Gate of Revelation Chapter 556-557
GOR Chapter 556 Memory Loss?
Tian Lie and Nicole sat across from Lin Leyan.
"Have you met this fellow before?"
Nicole said with a serious tone as she placed the few photos down on the table before Lin Leyan.
Tian Lie clutched his forehead and groaned, "I am beginning to get this hunch. Any matter that is related to that kid will not be a good thing."
"You shut up." Nicole glared at Tian Lie before turning to face Lin Leyan.
Lin Leyan revealed a look of nervousness as she examined the photos before her. "I, I do not know what you are talking about."
"Those photos. Do you recognize everyone in the photos?" Nicole stared Lin Leyan in the eye.
"… … I do. They are all my work friends, members of our charitable organization."
"Him as well?" asked Nicole as she picked up a photo. She pointed at the partially caught face in the corner of the photo. "This man."
Lin Leyan looked at it.
When her gaze fell upon Chen Xiaolian's face, she suddenly felt a subconscious thump coming from her heart.
A strange feeling bubbled up from her heart.
The figure in the photo was clearly a stranger. However, when she saw the figure, her heart suddenly jumped. It was a subconscious reaction. Her rate of breathing turned ragged and her heart felt sweetness, sourness, bitterness… …
However, that person was clearly a stranger to her.
Both Tian Lie and Nicole were able to notice the minute changes displayed by Lin Leyan. The two of them exchanged glances. Then, they turned and regarded Lin Leyan once again.
"I… … I do not recognize him." Lin Leyan shook her head. There was a very thoughtful look on her face.
"If that is the case, how could he appear inside this photo?" Nicole gave a harrumph. "You are lying!"
"I am not," said Lin Leyan, who shook her head. "I, I really do not remember that person."
Her brows knitted together as she racked her brain to remember.
"Let us talk about this photo," said Tian Lie, who decided to examine the issue from a different angle. "Where was this photo taken?"
"Kombia." Lin Leyan was quick to answer the question. "Some time ago, our organization went to the continent of Africa, to Kombia to join a medical assistance project there. A charitable foundation affiliated with UN had launched that project. I joined as a volunteer."
Lin Leyan spoke as she dug through her memories, "Back then, when our team was in Kombia, a coup erupted and the rebel forces captured the capital of Kombia. This photo was taken in one of the hotels in Kombia, a hotel used as a base of operations by our organization. Mm…" She looked at the photos and recalled what happened for a moment before continuing, "Back then, we were making preparations to move our supplies. We were loading up medical supplies and food into the vehicles. The team responsible for media coverage had taken these photos."
There was a distressed expression on Lin Leyan's face. "But I really do not remember this fellow… … he, I do not have any recollections of him at all. From what I can remember, there are no other Asians from our organization there."
At that moment, images seemingly flashed through her mind.
Lin Leyan seemingly recalled how she and her companions were besieged by the rebel forces within a small and dilapidated chapel… … she recalled the charging jeep… … she recalled being besieged by bandits in the city, the rain of bullets back then… …
Those images flashed through her mind like a movie.
However, those images were seemingly incomplete. It felt as though something was missing.
It was as though… … she was missing an important part.
But why can't she remember?
They were besieged inside the little, dilapidated chapel. Back then, how had they escaped? The jeep. Back when it was charging forward… … who was the one driving the jeep?
When she was held inside the city by the bandits, who was the one who pulled her out?
Why? Why can't I remember a single thing?
I cannot remember?
Lin Leyan groaned in pain and both her hands reached up to clutch her head.
"What happened to you?" asked Nicole with a frown.
"I, I don't know." Lin Leyan's face was pale and she said, "I do not know what is going on. Back in Kombia, I may have suffered from a head related injury. There are seemingly some problems with my memories from that time; it is incomplete - and it is not just me. My other two companions who escaped together with me from the war are suffering from the same issue. We all seem to be suffering from headaches and partial amnesia."
Tian Lie and Nicole exchanged glances once more.
"All right, sit down first."
Nicole pressed down on Lin Leyan's shoulder and sent a certain look at Tian Lie. The two of them got up and walked into the kitchen. Nicole then moved to close the kitchen's door.
"What do you think?" Nicole looked at Tian Lie.
Tian Lie pursed his lips to the side and said, "I dare to bet my underwear on it. This girl must surely know Chen Xiaolian."
