idn’t kill him.
Since you know the deceased was my husband…… you should also know that the one who died seven years ago was his brother, not him, right?”
“Yes.” Gu Xizhou nodded.
“Seven years ago, he killed his younger brother for insurance fraud.
After getting that money, I paid off his previous debt, and still had 200 thousand yuan left.
I had intended to give it to his parents, but he appeared in front of me again for the money.”
“At that time, he knelt by my feet and kept kowtowing to me.
I didn’t have the heart to…… so I helped him to cover it up.
I admit that I was an accessory to his crime,” Feng Tian spoke weakly.
“Then how did he die?” asked Gu Xizhou.
“…… He has been living with me for the past seven years.
Every day, all he does at home is watch TV, or play some games when he’s bored.
He wasn’t in contact with his parents, but my parents kept urging me to remarry.
With no choice, we told my parents that the one who died was Zhao Qiang, not Zhao Guo.”
“But Zhao Guo told my parents that it was an accident, and he really needed the money at the time…… my parents expressed that they understood it.
Later, maybe because he was in hiding all the time, he became very bad-tempered and would occasionally hit me.”
“Several times, I was beaten so badly I landed in hospital.
My father was very angry.
He just beat me not too long ago, so when my father came home and saw him playing games again, he flew into a rage and killed him,” Feng Tian said slowly.
When Gu Xizhou and Song Qian heard her say the murderer was her father, they glanced at each other and thought simultaneously: The day they found Feng Tian, Feng Tian went to her parents’!
It was possible that Feng Tian was telling the truth, but it was also possible that this was the conclusion Feng Tian and her parents reached that day.
It was difficult to figure out whether there was a scapegoat.
“And your child?” Gu Xizhou asked.
Hearing that, Feng Tian’s body trembled.
“Child? What child?”
“My husband had azoospermia, we don’t have any children.”
“There is one.
There was a saliva imprint on the plush toy I took that day,” Gu Xizhou said lightly, but his meaning was obvious.
However, Feng Tian shook her head firmly and said, “I really don’t have any children.
I’ve always wanted one all these years.”
After finding that they could no longer get any useful information out of Feng Tian, they met Feng Tian’s father, Feng Sheng about an hour later.
Feng Sheng was 1.85 metres in height and had a sturdy build.
With his physique, if he did it stealthily, he could indeed kill Zhao Guo.
Compared to Feng Tian, he was in a much better state and his speech was also very logical.
“You said you are the killer.
Please explain the details of the murder,” Gu Xizhou said lightly.
“He hit my daughter.
I rushed to his house because I was upset and had a dispute with him.
Because I was too angry, I hit him on the head with an axe.
He died before he was even able to scream…… and then I used a chainsaw to cut the corpse up, put him in garbage bags, took him to the car and drove to Phoenix Mountain to bury him.”
“What kind of car?” Gu Xizhou asked.
Feng Sheng thought for a moment and said, “My daughter’s car.”
“Why not your own car?”
“No reason,” Feng Sheng said blandly, his face expressionless.
“How about the murder weapon? Where is it?”
Feng Sheng glanced at Gu Xizhou and said, “I lost it.”
“Where did you lose it?”
The man shook his head.
When Gu Xizhou and company came out, all of them were frowning severely.
Song Qian raised his eyebrows and said, “This is too contradictory.
The father became a killer for the sake of his daughter, but then he disposed of the corpse using his daughter’s car, this is illogical!”
“How so?” asked a policeman whom Gu Xizhou didn’t know.
“When a person wants to protect someone, they’ll definitely avoid any traces that could link the other party to the murder.
He drove to Feng Tian’s house.
Then, why didn’t he use his own car to dispose of the body?” Fang Zhi explained.
At that, the confused little officer made a sound of epiphany.
Gu Xizhou suddenly slapped his forehead and strode back into the interrogation room.
He propped his arms on the table and asked Feng Sheng, “I have another question.”
Feng Sheng, “?”
“Where is your grandson?”
“He……” Feng Sheng opened his mouth, and then seemed to suddenly realise something.
He asked angrily, “What grandson? That bastard is infertile!”
Then he began to curse the deceased constantly, obviously still bitter about the matter.
