Bonus ko-fi chapter
Yu Hanjiang soon roasted the hare . In addition, he placed the fish roasted last night on the charcoal fire so it would be hot .
Xie Qi was blind and could only accompany Xiao Lou, chatting with Professor Xiao .
Xiao Lou knew that Shao Qingge wasn’t good at the Hearts room and told in detail the two murders in 4 of Hearts, the cause and effect and the suspects’ testimonies to Xie Qi . Xie Qi heard this and was stunned . “Aren’t these two men too much of a scum? I say, they really deserve to die!”
Xiao Lou told him, “The names of the characters in the Hearts room will change . It is likely that this case also has several versions, such as Version A and Version B . Once you and Chief Shao go to 4 of Hearts, you should remember to carefully analyze the evidence of the suspects and not be confused by them . ”
Xie Qi nodded carefully . “I understand . The information you gave me will reduce the difficulty of solving the case by a lot . ” He scratched his head and suddenly thought that the two sides should exchange information, so he said, “Yes, 4 of Clubs is very simple and doesn’t eliminate people . Perhaps it is because the elimination rate of 4 of Hearts and 4 of Spades is too high, so that Diamonds and Clubs are easily passed .
Xiao Lou was curious . “This time, is the Clubs room playing cards?”
Xie Qi said, “4 of Clubs is called Cards Flying Chess . You directly draw a card and jump to the grid . There will either be rewards or punishments . Generally, the rewards are gold coins or an S-grade card being directly upgraded to full level . The punishment involves confiscating a card from your card pack at random . It is based on pure luck . ”
This meant that in the second battle, 2 of Clubs tested player’s psychological quality and forced challengers to be eliminated . On the third level, 3 of Spades was used to improve the elimination rate and on the fourth level, 4 of Hearts and 4 of Spades were very difficult and eliminated more than 80% of challengers . The rest could enter the main city .
It was getting harder and harder .
Xiao Lou thought about it . “The Card World has two main cities, the City of the Sun and the City of the Moon . IT should be the joker cards in charge of them respectively . After leaving 4 of Spades, we will separate again . You and Chief Shao should choose the City of the Moon after clearing the fourth level, so that we can meet again in the City of the Moon . ”
Xie Qi wondered, “Why not choose the City of the Sun? Doesn’t it sound a bit brighter?”
Xiao Lou smiled . “It is because the City of the Moon has the largest and most professional casino . Don’t you know Chief Shao’s money-making ability?”
Xie Qi suddenly realized . “Oh, Chief Shao can always go to the casinos in the City of the Moon for gold! Then let’s choose the City of the Moon together!”
Just then, a low voice interrupted them . “What are you talking about?”
Xiao Lou smelt cooked meat and laughed . “I am chatting with Little Xie about 4 of Hearts and 4 of Clubs . Group Leader Yu, did you roast the hare?”
Yu Hanjiang tore off a meaty hare leg and handed it to Xiao Lou, sitting next to him . “Yes, eat it . ”
Xiao Lou took a bite . Yu Hanjiang’s roasted meat was really fragrant and tender . Xiao Lou had never eaten game barbecue before and he took a bit mouthful, eating while praising, “It is delicious . This is the best barbecue I have eaten . ”
Yu Hanjiang smiled at his satisfied expression and took out the hot fish . He was worried that it would be dirty so he found a bamboo leaf to place the fish on and gently pressed it into Xiao Lou’s hand, whispering, “You can’t eat the hare alone . Have some fish as well . ”
This was the first time Xiao Lou received the ‘being fed’ treatment . Yu Hanjiang cared for him so intimately, holding the hare leg in one hand and the fish wrapped in bamboo leaf in the other . Xiao Lou was embarrassed and quickly said, “Cough, Xie Qi, you eat as well . ”
Xie Qi had been waiting . He found that Group Leader Yu was taking care of Professor Xiao and it wasn’t yet his turn . He couldn’t see so he could only wait quietly to be fed .
Only then did Yu Hanjiang realize that he had ignored Xie Qi and he hurriedly tore off some hare meat to hand it to Xie Qi . “Eat it . ”
Xie Qi gratefully took the food with his hand . “Thank you, Group Leader Yu!”
