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Arc 4: Shocking Orphanage
Chapter 62: Orphanage Director
The old director’s words made the others feel sympathetic.
But Su Min quickly recalled that this was a horror movie. Su Min didn’t know if the orphanage was going to close but the one thing that he was certain of was that they would die here.
He even suspected that the old director may be the one behind everything.
Yan Jing Cai comforted him: “It won’t. We will come back often in the future. Even if it closes, you can still continue with your life.”
The old director smiled at him.
Soon he said: “Found the key.”
The old director pulled out a key that was slightly rusty and proceeded to open the door, “This was the room Su Min and Jing Cai used to stay in.”
The room wasn’t big. There was a total of six beds. Each side of the wall had three beds against it representing the six children who stayed there.
Opposite the door was a window which was currently being blocked by curtains. The curtains fluttered as wind outside blew in.
There was a musty smell in the room. At first glance you could see that no one had lived here for a long time and it was only recently cleaned up.
The old director touched the wall to turn on the lights and said: “I just finished cleaning it up yesterday and left the window open to air the room out. If you find it cold later, you can close it.”
The bed wasn’t too big or too small. Su Min silently examined it and saw that an adult could sleep on it.
As for why the beds were so large, you would need to ask the movie director himself. It was probably because it was more convenient shooting this way.
Every bed was labelled with a name and number.
Su Min saw his name written on the bed on the left side of the window and the number above it was 3. Yan Jing Cai was diagonally opposite him and he had the number 5.
It was probably a counter for the beds.
Su Min naturally left his suitcase next to his bed. When he saw the yellowed sheets and blankets, he couldn’t help but sigh.
Should he be feeling grateful that he had the foresight to bring along new sheets from home?
Yan Jing Cai sat on the bed and asked: “Director…….Should I stay in another room with Yixiang?”
He couldn’t leave his girlfriend behind.
The old director looked at Xu Yixiang. His emotions were all obscured by his wrinkles. He only spoke up when the smile on Xu Yixiang’s face stiffened: “I have arranged a place for girls. Can you stay there?”
Xu Yixiang and Yan Jing Cai looked at each other.
After a long time, Xi Yixiang said: “Okay, thank you director. I’ll go and stay there. Will other girls be coming to stay?”
The old director smiled and nodded.
The orphanage accepted children regardless of their age and gender so there naturally were girls. In fact, sometimes there were more girls than boys.
Because it was more than ten years ago, many people abandoned female babies. Even today, many still continue to do that.
After they dropped off their belongings, they accompanied Xu Yixiang and the old director to the other room.
The room was diagonally opposite, and it had the exact same structure as their room. Xu Yixiang’s bed was the second bed with the number 2.
Xi Yixiang had already prepared for this before she came so she wasn’t dissatisfied with the conditions. She still smiled happily.
After sorting things out, the old director said: “You should take a rest. I’ll go heat the food up.”
Yan Jing Cai asked: “It was made by the director? I’ll help out.”
“No, no.” The old director waved his hand and explained: “Although there are few people here, there’s a social worker here called Xiao Chen. You will meet later when you come down to eat.”
Yan Jing Cai let out a sound of understanding.
The old director slowly left the room.
Yan Jing Cai chatted with Xu Yixiang while Su Min returned to his room.
Because it was a room for orphans, there was almost nothing there. On the walls were many strange drawings.
They were things that were drawn with the mind of a child.
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Su Min’s side didn’t have that. The walls behind the beds next to him were all very colourful. There were drawings of various stick figures holding hands.
It easily could be mistaken to be a ghost drawing.
When looking at the stick figure drawings in dim lighting, it looked like those horror comic book drawings.
He also didn’t know who these children were and whether or not they would be amongst the people returning this time.
There was a total of seven children at the orphanage. Adding onto that the social worker that they haven’t met yet and the director, there was a total of nine people.
The number was quite high.
Su Min speculated that there probably won’t be many people returning. At most, it wouldn’t exceed half of the people currently staying at the orphanage.
Afterall, the more people there were, the more people they needed to film.
Not long later, knocking was heard.
This was then followed by Yan Jing Cai poking his head in and reminding: “Su Min, it’s time to go down and eat.”
Su Min nodded: “Okay.”
Although he had already eaten before, he would still go down. Perhaps he would be able to see something during dinner.
The three of them moved downstairs and returned to the dining room earlier.
Three more bowls of rice were placed there. They were probably prepared for them. They just happened to be on the opposite side. Su Min and Yan Jing Cai sat opposite each other while Xu Yixiang sat next to Yan Jing Cai.
The old director’s seat was at the end of the long table.
Because there were only a few people eating this time, they were all concentrated on the left side.
The old director walked over, “You came just in time. It’s time to eat. There’s only four dishes and one soup tonight. I hope you don’t mind.”
Yan Jing Cai said: “We won’t.”
Su Min’s eyes fell over onto the table. He saw that there was no soup there.
As he thought this, footsteps were heard coming from behind. A man in an apron walked in with a pot of soup in his hands.
What drew Su Min’s attention was his face.
