RCFN 114

Chapter 114

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Mu Tian Heng closed his laptop with a snap. His face had turned grim right in the middle of a meeting. 

“Mu, what’s wrong with you?” A startled Lai De Si asked in confusion.

The various department chiefs were too scared to even squeak and the head of the finance department who was giving his report was sweating bullets.

“Ch, chairman…”

Mu Tian Heng rushed out of the meeting room and punched in the numbers on his phone at the highest speed.

He had installed a high-grade tracker on Mo Di’s phone. Even if the phone was switched off or soaked in water, the tracker would still function. Moreover, if there was no movement for more than 150 minutes, it would send a signal directly to his cell phone and laptop.

Unusually, the dormancy signals would only appear when Mo Di was in class or during the night. Both of these situations only happened when he was in school, never outside. This had been a very busy time for Mo Di, he would never spend more than two hours out of school or away from the company.

But at present, the tracker was pointing to a remote street near Jing Da. This was definitely alarming.

Mu Tian Heng called Mo Di’s cell. There was a  dial tone but no one picked up!

He continued to dial it several more times but to no avail.

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A powerful sense of fear surged from his heart. Mu Tian Heng went on to call Mo Di’s roommate, Xian Yu Chao. 

The phone was picked up after three seconds and Xian Yu Chao’s nervous voice was heard.

“B, Boss! Are you calling to ask if Xiao Di has been staying up late? No, no, no. He’s been good and always sleeps on time.”

“No,” Mu Tian Heng got to the point and asked, “It’s not about that, is Xiao Di with you?”

“Ah?” Xian Yu Chao quickly answered, “No. Didn’t he go to see you? He went out right after class, he’s currently not at school. Hello? Hello?!” Xian Yu Chao frowned when Mu Tian Heng hung up on him. What’s up with the boss today?

“Postpone the meeting.”

Mu Tian Heng ordered Assistant Gao who had followed him out of the conference room and signaled to Lai De Si, “We’re going to Jing Da.”

Lai De Si had to jog to keep up with Mu Tian Heng. There were so many questions in his head. “What? Jing Da?! Mu, what’s wrong? Did something happen?”

“I suspect that something has happened to Mo Di.” Mu Tian Heng was getting more distressed by the minute. His complexion was turning pale.

“What? Something happened to Xiao Di?” Lai De Si almost tripped after hearing it.

Mu Tian Heng suppressed the panic in his heart. He increased his pace while making another phone call, “Hello Commissioner Wang. I have an emergency that I really need your help with…”

“…”

After talking with Commissioner Wang, Mu Tian Heng contacted the vice-principal of Jing Da as he made his way to the university at the fastest speed.

The vice-principal personally went to greet Mu Tian Heng at the gate. Seeing his car coming in, he rushed forward to welcome them in a cold sweat. Mentally, he was wondering if Mu Tian Heng was just being paranoid. They have only lost contact with him for three hours, why did he keep insisting that something was wrong?

However, if something did go wrong, there would be dire consequences offending this prominent figure!

“You don’t have to be polite. Please take me to the surveillance room.”

Mu Tian Heng had a terrible look on his face. The vice principal’s heart was beating fast. He prayed for Mo Di to come back soon and if he was really kidnapped, prayed to let nothing happen to him.

“Yes, yes… This way, please. Which area would you like to check first?”

“I want to see the footage of all of your entrances and also Building #1.”

With the information he had gathered from Xian Yu Chao and the others, he learned that a student had come to inform Mo Di that the counselor was asking for him, that was why Mo Di had gone to Building #1. But when he spoke to the vice-principal on the phone, he was informed that the counselor had asked for leave and wasn’t even on the campus!

“B, B, Building #1’s camera was not working,” The vice-principal was screaming inside, “I only heard of this a moment ago. The camera had been malfunctioning for several times now…”

The vice-principal could feel his skin burning due to Mu Tian Heng’s glare, “It’s true! Mr. Mu, if you don’t believe me, I can show it to you.”

“There’s no need. Let’s look at the footage at the entrance then. I know principal Yu is busy and couldn’t manage every tiny thing,” Mu Tian Heng restrained his voice and said without much change in his expression.

Lai De Si was looking at him with some concern. Mu Tian Heng’s tolerance was clearly at its peak. If this went on, he was sure to explode.

The surveillance at the entrance was all in working conditions. The group accelerated the playback but could not find Mo Di in any of the frames.

“Could he be inside a car?” Lai De Si asked anxiously.

Mu Tian Heng calmed himself for two seconds then said, “Lai De Si, go through the footage again and record the license plates of all the car numbers that had exited through that gate.”

“Got it!”

While watching the playback, Mu Tian Heng called Commissioner Wang again to have him compile a list of vehicles passing through Dahuai Street and Lin An Street.

When all that was done, they compared the records and one vehicle had appeared at both places!

“Trace this car’s routes!”

A black Volkswagen had left the school compound and drove past where Mo Di’s tracking device had indicated the two hours of immobility. The CCTV had shown it pulling into a small street then stopped for a few seconds before going back to the main road. It drove in a traffic jam for another two hours before stopping at Yan An intersection in the eastern suburbs.

After that, the car was not seen in any of the traffic cameras and the trail disappeared.

“What should we do?!” Seeing that there was no further clue, even Lai De Si was getting anxious.

Mu Tian Heng clenched his fists. He looked at the areas on the map near where the car was last seen.

The car did not show up on the traffic cameras which meant that it did not use the main road or pass through any traffic lights and there was only one road that met those conditions. This road leads to a nursing home right next to a mental hospital!

….

“Don’t blame me. If you need someone to blame someone, blame yourself for offending the wrong person.”

The storeroom keeper took a few more gulps of wine.

Outside, the man in the yellow shirt took out his cell phone to check the time. It was now 4:23pm.

The little bit of anesthetic in the kid’s body should have disappeared by now. It’s time to carry out the job.

He went back and opened the door. He spat on the ground then urged the storeroom keeper, “Hurry up!”

“I, I know!” The storeroom keeper swallowed his saliva. He carried a fruit knife of twenty centimeters and walked towards Mo Di. 

The man in yellow then turned his back to guard the door.

“Hm!!” Mo Di tried to back away desperately.

 The storeroom keeper steeled his nerves. He bit his teeth and charged at Mo Di!

Mo Di backed into a bunch of basketballs. Seeing there was nothing he could do to delay and that the storeroom keeper had made up his mind, Mo Di cast aside all his reservations and focused on staying alive. He nudged a basketball at his feet and aimed at his attacker. Using his elbow as support,  Mo Di kicked the ball with all the strength he could muster!

The ball flew up with great force and hit the man in the face!

“AH!”

The storeroom keeper who was not in good physical health immediately fell back. His vision blurred and there was a metallic smell in his mouth.

“F**k!”

The man in yellow heard the noises in the room and was annoyed at how useless the storeroom keeper was. He looked back and saw the storeroom keeper lying on the floor with a bloody nose. He hastily went over, wanting to give him a kick.

As a result, he slipped on his spit and fell forward. 

His whole body soared towards the storeroom keeper still sitting on the ground!

“AH!!!” a scream came from the man in yellow right after his fall!

“Ahh… Ah…”

The screams were followed by the storeroom keeper’s horrid cries in horror. His hands shook as he tried to push the heavy body away.

The man in yellow had a knife in his chest. The blade was all the way in and the angle was straight. Blood flowed out profusely as he struggled feebly. Eventually, his breathing came to a halt and his eyes were wide open, indicating he did not go in peace.

“Ah …. Ah… Dead, h, he’s dead. Ah!”

It was the first time the storeroom keeper saw someone die and even die at his hand. The worst part was that he had no intention of killing this person. 

The storeroom keeper was stricken with panic. 

Mo Di was also quite surprised at how things turned out but he managed to stay calm. He watched the man moving backward in fear with his back against him. Mo Di moved forward and kicked hard on his head.

The man’s head hit the floor and the pain rendered him motionless.

Mo Di struggled to stand up and hopped around the storeroom keeper who was gaining back his focus. He grabbed for Mo Di but missed. 

A few more steps and Mo Di had reached the entrance. Looking out, he saw several police officers. The one leading the troops seemed familiar.

The moment they saw Mo Di, Sister Meng immediately rushed to him. The rest of the team saw her running and tried to catch up.

“Quickly call Mr. Mu! Tell him that we’ve found the hostage where he had told us to look!”

RCFN 113

Chapter 113

Edited and Proofread by KitKat

The fatter man in the yellow shirt began to turn pale. He looked at the skinny drug addict-like middle-aged man next to him, beckoning him to turn the female student away.

The short and skinny man was the storeroom keeper of the nursing home who had been bought. In his forties, he still had no wife or children. He spent his days being high and having fun with prostitutes, burning away all his savings. A typical example of a failure.

