Chapter 569 – The Way to Break the Game
Long Sen’s eyes widened when Tang Ci unexpectedly appeared. He clearly saw Tang Ci be thrown into the fire by Old Gui. Why was he standing here now?
The Peach Blossom Spring’s teleportation pulled people from all over the full map of the secret room. For example, if the real Liu Qiao was unconscious and someone replaced Liu Qiao’s identity, the fake Liu Qiao would receive the teleportation invitation. This case had happened countless times in the interstellar secret room.
Was this Tang Ci also fake?
Long Sen quickly stepped back and stared warily at Tang Ci. “Mr Tang, aren’t you dead?”
Tang Ci casually replied, “Did you see my corpse with your own eyes?”
Long Sen thought about it carefully. He found the bodies of Brother Jiu and Old Mo near the fire site. They were both stabbed by Old Gui’s knife. However, Tang Ci was thrown into the fire. He didn’t see Tang Ci’s body and thought that Tang Ci had burned to ashes.
However, even the high temperature furnace of a crematorium would take time to burn people to ashes, let alone an ordinary fire. Shouldn’t his charred corpse be left behind if Tang Ci burned to death?
Long Sen’s eyes lit up. “You weren’t burned to death. Are you really Mr Tang?”
Tang Ci simply took out the contract book and handed it back to Shao Qingge. “Chief Shao can confirm my identity.”
Shao Qingge finally dispelled his doubts when he saw this book. All the cards in the Card World could be copied but there was only one contract book. As the new captain, Shao Qingge had personally handed over the contract book to Tang Ci in the past.
He opened the contract book and took a look. The signatures of Xiao Lou, Yu Hanjiang, Qu Wanyue, Lu Jiuchuan and Mo Xuemin had disappeared but the names of the remaining seven people were still present.
At this time, there were four people visible in the Peach Blossom Spring and Ye Qi, who was wearing the invisibility cloak to hide.
Did Chu Huaying and Gui Yuanzhang accept the teleportation?
Before Shao Qingge could speak, he heard Tang Ci calmly say, “Is Huaying here? Come out.”
A woman dressed in black appeared from behind a peach blossom tree. Sure enough, she had been wearing the invisibility cloak.
Ye Qi wanted to come out but Shao Qingge dissuaded him though Heart has a Tacit Exchange of Romantic Feelings. “Ye Qi, don’t come out. The fewer people who know you are still alive, the better it is. I still can’t fully trust our teammates standing in front of me. Do you understand?”
Ye Qi had no choice but to continue to hide using the invisibility cloak. He carefully listened to everyone’s discussion.
Chu Huaying walked over to Tang Ci and raised an eyebrow with surprise. “You aren’t dead?”
“Yes, fortunately, I still have the high temperature resistant mecha. The flames couldn’t burn me.”
Shao Qingge questioned him. “You said just now that it isn’t the best time to use the Time Reversal card. What do you mean by that?”
Tang Ci explained, “The time reversal can turn back time by five hours but there is a limitation. Only the person who uses this card will retain their memories. The memories of other people will go back to five hours ago.”
He paused and glanced at everyone. “In other words, if I use it to make the time of the secret room go back to five hours ago, only I will know what happened. The memories of all of you will go back to five hours ago. At that time, would you believe me if I directly told you that Old Gui is a traitor and Liu Qiao will be used by her sister?”
Everyone looked at each other and remained silent.
“Believing it or not—this is the first question I will have to face. Moreover, what can I change after going back? The hunters in this secret room are very strong and the sister Liu Qiao cares about most is among them.” He glanced at the pale girl and asked in a low voice, “Liu Qiao, if I told you that your sister is a hunter and will use you to kill Professor Xiao, will you believe me and kill your sister without hesitation?”
Liu Qiao’s eyelashes fluttered and she lowered her head slightly. “…I can’t do it.”
Nothing had happened. Just based on Tang Ci’s one-sided words, how many people would believe that the hunters had arranged Liu Ying’s actions? Who would believe that Old Gui was a traitor lurking in the time? More likely, everyone would doubt Tang Ci instead.
Shao Qingge frowned and fell into contemplation.
Going back in time would push the time back by five hours but it would erase other people’s memories. Only the person who used the card would have their complete memory. This person must be careful not to let the hunters realize they had used the Time Reversal card while also having excellent eloquence and logical thinking ability to convince their teammates and gain the trust of the team.
