Sanctuary to human chaos- chapter 2
Sanctuary to human chaos- chapter 2
After dropping Suo at the station, Zhaihai went to his office and ordered his assistant to get the footage of the roads near governor's house and meanwhile he started digging into 'Dragon Gang'.
He got as much as information as he could get from the internet and started reviewing the data. And also once got the CCTC footage near governor’s house he sat back on the sofa with wooden hands and started looking into it.
The friends and staff who often visits his office suggests that he should change the sofa as it is not that soft and how will he sleep when he wants to sleep there.
He replies “Why would I sleep in the office? If I want to, I will go to my room and sleep and I don’t want to be too comfortable in the office”
After hours and hours of reviewing he finally found something. There’s a person who was in he data collected under Dragon Gang was in the vicinity of the crime scene for the past week.
He finally rubbed his eyes, removed his anti-glare glasses and sent a mail to Binan Suo’s personal email. By the time he sent this it was alreay 12 PM and he hasn’t slept the whole night. So, he went to his room to sleep and take rest.
On the way to his room he saw the messages he has received.
Xi Song “We can go to dinner, if by that time I am not busy with work”
Zhaihai replied “ Okay, call me when done. And inform Chief Yu to check his personal email.”
He reached his apartment which is lifeless. If someone sees it they will think that no one is living here. There is no furniture except a sofa set and in kitchen, fridge was empty just a few water bottles. In bedroom the cupboards contained a few pairs of clothes which can be counted on fingers.
But the apartment was regularly cleaned and kept in living state. He opened mint chewing gum and ate it, when ever his brain is busy he has no need to eat the mint but whenever his brain is free, his addiction comes out which was silently lurking around.
When he was under observation by both the police and the rehabilitation center, doctors suggested him to take a mint to soothe his cravings. Xi Song used to buy him every time and after so many years it has become a habit.
He freshened up and went to sleep without eating anything. Addition to his other bad habits Zhaihai also has a bad habit of not eating food on time. Sometimes he even skips it for a week. He simply finds it bothering.
At the same time as he went to sleep Suo has been woken up from his 20 min little nap by Xi Song saying that he need to check his email.
After waking up and washing his face, he opened his mail. Before going to sleep his team has successfully ID’ed the vic and the hospital records of him have been submitted by the hospital and also the list of rivals of the Governor.
Satisfied with progress he let the team of the hook and sent them to take rest saying if he needed them he will call them. All of them left to the staff resting rooms in the building as going home is difficult under the situation.
They usually stay 3-4 days without going to their houses so all their required things were present in the resting room. they treat this as their second home.
“I don’t think Chief is going to sleep for another 48 hours.” commented Hans while he was changing the sheets on his bed.
“I sometimes pity him, what’s the use of being in higher position when you can’t even sleep and eat on time?” sighed Greta.
“But he’s not always like this. Only when we have big cases he needs to skip those, but when we have normal work he won’t even stay a minute longer even if the director of police asks him to stay” said Luo Shen.
“He knows his priorities well, we all should learn from him. Now stop chitchatting and sleep. He might come any second and give us work” said Xi Song stopping all the blabbering and fearing them into sleeping.
When Suo opened his email and saw the contents he first reaction was anger.
He clearly mentioned Zhaihai not to get involved in the case. Investigating the governor and Dragon Gang? What the fuck will happen if either of them found out that he got all the information either by hacking or throwing money.
All his sleepiness was gone in an instant due to anger. He wanted to find that fuck head and knock the shit out of him.
He noted down the important details and deleted the mail and submitted official request under police to get the information from right channels so that no one will question him where he got it.
Based on the information given by Zhaihai this person that belonged to Dragon Gang who was in the vicinity made frequent visits to the country club named Dragon City club.
Suo grabbed his jacket and when he searched for his team he found them in the resting room where everyone is sleeping deeply. so he left them without waking them up.
“Hey, Chief where are you going?” asked Xue Mei a member of the narcotics team.
“I am going to the Dragon country club”
“Oh, that’s good can you drop me by the post office near the club. I was going that way” She asked sweetly.
Everyone in the Nanjing Police department knows that Xue Mei has a big crush on the Chief. Suo rejected her in the smooth ways many times but she says that “No one can resist a person if they are continuously courted”
Suo simply nodded and gave her lift. When on the car she said “Do you know that the Dragon country club belongs to Dragon Gang, but there were no sufficient proofs to raid it, we tried many time”
He obviously knew this information being the chief and all. Yet he asked, do you know the persons that make frequent contacts with both the club and gang?
“Yeah, there are two people. Tiger and devil, but it was said that they both had misunderstandings and are at cold war. Why? Is there any news on them?” She asked.
“No, I was dealing with a case and I came across a person that might be related to those two” saying this he handed her the picture of the guy.
“This is the Devil, he is seems ruthless but not that bad, if you run into Tiger I suggest you don’t go without any backup. That guy killed a man in a public and no one dared to report against him.” she continued.
“By the way, they said that President Li has dropped you in the morning. Is that true?” she asked curiously. She never understood the deal between them, they seems like they don’t like each other but some how they do things for each other.
