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Chapter 10: Ku Triel

Von stretched his back and limbs with a yawn. He looked towards the door tiredly, realizing what happened last night.

He wondered whether the boy had some kind of caregiver. It was worrying for a boy that looked no more than seven to be alone after all. Especially with zombies walking and growling everywhere.

Von shook his from the thought for now and stood up. He took out his bag and ate a can of food from his backpack. He thought of giving some to the boy but quietly shook his head after seeing him sleeping peacefully.

Von sat on a nearby table after finishing his food and took out his map. There were more than twenty major power plants around Shanghai alone, each capable of storing at least a million worth of car batteries. With that much supplies.. he was sure to form his second core, if not third.

He started marking the location and path of the closest power plants. Each location wasn't that far off with each other and was at most, a two hour drive.

As he was thinking of possible dangers he may encounter on the path, Von heard something not to far off from him. He raised his eyebrows after spotting the boy staring at the empty can of food through the door.

He waved his hand awkwardly and got the boy's attention. Although the boy tried to neutralize his expression, Von didn't fail to notice the boy's intense craving for food.

"Want some?"

The words were like heaven to the boy's ear. He stiffly nodded.

After smiling at the boy's meek response, Von took out a few more canned food from his bag.

"Here" He reached his hand out. The boy hesitated for a second before opening the door and rushing towards him.

.......

"So.. What's your name?" Von asked. Eating was always a good time to ask question after all.

"Ku Triel.." The boy, now Ku said sidedly. Preferring more on eating the food in front of him.

"Are you alone?"

Ku paused for a second, his food falling out of his spoon. His eye shone from a build of tears before nodding softly.

"I see" Von expected something akin to this reaction. He knew asking further about the topic would be insensitive right now and replied with a gentle tone.

Von let the silence seep in for a second before asking one final question.

"Will you need the power supply?"

"No..?" Ku looked at him weirdly after wiping his eyes quietly. Though, he ignored it after indulging himself on the food again.

Von only smiled slowly.

"I'll be back"

.....

[Energy core: 76%]

After going through the same process again, Von was left with a decent amount of energy. This time he was also more collected during the process.

Now a second passed after the process until he was hit with this panel.

[Self healing skill available!]

This was something he was pleasantly surprised to find.

Although he had an idea to what this meant and was exited, Von went through the details of the skills slowly and found that it was as he expected. It was as self explanatory as he thought. What the skill does was accelerates the speed of which the body heals itself through the consumption of energy.

Von was eager to get rid of the pain from yesterday and was able to execute the skill after simply thinking of using it.

[Calculating energy required...]

[Energy required: 15%] After waiting for a few second, the previous panel changed into the results. He was then prompted whether to continue on, to which he accepted.

Although Von expected to feel something, he still couldn't help but be surprised as a feeling of warmth spread towards his torn muscles.

Von stretched like a cat after the skill was done healing his body. He felt a lot more better now and swore that he felt a bit stronger.

He walked back to Ku and found that he had finished the cans single-handedly.

"Did you enjoy the food?" Von asked with a bit more spirit than usual.

Ku looked at him with a blank look Von was used getting accustomed to seeing. Though, Von couldn't help but laugh as Ku looked way too comical with food left over around his mouth. Ku looked a bit annoyed but more confuse.

This reminded Von,

"When have you last cleaned yourself?"

......

Although Von was lazy, he was always serious towards his hygiene. Not for other people's sake but for his. That was why he always had a pair of soup as well as other necessities despite the current state of the world.

Right now, he had given provided Ku with his some basic washing products and was currently waiting for him outside the shower.

Von had been curious on how Ku had lived during these days and had searched through the arcade when Ku was preparing to clean himself. He found out that Ku had eaten through at least a few days worth of food to keep himself alive.

Despite the constant sound of the shower water, a feeling of silence enveloped the two.

Von sighed and asked a question towards Ku

"So..What are you gonna do now that you don't have a source of food?"

The sound of the shower was the only thing heard for a few second before a soft voice replied

"Find food.."

Silence once again.

Von wasn't an idiot, from the way Ku had devoured three canned food, he knew that he had been starving for at least two days. And that wasn't surprising once you think of the amount of zombies outside the arcade. Luckily, the water on the building was fine and accessible.

Von closed his eyes in thought. If he left Ku here, he was likely starve to death. And while he didn't consider himself to be a nice person, he did adore kids secretly. That and the fact that he had been lacking in company for past days.

A weird mixture of tiredness and worry formed on Von's face. He always did have a soft spot for kids.

"Do you want to come with me?"


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And that's the end of chapter ten. I'm sorry if it was kind of lacking in action but i wanted to give Ku some personality.

Okey, enjoy the chapter

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