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Published at 14th of January 2016 12:40:38 PM

Chapter 69

“Sit tight . ” says Ouyang Lin as his foot slams on the accelerator .  


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Because they are travelling in a high speed, the car swings to one side as they are turning the corner . Bo Jinyan puts his arm around Jian Yao’s waist so she can be more steady .   They manage to catch up to the black Porsche .   They are just behind  him .

 

“Oh no!” says one of the officer that has joined them in their car: “It’s the Sai Kung night markets ahead . ”

 

 

They have left the highway .   They are now driving on a road with more traffic .   There’s also pedestrians walking along either side of the road . Soon they lose track of the black Porsche .  

 

Obviously, he has his escape route planned .  

 

“I have asked for road blocks to be set on the fifteen exits that the road might lead to . ” Anam says as he quickly types on his laptop .  

 

“That’s of no use . ” says Bo Jinyan: “He will abandon his car and walk .   Have your people guard the entrances to the night market . ”

 

Ouyang Lin nods .   They are so close to catching him .   They can’t let him sneak into the night market .   It will be very hard to find him amongst the massive crowd . ”

 

They are now in an area full of people and cars . Ouyang Lin has to reduce the speed of the car .   He takes out his phone and calls the other officers: ”Get a team over here and guard the west end of the market entrance…”

 

“Boss!” says the officer on the other side: “We have an emergency situation here .   There is a bomb . ”

 

Everyone looks ahead to the end of the street .   A wave of people are suddenly rushing down towards them .   Suddenly, the place is in chaos .   There are people everywhere .  

 

It’s too late .   He has caused chaos .  

 

“What’s happening?” Ouyang Lin asks the officer over the phone: “Have you notified the bomb squad yet?”

 

The officer replies: “Yes, we have .   They should arrive in 5 mins .   There’s a man strapped with a bomb in his body .   He is lying in the middle of the road .   We are evacuating the people and residents in the area . ”

 

Bo Jinyan and Jian Yao are holding each other’s hand tightly .   Bo Jinyan is scanning through the crowd .   Jian Yao knows he is trying to find No . 1 .  

 

“I just received the news that the family has been rescued from the villa . ” says Anam: “They have injuries on their bodies, but none of them are fatal . ” 

 

Jian Yao is relieved .  

 

Then she pauses .   If the whole family is rescued, then who is the ‘human’ bomb lying on the ground?

She starts walking towards the site,  Her palms are sweating .   By now, the crowd has dispersed .   Her eyes are blocked by the police cars and officers that surround the street .  

 

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A man is lying on the ground, motionless .

 

There are wounds on his body .   He is only wearing a dirty singlet, and a pair of torn trousers .   His hair looks like it hasn’t been cut for a month .   It’s covering half his face .

 

“Is that him?” Bo Jinyan asks .

 

Jian Yao feels like there is a lump in her throat .   She answers: “It’s too far away .   I can’t tell .   But from the shape of the body… . yes . ”

 

It’s him .   Something in her heart tells her .  

 

An officer next to them passes her a pair of binoculars .   She puts it to her face and looks .

 


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His wounds look worse in close up view .   A familiar and handsome face that has obviously lost a lot of weight…

 

Jian Yao puts her hand over her mouth .   Her vision blurs as tears fill her eyes .

 

“He is still breathing . ”  says Bo Jinyan .   He holds her hand tightly .

 

The bomb squad is here .   Two experts wearing protective gear walks towards Li Xunran .   When they are close enough, they examine the bomb, then they leave him and get back behind the safety line .  

 

Jian Yao’s heart starts to sink .

 

One of the expert takes off his helmet .   He shakes his head and says to Ouyang Lin: “We can’t dismantle it in time .   The set up is complicated, we will need at least an hour .   But there’s only 5 minutes left on the timer .   Unless the person who assembled it stops it by remote control, we can’t save him . ”

 

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Time passes slowly .   Even though it’s only a minute, it’s like they have gone through a few incarnation and live several lives already .  