He did not want to answer this question so he just simled. Actually he never liked talking about Zhaihai with outsiders and everyone except him and Zhaihai were like outsiders to him. He did not even talk to his parents in this regard.
“What? Did he do anything again?” she pestered.
“Xu Mei, I did not answer that question because I do not wish to talk about him to you. So, do not make me uncomfortable”
She just smiled. Actually this was not the first time, she asked him about Zhaihai every time he never answer the question so she was very curious about their relationship.
At 9 PM in the night everyone was woken up by the Chief’s shouts asking them to assemble in meeting room in 10 mins.
“So, a certain upright citizen sent me a picture of person who was in the Dragon Club who was seen in the vicinity of our crime scene” Xi song understood who that upright citizen was and smiled.
He continued, “I went to the Dragon Country club and tried getting the information regarding him but since it is related to the gang and a son cannot betray his mother it was very difficult to get into the club flashing our police id’s so I want you stake outside the club 24/7.”
“I placed Cheng Ling on the watch. Two of you guys have dinner and relieve him and other two, go to Narcotics Branch and get the details of the guys names Tiger and Devil. You can go home after that.”
And he wanted to go through the security detail of the European minister and try to find if any clue might come in to light from their side.
“Why don’t you join us for the dinner Chief, why don’t you eat and take rest for at least 3 hours. We will call you if we find any update” Greta said interrupting him from his thoughts.
Before he could refute Luo Shen “Chief, if you carry on like you cannot concentrate and you brain may stop acting take a break”
“Okay, okay stop nagging. Let’s go for the dinner” Suo said thinking he might as well eat and sleep a bit.
Since Xi Song and Zhaihai already made an appointment she invited him to this group dinner as everyone was familiar with President Li.
By the time they reached the restaurant Zhaihai has already booked a room and sent them the room details, they directly entered the room. This was one of many restaurants that belonged to his company.
The team entered the private room and saw that Zhaihai was already seated at one end of the table. They all greeted each other but Suo simply sat at the other end and ordered his food, after ordering he closed his eyes.
By the time the food arrived Suo was already in deep sleep, the air conditioning is so good and the fragrance was soothing that his body instantly relaxed.
“Don’t wake him up, let him sleep” Zhaihai interrupted Hans who was trying to wake Suo.
The dinner was lively but all this commotion did not interrupt Suo’s sleep. He slept soundly and peacefully, he was not a deep sleeper but when saw Zhaihai he subconsciously relaxed knowing that he’s around he felt some sort of comfort and he couldn’t fall asleep.
After the dinner is done, Zhaihai said he will take Suo to his room and sent everyone off.
“Don’t fight him, let him of the hook” said Xi Song who was afraid that hey might fight once she left.
“I won’t” smiled Zhaihai. He likes Xi Song, he was actually grateful to her. She was one of the few people who did not expect something from him.
All the people around him always has selfish desires to be friendly with him, so he cherished the few people who were not selfish with him. But with Suo it was totally different scenario.
11 years back, they were still undergraduate students studying criminology in the national university, they were just 18 years old..
Suo back then was very easy going person, he did not have any authoritative figure vibes. If you ask someone back then what they think of Suo being a police chief they will laugh until they can’t.
They will say he was too trusting, too friendly and too adorable to be a ruthless police officer. Actually Suo was still like that but that side of his was reserved for only his family.
When they started the college Zhaihai was your typical cold and mysterious guy who doesn’t like talking to people much. While Suo made friends very easily.
One day, when Zhaihai was sitting under a tree alone, in the campus while feeding the birds Suo saw him. This was the first time he saw him. Zhaihai nerver knew this but from that day Suo was intrigued by him.
The person he saw under the tree was very patient and kind while feeding the birds. The birds were afraid of people so he extended his hands with grains in them and kept them still.
Almost 30 mins passed by and he still kept in place afraid he might tick off the birds almost after 1 hour hard work and patience the birds ate what he has given them.
After he was satisfied with this he slowly opened his backpack and ate a small sandwich. Actually this was their lunch break, people who did not bring their lunch boxes go to canteen and people who bought them band together and pick a tree for shadow and eat their lunch.
Suo today brought his lunch box, is mom insisted that he eat home food and stay healthy, so he and a few people came together to eat and then he saw him.
“That was Zhaihai, rumor has it that he was from an influential background and I say it’s true we can just say from his ‘do not come near me’ aura” a girl in the gang commented.
Suo, heard her and thought “how very wrong, I think the aura around him was ‘too kind to deal with petty human gossip’”
From that day onwards he used to search for Zhaihai whenever he was in the campus. He sometimes found him under tree feeding birds, sometimes reading a book in library, sometimes playing chess by himself.
One day he saw Zhaihai was holding a stack of papers in one hand and few books in another. When he was about to step of out the classroom he paused.
Suo looked out from window to what was there outside but found nothing and understood something. He got up from his chair took a wrapping ribbon from his back pack and went staright to him.
When Zhaihai saw a person approaching him he turned and looked at Suo. Suo simply took the papers from his hands wrapped them neatly and also made a little bow knot and handed the papers back.