He had agreed to commit murder not only because he was bewitched by the enigmatic man but also because of the money he was offered. Furthermore, he would not be jailed and could be freed after staying in the mental hospital for half a year. When he was released, he could have enough money to marry a young wife and indulge in his latest hobby of gambling.

All in all, this greedy, incompetent, good-for-nothing man with no conscience did not waste a lot of Qin Cheng Yi’s time and saliva to persuade him to do the deed. 

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The skinny man immediately understood what the other man was beckoning him to do. He gave Mo Di a threatening stare then turned to open the door.

“What is it?! What are you knocking for?!”

The scrawny storeroom keeper shouted loudly with a mouth full of yellow teeth. Seeing Mo Liu Gui at the door, the man said to himself that when he had the money, it’d be no problem to get himself a young and beautiful college student like this as his wife.

Mo Liu Gui was only naive on the surface, in truth, she was very perceptive. The moment she saw the way the man was looking at her, she knew what he was thinking which made her incredibly disgusted.

The storeroom keeper was about to drive Mo Liu Gui away when the cellphone in his pocket rang.

He looked back at the man in the room and saw him nodding, telling him to get her the items so as not to make a scene.

“Brooms is it?” The keeper turned back and stared at Mo Liu Gui with an annoyed look. “I’ll go get it. You wait out here.”

“Thank You, Uncle,” Mo Liu Gui smiled but she was not happy one bit. The man was looking at her with smitten eyes before but his attitude took a sudden turn and became rude. Is there something wrong with his brain?

The keeper went to a cabinet behind the door and took three brooms from it. He went back to Mo Liu Gui and threw it at her feet. 

Mo Liu Gui forced another smile and said, “We need three more mops…”

Bang!

Another loud noise came from inside and this time, it was followed by a faint murmur, like someone was trying to make a sound while being gagged.

Mo Liu Gui was starting to sense that something was amiss. She saw that there was panic on the man’s face. When he looked back at her, he had a flustered look and even anger in his eyes, a reaction which was not akin with professional killers.

The man immediately pushed her away, “Go away! Get lost! There’s no mop. Take the brooms and go!”

Mo Liu Gui staggered back when she was pushed. She was quite bitter but at the same time, she knew that something was wrong. It looked like someone was kidnapped and being held inside the storeroom. 

In her head, she remembered the news of a high schooler being kidnapped and how her rescuer, a white-collar woman, was highly praised by the media for her bravery. Mo Liu Gui wanted that.

If she was mistaken, she would lose nothing. But if she was right, she could end up saving someone. When this got on the news, she would be portrayed as a hero. With a powerful water army and effective campaigning, she could completely overturn her image!

Not only could she restore her reputation, but she could also restart her acting career again!

The idea sprouted in her head and gave her courage. She bent down to pick up the broom and hit the man with a horizontal sweep. 

While the feeble storeroom keeper was caught off guard, Mo Liu Gui rushed into the door.

She then saw a plump man in a yellow shirt standing over someone she could not make out. 

The person on the ground was clearly tied up, this was indeed a kidnapping!

Mo Liu Gui was shocked for a few seconds before getting excited again. She immediately turned and ran while grabbing for her phone.

But in the next second, she was caught by the storeroom keeper by the feet. She fell to the ground and was suppressed.

The man in yellow came out and kicked Mo Liu Gui’s phone away and then covered her mouth.

“What do we do?!” The skinny man was discomposed. Could it be that they have to kill more than one person?!

“Umm… umm!!” Mo Liu Gui struggled hard.

Worried that Mo Liu Gui would make noise, the skinny man went to help the other man cover Mo Liu Gui’s mouth as well.

The man in yellow warily scanned the surroundings before crouching lower to whisper to Mo Liu Gui, “Miss Mo, I know who you are. Please don’t shout.”

His words caused Mo Liu Gui to feel even more fretful. She continued to struggle vigorously.

The man in yellow couldn’t hold her down but he dared not use force or stun her. Unable to control the situation, he had to persuade her softly, “This is Master Qin’s plan, Miss Mo, please don’t make a fuss. I won’t hurt you but please do not interfere with Master Qin’s plan.”

“!” Mo Liu Gui stopped struggling and looked at the man with baffling eyes.

What did he mean?!

“What I’m saying is the truth. Miss Mo, if you make any more noise, it’ll not only ruin the plan but also bring trouble to…” he did not continue but he knew Mo Liu Gui would understand.

Qin Cheng Yi was now the Mo family’s only beacon of hope, if something were to happen to him, the Mos would also be painfully affected.

Just as he thought, Mo Liu Gui had ceased her struggling. The man then ordered the storeroom keeper to release her, “She’s with us, let her go and quickly apologize to Miss Mo.”

The storeroom keeper was confused but he still apologized obediently.

The man in yellow smiled and said to Mo Liu Gui, “Miss Mo, you should leave now. And don’t tell anyone about this, we still …”

“I want to see the person in there,” Mo Liu Gui interrupted the man.

Since the man seemed to know everything, he was probably Qin Cheng Yi’s closest confidant who had only worked in the dark and never shown his face. He was also Qin Cheng Yi’s last confidant and if that’s the case, he would never harm her.

“That…” the man hesitated.

“I just want to take a look, I won’t get in your way,” Mo Liu Gui demanded and went straight inside, completely disregarding the man.

She wanted to know and see with her own eyes… If it really was the person she’d guessed!

The man had no choice but to comply. He hurried behind her and had his phone in hand, ready to give Qin Cheng Yi a call.

Mo Liu Gui walked towards the person on the ground. She turned on the flashlight of her phone and shone it at the person’s face.

Sure enough…

It really is Mo Di!!!

Mo Liu Gui couldn’t tell what she truly felt. Looking at Mo Di in that depressing state, she was elated from the bottom of her heart but there was also inexplicable anxiety.

She knew how Qin Cheng Yi thought and now that they had come this far, Mo Di was not going to live. Leaving someone to die was something she had never done before, it was inevitable that she would feel upset.

Mo Liu Gui comforted herself mentally before turning to leave. When she was almost at the door, she heard a harsh bang and the muffled humming sounds Mo Di was trying to make.

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From the start, Mo Di had been trying to make the tape wet with his saliva and now the inner side was quite loose. 

Hearing Mo Di’s desperate call, Mo Liu Gui was quite satisfied. She turned and looked at him, “Didn’t you refuse to call me sister?”

She knew that Mo Di was going to die soon. Even if it’s not here and now, he would still be dead when Qin Cheng Yi sent him to be a human display at his overseas casinos. Before that happened, she wanted to make a clean break from the vicious scum that had caused her so much misery for such a long time.

When the man in yellow heard that Mo Liu Gui wanted to have a chat with Mo Di, he frowned and pulled the storeroom keeper outside to guard the door. No matter what she had to say, it was best not to let him hear it.

Mo Liu Gui saw the two men leaving obediently under her command and felt the return of the long-lost pleasure of having people at her beck and call.

Mo Liu Gui went up to Mo Di and kicked him like livestock that was about to be slaughtered. She then squatted down and looked at him.

There was fear in his eyes and a desperate plea for help.

Mo Liu Gui’s lips curled up. She suddenly felt that the dark and cold days were soon to be bright and joyful.

As long as Mu Tian Heng and Mo Di were completely destroyed without redemption, the Mo family could shine again and she would have a beautiful life of endless possibilities. As for Mo Di… He could only lie deep in the ground.

The joy in her heart was overflowing.

She looked at Mo Di and said in a sympathizing voice, “To be honest… I know that you were reborn. But so what?”

“Xiao Di, you should know that we are being judged by what we do. You are such a wicked person, it’s useless for you to have a second life.”

“Besides, don’t you feel that you’re too cruel? Tell me, wasn’t I good to you? Xiao Di, tell sister, have I ever been bad to you? I treated you so well but you never knew how to be grateful to me! You have tried to cause me even more harm than the last life.”

“You tried to ruin my life and that’s why you deserve to die even earlier this time!”

Mo Liu Gui no longer tried to hide the vile emotions inside of her when looking at the fearful Mo Di. With much satisfaction, she stood up, turned around, and left.

This place, she was never here.

After Mo Di’s death, she would visit his grave every year to tell him the Mo family’s happy news, her ever-blossoming career, and how she would still become the most sought after and admired person in the world.

When the man in yellow saw Mo Liu Gui coming out with red eyes, he tried to comfort her, “Miss Mo…”

“I’m fine. I know who treats me well and who is bad for me. I will not be softhearted like before. I know that my kindness will only bring harm to the people I care for. I won’t make things difficult for your master…” Mo Liu Gui’s eyes were red and a layer of tears was accumulating. 

