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It was a dark and quiet night at a local hospital as Dr. Chen Yuzhi was finishing signing off on some paperwork when three men walked towards the emergency room door.  Chen Yuzhi saw them coming out of the corner of his eye and felt his blood run cold; nothing good ever came from people walking towards a hospital emergency room, especially not at one o’clock in the morning.  However, he didn’t want to seem nervous, so he continued to check his charts and sign off on them, just as the sliding doors opened and the men stepped inside.

         “Is there a doctor in the house?” one of the men called out.  Chen Yuzhi paused, eyes shutting for a second, before he looked over at them.

         “I am” he replied.  One of the men, tall man with light skin, brown eyes, and short black hair, whom Chen Yuzhi assumed was the boss, narrowed his eyes at him.

         “How good are you with dealing with wounds?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi raised an eyebrow.

         “What kind of wound are we talking about?” he replied.  A young man, who looked no older than eighteen, with light skin, brown eyes, and light brown hair stepped forward and held out his arm, rolling up his sleeve to reveal a pretty deep knife slash.  Chen Yuzhi took one look at it and hissed.

         “That looks pretty bad.  I can definitely take a look at it” he assured, looking up at the boss.  The boss narrowed his eyes again before he nodded.

         “Okay” he agreed.  Chen Yuzhi then looked at the young man who was holding his arm and smiled gently.

         “Follow me; I’ll take you to a private room so that I can properly clean and look at your wound” he stated.  The young man nodded and followed after Chen Yuzhi as he headed towards an empty hospital room; Chen Yuzhi motioning to the bed.

         “You can just have a seat, I just have to get the necessary equipment” he explained as he walked over to the cabinet full of bandages, gauze, anasept gel, a small hand towel, a bowl of warm water, a needle holder, a toothed forceps, and a suture kit.  Once he grabbed all the equipment that he would need, he walked over to the sink and thoroughly washed his hands before slipping on a mask and some gloves before walking back over to the young man.

         “So, you wanna tell me how you got this cut?” he asked, raising an eyebrow at the young man.  The young man blushed before he looked away.

         “Um…well…” he started.  Chen Yuzhi huffed.

         “If you’re worried that I’m gonna write up a report or record of your visit, I’m not.  Just tell me what happened; I promise I’m not going to judge you” he assured.  The young man looked at him before he sighed.

         “Got caught in a, uh…knife fight.  Zhan Sir put a bullet through the guy’s brain after I got cut” he explained.  Chen Yuzhi hummed as he took the small hand towel and dipped it into the warm water.

         “Is “Zhan Sir” your boss?” he asked, gently cleaning the area around the wound, making the young man hiss in pain.

         “Sorry” he apologized.  The young man smiled and shook his head.

         “It’s okay.  And yeah, he is” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi hummed and nodded.

         “Makes sense” he agreed as he continued to gently clean the wound before patting it dry.  Once the wound was clean, he took some numbing gel and applied it around the wound before threading the surgical needle.

         “Do I really need stitches?” the young man croaked.  Chen Yuzhi looked at him and smiled, even though he knew the man couldn’t see his mouth.

         “Your cut is pretty deep.  And stitches will help heal it faster” he explained.  The young man looked at him with wide, scared eyes before he let out a shuddery breath.

         “Is it gonna hurt?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head.

         “No, it shouldn’t.  I put numbing gel around it, so you shouldn’t feel a thing” he assured.  The young man nodded and watched as Chen Yuzhi quickly and professionally stitched up his wound before placing a non-adhesive wound dressing over the suture.  He then wrapped gauze over the wound, before finishing with velband and crepe.  Once the wound was bandage, he threw away the dirty needle, removed his gloves, and then removed his facemask. 

         “And there we go!  All done!” he declared.  The young man looked at his wrapped arm in shock.

         “Wow…you’re good” he murmured.  Chen Yuzhi smiled.

         “Well, after eight years, I would hope so” he chuckled before he took a sling and gently slipped it over the young man’s head before slipping his arm into it.  Once his arm was in the sling, the young man smiled and held out his hand.

         “Chu Min” he introduced.  Chen Yuzhi smiled and shook his hand.

         “Chen Yuzhi” he replied before he motioned to the door.

         “I think your boss is waiting for you” he stated.  Chu Min nodded and slipped off the bed, following Chen Yuzhi out of the room and back over to the two men.

         “Alright, his wound’s taken care of.  And before you freak out, I’m not going to put this little…visit on record.  I know you guys like to keep your identities out of public record” he assured.  The two men looked at him in shock before the boss, “Zhan Sir”, stepped forward and held out his hand.

         “Thank you” he thanked.  Chen Yuzhi blinked before he reached out and shook his hand.

         “No problem.  Just doing my job” he replied.  The boss smiled before he nodded.

         “Zhan Junbai.  Thank you again” he thanked.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “Chen Yuzhi.  And no problem” he replied.  Zhan Junbai smiled and turned to leave, his men following him, when Chen Yuzhi threw out a hand.

         “Oh, wait a second!” he called out, making them all stop.  Zhan Junbai turned and raised an eyebrow.

         “Yes?” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi smiled and motioned to Chu Min.

         “I know you probably don’t want to hear this, but I need you to bring him back in about 5-7 weeks, just so that I can check on how the wound is healing” he explained.  Zhan Junbai nodded.

         “I will make sure to bring him back.  After hours, of course” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “Of course” he agreed.  Zhan Junbai smiled before he turned and walked away for real, the other four men following him, Chu Min waving goodbye as they left.  Chen Yuzhi waved goodbye to him before he turned back to his report, signing a few more lines before he stopped and realized that he just treated a triad member and also talked to his boss…all without the threat of a gun in his face.  Which was weird.  But also a good thing, he guessed as he went back to finishing his paperwork before going home for the evening. 

 

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The next time Chen Yuzhi saw Zhan Junbai and his men, it was literally two days after he bandaged Chu Min’s arm.  They came in at the same time as they did when they brought Chu Min, except this time, Zhan Junbai was supporting a young girl with light skin, brown eyes, and short black hair while the young girl clutched at her arm, which was stained with blood.

         “Oh my God!” Chen Yuzhi exclaimed as he ran over to them, looking them over.

         “What the hell happened?!” he exclaimed.

         “Gang war.  You know how it goes” Chu Min explained with a small, easy going smile.  Chen Yuzhi shot him a glare.

         “No, I don’t know how it goes” he snapped before he looked at Zhan Junbai.

         “Come on, bring her over to one of these beds” he ordered, turning and heading to one of the empty rooms.  Zhan Junbai nodded and guided the young girl towards the room, helping her up onto the bed as Chen Yuzhi walked around the room, grabbing supplies before he walked over to the young girl and placed his mask on as well as his gloves.  He then put his hands on his hips as he looked down at the young girl before he began unbuttoning the young girl’s black dress shirt.

         “Hey, hey!  What are you doing?!” the young girl exclaimed, trying to bat away Chen Yuzhi’s hands.

         “Trying to see if you’ve got a bullet in your arm or if it just grazed you” Chen Yuzhi snapped.  Once he had opened up the young girl’s shirt, he had her sit up so that he could remove the shirt just enough to see if she was hit or if she got grazed.  Thankfully, she had just been grazed and it wasn’t serious. 

         “Oh, thank fuck” he murmured.  Zhan Junbai frowned.

         “What?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi looked up at him and sighed.

         “She just got grazed by the bullet.  She’s gonna be fine.  I just have to clean and dress the wound, since you know, we don’t want infection setting in” he explained.  Zhan Junbai nodded.

         “Of course.  Do what you have to do” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi nodded before he took a cotton swab and dipped it into warm water, cleaning the area around the wound, causing the young girl to hiss.

         “How did you guys get caught up in a gang war?  Deal go bad or something?” Chen Yuzhi asked, glancing up at Zhan Junbai before focusing on his work.  Zhan Junbai chuckled.

         “You could say that” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi raised an eyebrow at him before he sighed and went back to work, placing a non-adhesive wound dressing over the suture before wrapping gauze over the wound and finishing it off with velband and crepe, just like how he had done with Chu Min.  After bandaging the young girl, he helped him put her shirt back on before placing his hands on his hips.

         “Come back and see me in a week so that I can properly check your wound, but I want you to check it every day to make sure that there isn’t any infection.  Understand?” he asked, giving the young girl a look.  The young girl looked up at him and nodded.

         “Okay” she replied.  Chen Yuzhi nodded before he looked up at Zhan Junbai and pointed at him.

         “And I don’t want you to let her or Chu Min out on the field until their wounds are properly healed, you got that?” he scolded.  Zhan Junbai and the young girl looked at him in shock before Zhan Junbai nodded.

         “I got it.  Sorry to bother you, Dr. Chen” he apologized.  Chen Yuzhi huffed and waved his hand.

         “Yeah, yeah, whatever.  I mean, it’s fine, really.  This is what I wanted to do my entire life and now I’m actually doing it” he murmured.  Zhan Junbai nodded.

         “I understand.  Thank you again” he thanked as he helped the young girl off the bed, the three of them heading back to the others. 

         “So, what was it, Liu Li?” Chu Min asked.  The young girl who got shot, Liu Li, glared at him.

         “It was a graze, thank you very much” he snapped.  Chu Min huffed.

         “I just asked” he replied as Chen Yuzhi placed his hands on his hips.

         “Can we maybe not argue with each other in my emergency room?  Thank you” he thanked, looking at them.  Chu Min and Liu Li looked at him before bowing their heads.

         “Sorry” they apologized.  Chen Yuzhi waved his hand again.

         “It’s fine.  Just go home and get some rest.  And I don’t want to see any of you in this emergency room for the next couple of weeks.  Are we clear?” he asked, looking at all of them with narrowed eyes.  The four of them nodded.

         “Yes Dr. Chen” they replied.  Chen Yuzhi nodded in reply.

         “Good.  Now get out of my hospital” he playfully ordered.  Zhan Junbai and the others chuckled as they turned and headed out of the emergency room, leaving Chen Yuzhi alone again.  Chen Yuzhi watched them leave before he sighed.

         “What am I doing?” he murmured, shaking his head before he turned and headed off to finish his work.

 

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The next time Chen Yuzhi saw Zhan Junbai or any of his men was five weeks later when it was time for Chen Yuzhi to check on Chu Min’s stitches. 

         “Have you been checking it every day to make sure there’s no infections?” Chen Yuzhi asked as Zhan Junbai led Chu Min and Liu Li into one of the empty hospital rooms. 

         “Yes, and I haven’t seen anything” Zhan Junbai replied.  Chen Yuzhi nodded as he removed both Liu Li and Chu Min’s bandages so that he could take a look at them. 

         “It seems that your stiches healed nicely, so I can snip them” he declared as he took a small scissors and carefully cut the stitches in Chu Min’s arm, carefully taking them out.  Once they were removed, he rewrapped Chu Min’s arm and made sure the dressings were secure before he looked over at Liu Li’s bullet graze.

         “It’s scaring nicely.  I’ll just redress it but after about another week or two, it should be good” he declared.  Liu Li smiled at him.

         “Really?” she asked.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “Mmhm” he replied.  Chu Min shook his head.

         “Dr. Chen, you’re amazing” he murmured.  Chen Yuzhi chuckled.

         “No, I’ve just spent many years training for stuff like this” he explained as he finished dressing Liu Li’s graze before looking at them.

         “All done” he declared. 

         “Thank you, Dr. Chen” Zhan Junbai thanked.  Chen Yuzhi looked up at him and smiled.

         “Just doing my job” he replied as Chu Min and Liu Li walked out of the hospital room, Zhan Junbai and Chen Yuzhi following them.  When they reached the empty admissions desk, Zhan Junbai turned to face Chen Yuzhi.

         “I have a question” he started, making Chen Yuzhi raise an eyebrow.

         “Yes?” he replied.  Zhan Junbai smiled.

         “How would you like to join us?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi blinked.

         “As in…join your triad?” he inquired.  Zhan Junbai nodded. 

         “We all like you and you’d fit in quite well” he explained.  Chen Yuzhi looked at him before he chuckled and shook his head.

         “While the offer is temping…” he started.

         “You can also pay off all your student debt from undergrad and medical school if you join us” Zhan Yuzhi added, smirking slightly.  Chen Yuzhi blinked before his eyes widened slightly.

         “Can I really –” he started.  Zhan Junbai nodded.

         “Of course.  I’ll have it paid off by tomorrow morning” he assured.  Chen Yuzhi looked at him before he frowned.

         “I’m sorry, Mr. Zhan, but I don’t think I can…I have a little sister to look after.  I’m afraid that if I join your triad, I will only put her in danger, so I’m afraid I will have to politely decline” he stated.  Zhan Junbai hummed.

         “I see” he murmured just as the sounds of sirens approached.  Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widened before he looked over at them.

         “I apologize, Mr. Zhan, but I have to go” he declared before he rushed out of hospital and over to the gurney that was being taken out of the ambulance that parked itself outside the emergency room.  Zhan Junbai and the others watched him leave before they quietly turned and walked down the hall, slipping out of the emergency room.

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A few months later, Chen Yuzhi saw Zhan Junbai again, only this time he came alone and during the daytime during Chen Yuzhi’s day shift. 

         “Dr. Chen” he greeted, startling the young man into spinning around and looking at the man.

         “Mr. Zhan!” he exclaimed softly.  Zhan Junbai chuckled.

         “Sorry.  I just wanted to ask you a question” he explained.  Chen Yuzhi frowned.

         “Can you walk and talk?  I got a patient to check on” he stated.  Zhan Junbai nodded.

         “Of course” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi nodded and began walking, Zhan Junbai walking beside him.

         “What can I do for you, Mr. Zhan?” Chen Yuzhi asked.  Zhan Junbai smiled slightly.

         “I’m just wondering if you would re-consider our offer of joining our triad” he explained.  Chen Yuzhi frowned and looked over at him.

         “Mr. Zhan, I thought I already told you that I wasn’t going to join your triad” he stated as he continued  towards the room he was supposed to be heading to. 

         “Dr. Chen—” Zhan Junbai started when Chen Yuzhi spun around and glared at him.

         “You will wait right here until I get back to properly talk to you about this” he hissed before he spun back around and walked into the room of a little girl who was brought in for a very bad case of stomach aches, which they found later out to be appendicitis.  He stayed in that room for a few moments, checking on her and making sure she was feeling better after her surgery.  After checking on her, he headed back outside, only to see Zhan Junbai standing right where Chen Yuzhi left him.  He then stormed over to him and grabbed him by the arm, pulling him down a quiet-ish hallway.

         “Mr. Zhan, I told you once and I will you again, Keying’s safety is more important.  I will not put her life in danger” he growled.  Zhan Junbai smiled slightly.

         “What if I was to tell you that we had Keying?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widened and he quickly reached out and grabbed Zhan Junbai by the front of his shirt.

         “You what?!” he hissed.  Zhan Junbai smiled.

         “We have her.  But don’t worry, she’s fine.  We won’t hurt her if you comply, Dr. Chen” he stated calmly.  Chen Yuzhi growled and tightened his grip on his shirt.

         “You bastard…” he spat.  Zhan Junbai shrugged.

         “Guilty” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi looked at him before he sighed heavily.

         “If I join you…you promise me that you won’t hurt Keying?” he asked, releasing Zhan Junbai’s shirt.  Zhan Junbai nodded as he straightened out his clothes.

         “I promise” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi looked at him before he sighed.

         “What about my work here?” he murmured.  Zhan Junbai smiled.

         “I will inform them that you’re moving to work as a private doctor” he explained.  Chen Yuzhi looked at him once more before he sighed again.

         “Fine” he agreed.  Zhan Junbai smiled.

         “I will pick you up after your shift” he declared before he turned and made to leave when he paused and glanced back at Chen Yuzhi.

         “Thank you, Dr. Chen.  You won’t regret this” he assured before he turned and headed down the hall.  Chen Yuzhi watched him leave before he sighed and ran a hand through his hair.

         “I already do” he grumbled before he turned and headed in the opposite direction to finish his rounds.

 

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Later that evening, Chen Yuzhi stood outside of the emergency room, waiting for the car that Zhan Junbai said was coming to get him.  Five minutes later, a black car pulled up, making Chen Yuzhi sigh.

         ‘I’m really doing this, aren’t I?’ he thought to himself as he walked towards the car, getting into the backseat.

         “We’ll be there soon, sir” the driver declared before he put the car into drive and stepped on the gas, pulling out of the emergency room parking lot.

 

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As they were driving along, Chen Yuzhi was looking around, nervousness in his eyes.  The driver could obviously sense his nerves and smiled at him.

         “You’re Dr. Chen, right?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi jumped in surprise before he nodded.

         “Ah, yes.  Dr. Chen Yuzhi” he replied.  The driver smiled.

         “Sun Yongren” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi smiled weakly and dipped his head to him before he sighed and let out a yawn.   

         “It’s going to be a while, Dr. Chen…you can rest if you like.  You’ve had a long day” Sun Yongren offered.  Chen Yuzhi smiled gratefully before he nodded.

         “Okay” he replied as he slowly leaned his head against the headrest and shut his eyes.  Sun Yongren smiled slightly as he continued driving, trying to make the ride as smooth as possible for Chen Yuzhi.

 

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When they arrived, Sun Yongren parked the car in the driveway before gently tooting the horn, startling Chen Yuzhi awake.  Chen Yuzhi blinked in surprise as Sun Yongren smiled apologetically.

         “Sorry Dr. Chen.  But we’re here” he declared.  Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widened and he quickly opened the car door before he got out, grabbing his doctor bag as he went before he followed after Sun Yongren as he led him inside the large mansion that served as the triad’s hideout.  He looked around the mansion, his eyes wide, before a thought struck him.

         “Keying!  KEYING!” he called out.  Soon the sound of footsteps were heard and a young girl with light skin, brown eyes, and long black hair pulled back in a braid came running down the winding staircase.

         “Gege!” the little girl exclaimed.  Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widened and he knelt down, opening his arms as the little girl ran into them, throwing her arms around his neck.  Chen Yuzhi let out a sigh of relief, giving her a squeeze before he pulled away, looking her over.

         “Are you okay?  Are you hurt?” he breathed.  The little girl, Keying, shook her head.

         “No.  The nice jiejies made me tea and cookies” she replied.  Chen Yuzhi frowned, just as a large group of people came down the staircase, Zhan Junbai and a tall man with light tan skin, brown eyes, and short dark brown hair dressed in white pants, sky blue turtleneck, and white suit jacket in front.

         “See, Dr. Chen?  Not a hair on her was harmed” Zhan Junbai stated, smiling slightly.  Chen Yuzhi growled as he pushed himself to his feet, taking Keying’s hand.

         “How dare you take my sister just to get me to join your triad.  How low can you go?” he hissed.  Zhan Junbai chuckled.

         “Pretty low, Dr. Chen” he replied before he waved his hand.

         “But that’s all in the past now.  You’re one of us now, so I should introduce you to the others” he stated as he motioned to the man in white standing beside him.

         “My husband, Yu Tangchun.  The underboss” he declared.  Chen Yuzhi looked at him and dipped his head to him as Zhan Junbai motioned to Chu Min and Liu Li.

         “Our soldiers, Chu Min and Liu Li, whom you’ve already met” he continued.  Chen Yuzhi huffed.

         “I was going to ask if you only employed children but I can obviously see that’s not the case” he mused as he looked at the other members of Zhan Junbai’s triad.  Zhan Junbai smiled.

         “No, we don’t only employ children” he replied as he motioned to two men.

         “Jiang Yuelou and Wang Meng.  Our interrogators” he stated.  Chen Yuzhi looked over at them and felt a chill run down his spine; he felt like he was going to be patching up a lot of bodies after those two got done with them.  Yu Tangchu then motioned to another man.

         “Song Rong.  Our sniper.  He’s a deadly shot” he declared.  Chen Yuzhi and Keying dipped their heads to him as Zhan Junbai motioned to two women, whom Chen Yuzhi deduced were the “jiejies” that Keying was talking about.

         “Chu Ran and Zhong Yiren.  Our hackers” he finished before motioning to Sun Yongren, who was standing next to Chen Yuzhi.

         “And Sun Yongren.  Our driver and liason” he stated.  Chen Yuzhi nodded before he cleared his throat.

         “Dr. Chen Yuzhi.  And my little sister, Keying” he introduced.  Keying smiled and waved to the triad, all of whom smiled and waved back.  Zhan Junbai then clapped his hands together.

         “Alright then, Dr. Chen.  I will take you to your clinic” he declared.  Chen Yuzhi looked at him before he pulled Keying against him, narrowing his eyes.  Zhan Junbai looked at him before he huffed.

         “Oh, don’t worry Dr. Chen, she’ll be just fine.  Chu Ran and Zhong Yiren will watch her” he assured.  Chen Yuzhi then looked over at the two women, who nodded, before he sighed.

         “Alright” he agreed before kneeling before Keying.

         “You be good now, okay?” he instructed.  Keying nodded.

         “Yes gege” she replied.  Chen Yuzhi nodded before he stood up and let go of Keying’s hand, walking over to Zhan Junbai as Keying walked over to Chu Ran and Zhong Yiren, both women smiling as they took her hand and walked off.  Chen Yuzhi watched them walk away before he looked at Zhan Junbai.

         “Let’s go” he ordered.  Zhan Junbai nodded before he and Yu Tangchun led him away, the others dispersing to do their own thing.

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Zhan Junbai and Yu Tangchun then led Chen Yuzhi over to his clinic, Zhan Junbai pushing open the door to allow Chen Yuzhi to step inside.  When Chen Yuzhi stepped inside, his eyes widened and he spun around, looking at the largest, most pristine, and well-stocked doctor’s office he had ever seen.

         “Oh wow…” he murmured.  Yu Tangchun smiled.

         “We’re glad you like it.  There is a morgue attached as well, as we tend to have more dead bodies then live ones” he explained.  Chen Yuzhi blinked before he looked over at him and Zhan Junbai.

         “You wish for me to be a medical examiner as well?” he asked.  Zhan Junbai and Yu Tangchun nodded.

         “If you don’t mind” Yu Tangchun replied.  Chen Yuzhi blinked before he sighed.

         “Alright” he agreed.  Zhan Junbai and Yu Tangchu smiled, just as the doors were pushed open and Jiang Yuelou and Keying walked inside.

         “Sorry to interrupt, but she wanted to show her brother their bedroom” Jiang Yuelou explained.  Zhan Junbai and Yu Tangchun smiled fondly before they nodded.

         “That’s fine, we were done anyways” Zhan Junbai stated.  Jiang Yuelou nodded before he looked over at Chen Yuzhi and motioned for him to follow as he turned and headed out of the clinic.  Chen Yuzhi blinked before he walked over to where Keying was waiting and took her hand, both of them walking out of the clinic, leaving Zhan Junbai and Yu Tangchu alone.

         “Do you think he will be okay here?  The little girl too?” Yu Tangchun asked, looking over at his husband.  Zhan Junbai nodded.

         “He’ll be fine.  And he has nowhere else to go, since his sister is everything to him” he replied.  Yu Tangchun hummed, nodding in agreement.

 

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Jiang Yuelou then led Chen Yuzhi and Keying up to their bedroom, Jiang Yuelou motioning to the door.

         “Here you are, Dr. Chen” he declared.  Chen Yuzhi dipped his head before he stepped forward and opened the door, Keying rushing inside as she jumped on the bed, bouncing up and down on it.

         “Keying!  Don’t jump on the bed” Chen Yuzhi scolded, looking over at her.  Keying pouted as Jiang Yuelou leaned against the doorframe.

         “Don’t be such a party-pooper, doc.  Let the kid have some fun” he teased.  Chen Yuzhi turned and narrowed his eyes at him.

         “I don’t think I asked for your opinion on how to raise my little sister, Jiang Yuelou” he murmured.  Jiang Yuelou chuckled.

         “Ooo, feisty.  Good; keep that attitude.  You’ll be eaten alive if you can’t defend yourself, both verbally and physically” he stated.  Chen Yuzhi huffed before he yawned, quickly covering his mouth.

         “You’re tired, so get some sleep.  You’re gonna need it” Jiang Yuelou stated before he pushed himself off the doorframe and grabbed the doorknob, pulling the door closed before he turned and walked away.  Chen Yuzhi looked at the closed door before he looked over at Keying, only to find her fast asleep on the other bed.  He smiled fondly as he walked over to her, gently scooping her into his arms as he pulled the covers back, placing her under the covers before tucking her in.  He then leaned down and placed a kiss on her forehead before he turned and walked over to the closet, just to see if there were clothes in there.  When he opened the closet, he was surprised to find it full of his suits, shoes, ties, as well as his pajamas and underwear.

         “Did they…never mind” he murmured before he grabbed his pajamas and a pair of clean underwear, quickly walking into the adjacent bathroom to take a quick shower before he walked over to the overhead light and turned it off, carefully padding back to his bed.  Once he found it in the dark, he crawled under the covers and let out a soft sigh before his body relaxed and sleep overtook him.

 

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The next morning, Chen Yuzhi got up and quickly got dressed before he walked over to Keying’s bed and gently shook her shoulder.

         “Keying.  Keying, it’s time to wake up” he murmured.  Keying let out a grumble.

         “I don’t wanna” she replied as she buried herself deeper under the blankets.  Chen Yuzhi huffed and shook his head.

         “Keying, it’s time for school.  Come on now, it’s time to get up” he declared.  Keying let out a whine before she sat up, her hair an absolute mess.  Chen Yuzhi laughed.

         “Oh dear.  Come on now, go get ready and I’ll get your uniform laid out” he stated.  Keying nodded and slipped out of bed, heading to the bathroom to brush her teeth and wash her face.  While she was getting ready, Chen Yuzhi walked over to her closet and found that all of her uniforms were there as well.

         “They really do expect us to stay here” he murmured before he pulled out a uniform and placed it on the bed as well as a pair of socks, underwear, and a training bra (which she just started wearing).  As soon as he finished placing Keying’s uniform down, Keying walked out of the bathroom, looking a little fresher and more awake. 

         “Come, get dressed then I’ll do your hair” he declared.  Keying nodded and walked over to where her uniform was laid out, picking up her socks and placing them on her feet.  While she was getting ready, Chen Yuzhi walked into the bathroom and got ready as well, brushing his teeth and washing his face.  After he had gotten ready, he walked out of the bathroom to find Keying dressed and sitting on the bed patiently, a brush in her hand.  Chen Yuzhi smiled and walked over, sitting down beside his sister before holding out his hand, Keying placing the brush in it.  He then took the brush and began brushing gently, carefully untangling her hair before he quickly and skillfully braided it, nodded.

         “There you go” he declared.  Keying smiled as she turned to face him, throwing her arms around him.

         “Thank you, gege!” she thanked.  Chen Yuzhi smiled and nodded before he stood up.

         “I’m going to get dressed, so put on your shoes and make sure your bookbag is all packed and ready to go” he instructed.  Keying nodded and walked over to her bookbag, making sure that it was packed while Chen Yuzhi quickly got dressed in one of his many three-piece suits, slipping on his shoes and tying his tie before he turned to face Keying.

         “Ready to go?” he asked.  Keying, all dressed and ready with her bag on her shoulders, nodded.

         “Ready” she replied.  Chen Yuzhi smiled before he held out his hand, Keying quickly taking it before they walked over to the door, Chen Yuzhi opening the door before they stepped out and headed downstairs, heading to the door of the mansion when Sun Yongren suddenly appeared before them.

         “Dr. Chen.  Miss Chen.  Where are you off to?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi and Keying jumped before Chen Yuzhi let out a sigh.

         “I’m taking Keying to school.  She needs some sort of normalcy in her life” he stated, looking Sun Yongren in the eyes.  Sun Yongren nodded before he motioned to the door.

         “Of course” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi nodded before he opened the door, he and Keying heading over to one of the many cars in the lot.  Chen Yuzhi then opened the door, Keying opening the door as well before they both slipped inside (Yongren handed him a key, the doors didn’t just open magically).  He then put the key in the ignition and turned on the car before he put the car into drive and drove out of the lot, driving Keying to school. 

 

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After dropping Keying off at school, Chen Yuzhi returned the mansion, parking the car before heading inside, heading straight for his clinic.  When he opened the door, he quickly walked into his clinic, looking around before he noticed a smell, which seemed to come from the morgue.  He frowned, walking over to the morgue and pushing open the doors, only to find three bodies lying on the examination tables.

         “Good grief and it’s not even 8:00 in the morning” he grumbled before he sighed and turned, walking out of the morgue and into his office, changing into his scrubs and surgical gown.  He then turned and walked back into the morgue, walking over to the glove station and put on one pair of short gloves before slipping on another pair of gloves that went up to his mid-arm, placing arm coverings over his arms.  He then placed on safety goggles, a mask, and a hair cap before he walked over to the first body, looking it over.

         “Let’s get to work, I guess” he murmured before he grabbed the plastic headrest and placed it under the body’s head so that it was elevated.  Once he had placed the head on the headrest, he reached over and grabbed his scalpel, about to make an incision when the doors to the morgue pushed open and Chu Min stepped inside.

         “Dr. Chen” he called out, making Chen Yuzhi look up.

         “Yes?” he replied.  Chu Min blushed.

         “Am I disturbing you?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head.

         “No, not at all.  I was just about to get started” he replied.  Chu Min blinked before he slowly stepped forward.

         “What…are you doing?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi smiled slightly, even though Chu Min couldn’t see it due to the mask.

         “This is what’s called an autopsy.  Would you like to help me?” he asked.  Chu Min was quiet before he shook his head.

         “I don’t really like blood” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi hummed before he placed his scalpel down.

         “What can I do for you, Chu Min?” he asked.  Chu Min looked at him before he cleared his throat.

         “Oh, uh, Liu Li woke up feeling kind of sick and I was wondering if you would look at her” he explained.  Chen Yuzhi blinked before he smiled and nodded.

         “Of course.  Just let me do these autopsies first and I’ll be right there” he promised.  Chu Min nodded and made to leave before he paused.

         “Dr. Chen” he asked.

         “Yes, Chu Min?” Chen Yuzhi replied.  Chu Min blushed slightly.

         “Can I watch?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi laughed.

         “Of course you can.  But are you sure you can handle it?” he asked.  Chu Min gulped before he nodded.

         “I think so” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi chuckled.

         “Alright then” he agreed before he picked up his scalpel again and made a quick Y-incision on the torso, making sure to cut deep enough.  He then slowly began to cut the skin and muscle away from the ribcage, pulling at the skin back like he was opening a book or butterflying a chicken breast.

         “Dr. Chen?” Chu Min called out, making him look up from cutting.

         “Yes, Chu Min?” he replied.  Chu Min frowned.

         “Why are you doing these autopsies if Zhan Sir just wants these bodies incinerated?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi smiled softly.

         “I’m doing a final check; just to make sure that these bodies aren’t hiding anything, like swallowed secret codes or messages” he replied as he grabbed a pair of rib cutters, Chu Min’s eyes widening in shock.

         “What are those?!” he exclaimed.  Chen Yuzhi chuckled.

         “Rib cutters.  Now, this part might get a little gruesome, so if you don’t want to watch, I suggest covering your eyes” he suggested.  Chu Min nodded and quickly covered his eyes, but still parted his fingers so that he could watch.  Chen Yuzhi chuckled again before he began to cut the sides of the ribcage, cutting until he had cut the top of the rib cage off.  He then removed the top of the ribcage and put it aside as he looked at the internal organs.  He sighed before he picked up his scalpel and began cutting out the internal organs, placing them into a clean plastic bin on the side of him.  He also made sure to remove the tongue and esophagus, placing them in the bin as well before he picked up a ladle and scooped out all the remaining blood inside the body, placing it into the plastic bin.  Chu Min made a gagging sound in front of him, making him look up in concern.

         “Are you alright, Chu Min?” he asked.  Chu Min nodded.

         “I’m fine” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi frowned.

         “You don’t have to stay and watch, A-Min.  I don’t want you to stay and be sick” he stated.  Chu Min shook his head.

         “I’ll be fine, I promise” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi sighed before he finished scooping out the rest of the blood, making sure that the body cavity was clean before he grabbed the bone saw and walked over to the plug, plugging it in.  He then looked up at Chu Min and smiled slightly.

         “Hope you don’t mind the sound, A-Min” he stated before he turned on the bone saw and walked over to the body, carefully cutting a perfect circle atop the head.  As he cut, blood poured from the cranium, covering the exam table below with blood.  Chu Min’s eyes widened and he quickly covered his mouth.

         “Oh my god” he whispered as Chen Yuzhi finished cutting the circle.  He then turned off the bone saw and put it aside before grabbing a hammer with a hook and a skull chisel, gently tapping the chisel into the cut he made and once the skull split, he used the hook part of the hammer and pulled the top of the head away.  Chu Min blinked as Chen Yuzhi then put the hammer and chisel down before he reached in and gently pulled the brain out of the skull.  He then put that into the bin along with the other organs and grabbed a large sponge, sopping up the blood that spill from the skull.  He then used the hook from the back of the hammer and removed whatever internal tissue was stuck to the inside of the brain, sticking that with the other organs. 

         “Alright, good” Chen Yuzhi murmured before he looked up at Chu Min.

         “Are you alright?” he asked.  Chu Min nodded, but he looked a little green.

         “I’m okay” he croaked.  Chen Yuzhi chuckled before he nodded and took a step away from the body, removing his gloves, coat, mask, and safety glasses. 

         “Alright, let me quickly change and then I’ll go look at Liu Li.  Go step outside and get some air” he suggested.  Chu Min nodded and quickly turned, walking out of the morgue as Chen Yuzhi smiled and shook his head.  He then headed out of the morgue and quickly got changed back into his normal clothes, grabbing his stethoscope, a pair of gloves, and a mask before he headed out of the clinic, where Chu Min was waiting for him.

         “This way, Dr. Chen” he murmured.  Chen Yuzhi sighed.

         “You can call me Yuzhi, you don’t have to keep calling me Dr. Chen” he stated.  Chu Min blinked.

         “Can I call you “ge” instead?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi smiled.

         “Sure” he replied.  Chu Min grinned before he and Chen Yuzhi headed upstairs to Liu Li’s room, Chu Min knocking on the door before he opened it.

         “Liu Li.  I brought Dr. Chen” he called out as he stepped inside, Chen Yuzhi following after him.  He then walked over to where Liu Li’s bed, looking down at the girl who was looking up at him with slightly glazed eyes.

         “How are you feeling?” he asked.  Liu Li shrugged before she coughed. 

         “I don’t feel…horrible, but my head feels like it’s been put in a hydraulic press and my nose is stuffed and I’m coughing” she replied.  Chen Yuzhi hummed before he removed his stethoscope from around his neck and placed the earpieces in his ears before he reached for Liu Li’s shirt.

         “You mind if I—” he started when Liu Li waved a hand.

         “Do what you have to do” she croaked.  Chen Yuzhi nodded and slipped the head underneath Liu Li’s shirt, placing it on her chest.

         “Okay, breathe deeply” he instructed.  Liu Li did as she was instructed and breathed deeply, Chen Yuzhi hearing a slight rattling in her chest.  He moved the head of the stethoscope around, instructing Liu Li to breathe deeply every time.  It was rattily all around her chest so he then had Liu Li sit up so that he could hear what it sounded like when he had the head on her back. 

         “Okay, I do hear a little rattling in your chest…” he murmured before he looked at Liu Li.

         “Would you be willing to come down to my office?  I have more equipment there to properly check you out” he stated.  Liu Li nodded.

         “Yeah, sure” she croaked as she pushed herself to her feet.  Chen Yuzhi pulled out a glove before holding out his hand to Liu Li, helping her out of bed.  They then headed out of the room, heading downstairs to Chen Yuzhi’s office, Liu Li hopping up on the exam table.  Chen Yuzhi then walked over to his coat rack, putting on the other glove before grabbing his doctor’s coat, slipping it on.  He then grabbed the thermometer and held it up to Liu Li’s forehead, looking at it. 

         “Hmm…low-grade fever” he murmured, placing it down before grabbing a tongue depressor and an ophthalmoscope.

         “Okay, open wide” he instructed.  Liu Li opened her mouth and stuck her tongue out slightly, allowing Chen Yuzhi to gently press the tongue depressor on her tongue and shine the light from the ophthalmoscope into her mouth.  He noticed that the back of her throat was slightly inflamed but other than that, nothing else looked out of place.  He then threw the tongue depressor out of the way before holding the ophthalmoscope up.

         “I’m just gonna check your eyes now” he stated.  Liu Li nodded and allowed Chen Yuzhi to do the normal eye test; shine the light in her eyes before telling her to follow the light in different directions.  After that test, he hummed.

         “Your eyes do look a little glazed, but that’s just a symptom of being sick.  Your throat’s also a little inflamed but I want to do one more check, okay?” he asked.  Liu Li nodded as Chen Yuzhi put down the ophthalmoscope before reaching out, gently pressing all around her neck and throat.

         “Yeah, there’s a bit of swelling there.  So, you say that you have head congestion, your body aches, and from what I can tell, your throat’s inflamed.  You also have a low-grade fever which means you probably have the flu.  I can prescribe some Tamiflu and have one of the boys pick it up for you, but until this fever breaks or goes down, I’m putting you on bed rest.  You’re not to go on any runs until you’re feeling better.  Do you understand?” he asked.  Liu Li nodded.

         “Yeah” she replied.  Chen Yuzhi nodded before he walked over to his desk, grabbing a prescription pad, quickly writing a prescription for the flu medication before tearing off the sheet.

         “Who should I give this to?  I don’t really know any hospitals or pharmacies around here” he stated.  Liu Li hummed before she coughed.

         “Um…you could try and give it to Zhan Sir” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “Alright, I’ll go find him, you go upstairs and rest.  I’ll let Chu Min know how to make sure you’re comfortable” he stated.  Liu Li nodded and smiled before she hopped off the exam table and walked out of the office, Chen Yuzhi following him. 

         “Get better, Liu Li” Chen Yuzhi bid.  Liu Li looked over at him and smiled.

         “I’m sure I’ll get better real fast, thanks to you, ge” she replied before she turned and headed back to the stairs that led to the upstairs bedrooms.

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After Liu Li headed back upstairs, Chen Yuzhi turned and headed down the hall to where he thought Zhan Junbai’s office was.  He soon found it and knocked on the door, removing his mask and gloves after doing so.

         “Come in” a voice called out.  Chen Yuzhi opened the door and poked his head in to see Zhan Junbai sitting at his desk, working on some paperwork.  When he heard the door open, Zhan Junbai lifted his head and when he saw Chen Yuzhi, he smiled.

         “Ah, Dr. Chen.  Come in” he instructed.  Chen Yuzhi stepped into the room, shutting the door behind him before he walked over to Zhan Junbai’s desk.

         “What can I do for you?” Zhan Junbai asked.  Chen Yuzhi held out the prescription slip, which Zhan Junbai took and raised an eyebrow at.

         “What’s this?” he asked.

         “Liu Li’s prescription for Tamiflu.  She has the flu and I put her on bedrest until she gets better.  Either you call in this medication or give me the phone number of a nearby pharmacy and I’ll do it myself.  Either way, Liu Li’s out of commission until she gets better” Chen Yuzhi declared.  Zhan Junbai huffed.

