"The Accounts Book isn't on you? Impossible! Su Lin, according to what Han Xiaoxiao said, after you both obtained the Accounts Book from the Dragon-Tiger Gang's underground base, she hid it on your person!"
Yan Longyong wrinkled his brows in thought. If the Accounts Book was truly lost, then the matter will become exponentially thorny to deal with.
It was impossible for those people holding high positions in Jian'an to have not received any news. Now that the Dragon-Tiger Gang had been dealt with, and rumors were flying around, it was impossible those officials didn't know anything.
Therefore, the officials who had dealings with the Dragon-Tiger Gang had already begun reorganizing their net worth, destroying evidence, and shifting their assests and properties to free themselves of any prosecution.
"Let me try to remember what happened. Chief Yan, it went like this: After we obtained the Accounts Book, I kept it in my clothes, and even when we came out of the underground base, I could still feel its presence on my person. But after I lost consciousness and woke up again, I didn't see it anywhere on myself, so I am not sure where the Accounts Book went?"
As Su Lin did his best to remember where the Accounts Book went, he was sure that the Accounts Book was on his person until they reached out of the Dragon-Tiger Gang's underground base. But what happened to the Accounts Book after he lost consciousness was something he had no impression of in his memories.
"The Accounts Book was on your person when you came out of the underground base? Good… I will immediately ask all the policemen who were present on the scene that evening!"
Taking out his cellphone, Yan Longyong called several people and earnestly questioned all the policemen who had been present on the scene that evening. But all of the policemen he inquired replied that they hadn't seen any sort of Accounts Book. Finally, he found no clue to the whereabouts of the Accounts Book.
"Chief Yan, who was the one to send me back home after the incident?"
Hit with a sudden inspiration, Su Lin immediately asked.
"At that time, I had nothing else to deal with so I personally sent you back home together with another policeman," Yan Longyong said, and as if he had figured out the reasoning behind Su Lin's question, he spoke up, "Su Lin, are you saying… Could it be that the Accounts Book was left somewhere at your house?"
Su Lin nodded and said, "Yesterday morning, I woke up on my bed without having much recollection of the event that evening, so I obviously didn't think about the whereabouts of the Accounts Book, thinking that the police might have obtained it. But since the Accounts Book still hasn't been found, so there's a high chance that it was brought back to my house, inside my clothes. It's very likely that when my parents changed my clothes while I was unconscious, they found and put the Accounts Book somewhere."
After the simple analysis made by Su Lin, the only possible place where the Accounts Book could have ended up had to be the Su Lin's house. With how many large and small cases vice squad leader Yan Longyong had solved, it was impossible for him to not realize this point.
"Right! It's just like what you said, Su Lin; there's a high chance the Accounts Book is at your house!"
Different from Su Lin, Yan Longyong was also assessing the risk and danger Su Lin's family might be under as they reached the conclusion regarding the whereabouts of the Accounts Book, "Su Lin, since we can guess where the Accounts Book might be, then those cunning officials and people of the Dragon-Tiger Gang will also be able to guess the whereabouts of the Accounts Book and pinpoint it to your house…"
"Chief Yan, what you mean to say is…"
As he listens to this point, Su Lin's gaze also turns stern and he anxiously cuts off Yan Longyong's words, "What you want to say is that they might rush to my house to get their hands on the Accounts Book? Will my parents be in danger?"
As these words came out of his mouth, Su Lin's heart thumped. There definitely couldn't be any good if that happened.
Su Lin, don't be anxious. I will call the police bureau and have them immediately send a team of criminal policemen to your house to look for the Accounts Book and to protect your parents.
Seeing Su Lin's worried face, Yan Longyong hurried to comfort him. In the meantime, he took out his cellphone to make a call and give out his orders. But just at this time, his cellphone rang.
"Hello! I am Yan Longyong, what's the situation? Tell me!"
As soon as the phone connected, one of Yan Longyong's subordinates reported something to him, making his complexion sink, "Alright! I understand; I will immediately rush to the scene. In the meantime, you should thoroughly search the suspects and the place! The Accounts Book we are looking for might just be in their possession. You mustn't let them go and retrieve the Accounts Book."
"What is it? Chief Yan? You… What's the matter?"
Su Lin couldn't tell what the other side said over the telephone, but from Yan Longyong's words and demeanor, he had a bad premonition, and he was sure that something bad had happened.
"Su Lin! You must be mentally prepared for this; be strong! I just received a report from one of my subordinates that a bunch of men in black broke into your home and your mother was injured amidst the confrontation. I reckon they had already guessed the Accounts Book might be in your house, hence they rushed there to retrieve it."
Yan Longyong's face was full of apology as he regretfully said to Su Lin, "Forgive us, Su Lin! This time, it's due to negligence on our criminal police bureau's part. We should have figured this out and sent a team to protect your family in secret yesterday!"
"What? Some people broke into our house and even injured my mother?!"
As he heard the news, Su Lin stood up from his seat with clenched fists. Rage filled his eyes; this time, he was truly angry!
'Good, good, good! You bastards of the Dragon-Tiger Gang, you actually dare come to your Grandpa Su's door and bully my family!'
"Su Lin, you should calm down first! I have already relayed orders to the police department and the traffic police to block all city paths and search for the criminals everywhere. We will definitely be able to bring those criminals to justice soon!"
