Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Shen Si fiddled with the strange object, but no matter what he did, there was no response, let alone someone speaking. He returned the object to the person still crying, and after a moment he spoke, “Do you have a cell phone on you?”
“Cell phone?” The man’s tears were smeared all over his face, he looked at Shen Si with blank eyes, and after a moment felt for his own pocket, then handed Shen Si what he felt out of his pocket, “Is this it?”
Even without the Internet, the phone was still independent, Shen Si opened his phone and looked through the information inside, but his phone was empty, at best, there were only pictures of him and some people, and these people didn’t look like ordinary people, especially after he saw the Devil’s Silk Thread flower on the sleeve in one of the pictures, he was more sure of his judgment.
A glance at the time the photo was taken, three months ago, when Parasite had not yet been resolved.
“You are a Survivor?”
“What’s that?” The man shook his head desperately, “I don’t know anything! Don’t ask me questions!”
Cheng Xiangwen closed his eyes and thought, “Survivor? Most of the Survivors in this playfield are in an organization, Mr. Shen, what were you looking at? His picture? And did you see the logo type thing?”
“Logo?” Shen Si was a little confused.
“Yes, it could be on the chest, like the Underworld Trade Union badge, or it could be embroidered on the cuffs or collar, or on the hat.” Cheng Xiangwen gestured at his body, his voice full of cheerfulness, looking like an ordinary fun youth, “It’s the symbol of the organization, so there must be one.”
Shen Si responded, re-searched the photos inside, and finally saw a logo on the corner of the coat at the end of the photo. Shen Si put down his phone, the man on his knees was still crying, Shen Si pulled the corner of his coat, after turning the corner of the coat he did see a logo.
“It looks like a dragon, black, with a tree in the middle.” Shen Si described the shape of the logo, “What kind of organization is this?”
“Oh, if it’s this logo, it does fit the situation.” Cheng Xiangwen nodded, “Scorched Dragon, a group of sinister villains put together to come up with a lofty name to hide their hypocrisy, if it really is this group, it’s normal that they abandoned him because he lost his memory.”
Qian Min’s eyes widened as she looked at the man cowering on his knees, feeling very unbelievable. Abandoning someone just because he lost his memory?!
“Are you surprised?” Cheng Xiangwen felt like he was telling a joke to himself and laughed, “A lot of organizations have carried on from the unlimited flow world, while there are indeed some people who help each other in order to live, these people generally have very high moral standards, after returning most of them will cooperate with Special Unit, maybe some of them who like freedom will not ask questions about the world. But there are no good people in these organizations gathered around here, and it can even be said that this is a collection point for scum!”
Shen Si squatted on the ground and looked up at Cheng Xiangwen, “You mean, you are one of these scum?”
“How is it possible?! I joined the Underworld Trade Union, this place is mixed, even ordinary people can join, so that sentence just now doesn’t apply to me.” Cheng Xiangwen kept shaking his head, “Anyway, now we know that this person is a member of the Scorched Dragon and has had his memory stolen.”
Qian Min thought about it, she squatted down and picked up a tree branch and wrote two lines on the ground, [Does this mean that this person is not an ordinary person and has powers? Only, he forgot?]
“Ability?” The man looked at Qian Min’s words, and after a moment he looked up, “What’s an ability?”
“You need to find it out yourself.” Shen Si stood up, “You were here the whole time weren’t you?”
The man nodded hesitantly, “Mn, I didn’t dare to go anywhere, it’s too strange and scary. I think it’s safer to be here, so I haven’t left.”
“And did you see the man lying here?” Shen Si pointed to the person whose skin was stolen before, and now there was only a puddle of blood left on the ground, mixed with murky white, which looked creepy, “Where did the person whose skin was stolen go?”
After hearing Shen Si’s description the man shook a little, his eyes tinged with panic, as if remembering some horrible image.
“That person, he’s gone.”
“Gone?” Cheng Xiangwen was a little surprised, “That’s not right, isn’t it? Wasn’t that man’s skin from his entire body stolen? How could he leave? He’ll die!”
“I don’t know, but he just got up and walked away by himself!” The man broke down again and cried, “I saw it, just before you came, the person obviously lying on the ground, unmoving, suddenly stood up. I watched him walk to the river, it was terrible! A person without skin looking like he felt no pain just stood up!”
Picturing that image, Qian Min’s whole body shook a little, and felt that if she took off her clothes, she would be covered in goosebumps. This was heading towards the horror movie genre!
“So scary.” Cheng Xiangwen fumbled and squatted down, he patted the man’s thigh with a wide smile, “Brother, such an experience is not common, you’ve earned it by being able to see it!”
“Ha?” The man looked at Cheng Xiangwen in horror, “Are you sick? How can it be considered that I have earned it?