…..

In the warehouse, Mo Di kicked the tiny camera he had dug out from his pocket into a pile of green cushions while the two men were talking to Mo Liu Gui.

In the next second, the warehouse door was opened again.

The man in yellow came in and said to the storeroom keeper, “Drag him near the entrance and quickly finish the job!”

The storeroom keeper swallowed his saliva and nodded. He recalled the process that the man in yellow had told him: Get the boy near the door and make it look like he was there to ask for a broom but unfortunately met with a lunatic on the loose. He would then kill the boy and pretend to be a madman dancing with knives. 

That’s it, it’s very simple. There’s nothing to be nervous about…

When it was about time to carry out the job, the storeroom keeper got inevitably jittery. He took a bottle of Er Guo Tou from the cupboard and drank a mouthful, then dragged Mo Di to the door. 

(TN: Very strong spirits)

Ten million is going into my pocket!

RCFN 112

Chapter 112

Edited and Proofread by KitKat

When he came to, Mo Di found that he had been thrown into a dark room with his hands and legs tied up. Dim lights came in from outside and the air was filled with dust.

Frustration and panic surged from his heart. He wiggled and felt a pain coming from his butt. The micro camera was still there. He heaved a sigh and was slightly relieved.

Mu Tian Heng bought the micro camera for him from a black market. It was a state-of-the-art product; even if it couldn’t capture any images, it should still be able to record the sounds.

As long as he could get out, the contents should be able to provide some evidence.

But the problem is…

Can he still get out?!

This kidnapping couldn’t possibly be an accident or for a ransom demand. The person with the audacity to even commit a crime within his school could only be Qin Cheng Yi.

And now that he had made his move, Mo Di believed that it would not end with just a threat. According to Qin Cheng Yi’s personality, Mo Di was sure… He wanted him dead.

Mo Di’s heart was beating fast. He began to scan his surroundings. 

He saw that there were a few shelves in the room. In areas with adequate lights, he could see that they were mats, basketballs, and skipping ropes. This seemed to be a sports storeroom.

… Sports storeroom?

So is he in a school or some sort of sports facility?

Mo Di’s eyelids twitched. A grim possibility dawned on him.

If this was a school, there were several primary and secondary schools near his university. But he did not think that after Qin Cheng Yi’s meticulous calculations, he would simply have someone tie him up in a storeroom of a school. Even if he staged a fire, there were too many loopholes and it could still be easily discovered. Mu Tian Heng would never let them go.

Therefore, this place couldn’t be a school or a sports facility near his university.

Jing Da was located in a fairyland prosperous area but the eastern suburb was not the same. There were one or two schools and housing for migrant workers who worked on the various construction sites. The neighborhood there was rough and harsh.

Mo Di listened to the noises outside and was certain he was near one of the schools. 

If he remembered correctly, the two schools in the eastern suburbs were in remote locations but they were close to the freeway. One of them was right opposite a run-down nursing home and a mental hospital. There was scarcely anyone living nearby and the staff was very disorderly.

Mo Di bit his lips and frowned. The place he was kept in was probably close to the nursing home and most importantly, the mental hospital! It was the perfect place to cover up a crime!

Mo Di was starting to get anxious. He remembered an announcement Lin Jun Jie made to the class, asking for volunteers at a nursing home near the eastern suburbs. Students could acquire credits for their final grade if they participated.

He was too busy with the company and dealing with the Mo family, of course he did not sign up. But if someone was bribed to put him on the volunteers list, then there would be a reasonable explanation why he was here. And after he was killed, the case could easily be concluded as an accident.

Even if there was an investigation, although Lin Jun Jie and the others could testify for him, there was always the chance that Qin Cheng Yi would bribe the police to put pressure on them.

Mu Tian Heng could certainly help but Mo Di was fearful that Qin Cheng Yi would have planned a way to deal with Mu Tian Heng as well. Even as of now, Mu Tian Heng could already be in some sort of danger.

Mo Di felt restless and overwhelmed by panic. Unable to tear the tape off his mouth or take the ropes off his hands, he could only use his butt and feet to crawl towards the door.

Halfway there, the door suddenly creaked and opened.

Two men entered the room. Their backs were against the light, making it difficult to see their faces.

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“I don’t want to work with her. She’s always tearing up for no reason, people are going to think I bullied her.” Sun Bai Qian took a trash bag and placed it next to the ponytail girl who made her team up with Mo Liu Gui, “Why didn’t you work with her?”

“I was already cleaning the floor. She’s supposed to clean the windows and we can’t just let her do it by herself. The boys and teachers were all watching, if one of us didn’t go with her, they would say that we’re picking on her,” The ponytail girl said with dissatisfaction, “If I knew this would happen, I’d rather not have volunteered.”

“Forget it, it’s only once a week. Two more weeks and we don’t have to do this anymore.”

Sun Bai Qian glanced at Mo Liu Gui who was wiping the window with a rag and was surrounded by several boys and teachers. She sighed at the fact that the good-looking always get more attention. They have been working a lot harder and more efficiently than Mo Liu Gui but none of them got even half the amount of praise that she received.

“What are you girls doing? Why isn’t anyone helping Mo Liu Gui? She’s cleaning such a big window by herself. Stop being lazy!” The manager of the elderly’s home, a greasy-looking man in his thirty’s named Zhang Yang, approached the girls and said, “Sun Bai Qian, you go over there to help Mo Liu Gui. Let Liu Lan Yue and the others do the work here.”

“Sir, I don’t want to!” Sun Bai Qian was disheartened. She was really sick of Mo Liu Gui!

“Sir, why don’t, why don’t I just do it by myself? I can do it,” Mo Liu Gui was fuming inside. She never had to do such heavy chores before. On top of that, those girls were obviously isolating her. How nauseating! If it wasn’t to gain a good name by doing volunteering work, she wouldn’t have bothered.

Mo Liu Gui maintained a calm and magnanimous attitude. With a slight grievance in her voice, she said, “I can do it alone.”

“That won’t do. Such a big window, it’s more efficient to have two people cleaning it from both sides.” Zhang Yang’s heart softened when he saw Mo Liu Gui’s eyes turning red.

“As for you, Sun Bai Qian, you’d better go clean the windows as well. Don’t even think of letting others do all the work, what kind of volunteer are you?!”

Zhang Yang turned and accused Sun Bai Qian of pushing all the work on others. His words were harsh and biased, as though he could not see the large pile of garbage Sun Bai Qian and her friends had gathered.

Sun Bai Qian was about to explode when the vice manager, Li Ruan Jie came to mediate. “I’ll clean the windows with Du Mei Mei. Mo Liu Gui, why don’t you go to ask the janitor for more brooms and mops? We had to split up the tools for the other areas and don’t have enough.”

“Ok, I’ll go ask,” Mo Liu Gui responded. With slightly red eyes, she went down the steps, “How many?”

“At least three more brooms and mops.”

“Why don’t I go with you? Those things are heavy and cumbersome,” Zhang Yang looked at Mo Liu Gui fondly.

“There’s no need, sir. I can do it myself. Since I’ve decided to do this, I should work hard. I really want to do more to help,” Mo Liu Gui said before running out.

Zhang Yang was even more distressed for her. He turned and stared at the other girls and made a mental note to discredit them when he could.

Mo Liu Gui left the yard and headed west. The nursing home was old and the elderlies lived in small rooms side by side. There were three or four rows of such rooms with a small courtyard in between.

Behind the resident area was a small field with some fitness equipment. Because the weather was a little chilly and there were volunteers out and about, the elderlies had all stayed in their rooms.

Further west of the field were two warehouses and a back door. A keeper would usually watch over the two warehouses.

Mo Liu Gui was running towards the warehouses when she realized that she had forgotten to inquire which one housed the cleaning equipment.

She saw the backs of two men entering the southern warehouse and assumed that they were students or teachers here for voluntary work as well. She went towards the southern warehouse and pushed the door handle but it did not budge.

“Is anyone there? I’m a student from Jing Da. I’m here to get a few brooms and mops. Is anyone in there?”

Mo Liu Gui knocked on the door again.

Mo Di saw that the two men were panicking and agitated. His eyes shifted and he lunged himself into the shelve next to him, sending out a loud bang.

The two men quickly pressed him down. One of them had his fist up and punched him in the face.

Mo Di tried to make some noise but his mouth was gagged too tightly, no sound could escape.

It seemed Mo Liu Gui had come here by accident. Which meant that she did not know that he was kidnapped here. As long as she could make a scene, he might be able to survive this.

Having heard the bang, Mo Liu Gui knew that there was someone inside. She continued to knock on the door.

“Hello, I’m here to get some brooms and mops, can you open the door?”

