Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
The house was not big, but it took some effort to organize it to the extent that it could be lived in. After finishing, it was already very late. Jian Nian sat on the sofa and patted his jacket, the black jacket was dusty, which looked very obvious in the light.
“What do you want to eat?” Shen Si looked at Jian Nian.
After a moment, Jian Nian tilted his head, “Are you allowing me to stay?”
“The key is for you, it’s normal for you to come here.” Shen Si’s voice was calm, “Though, I had long forgotten about this key.”
Jian Nian looked at Shen Si, and after a moment he smiled, “Shen Si is really a person who says what he has to say, and never cares whether the words will make others sad. Sure enough, whether I will be sad to hear this thing is not in your consideration at all, really tough.”
Looking at Jian Nian in a strange way, Shen Si asked, “What are you upset about?”
“You even forgot the key you left me, isn’t this something I should be sad about?” Jian Nian was still smiling, his smile was very bright, on the surface one couldn’t see the sadness. “This kind of thing is very important to me, but you can just forget about it, it is normal for me to be sad about it.” Jian Nian smiled and stood up, “After all, I am also a human being, Shen Si is the only person I care about, it is really sad to be forgotten by the person I care about.”
“I’ll go buy dinner, you can wait at home.” Jian Nian moved his feet and walked out, “I’ll be back.”
Watching Jian Nian’s figure disappear in the doorway, Shen Si walked to the place where Jian Nian was sitting and sat down, he let out a long breath, he tilted his head up to look at the ceiling and then closed his eyes.
Everything here was very familiar, even after so many years away. The moment he stepped into this room, those memories were like a cold wind blowing over, stabbing into his brain.
Shen Si really hated talking about the past. For him, the past was something that didn’t need to continue to be dwelled on, all he could see was the future. Only for things that hadn’t happened yet, he was slowly extending forward in the timeline keeping motivated. Being bound by the past didn’t fit his persona.
Sure enough, this place was still too deeply involved with the past.
Whether it was rumors, neighbors, or Jian Nian.
After taking a look at the time, Shen Si stood on the balcony and called Bai JunYi. He had asked him to look after the plants on his balcony and said that he would check in with Bai JunYi when he arrived, but he was delayed by seeing Jian Nian and organizing the things at home.
“Mr. Bai.” After Bai JunYi picked up the phone he hurriedly spoke, “I’ve arrived at my place, I forgot to call you before, sorry.”
“No need to care, as long as you’re okay.” Bai JunYi sat under the warm light of the flower store with a gentle smile on his face as if it was the warm sun shining brightly, “I did take care of your flowers for you. By the way, one more thing, I met a girl who knocked on your door while I was going to move the flowers.”
Shen Si blinked, “A girl?”
“Yes. Not very old, barely out of their teens, attitude was a bit arrogant. I said knocking, but it was more like smashing the door. Only after I opened the door did she act as if she saw a ghost, turned and ran away.” Bai JunYi helplessly recalled the scene of the day, “Am I so scary?”
Shen Si: …
It was a Survivor who knew Bai JunYi, ah.
“No, you’re not scary. Mr. Bai has always been gentle, that’s why all the kids at school like you.” Shen Si answered him seriously, “As for women, I actually don’t have many female friends, next time someone knocks on my door who happens to be met by Mr. Bai, just tell them I’m out.”
“Understood.” Bai JunYi smiled and responded, “Then Xiao Si you take it easy, remember to tell me when you come back, I’ll pick you up.”
“There’s no need to bother Mr. Bai.”
“It’s not trouble.” Bai JunYi leaned back in his chair, “It’s just to pick you up, aren’t we friends? Don’t refuse if you’re a friend.”
Finally hearing him agree, Bai JunYi hung up the phone. He stood up and stretched, then looked at the flowers that didn’t sell today. The weather was too cold, and the heavy snow impeded traffic, and not many people were out shopping, resulting in his flowers not selling much.
With a slight wave of his hand, Bai JunYi’s pupils were tinged with gold. A golden aura floated out from Bai JunYi’s hand, and all the flowers that were opening everywhere turned back to seeds, only the row of flowers that he put in the innermost pots didn’t change. These were Shen Si’s plants.
“Although I don’t feel much for plants, since I was asked to do it, I’ll do it perfunctorily.” Bai JunYi looked at the pots of green plants, “Well, let me see how to take care of the plants.”
In all the time since he opened the flower store, the plant care book that he bought in the store and never opened was finally opened.
It was bittersweet.
Although it was said that the playfields of the unlimited flow world made many people panic, the stores that should be opened were still open. The minimum social order was still maintained, most people kept their original rhythm of life, especially those from the countryside, there was almost no change.