"How is my mother's injury right now? No, this isn't good! I must go home and take a look myself!"
Saying this, Su Lin walked towards the Student Council Office’s entrance. It was no wonder the news had greatly disturbed him; he had always thought nothing bad could happen to his family now that he wasn’t the same old him, yet now, something like this happened!
“As we only received the news now and the criminal police team has just been dispatched, we aren’t yet sure of the extent of your mother’s injury. However, from what the informant told us, your mother’s injury shouldn’t be serious, Su Lin, so you don’t need to burden yourself with too much worry.”
Yan Longyong also caught up with Su Lin, and said, “Su Lin, I am also going to the scene, so you should come along with me on my police car.”
“Good, let’s do as you say, Chief Yan!”
At this time, Su Lin couldn’t be bothered to be polite with Yan Longyong as he immediately left the Student Council Office with him, rushed downstairs, and entered the police car followed by Yan Longyong and the other police officer who came along with him, Little Zhang.
Officer Little Zhang immediately stepped on the accelerator and made the police car zoom out of Jian’an First High as they rushed towards the direction of Su Lin’s house, sirens blaring.
On the other hand, when Li Jianhua, who had been standing outside the Student Council Office saw Su Lin entering the police car with the two officers, he thought that Yan Longyong had arrested Su Lin. Immediately, his heart burst with joy as he thought, ‘Su Lin, ah! You little bastard, now that the police have arrested you, it seems the crime you committed wasn’t anything small…’
Originally, Li Jianhua and Peng Shenda had been plotting on how to prevent that little animal, Su Lin, from participating in tomorrow’s College Entrance Examination. But now that he saw Su Lin get arrested by the criminal police officers, there was no longer a need for them to do anything.
In an excellent mood, Li Jianhua obviously didn’t forget to call and inform Su Lin’s class in-charge, Lin Qingxue, of the matter, “Teacher Lin, that Su Lin of your class was just taken away by the criminal police officers, and I reckon he will be undergoing rigorous investigation at the police station. It seems the matter isn’t small, so he might not be able to attend the College Entrance Examination tomorrow.”
Li Jianhua had the appearance of a wretch taking pleasure in others’ misfortune as he told everything to Lin Qingxue. While Lin Qingxue’s came close to exploding with worry and impatience.
“Is that true? Just what could have happened…”
After Lin Qingxue hung up the phone, she felt like an ant that had been dropped into a hot pot as she anxiously thought, ‘Su Lin, ah! Su Lin! Didn’t you assure me there would be nothing wrong, that nothing bad would happen to you? Then why have the criminal police officers taken you away with them for investigation now? Just… Just what is it that you have done?’
Lin Qingxue felt fussy and worried for Su Lin, but in the dead, she was just an ordinary school teacher in Jian’an First High, so what means could she have to help him?
‘Oh right! Isn’t the mother of Qin Yanran from our class the mayor of Jian’an? I can ask Qin Yanran to talk to her mother… She might have a way to deal with the matter…’
At the time, Lin Qingxue had been giving an English lecture to one of the Grade 3 classes, telling them about the important questions that would need more attention from them, and other important information. But after receiving that information over the call, where would she have the heart to continue, so she immediately told the students to self-study while she rushed to Class 2 of Grade 3 (Su Lin’s class).
Similarly, many students of Jian’an Firsh High also saw Su Lin being taken away by two police officers in their police car, and reckoned that he must have done something serious!
Su Lin was taken away by the police! This news immediately swept throughout the entire Jian’an First High campus!
The Su Lin who had progressed by leaps and bounds and scored tenth in the Grade’s final mock exam was now taken away by the police!
With the police coming directly to the campus, and taking Su Lin away under the eyes of so many students… There definitely wouldn’t be anything good coming out of it for Su Lin!
Clip! Clop! Clip!
The rapid sounds of footsteps could be heard as Lin Qingxue arrived at the entrance of Class 2 in her high heels. At this time, the Language teacher was giving a lecture to the students regarding important questions and points they needed to pay attention for tomorrow’s College Entrance Examination. Lin Qingxue couldn’t even be bothered to greet him as she directly made her way over to Qin Yanran’s seat, with a flushed face, and stuttered, “Yanran, Su… Su Lin- The criminal police… took Su Lin away…”
Not only Qin Yanran, but all the other students in the class were also shocked. As they had been attending the Language class, they hadn’t seen Su Lin being taken away by the criminal police, nor had they heard they rumors flying around Su Lin outside in the campus. And now that they heard the words directly from their class in-charge, Lin Qingxue, who had rushed to their class, how could they not be shocked?
“Teacher Lin, just what happened? Su Lin… How could he be taken away by the criminal police?”
Not knowing why, but Qin Yanran felt her heart clench as she heard the news. Right, she was also worried for Su Lin, and she was immensely worried for him, very very much! (TL: Treat this as a sentence conjured by a 2-year-old.)
“I am not too sure about the matter either. Two criminal police officers came to school today, looking for Su Lin, and then they brought Su Lin with them. And tomorrow is the College Entrance Examination, so no matter what, we cannot make Su Lin miss them. Ah! Teacher doesn’t have any means to do anything, Yanran, but isn’t your mother the mayor of Jian’an City? Therefore… Therefore, Teacher wants to ask you to call your mother… Request your mother to help find a solution…”