In the darkness, a young man with a sullen look came slowly up the stairs. It was the Southeast Asian player Abdullah.
The old man looked at the other two and said honestly, '"I was the first to come here. After half a minute, Tang arrived. This is the attic and I think you should be here for the same reason as me." He explained his intentions as soon as he opened his mouth. "I came to see if the body is still present."
Tang Mo nodded. "Me too."
Abdullah glanced at the two people. "Same."
The old man asked, "Go in together?"
The old man's hand pressed on the door handle and gentle opened it. Dim light passed through the window and entered the attic. Tang Mo's eyes became more concentrated as the door opened. He sighed with relief when he saw the body still left in the attic.
Abdullah opened his mouth, "He is still there."
The old man continued, "I'm not interested in this body."
Tang Mo suggested, "Go out and search around?"
The group agreed to his proposal. "Okay."
There were two hours of night but that didn't mean players had to stay outside the room for two hours. Not going outside the room was allowed by the black tower while going outside and back in was also allowed. During the day, there were more than 10 players. At night, there were only three people so it was easier to observe the other side.
However, the three of them didn't intend to act together. From the attic, they went down the stairs to the second floor before separating.
This was a rare opportunity to investigate the castle alone.
During the day, everyone's conversations were held at the long table. They had to act together when searching for clues. One reason was to ensure fairness while the other was to prevent the monster from mixing in with the players and hiding clues.
Tang Mo chose to go to the lobby on the first floor. The old man and Abdullah chose to go to the second floor.
As the three people separated, Tang Mo quietly looked at the backs of the two men. The old man chose to go left while Abdullah went right. The two people didn't join together. They just looked for clues on their own, as if they didn't want to waste any time.
Tang Mo went down the stairs and came to the long table.
There were 13 small puppets in the centre of the wooden table. On the back of the wooden chairs, the names Lena, David, Anatoli and Bai Ruoyao were all removed. Whenever night fell, the players placed the voting ticket on the table and no one took care of what happened to the whereabouts of the tickets. Tang Mo looked carefully at the table and found there were no white tickets or red tickets.
He examined each chair where the players had sat.
Then he went to the fireplace and turned over the thick ashes. He went to the kitchen and peered carefully through the cupboard.
Half an hour later, the patter of footsteps was heard on the stairs. Tang Mo held a candlestick and the dim light reflected on his face, making him look gloomy. He walked up the stairs with no expression, moving through the second floor before going up to the third floor. At the door of the attic, he stopped and looked down the stairs.
A sunken face was illuminated by candlelight.
Tang Mo was silent for a moment. "Your footsteps are very light."
Abdullah replied, "I walk lightly." After a moment, he asked, "Do you think I'm a monster because if this?"
His sarcastic laughter caused Tang Mo to frown. He didn't answer and just turned to open the door of the attic.
He stared at the scene inside the door. The next moment, Tang Mo turned his head and spoke in a calm voice. "Can you tell me, who stole the body?"
The narrow and dim attic was empty.
Bai Ruoyao's body was gone!
Abdullah raised his head. "What do you want to say? I didn't steal it."
Tang Mo held the candlestick. "It wasn't me either."
Abdullah said, "it is probably that old man."
Tang Mo started sniffing the air. There was only the smell of old dust, nothing else. He held the candlestick and leaned down slightly, letting the light shine onto a corner of the attic door. He saw a brown trace on the corner of the wooden door. Tang Mo reached out and gently touched it.
Nothing was erased but it was wet.
Tang Mo asked, "Where is George, the old man?"
Abdullah's dark eyes shone in the dim candlelight. "I didn't see him."
Tang Mo held the candle and his lips curved. "Is this your blood or his…" His words hadn't finished yet when there was a sharp sound behind Tang Mo and Tang Mo directly threw the candle away. Abdullah punched the candle and stood below the stairs, looking up at Tang Mo with a cold, snake-like expression.
This was the first time Tang Mo had seen him smile. It was sinister and especially bizarre in the darkness.
"You are going to die anyway. There is no point asking too much."
Once he finished speaking, his fist arrived as expected. As this fist was about to reach Tang Mo, Abdullah's five fingers became claw shaped and wanted to gouge out Tang Mo's heart. Tang Mo moved sideways to dodge, holding the stair railing in one hand. Abdullah's claws became eagle-like and attacked Tang Mo like shadows.
His nails had some turned black and when he grabbed onto the handrails, the imprint of five fingers was left. In the place where his nails touched, the wood made a sizzling sound and quickly rotted away.
Tang Mo say this and didn't dare be careless. he held the smooth handrail of the stairs and moved down to the second floor.
Abdullah followed him.
Once the terrain opened, Tang Mo was no longer passive and took the initiative to attack.
Abdullah wasn't strong and was slightly thin, but his movements were fast. He was physically soft and attacked Tang Mo from all angles. Whenever Tang Mo wanted to hit him, Abdullah moved like a fish to avoid it.
Another attack caused Abdullah's fingers to be deeply embedded in the wall.
This was an opportunity!
Tang Mo's eyes brightened as he pulled off the metal handrail of the staircase, stabbing it accurately at Abdullah's head. Unexpectedly, Abdullah quickly pulled out his five fingers. His sunken face showed a smile of success and Tang Mo's eyes widened as he realized the other person's plan.
