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S.C.I. 谜案集

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It was a foggy morning in Jing City as a young to middle aged man lay in the middle of the street, his throat slashed as blood from his neck pooled next to him.  All around the body, onlookers were gasping and staring while a tall man with light skin, brown eyes, and dark brown hair dressed in a three piece cream suit overlaid with a long cream overcoat knelt next to the body, studying it.  As more and more people kept coming to look at the body, a police van suddenly pulled up and a few officers stepped out, heading towards the scene.

         “Did you notify CID?” one officer asked.

         “Notified” a second officer answered.  The first officer nodded before they continued towards the scene.

         “Hey, hey, don’t crowd, don’t crowd” the first officer ordered.

         “Back up, back up” the second officer commanded as they walked towards the large group, parting their way through while pushing all of the onlookers back. 

         “Spread out, back up” the first officer ordered as the rest of the officers corralled the onlookers onto the sidewalk away from the body and began setting up crime scene tape.  Only the man in the cream overcoat remained next to the body, still staring at the scene.

         “Sir, you need to leave.  To beyond the police line” the first officer instructed, looking down at the man, but the man paid him no mind.  The first officer huffed before he looked over at the other officer.

         “Why do we always meet the weird ones?” he grumbled.  The other officer shook his head, just as the roar of an engine could be heard, so they all looked up to see a black Lamborghini pull up to just outside the crime scene.  The door then opened and a tall man with light skin, brown eyes, and short black hair dressed in a white Henley, black pants, black boots, and a brown leather jacket stepped out.  The officers stared at the man for a moment before the first officer clapped the second officer on the shoulder.

         “Go send him away” he ordered.  The second officer nodded and quickly walked over to the man as he shut the car door and placed his hands on his hips.

         “Sir, an accident happened here last night, so you can’t park here.  You can park at the next block” the second officer suggested.  The man tsked.

         “If it was some normal accident, I wouldn’t be here” he replied as he looked at the second officer.

         “If you don’t know me, call your team leader” he instructed before he began to walk towards the scene.

         “Where’s the victim?” he asked. 

         “Sir!  Sir!” the second officer exclaimed as the man continued to head towards the scene.  The second officer huffed before he walked over to the first officer, who frowned.

         “What’s going on?” he asked.  The second officer sighed.

         “He said he wanted to see you” he explained as the man walked over and stood by the body.

         “From the strength of this blunt force trauma, the victim shouldn’t have died on scene.  Even if the rain washed off part of the marks” he mused before he pointed to the tire marks in the area.

         “Look here.  The car’s speed is already at its limit.  The gas was floored and the driver was not friendly” he continued before he sighed.

         “I think…the car started very close to the victim.  In theory, the victim should have had a chance for survival” he finished before he noticed some glass pieces next to the body, causing him to kneel down and point to it.

         “What’s this?” he asked.

         “The weapon” a voice replied, making the man in the brown leather jacket’s eyes widen before he turned around to see the man in cream smirking at him.

         “You—” the man in the leather jacket started.

         “Chief Jiang.  The big changes in emotion affects brain functions which then causes body functions to sink into disorder and a multitude of diseases” the young man in cream teased, interrupting him.  The man in the leather jacket huffed.

         “Dr. Chen.  Thanks to your words, I am still very healthy today” he replied before he stood to his feet, the young man in cream doing the same.  The first officer then looked over at them, smiling.

         “Oh, so you guys are Chief Jiang and Dr. Chen.  I’ve admired both of you for a long time” he explained before he bowed.

         “Sorry about before” he apologized.  The man in the leather jacket, Jiang Yuelou, and the young man in cream, Chen Yuzhi, nodded to him before Jiang Yuelou placed his hands on his hips again.

         “This is the third case of this nature you’ve reported to CID” he stated.  The two police officers nodded.

         “Yeah” they replied before the first officer cleared his throat.

         “This morning, a street cleaner in charge of this area called it in.  It rained all night.  From the time of the incident to dawn, there aren’t that many people or cars.  We haven’t found any witnesses either.  Also, the victims were all hit before being killed” he explained as he glanced at his partner before looking back at Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi.

         “Are the people these days crazy?” he asked as Chen Yuzhi placed his hands on his hips.

         “It’d be easy to explain if it was the same person” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou rolled his eyes before he looked over at the two police officers.

         “The case is mine now.  In a bit, when the M.E. report comes out, send the relating information to Xi Jiu Violent Crimes Division” he instructed before he reached out and clapped the officer on the arm.

         “Thank you” he thanked, turning and walking away, Chen Yuzhi following him.

         “Yes sir” the officer replied. 

         “The perp of three cases…his psyche is abnormally stable.  Skilled with a car.  He’s been driving for at least ten years.  It’s most likely that it’s one person” Chen Yuzhi theorized as he and Jiang Yuelou stopped before Jiang Yuelou’s car.

         “The evidence hasn’t been fully processed and yet you already say it’s a serial killing.  Isn’t it too presumptuous?” Jiang Yuelou asked, glancing over at him before huffing.

         “Your theory that’s based on nothing should be just used as a suggestion.  Don’t get in our way of solving the case” he instructed as he moved to open the car door.

         “The evidence you want will be there” Chen Yuzhi declared, making Jiang Yuelou stop and sigh before he looked at him.

         “Dr. Chen.  Psychologist Chen.  I heard you’re going out of the country this week for school.  Are all your documents ready?  Is your luggage all packed?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi rolled his eyes.

         “To care or not, it’s my decision” he replied, looking back at Jiang Yuelou, who hummed.

         “Going back to the station?  I’ll give you a ride” he offered.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head.

         “No need.  Your car isn’t comfortable” he replied before he turned and walked off.  Jiang Yuelou watched him go before he shook his head and got into his car, driving towards the station. 

 

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When Jiang Yuelou arrived at the station, he quickly parked his car, just as a taxi pulled up and Chen Yuzhi stepped out.  As Jiang Yuelou stepped out of his car and turned, he made eye contact with Chen Yuzhi, who straightened his overcoat with a smirk on his face before turning towards the CID.  Jiang Yuelou’s eyes widened and he quickly walked after Chen Yuzhi, both men entering the building.

         “Who told you there was a crime scene there?” Jiang Yuelou demanded, narrowing his eyes at Chen Yuzhi, who smirked.

         “Guess” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou was quiet, thinking it over, before he sighed.

         “It was Yongren again” he murmured.  Chen Yuzhi smiled and shook his head.

         “Don’t be unjust.  Don’t forget, victims all have to be passed to whose hands” he stated.  Jiang Yuelou stared at him for a moment before he hummed.

         “Then, let’s make this clear.  My case, none of you are going to interfere” he instructed.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head.

         “The Psychological Research Department isn’t part of the Violent Crimes Division.  Me?  You can’t control” he teased, a proud smirk on his face as he turned towards the elevator.  Jiang Yuelou glowered at him before he followed after him, placing his badge around his neck.  They then stood before the elevator, Chen Yuzhi pressing the “up” button, and soon the elevator arrived, allowing both men to step inside.  Once they were inside, both men reached to press the button that led to the eleventh floor, but Jiang Yuelou got there first.  Chen Yuzhi blinked before he quickly retracted his hand, making Jiang Yuelou give him a look.

         “Dr. Chen, why are you always following me?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head.

         “Chief Jiang, you’re so narcissistic.  It’s very likely to develop into a psychological problem.  Besides, Commissioner Bai wanted to see me” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou’s eyes widened as he looked over at him.

         ‘What?’ he thought to himself. 

 

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When Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi arrived at the eleventh floor, they saw three young secretaries gossiping to one another.

         “I heard Commissioner Bai is making a separate new unit.  Chief Zhao from Violent Crimes is a candidate for the leader of the new unit” one of the secretaries whispered.

         “I think Chief Jiang is the best person for this.  Not only is Chief Jiang handsome, but also ridiculously handsome!” another secretary exclaimed, just as Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi walked past.

         “What are you talking about?” Jiang Yuelou asked, both he and Chen Yuzhi side eyeing the women.  The three women quickly clammed up and covered their mouths with their files.

         “Oh, Chief Jiang.  We weren’t really talking about anything.  I’ll take my leave” the second secretary stated before she and the third secretary walked off, still covering their mouths with their files as they giggled.  Just then, a tall man with light tan skin, brown eyes hidden behind wire frame glasses, and short dark brown hair dressed in a maroon suit walked out of an office and towards Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi.

         “Chief Zhao” the secretary greeted.   The man, Zhao Jingming, said nothing to the woman as he walked by Jiang Yuelou, none too gently shouldering him as he passed.  Jiang Yuelou stumbled backwards slightly, causing Chen Yuzhi to reach out and steady him before turning and glaring daggers after the man.  Once he was out of sight, Chen Yuzhi fixed his coat and Jiang Yuelou took a deep breath before he and Chen Yuzhi walked into their boss’s, Bai Jinbo, office. 

         “Commissioner Bai” Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi greeted at the same time as they stood diagonally from their boss’s desk. 

         “Come in, sit” Bai Jinbo, a tall older man with light tan skin, brown eyes hidden behind no-frame glasses, and black hair, instructed.  Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou nodded, both men taking a seat before the man.

         “Jiang Yuelou, pause the cases you have.  Solve these three cases first” Bai Jinbo ordered.  Jiang Yuelou nodded.

         “Yes sir” he replied. 

         “I already read up on the case.  It’s pretty tricky.  We don’t have enough evidence and we can only say that the nature of these three cases is about the same.  You can investigate them together.  Be cautious, don’t let the media feel like this is a serial killing case and cause the public to panic” Bai Jinbo instructed.  Jiang Yuelou nodded as Bai Jinbo crossed his arms.

         “One week.  I’ll only give you one week” he declared.  Jiang Yuelou frowned.

         “One week?” he repeated as Bai Jinbo motioned to Chen Yuzhi.

         “Chen Yuzhi’s Psychological Department will provide assistance.  Are you interested?” he asked, looking over at Chen Yuzhi.  Jiang Yuelou’s eyes widened while Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “Commissioner Bai, I will give it my all” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou made a face, which Bai Jinbo immediately noticed, causing him to smirk.

         “Any problems?” he asked.  Jiang Yuelou looked back at him and quickly shook his head.

         “No problems” he replied.  Bai Jinbo nodded.

         “Chen Yuzhi is leaving soon.  One week is still too long…can you do it in less?” he asked. 

         “He can’t, I can.  Five days” Chen Yuzhi declared before Jiang Yuelou could answer.  Jiang Yuelou shot him a glare before he stood to his feet.

         “Three days, I guarantee it’ll be done” he countered before he turned and walked out of the room.  Chen Yuzhi stood up, bowed to Bai Jinbo, and then quickly followed after Jiang Yuelou, Bai Jinbo smirking to himself.

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Meanwhile, down in the morgue, the body from the morning scene was lying on the exam table as Dr. Yu Tangchun, a tall young man with light skin, short dark brown hair, and brown eyes, leaned over the body and sniffed the face, frowning as he opened the mouth before sniffing again.

         “Tangchun.  Tangchun” a soft voice called out, making him stand up and look over to see a young woman, Ying Yue, standing before him, smiling.

         “I heard you were here, so I brought you coffee and breakfast.  Your order hasn’t changed right?” she asked as she held up a paper bag.

         “Latte without sugar” she started when Yu Tangchun shook his head.

         “No thank you” he replied.  Ying Yue’s smile faded slightly before she hummed and handed him a file.

         “Here.  This is the initial report of the deceased” she stated.  Yu Tangchun took the report and looked it over before looking over at Ying Yue.

         “When I’m done with the deceased, I’ll have someone send it over” he declared before turning to leave.

         “Oh, Dr. Yu.  Next weekend, there’s an alumni reunion.  Do you want to go together?” Ying Yue asked. 

         “Not interested” Yu Tangchun replied before he walked out of the room, leaving Ying Yue stunned as she looked at her desk and the little pink heart that was hanging off of her computer.

 

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Up in the conference room, Jiang Yuelou sat at the head of the conference table while the rest of his team, Detective Sun Yongren, Dr. Yu Tangchun, Detective Yu Zining, Detective Song Rong, and Detective Chu Ran, sat around him. 

         “Up until now, the number of hit and run cases patrols have turned over to CID is three.  The three victims, respectively, are Qiu Yong, male, forty-years-old, manager of a cleaning company, Deng Le Jia, female, thirty-four-years-old, secretary of a travel agency, and Zhang Guo Qiang, male, twenty-five-years-old, paint brush factory worker.  According to the investigation, the three victims aren’t connect socially and normally don’t engage in arguments.  The three victims didn’t die from the car, instead, the murderer used a sharp object to kill them” Jiang Yuelou stated, briefing his team on what was going on.  Chu Ran then turned to look at Jiang Yuelou.

         “Chief Jiang.  Do the three victims not have any similarities?  Walking alone in the middle of the night, especially for females, isn’t common” she stated.  Jiang Yuelou huffed.

         “If we’re talking about similarities, then they return home late.  Qiu Yong and Zhang Guo Qiang, on the sixteenth and the nineteenth, both had the night shift.  And Deng Le Jia goes to play mahjong every Saturday.  The twenty-first was a Saturday” he declared.  Sun Yongren’s eyes then widened.

         “Then it means the perp knows a lot about the schedules of the victims, which means he must have been stalking them” he stated.  Song Rong rolled his eyes and tsked.

         “Come on, I don’t think so.  I think they just had bad luck” he replied.  Sun Yongren shook his head.

         “Not possible” he exclaimed as Chu Ran sighed.

         “Sixteenth, nineteenth, twenty-first.  The perp’s committing the crimes closer and closer to one another” she mused.  Jiang Yuelou nodded.

         “And all the leads are dead end.  There is also no evidence at the moment proving that this is the same person—” he started, just as Chen Yuzhi opened the doors to the conference room and looked at him.

         “Why isn’t it one person?” he asked before he walked into the room.  Jiang Yuelou looked over at him before he sighed.

         “This is Psychological Research Department’s Chen Yuzhi” he introduced, causing Sun Yongren to shoot to his feet.

         “Dr. Chen!  Oh yeah, this is our police force’s youngest most talented Dr. Chen!” he exclaimed.  Chen Yuzhi looked at him in shock before he smiled and dipped his head.

         “You overpraise” he murmured as Sun Yongren quickly moved out of his seat and moved to sit on the other side of Zining.

         “Sit, sit, sit” he instructed as Jiang Yuelou sighed heavily.

         “Dr. Chen is providing a professional counsel on criminal psychology” he explained as Chen Yuzhi handed him a file.

         “Chief Jiang.  I hope we can work together” he stated.  Jiang Yuelou didn’t bother to take the file, making Chen Yuzhi roll his eyes.

         “What, you don’t even read the M.E. report?” he teased.  Jiang Yuelou looked over at Yu Tangchun with wide eyes while Yu Tangchun huffed.

         “Not my problem” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou narrowed his eyes before he snatched the file out of Chen Yuzhi’s hand as Chen Yuzhi cleared his throat.

         “Everyone, based on the information we already have, I built a profile on the perp” he stated, putting the rest of the files in the center of the conference room table.  Everyone reached for a file as Chen Yuzhi continued talking.

         “The perp: a middle aged male.  His appearance is very mature, even refined, introverted.  In his bones, he’s cynical, sticks out in a crowd.  OCD.  Afraid of the light, likes to shut his curtains and blinds.  Maybe pale.  His life has not been smooth, maybe separated or never married at all” he explained.  Jiang Yuelou huffed.

         “Excuse me, Dr. Chen, how does this imagery help us?” he asked, looking up at Chen Yuzhi.  Chen Yuzhi smiled down at him.

         “It helps a lot” he replied before he handed a flash drive to Zining.

         “Zining, can you open this?” he asked.  Zining nodded and took the flash drive, sticking it into the USB drive in her computer.

         “This is based on my profile.  Paired with the criminal drawing vault, which resulted in this photo” he declared.  Jiang Yuelou looked up at the screen, his eyes widening at the photo of a man with wrinkled skin, medium-length black hair, glasses, and crooked teeth.

 

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Meanwhile, in a dark room, completely void of light save for the small streams that slipped in from beneath drawn blinds, the man from Chen Yuzhi’s profile sat in a chair, conducting along to the classical music that was playing in the background.

         “Another masterpiece.  Blood spraying everywhere.  Rain falling.  Mysterious world becomes more pure!  Scum…they have to die.  They are all filthy.  They are all filthy” the man declared.

         “All of this, was given to you by God.  God gave you this mission.  He commanded you to be the agent who will cleanse the world” the man hidden in the shadows purred. 

         “Scum!  Scum everywhere!  God released my soul.  From then on, I am a servant of God.  Not enough.  Still not enough.  I possess God’s sharp blade…I stab into their filthy soul.  You have to repent.  God will forgive you” the man in the chair shone on by light finished.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Back in the conference room, Chen Yuzhi looked over at Jiang Yuelou and smirked.

         “The evidence you wanted is here.  Three victims after being hit by the perp, their throat were slit open by a sharp object.  The weapon is not a regular blade, but a shard of razor-edged glass.  By looking at all the information, what should be the situation, instinctively?” he asked, looking around the room.

         “The perp has his own ritual when killing” Song Rong answered.

         “The perp can be one person” Chu Ran added.  Sun Yongren then tilted his head at Chen Yuzhi.

         “Can it be serial killings disguised as hit and runs?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head.

         “It’s not disguised.  The perp doesn’t seem afraid to reveal his identity” he replied, just as Jiang Yuelou angrily tapped the conference table with his pen.

         “This is a Violent Crimes Unit’s analysis meeting.  Not your Psychological Training Seminar” he snapped, glaring at Chen Yuzhi, who just smirked.

         “Chief Jiang has no idea and doesn’t allow me to express my perspective” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou narrowed his eyes at him.

         “On the contrary, it’s Dr. Chen who keeps interrupting my train of thought.  Sixteenth, nineteenth, twenty-first.  The perp’s cooling off period is getting shorter and shorter.  Tonight could be the next one” he snapped. 

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

In the dark room, the man hidden in the shadows picked up a wooden box and placed it on the desk in front of him.

         “This is an award that God gave to you” he stated as the man with the glasses opened up the box to reveal a sharp razor-edged piece of glass shaped like a blade.  The man then picked up the glass with his chain-mail covered hand and looked into it, looking at his reflection.

         “God is together with me.  Grace is together is me” he whispered as he stared at his reflection.

         “God is always fair and just.  Award and punishment is within a thought.  Don’t betray God’s expectation of you.  What you hold in your hand is, of course, the strength God gave you” the man in the shadows declared.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Back in the conference room, Jiang Yuelou stood to his feet and glared at Chen Yuzhi, who just looked calmly back at him. 

         “Solving a criminal investigation mainly deals with evidence.  Only when the evidence is airtight can it be declared a serial killing case.  The conclusion of a psychoanalysis has to wait for the support of evidence before it can be confirmed.  So please, don’t incorrectly solve cases” Jiang Yuelou snapped.  Chen Yuzhi raised an eyebrow at him.

         “Then you mean our conclusion of a psychoanalysis isn’t trustworthy?” he asked.  Jiang Yuelou scoffed.

         “Trustworthy or not, we won’t know until after we solve the case” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi’s eyes narrowed as they slowly began to glow white.

         “Arrogant and prideful.  This case can’t be solved in your hands” he snarled.  Jiang Yuelou then threw down the case file as Chen Yuzhi turned and headed towards the conference room doors, opening them before stepping out.  Jiang Yuelou watched him leave before he shook his head.

         “Neurotic” he hissed while the rest of his team looked on.

         “Both have bad tempers” Sun Yongren whispered while Song Rong shook his head.

         “What’s his relationship with Chief Jiang?” he asked softly, since they had never seen Jiang Yuelou lose his cool like that.  Zining smiled softly at him.

         “Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou have known each other since they were kids, fighting ever since.  Isn’t that right, ge?” she asked, looking over at Yu Tangchun, who nodded.

         “They’ve never seen eye to eye” he explained softly as Chu Ran, Song Rong, and Sun Yongren nodded slowly in understanding. 

         “But before, they’ve never worked together…Bai Jinbo’s arrangement this time” Zining continued, making Sun Yongren look at her with wide eyes.

         “Commissioner Bai set them up?  That’s fucked up” he whispered.  Jiang Yuelou looked over at all of them and tapped the table with his hand, silencing them.

         “Okay, dismissed” he declared. 

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Later that evening, Jiang Yuelou and Song Rong were going over the case reports.

         “Chief Jiang, the unique thing about the three cases is that the traffic cams at the intersection are all broken.  And are all in non-residential areas.  It all gives the perp extra advantages.  There are also a lot of escape routes available.  Then, ruling out the three, the total is twelve” Song Rong explained as he and Jiang Yuelou walked through the lobby of the police department.  Jiang Yuelou was quiet before he hummed.

         “Sure enough.  Notify everyone.  Station men at the intersections” he ordered.  Song Rong nodded.

         “Yes sir” he replied, about to do what Jiang Yuelou requested, when Jiang Yuelou looked at him, eyes black.

         “And…whoever dares to leak information to Chen Yuzhi again…ten years of paperwork awaits him” he hissed.  Song Rong gulped before he nodded, making the “zipping shut” motion across his mouth.  Jiang Yuelou hummed again before he turned and walked away, leaving Song Rong a little afraid for his life.

 

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That evening, in a parked car, the man in the glasses sat and waited patiently as cars drove by, slipping on his chain-mail glove before he turned on his car and drove away, slipping into the crowd of cars.  Not too far behind him, Song Rong and Chu Ran pulled up in a police car, both of them sitting quietly inside when Song Rong noticed a person behind the car.

         “Chu Ran” he whispered, making Chu Ran look over at him. 

         “There’s someone behind the car” he whispered.  Chu Ran’s eyes widened before she clutched at the car door inside handle, waiting as the person slowly made their way around to her side of the car, before suddenly throwing open the door, and kicking the person in the stomach, causing the person to go flying backwards.  Song Rong and Chu Ran quickly jumped out of the car, Song Rong’s gun drawn, when they noticed who the person was that Chu Ran hit.

         “Have you had enough, Yongren?” Song Rong asked as he put his gun back in his holster.

         “You’re too cruel” Sun Yongren whined as he clutched at his stomach while Chu Ran reached out a hand to help him up.

         “Are you okay?” she asked.  Sun Yongren whimpered as he looked at Chu Ran.

         “What a flying kick.  You’re too cruel” he whimpered.  Chu Ran huffed.

         “Why are you randomly strolling here?” she demanded, crossing her arms, Song Rong also crossing his arms as well as raising an eyebrow.

         “Who’s randomly strolling?” Sun Yongren whimpered, just as the sound of tires squealing and a thump was heard not too far from where they were standing. 

         “Let’s go!” Song Rong exclaimed, he, Sun Yongren, and Chu Ran quickly running towards the sound.  When they arrived, they saw the man with the glasses carrying the shard of glass in his chain-mail covered hand towards a person who he had just hit with his car.  Just as the man raised up the shard of glass, a bright light shone in his face, causing him to quickly cover his eyes before looking up to see Jiang Yuelou in his Lamborghini, glaring at him from behind the wheel.  Jiang Yuelou then revved the engine, inching his car slowly forward, causing the man in the glasses to take a fearful step back as he covered his face.  He then turned and took off, causing Jiang Yuelou to take off after him.  Jiang Yuelou chased the man for a few moments until the man suddenly fell, causing Jiang Yuelou to step on the breaks and stop the car inches from the man.  Meanwhile, Song Rong, Chu Ran, and Sun Yongren ran over to the injured man, looking down at him before Song Rong looked at Sun Yongren.

         “Yongren, call an ambulance.  Chu Ran, let’s go” he ordered.  Chu Ran nodded as she and Song Rong ran over to Jiang Yuelou’s car as Jiang Yuelou got out of it and stared down at the man.

         “To use my car to hit you is not worth it on any level” he declared as Song Rong and Chu Ran ran over and stood beside him.

         “Boss” Song Rong greeted, gun out in front of him.

         “Cuff him” Jiang Yuelou ordered.  Song Rong and Chu Ran nodded.

         “Yes sir” they replied.  Song Rong then walked over to the man and knelt next to him, cuffing his hand behind his back while Chu Ran walked around to the other side of the man and yanked him to his feet.

         “Get up” she snarled as the man struggled in her and Song Rong’s grasp.

         “Let’s go, let’s go” Song Rong barked as he and Chu Ran led the man away.

 

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In the dark room, the man hidden in the shadows was playing with the ring on his finger when the phone suddenly rang.  He picked it up and listened to whatever the other person on the line had to say before he huffed.

         “Arrested?  Within the plan” he assured before he placed the phone back on the dial, hanging up. 

 

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         “Name?” an officer asked as she and Jiang Yuelou sat in front of the man in glasses in an interrogation room.  The man said nothing, making Jiang Yuelou sigh before knocking on the desk, getting the man’s attention.

         “We’re asking you” he snapped.  The man in the glasses then leaned forward, sniffing the air in Jiang Yuelou’s direction, causing Jiang Yuelou to raise an eyebrow at him.

         “From your body, I can smell the odor of a carnivore” the man purred.  Jiang Yuelou chuffed before he looked at the man before him.

         “Compared to you, I’m a simple vegetarian” he replied.  The man in the glasses said nothing, making Jiang Yuelou frown.

         “Did you kill them?” he demanded.

         “They deserved it.  They deserved it” the man replied, glancing over at Jiang Yuelou, who said nothing as he looked down at the shard of glass that was placed in an evidence bag. 

         “Why use broken glass to kill?” he asked.  The man chuckled before he hummed.

         “I’m the agent who’s going to cleanse the world” he replied as he looked down at the glass shard.

         “This type of relic is pure and clean.  They should be glad.  This is God’s gift” he explained.  Jiang Yuelou shook his head.

         “God is lying to you.  People like you, pretending to be respectable, faking seriousness, are failures.  I’ve met too many.  You look like a joke” he replied, a small smile on his face.  The man in the glasses glared at him before he huffed.

         “They are all corrupted souls, filthy products.  They shouldn’t be alive in this world.  So dirty, so dirty” he declared before he started to laugh, the laugh almost like a cackle.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Outside of the interrogation room, Chu Ran and Sun Yongren were watching when suddenly a fax came in.

         “Time to work” Chu Ran stated, handing over the sheet to Sun Yongren.

         “Qiu Yong’s investigative information?” Sun Yongren wondered aloud, just as Jiang Yuelou walked in, causing both of them to stand to their feet.

         “Chief Jiang” Chu Ran greeted while Sun Yongren grinned at Jiang Yuelou.

         “Boss, Boss, you’re so awesome!  Look at you, once you went for it, he confessed to everything” he exclaimed before he smiled nervously.

         “Can we close the case?” he asked as Chu Ran looked over at the interrogation room.

         “But that one was pretty eccentric, almost like he was possessed” she murmured.  Sun Yongren shrugged his shoulders.

         “It’s just how it is” he replied as Jiang Yuelou handed him a clipboard.  Sun Yongren then looked at the paper that was on the clipboard and frowned.

         “Wu Hao?” he asked.

         “His name” Jiang Yuelou explained.  Sun Yongren hummed in surprise just as Song Rong walked into the room.

         “Boss, the witness statement was recorded.  The name of the victim tonight is Zhao Yi.  He’s a security guard of a clothes factory.  He finished the night shift, just about to go home.  Didn’t find anything suspicious” he explained.

         “Tell Zhao Yi: don’t steal anymore bras.  Let him go home” Jiang Yuelou ordered.  Song Rong raised an eyebrow.

         “Bras?” he repeated.  Chu Ran nodded and motioned to the interrogation room.

         “That’s what the “god” inside the room said” she replied.  Sun Yongren then looked over at Jiang Yuelou.

         “Boss.  You see, we already closed the case.  Shouldn’t we find a place to let loose and celebrate?” he asked, just as Chen Yuzhi stepped into the room.

         “Jiang Yuelou” he snapped and everyone in the room froze.  Chen Yuzhi’s eyes were glowing white as a bright aura began to glow around him; they had never seen him so angry before.

         “You actually went behind my back to arrest the suspect?” he hissed, making everyone in the room feel incredibly awkward, even Jiang Yuelou, who looked a little cowed.  Jiang Yuelou then looked around at his detectives before he cleared his throat.

         “Everyone did a good job today.  Clean up, go home, and rest” he ordered.  Chu Ran, Sun Yongren, and Song Rong nodded, quickly escaping the room to not be anywhere near Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou if they got into a fight.  Once they were gone, Chen Yuzhi’s eyes dimmed back to their normal brown and the bright aura faded, leaving him normal once more as Jiang Yuelou leaned against the desk in the room.

         “Explain to me what happened here” Chen Yuzhi ordered, making Jiang Yuelou look up at him with a raised eyebrow.

         “What?  Jealous?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi scoffed.

         “Are you kidding?  How could I be jealous of a narcissist like you?” he exclaimed.  Jiang Yuelou then fixed him with a look.

         “Who was it that said I can’t catch the perp?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi groaned.

         “Don’t you think the suspect revealed himself too quickly?” he exclaimed.  Jiang Yuelou smiled slightly.

         “That’s because I’m amazing” he replied as he pushed himself off the desk and walked out of the room.  Chen Yuzhi rolled his eyes.

         “Amazing at what, exactly?” he demanded as he followed after Jiang Yuelou.

         “Where are you going?!” he exclaimed.  Jiang Yuelou sighed and looked back at him.

         “What?  I’m going home to sleep, you want to micromanage that too?” he asked, voice starting to get snippy.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head as he stepped out of the room.

         “I’m telling you; you can’t close this case!” he exclaimed.  Jiang Yuelou smirked slightly.

         “And you say it’s not jealousy” he murmured.  Chen Yuzhi huffed.

         “Who’s jealous of you?  Do you think the broken traffic cams are just pointing the way for you?  The suspect runs into the barrel of the gun himself…this kind of logic, I can’t follow it” he declared.  Jiang Yuelou sighed.

         “He already confessed.  The witness statement and evidence are both present.  We have more than enough evidence” he stated before he clapped Chen Yuzhi on the arm.

         “You should just study hard abroad.  Let me handle public safety” he suggested before he removed his hand turned, walking off and leaving Chen Yuzhi to watch him walk away before he sighed heavily and crossed his arms.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Down in the morgue, Yu Tangchun was staring at some photographs that Ying Yue handed him.

         “When did you discover this?” he demanded. 

         “Last night.  The power suddenly went off and I thought it was really weird.  Then, when I went in the morgue to find the problem, I found that three refrigerator cabinets were open.  It was the three decedents from the serial killings.  Someone had opened their body bags and then I found these on the corpses.  But they weren’t on the M.E. reports” Ying Yue explained.  Yu Tangchun sighed.

         “Yes.  But Chief Jiang has already caught the suspect and if the numbers appeared during the night, then it probably wasn’t the action of the suspect.  Can it be…the back of the ears were smeared with concoctions?” he mused. 

Chapter Text

The next day, Jiang Yuelou was sitting at his desk, Chen Yuzhi hovering behind him like a dark cloud.

         “Have you asked about the traffic cams?” Chen Yuzhi asked, but Jiang Yuelou ignored him.  Chen Yuzhi let out an exasperated huff before he grabbed the file and slammed it closed, making Jiang Yuelou look up at him with narrowed eyes.

         “I said, has he admitted to messing with the traffic cams?” he snapped.  Jiang Yuelou sighed and shook his head.

         “No, he hasn’t admitted to this.  Chu Ran is still investigating” he replied, just as Sun Yongren appeared before them, holding a paper in his hand.

         “Boss.  Letter” he stated, holding the paper out to Jiang Yuelou, who took it.  Sun Yongren then looked at Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi, awkwardness on his face.

         “Um…Boss.  Wu Hao’s wife is over there trying to see him” he started, making Chen Yuzhi look up at him with wide eyes.

         “She’s sobbing hysterically and I tried to convince her to go home, but she won’t” he continued.

         “During this period of time, save for the lawyers, no one can see him” Jiang Yuelou declared before he looked at Sun Yongren.

         “Try to convince her, because I don’t have the power to bend the rules” he instructed.  Sun Yongren nodded as Chen Yuzhi frowned.

         “Wu Hao’s not single?” he asked.  Sun Yongren looked over at him and shook his head.

         “Single?  No.  Isn’t his wife in the waiting room?” he asked as he placed his hands on his hips.

         “And I’ve heard, he has a daughter who’s in elementary school.  I also heard that his wife’s family is pretty well off” he continued.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head.

         “He must have another reason for killing.  A person who belongs to a happy family suddenly committing such a crazy act…doesn’t make sense” he murmured as Jiang Yuelou sighed.

         “We already arrested the person.  Arrested one is one arrested” he argued, making Chen Yuzhi shoot him a look.  Sun Yongren gulped, not wanting to be between the two men if they fought, so he quickly cleared his throat.

         “Um…Boss.  The letter is from Yu Tangchun” he stated.  Jiang Yuelou nodded and quickly opened the letter, pulling out the photographs Ying Yue had shown Yu Tangchun.  As Jiang Yuelou looked over them, Chen Yuzhi peeked over his shoulder to look at the photos as well.

         “These are the three victims from Wu Hao’s case…” he whispered while Chen Yuzhi tilted his head to the side, curious.

         “What do these numbers mean?” he asked.

         “What numbers?” Bai Jinbo demanded as he walked into the bullpen.  Jiang Yuelou quickly stood up and bowed to him, Sun Yongren and Chen Yuzhi doing the same.

         “Commissioner Bai” they greeted as Jiang Yuelou handed Bai Jinbo the photos.  As Bai Jinbo looked at the photos, his eyes widened and he let out a gasp, his eyes getting wider with every photo he looked at.  Sun Yongren, Jiang Yuelou, and Chen Yuzhi all looked at him, rather concerned, before he suddenly turned and walked out of the bullpen, leaving Sun Yongren, Chen Yuzhi, and Jiang Yuelou in shock as Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi looked at one another, Jiang Yuelou shrugging before they looked back towards where their boss was running.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

In Bai Jinbo’s office, the man walked over to a safe and put a key into the lock before turning a dial, allowing him access to the safe.  He then searched through the case files that were in the safe before he grabbed one and pulled it out, placing it on his desk before he opened it and began to search through it, stopping at each case that had the same number as the number that was behind each victim’s ear.  After looking at the files, Bai Jinbo took a deep breath and steepled his fingers, staring off into space.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Down in the morgue, Ying Yue opened up one of the refrigerator doors and pulled out the body, opening up the body bag, allowing Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi to look at it.

         “Look here” she stated, turning the body’s head and pulling back the right ear to reveal the numbers.

         “The numbers aren’t handwritten…but it’s not a tattoo either” Chen Yuzhi mused. 

         “Then what is it?” Jiang Yuelou asked.  Chen Yuzhi looked over at him and hummed.

         “Something similar to a stamp.  And the person who wrote the numbers has a really strong sense of precision and perfection” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou frowned.

         “Sense of precision and perfection?  How come I don’t feel like writing on the back of the ear of a corpse isn’t anything pretty?” he asked. 

         “It’s precision, Yuelou, not pretty” Chen Yuzhi replied, causing Jiang Yuelou to roll his eyes.

         “When I first looked at the photo, I thought it was weird.  The place where the numbers are is very unique and are very precise.  It’s all on the back of the external concha” Chen Yuzhi  continued. 

         “In English, please, Yuzhi” Jiang Yuelou grumbled.  Chen Yuzhi smirked before he nodded.

         “To put it simply, if the numbers were printed here, if you don’t flip the ear, then it will never be discovered.  The person who printed these numbers has decent medical training and has a sense of perfection as well as severe OCD.  Has a more rigorous job.  In their life, they are a more cautious person” he explained.  Jiang Yuelou hummed.

         “So…the person who did this is a psycho with a sense of perfection?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi smiled and nodded.

