ch1: Zhong Jiu Dao

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Zhong, I’m here!” A man in a suit and leather shoes saw Zhong Jiudao and waved to him.

Zhong Jiudao dragged a huge suitcase over, he stopped 1.5 meters away from the suited man, nodded politely and distantly to him, and said: “I can’t see the house.”

The man in the suit is the housing agent that Zhong Jiudao is looking for, he wants to rent a bungalow villa with a bit of history, and the agent is taking him to see the house today.

“It’s near here, heading northwest, about a two-kilometer walk.” The agent said.

Zhong Jiudao looked at his large suitcase and the road that had fallen into disrepair and felt that it might be difficult to walk two kilometers.

“It doesn’t matter, I have a picture of the house in my photo album, and I also brought the contract, Mr.
Zhong, if you look at the photos, if you are satisfied, we can sign the contract here.” The agent said.

He looked like he would not go to that house, Zhong Jiudao’s left index finger gently drew a pattern on the palm of his right hand, and then he raised his right hand, and the palm crossed in front of the intermediary’s eyebrow.

The intermediary was stunned in the same place, and Zhong Jiudao spread his hands to him and said, “Show me the picture.”

The intermediary opened his mouth and couldn’t prevent the truth going out: “Don’t look, it’s all carefully Photoshopped, the goods are not right, the house has not been lived in for two or three years, no one has repaired it, now it’s all dust and cobwebs, I’ll find you the photos before Photoshopping.”

Zhong Jiudao took the mobile phone handed by the agent, looked at the real photos of the house, and saw that the overall structure of the bungalow was quite complete, although this was a house of the last century, but the building materials were good, the design was good, and it was still strong after a hundred years.
The owner has probably renovated in recent years, on the basis of retaining the original characteristics of the house, adding water and electricity facilities, bathroom, kitchen is modern, both historical and convenient.

“Nice house, clean it would be beautiful, why Photoshop it?” Zhong Jiudao asked.

“Who dares to go?” It is a famous murder house near and far, the owner of the home after the renovation of the home will continue to be troubled, cannot sell it, has been hanging in our company rental and sale.
After I took over the house, I went to take a few pictures and came back sick for several days! The agent was shocked by his honesty and punched himself in the mouth.

“Why didn’t you tell me earlier?” Zhong Jiudao asked.

“Tell you earlier, do you still dare to rent? Even if you are willing to rent, it would be easy to haggle for the house.
I doubled the price set by the homeowner and if I told you wouldn’t you cut the price?” After the intermediary finished speaking and slapped his mouth, he felt that he was simply evil, how could he say anything?

“I have recorded what you just said, can I complain that your company cheated on customers?”

The intermediary hurriedly stopped Zhong Jiu and said, “Don’t look away!” In this way, I rent the house to you at the lowest price set by the landlord, and the intermediary fee is also reduced by 20%, okay? ”

Zhong Jiudao looked at the intermediary.

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“50% reduction in agency fees!” Or I’ll find you a better house!” The intermediary said anxiously.

“No, this house is very good, there are many rooms, large space, beautiful decoration, historical color, and most importantly, the price is cheap, there is no more suitable house than this, I can sign the contract now.” Zhong Jiudao said.

The intermediary was relieved, took out the briefcase, filled in the price on the standard contract, and asked Zhong Jiudao to sign.

Zhong Jiudao signed and paid the money, rented for one year according to the minimum period stipulated by the landlord, knowing that this was a murderous mansion and also renting it, which was really a strange person.

Zhong, this house is really a bit evil, why do you want to rent it?” The intermediary asked uncomprehendingly.

“I’m a director and I need a house like this to shoot.” Zhong Jiudao raised his hand and shook the void in front of the intermediary’s eyes, as if he had withdrawn something.

Then he said to the intermediary: “In the future, you must be honest.” ”

After saying that, Zhong Jiudao effortlessly picked up the box and walked steadily towards the murderous house.
He was nearly one meter nine tall, and the large 32-inch suitcase was lifted by him with the ease of a 20-inch suitcase.

The intermediary watched him out of sight before he said to himself, “What happened to my mouth today? Tell the truth!”

Compared with the chagrin of the intermediary, Zhong Jiudao, who rented a suitable house at an ultra-low price, was in a good mood.

When Zhong Jiudao took the college entrance examination that year, he did not choose the school carefully arranged by his family for him, but secretly participated in the art examination behind everyone’s back, and was admitted to the directing department of a well-known film and television school.
His father was so angry that he directly threatened to break off the father-son relationship with him, so that he would never enter the house again.

