Chapter 49: Surrender — I previously gave a false testimony.
Ji Zhe Yan’s study held several books, the majority of which Ye Zhen Zhen could not even make sense of the title, let alone the content. She still removed a book with a heart illustration, however, and read it with gusto.
She wanted him to see her read the book, thinking that this would probably close the distance between them.
Actually, when she thought of it a bit more, this only made her become more aware of the distance between them.
“Gou Dan’er, your English is already good enough that you can read a medical book in its original form? It seems that next time, you should be scoring a hundred points on the English exam.” Ji Zhe Yan’s joking voice came from the other side of the room. The room was warmly lit with yellow lighting that illuminated his smile so that it was especially warm.
Ye Zhen Zhen raised her head to glance at him and curled her lips in discontent. “Look down on others less. I can still understand the pictures.”
Ji Zhe Yan chuckled and used a hand to lean on the desk, looking at the page Ye Zhen Zhen had open. “Is this graphic novel interesting?”
Ye Zhen Zhen: “…”
Dr. Ji really was very annoying! Was attacking her IQ every day that fun!? Interesting?!
Seeing Ye Zhen Zhen’s fuming face from the side, Ji Zhe Yan couldn’t help but smile and peck her cheek. “Are you interested in the heart?”
“Yes.” Her mood improving with the kiss, Ye Zhen Zhen looked up at him with a beaming smile. “How else can I know how to capture Dr. Ji’s heart.”
That was a line of complete nonsense, but it moved Ji Zhe Yan’s heart quite a bit.
His eyes, normally still-water, surged. He smirked and reached out to ruffle Ye Zhen Zhen’s black hair. “In this field, you are already the leading authority.”
Ye Zhen Zhen froze and then happily embraced Ji Zhe Yan. “Dr. Ji, agree to accompany me to bed tonight.”
Ji Zhe Yan couldn’t stop himself from smiling. “Got it.”
“Then let’s go to sleep now!” Ye Zhen Zhen looked up at him, her eyes sparkling.
Ji Zhe Yan looked at the time. Although it was not yet ten o’clock, there was nothing wrong with going to sleep early.
Seeing that Ji Zhe Yan did not oppose, Ye Zhen Zhen immediately climbed into his lap. “Dr. Ji, carry.”
Ji Zhe Yan looked at the young woman with her arms stretched out and, with no other choice, carried her.
Ye Zhen Zhen was a bit shaken. The first time Dr. Ji had carried her like this, she had been in the hospital. She looked at Dr. Ji’s profile, her gaze unknowingly softening. “Dr. Ji, do you remember when you used to frequently push me around the garden for walks?”
“Mn.” Ji Zhe Yan hummed lightly in agreement.
Ye Zhen Zhen hugged his neck and kissed his cheek. “At that time, I already liked Dr. Ji.”
Seeing the tips of Ji Zhe Yan’s ears gradually redden, Ye Zhen Zhen felt extremely satisfied. She moved closer to reach Ji Zhe Yan’s ear and lightly blew on it.
“Stop being troublesome.” Ji Zhe Yan pinched her waist and glared at her in discontent.
Ye Zhen Zhen giggled happily, even as she was set down on the bed. Seeing Ji Zhe Yan lay down beside her, Ye Zhen Zhen slowly wiggled her way closer. “Dr. Ji~”
Ji Zhe Yan glanced at her. “Not going to sleep? Close your eyes.”
“Dr. Ji is so handsome; I don’t want to close them.” Ye Zhen Zhen began acting shameless.
Ji Zhe Yan smiled and hugged her close, asking, “Don’t you have to go to campus tomorrow?”
“I’ll send you. Before you’re done, call me; I’ll come pick you up.”
Ye Zhen Zhen’s eyes brightened. She nuzzled her head into Ji Zhe Yan’s chest. “Okay.”
Ji Zhe Yan brushed her hair and softly said, “If you’re sleepy, sleep.”
“Mn…” Ye Zhen Zhen looked up at him. “Good night, Dr. Ji.”
Ji Zhe Yan gazed at her for a moment and then leaned down to kiss her lips. “I prefer doing this instead of saying good night.”
Unlike the previous fiery French kiss, Ji Zhe Yan’s kiss this time was like him—neither impassioned nor volatile—but it still excited Ye Zhen Zhen more, because she sensed Ji Zhe Yan’s hand slipping beneath her clothes.
Nervousness filled her heart, but Ye Zhen Zhen had already intended to give all of herself. Ji Zhe Yan, however, had always intended to stop right there. “Alright…sleep…”
His voice was not as clear or collected as it normally was; it sounded a bit ragged, raw, a certain tinge to it capable of making others blush and their hearts race.
Ye Zhen Zhen’s eyes hazed over, a look of grievance crossing her face. “Dr. Ji, treating the body like this is no good.”
Ji Zhe Yan hugged her and suppressed a laugh. “So don’t always make me keep you company at night.
“Obviously it’s you who’s being stubborn…” Ye Zhen Zhen grumbled.
Ji Zhe Yan kissed her and then turned off the lamp. “Okay, Gou Dan’er, go to sleep obediently.”
Ye Zhen Zhen: “…”
Dr. Ji began dropping her off and picking her up from school again, making Ye Zhen Zhen very happy. After Qin Kong had appeared that day, he did not show up again for the next few days, making her even happier.
After asking Gan Run Yang for help on drawing scenery, as he was an art student, she would lean over her desk every night, trying to draw that park. After three days of drawing, she finally drew a picture that she was satisfied with.