         “Damn it, I was going to hand out assignments tomorrow…one less person to do a job” he murmured.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head.

         “Sorry, but I don’t want her collapsing on the job and I don’t think you do either” he stated.  Zhan Junbai nodded.

         “You’re right” he agreed before he sighed.

         “I’ll call in the prescription.  Will you pick it up tomorrow?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “I will.  Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some autopsies to finish” he stated.  Zhan Junbai nodded.

         “Anything?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head.

         “I haven’t seen anything so far” he replied.  Zhan Junbai nodded.

         “Alright” he agreed.  Chen Yuzhi then dipped his head before he turned and headed back to his clinic, changing back into his scrubs.  He then quickly finished up with the autopsy with the first body before doing an autopsy on the other two bodies.  After doing the autopsy, he cut open each body’s stomach, checking to see if there was anything inside that was suspicious or that wasn’t supposed to be there.  When he didn’t find anything, he let out a sigh before he stitched up the bodies, wiping his brow when he was done.

         “This would be so much easier if I had someone to help me” he grumbled before he carefully moved the metal tray onto a cadaver gurney, grunting as he did so (he was grateful to have locked the wheels or this whole thing would have been a disaster).  Once the body was moved, he walked over to the second exam table and moved the body and metal tray onto a second cadaver gurney and then the final body and tray to the final gurney.  After all the bodies were transferred, he dragged the first gurney over to the in-clinic incinerator, opening the incinerator before pushing the metal tray that the body was on into the incinerator, the door to the furnace shutting behind it as fire soon surrounded and consumed the body.

         “One down, two to go” he murmured before he walked over to the second cadaver gurney, grabbing it and dragging it over to the incinerator.  He then opened the door, the metal tray sliding out.  He then walked over and grabbed a large pair of tongs, using them to drag the first metal tray onto the first cadaver gurney before carefully kicking it out of his way.  He then placed the second metal tray into the furnace before pulling the lever, watching as the tray slid into the incinerator, the door to the furnace shutting behind it as fire soon surrounded and consumed the body on the tray. 

         “One more” he declared  as he walked over and grabbed the third cadaver gurney, dragging it over just as the second burning stopped.  He then opened the door, the metal tray sliding out of the incinerator.  He then walked over and grabbed a large pair of tongs, using them to drag the metal tray onto the second cadaver gurney before carefully kicking it out of his way over to where the first cadaver gurney was.  He then placed the final metal tray into the furnace before pulling the lever, watching as the tray slid into the incinerator, the door to the furnace shutting behind it as fire soon surrounded and consumed the body on the tray.  He then programed the furnace to be turned off after the final burning before he turned to look at the morgue and noticed what a mess it was.

         “Time to clean” he murmured before he walked over to the sink, turning on the tap that was connected to a long hose.  He then took the hose and sprayed down the tables, making sure that all the blood was gone from the tables before he sprayed down the floor, sending the blood down the drain that was in the middle of the floor.  After everything was hosed down, Chen Yuzhi let out a groan.

         “If there are any more bodies…I might just create a body myself” he grumbled before he looked down at his watch.

         “Keying will be done with school soon…I should shower before I go and get her” he murmured as he walked out of the morgue and grabbed his clothes, about to head upstairs to shower and change when Jiang Yuelou walked over to him.

         “Hey, doc.  You got a sec?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi sighed heavily before he looked over at him.

         “Not really, but what is it?” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou smiled before he motioned for Chen Yuzhi to follow him as they headed to a room, where a man was sitting in the middle of the room, Wang Meng holding a knife menacingly to his neck.

         “What’s the problem?” Chen Yuzhi asked, looking over at Jiang Yuelou.

         “He’s not talking.  We were wondering if there was something you could give him or do to him that would get him to talk” Jiang Yuelou explained.  Chen Yuzhi hummed as he stepped forward, looking at the man who just growled before spitting in his face.  Chen Yuzhi flinched, the spit getting in his eyes, causing Wang Meng to growl and press the blade deeper into his throat.

         “Bastard” he hissed.  The man laughed.

         “Do it, I dare you” he sneered.  Wang Meng growled as Chen Yuzhi sighed and wiped the spit out of his eye.

         “I have to pick my little sister up from school soon so if we could hurry this up, I would be very grateful” he stated.  The man raised an eyebrow.

         “Is your sister pretty cute?” he purred.  Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widened before he dropped his clothes that he was holding in his arms and punched the man in the face.

         “She’s eight, you pervert!” he roared.  The man let out a groan and spat out some blood before Chen Yuzhi turned and looked at Jiang Yuelou.

         “Wait here” he ordered as he spun on his heels and rushed back to his office, grabbing his small leather roll up case before he walked back into the interrogation room, unrolling the case to reveal small acupuncture needles.  He then walked over to the man and pulled down the collar of his shirt before carefully sticking the needle into neck, twisting it so that it was in there without causing any damage.  He then walked back out in front of the man and knelt down before him.

         “Name?” he asked.

         “Fang Wu” the man replied.  Wang Meng and Jiang Yuelou blinked in surprise.

         “We asked him that so many times and he wouldn’t tell us” Wang Meng exclaimed.  Chen Yuzhi smiled.

         “That’s because I basically stabbed a nerve that basically causes him to run his mouth.  You can ask any question and he’ll probably answer.  Oh, and if you don’t mind, whenever you’re done with the interrogation, could you please place the needle back in my office?  I need to sterilize them after they’ve been used.  Now, if you’ll excuse me” he declared as he rolled up his needle case before picking up the clothes he dropped, turning on his heels and walking out of the room.  As he was walking away, Jiang Yuelou quickly ran after him, making him look over in surprise.

         “Yuelou.  What are you doing?  Shouldn’t you be interrogating that man?” he asked. Jiang Yuelou smiled.

         “Wang Meng can handle it himself.  I’ll come with you to pick up Keying, if that’s alright” he stated.  Chen Yuzhi blinked before he smiled.

         “I think Keying would like that.  Sure” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou smiled as he and Chen Yuzhi headed upstairs to Chen Yuzhi and Keying’s room, Jiang Yuelou stepping inside the room as Chen Yuzhi walked over to his closet to pull out a new dress shirt, pants, and underwear. 

         “Good grief, so formal” Jiang Yuelou murmured as he sat on Chen Yuzhi’s bed.  Chen Yuzhi huffed.

         “I am a doctor, Yuelou” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou sighed.

         “Don’t you anything, you know, a bit more casual?  Comfy?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi huffed.

         “You’re the one to talk.  You’re currently wearing a three-piece suit” he reminded, motioning to what Jiang Yuelou was wearing.  Jiang Yuelou chuckled.

         “I suppose I am a bit of a hypocrite” he agreed.  Chen Yuzhi smiled slightly.

         “Just a little” he replied before he turned and headed into the bathroom to shower and feel a little less…sticky and bloody.  Jiang Yuelou hummed before he pushed himself up and began looking around the room.  While he and Wang Meng were the ones who had gotten Chen Yuzhi’s and Keying’s things, he hadn’t really seen what he had grabbed, he just sort of…grabbed.  The room was rather bare, but the bedding Zhong Yiren had picked out for Keying was rather colorful, definitely something an eight-year-old would like.  And the stuffed kitten toy he had gotten her…well, he just thought she would like something a little cozy and comforting, since she was practically ripped out of her old place and forced to live in a new one.  Chen Yuzhi’s side of the room, however, was very plain.  The man only seemed to wear muted colors, which suited him, he supposed, but would it kill him to wear something a little bit more colorful?  Like a blue or at least a grey or black maybe?

         ‘Maybe I can let him borrow some of my suits’ he thought to himself, just as Chen Yuzhi stepped out of the shower, dressed in beige pants, beige socks, and a cream colored dress shirt.

         “Is something wrong?” he asked, raising an eyebrow at Jiang Yuelou, who looked over at him before he shook his head.

         “No, no, nothing’s wrong.  I’ve just noticed how you wear very muted colors” he explained.  Chen Yuzhi smiled.

         “Ah…I don’t know, I just think muted colors are better suited for me…for my profession, that’s all” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou nodded before he motioned with his head towards the door.

         “We should get going, shouldn’t we?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widened before he nodded.

         “Let’s go” he replied.

 

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When Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou arrived at Keying’s school, Keying and the other students were waiting out front for their parents and when Keying saw Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou, she grinned brightly.

         “Gege!  Yuelou gege!” she exclaimed as she ran over to them.  As she ran towards them, a group of older girls stuck out their leg, causing her to trip and fall, skinning her knees.

         “Keying!” Chen Yuzhi exclaimed, he and Jiang Yuelou running over to her and kneeling down.  Keying sniffled, trying desperate not to cry, when Chen Yuzhi smiled gently.

         “Come on, let me see” he whispered.  Keying nodded and carefully pushed herself to her feet, Chen Yuzhi studying her knees with his keen eyes.  He then looked up at her and smiled.

         “Just a scrape.  They are bleeding a little, but not that bad” he murmured.  Keying sniffled and nodded as he pushed himself to his feet, placing his hand on her head before glared over at the group of girls that had tripped his sister.

         “Ahem” he called out, making the girls freeze before they looked over to see Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi looking at them darkly.

         “Do that again…it won’t end well for you” Jiang Yuelou warned.  The girls scoffed before Jiang Yuelou slowly pulled back his coat to reveal a pistol at his hip.  The girls eyes widened and they took a step back in fear before Chen Yuzhi, Keying, and Jiang Yuelou turned and walked back to the car, heading back to the mansion.

 

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When Jiang Yuelou, Chen Yuzhi, and Keying returned to the mansion, Chen Yuzhi looked down at Keying.

         “Go head to my clinic.  I’ll clean your knees” he instructed.  Keying nodded and rushed off, leaving Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou alone.

         “Did you really have to threaten those girls with your gun?  It could cause problems for Keying” Chen Yuzhi grumbled, glancing over at Jiang Yuelou.  Jiang Yuelou shrugged.

         “And if does, just ask Zhan-xiong to take care of it.  You know he will” he stated.  Chen Yuzhi sighed and shook his head before he headed off towards his clinic, Jiang Yuelou following after him.  They then walked into the clinic where Keying was sitting on the exam table, wiping at her eyes and sniffling.  Chen Yuzhi smiled before he walked and sat in front of his sister, sighing softly.  He then turned and searched through his supplies before he found a small washcloth, which he then handed to Jiang Yuelou.

         “Yuelou, can you dampen this with warm water and add a little bit of soap please?” he asked.  Jiang Yuelou nodded and took the towel, walking over to the sink and wetting it before placing a bit of soap at the edge.  He rubbed the part of the towel where the soap was together, making sure it foamed before he walked over to Chen Yuzhi and handed it to him.  Chen Yuzhi nodded and took the towel, gently cleaning the scrapes on Keying’s knees.  Keying whimpered in pain, making Chen Yuzhi smile softly.

         “I know it stings.  I’m sorry” he murmured, continuing to gently clean the scrapes with the soapy towel and once the dirt was pretty much gone from the abrasion, he turned the towel and gently began wiping away the soapy water with the clean side of the towel.  Once the scrapes were cleaned, Chen Yuzhi sighed.

         “Alright, we’ll let those dry for a moment.  Let me see your hands” he instructed.  Keying sniffled before she held out her hands, revealing scraped palms as well.

         “Aish…if they weren’t kids, I would’ve popped ‘em already” Jiang Yuelou grumbled from where he was standing beside Chen Yuzhi.  Chen Yuzhi huffed.

         “You would have popped them even if they were kids” he murmured as he started cleaning Keying’s palms.  Keying frowned.

         “What does that mean, gege?” she asked, looking at Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou.  The two men looked at each other before Jiang Yuelou cleared his throat.

         “We’ll tell you when you’re older, sweetheart” he assured.  Keying nodded, just as Chen Yuzhi finished cleaning her palms.

         “Alright, palms are clean” he declared.  Keying frowned.

         “Aren’t you going to put medicine on them?” she asked.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head.

         “You’re going to take a shower in a little bit, aren’t you?” he replied.  Keying blinked before she nodded.

         “Oh right” she murmured.  Chen Yuzhi chuckled before he reached out and stroked her head.

         “Go on now, go do your homework” he instructed.  Keying nodded and hopped off the exam table, grabbing her backpack before she headed into the dining room to go do her homework.  Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou watched her walk away before Chen Yuzhi ran a hand through his hair.

         “You’ve had a long day, Yuzhi.  Why don’t you go lie down?” Jiang Yuelou offered.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head.

         “No, I’m fine.  I have some work I need to do” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou frowned before he sighed.

         “Alright.  I’ll see you later then” he stated before he walked out of the clinic.  Chen Yuzhi watched him leave before he sighed and spun around to his computer.

         “Alright…let’s get these files set up” he murmured before his fingers began to fly over the keys.

 

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Much later in the evening, Chen Yuzhi was still working on his computer when the door opened and Yu Tangchun walked over to him, placing a cup of tea down next to his elbow.  Chen Yuzhi started in surprise as he looked up at Yu Tangchun, who just smiled down kindly at him.

         “Mr. Yu” he breathed.  Yu Tangchun chuckled.

         “Tangchun, please” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi nodded slowly as Yu Tangchun tilted his head to the side.

         “You’re working awfully late tonight, Dr. Chen” he mused.  Chen Yuzhi smiled slightly.

         “Yuzhi, please” he stated.  Yu Tangchun smiled and nodded as Chen Yuzhi motioned to the computer.

         “I was just finishing up creating your medical files” he explained.  Yu Tangchu hummed.

         “I see.  Well, just to let you know, Jiang Yuelou put to Keying to bed after she finished her homework and took her bath” he stated.  Chen Yuzhi blinked up in surprise.

         “He did?” he whispered.  Yu Tangchun nodded.

         “Yuelou has a soft side for children” he explained.  Chen Yuzhi nodded slowly as Yu Tangchun motioned to the tea.

         “I don’t know how much longer you’re going to be, but I brought you some tea” he stated.  Chen Yuzhi dipped his head.

         “Thank you” he thanked.  Yu Tangchun smiled before he gave Chen Yuzhi a look.

         “I wouldn’t stay up too late, Yuzhi” he suggested before he turned and walked out of the office, leaving Chen Yuzhi stunned before he sighed and took a sip of the tea that Yu Tangchun gave him.

         “I should get some sleep” he murmured, placing the cup of tea down before he stood up and walked out of the clinic, heading upstairs.  He then walked over to his bedroom and opened the door, smiling softly when he saw Keying’s comforter rising and falling with her breathing.  He then stepped inside and walked over to her bed, placing a gentle kiss on her hair.

         “Good night, Keying” he whispered before he turned and grabbed his pajamas, walking into the bathroom to change before he walked over to his bed and slipped under the covers, soon falling asleep. 

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The next morning, Chen Yuzhi got up, grateful that it was a weekend.  He then quickly got ready before heading downstairs to see Zhan Junbai handing out an assignment.

         “Ah, Dr. Chen.  Good morning” he greeted, smiling over at the doctor before he turned to face the others.

         “Alright, so, everyone knows what they’re doing, yes?” he asked.  The others nodded, making Zhan Junbai clap his hands.

         “Excellent.  Now, suit up then let’s head out” he ordered.  Everyone nodded before they turned and headed off to suit up for the assignment as Zhan Junbai walked over to Chen Yuzhi, who just raised an eyebrow at him.

         “So Liu Li and Chu Min are going to be staying behind with you, Chu Ran and Zhong Yiren as well.  I also sent Liu Li’s prescription to a pharmacy nearby; Chu Min is going to escort you there” he stated.  Chen Yuzhi frowned.

         “I can get a prescription by myself…” he replied.  Zhan Junbai chuckled.

         “I know, but it’s better to be safe than sorry” he explained.  Chen Yuzhi nodded and sighed.

         “Alright” he agreed as Zhan Junbai reached out and clapped him on the arm.

         “You’ll be okay, right?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “If I’ve got Chu Min with me, I should be fine” he assured.  Zhan Junbai smiled.

         “Good” he declared, just as everyone came back, weapons in their hands.

         “We’re ready to go, Junbai” Yu Tangchu called out.  Zhan Junbai nodded before he looked over at Chu Min and Liu Li.

         “Protect the others, understand?” he ordered.  They nodded as Zhan Junbai turned and walked over to the others, nodding.  They then headed out, leaving Chen Yuzhi, Chu Min, and Liu Li out in the living room as Chu Ran and Zhong Yiren were already in the computer room.  Once they were gone, Chen Yuzhi looked over at Chu Min.

         “Let’s go get Liu Li’s medicine” he instructed before he looked at Liu Li.

         “Go upstairs and rest” he ordered.  Liu Li nodded and turned, heading upstairs, while Chu Min walked over to Chen Yuzhi.

         “Ready?” he asked.  Chu Min nodded in reply; Chen Yuzhi nodded as well before he turned and headed out the door, Chu Min following him.

 

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The walk to the pharmacy was quiet, Chen Yuzhi and Chu Min walking side by side in silence.  When they arrived at the pharmacy, Chen Yuzhi headed inside while Chu Min remained outside, almost like a bodyguard.  After paying for the medicine, Chen Yuzhi stepped out of the pharmacy and headed back, Chu Min following silently behind.  As they walked, Chen Yuzhi felt that it was a little awkward, so he cleared his throat and glanced back at Chu Min.

         “Thanks for accompanying me.  I’m sure this is pretty boring for you” he stated.  Chu Min waved his hand.

         “It’s better that you have someone watching your back than you ending up in the hospital.  Besides, I don’t mind” he assured, just as a couple of local thugs came running up to them, surrounding them.

         “Give us your money” one man ordered.  Chen Yuzhi raised an eyebrow.

         “Why should I?” he asked.  Another thug scoffed and brandished a knife, making Chu Min bristle while Chen Yuzhi just stayed completely calm; actually feeling a little bored.  He dealt with wilder shit in the ER; this was nothing to him. 

         “Um…Dr. Chen…you know he’s got a knife right?” Chu Min hissed.  Chen Yuzhi glanced back at him before he nodded.

         “Of course I do” he replied.  Just then, the thug with the knife rushed at Chen Yuzhi but he just gracefully step-sided the attack before he lashed out with a side kick to the man’s head, his foot crashing into the man’s skull with a sickening crunch.  The thug then crumpled to the ground as Chen Yuzhi let out a huff.

         “Anyone else?” he asked, raising an eyebrow at the rest of the thugs.  The remaining thugs looked at one another before they rushed at Chen Yuzhi, but before they could reach him, Chu Min stepped in, punching one man in the nose before kicking another in the chest before he pulled out a knife, making swift and sharp movements as he attacked: stabbing some in the torso or leg or slashing others in the throat or arms.  The thugs quickly backed off, taking off in the other direction as Chu Min turned to look at Chen Yuzhi.

         “Are you okay?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi nodded, a small smile on his face.

         “I’m perfectly fine” he assured as he held up Liu Li’s prescription.

         “And we still have Liu Li’s medicine” he declared.  Chu Min smiled as they began walking again, he and Chen Yuzhi walking side by side.

         “That kick was super clean…did you use to take taekwondo or martial arts before?” Chu Min asked, raising an eyebrow.  Chen Yuzhi looked over at him and chuckled, shaking his head.

         “No…I’ve never taken a self-defense class or any martial arts class in my life” he explained.  Chu Min looked at him in shock.

         “Shut up…that kick was so clean though!  I’m pretty sure you cracked his skull!” he exclaimed.  Chen Yuzhi hummed as he smiled.

         “Maybe.  I don’t know, I just reacted” he mused.  Chu Min shook his head.

         “It took me years to get my kicks that clean…” he grumbled.  Chen Yuzhi chuckled and reached out, gently pinching his cheek.

         “You forget, I’m older than you” he teased.  Chu Min blushed before he looked at him with wide eyes.

         “You have to teach me how to do that” he declared.  Chen Yuzhi looked over at him and raised an eyebrow.

         “I’m just the doctor, I have no fighting abilities” he stated as he continued walking, Chu Min following him.

         “Maybe you can learn?  Song Rong and Jiang Yuelou are great teachers” Chu Min offered.  Chen Yuzhi hummed.

         “Maybe” he agreed.

 

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When they returned to the headquarters, Chen Yuzhi headed up to Liu Li’s room, stepping inside.

         “Liu Li?  I have your medicine” he called out softly, not sure if the girl was asleep.  The room was silent for a moment before Liu Li slowly sat up in her bed, looking like she had just rose from the dead.

         “Dr. Chen?” she croaked.  Chen Yuzhi smiled and walked over to her, pulling out the Tamiflu.  He then opened up the package and popped out the first dose, which was two pills.

         “Here, take these” he instructed.  Liu Li held out her hand and Chen Yuzhi placed the pills into it, watching as Liu Li popped them into her mouth and dry swallowed them.  Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widened before he walked over to the bedside table and grabbed the water bottle.

         “Drink water, don’t just dry swallow” he ordered.  Liu Li nodded, opening the bottle before nearly chugging the entire thing.  She then closed it and placed it on the bedside table before flopping back down on the bed, letting out a groan.  Chen Yuzhi huffed fondly and shook his head before he gently reached out, lifting Liu Li’s head up so that he could stick a second pillow underneath it, propping it up.  Once her head was propped up, Chen Yuzhi reached down and lifted up the blanket, tucking Liu Li in.

         “Thanks Dr. Chen” Liu Li murmured before she drifted off to sleep.  Chen Yuzhi smiled fondly before he nodded and turned, heading out of the room and back downstairs to his office to get ready for the others to return.  Inside his office, he washed his hands and dried them before he walked over to his desk, sitting down to write some reports when there was a knock at his door.  He paused and looked up before he stood to his feet and walked over to the door, pushing it open to see Sun Yongren standing before him, clutching his arm.

         “Yongren.  Were you involved in the assignment today?” he asked as he held open the door, allowing him in.  Sun Yongren nodded.

         “Since Liu Li was out of commission, Zhan Sir asked me to step in.  However, the attack kind of went sideways and I got sliced” he explained.  Chen Yuzhi hummed.

         “Anyone else get hurt?” he asked.  Sun Yongren shook his head.

         “Not that I know of.  But I’m sure they’ll come to you if there’s a problem” he stated.  Chen Yuzhi nodded before he motioned for Sun Yongren to follow him to his examination table, patting it.  Sun Yongren then hopped up and moved his hand away so that Chen Yuzhi could take a look.

         “It doesn’t look too deep and the blade they used wasn’t serrated, so I’ll just clean it, apply some ointment, and then wrap it.  It’ll take a while to heal, so make sure to change the dressing often and don’t let the dressing get wet when you take a shower” he instructed.  Sun Yongren nodded and watched as Chen Yuzhi walked over to his shelf of supplies and grabbed a first aid kid.  He then opened it and pulled out a large bandage, antibiotic ointment, and some gauze before walking over to Sun Yongren, placing the supplies down.

         “Alright, I’m going to clean up the wound because if this gets infected, it’s just gonna be a whole mess” he declared.  Sun Yongren nodded and patiently watched as Chen Yuzhi took a gauze and soaked it in clean water before carefully cleaning the wound.  Sun Yongren hissed as Chen Yuzhi continued to carefully clean before patting it dry.  Once the wound was cleaned and dried, Chen Yuzhi placed some antibiotic ointment on the wound, making Sun Yongren hiss again.

         “Sorry” Chen Yuzhi murmured as he carefully spread the ointment before covering the wound with bordered gauze.  Once the wound was covered, he wrapped the bordered gauze covering in gauze, making sure it was wrapped securely.  After everything was wrapped nicely, Chen Yuzhi examined his handiwork before looking at Sun Yongren.

         “You’re done.  Make sure to change it daily like I said before and don’t let it get wet.  Understand?” he instructed.  Sun Yongren nodded before he looked at him with awe.

         “You’re awesome, Dr. Chen” he breathed.  Chen Yuzhi huffed.

         “I’m not, but thanks” he thanked.  Sun Yongren chuckled before he hopped off the examination table.

         “Thanks again.  I’ll try to be careful” he assured.  Chen Yuzhi pointed a finger at him.

         “You better” he playfully threatened.  Sun Yongren smiled before he nodded and headed out of the office, leaving Chen Yuzhi alone.  Once he left, Chen Yuzhi sighed and walked over to his desk, sitting down to go over all the members files. 

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

After a few hours of going through all the files, Chen Yuzhi felt his eyes burning.

         “Fucking hell” he murmured, pressing the heels of his hands into his eyes, just as the doors to his office opened and Keying walked in, carrying a cup of tea.

         “Hi gege” she greeted, making Chen Yuzhi turn and when he saw her, he smiled.

         “Hello Keying.  Did you sleep well?” he asked.  Keying nodded as she placed the teacup down beside him.

         “I brought you some tea” she stated.  Chen Yuzhi smiled and took the teacup, taking a sip of the tea before he looked at Keying.

         “I haven’t seen you all morning.  Did you just wake up?” he asked.  Keying shook her head.

         “I was hanging out in Chu Ran and Zhong Yiren jiejie’s computer room.  It’s super cool in there” she explained, just as the clinic doors flew open, causing both Chen Yuzhi and Keying to look over to see a man standing there.

         “Can we help you—” Chen Yuzhi started when the man suddenly rushed at Keying, causing her to let out a scream.

         “Keying!” Chen Yuzhi shouted, quickly pushing her out of the way as the man tackled him to the ground. 

         “Gege!” Keying screamed, making the man look over at her before pushing himself off of Chen Yuzhi and rushing towards her.

         “Oh no you don’t!” Chen Yuzhi growled as he pushed himself to his feet and ran over to the man, yanking him away from Keying.  The man growled as he stumbled backwards, looking at Chen Yuzhi as he stood before Keying protectively.  He then snarled before he rushed forward, attacking Chen Yuzhi with punches, which he instinctively blocked, before he got lucky and clocked the young doctor in the jaw.  Chen Yuzhi stumbled back in surprise, clutching his face in his hand, just as Wang Meng and Jiang Yuelou rushed into the room, Wang Meng rushing forward and wrapping his arms around the man, placing him in a choke hold.  He held his arms there for a moment, waiting for the man to go slack in his arms before he let go and watched as the man fell to the floor, unconscious.  He then let out a sigh before he looked over at Chen Yuzhi, who was still clutching at his face.

         “Dr. Chen.  Are you alright?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi looked up at him and narrowed his eyes.

         “Where were you?” he hissed as Keying reached out and took his hand, making him look down at her as she looked up at him with teary eyes.

         “Gege” she whimpered.  Chen Yuzhi looked down at her and smiled slightly as he removed his hand from his face and reached out, gently petting her head.

         “I’m okay, Keying” he murmured before he looked up and glared at Wang Meng and Jiang Yuelou.

         “Well?” he demanded.  Wang Meng huffed.

         “Looking for him, obviously” he snapped.  Chen Yuzhi huffed and shook his head, only to let out a hiss as his head swam.  Jiang Yuelou and Keying looked at him in concern, Jiang Yuelou walking over to him.

         “Yuzhi?  Are you alright?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi nodded slowly as he pointed to the unconscious man.

         “He clocked me in the jaw and now my head’s swimming” he explained.  Jiang Yuelou and Keying’s eyes widened before they each took Chen Yuzhi’s hand and guided him over to his chair.

         “You should probably sit” Jiang Yuelou murmured.  Chen Yuzhi nodded, only to let out another groan as his head swam again.  Keying stood before him, letting go of his hand as tears filled her eyes, as Jiang Yuelou looked at him in concern before he looked over at Wang Meng.

         “Take him back to the interrogation room” he ordered, pointing to the unconscious man.  Wang Meng nodded and walked over, picking the man up before carrying him out of the clinic.  Once they were gone, Jiang Yuelou looked down at Chen Yuzhi.

         “Are you sure you’re okay?  Do you need to lie down?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi was quiet before he hummed.

         “You know…maybe” he murmured.  Jiang Yuelou nodded before he carefully helped Chen Yuzhi to his feet, leading him out of the clinic, Keying following after them.  Thankfully, none of the other members of Jinma Hall were in the main lobby and were off doing other things so they didn’t stop to ask Chen Yuzhi if he was okay and why he looked like he was going be sick any moment.  Jiang Yuelou, Keying and Chen Yuzhi then headed upstairs, heading straight for Chen Yuzhi and Keying’s room.  Jiang Yuelou then pushed open the door, leading Chen Yuzhi over to his bed, helping him lie down, Keying immediately at her brother’s side.

         “Gege…” she whimpered.  Chen Yuzhi smiled and gently reached out, petting her head.

         “I’m okay, Keying.  I’m fine” he assured as Jiang Yuelou looked at him.

         “Do you need anything?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head, hissing when his head swam again.

         “I think I just need to sleep…could you tell the others not to bother me, please?” he asked as Keying crawled into bed with him, curling up next to him.  He huffed and gently petted her hair as Jiang Yuelou nodded.

         “Alright” he agreed.  Chen Yuzhi smiled slightly.

         “Thank you” he thanked softly before he shut his eyes, Keying wrapping her arms around him.  Jiang Yuelou watched them for a moment before he turned and headed over to the door, turning off the lights before heading out.  He shut the door behind him before he took a deep breath, calming himself.  He didn’t know why he was suddenly filled with rage at the thought of Chen Yuzhi being hurt but he was and now that man that Wang Meng had brought into the interrogation room had better start talking or there was going be a bloodbath.

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A little while later, Chen Yuzhi woke up to find the room dimly lit by the lamp on Keying’s nightstand table and someone sitting on his bed, making him jump.

         “Shi—” he started.

         “Shh…it’s just me, Yuzhi” Zhan Junbai murmured.  Chen Yuzhi relaxed immediately, letting out a deep breath.

         “Yuelou told me what happened; are you alright?” Zhan Junbai asked.  Chen Yuzhi nodded and thankfully found that his head didn’t swim.

         “Yeah, I’m think I’m okay now” he replied.  Zhan Junbai hummed.

         “Good” he agreed before he looked down at Keying.

         “Was your sister hurt?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head.

         “No, thankfully” he replied.  Zhan Junbai nodded before he motioned to Keying.

         “Would you like me to tuck her in?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi looked up at him before he shook his head.

         “It’s alright.  Thank you though” he replied as Keying curled closer to him, just as Jiang Yuelou walked in.  Zhan Junbai turned and looked over at him before he pushed himself to his feet and walked over, standing before him.

         “Was that man taken care of?” he asked softly.  Jiang Yuelou nodded.

         “Wang Meng took care of the body” he replied.  Zhan Junbai hummed before he crossed his arms.

         “And how are you doing?” he asked.  Jiang Yuelou frowned.

         “What do you mean?” he asked.  Zhan Junbai fixed him with a look.

         “I don’t think I’ve ever seen that look on your face before.  You really care about Dr. Chen, don’t you?” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou huffed.

         “So what if I do?” he asked.  Zhan Junbai chuckled and shook his head.

         “Nothing, I’m glad” he replied before he motioned to a now sleeping Chen Yuzhi. 

         “Go” he instructed as he reached out, patting Jiang Yuelou on the shoulder before walking past him, exiting the room.  Jiang Yuelou watched him leave before he turned and walked over to Chen Yuzhi’s bed, sitting down on the edge.  He then reached out and gently ran his fingers through Chen Yuzhi’s hair; Chen Yuzhi letting out a hum of content.  Jiang Yuelou smiled fondly and continued to run his fingers through Chen Yuzhi’s hair until he heard Chen Yuzhi’s breathing even out.  Once he was sure Chen Yuzhi was deep asleep, he removed his fingers from Chen Yuzhi’s hair, gently stroking Chen Yuzhi’s cheek.

         “Sleep Yuzhi.  You’ll feel better in the morning” he whispered.  He then looked down at Keying and smiled fondly, gently caressing her hair with the back of his knuckle before he turned and walked over to the lamp, turning it off before he carefully and skillfully walked through the dark towards the door, opening it before stepping out.  He then shut it behind, plunging the room into darkness. 

 

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After Chen Yuzhi recovered (it was really just a bad headache but it freaked everyone out), he went back to work, although he was checked on constantly by the other members.  Jiang Yuelou and Zhan Junbai popped in a lot to see how he was doing and how he was feeling, Keying always asked how he was doing every day that he picked her up from school, Wang Meng would sometimes pop in every now and then just to say “hi” and ask how he was feeling, and the others would sometimes stop by to say “hi” and ask about him.  Chen Yuzhi was grateful for the attention to his wellbeing, but he honestly wished it would stop.  He wasn’t some fragile piece of porcelain that was going to break; he was a bit stronger than that, at least mentally.  But thankfully after a while, the helicoptering and the mothering and the constant checking finally died down, allowing Chen Yuzhi to breathe a little and go back to his normal daily routine without getting interrupted by the others checking in to see how he was doing or asking if he was okay.  Then one day, when he was working on patching up Song Rong after a raid (“I don’t know how I got hit, in all my years of being a sniper, I’ve never been hit!”), he heard a lot of shouting coming from outside the medical clinic, making him look over towards the door.

         “The fuck?” he whispered before he looked back at Song Rong.

         “What’s going on?” he replied.  Song Rong shook his head.

         “I don’t know” he answered.  Chen Yuzhi sighed before looked at him.

         “I’ll go check it out in a minute.  I have to make sure that your wound is bandaged properly” he stated as he continued to bandage the graze, making Song Rong huff.  Chen Yuzhi smiled slightly.

         “I know this is going to be inconvenient for you, but it’s my job to make sure wounds like this get treated” he murmured.  Song Rong smiled and nodded.

         “I know, I’m just a bit grumpy cuz I was careless” he explained.  Chen Yuzhi chuckled softly before he stepped back to admire his handiwork.

         “Looks pretty good to me” he murmured before he turned and walked over to his office door and quietly pushed it opened, peaking out.  His eyes widened and he let out a soft gasp before he pulled his head back in and looked at Song Rong.

         “We’ve got a problem” he whispered.  Song Rong frowned and slid off the exam table, walking over to him.

         “What do you mean?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi stepped back and allowed Song Rong to peer out, his own eyes widening as well; Yu Tangchun was being held hostage at knifepoint, the rest of Jinma Hall surrounding him with looks of anger and fear on their faces.  Zhan Junbai’s face was particularly dark, but that was understandable, since Yu Tangchun was his husband.  He then slipped his head back inside before he looked over at Chen Yuzhi.

         “What are we going to do?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi was quiet before an idea popped into his head.

         “I have an idea, but it’s kind of risky…” he murmured.  Song Rong chuffed.

         “We’re all about taking risks here, kid.  What’ve you got?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi sighed before he looked him in the eyes.

         “I’m going to see if I can get the man off of Tangchun” he stated.  Song Rong’s eyes widened.

         “But how?!” he exclaimed.  Chen Yuzhi smirked before he removed his stethoscope from around his neck.

         “With this” he declared.  Song Rong looked at him incredulously.

         “How is that going to get the man off Yu Tangchun?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi smirked again.

         “Just trust me” he assured before he turned and walked over to the door, carefully pushing it open.  He then quietly slipped away from the door and towards the standoff, grateful that the guy had his back towards him so that he couldn’t see him coming.  He continued to quietly creep forward, making eye contact with the others to not make a move or do anything suspicious that would draw attention to him.  Thankfully the others understood quite well what he was trying to do because they said nothing and just watched as he continued to creep forward, stethoscope tightly grasped in his hands.  Once he was behind the man (Chen Yuzhi assumed he was a person that they had brought back to get information from), he quickly wrapped the stethoscope around his neck like a garrote wire and pulled tight.  The man let out a gag and quickly clawed at his throat, allowing Yu Tangchun to be free and run over to Zhan Junbai, who grabbed him and pulled him into his arms.  The man, who was surprisingly strong, then was able to grab hold of the stethoscope and use it as leverage to practically yank Chen Yuzhi off his feet and fling him forward, causing him to land hard on his back, knocking the wind out of him.

         “Yuzhi!” Jiang Yuelou exclaimed, eyes wide with shock.  Chen Yuzhi coughed and let out a hiss, eyes squeezed shut in pain.  The man, taking advantage of the fact that he had stunned Chen Yuzhi, rushed forward to attack.  Chen Yuzhi, however, was expecting that, so as the man raised his foot to try and stomp on his chest, he quickly rolled away and pushed himself to a crouched position.  The man blinked in surprise; he thought Chen Yuzhi was too hurt to move by the way he was acting, but the fact that he wasn’t as hurt as he thought angered him, so he rushed towards Chen Yuzhi again.  Chen Yuzhi waited and watched and as soon as the man was close enough, he attacked, tackling the man like a tiger tackling its prey.  The man let out a cry of pain as his back collided with the hard concrete floor but he wasn’t going to lose to some skinny young man so he threw Chen Yuzhi off of him, causing him to go rolling away before he pushed himself to a crouched position again. 

         “Fucking bitch” the man growled, rolling over and pushing himself to his feet.  He then stormed towards Chen Yuzhi but before he could get any farther, a gunshot rang out, making everyone freeze.  They then all watched as the man suddenly collapsed, a gunshot wound in his right temple.

         “Where the hell—” Wang Meng started when Song Rong stepped out of the medical ward, holding a gun in his hand.  Everyone looked at him with wide eyes while Yu Tangchun looked over at Chen Yuzhi, who was hissing in pain as Jiang Yuelou helped him to his feet.  He then removed himself from Zhan Junbai’s arms and walked over to the young doctor, who looked up at him and weakly smiled.

         “Glad you’re okay” he murmured.  Yu Tangchun huffed.

         “Thanks to you” he replied.  The others quickly walked over to them and surrounded them, concern on their faces.

         “Are you okay, ge?  You hit the floor kind of hard” Liu Li stated.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “I’m fine” he assured.  Wang Meng shook his head.

         “No, you’re not.  Don’t try to say you are when your face obviously tells a different story” he stated.  Chen Yuzhi looked up at him as Zhan Junbai nodded.

         “It’s okay to say you’re in pain, Yuzhi.  We’re not going to think anything less of you” he assured.  Chen Yuzhi looked at all of them before he nodded.

         “Okay…I’m in a lot of pain right now” he hissed.  Yu Tangchun nodded.

         “That’s what I figured.  You need to go rest” he ordered.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head.

         “But I have to pick up Keying from school” he murmured.

         “You just got thrown around like a rag doll.  One of us will go pick her up, so just go and rest” Zhong Yiren ordered.  Chen Yuzhi shot her a glare, just as a bolt of white hot pain shot up his back, causing him to cry out in pain as his knees buckled.

         “Yuzhi!” Jiang Yuelou exclaimed, catching him before he fell.  Chen Yuzhi immediately curled into him; eyes shut in pain as more nerves in his back twinged.  Zhan Junbai and the others looked at him in concern before Zhan Junbai huffed.

         “Jiang Yuelou, take him to his room” he ordered.  Jiang Yuelou nodded and carefully helped Chen Yuzhi to his feet; both men slowly walking towards the elevators that led to the third floor where the rooms were.  Once they were away from the others, everyone turned and looked at Yu Tangchun.

         “Are you alright, sir?” Song Rong asked.  Yu Tangchun smiled and nodded.