“You can go out now, they won’t fly away” and walked away. Zhaihai was thinking if he walked out of the door since it was windy outside they papers may fly away but he never thought he would get help.
Suo wanted to introduce himself then but during the few days he observed Zhaihai he understood that he was wary of people. So he restrained himself.
The next day, Zhaihai approached him while he was pinning his assignment, “Your ribbon” was the words he spoke to him.
“Thank you” said Suo smiling. It was Zhaihai who should be saying thank you but in his life till no one helped him and did not even expect him to notice him.
Suo in real wanted his attention but Zhaihai didn’t know this.
“But you can keep it, I actually bought another one. My mon wanted to wrap some gifts so I bought them I don’t actually need them” Suo said.
Zhaihai did not know what to do, so he left nodding.
After few days, Zhaihai saw him in the ring opposite to him in the mixed martial arts club. When they fought each other they both under stood that the other person is not an amateur but a veteran, so they increased the intensity and byt the time they finished fighting they were really sore.
In the changing room, “I’m Yu Binan Suo” said Suo finally as he couldn’t hold himself back anymore.
“I’m Li Renlai Zhaihai” said Zhaihai.
After that they conversed sometime time about since how many years have been practicing and surprisingly each started at an age of 10.
Since that day they fought each other in the ring and Suo sometimes used to join him during lunch break bringing him a lunch box too.
“I saw you eating sandwiches daily, so I bought home food. Eat it, my mom cooks really nice” Zhaihai took the box without saying much.
They usually don’t talk much, Zhaihai who was still cautious about Suo liked to speak less and Suo didn’t want to alarm Zhaihai, he wanted be his friend and so he will take it slow.
Over the time they became a little close, then one day suddenly there was a lot of commotion outside their university. It’s gates were flooded with media.
It was revealed that the current president of the Li Group of industries was a minor boy who has yet to complete his graduate and until he comes of age the board will manage the company.
The media dug deep and found that the Young master was studying criminology in the national university, so they had surrounded the university get a glimpse at him and if possible have an interview with him.
Suo, did not know that Zhaiai was the young master Li, he knew his surname but who would’ve thought that he would be that.
He searched around in the classroom but couldn’t find, so he searched for him in his usual spots and found him in the library hiding in a corner with book in his hand.
“So, you’ve been hiding here?” Suo whispered as he sat beside him.
Zhaihai looked at his and said “So, you’ve found out” with indifference.
“Let’s leave the university, more people might come looking for you, then it will be difficult to walk away unnoticed unless you want to appear before the media” said Suo in a very low voice.
Zhaihai closing his book asked “Why are you helping me? Do you need something?” finally presenting his suspicion.
“What can you give me?” Suo looked at him from top to bottom “I don’t find anything interesting yet on you, once I found it I will be sure to claim it now move your ass else it will be difficult to leave”
Suo gave Zhaihai his football cap and hooie to cover his face and took him out of the campus though the back gate where very few media people are there in his car.
The media sae Suo in the drivers seat and as they did not see any other person did not pursue them. Suo hid Zhaihai in the backseat, he did not allow him to get until they reached his home. even when going inside he was very careful.
When Zhaihai got out of the car he saw a big mansion before his eyes. He was surprised to see that Suo’s home was a mansion.
It’s not that Zhaihai never saw mansions in his life, his life was filled with big mansions that were four times the size but the reason he was surprised was that he never thought Suo would be rich.
Suo was not like other kids who throw money like paper. And he alwasys bought home food and he has no driver, he never wore fancy branded clothes. Nothing about him screams money.
Zhaihai slowly followed Suo and the words he heard were “Our baby was bringing his friend home be nice to him.” His mom shouted at Suo’s father.
“Is that kid the Li Group’s future president? I don’t like rich kids like that, why is little bird friends with him? Kids like that are always bad news can’t you tell him to stay away from him?” his father replied.
Suo was very very embarrassed to listen to this and shouted “Dad, I’m home. Stop shouting”
Suo’s father shut his mouth abruptly and looked at Zhaihai disapprovingly.
Zhaihai was very much surprised with Suo’s father’s reaction. Usually whenever he met elders they always wanted their kids to be close with him so that they can reap some benefits but here the situation was different.
The head of Yu family disliked him even before he knew him. In that moment Zhaihai made a decision that he will make this old man like him, like him so much that he will forget his own child.
While Zhaihai was brewing his evil plan, Suo’s mother came out of the kitchen holding juice glasses and said “Come, come my dear. Sit and have some juice. Suo explained everything how that bloodsucking press were hounding on phone, you can be rest assured no one will find you here”
And then he was surprised again to find that the look in Suo’s mother’s eyes was pity. He saw many looks when people looked at him, jealous, envy, anger, admiration and fear, but no one pitied him.
With astonishment he simply sat and took the glass his mother offered.
“Stay here the night son, you can leave once the situation outside was clear” she said.
“He has his parents Mingzhu, don’t make him uncomfortable” Yu Dong Bai, Suo’s father said clearly not wanting him to stay the night.
“No, I don’t want to bother you guys, I will leave after sometime” Zhaihai said.