With the packed dinner, Jian Nian went up the stairs. Just as he walked into the hallway Jian Nian smelled something burning. The smell was very faint, like a torch that had just been lit.
Jian Nian stepped up the stairs and just stepped onto the second floor he saw a flame rolling out, a flame?
“Burn! Devil, burn now!”
“Hey, what are you doing?” Jian Nian blocked the entrance to the building.
The woman was startled for a moment, she turned her head, her red down jacket had a little black ash on it. Behind the woman, the pile of debris in the doorway was lit, the flames were still small, not yet fully lit. The woman looked at Jian Nian in horror, and wanted to run, but Jian Nian blocked the hallway, so she panicked and ran the other way, her heels under her feet making a clack-clack-clack sound.
Not wanting to pay attention to this woman, Jian Nian opened his hand. A black monster used one bite to swallow the flames into its mouth, and then disappeared. Jian Nian frowned fiercely. The moment the monster swallowed the flame, a burning sensation instantly spread through his whole body. Of course, it was only for a second, and soon he digested the fire.
With a click, Shen Si, who heard the movement, pushed open the door, and looked at Jian Nian strangely.
“There was a woman who set a fire in front of your house, call the police first, these things will be cleaned up later.” Jian Nian shoved the dinner in his hand into Shen Si’s arms, “I’ll go after the woman.”
Looking at the dinner in his arms, Shen Si looked at the clutter at his feet slightly strangely, after a moment he put the dinner back into the house, and then called the police.
Now the day was dry, the news of a little spark causing a fire was everywhere, this pile of miscellaneous things was very flammable, so if someone deliberately set a fire at the door, then it meant that that person didn’t hesitate to burn down the building to kill him. Who was it? Who hated him to such an extent?
Jian Nian chased the woman running up to the roof of the building, the woman’s face was terrified, since there was no longer a way back behind her, and her whole being took on a hysterical air.
“Still running?” Jian Nian smiled towards her, his eyes slightly narrowed, his smile held a somber air, “Yes oh, you can run anywhere you want, preferably out of the police search range, I’m looking forward to chatting with you alone.”
“Are you…” The woman’s eyes widened as she subconsciously stepped back, “You are Jian Nian?!”
“Oh, you know me? I see, you are the one who is related to Shen Si.” Jian Nian walked over with his hands in his pockets, “That’s quite a coincidence, I’ve been wanting to say that for a long time, I hate the same people Shen Si hates, and since you did that, you must be mentally prepared for it.”
“Demon!” The woman suddenly let out an ear-piercing scream. “Whether it’s you or Shen Si! You’re both demons!” The woman stared dead into Jian Nian’s eyes, “He will bring calamity, everyone will die because of him, and you, you are already dead, why do you still crawl out to be with him? You both deserve to die!”
So not only did she know Shen Si, but also knew about his death three years ago?
Jian Nian was indeed recognized as dead with his disappearance, and his parents took the liberty of telling people that he had died of a heart attack and held a fake funeral. Though he didn’t remember knowing this woman, it looked like he had been seen occasionally when he was staying with Shen Si.
“The word demon… Isn’t it a little too strange?” Jian Nian took a step forward, “So why on earth do you think Shen Si is evil enough to do such a thing?”
“If we don’t get rid of him, everyone will die! My husband, my children, even everyone in this neighborhood!” The woman shouted, “I did it for the sake of everyone, why did he come back? Can’t he understand after all these deaths?!”
“What?” Jian Nian narrowed his eyes slightly, “Are you out of your mind?”
The woman trembled and fell down, “What do you know, what do you understand? His parents were good people, why would such good people give birth to someone like that?”
Click, the door of the top floor was pushed open, Shen Si came out from inside, also happened to hear the woman’s hoarse last words.
“When his parents died, he was standing right next to the crash, looking at his parents’ bodies with absolutely no expression, not even shedding a tear at the funeral. He wasn’t supposed to be there, it was school hours, but even the police didn’t know why. I know, he’s the one who killed his parents!”
The door to the top floor clicked shut and Shen Si stood there in silence.
“What?” Shen Si walked over, “You’re saying I killed my parents?”
“Or what? You explain!” The woman shouted almost hissing, “You were supposed to be in school, you appeared at the scene of the car accident. People around you died one by one, even your high school classmates were in the same accident. Is it my turn next, or my child’s turn?
Shen Si looked at her for a few seconds before he spoke, “So that’s why you set fire to my doorstep?”
Shen Si pondered for a moment, Jian Nian walked over with some concern, “Shen Si? What are you thinking?”
“I was thinking…” Shen Si raised his head, “If a mentally ill person commits a crime, is she not legally responsible? She doesn’t look like a normal person. Will she be sent to a mental hospital?”