength of a level 2 ability user. You’ve only trained for a few months, so it is almost impossible for you to win.”
Min Xiaoyu and Xue Jun who knew Li Xinwen’s real strength: …
“Hua-jie! You have to believe in your younger brother, ah!” Li Xinwen suddenly felt wronged.
After the meeting in the military base, everyone returned to their daily routine. When Xue Liang woke up later that day, he noticed there was a collar around his neck. He tried all methods he could think of to remove it, but he was unable to do so. It wasn’t until he found out that the collar was given to him by Li Xinwen did he stop trying to remove it.
Days continued to pass, then days changed to months. Li Jinghua would update the group every three months if there is anything that they needed to take note of.
Li Xinwen continued to train with Sun Xiao, and they would occasionally go to the military training base to train with the rest. At first, Sun Xiao was still wary of being surrounded by tough looking adults. But over time, he overcame his shyness and became even more confident.
Before Li Xinwen knew it, a year had passed since he had transmigrated into this world. He wouldn’t have noticed it were it not for Manager Su reminding him that he would soon need to return to his work. At first, Li Xinwen wanted to quit acting. But then, he remembered the plan of making the movie and thought that he should at least help Li Jinghua in this matter.
With that, the name Li Xinwen once again returned to the entertainment world. Once he returned to his work, Li Xinwen no longer had time to laze around.
With the combination of work and training, another year passed in the blink of an eye. The movie that they had planned was finally released and it hit the box office with the highest sales for that year. The talk about zombies spread throughout the country. Even before the meteorites fell, everyone already knew the zombie’s weakness which is the brain.
Another few months passed, and the government released news about the incoming meteorite. But luckily, since Xue Jun had warned them about it two years ago, they were prepared. Just like Li Jinghua’s past, they shot at the meteorite but there were still pieces of it that fell to earth.
Now, Li Jinghua began the final preparations for the apocalypse. She sold all of her stocks, bonds and shares, before she started hoarding all the necessary materials. She also purchased several vehicles. It was unfortunate that her space was limited or else she would’ve bought bigger vehicles such as trailers and trucks.
Unknown to her, Li Xinwen had bought those trailers and trucks that she wanted to purchase and placed them inside his dimension. Lan Yu complained to Li Xinwen about how the cars were taking up space and how ugly they looked. But Li Xinwen paid him no mind.
As for the cats, though they were stronger now, they still had not reached spiritual awareness.
Once all their preparations were complete, they only needed to wait for the apocalypse to come.