“Mom, let his breathe. He just came, we can talk this later” Suo said steering the topic away from this.
“No, dear how can he leave in this situation. Call your dad, I will talk to him. I will tell him that you will the night at Judge Dong Bai’s house. That will assure him” she said stubbornly.
“Don’t use my name whenever you wan it dear.” Suo’s father mocked.
“Mom, I will take him to my room, we can talk about that later” Suo said as he can see that a fight is going to take place now in his living room.
Saying this he took Zhaihai in his room, “Sorry, they always like to fight. It was embarassing”
“Your father seems like he doesn’t like me” Zhaihai said inspecting Suo’s room.
“Ah, don’t mind him. He will eventually like you, even my mother used to be prejudiced about you.” Suo said.
“I talk to my mom about everything, all gossip I hear in the college I tell her so , naturally I told her that people think you were a very rich kid which turned out to be true, who is cold blah blah blah. But one day you told me you liked feeding birds remember? I told her that and she changed her opinion in a minute”
Actually, he was upset when his mom disliked Zhaihai, he tried telling her many things that might change her opinion on his but until he told her about birds did her opinion change.
He said many things but he never said when he first saw Zhaihai, it felt like that was such a private memory which he could not talk to anyone about it.
“Why did your mother’s opinion change when told her about birds?” Zhaihai asked him still looking around the room. Suo was very much tensed that Zhaihai might find his room unlikeable.
Still he answered “Because my mom is a Ornithologist”
“Oh” Zhaihai finally looked at him and said “Your room looks good, so, your father is the judge Dong Bai”
Suo nodded and asked “why? Do you not like judges?”
“What? No, looking at your mansion I thought, your family maybe in business” said Zhaihai while sitting on the bed and Suo sat on the couch across the bed.
“Our forefathers used to be rich and that got carried on to the next generations but we do have some small restaurants abroad. My father don’t like doing business in country”
“He says that a judge can make a lot of people angry and they might take revenge using those” Suo explained.
Taking all this information into account Zhaihai confirmed that these people really did not want anything from his. They did not want him for his money, actually it seems like they did not want him at all.
He relaxed and askes Suo, “Can I stay here for the night? What your mom told was right if I step out I need to vigilant.”
Suo agreed happily saying “You can stay how many ever days you need no need to ask, my mom will be happy if she knew this. I’ll go and check whether their fighting is over or not, you relax here”
By the time Suo returned Zhaihai has opened a cupboard near him and found a lot of paintings, some pencil sketches, some painting. He was looking at them like he was assessing them.
“Mom says, you can stay as long as you want and she’s getting the guest room ready for you. You can take any clothes you like in my closet”
Zhaihai nodded “You painted these?”
“If you can draw this well why don’t you study arts instead of criminology?”
“If you like something and make a profession out of it you will lose interest in it, besides looking at dad dealing with lots of cases I like criminology too”
“Mmm, these are good” Zhaihai complimented.
“You can take whatever you like or you can pay me and I will paint whatever you want” Suo teased.
Still going through the arts “What payment do you expect?”
“What can you offer?”
“Seeing you have everything, I can give you myself” Zhaihai finally looked up and straight into Suo’s eyes and “You can use my body however you want”
Suo’s breath got choked, he never expected that Zhaihai will flirt with him. He simply was out of words and stood there rooted.
Seeing this bewildered reaction Zhaihai laughed aloud.
This was the first time he laughed around Suo, he smiled many times but he never laughed. The sound of his laugh was like the rain after heavy summer when the plants were craving for water.
It was simply soothing. Still dazed Suo did not make any sound on the dining table during the dinner. During dinner Suo’s mom asked Zhaihai lot of questions about birds like when he started taking interest as such.
Zhaihai answered each question patiently and lovingly which made Suo’s mother’s heart melt silently but Suo’s father was still on guard.
After this day, Suo felt Zhaihai’s behavior towards him changed, he warmed up to him lot and started talking more.
Autumn has ended and winter has already knocking at the doors. Their first semester holidays will be starting in a few days.
“Mom asked you to come over the weekend. Are you free?” Suo asked on one such cool winter day.
“For your mom I’m always free” Zhaihai smiled but Suo did not like this answer he felt a little jealous.
“What's that supposed to mean? So, if I ask you would you be busy?" Suo asked obviously disappointed.
They were in the cafe near by the University and they both got coffee just now and sat near glass window looking at the snow fall outside.
"Are you feeling jealous little bird?" Zhaihai teased, ever since he learnt that Suo's father calls him little bird he likes to tease Suo with that.
"Stop calling me that" Suo said irritably.
Zhaihai stood up from his seat and went near him leaning he whispered in ears so close that his lips almost touching his ear tip " if you are jealous I can make you not feel that"
Suo did not expect this move of him at all and suddenly his heart beat ran like horse and he can hear nothing else.
He pushed him away and stood up saying "stop doing these things in public"
Zhaihai saw that his ears were pink and understood that he was feeling shy he grew bold not caring whether they were in public or not.
He wrapped his left hand around his waist and pulled him into his embrace his breathe drawing over Suo's face and said "so, I can do these in private?" He questioned.