 

Great sadness overwhelms Jian Yao .   She stands there looking at Li Xunran .   Her face is pale as a sheet of paper .  

 

“Sorry, we can’t save him . ”  He quietly tells Bo Jinyan . Ouyang Lin has been informed of Li Xunran’s identity .

 

“Anam, get ‘his’ phone number from the family that’s just been rescued . ”  Bo Jinyan says .

 

Jian Yao and the others turn to him .   They watch as Bo Jinyan reaches to his jacket pocket and takes out his phone .  

 

He wants to speak with ‘him’?

 

Jian Yao looks up at him .   Is ‘he’ going to answer the call?  

 

Even at this critical moment, Bo Jinyan looks calm and fully in control .

 

The phone rings - Do…Do… Do… He manages to get through .   Anam quickly connects his phone to his laptop .   He is trying to trace the location of the phone . He gives Jian Yao a pair of headphones so she can listen to the conversation . Ouyong Lin looks at his watch .   He signals to Bo Jinyan -  We have 4 minutes before the bomb will explode .  

 

Everyone is holding their breath .  

 

After about five rings, there’s a click sound .   Then a background noise of traffic and people talking in the street .

 

“Hi . ” says Bo Jinyan

 

The other end is silent for a moment before he also says Hi .  

 

“Have you managed to escape yet?”

 

Like he is talking to an old friend .  

 

The man on the other end of the phone laughs: “Oh… . almost . ”

 

Everyone is tensed up .   Ouyang Lin looks at his watch: 3 minutes and 30 seconds .   He looks at Anam .   Anam is looking at his computer screen .   But he doesn’t look very happy .   Obviously, he is encountering difficulty with tracing the location of the call .

 

“Let’s trade .   I have something for you in exchange for Li Xunran’s life . ”  He says slowly, like he is chatting to a friend .  

 

Everyone is amazed .   What does he have to trade?  

 


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On the other end of the phone, ‘he’ is curious as well: “Oh… tell me…”

 

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The area surrounding Li Xunran is empty and quiet .   The officers standing at a distance is waiting for the final outcome .   Is a miracle going to happen? 

 

Hundreds of metres away, there is a huge crowd standing in the streets .   Some of them are quickly leaving the area .   Some of them are standing around to find out what’s going on .   A lot of them are on phone, updating their friends of the events happening .   A tall man wearing a trench coat is also holding his phone .   He walks towards a quiet lane in the side street .  

 

Some policeman is holding a sketch of ‘him’ based on the descriptions of the rescued family .   They are scanning through the crowd to see if they can locate him by any chance .

 

“He” walks into another side street so that he is away from the officers with the sketches .   Then he says to Bo Jinyan: “Just wait a second .   I have to take another call . ”  ‘He’ looks around and makes sure he is alone .   Then he tears off two fake thick eyebrows, a fake beard and a silicon patch on top of his nose .   Suddenly he looks like a different man .  

 

He shoved those brows etc into his pocket .   He then picks up the phone again .   He leisurely walks past the police officers, and talks to Bo Jinyan at the same time: “My apologies .   You may continue now . ” 

 

As he walks past the officers, they took a look at him, looked at the sketch again, and let him pass .  

 

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Ouyang Lin signals Bo Jinyan again .   2 minutes and 50 seconds left .  

 

Bo Jinyan sweeps him a look .   He says faintly: “Tomorrow, every newspaper will reveal that a budding writer named Mei Yuanjun is a psychopathic killer . ”

 

‘He’ smiles: “That’s great . ”

 

Bo Jinyan continues: “Human beings are curious .   You will become their favourite topic of conversation .   Everyone will read your book . You didn’t gain the favour of the judges from the Galaxy writers competition .   But it doesn’t matter anymore .   The public can make up their own mind about you .   They will find that you are a gifted and talented writer .   That’s always been part of your aim .   You’ve succeeded .   Congratulations . ”

 

Everyone is confused .   What does this have to do with bargaining with ‘him’?

