The closest hospital was ‘A’ City’s affiliated sister hospital whose medical standards were above average.
As soon as Su Yi Mo stopped the car, he threw open the back door and hurriedly carried Ran Feng Ge towards the emergency department.
Chen Xi Ran and Mi Le got out of the car and quickly ran up towards them. “Wait a moment!”
Su Yi Mo was a little confused. They had already reached the hospital, so why were they asking him to wait? The most important thing now was to seek medical treatment. What were they waiting for?!
Mi Le ran forward and blocked off Su Yi Mo’s way. “The face he has now is that of Jing Qiu Han’s. If you were to carry him in like this, what would people say? And if the news travels out and all the damned paparazzi were to come hounding here, what then?”
On her end, Mi Le was preventing Su Yi Mo from advancing any further. On the other end, Chen Xi Ran was already rummaging through the back seat to produce the little medicine bottle he always had with him. Pouring out a small handful of the liquid, Chen Xi Ran proceeded to rub it across the unconscious Ran Feng Ge’s face, especially at the junction of his head and neck. After a short while, a flimsy layer of skin-like material was lifted off his face.
As expected, Ran Feng Ge was looking worse than ever under the mask.
From the side, Su Yi Mo was frozen still while Chen Xi Ran pulled Ran Feng Ge on to his back. “Thank you for saving him today but Le Le and I can handle the rest from here. You are the big boss of a well-known company. If someone saw you carrying a stranger on your back, rushing like a headless chicken into the hospital, rumors are bound to fly. It’s better if you just leave; I’ll give you a call later.” As soon as Chen Xi Ran finished talking, he shot a look towards Mi Le and said: “Le Le, let’s go!”
“En,” Mi Le replied after a second of hesitation. She raised a hand and placed it onto Su Yi Mo’s shoulder. “So sorry for before; we were too quick to judge. It looks like you do worry for Xiao Ge after all. However, we still hope that you will never make use of him in this way again.” After saying her piece, Mi Le turned and quickly caught up with Chen Xi Ran.
It seemed as though Su Yi Mo was lost in his own thoughts. He had wanted to defend himself by justifying that he did not make use of Ran Feng Ge but the words just refused to leave his mouth.
Ran Feng Ge may be overly protective but these two were not any different from him. They treated Ran Feng Ge as their own and would willingly go to any length necessary to protect him—this was the first time Su Yi Mo felt their dislike towards him.
He turned his head slowly in the direction of the emergency department where Chen Xi Ran and Mi Le had just disappeared into, his eyes stuck on Ran Feng Ge’s back.
Soon, his brows furrowed.
What was wrong with him today? Why was he so worried and why was the sense of guilt still affecting him so? Su Yi Mo even felt like he was more worried than when he got the news about Jing Qiu Han.
This time, he could no longer use the “I worry because he looks like Jing Qiu Han” excuse to reason with himself, because from start till end, he had never once looked at him as that familiar face – instead, he had always only seen Ran Feng Ge.
Through that layer of mask that resembled Jing Qiu Han, all he saw was…
Ran Feng Ge…
And the fight they had…
He had never once gotten into an argument with Qiu Han, because as soon as Jing Qiu Han had on that forlorn, puppy-eyed look, all the anger in him would dissipate. But this time, he had no way of suppressing the anger in him; he even felt that Ran Feng Ge had wronged him! Su Yi Mo only had good intentions when he decided to rescue him. Yet, not only did Ran Feng Ge not reciprocate, he even accused him of involving his friends into the mess!
After arguing with Ran Feng Ge, Su Yi Mo felt that some of the steam and fury from before was no longer there. He hesitated for a moment as he stood next to his car. Not only did he not keep his word and leave, he also promptly closed the car door, quickly pulled the shades over his eyes, and entered the hospital.
In the hospital, Chen Xi Ran had already explained the situation to the doctor and Ran Feng Ge had been pushed into the surgical theater. In the corridor, both Chen Xi Ran and Mi Le were absentmindedly pacing up and down.
“Le Le, let’s just knock him out and leave once he recovers from this, okay?” Chen Xi Ran sighed. “We can go anywhere—better yet, let’s leave the country!”
Mi Le could not help but roll her eyes at him. “If it were that easy, this would never have happened.”
“Tch, why is he like this? Why can’t he just follow in our footsteps and leave the industry?!” Chen Xi Ran rambled.
“As they say, you only live once!” Mi Le said as she crossed her arms and leaned against the hospital wall. “Maybe… The reason why he’s like that is related to what happened in the past.”
Chen Xi Ran imitated Mi Le and leaned against the hospital wall. “En… That’s what I thought too. Ever since that incident, he changed…”
Since the last time the two of them followed Ran Feng Ge to Su Yi Mo’s mansion, they had gone through numerous amounts of information regarding both Chasing Hawk and Falcon, Lan Kuang and Su Yi Mo – this made them more determined to find out what exactly were the mission details from two years ago.
