Editor: Ning Ning
There was a thick, heavy white fog within his sight. The fog wasn’t just white, it was so dense that he couldn’t even see his own fingers.
This was what Shen Fengyue saw when his consciousness awoke from the daze. He waved his hand in a futile attempt to wave the mist away.
“What’s the situation?” He asked the system.
“Um, this, well… let me take a look. Ah, this is, it’s a white mist, well, this mist is a bit thick ah, how can it be so thick? Let’s see, of course, it’s because of…”
The repetition of words, the strong sense of evasion, there must be something wrong!
He didn’t wait for the system to finish compiling, as he hurriedly interrupted it, “Think about it, come on, think about it now.”
The cold anti-system poured out an apology. The arrogant, artificial, and mentally retarded system’s sudden apology made Shen Fengyue feel that things were not that simple.
“What’s the matter with you…?”
The system honestly revealed the truth, “Actually, I just graduated from the School of Systems, and you’re my first client.” It added another stab at the end, “I’m sorry, I was still a bit excited about my first job, and I’m not yet familiar with the business and stuff.”
Shen Fengyue was silent for a moment before asking, “Can I apply for an old system with rich experience?”
When the system heard this, it cried out. The mechanical crying voice sounded very haunting, “Ying Ying Ying Ying Ying, please, let others survive! If I get fired from my job as a fresh graduate, where can I find such a lucrative job? I also want to earn money to marry a wife! Brother Shen, please be human!”
The voice of the system sounded extremely strident, as it cried endlessly.
“Brother Shen! Brother Shen! Brother Shen! Please!”
The sound of System shouting ‘Brother Shen’ made Shen Fengyue feel very comfortable, he coughed lightly, put away the triumphant expression between his eyebrows, and said in a dignified manner, “Well, since you’ve begged me, I’ll reluctantly continue to work with you.”
The system then stopped crying.
“Come on, give me the world plotline.”
The system lost face for the first time, he had personally sent itself to his feet for him to step on. Shen Fengyue thought there wouldn’t be a store after passing through the village1opportunity is difficult to obtain. If you miss this opportunity, you will never encounter the same opportunity again next time., so he put on very high airs, like a being high above the ground without any speck of dirt.
System, Bah! Nasty thing.
But the handle was in someone’s hands, so it has to be lowered. The system replied, “Brother Shen, there’s nothing.”
“No world plotline?”
“Yes.” The system replied, “This world is a bit strange, in the last world I received it as soon as we arrived. But in this world, I haven’t received it yet.”
After thinking about it, it added, “Also, you are now as you were.” Seeing Shen Fengyue’s hesitation and disbelief, it turned into a mirror and showed him.
A round watery mirror suddenly appeared in the white mist, and the face of a man was clearly visible on it.
The man in the mirror had a pair of droopy and clear eyes with double eyelids, which made him look somewhat simple as if he was apathetic towards the world.
Born white and pure, he tried to tug the corners of his mouth, revealing a smile, like a little sun.
Shen Fengyue held his face and moved to the side so that his figure disappeared from the mirror. He didn’t like his looks; he felt that his looks made him look weak, like a pasty pretty-boy with no manly spirit.
“Is this true body crossing?” He changed the subject.
The system didn’t notice his strangeness and was still searching for information, “No, it’s soul wear, as to why it’s still in its original appearance, I’m not sure. I plan to continue to look up information, why don’t you explore the surroundings first?”
With the sound of someone sifting through paper, in his head, Shen Fengyue nodded, he had no other choice.
“You be careful.”
“You too, cheer up.”
One person and one system briefly separated to do their own things.
Shen Fengyue walked forward, the feeling of the ground under his feet was solid, straight, and flat. There was white mist all around, endless, with no end in sight.
If it weren’t for the sound of paper flipping in his head, and the fact that there was a system with him, he would have been afraid.
He felt that this scene was familiar, but it felt like he had aphasia and couldn’t say it out loud, so he forgot about it.
