THINGS start to take SHAPE
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When Sun Jingwei met up with Bai Luo Yin once again, the first sentence that came out of his mouth was: “There must really be nothing to do these days.”
Bai Luo Yin impatiently took the necklace that was wrapped up and showed it to Sun Jingwei.
Sun Jingwei stared blankly for a moment, then replied, “What’s the meaning of this?”
His reaction was exactly the same as that of Gu Wei Ting. It was clear now that no one had ever seen this particular necklace that belongs to Mrs. Gu before.
“I found this necklace in Gu Hai’s mother’s room.”
Sun Jingwei sat down and calmly looked at Bai Luo Yin, “What do you want to say?”
“I think this necklace have something to do with Gu Hai’s mother’s death. I’ve asked Gu Hai and General Gu, they both don’t have any impressions of it.”
Sun Jingwei smiled faintly, “What can this prove anyways? Madam Gu has many jewelries, how can the General and Xiao Hai remember every single one of the. Not to mention, Madam has passed away a long time ago. Even if they were to have any impression of her belongings, it’s possible that their memories of it are blurred.”
The look in Bai Luo Yin’s eyes were very resolute, “I’ve checked all of Mrs. Gu’s jewelries. This particular jewelry is the only one that is completely different in style from the other ones. Also, all her other jewelries are kept in a customized cabinet, only this necklace was thrown to a corner where no one can see.”
Nevertheless, Sun Jingwei’s expression remained unmoved, “With Madam Gu’s status, it’s normal that people would regularly give her gifts. Perhaps she doesn’t like it and casually threw it there.”
“It can’t be,” Bai Luo Yin firmly believed in his own surmise, “She wouldn’t recklessly throw something this precious like that. She must’ve not received this necklace for long, then suddenly the incident occurred and there was no time to put it away before her death.”
“Bai Luo Yin.”
Sun Jingwei stood up and patted Bai Luo Yin’s shoulder, “I know your heart is set on helping Xiao Hai, but this matter isn’t as simple as you want to think it is. At that time, General Gu had put forth a lot of efforts in order to find the truth, but in the end, we all came out empty handed. Since the other party could conceal this matter so well, they must be someone we can’t go against. If we were to further investigate this again, who knows what larger troubles we could drag out instead.”
“I don’t care how much capabilities he has, I just want to find out the truth. I can’t let Gu Hai not even know how his own mother passed away.”
Looking at Bai Luo Yin’ stubbornness, Sun Jingwei’s face became helpless.
“Then what have you found out so far?”
Bai Luo Yin picked up the necklace from the palm of his other hand, “This is a clue in itself. Such a mysterious necklace appearing in Gu Hai’s mother’s room and strangely not kept safely, these two points alone are worth being suspicious about.”
“It’s just like what you’ve said, merely something to be suspicious of. At that time, we suspected more things than you are now, but even after we thoroughly investigated, there were still no answers. I know that you’re very clever and outstanding, but these are things that you should not be thinking about.”
“Could it be that you don’t think this necklace is a hint?” It was clear now that Bai Luo Yin’s mood was somewhat riddled with anxiety, “The incident occurred after Gu Hai’s mother received this neck. Who gave her this necklace? What is his motive……?”
“That’s enough,” Sun Jingwei once again interrupted Bai Luo Yin, “Son, go back now, it’s already really late.”
“But……” Bai Luo Yin still wanted to speak, but then Sun Jingwei’s cell phone rang so he had no choice but to keep his mouth closed for the time being.
As Sun Jingwei picked up the call, he also started to walk out. Bai Luo Yin followed out after him, calming himself down a bit as he continued to tell himself not to feel so anxious. Sun Jingwei put the cellphone down, looked at Bai Luo Yin and with a smile before apologizing to him.
“The General is looking for me. I have to leave at once.”
Bai Luo Yin suppressed the need to talk again once he saw the look on Sun Jingwei’s face. There was already no way for him to continue on anymore at this point.
On his way back, gloominess rained on Bai Luo Yin’s emotion. He had thought that Sun Jingwei would be overjoyed at the turn of event after he had showed him what he found, however, it produced the opposite results. Even though there was a smile on Sun Jingwei all along, Bai Luo Yin could still discern the contempt in his eyes.
Yes, that right. With such a puzzling case and also having the situation happened a long time ago, who would believe a student like him could solve this elusive riddle?
