The situation has undergone a tremendous change.
With an astonished expression and knitted brows, Xiao Li aim his gun at Da Gui.
“What did you say?”
Da Gui appeared to be relax and even though both of his hands were raised up in the air, he still slowly took a puff of smoke from the cigarette hanging loosely in his mouth.
“I said, put your gun down. We’re one family now. Which of these words don’t you understand?”
“None of them,” said Xiao Li coldly as he inched the gun closer to Da Gui.
Da Gui looked at him with an expression full of ridicule, “I’m going to stand still without moving even the slightest so you can give Li Shi Qing a call and ask him about it.”
Xiao Li stared at his eyes for a moment. He held the gun firmly in his right hand, while using his left hand to fish out his cell phone, then he quickly searched for Li Shi Qing’s number.
When one of Da Gui’s subordinate suddenly move, the gun in Xiao Li’s hand immediately touched Da Gui’s forehead.
“Don’t be so nervous,” Da Gui pulled his head back and teasingly said, “My brothers all know how to listen really well.”
At that moment, the phone call finally connected, Xiao Li spoke while letting his gaze remained solely on Da Gui.
“Xiao Li,” it was Liu Zi Cheng’s voice, “Qing Ye and Lu Wu Ye are talking right now. Do you need something?”
“I found Da Gui.” said Xiao Li, “I was just about to force him to tell me where Xiao Yang and Han Jia’s whereabouts are.”
Liu Zi Cheng remained silent; it was only a moment later did he finally said, “You didn’t do anything to him, did you?”
Xiao Li’s expression became ice cold, “What do you mean?”
Liu Zi Cheng said, “Wait a moment,” the background noises changed. He walked toward a more suitable area before he continued to speak again, “Didn’t we tell you to wait at Jin Ting? Why did you act on your own again?”
Xiao Li laughed grimly, “You guy have already planned it all out early on?”
“Not exactly. At that time, Qing Ye was afraid you would come, that’s why he stopped you. Besides, you and Han Jia have a really good relationship so he was also worried you wouldn’t be able to come to a decision.”
“Xiao Li, don’t use this tone of voice. Listen and let me explain to you.” Liu Zi Cheng slowed down the pace of his voice, “Only when we came over here to intercede did we discovered that the plan to capture Han Jia was Luo Dong’s own scheme, Lu Wu doesn’t know about this at all. It was only until we came over to ask him for Han Jia back did he became aware of it. His subordinates hid it from him and enacted this scheme behind his back. He also loses face from this. Also, Lu Wu never intended for Qing Ye to hand you and Han Jia over to him. He was just looking for a reason to take over part of our territory. Luo Dong is acting on his own right now. He won’t be able to move his chest piece any further after this. Qing Ye said that we haven’t even decided anything yet and they took the initiative to snatch our person without complying to our rules. He had also said that since Han Jia holds Jin Ting’s financial documents in his hand, they have already gain profit. At that time, Da Gui had given one of Lu Wu’s men a call and reported that Xiao Yang had escaped by himself. They don’t have anything to bargain with or hold against us anymore. Since they already have Han Jia and Jin Ting’s money now, it’s best to keep things that way. They’re drinking tea now—-“
“What do you mean, ‘it’s best to keep things that way’?” Xiao Li had a frown on his face the entire time; the frown was so tight, it caused his anger to rise, “What about Han Jia?”
“Do you really not understand or are you just pretending not to? In short, Lu Wu calls the shot. Luo Dong taking Han Jia and Jin Ting’s money means that his resentment towards us has been settled.”
“Han Jia……you guys abandoned Han Jia just like that?”
