“Captain Roger, since this mission is difficult, I should go. As a member of the Sky Fracture Mercenary Group, how can I cower away at this time?” Lin Xinghai said decisively.
Lin Xinghai believed that Roger had no reason to reject this standard answer.
“I’m not the leader. You don’t need to show your loyalty to me.” Roger was speechless.
After a pause, he continued, “What I just said was not a joke. We have to go deep into the city on this mission, and the danger level is at least double what it usually is.”
“Even though you have decent talent, right now you’re just an ordinary person. Even if I put you in a logistical position, if real danger comes, I doubt you could get away.”
At this moment, Lin Xinghai finally realized that what Roger was saying was not some bullshit test of loyalty, but he was genuinely concerned for him.
Thinking of this, he also decided to lay his cards on the table. “Captain Roger, actually, there’s something I want to report to you. I am not as weak as you think. After the shelter allocated accommodations this afternoon, five thugs from the Hatchet Gang came to collect protection racket. I took care of all of them.”
The fact that his strength had increased was hard to conceal, especially with a mission coming up. In the face of danger, he couldn’t hide his skills.
Rather than having been exposed later, it was better to have mentioned it then, so the others could have been mentally prepared.
“Didn’t you show your mercenary badge? How did you get into a conflict with the Hatchet Gang? If I’m not mistaken, the Wild Wolf Mercenary Group is backing them up!”
As Roger spoke, he finally came to his senses.
He swallowed hard, looking at Lin Xinghai in disbelief. “What did you just say? You actually took care of the thugs from the Hatchet Gang, and five of them at that? How is that possible?”
Lin Xinghai smiled, “Actually, there’s something I haven’t told you before. Before the apocalypse broke out, I was a provincial-level Sanda champion. My fighting skills are not weak.”
[TN: Sanda refers to the Chinese kickboxing skill.]
“What…” After hearing the news, Roger’s eyes suddenly widened, but he quickly shook his head, “That shouldn’t be the case. You haven’t taken the genetic serum. The physical gap between you and those thugs isn’t ordinary, and you were up against five of them.”
“This is also the second thing I want to tell you. I found that I absorbed genetic serum very quickly.”
“I’ve absorbed two bottles of genetic serum in just half a day. This is the main reason I was able to beat those thugs.” Lin Xinghai finally threw out this made-up excuse.
He knew the excuse was lame, and probably no normal person would believe it, but the thing was, he had no other choice!
The matters concerning the system simply couldn’t be explained. Besides, he had no intention of explaining them.
“What!” At this moment, Roger stood up in shock, staring at Lin Xinghai, “Are you telling the truth?”
“Really, but I don’t know what’s going on.” Lin Xinghai said seriously.
Roger stood stunned for a long time before he couldn’t help but mutter, “Do you have some kind of unique physique?”
Lin Xinghai’s ears twitched, “What are you talking about?”
“I mean it quite literally. Among tens of millions of people, there are always some with unique physiques. This leads to aspects that set them apart from the ordinary. Those with special physique awaken to particularly strong abilities.” Roger explained.
“Well, I think I have that unique physique.” Lin Xinghai reaffirmed.
He didn’t care what the unique physique was all about. Since it could help him cover up his lies, he would take advantage of it without further ado, and sort things out later.
Roger asked, “Why do you think so?”
Lin Xinghai: “There’s no particular reason. It’s just a feeling. Otherwise, why would I absorb the genetic serum so quickly?”
Roger was made speechless.
The room fell into a prolonged silence. It took 15 minutes before Roger finally accepted the reality.
“You must not leak out the fact that you have a unique physique, understand?” Roger warned seriously.
“Okay! I understand.” Lin Xinghai nodded repeatedly, “Can I go on this mission?”
Seeing Roger’s hesitant expression, Lin Xinghai added, “If you’re still worried about my lack of strength, give me another ten to twenty bottles of genetic serum. I can break through my limits to become an Enhanced before we set off.”
Roger’s face darkened, but after a moment of consideration, he pulled out two bottles of genetic serum from his pocket, “Before we set off, any increase in strength is good. Just stay by my side and don’t act rashly.”
Lin Xinghai hadn’t expected Roger to actually give him the genetic serum, which was clearly bought out of his own pocket.
However, he didn’t refuse, but accepted it directly.
At this moment, he truly needed the power of the Blood Essence. As for this favor, he would naturally repay it in double when he had the strength in the future.
“We initially estimate it to be at least over a ton. These energy crystals are our target.” Roger said in a lowered voice.
“A ton of energy crystals!” Lin Xinghai exclaimed instantly. After reacting, he immediately covered his mouth and looked around.
He now understood why Roger had spent extra money on a private room and had carefully scanned the surrounding environment with his wrist computer before initiating the conversation.
After spending an afternoon wandering around asking for information, Lin Xinghai was no longer so naive. At least he now knew the value of the energy crystals.
A ton of energy crystals might not have meant much before the apocalypse.
But in the current era of energy shortage, their value was incomparable.
If the mercenary group successfully brought the crystals back, selling them in the shelter could earn at least 100,000 to 150,000 points.
This was a fortune that could make any mercenary group go crazy.
“If this mission is successfully completed, the mercenary group will be able to purchase a large amount of new equipment and be promoted to a level 2 mercenary group.”
“At that time, with the talent you have shown, I might be able to give you more than a dozen bottles of genetic serum a week.” Roger smiled.