Translated by Vivian of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
“Are you saying that Chen Jing has a mental illness?” asked Gu Xiang.
“Oh, oh, I understand! He has schizophrenia!” Lin Bai pounded a fist in his other palm.
Ding Ding’s mouth widened. “Schizophrenia? Isn’t that a bit of a stretch?”
“You haven’t even worked here for two years yet, how many criminals have you seen?” said Chen QiaoYu.
“What Lin Bai said isn’t accurate. This isn’t schizophrenia. Instead, it’s probably multiple personality disorder. Multiple personality disorder is a serious mental illness, and people who suffer from it will experience varying degrees of sensory impairment, mental activity that is inconsistent with their environment, and auditory and visual hallucinations. In other people’s eyes, they behave strangely, as if they’re delusional and mad. And, multiple personality disorder, otherwise known as split personality disorder, mainly manifests itself as depersonalization, in which there are two or more personalities in one person.
“Their thoughts and behavior are completely separate, and they might control their body one at a time, based on the current situation. The different personalities may or may not know that the others exist, and they might depend on each other or even be rivals.” Lu YunYang offered a simple explanation. “Chen Jing’s day-to-day behavior is basically consistent, and they only subvert his nature when he commits a murder. He himself isn’t unconscious, but he shows signs of being detached from reality.”
“Split personality disorder is usually induced by one’s childhood. It appears that we need to investigate even deeper into Chen Jing.” Wen JingHan turned to Gu Xiang.
“Leave it to me.”
“Chen Jing himself is stifled and introverted, but he splits into a strong, confident, and crazy personality, which is probably a drastic change caused by his inner desires. And, his second personality only appears at decisive events.” Lu YunYang said, “Perhaps Gao Yun’s death was a turning point.”
“Then maybe we’ll be able to figure out his motive.” Chen QiaoYu had been brooding over his motive for a while now.
“Little Jin, what was Chen Jing like when he was looking for something on the rooftop? Think back carefully, were there any details that indicated his change? Especially things like his expression, tone, and movements,” Lu YunYang prompted Guan Jin.
Guan Jin frowned and began to replay the scenes in his mind. “At the time, he was very panicked when he saw me, and when I told him I followed him there, his——expression at the time immediately became aggressive. I asked him if he wanted to push me down, and that I had already notified the police. He suddenly became timid again, and began giving me an explanation…”
“Right there. Chen Jing’s second personality shows up when Chen Jing encounters a major threat or when he’s stimulated. Maybe he wants to protect Chen Jing, or maybe he scorns him and doesn’t want him to mess things up. Chen Jing Number Two is very smart and shrewd, and he instantly admitted to being connected to Dong Ping’s death. There was no evidence of murder anyway, and under the presumption of innocence, he wouldn’t get incriminated. Also, there’s another benefit, which is that we would shift our focus away from him for the deaths in the laboratory building.”
“So it was the other Chen Jing who pretended to confess so openly?” Guan Jin refused to believe that he had been deceived by a kid.
“Exactly. However, his impersonation of Chen Jing Number One wasn’t perfect, so it was inevitable for him to reveal some of his true nature.”
“That brat!” Chen QiaoYu was very upset at not realizing this sooner. “These all appear to be logical, but we don’t have any evidence.”
“I know someone.” Lu YunYang flipped through the contact records and dialed a number. “Is this Tang ZiYou? I’m Lu YunYang. I have something to ask you. Before, when you asked me about how someone’s behavior suddenly changed drastically, were you talking about Chen Jing?”
The person on the other end was silent for a while before asking in surprise, “Teacher Lu, how do you know? And how do you know Chen Jing?”
“You don’t have to worry about these. This is a very important, life-and-death matter, so you must answer truthfully,” added Chen QiaoYu.
Tang ZiYou seemed to be frightened, and she didn’t really understand what was going on. After a brief pause, she said, “That’s right. Once, near the end of March, I went to self-study, and I bumped into him. When he saw me, he unexpectedly waved at me, and he seemed to be very happy. We have classes in the same building, and when we saw each other before, we would avoid each other.
“At that time, when I learned of Cheng JiaoJiao’s accident, I was very nervous, and although it didn’t seem to be related, I couldn’t help but bring it up. Then, he expectedly looked up and said disdainfully that everyone has their own path to walk, and that they were painted by the hands of god. No one can predict nor stop it. I was startled, since Chen Jing wasn’t this type of person. He was also very gentle and liked to help people, so how could he be so indifferent to the death of a person he knew.
“Later, another time, Lu MinMin and I bumped into him together. He looked at me and told me that I looked like an angel that had fallen onto Earth, and he also said that Lu MinMin looked like a brilliant mayflower… I was dumbfounded, and MinMin directly asked him whether or not he was high. Do you understand that feeling? It’s like when you feel that the person in front of you isn’t themself at all, and it really seems like they’re either drunk or high.”
