Chapter 66: Ghost’s Bride (2)
Wait a minute. What did the system just say……….? It said that he should put on this wedding dress? He needs to wear this?
Cheng Zhi Chu held onto the wedding dress and was stunned. He had thought that there was something wrong with his brain to the point that it had even distorted the systems words.
【You didn’t hear wrong. You just need to wear it. What’s so strange about it? Of course you put on the clothes you take out otherwise how will it be used?】
The system spoke as a matter of factly. Cheng Zhi Chu revealed an incredulous look and he couldn’t help but cry out:
“What’s not strange? It’s obviously very strange! I’m a man. Why am I wearing wedding dress that women wear when they get married? What does this have to do with getting away from Winter Branch?”
Having said that, his expression changed: “Don’t tell me you want me to marry him?!”
【Of course not.】 The system said, 【This time the person you will be having a wedding with is someone else.】
Cheng Zhi Chu: “………..”
Cheng Zhi Chu: “What did you say?”
【Do you still remember the silver ring that you got before? This time you will be having a wedding ceremony with the owner of the ring.”
The system explained slowly.
【I didn’t tell you this before but, in fact, that ring is also a key that can activate an instance. The groom is one of the bosses that you need to collect so you will need to clear that instance sooner or later. The only difference is when and where you activate the instance. 】
【‘Winter Branch’s’ existence is quite special. He seems to also be a boss that you need to collect but for some reason he’s not collected in the photobook nor is he in an instance.】
【I’m guessing that this may be because ‘Winter Branch’ doesn’t have a physical body and is just a soul that is attached to the forum account. He said that he would come over to find you, but we don’t know what appearance he would appear in……】
【If you return to reality, everyone that you meet and even everything that you encounter may actually be ‘Winter Branch’. At that time, how do you plan on dealing with him?】
“Then…………” Cheng Zhi Chu’s face was pale. He could only think that this was extremely terrifying, “Then if we know that he’s not the true Winter Branch, can we delete that account? Perhaps he can also disappear along with it.”
【Can’t close the account because, strictly speaking, the real owner of the account is not dead.】
The real Winter Branch is still alive?
Cheng Zhi Chu was stunned: “Then how can he let this unidentified thing take over his account…..”
Could it be that even if Winter Branch isn’t dead, his current state is very bad? To the point that even if he knew that his account was getting invaded, he didn’t have the power to deal with it?
【Who would know these kinds o f things?】 The system said, 【You shouldn’t care too much about how the real Winter Branch is. You should just know that the this fake “Winter Branch” is now looking for you.】
Cheng Zhi Chu’s body stiffened. He didn’t know why ‘Winter Branch’ was looking for him but the reason for it was no longer important. What was more important was for him to find a way to get away from something so terrifying.
“So……What does this have to do with me putting on the wedding dress?” He couldn’t help but ask.
Despite the fact that he was going to be returning to the school dormitory, he didn’t mention anything about it. He didn’t care about loosing face by running across the campus in a wedding dress. After all, his life was more important. But how could he run while wearing such a bulky wedding dress? Did he have to act out a dramatic scene of a runaway sweetheart bride with Winter Branch? Damn……….
Even if he was still feeling afraid, Cheng Zhi Chu couldn’t help but be stunned by his own thoughts. Hearing his doubts, the system explained to him.
【Your ring is the key to activating the instance but just that alone isn’t enough. You must wear the wedding dress in order to completely activate the instance. To greet your groom and carry out the “wedding”, both parties are indispensable.】
【This ring acts as a cursed item. The side effect is that it will make you have some sort of strange connection with a ghost in the instance. Once the instance is activated, the side effect of the ring will become significantly enhanced and it can forcibly pull Winter Branch in as well and make him one of the bosses. You can then use your ability in the instance to collect him.】
“Wait a minute.” Cheng Zhi Chu suddenly thought of something. He suddenly felt his scalp go numb, “Didn’t you just say that the groom is also a boss?”
【That’s right. So, in this instance, you will need to kiss two bosses. Only one cannot do. Sigh, so pitiful………】 Although it said this, the system didn’t sound sympathetic at all.
Fuck! Isn’t this equivalent to asking him to die?!
Cheng Zhi Chu’s face turned green and then it turned pale. He almost fainted. What was more terrifying was that, if it really is like what the system had said and ‘Winter Branch’ didn’t have a physical body and may not even take a human form, then how would he know who ‘Winter Branch’ is and how should he kiss him?!
【It’s okay. I’ll help you find him when the time comes. You can just kiss your groom before he arrives to avoid something disastrous happening if ‘Winter Branch’ happens to witness it.】
“It’s not ‘my groom’!”