         “I’m fine” he assured.  Everyone looked at him with frowns on their faces.

         “Papa…” Chu Min murmured, making Yu Tangchun look over at him.

         “I’m fine” he repeated before he turned and walked off, heading to his and Zhan Junbai’s office.  Everyone looked at one another before Zhan Junbai sighed and followed after him while everyone else went about their business.

 

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Zhan Junbai followed Yu Tangchun into their office, quietly shutting the door behind him before walking over to where Yu Tangchu was leaning against Zhan Junbai’s desk, a haunted look in his eyes.

         “Fu Cheng” he murmured, making Yu Tangchun look up at him and smile weakly.

         “Junbai” he whispered.  Zhan Junbai then walked over and stood before him, looking at him with concern.

         “Are you alright?” he murmured.  Yu Tangchun smiled and nodded.

         “I’m fine” he assured.  Zhan Junbai looked at him before he sighed and reached out, pulling Yu Tangchun in for a hug, cradling the back of his head with his hand.  Yu Tangchun blinked as he felt tears come to his eyes before he buried his face in Zhan Junbai’s shoulder, letting out a shuddery breath.

         “It’s okay to be scared, Fu Cheng.  That man was holding you at knifepoint” Zhan Junbai murmured.  Yu Tangchun shook his head.

         “I should know better.  I let my guard slip and I…I got Yuzhi injured” he croaked.  Zhan Junbai shook his head.

         “That’s not your fault.  It was that man’s fault that he put you in danger forcing Dr. Chen to act.  It wasn’t your fault, Fu Cheng.  You can’t blame yourself” he murmured.  Yu Tangchun said nothing and just wrapped his arms around Zhan Junbai, giving him a tight squeeze.  Zhan Junbai just smiled and gently scratched the back of Yu Tangchun’s head as he held him.

         “You’re okay…you’re okay” he murmured.  They stayed like that for a while before Yu Tangchun pulled away, a tear falling from his eye. 

         “Feel better?” Zhan Junbai asked, looking at him fondly before he reached out and wiped the stray tears away with his thumb.  Yu Tangchu sniffled and nodded, just as there was a knock at the door to his office.  Both he and Zhan Junbai looked over at the door before Zhan Junbai cleared his throat as they pulled apart.

         “Come in” he called out.  Just then, Chu Min’s head popped and he smiled slightly.

         “Hi” he greeted.  Yu Tangchun and Zhan Junbai smiled before Yu Tangchun motioned for Chu Min to step inside.  Chu Min then walked inside before he walked over and stood before them.

         “Are you okay, Papa?” he asked, looking at Yu Tangchun in concern.  Yu Tangchun smiled fondly and reached out, petting Chu Min’s hair.

         “I’m fine, Chu Min.  Thank you” he murmured.  Chu Min smiled again before he cleared his throat.

         “Um, Uncle Wang and Uncle Song got rid of the body” he stated.  Yu Tangchun dipped his head.

         “Good” he murmured.  Chu Min smiled as Zhan Junbai raised an eyebrow.

         “How’s Yuzhi?” Zhan Junbai asked.  Chu Min shook his head.

         “I don’t know, but I’m sure he’s fine.  He’s got Uncle Jiang” he stated.  Yu Tangchun chuffed and nodded, a small smile on his face.

         “That he does” he agreed before he frowned.

         “Who’s picking Keying up from school?” he asked.  Chu Min frowned.

         “I think…Uncle Sun said he would, if I remember correctly” he stated.  Yu Tangchun and Zhan Junbai nodded.

         “Good, good” Zhan Junbai murmured.

 

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Up in Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou’s room, Jiang Yuelou helped Chen Yuzhi over to his bed, carefully lowering him onto the mattress.

         “Is it just me, or am I getting a sense of déjà vu?” he teased.  Chen Yuzhi glared at him, just as his back twinged in pain again, causing him to hiss.  Jiang Yuelou’s eyes widened and he quickly became serious, sitting down on the bed next to Chen Yuzhi, reaching out and taking his hand.

         “Do you need something, Yuzhi?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi squeezed his eyes shut in pain before he sighed.

         “Some…Aleve would be nice” he murmured.  Jiang Yuelou nodded and quickly stood up, letting go of Chen Yuzhi’s hand as he walked over to the bathroom, throwing open the medicine cabinet.  Thankfully there was a bottle of Aleve in there, so he reached out and grabbed it, opening it and shaking out one pill.  He then walked back out to the bedroom and handed Chen Yuzhi the pill, watching him swallow it before he grabbed the water bottle that was on Chen Yuzhi’s nightstand, handing it to Chen Yuzhi.  Chen Yuzhi sat up slightly, just enough to get some water in his mouth before he swallowed.  Jiang Yuelou then took the bottle from him and placed it back on the nightstand before he crossed his arms.

         “You really need to stop throwing yourself into dangerous situations like this, Dr. Chen.  It’s not good for your health” he scolded, just as the door to the room burst open and Keying came running in, making a beeline for Chen Yuzhi’s bed.

         “Gege!” she exclaimed.  Chen Yuzhi winced and looked at Jiang Yuelou before he looked over at Keying and smiled weakly.

         “Hi Keying.  Sorry I couldn’t pick you up today” he apologized.  Keying shook her head.

         “Yongren-gege told me what happened.  Did you get hurt again?” she demanded.  Chen Yuzhi smiled slightly before he nodded.

         “Sorry” he murmured.  Keying shook her head before she looked up at Jiang Yuelou.

         “Ge, you have to keep him from getting hurt!” she exclaimed.  Jiang Yuelou blinked in surprise before he huffed.

         “I’ll do my best, but your brother is a stubborn son of a—” he started.

         “Yuelou” Chen Yuzhi interrupted, giving him a look.  Jiang Yuelou chuckled and nodded before he looked over at Keying.

         “I promise I will try to keep your gege out of trouble” he promised.  Keying held out her pinky.

         “Swear on it” she ordered.  Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou’s eyes widened before Jiang Yuelou huffed and reached out, lacing his pinky with Keying’s.

         “I swear I won’t let your brother get hurt anymore” he promised.  Keying nodded, giving Jiang Yuelou’s pinky a squeeze before she looked at Chen Yuzhi, tears coming to her eyes.

         “Gege…” she whimpered.  Chen Yuzhi smiled softly before he opened his arms, Keying quickly jump onto the bed and into them.  Jiang Yuelou’s eyes widened and he reached out a hand.

         “Careful—” he started when Chen Yuzhi glanced over at him and shook his head, a small smile on his face.  Jiang Yuelou huffed before he nodded, walking over to Keying’s bed, sitting down.  He sat there for a while, silencing falling over the room, before he stood up and walked over to Chen Yuzhi’s bed, noticing that both Keying and Chen Yuzhi were fast asleep.  He smiled softly before he nodded and turned, walking over to the door, first turning off the lights before walking out of the room, quietly shutting the door behind him.

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After the “fight”, Chen Yuzhi put himself on medical lock down, refusing to leave the clinic unless it was to take Keying to or from school because it seemed that every time he left the clinic, he got hurt.  Everyone agreed that Chen Yuzhi should probably just stay in the clinic, at least for now until his back felt better.  However, they didn’t want him to be lonely, so every now and then, someone would pop in and spend some time with him, which he was grateful for.  And the others enjoyed spending time with him, for he was a bit of a calming presence and it was a nice break from their daily work.  Once Chen Yuzhi felt that he was feeling better and he didn’t need to be in “quarantine” anymore, Song Rong (who was one of the best hand-to-hand fighters second to Jiang Yuelou) immediately took him under his wings in a sense and started training him.  Now, he had already seen that Chen Yuzhi could fight (surprisingly for someone who had never taken self-defense or fighting classes before) but he wanted to make sure that the young doctor could defend himself without constantly getting hurt.  So they started training; mainly sparing so that Chen Yuzhi could learn different types of defense techniques.  Once the other members of Jinma Hall found out what Song Rong was doing, they wanted to join in the sparing, since it would be good for both parties; for Chen Yuzhi he would learn how to defend himself against different fighting techniques and for the others it would be a nice way to keep themselves on their toes and to make sure that they are always ready to fight and defend.  Even Chu Ran and Zhong Yiren got involved in the sparing, surprising everyone with the fact that they were quite skilled fighters, even though they spent majority of their days behind a computer.  They would also teach Keying as well whenever she came home from school, because it would probably be a good idea for her to at least know some basics.  And surprisingly, like her brother, she took to it like a duck to water.  Chu Ran, Zhong Yiren, and Liu Li were also great teachers, mainly because they were females and they could show Keying how to do certain moves, how to attack, or how to defend with the body that she had instead of relying on moves that were more suited for a male body.  Throughout the sparing and training, Chen Yuzhi felt himself growing closer to the members of Jinma Hall, something he thought would never happen, mainly because they essentially forced him to join against his will because they had “kidnapped” Keying.  But after spending some time with them, he realized that they were good people who just did…questionable things.  And he cared for their wellbeing, as both patient and friend…maybe even family.

 

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A few months later, Chen Yuzhi was working on updating Jinma Hall’s medical files when the doors to his clinic suddenly burst open, making him jump and spin around his chair.

         “What the hell—” he started when something cracked against his head, causing his eyes to roll to the back of his head as he fell out of his chair, collapsing to the floor as everything went black.

 

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A few hours later, Chen Yuzhi was still unconscious when he felt something shake his shoulder, causing him to let out a groan as he slowly blinked, readjusting himself to the land of the living.  He then looked over his shoulder to see Chu Min and Liu Li looked at him with wide eyes as they shouted his name.

         “Dr. Chen!  Dr. Chen!  Dr. Chen, wake up!” they exclaimed, causing him to wave his hand weakly.

         “I’m awake, I’m awake.  Stop shouting” he murmured.  Chu Min and Liu Li both let out sighs of relief as he slowly sat up, clutching at his head.

         “What the hell happened?” he murmured.  Liu Li shook her head.

         “We don’t know” she replied just as Chu Min let out a gasp.

         “Dr. Chen, you’re bleeding!” he exclaimed.  Chen Yuzhi frowned before he reached up and gently touched his head, pulling his hand away to see blood on it.

         “It’s not that bad.  I’ll be fine” he murmured before he pushed himself to his feet, Chu Min and Liu Li following him as he walked out of the clinic, only to find almost all the Jinma Hall members were clutching at their heads and groaning.  The only people who didn’t look affected were Jiang Yuelou and Zhan Junbai but as Chen Yuzhi stared at Zhan Junbai, he noticed something was off with his eyes.

         “Mr. Zhan?” he called out, making Zhan Junbai look over at him, his eyes wide and crazed.  Chen Yuzhi frowned before he looked around and noticed that Yu Tangchun wasn’t with them.

         “Wait, where’s Tangchun?” he asked.

         “Gone” Zhan Junbai growled.  Chen Yuzhi frowned.

         “What?” he breathed.  Zhan Junbai looked over at him and Chen Yuzhi understood why his eyes looked crazed; Yu Tangchun was gone and Zhan Junbai was on the verge on absolutely tearing the world apart to look for him.

         “Why?  Why would they take him?” Chu Min demanded.  Zhan Junbai shook his head.

         “I don’t know” he growled. 

         “Was it a rival who took him?” Chen Yuzhi asked, looking at the others.  Wang Meng scoffed.

         “Probably.  San Ye has made so many enemies, I’m surprised they hadn’t come for him sooner” he murmured.  Chen Yuzhi frowned.

         “San Ye?” he repeated.  Zhan Junbai huffed.

         “My name, in the criminal underworld” he replied as Song Rong sighed.

         “This was probably an act of revenge” he mused.  Zhan Junbai nodded.

         “Probably” he agreed before he quickly turned and headed off to Zhong Yiren and Chu Ran’s computer lab.  Chen Yuzhi and the others looked at each other before Chen Yuzhi sighed.

         “I’m going to pick Keying up from school” he murmured as he headed towards the door.  Jiang Yuelou quickly ran after him, immediately matching his stride as they headed towards the door, the others heading off to do their own thing.

 

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As they headed down to the car, Jiang Yuelou reached over and took the keys from Chen Yuzhi’s hand, making the doctor look at him in confusion.

         “You just got hit in the head; you’re not getting behind the wheel” he deadpanned before he handed him a handkerchief. 

         “Here, try and clean up the blood.  We don’t want to scare Keying as I did promise her I wouldn’t let you get hurt anymore” he stated.  Chen Yuzhi huffed but took the handkerchief gratefully and gently pressed the place where he had gotten hit.

         “Should you be driving too?” he murmured as they headed towards the car.  Jiang Yuelou chuckled.

         “I didn’t get hit.  I knocked the fucker that tried to hit me unconscious and tossed him out the window” he explained.  Chen Yuzhi frowned.

         “There was more than one attacker?” he asked as he got in the car, Jiang Yuelou taking the driver’s seat.

         “Obviously.  How else would they be able to carry out Boss Yu without dying?” Jiang Yuelou replied as he turned on the car engine and drove out of the driveway.  Chen Yuzhi sighed heavily and shook his head as he kept the handkerchief pressed to his wound.

         “I don’t understand the criminal underworld” he murmured.  Jiang Yuelou laughed.

         “Thankfully, you don’t have to.  You leave that to me” he declared.  Chen Yuzhi glanced over at him and huffed softly before he nodded.

         “Alright” he agreed.

 

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The two men soon arrived at Keying’s school, Chen Yuzhi grabbing Jiang Yuelou’s hand before he got out of the car, making Jiang Yuelou look over at him.

         “Hmm?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi motioned to his head.

         “Can you see any blood?” he asked.  Jiang Yuelou hummed before he gently reached out and cupped Chen Yuzhi’s face in his hands, gently moving Chen Yuzhi’s head from side to side before he released Chen Yuzhi’s face and shook his head.

         “No.  You look fine to me” he stated.  Chen Yuzhi smiled before he opened the car door and quickly got out, Jiang Yuelou following his lead.  Both men then headed over to the school, only to see the teachers scrambling around with looks of panic on their faces.  They then looked at each other before they ran over to one of the teachers.

         “Ms. Yang, what’s wrong?” Chen Yuzhi asked, frowning.  When the teacher looked over at him, her skin turned as white as a sheet before she let out a sob.

         “Mr. Chen, I’m so sorry” she apologized.  Chen Yuzhi frowned.

         “What do you mean?” he asked.  Ms. Yang shook her head.

         “Keying…she’s gone” she croaked.  Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widened and felt a cold chill spread over his body as he stumbled back, Jiang Yuelou grasping his arm to steady him as he looked at the teacher with narrowed eyes.

         “What do you mean, she’s gone?” he growled.  Ms. Yang shook her head.

         “She was here for her first couple of periods and then during break, they went out to the playground to play but when it was time to come in, Keying never came back.  We’ve been searching this entire time” she explained.  Jiang Yuelou growled.

         “And you never thought to CALL?!” he roared.

         “Yuelou” Chen Yuzhi whispered, making Jiang Yuelou look over at him.  They shared a look before Jiang Yuelou sighed.

         “Alright” he murmured before he looked at Ms. Yang.

         “We’ll go find her ourselves” he declared as he took Chen Yuzhi’s hand, dragging him back to the car.  The minute they got into the car, Jiang Yuelou looked over at Chen Yuzhi and noticed him staring out into space, a horrified look on his face.  Jiang Yuelou sighed and reached out, gently cupping his face with a hand.

         “Yuzhi…Yuzhi” he murmured, making Chen Yuzhi look over at him, tears in his eyes.

         “We’ll find her, I promise” he murmured.  Chen Yuzhi nodded and sniffled, Jiang Yuelou smiling softly as he stroked Chen Yuzhi’s cheek before he removed his hand and turned on the car, driving back to the mansion.

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While Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi were heading back to the mansion and Zhan Junbai was pacing around the computer lab like a caged tiger, in an abandoned warehouse in Hong Kong, Yu Tangchun was lying on the ground with his wrists and ankles bound, unconscious.  After a while, he slowly awoke and pushed himself to a sitting position, looking around before he noticed Keying lying next to him, unconscious.  His eyes widened and he quickly scooted over to her, gently shaking her.

         “Keying.  Keying” he whispered.  Keying let out a groan before she slowly blinked awake, looking around before her eyes landed on Yu Tangchun, who was looking at her with relief.

         “Uncle Yu?  What’s going on?  Where are we?” she murmured.  Yu Tangchun shook his head.

         “I don’t know sweetheart” he replied.  Keying frowned and let out a groan, making Yu Tangchun look over at her in concern.    

         “Are you okay?” he asked.  Keying nodded before she yawned.

         “They sprayed something funny in my face and now my head hurts…I also feel tired” she murmured.  Yu Tangchun looked at her sympathetically before he reached down into his boots that he was wearing and pulled out a small dagger. 

         “Keying” he called out.  Keying looked over at him as he held up the dagger.

         “Hold out your hands” he instructed.  Keying blinked before she nervously held out her wrists, Yu Tangchun quickly sawing off the ropes before moving to her ankles, sawing those off too. 

         “Okay, good.  You’re free” he murmured before he moved to quickly saw off the ropes around his ankles.  After he sawed off the ankle ropes, he flipped the dagger and carefully sawed the ropes on his wrists, snapping them.  Once they were both free, Yu Tangchun pushed himself to his feet before helping Keying to hers, pulling her close. 

         “You okay sweetheart?” he asked.  Keying nodded.

         “I’m okay” she whispered.  Yu Tangchun nodded before he took her hand.

         “Alright, let’s get out of here” he murmured.  Keying nodded and quickly followed after him as they quickly slipped out of the room.

 

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In the computer lab, Zhan Junbai was still pacing back and forth like a caged tiger, glancing over every now and then at Chu Ran and Zhong Yiren, whose fingers were flying over the keys, trying to track Yu Tangchun down.  Just then, Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi burst into the lab, making Zhan Junbai look over at them.

         “What is it?” he asked.

         “Keying’s gone too” Chen Yuzhi declared.  Zhan Junbai looked at him with wide eyes.

         “What?” he breathed, just a video call appeared on the large computer screen.  Zhan Junbai, Chen Yuzhi, Jiang Yuelou, Chu Ran, and Zhong Yiren looked up at the screen before Chu Ran looked over at Zhan Junbai, who nodded slightly.  Chu Ran nodded before she clicked the answer button, a man appearing on screen.

         “Zhao Jingming” Zhan Junbai hissed, glaring at the man.  The man, Zhao Jingming, chuckled.

         “San Ye.  I believe I have something of yours” he purred before he stepped out of the way of the camera to reveal Yu Tangchun and Keying, both of whom had been rekidnapped after they had tried to escape.  Yu Tangchun had a nasty bruise growing on his face and Keying was clinging to him, looking as if she was about to burst into tears.

         “Keying” Chen Yuzhi whispered as Zhan Junbai growled.

         “Zhao Jingming, if you hurt either one of them, I will hunt you down and there is nowhere on this Earth where you can hide from me” he snarled.  Zhao Jingming laughed.

         “I wouldn’t dream of it, San Ye” he replied as he walked over to Yu Tangchun and Keying, reaching out to touch Keying.

         “Get your hands away from her!” Chen Yuzhi screamed, taking a step towards the screen, Jiang Yuelou reaching out and grabbing his arm to hold him back.  Zhao Jingming just laughed as his hand got closer to Keying’s face but before he could touch her, Keying lashed out and bit down on his hand, hard.  Zhao Jingming let out a cry of pain and wrenched his hand out of Keying’s mouth, looking at his bloody hand while Keying smiled, revealing bloody teeth.  Chen Yuzhi blinked before he laughed, making Jiang Yuelou and Zhan Junbai look over at him.

         “That’s my girl” he murmured, shaking his fondly.  Zhan Junbai huffed and shook his head before he looked back at Zhao Jingming.

         “I would get that hand looked at, Zhao Jingming.  And like I said, if you hurt them, you will not be able to hide from my wrath” he snarled.  Zhao Jingming snarled before he chuckled.

         “So you say, San Ye” he replied as he pulled a gun out of his coat pocket and pointed it at Yu Tangchun and Keying.

         “NO!” Zhan Junbai and Chen Yuzhi screamed as Yu Tangchun pulled Keying close, curling around her as Zhao Jingming pointed the gun at them.

         “I hope you can find me soon, San Ye…if not well…” he started before he moved the gun, pressing it to Yu Tangchun’s head.

         “There might just be a bullet in your husband’s head” he purred, the call suddenly ending.  Zhan Junbai’s eyes widened and he shook his head.

         “Zhao Jingming!  ZHAO JINGMING!” he screamed.

         “Sorry sir, but the call disconnected” Zhong Yiren murmured.  Zhan Junbai growled and clenched his hand into a fist before he looked at the two women.

         “Can you trace the call?” he demanded.  Chu Ran and Zhong Yiren nodded, fingers flying over the keys before Chu Ran looked at the screen.

         “Hong Kong, sir” she declared.  Zhan Junbai nodded before he looked at Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi.

         “We leave first thing tomorrow morning” he declared before looking back at Chu Ran and Zhong Yiren, the three of them silently communicating before Chu Ran and Zhong Yiren nodded.

         “On it, sir” Zhong Yiren replied as she turned her attention to the computer to start acquiring train tickets.  Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou watched them before Jiang Yuelou took Chen Yuzhi by the wrist and led him out of the computer lab, both of them heading upstairs to the bedrooms, but instead of going to Chen Yuzhi’s room, Jiang Yuelou led them to his bedroom.  They then stepped inside, Jiang Yuelou guiding Chen Yuzhi over to his bed where he then sat him down before sitting down next to him.

         “Are you okay, Yuzhi?” he asked gently.  Chen Yuzhi was quiet before he let out a shuddery breath.

         “No” he whispered.  Jiang Yuelou nodded before he reached over and wrapped an arm around Chen Yuzhi’s shoulders, pulling him in for a hug.  Chen Yuzhi went easily, turning and burying his face in Jiang Yuelou’s chest as Jiang Yuelou rubbed his arm with his thumb.

         “We’ll get her back, don’t worry, okay?  She’s with Boss Yu, who definitely will ensure her safety, even at the cost of his own life, which hopefully won’t have to happen” he murmured.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “Hopefully” he agreed. 

 

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In the warehouse, after the video call ended, Zhao Jingming shook his bloody hand as it stung in pain before he pointed at Keying.

         “You brat!  I should—” he started, pointing the gun at Keying when Yu Tangchun pushed her behind him and glared.

         “You want to hurt her?  You’ll have to get through me.  And if I get hurt in any way, I hope you’re prepared to die” he hissed.  Zhao Jingming growled before he pistol whipped him in the face, causing Keying to let out a scream as he grunted in pain.

         “I don’t know how San Ye puts up with a bitch like you” he spat.  Yu Tangchun chuckled as he spat out blood.

         “You’d be surprised” he replied.  Zhao Jingming huffed before he turned and walked out of the room, looking at one of the guards as he pointed at them.

         “Don’t let them out again” he growled.  The guard nodded and slammed the door shut.  As soon as the door was shut, Yu Tangchun collapsed with a shuddering breath, Keying quickly kneeling next to him.

         “Uncle Yu…are you okay?” she asked, concern in her eyes as she looked him over.  Yu Tangchun looked up at her and smiled.

         “I’m alright.  You’re not hurt are you?” he asked.  Keying shook her head as she reached up, gently touching the bruise starting to form on Yu Tangchun’s face.

         “Uncle Zhan’s not going to like that” she murmured.  Yu Tangchun let out a soft laugh as he nodded.

         “You’re right, he’s probably not” he agreed.

 

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After everyone had received the train tickets from Chu Ran and Zhong Yiren, Zhan Junbai and the members of Jinma Hall (including Chu Ran and Zhong Yiren) boarded a train that would take them to Hong Kong.  Everyone was paired up in their own little cabin, Song Rong with Sun Yongren, Zhan Junbai with Chu Min, Wang Meng with Liu Li, Chu Ran with Zhong Yiren, and finally, Chen Yuzhi with Jiang Yuelou.  As Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi sat in their little compartment, Jiang Yuelou looked over at Chen Yuzhi and noticed the look in his eyes as he stared out the window, making him sigh.

         “Yuzhi” he murmured, making Chen Yuzhi glance over at him, tears in his eyes.  Jiang Yuelou smiled sadly and held out his hand, placing it on the table between them.  Chen Yuzhi frowned in confusion before he reached out and placed his hand on top of Jiang Yuelou’s, Jiang Yuelou’s hand closing around his gently. 

         “We’ll save them, don’t worry” he soothed as he rubbed the back of Chen Yuzhi’s hand with his thumb.  Chen Yuzhi nodded before he let out a shuddery breath, a tear falling from his eye.  Jiang Yuelou smiled softly before he reached out and wiped the tear away, gently caressing Chen Yuzhi’s face afterwards.

         “Don’t cry, A-Zhi.  Don’t cry” he soothed before he stood up from his seat and walked around the table to sit beside Chen Yuzhi, pulling him in for a hug again, this time rubbing his nape with his thumb.  Chen Yuzhi let out a shuddering breath and buried his face in Jiang Yuelou’s chest, anxiety and fear very evident in his body.  Jiang Yuelou sighed sadly and just wrapped his arms tighter around Chen Yuzhi, hoping to bring him some comfort.

 

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Meanwhile, in Zhan Junbai’s compartment, Chu Min was resting his head on Zhan Junbai’s lap, Zhan Junbai gently rubbing his thumb on his arm.

         “Father…” Chu Min murmured, making Zhan Junbai look down at him. 

         “Yes A-Min?” he replied.  Chu Min glanced up at him, his eyes big and glistening with tears.

         “Will we be able to save Papa?” he asked softly.  Zhan Junbai smiled and gently petted his hair.

         “Of course we will” he replied.  Chu Min smiled and made himself comfortable on Zhan Junbai’s lap, making Zhan Junbai smile as he petted his son’s hair before he looked up, his eyes darkening dangerous.

         ‘And I’ll put a bullet in Zhao Jingming’s brain as well for good measure’ he thought to himself.

 

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At the warehouse, Keying and Yu Tangchun were sitting in the room, Yu Tangchun mentally planning how they were going to escape.  Just then, two guards entered the room they were being held in, walking over to them.  Zhao Jingming wasn’t with them, but Yu Tangchun assumed that the guards were sent to fetch them and bring them to him.

         ‘Like hell’ he thought to himself, waiting until the guards were close enough before he struck, first punching one of the guards in the stomach, stunning him before he turned to the second guard and using his knife, slit the man’s throat with ease.  He watched the man fall, just as the first guard rushed at him but he just spun around and stabbed him in the abdomen, watching as the man’s eyes widened and he stumbled backwards, collapsing to the ground.  Yu Tangchun smirked before he walked over to him and held up the knife.

         “Apologies” he murmured before he slit the man’s throat, blood splattering all over his pristine white suit.  He tsked when he saw his suit before he looked over at Keying, who looked slightly traumatized.

         “Are you okay?” he asked.  Keying blinked before she nodded.

         “I’m fine.  I’m okay” she replied, looking up at him.  Yu Tangchun smiled softly before he held out his hand.

         “Come on, let’s get out of here for real this time” he stated.  Keying nodded and pushed herself to her feet, walking over to him and taking his hand before they slipped out of the room.

 

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Meanwhile, Zhan Junbai and the other members of Jinma Hall stepped off the train, Zhan Junbai turning to look at them.

         “Do we have everything we need?” he asked, giving them all looks.  Everyone nodded, Chen Yuzhi nodding as well.  Zhan Junbai nodded.

         “Good.  Let’s go” he ordered before he turned and continued through the train station, the other members of Jinma Hall following behind him, their aura intimidating for everyone who was within close radius to them.

 

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At little while later, Zhan Junbai and the others rented cars and quickly drove to where Chu Ran and Zhong Yiren were able to pick up the tracker Zhan Junbai had placed in Yu Tangchun’s phone, arriving at the warehouse.

         “It’s always an abandoned warehouse” Liu Li murmured as she tightened her grip on her gun.  Wang Meng huffed.

         “It is, isn’t it” he agreed as Song Rong quietly slipped off to get a good vantage point.  While he was walking away, Sun Yongren pulled a small grenade out of his pocket, making Chen Yuzhi look at him in shock.

         “You had that on you the whole time?!” he exclaimed.  Sun Yongren smiled.

         “Of course” he replied before he walked over to the warehouse, stopping a few feet from the door before he pulled the pin and threw the grenade, quickly running back as the grenade connected with the doors, exploding the doors off of their handles.  Zhan Junbai then tightened his grip on his gun, barring his teeth.

         “Let’s go” he growled before he turned and ran towards the warehouse, the other members of Jinma Hall following behind.

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Zhan Junbai and the members of Jinma Hall soon ran into the warehouse, guns drawn and looking for a fight.  Standing before them was Zhao Jingming and his triad while just above them, on the platform, stood Yu Tangchun and Keying.  Yu Tangchun and Zhan Junbai locked eyes, Yu Tangchun’s eyes widening slightly before he nodded.  Zhan Junbai let out a breath of relief, just as Zhao Jingming pointed at them.

         “Why are you just standing there?!  Get them!” he shouted.  Zhan Junbai’s eyes widened before he pointed at the triad.

         “Let’s go!” he roared.  The members of Jinma Hall all let out shouts before they rushed at the triad, who also let out shouts before running at them with their guns.  One of the triad members then raised their automatic rifle and began firing, causing them to duck and dive, quickly hiding behind boxes to avoid getting hit.  Chen Yuzhi then stood up just enough that his torso was above the box before he let out a shot, hitting on of the triad members in the leg, causing them to go down.  As soon as they went down, the triad members turned and started firing towards the boxes, causing Chen Yuzhi to duck down and curl against Jiang Yuelou.

         “Nice shot” Jiang Yuelou murmured before he peered over the box and let off a few more shot before ducking down again.

         “Jesus, how much fire power do they have?” Wang Meng growled before he stood up and fired off a couple of shots at the rival triad.

         “Probably about as much as we do” Zhong Yiren replied as she also stood up, letting off some shots.

         “Why don’t we just wait for them to run out of ammo before we attack?” Chu Min suggested.  Everyone was quiet before Zhan Junbai looked over at him.

         “Good thinking” he praised.  Chu Min grinned as they all hunkered down behind the boxes, allowing the triad to keep shooting at them until it became silent.

         “Damn it!  We’re out!” one member shouted.  Liu Li then reached into her pocket and pulled out a smoke bomb, pulling the tab before chucking it over the boxes.  The bomb then exploded, causing the triad to let out cries of surprise at their limited vision.  Everyone then

looked at one another before they all stood up and opened fire into the smoke.  There were cries of pain and as the smoke cleared, they saw that they had taken out about half of the triad members (and there were a LOT).

         “Alright, let’s go” Zhan Junbai ordered as he dropped his gun and jumped over the box, rushing towards the triad members.  Wang Meng and Jiang Yuelou quickly dropped their guns and followed after him, Liu Li, Chu Min, and Sun Yongren dropping their guns and following after them.  Chu Ran, Zhong Yiren, and Chen Yuzhi were the last to drop their guns and follow them over the boxes, all of them running into the fight.  Zhan Junbai then glanced over his shoulder and gritted his teeth.

         “I’m going after Zhao Jingming.  Don’t get killed!” he shouted before he rushed towards Zhao Jingming, Chu Min quickly following after him.  While they were heading to the boss, the others decided to fight the triad members closest to them. 

 

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One triad member decided to try and clock Wang Meng in the face but Wang Meng just blocked the punch with his hand before twisting the member’s wrist, snapping it.  The triad member let out a scream of pain as Wang Meng let go of his wrist, watching as he sunk to his knees in pain.  He then rushed forward and kneed the triad member in the forehead, causing him to collapse.  While he was standing over the body, another triad member rushed towards him, a piece of pipe in his hands.  Liu Li, who just finished punching a triad member in the face, saw the man coming out the corner of her eye and quickly pulled another gun out of god knows where, pointing it at the man.  She then fired a shot, the man suddenly dropping as Wang Meng looked over at her and smirked.

         “Nice shot” he praised.  Liu Li grinned.

         “Thank you” she replied.  Wang Meng hummed before his eyes widened and he turned around, punching a triad member in the face.  Liu Li let out a gasp before she clapped her hands together.

         “Uncle Wang, you’re so cool” she breathed.  Wang Meng chuckled.

         “Thank you” he replied.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi were dealing with their own group of triad members (let me tell you, they were a BIG triad group) and it was not going so hot.  They were doing fine for a while, you know, kicking ass and punching the shit out of the triad members, until one triad member got lucky and clocked Jiang Yuelou in the jaw, sending him to the ground.  Chen Yuzhi, of course, took care of that member and cleanly snapped his arm before breaking his nose with a swift knee jab to the face.  Once he had taken care of that member, he rushed over to Jiang Yuelou and cradled him in his arms.

         “Jiang Yuelou.  Yuelou, wake up” he whispered.  Jiang Yuelou let out a groan and clutched at his jaw as he slowly opened his eyes, only to let out a gasp.

         “Yuzhi” he whispered.  Chen Yuzhi frowned and turned to see a gun pointed right at them, making his eyes widened. 

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

While Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou looked down the barrel of the gun, up on the platform, Keying’s eyes widened before she looked over at Yu Tangchun.

         “Uncle Yu, can I borrow your knife?” she asked.  Yu Tangchun raised an eyebrow before he nodded and held out the blade to her.  Keying dipped her head before she placed the blade between her teeth and looked at the chain that was hanging in front of the platform.

         “Keying, what are you doing?” Yu Tangchun asked, frowning as Keying took a few steps back before she ran forward and she jumped, skillfully clearing the railing before grabbing the chain.  Yu Tangchun looked at her with wide eyes as she swung back and forth a little on the chain to gain momentum before she launched herself towards the man pointing the gun at Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou.  She then landed on the man’s back, removing the blade from between her teeth before she stabbed the knife in the man’s throat.  The man let out a gurgled cry as blood bubbled out of his mouth, Keying jumping off his back and watching as the man stumbled before collapsing, blood pooling around him.  She then looked over at Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou, who were looking at her in shock.

         “Gege” she whimpered before she rushed forward, throwing her arms around Chen Yuzhi.  Chen Yuzhi blinked before he let out a shuddering breath and wrapped his arms around her.

         “Keying…oh Keying” he croaked, holding her tightly.  Jiang Yuelou let out a breath of relief and wrapped his arms around both of them, hugging them tightly.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

While Jiang Yuelou, Chen Yuzhi, and Keying were having their moment, Chu Ran, Zhong Yiren, and Sun Yongren were also fighting off their own group of triad members.

         “How many fuckers are there?” Sun Yongren grumbled as he punched another triad member in the face.

         “A fuck-ton, apparently” Zhong Yiren replied as she roundhouse kicked another in the side.  Chu Ran then pulled out a pair of brass knuckles and slipped them on before she punched a nearby triad member in the face.

         “As much as I love making these assholes bleed, I would like for this fight to be over” she grumbled as she socked another member with the brass knuckle.  Zhong Yiren huffed.

         Well, if Zhao Jingming hadn’t taken Boss Yu, we wouldn’t be in this situation right now” she grumbled as she kneed another triad member in the stomach.  Sun Yongren huffed as he snapped a triad member’s wrist before grabbing them and flipping them onto their back, knocking the air out of them.

         “Well, Zhao Jingming obviously wants revenge on Zhan Junbai hence why they had to grab him” he mused as he looked down at the unconscious triad member.  Chu Ran and Zhong Yiren looked over at him and hummed, not realizing that three more triad members were coming up behind them with pipes and planks of wood.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Up from his vantage point, Song Rong was keeping an eye out through his scope when he noticed the triad members coming up behind Chu Ran, Zhong Yiren, and Sun Yongren.  His eyes widened and he quickly aimed before shooting, hitting the triad member closest to Sun Yongren in the temple before hitting the one near Chu Ran, hitting them between the eyes.  Chu Ran, Zhong Yiren, and Sun Yongren quickly got out of the way as Song Rong focused on the last man, who was looking around, trying to figure out where the shots were coming from.  He then pulled his trigger, hitting him in the torso.  Once he fell to the ground, Song Rong smirked and nodded.

         “Triad members: 0.  Song Rong: 1” he murmured.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

While all the other Jinma Hall members were fighting the other triad members, Zhan Junbai went after Zhao Jingming, Chu Min going after another triad member that was with him.  When both leaders stood before each other, they circled one another before they rushed at one another, both men landing punches on each other.  They then stumbled backwards, Zhan Junbai clutching at his face while Zhao Jingming clutched at his stomach.  They looked at each other again before they rushed at each other, but Zhan Junbai was smart and quickly ducked down as Zhao Jingming swung at him, dropping to the ground and sweep-kicking Zhao Jingming’s feet out from underneath him.  Zhao Jingming let out a cry of pain as his back crashed into the hard warehouse floor.  Zhan Junbai smirked down at him, causing the Zhao Jingming to growl before he pushed himself to his feet.  However, instead of rushing at Zhan Junbai, which he was expecting, he ran over to control station that controlled the wires that held up materials on a crane.  Zhan Junbai frowned and quickly followed the control station line to a crane that was holding steel beams above where Chu Min was fighting with another triad member.  His eyes widened and he quickly ran over to Chu Min, grabbing him and tackling him to the ground just as Zhao Jingming pressed the “release button”, causing the cables holding up the steel beams to fall slack, allowing the steel beams to fall onto the triad member’s head, killing him.  Zhan Junbai let out a heavy sigh before he looked down at Chu Min, who was looking up at him with big doe-eyes.

         “Are you alright, A-Min?” he asked.  Chu Min nodded weakly.

         “Yeah…” he replied.  Zhan Junbai smiled just as there was a click a gun behind them, making both of them turn to see Zhao Jingming pointing his gun at them.

         “You lost, San Ye” he purred.  Zhan Junbai snarled and made to move when Zhao Jingming just pressed the gun closer to his face.

         “You move, I’ll kill him” he threatened, moving his gun so that it was pointing at Chu Min, whose eyes widened in fear.  Zhan Junbai snarled as he pulled Chu Min closer.

         “Don’t you fucking touch him” he snarled.  Zhao Jingming smirked. 

         “And how are you going to stop me?  You have no weapon” he sneered, just as a gun shot rang out, causing Zhan Junbai to pull Chu Min into a hug as Chu Min buried his face in Zhan Junbai’s neck.  Both men then looked over to see Zhao Jingming on the ground, blood pooling around his head.

         “What the hell—” Zhan Junbai murmured as Chu Min looked up and grinned.

         “Papa!” he exclaimed.  Zhan Junbai then looked up to see Yu Tangchun, with a gun in his hand, looking down at Zhao Jingming in disgust before he looked down at Zhan Junbai and smirked.

         “Thought you could need a hand” he stated.  Zhan Junbai blinked before he let out a soft laugh.

         “Perfect timing, dear” he murmured.  Yu Tangchun smiled as he held out his hand, Zhan Junbai immediately taking it, allowing Yu Tangchun to help him to his feet before he turned and helped Chu Min to his feet.

