“I only do things that I am fond of. “ while opening his dormitory get Xu Taiping said, “I don’t care if I had let down other, the only thing I care about letting myself down. Self-comfort is the most important thing for me.”
“ for that, you are going to hurt others!” Su Nianci asked.
“Hurt others? Isn’t there law and order?” Xu Taiping asked.
“You are going to collect protection money from all those shop owners on Hechi street, tell me, if it isn’t for fear, why will they give their hard-earned money to you? If there is already police and law to protect them, then why do they need protection from you all?” Su Nianci asked.
“Protection from the police?” Xu Taiping smiled and said, “do you think just because there are law and order, police can protect others all the time? Tonight, Lao Yao led a group of men to Fulong restaurant, he asked for a whole compartment for himself and what he ordered was a packet of peanuts, let’s say if he is to sit there every day and orders a packet of peanuts every time, then how will Fulong restaurant do his business? Since he isn’t breaking any law, will the police arrest him? Since they are ordering, they aren’t breaking any law. And even though they are hurting someone’s business, police can’t do anything.”
“This..” Su Nianci didn’t know how to reply.
“There are uncountable matters where police will come and help to their utmost, however, there are a few matters, where police can’t do anything. And my group is responsible for handling such matters. Even if I don’t do such a thing or not receive their protection money, what about others. If there’s a vacuum, others will rush to occupy it. And only if those shop owners have a cover, they could be steady fast and do their business calmly. Then, only can they be not anxious that others will disturb their work. This is the unspeakable but unbreakable shackles of the street. Young police officer, you are still inexperienced, this society is very complex. You will learn the charm and nuances of this corrupt world step by step. And to do so, please don’t hide inside this university all day.” Xu Taiping said and went inside his room and closed the door.
Su Nianci was standing outside the door and for a long time didn’t say anything.
Inside Xu Taiping’s room, a lonely figure was sitting on the bed. She was holding both of her legs and was sobbing spasmodically.
Xu Taiping didn’t turn on the lights. Even when he was outside, he already knew that someone was inside his room.
Xu Taiping walked to the bed and sat down. And after taking out a cigarette, he said, “ when did you get a key to my room?”
‘I secretly made a duplicate?” she stubbornly said.
“Idiot.” Xu Taiping laughed and then took the cigarette from his mouth and handed it to her.
“I don’t smoke, today I am here to let you know that you have hurt me. I am angry with you, very very angry!” she said.
Xu Taiping put his hand on her shoulder and while pulling her, said, “Young colleague Xia, please don’t be angry like this. Today it was your mistake and I am in wrong too. I am not someone who deceives others, therefore, don’t think that I will deceive you.”
“Didn’t we already have a sexual relationship and you asked me to be your woman!” Xia Jinxuan was looking at Xu Taiping with hatred, however, since there was no light inside the room, she could only see the red light of the lit cigarette.
“Did you come here to sleep tonight?” Xu Taiping asked.
“As long as you don’t give me the explanation, I won’t sleep.” Xia Jinxuan said.
“Explanation for what?” Xu Taiping asked.
“Explain, why that cheap …why that woman Guan He was with you!’ Xu Taiping asked.
“First I don’t like to explain a lot of things to other, second, I don’t like people who threaten me, third, I don’t like my woman to not have a brain. Today you have satisfied all conditions.” Xu Taiping helplessly held his forehead.
“You scolded me to not have a brain!!” Xia Jinxuan resentfully said.
“Indeed, you don’t have a brain.” Xu Taiping said.
“You are a bastard!” Xia Jinxuan held Xu Taiping’s hand to pinch and said, “ why don’t you try to understand me!”
“This is my deposition.” regardless of how Xia Jinxuan was pinching his hand, he shrugged his shoulders and said, “I feel like if two people always need an explanation to understand each other, that they don’t need to be together. I hope you can understand me. I don’t want to explain the same thing again and again.”
“However tonight, I don’t think I have made any mistakes!” Xia Jinxuan said in a grievance.
“I won’t say, you made any mistakes. However, you behaved foolishly. You were at the wrong place at the wrong time and very possibly you might have created some troublesome for me. Moreover, you might have even brought danger to yourself. If you want to listen, I will thoroughly explain it to you once. I don’t want many people to know about my relationships. Because, in that case, you will become my weakness. Many people hold hatred and enmity for me. They still don’t know where I am and what I am doing. Or maybe, someone might have already gotten some clue about my whereabouts. And in these circumstances, if you are to appear in front of others, you will become rib cartilage. That’s why I don’t like it when you show our relationship in front of so many people.” Xu Taiping said.
“Next, I am a small security guard. At Least that’s how everyone thinks. And others will doubt, what value I have to hold the affection of someone such beautiful and wealthy young woman such as yourself? I must obtain the ability to join you in front of others. Just think, what other big and influencing families will think about us. Also, for this reason, I followed Guan He to pay respect to heaven. Guan He was the representative of your father, her presence told others how much care you father has for me. If such rumours were to circulate then others will understand a bit of why a young lady of such an influential family is so fond of a person like me. Also, in case someone investigates me, they could only track our relationship with your father. And this way they won’t investigate things they shouldn’t.” Xu Taiping explained.
