Chapter 157: Dong Funan has issues!
Translator: Legge Editor: Legge
News about the black medicine in Ren Xiaosu’s shop that could treat infertility had even caused a small stir in the stronghold, but Ren Xiaosu and Wang Fugui kept quiet about it.
Although they were very eager to make money, they could not publicize an effect the black medicine did not have.
When it was time for school the next day, Wang Dalong rode the bicycle with Yan Liuyuan to school. Ren Xiaosu could only take the streetcar to school. It was not that he did not want to ride the bicycle, but rather that he still hadn’t managed to learn how to ride it.
Before leaving, Ren Xiaosu even repeatedly reminded Chen Wudi to watch over Dong Funan carefully. He had a feeling she would be a huge threat to them. For this reason, Ren Xiaosu even promised Chen Wudi he could go out and do as he liked for three days six days later!
Ren Xiaosu was finally able to go to school in peace when he saw Chen Wudi moving a small stool to sit right next to Dong Funan.
When he arrived in class, Yang Xiaojin was already lying on the table and sleeping. Ren Xiaosu wondered to himself if this girl was really coming to school just to sleep. Finals were gonna begin in a few days. Didn’t she need to prepare?!
Ren Xiaosu ignored her and sat down. But just as he took his seat, Yang Xiaojin got up and said, “Luo Lan is planning something dangerous, so it’s best you keep your distance from him.”
Ren Xiaosu’s interest was piqued. It happened that he also suspected Luo Lan was secretly up to something. “What is Luo Lan planning?”
“We saw people from the Qing Consortium scouting outside No. 4 Psychiatric Hospital.” Yang Xiaojin said slowly, “It seems like they plan to rob that hospital.”
“I’ve heard of people robbing jewelry shops and even the organizations’ banks if they were desperate enough.” Ren Xiaosu reacted with a strange expression. “But this is the first time I’ve heard of someone planning to rob a psychiatric hospital….”
“There’s something you don’t know.” Yang Xiaojin said calmly, “That’s where all the supernatural beings arrested by the Li Consortium are detained. There’s a very dangerous supernatural being who’s held there. It’s a blessing for everyone that he’s willing to quietly stay in the psychiatric hospital without putting up a resistance. If Luo Lan released him, I’m afraid all of Stronghold 109 would have an unpredictable future.”
Ren Xiaosu immediately understood that Luo Lan had turned his attention to the so-called No. 4 Psychiatric Hospital when he failed to win Dong Funan over. That said, Luo Lan had really spared no effort in trying to find a supernatural being to be his bodyguard.
Unbeknownst to everyone, both Luo Lan and Qing Zhen had reached an agreement that supernatural beings were one of the most valuable resources in this wasteland. A large amount of information and intelligence led them to understand that the evolution of supernatural beings was very fast, and that there were probably no individual weapons that could compare to supernatural beings in the future of combat. Of course, when it came to weapons of mass destruction, the Qing Consortium already had those in their arsenal.
“But the Qing Consortium here have such few people. Why would they rob the psychiatric hospital?” Ren Xiaosu said in a speechless manner.
“You underestimate the Qing Consortium.” Yang Xiaojin said, “Or should I say you’re underestimating Qing Zhen.”
The Qing Consortium must have planted quite a few of their people here in Stronghold 109, and they were currently all under the command of Luo Lan.
“But this is the Li Consortium’s territory.” Ren Xiaosu said, “Isn’t Luo Lan afraid that the Li Consortium will expel him after they find out about it?”
“You may not be aware of how much of a jerk Luo Lan is.” Yang Xiaojin said calmly, “When he was in Stronghold 113, he was already behaving lawlessly. But Luo Lan is a bold and careful person. He’s just using the fact that the Li Consortium can’t worry about him right now. Even if something were to happen, they would just get Qing Zhen to redeem Luo Lan with money. The Li Consortium would never dare to kill him.”
Alright, so he still wasn’t familiar enough with Luo Lan.