         “Roughly speaking, yes” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou hummed again as he placed his hands on his hips.

         “Then, going by what you said, it probably wasn’t Wu Hao.  With the exception of the mental problems, he doesn’t fit what you listed.  Especially because he’s already been arrested” he mused.

         “Oh, I heard.  And you didn’t seem to have gotten anything out of him” Chen Yuzhi teased, looking over at Jiang Yuelou, who shot him a look.

         “I’m going to remind you one more time: he already confessed” he gritted out.

         “I think it’s necessary to interrogate once more” Chen Yuzhi argued.

         “No need” Jiang Yuelou countered.

         “What do you mean “no need”?” Chen Yuzhi exclaimed. 

         “If I say there’s no need, then there’s no need!” Jiang Yuelou hissed. 

         “If I say there’s a need, then there’s a need!” Chen Yuzhi argued. 

         “No” Jiang Yuelou declared.

         “Yes” Chen Yuzhi stated.

         “No” Jiang Yuelou replied.

         “Yes” Chen Yuzhi countered.

         “No” Jiang Yuelou snapped.

         “Yes” Chen Yuzhi exclaimed.  Meanwhile, through their fighting, Ying Yue looked between the two men, confusion and a look of “I’d rather be anywhere else right now” on her face.

         “No” Jiang Yuelou barked.

         “Yes” Chen Yuzhi declared.

         “No” Jiang Yuelou grumbled.

         “No” Chen Yuzhi countered, switching it up on Jiang Yuelou.

         “Yes” Jiang Yuelou snapped, making Chen Yuzhi grin.

         “Ah, see, you said it yourself” he teased before he turned and walked out of the morgue, making Jiang Yuelou’s eyes widened as he looked at the back of the man.

         “You!” he exclaimed, infuriated that this man was getting under his skin.  He then placed his hands on his hips, let out a huff, and began to follow when he suddenly stopped and bowed to Ying Yue.

         “Thank you” he thanked before he rushed after Chen Yuzhi.

         “No problem” Ying Yue replied.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Later that evening, Jiang Yuelou walked into the bullpen and found Chen Yuzhi resting in his chair.  He stared at the young man for a moment before he sighed and removed his leather jacket from around him, about to put it on Chen Yuzhi when the man opened his eyes and turned to look at him.

         “What are you doing?” he asked, exhaustion evident in his eyes.  Jiang Yuelou blinked before he quickly put his jacket back on, clearing his throat.

         “Nothing, just putting on my jacket” he replied before he placed his hands on his hips, looking down at the man.

         “You said you’re heading off to the US tomorrow.  Why are you still here?  Hurry up and go home” he instructed.  Chen Yuzhi said nothing, trying to blink the sleep from his eyes, when he noticed something on the whiteboard behind Jiang Yuelou.  His eyes widened and he pushed himself up from his chair, walking over to the whiteboard.  Meanwhile, outside in the hall, Bai Jinbo was heading towards the bullpen when he heard Chen Yuzhi talking.

         “No…it’s all wrong” he declared.  Jiang Yuelou looked over at him and placed a hand on his hips.

         “What’s wrong?” he asked, voice losing its hard edge.  Chen Yuzhi noticed the difference before he huffed.

         “I think Commissioner Bai is keeping something from us so that’s why the case deductions turned out to be this complicated” he explained.  Jiang Yuelou looked at him for a moment before he sighed.

         “This is my case.  I will solve it myself.  I don’t need you wasting your energy pointing things out for me” he stated.  Chen Yuzhi gave him a look.

         “I’m only helping you to stop you from heading down the wrong path!” he exclaimed, making Jiang Yuelou hold up a hand.

         “Stop, I can’t handle it” he ordered.  At that moment, Bai Jinbo quickly turned and headed back to his office while Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou turned away from each other, their hands on their hips, noises of annoyance escaping from their mouths. 

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Back in his office, Bai Jinbo was sitting at his desk, looking down at a sheet of paper that was before him labeled “Public Announcement”.  He stared at it for a moment longer before he took his pen and sighed on the dotted line, agreeing to whatever the paper said. 

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

The next morning, the public announcement was placed on the bulletin board in the lobby for everyone in the office to look at.

         “Look, look, here” one secretary whispered.

         “Have you heard of S.C.I.?” another detective asked.

         “This?  I heard it’s Chief Jiang’s responsibility” another secretary whispered.

         “Really?” the first secretary replied.  Just then, Zhao Jingming walked up to the board and looked at the public announcement, frowning. 

         “S.C.I.?” he read aloud before he looked down at the members, noticing that Jiang Yuelou was labeled “Leader”.

         “江月楼” he snarled.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

A little while later, Bai Jinbo, dressed in his police uniform, stood before many reporters from different press and news stations.

         “The Jing City Police Department announces that we are creating a special cases investigation unit.  Abbreviated as S.C.I.  The unit’s every move is independent.  All their actions will be reported by the leader and deputy leader of the unit straight to the director of the police department.  When investigating, the unit is not restricted by any other units.  When S.C.I. asks other units to cooperate, the other units cannot resist.  They need to help to the best of their ability.  Leader of the unit, Jiang Yuelou.  He is extraordinary as the future star of the police department.  Deputy Leader, Chen Yuzhi.  The most masterful psychological doctor.  Medical Examiner, Yu Tangchun.  Team members Sun Yongren, Song Rong, Yu Zining, and Chu Ran.  They solve cases by taking the road less traveled.  They have a wealth of knowledge.  They dare to push, dare to fight.  This is not only a challenge for their generation; it is a strategy to counter high IQ high tech crimes.  S.C.I. will be alert at all times.  Always ahead of everyone else to prevent tragedies from befalling on anyone.  They will step on the footprints of those before.  Grow together and work together.  Keep the public safe, combat crime.  Jing City Police is proud of them!” he declared.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Upstairs in the new S.C.I. department, Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou stood before their new team.

         “S.C.I.’s first official meeting starts now” Jiang Yuelou declared, arms crossed in front of his chest while Chen Yuzhi’s hands were on his hips. 

         “Yes sir” Chu Ran, Song Rong, Zining, Sun Yongren, and Yu Tangchun replied, saluting their two bosses.

         “The hit and run case got more complicated as numbers were left on the bodies of the victims.  Our next investigative direction is primarily on three sets of numbers.  They are respectively: 0423, 0611, 1020.  This is the perp declaring war with us” Jiang Yuelou declared.

         “This is also the flaw the suspect left us” Chen Yuzhi added.  Jiang Yuelou sent him a side glare, just as the phone on Chu Ran’s desk rang.  Everyone turned to look at it as Jiang Yuelou walked over to the phone and answered it.

         “Hello?” he answered.

         “Chief Jiang, there’s a new victim” Ying Yue called from the morgue as she lifted the right ear up to reveal the numbers “0817”. 

Chapter Text

It was a bright and beautiful day as a young woman was yanking books off a shelf, only to discover an old leather bound journal.  She quickly opened the journal and began looking through it, coming upon pictures of bloodied roses and other gruesome images as well as a frightening picture of a strange monster.  When she flipped to the last page, she found a strange symbol in red, making her hands begin to shake.  Meanwhile, a little girl was sitting in a chair, holding a doll in one hand while holding a phone with the picture of Wu Hao on it in the other.

         “Mama” she called out.  The young woman who was looking through the journal quickly put down the book and walked over to her daughter, kneeling before her.

         “What’s wrong, baby?” she asked.

         “I miss Daddy.  When is Daddy coming back?” the little girl replied.  The young woman smiled and gently stroked her daughter’s cheek.

         “Daddy’s coming back very soon.  Don’t worry, okay?” she instructed.  The little girl hummed, just as the doorbell to the apartment rung.  The young woman frowned and stood up, walking over to the door.  When she opened the door, she smiled, only to have the smile quickly wiped off her face as she let out a horrified gasp.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Up in the S.C.I. office, Jiang Yuelou was walking in for the morning when Yu Tangchun rushed over to him, panting.

         “Chief Jiang, a new number appeared” he declared.  Jiang Yuelou frowned before he grabbed Yu Tangchun by the arm.

         “Let’s talk about it in my office” he ordered, making Chen Yuzhi, who was talking to Sun Yongren, look up and narrow his eyes. 

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

A little while later, Jiang Yuelou walked downstairs and headed out to his car, reaching inside his pocket for his keys when he suddenly couldn’t find them.  He patted his entire person before he looked up to see Chen Yuzhi sitting in his car, holding up his keys with a small smirk on his face.  Jiang Yuelou let out an exasperated sigh before he walked over to his car, walking over to the driver’s side and opening the door, getting in before snatching the keys back from Chen Yuzhi.

         “It seems that Dr. Chen has also researched about pickpocketing” he murmured as he shut his door.

         “I have to see what kind of person this Wu Hao is” Chen Yuzhi replied as he shut his car door as well.  Jiang Yuelou frowned.

         “How did you know I’m going to see Wu Hao?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi scoffed.

         “If not this, what else can Yu Tangchun be talking to you about?  I’m the expert in psychoanalysis” he replied, looking over at Jiang Yuelou with a smirk.  Jiang Yuelou rolled his eyes before he stepped on the gas, roaring out of the police station and onto the road. 

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

While they were on the road, Jiang Yuelou hummed.

         “I’m wondering…does this count as field work or office work?” he mused.  Chen Yuzhi huffed.

         “I go wherever I’m needed” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou shut his eyes and let out a deep sigh as Chen Yuzhi crossed his arms.

         “Talk” he ordered.

         “0817” Jiang Yuelou replied as he sped down the freeway, a black car following rather close behind them.   As they were driving, Jiang Yuelou glanced in the rearview mirror, noticing that the black car was rather close.

         “I think we have a tail” he murmured.  Chen Yuzhi looked over at him and frowned.

         “We’re being followed?” he asked, shocked.  Jiang Yuelou smirked, making Chen Yuzhi a little nervous; when Jiang Yuelou smirked, bad things were bound to happen.

         “We’ll know after a little test” he replied before he suddenly jerked the car to the left, causing Chen Yuzhi to grab onto the safety bar above his head as Jiang Yuelou sped down the freeway.  However, the black car was still following close behind when Jiang Yuelou then suddenly jerked the wheel to the right, driving down an empty street.  The black car tried to follow, but was unfortunately stopped by a minivan that almost hit it.  As they were driving down the street, Chen Yuzhi was still clutching the safety bar rather tightly before he took a deep breath and released it.  Jiang Yuelou continued to drive down the street while looking in the rearview mirror, watching as the black car turned and continued to drive down the freeway.

         “Still too green” he tsked before he sped off to the correctional institution where Wu Hao was being kept.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

At the correctional institution, Wu Hao was placed in a chair that almost looked like a high-chair, with a little metal bar in front of his body so that he couldn’t escape.  He was dressed in a straight-jacket and he twitched and jumped and struggled in his straight-jacket, almost as if he was possessed. 

         “He has mental problems” Chen Yuzhi mused as he and Jiang Yuelou watched him from behind the bars of the cell door. 

         “I can see that.  You just confirm it” Jiang Yuelou replied. 

         “I’ll have to doge the sanctions of the law” Chen Yuzhi murmured.  Jiang Yuelou hummed before he knocked on the bars, telling the guard inside the cell to let them in.  The guard turned towards them and Jiang Yuelou showed him his badge, causing the guard to salute.

         “Yes sir” he replied before he opened the door.  Jiang Yuelou then stepped inside, looking at the guard.

         “I want to talk to him for a little bit” he stated.  The guard nodded and slipped past both him and Chen Yuzhi, shutting the door behind him as he left.  Jiang Yuelou then walked over to the desk that was in the room and sat down on it while Chen Yuzhi began to walk around Wu Hao, studying him.  Wu Hao then began to laugh before he looked at Chen Yuzhi, smiling slightly.

         “What a perfect piece of artwork.  You are the most perfect creature I have seen in my life” he declared, making Chen Yuzhi raise an eyebrow as he crossed his arms. 

         “Your eyes are like precious opals, the color of ambers!” Wu Hao continued before he began to laugh again.

         “What?  You’re switching to harassment now, is that right?” Jiang Yuelou asked, raising an eyebrow as he looked at Wu Hao.  Wu Hao then looked over at him as he grabbed the file that he was carrying and opened it.

         “The people you wanted to get rid of, just as you wished” he stated, turning and showing Wu Hao the photos of the victims with the stamps behind their ears. 

         “Dead.  Satisfied?” Jiang Yuelou asked. 

         “Zhao Yi.  He needs to die too!  He has to die” Wu Hao exclaimed.  Chen Yuzhi looked at him and narrowed his eyes as he continued to talk.

         “Filth pollute the earth.  God will make his judgement” Wu Hao declared.

         “Who wrote the numbers?” Jiang Yuelou demanded, ignoring Wu Hao’s statement.  Wu Hao smiled evilly.

         “God gave it.  How sacred and perfect!” he exclaimed.  Chen Yuzhi continued to look at him before he hummed.

         “You don’t seem surprised at all” he mused.  Wu Hao looked over at him and raised an eyebrow.

         “Surprised?  Isn’t it just a tattoo?” he asked, making Jiang Yuelou look at him with a frown.

         “Who told you it was a tattoo?  Why don’t you say it was ink that was painted on?” he demanded.  Wu Hao frowned.

         “So it isn’t a tattoo?” he asked.

         “Tattoos can’t be washed off.  But regular ink can be” Chen Yuzhi replied.  Wu Hao blinked as he took in this information while Chen Yuzhi kept talking.

         “The position of the numbers are unique, and the style is the exact same.  Normal people, when they first see it, no matter what, will not think that it’s a tattoo” he explained.  Wu Hao hummed.

         “As I’m aware, these images drawn on the skin are all tattoos” he replied. 

         “Images?” Jiang Yuelou repeated, making Chen Yuzhi look over at him.

         “Why did you say images and not numbers?” he continued, glancing up at Chen Yuzhi who cocked an eyebrow before looking down at Wu Hao. 

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Meanwhile, in the beautiful apartment, the young woman and the little girl were sitting on the floor, bound tightly by rope as they whined and screamed. 

         “Mama!” the little girl cried.

         “No!  No!  Please, spare my daughter” the young woman screamed as a person dressed in a suit slowly stalked over to them, carrying a giant case of gasoline. 

         “No!  Please spare my daughter!” the young woman cried but the person didn’t listen as they doused both the young woman and little girl in gasoline.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

         “Over the next two days, experts in psychology will determine your mental situation” Chen Yuzhi explained to Wu Hao back in the correctional institution. 

         “If your mental state really does have problems, then you can escape the fate of prison.  You’ll go into a mental hospital for treatment” he continued before he looked at Wu Hao.

         “Let me ask you a question: are you afraid of going to prison?” he asked, tilting his head to the side. 

         “Going to prison…who isn’t?” Wu Hao replied before he began to laugh again.

         “But you’re different” Chen Yuzhi stated suddenly on the other side of Wu Hao, making him look up at him in shock.

         “For someone with severe OCD to go to prison, it’s the same as death.  Am I right?” Chen Yuzhi asked, eyes taking on a soft white glow.  Wu Hao didn’t say anything and looked away from him.

         “You’re very strict.  Rules and order are very important to you” Chen Yuzhi continued, once again on the other side of Wu Hao, startling him.  Wu Hao shut his eyes and looked away as Chen Yuzhi appeared in front of him, eyes now glowing bright white.

         “Prisons don’t have these.  There, it’s all cramped spaces, filthy air, germs everywhere.  Security cameras.  You will live together with a lot of people” he purred, his face getting almost uncomfortably close to Wu Hao, who was twitching and nearly going into a nervous breakdown.

         “No, no, no.  I won’t be stuck in jail.  I’m sick, I’m sick!” he exclaimed.

         “Yes, you are sick!” Chen Yuzhi roared, once again getting in Wu Hao’s face.

         “You have severe OCD so it causes a compulsive need for cleanliness and causes anxiety.  Insecurities.  You always feel like there’s a voice talking incessantly in your ear.  You feel like everyone is filthy; they are all impure” he continued, voice soft and deadly.  Meanwhile, Jiang Yuelou watched on, a small proud smile on his face.

         “Talk” he ordered after a few moments of silence as he let Chen Yuzhi work.

         “Talk about what?” Wu Hao whimpered. 

         “You probably don’t know.  Me?  I’m one of the best psychologists in Jing City.  If I conclude in my psychological report that you don’t have any mental problems, do you think the judge would be swayed?” Chen Yuzhi asked as he stood up and placed his hands on his hips, eyes no longer glowing brightly, but were once again glowing softly.  Wu Hao whimpered and turned away from Chen Yuzhi as Jiang Yuelou crossed his arms.

         “You have two choices: one, give me nothing but the truth, or two, spend the rest of your life in prison” he stated.  Wu Hao shook his head.

         “I can’t.  I can’t.  I can’t betray them.  Betraying means punishment.  Can’t.  I can’t” he whispered.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Back in the apartment, after dousing the young woman and little girl in gasoline, the mysterious person took a lighter out of their pants pocket and opened the lid.

         “Mama!” the little girl cried.

         “No!” the young woman screamed as the mysterious person flicked on the lighter, causing a flame to appear. 

         “No!” the young woman screamed as the mysterious person dropped the lighter onto the floor and onto the doll, which immediately caught fire and began to spread towards the young woman and her daughter.

         “I beg you!  Spare my daughter!” the young woman screamed.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

         “I can see my God.  Do you understand?” Wu Hao asked as he looked at Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou, who were now sitting side by side.

         “My God…my God told me those couple of people all had to die.  Yes.  They have to die.  Really, killing people, should be a really clean action” he continued.  Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou were quiet before Jiang Yuelou looked over at Chen Yuzhi.

         “Are you sure this man here is really conscious?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi looked over at him and nodded solemnly, making Jiang Yuelou sigh and shake his head.

         “But that’s the difference between me and God.  I should have thought of cleaning filth as a process of creating artwork” Wu Hao continued.

         “Then…your supposed God…where did you see him?” Chen Yuzhi asked.  Wu Hao looked over at him and narrowed his eyes.

         “The light of God cannot be seen by human eyes or your eyes will lose their light.  Human eyes are too normal, too ordinary.  They are not worthy of seeing the true form of God” he exclaimed, just as Jiang Yuelou’s phone rang. 

         “Hello?” he answered.

         “Boss.  Wu Hao’s wife is dead!” Sun Yongren exclaimed on the other line.  Jiang Yuelou’s eyes widened.

         “What?  Dead?” he breathed, making Chen Yuzhi look over at him with wide eyes as well. 

         “Who’s dead?” he whispered.  Jiang Yuelou looked over at him before bringing his attention back to the phone call.

         “Send me the photo” he ordered.

         “Yes sir” Sun Yongren replied.  The photo arrived within seconds, which both Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi looked at, Chen Yuzhi looking particularly ill after seeing it.  Jiang Yuelou sighed before he pushed himself off the desk and walked over to Wu Hao, standing beside him.

         “Then…your God…the God you talked so much about…treats your family like this” he growled as he showed Wu Hao the photo of his wife and daughter practically burnt to a crisp.

         “No!  No!” Wu Hao screamed as soon as he saw the photo. 

         “Why not?” Jiang Yuelou snapped, glaring at Wu Hao.

         “This is your wife and daughter!  Look closely.  Open your eyes and look closely” he snarled, eyes flicking to black.  Wu Hao looked at the photo, shaking his eyes.

         “He said, as long as I did as he said, God would protect them!” he screamed, just as the guard walked over to the door.

         “Chief Jiang” the guard called.  Chen Yuzhi looked up at him and quickly put a finger to his lips, silencing the guard so that Jiang Yuelou could work.

         “How does he protect you?  Say it” Jiang Yuelou demanded.  Wu Hao said nothing and just continued to wail as he struggled in his restraints, trying to get out of the chair and straight-jacket.  As he struggled, Chen Yuzhi frowned at the man’s behavior when Wu Hao suddenly threw himself and the chair over, falling to the ground as he continued to wail.  Jiang Yuelou’s eyes widened and he and Chen Yuzhi quickly moved to keep the man restrained while the guard rushed in, pulling out a taser wand, and used it on Wu Hao, causing Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi to flinch back at the violent force needed to calm the man down and stun him.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

After the interrogation process, Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi walked out of the correctional institution, both a little shaken.

         “Do you think Wu Hao was really off the rails back there?” Jiang Yuelou asked once they were outside of the gates of the correctional institution. 

         “His actions are more like he’s hypnotized or under the influence of psychological suggestion” Chen Yuzhi replied before he sighed and put his hands on his hips.

         “The feeling he gave me back there is like he was stimulated or activated at the same time” he continued.

         “Stimulated, yes.  What activated him?  Action, words, or props?” Jiang Yuelou asked.

         “Activated by action is too difficult.  In this type of scenario, the chance of it appearing in real life is almost impossible” Chen Yuzhi replied.  Jiang Yuelou frowned.

         “What do you mean, impossible?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi said nothing before he reached out and took Jiang Yuelou’s hand, causing him to flinch and quickly pull his hand away.

         “What are you doing?” he demanded.  Chen Yuzhi smirked slightly.

         “Jiang Yuelou, what happened just now is a type of strong suggestion” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou shook his head.

         “No, that was you molesting me in broad daylight!” he exclaimed.  Chen Yuzhi rolled his eyes.

         “Think about your condition just now.  A normal person is sensitive to certain actions of other people.  That is a normal reaction.  But Wu Hao, he no longer has emotional reactions like other people.  He goes straight to the extreme of self-harm or even suicide” he explained as Wu Hao’s words came back to both of them.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

         “He said as long as I did what he said, God will protect them” Wu Hao exclaimed.

         “Protect you?  How does he protect you, say it!” Jiang Yuelou roared.  Just as the guard came to the door, Chen Yuzhi made a shushing motion, and Wu Hao immediately stilled, causing Jiang Yuelou to look up at Chen Yuzhi with a frown on his face.  Wu Hao also stared at Chen Yuzhi for a moment before he went completely berserk and started thrashing around and screaming.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

         “Do you think this motion just now—” Jiang Yuelou started, making the shushing motion.

         “—could have been a stimulant?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi frowned as he looked at Jiang Yuelou making the motion before he quickly turned away, thinking.

         “This action is easy to recognize but…” he started.

         “But what?” Jiang Yuelou asked.

         “But the person who can do it to this level of complication died twenty years ago” Chen Yuzhi replied.  Jiang Yuelou frowned before he sighed.

         “Let’s go.  Let’s wait till he calms down.   For the sake of his wife and daughter, he’ll probably give everything up” he stated before he motioned for Chen Yuzhi to follow him as they started to walk away from the correctional institution. 

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Up in his cell, Wu Hao tossed and turned on his cot, moaning and groaning, until he suddenly sat up, eyes clear as day.

         “Jiang Yuelou!  Come out Jiang Yuelou!  I confess.  Come out!  Come out!” he cried out.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Back at the precinct, Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi were walking into their department, only to find Yu Tangchun, Chu Ran, Song Rong, and Sun Yongren standing before them.

         “Chief Jiang.  Dr. Chen” they all greeted. 

         “We’re getting into the car now” Song Rong stated.  Jiang Yuelou frowned.

         “What?” he asked.  Sun Yongren, Song Rong, and Chu Ran said nothing as they walked past the two men while Yu Tangchun sighed, hefting his kit.

         “Chief Jiang, Wu Hao’s dead” he deadpanned.  Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou looked at him in shock.

         “How is that possible?” Jiang Yuelou demanded before he looked at Chen Yuzhi, whose eyes were wide.

         “We left less than an hour ago” he exclaimed. 

         “The description didn’t sound like it was a suicide” Yu Tangchun replied.  Jiang Yuelou was quiet before he gritted his teeth.

         “Let’s go” he growled before he turned and walked away.  Chen Yuzhi and Yu Tangchun nodded and quickly followed after him.  The M.E. van and three other vans quickly roared out of the garage, all heading to the correctional institution.

Chapter Text

At the correctional institution, Jiang Yuelou, flanked by Chen Yuzhi and Yu Tangchun, stormed over to Wu Hao’s cell as the guard was getting reprimanded by his leader.

         “You can’t even keep one person alive!” the leader snapped, just as Jiang Yuelou arrived before them.

         “Sir” the two guards greeted as Jiang Yuelou, Chen Yuzhi, and Yu Tangchun stopped before Wu Hao’s cell and looked inside to see the man lying on his cot, pale and still as death.  Chen Yuzhi frowned at the body before he looked over at Jiang Yuelou and Yu Tangchun, who also threw each other looks before Yu Tangchun nodded and stepped inside the cell, walking over to the body and setting down his kit.

         “He was alive and well, how did he just die?  Is this how you keep an eye out?” Jiang Yuelou demanded, glaring at the guards with black eyes as demonic energy began to swirl around him.  The guard lowered his head, ashamed.

         “We’re investigating now” the guard replied, just as Yu Tangchun looked up from studying the body.

         “Chief Jiang, come over here” he called out.  Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi turned before quickly entering the cell, Jiang Yuelou walking over to Yu Tangchun as the man lifted up Wu Hao’s ear to reveal four more numbers.

         “0114” he declared.  Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi looked at one another before they looked back at the body.

         “Get me the security footage from the entire day.  I don’t believe that there’s a ghost killer” Jiang Yuelou growled to the guard.  The guard nodded.

         “Okay” he agreed as Chen Yuzhi looked over at him.

         “Qian Sir, did your prison guards find anything out of the ordinary?  The criminal besides Wu Hao.  Did he see anything?” he asked.  The guard shook his head.

         “But you can’t communicate with those two.  I’m thinking of other solutions” he replied.

         “Can’t communicate?” Jiang Yuelou repeated before he huffed.

         “Get them out.  We’ll ask” he declared before he turned and walked out of the cell. 

         “Yes sir” the guard replied, saluting the man.  Chen Yuzhi stared at Wu Hao’s body for another moment before he turned and followed Jiang Yuelou out of the room.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

         “You’re Liu Shen” Jiang Yuelou declared as he sat before a large bald man who was staring off into space.  When the man didn’t answer, Jiang Yuelou sighed and stopped twirling the pen in his fingers as he looked at the man again.

         “You are Liu Shen” he repeated.

         “You’re not the cop in charge of my case” Liu Shen replied. 

         “I wanted you here.  It has nothing to do with your case” Jiang Yuelou replied.  Liu Shen huffed.

         “Sorry.  Except for my case, I will say nothing” he replied, his tone lazy, as if he was bored. 

         “You have to know what happened in the jail cell next to yours” Jiang Yuelou mused.  Liu Shen scoffed before he looked at Jiang Yuelou.

         “I don’t like the odor on you…so I don’t know” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou raised an eyebrow.

         “What’s the odor on me?” he asked.

         “It’s the smell of blood” Liu Shen replied, finally sitting up properly.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Meanwhile, in another room, Chen Yuzhi was sitting before a young man who somehow made himself small enough to fit his entire body into the chair that he was sitting on.

         “Qin Jia Qi” Chen Yuzhi started, making the young man’s head shoot up from where it was buried in his knees.  Chen Yuzhi smiled slightly.

         “No need to be nervous, Jia Qi.  I just wanted to ask a couple of easy questions.  You have to answer me honestly, okay?” he asked.  Qin Jia Qi gave him a quick nod as he looked down at his feet that he had tucked up onto the chair.

         “Did you see anybody that stood out?  Pass in front of your room?” Chen Yuzhi asked gently.  Qin Jia Qi began to nod when he suddenly and almost violently shook his head “no”.  Chen Yuzhi frowned.

         “Is that a yes or a no?” he asked.

         “I didn’t see anybody” Qin Jia Qi replied, his voice shaky and stammery.  Chen Yuzhi frowned at his answer.

         “You didn’t see anybody…then did you see a ghost?” he asked and the minute he said “ghost”, Qin Jia Qi’s head shot up again and he began to shake as his eyes blew wide.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

In the other cell, Jiang Yuelou was still interrogating Liu Shen.

         “Then what’s the smell on you?” he asked, crossing his arms as he titled his head at Liu Shen.  Liu Shen sniffed himself before he leaned forward, looking at Jiang Yuelou.

         “It’s also blood.  It’s the bastard at home, her blood got on me.  Your smell is the same as her.  You guys are friends” he replied before he began to cackle like the madman that he was.  Jiang Yuelou looked at him and quirked a small smile before he sighed and crossed his arms.

         “It’s true, the ones who kill women are cowards” he murmured.  Liu Shen immediately stopped laughing and suddenly lunged at Jiang Yuelou, but thankfully the guard grabbed him in time and put him into a choke hold, pulling him back.

         “Let go, let go!  I’ll tell you.  Let go” Liu Shen exclaimed as he struggled against the guard’s arm.  Jiang Yuelou said nothing as he looked up at the guard and motioned for him to step back, allowing Liu Shen to breathe.  Once the guards arms were off from his neck, Liu Shen motioned for Jiang Yuelou to come towards him.

         “You come here, come here” he instructed.  Jiang Yuelou slowly walked over to him and before Liu Shen could do anything, Jiang Yuelou grabbed the metal links between the handcuffs and yanked them back so that Liu Shen’s arms and hands were over his head, causing him to cry out in pain.

         “It’s the Devil.  Devil” he exclaimed.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

         “Not a ghost.  It’s much stronger than a ghost” Qin Jia Qi whispered to Chen Yuzhi in the other room.  Chen Yuzhi frowned.

         “Stronger than a ghost?  Then what is it?” he asked.  Qin Jia Qi made a shushing gesture, his eyes still wide.

         “I can’t say it.  He’ll hear me” he replied before he lowered his head and continued to cower in the chair.  Chen Yuzhi sighed before he pushed himself to his feet and walked over to Qin Jia Qi, leaning down next to him.

         “Jia Qi.  You tell me very quietly; he can’t hear” he whispered.  Qin Jia Qi said nothing before he slowly looked up at Chen Yuzhi.

         “It’s Satan” he declared, his eyes blowing wide. 

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

After talking with both men, Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi once again left the correctional institution, now with new information.

         “How was it?  Did you get anything?” Jiang Yuelou asked once Chen Yuzhi walked out of the institution. 

         “Satan’s on Earth.  He did it” Chen Yuzhi replied, looking over at him.  Jiang Yuelou raised an eyebrow before he huffed.

         “What did you get?” Chen Yuzhi asked, placing his hands on his hips.

         “About the same.  It’s all a strong Western troublemaker.  Mine said he saw the Devil” Jiang Yuelou replied.  Chen Yuzhi hummed as he crossed his arms.

         “Do you think we can believe them?” Jiang Yuelou asked, looking over at him.  Chen Yuzhi sighed and shrugged.

         “One, the both of them didn’t have a chance to collaborate stories, two they had no reason to lie.  So we can probably believe them” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou hummed.

         “So a devil called Satan is committing crimes?” he asked, not really buying the whole thing.  Chen Yuzhi shrugged again.

         “I think it’s the only thing that makes sense” he declared.  Jiang Yuelou shot him a look.

         “I think only this psychologist can accept this explanation” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi smirked.

         “I think I need a nervous breakdown” he mused.  Jiang Yuelou rolled his eyes, just as his phone rang.  He sighed and pulled his phone out of his pocket, looking at the caller ID before glancing at Chen Yuzhi.  He then he took a few steps away before answering it.

         “Hello?” he answered.

         “Chief Jiang” Yu Tangchun greeted on the other line.

         “Is the autopsy done?” Jiang Yuelou asked as Chen Yuzhi slowly began to walk away from the institution.

         “There’s a puncture wound, looks like from a needle, in Wu Hao’s heart” Yu Tangchun replied.  Jiang Yuelou nodded.

         “Okay, understood” he replied as he hung up.  After hanging up, he looked up to see a car speeding directly towards Chen Yuzhi, making his eyes widen.

         “Yuzhi!” he exclaimed, quickly pocketing his phone before running towards Chen Yuzhi, shoving him out of the way before he ran up the front of the car, flipped over the top, and then landed on his feet behind the car, quickly pulling out his .9 mm.  He then fired multiple shots after the car, but the car kept swerving, so none of his shots actually hit the body of the car before it sped away.  Jiang Yuelou let out a growl of annoyance before he looked over at Chen Yuzhi, who was pushing himself to his feet with a look of pain on his face.  His eyes widened and he quickly ran over to him, clutching at his arm.

         “Are you okay?” he demanded.  Chen Yuzhi waved a hand.

         “I’m fine.  It’s just a scratch” he replied, showing Jiang Yuelou his scraped and bloody right hand before he looked at him.

         “Who was that on the phone?” he asked.  Jiang Yuelou put his gun back in his holster and straightened his jacket before he huffed.

         “Tangchun said Wu Hao died of a poisonous injection to the heart” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi hummed.

         “Then did he saw Wu Hao have any injuries on him?  Or any other—” he started. 

         “No” Jiang Yuelou replied with a shake of his head.  Chen Yuzhi sighed.

         “Then Wu Hao really was stabbed in the heart by a needle without any struggle” he mused.  Jiang Yuelou shook his head.

         “Let’s not think about it now.  Let’s head back” he suggested before motioning to Chen Yuzhi’s hand.

         “Have Tangchun take a look at that” he added before he smirked.

         “If you die, he can do an autopsy on you” he teased.  Chen Yuzhi shot him a look.

         “Fuck you” he snapped.  Jiang Yuelou smirked before he took him by the arm.

         “Let’s go” he declared.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Back at S.C.I., Zining was looking at her multiple computer screens when she noticed something weird on one of them, making her frown.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Meanwhile, downstairs in the morgue, Jiang Yuelou was standing before Chen Yuzhi, who was getting his hand bandaged by Yu Tangchun. 

         “I mean, Dr. Chen, you sprained your hand from just a fall.  Isn’t it time to work out?” Jiang Yuelou teased.  Chen Yuzhi shot him a glare.

         “If you hadn’t pushed me, I wouldn’t have fallen, would I?” he snapped.  Jiang Yuelou gave him a calm look in return.

         “If I didn’t push you, you wouldn’t have just hurt your hand” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi narrowed his eyes and opened his mouth to retort when Zining ran over to the morgue door.

         “Chief Jiang, Chief Jiang” she exclaimed.  Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi looked over at her.

         “Mm?” Jiang Yuelou replied.

         “Chief Jiang, can you come out?” Zining asked.  Jiang Yuelou sighed.

         “If you have something to say, come inside” he replied.  Zining made a face.

         “It’s not really convenient, so please, can you step outside?” she asked.  Jiang Yuelou sighed and walked over to the door, stepping outside to speak to her, leaving Yu Tangchun and Chen Yuzhi looking at each other with narrowed eyes.

         “What’s all that about?” Yu Tangchun asked.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head.

         “No idea” he replied. 

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Outside, Jiang Yuelou looked at Zining with hands on his hips.

         “What is it that you wanted to tell me?” he asked.  Zining sighed before she walked over to him and cupped her hand by her mouth.

         “The security footage from the jail has been edited” she whispered.  Jiang Yuelou’s eyes widened before he quickly walked away from Zining and headed towards Bai Jinbo’s office.

         “Chief Jiang” the secretary greeted, but Jiang Yuelou held up a hand to silence her before he walked over to Bai Jinbo’s door and knocked.

         “Come in” Bai Jinbo called from inside.  Jiang Yuelou then opened the door and stepped inside.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Once inside, Jiang Yuelou and Bai Jinbo sat down on Bai Jinbo’s couch, Jiang Yuelou feeling a little nervous.

         “Commissioner Bai…today at the jail a black car suddenly charged towards us.  I got out of the way but Chen Yuzhi sprained his wrist” he explained.

         “You have to continue on this case.  You have any situation; you have to report to me immediately” Bai Jinbo instructed.  Jiang Yuelou nodded.

         “Oh yes, by the way, starting today, Chen Yuzhi will be moving to your apartment, for your safety” Bai Jinbo continued, making Jiang Yuelou’s eyes widened in shock.