Hard work begets results. Through Mi Le’s advanced computer skills, the two had found out that Ran Feng Ge’s previous work had affiliations to Lan Kuang and the An family, including the reason why Ran Feng Ge came back to them covered entirely in wounds.
The last sentence was also heard by Su Yi Mo who had just caught up to them. He had originally wanted to turn a corner and reveal himself to them, but at this moment, he stopped in his tracks and instead leaned against the wall to listen.
“I knew people involved in all these shady businesses were all shits! Grey, my ass!” Mi Le cried out in frustration. “They say they are all above ground and legal, but they can never get rid of the underground blood that is flowing deep within their veins!”
“Not only does he have to deal with Su Yi Mo, but now Lan Kuang is back into the equation as well! Both are also in the middle of a gang war—this is way too dangerous!” Chen Xi Ran was restless once more and returned to pacing up and down the corridor, pulling at his hair in worry.
“Forget it, I’m sure he knows what he is doing. At the very least, Lan Kuang still has no idea that he is the same man from two years ago. Su Yi Mo only hired him to act as Jing Qiu Han. As long as he stops doing such stupid things in the future and knows when and where his limits are… To be frank, if he really did want to leave all this behind, all the men from Lan Kuang’s side won’t even be enough to stop him. Don’t forget, he was able to escape from the situation back then; which means that he can handle himself. The only reason he didn’t escape unscathed was due to a clause in his contract and not because of a lack of abilities.” Mi Le reached out for Chen Xi Ran’s hand, squeezing it tightly. “Okay, don’t worry so much now. Worse comes to worst, we can gang up and give him a good beating so that he won’t be so professional next time!”
“En, that’s it! There is a limit to professionalism too! In times of danger, he should have known that his life is most important. That crazy lunatic!” Having Mi Le comfort him helped ease the feelings of worry in his heart. With a gentle smile, Chen Xi Ran leaned over and kissed Mi Le lightly. “Le Le, we should give him a hand this time round!”
Shrugging, Mi Le said: “Alright, better than standing around doing nothing. We’ll do as you say.”
“Le Le, you are the best. I love you so much! Come, let me have another kiss!”
With that, the two of them started laughing and joking around.
From around the corner, Su Yi Mo felt his shoulder relax as he slowly closed his eyes. From the exchange that he had just heard, he managed to catch onto some important details: two years ago, the An family, Lan Kuang, and being covered in wounds.
It appeared that, two years ago, Ran Feng Ge had a run in with Lan Kuang and ended up severely injured. This made him recall the time Ran Feng Ge came home drunk, the nightmare that had followed afterwards, and the words he had uttered: Lan Kuang, I’m not him, I’m not him.
There seemed to be subtle answers embedded in those details, making Su Yi Mo’s heart wrench with a mixture of emotions he had no name for.
Suddenly, Chen Xi Ran’s urgent voice sounded from around the corner, “Doctor! How is my friend?”
Su Yi Mo quickly collected himself and listened attentively.
The doctor removed the surgical mask from his face as he eyed the two people before him. Both were dressed in unconventional attire. “The patient’s immune system suffered due to having been deprived of oxygen. However, this is not the biggest problem at hand; adequate bed rest would be able to fix it in no time. The main concern at the moment is his gastric disease. There’s internal bleeding within the lining of the stomach, and if not handled properly, it could become a much bigger problem in the future!”
“Then, how is he now?” asked Chen Xi Ran.
“We have managed to stabilize him. The most important thing he needs now is proper rest. Make sure he has three meals a day at regular intervals; no raw or cold food, no smoking or drinking, and no overworking as well. There is no cure for gastric disease; there is only supporting care for it.”
“We understand. Thank you, doctor.”
Chen Xi Ran and Mi Le were just about to follow the bed Ran Feng Ge was on to his hospital room, when they spotted the nurses looking at them strangely. Both thought to themselves as they looked down at their attires, feeling a little embarrassed and annoyed: All these people and their narrow mindedness. Haven’t they seen this style of clothing before?
The people involved in the military and special forces have even more outrageous-looking outfits!
Mi Le cleared her throat, saying, “What? Haven’t y’all ever seen cosplay?!”
With that, everyone quickly diverted their sight and those who could leave, left.
Chen Xi Ran hung on to a corner of the bed and was about to help push it when Su Yi Mo suddenly appeared out of nowhere.
Seeing him appear unexpectedly, Chen Xi Ran stopped and wondered, didn’t we ask him to leave earlier? Why is he still here? The operation lasted two hours. Did that mean Su Yi Mo had been here the entire time? Or had he left and just came back now?
Observing that Su Yi Mo was still dressed in the white Taekwondo uniform, Chen Xi Ran was even more confused. It is more likely that he waited for the entire two hours, right? If not, why did he not even change?
