Chapter 30 - Kang Xiaobo's Background
Bad news spread faster than good news, and news of Lin Yi’s feat reached class nine in no time at all.
Tang Yin was thinking of taking a nap during lunch break, but Lin Yi’s damned smile kept popping up in her head! She massaged her aching temple a little before rubbing her eyes, red from crying. She was about to start studying a bit when she heard someone mention Lin Yi’s name.
Her heart tensed up subconsciously, to her surprise, unsure why she’d even care about the name. Was it because she didn’t want people finding out he was chasing after her?
“Did you know? I was going to the toilet earlier when I saw that transfer student kicking Zhong Pinliang’s chair and flipping him onto the ground!” A boy said dramatically as he told the story to a couple of his friends. “Do you know why he did that?”
“Why?” The others asked, clearly curious and excited- twelfth grade was a rather dry period in high school, after all. A little excitement here and there was enough to get people happy for a while.
“Because he was blocking the way! That transfer student said he was blocking his way! He’ll do it again if he dares do it again!!” The boy said proudly, as if he were Lin Yi. “Tell me, tell me- isn’t that insane?!”
“That transfer student’s called Lin Yi, right? He’s really hot!” A girl who was a bit of a slut added. “You guys all saw what he did last week, at the exercise break- he put that gangster on the ground with his teeth knocked out, all by himself! Men like him really are so reliable!”
“Pfft, you think the guy’d even look at a horny slut like you…… You look like you’ve been in bed with more men than you’ve eaten breakfast.” Another girl hmphed coldy. “If it’s me though……”
“F off!” The slut cursed, clearly pissed off. “Why don’t you look at that face of yours in the mirror, you’re worse off than me! Here’s what I say- the only one here who has a chance with him has to be Tang Yin……”
Tang Yin was eavesdropping on the gossip with a book over her face- she couldn’t help but curl her lips at what Lin Yi had done to Zhong Pinliang. As expected, the guy was a monster, no different from Zou Ruoming…… It wasn’t even two days until he showed his violent colors again!!
It was also the reason why she couldn’t bear hearing what people were saying about her and Lin Yi- the two of them as a couple? Yet, as pissed off as Tang Yin may be, she had no choice but to keep her head lowered: After all, this sort of thing only got worse when explained. Lin Yi had caused her enough trouble as it was.
Lin Yi, on the other hand, had no idea that his act of valor was being spread far and wide throughout the school at that very moment. He sat down on his chair, and saw Xiaobo’s thumbs up at him. “Go study, don’t you wanna get into college?”
“Heh heh, I’ll study right now!” Xiaobo smiled bitterly. “Man, if only my family’s the same as my second grandpa’s family… I wouldn’t have to work so hard. I’d be able to be a nice little young master, too.”
“Hm?” It was the first time Xiaobo brought up his family. “Your second grandpa? What kind of guy is he? Is he famous?”
“Famous?” A slight smile formed on Xiaobo’s lips. “Yeah, just some asshole who stole something that wasn’t his, making money off of that. He doesn’t really connect with my family anymore.”
“Oh?” Lin Yi reckoned it was probably some drama with a relative.
“You know Miracle Doctor Kang?” Xiaobo asked.
“Miracle Doctor Kang?” Lin Yi frowned- he’d heard the name before… He suddenly remembered what the pharmacy assistant said to him that day. “The miracle doctor who sells Golden Creation Medicine?”
“Yep, that’s him.” Xiaobo nodded. “He’s my second grandpa.”
(just to clarify, Chinese ppl don’t just use ‘aunt’ for all their aunts and ‘uncle’ for all their uncles. There’s a lot of terms we use for the appropriate relative, and ‘second grandpa’ means Xiaobo’s grandpa’s younger brother)
“Uh…… So that makes you the second generation? No, the third..?” Lin Yi said, a little stunned at Xiaobo’s reveal.
“Second generation, third generation, what?” Xiaobo smiled bitterly. “My grandpa’s my grandpa, my second grandpa’s my second grandpa. We’re two families- my side’s pretty poor.”
“Family feud?” Lin Yi asked.
“Something like that. My grandpa and second grandpa worked on Golden Creation together, and my grandpa disagreed when my second grandpa talked about building a factory for the medicine. That’s where it all started……” Xiaobo explained. “I think my second grandpa then stole the recipe and built his own factory, and the two families have been fighting ever since……”
“Ha, your grandpa’s gotta be pretty stubborn then. You can’t really blame your second grandpa for going after riches.” Lin Yi said with a nod. “I’d probably do what your second grandpa did, if it were me!”
This story, however, reminded Lin Yi of an important fact: medicine recipes were extremely valuable! That recipe he’d used for Huaijun’s painkiller substitute, for example…… He’d be earning quite the number if he mass-produced that for sale.
“Yeah, I actually agree.” Xiaobo said. “I asked my grandpa if he remembered what the ingredients on the recipe were after my second grandpa took it, but he said he didn’t remember anymore…… Oh well. Guess I’ll just have to work hard then.”
“You’re quite optimistic.” Lin Yi commented.
“What else can I do? Whine about it? It’s better to let it go.” Xiaobo said helplessly. “It’s that kind of thing where you just sigh at once in a while. Alright boss, I’ll go study now.”
Miracle Doctor Kang…… Recipe…….
Lin Yi frowned as he thought about it- there had to be some other stuff Xiaobo didn’t mention. Maybe he wasn’t too familiar with the whole incident, but there had to be more to it; it just couldn’t be that simple.
Song Lingshan couldn’t take it anymore- the criminals were hidden well! They were in a mountain area, too, and the search team wasn’t a big one… It was causing Lingshan a lot of trouble. They’d been able to find the A74110 SUV, but the licence plate had been ripped off already.
Helpless, Song Lingshan decided to give Huaijun a call again.
“Captain……” Lingshan said, a little embarrassed to be calling for help again.
“Song, calling about the robber case?” Huaijun guessed.
“Yeah…… Huaijun, I’m lost……” Lingshan said awkwardly after Huaijun had exposed her.
“You know, Song- I’m no detective prodigy or anything- I just pay more attention to the details. This particular case is a bit different from your typical one, and it involves Chu Pengzhan as well… Them kidnapping Chu Mengyao proves that the kidnapping was their primary objective from the start, not the robbery.” Huaijun said. “These guys have to be part of some organization, and it’s not gonna end well if we rush trying to capture them. Their superiors would’ve told them to lay low, especially with the police force sending so many resources after them right now……”
“Ah…” Lingshan wasn’t expecting Huaijun to not have an answer as well.
“I’m just putting the facts out. Remember that jewelry robbery case last year?” Huaijun continued. “That case was unsolved for months, and it was because of that that the suspect lowered his guard and came out of hiding, remember? You were even the one who kicked the suspect down.”
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