This is a fan translation. Correct me if you think some should be corrected.
Chapter 52 (1/2)
According to what Yuan Mubing said before coming here and the description in the original text, in this impenetrable underground fortress, every survivor has an equal right to stay.
The size and level of the house are no longer differentiated by identity and are only allocated according to needs.
What Jiang Miao Miao saw and heard after entering was indeed the same.
The huge city-like underground space was cut into different parts by countless hard and cold metal passages.
If you want to shuttle between them, you have to take a new type of “subway” – a simple means of transportation that combines the convenience of the subway and the low cost of the mine car.
The speed of this vehicle is 30 km/h, which might not be enough to put it in front of vehicles with a speed of hundreds of hours before the end of the world. Still, it is the most suitable vehicle for the energy consumption and needs of the base.
You don’t need to put coins in the car, but you have to swipe an ID card that only the survivors of this base have. You must take your temperature and scan your pupils when you get on and off the car. It is strictly forbidden for infected people to mix in it.
Jiang Miao Miao didn’t have a card, so she could only stand by and watch when everyone queued up to get on the bus.
Fortunately, before getting off the plane, she put on the snowsuit uniformly distributed in the base, which was tightly covered, and only her eyes were exposed. Dogs and luggage go in the van, not around.
Therefore, the appearance is not much different from others, so it will not attract attention.
Yuan Mubing took out the communicator and said something to someone.
The automatic gate suddenly opened, and she raised her chin.
Jiang Miao Miao walked in with her, and many people along the way greeted her proactively. Even an old man came to give Yuan Mubing two chubby big white steamed buns and excitedly said a few words of thanks.
His kindness was hard to turn down, so Yuan Mubing’s had no choice but to accept it. This kind of warm welcome didn’t disappear until they walked into the empty carriage.
When Jiang Miao Miao wondered why so many people knew her, she looked up. She saw her interview scrolling on the LCD screen on the carriage wall.
There are no seats in the car, and everyone can only stand or sit on the ground.
Jiang Miao Miao leaned against the railing, staring blankly out of the dark window.
Yuan Mubing handed her a steamed bun, and she shook her head.
“Let’s eat. Food has been in short supply at the base recently. I’m afraid this kind of fine steamed buns is rarely available.”
She is self-sufficient on the island and has almost forgotten the feeling of lack of food and clothing.
Jiang Miao Miao took it, put it in her pocket without eating, and said thank you.
Yuan Mubing smiled, stood aside, took off her mask, and quietly gnawed the steamed buns.
Here, she is a person of few words, strong execution, strong ability, and a cold personality.
Except for a few teammates born and dying together, she rarely took the initiative to contact others.
Because of this, she and the original male protagonist have been secretly in love with each other for a long time and have experienced life and death several times. Still, they have never pierced the layer of paper.
Jiang Miao Miao, who used to be just a reader, was so anxious that she couldn’t sleep at night.
Now that the other party is in front of her eyes, it is really a wonderful feeling.
“Can you tell me about the outside area?”
Jiang Miao Miao took the initiative to ask.
There is a high probability that Lu Qiming will not be around in the future, and she will have to live alone. As a married person, she can no longer be stupid and should keep her ears to the outside world.
Yuan Mubing glanced at her, raised her hand, and brought out a rough map of the base from the shelf on the inner wall of the carriage.
Jiang Miao Miao was slightly surprised, “So there’s still this.”
Yuan Mubing said: “The location and bus route are marked on the main buildings. You can take it with you. You will need it in the future.”
She nodded and opened it to check.
There are dormitories, canteens, factory locations, material distribution points, first aid stations, etc., as well as the police station that has not disappeared even after the end of the world.
A red reminder is printed on the back of the map.
Shelter Management Regulations.
All residents of Huaxia Survivors’ Shelter shall abide by the following requirements:
1. Do not steal, rob, or violently destroy other people’s property or endanger other people’s lives.
2. Comply with government arrangements and undertake work tasks.
3. Obligated to protect the safety of the shelter.
If the above three points are not complied with, the refuge will cancel the right of residence at its discretion and expel them from the shelter.
The warning is cold, and the subway is also cold.
Obviously, the thermometer showed that the indoor temperature was 18℃ at the moment. However, Jiang Miao Miao was still so cold that she shrank her neck and wanted to find Lu Qiming for a hug.
Fortunately, ten minutes later, they arrived at their destination.
The two got out of the car among the crowd, walked around for a long time, and finally came to the dormitory area.
