Chapter One: Bloodshed
It was said that if someone takes this road during the dead of night, they will die a blood-covered death, their face filled with terror.
She didn’t believe it and went there alone.
And guess what happened? Before her death, she used all her remaining strength and said two sentences, “Death is inevitable! There is no escape!” Strange things kept on happening, people were dying, did it all start with the girl that committed suicide 50 years ago? He Jian Fei, Tian Yin Zhen, Dong Lu, Shen Fang, Shi Ting, Ah Qiang and Uncle Li will take you on a journey of no return.
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Legends are a common thing for the university campus, or maybe it’s a secret established through common practice.
When generation after generation of talented individuals leave, it alone remains behind, deeply rooted, continuous and never ending.
Resentment, like love, can also be endless.
Therefore, exists the never ending nightmare from rumours—a nightmare belonging only to the school campus.
Moonlight poured quietly over this university campus with over 100 years of history, silence spread rapidly like the darkness, instantly filling the entire sky.
Lights in the teaching buildings competed with the stars in the sky, an assortment of retro-looking lampposts stood by the roadside, statue-like figures scattered around the flower beds like dotted decorations.
Busy pedestrians were in such a hurry that they only have time to nod hello to their passing friends and acquaintances, let alone those who were reading as they walked.
University campuses have always been said to be a place of scholarly atmosphere, with final exams on the horizon, a sense of urgency and seriousness was added.
“Damn it!” He Jian Fei stood in the hallways and wanted to take out his cell phone to look at the time.
However, not only did he not find his cell phone, he realized that he forgot his super important English textbook back in the dorm, and instead, he brought the physical education theory textbook that he’s LONG been done with.
Holding back his anger as he looked at his roommate Zhang Chuan Xun, who was sitting beside him, desperately trying to choke back his laughter.
“You kept on nagging and hurrying me, saying that if we are late there won’t be any more seats, and this is the result.
Great, now I can go and get a doctorate in physical education theory.” Zhang Chuan Xun tried not to laugh at He Jian Fei’s misfortunes and chuckled, “Anyway, at least I brought it, I don’t have a lot of notes, but you can glance it over when I’m not reading it.
Your English is already so great, is there really a need for you to read it?” He said as he took the book out from his bag, planning to flaunt it in front of He Jian Fei, only to realize after taking a look at the three large familiar words printed on the cover—“Physical Education Theory”.
Damn it! He brought the wrong book as well!
Feeling angry and a little embarrassed, Zhang Chuan Xun pushed his bag over to He Jian Fei, who was laughing hard against a column.
“The English test is tomorrow, I still have a bazillion vocabularies I haven’t memorized.
That Glasses Zhang always loved making people retake his class, I’ve got to get back to the dorm to fetch my book.
Save a seat for me.” He Jian Fei stopped laughing and said, “The campus shuttle doesn’t run during self-study time and we are at least a few hours away from the dorm, once you make that round trip back, you won’t have much time to read even if you have the book.” Zhang Chuan Xun heard and replied, “No need to worry about that, Xiao Tian was with me a few days ago beside the audio-visual education building, we explored and found a small road called Crimson Hilltop, leading directly to the main campus road of our dorm.
It takes less than 20 minutes to reach there.” He Jian Fei laughed again, “Sure, go ahead, bring mine along as well, I think I left it on my table.”
He Jian Fei walked into the classroom alone and found a seat, sat down and started studying his advanced mathematics.
As he read, he couldn’t help but to have some doubts, Zhang Chuan Xun was an extremely introverted person, he usually like to stay in and surf the internet or play games, why would he be interested in exploring some road? A few days ago, he vaguely remembered hearing something about how during the student voting several weeks ago, Qin Xiao Tian lost to Zhang Chuan Xun by only a few votes, losing his honoured title of Outstanding Student and still harboured resentment towards him.
Why would he be willing to walk around the campus with Zhang Chuan Xun? The more he thought about it, the more suspicious he was.
Two hours have passed, even if he took the main campus road, he should have been back by now, but there was still no sign of Zhang Chuan Xun.
Unable to keep on reading, He Jian Fei packed up his bag and hurried back to the dorm.
The audio-visual education building was located in the Northeast corner of the old campus, judging from a Feng Shui perspective, of the Five Elements, it lacked Metal.
There were no ponds or lakes on either side of the building, only ancient forests surrounding it on all four sides, a sign of either extreme good fortune or extreme misfortune.
Since the construction of the new multimedia classrooms, the old audio-visual education building is now rarely in use.
Most of the time, it’s used as a storage place for obsolete electronic equipments.
Due to long periods of neglect and disrepair, the cement on the outer wall has shed almost completely, exposing the mottled dark yellow bricks.
A few streaks of dark green moss crept across its surface, then finally disappearing in the tall grass at the foot of the wall.
The audio-visual education building was simply a dispensable school building, the reason that students even know about its existence was from when the school was bragging about its own achievements, comparing it to the multimedia classrooms.
Unsure of whether it’s due to the dim street lights in the area, He Jian Fei circled the audio-visual education building several times, yet was still unable to find the Crimson Hilltop road that Zhang Chuan Xun mentioned.
Seeing how it was close to curfew time at the dorm, He Jian Fei had no choice but to give up his search and stepped onto the campus shuttle.
Due to delays at the audio-visual education building, by the time He Jian Fei got back to the dorm, it was almost 11 PM, most of the students in his class gets back at around 10:30 PM, all of the lights on the fourth-floor dormitory was brightly lit, except for his own.
