Chapter 21… The Lost Portrait (5)
Early in the morning of the third day, it was discovered that Xie Junfei and his sister were missing.
“Have you looked for them in the villa?” Shen Yu asked.
The three girls were also helping to find them, but they found nothing.
Lin Miaomiao said, “Maybe they went out last night?”
Wang Tongtong flattened her mouth, showing a look of fear, “This place is so terrifying, what are they running around for, and where can they go?” Where can they go out in the middle of the night…
Shen Yu lowered his head and thought for a while, and said lightly, “I think we should go to Mr. Bard to find them.” There should be only one reason for two veteran novelists to go out regardless of the danger of the night.
It may even be a clue that will allow them to leave the novel.
Shen Yu and Yue Ze were preparing to go out, but the three girls were afraid of being left in the villa and strongly urged to go together.
It’s just that, the group of them found Xie Junfei before they arrived at Bard’s residence.
…or rather, a few parts of Xie Junfei.
At the entrance of the small town, not far from the lake house, Xie Junfei’s broken corpse was lying on the road. The flesh and blood were torn into pieces, the abdominal cavity was empty, and all the internal organs were missing.
Blood stained all over the ground. If it weren’t for Xie Junfei’s head to be intact, no one else would recognize his identity.
And Xie Junfei’s head, which fell alone in the middle of the road, had a terrifying expression on his face. His eyes was almost out of his eye sockets, as if he had seen something terrible before he died.
Suddenly seeing the horror in front of her, Wang Tongtong, who had always been introverted and cowardly, did not speak, but rolled her eyes and passed out.
Li Qingqing’s legs softened and she slumped directly onto the ground, her face pale, her lips trembled and could not speak.
Lin Miaomiao, the bolder one, retched immediately. She held herself up with the wall by the roadside and threw up, almost vomiting out her bile.
Yue Ze and Shen Yu were calm. The experienced Yue Ze even stepped forward and looked at the marks on the corpse, “He was torn apart by some big beast, and the bite marks of the wound were close to the marks of canine teeth. ”
Lin Miaomiao, who barely stood holding the wall, covered her mouth, endured the impulse to vomit, and asked, “Did he get killed by a ghoul? Will the ghoul still come to eat us?”
No one can give a reply to this question.
Shen Yu stared at the scarlet ground, couldn’t help but sigh silently, then took off his coat and put it on Xie Junfei’s hideous head, somehow giving the deceased one last touch of dignity.
He didn’t care about the bits and pieces of meat. After he put the scattered corpses together, he looked around, and suddenly asked, “Isn’t there another person?”
Zhang Keke was still missing at this time.
Shen Yu and the two decided to go to the cottage by the lake, but the other two girls were too frightened and refused to go anymore, helping each other back to the villa.
For some reason, Lin Miaomiao still insisted on going with the both of them even though her hands and feet were weakened by the fright.
“Among the three of us, I am the oldest and the most courageous. Qingqing and Tongtong are usually dependent on me.” Lin Miaomiao tried her best to endure her tears and took a sigh of relief. “I want to protect them both all the time, so I need to figure it out. What the hell is going on!”
Looking at this brave girl, Shen Yu sighed lightly and acquiesced to her following them behind.
It was not far from the lakeside cottage, and the three of them soon arrived.
Bard is still trimming flowers in the warm sun as before. He is cleanly dressed and graceful. No matter how you look at it, he is just an old artist who has nothing to do with the world.
It’s just that, the old dog squatting at his feet is a lap bigger than before.
Its fur is still dirty and smelly, but it is not as skinny as before, and its mental complexion has also improved a lot, no longer looking like it would die at any time.
About hearing the sound of footsteps, this dirty and blind black dog suddenly stood up vigilantly, it was about one person tall, opened its mouth at the person who came, making a vaguely sharp voice.
“Oh, Alice, it’s the guest here, don’t be so rude, get down!” Bard scolded, kicked the black dog’s waist, then turned around and apologized to everyone, “I’m sorry. It is a bit irritable today.”
Xie Junfei was torn into pieces by the beast, and his internal organs were missing, but the black dog, who was dying of old age, became big and fat overnight?
Everyone stared at the black dog that suddenly grew alive, and their eyes were a bit complicated for a while.
Shen Yu had many questions in his mind, but in the end, he just said, “This morning, one of us died, and one of us was temporarily missing.”
“Oh, God! That’s too unfortunate.” Bard still has a smile on his face. With a smile, he said without emotion, “It must be another ‘good’ thing done by ghouls. Recently these filthy things have become more and more rampant.”
Lin Miaomiao couldn’t help but stepped forward and asked, “Mr. Bard, have you ever thought about your dog…”
She pointed to “Alice. It may be a ghoul, if it killed someone, it is very dangerous!
