Translated by Addis of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Editor: SpringBreeze, Kiramekineko
When Xie Quan disappeared from the hospital ward for no apparent reason, Schiha and the staff sergeant began to search the hospital for different purposes. However, no one was found.
What was even more bizarre was that the cameras did not capture Xie Quan leaving the hospital room. According to the surveillance records, Xie Quan came out briefly in the morning, then went back to his room, and never appeared again.
The ward was on the highest floor, so it was unlikely that he left through the window. No one knew how Xie Quan disappeared from the ward. But that didn’t stop Schiha from thinking that Xie Quan had absconded and promptly applied for a warrant for his arrest and a city-wide manhunt.
Hearing the staff sergeant’s report about the surveillance, Ji Cheying had some silent speculations in mind.
If the silver beetle device was there, it would not be difficult to get out from under the surveillance cameras. However, what he was more worried about now was whether Xie Quan had really left on his own. He frowned slightly, eyes staring intently at the object in his hand.
The first piece of paper in the bag was Xie Quan’s file. Not the Xie Quan he knew, but Xie Dongye’s nephew “Xie Quan”.
The young man on the file looked a bit like Xie Dongye, with a melancholy and timidity between his eyebrows. And this was the real “Xie Quan”. This real “Xie Quan” passed away three months ago.
Seeing the date of death on “Xie Quan’s” profile, the marks between Ji Cheying’s eyebrows became more profound. He had an impression of this date, and if he remembered correctly, it happened to be the date when the victim of the first beta case disappeared.
It definitely couldn’t be just a simple coincidence. There must be someone who was behind everything. To kill “Xie Quan”, who was far away in another city, when the crime against beta started. The only way for Xie Quan to take his place was to come to this city.
Someone must have been planning all this from the very beginning.
Xie Quan could not have come to the city by chance. Could he really be behind the beta case? When they met, Xie Quan had told him that he was not the killer.
Ji Cheying believed him, at least for a moment, he believed the other man. He believed in his own eyes and judgment, Xie Quan may not be a pure and good person, but he was definitely not such a vicious person.
The image he saw in the robot’s eyes kept coming back to his mind. Could Xie Quan, who would repair and take care of the worn-out sales robots, really be the one behind the beta case?
Ji Cheying flipped through the pages, and the second sheet was a design, and it was the design of the miniature beetle robot, and even had a small signature that he had been fortunate enough to have seen, because he had been given a mecha design by Yan Bai.
That was Yan Bai’s signature.
Ji Cheying frowned and flipped through the third page, which was about the implementation of the beta gland forcible activation, as well as the formula for the agent, and the surgical operation. It all pointed to the same conclusion—Xie Quan or rather, Yan Bai was behind it.
Looking at the conclusive evidence, Ji Cheying instead had a steep rise of doubt in his heart. It was a doubt from a rational point of view, in addition to the emotional “want to believe Xie Quan is innocent”.
No. It didn’t make sense, it was too contradictory.
Then, Ji Cheying suddenly had a strange sense of unease in his heart.
His handsome face was soon full of doubts and incomprehension. If Xie Quan was really one of the murderers in the beta case, and had planned all this three months ago, just to prepare for Xie Quan’s arrival three months later, then why, with such detailed arrangements and plans, so many clues were missed, and every single one of them pointed to Xie Quan?
It’s too strange. It’s too contradictory, isn’t it?
In addition to this information, there was also the recent death of Márquez and the disappearance of Xie Dongye, each of which was related to Xie Quan. It’s like declaring to the world that Xie Quan was highly suspected of the crime. And could someone who could make such a detailed plan three months ago really be so lacking in consideration?
“But what’s going on in your head has nothing to do with me.“
Xie Quan’s words appeared clearly in Ji Cheying’s mind again, along with those clear, unblinking eyes.
Ji Cheying stood up, his expression suddenly grave and serious. Clutching the sheets of paper, he suddenly walked outside in large strides, while walking, he contacted his men.