 

But ‘he’ continues to chat leisurely to Bo Jinyan: “Are you trying to suck up to me?”

 

Bo Jinyan smiles: “No .   I am threatening you . ”

 

Everyone is stunned .   Then they hear Bo Jinyan continues: “Our game is fair .   I won’t interfere with the attention you will get from the media .   But if Li Xunran blows up before me, then I have to change the rules of the game .

 

I am sure the media is interested in hearing your hidden and secret stories from a world renowned criminal psychologist . ”

 

For the first time, ‘he’ is quiet . They can only hear his breathing from the other end of the phone . Slow, calm and deep .  

 

There’s not much time left .   Bo Jinyan continues: “For example, how you were abandoned by your mother when you were young .   But when you became an adult, you physically abused and killed her to vent your anger .   And of course, I cannot leave out the fact that during your teenage years, you had an incest relationship with your aunt over a long period of time .  

 

I don’t mind telling them that you have had sex with both men and women of different age group and ethnicity, as well as with animals .   This is perhaps more than what they can bear .

 

But they will be most disappointed to find out that you dropped out from university,  A budding talented writer who didn’t even finish his studies… . If these things are made known, what do you think the public’s reactions will be?

 

Oh, I know .   Human beings are curious . But there is a line of morality that you can’t go past .   Once you have past that line, you are no longer a legend .   You are a disgusting piece of garbage .   People will only think of all the awful and dirty acts of yours whenever they see the name Mei Yuanjun .   No one will remember you for your writing talents .   Is that the legacy you are after?”

 

Ouyang Lin signals Bo Jinyan again .   60 seconds left .

 

‘He’ speaks again, with an icy smile: “What a pathetic threat . ”

 

Bo Jinyan cuts him off: “Oh yeah, you wanna bet?”

 


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Bo Jinyan starts to walk towards Li Xunran .   Jian Yao rushes out after him . He turns around and says to her: “Don’t worry .   Go back . ” Then he turns to Ouyang Lin and says: “Take her back . ”

Ouyang Lin is stunned too .   He pulls her back and hands her to another officer .   Then he steps forward and says to Bo Jinyan: “Don’t go over, the bomb will get you too . ”  

 

Bo Jinyan signals him to go back .   Ouyang Lin pauses for a while .   Then he stands back . He calls the bomb squad team .   One of them rushes forward to put a protective top and helmet on Bo Jinyan .   He doesn’t even look at him .   He just asks him to leave .   Then he stands next to Li Xunran .

 

Jian Yao is held back by a few officers .   Her heart is pounding hard .   She is breathing very heavily .   Tears start to run down her cheeks .  

 

Jinyan…

 

She knows what he is doing . She knows he will win .   But she can’t bear the sight of him risking himself in such dangerous circumstances .  

 

She hears through the headphones .   “He’ is speaking again: “Do you want to die with that police?”

 

Jian Yao takes the binoculars .   She can see Bo Jinyan bending down and placing his mobile phone on top of the timer of the bomb .   “Click… Click… Click…” They can all hear it .   ‘He’ can hear it .  

 

Bo Jinyan gives a small laugh and says to ‘him’: “I am right next to the bomb .   I won’t die .   I know it .   You are not going to blow the bomb up .   Because I understand you . ‘Mei Yuanjun’ is an important identity for you, you treasure it like you treasure your life .   Also, I think I understand you more than you think… Oh… You have 10 seconds to consider .   Good bye,”

 

“Click…” Bo Jinyan hang up on ‘him’! 

 

The officers there are dumbfounded .   They can’t believe what’s happened .   Jian Yao is shaking .   She has a smile on her face, but her tears are still streaming down .  

 

Only Bo Jinyan remains calm .   He stands besides Li Xunan, looking at them .  

 

Ouyang Lin’s face is pale .   He is counting:  “8 , 7, 6, 5, … . ”

 

Jian Yao holds her breath .   She fixes her eyes on Bo Jinyan .

