Chapter 185: A Man’s Smell
Translator: Atlas Studios Editor: Atlas Studios
Mo Han quickly rejected her idea and told her that this was not possible. No matter how late it was, she had to come back and sleep here every night. He would personally fetch her back.
Seeing that Mo Han did not agree, Xia Qingyi gave up. She could only study harder at school in the morning, and do less work at night when she came back.
She endured it until the examinations, and after handing in her examination script, she felt herself relax. Xia Qingyi released a long sigh, thinking of going back home early to have dinner.
But when she was heading outside, she met Zhang Yang in his police uniform. He was standing in the teaching building and looking around; it was unclear what he was doing.
Xia Qingyi called out to him. “What are you doing here?”
Zhang Yang smiled when he turned around saw Xia Qingyi. “Hey, it’s been some time.”
Xia Qingyi smiled as well. “What are you doing here in our school? What kind of case do you have again?”
Zhang Yang shook his head, and eyed the teaching building. “Nah, my colleague came to give something to his girlfriend, he’s coming down in a while.”
Xia Qingyi said, “I thought that there might be another case at our school. If there really was, then our school is really dangerous.”
“Nah, how can another huge case happen at your school again in such a short time. We’re busy arresting the gang leader Chen Tian these few days.”
Xia Qingyi asked suspiciously, “Chen Tian? Who is he?”
“A well-known gang leader in the underworld. He was finally caught after so long. You may not know him as ‘Chen Tian’, but as ‘Poisonous Third’.”
Xia Qingyi froze, her smile turning hard, and she shook her head. “I don’t know him.”
“It’s normal that you don’t know, ordinary citizens would not know much about underworld matters.”
Xia Qingyi smiled out of politeness, and heard Zhang Yang say, “It sounds strange, but do you know that Barrister Mo came down to our police station and even had a few words with Third Young Master a few days ago?”
Xia Qingyi was shocked. “He went to the police station and talked to him?!”
Zhang Yang saw that she had such a strong reaction and was rather surprised. “He didn’t specially come down to see Third Young Master. He was there to deliver a file to Old Zhang, and saw that we were interrogating Third Young Master, so he said that he wanted to speak a few words with Third Young Master. I thought it was about the case at first, but he said it wasn’t, so I thought it was a little strange.”
“What did they talk about?”
“I’m not sure, they were separated by the glass when they met under the company of the officer. I was called away by my superior at that time for a meeting.”
Xia Qingyi lowered her head, deep in thought. It seemed like Third Young Master could have told Mo Han everything about things between her and him in the past. What would Mo Han think, why hadn’t he mentioned it to her these few days?
Xia Qingyi finally understood why Mo Han looked so unhappy when he returned a few days ago.
He probably knew everything.
“Chen Tian… is his sentence decided? … How much time does he have to serve?” Xia Qingyi asked.
“Not yet, it’s almost decided and there’ll be a court session in the next few days. It’s estimated that he’ll be sentenced to 15 years, or possibly more, because two people’s lives are on him.”
Xia Qingyi furrowed her eyebrows. Third Young Master had killed someone? She remembered that he did not really kill people when she was working under him. He knew his own limits, and would always spare people at the very last moment, to let them hang on until they reach the hospital for treatment. So why would he have two lives on his hands, could he have done it before she met him?
“Who did he kill?” she asked.
“Hmmm… one was from a long time ago. He went to collect money and that person didn’t hand it to him. He did not let the person off easy and slashed him to death. The other one was from a few months ago, remember the time when quite a few people died at the Western suburbs? Someone’s hand was even chopped off, and died a horrible death. We only found out from investigations after that it was a gang war, and he brought a few people to hack the bunch of people to death.”
“Gang war?” Xia Qingyi suddenly felt that all these events were very strange, and unknowingly repeated the words.
“Yeah…” Zhang Yang raised his head and suddenly ooooh-ed. “Now that you said it, I only just remembered… the person that died has something to do with you.”
Zhang Yang said, “Do you remember that you reported a case before, and said that you were bullied by a bunch of people in an alley. The person that died was from that gang.”
“Isn’t it coincidental… I only just remembered… blame the guy for committing evil, he was so unlucky to die in a gang war.” Zhang Yang muttered to himself and did not see that Xia Qingyi’s face had become paler and paler.
Xia Qingyi could vaguely guess. Could things really be that coincidental? If Third Young Master could find her location, then he definitely knew about her report of the case. Then about those bunch of people that she met in the alley, could it be… could it be that…
She did not dare to continue that line of thought.