“What do you mean, ‘you guys?’ It’s ‘we,’ which also includes you! This is the gang’s decision!” Liu Zi Cheng’s voice raged with anger. “Xiao Li, think about how big Lu Wu’s power and influence are. If all of us fight against him, how many years would we be able to stand against him? Fortunately, he’s not venting out on us on behalf of his adopted son and had also agreed to abide by the gang’s rule. That is, once they got the person and the money, they’ll give us a way out. In the future, everyone will mind their own business and can continue to make money in their own way. This is already the best outcome, what else do you want? What’s more, Han Jia went to look for Luo Dong himself —-“ he groaned before continuing to say, “Not to mention, your precious brother’s contribution cannot go unnoticed. If he didn’t know Han Jia’s weakness, Han Jia would have escaped already, rather than obediently run to Luo Dong.”
Xiao Li’s complexion turned ghastly pallor. Although he remained silent, not saying anything, his mood was exceptionally stirred. So much so that even his hand that was holding the gun began to tremble. Even Da Gui became nervous as the gun swayed back and forth in front of him.
Liu Zi Cheng let out a sigh and softly said in a consoling tone, “Think about it. Yesterday, Han Jia went to look for Luo Dong around nine o’clock. You already know that Luo Dong hates him to the bone……even if we were to get him back, he’s already been abandoned……Xiao Li, the situation has already come to this. You will have your revenge even if it takes ten years. If you really care for Han Jia, then let Da Gui go first. We need to further think this through before making any irrational decisions.”
Xiao Li’s look became even more stern and cold as he stared at Da Gui. Da Gui doesn’t know what he was hearing through the phone, but he doesn’t look as emotionally moved as a moment ago. He couldn’t make out any particular expression either. His breath seemed to have steadied, and his right hand also became more stable, but the gun was still pointed straight at his forehead.
The Xiao Li with this kind of appearance was even more frightful to anyone that looked at him. Da Gui did not have the guts to look him in the eye as cold sweats rolled down his forehead involuntarily.
“Xiao Li, are you still listening to me? Xiao Li?” Liu Zi Cheng continued to call out to him, “Don’t do anything stupid. You don’t want to cause the gang any more troubles by striking Lu Wu, right?”
Xiao Li merely stared at Da Gui, then slowly withdrew the gun. Pausing in between words, he said, “I got it.”
Then he hung up on the call. His eyes swept over Da Gui and his subordinates, “Where is my brother?”
Da Gui doesn’t dare provoke him, but since he himself was also a leader, he couldn’t just simply answer every question so quickly, so instead he lowered his head and spit out the cigarette butt in his mouth.
Luckily, a tactful subordinate step forward and said, “He ran off by himself last night. Look, that person behind you is the one that helped him escape.”
Hearing that, Xiao Li immediately turned his head around and saw Qi Xiu Yuan sitting atop a rock with an exhausted expression eating at his face. Who knew how long he had been sitting there, quietly looking at them.
“When did you get a subordinate like that?” Da Gui was also looking at Qi Xiu Yuan, “He sure does know how to act. I really thought he was a teacher.”
Xiao Li didn’t answer his question. He merely gave him a quick side glance and turn around to leave.
“Hey! What kind of attitude is this?” A subordinate that couldn’t stand to watch on shouted out.
Da Gui raised his hand to block him and shouted, “Xiao Li.”
Xiao Li turned his head around for a look.
“Don’t use that face to look down at me,” Da Gui crossed his arms over his chest and look at him, “Wu Tou Gui jumped off a building because you guys were chasing after him. Both his legs are broken now. He can only go back to his hometown and buy a wife to pass the days by. Lao Bing Gui was also ganged up by you guys and then arrested by the police. He has so many enemies, who knows how he’s doing in there now. As for Han Jia, I’m not the least surprised that he would also have this kind of day. You’re still standing well here today, because of this hard life.”
“I know,” Xiao Li answered back, “You as well.”
Then his face became expressionless as he walked toward Qi Xiu Yuan and asked, “Why are you here?”
Looking at Xiao Li’s expression, he had always thought that there was something wrong. It was as if his expression was saying, something was constantly being damaged or destroyed by him. Just thinking about it, he couldn’t help but be alarmed.