Cheng Zhi Chu held onto the wedding dress and revealed an annoyed look. Thinking of Bai Yi who had left not long ago, he couldn’t help but feel aggrieved and guilty. He clearly had just confirmed that he liked Bai Yi but, the next second, he’s going to get “married” to a ghost, and even kiss them………
【Hurry up and change and stop dillydallying. The problem won’t be solved by just evading from it.】
[If you don’t want to put on the wedding dress,] The silver coin that had not spoken for a long time suddenly spoke up, [Then you can consider using me……….]
Cheng Zhi Chu swiftly took off his clothes. With his upper half exposed, he started to put the wedding dress on.
The silver coin didn’t speak again. In fact, the tone in its speech earlier was very monotonous and there were no ups or downs. It seemed to not hold any expectations and was just numbly following its script.
This wedding dress is very large and layered. In order to put it on, Cheng Zhi Chu spent a lot of time and effort. After struggling with it for half a day, he managed to finally put it on.
He had originally thought that he would look very miserable after putting on the wedding dress. Although he is relatively thin, he is a man and his bone structures are different to a woman’s. He had expected the dress to be too tight on him and possibly even tear.
However, after finishing arranging the skirt, he was surprised to see that this wedding dress fitted him very well. It was as if it was custom made for him. It was also light and fluttery so, after putting it on, it didn’t feel like much. Looks like he doesn’t have to worry about not being able to run in the dress later.
【I didn’t expect you to look pretty good in a wedding dress.】
The system whistled.
“You shut up.” Cheng Zhi Chu thought that it was ridiculing him. His face instantly flushed red and he uncomfortably reached up to tug at the off-shoulder straps. Fuck, why does he have to wear something like this………!!
But this time the system wasn’t ridiculing him. He indeed looked very good wearing a wedding dress. After all, he wasn’t that tall, and his figure was quite slender. With his fair and clear skin as well as his cute and charming appearance, the pure white wedding dress didn’t look strange on him at all. If he was fixed up a little with make-up, he would truly look like a proper bride.
【Wait, I’ll record a video for you and then send it to Bai Yi’s system to let Bai Yi also have a look.】
“No, you can’t record!”
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Cheng Zhi Chu’s face went pale. He desperately raised his hand to cover his face and said anxiously: “I can’t let Bai Yi see me like this………I beg you, don’t record it!”
He looked too ridiculous wearing a wedding dress. If Bai Yi saw it – although with his personality, he probably wouldn’t laugh at him – he was worried about what he might think of him inside…………If he was to leave Bai Yi with a bad impression, he might as well kill himself by biting his own tongue off!!
The system who has already recorded it said this. Although it may appear to have agreed, it was actually ready to find an opportunity to send it over later.
He’s worrying over nothing. Bai Yi that guy will definitely love it to death and would even want to hide away this kind of Cheng Zhi Chu so that no one else can see………..But wait. It had recorded the video so it would mean that it had already seen Cheng Zhi Chu like this. Would Bai Yi want to kill it as well?
The system grumbled to itself. Cheng Zhi Chu didn’t know what it was thinking and had thought that it had agreed so he breathed a sigh of relief.
At this moment, the system returned to its senses. It assessed at Cheng Zhi Chu from an angle and suddenly realised that he had not removed the pants hidden under the dress and immediately complained.
【What a minute, why haven’t you taken off your pants? Also, those shoes. Take it off immediately. If you’re going to wear it, you should wear the whole set. If the groom sees you dressed so casually, he might even peel your skin off right there and there.】
How can he even need to take off his pants………
Cheng Zhi Chu’s expression was full of reluctance. He had thought that he didn’t need to take it off since no one could see it, but the systems words made him worried. If he angered the “groom” and both the “groom” and “Winter Branch” chased after him for his life, he’s finished.
Thinking this, his heart no longer was in conflict. Cheng Zhi Chu took off his pants and suddenly felt cold around his legs. It was very uncomfortable. He then followed the systems guidance and purchased a pair of silk shoes to pair with the wedding dress while also ensuring that it wouldn’t affect his ability to walk.
Finally, he put on the veil. The system chattered on and from its tone it sounded satisfied. It said: 【Okay then, next you should put on that ring. After you get out from here, you will instantly trigger the instance.】
Cheng Zhi Chu’s expression wasn’t great. He pursed his lips and nodded. He then took out the silver ring from his backpack.
This silver ring was the second cursed item that he got and is stained with dark red blood. When Zhi Chu first got it, he felt a horrible energy from it but when he took it out to use afterwards, he no longer had that feeling anymore.
