That instant, Lu Chu’s chest heaved violently as he woke up.
The nightmare made Lu Chu sit up in shock, causing the unstable bed to make a creaking sound. The other three people in the dormitory were still sound asleep, accompanied by slight snoring, and none of them noticed Lu Chu’s movements. He picked up the phone next to his feet, and turned the light on. Just as he let out a sigh of relief, he saw a shadow sitting and floating beside him, looking straight in his direction.
Startled, Lu Chu calmed himself down to take a look, before realising that it was 7.
When 7 saw Lu Chu’s shocked expression, along with the thin layer of sweat on his forehead, a doting look flashed across his eyes. He reached out and tried to wipe the sweat off Lu Chu’s forehead, but realised that his body wasn’t corporal yet.
7 placed his hand in the air on top of Lu Chu’s hair and gazed into his eyes hidden by his eyelashes as he leaned closer. He asked in a low voice, “a nightmare?”
Lu Chu rubbed his temples,and nodded somewhat tiredly, “en, it feels related to the main line of this ‘game’.”
Hearing this, 7 frowned, “Nuptials of the Corses?”
“En,” Lu Chu supported his forehead, “I was carried and buried with another corpse in the same coffin.”
7’s translucent fingers that he had placed above of Lu Chu’s hair paused when he heard the words ‘in the same coffin’, before he resumed his action of stroking Lu Chu’s soft hair through a layer of air.
While the worldview as well as the main development of each ‘game’ was fixed, due to each player’s different character and constitutions, it would result in a wide variety of different subplots in each ‘game’. Everybody would react to each event along with what happens afterwards differently. Therefore, even 7 who knew everything about single-player missions and most of the group-missions, couldn’t tell what exactly had happened to Lu Chu.
It had been too long since he had been in this ‘game’, but 7 could be certain that he hadn’t been involved in a ghost marriage like this.
“Perhaps I ended up dreaming of whatever I was thinking about in the day? I’ve been thinking about Nuptials of the Corses these few days, but……” even Lu Chu didn’t believe it himself, “the feeling in the dream was too real.”
Just as Lu Chu wanted to say something else, Tang Shizhe mumbled in a half-dreaming and half-awake state, “Lu Chu…… you’re whispering to yourself…… is it sleep-talking……?”
Everybody in the dormitory had a curtain for their beds, which was open during the day and pulled close at night when they slept, forming a relatively independent and private space. Therefore, Tang Shizhe couldn’t see Lu Chu sitting on the bed with a serious expression as he talked to 7, and only thought that he was sleep-talking.
Realizing that he was disturbing others, Lu Chu immediately stopped talking and motioned to 7 with his eyes.
7 floated over to Lu Chu’s feet, and said to him, “sleep earlier, I’ll always be by your side.”
As a wandering spirit, ordinary people could not hear what 7 said.
Lu Chu nodded, smiled at him, and mouthed the word ‘good night’. He turned the light on his phone off andwent back into his bed.
This time, Lu Chu didn’t have any more strange dreams, and had a good sleep until the sun came up.
This day was considered to be the first official day of their new semester, and they would have to attend a day of classes.
Lu Chu, Tang Shizhe, and Gao Yong sat in a row during class.
Each teacher of their new subject introduced themselves on the podium, and then began to talk about the importance the subject they taught would have in their life, studies, and the future. It would then be followed by them boasting about how promising and broad the future prospects of their major were……
There were some students who were listening carefully, while others played with their phones.
Gao Yong was concentrating on his mobile game, and Tang Shizhe went over to ask Lu Chu softly, “were you talking in your sleep last night?”
Lu Chu’s answer was half true, “I had a nightmare. Sorry, did I disturb you?”
“No,” Tang Shizhe shook his head, “I was sleeping like a pig, and I heard you whispering to yourself last night when I woke up because I wanted to pee. I really wanted to pee, but was really very sleepy, so I fell asleep again.”
Gao Yong, who was multitasking as he played his game, heard what Tang Shizhe said and complained, “you’re great, aren’t you? You can still hold it in when you want to go to the toilet, and you’re not afraid of your bladder bursting.”
“Piss off!” Tang Shizhe laughed and hit Gao Yong with his shoulder.
“I’ll go, don’t touch me!” After being hit, Gao Yong raised his voice in agitation, “I’m about to win!”
It was too noisy in the class, so the teacher on the podium stopped talking and scanned the whole class.
Lu Chu reminded the two of them, “this is a graded class, we’ll be marked for this.”
Both of them instantly controlled themselves.
Morning classes were the slowest formost people. For students that weren’t that serious about studying, it would be a slow process of your phone’s battery gradually changing from full to ‘your phone has less than 10% left’.
Lu Chu didn’t need to listen in class, so he was also using his phone.
However, he was using his phone to check out some ghost-related matters. This was quite a difficult process, since there was a lot of information on the internet, and the contents could be extremely strange. It was difficult to distinguish between what was true or false,and trying to find any useful information from everything was akin to searching for a needle in a haystack.
As he was1In this case, Yin energy, from Yin-yang, relates to negative, or ghostly energy. Yang is for positive, or ‘living/alive’ energy. Ghost, who have a lot of Yin Energy, would need to take Yang energy from other living humans.searching, Lu Chu suddenly saw what somebody commented about a supernatural event — “Yin-related objects weaken the body, and requires Yang energy to replish.”