         “That way you’ll both have someone to watch your backs”  Bai Jinbo finished.  Jiang Yuelou then shook his head.

         “No, Commissioner Bai, that’s not necessary.  I think Chen Yuzhi is pretty—” he started.

         “Then it’s decided.  Chen Yuzhi is very capable in psychology, but in other areas, he’s not that great” Bai Jinbo explained, interrupting Jiang Yuelou before looking at him.

         “Also, you are too emotional in making decisions.  With him there, you two can keep each other in check.  And I need to guarantee both of your safety to your uncles” he explained.  Jiang Yuelou sighed.

         “Okay.  Then I’ll take my leave” he stated as he stood to his feet.  Bai Jinbo then stood to his feet as well, Jiang Yuelou grasping his hand in a handshake before lightly tapping his left index finger onto Bai Jinbo’s wrist.

         “There’s a traitor; be careful of surveillance” he tapped before he released Bai Jinbo’s hand and turned away, heading out the door.  Once he was gone, Bai Jinbo’s smile fell from his face and he looked rather concerned. 

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Later that evening, downstairs in the firing room, Zhao Jingming was firing round after round at a target while in the next booth, Chen Yuzhi was watching as Jiang Yuelou practiced his aim with his gun.  Every shot that Jiang Yuelou fired hit the “bullseye” of the target every time, making him hum before he pressed the button to bring the target forward so that he could see how well he did.  Once the target was in front of him, he looked over at Chen Yuzhi and took off his safety earmuffs.

         “You try” he suggested.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head.

         “I didn’t bring a gun” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou gave him a look.

         “You seriously didn’t bring your issued gun?” he exclaimed. 

         “I really didn’t” Chen Yuzhi replied honestly.  Jiang Yuelou let out a groan before he looked at Chen Yuzhi.

         “The gun is to keep you safe!  Keep you safe, understand?” he exclaimed.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “I understand.  But I have to go to school often; what if the gun accidentally goes off?” he asked before he huffed.

         “Besides, my school has a “no guns on campus” policy.  It would be useless for me to carry it around all the time” he continued.  Jiang Yuelou let out a groan as he threw his earmuffs onto the table in exasperation before he motioned to his own gun that he set down on the table.

         “Use it.  Shoot and let me see” he ordered.  Chen Yuzhi sighed before he grabbed the earmuffs, put them over his head, then picked up the gun.  He then pulled the trigger, firing off every round in the clip as Jiang Yuelou put his own earmuffs on behind him.  After he was done, he pressed the button and his target paper came forward, revealing shots that weren’t even close to the center of the target.  Jiang Yuelou looked at the target paper in shock before he shook his head.

         “Awful shooting ability” he breathed before he looked over at Chen Yuzhi, who was removing his earmuffs from his ears.

         “It doesn’t have to be this awful.  I’m curious as to how you graduated the police academy” he mused as Zhao Jingming walked over to their booth and looked at the target paper while Chen Yuzhi gave him a look and he held up his right hand, which was bandaged.  Jiang Yuelou let out a stream of air and put his hands on his hips as Zhao Jingming chuckled.

         “Chief Jiang.  A right hander can’t shoot left handed” he reminded before he turned and walked away, chuckling as he left.  Once he left, Chen Yuzhi sighed.

         “I’m not like you guys.  I didn’t go through left hand training.  So, I’m not used to the weight of a Sig p250” he explained, just as Jiang Yuelou held up another gun.

         “Try this one” he suggested, holding it out to Chen Yuzhi, who took it and held it in his hand.

         “Colt M1908” he mused.  Jiang Yuelou huffed.

         “You can’t shoot but you know your guns” he murmured.  Chen Yuzhi held up the gun.

         “This gun is very rare.  Must be nice to have a rich cousin.  From underwear to a sports car; all given to you by your cousin, right?” he teased.  Jiang Yuelou huffed.

         “Your trash talk is so much better than your shooting” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi quirked a smile as Jiang Yuelou sighed.

         “Okay.  I’ll teach you how” he declared.  Chen Yuzhi nodded as he put the earmuffs back on, Jiang Yuelou doing the same.  Chen Yuzhi then cocked the Colt and held it up in his left hand, Jiang Yuelou coming up behind him and grabbing his wrist, gently moving it so that it was pointing straight at the target.

         “Aim here.  Now shoot” he instructed.  Chen Yuzhi nodded slightly before he pulled the trigger.  He then paused before firing again.

         “One more.  Steady your hand.  Shoot” Jiang Yuelou instructed.  Chen Yuzhi did as he was told and fired again.

         “Hold your breath.  Shoot” Jiang Yuelou instructed.  Chen Yuzhi fired again and Jiang Yuelou could tell there was definite improvement.

Chapter Text

That evening, in Jiang Yuelou’s apartment, Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou were enjoying a meal of pasta that Jiang Yuelou had prepared.  As they were eating, Jiang Yuelou’s cat, Xiao Bai, padded over and rubbed Chen Yuzhi’s leg, making him look down and smile softly.

         “Hello Xiao Bai” he murmured before he looked down at the pasta Jiang Yuelou made.

         “I didn’t think you could really cook” he teased, glancing over at Jiang Yuelou before going back to his meal.  Jiang Yuelou shot him a look before he shrugged.

         “I have a good sense of smell.  Don’t envy me, Dr. Chen” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi scoffed.

         “Since you’re such an impulsive person, it’s possible you’ll be fired by the police department one day.  When the time comes and you open an Italian restaurant, you could do well” he mused.  Jiang Yuelou sighed and shook his head before he glanced at Chen Yuzhi.

         “Since there’s only the two of us here, let me ask you a question” he stated.  Chen Yuzhi glanced over at him.

         “Hmm?” he asked.

         “Do you feel like the two of us have been dragged around by the nose recently?” Jiang Yuelou replied.  Chen Yuzhi was quiet before he nodded slightly.

         “I think it’s a little weird, but I can’t be sure” he stated as he looked over at Jiang Yuelou.

         “After we caught Wu Hao, you said then the broken traffic cameras were like someone was pointing it out.  The security footage at the jail was edited.  Zining said that the person who could get access could only be someone who can touch the server in the police station without any suspicion.  He could manipulate the security footage.  In other words, he could very possibly be watching our every move” Jiang Yuelou mused.  Chen Yuzhi looked over at him and frowned.

         “Yuelou, your suspicion is too serious.  It could cause panic” he reminded.  Jiang Yuelou was quiet before he sighed.

         “So, we can only investigate privately” he replied, looking at Chen Yuzhi, whose eyes widened at the implication.  After they were done eating, Jiang Yuelou looked over at Chen Yuzhi.

         “Shower first” he instructed.  Chen Yuzhi blinked.

         “What?” he asked.  Jiang Yuelou huffed and gave Chen Yuzhi a gentle shove.

         “You shower first” he instructed.  Chen Yuzhi sighed before he nodded.

         “Alright” he agreed before he turned and headed towards the shower. 

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

After Chen Yuzhi took his shower, Jiang Yuelou took his and then exited the bathroom, walking into the living room to find Chen Yuzhi dressed in the pajamas that Jiang Yuelou had lent him. 

         “You look good in black, Dr. Chen” he purred as he walked over to the couch and sat down next to Chen Yuzhi, who glanced down at the black pajamas Jiang Yuelou had given him, since the man was determined to make him stay and not go home.

         “Thank you” he murmured.  Jiang Yuelou hummed, a small smile on his face, before he quickly reached out and grabbed Chen Yuzhi by the wrist.

         “Come on, Yuzhi!” he exclaimed.  Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widened as he was dragged none too gently into Jiang Yuelou’s bedroom.  Jiang Yuelou then let go of Chen Yuzhi’s wrist and walked over to his bed, turning around and flopping back onto it.

         “Come on Yuzhi!” he called out.  Chen Yuzhi frowned.

         “I am not sharing a bed with you” he declared.  Jiang Yuelou huffed.

         “Oh come on!  It’s just one night, it’s not going to kill you” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head.

         “I think I’ll sleep on the couch instead” he replied, turning to leave when Jiang Yuelou’s eyes widened and he quickly reached out, grabbing Chen Yuzhi by the wrist before yanking him back onto the bed.

         “Jiang Yuelou!” Chen Yuzhi exclaimed, making Jiang Yuelou cackle with delight.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

The next morning, Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou walked into the police department, heading towards the elevators when they were stopped by Chu Ran.

         “Dr. Chen, Chief Jiang.  I was just looking for you” she stated. 

         “What is it?” Jiang Yuelou asked.  Chu Ran produced a file and handed it to him.

         “The black car that hit you guys yesterday was confirmed to be a stolen car.  We got the information of the car owner—” she started.

         “Get to the point” Jiang Yuelou ordered as he handed the file over to Chen Yuzhi.

         “The car belongs to an upstart called Wang Yue.  Three days ago he went to Cheng Zhi University to pick up some girl in the art school.  He parked in parking spot 201.  Not even an hour and his car was stolen” Chu Ran explained.

         “Only these?” Jiang Yuelou asked.  Chu Ran shook her head.

         “The plate wasn’t switched” she replied.

         “They were too daring in stealing the car” Chen Yuzhi mused before he looked over at Jiang Yuelou.

         “I have class at Cheng Zhi University today” he stated.  Jiang Yuelou nodded.

         “Let’s check it out” he agreed.  Chen Yuzhi nodded as he and Jiang Yuelou turned and headed back out towards the parking lot while Chu Ran headed back upstairs.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

At the university, Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi were walking around the university parking lot, trying to find the parking spot that the car was stolen from.  They walked around for a while before they stopped at the parking spot, Chen Yuzhi putting his hands on his hips.

         “So many parking spots…why this one?” he asked. 

         “Parking spot number 201…” Jiang Yuelou murmured before he looked at the surrounding area.

         “This spot is pretty out of the way.  This Wang Yue kid probably wanted something exciting” he mused.  Chen Yuzhi hummed before he also looked around as Jiang Yuelou looked up at the camera on the nearby light post.

         “The camera is probably broken” he mused as Chen Yuzhi continued to look around before zeroing in on a trash can that wasn’t too far from them.  As he continued to stare at the trash can, he noticed that part of the can was cut out and the hole was wide enough for a camera to peek through.  He then removed his hands from his hips before slowly walking over to the trash can, Jiang Yuelou following behind.  When they reached the trash can, Chen Yuzhi knelt down to look inside the hole and sure enough, there was a camera there. 

         “What’s that?” Jiang Yuelou asked.

         “I think it’s a video camera” Chen Yuzhi replied as he stood to his feet.  Jiang Yuelou frowned.

         “Video camera?” he repeated.  Chen Yuzhi said nothing as he reached over and lifted up the lid of the trash can, revealing a hand-held video camera on a tri-pod.  He then reached inside and pulled out the camera, looking at it before looking over at Jiang Yuelou.

         “It’s still recording” he stated.

         “Dr. Chen” a voice called out, making Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi turn to see a young man running towards him.

         “Li Feifan?  What are you doing here?” Chen Yuzhi asked.

         “I’m here to switch out the memory card” the young man, Li Feifan, replied. 

         “Memory card?  This thing is yours?” Jiang Yuelou asked as Chen Yuzhi handed the camera over to Li Feifan, who nodded.

         “Yes, it is” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi frowned.

         “Why did you place a video camera here?” he asked.

         “I came here two days ago and found that there was an Asian Koel that flew by over there” Li Feifan replied, pointing to behind Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi.

         “I went and told Da Liu but he would rather die than believe me.  He said that Asian koels are extinct here, so I put my video camera here to record for him to see” he continued.

         “So that means your camera has been here for more than a week?” Chen Yuzhi asked.

         “Yes” Li Feifan replied.

         “Can your camera see that parking spot over there?” Jiang Yuelou asked, pointing to parking spot 201.

         “Yes, my camera was pointed that way” Li Feifan replied.

         “The tape from three days ago, you still have it?” Jiang Yuelou asked.  Li Feifan nodded.

         “Yes, but I’ve been busy lately.  I still haven’t watched it.  Why?” he replied.

         “Go find it.  We’re going to borrow it” Jiang Yuelou ordered.  Li Feifan hummed and looked down at his watch.

         “But I have to go to class in a bit.  The first period is taught by professional killer Professor Liang.  I have to go” he explained.  Jiang Yuelou nodded.

         “Okay, we’ll wait for you.  Go to class” he instructed.  Li Feifan nodded.

         “Okay” he replied before he bowed to Chen Yuzhi.

         “Bye Dr. Chen” he bid before he turned and walked of.

         “Bye” Chen Yuzhi replied before he looked over at Jiang Yuelou, who looked back at him before the two men turned and followed after Li Feifan.  

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         “Dr. Chen’s here!” one girl whispered to another before they took off towards the entrance of the school.

         “Dr. Chen!” more girls screamed as they rushed down the stairs and towards the lobby to try and get a look at the man.

         “There’s no good spots left” one girl complained to her friend on the top left of the school.

         “I’m about to go crazy!” another girl exclaimed as they all patiently waited for Chen Yuzhi to arrive.

         “Dr. Chen!” another girl cooed.  Just then, Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou walked into the university, Chen Yuzhi smiling kindly at all the students while Jiang Yuelou walked in, smirking slightly.  When they entered the university, all the girls screamed in delight and began clapping, making Chen Yuzhi smile as he waved hello to all of them.

         “Seems like you got yourself a bit of a fan club, Yuzhi” Jiang Yuelou whispered.  Chen Yuzhi chuckled and glanced over at him.

         “What, jealous?” he teased, just as two girls rushed up to him and Jiang Yuelou.

         “Dr. Chen, your friend is so handsome” one girl cooed.

         “Dr. Chen is handsome too” the other girl added.  Chen Yuzhi then looked over at Jiang Yuelou and gently nudged him.

         “See Yuelou, they think you’re handsome” he teased.  Jiang Yuelou smirked.

         “Of course I am” he replied, just as two older gentleman walked towards the swarm of girls.

         “You rascals, don’t start rioting.  Go back to class.  Go!” the older of the two gentlemen barked before turning to glare at Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou.

         “Dr. Chen” the man growled.  Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widened slightly and he nodded.

         “Professor Xu” he greeted before nodding to the man next to Professor Xu.

         “Dr. Zhang” he added. 

         “Dr. Chen.  Do you know where this is?  You didn’t forget, right?” Professor Xu demanded, glaring at Chen Yuzhi, who looked a little embarrassed.

         “Professor Xu, actually—” he started.

         “Dr. Chen, are you here to teach today?” Dr. Zhang asked, interrupting him.  Chen Yuzhi nodded slightly, making Dr. Zhang smile.

         “Don’t you need to prepare for class?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “Yes” he replied.

         “Dr. Chen, knowledge is one thing, but a person’s character is another thing.  Did you guys know?  This is a holy place.  A place to acquire knowledge, not a place to bring your scoundrel friends to and to create chaos” Professor Xu scolded, harping on Chen Yuzhi, who literally had done nothing wrong.  Jiang Yuelou was getting irritated by this Professor Xu, so he decided it was time to step in.

         “Professor Xu, what did you mean by “scoundrel friends”?” he asked, looking at the man with a raised eyebrow.  Before Professor Xu could say anything, Jiang Yuelou wrapped an arm around Chen Yuzhi and pulled him close before pressing a kiss to Chen Yuzhi’s cheek.  Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widened as he looked over at him.

         “Jiang Yuelou!” he exclaimed as Jiang Yuelou looked back at Professor Xu, raising an eyebrow.

         “Like this?” he asked calmly.  Professor Xu’s eyes widened and he pointed first to Jiang Yuelou before pointing to Chen Yuzhi.

         “You!  You!” he exclaimed before he began to almost hyperventilate, causing Dr. Zhang to rush over to him.

         “Professor Xu, don’t get worked up.  Come on, let’s go” he urged, rushing Professor Xu away from Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou.

         “Such a reason—” Professor Xu gasped as they walked away, leaving Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou alone in the lobby.  Once they were gone, Chen Yuzhi looked over at Jiang Yuelou.

         “Jiang Yuelou, why did you—” he started.

         “I didn’t like the way he was talking to you” Jiang Yuelou replied simply, just as there was a scream from outside, causing Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou to turn just in time to see a body land on the pavement in front of female student, who was screaming in horror.  Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou’s eyes widened and they rushed out of the school and over to the body, only to stop in shock.

         “Li Feifan” Chen Yuzhi whispered, horrified.  Jiang Yuelou looked at the young man’s body before he quickly pulled out his phone and dialed a number.

         “Hello?  Yongren?  Bring the team to Cheng Zhi University immediately.  Someone jumped from the West building” he deadpanned before he looked over at Chen Yuzhi, who couldn’t tear his eyes away from Li Feifan’s body.

         “I’m going to check upstairs” he stated before he turned and rushed into the university, leaving Chen Yuzhi with Li Feifan’s body.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

After leaving Chen Yuzhi, Jiang Yuelou rushed up the stairs to the top of the building, finally arriving at the top floor.  He then ran over to the door and tried to push it open, only to find that it was jammed.  He let out a growl before his eyes flicked to black and he kicked the door, bursting it open.  As he looked outside, he saw a ladder fall over, so he quickly pulled out his gun, training it in front of him.  He then carefully stepped outside, looking around for someone or something, as he walked around the top of the building.  When he found nothing, he let out a sigh and lowered his gun. 

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

As the S.C.I. team and Medical Examiner’s van was speeding down the street towards the university, Jiang Yuelou continued to slowly stroll around the top of the building,

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Back downstairs, Chu Ran, Song Rong, and Sun Yongren jumped out of the vans and quickly rushed over to Chen Yuzhi.

         “Dr. Chen, where’s Chief Jiang?” Chu Ran asked. 

         “Yongren, have people block off this building.  The killer might still be inside” Chen Yuzhi barked, ignoring Chu Ran’s question.  Sun Yongren nodded.

         “Yes sir” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi then looked over at Chu Ran.

         “Chu Ran, take people upstairs.  Chief Jiang is up there” he stated.  Chu Ran nodded.

         “Yes sir” she replied before she looked at the cops behind her.

         “Let’s go” she ordered as they headed towards the university. 

         “Seal off the crime scene” Song Rong added.

         “Yes sir” the officers replied.  Chen Yuzhi said nothing before he suddenly took off, heading in the direction of another building, leaving Song Rong and a few other officers to remain with the body. 

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

At the other building, Chen Yuzhi walked down one of the hallways, looking at each room as he passed until he stopped in front of room 104, which he was pretty sure was Li Feifan’s room.  He then took out the Colt that Jiang Yuelou gave him out of his holster and held it close as he slowly turned the knob on the door, opening it.  He then pointed the gun out in front of him before slowly stepping inside. 

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Up on the roof, Jiang Yuelou was still walking around when Sun Yongren and Chu Ran appeared with policemen behind them.

         “Chief Jiang” they greeted as they walked over to him.

         “Chu Ran, go look in the student Li Feifan’s room.  Hurry” Jiang Yuelou ordered.  Chu Ran nodded.

         “Yes sir” she replied before rushing off.  Once she was gone, Sun Yongren walked over to Jiang Yuelou.

         “Boss, could it be that he just lost his footing?  He’s a student, they all like to be on the rooftop for a little fun” he stated.

         “First observe the scene and record it all down” Jiang Yuelou ordered, ignoring Sun Yongren’s comment.  Sun Yongren nodded.

         “Yes sir” he replied.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

In the other building, Chen Yuzhi was slowly walking through the dim dorm room, gun out in front of him as he looked around.  When he saw nothing, he put his gun back in his holster before beginning to search through one of the students desk.  While he was searching, he thought he heard something from behind him, but when he turned, there was a sharp crack to the back of his head, immediately sending him to the floor in a daze.  As he lay on the floor, slowly slipping into unconsciousness, he noticed a figure running out of the room, a bright red stain on the bottom of their right pants leg.  However, that was the last thing that he saw before everything went black.

Chapter Text

Upstairs on the roof, Sun Yongren, two forensic photographers, and Jiang Yuelou were looking around the crime scene when Jiang Yuelou’s phone rang.  He quickly pulled out his phone and put it to his ear.

         “Hello?” he answered.

         “Chief Jiang.  I was in Li Feifan’s dorm.  Dr. Chen was attacked” Chu Ran stated on the other line, making Jiang Yuelou’s eyes widen.

         “What?  Wait there” he ordered before he hung up and dashed out the door to the roof. 

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

When Jiang Yuelou ran downstairs, he quickly rushed past an officer and over to one of the police vans, where Chen Yuzhi was sitting.

         “Are you alright?” he demanded, looking at Chen Yuzhi with worry.  Chen Yuzhi slowly slipped out of the car, nodding slightly.

         “I’m fine, Yuelou.  It’s just some small cuts” he replied as he gently rubbed the back of his head.  Jiang Yuelou took a deep breath before he glared at him.

         “Small cuts?  I told you that you only need to lookout!  Why don’t you just do your job?!  You can’t even kill a fly!  Whoever attacked you was being merciful” he snapped.  Chen Yuzhi sighed as he looked back at him.

         “I just went to find the memory card” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou huffed before he placed his hands on his hips.

         “So, did you find it?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head.

         “No” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou let out a groan.

         “Did you see the man’s face?” he demanded.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head again.  Jiang Yuelou let out an exasperated huff.

         “The killer killed Li Feifan immediately.  Do you really think he would forget the card?  You don’t need me to teach you the theory, do you Dr. Chen?  You’re the one who’s doing research on humans!” he snapped. 

         “Yuelou, before I blacked out, I saw something red on the killer’s right foot” Chen Yuzhi murmured, halting Jiang Yuelou’s rant as he looked at him.

         “Do you know what it was?” he asked.

         “I can’t recall” Chen Yuzhi replied, just as the university’s nurse, Dr. Wen Wuying, walked over to him.

         “Xiao Chen, just now, did that student jump from the building?  Did he break up with his girlfriend?” she asked.  Jiang Yuelou then cleared his throat, catching Wen Wuying’s attention.

         “We’re still investigating.  Please don’t interrupt” he instructed.  Wen Wuying then looked over at him, eyeing him up and down.

         “So you’re the one who made Professor Xu angry, huh?  Dr. Zhang led Professor Xu into the clinic and the poor old man could hardly breathe!  His whole body was shaking so hard, we thought he would pass out!” she exclaimed.  Chen Yuzhi then looked over at her.

         “Um, Dr. Wen, is Professor Xu alright now?” he asked.  Wen Wuying looked back at him and nodded.

         “He’s calmed down and is doing okay now” she replied.  Chen Yuzhi let out a relieved sigh.

         “But he was in a cold sweat” Wen Wuying continued, making Chen Yuzhi look up at her.

         “I’ve worked here for more than twenty years and I’ve never seen the professor so irritated before” she explained, making Chen Yuzhi hum.  Wen Wuying then crossed her arms.

         “Xiao Chen, who’s the student who committed suicide?  The school’s surrounded by police” she continued, just as Song Rong ran up to them.

         “Dr. Chen, Boss.  We got the names of all the students and teachers in the building.  Here’s a list of students who left for a while” he stated, handing the list to Jiang Yuelou.  Jiang Yuelou took the list while Wen Wuying looked at Chen Yuzhi.

         “I can see that you’re busy.  I’ll leave you be.  Good luck” she bid before she turned and walked away.  Once she left, Jiang Yuelou looked over at Song Rong.

         “All the student on the list were already checked?” he asked.

         “Yeah.  The time they left doesn’t match with the time Li died” Song Rong replied.  Jiang Yuelou hummed before he looked up at the rooftop of the building, making Chen Yuzhi look over at him.

         “What are you looking at?” he asked. 

         “I feel like I’ve missed something” Jiang Yuelou replied.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head.

         “No way.  Your instinct again?” he asked.  Jiang Yuelou was quiet before he narrowed his eyes.

         “There seems to be a bloodstain over there” he murmured.  Chen Yuzhi frowned and quickly turned to see where Jiang Yuelou was looking, narrowing his eyes as well.

         “You can see even that?” he exclaimed.  Jiang Yuelou hummed.

         “My observation ability was always No. 1 in the bureau” he replied before he frowned.

         “Not just a bloodstain…I can even see the bullet.  You can check it out yourself” he replied, glancing over at Chen Yuzhi, who huffed.

         “Fine.  Here Song Rong, hold this” he ordered, handing the list over to Song Rong before he grabbed a pair of binoculars from the van and held them up to his eyes, looking over where Jiang Yuelou was looking.  He soon found the bloodstain, humming.

         “Huh, so there is a bloodstain” he murmured.  Jiang Yuelou then looked over at him.

         “Let’s go up and see” he instructed.  Chen Yuzhi nodded and handed Song Rong the binoculars before he followed after Jiang Yuelou.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Up on the roof, Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou were saluted by an officer who was standing by the door before they walked over to the edge of the roof and looked over, finding the bloodstain on the ledge.

         “The bloodstain should be here this morning” he mused as he put his hand on the rail.  Jiang Yuelou hummed before he too put his hands on the railings as Chen Yuzhi continued talking.

         “Theoretically, the blood belongs to Li Feifan…” he murmured as Jiang Yuelou rocked back and forth against the rail before patting it, making Chen Yuzhi look over at him.

         “Yuelou, what are you doing?” he asked but Jiang Yuelou just ignored him as he climbed up and over the railing.

         “Jiang Yuelou!  Be careful!” Chen Yuzhi exclaimed as Jiang Yuelou stood on the other side of the railing.

         “Don’t panic, Yuzhi.  Your panic is going to cloud my judgement” Jiang Yuelou replied calmly.  Chen Yuzhi huffed and crossed his arms as he looked up at Jiang Yuelou as he looked over the city.

         “If I were committing suicide, I wouldn’t stand here” Jiang Yuelou murmured.  Chen Yuzhi hummed in agreement.

         “You’re right.  If you jumped from there, you would hit the platform first.  Theoretically, no one would choose this spot to jump from the building.  Besides, the building isn’t high enough” he stated.

         “There are too many questionable points” Jiang Yuelou agreed before he carefully walked along the ledge before kneeling in front of what looked like an orange pulley.

         “Why put a pulley here?” he wondered before he looked up.

         “And when I got here, the door to the rooftop was blocked” he continued.  Chen Yuzhi hummed as he put his hands on his hips.

         “Did the victim come here alone?  And then—” he started.

         “That’s what I can’t understand either” Jiang Yuelou interrupted as he looked down at the rope from the pulley.

         “This rope connects two ladders…” he started as Chen Yuzhi looked around before he noticed something.

         “And the plank” he added.  Jiang Yuelou hummed before he leapt over the railing and back onto the safe side of the rooftop.  Once he was back onto the rooftop, he noticed a can of spilled red paint, which he quickly walked over to, Chen Yuzhi following behind.  Both men then knelt before the paint can, Jiang Yuelou frowning.

         “The paint’s leaking from this can” he murmured.  Chen Yuzhi hummed.

         “I heard that the school has been repainting the railings recently” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou then picked up a piece of wood that had paint on it, making Chen Yuzhi look over at him.

         “What?  Is there a clue?” he asked.  Jiang Yuelou said nothing before he swiped the paint that was on the wood onto Chen Yuzhi’s glove, making him frown.

         “Jiang Yuelou?” he asked.

         “Nothing” Jiang Yuelou replied, throwing away the piece of wood, before he turned and noticed a ladder leading up to the highest point on the roof.  He then stood up and walked over to the ladder, quickly climbing up it.  Once he reached the top, he looked behind him to see Chen Yuzhi following him, making him frown.

         “Yuzhi, your hand’s still hurt.  You can’t put stress on it.  Haven’t you learnt that?” he scolded.  Chen Yuzhi rolled his eyes. 

         “Yuelou, my hand’s fine.  I’m just climbing up the ladder, not a big deal” he replied as he reached the top, stepping over the edge only to lose his balance.

         “Careful” Jiang Yuelou scolded as he grasped Chen Yuzhi’s arm, steadying him.  Chen Yuzhi sighed and leaned into Jiang Yuelou’s grip a little before he nodded.

         “Thank you, Yuelou, but I’m on solid ground now.  You can let go” he murmured.  Jiang Yuelou released Chen Yuzhi’s arm before he looked around, noticing something behind them.

         “Look.  The plank’s tied by a wire” he stated, making Chen Yuzhi turn to see that there was indeed a nearly invisible wire holding up the plank while being tied to something on the other side of the platform.  Chen Yuzhi hummed before he stepped over the wire and walked over to the other side of the platform, Jiang Yuelou doing the same.  They then discovered two sandbags, which were tied to the wires, were holding up the plank.

         “The two wires are connecting these two bags of sand and there are two buckets under the bags” Chen Yuzhi stated as he looked down to see that there were indeed two buckets full of sand.  Jiang Yuelou frowned.

         “That’s not a coincidence.  Maybe…this whole setup was built by the killer for the purpose of creating an alibi” he mused.  Chen Yuzhi hummed; Jiang Yuelou’s theory had a point.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Meanwhile, downstairs in a university bathroom, a mysterious man walked over to one of the toilets and flushed the memory cards down the drain.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

After climbing down the ladder from the upper part of the room, Chen Yuzhi walked around the roof and over to the two ladders, picking up one of them.

         “What are you doing?” Jiang Yuelou asked, looking over at him.

         “Trying to solve the case” Chen Yuzhi replied with a smile before he motioned him over with his head.

         “Give me a hand” he instructed.  Jiang Yuelou blinked before he picked up the other ladder, opening it just like Chen Yuzhi had opened his ladder.  Chen Yuzhi then looked up at the plank, a small smirk on his face.

         “I think I know how Li Feifan fell off the building” he declared.  Jiang Yuelou frowned at him.

         “What?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi motioned to the two ladders.

         “The killer prepared these two ladders first then the plank.  Connecting the sandbags and buckets on the other side, the plank was put between the ladders.  A larger plank was then prepared and then put in between the small plank and the railing.  After all of this, the killer put Feifan, who was unconscious, on the large plank.  As the sand continued to fall into the buckets, the smaller plank rose and the large plank kept leaning towards the railing.  In the end, Feifan would naturally fall off the building.  His head would therefore hit the platform, which is why there’s a bloodstain on the platform” he explained.  Jiang Yuelou hummed as he played this theory over in his head.

         “In order to cover up this method, the killer tied the rope of the shelf and as long as someone comes to the rooftop and opens the door, the rope will suddenly be pulled and the whole crime scene would be damaged” he continued.

         “Besides, the killer used the logic of a sand clock to control the time of Feifan’s falling” Chen Yuzhi finished.  Jiang Yuelou frowned.

         “But we still didn’t find the large plank…there must be something we don’t know” he murmured before he crossed his arms.

         “If the killer wants to cover his killing method, he or she must minimize the steps of the murder process because the method is easier to be uncovered if more tools are used” he continued.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “I’m thinking if that’s possible, the killer didn’t use the large plank” he murmured.  Jiang Yuelou frowned.

         “So are you saying that this person has a superpower?  And why did he go through so much work to kill a student?” he demanded. 

         “If we view this case from the mind of the killer, he built this “machine” for a specific reason.  However, the more he tries to hide, the more things are revealed.  He did all this work to try and prove that he has an alibi” Chen Yuzhi replied. 

         “An alibi means to eliminate the possibility of oneself appearing in the crime scene at the time of the murder.  If we go through all the assumptions and separate the whole murder into small subsections, then there are four parts: Li Feifan coming into the building, Li Feifan being murdered by the killer, Li Feifan falling off the building, and finally, the killer leaving” Jiang Yuelou declared.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “Li Feifan coming into the building and the time he was killed; the order of these events can’t be changed.  But the order of killing Feifan and leaving the rooftop could be different” he mused.  Jiang Yuelou was quiet before he understood what Chen Yuzhi was saying.

         “I see.  You mean that the killer left the rooftop first and then Li Feifan fell off.  Murdering and falling from the building, normally people would believe that these two events would occur at the same time, but the truth is, they might have happened at different times” he theorized.

         “Which means that the killer left the crime scene before Li Feifan’s fall and appeared in another place to make sure others saw him” Chen Yuzhi added.

         “And then let Li Feifan fall off the building once people saw him.  If this theory works the way it’s supposed to, our killer gets a convincing alibi and no one suspects him” Jiang Yuelou finished.  Chen Yuzhi hummed as he smirked at Jiang Yuelou.

         “You’re quite clever, Yuelou.  You might make a good psychology student” he teased.  Jiang Yuelou huffed before he sighed and placed his hands on his hips.

         “It would be nice if the case could be explained by psychology.  But if we can’t find the large plank, all of our assumptions are just assumptions” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi hummed.

         “I’ve been thinking about a hypnosis method called steel-plate hypnosis” he stated, making Jiang Yuelou frown.

         “Steel-plate hypnosis?” he repeated.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “It’s a hypnosis that makes one’s body become stiff, just like a piece of steel” he explained, looking back at Jiang Yuelou, who frowned.

         “You mean, Li Feifan was hypnotized?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “I’m not sure yet, but, if one can use a deep hypnosis like this, he must have a profound study on psychology and Li Feifan must trust him very much” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou hummed.

         “Then that explains why we can’t find the plank…because Li Feifan himself became that plank” he declared.  Chen Yuzhi was quiet before he shook his head.

         “That’s so cruel…he’s just a child” he whispered.

Chapter Text

After leaving the rooftop, Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi walked out of the university building and over to Sun Yongren and Song Rong.

         “Take this picture frame back to the lab and check to see if there’s any fingerprints” Song Rong ordered as Sun Yongren looked over at Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi. 

         “Boss” he greeted.  Song Rong turned and nodded to both men as well.

         “Boss.  I just walked out of Li Feifan’s dorm and collected some footprints that should belong to the victim” he stated just as Chen Yuzhi pointed to the evidence bag in Sun Yongren’s hand.

         “What’s this?” he asked.

         “Li Feifan’s.  His award winning photos” Sun Yongren replied as he handed the picture frame over to Chen Yuzhi so that he could look at it.

         “When a man loses his consciousness, his muscle tone decreases.  His body has basically no supporting force.  It’s not a simple thing for a killer to remove him” Jiang Yuelou murmured, making Chen Yuzhi look up from the photo at him.

         “Is it possible that the killer used some sort of tool?” he asked.  Jiang Yuelou shook his head.

         “No, taking tools away is too cumbersome and too obvious.  Or…there’s more than only killer” he mused, making Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widen before looking over at him.

         “Two?” he whispered.  Song Rong and Sun Yongren looked at one another as well before they looked at Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou.

         “Two?” Sun Yongren repeated.  Jiang Yuelou then looked back at Chen Yuzhi.

         “You already get it, right?  From Li Feifan walking in, to the time he fell from the building, there were only two people walking out at the same time” he stated.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head.

         “No.  No way” he replied. 

         “Do you remember what Dr. Wen said?  Professor Xu was debilitated and sweating.  Heart attacks don’t cause sweating, do they?” Jiang Yuelou continued, making Chen Yuzhi squeeze his eyes shut.  He didn’t want to hear where Jiang Yuelou was going with this.

         “Moving a body is indeed a bit hard for an old man, that’s why he was trembling.  And you’ve mentioned before, the one who can use steel-plate hypnosis on Feifan must be a Master of Psychology.  So, it’s them who killed Li Feifan” he declared.

         “But these are all your assumptions.  There’s no certain evidence” Chen Yuzhi replied, voice soft.  Jiang Yuelou looked over at him before reaching out and grabbing Chen Yuzhi’s right wrist, holding up his paint covered glove.

         “You need evidence?” he asked before he motioned to Chen Yuzhi’s hand.

         “See?” he continued.  Chen Yuzhi thought back to when he was wacked over the head and slipping into unconsciousness, remembering that he saw someone running out of Li Feifan’s dorm room with red paint on the bottom of the right pants leg.  He then let out a deep sigh as Jiang Yuelou continued to look at him.

