Ye Cang came to Zhang Zhengxiong’s room, holding a small syringe of reagent. He pushed out the needle which glowed with sparks even when it was in the dark.

Zhang Zhengxiong noticed him and asked when he saw the thing in Ye Cang’s hands. “This is?”

“Some good stuff. I can’t do much but I’ve saved one set for you and Lele each.” Using his own body as a filter, Ye Cang had absorbed all the negative energy and impurities from the reagent. All that was left were the essence and DNA of the crack.

“I’ll do it myself. It’s very painful whenever you give me an injection.” Zhang Zhengxiong took over the reagent and injected it into his chest. Ye Cang then recalled that ever since young, he was the one who helped Zhang Zhengxiong to do injections. 

Moments later, Zhang Zhengxiong’s face turned pale and he fell on the bed, crying for help. “So cold...Brother...I’m very cold...It’s suffocating…”

Then, Ye Cang placed his hand on Zhang Zhengxiong’s head, transferring some energy to him to reduce his pain. In the end, Zhang Zhengxiong fell asleep with sweat all over his body. Ye Cang caressed his face. A’Xiong, even though it’s painful, it’s for your own good. You can only protect yourself and your loved ones if you turn stronger. 

Ye Cang covered him with a blanket and went to Lin Le’s room. Seeing the blood-red aura surging through Lin Le’s body, Ye Cang mumbled. “Lin Sen…”

Immediately, Lin Le’s hair turned white and he opened his eyes. However, his eyes were as red as a ruby crystal and his body was filled with an extremely evil aura. “It’s you…”

Without any hesitation, Ye Cang took out the reagent. “Inject this into him. You should know what this is since you’re the one who brought it from the Void.”

‘Lin Le’ stared at the blue reagent and took it over with psychokinesis. He carefully examined the liquid. “Fragment of Big Disaster. Wait, no. That thing is not this pure. This has been filtered. Eh? It even filtered away mankind’s negative energy?! This isn’t something anyone could do. Was it you…”

“It’s none of your business…” Ye Cang interrupted him.

“I’ll use it wisely, boy…” ‘Lin Le’s’ blood-red eyes squinted and Ye Cang left without saying a word.

“This Lele fella is damn lucky to have such a brother. Indeed, he is the little bastard’s heir. But that white-haired and I share the same characteristic…” He then injected it into his chest and the blood-red aura turned into a cocoon, covering his body. 

As for SpyingBlade, Fang Ci, and Little Ye Tian, Ye Cang did not plan to let them use the reagent. At the moment, he did not have any extra ones. Yet, most importantly was that their bodies could not handle the reagent, at least not now.

Ye Cang was standing on top of a reef, staring at the ocean. What a peaceful night. I’ve nothing to do now… He then decided to go to the market area for a walk.

In Lin Hai, there were four main areas - Day (West District), Moon (Ye Cang’s East District), Stars (North District), and Time (South District). The most bustling area that came after Xinla Street in the North District would be Sunset Street in the West District. The East and South District markets were not as busy as the other two’s. Even though it was already 12 at midnight, the time on the street seemed to have just started ticking. Shining neon lights, bars, prostitutes, hawker stalls, and massive casinos were everywhere. It was the best timing to do business. 

Ye Cang was not unfamiliar with Xinla Street, Gamer’s area. In the past, when he was in need of money, he would come here a few times to trick for money. As for Sunset Street, he rarely went there. He put on his sunglasses and boarded the floating train to the west.

“Yo, young man with white hair, do you want to come in and have some fun? We have a lot of new girls today…” A girl pulled Ye Cang over and promoted to him. She then mumbled. “There are transformed ones too. Owl girl, cat girl…”

Having mutants in such area was not something Ye Cang did not know. This career line was developed by mankind itself, in order to satisfy some special needs. Actually, that’s not quite true too because most of the mutants here are not forcefully transformed by the change of DNA. They are pure mutants. There was not much of a difference with an ordinary person. Well, at least not before they transformed. In order to survive and bring up their children, they have no choice but to join the human society to earn some money. The federal did not control this matter strictly since these pure mutants have been the target of federal, hoping to gain some benefits from them. Even in America, these kinds of mutants are nurtured to fight against the Salvation and to fight for scarce resources with other countries. There are a few in China but there aren’t that many unlike America since there are too many martial artists here. The heirs of each family are strong enough. Not to mention the official organizations. In the north, there’s Dragon Group and Mutants Association in the south. There are even more among the folk. Not including Three Hidden Sect (Lin, Shen, Yu) and Extinct Sword, these two powerful ones, there are the Great Ten Families, the lesser families, 10 Commandments, Buddha Zen[1], Animitta[2], Rage Execute Hall, and Mercy Valley. These middle-class groups have been helping out a lot too with their second-class power and strength. 

