Chapter 12 She wants to become a great, glorious, and righteous grandmother

Shi Shanjin’s gaze fell onto Shi Qi’s body.

Shi Qi had already returned to Ning Meng’s side, sporting a red face while standing by her hand, allowing Ning Meng to pat his clothes.

His third younger brother’s child was really extraordinary.

Ning Meng raised a hand to pat off the dust stuck onto Shi Qi’s clothes and stifled back a chuckle, asking: “Did it hurt to have fallen down just now? You should watch where you’re going a little more carefully next time.”

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Shi Qi shook his head and cast a glance at the side, curiously saying. “Grandma…I seemed to have bumped into something….‘

‘You bumped into a ghost.’ Ning Meng thought.

However, she went on to say: “Aiya, there is indeed something there but you can’t see it. Be good and come with grandma to stand at the side. Don’t go over there anymore.”

She didn’t say it clearly and Shi Qi also couldn’t figure out her meaning but he did have a faint conjecture.

He seemed to have bumped into a ghost.

Shi Qi couldn’t help but recall the time before he arrived at the Shi Family where he and his father had experienced several odd events in their life together.

It had happened not too long ago, when his father passed away. He had an uncle who helped him process the funeral arrangements and he had to stay guard for another night.

In the place where he lived, when night practically came, nobody would go out because it would be very dangerous outside. Everyone was well aware, especially children, that they shouldn’t go out.

Being on duty that very evening, Shi Qi was drowsily nodding off to sleep until he heard someone outside calling him. 

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His room was very small and tattered that even the sounds of wind blowing could be heard. There was no electricity and only a candle was lit to provide light, However, even with the candle, the room still appeared dim and dark, blurry to the view.

The voice seemed to continuously call out to him.

At that time, he hadn’t felt anything, only carrying the candle towards the outside and responding to that person.

However, when he responded back to the person who called out to him, he didn’t get a response. Instead, the person repeatedly called out to him. He didn’t know what the person was saying, he couldn’t even tell who the person was from the voice.

The white muslins from the funeral hall fluttered back and forth, producing a scary sight.

When he went out the door, the voice was still calling him, but he couldn’t see anyone in front. There was nothing in front of the pitch black door.

But he had clearly heard a sound.

Regardless of his young age or how he couldn’t understand what was happening, he could still sense that something was wrong. That voice floated along with the breeze, blowing into his ear and echoing.

“Shi….Qi…..”

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Shi Qi gulped, tightening his hold on the candle. Then, he decided to turn around and run back.

He completely did not expect, however, for something to catch onto his feet, and throw off his balance, tripping him over to the ground immediately. The candle had also been thrown to the side and had died out.

Darkness immediately overtook everything before him, and the strange shrieks remained.

In Shi Qi’s daze, he heard a pained cry. He shifted a bit, and after feeling that the thing that pulled on his leg was gone, he immediately recoiled back.

With the candle extinguished, he couldn’t see anything, his heart thumped rapidly.

At that time, the sky was dark. Shi Qi could only feel the piece of jade hanging on his neck suddenly turn hot and heard a voice scream, the cold wind before him blew strongly.

Then, the voice that called his name vanished.

Shi Qi felt his eyelids turn heavy as he collapsed in place. On the second day, he was discovered to be sleeping at the entrance by someone.

That whole night, he laid unconscious by the entrance.

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That piece of jade was something his father had left for him. It was also what he had brought with him when he had gone to the Shi Familiy. Now that he thought about it, it seemed to be very useful. He had also seen that his uncle carried the same piece of jade as well.

Ning Meng spoke with the system again. “It’s not good if the little brat always goes off in a daze.”

The system: “You’re his grandmother, why don’t you teach him.”

Ning Meng pinched Shi Qi’s face. “What are you thinking about? Why don’t you tell this grandmother?”

Shi Qi snapped out of his memories and had a displeased look on. Squeezing out a smile, he cast a glance out of the corner of his eye at his uncle’s feet.

He felt as though there was not much difference from what he had bumped into this time and what he had experienced last time.

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By the teacher’s desk, Liu Ji whispered: “What should we do about Director Wang…”

Director Wang had fainted earlier and hadn’t woken up yet. If he hadn’t been focused on the ghost, he would’ve completely forgotten about him.

Shi Shanjin simply responded: “Pinch him awake.”

Liu Ji squatted down and felt secretly delighted. After pinching the person, not a few seconds had passed before Director Wang howled “Yeowch” and woke up.

“What’s going on? What happened?” Liu Ji helped Director Wang stand up.

Liu Ji answered him. “Not much. Mr. Shi is still questioning her.”

He didn’t know what Shi Shanjin had heard. However, he was able to get information from his answer and confirmed that a ghost was truly behind the mess this time.

The attitudes they had when they were certain or when they were skeptical before, certainly underwent a change.

None of them even knew what a ghost truly looked like, yet this Mr. Shi was standing in front of them talking to air, it was really frightening. 

He was even thinking of joining the Communist Party. 1T/N explanation: Communist Party members are not allowed to believe in superstitions. They must only believe in scientific thoughts.

This time, Du Li cowered even more. 

She wanted to go towards the child but also didn’t dare to go over. Her dithering actions made her cowering figure look even more pitiful.

Shi Shanjin returned his attention to the matter on hand and lowered his head, saying. “Explain it clearly.”

This time, Ning Meng was standing near, so she could hear the gist of their dialogue.

Du Li’s voice sounded a bit hoarse. Her tongue stretched out really long so when she spoke, her words were very unclear. She reached out a hand to place her tongue back in and continued speaking.