After a while, Feng Sheng suddenly looked at Gu Xizhou and asked, “When can I see my daughter? I’ve already pleaded guilty and I want to see her.”
After the case is closed, you’ll be able to meet her,” Gu Xizhou said.
After leaving the interrogation room again, Gu Xizhou looked at the others and said, “Feng Tian does indeed have a child, but why won’t any of them admit it?”
“Where is that child now?”
It was probably related to this case! Feng Tian and her father’s confessions were the same, and Feng Sheng was taking all the blame onto himself, clearly hoping that his daughter would be acquitted!
“See if there are any clues in Feng Tian’s villa,” Gu Xizhou said.
They left the police station and got some noodles to eat.
They went straight to Feng Tian’s house, bypassing the yellow warning line.
After inspection, there were some residual bloodstains in the room.
After going into the villa again, Gu Xizhou entered the room full of toys.
At this time, Fang Zhi called out to him, “Gu Ge, look at this!”
Following Fang Zhi’s finger, Gu Xizhou saw a unique rattle drum, the kind which children played with, with rows of small teeth marks on it.
“There is a child!” Song Qian took a look and frowned.
With the rattle drum and the other things in tow, Gu Xizhou and the others returned to the police station once again.
At this time, Feng Tian was eating.
Seeing the rattle Gu Xizhou threw on the table, she was slightly stunned, and looked up at him and asked, “What is it?”
“What is this? Where’s your child?” Gu Xizhou asked.
“I said, I don’t have any children,” Feng Tian thought for a moment and said.
“The toys in your house have traces of usage.”
“This toy is an old one.”
“You have so much money to buy old toys?”
Feng Tian looked at him coldly and asked, “Can’t I?”
“There’s nothing wrong with it, but do you really want your father to take the blame for you? Your father’s doing this out of his love for you.
What about you? Are you really going to be so selfish?”
“Have you ever thought about how your father’s going to live in prison? He’s getting on in years, have you considered that? “
Feng Tian ignored him and went back to her food.
Gu Xizhou and Song Qian returned.
Song Qian shook his head and said, “My God, this woman is quite something, eh? She believes that her father is too old to be in prison for more than a few years, and is set on letting him be the scapegoat! Although the deceased deserved it, this isn’t the way to go!”
“You keep asking her about the child.
Do you think there’s something to do with him?” Song Qian asked.
“Zhao Guo can’t have children.
The child is definitely not his,” Gu Xizhou said softly.
“By the way, do a check on Feng Tian, see if she has any records of giving birth, and then visit her employees.”
Early the next morning, Gu Xizhou received a message from Song Qian stating that Feng Tian had never had a child.
Her employees could prove that Feng Tian visited the store every Friday, so they were absolutely certain that Feng Tian had never been pregnant.
Gu Xizhou took the key and said to Fang Zhi, “Would you like to see your sister? I’m going alone today.”
“She’s in school, it’s not good for me to go.
Besides, work is important too.
I’ll go to Feng Tian’s house with you today?” Fang Zhi said.
Gu Xizhou and Fang Zhi sped all the way to Feng Tian’s villa.
This time, they paid a visit to the neighbors.
“Hello,” Fang Zhi said politely, “we are……”
The lady in the red nightdress waved her hand and chuckled, “I know, police? I heard from my maid yesterday that somebody from the family next door died.”
“But are all you police officers so handsome now?” The beautiful lady looked at Gu Xizhou with a smile in her eyes.
Gu Xizhou, “……”
Before Fang Zhi could ask, the lady made a shushing gesture and said, “I know what you want to ask.
My maid has already answered you yesterday.
The lady next door really doesn’t do anything special.”
Gu Xizhou was silent for a moment and said, “Have you ever seen Feng Tian hurt?”
The woman waved her hand, “No, she’s always well-dressed.
She’s pretty, but not as beautiful as me.”
Gu Xizhou, “……”
Fang Zhi, “……”
Seeing Gu Xizhou and Fang Zhi speechless for a long time, the lady let out a light laugh.
Having laughed enough, she pointed to the bonsai in Feng Tian’s yard and said, “I’ll stop teasing you.
I think the only strange thing is those bonsai that she recently bought.”
Gu Xizhou raised his eyebrows, “?”
