“and take a good look around.”
“Look around what?” Selfish retorts, saying, “look at how safe we are?”
Erge then says, “hoh. Yeah——So, where is that man in black, who you said were chasing you before?”
Selfish goes quiet. His head has finally cooled enough to allow him to realise the strange mood in the corridor. He hesitates for a bit before shutting up entirely.
Laosan says with a worried tone, “were locked out of the bedroom,” he also tested the handle already, and concludes, “this means we might be trapped in this run of the Nightmare.”
Laosan says, “we… we could go to the end of the corridor. I suspect… We cant get out anymore.”
A minute later, theyre at the end of the corridor, and the door that was supposed to lead them to the car park outside is inexplicably gone, leaving only the empty wall blocking them out entirely.
Laoda is widening his eyes, going, “fuck, this means were just gonna wait and die here?!”
“Not exactly,” Erge might not be as smart as Laosan, but he could make simple deductions too, “with that man in black they said would chase them also gone——We cant even wait for something to kill us.”
He kicks the wall out of spite.
Selfish speaks up with a bleak smirk, “why did you even run outside, if you didnt…”
Erge turns to him and says with a frigid tone, “what about, if you blabber a single sentence more, then go kill yourself and restart the Nightmare for us?”
Selfish retorts, “Im not the only one speaking, even!”
Laoda gives him a good hard kick.
Selfish falls down, wailing.
Erge praises his Laoda, “nice kick.”
Although Laoda isnt much better than a reckless pile of temperamental muscles, but at least he listens to people.
“Umm…” Laosan suddenly asks, “about the man in black that was chasing you… Did he have a weapon?”
Scapegoat is gloating over Selfishs misfortune while answering, “yes, a big machete.”
Laosans eyes seem to glow as he murmurs, “a big machete… The man that was slashing us was using something similar…”
Mu Jiashi is the only one to immediately realise what hes getting at, and restates, “when the man in black was chasing us on the road, he suddenly disappeared once.”
And the two of them look at each other to say, “so he can only ever appear in one place at a time!”
Erge doesnt exactly understand why theyre talking about that, and asks, “can we use that somehow?”
“If he can only appear in one scene at a time, we can cooperate,” Mu Jiashi says, matter-of-factly, “according to you, the man in black appears in the bedroom for exactly one minute. This means that if we can somehow force the man in black to stay with us for a minute, then the bedroom would be safe. You would have time to try out more numbers.”
After saying all that, the man suddenly pauses and gives an awkward smile when everyone is looking at him, and adds, “but, you dont have to listen to me. Im just a piece of trash, a loser…” He sighs as he says it.
Laosan and Ding Yi both look at him with strange gazes.
The two of them are possibly the only people present who fully realise the value of Mu Jiashi here.
From what he spoke of, they can see that Mu Jiashi is someone who puts teamwork above all else.
In Nightmares, because only one person needs to achieve a True End for all of them to be offered to ascend to higher floors, theoretically, if the Missiontakers were all selfless and cooperative, then it would not be too hard to achieve a True End for any Nightmare.
For example, this one, where if they did as Mu Jiashi just said, with the corridor team focusing on keeping the man in black occupied without letting him teleport to the bedroom, then the bedroom group could ignore the penalties for a wrong number and keep trying. No matter how many times it took, they could eventually stumble on the correct sequence.
This is definitely one piece of key information in this Nightmare guaranteed.
So the problem lies on the corridor team. Mu Jiashi, who proposed it, and Lin Qin, whose physical prowess is unparalleled, might agree, but what about Selfish and Scapegoat?
And as expected, almost as soon as Mu Jiashi said his laments ago Selfish has climbed back up from the ground to yell, “youre kidding me! Keeping the man in black here? Youre mad! You cant be so selfish! You can be a flowery saint all you want, but dont involve me in this!”
Mu Jiashi responds to the criticism with silence.
Laosan and Ding Yi both look like they have something to say, but the two rather shy persons ends up staying silent as well.
Erge is much more straightforward though, cracking his knuckles to say, “so, you ready to die?”
Selfishs expression immediately changes. He loudly chastises everyone and says spitefully, “die? Why me?! You bunch of uncaring, miserly miscreants!”
Laoda rolls his eyes, feeling like giving him another kick again. He is mentally exhausted at this point.
How did he even spend so long arguing with someone like him? He must have been out of his mind, or just trying to loosen himself after that terrifying, suffocating experience being slaughtered to death by the man in black in the bedroom.
They are at a standstill.
This run of the Nightmare is ground to a halt in the corridor now, but what should they do to start the next run?
And… in theory, the Server never arranges a true dead end no matter what, right?
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