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When A Snail Loves - Chapter 45.1

Published at 13th of January 2017 10:19:17 AM

Chapter 45.1

When a Snail Falls in Love Chapter 45 . 1

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New chappie out! Apologies for not following the schedule completely; hopefully things will be back to normal next week . Here’s your weekly update!

Xu Xu and Ji Bai are so sweet together even when apart! I have a feeling we should be wary of General Po . *pats myself on the back for the amazing intuition* lol


Chapter 45 . 1-Xu Xu’s heart jumped uncontrollably, and a sheen of sweat appeared on her back

On the quiet fields, the train sped under the blazing sun . The vague hills in the distance undulate . No end appeared to the jungle .

In the train carriage, Xu Xu was calling Xu Yao: “ . . . We’ll reach Lin City tomorrow morning . You don’t need to meet me, I’ll be going to the station first to make a report . If there’s nothing else, I’m hanging up . ”

“Wait a minute, are you all right? Did you get hurt? Was the weather there ok?”

Xu Xu said: “We’ll talk more when I get back . ” She looked at her watch: “In 10 minutes’ time we’ll be entering the mountainous region where there will be no reception . I’m going to call Ji Bai now . ” With that, she hung up decisively .

That rascal! Xu Yao thought: There’s still 10 minutes to go before the reception is lost, and she only spoke with me for 2 minutes!

When she called Ji Bai’s phone, he was with several Interpol officers in a police car eating a packed lunch box . It was afternoon, when the crowded city was as hot as an oven . Since they had been busy the whole morning, sweat rolled on their backs, as they wolfed down their food .

Ji Bai closed his box . Without checking his caller display, he said: “Hello, this is Ji Bai . Go ahead . ”

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When Xu Xu heard his low, mellow voice, her heart immediately felt at ease . “It’s me . ”

The corners of Ji Bai’s mouth unconsciously twitched upwards: “Is there something wrong?”

Xu Xu paused briefly .

The two had only parted in the morning, so there was really no need to call . However, she was idle today, and had unconsciously thought of Ji Bai several times . This was the first time she had ever experienced such feelings for another person .

Thus, she honestly replied: “Nothing’s up . It’s just that I miss you . ”

Her words were like a cool spring of water on a hot summer’s day, refreshing to Ji Bai’s soul . He suddenly remembered the previous night in the hotel room . Her pale, delicate body, as their skin touched . The intimacy and passion of their encounter made him temporarily absentminded and and did not speak .

At this moment, the other Interpol officers laid down their lunch boxes and donned their bulletproof vest: “Let’s go, Ji Bai . ” The Kachin soldiers seated on the ground also picked up their guns and got up, ready to move out .

Ji Bai said softly: “I miss you too . ” After a beat, he leaned closer to the handphone screen, and gently kissed it .

When the other officers saw this, they laughed . This was the first time Ji Bai had ever done something like this, but he was not embarrassed . He put his phone away, smiled cooly, and got out of the car with them .

On her end, Xu Xu looked at her handphone as she sat on the pristine white bed dappled with golden light .

Her face was a little numb, and her heart was racing . She felt as if she had really been kissed……

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After a while, Xu Xu walked to the train car nearby to eat with the other three Interpol officers . The criminals had all been confined at the back of the carriage, and the Kachin soldiers would not be coming to this side, where all the officers were . As the officers ate, they began to discuss the case involuntarily .

One officer said: “It’s been so long, and Brother Lu hasn’t been caught yet, damn it!”

Everyone was quiet for a heartbeat, before an experienced officer took a puff of on his cigarette and spoke: “It looks like Brother Lu has a backer in the military . ”

Everyone was momentarily taken aback . He continued: “That’s my gut feeling . In Myanmar, what the military says goes . We laid down such a tight dragnet, yet Brother Lu was still able to escape . It can only be that she had help from the military in secret . ”

Another officer said: “I agree with your point of view . I specifically ran a check on all of Brother Lu’s bank accounts, and, guess what? Not a cent, and not even any transaction records . Where did the money go? Obviously, it’s with this person . If we can find this person, we can capture Brother Lu . ”

Everyone nodded in agreement, but Xu Xu was slightly sceptical: “Why would Brother Lu trust this person so much?”

