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…”
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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.
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Su Yi Mo was driving towards the location indicated by the tracking device when he felt his eyelid twitch. A feeling of unease suddenly washed over him, causing him to slow the car down to allow himself some time to think through everything properly.
Lan Kuang was someone who was very witty. Even if he did get Jing Qiu Han’s phone from Ran Feng Ge, there was no way he was not going to notice the tracking device, and seeing how the tracking device has yet to be destroyed… did that mean Su Yi Mo was about to walk into a trap?
Slamming his fists against the steering wheel, Su Yi Mo turned his car around and continued in the direction he came from.
On the other side, Lan Kuang received news from his subordinates that Su Yi Mo had suddenly turned back around. This made Lan Kuang stop his car immediately, cursing Su Yi Mo for his overly cautious character.
Lan Kuang decided in the end not to head towards the location where ‘Jing Qiu Han’ was being held, and instead, drove towards the nightclub in ‘A’ city.
Su Yi Mo judged that it was time to pull out the hidden card. He dialed a series of numbers on his phone that he had memorized from before.
The call remained unanswered for a while, and when it was finally picked up, the voice on the other end hesitantly asked “Who may you be looking for?”
Hearing the familiar voice coming from the receiver, Su Yi Mo felt relief course through his system and replied without hesitation “Ah Xi, I am Su Yi Mo.”
“Su Yi Mo?! How did you know my number?!” Chen Xi Ran asked in surprise.
Mi Le was about to deliver a tray of alcohol to a customer’s table when she heard the surprised shout from her boyfriend. Without moving a step, Mi Le leaned over the counter top to get better access to the conversation.
“I saw your number on Ran Feng Ge’s phone the last time you called. Enough with the pleasantries, let me ask you something! Is there something on Ran Feng Ge that can be used to track him down? What I am trying to say is that, is there something on him that is able to transmit data?”
Chen Xi Ran glanced at Mi Le, both thinking along the same line: If Su Yi Mo is asking for something like this, does it mean something has happened to that idiot Ran Feng Ge?
They had yet to reply when Su Yi Mo asked again, “Since he is your friend, you should understand his situation, don’t you? Stop hesitating and tell it to me now! I need to go save him!”
Chen Xi Ran looked towards Mi Le, and she promptly placed the tray she had been holding on to the bar top, before flipping herself over into the inside to pull out the red-colored laptop from before, pushing the power button as soon as she opened it.
Chen Xi Ran, on the other hand, had already replied to Su Yi Mo’s question. “There is! There is a micro GPS tracker embedded in his tooth. Give me a sec, let me find out his location for you!”
The startup speed of the laptop was really quick. By the time Chen Xi Ran finished his sentence, Mi Le had already opened up an application and her ten fingers were soon flying across the keyboard, opening a map of ‘A’ City. There, on the map, at the corner of the lower left-hand side, a red dot was flashing.
Without missing a beat, Mi Le had expanded the image, saying: “Xiao Ge is being held at the downtown southwestern gymnasium! Third floor, billiards room!”
Upon hearing a woman’s voice through the phone, Su Yi Mo felt a little stunned. Within Ran Feng Ge’s circle of friends, there were also females?
Ran Feng Ge sure was lucky to be acquainted with so many different types of people – males, females, young, and old! Furthermore, all these people were so good to him. They were even privy to information such as the tracker in his tooth and were anxious to help out the moment they found out he was in danger.
An unknown feeling was disturbing Su Yi Mo. He couldn’t help but feel like he was way more frustrated now than before he enlisted their help to locate Ran Feng Ge.
“Oi, Su Yi Mo! What has happened to Ran Feng Ge? You better not involve him in your power struggle nonsense. A body double is only required to be a body double, to perfectly imitate the person he’s paid to do – anything else other than that is not part of the job! I am warning you right now, if something happens to Ran Feng Ge, we will never let you go. Hmph! Who cares if it is Falcon or Chasing Hawk, either way you will all become dead birds!” Mi Le spat angrily at the receiver.
Chen Xi Ran wanted to add on a few words of his own, as it was not everyday one got to chastise Su Yi Mo, the head of Falcon. However, before he could even open his mouth to say a word, Su Yi Mo had already ended the call on his end.