Abdullah shouted and stabbed Tang Mo in the heart. Tang Mo quickly dodged but his waist was gouged at. The flesh that encountered the black nails started to rot and melt. Tang Mo didn't hesitate to cut off a large piece of flesh while kicked the other person at the same time.
The two men took a few steps back.
Tang Mo said, "The place where you attacked is a bit of a coincidence. I was just about to cut off this piece of flesh."
Abdullah smiled coldly. "You are smart. If you had been one second later, my poison would've reached your heart."
Tang Mo smiled lightly. "You don't understand what I mean."
Abdullah didn't bother talking to him. "Die for me!"
This time, Abdullah’s attacks were more intense and swift. He didn't want to waste any time as he crazily attacked every second. Tang Mo was forced to retreat. Abdullah smashed the fireplace with one foot and the bricks blocked Tang Mo's view. At this time, he was attacked. Abdullah's claws stabbed at Tang Mo but unexpected, Tang Mo's body bent into an unthinkable shape, avoiding this attack.
Abdullah immediately understood. "This is your ability?" Abdullah understood Tang Mo's hidden card and his expression changed. "It is no wonder that guy said you would easily die without your ability. Your combat strength isn't good at all."
Tang Mo didn't have time to talk and was forced back by the other person.
In the castle, Abdullah's nails left marks on the wall. He was crazier, as if his ability would disappear if he didn't kill Tang Mo soon. He eventually forced Tang Mo into a corner of the stairs. Tang Mo had nowhere to hide and the black poisonous claws aimed straight for his heart.
At this moment, there was the sound of a metal impact.
Abdullah's eyes widened with disbelief as he looked down at his right hand. He saw that his black nails clearly touched Tang Mo's chest but couldn't go in. It wasn't just that. His fingers were shaking and three black nails even cracked!
“No way, you can’t use props. Even then, only rare grade props can block my nails…"
Abdullah stopped speaking and stared down at his abdomen.
Tang Mo leaned against the wall, slightly breathless. Sweat soaked his face and his clothes were dyed red from the blood flowing at his waist.
Abdullah's eyes shook as he stared at the sharp weapon that stabbed his body.
Tang Mo had reached forward in the same posture as Abdullah, his right hand piecing Abdullah's stomach. The only thing difference was that his nails touched Tang Mo's chest and broke like they hit something hard, while Tang Mo's right hand had transformed into a triangular shaped weapon that directly pierced Abdullah's body.
A strong bloody taste filled Abdullah's mouth and his eyes turned red as he wanted to attack again. Tang Mo didn't give him the opportunity. He pulled out the black weapon and directly stabbed Abdullah's head.
The Southeast Asian player had a bloody hole in his head. He tried to say, "You have two abilities" but the blood blocked his voice. He couldn't say anything and fell to the ground.
Tang Mo's shaking fingers opened his clothes and looked at his chest.
[Ability: Gene Recombination]
[Owner: Tang Mo (Fu Wenduo)]
[Function: Any cell in the body can be turned to steel and the steel body has a rare grade prop level hardness. The recovery ability is accelerated. The cells can be regenerated 100 times faster than an average person.]
[Restriction: Evolving the ability is extremely difficult.]
[Note: The last person with this ability became Eve.]
[Tang Mo version usage instructions: Can only be used once a day and the duration is 30 seconds. The rate of the cell regeneration is 50 times that of ordinary humans and it lasts for 5 minutes. As I am writing these words, Tang Mo has already eaten Fu Wenduo's beep— and hasn't given any money!]
The skin around Tang Mo's heart had become black steel. It slowly became skin but there were still five black finger marks on it. The black poison slowly invaded the body through the skin. Tang Mo raised his right hand without hesitation and used the black weapon to remove the flesh from his chest.
He grunted and wiped the blood coming from his mouth.
After a few minutes of rest, Tang Mo went to the attic and opened the door.
In the quiet attic, there was only blood on the ground from the hundreds of pieces of flesh that the American player David had been cut into.
Bai Ruoyao's body was gone.
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“No, this way of death is different from the song!"
Mu Huixue and Andrei heard a loud female voice when they opened the door. The two of them glanced at each other and walked down the stairs together.
They saw that in a corner of the first floor staircase, the Chinese female player Li Xia and two European players were standing around and looking at something.
Lena Jophos sneered, "The killer is brazenly telling us that it isn't the black tower or black tower monster killing people, it is humans? They are too lazy to even hide it."
The rest of the players headed downstairs after hearing the conversation.
The two American players went down together, followed by Yamamoto Takao and then George. After a few minutes, Tang Mo and Fu Wenduo went down the stairs.
The old man saw Tang Mo and looked slightly stunned. He soon concealed his expression, as if he didn't know Tang Mo and hadn't left the room last night. Tang Mo stared at him and slightly smiled.
Mu Huixue bent over and checked Abdullah's death. "A sharp weapon pierced the brain and died. He should be fighting for a long time and there are many traces on his body. In addition, look at the walls and stairs around us."
The group looked up at Mu Huixue's words.
Mu Huixue said, "Bai Ruoyao and the person who killed him didn't leave these claw marks and round holes. Thus, these claw marks and round holes should've been left by Abdullah and the person who killed him last night. If I'm not mistaken…" Mu Huixue grabbed Abdullah's hands and saw that his nails were black. Among them, three nails on his right hand were broken and bloody. "The claw marks were left by Abdullah and the others were left by the killer."