         “Papa” Chu Min exclaimed as he ran over and threw his arms around Yu Tangchun, hugging him tightly.  Yu Tangchun smiled fondly as he wrapped his arms around Chu Min, giving him a squeeze.  Zhan Junbai watched his husband and son hug each other before he cleared his throat.

         “I think the others would be happy to see that you’re alright” he mused.  Yu Tangchun looked at him before he nodded and pulled away from Chu Min, the three of them turning and heading towards the others.

Chapter Text

Once all the triad members were taken care of, Jinma Hall met in the middle of the warehouse, blood and bodies scattered around.  Zhan Junbai and Chu Min soon joined them, Yu Tangchun with them.

         “Boss Yu!  You’re okay!” Chu Ran exclaimed, a bright smile on her face.  Yu Tangchun smiled and nodded.

         “Yes, I am.  Thank you” he replied as he smiled at Keying, who was standing between Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi.

         “And you, Keying?  Are you okay?” he asked.  Keying nodded, grinning brightly.

         “I’m okay Uncle Yu” she replied.  Yu Tangchun nodded.

         “Good, good” he murmured as Liu Li frowned.

         “Boss Yu, why are you covered in blood?” she asked, asking the question the other members wanted to ask.  Yu Tangchun looked down at his suit before he laughed softly.

         “Ah, that…I slit some guards’ throats.  Hence the blood” he explained, motioning to his suit.  Jiang Yuelou chuckled.

         “Ah…the White Snake strikes again” he murmured, making Chen Yuzhi look over at him in confusion.

         “The White Snake?” he repeated.  Jiang Yuelou looked over at him and smiled.

         “I’ll explain on the train” he stated just Chen Yuzhi noticed Yu Tangchun’s face.  His eyes widened and he quickly took a step forward, eyes roaming over his face.

         “I’m going to need to treat you when we get home…did this Zhao Jingming do this?” he murmured.  Yu Tangchun smiled weakly.

         “Of course he did” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi sighed before he nodded.

         “Of course he did” he murmured as Zhan Junbai clapped his hands.

         “Should we head home then?” he asked. 

         “What are we going to do about the bodies?” Zhong Yiren asked.  Zhan Junbai waved his hand.

         “The authorities can deal with them.  I’ve heard they’ve recently been looking for a way to bring Zhao Jingming in and now we just saved them the effort” he replied before he walked off, Yu Tangchun and Chu Min flanking his sides.  Everyone watched them walk off before they followed after them, leaving the carnage that they made behind.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

When they got back on the train, heading back to Jing City, in Zhan Junbai’s compartment, Chu Min was lying on the bench, fast asleep, while Zhan Junbai and Yu Tangchun were sitting side by side on the other bench, Zhan Junbai’s arm possessively around Yu Tangchun’s waist as Yu Tangchun rested his head on Zhan Junbai’s shoulder, his eyes shut as he tried to rest.  They sat like that for a while, Yu Tangchun soft breath in Zhan Junbai’s ear as Zhan Junbai stared ahead, trying desperately not to see red.

         “Junbai…you’re squeezing too tight” Yu Tangchun murmured, startling Zhan Junbai out of his head as he looked down at Yu Tangchun, who was smiling tiredly up at him.

         “Sorry” he whispered before he reached out and gently reached up, stroking Yu Tangchun’s face, Yu Tangchun wincing slightly.  Zhan Junbai let out a growl causing Yu Tangchun to quickly reach up and place a hand on top of his.

         “You’ll wake Chu Min” he murmured.  Zhan Junbai glanced over at Chu Min, who was sleeping peacefully across from them, and sighed before he looked over at Yu Tangchun.

         “I’m just glad you’re safe” he breathed, leaning forward to rest his forehead against Yu Tangchun’s.  Yu Tangchun chuckled.

         “I knew you were coming, so I wasn’t worried” he replied.  Zhan Junbai smiled before he frowned.

         “But you still got hurt” he murmured.  Yu Tangchun shrugged.

         “As long as Keying wasn’t harmed, I don’t really care” he replied.  Zhan Junbai huffed and pressed a gentle kiss to Yu Tangchun’s hair.

         “Stupid…I care” he murmured.  Yu Tangchun chuckled softly and nodded.

         “I know” he murmured before he yawned and rested his head back on Zhan Junbai’s shoulder, shutting his eyes again.  Zhan Junbai smiled as he rested his head on top of his husband’s, shutting his eyes as well, silence soon falling over the compartment as only soft snores could be heard.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

In Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi’s compartment, Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou were looking Keying over, Chen Yuzhi fretting like a worried mother hen.

         “Gege, I’m fine.  I’m not hurt” Keying grumbled as Chen Yuzhi continued to look her over.

         “Just let him look, A-Ying” Jiang Yuelou instructed, smiling softly.  Keying huffed but allowed Chen Yuzhi to look her over to make sure that she was as “fine” as she claimed.  Once he confirmed that she was indeed fine, Chen Yuzhi let out a relieved sigh before he frowned.

         “How did you learn how to do that?” he demanded.  Keying tilted her head to the side.

         “What do you mean?” she asked.  Chen Yuzhi huffed.

         “You, on the chain, with the knife between your teeth?  Stabbing a man in the throat?” he asked, pantomiming what Keying did in the warehouse.  Keying before she smiled.

         “Oh, Uncle Song taught me a lot of cool moves, just in case.  That was one of them” she explained.  Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou looked at each other before Chen Yuzhi let out a sigh and scooped Keying into his arms, holding her tight.

         “I’m so glad you’re okay” he whispered.  Keying buried her face in Chen Yuzhi’s neck, hugging him back just as tightly.

         “I was scared, gege.  I thought that man was going to hurt Uncle Yu” she whimpered.  Jiang Yuelou smiled slightly.

         “Well that man can’t hurt anyone anymore.  So you don’t have to worry” he soothed as he reached out and gently stroked Keying’s hair.  Keying whimpered again and just clung to Chen Yuzhi, who sighed and held her, Jiang Yuelou gently stroking her hair.  Once she had fallen asleep, Chen Yuzhi looked over at Jiang Yuelou.

         “Why is Tangchun called the “White Snake”?” he asked.  Jiang Yuelou smiled.

         “Ah, that.  You see, before Boss Yu and Zhan-xiong met, Boss Yu was a famous opera singer.  Zhan-xiong met him during one of his performances and they were instantly enamored with each other.  They started to see each other more often until one fateful day, some dumbass thought it would be a good idea to try an assassinate Zhan-xiong after the performance” he explained.  Chen Yuzhi blinked.

         “They didn’t” he breathed.  Jiang Yuelou nodded solemnly.

         “They did.  Little did they know, Boss Yu always carried knives within his costumes so when the person tried to attack Zhan-xiong, Boss Yu moved, like a snake, towards the attacker and sliced their throat before anyone could even move.  I think Zhan-xiong asked Boss Yu to marry him right there after it happened” he mused.  Chen Yuzhi hummed.

         “So he’s called the White Snake because he dresses in white all the time and he moves as quick as a striking snake?” he asked.  Jiang Yuelou smiled.

         “Look at you, you got it in one” he teased.  Chen Yuzhi chuffed before he leaned against Jiang Yuelou, letting out a heavy sigh as Keying snuggled against him.

         “Aiyo, so sleepy” Jiang Yuelou cooed, smiling down at Chen Yuzhi.

         “Shut up” Chen Yuzhi grumbled as he snuggled closer to Jiang Yuelou, shutting his eyes.  Jiang Yuelou chuckled and shook his head as he leaned it against the compartment, a small smile on his face.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

When they returned to Jing City and headed back to the mansion, Zhan Junbai sent everyone to their rooms while Chen Yuzhi and Yu Tangchun headed to Chen Yuzhi’s clinic so that he could check up on his bruises and to make sure that there weren’t any other injuries that he was hiding.  In the clinic, Chen Yuzhi helped Yu Tangchun sit on the exam table as he stood before him, slipping on gloves before he reached out and gently touched his face.

         “Does this hurt?” he whispered.  Yu Tangchun winced slightly.

         “A little…but not too bad” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi sighed before he stepped back and took a soft cotton ball, dipping it in some warm water before he reached up and began gently cleaning the blood that was around Yu Tangchun’s mouth.

         “What about Keying’s mouth?” Yu Tangchun murmured.  Chen Yuzhi smiled.

         “Yuelou’s taking care of that” he replied.  Yu Tangchun hummed.

         “You two have grown surprisingly close” he mused.  Chen Yuzhi blinked.

         “Have we?” he asked, his voice soft.  Yu Tangchun nodded.

         “Junbai pointed it out to me whenever you got hurt the first time protecting Keying.  He had never seen Jiang Yuelou so…angry before” he explained.  Chen Yuzhi blinked again before he blushed.

         “Oh” he murmured.  Yu Tangchun chuckled.

         “Haven’t you noticed how he’s almost always at your side?  You two are practically glued to each other” he teased.  Chen Yuzhi frowned.

         “But isn’t he like this with everyone?” he asked.  Yu Tangchun chuckled.

         “You’re cute.  No, he’s not like this with everyone.  It took him a while to warm up to everyone; it didn’t take anytime at all to warm up to you” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi’s blush deepened as he continued to wipe away the blood.

         “Oh” he murmured again.  Yu Tangchun smiled softly.

         “I think you two will make a good match…you two obviously seem to care about each other and you both seem to care deeply about Keying” he stated.  Chen Yuzhi’s blush deepened and he looked away.

         “Tangchun…please” he murmured.  Yu Tangchun laughed before he nodded.

         “Alright, alright, I’ll leave you alone for now.  I’m just saying” he teased.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “I hear you…” he murmured.  Yu Tangchun smiled and gently patted Chen Yuzhi’s cheek before he hopped of the exam table and dusted himself off.

         “Thank you, Yuzhi” he thanked.  Chen Yuzhi looked at him before he nodded.

         “You’re welcome” he replied.  Yu Tangchun then turned, heading out of the clinic as Chen Yuzhi let out a groan and ran his hand through his hair.

Chapter Text

A few weeks later, while Chen Yuzhi was giving Chu Min a physical so that he could have an updated medical record of all the members, Chu Ran popped her head in.

         “Dr. Chen?  Is this a bad time?” she called out.  Chen Yuzhi looked over at her and shook his head.

         “No.  How can I help you?” he asked.  Chu Ran motioned him over, making him frown before he looked at Chu Min.

         “I’ll be right back” he stated before he walked over to Chu Ran and stood before her.

         “What is it?” he asked, his voice soft. 

         “WHERE IS CHU MIN?!” a female voice screamed before Chu Ran could say anything.  Chu Ran’s eyes widened, as did Chen Yuzhi’s, before he looked back at Chu Min, who looked scared stiff. 

         “Chu Min…who is that?” he asked gently.  Chu Min shook his head.

         “What is she doing here?” he whispered as he hopped off the exam table and rushed out of the lab to see a woman who looked strangely similar to him standing in the middle of the first floor, her eyes crazed.

         “Mother, what are you doing here?!” he demanded as he stormed over to her, Chen Yuzhi and Chu Ran following him.  Chen Yuzhi then frowned.

         “Mother?” he repeated, glancing over at Chu Ran.  Chu Ran sighed and nodded.

         “She was Chu Min’s former boss.  She had everyone call her “Mother”” she explained.  Chen Yuzhi frowned.

         “But aren’t Zhan Junbai and Yu Tangchun Chu Min’s parents?  Why would they allow him to join another triad?” he asked.  Chu Ran shook her head.

         “Zhan Junbai and Yu Tangchun adopted Chu Min after Chu Min ran away from her triad.  She’s been searching for him ever since he left” she explained before she frowned.

         “I honestly didn’t think she’d find us” she murmured.  Chen Yuzhi frowned.

         “Find you?  Did you run away from her as well?” he asked, making Chu Ran look at him in shock before she nodded.

         “Yeah…we were in the same triad together but we ran away because she’s crazy” she whispered.  Chen Yuzhi glanced over at the woman who was speaking rapidly with Chu Min, who looked like he was trying to calm her down, before he nodded.

         “I can see that” he murmured just as Zhan Junbai and Yu Tangchun walked over to them.

         “What’s going on here?” Zhan Junbai asked, raising an eyebrow.  Chu Ran motioned to Chu Min and the lady, making Yu Tangchun and Zhan Junbai look over before Yu Tangchun frowned.

         “How did she find us?” he murmured.  Chu Ran shook her head.

         “I don’t know” she replied, just as a loud slap resounded throughout the mansion, making everyone look over to see Chu Min clutching at his face as the woman glared at him.

         “Chu Min!” Chen Yuzhi exclaimed, rushing forward and gently grasping Chu Min’s shoulders.

         “Let me see” he murmured, gently reaching up to removed Chu Min’s hand when the woman reached out and smacked his hand away.

         “Don’t you touch him!” she screamed.  Chen Yuzhi glared at her.

         “I’m his doctor.  You can promptly fuck off” he spat before he reached up again, only to have the woman pull a gun out and point it at his face.

         “I said, don’t touch him!” she screamed.  Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widened as Zhan Junbai walked over to them and stepped in front of them.

         “Mrs. Chu…kindly lower your gun” he ordered.  The woman, Mrs. Chu, lowered her gun, allowing Chen Yuzhi to gently push Chu Min towards Yu Tangchun, who immediately bundled him into his arms as Zhan Junbai narrowed his eyes.

         “Mrs. Chu…what do we owe this pleasure?” he growled, his voice a warning.  The woman, Mrs. Chu, huffed and pointed to Chu Min and Chu Ran.

         “I’ve come to take Chu Min and Chu Ran back to my triad.  They are rightfully my members” she declared.  Zhan Junbai scoffed.

         “They are no longer your members; they are my members.  You’re going to have to fight me for them if you want them” he replied.  Mrs. Chu huffed.

         “Fine then” she replied as she raised her gun and pointed it at Zhan Junbai’s head.  Everyone’s eyes widened as Zhan Junbai chuckled.

         “Is that all you’ve got?” he sneered.  Mrs. Chu smirked as she pulled the hammer back, her finger tightening on the trigger.  Zhan Junbai’s eyes widened slightly but before Mrs. Chu could pull the trigger, Chu Min pulled away from Yu Tangchun and stepped forward.

         “WAIT!  DON’T SHOOT!” he screamed.  Mrs. Chu paused before slowly removing her finger from the trigger as Chu Ran, Chen Yuzhi, and Yu Tangchun looked at Chu Min.

         “Chu Min, what are you doing?” Chu Ran hissed as Chu Min slowly walked forward before slipping in between Zhan Junbai and Mrs. Chu, gently pushing Zhan Junbai away like how he had done earlier.  Zhan Junbai frowned.

         “Chu Min—” he started when Chu Min looked at Mrs. Chu.

         “If I go with you…will you leave my family alone?” he asked.  Mrs. Chu looked at him, just as the other members of Jinma Hall came downstairs, looking at the scene in confusion.

         “What’s going on here?” Wang Meng demanded. 

         “Chu Min is doing something stupid” Chu Ran spat as Mrs. Chu looked over at her.

         “You too” she ordered.  Chu Ran’s eyes widened as Zhan Junbai snarled.

         “Why don’t you just leave Mrs. Chu?  Unless you want a fight on your hands” he snarled.  Mrs. Chu smiled.

         “I’ll take my chances” she replied, just as Song Rong stepped forward, about to grab Chu Min and pull him away, when Mrs. Chu turned and pointed her gun at the floor, firing a shot.  Song Rong jumped back as everyone else jumped, Chu Min looking at her with wide eyes.

         “Don’t hurt anyone!” he begged.  Mrs. Chu then turned and pointed the gun at him, the barrel right between his eyes. 

         “You shut your mouth” she snarled.  Chu Min’s eyes widened before he lowered his gaze.

         “Yes Mother” he murmured.  Mrs. Chu smiled.

         “Good boy” she purred before she turned and walked away, heading for the door when Chu Min suddenly lashed out and grabbed the gun out of her hand, pointing it at her.  Mrs. Chu froze, as did everyone else, before she slowly turned to face Chu Min and smiled.

         “You don’t have the balls to pull that trigger.  You’re just a scared little boy who will never amount to anything” she spat.  Chu Min shook his head.

         “Shut up!” he shouted.  Mrs. Chu chuckled before she shook her head.

         “I knew I should have shot you then and there when I saw you and Chu Ran running away that day” she murmured.  Chu Min frowned.

         “You…you saw us running away?” he whispered.  Mrs. Chu laughed.

         “Of course I did” she replied.  Chu Min shook his head.

         “You let us run away?” he exclaimed.  Mrs. Chu cackled this time.

         “Of course I did!  You two could never make in my triad…” she started before she stepped forward and poked Chu Min harshly in the chest.

         “Honestly, neither of you deserve to be a part of any family” she sneered.  Chu Min’s eyes widened before he slowly lowered his gun, stunned.  Mrs. Chu cackled again as Chu Min stood there, his cheeks burning with shame and embarrassment, before his eyes suddenly hardened and he took the gun, pistol whipping Mrs. Chu in the head.  The woman let out a cry as she crashed to the ground while Jinma Hall looked at him in shock as he pulled the slide back on the gun and pointed it down at her.

         “I deserve to be a part of a family.  Just not yours” he hissed before he pulled the trigger, hitting Mrs. Chu between the eyes.  He then took a step back, letting out a harsh breath before he turned to look at the others, all of whom were looking at him with wide eyes.  He stared at them for a moment before he dropped the gun and walked away, turning and heading upstairs towards his bedroom.  Everyone watched him leave before Chu Ran quickly took off after him, leaving the other Jinma Hall members shocked.

         “What…the hell was that?” Jiang Yuelou demanded, looking over at Zhan Junbai and Yu Tangchun.  Zhan Junbai sighed.

         “Apparently Mrs. Chu came looking for Chu Ran and Chu Min to take them back to her triad” he replied.  Zhong Yiren frowned.

         “But…why?  She just said she should have shot them when they ran away that day” she exclaimed.

         “Maybe she wanted to take them back to shoot them…as punishment” Liu Li murmured.  Yu Tangchun shook his head.

         “I don’t know…now we’ll never know why” he murmured, looking over at Mrs. Chu’s body.  Chen Yuzhi looked over at it as well before he sighed.

         “I’ll go take care of it” he murmured about to step forward when Zhan Junbai held out a hand.

         “No…I want it dropped off at the doorstep of the triad’s headquarters” he declared.  Yu Tangchun looked over at him and frowned.

         “But…won’t that start a war between the triads?” he asked.  Zhan Junbai shook his head.

         “Not if they know what’s good for them…” he growled before he looked over at Wang Meng and Song Rong. 

         “Drop off the body” he ordered.  The two men nodded and walked over to Mrs. Chu’s body, picking it up and heading out of the mansion as Chen Yuzhi sighed at the bloodstain.

         “Someone’s going to have to clean that up” he murmured.  Liu Li then stepped forward.

         “I’ll clean it” she offered.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “Please” he replied.  Liu Li then walked off as Chen Yuzhi looked over at Zhan Junbai and Yu Tangchun.

         “I’m going to get Keying from school” he stated.  Yu Tangchun and Zhan Junbai nodded as he turned and headed towards the door, Jiang Yuelou immediately at his heels. 

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

As they stepped outside the mansion, Chen Yuzhi let out a heavy sigh.

         “It’s a good thing Keying was at school when this happened” he murmured.  Jiang Yuelou hummed.

         “Are you okay?” he asked, glancing over at him.  Chen Yuzhi chuckled softly.

         “I’m fine…I’m unfortunately getting used to having a gun pointed in my face” he replied. 

         “I’m sorry” Jiang Yuelou murmured, making Chen Yuzhi look over at him with a raised eyebrow.

         “What are you sorry for?  I signed up for this, didn’t I?  This is what comes with being a part of a triad, guns get pointed in your face.  It happens” he stated with a shrug.  Jiang Yuelou huffed.

         “How can you remain so optimistic about everything?  Most people would have either left or…committed suicide by now” he stated.  Chen Yuzhi smiled.

         “Maybe I’m just a different breed” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou smiled slightly.

         “Maybe” he agreed before he motioned with his head towards the car.

         “Come on, if we don’t get Keying, she’s gonna get whiny about not being picked up on time” he stated.  Chen Yuzhi huffed before he nodded.

         “Alright, alright, let’s go” he agreed, both men heading towards the car to pick up Keying from school.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Up in Chu Min’s room, Chu Min was sitting on his bed, head in his hands when there was a knock at the door.

         “Chu Min?” a voice called out.  Chu Min slowly lifted his head and looked towards the door.

         “Come in” he croaked.  The door then opened and Chu Ran stepped inside, a small smile on her face.

         “Hey” she greeted, walking over to Chu Min.  Chu Min sniffled and looked up at her.

         “Jie” he croaked.  Chu Ran smiled and knelt before him.

         “How are you feeling?” she asked.  Chu Min shook his head.

         “Honestly…I’m shaking” he whispered.  Chu Ran smiled and held out her hands, which Chu Min looked at before he reached out and placed his hands in; Chu Ran closing her hands around his.

         “Are you shaking because you just killed your mother?” she asked softly.  Chu Min sniffled and nodded.

         “Yeah” he whispered.  Chu Ran hummed and stood to her feet, still holding Chu Min’s hands as she walked over and sat down beside him.  They sat in silence before Chu Min let out a sob.

         “I didn’t want to kill her, but she was acting crazy and she was going to hurt father and I—” he started when Chu Ran just pulled him in for a hug, Chu Min sobbing into her chest.

         “I know, I know” she soothed.  The two siblings hugged before Chu Min pulled away and wiped his eyes, letting out a shuddering breath.

         “You know…it’s funny…I’ve hurt a lot of people or knocked them unconscious but I’ve never actually—” he started before he paused.

         “I’ve never actually killed anyone” he croaked as he let out a laugh.

         “I think Keying’s even killed someone before me” he whispered.  Chu Ran smiled sadly before she reached out and stroked his head.

         “Maybe you weren’t cut out for this lifestyle?” she murmured.  Chu Min chuffed.

         “Father always did say I had a soft heart” he agreed.

         “There’s nothing wrong with that” a soft voice called out, making Chu Ran and Chu Min look over to see Yu Tangchun standing in the doorway.

         “Papa!  I didn’t even hear you come in!” Chu Min exclaimed.  Chu Ran chuckled.

         “The White Snake indeed” she teased.  Yu Tangchun chuckled before he walked over and sat before Chu Ran and Chu Min.

         “Are both of you alright?” he asked, concern in his eyes.  Chu Ran nodded.

         “I’m fine; she was never my real mother anyways” she replied before she looked over at Chu Min whose eyes started to fill with tears.  Yu Tangchun looked over at Chu Min as well, reaching out and taking his hand.

         “Chu Min” he murmured.  Chu Min sniffled and nodded.

         “I’m fine…I’m fine” he promised.  Yu Tangchun frowned.

         “Are you sure?” he asked.  Chu Min nodded.

         “I’m fine” he assured.  Yu Tangchun gave him a look that said he was pretty sure he was lying but he didn’t push it and instead let out a sigh.

         “How’s your cheek?” he asked.  Chu Min blinked as Chu Ran titled her head, looking at Chu Min’s cheek.

         “It’s bleeding” she murmured.  Yu Tangchun’s eyes widened.

         “What?!” he exclaimed as he quickly sat up and gently took Chu Min’s face in his hands and turned his head to see that there was indeed a slash on his cheek with a small blood trail of blood trailing out of it.

         “How did that happen?” he demanded.  Chu Min shook his head.

         “I think her ring might have scratched me when she slapped me” he replied.  Yu Tangchun huffed and quickly pushed himself to his feet.

         “You’re going to see Chen Yuzhi when he gets back” he declared.  Chu Min nodded.

         “Yes Papa” he replied.  Chu Ran chuckled.

         “Look at you, so behaved” she teased.  Chu Min blushed.

         “Jie…” he murmured.  Yu Tangchun smiled as he looked at them.

         “Now now, be nice” he gently scolded, making Chu Ran and Chu Min look at him before they nodded.  Chu Min then looked up at him, his eyes wide.

         “Papa, do you think Mother’s triad is going to go to war with us for what I did?” he asked, panic suddenly entering his voice.  Yu Tangchun shook his head.

         “Probably not.  Your father will stop it before it ever breathes its first breath” he declared.  Chu Min let out a sigh of relief as Chu Ran checked her watch.

         “Dr. Chen should be back by now.  We can probably go see him” she stated, looking up at Yu Tangchun.  Yu Tangchun nodded before he held out his hands to her and Chu Min, both of them looking at him in surprise before they took his hand as he helped them to their feet.  They then walked out of the room, Chu Ran in front while Chu Min and Yu Tangchun walked behind her, Yu Tangchun’s gentle hand on Chu Min’s back as they all headed downstairs.

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Chu Rn, Yu Tangchun, and Chu Min came downstairs, just as Jiang Yuelou, Chen Yuzhi, and Keying returned.

         “Dr. Chen, can we see you for a moment?” Yu Tangchun called out, making Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi glance up at him before Chen Yuzhi looked over at Jiang Yuelou and nodded.  Jiang Yuelou nodded and guided Keying into the dining room while Chen Yuzhi walked over to them and smiled slightly.

         “What is it?” he asked.

         “I was wondering if you could take a look at Chu Min’s cheek” Yu Tangchun replied.  Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widened and he looked at Chu Min before he nodded.

         “Of course.  Come on” he instructed, placing a gentle hand on Chu Min’s back before he led him to the clinic.  Chu Ran and Yu Tangchun watched them walk away before they looked at each other and smiled.

         “Thank you for taking care of Chu Min all of these years…and for accepting us into your family” Chu Ran murmured.  Yu Tangchun smiled.

         “Of course.  It really is her loss; she lost two good children while Junbai and I gained two” he declared.  Chu Ran smiled before she turned and headed off to the lab while Yu Tangchun let out a heavy sigh.

         “Time to stop Junbai from burning the world to the ground” he murmured before he headed off to find his husband.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

In Chen Yuzhi’s clinic, Chen Yuzhi guided Chu Min over to the exam table and patted it.  Chu Min reluctantly got on the table as Chen Yuzhi stood before him.

         “Now I can properly see what she did to you” he murmured as he reached out and gently grabbed Chu Min’s face in his hand, turning his head to the side.  When he saw the slash, his eyes darkened before he took a deep breath and turned, grabbing a cotton ball which he wetted with water before turning back and holding it up.

         “This is going to hurt” he murmured before he gently dabbed the slash on Chu Min’s cheek.  Chu Min let out a whimper and Chen Yuzhi felt his heart break a little.

         “Sorry” he murmured.  Chu Min shook his head.

         “It’s okay” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi huffed before he looked at Chu Min and smiled.

         “What you did today was very brave, Chu Min” he stated.  Chu Min looked up at him with wide eyes.

         “Really?  You think so?” he breathed.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “You stood up for your family.  Not everyone can do that, but you did.  That takes bravery” he replied.  Chu Min grinned.

         “Thanks, ge” he thanked.  Chen Yuzhi smiled and nodded.

         “You’re welcome” he replied as he finished cleaning the bleeding slash, throwing away the bloody cotton ball before he picked up some antiseptic ointment and gently placed some on the slash before placing some steri-strips over it so that the slash would close nicely and not leave a scar (hopefully).  Once he was done cleaning and treating the wound, he took a step back and looked Chu Min over.

         “Does anything else hurt?” he asked.  Chu Min looked at him before he shook his head.

         “No” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi nodded before he let out a sigh and sat down in his chair before Chu Min.

         “And how do you feel?” he asked.  Chu Min frowned.

         “What do you mean?” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi smiled sadly.

         “Well…you did kill that women and I don’t think I’ve ever actually seen you kill someone before.  It was your first kill, wasn’t it?” he asked gently.  Chu Min looked at him before he nodded.  Chen Yuzhi nodded and sighed.

         “I figured” he murmured.  Chu Min looked at him nervously.

         “Am I…how will this affect me, Dr. Chen?” he whispered.  Chen Yuzhi smiled at him sadly.

         “Well, you are still young, so this will probably stick with you for the rest of your life.  And for a little while, it might be traumatic and you might have nightmares.  But…talking to somebody does help.  And I’m more than willing to listen if you ever need someone to talk to” he stated.  Chu Min blinked in surprise.

         “Really?” he whispered. Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “Of course.  Something like this will affect your psyche…well, living in an environment like this will affect you mentally…but if you have someone to talk to if you’re struggling or having a hard time, it makes things a little easier.  I’m sure your fathers would be more than willing to listen; they do seem to care about you a lot.  Chu Ran as well.  If you ask, someone will be willing to help, I promise.  And if not, you come to me.  I’ll listen” he promised.  Chu Min nodded.

         “Okay.  Thanks Dr. Chen” he thanked.  Chen Yuzhi smiled.

         “Anytime” he replied.  Chu Min then hopped off the exam table and headed out of the clinic as Chen Yuzhi began to clean up.

         “Are you a freaking psychologist too?” a voice called out, making Chen Yuzhi look over his shoulder to see Jiang Yuelou smirking at him.  Chen Yuzhi chuckled and shook his head as he went back to cleaning his clinic.

         “No, but I think it would be a good idea for him to talk to someone about what happened” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou frowned.

         “Why would he need to talk to someone about what happened?” he asked as he walked over and sat down in Chen Yuzhi’s chair, crossing his arms.  Chen Yuzhi shrugged.

         “Chu Min is still young.  Something like today will stay with him for a while and if it’s not addressed early on, it can become a problem later on in life” he explained.  Jiang Yuelou hummed as Chen Yuzhi finished cleaning up his clinic before looking over at Jiang Yuelou.

         “Do you need something, Yuelou?” he asked, raising an eyebrow.  Jiang Yuelou smirked and shook his head.

         “No.  I just enjoy being in your company” he stated.  Chen Yuzhi thought back to what Yu Tangchun said and blushed slightly.

         “Oh” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou looked at him before he frowned and pushed himself to his feet, walking over to stand next to him.

         “Are you alright, Dr. Chen?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi frowned and looked over at him.

         “Yes, why?” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou said nothing and reached up, gently touching Chen Yuzhi’s face before touching his own face.

         “Well, your face is red, so I thought that you might have a fever” he explained.  Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widened before he shook his head.

         “No, no, I’m fine” he promised.  Jiang Yuelou hummed before his eyes widened.

         “Oh, I forgot, I have something for you” he stated.  Chen Yuzhi frowned.

         “What?” he asked.  Jiang Yuelou smiled and nodded before he reached out and grabbed Chen Yuzhi’s hand, dragging him out of the clinic and up to his bedroom.  They then entered Jiang Yuelou’s bedroom, Jiang Yuelou letting go of Chen Yuzhi’s hand as he walked over to the package that was in the corner of the room and handed it to him.

         “Here” he stated.  Chen Yuzhi looked at him in a mixture of confusion and shock before he looked down at the package.

         “What is it?” he asked.  Jiang Yuelou smiled and motioned to the package.

         “Open it” he instructed.  Chen Yuzhi looked at him before he slowly placed the package down on Jiang Yuelou’s bed and opened it, eyes widening in shock.

         “Yuelou—” he whispered, looking up at Jiang Yuelou, who just smiled.

         “Do you like it?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi reached into the package and pulled out a cream sweater, something that definitely belonged in his wardrobe, and smiled.

         “I love it” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou grinned.

         “Good.  Now, open the other ones” he instructed.  Chen Yuzhi looked at him in shock.

         “There’s more?” he asked.  Jiang Yuelou scoffed.

         “I couldn’t just buy you a sweater, I had to buy you more” he stated.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head as he placed the sweater down and reached into the package.

         “You didn’t have to buy me anything” he murmured as he pulled out a box and carefully opened it, his mouth falling open in surprise at the dark purple dress shirt and tie that was staring back at him.

         “I thought you could use some color in your closet so…” Jiang Yuelou started.  Chen Yuzhi smiled softly.

         “Thank you” he murmured.  Jiang Yuelou smiled as he reached into the package and pulled out two more boxes.

         “You have these two to open as well” he stated.  Chen Yuzhi looked at him with wide eyes.

         “Jiang Yuelou, this is too much!  I don’t deserve this!” he exclaimed.  Jiang Yuelou nodded.

         “Yes, you do” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi blinked, stunned, before he cleared his throat.

         “Thank you” he whispered, placing the box down before taking the other two boxes out of Jiang Yuelou’s hands.  He then opened one box, his eyes widening at the deep black suit that was in it.

         “I don’t know where you’re wear it, but I just thought it would be good to have” Jiang Yuelou explained.  Chen Yuzhi smiled softly as he placed that box down before opening the final box, revealing a soft gray trench coat.  He blinked before he looked up at Jiang Yuelou, who had a slight blush on his cheeks.

         “I love them.  Thank you Yuelou” he thanked.  Jiang Yuelou smiled.

         “I’m glad you like them” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi smiled, both men smiling at each other before Jiang Yuelou cleared his throat.

         “I’ll help you carry these to your room” he stated.  Chen Yuzhi nodded and picked up the two boxes as Jiang Yuelou took the other two boxes, carrying them to Chen Yuzhi and Keying’s room.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Later that evening, Yu Tangchun was in the sitting room, reading a book and sipping a cup of tea when the door opened and Zhan Junbai stepped into the room.  Yu Tangchun looked up at him and smiled, closing his book.

         “How did it go?” he asked, standing to his feet.  Zhan Junbai let out a sigh as he walked over him.

         “It went…better than I expected.  They certainly weren’t happy that their leader was dead but they most certainly didn’t want to start a war” he replied.  Yu Tangchun chuckled.

         “Of course, they would have lost if they went up against us” he murmured before he paused and looked up at him.

         “Did you tell them that Chu Min killed her?” he asked.  Zhan Junbai shook his head.

         “No, but they could guess that Jinma Hall killed her, as I showed up at their doorstep with her body in tow” he stated.  Yu Tangchun nodded as Zhan Junbai crossed his arms.

         “How is Chu Min?” he asked.  Yu Tangchun nodded.

         “Better.  Probably still a little shaken up, but we have to remember, this was his actual first kill” he stated.  Zhan Junbai nodded.

         “That would probably scar him” he agreed.  Yu Tangchun sighed.

         “Let’s just give him some time to process” he stated.  Zhan Junbai nodded again.

         “Of course” he replied as Yu Tangchun let out a yawn.  Zhan Junbai smirked.

         “I think it’s time that we retire” he declared.  Yu Tangchun nodded.

         “Probably” he agreed as he pushed himself to his feet, he and Zhan Junbai turning in for the evening.

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A few weeks later, Liu Li was walking through the park that was near the mansion when she noticed a man and a woman walking around looking suspicious.  She frowned and carefully walked over to them, careful not to be seen in case they were dangerous.  As she crept closer, she got a good look at their faces and her eyes widened.

         Shit, shit, shit…’ she thought to herself before she turn and ran off, heading back to the mansion, not realizing that the man and woman turned when they heard the gravel crunch behind them.

         “Was that her?” the woman asked.  The man shook his head.

         “I don’t know but we should follow her” he replied.  The woman nodded before they took off after Liu Li, who was more focused on getting home than worrying about the man and woman that were following her.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

When Liu Li returned to the mansion, she immediately went to Chen Yuzhi’s clinic, bursting through the doors.

         “Dr. Chen!  Dr. Chen!” she exclaimed, making Chen Yuzhi spin around and look at her in shock.

         “Liu Li?  Liu Li, what’s wrong?” he asked, quickly standing to his feet before walking over to her.

         “Someone’s looking for me” Liu Li panted.  Chen Yuzhi frowned.

         “What do you mean?” he asked.  Liu Li let out a sigh.

         “So, I’m like Chu Min…I ran away from my old triad, but for good reason!  They were trying to marry me off to some old man and I didn’t want to get married!  So I ran away!” she exclaimed.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “Okay, okay, breathe, breathe” he soothed, reaching out to give her shoulder a gentle squeeze.  Liu Li took a deep breath before he nodded.

         “Okay, sorry.  Sorry” she apologized.

         “Did they see you?” Chen Yuzhi demanded.  Liu Li shook her head.

         “I don’t think so?  But I don’t know, I’m sorry” she whimpered.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head.

         “Don’t apologize.  We need to tell Zhan Junbai” he declared.  Liu Li nodded before they walked out of the clinic, heading towards Zhan Junbai’s office when a gunshot rang out, making Liu Li and Chen Yuzhi jump back.  They then look around before Liu Li narrowed her eyes when she noticed a glint.

         “Get down” she shouted, dragging Chen Yuzhi down as another shot rang out; the bullet embedding itself in the wall behind them.  Due to the two gunshot, the other members of Jinma Hall rushed out of their rooms or labs, running over to Liu Li and Chen Yuzhi.

         “What the hell is going on?” Wang Meng demanded. 

         “We’ve just come to collect what’s ours” a voice called out as a man and woman stepped out of the shadows, a gun in the man’s hands.

         “You can kindly fuck off” Jiang Yuelou spat, taking a step forward.  The man raised the gun, making Liu Li’s eyes widen as she stepped forward.

         “Wait, wait, wait!  Stop!” she shouted.  The man paused and narrowed his eyes, looking at Liu Li as she shook her head.

         “Don’t hurt them.  Don’t hurt them, please.  I’ll go with you, just leave my family alone” she begged.  Everyone looked at her in shock as the man and woman continued to stare at her before the man sighed. 

         “Fine.  Pack your things and lets go” he ordered.  Liu Li nodded and started to head off to her room when Chen Yuzhi reached out and grabbed her hand.

         “No” he declared before he looked at the man and woman.

         “I’ll go in her stead” he declared.  Liu Li and the other members of Jinma Hall looked at him in surprise as the woman frowned.

         “But we don’t want you, we want her” she stated, pointing to Liu Li.  Chen Yuzhi just casually stepped in front of Liu Li, blocking her with his body as he narrowed his eyes at the man and woman.

         “Either you take me, or you leave.  Right now” he ordered.  The man huffed.

         “Or we can just kill you” he threatened.  Chen Yuzhi scoffed.

         “Here?  Where you’re clearly outnumbered?” he asked, motioning to the Jinma Hall members who looked like they were on the verge of murder.  The man and woman looked at each other before they sighed.

         “Fine” they agreed.  Chen Yuzhi smiled before he stepped forward, only to have Jiang Yuelou reach out and grab his wrist.

         “Chen Yuzhi, are you mad?  What about Keying?” he hissed.  Chen Yuzhi looked back at him and smiled sadly.

         “Look after her for me” he murmured before he gently pried Jiang Yuelou’s hand off his wrist and started to walk towards the man and woman when Chu Ran ran forward and threw her arms around him.

         “You be safe” she whispered into his ear as she carefully placed something on the inside of the collar on Chen Yuzhi’s sweater (the one that Jiang Yuelou recently bought him).  She then pulled away, tears in her eyes, and Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “I’ll be fine” he promised before he turned and walked over to the man and woman.

         “Let’s go before I give them permission to start shooting” he growled.  The man and woman nodded and turned, walking out of the mansion, Chen Yuzhi following behind.  As they walked away, Chen Yuzhi glanced back, giving the members of Jinma Hall a teary smile before he turned and followed after the man and woman, leaving all of the members stunned and angry.  As soon they were gone, Chu Ran immediately ran to the computer lab while Jiang Yuelou turned and headed to the in-mansion gym, Liu Li quickly following after him.  Everyone else looked at each other before Zhan Junbai sighed.

