As soon as Ran Feng Ge exited the room and before anything could be said, Su Yi Mo’s underlings whom he had managed to lie to before, had begun to surround him – all thinking the same thought: they wanted to teach him a lesson.
With a roll of his eyes, Ran Feng Ge returned them a casual smile, his index finger lifting before his lips for a ‘hush’ motion.
A few of the people were stunned as they watched the index point straight followed by it pulling back gently, indicating to them that they were free to attack him as they like.
Provoked by his taunting, Ran Feng Ge’s assailants all rushed up towards him together…
Without even breaking a sweat, Ran Feng Ge could settle Su Yi Mo’s underlings without much hassle; said underlings laid crumpled in a pile by the side.
Acting as though he were a rich old master, Ran Feng Ge rested his leg on the large shoulder of the last remaining man, with an overly dramatic show of dusting off the ends of his sleeves – at which the big man decided to fall backwards, the back of his skull meeting the floor with a thud, knocking himself out effectively.
With a yawn, Ran Feng Ge pulled his leg back and leaned against the wall lazily with his arms crossed slowly counting sheep – how slow!
It was only after a while that Su Yi Mo finally opened the room door.
Ran Feng Ge straightened his body and decided to be the first one to act, swinging his leg forward.
Su Yi Mo had not expected Ran Feng Ge to react preemptively. He had even planned to get back at him first, yet this man had the nerve to provoke him before anything else! Because of that, Su Yi Mo quickly shut the room door, before evading Ran Feng Ge’s attack, and with a quick turn, his threw a fist right back!
Ran Feng Ge could tell that his opponent meant business. He jumped backwards with a quickstep, aiming a straight kick at Su Yi Mo.
The head of Falcon… He should be quite formidable, no?
Okay, Rang Feng Ge had no interest in seeing how far he could push Su Yi Mo’s fury, all he wanted was to trade moves with someone of high caliber.
So it was, Su Yi Mo’s every move was clean and agile, when Ran Feng Ge kicked forward, Su Yi Mo dodged it efficiently, as soon as the leg cleared and was at its weakest angle, he reached out swiftly, grabbing the ankle, and threw Ran Feng Ge with a surge of strength.
Ran Feng Ge had always been nimble, with a flip in mid-air, he righted himself, landing softly onto the floor, before once again throwing himself at Su Yi Mo.
Su Yi Mo avoided the body slam, and aimed a blow at Ran Feng Ge’s solar plexus. Ran Feng Ge held his breath as his knee came up to meet Su Yi Mo’s advancing elbow, his arm snaking across Su Yi Mo’s neck in an attempt to slam him, but Su Yi Mo refused to allow himself to be brought down; he lowered his center of gravity and straightened his back. Instead, he wanted to throw Ran Feng Ge onto the ground.
Seeing that he was not going to reach the ground, and not touching the ground meant that he was unable to gather enough force, Ran Feng Ge grabbed at Su Yi Mo’s shirt collar to regain equilibrium.
Because of the sudden pull at his collar, Su Yi Mo was knocked off balance, forcing him to take two steps forward, his steps unfortunately colliding into an ankle of his recently knocked out subordinates – Su Yi Mo was unwilling to take another step as he was worried he might accidentally step on someone and cause said person to hemorrhage internally. He may have a distant personality, but that did not mean he was cold-blooded. And so, his only alternative was to allow himself to fall on to Ran Feng Ge.
Ran Feng Ge’s legs were also tangled up with the arms of the big guy from before, he was just about to right himself when Su Yi Mo appeared above him!
The weight of two people slamming against him was enough to jolt the unconscious man back into reality! With his blurred vision just clearing, the first thing he saw was his boss and… and his boss…?! Kissing?!
Ran Feng Ge’s back was aching, although there was someone to break his fall, it felt as though it had been nothing; the body of the big guy might as well have been steel!
Lifting his gaze, he caught Su Yi Mo’s agitated look.
I guess he didn’t think we’ll end up kissing?
On the other hand, Ran Feng Ge felt nothing, they had already kissed on multiple occasions before, this was nothing new.
Su Yi Mo jumped up quickly, straightening himself at the side, anger and frustration on his face as he looked at the unfazed Ran Feng Ge.
