Chapter 296: This is too simple, something seems fishy!
Translator: Stardu5t Editor: Kurisu
But this time, no flames appeared on the air hostess body.
Did I miss the opportunity? The chubby air hostess thought to herself.
At this time, a row of words appeared within the light: [Dont hit me, if you do, Ill fall out with you!]
The chubby air hostess got a really huge scareshe was so startled she jumped back, almost knocking Tubo, who was standing behind her, to the ground.
About two minutes later, the heavy and enormous metal gate started to go up slowly.
However, the gate did not fully open but stopped after creating a two-meter-tall gap beneath it.
That was enough to let everyone through though when they were passing through the city gate, it made them feel kinda scared. With such an enormous metal gate suspended above their heads, they couldnt help but feel that there was a possibility of it dropping on them by accident. If it dropped wouldnt the people beneath it get squashed into human paste?
Hence, the passengers took quick steps to get under the gate, afraid of getting squashed to a pulp in the event it did drop.
After safely passing through, everyone secretly heaved a sigh of relief. Next, they curiously sized up the view on the other side of the city gate.
What they saw was an extremely wide path that led straight into the inner city. There were ancient trees planted neatly on both sides of the path that were at least ten meters tall, and a clear river
And on the side, there was an elderly man wearing ancient clothes. It seemed as though he had been waiting for them.
Behind the elderly man, there were fifteen herculean men.
"Heroes who have come from afar, welcome to our place!" The elderly man in ancient attire welcomed them cordially, shaking each and every one of their hands, starting from Joseph who was at the front.
Such cordiality was hard for the passengers to accept in such a short period of time.
But finally, when the elderly man shook Song Shuhangs hand, Song Shuhang slightly furrowed his browshe had opened his Eye Aperture and could see everything in detail.
Thus, he had closely observed the way the elderly man smiled, his posture, and his tone when he was shaking hands with each person, they were all the same.
Especially when he said, "Welcome, welcome", the tempo of his speech scarcely changed.
It made Song Shuhang instinctively think of the voice that was played from the speakers from above the wallthe elderly man was exactly like that, as if his whole person was on a loop!
After shaking Song Shuhangs hand, the elderly man said excitedly, "Thank you heroes, thanks to you, we successfully defended against the eagles attack!"
After finishing his sentence, he clapped as hard as he could.
Behind him, the fifteen herculean men followed suit and started clapping with all their might.
Song Shuhangs feelings of doubt became more apparentwhen the fifteen men clapped, their movements were perfectly in sync, as if they were robots manufactured in the exact same way.
"There is no need to stand on ceremony, it was only self-defense." Song Shuhang was testing watershe kept suspecting that this huge mysterious island could be similar to an illusory reality. Hence, he wanted to test if the elderly man could hold a conversation with himself.
If his reply did not make sense, that it was most likely an illusory reality.
"Regardless, you are all heroes, we are extremely grateful!" The elderly man was able to reply readily. Thereafter, he continued, "If it is ok with you guys, can we carry the bodies of the beasts into the city? Even though they always bring us a lot of problems, they are a delicacy. All of you must be exhaustedwhat you guys need is some nourishment to relieve your fatigue."
"You can make all the decisions here, and as you have said, our stomachs are rumbling with hunger. Also, is it possible for you to arrange a place for us to rest for a moment?" Song Shuhang asked.
"No problem, although we do not have anything else in the city, we do have a lot of vacant places for you to rest at." The elderly man laughedeven though the ancient city was vast, most of it was empty land.
As they were speaking, the elderly man lightly gestured and the fifteen herculean men walked out in an orderly fashion. Ten of them split into two groups that carried the carcasses of the two enormous eagles that Song Shuhang killed. The remaining five men walked along the wall towards the left, as they wanted to bring back the first eagle that Song Shuhang killed.
"Follow me, I will bring all of you somewhere you can rest," said the elderly man in ancient clothes before turning around and leading the way.
The passengers looked doubtfully at Song Shuhang.
Song Shuhang answered, "Go ahead, we entered the city with much difficulty, we naturally gotta take a look."
On their way, the elderly man was very cordial and enthusiastic as he kept introducing the majestic ancient city to Song Shuhang.
He was very detailed in his explanationseven a stone tablet itself was explained clearly and logically, allowing people to fully immerse themselves in its history... the passengers felt as though they couldnt interrupt his speech.
Song Shuhang and the elderly man talked and laughed, nodding their heads in agreement.
Thereafter as they continued talking, suddenly Song Shuhang smiled and said, "Mister, have you taken a dump?"
"Haha, indeed little friend, you think so too." The elderly man laughed.
The conversation doesnt flow!
Song Shuhang pondered and tried asking a more impolite question, "Mister, is your mom a monkey?"
