Chapter 83

       Now that it have come to this point, there was no point for Wang Dong to continue hiding it.

       He looked a little sad, “It’s been five years since I last saw Sun He, we had a meal together with his girlfriend at the time. We didn’t see each other again, and we lost contact over time. I saved the phone numbers of him and his girlfriend, but his number has become an empty number after I called him, and I don’t know if his girlfriend’s number has been changed or not, and I don’t even know if she is still his girlfriend or not.”

       Li Zhenruo said, “Dong ge, please help me contact Sun He. This matter has nothing to do with you. I will immediately notify Mr. Luo of Sun He’s whereabouts.”

       Wang Dong can only say, “Then I will try.”

       Wang Dong used his mobile phone to find the number that he had saved at the time. He dialled it for a while before a woman answered the phone, but she didn’t seem to know who he was anymore, so she asked coldly, “Who are you?”

       “Sister-in-law1Wang Dong calling her this because he considered Sun He as a close brother, thus his girlfriend becomes the sister in law,” Wang Dong said quickly, “I’m Sun ge’s friend, Wang Dong, do you remember me?”

       The woman froze for a moment, “Oh—hello, is something wrong?”

       Wang Dong said, “Sister-in-law, I have something for Sun ge, but I can’t get through. Can you tell me his current phone number?”

       When he finished speaking, Wang Dong couldn’t help but look at Li Zhenruo, who nodded to him.

       The woman said, “Are you looking for Sun He? You can’t find him.”

       Wang Dong was taken aback, “What do you mean?”

       The woman said, “He owes people money and ran away a year ago to hide from debts.”

       Wang Dong asked, “Can you tell me where he went? Or give me his contact information.”

       The woman said, “I don’t know either. He didn’t say where he went, and he didn’t contact me.”

       Wang Dong suddenly didn’t know what to do and looked at Li Zhenruo.

       Li Zhenruo felt that the woman might not be telling the truth. Sun He might owe someone money and go out to hide the debt, but where he went, it is predicted that the woman knew and was connected. Otherwise, the two would have broken up long ago.

       It’s just that there was no need to entangle this woman too much at this time. Li Zhenruo said to Wang Dong, “Ask if there are any friends who are familiar with Sun He and say that they want to give him benefits and are eager to contact him.”

       After all, he was the one who worked with Luo Yunguang back then. Although Wang Dong was honest, his brain was bright. He said, “Sister-in-law, do you think Sun ge has any friends who might know his whereabouts. Our old boss is back and wants to do something with us.”

       When Luo Yunguang dismissed a few of them back then, he actually treated everyone quite well, at least they were given a sum of money that was enough to seal their mouths.

       Wang Dong lived in this old house which didn’t look too good, but he still lived a good life. While Sun He was too profligate, and later lost all his money when he got into the gambling habit.

       Sun He’s girlfriend knew that the boss he used to be with was very rich. When Sun He and Wang Dong went out for a drink before, she heard a lot about their glorious past, so now that she heard Wang Dong mention it, and after a while of silence, she said, “Then I’ll give you his buddy’s number. You can call and ask.”

       Wang Dong smiled and said, “Thank you, sister-in-law.”

       The woman said, “Thank you, Sun He has had a hard time these years. To think that any of you brothers have any way to think of him, I should be the one who thanked you.”

       Wang Dong took a piece of paper and wrote down a phone number and name, then hung up.

       Li Zhenruo picked up the note and said, “Wait, Sun He’s wife will definitely contact this person to tell him about the situation, and you help call him out a little later.”

       Wang Dong hesitated for a moment and asked, “What exactly is Luo ge going to do with Sun He?”

       Li Zhenruo smiled slightly when he heard the words, “Dong ge, you can rest assured. Boss Li is a serious businessman and won’t do anything illegal.”

       Wang Dong finally nodded, “I understand.”

       They waited for almost half an hour before Wang Dong got in touch with the person who claimed to be Sun He’s friend. The man said that he was not in the city now, and asked Wang Dong to meet in two days. Wang Dong said yes.