“Don’t get excited, listen to me slowly!” Cheng Xiangwen was a complete barbarian, unable to feel the horror of the situation, and began to reason about the benefits of such things in an unbearable long-windedness, saying thousands of words, and finally summed it up in only one sentence, which was: Just seeing that image shows that he was a different being from the others.
Forced to listen to Cheng Xiangwen’s verbosity, Qian Min and Shen Si looked at each other, and Qian Min wilted and stared at Shen Si, hoping that Shen Si could stop Cheng Xiangwen from continuing to talk.
Where in the world did the Special Unit find such a creature? He had no sense of awe and fear of a playfield, not to mention, he was full of sophistry, but also particularly verbose.
“To sum up, this is a total win for you!” Cheng Xiangwen made the final conclusion.
The man looked at him blankly, his face still with the traces of tears that hadn’t dried, “Oh.”
[More than whether it was earned or not, can we conclude that the person whose skin was stolen was the thief?] Qian Min wrote on the ground, [Because no normal person suddenly regains the ability to move after their skin had been stolen, the doctor has told me to observe, those who aren’t normal are monsters!]
Shen Si looked at Qian Min, and after a moment he nodded, “That does resemble this situation quite a bit.”
[Once we find them we are considered to have caught the thief?] Qian Min breathed a sigh of relief, [Great, finally a clue.]
“It’s a bit too simple.” Shen Si’s voice was soft, and breezy, as if he hadn’t spoken, “It’s scary, but it’s more like a lucky playfield with clear rules, where the stolen things at the beginning determines one’s fate in the playfield, and the only malicious intent is from the people in the playfield trying to kill each other. It’s so simple it’s unbelievable.”
Qian Min, who hadn’t been in a playfield, stared at Shen Si, and after a moment she scratched her head, [Are other playfields sinister?]
She didn’t quite understand.
At that moment, the sound of breaking air came from the sky, as if deliberately to draw everyone’s attention, everyone who was still alive and could hear subconsciously looked towards the sky. In that place, the words that appeared in the air at the beginning appeared again, only this time the content was different.
「The thief is on the move again, the greedy thief is spying on all the treasures.」
「It will steal the treasures of a random person.」
「Protect your belongings and catch the thief.」
“What? What is it?” Cheng Xiangwen, who couldn’t see it, questioned, “It was so loud just now, is something wrong?”
“It’s the thief, they’ve acted again.” After Shen Si explained to Cheng Xiangwen what just happened, he responded, “The thief will steal a random person’s things, may continue to start action afterwards, we just don’t know whose things it will steal. But if you steal things, you should be close enough to carry out the theft, right?”
Shen Si nodded, “It says something about protecting your stuff and catching the thief, which means that the thief doesn’t just void and steal the stuff.”
“Ugh? Doesn’t that mean that thieves who want to steal things must join the various small organizations that are currently divided up?” Cheng Xiangwen murmured with interest, “The only way to steal something is to be close, and if one is in the organization to begin with, then one will not arouse suspicion. It’s funny, if one person in the organization had their stuff stolen, relying on guys who simply can’t trust each other, the whole organization could immediately fall apart.”
As if echoing Cheng Xiangwen’s words, there was a piercing scream not far away, and not just one. Shen Si told Qian Min to keep an eye on Cheng Xiangwen and the man who had been scared out of his eyes again, and he himself looked through the stone ruins into the distance, and as far as he could see, a number of people were making a lot of noise.
They were each separated from each other by at least a meter, and were completely suspicious of the people around them.
“Is that Tang Nan?” Shen Si slightly narrowed his eyes, not far away there was a person lying alone on the ground, the attire looked very much like Tang Nan who had a conversation with them before, the people of Karma Fire Heaven avoided him, even from this far away they could see those people were nervously suspicious of each other.
Reaching out and snapping his fingers, Shen Si stood up, time paused, and he intended to go over and take a look that way.
But just a moment after scanning at the clock, Shen Si’s footsteps stopped.
The clock had an inconspicuous crack, from 0 to 6. Shen Si looked at the crack, then reached out his hand to touch it, the next instant, the clock turned into points of light, spread out in the air, as usual, fragmentary images continue to flash.
However, all of them were empty and gray.
Shen Si kept sliding forward, until the beginning of time, there was no picture, empty as if nothing existed.
Pulling the time back to the present, Shen Si saw the beginning of the reappearance of the picture, that point in time was the time when playfield announced the start of the thief’s operation.
Slowly putting down his hand, Shen Si turned his head to look at the world that had been suspended, the dark pupils reflecting the river and bridges in the distance, only he could move in the whole world, so quiet and lonely. Shen Si lowered his head as he walked down the ruins, not giving away what was going through his mind.
Although he didn’t know what happened, Shen Si only had one thing he was sure of.
Just then, in that split second.
…He had his past stolen from him.