Chapter 26 – Case Closed (part 3)
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A scene was unfolding before Ji Yunshu, with Jing Rong using one hand to protect her, and with his other hand, blocked the palm strike simultaneously sending out a kick at the other person’s chest.
The kick connected and sent the attacker to the floor, spitting out blood as he fell.
Chaos broke out in front of the mourning hall.
Ji Yunshu was well protected behind Jing Rong. On the floor, the man who was kicked by Jing Rong leaned toward Suyun.
Suyun suddenly yelled and crawled along the floor until she was next to the man and started crying when she saw him spitting blood.
He felt a burst of pain on his chest, but once he saw Suyun, his face broke into a warm smile. He stretched out his hand to stroke her face.
“Yun’er, I’m fine. Don’t worry.”
“It’s because I’m not good. I harm you.”
“Don’t say that! Yun’er, for you, I can do anything.”
“Lin Duan, I implicated you.”
The sight of this pair of unfortunate lovers together was indeed, quite touching.
Yet, Jing Rong’s face displayed anger. His eyes seemed like two balls of fire darting at Ji Yunshu. Their eyes locked together. His questioning tone made it obvious he was restraining his anger. “Is that your way to fish out the two murderers?”
Ji Yunshu bluntly nodded.
“This method should be prohibited!” Jing Rong vetoed.
Why was this deity so easy to anger? She wasn’t afraid of dying, so what was he afraid of? She felt reluctant to guess his mind further. She distanced herself from him with a side step. In the end, they were two “grown men” and by sticking so close to each others, it would be hard to avoid people gossipping!
She took another glance at the unfortunate lovers. She really hated to break them apart. However, it wasn’t the time to feel sorry for them.
“It appears that you are Suyun’s lover, the accomplice that helped her to create that accidental fall. At that time, the reason why, Qiaoxin couldn’t see anyone else in the attic was because you hid yourself under the roof. You waited until Qiaoxin was below the attic to push down Miss Zhou, leaving no trace of your presence.”
At this point, Lin Duan didn’t even bother to deny anything. Instead, his face was brimming with rancor as he grit his teeth.
“Damn her! She tormented Yun’er to the point that her life was worst than death, and still didn’t plan on stopping. She went as far as to cause Yun’er’s miscarriage. Damn her! She deserved to die!”
“Lin Duan, don’t say it.” Suyun wept until she was weary.
Ji Yunshu was at a loss of words.
While Madame Zhou was on the verge of fainting. She looked over at the pair of lovers, with hatred oozing out from her heart.
“What a good pair of indecent people. Our Zhou family didn’t treat you badly, but you collaborated with each other to kill my daughter!”
“Dear, since the identity of the murderers are revealed, I will notify Lord Liu. Please take care of your health, so no harm comes to you.” Lord Zhou sighed, then turned to the servants and beckoned them with a wave of his hand. “Bring them to the yamen. Let Lord Liu take care of the rest.”
Several male servants stepped forward and supported them up. But they didn’t released their grips and continued to restrain the couple.
“Yun’er, you should have listen to me. We should have left this place yesterday night.” Lin Duan cried out in regret.
Tears were falling down from Suyun’s face.
Ji Yunshu interjected, “Did you believe that you can escape if you left yesterday?”
Lin Duan coldly smiled. “Why couldn’t I escape? If Yun’er had agreed to leave with me yesterday, we wouldn’t have fallen into your hands today.”
Ji Yunshu didn’t know where his confidence came from. She bluntly stated, “If you did try to escape the Zhou mansion yesterday, you would have been welcome by an arrow piercing into your heart.”
As the words came out, a burst of cacophonic footsteps could be heard approaching.
A dozen yamen runners burst into the mourning hall and surrounded them. Liu Qingping arrived together with Lang Po immediately after.
Lang Po remained silent, walking until he was next to Prince Rong and servilely stood there.
