After driving for the whole afternoon, they did not really encounter any other dangers.
Along the way, Long Yu saw some sparrows flying in the sky, which he easily shot down with his suppressed assault rifle.
Unfortunately, they were only normal birds that had yet to mutate. After having the system scan the corpses, it was confirmed that there were no mutant cores inside them.
Seeing that it was getting dark, he decided to park the car at a nearby gas station. Although the lights were on, the place was deathly silent.
Long Yu noticed that there were a few cars next to the gas pumps. However, none of their owners were in them.
He asked Xixi to stay in the car while he got off to check the place for any dangers. Long Yu was not naïve enough to think that there were no zombies around, just because he didn't hear any sounds nearby.
Equipping himself with his UMP, he slowly approached the store of the gas station.
Once he got near the entrance, he could see that there were a few racks that had fallen onto the ground. The items that were originally on them were strewn all over the floor, creating a mess.
He figured a scuffle probably occurred when someone in the store was attacked by zombies. Though, he did not know if the person made it out alive.
Standing near the door, Long Yu threw a small golden bell that magically appeared in his hand, into the store. The round golden bell that was tossed, made a beautiful arc in the air before hitting the ground.
*Clink* *Ding* *Ding*
The bell's ring continuously echoed in the store before coming to a stop. Immediately, Long Yu could hear the sound of hoarse moans coming from inside the store.
Hearing the moans, it gave him goosebumps. They sounded really unpleasant, like sandpaper being rubbed against a metal surface.
Then, he heard footsteps approaching where the bell is. A figure slowly staggered out of one the aisles, and into Long Yu's sight. Raising his suppressed sub-machine gun, he shot the head of the figure from where he stood.
A bullet to the brain, it is the most effective way of killing these zombies.
Since there were many racks blocking Long Yu's line of sight, he was not sure how many of them were in the store.
The safest way to deal with them would be to attract them to an open area where he could see them. So, he repeated the method of using the bells to lure the zombies to where he wanted them to be.
After killing five zombies using the same method, he did not hear any more moans or see any other zombies around. Long Yu then carefully went inside to clear out any possible zombies lurking around.
Fortunately, there were only a total of five zombies, which were the ones he just dealt with. Long Yu first moved the corpses out of the store because they were starting to exude a rotten smell.
Having cleared the place, Long Yu went back to move the car and parked it right at the door of the store. This way, it could block any intruders from coming in, and also allow them to immediately get into the car when they need to.
It was uncomfortable to sleep in the car, since they could not use the back seats. Long Yu planned to spend the night inside the store, where it was spacious enough for them to sleep on a portable mattress he took out.
While setting up the mattress, he suddenly heard the growl of a hungry stomach behind him. Xixi's face turned red as she covered her belly with her small hands, trying to quiet it down.
Long Yu felt bad seeing the lass's pitiful actions. Due to him driving the whole time, they did not manage to eat anything substantial in the afternoon.
This was because there weren't any places suitable for them to get off at on their way here. It was dangerous to stay out in the open for too long, as he did not know if any threats might suddenly appear. So, they could only grab a quick bite while inside the car.
Taking a look around the store, Long Yu saw that the store sells a variety of food. There was even a working microwave intended for customers' use. However, he did not plan on eating them. After all, he can directly get freshly cooked meals using the system.
Taking out a big pot and a portable stove, he placed them on the counter. Xixi's eyes twinkled as she saw that he was preparing to cook.
"Big brother, do you need any help?" she ran up to him and asked.
Since she wanted to help, Long Yu asked her to fetch a few bottled mineral water from one of the racks.
Once he received them, he proceeded to pour out all their contents into the pot.
Seeing the look of anticipation on Xixi's face, he could not help but let out a soft chuckle.
As if putting on a show, Long Yu waved his hand in an exaggerated manner, causing multiple plates of expensive raw meat to appear on the counter.
"Wah!!" The little girl clapped her hands in amazement even though she had already seen the trick multiple times.
Long Yu had a feeling that she cared more about the food on the plates, rather than his magic trick, but it was fine either way.
He twisted the knob on the stove, as it let out a sparking sound.
Anyone who sees the layout of items on the counter would surely think of one word. Hotpot!