KTCSG – CH3

Chapter 3: Midnight Mansion (1)

When Cheng Zhi Chu dazedly opened his eyes, he found himself with his face pressed down onto his keyboard.

Because his face was pressing onto the keys, the game character on the screen was running around wildly and performing strange gestures. No more than a few seconds later, under the futile shouts from his roommates, the character ran off a cliff and fell to its death.

“Cheng Zi, what are you doing?” (KKnotes: 程子 Cheng Zi. Cheng Zhi Chu’s nickname. Sounds like orange in chinese LOL)

The three roommates witnessed the strange actions that his character made and looked over at him with confusion. Cheng Zhi Chu was stunned for a few seconds and inexplicably found the usually annoying roommates of his extremely loveable. He almost rushed over in tears to embrace them.

That’s right. He was obviously playing games with these rascals and probably just fell asleep and had a strange dream. What Infinite Escape game? What system? What damned psychopath? They all don’t exist. It was all just a dream………!

【Should I play the video of your kiss with Qin Ji to help you jog your memory?】

However, the next second system K29’s voice appeared in Cheng Zhi Chu’s mind and it ruthlessly shattered his fantasies. What it said made Cheng Zhi Chu almost vomit out blood — Why would this thing have a video of it?!

No longer able to sit still anymore, he rushed out of the dormitory and squatted down in an empty corner. He asked the system: [Why are you still here?!]

【Nonsense. Of course I’m still here. Did you think that the game is already over? Don’t forget, you still have 186 boss’s that you still haven’t collected yet. Before then, I won’t be leaving you.】

The moment it mentioned the Boss Photobook, Cheng Zhi Chu’s face went pale. He still had not forgotten the sight of Qin Ji’s photo smiling at him from inside the book. Is that damned psychopath still alive in the book?

【To be more accurate, he is sealed inside the photobook.】 The system reassured him. 【But you can rest assured. He won’t be able to come out and can’t do anything. At most, he would just use his eyes to lick over your whole body every time you open the book.】

Cheng Zhi Chu: “………….” That seems to be even more disgusting.

【That’s right, you still need to choose the game mode. There are two options; “Reality Mode” and “Death Mode”. For now, I have temporarily made it “Reality Mode” but if you need to, you can change it yourself.】

【The difference between these two modes is whether the player returns to the real world. Reality Mode means that after every instance ends you can return to the real world to rest for a while until the next instance starts.】

【Death Mode means that the instances would be connected. Once a player finishes a instance, they would immediately enter the next instance. If you use this mode, you will be rewarded with 30% more survival points compared to the Reality Mode but once it is selected it cannot be changed. Until the game is cleared, the player will not be able to return back to their world.】

【Would you like to choose the Death Mode?】

[Of course not!]

Cheng Zhi Chu quickly shook his head. The Survival Points could be gathered a little more slowly but if you asked him to continuously be chased by monsters, he would definitely go mad before he dies.

He then suddenly thought of a question and asked the system: [After becoming a player, would the real world experience supernatural events? My friends and family won’t be affected because of me, right?]

【From what I know, players who are in the real world have a low chance of triggering a “Reality Instance” which is what you refer to as supernatural events. Until now, no one has triggered it yet. Would you like to be the first one to trigger this instance?】

Cheng Zhi Chu: [Thanks, but no thanks. I’m leaving.]

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【As for your other question, it generally shouldn’t affect the people around you unless they find out about the “Infinite Escape” app on your phone and voluntarily become a player. Ah, you should also take a look. I have already helped you download it onto your phone.】

“?”

Cheng Zhi Chu was stunned for a moment. He rummaged around his pocket and noticed that the phone that wasn’t there when he was in the game had once again returned. He unlocked the screen and, sure enough, an app with a black and white skull icon was there. Under the icon were the words “Infinite Escape”.

He found it strange: [Since you can communicate with me directly, why do I need to download the app to my phone? What can I do with it?]

【This is an app made by players for players. The main function is the game forum that allows players to communicate with each other. We thought it was pretty good, so we allowed the forum to be integrated into the game.】

【In there are things like guidebooks for beginners. You can go take a look so that you won’t have to ask me anymore of those stupid questions.】

【Those who possess this app are definitely players of the game. Maybe you will meet them in real life, and you can become friends with each other.】

【But I must remind you: It’s best if you don’t reveal your app to anyone. If any ordinary person comes into contact with the app, a window will appear asking them if they want to give the game a go. If they select yes, they will also become a player.】

【Also, there is a trading function in the forum. If another player touches your phone, they could log into your account and make malicious transactions and steal your survival points. Survival points are not only a currency in the game, it is also something that determines the players life and death. The moment their survival points reach zero, the player would immediately die.】

Having said that, the system then made a ridiculing sound and said: 【There once was a case where a player had selected the death mode and was left with just one survival point. He didn’t dare spend it and he couldn’t even use it to buy food, so he ended up starving himself to death. I sincerely hope that you won’t die as stupidly as he did.】

With every word spoken by the system, Cheng Zhi Chu’s face paled several shades. In the end, he was trembling to the point that he could no longer speak —- Right now he only has a total of 100 survival points. Doesn’t that mean that he would die very easily?!

