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

Chapter 77

Simon could be the person that is behind all this .  


 

“Hi Jack .   I have a gift for you . ”

 

Xie Han is sitting on the sofa .   He is reading the “Washington Economic Times” .   In the classified section, he finds a message .   he is overjoyed .   He quickly walks down the stairs to the cellar where Jian Yao is .  

 

This is a villa in the countryside of a small town .   The house was used as a warehouse during the civil wars .   Now it’s his little playground .

 

He hurries downstairs and finds Jian Yao still tied up in the same position where he left her .  

 

“Oh…” He sighs .   He puts the newspaper in his hand on the sofa .   He releases the locks on her limbs and carry her in his arms .  

 

She coils up into a ball .   Her face is as white as a sheet of paper, and her hands and feet are cold .   She tries hard not to move at all . She is not sure if she can take any more threats and intimidation . She might collapse .  

 

Xie Han is very gentle .   He puts her down on a big comfortable sofa .   Then he takes off his suit jacket and places it over her body .   He sits down besides her and wraps his hand around her shoulder .   He leans over and gives her a kiss on her cheek .

 

His actions frightens her .   She stiffens her body even more . But he doesn't seem to notice her rigidness .   He picks up the newspaper and says to her: “Good news and bad news .   What do you want to hear first?”

 

Jian Yao tries hard to control the shake in her voice .   She answers softly in a coarse voice: “…bad news . ”

 

He smiles and shows her the classified page: “Our little Tommy is back . ” 

 

Jian Yao looks at the part of the paper he is pointing at .   Her heart sinks .   This must be the usual way of how they communicate to each other .   It’s obviously a secret between the two of them .   Others have no way of knowing or imitating it .  

 


Jinyan… you have enemies in front and behind you at the same time? 

 

What are you going to do?  

 

Xie Han knows what is going through her mind .   He says with a smile: “Don’t be discouraged .   I have not shared the good news yet . ” He throws the newspaper onto the coffee table .   Then he leans back onto the sofa again .   Jian Yao doesn't dare to move, not even a tiny bit .   She waits for him to speak .

 

“The good news is…” he says slowly: “Simon might be behind all this . ” 

 

Jian Yao is startled by his comment .   Xie Han continues: “ Tommy cannot defeat Simon .   Perhaps he thinks he’s escaped, but Simon is watching his every move .   That’s possible too . ” 

 

He picks up her hand .   He examines and admires his own handy work for a while .   Then he says: “Relax .   Do you know what I am going to do next?”

 

Jian Yao keeps quiet .  

 

He laughs: “I am not going to reply .   No matter what happens to Tommy, they won’t get a word out of me .   Simon takes a risky step, but his efforts will be futile .   What a waste . ”

 

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After ‘sharing’ the news with her, he sits at the sofa to watch a bit more television .   Then, like a gentleman,  he says good night to Jian Yao and leaves .  

 

Jian Yao hears the noise of a closing door from a distance .   She is still sitting on the sofa .   He must be really happy .   He forgot to lock her back in the cage .  

 

But it doesn’t make much difference .  


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Jian Yao picks up a box of tissues from the coffee table .   She walks over to the sink and starts to rinse the dried blood off her wounds .   A round of pain comes over her .   She is used to it .   She looks into the mirror .   She sees a woman that is pale and thin . Is that her?  

 

Just like Xie Han, she wonders what’s Bo Jinyan’s next move .   She knows that he has successfully aroused his curiosity .   At least for now - Xie Han’s attention is on Tommy .   He seems to have lost interest in torturing and skinning her .  

 

But Jinyan, what are you going to do next?  How long can you keep his attention? 

 

——————-

 

 

Xie Han sits at his desk .   He is searching the internet on all the lastest news on Tommy .   Then he leans back and looks at the fields outside the window .  

 

His goal is to win Bo Jinyan over .   Someone that is as superior and proud as him .   The only person in the world that is worthy to be his partner .   They have had a few rounds of contests .   Sometimes he wins, sometimes Bo Jinyan wins .   He is more sure than ever that he made the right decision .   Bo Jinyan is his own match .  