“I only remember that when I entered the classroom that time, the door had suddenly closed shut and I couldn’t open it no matter what. The light also couldn’t be turned on. And it was clearly daylight outside but the classroom instantly turned dark…..”

“I was knocking on the door when I suddenly felt something cold stick behind me and I felt myself being lifted up. It felt as though there were nails scratching on my neck….and I couldn’t even turn my head back.”

“When I lowered my head, I could only see a hand that had many scars and was burnt black. It looked really terrifying… From then forwards, I couldn’t remember what happened. By the time I woke up, I was in the classroom, staring at my dead body.”

Ning Meng had goosebumps listening to this.

She held Shi Qi’s hand tightly and sat on a chair. Her face was expressionless and indiscernible but in truth, her heart felt like it was about to jump out.

Du Li had died really horribly.

Shi Qi secretly glanced at his hand. Grandma’s grip seemed to have turned tight and he didn’t know why.

He secretly asked. “Grandma, what’s wrong?”

Ning Meng returned to her senses and gulped. “Grandma’s just feeling cold.”

Shi Qi’s eyes widened. This classroom clearly felt a bit stuffy, how could it feel cold….

The system exposed her. “If you’re going to lie, you should’ve found a better excuse.”

Ning Meng said. “Aiya, the brat is still young anyways. He wouldn’t know what’s going on. I can’t give him the impression that his grandmother’s afraid of ghosts. I want to look like a great, glorious and righteous grandmother.”

“Then your goals are too far fetched.” The system silently rebuked.

Ning Meng was really terrified of ghosts. Just hearing her roommate watch a horror film was already terrifying for her and just the slightest noise outside would stricken her with extreme fear.

There was one time, a roommate had planned a surprise for her birthday and when she got back home, the room was completely pitch black.

Before she could even turn on the lights, several flashlights turned on and shone towards her, causing her to shriek from surprise.

Her voice wasn’t soft either, it broke through the horizons and incited all the neighborhood students to come over for a look. Even the dorm keeping auntie had also run over to see what had happened.

Afterwards, her classmates told her that they thought there was an earthquake or fire, and they had all been prepared to flee.

From then on, her roommates didn’t do any similar surprises for her anymore. There would always be a night lamp at the dorm and fortunately, each of them had their own curtains so as not to disturb other roommates.

From this, one could see how much of a scaredy-cat she was.

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After Du Li had finished speaking, she spat her long tongue out in a curl.

She didn’t know where the ghost who killed her went because she had disappeared into thin air. In the beginning, she was worried that it would come back for her but after waiting for a long time and seeing no one, she felt relieved. 

Despite already being a ghost, she was worried that she would die once again. 

Director Wang kept looking at Shi Shanjin and had no idea what he was doing. He only felt that his neck was slightly chilly.

Shi Shanjin rapped his fingertips on the table.

After a good while, he said. “Make a call to your school principal.”

According to Du Li’s words, the pen fairy was probably in the school grounds. And from her description, it seemed that it had also been harmed when it was alive.

It was a pity that they couldn’t seem to find any traces of her origin.

“School Principal?” Director Wang’s face looked a bit troubled. “The school principal is currently on exchange right now.”

Ning Meng faintly muttered at the side. “A student’s life is at stake and it can’t even compare to an exchange?”

These words had stabbed him straight where it hurts. Director Wang smiled in embarrassment before taking his phone out and going out of the classroom, leaving the people’s line of sight.

Liu Ji also couldn’t wait in place so he found an excuse to go out, unknown of where he was going.

As such, only three people and one ghost remained in the classroom.

Ning Meng couldn’t see Du Li’s face clearly and the curiosity she harbored wasn’t that strong. As such, she could only settle on asking the system to secretly describe her appearance.

She felt scared but she couldn’t stop listening to her description.

On the other hand, Shi Shanjin did not pay attention to Du Li. He turned around and asked. “Shi Qi, what did you see earlier?”

Taken aback by the sudden question, Shi Qi was befuddled for a moment before he shook his head. “I didn’t see anything.”

“Did you see a woman?”

“No.”

Shi Qi could also discern that something was amiss. Could there be a female ghost there?

After a while, Shi Shanjin asked again: “When you tripped over earlier, did you sense anything? Why did you trip over?”

Shi Qi looked at Ning Meng with his lips pursed, unsure of how to reply.

Ning Meg grit her teeth and said. “Just tell your uncle, it’ll be alright.”

Shi Qi then finally spoke with a small voice. “…I seem to have stumbled over something hard, but I don’t know what it was…”

Shi Shanjin looked at his feet. He reached a foot out to test his conjecture, however, just as expected, it went through the ghost. However, since he had a ring on his hand, he was able to touch Du Li.

Sure enough, this boy, Shi Qi, was not ordinary.

When Du Li had screamed out a while ago, he could hear fear and desire in her voice. She feared him yet she also wanted to get closer to him, it was a complete contradiction.

“Come here.” He called out, before taking a step back. Then, he pointed to a place and said. “To this place, and walk over starting from where you’re at.”

The path that he laid, shockingly required him to pass through Du Li.

Ning Meng saw this clearly. He was probably suspicious of Shi Qi’s constitution and wanted to test him.

Shi Qi looked at her, his eyes carrying a bit of resistance.

Ning Meng let go of her hand. “Go on. It’s going to be alright.”

If he were able to feel something, then it would be better to take advantage of this opportunity to open his yin yang eyes to save her the effort of having to come up with a plan.

Shi Qi appeared a little hesitant, but he still did as he was told and walked over.

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Grandmother would feel cold during a hot day and would even shiver.

I guess it must be because she has a secret that she can’t tell anyone.

——”Shi Qi’s secretly hidden little diary”


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