“Quick! Investigate Xie Quan’s terminal location!”
There was no mistake, one of the two people that Xie Quan had found tracking his terminal location was Ji Cheying, and it was because of this that he was able to quickly find the location where Xie Quan had been kidnapped.
If he was not mistaken, Xie Quan did not leave the ward by himself.
Instead, he was forcibly taken away by someone. The game was designed three months ago, not to avoid the police investigation, nor for the better implementation of the beta case, but simply for Xie Quan!
Even the beta case was just a part of this game!
He was afraid that the reason why this continuous crime against the beta happened in Noel City was not a coincidence, but the result of someone’s deliberate choice. Because in this city, there was a person with the same name and similar age as Xie Quan!
They deliberately lured Xie Quan to Noel City in order to frame the beta case on Xie Quan, or Yan Bai. Just why did that person go to the trouble of planning all this? But in any case, Xie Quan was now in danger.
Ji Cheying’s jawline was particularly hard and sharp because of its tightness, but not only the lines of his face, but also the muscles of his whole body were in a state of tightness, as if he were a leopard on alert and in a state of attack. There was a sense of stern and cold pressure all over his body.
The pressure made people in the corridor involuntarily move out of the way, and even the originally noisy corridor fell into a cold silence that stopped even the sound of breathing. Only when Ji Cheying left did they dare to relax and start breathing and talking.
When Xie Quan woke up, he found himself lying on a cold, hard iron bed with a small blanket covering his body to keep him warm, for the place was permeated with a gloomy cold.
And as soon as he opened his eyes, a familiar voice came from beside him. “You’re awake.”
Xie Quan braced himself to get up, but found that his body was so weak and powerless that he couldn’t even hold himself up. He could only struggle to turn his head and look over—
Wearing a white lab coat, Tang Wenshao was smiling at him. When he saw him struggling, Tang Wenshao kindly explained, “The dosage was accidentally heavy, and now you are conscious, but the effect of the drug has not yet dissipated, so you will feel weak for a while.”
What accidentally, he obviously did it on purpose!
Xie Quan looked at Tang Wenshao with a gloomy face. “You changed my medicine.” He suddenly lost consciousness after taking the medicine prescribed by the doctor at noon, so it must be Tang Wenshao who replaced his anti-inflammatory medicine.
“What are you trying to do?”
Only at this point Xie Quan looked clearly, this seemed to be a laboratory, not only containing microscopes, scanners, and other professional medical laboratory equipment, but there was a lot of medical equipment, including drugs, specimens, and so on.
And Tang Wenshao was half sitting on that test bench, looking at him. Just then, Xie Quan heard a struggling whimper and he turned his head to look at the other side. Fixed on the floor of the operating table was a lying man, gagged. He took a closer look and saw that it was Xie Dongye.
Xie Dongye’s body was now tied to the operating table with several restraint straps. Because the mouth was gagged, he could not speak, but could only panic, continuing to whimper and struggle.
Seeing Xie Quan notice Xie Dongye, Tang Wenshao said, “It seems you noticed, this is the experiment, you seem to know it, but it does not matter whether you know it or not. Anyway, you don’t like him, right?”
Turning back, Xie Quan looked at Tang Wenshao with a cold gaze. “So you’re the one behind the beta re-differentiation case, and you killed Márquez?”
Tang Wenshao admitted unapologetically, “Yes, that idiot offended you, so of course I had to teach him a lesson for you. As for beta re-differentiation… I’m so happy that you can use that word, it seems that you still remember the beta re-differentiation research seventeen years ago, so it’s not worth the sacrifice of those people.”
Xie Quan’s eyes darkened. “What exactly do you want to do?”
Tang Wenshao tipped his finger to his sliding glasses, he let out a long sigh and said in a very sincere tone, “We won’t hurt you, believe me, we are the people in this world who want to protect you the most.”
Catching the word in the other man’s mouth, Xie Quan asked, “‘We’?”
Tang Wenshao nodded. “Yes, we.”