Hearing these words, the black dog suddenly became more anxious, and it kept roaring terrifyingly in its throat.
Bard touched the black dog’s head and pushed the black dog in front of Lin Miaomiao, “Don’t panic, look! It’s my Alice, it’s just a little fluffy cutie.”
Lin Miaomiao argued, “But as soon as our companion died, it regained its vitality, perhaps because it ate human flesh.”
Bard’s expression gradually became indifferent, “Dear Miss Detective, what do you want, let me strangle my dog? ”
“It’s really dangerous, maybe it’s a good way to kill it- Ah!” Lin Miaomiao was talking, but suddenly let out a scream.
When the black dog heard that they are going to kill itself, it suddenly became excited, leaped forward and bit Lin Miaomiao’s wrist with one bite.
The dog was too close to her, and the incident happened too suddenly. Shen Yu and Yue Ze hurriedly stepped forward to rescue her and separated the black dog.
Lin Miaomiao clutched her bloody arm, crying and hiding behind them, “I said it is dangerous, it must be the so called ghoul!”
“You provoked it first. You said to kill it, and my Alice got angry.” Old Bard grabbed the restless black dog, and said, “Be careful, Alice understands everything.”
“Mad dog! Crazy old man!!” The injured Lin Miaomiao cursed, hiding further away.
“Well, respectable detectives, what on earth are you visiting today for?” Bard asked, still well cultured.
Shen Yu stared at him, then his gaze shifted to the black dog struggling to rush towards them, and said, “We want to bury the dead friend, but we don’t have a shovel.”
“It turned out to be for the funeral.”
Bard suddenly realized. Returned to the wooden house and took out a shovel, “I’ll lent you the one I used. Although this engineer shovel is shorter, it is best to use.”
Shen Yu took the shovel, thanked him calmly, then took the injured Lin Miaomiao and left.
Behind them, the blind old dog, was still roaring in the direction where they left, and tried to pounce on them.
After returning to the villa, the two girls who had returned first rushed up to accompany the crying Lin Miaomiao to bandage the wound.
And Shen Yu put down the corpse wrapped in his coat and took out a book from his arms.
Xie Junfei is dead, but the black book is still there .
The characters in those books don’t seem to be able to see the novelists’ books, and they don’t even feel the existence of these books, even if the novelists dangle in front of them with black books every day.
So the book that was ignored by the character was picked up by Shen Yu.
He turned the pages of the book.
[Seven little detectives came to the town of Rice.]
[Detective Xie Junfei found a portrait, he was celebrating his success. But he was wrong…]
[There are only six of the seven, and his story ends.] There are only six of the seven?
Zhang Keke is not dead yet!
Shen Yu thought, “From the hint given in the black book, Xie Junfei died because he found the wrong portrait.”
“The place where he died was very close to the cottage by the lake. It should be inseparable from Bard.”
“It’s just that, Zhang Keke is still alive? Maybe last night, the two of them didn’t go together or Zhang Keke got away from danger. If it’s the latter, what life-saving skills did she have… ”
It’s always a good thing that one less person died!
Shen Yu put aside his thoughts for a while, and turned to a new page.
A few yellow papers fell from the pages of the book.
He picked it up and recognized that it seemed to be someone’s diary, which was probably a very important clue, so Xie Junfei kept them hidden in the pages of the book.
Annie, Emily, Betty, Anna, Alice, Ghoul… After reading all the diary content at a glance, Shen Yu frowned.
This is Bard’s diary.
It was this diary that Xie Junfei found before. After reading all the contents, he followed the clues above and could not distinguish between true and false.
And Bard’s diary is very likely to be false!
He had monitors in the room to control their every move, and then this false diary was discovered, and it logically and deliberately mislead the person who found the diary.
But the sister and brother pair are also veterans after all. If they only had a diary, they couldn’t be cheated to die so easily.
There must be some other clues that misled the siblings.
He stared at the diary page in thought for a moment, then picked up the borrowed engineer shovel and said to Yue Ze, “Let’s go to the room where Xie Junfei and Zhang Keke lived.”
The only room where the bed bottom was made of bricks.
As soon as they entered the door, the two smelled a faintly rancid smell that permeated the room.
There is also a huge portrait hung on the wall of the room, with thick black hair, blue eyes, jewel rings on her fingers, and a few small freckles on her face, very much alike the Emily described in the diary.
Outside the window of the room is the cemetery. Standing in front of the window, you can see the high and low cross tombstones in the cemetery.
But the faint rancid smell in the room is always lingering.
Shen Yu carefully identified the source of the smell, and after a while, he fixed his eyes on the bed in the room.
The bottom of the bed was completely sealed by bricks.
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