RCFN 111

Chapter 111

Edited and Proofread by KitKat

The Mos were right, the person who had been gathering up all their shares was Mu Tian Heng.

To get these shareholders to agree to his terms, Mu Tian Heng had put out a small portion of his company shares as a trade. Needless to say, none were hesitant to give up their shares of the Mo Group.

In addition to the smaller shares in circulation that Mu Tian Heng had been accumulating, he now had forty percent of the Mo Group shares. Furthermore, now that their stock had plummeted, acquiring the rest was just a matter of time.

Even if the Mo family wanted to buy the remaining shares, it was an impossible task for them. How could they compete with Mu Tian Heng? Not to mention, their assets were currently frozen.

And so, the Mo Group …

Was practically in Mu Tian Heng’s pocket.

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His life after Mo Di’s death was something Mu Tian Heng did not see in his dream about their past life. He only saw his little one tortured till he became a fool and in the end, turned to ashes and placed in a dark urn while the Mo and Qin family lived on with nobility and prosperity…

But this life, he’ll definitely let them have a taste of hell.

News of the Mo family’s ordeal quickly reached Qin Cheng Yi. He was both furious and anxious for Mo Liu Gui. Thinking that she was probably in a panic right now, he wanted to get out of prison to see her but even with the Qin family’s power, he would still have to be detained for another two weeks.

He tossed and turned restlessly in his one-person room until he finally decided to contact his unworthy father and have him give the Mo family a hand.

Qin Guang Jie did not want to meddle in this matter but seeing how Qin Cheng Yi had lowered himself and respectfully requested for his help, Qin Guang Jie agreed. Little did he know that when Qin Cheng Yi was writing this letter, he was filled with resentment and unwillingness. 

However, even if Qin Guang Jie had decided to help, he was not fully updated with the inside situation of the Mo Group. Neither he nor Qin Cheng Yi knew that the major shareholders of the Mo Group had already sold off their shares.

And so, after Qin Guang Jie expended his resources to help the Mo Group mend their public image and appease the major clients who were threatening to terminate their contracts, only then did he hear rumors that the Mo family was no longer the major shareholder of the Mo Group. 

Qin Guang Jie almost coughed up blood. What the hell is this, did he just help someone else make their wedding clothes?!! 

(TN: 为别人做嫁衣 means doing something that benefits others but not yourself)

Qin Guang Jie immediately sent someone to investigate but in fact, he didn’t have to do so. Because three days later, news broke out within the business circle that the major shareholder of the Mo Group had been changed.

Mo Yi Cheng, Mo Shi Guo, and Mo Shi Guang were charged with bribery and tax evasion, causing a large portion of the Mo family’s property to be frozen and confiscated. On top of that, they also had to pay a fine which was a hefty sum. The Mo family which was now could not even be considered a third-class family did not have much money left. They could not afford to pay the fine.

If they failed to pay, then Mo Yi Cheng, Mo Shi Guo, and Mo Shi Guang would receive a more severe sentence. With both her son and husband detained, the eldest aunt discarded her elegant demeanor and threatened the rest of the Mo family. She warned them if they would rather protect the Mo Group shares than try to save her husband and son, she would make them pay dearly!

Mo Shi Hong tried to argue with her but he could not out-talk her. The eldest aunt said that she knew everything that the Mo family had done over the years. If they were heartless towards her family, then don’t blame her for exposing them!

Her second son, Mo Si Lang, was still in prison and now her husband and eldest son could face over a decade of jail time. How could she go on?!

And if she can’t live, then the rest of the Mo family would have to accompany her to hell!

The eldest aunt did not just make an empty threat, everyone in the Mo family knew she meant every word. They were frustrated but could not do anything about it.

The Mo patriarch had a stroke and couldn’t talk while Mo Shi Hong was incapable of handling the family’s affairs. Finally, it all came down to Mo Er Qian to take the lead.

Mo Er Qian did not want to sell their remaining shares to pay the fines so he went to the Qin family for help. However, Qin Guang Jie was not willing to meet him because he already knew what Mo Er Qian wanted.

He had helped them once already, they shouldn’t push their luck. Furthermore, his company was also starting to have a mountain of problems. He himself was in a mess, there was nothing more he could do for the Mo family!

They were not even in-laws and he really did not like that girl named Mo Liu Gui, she was practically a bringer of bad luck!

Qin Guang Jie not only refused to lend Mo Er Qian the money, but he also contacted the prison and restricted Qin Cheng Yi’s communication, preventing him from receiving any more news from the Mo family. He was about to be freed and should lay low for the moment.

Mo Yi Cheng, Mo Shi Guo, and Mo Shi Guang’s sentences were soon approaching but Mo Er Qian was still unable to borrow the money or contact Qin Cheng Yi. 

The eldest aunt was on the verge of collapsing. On a certain day, she had a spat with Mo Liu Gui and almost pushed her down the stairs.

Mo Shi Hong immediately flared up. He did not care if he hit a woman and gave her a fist. The eldest aunt did not back down. She bit Mo Shi Hong’s arm and scratched his face.

These days, the Mo family was always in chaos and disharmony.

And Mo Liu Gui was crying every day.

Mo Er Qian was certain the eldest aunt would divulge their secrets to the public. When that happened, the Mo family was sure to fall. If they sold their shares, they could last a little longer while waiting for Mo Di’s demise and Qin Cheng Yi to be released from prison. Once Qin Cheng Yi was out, they could recover bit by bit. With Mo Di and Mu Tian Heng gone, sooner or later, they would rise to the top again.

And when the time was ripe, he would deal with the eldest aunt who dared to threaten the Mo family and almost killed his sister.

Mo Er Qian thought hard and decided to sell eighty percent of the shares in their hand to pay the fine and get someone to help them reduce the charges against the Mo family.

The eldest aunt finally stopped giving them trouble. Instead, she would use tears to wash her face every day.

Because the Mo Group’s shares had plummeted, Mo Er Qian did not get much even after selling a huge portion of it. After paying the fine and other expenses, there was not much money left. 

With the Mo family villa being sealed off, the Mo family had to move out and huddled into a small villa in the suburbs. 

They could not even be considered the lowest of the high-society. It could be said that they had truly fallen from grace. 

A villa in the suburbs did not have any gardens and the spaces between each house were not far apart. The neighbor’s house was just a few steps away. Therefore, the moment the Mo family moved into their new living environment, the whole neighborhood knew that an infamous family had come to stay.

As soon as anyone from the Mo family stepped out of the house, they would be stared at by condemning eyes. 

Mo Liu Gui went out to do her shopping in a branded dress and was immediately splashed with water by a girl doing her laundry.

“Ai ya, why did you suddenly appear in front of me? You almost scared me to death. I didn’t make you mad, did I? Or did you do it on purpose to plot against me?!” The young girl glared at Mo Liu Gui maliciously.

Mo Liu Gui did not expect to meet such injustice only steps away from her own home. Her face turned red with anger and she looked as though she was about to cry.

“Now what? Pretending to be innocent?” The young girl snapped at Mo Liu Gui. She rolled her eyes and placed the bucket on the floor.

The girl’s name was Du Qiu, an ordinary junior high student. Ever since the incident in which Mo Di was accused of cheating, she had been paying attention to the Mo family’s news.

From the beginning, she was already put off by their ability to flip the truth and place all the blame on Mo Di. She simply couldn’t understand how their brains functioned. And every time one of them got on the news, it was always worse than the previous. Truly a family of unscrupulous bastards.

And so, when she knew that they had moved to the neighborhood, she had been finding a way to have a go at them. Seeing Mo Liu Gui out on the road today was the perfect chance. And hence, the bucket in her hand was directly aimed at her.

She copied the Mo family’s line of logic to bicker with them.

Mo Liu Gui knew that the girl was deliberately taunting her and treating her the same way her father and brothers used to treat Mo Di. Her face was even more heated. She didn’t say anything, only her eyes turned red as she ran away.

“Heh!” Du Qiu sneered and walked away with her bucket.

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Mo Liu Gui ran home in her wet and sticky clothes. She felt angry and oppressed. Upon entering the hallway and smelling the murky dust, she could no longer hold back her tears.

Never had she suffered such injustice! Never had she been this insulted!

One day, she would make those people regret it! Deeply regret it!!!

Mo Liu Gui grit her teeth and wiped off her tears then gave Mo Er Qian a call.

As soon as the phone connected, Mo Liu Gui started sobbing and said with a choke in her voice, “Second brother…”

“What’s wrong?” Mo Er Qian was frantic the moment he heard Mo Liu Gui’s crying voice, “What’s wrong, Xiao Gui? Who bullied you?”

