Chapter 11 (Ray To The Rescue)
The whirring engine sounds could be heard, one after another, followed by the sound of brakes.
Li Zi Qi frowned and said toward the policeman on the side, “Go out and take a look.” The policeman walked out the room, following his orders. But, shortly after, he nervously rushed back into the room and cried, “Zi Qi, there’s a lot of soldiers outside!!”
“What?” Alarmed, Li Zi Qi walked out the room and looked outside. There, he saw two large trucks parked in front of the Bureau building. Armed soldiers jumped down from it, quickly getting into formation. A middle-aged man with two three-starred stripes on his shoulder stepped out of a military jeep and walked toward the Bureau building, looking serious. He was followed by several soldiers carrying assault rifles. A young man, two meters tall and heavily muscled body followed beside the middle-aged man, conversing with him along the way.
The middle-aged man came to a stop in front of Li Zi Qi and in a deep voice said, “Hello, can you please tell me where Comrade Zhao Tie Zhu is?”
“Uh… Who is Zhao Tie Zhu?” asked Li Zi Qi, feigning ignorance.
“I remember your voice,” said the muscular build man beside the middle-aged man. “It was you who answered brother Tie Zhu’s phone!”
Li Zi Qi suddenly felt a chill from the soles of his feet, sweeping all over his body in an instant.
“Ray, I’m in here.” Zhao Tie Zhu suddenly shouted out fiercely.
Ray’s expression changed. He grabbed Li Zi Qi’s neck with one hand and walked inside. The middle-aged man waved his hand, and several soldiers immediately followed behind Ray.
Bang! Ray kicked open the door, which Li Zi Qi had shut closed before. Seeing Zhao Tie Zhu’s hands cuffed behind his back and a water bucket placed in front of him, Ray roared furiously and threw Li Zi Qi, smashing him against the wall. Poor Li Zi Qi, in such a short period, he had been taken by the neck and thrown away twice already.
Ray rushed to Zhao Tie Zhu’s side. He stared at the pale-faced policeman and yelled, “You’re still not going to uncuff him?”
Trembling in fear, the policeman took out the keys. He undid Zhao Tie Zhu’s handcuffs and then walked to the side. He was innerly surprised; who was this Zhao Tie Zhu person? How could he alert the troops to rescue him? The policeman had a feeling that he had messed with someone he shouldn’t have.
Zhao Tie Zhu massaged the joints of his hands, looked at the policeman, and laughed, “I remember you kicking me.” Without waiting the policeman to react, Zhao Tie Zhu unleashed a flying kick and knocked the policeman to the wall, sending him collapsing to the ground together with Li Zi Qi.
“Brother Tie Zhu, I’m late,” said Ray remorsefully. His face looked bad.
“Not late. I was just warming up. Haven’t been beaten for quite a while. Ha Ha.” Zhao Tie Zhu clapped Ray’s shoulder, pulled him to his side, and whispered, “Ask your men to go out. I want to loosen up my arms and legs a bit.”
Ray nodded in acknowledgement. After sending the soldiers out of the room, he closed the door.
Zhao Tie Zhu slowly walked toward Li Zi Qi, squatted down and looked at him. His face was filled with panic. With one hand, Zhao Tie Zhu grabbed his collar and lifted him up, laughingly saying, “I’m indebted to you for taking care of me before. Now, it’s my turn to take care of you.”
When the soldiers outside heard the continuous screaming, they started to whistle, watching the flying bird in the sky, giving an “I hear nothing, I see nothing” appearance.
A few minutes later, Zhao Tie Zhu walked out with Ray, his face showing a satisfied expression as if he had finally lost his virginity after holding off for so many years. The middle-aged man was standing at the Bureau’s entrance with his hands behind his back. Ray led Zhao Tie Zhu to the middle-aged man and said, “Uncle Liu, this is my brother, Zhao Tie Zhu. Tie Zhu, this is my grandfather’s advisor, Colonel Liu Tian Ci.”
“Thank you, Advisor Liu,” said Zhao Tie Zhu, cupping his hand.
“Since you are Ray’s brother, then you’re the same as him. Call me uncle Liu,” said the middle-aged smiling.
“Uncle Liu,” Zhao Tie Zhu called.
At that moment, a police car with the lights flashing and siren sounding pulled into the Public Security Bureau. A grim-faced man stepped out of the car. He caught sight of Zhao Tie Zhu with the others, and hurriedly walked over. Looking at Liu Tian Ci, he asked, “Since when can the army rashly meddle in the local government affairs?”
“Who are you?” Asked Liu Tian Ci.
“I’m FJ City Public Security Bureau Chief, Li Gang. Would you give me a reasonable explanation, Colonel?”