Actually, the problem was not because he had kissed Ran Feng Ge, this was not even the first time they kissed, the problem was that who the hell would be able to kiss someone who looks identical to you?
Having allowed time to calm down, Su Yi Mo eyed the Ran Feng Ge who was wearing his face, he was unable to let himself be angry anymore, after all, he can’t give his own face a punch can he?
“If you are done with this farce, come with me!” Su Yi Mo spat out as he headed down the corridor.
Ran Feng Ge used the back of his hand to rub at his still moist lips, an indescribable emotion bubbling up in his heart.
Having blanked out a little, Ran Feng Ge felt the curious stare from the subordinate under him. He lowered his arms, with a quick roll of his eyes, Ran Feng Ge turned around and stuck his tongue out at the big guy before standing up to follow behind Su Yi Mo.
The action of his boss stick out his tongue at him scared the big guy so much so that he fainted again. Su Yi Mo was definitely not someone who would do something like this, just who the hell was this genius? Impersonating the boss to cause chaos, and yet the boss did not get angry at him? What a miracle!
Right, should I tell the brothers, that the next time we see him, we should take a big detour?
Su Yi Mo had no plans of hiding anything from Jing Qiu Han. He answered honestly, “He’s a body double I’ve employed. While you’re recuperating, he’ll be taking your place in the public world.”
“Body double?” Jing Qiu Han’s jaw dropped in shock. “Then he…” Why did that man act so brazenly? So unbridled?
“He’s only acting that way in order to play your character well. But don’t be afraid. I will warn him to stop bothering you!” Su Yi Mo comforted Jing Qiu Han. He rested a hand on the other’s shoulder and looked at him earnestly. “Xiao Han, do you have something you want to say to me?”
Jing Qiu Han didn’t dare meet his gaze. Looking down, he said shamefully, “I did get close to you with a goal in mind. It was also an act when I’d betrayed Lan Kuang in front of you and broken off with Chasing Hawk.
“But you were so good to me. I didn’t want to hurt you at all. Although I still sent information about the Su family’s branch of Falcon to Lan Kuang, I only did it after careful thinking. Everything I’ve given them seems important, but they are actually worthless information!
“…I admit there were a few times when they’d pressed me too hard and I had to give them something more substantial… Three years ago, the fire in D City that had caused Falcon to suffer disastrous losses… It was because I’d given them your business plans… The incident at Sunshine Dock in B City a year ago… It was also my fault…
“I’m sorry… Ah Mo, blame me if you want. It’s all my fault due to my selfishness… I’ve let you down!”
Jing Qiu Han’s eyes were rimmed with red, full of pain and self-blame. His fingers brushed against the dagger he had used to stab Ran Feng Ge earlier. He made a swift decision and grabbed the hilt, aiming the blade at his own throat.
Su Yi Mo reacted fast and reached out to stop his arm. “Xiao Han!”
The dagger cut across Su Yi Mo’s wrist. Bright red blood splattered onto Jing Qiu Han’s face. He glanced numbly at Su Yi Mo, tears falling from his eyes. In that instant, Su Yi Mo snatched away the dagger.
“Ah Mo… Ah Mo… I… I…” Jing Qiu Han mumbled incoherently. He fumbled around and tried to press his hand against Su Yi Mo’s wound. But the tears blurred his vision and his agitation made it difficult to control his movements.
Su Yi Mo didn’t pay any attention to his wound. He took out a handkerchief and wiped away the tears and blood on Jing Qiu Han’s face. He pulled the man into his arms. “Xiao Han, don’t be like this. To be honest… I’ve more or less guessed the truth of what had happened in the past. I just couldn’t believe it. I was waiting for the day when you would come clear to me. Today… Let’s just treat today as the catalyst for your confession. We’ve already talked about everything with each other, so there won’t be anything between us in the future. I will definitely save your sister. Don’t have any strange thoughts, okay?”
“You don’t blame me?” Jing Qiu Han asked pitifully.
Su Yi Mo smiled for once. He comforted, “I do blame you. I blame you for not talking about this with me in the first place. I blame myself for not being charming enough for you to talk to me. I also blame myself for not having the power to protect you.”