         “Let’s give them some space…” he suggested.  Everyone nodded before Zhan Junbai and Yu Tangchun headed to the computer room to see why Chu Ran rushed off. 

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

In the gym, Jiang Yuelou walked over to punch bag and clenched his hands into fists before he  began punching angrily, trying to calm himself but he couldn’t.  What was he going to tell Keying?  He promised he would protect her brother yet here was Chen Yuzhi, that idiot, going off and sacrificing himself to keep Liu Li safe.  Speaking of Liu Li, the young girl quietly opened the door and slowly walked over to him, her head down as she trembled slightly.

         “Da-ge” she murmured, making Jiang Yuelou stop punching the bag and look over at her.

         “What?” he snapped.  Liu Li flinched before she lifted her head and looked into his eyes as tears began to fill her own.

         “I’m sorry” she croaked.  Jiang Yuelou frowned.

         “What?” he asked.  Liu Li sniffled before she let out a wail and fell to her knees.

         “I’M SORRY!  I DIDN’T MEAN FOR DR. CHEN TO GET KIDNAPPED!  I’M SORRY” she wailed.  Jiang Yuelou’s eyes widened and he quickly knelt down before her, gently gripping her arms.

         “Liu Li, this isn’t your fault.  Chen Yuzhi, it’s his self-sacrificing nature that gets him into these types of situations.  You didn’t know he was going to do this.  It’s not your fault” he soothed, pulling Liu Li in for a hug.  Liu Li clutched at his shirt as she turned and sobbed into his chest, her body wracking with guilty sobs.  Jiang Yuelou let out a heavy sigh before he hugged Liu Li tightly, resting his chin on her head.

         “It’s not your fault, A-Li.  It’s not your fault” he assured, gently rubbing her back.  He honestly wanted to be furious at her because she’s the reason that Chen Yuzhi is going with that man and woman but…that wouldn’t be fair because Liu Li obviously felt awful that she got Chen Yuzhi involved.  He just sighed heavily and held her as she sobbed into his chest, rubbing her back comfortingly.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Meanwhile, in the computer lab, Chu Ran was sitting at her computer, fingers flying over the keys, as Yu Tangchun and Zhan Junbai walked in.

         “What are you doing?” Zhan Junbai asked, raising an eyebrow.  Chu Ran looked over at him and smiled slightly.

         “Tracking Yuzhi” she replied.  Yu Tangchun frowned.

         “Tracking him?  How?” he demanded.  Chu Ran smiled.

         “Well…everyone’s phone in this triad has a little tracker placed there by me and Zhong Yiren.  It can be activated remotely and doesn’t require your phone to be on for it to be working.  Also, when I gave him that goodbye hug, I happened to slip a tracker on the inside of the collar on his sweater” she explained.  Zhan Junbai frowned.

         “Do you just have trackers on you at all times?” he asked.  Chu Ran shrugged.

         “Sometimes it helps to be prepared.  You never know what will happen” she replied.  Yu Tangchun huffed.

         “Do you know where he is?” he asked.  Chu Ran hummed as she turned her attention back to the computer, fingers still flying over the keys.

         “Hong Kong.  They took him to Hong Kong” she stated.  Zhan Junbai tsked.

         “Again with Hong Kong?” he murmured.  Chu Ran looked over at him.

         “Should I get Yiren and start working on tickets, sir?” she asked.  Zhan Junbai shook his head.

         “No…no I only want a certain number of people on this mission” he replied.  Yu Tangchun looked over at him.

         “Jiang Yuelou?” he inquired.  Zhan Junbai sighed.

         “It’ll be hard to stop him” he murmured.  Yu Tangchun hummed and nodded in agreement.

         “Song Rong?” Chu Ran offered, looking over at them.  Zhan Junbai nodded.

         “Probably” he replied.  Chu Ran frowned.

         “Anyone else?” she inquired.  Yu Tangchun and Zhan Junbai looked over at each other before they shook their heads.

         “No, just them, I believe” Zhan Junbai declared.  Chu Ran frowned.

         “You and Boss Yu aren’t going?” she asked.  Zhan Junbai shook his head.

         “No…I would send Yuelou by himself, but I have a feeling that he might need some backup” he replied.  Chu Ran nodded.

         “I’ll get on the tickets, sir” she stated.  Zhan Junbai nodded as Yu Tangchun frowned.

         “Do you think Yuzhi will be okay?” he asked, looking at him.  Zhan Junbai smiled slightly.

         “I think he’ll be okay” he replied.  Yu Tangchun’s frown deepened.

         “What about Keying?” he asked.  Zhan Junbai’s smile fell and he sighed.

         “Chen Yuzhi asked Jiang Yuelou to look after her…and he can’t deny Yuzhi anything.  However…it’s going to be very hard to explain to Keying what happened” he murmured.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Later that afternoon, when Jiang Yuelou went to pick up Keying, he spent the whole ride there wondering how he was going to break it to her that her brother was a self-sacrificing dumbass who decided to take the place of another Jinma Hall member so that she could stay in Jinma Hall.  When he arrived at the school, he still didn’t know what to say causing him to let out a groan and thump his head on the wheel.

         She’s gonna kill me’ he thought to himself, just as there was a knock on the passenger seat door.  He looked up to see Keying smiling at him, making him smile weakly as he unlocked the car.  Keying then opened the door and slipped into the backseat, putting on her seatbelt before she frowned.

         “Where’s gege?” she asked.  Jiang Yuelou blinked before he cleared his throat.

         “Um…I’ll tell you when we get home” he replied.  Keying frowned, but she was a good girl and didn’t ask any more questions as Jiang Yuelou drove out of the school’s parking lot and headed back to the mansion. 

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

When they returned to the mansion, Jiang Yuelou led Keying up to his bedroom, and sat her down on the bed as he knelt down before her.

         “Keying…your gege…was taken” he stated.  Keying looked at him with wide eyes.

         “Taken?!  What do you mean?!” she exclaimed.  Jiang Yuelou took a shuddering breath and shut his eyes before he looked at her.

         “A man and a woman came to take Liu Li away and he took her place instead” he explained.  Keying shook her head.

         “Why would he do that?” she exclaimed.  Jiang Yuelou sighed.

         “That’s just his nature, sweetheart” he replied.  Keying was quiet before she looked at Jiang Yuelou.

         “You’re going to bring him back, right?” she whispered.  Jiang Yuelou nodded.

         “Yes.  I’ll bring him back.  I’ll bring him home” he assured.  Keying held out her pinky.

         “You promise?” she asked.  Jiang Yuelou smiled and linked his pinky with hers.

         “Promise” he replied, both of them squeezing their pinkies in a promise.  Keying then sniffled.

         “Can I stay with you tonight?  I don’t…I don’t wanna sleep by myself” she murmured.  Jiang Yuelou nodded.

         “Of course you can” he replied.  Keying smiled before she threw her arms around him, hugging him tightly as she buried her face in his neck.  Jiang Yuelou sighed before he pulled her in, gently petting her hair.

         Chen Yuzhi, when I come get you, I’m gonna kick your ass for making your sister worry about you’ he thought to himself as he continued to pet Keying’s hair. 

 

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Later that evening, as Jiang Yuelou was getting ready for bed, there was a soft knock on his door, making him look over before he smiled slightly and walked over, opening it to reveal Keying holding her blanket and the little cat he got her in her arms. 

         “Come in” he murmured.  Keying nodded and quietly walked over to the bed, Jiang Yuelou shutting the door behind him before he walked over to the bed as well, waiting for Keying to get settled before he tucked her in.  He then walked over to the other side of the bed and laid on top of the comforters so that she wouldn’t feel uncomfortable while she slept.  After the day he had, he immediately shut his eyes and was out in seconds.  However, about halfway through the night, he felt something warm suddenly press against him, startling him out of his sleep.  He blinked a few times, his eyes adjusting to the darkness, before he looked down to see Keying curled against him, her face buried his chest.  He smiled softly and carefully wrapped an arm around her before he went back to sleep.

         I’m definitely going to kill you, Chen Yuzhi’ he thought to himself before sleep took him.

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Meanwhile, after Chen Yuzhi arrived in Hong Kong, he was immediately taken to Liu Li’s former triad’s headquarters and brought before the head of the triad.  He stood before the leader, a woman, in silence for a few minutes before the woman slowly walked over to him and stood before him.

         “You’re not Liu Li.  Who are you?” she demanded.  Chen Yuzhi looked at her, his eyes dark.

         “Dr. Chen Yuzhi” he replied.  The woman narrowed her eyes at him before she looked over at the man and woman.

         “I told you to bring Liu Li, why did you bring him?” she demanded.

         “Either you got me or you got no one” Chen Yuzhi growled, making the woman look back at him before she backhanded him, snapping his head to the side.

         “Such insolence” she hissed.  Chen Yuzhi let out a harsh breath before he looked over at her, his eyes still dark.

         “I mean what I said.  You’re not getting Liu Li.  Over my dead body” he growled.  The woman hummed as she pulled out a gun and pressed it against his forehead.

         “That can be arranged” she mused.

         “Madam, I don’t think that’d be a good idea.  Jinma Hall seemed pretty pissed off that we took him…if we kill him, it’ll be detrimental to us, cuz you know that they’ll go to war” the woman who took Chen Yuzhi reminded.  The woman looked over at her before she looked back at Chen Yuzhi and hummed.

         “You said you were a doctor?” she asked, lowering her gun.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “Yes” he replied.  The woman hummed.

         “I suppose we can make use of you” she mused before she raised her gun and pointed it at Chen Yuzhi again.

         “If you even think about escaping or running away like Liu Li did, I will find you and kill you” he threatened.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “I won’t try to run” he promised.  The woman nodded.

         “Good.  Now get out of my sight” she ordered, looking at the man and woman before motioning with her chin.  The man and woman nodded before they walked over to Chen Yuzhi and dragged him away.

 

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After leaving the woman’s presence, Chen Yuzhi was dragged to a very small clinic where he was then shoved inside. 

         “This is where you will sleep and where you will work” the man declared.  Chen Yuzhi crossed his arms.

         “Am I allowed to leave at any time?  I do have to eat and use the restroom and such” he stated.  The man and woman looked at each other before they nodded.

         “You can leave, but you have to eat after everyone else does” the woman stated.  Chen Yuzhi huffed.

         “I’m essentially a prisoner then” he mused.  The man smiled.

         “Be lucky you’re not Liu Li or you would “essentially” be dead” he purred.  Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widened as the man and woman laughed before they turned and walked out of the clinic, leaving him alone.  Chen Yuzhi waited for them to leave before he huffed.

         “You won’t be laughing for long” he murmured.

 

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Chen Yuzhi stayed in his clinic for a while and every now and then, someone would pop in to have him look at a wound that needed to be treated or to treat a headache or other ailment that they had.  After a while, however, people stopped coming in, giving him his chance to strike.  He quietly stood up from his chair and walked over to the clinic doors, pushing them open before he crept out and walked around the complex before he came across the kitchen, where a girl was prepping for dinner.

         “Oh, hello.  I didn’t think anyone would be in here” Chen Yuzhi murmured.  The girl looked over at him and raised an eyebrow.

         “Who are you?  I’ve never seen you before” she stated.  Chen Yuzhi smiled.

         “I’m Chen Yuzhi.  And you are?” he asked.  The girl dipped her head.

         “Tingting” she replied.  Chen Yuzhi smiled.

         “Tingting.  What a nice name” he murmured before he looked at her.

         “I have a question, do we have any arsenic, lead, or belladonna?” he asked.  Tingting shook her head.

         “I don’t think so…why?” she asked.  Chen Yuzhi smiled.

         “Oh, I need it for my clinic.  I’m a doctor, you see” he explained.  Tingting hummed.

         “No…but I think I can probably get you some later on.  I have to go shopping” she replied.  Chen Yuzhi smiled.

         “Great.  Thank you so much” he thanked before he paused.

         “Tingting, just to be safe…don’t drink anything tonight unless I give it to you” he instructed.  Tingting blinked at him before she nodded.

         “Okay” she replied.  Chen Yuzhi smiled.

         “Good.  Will you come and get me when you return?” he asked.  Tingting nodded.

         “I will” she replied.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “Thank you” he thanked before he turned and headed back to his clinic to start working on his plan while Tingting watched him walk away.

         “What a strange doctor” she murmured before she turned back to continue prepping for dinner.

 

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A little while later, Chen Yuzhi was sitting in his clinic, working on his plan when the door to the clinic was pushed open and Tingting poked her head inside.

         “Dr. Chen, I’m back” she called out.  Chen Yuzhi looked up and smiled.

         “Ah, thank you” he thanked, quickly standing to his feet before walking over to the door, stepping out.  They both then headed back to the kitchen, where Chen Yuzhi helped Tingting unpack her grocery bags before taking out the ingredients that he needed.

         “No one asked you why you were buying these things?” he asked, glancing over at Tingting.  Tingting shook her head.

         “A lot of triads live in this area so most of the shops are used to having people buy these kind of ingredients” she explained.  Chen Yuzhi hummed.

         “I see” he murmured before he took the bottles and walked over to another counter, placing them down.

         “What are you making?” Tingting asked, looking over at him.  Chen Yuzhi smiled.

         “Oh, it’s a type of medicine” he lied.  Tingting nodded in understanding and turned back to start working on dinner as Chen Yuzhi began to measure out the correct amounts of poison, placing them into a large mixing bowl before stirring them together.  After the concoction was mixed, he carefully ladled it into a small bottle before labelling it “Aqua Tofana”.  Once the mixture was made, he then walked over to one of the many sinks in the kitchen and put on rubber cleaning gloves before he placed soap in the bowl and cleaned it out, making sure that there was nothing on there that could be traced.  After the bowl was cleaned, he looked over at Tingting.

         “Would you like some help?” he asked.  Tingting looked up at him and nodded, scooting over so that he could help her chop vegetables and prepare for dinner.

         “Tingting, this might seem like a weird question, but does everyone have their own individual drinks or do they all drink the same thing during dinner?” he asked.  Tingting looked up at him.

         “Everyone normally drinks the same wine at dinner.  Why?” she replied.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head.

         “No, I’m just curious.  In my triad, everyone normally drinks their own drinks, in fear of someone slipping something into them.  Are they not worried about things like that here?” he asked.  Tingting shook her head.

         “Lady Jiang is too intimidating that no one would try anything like that” she replied.  Chen Yuzhi hummed before he frowned.

         “Lady Jiang?” he asked.  Tingting nodded.

         “Lady Jiang Shengnan is the leader of our triad.  We call her “Madam” or “Lady Jiang”” she explained.  Chen Yuzhi nodded slowly, filing that information away for later before he went back to chopping vegetables.

         “Dr. Chen, could you make the wine please?” Tingting asked, looking up at him.  Chen Yuzhi blinked before he nodded.

         “Of course.  Is there a specific bottle I should grab?” he asked.  Tingting chuckled.

         “You’re funny.  We have a lot of one particular bottle because it’s the only wine Lady Jiang drinks” she explained.  Chen Yuzhi hummed before he walked over to the wine rack and grabbed two bottles of wine before walking over to the counter where his bottle of “Aqua Tofana” was.  He placed the bottles down before he reached out and grabbed a decanter to pour the wine in, placing it next to the two wine bottles.  He then took the two bottles and poured them into the decanter and once all of the wine was in the decanter, he grabbed the little bottle of “Aqua Tofana” and placed two drops of the poison inside, swirling the wine to make sure that the poison was mixed in.  He then carefully closed the decanter before he looked over at Tingting, who was finishing up on dinner, which was a large pot of curry. 

         “That looks good” he murmured.  Tingting grinned as she looked back at him.

         “Thank you!” she thanked, just a bell rang, making Tingting and Chen Yuzhi look up to see the “dinner bell” ringing.

         “Oh, it’s time!  Dr. Chen, can you help me?” Tingting asked, looking over at Chen Yuzhi, who nodded.

         “Of course” he replied as he reached up and took the pot off the stove, placing it on a metal cart before he walked over and grabbed the decanter.  They then headed out of the kitchen and over to the dining room, which had already been set, so all they had to do was fill the dinner bowls and wine glasses.  They then headed out of the kitchen; Chen Yuzhi filling the wine glasses with the poisoned wine while Tingting filled the bowls with curry.  The triad members then began to dig in, Chen Yuzhi and Tingting standing off to the side to refill anyone’s glasses or bowls with wine or curry.  No one said anything about Chen Yuzhi being out of his clinic nor did they really care, so that was good for him as he and Tingting watched as the triad members devoured the curry and downed the wine, laughing and talking as if nothing with was wrong (because they didn’t think anything was wrong).  They continued to watch until Jiang Shengnan waved them away, allowing them to head back to the kitchen to eat their dinner.  Chen Yuzhi quickly poured the poisoned wine down the drain and washed the pitcher, making sure that it was clean while Tingting placed the remaining servings of the curry into bowls for herself and Chen Yuzhi before going to get bottles of water for them to drink.  After cleaning out the pitcher, Chen Yuzhi walked over to Tingting, grabbing his bowl and bottle of water before they walked over to the small table that was in the kitchen and sat down, eating their dinner.  As they ate, Tingting looked up at him and smiled.

         “This was nice, Dr. Chen.  Will you come help me with dinner tomorrow?” she asked.  Chen Yuzhi blinked before he smiled and nodded.

         “Of course.  And you can call me “Yuzhi”, no need for formalities” he stated.  Tingting blinked before she nodded.

         “Okay.  Yuzhi” she replied, testing the name out on her tongue before she shook her head.

         “I don’t like it…can I call you “ge” instead?” she asked.  Chen Yuzhi paused, thinking back to Keying, before he smiled fondly and nodded.

         “Sure” he replied.  Tingting smiled brightly.

         “Okay ge!” she replied.  Chen Yuzhi felt his heart clench a little before he smiled and went back to eating his dinner.

 

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After dinner, Chen Yuzhi helped Tingting clean up the dishes before he started to headed back to his clinic when Tingting grabbed his wrist.

         “Ge, you can stay with me tonight” she stated.  Chen Yuzhi looked at her with wide eyes before he shook his head.

         “No, that’s okay.  I’ll just sleep in my clinic.  It’s alright” he promised.  Tingting shook her head.

         “You need a shower and a bed” she declared before she dragged Chen Yuzhi to her bedroom, which he noticed was large and half of the room looked like a man lived there.

         “Tingting, do you have a brother?  Or a father?” he asked, looking over at the girl.  Tingting looked back at him and smiled sadly.

         “I had a brother…he unfortunately died during a war between gangs.  I just…never got rid of any of his things” she explained.  Chen Yuzhi felt his heart clench again before he nodded.

         “I see.  Well, thank you for letting me stay with you” he thanked.  Tingting smiled and shrugged.

         “Well, you reminded me of my brother, so…” she murmured before she motioned to the closet near him.

         “You can borrow some of his clothes, if you’d like.  I’ll make sure to wash yours” she offered.  Chen Yuzhi looked down at his outfit before he smiled.

         “Thank you” he thanked before he walked over to the closet, opening it to reveal a lot of black dress shirts and black pants, something that wasn’t in his usual repertoire of clothing.

         ‘Jiang Yuelou would love to see me in black or something other than cream’ he thought to himself as he picked out a simple pair of pajamas and a pair of underwear, quickly slipping into the bathroom.  He then quickly stripped and took a quick shower, letting the hot water run over him before he finished showering and stepped out of the shower, drying himself off before changing into the clothes Tingting was gracious enough to let him wear.  He then stepped out of the bathroom and into the bedroom to see Tingting on her bed, fast asleep.  He smiled fondly before he walked over to her and gently scooped her into his arms as he pulled the covers back, placing her under the covers before tucking her in.

         “Good night, Tingting” he whispered before he walked over to her brother’s bed and laid down, sleep soon taking him.

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The next morning, when Chen Yuzhi woke, he quickly got ready and got dressed, borrowing Tingting’s brother’s clothes before he quietly slipped out of the bedroom, letting Tingting sleep.  As he walked around the headquarters, he noticed that a lot of the members were groaning and shivering, and a few of them were even sniffling.  He was careful to not make any eye-contact with them as he walked past, trying not to seem suspicious that he was the only one who wasn’t sick like the rest of them.  He then slipped into the kitchen, making himself a quick breakfast before anyone could catch him and question him.  After eating, he quickly headed to his clinic, smiling to himself that phase 1 of his plan worked.  Later on that evening, when he would help Tingting make dinner, he would go through with phase 2.  However, since he had to play the role of the “kidnapped doctor” he stayed in his office and treated the triad members that came in, claiming that they didn’t feel good and that they felt ill.  He faked concern and would prescribe them some medicine, but every time they would leave, he would smile darkly.

 

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Later that evening, in the kitchen, Chen Yuzhi once again prepared the wine while Tingting prepared a large fancy fish dinner.  As they were working together, Tingting looked over at him.

         “Ge” she started, making him look back at her.

         “Yes Tingting?” he replied.

         “Did you notice that everyone’s not feeling good?  Is there something going around?” Tinting asked.  Chen Yuzhi blinked before he smiled slightly.

         “There might be something, yes” he replied.  Tingting frowned.

         “Do you think we’re going to catch it?” she asked.  Chen Yuzhi smiled again and shook his head.

         “No, I don’t think so.  If you don’t go by anyone who looks sick, you should be okay.  I’ve also been giving everyone medicine” he explained before he turned back to the decanter and placed about 2-3 drops of “Aqua Tofana” into it before swirling it around to mix it.  He then looked over at her and smiled.

         “Ready?” he asked.  Tingting nodded and Chen Yuzhi first helped her take out the plates of the fancy fish dinner before heading back into the kitchen to grab the pitcher of wine.  He then poured the wine into the wine glasses before heading into the kitchen with Tingting, waiting to see if anyone else would want more wine.  Everyone asked for a second glass, so he poured them all a second glass before dumping down the rest of the wine down the sink, making sure to clean the decanter well.  Tingting frowned.

         “Why don’t you just keep the wine?  How come you dump it every time?” she asked.  Chen Yuzhi smiled.

         “Wine can go bad after it’s been opened and no one wants to drink bad wine with a meal.  It just ruins everything” he explained before he looked her in the eyes.

         “Tingting, I need you to listen to me, okay?” he asked.  Tingting looked up at him with wide eyes before she nodded.

         “Okay ge” she replied.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “Tomorrow, you have to pretend that you don’t feel good” he instructed.  Tingting frowned.

         “Why?” she asked.  Chen Yuzhi smiled knowingly.

         “Well, it would look rather suspicious if you’re not sick but everyone else is” he explained.  Tingting’s eyes widened.

         “Ge, you’re so smart” she breathed.  Chen Yuzhi smiled before he reached out and patted her head, making her give him a funny look.

         “How come you did that?” she asked. 

         “You remind me of my little sister, Keying” he explained.  Tingting’s eyes widened.

         “You have a little sister?” she breathed.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “Mmhm.  I miss her so being here with you is really nice” he replied.  Tingting smiled.

         “It’s nice having a big brother again” she admitted.  Chen Yuzhi smiled softly.

         “I’m glad I fill at least a small hole in your heart” he murmured.  Tingting smiled before her eyes widened.

         “Oh, ge, I forgot to tell you” she started, making Chen Yuzhi raise an eyebrow.

         “Hmm?” he asked.  Tingting smiled.

         “You look good in black” she declared.  Chen Yuzhi blinked before he blushed slightly and dipped his head.

         “Thank you” he murmured.  Tingting smiled before she took his hand.

         “Come on, ge, let’s eat.  I’m hungry” she whined.  Chen Yuzhi chuckled and nodded.

         “Okay, okay.  Let’s eat” he agreed.

 

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Meanwhile, back at Jinma Hall (because I know y’all were wondering what the fuck was going on there), Jiang Yuelou was pacing around the computer room like a caged tiger, just like how Zhan Junbai was pacing when Yu Tangchun was kidnapped.

         “He hasn’t called or communicated in two days…” he grumbled.

         “Maybe he can’t” Zhong Yiren replied gently.  Jiang Yuelou growled before he turned and walked out of the computer lab before heading to the gym, heading straight for the punching bag.  He then began to go ham on the bag, letting all of his pent up anger and frustration out (and over the past couple of days, he had accumulated a lot of it).

         “I thought you would be here” a voice called out, making Jiang Yuelou look over to see Song Rong smirking at him as he leaned against the gym doorframe.

         “Song Rong” he murmured.  Song Rong pushed off the doorframe and walked over to him, crossing his arms.

         “You keep punching that poor bag and it’s going to become limp and useless and no one else can use it” he reminded.  Jiang Yuelou huffed.

         “Zhan-xiong is so rich he probably buy a new one if we asked” he murmured.  Song Rong chuffed and shook his head.

         “You know that’s not what I meant” he murmured.  Jiang Yuelou sighed.

         “I know what you meant” he grumbled.  Song Rong sighed.

         “You know we’ll get him back” he promised.  Jiang Yuelou glared over at him.

         “But when?  I know Zhan Junbai got the train tickets to Hong Kong but he hasn’t told us to go get him.  We can’t just leave him there, what if they kill him!” he hissed.  Song Rong huffed.

         “I’m sure he’s fine.  Dr. Chen is a smart man, he’ll figure out a way to survive” he assured.  Jiang Yuelou growled, making Song Rong sigh.

         “I know you care a lot about Dr. Chen and are worried about him, but worrying about him isn’t going to help and it isn’t going to bring him back any quicker” he stated.  Jiang Yuelou growled again before he ran a hand through his hair.

         “I’m sure that when the time comes, Zhan Junbai will send us” Song Rong assured.  Jiang Yuelou huffed.

         “What, will Yuzhi contact him and ask us to come save him?” he sneered.  Song Rong shrugged.

         “Maybe” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou sighed heavily and Song Rong raised an eyebrow.

         “Good lord, I’ve never seen you like this before” he murmured.  Jiang Yuelou smiled weakly.

         “Well, I’ve never felt like this about someone before” he replied.  Song Rong laughed softly.

         “So Cupid finally stuck you with one of his arrows?” he asked.  Jiang Yuelou chuckled and nodded.

         “I guess so” he agreed.  Song Rong huffed.

         “About fucking time” he grumbled. 

         “Fuck you” Jiang Yuelou replied, a small smile on his face.  Song Rong chuckled.

         “Feeling a little better now?” he asked.  Jiang Yuelou sighed and nodded.

         “Yeah.  Thanks” he thanked. 

 

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That evening, after Chen Yuzhi and Tingting cleaned up the kitchen and the dishes, Chen Yuzhi and Tingting headed back to Tingting’s room. 

         “Ge, I’m going to do laundry.  You can give me your clothes to wash” Tingting offered.  Chen Yuzhi looked over at her and nodded, quickly grabbing his sweater, pants, underwear, and socks to hand to her when he noticed something on the inside of the sweater collar.  He frowned and quickly snatched whatever it was before Tingting could see it before handing his clothes over to her.

         “Thank you” he thanked.  Tingting smiled and nodded before she turned and headed out of the room to do laundry.  Once she was gone, Chen Yuzhi held up the little black tracker that was on his sweater and looked at it before his eyes widened.

         ‘They’re tracking me’ he thought to himself before he pulled out his phone and dialed a number, placing his phone to his ear.

 

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In the mansion, Zhan Junbai was sitting at his desk when his phone rang.  He raised an eyebrow at it before he reached over and answered it.

         “Hello?” he answered.

         “Zhan Junbai” Chen Yuzhi replied, making Zhan Junbai’s eyes widened and he sat up a little straighter.

         “Yuzhi!” he exclaimed.  Chen Yuzhi laughed softly.

         “I apologize for not calling sooner” he replied.  Zhan Junbai let out a sigh of relief before he shook his head.

         “No, no, it’s fine.  Are you well?  Are you okay?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi hummed.

         “I’m fine.  How is everyone else?  Keying?  Yuelou?” he replied.  Zhan Junbai laughed.

         “We’re all fine…still a little angry that you sacrificed yourself for Liu Li, but we understand why you did it.  Keying is fine, she’s mainly been staying with Jiang-xiong at night and everyone is taking turns taking her to and from school.  As for Jiang-xiong well…he’s just a caged tiger.  Let him out and he’s ready to strike.  He’s the one who’s most worried about you” he explained. 

         “Oh…I see” Chen Yuzhi murmured.

         “We have two tickets to send Song Rong and Jiang-xiong whenever you need us to” Zhan Junbai explained.  Chen Yuzhi hummed.

         “You’ll know when I want you to send them” he stated.  Zhan Junbai raised an eyebrow.

         “A signal?” he asked. 

         “Something like that” Chen Yuzhi replied.  Zhan Junbai hummed.

         “I see.  Then we’ll await your signal” he declared. 

         “Thank you.  And please let everyone know that I’m okay” Chen Yuzhi asked.  Zhan Junbai smiled slightly.

         “Of course.  Take care, Yuzhi” he instructed.  Chen Yuzhi chuckled softly.

         “I will” he replied before he hung up.  Zhan Junbai looked down at his phone before he sighed.

         “Jiang Yuelou is going to go ballistic” he murmured as he pushed himself to his feet, walking out of his office and towards the gym, where Jiang Yuelou had been spending most of his time.  He then opened the door to find Jiang Yuelou once again punching the punching bag.

         “Do you do anything in here other than take your anger out on that poor punching bag?” he called out, making Jiang Yuelou look over at him.

         “No.  Why do you ask?” he replied.  Zhan Junbai smirked before he stepped into the gym, shutting it behind him as he walked over and stood before Jiang Yuelou.

         “Yuzhi’s fine” he deadpanned.  Jiang Yuelou rolled his eyes.

         “I know that.  Everyone keeps telling me that” he grumbled.  Zhan Junbai shook his head.

         “No.  He’s fine” he repeated, making Jiang Yuelou look over at him and frown before his eyes widened.

         “You spoke to him?” he whispered.  Zhan Junbai nodded.

         “I just got off the phone with him” he answered.  Jiang Yuelou looked at him before he nodded, a small, almost relieved smile on his face.

         “That’s good…that’s good” he breathed.  Zhan Junbai smiled softly and nodded.

         “He told us that he will let us know when we need to step in and rescue him” he explained.  Jiang Yuelou frowned.

         “How?” he asked.  Zhan Junbai shook his head.

         “I don’t know, but I trust him.  Don’t you?” he replied, tilting his head to the side.  Jiang Yuelou narrowed his eyes at him before he nodded.

         “Of course I do” he snapped.  Zhan Junbai smiled.

         “Good.  Then wait for his signal” he instructed before he turned and walked out of the gym, leaving Jiang Yuelou again.  Jiang Yuelou watched as the door closed before he let out a heavy sigh and ran a hand through his hair.

         “Chen Yuzhi, I’m going to kill you” he murmured.

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The next morning, Chen Yuzhi got dressed and headed downstairs to the clinic, working on some paperwork when the doors to his office suddenly burst open and two triad members grabbed him by the arms.

         “Hey, what the hell—” he started when the two members dragged him out of his chair and out of his clinic to Jiang Shengnan’s office, where Jiang Shengnan and Tingting were waiting. Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widened slightly as Jiang Shengnan pointed at him.

         “It seems that you and Tingting are the only ones who aren’t sick…care to explain?” she demanded.  Tingting looked over at Chen Yuzhi with wide eyes and he knew he had to think quick on his feet or they were both going to get shot.

         “Dr. Chen that there was some sort of bug going around!” Tingting suddenly exclaimed, making Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Shengnan look at her. 

         “A bug?” Jiang Shengnan repeated.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “Yes, the flu!  You all probably infected everyone else because you’re always around each other.  Tingting and I didn’t get sick because I stay in my clinic and Tingting stays in the kitchen.  You can also ask any of your members, all of them have prescriptions from me for flu medicine” he explained.  Jiang Shengnan narrowed her eyes before she looked at Tingting.

         “Are you sure you’re not trying to poison and kill all of us?” she growled.  Tingting’s eyes widened and she shook her head.

         “No!  Never!” she exclaimed.  Jiang Shengnan said nothing before she reached over and grabbed her gun off her desk, pointing it at Tingting.

         “What are you doing?!” Chen Yuzhi screamed.  Jiang Shengnan smirked.

         “Getting rid of the liar” she replied.

         “She just said she wasn’t trying to poison you!  And I just told you all have the flu!  Put the gun down!” Chen Yuzhi screamed.  Jiang Shengnan glanced over at him before she sighed and lowered her gun before pointing it at him.

         “Keep an eye on her…if she is poisoning us, I want you to kill her.  Do you understand?” she growled.  Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widened before he nodded.

         “Yes” he replied.  Jiang Shengnan then waved her hand.

         “Dismissed” she declared.  Chen Yuzhi nodded before he wrenched his arms out of the two men’s grip and walked over to Tingting, grabbing her by the wrist, dragging her out of the office.  They then quickly headed to the kitchen, where Chen Yuzhi looked at Tingting with wide eyes.

         “Are you alright?” he breathed.  Tingting looked at him, tears in her eyes.

         “I would never poison them…they’re my family…why would she…I wouldn’t—” she sobbed.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head before he reached out and pulled her into a hug, hugging her tightly as he rubbed her back.

         “I don’t know…I don’t know” he murmured.  Tingting sniffled as they stood there, Chen Yuzhi rubbing her back comfortingly, a dark plan forming in his mind.

         “Tingting” he started after a while, making Tingting look up at him.

         “Yes ge?” she asked. 

         “If it’s not too much trouble, can you go and get potassium cyanide.  Or cyanide, I don’t care which one you get” he stated.  Tingting raised an eyebrow.

         “Is this for one of your medicines?” she asked.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “Yes, it is” he replied.  Tingting hummed.

         “I can try” she stated.  Chen Yuzhi smiled.

         “Thank you” he thanked.  Tingting nodded before she pulled away and wiped her eyes.

         “I’m going to go grocery shopping.  I’ll stop by the local chemist and see if he has something” she stated.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “Okay.  Be careful” he instructed.  Tingting nodded and quickly grabbed her grocery bag before she walked out of the kitchen, nodding to the triad members as she walked past them.  They didn’t pay her any mind, nor did they pay him any mind as he headed back to his clinic to think of how he was going to get rid of this triad once and for all (without killing Tingting, of course).

 

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A little while later, when Tingting returned and got him, both of them went to the kitchen, where Tingting reached into her grocery bag and pulled out a bag of small white pills.

         “Is this okay, ge?” she asked.  Chen Yuzhi frowned.

         “What is that?” he replied gently. 

         “Potassium cyanide.  I couldn’t find cyanide in liquid form, but the chemist who gave me this said it works just as good” Tingting replied.  Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widened and he reached out, taking the bag from her as he looked at the pills.

         “Is…is this what you wanted?” Tingting asked softly.  Chen Yuzhi looked over at her and smiled.

         “This is perfect.  Thank you” he thanked, reaching out to gently pet her hair.  Tingting smiled brightly as Chen Yuzhi reached up and placed the pills in the cabinet; hiding them somewhere where only he could find them.  He then looked at Tingting and smiled.

         “What’s for dinner tonight?” he asked.

         “A Japanese dish called “tonkatsu curry”” she replied.  Chen Yuzhi smiled.

         “We’re eating good tonight aren’t we?” he teased softly.  Tingting nodded.

         “Help me prepare?” she asked.  Chen Yuzhi chuckled.

         “Of course” he replied.

 

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A little while later, after Tingting and Chen Yuzhi had made dinner, they went out and placed the plates before the triad members.

         “Where’s our drinks?” one of the members asked.

         “Do you want wine or beer?” Chen Yuzhi replied.

         “Beer” Jiang Shengnan declared, making Chen Yuzhi raise an eyebrow before he nodded and turned, heading back into the kitchen.  He then grabbed a large pitcher and filled it with the only beer on tap (of course they had beer on tap) before placing around 3-4 drops of “Aqua Tofana” into the beer, making sure to stir it to dissolve it into the drink.  He then headed back out, carefully and skillfully pouring the beer into everyone’s glass, making sure to pour every last drop.

         “Anything else?” he asked.  Jiang Shengnan waved him and Tingting away, allowing them to head back into the kitchen to eat their dinner. 

         “Do you think we’re going to get sick after serving them, ge?” Tingting asked as she plated hers and Chen Yuzhi’s plates.  Chen Yuzhi looked over at her and shook his head.

         “No, I don’t think so.  But, just so that we don’t have a repeat of what happened this morning, we have to fake our illness” he stated.  Tingting nodded.

         “Okay” she agreed before she and Chen Yuzhi dug into their dinners.

         “This is really good” Chen Yuzhi praised after eating a few bites.  Tingting smiled and blushed before they continued to eat their dinner, only to have the bell ring.

         “Clean up time” Chen Yuzhi murmured.  Tingting nodded in agreement, so they quickly finished their meal before they stood up and headed out to clean up.

 

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That night, after cleaning up, Chen Yuzhi and Tingting headed back to their room and got ready for bed.  Once they both had showered and changed into their pajamas, Chen Yuzhi walked over to Tingting’s bed and tucked her in, making her look up at him with wide eyes.

         “Ge” she murmured causing him to step back immediately.

         “I’m sorry, it’s just a habit that I do with my little sister” he apologized.  Tingting shook her head.

         “No, it’s just…I haven’t been tucked in since my brother died.  I forgot…I forgot what it felt like.  To be cared for” she murmured.  Chen Yuzhi’s heart clenched before he smiled softly down at her and gently petted her head.

         “Well, I’m here now.  I’ll look after you” he murmured.  Tingting smiled and nodded as she snuggled into her blankets, making Chen Yuzhi smile softly again before he walked over to his bed and got under the cover, sleep soon taking him.

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The next morning, Chen Yuzhi got dressed and headed downstairs to the clinic, barely making it through the doors when he was suddenly grabbed and dragged down the hall before he was thrown into Jiang Shengnan’s office, landing at Jiang Shengnan’s feet.

         “So, Dr. Chen.  Care to explain why all of us are sicker than yesterday?” Jiang Shengnan asked, raising an eyebrow at him.  Chen Yuzhi looked up at her before he huffed.

         “Food poisoning?” he replied.  Jiang Shengnan huffed before she waved her hand, a man suddenly stepping forward and kicking Chen Yuzhi in the stomach, causing him to cry out in pain.

         “Do I look like an idiot?  Food poisoning?  Really?” Jiang Shengnan sneered before she waved her hand, the man kicking Chen Yuzhi again.  Chen Yuzhi curled in on himself, making sure to protect his abdomen/stomach area from getting hit as the man continued to relentlessly kick him.

         “I know you’ve been poisoning us.  I found your little stash” Jiang Shengnan sneered as she reached into her dress pocket and pulled out the bottle of Aqua Tofana.  Chen Yuzhi looked up at the bottle, eyes widening slightly.

         “You think I don’t know poison when I see one?  Do you really think I’m stupid?!” Jiang Shengnan screamed before she slammed the bottle down on the ground, shattering it.  Chen Yuzhi looked at the shattered bottle in horror.

