Arc 6: Ghost Ship
Chapter 123: Alive
One by one, they started to return their breakfast bowls.
When they passed by, they would even greet them with a smile. All that was missing was a wink.
Su Min had already grown used to their behaviours.
The bowls and cutlery were all cleaned up by the captain, so Su Min and the others didn’t have to worry about it or help out with washing the dishes. Afterall, the captain wouldn’t let them do that.
Qin Mu Yin said: “Let’s go back and take a look at the ceiling first.”
Su Min said: “Okay.”
This time they did it differently and looked at the ceilings in all their rooms. Every one of them were exactly the same. There was no difference.
The hanger in Tang Yi Shu’s room had disappeared.
Xia He Yin asked: “Did any of you take it?”
“Who would dare take it?” Qin Mu Yin opened the closet and looked inside, “It’s not in here too. Maybe the captain and the others took it away.”
Su Min examined the bed. All the traces from earlier had disappeared. It was as if no one had lived there before.
He lifted the blanket, “This room is too clean.”
Su Ying pointed to the bed, “Someone has fixed up the bed. Look at how neat it is. It looks like the ones in hotels.”
Su Min said: “Maybe this will also be the case after something happens to us.”
All the traces are gone, and then new people would turn up. After something happens to them, the traces would once again be cleaned up. Like this, the cycle repeats endlessly.
Su Min was startled by this thought of his.
But the more he thought about it, the more he felt that it was very likely.
Su Min turned around, “Let’s go and take a look at Song Nan Nan’s room.”
Song Nan Nan had always been sharing a room with Xia He Yin so her room should still have traces left behind by her luggage.
Though it is called luggage, it was actually just a few pieces of clothing.
There are a lot of clothes on this ship. Their clothes from the first night had already been washed and dried and they were now wearing clothes from the ship.
But Song Nan Nan’s room was clean.
Su Min opened the closet. None of the clothes worn by Song Nan Nan were there but her clothes from the first night was there.
Xia He Yin took the hanger out, “Nan Nan’s dress.”
This dress was something she bought when they went shopping together. She had kept it after falling into the sea and it had been stored in the closet the whole time waiting to be worn again.
She didn’t expect not being able to see her wear this dress again.
Xia He Yin couldn’t help but want to cry but she did her best to hold it back.
Su Min asked, “Did she leave anything in the room?”
Hearing his words, Xia He Yin thought for a moment and answered, “I remember her leaving a hairtie and some hairpins.”
Su min opened the bathroom door. There was nothing in there.
The bathroom was very small and could just fit two people. In one glance, there was nothing in front of the mirror or in the sink.
Even loose hair commonly found scattered around by girls couldn’t be found.
Su Min used to hear the girls in his class complain about the loss of hair. It was particularly the case in bathrooms where more would fall out after brushing.
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Song Nan Nan had spent some time in this room so even if there weren’t a lot of hair, even a strand or two should be normal.
It was as if she had never been in this room.
Su min withdrew and said: “Everything in this room that is related to her is gone. Only the clothes are left.”
Hearing his words, everyone felt a chill run through them.
The meaning of the words ‘everything is gone’ was clear. It pretty much meant that a person’s entire existence was wiped out.
Xia He Yin said: “Could this have been done by them?”
Su Min said: “You’ll know once you ask.”
When they went upstairs, they happened to run into a tall and thin man standing there drinking water. Seeing them come over, the man gave them a smile.
As the male protagonist, Qin Mu Yin naturally went up and asked: “Was our rooms cleaned by someone?”
The tall and thin man was confused, “Cleaned?”
Qin Mu Yin nodded, “I just wanted to ask. As anyone gone into the rooms to clean?”
The tall and thin man said: “No way. We haven’t entered the rooms after you guys started using the rooms. We also don’t have any cleaners here.”
Qin Mu Yin didn’t particularly believe his words.
How could things disappear if there wasn’t anyone cleaning?
The strangest thing was that despite everything else disappearing, Song Nan Nan’s dress was still in the closet.
Qin Mu Yin didn’t continue asking. After returning, he told the others what the tall and thin man said.
Su Ying said: “It’s very easy to understand. The clothes we’re wearing may not necessarily be theirs. It might have been left behind by others.”
She had only casually suggested that, but it caught Su Min’s attention.
That sentence was directly in line with his earlier speculations. The people originally staying in the room had disappeared, but their clothes would remain. When new people appear, they would wear their clothes and similarly disappear.
It would cycle on like this.
Xia He Yin naturally understood, “That’s horrible. How are we going to be able to leave? We still haven’t found a phone.”
Qin Mu Yin recalled the time spent on this ship over the past two days, “The captain said that they would return to the shore in a few days. Now I think that might not be true.”
What kind of ship would be like this?
Although they were grateful to their saviours, the following events were too difficult for them to accept.
