554 The Inspection Guard
"Jiang Chen!" Zhao Wenhao was extremely anxious. He wanted to stop Jiang Chen, but seeing how Jiang Chen resolute was, he didn't. He went on, "You'll lose everything you have."
"I don't care. I need that Black Yellow Gas." Jiang Chen was very calm, which meant he had thought it through.
Zhao Wenhao gnashed his teeth, ran up to Jiang Chen, and said to him in a low voice, "If you have to do this, I can help you, so everything will be done secretly. No one will know."
Jiang Chen was struck dumb. He hadn't expected Zhao Wenhao to help him. If what they did was discovered, the consequences would be unimaginable.
Before he could respond, the other two corps commanders and the four battalion commanders came over. They had been smiling, but at the sight of Jiang Chen and Zhao Wenhao, they were struck dumb.
"Did something happen?" the commander of the Shadow Pursuing Troop asked, puzzled.
"Nothing. We can't be too careful. Guys, please keep patrolling the city to avoid any accidents." Zhao Wenhao tried his best to speak in a normal tone to them.
The commander of the Shadow Pursuing Troop furrowed his brow. He had noticed that all of the exploitation vehicles were floating in the air and had been started.
And after seeing Jiang Chen sitting in one of them, he guessed what was happening there.
"Okay. No problem."
He didn't acknowledge it. Instead, he left with the others, who hadn't realized the situation.
The commander of the Tiger Troop was confused. He wanted to say something, but after being signaled to by the commander of the Shadow Pursuing Troop, he walked out of the fences.
By then, the commander of the Tiger Troop had tumbled to the realization. He said, "Jiang Chen wants to take the Black Yellow Gas?"
"I think so." The commander of the Shadow Pursuing Troop nodded.
"What shall we do?"
The commander of the Tiger Troop hesitated. Jiang Chen was violating the military rules. They couldn't just do nothing about it, but at the thought of the contributions Jiang Chen had made, he held his tongue.
"Don't allow the other soldiers to enter. Just pretend that nothing has happened," the commander of the Shadow Pursuing Troop said.
Then, throwing the fences another glance, he said, "Whatever Jiang Chen does, he deserves it."
"Exactly," agreed the commander of the Tiger Troop.
Inside the fences, Zhao Wenhao said, "If you drive the exploitation vehicles away directly, people will know. Besides, no one knows how many Black Yellow Gases there are."
As he spoke, he walked to the back of the exploitation vehicle. "Transfer the Black Yellow Gas in the vehicle into your spiritual storage ware."
"No way. The storage of Black Yellow Gas requires a lot of space. The exploitation vehicles are specifically designed for that."
Zhao Wenhao looked around. He realized how severe the situation was right away. After struggling, he said, "There are eight vehicles total… You can take four away."
"Thank you," Jiang Chen said sincerely.
Suddenly, a strange sound came from the sky.
Those in the city looked up and saw the blue lights that had been splitting the battlefield disappearing.
At the same time, the Dragon Rebel Army beat the gongs to signal a retreat. The whole battlefield heard it.
"We won!" The soldiers of the three troops and the four battalions shouted excitedly at the sound of it.
"The other battle groups must have destroyed the other six cities. The Dragon Rebel Army had to retreat because they didn't have as many resources as we did." Zhao Wenhao felt relieved.
Gazing at the sky, as sensible as Jiang Chen was, he felt strange, but he couldn't spare any time to figure it out, since he was giving all of his attention to Whitty.
"The Third Legion will have the equipment to draw out the Black Yellow Gas. Corps commander, please, I need them to save a life."
If Zhao Wenhao hadn't helped him this way, Jiang Chen wouldn't have confessed to him.
"To save a life?" Zhao Wenhao was surprised. He had thought Jiang Chen wanted this Black Yellow Gas because of greed.
It was normal for him to think this way. The eight vehicles were 100 feet high and 50 feet wide. Their compartments were programmed with algorithms to enlarge spaces, which made them as big as lakes.
The total amount that could be stored in the eight compartments could make the Realm of Nine Heavens and the Realm of True Force extremely rich.
That was why Zhao Wenhao thought he was going back to the Realm of Nine Heavens with this Black Yellow Gases to seek power there.
"Go ahead. Drive all eight of the vehicles away. Leave the rest to me," Zhao Wenhao said.
Jiang Chen glanced at him. Putting his hand on Zhao Wenhao's shoulder, he said, "I'm used to acting alone. A hedge between keeps friendship green—that's what I believed. But if we have the chance, I'll have a drink with you and have a good talk."
Zhao Wenhao trusted him unconditionally, regardless of the consequences. Jiang Chen hardly knew anyone who would do the same for him.
At least not among his peers.
However, Zhao Wenhao gave him an odd and helpless smile.
It's not a friend that I need, Zhao Wenhao thought to himself.
Manipulating the eight exploitation vehicles, Jiang Chen left.
But as soon as he flew into the air, a well-armed army came toward him. All of its soldiers were wearing long white mantles, while the general's mantle was purple.
"This is bad. It's the Inspection Guard!" Zhao Wenhao turned ashen. He was panicking, which was pretty unusual for him.
"Red Flame Battalion and Holy Arrow Battalion, defend the outside of the city. North Mansion Battalion and Flying Mount Battalion, go onto the city wall. Corps commanders of the three troops, follow me."
The voice of the Inspection Guard's general was quite high-pitched, making it unpleasant to hear.
His orders were rather thought-provoking. The Red Flame Battalion and the Holy Arrow Battalion, formed of temporary soldiers, were driven out of the city, while the soldiers of the dynasty would defend the city.
It was obvious that they didn't want to leak the news of the Black Yellow Gas.
The Inspection Guard had appeared suddenly. They went to the pit rapidly to blockade the place.
"From now on, soldiers and generals below the fourth rank are forbidden from entering," said the fair-skinned and beardless general of the Inspection Guard again. Then he suddenly noticed the exploitation vehicles that had been driven into the air, and he turned extremely pale.
"What's going on?! Stop him. Quick!" The Inspection Guard dashed towards the exploitation vehicles right away.
"Hold on." Zhao Wenhao stopped them, leading his Bright Moon Troop.
"General Zhao, what is this supposed to mean? Don't you know how much the dynasty values this stuff?" The general of the Inspection Guard was rather polite to Zhao Wenhao.
"I know," Zhao Wenhao said.
"So why did you allow the exploitation vehicles to leave? Who's driving them anyway?"
"It's Jiang Chen, the lieutenant of the Red Flame Battalion. He's leaving for the warship with the Black Yellow Gas. According to him, it's about the Dragon Rebel Army's plan." Zhao Wenhao stayed very calm and made up an excuse for Jiang Chen.
"How can a lieutenant of the seventh rank of the secondary class be responsible for such an important task?" The Inspection Guard seemed to have heard Jiang Chen's name.
He was looking between Zhao Wenhao and Jiang Chen on the exploitation vehicle sharply.
"It's about the country's fate. General Zhao, you have to think it through," he said meaningfully, as if he had detected something.
"I don't know what you mean," Zhao Wenhao said in a deep voice. "Call that Jiang Chen back. No exploitation vehicles are allowed to leave the city!"
A cold look flashed across Zhao Wenhao's eyes briefly. He didn't think the Inspection Guard would be able to stop Jiang Chen, but he wouldn't be able to go against the army on his own.
"Guards, take this rule violator down!" The general of the Inspection Guard suddenly gave the order in a cold voice while pointing at Jiang Chen.