Yamamoto Takao thought for a moment before saying, "Abdullah's nails clearly aren't ordinary. It is probably his ability."
Lena Jophos looked at everyone around her with disdainful eyes. "Then who killed him?"
Mu Huixue was about to open her mouth when she suddenly thought of something and looked at Tang Mo and Fu Wenduo.
The three people watched each other.
Tang Mo nodded gently and Mu Huixue looked surprised for a moment. Then she changed the topic, "Only one person died last night?"
Abdullah's body was right next to the stairs. The group finally remembered to search for another body.
They searched through the three floors of the castle and by the time they reached the attic, everyone found that Bai Ruoyao's body was gone.
Li Xia's fingers clenched. "Sure enough, the murderer is going to take away all the bodies. What the hell do they want to do?"
"Wait, I think I found his body."
The group immediately glanced towards the voice.
They saw Yamamoto Takao standing on the stairs outside the attic, looking down in the direction of the stair handrails. "Is that his body."
Everyone walked down the stairs again.
They reached the corner of the staircase and walked behind it. The body that fell to the ground immediately caught their eyes.
Tang Mo's lips opened and closed.
He didn't expect the other party to actually hide Bai Ruoyao's body in such a place. It was dark at night and the area behind the stairs was dim. It couldn't be seen without proper lighting. Tang Mo had already searched here. Thus, after he killed Abdullah last night, he went to the second and third floors. However, he didn't find the body and returned to the room. He hadn't expected Bai Ruoyao's body to be hidden here.
The American player John frowned. "What does this mean? The murderer didn't take the killer with them last night?"
Then why were the bodies taken the previous two days?
Was the killer picking people?
Lian Yuzheng was about to speak when a low laugh was heard. The European player Don covered his lips as he laughed. The group looked at him strangely and he smiled. "There is one thing I really care about. Before today, these two Chinese players… Tang and Fu, you always left your room very early and even found a scene first. Yet today you stayed in your room for so long…"
Don looked at them curiously and smiled. "I'm a bit curious. What were you doing in your room?"
This sentence caused the player's calm faces to change.
These words caused everyone to not have superfluous ideas.
Don asked, "Tang and Fu, which one of you were injured and needed to be healed?"
By this time, Lian Yuzheng also understood who killed Abdullah and immediately opened her mouth, "If I'm remembering correctly, you three American players also came out very late."
The two young players directly refuted it. "What do you mean we came out late? It wasn't too late. Our room is in the middle. Isn't it natural to be a bit slower than you?"
Lian Yuzheng asked, "Then what about him?" She was referring to the old man.
The old man replied, "I had a personal affair to handle. I tried to use my ability in my room to see if I could use it normally. Thus, I was late."
Lena opened her mouth. "There are plenty of reasons. Then what about you?"
The short-haired woman sneered at Tang Mo and Fu Wenduo, her tone sounded as if she had seen them kill.
Mu Huixue's trio wasn't happy but they didn't expect Tang Mo to smile and say, "Yes, I left the room last night."
All the players stared at Tang Mo with astonishment.
The smile on Don's face disappeared, as if he noticed something was wrong.
The next second, Tang Mo quietly said, "By the way, I killed him."
Mu Huixue exclaimed, "Tang Mo?"
The two American players immediately pulled out their weapons and gazed warily at Tang Mo. Lena and Don also looked serious.
Tang Mo went to Abdullah's body and said, "We started fighting from the attic. I jumped down the stairs and he chased me. Then we went from the dining room to the fireplace. He smashed the fireplace with his feet and then I used a weapon to pierce his head. If you look at the traces, you should be able to find the route to prove that I'm right."
Lena asked, "Then you're admitting to killing the people? Where did you put the previous three bodies?"
Tang Mo replied, "Did I say that I killed all the people? Last night, he attacked me first and I fought back. At that time, I thought he had killed another person so I killed him. I soon discovered that I was wrong. Abdullah didn't kill anyone else and Bai Ruoyao's body was hidden by someone else. The person's purpose was simple. It is to make me or Abdullah misunderstand and make us doubt the other person. Then we would fight and one of us would die."
Andrei asked, "Who is that person?"
Tang Mo pointed to the old man. "Him."
The old man looked calm. "I don't know what you are talking about. I didn't leave the room last night."
Tang Mo smiled, "You left blood on the door of the attic."
The old man blinked and countered, "What blood trace?"
Tang Mo took the group upstairs. Then he crouched down and touched the completely dried up blood. “You did it cleverly. The blood is placed in such an unobtrusive place so that when the blood is found, it looks like the killer left a trace without noticing. You either knew what would happen or you believed in our strength. You know that one of us would be able to find this blood and think that you were killed by the other person and that they stole Bai Ruoyao's body.
The old man refuted. "You say this but if I can do it, you can also do it. Your reasoning is perfect. However, I didn't leave my room and I didn't do these things. What is in it for me?"
Tang Mo said, "The benefit has been shown. Abdullah is dead."
The old man frowned. "What does it matter to me if he is dead?"
"You have one less competitor."
Gazes swung between Tang Mo and the old man.
The old man stared at Tang Mo before laughing. "You might be right but I really didn't leave my room."
