As they drove out of the village, He Mingde asked Lu Chu, “how did you guess that ‘Lin Lin had died a long time ago’?”
Just after Lu Chu had asked Wei Rong this question, surprisingly, she didn’t go crazy, and instead, she calmed down. After a while, tears ran down her dirty cheeks.
“Dead……” She muttered, “she’s dead……”
It was as if she was in hysterics, and as if she was awake again. She continued silently crying, and repeatedly said, “dead, dead.”
Lu Chu had gotten the answer he wanted, and he knew that Wei Rong couldn’t receive any more simulation, so he told the rest, “let’s go to A City.”
After sending another meal to Wei Rong, the five of them drove a van and rushed towards A City.
On the car, Li Jiapeng kept glancing at Lu Chu out of the corner of his eye, as if he wanted to ask something but didn’t dare to speak, and in the end, it was He Mingde who asked the question they all wanted to know.
Lu Chu laughed, “are you suspecting me?”
He Mingde directly nodded, “a little.”
When Li Jiapeng heard him reply in such a manner, he almost lost his voice as he shouted, “Mingde?!”
“Calm down, right now, you’re seeing everybody as fake, as a ghost.” Song Gui joked.
Lu Chu said, “didn’t we say this before? It’s not only us who wants to know the truth, it also wants this, which is why we’re safe.”
“But who knows what would happen when the truth finally comes out? Will it silence us, or halfway through, when it finds that this doesn’t mean anything, or perhaps it thought it would be better to just kill us all?” He Mingde asked.
Hearing this, Lu Chu nodded, “what you said makes sense.” Then, he gave a gentle smile and continued, “but what else can we do? Could we avoid it just by sitting down and going along with it? We can only continue on investigating, and who knows, maybe there would still be hope for us to live on.”
Song Gui desired nothing more than to stir up trouble, and said, “since there’s still some distance from A City, let’s vote.”
Everybody asked, “what vote?”
Song Gui laughed in a somewhat ill-intentioned manner, “of course, it’s the vote for the ghost.”
Li Jiapeng froze, “be…… better not.”
Song Gui raised his eyebrows, “so scared?”
Li Jiapeng gave a bitter laugh and looked at Lu Chu, “a little.”
Song Gui followed his line of sight towards Lu Chu, and Lu Chu chuckled, “you’re suspecting me too.”
Song Gui pretended to be helpless, “ah, everything is possible.” Then, he continued, “come on, everybody, it’s just voting. Who knows, maybe it’s always been around us, always spying on us, and doing this can get its attention?”
He Mingde closed his eyes and took in a deep breath, “what’s the use in having its attention?”
Song Gui shrugged, “who knows?”
In the end, they decided to voice out the person they suspected together.
“Come on, I’ll go ‘three, two, one’, and we’ll say together.”
He Mingde, “Lu Chu.”
Li Jiapeng. “Lu Chu.”
Song Gui, “Yang Cheng.”
Lu Chu, “Yang Cheng.”
The only one left was Qi Li who was driving the car. He kept his eyes towards the front, and gave a dull, “Yang Cheng,” as if he was putting an end to this vote.
Hearing that he had two votes, Lu Chu felt helpless, “you guys should at least have some confidence in Granny Wang, I’m not ‘someone from outside the village’.”
The reason why Li Jiapeng and He Mingde suspected Lu Chu, was because while it was okay in the beginning when they first met, after something had happened, they noticed that Lu Chu’s behaviour was unlike that of a young adult from a remote village, and he didn’t get surprised when he ran into such a tragic death. He even calmed down really quickly, checked every detail, and even while talking with the crazy Wei Rong….. Every step, he was natural enough for others to believe in him, which was why this made the two of them suspicious.
Lu Chu didn’t have much to say, although he took on this role, it didn’t mean that he always had to play this role all the time. The reason he came into this ‘game’ was to live on, and nothing more.
He Mingde didn’t answer Lu Chu, instead, he expressed some doubt on the fact that all three of them chose to suspect Yang Cheng, “just because Lil’Cheng is….. gone, doesn’t mean that you can let him carry this blame.”
Lu Chu said, “I didn’t let anybody carry the blame.”
He Mingde looked at the three people who chose Yang Cheng, and was still unsure as he said, “then what’s your basis? You can’t be just guessing blindly.”
Song Gui said, “personality.”
Lu Chu said, “smell.”
Qi Li said, “instinct.”
Lu Chu heard Qi Li’s ‘instinct’, and couldn’t resist laughing.
He Mingde and Li Jiapeng looked at Qi Li, unconvinced, then turned and ask Song Gui, “what personality?”
Song Gui said, “who knows?”
He Mingde frowned, “don’t joke around, is there any meaning in playing these sort of jokes to cause more trouble?”
“I’m not joking, I just feel that it’s him,” The car was too cramped, and Song Gui stretched out his body and asked Lu Chu, “what’s your opinion, what do you mean by smell?”
Lu Chu gave him a profound look.
After arriving in this ‘game’, Song Gui’s performance had always been ordinary, and had Lu Chu be the one to give his idea or opinions first about everything. Lu Chu wouldn’t believe that he really didn’t realise or figure out anything. He still remembered that Song Gui could stay for a long time in the illusion, which showed that he had experienced countless of games, and successfully survived them. Although he hadn’t experience that many ‘games’, but Lu Chu knew, in order to survive through these different but equally dangerous ‘games’, it wouldn’t be a simple matter of luck.
It could be certain, Song Gui was a smart person; a well-disguised smart person.
He usually seemed casual and uncaring, but nobody knew what he was actually thinking.
As for why in this game, Song Gui didn’t express any constructive comments, and kept pushing Lu Chu to stand out, Lu Chu guessed that he was still observing him, observing to see if there was a need to continue working together.
After all, nobody wanted a bad teammate.
Lu Chu didn’t expose him, and said, “my sense of touch, hearing, and smell is more sensitive compared to an ordinary person.”
Li Jiapeng said, “then? How could you suspect Lil’Cheng because of this?”
“On the day of Yang Cheng’s accident, we saw it in that room together.” Lu Chu paused, then continued, “at that time, the smell of blood was very strong, and I didn’t care at first, but after a while, there was some other faint smell mixed in the pungent and thick scent of blood. I’ve smell this scent on Yang Cheng’s body before, and it’s not the smell of soap or any external scent, but Yang Cheng’s own unique scent. But at that time, I didn’t take it to heart. After all, that was the scene of Yang Cheng’s death, and it was normal to have that scent there. Until last night, when we went to check the village chief’s body.”
Li Jiapeng shivered, “you also smelt it?”
Lu Chu nodded, “originally, I was thinking of a way to tell you of this, the village chief’s body was greatly decayed, and the smell of rotting flesh masked the scent of other living creatures. However, after staying in that room for a long time, the scent that was on Yang Cheng’s body was becoming heavier and heavier, and clearing up. That smell—”
Li Jiapeng still wanted to ask something, when he heard Lu Chu suddenly sad, “just like now.”
Li Jiapeng almost jumped up, “what did you say?!”
“That smell, is just like the one in the car right now. The same.”
Instantly, the moving van fell into a deathly silence.