Chapter 132: A Long Line to Catch a Big Fish

After not sleeping for a whole night, Chen Shi rested his eyes a bit in the car. When the car stopped, he immediately woke up and asked, "Are we there?"

"We haven't arrived yet. We’re just taking you to buy some clothes." The thin man said.

"Buy clothes?"

"Look at your clothes! You look like someone from the countryside with a little bit of a city feel. We’ll take you to pick out new outfits. King Kong, you need to look after the car!"

"My name is King Kong!!"

The two went to a chain clothing store in the city. As they were trying on clothes, the thin man said, "Brother Yang is like this. He has to investigate newcomers. Don’t take it to heart.”

 "I did originally. But after last night, I hope he’ll shut me away for another seven days.”

 "Haha, you are so funny! To be honest, I’m really happy you joined. I finally have someone to talk to.”

"Huh? This gang only has four people?”

"No, there are still many people."

"Lil’ Bro, what tasks will Brother Yang give me today? Can you disclose the questions in advance?"

The thin man replied with a low voice, "The first task is usually getting you to beat someone up!"

“Beat someone?"

"There’ll be someone who’ll monitor you. You have to keep beating them without holding back… But, you shouldn’t have a problem with that Uncle, since you’ve beat up countless people.”

"Besides being afraid of killing someone, I don’t really worry about anything else.”

"Can't kill, don't kill directly... We sell insurance. We’re not triads, remember?"

"Understood! What about after that test?"

"They’ll get you to kill people. Of course, it’s not like you guys who hacked at people directly with a knife. You have to be clever.”

"Be more specific!"

"Brother Yang currently has a list in his hand. The insured person is going to die in a car accident. I’m guessing he will let you do this. If the beneficiary can't get the five million insurance pay-out, you’re out."

"The meaning of ‘out’ is...?"

"To make you get lost! I’m telling you now, Brother Yang might continue to imprison you if you fail because he’s afraid you’ll blurt out everything to others."

As soon as he thought of the seven-day imprisonment, Chen Shi felt a lingering fear come across him. The thin man said, "Once you’re done, we’ll take you to see the boss."

"Brother Yang is not the boss?"

"He’s just the middle guy. The boss is... You’ll know when you see them!"

Chen Shi nodded. "Thank you for telling me."

"No worries. I still hope that you can stay, so that I can have someone to talk to in the future.”

"Then…What skill is needed to create a car accident?"

"There is no skill. You just cut the brake line. You have to cut it a certain way though. I can teach you later on."

Chen Shi patted him. "I’ll treat you to a meal once everything is over.”

"That’s not enough, right?” The thin man raised his voice.

"Okay, okay. When I earn the first bit of money, I’ll take you to play at the place from last night!"

"Okay, I wish you success!"

The thin man looked up before suddenly letting out a cat-calling whistle and saying to Chen Shi, "Woah, that girl is hot!"

Chen Shi looked over and his smile disappeared. Lin Dongxue was taking Tao Yueyue to look at winter clothes. When she heard someone blowing a whistle, she looked over and her line of sight settled directly at Chen Shi. At that moment, her eyes showed shock and happiness.

Chen Shi shook his head slightly, indicating that she should not say anything, pointed to Tao Yueyue, and made a gesture of walking away.

He did not want to do this, but considering the various uncertainties, this was a godsend opportunity to pass on intelligence. He said to the thin man, "Go and try to pick her up!"

"Forget it. She has a kid with her!"

"The child went into the fitting room. It’s a good opportunity."

The thin man combed his hair back with his hand and said, "What do you think about my state today?"

"Too handsome!"

"Wish me success!"

The thin man walked over to Lin Dongxue. Chen Shi used this opportunity to quickly slip away. Tao Yueyue was waiting for him in the fitting room and quietly pushed open a slit to reveal her eyes.

Chen Shi went into the fitting room and kneeled down and made a ‘shh’ gesture. "Don't ask anything. Sister Lin will tell you everything. Remember every word I’m about to say in your mind.”

