As Long Yu drove the Black Shark, a soft growl suddenly reverberated inside the vehicle.
He instinctively looked at Xixi, but the little girl shook her head. Seeing this, he realised whose stomach it was that cried of hunger.
Li Xue Lan who was sitting at the back kept silent, but a hint of red crept up her face.
"What are you snickering about?" Long Yu lightly pinched Xixi's cheek when he found her giggling.
"You hungry, Miss Lan? Please bear with it. We'll be stopping for lunch soon," he looked at the embarrassed Li Xue Lan through the rearview mirror.
"Ah, don't worry about it, I'm not that hungry anyway…" she quickly denied out of embarrassment.
"Haha, it's fine, we were planning to do so anyway. Otherwise, this little one will be kicking up a fuss out of hunger," Long Yu laughed lightly.
"En," Xixi nodded her head in agreement as if it was something to be proud of.
Small pieces of meat coated in yellow flour dropped into a pot of oil, generating a sizzling sound. The alluring aroma of fried meat instantly wafted from the pot into the air. There was a hint of spice that could be captured from the scent.
Long Yu stood in the RV's kitchen with an apron on. He used a pair of chopsticks to pick up pieces of flour coated mutant meat and fried them in oil. Xixi who was standing next to him was clearly excited at the sight.
"Hey, don't get too close or you might get burned by the oil," Long Yu warned her.
"It's fine big brother, Xixi's power can block it," Xixi replied while still distracted by the plate of freshly fried meat in front of her.
Long Yu rolled his eyes speechlessly. The little lass was always overly enthusiastic whenever it came to food. To think she would even put food before her own safety.
Li Xue Lan who was handling the vegetables next to them could not help but chuckle at her antics. She then continued to slice the lettuce into thin strips before drizzling it with salad dressing. She was making a side dish that would go well with the fried dishes.
After the meal was ready, Long Yu and the two girls sat down to eat. It was a sumptuous meal consisting of fried mutant meat, butter oat king prawns, sweet and sour fish, accompanied with a few other side dishes. Overall, it wasn't exactly a healthy meal since most of the dishes were fried, but Long Yu figured it was alright to eat them once in a while.
After finishing their meal, Long Yu decided to get down to business.
"Miss Li, please look over here," he said while activating the screen in the RV.
The initially idle screen suddenly jumped alive as it loaded some sort of system. A 2D map showing their location and the surrounding landscapes appeared. It also showed the route they were traveling in, including Jingling city, which they just forced their way through not long ago.
Long Yu then walked over and drew a line at their location towards a certain position on the map.
"Mister Long, this… what is this place?" Li Xue Lan asked while looking at the empty plot of land that was marked.
When she mentioned this, Xixi who was sitting beside her fidgeted with unrest. Although she was young, she understood where that place was. To be more precise, she knew what that place held.
"Ah, you don't have to worry about that. What I want to show you is the military camp that is located near this area," Long Yu said as he pointed at a small city which was approximately 10 kilometres away from the route. He then continued, "If nothing goes wrong, we should pass by this military camp by tomorrow."
At this point, Li Xue Lan understood what Long Yu wanted to talk about. He was telling her that he could send her to the other military camp the next day.
Unexpectedly, Li Xue Lan shook her head after hearing him. She raised her right arm halfway, as if a student who wanted to inquire her teacher.
"Oh, what's the matter, Miss Li?" Long Yu asked.
Li Xue Lan took a deep breath before replying, "Mister Long, I don't want to go to the military camp. Please let me join your group instead!"
From the determined gaze in her eyes, he could tell that she was serious.
"Join us? Why? Isn't it safer to seek refuge at the camp?" Long Yu asked. Although her addition to the group would be advantageous for them, he first wanted to know her reasons.
"Please let me join so I can repay you. Not only did you save me, you also provided me food and shelter. If not for you, I would definitely have died back then," Li Xue Lan pleaded.
Long Yu looked at her in silence before sighing, "I understand how you feel Miss Li, but the place we are heading to isn't that simple. It could possibly be even more dangerous than the mutated vampire tree that you faced before."
He did not hide the truth from her. This was because even he did not know what type of dreadful dangers they might encounter.
"I'm not afraid. Even though my ability might not be particularly useful to a strong person like Mister Long, I, I still want to help!" Li Xue Lan's determination did not falter even after hearing about the potential dangers.