Chapter 31: Ankang Ancient Town (10)
As soon as he finished speaking, Yan Mingguang’s calm demeanor changed slightly.
Looking back, the house with a joyful atmosphere may have been the most memorable area for the young woman.
The details were clear, and the red satin by the bed was even more conspicuous.
If they want to finish the last act of the young lady’s life, they must follow their roles, be attentive, and find clues to leave.
—He and Yan Mingguang will not only have to go through this wedding but perform it seriously.
Inside the bedroom, which was not very spacious, Yan Wei sat on the bed and looked up.
Yan Mingguang leaned against the wall and lowered his vision, their eyes meeting in mid-air.
It was rare for Yan Wei to catch the flash of hesitation in Yan Mingguang’s black pupils.
“Teacher Yan, we’re going to have a wedding.
Aren’t you looking forward to it” Yan Wei smiled and said, “Do you think that a wedding in a remote ancient town would have something like crossing the brazier1, sprinkling peanuts and red dates2, and carrying the bride I’m sure I’ll be able to carry you back, don’t worry about not being able to complete this death trigger.
I haven’t experienced a wedding yet, and I didn’t expect a day trip to such a terrible place.
If we don’t successfully end this situation, we’ll go from teammates to fleeing mandarin ducks3–“
The person in front of him bent down, lifted the whip handle at his chin, and used the same method to cease his talking.
Yan Wei: “…”
He was only joking around.
First of all, he believed he could break this retrospective field and made jokes to lighten the mood.
Second, he was gay himself, but he had no feelings for Yan Mingguang, who seemingly had no desires.
He could also tease Yan Mingguang.
However, the big shot was too fast, and he didn’t give Yan Wei an opportunity to finish his speech.
When Yan Mingguang released him, Yan Wei silently rolled his eyes and changed the topic.
“How do you know about the existence of this spiritual field”
He and Yan Mingguang just passed an instance, and many of the inner world’s rules were not understood clearly.
He and Yan Mingguang arrived from the first floor together.
They both knew more or less the same information.
He didn’t know about this so-called retrospection.
How did Yan Mingguang say it without hesitation
“I have known about it for a long time.”
“A long time Before entering the tower” Yan Wei blinked.
“Isn’t the world outside the tower without these things”
The man hung his eyes down faintly as if glancing at the swallow necklace around Yan Wei’s neck.
Yan Wei did not know if it was his misconception — he thought Yan Mingguang looked confused.
There was a sudden clamor outside.
The voices ranged from far to near, but it was only a short time before the townspeople, who pushed the two inside, entered.
This time, some people carried long red silk, with a flower ball on one side and a fastened knot on the other, apparently intended for holding.
The flower ball was stuffed into Yan Wei’s hands while the other side of the cloth was shoved into Yan Mingguang’s hands.
In the noisy crowd inside the house, the beautiful girl holding an umbrella and carrying a ghost appeared.
The townspeople didn’t seem to notice her.
They only saw Yan Wei and Yan Mingguang, who experienced the wedding instead of the young lady.
Within the loud voices, the girl with an umbrella curved her eyes and looked at them brightly.
Her gorgeous face was even more pleasing to the eyes with a smile.
But the skinless ghost lying on her back bared its teeth at them.
Its badly mangled face was ferocious.
The townspeople have begun kicking up a fuss.
“The bridegroom leads the bride!”
“Why are you two standing so far away Come closer.
Kiss first and then walk over to make a vow…”
“The bride takes the flower ball, oh, it’s about to fall! If the red silk falls, the message won’t be good, and the marriage will not be completed! Take it, take the flower ball and let the bridegroom kiss you.
After kissing, we can go!”
“There’s only light rain today…”
Yan Wei lowered his head in disbelief and took a look at the flower ball in his hand.
The man who held the other part of the red silk lightly tugged at the fabric.
A bit of schadenfreude embellished his deep and cold voice.
“I will hold it properly.”
Yan Wei: “”
“Will not become fleeing mandarin ducks.”
Yan Wei: “…”
This man unexpectedly ridiculed him for what he had just said!!