         “This is the “perfume” of you intellectual people” he deadpanned.  Chen Yuzhi then let out a shaky breath, trying to come to terms with everything that was happening.

         “The red I saw at that time…” he whispered before he shook his head.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

After deciding that Professor Xu and Dr. Zhang were the killers, Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou decided to go pay a visit to the two professors in the nurse’s office.  When they arrived at the door, Chen Yuzhi knocked once before the door was opened by Wen Wuying.

         “Oh, Xiao Chen.  How can I help you?” she asked. 

         “We want to speak to Professor Xu” Jiang Yuelou replied.  Wen Wuying nodded.

         “Oh sure.  Come on in” she replied, stepping out of the way to let both men inside.  After they stepped inside, Wen Wuying stepped out to give the three men their privacy.

         “Professor Xu, are you alright?” Chen Yuzhi asked, looking at the old man sitting on the leather couch in the nurse’s office.

         “Professor Xu, I’m sorry about what happened just now” Jiang Yuelou added.  Professor Xu rubbed his temple before chuckling softly.

         “I’m fine.  Really” he assured, looking up at both men.

         “I heard you just had a heart attack.  I’m sorry about that” Jiang Yuelou apologized.  Professor Xu chuckled and shook his head.

         “I’m a good-for-nothing old man now” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou hummed before he smiled slightly.

         “I’ve actually learned massage for a few years.  Let me help you.  You’ll feel better immediately” he offered before he walked over to the couch and knelt down, yanking Professor Xu’s legs onto his bent knee, making the old man grunt.

         “No, no, thank you” he thanked but Jiang Yuelou ignored him as he searched the man’s pants legs before beginning to massage his legs so that he wouldn’t get suspicious.

         “Does it feel good?” he asked as he continued to massage (rather harshly I might add). 

         “I already said no!  What are you doing?” Professor Xu demanded as he pulled his feet away from Jiang Yuelou, just as Dr. Zhang walked into the office.

         “What are you doing?” he asked, walking over to Professor Xu and Jiang Yuelou.  Chen Yuzhi smirked.

         “My colleague feels sorry for what he did, so he wanted to do some massages for Professor Xu” he explained as Jiang Yuelou stood to his feet while Dr. Zhang walked over to Professor Xu, holding a cup of water.

         “Professor Xu, here’s some water” he stated softly.  As he was helping Professor Xu drink, Jiang Yuelou glanced at Dr. Zhang’s backside, noting that his dress shirt was untucked and that his pants were different.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Once they left the university, Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou were driving back to the station in Jiang Yuelou’s Lamborghini, both men discussing what happened in the nurse’s office.

         “Why didn’t you check Dr. Zhang?” Chen Yuzhi asked.

         “It was too late.  He already changed his pants” Jiang Yuelou replied.  Chen Yuzhi frowned and looked over at him.

         “Really?” he asked.  Jiang Yuelou nodded.

         “Didn’t you notice that his suit lining was out of his back trouser pocket?” he replied.

         “Why do you trust your judgement and your nose so much?” Chen Yuzhi inquired.

         “What?” Jiang Yuelou asked, glancing over at him.

         “Psychologically, if one has bias towards another person subjectively, he may automatically link the person with something bad.  And if this happens while judging a case, if may cause a wrongful conviction” Chen Yuzhi replied.  Jiang Yuelou shook his head slightly before he sped off to the side of the road and parked, looking over at Chen Yuzhi.

         “Don’t you think you’re a little too harsh on me?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi glared at him.

         “Li Feifan was my student.  I hope we can solve this case as soon as possible but Professor Xu and Dr. Zhang are my colleagues!  And they’re like my teachers as well!” he exclaimed.  Jiang Yuelou shook his head.

         “I really didn’t see any quality from this irritable and acerbic old man that is honorable” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi rolled his eyes.

         “Yuelou, you have a prejudice towards people who study psychology.  Professor Xu and Dr. Zhang are very respected in the academic community and their research further completes psychological knowledge domestically and even internationally” he snapped.

         “Then what?  Winning lots of international awards and attaining the pinnacle of their life?” Jiang Yuelou retorted.  Chen Yuzhi looked at him in shock.

         “Yuelou, that’s too vulgar even for you.  Their theories saved lots of people who have mental illness.  The mental organization that was reported recently for doing charity is founded by them” he explained.  Jiang Yuelou sighed deeply.

         “Just because you think they’re good people, you don’t agree with my thoughts?” he snapped.  Chen Yuzhi glared at him, his eyes softly glowing white.

         “I’m not disagreeing with you, Yuelou; I just think that you’re heading towards a dead end to solve this case!” he exclaimed.  Jiang Yuelou growled, his own eyes flicking to black.

         “Frankly speaking, Yuzhi, I think you’re brainwashed by these two so-called professional experts.  Just you wait, I’ll find evidence to make you believe” he declared before he turned to his phone and pressed one of the names in his contact list, putting the call on speaker.

         “Chief Jiang” Chu Ran’s voice answered.

         “Chu Ran.  Go and start following Professor Xu and Dr. Zhang.  If you find anything wrong, report to me immediately” Jiang Yuelou ordered, his eyes returning to normal.

         “Yes sir” Chu Ran replied before she hung up.  After the call, there was silence in the car before Jiang Yuelou put the car back into drive and turned back towards the freeway, speeding down it.

         “There must be a traitor in the bureau, otherwise how could the killer be faster than us every time and destroy the clues” Jiang Yuelou murmured as he sped past a small fair.

         “Let’s go back and check” Chen Yuzhi agreed.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Back at the bureau, Chen Yuzhi walked into the S.C.I. office and over to Zining’s desk, standing next to her.

         “Zining” he greeted, making her look up at him.

         “Dr. Chen” she replied.  Chen Yuzhi smiled as he looked down at her.

         “Since there’s only us left in the office, could you come to my office for a while?” he asked.  Zining nodded.

         “Sure” she replied.  She then stood up and followed Chen Yuzhi to his office, where Jiang Yuelou was waiting.

         “Oh, Chief Jiang.  Hello” she greeted warmly.  Jiang Yuelou quirked a smile and nodded at her as Chen Yuzhi led her over to the reclining armchair in his office and sat her down.  Once she was sitting, Chen Yuzhi sat down next to her and took out a pocket watch and held it in front of her.

         “Zining, I need you to keep looking at this watch as it goes back and forth in front of your eyes, okay?” he asked.  Zining nodded as Chen Yuzhi began to swing the watch back and forth in front of her.  After a few moments, Chen Yuzhi put the watch away and smiled at her.

         “Congratulations, Zining, you passed the test” he declared.  Zining frowned.

         “What test?” she asked. 

         “You’re one of us” Jiang Yuelou replied from where he was leaning against Chen Yuzhi’s desk.  Zining frowned.

         “Us?” she repeated.  Chen Yuzhi then took out his phone with a note on it as Jiang Yuelou handed her his phone as well.  Zining took both phones before opening the note that read “check if these two phones have any problems”.  She then glanced up at Jiang Yuelou, who nodded. 

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

A little while later, Zining took both phones back to her desk, hooked them up to her laptop, and checked them for any bugs or any other internal problems.  Once her check was done, she handed Jiang Yuelou back his phone.

         “Here Chief Jiang.  Your phone has no problems” she stated before she handed Chen Yuzhi his phone back.

         “Your phone however, Dr. Chen, has been monitored.  It was basically a loudspeaker” she explained.  Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widened as Zining smiled gently at him.

         “But I’ve turned it off, so there should be no more problems” she declared.  Chen Yuzhi let out a sigh while Jiang Yuelou placed his hands on his hips.

         “That’s why when Li Feifan mentioned the videotape, he was killed right away” he mused before he leaned down and whispered in Zining’s ear, making her eyes widen.

         “What?” she exclaimed.  Jiang Yuelou smirked as he took a step back and raised an eyebrow at her.

         “So, are you scared?” he asked.  Zining looked at him before looking over at Chen Yuzhi, who smiled at her, before looking back at Jiang Yuelou.

         “No.  I haven’t found anything that would scare me off this planet” she replied before she stood up from her seat and walked out of the office, leaving Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou both impressed and a little intimidated. 

Chapter Text

Meanwhile, downstairs in the police archives, a mysterious man was looking through four different security cameras on a secret hidden computer when one of the cameras suddenly went black and “ERROR” in bright red letters flashed on the screen.  The mysterious man’s brows furrowed as he continued to look at the flashing error screen.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Back up in the S.C.I. office, Sun Yongren was working at his desk when Zining came around the corner “crying”, causing Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi, who were sitting by her desk, to look at one another with wide eyes before they walked over to her as she sat down in her chair, both men looking at her with concern.

         “Zining, what happened?  Who made you cry?  Are you hurt?  Do we need to get your brother?” Jiang Yuelou demanded.  Zining sniffled before she shook her head, revealing perfectly dry eyes and unruined makeup. 

         “No one made me cry, Chief Jiang.  I’m just practicing my acting” she replied with a soft giggle.  Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou looked at one another before Chen Yuzhi let out a deep breath, returning his eyes to normal.

         “Zining, don’t scare us like that.  We really thought someone had hurt you or made you cry!” he exclaimed.  Zining laughed before her face turned serious and she looked at the two men.

         “Chief Jiang, are you sure that there’s a traitor in the bureau?” she asked softly. 

         “As long as you keep an eye on the security cameras in the department, we’ll know” Jiang Yuelou replied.  Zining hummed before she crossed her arms.

         “Well then, if you two want to keep a secret, press the “hot girl” image on your phone.  And don’t worry, I already checked and made sure that there wasn’t any problems” she assured.  Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi nodded before Jiang Yuelou looked over at Chen Yuzhi.

         “This time we can finally take back a round, eh?” he asked softly.

         “Of course” Chen Yuzhi replied, just as soft.  Zining then spun in her chair and picked up a large stack of files, handing them over to Jiang Yuelou, who looked at them in shock.

         “Chief Jiang, here’s the material you asked for.  I already threw out all the useless information, so take your time” she instructed before she turned back to her computers.  Jiang Yuelou looked down at the stack, blinking in shock.

         “This much?” he exclaimed softly before he turned and looked at Chen Yuzhi.

         “Help me out” he instructed.  Chen Yuzhi smirked as he made to take some of the pile when, in reality, he just straightened it and patted the top before turning away, leaving Jiang Yuelou with a giant stack of files.

         “Yah!  Chen Yuzhi!” he exclaimed.  Chen Yuzhi let out a cackle before he turned to face Jiang Yuelou.

         “I’m kidding Yuelou, of course I’ll help” he assured.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

In Jiang Yuelou’s office, Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou went through all the files that Zining gave them, Jiang Yuelou throwing a few files down in frustration after a while.

         “The more I read, the more I think something is wrong.  With Zining’s skills, she even dug out information from ancient graves and there’s still nothing of use!” he exclaimed before he looked at Chen Yuzhi, who was quiet as he sat across from him.

         “Do you think that…” he started when Chen Yuzhi let out a gasp, eyes widening in realization.

         “It’s not online at all!” he exclaimed softly.  Jiang Yuelou was quiet before both he and Chen Yuzhi leaned forward in their chairs, looking at one another.

         “The archives” they whispered at the same time. 

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

After their realization, Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi quickly headed downstairs to the archive room, where the keeper of the archives, Sun Qingxue, was just about to leave.

         “Mr. Sun” Jiang Yuelou called out, making the man stop and turn around to see the two men standing before him.  He then smiled.

         “Ah, Chief Jiang, Dr. Chen.  You two are here so late…can I do anything for you?” he asked.

         “We wanted to ask you about the cases that have to do with these numbers” Jiang Yuelou replied as Chen Yuzhi showed him the photos from the morgue of the numbers stamped behind each victim’s ear.

         “Please look at these” he instructed.  Sun Qingxue looked through the photos, shaking his head.

         “My memory isn’t that great.  I don’t really remember” he replied before he smiled slightly.

         “How about this?  You two go check out the records?” he offered.  Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou looked at one another and nodded before looking back at Sun Qingxue.

         “Thank you” Chen Yuzhi thanked as Sun Qingxue turned around and reopened the archive room.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Once inside the archives, Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou were sitting at Sun Qingxue’s desk while Sun Qingxue gathered up all the archives that they might need and brought it over to them.

         “This is the table of contents for all of it.  Take your time.  Let me know when you’re done” he instructed.

         “Thank you” Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi thanked at the same time.

         “I’ll be waiting outside” Sun Qingxue stated before he turned and headed towards the door, leaving Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou alone.  Once he was gone, Chen Yuzhi took off a few files and placed them down in front of him before taking a few more files and placing them in front of Jiang Yuelou.

         “Let’s start” he declared as he opened up one of the files.  Jiang Yuelou hummed before he grabbed one of the files and looked at it, frowning.

         “Wow, so thick” he murmured before he opened the file and started flipping through the contents, Chen Yuzhi doing the same.  After flipping through their files, both men threw the files down and picked up another one.

         “I’ve found that these desk jobs are so hard to get used to” Jiang Yuelou murmured, making Chen Yuzhi glance over at him.

         “Even if you’re not used to it, you still have to do it” he retorted before going back to looking through the files.  Jiang Yuelou huffed at him before going back to his file to continue working.  Meanwhile, Chen Yuzhi flipped through one of the pages and came across a page labeled “Lu Ka Si Case list”, making his eyes widen as a gasp escaped his lips.

         “Lu Ka Si” he breathed.  Jiang Yuelou hummed, not looking up from his file.

         “What “Lu Ka Si”?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi motioned to the file in his hand, looking over at Jiang Yuelou.

         “This is actually Lu Ka Si’s case” he explained, causing Jiang Yuelou to slowly raise his head from his own file, mulling the name over in his head.

         “Lu Ka Si…oh, you mean the maniac who used psychological suggestion to control people to kill, right?” he asked when it finally hit him.

         “Yeah” Chen Yuzhi replied as he flipped through the file, looking at the list of cases that Lu Ka Si committed.

         “These are all the cases he committed” he stated as he continued to flip through the file.

         “I heard that twenty-some-odd years ago he was…” Jiang Yuelou started when Chen Yuzhi grinned.

         “I found it!” he exclaimed, coming up on the last page of cases in Lu Ka Si’s file.

         “0423, 0611; these are all case numbers” he declared. 

         “Find the cases” Jiang Yuelou ordered, quickly standing to his feet.  Chen Yuzhi nodded and soon doctor and detective were searching through the archive for the cases.

         “Mr. Sun.  The 0423 and 0611 cases…where are they?” Chen Yuzhi called out. 

         “Uh…it’s on the first row, D2” Sun Qingxue replied.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “D2” he murmured before he found the row and the cases he was looking for.

         “Yuelou, it’s here” he called out.  Jiang Yuelou immediately appeared at his side, as Chen Yuzhi motioned to the cases on the shelves.

         “0423, 0817, 0611” he declared before he reached into the shelf and pulled out all the cases, holding them up to Jiang Yuelou, who frowned as he took them.

         “This much?” he asked before he turned and began to head back to the desk, only to accidentally knock a chessboard off of a wooden box on the ground.

         “Yuelou, be careful!” Chen Yuzhi exclaimed as the checkboard fell to the ground, causing Sun Qingxue to turn and quickly run over as Jiang Yuelou struggled to hold up the cases.

         “I got it!” Sun Qingxue exclaimed as he ran over to the chessboard.

         “I’m sorry, I’m sorry Mr. Sun” Jiang Yuelou apologized as Chen Yuzhi knelt down to help pick up the chessboard when Sun Qingxue grabbed it and nearly slammed it back down onto the wooden box.

         “We flipped it over” Chen Yuzhi apologized as Sun Qingxue waved his hands.

         “I got this” he stated.

         “I’m sorry” Chen Yuzhi apologized before he helped pick up the chess pieces.

Chapter Text

Meanwhile, Jiang Yuelou walked over to the desk and placed the case files down before grabbing one of them.  He then opened one, only to find it empty.

         “Wait, Mr. Sun!  Why are all of these empty?” he called out, making Chen Yuzhi look over at him with a frown.  Sun Qingxue looked over at him as well, confusion on his face as Jiang Yuelou shook the case boxes, only to find that all of them were empty.

         “Just your luck…this row of cases hasn’t been entered into the system.  The leader said that there were some secret documents in there, so most of them are kept in a safe while a small portion was destroyed” Sun Qingxue replied.  Jiang Yuelou frowned as he and Chen Yuzhi looked over at him.

         “Destroyed?  Destroyed by who?  Then what else is in here?” he demanded.  Sun Qingxue was quiet, thinking.

         “I think it’s about something done by a police officer called Lu Ka Si” he replied after a moment. 

         “Lu Ka Si” Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou murmured at the same time.

         “Commissioner Bai knows more about this” Sun Qingxue added.  Jiang Yuelou frowned.

         “But if Lu Ka Si was a police officer, how come I’ve never heard my uncle mention him?” he asked. 

         “Maybe it’s because as a police officer, he committed such a serious crime, that it will bring shame to the police department.  Your uncle for sure won’t say anything” Chen Yuzhi stated.  Jiang Yuelou then sighed.

         “We finally found it…but it’s all empty” he murmured.  Sun Qingxue then looked at both men.

         “Look, I need to clock out…” he started, making Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou’s eyes widen before they bowed.

         “We’re sorry to bother you for so long.  We’re going to head out” Jiang Yuelou stated. 

         “Sorry” Chen Yuzhi apologized before he and Jiang Yuelou exited the archive room.  Once they were gone, the smile on Sun Qingxue’s face immediately faded and instead was replaced with a frown.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Meanwhile, that evening, Chu Ran was quietly following behind Professor Xu as he walked through the downtown market, trying to make sure that the man didn’t know he was there.  However, as he was walking, Professor Xu’s phone went off, causing him to look at it.  The minute he saw the message on the screen, his eyes widened and he slowly turned around, but he saw no one behind him.  He huffed before he turned to one of the street vendors and smiled.

         “Excuse me” he called out, causing the street vendor to look up.

         “Are you buying fruits?” she asked with a smile.  Professor Xu nodded.

         “Yes, yes.  I want the bananas over there and apples” he stated. 

         “Okay” the vendor replied as she grabbed a plastic bag and filled it with the requested fruits.

         “Thank you” Professor Xu thanked.  Meanwhile, in an apartment not too far from the vendor, a mysterious man peered out from behind blind covered windows, keeping an eye on Professor Xu. 

         “Thank you” Professor Xu thanked as he took the bag from the vendor.

         “Hold onto the bag and take care” the vendor stated as Professor Xu walked away.  Once he was out of sight, Chu Ran peered around the corner from where he was hiding and began following Professor Xu once again.  As he was following behind Professor Xu, the mysterious man continued to watch from the window, sneering.

         “Garbage” he hissed before he closed the blinds. 

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Back at the precinct, in Jiang Yuelou’s office, Chen Yuzhi was sitting across from Jiang Yuelou as he sat behind his desk.

         “So the only way is to ask Commissioner Bai to let us see the restricted case files” Chen Yuzhi mused, making Jiang Yuelou huff.

         “If Commissioner Bai could’ve given it to us, he would’ve already given it to us” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi sighed deeply as Jiang Yuelou looked down at his watch, his eyes widening in horror.

         “Shit!  Shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit!” he exclaimed as he shot out of his chair and rushed to grab his leather jacket, slipping it on as Chen Yuzhi looked up at him in concern.

         “Yuelou, what—” he started.

         “Junbai is coming home today and he asked me to pick him up” Jiang Yuelou replied.  Chen Yuzhi frowned.

         “What time is he landing?” he asked.  Jiang Yuelou looked down at his watch, his eyes widening even bigger.

         “He landed an hour ago!” he exclaimed before he grabbed Chen Yuzhi’s coat and threw it at him.

         “Put on your coat.  You have to explain for me” he declared.  Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widened before he frowned.

         “But…isn’t your cousin very nice and understanding?  I’m sure he’ll understand if you accidentally forgot” he assured as he took his coat and put it on Jiang Yuelou’s desk.  Jiang Yuelou huffed. 

         “He’s nice sure, but he’s definitely not going to be nice after being on a fucking plane for over fifteen hours!” he exclaimed before he sank to a crouching position, putting his head in his hands.

         “I’m so fucking dead” he groaned, just as a thought suddenly came to him and he shot to his feet.  He then pulled out his handcuffs before walking over to Chen Yuzhi, handcuffing one of his hands before handcuffing his own.  Chen Yuzhi looked up at him in confusion.

         “Jiang Yuelou, what are you—” he started when Jiang Yuelou smiled.

         “Grab your coat” he instructed.  Chen Yuzhi frowned, just Jiang Yuelou suddenly yanked him out of his seat, causing his eyes to wide before he reached out and grabbed his coat as Jiang Yuelou headed out the door.  The two men then rushed out of Jiang Yuelou’s office and out the sliding doors of the S.C.I. department, much to the shock of Sun Yongren and Song Rong, who stared after them as if they couldn’t believe what they just saw.

         “Jiang Yuelou!  Jiang Yuelou stop!” Chen Yuzhi exclaimed as Jiang Yuelou led them over to the elevators.

         “If I die, then you die.  And we can’t have that happen” Jiang Yuelou replied before he shoved Chen Yuzhi into the elevator, the door closing behind them just as another elevator opened and a tall man with light skin, brown eyes, and short black hair dressed in a maroon suit

stepped out.  He then walked over to the S.C.I. department and through the sliding glass doors, stopping before Song Rong and Sun Yongren.

         “Excuse me, gentlemen, is this the S.C.I. department?” he asked.  Sun Yongren and Song Rong looked at him before nodding.

         “Yes sir.  Detectives Sun Yongren and Song Rong at your service” Sun Yongren replied.  The tall man nodded in greeting before he tilted his head at Sun Yongren and Song Rong.

         “Have either of you seen my cousin?” he asked. 

         “He’s probably with Dr. Chen” a voice replied, causing him to look up to see Yu Tangchun walking towards them.

         “And you are?” he asked.  Yu Tangchun held out a hand.

         “Dr. Yu Tangchun, M.E” he introduced.  The tall man smiled as he took Yu Tangchun’s hand and shook it. 

         “Inspector Zhan Junbai, Jiang Yuelou’s cousin” he replied.  Yu Tangchun nodded.

         “What brings you to our humble office?” he asked as he pulled his hand away.  Zhan Junbai sighed. 

         “Yuelou was supposed to pick me up from the airport, but I believe he forgot.  I’m sure he was busy, but still, I just came by to check on him” he explained.  Yu Tangchun hummed before he placed his hands on his hips.

         “Well, if you’d like, you can wait for him in his office.  It’s right over there” he stated, pointing to Jiang Yuelou’s office.  Zhan Junbai smiled.

         “Thank you” he thanked, turning and heading in the direction of Jiang Yuelou’s office.  Once he was gone, Song Rong and Sun Yongren looked over at Yu Tangchun.

         “He seems really nice” Sun Yongren stated.  Yu Tangchun nodded.

         “He does” he replied, just as Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi headed towards the sliding glass doors, both men bickering.

         “I’m not being biased, but what the hell was that look on your face?” Jiang Yuelou asked, smirking at Chen Yuzhi, who just glared back at him.

         “What’s wrong with my look?  I think it’s perfect” he snapped back before he pointed at Jiang Yuelou.

         “Don’t you ever handcuff me again” he ordered.  Jiang Yuelou snickered as he and Chen Yuzhi walked over to Yu Tangchun, Song Rong, and Sun Yongren. 

         “Is my cousin here?” Jiang Yuelou asked.  Yu Tangchun, Song Rong, and Sun Yongren all motioned to Jiang Yuelou’s office, making Jiang Yuelou look over with a face of apprehension before he sighed and steeled his expression, heading over to his office, leaving Chen Yuzhi alone with Yu Tangchun, Song Rong, and Sun Yongren.

         “Why does Boss look so nervous?  His cousin seems super nice” Song Rong stated.  Chen Yuzhi hummed.

         “He usually is, but we’re not sure if he’s going to be so nice after a long flight and after being forgotten on accident at the airport” he replied.  Yu Tangchun, Song Rong, and Sun Yongren all nodded in understanding before they all looked over at Jiang Yuelou’s office to see Jiang Yuelou standing before Zhan Junbai, his head bowed as Zhan Junbai stood before him, his arms crossed with a look of disappointment on his face.  Chen Yuzhi frowned; he didn’t like seeing Jiang Yuelou getting disciplined.  Just then, Sun Yongren reached out and gently tapped him on the arm.

         “Oh yeah, Dr. Chen, Chu Ran went to keep watch on Dr. Zhang and Professor Xu with a few colleagues and hasn’t found anything yet” he stated.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “Okay, thank you” he thanked.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

After disciplining (more like gently scolding) Jiang Yuelou, Zhan Junbai exited the police station and walked over to a limo, where two men in black suits were waiting for him.

         “Sir, the luggage has been delivered to the hotel.  Should we head back?” one of the men in the black suit, Qiu Ming, asked.  Zhan Junbai shook his head.

         “No.  But could you please search a person for me?” he asked.  The other man in a black suit, Sun Heying, frowned.

         “Who?” he asked. 

         “Yu Tangchun” Zhan Junbai replied. 

Chapter Text

Later that evening, Yu Tangchun went home to his apartment, tired as hell as he collapsed on his couch.  He hadn’t even sat down for more than a few seconds before his landline rung, making him look over at it with a frown on his face.  He looked at the landline for a moment before he reached out and answered it.

         “Hello?” he answered.  He was greeted with wantonness moaning, making his eyes widen before he slammed down the receiver.  He then unplugged the landline and looked at it as if it disgusted him before he shook his head and buried it in his hands. 

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

The next morning, Zhan Junbai calmly walked into the S.C.I. department, Jiang Yuelou at his side. 

         “Good morning Boss” Song Rong greeted.  Jiang Yuelou nodded to him as Zhan Junbai looked around the room.

         “I can see you have a very capable team, Jiang-xiong.  Take good care of them” he instructed.  Jiang Yuelou nodded.

         “Of course” he replied, making Chen Yuzhi smile; he always liked Zhan Junbai, because the man was always very nice and very polite.  Zhan Junbai then bowed slightly.

         “I just dropped by to say good morning to everyone before we head off to Commissioner Bai’s office” he explained.  Everyone bowed in returned before Zhan Junbai looked over at Jiang Yuelou.

         “Come Yuelou” he instructed.  Jiang Yuelou nodded as they turned on a dime, nearly in sync, before heading out the sliding glass doors to Bai Jinbo’s office. 

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Once inside Bai Jinbo’s office, Zhan Junbai and Bai Jinbo embraced one another, since they were very close friends, even though Bai Jinbo was much older than Zhan Junbai.  After their embrace, Bai Jinbo motioned for them to sit down before Bai Jinbo looked at Zhan Junbai.

         “I haven’t seen Zhan Tianqing in so long so seeing his nephew back home must make him very happy” he stated with a smile.  Zhan Junbai smiled and dipped his head while Jiang Yuelou remained silent beside him.

         “You look well, Bai-xiong.  Have you cut back on your drinking?” Zhan Junbai asked.  Bai Jinbo laughed.

         “Yes, Junbai, I have.  I’m out in the public more now doing press conferences and interviews, so I can’t be hungover ” he explained.  Zhan Junbai smiled as he stood to his feet, about to embrace him again, when he looked behind Bai Jinbo at the painting hanging on the wall.  His eyes widened as he stared at the painting and as he continued to stare at the painting, his head began to swim and his vision began to blur.  He shook his head multiple times to try and clear the dizziness that was creeping into his mind, but the fogginess and dizziness wouldn’t go away.  His vision soon became dotted with white dots and once again, he tried to shake them away, but they just kept coming and he could see blackness encroaching on his vision.  Bai Jinbo looked at him and noticed his odd behavior before he looked behind him and noticed the painting that Zhan Junbai was staring at.

         “Don’t look!” he barked, causing Jiang Yuelou to look at him in surprise before he looked up to see Zhan Junbai swaying before finally collapsing.  However, Jiang Yuelou was quick and he caught him before he fell, looking at Bai Jinbo with fear in his eyes.

         “Commissioner Bai, what—” he started when Bai Jinbo pointed away from him.

         “Take Zhan Junbai to rest” he ordered.  Jiang Yuelou nodded and quickly looped one arm around Zhan Junbai’s waist before taking his arm and wrapping it around his neck, slowly and carefully guiding him out of Bai Jinbo’s office.  Once they were gone, Bai Jinbo looked back at the painting, eyes wide as he studied it.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Jiang Yuelou then quickly led Zhan Junbai into Chen Yuzhi’s office, making the psychologist look up from his work in shock.

         “Yuelou, what happened?” he exclaimed but Jiang Yuelou didn’t say anything as he led Zhan Junbai over to Chen Yuzhi’s soft reclining chair, gently sitting him down.  Once he was comfortable, Jiang Yuelou looked over at Chen Yuzhi, who was frowning at him.

         “Didn’t you guys go to Commissioner Bai’s office?  What happened?” he repeated.  Jiang Yuelou said nothing before he looked Chen Yuzhi in the eyes.

         “You take care of Zhan-xiong first, I have something to ask Commissioner Bai” he gritted out before he turned and left the room. 

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Meanwhile, in Bai Jinbo’s office, Bai Jinbo was removing the picture from his wall when there was a knock on the door.

         “Come in” he called out.  Jiang Yuelou then entered the room, walking over to him.

         “Commissioner Bai.  The reason you’re taking the painting off the wall is because of Zhan Junbai, right?” he asked.  Bai Jinbo was quiet before he sighed and looked at the painting.

         “This was painted by Lu Ka Si” he declared, making Jiang Yuelou frown.

         “Lu Ka Si?” he repeated.  Bai Jinbo nodded as he set the painting on the ground behind his desk.

         “I hang this painting in my office because I want to keep reminding myself to make my mind clear” he explained.  Jiang Yuelou frowned.

         “Does Zhan-xiong know about Lu Ka Si?” he asked.  Bai Jinbo nodded and pointed to his temple.

         “Lu Ka Si shot him in the temple” he explained.  Jiang Yuelou’s eyes widened in shock as Bai Jinbo sighed.

         “Do you remember when Zhan Junbai wasn’t home for half a year when he was in high school?” he asked.  Jiang Yuelou’s wide eyes got even bigger as he looked at him.

         “I always thought he went abroad to participate in a summer camp!  No wonder I found that summer vacation to be so long” he whispered.  Bai Jinbo sighed.

         “That was a lie your uncle had to tell you as you were too young at that time” he explained before he sighed again.

         “Zhan Junbai had been lying in the hospital for half a year and barely survived.  That’s because we didn’t protect him well” he murmured.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Back in Chen Yuzhi’s office, Chen Yuzhi was kneeling next to his reclining chair as he looked up at Zhan Junbai, who finally woke up.

         “Zhan-xiong, are you really okay?” he asked gently.  Zhan Junbai smiled softly as he looked down at Chen Yuzhi.

         “I’m not a child anymore, Yuzhi.  I’m fine.  Go back to your work” he instructed.  Chen Yuzhi hummed before he looked at Zhan Junbai.

         “Would you like me to find Yu Tangchun and ask for some aspirin for your headache?” he asked.  Zhan Junbai shook his head as he carefully pushed himself to his feet.

         “No, thank you.  I can find him myself so that I don’t distract you” he stated.  Chen Yuzhi frowned as he pushed himself to his feet.

         “Only if you’re sure” he replied.  Zhan Junbai looked over at him and smiled warmly.

         “Yuzhi, I’m sure.  Go back to your work” he instructed before he turned and walked out of the room.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Zhan Junbai then walked over to the morgue door, standing before it for a moment before he pushed it open and walked inside, only to find Yu Tangchun bent over a body, mask over his face as he was beginning an autopsy.  Zhan Junbai made a polite face of disgust before he stepped further into the room, making Yu Tangchun look up and glance over his shoulder.

         “Oh, hello again” he greeted before he turned back to his body.  Zhan Junbai inclined his head before he looked around the morgue, noticing that there was an unopen lunch bag on his desk.

         “Even Iron Man should eat too” he stated.  Yu Tangchun paused what he was doing before he sighed and stepped away from the body, walking over to his desk.

         “How can I help you, Mr. Zhan?” he asked as he removed his gloves and his mask.  Zhan Junbai smiled.

         “Ah, I was wondering if you had any aspirin.  I have a terrible headache” he explained as Yu Tangchun walked over to the lunch bag and opened it, pulling out the sandwich before taking a bite.  Zhan Junbai’s eyes widened.

         “Eating next to a dead body…isn’t that unsafe?” he asked.  Yu Tangchun shrugged.

         “Hasn’t killed me yet” he replied with a smirk, making Zhan Junbai narrow his eyes this time.

         “Don’t joke about that” he reprimanded.  Yu Tangchun huffed and smiled slightly, dipping his head.

         “Sorry.  Now, what did you say you needed?” he asked. 

         “Aspirin” Zhan Junbai replied.  Yu Tangchun nodded as he set down his sandwich and opened up his desk drawer and pulled out a little bottle.  He then opened it and shook out two pills before handing them to Zhan Junbai.

         “Here” he offered.  Zhan Junbai nodded his head in thanks as he took the two pills and popped them into his mouth, dry swallowing them.

         “That’s bad for your stomach lining if you do that” Yu Tangchun stated before he handed Zhan Junbai a water bottle.

         “Here” he stated.  Zhan Junbai dipped his head again as he opened up the water bottle and took a swig before handing it back to Yu Tangchun, who also took a swig before closing the lid on the bottle.

         “I still have to finish this autopsy, so if you don’t mind blood and guts, you can stay” he offered.  Zhan Junbai smiled slightly.

         “While I would love to, I feel as though I would be a distraction.  So I will leave you to it” he stated before he turned and headed out the door, leaving Yu Tangchun alone once again.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

         “Why did Lu Ka Si want to kill Zhan-xiong?” Chen Yuzhi asked as he sat across from Jiang Yuelou in his office after he came back from speaking to Bai Jinbo.  Jiang Yuelou shook his head.

         “We haven’t had time to elaborate it since Commissioner Bai went to a meeting” he explained.  Chen Yuzhi sighed and leaned back in his chair, letting out a groan.

         “We didn’t get any useful information” he grumbled.  Jiang Yuelou was quiet before he spoke.

         “Lu Ka Si…he’s still alive” he deadpanned.  Chen Yuzhi hummed, staying silent to let Jiang Yuelou speak.

         “He committed a big crime in the past and caused massive social panic.  Also caused a huge impact on the police department.  If we let others know that he’s still alive now…I’m afraid there will be serious consequences” Jiang Yuelou continued. 

         “Is that why this case hasn’t been turned over?  The painting in Commissioner Bai’s office was painted by Lu Ka Si, which explains why Zhan-xiong lost consciousness when he saw it” Chen Yuzhi mused, making Jiang Yuelou look over at him.

         “Zhan-xiong didn’t have any impression of that painting.  You saw it just now” he argued.  Chen Yuzhi sighed.

         “Yuelou, after the human brain suffers from major trauma, it will selectively avoid some painful memories” he explained.  Jiang Yuelou was quiet before he turned to fully face him.

         “Don’t you dare think about doing anything to him” he growled.  Chen Yuzhi just calmly looked back at him.

         “If it helps solve the case—” he started.

         “There are many other ways to solve the case.  If one of them involves hurting Zhan-xiong, we’re not doing it” Jiang Yuelou growled. 

         “Who would hurt me?” a voice asked, making Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou turn to see Zhan Junbai standing in Jiang Yuelou’s office.  Jiang Yuelou frowned.

         “Zhan-xiong…when did you get here?” he asked.  Zhan Junbai chuckled.

         “You were too focused on your conversation that you didn’t notice someone walked in” he replied before the smile fell from his face and he became serious.

