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The Case Of The 27 Knife Stabs: Chapter 4 – Part 4

Xia Fan stood outside the door in complete shock and heard Liao Xiaoyu crying loudly inside the house.

Xia Fan stood there for a while, feeling that something was strange.

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When she returned to the police station, Han Zecheng and the others had not returned to the office yet, so she took this time to look once more at the case information on the board by herself.

A mysterious boyfriend that no one except Liao Xiaoqing had seen before.

Was this really just a beautiful imagination that Liao Xiaoqing’s illness had conjured up?

How did the weird number 27, which to Liao Xiaoqing represents happiness and joy, turn into a bloody 27 stabs?

What’s the connection there?

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She searched through the data files, checking all these people’s birthdays, account numbers, house numbers, phone numbers, license plates, etc.

But she couldn’t find anything to do with the number 27.

Xia Fan tired, held her head in her hands. She really couldn’t make sense of any of this.

Han Zecheng and the others came back with some news: “Pan Li has an alibi. She wasn’t even in the city that day. The 10,000 she gave to the Feng Zhengyang was because her husband’s death in Liao Xiaoqing’s hands made her think it was the gods’ revenge.”

“Seven years ago she had helped her husband, Wang Rui, commit perjury so she was worried that Liao Xiaoqing or someone else would come and get her. After getting the insurance money, she went to a shaman to keep her safe.”

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“And that Feng Zhengyang was scared shitless as soon as the interrogation started. He said he will admit everything.”

“So turns out he is just a liar and a fraud. He just uses tricks to manipulate people. He doesn’t know how to kill a ghost and cannot perform any miracles.”

“Pan Li is just a client that he had fooled and he doesn’t recognize any of the Liao sisters.”

“How did Pan Li explain that huge insurance policy thing?”

“The insurance was bought by Wang Rui. He resigned seven years ago and became a private detective.”

“He called himself private detective but in fact it was more like catching adultery. Doing such an odd job, the risk factor is very high.”

“Because of what he did seven years ago, he always felt guilty towards his wife and so he bought that insurance policy.”

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“If something were to happen to him one day, he would be able to leave some money for his wife, which is also some form of compensation. “

Han Zecheng sat on the chair and continued: “We checked all of this and it is indeed true.”

Xia Fan exhaled: “So now our only hope is with that Dr. Cheng?”

“Her account transactions are clean and on the surface there’s nothing suspicious to be found. She also has no motive to be involved in such a case, the only thing that we have is that she has the skills to do hypnosis.”

As Xia Fan listened, she felt a little disappointed.

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She told Han Zecheng: “I think the sisters are a bit strange, I can’t explain it, but today I suddenly feel that they don’t seem to be as harmonious as we thought they were before.”

“Liao Xiaoyu, just like Dr. Cheng said, reacted very strongly to the fact that Liao Xiaoqing has a boyfriend. But it’s so hard to find true love for a person in a situation like her sister’s, if she really has a boyfriend, then she should be very happy for her. Their marriage should be a good thing since it would help to lighten her burden. But she’s very unhappy, one could even say angry about it.”

“If this boyfriend doesn’t have good intentions, then it’s a different story.”

Han Zecheng thought about it and said: “A pair of beautiful sisters with no one to depend on, rich, living in a mansion and driving a good car. The little sister is lonely and fragile, very much in need of some attention then why not give it? Take care of the little sister and then leisurely enjoy the money of the big sister.”

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“But if he is really a bad man, her sister wouldn’t need to deny his existence, so something else must have happened.”

Xia Fan suddenly remembered: “You just said that Wang Rui has since been working as a private detective. Now isn’t there a lot of these black market unlicensed so-called private detectives who are secretly taking jobs online.”

