“Okay. What do I need to do?” Han Lu asked Shen Xixi.
Shen Xixi simply smiled, picking a small black flower from the flowerpot. She tore off a petal and handed it to Han Lu. “Swallow this petal and just go to sleep.”
“Well! What do you know. This is exactly what I want to do before I die!” Han Lu laughed at herself and took the petal. “What will I see when I close my eyes? Will it be a nightmare, or perhaps hell?”
“We are about to find out.” Shen Xixi paused for a moment. “I don’t know if he told you, but you may not be able to wake up after you close your eyes, so…”
“I’ve left a suicide note and a video. Don’t worry, if an accident happens along the way, the police won’t suspect you.”
“What I actually want to say is, do you have anything else to say?”
“I have written my will in the suicide note, and since I’ve already said too much tonight, I don’t think I need to say anymore,” said Han Lu, before turning to Zhang Heng. “I’ve had a bit of a drink. What I said earlier… I hope you don’t take it to heart.”
Zhang Heng nodded, “I wish you the sweetest of dreams.”
Han Lu changed into her pajamas, lit a stick incense, washed the flower petal down her throat with warm water, and laid down on her big bed. Three minutes later, her eyes popped open again. “You guys are standing around my bed! I can’t sleep even if I’m sleepy.” “We’ll head out first then. Anyway, the average killing time for the Dreamland of Death is two hours,” said Shen Xixi.
After that, the four quickly retreated to the living room outside.
While waiting, the young boy called Li Bai began exploring the place like a curious baby.
“Sister Xixi. I think a large piece of china like this could be worth tens of thousands.”
“I don’t know much about porcelain, but the ones Han Lu collects usually costs millions of yuan,” replied Shen Xixi, shaking her head as she gave the place a once over.
Li Bai was shocked to the bone when he heard that.
“Hey, this china is worth the points I can earn in a round of the game? Is this woman as rich as Jack Ma or what?”
“There are far more wealthy people in this world than you know,” snapped Rabbit. “You exchange your game points with money every day, but I bet you can’t imagine someone buying 3,000 game points in one go.”
Li Bai was flabbergasted. “Let me calculate how much it costs… Err… Wow! At least 100 million yuan!” he said, his tone a notch higher than it already was. “But must say. though, I am quite satisfied with what I currently have. I used to work as a barber’s apprentice at a hairdresser’s, washing the hair of customers. I worked so hard that the skin on my fingers almost peeled off, and for that, I earned only 1,500 yuan every month. Now, at least I’m capable of sending my family some money every month. I also covered my sister’s tuition-fees and brother’s wedding cost.”
“Idiot. It would help if you treat yourself better as well. Everyone is working hard to accumulate game points and exchange them for game items to strengthen themselves. You are the only one that failed to save up any game points so far. All you’ve done is spend them all,” lamented Rabbit, seemingly a little annoyed.
Li Bai scratched his head and chuckled. “I still have Sister Xixi and you. Don’t worry. I won’t hold you back. Just leave the threats to me. I’ve been fighting since I was a kid, and even if I’m outnumbered, I’ll never make a run for
“…see that’s the problem over there. Normal people would be smart enough to escape if their enemies are more powerful than them. No matter how reckless you are, you will only have one life. If you lose it, you won’t get it back,” Rabbit went on with a frown.
On the other side, Shen Xixi was looking at Zhang Heng
“What’s the matter?” Zhang Heng asked.
“So, about the monster capable of melting the wall… was it defeated by you?”
Zhang Heng did not deny it. “Oh, you mean Zavilcha? Yeah, I killed that thing.”
“It looks like you saved me again, huh.”
“When we went camping before, didn’t you help us drive away some bastard?”
“At that time, I didn’t know you were a player. Even if I didn’t make a move, you could have easily handled it,” said Zhang Heng. “As for Zavilcha… If you didn’t buy me time, I wouldn’t have gotten back to the hostel for my game items. Besides, you also helped me this time. I guess we are even
Shen Xixi shook her head. “As I said, we don’t know the mechanism of the Dreamland of Death. All we have is a general idea. I needed to run some experiments on it, but unfortunately, we never got the opportunity to do so. This time, we are just taking what we need.”
After the topic, the two did not know what else to talk about.
Shen Xixi and Zhang Heng shared a somewhat awkward relationship. They both went to the same school and were classmates and friends, but they were actually acquaintances. They didn’t know each other very well, and within a regular semester, they barely spoke to each other.
Now that she knew Zhang Heng was a player, they seemed to have gotten a little closer. That said, being players, they automatically remained mum about their current circumstance to a player of another team if they didn’t know each other well.
Zhang Heng suddenly remembered something. He then passed Piercings’ contact with Shen Xixi. “Have you people been recruiting recently? You can try to contact him. He was with me in the previous quest. I think he’s a police officer. He has skills and integrity. You might want to talk to him.”
Shen Xixi thanked him and took the number. “What about you? Are you interested in joining us?” she asked. “We are not a guild, and our management is not as strict as well We only gather when a problem occurs. We aim to work hard to protect this city.”
“Sorry, I’m used to running solo,” said Zhang Heng, “But you can come to me for help if you encounter something tricky. I’ll see what I can do.”
Despite knowing how valuable a person like Zhang Heng was on the team, Shen Xixi did not force Zhang Heng to join her. Fifteen minutes had passed since Han Lu swallowed the petal. Noticing the time, Shen Xixi opened the bedroom door, and the four walked toward Han Lu’s bed. This time Han Lu’s eyes remained closed. Her breathing was steady, and her cheeks were still a little flushed after all that drinking. Shen Xixi stretched out her hand and nudged Han Lu’s body. As expected, Han Lu did not respond exactly like the middle-aged man Zhang Heng encountered on the train.
Shen Xixi slowly retracted her hand. “It’s time to start,” she told the three people beside her.
There were four petals left on the little black flower that had been just picked. Rabbit carefully tore off the four petals, passing one to each.
“Swallow the petal, and you can enter her dreams,” said Xixi to Zhang Heng. Beside them, Li Bai was already on the floor after he swallowed the petal. Rabbit, on the other hand, had moved to a couch. She shifted around until she was comfortable, then ate the petal too.
Shen Xixi found a spot to lie beside Han Lu, “The bed large. You can lie next to me.”
Zhang Heng wasted no time and laid right beside Shen Xixi.
Shen Xixi put the petal in her mouth. “See you on the other side,” she said.