         “You’re talking about THAT person, right?” he asked.  Jiang Yuelou quickly lowered his eyes while Chen Yuzhi sighed and stood to his feet, looking into Zhan Junbai’s eyes.

         “Zhan-xiong, we need your help” he stated, making Jiang Yuelou look up with wide eyes before shooting to his feet.

         “Zhan-xiong, there’s no “we”, it’s all him!” he exclaimed.  Chen Yuzhi shot him a glare as Zhan Junbai smiled gently.

         “Yuzhi.  You want to hypnotize me, right?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi blinked before he nodded.

         “Yes” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou let out an irritated sigh and placed his hands on his hips as Zhan Junbai let out a chuckle.

         “I don’t mind but I’m afraid that there’re some difficulties” he explained.  Chen Yuzhi frowned.

         “What difficulties?” he asked.  Zhan Junbai sighed.

         “Because this is not just an internal injury…it’s also an external trauma.  Someone shot me here before” he explained, making a shooting motion to his right temple.  Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widened in horror while Jiang Yuelou sighed.

         “After I woke up…it was half a year later.  I had very few pieces left of my memory” Zhan Junbai explained.  Chen Yuzhi blinked before he nodded in understanding.

         “So that’s why you suddenly became unfamiliar with me” he mused.  Zhan Junbai hummed as Chen Yuzhi continued talking.

         “So you’re saying that you forgetting those things was because of external trauma rather than psychological barriers” he asked.  Zhan Junbai nodded.

         “I’ve seen many doctors already and they’ve said that my memory system is severely damaged.  I even almost forgot how to speak during that period” he explained, making Jiang Yuelou lower his head in shame.

         “Human memory can be divided into brain memory and body memory.  I still want to try…if that’s alright.  Maybe I can find some clues” Chen Yuzhi offered.  Zhan Junbai looked over at Jiang Yuelou, who looked very against the idea, before he looked back at Chen Yuzhi.

         “Okay” he agreed.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

A little while later, Jiang Yuelou stood outside of Chen Yuzhi’s office, looking in through the window as Chen Yuzhi looked back at him, nodding once before he shut the blinds.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

After what seemed like forever, Chen Yuzhi finally exited his office, making Jiang Yuelou grab his arm.

         “How is everything?” he asked. 

         “He’s asleep now” Chen Yuzhi replied before he gently removed Jiang Yuelou’s hand from his arm.

         “This case must be related to Lu Ka Si.  We must ask Commissioner Bai” he declared.  Jiang Yuelou nodded.

         “Let’s go” he agreed.  The two men then turned, heading out.

Chapter Text

After leaving the police station, Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi were sitting in Jiang Yuelou’s car as they drove down the freeway.  As they were driving down the street, Chen Yuzhi’s phone pinged, making him look at it.

         “Commissioner Bai sent us Lu Ka Si’s current accurate location” he stated, showing Jiang Yuelou the google maps.  Jiang Yuelou glanced at the phone before his eyes went back to the road.

         “It seems that it’s not bad for the place where he’s imprisoned.  Need to be approved by Commissioner Bai personally” he mused before he glanced at Chen Yuzhi.

         “Now, can you tell me what happened to my cousin?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi sighed.

         “I tried many ways to hypnotize him…finally…” he started, thinking back to the session.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

         “Zhan-xiong, next listen to me count.  When you hear my finger snap, remain relaxed and start recalling the memory” Chen Yuzhi instructed as he sat next to Zhan Junbai, who nodded in reply.

         “Once there’s an image in your brain, go and catch it and describe fully what you have seen” he continued.  Zhan Junbai nodded again.

         “Close your eyes” Chen Yuzhi instructed.  Zhan Junbai did what he was told and let his eyes slip shut.  Once his eyes were close, Chen Yuzhi snapped his fingers over and over in a slow and steady pattern.  Meanwhile, in Zhan Junbai’s head, he thought back to when he, Jiang Yuelou, and Chen Yuzhi were much younger, Chen Yuzhi hiding behind Jiang Yuelou as they all played tag.  As he recalled the memory, a small smile on his face, Chen Yuzhi watched him, still snapping his fingers.

         “The picture’s appearing.  What do you see?” he asked, voice soft.

         “I saw Yuelou in his childhood and Yuzhi from next door” Zhan Junbai replied.

         “Now, can you feel yourself just beside Yuelou and Yuzhi?” Chen Yuzhi asked, but Zhan Junbai didn’t hear him.

         “Zhan-xiong?” he asked, but no reply.

         “Zhan-xiong?” Chen Yuzhi repeated, but still no response.

         “Zhan-xiong!” he exclaimed, only to see Zhan Junbai flinch and clutch at the armchair as he remembered suddenly being alone and flush up against a man in black.  He then began to whimper and clutch at the armchair’s arm rest harder before his expression quickly schooled and became blank as he raised a finger to his lips and made a shushing sound.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Chen Yuzhi then repeated the shushing motion, making Jiang Yuelou glance over at him.

         “Are you sure that was the gesture?” he demanded.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “Absolutely.  It’s the same one as Wu Hao’s.  They’re both a shushing gesture” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou gritted his teeth before he stepped on the gas, speeding down the road. 

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

They drove for a while before they came to a stop outside a large research center.  They then got out of the car and began walking over to the gate when Bai Jinbo got out to greet them.

         “How do you guys feel about the place?” he asked. 

         “The environment is nice” Jiang Yuelou replied.  Bai Jinbo chuckled.

         “Then do you want to spend a couple of nights here?” he teased.  Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi both shook their heads.

         “No sir” they replied before Jiang Yuelou motioned the prison behind Bai Jinbo.

         “Does this count as a secret military base or a medical institution?” he asked.  Bai Jinbo looked back at the prison and sighed.

         “These cells have locked up the smartest maniacs in Jing City.  The person you want to see is inside.  Let’s go” he declared before he headed towards the prison, Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi following behind.  As they headed towards the gate, Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi were stopped by a guard.

         “You two can’t go inside” he declared.  Bai Jinbo looked at the guard and sighed before showing him a piece of paper that authorized Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi’s entrance into the prison.  The guard looked at the paper and nodded before stepping back.

         “Please go ahead” he stated.  Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou nodded, following after Bai Jinbo as they all headed inside the Special Pathological Phenomena Research Center.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Once inside, Bai Jinbo, Jiang Yuelou, and Chen Yuzhi headed upstairs to the floor that Lu Ka Si was being held on before stopping outside his cell.  Bai Jinbo then showed the guard the sheet that he had shown the other guard, allowing them access to the room.  The guard looked at the sheet before turning to the door, pressing his thumb into the biometric lock before open the door, allowing Bai Jinbo, Chen Yuzhi, and Jiang Yuelou entrance to the cell.  When they stepped inside, they saw an older man dressed in a white prison jumpsuit with a blinking metal collar around his neck sitting in a chair that was leaning against one of the chalk walls.

         “This is Lu Ka Si” Bai Jinbo declared, motioning to the man, who looked fast asleep.

         “M151 Voice Silencer” Jiang Yuelou whispered, making Chen Yuzhi look over at him.

         “What?” he asked.

         “M151 is a type of voice silencer which is specially designed for prisoners.  Once it’s put on, no matter how hard you yell or scream, you can’t make a sound.  It’s also an electric dog collar” Jiang Yuelou explained.  Chen Yuzhi frowned.

         “Electric dog collar…well, that’s…quite a vivid description” he murmured. 

         “It’s just a nickname.  Once the M151 is beyond the scopes, there will be a 100 second countdown before it explodes as soon as the timer runs out” Jiang Yuelou continued.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head.

         “That’s too inhumane” he murmured.

         “Inhumane?” Bai Jinbo repeated, anger in his voice as he looked at Lu Ka Si.

         “He used his voice as a weapon to kill” he growled. 

         “You intend to trap him this way, but what if he manages to escape?” Chen Yuzhi inquired.  Jiang Yuelou huffed.

         “Unless the collar is connected to the server again, he will, no doubt, die” he replied.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Meanwhile, in a dimly lit room, a mysterious man placed a similar collar to the one Lu Ka Si was wearing around a dummy’s neck and clicked a switch, watching as the green light on the collar turned red and began to beep and flash rapidly before the mysterious man pressed the switch again, turning the light turn back to green.  The mysterious man then nodded, pleased with the results.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Back in the prison, Bai Jinbo, Jiang Yuelou, and Chen Yuzhi stood before Lu Ka Si’s cell, Bai Jinbo placing his hands on his hips.

         “Lu Ka Si.  I brought the kids here to see you” he called out.  Lu Ka Si swallowed but did not open his eyes or make any inclination to move from his spot.

         “They’re the nephews of Tianqing and Lan” Bai Jinbo continued, making Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou look at one another before looking back at Lu Ka Si, who had now opened his eyes and pushed himself to his feet, slowly walking over to the bars.  Lu Ka Si then stood before Chen Yuzhi, who stared at him, making Bai Jinbo look over in confusion.  Lu Ka Si then eyed Chen Yuzhi up and down before he smiled and reached through the bars, trying to touch Chen Yuzhi, but Jiang Yuelou was having none of it and smacked his hand away.

         “It seems you not only need a voice silencer but a straitjacket as well” he growled.  Lu Ka Si glanced at him before he looked back at Chen Yuzhi, who was looking at him apprehensively as he retracted his hand.  He then shook himself before he stepped back and leaned over to Bai Jinbo.

         “Commissioner Bai, I would like to have a look at his medical records” he whispered.  Bai Jinbo nodded.

         “Okay” he replied as he turned towards the guard desk that was in the room, grabbing the file before handing it to Chen Yuzhi.

         “Here” he stated.

         “Thank you” Chen Yuzhi replied as he opened the file, Jiang Yuelou coming up beside him.  As he looked at the file, Jiang Yuelou looked at Bai Jinbo.

         “Commissioner Bai, why did he shoot my cousin?” he asked. 

         “To kill the witness” Bai Jinbo growled, glaring at Lu Ka Si, who was now drawing on the floor of his cell with chalk. 

         “The first person who found out that he was the killer was your cousin, Zhan Junbai.  If we didn’t have him, the psychological suggestion killing cases under his control would have led to more than just one hundred people’s deaths” he continued. 

         “More than one hundred people?  I thought that was the limit of his psychological strength” Chen Yuzhi whispered.  Bai Jinbo shook his head.

         “I’m afraid it’s only the tip of the iceberg” he replied before he looked at Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou. 

         “I realize that your main investigative focus is on him, but I think it’s rather difficult for you to make any progress in the case, due to the fact that he’s been locked in here for more than two decades.  He doesn’t even have a chance to communicate with the outside world” he explained as he crossed his arms.

         “But I believe that the particular numbers aren’t just a mere coincidence” he murmured before he looked Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi in the eyes.

         “How about this: I’ll go and get the other reports for you.  Wait for me for a little while” he instructed before he turned and left the room, leaving Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi alone in the room with Lu Ka Si and the guard watching him.  Once he was gone, Chen Yuzhi showed Jiang Yuelou Lu Ka Si’s file.

         “This is the list of experts who authenticated that Lu Ka Si had an uncontrollable psychosis at the end” he stated before he pointed to a name.

         “Look.  Professor Xu” he whispered.  Jiang Yuelou tilted his head to look at the name before his eyes widened.

         “Is that your Professor Xu?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “Absolutely.  If they didn’t have this report back then, I believe that without a doubt that Lu Ka Si would have been sentenced to death” he replied as he and Jiang Yuelou turned to watch Lu Ka Si scratch and draw and the floor. 

         “Moreover, I doubt that he went crazy at all” he continued, voice still soft.  Jiang Yuelou looked at him with narrowed eyes.

         “Are you sure?” he whispered.  Chen Yuzhi smirked.

         “I’m pretty sure” he replied as he looked over at Lu Ka Si.

         “He does act very much like a psycho, but that drawing is not something a typical insane person could produce.  It’s very detailed.  The edge of the drawing was drawn beforehand but he didn’t rush to the inner parts.  Normally the inner parts would be done first.  Furthermore, the more he moves in, the messier his drawing style becomes.  This drawing is almost done and I can’t shake the feeling that…he’s planning something” he finished as Lu Ka Si glanced up at the window high above his cell before looking back down at the drawing.

         “And recently…” Chen Yuzhi started.

         “He’s becoming more and more impatient” Jiang Yuelou finished.

         “Or maybe more and more agitated” Chen Yuzhi corrected.  Jiang Yuelou huffed as he placed his hands on his hips.

         “Is there…anything you don’t want Commissioner Bai to know?” he whispered.  Chen Yuzhi glanced over at him and nodded before looking over at the drawing on the floor of the cell.

         “I fear Lu Ka Si is hiding something in that drawing.  If it implicates Commissioner Bai as well, then what are we supposed to do?” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou was quiet as he too looked over at Lu Ka Si, who looked up at them before making a shushing motion, causing Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi’s eyes to widen.

Chapter Text

Back at the police station, Zhan Junbai exited Chen Yuzhi’s office, fixing his crumpled suit before he walked out into the bullpen.  He then walked over to Sun Yongren, placing a gentle hand on the man’s shoulder.

         “Detective Sun, have you seen Jiang Yuelou?” he asked.  Sun Yongren looked up at him and shook his head.

         “No, sorry.  I don’t know” he replied before he smiled slightly.

         “I could call him, if you’d like” he offered.  Zhan Junbai nodded.

         “Please” he replied.  Sun Yongren nodded as he grabbed his phone and searched for Jiang Yuelou’s number before pressing “call”.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

In Jiang Yuelou’s car, Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi were driving back to the police station when Jiang Yuelou’s phone rang.  He and Chen Yuzhi looked at the caller ID before Jiang Yuelou pressed “answer”, putting the call on speaker.

         “Hello?” he answered.

         “Yuelou?  Where are you?” Zhan Junbai’s voice replied over the phone. 

         “Oh, Zhan-xiong.  I’m sorry, I was out with Yuzhi and Commissioner Bai.  We were working on some more leads for the cases that we’re working on” Jiang Yuelou explained. 

         “Did you find what you were looking for?” Zhan Junbai asked.

         “I think so…listen, Zhan-xiong, I can’t really talk right now.  I’m still working” Jiang Yuelou replied.  Zhan Junbai let out a gentle huff over the phone.

         “I know how busy you are, so I’ll let you get back to work.  I just wanted to check on you and make sure that you’re alright” he explained.  Jiang Yuelou blushed before he smiled.

         “I’m fine, Zhan-xiong.  Got to go” he bid before he hung up.  As soon as the call ended, Chen Yuzhi looked over at him and smirked.

         “Your cousin’s so nice and warm…I wonder how you came out so cold and cruel” he teased.  Jiang Yuelou narrowed his eyes at him before he suddenly stepped on the gas, causing the car to accelerate, making Chen Yuzhi yelp as he gripped onto the car seat.

         “Jiang Yuelou!” he exclaimed, causing Jiang Yuelou to chuckle softly.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Back at the precinct, Zhan Junbai handed Sun Yongren back his phone, smiling.

         “Thank you” he thanked.  Sun Yongren nodded, just as Yu Tangchun exited the morgue, walking over to them.

         “What’s going on here?” he asked.  Zhan Junbai looked over at him, blinking.

         “Oh, I just finished a call with Yuelou.  He’s out doing some field work with Yuzhi and Bai Jinbo” he explained.  Yu Tangchun hummed.

         “Well, if you’re not doing anything, would you like to come over for a drink?  Cup of coffee?” he offered.  Zhan Junbai smiled slightly.

         “I would love to” he replied.  Yu Tangchun nodded before motioning for Zhan Junbai to follow him out of the office.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

As they waited for the elevators, Zhan Junbai looked over at Yu Tangchun.

         “You really didn’t have to invite me over for coffee.  I could have just gone back to my hotel” he stated.  Yu Tangchun shook his head.

         “I figured you could use the company and I really don’t mind.  I haven’t had a person over to my apartment in a long time” he replied.  Zhan Junbai smiled.

         “Well then I’m honored to be the first to visit your humble home in such a long while” he stated.  Yu Tangchun smiled as the elevator arrived and soon both men were stepping inside, heading back to Yu Tangchun’s apartment.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

In Jiang Yuelou’s car, Chen Yuzhi looked over at Jiang Yuelou.

         “I can’t believe you lied to your cousin” he murmured.  Jiang Yuelou huffed.

         “It’s not like I haven’t done it before” he murmured.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head.

         “But you’re the poster boy of the police department; you’re Mr. Goody-Two-Shoes.  You never lie!” he exclaimed.  Jiang Yuelou quirked a smile.

         “As you can see, my dear Yuzhi, never say never” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi huffed and rolled his eyes, making Jiang Yuelou smirk before he stepped on the gas pedal again, suddenly speeding the car up, once again making Chen Yuzhi yelp and grip onto his seat.

         “Jiang Yuelou!” he exclaimed, glaring at the man.  Jiang Yuelou chuckled.

         “You deserved that” he replied. 

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

At Yu Tangchun’s apartment, Yu Tangchun led Zhan Junbai inside and turned on the lights, allowing Zhan Junbai to look around.

         “My…you are a workaholic” he mused as he looked at all the beakers and human anatomy books and figurines that lined Yu Tangchun’s shelf.

         “Well, when you don’t have much of a social life, what else is there to do?” Yu Tangchun replied.  Zhan Junbai hummed before he noticed an interesting little lamp on the counter. 

         “This is cute” he murmured as he carefully picked it up and looked at it, noticing immediately that there was a hidden camera in the lamp part.  His eyes widened as Yu Tangchun huffed. 

         “Yeah well, it was a gift, so I can’t really get rid of it” he explained.  Zhan Junbai hummed as he carefully closed the lamp to reveal a heart, making him raise an eyebrow.

         “Was the gift from an ex-girlfriend?” he asked as he showed Yu Tangchun the heart.  Yu Tangchun said nothing before he snatched the lamp and placed it back on the counter.  Zhan Junbai drew his hand back, raising an eyebrow before he huffed.

         “Sorry, I shouldn’t have asked” he apologized.  Yu Tangchun shook his head.

         “No, it’s fine.  I just don’t particularly want to talk about it” he replied.  Zhan Junbai nodded.

         “I understand” he assured.  Yu Tangchun then motioned to the rest of the apartment.

         “Please, feel free to look around.  I’ll go make us some coffee” he stated as he set his workbag down and headed into the kitchen to brew some coffee.  Zhan Junbai nodded and continued to look around the apartment, noticing that the curtains on the window were sewed shut.

         “Dr. Yu” he called out, making the man poke his head out of the kitchen.

         “Hmm?” he replied.  Zhan Junbai motioned to the curtains.

         “Why did you sew the curtains shut?” he asked.  Yu Tangchun’s face darkened, making Zhan Junbai frown.

         “What’s wrong?  Are you afraid of someone looking in from outside?” he asked, tilting his head to the side.  Yu Tangchun blinked at him.

         “How did you—” he started when Zhan Junbai smiled slightly.

         “It was a lucky guess” he replied before his face turned serious.

         “You’ve been subjected to some harassments recently, haven’t you?” he asked.  Yu Tangchun flinched under the serious gaze of Zhan Junbai before he shook his head, composing himself.

         “I have no idea what you’re talking about” he replied before he went back into the kitchen, returning with two piping hot cups of coffee.  He then handed one to Zhan Junbai, who took a sip of the brew before continuing to stare at Yu Tangchun.

         “By letters…” he started as he looked around the apartment, noticing the unplugged landline.

         “…phone calls…” he continued before he frowned and glanced back at Yu Tangchun.

         “Is there a reason why the landline is unplugged?” he asked gently before he set down his coffee mug and moved to plug the landline back it. 

         “Stop!” Yu Tangchun exclaimed, dropping his coffee mug as he moved to grab Zhan Junbai’s arm to pull him away from the landline.  Zhan Junbai turned and looked at him with wide eyes before he looked down at the spilt coffee and shattered mug. 

         “Dr. Yu!” he exclaimed.  Yu Tangchun blinked before he looked down at how tightly he was gripping Zhan Junbai’s arm before looking down at the spilt coffee and shattered mug.

         “Oh shit!” he exclaimed as he removed his hands from around Zhan Junbai’s arm and knelt down to begin picking up the pieces when Zhan Junbai knelt down, placing his hands over Yu Tangchun’s, making the man look up at him.

         “Don’t.  You work with your hands and if you injure yourself, you can’t work to the best of your ability.  Let me.  I’m the one who made you angry enough to shatter the mug” he murmured before he began to pick up the pieces of the mug, taking them to the trash can in the kitchen.  He made another trip of cleaning up the broken pieces before returning this time with a dish towel, which he then placed over the coffee.

         “Thank you” Yu Tangchun murmured, lowering his head in embarrassment.  Zhan Junbai smiled and shook his head.

         “You’re welcome” he replied before his face turned serious again.

         “I am right though…you are being harassed” he stated.  Yu Tangchun let out a sigh, making Zhan Junbai step over the towel soaking up the coffee and stand before him, reaching out to grasp his arm.

         “By someone you know?” he asked gently.  Yu Tangchun shook his head.

         “I don’t know” he whispered.  Zhan Junbai frowned.

         “You don’t know?” he repeated.  Yu Tangchun sighed.

         “The call I received a few nights ago…the voice on it was altered by a voice changer” he explained.  Zhan Junbai hummed before he looked over and saw the little heart lamp pointing towards them, the hidden camera pointed directly at them.  A thought quickly came to mind as he grabbed Yu Tangchun by his shoulders, making the young doctor look up at him in shock.

         “Mr. Zhan, what are you—” he started.

         “Just trust me.  I’m helping you” Zhan Junbai whispered before he practically manhandled Yu Tangchun to the couch and none too gently threw him into it.  Yu Tangchun looked up at him with wide eyes in shock as he moved to lean over him, almost as if he was dominating him.

         “What did she say on the phone?” he asked softly.  Yu Tangchun lowered his head, avoiding eye contact with Zhan Junbai.

         “She said…you are mine” he whispered.  Zhan Junbai smiled gently as he reached out and placed a gentle hand on Yu Tangchun’s shoulder, rubbing it with his thumb.

         “What else?” he asked, making sure to not touch Yu Tangchun anywhere that would be uncomfortable for him. 

         “And she sent me gifts…but I rejected all of them” Yu Tangchun replied, leaning into Zhan Junbai’s touch. 

         “For how long?” Zhan Junbai asked, still rubbing gentle circles into Yu Tangchun’s shoulder. 

         “A month” Yu Tangchun croaked.  Zhan Junbai frowned.

         “Why didn’t you tell Jiang Yuelou or the others?  There are many officers around you and I’m sure they would do something to stop the harassment” he murmured.  Yu Tangchun shook his head.

         “It only happened occasionally.  But recently…she’s gone too far” he hissed.  Zhan Junbai sighed, continuing to rub comforting circles in Yu Tangchun’s shoulder, since the man didn’t seem to mind nor was he pushing him away.

         “Since Jiang Yuelou is very busy…you’ve never told him” he mused.  Yu Tangchun nodded.

         “It’s a secret that only I know” he admitted.  Zhan Junbai sighed again before he used his other hand to gently lift Yu Tangchun’s head so that he was looking at him.

         “I can help you, but you have to trust me, okay?” he whispered.  Yu Tangchun blinked at him before he nodded.  Zhan Junbai smiled.

         “Okay” he replied before he pushed Yu Tangchun into the couch and covered his mouth with his hand before he began to “kiss” him.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Meanwhile, down in the morgue, Ying Yue was sitting at her desk, growling furiously at her computer screen as she watched Yu Tangchun and Zhan Junbai “kiss”.  She gripped one of the pages in her medical book so tight that she tore it as she glared at the screen.

         “He’s mine!” she shrieked.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Back in the apartment, Yu Tangchun was looking at Zhan Junbai with wide eyes before he shoved him away, panting.

         “Why did you—” he started.

         “We can’t stop yet.  If you want to figure out the identity of the harasser, we can’t stop yet” Zhan Junbai replied, also panting.  Yu Tangchun shook his head.

         “But this is so…weird” he murmured.  Zhan Junbai sighed and nodded.

         “I know and I’m sorry, but this is the only way that I can think of to draw your harasser out of the shadows” he explained.  Yu Tangchun looked up at him again.

         “Are you sure there’s no other way?” he asked.  Zhan Junbai shook his head again.

         “No, I’m sorry” he replied.  Yu Tangchun was quiet before he sighed.

         “Alright” he agreed.  Zhan Junbai nodded before he removed his suit jacket and placed it on a nearby chair, revealing his black dress shirt underneath.  Yu Tangchun blinked at how nicely the dress shirt hugged Zhan Junbai’s body as the man got off him, allowing him to sit up before he sat back down next to him.

         “I know this is probably very uncomfortable for you” he murmured.  Yu Tangchun huffed.

         “Just a little” he replied, just as the re-plugged in landline began to ring.  He looked over at the landline and stood up, about to answer it, when Zhan Junbai grabbed his wrist, halting him.

         “Wait” he instructed.  Yu Tangchun frowned and let the phone ring for a few more moments before Zhan Junbai stood up, letting go of Yu Tangchun’s wrist as he walked over to the landline and pressed the “speaker” button.

         “Hello?  Is this for Yu Tangchun?  I’m sorry, he’s not available at the moment, so you can just leave your message with me” he stated as he sat on the arm of the couch.

         “He’s mine!” Ying Yue shrieked on the other line.  Zhan Junbai tsked and shook his head.

         “Is he?” he replied. 

         “HE’S MINE!” Ying Yue screamed.  Zhan Junbai raised an eyebrow.

         “Who told you that?  He’s MINE” he replied before he looked over at Yu Tangchun, who looked back at him in shock.

         “Right Tangchun?” he asked sweetly. 

         “He’s mine!  You bastard!  I’m gonna kill you!” Ying Yue screamed.  Zhan Junbai raised an eyebrow again.

         “Kill me?” he repeated.

         “I’m gonna kill you” Ying Yue screamed.  Zhan Junbai chuckled and shook his head.

         “Then you should hurry up because if you’re too late…Yu Tangchun will be mine” he purred before looking over at Yu Tangchun again, who was blushing deeply.

         “Right?” he asked.  After his question, the woman hung up, making Zhan Junbai tsk.

         “Well, that was something” he murmured before he looked over at Yu Tangchun.

         “Sorry, I just sort of sprung that on you” he apologized.  Yu Tangchun shook his head.

         “It’s fine…this is all just so unexpected” he explained.  Zhan Junbai nodded.

         “I understand” he assured.  Yu Tangchun then cleared his throat.

         “Well, um…you know, instead of calling me Yu Tangchun all the time…you could call me Fu Cheng” he offered.  Zhan Junbai raised an eyebrow.

         “Fu Cheng” he repeated.  Yu Tangchun nodded.

         “It’s…my real name” he admitted.  Zhan Junbai hummed before he smiled.

         “Fu Cheng…I like it” he murmured making Yu Tangchun blush slightly.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Down in the morgue, Ying Yue was losing her mind as she screamed and raged, throwing books and papers off her desk before she clutched at the edge of her desk, panting heavily.

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Back in Yu Tangchun’s apartment, Zhan Junbai finished cleaning up the spilt coffee before looking over at Yu Tangchun.

         “Well, this evening has been very…eventful, but I feel as though I’ve taken up too much of your time and have made you feel uncomfortable, so I will be taking my leave now” he declared.  Yu Tangchun’s eyes widened and he quickly shook his head.

         “No, no, you haven’t made me feel uncomfortable!” he assured before he bit his lip and looked away, wondering if he should say what he wanted to say. 

         ‘Fuck it’ he thought to himself before he looked at Zhan Junbai.

         “Why don’t you stay?  It’s far too late for you to go back to your hotel and you must be exhausted, so why don’t you stay over?  You can take my bed and I can sleep on the couch” he offered.  Zhan Junbai’s eyes widened and he shook his head.

         “Fu Cheng, I can’t take your bed from you!  You work too hard and you need your rest” he argued.  Yu Tangchun shook his head.

         “I don’t mind” he replied.  Zhan Junbai sighed.

         “You’re going to be stubborn about this, aren’t you?” he asked.  Yu Tangchun smirked.

         “Pretty much” he replied.  Zhan Junbai sighed.

         “Alright, I’ll stay.  But I am sleeping on the couch and you are sleeping in your own bed.  Understand?” he asked, fixing Yu Tangchun with a look.  Yu Tangchun nodded.

         “Okay” he agreed. 

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

The next morning, after the first good night’s rest in a long time, Yu Tangchun woke up to find that the house was quiet, save for the sound of a running shower.

         ‘Ah, Junbai must be in the shower’ he thought to himself as he got out of bed and slipped on a robe, heading out of his bedroom when the doorbell rang.  He looked towards the door and frowned.

         “Weird…the mail doesn’t come this early” he thought to himself as he walked over to the door and opened it, only to find a person dressed in a cleaning uniform standing before him.

         “Can I help—” he started when the person took a taser and tazed his neck, causing his eyes to widen before he slumped into unconsciousness.  The person then took the trashcan that they brought with them and opened it, slipping Yu Tangchun inside before closing the lid and rolling it away.  However, unbeknownst to the person pushing the trashcan, Zhan Junbai (who was definitely not in the shower and just used the sound of the running water as a decoy), peered around the corner, eyes narrowing.

         “Found you” he whispered.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Over at Jiang Yuelou’s place, Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi were sitting at Jiang Yuelou’s dining table, both men dressed in their pajamas and eating some congee that Jiang Yuelou had prepared.  After finishing their congee, Chen Yuzhi took a sip of milk from his glass before he placed it down and went back to reading some psychological journals.  A few seconds later, Jiang Yuelou grabbed the glass and drank from it before placing it down to check his phone for any updates.  Just then, his phone pinged, making him check the message before his eyes widened and he looked over at Chen Yuzhi.

         “Zhan-xiong said Yu Tangchun’s in trouble” he declared.  Chen Yuzhi’s head snapped up and he looked over at him.

         “What?!” he exclaimed.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Down in the morgue, Yu Tangchun was slowly waking from his unconsciousness to find himself being furiously cleaned by Ying Yue, who was trying to rid him of all of Zhan Junbai’s touches.  He blinked a few times before he looked over at her, eyes widening in shock.  Ying Yue then noticed he was awake, so she turned and smiled at him.

         “You’re awake!” she cooed.  Yu Tangchun tried to push himself up from where he was lying on a cloth-covered autopsy table but found that he couldn’t.

         “Why?” he croaked.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Back at Yu Tangchun’s place, Jiang Yuelou, dressed in a gray three-piece pinstripe suit, and Chen Yuzhi, dressed in his usual cream three-piece suit and his usual long cream overcoat, stood before Yu Tangchun’s door before Jiang Yuelou kicked it in, allowing him and Chen Yuzhi to rush inside, their guns drawn as Chen Yuzhi’s eyes glowed white and Jiang Yuelou’s flicked to black.  Jiang Yuelou then pressed against the inside wall while Chen Yuzhi pressed against the door, Jiang Yuelou motioning for him to go right while he went left.  Chen Yuzhi nodded before he and Jiang Yuelou pushed off against the wall and door, guns pointed out again.  They then stepped into the apartment, looking around before Chen Yuzhi noticed the heart light on the inside sliding glass doors leading to the balcony.

         “Yuelou” he called out.  Jiang Yuelou turned, both men looking at the heart before Jiang Yuelou noticed that there was a small post-it note beneath it.  He then walked over to the door and grabbed the note.

         “The light is a monitor, trace the IP address quickly” he read aloud before he looked up at Chen Yuzhi and nodded.

         “Let’s go” he ordered. 

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Back down in the morgue, Ying Yue leaned closer to Yu Tangchun, who was still immobilized on the autopsy table.

         “Of course you don’t know why because you never pay attention to me!” she exclaimed.  Yu Tangchun looked at her, eyes softly glowing purple.

         “Ying Yue, you’re insane!” he shouted. 

         “YES, I AM!” Ying Yue screamed before she began to cry.

         “I’m deeply in love with you!  I’m the only one in the whole world who can understand you!” she exclaimed before she grasped Yu Tangchun’s bare shoulder.

         “Tell me, who is he?  I’ll kill him!  I can’t tolerate other people touching you!” she screamed.  Yu Tangchun hissed in pain as he looked over at her.

         “I think you misunderstood” he whispered.

         “Misunderstood?” Ying Yue repeated before she shook her head, tears streaming down her face.

         “You always ignore me unless we’re working together.  Am I that bad in your eyes?  I’m worth nothing to you, right?” she screamed, sobbing softly before reaching out to stroke Yu Tangchun’s cheek.

         “Yu Tangchun…how I hope we can stay together like this forever!  You can’t refuse me anymore” she declared.  Yu Tangchun shook his head.

         “What did I say when I refused you?” he croaked.

         “You refuse me of everything!  You’re always the top attraction, keeping me out of your world!” Ying Yue screamed, near hysterics at this point.  Yu Tangchun shook his head again before looking over his shoulder to see multiple bottles of ink and a tattoo pen on a medical cart.  His eyes widened before he looked back at Ying Yue.

         “Ying Yue…all those numbers were forged by you” he growled.  Ying Yue nodded.

         “Yes, you’re right.  Only because I wanted you to pay more attention to me!  But your team took the investigation out of my control!” she exclaimed.  Yu Tangchun shook his head, now growing angry.

         “That’s ridiculous!” he shouted, eyes still glowing purple.

         “Ridiculous?  How can you say that?!  All I know is that I love you.  I’m the one who loves you the most in the world” Ying Yue screamed before she reached over and grabbed a syringe, looking down at Yu Tangchun.

         “I’m yours and you are mine.  We will never separate from each other” she whispered, making Yu Tangchun frown at the syringe.

         “What is that?  What are you doing?” he asked.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Meanwhile, Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi were speeding down the street in Jiang Yuelou’s Lamborghini, Jiang Yuelou gripping the wheel tightly.

         “How do you know she has anything to do with our case?” Chen Yuzhi asked, glancing over at him, eyes no longer glowing.

         “I saw a pink lamp in the morgue last time; same as the one in Tangchun’s house” Jiang Yuelou replied, eyes no longer black.

         “If she’s crazy in love with Yu Tangchun…” Chen Yuzhi started before he frowned.

         “Wait, where did Zhan Junbai go last night?  Did he go back to the hotel?” he asked.  Jiang Yuelou shook his head.

         “No, Zhan-xiong texted me last night that Yu Tangchun invited him to stay the night” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi hummed.

         “If Ying Yue found out that Zhan Junbai was staying over at Yu Tangchun’s apartment…perhaps she might…” he started.

         “She might kill Yu Tangchun” Jiang Yuelou finished, eyes flicking to black again.

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Back down in the morgue, Ying Yue took the syringe and stuck it in Yu Tangchun’s arm, pressing the plunger finger down until all the contents of the syringe were in Yu Tangchun’s system and Yu Tangchun finally relaxed.  Ying Yue then removed the syringe and placed it back on the cart before reaching up to cup Yu Tangchun’s face, turning it towards her.

         “After I kill you…I’ll kill myself.  Then I’ll stay with you forever.  No one can separate us from each other” she replied before she leaned in to kiss him, only to have Zhan Junbai kick in the morgue doors, eyes glowing red.  Ying Yue looked over at him and her eyes widened before she reached onto the cart and grabbed a scalpel, stabbing it at him, but Zhan Junbai just grabbed her wrist and twisted it, causing her to release it before he yanked her arm behind her back.

         “Qiu Ming!  Sun Heying!” he barked and immediately his two bodyguards appeared at the doorway.

         “Yes sir” they replied.  Zhan Junbai then handed Ying Yue over to them, the woman immediately struggling in their arms.

         “He’s mine!” she shrieked as Zhan Junbai walked over to her desk and picked up the heart lamp, studying it.