Noticing that he wasn’t answering, Xiao Li crouched down in front of him and said, “I’ll carry you back down.”
Qi Xiu Yuan slowly leaned onto his back. Xiao Li lifted him up, then the two silently made their way down the mountain.
After Xiao Li walked for a while, he asked again, “Why are you here?”
“At first, I was at the foot of the mountain already, then I saw your car so I came back to look for you.”
“………how did you save Xiao Yang?”
“They wanted to use Xiao Yang as bait to get to you but they didn’t expect that Xiao Yang would actually give Susu a call instead.” With relieve, Qi Xiu Yuan prop his chin on Xiao Li’s shoulder, “I would never allow Susu to come here in the middle of the night.”
“Have you given Susu a call yet since you came out? Don’t make her worry.”
“Ah, my phone was confiscated. We should go back and get it from them.”
“Confiscated?” Xiao Li seldom laughed in this kind of circumstance, “They went the other way. By now, they’re far away already. When we get back, I’ll compensate for your loss.”
“Your wallet is still at my house. I’ll just use the money in there to buy another one ah?” Qi Xiu Yuan suddenly laughed.
“Do as you please.”
“Then let me use your cell phone for a moment, I’ll report to Susu of my safety.”
“It’s in my suit pocket, get it yourself.”
Qi Xiu Yuan stretched his hand out. He had obviously felt the cell phone, however his hand lingered on Xiao Li’s chest. Occasionally, he would tease it for a bit by lightly touching it, then he would lightly rub it as if he was still searching. After finding the little bump on his chest, his five fingers one after the other lightly graze it.
“Qi Xiu Yuan.” Xiao Li called out to him, he instead turned a deaf ear, but Xiao Li continued to say, “I also like the type of girls that are like Qi Susu.”
Qi Xiu Yuan’s hand became motionless.
All of a sudden, Xiao Li forced a bitter smile, “It’s probably because we gangster all like that kind of simple and pure girl, with a simple family background.” Qi Xiu Yuan didn’t say anything, but Xiao Li did not let him get away with it. “You’ve saved me before and saved my brother as well. I’m very grateful to you for this. Even if you want my life, I wouldn’t have any objections, but if you want something else, it’s impossible.”
[But if you want something else, it’s impossible. I’m willing to be your subordinate in order to repay your kindness, but anything else I can’t.]
In his heart, am I and that person, that person that lust after him when he was in a tight spot, the same?
Qi Xiu Yuan exerted all his strength into his hand and tightly held on to Xiao Li, while at the same time burying his face into his neck.
“Xiao Li, I don’t want you to do that.” He lowered his voice, “Since you don’t like me, I won’t mention it anymore in the future. That way, can we still be friends?”
Xiao Li remained silent and carried him for a while longer before speaking again, “What exactly do you like about me?” He sighed, “You’ve seen it yourself, I can’t do anything else besides beating and killing people. I’ve also beat you before, did you forget?”
Qi Xiu Yuan depressingly said, “I don’t know, I really don’t know………” Even he himself knew that this answer was vague, but his brain wasn’t able to form any concrete words to expression himself. He could only remember the anger and pain in Xiao Li’s eyes as he chided Xiao Yang that time. His warm and gentle appearance as he stood outside the examination room waiting to received that person, and even his unnecessary concern for Jiang Xiao Zhu on whether he would catch a cold or not, since he was drenched in water………those things…
Qi Xiu Yuan doesn’t know if he himself was attracted to Xiao Li because of those, or was it because this dangerous man also possessed a peculiar warmth and gentleness to him.
“Xiao Li, I just really care about you.” Qi Xiu Yuan solemnly said, “Your importance to me…even Susu can’t compare to it. Even if……even if we’re just friends, you’ll still be my most important friend.”
Xiao Li didn’t say anything the entire time. Even as they reached the foot of the mountain and saw Xiao Li’s car along with Xiao Yang crouching beside it, he still didn’t say anything.