Chapter 1 – Miracle
Several chunks of plaster packed with mud and sand were piled up to build a wall, with scratches, cracks and imperfections on each side. The ashen yellow coloured sand was mottled on the wall like trails of tears.
The cement at the corner had crumbled away and the rusted steel bars holding the wall together could be seen.
There was a vast expanse of yellow sand as far as the eye could see. Four or five of such wall panels were put together at the foot of a mound. It appeared lofty and as if it was the way it ought to be.
With the walls encircling, a big box-like object was placed in the middle of the empty place.
As one approached, you could see that the walls were filled with withered ashy brown sea-buckthorn. The jagged broken branches filled the gaps between the walls closely, while its edges and corners effectively warded off all kinds of hostile visitors.
The box-like thing appeared to be big in the narrow, small space surrounded by these walls, but it was actually a small hut made of eight thick boards – about two or three square meters.
The sun was boiling and the temperature of the boards were very hot, causing the inside of the hut to be as sultry as a stove.
There was only a small window at the top of the cabin and now it was blocked by dry grass and the light appeared a rather dark orange.
There weren’t many things in the tiny wooden hut. A bed on the left, a small table on one side and a large tin box on the right.
There was a figure lying down on the bed, minute breaths the only indication that this individual was still alive.
The plank bed creaked.
Li Xin sat up, a little dazed at first and her eyes unfocused.
Then, she lifted up her arm and looked at her wrist,
The cold, hard and wide metal watch band made the white wrists appear even more thin and weak.
….It had been twenty eight days and four hours since she’d come back.
Li Xin got up leisurely, barefoot against the warm boards, and tiptoed to move aside the leaves at the window, the sunlight leaking out of that small space.
‘Creak, creak, creak.’
A series of sounds. The bed was also made up of several wooden boards which were not very strong made noises at every turn.
Raising her hands and exerting force, two very simple movements. Li Xin spent nearly half a minute just to perform these actions.
She left the grass on the ground as usual.
The soul and the body, were in fact like machines and software. If incompatible, it would be very inconvenient, like the current situation of Li Xin.
The strength of her soul which had returned from later ages was obviously stronger than this 17 year old body. Although it was from the same source, it was the same difference as that of Windows 1 to Windows 10.
When Li Xin had first arrived, she had been unable to even support her limbs.
It was a totally unexpected joy. She hadn’t expected that “he” could completely bring back the soul from later ages. Compared with the benefits, this small trouble was not worth mentioning.
It was evident to her that her body and soul were slowly fusing.
It was almost time….. Li Xin stood on tiptoe and looked out of the window, her eyebrows knitting against the strong light.
Turning around, she squatted down slowly, took out a wooden cup from under the tin case, then opened the lid of the tin case and scooped out water from the inside.
The mouth of the cup scraped against the surface of the tin case, making a hissing sound.
The water in the case was only a shallow layer and was also heated by the heat from the outside world.
Li Xin wasn’t anxious about this. She raised her head and poured down the whole cup.
Then, she dragged the table by the bed, raised her legs and stepped on it. Raising her arms, she pushed the topmost plank away.
The bright sunlight rushed in from all directions along the opening and refracted on the fine beads of sweat on Li Xin’s forehead.
Releasing her hands, Li Xin simply supported the thick plank with the top of her head, raising two hands to block the light above her eyes and squinting as she looked out.
She maintained this position for a while.
In the distance, she could see a small black speck coming from the endless yellow sands on the horizon.
It was here-
Li Xin looked up and stared at the object in the air without blinking.
“Destination: District 3179, 74.108.29.”
The thing quickly came to the front, shaped like a big bee, and the mechanical wings behind “buzzed” fiercely.
The round head of the “big bee” was equipped with a coin sized “mouth”, and it made a mechanical sound when opening and closing.
“Hello,Bee Express wishes you well.”
It hovered in the air, both if its eyes twisted and aimed at Li Xin’s face and scanned – ‘di’ – target verification completed.
After, it said “hello” once again.
Then, the bee-like robot turned its head and its claw like limbs pulled out a box from its huge abdomen.
“Please sign for your express delivery. Little Bee 27795 is at your service.”
Li Xin reached out her hand and pressed it on its head, and took the box.
“‘Di’ – fingerprint verification succeeded. Signing completed.”
It was finally delivered. Li Xin held the green, fiber box in her hand and blinked.
Although she was aware that this green light was a bonus from the relevant departments, Li Xin still maintained some inexplicable feeling about crossing this high “wall”, perhaps the sole express product in Zone 3197.
She opened the package single handedly and took out the metal product, like an eye guard with a silvery white lustre.
She put the empty box back into the “Little Bee” and received a piece of blue candy, and a flat mechanical sounding “thank you.” Li Xin held the things in her hand, bowed her head and sat down.
With the ‘buzz’ sound, the “courier” soon disappeared as fast as it had appeared.
Li Xin strenuously controlled her trembling fingers to spread out and join together her newly received things.
This small metal product was a holographic sensor used to connect to the recently launched holographic online game “Miracle.”
Of excellent quality and a high cost. In fact, if it weren’t for the state’s almost loss oriented promotion, Li Xin couldn’t afford it at all.
Finally, she received it before the server started.
It was 10:21. The server would open at 11 on the dot.
Li Xin sat cross legged on the plank bed, placed the connector on her leg and casually put the candy into her mouth.
It tasted like grass.
Her face was small, her skin white and clear, seeming delicate and fragile. The pale pink mouth was naturally slightly pursed. Even if she didn’t smile, she appeared to have a slight smile. The candy bulged up her cheeks a little and her pair of dark brown eyes were clear. When she looked at people, she appeared especially pure and innocent.
In the simple and sultry cabin, the little girl in the ragged grey blouse and candy was waiting quietly.
In her last life, she had found the wrong person, but this time, she couldn’t be wrong again.
Li Xin slowly recited the name in a low voice. The characters pouring out of her lips came out soft and hoarse.
Must find her brother.
Remember Auntie Du’s words.
Find your brother, and protect him as if he is your Auntie.
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