KTCSG – CH40

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Kidnapping/child abuse

Chapter 40: Horror Variety (5)

The faint aroma of rose spread through the air and Cheng Zhi Chu suddenly felt a strong dizzy spell. The scene before his eyes darkened and he almost fainted.

When he opened his eyes again, his vision had returned to normal. He suddenly found himself standing in a sea of blooming roses. Red petals fluttered in the sky and the breeze that blew by was filled with the intense floral smell.

“Zhi Chu, come here. Want to take a look at this photo daddy took of you?”

At this moment, Cheng Zhi Chu discovered that his body was not under his control and he seemed to be inside another person’s body. When he heard the familiar call, the body’s line of sight moved. Cheng Zhi Chu then saw his dad who was still very young holding a digital camera in one hand and smiling warmly at him.

Dad? Why is he here?

Cheng Zhi Chu was stunned. He then realised that his line of sight was very low. He heard a tender voice answer: “Okay daddy, I’m coming.”

His line of sight moved down, and Cheng Zhi Chu saw a small pair of white and tender hands. The hands carefully pushed the rose aside so that the thorns didn’t prick him, and he slowly moved out.

Is this his child self?

Cheng Zhi Chu suddenly remembered the portrait he saw before his vision darkened. In the painting he was standing in the middle of a sea of roses. His smile was bright, and his eyes were pure and clear.

Could he be inside the painting now? And he’s inside his child self’s body?

What about the game of hide and seek? That ghost mentioned before that the place where the game is to be played is not at the villa, but in another place. If it was referring to the world inside the painting, how would they play the game if he doesn’t have control of his body?

Also, there seems to be a lot of people here. Who would the ghost turn into and what “person” does he need to hide from?

At this moment, a faint breeze blew past. In Cheng Zhi Chu’s vision, the petals changed shape and formed a faint line of words.

[The game has not started yet. After the countdown is over, you will gain control of your body, but now is not the time.]

[During this time, you will understand what you need to hide from.]

[You can guess who this “person” you should hide from is.]

Cheng Zhi Chu was a little nervous. He tried to open the system backpack and tried calling for the system and the bear, but he didn’t get any response. The petals changed its arrangement and formed a new line.

[Don’t try to call “it”. It’s useless.]

[The rules here are equally valid for you and for me. We can only use the powers of a “human”.]

[You can only rely on yourself.]

In other words, later he would need to run away in a child’s body?

Cheng Zhi Chu’s heart sank. After he finished reading the text, the petals fell and melted in the wind.

However, the tourists in the sea of flowers didn’t notice this strange phenomenon and just continued to enjoy this beautiful scenery.

The boy also didn’t notice the strangeness of the flower petals. After taking the photo, he happily rushed over into his daddy’s arms and flicked through the photos in the camera. When his dad said that it was time to take photos of his sister, he handed the camera back to his dad and waited on the side.

“Ling Ling, you should stand in the flowers like your brother did. But don’t go in too far and don’t step on the flowers. Also be careful of the thorns.”

“En!”

A girl that is younger than the boy nodded and stood in the flower bed. With a sweet smile on her face, she lifted her skirt up and made cute gestures as her father took her pictures.

At this moment, she didn’t notice a small hill by her feet. She accidently stepped onto it and fell onto the ground.

“Ling Ling, are you okay?” The originally smiling mum immediately revealed a look of concern.

“I’m okay. Luckily, I didn’t sit on these flowers!”

The little girl smiled and responded to her mother. She patted the soil off her body and stood up. Seeing that the roses weren’t hurt by her, she quietly breathed a sigh of relief.

While looking at the roses, she suddenly saw something small and white underneath it. Because she didn’t know what it was, she curiously picked it up. It was a very hard thing that looked like stone, but the edges were jagged. The uneven edges made it look like it was something that had fallen off after something hard was broken.

“Look at this. What is it?”

The little girl picked up the small piece and showed it to her family. Cheng Zhi Chu saw this through the eyes of his younger self and was momentarily startled. That hard object appeared to look like a cracked bone.