“Could it be that Liao Xiaoyu wanted to get rid of this bad boyfriend and then found Wang Rui by mistake? Liao Xiaoqing killed Wang Rui not because of what happened seven years ago, but because of a new grudge. “

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“So how do you explain the bizarre circumstances of the crime scene? The initial doubt we had is the fact that Liao Xiaoqing was incapable of killing Wang Rui on her own.”

Xia Fan thought for a long time, discouraged she fell down on the table and said: “So we are back to square one.”


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The Raccoon Ate The Dragon: Part 1

My head hurts….

A dull and wrenching pain hit me at the same time.

I squirmed and moved my body… but something held me back and I couldn’t move properly.

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Something hard, yet soft and warm.

Something that is clearly not a futon.

‘Good morning, did you wake up?’

Because futons don’t talk, right?

Huh?

Wait, were there ever any talking futons?

How pleasant the baritone voice whispering close to my ear would have been if it wasn’t for the headache.

Right now, it sounds just like a painful echo in my head.

“Uhhh…” 

“Are you still sleepy?”

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The owner of the baritone voice gently stroked his fingers along my hairline as I moaned with my eyebrows and eyes clenched into a frown.

Oh, that feels kind of nice….

I felt the pain in my head become a little calmer as he stroked me tenderly over and over again.

I buried my face into something hard, soft and warm.

As I was being gently caressed, I was lured back to sleep …

Wait a minute!

No, no, no, no. Don’t fall asleep!

This, This is not a futon!

There are no futon that can touch you like that, definitely not!

When I managed to finally lift my eyelids, which were hard to move, whether because they were puffy or swollen, I opened my eyes and found a neat face popping into my vaguely thin, narrow vision.

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Short, glossy black hair that was slightly disheveled, thick eyebrows that were strong-willed, narrrow-slitted, double eyelids that were gently squinted, a high, elegant-looking nose bridge, slightly thick lips that formed an arc, and a flush of blacks underneath that was just so sexy.

Who is this…? I’ve never seen such a handsome man. Huh? Did my boyfriend look like this?

“Your eyes are swollen. I think I made you cry too much last night…I’m sorry, Tanuki[1].”

As soon as I started rubbing my eyes anxious to see if they can open or not, my disoriented memories from just waking from sleep were cleared up in my head and at that exact same time I felt my blood ran cold.

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…Yes, that’s right!

Last night, I was drunk and pissed off. I got all worked up and forced this sexy man to have sex with me!


[1] It means raccoon in Japanese



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The Case Of The 27 Knife Stabs: Chapter 4 – Part 3

Han Zecheng smiled and said: “Since Dr. Cheng said that, I can ask you again, where were you on the night of May 17th?”

Dr. Cheng looked up at him and said: “That day was a Sunday so I was resting at home.”  

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“Even after such a long time Dr. Cheng can still immediately remember that day was a Sunday. You have a pretty good memory.”

“Officer Han, I knew that something happened to Liao Xiaoqing, so naturally I paid attention to that day. It’s not strange that I would remember that it was a Sunday. I’m still busy, I can’t entertain you two anymore, please go back.”

Xia Fan was a bit disgruntled that Han Zecheng and her were being asked to leave.

When she got back to the car, she couldn’t help but complain to him: “If you think that doctor is a suspect, you should have been more cautious. You have now alerted the snake[1], we won’t be able to find anything.” 

Han Zecheng replied: “She overreacted. With such a person, you need to stab her so she’d come out of her hole. Now at least we know that the number, 27, is most likely not random. Also, besides being possessed by a ghost, now we have another logical explanation for Liao Xiaoqing’s strange behavior?”

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He started the car and said: “You go find Liao Xiaoyu and Liao Xiaoqing and look up that mysterious boyfriend and the meaning of the number 27. Meanwhile, I’ll check this doctor’s whereabouts during that time and see what relationship she has with Pan Li.”

Xia Fan got the instructions and decided to go to the detention center first.