Hearing his response, Jing Qiu Han wrapped his arms around Su Yi Mo’s neck and kissed him. “Ah Mo… Ah Mo…”
No matter how many words they spun, they couldn’t find the correct ones to describe their current feelings.
Su Yi Mo tightened his arms around the other. He took the lead from Jing Qiu Han and deepened the kiss. It was quite a while before they let go of each other.
Su Yi Mo patted Jing Qiu Han’s head. “We’ll get you out of the hospital. I’ll take you to the mansion in the outskirts tonight. I’ve installed people there, nobody will be able to break in.”
“Okay, I’ll listen to you,” Jing Qiu Han agreed.
Su Yi Mo released him and stood up. “Wait for me. I’ll bring the car around.”
“Okay.” Jing Qiu Han held onto his hand and said, “Be careful. Come back quickly!”
Su Yi Mo smiled and patted Jing Qiu Han on the hand. The latter let go reluctantly, eyes trailing after Su Yi Mo’s back as he left the room.
While the door was open, Jing Qiu Han focused his gaze on the floor outside his hospital room. There was a shadow of a person reflected on the floor, long and languid. It only straightened after Su Yi Mo left the room.
When the door closed shut, a vicious glint appeared in Jing Qiu Han’s eyes. Was it the body double?
The brazen man appeared to be the unpredictable type…
It would be best if the body double didn’t get in his way.
Using Hei Bao’s voice, he said, “What am I planning? What do you think I’m planning? Boss said you aren’t doing your job and told me to get rid of you.”
“…Bao, Bao-ge?” Jin Qiu Han recognized the voice. His expression darkened and he replied quietly, “I don’t believe you. Boss would never kill me―”
“That might be true in the past, but you’ve been dragging things out. Boss’s patience has been stretched to its limit.” Ran Feng Ge continued playing his role. What he really wanted to know was whether Jin Qiu Han had amassed any information on Su Yi Mo over the past few years. Would he ever raise a hand against Su Yi Mo?
Jin Qiu Han bit his lip in frustration. “I want to see Boss.”
“Hah! Do you think Boss even wants to see you anymore? You haven’t relayed anything useful and have been lying low by yourself for a while now.” To avoid revealing anything detrimental, Ran Feng Ge deliberately kept his words vague. He reached out his hand and demanded, “Give it!”
“I…” Jin Qiu Han hesitated. “Are you really Bao-ge?”
Ran Feng Ge chuckled coldly. “Do you think I am? Don’t waste my time. You know Boss’ personality, I don’t want to be dragged down with you!”
“But I…” Jin Qiu Han spoke haltingly. “It’s not here.”
Ran Feng Ge pressed, “Then where is it?”
The door burst open and Su Yi Mo walked inside angrily. He glared at Ran Feng Ge with gritted teeth. His gaze was cold enough that it appeared as if he wanted to cut Ran Feng Ge into a thousand pieces right where he stood.
Ran Feng Ge sighed to himself. Ah, what a waste of a good opportunity. This goddamn iceberg, would it hurt for him to be a little late?
Jin Qiu Han glanced apprehensively at Su Yi Mo. In the confusion, he couldn’t figure out who was the real Su Yi Mo and could only stare with terror at the man before him.
Su Yi Mo felt his heart tighten at Jing Qiu Han’s expression. He walked forward and said gently, “Xiao Han, it’s me.”
Jin Qiu Han shrank backward as Su Yi Mo approached him. After hearing the familiar voice and recognizing the familiar feeling, he looked at Su Yi Mo with widened eyes, fear and hurt evident in his expression.
Ran Feng Ge yawned at the display. He couldn’t get over the disappointment in his heart. With just a few minutes’ work, Su Yi Mo had ruined his chances of discerning Jin Qiu Han’s true motives.
“What are you still doing standing around? Get out!” Su Yi Mo turned and snarled at Ran Feng Ge.
Jin Qiu Han was curled up inside Su Yi Mo arms, one hand gripping the latter’s sleeves tightly to express his fear. He had yet to figure out Ran Feng Ge’s identity and his heart thrummed as he pondered through the possibilities.