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“This seemed to be a bone…..?

After the two adults studied it, they also came to the same conclusion as Cheng Zhi Chu. The two children immediately became curious and they asked why there would be bone fragments here.

Dad thought about it and said with a chuckle: “Perhaps there is an ancient tomb with lots of treasures buried inside under this——— Haha, just kidding. Maybe its just a bone that was accidently brought over it. We’re not too sure either.”

The family laughed. Cheng Zhi Chu however didn’t think that it was the case. The ghost had brought him here and even made him witness these scenes so it would only mean that this piece of bone is likely a human bone. Perhaps there’s a body buried under these flowers and maybe there’s more than one.

……….Could this be related to those child ghosts? Thinking this, his mood felt even heavier.

He wanted to take a closer look at the bone fragment, but the two adults made the girl throw the bone back and took the children away, so he didn’t have the chance to do so.

The two adults took pictures of each other and praised each other’s photos. Mum was praised by dad so excessively that she was both embarrassed and happy. She covered her face and said: “It’s because the scenery here is good. We’re very lucky to be able to get a reservation and be able to enter this place.”

“Yes.” Dad said. “I have heard that Zhou Luo Chen lives in this area. If I can see him in person, I won’t have any regrets in this life. You also know that I have always liked his paintings………..”

“Look over there. It looks like a group of children drawing?”

Mum suddenly looked somewhere into the distance. She pointed and said: “And there seems to be an adult that seems to be teaching them. Look, isn’t that person a little like Zhou Luo Chen?”

“It really is. It’s Zhou Luo Chen himself!”

Dad looked carefully for a while and said with surprise and joy: “Why don’t we go over and talk to him?”

“You can go first with Zhi Chu. I’ll take Ling Ling to find a bathroom nearby. She has been saying that she wanted to go to the bathroom for a while now. I’ll find you guys later.”

“Okay. Come back soon.” Dad waved at the young boy and said, “Zhi Chu, let’s go. Daddy will take you to see daddy’s favourite painter.”

The boy nodded and took his father’s hand. They walked down the road, crossed through the flowers and came to the man. The young man called Zhou Luo Chen had very elegant features and appeared to have a good temperament despite a faint hint of melancholy in his eyes. He was gently bending down and guiding a young teenaged boy with his drawing.

“Excuse me, could you perhaps be Mr Zhou Luo Chen?”

“Yes, I’m Zhou Luo Chen, may I ask you———”

Upon hearing the boy’s father’s voice, Zhou Luo Chen got up and turned to them. The handsome teenager who was painting also looked over.

As soon as their eyes fell onto the boy, a strange look appeared on their faces. Zhou Luo Chen even forgot to talk and just continued to stare at the boy. His eyes gradually lit up and there was a strange hint of passion within.

It wasn’t until the boy hid behind his father that he seemed to wake up from his daze. He smiled a little and apologised: “Sorry about that. Hello, I am Zhou Luo Chen.”

“He-hello Mr Zhou!”

Seeing his favourite painter, the man was very excited and was also a little at loss. He started chatting with the man: “I have always liked your paintings….”

“That is my honor………”

“………..”

The two of them chatted very happily, and the boy stood in the same place bored. The handsome young teenager placed down his drawing board and bent down next to him. He tilted his head and looked at him while muttering to himself with disbelief.

“Alike, it really is too alike………You look exactly like the child in my cousin’s painting. He clearly said that it was something that he saw in his dream. Was he lying to us all along?”

“What are you talking about? I don’t understand.” The boy pouted and was confused.

“I’ll explain to you later. I have to call my cousin over first. But where is he…..”

The young teenager scratched his head and looked irritated: “Why did he have to skip this class? He doesn’t have his phone and we don’t even know where he’s hiding. If I leave things like this and let you leave, he will definitely kill me later.”

As he said this, he could no longer stay still. Without even taking his drawing board, he got up and tried to sneak away but unfortunately, he was stopped by Zhou Luo Chen.

