Chapter 500: Jiangning Safety Zone
Translator: Liu_Kaixuan Editor: Valvrave
"Thank you, Old Zhang. But you don't have to arrange a meeting for us," refused Jiang Liushi after pondering for a bit.
He had no information regarding the Huaxia Region and its paranormals, so he believed that he should be cautious. Presently, his strength was inferior to the military.
"It's okay. I'll respect your decision," said General Zhang. Although he felt it was a pity, General Zhang would not force Jiang Liushi.
"What about living here temporarily? The life here is a little boring, but it's still a safe area. If you need any help, don't hesitate to tell me." General Zhang smiled.
"Live here?" Jiang Liushi shook his head.
It had never crossed Jiang Liushi's mind to live there or find any other permanent residence somewhere else. He only cared about escorting the two professors safely. Not to mention that the Regions were under urgent construction and expansion. How could he waste his time?
"There is something that I need you to help me locate," said Jiang Liushi.
"Tell me," replied General Zhang immediately. He was deeply grateful for Jiang Liushi's help. Plus, he had even brought two remarkable professors to join the safe are. Naturally, he was happy to help Jiang Liushi.
"If I'm not mistaken, there should be an airport in Jiangning. I need some materials from the abandoned planes. I don't know how far and where it's located. Can you please find information on the route and the airport's situation?" asked Jiang Liushi.
In the list of materials, he gave to He Junhong were several extremely hard to find metals. Although He Junhong was trying his best to gather all the needed materials, Jiang Liushi decided to look for some of them personally. After all, he had met General Zhang, which was a great opportunity. At the same time, he felt it was the right time to collect more materials for his storage space. That type of composite metal was used in large quantities on airplanes.
As long as they could find an aircraft, it would be equivalent to finding a large number of materials. In the future, materials would only be scarcer, so he should collect them early. When they had been passing through Jiangbei, Jiang Liushi had considered visiting Jiangbei Airport, but he had discarded that idea due to the distance.
Since they had arrived in Jiangning, Jiang Liushi wanted to take that opportunity and go to Jiangning Airport.
"Jiangning Airport?" General Zhang was stunned. He was in a dilemma.
Jiang Liushi noticed his expression and asked, "Is Jiangning Airport in use?"
Generally speaking, after doomsday, most of the cities were in total ruins, and consequently, the airports had lost their usage. What was different about Jiangning Airport?
"Not completely, but it is almost at the final stages," replied General Zhang.
Then, he gave some details to Jiang Liushi. The first step in establishing the Regions was to strengthen the links between all major security zones. The previous method of using broadcasts was too singular, and not every security zone made public the real situation and all information. Thus, they started using aircraft, which made direct personnel exchanges possible.
Presently, Jiangning Airport was under the military's control, and it was being repaired. Moreover, Jiangning Airport was not a big airport, and the government had already started controlling the air traffic before doomsday, so there were not many planes there. Currently, nobody had the ability to build airplanes, and thus, it was nearly impossible to allow anyone close to the remaining planes.
Jiang Liushi nodded and expressed his understanding. However, he was somewhat disappointed. The difficulty of collecting materials was increasing.
"As for Jiangbei, we will soon recover it. It's a real shame that we can't use the high-speed trains connecting Jiangning to Jiangbei as we're unable to provide sufficient power," added General Zhang.
After doomsday, the means of transportation was the biggest problem. And that's why Jiang Liushi's special ability had left a deep impression on General Zhang. If Jiang Liushi could use his power to assist the military, it would solve lots of problems. Unfortunately, Jiang Liushi had shot down that idea.
"Jiangbei will be included in this Region in the future? Really?" Li Yuxin asked in surprise.
Truth be told, it was to be expected as Jiangbeu could be considered a medium-sized city. There were many facilities and industries in Jiang Bei.
"That's good. Old Zhang, when the military reclaims Jiangbei, I'd like you help and take care of a good friend," said Jiang Liushi. And then, he described Luo Ming and where he was. That may be the only assistance that he could provide to Luo Ming. He hoped that his friend could lead a better life.
