Chapter 23 – Ghost Face King

“Little Qi, has your teacher left?”

After seeing off Zhao Kongcheng, Auntie hurriedly walked out of the kitchen and said, “Oh, why didn’t you let him stay for dinner before leaving! This child…”

Lin Qiye shook his head. “He has something to do later, so he won’t stay for dinner.”

“What did your teacher say?”

“Nothing much. He said there’s a physical test and came specifically to ask about my eyes.”

“Teacher Zhao is such a good person. He even came to the student’s house to ask about it. By the way, before you came back, he helped me wash the vegetables in the kitchen. He looks strong and sturdy, but I didn’t expect him to be so meticulous in his work.”

Auntie wiped her apron with her hand, turned off the noisy range hood, and said to Lin Qiye, “Dinner is almost ready. Call your little brother to come and eat.”


After a while, the family of three sat neatly around the table. There were seven dishes on the table, all of them colorful and delicious, making people’s mouths water!

“Tomato scrambled eggs, stewed chicken soup, dry-fried green beans… and sweet and sour spare ribs?!” Yang Jin looked at the table full of food and swallowed his saliva. “Mom, when was the last time our family had such a sumptuous meal?”

“Little Qi’s eyes have recovered. This is a bigger celebration than the New Year, so it should be grand!” Auntie said naturally.

Lin Qiye lowered his head and looked at Little Black Pox wagging its tail crazily. He smiled and said, “It seems that Little Black Pox will also have a feast tonight.”

“We’ll treat it well.” Auntie smiled and picked up the tea cup in front of her. “Cheers to celebrate Little Qi’s recovery!”



Under the dim clouds, the faint twilight had long disappeared, as if the sky and earth were covered with a black veil.

Rain was swaying in the wind.

Lights were shining in the distant city.

In this old and short residential area, a figure wearing a dark red cloak was running in the rain, holding a large suitcase in his hand.

Rainwater fell down Zhao Kongcheng’s cheeks. Although it was summer rain, it had an inexplicable chilliness.

“Are you sure the Ghost-Faced King really came in this direction?” Zhao Kongcheng frowned.

In his earpiece, Wu Xiangnan’s voice sounded. “Not sure. Ten minutes ago, our search team found the Ghost-Faced King’s bloodstains in the nearby sewer network. Judging from its tracks, its destination can only be this old residential area or the city center.”

“There are two possible destinations?”

“That’s right.”

“What should we do? Should we split into two teams to guard?”

“In theory, yes. But the city center has a huge population, and we can’t easily evacuate the crowd. If the Ghost-Faced King appears in the city center, it will not only cause a large number of casualties but also easily cause panic. So we have sent most of our forces to guard the city center.”

“What about the old residential area? If the Ghost-Faced King appears here, the people here will also be in danger!”

“The old residential area has fewer residents and is more scattered compared to the city center, making it easier to evacuate. And…”

“And even if the Ghost-Faced King comes here, it won’t cause too much damage, right?” Zhao Kongcheng’s voice carried a hint of anger. “The people living here are also living beings!”

“Old Zhao, calm down!” Wu Xiangnan’s voice was extremely serious. “I have never said to give up on the old residential area. Hong Ying has already gone there with people. Your task is to evacuate the residents of the old residential area as quickly as possible.”

“And even if the Ghost-Faced King really goes there, don’t engage in direct conflict with it. You can’t handle the Ghost-Faced King. If necessary, use the No-Restrictions Zone to trap it.”

Zhao Kongcheng slowly loosened his clenched fist and sighed.


Although Zhao Kongcheng was somewhat unwilling in his heart, he knew very well that this was the right thing to do.

After all, if the Ghost-Faced King really went to the city center, with the dense population there, it could easily hide in a dark corner and kill a few people to restore its strength. Once exposed to the public, it would inevitably cause panic.

Therefore, no matter how many people were sent to the city center, it would never be enough.

On the other hand, the old residential area had fewer residents and they were more spaced out. Even if the Ghost-Faced King came here, it would take time for it to recover its strength, and the chances of exposure were small.

