nster.
The contents of the black box on the third floor remained unknown, and Gu Yi couldn't retrieve them at the moment.

However, obtaining his Dad's key was still crucial.

Following the previous deduction, Gu Yi successfully created a counterfeit key, and the system simultaneously issued a prompt,

“You have obtained [Dad's Key (Forged)]!”

“Your plot exploration has increased!”

“Current exploration progress: 2%!”

Gu Yi furrowed his brow slightly.
In the previous dungeon, obtaining an important plot item would usually grant him at least 10% or more of exploration progress.

This time, he could only gain a mere 1%.

“The complexity exceeds my imagination…”

Gu Yi rubbed his temples, deep in thought.

After a while, he heard the sound of unlocking coming from outside.

Quickly, Gu Yi tidied up the table, ensuring that no traces were left for his parents to discover.

His mother entered his room, casting a concerned glance at him.


“Are you doing your homework?”

“Yeah.”

“Where's your sister?”

“Upstairs.”

“I see.”

His mother nodded and went to his sister's room.

Gu Yi put down his pen and observed through the crack of the door.

Both parents stood outside his sister's room, speaking as if deliberately avoiding him.
He faintly heard his sister's sobbing, and their conversation seemed to mention something about drawing.

“They must have been informed about the gruesome artwork by the teacher.”

Gu Yi returned to his writing desk and sat down.

Clearly, his parents didn't want “I” to die.
That's why they reacted so anxiously and even scolded his sister when she created that painting suggesting death.

Now it was almost certain.

His parents were on side of “I”, while the anonymous user on the phone was on the opposite side, trying to lead “I” astray with their messages.

The anonymous user was the executioner who exposed the lies.

Knock, knock, knock.

His mother tapped on Gu Yi's door.

“What's up?”

Gu Yi opened the door.

Outside, his mother had changed into her nightwear.
She pointed to her empty wrist and said, “It's almost 10 p.m.
Time to sleep.”

“Huh?” Gu Yi blinked and checked his phone.

[6 days, 9 hours, 23 minutes]


Time had progressed unnoticed again.

“Go take a shower and then go to bed,”

“Um…
okay,”

Gu Yi nodded and obediently went to the bathroom to freshen up.

Regarding the countdown rule, one more point needed to be added.

[The flow of time concluded by parents can affect the countdown on the phone.]

This point could actually be inferred from when he picked up his sister from school.

Gu Yi's parents assigned him the task of picking up his sister.
They believed that Gu Yi could reach his sister's school in ten minutes, which caused the strange time flow phenomenon he experienced earlier.

“This is a significant discovery.
The flow of time in the countdown is actually influenced by my parents will.
If they feel it's time to go to bed, then I have to go to bed.”

After Gu Yi washed up, he lay on his bed and fell asleep.

The next morning.

Gu Yi's phone suddenly rang, and there was another text message from the anonymous user.

[May 12, 2021, light rain.]

[Big brother is gone, and I feel so lonely.
If he were here, he would protect me.]

[There's always a strange person with clown makeup outside the house.
Last night, he suddenly appeared at my window.]

[You know, our house is on the 20th floor.
How did he climb up to my window?] [1]

[Moreover, I've seen that clown before.]

[This morning, a wedding procession came to our neighborhood.
The bride looked like a cat, and the groom looked like a mouse.
The clown was there too, giving out balloons to the children.]

[I told Mom and Dad about the clown, but they said it was just a nightmare.
But I didn't have a nightmare at all.]

[Dad said there haven't been any weddings in our neighborhood recently.
They think I saw the clown somewhere else.]

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