Suo's legs turned jelly and his mind was exploding. Before he could respond there was flash cleary visible that they were photographed just now.
Zhaihai released him looking at the source of the light. Suo's mood has changed in an instant from feeling shy to feeling angry.
In an instant he rushed to the corner outside the cafe and saw a man running away with camera in his hands.
Suo chased him ignoring Zhaihai's words of letting that man go.
Finally after 10 mins he caught the guy in a lonely corner and said "why would I let this man go when he clearly took a picture of you" looking at Zhaihai.
And turned his head to the man " give me you camera and leave, I will not harm you else I will not hesitate to ruin you and the company that has hired to tail him"
"I, I did not take any pictures of him. I am simply looking at the snow fall there" the photographer stuttered.
Who would have thought that the guy who was blushing and feeling shy adorably can be this ferocious.
"Don't make me repeat it, hand in the camera" he grabbed the photographer by the neck and pushed him against the wall.
Zhaihai silently grabbed the camera and went through the pictures he took. Suo still holding him by neck and looked at those pictures and his anger turned into fury.
Those pictures were all of Zhaihai, and it goes back to a few months.
"From when are you following him" he asked while checking his bag for his id, he was belonged to channel which is affiliated with Zhang industries.
Even a small kid knew that Li and Zhang are business rivals.
"So, you were spying on him for the Zhang group. Do you know that spying on a government official family is a offense that could get you some serious jail time?" He asked the photographer coldly.
Since they found out everything about him the photographer didn't deny anymore and said " Sorry, young masters sorry. Please let me go. I uh I have to have a living, please forgive me this time"
"Forgive you? Forgive. You. Hahaha, if we haven't found you now you would have followed him for a long time and you would have used all these pictures of him to ruin his picture in public for your selfish reasons haven't you?"
"Suo, it's okay leave him. We'll take this camera" Zhaihai tried calming him.
"Yes, young master leave me please" the photographer started crying.
"Is there any other copy of those pictures?" Suo asked him.
"No" said the photographer trembling.
He finally let go his neck and warned " If I see you around anymore don't even think of living, I will definitely knock the living lights of you"
The photographer ran away in fear. Zhaihai stood watching Suo leaning on the wall, while Suo was glaring at the side the photographer left.
"Okay, calm down now." Zhaihai said smiling.
"What are you smiling at? Those are the bastards that made your life difficult, spread all that shit about you and you want me to leave him" he turned his fury to him and shouted.
Unperturbed Zhaihai pulled him into his embrace by pulling his hand and pecked him on his nose saying "You look hot when you get angry for me"
Suo's anger faded in an instant "I told you stop pulling these pranks in public, Haven't you learnt a lesson?" Said while getting out of his embrace.
Laughing at Suo's reaction "let's go home, our coffee must have gone cold. I'm hungry" said Zhaihai.
Sanctuary to human chaos - 1
Sanctuary to human chaos- chapter 1
Around 3 Am in the morning on Saturday, Suo got a call from Luo Shen the detective of the crime team saying there has been a homicide near the city's governor's house.
Binan Suo is unusually unlucky, he can never sleep to his heart's content even on a Saturday morning. He just went to sleep around 1 AM after he successfully completed all the files related to previous cases and sent the mail to the Director Chen thinking he could finally sleep the whole day, heck with peeing and pooping.
"Fuck, Luo, why are you calling me? Haven't you handled a homicide case before why do you need the chief for?" Suo grumbled at Luo Shen.
" Chief, I really didn't want to call you but the situation is that the body was found just outside the governor's house. And naturally all out higher officials wanted everyone on the scene" he panicked.
Though Luo Shen knew that his chief will not be angry at him for waking up him from his sleep, he always feared him. Suo's aura was very intimidating in his eyes.
Their whole bureau liked their chief he was very friendly usually, unless someone makes a mistake. In his rookie days Luo Shen used to make a lot of mistakes and was often scolded left and right by his chief.
Although he was promoted to detective now, he always still feels he's a rookie whenever he faced his chief.
"Hold the fort down there, I'll be there in few minutes" Suo finally woke up from his sleep.
Hanging up the phone Luo Shen ordered his subordinates " Chief is on his way here, let the forensics take whatever they need, tape the whole area and do not let the media find out even before we get any clues"
While Luo Shen was orderly doing his duty, Chief Suo came to the scene with Sprite in his hands. Everyone present at the scene knew that thier chief was addicted to Sprite.
But seeing him driking that cold beverage early in the morning while it's so cold everyone's teeth tattered.
"Luo Shen, why the fuck are there common citizens in the scene?" Suo asked him as he could some people in the dim light near the scene discussing something among themselves.
"Those are not common citizens Chief, the governor's battalion. They were the one's who called us."
"Then you should process them according to rules and treat them as suspects, why are they still standing here?" Suo questioned as he started walking towards and them.
While walking, he also started loudly commanding them to move their asses of their scene.
"Excuse me, sirs you cannot dilly dally here on an active crime scene. If you are the one's who found the body give the details to the police and let them do their work"
Before Luo Shen can completely explain the situation his intimidating chief shouted the people who were standing there only to be stunned to silence upon taking a look at them closely.