He grabbed the flower ball with a jerk and pushed out a small hole on the object.
His cheeks and earlobes were instantly dyed red.
He stammered a little while saying, “I-I… they s-said they wanted us to kiss”
If he had known earlier that it was him who played the role of the bride, he definitely would not have said those words just now!
They paused, and the surrounding residents roared harder, cheering and telling Yan Mingguang to hurry up.
The girl among the people stared straight at them, her gentle smile revealing a ghostly air.
The bridegroom must have kissed the girl at the wedding before she died.
If they want to continue searching for the solution, they’ll have to go through this scene.
Yan Wei’s reasoning is clear, and he knows that it’s a scene he’ll have to play along on, but he can’t control himself.
His neck was completely red.
In front of him, the man threw the whip in his hand, and the whip became entangled with the red silk, connecting the two people.
He took a step forward and said, “Will have to offend.”
The town’s shouting grew louder.
The girl with a ghost on her back looked at them and smiled even brighter, while the apparition, with its bloodshot gaze, looked increasingly somber.
It even made a low grinding sound with its teeth and blended with the smiles of the townspeople.
As the townspeople looked in anticipation, the young girl glistened in delight, and the observing ghost gazed at them, Yan Mingguang bowed his head slightly, and his lips gently rubbed against the corners of Yan Wei’s lips.
Yan Mingguang’s eyes lit up faintly.
Yan Wei unconsciously stopped breathing.
The astringency brought by never falling in love made him a little flustered, but the sense of crisis in the middle of the instance kept him rational.
He pressed down the fluster and paid attention to every detail.
The townspeople broke into ear-splitting laughter.
Then the villagers began to urge them to follow the procedure, letting Yan Mingguang lead Yan Wei to the hall.
Yan Wei walked behind Yan Mingguang with the whip wrapped around the flower ball, blushing and gritting his teeth.
“Why am I assigned to the role of the bride”
Yan Mingguang, who was walking in front, gave a slight smile.
Yan Wei: “…”
He could only act as if nothing had happened and keep looking around, even staring at the ghost on the girl’s back several times.
This young lady was one of the girls assembled into umbrellas by the matron.
She was unmistakably from Ankang Ancient Town and the final moment of her life was her wedding in the light rain.
In the memory of her last moments, the people of Ankang Ancient Town didn’t have what the cook Hu Ayu said to Yan Wei– “they have a bad temper.” On the contrary, these people seem to be very friendly and warm.
Why was this girl skinned and boned to make an umbrella
They cannot wait and see the death scene before they begin breaking out of this scene.
If it comes to the moment of death, they may have to experience the same method that caused the girl’s death, and there will be no time to end the situation.
The so-called end to the situation was, in fact, a simple matter — let the retrospective field of this condensed grievance wither away, that is, to make up for the regret.
If they can destroy this illusion, they should be able to find out in passing why the umbrellas made from skin and bones exist.
How to do it, which scene in this retrospective illusion is related to solving the regret of the skinless girl
The time for betting has ended.
In the end, Yu Feizhou, Jiang Xiu, and Ning Yi had the highest proportion of bets.
Not many people dared to bet on Lin Zhen because he did not play cards according to common sense.
The final betting ratio for Lin Zhen was similar to that of Yan Mingguang, basically the same as other ordinary seventh-floor players.
Only Yan Wei was entirely out of the group, with a surprisingly low probability of 0.88%.
Now that the betting has ended, the remaining players either made a bet and didn’t want to do anything else, patiently waiting for the results, or came to study and analyze a rare instance under first answer mode.
Most of the players’ eyes stayed on the projections of Yu Feizhou and Lin Zhen.
“Lin Zhen and Yu Feizhou have entered the ghost’s retrospective illusion This illusion showcases a pair of newlyweds, so they were drawn in together.
Yan and the newcomer he was pulling should have also entered the same illusion.
I don’t know who’ll come out first.”
“It’s not certain that Yan will come out.
The retrospective illusion can’t be solved violently, and Yan has a burden… but why are Yu Feizhou and Lin Zhen delaying for so long! With these two’s abilities, it’s unlikely they’ve gone so far as to have gained nothing up till now.