Instead of refuting him, Tang Mo took out a bottle of red-brown liquid from his pocket. He handed it over to Fu Wenduo, who passed it to Mu Huixue. Everyone received it in turn.
The old man looked suspicious after seeing Tang Mo take out the bottle. He took the liquid and smelt it. "Red wine?'
“Yes, it’s red wine.” Tang Mo was calm. "On the first time, I poured some of the wine on the table into a bottle I brought with me. The red wine has been exposed to the air for a long time and the smell has faded. The smell of this small bottle of red wine is so light that none of us can smell it unless we are close. When I left my room last night, I took it with me and I spilt a bit on the two players I met."
The old man's eyes widened with astonishment and he started looking at his body.
Tang Mo smiled. "Don't look. It is behind you. I touched you last night when we were standing at the door."
Bell immediately went behind the old man and saw a brown trace the size of a finger on the side of the white western coat that George was wearing. Bell smelt it and sneered. "It really is red wine. Last night, you were one of the three players who left!"
The old man was silent for a moment and once he opened his mouth, he showed no signs of panic. "I didn't think you would prepare so much. Yes, I went outside last night but I didn't do anything. I denied it before because I didn't want to stir up trouble and make you doubt me. You all heard it. He just confessed to killing Abdullah. This has nothing to do with me. You know, I've always known that I am the weakest among the 17 players when it comes to fighting. That's why I searched the castle once before returning to my room. I was afraid of being killed by him." He pointed to Tang Mo. "Fortunately I came back or I would've ended up like Abdullah."
Tang Mo said, "You aren't admitting that you moved away Bai Ruoyao's body and deliberately left a blood trace?"
The old man wondered, "Why should I do this? What good will it be for me? I can't pass the instance even if you are all dead."
A low voice was heard. "Didn't you just say it?"
The old man turned to look at Fu Wenduo.
Fu Wenduo's lips slightly curved. "It is because you are weak."
Tang Mo continued, "Mr Yamamoto Takao, can you tell us now. Yesterday, when Mu Huixue asked everyone if they thought of a method to clear the instance, what method did you think of?"
Yamamoto Takao silently watched Tang Mo before finally deciding to open his mouth. "On the day that Noah comes, there is no need to find the monster and roast it for Noah. We just need to live longer than other players. The black tower says that if Noah can't eat the roasted monster, he'll eat all the players. Then… while Noah is eating people, we will keep burning people and he will eventually eat the real monster."
He said, "The only thing I have to do is live longer. The longer I live, the better. However, this is only living. We won't find the monster or wrote a name on the red ticket. There is no way to complete the grab the sixth mode or get clues about the seventh floor." Compared to clues, he wanted to live more.
After these words, Yamamoto Takao closed his mouth and didn't say anything.
Andrei stared at the old man. "We all know this method. Therefore, you must be the first human to be eaten by Noah."
The old man's face darkened before he quickly regained his composure. He sneered. "Maybe you are right. I am the weakest and can't kill people. Last night, I didn't get involved in your fight and it was my first chance to leave my room. Five players have died but I didn't kill any of them."
John opened his mouth. "He is right. Forget David and Anatoli, who were killed the second day. He wouldn't be able to kill Lena Jokel on the first day without a struggle."
Mu Huixue suddenly smiled. "He really didn't kill anyone."
John turned to look at her.
Mu Huixue folded her arms and laughed helplessly. "The brain circuits of an abnormal person really are different. That is what my dead companion said. He was crazy but not really abnormal. Thus, he guessed something but didn't guess enough. For example, there are a few people in this castle who came up with a way to win the grab the sixth mode from the beginning."
Li Xia was surprised. "What method?"
Mu Huixue explained, "We can't write a name on the red ticket because we don't know who the monster is. It is too late if we let the black tower monster get eaten in the end. However… what if you kill everyone except yourself? The monster hides itself well but it is different from humans. The moment you kill, you will understand if the person is a human or a monster." Mu Huixue continued in a calm voice, "This is the real way to change the game."
Mu Huixue's words finished and Li Xia and several other people made expressions of realization.
Yamamoto Takao frowned as he pondered on the feasibility of this method before exclaiming, "The method can still be like this."
On the day where Bai Ruoyao died, Tang Mo's group of five gathered together. It was then that they understood the last remark of the baby-faced youth.
The brain circuits of an abnormal person were really different.
Bai Ruoyao guessed this method but he wasn't the type of person to kill all the players in the game to obtain victory. Thus, he died at the hands of a real abnormal person and couldn't return to his room.
John wondered, "You just said a few people thought of this method and they killed other players… who are they?"
George Ansoni stood coldly on the sidelines, not saying a word.
Tang Mo glanced at him and everyone knew that the weakest old man was actually a killer. What about people other than him?
Tang Mo scoffed. "They stole the body and hid it somewhere we can't discover. This magical method can't be thought of by everyone. It is impossible for two groups to think of it so they must be in the same group. The person who stole Lena's body and the person who stole David and Anatoli's bodies must be in the same group." He pointed to the old man. "If he had thought of that method, he would've have left Bai Ruoyao's body where he did."
Li Xia gripped a dagger. "Who is it?"
The next moment, a silver light flashed. Fu Wenduo raised his wrist and a small dart shot from his hand towards Lena Jophos. The powerful European female player leaned sideways and stretched out her fingers, gripping the dart.
