In the evening, when Xia Hongshen returned to the room, Song Jun was watching TV.
Yuntong was a small county town, and there were no very good hotels in the city. Even this hotel could only be considered barely clean.
Song Jun took a bath, sat on the edge of the bed and watched TV. When he heard Xia Hongshen knocking on the door, he immediately wanted to pretend to be asleep. Later, considering that there was only one key card and it was with him, he had no choice but to get up and open the door for Xia Hongshen.
After Xia Hongshen came in, he only asked him, “Have you taken a shower?” Then he packed his things and took a shower.
After taking a shower, Song Jun lay on the bed and changed channels boredly.
Xia Hongshen was only wearing trousers, and his trousers were not zipped up, exposing his underwear. He was sitting on the edge of the bed, wiping his hair with his upper body naked.
Song Jun controlled her eyes not to glance in his direction, and after changing channels uncomfortably for more than ten times, he asked, “What on earth are we doing here?”
Xia Hongshen said, “Looking for something.”
Song Jun put down the TV remote control, “You obviously accepted the commission to do a pathological examination!”
Xia Hongshen told him, “The main thing is to find things.”
Song Jun always felt that he was fooling him.
Xia Hongshen stood up, threw the towel to the bathroom, then came out and said to him: “Wherever there is a Thousand Years Lamp, monsters and evil spirits are always likely to appear.”
Song Jun looked at him in surprise, as if this was the first time Xia Hongshen had mentioned these things to himself in detail.
Xia Hongshen seemed not used to explaining these things. He thought for a while and continued, “The Thousand Years Lamp is a treasure of the immortal family. It has too much spiritual energy. Its appearance in the human world will inevitably cause demons and ghosts in the world to fight for it. They rely on its spiritual energy to enhance their cultivation. “
Song Jun became interested and asked, “Since it is a treasure, why did it break into pieces and live in the world?”
Xia Hongshen stopped speaking and just looked at him firmly.
Song Jun was creeped out by his gaze, not knowing exactly what it meant.
Xia Hongshen suddenly said, “I don’t know either. By the time I find out, the Thousand Years Lamp has been destroyed and thrown into the mortal world.”
Song Jun was stunned and asked, “Who is he? What does it have to do with you? You need to find him in person.”
Xia Hongshen said, “My people did it.”
After saying this, Xia Hongshen lay down on the bed, pulled the quilt over him, and seemed to be ready to sleep.
Song Jun was a little concerned about what he said about his person. Who was his people? Could it be Feng Junyuan? So, Feng Junyuan was also demoted to the mortal world and separated from him?
As he thought of this, Song Jun saw that Xia Hongshen had closed his eyes, so he got out of bed, turned off the TV, and went to the bathroom again. When he came out, Song Jun found a bag of Whiskas bags exposed in the travel bag he opened. He was confused and didn’t know when he had packed it. He went over and pulled it open to see that it was obvious that there was more than one bag. After standing there in confusion for a long time, Song Jun shook his head, climbed into bed and went to sleep.
The next morning, there was still no time to sleep in.
Song Jun was brushing his teeth in the bathroom when he heard a knock on the door. He opened it to see Long Xing standing in the doorway.
Long Xing smiled and said to Song Jun, “After finishing washing up, go down to have breakfast. After eating, we will go up the mountain.”
Song Jun bit his toothbrush and nodded.
The breakfast was beef noodles at a noodle shop opposite the hotel.
Song Jun and Xia Hongshen arrived a little later. When they arrived, they saw Feng Junyuan sitting alone at a table and wiping the table carefully with tissue. Long Xing was standing next to the stove watching the owner cook noodles, and Xi Anling beckoned them to come and sit down as soon as she saw them.
Song Jun glanced at Feng Junyuan and finally sat at the table with Xi Anling and Long Xing.
Xi Anling took a pair of chopsticks and put them into the boiling water in the cauldron to scald them. Then she handed them a pair and then sat down next to Xia Hongshen.
The moment Song Jun took Xi Anling’s chopsticks, he was suddenly in a trance. He always felt that this scene was familiar, and these people seemed familiar too. But this was clearly impossible; all these people had only met within the past year, and they hadn’t known each other before that.
Long Xing huddled close to the stove, watched the boss cook the noodles, and then helped bring them the noodles.
As soon as Song Jun received his noodles, she saw Xi Anling on the opposite side holding a piece of beef and putting it into her bowl. As a result, her chopsticks were halfway extended. She suddenly noticed Xia Hongshen, so she turned around and put it in Xia Hongshen’s bowl and said, “I don’t like beef. Senior Brother Xia can eat it.”
Xia Hongshen said nothing and buried himself in eating noodles.
When they were finished eating, Lü Hai and others also drove a car and parked at the door of the noodle shop, saying that they would leave after Xia Hongshen and others finished eating.
The county police station brought two cars with six people. They originally wanted to let Long Xing and Xia Hongshen go up the mountain with them. Song Jun and the others looked like students, so Lü Hai thought they were following them for fun. He then said the scenery on the mountain was average, it was not a tourist attraction, there was nothing to do, and the villagers on the mountain were also vicious, so it was better not to go there.