“The townspeople asked the bridegroom to kiss the bride, but neither of them can do it, and I don’t know how long they can delay this step…”
“In this kind of illusion, the wedding was the last scene before the ghost died.
The solution should be completing the wedding — to accomplish the girl’s final wish, right
They may have to end the scene by escaping a death scenario.”
“This retrospective illusion seems to have a simple plot, but there’s a lot of concealed danger in it.
Whether the fulfillment of the final wish is the completion of the wedding or not getting skinned and boned, there’s not enough supporting evidence.
Going back to the illusion, where the wrong step is death, do you really think that Lin Zhen and Yu Feizhou are stuck in the bridegroom’s act of kissing the bride only”
“Isn’t that so”
“They’ve found out that there was no immediate trigger for death if they didn’t kiss, so they’re dragging the time to collect more factors for judging.
In this way, they won’t need to consume props and will be able to act with more confidence.
They’re both high in strength and are cooperating.
They’ll come out first.
As for Yan, he’s not only fighting alone but is also carrying a burden.
He’s disadvantaged in this kind of two-person clearance, and I don’t think he’ll make it out alive.”
Inside the instance Ankang Ancient Town
According to the custom described by the townspeople, the newlyweds have to walk around the house.
Yan Wei and Yan Mingguang have passed through most of the corridors in the building.
After taking another turn and walking through the last passageway, they were about to head to the hall for the most formal step of their wedding.
Yan Wei was thinking of a way to solve the situation and didn’t speak.
They turned the corner and walked to the open-air walkway.
The house was not huge, and this was the last path.
The drizzle on the horizon had long stopped when they walked with the red silk, leaving only a thin layer of dark clouds.
The townspeople who attended the wedding followed the two, constantly coaxing and congratulating them.
The beautiful girl was among the crowd, the ghost on her back notably conspicuous.
It kept its blood-filled eyes wide open, staring ferociously at Yan Wei and Yan Mingguang.
Yan Wei, who was being stared at, felt a constant chill down his spine.
A sudden thunderclap came from the sky.
The sky, which had been clearing up, darkened.
Torrential rain poured down, instantly soaking the two and the nearby townspeople.
Only the girl unseen by the townspeople remained safe under the umbrella.
Blood left the ghost drop by drop, mixing with the flowing water.
The townspeople revealed a happy expression.
“It’s a downpour! It’s a downpour! The mountain god is looking after us!
“The wedding can’t go on.
That is what the mountain god desires…”
The people closest to Yan Wei surrounded him, grabbed his hand, and smiled merrily.
“Young woman, it’s raining heavily on your wedding! It is the blessing of the mountain god! The Mountain God likes you, and the mountain god doesn’t want you to lose your purity! The wedding can’t go on! It can’t go on!”
Yan Wei’s heart thumped.
He asked, “What do you mean Why can’t it go on”
“Young lady, why ask when you know the answer” The man seemed to be thrilled and spoke rapidly.
“Isn’t this the tradition of the town For an 18-year-old married girl, heavy rain during a wedding represents the love of the mountain god.
The mountain god doesn’t want the girl to lose her purity and hopes that she will accompany him.”
“The woman from the mountain temple is here! The matron has come to bring the girl to the mountain god.”
“We can hold a new round of sacrifice.
With the company of the girl, the mountain god will continue to bless us with favorable weather, plentiful harvest, and good health…”
“Young lady, why do you seem unwilling Isn’t it a joyful matter to accompany the mountain god for the sake of the town’s harvest and well-being”
Seeing that Yan Wei did not move, the happy expressions of the townspeople began to morph – they started turning into looks of suspicion, anger, and confusion.
The townspeople’s originally kind faces became increasingly terrible under the influence of the downpour.
Yan Wei never showed any reluctance, but some of them had already taken out a rope and slowly approached Yan Wei, obviously wanting to tie him up!
In the heavy rain, the matron with an umbrella advanced unhurriedly.
The woman seemed much younger than the matron they met — this event transpired decades ago.