       Two days later, it happened to be the day when Li Zhentai was buried.

       At that time, Li Zhenran will definitely not have time, and it was convenient for Li Zhenruo to act alone.

       So far, Li Zhenruo had no plans to tell Li Zhenran about this. He was a little disturbed, but not at all disturbed.

       Li Zhentai was dead.

       He was very sure that the culprits who were behind the scenes and exposed his affairs were Li Zhentai and Zhu Kai, and the murderer who killed him was Li Zhentai alone.

       He could ignore the first thing because it was a fact. Although the people behind it didn’t have any well intention, he must try to accept the fact that was revealed.

       But Li Zhentai’s heartlessness and ruthlessness was something he could not forgive.

       Now that Li Zhentai was dead, it sounded like the most likely beneficiaries of this incident were only Li Zhenran or Li Zhenzi, and perhaps Zhu Kai.

       Along the way, Li Zhenruo had received too much information from them, and he had no way to distinguish which ones were true and which were false. So he let himself do the rest, and decided not to rely on Li Zhenran anymore.

       Of course, his connections were not as wide as Li Zhenran’s now, and he didn’t have much money in his hands, so it must be a lot of trouble to do things. However, he got a good advantage already. As he thought of this, Li Zhenruo was unwilling to continue to think. He was a little tired and planned to go back to rest.

       In the evening, Li Zhenran came back quite late. Li Zhentai paid someone to keep watch besides the coffin. Neither Li Zhenran nor Li Zhenzi stayed overnight.

       Li Zhenran felt tired after a busy day, so he filled the bathtub with water and lay down, raised his head and closed his eyes.

       After a while, he heard movement by the tub and saw his cat clawing at the edge of the tub to slowly slide himself in.

       The bathtub in Li Zhenran’s room was not big. Li Zhenruo didn’t want to squeeze two people in it, so he maintained the shape of a cat, hugged Li Zhenran and climbed up on one leg to avoid falling into the water.

       Li Zhenran lay motionless, and ignored him.

       Li Zhenruo finally lay down on his chest, resting his head on his shoulder to breathe comfortably.

       Li Zhenran then touched his head.

       After lying down for a while, Li Zhenruo felt that the skin of his whole body was about to wrinkle, so he got up and stepped on Li Zhenran’s chest and wanted to jump out.

       Li Zhenran’s chest was soaked with warm water. When he took off, the soles of his feet slipped, his head hit the edge of the bathtub, and he fell into the water.

       Li Zhenruo struggled to get up. He clung to the edge of the smooth bathtub and stuck out his front paws to jump out at once, but someone pulls his tail from behind and made him fell into the water again.

       Li Zhenruo stuck his head out of the water, shook the water on his head vigorously, and glared at Li Zhenran angrily.

       Li Zhenran’s face showed a satisfied and lazy smile, tilted his head against the edge of the bathtub and closed his eyes.

       Li Zhenruo’s face was red. He finally climbed into the bathtub and turned out, but it didn’t end happily, he jumped out and rolled on the ground before getting up and running outside.

       Li Zhenran came out of the shower and saw that Li Zhenruo had transformed back into a human form, sitting on the bed naked cross-legged and wiping his hair with a towel.

       When he saw Li Zhenran looking at him, he said, “This way the water dried faster.”

       Li Zhenran walked over to him and sat down, “I can blow it for you with a hairdryer.”

       Li Zhenruo liked Li Zhenran helping him dry his hair very much, which was warm and comfortable. However, he still refused at this time, “You are tired today, rest early.”

       Li Zhenran grabbed his towel, wiped his hair, and lay down on the bed even though it was not completely dry.

       Li Zhenruo looked at him sideways, “You are afraid to stay there at night for fear of Li Zhentai’s suddenly coming back from death right, right?”

       Li Zhenran smiled, “I don’t want to keep guarding his coffin.”