It was a huge concrete building with thick walls for protection against the cold, so it looked rather crude.
The dormitories are divided into one-, two-, and three-bedroom units, with windows and doors in a dense arrangement reminiscent of a crowded beehive.
Since the outbreak of zombies has broken many families and separated husbands-wives, most of the survivors live in one-bedroom houses, and a small number of them live with their families.
The government probably very much hopes that people’s lives will be more interactive, so they have laid some precious lawns on the open space outside the dormitories.
When they arrived, more than a dozen children of different ages were playing on the grass.
A little girl wearing a red wool hat ran over and said to Yuan Mubing:
“My mother said that as long as I study hard, I can go out like you to fight zombies and save the world in the future.”
Yuan Mubing bent down, showed a rare, almost gentle smile, and stroked her head.
“I didn’t save the world. She saved the world.”
The little girl looked at Jiang Miao Miao with a confused look on her face, “Who is she?”
“Her surname is Jiang, and she is also a very powerful sister.”
Jiang Miao Miao was very ashamed after hearing this, knowing that she had never had anything to do with the word “great.”
Of course, if the amount of food is also a measure, then it can barely be counted.
The little girl quickly ran to find a friend to play with, and the two continued to move forward, taking the elevator to the thirteenth floor.
Yuan Mubing introduced her to the floor manager, a short middle-aged woman named Liu Lan.
She was a university dormitory administrator before the end of the world, and she continued to do this job after she fled to the base.
Yuan Mubing was busy with work, and she had to leave after sending Jiang Miao Miao here. Before leaving, she warned:
“My team members and I live in the No. 3 dormitory building. You can get there by taking the No. 2 subway line. Suppose you are in a hurry to contact me. In that case, you can also use the public communicator in the dormitory building to dial my private number, 443005…”
The more anxious Jiang Miao Miao became, the more she couldn’t remember, “What?”
Yuan Mubing took out the map from her pocket, wrote down her address and number on the blank space, handed it to her, and patted her on the shoulder.
“Stay, I’m leaving.”
She stepped into the elevator and quickly disappeared.
Jiang Miao Miao was holding the map, surrounded by unfamiliar environments and people, deeply feeling her helplessness.
Fortunately, after a while, someone brought her luggage and dog over for her.
Jiang Meimu was listless due to motion sickness. When it saw her, it immediately became active, jumping up and down and running over to beg for a hug.
Jiang Miao Miao struggled to hold it and followed Liu Lan to her dormitory.
There was a silver metal number on the door—1173.
Liu Lan opened the door with the key and introduced the facilities in the house to her.
“This one-bedroom apartment is equipped with a 90*180 single bed, a single-door wardrobe, and a desk and chair. The bathroom has a squatting toilet, sink, and shower.”
“Heating is supplied 24 hours a day, cold water is supplied from 20:00~21:00, and hot water is supplied from 21:00~22:00.”
“A notice will be posted on the elevator announcement screen one day in advance if the heating and water supply are stopped. If you need water, you can pick it up at the centralized water supply point in the dormitory. Remember to bring a few extra buckets.”
Jiang Miao Miao tried to remember the time period and asked curiously, “What about the power outage?”
Although the house has no electrical appliances, the light bulbs and elevators are powered by electricity. Could it be possible to climb stairs in the dark when the power fails?
Liu Lan looked at her in surprise.
“Electricity? Our electricity is converted from geothermal heat. If there is a power outage, there is a high probability that we will all be ruined.”
The other party continued to introduce.
“There is a red button here, which is connected to the police station. In the event of an attack or other emergencies, you can press it, and the police will rush over as soon as they receive a call for help.
This is your temporary identity certificate, which needs to be shown to the staff when you encounter a random inspection. You also need to use it when you go to the cafeteria to eat, and there is a quota of 2,000 yuan per month. In addition, you need to swipe your card to use the communicator, and each person can use it three times a month.”
Jiang Miao Miao took the magnetic card and carefully put it in her pocket.
Liu Lan opened the cabinet, which contained quilts, pillows, basic clothes, and daily necessities.
After handing over the things one by one, she asked:
“Is there anything else you don’t understand?”
Of course, there is!
Jiang Miao Miao hurriedly said, “When will Lu Qiming come back? Can I go find him?”
Liu Lan was puzzled, “Who is Lu Qiming?”
“The one who came with me.”
“I don’t know what you’re talking about. The task given to me is to arrange for a woman with a dog to stay. Is there anyone else?”
After hearing this, she felt a loss in her heart.