“Xi Xing, where are you going?” Zhou Luo Chen asked.

“Teacher Zhou…….I’m not trying to skip class. You can also see that my painting is almost done.” The teenager’s movements stopped, and he turned around. He tried to fumble out an explanation, “I just wanted, cousin he——–”

“Then you should go and help Ruolin. Don’t leave here without my permission.”

Zhou Luo Chen said this and his gaze then fell faintly back to Cheng Zhi Chu. He said slowly: “Bai Yi will have a chance to see him later.”

“……..Yes Teacher.”

The young teenager reluctantly obeyed Zhou Luo Chen’s words and walked over to a young girl. As he walked over, he would glance a few more times at the boy. With a small voice, he whispered: “Really alike………..”

What is Senior Bai saying that he looks like? Like the picture painted by Bai Yi? So, Bai Yi had seen him before this and had even painted his portrait?

Not only was the young teenager confused, even Cheng Zhi Chu was puzzled. He still has not yet figured out what the setting was in this instance, and what relationship it had with Bai Yi.

He naturally didn’t think that these were things that had actually happened. After all, he had never been to C City before and Bai Yi and Bai Xi Xing also didn’t know of him before this. But because there were familiar people in this instance, he didn’t feel very good about it and was even a little annoyed.

“Sorry Mr Cheng. That child is my student. He’s a little mischievous. I ask for your understanding.”

Zhou Luo Chen made the young teenager go over to help the girl. He turned back and smiled at the boy’s father. He then ruffled the boy’s hair and said: “This is your child? What’s his name?”

“Yes, he’s my son. Called Cheng Zhi Chu. I also have a little daughter called Ling Ling. She’s three years younger than him” The man pulled at the child’s hand, “Come on, say hello to Uncle Zhou.”

“Uncle Zhou hello.” The boy bowed his head.

“Good boy.”

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Zhou Luo Chen smiled and gave the boy a piece of chocolate: “Is it boring here? You can go wander around but make sure you don’t go too far.”

“Thank you, Uncle Zhou.”

The boy received the chocolate and softly gave his thanks. He ate the chocolate and then returned back into the sea of flowers.

He was still very curious about that bone fragment from before and he wanted to go back and see if there really is treasure there. If there really are, he wanted to dig it up and become an archaeologist that would appear on TV.

But…..why is he suddenly feeling sleepy……..

His line of sight suddenly began to spin, and his body went weak. Feeling dizzy, he fell into the sea of flowers and blood red colour filled his vision.

Surrounded by the intoxicating, sweet aroma, he slowly closed his eyes and fell into a rosy dream.

……….

Cheng Zhi Chu was also affected by this strong dizzy spell and almost fainted but, with perseverance, he didn’t fall asleep and instead reawakened.

As the boy slept soundly, Cheng Zhi Chu who needed to borrow his sight couldn’t see anything. Everything was pitch black before him but fortunately his remaining senses continued to function.

There was something wrong with the chocolate Zhou Luo Chen gave!

He recalled Zhou Luo Chen’s strange look when he saw him earlier. Although he had already sensed that something wasn’t right with him, Cheng Zhi Chu didn’t expect him to be crazy to the extent of giving the child drugs right in front of his parent.

But even if he thought of this at the time, he couldn’t sleep or control his body and could only watch it happen. After an unknown amount of time, he began to hear his parents call his name out anxiously. It seems that they have realised that he had disappeared.

“Zhi Chu? Zhi Chu———-!”

Cheng Zhi Chu also heard Zhou Luo Chen’s voice, and he seemed to know where he had collapsed. He heard him slowly approach him and soon he heard the footsteps stop right next to him.

“He’s also not here.”

He heard Zhou Luo Chen say this. In an instant, his heart went cold. He quickly came to a realisation about who he should be hiding from——

……………

While in a state of confusion, the boy found himself surrounded in darkness. His hands and feet were tied, and his mouth was covered with tape. He felt a small movement below him and he heard the sound of a car’s engine.