“Second brother, I can’t take it anymore. I really can’t. When can we get back to our old lives? I can’t take it anymore…” Mo Liu Gui spoke as her tears kept falling. “Second brother, when will our family return to normal? The people in this area are all illogical and unsophisticated. When can we get back to our house…”

“Soon, very soon, I assure you. Xiao Gui, don’t cry anymore…” Mo Er Qian felt heartache for her. He closed the office door and went to the window, “Brother will teach those who dare to bully you a lesson. And I promise that our family will soon return to the way it was. As long as Mo Di and Mu Tian Heng, the two who have been plotting against us are gone, no one else can harm our Mo family. We will return to our former glory. Xiao Gui, please hold on a little longer. Trust me, ok?”

“I trust you but now, I just can’t see any hope…”

Mo Liu Gui sat on the floor in the front entrance crying bitterly.

“I promise, it’s very soon.”

All they needed was for Qin Cheng Yi to be released and they could deal with Mo Di and Mu Tian Heng. After that, it was all a matter of reshaping the public’s opinion and regaining their wealth… Without the stumbling block that was Mu Tian Heng, the Mo family could definitely get back on top.

Mo Liu Gui seemingly remembered something and dashed straight to her room on the second floor, ignoring the prying eyes of the second aunt. She closed the door and sat on the bed. In whispers, she said, “Second brother, didn’t you say before that you and Cheng Yi are working together? Is there anything I can do to help?”

Because Mo Er Qian did not want to involve Mo Liu Gui, he refused to disclose any details. “Xiao Gui, all you have to do is rest assured. I will keep my word.”

“But…”

“Xiao Gui, “ Mo Er Qian deliberately changed the topic, “Qin Cheng Yi is coming out soon, are you planning to pick him up? If you want to, just tell me and I’ll drive you there. Do not visit him by yourself.”

Mo Liu Gui was a little puzzled at Mo Er Qian’s request. She agreed with some reluctance but in fact, she had no intention of visiting him.

…..

Ever since Mu Tian Heng became the major shareholder of the Mo Group, he had been cooperating with the government to track down every illegal activity that the company had done and paid all its fines. Therefore, even with the Mo family’s assets either frozen or confiscated, and Mo Er Qian selling off their shares to pay the fines, Mo Yi Cheng, Mo Shi Guo, and Mo Shi Guang’s sentences had only gotten more severe with each crime that Mu Tian Heng dug up.

It was estimated that their jail time would be roughly a decade.

After a series of rectifications, Mu Tian Heng officially renamed the Mo Group as ‘Wu Mo’ and assimilated it under the command of the Mu Group. 

(TN: Wu Mo means endless. The Mo (末) here is not the same word as the surname Mo(莫))

Mu Tian Heng knew that the Mo family still had nine percent of the shares. Of course he would make them cough it all out but there was no hurry to it.

As for Mo Di, after he gave Mu Tian Heng some pointers on how to deal with the Mo family, the mid-term exams had come.

When he was finally done with all the subjects, it dawned on him that Qin Cheng Yi should be out of jail by now.

Mo Di’s vigilance had never been higher. He believed that once Qin Cheng Yi was out of prison, he would come straight for them.

Unfortunately, a thousand precautions and preparations could not overcome that one old saying:

“Those who were killed could never guard against those that wanted them dead”

That Saturday morning, Mo Di was about to meet  Mu Tian Heng after class but was called away by a student from another class, saying that a counselor wanted to see him in his office.

This was nothing suspicious as the school had been asking students to report their achievements and a counselor would verify it with them.

The counselor’s office was located in Building #1, closest to the school gate and also the most secluded. Surrounding the building were low osmanthus trees with dog’s tail grass growing under them. 

Mo Di had his backpack on and was ready to leave the school compound right after he met with the counselor. In his bag was a micro tracker that Mu Tian Heng had made him carry with him at all times after his confession. In the back pocket of his jeans was a newly developed mini pen with a hidden camera and recorder.

Sometimes, Mo Di felt that he could cosplay as a spy at any time.

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On his way to the counselor, Mo Di met with Sun Ru Ru who he had not seen for a long time. When she saw him, she immediately went over to say hello.

“Little junior, it’s been a long time.”

“Hello Senior,” Mo Di smiled at her, “Are you about to leave?”

“Yes. Our dorm is eating out tonight. What are you doing?” Sun Ru Ru called her roommates over and they all smiled and said hello.

“The counselor called for me. I’m going to Building #1.” Mo Di smiled and greeted her friends. He then turned to her and said, “Senior, I won’t keep you any longer. I’m going to find the counselor now.”

“Go ahead. We’ll talk whenever you’re free.” Sun Ru Ru waved goodbye to Mo Di.

After Mo Di had crossed the road, and the group of girls had walked a few steps, one of Sun Ru Ru’s roommates suddenly said, “I remember our class monitor said that the counselor was away. He went to hand in some forms but he wasn’t there.”

“Maybe he just came back.” Sun Ru Ru didn’t think much, “When did Zhao Qing Gong say that? Let me send him a message and inform him that the counselor is back, he should go see him in case he forgets.”

Another of her roommates chuckled, “Ru Ru, you’re so considerate to him. Did you know that all the boys in class kept saying that you’re Zhao Qing Gong’s little wife?”

Sun Ru Ru rolled her eyes, “He’s my little wife is more like it.”

…..

Meanwhile, Mo Di had entered the cooly-shaded Building #1. This building was mainly used by the teachers so it was rarely crowded. And now that it was lunchtime, the entire place was void of people and sound.

The counselor’s office was on the second floor. Mo Di did not want to take the elevator so he went up the stairs instead.

When he reached the top flight of stairs on the scorned floor, a girl in a mask and hospital uniform came walking towards him. He stepped aside to let her through but right when she had passed him, he felt a stinging pain on the back of his neck.

It felt like a needle injection.

Mo Di had an ominous hunch. He turned around immediately but only saw the back of the girl running down the steps.

The next second, Mo Di began to feel dizzy. He grabbed the mini pen in his back pocket and quickly switched it on. With the last of his strength, he pushed the pen deep into the bottom of his pocket.

Mo Di staggered two steps backwards before finally losing consciousness.

RCFN 110

Chapter 110

Edited and Proofread by KitKat

Mo Di told Mu Tian Heng about his restlessness and discussed their next plan of action.

Should they cross the bridge when they get there or should they take the initiative?

Mu Tian Heng pondered and picked the latter.

“Those who want to harm us are in the shadows while we’re in the light. For people like Qin Cheng Yi and Mo Er Qian, it’s useless to bide our time. It’s more effective if we make the first move. This could also force them to show their hands.”

Mo Di contemplated and agreed.

“But how do we make the first move? We can’t touch them, unless…” Mo Di’s eyes lit up, “Unless we start with the Qin and Mo enterprise?”

“That’s right,” Mu Tian Heng smiled. He really wanted to hold Mo Di but the person was not within his reach, he could only hold on to his phone.

“Let’s start with their businesses. First will be the Mo family. They are no longer considered a third-rate family and the Mo Group is facing numerous problems. When I was trying to acquire the Qin Group’s businesses, I also did some digging and planning against them. As such, in less than two months, it should yield some results.”

“Brother, can you tell me everything that you have planned?”

“Of course, I will not hide anything from you.”

“Then I’ll go to your office this weekend and we’ll discuss the details. I know all their weaknesses from my previous life. I’ll make the Mo family fall even faster,” Mo Di grinned.

Ever since the competition ended Zhao Chun, Han Chao and Pang Qiang Lang had begun going to the studio prepared by Mu Tian Heng like veteran employees. They were there from eight to eleven almost every day, much unlike when they were working in the base.

For Mo Di, he was not only the boss but also the producer and programmer. On top of that, he still had to attend school, resulting in him having to run back and forth between school and the office.

On the surface, everything seemed mundane and peaceful. 

But there was a dark, invisible storm brewing.

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A month later, the news of the Mo family’s tax evasion, bribery, and several other charges exploded on major news websites and media.

Overnight, the Mo family stock fell to rock bottom and their company was sealed. 

Mo Shi Qiang, Mo Shi Guo and Mo Yi Cheng were taken into custody. The Mo patriarch fainted on the spot. Waking up in the hospital, the old man was still in shock and subsequently, had a minor stroke which rendered him unable to speak.

When he was once again clear-headed, the Mo patriarch tried to speak frantically but all that came out of his mouth were drool and mumbling sounds. He ended up having to communicate with Mo Shi Hong, the only one who had not been arrested, through written words. He wanted Mo Shi Hong to round up their major shareholders and to discuss the countermeasures. But when they managed to contact them. It turned out that everyone had really jumped ship and transferred their shares.

And no matter how many times they asked, those people did not tell them who they transferred the shares to or if it was the same person. Before hanging up, they even advised them to stop wasting their time because the Mo Group was done for.

Upon hearing this, the Mo patriarch who had just had a stroke almost had a heart attack.

