Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
While Shen Si and Jian Nian were talking, the skeleton’s battle was over. The arms and leg bones were folded together and a skeleton was erected on top, looking unspeakably eerie. Especially when they turned their heads, with the skeleton’s empty pupils facing them as well as the lilies in its pupils.
It’s an image that would make the average adult jump up in fright.
“Enough of this, let’s go over there and rendezvous.” Shen Si looked at the distant pillar of light, “This is our only directional marker, since it’s near the Special Unit, the Survivors who came in are probably somewhat related to the Special Unit. Even if there’s an ordinary person, they won’t panic, everyone should be heading here.”
Jian Nian agreed, and he and Shen Si turned around and walked forward with their usual smiles on their faces. He didn’t seem to be worried about the situation inside, nor did he think there was anything scary about this place.
The skeletons behind them were still following them, and although they couldn’t figure out what they were, they let them come because they couldn’t get away.
Jian Nian stepped on the grass and put his hands in his pockets as he looked at Shen Si. Shen Si looked a little quiet, saying only a few words, although the quiet Shen Si was very normal, but Jian Nian feels that the current Shen Si seems a little different, and seems to have something on his mind.
“What’s wrong?” Shen Si looked at Jian Nian, “Worried about me?”
Jian Nian nodded, “I feel like you’re a bit quiet.”
“I’m mostly thinking about how to get out of here.” Shen Si put his hands in his pockets, “I can rewind time, but rewind time is not a panacea, because a playfield is destined to open. If I leave the playfield, there will still be people going in, and our place is a bit far from where this playfield was before.”
“Are you wondering if the playfield is moving on its own?”
“Exactly.” Shen Si nodded, “If the playfield will really move on its own after opening, then it means that all the locations collated by the information previously investigated by the Special Unit are invalid, and everyone may be swept up by the playfield.”
Jian Nian tsked, “It probably also has to do with the real world assimilation with the unlimited flow world.”
“So the best way is to get rid of all playfields once and for all.”
But, it can’t be done.
The unlimited flow world and playfields were fantasy products that humans couldn’t understand, and it was impossible to break these playfields using technological means. Especially now that time was pressing to such an extent that humans seem to have been pushed to the brink.
Just then, Shen Si drew back a breath of cold air, took a step back and a spike pierced into the bottom of his foot.
“Shen Si?” Jian Nian rushed over to hold him up, “Is everything okay?”
The grass under Shen Si’s feet was covered with spikes, because before it was soft grass leaves so neither Shen Si nor he noticed that the same grass now had very hard spikes in the middle≥ it was these spikes just now stuck in Shen Si’s feet.
“What’s all this, Shen Si have you ever seen this kind of grass?”
“There is no such plant in the real world, neither the grass leaves nor the thorns on it are of a similar type.” Shen Si moved the soles of his feet, the thorns were not in very deep, and the pain wasn’t so strong after the thorns base, so it didn’t hinder his movements.
But it was really strange.
Shen Si looked at the pieces of thorns. When he first woke up, he was surrounded by thorns, one even pierced his finger, but just now a bunch of thorns also appeared in the grass, pierced his foot, and also a small area, and only he was hit.
A little too unlucky, right?
Just then, there was a ding in his pocket, and Shen Si pulled out something from his pocket, only to remember immediately that it was something Xia LeYu had slipped to him before he left.
“What is this?” Jian Nian looked at the peculiar prop in his hand.
“It’s something that can contact the outside world from the playfield, Xia LeYu gave it to me before.” Shen Si picked up the phone, “This is Shen Si.”
Hearing Shen Si’s voice, Xia LeYu exhaled heavily, “Great, finally connected with you. I am now outside the playfield, the communication time of the prop is very short, so we have to make a long story short. There have been no less than twenty playfields open at the same time, and the Special Unit and the Inspection Unit have all been deployed. Three of them are playfields opened for the second time, and the locations were deviated. The situation is very urgent, what about your situation inside?”
“The lawn as well as the iconic white pillar of light.” Shen Si explained concisely, “White skeletons currently have skulls, arms as well as leg bones, each with different plants entwined on them. There are thorns in the lawn, I was stabbed twice, Jian Nian recognized the surrounding walls as the boundary of the unlimited flow world, so the dreamer is a Survivor. “
“Got it.” Xia LeYu earnestly spoke, “Hold on, we are outside to thoroughly check the information of all Survivors who went in, and notify you as soon as we find the corresponding target. Don’t worry, the Special Unit won’t give up on anyone because of difficulties.”
Shen Si responded, then hung up the communication and exhaled heavily.
“There’s still a difference.”
“Because of the Special Unit?” Jian Nian smiled and spoke, “That’s true, in the unlimited flow world there is no such thing as an organization that guards the outside trying to save people.”
