DK – Ch 14

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The Dark King – Chapter 14

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“Although I am not your instructor, but I hate to see someone crying in front of me.” The youth spoke in a cold tone: “Go in to your room in the dorm. You can enjoy crying with no effort. ”

Children turned pale, afraid to say anything. Minnie’s clenched her hands and clutched her clothes. She bowed her head to fight back her tears.

The youth took another glance at the children. He was to lazy to rebuke anything. He came up to the counter, opened a drawer and grabbed string of keys from inside “Come with me” he said and left the hall.

Dudian immediately went after him to keep up the youth. Other children picked up their backpacks from the ground and walked after the youth and Dudian.

Along the trail through the woods, the crowd come to a low, dilapidated wooden shed. The youth opened the door and said: “This is the place. Pick and empty bed and get ready because tomorrow morning special training will begin.” Finished talking, the youth threw the keys towards Dudian and then directly left.

Dudian clutched three keys in his hand. He looked at wooden shed and slightly frowned. The wooden shed most probably was deliberately built for them. It could not be compared with the gorgeous and unique buildings that were around the place. Even within the standards of slums, it was a relatively poor house to live.

“Is this how they are going to treat us?” Dudian knew, special training was not going to start tomorrow. It began the moment they came to wooden shed.

There were three rooms inside the wooden barrack. All three of them were identical. There were four beds in each room, mats and some dark stains on the boards. He quickly checked all the beds and picked a relatively clean wood bed. He put his backpack on the bed and waited for the rest to choose their beds so that he can go out to find whisk leaves or large weeds to wipe the bed.
At this time, the other children had entered the wooden shed. They were stunned at the sight. Even for boys it was unbearable to live inside the barrack. Minnie squatted down to cry.
The kids grew up in residential areas and have not seen such a harsh envionment.
Instead of wasting his time. Dudian gave the other two keys to the children. He went outside to find and gather dried whisk leaves. Later on he came back to wipe the bed. If he had known that this was going to be happening, he thought he should have brought a mattress to cover the bed.

The other children watched Dudian busying himself with the cleaning. Having stopped the self-pity, they began to choose beds. One of the children bit his teeth and talked out to rest of them: ” Temporarily bear with it, certainly it will get better in the future!” Desperate people always need hope to encourage themselves.

 

As time passed they began to compromise with the situation and began to adapt to the current conditions.

One of the bigger boy’s went to Dudian ‘s room. He seemed a bit curious about Dudian, “My name is Mason, what’ s your name?

“Dudian.”

“You seem unafraid of dirtiness.” The child was direct.

“In fact, there is moss-like things over the top of the bed.” Dudian said.

“What is it?”, Mason asked.

“……It’s nothing.”

Macon scratching his head, did not know what to say. He he saw a few pieces of mildew on the bed board. He thought of Dudian’s previous approach. Immediately left the room to the outside to pull some green grass to wipe the bed, but the pieces of mildew on his bed were too much. It didn’t matter how hard he tried to rub, the spots were still covered in dark.

Dudian looked at him, said: “We have to dry them in sun.”

Macon surprised for a moment and said: “We can put the bed boards outsite for sun to dry them out, so that they do not rot.” He called out to other children.

They immediately mobilized.

Mason looked at Dudian, “Don’t you want to dry your bed?”

“I can not move it alone.”

“I’ll help you,” Mason said at once.

Dudian, because of his temper, did not ask for help directly. Nevertheless he replied: “Thank you.” With Mason’s help they took the bed outside the wooden shed.
Before long, another youth wearing the officer uniform led a group of children over.

The officer looked at the beds in the open space slightly frowned, but did not say anything. As the previous officer did, he too casually opened a few rooms, so that children pick their own, leaving the key left.

The children looked curiously at Dudian, Mason, and others and then one by one looked at their own bedrooms.

“Are these children’s dwellings ready?” Dasha came to the window. She was wearing a white thin silk gloves and holding a metal tube. If Dudian would be here, he could recognized at sight that it was an old-fashioned telescope. She took it up to her eyes level and began to watch situation outside the wooden sheds.

“Everything is in accordance with your instructions. The housing environment is not unchanged. We will stop supplying hot water soon..” Tobu respectfully: “I believe they will soon adapt to the pain and hardship. This time, I am confident that we will ‘produce’ more than hundred “scavengers”! ”

Dasha nodded slightly. Suddenly she saw group of children carrying the beds from the wooden sheds into the open space. She was confused for a moment as she didn’t expect them to act so. After a while, she put away the binoculars and said: “These children, you have to discipline them good. The number of passing children is declining each year. We have to improve teaching methods and tactics in order to maintain stable number of scavengers. In addition, do not forget that in case their mental state is not up to par then eliminate them instantly. ”

Tobu bowed his head: “Yes!”

In the evening, the children worked together to help each other to move the beds back to their respective rooms.

Mason pulled out a bedding from his backpack and lay it on the mattress. Some of the children looked at him in envy. He laughed back and comfortably lied down in a proud manner because of his ‘foresight’.

Dudian changed his closes and lied down too. He closed his eyes to review the knowledge he got from super chip.
Unknowingly, he fall asleep. He woke up at 5 am next morning because of harsh strange sounds coming from outside. Dudian and other children got up and came together to look at source of strange voice. They saw a meter tall bird creature with a crooked neck. It was emitting a very sharp sound almost breaking their eardrums.

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6 Comments

  1. This is an amazing find, I eagerly await for more. However, I just noticed that in a span of a week or so you have released 14 chapters. I fear that you may burn yourself out leaving the novel without translation for an indefinite amount of time.

    So I suggest, that you instead build a schedule, like a chapter every two or three days with maybe the weekends off. Also, build up a cache of translated chapters in case you get sick, busy, or for anything else.

    Not to mention that right now we are on holidays, I would assume you are too, but very soon next month you won’t have any more, or as much as, free time.

    Please take care of yourself, and have a happy holidays and a new year.
    PS. I just love how uncliche the story can be.

  2. What an excellent story. It doesn’t stick to the mainstream genre of Chinese novels. It’s a story of its own. No body refining, pill concoction, or any sort of “evolution;” simply a sliver of plausible reality depicted vividly in a lackluster fictional world. Hats off to both the author and the translator who found this gem.

    By the way, as what PumpKing said, you should regulate your pace. Dropping of projects is mainly caused by exhaustion and dissipated enthusiasm for the work. Better give yourself a loose breathing space, and translate this in a leisurely progress. Thanks for the work.

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