Chapter 169: Inspiration
Translator: Atlas Studios Editor: Atlas Studios
Bai Muchuan arrested Zhou Dequan as well as his over 30 subordinates at his villa. They were sent to the detention center overnight.
As for Zhou Dequan’s wife, Ma Suying, she had to be hospitalized due to mechanical trauma at the neck.
After a check-up, her wounds were not too serious. Nonetheless, maybe she had suffered a mental blow, she would shed tears in silence and would not say anything more than necessary.
When Xiang Wan got to know all these, the Mid-Autumn Festival Gala had just ended. The police officers on duty were getting the audience to make an orderly exit from the performance hall.
Xiang Wan was quite surprised to receive Bai Muchuan’s call.
When he told her what had happened, she was even more surprised.
“You’re really good! You took out Zhou Dequan with your wits—however, Xie Wanwan actually dared to use herself as bait to put up this show with you—that must be true love…”
“She didn’t know,” said Bai Muchuan, “it was part of their plan to take her away. I only followed along. If we want to beat him at his own game, we have to do it. There’s no other choice.”
In order to beat Zhou Dequan at his own game, Bai Muchuan didn’t have a choice but to let them take Xie Wanwan away, and then try to save her later…
Xiang Wan had an urge to ask him if she was the one who was being taken away, would Bai Muchuan allow these bad people to do that, and then save her later?
However, she kept the curiosity hidden in her heart. This was not an appropriate thing to ask in such a tense moment.
She gave a soft chuckle. “So what are you trying to do by calling and telling me about this?”
Bai Muchuan seemed to be very busy, but his tone was soft. “I haven’t contacted you for such a long time. I’m afraid you might develop some crazy ideas again. So once this thing is settled, I need to make a phone call and report to you.”
Report… Report my foot! Xiang Wan cussed inside her head.
If he really wanted to report, he could have done it earlier when he had the opportunity.
Xiang Wan rolled her eyes but there was no need for her to haggle or make things difficult with him over his work. “Okay, go get busy, if you need anything, just call me…”
“If I need anything just call you?” Bai Muchuan repeated her words and seemed to have thought of something.
The audience was leaving the hall, while everyone was busy doing their work. It was really not suitable for her to be flirting over the phone.
When she hung up the phone, Ye Lun walked over.
This time, there were several people behind him: his manager and three assistants.
Xiang Wan held her mobile phone tight as she made way for them. She thought that since there were so many people here, Ye Lun should not, and would not talk to her again.
However, she was wrong. Ye Lun did not seem to be a person who cared about how others see him.
He stopped when he got nearer to Xiang Wan. He pursed his lips and smiled as he took a look at the phone she was holding on her hand. “Congratulations!”
What is he congratulating for? Xiang Wan felt baffled, totally unable to communicate with him. However, because of the earlier call with Bai Muchuan, she was feeling a little excited as well for the police had successfully nabbed Zhou Dequan. She did not want to bother with Ye Lun, and there was no need to say nasty things to him.
“My apologies, I don’t know what you’re talking about,” she replied indifferently.
“Please hurry up and leave the performance hall. We’re going to close up the whole place.”
Generally, when people encountered such cold treatment, they would certainly not continue to talk.
However, Ye Lun did not have the intention to leave just yet. He looked at her as he slowly placed his hands in his trouser pockets. “Your name is Xiang Wan. You’re the author of the novel where the murders you wrote got replicated in real life?”
Since when was she so famous?
Even the popular, hot young stud also knew about her?
Xiang Wan replied in a nonchalant tone, “I’ve stopped writing it.”
Ye Lun narrowed his eyes. “That’s a shame… Do continue to write, I like to read the novel too.”
At that moment, Xiang Wan felt her heart was twisted.
In her story, the case that she had left unfinished, she had portrayed the character that corresponded to Ye Lun, as entirely worthless… the character had good looks and was suitable for the role that he was selected, but other than that, he had no other capabilities. He did not even have acting skills and was being suspected of the murder of his fan…
Xiang Wan had never thought that Ye Lun would read her book.
This is really awkward! she thought.
“I’m just writing it for fun when I’m free. When I have ideas and inspiration, I write. When I run out of them, I stop.”
