Chapter 32 – Bloody Maple Leaf: Teacher’s Profile
Xiao Lou’s impression of Zhang Qing was very deep . She was the first teacher to appear in the secret room’s plot .
He remembered that she was wearing a suit skirt with high heels and was dressed as a professional woman . If she wanted to change shoes to push Ying Xiaoya off the roof, a suit skirt with canvas shoes would be unseemly unless she changed first .
The school’s office building had a locker room for male and female teachers . In theory, Zhang Qing had finished the morning class and was idle all morning . She had plenty of time to change clothes and prepare for the crime .
Yu Hanjiang frowned and whispered, “The focus of our investigation should now be on the relationship between Zhang Qing and Xie Xinghe . Why do both of them have the book Count of Monte Cristo? What does this book represent? The second thing is the relationship between her and Si Han . Was the case of Si Han falling down five years ago related to her?”
Up to here, the investigation had completely eliminated the students Yiru and Yu Hui .
There were four key figures remaining .
The class monitor Xie Xinghe . The book in his bag was still unexplained and he might’ve taken the poison from the laboratory . He might’ve been playing basketball when Ying Xiaoya fell but this didn’t rule him out as the poisoner .
The English teacher, Zhang Qing . The original book had been read many times, showing that she really liked this story of revenge . Moreover, the drawer that contained the book was locked, indicating she didn’t want others to know she had this book .
There was Lin Yueran, the language teacher of the class next door . She once taught language to Ying Xiaoya in the first year of high school and still had the texts of the two students in her drawer . It was impossible to determine if the suicide note was written by her but the possibility was high .
The physics teacher Si Qi and the deceased five years ago had the same surname . The relationship between the two of them needed to be verified .
Yu Hanjiang asked, “Professor Xiao, where can I find the information on all the teachers in school?”
Maple Forest High School had more than 20 classes in each grade and there were more than 300 teachers . The school would definitely have a place to store the teachers’ information . They had to find out the family background of these three teachers as soon as possible .
Xiao Lou replied, “The Educational Administration Office . It specializes in managing the teaching tasks and teaching plans . It should have the information of all the teachers . When I was in university, I had to submit my work plan to this office every semester and my home address, contact information and other information changes were also reported here . ”
Yu Hanjiang nodded and eyed the door, speaking decisively . “Go and check . ”
The two men headed to the fifth floor .
This floor contained the functional organizations of the school such as the Youth League Committee, the trade union, the network centre, the supervision department, etc . The Educational Administration Office was at the end of the corridor and Yu Hanjiang quickly walked over and unlocked it with a wire .
They entered the office and saw a row of folders in a filing cabinet .
The information on teachers of the third grade…
Yu Hanjiang pulled out a folder . There were more than 100 teachers in the third grade and a thick stack of information . He gave Xiao Lou half and quickly looked through them .
They soon found the information on the three key targets .
The physics teacher Si Qi was 33 years old . Her parents were university professors and she was an only child . Her primary school and middle school were in this study . Then she went to a teaching university and returned here to work as a teacher after getting her master’s degree . She was the first teacher to come when Maple Forest High School was founded five years ago .
The language teacher Lin Yueran was 31 years old . Her parents were company employees and her family members included a younger brother who was currently studying at university . She was a local but her degree was an undergraduate degree . She was a free teacher and after graduation, she was assigned to her hometown and came directly to Maple Forest High School . She also came here five years ago when the school was founded .
The English teacher Zhang Qing was 29 years old .
Yu Hanjiang’s eyes slightly narrowed as he pointed to the data sheet . “Look at Zhang Qing’s family members . ”
Xiao Lou immediately came over and saw that on Teacher Zhang Qing’s information sheet, the family members column had ‘accidental death’ written beside her mother and father . Her resume was very glorious . She passed primary school, middle school and high school in a brilliant manner and her university entrance examination scores were excellent . She was admitted to a famous foreign university and received a full scholarship .
She studied for a master’s degree abroad and returned to China after graduation . Then she obtained a teacher’s qualification certificate and changed to become a teacher .
She only came to this school three years ago .
Yu Hanjiang swept over this resume from beginning to end and suddenly said, “We fell into a mistake with our thinking . ” He placed the resumes of the three teachers next to each other . “The person who has a relationship with the dead Si Han didn’t necessarily enter the school five years ago . Revenge can be postponed . ”
Xiao Lou’s eyes suddenly lit up . “Yes, the protagonist of the Count of Monte Carlo returned many years later with a disguised identity . He returned to the people who framed him and cleared the old accounts one by one . ”
It was never too late to get revenge .