         “Don’t touch it!  Keep your dirty hands away!  Away!” Ying Yue shrieked.  Zhan Junbai looked over at her, eyes still glowing, before he looked back at her workstation, noticing that there was something hiding behind the large picture frame.  He quickly put the heart lamp down before ripping off the picture frame, revealing a secret shrine Ying Yue created of her and Yu Tangchun.

         “Don’t!” Ying Yue shrieked.  Zhan Junbai stared at the photos, smirking.

         “Nice Photoshop” he replied before he looked over at Qiu Ming and Sun Heying.

         “Take her away” he barked.  Qiu Ming and Sun Heying nodded before they dragged Ying Yue shrieking and struggling out of the morgue. 

         “He’s mine you son of a bitch!  I’m going to kill you” she shrieked as she was dragged out of the morgue.  Zhan Junbai said nothing, waiting till she was far away before his eyes returned to normal and he rushed over to Yu Tangchun, reaching out and gently cupping his face.

         “Fu Cheng” he called out softly, but there was no response.

         “Fu Cheng” he repeated, but once again, no response.  Zhan Junbai let out a growl before he pulled out his phone and dialed for an ambulance.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

A little while later, paramedics arrived as Sun Yongren walked out of the police station, Ying Yue in the custody of two police officers behind him.

         “Come on” he ordered, motioning for the officers to follow him as they walked away from the station as two EMTs exited the police station, Yu Tangchun on a gurney.

         “Hurry up” one EMT barked.

         “Be careful” the other EMT retorted as they led Yu Tangchun towards the ambulance, Zhan Junbai flanked by Qiu Ming and Sun Heying following behind.  Just then, Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi arrived, immediately running over to him.

         “Is he alright?” Chen Yuzhi demanded.  Zhan Junbai nodded.

         “Don’t worry.  He was anesthetized” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou huffed before he looked at his cousin with narrowed eyes.

         “Why didn’t you wait for us to arrive here before taking action?  You’re interfering with public affairs” he murmured, lowering his head.  Zhan Junbai smiled.

         “Well, you two just took too long.  So I’m not interfering with public affairs.  Need I remind you, Jiang-xiong, that I’m also police?” he asked.  Jiang Yuelou kept his head down, a small tint on his cheeks, making Zhan Junbai sigh before he looked up to see the ambulance driving away.  Once the ambulance was out of sight, Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi looked over at Zhan Junbai.

         “Zhan-xiong, I don’t mean to be rude, but…” Chen Yuzhi started.

         “What am I doing here?” Zhan Junbai asked, interpreting his question.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.  Zhan Junbai chuckled.

         “As an inspector of the Commercial Crime Bureau, Bai Jinbo asked me to assist S.C.I” he explained.  Jiang Yuelou’s eyes widened before Zhan Junbai dipped his head.

         “Now, if you’ll excuse me, Jiang-xiong, I’m going to check on Yu Tangchun” he stated, heading towards the limo that was parked not too far from the station, Qiu Ming and Sun Heying following behind.  Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi watched Zhan Junbai leave before Jiang Yuelou sighed, making Chen Yuzhi look back at him. 

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

A little while later, in the interrogation room, Jiang Yuelou sat before Ying Yue and threw down the photos of the numbers stamped behind the victim’s ears.

         “Are all these numbers forged by you?” he asked.  Ying Yue didn’t look up at him, making him huff.

         “You used too much anesthetic on Yu Tangchun” Chen Yuzhi continued.  Ying Yue still didn’t look up at them, making Chen Yuzhi sigh before he sat down, looking at Ying Yue.

         “If only a little more, he would have ended up with central nervous system paralysis and absence of spontaneous respiration, which would cause cardiac arrest” he declared, finally getting her to look up at him.

         “Does he really hate me?” she asked.  Chen Yuzhi looked at her calmly, but Jiang Yuelou could see the concealed rage in his eyes.

         “You injected so much anesthetic because you wanted him to die in peace, right?” he asked.  Ying Yue nodded.

         “But he knows nothing.  He doesn’t know how much you’ve done for him” Chen Yuzhi continued.  Ying Yue shook her head, looking at him.

         “He never cares!” she exclaimed.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head this time.

         “You’re wrong.  You never told him.  You want him to care about something he knows nothing about.  Isn’t that a bit hard?” he asked.  Ying Yue sniffled before she burst into tears.

         “Nothing will change if I tell him.  It’s still the same!  He hates me so much” she screamed.  Jiang Yuelou hummed as he picked up the heart lamp that was placed in an evidence bag.

         “That’s the reason why you put the camera in the light.  To monitor him” he stated.

         “And also, you used Photoshop to edit these photos.  Even wedding and dating photos” Chen Yuzhi added, showing Ying Yue some of the photos from her wall.

         “You think doing this will get you close to Yu Tangchun?” he continued, eyes softly glowing white.  Jiang Yuelou then placed down the heart lamp and looked at Ying Yue.

         “Ying Yue…you don’t deserve him.  Even if you try your entire life, the only thing you can do is watch him get together with someone who is way better than you” he growled, eyes flicking to black.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Meanwhile, at the hospital, Yu Tangchun was lying in a hospital bed, Zhan Junbai sitting at his bedside.  He sat there for a while until Yu Tangchun slowly opened his eyes and blinked, looking around before he turned his head to see Zhan Junbai sitting there.

         “Zhan Junbai?” he whispered.  Zhan Junbai looked over at him, his eyes widening slightly.

         “Fu Cheng.  You’re awake” he breathed, quickly standing to his feet.  Yu Tangchun huffed and moved to sit up, causing Zhan Junbai to quickly jump into action as he reached out and took his hand to help him sit up before he carefully arranged the pillows so that they would be more comfortable.  Once he had done that, Yu Tangchun looked over at him.

         “Where am I?” he murmured. 

         “Hospital” Zhan Junbai replied.  Yu Tangchun frowned.

         “Has Ying Yue—” he started.

         “She’s been arrested and is being interrogated by Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou” Zhan Junbai replied.  Yu Tangchun let out a relieved sigh as Zhan Junbai raised an eyebrow.

         “How are you feeling?” he asked.  Yu Tangchun looked over at him and smiled softly.

         “Fine” he replied.  Zhan Junbai frowned.

         “Are you sure?” he asked.  Yu Tangchun nodded.

         “I’m fine” he assured.  Zhan Junbai made a face, not really believing him, before he sighed.

         “Get some rest, Fu Cheng” he murmured.  Yu Tangchun nodded, already feeling the effects of the morphine as it pulled him back under.  Zhan Junbai watched him for a moment before he reached out and gently brushed Yu Tangchun’s bangs out of his eyes, a soft smile on his face before he sat back down in his chair, watching the rise and fall of Yu Tangchun’s chest.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

         “No.  It’s the truth!  The doctor told me as long as I try my best, he would stay with me!” Ying Yue exclaimed, making Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi look at one another before Jiang Yuelou leaned back in his chair and crossed his arms.

         “Really?  I think what your doctor said is bullshit” he declared.  Ying Yue shook her head.

         “No!  He’s a famous psychiatrist” she explained before she looked over at Chen Yuzhi.

         “I need treatment.  I need to see him.  I don’t want to see you!” she exclaimed. 

         “We can help you find him.  Tell me his name” Chen Yuzhi instructed gently.  Ying Yue panted harshly as she shook her head.

         “I don’t know” she replied.

         “What does he look like?” Chen Yuzhi inquired.  Ying Yue fell quiet, thinking.

         “Always wearing a suit.  Looks well educated” she replied after a moment.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

In a dark room back lit by a single beam of sunlight coming through closed blinds, one man sat in a leather chair as another man stood before him.

         “The plan can’t be stopped.  Those cops have been following us for a long time.  I believe that you’ll find another way to get away from them” Professor Xu, who was sitting in the stream of light, declared to the man in the shadows.  The man in the shadows said nothing as he continued around to the other side where Professor Xu was sitting, placing a hand on his shoulder.

         “I’m afraid you’re going to get yourself killed” he murmured, making Professor Xu place a hand on top of his arm.

         “For our common career, or keeping our name in history, the empire we built is sprouting” he declared. 

         “Well said” the man in the shadows agreed before he stepped behind Professor Xu and held up a piece of broken glass to his eyes so that he was staring at himself.

         “Your name will be remembered.  Your name will always be the first” he whispered before he swiftly sliced Professor Xu’s throat.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Back in the interrogation room, Chen Yuzhi placed two photos before Ying Yue: one of Professor Xu and the other of Dr. Zhang.

         “Is the doctor in one of these photos?” he asked.  Ying Yue looked at them before she motioned to the left one.

         “The left one” she replied.

         “Are you sure?  If you can’t make a statement, it’ll be difficult for me to find him” Chen Yuzhi explained.

         “Most of the time we talk through confession.  All I can see is a blurry shadow” Ying Yue replied.  Chen Yuzhi frowned.

         “Is there any other information you can give me?” he asked.  Ying Yue paused, thinking.

         “He…always wears a ring with a cross on it” she replied, making Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widened.  He remembered that Professor Xu always wore a ring with a cross on it.  Ying Yue then looked at the other photo.

         “I’ve seen the person in the picture on the right” she murmured.

         “Where?” Chen Yuzhi demanded.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

         “Professor Xu is under round-the-clock surveillance.  I need you to do it yourself” a mysterious voice stated over the phone to Dr. Zhang, who was sitting in a car.

         “Put your mind at ease” he replied before he drove off.  After he hung up, the mysterious person put on gloves before he grabbed Professor Xu’s thumb and pressed it into the shard of glass so that it looked like he used it himself to commit suicide.  The mysterious person then slipped out of the room, leaving Professor Xu’s body sitting alone in the dark.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Meanwhile, at the research center where Lu Ka Si was being held, there was a great lightning storm outside.  Inside the prison, Lu Ka Si was still sketching his drawing in the middle of the floor when a loud crash of thunder and a bright flash of lightning made him stop.  He then slowly looked over towards his cell door as the light on his collar changed from green to red and began flashing and beeping, making him smirk.

Chapter Text

It was a dark and stormy night at the research center where Lu Ka Si was being held.  Inside the prison, Lu Ka Si was still sketching his drawing in the middle of the floor when a loud crash of thunder and a bright flash of lightning made him stop.  He then slowly looked over towards his cell door as the light on his collar changed from green to red and began flashing and beeping, making him smirk.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

In Lu Ka Si’s room, the lights flickered on and off, making the two guards in Lu Ka Si’s room look at one another.

            “What was that?” one demanded.

         “Quickly, go and check the machine room” the other ordered.  The first guard nodded and grabbed the phone, calling one of the maintenance workers to go check on the circuit box. 

         “There was an electrical surge in the machine room.  Damn weather” one of the guards spat over the walkie-talkie. 

         “Liu Sir, we need to check the circuit in order to figure out if there’s someone attacking our circuit” the maintenance man replied before he walked over to the circuit box and ran a few tests to see if anyone had messed with the system.  Meanwhile, outside the gate, Dr. Zhang pulled up in his black car and put it into park before he put on an earpiece and pulled out his iPad.  He then unlocked the iPad, which then opened to a camera that showed directly into Lu Ka Si’s cell.  He smiled and nodded, just as the light on Lu Ka Si’s collar changed from green to red and began flashing and beeping.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Back in Lu Ka Si’s room, one of the guards looked over and pointed to the camera that showed into Lu Ka Si’s cell.

         “Hey, what is he drawing about?” he asked, making the other guard look over at well.  Meanwhile, in his cell, Lu Ka Si slowly pushed himself to his feet and dropped the chalk from his hand before he slowly began to walk towards the cell door, making one of the guards quickly walk over to the door.

         “Hey, who permitted you to come here?  Go back.  I’m talking to you.  Why are you staring at me?  Go back quickly.  Did you hear my words?” the guard snapped but Lu Ka Si paid no mind.  He was more focused on the guard back at the desk who was looking at his chalk drawing through the camera, watching as he slowly became hypnotized.  The guard then walked around the desk and over to other guard, grabbing his baton before hitting the other guard on the back of the neck, sending him to the ground.  The guard then walked over to the cell and unlocked the door, letting Lu Ka Si out.  He then looked over at the guard, eyes piercing.

         “Dahlia has blossomed” he declared.

         “Dahlia has blossomed” the guard repeated.  Lu Ka Si then stepped forward, grabbing the walkie-talkie on the guard’s vest.

         “…has blossomed” he stated into the walkie-talkie, causing the maintenance man who was working on the circuit box to fall under hypnosis as well.  He then turned off all the power to the prison, which then locked Lu Ka Si’s door, allowing the guard and Lu Ka Si to slip out, leaving behind an unconscious guard and a very intricate and detailed chalk drawing.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

The guard then led Lu Ka Si downstairs and outside, where they were then stopped by two other guards.

         “Stop!  What are you doing out this late?” one of the guards demanded.

         “Step back!” the other guard ordered.  Lu Ka Si then placed his finger up to his mouth and made a shushing sound, instantly hypnotizing the two guards.  He then turned to the other guard and leaned in.

         “…has blossomed” he murmured.  The guard then pulled out his pistol and pointed it at the two hypnotized guards as Lu Ka Si slipped past them, pausing only to snap his fingers.  As soon as he heard the snap, the guard fired once, killing one of the guards before firing again, killing the other.  Lu Ka Si smirked as he began walking again, the guard following behind him until he reached the gate.  Once he passed through the gate, the guard took his own gun and pointed it under his chin before he pulled the trigger, killing himself.  Lu Ka Si then walked over to Dr. Zhang’s car, getting in.

         “What did you say to the guard?  Tell me” Dr. Zhang ordered, looking over at him.  Lu Ka Si said nothing, irritating Dr. Zhang.

         “How do you manage to control the guards to kill people?” he growled.  Lu Ka Si said nothing as he just leaned his head back and shut his eyes.

         “Lu Ka Si!  Don’t be too arrogant!  You are still under my control” Dr. Zhang growled as he held up the detonation device.  Lu Ka Si remained unfazed as Dr. Zhang pressed the button, returning the blinking red light to green.

         “You bastard!” he shouted before he drove away. 

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Meanwhile, out in the city, Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi were walking down the street, a piece of paper in Chen Yuzhi’s hands.

         “The house numbers here are extremely messy” Chen Yuzhi grumbled as he and Jiang Yuelou walked down the street.  As they were walking down the street, a few thieves were sitting down in front of a nearby convenience store and the minute they say Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi, they all looked at one another before standing up and following behind them.  Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou continued down the street, Jiang Yuelou glancing behind him before looking over at Chen Yuzhi.

         “Someone’s following us” he murmured.  Chen Yuzhi looked back at him, frowning.

         “They discovered us?” he asked softly.

         “I don’t think it’s the same thing as you’re thinking” Jiang Yuelou replied before he motioned for Chen Yuzhi to follow him down an empty alley.  They continued down the alley, Jiang Yuelou glancing over at Chen Yuzhi.

         “Do you remember the self-defense techniques I taught you?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi scoffed.

         “Yuelou…you think too little of me.  I know how to fight; I just prefer not to” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou huffed.

         “But do you remember?” he demanded.  Chen Yuzhi sighed.

         “Yes, I remember” he replied, just as the four thieves raced down the alley.

         “There they are!” the thieves shouted before rushing at them, quickly surrounding them. 

         “Stop!” one of the thieves exclaimed.  The leader of the thieves then reached out, stroking Chen Yuzhi’s coat, making Jiang Yuelou bristle.

         “Looks like you two are rich people.  Lend us some money” he declared as Chen Yuzhi brushed off the thief’s touch from his coat.  Chen Yuzhi smirked as his eyes glowed white.

         “Now why the hell would we do that?” he replied before Jiang Yuelou suddenly struck out with his foot, kicking one of the thieves in the chest.  Chen Yuzhi watched with an almost bored smile on his face, just as the leader of the thieves tried to hit him, but Chen Yuzhi avoided the blow and countered with a block as Jiang Yuelou hit another thief in the face, sending him to the ground before spinning and round-house kicking the other in the neck, sending him to the ground as well.  Chen Yuzhi’s eyes then flashed, a bright aura exploding from him, sending the remaining thieves to the ground with a cry of pain.

         “Yuzhi.  That’s enough” Jiang Yuelou declared.  Chen Yuzhi looked over at him and hummed as his eyes returned to normal and the aura faded as the thieves looked at one another, fear evident in their eyes.

         “Let’s go!” they exclaimed as they pushed themselves to their feet, running away when Jiang Yuelou pointed to the leader.

         “Not him” he declared.  Chen Yuzhi nodded and quickly created a talisman before shooting it at the leader, freezing him where he stood.  Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi then walked over to the leader, who trembled in fear of the two men.

         “Do you know where the Ru’lan Building in?” Jiang Yuelou asked.

         “Go straight and turn left at the second crossing” the leader replied.  Jiang Yuelou nodded before he looked at Chen Yuzhi.

         “Let him go” he ordered.  Chen Yuzhi nodded, hitting the leader on the back, releasing him from the talisman.  They then watched the man scurry off before they continued on their mission.  Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi then followed the thief’s direction and soon came upon a very dirty and decrepit-looking building.

         “This must be it” Chen Yuzhi declared before he walked inside the building, Jiang Yuelou following behind.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou then walked into the building, which was much nicer on the inside than it was on the outside, walked over to the only office in the entire building, Chen Yuzhi looking up at the sign.

         “This seems to be the right place” he mused as Jiang Yuelou looked at the door, noticing that it was open.

         “Are we too late?” he whispered before he pushed open the door and stepped inside, looking around before he found Professor Xu sitting at his desk, a shard of glass with blood on it and a chain-mail glove next to it.  Jiang Yuelou stared at him as Chen Yuzhi walked around the desk and over to the professor, frowning.

         “Professor Xu…is dead” Jiang Yuelou whispered as Chen Yuzhi looked down at the desk to sit it littered with DVDs.  While he was looking at the disk, Jiang Yuelou pulled out his phone and dialed a number.

         “Yongren, bring everyone up immediately.  Professor Xu is dead” he deadpanned before he hung up, just as Chen Yuzhi looked up at him.

         “Yuelou.  Look at this” he instructed.  Jiang Yuelou raised an eyebrow as he walked around the desk to see what Chen Yuzhi was pointing at on the computer.

         “There’s no way they should be able to access the police internet here” he whispered.  Chen Yuzhi crossed his arms.

         “Is Professor Xu a hacker who’s even better than Zining, who is the best in Jing City?” he asked, raising an eyebrow.  Jiang Yuelou was quiet before his phone suddenly rang, making him answer it.

         “Yes Commissioner Bai?” he answered, listening to what his boss had to say, eyes widening as he listened.

         “What?  Lu Ka Si escaped?!” he exclaimed, making Chen Yuzhi look over at him with wide eyes.

         “Yes sir, we’ll come over immediately” Jiang Yuelou continued, just as Sun Yongren and Song Rong arrived.

         “Boss.  Dr. Chen” Song Rong greeted.

         “Handle the case” Jiang Yuelou ordered as he and Chen Yuzhi exited the crime scene.  Sun Yongren and Song Rong nodded.

         “Yes sir” they replied.  Song Rong looked at Professor Xu before he looked at two of the officers that followed in behind him and Sun Yongren.

         “Claim the evidence” he ordered.

         “Pull up the police line.  Block the crime scene; non-police personal are not permitted” Sun Yongren added.

         “Yes sir” the police officers replied as they turned to do Sun Yongren and Song Rong’s bidding just as a forensic photographer entered the room and took a picture of the scene.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Meanwhile, in Jiang Yuelou’s car, Jiang Yuelou was speeding down the road, Chen Yuzhi in the passenger seat.

         “Lu Ka Si’s escaped, Professor Xu’s dead, Dr. Zhang’s disappeared…are these all planned by Lu Ka Si?” Chen Yuzhi asked as Jiang Yuelou clutched at the steering wheel.  Soon Jiang Yuelou arrived at the research center, both men stepping out.  They then flashed their badges to the police at the front gate, who nodded to them.

         “Chief Jiang, please come in” they stated.  Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi nodded, slipping past the men before they ran inside and over to where two M.Es were kneeling and standing next to the two dead guard bodies.  They looked down at the bodies before they looked at one another, deep frowns on their faces before they rushed off to find Bai Jinbo, whom they found standing in Lu Ka Si’s cell.

         “Commissioner Bai” Chen Yuzhi greeted as he and Jiang Yuelou entered the room.  Jiang Yuelou then looked over into Lu Ka Si’s open cell and noticed the drawing on the floor.

         “Commissioner Bai…what’s that?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi looked at it before frowning.

         “That might be a dahlia” he replied, making Bai Jinbo and Jiang Yuelou look over at him.

         “Dahlia…” Jiang Yuelou repeated as Chen Yuzhi stepped forward and entered the cell, looking around at the walls covered in chalk drawings.  He walked around the cell for a moment before he stepped into the middle of the cell, standing in the middle of the dahlia drawing.  As he stood there and looked around, Jiang Yuelou looked over at Bai Jinbo.

         “Commissioner Bai, Lu Ka Si has a voice silencer and he’s not supposed to be able to leave this room at all.  How did he manage to escape?” he demanded.

         “Technical department reports that the host computer had been hacked manually which caused it to exceed the normal voltage.  The signal of his voice silencer was cut off” Bai Jinbo replied.  Jiang Yuelou frowned and crossed his arms.

         “Electrical surge attack…in other words, there was someone helping him from the outside?” he stated.  Bai Jinbo nodded.

         “Correct” he replied.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Inside the cell, Chen Yuzhi was still studying the dahlia drawing when his head suddenly began to swim and the drawing on the wall in front of him came to life, causing his eyes to widen as he stared at it, unable to look away.  As he stared at the drawing, a bloodied hand came out from the iris and reached towards him as two bloodied hands gripped his legs, preventing him from moving.  He let out a cry as two more hands gripped at his legs before suddenly a large swarm of bloodied hands appeared from the drawing in front of him, reaching towards him.  As he stood rooted to the spot, more bloodied hands suddenly surrounded him and clutched at him, making it so that he was immobilized. 

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

While all of this was playing in his mind, out in the real world, Chen Yuzhi was shuddering and breathing heavily, making Jiang Yuelou and Bai Jinbo look at him in concern from where they were standing outside of the cell.  As Chen Yuzhi continued to shudder and shake, Jiang Yuelou took a step forward.

         “Yuzhi” he called out, but Chen Yuzhi didn’t hear him. 

         “Yuzhi” he called again, but Chen Yuzhi was still trapped in his mind, immobilized by the bloody hands. 

         “Yuzhi!  Chen Yuzhi!” Jiang Yuelou shouted as Chen Yuzhi began to gasp, almost as if he couldn’t breathe.  He then ran into the cell and grabbed Chen Yuzhi’s arm, yanking him out of the dahlia drawing and pulling him close.

         “What’s wrong with you?” Jiang Yuelou demanded as Bai Jinbo ran inside the cell as well, grabbing Chen Yuzhi’s other arm to stabilize him.  Chen Yuzhi panted deeply, taking in deep breaths of air as he kept his eyes squeezed shut, trying to forget the bloodied hands that grabbed him. 

         “Are you alright?” Jiang Yuelou demanded, looking at him in concern, never once removing his hands from around his arm.  Chen Yuzhi took a deep breath, calming himself, before he began to speak.

         “I think…I know how Lu Ka Si managed to escape” he panted before he gently removed Jiang Yuelou’s hands from his arm and staggered over to Lu Ka Si’s small table, grabbing the metal bowl that was underneath it.  He then grabbed Lu Ka Si’s box of chalk and dumped it into the bowl.

         “These artworks drawn by Lu Ka Si seem to be very messy and random…but actually—” he started, voice soft, before he took the potted plant that was on the table and picked it up, using the pot as a pestle to grind up the chalk. 

         “—you have to treat it as a whole entity.  Moreover, the central part, is at this position” he finished, pointing to the wall opposite of the cell door, making Jiang Yuelou and Bai Jinbo look over at it.  Once he was done grinding up the chalk, he put down the potted plant and picked up the metal bowl, walking over to the middle wall before throwing the ground chalk at it, using the dust to reveal the picture of a mouth dripping blood with sharp pointed teeth surrounding an iris.  Jiang Yuelou’s eyes widened at the sight as Chen Yuzhi stepped back to stand beside Bai Jinbo.

         “Just now, when I was staring at the picture, a huge bloody mouth suddenly appeared before me and I felt as if my soul was being sucked away.  Then, many bloody hands tried to grab me and pull me in” he continued.  Jiang Yuelou looked over at him, eyes flicking to black in anger.

         “So you just waited for those hands to catch you without any action?” he growled.  Chen Yuzhi took a deep breath before he shook his head.

         “I wanted to move, but I couldn’t” he croaked.  Bai Jinbo’s eyes widened as he looked over at him.

         “Lu Ka Si used this method to control others” he declared.  Chen Yuzhi nodded, sighing, still breathing hard.

         “Lu Ka Si may have found a way to convert psychological suggestion into conditioned reflexes” he murmured.  Bai Jinbo frowned at him.

         “What do you mean?” he demanded.  Chen Yuzhi glanced over at him before he sighed.

         “For example—” he started, slowly walking over to Jiang Yuelou before suddenly striking out.  Jiang Yuelou immediately blocked it, looking at his hand in confusion as Chen Yuzhi smiled slightly.

         “Psychological suggestions can be accepted or rejected, but—” he continued.

         “—conditioned reflexes cannot be rejected” Jiang Yuelou finished, looking Chen Yuzhi in the eyes.  Chen Yuzhi nodded, smiling a little wider, looking a little less sick now.

         “That’s right” he agreed.  Bai Jinbo was quiet before he looked at Chen Yuzhi.

         “If I give you time, can you figure out how Lu Ka Si hypnotizes people?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi let out a sigh.

         “I will try my best but it may take some time” he replied.

         “If you can’t do it, I’m afraid that there will be a second, even third Lu Ka Si appearing” Bai Jinbo stated.

         “I think the most important thing at the moment is to isolate all the people in the lab” Chen Yuzhi replied.  Bai Jinbo sighed.

         “I don’t know how many people are involved and I don’t know how many people are going to be suspended.  This is just like what happened twenty years ago” he growled.  Jiang Yuelou frowned at him.

         “Were there many people who were suspended and arrested twenty years ago?” he asked.  Bai Jinbo nodded.

         “Yes.  There were many police officers included as well.  But there was one police officer who escaped” he replied.

Chapter Text

After being in Lu Ka Si’s cell room, Bai Jinbo, Jiang Yuelou, and Chen Yuzhi stepped out of the research center and onto one of the large balconies overlooking the ocean, the three men getting some fresh air.

         “Commissioner Bai…there was always one question I wanted to ask you” Chen Yuzhi stated once they were outside.  Bai Jinbo turned to look at him and nodded.

         “I understand what you want to ask but Lu Ka Si’s case cannot be easily flipped out” he replied.

         “Commissioner Bai, I could never understand why you always tried to cover up the crimes committed by someone like him over and over again.  What he did was commit a large crime that involved hundreds of lives!  After what happened in the past, why couldn’t this case be mentioned?  Why can’t you talk about it?” Jiang Yuelou demanded, glaring at him.  Bai Jinbo sighed.

         “If fact, after Lu Ka Si committed this terrible crime, everyone wished that he could have been sentenced to death, but it was because of the mental health identification report that led him to be secretly detained here” he explained, making Chen Yuzhi roll his eyes.  Bai Jinbo then looked over at Jiang Yuelou.

         “Do you know why Lu Ka Si had to kill so many people?  Because his theory of psychoanalysis was criticized in the past.  His proposal was regarded as a fantasy” he continued.  Jiang Yuelou frowned, mulling it over.

         “He wanted to prove the usefulness of psychological analysis” he breathed after a moment.  Bai Jinbo sighed and shook his head.

         “He used psychological suggestions to kill people and then used psychoanalysis to save people.  He tricked all the people who laughed at him at the end” he explained.  Jiang Yuelou frowned.

         “He shot my cousin…because he was afraid of his crime be exposed?” he asked.  Bai Jinbo nodded.

         “Yes.  Do you know what his last sentence was before the voice silencer was put on?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou shook their heads.

         “He said that he was jealous of everyone, saying that a genius must find his own showing stage; otherwise said genius will live much more painfully than those who are stupid.  Everything he did was just to create a showing stage for himself” Bai Jinbo replied.  Jiang Yuelou frowned and crossed his arms.

         “If there was a department of Psychoanalysis in the past…” he started, Bai Jinbo nodding in agreement with where he was going with his statement.

         “Right.  Then he would have been just like Chen Yuzhi.  There would have been some space for him to display his talents and he wouldn’t have killed so many people” he finished.

         “So who was the police officer who committed suicide at that time?” Jiang Yuelou inquired.

         “Zhang Haiyang” Bai Jinbo replied. 

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Meanwhile, at a cemetery, some files were being burned as a mysterious person touched a headstone with the picture of someone dressed in a police uniform.

         “Cousin…I’m so sorry.  I’ve made you wait for more than twenty years…” he apologized.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Back outside the gate, two guards were walking around with a metal detector, walking over to Jiang Yuelou’s Lamborghini, the detector suddenly going off. 

         “Hold it” one of the guards ordered, handing over the metal detector to the other guard before kneeling down to look under the car.  He then reached under and removed what looked like a little tracking device.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Back up on the balcony, Chen Yuzhi, Jiang Yuelou, and Bai Jinbo were still enjoying the fresh air when one of the guards walked over to them.

         “Commissioner Bai” he called out.

         “Hmm?” Bai Jinbo replied.

         “I found this under the car” the guard stated, handing Bai Jinbo the tracking device before turning and walking away.

         “Commissioner Bai, what happened?” Jiang Yuelou asked, frowning at him.  Bai Jinbo said nothing as he handed the tracking device over to him.

         “They found this under your car” he stated.  Jiang Yuelou looked down at it before looking over at Chen Yuzhi, whose eyes widened in shock.

         “Position tracker” he exclaimed.

         “This is not your fault” Bai Jinbo interrupted, making both detective and doctor look over at him.

         “When the numbers appeared, I already suspected that this case might be related to Lu Ka Si.  After the confidential investigation, we found that he really couldn’t contact the outside world, so I decided to establish S.C.I. in hopes of catching the murderer and cracking the case as soon as possible.  No matter if it was a copycat crime or for other purposes, I didn’t want to let Lu Ka Si be exposed to the public again so that it would not cause public panic” he explained before he shook his head.

         “This case may have been caused by my negligence” he murmured.

         “With Lu Ka Si’s ability, it’s very easy for him to escape from here” Chen Yuzhi murmured as he looked at the research center, speaking for the first time after leaving Lu Ka Si’s cell.  He then looked over at Bai Jinbo.

         “Now, someone has tried very hard to look for Lu Ka Si, no matter what purpose he has.  And there is one thing we can be sure of: he’s not accomplices with Lu Ka Si” he stated before looking over at Jiang Yuelou.

         Yuelou, it’s your turn to attack.  Aren’t you extremely good at catching criminals?” he asked, a small smirk on his face.

         “Yes.  Catch him again” Bai Jinbo ordered.  Jiang Yuelou nodded before Bai Jinbo motioned for him to follow him.

         “Come with me” he instructed.  Jiang Yuelou nodded and followed him to where they were standing just out of earshot of Chen Yuzhi.  He then whispered something to him before looking over at Chen Yuzhi.

         “I’m leaving” he declared.  Chen Yuzhi raised a hand in goodbye as Bai Jinbo clapped Jiang Yuelou on the shoulder before departing.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

At the cemetery, the mysterious man removed his ring from his finger before throwing his police badge into the burning drum along with the other burning files, completely destroying his old identity.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

         “What did Commissioner Bai say to you?” Chen Yuzhi asked as he walked over to Jiang Yuelou, standing beside him.  Jiang Yuelou sighed before he looked back at him.

         “It’s a secret for now” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi hummed before he placed his hands on his hips.

         “What are you going to do next?” he asked.

         “Professor Xu’s death is very suspicious.  It couldn’t have been suicide.  The weapon looked like it had been placed deliberately by someone after his death.  Also, he must trust that person, which means it could be an acquaintance of his” Jiang Yuelou replied.  Chen Yuzhi hummed.

         “Could it be that Dr. Zhang framed Professor Xu?” he inquired.  Jiang Yuelou nodded.

         “He’s my number one suspect.  But there’s still something that’s weird” he murmured, making Chen Yuzhi frown.

         “What?” he asked.

         “I’m not sure, but this whole thing is very strange.  Let’s go to a place” Jiang Yuelou declared.  Chen Yuzhi raised an eyebrow.

         “Your intuition again?” he guessed.  Jiang Yuelou nodded.

         “Yes” he replied before he turned and motioned for Chen Yuzhi to follow him.

Chapter Text

Back at the precinct, Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi headed downstairs to the archives, Jiang Yuelou knocking on the door.

         “Come in” a voice called from inside.  Jiang Yuelou then opened the door, he and Chen Yuzhi stepping inside to find someone who wasn’t Sun Qingxue sitting at the desk.

         “Shen Kai” he greeted, surprise in his voice.  The young man at the desk, Shen Kai, a tall young man with light skin, dark brown hair, and brown eyes, looked up at him and smiled.

         “Chief Jiang” he replied.

         “Where’s Sun Qingxue?” Jiang Yuelou asked. 

         “He took a long vacation.  I’m his replacement” Shen Kai replied.  Jiang Yuelou hummed before he handed him a piece of paper.

         “Commissioner Bai authorized a search warrant for us” he stated.  Shen Kai looked it over before he nodded.

         “Okay.  Feel free to look around” he replied as he stood up and headed to the door, opening it before shutting it behind him.  Once he was gone, Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou looked at one another before Jiang Yuelou headed down one of the rows of files, tapping on all the archived cases.

         “What are you looking for?” Chen Yuzhi asked, standing at the entrance to the row, hands on his hips.

         “The proof of my thoughts, of course” Jiang Yuelou replied, looking back at him.

         “You still think there’s a mole?” Chen Yuzhi asked, raising an eyebrow.  Jiang Yuelou said nothing before he looked down to his left and noticed the wooden box covered by the chess board.  He then knelt down, Chen Yuzhi joining him.

         “Where are the chess pieces?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi frowned, thinking back.

         “I remember last time…” he started, thinking back to when Jiang Yuelou knocked off the chessboard, revealing the intricate box underneath.  He then reached out and removed the chessboard, once again revealing the box with many layers.  He and Jiang Yuelou stared at it for a moment, Chen Yuzhi tilting his head as he studied it.

         “Don’t you think…this is unusually clean?” he asked before he reached out and pressed the small inner cube.  Jiang Yuelou then shot to his feet, pulling out his phone and dialing a number.

         “Yongren, send me the information of police officer twenty years ago immediately” he barked, just as Chen Yuzhi’s phone began to ring.  He looked at it before he whistled softly for Jiang Yuelou, who turned to look at him as he held up his phone.

         “Guess who it is” he deadpanned.  Jiang Yuelou stared at the phone before he looked at Chen Yuzhi.

         “Dr. Zhang” he replied, just as Chen Yuzhi pressed the “answer” button and put the phone up to his ear.

         “Hello?” he answered, listening to the other line.

         “Okay” he declared before he hung up and looked at Jiang Yuelou, nodding.

         “He tricked us for a long time.  I must teach him a lesson, otherwise I’ll bring shame to my family” Jiang Yuelou growled, eyes flicking to black.  Chen Yuzhi rolled his eyes.

         “No you won’t” he replied before he turned serious.

         “He asked me to go to the harbor to pick up Lu Ka Si in two hours.  The only exchange condition is Lu Ka Si’s secret file” he stated.  Jiang Yuelou took a deep breath, calming himself, before he placed his hands on his hips.

         “Let me do it for you” he declared.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head.

         “No.  He specifically asked me to go alone” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou made a face, causing Chen Yuzhi to sigh.

         “I’m sure that file must have recorded Lu Ka Si’s method of murder.  That’s why he tried so hard to get it” he mused.  Jiang Yuelou was quiet before he smirked.