The people standing there are The Governor, his son, actually he was not at all surprised to them here as this was their residence.
But who surprised him was Zhaihai, in his loose dark coloured shirt that showed all his collar in a denim jeans stading aloof while the other father-son duo talking.
From the moment Binan Suo entered the scene Zhaihai eyes were stuck on Suo watching his every move but Suo who was angry due to his interrupted sleep did not notice him until he was too close not to notice him.
"Chief Yu, sorry for the intrusion like this but I was curious of the situation so I've stayed back" greeted the governor.
"Sorry sir, I didn't notice you. But you really cannot stay on the scene I suggest you come to the station and give us some clues as to what happened" replied Suo while slowly moving his eyes from Zhaihai to the governor.
That's the thing about Chief Yu, he doesn't care if it's governor or the fucking president of the country, if he wants to do something he does it without any restraint.
"Um.. it may be inconvenient to come to the station for the questioning, can't we do that at our home?" The governor said.
"Sure, we can but it will be recorded" said Suo. Saying that he motioned the governor to lead the way.
While the governor was leading the way, he turned to Zhaihai and said in a low voice that one he can hear " can't you wear proper clothes? What's with exposing your body?"
"Why, chief Yu? Are you afraid that the whole female population will be dead looking at me? No worries no worries I'll leave a few for you" he mocked.
What he said was true, the female population can really die looking at him and even male population can't resist themselves.
Zhaihai was truly handsome. His peach blossom eyes can seduce anyone he wanted. And added was the tanned skin, high nose and sharp jawline. In simple words he looks like an anime character.
Suo sneered and said "Why, the girls in your area not enough that you came all the way here to find trouble and you don't need to be so considerate for me, if I want I can find anyone I want"
What he said was true too, he was no less handsome, his doe eyes really can mesmerize people unless he can stop being roguish.
Zhaihai looked at him for a few seconds as if he really was assessing his looks and said " It looks like the governor is in a lot of trouble"
He didn't answer the question, he cannot explain the situation to an outsider. He simply said " you were at the crime scene so we will consider you as criminal as well and investigate, cooperate with the force"
Zhaihai never expected any answer from him didn't talk anymore simple followed the group into governor's house.
After the recording team started recording, Chief Yu started questioning them in the living room. Zhaihai sat beside Suo casually and looked at the the father-son.
"Mr Huang Shei, it is noted that you have found the body. What are you doing so early in the morning roaming at the backside of your own home?" Suo asked the son.
Being questioned directly like this Huang Shei the young master who knows only how to party was startled and looked at his father as if asking for permission.
"Huang Shei, usually we question people alone but since your father insisted and I don't think you are the murderer I have allowed it, but if you seek permission from your father or you do not answer the questions honestly I might have to take you into custody" Suo explained patiently.
"No, no. I will answer honestly it's just that tonight I went out without my father's permission to the night club, so I was afraid of making him angry" he said the last sentence very lightly.
Governor's son caught in might club will be a big issue, Suo understood the implication for his nervousness. He simple nodded and asked him continue his story.
Last night there was a birthday party, where every second generation young master is invited. Since Hung Shei knew that his father will not allow him to go such parties, he told him that he was going to meet Zhaihai and he was staying the night with him.
Mr. Huang, the governor liked Zhaihai so whenever he wanted to go out he used him as excuse and go. When Huang Shei told this, Zhaihai avoided the governor’s eyes as he has helped his friend many times like this.
Mr. Huang the elder cannot keep his cool anymore and started scolding his son without caring that the insiders are present.
“How many times have I told you to not act recklessly. It is my mistake for trusting you. I should have booked the bodyguards’ service to follow you and Zhaihai I am disappointed in you”
Zhaihai silently looked at him and said “Sorry Mr. Governor”.
“Okay, continue with your story Huang Shei” said Suo while interrupting the governor from further scolding the young masters.
Huang Shei continued.
After partying hard he returned home and fearing that his father might catch him he entered through the back door and saw the dead body and as soon as he saw the body he informed his father and his father called the cops.
Suo finally completed his sprite and threw it in the dustbin which was far away without missing the bin.
“I understood your presence here what I cannot understand is that why was President Li present at the scene. Did he accompany you back to your house?” Suo questioned as if Zhaihai is not present there.
“No, he didn’t. My father called him for questioning whether I am telling the truth or not” Huang Shei said.
“So, what were you doing when the governor called you? Where were you?” finally he turned his head and looked at Zhaihai who was sitting beside him.
Zhaihai smiled and said “Didn’t you tell me that I am one of the suspects! Do you trust that I will answer your answers honestly. What if I really am the murderer?”
“Brother Zhai, just answer his questions and be done with this” Huang Shei suggested meekely.
“I am just clarifying my doubts, what are you afraid of? Chief Yu will not put an innocent behind the bars, relax” Zhaihai told him.
“Renlai, just answer my questions” Suo sighed. He was lacking sleep and he has no idea who was the victim to have a thought process and he was also worried about Zhaihai’s involvement might stir trouble for him.