Yan Wei’s eyes narrowed.
He clenched the whip in the rainstorm and said to Yan Mingguang through the weapon: 【Mountain god, sacrifice, accompany… are you thinking what I’m thinking】
【It turns out this town with a peaceful name unexpectedly had such a bloody custom.】Yan Wei brushed away the water on his face and stared at the raindrops gliding through his fingertips.
【They believe that the mountain god can bring them protection, fruitful harvest, and good health, and the way they worship the mountain gods is through the skin and bones of girls…】
An ancient town that has been isolated from the outside world for an unknown number of years.
The residents lived by the mountains and rivers and soon discovered a strange rock shaped like a man holding an umbrella.
The townspeople worshipped the stone as a mountain god, believed in the rain, and regarded umbrellas as totems.
And what do they offer to the mountain god
It was umbrellas made from the skin and bones of girls.
All the girls in this town should have gotten married at 18 years old.
If it happens to rain heavily on the day the girl gets married–it must be a downpour, and the mountain god had chosen the girl to get skinned and boned.
Her skin and bones will be made into an umbrella, left in the temple to worship the mountain god.
Everyone in Ankang Town felt it was an honor, that it was a good thing because it represented the blessing of the mountain god.
But for the “chosen” girl, her long life had just begun after her wedding, yet she was brought to the altar by an uncontrollable rainstorm, suffering the pain of being skinned and having her bones removed.
That is the origin of the umbrella.
There must have been a first answer point here, but Yan Wei and Yan Mingguang did not rush to say it.
What Yan Wei needs to do is manage the points.
He needs to control all of the players’ first answer points, not just his and Yan Mingguang’s.
He retained all of the available answers that have not been spoken of yet.
Moreover, ending the situation was currently the top priority.
The townspeople holding the rope were only a few steps away from Yan Wei.
The surrounding people went from benignity to ferocity.
They urged, resentful, and looked at Yan Wei cruelly.
The matron came up to Yan Wei and said to him with a smile, “Young lady, come back to the temple with me.
It is a blessing to be chosen by the mountain god.”
【She didn’t want to die.】Yan Mingguang said.
Regardless of the townspeople’s reaction or the persuasive words of the matron, it was undeniable that the girl did not want to die after being selected.
It was also why she held great resentment after her death, forming this retrospective illusion.
After being brought back to the mountain temple, this illusion will proceed to the last scene of memory — that is, the scene of peeling the skin and removing the bones.
If they don’t solve the girl’s regret before her death and do what she wishes to do, the aftermath will be the same.
【Her regret… An 18-year-old girl learned on her wedding day that she was going to be skinned and boned alive, and she was personally put to death by the usually friendly townspeople and matron.
Do you think the girl regretted that she failed to complete the wedding and marry the man she liked, or that she failed to escape and survive】
In the rainstorm, the girl holding an umbrella looked at them with a gentle smile on her fair face.
It might have been the best look she had in her life — if it wasn’t for the bloody, skinless ghost lying on her back.
The conversation between Yan Wei and Yan Mingguang lasted a few seconds.
The townsman holding the rope had dragged Yan Wei’s hand roughly, and they were about to repeat everything before the girl’s death, binding Yan Wei and sending him to the mountain temple.
Yan Mingguang grabbed the person’s wrist and nimbly pushed the person away.
This act of resistance thoroughly angered all of the townspeople.
They mobbed the two, shouting and cursing.
Yan Wei took a deep breath.
The sound of torrential rain and shouts merged.
There seemed to be a faint sound of the ghost grinding its teeth.
The noise interwove, knocking on Yan Wei’s eardrum.
In the chaos, he took another look at the young girl.
【Yan Mingguang, do you trust me】He questioned.
Yan Wei dodged the townspeople’s hand trying to grab him and took out an ordinary dagger from the storage interface of the information panel.
Yan Mingguang only said:【Trust.】
【I don’t think these either of these two were her regrets.】
After the words fell, Yan Wei grabbed the whip and turned around with force.
Holding the dagger in his other hand, he stabbed Yan Mingguang with his backhand!