“Let’s keep walking.” Shen Si stood up and tried to walk a few steps before he patted Jian Nian’s shoulder, “Go to the rendezvous next to the light pillar, then we can lock on to which one it is as soon as Xia LeYu finds out the information.”
Before the two were done being relieved, an ear-splitting scream rang out, the sound wasn’t too far away, Shen Si and Jian Nian hurriedly ran towards the place where the sound came from. The skeleton behind them kept rolling on the ground, making a creaking sound.
The screams were intermittent, and by the time Shen Si and Jian Nian passed the sound had stopped. Shen Si and Jian Nian looked at each other, and they tacitly turned around and walked in the opposite direction.
Shen Si watched the ground to prevent any more spikes from appearing, and because of this, Shen Si quickly spotted the blood stains on the grass.
Those blood stain patterns, scattered everywhere, as if there was a person full of injuries, and then constantly rolling on the ground, resulting in blood everywhere. Shen Si exhaled, he followed the blood trail forward, and soon he saw a sea of petunias.
The sea of flowers was pale pink, the petunias clustered together, the flowers tangled, with a messy beauty.
…If only there wasn’t a human hand sticking out of it.
Shen Si reached out and yanked the petunia vines away, and in the middle of those vines, a man lay there with his eyes wide open. His face was pale and his mouth was wide open, his body was still warm, but he had lost his breath. Shen Si was able to see that his body was streaked with large and small thorns, and there were dense spots of blood everywhere.
This is how the blood on the lawn came to be.
Shen Si subconsciously took two steps back, and just then, heard a subtle clicking sound.
Petunia vines began to undulate, followed by countless white glittering arms from the earth, pink petunia vines wrapped around the bones, like peepers poking their heads out.
It was the left arm.
The phone kept ringing, every time they tapped on it was an ever-increasing number of bad news. The playfield was still on and the Special Unit could only keep sending people to deal with it, Ning Yangze had taken people to the outer edge of the most dangerous playfield. He Xin also ran directly to the scene to deal with the problem.
Now both the Special Unit and Inspection Unit were under great pressure.
“Well?” Xia LeYu urged the group members around him, “Have the test results come out yet? Is there anyone who fits?”
“So far no Survivor has been checked for a match,” The person next to him replied quickly.
“What about the keywords?”
“Mass keywords cannot be judged, we can only keep screening, and this takes time.” The person next to him looked at Xia LeYu sadly, “Deputy Team Leader, is there no keyword that is a little more accurate? If it’s just a skeleton, no one knows what this skeleton represents, it might be a nightmare.”
Xia LeYu as a person who didn’t enter the playfield is also very sad and sighed, “What about the others? Like the lawn and the plants.”
“…I don’t know if I should say this.” The man looked at Xia LeYu, “Speaking of lawns and plants, it seems that the only recognized hobby of the person you contacted named Shen Si is plants, but of course other than that he doesn’t have any points that fit with skeletons and is not a Survivor.”
“You said Shen Si?” Xia LeYu frowned slightly, “Indeed, Shen Si is particularly fond of plants, and that’s sort of his only hobby.”
He had a balcony of flowers on his balcony at home, sat in on courses in college and shadowed professors, had access to plants at work, and had configured that weed killer.
…Wait a minute?
Xia LeYu let that person continue to investigate the keywords, then he quickly called Ning Yangze.
“Hello, Xia LeYu, is something wrong?” Ning Yangze was so busy that his first reaction to Xia LeYu’s call was that something had happened again.
Xia LeYu quickly shook his head to deny it, “Nothing happened, I just want to ask Team Leader one thing.”
“What is so important that you call me to ask me?” Ning Yangze’s voice tinged with doubt, “Ask, I’m listening.”
Xia LeYu swallowed, “I just have one question, Shen Si, does he… really like plants?”
“Huh?” Ning Yangze froze for a moment, “Does Shen Si like plants? Isn’t that something we all know, Shen Si is a very cold person and plants are his only hobby.”
“But now that I think about it, it’s not quite right.” Xia LeYu frowned, “If he really likes plants, why didn’t Shen Si choose the subject of plants in college, and why didn’t he work on plants after graduation, and, regarding the herbicide, why did he try to adjust it when he got the formula of the herbicide?”
Xia LeYu pulled up the information from the beginning of their investigation, “The original formula was sufficient, but Shen Si wasn’t satisfied, and then by accident formulated an agent that could kill all plants.”
“That potion is so toxic that it can kill the plants in the playfield. Since Shen Si knew that, why would he still make so many? Normal people would stop immediately, right?”
Ning Yangze paused, and after a moment he spoke, “What do you mean?”
“I don’t know.” Xia LeYu closed his eyes, “Or maybe I’m overthinking it, or Shen Si has a special idea. I just don’t quite understand. When we find a clue to contact him, I’ll take the opportunity to ask him about it.”