Shen Fengyue continued uneasily, and after walking for an unknown period of time, a huge object suddenly appeared in front of him.
As he got closer, he realized that it was a small, very crude, cabin, the wood wasn’t polished neatly, and there were even rough edges on its sides.
The sight of the small cabin standing in the white mist looked both awkward and strange.
Shen Fengyue didn’t dare to enter rashly, so he stopped at the entrance of the cabin and suddenly blurted out, “Otherworld!2In the game, silent hill. The Otherworld, also occasionally referred to as the Otherside, Alternate World, Another World, Dark World, Nightmare World, or Reverse Side throughout the series silent, is the dark and nightmarish mysterious effect that materializes through the ancient powers of Silent Hill, Maine.
“Dream world!” A mechanical voice said at the same time as him.
The sound of someone sifting through paper in his head stopped, meaning the system had finally found something.
System, “This is a dream world! It is said that the true dream world is filled with white mist.”
“The dream world? Not an otherworld? I’ve seen Silent Hill.”
The system tsked and scowled, “Do you believe that or do you believe me?”
Shen Fengyue hesitated for a moment before answering, “I believe you.”
The system saw him hesitating and said in annoyance, “You actually hesitated!”
“Don’t stop mid-way, go on.”
“Oh.” The system continued, “Because we solved the bug in the first world, it caused the bug to be alert in general, so it dragged us into this world in order to trap us.”
“Furthermore, this dream world is very changeable and the risk factor is very high.”
Shen Fengyue, “Then, what should we do?” He looked at the cabin in front of him.
The system hmmed heavily and cheered him up, “If you know there is a tiger in the mountain, you will find a tiger in the mountain. But if you don’t enter the tiger’s lair, how would you find a tiger?3The first sentence is about knowing what you are about to face and what the consequences are, but the latter sentence ‘ if you do not enter the tiger’s, how would you meet a tiger?’ is a metaphor that you can’t succeed without risking it. It is also used today as a metaphor that one cannot gain true knowledge without experiencing the hardest practice, and it is without knowing the consequences So go in.”
Shen Fengyue stomped his foot on the spot, and the feeling that he had to go in even though he knew there was a pit ahead made him inexplicably restless.
System, “Go on, don’t dawdle.”
The wooden door was tightly closed and there wasn’t a lock, leaving only a narrow gap, in which no light could be seen.
Shen Fengyue stared closely at the gap, and after a few seconds, he leaned over to the door and tried to see through the gap.
It was pitch black, and he wasn’t able to see anything.
Suddenly, the door opened inward, and Shen Fengyue, who was leaning on it, fell forwards due to the influence of gravity. Before he could even see the inside of the house, his vision went dark.
When he woke up again, he found himself lying on the floor of the hut.
Shen Fengyue pushed himself up from the ground, patted the dust off his body, and walked outside the house.
The white mist had dispersed, and a new world appeared in front of him!
There were a lot of tall buildings, a lot of traffic, arterial roads distributed vertically and horizontally, and colorful stores on both sides of the street. The roar of automobiles and the sound of commercials and people walking down the street in twos and threes could be seen and heard.
This was a familiar modern world, but when looked at closely, it was very unusual.
Shen Fengyue noticed the difference as he looked at the sky and sun above his head, which turned out to be a gray sky and a blue sun.
The sky was gray. Usually gray gave people the impression of being dirty and cloudy. But it was different here, it was gray as if it was washed, pure and clean, without any clouds, like a bucket of gray paint, painted evenly on the surface of the sky.
A blue sun just hung there all alone, and it was hard to tell if it was a real sun that was glowing or if there was a fake sun printed on the sky.
The plants in the green belt were unusually tall, as tall as two people dressed in gaudy coats.
Shen Fengyue silently retreated back inside and closed the wooden door.
After a while, he opened the door again, and found that it was still the same. He then closed it again. After a few times, even the system couldn’t bear to see it anymore, and stopped him with a cry, “Okay, there’s no mistake.”