In this situation, it was already commendable for Wu Xiangnan to send people to the old residential area.

Now, he had to evacuate the residents of the old residential area as quickly as possible.

It was a race against time!

Zhao Kongcheng’s figure shuttled through the rain, his speed astonishing. Raindrops fell on the suitcase in his hand, splashing out sparkling water droplets.

Not far away, in the misty water vapor, the familiar low house became clearer.

Just a few minutes ago, he had just come out from there.

Zhao Kongcheng’s heart was filled with complexity. Calculating the time, that family should have started dinner, right? He remembered there were sweet and sour spare ribs, tomato scrambled eggs, and dry-fried green beans…”Right, he was the one who washed the green beans.

Damn it, I just acted cool in front of that kid, saying I would take on the responsibility of protecting the world, and now I have to go knock on their door and tell them to evacuate…

Doesn’t this make me look bad?

However, now is not the time to worry about face.

Zhao Kongcheng sped forward in the rain, but at that moment, a nauseating stench suddenly filled his nostrils!

His pupils contracted sharply, and he abruptly halted!!

The sound of the rain filled Zhao Kongcheng’s mind as he cautiously and slowly turned his head, his eyes wide open, afraid to miss any detail.

Then, his gaze fell on a manhole cover not far away.

The stench was getting stronger.

Zhao Kongcheng’s hand tightly gripped the handle of his briefcase. He took a deep breath, bent slightly, and placed the briefcase on the ground.

He knew very well what this stench represented.

“Report, Watcher Zhao Kongcheng, Ghost Face King spotted in the old residential area…” He opened his earpiece, his voice very calm.

As he spoke, he pressed a button on the briefcase.


The briefcase popped open, revealing three neatly arranged and brand new warning signs inside.

Zhao Kongcheng hoisted the three signs, placed one on the spot, and then dashed off in another direction!

Almost the moment Zhao Kongcheng finished speaking, Wu Xiangnan’s voice came from the other end of the earpiece.

“Received! I’ve issued the order, the Night Watchmen are moving towards the old residential area, Hong Ying and the others will be there soon, at most ten minutes!

Ten minutes! Old Zhao, set up the No-Restrictions Zone, trap it temporarily!”

Zhao Kongcheng placed the second sign, and as he sprinted towards the third point of the triangle, he spoke helplessly:

“Xiangnan, the No-Restrictions Zone is used to hide battles, not to trap people, it can’t hold the Ghost Face King for ten minutes.”

Gurgle, gurgle, gurgle…

Rainwater flowed into the manhole cover along the slope of the ground, but suddenly the entire manhole cover began to shake violently, and the rainwater that had been pouring into it began to gush out like a boiling spring!

“No matter what, don’t engage the Ghost Face King directly!” Wu Xiangnan’s voice was clearly anxious, “Old Zhao, the old residential area is so large, even if the Ghost Face King comes out, it won’t cause damage immediately.

In these ten minutes, even if it kills a few people, it won’t recover much strength!

Casualties caused by ‘mysteries’ are happening every moment, we Night Watchmen are not gods, we can’t prevent all deaths and injuries, and losing a core member because of a severely injured Ghost Face King is absolutely not worth it!

Old Zhao, Old Zhao! Can you hear me?”


The manhole cover was shot up like a cannonball, soaring into the sky. From the dark sewer opening, a ferocious arm suddenly reached out, followed by a monster several times larger than the original Ghost Face Man leaping out!

Zhao Kongcheng calmly watched this scene, slowly placing the last warning sign in his hand, biting his fingertip, and smearing a line of fresh blood on the sign.

“Xiangnan, do you still remember the oath you once made…”

Zhao Kongcheng stared at the Ghost Face King in front of him, slightly squatting down, his gaze falling on the small residential building not far away.

“If the dark night finally comes, I will stand before countless people…

This time, there are not countless people behind me,


Behind me…

Is that child’s whole world.”

His hands suddenly came together.

An invisible canvas enveloped this small triangle.

“Forbidden Ruin… No-Restrictions Zone!”

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