The dean took him to the 9th floor. The number of patients on this floor was much less than the lower floors and none of them seemed seriously ill. Bai Liu felt that the patients on this floor were as sick as he was. The most intuitive thing was that they were all around the same height.
Based on Bai Liu’s observations, the sicker the patients in the hospital, the more slender their bodies. In other words, the more they looked like the ‘slender man’.
Little Bai Liu (6)’s description of him was actually quite correct. This child’s ability to identify horror objects made Bai Liu realize that he might’ve been consciously aware of this since the age of 14.
There were a total of 21 wards on this floor. The dean arranged a room for Bai Liu and said she would go back to pick up the other investors. Bai Liu was staying in 906, a room on the left side of the corridor. Bai Liu observed the entire ward and thought this private hospital was a bit strange.
The decorations of this hospital were good and exquisite, but the lighting was extremely poor. All the wards were dim and the lights needed to be turned on in the daytime. The brightness of the lights here was also very low and it was hard to see anything when the lights were on. The inside of the hospital was full of high-power humidifiers that sprayed a mist all the time. It made the entire hospital humid like this was the south and there was a haze of water vapor everywhere.
Avoiding light and increasing humidity—normal hospitals would never be built like this. It was as if they were afraid the patients living here wouldn’t die. Poor light and heavy fog led to poor visibility in the hospital.
If it wasn’t for the dean bringing Bai Liu there then it would be difficult for players to find the various passages here. They couldn’t see and due to the water vapor, the ground and walls were very slippery. Bai Liu currently was tall with long limbs. It was easy for him to fall when walking on this slippery ground. This gave Bai Liu a bad premonition that if there was a chase in the hospital, he would have to run very hard.
Bai Liu glanced around his ward and found three humidifiers and one lamp, which was very dim. The strangest thing was the hospital bed. He said earlier that this was a very well-equipped private hospital that looked very high-end. The bathroom taps were in the shape of golden lions but the hospital bed—
Bai Liu lifted the white sheets on the hospital bed and raised his eyebrow when he saw the stacked straw below. This was actually a straw bed.
Bai Liu had stayed on this type of bed in a relatively poor welfare home when he was a child. It was comfortable and troublesome to live on but the advantage was that it was cheaper than other beds.
The straw needed to be dry in order to sleep comfortably. Once it was wet, it was easy to rot and cause various red spots on the human body. In a very humid environment, the straw could even grow mushrooms. For example, after opening the sheets, Bai Liu saw a cluster of gray mushrooms growing in dense clusters from the corner of Bai Liu’s hospital bed to the ground of the wooden bookcase next to the hospital bed.
A straw bed was used in a room with three humidifiers. This bed was no different from a fungus petri dish. The straw would rot quickly and there would be insects, maggots and mushrooms on it that crawled over the body of the person sleeping on it.
In short, in Bai Liu’s childhood, he would rather sleep on the ground than on the straw bed when it was the rainy season.
[System tip: Asking player Bai Liu (investor identity) to complete the main task: find the prescription to restore your life and alleviate your terminal illness symptoms.]
Medicine to restore his life…
Where could he find the cure? If this was a private hospital with doctors then Bai Liu would’ve gone to the doctor’s office to look for the prescription and the treatment drugs.
However, there were no doctors here. There was only a group of nurses pushing carts in the corridor. Bai Liu had taken a look at the nurse’s office when coming in. There were no vials or pills. There weren’t even syringes or IVs. There were several waist height stainless steel carts that looked a lot like the dining carts of the cafeteria of Bai Liu’s company. They should be used to deliver meals to patients.
In a hospital with no doctors, no medicine and nothing but patients, how could he find the ‘life recovery’ medicine for a terminally ill patient? Wait, there was nothing but the patients…
Bai Liu’s eyes narrowed slightly as he started to search the bookcase in the ward. There was a bookcase behind the door of this ward. Previously, Bai Liu had swept his eyes over it without paying much attention to it. It contained some very old books but there were so many books that Bai Liu didn’t even think in the direction of clues. The books inside were also disorganized. It ranged from novels to geographical atlases.
If Bai Liu designed the game himself, he wouldn’t hide the clues in such a place full of cumbersome information. It was because it was boring for players to search through a bookcase that was over two meters high and full of books.
There was just one case where it was different—what if there wasn’t only one piece of information that players needed to find from the bookcase? It contained everything that a player should discover except for a small part.