“Your Public Security Bureau has detained one of our troops without justifiable reason. Would this explanation be reasonable enough?” answered Liu Tian Ci. He couldn’t care less if Li Gang was the Bureau Chief. For him, even the city government personnel, who were more powerful, they still couldn’t mess with the army. On the other hand, no matter how powerful the army is, it still couldn’t randomly intervene in Bureau’s affairs. So, Liu Tian Ci still had to provide a reason. If he showed force too much, the impact wouldn’t be good either.
“Take care of your soldiers,” Li Gang said grimly, looking at the dozens soldier standing in the courtyard. “I’ll personally report this matter to Commander Chen.”
“Do what you want,” replied Liu Tian Ci. He wasn’t worried about this Commander Chen. The one who asked him to come here today was Ray’s grandfather, who was FJ’s military commander. As long as he brought Ray along, what was there to be afraid of? After waving his hand to the soldiers, the soldiers quickly climbed back into the car. He then said to Ray, “You should go back with me. The Commander hasn’t seen you for a long time.”
“Tie Zhu,” Ray said to Zhao Tie Zhu, “why don’t you come with us? My grandfather also wants to meet you.”
Zhao Tie Zhu hesitated for a moment and then replied, “I need to go home first. I’ll catch up with you in a little bit.”
“Then, I’ll go with you. Uncle Liu, I’ll head back later.”
Liu Tian Ci nodded and threw the keys to Ray, saying, “Use my car then.”
Together with Zhao Tie Zhu, Ray got into the military jeep, and they disappeared in the cloud of dust.
When Liu Tian Ci got back into the truck, both trucks roared out of the Public Security Bureau.
His face grim, Li Gang said to the person on his side, “Where’s Zi Qi?”
Looking hesitant, the person said, “in the interrogation room.”
Li Gang quickly walked into the interrogation room. Pretty soon, a loud, angry roar came from within, “You all just wait!!”
The military jeep sped along. Ray, holding the steering wheel, said to Zhao Tie Zhu, “Brother Tie Zhu, how did you end up in the Public Security Bureau?”
“Ah, shit happens. It’s fortunate that you came, otherwise I would have needed to act by myself.” Zhao Tie Zhu lit a cigarette and placed it on Ray’s mouth. Then, he lit one for himself. Exhaling a smoke ring, Zhao Tie Zhu sighed in relief.
“I heard from Angel that you’re out of the business?” asked Ray.
“Yeah,” Zhao Tie Zhu answered, “these years, business is bad, almost all the bad guys have been killed. If I continue to do it, sooner or later, National Security would target me. It wouldn’t be fun then!”
“Why don’t you join the army then? With your ability, you’ll surely become an elite.”
“I’m not interested. You don’t know how cozy my life is now…” Zhao Tie Zhu watched the scenery outside the window, and couldn’t help but think of those two people in his villa.
“Brother Tie Zhu, what are you doing now, then?” Ray asked curiously.
“I’m a landlord now. I bought a villa in the West Lake District, and only rent it to beautiful women. There are two already now. What do you think? Isn’t it comfortable to fool around with beautiful women every day?”
“You know,” Ray said with a nostalgic face, “I really miss the days when we were mercenaries in foreign countries.”
“Well, we’re not the same. Back then, you were just going through training, but for me, it was my livelihood. Since you’re back now, your family will give you a good job.”
“That’s army life. My family has served in the army for generations. My grandfather (from father’s side) asked me to join my grandfather (from mother’s side) and then go back when I gained enough experience. I still prefer hanging out with you. Eating and drinking whatever we like, as long as we’re safe.”
“Bah, with your current condition, you still worry about safety? As I see it, with your physical attributes, even placed in the National Security Special Ops, you’ll still be top-tier.”
“Top-tier your ass. One time, I personally witnessed you blow the head off of that Russian ‘Polar Bear’. You should know that ‘Polar Bear’ was the Russian underground’s boxing champion, he could rip a tiger and crush a leopard with his bare hands. With my kung fu, I would be nothing if I were placed in the National Security Special Ops.” Ray’s expression suddenly became serious, “I heard from my grandfather, those Special Ops members were elites chosen from various military districts. Furthermore, I also heard that among them, are many with extraordinary talents. My grandfather didn’t tell me in details, but only said, with my current skill, if I was placed in the Special Ops, I’d just be an average person there. You’ve got to be careful, brother Tie Zhu.”
“Hehe, currently I’m just a landlord. My ideal life is to flirt with girls, collecting rents, and then find a good wife to have my son. That would be fine. Of course, before that, I want to avenge that year’s grudge.” Zhao Tie Zhu said softly.
“Have you found that person?” asked Ray. He only knew that Zhao Tie Zhu had an enemy, but Zhao Tie Zhu never told him about the details, so he never asked.
“Yes, I found him. Soon, I’ll kill him myself. Look, just drop it. Turn left in front; the third building is my villa.”