"Luo Ming. Rest assured!" General Zhang said in a serious tone.
"If you want to find other airports, I can help," added General Zhang.
Jiang Liushi became excited and listened carefully.
After some time, Jiang Liushi and Ran Xiyu left the headquarters of Jiangning Safety Zone with a detailed map of the Jiangning area. General Zhang also sent the two professors to the Institute of Biological Sciences, and Li Yuxin followed. Actually, in Jiangning, there was more than one research institute, and they were all located behind the headquarters. The scientists there were conducting all kinds of researches under the protection of the military, so Jiang Liushi did not have to worry about the two professors' safety.
In the security zone, patrol teams could be seen everywhere. In addition, ordinary survivors come and go, cleaning the ruins and houses. A few others were sorting out clothes from the mall's warehouse according to how clean they were, gender and numbers. As for the brand, it was not in the selection range. Expensive and cheap clothes were all piled up together.
In the area, except for the sick and old, as well as children, who didn't have any ability to work, the rest of the people had to help with construction.
As they were passing by the people who were sorting out the clothes, Jiang Liushi noticed Ran Xiyu's eyes and then he stopped.
"Is this scarf for sale?" Jiang Liushi asked someone who seemed to be the manager.
"It's for general distribution," said that person, shaking his head.
Jiang Liushi pondered for a second and then he took out a bar of chocolate from his pocket.
"How about selling it to me?" Jiang Liushi asked again.
"Yes!" The manager's eyes lit up, and he nodded.
It seemed that even in this relatively perfect safety area, chocolate was still rare, even just a small piece. Although clothes did not have any money worth, they were also relative to food. Especially in the winter, it was not so easy to get warm and clean winter clothes. But that bar of chocolate could still buy several pieces of clothing, plus this scarf.
Jiang Liushi picked a few sweaters and found a bag, which then he gave to Ran Xiyu. "When Yuxin comes back, you can pick the color you like," said Jiang Liushi.
"That's..." The bag in Ran Xiyu's hands was so big that it seemed as if she was holding a big teddy bear. She looked more petite than usual.
"This one is for you." Jiang Liushi wrapped a white scarf around Ran Xiyu's neck.
The soft scarf wrapped her white neck and covered her small ears, making her face smaller. Ran Xiyu quietly looked at Jiang Liushi and said, "Thank you."
"You're welcome," said Jiang Liushi with a smile.
Ran Xiyu felt that her ears were a bit hot. She had just thrown a glance at the scarf, and Jiang Liushi bought it for her. A sense of warmth filled Ran Xiyu's heart.
Ran Xiyu suddenly asked, "Is there anything on the map that General Zhang gave you?"
"Oh, look!" Jiang Liushi unfolded the map for Ran Xiyu to see. There was a circle on the map. "Two helicopters have fallen in this place, and the wreckage should be around this area," said Jiang Liushi.
The rotor blades of helicopters were made of composite materials. Although Jiang Liushi couldn't get his hands on airplanes, helicopters were still better than nothing. Moreover, according to General Zhang, the two helicopters had been flying in a low attitude at that time, so they should be relatively complete.
"Is that place dangerous?" asked Ran Xiyu.
"It can't be said to be very dangerous," replied Jiang Liushi.
That place was located somewhere in the city, but not in the city center. They would be quite safe in the minibus. Jiang Liushi was quite confident in his MCV.
"We will not be staying in Jiangning for long. Since two helicopters are waiting for us, we should not let this opportunity." Jiang Liushi smiled.
"Okay." Ran Xiyu nodded.
Ran Xiyu would not raise any objections since Jiang Liushi had said so. She totally trusted him.
As they were walking slowly in the streets just like before doomsday, a faint sense of warmth filled Jiang Liushi's heart.
Unexpectedly, a voice came from behind, "I can't believe it's really you!"