He’s……….in the trunk of a car……..?

“Hello Mr Zhou. Welcome back to ‘Rose Manor’……..”

The boy gradually realised that something wasn’t right. He wanted to struggle and cry for help, but he couldn’t fight back the strong drowsiness. Soon, he once again fell into deep sleep.

…………….

As the effect of the drug faded, the boy lying in bed suddenly woke up. He quickly sat up and the velvet blanket on his body slipped down to his waist. This movement of his also startled the young man sitting next to him reading a book.

“You’re awake?”

Zhou Luo Chen took off his glasses and gently closed the book in his lap. He placed it on the coffee table and crossed his legs. Sitting elegantly, he smiled at the boy: “You slept for a long time. How are you feeling?”

“A little dizzy……”

The boy who was originally a little uneasy saw that it was the Uncle Zhou from earlier and not a stranger felt a little more reassured. He gripped onto the blankets and whispered: “Uncle Zhou, is it just the two of us here? Where’s mummy, daddy and my little sister?”

“This is uncle’s home. Your family is outside.” Zhou Luo Chen smiled. “You fell asleep, so your family left you here to rest. Don’t worry, uncle will take care of you.”

“Thank you, uncle but I don’t want to bother you. I want to find my mummy and daddy.”

Unable to see his parents, the little boy was still a little scared. This room was also very strange. Although the decorations were very luxurious, there were no windows so he couldn’t tell if it was day or night. There was also a thick black curtain hanging in the middle of the room. From behind it, he could smell the strong scent of roses as well as a strange smell of something else.

The boy pried away the blanket and wanted to get out of bed, but he was held down by Zhou Luo Chen. Although he didn’t use much force, the strength of an adults was something that a child couldn’t resist. The boy couldn’t get out of bed so he could only sit back down.

The man sat on the edge of the bed with a smile. He said to him: “Zhi Chu, where do you want to go? You should stay and rest here. Uncle will take care of you. Here, give me your hand.”

For some reason, despite his tone being very gentle, the boy felt a little scared. His face went pale and he hesitantly extended his hand which was then held onto gently by Zhou Luo Chen.

“……….Uncle?”

“Zhi Chu’s fingernails are a little long. Uncle will help you cut it.”

Zhou Luo Chen picked up a nail clipper from the bedside table. Ignoring the boy’s weak resistance, he pinched his soft fingers, and, with a “clip”, a small piece of nail was cut off.

“Don’t move or you’ll get hurt.”

“………….”

“Are you bored? Let me tell you a story.”

Zhou Luo Chen lowered his eyes. His movements were very gentle, and his lips contained a smile. With a low voice, he said: “Do you believe that a person’s dream will one day become reality? ———–Or rather, someone would dream of something that he had never seen before, and that thing actually existed in this world?”

“Although I am a painter, I have never believed in these kinds of things. But today, I actually witnessed someone from a dream appear in reality.”

“I have a student. He is a genius. He can only be described with the word ‘perfect’. No one can be compared with him let alone be jealous of him. They could only admire him and look up to him because he is a unique and special existence.”

“Maybe it is also because of this that there are some flaws in his personality. Although he may seem normal, his heart is extremely cold, and he doesn’t experience any emotional changes.”

“There was only once case where there is an exception——-It’s when he talks about his dreams.”

“He would always dream of the same child in his dreams and this had been happening for several years.”

“Although it was only his dream, the child in it was very lively and bright, like he really did exist in reality. It made him unable to resist and the child soon invaded his world.”

“Again, and again, the child would appear, so my student naturally started to care about this child.”

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“He watched the child grow up and experienced all the child’s joys, sorrows and troubles through his dreams. The child’s family was a very ordinary family, but they’re very happy. For my student, it was something that he couldn’t touch but it was also a world that seemed very real.”

“Maybe this sounds ridiculous but, to him, the dream made him feel more alive than reality ever did.”

“So, I suggested to this child to draw the child and let his dreams become reality.”