Liao Xiaoqing was still the same though she seemed a little more nervous. Like last time, Xia Fan started interrogating her, however, unlike last time Liao Xiaoqing didn’t answer any of her questions, not about the boyfriend, nor about the meaning of 27, she just kept her mouth firmly shut and didn’t say a word.

But these two things seemed to make her think of happy things, she tilted her head and seemed immersed in her own world.

She would smile and laugh, but then suddenly her tears would start to flow.

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Xia Fan looked for the prison guards and asked them if Dr. Cheng had ever visited Liao Xiaoqing. The answer was no, no one had come except her sister, and of course no boyfriend has ever show up either.

Still, Xia Fan inquired more about a Liao Xiaoqing’s condition.

They said that the doctor suggested that in order to stabilize her mental state, in addition to taking medication, they also let her draw and so she has painted a wedding and a bouquet of flowers.

Xia Fan felt her heart stir a bit. She followed the guards to take a look at Liao Xiaoqing’s painting.

She had painted the wedding of a man and a woman.

From the woman’s facial features, Xia Fan could tell it was Liao Xiaoqing but the man’s face was blank.

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The painting was full of bouquets of flowers. Xia Fan counted them. There were 27 bouquets of flowers. Each bouquet had 27 flowers.

Xia Fan called Han Zecheng to report this news and then headed over to Liao Xiaoyu’s house.

Liao Xiaoyu’s attitude was particularly bad this time, when she was asked about Liao Xiaoqing’s boyfriend, she could be described as fuming, insisting that this was nonsense.

When Xia Fan asked if her sister had said that she would get married in 2011 and if Liao Xiaoyu had heard about this, she started to lose control of her emotions.

She started yelling loudly:

“What do you mean she’s getting married? She’s crazy. She’s sick. Where’s that boyfriend of hers?”

“She eats my food and lives under my roof. Everything she has is mine. What more does she want? What boyfriend? What marriage? That’s just nonsense. It’s all in her head. She’s obviously not thinking clearly.”

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“Are you cops stupid, too? Get out. I don’t want to hear any more of this nonsense. You’ve got nothing against me. Stop bothering us with some ridiculous reason.”

“Get out of here. I have nothing more to say to you.”

She rudely pushed Xia Fan out of the door and slammed it shut with a “bang”.


[1] She is referring to the doctor


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The Case Of The 27 Knife Stabs: Chapter 4 – Part 2

Han Zecheng flipped through the painting book and suddenly asked: “Doctor Cheng, do you know what the number 27 means to Liao Xiaoqing?”

Dr. Cheng thought about it seriously and shook her head: “She didn’t specifically mention this number to me, nor did she say anything related to 27.”

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Xia Fan leaned over and asked Han Zecheng in a low voice: “What’s wrong?”

Han Zecheng pointed to the paintings in the book and said: “In each one of these paintings there’s always a trace of 27.”

“Like these flowers, there are 27 of them. The clouds here, there are also 27 of them.”

“This one is the two of them in the car. Look at the trees and the silhouettes on either side, there are exactly 27 on both sides.”

Dr. Cheng listened and reached out to take the painting book over: “I didn’t notice the number of the drawings on the backgrounds before, I only looked at the main subject of the painting.”

“Then, looking at these paintings again now, can you see any special meaning of the number 27?”

“These paintings are a representation of her mood.”

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Dr. Cheng took out a few of Liao Xiaoqing’s early paintings and flipped through them.

“Look, there are none of these in her early paintings. I can’t tell what 27 means to her now.”

“It could be a number that has a commemorative meaning to her, or it could be that she just happened to encounter this number when she was doing something and then she compulsively put it in a similar and identical event.”

“All that can be said now is that the number 27 reminds her of happy things.”

Happy things? Xia Fan felt a chill down her spine.

Stabbing someone 27 times in a row, how could this be connected to being happy?

Han Zecheng asked a few more questions then put the painting book back.

There was a picture frame next to the book, it was a graduation photo.

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Han Zecheng smiled and said: “Dr. Cheng was a little chubby girl when she was young, huh?”