Don laughed. "What do you mean by this, Fu Wenduo?"
Fu Wenduo stated, "They don't know but we know Bai Ruoyao. That man is extremely strong. He is especially terrible when all abilities are restricted. If I fought him alone and without any mercy, there is only a 30% chance he will die. If it was Mu Huixue then the chance would be less than 30%. In this castle, no matter who it is, the probability of killing him is less than 50% if it is a solo fight. However, he dead. So…. on that night, the two other players joined hands to kill him.
Don refuted it, "Lena and I aren't the only team in this castle. There are your friends and what about these two American guys?"
"Damn person, don't talk nonsense!" John exclaimed.
Mu Huixue opened her mouth. "That's why I attacked them yesterday."
Don's eyes narrowed and the smile on his face disappeared.
Mu Huixue said, "It was because I had to verify if they have the strength to kill Fox."
The moment she spoke, Mu Huixue's red whip moved through the air like a fierce leopard towards Lena Jophos. On the other side, Tang Mo's group attacked Don Savik.
Li Xia, Yamamoto Takao and the two American players watched without moving their hands.
Mu Huixu and Andrei confronted Lena while Tang Mo, Fu Wenduo and Lian Yuzheng fought Don.
The seven people struggled and the tables, chairs and porcelain were damaged.
Once they actually fought, Tang Mo knew why Bai Ruoyao would die at the hands of these two people and why they were the first players in the world to clear the black tower's fifth floor.
Their close combat ability was very strong, no worse than Fu Wenduo!
The cooperation between the two of them was very tacit, even if Tang Mo's side deliberately separated the two of them. The two of them were always able to join hands and show the effect of 1+1=2. However, there were only two of them and they gradually fell into a disadvantage.
At this time, Lena roared to the other players, “Damn, aren't you going to help? George, you old bastard, don’t you want to win? There are three spots and Don and I will only occupy one. We currently have three bodies in our hands. If the monster is among the three people, you won't be able to find the bodies and pass the instance!"
Li Xia's group of four heard this. Their expressions flickered but they eventually didn't act.
The old man thought about it and his heart hardened.
No, he couldn't miss the grab the sixth mode!
The old man suddenly slammed his hands against the ground. A wave passed through the air, affecting the bodies of Tang Mo and the others in the castle.
The old man yelled, "My ability is restricted by the black tower and only lasts for three minutes!"
The players present didn't know what hidden card this old man had to allow how to reach the black tower's sixth floor. Then Tang Mo raised the small parasol, wanting to block Don's sudden attack. He couldn't open it to use but this parasol was a good prop and was appropriate to use as a shield.
Tang Mo had just raised the small parasol and expected Don's knife to hit the handle when there was a sudden pain from his shoulders.
Tang Mo was puzzled and he kicked at Don. He touched his shoulder and saw that his palms were covered with blood.
The same thing happened to Mu Huixue.
Mu Huixue's whip had clearly wrapped around Lena's arm but the next second, she saw that Lena wasn't tied up.
After a few rounds of confrontation, Fu Wenduo exclaimed, "His ability is to hypnotize your vision so that there is a perception delay. This delay is 0.3 seconds!"
Everyone's expressions sank.
The old man's ability was exposed at this moment. He could hypnotize the enemy.
Tang Mo had clearly seen Don's knife pointing at his chest but he saw it 0.3 seconds before it happened. In a fight between masters, one small difference could lead to a mistake that was thousands of miles long. The old man himself didn't have much combat strength but his ability were more powerful than Ruan Wangshu's gravity suppression.
Three minutes seemed short but it was enough to change the situation.
In the first minute, Don and Lena seized the opportunity to counterattack. Fu Wenduo was the first one to adapt. His horrifying combat experience allowed him to hypnotize himself and push the sight in front of him ahead by 0.3 seconds, allowing him to roughly keep up with Don's movements.
After a while, Mu Huixue and Tang Mo also adapted to this ability and started to counterattack.
If Lena and Don had more hands then the outcome might've been very different.
Lena and Don were suppressed and retreated while the ability of the old man was almost over. He was sweating and suddenly felt that he had chosen the wrong teammates. He shouldn't have believed these two damn Europeans.
Lena and Don didn't use any abilities from beginning to end. Perhaps their abilities were the same as Fu Wenduo. They used it two days before when killing Bai Ruoyao and it might be on cooldown.
Finally, the old man paled and removed his hands from the ground, collapsing. Fu Wenduo grabbed the opportunity and his right hand turned into a triangular shaped weapon that stabbed straight at Don's heart. On the other side, Andrei's fists were like a tiger as he violently blocked Lena's way, while Mu Huixue tied the whip around her body.
In order to avoid Fu Wenduo's black weapon, Don exposed his heart to Tang Mo.
Tang Mo's eyes narrowed and he suddenly stabbed at Don's chest with a silver butterfly knife. However, at this moment, Don and Lena showed sinister smiles.
Time suddenly stopped. Tang Mo's hand holding the butterfly knife froze in mid-air while Mu Huixue's whip was stuck.
Only Lena and Don could move quickly. The time was tight as sweat dripped from Don's forehead and fell to the ground. He detoured around Tang Mo's body, raising his knife and lowering it.
The still river of time flowed again but Don and Lena had already moved to the rear and were about to kill Tang Mo and Mu Huixue.