“You, what shameful past do you have?” Xia Jinxuan asked.
“I already told you, I was the king of Killers.” Xu Taiping leaned against the wall while putting his hand on the back of his head and sai, “I killed a lot of people in the past.”
“Alright, you don’t need to tell me stories from a fiction novel just to scare me. So you are saying, you mixed in some type of dangerous society and is running from them. Did you come here to work as a security guard by concealing your identity? Well no matter what, you don’t need to afraid so such things. My father is at the pinnacle of Jiang City. here even if we have an open relationship, no one will dare to move you. Moving you will only invite my father’s wrath.” Xia Jinxuan said.
“Do you think your father is without a rival?” Xu Taiping ambiguously shook his head.
“Naturally, my father is the biggest elder brother of Jiang Yuan CIty!” Xia Jinxuan proudly said.
“Tonight someone went to the Fulong Restaurant to cause trouble, his name was Lao Yan.” Xu Taiping said.
“Wugui gang leader? The same person who was expelled due to you?” Xia Jinxuan asked with a bit of a surprise.
“Yes, he was keeping a watch on me for some time and tonight he came out into the light. I have sent some men to follow him and came to know that he went to Nancheng district’s Tianshang Renjian nightclub. And if I am not guessing wrong, that place is occupied by Nancheng district’s leader Wuya Chang. Moreover, Wuya Change is lusting for your father’s territory. Lao Yao may have Wuya Chang’s support. And I am sure Wuyan had already seen me and Guan He together. So for him, I am already Xia Jiang’s man. And even then he dared to send Lao Yao to cause trouble. This can only mean one thing, Wuya Chang is emphatically not afraid of your father.” Xu Taiping said.
“What? Really?” Xia Jinxuan was bewildered. She didn’t mix in that kind of society, however, what Xu Taiping said she couldn’t understand clearly.
“You must remember. No one in this world is unequalled. Your father is such and so am I. We all have our weak spot, and as long as someone has our weakness, we will be like a puppet for that person. so much that they could even kill us. And right now, my weakness is you.” Xu Taiping said.
“Weakness? You mean to say, I am more important than your own life?” Xia Jinxuan was pleasantly surprised.
“I am not saying this. I am only asking you to protect yourself better and if you get too close to me in public, it will affect your safety.” Xu Taiping said.
“No. I finally know that I am very dear to you. Otherwise, how would I be your weakness? I am really happy, hehe. I can die from happiness!” Xia Jinxuan said in excitement.
Xu Taiping rolled his eyes and said, “ hurry, go to sleep. Isn’t tomorrow your first day of university?”
“Hehe, good. I am going to sleep. I want to hold you while I sleep!” Xia Jinxuan moved up to Xu Taiping and embraced his hand.
“You sleep first. I am going to finish this cigarette.” Xu Taiping said.
“Don’t smoke, smoking is not good for the body!” Xia Jinxuan said. Then she picked Xu Taiping’s cigarette from his mouth and extinguished it inside an ashtray on the bedside table.
“I am explaining to you these all things one last time. Again don’t engage in the foolish matter.” Xu Taiping said.
“Hum, I understand!”
“Furthermore, I will have many women by my side, that’s why if again you see any woman with me, ignore it.” Xu Taiping said.
“This is the first time I have heard someone covey his desire for an extramarital affair and more so in such righteousness mood!” Xia Jinxuan angrily said, “ do you have another woman on the side? Tell me.”
“I don’t like it when you get jealous like this, I am really afraid of such a situation.” Xu Taiping said.
“That…you must promise, you will only have me as your soulmate!” Xia Jinxuan said.
“Cannot promise.” Xu Taiping said.
“Since you don’t promise, I can only find you like someone excessive!” Xia Jinxuan angrily said.
‘I don’t have a soul, naturally can have a soulmate.” Xu Taiping touched Xia Jinxuan’s face with affection and said, “I am already dead inside.”
“Good, I know. You talk about being the king of killers, moreover In normal time you are such a happy go, lucky person, then how come at such times you become so foolish. Don’t say. I am going to sleep!” Xia Jinxuan said and turned around to lay down on the bed.
Xu Taiping leaned against the wall and turned his head to look outside the window.
It was pitch black as if there was no moon in the sky.
Next day was the first day of Jiang Yuan university.
Tomorrow, after two months, Jiang Yuan university will again become crowded. University gate will again be filled with small peddlers.
Seeing the situation of Jiangyuan university, Xu Taiping was somewhat flabbergasted. Zhou Nuo who always had his shop outside didn’t show up. Even if he was a student at university and had to attend classes, it was very difficult to believe he would leave such a big opportunity to earn money.
Finally, when the sky got bright, Xu Taiping saw Zhou Nuo coming to the university gate while pushing his cart.