“I was trying to help you―” Ran Feng Ge tried to explain.
“I don’t need it!” Su Yi Mo cut him off and pointed at the door. “Get out!”
“Even if you yell at me, what’s done is done. I’m not afraid of you.” Ran Feng Ge stood still in his spot. He pointed at Jin Qiu Han and said, “He really has collected information on you. He was just about to tell me the location when you had burst in―”
“Ran! Feng! Ge!” Su Yi Mo growled out the other’s name, a blaze inside his eyes.
Jin Qiu Han instantly turned a shade paler when he understood what was going on. He threaded his arms around Su Yi Mo’s neck and pulled him in a for a tight hug. In a quiet voice, he sobbed, “Ah Mo… I’m sorry… I’m sorry… I never wanted to harm you… I was being threatened…” He choked on his emotions, appearing quite pitiful.
Su Yi Mo didn’t have the mind to berate Ran Feng Ge anymore. He turned and wrapped his arms around Jing Qiu Han. As he gently rubbed the other’s back, he said, “I know. It’s all my fault. I didn’t do my best to make you feel safe… Otherwise, you’d have talked to me about it, isn’t that right?”
Ran Feng Ge couldn’t resist rolling his eyes. How exactly did Su Yi Mo overlook Jing Qiu Han’s sudden change in expression? He had even shifted the blame over to himself…
As expected, anyone who fell into the whirlpool of love would turn into an idiot. A dead log! A narrow-minded fool!
“I’m sorry… Ah Mo,” Jing Qiu Han repeated his apology. Having stirred up his emotions, he immediately started coughing. He pressed a hand against his chest as his face flushed red. Su Yi Mo quickly patted him on the back. “Xiao Han, I haven’t blamed you at all! Don’t push yourself!”
“My little sister… She’s still in their hands… I had no other option… I admit that I had an ulterior motive when I first got close to you… But my feelings towards you are unchanged! Ah Mo! I’d been delaying things and haven’t sent them any information for a long time. Because of that, they’d sent people over to give me a warning. I’d thought that they wouldn’t press me so hard after knowing I’ve been injured and in a coma for a few months. I’d never imagine…” Jing Qiu Han glanced at Ran Feng Ge and started wondering to himself. Why hadn’t Su Yi Mo driven him out yet? Who was he? Su Yi Mo treated everyone with indifference, so much that he never bothered having an argument with anyone. If someone did manage to make him angry, he’d never let them off easily. Yet why hadn’t he ordered his subordinates to drag this man out and teach him a lesson? Why had he only yelled at the man? Moreover, judging from the man’s unconcerned attitude, it seemed he was quite close to Su Yi Mo.
Ran Feng Ge felt Jing Qiu Han’s gaze on him. He glanced at the other out of the corner of his eye, sweeping over the vicious expression decorating Jing Qiu Han’s face. Jing Qiu Han immediately noticed and retracted his eyes. He buried his face inside Su Yi Mo’s arms and didn’t lift his head again.
Ran Feng Ge chuckled to himself. Interesting.
But it was boring to stay inside the room any longer. Never mind, there’d be another opportunity for them to talk.
Ran Feng Ge clasped his hands behind his back and strolled out of the hospital room.
Jing Qiu Han lifted his head and stared after him. He asked Su Yi Mo with a lingering trace of fear in his voice, “Ah Mo, that person just now… Who is he?”
Ping An Hospital
A figure slipped through the elevator doors and walked directly toward Jing Qiu Han’s room.
When he was about to open the door, two people wearing hospital gowns appeared from the two sides of the hallway. It was a man and a woman, both were nimble and skilled. The woman placed her hand on top of his, using a surprising bit of force. The man angled his way in front of him and said, “This place isn’t open to everyone. Look clearly at the room number!”
The man who had his way blocked lifted his head, exposing a cold and stern face.
The other two were immediately shocked. They hadn’t expected to see their own master at a time like this. The woman quickly released her hand and stepped away with the man in tow.
It was Su Yi Mo. He wasn’t a fool; he would never leave Jing Qiu Han alone in the hospital without setting up any protective measures.