It was difficult for Tang Ci to do this.
Shao Qingge looked at him. “Mr Tang, do you have a better way?”
Tang Ci calmly answered, “It is hard for me to convince you with my one-sided words but Xiao Lou can do it. He can first connect to Yu Hanjiang using Heart has a Tacit Exchange of Romantic Feelings and Yu Hanjiang will unconditionally believe him. Liu Qiao and Ye Qi both admire Professor Xiao and they will naturally believe in his arrangements. The united front of Xiao Lou and Yu Hanjiang will easily convince Brother Jiu and I. Therefore, Xiao Lou is the best person to use this card.”
Everyone looked at each other and felt that Tang Ci’s words made sense. Tang Ci had only joined later and Shao Qingge and the others were more accustomed to listening to Xiao Lou’s arrangement. In addition, it was easier to convince the team if Xiao Lou and Yu Hanjiang were on the same page.
This card could only be used once. Xiao Lou using it was the most secure choice.
However, Xiao Lou had been eliminated and was in the Nightmare Room.
Shao Qingge frowned. “Xiao Lou is in the Nightmare Room. What if he can’t come out?”
Tang Ci said, “I think that based on Xiao Lou’s ability, he can survive the Nightmare Room and come back here to find us. If… Xiao Lou really can’t come back, the worst result is that I will use the Time Reversal card to go back and find a way to gain his trust.”
Shao Qingge nodded. “Okay, we will try our best to wait for Xiao Lou to come back. We can only reverse time by five hours. It has been two hours since Xiao Lou and Yu Hanjiang were killed in the hospital. There are three hours left for us to investigate. We will try to leave more information for the teammate who finally uses the card.”
Tang Ci suggested, “Xiao Liu and Long Sen should stay in the Peach Blossom Spring to rest. I will go out with Huaying and Chief Shao to investigate.”
Liu Qiao’s expression changed and she walked over to Tang Ci. “Mr Tang, my sister…”
Tang Ci solemnly told her, “I can’t let you out due to your sister’s existence. In case she pretends to be you again, it will be difficult for us to distinguish between the two of you. Xiao Liu, for the sake of everyone and for yourself, it is better for you to stay in the Peach Blossom Spring.”
Liu Qiao bit her lip silently.
Shao Qingge walked over and patted her on the shoulder. “Don’t worry, you will definitely be able to save your sister as long as we leave the Card World. After all, in reality, both of you were in the same car accident together. On the other hand, do you really think Brother Xu of the Eternal Kingdom will mercifully issue you an immortality card if the hunters succeed?”
Liu Qiao gritted her teeth. “He must be lying to my sister. My guess is that once he succeeds and kills all of you, my sister and I will be the first ones he kills because we know too many secrets!”
Xiao Liu was indeed much smarter than her older sister.
In fact, her sister still had some use value and was safe as long as Liu Qiao didn’t appear. The moment she appeared and her whereabouts were grasped by the hunters, the two sisters would definitely be killed by the man behind the scenes.
Liu Qiao quickly figured this out and told everyone, “I’ll stay in the Peach Blossom Spring… thank you.”
She bowed deeply to Tang Ci and the others.
All of this started because of her but her teammates didn’t scold her. Liu Qiao felt very ashamed. She took out her card pack and handed it to Chief Shao. “I will wait for you to come back.”
Long Sen also handed over his card pack. “I’m not healed yet and I can’t help too much. These cards are for you. Everyone, pay attention to safety!”
The Peach Blossom Spring could last for three hours. Liu Qiao and Long Sen would be safe as long as they didn’t go out. The cards left in their hands wouldn’t be used so it was better to hand them over to the teammates. Chief Shao could also pick the useful cards to make copies of them.
Shao Qingge didn’t hesitate to take the two card packs. He took Tang Ci and Chu Huaying to leave the Peach Blossom Spring.
Ye Qi wanted to follow but Shao Qingge told him, “Xiao Ye, you stay and hide in the Peach Blossom Spring. If we encounter danger, I will notify you so you can teleport us.”
Ye Qi seriously agreed. “I understand.”
