Terror Awakening

By 佛前献花

Terror Awakening Chapter 1

Terror Awakening Chapter 1

Ghost Story in the Forum

Let me guess1. You’re currently in your bed reading a novel, and you’re lying on your side. Your phone’s probably being charged as well.

Let me guess11. You’re currently in your bed reading a novel, and you’re lying on your side. Your phone’s probably being charged as well.

Currently attending year three of high school, Yang Jian now lied on his bed and listlessly checked his phone. He then clicked the random thread open. A good number of members had responded to the original post.

Shit! OP’s too OP! How could he have guessed it?

Shit! OP’s too OP! How could he have guessed it?

Ha! Would I tell you guys that I’m squatting over the toilet at this very moment in time? Don’t bother asking. My legs are numb.

Ha! Would I tell you guys that I’m squatting over the toilet at this very moment in time? Don’t bother asking. My legs are numb.

If you’re gonna tattoo someone, go tattoo that Zhou guy. From now on, ain’t gonna work for nobody no more2.

If you’re gonna tattoo someone, go tattoo that Zhou guy. From now on, ain’t gonna work for nobody no more22.

Society, society3.

Society, society33.

Yang Jian closed the tab and clicked open another thread with higher views. The beginning went like this.

I’m an attending physician from some third-tier hospital from so-and-so province. I need to tell you guys something. Recently, a horrifying incident happened at my hospital. I got so scared out of my wits that even now, I don’t dare to go to work. I’m currently at home, taking a break.

I’m an attending physician from some third-tier hospital from so-and-so province. I need to tell you guys something. Recently, a horrifying incident happened at my hospital. I got so scared out of my wits that even now, I don’t dare to go to work. I’m currently at home, taking a break.

Say no more. I won’t buy any shoes and I won’t add you on WeChat.

Say no more. I won’t buy any shoes and I won’t add you on WeChat.

OP must have gone nuts from treating patients. If it isn’t that, then death by eating shit.

OP must have gone nuts from treating patients. If it isn’t that, then death by eating shit.

Look! Three’s bullshitting again.

Look! Three’s bullshitting again.

After getting bored with some of the replies, Yang Jian clicked on the “see OP only” option.

All of a sudden, the thread had become much cleaner, leaving only that so-called doctor’s posts visible. His account name was: God of Thunder.

The OP continued. This is what happened. Last week was my turn to work the night shift. Around 12 AM, an ambulance came in with an old man. The paramedics said that he fell from the building’s fifth floor. At that time, my colleague was busy so I was the only one in charge of this patient. I was one-hundred percent positive that this man no longer had any signs of life. He was dead before then.

This is what happened. Last week was my turn to work the night shift. Around 12 AM, an ambulance came in with an old man. The paramedics said that he fell from the building’s fifth floor. At that time, my colleague was busy so I was the only one in charge of this patient. I was one-hundred percent positive that this man no longer had any signs of life. He was dead before then.

And from his postmortem changes and the core body temp, I further concluded that this man could not have died tonight from falling.

And from his postmortem changes and the core body temp, I further concluded that this man could not have died tonight from falling.

Those with common sense know that during the ten hours after someone has died, his or her core body temp will decrease, about one degree every hour. After twenty-four hours, the temperature should be approximately the same as the environment. However, this old man’s was lower than that of room temp by ten degrees, probably even more. That night’s temperature was twenty-two degrees.

Those with common sense know that during the ten hours after someone has died, his or her core body temp will decrease, about one degree every hour. After twenty-four hours, the temperature should be approximately the same as the environment. However, this old man’s was lower than that of room temp by ten degrees, probably even more. That night’s temperature was twenty-two degrees.

My final conclusion was that this old man had died more than a day ago.

My final conclusion was that this old man had died more than a day ago.

Right below his post were direct replies.

OP, this “common sense” is too terrifying. I submit to you.

OP, this “common sense” is too terrifying. I submit to you.

Hurry and see if that patient’s shoes are still there. If they haven’t gone missing, there could still be a chance to save him4.

Hurry and see if that patient’s shoes are still there. If they haven’t gone missing, there could still be a chance to save him44.

Thinking about it gives me the creeps. OP, hurry and update. I’m already hiding under my blanket.

Thinking about it gives me the creeps. OP, hurry and update. I’m already hiding under my blanket.

Yang Jian continued to scroll down.

God of Thunder resumed posting. Based on my experience from watching over three hundred episodes of detective cartoons back when I was in middle school5, I deduced that this man didn’t die from accidentally falling down the building. Rather, it was murder. The corpse must’ve been put in a freezer. I ended up reporting this to the police and gave them my insight.

