Chapter 52: Jia Jia — Do you recognize me?
Naturally, the first thing they did was get lunch.
It was past one already, but since they hadn’t eaten much except for cookies on the train, they were still hungry. Since Dr. Ji had deliberately emphasized that she could not eat a lot of snacks while on the trip, and since the eateries by the train station were not very hygienic, the two of them walked down the street in search of a store with a somewhat neat appearance.
They ate beef noodle soup.
Ye Zhen Zhen looked at the piping hot noodles in front of her and took a while to pick up her chopsticks. “Officer Zuo you really like beef noodle soup?”
“Yes.” Zuo Yi glanced up at her. “Are you really not thinking of taking off your coat?” The sun was at its cruelest at the moment. Wearing a coat like that while walking outside would cause her to get heat stroke sooner or later.
Ye Zhen Zhen thought for a moment before leaning toward Zuo Yi. “Don’t tell Dr. Ji.”
“Mn.” Zuo Yi nodded with a smile. Ye Zhen Zhen took off her coat and placed it into her bag. She then picked up her chopsticks to eat. Her skin was very smooth and very white, looking like a freshly peeled egg. Because she had been walking just before, a light pink flush decorated her skin, which would absolutely make others’ imaginations run wild.
Zuo Yi felt like he slightly understood why Ji Zhe Yan insisted that she wore a coat.
Withdrawing his gaze from Ye Zhen Zhen’s person, Zuo Yi focused wholeheartedly on eating his noodles.
After eating, the two took a taxi to the first park on the list. Although D City wasn’t as big as A City, the total number of parks were double the amount in A City. Prior to coming to D City, Zuo Yi already had people come investigate the park where Ye Kang Ping and Sun Qian met Ye Zhen Zhen, but Ye Zhen Zhen’s drawing wasn’t identical to that park. He then had others investigate the nearby parks, but none of them matched.
Zuo Yi increasingly felt that if he found Ye Zhen Zhen’s identity, the case might have a breakthrough, so he decided to personally come to D City.
The first day of the journey did not go smoothly, however, as all four parks they visited were not similar to that park Ye Zhen Zhen remembered. Furthermore, no one recognized Ye Zhen Zhen.
Having lived in a city for so many years, the odds of running into an acquaintance should be higher than finding an unknown park. This was what Zuo Yi had previously thought, so he had intentionally brought Ye Zhen Zhen along… Wait a minute, although Ye Kang Ping met her at that park, it didn’t mean she drew that specific one, but since she had gone there once, maybe there would be someone who would recognize her!
Zuo Yi smiled, somewhat annoyed. He had unexpectedly made such a simple mistake.
“It’s getting late today. You must be tired after walking all day. Let’s go find a hotel.” Zuo Yi glanced at Ye Zhen Zhen’s abused legs.
Ye Zhen Zhe nodded and said, “Okay.” She really couldn’t move. “Where are we going first tomorrow?”
“Bright Ocean Park.”
“Bright Ocean Park?” Ye Zhen Zhen sent him a look of confusion. She recognized this name, having heard that this was where Ye Kang Ping had met her. “But that park wasn’t the one I drew.”
Zuo Yi smiled. It seemed he and Ye Zhen Zhen both missed this point; they had both assumed they needed to find the drawn park and had completely ignored the other trail of clues. “There might be someone who would recognize you.”
Ye Zhen Zhen stared blankly at him before suddenly understanding. The two of them didn’t dally and went to look for a nearby hotel. Ye Zhen Zhen took a shower and then laid on her bed to give Ji Zhe Yan a call. She hadn’t even begun inputting in his phone number when Ji Zhe Yan called her instead.
Ye Zhen Zhen smiled and quickly accepted the call. “Dr. Ji~”
That undulating tone made Ji Zhe Yan pause slightly before humming in acknowledgement. “Have you eaten dinner?”
“Yes, already returned to the hotel and took a shower~”
The two words, ‘hotel’ and ‘shower,’ when paired together were really too suggestive. Ji Zhe Yan chuckled.
Ye Zhen Zhen’s heart trembled. She quickly adapted and added, “Officer Zuo is staying in the next room over!”
“…Hehehe, Dr. Ji, have you eaten dinner?”
“Did you wear a coat?”
Ye Zhen Zhen: “…”
She really didn’t want to fight with Dr. Ji.
“I definitely did!” Ye Zhen Zhen bit the bullet and answered, even if she hadn’t worn it the entire time.
Ji Zhe Yan heard her reply positively and asked, “What did you eat today?”
“Beef noodle soup, white rice, cabbage, steamed rice powder and pork, seaweed egg drop soup.” Actually, she had also secretly eaten two ice cream cones, but she didn’t need to tell Dr. Ji this.
“Mn, your behavior today is good.”
Ye Zhen Zhen proudly smiled. “Then what’s my reward?”
Ji Zhe Yan laughed softly. “I’ll reward you when you return.”
“Okies! Dr. Ji, honor your word!”
“Mn.” Ji Zhe Yan couldn’t help but smile. “Has there been any progress?”
Ye Zhen Zhen vented a bit when this topic was mentioned. “For the time being, no.”
Ji Zhe Yan was silent for a moment and then asked, “Have you gone to Bright Ocean Park?”
“We’re planning to go tomorrow.”
“Mn, don’t worry. There might be someone who recognizes you.”