“Fucker!” Chen Xi Ran threw the phone onto the bar top. “What sort of person is he? He didn’t even let me finish!”
“Boss, are my drinks not ready yet?” a voice yelled out from the corner of the bar.
The drinks that were supposed to be delivered to that person were promptly downed by Mi Le. “My apologies everyone, but this shop is going to be closing early today! Everyone’s bills will be on the house, so if you will all leave, please!”
“What? How can you do this?”
“Ooh, but free drinks!”
“The boss of this place is a little too carefree, isn’t he?”
“Ah, forget it, forget it. It isn’t the first time they’ve closed the shop early on a whim.”
“Right… Let’s go then! We can just come back another day.”
Once all the customers had left, the two of them disregarded the mess in the bar, grabbed their necessary equipment, locked the doors tightly, and ran towards their garage.
They both knew innately that Ran Feng Ge needed their help.
Although they had zero information on the situation right now, they were highly worried.
A red convertible sped past the beautiful night lights, speeding down the road in the direction of ‘A’ City’s southwest gymnasium.
Chen Xi Ran was at the wheel while Mi Le was by his side in the passenger seat, organizing the things they usually needed on missions. First, they had to change into skin-tight body suits, followed by removing all the unnecessary weapons and equipment on their waists and pockets. Mi Le removed all her jewelry and tossed them out of the window while her eyes followed the red dot that was on the screen in front of her. “The location is still the same. Ah, turn left at the junction in front.”
Chen Xi Ran made the turn smoothly without slowing down his speed whilst Mi Le finished organizing all the information she had on hand. “Okay, we are all set!” Mi Le called out.
With that said, Chen Xi Ran quickly removed himself from the driver’s seat, switching positions with Mi Le as she took control of the car so that he could prepare himself.
Both their movements were very clean and precise. There was no indication from outside the car that anything unusual was going on inside.
Chen Xi Ran situated himself properly onto the passenger seat before taking out the weapons he had modified himself, his eyes glued to the red dot on the screen. “What did this idiot get himself into this time? How did he get himself captured so easily? He should have abandoned the objective right then and there, and extricated himself from the situation the moment it got bad, right?”
“Unless…” Mi Le muttered hesitantly. “Unless this was because he agreed to it and this was part of the orders from his employer.”
“So, he gave up his right to escape and allowed himself to walk right into a trap?” Chen Xi Ran continued, cursing under his breath. “He is seriously a crazy idiot!”
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To understand things better, the story will have to backtrack to two days ago.
Su Yi Mo had been contemplating over and over again, things as they were now just did not sit right with him. If Ran Feng Ge’s situation remained unclear, then it would be impossible to save Jing Qiu Lan, and he would have to sacrifice someone from his side.
Feeling such unease has never been a trait of Su Yi Mo, even if he had to lose a substantial amount of assets, the normal him would require the same amount of returns back.
Staying still like a sitting duck was not doing him any good, he might as well do something about his current situation.
Therefore, he decided to activate the tracking device he had previously installed into Jing Qiu Han’s phone, finally identifying Lan Kuang’s location.
The location was in ‘A’ city, and it was naturally part of Su Yi Mo’s territory, his subordinates started to work out finding leads as soon as they got the order from above.
If Lan Kuang finds out that the information Ran Feng Ge handed him was accurate, he will not let this chance to bring down Su Yi Mo go. He would definitely try his hand at the goods in the harbour.
Against someone like Lan Kuang, a direct approach will be fruitless and will only serve as an excuse for Lan Kuang to take out Ran Feng Ge. There was only one method against someone like him, a feint to turn the tides.
Two days later
Lan Kuang did indeed bring his men to the harbour, however, even before he had a chance to launch his attack, a trusted subordinate contacted him to inform him, Su Yi Mo and his men were getting ready to raid a nightclub that Lan Kuang owned.
This nightclub cost Lan Kuang a lot before it was established, and for such a nightclub to exist in ‘A’ city where the Su family was in charge meant that if Su Yi Mo were to set his eyes upon it, then all the troubles Lan Kuang had gone through to open it would come to naught.
