Arc 4: Shocking Orphanage
Chapter 63: Couple
To be honest, Su Min was afraid of Yan Jing Cai getting killed off just like that.
The male protagonist this time appeared to be a little foolish while his girlfriend Xu Yixiang had not yet revealed her personality.
The old director revealed a doubtful expression, “Really?”
Yan Jing Cai pointed ahead, “Over there.”
The old director said: “There’s nothing. Did you guys see it wrong?”
Su Min was also taken aback by his answer. He quickly turned back around and saw that the child who was in the corner earlier had disappeared.
It was as if he was never there in the first place.
Xu Yixiang shook her head, “That’s impossible. We clearly saw it earlier. We couldn’t have seen it wrongly…….”
She was the first one to discover it, so she was more certain than ever.
Su Min also spoke up: “I also saw it.”
The three of them said they did so the old director couldn’t deny it. After thinking for a while, he said: “Maybe that child ran into another room. I’ll go and see. The children nowadays are very naughty.”
He walked ahead still feeling doubtful and his pace was slow.
Su Min and Yan Jing Cai looked at each other before following behind the old director. They started searching from the first room on the end of the corridor.
Unexpectedly, the doors to all the rooms were locked.
The old director pulled out the keys and opened the doors one by one to check.
Not every room had lights that were in good condition. For example, the lights in the first room were broken and it didn’t turn on no matter how you flipped the switch.
The old director said: “Because no one’s staying here, it wasn’t fixed after it broke. Fortunately, the ones in the rooms you’re staying in are still working fine.”
Yan Jing Cai said: “It’s fine if no one lives here.”
There was only a bed and table in this room. Seeing that there wasn’t anything with a quick sweep through the room, they got ready to leave.
Su Min was the last one to leave. He looked back inside habitually after leaving the room and what he saw made his heart go cold.
There was a child lying under the bed.
The child stared at him without blinking. His face was expressionless. He then suddenly revealed a strange smile.
Su Min hesitated over whether he should call out to the old director.
Before he could speak up, the old director who was getting ready to close the door noticed the child himself. He quickly walked over.
He scolded: “Why are you hiding under the bed? Go back to your room. It’s not good coming out late at night to play. Don’t be naughty.”
The old director pulled the child out.
The child didn’t struggle. He just quietly followed behind him and acted very obedient.
He looked to be about seven or eight-years-old and had a bowl cut. Despite looking a little thin, he looked like a normal child.
Yan Jing Cai and Xu Yixiang didn’t know what to say.
The old director locked the door and said: “His name is Ming Ming. He’s the naughtiest one here. I’ll take him back to the room so can you guys can go back yourself?”
Yan Jing Cai responded: “Sure.”
The old director pulled the young boy along and left. He soon reached the end of the corridor and after they turned the corner, they could no longer see their figures.
Xu Yixiang breathed a sigh of relief, “Scared me.”
Yan Jing Cai reassured her: “Probably just a really naughty one. Children nowadays aren’t afraid of anything.”
The three of them went to their rooms.
Su Min didn’t speak the whole time.
He noticed the locks for these rooms earlier and he paid extra attention as he watched the director unlock the doors. These rooms were locked from the outside.
Most people would lock the room from the inside after entering the room.
This was exactly the opposite.
The lock that was used was also not a double-sided lock. Normally, you would walk down the corridor, enter the room and lock the door from the inside.
But the door could only be locked from the outside. This was very strange.
Su Min couldn’t understand this. Afterall, he had only been at the orphanage for the first night so he figured that the answer will probably be revealed a few days later.
What was most terrifying was that the child was giggling in the corner.
When he entered the room, he quickly glanced at the corner. There wasn’t anything there and it was just a normal corner yet for some reason it made that child laugh.
Su Min couldn’t figure it out.
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But since he was taken away, it was useless thinking about it now.
At nine o’clock in the evening, Su Min washed himself up.
Yan Jing Cai went directly over to Xu Yixiang’s place after washing and probably would only return to sleep.
The bathroom here was next to the stairs. Since it was probably used often, the lights still worked.
Su Min’s death would occur after going out into the corridor tonight so it wasn’t time yet and he wasn’t worried that something would happen while he was at the bathroom.
As expected, he was still safe after coming out from the bathroom.
Yan Jing Cai called out: “Su Min, hurry up. There’s more people here now.”
Su Min asked: “Do you know them?”
Yan Jing Cai scratched his head, “I didn’t look carefully. I just heard chatting sounds.”
Su Min nodded, “Let’s go down.”
They naturally should see who came and if they were people they knew to see if they could get some information.
The three of them arrived at the dining room and heard voices.
Su Min saw a man and a woman. The man had a medium long length of hair and looked like someone who dealt with music. The woman on the other hand had short maroon coloured hair that was neatly styled.
The old director was talking to them.
Hearing their movements, the other parties also turned over.
The old director introduced them: “Su Mi, Jing Cai you’re here. This is Shi Nansheng and Han Qinqin.”
He then turned to Shi Nansheng and Han Qinqin and introduced Su Min and Yan Jing Cai.
Su Min had no impression of these two people. They were probably children who came after he had left or children that were adopted before he came.
The only similarity they shared was that, like him, they wouldn’t meet a good outcome and would die here.
Shi Nansheng took the initiative to greet them: “Nice to meet you.”