There were too piercing gunshots and Lena and Don looked at their chests with disbelief.
They saw large bloody holes in their chest. Blood spurted out. Tang Mo still had his back to Don, his left hand holding a silver butterfly knife while his right hand stretched behind him while holding a pistol. Similarly, Fu Wenduo's bullet accurately pierced Lena's heart.
Don opened his mouth as blood flowed from it.
“Why… how did you know and defend…"
Tang Mo put away the gun and looked down at the butterfly knife. "When I first met this guy, I forced him to cut off his right arm. He always wanted to kill me after that. He knew what my ability was but he didn't know who I could beat him or know his name." The secret of the turkey egg was known only inside the team. Tang Mo and Fu Wenduo were so conservative that they never disclosed it to any outsiders.
Tang Mo put away the butterfly knife and turned to look at the desperate Don Savik, his voice calm. "Still, he was very smart. He knew that I have an ability that could turn back time. Thus, he suddenly cut off his right arm before he died and you didn't know why."
Two days ago, the castle on Noah's ark.
Lena and Don had never met such a powerful enemy.
Their luck was good this evening and both of them were eligible to go outside. It was easy to kill a player if they joined forces. They didn't expect to almost be killed.
Fortunately, Lena's ability resembled freezing time.
The baby-faced youth originally almost killed Lena and was about to escape when Lena used her power. She stabbed his chest with the knife. Lena had seen his astonished expression countless times on the faces of other players but she always felt it was delicious.
She licked the blood on her lips and pulled out the knife.
It was the moment when Lucky's luck was used up. No matter who saw it, she and Don had won. This Chinese player who claimed to be very lucky was definitely dead.
Yet the moment before he died, he suddenly pulled out strength from somewhere and cut off his right arm.
Lena couldn't stop it but she and Don didn't feel that anything was wrong. After waiting and confirming this person was really dead, the two of them were planning to clean up the body but daytime was almost approaching.
They didn't have time to handle the body and could only rush back to their room to take care of their wounds.
The right arm that fell behind the stairs were the two gunshots through Lena and Don's chest.
"The climax always comes quickly. I believed in that guy so I deliberately left this ability for you."
Tang Mo placed the butterfly knife in his pocket and looked up at a corner of the stairs, watching the place where the baby-faced youth had died.
"…In fact, he has already returned the favour to me."
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In the quiet and spacious castle, Lena Jophos and her companion Don Savik breathed their last breath. At this point, there were only Tang Mo, Fu Wenduo, Mu Huixue, Andrei, Lian Yuzheng, Yamamoto Takao, Li Xia and the two American players Bell Fauske and John Brooks in the sixth floor tower attack game, Noah's dinner on the ark.
A total of nine people.
No, it was actually 10 people.
Mu Huixue slowly turned her head to look at the old man who had fallen to the ground due to excessive use of his ability. Her eyes narrowed and she was about to open her mouth when a flying insect flew towards the old man and quickly pierced his skull. The old man's eyes widened as a bloody hole appeared on his forehead.
Yamamoto Takao took back the insect indifferently.
Li Xia glanced at him with astonishment. "You?"
Everyone knew there was a 90% chance this old man wasn't the monster. He was like the two European players. He just wanted to kill other players to win the grab the sixth mode.
Yamamoto Takao didn't try to defend his actions. He looked at Tang Mo and Fu Wenduo and said, "Now the only thing to do is find the three bodies they have hidden. There might be the real monster among the three bodies." He added, "You already know where the three bodies are, don't you?"
He looked at Tang Mo.
Tang Mo quietly asked, "Why should I know?"
Yamamoto Takao pointed to Lena and Don. "You just said that the reason why the three bodies are hidden by a team is that normal players wouldn't think of this method of hiding their bodies. We have searched the castle many times. Everywhere has been searched apart from our rooms. They weren't found."
The American player John followed up, "Yes, it is also impossible to hide the three bodies in their room. It is because they can't bring in anything that doesn't belong to the room."
“In fact, your reasoning was a bit far-fetched. We are all fifth floor players. If they can guess that method then other people might be able to guess it. However, you are pretty sure that they hid it." Yamamoto Takao stared at Tang Mo. "Where is it?"
Tang Mo looked at him before smiling. "Indeed, I searched for a really long time last night and found the three bodies. Come with me."
The bodies were always going to be handed over to Noah on the seventh day. Tang Mo had found them and wouldn't keep it to himself.
The group first moved the bodies of Lena, Don and the old man to the attic, putting them together with Bai Ruoyao's body. Then they headed down the stairs together.
Tang Mo went to the long table and stopped at the chair belonging to Lena and Don. "It is here."
Li Xia raised her eyebrows. "Where?" She bent down and checked below the table. Unfortunately, it wasn't a common scene in a horror movie and there were no corpses under the table. Li Xia searched for a long time and didn't see anything.
Tang Mo knocked on the chair next to him. "Here."
Fu Wenduo hadn't known where the three bodies were hiding because Tang Mo didn't have time to tell him. His eyes were fixed on the chair and after a moment, his eyes widened and he showed a rare look of disgust.
After a while, Mu Huixue, Lian Yuzheng… all players understood exactly where the three bodies were hidden.