 

To get Bo Jinyan, the first thing he has to do is to crush him .   Lead him to the lowest point of his life .   Wait until he is most vulnerable… then he can capture him .  

 

He is very confident Bo Jinyan will eventually submit to him .   Because they are very similar people . People with the same nature .   Oh… angels and demons, it’s a fine line between the two .   Once the demon in Bo Jinyan’s heart is awakened, they will be together, forever .  

 

As for Jian Yao… . she is disrupting his plans .   The more he thinks about it, the ‘present’ of a piece of her skin will not be enough .   He needs a bigger blow .   Bo Jinyan needs to receive the suicide note .   A note that contains all her regrets, pains and sufferings .   This is the weapon Xie Han needs to send him to hell .  

 

However, this woman’s tenacity is more than he had expected .   It’s almost one week .   Even under the influence of drugs, she refuses to write a suicide note .   He is losing interest in torturing her .   And he knows in his heart .   Even if he peels off her skin, she will not lift the pen .   This quality reminds him of Bo Jinyan, and Li Xunran .   Stubborn and headstrong . He admires this .   It makes him a little reluctant to kill her…

 

But anyway… something else intrigues him now .  


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He looks at the newspaper classified ad again .   His eyes lands on the word ‘present’ .

 

He knows exactly what Tommy means by ‘present’ - Tommy is jealous of Bo Jinyan .   He wants to kill Bo Jinyan and give it to Xie Han as a present .  

 

Tommy worships and loves his mentor .   He cannot tolerate his position being replaced by Bo Jinyan .   If he gets rid of Bo Jinyan, then he will still be Xie Han’s only partner .  

 

Xie Han laughs out loud .

 

Tommy… Tommy… you are no match for Bo Jinyan .   You are doomed .  

 

However, it’s an interesting twist to the game .   How exciting .  

 

He can rest for a while and watch the two of them fight each other .  

 

——————-

 

Two days later .   Early morning .

 

Xie Han is sitting at the dining table, having breakfast .   He is holding today’s “Washington Economic Times” .    

 

After breakfast, he turns to the classified section .   As he expected, Tommy has contacted him again .

 


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“My dear .   I am still your only friend . ”  Xie Han works backwards .   This message is printed more than 8 hours ago .   That means at the time, Tommy is still free - or least he considers himself to be .  

 

Xie Han smiles .   He puts aside the paper .   There’s a pile of newspaper on the desk .   Everyday, Tommy sends him a message .  

 

Oh… . Simon, Tommy, without any reply from me… are you both disappointed? 

 

He sits back on the sofa .   He switches on the TV and watches the news .

 

Economic summit meeting, presidential voting trends, a hurricane that is sweeping through Louisiana… . This world is so dull and boring .   He turns on the surveillance camera images .   In his underground playground, Jian Yao is quiet as a cat, curled up in the sofa .  

 

Xie Han smiles .   As he picks up a glass of red wine, the voice of the news presenter on television catches his attention: “We have the latest news on the flower cannibal case… . ”

 

“Breaking news:  The flower cannibal has sent the TV station a secret parcel . ”

 

A parcel?

 

What is this all about?

 

What happened next took him completely by surprise .  

 

Xie Han puts down his glass .   He fixes his eyes on the screen .   The news presenter looks more serious than usual .   She says with a clear voice: “We received a parcel from Tommy, the flower cannibal no . 2 ten minutes ago .   It’s dispatched from the Pelican Bay prison .   This is a USB stick with a video footage .   Please be warned .   What you are about to see is disturbing and brings great shame to the whole of the United States, FBI, and the US and Chinese police . ” 

 

She pauses for a while, then she continues: “This footage is from two years ago . The person in the video is the consultant for the Chinese police, an ex-analyst for the FBI, the famous Maryland University Professor - Bo Jinyan . Simon . ” 

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