The lady glanced at Gu Xizhou and continued, “A friend of mine took a look at her yard the last time he came to my house.
He said there was something wrong with those pots of flowers.”
“What’s wrong?” Gu Xizhou asked.
The lady said lightly, “I don’t know.
He just vaguely said that that arrangement is not good for fengshui.”
“Thank you.” After thanking the lady, Gu Xizhou asked Song Qian to bring everyone over.
They went through all the flower pots with a shovel.
Within 10 minutes, Fang Zhi’s shovel hit something hard.
“Gu Ge! It’s a human head!” Fang Zhi had goosebumps all over.
At the same time, in the other two bonsai a box of bone ashes and a bloody axe was found!
“Let’s go back.”
Before leaving, Gu Xizhou saw the lady in red from next door.
“You don’t look afraid at all?” Upon seeing the beautiful lady from next door, Song Qian asked in surprise.
The lady replied nonchalantly, “What’s there to be afraid of? It’s just a corpse.
It’s not someone alive and it’s not a ghost, why would I be afraid?”
Gu Xizhou examined the lady thoughtfully.
Someone who was afraid of the living and ghosts, perhaps this lady was also someone who was struggling through the mission worlds, just like them.
They sped back to the police station again.
Striding into the interrogation room, Gu Xizhou said directly to Feng Tian, “Feng Tian, the murder weapon was in the flower pot in your house.
After analysis, we will know whether your DNA is on it.
I suggest that you confess now.
Owing to the fact that the deceased has a history of murder for insurance fraud, your sentence may be lighter.”
Feng Tian looked at the photo.
She was silent for a long time, and suddenly said self-deprecatingly, “I didn’t expect you to look in the flower pots.”
After laughing, she opened her mouth and said, “I lied.
He didn’t beat me.
He didn’t dare to.”
Feng Tian said mockingly, “I did have a child previously.
Not mine, but I found him……”
“Zhao Guo has azoospermia and we had no children.
About three months ago, I was drinking coffee by the roadside after visiting the shops when I heard a baby crying.
The child had been abandoned.
He was very cute; he grabbed my hand and refused to let go.
I didn’t know what I was thinking, but I took him home.”
“I told Zhao Guo that I wanted to adopt this child.
Zhao Guo opposed it at the time, and during the argument I said…… said he wasn’t a man, I said I wanted to raise this child, that anyway I would never have a child with him.
By adopting this child, I could have someone to rely on in the future.”
“In the end, he didn’t object.
I thought he agreed.
The child cried a lot, and Zhao Guo hated him.
Then one day when I came home from work, I didn’t hear the child crying.
When I went to take a look, even his body was cold!”
Feng Tian sobbed and began crying.
“I questioned Zhao Guo, he, he said…… he was irritated by the child.
He wanted the child dead, so he started strangling him for fun, and didn’t expect to really strangle him by accident.
He was laughing when he said that!”
“At that time I was thinking, if it wasn’t for me taking the child home in the first place, the child wouldn’t have died.
And then I thought of his brother Zhao Qiang…… his brother was a really good person, I’ve been feeling guilty about it all these years! After thinking of all this, I made a plan to kill him.”
Gu Xizhou glanced at her and said, “He has a history of murder.
You can just expose him, there was no need to personally……”
Feng Tian interrupted him coldly.
“So what if he had killed? It’s said that a life for a life, but how many murderers really do pay with their lives? There’s no shortage of death penalties getting commuted! I want him dead!”
Glacestorm: The ultra-long chapter as promised.
And so Feng Tian’s secrets are revealed!
Please remember that justice is not ours to deliver.
That being said, I am sorry if the legal system in your country is not mature enough and allows criminals to slip through the cracks.
However, I would like to maintain that serving our own brand of justice would certainly disrupt peace and harmony in society.
After all, the world is never black and white, and as the saying goes, an eye for an eye and the world goes blind.
Oh, and I was wondering if you guys would prefer if I stick more closely to the original text or take more liberties in translation and try to bring out the meaning instead? Please let me know in the comments!
Finally, I’d like to thank my temporary editor (and sister) Starrie Wolf for helping with the translation for this chapter, or I’d never have got it out by today.
Kudos to you, with a cherry on top!
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