         “No” he whispered.  Jiang Shengnan then huffed before she waved her hand, the man stepping back as she walked forward and knelt down, grabbing Chen Yuzhi by the front of his shirt.

         “You thought you could get away with this, doctor, but guess what?  For an assassination attempt, it wasn’t very good” she sneered before she slapped Chen Yuzhi in the face.  Chen Yuzhi grunted as his head snapped to the side but he didn’t have a lot of time to react before Jiang Shengnan released his shirt and stepped back as the man stepped forward and grabbed him by the shirt, beginning to punch him in the face repeatedly until Chen Yuzhi could feel blood oozing down from his nose.  The man then dropped Chen Yuzhi back down onto the ground as he stood up, shaking his fist to rid his knuckles of the stinging pain while Chen Yuzhi let out another low groan. 

         “That’s just a taste of what’s to come” Jiang Shengnan purred before she looked over at one of the members and nodded, watching as they walked off before coming back, dragging Tingting along.  When Chen Yuzhi saw her, his eyes widened and he shook his head.

         “No, Tingting” he groaned.  Jiang Shengnan smiled as she walked over to her desk and grabbed her gun, pointing it at Tingting.

         “You really should have been more careful, Dr. Chen.  Now she’s going to have to pay the price for your actions” she purred as she began to slowly pull the trigger.  Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widened before he pushed himself to his feet and rushed at Jiang Shengnan, tackling her to the ground.  He then wrestled the gun away from her as he looked up at Tingting.

         “Run!  Go now!” he shouted.  Tingting looked at him with wide eyes before she nodded and ran towards the door, the two men about to stop her when Chen Yuzhi grabbed the gun and turned towards them, firing twice.  The two men were both hit in the back before falling to the ground as Tingting ran out the door, pausing to take one last glance at Chen Yuzhi before she ran off.  Chen Yuzhi let out a sigh of relief when someone suddenly hit him in the middle of his shoulder blades, knocking him unconscious.  He then fell to the ground with a crash, gun skittering out of his hand, as Jiang Shengnan pushed herself to her feet before glaring down at him.

         “Get him out of here.  And find that girl” she ordered.  Her subordinate frowned.

         “But Lady Jiang, shouldn’t we just kill him?” he asked, looking over at her.  Jiang Shengnan shook her head.

         “I don’t want to start a fight with Jinma Hall over his death” she replied.  The subordinate nodded before he walked over to Chen Yuzhi and picked him up by the scruff of his collar and dragged him out of the office, dragging him back to his clinic.  He then threw him inside and shut the door, leaving Chen Yuzhi unconscious on the floor, unknowingly breaking the tracking device that he had placed in his pants pocket.

 

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Back in Jing City, in Zhan Junbai’s mansion, Chu Ran and Zhong Yiren were manning the computer when the blip for Chen Yuzhi’s tracker suddenly disappeared, making Chu Ran and Zhong Yiren look up with wide eyes.

         “We lost signal” Chu Ran murmured as Zhong Yiren quickly stood up.

         “I’ll go tell Zhan Junbai” she declared, rushing out of the computer lab and to Zhan Junbai’s office.  Shen then burst through the door, causing Zhan Junbai and Yu Tangchun, both of whom were in Zhan Junbai’s office, to jump in surprise.

         “Wha—” Yu Tangchun started.

         “We lost signal of Dr. Chen’s tracker!” Zhong Yiren exclaimed.  Yu Tangchun and Zhan Junbai frowned before Zhan Junbai’s eyes widened.

         “The signal” he whispered before he reached under his desk and pressed a button, causing an alarm bell to sound.  He then stood up and walked out of his office, Zhong Yiren and Yu Tangchun following him as they walked into the lobby, the other members of Jinma Hall soon joining them.

         “What the hell?  Why is the emergency alarm going off?” Wang Meng demanded.

         “Something happened to Dr. Chen.  We lost his tracker’s signal” Chu Ran explained.  Jiang Yuelou frowned before he looked over at Zhan Junbai.

         “Is that his signal?” he demanded.  Zhan Junbai looked back at him.

         “What else could it be?” he replied before he looked over at Chu Ran and Zhong Yiren.

         “The tickets” he ordered.  Chu Ran nodded and ran back to the computer lab to grab the train tickets as Keying look up at Jiang Yuelou and grabbed his jacket.

         “Ge…you’re going to bring him back, right?” she whimpered.  Jiang Yuelou smiled and knelt down, looking her in the eyes.

         “Didn’t I promise you that I would bring your brother home?  I won’t break that promise” he declared.  Keying nodded as Song Rong walked over and knelt down as well.

         “We’ll bring Yuzhi back to you, Keying.  We promise” he murmured, his voice soft but sure.  Keying looked at them before she threw her arms around their necks and hugged them tightly.

         “Bring him home” she whimpered.  Jiang Yuelou and Song Rong nodded as Sun Yongren gently stepped forward and took Keying by the shoulders, guiding her away from Jiang Yuelou and Song Rong as they stood up, Chu Ran holding out the train tickets to them.  They then took the tickets, looking at the rest of Jinma Hall.

         “Be safe and hurry” Zhan Junbai ordered.  Jiang Yuelou and Song nodded before they turned and headed out of the mansion.

 

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Back in Hong Kong, Chen Yuzhi slowly awoke from unconsciousness, letting out a soft groan as every inch of his body ached.  He then let out a heavy sigh before he pushed himself to his feet and walked over to the sink that was in his clinic, looking into the mirror that was above it.  His face was terribly bruised but when he touched his nose, he didn’t feel any brokenness or hear any “cracking” sound.

         “Okay, not broken.  Good” he whispered as he took a towel and carefully wiped away the blood.  Once he cleaned his face, he left the clinic and quietly headed towards the kitchen, making sure to keep his head down, even though majority of the triad members weren’t out because they were all sick in bed.  Once he was in the kitchen, he quickly searched through the cabinets until he found the package of hidden potassium cyanide pills.

         “You’re going to regret trying to kill Tingting” he hissed as he took a mortar and pestle, pouring the pills into the mortar before crushing them to a fine powder.  Once they were a fine powder, he grabbed a pitcher and two bottles of wine, pouring the wine into the pitcher before he scooped the powder into the pitcher, making sure to scrape every last drop of the powder into it.  He then mixed the wine and powder together, making sure that the potassium cyanide powder was dissolved well.  Once the powder was dissolved well, he walked over to the fridge and placed the pitcher of wine inside to chill it before he poured it into a decanter later on.  After he put the wine away, he began to work on dinner, which was going to be a luxurious dinner of steak, mushrooms, and asparagus.  He made sure to season the steak well as well as the veggies before he began cooking.  He first placed the veggies on the cast-iron pan with some butter, making sure to sear them well so that they had a good crust on them but were also tender.  After cooking the asparagus and mushrooms, he took them out of the pan and placed them on the side so that they could absorb the juices before putting another pad of butter into the pan, melting it down before placing two of the steaks inside.  He cooked them on either side for 3-4 minutes for a nice medium rare inside.  After that, he placed those steaks on the side to rest before he went back to cooking the other steaks (and since there were a lot of triad members, there were a lot of steaks to cook).  Once all the steaks and veggies were cooked, Chen Yuzhi quickly made mash potatoes (using a box mix of course).  Just as he finished making dinner, the dinner bell rang, making Chen Yuzhi look up before he smirked.

         “Show time” he whispered.  He then carefully carried out the hot plates of dinner in a few trips, placing them before each triad member.

         “Let me go get your wine” he murmured before he turned and headed back into the kitchen, heading over to the refrigerator.  He then took out the pitcher of chilled wine and carried it over to the counter, placing it down before he got out a swizzle stick and stirred the wine, making sure that the sediment from the pills that might have settled at the bottom of the pitcher while chilling was completely re-mixed into the wine.  Once the wine was mixed, he poured the wine into a fancy decanter and carried it out, pouring the wine into every triad member’s glass.  He then took a step back and watched as the triad toasted to one another before they began taking sips of the wine.  Since he had put a lethal amount of potassium cyanide in the wine, he knew that it wouldn’t take long for them to start dying and he was right.  After about a minute or so, all the triad members began to choke and clutch at their throats before they began to cough up blood.  Jiang Shengnan looked at her men in confusion as they all stood up from their seats and began screaming in pain and choking, still clutching at their throats.  One by one, they collapsed to the ground, bloody saliva around their mouths and dripping down their chins.  Jiang Shengnan stood to her feet and looked at her dead men before she looked down at the dinner table, wondering what could have killed them.  It wasn’t the food, because she had eaten that and had felt fine (well, fine enough considering she had Aqua Tofana coursing through her blood stream) but then she looked at the wine and it dawned on her; the wine was spiked.  She thankfully hadn’t taken a sip of wine so of course she wasn’t dead or coughing up blood like the others.  She then wiped her head towards Chen Yuzhi, who was glaring at her.

         “You…you little—” she snarled as she pulled out her gun, pointing it at him before she fired.  Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widened but before the bullet even hit him, he was suddenly shoved out of the way as a cry echoed through the dining hall.  Chen Yuzhi let out a gasp before he turned to see Tingting clutching at her shoulder, her top stained with red.

         “Tingting!” he screamed as he ran over and knelt beside her, cradling her into his arms.

         “Shh, shh, ge’s here” he murmured, just as he heard the click of a gun and he turned to see Jiang Shengnan pointing her gun at him again.  Before she could fire, however, a gunshot suddenly rang out, causing both of them to flinch before they looked over to see Jiang Yuelou and Song Rong standing there, Jiang Yuelou’s gun raised above his head.

         “Yuelou” Chen Yuzhi whispered, his eyes wide as he stared at Jiang Yuelou.  The minute Jiang Yuelou saw him, he ran over to him and knelt in front of him.

         “Yuzhi…Yuzhi, are you okay?” he demanded.  Chen Yuzhi blinked, too stunned to speak, as Jiang Yuelou looked over at Jiang Shengnan and snarled as he stood to his feet.

         “You—” he started when he stopped, eyes wide.  Chen Yuzhi frowned before he looked over at Jiang Shengnan and noticed that her face was wearing the exact same expression as Jiang Yuelou’s.

         “An’er?” Jiang Shengnan murmured, making Jiang Yuelou flinch as if he had been slapped.  He then glared at her, baring his teeth.

         “That’s not my name.  My name is Jiang Yuelou” he snarled.  Chen Yuzhi and Song Rong looked at each other in confusion before Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widened.

         “I knew the last name sounded familiar.  You’re his mother, aren’t you?” he asked, looking over at Jiang Shengnan.  Jiang Shengnan lowered her gaze as Jiang Yuelou growled.

         “You did this…to my Yuzhi?” he growled.  Chen Yuzhi looked up at him in shock, just as Tingting let out a soft groan, drawing her attention back to her.

         “Shh, shh, don’t worry, ge’s here.  Ge’s going to get you some help” he promised before he looked back up at Jiang Shengnan and Jiang Yuelou. 

         “So, this is what you’ve become” Jiang Yuelou snarled.  Jiang Shengnan looked at him with tears in her eyes.

         “An’er—” she started when Jiang Yuelou pointed his gun at her.

         “THAT’S NOT MY NAME!” he screamed.  Mother and son pointed their guns at each other, stubbornness in both of their eyes before Jiang Shengnan sighed.

         “I’m sorry, An’er…but I can’t allow you to leave” she murmured as her finger slowly squeezed the trigger.  Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widened and he quickly put Tingting down before he ran over to Jiang Yuelou and tackled him to the ground as two shots rang out.  Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou stayed like that for a while, Chen Yuzhi lying on top of Jiang Yuelou, before Chen Yuzhi pushed himself up slightly and looked into Jiang Yuelou’s eyes.  They stared at each other for a moment before Chen Yuzhi quickly pushed himself up and to his feet before holding out his hand to Jiang Yuelou.  Jiang Yuelou took his hand, Chen Yuzhi pulling him up before they looked over to see Jiang Shengnan, a bullet in her temple.  They both frowned before they looked over at Song Rong, who was holding his gun out in front of him, a cold look on his face.

         “Thanks” Jiang Yuelou breathed.  Song Rong looked back at him and nodded before Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widened.

         “Tingting” he breathed, quickly running back over to the girl and cradling her in his arms.

         “Tingting, hold on.  Just hold on, okay?” he murmured.  Tingting winced in pain as she tiredly looked up at him.

         “Ge” she croaked.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “Ge’s here.  Ge’s right here, I’m not going anywhere” he promised, just as Jiang Yuelou walked over to him.

         “Yuzhi—” he started, making Chen Yuzhi look up at him.

         “We need to get her to a hospital now.  She’ll die if we don’t” he declared.  Jiang Yuelou frowned.

         “Yuzhi—” he started again when Chen Yuzhi shook his head.

         “I promised her I would take care of her and I’m not breaking that promise, Jiang Yuelou!” he shouted.  Jiang Yuelou flinched before he nodded.

         “Fine.  Do you know if there’s a hospital close by?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi frowned, thinking, before he nodded.

         “Yes.  I do know a hospital.  A friend works there” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou sighed.

         “Come on then, let’s go” he murmured.  Chen Yuzhi nodded and quickly stood to his feet, cradling Tingting in his arms as he, Song Rong, and Jiang Yuelou headed to the car, Song Rong pausing to look back at the massacre Chen Yuzhi had created and let out a low whistle.

         ‘Damn…the healer became the killer’ he thought to himself before he headed out of the headquarters and over to the car, taking the driver’s seat as Chen Yuzhi, Tingting, and Jiang Yuelou sat in the back, Chen Yuzhi holding Tingting in his arms.

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About thirty minutes later, Song Rong arrived at the hospital Chen Yuzhi had instructed him to drive to, Chen Yuzhi immediately getting out of the car, Tingting in his arms.  Song Rong and Jiang Yuelou raced after him as he ran into the ER, looking around; thankfully the person he was looking for was right in front of him.

         “Dr. Qiu” he exclaimed, making a young man look over at him in surprise.

         “Dr. Chen.  What can I—” he started when he looked at Tingting in Chen Yuzhi’s arms.

         “What happened?” he demanded.  Chen Yuzhi sniffled.

         “She took a bullet for me.  She needs surgery now, Dr. Qiu.  Please.  Save her” he begged.  Dr. Qiu looked at her before he reached over and grabbed a hospital bed.

         “Place her down” he ordered.  Chen Yuzhi did as he was told and placed her on the bed, nurses suddenly surrounding the bed as Dr. Qiu grabbed the bed and began to lead it away, barking orders as they headed to surgery.  Chen Yuzhi let out a weak smile before his eyes suddenly fluttered and he collapsed; thankfully Jiang Yuelou and Song Rong rushed forward and caught him, both of them kneeling to the floor.

         “Yuzhi!  Chen Yuzhi!” Jiang Yuelou exclaimed, just as more nurses came running.

         “What happened?!” one of them exclaimed.  Song Rong looked up at them and shook his head.

         “We don’t know, he just suddenly collapsed!” he replied.  The nurses frowned before they ran over and grabbed another hospital bed, dragging it over.

         “Put him here” one nurse ordered.  Jiang Yuelou and Song Rong looked at each other before they both stood to their feet, carrying Chen Yuzhi, and placed him on the bed, watching as the nurses wheeled him away to check him out.  Jiang Yuelou let out a heavy sigh, causing Song Rong to look over with wide eyes.

         “Your ass better not faint on me too” he ordered.  Jiang Yuelou shook his head.

         “I won’t…” he murmured.  Song Rong huffed.

         “You better not” he grumbled before he sighed.

         “I’m going to call Zhan Junbai, let him know the situation.  Why don’t you go to the waiting room and sit before you accidentally pass out” he instructed.  Jiang Yuelou nodded and headed off towards the waiting room, while Song Rong headed outside to call Zhan Junbai.

 

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A little while later, Chen Yuzhi found himself laying in a hospital bed, hooked up to an IV and other various machines.  He frowned and blinked a few times before he let out a groan, his entire body aching. 

         “Yuzhi” a soft voice breathed from beside him, making him look over to see Jiang Yuelou sitting in a chair next to him, eyes wide.

         “Yuelou” he croaked, causing Jiang Yuelou to quickly stand to his feet and walk over, reaching out and gently cupping his face in his hand.

         “Yuzhi…you fucking dumbass you scared me” Jiang Yuelou murmured before he leaned down and rested his forehead against Chen Yuzhi’s.  Chen Yuzhi let out a soft laugh, feeling tears come to his eyes.

         “Sorry” he whispered before his eyes suddenly widened.

         “Tingting!” he exclaimed softly, immediately sitting up, only to have Jiang Yuelou gently push him back down into the bed.

         “Shh, the girl’s fine.  Dr. Qiu said she made it through surgery and is going to recover just fine” he soothed.  Chen Yuzhi let out a heavy sigh of relief as Jiang Yuelou looked at him.

         “How are you feeling?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi looked over at him and smiled weakly.

         “Sore” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou huffed before he pointed a finger at him.

         “Just wait till we get home.  I’m going to tear you a new one” he growled softly.  Chen Yuzhi looked at him with wide doe eyes, just as Song Rong walked into the room.

         “Oh calm down, Yuelou.  Don’t scare the poor thing, he’s been through a lot” he chided before he walked over to the other side of Chen Yuzhi’s hospital bed and placed his hands on his hips.

         “How are you feeling, doc?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi sighed.

         “Could be better” he replied.  Song Rong chuckled before he raised an eyebrow.

         “What did you do to cause that bloodbath in there?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi blinked before he smiled slightly.

         “Potassium cyanide” he replied.  Song Rong and Jiang Yuelou looked at him with wide eyes before Song Rong let out a low whistle.

         “Jesus doc…” he murmured.  Chen Yuzhi chuckled softly.

         “Well, I had been poisoning their drinks over the past few days before I went to such drastic measures…I had hoped for a more quiet ending for them but then they threatened to kill Tingting, twice, so…I did what I had to do” he explained.  Jiang Yuelou frowned.

         “Who is Tingting to you?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi looked over at him and smiled.

         “She reminded me of Keying” he answered.  Jiang Yuelou paused before understanding entered his eyes and nodded while Song Rong frowned, glancing between the two of them before sighing; he would never understand their silent communicating or the inner workings of their minds that seemed to share the same wavelength.  Just then, Yu Tangchun and Zhan Junbai walked into the hospital room, concern on their faces.

         “Yuzhi” Zhan Junbai breathed, Song Rong and Jiang Yuelou quickly stepping out of the way so that he and Yu Tangchun could get close.

         “Tangchun.  Mr. Zhan” Chen Yuzhi murmured, a small smile on his face.  Yu Tangchun let out a sigh of relief.

         “You’re okay” he breathed.  Chen Yuzhi nodded as Zhan Junbai shook his head.

         “Do you know how worried we were about you?” he scolded gently.  Chen Yuzhi blinked up in surprise before he remembered that Zhan Junbai was older than him so of course he was going to lecture him like a father would.

         “Sorry Mr. Zhan” he murmured.  Zhan Junbai sighed.

         “Zhan-xiong.  Call me Zhan-xiong” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi blinked again before nodding again.

         “Sorry Zhan-xiong” he murmured.  Zhan Junbai shook his head.

         “As long as you’re okay then that’s all that matters” he replied as Yu Tangchun raised an eyebrow.

         “What about the triad?  Do we need to do something about them?” he asked.  Song Rong and Jiang Yuelou chuckled, making Zhan Junbai and Yu Tangchun look over at them.

         “What?  What’s so funny?” Yu Tangchun asked.  Song Rong smiled as he motioned to Chen Yuzhi.

         “Dr. Chen took care of them already” he explained.  Yu Tangchun and Zhan Junbai looked over at Chen Yuzhi with wide eyes, making the young doctor lower his eyes.

         “How?” Zhan Junbai breathed.  Jiang Yuelou looked at Chen Yuzhi and smirked.

         “Tell them, Yuzhi” he instructed.  Chen Yuzhi shot him a glare before he sighed. 

         “Over the past few days, I was poisoning their drinks with a liquid concoction known as “Aqua Tofana”.  It’s a poison made of lead, arsenic, and belladonna.  It’s colorless and tasteless, so it’s perfect to put in drinks.  The first two to three doses makes you feel sick like you have the flu while the fourth dose kills you.  Unfortunately, I only made it to the third dose before they figured out what I was doing.  They also threatened to kill a little girl named Tingting who reminded me of Keying, so…they essentially forced my hand and I used a lethal dose of potassium cyanide in their wine and killed them that way” he explained.  Zhan Junbai and Yu Tangchun looked at him with wide eyes as Song Rong chuckled.

         “Our little healer has become a killer just like us” he mused.  Jiang Yuelou sighed.

         “No one in Jinma Hall is innocent anymore” he murmured.  Chen Yuzhi chuffed.

         “Like you’re so innocent yourself” he teased.  Jiang Yuelou smirked as Yu Tangchun looked at both of them.

         “Boys.  Behave” he instructed.  Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi looked over at him and lowered their gazes, just as Dr. Qiu walked into the room, a small smile on his face.

         “Yuzhi.  How are you feeling?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi looked over at him and nodded.

         “Okay” he replied.  Dr. Qiu huffed.

         “You suffered a pretty bad beating…you’re lucky there wasn’t any internal bleeding or you might be on that surgical table yourself” he declared.  Chen Yuzhi smiled slightly before his eyes widened.

         “Oh, Dr. Qiu, how’s Tingting?  When can she come home?” he asked.  Dr. Qiu hummed.

         “She can probably go home tonight.  You know how to care for bullet wounds, correct?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi smiled slightly.

         “Dr. Qiu, I’ve studied both traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine.  I know how to look after a bullet wound” he replied.  Dr. Qiu nodded.

         “I know, I’m just checking” he replied as Zhan Junbai looked over at him.

         “Will she be alright to ride by train?” he asked.  Dr. Qiu hummed.

         “She should be alright, but to prevent her stiches from opening, I would suggest she stay one more night, if you are to be traveling by train” he explained.  Zhan Junbai before he glanced over at Chen Yuzhi, who was silent before he sighed.

         “We don’t all your hard work to go to waste” he murmured.  Dr. Qiu chuckled.

         “You are a doctor as well, Yuzhi.  You can also make a decision” he reminded.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “Yes, but…” he murmured when Jiang Yuelou crossed his arms.

         “Why don’t we all just stay one more night then go home tomorrow?  That way you get one more night of rest and Tingting can get one more night of rest” he suggested.  Everyone looked over at him before Chen Yuzhi huffed.

         “I suppose that’s a good option” he murmured.  Dr. Qiu smiled.

         “It’s settled then” he declared before he turned and walked out of the room.  Zhan Junbai, Yu Tangchun, Chen Yuzhi, Jiang Yuelou, and Song Rong watched him leave before Zhan Junbai sighed.

         “Fu Cheng and I will head back then” he declared before he pointed at Chen Yuzhi.

         “Get some rest” he ordered.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “Yes Zhan-xiong” he murmured.  Yu Tangchun then looked over at Song Rong and Jiang Yuelou.

         “We’ll arrange a hotel for you two to stay at tonight so you’re not sleeping on the hospital floor” he stated.  Song Rong smirked.

         “I don’t know, I don’t think Jiang Yuelou can bear to leave his doctor alone” he teased.  Jiang Yuelou sent him a withering look while Chen Yuzhi blushed deeply, covering his face in his hands.  Song Rong, Yu Tangchun, and Zhan Junbai chuckled softly before Zhan Junbai huffed.

         “Alright, alright, behave.  Song Rong, why don’t you come with us to the hotel so that we can set up the rooms?” he suggested.  Song Rong nodded and followed after Zhan Junbai and Yu Tangchun, glancing one last time over at Jiang Yuelou, who made a throat cutting gesture at him.  He chuckled and stuck out his tongue before he turned and headed out of the room after Zhan Junbai and Yu Tangchun, leaving Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou alone.  Jiang Yuelou then looked over at Chen Yuzhi, who no longer had his hands covering his face, and smiled softly.

         “You should get some rest, Yuzhi.  I’ll be back tomorrow” he murmured as he stood to his feet, about to head out when Chen Yuzhi reached out and grabbed his wrist.

         “Yuelou” he started, making Jiang Yuelou look back him.

         “Hmm?” he asked. 

         “Do you think…do you think Keying will like Tingting?” Chen Yuzhi asked, his voice soft as he let go of Jiang Yuelou’s wrist.  Jiang Yuelou frowned.

         “Why wouldn’t she?” he asked, turning to face him.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head.

         “I don’t know if she’s going to be jealous that her brother’s attention is taken up by someone new…I don’t even know if Tingting will want Keying as a sister” he murmured.  Jiang Yuelou smiled softly.

         “You can always ask her tomorrow” he suggested before he smirked.

         “Keying doesn’t seem to mind that I steal your attention all the time” he purred.  Chen Yuzhi looked up at him with wide eyes.

         “You’re so shameless” he breathed.  Jiang Yuelou chuckled as he leaned down, a dangerous smirk on his face.

         “I could be a lot worse” he murmured.  Chen Yuzhi gasped softly making Jiang Yuelou chuckle softly before he reached out and gently stroked Chen Yuzhi’s cheek.

         “Maybe you are still innocent after all” he teased.  Chen Yuzhi blushed.

         “Jiang Yuelou” he murmured.  Jiang Yuelou and nodded.

         “Alright, alright.  Get some rest, Yuzhi” he murmured, stroking Chen Yuzhi’s cheek again before he turned and walked out of the hospital room, leaving Chen Yuzhi alone.  Chen Yuzhi let out a heavy sigh before he shut his eyes, sleep soon taking him.

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The next morning, when Dr. Qiu decided that it was okay to get out of bed and walk around, Chen Yuzhi walked over to Tingting’s room, quietly stepping inside and walking over to her bed.

         “Tingting” he murmured, making the little girl quickly turn and look at him with wide eyes.

         “Ge” she breathed.  Chen Yuzhi smiled softly.

         “How are you feeling?” he asked gently.  Tingting shrugged, careful not to lift her injured shoulder.

         “My shoulder hurts, but I feel okay other than that.  Are you okay?  Lady Jiang’s henchman hurt you pretty bad” she stated.  Chen Yuzhi smiled and nodded.

         “I’m fine.  I’ll be sore for a little while but nothing too serious” he replied.  Tingting smiled and nodded.

         “That’s good…I don’t think I could lose another brother” she murmured, looking away from him as she shut her eyes.  Chen Yuzhi smiled softly before he cleared his throat when Jiang Yuelou’s words came back to him.

         “Tingting” he started, making the girl turn and look at him.

         “Yes ge?” she asked.  Chen Yuzhi took a deep breath before he looked at her.

         “Would…would you like a sister?” he asked.  Tingting’s eyes widened before she smiled.

         “I’ve always wanted a sister” she breathed.  Chen Yuzhi let out a breath of relief before he looked at Tingting and smiled.

         “That’s good because when we go home, you’re going to meet your sister, Keying” he explained.  Tingting let out an excited squeal, causing Chen Yuzhi to chuckle, before she looked at him with wide eyes.

         “Wait…going home?” she repeated.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “When the doctor discharges you later on today, we’re going to come home with me to Jing City and my triad” he explained.  Tingting let out a soft gasp as tears filled her eyes, making Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widen.

         “Don’t cry.  Don’t cry Tingting” he soothed, reaching out to gently wipe away the tears with his thumb.  Tingting sniffled and shook her head.

         “Sorry, I just…I didn’t think I was going home with you” she croaked.  Chen Yuzhi huffed and crossed his arms.

         “I promised I would take care of you from now on, didn’t I?  I’m not going to break my promise” he declared.  Tingting smiled, more tears coming to her eyes, as she sniffled.

         “Thank you” she croaked.  Chen Yuzhi smiled and nodded.

         “You’re welcome” he replied before he reached out and brushed her bangs out of her face.

         “Get some rest, okay?  The doctors will see you later” he murmured.  Tingting nodded as snuggled back under her blanket, Chen Yuzhi tucking her in before he turned and walked out of the room, only to bump into someone.  He stumbled slightly, but the person quickly reached out and grabbed his arm, making him look over to see Jiang Yuelou smiling at him.

         “Yuelou” he breathed.  Jiang Yuelou smiled a little wider.

         “You’re walking around” he mused.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “Dr. Qiu said it was alright for me to be up and about” he explained.  Jiang Yuelou hummed and nodded before he looked over into Tingting’s room.

         “So, that’s Tingting?” he asked softly.  Chen Yuzhi looked back into the room and nodded.

         “Mm” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou smiled.

         “She does remind me of Keying; it would make sense why you would feel connected to her” he murmured before he looked back at Chen Yuzhi.

         “Want to take a walk with me?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi nodded and soon both men were walking through the hospital, Jiang Yuelou gently holding onto Chen Yuzhi’s arm so that he didn’t fall or collapse (just in case).  As they walked around, Jiang Yuelou looked over at Chen Yuzhi.

         “Yuzhi—” he started.  Chen Yuzhi looked back at him.

         “Hmm?” he asked. 

         “Would you ever consider going back to work in a hospital?” Jiang Yuelou inquired.  Chen Yuzhi frowned.

         “Why do you ask?” he asked.  Jiang Yuelou shrugged.

         “I don’t know, don’t you miss being an ER doctor?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi hummed.

         “Sometimes, but I like being in Jinma Hall” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou huffed.

         “You don’t wish to turn back time and never accept Zhan-xiong’s offer?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi sighed.

         “If we’re speaking honestly, I think I would have said “yes” in any universe.  I don’t…I don’t think I would have done anything differently” he replied before he chuckled softly.

         “I’m in too deep” he murmured.  He then looked over at Jiang Yuelou and raised an eyebrow.

         “Are you trying to get rid of me or something?  Is that why you’re asking all these questions suddenly?” he asked.  Jiang Yuelou’s eyes widened and he shook his head.

         “No, no, of course not.  I just…it always amazed me that you never tried to escape or leave” he explained.  Chen Yuzhi huffed.

         “Well, I was worried more about Keying’s safety than my own.  I was afraid that Zhan-xiong might do something to her if I refused or if I tried to run away” he explained.  Jiang Yuelou hummed.

         “I suppose that makes sense” he agreed.  Chen Yuzhi smiled before he and Jiang Yuelou continued to walk down the hallway, Jiang Yuelou’s hand still on Chen Yuzhi’s arm.

         “What are you going to do when you get home?” Jiang Yuelou asked.  Chen Yuzhi huffed.

         “Probably sleep for at least a week” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou chuckled. 

         “That would be good” he agreed as they walked over to a bench and sat down, Jiang Yuelou reaching up to gently stroke Chen Yuzhi’s cheek.

         “Dr. Chen, you really need to stop putting yourself into dangerous situations…it’s not good for my heart” he murmured.  Chen Yuzhi smiled weakly as he looked over at him.

         “It’s not like I do it on purpose, Yuelou” he murmured.  Jiang Yuelou nodded as he leaned his forehead against Chen Yuzhi’s.

         “I know, I know, it’s just your selfless nature.  But maybe you should be a bit more selfish…you do have two little girls to take care of, remember?” he murmured.  Chen Yuzhi sighed.

         “I know, I’ll try” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou smiled and pulled away as he reached up and gently ran his fingers through Chen Yuzhi’s hair, giving his head a little scratch.  Chen Yuzhi shivered slightly in pleasure before he shot Jiang Yuelou a look.

         “I’m not a cat, Yuelou” he murmured.  Jiang Yuelou chuckled as he continued to gently scratch Chen Yuzhi’s head, a small smile on his face as he watched the man shiver beneath him.

         “But you react like one” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi huffed.

         “You really are shameless” he mused.  Jiang Yuelou smiled devilishly as he leaned over, his mouth by Chen Yuzhi’s ear.

         “I told you, I can be worse” he whispered before he playfully nipped Chen Yuzhi’s ear.  Chen Yuzhi gasped and looked at him with wide eyes.

         “Jiang Yuelou” he breathed.  Jiang Yuelou chuckled before he looked down the hall to see Song Rong walking towards them.

         “Act normal, Song Rong’s coming” he murmured.  Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widened.

         “I’m the normal one, you’re the one who’s not acting normal” he hissed as Song Rong walked over to them and raised an eyebrow.

         “Did I miss something?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou shook their heads, making Song Rong sigh.

         “Well, Tingting’s getting discharged right now, so we’ll be leaving soon” he explained.  Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widened and he quickly stood to his feet, Jiang Yuelou standing with him.  They then headed to the nurse’s desk, where Zhan Junbai and Yu Tangchun were waiting, Tingting standing next to them. 

         “Tingting” Chen Yuzhi called out, making the little girl, Zhan Junbai, and Yu Tangchun look over before Tingting ran over and threw her arms around Chen Yuzhi’s waist.  Chen Yuzhi smiled and gently pet her hair before he looked down at her.

         “Ready to go?” he asked.  Tingting looked up at him and nodded as she unwrapped her arms from around him and took his hand.  He then looked at Zhan Junbai and Yu Tangchun before nodding.

         “Let’s go home” he declared.

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When they returned to Jing City and the mansion, the minute Keying saw Chen Yuzhi, she made a beeline for him. 

         “Gege!” she cried, making Chen Yuzhi smile as he knelt down, holding his arms out.

         “Keying” he replied softly, just as the little girl slammed into him, throwing her arms around his neck in a tight hug.  He let out a grunt, his face wincing in pain for the bruises on his torso still hurt, but that didn’t stop him from holding his little sister tightly, giving her a squeeze.  They then pulled away, Chen Yuzhi smiling softly as he reached up and wiped Keying’s tears away.

         “Shh…” he soothed as Keying let out another sob, her little shoulders shaking.  Chen Yuzhi smiled and stroked her cheek lovingly as she looked up, noticing Tingting, who was staring at them with big eyes.

         “Gege…who’s that?” she asked softly.  Chen Yuzhi looked over his shoulder at Tingting and smiled before he pushed himself to his feet and motioned for Tingting to come closer.  Tingting did as she was told and walked over to them, standing next to Chen Yuzhi as he placed a gentle hand on her shoulder.

         “Keying, this is Tingting” he introduced.  Keying and Tingting looked at each other before Keying smiled.

         “Hi” she greeted.  Tingting smiled in return.

         “Hello” she replied.  Chen Yuzhi let out an internal breath of relief before he looked down at Keying.

         “Keying, Tingting is going to be living with us from now on.  She’s—” he started when Keying looked up at him with big eyes.

         “Is she gonna be my new sister?” she breathed.  Chen Yuzhi chuckled before he nodded.  Keying let out an excited squeal before she reached out and grabbed Tingting’s hand, both of them running inside the mansion as Jiang Yuelou, Song Rong, Zhan Junbai, and Yu Tangchun walked over to him.

         “They took that a lot better than I thought they would” Zhan Junbai murmured.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “Mm” he agreed.  Jiang Yuelou huffed.

         “I’m pretty sure that none of us in Jinma Hall besides Chu Ran, Chu Min, and Boss Yu have siblings, so we obviously wouldn’t know how they would react” he murmured.

         “Yuelou has a point” Song Rong mused.  Jiang Yuelou smirked as Yu Tangchun chuckled.

         “Come on, boys, let’s get inside” he murmured.  The others nodded and headed inside, Liu Li immediately slamming into Chen Yuzhi, causing him to nearly stumble and fall if Jiang Yuelou and Song Rong hadn’t been there to stabilize him.

         “Dr. Chen!” she sobbed.  Chen Yuzhi blinked before he huffed and gently petted Liu Li’s head.

         “Liu Li” he murmured.  Liu Li sobbed and shook her head as she tightened her arms around him.

         “I’m sorry.  I’m sorry.  I’m so sorry” she wailed.  Chen Yuzhi sighed and looked over at Jiang Yuelou, Song Rong, Yu Tangchu, and Zhan Junbai, nodding slightly to them.  The men understood what he was trying to say and quietly slipped away as Chen Yuzhi slowly unwrapped Liu Li’s arms from around his waist and took her hands instead as he knelt down before her.

         “Liu Li.  Look at me” he murmured.  Liu Li sniffled and lifted her head, looking into Chen Yuzhi’s kind eyes as he smiled at her.

         “Liu Li.  I’m not angry, okay?  I’m not mad at you.  I chose to protect you; this was my choice.  So please don’t blame yourself, okay?” he asked.  Liu Li sniffled and shook her head.

         “But, but—” she started when Chen Yuzhi shook his head.

         “I’m not mad” he promised.  Liu Li sniffled for the third time as she looked at him.

         “Are you sure?  You have every right to be” she croaked.  Chen Yuzhi smiled and shook his head as he reached up and gently wiped her tears from her eyes.

         “I’m not mad.  Okay?  And they can’t come for you anymore.  You’re safe now” he soothed.  Liu Li frowned.

         “What do you mean?” she asked.  Chen Yuzhi just smiled, causing Liu Li’s eyes to widen.

         “Dr. Chen” she breathed.  Chen Yuzhi chuckled and patted her head before he stood to his feet, looking down at her.

         “Don’t cry anymore, okay?  I’m home now” he declared.  Liu Li nodded as Chen Yuzhi smiled before heading to his clinic, letting out a content sigh to finally be home.

 

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A little while later, as Chen Yuzhi was working on restocking his supplies and cleaning up his clinic, the door to his clinic pushed open.

         “Gege?” a soft voice called out, making him turn to see Keying standing just inside his door.  He blinked in surprise and put down the package of cotton balls that he was holding before walking over and kneeling before her.

         “Yes Keying?” he asked.  Keying looked at him and tears immediately began to fill her eyes, causing his own eyes to widen.

         “Keying?  Keying, what is it?  What’s wrong?” he breathed.  Keying sniffled before she threw her arms around him and buried her face in his neck.

         “I missed you” she sobbed.  Chen Yuzhi blinked before he wrapped his arms around her and hugged her tightly.

         “I missed you too” he whispered.  Keying let out another sob as she tightened her arms around him, her tears soaking into his shirt.

         “Don’t…please don’t leave me again” she whimpered.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head.

         “I won’t leave you, Keying.  I’m not going anywhere, I promise” he whispered.  The two siblings held each other tightly, something that they hadn’t gotten to do in almost a whole week, before they pulled away, Chen Yuzhi frowning slightly.

         “Where’s Tingting?” he asked.  Keying smiled.

         “Oh, she went to play with Liu Li.  I’m going to be joining them in a little bit, I just wanted to tell you that I missed you, since I didn’t get to do it earlier” she explained.  Chen Yuzhi hummed and brushed her bangs out of her face before he smiled slightly.

         “Do you like Tingting?” he asked.  Keying nodded vigorously.

         “She’s really cool” she replied.  Chen Yuzhi smiled and nodded.

         “That’s good to know.  I honestly didn’t know if you two would get along” he admitted.  Keying huffed.

         “If she loves you as much as I love you, then we’ll get along just fine” she replied.  Chen Yuzhi chuckled and reached up, gently pinching her cheek.

         “Look at you, you’re growing up so fast” he murmured.  Keying giggled as Chen Yuzhi stood to his feet, crossing his arms.

         “Go on now, go play” he instructed, motioning with his chin to the door.  Keying nodded and turned to leave when she paused and looked back at him.

         “Gege?” she asked.  Chen Yuzhi raised an eyebrow.

         “Hmm?” he replied.  Keying smiled.