Ever since Mo Yi Cheng had taken over the company, Mo Shi Hong had not involved himself with any of the company’s affairs and led a very idle lifestyle. Otherwise, he would’ve been taken by the police as well. Now that things had come to this, Mo Shi Hong was incapable of handling the storm that was to come.

Needless to say, Mo Wu Hang and the others were even less suited to handle it. But as incompetent as they were, they could still tell that the Mo Group was almost certain to fall.

The Mo Group, although still had ‘Mo’ in its name, only had forty-seven percent of its shares under the Mo family. In addition to the twenty percent still circulating, more than thirty percent was now in the hands of another shareholder.

Technically, the shares in their hands should still give the Mo family absolute control but should the person with the thirty-three percent shares manage to obtain another fourteen percent, the Mo Group would have to change its name.

Mo Wu Hang and the other members had all come to this realization with cold sweat. Mo Liu Gui cried on the spot and had to be comforted by Mo Er Qian.

Only the eldest aunt refused to accept. “Stop thinking nonsense. How can that happen?!”

“No one is capable enough to gather up almost fifty percent of the shares in such a short time. Even if he has the money, the shares are now plummeting, why would he bother with it?! Stop scaring yourself. The important thing to do now is to get my husband and son out! You people just know how to laze around and do nothing, don’t you feel ashamed of yourselves?!”

“Sister-in-law, how could you say that? It’s not like your husband and son are the only ones arrested, my husband was arrested as well ok! You should check your conscience before talking, your mouth is full of sh*t!” The second aunt immediately snapped back. She had long lost her sophisticated manners and civility in her words.

“It’s your husband and son who conducted all the briberies that caused my husband to be implicated!”

“And stop denying it,” the second aunt stared at the eldest aunt and said, “All the big shareholders secretly transferring their shares, it’s definitely bought by the same person. Even the Qins could lose their company, what are we compared to them?! The important thing right now is not to get them out but to stabilize the Mo family, got it?”

The Mo second aunt had come to a decision some time back. Since her husband is so unreliable, what’s most important are her sons and the Mo family’s properties. If they expended any more resources trying to free those people, it would be picking up a sesame and losing a watermelon’!

(TN: 捡了芝麻丢了西瓜 a proverb meaning losing sight of the bigger picture while focusing on trivial matters.)

Suddenly, Mo Wu Hang banged his fist on the table and yelled, “It has to be Mu Tian Heng! Mo Di, that animal, must be up to his tricks again!!!”

Only Mu Tian Heng had the financial capability to do this. He could even acquire the Qin Group’s company, buying over their shares was a piece of cake.

“Xiao Di?”

Water was starting to fill Mo Liu Gui’s moist eyes again. Her tears kept falling as she tried to hide the resentment.

Why? Why wouldn’t Mo Di let her go?! Why must he keep targeting her?!

Hasn’t she been good to him? Why is he so poisonous?!

He had ruined her life! He had destroyed her reputation, her chance of glory, her career, and the love she could get from beauty.

She should’ve gotten everything she had in her previous life: Being pampered by everyone, loved by countless people and at the peak of her career. She should be a goddess standing at the top of the world with everyone admiring her brilliance.

But Mo Di, he was just jealous of her and had tried to ruin her life on purpose!

If she did not have the dream about their past lives, she would not have realized how tragically different it was. She did not hate him and was always tolerant towards him, so why is Mo Di so vicious towards her?!

Wasn’t she kind enough to him?!!

Even in their previous lives, she had been extremely benevolent to him despite his continuous mistreatment towards her. He had never appreciated her kindness which was why he had eventually turned himself into a villain. But was that supposed to be her fault?!

Was Mo Di trying to get even with them just because of that?

How could he be so shameless?!

She thought that bit by bit, with her persistent effort, Mo Di could change but that did not happen. She too had a limit and after being bitten once or twice, it was impossible not to retaliate.

Therefore, she wanted to teach him a lesson so he would stop trying to ruin her life!

But she had forgotten that she could never win against Mo Di when it came to doing bad things. That was why all her plans had failed and she had fallen to this point.

It had been her misstep. She should’ve known better. To deal with people like Mo Di, she couldn’t afford to be soft. Only by trampling him to death could she stop him from further hurting her.

Mo Liu Gui collapsed on the sofa and her tears continued to flow. Mo Er Qian was both frustrated and distressed. He comforted her, “Xiao Gui, I will definitely teach Mo Di a lesson. He won’t be able to mess around for long. Believe me.”

Mo Er Qian thought that Mo Liu Gui would react as always, defending the white-eyed wolf but to his surprise, she looked up at him and said, “Brother, I’m so heartbroken. I don’t want to treat him as my little brother anymore. To prevent him from hurting us again, I want to help too. We have to stop him before he makes any more mistakes and to keep our Mo family safe…”

RCFN 109

Chapter 109

Edited and Proofread by KitKat

The letter was not sent to any of Qin Cheng Yi’s underworld associates or his confidants but to Mo Er Qian.

Qin Cheng Yi had asked Mo Er Qian to meet him.

Mo Er Qian did not intend to comply at first but after staying in the hospital for three days mulling over this, he decided to make the trip in the end.

And thanks to Qin Guang Jie’s prearrangement, Mo Er Qian’s visit went smoothly.

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The two met in an empty visiting room of the prison because no matter how capable the Qin family was, they still couldn’t just let them converse privately in Qin Cheng Yi’s cell. However, the monitors were temporarily turned off.

Mo Er Qian looked at Qin Cheng Yi who still presented an imposing manner and he frowned with contempt.

If Qin Cheng Yi was not in prison, Mo Er Qian would think that he was somewhat compatible with his sister. But now, he just could not see him as worthy.

However, Qin Cheng Yi’s power and financial resources could still be of use.

A man of Qin Cheng Yi’s caliber, how could he not see Qin Cheng Yi’s petty inner thoughts? He sneered in his heart but did not say anything. That was also how he viewed the members of the Mo family. For now, they were still useful to him. Just wait till after he finished off Mu Tian Heng and Mo Di, those people…

Hmph, they’d be worthless.

“I’ll just get straight to the point.” Qin Cheng Yi was sitting on a metal stool but his demeanor was as though he was sitting on the boss’s chair. He looked at Mo Er Qian with dark eyes, “I think we can work together, at least make Mo Di, who had caused Xiao Gui so much misery, get what he deserves. You’re Xiao Gui’s brother and also the only one capable of avenging her. I’m asking you, are you willing to cooperate?”

“If I wasn’t willing, I wouldn’t have come.” Mo Er Qian felt a slight pain on his face when he spoke, “But whether I will listen to you still depends on the plan you have in mind. Maybe before you can do anything, Mo Di would already be done for.”

“You mean you already have a way to deal with Mo Di?” Qin Cheng Yi smiled. Clearly, he did not believe Mo Er Qian. “Can I do anything to help?”

The very reason Mo Er Qian was willing to visit Qin Cheng Yi was that he did need his help. Naturally, he skipped the formalities and said bluntly, “Is it safe here?”

“Of course, you can speak freely. But if you’re still suspicious, you can always write it down on this booklet.”

Mo Er Qian contemplated and decided on the second option. He wrote it down then passed the item over to Qin Cheng Yi.

Qin Cheng Yi quickly read the words then shook his head and snorted. “You want to send him to a mental hospital? Are all people with high IQs this naive and cowardly?”

“What’s your point?” Mo Er Qian’s face turned black.

“Nothing, only that your plan is no good.” Qin Cheng Yi smiled and tore the paper into pieces.

“You really think that you can have him locked up in a mental hospital for life? If Mo Di was alone, that would be possible but now, there’s Mu Tian Heng. Even if you used everything in your arsenal to put him there, Mu Tian Heng will certainly get him out. What kind of revenge would that be?”

“Of course I have a way to make Mu Tian Heng willingly admit Mo Di to a mental hospital.” Mo Er Qian said coldly.

“And then? As long as Mu Tian Heng is still around, even if Mo Di was sent to an asylum, he would still have a good life. How is that a punishment?! Making him live in an asylum for a lifetime is too lenient unless you have a way to torture him and make his life a living hell in there. Only then would I consider helping you.”

Mo Er Qian kept silent with a downcasted look.

Qin Cheng Yi smirked and said, “Besides, Mu Tian Heng would never allow Mo Di to be kept in a mental hospital forever. Even if you can detain him for a year or two, do you think you can keep him for eight years, ten years? Moreover, Mu Tian Heng is such a powerful person and he cares so much for Mo Di, if he built a private sanatorium back in America to care for Mo Di, what would you do then?”

Mo Er Qian’s face was looking worse.

He looked up at Qin Cheng Yi, “You have a better plan?”