Su Yi Mo did not even try to explain himself. He made his way to the side of Ran Feng Ge’s bed and looked at the unconscious man before turning to Chen Xi Ran to say: “I will take care of him!”
“You?” Mi Le looked at him dubiously.
“Yes. Let me take care of him. Unlike you guys, I am dressed rather unremarkably – no one will recognize me. The two of you are attracting too much attention. If this raises any suspicion, then wouldn’t our actions so far be all for nothing?”
Chen Xi Ran and Mi Le exchanged glances. Su Yi Mo was not wrong.
“If you really want to do something for him, why not make use of your conspicuous get-up and direct the focus to some other hospital?”
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Seeing how pale Ran Feng Ge’s face had become, Su Yi Mo felt a little guilty. He turned back towards him and muttered, “You are overthinking things. I have never said that.”
This was the first time Ran Feng Ge had been criticized about his work ethics since debuting in the body double industry. How was he going to accept this? Even if Su Yi Mo did not voice it out aloud, Ran Feng Ge still felt as though he had a problem with how he had handled the situation.
“But that is exactly what you are thinking! Me being captured here was a huge inconvenience to your plans. Now your little lover’s sister cannot be rescued and you still had to come all the way out here to save me. You were unhappy and so you decided to pull my friends into the mess!” Ran Feng Ge responded while struggling to stand on his own; his vision was still blurred but he wasn’t going to allow that to affect him.
Chen Xi Ran and Mi Le were watching this unfold from the side. Watching the two of them fight stunned them.
What was this situation? The boss and the body double were arguing? And over something as trivial as this?
Whilst trying to be as amicable as he could, along with a friendly smile upon his lips, Chen Xi Ran faced Ran Feng Ge saying, “Xiao Feng, please don’t be angry. We decided on our own to come here and—”
“Shut up!” Ran Feng Ge snapped and glared at the two of them. “This doesn’t involve you at the moment. I will deal with you two afterwards!”
Both Chen Xi Ran and Mi Le were forced to stop in their tracks, both silenced by Ran Feng Ge’s outburst. Looking down at their outfits, it was no wonder why Xiao Feng was so angry.
At the moment, Su Yi Mo didn’t know if he should laugh or cry at the situation before him. What sort of logic did Ran Feng Ge have? He blamed him for not being resourceful enough and still argued with him on why he had to drag his friends into the situation? Su Yi Mo had originally decided to get Ran Feng Ge out on his own before informing Chen Xi Ran and Mi Le of his rescue. That way they would not be involved in the whole problem. But who could have guessed how quickly they would get there? Su Yi Mo had never been one to explain himself to others. Therefore, he retreated back to his resting stoic demeanor, slowly assessing Ran Feng Ge’s two friends.
They were both young and very knowledgeable. It didn’t matter if it was the male or the female, both were very attractive. It seemed as though they had yet to lose their childlike naivety and love for fun. However, judging from this situation, with just one shout from Ran Feng Ge, both looked as though they were being scolded – this spoke volumes on how much they listened to him. This meant, between the three of them, Ran Feng Ge was the center piece.
To be able to gather friends such as these is a form of happiness. Hearing that Ran Feng Ge was in danger, the two of them came rushing in without hesitation. This showed how much they cared for him. Similarly, seeing how worried Ran Feng Ge was for these two friends of his also cemented the fact.
Su Yi Mo finally calmed down enough to think through the reasons why Ran Feng Ge was so angry. His concern for his friends involved in something as dangerous as this in addition to having been locked up for such a long time, both mentally and physically, he was tortured to the brink of exhaustion. Thus, he was unable to control his emotions well. Additionally, what Su Yi Mo had said before was also too much. It was no wonder Ran Feng Ge had exploded.
Thinking back on the time he had spent with Ran Feng Ge, Su Yi Mo felt he understood how Ran Feng Ge felt and managed to recompose himself. The only way to let Ran Feng Ge release all those pent-up emotions was to allow him to rant it all out instead of letting it stew within him.
Take Jing Qiu Han for example. When Su Yi Mo had refused to answer Ran Feng Ge questions about Jing Qui Han, Ran Feng Ge had decided to go directly to the hospital to investigate! Therefore, whatever it is, it would all be better if they allowed him to express himself out loud.
Ran Feng Ge was far from finished but because he had been starving for a long time, his gastric disease decided this was the best time to act up. Sharp pain coursed through his abdomen, causing Ran Feng Ge to cry out in pain as he doubled over.
“Crazy idiot!” cried Chen Xi Ran.
“Xiao Ge!” cried Mi Le.
Those two were indeed lovers. Seeing Ran Feng Ge clutching his stomach, both knew immediately that it must be his gastric disease and rushed over to help him.
Su Yi Mo watched as Ran Feng Ge swayed and collapsed before him. Between the three of them, he was the closest. With a single stride forward, he pulled the man into his arms.