 

“3, 2, 1!”

 

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Quietness .  

 

Bo Jinyan curls his lips to form a smile .

 

Suddenly there’s applauses from the officers .  

 

The bomb didn’t go off .  

 

Everyone looks excited . The bomb squad hurries to Li Xunran again .   Jian Yao runs towards Bo Jinyan and throws herself into his arms .   Bo Jinyan holds her tightly .   She is back to his warm and familiar embrace .   She hears his strong and steady heartbeat .   Her heart seems to melt into one with his .  

 

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One hour later .  

 

 

Bo Jinyan is holding hands with Jian Yao .   They are standing next to the ambulance .   Li Xunran is still unconscious .   He is put on a stretcher .  

 

“He is very weak, but his vital signs look good .   We will need to do further examinations when we get to the hospital to be certain . ”  says the medic .

 

Jian Yao nods and watches the ambulance drives off .  

 

The surrounding roads are still blocked off .   The police are still busy screening people . Even though he managed to escape tonight, at least they have rescued the family and Li Xunran .   It’s a huge breakthrough .   And they have a lot more information about him .   It shouldn’t be long till they capture him .

 

It’s late at night .   One of the officers drive Bo Jinyan and Jian Yao back to the hotel .  

 

The two of them are sitting at the backseat .   Jian Yao looks at him .   A burst of unspeakable bitterness fills her . Everyone thought Bo Jinyan was using the pressure of the media to ‘trade’ with ‘him’ .   And that Bo Jinyan is so brave to stand with Li Xunran .  

 

But she understands why Bo Jinyan did that .   He used himself to trade with ‘him’ .   ‘He’ wanted Bo Jinyan as his partner, so he won’t blow Bo Jinyan up .   The only way Bo Jinyan could be sure that he would win is to put his own life on the gambling table too .  

 

But why?  Even she knows that in her head, her heart still feels so painful?  

 

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In another corner of this city .  

 

A black Cadillac is waiting at the roadside .  

 

After a long wait, a man in uniform gets out of the crowd and gets into this car .

 

“Drive . ”  He leans back, loosens his tie . He sounds tired .  

 

“Yes, sir . ” The driver answers .  

 

The car leaves the busy town area and drives to a villa in the country side . This is one of the most affluent areas of Hong Kong, where all the rich people reside .  

 

The security guard opens the door of the car and greets the man: “Sir, welcome back . ”

 

He walks in slowly .

 

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He is sitting on an expensive and extravagant sofa .   He opens a bottle of red wine and pours himself a glass .   On the TV, it’s showing the news of the serial killer .   They are showing images of officers at the night market .  

 

The man kept smiling until the image of Bo Jinyan and Jian Yao appears on TV . Then his smile disappears .   He throws his glass on the ground and walks leisurely down the corridor .   He opens the thick metal doors of the last room .   It’s a secret chamber .   He whistles as he walks in .  

 

It’s dim place .   A man is chained in his hands and feet .   He is swatting on the floor .   His handsome eyes look empty and unfocused . When the prisoner saw the man come on, he tenses up .  

 

After a while .

 

The edge of the knife is pushed into the prisoner’s flesh .   He yells in pain .   But all the sound is well contained within those specially sound proofed walls .

 

The man who is torturing is excited by his prisoner’s response .   He continues to cut him with the knife .  

 

“I… thought . . we are friends…” his prisoner begs him: “Please let me go .   I’ll give you anything . ”

 

The man suddenly freezes his smile .   He lifts his knife and chop off one of his prisoner’s fingers .

 

The prisoner screams painfully .  

 

The man throws the knife aside .   He looks at his prisoner and says slowly: “Do not be mistaken .   I only have one friend . ” Then he lifts up his head and mutters to himself: “But he won’t come to me right now . ” 

 

 

Then he smiles: “But soon .   When I destroy him, he will belong to me . ”



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