Edited, and proofread by anks
An Chuxia sits restlessly in the car. For the fifteenth time, she asks, “Steward Han, are we almost there?”
“Young madame, do not be anxious. We’re almost there. Ding Ning said he threw her here.” The car barely stops when An Chuxia jumps out of the car.
She looks around for Lila, but she doesn’t even see a glimpse of her shadow. A stream of pedestrians mull around. Frustrated, she pulls a random pedestrian and asks her a question. “Auntie, did you notice an attractive girl cross here not too long ago?”
The forty-year-old woman eyes her from head to
toe before replying impatiently. “You’re rather vague with your description… Tall, pretty girls fill these streets, right? You interrupted me… which attractive female are you looking for?”
She suppresses the urge to pull away. “I’m sorry. I’m rather impatient. That girl… .”
“I, too, am impatient! Don’t you see me hurrying back to my card game?” The middle-aged woman breaks into a sinister smile, spreading the bright red lipstick across her face. She breaks free from An Chuxia’s grasp and leaves.
“What kind of a question is that, ah? Who do you think you are? Pretty girls… like I have all day!” The middle-aged woman curses angrily. She
She sinks lower than low. What is wrong with her? How disgusting!
Steward Han pulls An Chuxia away and says, “Little madame, don’t be angry. If you’re unhappy, I can immediately… say something to that woman.” He traces his thumb across his neck like he is going to behead someone.
She couldn’t help but shudder. She hurriedly waves her hands. “No need, no need! Can’t you take a joke? I’m kidding, I’m kidding.” She suddenly finds it hard to talk. How could someone talk about snuffing a life so easily? Seriously… Lila! Damn it! She almost forgot the reason why they’re here.
If it weren’t for her, Lila wouldn’t be thrown
be thrown on the streets.
“Steward Han, help me find… wait, is this blood?” She frowns as she squats down in front of a pool of blood. She takes her index and middle finger and touches the liquid. It’s not animal blood. More so, the blood hasn’t coagulated. It means it’s fresh.
If her guess is right, where did Lila go? Last time they called Ding Ning, he said she was unconscious. Damn! Her heart is restless.
“Young madame, look… There’s another pool of blood here. And another there!” He points to the drops of blood meters away. “I guess, if you want to find Miss Lila, you should follow you should follow the blood trail.”
She doesn’t wait for steward Han to say another word. She looks at the ground and follows the blood. They arrive at a narrow alley in the street. The blood disappears. She looks around the narrow lane. An Chuxia swallows hard, secretly hoping for a happier outcome. However, just as she was about to take a step, steward Han immediately stops her.
Steward Han suspects an untimely death when he sees several men, wearing black suits, looking around. She can’t help but think of worst case scenarios. She hides behind steward Han and asks, “What are we going to do?”