For that question, Song Shuhangs enunciation was indistinct and he spoke at a faster speedin case something went wrong, he could explain that he got tongue-tied and what he meant to say was Mister, do you have monkeys here?.
The surrounding passengers were dumbfounded, they didnt know what Shuhang was up to.
However, the elderly man seemed not to have heard what Song Shuhang said, he merely maintained the smile on his face.
He even cordially held onto Song Shuhangs hand and continued to introduce the willow trees in front of them to Song Shuhang in a friendly way. "Come here, hero. Look at how healthy the willow trees are. Dont look down on them, they have a long history of about one hundred years. It is said that by picking their new buds every year and mixing them with some medicinal herbs, youd be able to concoct a great tea that helps to strengthen ones body."
My question got ignored? But the conversation still doesnt flow.
Song Shuhang felt somewhat apologetic, but cordially tested waters again. "Your dad is a gorilla."
"Hahah, you think this willow tree is not bad too, right?" The elderly man in ancient clothes touched his beard while admiring the tree.
Song Shuhang nodded his head with a face full of admiration. "Youre an African monkey."
"Hahaha, what you said makes sense!" The elderly man laughed.
The rest of the passengers were dumbfounded. They kept pulling at their ears, wondering if Song Shuhangs ears had problems. Or could it be the elderly mans ears instead? Or was it simply both? Perhaps everyone in the world was having problems?
Indeed, the entire conversation went downhill.
Song Shuhang used all his strength to rub his face. There was indeed something wrong with the elderly man before his eyes He was obviously operating according to some sort of pre-arranged script.
At the entrance of the city gate, the elderly mans replies were coherent. It was apparent that he was the same as chatbot AIs, picking up keywords and the other partys facial expression to choose the appropriate reply.
After entering the city, the elderly man activated the next modeintroducing the city. He continuously introduced everything in the city, such that everyone else had no chance to interrupt.
Even if it wasnt an illusory reality, the elderly man was most likely the host of an AI or something similar.
Forget it, bullying a chatbot AI doesnt make me feel accomplished.
I should just directly ask what I want to know the most.
"Old man, I have a question. Earlier on, did the passengers who chose the YES option on the city gate really get sent home?" asked Song Shuhang.
"The option on the city gate? Whats that?" The elderly man in ancient clothes turned his head and asked curiously in reply.
This question isnt in the sphere of the elderly mans knowledge?
Song Shuhang asked once again, "Then old man, how can we leave this place?"
At this moment, all the passengers shot anticipating gazes in his direction.
"Leave this place?" The elderly man pointed at the tallest tower within the city and said, "See that tall tower? There is a huge transaction place in there. No matter who you are, you can use an item on your body to enter and exchange it for something you want. Its a very honest transaction, you can definitely transact at an equal value!"
"You can exchange for an opportunity to leave this place?" Song Shuhang asked immediately.
The elderly man shook his head. "I already said that it is an honest and fair transaction, so how can we use the opportunity to leave to coerce people? As long as you complete one transaction, regardless of what kind of transaction it is, upon completion, you can leave this place."
Song Shuhang stared blankly.
Since its that simple then why did the seniors in the Nine Provinces Number One Group face all kinds of difficulties on the mysterious island? Even though they did not suffer from any major injuries, they did go through a couple of grueling experiences.
Lastly, didnt they also end up losing their memories? Could it be that the seniors went to a different place? Or perhaps, did they enter a different zone?
"Were here, this place is under my jurisdiction. The house is pretty big, everyone please feel free to make yourselves comfortable. In a while, when the young men are done carrying the beasts, I will show you my skills." The elderly man laughed and performed some cooking gestures.
"Sorry to trouble you," replied Song Shuhang.
Even though he was an AI person, he did indeed help him and everyone else a great deal by telling them how to leave that place after resting for a bit and recovering his strength and mental energy, he would be able to search for Zhuge Yue and Zhuge Zhongyang before heading to the tall tower and return home.
"In that case, please take a good rest. I wont impose on all of you any further," the elderly man said warmly.
Everyone hurriedly greeted the elderly man politely.
The elderly man turned around and left. But after walking two steps, he suddenly froze.
Thereafter, for no apparent reason, he went to Song Shuhang and warmly shook Song Shuhangs hand.
At the same time, he said in a voice that only Song Shuhang could hear, "Welcome to the Heavenly Island, SongShuHang. I hope you have a great time."
Upon hearing that, Song Shuhang stiffened. The elderly man in front of him wasnt an AI? And also, why did he say his name with pauses?
F*ck, wait a moment, if he wasnt an AI, then the couple of things he said earlier were too much! The elderly man would definitely remember it!