Chapter 26: Abandoned Hospital (10)
The faint call of his name came from the depths of his memory. That illusionary figure before him stood in a pure white space and only revealed the pale porcelain-like lower half of his face. His voice spoke slowly with a gentle sigh.
<Do you still remember me?>
“Brother Yuan Huai……..”
Cheng Zhi Chu’s eyes were empty and unfocussed. At this moment he had become completely immersed in this hallucination. Like he had fallen into a dream, he couldn’t wake up.
<Good Xiao Chu. I knew you wouldn’t forget about me.>
<It must be because they hid you, that you didn’t come to find me.>
<Now that everyone else is gone, you really came back.>
<Come here Xiao Chu. Come to my side.>
The figure that only had a faint online slowly extended his hand to him.
As if he was in endless daze, Cheng Zhi Chu also unconsciously reached his own hand out to hold it, but he suddenly heard something falling and making a very soft sound.
Cheng Zhi Chu was surprised, and he instantly woke up from the illusion. With his forehead covered in cold sweat, he loudly gasped for air.
He saw that the card that he was holding onto had fallen to the ground and that the words “Xie Yuan Huai” had become a little faint. A strong chill ran through his back causing him to shiver in fear.
Something wasn’t right with this card. Earlier, it was like he was completely entranced. He didn’t have even a little bit of his own consciousness.
If he had taken that man’s hand earlier, he didn’t know what would have happened to him……..
As this thought flashed across Cheng Zhi Chu’s mind, he moved his gaze and saw that his hand was currently being held tightly by another long and slender hand. The moment his saw this he felt his heart almost fly out of his throat.
Fortunately, Cheng Zhi Chu immediately realised that it was Bai Yi’s hand. He guessed that it was probably Bai Yi who had pried open his hand and had taken the card away. Once again, he was saved by Bai Yi.
Realising this, Cheng Zhi Chu felt both ashamed and moved. Just as he wanted to give Bai Yi his thanks, he suddenly felt Bai Yi use his thumb to rub the centre of his palm. He then lifted his hand and dropped a soft kiss onto it.
Cheng Zhi Chu’s eyes widened. His heart suddenly skipped a beat. He was completely stunned.
The soft lips pressed against the centre of his palm and it brought along with it an electric-like tingling sensation. There was also a hint of warmth and dampness which made him tremble and caused his breathing to become rough.
Bai Yi, this is……..What is he doing?
He’s kissing his hand……….?
His thoughts were very chaotic. His first reaction was thinking that perhaps Bai Yi was also under some type of hallucination or perhaps this was the only way that he could save him. In short, there must’ve been some sort of compelling reason for him so that he would…….kiss……
Although he did his best to convince himself that Bai Yi had kissed his hand because had his reasons, just the fact that he did it gave him a strong blow. For a long time, he couldn’t recover from this shock.
At this moment, Bai Yi had already raised his head. Seeing Cheng Zhi Chu’s frozen look, he thought that Cheng Zhi Chu was still immersed in his illusion and had not yet woken up let alone realise that he had kissed his hand.
His dark look returned to normal and he pressed down onto Cheng Zhi Chu’s shoulder. In a low voice he called out: “Zhi Chu.”
Cheng Zhi Chu returned to his senses and raised his head slightly only to find himself looking straight into Bai Yi’s eyes.
Bai Yi’s dark eyes remained calm and deep like the deep sea under the night sky. Despite originally having a hint of coldness but, because of the tear mole at the corner of his eyes, it made it look a little seductive. At this moment, it was looking over at Cheng Zhi Chu with a hint of warmth.
“You’re awake? How are you feeling?” Bai Yi asked with concern. “Earlier you……….Zhi Chu?”
His words stopped when he saw Cheng Zhi Chu suddenly squat down and bury his head in his arms. Thinking that something wasn’t right, the smile at his lips faded and he asked with furrowed brows: “What’s wrong?”
“It’s nothing. I just saw some hallucinations earlier and feel a little dizzy……..Let me stay like this for a bit.”
Cheng Zhi Chu desperately buried his head while his heart pounded loudly. He didn’t want Bai Yi to see his suddenly red and flushed face.
He didn’t understand why he would have such a reaction. This shouldn’t be it. Clearly Bai Yi isn’t a woman. It was just a friend kissing his hand so why is he getting so embarrassed……
That’s right. It’s definitely because he is not used to being so intimate with another person. If it was another person kissing his hand, he would definitely also be embarrassed so he shouldn’t think too much about it…….