At this time, Shao Qingge came back with water . “There are many challengers near the spring . They came to pick up water during lunch time . Since we are having barbecue at the temple, the smell will spread and people might come here . ”
Yu Hanjiang spoke lightly, “We have four people and the other challengers are groups of twos . They won’t rush in to find trouble . ”
Yu Hanjiang suggested, “We will eat lunch peacefully . In the afternoon, we will go out again once Professor Xiao and Xie Qi’s eyes are better to check the other challengers . ”
Shao Qingge let go of his worries and sat down on the dry grass to share the hare and grilled fish . The sweet spring water and fragrant barbecue, Xie Qi ate with relish . Following bigshots to break through really wasn’t the same .
The four people were eating when two girls walked in cautiously and politely knocked on the door . Yu Hanjiang frowned and his sharp eyes swept over the door . “What?”
These two people were at Grandma Qin’s house last night and accidentally startled the Tibetan mastiff .
The girl in front had clean, short hair and her voice was calm . “We saw that you have grilled fish . We picked a lot of wild fish and mushrooms in the mountains . Do you want to exchange them for a fish?”
Yu Hanjiang moved to Xiao Lou’s ear and whispered . “Do you want to eat wild fruit?”
Xiao Lou thought that having three meals a day that was all meat wouldn’t be good for indigestion . A diet with meat and vegetables was good so he smiled and nodded . “Change it . ”
Since Xiao Lou wanted to eat, Yu Hanjiang didn’t mind making an exchange for some fruit . He took two grilled fish from beside him . The girl’s eyes brightened and she immediately pushed a basket of wild fruit and mushrooms to Yu Hanjiang . “Thank you . ”
Yu Hanjiang asked incredulously, “Where did this basket come from?”
The girl answered, “We made it ourselves with bamboo . ”
Yu Hanjiang found that these girls were very clever and said, “Give this basket to us . I have a way to fish . If you still want to eat fish then come find us tomorrow . ”
The two girls didn’t expect him to speak so well . They soon reacted and spoke excitedly . “That’s great! We know a place to pick wild berries in the forest . In addition, green apples, apricots and pears are also ripe this season . In the afternoon, we will pick more for you . By the way, if you want the bamboo baskets then we can make another two . There are many bamboos in the mountain . It isn’t difficult to make it . ”
Yu Hanjiang nodded . “Thank you, then please make two more . ”
The girls walked away cheerfully with the grilled fish .
They left and Xie Qi couldn’t help lamenting . “The more normal challengers will exchange materials and information . It mutually benefits everyone and hot good is this? Meanwhile, other people go straight to steal . ” Clearly, he had upset about the people taking advantage of Xiao Lou’s blindness .
Xiao Lou spoke helplessly . “There are different types of people and we can’t control their ideas . ”
To the side, Yu Hanjiang washed the fruit clean with water and handed the largest apple to Xiao Lou, whispering, “Taste it and see . ”
Xiao Lou took a bite . The wild fruit was sour and sweet . It was just picked and the taste was excellent . The fruit’s vitamin content was certainly very rich . Xiao Lou couldn’t help smiling . “It is very good to eat . We should eat more wild fruit to help with digestion . ”
Since his eyes couldn’t see, Xiao Lou gnawed on the apple very slowly . Yu Hanjiang couldn’t help thinking of a well-behaved small animal eating fruit . Then he looked back at Xie Qi and it was on the other end of the extremes . Xie Qi couldn’t see but he devoured the food like a hungry rat . He ate an apple in an instant and then his hand reached out to continue eating .
Yu Hanjiang thought that Xiao Lou’s eating appearance was more pleasing . Xie Qi’s mouth was covered in oil from the fish while Professor Xiao didn’t have a dirty mouth .
He had been holding a hare leg and his white slender fingers looked dirty . Once he finished eating, Yu Hanjiang picked up the bamboo barrel full of water and asked, “Do you want to wash your hands?”
Having greasy fingers was very uncomfortable . Xiao Lou had been worried about how to wash his hands and didn’t expect Group Leader Yu to be so careful . Xiao Lou immediately got up and said, “I will go and wash it . ”
Yu Hanjiang told him, “Come here . ”
He took Xiao Lou to the door and had Xiao Lou crouch down . Then he tilted the bamboo barrel 45 degrees and gently washed Xiao Lou’s hand .