Su Min smiled back.
Yan Jing Cai was talkative, so he soon started to get along with them. Very quickly, he was able to find out about their age and occupation.
Shi Nansheng as expected was in the arts field. He was a painter that had managed to make a name for himself and has held several art exhibitions.
Han Qinqin on the other hand was a dance teacher.
The two of them arrived late because they lived a little further away. On the way here, they just happened to catch the same car, so they came over together.
The old director said with a smile: “I’ll take you to your rooms.”
Because Shi Nansheng and Han Qinqin didn’t stay in the orphanage at the same time as Su Min and Yan Jing Cai, the place they stayed at was naturally somewhere different. Shi Nansheng lived in a room on the first floor.
As for Han Qinqin, she originally stayed in Xu Yixiang’s room.
Xu Yixiang’s arrival was unexpected and, because she is female, the old director specially arranged a separate room
Su Min even wondered if this mistake would bring along any other consequences.
Han Qinqing’s personality was rather calm. She didn’t have many mood changes the entire way there but she managed to share a common topic with Xu Yixiang.
Shi Nansheng asked: “When did you guys come?”
Yan Jing Cai answered, “Not long after it got dark. It’s been a few hours now. We also had dinner here because we thought no one else would come.”
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Shi Nansheng raised his eyebrow. “Then does this mean that others are also coming?”
The old director who was leading the way probably heard this. He suddenly turned around and said: “That’s it, it’s just you guys here.”
Shi Nansheng said: “I didn’t expect the orphanage to become like this. Time really flies. I really should have come back earlier.”
Old director: “It’s not too late now.”
The people present recalled the contents of the email mentioning that his days were numbered and in an instant the mood went down.
It could be said they were all taken care of by the old director as a child. Now that they’re seeing him frail and about to pass away, they felt even more distressed.
Shi Nansheng entered the room, dropped off his suitcase and then followed them upstairs.
Although Han Qinqin couldn’t get used to this environment, she didn’t say anything. “I remember this bed.”
The old director smiled, “I still remember you hating to go to bed. You would often sneak out halfway through the night to play.
Han Qinqin blushed slightly: “I was quite immature.”
After chatting for a while, they each went back to their respective rooms. Shi Nansheng didn’t have any problems with sleeping alone and he wasn’t scared.
The old director walked over to the end of the stairs.
Su Min and Yan Jing Cai returned back together. Because they had already washed up, they went straight to sleep.
There wasn’t much to do in the orphanage. After not seeing each other for more than ten years, there weren’t many common topics to chat about.
Yan Jing Cai and Su Min chatted for half an hour and stopped. He then picked up his phone and chatted with Xu Yixiang.
Su Min was happy to be left alone and he proceeded to lie down in bed.
He wasn’t interested in his phone and just used it to check for news about the orphanage. Not finding anything, he proceeded to close his eyes and got ready to go to sleep.
Perhaps it was because there wasn’t any danger, Su Min fell asleep rather quickly.
After an unknown amount of time passed, Su Min suddenly heard soft creaking sounds.
He subconsciously thought that the laughter in the corridor had appeared and that the scenario from in his script was about to start. When he opened his eyes, he saw that it came from Yan Jing Cai’s bed as he got up.
Yan Jing Cai had his back towards him, and his body was slumped.
Su Min originally thought he was possessed by a ghost but, after looking at his sneaky actions, he felt that it was unlikely.
Yan Jing Cai cautiously opened the door.
He was afraid of making a noise and waking Su Min up. Afterall, they haven’t seen each other for 13 years and he didn’t know if Su Min had a bad temper if he was woken up unceremoniously.
Xu Yixiang threw herself into Yan Jing Cai’s arms.
She whispered: “I’m too scared to sleep. There’s a stranger there with me and I’m scared. I’ll come sleep with you……..”
There was Han Qinqin there, so it wasn’t good for Yan Jing Cai to go over. They didn’t know each other and were of the opposite gender, so she came over herself.
She would just leave early in the morning tomorrow to avoid letting Su Min find out.
Yan Jing Cai looked back and lowered his voice: “Let’s keep quiet. Try not to wake Su Min up.”
The two of them ran back to bed sneakily. As soon as they laid on it, it let out ambiguous creaking sounds.
Yan Jing Cai and Xu Yixiang were extremely embarrassed.
But when they saw that Su Min was still asleep, they breathed a sigh of relief. They burrowed in the blanket together and started to whisper to each other.
When a couple is together, they naturally wouldn’t be able to sleep.
Xu Yixiang came from a rich family and had always lived in mansions, so she had never stayed in an old place like this before. Although she didn’t outwardly express it, she wasn’t too happy with it inside and could only seek her boyfriend for comfort.
Su Min listened to the two chatting, but he couldn’t make out what they were saying. It was as if someone was mumbling next to him.
Several minutes passed and it didn’t stop.
Su Min was a little annoyed.
The curtains were thin and was made almost transparent by the moonlight. It reflected the tree branches outside, making it look quite eerie.
Su Min stared at it for a long time before remembering the fact that he had randomly thrown a screaming rubber chicken into his suitcase earlier today.
He wanted to squeeze it and use it to scare them.
Su Min could deeply feel his own maliciousness.
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KK has something to say:
That part with the kid under the bed scared me 😨