         “But he will be so disappointed to find that the file had been destroyed for a long time.  Commissioner Bai just told me this” he added.  Chen Yuzhi looked at him as he looked down at his phone and dialed a number before placing the device to his ear.

         “Notify the S.C.I. team.  We’re ready to arrest the suspect” he declared before he hung up.  He then reached out and gave Chen Yuzhi’s arm a gentle squeeze before walking past him, heading out of the archive room.  Chen Yuzhi stood there, alone, before he sighed and turned on his heels, following after him.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Back upstairs, Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi walked into the S.C.I. office and stood before their team, hands on their hips.

         “Listen up.  I will go to the docks and meet the suspect later.  Dr. Chen will be your commander offsite” Jiang Yuelou declared as Chen Yuzhi looked over at him and shook his head.

         “No.  They asked me to go alone.  Otherwise he’ll kill Lu Ka Si” he stated.  Jiang Yuelou glanced at him.

         “Better if he’s dead.  Then we don’t have to do it” he grumbled.  Chen Yuzhi shot him a look.

         “Don’t forget, the file was more than twenty years ago.  So many things have happened over the years so obviously his hypnosis techniques have been upgraded.  If Lu Ka Si dies, what about the hundreds of staff at the research center?  Can they be monitored their whole life?  Even if there is no file, I have to take the risk” he argued.  Jiang Yuelou raised his head and took a deep breath before he sighed.

         “Fine.  But I’m going with you” he declared, leaving no room for argument.  Sun Yongren, Zining, Chu Ran, and Song Rong then stood up, placing two fingers over their hearts in a salute.

         “And us” they added.  Chen Yuzhi looked around in shock as Jiang Yuelou nodded.

         “Okay.  We’re leaving in ten minutes” he declared. 

         “Yes sir” the S.C.I. team replied before they began to pack up their things.

         “Leave your families messages” Jiang Yuelou added before he turned and left the room, Chen Yuzhi watching him leave.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Meanwhile, in Bai Jinbo’s office, Jiang Yuelou looked down at a small key that was in his hand.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

         “The things that they want are ready for you.  Come back safely, kid” Bai Jinbo ordered as he stood before Jiang Yuelou on the rooftop of the research center.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Jiang Yuelou continued to stare at the key before he sighed and knelt down, placing the key into the lock of the safe.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

A little while later, the harbor was teeming with police officers and Special Ops, making sure that everything was going according to plan.  Just then, Sun Yongren and Song Rong ran up to Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi, nodding in greeting.

         “Boss” they greeted.  Jiang Yuelou nodded to them before he pointed to a map of the harbor.

         “The prisoner is on the fishing raft.  He will definitely use the jet ski to escape, so arrange the water police to surround the fishing raft.  Keep a distance of one kilometer and wait for my orders” he ordered before he looked at Song Rong.

         “Song Rong, arrange divers to hide around the fishing raft and wait for the order.  Okay?” he asked.  Song Rong nodded.

         “Yes sir” he replied. 

         “Understood” Sun Yongren agreed.  The two men then turned to follow through with Jiang Yuelou’s orders, leaving Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi alone.

         “Dr. Chen…are you sure you want to do this?” Jiang Yuelou asked, looking over at the psychologist. 

         “I’m sure” Chen Yuzhi replied.  Jiang Yuelou sighed.

         “You’re not afraid that they’re going to figure out that the file is fake and stab you with a knife?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi chuckled before he reached into his coat jacket and pulled out a letter, handing it to him.

         “Open this letter…in case I don’t come back” he instructed.  Jiang Yuelou shook his head and placed down the letter before reaching down and picking up an envelope, handing it to Chen Yuzhi.

         “What’s this?” Chen Yuzhi asked with a frown.

         “Open it” Jiang Yuelou ordered.  Chen Yuzhi took the envelope and opened it, pulling out what looked like to be an old case file.

         “We will catch the suspect.  But you—” Jiang Yuelou started, looking over at him.

         “—you have to come back alive” he ordered.  Chen Yuzhi smiled, a soft and fond one, before he nodded.

         “Wait for me” he instructed.

         “Go ahead” Jiang Yuelou replied.  Chen Yuzhi nodded, walking away from Jiang Yuelou, pausing once to glance back at him before continuing on his way, Jiang Yuelou watching him the entire time. 

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After Chen Yuzhi left Jiang Yuelou, he got onto a speed boat and sped towards the fishing raft, file clutched tightly in his hand.  When he arrived at the raft, he stepped up from the boat and onto the raft, looking around before noticing Lu Ka Si standing in front of a few drums with Molotov bottles on top of them.  He frowned at them while Lu Ka Si smiled slightly and raised an eyebrow at him, notifying him of someone coming behind him.  He turned, looking over his shoulder to see Dr. Zhang walking out of a nearby hut, a knife in his hands.  Chen Yuzhi slowly backed away from him, deeper into the safety of the raft and closer to Lu Ka Si.

         “I advise you to surrender” he stated, keeping eye contact with Dr. Zhang.

         “Cut the crap!  I can’t go to jail.  Did you bring the things?” Dr. Zhang demanded.  Chen Yuzhi said nothing as he held out the files, Dr. Zhang motioning for him to drop them, which he did.  Dr. Zhang then motioned with the knife for him to step back, so once again, he did as he was told, stepping back as Dr. Zhang knelt down to pick up the file, opening it to make sure it was the real thing.

         “Do you know why many people were hit by apples but only Newton discovered gravity?” Chen Yuzhi asked.  Dr. Zhang looked at him and raised an eyebrow as he smirked, eyes glowing white.

         “Talent” he sneered.  Lu Ka Si smiled as he lifted his cuffed hands and clapped, applauding Chen Yuzhi’s words.  Dr. Zhang looked over at him before he looked back at Chen Yuzhi, pointing the knife at him.

         “What do you want to say?” he growled.  Chen Yuzhi huffed and motioned to Lu Ka Si.

         “Generally speaking, he and I are geniuses, while you and Professor Xu are morons” he declared, making Dr. Zhang dart forward and point the knife at his neck.

         “You!” he exclaimed.  Chen Yuzhi continued to stare calmly at him, eyes still glowing white.

         “Professor Xu was stupid because the things he and I only need two days to learn, he has to spend more than twenty years to study.  You are stupid because you were given a psychological hint and have no choice but this” he explained as he looked down at the file in Dr. Zhang’s hand.

         “You want the file because you’re trying to find a way to break the hint.  If I’m happy, maybe I can help you” he offered.  Dr. Zhang looked at him with wide eyes.

         “You know how to break the hint?” he exclaimed.  Chen Yuzhi scoffed.

         “Of course I know” he replied.  Dr. Zhang then looked over at Lu Ka Si, who lowered his head, before looking back at Chen Yuzhi.  He then dropped the file and pressed the knife into Chen Yuzhi’s throat.

         “Do you think I’m an idiot?  In your mind, I’m exactly the same as the old bag Xu Yanqing, right?” he snarled before he laughed, still pressing the blade into Chen Yuzhi’s throat.

         “I’m different from him!” he exclaimed.  Chen Yuzhi rolled his eyes.

         “I know that you’re different from him.  Because he’s already dead” he hissed, white glowing eyes brightening.  Dr. Zhang’s eyes widened in shock.

         “What?  You guys killed him?” he exclaimed.  Chen Yuzhi slightly shook his head, careful not to let the blade cut his throat.

         “Not us.  The fourth person here killed him” he replied.  Dr. Zhang frowned and his face contorted into confusion as a small smile graced Lu Ka Si’s face.

         “You still haven’t realized it?  You’re being used” Chen Yuzhi snapped.  Dr. Zhang shook his head as he pressed the blade deeper into Chen Yuzhi’s throat, this time drawing a small amount of blood.

         “You’re lying.  God will protect me” he declared.  Chen Yuzhi scoffed.

         “God?  What you call god will only use you to kill other people!” he exclaimed.  Dr. Zhang shook his head.

         “We’re sacrificing to our gods.  It is the cleansing of the new coming century!” he exclaimed.  Chen Yuzhi’s eyes flashed in anger.

         “How can you decide to use other’s lives as sacrifices?  Li Feifan was innocent!” he roared, tears coming to his eyes.  Dr. Zhang smirked, still pressing the blade into Chen Yuzhi’s throat.

         “You guys indirectly killed him.  If it wasn’t for you, he wouldn’t have died” he declared.

         “Don’t you think you and Professor Xu are crazy?” Chen Yuzhi demanded.  Dr. Zhang shook his head.

         “We’re using superb psychological control techniques to build a perfect world.  You guys will never understand.  You…you only deserve to be cleaned!” he exclaimed as he pressed the blade deeper into Chen Yuzhi’s throat.  Chen Yuzhi let out a choked grunt before he glared at Dr. Zhang.

         “You’re just being used” he declared before his eyes widened and he looked at Dr. Zhang.

         “Drop you weapon, or you’re going to be the next Professor Xu.  A scapegoat!” he exclaimed.  Dr. Zhang’s eyes widened as he pulled the knife back.

         “You—” he started, thrusting forward to stab Chen Yuzhi in the heart when suddenly Jiang Yuelou appeared from behind a tall stack of cardboard boxes, eyes black as night as he kicked Dr. Zhang in the head, sending the man to the floor.  Dr. Zhang let out a cry of pain while Jiang Yuelou looked at Chen Yuzhi, noticing the blood trailing down his neck.  His eyes widened and he quickly reached into his pocket, pulling out a handkerchief which he then handed to him.  Chen Yuzhi smiled gratefully as he took the handkerchief and pressed it to his neck, trying to clean up the blood while Jiang Yuelou looked at Lu Ka Si, who looked at him before lowering his gaze.  Once Chen Yuzhi was satisfied that his neck was no longer dripping blood, he looked up.

         “Come out, mole!” he roared. 

         “All information of Lu Ka Si was not available for inspection.  You deliberately led us in the wrong direction.  How hardworking” Jiang Yuelou sneered, eyes still black.  Just then, Sun Qingxue appeared from behind one of the drums containing oil, holding the detonation device in his hand, finger pressed down tightly on the button before he pulled a gun out from behind his back, pointing it at Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou.

         “Hand over the gun.  Quickly” he ordered.  Jiang Yuelou said nothing as he removed his gun from his holster, putting the safety on it before he placed it on the ground.

         “Kick it over” Sun Qingxue ordered.  Jiang Yuelou did just that, kicking it over before he stepped back to stand beside Chen Yuzhi.

         “Not bad for the nephew of Zhan Tianqing.  You have natural instincts—” Sun Qingxue started, looking at Jiang Yuelou before looking over at Chen Yuzhi.

         “And you are as smart as he was when he was young” he continued, pointing the gun at Lu Ka Si’s head.  Lu Ka Si just smirked as Sun Qingxue looked down at Dr. Zhang and tsked. 

         “Dr. Chen intimidated you in just a few words.  You disappointed me” he stated as Jiang Yuelou looked at him.

         “Sun Qingxue.  Mr. Sun” he called out, making Sun Qingxue turn and point the gun at him.

         “You spent twenty years planning…why are you so obsessed?” he demanded.  Sun Qingxue tilted his head.

         “How did you know it was me?” he asked.

         “Ying Yue was an accident.  It was Professor Xu who counselled her in the institute all these years and gave her a psychological hint to harm Yu Tangchun.  But most of the time it’s you, of course.  It was also you who killed Professor Xu.  You just made him out to be the scapegoat” Jiang Yuelou replied, glaring at him with his black eyes.  Sun Qingxue smiled and nodded.

         “Everything’s correct but…how did you find out?” he inquired, pointing the gun at Jiang Yuelou.

         “The back that Ying Yue described is more like you” Jiang Yuelou replied calmly, hands on his hips.

         “Back?” Sun Qingxue repeated. 

         “Yes.  She described a big, not an emasculated, back.  This is the biggest difference between you and Professor Xu” Jiang Yuelou replied.  Sun Qingxue said nothing as he lowered the gun.

         “You dressed up like Professor Xu and sat in a dimly lit room.  It’s easy to be mistaken as Professor Xu.  But eventually, your differences were recognized” Chen Yuzhi added, eyes still glowing brightly.  Sun Qingxue smiled and nodded.

         “Very nice.  Very nice” he praised.

         “I think, in order to imitate Professor Xu, there should be traces of a ring on your hand” Jiang Yuelou mused, making Sun Qingxue look down at the hand that was holding the detonator, noticing that his ring was indeed gone.  He then laughed.

         “Just relying on this…your inferences could only be considered a guess” he stated.

         “We found a place in the archives—” Jiang Yuelou started, thinking back to when he and Chen Yuzhi were in the archive room.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Chen Yuzhi pressed the center of the box and suddenly one of the shelves lowered, revealing a hidden compartment in the bookshelves.  Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou looked up in shock, quickly standing to their feet before rushing over to the bookshelf.  Jiang Yuelou then ripped away the files, revealing a secret hidden computer that showed four different parts of the police department as well as many books on psychology and IT technology.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

         “—and there were many books of psychology and IT technology.  It seems that you’ve studied for many years—” Jiang Yuelou continued.

         “—but the research wasn’t good enough” Chen Yuzhi finished.  Sun Qingxue gritted his teeth as he pointed the gun at Chen Yuzhi, who just smirked as he raised a finger to his lips, creating the shushing motion.  Sun Qingxue tilted his head and Lu Ka Si looked at him in interest.

         “You’ve read Lu Ka Si’s file and have a preliminary understanding of psychology.  But in the end, you’re just an amateur.  I’ve seen the reports of Lu Ka Si’s case; in each of his cases, he will make this gesture” he continued, once again making the shushing motion, making Lu Ka Si smile proudly.

         “Normal people think this is just his iconic gesture or some sort of habit, but in fact, this is some kind of instruction given by Lu Ka Si” he finished.  Lu Ka Si bowed his head in agreement, still smiling slightly.

         “Years ago, because of this gesture, Zhan Junbai discovered his secret” Sun Qingxue growled as he pointed the gun at Lu Ka Si, who looked at him with wide, almost innocent eyes. 

         “You used this action and the date of the case as the number to find him” Jiang Yuelou declared, pointing at Lu Ka Si. 

         “He should have been dead long ago!  It’s because of Bai Jinbo, that idiot, that he’s still alive!” Sun Qingxue roared.  Jiang Yuelou shook his head.

         “You’re not qualified to judge Commissioner Bai” he snapped, making Sun Qingxue point the gun at him instead of pointing it at Lu Ka Si.

         “Do you think that you’re right?  You want to push all the responsibilities onto Professor Xu and Dr. Zhang and then remain unpunished” he continued.

         “I’m enforcing justice on behalf of Heaven” Sun Qingxue exclaimed before he pointed the gun at Dr. Zhang, who was clutching at his arm.

         “They…they are accomplices.  They jointly signed Lu Ka Si’s psychological report and let all of this happen!” he shouted.

         “If Lu Ka Si died that year, you should’ve gone back to your old job again.  Maybe you would’ve become the leader of the Information Systems Department” Jiang Yuelou suggested, making Sun Qingxue laugh.  Jiang Yuelou then reached into his pants pocket and pulled out a slip of paper and began to unfold it.

         “If the record’s correct, you should’ve been the first group of technician who studied road monitoring twenty years ago” he continued, holding up the piece of paper to show Sun Qingxue.  Sun Qingxue looked at it before he let out a huff and shook his head.

         “You’re good” he praised. 

         “But we’re still a step too late.  We didn’t suspect you” Jiang Yuelou murmured before he looked up at Sun Qingxue.

         “Sun Qingxue.  You’re hiding too deep” he declared as he crumpled up the paper and threw it down before looking Sun Qingxue dead in the eyes.

         “Zhang Haiyang, male, PC police officer.  Committed suicide on January 14th, his birthday, more than twenty years ago” he declared.  Sun Qingxue’s eyes widened.

         “Suicide?  He didn’t kill himself!” he shouted.

         “We didn’t realize that you had any relationship or contact with him.  I think you’ve been planning this for more than twenty years…which is more than just to serve your justice” Chen Yuzhi stated softly, his eyes a much softer white.

         “He was my best friend!  Haiyang was only thirty years old.  To me, he was a very loyal friend, but everything…everything stopped on his thirtieth birthday” Sun Qingxue explained as divers swam through the water and climbed up onto the fishing raft, slipping out of sight.

         “He was passionate about his life and work.  Every time he saw the Regional Crime Unit, he was very envious” Sun Qingxue continued as Jiang Yuelou glanced back to see one of the divers give him an “okay” signal.  He then glanced over at Chen Yuzhi, who nodded slightly, telling him that he saw the signal too.

         “Bai Jinbo…Zhan Tianqing…he even worshipped this madman!” Sun Qingxue shouted, pointing at Lu Ka Si. 

         “Do you know what he did?  He used Haiyang to practice psychological hints and made him commit suicide!” he roared.

         “So you set up this game, used everyone, and took Zhang Haiyang as your excuse to kill innocent people.  Do you think you’re doing this for him?” Chen Yuzhi snarled, eyes glowing bright again as Sun Qingxue’s eyes widened.

         “Do you think Zhang Haiyang would like to see this?” he roared. 

         “I was forced by them!  All of them were afraid of causing social panic!  Actually, they were all afraid of being harmed!  They weren’t willing to accept that Haiyang was sacrificed; they said that he committed suicide.  Haiyang has long been forgotten…but I have not forgotten him!” Sun Qingxue exclaimed as he pointed the gun at Lu Ka Si, who looked at him with wide eyes again.

         “As long as I’m still alive, I will not forget.  This maniac…he told me that he’s the angel of the world.  Everyone is his sidekick” Sun Qingxue exclaimed, to which Lu Ka Si replied with a smile and a nod of the head.

         “You treasured your life, but Haiyang’s life, you could destroy it all you wanted” he continued before he pointed the gun at Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou.

         “Haiyang’s death, you are all responsible!” he screamed, just as Dr. Zhang grabbed the knife he had used on Chen Yuzhi earlier.

         “Go to hell, you damn angel!” Sun Qingxue screamed, making Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widen as he threw out a hand.

         “Don’t say that word!” he shouted, just as Dr. Zhang pushed himself off the ground and appeared behind Sun Qingxue and slit his throat with the knife.  Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi looked on in horror as Sun Qingxue dropped to the ground before Dr. Zhang stabbed himself in the neck with the knife, killing himself.  Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi were stunned into silence while Lu Ka Si just watched with a small, pleasant smile on his face.

         “Dahlia” Chen Yuzhi whispered after a moment, making Jiang Yuelou look over at him.

         “What?” he demanded.

         “Dahlia represents holiness and eternity; giving the impression of pure white wings” Chen Yuzhi explained, making Lu Ka Si look at him with a proud smile on his face. 

         “The instruction was “angel”” Jiang Yuelou deduced before he looked over at Lu Ka Si, who somehow had unbound his hands and raised a finger to his lips, making the shushing motion at them again.  Jiang Yuelou frowned before his eyes widened at the sight of Lu Ka Si raising a lit Molotov bottle.  Chen Yuzhi saw it too, his eyes widening as well.

         “Run!” they shouted at the same time, turning on their heels and bolting for the edge of the raft as Lu Ka Si dropped the bottle, setting ablaze the oil that had leaked out of the oil drums around him.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Meanwhile, on one of the speed boat, Chu Ran, Song Rong, and Sun Yongren were speeding towards the fishing raft, a sniper rifle in Chu Ran’s hands. 

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Back on the raft, as the flames were larger around Lu Ka Si, Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou were almost at the edge of the raft when the raft suddenly exploded, sending the two men flying into the ocean. 

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

         “Chief Jiang!” Chu Ran called out as the boat sped around the burning raft, the three detectives looking for their boss.

         “Dr. Chen!” Song Rong called out.

         “Boss!  Dr. Chen!” Sun Yongren shouted.

         “Chief Jiang!” Chu Ran and Song Rong shouted at the same time, but there was no response from either of their leaders.

         “Dr. Chen!” Sun Yongren called out.

         “Boss!” Song Rong shouted. 

         “Dr. Chen!” Chu Ran shouted but once again, no response from their leaders as they sped around the burning fishing raft.

         “Where are you?” Sun Yongren called out.  

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Meanwhile, far away from the fishing raft, Jiang Yuelou, drenched in saltwater, was dragging Chen Yuzhi, who was also completely drenched in saltwater as well as being unconscious, out of the water, placing him on the nearby beach, resting him up against a rock.

         “Yuzhi!  Hey, Yuzhi!  Chen Yuzhi!” he exclaimed, shaking the psychologist’s shoulders, but there was no response.  His eyes widened and he quickly placed a finger under his nose, but he felt no intake of breath.  He then placed his hands in the middle of Chen Yuzhi’s chest and began doing chest compressions, trying to get the man to start breathing or at least wake the fuck up.

         “Wake up!  We promised that we would come back together!  Please don’t lie!” he cried out as he continued to do chest compressions.  When the chest compressions weren’t working, Jiang Yuelou grabbed Chen Yuzhi’s nose and held it shut before he used his other hand to open his mouth before placing his own mouth over it, breathing air into it.  He then pulled away and began doing chest compressions once more.

         “You’re a moron!  Studying all day; what’s the point?!” he screamed before he began to beat Chen Yuzhi’s chest, trying to get his heart to start.  When that didn’t work, Jiang Yuelou reverted back to doing mouth-to-mouth before pulling away and began beating his hand over Chen Yuzhi’s heart again.

         “Let me tell you, if you don’t wake up, I will eat all the seafood.  Eat it all over again, nothing left for you!  Nothing left!” he shouted, just as Chen Yuzhi let out a groan.

         “Yuelou…you’re hurting me” he croaked, reaching up to grasp at Jiang Yuelou’s wrist.

Jiang Yuelou’s eyes widened as he looked down at Chen Yuzhi, reaching out and grasping the man’s face in his hands, Chen Yuzhi’s hand on his wrist.

         “Yuzhi!  You scared me!” he exclaimed, looking into the psychologist’s eyes.  Chen Yuzhi let out a weak laugh, causing Jiang Yuelou to hit him again.

         “Son of a bitch!” he shouted.  Chen Yuzhi let out a whimper as he clutched at his chest.

         “Yuelou, it hurts” he whined.  Jiang Yuelou let out a groan, panting heavily as he leaning up against another rock next to Chen Yuzhi as the man pushed himself into a sitting position.

         “Don’t you ever scare me like that again” Jiang Yuelou scolded.  Chen Yuzhi chuckled weakly.

         “Sorry” he apologized.  Jiang Yuelou huffed before he sighed and looked over at him.

         “Lu Ka Si’s dead.  Fortunately, we got the instructions…angel” he murmured before he scoffed and shook his head.

         “These instructions are disgusting” he spat.  Chen Yuzhi let out a weak laugh before he sighed.

         “It’s already been more than twenty years…” he murmured.

         “He accomplished this twenty-five years ago…what are we gonna do to the people at the pathology center?” Jiang Yuelou asked, his voice soft and also hoarse from screaming.  Chen Yuzhi was quiet before it hit him.

         “I have an idea” he declared, making Jiang Yuelou look over at him.

         “I thought of a way to crack Lu Ka Si’s hints” he continued.  Jiang Yuelou narrowed his eyes at him.

         “What way?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi smirked at him.

         “It’s a secret” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou let out a groan as he looked away from him.  Chen Yuzhi let out a chuckle before his eyes widened and he looked over at Jiang Yuelou.

         “Yuelou, did you read the letter I gave you?” he asked.  Jiang Yuelou was quiet before he nodded.

         “Yeah” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widened.

         “What?!” he exclaimed.  Jiang Yuelou let out a chuckle.

         “Of course I didn’t, I’m kidding.  I threw it into the sea” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi let out a relieved sigh as Jiang Yuelou looked back at him.

         “What did you write?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi paused before he smirked again.

         “That’s another secret” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou’s eyes widened before he grabbed Chen Yuzhi’s arm.

         “FUCK OFF!  I should throw you back into the sea!” he playfully exclaimed as he dragged Chen Yuzhi towards the water, Chen Yuzhi’s eyes wide.

         “Jiang Yuelou!” he cried as Jiang Yuelou playfully threw him into the water.

         “Go back to the sea!” he declared.  Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widened as he landed in the water, sputtering in shock.

         “Jiang Yuelou!” he exclaimed before he laughed and stood up, his suit and coat even more soaking wet.  He then grabbed Jiang Yuelou by the arm and dragged him towards the ocean, much to Jiang Yuelou’s dismay.

         “If I have to get wet again, Jiang Yuelou, so do you!” he declared before he chucked Jiang Yuelou into the ocean, giggling with delight as Jiang Yuelou was soaked to the bone with sea water.

         “Chen Yuzhi!” he shouted before he pushed himself to his feet and rushed after Chen Yuzhi, both men laughing even after everything that they went through.

 

~*~*~*~*~

 

Meanwhile, back in the harbor, two people were out on one of the fishing rafts, the young person fishing before noticing something in the water.

         “Look, a person!  Hurry up!  Be quick, come, be quick!” he exclaimed as he ran over to the edge of the raft, the other person running over to assist by using a long fishing net to drag the body of Lu Ka Si over to the raft.  They then lifted Lu Ka Si into the raft, taking a step back as he coughed, spitting out sea water as he gasped for breath.  He then cracked open an eye before he made a shushing motion.

 

CASE SOLVED

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In a dark room back lit by sunlight coming in through barely opened blinds, a young man dressed in white was sitting before a computer, looking at a news article titled “Woman shot in the face at South Carolina shooting range”.  He then clicked on another tab labeled “Shooting Accident” before switching to another tab with an article titled “Child firing Uzi at Ariz. Shooting range accidentally kills instructor, police say”.  As he looked at the articles, a young man dressed in black leaned down, his mouth close to the other young man’s ear.

         “Well done” he whispered.

 

~*~*~*~*~*~

 

Meanwhile, at the precinct, Zhan Junbai walked out of Bai Jinbo’s office, Bai Jinbo nodded.

         “Okay.  Take care” he bid.  Zhan Junbai nodded.

         “I will” he replied, just as Jiang Yuelou walked over to them.

         “Good morning Commissioner Bai” he greeted with a nod before noticing Zhan Junbai standing next to him.

         “Zhan-xiong?  What are you doing here?” he asked.

         “At 7pm tonight, there’s a party for the Zhan Corporation.  You and Chen Yuzhi must come” Zhan Junbai replied with a smile.  Jiang Yuelou’s eyes widened.

         “Party?” he repeated.  Zhan Junbai nodded before he looked over at Bai Jinbo.

         “Bai-xiong, the thing we discussed is settled then” he declared, holding up his pinky finger.  Bai Jinbo chuckled as he held up his own pinky finger.

         “Deal” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou looked between his cousin and his boss, concern in his eyes, before he looked back at Zhan Junbai who just smiled before looking over at his two bodyguards.

         “Let’s go” he instructed.  Qiu Ming and Sun Heying nodded, following after him, while Jiang Yuelou looked over at Bai Jinbo.

         “Commissioner Bai, what’s going on?” he demanded.

         “What do you mean?” Bai Jinbo replied, raising an eyebrow.  Jiang Yuelou blinked before he shook his head; he could ask later.

         “Nothing sir.  But I do have something to talk to you about.  Since S.C.I. has just been established and there hasn’t been any big cases recently, do you think we should investigate some old cases—” he started when Bai Jinbo nodded.

         “The idea sounds great.  Awesome.  But I think you don’t need to be too worried about the investigations” he replied, making Jiang Yuelou’s eyes widen.

         “Instead, you can utilize this period of time to improve yourself and your members” he suggested.  Jiang Yuelou frowned.

         “Improve ourselves…you’re saying…” he started when Bai Jinbo turned and walked back into his office, shutting the door on Jiang Yuelou’s face.  Jiang Yuelou raised an eyebrow before he blinked and walked away.

 

~*~*~*~*~*~

 

Meanwhile, in the bullpen, all of the detectives were sitting before Chen Yuzhi, listening to what he had to say about Psychology.

         “In Psychology, the Gestalt law of organization includes Law of Proximity, Law of Similarity, Law of Closure, Law of Simplicity…I believe that based on the last case what you learned from the police academy is far from enough” he declared, just as Jiang Yuelou walked in, raising an eyebrow.

         “What’s going on here?  Having a lecture without telling your team leader?” he asked, looking at Chen Yuzhi.

         “Did I need to inform you?” Chen Yuzhi replied, also raising an eyebrow.  Chu Ran, Song Rong, Sun Yongren, and Zining looked at one another, looks of apprehension on their faces; Dr. Chen and Chief Jiang were going to start fighting.  They could feel it.  Jiang Yuelou paused before he huffed.

         “Not…not really…but I’ll tell you, here is S.C.I., not your college psychology club” he reminded before he looked at his detectives.

         “We still need to gain experience from real cases, right?” he asked, giving them a subtle wink.  Everyone nodded and began clapping, agreeing with him as Zining let out a whine.

         “Dr. Chen, when I was in college, I fell asleep in all of my psychology lectures.  Just fell asleep.  Now that I finally graduated…please give me a break.  Please” she begged, rubbing her hands together.  Song Rong nodded in agreement.

         “Yeah.  You see, Dr. Chen, our team only needs you to be the smart guy and that’s enough.  We’re just ordinary people.  Whatever you say is correct; we’ll just listen to your orders” he added.  Chu Ran then smirked.

         “Dr. Chen, why don’t we talk about the psychology of love?  I think we should try to solve some actual problems in our team about how to build and be in relationships” she stated, causing the other three to burst out in exclamation.  As they began to fight with each other, Jiang Yuelou stepping in to try and break it up, Chen Yuzhi huffed before he turned and threw down his folder, grabbing his briefcase before heading towards the sliding glass doors, walking out.  Jiang Yuelou continued to try to get his detectives to stop fighting, but the minute he saw Chen Yuzhi leaving, he immediately rushed after him, stepping out of the sliding glass doors as well.

         “Yuzhi” he started but Chen Yuzhi just ignored him.  Jiang Yuelou’s eyes widened before he huffed and continued walking after the psychologist.

         “What?  Got annoyed?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi huffed, very clearly annoyed.

         “They’re all birds of a feather” he grumbled.  Jiang Yuelou frowned at him.

         “What do you mean by that?  They’re your team members as well, Deputy Leader Chen” he reminded.  Chen Yuzhi groaned and rolled his eyes.

         “Don’t remind me.  You guys just echo each other and unite against me.  Terrific!” he grumbled, making Jiang Yuelou reach out and grab his arm again.

         “Hey, don’t be like that.  Zining, Song Rong, Chu Ran and Sun Yongren have been working with me for a while.  You just joined recently and want to give them a lecture right away.  Who’s going to listen to you?  Right?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi sighed as Jiang Yuelou reached out and gently cupped his face in his hand, stroking his cheek.

         “Take it easy.  Talk to them more and get to know each other, okay?” he murmured.  Chen Yuzhi hummed before he turned and slipped out of Jiang Yuelou’s touch, making him frown.

         “Where are you going?” he asked.

         “Auditorium.  Psychology guest lecture” Chen Yuzhi replied as he pressed the “down” button.  Jiang Yuelou hummed before he remembered what Zhan Junbai told him earlier.

         “Oh Yuzhi” he called out, making Chen Yuzhi look over at him.

         “Hmm?” he replied. 

         “Zhan-xiong told us to be at his party at 7 tonight.  We have to attend” Jiang Yuelou stated.  Chen Yuzhi nodded.

         “7…got it” he replied before he stepped into the elevator, the doors closing behind him.

 

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That evening, Chen Yuzhi was sitting in the auditorium, listening to the guest lecturer, an older, white American by the name of Dr. James Wilson. 

         “—based on many years of research on multiple personality disorder.  In summary, I believe that multiple personality disorder and schizophrenia do not exist.  They are essentially the clinical manifestations of mental disorders and pathological characteristics” he stated.  As he was listening, Chen Yuzhi’s phone went off, making his eyes widen before he quickly reached into his coat pocket and pulled out his phone, only to find that Jiang Yuelou was calling him.  He rolled his eyes and pressed “decline call” before he put his phone away to keep listening to the lecturer.

         “The patients are suffering from impaired self-identity recognition—” Dr. Wilson continued, just as Jiang Yuelou, dressed in a fancy black suit, burst in through the side door.

He looked around before he made eye contact with Chen Yuzhi, whose eyes widened in shock.  He then ran over to Chen Yuzhi, grabbing him by the wrist.

         “Let’s go” he hissed.  Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widened.

         “Jiang Yuelou, the lecture’s not over!” he exclaimed back softly, just as Dr. Wilson looked over at him.

         “Sir.  Hands off” he ordered.  Jiang Yuelou then turned to face him, eyes flicking to black.

         “Professor, your theories are very interesting, but I’m sorry, we have to leave for something else” he explained, a soft growl in his voice.  He then turned back to Chen Yuzhi, grabbed his wrist again, and dragged him out of the auditorium.

         “Sorry Professor!” Chen Yuzhi exclaimed as he and Jiang Yuelou ran out.  Dr. Wilson just chuckled and shook his head.

         “The students now are just…” he murmured.

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After leaving the lecture hall, Jiang Yuelou still had a tight grip on Chen Yuzhi’s wrist as he nearly dragged him to the Lamborghini.

         “Jiang Yuelou, let go!” Chen Yuzhi exclaimed as they ran down the steps to the car.  Finally he wrenched his hand out of Jiang Yuelou’s grasp, looking at him with wide eyes.

         “What are you doing?” he demanded.

         “I told you, we have Zhan-xiong’s party to attend!  Do you not see what time it is?” Jiang Yuelou snapped. 

         “But I—” Chen Yuzhi started.

         “Dr. Chen” a voice called out, interrupting Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi’s marital spat.  The two men then turned to see a man walking down the stairs towards them.

         “You’re Dr. Chen.  I’ve heard a lot about you” the man explained, smiling slightly.

         “My name’s Pang Yu.  Nice to meet you” he stated, holding out his hand.  Chen Yuzhi looked at him warily before he reached out and shook his hand.

         “Hello” he replied.  Beside him, Jiang Yuelou placed his hands on his hips, a look of impatience on his face.

         “Dr. Chen, I’ve listened to your lectures about the origin of multiple personality disorder.  It was amazing.  Dr. Wilson’s speech hasn’t finished yet and you’re leaving already.  Are you in a hurry for something?” Pang Yu asked.  Before Chen Yuzhi could answer, Jiang Yuelou gripped his arm gently as he looked at Pang Yu.

         “Sorry, but we are in a hurry” he stated.  Pang Yu glanced at him before looking back at Chen Yuzhi.

         “If it’s possible, can I get your contact information?” he asked.  Jiang Yuelou growled.

         “It’s impossible” he replied before he gave Chen Yuzhi’s arm a tug before he pushed him around the car.

         “Get in the car” he instructed.  Chen Yuzhi huffed.

         “So bossy” he grumbled as he walked around the car and got into the passenger seat, Jiang Yuelou getting into the driver’s seat before speeding off, leaving Pang Yu to watch with a smirk on his face.

 

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Meanwhile, in the dimly lit dorm room, the young man in white was sitting on his bed, drinking a can of beer.  After he took a sip, the young man in black appeared before him, making the man in white look up at him.

         “Don’t come back again.  I beg you.  It’s all your fault that I ended up in this situation” he exclaimed.  The man in black raised an eyebrow.

         “My fault?  It’s because you’re so useless.  Without me, you’re such a loser!” he exclaimed, pointing at the man in white, who pointed right back.

         “Shut up!  No…it’s not true” he replied as he lowered his hand.  The man in black then raised a gun and pointed it at him.

         “You see?” he asked before he pretended to shoot the man in white.  The man in white stared at him for a moment before he jumped out of bed and stood before him.

         “So simple…” the man in black continued as the young man in white pointed at him again.

