Lu Chu could imagine; how chaotic the city would have been when the city first lost all its senses. But now, only seven days later, standing somewhere not that far away from the crossroads, there was only the sound of the wind blowing through the papers and plastic bags left on the ground. Occasionally, there were rustling sound made by clothes rubbing against each other, and Lu Chu held his breath, trying to distinguish between the sounds more carefully. A little further away, there seemed to be some vague low roars that came from many people, and at times, there was a sharp cry mixed into it.
There must have been many “senseless people” blocked by the vehicles at the crossroads.
Lu Chu guessed, after people who had lost their vision panicked for a moment, they would follow their human instincts and fumble around to find a place to hide, and then do everything in their abilities to find food, water, and other necessities while ensuring their own safety.
As for those that were wandering about outside, they were people that likely lost two senses, or even more. The more senses they lost, the lesser their ability to survive was, without friends and family, they were likely to wander around randomly, ignorant of everything.
But surprisingly, amongst the people that Lu Chu had met, there weren’t any that couldn’t speak.
Holding the man’s hand tightly, Lu Chu didn’t dare to relax at all. He followed the map of the town in his mind, and after making several turns, Lu Chu walked into the small path that not many people would have entered.
It was quite a smooth journey. Lu Chu carefully made his way, and occasionally, there were obstacles, but they could easily get around them. Just as he was about to walk out of this path, and reach the end of the crossroads, Lu Chu stopped.
— Later, be careful. After we cross this path, I’ll pinch your fingers. Index finger is left, ring finger is right, middle finger is forward. If we need to step back, I’ll pinch your palm.
Under such a state of extreme vigilance, the sound of every single step would be amplified to its maximum.
Even Carrot had lightened his steps, his paws gently touching the ground.
Other than the hand Lu Chu was holding his with, the man couldn’t feel anything else. Silent and colourless, his current world was only the temperature passed over by Lu Chu’s hand, but in a situation like this, he didn’t feel the slightest panic or fear.
Does entrusting your life to someone else come from trust? The man himself wasn’t certain. The only thing he knew was that he wasn’t afraid of death, ever since he chose to confine Lu Chu to his own room and do his best to protect Lu Chu’s safety, he had long considered the countless possibilities, including destruction.
The closer they got, the louder the noise, which cause Lu Chu to become even more on edge.
They still needed Carrot’s cooperation to get through this area. Coming out from the small path, Lu Chu held the man’s hand and stood against the wall, then, he placed his walking stick down, squatted down to feel the area around his feet. When he touched a stone, he picked it up and felt its weight.
Lu Chu took the stone, and threw it towards the centre of the crossroads.
‘Crash!’ The sound of glass getting broken reached them, and this was similar to what Lu Chu had estimated. At this distance, the stone had probably smashed into one of the car windows in the middle of the crossroads.
It was such a loud and shrill sound, yet it didn’t attract the attention of the people wandering about at all. Lu Chu could finally determine that in addition to vision, all of them had at least lost their hearing.
If this was the case, it would be much simpler for them to pass through this place. As long as they tried not to touch these people, it wouldn’t matter if they made some noise at times. This area was so chaotic, presumably, no other person with good hearing would come over.
If Lu Chu was the only one bringing the man who had lost both of his senses, it would be difficult to get past these ‘senseless people’. However, they had Carrot, so things would become a lot easier.
Carrot could see these people, could see all the obstacles, so he could bypass these obstacles and dangers. The ‘senseless people’ around them couldn’t hear, so whenever Carrot found the right way, he would bark several times. Following his bark and with the tacit understanding Lu Chu and Carrot had over the ears, Lu Chu could judge where to go or even how many steps to take.
Then, Lu Chu would pinch the man’s finger, telling him which direction to walk.
Several times, Lu Chu felt as if that the breathing of those ‘senseless people’ were lingering around his ears, and at the same time, there was that scent of blood that didn’t dissipate.
On a normal day, with Lu Chu’s normal speed, he could walk from the crossroads to the next corner in about ten minutes, but now, they had been slowly advancing for more than half an hour.
His mental state was extremely tensed, and this made Lu Chu thirsty.
Finally, they crossed this road safely, and the next street was Lu Chu’s favourite place to go. When he was a child, his parents had described the flower shop, supermarket and small clinic to him, and he had always been yearning and longing for this place.
Just a few steps around the corner was a small clinic, Lu Chu stopped for a moment, and both he and the man drank some water.
After crossing this first hurdle, Lu Chu inexplicably found himself feeling relaxed.
— This is also a strange experience.
The man was as calm as usual, and lowered his voice as he gave an ‘en’ in response.
“Be careful! Don’t run about!”
Suddenly, a voice came from inside the small clinic, Lu Chu’s whole body jolted, and he immediately held his breath and went on the alert.
“Hehe1name of the child, 贺贺. Not laughing, didn’t Papa tell you to not run about?”
Hehe…… was the son of the doctor who ran that clinic, and listening to the sound of the man’s voice, he should be the clinic’s Dr. He.
Dr. He was quite a good person, nice and honest. Before this infectious disease started, Lu Chu often went to him to get some medication, to replenish his first aid kit at home. The two of them were quite familiar, and Hehe could vaguely be regarded as someone he had watched growing up. However, despite this, Lu Chu wouldn’t take to risk and go up and acknowledge him that easily.
After encountering the little girl, Lu Chu didn’t dare to believe anybody, even if they were someone he knew before.
Seven days; it was enough to change an originally honest person.
“Didn’t I say it? Papa is going out to get something to eat, and I’ll return right away. When I’m not here, you must definitely close the shutter door, and wait for me to return after knocking the code, right?”
“But I want Papa to come back earlier……”
“Didn’t Papa come back? Come, let’s go back in, if not, the bad guys outside would eat Hehe who can’t see.”
“Papa…… scared……” After listening to the man’s words, the little boy’s voice suddenly brought a tang of fear, and perhaps he had even ‘seen’ such a scene before.
“Don’t be scared, don’t be scared. The shutter is closed, and we can use the iron cabinet to support it, so they can’t come in……”
“Click, click– Clang!” The sound of the shutters closing sounded, and both voices also became softer until they disappeared.
Lu Chu stood far away, and there was neither joy nor sorrow on his handsome face.
— If we can leave from the tower, can’t we save more people?
The man seemed to have expected that Lu Chu would have asked this, and wrote in Lu Chu’s palm, one stroke at a time:
— In this town, the only one that can exit from the tower, is you.
The author has something to say:
7: You, are the chosen one!
Lu Chu: ……
The translator has this to add:
7: Take this sword on your journey.
7: It’s me, I’m the sword.
Lu Chu: ????