When Lin Xinghai told the girls that the security team had left, their faces turned pale, and all eyes were on him.
After all, the reason why they asked Lin Xinghai to be their roommate was to seek protection in times like this.
Meanwhile, Lin Xinghai fell deep into thought. Truth be told, he wasn’t actually afraid of this so-called “Hatchet Gang”.
These small-time thugs might pack a punch, but their overall ability was limited. If they had the capability to challenge gene-enhanced individuals, who would willingly stay in this lower district and be a thug?
Lin Xinghai was confident that he could win as long as there weren’t too many of these thugs showing up.
But the question was, he wasn’t sure whether to intervene or not.
After all, once he was done, he could just walk away. But as for Liu Miaomiao and the others, they were likely to stay here for quite a while.
“How much protection racket are they asking for?” Lin Xinghai asked after pondering for a moment.
“One month, three points.” Shen Yimei replied.
The girls all breathed a sigh of relief upon hearing that. Liu Miaomiao even gave the girl a pointed look. “Yimei, you should have made it clear from the beginning.”
“If it’s 3 points a month, it’s not that bad, all things considered. After all, it’s better to avoid unnecessary trouble.” Liu Miaomiao said, keeping an eye on Lin Xinghai’s reaction as she spoke.
She was most afraid that Lin Xinghai would be stubborn, refusing to pay the protection fee and getting into a conflict with the Hatchet Gang. Regardless of whether they could win the fight or not, it would likely lead to ongoing troubles down the line.
Lin Xinghai didn’t object, and his expression remained calm as ever.
That surprised Liu Miaomiao. In her memories, he was not that easygoing.
Lin Xinghai did not express his position, and the girls quickly reached a consensus.
Next, it was a somewhat anxious wait. Everyone could hear the growing commotion, getting closer and closer. Occasionally, amidst the noise, there were quarrels and the sounds of punches and kicks, clearly indicating that there were still people attempting to resist.
However, these resistances were doomed to be in vain because the noise had already reached their door.
The door was kicked forcefully, and the decrepit door trembled violently, its latch creaking and groaning, making one suspect it might be kicked down in the next moment.
This scene made Lin Xinghai furrow his brow, but he didn’t say anything.
The closest to the door, Shen Yimei, unlatched it. The door was immediately kicked open by the people outside.
The young man who was leading the group gradually lowered his voice as he cursed. His gaze swept over each of them, including Lui Miaomiao and the others. His gaze grew increasingly heated and lecherous.
Not only him, but several other thugs who entered also had similar looks in their eyes. In this lower district, beautiful women were definitely quite rare.
Especially Liu Miaomiao and Wang Yao, one with exceptional looks and temperament, and the other with a curvaceous figure. Both could easily captivate the attention of these thugs.
*Cough!* The leader of the thugs took a good look for a while before finally coming back to his senses. He cleared his throat and tried to appear somewhat refined as he said. “Ladies and gentlemen, I’m here to collect protection fees, 5 points each.”
“What! 5 points each? Wasn’t it 3 points?” Liu Miaomiao exclaimed. Her expression turned somewhat unpleasant.
She already had a faint feeling that something was about to go wrong.
The leader of the thugs chuckled, “Ordinary folks pay 3 points, but you ladies are something special. Protecting you isn’t easy, so we’re charging a bit more for protection. Isn’t that reasonable?”
“Of course, if you ladies find it a bit tight on points right now and can’t afford this much, there are other ways to settle it.” As he said so, his eyes kept glancing back and forth at some sensitive areas of Liu Miaomiao’s body.
His intention was self-evident.
The other thugs also had lewd smiles on their faces.
Now Miaomiao and the others’ expressions truly changed; this was completely beyond their expectations.
With the situation having escalated to this point, Lin Xinghai knew he had to step in. He moved forward and stood in front of the girls.
Before stepping forward, Lin Xinghai had already used the Appraisal Technique on the leader of the thugs.
Name: Wang Damao
Constitution: 15 points
Strength: 19 points
Speed: 11 points
Genetic Enhancement Degree: 19%
Seeing the opponent’s attributes, Lin Xinghai was convinced that he could defeat the five intruders alone.
“5 points per person, right?” Lin Xinghai asked lightly. His eyes were a little cold.
Only then did the five thugs realize that there was a man in this dorm room. Instantly, there was jealousy in their eyes.
Any man would be jealous of Lin Xinghai’s spot.
“Sorry, but the price has gone up. It’s now 10 points per person.” The leader of the thugs said with a mocking smile.
“Alright, 10 points per person, huh? Pass them over!” Lin Xinghai said, extending his hand.
As these thugs continued to size up the women with their leering gazes, he knew that this situation had taken a turn for the worse.
Of course, if he were to show his mercenary badge now, these thugs should back off.
However, it wouldn’t sit well with Lin Xinghai.
I had stronger backing and greater strength than them. Since they’ve stepped all over me, letting them simply walk away would squander the advantage I had.
Besides, I’m really short on money! These thugs collected so much protection racket. I can’t let this opportunity slip.
*Cough!* “I’m here to instill justice!” Lin Xinghai found a righteous reason for what he was about to do.
When Wang Damao and the rest heard what Lin Xinghai said, they looked at him as if he was a fool.
Even Liu Miaomiao was not optimistic that Lin Xinghai could defeat these people.
Aside from Shen Yimei’s description of these thugs who could knock out a 100kg burly man with a single punch, they also learned about the existence of the gene-enhanced individuals from the papers Ji Yuan distributed.
“Lin Xinghai!” Liu Miaomiao shouted nervously.
“Don’t worry. It won’t be a problem!” Lin Xinghai smiled slightly, with a relaxed expression, as if he didn’t see these thugs as a threat at all.
“But you’re in my way.” Wang Damao hurled a punch at Lin Xinghai’s head.
How could he tolerate a newcomer, termed ‘pigs’, showing off like that right in front of him?”
“Too slow!” Lin Xinghai simply sidestepped and easily dodged Wang Damao’s punch.
With his impressive speed of 26 points, there was no way the opponent’s punch could ever touch him.
“What?!” Wang Damao’s eyes widened as his punch missed.
However, before he could react, Lin Xinghai’s counterpunch came. It was also a punch, but Wang Damao couldn’t dodge it in time and took a solid hit to the chest.
A dull thud echoed as Wang Damao felt as if his chest had been struck by a massive hammer. He stumbled backward until he knocked over one of his companions, only then managing to steady himself.