But amongst Bai Luo Yin’s various thoughts, the situation was actually not that complicated. But, it was just that they were the one’s deliberately making things more complicated.
Perhaps, the truth was sitting at the top of their heads waiting for them, so as long as they reached their hands out toward it, it would be enough to reach it.
Although he was struck down multiple times, Bai Luo Yin is still able to incessantly encourage himself. The more others thought that something was impossible, the more he wanted to accomplish it! He is this kind of person, the more obstructions there are, the braver he is, stubborn and strong-willed. If he were to easily give up like this, then he is not Bai Luo Yin.
“What brings you here again?”
Jiang Yuan was stunned as she looked at Bai Luo Yin standing in front of the front door gasping for air.
Without saying anything, Bai Luo Yin rushed toward the second floor, and went straight into Mrs. Gu’s room. Frightened, Jiang Yuan followed immediately after him. He eyes widened when she saw Bai Luo Yin anxiously rummaging through things, looking for something. The room that was just tidied up not so long ago was now turned upside down by him. The things in the cabinets were tossed around forming a pile, while others were indiscreetly flung to the side. Just looking at the scene unfolding before her eyes caused Jiang Yuan to tremble in fear.
“My baby, you can’t be acting recklessly like this ah. If you break or mess with her things, Gu Hai will have my life and Mr. Gu will also be very angry with me.”
As if he did not hear anything at all, Bai Luo Yin persistently searched around in the drawers.
“Son, what exactly are you looking for huh? Just tell me, mom will help you look for it.”
Bai Luo Yin continued in his own way. He then opened all the jewelry cases in the drawers and cabinets. Inside every single case, there were some sort of jewelry inside; none of them were empty at all. Bai Luo Yin suddenly realized something. If the madam’s necklace was casually thrown to a random place, then the necklace brocaded case would also not be properly placed in the cabinet. His eyes shifted around and quickly he spotted an obscure case on the dressing table. When he picked it up for a look, it was empty. He then placed the necklace inside, it fitted perfectly!
The excitements that were drawn brightly in his eyes was hard to mask as he held the case tightly in his hand, “Has this case always been empty?” asked Bai Luo Yin, turning to look at Jiang Yuan.
By now, Jiang Yuan’s expression was painted in anxiousness, “How many times do I have to say it before you believe me? I’ve never moved her things before. However it looked like before, that’s how it is now.”
Bai Luo Yin left Mrs. Gu’s room and sat down on the sofa in the living room. Then he opened the small case again.
It was not that much different from the other jewelry cases; the only thing missing was the etched trademark. No, that’s wrong, there is a trademark. It was just that the marking was on the inside of the velvet padded case.
Bai Luo Yin looked carefully at the English sign on the velvet padding, ‘danger’, danger……all of a sudden Bai Luo Yin felt as if his brain had exploded.
He rushed back to Mrs. Gu’s room and pulled Jiang Yuan who was in the middle of cleaning out.
“I need you to do something for me.”
This was the first time Jiang Yuan saw that Bai Luo Yin needed something from her. “You don’t have to say what you need or don’t need from me, just tell me.”
“Do you know any experts in the jewelry industry?”
Jiang Yuan hesitated for a moment, “I actually don’t know any, but I have many good friends, I suppose among one of them, there should be someone that would know know one. What’s going on? Do you want to do a jewelry evaluation?”
Bai Luo Yin’s mood became a bit more stabilized as he unhurriedly said: “I only have this red diamond necklace and a jewelry case. Relying on these two things, can you track down the source and origin of this necklace?”
“Red diamond……” Jiang Yuan slightly narrowed her eyes, “Are you talking about the necklace that belonged to Mr. Gu’s late wife?”
Bai Luo Yin nodded his head.
Jiang Yuan’s cautious expression fell on him, “It is said that red diamonds are really rare. Even some highly experienced figures in the industry have never had the opportunity to gaze at it. I have only seen it once myself. Since it is so uncommon, every transaction should have a very thorough and detailed record. I’m not going to say I’ll certainly find something, but I will try my best.”
Since Jiang Yuan said it like that, Bai Luo Yin was confident in what he was doing.
Two days later, Jiang Yuan came to look for Bai Luo Yin once more. Without any exception, both the transaction record and necklace itself was handed over to Bai Luo Yin.