Based on my experience from watching over three hundred episodes of detective cartoons back when I was in middle school55, I deduced that this man didn’t die from accidentally falling down the building. Rather, it was murder. The corpse must’ve been put in a freezer. I ended up reporting this to the police and gave them my insight.

But this isn’t I wanted to talk about today. It’s about what happened after.

But this isn’t I wanted to talk about today. It’s about what happened after.

The post had abruptly ended here. It was updated two hours later.

Sorry, earlier someone knocked on my door asking about that case. But it wasn’t the police. Didn’t seem like a reporter either. He did have a federal license though. Said he was some criminal investigator. Whatever. Forget it.

Sorry, earlier someone knocked on my door asking about that case. But it wasn’t the police. Didn’t seem like a reporter either. He did have a federal license though. Said he was some criminal investigator. Whatever. Forget it.

This time was about early afternoon on the second day.

This time was about early afternoon on the second day.

I hadn’t gone to work yet, but I heard from a colleague that the corpse of the old man that was wheeled in last night had mysteriously disappeared from the morgue. The police were already on it. They suspected that the killer stole the body. It was a pretty big commotion. They took all the hospital’s CCTV but couldn’t find the missing corpse. Didn’t find the killer either.

I hadn’t gone to work yet, but I heard from a colleague that the corpse of the old man that was wheeled in last night had mysteriously disappeared from the morgue. The police were already on it. They suspected that the killer stole the body. It was a pretty big commotion. They took all the hospital’s CCTV but couldn’t find the missing corpse. Didn’t find the killer either.

This night was my turn again….

This night was my turn again….

What happened during the day had made feel a bit uneasy. A patient at the hospital said that he once saw the old man’s corpse. However, he wasn’t carried out by someone. Rather, he walked out by himself. The patient was certain in pointing out the path which the old man had walked on.

What happened during the day had made feel a bit uneasy. A patient at the hospital said that he once saw the old man’s corpse. However, he wasn’t carried out by someone. Rather, he walked out by himself. The patient was certain in pointing out the path which the old man had walked on.

From the looks of it, he had definitely walked out from the morgue. When I had heard about this, I felt a little scared. The good thing is that I don’t believe in the supernatural. I didn’t completely believe that patient’s words.

From the looks of it, he had definitely walked out from the morgue. When I had heard about this, I felt a little scared. The good thing is that I don’t believe in the supernatural. I didn’t completely believe that patient’s words.

Later, I also heard from the nurse supervisor who said that the psychiatrist will give a bigger dosage of medication for that patient. It was then that my heart had felt slightly more at ease.

Later, I also heard from the nurse supervisor who said that the psychiatrist will give a bigger dosage of medication for that patient. It was then that my heart had felt slightly more at ease.

For sure. It was the right decision in doubting that patient’s words….

For sure. It was the right decision in doubting that patient’s words….

But this also isn’t what I wanted to talk about. It’s about what happened on this particular night of my shift.

But this also isn’t what I wanted to talk about. It’s about what happened on this particular night of my shift.

It should be around two in the morning. I was in the emergency room playing “Tan Wan Lan Yue”. You guys can’t possibly imagine how addicting that game is. If you’re a bro, come at me….

It should be around two in the morning. I was in the emergency room playing “Tan Wan Lan Yue”. You guys can’t possibly imagine how addicting that game is. If you’re a bro, come at me….

Fuck! OP, you’re too talented.

Fuck! OP, you’re too talented.

Didn’t we agree to be honest with each other? You turn the other way and it’s a trap. Made me totally drop my guard.

Didn’t we agree to be honest with each other? You turn the other way and it’s a trap. Made me totally drop my guard.

Society, society. I guessed the beginning part correctly but didn’t guess the middle and end. Anyway, what I want to say is, Three, are you ready to eat shit?

Society, society. I guessed the beginning part correctly but didn’t guess the middle and end. Anyway, what I want to say is, Three, are you ready to eat shit?

A large number of members had followed the thread. It became quite heated.

Yang Jian remained lying on his on the bed, not knowing whether he should cry or laugh. Were people nowadays so eager at advertising this way?

As he kept scrolling, he noticed that something wasn’t right.

God of Thunder posted again. Sorry, sorry. I’m seriously not an advertiser. On that night, an extraordinary supernatural event occurred. You guys will probably never believe it. It was at that time, about two o’clock, when I had suddenly felt a cold air around me as I was playing the game. The exact same feeling that I got from the morgue. It made my hair stand on end.