He could still remember vividly the last time Ran Feng Ge had pretended to be Jing Qiu Han in a coma back in the hospital. He had also starved for a long time then, and inevitably caused a relapse of his gastric problems. This time around, not only did he have to starve, he was also deprived of oxygen – he needs to be sent to a hospital quickly!
How on earth did he forget all this and even started arguing with him here?!
Ran Feng Ge was overwhelmed by waves of tremendous pain in his abdomen, causing his consciousness to ebb away. Because of this, he was unaware of Su Yi Mo carrying him away from the gymnasium, placing him into his car, and speeding away to the nearest hospital.
There was no way Chen Xi Ran and Mi Le were just going to go home now. They hesitated for a split second before the two of them got back into their own car and chased after Su Yi Mo.
Lan Kuang had already received news about how Su Yi Mo, along with two others, had caused a commotion at the gymnasium to rescue the man. It was his own mistake to have only assigned a small handful of his men at the gymnasium. A slow remedy is unable to treat a current emergency. On top of this, the number of people Su Yi Mo had sent to his club was not small. In fact, it was large enough to have distracted him so that by the time he started his journey to the gymnasium it was already too late.
Upon hearing that his men had put ‘Jing Qiu Han’ in the underground holding cell where he had almost suffocated to death, Lan Kuang was annoyed. He never wanted Jing Qiu Han to die that easily; all he wanted was to punish him a little. So why did they put him in that cell?
As soon as he arrived at the holding cell, Lan Kuang’s features darkened dangerously. His arm swung out swiftly, backhanding the gymnasium’s manager across the face. “Who the fuck allowed you to use this secret room?!”
Having been slapped, the manager fell to his knees, the entire side of his face burning with the aftermath. “It was all my fault! Please forgive me boss!”
Although he was feeling annoyed, Lan Kuang thought to himself, this secret room was built with the purpose of punishment, so why shouldn’t they have used it?
Lan Kuang understood that he may have been a little impulsive there for a moment. So, without a second word, he turned and quickly exited the underground casino. Without wasting any more time, Lan Kuang left the gymnasium and made his way to the car before speeding off.
As his car sped along the road, Lan Kuang was filled with irritation. He pulled on his seat belt with slightly more strength than needed and the acceleration pedal was pushed all the way down to the floor.
Looking at the secret room just now, which was effectively an airtight prison, made him think back to An Mu. Thinking about An Mu and all the terrible things he had done to him in the past made his heart wrench with pain and regret – it was as though it was An Mu who had been thrown back into that room again.
An Mu, I swear I will find you!
Without a destination in mind, a sudden thought came to him – Lan Kuang could take a gamble and go to the nearest hospital to find Su Yi Mo and Jing Qiu Han. Throwing all other thoughts out of the window, Lan Kuang sped towards the nearest hospital.
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Hearing Su Yi Mo’s icy tone that was tinged with a sense of guilt, Ran Feng Ge could now confirm it; he was safe and so, he was finally able to shut his eyes in peace.
In a haze of confusion, Ran Feng Ge was unable to think any deeper with regards to Su Yi Mo’s appearance – why did Su Yi Mo come and rescue him? Wasn’t he supposed to go with the flow of the plan?
The air outside was good. Ran Feng Ge inhaled two deep breaths when he heard two very familiar voices call out to him.
“Ran Feng Ge!”
Ran Feng Ge was unable to register the meaning of those voices for a moment – did they not belong to Xi Ran and Mi Le? Ran Feng Ge thought to himself and wondered if asphyxiation had somehow muddled his brain up somehow. It must be some kind of hallucination because why would Su Yi Mo come and save him? And why would Xi Ran and Mi Le even appear here?
Ah, damn it. The lack of oxygen in his brain must have done some serious damage because the images before him now seemed so real…
“Be quiet! He needs to rest!” Su Yi Mo’s icy tone was more than enough to silence the other two as he lowered Ran Feng Ge’s body to allow him to recover a little faster.
The lovers that had been pushed aside looked at each other and seemed to be communicating with only their eyes.
Chen Xi Ran raised a single eyebrow and pouted his lips a little – Looks like the crazy idiot’s new job was to imitate Jing Qiu Han! That embroidered pillow!
[TN: Embroidered pillow – an embroidered pillow may be beautiful on the outside but be filled with straw on the inside, basically the looks are deceiving]
Mi Le shrugged her shoulders, agreeing with Xi Ran – Tch, what a waste of talent! Look at how handsome our Ran Feng Ge is, why did he have to accept such a mission? Moreover, that Jing Qiu Han isn’t some pure, innocent little bird. Even in the shows he has been in, it is obvious what a scheming little creature he is! And there was that investigation before, how Jing Qiu Han and the leader of Chasing Hawk are connected; such a troublesome connection. If he were to be pulled into that mess, it’s going to be so annoying!
Chen Xi Ran nodded his head in agreement as he looked at Ran Feng Ge. He prodded Mi Le with his elbow slightly – Le Le, this crazy idiot will be fine, right?