“Of course I do. Although I can’t cut Mo Di into pieces, I can still doom him eternally.” Qin Cheng Yi’s eyes were dangerously dark, “Do you know, to make sure that someone would never be able to recover, there’s actually only one way.”

Mo Er Qian’s eyes twitched, “You mean…”

“Yes, it’s exactly what you’re thinking.” Qin Cheng Yi smiled, “Only the dead are sure to stay down. Or else, a scum like Mo Di will always be able to turn over with Mu Tian Heng’s help.”

“What you’re saying is correct, but I can’t be of assistance to this plan.” Mo Er Qian felt that murder was not morally correct but at the same time, he agreed with Qin Cheng Yi that it was the best way to solve the problem.

“Of course you can.” Qin Cheng Yi casually threw the scraps of paper into the trash. 

“What can I do that you couldn’t possibly pay others to get done?” Mo Er Qian eyed Qin Cheng Yi, “One more person involved might just complicate things. Or are you trying to use me as bait?”

“Paying someone is easy but can you make sure that they would never be caught and traced back to us? Especially when the person we’re dealing with is Mu Tian Heng. Someone who can be bought by you also means that he can be bought by someone else, don’t you understand that logic?”

“What exactly do you have in mind?” Mo Er Qian’s lens shifted, slightly reflecting a light beam.

“It’s very simple. All you have to do is certify that the person who is going to kill Mo Di is incapable of thinking straight,” Qin Cheng Yi said in a chilling tone, “After all, the law is quite forgiving to the mentally deranged.”

Mo Er Qian’s heart jolted. He contemplated for a while and said, “You don’t seem like the type to care for the people you’ve hired. You’re afraid that without ensuring their immunity from the death sentence, no one would take the job. This is why you want a falsified medical verdict for them. But even if he was excused for the crime, that does not mean it won’t be traced back to us.”

“You’re right, that’s why I’ll only let him go free for a brief period,” Qin Cheng Yi smiled maliciously, “It’s very easy for someone to be bought with money. A ‘get out of jail card’ will not change this. After he’s exonerated and feels safe, a sudden fight might break out in the asylum and result in his death.”

“It’s no one’s fault if someone died during a riot involving mental patients; it’s just an accident.”

Mo Er Qian was beginning to look at Qin Cheng Yi in a different light. Such sophisticated planning and so many steps ahead. 

Indeed, if the killer died in an ‘accidental’ way, whether it was Mo Di’s case or his own, nothing would be left that would point towards them.

Mo Er Qian’s fingers lightly tapped on the table.

“This plan is indeed ingenious. My salutation to Director Qin.”

…..

The game competition finally came to an end.

Mo Di’s game, Infinite Life, was a well-deserved champion. The moment the results were announced, everyone felt that it was as expected but that did not lower their sense of triumph.

The news that Infinite Life had won the very first Hua Xia Innovative Game Competition blasted all the way to the top of Weibo’s hot search and stayed there for almost three days.

The rewards for the top three teams were incredibly lucrative. Apart from gaining a multitude of investors, there was also a generous monetary bonus.

The championship team was directly awarded fifteen million yuan. Had Mo Di decided to cooperate with investors, the amount would’ve risen to twenty million.

Fifteen million yuan to a game company was just a drop in the bucket but to them college students and commoners, it was quite an amount.

The team members almost went berserk with joy.

Only Mo Di was calm and collected. In his last life, a transaction of one and a half billion yuan was nothing unusual, let alone fifteen million yuan.

Mo Di put aside ten million to upgrade the team’s equipment which were quite outdated. It would cost a considerable amount but it’s their bread and butter so he couldn’t afford to be thrifty.

The remaining five million would be split between everyone as a bonus.

According to the contract, he would receive seventy percent, Mu Tian Heng twenty percent, Pang Qiang Lang and Han Chao three percent, and the rest would be divided amongst the remaining members.

When they received the money, everyone almost cried tears of joy.

After all, it was not a skimpy sum. Even a senior employee of an I.T. Companies might not receive such a generous bonus. 

For Xian Yu Chao, Lin Jun Feng and Zhao Chen, they were particularly grateful towards Mo Di. Their skills were learned from him and their work had always been stress-free because Mo Di would always guide them through the more complicated tasks. Even so, with their minimal contribution, Mo Di still awarded them with a huge bonus.

Xian Yu Chao buttered up to Mo Di and called him his ‘dad’ while Lin Jung Feng was too embarrassed to refer to himself as ‘father’.

Mo Di set aside his share of three million into the company’s account and sent Mu Tian Heng his twenty percent while claiming that he will earn a lot more for him in the future.

When Mu Tian Heng saw his text, he felt warm and couldn’t help laughing. He simply wanted to embrace his little one and give his head a good rub.

And like that, a week went by peacefully. 

The only disruption was when the team roared in excitement after they knew that Mo Di had established a game company and that their office would be located in a luxurious high-rise. Other than that, nothing out of the ordinary had occurred. 

Even the expected medical notice was a no-show which also marked the end of the physical examinations.

It was peaceful to the point that Mo Di was beginning to feel that something was amiss.

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Chapter 108

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“An expert in this field?” Mo Di’s heart jumped but there was no change in his voice, “Uncle Song, this expert, is he someone famous?”

“That, I’m not too sure. The dean didn’t say. But this person only gives out guidelines, it’s the doctors in the First Hospital who will evaluate your psychological tests.”

“I see. I was not expecting a psych evaluation to be included in our school’s annual health checkup. Such a comprehensive test, the school is going to bleed quite a huge amount of money.” Mo Di said calmly, “Thank you, Uncle Song.”

“What’s there to thank? It’s just some casual talk.” Song Yu laughed, “The competition is coming to an end, are you done with the preparations? Don’t worry, I’m sure you can win the championship. I’ve played your game and even someone who had never played games before like me is addicted, I’m sure your game will continue to be loved by many.”

“Uncle Song played my game too?” There was an added excitement in Mo Di’s voice, “Do you want me to give you a back door with an invincibility mode?”

“I’m deeply touched but better not, there’ll be a loss of motivation. I’d rather you update more chapters for me to play.”

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Mo Di and Song Yu chatted for a few more minutes before hanging up. After there was no noise coming from the phone, Mo Di’s face no longer had a calm expression. 

But before he could do anything else, his phone rang again.

This time, it was Mu Tian Heng.

Mo Di connected the call immediately, “Brother.”

“You don’t have to be scared or worried about this matter. I’ll look into it.”

Mu Tian Heng’s voice was calming and gentle. It had the power to appease Mo Di and with just that one sentence, the anxiety in his heart was partially diminished because he knew that this life was different, he was no longer alone.

“Ok.” Mo Di tried to smile.

“Good boy.” There was a sound of a door closing on Mu Tian Heng’s side. “Mo Er Qian could carry out his handiwork in the previous life because the Qin and Ye family were backing him. That was why he could do whatever he wanted to you but in this life, things are different. The Qin and Ye families have lost their standing. As long as he steps out of line, we’ll throw him straight in jail.”

“But he’s a highly sought-after genius, the higher-ups would try to protect him and even if he was sent to jail, he would be out in a couple of months.” Mo Di was especially unforgiving towards Mo Er Qian, he did not want his revenge against him to be just a period of jail time.

“Brother, I want him to have a taste of his own medicine.”

Mu Tian Heng paused momentarily before continuing, “That’s for sure. But at present, I haven’t come up with a way to deal with him so it’s best to put him in jail first.”

“I don’t want to overthink this but there’s always a way for them to strike. Qin Cheng Yi was only sentenced for three months and although the Qin family has been weakened, a lean dead camel is still bigger than a horse. With the Qins’ connections, they could probably get him out even earlier. When that time comes, he won’t let me off, and… He will try to get even with you as well.”

(TN: 瘦死的骆驼比马大 The proverb roughly means that although someone had lost their standing, they are still formidable)

Mu Tian Heng understood Mo Di’s conjectures. He said, “You mean… Qin Cheng Yi and Mo Er Qian will join hands.”

“Yes, and it’s not just baseless speculation. I’m quite certain it will happen.”

After all, they were the only people on Mo Liu Gui’s side who were still influential. If they joined up to retaliate against them, Mo Di and Mu Tian Heng could suffer some damages.

“Furthermore, I don’t think that Mo Er Qian’s plan this time only involved the psych evaluation. Even if he could label me as mentally unstable, he couldn’t possibly force me into a mental institution because we’ve cut off all ties. I’m sure he has something else planned for us.”

Mu Tian Heng remained silent and did not respond immediately. As soon as he heard the phrase ‘force me into a mental institution’, his heart shook violently. 

“Brother?” Mo Di couldn’t help calling out when he did not hear Mu Tian Heng’s voice.

