Lu Chu and 7 left the girls’ dorm, and followed the path to the field, pretending that they had been hanging around and playing football all day in school, then ran into several other people who came back from studying.
The few of them went to dinner together, before rushing back to their new dorm.
After the teacher on duty checked their room, they chatted for a while, and quickly went to sleep.
Early next morning, while the rest of the people in the dorm were still asleep, Lu Chu and 7 woke up early. After they washed up, they waited for the teacher on duty to open the door to the dormitory building, then went out for a morning run.
7 formulated a series of training programs according to Lu Chu’s current physical standard, and the amount of exercise they had to do would increase little by little. After a short and slow morning jog, they went to the cafeteria to eat breakfast, then warmed up and trained in the field according to 7’s plan.
There was no rush to learn a variety of different skills at the start of the exercises, instead, one first had to become more flexible, and increase the variety of movements that they could do. Things like kicking, climbing, rolling or dodging to the side all required strength and abdominal muscles.
After an hour, Lu Chu was drenched in sweat.
7 handed him water and a towel, “rest for a while.”
Lu Chu took a sip and asked, “7, what kind of high-difficulty movements can you perform?”
“For something more difficult, I can do a variety of somersaults with kicks,” 7 replied, “however, these things aren’t really that practical when it comes to fighting. I’ll teach you some easier and more practical things such as kicking, dodging, some martial arts actions, and blocks.”
Under Lu Chu’s request, 7 still showed him a couple of backflips and kicks. After this series of exercises, although 7 still handled them with ease, but his shirt had also become soaked, and Lu Chu could vaguely see the defined muscles of his abdomen during this set of movements.
Lu Chu admired it for some time.
The corner of 7’s lips hooked up, “want to learn?”
Lu Chu nodded, “en.”
“First, learn a couple of moves and blocks. Then start with a basic flip to the side, I’ll teach you, slowly.”
Lu Chu smiled, “thank you for teaching.”
The day passed by exceptionally fast while they exercised.
At night, the teacher on duty said while going on rounds, “regular classes will resume tomorrow, you guys can move back to your dorm room at noon.”
“That,” a student raised his hand, “Teacher, can we not go back to stay?”
The teacher on duty said, “theoretically, no. Are you facing any issue?”
The student had a sad expression, “there’s no issue, it’s just that the dorm room that I was originally staying in is directly opposite the third floor washroom on the west side of the old male dormitory.”
The washroom faced the last two bedrooms, especially the second last one; their door faced that washroom’s door. Since every dorm room’s door had a small square window, the members of that room could directly see into the washroom, and this made the student scared just thinking about it.
The teacher on duty was somewhat troubled, the west side of the third floor of the old male dormitory had been sealed away for the past two days. The police inspected the scene, and he didn’t know what conclusion they had reached, but for the sake of the student’s studies, the school cooperated with the police, and planned to resume the curriculum and reopen the dorm room tomorrow. Of course, a lot of students who lived within the city might choose to start studying from home this semester, and only students who lived further away would stay in the dorms.
The teacher on duty thought for a moment, and said, “for your question, I’ll convey it to the school, and we’ll get back to you tomorrow.”
“Okay!” that student was extremely touched, “thank you, Teacher!”
The next day, Lu Chu and 7 ate breakfast after their morning run, and planned to go to class for morning self-study.
Their classmates arrived one after another. Two days had passed, and everybody’s worries and panic had eased, instead, it was replaced with curiosity towards the mystery.
After Zhang Cheng arrived, he rushed to Lu Chu and 7, and said loudly, “wow! I heard that the two of you didn’t go back for two days!”
Lu Chu nodded, “en, we stayed in school for two days.”
Zhang Cheng asked, “nothing strange happened?”
“No,” Lu Chu said, “those two days were quite relaxed.”
Zhang Cheng admired, “you’re really accepting.”
As Lu Chu took out the books he needed for morning self-study, he said modestly, “I don’t dare.”
Qian Wenhao came in a little later, and when he saw Zhang Cheng chatting with Lu Chu, he also came over and asked, “Zhang Cheng, are you still going to live on campus?”
Zhang Cheng shook his head, “I’m still thinking about it, you?”
“Not going to stay, not going to stay. I’ll go back to the dormitory for a while during noon, but go home to sleep at night,” Qian Wenhao shook his head, “Having seen that scene, the whole dormitory has given me some sort of traumatic experience.”
Zhang Cheng turned to ask Lu Chu and 7, “what do the two of you think?”
Lu Chu confirmed, “we’re continuing to stay.”
Zhang Cheng said to himself, “true, you guys stayed in this school for the past two days already, there’s nothing much to be afraid about.”
“It’s time to show that I’m a real man,” Zhang Cheng then immediately said in a decisive manner, “I decided, I’m going to stay too!”
Near noon, several people in class who had beds in Lu Chu’s dorm room told him that they withdrew their space, and completely switched to travelling from home.
When he reached the dorm at noon, a dorm teacher on the first floor stopped them, and told them to read the notice on the board.