Suo usually addresses Zhaihai as President Li, rarely does he calls him Renlai. When they were young Zhaihai asked Suo why didn’t he like calling him as Zhaihai like everybody else.
“I don’t like the meaning, who names a child as calamity? You maybe a calamity to others but you just Renlai to me” His names Renlai Zhaihai meant Human Calamity, Renlai being the human.
Zhaihai was silent for a moment due to this address and understood that he was not in the mood to play games. So he said “I have a business trip in few days to UK, I was in my office having a meeting with the other board members. You can get the CCTV footage and can question the staff present”.
Suo nodded and turned his head towards the governor and said “As you can see Mr. Governer they have their alibies which I can verify. Can you provide your alibi as well?”
The governor stood and said “Chief Yu, can we proceed to my study where I can talk freely, it’s a rather classified information.”
“You guys can leave, if any further information is required we will contact you. President Li, you might need to postpone that business trip and stay in the country. And not a single word about this to any outsiders else the media will be having a field day” saying this he went to the study with the governor.
As soon as they left the recoding team packed their bags and left when finally they were alone Huang Shei relaxed and asked “I didn’t know that you knew that Chief before, and he even calls you so casually”.
“He and I were classmates back in college a long back” Zhaihai simply shrugged and bid farewell and left before Huang Shei can ask anymore questions.
Inside the governor’s study, “Thank you Chief for understanding me and let me explain without any record, as you know we sometimes have confidential meetings. Tonight I had such meeting” The governor said.
“Can you explain in detailed, I know you may not be able to reveal the purpose but let me know enough information to confirm your alibi” Suo said.
“Binan Suo, sometimes you need to know less.” warned the governor.
“With due respect Mr. Governor, there’s been a homicide in your backyard and if we do not solve this matter quickly the so called confidential meeting you were attending will be dug by the media and you know what happens then. I like to close this before media gets a whiff of it and close silently so that everyone can be at peace.” Suo said.
After a long sigh, the governor said “I was in a meeting with the European defense minster till 1 AM this morning here. He left exactly at 1.05 AM and our entire security was concentrated on this minister’s safety that they ignored our backyard”
Suo immediately regretted asking this questions knew that whenever the government officials meet the european ministers there’s always trouble. And he simply do not want to deal with the shit that followed.
He thought “Fuck, how am I so unlucky to have a homicide right around a bigger shit”
After a moment of silence Suo finally came out of his thoughts and said “Governor, I will not ask anymore questions but I will simply verify whether what you told is true or not. You can be rest assured that no other person will know about this other than me”
After getting the information needed he walked out of the door, but before crossing the door he said “Mr. Huang Wei, don’t you think it is too much of a coincidence that the body appearing at your house exactly when the security was distracted. I say that this was done by someone who knows your schedule very well. Be careful” and left without any other word.
He came out of the house and saw that the crime scene was perfectly cleaned. He stood there few minutes and carefully noticed all the surroundings while feeling the cold air which cooled his heated brain a little.
He dialed Luo Shen’s number “ Shen Shen, keep the investigation tight, under no circumstances that this news goes out. Warn every personnel involved that if they break any minor rules they will be dismissed without any discussion. At any cost no one should know about this.”
Luo Shen on the other side trembled a little, they worked so many cases before and he knew perfectly well to not let the news go out. But his chief mentioning this meant that this was a serious issue and not a single mistake is allowed and said “Yes, Boss. Will do as you instructed.”
Suo did not drive his car as he was afraid that might sleep while driving. He asked Chen Cheng Ling to drive him and asked him to leave as he won’t ne allowed to scene.
Cheng Ling is like a brother to him, he trusts him with his whole life. Cheng Ling’s father was the driver and body guard for his Suo’s father, Yu Dong Bai. Cheng Ling’s died while saving Yu Dong Bai in a car accident and from then on Yu family bore all their expenses as gratitude towards them.
Thinking about Cheng Ling he walked towards the main road to hail a cab and noticed that there was a sports car parked on the side road. He knew whose car is was and approached it and knocked on the glass window.
“Why didn’t you leave?” Suo asked as Zhaihai was rolling down the glass.
Lowering the sound of the songs that were playing inside the car Zhaihai said “I was worried that some ghost might take fancy at your beauty and kill you. I simply cannot lead a widowed life Chief Yu”
There are lot of things one cannot know about other completely. All the people around Binan Suo and Renlai Zhaihai thought they knew them completely. Some even thinks that there is nothing that didn’t know about them.
But the thing is no one knew them. Both Suo and Zhaihai might seem like simple people to others but each one of them is complicated.
They met each other when they were 18 in college where pursued criminology. But after 3 years due to circumstances they got separated, their views about world differed and they simply cannot be friends any more.
Later, when they again met after exactly 3 years, under strained situation they got married with their own plots against each other in their minds. The two persons who knew about their marriage an old police officer who died due to heart attack on his retirement day and their Zhaihai’s lawyer, Fa Jing who processed the legal formalities.
Suo walked around the car and got the the passenger door and knocked on it signaling Zhaihai to unlock the door. After getting into the passenger seat he said “Drive me to the station”
“Do you think this is a call taxi you order around?” Zhaihai mocked.
