Editor: Ning Ning
The ceiling was coated with ivory paint, the lamps on the wall were reflecting warm yellow light, and the curtains were drawn, leaving only a narrow gap. Moonlight shone through the gap and onto the bed, the evening breeze gently blowing the curtains up.
The room seemed familiar; it was his bedroom.
When Shen Fengyue woke up, he found himself lying on the bed in his bedroom. He was still a little groggy as he struggled to get up from the bed, finding that it was already night. Everything he experienced before fainting seemed to have been a dream, but he was certain that it definitely wasn’t a dream.
There was no response.
“System?” he called again, only to hear a lazy voice in his mind as if it hadn’t woken up.
“What’s wrong?” The system’s voice was vague.
Shen Fengyue asked him, “What happened after I fainted?”
“Hmm…” The system hesitated.
Shen Fengyue, “Speak!”
The system only then hesitantly spoke, in an embarrassed tone, “I’m sorry, I don’t know. I also strategically went offline after you fainted.”
Strategically went offline?! This was the first time Shen Fengyue heard of such a statement, then remembering what the mentally retarded system had done to him before, his heart burned with rage, so he started to fight with the system on the spot.
The system was also not willing to be outdone, so one person and one system fought continuously in his mind. Then suddenly, when Shen Fengyue accidentally touched a rectangular object beside the bed, he felt the sensation couldn’t be more familiar.
He gestured for a temporary truce.
The system followed him to see the card
——【I’m running towards you, but there are thorns on the way. 】
“Ugh.” Shen Fengyue sighed, “I don’t know what this bug is up to, and also, this bug is very strong, how are we going to handle him?”
The system nodded in agreement, “Yeah, right now even if we want to fight him, we can’t beat him, nor can we get out if we want to, and we also don’t even know what he’s up to.”
Poor, weak, and helpless.
A sudden burst of sadness could actually make them temporarily put aside their hatred. One person and one system gave up their internal brawl and hugged each other in sadness.
In the following days, Shen Fengyue always felt that someone was following him. He asked the system to check, and the system replied that there was no one. But the feeling was strong, as if there was an invisible person around him, watching him all the time, no matter the time or place.
He always heard extra footsteps while coming home from school, and when he looked back, there would be nothing.
When doing things, he would feel a strong gaze coming from behind, staring at him like a shadow.
In his dreams, he would always hear a weird male voice calling out “Jian Yan” as if the voice was resonating in his ears, accompanied by weird giggles. And he doesn’t know when the words, “Jian Yan” started to turn into “Shen Fengyue”.
He ran in the dark, running non-stop, the sound of slow and powerful footsteps behind him, following unhurriedly. Finally, he fell to the ground, and a man wearing a mask with a weird smile painted on it was facing him.
Shen Fengyue woke up from the dream in a cold sweat. He got up, took a hot shower, and then sat on the bed to chat with the system, staying up all night.
The next day he went to school with thick dark circles under his eyes. He lay on the table and closed his eyes to make up for his loss of sleep. Qin Yuan was very distressed when he saw his listless appearance, so quietly tore up the card in his hand and stuffed it into his schoolbag, then he sat down in Wei Tianze’s seat.
“Brother Yan, what’s wrong with you lately?”
Shen Fengyue’s brain was muddy, hence it took him a few seconds to realize that someone was talking to him. He turned his head and saw Qin Yuan.
So it was true that Wei Tianze was still hospitalized and recovering from his injuries.
“I’m tired.” He looked like he was going to fall asleep again the next second.
Qin Yuan felt more distressed when he saw the darkness under his eyes.
“Did something happen?” He lowered his eyes as a hint of sarcasm crossed through them. What he has done, it can’t be possible that he didn’t know, and now he’s pretending to be falsely concerned about his Brother Yan?
After waiting for a long time, there was still no answer. Qin Yuan went to see Shen Fengyue up close and found that the latter had closed his eyes and fell asleep.
He was exhausted.
Qin Yuan couldn’t help but want to touch those eyes with his hands. He stretched out his forefinger and approached them, finally being able to touch Shen Fengyue’s eyelids after several attempts. He felt the warm and delicate touch of the eyelids, as well as the slight movement of the eyeballs turning under his fingers.
Shen Fengyue’s eyelashes fluttered a few times, as if he was about to wake up, Qin Yuan quickly removed his fingers.
His eyes opened slowly, only one of them could be opened due to exhaustion. The once gleaming eyes dimmed, the brilliance of the stars became shrouded by the darkness of the night.
“Huh? What’s wrong?” Shen Fengyue asked.
Qin Yuan asked again, “Brother Yan, is something wrong, did something happen?”
Shen Fengyue tried his best to half-open his eyes, controlling his eyelids, “…I haven’t been resting well lately…”
“I always feel that someone’s following me.”
As soon as Qi Yuan was about to say a few words, he heard Shen Fengyue continue, “Do you have any more questions?”
This was a polite way to drive away guests. Qin Yuan saw his haggard appearance and knew that he needed to sleep now, so he decided to not disturb his rest anymore.
He sneaked out during lunch break, while everyone was taking a nap.
“I don’t want to, I don’t want to go on like this anymore.” He whispered, heartbroken at the thought of Shen Fengyue’s haggard appearance.
“Why?” the man asked.
“Slap”, a slap fell on his face, his face instantly turned red, there was a faint slap mark, hot and painful, his hand was slightly numb due to excessive force.
