The Adorable Police Officer
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That evening, every pilot who participated in the military drill camped in the wilderness.
Bai Luo Yin slept alone in his own tent. Although the cold wind whistled outside, Bai Luo Yin’s cashmere sweater was drenched in sweat. Feeling rather uncomfortable, he took it off only to discover that the surface of the sweater was daubed in weeds and barbs. He shook it several times, but none of the stubborn invaders proved unmoved. With no other choice, he slowly picked them out one by one.
Liu Chong readily lifted the flaps to Bai Luo Yin’s tent, without giving any prior warning. Once he caught a glimpse of Bai Luo Yin sitting down with his chest bared, his heart suddenly tightened with a deep sense of concern that weaved into his voice. “Major, are you injured?”
Bai Luo Yin’s brows rose when he was met with a bashful face, looking at him.
“Do I look like I’m injured?”
“Actually, you don’t,” Liu Chong said, feeling rather embarrassed. “I noticed that took your clothes off, so I thought you were wrapping your wounds.”
“You should let the flap down first. Either you come in or go out!” Bai Luo Yin shouted immediately. Since he was stripped naked to the waist, the chilly wind drifting into the tent made it somewhat unbearable.
Without any other options, Liu Chong was forced to squeeze himself into Bai Luo Yin’s tent, with a thinly rolled up blanket tucked beneath his armpit.
Once Bai Luo Yin saw the thin blanket, a hint of shock streaked across his eyes.
“Did you run here to sleep in my tent because you’re scared that there’s going to be a surprise attack in the middle of the night?”
“No, it’s not like that…” Liu Chong denied awkwardly. “I was scared that you might be cold, so I purposely brought you another blanket.”
The corner of Bai Luo Yin’s lips pulled back into a smirk as he reached out and hooked his arm around Liu Chong’s neck. Then he faintly asked, “Are you trying to bribe your superior?”
Liu Chong simpered naively before letting out a burst of laughter. “How can you say it like that? We’re in the same squadron now and you’re also the main force of our squad. You already know that all the tasks for tomorrow’s mission depend on your command. You of all people must not catch a cold!”
Bai Luo Yin snorted, “Forget it. Take the blanket back, each person only gets one blanket. It’s not right for anyone to be cold.”
“Aren’t you more susceptible to the cold than the rest of us?” Liu Chong laughed.
At those words, Bai Luo Yin’s dashing brows knitted into a slight frown. “How am I more susceptible to the cold?”
“Do you remember the mission we carried out last New Year’s Day in the northeast? That time we shared the same dorm, and at night you always moved to my side. One night, you even put your hands on my stomach. As a result, I had a bad case of diarrhea the next day.”
Bai Luo Yin coughed lightly, “It’s been a habit of mine to move around. I sleep like that even in the summer.”
Without permission, Liu Chong quickly grasped Bai Luo Yin’s hand and spoke in a depressing tone. “But your hands are very cold.”
“That’s because my blood is cold, so the temperature of my body is lower than normal people.”
Hearing that, Liu Chong simply scratched the back of his head, “I see…”
Bai Luo Yin continued to remove the barbs stuck on his sweater.
“Let me help you take those out,” Liu Chong said eagerly.
For someone with Bai Luo Yin’s nature, some things… never changed. Since it was clear that he does indeed have little to no patience towards this kind of tedious task, it did not take long for him to hand his clothes over to Liu Chong. Then, he wrapped the bedding sheet around himself and lied on the ground, contemplating the strategy for tomorrow’s mission.
The alarm sounded off loudly.
Bai Luo Yin’s movements were akin to that of a wild leopard as he swiftly leaped up from the ground. He snatched the clothes from Liu Chong’s hands, efficiently put it on, then rushed out of the tent only to discovered that two ‘enemy’ were circling above their territory.
“Fucking A!” Liu Chong swore at the top of his lungs, “There’s a fucking surprise attack even at this time? Don’t they ever think about taking a break?!”
Quickening his legs, Bai Luo Yin sped towards the center of the territory while Liu Chong who had also thoroughly trained and was adept in this kind of situation went back to his own tent to retrieve the necessary equipment.
In less than two minutes, all the pilots convened in an orderly manner, completely armed. At that moment, the enemy ’s closed in above their territory and started to launch a volley of fierce and violent attacks.
“Split into two groups and go either way!” Bai Luo Yin instructed his squadron, his thoughts exceptionally clear amidst the incoming assault.
As the fighter aircraft soared even higher, Bai Luo Yin swiftly led two fighter aircraft away from the strategized formation. And, using the thick layers of cloud to veil their presence, they stealthily streaked towards the “enemy’s’ aircraft. Keeping their communication tight at all time, the hidden fighter tenaciously pursued the enemy without breaking concentration. As their proximity lessened, two mid-range air missiles were guilefully shot ahead at the speed of lightning.
