“Are you drunk?” Chen Yuncheng asked Ning Junyan.
Ning Junyan shook his head and said, “I’m not drunk.” He finally let go of Chen Yuncheng’s hands and sat up from the bed. He got up and walked around the table to get his coat hanging by the wall.
Chen Yuncheng saw that he was really going to leave, and said, “You’ve been drinking, don’t drive.”
Ning Junyan paused for a moment, he took out his phone and said, “I’ll call a chauffeur.”
Chen Yuncheng didn’t plan to ask him to stay. After all, he didn’t have any extra room for Ning Junyan to stay here. He just waited with Ning Junyan for more than ten minutes, and then send him off when the chauffeur arrived.
By this time, the rain had died down, falling so thinly onto the ground that the sound could barely be heard.
The young chauffeur started the car. Ning Junyan sat in the passenger seat, pressed the window down, and said to Chen Yuncheng, “I’m going on a business trip in two days.”
Chen Yuncheng nodded, not understanding why he suddenly said this to him and thought that Ning Junyan still had something to say.
Ning Junyan didn’t say anything.
Chen Yuncheng had to tell the chauffeur to drive carefully. He then stepped back two steps and stood on the street to wave them goodbye. After the driver drove away, he turned around and went back to his kiosk.
After tidying up the room, Chen Yuncheng turned off the light and lay on the bed. It was quite late, he drank a little more wine, and drowsiness surged up quickly, and he quickly fell asleep.
The next morning, after Chen Yuncheng had breakfast, he remembered to send a message to Long Zhanyu, sending the name and address of the hotel where he followed the X-ethnic people last night.
It didn’t take long before Long Zhanyu called him and said to him, “You don’t need to care about that, we can find out the address, just pay attention to whether he has contacted any local people.”
Chen Yuncheng frowned, “Officer Long, since you’ve already tracked down his address, is it difficult to keep track of who he is in contact with?”
Long Zhanyu said, “It’s not difficult, I just don’t want to alert the snake yet.”
Chen Yuncheng understood what Long Zhanyu meant, and the key issue was not with the two X ethnic people, but with the local people they might have come into contact with, who might be able to recognize the police in their jurisdiction, just like Chen Yuncheng, who had dealt with Long Zhan Yu and the others quite a lot back then.
He asked Long Zhanyu, “What are these two people doing?”
Long Zhanyu said, “Don’t pry, but as long as there is enough evidence, we will definitely arrest them. Until then, I’m afraid we’ll have to hold back a bit.”
Chen Yuncheng said, “Okay.”
He was about to hang up, but Long Zhanyu suddenly stopped him and said, “I’m meeting some classmates for dinner tonight, and I’ll come by your place this afternoon to pick up two bottles of wine and a cigarette.”
Chen Yuncheng replied, “Okay, police officer.” Only then did the call really end.
Long Zhan Yu did not make Chen Yun Cheng an informant for nothing. He had taken care of Chen Yuncheng’s business a lot in the past two years. For the family reunion at New Year, the wine was taken from Chen Yuncheng’s kiosk.
After five o’clock in the afternoon, Long Zhanyu drove his private car to Chen Yuncheng to get tobacco and alcohol.
Chen Yuncheng carried two bottles of wine, put a cigarette under his arm, and sent it directly to Long Zhanyu beside the car.
Long Zhanyu did not get out of the car. With a cigarette in his mouth, he took out his wallet from the inner pocket of his jacket, took out a few hundred-yuan bills, and asked him, “How much?”
Chen Yuncheng said, “Three hundred and fifty will do.” After he said that, he asked Long Zhanyu, “Do you want to put it in the trunk?”
Long Zhanyu raised his hand and pressed the door lock, and said, “Just put it on the passenger seat.”
Chen Yuncheng opened the passenger door, put two bottles of wine under the seat, and placed the cigarette directly on the seat.