       Li Zhenruo pulled his arm, “Get up, your hair isn’t dry yet.”

       Li Zhenran was not pulled by him, but grabbed his wrist with his backhand and pulled him into his arms, asking him, “Where did you go this afternoon?”

       Li Zhenruo rubbed, found a comfortable position to lie down, and said, “Go to see Master.”

       “Looking for your Master again,” Li Zhenran said in a deep voice.

       Li Zhenruo smiled, “Are you jealous? My Master had a wife, and he likes him very much, don’t worry.”

       “Hmph!” Li Zhenran raised his arms and put them on the back of his neck.

       Li Zhenruo was still smirking.

       Li Zhenran said to him, “You said that guy.”

       “Huh?” Li Zhenruo looked at him puzzled.

       Li Zhenran said, “You said you occupied the body of that person.”

       He hadn’t seen Shen Luming for a long time, and when Li Zhenran mentioned it, Li Zhenruo couldn’t help but be stunned.

       Li Zhenran continued, “I don’t know if there is a better way to solve this matter for you. I can only ask people to keep an eye at him. If he never remembers this matter, it should not hinder you.”

       Li Zhenruo hesitated, “My master said that he would temporarily help me seal his memory, but I don’t know how long it will be.”

       Li Zhenran said, “I asked him to arrange for him to study abroad.”

       “Ah?” Li Zhenruo was stunned.

       Li Zhenran said, “I asked people to contact their colleges and set up scholarships to support outstanding students to study in schools in the United States or Canada. The default winner is him.”

       Li Zhenruo was a little surprised, “Are you going to send him away?”

       Li Zhenran nodded, “Maybe after leaving this environment, he will never be stimulated to think of anything.”

       Li Zhenruo didn’t expect Li Zhenran to do so many things secretly, and he couldn’t judge whether it was suitable or not, but at this moment, he had to admit that Li Zhenran was more thoughtful than he thought in many things.

       In the end, he said, “I haven’t reached that stage yet. Nothing is certain. Maybe this body is something he doesn’t want anymore?”

       Li Zhenran smiled, “That’s the best.”

       Li Zhentai was buried two days later.

       Li Jianglin got up from the hospital bed, dressed neatly and attended Li Zhentai’s funeral with the help of Zhu Kai, but Li Zhenruo did not appear.

       Instead of Wang Dong, he was the one who went to see that friend of Sun He.

       The meeting place was about a small square in the east of the city. When Li Zhenruo arrived, he saw the man squatting not far from the trash can smoking a cigarette. He was a middle-aged man with an unremarkable appearance.

       Li Zhenruo bought a pack of soft cloud smoke at a nearby store, walked over and patted the middle-aged man on the shoulder, “Big brother.”

       The middle-aged man turned to look at him, “Who are you?”

       Li Zhenruo said, “We made an appointment on the phone. I am a friend of Sun He.”

       The middle-aged man said, “Are you kidding? Aren’t you twenty this year? You’re not the one who called me!”

       Li Zhenruo squatted down beside him with a smile, knocked out a cigarette from the cigarette case and handed it to him.

       The middle-aged man glanced at the cigarette, took it without saying a word, and then looked up and down at Li Zhenruo.

       Li Zhenruo handed the whole pack of cigarettes to the middle-aged man, “Ge, you keep it, I don’t smoke.”

       The middle-aged man was silent for a while this time, reached out to catch the cigarette, and asked him, “Who are you?”

       Li Zhenruo said, “I’m really Sun He’s friend, but unlike Dong ge, I’m his boss’ current subordinate. Speaking of which, everyone works for the same boss.”

       The middle-aged man asked, “Are you looking for him?”

       Li Zhenruo shook his head, “I’m not looking for him, I know it’s not convenient for him now. I just want to ask you if you know something about him.”

       The middle-aged man looked cautious, “What’s the matter?”

       Li Zhenruo said, “Actually, it’s also about his past boss, ge, you can say it at your convenience, and forget it if it’s inconvenient.”