The moment he saw this sentence, he immediately raised his head and looked in Chen Hong’s direction.
Using Yang to replenish Yin.
Chen Hong’s complexion was a little better than yesterday, but he could still tell that he didn’t have much energy,and there were traces of fatigue under his eyes. As for his girlfriend, Lu Chu shifted his attention to the girl next to Chen Hong — she seemed to be a very ordinary girl, and there wasn’t any strange scent around her.
Tang Shizhe saw Lu Chu looking in Chen Hong and his girlfriend’s direction, so he giggled and poked Lu Chu in the arm with his elbow.
Lu Chu took back his gaze and looked at Tang Shizhe suspiciously.
Tang Shizhe leaned over and said, “how about it, you jealous?”
Lu Chu was puzzled, “jealous about?”
Tang Shizhe pointed to Chen Hong and his girlfriend, “about them. I see that you’ve been staring in their direction. Do you want to say goodbye to your single life?”
When Lu Chu heard him, he said somewhat embarrassedly, “no……”
“No need to hide, everybody’s thinking the same thing,” Tang Shizhe interrupted Lu Chu’s argument, “you must be very disappointed that you weren’t able to participate in the group date,right? No problem! There’s nothing to be worried about, there’s no shortage of such events, and the girls from the dance club will have an activity in a couple of days, I’ll definitely bring you with me then!”
Lu Chu refused, “this isn’t necessary…”
“We’re all brothers, there’s no need to be so shy,” Tang Shizhe said with a ‘I know everything’ expression on his face, “that’s it then! I’ll call you, and you might as well come!”
Lu Chu, “……”
He fell silent, and didn’t immediately answer, but Tang Shizhe suddenly hissed as his teeth started to clatter.
He rubbed his arms in surprise, “why is it suddenly so cold?”
Tang Shizhe leaned down to rest on the table, and his whole body started to tremble as he hissed out, “fu…… fuck, it’s getting colder and colder…… I’m going to freeze to death……”
His movements were too large, and Gao Yong squinted at him, “did someone’s mental illness strike?”
Tang Shizhe asked in return, “aren’t you guys cold……”
Lu Chu didn’t say anything, but kept his polite smile as he placed his hand somewhat soothingly over the warm red mark on his chest.
There were many inconsequential matters in their first year. Other than the two weeks before their exam where they wouldn’t have a busy schedule for their coursework, students would focus more on student associations and clubs after classes.
Lu Chu didn’t know if he was participating in any student associations or clubs, so he simply took it as he didn’t.
He was the only one returning to the dorm, the other three were busy with their student association, club, or girlfriend.
While there wasn’t anyone around, Lu Chu approached Chen Hong’s bed to observe for a moment. Unless it was necessary, Lu Chu wouldn’t go and touch Chen Hong’s things without his permission, so he only relied on his sense of smile and perception to check if there were any suspicious items. In the end, he didn’t find anything, and the somewhat negative aura yesterday had disappeared.
This was the difficult bit when fighting with ghosts, when one didn’t know the origin, identity, as well as intention, then they would be unable to do anything.
They could only wait. Wait for the next time the ghost came to find them.
After nine o’clock in the evening, the three of them returned to the dormitory one after another. Tang Shizhe and Gao Yong played games for a while, until the school turned off the lights, before they went to wash up.
Lu Chu went to bed on his side, with his arms against his chest.
Sure enough, after falling asleep, Lu Chu dreamed of that strange scene again.
This time, he clearly felt that he was a living person.
He was pinned down by something, and wearing a bright red late-Qing Dynasty styled wedding outfit with a red2. He was standing in a festive-looking hall, with a couple over fifty years old in front of him, surrounded by guests standing in an orderly manner. Beside him, there was a woman’s corpse being held up.flower made of red silk on his chest
The corpse was well preserved. Her eyes were closed, and there was delicate makeup on her face. Her face had someblush applied in an attempt to get rid of the paleness, but it still couldn’t disguise the dead aura around her.
Although there wasn’t any livor mortis present on the woman’s corpse, there was a faint smell of decay, which was masked by the choking scent of perfumed powder, making it even more nauseating.
At this time, a person who seemed to be a witch priestess took out a celadon bowl, poured chicken bloodinto the clear water then splashed it on the ground as she shouted with her sharp voice, “a bow to the heavens.”
Lu Chu couldn’t speak nor move, and was forced to bow towards the heavens.
Another bowl of clean water mixed with chicken blood was poured onto the ground, “second bow to your parents.”
After bowing to the heavens and the ‘parent’s, Lu Chu was forced to turn around, and at that instant, Lu Chu suddenly felt a dizzying sensation that made him want to vomit. The female corpsebeside him let out a painful roar, and it took a long time before everything went quiet again. This time, Lu Chu looked up again, only to find that the person standing opposite him had actually turned into 7.
7’s gaze was serious as he stared at him, with other emotions flashing through his eyes.
Just at the moment where the witch priestess shouted “bow to each other”, 7 bent down towards Lu Chu in a solemn manner. Before Lu Chu even recovered from the shock of the female corpse becoming 7, he subconsciously bowed to 7.
The ceremony was complete.
The side of 7’s lips curled up as joy filled his eyes.
Anything that coveted Lu Chu, be it monsters or spirits, just needed to be killed.
Lu Chu could only hold this ceremony once in his life, and that was when he was the other party.