Ye Zhen Zhen couldn’t help but smile. “Dr. Ji, are you a private investigator? You’re not a police assigned to be undercover at the hospital, right?”
Ji Zhe Yan didn’t know whether to laugh or cry at her words. “This is a simple logical inference.”
“Obviously it’s because Dr. Ji is intelligent!” After Ye Zhen Zhen said this, she suddenly became quiet. “Dr. Ji, I miss you.”
Ji Zhe Yan’s eyes flashed and whispered softly, “I miss you, too.”
Those simple four words completely shattered Ye Zhen Zhen’s calm. Ji Zhe Yan’s laughter could be heard through the phone. “Alright, it’s getting late. Good night, rest well.”
“Okay, Dr. Ji should also go to sleep early.”
“Mn.” Ji Zhe Yan heard the dial tone and absentmindedly stood there. After getting used to living together, Ye Zhen Zhen’s absence suddenly made this room seem a lot bigger.
Meanwhile, Zuo Yi was in his room making a call.
“How are things?”
“Leader, Qin Kong still isn’t willing to talk.”
Zuo Yi laughed. “Then keep going every day to bother the Qin family.”
“Understood! Have you found any information over there?”
Li Xin Ran paused and then suddenly remembered something. “Right, Leader, I nearly forgot. We discovered that Qin Kong previously hired a private investigator to investigate Ye Zhen Zhen. Eh, the fake one.”
“Private investigator?” Zuo Yi frowned slightly. “Go and question that private investigator.”
After hearing Li Xin Ran agree, Zuo Yi hung up and went to take a shower before heading straight to bed.
Early the next morning, the two travelled by car to Bright Ocean Park. That morning, they did run into people who recognized Ye Zhen Zhen, but none of them knew who she was. Zuo Yi pursed his lips, quite vexed. Even if there were some familiar faces whenever one came to the park, not many introduced themselves by name.
“Don’t be so discouraged. We still gained a few things. At least, we learned that you came here every Wednesday to sketch.” Zuo Yi handed Ye Zhen Zhen a bottle of mineral spring water and sat down beside her.
Ye Zhen Zhen accepted the bottle and said her thanks before twisting the lid open to drink two gulps.
“Sister Jia Jia?”
Suddenly, a child’s voice called out, startling Ye Zhen Zhen and causing her to choke on her water. She coughed and put down the bottle of water. She glanced down. “Ke—ke— you, you are…Dou Dou?”
Ye Zhen Zhen widened her eyes in astonishment. Wasn’t this that Dou Dou from her dream?
The little boy called Dou Dou happily looked up at her. “Sister Jia Jia, you’re finally back!”
Zuo Yi’s eyes flashed. Today just so happened to be Wednesday.
Ye Zhen Zhen glanced at Zuo Yi and then patted Dou Dou’s head. “Dou Dou, do you recognize me?”
“Of course I do.” Dou Dou blinked, his thick eyelashes fluttering. “You come every Wednesday to draw. You even drew me a picture of Little Dou Dou, but then you disappeared before finishing.”
Ye Zhen Zhen gazed at him with rapt attention and asked Dou Dou, “Do you know my name?”
“You’re Sister Jia Jia.”
Ye Zhen Zhen’s lips downturned slightly. “Do you know my full name?”
“Oh…” Dou Dou hung his head and earnestly tried to recall. “Ah, I remember. You’re Li Jia Jia!” Dou Dou looked at Ye Zhen Zhen with a very proud expression. “I know that you live on Vermillion Bird Street!”
Zuo Yi stood up and walked to the side to call Li Xin Ran. “Search for a Li Jia Jia who lives on Vermillion Bird Street in D City.”
“Ah?” Li Xin Ran froze for a moment before gaining a flash of enlightenment. “Leader, you found it!”
“Not certain yet, so go check immediately.”
Zuo Yi hung up and returned. Ye Zhen Zhen was still talking to Dou Dou. “Dou Dou, how come you know where I live?”
“Because Sister Jia Jia told me…”
Dou Dou didn’t finish speaking, as a young woman walked up and interrupted him. “Dou Dou, why did you run off?”
Dou Dou glanced around and called out to his mom, running up to her. The woman hugged Dou Dou and glanced at Ye Zhen Zhen sitting to the side. She suddenly froze. “Jia Jia, long time no see. Dou Dou talked about you a lot.”
Ye Zhen Zhen was a bit embarrassed, not knowing how to respond. Zuo Yi walked up then. “Hello, police.”
The woman saw him take out a police badge and stared blankly at him.
Zuo Yi gave her a basic overview of the situation and then asked her about Li Jia Jia. According to the woman, Li Jia Jia came here every Wednesday to draw. Dou Dou really liked her drawings, so they gradually became acquainted and had gone out to eat together twice. However, her knowledge ended with the name Li Jia Jia and residence on Vermillion Bird Street.
This information was already enough for Zuo Yi. He pulled out the list of parks; there really was a park located on Vermillion Bird Street. Zuo Yi then brought Ye Zhen Zhen there. Ye Zhen Zhen was still a bit skeptical while on the way there in the car. “Officer Zuo, the park where I dreamt of meeting Dou Dou is not Bright Ocean Park.”
Zuo Yi thought for a moment and then said, “Maybe you got it mixed up when you regained that memory. We’ll know when we reach Dancing Sun Park.”
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