“Oh!” Ye Lun lifted his eyebrows as though he was enlightened. “I’ll look forward to seeing your inspiration come back…”
Xiang Wan looked gloomy and did not reply. She thought he would continue to say something to take revenge on her for writing him to be useless. Unexpectedly, Ye Lun led his team and walked away. Before he left, he even gave her a meaningful look…
Xiang Wan took a look at his back view and continued doing her work on hand.
When they finished their work at the performance hall, it was nearly midnight.
Xie Hui was instructed by Bai Muchuan to send Xiang Wan back home. While Xiang Wan was waiting for Xie Hui to drive the car over, she received a call from her mom.
“Wanwan, what are you doing?”
Hearing her unpleasant and questioning tone, Xiang Wan puffed a sigh.
“Mom, didn’t I mention to you before that I’m busy today? There’s a lot of things to do at work…”
“No matter how busy you are, surely you have time to make a phone call?” Her mom then lowered her voice. “Your Youngest Aunt is not happy… You should have at least given her a call to wish her happy mid-autumn festival. If that’s not possible, you could have sent her a message. In the end… you forgot everything I told you…”
Urgh! Why did I totally forget about giving Youngest Aunt a call?
Xiang Wan felt her scalp feeling numb.
“Do you think I can still call her now?”
“What do you think?” Her mom snorted, “It’s already midnight. Even if you call, it won’t be the same anymore. But…”
“Forget it then!” Xiang Wan interrupted her, “I had too many things to do today. I’m not fooling around at all. Mom, I’m very tired, if there’s nothing else, I’m hanging up the phone.”
“…” Xiang Wan’s mom was infuriated by her attitude. “You, go and give your Youngest Aunt a call now to apologize.”
Her mom said it in an affirmative and commanding tone.
Xiang Wan rubbed her temples, she felt her head aching.
“I’ll do it tomorrow. Today’s too late…”
“Your Youngest Aunt is still up.”
Her mom had a firm attitude about this. Xiang Wan did not bother to argue with her mom over this as she did not want others to overhear her family matters. She endured the stuffy feeling throughout the journey when Xie Hui sent her home. When she finally came back, she pulled out her phone to call her Youngest Aunt…
However, Youngest Aunt did not answer the phone even after the music had been looped several times.
Had she fallen asleep or was she angry?
Xiang Wan looked at the time and put her phone away. She decided not to call anymore.
Fang Yuanyuan did not come back that night. She messaged earlier that after the dinner at Youngest Aunt’s place, she returned to her mom’s place for the night. Xiang Wan sat all alone at her room while Yuanyuan had a home to go back to. She was supposed to sleep after washing up, yet she was not sleepy at all.
The laptop was placed on the table; the screen was quiet and black.
As she looked on, the empty corner of her heart seemed to have become clearer and clearer.
Ever since the day she made the discontinuation announcement, she had not login to the website.
She had subconsciously avoided it as she did not want to feel troubled and upset about it…
But at this moment, somehow, she pressed on the power button of the laptop. Then she logged on to her author account.
She felt lucky that after discontinuing for the past few days, there were still people who subscribed to her book and even gifted her items. That meant she still had some income from her novel, which was an unexpected surprise. Unfortunately, there were also a lot of readers hurling abuse at her in the book reviews and comments page. Even those readers, who had been supporting her all this while, started to post some unfriendly questions because she had never explained to them the reason for not continuing.
When a book was created but the author gave it up halfway through the book, it was really unprofessional. Xiang Wan did not want things to turn out this way as well.
However, the reason why she had stopped continuing was something that she was unable to tell her readers.
Xiang Wan opened her QQ. At this hour, nobody messaged inside the chat group.
Next, she looked at the chat group with her moderators. All of their avatars were still gray, and she still did not receive any reply from them.
She suddenly realized that as they had been so busy with Mao Guigui’s case, she had forgotten to ask Bai Muchuan the progress of contacting the remaining four readers.
She took a look at her mobile phone and wanted to call Bai Muchuan to ask him directly. But the next moment, she felt that Bai Muchuan must be very busy with his work and put her phone down quietly.