They didn’t even arrange accommodation for him. Could it be that he will live in the laboratory in the future?
She thought we could see each other at least tonight.
Seeing that she didn’t speak, Liu Lan wasn’t interested in asking too much and was going back to do other things.
The room was small, only a dozen square meters, and Jiang Meimu’s tail swept onto her lap.
Liu Lan looked down and reminded:
“Your dog is best not to run around. Although the base does not allow other people’s property to be stolen, if someone steals it while you are not paying attention, the police will have nowhere to help you find it.”
She hurriedly said: “Okay, I will take a good look at it. Thank you.”
Liu Lan nodded, walked out of the room, and closed the door for her.
Is this her new home?
Sitting on the wooden bed, Jiang Miao Miao looked at the cramped room in front of her, feeling unreal, like a dream.
At this time yesterday, she was still enjoying her island honeymoon.
Jiang Meimu pulled her luggage and seemed to be hungry.
She pulled herself together and started tidying up the room.
Spread out the sheets and quilt first, the heating in the room is not enough, but the quilt is quite thick, so it should not be cold at night.
The daily necessities provided by the base were mediocre. They barely met the needs of life, but she brought a lot of luggage.
Hang the clothes in the closet, put the shoes in the corner, and stack all kinds of food on the desk, facing the warm air vent to avoid freezing.
Meimu also has a lot of belongings. Its toys, cushions, and large shells for grinding teeth are all placed beside the bed, taking up the last bit of space.
Everything was packed, and the small room was so crowded that it was difficult to turn around.
The wardrobe is too small for her big wedding dress.
Jiang Miao Miao found a nail, knocked it on the wall, and hung the wedding dress there, with the big skirt blocking half of the window.
She touched the hem of her skirt and began to miss Lu Qiming again.
What is he doing now? Already started experimenting?
Not long after, someone knocked on the door.
Jiang Miao Miao opened it and saw that it was Gu Changzhou’s subordinate.
“Miss Jiang, your friend’s test results have come out, and he is definitely the person Professor Chen Hong and the others are looking for. Next, he will stay in the laboratory for a long time for the experiment. During the experiment, he must be kept in isolation. You can apply for a visit once every month.”
“Once a month?” She couldn’t accept it, “That’s too little.”
“I’m sorry, but there’s nothing we can do about it. Suppose he comes into contact with bacteria from the outside world, which affects the experiment’s results. In that case, all his previous efforts will likely be wasted.”
Jiang Miao Miao said: “According to what you said, doesn’t it mean that I can’t touch him when we meet?”
The other party nodded, “You can only meet in the isolation room.”
Jiang Miao Miao felt uncomfortable thinking about that scene.
The subordinate looked at her and comforted her:
“You don’t have to worry too much. He is the hope of develop a vaccine. Experts will regard his life as more important than their own.”
This should be true, but what’s the point? No one can bear the pain of being a guinea pig.
Jiang Miao Miao raised her head and asked, “Can I visit a few more times? I promise I won’t delay their work.”
“This…” The subordinate showed embarrassment, “I’ll go back and tell the captain to help you fight for it. Do you think it’s okay?”
She hung her head dejectedly, “Okay.”
“You haven’t got your official residence permit yet, right? You’ll start working after it’s approved, and you won’t be bored by then.”
“What work will I do?”
“Generally, the corresponding position is assigned according to your previous work. If you have any ideas, you can also change them with the handover staff.”
“Um. Thank you.”
“You’re welcome. I’m going back to work.”
The man was about to leave, took two steps, then turned around and said, “By the way, there is one more thing. The captain is out on a mission and said he would like to see you when he comes back.”
See Gu Changzhou?
It’s probably because of the information she said before.
The original person was indeed an orphan who was abandoned since childhood. Still, she made up those words based on the original plot, mainly to keep Gu Changzhou and create time for Lu Qiming.
It’s good to meet him face to face and explain clearly, so as not to cause him to misunderstand.
She nodded, and the subordinate left in peace.
Soon after he left, the survivors who lived in the same dormitory building began to return home from work.
A horn in the hallway announces the time – 18:30.
Jiang Miao Miao has always been not good at socializing, and she didn’t go out to make new friends.
Sitting in the room, she judged from the sound and movement that the one on the left was a woman and the one on the right was a man.
They are not very old, over 20 years old and under 40 years old, probably work very hard, and the tone of their speech is not very pleasant.
There are mostly middle-aged and young people in the base, and the elderly are not strong enough. When the zombies broke out, they belonged to the first group to be infected.