ody painting.

Gu Yi received the painting, and a system prompt sounded in his ear.

“You have found the [Sister's Bloody Painting].”

“Plot exploration progress increased by 1%.”

Only 1%?

It seems that this thing doesn't hold much value to dig into.
It likely serves as a hint or clue.

“Teacher, what do you think of this painting?”

“I'm not an expert, but I think you should take the child to a major hospital's psychiatric department.”

“I understand.”

Gu Yi folded the bloody painting and put it in his backpack.
Then he turned around and squatted in front of his sister.

“Are you hungry?”

Gu Yi didn't see any response from his sister, but he confidently continued to communicate with her.

“I saw that you finished your almond water just now.
Do you want more?”

The sister took out the bottle of almond water.

The bottle of almond water floated in the air in front of Gu Yi.


“I'll take you to the convenience store later.
How about that?”

The bottle swayed up and down.

“Be good, and I'll take you there right away, okay?”

Gu Yi grinned, gently patted the air in front of him, and then led her toward the school gate.

The small backpack floated in mid-air, sticking closely to his side.

Gu Yi felt a chill in his palm, but his mind was still pondering the puzzle in the dungeon—what exactly was the sister beside him?

Or rather, what was he himself?

Gu Yi sat on the bus and dozed off for a short while.

When he opened his eyes, they had already arrived at the entrance of the convenience store.

The shopkeeper was a middle-aged man in his thirties or forties, with a big pompadour hairstyle.
There was a transistor radio playing next to his counter, broadcasting a storytelling show that sounded like the story of Water Margin.
[1]

“What would you like to buy?”

“Almond water.” Gu Yi paused.
“Two bottles.”

“Five yuan.”

Gu Yi bought two bottles, one for his sister and one for himself.
He opened one and took a sip.

The taste of the almond water was strange, and Gu Yi couldn't get used to it.
He only took a sip and wanted to throw the bottle away.

Just as he closed the lid, he heard a notification sound from the system.

“You have consumed [Almond Water]!”

“You have entered the Clairvoyance state, lasting for five minutes.”

Gu Yi blinked and suddenly felt a chilling sensation behind him.


He looked towards the village entrance, where it seemed like an endless tide of emptiness was rushing toward him.
As long as he took a step outside the town, he would be instantly swallowed by the void.

“What the heck?”

Gu Yi muttered in a low voice and suddenly felt his sleeve being tugged.

He turned his head and found that he could actually see his sister.

“I finished drinking it!”

His sister held up the empty bottle, her eyes innocent and pure.

Gu Yi was stunned for a moment.
“Do you want more?”

“No.” His sister shook her head.
“Let's go home.
I still have homework to do.”

“Okay, wait for me while I buy a few more bottles of almond water.”

Gu Yi nodded and bought a whole case of almond water from the shopkeeper.

With this, Gu Yi could communicate with his sister unimpeded.

“I was really careless.
The lease instructions did have a hint, but unfortunately, I didn't pay attention to it at all.
I was too focused on the puzzle of the family of three.

But…

Why almond water?

Why do I have to drink a specific beverage from the dungeon to be able to see my sister? Is there a secret hidden in this?”

Gu Yi contemplated silently in his mind as he held his sister and waited for the bus at the bus stop.

The shopkeeper at the convenience store switched channels.

This time, instead of playing a normal storytelling show, he played a horror ghost story.

The narrator's voice was ear-catching, immediately capturing Gu Yi's attention.

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