The teleportation point was several kilometers away from the oasis town. After walking out of the Peach Blossom Spring, they were surrounded by the desert and no one could be seen. Shao Qingge confirmed that this place was safe so he asked Tang Ci in a low voice, “Since Old Gui is a spy, why didn’t he accept the teleportation just now? Did he feel like he had no chance of winning against us alone?”
Tang Ci shook his head. “No. It is because he felt the most appropriate time hadn’t come yet.”
Chu Huaying was stunned. “What do you mean?”
Tang Ci stopped and stared at the two of them. “Going back in time is the only way to break the situation of the two jokers secret room. The person who goes back in time must have all the information of the hunters in order to lead their teammates and win despite the numerical disadvantage.”
Shao Qingge said, “It is impossible to master all the information about the hunters. The hunters are hidden in the darkness and are like ghosts in the night. We don’t know where the hunters are while the hunters can replace the natives in the secret room, stealing their identities or even becoming our relatives…”
Chu Huaying frowned. “Brother Jiu has been undercover in the Hunter’s League for so long and he hasn’t been able to find out the truth. He couldn’t even get close to the core members? How can we find out all this information? At most, we can only find their base.”
Tang Ci calmly gazed into the distance. “Actually, it isn’t impossible to find out the details of the hunters.”
Shao Qingge and Chu Huaying asked simultaneously, “How?”
In the desert night, a cold wind blew. The three people shivered from the cold. Tang Ci took a deep breath, wrapped his tattered coat tightly around himself and clenched his fists. “Become a hunter.”
At the same time, the Nightmare Room.
Lu Jiuchuan woke up and found that he was lying on all fours in the desert with a ‘dog crawling’ posture. Next to him, Old Mo was lying in the sand in the same ugly posture. The two of them had been thrown in the desert like garbage. The surrounding desert was empty and there was only endless sand in his vision.
Lu Jiuchuan frowned and spat out the sand in his mouth. Then he walked over and shook Old Mo awake.
Old Mo woke up quickly. He looked dazed until the notification ‘Welcome to the Nightmare Room’ appeared in his floating box.
Old Mo’s eyes widened. “Is it the Nightmare Room?”
The moment the notification popped up, there was the piercing sound of wolf howls around them.
Lu Jiuchuan cursed and immediately took out the sharp ice sword to freeze the wolves around them!
Old Mo hid behind Lu Jiuchuan with fear. “These wolves are several times more numerous than the ones Liu Qiao and I met before!”
At that time, he made a sealed room out of marble and hid in it with Liu Qiao. It saved their lives but now the marble card was scrapped. What should they do?
Old Mo was in a hurry and quickly took out the Model Room card.
The card was thrown out and a three-bedroom, one public room model room with external walls entirely made of cement appeared in front of them, covering Lu Jiuchuan and Old Mo inside at the same time. Apart from a few wolves close enough to be trapped inside who were resolved by Lu Jiuchuan, the remaining wolves were all kept out.
No matter how sharp the teeth of the wolves, they couldn’t bite through the cement. They could only howl outside.
Lu Jiuchuan gave Old Mo a thumbs up. “You are engaged in construction in the desert. It is quite handy.”
Old Mo smiled bitterly and scratched his head. “Unfortunately, this card becomes invalid once it is used. How to survive next is still a big problem. This is the first time I have come to the Nightmare Room…”
Lu Jiuchuan put away his jokes and his expression gradually darkened.
This was the second time he had come to the Nightmare Room.
Last time, he escaped from death but he was wounded all over. He had no idea if he could survive this time.
Lu Jiuchuan thought back to the scene before his death and coldness flashed in his eyes. Old Gui’s shot was fast and fierce. He was stabbed in the heart when defenseless. He never thought that one day he would actually die at the hands of Old Gui!
Lu Jiuchuan clenched his fists tightly and the veins on the back of his hands bulged. Just then, he found that he had a letter in his hand.
He was stunned and quickly opened it, only to see the words: Lu Jiuchuan, you are still too young. You can’t go undercover in the HUnter’s League just by changing your information. It is only by personally becoming a hunter and gaining the trust of the high level members that you can find out the true secrets of this organization.
It was written in cursive and the handwriting was vigorous and powerful. There was an extra sentence at the end:
“Going back in time and changing your life against the sky is the only way to break the game of the Card World.”