“Ahhh—–” The boy suddenly let out a painful cry, interrupting Zhou Luo Chen’s words.

The nail clipper had cut through his flesh and fresh blood flowed out. The sharp pain at his fingertips made him bite his lip and he couldn’t help but want to pull back his hand.

“Sorry, did I hurt you?”

Zhou Luo Chen apologised, but he didn’t let the boy take back his hand. He continued to cut the nail on another finger and this time he cut even deeper. A deep groove formed in his finger and large droplets of blood fell from his fingertips, staining the velvet blanket below them.

“Uncle Zhou! Wuuu……..I don’t want to cut it. I don’t want………”

The boy cried in pain. Zhou Luo Chen used his finger to wipe away the blood from the fingertips and looked down at the blood in his hand. He suddenly chuckled softly, and his chest trembled. His laughter grew louder and louder and soon it reverberated in the quiet room.

“………He painted the child. You could tell that he had poured all his feelings into it.”

“That painting was so beautiful, I loved it like crazy. I couldn’t help but find an excuse to bring the painting over and put it up in my bedroom so that I can look at it day and night.”

“Time and time again, I wanted to shred it because it was so beautiful.”

“I like beauty and I like children. But I what I like most………..is destroying that pure beauty.”

“Whoosh——-”

He pulled aside the heavy curtains, revealing the other half of the room.

Thick smell of blood and roses mixed together attacked his senses all at once. Seeing the scene before him, the boy’s pupils sharply constricted. Revealed before him were several rotten bodies of young children intertwined with red roses.

Brightly coloured roses were mottled with dark red blood stains. Instead of butterflies, flies and maggots roamed over the flower petals. Thorned branches and leaves grew out from the corpses’ rotting mouths and abdomen, while thick pus and mucus coated the flower roots.

It was a combination of both an alluring aroma and also the most rancid smell.

The boy’s fingertips bled, and his face turned cold and sweaty. Trembling on the bed, he started to vomit. Zhou Luo Chen stood beside him and looked down at him with a careless smile on his face. He said softly:

“I used to think that that painting was the most beautiful. It was only until the moment I saw you that I realised that it was actually very lifeless.”

“……..It turned out to be you, Zhi Chu.”

“The ‘beauty’ that I should really kill is you.”

****

Bai Yi’s Diary (Part 40)

Again, I dreamt about the past.

……..

I regret it very much. When I killed that man, why didn’t I think of doing it in a crueller way.

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25 thoughts on “KTCSG – CH40

  1. Kimmy 11th October 2019 / 5:44 pm

    Agreed, agreed, agreed! You should’ve made him suffer even more Bai Yi!

    Thanks for the chapter! 💕

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  2. wayne 11th October 2019 / 7:04 pm

    im starting to think something is wrong with bai yi, His diary is really something .

    Liked by 4 people

    • agape 25th May 2020 / 3:26 am

      we all know he is far from “normal” in the first place….

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    • marugami 1st April 2021 / 11:15 am

      “starting to think” LMAOOOO

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  3. Prachi 11th October 2019 / 8:05 pm

    Kill that motherfucker. Crush his bones. How dare he hurt our Zhi Chu.

    Liked by 16 people

  4. 니야 11th October 2019 / 9:34 pm

    the memory instance is psychologically scary– Q A Q

    bai yip, save zi chu! ㅎㅁㅎ

    Liked by 15 people

  5. Raven White 11th October 2019 / 9:43 pm

    Ahhhh!!!!!!!!!! Such a-a-a!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I want to shred his soul and feed it to demons!!!!

    Thank you for the update1

    Liked by 8 people

  6. curry 11th October 2019 / 9:56 pm

    OMG. No wonder CZC hates the smell of roses. Also, really curious about BY’s ability to dream of CZC’s life.

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  7. Blood 11th October 2019 / 10:40 pm

    Thanks for the chapter! ╰(◣﹏◢)╯

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  8. godyasha 11th October 2019 / 11:54 pm

    No wonder he forgot about it. The trauma’s too much for my baby’s poor young mind.