“I thought you do not want to be widowed! Who knows maybe the real taxi driver might take fancy to me and kill me after ravaging me completely” Suo smiled while Zhaihai started the engine.
“Ravage you? Do you really think anyone can do that to you, with your almighty aura? I bet no one even dares to kiss you with their own initiative”
“Don’t underestimate anyone” Suo replied and closed his eyes leaning back.
Zhaihai stopped the songs that were playing in the background and said "Did the governor tell you about his meeting? Is that the reason you are moody?"
Suo never concedes a verbal fight with Zhaihai, hence he knew that he was moody as soon as he saw he has no mood to fight with him.
Suo opened his eyes and looked at Zhaihai "Why do you know this?"
"What didn't I know in this city?" Zhaihai questioned.
"However you knew this, don't get involved in it. This is not an average issue, I predict that this will be a large case involving a lot of officials. Stay away as much as possible" Suo warned Zhaihai.
Zhaihai didn't respond to this comment but "Did you notice the tattoo on the dead body's left shoulder? I think I have seen it somewhere. It's didn't leave much of an impression on me and hence I don't recall it"
"Is that the reason you stayed behind? You could've just used your internet skills and found it. It's the 'Dragon Gang' which sells drugs. Our department tried to wipe but it's of no use. The gang was deeply rooted and it was hard to find the roots" Suo said looking out of the window.
Zhaihai isn't simply the president of the Li Group, he is also the internet geek. When he was abroad to pursue his Master's degree in business administration he also got another degree in Cyber Crime.
One can argue he is one of the top 20 hackers present in the country.
"I can use my internet skills and find you some information" he offered his help.
"Don't, I told you already. Don't get involved in this. I don't want any trouble Renlai. Please let me be at peace for once"
"Peace? You know that I hate, you having peace"
Both of them are silent after this, and they finally reached the station.
Suo got out of the car and was about to walk away Zhaihai said “Chief Yu, can you tell Xi Song that I will take her out to eat when she’s free.”
“Tell her yourself”
“Her mobile is turned off, I think she’d b very busy right now.”
“Okay, will let her know. Anything else?” Suo asked.
“That’d be all Chief Yu” with that he turned his car and left the station premises.
As soon as he entered the building, Luo Shen came to him and not leaving a second to breath he started “Chief, I have collected all the people at the Governor’s house at the moment and also of all the workers that has worked there before.”
He continued “Also, as you mentioned I have sent people to collect the CCTV footage and the names of the people that are present at the party that young master attended. And just a few minutes back we received the details of President Li’s alibi as well. I think it’s his assistance that has sent us the details. I placed all these documents on your desk I’ve also sent a mail with information.”
“Okay, have you received the traffic footage of the intersections near the scene and also any collect all the routes that can and cannot be accessed near the area, also the small and big houses or businesses and their owners names and people that are seen in the radius of 100 meters. I need all this information as soon as possible” Said Suo.
Luo Shen noted everything the chief mentioned and started working on it.
Exactly after 2 hours, the forensics officer Xi Song knocked at Suo’s door and came in with news that the victim was not murdered but was a natural death.
“All the marks and cuts we see are made after his death, he has died of kidney failure. I have also tracked his details using his finger prints and DNA but was unable to get an ID. And also what’s strange is that the strangling marks and cuts on the body were made within the hour of his death. I states that this was done by the person who has access to this patient” Xi Song mentioned.
Suo has got another headache listening to this information. He summoned everyone working on the case into the meeting room.
He let everyone know of the things that has happened (except the meeting of the governor) and discovered to let them have a over all picture. The members present there were him, Luo Shen, Xi Song and 2 other assistant detectives Hans and Greta. These were not the real names of the assistant detective but were named by the staff on a whim and every one’s been calling them that ever since.
“Luo Shen, you collect the data of kidney failure related deaths in the country and coordinate with Xi Song to identify the vic’s identity. Hans and Greta, you go over the governor’s career and prepare a list of potential rivals of him, big or small don’t skip any.” He gave orders.
“Xi Song, just a minute” he said as she was leaving.
“President Li has asked me to tell you that he will take you out to eat when you are free. You better talk to him.”
“I will” she smiled “actually I was planning on inviting our team for my birthday but under this circumstances it is impossible. Today we’ll all go out for dinner, if we are not busy how’s that Suo?” she asked.
Xi Song and Binan Suo were friends. They entered the police academy at the same time and been friends since. Xi Song is poor and was not able to afford nice food in their training days and Suo has bought all the meals with his money and Xi Song was grateful for that.
Everyone was afraid of him, but Xi Song knew how very kind Suo was. Actually she met Zhaihai through him. When they has just cleared their training period, a drug addict was sent under him to keep an eye on him.
That addict was Zhaihai. But due to their enmity Suo was very vexed and asked Xi Song to help him in matter and she agreed readily because this is the first time she can clear a little bit of debt.
“I don’t think I can make it Xi Song, if I get even a 10 min break I will take a nap. I am very very sleep deprived” he answered wearily.
She smiled and understood. She knew that this Chief sometimes goes on about 48 hours without sleep, so didn’t insist and left.