However, now that he was wearing the wedding dress, when he took out the ring again, he couldn’t help but be surprised.
A more intense dark energy emanated from the ring causing Cheng Zhi Chu’s fingers to tremble slightly. The blood stains on the ring had also slowly faded revealing the letters engraved inside the ring.
【The nature of the cursed item has changed. Danger. Please be careful.】
【Item Name: Cheng Zhi Chu’s Engagement Ring.】
【Originally named “Blood-stained Ring”.】
【Item Type: Cursed Item.】
【Description: A silver ring. It was specially customised by the original owner for the person he secretly loved. The initials of his object of affection is engraved inside the ring but before he had the chance to give it, the owner was met with a terrible accident and disappeared.】
【Even now, he loves you.】
【Danger Level: A】
【Practical Level: Cannot be determined】
【Effect: The key to activating the instance “Ghosts Bride.】
【Side effect: At the end of the wedding, if you cannot stop your groom your soul will be dragged down into hell by him so that you will always be with him.】
【Note: Bound item. The holder cannot discard, trade or transfer the item to others.】
As the blood stains faded, Cheng Zhi Chu suddenly heard a low whisper next to his ear. Despite clearly being very cold, it also seemed to carry strong temptation.
“I’m here to pick you up……”
At the same time, Cheng Zhi Chu saw the three letters, and he also learned of the rings new name. His pupils couldn’t help but constrict and he felt a chill rising from the soles of his feet.
When he first got the ring and saw that the first two letters engraved in the ring were the same as the first two letters of his initials, he had thought that it was just a coincidence. But now it seems like, from the very beginning, the ring was engraved with his name!
Damn, this boss doesn’t seem to be any better than “Winter Branch”. Should he not have activated the instance………?
No matter how Cheng Zhi Chu tried to convince himself that this ring was engraved with his name purely because he possessed the boss photobook, the sudden surge of fear made him have a misconception. It was as if there really was someone who was deeply infatuated with him but had passed away without his knowledge.
He was stunned for a moment. He took a step out the school gate and the surrounding scenery suddenly changed. Everything became brighter and his surroundings became small and messy. He had left the “Ghost School” instance and had returned back to his university dormitory.
【Activated instance: Ghosts Bride.】
【Number of players: 1.】
【Because of an accident, you received a blood-stained silver ring. You don’t know who the owner of the ring is but you were very curious so you kept it thinking that maybe one day you will meet its owner.】
【Now, its owner has really appeared. He told you that he has always been secretly in love with you. Even after dying and turning into a ghost, he couldn’t forget you, so he has returned and wants to make you his bride.】
【You must escape but you also know that if you cannot get the grooms kiss and let him be satisfied, even if you can escape this time, he would continue to find you in the future.】
【Another non-human named “Winter Branch” is also looking for you. You don’t know what his intentions are, but your instincts tell you that if you are caught by him, you will meet an equally miserable end.】
【They will be here soon.】
【Main task 1: Live.】
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【Main task 2: During the wedding ceremony, successfully get the groom’s kiss.】
【Main task 3: Find “Winter Branch”, kiss him and seal him inside the photobook.】
【Instance special requirements: 1. The kiss with the groom can only be done at the mass grave. Kisses earlier than that will not take effect.】
【2. You can only clear the instance by getting kisses from both bosses.】
【3. Don’t kiss “Winter Branch” in front of the groom and don’t casually kiss the wrong partner, otherwise the groom will go crazy.】
【I wish you a happy game.】
Cheng Zhi Chu’s face was deathly pale. He felt that the instance requirements were just too abnormal. He simply has no idea what “Winter Branch” would look like and thought that, if worse comes to worse, he could just try several times but now it looks like that isn’t going to work. He also couldn’t kiss “Winter Branch” in front of the groom.
But this also makes sense. Which groom would be willing to see their “bride” kiss another random man? Although to him both these guys are random men.
He secretly hoped that “Winter Branch” is a handsome man……….Of course, this isn’t because he has been bent and was holding some strange expectations towards the boss. Even if he liked men, he will only like Bai Yi.
But after experiencing several instances now, he had seen through it and knew that the boss wouldn’t be female. Also, nine times out of ten, they would be the most good-looking man in the instance. He hoped that “Winter Branch” is a handsome man only so that he can more easily recognise him…………
While Cheng Zhi Chu was immersed in his thoughts, the phone that he had thrown onto the floor earlier started to vibrate non stop and several text messages appeared on his screen.