Bai Luo Yin went to look for Sun Jingwei yet again.
After two days had peacefully passed by, Sun Jingwei thought that Bai Luo Yin had already given up due to finding it difficult, so he did not expect him to take this so called “clue” and looked for him once again. This time, not only did he have the necklace but he also had a thick stack of paper of data with him.
At first, Sun Jingwei intended to just heedlessly look over the papers for a while then send Bai Luo Yin away. But in the end, when he picked up that stack of paper, a name immediately caught his eyes.
The first time he heard this name was three years ago, straight out of Gu Wei Ting’s mouth himself. When Gu Wei Ting was in charge of overseeing the engineering of that weapon research and development process. The United States military industrial magnate sent over a person for negotiation, with the intention of buying out this secret military information but instead, they suffered a rejection. And at that time, the person who was sent over to negotiate had this name.
In order to further determine whether this was the same person or not, Sun Jingwei continued to read some more. As expected, he saw the detailed information of the person with whom the transaction was processed for.
Indeed, it was that man.
“Where did you get this material from? And where did you find this necklace again?”
At that very moment, Sun Jingwei saw the change that occurred in Bai Luo Yin’s eyes. He had never expected that, the breakthrough for this three years old case would be unexpectedly found on such an obscure necklace. What caused him to be even more surprised was that, the one that discovered this small detail was an ordinary kid.
Bai Luo Yin told Sun Jingwei in details the course of events in which he found this necklace, as well as, how the person who purchased it was tracked down.
This time, Sun Jingwei listened earnestly.
After Bai Luo Yin finished talking, he looked at Sun Jingwei and asked: “Do you recognize this person?”
“To tell you the truth, this was the person that the US military sent over to negotiate at that time.”
Bai Luo Yin clenched his fist as the color in his eyes changed.
“Calun must have inquired around for the date in which General Gu was delivering the secret military information, but he couldn’t find the specific route that he was travelling. So, he had this necklace sent directly to Gu Hai mother’s hand, hinting to her that the General’s mission would be met with danger. In this way, it was through her that he would be able to scout out the specific route in which the documents were travelling. Because Calun was confident that Gu Hai’s mother would definitely sought out General Gu. It was just that he didn’t anticipate General Gu would take care of matter himself like this……of course, these are merely my guess. Because I only know so much.”
Sun Jingwei’s expression had never been this grave or imposing before, but he certainly assured the majority of Bai Luo Yin’s guess.
Bai Luo Yin’s brows knitted together as he continued to say, “But that is mere speculation, there’s no conclusive evidence. It would still not convince Gu Hai. Take for instance, how did Gu Hai’s mother learn of General Gu’s operation route of travel? This is the crucial question. If this question cannot be solved, all other answers will have no way of coming forth. Because, at that time, many people knew of this false route and that also includes General Gu. If he sent people to give Mrs. Gu these words, then this kind of possibility wouldn’t exist.”
“Actually, there is someone you can look for,” Sun Jingwei thought out loud to himself.
Bai Luo Yin’s pupil sunk low, “Who?”
“His name is Zhen Da Cheng, former Chief of the General Staff in the 2nd Division, 7th Office and he is also Gu Hai’s uncle. The Chief of the General Staff in Division 2 was responsible for gathering military intelligence. Zhen Da Cheng’s strength is tremendous and not to be underestimated.”
“Then why didn’t you guys immediately look for him when the situation first occurred?”
Sun Jingwei’s face turned grim, “We can’t. This is what the official records demands, no one is allowed to disobey. Besides, Zhen Da Cheng and the madam has severed their relation as brother and sister a long time ago. It is not necessary to investigate anything else.”
Bai Luo Yin understood, and also knew what he himself should do.
However, Sun Jingwei’s voice became cold as if commanding Bai Luo Yin: “You must not seek him out. I’m also just saying this and nothing more. This person is not worth investigating and moreover he is really strange. You’d only find trouble if you were to look for him. You absolutely won’t gain any advantage from this at all.”
Bai Luo Yin secretly replied in his heart: As long as there is a glimmer of hope, I have to try.
Before he took his leave, Sun Jing Wei looked at Bai Luo Yin and warned him repeatedly.
“Remember, everything that we’ve talked about, don’t let the General know. He is already tired as it is, don’t let him suffer again.”
Bai Luo Yin nodded his head.
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