His face was like those of the driver and front desk lady from “Death Show”. It was both pale and cold, and it looked very lifeless.
Su Min subconsciously frowned. Things were starting to become strange.
The old director introduced: “This is Xiao Chen.”
Xiao Chen pulled out a stiff smile and said monotonously: “Soup is here.”
His smile looked like the expression of the dead as they laid in their deathbed. Like it was pulled into a smile by a pair of invisible hands, it looked very stiff.
Xiao Chen placed the soup in the middle.
The milky soup was still hot, and it emanated a delicious scent. Soon, it filled the entire dining room.
Su Min saw that it was fish soup and was speechless for a moment.
It seemed that, ever since “Murder Island”, he and fish soup have developed an inexplicable bond which resulting in him becoming unable to drink fish soup.
Xiao Chen took his hand back: “Hurry and eat.”
Xu Yixiang who had not spoken the entire time was a little uncomfortable. She tugged at Yan Jing Cai’s clothes and whispered: “The previous social workers of your orphanage were all like this?”
She didn’t think much of it earlier but, when she saw the social worker Xiao Chen, for some reason she felt that his smile was very terrifying.
Yan Jing Cai whispered: “There was no social worker before.”
He remembered that there was no social worker before. Everything was done by the director himself. He probably found a social worker because of his increasing age.
Xu Yixiang said: “Why does he look like…………”
Yan Jing Cai was just about to answer when the director in front of him looked over and asked with a smile: “What are you whispering about?”
Xu Yixiang froze for a moment.
Fortunately, the old director didn’t continue asking. He picked up his chopsticks and said: “Hurry up and eat it before it gets cold.”
For a moment there was only the sound of clatter on the table.
Unexpectedly, there wasn’t anything wrong with the dishes.
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The social worker Xiao Chen had left after serving up the soup. Su Min didn’t know what role he played in this horror movie and where he stayed.
Su Min politely took a few bites.
The old director saw this and commented: “Su Min still eats so little even now. You didn’t eat much back then too and was very picky.”
Su Min smiled and didn’t say anything.
It was what was written in the script so he himself had no memory of it. He only recalled small parts of it after it was mentioned.
When they were done eating, it was almost 8 o’clock.
Su Min was a little sceptical about why the others had not arrived yet. It was past eight o’clock already now so were they going to come back in the middle of the night?
The character script had only mentioned that the others returned but it didn’t mention how many and when.
All he knew was that his character had interacted with those people before he died so he at least knew that it wouldn’t just be Yian Jing Cai and Xu Yixiang left.
After eating, the three of them returned to their room.
The old director said that he was going to check and see if the children were asleep, so they went in opposite directions.
The lights were very old in the corridor, so it looked a little like a horror movie.
Su Min walked at the front. Nothing happened on their way back to the room. This included things like a closed door suddenly opening.
To be honest, he guessed that there may be something hidden in the other rooms.
At that time, the orphanage had accepted hundreds of children. These rooms were now empty, and they didn’t know what happened inside.
Even now they still didn’t know what happened in the rooms.
Since it had been more than ten years, it was unknown whether or not a other children had lived there later on.
Maybe someone had died on Su Min’s bed.
Of course, this was the last situation Su Min wanted to see.
At this moment, a strange sound was heard.
Before Su Min could see anything, Xi Yixiang called out in surprise: “There’s a child here.”
She pointed ahead.
Yan Jing Cai asked: “What??”
Su Min followed Xu Yixiang’s finger and looked at the end of the corridor. At the end of the corridor was a window, much like the window at the end of the corridor from the previous movie.
That strange sound was coming from that place.
A small child was squatting on the ground with his back facing them. They didn’t know what that child was doing in the corner, but the child then started to giggle.
The three of them stopped walking.
Yan Jing Cai asked quietly: “Is that a child?”
Although he didn’t want to say it, he felt that this scene looked a like a scene from a horror movie. It was mainly because the orphanage was too old.
Xu Yixiang who was the first person to discover the child nervously grabbed onto Yan Jing Cai: “His laugh is a little scary,
What was that child doing giggling while facing the corner of the wall?
Su Min hesitated for a moment and asked: “Do you guys want to go over and see?
He internally thought that it was best not to. Afterall, his character died because he left the room to investigate the source of this laughter.
If all three main characters died here, then that would be just too dramatic.
Although there was a 90 to 100 percent chance that the male and female protagonists won’t die here, it was entirely possible for a cannon fodder like himself.
“What are you guys looking at?”
The directors voice suddenly appeared behind them.
Sy Min quickly turned around and saw the director standing behind them. He was just a few steps away.
He clearly made noises when he led them over earlier but this time he appeared behind them without making a single sound.
Su Min’s nose turned wet with sweat.
If he wanted to do something, he was afraid that the three of them would have already died.
As if the old director didn’t notice this, he asked again: “What are you guys looking at?”
Yan Jing Cai answered honestly: “There’s a child laughing in the corner. We were planning on going there to take a look.”
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KK has something to say:
A child giggling in the corner. HOW SCARY 😱😱