When Shen Fengyue finally opened the door again, he looked at the sky and said, “The color scheme is quite like that of Van Gogh’s, the bug is quite artistic.”
The system, “…” Forget it, there’s no need to care about a fool.
Stepping out of the cabin and following the pedestrians onto the street, Shen Fengyue found that they were moving mechanically. Their faces were expressionless and cold, their eyes were dull, like clockwork toys, repeating the same process.
Everyone’s actions were shockingly consistent, but their appearance and way of dress were different.
Shen Fengyue, “What should we do now?”
System vaguely said, “According to the situation, let’s see what happens, go ahead.”
Shen Fengyue, “…”
Seeing that he wasn’t moving, the system gave him an idea, “Go ask that guy, he looks like a little pretty-boy, and easy to bully.”
“Which one? They’re all the same, I can’t find him.”
The system indicated him.
Shen Fengyue walked up to one of the young men dressed as an office worker, stopped him, and asked, “That…”
The young man stopped in his tracks and slowly turned sideways to look at him. Without saying a word, he just looked straight at him.
The atmosphere was somewhat heavy for a while, and Shen Fengyue’s mouth opened, the words he wanted to ask, stopping at the tip of his tongue.
Suddenly, the size of the young man’s pupils expanded, and his eyeballs became more black and less white until they completely turned black. The man started smiling abruptly, with a strange curve on his lips.
The next moment, other pedestrians also stopped in their tracks and slowly turned their heads over to look at him, Shen Fengyue’s sharp eyes saw the head of a man in front of him turn 180 degrees.
Hundreds of people looked at him in unison, with startling dark eyes and smiles on their faces. They all looked at him without uttering a word.
Shen Fengyue sniffed, quietly took a step or two to the side, the heads of those people also followed along with his actions.
Then, those people began to slowly move towards him. Shen Fengyue told himself that it wasn’t good, and when he saw that the situation wasn’t right, he immediately lifted his legs and ran.
Those smiling-faced people seemed to have planned this in advance. Seeing he was going to run, they immediately tactically outflanked him, with some of them surrounding him from the front and others surrounding him from behind.
The smiling-faced people formed a circle and approached him in the center. Countless men, women, old men, and children were crowded tightly together, stretching out their hands, and waving their claws.
Shen Fengyue rushed out with all his might, his face turned red with all the strength he used. Finally, he managed to make a path through the crowd.
After he escaped the encirclement, he didn’t delay and immediately rushed forward with all his might, trying to leave those people far behind.
As he passed by the hut, he gave it some thought and finally chose to grab the door and enter.
Shen Fengyue closed the door and braced himself against the wall to catch his breath. After a pause, he went to the window to look outside.
The smiling-faced people followed him to the hut, but they didn’t come in. They only circled around the edge of the house, and after a while, dispersed in twos and threes.
It was as if there was a restriction in the dark that forbade them to come closer.
Shen Fengyue breathed a sigh of relief, only to realize that the smiling-faced people had almost torn his clothes from squeezing and pushing him. After rearranging his clothes and smoothing out the wrinkles, he sat down on the edge of the windowsill with a jump to continue looking out the window.
- 1opportunity is difficult to obtain. If you miss this opportunity, you will never encounter the same opportunity again next time.
- 2In the game, silent hill. The Otherworld, also occasionally referred to as the Otherside, Alternate World, Another World, Dark World, Nightmare World, or Reverse Side throughout the series silent, is the dark and nightmarish mysterious effect that materializes through the ancient powers of Silent Hill, Maine.
- 3The first sentence is about knowing what you are about to face and what the consequences are, but the latter sentence ‘ if you do not enter the tiger’s, how would you meet a tiger?’ is a metaphor that you can’t succeed without risking it. It is also used today as a metaphor that one cannot gain true knowledge without experiencing the hardest practice, and it is without knowing the consequences