Chewing on her bottom lip, Mi Le shook her head – I don’t know, let’s go over and take a look?
Chen Xi Ran also felt that Mi Le was right – Precisely! Why should we leave Ran Feng Ge in the hands of a stranger?
As the two of them made their way forward, they watched as Ran Feng Ge’s eyebrows scrunched up a little as he forced his eyes open.
Having breathed fresh air into his system, Ran Feng Ge felt a lot better. However, the voices around him were still muffled and there was a ringing in his ears. Forcing his eyes open, all he could see was darkness and it felt as though he had an enormous weight upon his chest. Ran Feng Ge kept himself calm, he slowly closing his eyes and allowed himself to breathe gently before he reopened his eyes again. This time, he was not met with darkness and instead, a blinding light invaded his sight before colors started to appear and take shape. Ran Feng Ge closed his eyes once more before opening them again, this time making out human shaped silhouettes.
The person who was cradling him in their arms was indeed the stoic-looking Su Yi Mo. However, instead of the usual coldness, a flicker of worry was embedded in his features – although it was very slight and difficult to detect, Ran Feng Ge was still able to see it all.
A tinge of regret was forming within Ran Feng Ge’s heart. He wondered what sort of troubles he had caused Su Yi Mo with his ‘go with the flow’ plan resulting with his capture by Lan Kuang. He was just about to say a word of thanks when shadows moving at his peripherals made him turn instinctively, only to see Chen Xi Ran and Mi Le looking towards him with worry and a tinge of fury.
Stunned, Ran Feng Ge immediately recalled hearing their voices when he was on the edge of consciousness. These two actually came to save him! It wasn’t just a hallucination!
The feeling of gratefulness towards Su Yi Mo vanished immediately and was replaced with anger.
Ran Feng Ge ignored his two best friends and turned towards Su Yi Mo angrily. “Who gave you the right to involve them?! I was the one who signed your bloody contract! They have nothing to do with you or your service!” Glaring at Su Yi Mo, Ran Feng Ge snarled, “You will really use any means available!”
As soon as these words were said, the other three people were stunned.
Chen Xi Ran and Mi Le looked at each other, both thinking the same thing – Oh shit. This lunatic has really gone insane.
To be honest, Ran Feng Ge as a person, barely has any flaws. If one had to really pick out a flaw, it would be that he was too loyal! Too damned protective.
In this instance, Su Yi Mo seemingly, without a care in the world, chose to involve his two best friends. If this did not anger Ran Feng Ge, then he was not the normal Ran Feng Ge at all.
With the sudden outburst, Su Yi Mo’s handsome and worried features shifted back to his normal icy demeanor.
What did he say? I came to rescue him out of my goodwill and he still dared to say I was unscrupulous in my methods?!
This was a rare occasion where this iceberg of a man was actually willing to do something for someone else and instead of being thanked, he was reprimanded. It was no surprise then, when Su Yi Mo exploded as well “Yes! I was unscrupulous! But if I was not, how do you think I would have found out where you were? Has it ever crossed your mind that if I had found you any later, you would have suffocated to death in that room?!”
“Then, why couldn’t you have just used your resources? Why did you have to involve my friends?!” Ran Feng Ge replied as he continued glaring at him.
“That’s because—as your friends, they would know the trackers on your body! Going through them was the fastest way; the quickest way!” Su Yi Mo said.
“… Whatever it was, you shouldn’t have pulled them in!” Ran Feng Ge replied angrily as he tried to struggle out of Su Yi Mo’s embrace, using his own hands to prop himself up.
This was the very first time Su Yi Mo was faced with such a stubborn Ran Feng Ge. He was being pushed to his limits and was getting very frustrated, in addition to having his support pushed aside by Ran Feng Ge. Another foreign emotion was building up in Su Yi Mo’s chest, making it seem as though he could not release the breath he had in his lungs.
Before he could stop himself, Su Yi Mo icily retorted, “Since you are so tough, and you don’t need the help of your friends, why did you even allow yourself to be trapped in a place like that for so long, to the extent of nearly suffocating?” making people worry for you?! However, this last bit of the sentence was not something Su Yi Mo would ever say out loud. As soon as he finished talking, Su Yi Mo turned away from Ran Feng Ge, forcing himself to calm down and not get any angrier.
Actually, since he was young ‘til now, Su Yi Mo had never lost his temper this way before. He had always been able to maintain his composure. However, this all changed once he got to know the man named Ran Feng Ge. With him around, his control was constantly being pushed to the limits.
The purpose of hiring a body double was to give himself peace of mind. Who knew that he would be even more busy instead?
“So… So, you are blaming me in-instead?” Ran Feng Ge panted, his features scrunched up in pain – having been locked up for such a long time, his body was already very weak. In addition to waves of dizziness and episodes of blurred vision, his face quickly lost color as soon as he heard Su Yi Mo’s accusations.
