Urban Tales of Demons and Spirits
Vol 4 Book of Kan – Chapter 41 Replacing The Room
First Published on Chaleuria.
Chapter 41 Replacing The Room
“As I said, demons are not like humans who rely on their eyes to identify things. Um, though they have eyes, they rely more on their sense of smell to identify scents.”
“What scent? I don’t understand,” Liang Kaifeng whined. “What the hell are you talking about?”
“Well, it’s similar to taste, but it’s different,” Zhu Xuan replied with a little embarrassment. “In short, it’s an identity mark of all creatures. The light in your eyes, your body odor, even your personality, and your behavior can be part of your ‘scent’. Demons identify human beings through this obscure ‘thing’.”
I whispered to Zhu Xuan, “Are you saying that if one day I get plastic surgery, would you still be able to recognize me?”
“I will recognize you even If you turn into ash,” Zhu Xuan also lowered his voice and answered.
I did not know how to refute, so I thanked him dryly. “Thanks.”
“But recognizing humans by their scents has its shortcomings. Actually, it can be easily disturbed,” Zhu Xuan said. “If you want to make people blind, you can blindfold their eyes. If you want to make demons blind, you can disturb his perception by using a similar scent.”
“Disturb his perception…?”
We all were confused.
Zhu Xuan smiled slightly. “Since Liang Youhua is still alive, and he is breathing, then we only need to create another Liang Youhua who is dead and who isn’t breathing.”
Liang Kaifeng’s mouth was wide open. “Can you…can you do that?”
Zhu Xuan laughed. “As long as I’m here, nothing is impossible.”
The method Zhu Xuan said was actually quite simple; he only needed to create an illusion. After all, he was an ancient divine beast. I would not be surprised by his seemingly unlimited power.
But using me as a lab rat was a little unacceptable.
“Don’t be afraid! Just be natural while you come out of the elevator and enter the room!”
Zhu Xuan shouted at me from behind a corner.
What on earth is he doing? I was baffled by his behavior, but I couldn’t do anything but follow his instructions.
At this point, I was standing on the first floor of Liang Kaifeng’s villa, which had an elevator installed. According to Zhu Xuan’s instructions, what I needed to do was to take the elevator, walk into Liang Kaifeng’s father’s room and open the door.
Frankly, I was reluctant to see the miserable scene or experience the disgusting smell of the room again. But every time I thought that a living man was struggling on the verge of death under that disgusting mold, I forced myself to take over the task.
It was pretty easy to remember where that room was, it was the first room on the left-hand side as soon as you exit the elevator on the third floor. The elevator door closed in front of me, and then quickly, the number on the sign told me that I had arrived on the third floor. When I got out, I quickly walked over to the room.
“I’ve found it!” I picked up the phone and said helplessly. “It seems that your spell needs some improvements, Zhu Xuan.”
However, Zhu Xuan ignored me and said, “You have one last step. Open the door, Gu Yu!”
That was the last thing on Earth that I wanted to do. I reluctantly asked, “Do I have to?”
“Yes, you do!”
God knows what he was thinking. But since he said that, then I had no choice.
I took a deep breath, and then I held it and pushed the door open.
Surprisingly, I did not see the black mold that filled the room last time. What’s more, Liang Kaifeng’s father was not on the bed at all!
What’s going on? Did he wake up and run away?
However, this thought only lasted for less than a second and was gone right away. That’s because I saw… a man’s body.
Next to the bed, a man lay on the ground, his body curled up. His eyes were wide open, with pus oozing out from inside. His limbs were twisted in a weird position; all of his bones must be broken. Underneath the body was a pool of dark red blood, which had already solidified and was emitting a rancid smell. What’s more… there were flies flying above the body as if they were proclaiming the end of his life.
I almost subconsciously stepped back a few steps, and I screamed out before I realized it.
“He’s dead. He’s dead! How could he— He’s already dead!”
When I thought about my actions afterward, I must have looked really stupid back then. No wonder Zhu Xuan, who was hiding behind me, immediately laughed.
“Zhu Xuan!” I was terrified and shouted at Zhu Xuan. “He’s dead!”
Zhu Xuan was still laughing, and he waved his hand in the air before pointing behind me. “Don’t be afraid, don’t be afraid. Gu Yu, turn around.”
I was confused. Though I had not recovered from the shock, I subconsciously turned back. I found that the body was gone and the room behind me had completely changed. The body had disappeared without a trace. The quilt and mattress on the bed also disappeared. It was an empty room.
I looked at the room, stunned. “This…what happened?”
“Surprised?” Zhu Xuan leaned against the door and smiled at me. “This is the illusion I created. It looks like it wasn’t a complete failure, after all.”
“But…” I was confused and looked around. “But the room didn’t move! I’m sure this is the room on the left-hand side next to the stairway! You can’t switch the location of this room with another in such a short time, can you?”
“Of course I don’t have such a power,” Zhu Xuan said with a smile. “I didn’t change the structure of this villa. The problem is you, Gu Yu.”
“What?” I was even more confused. “What’s wrong with me? I just followed the way when we first came. It’s the first room on the left-hand side of the third floor, it’s——”
Zhu Xuan interrupted me, “Are you sure this is the third floor, Gu Yu?”
I was stunned for a moment and I suddenly realized what Zhu Xuan meant.
I immediately ran to the elevator and I found the number on the top of the elevator showed that it was the fourth floor.
“How could this happen? Does it mean…?” I muttered.
“Yeah, it’s exactly what you’re thinking of,” Zhu Xuan smiled at me and said. “This is just a little trick, I changed the number displayed on the elevator from four to three. When you’re in the elevator, it is difficult to tell which floor you are, right?”