         “Shut up.  Get out!” he roared, punching the man in black in the face, but the punch just went right through him, making him chuckle before he turned to face the man in white, revealing that they had the exact same face.

         “Loser” he whispered before he chuckled and disappeared, leaving the man in white alone again.  The man in white then looked around, eyes wide, before he turned and reached for the can of beer that was on the table next to his laptop.  He then cracked it open and took a long drink of it before he walked around the table and down, taking another long sip of beer before he leaned his head back against the couch.  Just then, his laptop beeped with the sound of a notification, so he sat up and looked at his Facebook page, which is where the notification came from, and scrolled down to see a poster of skeleton holding a large bone scythe in front of a black background with a lightning bolt flashing behind it, with the label “Killer Training Camp” at the bottom of the poster.

         “It’s time to wake up the demon.  From now on, you are not yourself anymore” the poster read.  The young man in white stared at the poster, his eyes going wide as he squeezed the beer can tightly, crushing it.

 

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Meanwhile, at Zhan Junbai’s part, Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi, who was now dressed in a soft cream suit, walked into the venue where the party was being held.  At the sight of the venue, Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widened.

         “Why is the party decorated like this?  What’s your cousin’s business?” Chen Yuzhi asked, looking over at Jiang Yuelou.  Jiang Yuelou looked over at him and said nothing before he fixed his cuff links and continued walking.

         “Let’s walk the red carpet first” he replied, not answering Chen Yuzhi’s question.  Chen Yuzhi bit his lip before he reached out and grabbed Jiang Yuelou’s arm, making him stop and face him.

         “What’s wrong?” he asked, concern on his face.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head.

         “I normally don’t mind crowded places, but there’s too many people here.  Let’s just go, please” he begged.  Jiang Yuelou shook his head and smiled slightly.

         “Yuzhi, I’m here.  Don’t worry” he assured.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head.

         “I’m sorry, I can’t” he apologized, turning to head out when Jiang Yuelou reached out, grabbing his arm.

         “Yuzhi!  You can’t leave!” he hissed.  Chen Yuzhi turned to face him, growing annoyed.

         “Why not?” he snapped back.

         “What are you so afraid of?!” Jiang Yuelou exclaimed, just as a young American man with two bodyguards appeared behind them.  One of the bodyguards then walked over to them, tapping them both on the shoulder.

         “Step aside please” he instructed.  Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi looked at one another before they stepped aside, just as the American man walked past them, the two bodyguards on either side of him as the photographers called out for him to look at them. 

         “Who the hell is he?” Jiang Yuelou whispered.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head.

         “No idea.  I’ve never heard of him” he replied, just as Sun Heying and Qiu Ming appeared behind them.

         “John Kim.  Famous movie star” they replied at the same time, making Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou jump before they turned to face them.

         “Mr. Zhan knew that you would be late, so he told us to pick you up” Qiu Ming explained.

         “Star?  Why did he invite a movie star?” Jiang Yuelou asked.  Sun Heying smiled slightly.

         “The Zhan Corporation also runs several film and entertainment companies.  John Kim is one of our contracted actors” he explained as he pulled two invitations out of his suit jacket.

         “Here are the invitation letters.  Now, let’s go” he instructed before he and Qiu Ming began walk towards the end of the red carpet.  Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou watched them walk away before they began to follow after them.

         “Actor?” Jiang Yuelou murmured, making Chen Yuzhi look over at him.

         “Oh come on, Yuelou, he’s your cousin.  You don’t know anything about his business?” he asked.  Jiang Yuelou sighed.

         “He went abroad at a very young age and my family never said no to anything that he did, since he is the perfect child.  I don’t dare ask either” he replied before he leaned over.

         “To tell you the truth, I thought he was still in college” he whispered.  Chen Yuzhi smirked.

         “I’m going to tell Zhan-xiong later that you’ve never cared about him” he teased.  Jiang Yuelou looked over at him with wide eyes before he reached over and pinched him in the side.

         “Yah!  Jiang Yuelou!” Chen Yuzhi exclaimed. 

         “You deserved that” Jiang Yuelou hissed before he grabbed Chen Yuzhi’s arm and dragged him along. 

 

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When they entered the actual venue, Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou looked around in surprise, Sun Heying and Qiu Ming following behind them.

         “Lots of people here” Jiang Yuelou murmured.  Chen Yuzhi hummed in agreement.

         “Yeah.  Looks like a lot of celebrities” he agreed.  They continued to walk around the party before Jiang Yuelou stopped and looked back at Sun Heying and Qiu Ming.

         “Where’s my cousin?” he asked.  Sun Heying and Qiu Ming then pointed in front of Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou, causing them to turn and see Zhan Junbai dressed in a beautiful three-piece light grey suit. 

         “Zhan-xiong?” Jiang Yuelou breathed, shocked by how handsome his cousin looked.  Zhan Junbai then turned to face them, a warm smile on his face.

         “Yuzhi.  Yuelou.  I’m so glad you could make it” he greeted.  Chen Yuzhi smiled.

         “You look very handsome, Zhan-xiong” he complimented.  Zhan Junbai dipped his head.

         “Thank you, Yuzhi.  I must say, the cream suit is very flattering on you” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi blushed.

         “Ah, thank you” he murmured.  Jiang Yuelou nodded in agreement.

         “It does look really good on you” he agreed.  Chen Yuzhi’s blush deepened as he gave Jiang Yuelou a playful nudge.

         “Yah, but Yuelou looks really handsome too.  Doesn’t he, Zhan-xiong?” he asked, looking up at Zhan Junbai, who chuckled.

         “He does” he agreed, this time making Jiang Yuelou blush.  Chen Yuzhi giggled at the sight of the detective getting flustered and Jiang Yuelou reached over to pinch him, a small smile on his face.  Zhan Junbai looked between the two, a soft and fond smile on his own face.

He then cleared his throat, stopping Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi in their playing.

         “Both of you have to stay to the end of the party” he declared.  Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi looked at him in shock.

         “Why?” Jiang Yuelou exclaimed.  Zhan Junbai just smiled before he turned and saw Yu Tangchun, dressed very handsomely in a traditional cream changshan, standing on a small bridge in the middle of the venue.  He smiled and opened his mouth to call out to him, when a woman dressed in all white ran up to Yu Tangchun and wrapped her arms around him.

         “Yu Tangchun!  Long time no see!” she greeted.  Zhan Junbai blinked before he closed his mouth, his face taking on a hard edge.  Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi noticed the action, so they (including Qiu Ming and Sun Heying) turned to see Yu Tangchun talking to the woman in white.

         “Fang Jing…long time no see.  I never thought I’d meet you here” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widened.

         “Wait, why did Yu Tangchun come?” Jiang Yuelou asked softly.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head.

         “He’s not one for social events…” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou then looked over at him.

         “Do you think my cousin invited him?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi glanced at Zhan Junbai, noticing the change in his demeanor, before looking back at Jiang Yuelou.

         “Probably” he whispered.  Zhan Junbai then looked over at them and raised an eyebrow, a small smile returning to his face.

         “What are you two whispering about?” he asked, a gentle laugh in his voice.  Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou froze, not realizing that they had been discovered, before they looked back at him.

         “Nothing” Jiang Yuelou lied.  Zhan Junbai hummed before he dipped his head.

         “Excuse me” he murmured, walking past Jiang Yuelou, Chen Yuzhi, and his two bodyguards.  Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi watched him leave before they looked at one another. 

         “He’s gonna go talk to Yu Tangchun, isn’t he?” Chen Yuzhi asked.

         “Mn” Jiang Yuelou replied with a nod.

 

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Zhan Junbai calmly walked over to the bridge, a small smile on his face as he greeted people as he walked by.  When he reached the bridge, he widened his smile before he cleared his throat.

         “Fu Cheng” he called out, making Yu Tangchun and the young woman turn towards him.  Yu Tangchun’s face lit up when he saw Zhan Junbai and he smiled brightly.

         “Junbai!” he replied, motioning for Zhan Junbai to join him on the bridge.  Zhan Junbai smiled and walked up the bridge, standing before Yu Tangchun and the young woman.

         “Ah, Mr. Zhan.  I’m John Kim’s agent, Fang Jing” the young woman greeted, bowing slightly to Zhan Junbai, who smiled and dipped his head to her.

         “It’s nice to meet you, Fang Jing” he replied before he turned to Yu Tangchun.

         “Are you enjoying the party so far?” he asked.  Yu Tangchun shrugged.

         “It’s alright.  But parties aren’t really my scene” he replied.  Zhan Junbai smiled slightly.

         “Oh?” he asked.  Yu Tangchun nodded.

         “I prefer the quiet” he explained.  Zhan Junbai hummed before he remembered that Fang Jing was standing right there, so he thought he should include her, as to not be rude.

         “So, Fang Jing, how do you know Yu Tangchun?” he asked.  Fang Jing blinked, surprised that she was being included in the conversation, before she smiled.

         “Oh, Yu Tangchun and I went to the same high school” she explained.  Zhan Junbai raised an eyebrow.

         “Oh really?” he asked.  Fang Jing nodded.

         “Mmhm” she replied.  Zhan Junbai then smiled. 

         “Well, I’m sure you two haven’t seen each other in a long time.  I’ll leave you to your conversation” he stated before he turned and walked back down the bridge, making Yu Tangchun’s eyes widened.

         “Ah!  Junbai” he called out but Zhan Junbai was already walking away.  Yu Tangchun sighed before he looked over at Fang Jing, and smiled slightly.  Meanwhile, Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi were watching the whole conversation and the minute they saw Zhan Junbai walking down the bridge, Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widened and he quickly grabbed Jiang Yuelou’s arm, dragging him away so that they wouldn’t have to talk to Zhan Junbai about what just happened.

 

~*~*~*~*~*~

 

Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou walked around the party for a while before Chen Yuzhi spotted someone that he knew.

         “Ah, Dr. Wilson!” he called out, waving hello to the lecturer from earlier that evening.  Dr. Wilson looked up and laughed as he waved hello back, the two men walking towards one another before shaking hands.

         “Sorry about leaving your lecture early today” Chen Yuzhi apologized.  Dr. Wilson chuckled and shook his head.

         “Don’t worry about it” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi then glanced over at Jiang Yuelou and made a slight motion with his head, making Jiang Yuelou’s eyes widened before he bowed.

         “Professor, I’m really sorry about pulling Dr. Chen out and disrupting the lecture.  I wasn’t expecting this coincidence” he explained before he held out his hand.

         “I’m Jiang Yuelou, head of S.C.I” he introduced. 

 

~*~*~*~*~*~

 

Meanwhile, up on the rooftop of a building nearby the part venue, a sniper rifle appeared on the ledge, pointing at Dr. Wilson.

 

~*~*~*~*~*~

 

         “Chief Jiang, it’s okay.  Don’t worry about it” Dr. Wilson replied before he motioned to the woman standing next to him.

         “This is my wife, Laura.  She’s a quiet and introverted person, so her silence isn’t meant to offend you” he explained.  Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi waved their hands, saying that it was alright, before Chen Yuzhi smiled.

         “You and your wife are perfect together” he complimented.  Dr. Wilson nodded in thanks before he turned and motioned to someone.

         “Come, let me introduce someone to you” he stated.  Just then, John Kim stepped forward, removing his sunglasses as he did so.

         “This is John Kim” he introduced.  Chen Yuzhi nodded and shook his hand.

         “Nice to meet you” he greeted.

         “Nice to meet you too” John Kim replied before he shook Jiang Yuelou’s hand.

         “Nice to meet you” he greeted.

         “Nice to meet you too” Jiang Yuelou replied.

 

~*~*~*~*~*~

 

Up on the other building, the sniper took aim, pointing his laser at Dr. Wilson’s temple.

 

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Back down on the ground, Jiang Yuelou’s eyes widened as he noticed the red dot on Dr. Wilson’s temple and he quickly rushed forward, shoving Dr. Wilson to the ground.

         “Look out!” he exclaimed, Laura and Chen Yuzhi hitting the deck too, just as the sniper pulled the trigger, hitting the one of the guests through the chest instead of Dr. Wilson’s temple. 

         “Someone got shot!” one of the guest exclaimed as everyone started panicking and running for cover.  While Laura was worrying about Dr. Wilson, Chen Yuzhi looked up to see Jiang Yuelou on his feet, his gun out as he looked around while there was utter chaos around them.  Chen Yuzhi then looked over and saw another red dot appearing on John Kim’s temple, making his eyes widen before he pushed himself to his feet, rushing in front of John Kim to protect him.

         “Jiang Yuelou!” he shouted.  Jiang Yuelou was moving in a second, darting in front of Chen Yuzhi and John Kim as he pulled the trigger, the bullet flying straight through the muzzle of the rifle and into the sniper’s eye, killing him.  Jiang Yuelou then removed his suit jacket, revealing his shoulder holster underneath his suit jacket.

         “I’ll go check out the building” he declared, eyes flicking to black as he ran off.  Chen Yuzhi watched him leave before he looked around for Sun Heying and Qiu Ming.

         “Sun Heying!  Qiu Ming!  Call the police!” he shouted as he looked down at Dr. Wilson, who Laura was still fretting over. 

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While Chen Yuzhi was worrying about Dr. Wilson, Jiang Yuelou ran into the lobby and over to the elevator that led up to the building overlooking the pool.  He then hit the up button, jumping up and down as the adrenaline coursed through him.  As he was waiting, Chen Yuzhi ran over to him, eyes glowing white.

         “Jiang Yuelou!” he called out.  Jiang Yuelou’s eyes widened and he looked over at him.

         “What are you doing here?” he exclaimed. 

         “I’m going with you” Chen Yuzhi replied, the gun Jiang Yuelou gave him in his hand.  Jiang Yuelou looked at him with wide eyes.

         “Are you crazy?!  Yuzhi, go back!” he ordered.  Chen Yuzhi narrowed his glowing white eyes.

         “Are you looking down at me, Yuelou?” he asked, voice quiet and dangerous.  Jiang Yuelou noticed the change in demeanor and softened as he looked at Chen Yuzhi.

         “Just don’t hurt me when you’re shooting.  And don’t shoot your foot” he teased.  Chen Yuzhi huffed.

         “I really want to shoot you right now” he grumbled as he pulled back the slide on his gun.  Jiang Yuelou smirked, just as the elevator dinged, causing both men to run inside.

 

~*~*~*~*~*~

 

Back out by the pool, Laura and John Kim were worrying over Dr. Wilson.

         “Doctor!  Dr. Wilson!” John Kim exclaimed as Laura held the man in her lap.  Just then, Yu Tangchun, Zhan Junbai, and Fang Jing ran over, eyes wide in shock, before Yu Tangchun ran over and gently tapped John Kim and Laura’s shoulder.

         “Let me take a look” he murmured as he knelt down to look at Dr. Wilson.

         “I’m okay” Dr. Wilson assured, his voice very weak.  Meanwhile, behind them, Zhan Junbai and Fang Jing made eye contact, Zhan Junbai smiling softly at her.

 

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Meanwhile, Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi stepped off of the elevator and up onto the roof, guns out in front of them.  They then stealthily walked across the roof and over to where the body of the sniper was laying on top of some building material.  Jiang Yuelou walked over to the body first, studying it up and down, as Chen Yuzhi joined him at his side.

         “He seems very young…maybe about twenty” Chen Yuzhi stated as he looked at the sniper.

         “He looks like anything but a killer” he continued, just as there was a sound from behind them.  Doctor and detective looked at one another before they dashed behind one of the structures on the roof, kneeling down since they were both really tall.  As they were kneeling, they both glanced around to see shoes walking towards them.  Chen Yuzhi raised his gun while Jiang Yuelou put his away in his holster and once he saw more of the person walking by the structure, Jiang Yuelou noticed a gun.  He quickly sprang up and grabbed the gun, twisting it out of the person’s hands, causing the person to flip before landing on his back as Chen Yuzhi stood up and came around the structure, pointing his gun at the person, Jiang Yuelou doing the same.  The person Jiang Yuelou flipped, a young man with light skin, brown eyes, and light brown hair dressed in a police uniform, raised his hands in surrender.

         “No, no, don’t shoot!” he exclaimed.  Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi both looked at him before they lowered their guns, Chen Yuzhi raising an eyebrow at him.

         “Who are you?” he asked.

         “I’m a policeman” the young man replied, just as his radio crackled.

         “PC30435!  I’ll be there in a second!” the voice on the other line replied.  Both Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou tilted their head at the policeman and gave him a look.

         “Did you hear that?  My pals will come soon.  So you’d better put your guns down” the policeman declared.  Jiang Yuelou gave him a look.

         “You’re on the ground just after the first round.  Can you find another policeman as weak as you?” he asked. 

         “Stop your manners like this after you just killed a person and confess your crime.  Don’t try to kill anymore” the policeman ordered.  Jiang Yuelou just rolled his eyes while Chen Yuzhi shook his head and reached into his suit jacket.  The policeman then frowned at him.

         “Wait…who are you guys?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi then pulled out his ID and held it up.  The policeman leaned up to look at the words and when he read them, his eyes widened.

         “Dr. Chen?” he breathed.

         “Stand up” Chen Yuzhi ordered.  The policeman then looked over at Jiang Yuelou.

         “Then you must be Chief—” he started.

         “Just stand up first” Jiang Yuelou ordered.  The policeman nodded and pushed himself to his feet, brushing off his uniform.

         “Chief Jiang” the policeman greeted.  Jiang Yuelou said nothing as he looked at the young man.

         “How can the Police Academy’s admission criteria be so low?” he asked, tsking.  Chen Yuzhi sent him a look before he looked over at the policeman.

         “What’s your name?” he asked.

         “Chu Min” the policeman replied.  Jiang Yuelou hummed before he placed his hands on his hips.

         “Are you the police-in-charge of this area?  Have you ever noticed something strange?” he asked.  Chu Min shook his head.

         “No.  I just came up to have a check after I heard the shots” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou hummed as he motioned to the sniper.

         “This man is dead, call your colleague to come here.  And don’t forget to cordon off this area” he ordered.  Chu Min looked at him with wide eyes.

         “What?” he exclaimed.  Jiang Yuelou huffed.

         “What do you mean, “What”?  Are you afraid of this?” he asked.  Chu Min lowered his gaze, making Chen Yuzhi sigh as Jiang Yuelou shook his head.

         “You’re really timid…can’t you just act like a policeman?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi looked over at him and gently smacked his arm.

         “Jiang Yuelou.  Be nice” he hissed.  Jiang Yuelou glanced over at him and sighed before he held up Chu Min’s pistol.

         “And one more thing: from now on, hold your gun tightly” he instructed as he grabbed the barrel and held the gun out to Chu Min, who took it before nodding.

         “Yes sir” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou nodded as he and Chen Yuzhi walked away, leaving Chu Min to watch them leave, just as his colleague arrived and ran over to him.

         “Are you okay?  Chu Min?” his colleague asked. 

         “I’m fine” Chu Min replied as he watched Chen Yuzhi and Chu Min walk away. 

         “Who were those two people?” his colleague asked. 

         “You couldn’t imagine.  They’re Dr. Chen and Chief Jiang from S.C.I” Chu Min replied, a wistful smile on his face.  His colleague gasped.

         “Are you sure?” he asked.  Chu Min nodded as he put his gun away.

         “I’m sure” he replied. 

 

~*~*~*~*~*~

 

A little while later, Yu Tangchun was leaving the venue when a black car drove up and the driver’s side window rolled down, revealing Zhan Junbai.

         “Fu Cheng” he greeted.  Yu Tangchun smiled.

         “Junbai” he replied.  Zhan Junbai dipped his head.

         “Thank you for what happened at the banquet” he thanked.  Yu Tangchun waved a hand.

         “No need to thank me.  Just doing my job” he replied.  Zhan Junbai chuckled before he looked at the medical examiner.

         “Let me give you a lift home” he offered.  Yu Tangchun’s eyes widened and he shook his head.

         “No, that’s alright.  You should go back” he replied.  Zhan Junbai shook his head.

         “Nonsense.  It’s on the way” he assured.  Yu Tangchun frowned.

         “Junbai, I don’t think we live in the same direction…” he murmured.  Zhan Junbai just chuckled.

         “It’s alright Fu Cheng, I don’t mind dropping you off.  Really” he assured.  Yu Tangchun was quiet before he sighed and walked around to the passenger side of the car, opening the door and getting in.  Once he was inside and buckled up, Zhan Junbai drove off.

 

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A little while later, Zhan Junbai and Yu Tangchun arrived at Yu Tangchun’s apartment complex, both men riding up the elevator to Yu Tangchun’s floor.  As Yu Tangchun got out, Zhan Junbai did so as well, making Yu Tangchun stop and look over at him.

         “Junbai, I’m home.  You should go back” he stated.  Zhan Junbai smiled slightly as he pulled out a set of keys.

         “Well, I’m home too” he stated, jiggling them.  Yu Tangchun’s eyes widened in shock.

         “What?” he exclaimed.  Zhan Junbai nodded.

         “This area has great potential for development, so I bought one” he explained as he motioned to the apartment right across from Yu Tangchun’s. 

         “It’s right there.  Want to come in?” he asked, looking at Yu Tangchun with a raised eyebrow.  Yu Tangchun blinked.

         “Uh…sure?” he replied.  Zhan Junbai smiled and motioned for Yu Tangchun to follow him as he walked over to his door and opened it, allowing Yu Tangchun to enter first before following after him.  Once he locked the door, he turned back to see Yu Tangchun looking around.

         “Wow…it’s so…” he started.

         “Minimal?  Clean?  Modern?” Zhan Junbai asked with a smile in his voice.  Yu Tangchun shook his head.

         “No…it’s so you.  It’s pretty” he replied as he looked around at the living room that had a light grey wrap-around couch with soft beige pillows, the modern mahogany coffee table, the simple mahogany side tables on either side of the couch, and the beautiful carved white jade dragon that sat in the middle of the coffee table.  Zhan Junbai smiled slightly.

         “Oh…thank you” he thanked as he placed his keys on the keyring by the door.

         “Coffee?  Tea?” he asked as he headed towards the kitchen. 

         “Um…tea?” Yu Tangchun replied as he followed after him.  Zhan Junbai nodded as he walked over to one of the cabinets, pulling out a fancy tea strainer and a small tin can.

         “This is my favorite tea” he explained.  Yu Tangchun raised an eyebrow.

         “What kind is it?” he asked. 

         “Jasmine Dragon.  It’s a very mild tasting tea, but it’s very nice” Zhan Junbai replied as he took the kettle full of boiling water off the heat and poured it into the tea strainer.  He then took about two small scoops of the tea and placed it into the strainer before setting a small timer for five minutes. 

         “Five minutes is the perfect amount of time to get just the right flavor out of the tea without it being overpowering” he explained when he saw Yu Tangchun staring at him with a raised eyebrow.  Yu Tangchun huffed.

         “You sure know your stuff about tea” he mused.  Zhan Junbai shrugged.

         “I like tea” he replied.  Yu Tangchun chuckled before his face turned serious.

         “Zhan Junbai” he started.  Zhan Junbai looked up at him.

         “Hmm?” he replied.  Yu Tangchun gave him a look.

         “Tell me the truth: why did you buy an apartment so close to me?” he asked.  Zhan Junbai blinked before he smiled slightly.

         “Because I want to keep an eye on you.  Protect you, if you will” he replied.  Yu Tangchun huffed.

         “I’m a grown man; I can take care of myself” he grumbled.  Zhan Junbai chuckled.

         “I realize that; I’m just here as backup.  And I’m here if you ever need someone to talk to” he replied, just as the timer beeped, signaling that the tea was done.  He then turned to the cabinet and grabbed two mugs, placing the strainer on one mug, filling it up to the top before taking it and placing it on the other mug, filling it up with the rest of the tea.  He then took the strainer off and placed it in the sink before handing the nearly full mug to Yu Tangchun.

         “Here, try it” he offered.  Yu Tangchun took the tea and took a careful sip, blinking as he savored the flavor, before he smiled.

         “I like it” he declared.  Zhan Junbai smiled.

         “I’m glad” he murmured as he took a sip of his own burning tea.  The two remained in silence for a moment, taking careful sips of their tea, before Yu Tangchun cleared his throat.

         “Junbai?” he asked. 

         “Hmm?” Zhan Junbai replied, glancing up at him.

         “Thank you” Yu Tangchun thanked, smiling slightly.  Zhan Junbai smiled and nodded.

         “You’re welcome” he replied.

Chapter Text

The next day at the police bureau, Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi were sitting before Bai Jinbo as he looked over the sniper case file.

         “The suspect’s not a professional killer.  It’s unprofessional” Jiang Yuelou stated.

         “Unprofessional.  That’s the problem” Bai Jinbo murmured.

         “Yesterday the killer was a student from Ji Min University by the name of Qi Lei.  He’s just 20” Chen Yuzhi added.

         “Such a young murderer.  It’s weird” Bai Jinbo agreed before he looked at Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou.

         “Moreover, Dr. Wilson and John Kim are both foreign celebrities.  The public is going to pay a lot of attention to this case, so you guys have to solve it as quickly as possible” he instructed.

         “No.  The murderer was found, so what’s the point of solving the case?” Jiang Yuelou asked.  Bai Jinbo gave him a look as he shut the file.

         “Seriously?  Hasn’t Chief Zhao told you?” he asked, placing a stack of papers down before him and Chen Yuzhi, Chen Yuzhi taking the papers before handing one to Jiang Yuelou.  Both men then looked at the files, which showed images of sniper rifles.

         “Barrett M82A1…that’s the most widely used sniper rifle” Jiang Yuelou declared, looking up at Bai Jinbo, who nodded.

         “Yes, this model was used in the three serial shootings that happened this month.  Now, this case is under the direct control of S.C.I.  You will have a two-week limit to solve this case” he declared.  Jiang Yuelou frowned.

         “Commissioner Bai, why are you limiting the time again?” he asked, Chen Yuzhi nodding in agreement.

         “Yes, why?” he asked.  Bai Jinbo narrowed his eyes as he pointed at the two of them.

         “You two; don’t pretend to echo each other at this time.  Only two weeks.  Even one day later, you and your team are cleaning the toilets for a whole year” he threatened.  Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi both made a face as they looked at one another before they looked back at him.

         “Yes sir” they agreed. 

 

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After leaving Bai Jinbo’s office, Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou walked into their department.

         “Listen up.  Is everyone here?” Jiang Yuelou called out.

         “Yes sir” Sun Yongren replied as everyone looked up at him.

         “A big case.  Serial shootings” Jiang Yuelou declared as he held up five files before placing them down on Song Rong’s desk.

         “Song Rong” he stated.  Song Rong shot to his feet.

         “Yes sir” he replied.

         “You go and investigate the details of the victims as well as the professors and the staff” Jiang Yuelou ordered.  Song Rong nodded.

         “No problem.  Leave it to me” he replied as he took one of the case files.  

         “Boss” Sun Yongren called out, making Jiang Yuelou look over at him.

         “Song Rong can’t do this alone.  You can count on me” he declared.  Song Rong narrowed his eyes at him as he picked up his police baton.

         “Why do you think I can’t handle it?” he demanded, pointing his baton at Sun Yongren while Jiang Yuelou looked between them.

         “I’m afraid that you’ll be alone” Sun Yongren teased.  Song Rong growled.

         “I dare you—” he started.

         “Alright, alright, alright.  You two, in pairs.  Together” Jiang Yuelou ordered.  Song Rong and Sun Yongren looked at him before they nodded.

         “Yes sir” they replied as Jiang Yuelou looked over at Chu Ran.

         “Chu Ran” he called out.  Chu Ran looked over at him.

         “Yes sir” she replied.

         “First go to the Technical Department and then investigate the several crime scenes” Jiang Yuelou ordered.  Chu Ran nodded.

         “Yes sir” she replied.  Jiang Yuelou nodded before he looked over at Zining.

         “Zining” he called out.  Zining looked up at him.

         “Yes Chief Jiang?” she replied. 

         “Could you please search where these guns are from?” Jiang Yuelou asked, handing her a case file.  Zining nodded.

         “No problem” she replied as she took the file and quickly turned to her computer.  Once everyone was given their tasks, Jiang Yuelou placed his hands on his hips.

         “Alright, let’s move.  Solve the case within two weeks” he ordered. 

         “Yes sir” everyone replied before they all turned to look at him in shock.

         “Two weeks?” Zining exclaimed.  Jiang Yuelou nodded.

         “One day over and we’re all cleaning the toilets for a year” he replied.  With that, everyone jumped into action; Chu Ran, Sun Yongren, and Song Rong rushing out the sliding glass doors while Zining turned to her computer and began searching. 

         “A small man intoxicated by success” Chen Yuzhi called out as he wrote down some notes on a pad, making Jiang Yuelou turn to face him.

         “Bite me, then” he replied.  Chen Yuzhi smirked.

         “If you can’t solve the case, I will” he teased.  Jiang Yuelou tsked and shook his head as Chen Yuzhi put his pad down.

         “What are we going to do next?” he asked.  Jiang Yuelou was quiet before he hummed.

         “Visit Ji Min University.  Find more details on Qi Lei” he replied.

         “Let’s go” Chen Yuzhi declared. 

 

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At Ji Min University, a young professor was walking down the steps, flanked by two students.

         “Do you understand the content of the class?” he asked.  The young women nodded.

         “Yes, we understand” they replied.  The professor nodded.

         “Okay, see you later” he bid. 

         “Bye professor” the two women replied as they walked away.  The professor waved goodbye before he stuck some papers into his briefcase and began walking, only to be stopped by Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi.

         “Are you Mr. Jie Zhengyan?” Jiang Yuelou inquired.  The young professor nodded.

         “Yes, I am.  May I know who you are?” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi pulled out their IDs and held it up for Jie Zhengyan to see.

         “Police officers” Chen Yuzhi replied as he put his ID away.

         “We want to know some information about your student, Qi Lei” he explained.  Jie Zhengyan blinked before lowered his eyes, looking rather nervous, making Chen Yuzhi smile slightly.

         “Can we talk to you for a second?” he asked.  Jie Zhengyan was quiet before he hummed in agreement.

 

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A little while later, Chen Yuzhi, Jiang Yuelou, and Jie Zhengyan were walking through the university’s gardens, trying to get away from any nosy or curious students.

         “Qi Lei…what happened to him?” Jie Zhengyan asked, looking over at Chen Yuzhi and Jiang Yuelou.

         “Temporary confidentially.  How’s he doing in school?” Jiang Yuelou replied. 

         “He’s a student of mine.  Doesn’t draw much attention.  Also unsocial.  Before he lived in the Student Hall for six months but then he had to move out and rent a place” Jie Zhengyan explained.  Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi frowned.

         “Why?  Didn’t he get on well with the other students?” Jiang Yuelou asked.

         “He was sick.  He couldn’t live in the Student Hall” Jie Zhengyan explained. 

         “What’s the matter?” Jiang Yuelou inquired.

         “Somnambulism” Jie Zhengyan replied, making Chen Yuzhi’s eyes widen.

         “Can you tell us more details?” he asked.  Jie Zhengyan sighed.

         “Before he moved out, he had attacked his roommate several times.  He also got up at midnight, got into fights and started fires, did anything he wanted.  The worst one was he nearly stopped his lower berth’s roommate’s breath” he explained.  Jiang Yuelou hummed and crossed his arms as Chen Yuzhi looked at Jie Zhengyan.

         “How do you know he was a sleepwalker?” he asked.

         “As far as I know, he was usually gentle.  According to his roommates, when he attacked others in the night, he seemed like another person.  Particularly ferocious and abnormal.  But also, when he woke up, he had no recollection of what he did” Jie Zhengyan explained.  Chen Yuzhi sighed deeply while Jiang Yuelou looked over at Jie Zhengyan.

         “Do you know where he lives now?” he asked.  Jie Zhengyan nodded.

         “Yes, I have the address.  I can write it for you” he replied as he reached into his briefcase and pulled out his journal, searching through the names until he came upon Qi Lei’s.  He then quickly wrote it down on a Post-it note before handing it over to Jiang Yuelou.

         “That’s the address.  If you want to know more details, you can ask his band.  They know much more than me” he explained.

         “Do you know where we can find the other members of the band?” Jiang Yuelou inquired.  Jie Zhengyan nodded and pointed back towards the school.

         “The building behind the white one.  3rd floor.  They practice there every afternoon” he explained before he looked down at his watch.

         “After lunch time, go to that place.  You can hear when they’re practicing” he added.  Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi then bowed slightly to him in thanks.

         “Thank you” Jiang Yuelou thanked.

         “You’re welcome” Jie Zhengyan replied. 

         “Thanks” Chen Yuzhi thanked before he looked over at Jiang Yuelou.

         “Let’s go” he instructed.  Jiang Yuelou nodded as both men turned away from Jie Zhengyan, who watched them leave before he huffed and continued on his way.

 

~*~*~*~*~*~

 

After talking to Jie Zhengyan, Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi went to a nearby restaurant to eat some lunch.  As they were eating their dumplings, Jiang Yuelou looked at Chen Yuzhi with a frown.

         “Just now, you were absent-minded.  Did you find something?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi sighed and shook his head.

         “I’m not sure yet.  Just doubting” he replied.  Jiang Yuelou raised an eyebrow.

         “For what?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi said nothing as he reached for another dumpling, making Jiang Yuelou give him a look.

         “Yuzhi, tell me” he ordered. 

         “Alright, alright, no need to be so bossy” Chen Yuzhi replied before he sighed.

         “I think Qi Lei wasn’t sleepwalking” he declared.  Jiang Yuelou hummed in agreement as he took a sip of his tea.

         “As his teacher said, he was particularly ferocious.  And after he woke up, he knew nothing of what he did” he added.  Chen Yuzhi took a sip of his own tea before he placed the cup down.

         “In general, only few adults will be sleepwalkers.  Besides, most of them have non-purposive behavior.  In terms of performance, they should be in a daze” he started.

         “But when Qi Lei was sleepwalking, his character changed completely.  Was even motivated to kill others” Jiang Yuelou continued. 

         “Sleepwalking won’t change a person’s characteristics” Chen Yuzhi stated.  Jiang Yuelou frowned.

         “So, you mean that he did it on purpose?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi shook his head.

         “I can’t confirm it right now, so I want to take a look at his house” he explained.  Jiang Yuelou sighed and shook his head.

         “Couldn’t be another madman…why are so people these days abnormal?” he asked.  Chen Yuzhi shot him a look.

         “Don’t say the word madman.  It’s not professional” he scolded.  Jiang Yuelou blinked before he huffed and reached out to grab another dumpling when there was a loud thump behind them.

         “I dare you to say that again” a voice snapped, making Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi look up from their meal and turn to see a young woman standing up in a booth before a young man.

         “What’s wrong with you?  We’re just talking about it—” the young man started when the woman grabbed her glass of water and splashed it in his face.

         “What a great deal, eh?” she sneered before she slipped out of the booth and began to walk away.

         “You splashed water on me!” a woman in the booth behind the young man shrieked.

         “What are you doing?” the young man shouted as the young woman continued to walk away.

         “Shut up” the young woman snapped. 

         “Who do you think you are?” the young man shouted.  The young woman ignored him as she walked by Jiang Yuelou and Chen Yuzhi’s table, noticing that Jiang Yuelou was staring at her, curiosity in his eyes. 

         “What the hell are you looking at?” she snapped before she continued walking out of the restaurant, Jiang Yuelou’s eyes widening as she left.  Chen Yuzhi smirked at his expression while the man at the booth shook his head.

         “Jeez, just a campus band” he murmured.  While he was cleaning up, Jiang Yuelou shook his head.

         “Why are girls so fierce nowadays?” he murmured.  Chen Yuzhi huffed and waved his hand.

         “Stop watching the scene, just eat your own lunch” he murmured.  Jiang Yuelou continued to look at the door before he shook his head and went back to eating.