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Su Yi Mo’s hearing did not fail him. There was indeed a fight on the second floor.
As for the guilty parties. . . who could it be other than Chen Xi Ran and Mi Le?
In the past, the three of them – Chen Xi Ran, Mi Le, and Ran Feng Ge – were used to always getting their way. The moment they got wind of Ran Feng Ge’s situation, there were no second thoughts or plan of action—heck to anything and everything, and just rushed head in.
As the saying goes, people of talent are bold and daring. The two of them were able to fight well, think on their feet, and in addition to the bulletproof outfits that were personally developed by Chen Xi Ran, these two fought as if they had nothing to fear.
Due to their sudden appearance, and the fact that the first floor offered no resistance, Chen Xi Ran and Mi Le were able to quickly make their way up to the second floor.
However, the second floor was a little more difficult to handle.
Everyone on this level were skilled in fighting; it did not actually matter if they were professionals, because every one of them were able to put up a decent fight.
The two intruders charged in as though they were heroes in a book, fighting side by side without a single lapse. One was dressed in a tight black jumpsuit, enhancing the curves so obviously that any men that looked at her would suffer a nosebleed immediately. The other had on a silver leather jacket which looked like a piece of armor. It made the man look as though he had hopped right out of a novel: a suave and princely gentleman – who just loved showing off whenever he had a chance.
As it was, the two newcomers struck everyone on the second floor with a sense of utter arrogance that made them all want a hand in beating them off their high horses.
When enemies meet, their eyes will be filled with hatred, or so the saying goes.
Both sides were silent for a moment before all hell broke loose.
As the gymnasium was situated within Lan Kuang’s territory, 80% of the people on the second floor were naturally made up of his men.
Chen Xi Ran and Mi Le were unfazed by the sudden onslaught of assailants. It had been a while since they had a proper work out and fighting it out like this just made them excited. It didn’t help that they were competing on the number of people they defeated and the time it took to bring an enemy down.
Very quickly, the people who came here to genuinely train were also pulled into the mess.
The commotion on the second floor naturally attracted the attention of the people on the third floor.
The man in charge of the third floor asked his lieutenant “What is going on down there?”
“I am not too sure! A man and woman decked out in bodysuits and leather jackets appeared out of nowhere and started attacking our men. Fuck! And they are good. Our men won’t be able to hold on any longer if we do not send reinforcements!”
“A couple? In bodysuits and leather jackets? The fuck, you think this is some movie?! You guys can’t even handle two people?”
Su Yi Mo’s hearing was quite good and as soon as he heard the words ‘man and woman’ he realized who they had to be talking about.
With a smirk forming on his lips, he knew in his heart that the two people downstairs had to be Chen Xi Ran and the lady he had heard over the phone. They were quite fast, and to think that they would immediately start fighting the moment they came – isn’t that a little too direct?
But when all was said and done, it was precisely because of their extravagant entrance that all the attention was now focused on them. This made his search for Ran Feng Ge a lot easier.
With this thought in mind, Su Yi Mo pretended to be attracted by the commotion on the second floor and made his way to the staircase. Before anyone could set their sights on him, he disappeared into a room situated right next to the stairs.
A portion of the men situated on the third floor loudly made their way past the room and down the flight of stairs. Soon, the third floor was silent.
Su Yi Mo scanned the room he had entered and his gaze fell upon the billiard balls.
He grabbed two balls and placed them in each of his palms before he turned and exited the room.
With an icy glare, Su Yi Mo stared at the remaining men and asked “Where is he?”
“Who. . .ah!” The man groaned loudly before collapsing on to the floor after the ball that was held in Su Yi Mo’s hand was thrown directly to his face.
Su Yi Mo picked up another ball and twirled it in the palm of his hand along with the other ball from before, his eyes glued onto another of the remaining men. “Where is he?”
“Cannot be disclo- ah!” and with a swift hit of the ball another fell unconscious.
It was a wonder because all these men were able to see the trajectory of the billiard balls and yet they were unable to move or dodge!
Su Yi Mo was getting annoyed and his gaze became dangerous as he spoke, “I will not repeat myself a third time.”
The men who remained refused to give in. One of them picked up a cue stick and with a roar of confidence, ran towards Su Yi Mo with the intention of making him pay.
Su Yi Mo did not even register the noise. He adjusted his clothes slightly and positioned himself in a battle stance.
Su Yi Mo figured that this Taekwondo uniform shouldn’t be allowed to go to waste and it had been a long time since he had to fight his battles on his own. The people before him would be the perfect target practice.
When the men on the third floor were settled, Su Yi Mo started to search each of the rooms one by one, but no matter how hard he searched, there was nothing that could be found.
Thinking back, Su Yi Mo decided that the fastest way would be to go down to the second floor to have a chat with Ran Feng Ge’s “friends”. Perhaps they had given him the wrong information because there was no sign of Ran Feng Ge here at all!