As long as the seeds of hatred were buried in the bottom of the heart, even if they couldn’t be seen, one day they would grow into an amazing tree .
Yu Hanjiang opened his mouth . “Si Qi has the same surname as Si Han but based on her resume, her growth environment was very good . Her life was smooth from small to large . Her parents are also professors and such people generally don’t have serious psychological distortions . Her suspicion is the smallest . ”
In order to judge whether a person could kill or not, they had to consider the family background, growth environment and education from childhood . It was hard for a child who grew up in a warm family environment to suddenly become a killer .
Si Qi’s parents were both university professors and she was an only child . The chances of her suddenly killing someone were extremely low .
Xiao Lou nodded . “This teacher just has the same surname and there is no other evidence pointing to her . It should be something the secret room deliberately set as interference . ”
Yu Hanjiang nodded . “Lin and Zhang are both very suspicious . In particular, Zhang Qing studied abroad and her major wasn’t teaching . She could find many better jobs after returning home . Why would a highly educated person like her suddenly get a teacher’s qualification certificate and run to a high school to teach English?”
Xiao Lou touched his chin . “Combined with the book in her drawer, I think she is most likely to be the avenger . ”
She received advanced education abroad, got a master’s degree in economics from a famous university and returned to China with a glorious image . There were many job opportunities but she applied for a teaching certificate and applied to a high school as an English teacher . Why?
The death of her family members was even more puzzling . What happened to her parents?
The two people were thinking when there was a flash of light downstairs . The patrolling security guards had returned . Yu Hanjiang and Xiao Lou immediately turned off their flashlight, restored the drawers and office door locks before leaving the office in the opposite direction .
The campus’ streetlights were on and in order to avoid being discovered by the security guards, they deliberately walked in dark areas .
They whispered as they walked .
Yu Hanjiang said, “The clues are all coming together . If Zhang Qing is related to Si Han who fell from the building five years ago then it can all be explained . Her dearest relative or friend fell from the building and died . Since she was studying abroad, she wasn’t clear about why Si Han fell . Thus, after graduation, she returned to the school as a teacher and investigated the murderers related to Si Han’s story in order to get revenge . ”
Xiao Lou became keenly aware of a key fact . “Then the murderer in Si Han’s case… was probably already killed by Zhang Qing?”
Yu Hanjiang stopped and thoughtfully looked at the maple forest in the distance . “Do you still remember the rumours among the students? The curse was said to start five years ago with Si Han’s fall . It is obvious that the murderer deliberately concealed the truth… after several years, the school had some inexplicable disappearances and the students attributed this to the curse . ”
Xiao Lou was stunned and a chill went down his back .
Yes, the disappearances!
He immediately took out the note circulated by the students that day, which said: People have gone missing over the past few years .
Xiao Lou followed Yu Hanjiang’s gaze to the maple forest . “Group Leader Yu, do you think that the missing people are buried in the maple forest?”
Yu Hanjiang’s eyes were deep . ”The reason why the maple leaves are so red is because it absorbs too much blood . ”
Xiao Lou, “……”
This was the last prompt that appeared in the floating box when the two people entered the 3 of Hearts secret room .
A cold wind blow and the area of the maple forest where the streetlights had completely broken down was shrouded in darkness . There were a few maple leaves blown away by the wind from a dark place to a place where there was light . Under the streetlights, they looked like they were stained with blood .
Xiao Lou had goosebumps!
It was the middle of the night and this was too scary . He couldn’t imagine that bodies would be buried in the students’ favourite maple forest .
However, Group Leader Yu’s analysis was very reasonable .
The prompt when entering the secret room ‘the maple leaves absorb too much blood’ wasn’t to create a horror atmosphere . It was directly pointing to the ‘maple forest’ as an important clue .
Why did Zhang Qing return to China three years ago and why come to this school? It was likely to investigate Si Han’s case .
Where did the missing people over the last three years go? They were most likely buried in the maple forest after being killed by Zhang Qing .
If this was the case then the key incident wasn’t Ying Xiaoya’s fall but Si Han’s fall .
The theme of this secret room—revenge!
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