         “Since Tingting’s my sister now, does that mean that we’re sharing the room and she gets your bed?” she asked.  Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widened.

         “If she gets my bed, where am I going to sleep?” he replied.  Keying paused before she smiled, almost mischievously.

         “You could always share Yuelou gege’s bed” she suggested before slipping out the clinic doors, leaving Chen Yuzhi stunned.  He stood there in silence for a moment before he shook his head, shaking himself out of his stunned state, and huffed.

         “Chen Keying!” he exclaimed.

 

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Later that evening, Chen Yuzhi headed up to his bedroom, which was now Tingting and Keying’s bedroom, and quietly opened the door, stepping inside.  He then walked over to the beds and smiled fondly at the two little girls in them before he walked over to Keying and tucked the blankets around her before pressing a gentle kiss to her forehead.  He then turned and did the same to Tingting, tucking her in and pressing a gentle kiss to her forehead, before he stepped back and walked over to the door, pausing to look back at them.

         “Good night girls” he murmured before he stepped out of the room, shutting the door behind him.  He then headed down the hall and stopped before another door, knocking on it.  He didn’t have to wait very long before the door opened and Jiang Yuelou stepped forward, smiling slightly.

         “Got kicked out, I see” he teased.  Chen Yuzhi huffed.

         “Shut up” he grumbled.  Jiang Yuelou smirked before he reached out and grabbed Chen Yuzhi’s wrist, dragging him inside.  Chen Yuzhi let out a soft yelp as he stumbled inside, Jiang Yuelou quickly catching him before pinning him up against the door.  He let out a soft hiss before he looked at Jiang Yuelou with wide eyes.

         “Jiang Yuelou” he breathed as Jiang Yuelou looked at him hungrily.

         “I’ve wanted to do this since I first laid my eyes on you” he growled softly before he cupped Chen Yuzhi’s face in his hands and crashed his lips onto Chen Yuzhi’s.  Chen Yuzhi let out a soft noise of surprise before his eyes fluttered shut and he slowly lifted his arms and wrapped them around Jiang Yuelou’s neck, allowing the kiss to deepen.  Jiang Yuelou smiled into their kiss as he wrapped his arms around Chen Yuzhi’s waist and pulled him close, removing one hand to card it through Chen Yuzhi’s hair, nails gently scratching Chen Yuzhi’s scalp.  Chen Yuzhi let out a soft moan, causing Jiang Yuelou’s pupils to dilate before he curled his fingers into Chen Yuzhi’s hair and gave it a gentle tug.  Chen Yuzhi gasped and pulled away from the kiss, his head tipping back, exposing his neck.  Jiang Yuelou growled softly before he moved from Chen Yuzhi’s lips to his neck, pressing heated, yet gentle, kisses up and down.  Chen Yuzhi let out another gasp as he tightened his grip on Jiang Yuelou, never experiencing something like this before.

         “J-Jiang Yuelou” he panted.  Jiang Yuelou looked up from his neck with dark eyes before he pulled away.

         “Too much?” he asked softly.  Chen Yuzhi nodded slightly, his body trembling in Jiang Yuelou’s embrace.  Jiang Yuelou smiled softly and released Chen Yuzhi’s hair, allowing the young doctor to relax and all but practically slump in his arms, burying his face in his neck. 

         “Sorry” he murmured.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head, still keeping his face in Jiang Yuelou’s neck.

         “I didn’t…dislike it” he murmured.  Jiang Yuelou chuckled as he gently ran his nails down Chen Yuzhi’s back, causing him to shiver.

         “I could see that” he murmured.  Chen Yuzhi removed an arm from around Jiang Yuelou and gently smacked his chest as he pulled back, looking into the triad member’s eyes.

         “Shameless” he whispered.  Jiang Yuelou smiled before he leaned in, pressing a kiss to Chen Yuzhi’s lips.

         “Only for you” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi rolled his eyes, a fond smile on his lips as Jiang Yuelou unwrapped his arms from around him and took his hand, dragging him over to the bed.  He then gently and playfully threw Chen Yuzhi onto it, making Chen Yuzhi look up at him with doe eyes.

         “J-Jiang Yuelou” he whispered as Jiang Yuelou crawled on top of him and placed his hands on either side of his head so that he had nowhere else to look but up at him.  Jiang Yuelou smiled before he leaned down, placing a gentle kiss to his lips before he flopped over, laying down beside Chen Yuzhi.  Chen Yuzhi let out a soft breath before he looked over at Jiang Yuelou, who just chuckled.

         “So innocent with your bambi eyes” he murmured, reaching out to gently stroke Chen Yuzhi’s cheek.  Chen Yuzhi huffed before he rolled over onto his side, his back facing Jiang Yuelou.

         “Good night, Yuelou” he murmured.  Jiang Yuelou chuckled before he reached out and wrapped his arms around Chen Yuzhi’s waist, pulling him close.  Chen Yuzhi froze but Jiang Yuelou just gently carded his fingers through his hair as he began to hum softly.  Chen Yuzhi blinked, but the more time he spent in Jiang Yuelou’s arms and listened to his voice, he felt himself relaxing and before he knew it, he was fast asleep, safe in Jiang Yuelou’s arms.

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A few weeks later, as Chen Yuzhi sat in the mansion’s library, enjoying a book, Keying bounded over to him, a bright smile on her face.

         “Gege!” she greeted, making him look up at her.  

         “Keying” he replied with a fond smile.  Keying then stood before him as he put his book down, looking at her.

         “Yes?” he asked.  Keying smiled.

         “This Friday we’re supposed to bring our parents to school so that they can explain what they do for a living.  Can you and gege come?” she asked.  Chen Yuzhi blinked.

         “Me and…Jiang Yuelou?  Are you sure?” he replied.  Keying nodded.

         “I want you to be there.  Please?” she begged, giving him puppy eyes.  Chen Yuzhi looked at her before he sighed.

         “Alright.  I’ll talk to Jiang Yuelou” he agreed.  Keying grinned as she threw her arms around his neck, giving him a squeeze before she pulled away.

         “I can’t wait to show all the kids how cool you guys are” she declared before she turned and skipped out of the library.  Chen Yuzhi watched her leave before he sighed heavily and pushed himself to his feet, heading to his and Jiang Yuelou’s bedroom.  He then turned the knob and opened the door, making Jiang Yuelou glance up from where he was cleaning his gun.

         “Why the long face, Yuzhi?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi sighed as he walked over to the bed and sat down on the edge of it.

         “Keying asked if we could attend her school’s “Take Your Parent to School Day”” he explained.  Jiang Yuelou raised an eyebrow.

         “Do you not want to go?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head.

         “No, no, it’s not that.  It’s just that…” he started when Jiang Yuelou smirked.

         “What am I going to say to the children that my job is?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi looked at him with wide eyes before he blushed in embarrassment, looking away.  Jiang Yuelou chuckled before he reached out, gently stroking his cheek.

         “Don’t be embarrassed, I know it’s a natural question to ask” he murmured.  Chen Yuzhi then looked over at him.

         “But you know I didn’t mean it that way” he whispered.  Jiang Yuelou smiled as he placed his cleaned gun down before he reached out and looped his arms around Chen Yuzhi’s waist, yanking him onto the bed.  Chen Yuzhi let out a soft cry as Jiang Yuelou pulled him against him, his head resting on Jiang Yuelou’s chest as Jiang Yuelou held him.

         “I know you didn’t.  But you don’t have to worry, I have everything figured out” he assured.  Chen Yuzhi hummed.

         “What are you going to say then?  You can’t tell the truth” he reminded.  Jiang Yuelou smiled.

         “You’ll just have to wait and see” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi tsked as Jiang Yuelou reached up and began to run his fingers through his hair.

         “So cryptic” he murmured.  Jiang Yuelou chuckled as he continued to run his fingers through Chen Yuzhi’s hair, Chen Yuzhi letting out a sigh as he settled against him, allowing Jiang Yuelou to continue what he was doing.

         “There had better not be any grease on your fingers, Jiang Yuelou” he murmured, causing Jiang Yuelou to chuckle again.

         “I wouldn’t do that, my love.  You’d kick me out of the bed if that happened” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi smirked.

         “You know it” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou smiled and leaned down, pressing a kiss to Chen Yuzhi’s hair before they both let out sighs as Chen Yuzhi shut his eyes, letting out a soft hum while Jiang Yuelou continued to run his fingers through the doctor’s hair.

 

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In Zhan Junbai’s office, Zhan Junbai was reading the newspaper while Yu Tangchun was sitting on the edge of his desk, sipping a cup of tea and humming softly before he stopped and looked over at Zhan Junbai.

         “Junbai—” he started.  Zhan Junbai looked up at him.

         “Yes, Fu Cheng?” he replied.

         “Have you noticed that the underworld has been…awfully quiet recently?” Yu Tangchun asked.  Zhan Junbai hummed and nodded.

         “I didn’t want to say anything, but I have noticed.  There’s been no stirring or murmurs…which means something bad is going to happen” he stated.  Yu Tangchun frowned.

         “But who’s left?  We’ve eradicated Zhao Jingming and his triad, Chen Yuzhi destroyed Jiang Shengnan and her triad, who else would want—” he started before his eyes widened in realization.

         “Oh…Lukas” he whispered.  Zhan Junbai sighed.

         “I was afraid this would happen” he murmured.  Yu Tangchun then looked over at him.

         “But he’s based out in Shanghai…he wouldn’t dare step into your territory, not if he knows what’s good for him” he stated.  Zhan Junbai huffed.

         “Yes my love, but Lukas is also a greedy bastard who likes to think that he has all this power and can take over whomever he pleases.  So he will probably step foot into our territory” he stated.  Yu Tangchun huffed this time.

         “It’s like waring kingdoms.  No one can rest until either all kingdoms have fallen or one kingdom reigns supreme” he mused.  Zhan Junbai chuckled.

         “And who’s kingdom will reign in the end?” he asked.  Yu Tangchun smiled.

         “Ours, of course” he replied.  Zhan Junbai chuckled softly and nodded as Yu Tangchun’s smile faded and he frowned.

         “I’m honestly kind of nervous, Junbai” he admitted.  Zhan Junbai raised an eyebrow.

         “Why’s that?” he asked.  Yu Tangchun sighed.

         “Because we don’t know who Lukas is going to send after us.  He might send one person; he might send the whole triad.  I’m just…I don’t want anything to happen to our family” he murmured.  Zhan Junbai shook his head.

         “Don’t worry, dear.  We won’t let anything happen to our family” he assured.  Yu Tangchun nodded.

         “Let’s hope nothing happens.  We just got Yuzhi back” he murmured.  Zhan Junbai huffed.

         “You know Jiang-xiong would literally tear the world apart to save him, right?” he asked.  Yu Tangchun chuckled.

         “Of course I know.  He almost did that this time” he reminded.  Zhan Junbai sighed.

         “Yes, I’m going to have to replace that poor punching bag down in the gym” he grumbled.

         “Better he take his anger out there than on the walls” Yu Tangchun reminded.  Zhan Junbai hummed and nodded.

         “That’s true” he agreed.

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That Friday, when Chen Yuzhi, Tingting, and Keying arrived at Keying’s school, Keying looked up at Chen Yuzhi and smiled.

         “You look great, gege!” she exclaimed.  Chen Yuzhi blushed, dressed in the deep purple dress shirt and tie that Jiang Yuelou bought him, a cream vest and cream dress pants as well as the grey trench coat Jiang Yuelou had also bought him.

         “Thank you” he murmured.  Tingting then looked around.

         “Where’s Yuelou gege?” she asked.  Chen Yuzhi hummed and looked around; he and Jiang Yuelou had come separately this morning because Jiang Yuelou said he had some business to take care of but that he would make sure to be there in time. 

         “He’ll be here” he assured, looking down at them.  Tingting and Keying nodded before the three of them headed towards the school, where plenty of other parents were walking with their children.

         “Ge, do you feel weird that you’re here as my brother and not as a parent?” Keying asked, looking up at Chen Yuzhi.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head.

         “Not really.  Why, should I feel weird?” he asked, looking down at her.

         “No, but we just don’t want you to you know, feel embarrassed or anything” Tingting explained.  Chen Yuzhi laughed as he pulled the girls against him in a hug.

         “How could I feel embarrassed when I have the best two little girls for sisters?” he replied.  Tingting and Keying giggled and hugged him tightly before they took him by the hand and dragged him towards the school and their classroom.

 

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When they arrived, the classroom was a rather tight fit with all the parents and children in one space.  But Chen Yuzhi was able to find a spot next to the door at the back of the class and listen as one by one, parents introduced themselves and their child before explaining what their occupation was.  When it came to his turn, Jiang Yuelou still wasn’t there, which made him a bit anxious.

         “Alright…who’s next?  Chen Keying and Chen Tingting?” the teacher asked.  Keying and Tingting before they turned to look at Chen Yuzhi, who smiled nervously and stepped forward.

         “Hello, I’m Dr. Chen Yuzhi, Keying and Tingting’s brother.  I’m a doctor of Western and Chinese medicine” he introduced.  The teacher, the children, and the other parents dipped their heads to him before the teacher frowned.

         “Dr. Chen, are you just by yourself?  Keying told me that she was going to have—” she started when the door to the classroom and a tall man with light skin, brown eyes, and short black hair dressed in a black police uniform overlaid with a black trench coat stepped inside.

         “I apologize for being late” the man apologized, making Chen Yuzhi and the others look over at him in surprise. 

         “Yuelou?” Chen Yuzhi breathed, eyeing the triad member up and down.  Jiang Yuelou looked over at him and winked before he turned to address the class.

         “Chief Jiang Yuelou of the Jingcheng Police” he greeted.  The parents and children then began whispering to each other, one child leaning over to Keying and Tingting.

         “They’re so cool” he whispered.  Keying and Tingting smiled proudly and nodded.

         “We know” Keying replied as Chen Yuzhi looked at Jiang Yuelou.

         “Chief Jiang Yuelou?” he whispered.  Jiang Yuelou looked back at him and chuckled.

         “I was a cop before I decided to join Zhan-xiong’s triad” he answered.  Chen Yuzhi looked at him with wide eyes.

         “And you didn’t think to tell me?” he hissed.  Jiang Yuelou smiled before he leaned over and pressed a kiss to the side of Chen Yuzhi’s head.

         “I was going to tell you at some point.  But I thought it would make a good cover for this little event” he explained.  Chen Yuzhi huffed.

         “I suppose” he agreed, just as the door near the front of the class slammed open and a man with a gun held out in front of him entered.

         “Nobody move!  Nobody move or I’ll shoot!” he shouted.  Everyone in the room froze, and a few of the children let out screams as Chen Yuzhi pressed against Jiang Yuelou’s side, Jiang Yuelou reaching out to grab his wrist.

         “Yuelou…what do we do?” he whispered.  Jiang Yuelou shook his head.

         “I’m not sure” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi sighed before he stuck his hand in his coat pocket, frowning when he felt a small rolled up leather case.

         “Huh?” he murmured, reaching in the pocket and pulling out the case.

         “What’s that?” Jiang Yuelou murmured, glancing over to look at the case.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head and slowly unrolled his case, eyes widening when he saw the needles inside.

         “My acupuncture needles” he whispered before he gasped softly.

         “I have an idea” he breathed.  Jiang Yuelou frowned at him.

         “What are you planning to do?” he whispered, just as the man with the gun pointed said gun at them.

         “Shut up!” he shouted.  Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou immediately shut their mouths before Chen Yuzhi glanced over to the door that Jiang Yuelou had left open.

         “I’m gonna do something crazy” he whispered.

         “Just don’t get hurt” Jiang Yuelou replied.  Chen Yuzhi nodded slightly and waited for the shooter to look away before he quietly slipped out of the classroom and headed for the door at the front of the classroom removing an acupuncture needle from his case before slipping it back into his pocket.  He then slid open the door, the man with the gun turning towards him.  The man looked at him with wide eyes before he fired, causing all of the kids to scream in fear.  Chen Yuzhi, thankfully, dodged the shot before he lashed out, grabbing and ripping the gun out of his hand before quickly taking the acupuncture needle and stabbing it in the back of the man’s neck, watching as he slumped to the ground, unconscious.  Chen Yuzhi let out a harsh breath before he looked up at Jiang Yuelou.

         “Chief Jiang…I think you should take this man in for questioning” he declared.

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After the incident at the school, Jiang Yuelou, Chen Yuzhi, Tingting, and Keying returned to the mansion, Keying and Tingting heading off to do their schoolwork while Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi went to go interrogate the man, with Wang Meng’s help, of course.  The minute Wang Meng saw the man, his eyes widened.

         “Lao Huo?  What is he doing here?” he demanded.  Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi frowned and looked over at him.

         “You know him?” Jiang Yuelou asked.  Wang Meng nodded.

         “He’s a high-ranking member of a triad based out in Shanghai.  But what the hell is he doing over here?” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi crossed his arms.

         “A Shanghai triad?” he repeated. 

         “Yes, Lukas’s triad” a voice called out, making Wang Meng, Jiang Yuelou, and Chen Yuzhi turn to see Zhan Junbai and Yu Tangchun standing in the entrance of the interrogation room.  Zhan Junbai then stepped forward, Yu Tangchun following him, both men stopping before the man, Lao Huo, who was still unconscious.

         “Where did you find him?” Yu Tangchun asked.  Jiang Yuelou huffed.

         “Tried to shoot up Keying’s classroom during “Take Your Parent to Work Day”.  Yuzhi put him to sleep with a needle to his neck” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi huffed.

         “Acupuncture point, Yuelou, how many times have I told you this?” he grumbled.  Jiang Yuelou smiled.

         “I’ll get it right one of these days, Yuzhi” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi huffed again before he walked over and carefully pulled the needle from Lao Huo’s neck, the man slowly waking up to find himself surrounded.

         “Start talking or you might not make it out of here alive” Zhan Junbai threatened.  Lao Huo huffed before he spat in his face, causing Yu Tangchun to pull a dagger out of his sleeve and pointed it at him.

         “You dare” he hissed.  Lao Huo smirked as he leaned forward, pressing his throat against the tip of the dagger.  Wang Meng’s eyes widened and he quickly pushed Lao Huo back against the seat before he looked at Yu Tangchun.

         “Boss Yu, we can’t kill him just yet.  He has to tell us why he came” he explained.  Yu Tangchun growled as Wang Meng looked at Lao Huo.

         “Lao Huo, what is Lukas planning?  He wouldn’t have sent you if he wasn’t planning something” he stated.  Lao Huo smirked.

         “Wouldn’t you like to know?  You left; you have no right to ask” he spat.  Wang Meng growled.

         “Lao Huo, if you don’t talk, these men will kill you.  And if they don’t, then Lukas will kill you.  Either way, it’s either you talk or you die.  You’re out of options, so just talk” he argued.  Lao Huo said nothing, making Jiang Yuelou look over at Chen Yuzhi.

         “My love—” he started.  Chen Yuzhi grinned darkly.

         “With pleasure” he replied as he slowly walked forward, holding the acupuncture needle between his fingertips.  He then walked behind Lao Huo and hummed, pretending to figure out where to place the needle, and in doing so making Lao Huo squirm.

         “What is he doing?” he demanded. 

         “Looking for the nerve that will make you tell us everything” Chen Yuzhi replied calmly.  Lao Huo’s eyes widened and he looked at Wang Meng, who just nodded in reply.

         “If you don’t want to suddenly reveal all your secrets through a needle, you might as well tell us what you know now” Jiang Yuelou stated.  Lao Huo shook his head.

         “I really don’t know a lot.  All I know is that Lukas is coming and he’s out for blood” he explained.  Zhan Junbai frowned.

         “Blood?  What for?  We haven’t offend him” he stated.  Lao Huo shook his head again.

         “That’s just what he said” he replied.  Zhan Junbai frowned before he looked at Chen Yuzhi.

         “Yuzhi” he instructed.  Chen Yuzhi nodded before he reached out and carefully stabbed the needle into Lao Huo’s neck, putting him to sleep again.  Once he was asleep, Yu Tangchun crossed his arms.

         “Why would Lukas be coming here?  And out for blood?  It doesn’t make any sense” he murmured.  Zhan Junbai then looked at Wang Meng.

         “You seem familiar with Lukas.  What is he like?” he asked.  Wang Meng shook his head.

         “He’s an old man, but cunning.  Very cutthroat.  Takes no prisoners, everyone must die” he explained.  Jiang Yuelou hummed.

         “So what, he’s coming to Jing City to do what we did to Zhao Jingming and Yuzhi did to Jiang Shengnan?” he asked.  Wang Meng nodded.

         “That’s what it sounds like” he answered.  Zhan Junbai tsked.

         “What is he planning to do, take over Jing City?  Isn’t Shanghai big enough for him?” he grumbled.

         “Well, greedy people like him always want to have more” Chen Yuzhi stated.  Wang Meng nodded.

         “And Lukas is in charge of one of the largest drug cartels in Shanghai.  He probably wants to expand here to Jing City, because we have a good trade route with Hong Kong” he added. 

         “Just out of curiosity, what drugs does Lukas deal with?” Jiang Yuelou asked.  Wang Meng sighed.

         “Opium” he answered.  Zhan Junbai and Yu Tangchun froze before they glanced over at Jiang Yuelou, whose face was expressionless, but there was something in his eyes that looked a little off. 

         “I see” Jiang Yuelou murmured.  Chen Yuzhi looked over at him and frowned before he looked over at Zhan Junbai and Yu Tangchun, raising an eyebrow.  Yu Tangchun shook his head slightly, making Chen Yuzhi’s frown deepen as Jiang Yuelou took a shuddering breath before he cleared his throat.  Zhan Junbai glanced over at him before he looked at Wang Meng. 

         “Since you seem to know Lukas the best, I want you, Song Rong, and Sun Yongren to patrol to see if you can spot anyone whom you think might be suspicious and bring them back here” he ordered.  Wang Meng nodded before he motioned to Lao Huo.

         “What about him?” he asked.  Zhan Junbai glanced over at him before he shrugged.

         “Leave him for now.  We might use him later” he stated.  Wang Meng nodded again, just as Jiang Yuelou quickly turned and headed out of the interrogation room.  The others watched him go before Chen Yuzhi looked over at Zhan Junbai and Yu Tangchun.

         “Why did you make that face for?” he asked.  Zhan Junbai sighed.

         “Before Jiang-xiong joined us, his main goal in the police department was wiping opium from Jing City” he explained.  Chen Yuzhi frowned.

         “But that shouldn’t have made him or you, react like that” he argued. Yu Tangchun gave him a soft look.

         “There’s also a personal reason attached to his expression.  When he was little, his father got addicted to opium and beat both him and his mother quite badly all the time.  To get money, his mother…Jiang Shengnan…sold herself to try and make ends meet” he explained. 

         “Which is why Jiang Yuelou has such an aversion to opium” Wang Meng finished.  Chen Yuzhi nodded slowly before he looked at the three men.

         “If you’ll excuse me” he murmured before he headed out of the interrogation room.  Zhan Junbai, Yu Tangchun, and Wang Meng watched him leave before Zhan Junbai looked at Wang Meng. 

         “Later, take that needle out and see if you can get anything else from him” he ordered.  Wang Meng nodded as Zhan Junbai and Yu Tangchun turned and left.

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Chen Yuzhi headed out of the interrogation room and looked around the mansion before he sighed.

         “Where did Jiang Yuelou go?” he murmured, just as he felt a tug on his coat sleeve.  He looked over to see Liu Li smiling at him.

         “How was parent day, ge?” she asked.  Chen Yuzhi huffed.

         “It was fine until someone pointed a gun at all of us” he answered.  Liu Li’s eyes widened as Chen Yuzhi smiled.

         “But no one got hurt, so we’re fine.  Do you know where Jiang Yuelou is?” he inquired.  Liu Li hummed.

         “Da-ge?  If he’s not in his room, probably the gym.  He goes there a lot whenever his emotions get to be too much.  He’s probably punching the punching bag” she explained.  Chen Yuzhi hummed.

         “I see.  Thank you” he thanked before he headed off, Liu Li smiling as she watched him walk away.

 

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In the gym, Chen Yuzhi stepped inside to see Jiang Yuelou punching the punching bag with his bare hands, causing him to sigh before he walked over to where the boxing gloves and punching mitts were.  He then picked up a pair of mitts and slipped them on before he walked over to Jiang Yuelou.

         “How about you punch these instead of the bag?  And wrap your knuckles, they’re going to be a bitch to clean and care for if they start bleeding” he instructed.  Jiang Yuelou turned and looked at him as he held up the punching mitts, a small smile on his face.  Jiang Yuelou huffed before he walked over and grabbed the hand wraps, wrapping both of his hands securely (but not too tight) before he slipped on a pair of gloves.  He then walked over to Chen Yuzhi and waited for Chen Yuzhi to get in a horse stance before he began punching, letting most of his aggression in his punches.

         “I’m here if you want to talk” Chen Yuzhi murmured.  Jiang Yuelou said nothing and continued to punch at the punching mitts, causing Chen Yuzhi to sigh but he also remained silent and allowed Jiang Yuelou to keep punching; moving the mitts so that there would be some variations in the punches.  They remained like that for a while, both men practice sparring in silence, the only sound in the gym being the sound of their heavy breathing, until Jiang Yuelou delivered a really hard punch to one of the mitts, causing Chen Yuzhi to let out a hiss and wince.  Jiang Yuelou’s eyes widened and he took a step back, hands falling to his side.

         “Are you okay?” he whispered.  Chen Yuzhi took off the mitts and checked his wrist before he looked at him.

         “I’m fine.  Really.  I just wasn’t expecting such a powerful punch” he explained with a small smile.  Jiang Yuelou let out a heavy sigh before he took off his gloves and sat down, running a hand through his hair.  Chen Yuzhi raised an eyebrow and sat down before him, reaching out and taking his hand.

         “Now I’m the one who should be asking, are you okay?” he murmured.  Jiang Yuelou glanced at him before he huffed.

         “Fine” he murmured.  Chen Yuzhi raised an eyebrow.

         “Jiang Yuelou” he started, causing Jiang Yuelou to sigh.

         “I’m just…I worked so hard to rid this city of opium and now…now some asshole wants to bring it back” he growled.  Chen Yuzhi gave him a gentle look.

         “But it’s more than that, right?” he asked gently.  Jiang Yuelou looked at him.

         “Zhan-xiong told you?” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “The gist of it.  But I’d rather here it from you.  But only if you want to.  I won’t push you if you don’t want to.  It seems to be a sore spot for you” he murmured.  Jiang Yuelou shook his head.

         “No…no, I can tell you.  I trust you” he murmured.  Chen Yuzhi smiled slightly as he moved to sit next to him, their knees gently touching.  Jiang Yuelou huffed softly before he sighed.

         “When I was younger, my family was happy.  My parents were the most loving and caring people you could ever meet.  My mother loved my father and vice versa until…” he started, clenching his hand into a fist.  Chen Yuzhi nodded slowly as he reached out and gently covered Jiang Yuelou’s hand with his own.

         “Until the opium” he whispered.  Jiang Yuelou nodded.

         “That’s when everything changed.  And it was awful…I saw how it tore my family apart and I swore that I would rid this city of it so that no one else had to go through what I went through” he murmured.  Chen Yuzhi smiled softly.

         “You’re a good man, Jiang Yuelou” he whispered, giving Jiang Yuelou’s hand a squeeze.  Jiang Yuelou huffed.

         “Even though I’m a triad member now?” he murmured.  Chen Yuzhi chuckled.

         “Even though you’re a triad member” he agreed.  Jiang Yuelou sighed.

         “How are the girls?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head.

         “I don’t know, we haven’t spoken to them since we came home” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou hummed.

         “We should probably go check on them” he mused.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “We should” he agreed.  Both men then pushed themselves to their feet before Chen Yuzhi looked Jiang Yuelou in the eyes.

         “You can always talk to me about anything, Yuelou, okay?  I’m here to listen” he murmured.  Jiang Yuelou smiled.

         “Okay.  You can talk to me about anything too” he declared.  Chen Yuzhi smiled and nodded before they turned and headed out of the gym, heading up to Keying and Tingting’s room.

 

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When they arrived before the girl’s room, Chen Yuzhi knocked on the door.

         “Keying?  Tingting?  Can we come in?” he called out.

         “Come in” a voice called back.  Chen Yuzhi then reached out and turned the knob, opening the door before he stepped inside, Jiang Yuelou following him.  Keying and Tingting were sitting on their beds, reading books that they had to read for school, but when they saw Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou, they quickly put their books down.

         “Gege” Keying greeted, smiling at Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi.  Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou smiled fondly as Chen Yuzhi walked over to her and sat down on her bed, looking over at her.

         “Are you two alright?” he asked before he looked over at Tingting, raising an eyebrow.  Keying and Tingting nodded as Jiang Yuelou crossed his arms.

         “You weren’t scared?” he asked.  Keying and Tingting looked over at him before Tingting smiled slightly.

         “Well, I was a little bit” she admitted.

         “But we knew that we were going to be okay, so we weren’t that scared” Keying added.  Chen Yuzhi frowned.

         “How so?” he asked.  Keying smiled.

         “Because we knew that you and gege would save the day.  And you did” she explained.  Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi looked at each other before Chen Yuzhi smiled and patted the bed beside him, Tingting quickly hopping off her bed to climb up onto Keying’s.  Chen Yuzhi then wrapped his arms around the girls and hugged them tightly, pressing soft kisses to the top of their heads.  Jiang Yuelou smiled at the scene softly before he walked over and stood before Chen Yuzhi, wrapping his arms around the three of them, pulling them in for a hug.  Chen Yuzhi leaned his head against Jiang Yuelou’s chest, letting out a soft hum as Jiang Yuelou reached up and gently pet his hair, the four of them just enjoying each other’s embrace.

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After Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi bid good evening to Keying and Tingting and tucked them in as well, they decided to turn in for the night.  However, around midnight, Chen Yuzhi was awoken by the sound of screaming.

         “What was that?” he whispered, quietly slipping out of bed, careful not to wake Jiang Yuelou, and headed towards the door.  He then opened it and stepped out, looking around in confusion.

         “I could have sworn—” he started when a cloth was suddenly covering his face.

         “Hey, what the—” he exclaimed before his eyes fluttered shut and he collapsed, unconscious. 

 

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A few hours later, Chen Yuzhi was woken from his unconsciousness by someone gentle calling out his name.

         “Yuzhi.  Chen Yuzhi.  Yuzhi!” the voice exclaimed.  Chen Yuzhi slowly blinked, vision clearing to find Jiang Yuelou leaning over him, eyes full of concern.

         “Yuelou?” he croaked.  Jiang Yuelou let out a sigh of relief.

         “Yuzhi.  Thank God.  You scared me” he hissed as he slowly helped Chen Yuzhi sit up, Chen Yuzhi clutching at his head.

         “Ow” he murmured.

         “What happened?  When I woke up you weren’t in bed and then I saw your body lying in the doorway” Jiang Yuelou explained.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head.

         “I thought I heard screaming…I went to go check to see what it was then some sort of cloth covered my face and I blacked out” he stated.  Jiang Yuelou frowned.

         “You heard screaming?” he repeated.  Chen Yuzhi nodded before his eyes widened and he looked at him.

         “The girls” he breathed.  Jiang Yuelou’s eyes widened as well and they both quickly stood to their feet, rushing to Keying and Tingting’s room.  Chen Yuzhi then threw open the door, only to find the beds empty, the blankets strewn everywhere.

         “No” he breathed before he looked at Jiang Yuelou.

         “Let’s check on Liu Li and Chu Min” he instructed.  Jiang Yuelou nodded and they quickly rushed to Liu Li and Chu Min’s room; Chen Yuzhi checking on Liu Li while Jiang Yuelou checked on Chu Min.  When Chen Yuzhi looked inside Liu Li’s room, it was just like Keying and Tingting’s room, completely in disarray. 

         “What’s going on?” he whispered before he stepped out of the room and looked over at Jiang Yuelou, who was leaving Chu Min’s room.

         “Is he there?” he asked.  Jiang Yuelou shook his head.

         “No” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi frowned.

         “Are only the children missing?” he asked.  Jiang Yuelou shook his head again.

         “I’m not sure.  Should we call an emergency meeting?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “Probably” he agreed.  Jiang Yuelou nodded before he and Chen Yuzhi headed downstairs to Zhan Junbai’s office, opening the door before Jiang Yuelou walked over to Zhan Junbai’s desk, feeling underneath it before he found the button that was used to call emergency meetings.  He then pressed it and ran into the lobby, waiting for the other members of Jinma Hall to wake up and come downstairs.  It didn’t take very long for Zhan Junbai, Yu Tangchun, Wang Meng, Song Rong, and Sun Yongren came running downstairs.

         “No Chu Ran and Zhong Yiren” Chen Yuzhi murmured, Jiang Yuelou nodding in agreement.  When the others came running over to them, they looked rather annoyed to be woken up so early.

         “You two better have a good explanation for this” Zhan Junbai grumbled.  Jiang Yuelou huffed.

         “Zhan-xiong, look around.  Notice something?” he asked.  Zhan Junbai frowned and looked around, as did the other members of Jinma Hall, before Yu Tangchun’s eyes widened.

         “Wait, where’s Chu Min?  Liu Li?  Chu Ran and Zhong Yiren?  Keying and Tingting?” he demanded.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “They’re gone” he answered.  Sun Yongren’s eyes widened.

         “What do you mean, gone?” he demanded.  Chen Yuzhi sighed.

         “I thought I heard screaming last night and when I went to check it out, I was chloroformed and knocked unconscious” he explained.  Wang Meng shook his head.

         “But why would they just take the kids and Chu Ran and Zhong Yiren?” he asked.  Everyone was quiet before Song Rong gasped, eyes wide.

         “What, what?” Zhan Junbai demanded. 

         “Lukas is a drug lord, right?” Song Rong asked.  Wang Meng nodded.

         “Yes” he answered.  Song Rong then huffed.

         “Why else would a drug lord take only women and children?” he asked.  Jiang Yuelou’s eyes widened.

         “Drug mules” he whispered.  Song Rong nodded.

         “Exactly” he answered.  Chen Yuzhi frowned.

         “Drug mules—” he started before his eyes widened.

         “He wants to use them to smuggle drugs?!” he exclaimed.  Song Rong nodded.

         “Probably” he stated.  Yu Tangchun shook his head.

         “I’m not letting that bastard use my children as drug mules.  I won’t let him” he snarled before he looked over at Zhan Junbai.

         “Junbai, we have to find them” he pleaded.  Zhan Junbai reached out and gently took his hand, rubbing it with his thumb.

         “We’ll find them, A-Cheng, don’t worry” he soothed.  Wang Meng then shook his head.

         “But we don’t have Chu Ran or Zhong Yiren.  How are we going to find them?” he asked.  Song Rong was quiet before he turned and headed towards the computer lab, the others following after him.

         “Song Rong, what are you doing?” Sun Yongren asked.

         “I’ve watched Chu Ran do this enough times…I think I know how to work her software” Song Rong replied, fingers quickly flying over the keys, the others standing behind him, hoping that he could find Chu Ran, Zhong Yiren, and the kids in time.

Chapter Text

Meanwhile, Chu Ran, Chu Min, Zhong Yiren, Liu Li, Keying, and Tingting were kneeling before the alter in an old, abandoned church, their hands bound behind their backs.  As they slowly woke from their unconsciousness, Chu Min looked around with wide eyes.

         “Where are we?” he whispered before he looked over at Chu Ran.

         “Jie, what’s happening?!” he exclaimed.  Chu Ran blinked, clearing her blurred vision before she shook her head.

         “I’m not sure” she replied.

         “Ah good, you’re awake” a voice purred, making the five children and two women look up to see an old man walking towards them.

         “Lukas” Zhong Yiren hissed.  The old man, Lukas, smiled.

         “You know me.  Even better” he purred.  Liu Li glared at him.

         “What do you want with us?” she demanded.  Lukas laughed softly.

         “My dear, I am a smuggler.  A drug lord.  Why else would I want you?” he cooed. 

         “You bastard!” Chu Ran spat, struggling against her bonds.  Lukas smiled.

         “Maybe.  But I’ll get my drugs into Jing City one way or the other and you’re going to help me do so” he declared.

         “Like hell we are!” Tingting screamed.  Lukas then took his cane that he had in his hand and smacked her in the arm with it, causing her to scream in pain and everyone to look at her in horror.

         “Tingting!” Keying screamed before she looked at Lukas.

         “Please, don’t hurt us” she begged, only to have Lukas point his cane in her face.

         “Then do as you’re told and no one gets hurt” he snarled.  Keying whimpered as Chu Min looked at him.

         “If you wanna hurt someone, hurt me!  But don’t hurt them!” he begged.  Lukas turned towards him before he smirked and swung his cane, catching Chu Min on the side of the head, sending him crashing to the ground.

         “CHU MIN!” Chu Ran screamed as Lukas turned and pointed his cane at her.

         “SILENCE!” he roared.  Chu Ran shut her mouth as Chu Min let out a groan, blood trailing down the side of his head.  Lukas then huffed before he looked at the shadows and nodded.  Suddenly men slunk out of the shadows and walked over to them, carrying small baggies full of opium.  They then stood before Chu Ran, Liu Li, Zhong Yiren, Keying, Tingting, and Chu Min, grabbing their faces in their hands.  All of them fought against the hands, making sure to keep their mouths clamped shut.

         “Don’t be so stubborn, you’re going to ingest them one way or another” Lukas declared.  They continued to fight against the hands that were grasping their faces, making Lukas sigh.

         “Leave them be for now.  We’ll try again later” he stated.  The men nodded and began to head off back to the shadows when Lukas held up his hand.

         “Wait.  Tie him to the cross” he ordered, pointing to Chu Min.  The men nodded again, this time walking over to Chu Min, a few of them picking him up while a few others grabbed three tall ladders and some rope.  A man then climbed one of the ladders, carrying Chu Min over his shoulder like a sack of rice while two other men also climbed up their own ladders, holding Chu Min to the cross as the first man tied the rope around Chu Min’s wrist and feet, binding him to the wooden cross.  Once he was tied to the cross, they climbed back down the ladders and slunk back into the shadows as Lukas looked up at Chu Min and smiled.

         “Rather poetic, don’t you think?” he mused.

         “You sick fuck” Zhong Yiren spat.  Lukas laughed.

         “Maybe so” he agreed as Keying glared at him.

         “You won’t get away with this…Jinma Hall will stop you” she snarled.  Lukas smiled darkly as he took his cane and used it to lift Keying’s chin so that she was looking into his eyes.

         “I’d like to see them try” he whispered before he removed his cane out from underneath her chin and walked away, leaving them kneeling before the alter as Chu Min hung on the cross like Jesus when he was being crucified.

 

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Back in Jinma Hall, Song Rong was still working on the computer, the other members leaving to give him some space because them breathing down his neck wasn’t going to find the others any faster.  The only person that stayed with him was Sun Yongren because Song Rong didn’t really mind his company and Sun Yongren actually knew better than to speak when Song Rong was doing work like this.