"So?" Nicole nodded. "Like me… … you think she had her memories erased?"
"I fear it is not a simple memory erase." Tian Lie rubbed his chin and continued, "I suspect that the girl was lying just now."
Nicole nodded again. "I suspect the same as well. A memory erase is not hard to explain. Perhaps Chen Xiaolian had for some reason, possibly related to instance dungeons or something else, went to Kombia. There, he had exposed his identity to ordinary humans. In order to maintain the secret, he used some means to erase away the memories of the ordinary humans - many Awakened ones do that. There is nothing strange about that. What I find strange is the change showed by the girl when she was looking at Chen Xiaolian's image in the photo."
"Her heartbeat increased. Her rate of breathing changed as well, becoming more heavy and ragged," said Tian Lie with a smile.
Nicole nodded her head again. "That is right. After getting their memories erased, an ordinary human would never show such a reaction after seeing Chen Xiaolian's picture. Thus, she must be hiding something!"
Tian Lie pondered the matter and said, "Maybe it was not a deliberate act. Maybe, there was a special relationship between her and Chen Xiaolian. However, she later had her memories erased. You know, many memory erasing devices can only erase the 'surface' portion of the target's memories. It cannot erase the emotions buried underneath… … maybe, just maybe, in Africa, Chen Xiaolian had played and dumped the girl. After that, he used the memory erasing device to erase the girl's memories of him."
"Ptui! The Chen Xiaolian I know would never do something like that. Play and dump? You really have quite the imagination!"
In the other room.
Tom Huggins and Jenny sat inside their bedroom.
There were no restraints on either of them. However, they could only sit there stiffly.
Tom Huggins sat in the corner of the room, beside the door. Jenny was slightly better off; she sat on the bed.
The special pair of couple had been looking at each other all this time. After a long time, Jenny finally let out a low sigh. "I am sorry, Tom."
"… … I also need to apologize to you." Tom sighed. At that moment, there was a solemn expression on his face and his voice was one of heaviness. No longer was there any of the party pooping attitude normally seen whenever he worked in radio hosting.
"Will they harm us? We… … have to think of some way to escape." Jenny bit her lips. "Can you stand up? I cannot move."
Tom shook his head. "It is useless, Jenny. You are not an Awakened, you do not understand just how powerful these people are. That man's power is extremely terrifying. Even though he had just touched my head for a bit, I have now lost all my ability to resist. Even my personal system is blocked off. I have no way to… … contact the members of my organization. My channel is cut off."
"Maybe, maybe we can think of something else… … I know, you have a gun in your study."
"Don't do anything stupid!" Tom said in a very serious tone. "Jenny, you are an ordinary human. You do not understand how horrifying these people are! Forget a gun. Even with a tank, you cannot fight them off! Additionally… … even now… see how they did not bother to gag our mouths? This is because they are Awakened ones. They must surely possess abilities for these situations. For example, auditory powers. Even with a wall separating us, they can clearly hear every word we are saying!"
Jenny fell silent.
"I believe they would not harm us… … or should I say, I don't think that woman will harm you. You… … you work for Zero City, right? It would appear that the woman is here to make contact with you. If so, it stands to reason that she would not harm you. What we need to do now is to be patient and wait. Wait and see what they want from us." Tom then took a deep breath before continuing. "Jenny, tell me. When did you begin working for Zero City?"
"… … around seven years ago, before I got to know you," replied Jenny with a whisper. "One time, I had joined my friends for a vacation and I was involved in an accident. I nearly died. Then, several strange fellows saved my life and… … they asked me if I am willing to work for them. I… … after that… …"
"I understand. You had probably bumped into Zero City's field personnel." Tom nodded.
"What about you, Tom? Are you really an Awakened? You are one of them?"
"I am an Awakened, but I am not one of them." Tom smiled wryly and continued, "You do not understand our world. The Awakened world is more complicated that you imagine. I work for one of the organizations in it."
"You… when did you begin?"
"Much earlier than you." Tom sighed. "I have been an Awakened for about 30 years now."
Jenny's eyes widened. "Oh, my God! 30 years? But this… … " Pausing, Jenny was momentarily at a loss for words. Then, she said, "How old are you?"