Xiao Lou sensed the slightly cool water being poured on his fingertips and consciously moved his fingers under the water to wash them clean . The greasy feeling was completely washed away and it felt really smooth . Xiao Lou looked back at Yu Hanjiang and smiled . “Thank you . ”
Yu Hanjiang saw his smile and couldn’t help whispering, “Why so polite? You are blind and I should take care of you . ”
Xie Qi also ran out to wash his hands .
In order for Yu Hanjiang to show that he was simply looking after his blind teammates, he asked, “Do you need help?”
Xie Qi smiled and said, “No, I can wash them myself . ”
Xie Qi stayed outside to wash his hands while Yu Hanjiang helped Xiao Lou back into the room . Shao Qingge saw the scene from behind and there was a meaningful smile on his face .
After lunch, Yu Hanjiang and Shao Qingge quickly cleaned the room and left their uneaten items in the temple to be eaten in the evening . Xiao Lou and Xie Qi’s eyes hadn’t recovered yet so Yu Hanjiang suggested, “You take a nap and you should be recovered by the time you wake up . ”
The two men couldn’t see anyway, so they slept in the temple .
Yu Hanjiang went to the door and wanted to check the movements of the other challengers . Then he thought about how Xiao Lou and Xie Qi were blind . If someone came to find trouble, Shao Qingge couldn’t deal with them alone . Therefore, Yu Hanjiang stayed .
Shao Qingge stretched out . “I also want to lose my vision as soon as possible . After three hours, I can feel at ease . Otherwise, there will be a constant fear . ”
Yu Hanjiang speculated, “The random blindness seems to be by teams? I am in a team with Professor Xiao so I’m normal while he is blind and you’re normal when Xie Qi is blind . The secret room shouldn’t allow two people to go blind at the same time or they will be too easily destroyed . ”
Shao Qingge thought about it and nodded in agreement . “It makes sense . It seems that it will be our turn once the blindness ends . ”
Xiao Lou and Xie Qi had a nap . Once Xiao Lou woke up, his eyes were haze . He rubbed his eyes hard and his vision was finally restored . Before, his vision was only dark . Now he could see this colourful world and Xiao Lou’s mood was complicated . He stood up and went to the door . “I can see . ”
Yu Hanjiang walked to his side and asked with concern, “Are there any side-effects with your eyes?”
Xiao Lou shook his head . “I can see as clearly as before . ”
Xie Qi woke up and his vision was also restored . He was so excited that he almost ran circles around the broken temple . “It feels so good to see! I was dying during these three hours when I was blind . I couldn’t find anything and was afraid of falling when walking . Ah, I suddenly sympathize with the villagers of Liuxi Village . They aren’t able to see since they are young . Isn’t this too tragic?”
Xiao Lou suddenly said, “I thought carefully . There should be a message misleading us when we entered the secret room . ”
Xie Qi wondered, “Professor Xiao, did you find what is wrong?”
Xiao Lou spoke seriously . “If there is a genetic cause for the blindness then the most easily inherited disease I know is called ‘retinitis pigmentosa . ’ However, those with this disease aren’t born blind . It begins with night blindness, they can’t see at night . Then once they get older, their field of view gradually shrinks and this finally leads to blindness . ”
Yu Hanjiang listened to Xiao Lou and quickly caught the key point . “You mean, the entire village being blind isn’t due to a genetic inheritance? The ‘genetic inheritance’ mentioned when entering the secret room is actually misleading?”
Xiao Lou nodded . “Yes, in terms of medical genetics, a dominant genetic inheritance has a 50% probability of being acquired while a recessive genetic inheritance is 25% . There are also XY linked inheritances and this causes a significant difference in the prevalence between men and women . A 100% congenital blindness inheritance for men and women doesn’t exist . The secret room definitely misled us . ”
Xie Qi looked ignorant while Shao Qingge rubbed his temple to show that he didn’t understand . Only Yu Hanjiang quickly understood Xiao Lou’s meaning and said, “The villagers’ blindness is more likely to be human-induced? Was some type of medicine used?”
Xie Qi scratched his head in a confused manner . “However, if blindness was suddenly caused then wouldn’t it be strange for those who first got it? Why didn’t anyone investigate?”