He used a lot of strength.
“Brother Yan, what he is like now, can’t you, can’t you see?” he asked aloud.
The other person rubbed his palms and looked at the flushed palm, slightly surprised. This time he didn’t laugh at the other person, but said honestly, “I know.”
“We can’t, we can’t do this.” Qin Yuan frowned. “He’ll go crazy.”
Qin Yuan thought that the man had given up, but then he heard the man say, “But I don’t want to give up.”
The man quirked his lips, squinted at the sun, and said softly, “I can’t bear to give up.”
“Slap”, it was another slap, this time the strength used was obviously a bit heavier than before, and his head was slapped to one side.
Qin Yuan wanted to slap again, so he raised his hand. When the palm was about to reach his face, it was stopped by the other hand, and it firmly held it. He heard a voice come from his mouth, “Are you willing to let those people continue to bully you? Would you like to see Jian Yan leave you alone to be with others? Are you willing to leave him?”
He said, “You killed two people and seriously injured Wei Tianze. If Jian got to know of it, do you think he’ll forgive you? Will he allow a murderer to stay by his side?”
“You killed them!”
“But we are the same person.”
Hearing this, Qi Yuan went limp to the ground, his voice trembling and shattering, “…We are the same person…”
The man wanted to stand up, but he could only get up halfway, so he maintained a weird posture of kneeling on one knee. He sighed, “Let’s see him for the last time.”
“We’ve sinned so much, he will never forgive us.”
The man whispered a few words, Qin Yuan was shocked when he heard it clearly, “What did you say?”
[We are the bugs of this world, “Jian” is an outsider and his purpose is to eliminate bugs. 】
“How, how did you know?”
“Not long ago, I used the bug’s powers to manipulate the world. I trapped him at school before. Why do you think he’s so haggard? He’s scared.”
He finally got up, patted the dust off his body, and said to the other person, “Let’s go, we’ll see him for the last time, openly and honestly.”
“We’ll see him fair and square. I’ll accompany you and then we’ll accept the judgment of our fate.” There was a smile on the corner of his lips.
The sunlight came in, cutting through the darkness, and enveloping him.
Under the light, he responded, “Okay.”
On the other side, Shen Fengyue went home like a wandering soul. He lay on the bed playing games without doing homework, then went to the bathroom to wash up before going to sleep. When he was brushing his teeth in front of the mirror, he found something wrong with the mirror as a faint light was reflecting off it.
He felt along the edge of the mirror and found a small protrusion, he buckled it down and held it in his hand.
“What is this?”
The system said, “Pinhole camera.”
Shen Fengyue, “…” he immediately spat out the foam in his mouth, picked up the phone and called the old policeman to explain the situation to him. The other party said that he would send someone over immediately.
After a while, the people arrived. The three comrades checked the inside and outside of his house and found dozens of cameras.
The cameras of all sizes that were found were placed on the coffee table, Shen Fengyue’s expression was a little bad. Who would’ve thought that there would be countless monitors hidden in such a small room?
A police officer couldn’t stand it anymore and patted him on the shoulder comfortingly, “Big brother, you’ve worked hard.”
Shen Fengyue looked at the cameras on the table and was speechless.
The last few police officers packed up the cameras on the table and took them away, cheering for Shen Fengyue on the way before leaving.
“You, hold on.”
Shen Fengyue asked, “Have you not caught him yet?”
“No, we tried our best.”
“Alright.” Shen Fengyue also felt that it was hopeless to rely on the police. After all, the other party was a bug. Even he and the system could not handle him. The possibility of success with the indigenous people of this world was extremely low.
“Don’t worry, we are continuing our investigation. One day the truth will be made public.”
“Evil will never triumph over justice!”
With a bang, the police officers closed the door and left after they finished saying their last words of comfort.
Shen Fengyue and the system were left speechless, and he stared at the phone interface in a daze. The interface was of a game and because the owner didn’t do anything, the villain was beating the player to the ground. The blood bar dropped again and again, and finally, it reached zero.
The player on the interface was knocked down, with the characters “Failed to pass the level” appeared, with a gray background behind them.
The system was silent for a long time and suddenly said, “Shen Fengyue, towards this bug, do you have anyone you suspect?”
Shen Fengyue shook his head, “What about you?”
System, “I’ve got a candidate.”
When Shen Fengyue heard it, he shook his head and denied, “How is it possible? Do you think Qin Yuan looks like that?”
The system said, “Don’t deny it yet, think about it carefully, you might be able to find the clues.”
“Let’s not mention Wu Yu, think about Wei Tianze and Shen Yao. Aren’t they people who have been in contact with you?” The system analyzed, “Shen Yao was killed after her confession, and judging from the cards you’ve received, the bug is very possessive of you, so it will not allow anyone to snatch you from him.”
Shen Fengyue said, “What about Wei Tianze? Although he behaves like a gay, in reality, he’s not gay.”
The system also nodded, “He is indeed not a gay guy, but he had threatened Qin Yuan in the grove before. Although I don’t know what he said to Qin Yuan, you must be one of the factors that can make Qin Yuan hurt him.”
“He must be jealous.”
Shen Fengyue also found it strange, “Then according to what you said, the cause of Wu Yu’s death was because he bullied Qin Yuan?”
Shen Fengyue, “Your analysis makes some sense, but we can’t confirm it without proof. Still, we should continue to observe.”