Qin Mu Yin would rather repay them with remuneration or even agree to any of their requests instead.
Su Min knew that they wouldn’t be able to return for the time being.
As Su Ying listened to them talk, she suddenly saw the bespectacled middle-aged man in the distance. She quickly tugged at Su Min’s clothes.
“Are they going to go fishing?”
Six people boarded the ship and now there are only four remaining.
Su Min once again went to the deck to watch them fish.
The weather today wasn’t very good. It was gloomy and there was also a slight drizzle along with some strong winds.
Su Min frowned. This weather was similar to the weather when that storm hit them.
The middle-aged man and the man with the buzz cut stood around chatting while they fiddled with their fishing rods. They appeared to be in a good mood.
They then threw out the fishing line.
Su Ying laid in the corner watching the fishing line fall. Today, the waves were very strong and you couldn’t see the fishing line soon after it entered the waters.
Xia He Yin said: “Look, last time they used it to pick up a corpse. I wonder what their fishing rods are made of?”
How could there be such an amazing fishing rod?
As they made wild speculations, the middle-aged man and the man with the buzz cut continued to chat happily. Even the short-haired woman walked over and joined in.
It as was if they were celebrating in advance.
Su Min didn’t like this scene but it was pointless even if he didn’t like it. Afterall, he wasn’t the protagonist.
As minutes and seconds passed, the weather got worse.
A storm practically came within minutes, but the ship was large enough not the be affected much by it.
The people on board all returned back inside.
Su Min, Su Ying and the others also followed after them.
The captain prepared some food and left it on the table. The group of people chatted and ate without any worry.
“The storm this time is quite small.”
“I’ve already stored away my fishing rod. I’ll go out again after the storm. I can’t miss an opportunity like this.”
“It looks like it will take a few hours.”
The short-haired woman walked over to them and asked with a smile: “When you encountered that storm last time, was it very terrible?”
Qin Mu Yin said: “Yeah, the ship capsized.”
The moment he fell into the water, he thought he was going to die. As he floundered about in the waves, he drank a lot of sea water.
The short-haired woman smiled and said: “It’s okay now. Our ship will be fine in a storm.”
She then looked at Su Ying.
When Su Min stepped forward, the short haired woman picked up a glass and left.
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Several hours later, the storm stopped.
Qin Mu Yin glanced at the sky outside and said, “Their prediction was pretty accurate. It really stopped.”
Even after stopping, there was still some small drizzle.
But everyone had ran outside. Someone looked out through the windows while others leaned against the railings and looked at the sea outside.
There were also windows and gaps inside so they could see a little.
When Su Min went out, he heard the man with the buzz cut say: “Hey, look over there. Is that it?”
His fingers pointed in a direction ahead.
The bespectacled middle-aged man looked over and his eyes suddenly brightened, “Bring the rope over.”
There had always been a rope on the deck.
The bespectacled middle-aged man appeared to be in a rush. He quickly picked up the rope and threw it into the water.
Xia He Yin followed after Qin Mu Yin. Although she was splashed with water, she wasn’t angry and just continued to carefully watch their actions.
Su Min went over to the side of the ship.
The cruise ship was very high. Just looking down made you feel like you were about to fall.
He looked away and leaned against the railing to watch.
Qin Mu Yin squinted his eyes, “Is that a person?”
In fact, he couldn’t see it clearly. The water was dark, and a human is only so big. All he could see was something floating on the surface of the waters. It was that persons clothes that caught his attention.
Xia He Yin said: “It probably is a person.”
It was indeed a person. After approaching, they grabbed onto the rope. The man with the buzzcut shouted out: “Hurry and pull him up.”
Everyone worked together to pull the rope.
Qin Mu Yin was a little surprised, “He grabbed the rope. I didn’t expect it to really be a person. The same thing probably happened to us when we were saved.”
Before long, the rope was all pulled up and the person grabbing onto the rope was also pulled up along with it. As soon as he hit the deck, he fell unconscious.
Su Min glanced over. That person also had a life jacket on. It was probably because of his life jacket that he was seen in the waters.
“Do you think he is still alive?”
“I don’t think he’s dead. He grabbed onto the rope earlier. How could a corpse grab onto a rope?”
“Let’s take a look first. If he’s dead, we’ll throw him back.”
Su Min walked closer and acted as if everything was normal. He asked: “Have you always saved people like this?”
The other party replied: “How else could we have done it? Of course we will save people if we see anyone in trouble at sea. We can’t turn a blind eye to that.”
Su Min smiled, “That’s good.”
The other party turned and assessed him, “Weren’t you the same too? Afterall, every life matter.”
As that person talked about the matter of life or death, the bespectacled man bent down and checked. He then smiled broadly.
He said: “Still alive. Hurry and take him in before he freezes to death.”
Soon afterwards, he was taken inside.
Before long, half of the people on the deck had returned inside while the other half turned back to once again look at the sea.
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