[System tip: Congratulations to the player for triggering the side task: search the medical books (life recovery medicine).]
Bai Liu sorted out the books into simple categories. Some books Bai Liu felt had nothing to do with the instance, such as pornographic magazines. The rest remaining were some medical magazines and books. He placed them in a heavy pile on the ground. If Bai Liu had to estimate the weight, it would probably be dozens of kilograms.
These were all medical books. There were Chinese and Western medical books, internal and external medicine books as well as some English medical papers and magazines. There were so many medical books that Bai Liu didn’t know how he could find the life recovery medicine from them. Bai Liu felt that a person with no medical knowledge couldn’t do this.
His eyes stared at the medical books that no one apart from doctors had looked through and found a sense of violation. There were no doctors in this private hospital. It was impossible for these books to be read by doctors but it was clear that these books were for people with a certain degree of medical knowledge.
These books were for the patients who lived in this ward, the investors. So it wasn’t that this private hospital had no doctors. It was that the patients who lived here were the doctors. They were strange patients who read and treated themselves.
These investors obviously had a lot of money. Why didn’t they find doctors instead of treating themselves? Was the doctor unable to treat them? However, if doctors couldn’t treat them then reading these books wasn’t very valuable. After all, they were books that doctors should’ve read.
Bai Liu thought about it. It was obvious that the investors here all had some type of terminal illness. So besides Bai Liu, someone must’ve started treatment i.e. they started using the live recovery medicine. It was just that the new patients who had just entered couldn’t get it for free. They had to find it for themselves from this pile of books.
It was just that Bai Liu was a student who wasn’t very disciplined and wasn’t fond of homework. He had very low reading comprehension for things he wasn’t interested in. In his student years, his grades in many subjects were obvious. So when Bai Liu didn’t want to study and couldn’t figure out the answer, he quickly decided to shamelessly copy the homework of others. When he studied, he usually copied Lu Yizhan because Lu Yizhan was a good student with the highest percentage of correct homework. Then in this game—
Bai Liu narrowed his eyes. The key now was—whose homework should he copy? In this hospital, who could solve this and gain the key clue from this pile of books quickly and correctly?
Mu Ke was also brought to this private hospital by the dean and triggered the task to search for the life recovery medicine in the bookcase. He was now sitting on the bed and looking at the pile of medical books.
He hadn’t read a book for a long time after he graduated. The main problem was that the lighting in this room was so dark he couldn’t see if someone was one meter away from him, let alone read. Mu Ke was going to buy a desk lamp or something for lighting but the system reminded him that light needed to be avoided in the ward and high-brightness lighting was prohibited. Was he sure he still wanted to buy related items?
It meant the item could be sold to him but he couldn’t use them in the ward.
Mu Ke wanted to see if the books could be taken out to read. It was at least better than the lighting in this room.
The moment he walked out of the ward with a book, he was startled the moment he opened the door. An expressionless nurse was patrolling the corridor with a stainless steel cart. Once she saw Mu Ke coming out with the book, she gave him a warning. She said that he couldn’t walk around casually with things from the ward. In addition, patients weren’t allowed to walk around freely on the first day of admission so he should stay in the ward.
It seemed he couldn’t take it out. Mu Ke frowned and returned to his room. Mu Ke had to try reading in this light.
Then after looking for a while, Mu Ke felt powerless. His reading speed was considered very fast but the efficiency in this type of low light was too low. The direction was also very messy. It was hard to get an effective treatment plan, or as the system said, the life recovery medicine from it.
Mu Ke realized it was difficult to find the correct answer by reading the books himself but he couldn’t think of any other ideas for the moment. After all, the game’s hints were too strong. It obviously asked the players to look at the pile of books in the bookcase to find the answer and this happened to be Mu Ke’s strong point.
Mu Ke was a bit anxious as he looked at the book in his hand and sighed. It had been too long since he had the feeling of not finding an answer when reading a book. Mu Ke was a top student since he was a child and had skipped several years after entering high school. His intelligence value was also relatively high at 85 points after entering the game.
His reading and memory comprehension skills were excellent. If he was given a relatively bright environment then it wouldn’t be difficult for him to find the answer after reading this pile of books for three days. He was eager to come up with the life recovery medicine for Bai Liu but the dim reality made him more and more irritable.
It took an hour to finish reading a book. This wasn’t his true level at all!