Lian Yuzheng took out a dagger and went to the chair to open the back of the chair. The sharp knife pierced through the wood and wood chips scattered in the air. At the same time, roasted pieces of meat fell from the chair.
From the top of the chair to the bottom, countless pieces of meat were stuffed into the chair.
Once these pieces of meet fell to the ground, Li Xia and the American player Bell showed disgusted expressions and looked away.
Who would've thought this under the darkness of the lamps?
As they sat on the long table and talked, the chair under Lena's butt was filled with pieces of meat. However, they accepted it when they thought that Lena and Don wanted to kill every player in order to grab the sixth floor. They were capable of this type of abnormal behaviour.
Lian Yuzheng bent over and picked out all the meat stuck in the chair.
Andrei looked at the amount of meat on the ground and raised his head. "There isn't enough. It is only around two-thirds of the people."
No one knew how he measured the pieces of meat on the ground as two-thirds of the bodies. Fu Wenduo said, "There doesn't need to be all of the three people here. Noah wants to eat the roasted monster, not the whole monster. As long as he eats a piece, we will pass. As for the meat that they couldn't hide in the chair, they might've disposed of it privately."
Li Xia, "…"
How could they dispose of it privately? Did they eat it?
The mostly normal female player thought of this possibility and felt terrible.
Andrei and Lian Yuzheng finished collecting the pieces of meat and by this time, there were 10 minutes left in the day. Everyone sat down at the table while Mu Huixue kicked the chair where Lena had been sitting, smashing it into the fireplace.
The smell of the meat still filled the air. This time, Tang Mo took the chair before Fu Wenduo could speak.
Fu Wenduo raised his eyebrows.
Tang Mo told him: It should be over.
Fu Wenduo's lips curved and he didn't say anything.
Lian Yuzheng opened her mouth. "It is now obvious that the real cause of death isn't the song given by the black tower. According to the song, Abdullah should've died of blood loss last night. However, he was killed by being stabbed through the heart. Then the three people who died previously had their deaths disguised as the song." She added, "Those killers should be Lena and Don."
Yamamoto Takao's low voice was heard. "There is one thing I don't agree with."
The group looked at him.
“According to your words, Lena and Don are the murderers who killed three players. In fact, David and Anatoli, who died on the second night, their strength isn't simple. The Chinese player on the third night might've indeed been killed by Lena and Don but what about David and Anatoli? I don't think one of them has the strength to kill both players."
Tang Mo questioned, "Who said they were killed by one person?"
Yamamoto Takao frowned and looked at Tang Mo with a puzzled expression. "What do you mean?"
Tang Mo explained. "Why do you think it is only Lena, Don and George who thought about killing all players to achieve victory? Out of David and Anatoli, maybe one or both of them had the same idea."
Everyone thought about it and understood the truth of the matter.
The person who killed the black woman Lena on the first night was unknown. It was probably the European Lena or her companion Don. The next day, either Lena or Don must've been chosen to go out because they stole the black Lena's body.
The second night, let's assume it was Lena who went outside. Then the three people were Lena, David and Anatoli.
It wasn't that Lena could kill two powerful players on their own. It was that they all fought. The two male players, maybe one of them wanted to kill the other or perhaps all three players who came out that night had the same idea. In the end, Lena was victorious and she was the last survivor.
On the third night, Bai Ruoyao, Lena and Don went outside.
On the fourth night, it was Tang Mo, Abdullah and George.
Mu Huixue said, "Apart from the first night, we know who has gone outside the other nights. I would like to ask again. Is there any player willing to admit they went out on the first night?"
Silence filled the table.
Mu Huixue helplessly spread open her hands.
At this moment, the black tower's voice was heard.
"Ding dong! It is the fifth day of voting. Asking players to write the name of the player they want to vote for on the white ticket."
The group started to vote.
The fifth night passed smoothly. No one died or perhaps the three players chosen didn't go outside.
On the sixth day, the group voted for Tang Mo's ability to be sealed. Apart from him, Mu Huixue and Lian Yuzheng, the rest of the players voted for him. Before the day ended, Yamamoto Takao was responsible for roasting the bodies of Lena Jophos and the others.
Yamamoto Takao spoke lightly, "Now we have six bodies."
Night fell and Fu Wenduo gained the chance to go outside. He became invisible but he didn't choose to go out. Instead, he went to Tang Mo's bed and sat down. He saw that Tang Mo was still talking to 'himself' and that 'he' showed no abnormalities.
After three minutes, Tang Mo's voice stopped and he asked, "Victor, is it you?"
Fu Wenduo's voice was low. "Hmm?"
Tang Mo smiled. "I was thinking that on the night I went outside, didn't you discover it wasn't me who stayed in the room?"
Fu Wenduo raised his eyebrows from where he was sitting on the bed.
On the other side, 'Fu Wenduo' suddenly closed his mouth and stopped talking.
Tang Mo said, "The black tower can simulate the player's habits and even what they will say next. However, it can't imitate the soul. Fu Wenduo and I didn't understand Bai Ruoyao and didn't intend to communicate with him at all. Thus, both of us didn't discover it when the black tower imitated him. But you are different. I know this isn't you."
After being revealed, 'Fu Wenduo' turned over and no longer cared about Tang Mo.
Tang Mo helplessly looked at the ceiling. He didn't know that at this time, Fu Wenduo was sitting next to him.
Tang Mo opened his mouth, "At this time, I might not know if you secretly kiss me."