Sorry, sorry. I’m seriously not an advertiser. On that night, an extraordinary supernatural event occurred. You guys will probably never believe it. It was at that time, about two o’clock, when I had suddenly felt a cold air around me as I was playing the game. The exact same feeling that I got from the morgue. It made my hair stand on end.

Can you guys guess what happened next?

Can you guys guess what happened next?

The old man who had disappeared from the morgue yesterday appeared out of nowhere, outside of the emergency room. He hadn’t died. One step after another, he slowly made his way towards the hospital exit.

The old man who had disappeared from the morgue yesterday appeared out of nowhere, outside of the emergency room. He hadn’t died. One step after another, he slowly made his way towards the hospital exit.

My God, this was impossible! That man was already dead right before my very eyes. And he had been dead for more than a day already. So how could he be alive again?

My God, this was impossible! That man was already dead right before my very eyes. And he had been dead for more than a day already. So how could he be alive again?

Was this some sick prank? Or a medical miracle?

Was this some sick prank? Or a medical miracle?

At that time, I pondered a lot. But maybe it was because I was frequently in contact with corpses. I wasn’t all too scared. I quickly grabbed my phone to take a picture so that I could send it to my social circle.

At that time, I pondered a lot. But maybe it was because I was frequently in contact with corpses. I wasn’t all too scared. I quickly grabbed my phone to take a picture so that I could send it to my social circle.

Below is a shot. The real thing. The truth. I didn’t Photoshop it.

Below is a shot. The real thing. The truth. I didn’t Photoshop it.

Yang Jian scrolled further down. An image then appeared before his eyes.

The photo wasn’t blurry at all. On the contrary, it was very clear. The photo was taken through the window of the emergency room. Beyond it was an old man walking by.

This old man wore a long, black changshan6. The style was a bit retro. His whole body was all shriveled up. His skin was an obvious brown color and on it were numerous spots. From the camera’s angle, only one of the old man’s eyes could be seen. What was that eye like…. Spiritless. Empty. Dull. The feeling of death.

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The photo contained neither a gory nor horror scene. However, just from the aura projected from the old man within the photo alone was enough to make the viewer disturbed with chills running down the spine.

The more one looked at the photo, the more scary it seemed.

It was like looking at a dead person. But more so, looking at a…. ghost.

Jeezus, scared me to death! This photo is really eerie. The more I look at it, the more I get creeped out. OP, where did you get this from?

Jeezus, scared me to death! This photo is really eerie. The more I look at it, the more I get creeped out. OP, where did you get this from?

Why does this old man have a lot of spots on his hands? I have trypophobia7.

Why does this old man have a lot of spots on his hands? I have trypophobia77.

That’s livor mortis, meaning that this old person’s already a corpse.

That’s livor mortis, meaning that this old person’s already a corpse.

Hah! Evil creature begone! Lin Zhengying8 is here. One member posted a picture of the Taoist priest.

Hah! Evil creature begone! Lin Zhengying88 is here.

Pft. If you’re Lin Zhengying, then I’m a loli9.

Pft. If you’re Lin Zhengying, then I’m a loli99.

But regardless of how these members debated, that God of Thunder continued to post. The photo is real. It was taken by me. Afterward, that old man walked out of the hospital just like that. To where, I don’t know. But if anyone is from the same city as me, be careful. Even though I’m a disbeliever, there are some things that simply cannot be disbelieved.

The photo is real. It was taken by me. Afterward, that old man walked out of the hospital just like that. To where, I don’t know. But if anyone is from the same city as me, be careful. Even though I’m a disbeliever, there are some things that simply cannot be disbelieved.

Hold on. Sounds like someone’s knocking on my door again. Probably the police asking for more statements. I’ll be back after taking a look. I’ll tell you what happened later.

Hold on. Sounds like someone’s knocking on my door again. Probably the police asking for more statements. I’ll be back after taking a look. I’ll tell you what happened later.

Not a minute passed after that post had been sent out and God of thunder resumed posting. Damn it!!! Damn it!!! It’s that old man who escaped from the hospital! That thing is standing in front of my door, knocking on it. I peered through the door hole and saw him very clearly. What should I do?! I feel like I pissed off something that I shouldn’t have.

Damn it!!! Damn it!!! It’s that old man who escaped from the hospital! That thing is standing in front of my door, knocking on it. I peered through the door hole and saw him very clearly. What should I do?! I feel like I pissed off something that I shouldn’t have.