       The middle-aged man glanced at him, “If you have something to say, don’t be long-winded.”

       Li Zhenruo smiled and asked him, “Sun ge owed someone a gambling debt to escape?”

       The middle-aged man said, “Yeah, didn’t you know it long ago?”

       Li Zhenruo continued, “Before he went out to avoid debts, did he try other methods to make money, such as extortion?”

       The middle-aged man frowned, “What do you want to say?”

       Li Zhenruo said sincerely, “Ge, what I said is what I want to say. I don’t know if Sun ge has mentioned his past boss to you?”

       The middle-aged man smoked a cigarette and said, “He said he used to work at Yunlin, and Li Jianglin was his boss.”

       Li Zhenruo chatted with him patiently, “Do you believe it?”

       The middle-aged man grunted, “Whether to believe it or not, it’s an old story.”

       Li Zhenruo said, “Then has he tried to ask the Li family for money?”

       The middle-aged man seemed to be thinking, and after a while, he said, “What? Your boss wants to retaliate against him?”

       Li Zhenruo shook his head, “We know everything our big boss should know, now it’s my own little boss who wants to make sure of something, don’t worry, Sun ge has left and no one will try to bring him back. It’s better to say there are some issues between my little boss and my big boss.”

       “What kind of little boss, big boss,” the middle-aged man said with a look of disgust, “One day, I flipped through a magazine with him, and there was a photo of the young master of the Li family. At that time, Sun He said about him. I’m going to borrow some money from this young master.”

       Li Zhenruo asked, “He already owed gambling debts at that time, didn’t he?”

       The middle-aged man nodded.

       Li Zhenruo thought to himself that Sun He owed a gambling debt, saw Li Zhentai’s photo in a magazine, and suddenly remembered the photo he stole from Zhao Yuqiong, and wanted to use the photo to go to Li Zhentai to ask for money.

       This should be the biggest possibility, but why didn’t Sun He choose to come to him, but to Li Zhentai?

       Also, the mystery was now thrown back to Luo Yunguang, why does he want to deceive both ends?

       He felt a little confused, Li Zhenruo asked again, “Do you know where Sun He is now?”

       “I don’t know,” the middle-aged man said.

       However, Li Zhenruo guessed that he should know, but he didn’t want to say it.

       Without insisting on asking, Li Zhenruo stood up and said, “Thank you, ge.”

       “That’s it?” The middle-aged man was also a little surprised, thinking he wanted to ask more, at least to trick him into telling Sun He’s whereabouts.

       Li Zhenruo smiled, “That’s it, thank you.”

       He turned around to leave, but suddenly stopped, took out his mobile phone and searched the Internet to find a photo of Li Zhentai for the middle-aged man to see, “Ge, is he the young master of the Li family you were talking about at the time?”

       The middle-aged man glanced at it and said affirmatively, “It’s not him.”

       Li Zhenruo was stunned, “It isn’t him?”

       The middle-aged man said, “It’s a man who looks like a star.”

       Looks like a star? Li Zhenran or Li Zhenzi?

       Li Zhenruo took his phone back and started searching for Li Zhenzi’s photos, and then showed it to the middle-aged man, “Is he?”

       The middle-aged man looked at it for a while longer, “No, this is a bit like a foreigner, right?”

       Li Zhenruo’s finger on the phone trembled slightly. He found Li Zhenran’s photo, took a deep breath and put the screen in front of the middle-aged man, “This person?”

       The middle-aged man nodded at a glance, “It’s him.”


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1 Comment

  1. Rose

    My guess, Zenran has had an obsession about Zenruo for longer than Zenruo thinks. And the second he found out they weren’t actually brothers, he started scheming to get Zenruo kicked out so he could scoop him up. Like Zenran said when Zenruo confessed his identity. Something like, “They never had a chance for their relationship to develop in that way when they were brothers.” But if they weren’t brothers….
    Zenruo dying was not part of the plan obviously. But maybe Jianglin dad made him promise not to go after Zhentai.

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