Arc 3: Humanoid Village
Xu Ziyue walked over to the door Yan Shi and the others had pointed out and waited for Yan Shi and the others to hide. He took a deep breath, mustered up his courage and knocked on the door.
Xu Ziyue waited and waited for someone to open the door. Just as he was going to knock and try again, the door opened from the inside.
Jin’er face emerged from behind the door.
She firstly looked at Xu Ziyue and then her eyes slowly moved down to the doll in Xu Ziyue’s arms.
Xu Ziyue subconsciously held the doll tighter in his arms and took a small step back.
Jin’ers eyes moved back to Xu Ziyue’s face. Her expression was a little displeased, but she didn’t say anything and just moved aside, revealing the studio inside, “Do you want to come in and take a look?”
“Yes!” Xu Ziyue nodded without hesitation.
After taking a look, he will take Jin’er out….Otherwise he wouldn’t have another chance to see the puppet making studio. What’s more, if he really led Jin’er away, it might be more difficult coming here in the future.
He would just have to let the others bear with it a little longer.
There were a lot of dolls in Jin’ers studio. Hanging on wall, sitting on the table, occupying various chairs…..
In short, the dolls were everywhere.
Xu Ziyue strangely felt that he was being closely watched by these dolls. Every step he took, every place he looked, he was being watched.
But whenever he looked over, he only saw the dolls looking straight ahead, not at him.
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Jin’er caressed the head of a doll next to her and asked softly: “Do you like them?”
“Ah?” Xu Ziyue was surprised for a moment. He then subconsciously nodded, “Li…..Urgh——-”
He was kicked in the chest by the doll.
Although it wasn’t very strong, he could tell that the kick this time was stronger than before……
Jin’ers eyes curved as she smiled. She didn’t seem to have seen the doll’s action and asked Xu Ziyue, “Which one do you like best?”
“They all look good.” Xu Ziyue lightly coughed and pointed at the one in his arms, “Of course, my favourite is him.”
Xu Ziyue eagerly tried to change the topic. He looked around and saw a female doll standing on the table.
The doll’s dress, hair and face looked just like the Jin’er standing before Xu Ziyue.
“Does it look good?” Jin’er picked up the doll that resembled her an brought it over to Xu Ziyue, “Do you want to touch her?”
“……..” Before Xu Ziyue had the chance to say anything, the doll in Jin’er hand was thrown away by an unknown force and it fell to the ground with a dull thud.
The smile on Jin’er’s face was gone. She bent down, picked up the doll and silently dusted the doll off.
Xu Ziyue looked down at the doll in his arms. At some unknown point in time, he had raised his head and was looking at Xu Ziyue with some anger in his eyes.
He could actually see emotions on a doll’s face…..
But Xu Ziyue could basically make some guesses.
The doll that Jin’er had just picked up was probably Jin’er herself and the doll’s action earlier……were they competing for affection?
Was he so important to his doll? But he hadn’t done anything yet? Xu Ziyue was puzzled.
But right now, he didn’t have time to inquire about that.
Xu Ziyue looked over at the workbench and tried to look for the doll outfit that resembled Lu Xiuyang’s clothes.
But he couldn’t find it.
Xu Ziyue swallowed nervously and said, “Actually……I was looking for you for something.”
Jin’er finished dusting off her doll and turned to look at Xu Ziyue, “What is it?”
“It’s not convenient talking about it here. Can you come with me upstairs to take a look?”
Jin’er nodded and placed her doll back on the table, “Let’s go.”
Xu Ziyue didn’t know if Jin’er had noticed that he was trying to lead her away from the room. Her expression was hard to read.
Xu Ziyue turned around and walked out of the studio first.
Jin’er’s footsteps sounded one after another behind him. The sound of her footsteps was different from usual footsteps. It was a little duller, but it didn’t give him a sense of presence.
Xu Ziyue could only secretly mutter this to himself. His task was done and as for the matter on Lu Xiuyang’s end……He couldn’t do much.
Xu Ziyue brought Jin’er to the door to his room and then planned to lead her in but Jin’er expressed that she didn’t want to go inside.
Xu Ziyue: “……..” Although he had no evidence, he felt that it might be because of the incident earlier.
After Jin’ers doll was thrown away, she no longer smiled at him anymore!
Of course, she also wasn’t expressionless. She was just frowning slightly and looked a little displeased.
Xu Ziyue could only express that he really couldn’t help it……
“Uh…….There’s a graveyard outside my window so I have the curtains shut the whole time. But like this, I don’t get any sun. Is there any way to deal with this?” Xu Ziyue paid close attention to Jin’er expression.
But he saw that she had suddenly turned around and looked downstairs…..
Xu Ziyue’s heart almost stopped.
Jin’er however just slowly turned her head back. She stared at Xu Ziyue for a while, making him nervous and then she looked at the doll in Xu Ziyue’s arms, “All the rooms here are like this. Nothing can be done.”
Xu Ziyue: “………Okay then.” He may have offended Jin’er but this was something that he had no choice in.
Xu Ziyue felt that they may still require more time to find Lu Xiuyang’s doll clothes, so he tried to find another excuse.
“That…….That……When I was sleeping last night…..” Xu Ziyue turned around and pointed at the bed in the room, “Oh, you can’t see it from here but if you walk in, you‘ll see his little coffin on my bed.” He walked in and saw that the coffin nestled in amongst the messy blankets.
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“I was thinking, it’s too uncomfortable sleeping with a block of wood at night so I wanted to ask if I can take him out and hug him to sleep?”
