Chapter 14: A Person I Admire

After eating Mala spicy soup, Chen Shi’s lips were very red from the spiciness. Lin Dongxue looked at him with a look of disdain. Chen Shi teased, “I know I’m handsome but you don’t have to stare at me the whole time, right?”

Lin Dongxue smacked him and lectured, “You know how afraid I was at the restaurant? I was very worried that she…” She then glanced at Gao Xiaohui in the back seat. “I was afraid that the suspect would run!”

“Okay, okay, okay, I will take note of this next time.”

On the road back to the station, Lin Dongxue received three calls to urge her to get back faster. Lin Qiupu was afraid that there would be any changes on her end.

Half an hour later, the three drew closer to the front door of the station. Lin Qiupu and several police officers hadn’t eaten lunch and were just waiting by the door. Lin Dongxue immediately understood. This guy had bad intentions and deliberately wasted time in order to get revenge for last time. 

The car stopped. When Lin Dongxue and Chen Shi came down from the car, Lin Qiupu’s eyes glared at him. Lin Qiupu sneered coldly as he walked up to them, “As the expression goes, water turns even if the mountains don’t, huh?[1] Mr. Chen, why don’t you talk about the feeling of coming to the palace twice?! Go to the interrogation room and talk!”

Chen Shi was also happy and pointed towards the car, “Maybe you need to get a pair of glasses, Captain Lin. There’s still someone in the car. Could you not see them or something?”

Lin Qiupu looked at the car and looked at Lin Dongxue with a look of incomprehension. Lin Dongxue clarified, “Captain Lin, that is the actual murder suspect. She has already confessed to everything!”

“But... Why is it a woman? Did you make a record of everything?”

“Oh, uh… No...” Lin Dongxue poked her tongue out. 

Chen Shi took out his mobile phone and said, “There is a recording on this, I will send it to you!”

“Wow, you were so careful down to the minute details!” Lin Dongxue said in admiration. 

“What is going on here? You were solving the case together?” Lin Qiupu looked to Chen Shi, “Why are you with Dongxue?”

Chen Shi deliberately ignored the hostility in his eyes. “This case was all done by Miss Lin; I just helped a little bit. Captain Lin, I think you usually neglect your sister's ability. Her intuition is quite keen. I promise that you will feel like you lost to your sister after this case is closed!” 

Lin Dongxue’s face went red from all the praise while Lin Qiupu was stunned. He turned to Lin Dongxue, “How could you not listen to the commands and act without authorization?”

“Won’t happen again, won’t happen again!” Lin Dongxue smiled.

“One time is enough, wait for the punishment!” Lin Qiupu stated with a serious face.

“Well, the rest of the things you deal with yourself, but quickly take her away. I have to work!” Chen Shi opened the door to his car. “Oh yeah, I need a person to inform me in advance if I need to take the stand as a witness. I am very busy.”

After Chen Shi left, Lin Qiupu listened to the recordings on the scene. The truth of the case was completely unexpected to him. However, he did not understand one thing. He asked Lin Dongxue, “Didn’t that guy say that he only helped a little bit? Why is he the only one talking in the recording? Who exactly was helping who?”

Lin Dongxue was too embarrassed to hide it. “If I tell you, you have to believe me. This case was basically solved by him alone.”

“Him? A taxi driver?” Lin Qiupu was shocked for a long time.

Gao Xiaohui confessed to the case and the evidence was confirmed. Lin Qiupu was able to hand the case over and get started on the legal proceedings very quickly. The media reported the case to the outside world. They used the eye-catching title of ‘Love Torn Apart Incurred Killing intent’, ‘BFF schemed to hurt BFF’. Of course, it did not mention the name of Chen Shi, but mentioned that they solved the case ‘with the help of a kind citizen.’

Lin Dongxue received commendation from the bureau because of her great merits. Although this was the first time in her life receiving honor like this, Lin Dongxue felt guilty as she held the award.