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【So if you want to live, you will need to work hard to earn survival points and improve your ability. The instances will get harder and harder so you will never know when you will die—– Oh that’s right, the next instance is about to start soon. You should make the most of your time to log into the forum and take a look at the guidebooks for beginners.】

Hearing this, Cheng Zhi Chu almost yelled outloud: [How soon is soon??]

【Who knows. Perhaps a day later or perhaps in ten minutes.】

The system said: 【If you want to know the exact time, you will need to spend 1000 survival points at the marketplace to buy the “Countdown to the Instance” service. I can’t tell you about it directly.】

A thin layer of sweat formed across Cheng Zhi Chu’s forehead. Right now, he naturally couldn’t afford this service, so he raced against time and immediately opened the forum. He quickly registered an account and started browsing through the posts.

The posts on the forum refreshed very quickly. Sure enough, there were many players participating in this game. At first glance, the forum looked no different to the forums that you would normally see. There were separate sections for Strategy, Trade, Friends, Misc. as well as sections sorted based on the region and the city. It was very rich in content.

Cheng Zhi Chu quickly opened up the “Strategy” page but what frustrated him was that almost every strategy post and experience summary post required him to spend some of his survival points to open. The top posts even required thousands of points just for him to browse through. 

So expensive…….

He was shocked and subconsciously glanced at the number of views the post had received only to find that it wasn’t few. He made a rough calculation and was surprised to find that, with just this post alone, the poster has probably received more than one million survival points.  

Cheng Zhi Chu continued to scroll down and realised that this person called “Winter Branch” had published a number of strategy posts. He clearly is a high-levelled player and just through these posts of his, he would have already accumulated tens of millions of points.

But he recalled the system telling him that, so far, no one had cleared the Infinite Escape game. Could it be that this Winter Branch person is like him and had not yet met certain conditions so despite accumulating enough survival points, he still cannot leave the game? Or perhaps this person has already died and only left these posts behind?

These thoughts flashed across Cheng Zhi Chu’s mind, but it still didn’t stop him from continuing to browse through the strategy forum. When he saw the Winter Branch’s most viewed post, his eyes immediately lit up. It appeared to be an extremely comprehensive beginners guide and, more importantly, this post didn’t require the use of any survival points. It was completely free.

Thank you master! I wish you a lifetime of happiness!

Cheng Zhi Chu internally voiced out his gratitude and proceeded to eagerly click open the post.

It could be said that it is no surprise that this beginners guide is the most viewed post on the forum. It not only very comprehensively summarised all aspects of the game that beginners should know about, it was also written in a way that was very easy to understand and started from the very basics.

When he had browsed through the posts earlier, Cheng Zhi Chu came across several terminologies like “Blood” and “Weapon”. He understood the meaning of things like blood, physical strength and weapons as it was a basic attribute of most games.

But for other things like “Cursed Item” and “Cards”, Cheng Zhi Chu had no idea what it did, and he didn’t understand the difference between ability and skill. But according to Winter Branch, skills can be considered as a small attack whereas an ability is a special attack.

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 An ability is not something that everyone had and only a few possess it. Abilities are ranked with D rank being the lowest and S rank as the highest. The majority of abilities are of a B or C rank and the A level ability is naturally quite rare. S rank abilities are extremely rare and not many people in the game could get it.

Seeing this passage, Cheng Zhi Chu almost exploded —- He sincerely suspects that the dog system had lied. How can that rubbish of a kissing ability be S rank?!

The system protested: 【Rubbish. It’s you who can’t appreciate its worth. This is a super ability that allows you to directly clear an instance. You should kneel down and thank me!】

Cheng Zhi Chu heard this and just snorted before continuing to browse through the post. After reading about the beginner’s gift package, he suddenly remembered that he was in too much of a hurry earlier to open the package that he had received. He immediately opened it and checked the contents while referring back to the post one by one. As he slowly went through each item and was completely immersed, his phone screen suddenly turned blood red and a notification appeared.