Xiao Lou looked back and said, “What if it is a pregnant woman or baby?”
The three people suddenly narrowed their eyes . For pregnant women, if the baby was born blind that it would indeed seem like a genetic disease when it fact, it was a drug-induced disability . For a baby, even if they could see things in the beginning and became blinded by a drug, children under three years old wouldn’t remember anything . They would grow up blind and not investigate…
Yu Hanjiang’s face was gloomy and terrible . “Doing this to pregnant women and babies, this is too cruel!”
Xie Qi’s voice trembled . “T-This murderer seems to have been lurking in the village for a long time, blinding generation after generation of villagers with drugs?”
Shao Qingge asked curiously, “Is there a medicine that can cause blindness in the baby’s eyes?”
Xiao Lou nodded . “There are many . As long as it affects the optic nerve, retina or corner, long-term use can blind both eyes .
The four people were silent at the same time . As the girl said last night, simply clearing 4 of Spades was simply . Just avoid the villagers and find a gem .
Yu Hanjiang stared at the sky and whispered . “In the evening, the four of us will take action together . Professor Xiao and I will go to Grandma Qin’s home to investigate . Xie Qi and Shao Qingge will use the Teleport Card to bug the homes of the three important people . Professor Xiao will open the Peach Blossom Spring in advance . If any of us are in danger then return there . ”
Xie Qi was worried . “If we split up then how do we make contact with each other?”
Xiao Lou took out the Qin Guan card . “This Qin Guan allows us to set up a ‘heart connection’ so we can keep in touch at any time . ”
Xie Qi’s expression was strange . “Qin Guan? If two people love each other, it doesn’t matter if they are separated?”
Xiao Lou smiled helplessly . “I don’t know what is going on with my hands but I keep drawing these strange character cards . Ignoring the skill description, these cards are very useful . Qin Guan’s heart connection is sharp enough to make contact across the secret room . ”
The four people discussed countermeasures and then went outside .
The challengers were afraid to enter the village during the day and most hid on the mountain to find food, not interfering with each other . After all, this was only the first day and there was no need to be too radical as to fight directly . As for the two gems, apart from the one taken away from the temple by the girl last night, the remaining one was unknown .
In the afternoon, Shao Qingge became blind and he calmly returned to the temple to sleep . It was just before dusk when Shao Qingge regained his vision .
Out of the four people, only Yu Hanjiang hadn’t become blind . Yu Hanjiang was worried there would be an incident while acting and directly told Xiao Lou, “Once I lose my vision, directly send me back to the Peach Blossom Spring so I don’t affect you . ”
Xiao Lou nodded seriously . “Rest assured, we will be wearing invisibility cloaks and won’t be found . I will leave the location of the Peach Blossom Spring in the temple . If there are any accidents then I will directly transfer you there . ”
At dusk, the people in the village started to become busy . Many men went to the mountain to obtain water . This seemed to be a habit of the villagers and the challengers were worried they would be found and climbed to the top of the mountain . Yu Hanjiang’s group also cleaned the fish smell from the temple in advance and tightly closed the temple door .
18:30 p . m .
Xie Qi and Shao Qingge had the Teleport Card and were responsible for investigating the village . They sent a message to Xiao Lou through the heart channel, “Grandma Qin has led the dog out . ”
Xiao Lou looked at Yu Hanjiang and the latter simply nodded . “Go . ”
The two people out on the invisibility cloak and quickly descended the mountain, quietly sneaking toward Grandma Qin’s home . Just then, they noticed a strange air current surging next to them and Yu Hanjiang whispered in an alert manner, “Who?”
A young man’s cold voice entered their ears . “We are also using the invisibility cloak to find gems . Everyone has their own ability . We can’t fight here since you should know the consequences of alerting the villagers . ”
It seemed that this was a clever challenger . Once the villagers were alerted, it was likely that all challengers in the village would be collectively destroyed .
Yu Hanjiang nodded . “We will each search on our own and don’t make too many movements . ”
“You too . ”
All four of them were wearing cloaks and couldn’t see each other . However, Yu Hanjiang and Xiao Lou had been walking side by side and could feel the other person’s familiar breath . Xiao Lou just wanted to act when he heard Yu Hanjiang say in his ear . “Go to the kitchen . Something isn’t quite right . ”
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