Inspector Lee did not seem like he was willing to talk about it. There were footsteps coming from the other end of the phone. He walked to a more secluded place before explaining, "The child has a twisted misunderstanding about death."
After meeting Men Nan's main persona, the weirdest child looked normal in Chen Ge's eyes. "At the time, a child's worldview hasn't been shaped yet. Perhaps death is just a journey to somewhere faraway-that, I can understand."
"If only that's all. After the girl was rescued, she didn't say a word for the next three days. She didn't make a fuss or even cry. She was so obedient that it was quite creepy." Inspector Lee thought back to those days. "It was until the fourth day that things changed. A female officer found the girl curled up in the corner of her bed, spacing out while looking at a spider. She thought the girl was scared solid by the spider, so she reached out to kill it. However, the girl started crying, saying the officer had killed her big sister.
"That was the first time the girl spoke, and it was from then that we realized there was something off about her. A child her age didn't feel sorry about the passing of her parents but cried like it was the end of the world for a dead spider. What kind of world she was living in?
"We tried to explain the meaning of death to her, and we realized that, in her heart, death was not the final destination. The girl told us, completely serious, that people would turn into something else after they died. It was not that different from the talk of reincarnation. It was because she was not fearful of death that we kept hearing some cruel words from the girl's lips.
"A cute girl that looked as innocent as an angel using her childish tone to talk about death. Is she an angel or a demon?
"After further investigation, we unearthed more details. The first who reported the case was a passing villager. According to the autopsy report, the girl had been living with her dead parents for at least two days before she was rescued." Inspector Lee lowered his voice. "A child of five was already mature enough to think for herself, but she didn't call the police for two whole days and didn't even go searching for help from other adults. Don't you think that's weird?"
"Could it be that her parents hadn't taught her about these things?" Jiang Ling's pitiable appearance surfaced in Chen Ge's mind, and he also felt that something was off about this girl.
"There were only the girl and her parents' fingerprints inside the house. The method of killing was direct, but it was surprisingly successful. There were many other anomalies. In any case, this case is not as simple as you think."
There was someone who called Inspector Lee's name. Someone was looking for him, and he answered back. "Chen Ge, I need to leave. I know I wouldn't be able to stop you, but I still want to remind you. Be careful of that child, and do not go to that village at night."
"Look at the map, don't you think it's weird that there's nothing else around the village for several miles? When we interviewed the nearest village-which was basically in another district-for the case, there was an elder there who told us there was an epidemic at Lin Guan Village some time ago, and it killed many people." Someone was rushing Inspector Lee. After a few more reminders, Inspector Lee ended the call, leaving Chen Ge stranded in the dark, abandoned village.
Chen Ge pocketed his phone. He said some time ago; how many years ago was that?
Looking at the rectangular blocky houses in the door, he realized that they looked like coffins. "Lin Guan Village, after separating the Lin, it'll become Mu Guan Village!"
He exited the village and stopped beside the asphalt road. Even in broad daylight, Chen Ge would not have found a taxi, much less at midnight. His way back to the city was gone.
Jiang Ling said that her father's peach plantation is to the western side of the village. I should go take a look.
Chen Ge turned on his flashlight and followed the road to the western side of the village. The road became smaller as he neared his destination. Chen Ge hiked over a small hill, and just as he was about to give up, he suddenly saw a light ahead of him.
Someone's there? The light moved slowly into the mountains; it did not seem to have noticed Chen Ge. Chen Ge nudged the hammer further out of the backpack and placed Xiao Xiao in his chest pocket before moving forward. The mountain roads were rocky, so he did not dare move too fast. After tailing it for ten minutes, the light slowly disappeared.
Wait... Could it be spirit fire‽
Left alone in the mountains, he was reminded of the ghost stories that he had been told when he was a babe. They were about how ghosts led innocent people deep into the forest with stray light.
Calm down. Chen Ge patted himself on his face. He pulled the jacket tighter and jogged slowly toward the direction of the light. After turning around hill, the scene before him changed. A peach plantation appeared to have been inserted into the face of the mountain.
Due to the lack of care, the plantation was overgrown with grass, and the peach trees tipped to their sides. From afar, they looked like living humans with abnormal growths. The light reappeared amid the trees.
This should be the peach plantation that belongs to Jiang Ling's father. Chen Ge did not feel happy even though he had found the location. If anything, he was tense due to the appearance of the mysterious light.
Everyone nearby knows about the murder case in this village, so why would someone purposely come here in the middle of the night? Chen Ge moved cautiously. He switched off the flashlight. Thanks to his Yin Yang Vision, Chen Ge could see better than most in the dark.
He slowly moved into the plantation, and then came the sound of shoveling.
What is he doing? Chen Ge was close enough to get a good look. There was a lamp hanging on a peach tree's branch, and underneath it was an old man in his sixties. He was using a hoe to unearth the soil of the plantation like he was looking for something. The old man's behavior was weird. Chen Ge did not announce himself and slowly followed behind the old man to continue his observation.
Even though the man had a halo of white hair, his body was strong. His hands were filled with calluses, a sign of a lifetime of farming. He was wearing a shirt that had almost been washed white, and his face was tense like he did not know how to smile.
Just a normal old man...
No matter how Chen Ge saw it, this was an elderly farmer. However, why would he come to a crime scene to work the plot in the middle of the night?
He was afraid that his sudden appearance might shock the old man, so he purposely returned several meters back and turned on his flashlight before yelling in the peach plantation's direction, "Is someone here? Is there a way to leave this mountain?"
The old man was still frightened by Chen Ge's voice, which seemed to appear out of nowhere. His forehead was covered with cold sweat instantly. > Wooden Coffin Village