Fu Wenduo, who has been leaning over for a kiss, suddenly froze. Two seconds later, he continued to lean over and dropped a gentle kiss on Tang Mo's lips.
People who truly understood each other couldn't be imitated.
It was just like how Fu Wenduo discovered something wrong the night Tang Mo went outside. Now the same thing happened.
The night passed and the real Fu Wenduo returned.
The sixth night passed. In the morning, Tang Mo got up and asked directly, "Did you steal a kiss from me last night?"
Fu Wenduo asked, "What?"
Tang Mo looked at him suspiciously.
Major Fu just opened the door and went out first.
The seventh day and night also passed smoothly.
The sun shone through the window and spilled into the castle. At the end of the seventh night, the sky brightened and heavy footsteps were suddenly heard from outside the castle. The nine players instantly woke up, got out of bed and walked to the window.
They looked up.
In the distant horizon, a huge naked right foot slowly rose in the air and slammed into the ground, causing a deep footprint. It was a huge giant, about 100 meters high. He walked towards the castle step by step. Once he was 100 metres away from the castle, he bent down and reached for the castle with his hands.
The group shouted, "Not good!"
At this moment, the black tower's voice was heard.
"Ding dong! All players, please leave the castle immediately."
It was late. The black tower told the players to leave when Noah was just about to grab the castle.
Fortunately, none of the nine players were ordinary people. Fu Wenduo broke the glass and pulled Tang Mo out of the castle. On both sides, the other players also jumped out of the rooms.
Everyone landed stably on the ground. They looked up and saw the tall giant blocking the sun. He pulled the castle from the ground, like he was grabbing a small toy. Then he swung the castle upside down and shook it hard.
In an instant, the chairs, tables and beds in the castle all fell to the ground.
The players dispersed while Noah slowly raised his head and stared at the nine ant-sized humans.
The nine humans looked back at him.
Before they saw Noah, none of them imagined that he would have such an honest face.
Noah wore plain linen clothes and looked down on the humans. He was so big that his breaths became a whirlwind, blowing at the players' clothing. He looked at the things on the ground and then the nine people. "My roast meat, where is it? I want to eat it!"
Everyone had been in a hurry and the meat couldn't be brought into the room. Li Xia and the others had dark expressions as they tried to find the meat in the ruins.
At this time, Mu Huixue untied a black bag from her waist and threw it. Her lips curved. "Before going out, I went downstairs and grabbed it.
Yamamoto Takao stared at Mu Huixue in an alert manner.
This woman's strength was terrible. She had time to go downstairs and grab it?
Noah picked up the black bag, the annoyed expression still on his face.
Everyone watched Noah nervously.
Li Xia, Yamamoto Takao and the two American players held their weapons. If the six bodies didn't contain the monster then they wouldn't hesitate to attack the other players who were still alive.
Noah picked up a piece of meat and put it into his mouth. He spat it out. "Damn, not the monster!"
Fu Wenduo said, "There is more."
Noah grunted up another piece of meat.
He ate four pieces in a row and once he got to the fifth piece, his eyes brightened. The giant laughed and poured all the meat in the bag into his mouth.
Li Xia's group of four saw this and sighed with relief.
On the other hand, Tang Mo's group of five were very calm.
Three days ago.
When the group found Bai Ruoyao's body and Fu Wenduo took him to the attic, Tang Mo quietly walked to Mu Huixue and Lian Yuzheng and whispered, "Lena Jokel."
Mu Huixue and Lian Yuzheng looked at him.
Mu Huixue was a bit surprised before she smiled and nodded.
Lian Yuzheng asked in a puzzled voice, "How can it be her?"
Yes, the black woman who died on the first day, Lena Jokel.
Before Bai Ruoyao died, Tang Mo and Fu Wenduo had been thinking about who the real monster was and at the same time… how could the monster pass the game?
The black tower's fifth rule stated that the monster's task was to stop Noah from saving humanity.
Before the game started, the black tower gave the background for this game. The black tower saw humans as full of sin and decided to punish them with a flood. However, before that, the black tower ordered Noah to make Noah's ark and choose good humans to enter the ark, saving them.
Then how could the monster stop Noah?
In fact, the black tower had told players a long time ago how the monster should complete the mission.
"Omnipotent black tower, please allow me to take a shower, finish a meal and then select the kindest humans to lead them out of this sinful world."
Noah gave this answer to the black tower.
After seven days and nights, Noah would take a shower and then eat.
He wanted to eat the roasted monster.
Before Bai Ruoyao died, Tang Mo didn't think with abnormal brain circuits so he didn't realize what the monster's idea was. It wasn't until he saw Bai Ruoyao's death and knew that he was killed by two players, not the monster, that Tang Mo suddenly understood the truth of the game.
This was a simple and straightforward game. If he didn't bathe, Noah wouldn't eat. If Noah didn't eat, he wouldn't choose the good humans to save them.
Tang Mo told Lian Yuzheng, "The black tower said that if we can't find the monster and give it to Noah, Noah will eat monsters and humans. He will eat monsters and humans. So from the beginning… the monster had only one dead road after entering the castle."
Tang Mo smiled. "Since it is already dead, why not choose to kill itself from the beginning. This will clear itself as a suspect for being the monster and also confuse the humans, making them kill each other."
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