“I’m here to visit. Go back to your stations and don’t let your guard down,” Su Yi Mo said seriously. He scratched his nose after speaking, a crafty light inside his eyes.
The two guards returned to the room next door. After ensuring that he was alone, Su Yi Mo rubbed his cheeks while muttering to himself. As expected, just pretending to be an iceberg was making his facial muscles rigid. His cheeks were going to freeze off at this rate!
This Su Yi Mo was actually Ran Feng Ge!
He had originally wanted to come dressed as Jing Qiu Han. After thinking a bit, he decided to use Su Yi Mo’s face instead. Judging from Su Yi Mo’s tense behavior whenever it came to Jing Qiu Han, he’d probably have set up a trap in the hospital. If there were the case, Su Yi Mo’s own cold face would be his passport.
Living up to his expectations, he had already been stopped three times while making his way to Jing Qiu Han’s room.
The guards Su Yi Mo had installed inside the hospital probably hadn’t expected to see him this late. Moreover, he had come without any previous warning, catching everyone off guard.
Nevertheless, he had to admire these people for their loyalty and sense of responsibility. They were still awake despite it being late into the night. Were they waiting in the shadows just to ensnare people who held bad intentions against Jing Qiu Han?
Ran Feng Ge took a deep breath and pushed open the door.
Jing Qiu Han was already awake with a guarded expression on his face. Seeing that it was “Su Yi Mo,” his tense expression immediately gave way to a smile. He called out warmly, “Ah Mo!”
He then furrowed his brows. “Why are you here this late? Did something happen?”
Ran Feng Ge was troubled by his question. He had gone behind Su Yi Mo’s back and came here alone. If he messed this up, wouldn’t he be fired from this job?
“Nothing happened. I’m just a bit worried, so I came over to visit you,” Ran Feng Ge said while stepping closer. “How are you today? You seem energetic.”
“I’m much better now. I’m starting to mold around the corners from having to stay in the hospital day after day. Ah Mo, when can I leave?”
After moving closer, Ran Feng Ge noticed Jing Qiu Han’s pale complexion. He looked both thin and pallid. It made sense. No one would heal that quickly if they were seriously injured.
“…Aren’t I doing this for your own good?” Ran Feng Ge replied in a quiet, placating voice. “Just bear with it for a bit longer. After your condition is more stable, I’ll take you out of the city and to the mansion in the suburbs south of here.”
“Really?” Jing Qiu Han excitedly lifted his head. He immediately started coughing and covered his chest with a hand. It seemed like his sudden movement had pulled at his wounds.
Wouldn’t Su Yi Mo go up right now and support him into an easier position to breathe? Ran Feng Ge thought to himself. He didn’t waste any extra time and quickly stepped up to the bed. While supporting Jing Qiu Han’s back, he said, “Of course, would I lie to you? Don’t be so excited. Watch out for your wound―Whoa―”
Ran Feng Ge exclaimed in shock, his words cutting off. He jumped up and avoided the dagger Jing Qiu Han had swung his way.
I’ve never seen how Su Yi Mo acts while he’s with Jing Qiu Han. It’s unavoidable that I can’t pull off the act. Seems like I’ve been exposed, he thought while dodging.
Jing Qiu Han stared cautiously at Ran Feng Ge. Fiercely, he asked, “Who are you? What are you planning by getting close to me?”
Su Yi Mo smiled coldly at him. “I definitely know more than you!”
“Oh? Is that right?” Ran Feng Ge whispered beside the other’s ear, “Then you are aware of the fact that he still has ties with the organization that he used to be in?”
“What nonsense are you babbling about!” Su Yi Mo frowned and pushed Ran Feng Ge away. He walked toward his car, unlocking it as he went. A beep from the car signaled that it was unlocked and ready.
Walking behind the other, Ran Feng Ge shook his head. He knew Su Yi Mo wouldn’t believe him.
Forget it. Like that old saying of “Seeing the Buddha all the way to the west,” he needed to do all he could in this situation. Since he was the one who had accepted this job, it was his responsibility to get to the bottom of this.
Before he left, Lan Kuang had mentioned something about a sister. If it were true, then Jing Qiu Han probably had his hands tied.