Dr. Cheng laughed and said: “Officer Han has good eyesight, I’ve changed quite a bit in appearance but you still recognized me at once. That’s really an old photo; it is from my graduation from our medical school. It has been so many years since then.”

“Dr. Cheng, I have one last question.”

Han Zecheng let go of the photo frame and asked: “If you use hypnosis, can you control a person’s actions so that they would unconsciously do exactly what they are instructed to do, and then wake up with no memory at all of what had happened?”

Dr. Cheng sat up straighter and seemed more sensitive: “Officer Han, to explain this as an expert, I would say that yes it can be done.”

“However, the person doing the hypnosis has to be of a very high caliber, and the hypnotized person has to be very relaxed and unguarded for it to succeed. This sort of practice is very risky and is not recommended.”

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“In Liao Xiaoqing’s case, the question you just asked would make me feel like I’m under suspicion. Liao Xiaoqing is very defensive and it would not be easy to hypnotize her.”

“So, am I now a suspect?”


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The Case Of The 27 Knife Stabs: Chapter 4 – Part 1

Liao Xiaoqing’s attending doctor was surnamed Cheng.

She was a kind middle-aged woman.

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She listened to Han Zecheng and Xia Fan’s story and was very cooperative in talking about Liao Xiaoqing’s condition.

“She’s a very good and pitiful girl, but her condition has been very well controlled, especially in the past two years. She was basically able to live a normal life. She has been coming back every three months for a checkup.”

“Does her illness give her a tendency to resort to violence when she is stimulated in some way?”

“No.”

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“In her case, she would be more likely to self harm, and we even had to force treatment on her three times in the first couple of years, just because of her suicidal tendencies. It slowly got better, and she’s been recovering incredibly fast since 2007. I think it was falling in love that helped with her mental state.”

“Falling in love?” Han Zecheng stopped flipping through Liao Xiaoqing’s painting book and glanced at Xia Fan.

“Who’s her boyfriend?”

Liao Xiaoqing has no social circle, where did she get a boyfriend?

And Liao Xiaoyu didn’t mention a single word about her sister being in love, didn’t she know?

Dr. Cheng said: “She has always refused to say who her boyfriend was, but she did fall in love.”

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“She would tell me about their dates, such as when the guy took her out to eat, when he took her for a drive, and how he would also watch TV with her. He would buy her picture books and drawing books too, etc.”

“She said that it was a secret. She talks a lot about him, but she doesn’t say who the guy is and has never painted his face, she just keeps it a secret.”

“She said it wasn’t the right time yet and that something bad would happen if she were to say it.”

“It was also during that time that the paintings she painted in the course of her treatment were noticeably brighter in color and much more cheerful.”

Dr. Cheng pointed to the album on the table, indicating that it was her third and last book.

Han Zecheng pulled out the album and flipped through it carefully.

It was indeed very different from the one he had just looked at.

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There were flowers, trees, a man and a woman standing holding hands, or hugging, or riding a bike, or sitting together, but the man only had a back or side face, no facial features.

“Dr. Cheng, has a man ever picked her up or dropped her off since she has been coming here for treatment?”  

“No, I’ve never seen anything like that.”   

“Does her sister know about this?”  

“Yes, I talked to Liao Xiaoyu about it. At first she was surprised and said she would talk to Xiaoyu and see. Then when I asked her again, she got very upset and insisted that her sister didn’t have a boyfriend.”

Dr. Cheng was also confused.

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“I still can’t figure out what’s going on with Liao Xiaoqing’s boyfriend, or maybe Liao Xiaoyu doesn’t like her sister’s boyfriend and doesn’t approve of them being together.”

“But Liao Xiaoqing told me several times that her boyfriend told her that he would marry her in 2011, and she was very happy about it, and kept saying that she would be able to tell me who her boyfriend was by then, and that she would bring him to meet me.”


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