“Is it free?” Ye Cang smiled.

“Go away, go away. Waste of my time.” The girl rolled her eyes. Soon, she saw a woman with short hair, wearing coats and button-ups. She was exceptionally tall and handsome. 

“Cruel Woman…” The girl shouted with respect.

The woman who was called Cruel Woman glanced at her and nodded. She then saw Ye Cang’s back. Because he looked skinny and weak to her, she did not pay much attention as she walked past Ye Cang. 

Ye Cang did not turn around too because he did not bother anyway. Although we have met at Lin Hai’s underground meeting, she could not have remembered me. 

Just when he was about to leave, Cruel Woman stopped. “Hold on a second, you are from the East District, right? One of the Kings of the Great Christmas War, the gentleman dancer from the three heroes and… you’re Dirt Wolf’s servant.”

Ye Cang was speechless for a second. I’ve only attended the underground meeting once with Dirt Wolf (the head of gangsters in the East District) It’s confirmed that he knew A’Xiong but I’ve only been there once. Looks like it is because of Flasher Uncle and the others. Ye Cang remained silent.

With a heavy tone, Cruel Woman patted Ye Cang’s shoulders and said. “Put more effort into your studies. Don’t hang out with those underground people. You shouldn’t waste your future in being a gangster. There’s nothing to be proud of…”

“Oh, okay.” Ye Cang was stunned. She actually asked me to be hardworking?! He raised his head to look at the woman who was taller than him. 

“Give me an autograph. I really like your lonely waltz. If I was not born in this family, I would hope to…” Cruel Woman then shook her hand and asked for Ye Cang’s autograph. She then told the girl. “He is a VIP from the East District. All of his expenses tonight will be on me. Help me tell the others too.”

Upon finished saying, she put her hand into the pocket, turned and left, waving with only an arm. She was cool and arrogant. 

Ye Cang was dumbfounded and then said to the girl. “It’s free now right?”

“Of course…”

As Ye Cang went in to have a look at the mutant’s service, he saw an old friend of his, Gamer. What’s he doing here?

At the same time, Gamer noticed Ye Cang and the girl talking with him too. Even though, chills were still sent down his spine when he saw Ye Cang. “What did you come here for?”

“What do you think?” Ye Cang smiled.

“You have a special taste.” Gamer glanced at the girl and made a ‘hmph’ sound.

“......” Ye Cang was speechless and brushed off the topic by asking another question. “What about you?” 

“King of Violence is about to die, I came here to pay the old fella a visit.” Gamer smiled coldly. 

King of Violence. Ye Cang knew he was a legend in Lin Hai’s underground power. To be precise, King of Violence isn’t a person but a logo. Every generation of the leaders in the West District would be named like that. The West District is the direct descendants’ place. This tradition has been passed down for very long. But now, the situation has changed, Gamer’s power in the north has surpassed the west’s. Even the West District has been cautious about it. 

“It’s sad that he once again put up his guard against me and forgot about the east…” Gamer stared at Ye Cang’s calm expression. That old fella totally forgot about the most dangerous enemy.

“I’ve no interest in joining you guys and I don’t want to either. Gamer, let’s discuss something.” Ye Cang shrugged his shoulders.

Gamer frowned as he looked at Ye Cang. 

“Your game room. Give me two core members.” Ye Cang’s words sparked Gamer’s interest. Without any words, he directly gave to top-class members to Ye Cang. “You owe me a favor.”

Ye Cang smiled and nodded. “But forget about it, if you want to open one of your games in the East District. It’s impossible.”

“Hmph, pathetic.” Gamer left after Ye Cang replied. 

Staring at Gamer’s back, Ye Cang gave it a thought. If he wasn't that stubborn in those things, he would actually be the best candidate to replace me in the 10 Commandments. The ability to see through the fake and to be not restrain by kindness. But because of this, he is too extreme. Kindness does exist but it’s too cruel.

Footnotes

  1. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zen
  2. ^ https://animitta.org/