But Xia Hongshen insisted on letting them go together.
Long Xing always listened to whatever Xia Hongshen said, so he told Lü Hai that it didn’t matter. They happened to have a car on their end, so they could all go together.
Long Xing came from the municipal bureau of the provincial capital city. Of course, the public security bureau of the small county town would not embarrass him. Hearing what Long Xing said, he didn’t force it.
A total of three vehicles drove up the mountain together. The county public security bureau drove two police cars, one from their criminal investigation squadron and one from the technical squadron.
Song Jun was still sitting by the window, looking at the scenery outside. He suddenly became worried. According to Xia Hongshen, the aura of the Thousand Years Lamp could easily attract evil spirits and monsters, so there might be something strange on this mountain. He was afraid of seeing something scary.
In the car, Song Jun expressed his doubts to Xia Hongshen.
Xia Hongshen actually asked, “Are you afraid?”
Song Jun thought that he was indeed afraid, but when Xia Hongshen asked, how could he say he was afraid in front of this car of people?
But before he could speak, Long Xing actually said, “Will there be a ghost?”
Song Jun glanced at the young man driving in the front seat and was speechless, not knowing how to answer him.
Xia Hongshen said, “There is probably a ghost.”
Long Xing said ‘Ah’, not very surprised or scared.
The topic was interrupted, and Song Jun was embarrassed to ask any more questions.
Although they set off early in the morning, it was already noon when they actually arrived at Wanjia Village on the mountain.
As Lü Hai and the others said, although this area was not a barren mountain, it was not a place with beautiful scenery and mountains surrounding it. The vegetation on the mountains was sparse, and bare loess rocks could be seen in many places.
The road was also very difficult to walk on. Although cars could pass on the winding mountain road, the road was very bad, and there were many slopes and turns. Song Jun almost vomited while sitting all the way.
As soon as the car arrived at its destination, he quickly opened the door and got out of the car, caressing his chest to resist the nausea. However, the air in the mountains was really fresh. Song Jun stood up straight and took a deep breath.
Wanjia Village is an old village. Due to its geographical location, the village environment was relatively closed. Some young people had chosen to go down to work in the mountains over the years, but the inside of the village still looked old and poor.
The village chief and the village party secretary came to the entrance of the village to greet them. Beyond that point, there were only mountain trails, and cars couldn’t go any further. They had to park on the road outside the village.
Everyone got out of the car and walked inside with the old village chief.
Long Xing heard that the old village chief was suspected of murder. At this time, he couldn’t help but look at the old man. He looked haggard; his brows were frowning, and he looked a little uneasy.
Song Jun always felt that the atmosphere in this village was a little strange, which made him feel a little uneasy. He unconsciously quickened his pace and followed Xia Hongshen.
They were walking about a hundred meters when they suddenly saw a group of villagers standing in front, blocking the road.
The leader among them was an old man with all-white hair and beard. He was leaning on a cane in his hand. He tapped the ground several times and said, “You guys want to come and take Jingsheng away again! I told you guys; we won’t agree to take Jingsheng off the mountain!”
Song Jun stopped and looked at the people blocking the road in front of him. It was roughly estimated that there were hundreds of people. It seemed that the whole village was mobilised.
The old village chief coughed and stepped forward and said, “Old man, these are police officers. They said they wanted to see Jingsheng’s body and not take Jingsheng down the mountain.”
The old man pounded his cane again, pointed at the old village chief and said, “You killed someone just to avoid responsibility because your nephew is the police chief.”
Song Jun saw the village chief’s face change, and he said loudly, “I didn’t kill him! How could I kill Jingsheng!”
The atmosphere was a little tense. The village party secretary said at this time, “The police comrades said they would not take away Jingsheng. They specially invited experts from the university to take a look at Jingsheng’s body and find the murderer.”
Lü Hai quickly stood up, pointed out Xia Hongshen to the villagers, and said, “This is a doctor from the provincial university who specialises in autopsies. He is not from the police, he is not a local at all, and he will not mess around, okay? Everyone can rest assured.”
As soon as Lü Hai finished speaking, he heard a sharp cry from a woman in the crowd. She was still wearing a sackcloth and mourning. She must be a relative of the young man who died. Sure enough, she said next, “You can’t dissect my son. Even if he’s dead, he should have a complete body!”
Xia Hongshen said nothing. Anyway, this kind of matter should be coordinated by the Public Security Bureau. He was just accepting the entrustment.
Actually, it stood to reason that in this kind of criminal case, even if the family members disagreed, an autopsy should still be carried out. However, in this situation, if they were not careful, it would develop into a group incident. The police naturally proceeded with extreme caution, afraid of inflaming the emotions of the villagers.
In the end, several people from the county public security bureau discussed it and decided to compromise first, so they said to the villagers, “No autopsy. Just take a look at the body first. If necessary, we will then discuss the autopsy?”
The public security bureau had conceded to this point, and it seemed unreasonable for the villagers not to agree.
Song Jun saw several men discussing with the old man for several minutes. Finally, the old man nodded and said to them, “Come with us.”
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