Two thunderous sounds resonated, and the sky ignited into two staggering balls of fire, successfully striking two targets head on!
Since the attack happened so suddenly, they were not adequately prepared. Although Bai Luo Yin’s fleet breached the enemy’s surprise attack, the damage sustained was tremendous and the time consumed was too long. In the end, this fierce tug of war phase was not declared over until the wee hours of four o’clock.
As a result, after lying down for less than an hour, the alarm blared once more.
Bai Luo Yin had just managed to close his eyes, intending to take a nap when the maddening noise forced it open again. His pupils beamed with icy glares that if scattered would have torn apart anyone in his presence.
Fucking bastards! You’re fucking doing this on purpose, aren’t you? You know that I love to sleep so you deliberately picked to fight at midnight?! If I don’t obliterate you all in less than a day, my last name isn’t Bai!
After three days of strenuous training, the mission successfully came to an end.
Due to his remarkable performance, the higher-ups granted Bai Luo Yin an exclusive two days’ vacation. Liu Chong was tasked to pilot the helicopter in order to take Bai Luo Yin home. Bai Luo Yin leaned back into the passenger seat beside him and looked straight ahead without paying much attention to anything else. By now, it was clear that even the fatigue radiating from his eyes could not be concealed.
“Major, why did you enlist back then?”
After some time passed and he did not get any response, Liu Chong shot Bai Luo Yin a glance from the corner of his eye only to discover that the Major has already fallen asleep.
Bai Luo Yin was leaning against the inner wall of the cockpit with his head resting against the seat and his chin slightly raised, sketching out the distinctive edges of his charming face. Liu Chong could clearly remember when he arrived at the military base two years ago, Bai Luo Yin was transferred to their squadron as a Commander. At the first glimpse of Bai Luo Yin, all the new recruits were immediately captivated by his valiant and formidable aura. Even now, Liu Chong could vividly recall the first time Bai Luo Yin looked straight at him. That glance alone evoked a kind of feeling that made his heart beat wildly as if trying to burst of out his chest.
Now that he has been in the military for two years, Liu Chong braved himself and genuinely approached Bai Luo Yin. Before long, he discovered that Bai Luo Yin was extraordinary adept in many aspects of the military and his knowledge of aviation was, for the lack of a better word, phenomenal.
However, outside of his remarkable merits, the same cannot be said of his living arrangement. To perfectly describe it, his place was like that of an idiot. During every dorm evaluation, like clockwork, he placed first in uncleanliness. He always forgot where he had last placed his daily necessities, and every few days or so, he would somehow break the lock on his door…
But, once he stepped on the training base or exercise scene, his meticulous and perspicacious mind was sharper than anyone else.
Looking at Bai Luo Yin sleeping so peacefully without any distracting thoughts, Liu Chong could not help but linger in fear. Fortunately, he was personally taking Bai Luo Yin back, otherwise, if Bai Luo Yin fell asleep while flying the helicopter en route home, the Air Force would suffer a tremendous loss!
While Liu Chong was still deep in thought, Bai Luo Yin suddenly spoke. “Even though I’m sleeping, I can still fly the helicopter safely back home.”
A streak of astonishment flashed across Liu Chong’s face.
Shit, how does he know what I’m thinking?
In the middle of his slumber, the corner of Bai Luo Yin’s lips rose into an enticing curve.
It has been more than a year since Bai Luo Yin returned home, and unsurprisingly, another layer of Bai Han Qi’s hair had gone grey.
“Why don’t you just dye your hair?” Bai Luo Yin complained loudly. “You’re not even fifty years old yet but you already look like a little old man!”
Unable to restrain her laughter, Aunt Zou finally spoke, “I’ve also told your father the same thing many times already, but he refused to dye it. He kept on saying that the greyer his hair, the more often his son will come to visit.”
Despite Bai Han Qi’s continuous denial, Bai Luo Yin nevertheless felt rather upset.
Contrary to expectations, Aunt Zou wore brightly-colored clothes. Ever since they moved to a new apartment complex, every few days, Aunt Zou would go out and mingle with a group of middle-aged elders, and together they would coordinate dance practices to work out their bodies. In contrast, Bai Han Qi appeared to live a more reclusive life. There were only three years left before he could officially retire since his health was no longer as it was. Every day after work, he would laze around on the sofa and refused to budge. Sometimes, he would even fall asleep while watching the television.
Moreover, during this trip back home, Bai Luo Yin also discovered that Bai Han Qi nagged and talked more than before; even the most minute details could not help but escape his lips once he dragged Bai Luo Yin into the conversation.