Seeing that Bai Yi wasn’t reacting much to it; like nothing had happened, it just meant that the kiss earlier didn’t hold any special meaning or feelings behind it.
So why on earth did he kiss his hand? Was it because the hallucination would only be broken by a kiss? That’s impossible. It’s too stupid…….
Cheng Zhi Chu guessed widely and felt that the thought earlier was too far off the mark. But when he thought about it, his own ability was to kiss the boss to clear the instance so it wouldn’t be impossible for other similar skills to exist.
Forget it. Rather than being worried about it alone, he might as well ask Bai Yi directly. It’s pointless making aimless guesses about it. Anyway…….Anyway, both Bai Yi and himself are straight men. Even if anything happened, there would only be pure friendship between them.
Cheng Zhi Chu rubbed his face and, when he felt that the heat on his face had faded considerably, he supported himself using his knees and stood back up. With gentle eyes, Bai Yi reached out to help support him. He then gave him a small smile and ruffled his hair a little.
Bai Yi’s smile was overly good looking. It made the mental preparations that Cheng Zhi Chu had done earlier collapse immediately. With both his legs becoming soft, he almost fell back onto the ground.
………Enough. Hurry and wake up. This is Bai Yi. His heart shouldn’t be racing!!
Cheng Zhi Chu lowered his head and didn’t dare to look into the other persons eyes.
Because of his guilty conscience, he also didn’t dare ask Bai Yi why he had kissed his hand. He feared that the other party would sense something off about him.
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He should know that Bai Yi absolutely hates gays. Earlier he had tolerated with his actions again and again but if he finds out that he has had some strange thoughts about him, he would definitely hate him!
“What’s wrong? Are you two okay?”
The Meng sisters and Ji Yun Xiao who stood a little further away looked over in concern.
Because Bai Yi’s back was facing towards them, they didn’t see Bai Yi’s earlier act of kissing Cheng Zhi Chu and only saw Cheng Zhi Chu suddenly squat down. Along with the strange phone call, the couldn’t help but worry that something had happened.
Just as Cheng Zhi Chu was about to answer and change the topic, he was suddenly interrupted by a strange noise.
The sound was very close to where the Meng sisters and Ji Yun Xiao stood. It was almost like it was right next to him.
“Bang, bang bang, bang,,,,,,,,,,”
Under the pale moonlight, the metal around the cabinets shook and it emitted the sound of something knocking against it.
The three of them were surprised and thought that something had fallen onto the freezer cabinets. They subconsciously took a few steps back but suddenly realised that the sound wasn’t actually coming from outside the cabinet but from within the cabinet itself.
“Bang————–bang bang! Boom! Boom———-“
The sound of the knocking on the cabinet seemed to get more and more agitated. From the gentle knocks, it had changed into a loud smash like something smashing heavily against the metal walls. One after another, it became more and more fierce and the entire cabinet started to shake.
“Bang bang, bang bang………..”
As if in response to this sound, from another corner of the mortuary, a similar sound was heard. It was like something was knocking against the cabinets.
At first it was just from one location but then it spread to the second and then the third. Gradually, one after another, and very densely, the mortuary became filled with the sound of banging coming from inside the cabinets.
Faint electricity sound could be heard from the lights above them. It suddenly started to flicker and become extremely unstable.
With a “pa”, the light furthest from them suddenly went out sending the area around it into darkness. Following that was the light next to it and it also went out after flickering a few times.
Just like when they had just walked into the mortuary, the lights that had turned on one by one were now getting extinguished one by one at an extremely fast rate.
Within a few seconds, the last light was also extinguished. If not for them already turning on their flashlights, the room would have been completely immersed into pitch black darkness.
The Meng sisters trembled anxiously in the darkness fearing that something would suddenly rush over and attack them. They didn’t know what was going to happen next.
The sound of knocking against the cabinets had also stopped when the final light had gone out. The mortuary was completely silent, and they could even hear their own trembling breaths.
At this moment, Meng Xin hear with horror the sound of a cabinet door slowly being opened not far from where they stood———–There must be something coming out from it!
She couldn’t help but think back to what Cheng Zhi Chu had mentioned about the ghost stories that had been circulating around the hospital——–the red-clothed female corpse……..
Meng Xin’s stretched out her trembling hand wanting to hold onto her sister Meng Ke’s hand but what she touched was something that was slippery and cold.
Her mind went blank. Her hand shook terribly and the light from her flashlight swept to one side to illuminate a pair of pale, slightly rotten feet and the ends of a red dress that reached the calf.
