with the girls chiming in from the side, before Fang Shi finally accepted the gift.
Beside them, Gu Xizhou ate quietly, only occasionally talking to the girls. 

It was almost 11 o’clock by the time Gu Xizhou drove back from Xining after dinner.

Gu Xizhou could hear his dog son continually barking through the door, and as soon as he opened the door, he saw his dog son wagging his tail happily and trying to get out.
Fortunately, Gu Xizhou was quick to grab hold of him.


“Stop running, come back!” Carrying the dog in one arm, Gu Xizhou closed the door and put the dog down in the house.

Gu Ji Ji wrote on the notepad: You’ve come back.
How’s the situation? 

Entering the house, Gu Xizhou responded, “It’s okay.
Our efforts weren’t wasted — we’ve found the murderer.”

“The deceased killed his brother for insurance fraud……” Gu Xizhou detailed the results of the investigation to Gu Ji Ji, “this guy’s really a sorry excuse for a human being.”

Upon finishing his retelling, Gu Xizhou completely slumped onto the sofa and complained, “The sofa at the hostel isn’t as soft as the one at home.
This is much more comfortable to sit in.
You’ve got a nice sofa.”

Gu Ji Ji did not respond to that. 

The dog son next to them crouched at Gu Xizhou’s feet, wagging his tail wildly at Gu Xizhou and gently nudging Gu Xizhou’s feet with his head.

“Woof woof woof!”

“Woof woof woof!”

Gu Xizhou raised an eyebrow, “Be quiet, doggo.
The neighbours are going to knock on the door and tell us off.” 

“Woof woof woof!”

“Woof woof!”

Looking at the dog son, Gu Xizhou thought for a few seconds and asked, “What’s wrong with the doggo?”

Gu Ji Ji picked up his pen and wrote: He wants to go out. 

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Gu Xizhou grabbed the dog son and rubbed his head, then shoved him onto the sofa and said while walking, “I’m tired, I’m going to shower.”

Gu Xizhou hastily grabbed his loungewear and rushed into the bathroom.
It did not take long before he stopped hearing the barks of the dog son through the bathroom door.

After showering, Gu Xizhou came out and saw that the dog son was already sleeping on all fours in his little nest, with some leftover milk in the dog bowl.

On his bedroom door was a sticky note: Don’t forget to walk the dog tomorrow. 

Gu Xizhou, “……”

The next day.


Gu Xizhou arrived at the police station early in the morning and met the forensic doctor Xiang Yuan at the entrance.

Xiang Yuan slapped Gu Xizhou on the back and said, “You’re really something, eh, to have found out even this!” 

“It’s okay, nothing much.” Gu Xizhou said dismissively, “there aren’t any new cases these few days, are there?”

“Don’t worry, there aren’t.” Xiang Yuan waved a hand.
He thought for a few seconds and said, “Why don’t we eat together tonight? I’ll treat.
We haven’t had drinks for so long.”

Gu Xizhou raised an eyebrow, “Let’s not.
We’ll be so tired after work.
What’s wrong with going home and having a good rest?”

“Aren’t you lonely at home by yourself?” Xiang Yuan curled his lip and said in a low voice, “you haven’t found someone, have you?” 

Hearing this, Gu Xizhou looked at him for a moment and said, “Then…… how about we eat at my house as a celebratory feast? We’ve all worked hard during this period.”

“Ah, at your house? Won’t that be very troublesome for you?” Xiang Yuan asked.

“Come if you want,” Gu Xizhou glanced at him and curled his lip, saying under his breath, “you talk too much.”

“I’m going I’m going.
See you after work!” 

Xiang Yuan hastily responded, then drank his soy milk while walking to his forensics office.


After work, Gu Xizhou parked his car in the neighbourhood parking lot.
Everybody was still in uniform from work, carrying hotpot ingredients and takeaway dishes.
Just when the lift doors were about to close, they heard a call.

“Wait up!” 

Xiang Yuan pressed the button and waited for a moment before the resident outside entered.
It was a young man who looked completely dazed to see a lift full of police officers in uniform.

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When the lift reached the seventh floor, Gu Xizhou and the others got off and entered his house together.

Xiang Yuan looked at the television in the house strangely, “Wow, don’t you turn off the TV when you go out?”

Gu Xizhou, “…… I forgot.” 

Gu Ji Ji who was watching the television: …… 

“All right, let’s get everything set up! I’m starving!” One of them urged.


A few of the guys set up the induction cooker and set out some wine, and they ate while cooking.

After everybody was full, Gu Xizhou sent them all downstairs before stopping Fang Zhi and asking in a low voice, “How much time do you have left?” 

Fang Zhi took a moment to check the floating countdown timer before whispering, “20 hours left……”

Gu Xizhou said, “Okay, I’ve got it.
Tomorrow’s a holiday, so there’s no need to change shifts.
I’ll pick you up at 10 tomorrow morning and drive to Si Yu’s.”

“Okay.” Fang Zhi’s face was a little red from drinking, so Gu Xizhou told him to be careful before sending him into the car of a female colleague who had not had any alcohol.

Putting his hands in his pockets, Gu Xizhou got home and found everything on the table cleaned up, with sounds of water in the kitchen.
Gu Xizhou leaned against the wall and teased, “Ji Ji, you’re really a helpful elf.
You’ve even done all the dishes!”

Gu Ji Ji, who was washing the dishes, ignored Gu Xizhou.
After a while, he wrote a note and passed it to Gu Xizhou: Thank you.

Completely unperturbed, Gu Xizhou said, “Thank me for what? Your colleagues are so troublesome, insisting on eating at our house!”

Gu Ji Ji: ……  

“Ji Ji, you didn’t read too much into things, did you? Did you think I’d specially take these friends of yours home for you to see just so you won’t be lonely?”

Gu Ji Ji: En, you can go walk the dog then.

Gu Xizhou: “???” Wait, this was not what he had envisioned!!

By then, the door had already been opened, and the dog son shoved into Gu Xizhou’s hands.
The ghost in the house was clearly asking him to go out. 

Glacestorm: Hi guys! So sorry for the late chapter release.
As I’ve said, I’ll make this up to you guys somehow.
Suggestions are welcome! Please post them in the comments below.

(Edit: I’ve noticed that many of you ship Gu Xizhou with Gu Ji Ji when the ML is actually Si Yu.
I’m considering writing a oneshot fanfic for them.
Do you guys have any ideas for scenarios you’d like to see?)

Also, this is more of a filler chapter.
Please look forward to the start of the fifth mission world next chapter!

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