grumbled, “Which family’s cat killed a mouse and put it in the parking lot, ah? Every day it smells like a dead rat.” 

“The property manager only collects money and does nothing!” The man and woman both roasted together.
“We’ve had enough like this; the group of owners should unite and switch out the property manager!”

Beside them, Jiang Jun somewhat coughed awkwardly, ke ke, and cleared his throat.
The property here was also owned by their construction company.
He asked, “Has this been a problem for a long time?”

The young woman nodded and said, “Yes, ah! It’s been a long time.
At first, they found several dead mice on the property.
After they were cleaned up, the ventilation was pretty good for a while, but for some reason, now it’s started happening again!”

“Are you all here to buy a house? The houses here are all nearly sold out!” 

Jiang Jun shook his head, saying, “No, we have something to do here.”

Shallow Water Garden had been built for less than a year, and because it was in a top grade district, the environment was very good.
Also, because it was located on the second ring road, the occupancy rate was very high.
As far as the eye could see, nearly every home had traces of life.

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After leaving the parking lot, Jiang Jun brought Gu Xizhou and Fang Zhi to stroll around the entire neighborhood.

“This is where Chief Xu put his car back then.
At that time, we’d only developed two buildings: the current no.
1 and no.
2 buildings.
This is the distance.
The police officers came to investigate the scene, but there was nothing to find.” 

Gu Xizhou nodded.
He looked at the distance Jiang Jun indicated and was silent for a time.

Not finding anything was quite normal.
First of all, Xu Wei’s time of disappearance was undetermined.
By the time he was reported missing, it was possible he’d already been long dead.
According to what Gu Ji Ji told him, it rained many times during winter vacation in Ningqing last year.
Even if there were bloodstains or traces of a struggle, the rainwater would have washed them away.


“Okay, thank you.”

“I’ll go around the property,” said Jiang Jun with a frown. 

“Let’s go together.
I just thought of something.” Gu Xizhou looked at the positions of the no.1 and no.
2 buildings again.

When they arrived at the estate, they saw that it had been surrounded by a mass of owners.
“I want to register a lodge against you! When will that odor in the parking lot be resolved?”

The property’s service staff explained, “Please don’t get angry, everyone.
With regards to the parking lot, there’s a dead rat problem.
We already dealt with the dead rats those kitties threw in the parking lot before.
Now that there’s still a smell, we’re also searching for the cause.
We hope you can give us some time.”

“How much longer, ah? Every day we have to wait?!” 

“It’s really been investigated already! There are no dead rats inside the parking lot, and there isn’t anything else either!”

Gu Xizhou quietly interrupted the group and asked the property staff, “Are you sure there are no dead mice in the basement?”

“None!” said the woman, without the slightest hesitation.

Gu Xizhou turned around and asked the owners who came, “Hello everyone.
I want to ask, when did you say the bad smell appeared? What has this kind of smell in the first place?” 

“Before, there were several months of heavy rain.
The rainy season made the basement very damp.
After that, it started to stink!”

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“Right, I also remember it was like this!”

“It seems so, ba? What are you asking this for?”

Gu Xizhou and Fang Zhi looked at each other.
Maybe they’d found the body.
Gu Xizhou turned to Jiang Jun and said, “Help me find a hatchet.
We want to go to the basement.” 

Jiang Jun wrinkled his brows and turned to the property’s staff member, saying, “I’m from the head office: the supervisor, Jiang Jun.
Look for a hatchet.”

After getting the hatchet, Gu Xizhou tested the weight and nodded.
He said to the owners at the side, “Could I trouble a man among you to bring me to the place where the smell is strongest?”

“I can.
What do you want to do?” One of the men among them nodded and asked.

“I’ll help you find the source of the bad smell.” 

Gu Xizhou said with a smile.

After the men returned to the underground parking lot, Gu Xizhou went to where the stench was heaviest and carefully looked at the nearby cement pillars and walls.


“What is he doing?” The man asked helplessly, looking at the other two in bewilderment.

Jiang Jun looked pale, already aware of what was about to happen, while Fang Zhi helped Gu Xizhou look for the position of the body. 

“It’s here, the worst smell!”

The man heard Gu Xizhou speak before immediately brandishing the ax, smashing it into the surface of the wall. ‘Kuang dang’, the cement fragments scattered!

Embedded in the cement was a clearly visible portion of a human hand, the rest shrouded in darkness.

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