Lu Siya was staring at the same “fire dragon.”
Hundreds of meters below the biplane, the burning light from the crowd turned into two small golden dancing serpents in her deep, beautiful eyes.
“Tell me, Meng Chao…”
She seemed to sense Meng Chao’s dilemma, and her lips curled up into a subtle smile. “Do you think we can get through this?”
After a pause, she realized that her question was ambiguous, and she added, “I’m not just talking about the present crisis. The internal conflicts in Dragon City aren’t so intense that things are about to explode. As long as we have enough wisdom and trust, there will be a chance to survive.
“But what about the future? The other world is massive, and the natives are far more cunning and advanced than we think. In fact, hanging high above this planet’s atmosphere are ultimate supernatural weapons that can destroy the entire ecosystem. Through the ancient memories carved deep in the monster mastermind’s brain, we all witnessed the destruction that happened billions of years ago.
“Who knows whether the ultimate weapons above us have been damaged or whether they’ll be reactivated after several billion years of evolution?
“It’s incredibly difficult!
“It’s almost impossible to survive in such a cruel and mysterious world!
“It’s impossible for the tens of millions of people in Dragon City to live comfortably.
“Only a portion of them who evolve continuously and break through human limits to become existences beyond the Deity Realm will have a chance of survival.
“However, here comes the question: If some humans really evolve into existences beyond the Deity Realm for the sake of survival and can hardly be defined as human anymore, will they still regard themselves as a member of the human race? Will they still regard humans who can’t evolve as their compatriots? Will they still remember their original intention and mission, and will they still remember their responsibility to defend the Dragon City civilization?
“Their bodies, which are made of countless fragile cells, unstable genes, and even metal components, will continue to change. So, will their original intention and purpose change in secret as well?
“Then, there’s the other side of the coin. The ordinary people will be left far behind on the path of evolution. Even if the superhumans don’t forget their original purpose after they turn into a new form that’s beyond recognition, can the ordinary people still trust them unconditionally, support them, and regard them as their compatriots? These powerhouses who have all the power in the world don’t need to harm the ordinary people. Their existence alone taunts, mocks, and even destroys the pride of ordinary humans as the superior creatures on the planet.
“Do you think that it’s possible for ordinary people to completely give up their dignity as superior beings and crawl under the superhumans’ feet forever? Could they live as clueless ‘inferior creatures’ and ‘protected pets’? If they could, would such subpar creatures still be considered real humans?”
Lu Siya’s question was even more heated than the burning light in her eyes.
Meng Chao contemplated for a long time and remained silent.
He was not silent because he did not know the answer or because he never thought about these issues.
On the contrary, the same doubts had been occupying his mind for a long time.
He had gone through endless nights ruminating over these painful thoughts alone. There would be no stars in the sky, and it would be so dark that he could not even see his own fingers.
Furthermore, he had come to an extremely cruel and irrefutable conclusion.
“It appears that you and I have the same thoughts, and the scene before us has confirmed our answer.”
Lu Siya smiled. “For survival and victory, some humans who have the capability and resources need to rush forward on the path of evolution. As they distance themselves from their compatriots and ordinary humans, they inevitably evolve into gods and demons.
“However, the more they do this to protect their civilization, the more likely that estrangement and conflict will occur between them and their compatriots who are unable to keep up or are unwilling to evolve.
“Things are growing more and more intense. The descendants of the transmigrators from Earth will inevitably be torn into two groups: the ‘new humans’ and the ‘old humans.’ They will compete for resources, for the right to build the future, for the right to rule the planet, and for the right to define what constitutes a human. This will trigger a war within the civilization that might be a hundred times bloodier than the Monster War.
“The effort to solve this crisis has become the crisis itself.
“It’s a cruel and laughable paradox.
“However, if you look at the cycle of human civilization, such paradoxes are everywhere. They constitute major parts of history as well—”
Meng Chao interrupted Lu Siya stiffly. “We’ll definitely find a way to break this paradox and prevent the same thing from happening again. We’ll win and create a future as one!”
“Is this a conclusion that you rationally deduced through precise calculations, or is this something you’re just trying to manifest from the bottom of your heart?”
Lu Siya’s beautiful eyes sparkled as she stared at her closest comrade without blinking. “Meng Chao, do you know what attracted me the most when we first met? It was also an important reason why we became close comrades.”
Meng Chao was stunned.
He did not understand what Lu Siya was trying to say.
“There was a pessimistic aura constantly lingering around you. It was so thick that it couldn’t be dispersed.”
Before he could say anything, Lu Siya gave him the answer.
“A pessimistic aura?”
Meng Chao gave her a strange look.
He never thought that he would ever be associated with pessimism.
“Perhaps you didn’t even realize that you were different from the others,” Lu Siya said.
“At that time, we were fighting monsters at the bottom of Raging Waves Mountain Range. Aside from the Red Dragon Army and the private armed forces of the various mega corporations, there were also student soldiers from Dragon City University and the alliance of the five universities. You were one of them.
“The student soldiers in their early twenties were all hot-blooded young men. They were fully confident that they would achieve victory in the battle before them, in the entire war, or even in conquering the Other World with their grand strategy. This foolish confidence poured out of them like an uncontrollable flame.
“You were the odd one out. I didn’t see any confidence in your eyes.
“On the contrary, you were always worried and ruminating. You were full of doubts and even fears about the future.
“You managed to hide your suspicion and fear very well with your experience that far exceeded others of your age. However, your inharmonious aura as a pessimist and the way you looked at the people around you as if you were looking at ‘dry bones in a grave’ made you stand out.
“I couldn’t believe it. Before I met you, I had only sensed such strong pessimism from one person!”
When Meng Chao heard what she said, he could not help but ask, “Who are you talking about?”
“Battle God Lei Zongchao,” Lu Siya said indifferently.