The Accounts Book was Lost!
Yan Longyong seriously said to the policeman he had brought along with him. It was of utmost importance to make sure any outsider didn’t hear what the two of them (Yan Longyong and Su Lin) were going to talk about. After that, he said to Su Lin with a stern expression, “Student Su Lin, we are well aware that you will be sitting in the College Entrance Examination tomorrow, and hence, it’s not right for us to bother you at this time lest it affect your College Entrance Examination results, but the matter at hand is extremely urgent and we need your help to resolve it. Therefore, I will first apologize to you on behalf of my entire criminal police bureau!”
“Chief Yan, what are you saying! It’s the responsibility and duty of every citizen to cooperate with the police in their work. If there’s anything I can do, there’s no need for Chief Yan to be polite when asking me for it. I will fully cooperate with you!”
The worry in Su Lin’s heart vanished as he listened to Yan Longyong’s words, and now, he was sure that Yan Longyong hadn’t come looking for him to cause him any problems. However, Su Lin could tell from Yan Longyong’s expression that the matter about the Dragon-Tiger Gang from yesterday wasn’t progressing very smoothly.
“Great! Student Su Lin, those words of yours relieve me greatly! The matter is like this: as you already know, there had been a gang fight involving the Dragon-Tiger Gang, and our police squad promptly rushed to the scene to subjugate the criminals. Luckily, with your help, our criminal police’s undercover cop, Han Xiaoxiao had been rescued from the Dragon-Tiger Gang’s pursuit. Moreover, we also discovered the Gang’s underground base and succeeded in capturing almost all of the Dragon-Tiger Gang’s leaders! And it was all thanks to you; it’s all your merit. Ah! Student Su Lin, our criminal police bureau already asked the Provincial Public Security Bureau to award you with a Medal of Righteousness for your merits. This is the least we can do for you when affecting your College Entrance Examination marks!”
Since they needed Su Lin’s help, it was only normal for them to give him some benefits. But seeing that his words didn’t elicit much joy or response from Su Lin, Yan Longyong continued with his words, “Through the investigation done by our undercover cop, we learned that the Dragon-Tiger Gang has colluded with many government officials of our Jian’an City in the dark. By bribing those officials, they have done many criminal acts without getting caught. Due to that, not only do we need to thoroughly uproot the criminal Dragon-Tiger Gang from our Jian’an City, but also those corrupt officials who helped them…”
“That’s great! Chief Yan, I completely support your decision, and that’s exactly what should be done! It’s time that these officials who have been squeezing the blood and sweat of the common folk for their personal gain be brought to justice! Ah! However, if it’s just this, then how can a high schooler like myself help you?”
Su Lin, under the influence of his father, had always hated the wicked officials and spoke with his sense full of justice. Moreover, just like the other children, Su Lin had, too, fantasized about becoming a full-time superhero, smacking criminals left and right.
“Su Lin, don’t underestimate yourself! The help you can give might be able to exceed everything else!”
Yan Longyong said with great excitement, “Last night, when you and Han Xiaoxiao were in the underground base of the Dragon-Tiger Gang, hadn’t you both obtained the Accounts Book of the Gang? That Accounts Book has a record of all the bribes those corrupt officials have received and offered to the Dragon-Tiger Gang. It records the time and date of the transactions, and many other of the Dragon-Tiger Gang’s important records. So long as we can get our hands on that Accounts Book, we will have conclusive evidence and we will be able to submit an appeal in the Court so that those corrupt officials can be brought to justice! The officials involved, however, are many, and many of them are quite powerful, too, hence we need to be extremely careful…”
“I know, Chief Yan! I read the records in that Accounts Book, and the officials and the amounts recorded in that were astonishing! If they were to be thoroughly uprooted, then I reckon that at least one-third of Jian’an’s officials will be dismissed!”
Su Lin completely agreed with his words and then said, “So what do you need me to do for you, Chief Yan?”
“Student Su Lin, what we need from you is the Accounts Book so the police can continue the investigation,” Yan Longyong said with extreme seriousness. His heart was burning with anxiousness to bring those officials to justice as soon as possible. Ah! In his ten years of service as a criminal policeman, this was the biggest case he had seen. The people involved and the scope of the case was just too broad, and if they succeeded in exposing everyone involved, they will definitely make a sensation throughout the land, from the lowest to the highest authorities!
“You want the Accounts Book from me? What do you mean by that? Isn’t the Accounts Book already in the police’s possession?”
Su Lin was stunned. So the reason Yan Longyong was looking for him was to demand the Accounts Book. But Su Lin believed that with how important the Accounts Book was, the police would have already taken it into their possession when they found him at the Dragon-Tiger Gang’s base, right?
“The Accounts Book isn’t in our possession. Su Lin, when you rescued officer Han Xiaoxiao and came out of the underground base, both of you had been unconscious, so there was no way for us to ask you anything, hence I directly sent you back to your home. Han Xiaoxiao, on the other hand, had to be sent to the hospital for treatment due to excessive blood-loss, and she only regained consciousness today at noon. Only after she woke up did we came to know about the Accounts Book. But the Accounts Book was nowhere to be found of Han Xiaoxiao’s person, so the only other place we could think of was your person. That’s why I immediately rushed over to your school, making sure to not divulge the matter to anyone. After all, the matter involves far too many people, and if those officials who had been involved in the matter found out the Accounts Book was in your posssession, you might have been in great danger!”
“But there was simply no Accounts Book on my person! When I woke up in my bed at home, there was no Accounts Book near me.”
Su Lin tried his best to recall, but he couldn’t figure out where the Accounts Book ran off to! He wouldn’t have unknowingly lost it, right?!