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Published at 14th of January 2016 12:27:02 PM

Chapter 32

Yin Ziqi did not intend to leave the villa… until she received a text message from Bo Jinyan .


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It’s 4am in the morning .   She was still awake because she knew her brother brought a lot of police officers with him to the resort .   That was not part of their agreement, and she was a little annoyed .  

 

But she didn’t confront him straight away .

 

She knew he’s always had a mind of his own .   Besides, it’s not appropriate to bother him at this critical moment .  

 

She couldn’t change what has happened, so it’s better for her to let it go, so Bo Jinyan knows that he owes her a favour .   All she needs to do is to wait .   Wait for his explanation .   Wait for his apology .

 

This is how a wise woman should treat a man, with grace and gentleness .  

 

As she had expected, he sent her a text message: I am outside your villa .   Come alone .   I give you five minutes . ”

 

She couldn’t help but laugh .   His tone is so arrogant! Even when he is trying to explain himself .  

 

Her assistant wanted to go with her, but she refused .   She didn’t want anyone else there when she is with Bo Jinyan .

 

The sky was still dark .  

 

No one was at the entrance of the villa but she could vaguely see a man standing by a tree at the edge of the forest .  

 

The man was in a black suit . Tall and slender .   He had his back to her, so she couldn’t see his face .   But judging from the body shape and attire, it had to be Bo Jinyan .  

 

She smiled and walked over to him: “This is not one of those occasions which you can get away with  a simple apology… . . Ah!” She let out a small scream .   Because the man turned around and quickly pulled her into his arms .  

 

His arm tightly wrapped around her waist .   Her face was buried in his chest .   Just when she wanted to speak, he pressed his lips on hers .   At the same time, he used his other hand to cover her eyes .  

 

“Oh…” The man gave a small laugh as he slid his tongue into her mouth .   Yin Ziqi’s body was trapped, her eyes covered .   She struggled and he deepened the kiss .  

 

- So that’s what Bo Jinyan’s kiss feels like .   Cold, raw and powerful .

 

Before long, she lost consciousness .  

 

———-

 

 

When Yin Ziqi opens her eyes again, she finds herself lying in her bed .  

 

The lights are on .   Bo Jinyan is sitting in a chair next to her bed .   His eyes are dark and bright, staring thoughtfully at her .  

 

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The news of Chairman Yin’s attack has quickly reached the police, as well as Jian Yao .

 

She is on her way to Yin Ziqi’s villa . Another police officer is with her .  

 

Once she steps out of the car, she realises there is a lot of people surrounding the villa .   Most of them are senior management staff from the company .   Jian Yao is slightly surprised to see so many people there .   She hears someone call her name .

 

It’s the assistant from her previous division .   The young lady that commented Bo Jinyan looked ‘kind of …vain . ’

 

She looks at Jian Yao: “Why are you here with the police?” 

 

Jian Yao gives a vague answer: “I just happened to meet them here . Why are you here?”

 

“Do you not know?” says the young lady . “Chairman Yin fainted in the forest .   Luckily she was not injured .   Director Bo carried her back to the villa .   All the staff at the villa saw it . ” 

 

Jian Yao: “I see… I am going to find Director Bo now . ”

 

The young lady is curious: “Where is everyone else from your division?”


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Jian Yao smiles, but doesn’t answer her .  

 

She doesn’t really care anyway .   So she continues to tell Jian Yao some rumours she has heard: “Apparently, he looked very concern for Chairman Yin .   Some people say he’s Chairman Yin’s boyfriend .   You work with him . Any inside stories?”  

 

Jian Yao takes a look at her: “Of course not .   Don’t speculate . ”

 

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Yin Ziqi's bodyguards are standing outside her suite .   Her assistant greets Jian Yao .   She is a woman in her thirties .   She smiles at Jian Yao: “Chairman Yin is awake .   Director Bo is with her .   Come with me . ”

 

 The master bedroom is at the end of a long corridor . The door is left slightly opened .

 

“Why did you kiss me?” They hear Yin Ziqi’s voice .  

 

Jian Yao is stunned .  

 

Did she hear correctly? A ‘kiss’? 

 

The assistant already has her hand on the door handle .   But instead of pushing it, she pulls it to close the door .   She signals to Jian Yao and they return to the lounge .  

 

“Jian Yao, no matter what you heard earlier, it’s the private affairs of the chairman .   Please do not tell anyone else .   You understand?” says the assistant .

 

Jian Yao: “… I understand . ” 

 

She is confused .   Why would Bo Jinyan kiss Yin Ziqi .   She is his sister! 

 

But in her heart, she can feel little flickers of pain .  

 

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In the master bedroom .