Many people surrounded the area where the small noticeboard was placed, and 7 took advantage of his height by simply standing on the edge and took a look before returning.
Lu Chu asked, “what’s going on?”
7 said, “the announcement said, a lot of people who hadn’t been staying in the dorm had withdrawn their names, and the stairs on the west side of the old male dormitory will be sealed. The washroom and several bedrooms on the west side of the third floor will be separated from the rest of the floor with boards, and the ones in those rooms would be divided into other rooms. They hoped that everybody will get along.”
Lu Chu thought for bit, it was probably the classmate last night who gave this suggestion to the teacher on duty, and after the teacher on duty reported it to the school, the school made this decision.
Zhang Cheng said, “wow, that’s quite good, with more people, it’s going to be livelier.”
To Lu Chu’s surprise, the one assigned to their dorm was someone they knew.
“It’s fate,” Xu Yuan said.
Lu Chu smiled, “it’s fate.”
Zhang Cheng and Qian Wenhao were surprised, “you guys know each other?”
Lu Chu explained, “during the past two days, the school arranged for us to stay in the new boys’ dormitory, and during the first day, Li Bo and I were in the room as Xu Yuan.”
The both of them understood, “I see.”
Xu Yuan was the forward type, and quickly started chatting with Zhang Cheng and Qian Wenhao. As they talked, Xu Yuan asked, “is there only the four of you in this dorm?”
Qian Wenhao answered him, “there’s another one, but he’s not that easy to get along with, and never moves around with us. You’ll see him in a while when he comes back. For me, I’ll be going back home at night starting from today, and will only stay in the dorm during noon.”
Just as he said that, Zheng Wei pushed the door and entered.
Xu Yuan was surprised, “Zheng Wei!”
Lu Chu and the rest were surprised, the two of them knew each other?
When Zheng Wei heard that, he looked up at Xu Yuan with a confused expression.
“You don’t recognise me?” Xu Yuan said, “I’m Xu Yuan, who’s in the class next to you during middle school. We were the assigned the same exam room several times during the final exam!”
Zheng Wei looked at him for a moment, shook his head, “I don’t remember. Excuse me, I still have something to do.”
Xu Yuan instinctively stepped aside. Zheng Wei went back to his own bed, took out his toiletries from under the bed, then went to the washroom – this time, he could only go to the one on the east side.
After Zheng Wei left, Zhang Cheng wondered, “you know him?”
“Yeah, we’ve met several times during middle school.” Xu Yuan thought about it, “he’s changed a lot.”
Lu Chu asked, “he wasn’t like this in the past?”
Xu Yuan shook his head, “I remember that he used to be bashful, polite, and was the type that easily became shy. His studies were also very good.”
Qian Wenhao exclaiming, “other than having good grades, there’s really no similarities at all.”
“And I remember,” Xu Yuan continued, “he didn’t use to go around alone like this before.”
“He used to have friends before?” Zhang Cheng was amazed.
“Of course, he had a good friend at that time, and a younger sister in the school, in the grade below him,” Xu Yuan said, “I wanted to get to know him then, only, there wasn’t any chance to do so.”
Lu Chu said, “where was your middle school?”
Xu Yuan said, “it’s our school!”
Without giving anybody time to wonder, he said again, “at that time, we also stayed in this building!”
Soon, Zheng Wei returned, and they stopped talking about him.
Lu Chu kept the conversation they had just now in his heart, and prepared to ask Xu Yuan about Zheng Wei later, alone.
The next few days, because they weren’t from the same class, and there was always several people in the dorm room when they returned, Lu Chu never found the opportunity to talk with Xu Yuan alone.
It had been a calm couple of days, and nothing happened.
Originally, they had two days off this week, but their homeroom teacher informed them last minute, that because of what happened before, the students missed a lot of lessons during the two days break, so they had to make it up this week, and there wouldn’t be a break. The whole class wailed, but had no choice but to accept it.
Gradually, the students who started to get busy with studying and their various exams started to forget about this matter.
Lu Chu and 7 spent their spare time every day exercising, until Zhang Cheng and Qian Wenhao who were looking at them sighed, and clamoured to join them, but gave up after a couple of days.
Just as Lu Chu thought that these days would continue on, homeroom Teacher Lu suddenly walked into class with a serious expression.
Teacher Lu knocked on the blackboard, and the whole class quietened down. Teacher Lu had a hard time speaking, and glanced across the whole class, there said, “there was a student on the top floor of the laboratory building, who was killed.”
Just as the rumours said, weird things had been happening on the top floor of the laboratory building after a teacher had died, so it had been sealed up – the stairs from the fourth floor to the fifth floor were fitted with iron gates, and chained around several times.
And the reason why Teacher Lu had said ‘killed’ instead of ‘died’, was because with that sort of death, nobody who saw it could rule it as suicide.
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PS: A somersault can be considered a martial arts stunt, wand with a variety of flips, it’s quite difficult. The people who can do this basically have great abdominal muscles, their ‘stamina’ and waist strength is really good (?﹃?)