Jin’er displeased expression gradually faded. She just stared at Xu Ziyue for a few seconds before turning around and heading downstairs.
Xu Ziyue: “???”
Xu Ziyue was stunned for a moment. When he returned to his senses, he looked down at the doll in his arms.
The doll had tightened his grip around Xu Ziyue’s clothes and had buried his face in Xu Ziyue’s arms.
Xu Ziyue’s heart softened. He then finally remembered his task and hastily rushed down the stairs. While running, he shouted, “Wait! Jin’er, I still have more to ask!”
Fortunately, Xu Ziyue had managed to keep her around a little longer at the stairs and when they finally reached the first floor, they just happened to “coincidentally” run into Yan Shi and the others who had walked in from outside.
“Where did you go?” Jin’er supported herself against the stair railing and asked the people who had just returned.
“Just wandered around.” Guan Chengze walked over and answered casually. He then stretched his arms, “When is it time to eat?”
“Wait a little longer.” Jin’er said this and then returned to her studio.
Tang Yunyun whispered, “I haven’t seen where she get’s the food…..Is there someone here who cooks?”
Xu Ziyue stepped down the last step but wasn’t standing very close to Lu Xiuyang.
He had noticed that Lu Xiuyang’s expression was quite poor……The result of their expedition was self-evident.
“None…..none……Why wasn’t it there…….”
“Lu Xiuyang had one hand clutching his chest and the other hand balled into a fist as he muttered this to himself repeatedly.
Yan Shi silently shook his head at Xu Ziyue.
Xu Ziyue took a step back, “Going up first?” They should at least report on their current situation.
Yan Shi nodded, “Let’s go up.”
Lu Xiuyang followed behind the group. He reluctantly went upstairs.
No one had expected to see a doll resembling Lu Xiuyang lying on the floor the moment they opened the door to his room.
“Ah——-” Tang Yunyun slowly looked over at Xu Ziyue, “Y-y-you! Did you come together with that person to put this here?!”
Xu Ziyue was confused, “No! I just called Jin’er over to my room…..But Jin’er might already know about you entering that room.” Xu Ziyue explained, “Because halfway through our chat, she suddenly looked downstairs….”
Tang Yunyun shuddered. She looked over at Yan Shi and the others.
Yan Shi and the others didn’t think that this matter had anything to do with Xu Ziyue. They watched Xu Ziyue pick up the exquisitely made doll. No matter how you looked at it, every detail of the doll was made to resemble Lu Xiuyang.
This was especially so for its facial features.
Lu Xiuyang raised his arm with the intention to smash the doll, but he was stopped by Yan Shi.
Yan Shi shook his head and said to Lu Xiuyang, “You still haven’t confirmed whether this doll is the same as you.”
“What same as me?” Lu Xiuyang asked blankly.
This was something he had anxiously tried to find but now that he had found it, he was even more terrified.
“If something happened to this doll, whether something would happen to you. Shouldn’t we figure that out first?”
“Yes, we should check…..should check……”
Hu Beijia took a step back as she watched Lu Xiuyang wander around the room looking for a way to “check”.
Hu Beijia said to Xu Ziyue and the others in a voice that couldn’t he heard by Lu Xiuyang, “Lu Xiuyang is acting strangely.”
“We have all been tense ever since we have entered this world, but Lu Xiuyang has been a level more tense than us. Him becoming like this isn’t surprising.” Yan Shi glanced at Hu Beijia and Guan Chengze who didn’t have much of a reaction, “With him like this, his ability to think normally is affected. What should we do?”
“If we let him go together with us, he might cause more problems.” There was a faint smile hanging on Guan Chengze’s lips.
Guan Chengze said, “I think it would be more appropriate to let him stay in a room alone.”
Tang Yunyun opened her mouth wanting to refute but she couldn’t find an argument and could only close her mouth again.
Xu Ziyue blinked a few times, “Then wouldn’t we need another room? Over a Jin’er’s…..”
Guan Chengze shook his head, “No need. You can just change with Lu Xiuyang.”
Xu Ziyue was silent for a while, “…..But don’t you think that I….”
Guan Chengze laughed, “It’s okay. After these past incidents, we have concluded that you are not in danger.”
But you are the one that’s dangerous!
Xu Ziyue shouted this inside.
He felt that there was nothing wrong with staying in a room alone but now that they suddenly want him to share a room with Guan Chengze and Yan Shi, it would make it more difficult for him to do anything.
Not to mention, Guan Chengze’s act of swapping him over without any hesitation only made Xu Ziyue more wary of him.
“Or do you think it’s safer alone?” Guan Chengze deliberately assessed Xu Ziyue’s expression and dragged his tone, “Or…..Do you have a strategy that will ensure your safety but you haven’t told us about it?”
Xu Ziyue looked at Guan Chengze with dead fish eyes, “Since you’ve said it, of course I’ll stay with you two.” Ah……He hates this person!
Tang Yunyun looked at them back and forth and didn’t quite understand the situation.
Yan Shi looked meaningfully at Guan Chengze and didn’t voice any objections.
Hu Beijia didn’t say anything. Anyway, although she was staying in a room with Tang Yunyun, having more people doesn’t necessarily mean it’s safer…..If that really was the case, she definitely wouldn’t avoid sharing a room with the other men just because of their gender differences.
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The next chapter is 2-3x longer than the usual chapter length, so I’ll be splitting it into two parts.