“Then why did you want to ask me about it?” asked Lu YunYang.
“I was worried that that incident left a shadow on him and caused mental problems. However, I couldn’t just say this directly, so I could only be vague about it…”
Lu YunYang hung up and said worriedly, “It seems like there have been numerous appearances of Chen Jing’s second personality, and it is more likely to appear when he encounters people who are related to the incident. I think that his second personality knows that the first one exists. It’s just that Chen Jing is heavily suppressed by his second personality, but on the other hand, he kind of enjoys the strength this power gives him.
“Thus, his first personality didn’t raise any objections, and in his life, he doesn’t express any rejection or nervousness, since he trusts the latter. However, I think that his second personality is a little out of control, and he’s becoming more and more discontent with Chen Jing’s powerlessness. He’s drunk on his own power, so his second personality appears at any time to make decisions for Chen Jing.”
“Are you saying that he wants to get rid of his original personality? If his second personality takes over completely, then it’ll be hard to get through to him. This second personality is too strong, and we don’t have any testimonies or evidence.” Wen JingHan felt that this was quite troublesome.
“Which is why we need to do our best to gather clues connected to him. I have a bold idea, and perhaps we can give it a try.” Lu YunYang looked at everyone.
“You like to read Sherlock Holmes?” Lu YunYang asked Guan Jin on the way back.
“It’s so-so,” Guan Jin said tersely.
“Then do you like Agatha Christie? Maybe American or Japanese style? I actually like the books my grandmother used to read to me, they’ll always be classics.”
“I used to have a large collection of mystery novels, and there were of various styles. However, the first book I read was Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, so that quote left a lasting impression on me.” Guan Jin seemed to be invigorated. Before, he had never thought that he would really become a detective one day, and one that worked for the country at that.
“If you’re free later, we can have a talk some more about this hobby?”
“I’m not interested.” Guan Jin glanced at him.
It was silent in the car once again.
Actually, Guan Jin had always been curious about something, and in the end, he couldn’t help but ask, “Say, don’t you have… those sort of feelings for me? How come you aren’t that curious about my deceased honey? Let me make myself clear first, I’m just curious, I don’t mean anything else by this!” Guan Jin quickly added, lest a certain person would flatter themself again.
Lu YunYang chuckled lightly. “I really want to know, but I asked Wen JingHan already, and he said that he didn’t know of anyone you were that close to.”
“You asked him?! You didn’t say any nonsense in front of him and ruin my reputation, right?” Guan Jin looked at him warily.
“How could I do something like that? I wanted to ask you at first, but I was scared you might not want to recall those sad things. But then I realized that asking you wouldn’t help anyway, since you lost your memory, right? How would you be able to remember him again?”
When Lu YunYang said this, he didn’t really mean anything by it, since he was only thinking out loud.
However, for Guan Jin, it was tantamount to a thunderstorm, making his scalp tingle. He really had indulged himself in this life under the sun for too long, and he had nearly forgotten that he was only a soul that had transmigrated to another body. He was a fake, impersonating Guan Jin who had lost his memory, and yet he was saying things without even thinking.
Clearly, he still had to avenge himself, and clearly, he wanted to take back everything that was his, yet he had gotten lost in this illusion, and used the excuse of bad timing and lack of power to pretend that everything was going well. When he thought about this, Guan Jin couldn’t help but shudder. If he continued on like this, the mask he was wearing to disguise himself might meld itself into him, and he would never be able to rid himself of it.
However, Guan Jin still had to find an excuse to tell Lu YunYang. “I did forget, but Tony told me about some of it.”
Lu YunYang, who had been waiting for Guan Jin to say something, replied, “I see. And how does that foreigner know about these things?”
“He’s my friend.”
“How do you know he’s your friend?”
“…He told me himself, and I also have his phone number in my contacts.”
“Have you ever thought about how you might have the phone number of an enemy, not a friend?”
“…I can judge that myself!”
“In this world, there are a lot of people with malicious intentions.”
“But he indeed understands you quite well. He even told you that you read a lot of mystery novels?”
“And he even told you word for word the classic quotes that you like.”
“…” Guan Jin rubbed his face and took a deep breath. “What are you trying to say?”
“What do you want to eat when we get back?” Lu YunYang asked with a smile, as if nothing had happened.
“I want to eat you,” Guan Jin said through gritted teeth.
“Your appetite isn’t small.” Lu YunYang laughed lightly. “It turns out that you rejected me because you’re worried you’ll be topped in the future? It’s okay, I don’t mind making a sacrifice. This way, can I say that we don’t have any more barriers between us?”
The Maserati suddenly began swerving around on the road.
“Are you angry because you’re embarrassed? Even if you are, you can’t murder your personal chaffeur. You’ll kill the enemy, but you’ll also kill yourself, so there’s no benefit at all.”
God, please take this sham of a psychic back! Guan Jin finally realized why Lu YunYang could even sway mental illnesses.