Meng Xin let out a loud scream. The hand holding onto the gun trembled violently to the point that she couldn’t aim stably. Despite the female corpse standing so close to her, she couldn’t fire accurately.
Meng Ke heard her scream and turned back in horror.
Earlier when the lights were about to go out, she and Ji Yun Xiao had run over to Cheng Zhi Chu and Bai Yi’s side. However, in that moment of panic, she had thought that Meng Xin would follow her and was completely unaware that she had remained rooted to the spot in fear and didn’t come over at all.
“Pinecone, go save her!”
Cheng Zhi Chu’s ring had been hot for a while now. He used his flashlight to shine it in Meng Xin’s direction and similarly saw that pair of feet. He gasped and quickly commanded the bear.
Ever since the phone was hung up, the bear that was scared and trembling had returned back to its normal state. It immediately let out an excited shout and jumped out from Cheng Zhi Chu’s pocket with a “patter”. Its dark eyes sparkled as it quickly ran over and jumped between Meng Xin and the female corpse.
The light on the ceiling once again received a stream of electricity and all the lights lit up again. Cheng Zhi Chu was dazzled by the sudden change in brightness and small beads of tears formed at the corner of his eyes. However, he was worried and anxious, so he persisted and continued to look over in Meng Xin’s direction. When he caught a glimpse of the female corpse, he was a little stunned.
Standing before Meng Xin was a female corpse in a red dress. Her skin was ghostly pale, and her body emitted cold air. Across her body were patches of decay and rotting flesh. Her long black hair were a tangled mess and her face was covered in blisters to the point that you couldn’t distinguish her facial features at all.
But even so, Cheng Zhi Chu could still see the female corpses’ eyes move down slowly and look over to the bear. She then gradually opened her mouth and started to tremble violently. Even a few chunks of rotten flesh fell off with her tremor.
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The bear took a small step forward with its short legs and the female corpse took three big steps back. A small cry came from inside her throat. It was as if she was scared to her wits ends by a demon.
Meng Xin used this opportunity to run over to her sisters’ side. The two sisters held onto each other tightly and Meng Ke couldn’t help but regret and blame herself for not looking after her sister better. If something really did happen to her sister, then she………
The woman in the red dress subconsciously watched Meng Xin run away and, at this time, she also saw Cheng Zhi Chu and the others. The moment she saw Bai Yi she suddenly felt the aura emanating from his body.
The female corpse suddenly let out a high-pitched scream. Compared to when the bear approached her, she appeared a hundred times more frightened. She violently opened the freezing cabinet door closest to her and hurriedly rushed in before slamming the door shut with a ‘bang’.
The bear who had not yet eaten its fill earlier saw her hide and immediately sent a kick at the cabinet door. Despite clearly being in such a small and soft body, its kick managed to produce a loud ‘bang’.
The female corpse hiding inside the cabinet let out a scream and then Cheng Zhi Chu and the others could make out the faint sound of crying coming from inside. For a moment, they were a little stunned.
The bear pulled at the handle on the cabinet door and tried to pry the door open. With every pull, a small gap would form but it would then quickly close back up. The female corpse inside cried while desperately pulling shut the door. It was as if it was a poor and helpless young girl getting chased by a mad dog from the neighbourhood.
However, although the bear may seem delicate, it was very strong. In the end, the door was pried open and the bear lightly jumped inside and once again closed the door. From inside, there was a scream. Along with clattering sounds, the cabinet started to shake.
Cheng Zhi Chu thought back to the man-eating monster that had its butt cut off. He suddenly couldn’t bear to imagine what was happening to the red-clothed corpse.
After a while, the sound stopped, and the door opened. The bear drilled out from inside and there was even a small piece of red cloth still sitting on top of its head.
It jumped down with one paw holding onto a key and the other paw rubbing its round belly. It had a very satisfied expression and it even let out a small burp.
It staggered over before Cheng Zhi Chu and handed the key over like it was presenting a treasure but because it had eaten too much, it could no longer climb up his leg. Cheng Zhi Chu bent over, picked it up and placed it in his shirt pocket but, because its belly was too big, it almost got stuck.
【Obtained the key to the mortuary (2/2). You gain 200 experience points and 50 survival points.】
【Congratulations, you have reached level 8.】
“That female corpse…..”
Meng Xin was in daze for a long time. With some disbelief she muttered: “Was she really eliminated?”
The bear in the pocket stretched out its paw and patted its chest as it responded cheerfully. After a moment, it finally managed to produce a sentence. With a childish voice it said: “I……worked hard. She doesn’t taste good!”