As for Lord Liu, he transformed from his usually cowardly and scoundrel’s persona, donning the bearing of a county magistrate. He issued an order. “Grab those people and send them to the prison where they will await for this official to report to the Ministry of Justice. I will handle their punishment after that.”
The yamen runners took Suyun and Lin Duan from the Zhou’s servants and shackled their wrists with iron chains.
Lin Duan asked in a tone of surprise, “You knew beforehand it was us and had arranged for people guarding outside?”
Ji Yunshu replied, “Incorrect. I only made Lord Liu to deploy people outside just in case, I didn’t know about your identity yet. However, if you did try to leave the place with Suyun yesterday, it would have been a irrevocable confession to your crime!”
“I believed that there was absolutely no oversight in the plan, but I never expected that I was playing into your hand.” The tone contained some trace of admiration!
The county magistrate waved his hand. “Hurry and detain them.”
The yamen runners crowd controlled anyone who wanted to leave. Suyun stopped in front of Ji Yunshu and stared at her before asking, “How did you know that I injured my leg and that I was pregnant?”
Ji Yunshu replied with a solemn expression, “Last night, I deliberately tripped your leg. So, of course, I’ll know you have a bone fracture there. As for how I knew you were pregnant, it’s because I took noticed of your hipbone. For women who miscarried, their pelvis would have obviously retracted.”
Suyun gasped in surprise.
“Teacher Ji, you are very intelligent. You only saw my handkerchief once, but you were already capable of clearly deducing my story. But I don’t regret anything. That night, as I looked at her body on the floor, poisoned and devoid of life, within the darkness enclosing me, I suddenly feel… liberated. I no longer need to endure her torments, to feel the pain. If I had to make the same choice again, I would still choose to kill her.”
Suyun’s confession made Ji Yunshu feel disturbed and extremely upset. She rubbed the handkerchief in her hand before giving it back to Suyun.
“I’m returning this to its rightful owner.”
“Thank you.” Suyun grabbed it and calmly smiled.
Finally, Suyun and Lin Duan were sent to the prison. Once again, Zhou Mansion sank into an atmosphere of deep sorrow.
Madame Zhou couldn’t take it in the end and fainted. Lord Zhou seemed to have aged considerably in an instant, his whole being appeared to have undergone a great change.
His daughter was ill and her maidservant was involved in an illicit affair which lead to the current tragedy. If this news was spread, the whole Zhou family would no longer have any standing in Jinjiang city.
Ji Yunshu spoke, “Lord Zhou, my condolences.”
“Teacher Ji, thank you very much for finding the ones who killed my daughter. Unfortunately, as a father, I am truly ashamed. My own daughter was ill, but I couldn’t notice that.”
“No one can blame you for that. This humble one has said earlier, this kind of illness is not easy to detect as the symptoms are not evident most of the time.”
Lord Zhou sighed repeatedly.
Because Ji Yunshu didn’t return to her home the whole night, she was really worried that her absence would be discovered by the ravenous wolf of a father. In the instance that the situation fell apart, there wasn’t many things to retain her there.
The county magistrate hastily returned to the yamen to write a report for the Ministry of Justice. Thus he left first.
Under the big snow, Ji Yunshu departed soon after from Zhou mansion with an umbrella in her hand.
However, she had yet to make several steps when Jing Rong chased after her and walked with her, side by side.
Under the sky filled with snowflakes, they threaded together leaving their footprints imprinted on the mantle of snow. Each of them was holding an umbrella, forming a special, inclusive, atmosphere.
As for Lang Po, he was following behind them in the distant.
Jing Rong glanced at Ji Yunshu and glimpsed at the slight frown at the tips of her brows. She obviously solved a case, but why did she look like this? “Did Teacher Ji have something on your mind?”
She nodded. “I have this strange feeling.”
“Strange? What’s strange?”
Ji Yunshu slightly hesitated. Her steps came to an halt and glanced at the confused Jing Rong.
“I was thinking about that sculpted crystal candlestick.”
Grenn’s Rants Corner
My god! The length of the chapter suddenly jump. *wipes sweat*