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

Chapter 6

The rain has stopped . Back to a clear blue sky .   The water droplets on the leaves sparkle under the sun .  


 

Walking along the tree lined avenue, Jian Yao enjoys the lovely scenery and feels a sense of peace and contentment within her .

 

She will say goodbye to Bo Jinyan soon .   Even ‘Frankenstein’ deserves a final farewell .

 

The villa stands amidst greenery . It is a lovely place .

 

Jian Yao walks towards the entrance .

 

The front door is wide open .

 

Usually, the door is closed when she comes over . She knocks on the door, and it will automatically open .   Bo Jinyan has a remote control in his room . It’s never wide open like this .

 

She walks through and sees a number of people in the living room .   They are whispering amongst themselves .  

 

An unprecedented situation .

 

Jian Yao stops and stands at the door, listening carefully . One of the people turns around and sees her . “It’s you!!"

 

Then a few people come out from the house, Jian Yao recognises them .   They are the security guards she met this morning .

 

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   The security guards are familiar with Jian Yao .   She always goes to the dormitories they guard .   That’s where her step father lives .   Some of them know her by name . One of the oldest guards raises his voice: “ Jian Yao, why are you here?"

 

    They look tense . Some of them have wooden sticks with them .   Jian Yao says: “ Eh . . I came by to eh… have a look… . . eh… Why are you here?  Is Lao Xiao’s son found yet?”

 

Lao Xiao" is the father of the missing boy .

 

    One of them answers . " . Not yet .   The Frankenstein is not home yet . "

 

    Jian Yao is about to ask another question .   Another security guards suddenly thinks of an idea . “ Can you give us a hand?"

 

    Jian Yao looks at him, nods firmly:”Tell me what you want me to do . "

 

    The security guard knows that Jian Yao has a good friend that works in the Police Department .   If she is willing to put in a word for them, the police might agree to take on the case earlier than the required 48 hours .   .

 

   They give her the details of what happened .  

 

   The child went missing yesterday afternoon .   All the relatives and friends had searched in every possible place they could think of .   Still, there was no trace of the boy . The only clue is from a shopkeeper near the train station . He saw the child going into a gaming parlour in the morning .   He also saw “Frankenstein" there at the time, talking to the young boy .  

 


    Jian Yao asks: “How did the shopkeeper know the person who talked to the young boy is the owner of this house?”

 

    A security guard replies: “Ms Jian, do you not know that he’s famous for wearing a trench coat and a mask on everywhere he goes? .   He is such a strange guy .   Everybody knows he lives in the mountain,  Everybody thinks he is crazy .   He must have abducted the child!”

  

    Jian Yao is shocked - She is only back in town for the school term break .   She has no idea .  

    

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    Jian Yao enters the house with them .

 

    The house still looks the same as when she left in the morning .   The security guards look around to see if they can find any clues .   Two of the guards walk up the stairs to the second floor .  

 

    A middle-aged security guard squats beside the sofa .   His eyes are red .   He looks crushed and desperate .   Jian Yao recognises him .   He is Lao Xiao .

 

    When the security guards told her that Bo Jinyan has abducted the children, her first instinct was ‘It’s impossible . ”  She has always thought he is novelist that specialises in detective stories .

 

    However, he did speak to the child…

 

    Suddenly, her cell phone rings .   It’s from a number she is not familiar with .

 

    She walks away and answers the phone: "Hello?"

 

    The voice of the caller is exceptionally low, with a more nasal hoarse sound than last night,  like someone who just woke up: “Please tell them to leave immediately .   Thanks . ” he says in a very calm tone .

 

    With the cell phone still by her ears,  she looks at the people who have congregated in his house .  

 

    FZ has her resume, so that’s how he knows her phone number . So, he is at home after all .  

 

    Jian Yao speaks in low voice: “Mr . Bo .   They have something very important that they need to speak to you about .   Can you please come downstairs?”

 

    Bo Jinyan gives a laugh: "If I meet with every person who wants to meet me , I will be dead by now . …”

 

-  Huh? Jian Yao is slightly confused .

 

    “… from exhaustion . ” 

 

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    Jian Yao keeps quiet for a moment: "Since you do not want to talk to them, can you tell them yourself .   I will not tell them for you . ”

 

    She is obviously annoyed .   Bo Jinyan pauses for a while .  


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   Then he says: "Well, tell them that what they are looking for is in the room on the first floor .   The key to the room is inside the kitchen cupboard, on the third shelf . ” He hangs up .

 With those instructions,  Jian Yao goes to the kitchen and retrieves the key .

 

    She walks back to the living room, and says to the guards: " . . Actually, I am doing a bit of work for Mr . Bo, but I don’t know him that well .   He just phoned me and asked me to show you this . ”

 

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    This is the room that is supposed to be out of bounds .   Yao inserts the key into the slot and unlocks the door .   Her heart is pounding .  

 

    What will they see? Why is Bo Jinyan leading them to this room? 

 

    A security guard opens the door slowly .

 

    The lighting inside is very dim .   Slowly, she realises what is inside those jars and bottles on the shelves .

 

  Everyone is stunned .   Nobody made a sound .  

 

   Inside the bottle that is sitting on the shelve closest to them, is an eyeball .   Pale, with lax pupil, as if it is staring at them .

 

    Other bottles in the room contain lips, teeth, wrists, heart, male genitals . . . . . .