As he turned around to make his way to the stairs, Su Yi Mo accidentally knocked into one of the cue sticks lying atop one of the tables causing a couple of billiard balls to roll off the table onto the floor. The hollow sound they made hitting the ground caused Su Yi Mo to stop. His eyes traveled to the floor as a single thought floated into his head: Don’t tell me there’s something underneath?
Su Yi Mo knelt down and pulled the rug that had been covering the floor away to reveal a trap door with a recessed handle. It was perfectly flat to the floor; it was no wonder Su Yi Mo had been unable to detect it.
With a pull of his hand, a hidden stairwell appeared underneath. Without any hesitation, Su Yi Mo descended into the depths, taking two steps at a time.
Below, there was limited lighting but Su Yi Mo was able to identify the place as an underground casino.
Humph! No wonder… no wonder Lan Kuang decided to hold Ran Feng Ge here.
Who knew that Lan Kuang had a place like this?
Su Yi Mo was able to perceive that the casino was still incomplete, so no one was gambling yet, but there were several guards.
Su Yi Mo stretched the muscles in his shoulders a little, looks like he had to work out again.
It was a good thing that the men here had little to no skills. Su Yi Mo was able to defeat them in a matter of minutes. He made his way to the very end of the casino and with just a kick, Su Yi Mo managed to take down the non-descript door.
Lan Kuang would only have himself to blame for the ease with which Su Yi Mo got through the guards. He never expected Su Yi Mo to be able to discover the exact location of ‘Jing Qiu Han’ and because he only saw ‘Jing Qiu Han’ as an obedient little dog that could be punished with a look there weren’t many guards and those assigned were weak.
Lan Kuang definitely never expected Su Yi Mo to rush in on his own to rescue his man! And not knowing who ‘Jing Qiu Han’ really was he could never have taken into account how well-connected Ran Feng Ge truly was.
If Chen Xi Ran and Mi Le were not around, Su Yi Mo would never have found Ran Feng Ge so quickly. And if Ran Feng Ge had not been found now then it would have been too late.
As soon as the door was kicked open, Su Yi Mo felt the blood in him freeze.
The air in the room was thin, and other than the door he had just knocked down, all the walls had been sealed shut without a single beam of light. This was obviously a room of torture.
With the aid of light that streamed through the newly-created opening, Su Yi Mo was able to spot the unmoving figure against the opposite wall.
Su Yi Mo was hit with the foreign emotion of his heart tightening and his breath taken from him because he was unsure if the person opposite him was still alive. He took large strides, hastily making his way across the room to reach the semi-conscious Ran Feng Ge. Su Yi Mo quickly pulled Ran Feng Ge into his arms and only felt his breath return when he noticed the shallow ones coming from Ran Feng Ge.
Gingerly, he positioned Ran Feng Ge into his arms and carried the unconscious man out of the secret room, making his way as quickly as he could up the hidden stairs. Ran Feng Ge stirred slightly in his arms, his eyes fluttering as he tried to open them. However, his pupils were fully dilated and unfocused; Ran Feng Ge was only conscious due to his unbending willpower.
Su Yi Mo could not name the feeling that was welling up inside him. He could only identify a sense of heartache and some guilt. He slowed his steps as he made his way up the hidden stairs to the third floor, his voice gentle as he said “It’s okay now, don’t you worry. Just rest…”
Proofreaders: Charlotte Grey, Lyrick
Su Yi Mo’s car was akin to a plane on land as he kept stepping on the accelerator.
In his defense, he had considered whether or not he should have informed Ran Feng Ge’s friends about his current situation. He knew that once they found out, they would undoubtedly be worried, and they might even drop everything to come to his rescue. However, Su Yi Mo was confident that he would be able to rescue Ran Feng Ge before anyone else.
As someone who was used to being on top and delegating out orders, it had never occurred to Su Yi Mo that he should have explained to the others that he was going to give his all to rescue Ran Feng Ge. Therefore, he did not know that his guess of them dropping everything to save Ran Feng Ge would be so accurate – Chen Xi Ran and Mi Le were now also rushing towards the southwestern gymnasium.
As expected, Su Yi Mo was the first to reach the gymnasium as he parked his car on the side of Lin Ying Road. However, Su Yi Mo did not get out immediately, instead, he sat quietly in his car, scanning the surroundings and formulating a plan. It was a good thing that today was a weekday, and the gymnasium was relatively empty. It would be easy to get rid of the men Lan Kuang had situated in there.
Su Yi Mo took off his blazer and threw it onto the backseat, his other hand reaching to pull off his necktie. He removed the cuff links from his sleeves and pulled out a pair of shades from the glove box to put on. After which, Su Yi Mo threw a piece of gum into his mouth, chewing on it a little haphazardly to let himself seem as though he were a college student who decided to skip all his classes today. Getting out of his car, Su Yi Mo quickly allowed himself to blend in with the crowd.