Zhang Chuan Xun’s not inside? He Jian Fei’s stomach twisted into a knot, he sprinted up to the fourth-floor and hastened to find his keys to open the door and turn on the lights.
But all he saw was the two English textbooks lying on each of their desks, and no books seem to be missing from Zhang Chuan Xun’s shelf except for the few in his bag.
Could something have happened to him? Before he could think things through, He Jian Fei tossed the two backpacks onto his bed, grabbed his keys and rushed out.
When he got to the top of the stairs, he saw his classmate Huang Da Kai walking over with a bunch of study materials.
He saw He Jian Fei and asked him, looking a little surprised, “It’s almost curfew time at the dorm, where are you going in such a hurry at this hour?” He Jian Fei hurried to tell him about what happened to Zhang Chuan Xun.
Huang Da Kai heard and laughed, “The number four teaching building opened up a few all-night study rooms, I’ve even heard that they have a room to borrow textbooks, you are sure to pass by there while walking to the audio-visual education building.
My guess is that he probably got tired of walking and headed over to one of the all night study rooms.
We are on a university campus, he’s a grown man, are you honestly afraid that something will happen to him? I’ve got a lot of places that I don’t understand on the English test, come over to my room and explain it to me.” After hearing him out, He Jian Fei thought that maybe he was being overly sensitive and decided to let things go.
“My room’s empty, it’s quieter, why don’t you come over instead.”
Soon, it was 1 AM, He Jian Fei put down his English textbook and yawned, getting ready to go to bed.
When he was putting up the mosquito net, He Jian Fei looked at a hook hanging by the bedside, thinking whether there’s a need to hang up the Spirit Evoking Belltonight.
He Jian Fei has a secret identity, he belongs to the magical arts circle, studying under Mount Wutai’s School since he was two, following the leading authority of Buddhism at the time, abbot Master Zhi Neng, and became the youngest and most talented of the lay disciples. Since Mount Wutai has subdued many a spirits and demons, thus incurring much hatred from the ghost realm, ever since He Jian Fei left the mountain he has gotten into the habit of hanging a Spirit Evoking Bell at night to give warning.
But since he entered university, he hasn’t been hanging it up that often.
On one hand, it’s due to the university being a holy place of learning, both ghosts and gods looked up to it with respect, on the other hand, it’s because of his own laziness, he only symbolically hangs it up once or twice a month.
But for some reason, tonight he felt a foreboding sense of unease and ill omen, and saw nothing bad in hanging that thing up.
So in the end, He Jian Fei has decided to hand up one of Mount Wutai’s five major magical instruments, the Spirit Evoking Bell.
“Ding ding ding” late into the midnight hours, the high-pitched tinkling of bells pulled He Jian Fei away from his dreams and back into reality.
He turned and opened his bleary eyes and saw the curtains by the window floating up high into the ceilings, then remembered that he forgot to close the windows before bed.
Perhaps a storm was about to break out, hence the strong winds.
“Stop!” He Jian Fei sent out a yellow paper talisman and sealed the Spirit Evoking Bell as he mumbled in complaint, “Stupid Spirit Evoking Bell, it rings when there are ghosts, it rings when there’s wind, what kind of renowned magical instrument is it supposed to be?!” As he cursed, he suddenly spotted through the mosquito net a blurry black figure standing by the balcony.
He Jian Fei paused in surprise and asked in a low voice, “Chuan Xun, are you back from studying?” The black figure didn’t answer him, instead, it started to approach slowly.
He Jian Fei thought it was strange and asked, “What’s wrong with you? I’m talking to you, why aren’t you answering?” The black figure still only kept on walking closer and closer to his mosquito net.
Thinking back to the persistent ringing of the Spirit Evoking Bell, He Jian Fei suddenly felt a sense of alarm, threw aside the blankets and instantly sat up, “What kind of ghostly spirit are you, what are you doing here instead of being in The Underworld going through reincarnation? Leave now, otherwise don’t blame Mount Wutai’s magical instruments for being ruthless.” As soon as he finished speaking, the black figure stopped in its steps but didn’t seem to want to leave.
By the blurry moonlight shining in from the balcony, he could clearly see the black figure suddenly raising its hands slowly, then started to walk over once again, heading straight for He Jian Fei, fast approaching his bedside.
Was it provoking him? He Jian Fei was furious and picked up a yellow paper talisman, flipped open the mosquito net in an instant and saw that the room was empty, the black figure was now nowhere to be seen.
He Jian Fei stood by the bedside and looked around suspiciously, then, a sound came from outside the door.
“Sniffle … sniffle sniffle ….” A low, barely discernible sob can be heard, after hearing the familiar low voice, He Jian Fei breathed a sign of relief and asked, “Chuan Xun, why didn’t you speak back there? You almost scared me to death.
What’s wrong? Did something happen?” Then he walked over to the door and twisted the door handle, only to see the door standing there, unbudged.
He turned on the lights to take a look, and saw that the door was twice secured with the safety latch, he personally locked the door earlier that night.
The door wasn’t unlocked, and the black figure appeared first inside the room, then crying was heard outside the door, along with the sound of the Spirit Evoking Bell, He Jian Fei broke out in a cold sweat.
He paused for a moment, but still took out the key and unlocked the door, then carefully opened the door and said in a low voice, “Chuan Xun, you ….” Halfway through his question, he couldn’t help but to be stunned by what he saw.
The hallway was silent, the doors to the other dorms on either side of the hallway were all tightly shut, there was no one in sight.
Their dorm was quite a distance from the staircase, even if C
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