Su Yi Mo opened the car door. With a slight smile, he said emotionlessly, “Get in!”
“Okay.” Ran Feng Ge responded with his own smile.
Despite being in the same car, the two of them remained silent for the whole ride.
Sinking back into his taciturn iceberg behavior, Su Yi Mo focused on driving. Sitting in the back, Ran Feng Ge shifted into a comfortable position and fell asleep. When he woke up, they were already home.
“Hah―” Ran Feng Ge yawned and sat up. Drowsy-eyed, he got out of the car and walked in the direction of the living room.
Su Yi Mo slid the handbrake into place and quickly followed after him.
The minute they stepped through the door, Su Yi Mo slammed Ran Feng Ge against the wall and grabbed his collar. “I’m warning you! Stop slandering Qiu Han’s name! Also, stop digging up things of the past and meddling in them!”
Ran Feng Ge narrowed his eyes, his mischievous smile immediately morphing into a displeased frown. He reached up and grabbed Su Yi Mo’s wrist, twisting it around. He then stated indifferently, “Su Yi Mo, I’m also warning you. This is beyond my control. Don’t forget that I am Jing Qiu Han right now! I’m the one those people are looking for. How am I supposed to carry out my act if I don’t know anything? If they see through my disguise, wouldn’t that just put your little lover in danger?”
In pain, Su Yi Mo released his grip on Ran Feng Ge’s collar. He frowned at the other’s explanation and asked, “Has someone come looking for you?”
Ran Feng Ge swung his hand and grunted in response.
“Who was it?” Su Yi Mo questioned.
“You should know who it is.” Ran Feng Ge replied truthfully, “He wants me to gather information on the head of your family and then give it to him.”
“That’s impossible!” Su Yi Mo couldn’t believe those words. He walked to a cupboard and pulled out a glass of alcohol. He twisted the cap open and downed two mouthfuls. “Qiu Han had probably been forced into doing it!”
Seeing the disbelief and pain on Su Yi Mo’s face, Ran Feng Ge was a bit unwilling to provoke him any further. However, he continued, “If he really had been forced into doing it, then had he ever discussed it with you? If he truly were experiencing difficulties, he would never hesitate to tell you. After all, you have the power to protect him from any external threats! Has he ever told you anything? Has he ever been truthful with you?”
Su Yi Mo didn’t speak and took another drink from the bottle. However, pain was evident in his eyes.
Ran Feng Ge was right. Nothing. After waking up, Jing Qiu Han had told him nothing. Despite having stayed together for seven years, Jing Qiu Han would change the topic every time he brought up Chasing Hawk.
He had assumed that it was simply because the name made Jing Qiu Han uncomfortable after becoming a traitor. He avoided bringing it up because of that reason.
“Of course he hasn’t! He was gathering information on you behind your back. Not only that, he was also gathering information on the head of your family and Falcon! He probably even got his hands on information about every industry and company that your family is involved in―”
“Enough!” Su Yi Mo swung his hand and sent the bottle of alcohol flying. It smashed into the ground beside Ran Feng Ge’s feet, shattering into hundreds of pieces. The sweet smell of the alcohol pervaded the room, but the two of them weren’t in the mood to savor the taste. “Enough! Shut up! Don’t say anymore!”
Ran Feng Ge stared at him for a moment, then sighed. “All right. I won’t say anymore.”
He turned around and walked up the stairs.
While turning around the corner, he saw Su Yi Mo smash a fist against the cupboard, adding another pile of glass to the floor.
Eh… Do all suppressed icebergs become violent when they are angry?
Ran Feng Ge shuddered and quickly climbed up the rest of the stairs and walked to his room.
Closing the door behind him, Ran Feng Ge shook off the feigned ease that he had been wearing. He tilted his head and listened for movement on the first floor, worry in his eyes.
If…Jing Qiu Han had already collected most of the information that Lan Kuang desired, he would definitely think of a way of getting it to Lan Kuang. If there were the case…he might as well go and ask for it back. He could use this opportunity to learn something. He had to report back to Su Yi Mo tomorrow in any case.
Tonight, he was going to get to the bottom of Jing Qiu Han.