Tom hesitated for a moment before whispering with a wry smile, "When I was born, the Allied forces had just landed on Normandy and Hitler had yet to be defeated."
"Oh, my God!" Jenny stared with widened eyes. "You, you look…"
"Genetic serums." Tom gave a wry smile. "By becoming an Awakened, I encountered many wondrous adventures. There are many ways to extend youth and vitality. For Awakened ones, there is nothing surprising about this. Additionally… … I believe those fellows must have given you some genetic serums as well. However, the serum they gave you must have been greatly diluted. Thus, even though you took the serum, you did not gain much of the benefits that usually accompanies the use of the serum - however, you still look younger than your peers, albeit slightly."
"Yes." Jenny sobbed. "I have worked for them for six years now, but they never had me do anything. There was never any specific task for me. The only thing I have to do is to send some strange codes using some special methods. The 'special circumstances' that they mentioned when they hired me had never occurred before. I, I had always thought that this was an easy job."
"No wonder the doctor would say your body is in great health whenever he did a medical check-up for you. He always said you are just like someone in her twenties." Tom smiled wryly.
"No wonder whenever I go for a medical check-up, you would be unwilling to go together… … now that I think about it, in the past few years that we were married, you have never fallen sick at all, not even a cold." Jenny sighed.
It was at that moment that the door opened and Tian Lie strode in. He glanced at them both and said, "All right now, you two lovebirds. Private time is over! You, Mr Tom Huggins, we have guests!"
After saying that, Tian Lie used one hand to carry the two of them out of the room and into the living room.
"Do you have any other appointments tonight?" Nicole looked at the two of them, a look of seriousness on her face.
"No," answered Jenny hurriedly.
"What about you, Mr Tom Huggins?" Tian Lie cast a cold stare at Tom Huggins. "Do you have any appointment with any guests? For example, would the people from your organization, Thorned Flower Guild, come find you?"
"… … no, no! I swear!" Tom Huggins quickly replied.
Both Tian Lie and Nicole harrumphed.
Something had appeared in both their personal radars.
"Three from nine o'clock, two from six o'clock," said Nicole.
"It is Thorned Flower Guild," said Tian Lie with a grunt. "This is a standard twin team battle formation, a common strategy from Thorned Flower Guild."
Pausing, Tian Lie continued, "Also, don't be tricked! According to Thorned Flower Guild's tactics, the ones presently revealed on the radar are probably just decoys to bait their targets to enter a state of combat. Besides those revealed on radar, there would be another team hiding in the darkness. As long as they do not enter a state of combat, the radar will not reveal their whereabouts. That team of men would be assassins. Once we expose our situation, or better yet, when we are busy engaging the decoys, they will take advantage of that moment to execute sneak attacks!
"It is a standard page from Thorned Flower Guild's strategy book!"
After saying that, Tian Lie glanced at Tom Huggins. "So, you really did not call these people here?"
"I swear! I swear to God! It wasn't me!" said Tom Huggins with widened eyes.
GOR Chapter 557 Who Said We Are Running?
"No movements from the target objectives. They are still inside the house."
On the street outside Tom Huggins' house, three figures quickly rushed forward from the nine o'clock direction and stopped behind a car parked by the street.
The three figures behind the car had their waists crouched forward. Thanks to the illumination from the street lamps, the three figures were revealed to be two men and one woman. All three were wearing protective suits, the standard combat gear for instance dungeons. One of the males, a blonde-haired person, had with him a military thermal imaging device. Through the image shown by the thermal imaging device, they were able to see the heat signatures within Tom Huggins' house.
"The targets are not moving! There is something strange about this." The blonde-haired man holding the thermal imaging device had a very serious look on his face as he whispered, "We have already entered a state of combat. The targets should have seen us from their personal radars. Why are they not making any responses?"
The woman beside him was quick to speak up, "I cannot see them on my personal radar. That means, the targets have not entered a state of combat. Or perhaps… … our target objective is not at home."
"Impossible. My intel is very accurate. He will certainly be at home tonight." The blond-haired man with the thermal imaging device put down the device and kept it into his storage equipment. Next, he pulled out a dagger and said, "Forget it. Follow our combat strategy. We will initiate a feint attack!"
The woman nodded. "All right, let's do it."
The man beside them, who had remained silent all this time, suddenly spoke up, "Something doesn't feel right here."