There was no need for him to lose such an important asset over an issue so minor.
Lan Kuang quickly ordered his men to stand down on the raid at the harbour and instead decided to focus on the defence of the nightclub.
Taking out Jing Qiu Han’s phone which he took from Ran Feng Ge, Lan Kuang decided to give Su Yi Mo a call.
In actuality, Su Yi Mo did not intend to join the raid on the nightclub, he was merely vetting through the information his subordinates were providing him, slowly eliminating the possible locations where Ran Feng Ge could have been held at.
At the sound of his phone ringing, Su Yi Mo felt a smile pulling at the corner of his lips. He took his time to answer the call and did not utter a single word once the call was put through.
On the other end of the line, Lan Kuang refused to say a word as well.
Both sides were silent.
After a long while, Lan Kuang finally asked “So you know everything?”
“What do I know?” Su Yi Mo replied.
With a small chuckle, Lan Kuang said “Ah, this whole thing involving your Ah Qiu!”
Hearing that, Su Yi Mo’s eyebrows knotted together, what exactly did Lan Kuang mean by that? Unless Lan Kuang capturing Ran Feng Ge was not just a punishment? Did he actually know everything Jing Qiu Han’s double? Or… is he saying all of this as a means to unsettle him?
“Ah Qiu will not be going back to your side ever again. He promised me that he will stay by my side.” Lan Kuang replied smugly, “Young master Su’s expectations are so refined, I doubt you ever truly liked Ah Qiu. Everything you had before, wasn’t that just a performance?”
This move Lan Kuang played was indeed smart, regardless of whether Jing Qiu Han was indeed a double agent, keeping him forcefully still proves his worth as a useful pawn piece.
Because of the initial text message Su Yi Mo had sent him, Lan Kuang already ascertained a simple fact. Su Yi Mo was willing to go to any lengths for Jing Qiu Han.
Su Yi Mo targeting Lan Kuang’s nightclub in ‘A’ city was evidence enough of his affection for Jing Qiu Han.
What else could be said here on out?
Admit to Lan Kuang that he does care for Jing Qiu Han? And then what? And if he were to refute his affection for Jing Qiu Han, then this would lead Ran Feng Ge to his demise at the hands of Lan Kuang.
“Who would be so distasteful as to let young master Lan enjoy someone I’ve used already?” Su Yi Mo said nonchalantly, “What we have between us should naturally be kept between us. If young master Lan would be so kind to compromise a little, then there is no doubt that I will do the same for you.”
A deep guttural laugh escaped Lan Kuang’s lips, his voice laced with contempt, “Su Yi Mo, these lies of yours can only be used for the dead! If you were willing to compromise, then you wouldn’t have targeted my nightclub!”
“Since you have already seen through my plans, there is no need for me to pretend any further. If young master Lan fancies Qiu Han that much, then keep him. I’ve already had enough fun with him anyways.” With that said, Su Yi Mo ended the call.
This was a gamble.
Su Yi Mo was gambling that the suspicion his words would raise would lead to Lan Kuang heading over to the location where he was holding Ran Feng Ge.
Su Yi Mo was just emulating Lan Kuang’s thought pattern.
Lan Kuang did indeed get suspicious. Unless… what if Su Yi Mo’s ultimate target wasn’t the bar, but instead it was just a diversion with his main target being the rescue of Jing Qiu Han?
Regardless of the tricks Su Yi Mo was playing, in order to prevent his plans from falling through, Lan Kuang decided to head down to where Jing Qiu Han was being kept.
Su Yi Mo’s eyes followed the little red dot on his phone, it was heading in the direction of the last few locations Ran Feng Ge could have been held. At last, the red dot was circling around outside a workshop in the west side of the city.
Whilst driving, Lan Kuang was tossing a little object up into the air and letting it drop back down into the palm of his hand. He had long since discovered the tracking device that had been installed into Jing Qiu Han’s phone and it was not hard to guess that this was what Su Yi Mo was using to try and find him.
Driving the car towards the west was but a method to attract the snake out of the hole.
Su Yi Mo, if you have the guts to come, come. I will have a huge gift waiting for you!