Chapter 44 – Illegal Detention is a Crime
Before Duan Shu Tong could unravel the puzzle, he received a call from Duan Si Fu.
His sister has always been consistently like a passing thunder and moving wind*.
[*T/N: like a passing thunder and moving wind – Chinese idiom meaning “swift and decisive reaction”]
“Our parents don’t go online much. Even if the people at the company are aware, they would not take the initiative to tell them. I also don’t intend to have them worry. Clear Sky Has Eyes is from Yalan, but there is a discord between him and Yalan. They just want to seize this opportunity to expose the dark secrets of the industry.”
Duan Shu Tong breathed a sigh of relief, “Now it finally makes sense. But what kind of disagreement does this person have with Yalan?”
It couldn’t be that they have also encountered the same thing as He Run, right?
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He didn’t guess wrong. Duan Si Fu replied: “He is dissatisfied with the fact that his research and development results have been forcibly taken, but he has tolerated it so far. Then he saw how popular you were and he just so happens to know about He Run’s situation, so he decided to put up a fight.”
Wasn’t this a situation of either the fish dies or the net splits*?
[*T/N: either the fish dies or the net splits – Chinese idiom meaning “a life or death struggle,” although I’m pretty sure it’s not that extreme in this case. It’s more like he’s risking his livelihood to expose the industry.]
Most likely Yalan would not continue to keep him, and other companies also wouldn’t dare to hire him. He also splashed dirty water on Duan Shu Tong, so the Spring and Autumn Hall definitely wouldn’t employ him.
“Thank you sister,” Duan Shu Tong smiled sincerely. “You’re so busy but you still helped me with this matter.”
Duan Si Fu was not used to such sappy words. She coughed lightly and said solemnly: “You are my brother. Moreover, the Spring Flower No. 1 that you sent back is really effective. Both Mom and I have used it.”
Although Duan Si Fu and Mrs. Duan did not have hyper pigmentation on their faces, Spring Flower No. 1 still had excellent moisturizing and wrinkle-removing properties. After using the product, both of their skin quality was really rejuvenated.
Duan Shu Tong was touched. He paused for a moment and finally asked, “Do you really believe that I made Spring Flower No. 1 by myself?”
Did she not have even the slightest doubt?
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Duan Si Fu said without hesitation: “We know what kind of personality you have. No matter how naughty you are, you will not steal other people’s things. You probably don’t remember. You studied medicine with Grandfather when you were young, and you especially liked manufacturing medicine. You even personally made a medicine packet for us. We still have it.”
The medicine was gone, but the packet holding the medicine was still there.
“Grandpa has always praised you for being talented, but after Grandpa passed away, you…”
Speaking of this, Duan Si Fu stopped abruptly, “I have something to do here. I will talk again when I have time.”
The superwoman* neatly hung up the phone.
[*T/N: successful career woman]
Duan Shu Tong stared at the phone in his palm. He suddenly raised his lips and smiled. His eyes filled with emotion and relief.
The feeling of being trusted by family was really great.
The buried memory of the original host gradually appeared in his mind under the influence of Duan Si Fu’s words.
It was a very long memory, and it was vague. He couldn’t see it clearly.
He could only vaguely remember that Grandpa Duan died because of a doctor-patient dispute. Face with this tragedy, the original host’s faith was shaken. However, Grandpa Duan hoped that he would not waste his talent. His heart was filled with contradictory and painful emotions.
The original host was originally soft and kind by nature. Otherwise he would not have stood by the female lead with steadfast loyalty.
At this moment, Pei Ruo Eei suddenly sent him a WeChat message: You told me before that you have a friend who could rent me their house, that the security is good, and that it’s in Shan Quan Villa. I looked into it. That area is full of villas. Is the rent really only one thousand five hundred yuan?
[T/N: At the time of translation the conversion rate is 1500 RMB = 232.68 USD]
In Yan City, renting a small single room was more than one thousand five hundred yuan. Although Shan Quan County was remote, one thousand five hundred yuan was really too low for a villa.
Duan Shu Tong didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. If Pei Ruo Wei knew that the house was his, and that in order to let her live in it, he had to move out into someone else’s house, she would definitely never agree to move over.
He’s playing middleman to a friend conjured from thin air, so he could only make up some nonsense.
So he replied glibly: This is how my friend sets the price.
Pei Ruo Wei: Thank you.
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Duan Shu Tong did not text back anymore. He put the phone into his pocket. Presumably, Pei Ruo Wei must really be at a loss, otherwise she would not accept his help so easily.
Let’s just call it being a Good Samaritan. Tonight he would go back and pack up his things, so that Pei Ruo Wei could move in as soon as possible, otherwise Li Xiao might come again, and Duan Shu Tong was afraid that he wouldn’t be able to stop him again.
Facts have proved that Li Xiao was crazier than he thought.
When Pei Ruo Wei couldn’t be contacted the next day, Duan Shu Tong realized that something serious might have happened.
He first ran to the place where Pei Ruo Wei lived. After knocking on the door for a while, there was no response. The kind neighbor next door informed him that Pei Ruo Wei had gone out to buy things yesterday and had never come back.
Duan Shu Tong immediately called Li Xiao, and Li Xiao answered very quickly.
“Duan Shu Tong.”
“Li Xiao, where is Pei Ruo Wei?”
“What are you talking about? I don’t understand at all.” Li Xiao said indifferently.
Anger rushed to Duan Shu Tong’s head. According to Li Xiao’s character, if he hadn’t done it, he would definitely not have such a lukewarm reaction when he learned that Pei Ruo Wei was missing.
His voice was terribly low, “ you should know that illegal detention is a crime.”
“Ha!” Li Xiao sneered. “I don’t know what you are talking about.”
Then he hung up the phone decisively.
Duan Shu Tong called again, but he got the busy tone.
He felt extremely guilty, and thought himself incompetent. Whether Pei Ruo Wei loved Li Xiao or not, Li Xiao’s behavior really touched his bottom line.