"Humph! There is no need to think too much about it. He is only one man! We have three teams here. Taking the target down will not be an issue. This fellow is very important. Unit Zero had stated that we must catch this fellow!" The woman sneered before continuing, "Let us go. We will attack; at the same time, inform Team B to attack from the side, the same battle tactic!"
"Unit Zero, we are ready to begin. Tell Team B to begin attacking from the side. We will fight to force the target out from the house and push him toward your ambush point."
After sending the message using their guild channel, the blond-haired man revealed a light smile and pulled out the leather gloves he was wearing on both his hands. "Let's go! One minute later, Team B will attack!"
"All right, I will be the first to charge in!"
The man who had not spoken much stood up. It was only after he stood up did it become apparent that he was much taller than his two companions were. He also appeared stronger, possessing a bodybuilder's physique, akin to an indomitable tower. He quickly made his way across the street and rushed toward Tom Huggins' house door.
"Charge!" The blond-haired man called out to his female companion and they too, charged forward.
When the burly man arrived before the house door, his body suddenly swelled up. Clearly, he was an Awakened of the Body Technique Division. In just an instant, his body transformed to stone and he became something like a stone giant. After his body expanded in size - up to 2 metres in height - his running figure became like a humanoid tank. He charged Tom Huggins' house door. However, just as he was about to pummel his way through the house door, the door abruptly opened by itself.
Behind the door was Nicole, a strange smile on her face. After secretly opening the door, she stood behind the opened door. Her actions opened the way into the house.
The charging fellow had put everything into his charge. Furthermore, he had already positioned his body to prepare for a collision. The sudden change made it impossible for him to stop and his entire figure flew inside. His body seemingly grazed past Nicole's body as it flew through the doorway.
A loud racket could be heard inside the house. After Nicole opened the door, the fellow's momentum became too large and his entire person slammed into a wall inside the house. He broke through the wall, causing it to collapse and the few cabinets around to break into pieces. As for the fellow, he ended up stuck in the hole in the wall.
Following that man were the blond-haired man and his woman companion. They arrived before the door and saw what happened. The two of them became dumbfounded and their steps faltered as they gaped at Nicole, who was laughing as she stood behind the door.
"Since you are here, come in."
Nicole gave a light smile before turning around to quickly make her way into the living room.
The two of them were startled. Next, they subconsciously rushed through the doorway and saw Nicole sitting on the living room's sofa, alone - she was the only one inside the house.
"What is going on here?" The blond-haired man was stunned for a moment. Then, he exclaimed, "The target is gone! Who is this woman?"
Nicole sat on the sofa calmly. Seeing how Nicole was not showing any signs of nervousness, the man and woman ended up becoming nervous instead.
Nicole narrowed her eyes and regarded the two figures before her.
She wore a unique looking headset on her head. It was a crescent shaped metal device; frameless glasses extended out from the other end of the device to cover her eyes like a visor.
"Let's see. Mm, you are 173 centimetres tall, Caucasian, blonde-haired, a mole on your left cheek, both hands thin and white. I see that you have two gloves on your waist belt… … mm, there is information on you in the database. Gregory, an Awakened from Thorned Flower Guild. According to the degree of noteworthiness, you are a [B] class member in the guild. Your special skill is a fire type energy attack," said Nicole quickly. Then, she quickly turned her attention to the broken hole on the wall. "As for him, a burly physique and the ability to transform his skin to stone. A strength type body technique skill. Likewise, he is also a [B] class member of Thorned Flower Guild. Name unknown. Name in use: Scavenger."
After saying all that, Nicole pursed her lips to the side and said, "Did I get it right?"
Gregory was left dumbfounded.
"Who are you? How could you know about us…"
The one to shout that out was the woman.
"Ah, to my surprise, you are not in my database, lady." Nicole regarded the woman. "I speculate that either my database is incomplete - the possibility of that is very low. My database holds information on most of the Awakened members of Thorned Flower Guild. For it to not have yours… … I guess you must have only recently joined Thorned Flower Guild, right?"
"Mm, you have a lean body figure and use daggers as weapons. Using weapons with such a short reach means you are proficient in melee combat… … additionally, consider also the fact that your body is not of the strength type… I guess you are either going the Martial Skills route or a speed type Body Technique user. Am I right?" Nicole said casually.
