Chapter 30 (A Hint of Zhao Tie Zhu’s Past)
After a day of self-cultivation, Zhao Tie Zhu could clearly feel his body recovering quickly. Normally, with such a serious injury, it would be at least half a month before he could think about getting out of bed. Surprisingly, though in just a day, he could already get out of the bed. Although his body still ached faintly, his strength had recovered a lot. One thing did cause him to be depressed; his stealth ability had actually disappeared!! No matter what he did, he couldn’t turn invisible. Could it be that after being injured so seriously, his self-recovery had also ‘cured’ him from this ability?
Zhao Tie Zhu was very helpless, but he didn’t feel depressed. Li Tian Feng was dead, and he wasn’t an assassin anymore. With no stealth ability, at most, he couldn’t secretly watch someone in the shower anymore. So that was it. It didn’t matter. After taking a shower, he put on a shirt and went downstairs. When he saw Su Yan Ni there watching TV, he laughed and said, “Ah, Comrade Policewoman. You take our taxpayers’ money but just stay at home and watch television?”
“I’m off today.” She glanced at Zhao Tie Zhu and frowned, “Why did you come downstairs?”
“I’m going out for a bit,” he said.
“Are you nuts? You still haven’t recovered! Going out my ass! It’s raining!”
“It’s okay. I’m going to see a friend.” He smiled lightly and walked out of the villa. She took a look at him, then stood up and followed him.
Zhao Tie Zhu walked in front without a word, his shoulders slightly hunched. The wound on his stomach made it impossible to straighten his body. He hailed a taxi and said, “Tian Ling Mountain.” Su Yan Ni was stunned for a moment but didn’t say anything.
The car moved slowly in the rain. Zhao Tie Zhu stared blankly out of the window, lost in thought, but unsure of what exactly he was thinking about. When Su Yan Ni looked at him, she felt a strong sadness emanating from him, which made her feel so sorry for him.
When the car arrived at the mountain, he walked straight out into the rain. She followed behind him and held up an umbrella. At the entrance of Tian Ling Mountain, he bought a bouquet of flowers and then slowly walked into the mountain.
His footsteps became increasingly heavier. After some time, Zhao Tie Zhu arrived in front of a tombstone. He slowly put down the flowers. Su Yan Ni saw a photograph on the tombstone, showing a woman with a smile like the sunshine. Somehow, she resembled Cao Zi Yi a little. The woman’s name was engraved on the tombstone: “Lin Si Ru.”
Zhao Tie Zhu stood straight in front of the tombstone as if the pain in his stomach had disappeared. After standing for a very long time, he sighed and turned to leave. From the beginning to the end, he didn’t say a word.
Su Yan Ni followed behind, wanting to say something but hesitating.
“She was my girlfriend,” Zhao Tie Zhu said suddenly. A faint smile was seen on the corner of his mouth.
“Oh.” Su Yan Ni didn’t know how to respond, so she just looked at his back in silence. At that moment, she realized that she actually knew nothing about Zhao Tie Zhu.
She thought to herself, “Maybe he isn’t the underwear thief.”
If Zhao Tie Zhu knew what she was thinking at the moment, he very well might start crying. This big brother was actually really not the thief.
She gathered her courage and asked, “Can I… know a little about your past?” Her heart felt an urge to know this man’s past, even if just a little.
“We knew each other since we were little.” Memories from his childhood seemed to flash across Zhao Tie Zhu’s face. “We grew up together; she was a year younger than me. Later, when grandma died, she was the only one taking care of me. She came from a poor family, so when she was in high school, she had to work part time. One time, she did a part-time job as a waiter in a bar and met Li Tian Feng.” His face’s expression suddenly became gloomy. After taking a deep breath, he continued, “Li Tian Feng took a liking toward her. He drugged her and took her back to the hotel. The next day, Si Ru committed suicide. Then, I tried to avenge her, but Li Tian Feng’s subordinates broke my arms and legs.”
“Ah!” Su Yan Ni’s small hand covered her mouth, trying not to scream out. She asked, “Li Tian Feng… Is it the Li Tian Feng from the Li Family?”
“Yes.” Zhao Tie Zhu looked calm, but her face wasn’t calm at all. Li Tian Feng, the heir to the Li Family, had been assassinated during the economy summit in FJ. All the city’s police force had been mobilized, and even central had sent a small task force to investigate the case. These several days in the office, she had seen too many high-ranked personnel come in and request to solve the case as soon as possible. She suddenly connected Zhao Tie Zhu’s bloody condition the day before to the Li Tian Feng incident. Looking uncertain, she said, “Then two days ago, you…”
“I killed Li Tian Feng,” Zhao Tie Zhu said lightly as if it were something insignificant. He looked over at her quietly.
“Good kill!” Su Yan Ni suddenly clapped her hand and said, “That kind of beast, he should be killed!”
Zhao Tie Zhu was stunned for a moment and then laughed; this little police flower was really one of a kind. He unconsciously reached out to pinch Su Yan Ni on the cheek. This sudden action left Su Yan Ni dumbfounded. He also froze; it was just an unconscious action. He tried to tell her, but seeing her red face, Zhao Tie Zhu thought that the more he tried to explain, the more it would be troublesome. He didn’t say anything but just turned around and left Tian Ling Mountain. She stomped a foot shyly and then followed him.
Su Yan Ni’s face was red the whole way back to the villa, so he didn’t say anything. They both were silent all the way. When they got home, she just went and hid in her room.
Today, Cao Zi Yi came back home unusually early. Seeing Zhao Tie Zhu returning from outside, she just smiled and nodded. Without a word, she continued to seriously read the magazine she was holding.
He sat down beside her and picked up a book to read. Her body emitted a long lasting faint fragrance, which he thoroughly enjoyed.
Li Ling Er also came home in the evening. Seeing Zhao Tie Zhu could already move, she excitedly kissed him on his cheek. In excitement, he turned to give her the other side, urging her to give equal treatment on both sides. However, he only received her scolding words.
Dinner was made by Cao Zi Yi and Li Ling Er; five dishes and a soup. All of them were nutrient-rich dishes; he enjoyed the meal thoroughly. Next to him, Li Ling Er proudly said, “Brother Tie Zhu, I also contributed to the cooking.”
“Which one did you cook?” Zhao Tie Zhu asked.
“I.. I cooked the rice.”
“…… This rice tastes especially delicious.” Zhao Tie Zhu laughed.
The laughter immediately spread around the table.
“Si Ru,” he thought, “I have a good life now. How are you doing down there?”
Zhao Tie Zhu shook his head slightly. Life goes on.