 

    A security guard exclaims: “Murderer!  Psychopath! !!" Then he turns and runs down the stairs and out of the house .   Others immediately follow him .   “We have to keep this place secure before the police arrives .   Let’s guard at the front door . ”  . Lao Xiao is standing there like a statue . “Come on, Let’s leave this place first .   The police will be here soon . ”  Says one of the guards .   He then helps Lao Xiao down the stairs and back out into the courtyard .  

 

   Jian Yao feels  a chill slowly infiltrating her limbs and her body . She takes a look around the room .   .   Nobody is here anymore . Except her .   Suddenly a thought comes to mind .  

 

    She picks up the jar with the eye .   She tilts it and looks at the bottom of the jar .   There is a small yellow sticker .  

 

    It is an English label:

 

    "Number: 42;

 

    Content: left eye;

 

    Gender: Female;

 

    Age: 27;

 

    Cause of death: accident, excessive bleeding;

 

    Time of death: 15 August 27 

 


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    Donation hospital: Ohio State Hospital .  

 

 There is also a hospital seal: -  human organ specimen for research .

 

    Jian Yao is relieved .

 

  She hears the sound of police siren, and it is getting louder .   Then it stops . She walks downstairs to the entrance .

 

    Just stepping out of the front door, she sees two policemen being surrounded by the security guards .   Meanwhile, she hears a bang behind her .   The door is shut .

 

    Jian Yao looks at the closed door .

 

    Bo Jinyan led them to the room with all the specimens to scare them away .  

 

    -

 

 

 The two policemen that are here are civilian police . Jian Yao tells them what  had just happened .   Although she explains that those bottles are only specimens for research purposes, the security guards are still convinced that Bo Jinyan is the one who abducted the children .  

 

   The two policeman knock on the door .   They want Bo Jinyan to personally explain what’s happening .  

 

    No response .   Security guards start to talk amongst themselves: “He is trying to hide from us because he is guilty . ”

 

- What’s on his mind? Jian Yao is also puzzled by his actions .

 

    One of the police walks over to Jian Yao . “You have his phone number, right?  Can you please call him to open the door?"

 

    Jian Yao nods . At the request of the police, she dials the number and turns on the speakerphone function . "The police is outside your house .   They need to speak to you .   Please open the door . "

 

    Bo Jinyan stays quiet for a few seconds before answering: “ They have a search warrant or an arrest warrant?”

 

    The policeman shakes his head .   Jian Yao replies: "No . "

 

    Bo Jinyan: "Then why should I open the door?  Goodbye . " He hangs up again .

 

    The policemen look at each other .   They are getting very annoyed: "Call the bureau to consult!" Jian Yao is also offended by his attitude .   But she thinks to herself .   He is not a criminal .   Criminals don’t behave this way .  

 

    Another police siren sound gets closer .   Everyone looks toward the direction of where the sound is coming from .

 

   A middle-aged man, surrounded by several police officers are walking towards them . One of the officers is Li .   Jian Yao recognises the middle-aged man .   He is chief Inspector .

 


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    -

 

    In this little courtyard, the situation seems to get somewhat complicated .

 

Lee is surprised to see Jian Yao here- “What are you doing here?”

 

    Jian Yao: “Long story .   Why is Chief here?” 

 

    Li Xunran gives a little laugh .   “Long story .   We only just found out from central office that ‘he’ lives here .   So, we are here to see him . “ There is a sense of excitement in his voice . “ Are you here to help find the missing children?  Reports have been filed about him being a suspect for kidnapping .   There must be some mistake .   How could he possibly be the offender? I’ll explain later .   Gotta go . ”  Then he runs off .    

 

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   Once again, someone is knocking on the front door .   This time, it’s Li .

 

    Once again, the request has been denied .   No one answers .

 

    And once again, Jian Yao is asked to call him with her phone .

 

    All eyes are on her .    Jian Yao has no choice but to press the numbers again . Speakerphone function is on… once again .   Before she can even say anything , Bo Jinyan speaks with a slightly annoyed voice “Are you so incapable? Seems like you can’t even remember events that happened within the last 24 hours?  Did you forget how late I went to bed last night?  How many times are you going to call me?"

 

    Jian Yao is about to respond, but suddenly she feels the crowd looking at her strangely . It’s too hard to explain to them what he meant .   She decides to give up .   So she goes straight to the point: “Bo Jinyan, The Chief Inspector is here to see you . "

 

  “I don’t want to see him . ”  He replies .

 

    “Let me talk to him . " The Chief Inspector stretches out his hand and ask for Jian Yao’s phone .  

 

    He walks away from the crowd .   They talk for a while .   He walks back with a smile on his face .  

 

    -

 

  Chief walks to the front door .   This time, the door opens .   Chief, Li Xunran and Jian Yao goes inside the house .

 

Jian Yao taps Li Xunran on the shoulder: “Who is he?”

 

    Li Xunran looks at Jian Yao: “How do you know him? What is the relationship between you two?”

 

   “I am working for him . As a translator . ”

 

    Li Xunran grabs her by her arm: “You work for him!" He says with an envious voice .  

 

 

“Bo Jinyan . Associate professor from University of Maryland . The world's youngest criminal psychology expert, Consultant for the Ministry of Public Security . And he chose to stay in our little town! “ 

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