understand what just happened, but under Xie Lin’s gaze, he muttered, “I…… I was alone……”

“You should know, with a single phone call to Bianmin to ask clearly, we can quickly find out whether you were alone or with another person.”


“Do you need me to ask one last time.”

“……My son was there,” Li Guangfu said, “I went with my son.”

“I don’t know what you guys are investigating, but it definitely has nothing to do with my son.”

Ji Mingrui also really wanted to say: What does this have to do with his son?

Just because the murderer wore shoes that were too big for his feet, there can’t be a way to confirm that his son is a suspect.
Moreover he’s a child, they previously speculated that it’s possible that killing the cats was for practice, who would he want to kill?

Although his son is suspected of stealing a knife, snuck into Grandma Wang’s house…… Wait!

Ji Mingrui seemed to have caught a thread.

This thread started that night of continuous heavy rain, starting from that small, unremarkable wood carving.
He grasped one end of the thread, but couldn’t find the other end for a while.
Until Xie Lin brought up the wood carving case: “You found an old phone at Grandma Wang’s house at that time, is that phone still there?”

“The two parties successfully reconciled, it was returned a while ago.”

Ji Mingrui asked: “Is there an issue with the phone?”

Xie Lin only said two words: “Photo album.”

Ji Mingrui was the one who looked through the photo album on the phone, he had followed Chi Qing’s trail of browsing at the time, looking at everything Chi Qing opened.
Since it was an old phone, there weren’t a lot of photos left in the photo album.
There were some old photos taken by Li Guangfu while traveling, not so many new photos…… But he recalled one of the latest photos.

The time it was taken was the same day as the wood carving case.
The photo was very blurry, a mix of black and white, like a black and white thing flashed in front of the camera lens.
The photo didn’t look like a regular photo, seeming like it was taken by accident when the wrong button was pressed.

Thinking back on it carefully, the thing seemed to be a little fluffy.


Xie Lin asked: “The first photo in the album, did it look like the ear of the silver-white highland cat?”

“It did,” Ji Mingrui almost immediately figured out the logic behind this, the two of them already moving away from the other party while talking, walking to the corridor, “So Li Guangfu’s son might not have gone to steal the woodcarving that day, but actually to kidnap the cat.
That would also explain why the phone fell on the ground, and why such a picture was taken.
When Grandma Wang came back, he had no time to pick up his phone, so he had to think fast and grab something random…… But how did you know?”

Xie Lin pointed through the glass door.

His fingertip pointed directly towards Chi Qing, who was sitting there reluctantly.

Chi Qing waited impatiently, sitting on the couch, looking a bit sleepy, glancing at the clock on the wall from time to time, calculating how much unnecessary time he was wasting by sitting there.

Ten minutes earlier.

After Chi Qing replied with the two words “cat ear,” he looked at the photo in his hand for a long time: “……This black spot, I seem to have seen it somewhere before.”

After experiencing the incident in which his friend and Xie Lin sent each other to the police station, Ji Mingrui was amazed that the two had the ability to calmly sit together and reason through the case.

Ji Mingrui said to himself: “Is this the legendary two negatives make a positive rule.”

Ji Mingrui recalled the most important thing, also the thing that everyone was currently the most worried about: “If this Xiao Kang really is a suspect, what motive does he have for killing?”

In other words, who might be the victim?

“I have to go, Xiao Kang and Mingming are still waiting for me at home……” Li Guangfu suddenly stood up, trying to go out despite Jiang Yu blocking him, “What are you doing?! This matter has nothing to do with me or Xiao Kang, I don’t know what you guys want to investigate.
You guys, one, have no evidence and, two, have no right.
For what reason should you detain me here?!”

After Ji Mingrui went into the corridor, Jiang Yu took over Ji Mingrui’s position.
Since he was sitting, it wasn’t easy to use his strength, so he couldn’t grab him the first time.

Li Guangfu walked in a hurry.
Seeing two people standing at the door, he knew that it wouldn’t be easy for him to leave, so before rushing out, he looked around for something to defend himself with, so he can easily block when someone came to arrest him—

He picked the chair that Xie Lin had been sitting on earlier.
When he picked it up, he disturbed the man next to it who was already not in a good mood.

Chi Qing’s sleepy eyelids, which were almost closed, opened a little once again: “……”

Li Guangfu approached suddenly, and since the corner of the chair could easily stab someone, Chi Qing lifted his hand to block the foot of the chair.
This one move, the back of his hand coincidentally touched the back of Li Guangfu’s waving right hand.

[I need to hurry back, I don’t know if Xiao Kang is still angry at me.
My temper, I shouldn’t have scolded him.]

[After his mother died, he couldn’t accept that I would marry again, and he didn’t want another half-brother.
But I really didn’t expect that he would actually say……]

All sounds disappeared in that instant.

The sound of Jiang Yu’s voice stopping Li Guangfu, the chatter in the office, the sound of Ji Mingrui’s scolding— all of these were far away in an instant.

Only the distorted voice continued to grow louder in his ear, as if someone was whispering in his ear.

[He would actually say…… If he didn’t have a younger brother, it would be better.]

The voice lingered by his ear and emphasized: […… If he didn’t have a younger brother, it would be better.]


However the distorted voice suddenly stopped.

Chi Qing blinked slowly, realizing half a beat later that Xie Lin pulled Li Guangfu’s hand away in the midst of the clamor.

But the reason the sound stopped abruptly was obviously not just because Li Guangfu had been torn away by another person, it was also because the person with one hand on Li Guangfu’s hand was also holding his hand with the other.

Chi Qing lowered his gaze, seeing how his knuckles were resting gently on Xie Lin’s palm at the moment.

“This Mr.
Li,” Xie Lin looked at Li Guangfu as he spoke, “Speak nicely if you have something to say, don’t randomly touch if there’s nothing.”

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