With every step he took, Su Yi Mo scanned his surroundings from behind the protection of the tinted sunglasses. He had to figure out a way to get to the third floor, the billiards room, unnoticed.
Just outside the gymnasium, the ping-pong arena was directly opposite him. There were sixteen tables scattered across the entire floor to allow adequate room between each table. On the left side, was the soccer field covered with fake grass and there were three people slowly jogging on the circumference of the field. Two goal posts were situated at either ends of the field with white lines painted onto the fake grass denoting the different areas. At one end of the field there were at least seven or eight people chasing after the soccer ball. On the right side was a badminton court, with its polished floors and pristine looking nets, empty of people at the moment.
Su Yi Mo glanced towards the ping-pong arena, the ceiling was high and there wasn’t an area big enough to hold a person captive nor was there any way to get to the third floor. Therefore, there must be a contraption hidden somewhere else.
Su Yi Mo quickly got into step behind a group wearing Taekwondo uniforms in an attempt to blend in.
Within the group was a petite-sized girl who was carrying many Taekwondo uniforms in her arms. Because of the sheer number of uniforms she was carrying, it looked as though she was going to drown in them.
Seeing this, Su Yi Mo ‘accidentally’ bumped into her, causing at least half of the uniforms to tumble out from her grasp.
“Ah!” The girl gave a little yelp of surprise, before turning her head to look at Su Yi Mo. At that instant, she finally knew what it meant to have her jaw drop in surprise. Seeing the look on her face, Su Yi Mo could almost hear her screaming TOO HANDSOME! in her head.
Giving her a gentle smile, Su Yi Mo said, “I am so sorry,” as he bent down to gather up the fallen uniforms into his arms. “Let me help you. Are you heading to the dojo? So am I.”
“Yes! Yes! Thank you so much!” The girl nodded her head thinking to herself, I am so lucky to have such a good-looking guy help me out!
Because of this, Su Yi Mo managed to disguise himself as one of them even though he was not dressed like one. Anyone who looked at him would think that he was just going to the dojo to change into his uniform. The dojo had its own changing room and so it was not too strange if people decided to change there instead.
Once inside, the indoor basketball court spanned across the entirety of the first floor. There were eight different courts.
At the moment, there were only two courts that were being used. The sounds of dribbling and the squeaking of the shoes on the polished wooden floor echoed loudly in the enclosed gymnasium. As Su Yi Mo and the Taekwondo group entered, a couple of the people playing basketball turned and eyed them for a bit before returning their focus to their own game.
Su Yi Mo memorized their faces and numbers before following the Taekwondo group up to the second floor.
On the second floor, there were more people around, almost every dojo was in the midst of training.
To avoid attention, Su Yi Mo proceeded straight into a changing room to change into one of the uniforms. When he was sure no one was paying him any attention, Su Yi Mo quickly made his way to the staircase leading up, taking big strides up the steps towards the third floor.
Up the third floor was indeed the billiards room. In small groups of twos and threes, people were huddled around the various tables playing pool.
Due to his attire and sudden appearance, everyone’s attention was automatically drawn towards Su Yi Mo. However, because he was dressed in a martial artists’ uniform, no one thought too much about it and just said, “Student, the martial arts dojos are all on the second floor. You shouldn’t be up here.”
Without saying anything, Su Yi Mo glanced across the entire third floor, taking in the layout and design of the whole place. Unlike the first floor where there was a large area arranged for both the basketball and badminton courts, the third floor was segregated into smaller private rooms in addition to the common area.
Cutting across the common area towards the deeper rooms, Su Yi Mo could not find any irregularities in the layout where they could have possibly kept a captive person.
If not here, then…where is Ran Feng Ge being held at?
“Oi! Kid! The Taekwondo dojo is on the second floor!” The two people who had been smoking nearby quickly stood up to stop Su Yi Mo from advancing any further. “Do you not understand my words?! The dojo is downstairs!”
“I am looking for someone,” Su Yi Mo replied.
“Looking for someone? Who?”
“A friend of mine. He said he was going to be in the billiards room, and he called me to come up and have a game with him. I did not have time to change out of my uniform.” Su Yi Mo explained effortlessly with the lie he had thought up on the spot. It was so infallible that no one would have been able to tell that he just made it up.
“Your friend isn’t here. Go somewhere else to look for him!” The two men shared a look between themselves, quickly trying to get rid of Su Yi Mo.
Seeing this, Su Yi Mo knew immediately that if they were so adamant to stop him from looking around, it meant that this was where he was supposed to be.
Just as he was about to strike at the two men before him, a large commotion pulled all their attention towards the direction of the stairs.
Slowly releasing the tension in his fists, Su Yi Mo listened carefully to the noise, wondering if there was an ongoing fight on the second floor.
Proofreaders: Charlotte Grey, Lyrick