She contacted Zuo Yi, and when they arrived at the police department, he had just finished a meeting. Zuo Yi glanced at Ye Zhen Zhen, who was waiting outside, and called her over to his office. “The park sketch is done?”
“Mn, take a look.” Ye Zhen Zhen handed over the sketch. Li Xin Ran, curious, moved closer to see. Zuo Yi looked down at the sketch and admired her attention to detail. Across from the park, there was a convenience store drawn as well. This park really was too ordinary, however; if someone wasn’t living nearby, they wouldn’t be able to recognize it with a glance.
Zuo Yi raised his head and thought for a moment on what to say. Hou Zi then suddenly burst in from outside. “Leader, Leader! Someone called Zhou Wen came over to turn herself in!”
Once he said this, the entire office fell silent. Ye Zhen Zhen stared at him in surprise.
Zhou Wen, wasn’t that housekeeper Zhou’s daughter? What did she come here for?
Zuo Yi glanced down, inwardly laughing. The snake had come out.
“Sorry, please wait here for a moment.” Zuo Yi stood up from his chair and left with Li Xin Ran after he spoke to Ye Zhen Zhen. “Hou Zi, bring her to the interrogation room.”
Within the interrogation room, Zuo Yi examined Zhou Wen and then asked, a smile on his face, “I heard you came here to turn yourself in? For what crime?”
“I…” Zhou Wen pursed her lips, appearing a bit nervous. “I previously gave a false testimony.”
“Oh?” Zuo Yi narrowed his eyes and took a seat across from her. “Which part?”
Zhou Wen breathed in and then threw caution to the wind. “On the evening of March 13th, my mother did not leave my residence at eight o’clock; she left at seven o’clock.”
Li Xin Ran, who was about to write that down, froze. Holy shit, what was this plot twist? He was getting more and more confused!
Zuo Yi actually didn’t react much and simply looked at Zhou Wen, asking, “Why did you lie before?”
Zhou Wen pursed her lips and reminisced, “That night, I suddenly received a message from mom. She said the police might come over to ask me some questions, and if they asked me what time she left, I was supposed to say eight o’clock.” Once she said this, she lightly gasped for air and then continued, “At that time, I had no idea what had happened, but soon, the police really did come to ask me questions. I replied as mom told me to. When I saw the news the next morning, I learned that Old Man Ye was murdered.”
Zuo Yi silently eyed her and asked, “When did she send you the message?”
“Probably around half past nine.”
“Do you still have the message?”
“No, I already deleted it.”
Zuo Yi thought for a moment and then said, “Why did you suddenly want to retract your testimony?”
Zhou Wen subconsciously clenched her hands. She took a deep breath and revealed, “Old Man Ye, before he died, took really good care of me. His death made me feel very distressed. But, the murderer has still not been caught. Although mom swore to me that she didn’t kill him, I still felt restless. I keep having nightmares, and my conscience guilts me often. I really don’t want this to continue. Since mom said she isn’t the murderer, then how could telling the truth be a bad thing?”
Zuo Yi eyed her with half-lidded eyes and then nodded. “I understand. Although you previously gave a false testimony, you have repented and took the initiative to confess. We will be lenient in dealing with you.”
“Thank you.” These two words seemed to have exhausted the last of Zhou Wen’s strength. She slumped in her chair.
After making Hou Zi send her off, Zuo Yi and Li Xin Ran remained seated in the room. Li Xin Ran glanced at what he had just written down and turned to ask Zuo Yi beside him, “Leader, what do you think?”
Zuo Yi didn’t answer and instead asked, “A report on Zhou Wen’s history?”
“Ah?” Li Xin Ran stumbled but then recalled Zhou Wen’s profile. “Sole daughter of housekeeper Zhou, undetermined father, twenty-four this year, raised alone by housekeeper Zhou.”
Zuo Yi nodded and explained, “It’s not easy for a single woman to raise a child on her own, especially under the stress of being unmarried and expecting. She surely has suffered a lot. The relationship between her and Zhou Wen must be very deep. This is clear from her being willing to give a false testimony despite not knowing the circumstances. The investigation has been going on for four months by now. She suddenly came to retract her testimony—don’t you think this is a bit odd?”
Li Xin Ran also contemplated this. “You mean…”
“I think housekeeper Zhou made her come.”
Li Xin Ran had no choice but to admit that Leader’s imagination would always be richer than theirs. “But this does not make sense. If housekeeper Zhou wants to plead guilty, why not come herself; why do more than is required?”
Zuo Yi smiled. “The person who comes in would be dealt with leniently. Zhou Wen came, so the one being treated leniently is Zhou Wen.”
Li Xin Ran blanked out. He felt as if he had a slight realization, but he also felt as if he still wasn’t getting it. “Leader, can you say it in simpler terms?”
“Simple?” Zuo Yi glanced at him. “Your brain has always been simple.”
Li Xin Ran: “…”
He endured this strike and persevered, asking again, “But why did housekeeper Zhou do this?”
Zuo Yi didn’t reply to him and instead asked another question. “Did you find out who Zhou Wen’s biological father is?”
Li Xin Ran frowned. “A coworker did an investigation earlier, but housekeeper Zhou had not associated with any man in so many years, apart from Ye Hong Sheng… Leader, you aren’t suspecting him, are you?!” Alarm instantly flashed across Li Xin Ran’s face.
Zuo Yi said, “A wife lost a year ago, a young pretty woman, it’s relatively difficult to control oneself all the time.”
“But, but Ye Hong Sheng is twenty-five years her senior!”
Zuo Yi glanced at him indifferently. “Although the world is difficult to comprehend, this type of thing is not an impossibility.”
Second update will be in the evening~