Chapter 16: Suspicious — You don’t look like a murderer at all.
“According to the national law, if a circumstance such as the heir deliberately murdering their predecessor comes to pass, the right of inheritance is thus forfeited. Because Mr. Hong Sheng’s murder case has yet to be cracked, I believe the situation is currently unclear and empathically inappropriate for conducting inheritance bequeathment procedures.”
Although Lawyer Qian spoke ambiguously, his words revealed his suspicions of Ye Zhen Zhen murdering Ye Hong Sheng. Ye Zhen Zhen’s lips were pale. Smiling faintly, she said, “I have no complaints.”
Zuo Yi looked at her silently, his gaze once again becoming as penetrating as when they first met. The silence in the drawing room was somewhat suffocating. In the end, Sun Qian’s voice broke this excessive calm. “Lawyer Qian, if, and I mean if, Zhen Zhen truly, mn, loses her right to the inheritance, how will father’s inheritance be allocated?”
Ye Zhen Zhen’s palms grew even colder by a few degrees. She blatantly stared at Sun Qian, the latter subconsciously shrinking back her shoulders. Still, she unyieldingly waited for Lawyer Qian’s answer.
“If the scenario Madam Sun spoke of occurs, the will shall be invalid. The inheritance will be bequeathed in accordance to the legal inheritance order.”
Sun Qian glanced at Ye Kang Ping and didn’t say anything else. Lawyer Qian looked at everyone and picked up the official envelope from the table. “If there is nothing else, I will leave then.”
He nodded at everyone before leaving the drawing room. The sound of a starting car could be heard after the sound of a door opening. Qin Kong glanced at Ye Zhen Zhen beside him. Seeing her complexion, which was not very good, his taut face tightened, as if he was solemnly reflecting on something. He stepped forward and gripped her ice-cold hand. “Zhen Zhen, are you alright?”
Ye Zhen Zhen turned her head to glance at him, withdrawing her hand from his. “I’m fine.”
Qin Kong once again reached out to grab her hand, seemingly wanting to say something. Ye Zhen Zhen, however, had already walked up to Zuo Yi. “Officer Zuo, may I speak with you?”
Zuo Yi’s eyes flashed. He nodded and replied, “I also happened to want to speak with you. Is your health alright though?” Her complexion at this moment really was not very good.
“I’m fine. Wait a moment; I’ll go get a few things and will come back immediately.” Ye Zhen Zhen turned around after she finished saying this and walked up the stairs. Zuo Yi smiled faintly at everyone in the drawing room, turned, and left.
Ye Zhen Zhen came back down faster than he expected. He opened the car door for her to enter and then started the car. Turning his head to glance at the front passenger seat, the corner of Zuo Yi’s lips still curved up into his customary smile. “Are you hungry? How about we go out to eat a bit first?”
Ye Zhen Zhen didn’t answer. She stared ahead at the road for a moment before asking him, “Officer Zuo, do you suspect that I killed grandfather?”
Zuo Yi’s eyes changed with lightning speed. Instead of answering, he asked, “Do you feel that you are a murderer?”
Ye Zhen Zhen stared at him blankly. She lowered her head and didn’t speak. Zuo Yi drove to the city, ultimately stopping outside a noodle shop. Ye Zhen Zhen raised her head to take a glance. Although the sign was somewhat simple and crude, directly stating 「Beef Noodle Soup」, here were plenty of people inside the shop.
Zuo Yi seemed to be a frequent visitor, as the boss personally came over to greet him when he entered through the door. Seeing Ye Zhen Zhen following behind him, the boss exaggeratedly whistled. “This indecipherable guy actually sought out such a beautiful girlfriend!”
Zuo Yi quirked his lips. “She is not my girlfriend.”
The boss was unconvinced. “Not a girlfriend—don’t tell me a suspect?”
“Correct.” Ye Zhen Zhen walked out from behind Zuo Yi and immediately tried to find a nook to sit down in.
The boss looked inquiringly at Zuo Yi. Zuo Yi patted his shoulder and laughingly said, “Two bowls of beef noodle soup.”