The screen lit up revealing many lines of messages that moved up the screen at a very fast rate. Most of them were meaningless numbers and letters but there were also many messages from “Winter Branch”.
[I’m here to find you. I’m at your school. I think I should be at the east gate.]
[Your school is very beautiful and very lively. Are you among them?]
[Looks like you’re in your dormitory.]
[South District, Building A?]
[I have already arrived at the library. It is very close to the South District. I’ll be there to find you.]
[Wait for me, Zhi Chu.]
These messages made Cheng Zhi Chu tremble but if he could get to know “Winter Branch”‘s location and if he is able to get more information from him by actively chatting with the other party, it could help him with completing his task.
And so, resisting the trembling of his body, he picked up the phone that vibrated nonstop and quickly selected the messages from “Winter Branch”.
[What appearance will you use to find me? How can I recognise you?]
The phone stopped vibrating.
The meaningless lines of numbers and letters disappeared, and the phone fell silent for a few seconds before it received another new message.
[I’m very happy that you would actually take the initiative to ask me about my appearance.]
[This really feels like a netizen’s offline meeting.]
He mentioned “my appearance” so does that mean that he would appear in human form? Cheng Zhi Chu couldn’t help but be happy.
“Winter Branch” continued to send him messages.
[What appearance would you like me to look like?]
What does he want him to look like?
Cheng Zhi Chu hesitated. Just as he mulled over what he should say to “Winter Branch”, he suddenly heard a few knocks on the locked dormitory door. It was then followed by a creak and the door gradually opened.
A young man’s voice could be heard coming from the door. With a hint of a smile, the voice gently and sweetly called his name.
“I’m here to pick you up.”
“You look great in a wedding dress.”
The groom is here……..
Cheng Zhi Chu who had his back facing the door felt his body stiffen. He slowly turned back, and his line of sight followed with it. The veil on fell past his face and, through the veil, he could make out a tall figure.
The groom’s figure was excellent with broad shoulders, narrow waist and a pair of long legs. He wore a well fitted black suit and trousers that fit snugly around his legs, faintly outlining the muscles. Just that pair of long legs was already very sexy.
He leaned forwards lightly and gentlemanly gave Cheng Zhi Chu a bow.
At the same time, blood spurted out from his neck, spraying onto Cheng Zhi Chu’s veil and also flowing down onto the groom’s white shirt.
Through the white veil, Cheng Zhi Chu suddenly widened his eyes and the whole appearance of the groom was reflected in his eyes.
This was a headless man.
There was a jagged incision at his neck revealing a fleshy cross section. The head above was missing, and it was just a body without a head.
“Sorry……I was too overjoyed and got careless.”
The headless groom pulled out a handkerchief from his trouser pocket. With his long and slender fingers, he held onto the handkerchief and gently used it to clean Cheng Zhi Chu’s veil and the bleeding neck.
“It’s all because of me accidentally losing my head. I’m really sorry about staining your clothes with my blood.”
“I originally wanted to leave you with a good impression………”
Cheng Zhi Chu was completely dumbfounded.
Looking at the headless young man, more than fear or surprise, he only had one thought occupying his mind——–
The wedding kiss……..Where should he put his lips………..?
Bai Yi’s Diary (Part 66)
(Feeling depressed and refuses to write his diary. Again, he drew more pictures.)
Bai Xi Xing’s Diary (Excerpt)
The Bai family has always had a family tradition. As a member of this family, you must write a diary. You can write about anything and it can be very short, but you must write one every day.
This is a strange tradition but what is even more strange is that the elders still care a lot about diaries and would regularly check to make sure the youngsters have done it properly.
I think that it might be because it was so strictly enforced when they were young, and they didn’t feel too pleased about it. And so, now that they’re older, they’re taking it out on the younger generation (If any of the elders have checked this diary, sorry, please just pretend that I didn’t say that.)
Being so strictly supervised, not one of us dared to not write a diary. Except for my cousin. He said that there was nothing worth noting down.
He has always been so nonconforming, cold and indifferent, and would always seem as if he is looking down on everyone else but no one could do anything about it. They not only couldn’t control him, they often even found themselves unknowingly at his beck and call.
Occasionally, the old man in the house will check our diary. Because the old man is so strict, we were worried that our cousin would be punished so everyone helped him write a few diary entries to help him clear the inspection. That year, most of it was written by me.
Although my cousin has been missing for many years and no one would check our diaries anymore, for some reason I would occasionally have a feeling that cousin hasn’t written his diary and that I should take out my diary to supplement his.
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KK has something to say:
OHOHOHO Two bosses to kiss this time~~~