<The cooling session is over. Please select the instance.>

 “Fuck, it’s already starting? This is too fast!” Cheng Zhi Chu couldn’t hold back and directly blurted it out.

【Your current level is Level 2. You can choose an instance that is level 7 or lower.】 The system said. 【I recommend “Midnight Mansion”. The boss in this instance is one of the bosses that you need to collect, and the difficulty is ‘normal’ so it won’t be too hard.】

[Then I’ll choose this instance.] Cheng Zhi Chu didn’t have any objections. After all, he didn’t have enough survival points so he couldn’t read any of the strategy guides……

【The player has selected the instance: Midnight Mansion.】

【Level: 4. Difficulty: Normal. Players: 5.】

【You are about to enter “Midnight Mansion.” Countdown of five seconds.】

Along with the systems sound, the light around Cheng Zhi Chu suddenly dimmed down and the temperature also continued to drop causing him to uncontrollably shiver. With some nervousness, he balled up his fists.

The next moment, he found himself standing in a run-down and shabby courtyard. Dull moonlight shone through the pitch-black night sky and the sharp cry of a crow could be heard coming from a nearby gnarly tree. Weak chilly wind blew past and penetrated through his clothes. Before him was a large and worn-down western-style building covered with black vines. Shrouded in darkness, it seemed as if there was something terrible lurking inside.

“Is everyone here?”

A magnetic and gentle male voice quickly broke Cheng Zhi Chu from his daze. He was a little surprised for a moment before realising that it was his teammate. He turned around to look at the man standing behind him.

The light was very dim, and Cheng Zhi Chu had not yet adapted to it. He could only faintly tell that the other party is a young man. With a hint of a smile in his voice, the man continued.

“Let’s get to know each other and give a simple introduction.”

“I am Bai Yi.”

“Greetings.”

*****

Bai Yi’s Diary (Part 3)

I met him.

Words can’t describe my feelings right now.

I spent a lot of effort suppressing my urge to rush over and pull him into my embrace.

I want to hug him, touch him, kiss him, melt him into my bones. Every minute, every second, I want to possess his everything.

But I can’t. I must remember to always act like a normal person, or he would definitely be scared off.

PS: He looks even better than he was a few years ago. He’s also……..more erotic.

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13 thoughts on “KTCSG – CH3

  1. Nobody 5th September 2019 / 6:53 pm

    Thanks for the update!! This novel is one the best light novels that I have seen! Thank you so much!

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  2. mellowdias 5th September 2019 / 7:30 pm

    ??? The big boss appeared just like that all of a sudden? RIP CZC, that normal person facade won’t last too long, I imagine. Also, childhood friend shenanigans? Fleeting benefactor instance? ML explain ;;

    Thank you for the chapter~

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  3. lanemesis 6th September 2019 / 12:37 am

    I love this. My cup, I love you BL you make my day better! Everyone said I’m like a psychopath just because I don’t have any feeling over simple things and doesn’t care about socialising with people, they said it’s a characteristic of a psychopath (their words, not mine). So I thought then maybe it would be better if I embrace every psychopath contained novels, they’re basically my best friends right?

    … I’m crying. Because I found new friend. Boss let me shake you hand! We’re comrade now!

    Thx for the chapter~~~

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    • Sakuya-hime 15th January 2020 / 9:23 am

      I think it’s more likely that you are antisocial rather than psychopath, but who knows~

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  4. Blood 6th September 2019 / 1:23 am

    Every time I like the rhythm of this novel more … I’m really intrigued to know the relationship between MC and ML

    Thanks for the chapter! ^ ^

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  5. Worldwide handsome Jin 16th October 2019 / 12:31 am

    Oh wtf I thought it was a normal teammate, turns out the boss is tryna get close before exposing his fangs lol. The diary ahhhhhhh he s such a creep but I love yandere. Plus I have a gut feeling they loved each other before

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    • Worldwide handsome Jin 16th October 2019 / 6:19 am

      Wait what if the boss and this teamate are different, like split up? Just realized the ??? Diaries before said they hadn’t met yet the first level boss did.
      But Bai yi s thoughts seem familiar…

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  6. Aisha 24th October 2019 / 12:47 am

    So ML & MC were known each other. Goodluck to MC!

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  7. Dianille 13th June 2021 / 12:50 pm

    God, that system must have been planted by the ML somehow. So, in this instance, ML is pretending to be a player?

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  8. ellie 10th April 2022 / 6:40 am

    I was a bit worried that the guide would be a fake one to deceive players (given that it looks so good yet is free) but it’s filled with fancy stuff I can’t see out MC using yet lmao

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