Then he took the money from Long Zhanyu, smiled and said, “Just right, Officer Long.”
Long Zhanyu said “Um” and asked him, “Is business going well recently?”
Chen Yuncheng said, “It’s okay.”
Long Zhanyu suddenly moved closer to him and said softly, “Did you know that Guan Anlin was released from prison yesterday?”
Chen Yuncheng looked at Long Zhanyu, and after a little silence, he said, “I don’t know.”
Long Zhanyu said, “If he comes to harass you, you can call the police. It is our duty to protect the citizens.”
Chen Yuncheng’s eyelashes twitched a little as he said to Long Zhan Yu, “Officer Long, smoke less.”
Long Zhanyu’s slender fingers still held the cigarette he bit with his lips.
Chen Yuncheng smiled and continued, “If you smoke too much, you will grow old quickly. It’s a pity that you have such a face.”
Long Zhanyu snorted coldly, turned his face away and said, “You don’t know good stuffs.”
Chen Yuncheng stepped out of his car, and raised his hand to help him close the door, “Officer Long, take care.”
As Long Zhanyu drove away, Chen Yun Cheng returned to his kiosk and did nothing but tidy up the containers and was thinking about what to have for dinner when another car pulled up in front of his shop.
Chen Yuncheng put down the things in his hand, and leaned against the counter to look outside.
It was a black car. After it stopped, the back door opened, and a middle-aged man in his 40s stepped out. The man was a little fat, but he was tall. He looked tall and strong, giving people a sense of oppression.
He got out of the car and walked straight toward Chen Yuncheng, showing a smile with little sincerity and said, “Yuncheng, it’s been a long time.”
“Yong ge,” Chen Yuncheng smiled back, “It’s really been a long time since I saw you.”
Zhang Wenyong went all the way to the door of the store, stopped in front of the counter, looked at Chen Yuncheng’s small kiosk, and asked, “You have some buyer here?”
Chen Yuncheng said, “Not bad.”
Zhang Wenyong chuckled and smiled, looking grim, and then said, “Then the business is probably good, it’s more profitable than hanging out with the brothers, right?”
Chen Yuncheng said, “It’s not profitable, it’s just a peace of mind.”
Zhang Wenyong’s eyes fell on his face, and he said, “You are quite stable. Have you ever thought about how well Anlin’s life has been in the past two years?”
Chen Yuncheng did not speak.
Zhang Wenyong then burst into laughter. He reached out across the counter and patted Chen Yuncheng on the shoulder, saying, “I have good news for you, Guan Anlin is out.”
Chen Yuncheng looked very calm, “Really?”
Zhang Wenyong looked at him, and stopped laughing, pretending to be surprised, “Why are you unhappy? Before he went in, he always regarded you as his best brother.”
Chen Yuncheng smiled lightly, “Of course, I’m happy for him.”
Zhang Wenyong said, “Since you are happy, don’t just talk about it, let’s go. I arranged to pick up Anlin tonight, and now I’m here to pick you up.”
Chen Yuncheng didn’t answer him immediately.
Zhang Wenyong put one arm on the counter and said, “What? You are not going to show some respect even when Yong ge came in person?”
“It’s not that,” Chen Yuncheng said, “Of course, I have to go to Anlin’s welcome party, Yong ge wait for a moment, I will follow you after I clean up the kiosk and close the door.”
Zhang Wenyong took two steps away from the counter, lit a cigarette and stood smoking on the side of the road. He looked at Chen Yuncheng’s dilapidated kiosk and sneered.
Chen Yuncheng turned off the TV, locked the container of tobacco and alcohol, and then went outside, standing on tiptoe and pulling down the shutter.
During this process, Zhang Wenyong kept smoking a cigarette and watched him from the side.
After he finished everything, Chen Yuncheng said to Zhang Wenyong, “Let’s go, Yong ge.”
Zhang Wenyong raised his chin towards the car door, “Get in.”
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