 

Bo Jinyan is sitting in the chair, crossing one leg over the other .   He looks at his sister .   She looks baffled .  

 

He gives her a smile .  

 

He has some softness in the eyes and gentleness in his smile .   Looking at his handsome face, Yin Ziqi suddenly feels like her heart has skipped a beat .  

 

Then she heard him say :”I am sorry, but my first kiss is still…” Then he pauses: “…emm . . not available anymore . But I have no desire to mess with my sister .   Congratulations . It seems you kissed the Flower Cannibal No . 2 . ”

 

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The sun is finally out .   A golden glow covers the Orange Hill Resort .  

 

Jian Yao is sitting by the window, in a daze .

 

“He” has fled .   The police have issued a warrant for his arrest .   Her colleagues from Customer 3 Division are escorted to the Police station .    

 

There is nothing else for her do .   Except to wait .   Wait for Bo Jinyan to appear .

 

Did he really kiss Yin Ziqi? 

 

Then she remembers the words of the assistant from her previous department: “He looked very concerned for her . ” …

 

She has never seen him concerned or worried for any woman before .   However, he seems to treat Yin Ziqi differently .   After all, he obliged when she asked him to take up this simple murder case .  

 


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Perhaps… she is the one he’s secretly adored for years?   She is the only woman by his side all these years .   However, he suppressed his feelings because they are meant to be siblings?

 

She smiles bitterly .  

 

As she is still deep in thought, Bo Jinyan walks in: “We are returning to B City tonight . ”  He sits down in a chair across from Jian Yao .   His hands are tapping the armrests .  

 

“Ah…”Jian Yao replies briefly .   There’s nothing more for them to do here .  

 

After a moment of silence, Jian Yao asks: “What actually happened to Chairman Yin?”

 

Bo Jinyan replies coldly: “He stole my mobile number and sent her a text message . ”

 

Ah . . that’s why Yin Ziqi left the villa .   Fortunately, she was not injured .   

 

He looks annoyed .  

 

… . because he angry that Yin Ziqi is bullied by this guy?

 

She asks causally: “You kissed Yin Ziqi?”  The question has been on her mind for too long .  

 

Yes, that’s the right tone .   Like talking to a friend .   She is just curious .   That’s all .  

 

“Yeah…” Bo Jinyan leans back onto the chair .   He closes his eyes: “At a critical moment of chasing after the Flower Cannibal No . 2, I would take time to kiss my sister?  Who do you think I am?  Someone with no brains or moral standards?” 

 

“So… you didn’t kiss her?” 

 

“Nonsense .   That ‘man’ kissed her . ” 

 

Joy is gushing out of her heart like a stream .  

 

But then she remembers poor Yin Ziqi, kissed by a monster .   No wonder Bo Jinyan is not happy .  

 

As she is thinking about these things, Bo Jinyan suddenly says: “I only kissed one person today . ”

 

She feels her heart halts for a second .

 

Is he referring to the ‘accident’? 

 

Jian Yao turns to look at him .  

 

He opens his eyes and gives her a smile .   A playful but arrogant one .

 

She blushes .   Then her heart starts to pound like a rocket about to be launched .

 

What does this mean?  That he cares about the kiss as much as she does? 

 

Her heart is racing .

 

“Surely this is not your first kiss . ” He says with his low magnetic voice .

 

Her face is red with embarrassment .   But she tries to sound calm: “So what if it is? It’s your first kiss too, right?  At the age of 26 . ” 

 

It’s his turn to look stunned .  

 

“Don’t worry . ”  He stands up, “In the future, when you have a boyfriend, he won’t know about this . Let’s go . ”

 

… . When you have a boyfriend… .

 


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Jian Yao stands still for a while .   When he has reached the door, he looks back, as if to hurry her up .   She quickly picks up the luggage and makes her way to the door .  

 

- Ah… Query solved .   She is not special to him after all .  

 

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The next morning, Jian Yao gets a call from Bo Jinyan: “We need to head down to the Police Station, to look at some evidence . ”

 

Jian Yao is not sure why they need to go there, but who is she to say no .

 

Bo Jinyan asks again: “What are we having for breakfast?”

 

“Sorry, I didn’t have time to cook anything . ”  She didn’t sleep well after last night’s saga .  

 

They decide to have congee in a little shop close to their apartment block .

 

Jian Yao seems to be a bit more pensive than usual .   Bo Jinyan looks at her: “You are very quiet today .   Is everything ok?”

 

Jian Yao didn’t want to explain: “Uhh… just not fully recovered from my cold . ”

 

“Oh . ” Bo Jinyan answers .

 

———-

 

Inspector Wang shows them to a reception room .   He takes out two pieces of evidence: Pei Ze’s mobile phone and a bag of…hair?