He has never behaved this way before. Perhaps, he is really getting old.
In the afternoon, taking advantage of the time Bai Han Qi was at work, Bai Luo Yin went to Haidian District 3 local police station located on Huayuan road. His ‘good sister’ Yang Meng was a police officer assigned in that area.
Just as Bai Luo Yin expected, Yang Meng did not pass the military entrance examinations which in turn prevented him from entering military school. But Old Man Yang was unwilling to give up and had said, ‘If you can’t be a soldier, then you can at least be a police officer, right?’ Thus, after pulling some strings and giving a series of gifts as bribery, he finally succeeded in enrolling Yang Meng into the police academy. From then on, nearly every day, Yang Meng suffered from working overtime, experienced bitter days of being insulted and belittled by his colleagues and not to mention, being bullied by society.
While Bai Luo Yin was driving, Yang Meng was currently resolving a domestic dispute.
A woman was weeping her hearts out as she complained to Yang Meng. “Officer, you have to give me justice. He secretly found a mistress and doesn’t have the nerves to admit it!”
Before she could say anything else, the man beside her retorted angrily. “Who has a mistress? Which eye of yours saw me looking for a mistress?”
The woman slammed her hands on the table vehemently and stood up. “Do you want me to expose you in public? I’ve saved all the messages that were on your phone!”
Unwilling to back down, the male also stood up. “You’ve violated my privacy rights!”
“You shameless bastard!”
“You’re the shameless one!”
The couple quarreled until the woman began to bawl her eyes out. She stared straight at Yang Meng and asked, “Officer, tell me. What should we do about this?”
Yang Meng looked at them with hesitation, adjusted his police cap then cleared his throat.
“That… you’ve come to the wrong place. You should go to the Bureau of Civil Affairs to file for a divorce!”
When Bai Luo Yin arrived, Yang Meng was being pummeled to the ground by the couple.
“Laopo5, this good-for-nothing is trying to drive a wedge between us. Use all your strength to beat him the fuck up!!!”
“Laogong,6 he was an eyesore the moment I fucking saw him. The more I look at him, the more he looks like that mistress of yours!”
Bai Luo Yin had never encountered such a silly and cowardly police officer before.
He calmly entered the room, grabbed the man firmly by the collar then with a cold and indifferent expression, he threw him outside. Once the woman saw that her man at a disadvantage, she wanted to attack Bai Luo Yin at all cost. However, when she caught sight of his cold gaze and imposing aura, she merely swallowed and walked out, cursing loudly.
Once the vexing couple left, Yang Meng looked at Bai Luo Yin with tears clouding his eyes.
Feeling frustrated for him, Bai Luo Yin removed Yang Meng’s cap and ruffled his hair.
“There, there. You’re already a police officer, don’t be so argumentative and always get that affected by any of this!”
Yang Meng bit his teeth and boldly said, “Even a man made of steel has a vulnerable side!”
Having said that, Yang Meng suddenly hugged Bai Luo Yin tightly and beat his back several times with his weak fist.
“Bro, you’re finally here. If you appear here two years from now, you’d only see my ashes.”
An intense chilliness crept up Bai Luo Yin’s spine causing him to shiver for a moment, “That’s unlikely to happen, right?”
“Unlikely?” A sinister look played on Yang Meng’s face, “What the heck! It’s very likely!!!”
After that, he dragged Bai Luo Yin to sit down and began to pour out all his grievances as if his life was on the line.
Yan Ya Jing straightened the applications and passed it to Gu Hai. Just as she was about to leave Gu Hai’s hardened voice suddenly halted her steps.
“Are you going to the Public Security Bureau?”4
Yan Ya Jing nodded her head, “Yeah. Aren’t we supposed to take these applications to the Public Security Bureau to get them officially stamped?”
“Then, I’ll go with you.” Gu Hai calmly said.
Never expecting that, Yan Ya Jing was suddenly struck speechless.
What exactly happened to the president today? Why does he suddenly know how to treat a woman with pity and tenderness by personally driving me there?
“A few days ago, I entrusted the Deputy Chief of Police to help me deal with something. It just happens that I need to go there and ask him a few things.”
Fine, I should have known that you don’t have such a heart!
Yan Ya Jing’s expression faded to sadness in the blink of an eye.
3 Haidian District is an inner district located in northeast Beijing which includes Peking University, Tsinghua University and Zhōngguāncūn (a neighborhood in Beijing which is famous for its electronic shops and bookstores)
4 Public Security Bureau is a government office of a province or municipality in China responsible for exercising public security functions, including law enforcement, fire prevention, traffic control, immigration control, and registration as well as other matters affecting public security.
5 Laopo – wife
6 Laogong – husband