She seemed to have come into contact with a scary and unknown secret.
“Xia Qingyi… Xia Qingyi…” Zhang Yang shouted her name.
Xia Qingyi raised her head to look at him, and there was another unknown officer standing beside him. Zhang Yang said to her, “My colleague is here, I’m going back first.”
She nodded her head, actually forgetting how to speak.
Zhang Yang even waved to her before he left. “Let’s chat another day.”
Xia Qingyi waved back dazedly, but completely forgetting to speak. She only stared at Zhang Yang’s back, completely stunned, her thoughts still on what happened earlier.
She could not control her own emotions. She had loved Third Young Master for six whole years, and she had not harbored a single shred of hope during that period. And now she finally was able to leave her former life and let go of all the things from the past after so much difficulty, she wanted to lead a good life with Mo Han.
But now, she suddenly found out that Third Young Master killed the bunch of people who had bullied her in the past.
After being by his side for so many years, she had never seen him kill anyone. Why did he choose to kill someone after she left when it would not benefit him at all?
Xia Qingyi started to feel that she had never truly understood Third Young Master all these years.
It was around six when she went home. Xia Qingyi pushed the door open and saw that Mo Han was sitting on the sofa in the living room watching the television. This made her feel curious. She rarely saw Mo Han watch the television by himself, she always had to drag him to the sofa to watch television most of the time. And why was he home so early today, didn’t he always reach home at around eight or nine after work?
“Why are you back so early today?” Xia Qingyi asked.
“I finished my work, so I came back early.” Mo Han took the cup of water in front of him, drank from it and turned around to look at her. “You’ve finished your exams?”
Xia Qingyi nodded her head, feeling a little tired. She sat down beside Mo Han and twisted her neck. “I can finally rest.”
Mo Han moved closer to her and stopped watching the television. He leaned his head towards her neck and took in a deep breath. Xia Qingyi shrunk back and pushed at him. “What the hell are you doing?!”
“Sniffing out for another man’s smell on your body,” Mo Han said with a straight face.
Xia Qingyi smiled. “Then can you smell it? Is there the smell of other men?”
“No.” Mo Han kissed her earlobe, and softly spoke into her ear, “You only smell of me.”
When Mo Han kissed her ear, she felt her body shudder, an electrifying spark traveling all the way up her spine to her brain. Xia Qingyi slanted away and tried to hide from him. “Whatever smell or not, I was outside for the entire day, I only smell of sweat and you don’t even find it dirty.”
Mo Han looked at her, and when he saw that she was nervous, he said, “Come here.”
“Aren’t I already sitting next to you? Where else can I go?” Xia Qingyi said.
“Sit on my lap.” Mo Han patted his legs.
Xia Qingyi was shocked. She twisted her upper body away from him. “What happened to you today?”
Mo Han grabbed her in one hug, and pulled her into his embrace, making her sit on his lap. She quickly moved to stand up, but Mo Han locked his hands around her waist and refused to let her go.
“What happened to you today?”
“Kiss me and I’ll tell you.” Mo Han cocked his head to the side and looked at her.
Xia Qingyi frowned and shook her arms, asking, “Exactly what happened?”
“Kiss me,” Mo Han said.
Xia Qingyi lowered her head and gave him a peck on his face. “Alright then?”
Xia Qingyi smiled faintly, and gave him another peck on the lips. “Will this do?!”
Mo Han put his right hand at the back of her head and pushed her head towards him. He tipped his face up and gave her a long, lingering kiss on the lips. Sitting on his lap, Xia Qingyi felt her entire body soften. There was no place for her hands, and she instinctively put them around his neck and hugged him.
Mo Han felt her movement, and pulled her forward to kiss her again. In the silence of the room, the only sound was their breathing.
When they broke apart, Xia Qingyi leaned on Mo Han’s shoulders and rested, breathing heavily. Mo Han was still planting light kisses down the back of her neck, looking as though he had no intention of stopping.
“Exactly what happened?” Xia Qingyi asked him.
Mo Han hugged her waist, the two of them nested together on the small sofa. “The law firm found out about us.”
Xia Qingyi whipped her head up from his shoulders. “What did you say?!”
“Liu Zhiyuan and Barrister Liao knows about the two of us. I’m guessing that everyone in the law firm will know about it by tomorrow.” Mo Han spoke lightly, but this shocked Xia Qingyi. She quickly got up from his embrace.
Xia Qingyi said, “How did they find out?!”