Zhong Jiudao was unable to go home for two years during his college years, and later his mother made peace between them, and his father reluctantly let him go home for the New Year, but he still could not accept his choice and asked him to study at the university they expected to cross-major after graduation.

Zhong Jiudao has a director’s dream and wants to present his story on the big screen, and he insists on taking this road.

Father and son are very stubborn, and finally can only make a ten-year appointment, Zhong Jiudao can freely break into the entertainment circle within ten years of graduation, if he can’t do results, he must go home and engage in the profession arranged by the family for him.

Father Zhong also threatened that Zhong Jiudao should not expect any assistance from his family when filming, and told all his peers that they could not invest in Zhong Jiudao’s project.

This year, Zhong Jiudao graduated from university, and the ten-year contract began, and he was preparing his first film in his life.

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There is no way to pull investment from the past connections, Zhong Jiudao can only use the two million earned during the college work-study and mysterious odd jobs to shoot, the funds are very tight, and can only save money from every detail.

This house Zhong Jiu Dao was originally planned to rent only for three months, but unfortunately this is a long-term rental house, and the landlord requires a minimum of one year and cannot rent for several months.
Fortunately, this is a murderous house, cutting off more than half of the rent, saving a lot of money.

Zhong Jiudao walked two kilometers with a heavy suitcase to the gate.

This is a detached garden house with a large yard and very high doors.
The courtyard is full of trees, which have grown into towering trees over the past century, and lushly surround the courtyard to block the sun, and the coolness makes the whole house look gloomy.

Zhong Jiudao looked up and saw that the sun had just disappeared into the western horizon, and dusk had arrived.

He took out a bunch of keys given by the agent, opened the dilapidated door, pushed it open, and there was another scene in the courtyard.

In the real photo given by the agent, the courtyard is overgrown with weeds, full of fallen leaves, and the whole house is covered with climbing ivy, and the house looks very depressed.

But after pushing open the door, there was not a single leaf in the yard, and the weeds in the garden were pulled out, and they were planted with dark red flowers.

In the faint daylight left at dusk, the flowers in the garden gently spit out blood-red buds, and if you look closely, it is easy to see this flower as the face of a gorgeous woman, and the flower bud is the blood-red lips.

The stone road in front of the door is spotless, and the luxurious bungalow located at the end of the stone road, surrounded by countless dark red flowers, is like the entrance to another world.

Zhong Jiudao walked up this stone road full of historical atmosphere, and in the face of this strange scene, he smiled slightly: “Save the money to ask someone to clean.”

As the last rays of sunlight disappeared below the horizon, the courtyard with too many towering trees grew darker than the outside world, and Zhong Jiudao stood outside the bungalow and saw that candles were lit inside the second-floor window.

Ordinary people were likely to be frightened and wish to escape when they saw this scene, but how could Zhong Jiudao abandon this cheap house that was hard to rent, he used the key to open the rusty lock and push open the door of the bungalow.

With a “creak”, the old wooden door was pushed open, and a bone-chilling wind blew out of the house.

There are countless oil lamps hanging on the walls of the hall on the first floor, and as Zhong Jiudao enters, the oil lamps are lit up one by one, shining with a faint blue-green light, illuminating the entire first floor.

Zhong Jiudao frowned, “Didn’t you say that there was electricity? How to still light candles.
Shooting equipment needs electricity, and mobile phones cannot be charged.”

Ignoring the eerie sight, he strode in to find power.

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As soon as Zhong Jiudao entered the door, a woman wearing a white cheongsam appeared in front of the door, holding a red candle, and her face flickered on and off under the light of the candlelight, like a ghost floating in the hall.

She walked very lightly, there was no sound of footsteps at all, she walked like a drift, quietly came to the back of Zhong Jiudao, held out her hand to Zhong Jiudao, and said quietly: “This is not where you should come, let’s go.”

Suddenly there was a ghost-like sound behind him, Zhong Jiudao looked back expressionlessly, saw the overly long nails on the woman’s pale fingers, and said calmly: “Why is it not where I should come? I rented this, I am now the homeowner, what are you? How did it end up in my house? It’s you who should go.”

He also took out the lease contract, revealing a legally valid signature and official seal, as well as a copy of the owner’s power of attorney to the intermediary company attached to the contract, which was reasonable and legal and could not be doubted.

The woman in white was shook by the contract, she slowly withdrew her hand, held the candle and floated back two steps, pulling away from Zhong Jiudao, before whispering: “Little girl… Have lived in this house for a long time.

“Oh? How long, is there residency? If there is no evidence of your right to abode, you should leave here, otherwise you will infringe on my property rights.” Zhong Jiudao asked.