“Good boy Pinecone. You’re amazing. When we get out, daddy will buy you ten fried chicken!”
Cheng Zhi Chu was extremely happy. He patted its head and said this.
The bears eyes brightened: “Thank you mummy~”
Cheng Zhi Chu: “……..”
“This is the mortuary’s other key?” Meng Ke looked at the key in Cheng Zhi Chu’s hand and asked. “So, we can now get out from here?”
Cheng Zhi Chu nodded. He looked around the room feeling a little more at ease.
After the female corpse was dealt with, the dark and strange atmosphere here had also disappeared. Although it was very strange that the lights here were still on, it didn’t give them a terrible feeling.
It’s just that card…….
Cheng Zhi Chu looked over at the card that had fallen to the ground. He recalled the hallucination that he had just seen. He vaguely remembered himself calling the other party “Brother Yuan Huai”.
Was that person Xie Yuan Huai? The person that has been calling for him all this time was Xie Yuan Huai?
But before he was admitted to the hospital, Xie Yuan Huai had already died many years ago. So how could he have gotten to know Xie Yuan Huai? Could he have interacted with Xie Yuan Huai’s ghost? But he had no recollection of this, and the system similarly didn’t give him a hint in this regard.
Cheng Zhi Chu stared at the key in his hand and thought for a while, but he couldn’t come to any definitive conclusions. The only thing that he could confirm was that the ghost or monster that he has some form of relationship with was most likely Xie Yuan Huai.
Moreover, regarding the side task “Mysterious Voice”, he could also conclude that the voice was indeed real and that it wasn’t something that he had imagined because of his schizophrenia. It must be Xie Yuan Huai’ ghost that had been calling for him all along.
That being said, the final boss for this instance may even be Xie Yuan Huai……
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【You decided that the voice is real.】
【The answer is correct.】
【Completed side task: Mysterious Voice.】
【 Received reward: Weapon fragments x100】
Finally got the weapon fragments. He can now synthesize his own weapon!!
Cheng Zhi Chu was happy to the point that he was almost in tears. Ever since he had entered this instance, he had been in an unarmed and barehanded state and he didn’t even have a low-levelled weapon to use. Now that he has the cursed item bear and a weapon, he can finally feel more reassured!
Earlier, he had drunk a bottle of luck potion and it was still in effect right now. Thinking this, Cheng Zhi Chu immediately decided to synthesize a weapon using the weapon fragments.
Although he only had one hundred pieces and the weapon produced wouldn’t be particularly great, it would still be better than nothing.
【Would the player like the synthesize using weapon fragments x100?】
A small ball of light appeared in Cheng Zhi Chu’s hand. The others saw this and understood that it was a sign of him acquiring a card or synthesizing a weapon. The Meng sisters opened their eyes wide and revealed a curious expression as they watched carefully.
【The weapon has been synthesized.】
The light gradually faded, and Cheng Zhi Chu could feel his hand getting a little heavier, but it was just ever so slightly and felt almost like nothing.
In Cheng Zhi Chu’s hand laid a silver coin.
………This is a weapon? How is it used?
Cheng Zhi Chu had a bad feeling. He assessed the silver coin and saw that one of the sides was engraved with a clown’s face.
He then flipped it around to the back and saw that it was a devil with goats horn.
【Item Name: Joker’s Coin.】
【Item Type: Weapon.】
【Practical Level: A】
【Description: An ancient silver coin. It seems to be hiding a mysterious and dangerous power.】
【Effect: Verbally identify the target that you want to destroy and then flip this silver coin. If the joker side is facing up, the coin will fulfil your wish and can destroy up to five targets at the same time. If you consecutively get the joker side twice, you can destroy ten targets in one go and so on.
But if you get the devils side, you will immediately be doomed with misfortune for thirty minutes. If you get the devils side twice consecutively, the time frame wouldn’t change but the misfortune will double and so on.
Consecutive throw of the devils side ten times would lead to the direct collapse of the instance.】
【Please use it carefully.】
Cheng Zhi Chu: “…….”
………….Did a fucking cursed item get mixed in instead?
Bai Yi’s Diary (Part 26)
I want to kiss more than just Zhi Chu’s hand.
I want to kiss him more, touch him, and even……..violate him.
I used to think that not seeing him for so many years would be the most unbearable thing to me.
But I now realise that, despite Zhi Chu being right in front of me, the fact that I need to maintain an appropriate distance from him while watching the other “me’s” approach him as they like, was something that was even more unbearable.
I can’t take it anymore.
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KK has something to say:
I feel kinda bad for the female corpse……..RIP