Curious, Ren Xiaosu asked, “Are y’all also afraid of the person locked up in No. 4 Psychiatric Hospital?”
“It’s not that we’re afraid of him,” Yang Xiaojin corrected. “We’re only worried he will bring too much uncertainty to the situation.”
“What’s his superpower?” Ren Xiaosu asked.
“Hypnosis.” Yang Xiaojin said, “He’s been completely isolated within the psychiatric hospital. Even the people who deliver food to him every day have to wear noise canceling headphones before sending in the food through the door.”
“Why do they have to keep it under wraps?” Ren Xiaosu thought to himself, ‘How scary of a person is he to make the Li Consortium and the stronghold overseer so wary of him?’ He asked, “Why don’t y’all just kill him if you’re so worried about him getting out?”
“Why should we kill him when he didn’t do anything bad?” Yang Xiaojin replied in confusion. “Your logic is very strange.”
Ren Xiaosu calmly said, “But how do y’all judge between good and evil? The power of judgment is all in your hands, but what if y’all’re wrong? You said that both Qing Zhen and the Pyro Company want to possess something they can’t control, but who’s to decide?”
Yang Xiaojin fell deep into thought before saying, “The world was destroyed because of those things. We just don’t want to see the world sink into despair again.”
Ren Xiaosu was stunned. This was the result of a previous cause. Yang Xiaojin’s organization was just clearing the world of the things that had destroyed it. He did not know how to answer her, because he sometimes felt the current him still knew nothing of this world.
Yang Xiaojin said, “By the way, there’s something up with that supernatural being Luo Lan saved. If she follows Luo Lan, you guys had better be careful.”
“Eh?” Ren Xiaosu was surprised that Yang Xiaojin was reminding him about so many things today and even told him a lot of undisclosed secrets. But was she referring to Dong Funan now? Ren Xiaosu asked, “What’s wrong with that supernatural being?”
Yang Xiaojin still did not know Dong Funan was lodging in Ren Xiaosu’s shop. Yang Xiaojin replied, “We’ve confirmed there’s no relationship between Dong Funan and the supernatural being that died. They had no blood ties, were not a couple, and did not have any dealings. We initially thought them to be allies but were later informed they were not.
“Furthermore, there’s been a string of strange murder cases in the stronghold recently. All of the victims were sucked dry of blood and turned into mummified remains. Right now, we think the supernatural being named Dong Funan is one of the prime suspects. Luo Xinyu witnessed the entire proceedings of the battle that night. After analyzing it, she felt that Dong Funan’s motive for saving another supernatural being was probably… because she wanted to hide somewhere to suck the blood of that supernatural being. But as she was inexperienced in battle, she screwed up. To put it bluntly, she’s just a newbie.”
Ren Xiaosu got a great deal of information from Yang Xiaojin. First of all, Dong Funan might only be acting out her current plight and was actually the one behind the string of murder cases. Second, Yang Xiaojin’s contact in the stronghold likely held an important position. If not, they couldn’t possibly have received such clear and detailed intel.
“Dong Funan is in our shop right now,” Ren Xiaosu said calmly.
“Then why don’t you run back to check on her?” Yang Xiaojin frowned and said, “I can get Luo Xinyu to send you back.”
“There’s no need.” Composed, Ren Xiaosu said, “She’s already been restrained by us.”
Yang Xiaojin looked quietly at Ren Xiaosu. She thought for a while, then said, “But she’s a supernatural being.”
“That’s fine. We have another supernatural being guarding her,” Ren Xiaosu replied.
“Chen Wudi?” Yang Xiaojin asked. “I know him. He was quite famous in Stronghold 113’s psychiatric hospital. But aren’t you worried he can’t keep her under control? What if your family’s safety gets compromised?”
Ren Xiaosu said calmly, “I’m not worried about the safety of my family right now. I’m just afraid that Chen Wudi will beat her to death.”
After all, he would not be able to complete the quest if she got beaten to death.