Not hearing the desired gossip, the boss’ expression collapsed with disappointment. Curling his lips, he ordered the chef to cook the noodles.
Zuo Yi sat down across from Ye Zhen Zhen. He propped up his chin on one hand while the other fiddled with a pair of chopsticks. “I apologize for making a wealthy miss such as yourself come here to eat with me. As you can see, the shop’s decorations are nothing great, but the chef’s craftsmanship is absolutely unparalleled in A City.”
Ye Zhen Zhen didn’t pay attention to his idle talk. She straightforwardly took out a drawing and handed it over to him. “This is a drawing I did previously. Take a look.”
Zuo Yi took the drawing and examined it, furrowing his brows. “What is this?”
Ye Zhen Zhen explained, “I previously had nightmares. In those dreams, I had always dreamt of this hand pushing me down the stairs. From beginning to end, however, I wasn’t able to clearly see that person’s face.”
Zuo Yi once again inspected the drawing in his hand. It seemed to be a man’s hand. He raised his head to look at Ye Zhen Zhen, the expression in his eyes as unfathomable as the abyss. Ye Zhen Zhen held his gaze, forcing herself to say, “When Zhou Wen had previously come to see me, she had a disagreement with housekeeper Zhou. Housekeeper Zhou seemed to want to explain something to her, mentioning ‘that matter.’ Unfortunately, I was unable to hear it all. Furthermore, Wang Er Gou and Qin Kong have both been acting suspiciously.”
Zuo Yi was still silently staring at her. Ye Zhen Zhen pursed her somewhat chapped lips and said, “I know my words at the moment seem to be exculpating myself, but at the very least, I can guarantee that all of which I spoke of is fact.”
Zuo Yi put away the drawing in his hand and glanced outside. The sky had already begun to darken. On a nearby street, a black car was parked at the curb. “That car had been following us the entire time. Do you know who it is?”
Ye Zhen Zhen also glanced out the door, creasing her brows afterward. “It’s probably the bodyguard uncle and aunt hired. They also follow me when I go to school.”
“Bodyguard?” Zuo Yi repeated this word, slightly ruminating. “They’re actually concerned about you.”
These words felt somewhat laughable to Ye Zhen Zhen. She thought for a moment and said, “After grandfather’s death, uncle and aunt moved into Ye Mansion. I think they are keeping a close watch over me.”
Zuo Yi slightly lowered his head, his eyes lightly moving back and forth. “The information you offered has a lot of consultation value. I will need to do research.”
Two bowls of beef noodle soup coming up~” The boss enchantingly came over personally to deliver the noodles, sending Zuo Yi a meaningful, dubious look.
Zuo Yi gave a somewhat wry smile. After the boss left, he looked at Ye Zhen Zhen across from him and said, “Eat your noodles first. It doesn’t taste good soggy.”
“Mn.” Ye Zhen Zhen picked up a pair of chopsticks and lifted two strands of noodles.
Zuo Yi watched her inhale the noodles and couldn’t help asking, “How do they taste?”
“Oh, very tasty.” Ye Zhen Zhen swallowed the noodles and picked up a piece of beef to place in her mouth.
Zuo Yi smiled at her and also picked up his chopsticks to eat noodles from his bowl. “This shop’s feng shui is especially good. Everytime I come, after I finish eating, I end up figuring out several incomprehensible matters. Therefore, I will also return to thinking about your matter after we finish eating the noodles.”
Ye Zhen Zhen raised her head to glance at him before burying it down to eat noodles with muffled noises.
Zuo Yi settled the bill. Ye Zhen Zhen felt that it was proper and expected since he ate a bowl triple the size of hers. After they left the shop, they saw that the black car was still parked across the street from them. Zuo Yi had Ye Zhen Zhen enter the car. As he fastened his seatbelt, he asked, “Am I sending you home?”
Ye Zhen Zhen muttered irresolutely to herself before saying, “I don’t really want to return home right now.”
Zuo Yi smiled and started the car. Ye Zhen Zhen watched as he took a turn right and then left. She scowled, asking, “Where you are intending to go?”