He found the electric light switch on the wall and pressed it, “snapped”, the light above the hall lit up, illuminating the entire hall brightly, like daylight, the white cheongsam woman was suddenly shook by this light, and reached out to block it.

Zhong Jiudao’s gaze swept over the woman’s feet, and saw that she had no shadow under this bright and dangling light, and his heart was clear, and he turned off the lights again, muttering: “This house is too big, all the lights are turned on use too much electricity, before starting the machine I should save energy.”

When the light went out, the woman in white was obviously relieved, and she looked at Zhong Jiudao quietly and whispered, “Concubine, she has really lived in this house for a hundred years.”

“In some foreign countries, after staying for a long time, they will automatically have the right to reside, and the homeowner has no right to evict the guests.
But our country does not have this for the time being, unless you have a contract for the landlord to give the right of residence, you have to move out.” Zhong Jiudao made a “please” gesture to the woman in white, then ignored her, visited the first floor, and walked to the second floor.

At the moment when the lights were turned on, Zhong Jiudao had already seen the structure of the first floor, the dust and cobwebs on the walls had been cleaned by someone, and the hidden figures in the maid’s room in the corner flashed, showing that something was also living.

The second floor is the bedroom, the stairs are a little old, stepping on it will make a “creaking” sound, Zhong Jiudao took two steps and stopped, looking back, the woman in white did not follow up, but held the candle and looked up at him with resentment.

“Why didn’t you keep up?” Zhong Jiu Dao asked, “It doesn’t matter if you don’t come up, lend me the candle, my mobile phone is running out of battery, it is not convenient to use a flashlight.”

The woman in white: “…”

Before she could say anything, a woman in a dress stood at the end of the stairs and said to Zhong Jiudao, “Because the upstairs is my place, that lowly concubine is not worthy of coming up.”

The woman in white was on the first floor, looking resentful and afraid.

“What age are you still talking about this crap,” Zhong Jiudao shook his head, “my house, in a few days there will be other people living in to shoot dramas, you move as soon as possible.”

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The woman in the dress became fierce, her good face twisted, blood flowed from her forehead, and her whole head became fragmented, flying down the stairs, screaming hysterically at Zhong Jiudao: “Since you don’t want to scram, die!”

Zhong Jiudao’s face did not change color to avoid the attack of the woman in the dress, but the stairs under his feet shook, showing that it wanted to throw Zhong Jiudao downstairs.

Zhong Jiudao stood very steadily, but the big box shook unceasingly, turning his head downstairs, Zhong Jiudao’s eyes were bright and fast, and he supported the box in time.

At this moment, his face finally changed.

“I want you to vacate the house with a good voice, but you want to destroy my belongings.” Zhong Jiudao was a little angry, this box was a very expensive video camera he rented, really broke what money he used to pay?

Zhong Jiudao’s left hand was drawing something in the air, and a silver spell appeared in the void, and the speed of his drawing was fast and steady, and in less than a second the spell had already taken shape.

Zhong Jiu dao pointed a little, and the spell flew towards the woman in the red dress at great speed.

The woman in the red dress was hit by the silver charm, and the spell without paper and no cinnabar was so powerful that it knocked the woman in the dress to the ceiling with one move.

The pattern on the spell envelops the woman in the red dress, blooming with a silver light, and a faint thunderclap flashes in her ears.

The woman in the red dress was nailed to the roof chandelier by a spell, and the lightning flashed to provide enough power for the chandelier, and the indoor light came on again.

Zhong Jiudao showed a trance-like look, nodded, and said, “It turns out that the Five Thunder Charms also have such a power-saving usage, but the current is unstable, it is easy to burn out electrical appliances, and it needs to be improved.”

He thought about it for a moment and quickly drew a few strokes in the air, weakening the power of the Five Thunder Charms and changing it to a steady and continuous attack.

Thunder and fire spells all reacted to when they encounter yin qi or evil spirits, and in the hands of ordinary people, it is just an ordinary piece of rune paper.
At this moment, this improved version of the continuous output of the five thunder charms is firmly locked on the red dressed woman, and in the case of constantly encountering evil spirits, it steadily outputs current.

The hall was brightly lit, and Zhong Jiudao stood on the stairs, holding on to his suitcase, looking down under the bright light of day.

The ghosts hidden in the corner of the murderous house saw the red dressed women acting as power on the ceiling, and one by one they were frightened to hug their cold selves, closed their blood basins and mouths, and did not dare to make a sound.

Zhong Jiu Dao saw that the house was finally quiet, was satisfied, and went upstairs to visit his future shooting location.

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