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Global Evolution - Chapter 75

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Chapter 75: Goodbye

’’I have no idea either.’’ Qing Shui examined all the openings on Pangzi. ’’The spiders have laid
eggs on him one by one, which means that, at this moment, we can only do the same - clean
them one after the other. It could be done faster if we had equipment but we don't have
anything on hand now.’’
’’But there are so many... and we don't even have alcohol for sanitizing.’’ Chang gripped the
edge of a table as powerlessness and hopelessness surged within him. ’’If we rinse the openings
by water, he'll get infected, and we can't use our fingernails to dig them out either.’’
’’I guess the only thing we can do today is to clean out those that are on the surface; we'll have
to figure out how to deal with the rest tomorrow.’’ Qing Shui pinched a pile of spider eggs and
threw them on the ground.
’’Don't throw them on the ground! What if they hatch?’’ the students immediately spoke out
against Qing Shui.
’’Don't worry, they can't hatch successfully without proper temperature.’’ Qing Shui kept
working without taking the students' concerns into mind.
There were more than a hundred of openings on Pangzi, and the size of the spider eggs were as
little as red beans. It was already challenging to clean the surface. Chang and Qing Shui were
very cautious, making sure that no openings were torn further. But at the same time, they also
needed to be careful that their fingers didn't touch the openings directly. All of this resulted in
the task of cleaning out the spider eggs being very time consuming.
Later, Ming Yi and the other soldier joined. Together the four of them spent more than two
hours to roughly clean the surface. By the end, their eyes were drooping and they were on the
verge of collapsing. It had been such a long day.
The trek through the jungle had been full of danger. From the moment they stepped in, their
nerves had never loosened. Countless times they barely slipped away from the sickle of death;
the pressure they took on would have crushed anyone's mind before the red fog.
They had fought to come to this place, 80 kilometers away from Kai Feng, and finally upon
relaxing, the last stream of strength slipped away.
’’Hey bro, I am sorry, this is the best I can do today... I am just too tired now.’’ Chang leaned
against the desk. ’’I can't even hold my eyes open now... Are you feeling better?’’
’’Uh...uh...’’ Pangzi struggled to utter some sound. His tongue was still stiff even if his condition
had improved compared to two hours ago.
’’I am glad to hear that.’’ Chang grinned feebly.
’’Uh...uh...’’ Pangzi once again tried to say something but only his eyes talked with turbid tears.
’’Man... What are you talking about?’’ Qing Shui teased Pangzi. ’’Can't even tell what you are
talking from your lip movements, so just sleep now. We'll figure something out tomorrow,
okay?’’

’’Tomorrow...’’ Like a computer running out of power, Chang fell asleep while still sitting.
Qing Shui was quick to follow Chang's example when he sat down beside him.
The classroom was extremely comfortable compared to the places they had gone through, and
the two soldiers' heads drooped as well. They went lower and lower, then completely collapsed
onto the ground.
The students gradually relaxed as they saw the four threats lose their consciousness.
The air cooled down as the time approached midnight.
Chang slept so deeply that he relaxed his guard completely. Still, at one point he became aware
of some vague movement nearby. His body told him to lift his eyelids, but the drowsiness
knocked him back to the dreamworld. As far as he knew, the noise he heard didn't move closer
to him, so he gave up this meaningless struggle and returned to the state of deep sleep.
He didn't wake up until the sun turned the black world to scarlet.
’’Qing Shui...’’ The first person he noticed when he regained conscious was his teacher, then
Pangzi who was lying in a pool of blood.
’’Pangzi is dead.’’ Standing in front of the corpse, Qing Shui murmured, ’’It was all my fault. I
didn't notice anything about him changing his mind.’’
’’What are you talking about?’’ Heart sinking, Chang stood up in a haste. ’’He was doing good
yesterday, he can't be dead!’’
’’It was suicide.’’ Qing Shui stood aside to reveal the tragedy. There was a deep cut in the throat
that had caused excessive blood loss. And there was a knife clenched in Pangzi's hand.
’’Why? Why would he do that?’’ Chang was on the verge of having a mental breakdown, his
hands shook uncontrollably.
’’He left a letter to us.’’ Qing Shui handed Chang a piece of blood-stained paper.
The piece of paper was ripped off a textbook. The handwritten characters were mostly
squiggles; apparently, Pangzi had not recovered by the time he wrote this letter. Chang
flattened the wrinkled paper and read with mixed emotions.
’’Brother Chang, Mr. Li, this is my letter to you. By the time you will be reading this, I would
probably have died already. I want to tell you so much but I'm no good at expressing my
feelings on paper. Therefore, I think, 'Thank you' are the words that I want to say the most. I
made this decision on my own and, please, don't feel bad for me. To be honest, I have been
thinking about leaving you guys; after all, I was always a burden along the way, taken care of
and protected. Thank you. Without you, I would have died alone somewhere at the very
beginning. I knew I was such a useless person but I was too afraid to be left behind at the same
time.’’
’’I wanted to gain some sort of ability to help out but we all know it is a rare event. We can't just
have all the luck that we pray for. So, I blamed myself for being a coward.’’
’’The moment I saw you come back, I was in tears already; I have prepared to die when I was
caught in the spider web. When I think about putting myself in your shoes, I would probably
have made a different decision. Therefore, thank you, and I will never forget what you have
done for me. Taking this into considerion, I am braver than before. Thus, I decided that the
burden, I, must be dropped.’’

’’I am not sublime nor altruistic, the reason behind my decision is simple fear. When you were
getting me out from the spider webs, I saw how the other victim had suffered. I don't want to be
like her; it was so painful to look at. I would rather die with a sleek slice of a knife. Please,
please, don't feel sorry for me! I know it better than anyone, I cannot be saved. Some of the eggs
are in my bloodstream; the slightest itchiness constantly reminds me of how close I am to
becoming her.’’
’’I can't wait for the morning. In fact, there must already be spiders hatched in my body.’’
’’I really appreciate that you didn't leave me behind in the jungle, but now, allow me do die in
peace. It was my pleasure, to meet you, Chang and Mr. Li. I have no regrets now. Thank you.’’
’’By the way, brother Chang.’’
’’Do you remember teasing me before, saying that you'd make my finger bone into a pendant if I
died? It is about the time you made it real; give me a chance to stay with you, become your
lifelong brother. Please, whenever you want to give up, think of me. The least you can do is live
for me.’’
The paper wasn't large enough to contain words that Pangzi wanted to tell, and at the corner of
the wrinkled paper Chang found the last sentence skewed.
’’Lastly... If Jing asks where I went, I beg of you, please don't tell her I suicided. I don't want her
to be sad for me. Just tell her I found my family.’’
His signature was right beside the sentence: Shiyu Li (Pangzi), September 14th, 2014.
Chang repressed his sobs. He closed his eyes but they trembled rapidly under his eyelids. The
corpse had begun to perish, so he sliced off its index finger and placed it into his pocket.
’’How selfish of him to commit suicide... How could he do that?’’
’’He didn't want to be a burden to us.’’ Qing Shui was expressionless, but the corners of his eyes
had become watery.
’’Let's fulfill his last wish, the cremation. He will be free from these torture filled days.’’
Chang picked up Jing with one hand and dragged Pangzi with the other. He tottered out of the
classroom.
Qing Shui stared at Chang's back and silently wiped off the tear that was about to fall.
He woke Ming Yi and the other soldier.
’’Wake up! We should be leaving.’’
’’Leaving for where?’’
’’The research institute.’’



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