Ye Zhen Zhen: “…”
In the end, Zuo Yi really did drive them to a bar. In addition, it was a well-known street bar of A City. Ye Zhen Zhen looked at the sign that had the three words 「South Clarity Avenue」 engraved on it with a classic font. She refused to leave the car. Zuo Yi took out a cigarette and lit it. Ye Zhen Zhen choked on the cigarette smoke she inhaled when the night breeze carried it away. She frowned slightly.
Zuo Yi stabbed the cigarette butt into the car’s ashtray to extinguish it. Looking at Ye Zhen Zhen, he asked, “How long do you intend to sit in the car?”
Ye Zhen Zhen bit her lip and replied, “It’s better if you return me home.”
Zuo Yi still opened the car door and exited. Ye Zhen Zhen had no choice but to follow behind him in response. The streetlights on both sides of the street were somewhat dusky, so Ye Zhen Zhen didn’t dare to stray too far from Zuo Yi.
Ahead of them was a woman waving her hand, sending off a pair of drunk customers. When she turned around and caught sight of Zuo Yi’s face, she immediately walked up enthusiastically. Ye Zhen Zhen chuckled inwardly. The indecipherable Officer Zuo was a frequent visitor here as well.
Zuo Yi glanced at her, as if he knew what she was thinking. He pulled the woman’s hand and introduced her to Ye Zhen Zhen. “My little aunt.”
Ye Zhen Zhen: “…”
Zuo Qian Man caught sight of Ye Zhen Zhen. Her eyes brightened, and she cast aside Zuo Yi’s hand as she walked up to Ye Zhen Zhen. “Aiyo, this girl looks so beautiful, yet this horrid boy didn’t even introduce her.”
Zuo Yi commented, “Ye Zhen Zhen.”
Zuo Qian Man’s eyes brightened further. She enthusiastically brought Ye Zhen Zhen to the second floor with Zuo Yi following behind them. He didn’t want to tell her that Ye Zhen Zhen might not inherit over a billion yuan.
The bar’s second floor was private and decorated very much like a house’s living room. Zuo Qian Man gave each of them a cup of orange juice. She smiled and went downstairs. Before leaving, however, she didn’t forget to send a meaningful glance at Zuo Yi. Naturally, Zuo Yi chose to ignore her.
Ye Zhen Zhen looked at the orange juice in front of her with slight surprise. She very carefully tried a sip. It actually was genuine orange juice. After she drank the orange juice in one gulp, she picked up the large pitcher of orange juice to the side and poured herself another cup. She then finished it in another gulp.
Zuo Yi couldn’t help but laugh. “Do you intend to use orange juice to get drunk?”
Ye Zhen Zhen swallowed a mouthful of orange juice. Gulu. She laughed out loud. “Your little aunt is really young.”
Zuo Yi also picked up the cup of orange juice in front of him and drank a mouthful. He agreed. “Mn, she’s younger than my mom by nearly ten years. She raised me as well.”
“Oh.” Ye Zhen Zhen began to pour herself more orange juice.
Zuo Yi looked at her for a moment and said, “You don’t need to be so anxious. Those words of Lawyer Qian might not necessarily be true.”
Ye Zhen Zhen’s hand paused. She turned her head to look at Zuo Yi in puzzlement. “Why would he want to tell lies?”
“To interfere with the direction of the police’s investigation.”
Ye Zhen Zhen narrowed her eyes. “You mean he might have been bribed by the murderer?”
“Not necessarily the murderer. The opposing beneficiaries you have might have bribed him.” This Lawyer Qian’s insider information still needed to be investigated by Hou Zi and the others after they went to work tomorrow.
Ye Zhen Zhen gripped the cup in her hand, seemingly pondering something. Zuo Yi drank the rest of the orange juice in one gulp and looked at Ye Zhen Zhen. “Based on my many years of experience handling cases, you don’t look like a murderer at all.”
Thanks 【destiny】. Little angel threw three landmines QAQ Muah~! Muah~! （づ￣3￣）づ╭♥～
I, tomorrow, will definitely update on time QAQ