    REEEEEEE! I AM ANGERY!

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  9. OHtheNovelty 12th October 2019 / 12:58 am

    I wanna beat the shit out of this guy!!!! 😠😠

    Uuurgh!

    Thanks for the chapter! 😘

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  10. Worldwide handsome Jin 17th October 2019 / 1:46 am

    Holy fuck I knew it, oh God no wonder he repressed his memories. Disgusting bastard should burn in hell. how did he manage to kidnap so many kids and not get caught? And the smell urgh I don’t think I can look at roses anymore the same. My imagination is too vivid.

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  11. Haruki Natsuyu 24th November 2019 / 1:03 am

    Oh. I was mistaken. BY didn’t accidentally killed ZXC, but killed him. He deserves it, if not, the worst of death.

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  12. Beshiiiie 12th March 2020 / 1:30 am

    Whoa I knew something’s wrong with this pedo 😡

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  13. en_en 13th March 2020 / 8:12 pm

    OMG!!! So disturbing!! Poor mc he had to go through something so traumatic when he was young! This mad man really deserves a horrible death! 😡🤬

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  14. Lucia Garciano 11th April 2020 / 1:30 am

    Two words. Just two words. HOLY FUCK. Somebody stop me I-

    *tries to calm down*

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  15. shieldrich 4th May 2020 / 4:02 pm

    It makes sense, somewhat most of all the intances related to both MC and ML. Now, we already know the reason why he chose to entered death mode. I remember from previous chapter, Bai Yi mentioned that person who caused the MC trauma from his childhood.
    Thanks for this.

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  16. ike00000 29th September 2020 / 5:51 am

    so he just carries drugged chocolate around with him…? scary….

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  17. L MIKE IRAE DEI 26th June 2021 / 3:53 pm

    I thought it was pretty obvious he wasn’t normal ಠಿ_ಠ

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  18. determinatedgirl 10th July 2021 / 6:13 am

    Hopefully he’s not planning on kissing him right?sh*t if he has to kiss him in a child’s form I-noo I can’t imagine wait I don’t want to imagine🙂

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  19. Luca1864 29th October 2021 / 1:08 am

    Esse FILHO DA PUTA nojento, tua mãe não te pariu, ela te cagou pq vc é um grande pedaço de bosta. Que queime na parte mais funda do inferno para sempre.

    Bai Yi REALLY should have think a cruller way to kill him, he deserve de worst dead, how dare he touch our baby? He don’t deserve a after life normal, i hope that the spirts of the children that he killed have shattered his soul

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  20. ctomes 11th November 2021 / 3:40 am

    Could you please add a trigger warning here? Something like kidnapping or harm to minors.
    As someone who has encountered someone like this artist in the past, this was really hard to read.
    I might have to skip this arc. But I want to know what happens, so I’ll try the next chapter out 😭
    Thanks for the translation!

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  21. JiangMaeria 16th June 2022 / 2:25 am

    I’m starting to create my timeline. In the beginning he was in the boot of a car and a serial killer was taking him to a place to cut him bit by bit because he love him so much. Here he was also transported in the boot of a car and there is a serial killer. Also following this trauma, one would want to forget everything, but yet and still, it would be traumatic. Traumatic enough to be admitted into a mental hospital. Bai Yi mentioned how Zhi Chu acted in the hospital. Let’s place Bai Yi with the ghost in the Abandoned Hospital instance, I got his name. While the instances are exaggerated, they still hold some truth. Where the doctor with the burnt out face in the photo comes in, we might find out later. The house with Joshua, might be the Rose house. I’m not sure how everything with the story of the lady and her cheating husband and his best friend comes in but, we might be able to price that together later. As for now, we know Bai Yi killed this pedo and that leads me to think that he save Zhi Chu. Which explains why he was with him in the hospital. The pedo died 12 years ago but Bai Yi came up missing 6years ago. Maybe his cousin has something to do with it.

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