There was utter shock on the woman's face.
"Unit Zero, we have a problem!" Gregory quickly used his guild channel to send the message.
At the same time, a loud noise rang out and the side window in the kitchen broke as two figures charged into the house from the outside.
"Excellent. Two fellows from six o'clock." Nicole looked at the two figures that had made their way through the window. Her face remained impassive, the same smile on it as she said, "Now, the two teams responsible for feint attacks have arrived… … this is the commonly used tactic of your Thorned Flower Guild, the Hound Battle Tactic, right? Just like a hunt; first, release the hounds to attack the prey and send it running, luring it to a suitable location where the hunter can kill it with one shot - as I recall, this Hound Battle Tactic of yours is meant to capture a target alive. If so, that means your objective here is to capture Tom Huggins alive, right?
"What I am curious to know is, isn't Tom Huggins your Thorned Flower Guild's contact person? You people are Thorned Flower Guild members. Why attack someone from your own guild?"
After Nicole asked those questions in quick succession, the two fellows who broke in through the kitchen window looked on in stupor. They then turned to Gregory and said, "What is going on? Who is this?"
"There is trouble!" Gregory gritted his teeth. "The target has disappeared and a suspicious enemy whose identity is unknown has appeared!"
"Seize her!" One of the two fellows who broke in through the kitchen window, a lean and tall man with a black skin tone, shouted as he charged forward.
The other three fellows inside the house showed no hesitation. Although this was an unexpected situation, their experience allowed them to respond quickly. All of them attacked Nicole at the same time.
"Is this really all right? I mean… … leaving her there alone. There will be two teams going in after all."
Tom Huggins asked in a hushed tone.
At that moment, Tom Huggins, his wife Jenny, Lin Leyan and Tian Lie were inside the basement beneath the living room.
There was a passageway in the house basement, which connected the house to an exit in the backyard of the house.
As the three of them were moving out of the basement, Tom Huggins could hear several loud noises coming from above them. Judging from the sounds, it would appear that his living room was playing host to a violent battle.
There was an indifferent look on Tian Lie's face as he said, "No problems. They are just two common teams. She can handle them. Enough, don't utter anymore nonsense. Be quiet and follow me."
The four of them quickly got out from the other end of the passageway. They came out to find themselves in the storeroom within the backyard.
After walking out of the room, Tian Lie checked his surroundings and smiled. "Interesting way of building a basement. It seems you were prepared to run away in case of emergencies. I have a question though. Who was the one who wanted to build this basement? Back then, when this basement was being built, did the other person not feel suspicious?"
Jenny glanced at her husband. "Back then, you told me that this basement was already here when we bought it."
"I was the one who built it. I had to lie to you. I am sorry." Tom Huggins sighed.
At that moment, a loud noise suddenly rang out from inside the house.
A loud booming noise erupted and sounds of breaking glasses accompanied it. It would appear as though something had exploded.
"Well, we should hurry up and leave. Things are only going to get even messier later. You two, say goodbye to your house. It is probably going to be ruined soon," said Tian Lie as he led the three of them out of the storeroom. They left through a small gate in the backyard and ran along an alley.
Tian Lie was running in front while Tom Huggins, his wife and Lin Leyan were right behind. Tom supported his wife as they ran. However, after running for about one minute, Tom quickly said, "No, we are running in the wrong direction!"
"What is it?"
"The two attack teams that made a move on my house are clearly using our guild's Hound Battle Tactic! The two teams attacked from two sides to chase us out. I am familiar with the Hound Battle Tactic. There must surely be a third team waiting to ambush us outside! The ambush location depends on the two angles of the two attack teams!
"This escape path that we are taking will lead us to the ambush! We will encounter the third team if we continue!"
Hearing that, Tian Lie suddenly smiled.
He curled the corners of his lips as he smiled. In the darkness of the night, the streetlamps illuminated the revealed part of his teeth, giving those white teeth a ghastly image.
"Who said we are running away?"
"Eh?" Tom Huggins was dumbfounded. "We… … are not running away?"
"Of course. Just now, my friend and I had a round of rock paper scissors. The loser has to stay behind to deal with the two feinting teams of trash. As for me, the winner, I will be responsible for dealing with the main ambush team. Such a delicious feast must surely be mine."
Tian Lie then released a prideful cackle.