 

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 In Zhan Junbai’s office, Yu Tangchun was pacing back and forth, wringing his hands together as Zhan Junbai leaned against his desk, watching him pace.

         “My love, we’ll find them.  Don’t worry” he soothed.  Yu Tangchun ignored him and continued to pace back and forth, making Zhan Junbai sigh and push himself off his desk and walk over to Yu Tangchun, pulling him in for a hug.  Yu Tangchun froze before he buried his face in Zhan Junbai’s shoulder and clutched at the back of Zhan Junbai’s shirt as Zhan Junbai reached up and gently stroked his hair.

         “You’re going to make yourself sick, my love.  Just breathe, Song Rong is doing everything he can to find them” he soothed.  Yu Tangchun nodded and let out a shuddering breath as Zhan Junbai continued to hold him and gently stroke his hair.

 

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Down in the gym, Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou were sparring again, this time with Jiang Yuelou holding the punching pads while Chen Yuzhi punched.  Jiang Yuelou had always thought that he had a strong punch but feeling Chen Yuzhi punch the ever-living shit out of the punching pads made him realize that his doctor could pack quite the punch.  But why wouldn’t he?  He lived with Jinma Hall for at least a year now and he was constantly training, of course his punches would be as strong as Jiang Yuelou’s.  After a while, Chen Yuzhi took a step back and ripped off the gloves, throwing them to the ground as he ran a hand through his hair.  Jiang Yuelou sighed as he removed the punching pads and put them on the ground before walking over to Chen Yuzhi, standing before him.

         “Yuzhi—” he started when Chen Yuzhi shook his head.

         “Don’t…I don’t…” he started, tears coming to his eyes as his bottom lip began to tremble.  Jiang Yuelou said nothing before he reached out and pulled Chen Yuzhi in for a hug, Chen Yuzhi immediately burying his face in his neck.

         “We’ll get them back, don’t worry” he soothed.  Chen Yuzhi just let out a pained whine, causing Jiang Yuelou to cup the back of his neck.

         “Shh…we’ll find them, Yuzhi.  We’ll find them” he promised as he gently began to rub Chen Yuzhi’s neck.  Chen Yuzhi let out a sob as Jiang Yuelou tightened his arms around him.

         “We’ll find them” he promised.

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While Zhan Junbai and Jiang Yuelou were comforting Yu Tangchun and Chen Yuzhi, Wang Meng walked into the interrogation room, where they were still holding Lao Huo.  He then stormed over to the man as he pulled out his pocketknife and flicked it open before pressing it to the man’s throat.

         “Where would Lukas be hiding them?  I know you know” he hissed.  Lao Huo shook his head.

         “I don’t.  Wang Meng snarled and pressed the knife deeper into his throat.

         “Don’t lie to me.  Where would Lukas take them?” he snarled.  Lao Huo said nothing, causing Wang Meng to slowly begin to slice his throat, his warm blood trailing down his neck.

         “Wait, wait, wait, don’t do this” Lao Huo exclaimed.

         “Then start fucking talking” Wang Meng snarled as he continued to slowly slice his neck.  Lao Huo swallowed, feeling his warm sticky blood continue to trail down his neck and begin to trail down his chest.

         “Lukas is a very religious person…maybe an abandoned church?” he croaked.  Wang Meng narrowed his eyes.

         “Here?” he hissed.  Lao Huo nodded.

         “He’s going to try and start distribution here, so probably” he answered.  Wang Meng growled before he quickly slit Lao Huo’s throat, blood spraying everywhere.  He then stepped back, watching as Lao Huo bleed out before he turned and headed out of the interrogation room, heading to Zhan Junbai’s office. 

 

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Wang Meng soon arrived outside of Zhan Junbai’s office, knocking on the door.

         “Come in” Zhan Junbai called out.  Wang Meng then opened the door and stepped inside, Zhan Junbai and Yu Tangchun looking at him in shock and concern.

         “Uh…” Zhan Junbai started.

         “I think I know where Lukas might be hiding them” Wang Meng interrupted.  Yu Tangchun and Zhan Junbai’s eyes widened.

         “Where?” Yu Tangchun demanded.  Wang Meng huffed.

         “Lao Huo said that Lukas is a highly religious person, so they might be hiding in an abandoned church” he answered.  Zhan Junbai frowned.

         “Here?” he asked.  Wang Meng nodded.

         “Yes” he answered.  Zhan Junbai nodded slowly.

         “Alright…go change your clothes, I’m going to find Yuzhi and Yuelou and let them know.  Fu Cheng, go tell Song Rong to change his search” he ordered.  Yu Tangchun nodded and quickly walked out of the room to go talk to Song Rong while Wang Meng turned and headed out to go change as Zhan Junbai took a deep breath and headed out of his office, off to find Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi.

 

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Zhan Junbai then walked into the gym to find Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou sparring again, only Chen Yuzhi was holding the punching pads as Jiang Yuelou punched.

         “Wang Meng thinks he knows where Lukas took the kids” he called out.  Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou both paused before Chen Yuzhi slowly turned to face him.

         “Where?” he whispered.  Zhan Junbai sighed.

         “Song Rong is checking now, but according to Wang Meng, Lukas is a very religious person so he’s probably hiding in an abandoned church” he explained.  Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou were quiet before they both took off their gloves and punching mitts and walked over to him.

         “Let’s go” Jiang Yuelou murmured.  Zhan Junbai nodded before he turned and headed out of the gym, Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi following him.

 

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Chen Yuzhi, Zhan Junbai, and Jiang Yuelou quickly walked into the computer room, walking over to Yu Tangchun, who was standing behind Song Rong and Sun Yongren, Song Rong’s fingers still flying over the keys.

         “How’s it coming?” Zhan Junbai asked.  Song Rong huffed.

         “Surprisingly, there’s a fuck ton of abandoned churches in Jing City so trying to narrow them down is a real bitch” he replied. 

         “Try churches near the docks.  Lukas is a big trader, so he probably wanted a place that was close to the docks so he could have easy access” Wang Meng called out as he walked into the room, no longer in his blood stained clothes.  Song Rong glanced over at him before he hummed.

         “Not a bad idea.  Yongren, can you hop on and help me with this?” he asked.  Sun Yongren nodded and quickly got onto Zhong Yiren’s computer, fingers quickly flying over the keys as he and Song Rong narrowed the search of the abandoned churches that were near the docks. 

         “Okay, so after narrowing down the search, we found three abandoned churches” Song Rong declared, spinning in his chair to look at Zhan Junbai.  Zhan Junbai hummed before he sighed and crossed his arms.

         “Alright, we’ll do this.  Wang Meng, you, and Yongren will go check out one church, Yuzhi and Yuelou will check out another, and Fu Cheng and I will check out the final one.  If one of us finds the church with the kids and Chu Ran and Yiren, let the others know” he ordered.

         “And if you find them, don’t alert Lukas that you’re there” Yu Tangchun added.  Chen Yuzhi, Jiang Yuelou, Wang Meng, Song Rong, and Sun Yongren nodded in agreement as Zhan Junbai huffed.

         “Let’s go save the kids” he declared.  The others nodded as they quickly headed out of the computer room and into the mansion’s armory, everyone taking a handgun and a clip, just to be safe.  Yu Tangchun, of course, took two daggers and slipped them onto his person, since he preferred up close and personal attacks.  After everyone had grabbed a gun (or a dagger), they headed out of the armory and out of the mansion, the seven of them splitting up into three teams to hopefully find the right church so that they could save the others.

 

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In the abandoned church, Lukas stood before Chu Ran, Zhong Yiren, Liu Li, Keying, and Tingting, tapping his foot impatiently on the hardwood floor.

         “I grow tired of your stubbornness” he growled before he pointed at Keying. 

         “I suppose will start with you first” he declared, a man stepping out of the shadows with a baggie full of opium in his hand.  Keying’s eyes widened and she shook her head, making sure to keep her head moving so the man would have a difficult grabbing her face.  However, the man was a lot stronger and faster than her, so he quickly grabbed her face and squeezed it hard, causing her to cry out in pain and as she opened her mouth, he shoved the baggie into her mouth, making sure to shove it down her throat.  Her eyes widened and she began to cough and choke, trying to cough the baggie back up, but it was too late; it had already gone down. 

         “Keying!” Liu Li and Tingting screamed as tears began to stream down Keying’s face.  If Jinma Hall didn’t get there soon, she was probably going to die of an opium overdose from her stomach acid dissolving the baggie.  Lukas then chuckled darkly as he looked over at Chu Ran, Zhong Yiren, Liu Li, and Tingting.

         “Who’s next?” he asked.

         “Stop it…leave them alone” Chu Min croaked from where he was still hanging from the cross, only this time he was covered in whip lashings (since Lukas was a sick bastard).  Lukas slowly turned to look up at him and huffed.

         “You’re still talking?” he grumbled before he looked into the shadows and motioned with his head to Chu Min, Chu Ran’s eyes widening.

         “No, please, don’t hurt him.  Please, I beg of you, don’t hurt him” she begged but the men ignored her cries as they stepped out of the shadows, carrying whips in their hands.  The men then began to whip Chu Min again, causing him to cry out in pain.  The others cried as well, but they weren’t crying in pain, they were crying in fear that Lukas was going to kill him.  After a few whips, Lukas waved his hand.

         “We don’t want to kill the boy…that’ll put a target on my back from Zhan Junbai and I don’t need that” he murmured.

         “You already have a target on your back” Liu Li snapped.  Lukas snarled and took his cane, swinging it at her head.  Liu Li’s eyes widened but Zhong Yiren quickly leapt in front of her, taking the attack for her.  Chu Ran, Liu Li, Tingting, and Keying screamed as Zhong Yiren fell limp while Lukas sighed.

         “I hope she doesn’t die…I’ll be down one mule” he grumbled before he turned and walked off into the shadows, leaving the girls a scared mess, all of them hoping and praying that Jinma Hall would get there soon and save them.

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Meanwhile, Song Rong, Sun Yongren, Wang Meng, Yu Tangchun, Zhan Junbai, Chen Yuzhi, and Jiang Yuelou had split up, searching the three different abandoned churches, hoping that one of them would be right one.

 

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When Song Rong, Wang Meng, and Sun Yongren walked into the first abandoned church, they looked around, but everything was so dusty and dirty, with cobwebs everywhere.

         “I definitely don’t think he’s hiding them here…it looks like this place hasn’t been touched in years” Sun Yongren murmured.  Song Rong and Wang Meng nodded in agreement before Song Rong huffed.

         “Let’s hope the others are having more luck than we are” he grumbled.

         “We should at least let Zhan Junbai and Jiang Yuelou that there was nothing here” Wang Meng stated.  Sun Yongren nodded.

         “I’m on it” he replied as he pulled out his phone, quickly sending a message to Zhan Junbai and Jiang Yuelou to let them know that there was nothing at the church that they were at.

 

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In the second abandoned church, Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou looked around, but just like Song Rong, Wang Meng, and Sun Yongren, there weren’t any lights on in the church and it looked like it had been abandoned for a few good years. 

         “I hope they’re okay” Chen Yuzhi murmured, tears coming to his eyes after they couldn’t find anyone.  Jiang Yuelou looked at him and smiled softly.

         “I’m sure they’re fine, Yuzhi.  I’m sure they’re fine.  Song Rong, Wang Meng, and Sun Yongren didn’t find anything at their church, we didn’t find anything here so Zhan-xiong and Boss Yu will definitely find them at the last one” he assured.  Chen Yuzhi sniffled as he looked at him.

         “What if they’re not?” he whimpered.  Jiang Yuelou shook his head.

         “There’s nowhere in this world that Lukas could hide that we wouldn’t find him.  He’s not getting away with this” he murmured.  Chen Yuzhi nodded; panicking and thinking about “what-ifs” weren’t going to help find Keying and the others any faster.

 

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In the third and final church, Zhan Junbai and Yu Tangchun stood outside, noticing that the lights were on inside.

         “They must be here” Yu Tangchun murmured.  Zhan Junbai nodded before he pulled out his phone, dialing a number before he put the phone to his ear.

         “Jiang-xiong.  We think we found the right church.  We’re going in” he declared before he hung up and looked over at Yu Tangchun.

         “Let’s go” he murmured.  Yu Tangchun nodded and soon both men walked towards the doors of the church, pushing them open to find Chu Min whipped and tied to the cross, Zhong Yiren on the floor unconscious, Keying on the floor, curled in a ball from the pain beginning to form in her stomach, and Chu Ran, Tingting, and Liu Li all had tears streaming down their faces.

         “Chu Min” Yu Tangchun whispered, horror in his voice at the sight of his son being tied to the cross like Jesus.

         “Lukas” Zhan Junbai snarled, just as Jiang Yuelou, Chen Yuzhi, Song Rong, Wang Meng, and Sun Yongren ran into the church, Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widening when he saw Keying curled into a fetal position with a pained look on her face.

         “Keying” he croaked, taking a step forward when Jiang Yuelou grabbed his arm, holding him back.  Lukas then looked up and when he saw the seven men standing in the church, he smirked.

         “So, you came” he murmured.  Chu Ran, Liu Li, and Tingting turned and when they saw them as well, they began to cry harder.

         “Let them go, Lukas” Zhan Junbai growled, taking a step forward.  Lukas laughed as a large group of men slunk out of the shadows, surrounding the seven men. 

         “You’ll have to get past my men first…and you better hurry.  One of your girls might not make it” he purred, motioning to Keying with his cane.  Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widened and he quickly took a scalpel he just happened to have in his coat pocket and slashed one of the men in the carotid artery, watching as he fell to the ground, clutching at his profusely bleeding neck.  Jiang Yuelou then lifted his gun and fired a shot in between another man’s eye, Wang Meng, Song Rong, and Sun Yongren doing the same.  Yu Tangchun then took his knives and attacked two men, slicing one man’s wrist, causing him to drop his gun, before he slit his throat, stabbing another man in the chest afterwards.  While they were taking care of the men, Zhan Junbai slowly walked towards Lukas, gun drawn. 

         “Let them go, Lukas” he repeated.  Lukas smiled as he walked forward and grabbed Chu Ran, wrapping his cane around her neck.

         “Take one more step and I’ll kill her” he hissed.  Zhan Junbai snarled as Yu Tangchun slowly stepped forward, a gun in his hand.

         “Have you ever wanted to meet God?” he snarled.  Lukas raised an eyebrow, just as the barrel of a gun was pressed to the back of his head.

         “Because you’re about to” Chen Yuzhi snarled.  Lukas’ eyes widened as Chen Yuzhi pressed the barrel harder against his skull.

         “Let her go” he ordered.  Lukas huffed but did as he was told and slowly removed his cane from around Chu Ran’s neck and shoved her away from him, Yu Tangchun rushing forward to catch her.

         “I got you.  I got you” he murmured as Chen Yuzhi pressed the barrel against Lukas’ head again.

         “On your knees” he ordered.  Lukas refused to move, causing Chen Yuzhi to growl as he pulled the hammer back on his gun.

         “On your knees” he roared.  Lukas’ eyes widened before he sighed and slowly got down on his knees, Chen Yuzhi’s gun still pressed to the back of his head.  While he was keeping Lukas on his knees, Wang Meng and Song Rong rushed over and grabbed the ladders, quickly placing them against the wall before climbing up them, carefully untying Chu Min from the cross.  Wang Meng then took him into his arms, carefully placing him over his shoulder like a sack of rice before he climbed down the ladder, Song Rong climbing down as well.  Once they were on the ground, Wang Meng carefully moving him from his shoulder to his arms.

         “Hang on kid” he murmured as Zhan Junbai looked up, concern in his eyes before he looked at Lukas.

         “You thought you could get away with this…big mistake” he growled.  Lukas chuckled darkly.

         “Well, if I can’t build my empire, then I can at least kill one of your own” he purred.  Everyone froze.

         “What the hell do you mean?” Jiang Yuelou murmured.  Lukas chuckled as he motioned with his chin to Keying.

         “That little one right there ingested a baggie full of opium…if you don’t get to a hospital soon, she’s going to die of an opium overdose” he declared.  Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widened and it took everything in him not to pull the trigger and put a bullet in Lukas’ head.

         “You bastard!” he screamed before he looked up at Jiang Yuelou.

         “Yuelou, take Keying and get her to a hospital” he ordered.  Jiang Yuelou nodded and quickly put his gun away before he stepped forward and scooped Keying carefully into his arms.

         “It’s okay, sweetheart, we’re going to get you to a hospital” he murmured before he turned and rushed out of the church, trying really hard not to jostle Keying around too much.  Once he left the church, Zhan Junbai looked at Song Rong, Wang Meng, and Sun Yongren.

         “Song Rong, Wang Meng, Yongren, take Tingting, Chu Min, and Yiren to the hospital as well” he ordered.  Wang Meng, Song Rong, and Sun Yongren nodded; Wang Meng carrying Chu Min out of the church while Song Rong carefully picked up Tingting and Sun Yongren picked up Zhong Yiren.  The three men then carried them out, leaving Chen Yuzhi, Liu Li, Yu Tangchun, Chu Ran, Zhan Junbai, and Lukas in the church.

         “You’ve lost, Lukas.  You thought you could win, but you forget—” Zhan Junbai started before he stepped forward and leaned down, getting in Lukas’ face.

         “Jing City is my city” he hissed.  Lukas glared at him before he spat in his face, causing him to flinch back.  Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widened but before he could even pull the trigger, Yu Tangchun pulled the trigger of his own gun, hitting Lukas in the side of the head.  Lukas’ eyes widened as he collapsed to the side, the blood pooling around his head like a bloody halo.

         “First you kidnap our members, then you almost whip my son to death, and then you spit in my husband’s face?  You don’t deserve to live” Yu Tangchun hissed.  Chen Yuzhi huffed.

         “Well said” he grumbled.  Yu Tangchun smirked before he turned and walked over to Chu Ran, taking his dagger and cutting her bonds before helping her to her feet.

         “Are you alright?” he asked.  Chu Ran nodded, only to have her knees buckle from kneeling on the ground for so long.  Yu Tangchun quickly caught her, looking at her in concern.

         “Are you sure you’re alright?” he asked.  Chu Ran nodded.

         “I’m fine.  My legs are just numb” she croaked.  Zhan Junbai then stepped forward, putting his gun away before he looked at her.

         “I’ll carry you” he offered.  Chu Ran’s eyes widened and she shook her head.

         “There’s no need—” she started when Yu Tangchun just looked at her.

         “Chu Ran.  Just let him” he soothed.  Chu Ran looked over at him before she sighed and looked at Zhan Junbai, nodding slightly.  Zhan Junbai nodded before he carefully scooped her into his arms, her arms coming around his neck.  He then began to carry her out of the church, Yu Tangchun following after him as Chen Yuzhi brought up the rear, carrying Liu Li in his arms, since she was in the same boat as Chu Ran.  As they were leaving the church, Chen Yuzhi turned and looked at Lukas’ dead body and tsked.

         “I hope you rot in Hell” he spat before he turned and exited the church, the heavy wooden doors slamming shut behind him.

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When Zhan Junbai, Yu Tangchun, and Chen Yuzhi arrived at the hospital, Zhan Junbai carrying Chu Ran and Chen Yuzhi carrying Liu Li, the two women were immediately taken by nurses and doctors, whom apparently had the instructions to look at them whenever they arrived at the hospital.  After they had been taken to be looked at, Chen Yuzhi began searching through the hospital before he came upon Jiang Yuelou, Song Rong, Sun Yongren, and Wang Meng sitting in the waiting room.

         “Jiang Yuelou” he breathed, making Jiang Yuelou look up with wide eyes.  He then stood to his feet and walked over to him, throwing his arms around him tightly.  Chen Yuzhi immediately buried his face in Jiang Yuelou’s shoulder, sobbing softly as Zhan Junbai and Yu Tangchun walked over to them.

         “How is everything?” he asked.  Song Rong shook his head.

         “We don’t know…the doctors haven’t come and told us yet” he replied.  Zhan Junbai sighed heavily, Yu Tangchun hung his head, and Chen Yuzhi continued to sob softly into Jiang Yuelou’s shoulder.  The seven men then stood in silence, save for Chen Yuzhi’s sobs and Jiang Yuelou’s soft hushes, waiting for the doctors to come and tell them if the others were okay.  They didn’t have to wait very long, for soon a team of doctors came walking over to them, the head doctor clearing his throat.  Everyone turned and looked at him, concern and worry in their eyes as he looked back at them.

         “Well doctor?  Are they going to be okay?” Wang Meng demanded.  The doctor looked over at him before he looked back at the others.

         “They’re going to be fine” he declared.  Everyone let out sighs of relief and it took everything in Chen Yuzhi to keep from collapsing to the floor, so instead he just tightened his arms around Jiang Yuelou, Jiang Yuelou tightening his grip on him.

         “They might have to stay in the hospital for a few days to completely recover, but they will” the head doctor continued. 

         “Can we see them?” Jiang Yuelou asked, since he knew that’s what Chen Yuzhi and Yu Tangchun really wanted to do.  The doctor nodded.

         “Follow me” he instructed before he turned and headed to a private wing of the hospital, the seven men following after him.  Once they entered the private wing, the doctor dipped his head and stepped out, leaving the seven men to visit the other members of Jinma Hall.  Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou immediately went to go check on Tingting and Keying, Chen Yuzhi first checking on Tingting to see how she was doing.

         “Tingting?  How are you feeling?” he asked, looking down at the little girl, gently stroking her hair.  Tingting cracked open her eyes and looked at him, wincing in pain.

         “This hurts less than when I got shot” she croaked.  Chen Yuzhi laughed softly and nodded.

         “I bet” he agreed.  Tingting then looked at him with big eyes.

         “Is Keying going to be okay?” she asked.  Chen Yuzhi smiled and nodded.

         “She’s going to be just fine, sweetheart” he replied.  Tingting’s eyes widened before tears came to her eyes and she began sobbing.  Chen Yuzhi quickly bundled her into his arms, and hugged her gently, careful not to hurt her arm.

         “Shh…shhh…she’s going to be just fine, sweetheart.  She’s going to be just fine.  Don’t cry, don’t cry” he soothed.  Tingting nodded and sniffled as Chen Yuzhi gently placed her back down on the bed, petting her hair.

         “Get some rest, okay?” he murmured.  Tingting nodded again as she snuggled underneath the hospital blanket, Chen Yuzhi tucking her in before leaning down to press a gentle kiss to her forehead.  He then turned and walked over to Keying’s bed, which Jiang Yuelou was standing next to, gently petting her hair.  The minute he saw his sister, his baby sister, looking so small and fragile in the hospital bed, he had to grasp the railings on the hospital bed to keep from falling to his knees.  He then reached out and gently stroked Keying’s cheek with the back of his fingers, tears streaming down his face.

         “Keying” he croaked.  Keying slowly opened her eyes and turned her head towards him, letting out a soft whimper.

         “Gege” she whimpered.  Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widened and he quickly cupped her face in his hand, gently stroking her cheek.

         “I’m here, Keying.  I’m here” he soothed.  Keying sniffled as tears began to stream down her face.

         “My tummy hurt so bad” she whimpered.  Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi stiffened before Jiang Yuelou gently stroked her hair.

         “Does it hurt now, sweetheart?” he asked.  Keying looked over at him and shook her head.

         “No…not anymore” she answered.  Jiang Yuelou nodded and continued to stroke her hair as she looked back at Chen Yuzhi.

         “Is Tingting okay?” she asked.  Chen Yuzhi chuckled softly and nodded.

         “She’s going to be fine” he replied.  Keying nodded before she snuggled into her blankets, shutting her eyes as she let out a sigh of content, since Tingting was safe and both Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi were there.  Both Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou looked down at her before they looked at each other, relief on their faces that their little girls were safe.

 

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Meanwhile, Zhan Junbai and Yu Tangchun were checking on Chu Ran and Chu Min, Yu Tangchun fussing over them like a worried mother hen.

         “Boss Yu, I’m fine, I promise” Chu Ran murmured.  Yu Tangchun huffed.

         “I don’t care if you’re older than me, I’m still your father, so let me fuss” he grumbled.  Chu Ran looked at him before she sighed and let Yu Tangchun fuss over her, secretly enjoying the worry and care he was giving her.

         “Are you sure you’re okay?” he asked, looking at her in concern.  Chu Ran nodded.

         “I’m fine.  Check on Chu Min” she murmured.  Yu Tangchun nodded, not before gently stroking her hair, before he turned his attention to Chu Min, whose chest was covered in bandages from the multiple lashings he took from Lukas.

         “If Lukas wasn’t already dead, I’d bring him back and kill him again for hurting my son” Zhan Junbai snarled.  Yu Tangchun huffed.

         “I second that” he growled, just as Chu Min cracked open an eye.

         “Papa?  Father?” he croaked.  Zhan Junbai and Yu Tangchun immediately turned to look at him, both men’s faces softening. 

         “A-Min” Zhan Junbai breathed.  Chu Min looked over at him and smiled weakly.

         “Father” he breathed. 

         “How are you feeling?” Yu Tangchun murmured, reaching out to pet Chu Min’s hair.  Chu Min nudged into his gentle hand like a kitten before he hissed as his chest twinged.

         “I hurt…a lot” he murmured.  Zhan Junbai growled, clenching and unclenching his fists, the urge to kill very evident in every inch of his body.

         “Zhan.  Junbai” Yu Tangchun hissed, making him look over at his husband.  Yu Tangchun then sharply shook his head before he motioned with his eyes down to Chu Min, who looked like he was about to cry; whether it was from pain or something else, they weren’t sure.  Zhan Junbai then sighed before he reached out and gently caressed Chu Min’s cheek.

         “Shh, don’t cry, A-Min.  Don’t cry.  Your father and I are here…we’re here” he soothed.  Chu Min sniffled and nodded as Yu Tangchun leaned forward and pressed a gentle kiss to his forehead.

         “Chu Ran’s here too.  She’s safe too, baby” he murmured.  Chu Min’s eyes widened and he looked over to see Chu Ran fast asleep in her hospital bed, causing him to let out a sob of relief before he buried his face in Yu Tangchun’s chest, sobbing softly.  Yu Tangchun’s arms immediately came around him and he hushed him as he pet his hair, sitting down on the edge of the hospital bed. 

         “Shh…shhh, A-Min, shh…” he soothed.  Chu Min whimpered as he clutched at Yu Tangchun’s shirt.

         “I was afraid…I thought you weren’t coming” he sobbed.  Yu Tangchun looked at him with wide eyes before he looked up at Zhan Junbai, who was also looking at his son with wide eyes.

         “Why would you think that Chu Min?” he asked as he sat down on the other side of his son.  Chu Min sniffled and he wiped his eyes as he looked over at him.

         “That’s what Lukas said…he said you wouldn’t come for us…that you’d leave us to die there in that church…” he whimpered.  Both Yu Tangchun and Zhan Junbai growled this time, Yu Tangchun tightening his arms around Chu Min in a fierce hug.

         “Your father and I will always come for you, Chu Min.  We’ll never leave you or your sister or anyone else behind, okay?  We’re never going to abandon you” he promised as he looked over at Zhan Junbai, who nodded in agreement.

         “We love you, A-Min.  You’re our son.  We’d never leave you” he assured.  Chu Min sniffled and looked over at him.

         “You promise?” he croaked.  Yu Tangchun leaned down and pressed a gentle kiss to his hair.

         “We promise” he whispered.  Chu Min nodded before he slumped against Yu Tangchun, entirely exhausted from just…everything.  Yu Tangchun gently pet his hair as he held him, Zhan Junbai reaching out to place a hand on Chu Min’s leg, giving it a squeeze, just to let him know that they were there and they weren’t going anywhere.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

While Yu Tangchun and Zhan Junbai were comforting Chu Min, Wang Meng stood next to Liu Li’s bed, gently petting her head.

         “How you feeling, kid?” he asked.  Liu Li huffed.

         “My legs were so numb…I’ve never had to kneel like that before, especially not for that long” she grumbled.  Wang Meng hummed as Liu Liu looked up at him.

         “How’s Keying and Chu Min?” she asked.  Wang Meng nodded.

         “Keying’s going to be fine, they were able to remove the bag before it was too late.  Chu Min I think is going to recover…he’s just going to be sore for a little while” he explained.  Liu Li let out a sigh of relief before she growled and shook her head.

         “If Lukas was still alive, I’d wring his stupid wrinkly old neck for hurting Chu Min” she growled.  Wang Meng chuckled softly as he motioned to Yu Tangchun and Zhan Junbai.

         “Get in line kid.  Parents and siblings get first dibs” he teased.  Liu Li huffed.

         “Why did he even want us in the first place?  I still don’t get it” she replied.  Wang Meng sighed; he was grateful that she was still innocent enough to wonder why she and the others were taken.

         “Well—” he started, not really sure if he wanted to tell her the actual reason why.

         “Uncle Meng, please.  Just tell me.  I’m a big girl, I can handle it” Liu Li croaked.  Wang Meng looked at her before he sighed.

         “He wanted to use you and the others as drug mules and smuggle drugs into Jing City through your bodies” he explained.  Liu Li’s eyes widened.

         “But…but how would they get drugs out?” he asked.  Wang Meng just looked at her, causing her eyes to widen before she clenched her hands into fists.

         “That…that sick bastard” she hissed.  Wang Meng nodded as he pet her head.

         “We know, kid, we know.  But you’re all safe, and that’s all that matters” he murmured.  Liu Li huffed before she looked up at him.

         “Hey Uncle Meng?” she murmured.  Wang Meng raised an eyebrow.

         “Yeah?” he replied.  Liu Li then smiled sleepily.

         “Thanks for saving us today” she whispered.  Wang Meng smiled and nodded.

         “You’re welcome, kid” he answered.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Finally, Song Rong and Sun Yongren were standing around Zhong Yiren’s bed, Sun Yongren holding Zhong Yiren’s gently in his own as Song Rong looked at the young woman with concern in his eyes.

         “Is Lukas dead?” Zhong Yiren croaked, looking at the two men.  Song Rong and Sun Yongren nodded.

         “Boss Yu killed him.  Bullet to the head” Song Rong answered.  Zhong Yiren let out a sigh of relief.

         “Oh thank God” she murmured before her eyes widened.

         “Chu Min?  Keying?  Are they okay?” she breathed.  Sun Yongren smiled and patted her hand.

         “They’re fine.  You’re all fine” he assured.  Zhong Yiren tsked.

         “I’m not sure I would call a concussion “fine”, Yongren” she replied.  Sun Yongren huffed.

         “You’re alive, aren’t you?” he asked.  Zhong Yiren was quiet as Song Rong laughed.

         “He has a point, you know” he replied.  Zhong Yiren glared at them.

         “You two suck at comforting people” she grumbled.  Song Rong laughed again.

         “We were never good at it in the first place” he stated.  Zhong Yiren rolled her eyes.

         “Ugh” she grumbled as Sun Yongren patted her hand.

         “You should just rest, you won’t get better if you don’t” he soothed.  Zhong Yiren sighed before she shut her eyes, her body relaxing as she let herself relax and allowed sleep to take her.  Song Rong and Sun Yongren then looked at each other and smiled, glad that every member of Jinma Hall was okay.

Chapter Text

A few weeks later, when everything was back to normal (well as normal as things could get for a mafia), Chen Yuzhi stepped out of his lab and looked around the mansion with a small smile on his face.

         “Yuzhi?” a soft voice called out, making him look over to see Yu Tangchun smiling softly as he walked over to him.

         “Tangchun” he replied, returning his smile.  Yu Tangchun then stood beside him and looked out over the mansion before he glanced over at him.

         “What are you thinking about?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi looked back at him and smiled slightly.

         “Just thinking about…how if you guys hadn’t shown up that one fateful night…I don’t think Keying and I would be here right now” he mused.  Yu Tangchun chuckled softly.

         “The universe works in mysterious ways, doesn’t it?” he mused.  Chen Yuzhi chuckled softly as well.

         “I suppose so” he agreed, just as the other Jinma Hall members returned from their mission.

         “Welcome back!  How’d it go?” Yu Tangchun called out.  Song Rong nodded.

         “It went well” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi hummed.

         “No serious injuries?” he asked.  Everyone shook their head as Yu Tangchun looked over at Jiang Yuelou and Wang Meng.

         “Seems like we got a person to interrogate” he mused.  Jiang Yuelou nodded.

         “Mm” he replied.

         “I can expect you to keep him in the interrogation room, right?” Chen Yuzhi asked, giving him a look.  Jiang Yuelou laughed.

         “Don’t worry, Yuzhi, you have nothing to worry about” he assured before he and Wang Meng dragged the man off to the interrogation room.  While they were dragging him away, Zhan Junbai turned to look at the others.

         “Alright, go relax, you all did well” he instructed.  Everyone nodded and headed off to do their own thing as Zhan Junbai looked over at Chen Yuzhi and Yu Tangchun.

         “Pretty uneventful morning?” Zhan Junbai asked.  Chen Yuzhi nodded as Yu Tangchun looked over at him.

         “That’s good, right?” he continued.  Chen Yuzhi laughed softly.

         “Yes, an uneventful morning is a good morning” he replied.  Yu Tangchun and Zhan Junbai nodded.

         “That’s good.  Well, I suppose we’ll leave you be, since you’re going to have to wait for the outcome of the interrogation” Zhan Junbai stated.  Chen Yuzhi nodded as Zhan Junbai and Yu Tangchun turned and headed off, leaving him alone.  Once they were gone, Chen Yuzhi hummed.

         “I should go check on Chu Min, see how he’s doing” he mused.  He then turned and headed upstairs, heading to Chu Min’s bedroom, knocking on his door.

         “Chu Min?  May I come in?” he called out. 

         “Come in” a voice replied.  Chen Yuzhi then turned the knob and opened the door, smiling softly when he saw the young man lying on his bed, reading a book.

         “A-Min” he greeted.  Chu Min smiled brightly.

         “Ge.  Can I help you with something?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head.

         “I just wanted to check in on you, see how your doing.  How’s your chest?  Does it still hurt?” he asked.  Chu Min hummed as he looked down at his chest, which was now littered with whip scars.

         “It doesn’t hurt as much…it did when it was healing…and then it just started to itch” he grumbled.  Chen Yuzhi hummed before he knelt down before Chu Min.

         “Do you mind if I have a look?” he asked.  Chu Min shook his head and unbuttoned his dress shirt, pulling it open to show Chen Yuzhi the scars.  Chen Yuzhi hummed, looking them over with a scrutinizing gaze before he nodded.

         “You did a good job keeping them clean and not infected.  Well done” he praised, looking at him.  Chu Min grinned before he blushed.

         “Well, you, Papa, and Father were there to help me, so I should be thanking you” he stated.  Chen Yuzhi smiled and chuckled softly as Chu Min sighed.

         “You know, ge—” he started, making Chen Yuzhi look at him.

         “Hmm?” he replied.  Chu Min looked back at him and smiled tearily.

         “I used to hate these scars when they started forming but…I don’t hate them anymore” he murmured.  Chen Yuzhi tilted his head at him.

         “Why did you use to hate the scars?” he asked.  Chu Min sighed.

         “Because…I used to think that scars were ugly.  And I told Father that but he said I should be proud of these scars because I got them protecting my family.  So…I don’t hate them anymore” he explained.  Chen Yuzhi smiled slightly as he reached forward and placed a hand on his knee.

         “You did protect your family, A-Min.  So you should be proud of those scars and don’t let anyone tell you others, okay?” he instructed.  Chu Min nodded in agreement, causing Chen Yuzhi to smile before he reached forward and helped Chu Min redress before he stood to his feet.

         “I just wanted to check on you and see how you’re doing.  Get some rest, okay?  You had a long day” he declared.  Chu Min nodded and laid back down, picking up his book again as Chen Yuzhi headed towards the door.

         “Ge?” Chu Min called out, making Chen Yuzhi stop and look over at him.

         “Yes?” he replied.  Chu Min grinned.

         “Thank you” he thanked.  Chen Yuzhi smiled and dipped his head before he headed out of the bedroom, heading back downstairs to his clinic to wait for Jiang Yuelou and Wang Meng to be finished with the interrogation (since he was pretty damn sure the person wasn’t making it out of there alive).

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Later that evening, after a busy afternoon of cremating the body from the interrogation room, picking up Keying and Tingting from school, and then putting them to bed, while everyone was asleep, Chen Yuzhi leaned against the banister on the second floor of the mansion, overlooking the first floor that was dimly lit from the night lights that were installed because Zhan Junbai, Chu Ran, and Zhong Yiren always worked super late and when they went up to bed, they would end up tripping or hurting themselves in the dark.  So the lights were installed for them, but it was also convenient for anyone else who had to work late or wanted a late night drink or snack.  As he overlooked the first floor, a small smile on his face, the bedroom door behind him opened and Jiang Yuelou stepped out, yawning and rubbing his eye.

         “Yuzhi?  It’s late, what are you doing?” he murmured as he walked over to Chen Yuzhi, leaning on the banister as well.

         “Just thinking and reminiscing” Chen Yuzhi replied.  Jiang Yuelou yawned again.

         “About what?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi chuckled softly.

         “About what I told Boss Yu this morning: that if I hadn’t agreed to join Jinma Hall after Zhan Junbai had kidnapped Keying, then I wouldn’t be here.  With you” he replied, looking over at Jiang Yuelou, who smiled softly.

         “Well, I’m glad you agreed.  I think our lives would be very different if you and Keying hadn’t come” he mused.  Chen Yuzhi grinned before he laughed.

         “Did you know that when Zhan Junbai and Yu Tangchun were introducing you all, I actually afraid of you?” he asked, looking at Jiang Yuelou.  Jiang Yuelou’s eyes widened before he laughed softly.

         “I kind of got that impression, yes.  But I think you were just distrustful of all of us” he stated.  Chen Yuzhi huffed.

         “Could you blame me?  Zhan Junbai took Keying just to get me to join the triad…I didn’t know what kind of people you were, but I knew you couldn’t be good people if you just kidnapped people like that” he grumbled.  Jiang Yuelou chuckled softly as he looked over at him.

         “We’ve changed your mind, haven’t we?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi looked back at him and smiled softly.

         “Yes, yes you have” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou smiled fondly before he leaned forward and pressed a kiss to his forehead before he reached out and took him by the wrist.

         “Come on, A-Zhi, it’s late.  Let’s go back to bed” he murmured.  Chen Yuzhi looked over at him before he smiled and nodded, following Jiang Yuelou back into their bedroom.  They then headed over to their bed, and flopped onto it, Chen Yuzhi snuggling into Jiang Yuelou’s embrace.

         “I’m really glad you’re here, Yuzhi” Jiang Yuelou murmured, giving Chen Yuzhi another gentle kiss on the forehead.  Chen Yuzhi smiled and snuggled deeper into the embrace.

         “I’m really happy I’m here too” he replied.  As he and Jiang Yuelou slowly drifted off to sleep, he thought about everything he had experience and smiled fondly.  All throughout undergrad and med school, he had wondered what his purpose was on Earth and if there would ever be a place where he truly belonged and now, he found it.  Surrounded by friends, loved ones, and those he now called family.  He may be in too deep but there was no way in hell he was backing out or leaving now.  Jinma Hall was his family.  And he was here to stay.