On hearing her question, another officer jokingly said: “Aren’t you a criminal profiler? I heard you’re the one who captured the Lin City blade criminal? Not bad! If you could draw up a profile of the master criminal behind the scenes, we could immediately arrest him . ”

Everyone laughed . Xu Xu shook her head: “There are too few clues . I can’t even draw up a preliminary profile . ”


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Even having said this, when Xu Xu returned to her compartment, she lay on the bed and stared distractedly at nothing .

These past few days she had been busy with the work in Mai Zha City, her mind had been occupied with the data regarding the dozens of arrested criminals . There had been no time to give any thought to Brother Lu or her backer . However, now that she was free, the Interpol officers’ words kick-started her train of thought .

She took out a pen and a paper, and jotted down some fragmented and random clues that came to her mind . After some moments of deep thought, she still had no idea .

Lifting her head, she saw her handphone on the table . She thought of Ji Bai, and couldn’t control the little smile that came to her lips . Her hand moved in accordance with her thoughts, and she quickly wrote down, several times, ‘Ji Bai’, and ‘Third Brother’ .

She gathered her thoughts to continue considering the case . When she saw the line of ‘Ji Bai’ characters written on the paper, she had a flash of inspiration, stunning herself .

Thanks to Ji Bai, she suddenly thought, even though we don’t know anything about this mystery person, he and Brother Lu are intimately connected . We can analyse this person through Brother Lu .

Brother Lu is a very cautious, secretive person with a will of iron . She placed all her benefits in the hands of this person . Within China, she also has her own independent criminal gang .

What kind of person could gain the total cooperation [1] and absolute trust of a ruthless criminal [2] like Brother Lu?

One thought led to many . Several clues exploded in Xu Xu’s mind . She took up her pen and paper, and firstly wrote down “lovers” .

That’s right, where Brother Lu is concerned, only someone with whom she had a really close relationship would be able to gain her absolute trust, to the extent that there was not even a cent in her own account . They were of different nationalities, and the information on Brother Lu’s family did not show any foreign relatives, so it was most likely that they were a couple .

After a while, she wrote down: “30 – 40 years old, single, unmarried, no children . ”

This is because, if he were too young, he would not be in an influential position in the military; if he were too old, it would also be unlikely . In addition, the Myanmar people tend to marry young, and also attach great importance to producing a male child to continue the family line . Thus, if he were an older man, with a wife or children, Brother Lu would not be able to trust him fully .

Thirdly, a compliment: “charm” . In the eyes of ordinary people, and especially the fierce and tough Brother Lu, this person was very likely to be someone with a unique character and charm . This was why Brother Lu was so devoted to him .

Having thought up to this point, Xu Xu excitedly walked back and forth in the narrow compartment . After a while, she wrote down two related words: “violence, abuse” .

There are other gangs in northern Myanmar, but only Brother Lu’s group employed such cruel means when committing crimes, and resorted to unnecessary violence .

While investigating previous cases, Xu Xu had come across the following: When kidnapping, they often brutally abused the victims in order to heighten the victims’s fear; when trafficking babies from China, they used sleeping pills, causing many babies to become critically ill . In the Zhou Chengbo case, they planted the explosive in retaliation to losing control of the situation . If he had managed to escape the bomb, he would have been beaten to death by thugs .

The characteristics of a criminal group naturally reflect the style of the leader . However, Brother Lu had never shown such tendencies throughout the history of her group’s dealings in China . Therefore in the network of criminal syndicate leaders, she is probably the one who passed on the messages of the one who [Xu Xu] is currently looking for .

Finally, Xu Xu wrote down an adjective: “conceited” .

Brother Lu’s group had a wide range of criminal methods, an extensive network, and a hand in any means of earning money . Thus, there was a high degree of arrogance . The ability to carry off so many activities would reflect the leader’s tenacity and cunning, and also his ego/ conceit .

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[1] 俯首称臣: This phrase literally means “to bow before”

[2] 枭首: This phrase literally means “behead”