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Hidden corner Chapter :- 24

Chapter 24: Clue Two

“An earthquake?” Li Chengyi felt his heart sink.

“Yes, it’s said that a lot of people died in the garage at that time. I’ve already sent people to try to detect the location,” Sindra said, frowning slightly, as if there was more he hadn’t mentioned.

“When can we have solid information?”

“I don’t know.” Sindra shook his head. “It’s strange. We’ve searched several addresses using vibration detection technology, and there’s nothing underground. There’s something off about this parking lot.”

“Off?” Li Chengyi caught the doubt in his words.

“Yes, it doesn’t seem as simple as the documents suggest. During the investigation, we noticed obvious traces of data being erased by someone. Perhaps someone also misled us with the address information, so finding the real location will take more time,” Sindra explained.

“Alright, at least I have a name now,” Li Chengyi said, slightly disappointed. But since he had been benefiting from the start, he couldn’t complain too much. After all, they owed him nothing.

“Don’t worry, there are still a few days left. I’ve prepared quite a few good things for you,” Sindra said with a smile.

Li Chengyi guessed what it might be, feeling a bit more settled in his heart.

“By the way, isn’t there another assistant besides me? Why haven’t I seen him?”

“He’s out investigating his Dead End information and won’t be available for the time being. Also, apart from this, there’s something else you need to know,” Sindra continued.

“Someone tried to track your exact location as well as your family situation and all surrounding information through your mobile phone registration data.”

“Apart from the company, who else knows I’ve entered the Dead End?” Li Chengyi asked promptly, heart skipping a beat.

“The people here wouldn’t leak information. We wouldn’t need to go through such trouble to check on you,” Sindra replied calmly.

Li Chengyi lowered his head, quickly understanding the implications.

“Is it the person who entered the Dead End with me?”

“As long as you know.”

Sindra walked over and sat down at the table.

“Chengyi, you’re smart and persistent. I’ve been aware of your progress these past months, and I sincerely hope you can make it through the Dead End for the first time,” he said, looking earnestly at Li Chengyi.

“Thank you, boss,” Li Chengyi nodded, his expression equally serious.

“Don’t thank me. Our goals are aligned. The person who checked your information, I’ve blocked them for you. But this is just the first time; be mentally prepared,” Sindra advised.

“Understood.”

Li Chengyi got the message.

To survive in the Dead End, one inevitably had to offend other people and their backing forces.

And if you’re afraid of offending people, worried about this and that, you’re sure to be the one to die in the end.

“Once inside, cooperate first and find the exit as quickly as possible. If it’s not possible and time is running out, don’t hesitate. The rules there are different from reality,” Sindra reminded seriously.

“Okay!” Li Chengyi nodded, his expression solemn.

“I hope you truly understand.”

Sindra sighed, about to continue speaking when suddenly—

A phone ringtone sounded.

He took out his phone, pressed a button, and put it to his ear.

The conversation flowed in rapid bursts, not in the language of Yi State nor White Star dialect, but in another unfamiliar language to Li Chengyi.

After a few exchanges, Sindra’s expression turned to one of surprise and joy.

Soon, he hung up the phone and looked at Li Chengyi.

“We’ve found the real location of Grewius Parking Lot. The excavation has begun. If you want to find the exit, I recommend you visit in person to understand and experience the whole parking lot firsthand,” he suggested earnestly.

Finding the real-life counterpart of the Dead End was an unexpected delight for Li Chengyi.

Without hesitation, he quickly nodded.

“When do we leave?”

“Wait until the excavation is completed. You definitely won’t make it in time now. Digging a complete pathway will take some time, especially since no one knows exactly what’s inside,” Sindra explained. “What you need to do now is to fully prepare for the imminent entry into the Dead End.”

“Indeed, since no one knows how the Dead End will pull me back in, it could happen at any time. If it happens when I’m unprepared—” Li Chengyi said, understanding dawning on him, a sense of urgency rising within him.

“That means, from now on, it’s best to stay at the company permanently, wearing all your equipment at all times to be ready to enter the Dead End at any moment. I’ve prepared a military portable bag for you, filled with high-calorie, long-lasting military rations. Of course, it will have some weight, so consider whether to carry it,” Sindra advised.

Listening to Sindra, Li Chengyi suddenly thought, how should he explain this to his family?

“Could you give me a job certificate for my family?”

“No problem,” Sindra smiled. He had a son too, so he always appreciated those who valued their family.

“You’ll definitely come back alive,” he affirmed seriously.

“I think so too,” Li Chengyi nodded.

Leaving the office, stepping into the elevator, the elevator doors hadn’t yet closed when suddenly the pencil-browed lady from last time quickly approached, handing him a bag.

“This is what the boss has given you in advance.”

“Thank you.”

“Remember to wear it at all times, and keep the gun concealed,” the pencil-browed woman admonished seriously.

“Mm.” Li Chengyi took the bag, looking inside.

The opaque bag contained a set of black, thick vests, and at the center, a small, black pistol was coiled up—exactly the Deling G17 model he had practiced with before.

“Remember not to let others find out,” the pencil-browed woman reminded again. “Don’t worry about inspections in the metro or other places; its engineering plastic material can pass through most checks.”