 

“Take your time .   I will be back soon . ”  He walks out, closing the door behind him .   They are the only two people left inside the room .

 

Bo Jinyan picks up the mobile phone .   He fiddles with it for a while .   Then he passes it to her: “This one?”

 

Jian Yao takes a look .   It’s the picture Pei Ze took of her at his house .

 

Bo Jinyan deletes the photo from his phone .

 

Jian Yao asks: “This is the reason we have come to the police station?  Just to delete a photo?”

 

He looks at her: “Whatever I have promised you, I will keep my word . No matter how trivial it is . ”   

 

“… . thank you . ”

 

Then he picked up the bag of hair .   Within the big plastic bag, there are many little bags with a few strands of hair in each .   Some of them are labelled .   Some are not .

 

Jian Yao asks: “What is this?”

 

Bo Jinyan is going through the bags as if he is looking for something: “Remember the calligraphy brush in Pei Ze’s house?” 

 

“Yes…”

 

“It’s made from hair .   Women’s hair . ”  says Bo Jinyan .   “ His house has no calligraphy or paintings .   There’s not even a trace of ink in the house .   Yet a brush is displayed in an expensive box in the cupboard .   And he told you he practises calligraphy… We took the brush for analysis .   The results show that it’s made from hair from women . They are from women that he had a love interests with previously .   He collects their hair… as souvenirs . ”

 

Bo Jinyan finds a bag with her name on it . “Take this .   It’s yours . ”

 

Jian Yao is disgusted .   “No, I don’t want to touch it . ”

 

“OK . ”  Bo Jinyan puts the little bag back to the pile .

 

“No!” She shouts: “I don’t want to leave it here either . ” 

 

“So, do you want it or not?” Bo Jinyan smiles .   He is just teasing her .

 

“Take it away . ” Jian Yao commands .

 

Bo Jinyan smiles at her and puts the bag into his pants pocket .  

 

Once they got out of the Police station, Jian Yao walks to a convenience shop next door to buy a cigarette lighter .   She passes the lighter to Bo Jinyan .   He takes out the hair, and burns it .   Soon the strand of hair has turned to ash, blown away by the wind .  

 

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They are on their way to Yin Ziqi’s office .

 

She thinks of what Bo Jinyan has done for her .  

 

He did not forget .   Even when it’s only a photo, a strand of hair .  

 

Why is he so nice to her?  

 

He said Pei Ze is obsessed with women’s hair .   She wonders what was going through Bo Jinyan’s mind when he was playing with her hair .  

 

If he has no feelings for her, why is he so nice to her? 

 

Perhaps, there is no gender difference in his mind?  She is just a good friend, like Fi Ziyu .

 

“What’s wrong with you today?” Bo Jinyan asks again .

 

“I’m tired… . ” She closes her eyes and turns her head away .

 

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Yin Ziqi’s has had a frantic morning .  

 

The entire Customer 3 division has collapsed .   The news has travelled to all the departments .   She is working hard to minimise the damage done to the reputation of the company, as well as organising staff to take over the work from the collapsed division .   She has no time to think about the kiss, or her feelings for Bo Jinyan .

 

“Let’s keep this short . ” She says: “Bo Jinyan, for the records, you are fired .   For  incompetence .   The division collapsed while under your administration . ” 

 

He smiles .   Yes, that’s the best cover up .  

 

Yin Ziqi looks at Jian Yao: “Thank you for your help with this investigation .   As we have agreed, your involvement in the case will be kept confidential .   As a token of appreciation, you can choose to work in any department within the company you wish to .   However, the position will be based on your qualifications and experience . ” 

 

In her heart of hearts, Yin Ziqi does not want Jian Yao to continue to hang around Bo Jinyan .   Now she is giving her a chance to advance in her career .   It’s killing two birds with one stone .  

 

 

“Chairman Yin… Thank you so much… . ” Jian Yao is surprised and touched by her offer .

 

“You deserve it . ” Yin Ziqi answers .

 

But Bo Jinyan doesn't seem as happy: “That’s not necessary . ” He interrupts her sister .   “She is mine now .   She will not be working for you anymore . ”

 

…Mine?  Jian Yao thought to herself .

 

Since yesterday, she has been heartbroken by his suggestive words and actions that obviously don’t mean anything to him .   Now she is pushed to the limits by this last phrase .  

 

What does he mean by ‘mine” .   Didn’t he tell her earlier that he doesn't care if she has a boyfriend? 

 

Jian Yao looks at him: “Sorry, I don’t belong to you . ” Then she turns to Yin Ziqi :”Chairman Yin, can I have a think about it for a few days?”

 

Yin Ziqi senses there is something going on between the two of them . But she just answers: “Sure .   I’ll wait for your answer . ” 



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