After the commendation ceremony, Lin Qiupu wore a darkened expression. “Come to my office.”

After entering the office of Lin Qiupu, Lin Dongxue gave a salute. “Captain, is it necessary to give me disciplinary action for acting without authorization?”

“Disciplinary action? Why, you have made great achievements. The police chief has even given you an award. If I were to punish you, won’t people say that I’m being petty?”

“Then why are you looking for me?”

“I want to understand one thing. Who is that guy? How could a driver with no professional training break the case? And he also...” Lin Qiupu originally wanted to say that he left even the task force in the dust, but he felt too embarrassed to say it, so he swallowed the words.

“Actually, I think he is a professional. His knowledge of criminal investigation is top-notch. I was even thinking that he might be an undercover cop?”

“Bull! Have you ever seen someone go undercover to be a driver? You dig into him and what his background is. The more I think about it, the more suspicious I think he is. Whether I assume the position as your brother or superior, I cannot tolerate you being with a guy of unknown background.”

“You can rest assured, Captain Lin. I am only investigating with him, nothing else.”

Lin Qiupu gave her a look. Lin Dongxue immediately respectfully saluted him. “I will check into him as soon as possible!”

“And...” Lin Qiupu softened his expression of a superior talking to his subordinate. “This Sunday, you will be going on a blind date.”

“Huh?” Lin Dongxue’s mouth hung open widely. “What do you mean blind date?”

“Nonsense, what do you think it means? Your aunt set it up for you. How could I say no?”

“So, you betrayed me?”

“What nonsense are you spouting? The biggest event for women is marriage[2]. You should just go through the motions.”

“Why don't you go yourself?” Lin Dongxue looked reluctant.

“Sister, just cooperate a little!”

“Really! Does she think I won’t be able to get married?”

“Successful people don't live in comfort and those who are comfortable aren’t successful[3]. People are kind enough to introduce you to someone. You can’t just bluntly refuse them!”

“Really!” Lin Dongxue had to compromise. “Who is the other person? Have you asked?”

Lin Qiupu picked up a photo and wiped it as he recalled, “I think he was a software engineer, an overseas student returnee with a very high level of education. I saw his photo and he’s okay!”

“Is he as handsome as you?”

Lin Qiupu smiled, “Different styles!”

Lin Dongxue also smiled. Looking at the photo in Lin Qiupu’s hand, she asked, “Oh yes, I’ve always wanted to ask you something. Why do you have a picture of a man on your desk all the time? Surely you’re not…”

Lin Qiupu pouted. “Nonsense! This is a person I really admire. He’s a policeman.”

 “Oh?” Lin Dongxue glanced at the photo. The man was a 20- to 30-year-old man wearing a windbreaker with his hands on his hips smiling. He looked particularly confident. “Who is this?”

“This man is called Song Lang. He was a senior of mine. When I first started as a policeman, he took care of me quite a bit. You were still in middle school, so you didn’t know that this person was way too powerful. Any cases that crossed his hands were never unresolved. He was famed as a genius detective. In Long’An, so long as you’ve been a police officer for over five years, there isn’t a single person who doesn’t know his name. Many universities wanted to hire him as a visiting professor, but he was very low-key and rejected them all.”

“Why haven’t I seen him in Long’An? Has this person been transferred over to the government?” Lin Dongxue guessed.

Lin Qiupu shook his head. “No, he is missing.”

“Someone sought revenge on him?”

“It’s hard to say. It’s said that he killed people. When we went to arrest him, I also participated in the task. But I don’t believe that this is true in my heart. I put his photos on the table to encourage myself. I hope that one day I can also be like him.” Lin Qiupu rubbed the photo frame with his thumb, showing a trace of grief in his eyes.

Lin Dongxue looked at the smile of the detective in the photo. She suddenly had an odd thought. Why had she seen this expression before?

1. People don’t change. Some things don’t change. 

2. Traditionally, it was seen this way. 

3. An expression we use to describe the effort required to be successful. You need to make sacrifices to be successful. 

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