OP, shouldn’t you be jumping for joy right now?

OP, shouldn’t you be jumping for joy right now?

Fuck! For real?! Can’t be that wicked!

Fuck! For real?! Can’t be that wicked!

Hurry and call the cops! Quickly!!! Call 11010.

Hurry and call the cops! Quickly!!! Call 1101010.

OP, stop fooling around. It must be fake. If not, I’ll double the amount of shit that I’ll eat.

OP, stop fooling around. It must be fake. If not, I’ll double the amount of shit that I’ll eat.

But soon, God of Thunder posted again. I already called the police but what do now?! That things still knock on my door and it seem lyk it dont plan to go away No!!! The ligts in my livin room just went out rite now I’m so scared taht I don’t want to go ovr and check. i looked the door to mu room already n turned on al my lights but tht old man’s still knockin.

I already called the police but what do now?! That things still knock on my door and it seem lyk it dont plan to go away No!!! The ligts in my livin room just went out rite now I’m so scared taht I don’t want to go ovr and check. i looked the door to mu room already n turned on al my lights but tht old man’s still knockin.

At this point, God of Thunder was rapidly firing out posts with each being sent in less than thirty seconds. In addition, there were some typos.

It was evident that this doctor right now was enveloped in fear and terror.

Yang Jian also felt his body shiver. Even though he knew that this story was probably fake, just thinking about the old man from that photo standing beyond the door and knocking on it was bone-chilling enough.

Encountering a situation where an old man who had died, come back to life, and knocked on one’s own front door would make anyone terrified.

But the posting hadn’t stopped there. It continued. No not good footsteps echo from te living rom. gawd! theres only me in the house. i suspect that the old man had already come in he must be walkin across the livin room now. wat wtf is this? i didnt even hear the sound of a door openin so how did he get in

No not good footsteps echo from te living rom. gawd! theres only me in the house. i suspect that the old man had already come in he must be walkin across the livin room now. wat wtf is this? i didnt even hear the sound of a door openin so how did he get in

da footsteps seemed to hv stopped in frnt of my rooms door.

da footsteps seemed to hv stopped in frnt of my rooms door.

dat things knockin agin. i hv a rly bad feelin bout dis. rite now im gonna audio record dis, leavin it as proof. also gonna leave my phone number. if i cant be reached dat means something happened to me. hope dat a kind person can call the police for me: 138….

dat things knockin agin. i hv a rly bad feelin bout dis. rite now im gonna audio record dis, leavin it as proof. also gonna leave my phone number. if i cant be reached dat means something happened to me. hope dat a kind person can call the police for me: 138….

“Dong, dong dong, dong, dong dong11….”

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Below was an audio file. After clicking it open, a heavy door-knocking sound resonated.

One after the next, it seemed as if the sound was directly knocking on one’s heart, making it difficult to breathe.

There was a break in the posting here.

Yang Jian then scrolled to the end. There was only one remaining sentence left. The old man came in….

The old man came in….

1 I don’t know how to translate this properly. Foreseers in Chinese culture do this typical finger motion to predict the future.

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2 Reference to a meme. I don’t understand Chinese humor at all.

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3 Another reference to a meme which I also don’t get.

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4 There are 2 explanations. 1) According to someone from Qidian, science has it that when someone is near death (severely hit by a car), tendons in the feet will become loose. Hence, the shoes will usually fly off. 2) I’ve never heard of this but some places in China have this myth. The person who got hit had too many grievances and thus, couldn’t reincarnate. The angry ghost will then find some living substitute on the street, wear his or her shoes, and then reincarnate. To prevent all this, the family of the deceased must recover the original shoes.

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5 Chinese people are obsessed with Case Closed/Detective Conan.

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6 The long Chinese robe that men wore with origins from the Qing Dynasty (the one you typically see in kungfu movies like Wong Fei Hung).

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7 Fear of holes.

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8 He’s a Hong Kong actor who was famous for starring as a Taoist priest who hunts Chinese vampires.

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9 The loli actually refers to the voice of a loli. In Mandarin, it kind of rhymes with Lin Zhengying.

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10 This was originally military speak. One, when referring to the numeral, is commonly spoken as Yao. It sounds clearer than Yi which is the standard pronunciation. Emergency number in China is 110. As a pun, the guy wrote Yao Yao Ling (110) as Yao Yao Ling (Demon Demon Spirit).

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11 I debated strongly whether I should keep it as Dong or Knock. I chose dong (long o pronunciation) because, to me, it sounds creepier than knock.

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