Tao Yueyue nodded.

"You need to tell her that Jianfu Road No. 49 is the location of the bad guys. Don't worry about closing the net. There may be more on the line. Stay low and wait for me to inform you guys. The bad guys have a five million life insurance policy which should have come into effect recently. They told me to create a car accident to kill the insured. Ask Sister Lin to think of a way. After the preparations are complete, set off fireworks at the Quansheng Building… Can you remember all that?”

"I’ve remembered."

"What a good girl!" Chen Shi smiled and touched her head.

The door of the fitting room was not closed, so when an uncle opened the door and saw this scene, he showed a look of disgust.

Chen Shi snapped. "What are you looking at? I am helping my daughter to button her clothes."

The nosy uncle went away and Chen Shi said, "I’ll leave now."

Tao Yueyue was reluctant to see him leave and hugged him. "Uncle Chen, come back soon. Sister Lin's meals are really bad, but I can't bear to expose her."

"I will try my best to come back soon."

Chen Shi got outside and heard some quarrelling noises, only to see the thin man had fallen to the ground, bent like a big prawn, and holding his crotch with his hands. Lin Dongxue put her hands on her waist with a look of disdain. Then, she saw Chen Shi. 

Chen Shi made a gesture for her to let him go. Lin Dongxue nodded slightly and mouthed, "Take care" with her lips.

Chen Shi went over to support the thin man and asked, "What happened? I went to try some clothes. How did you fall?"

"Don't remind me. That girl has practiced. She took me down in one swoop… My balls almost exploded!” He looked down to check. 

"Haha, you’ve suffered. What did you say to her?"

"I didn't say much. I just praised her nice figure. I can’t believe she got angry just because of that! She’s simply a tigress!”

After shopping, they drove to Jianfu Road. Their den was hidden under a run-down building that the developers left half-built. Chen Shi went into Yang’s office. Yang smiled and asked, “How was last night?”

"It was amazing!" Chen Shi laughed.

"It's time to work today."

"Tell me what I have to do."

Brother Yang took out a key and opened the bottom drawer of the desk. Chen Shi noticed that there were a lot of documents inside. Yang took out a photo placed at the top and handed it into Chen Shi’s hand. “Go to Shihouzi Road at eight o’clock tonight and beat this person up.”

“Are there any technical requirements?”

"You can do as you see fit. As long as you don’t kill him, it’s fine. It needs to be severe enough that he can’t go to work.”

"Small case!" Chen Shi put the photo away. "What should I do during the day?"

"The rooms along the corridor have numbers on them. Number 004 is yours. You can sleep in it to kill time and set off later at night.” Yang took out a bunch of keys and handed it over to Chen Shi. 

As he was leaving, Chen Shi asked, "Brother Yang, you still don't trust me?"

"Patience and caution, remember? The two important factors in this field!" Yang smiled.

When he got to his own room, Chen Shi found that there was a bed, a fridge and a TV inside. The bookshelf was full of boring marketing brochures. He took out his mobile phone and looked at it. He still had no signal. He lay down, put his hands behind his head, and quickly fell asleep.

 When he woke up, the thin man greeted him to a meal. In addition to King Kong, there was the front desk lady and several other new faces. They were probably all people in the gang. The thin man gave introductions and Chen Shi just smiled but didn't bother to remember their names.

The thin man patted Chen Shi’s shoulder and said, “This Uncle Chen is a big figure. He used to mix in with the dark society. Now, he is learning to be low-key and will sell insurance.”

Everyone laughed aloud. 

Chen Shi said, "Please take care of me, everyone. I’ll first take a cup in respect.”[1]

The thin man pressed the cup down by hand. "You can't drink alcohol tonight. You still have a mission!"

"Ah yes. I forgot."

1. Drink a cup of alcohol/shot/whatever is available as a show of respect.  

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