“Rest assured. I’ll be careful,” Li Chengyi affirmed again.

He raised his hand in an okay gesture as the elevator doors slowly closed.

Unpacking the bag, pulling out the bulletproof vest to take a look, he quickly took off his sports jacket and put it on.

The heavy bulletproof vest provided him with a solid sense of security.

Next was the pistol.

The gun even came with a belt holster. Li Chengyi skillfully tied the belt, placed the gun into the back waist holster, and secured it.

Then, he put on his jacket again.

Zip.

As he zipped up, the slight friction noise also concealed the bulletproof vest and handgun entirely.

Riding the public bus, he returned to the Happy Community.

Li Chengyi felt somewhat uneasy since this was the first time he had brought a gun home, though that description felt a bit odd.

He continuously simulated in his mind how he would respond if discovered by his family.

Unknowingly, he had already arrived at his home’s entrance.

Standing before the black-red security door, he looked up at the red “Fu” character pasted above, hesitating to unlock the door.

“Going in? What are you waiting for at the door?” A impatient female voice came from behind.

Li Chengyi turned around and saw his sister, Li Chengjiu.

As twins, Li Chengjiu shared some resemblance with Li Chengyi.

Both of them had ordinary looks, not particularly appealing.

But their eyes, tilting slightly upward at the corners with fine eyebrows clinging close to the lids, gave the impression of always smiling.

Li Chengyi’s smile was quite ordinary, radiating a gentle presence.

Whereas his elder sister, Li Chengjiu, was entirely different.

Her face was thinner, cheeks sunken, high cheekbones, lips deliberately tinted dark red.

Just standing behind Li Chengyi, she exuded a chilly and harsh aura.

Coupled with the upwards tilt of her eyes, which usually suggested a smile, she now seemed coldly mocking.

“Not going in then move aside,” Li Chengjiu pushed past her brother, taking out her keys to unlock the door.

She seemed to be in a bad mood.

But in the memories of Li Chengyi’s previous self, she seemed to never have been in a good mood since returning, always irritable, smashing things at the slightest provocation.

Click. The door opened.

Li Chengyi noticed his sister still carried that silver metallic briefcase with many new scratches on the surface.

He followed inside silently, swapped shoes, washed his hands, and headed straight to his room, shutting the door behind him.

His parents were not home yet, and it wasn’t completely dark outside.

He sat at his desk, listening as Li Chengjiu cursed loudly in the next room, angry about something or other.

Reaching behind his waist, he gently touched the Deling G17, its cold, hard engineering plastic feeling lighter than metal and rough to the touch due to its matte finish.

Pulling the curtains shut, Li Chengyi sat by the table, drew the gun, removed the magazine, and started to unload the bullets one by one, counting them again.

After counting the bullets, he checked the rest of the gun to ensure every part was in order, to avoid any malfunction.

The special training over the past month, although making him somewhat clumsy in the checking process, didn’t let him skip any steps.

Finally, reinserting the magazine into the gun, Li Chengyi mimicked a light aiming action.

Bang.

Suddenly, noise from the living room, the sound of the security door closing.

Then, his mother Feng Yurong entering, switching shoes. The rustling of plastic bags in her hands was filled with meat and vegetables, ingredients for tonight’s dinner.

Li Chengyi quickly holstered the handgun, stood up, adjusted his clothes, walked to the door, and opened it—he had to tell his family about his job.

Click.

The door opened.

He paused abruptly.

Looking ahead, he didn’t see the familiar living room of his former home but the confined and dangerous Dead End he had entered several times before.

Grewius Parking Lot!

And right across the door, in a parking space, stood a black-dressed woman he found somewhat familiar.

The woman, with her back to him, startled at the noise and slowly turned her body, looking at him.

“…!!?”

“…”

Their eyes met.

“Hello. We—” Meng Dongdong squeezed out a smile, stepping forward while stealthily reaching for the handgun in her jacket pocket.

But after only two steps, her pupils shrank as she saw a black muzzle in the man’s hand across from her.

Bang! Bang bang bang bang!

The shells flew out of the Deling G17 like living creatures, hitting the ground.

Seventeen bullets, fired rhythmically, all discharged in just under five seconds.

Meng Dongdong’s body shook uncontrollably like a sieve until the last shot ended, and she slowly went still, eyes rolled back, collapsing to the ground.

(End of Chapter)

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Hidden Dead Ends

Hidden Dead Ends

Hidden corner, 隐秘死角
Score 10
Status: Ongoing Type: Author: Released: 2023 Native Language: Chinese
Have you heard of it? In the dead of night, if you turn on a music player, put on earphones, hide under the blanket, and listen to a single on loop… After it loops forty-four times, you will fall asleep. If you are unlucky when you open your eyes again, you will no longer be lying on your bed, but you will enter a strange space completely isolated from reality. That space… On the surface, it looks like the places we usually see—your bedroom, living room, underground parking garage, bathroom, basketball court, construction site, and so on. But if you observe carefully, you will discover that they are different… Everything is different. *** This is the experience of an ordinary person who, after acquiring superpowers, transforms and grows step by step in Dead Ends to reach the peak.

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