<Author's note: The things (racism, sexism, political views, etc.) depicted or mentioned in this story do not reflect the real world and are purely coincidences. If they do, please keep in mind that they are simply for world-building and are only work of fiction. Thank you for your understanding.>
Nathan was on top of a building located in the northwest of Burrow City and looking through his binoculars of what looked like a government shelter.
The shelter was surrounded with 20ft tall steel walls and had two gates -- one in the north and the other in the south.
On top of the walls, there were missile launchers and machine gun turrets along with armed guards dressed in System items.
And around the walls, there were hundreds of corpses of zombies and holes suggesting that it was either caused by a missile or landmine explosions.
Nathan put down his binoculars.
'Hmm… Is this a government shelter? But…'
Speaking of the armed guards stationed on top of the walls, most of them didn't look like proper soldiers and he suspected that they were just civilians because of the way they looked -- some had colored hair, while others didn't have that air or demeanor that people in the military, police, etc. usually have.
'Also, it seems I have no choice but to enter through the gates.'
With his current STR points, it wasn't impossible for him to climbed the walls. However, the problem were the landmines. Despite his skill [Coward's Way] giving him a so-called complete invisibility, it still had some weaknesses such as his weight.
He suddenly heard the sound of a grinder coming from the base.
'What's going on inside there?'
Regardless of whatever was happening inside that base, he had no choice but to sneak in.
Once he enters the base, he would search for an aircraft, a pilot to teach him how to fly that aircraft and also loot some high-powered military weapons.
The aircraft was to, of course, fly back to Muwin.
As for the high-powered military weapons, it was for the next time he enters the Divine Tower.
Although he had a huge boost of strength, thanks to the things he obtained back at the Divine Tower, he knew for a fact that he couldn't complete the tower alone.
In the recent Divine Tower, he was lucky that there were people along with other Chosen Ones who entered.
What if in the next Divine Tower he's the only Chosen One? Or worse, he's all alone? Forget about the Gold Armored Angel, it would be a miracle if he could even complete the first stage all by himself.
With that, aside from gathering high-powered military weapons, he also decided to assemble a team once he arrives at Muwin.
He had 9 Divine Stones with him and the team he wishes to create is a team composed of his closest and trusted family members. If that's not possible, then it would be a group of strong but expendable people.
And at the moment, given that he needs to find a pilot to teach how to fly an aircraft, he decided to avoid killing unless he had no other choice left.
'Sigh… I hope everything will work out just fine. Lady Luck, please give me luck.'
Nathan was invisible and standing in front of the South Gate of the base.
On the other side of the gate, there were two armed guards that were carrying rifles but lacked in System equipment.
'These two are definitely not soldiers.'
Aside from the lack of System equipment, their attire had too many unnecessary items on them and they looked like teenagers who could barely pass as 18 years old.
'Hmm… Now how do safely I cross this gate?'
Nathan wasn't sure if it was installed with electricity or not. If it was and he touches it, he would lose his invisibility and these guards along with the other guards nearby will be alerted and they would most likely bombard him with missiles, bullets or whatever is available at their disposal.
He thought about it for a moment.
'I have to take a gamble.'
He went back far away until he reached a nearby building.
He also checked if there were zombies nearby.
He deactivated his skill before summoning a [Grade D] Sword, scabbard and 4 healing packets.
He sheathed his sword and wore the scabbard around his shoulder.
As for the healing packets, he placed them inside his mouth, two on each side of his gums so he could still speak properly.
He also thought about whether to replace his Black System equipment with the normal System items. In the end, he decided not to. Although it was catchy due to its color, the special effect it had was too useful.
He might be able to survive if guards bombarded him with spells and bullets. But with the missiles and whatever high-powered guns they had, it would be a miracle if he didn't lose any of his limbs before dying.
'Okay! Lady luck, give me luck!'
As he was about to step outside, he stopped.
'Oh, I almost forgot!'
He crushed some concrete and rubbed it in his face and entire body to make himself looked like he just escaped from a long battle.
He summoned a mirror from his [Artifact] Gold Spatial Finger and checked his face.
'Needs a little more.'
He punched himself on the face.
He busted his lip and a trickle of blood ran down from his lips.
He waited for a minute or two before his lips stopped bleeding.
Next, he pulled out his [Grade D] Long Dagger from his right thigh and gave himself a few superficial cuts on his face and arms.
He checked himself in the mirror once again.
'Yup… Not too clean but also not too injured to be suspected as someone bitten by the zombies either. Just the perfect balance.'
He summoned the mirror back into his [Artifact] Gold Spatial Finger.
'Okay, this is it. I could only hope that these people aren't unreasonable. Lady luck, please give me luck.'
He stepped outside of the building with his hands up in the air and made his way towards the South Gate.
"PLEASE HELP ME! I'M LOOKING FOR SHELTER!"
"DON'T SHOOT PLEASE!"
"PLEASE HELP ME! I'M LOOKING FOR SHELTER!"
"DON'T SHOOT PLEASE!"
When he was about 100 ft away from the South Gate…
A bullet was shot right next to his left foot so he immediately stopped walking.
"WHO ARE YOU?! WHAT DO YOU WANT?!" said one of the guards on top of the walls and pointing his gun at Nathan.
"I'M LOOKING FOR A SAFE PLACE TO STAY AWAY FROM THE ZOMBIE THREAT!"
"TURN AROUND AND GO BACK TO WHERE YOU CAME FROM! WE DON'T HAVE ANY ROOM HERE ANYMORE!"
Nathan gritted his teeth but then relaxed his face, "PLEASE, ALL MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE DEAD AND I DON'T HAVE ANYWHERE LEFT TO GO! I HAVEN'T EATEN AND SLEPT FOR DAYS! I BEG YOU, PLEASE LET ME IN!"
"THAT'S NOT OUR PROBLEM! GET LOST!"
"PLEASE! I WOULD DIE IF I GO BACK!"
"IF YOU DON'T TURN AROUND WITHIN 3 SECONDS, WE WILL --" the guard didn't finish his sentence because he was interrupted by a 6'7" tall Caucasian man in his late 50s donned in a complete set of System items.
Nathan didn't move and waited.
Due to the distance, he couldn't hear what the guard and the 6'7" Caucasian man were talking about, but he was hoping it was about letting him enter.
Moreover, although he also couldn't probably see their faces, based on the way that the 6'7" Caucasian man carried himself and equipment he wore, he concluded that there was a big possibility that the man held a high position in this group.
After about a minute, the 6'7" Caucasian man left and the gate was being opened.
"HURRY UP!" said the guard on top of the wall.
Nathan's lips curled upwards, forming a smile before running towards the gate.
And of course, he didn't use his full speed. Instead, he only used about 50% of it.
In his mind, in case the people inside the base have other plans against him, he could catch them off guard with his speed and disappearing act.
'I hope you guys aren't that stupid to set a trap.'
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