“I won’t let them do as they like. The asylum is where they belong.” Mu Tian Heng said in an icy tone, “They won’t be around for long. Do you trust me?”

“Of course I do but brother, you cannot be impulsive. And don’t focus too much on taking revenge. The most important thing is to live our lives well.” Mo Di was afraid that Mu Tian Heng would act rashly and betray his own principles.

Hearing Mo Di’s concern for him, Mu Tian Heng’s heart warmed up and the dark feelings subsided. “Of course, I’m not stupid, don’t worry.”

……

After Mo Di spoke with Mu Tian Heng, his heart stabilized and his worries were elevated. He went back to the track and completed the remaining tests with the others.

The next day, the school administration organized a trip to the First Hospital for the students to take the blood test and X-rays.

As for the psychological evaluation, it was just as Mo Di had predicted. A link was sent to them in the evening and the students had to answer the questions online. The results would come back in three days.

Mo Di was almost certain that when the results came back, his name would be on a certain list. Mo Er Qian would do anything to have him labeled as a mental patient. 

But that would also mean that within these three days, he would be completely safe.

Coincidentally, the deadline to upload their game also fell on the same night three days later. He might just receive the ‘big health report’ right before the championship round began.

However, Mo Di would never have thought that he was wrong this time.

When the results came back around the same time as the submission deadline, Mo Di did not receive any special notice. 

Still, he kept up his vigilance while focusing on his studies.

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In truth, if Mo Di could see what had transpired in the Mo house, he would know that his speculation was actually spot on. 

For some reason, ever since Mo San Zhi came back from prison, he had become a whole different person. His mood was unstable and he was particularly antagonistic towards his twin brother, Mo Er Qian. 

After dinner the day before, he had accidentally knocked over a scorching hot bowl of soup into Mo Er Qian’s face, almost blinding him. 

The Mo family panicked and Mo Er Qian was immediately taken to a hospital. As a result, Mo Er Qian had half of his face covered in gauze and his eyes had to be treated for at least a week.

The Mo patriarch and the second aunt were both fuming. Unexpectedly, even Mo Liu Gui lost her temper. She did not make her magnanimous speech and joined in to reprimand Mo San Zhi. 

Only Mo Wu Hang spoke up for him but Mo San Zhi did not appreciate it. He simply called him a fool and left.

Consequently, Mo Er Qian’s accident had caused a delay in his plan.

As for Mo Di, since there had been no one to pick a fight with him, he had spent his days peacefully until the day the winner of the game competition was announced.

The competition committee provided the teams with suits and dresses for the event. At 3pm, members from the three remaining teams would have their hair and makeup done, ready for the big announcement.

The gang was very nervous. This was a live event and would last for over an hour, they did not want to make a fool of themselves.

Zhao Chun requested the makeup artist who was over forty to give her a thinner face. Hearing that, Xian Yu Chao also called him ‘brother’ and asked that he make him look good. 

The rest also began to make requests. Only Mo Di was the least demanding but ironically, the makeup artist regarded him as his most satisfactory work because of how perfect it turned out even with minimal effort.

That night, the program commenced at 8:30 sharp during the prime time slot.

In just five minutes of starting the live broadcast, millions had already tuned in. And the number kept rising quickly.

Mo Di knew that Mu Tian Heng would be watching so he straightened his back and showed a gentle smile. His movement was immediately recorded into a gif and spread like wildfire.

Among the people who were watching the program, there was one person Mo Di would never have guessed to have tuned in.

Qin Cheng Yi.

In prison, Qin Cheng Yi never had a hard time, in fact, it was more like a vacation.

Although the conditions of this ‘holiday destination’ were a little poor, it was nowhere close to the living standards of an actual prisoner.

He not only had a lot of freedom but also the right to use electronic devices. 

It is no wonder that money indeed makes the world spin.

Seeing Mo Di having a good life, Qin Cheng Yi was filled with hatred and violent thoughts. He felt that he was too merciful before. In other words, he did not want Mo Liu Gui to be hurt, that was why his methods against Mo Di had been too soft.

This person, he should have killed him a hundred times already.

His softness had in turn cost him tremendously!

And then there’s Mu Tian Heng! That conceited, arrogant, and disgusting man! The both of them should just die!

Too bad he couldn’t get out yet, or else…

“Master Qin, are you done? There will be a room check later, you should put those away.”

A flattering voice interrupted Qin Cheng Yi’s train of thought.

A police officer came in and bowed his head. He smiled and said, “We still have to at least keep up a front…”

Qin Cheng Yi had a dark look but he did not get angry. He squinted at the man and said, “Of course, I can’t put you in a difficult position.”

“But…” Qin Cheng Yi continued, “I have a little problem, I wonder if Superintendent Sun could do me a favor?”

“What is it? Please do say. As long as it’s within my power, I will definitely help you!”

“That’s good. When I get out, I’ll make sure to send Superintendent Sun my thanks.” Qin Cheng Yi stood up and gave him an icy smile, “I’ll be writing a letter and I hope you can pass it to someone for me…”

RCFN 106

Chapter 106

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“Someone in the Mo family?”

“Brother, how did you know that?” Mo Di was quite surprised. Even he himself did not remember the Mo family members’ numbers. Furthermore, he was certain that if they were to call him, they would probably use a disposable number.

“During the previous investigations, I found all their private numbers and had them noted down.” Mu Tian Heng returned the phone to Mo Di and gave his hair a rub.

In truth, these numbers only came up when the ‘he’ from their previous lives began to investigate the Mo family.

“Brother, you’re incredible.” Mo Di’s eyes shone without a trace of doubt. Mu Tian Heng was the person he trusted the most.

“Brother, did you memorize all the numbers?”

“Almost. I have a good memory.” Mu Tian Heng had a gentle look but in a rather stern voice, he said, “Since this number belongs to the Mo family, they must be up to something. Whether it’s the base or at school, you have to be vigilant, or else I won’t allow you to participate in the competition or attend school anymore.”

“!” Mo Di was dumbfounded.

He did not expect Mu Tian Heng to become so strict to the point that he would stop him from going to the base and school. “Brother, did my story worry you? It’s actually not that bad. They don’t have that kind of power now, you don’t have to worry. Ain’t I a lot better in this life? Everything is going my way.”

“I am indeed worried which is why I want to avoid any risk.” Mu Tian Heng looked at him in all seriousness and said, “Of course I won’t make you stay at home forever, that would be my incompetence. At most, give me one year, at least until I give those scums their retribution. For now, you have to be extra careful and protect yourself, or else… I will have to suspend you from attending school for one year.”

“I know. Brother, you don’t have to worry.” Mo Di hugged Mu Tian Heng and rubbed his head against his neck. He then looked up at him and said in a sweet voice, “I was quite capable in my previous life. And in this life, I’m even more so. Didn’t we send them to jail one by one? You really don’t have to worry about me.”

Mo Di did not find Mu Tian Heng domineering nor was he worried about his freedom being restricted. He just hugged him and tried to soothe his fears.

Mu Tian Heng, in turn, held Mo Di tighter. Thinking back, he found that he was quite overbearing but Mo Di’s experiences and what he saw in his dream about their previous lives made him unable to calm down. Seeing that number was enough to send a chill down his spine.

The cold and lifeless urn was like the manifestation of his worst nightmare, haunting him with overwhelming despair and violent hatred.

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“Second brother, why didn’t you let me talk?”

Mo Liu Gui grabbed her phone back and with a little frustration, she said, “It was really hard for me to finally get through. Xiao Di doesn’t answer our calls or strange numbers. This time I especially got a new number and he was willing to pick up. Second brother, why didn’t you let me talk?”

“Xiao Gui, calm down.”

Mo Er Qian looked at Mo Liu Gui with patience and tolerance, not even a hint of anger at the fact that she could not understand his intentions. “Even if you managed to talk just now, he would still hang up. When that happens, you’re the one who will be upset.”

“That won’t happen. Xiao Di won’t hang up on me. If I tell him it’s about mom, he’ll be sure to listen!”

“That’s unlikely. Mo Di had reached an unprecedented level for being a white-eyed wolf. Although I don’t want to sully my mouth talking about him, I still have to tell you that I’m right.” Mo Er Qian pushed his gold-rimmed glasses up, looking like a refined and elegant gentleman.

“His nature is that of an animal. Even if you tell him that third aunt is ill and had to be hospitalized, he would still ignore her.”

“No way, Xiao Di is not like that. He… he was the most obedient and caring child. When mom sneezed, he would run to get her cold medicine. He will not ignore her.” Mo Liu Gui’s eyes began to turn red. “Mom is seriously ill this time, how could he not go to visit her? How could he…”

“Xiao Gui, that was when he was a child. Although he was nothing good when he was a child, it was still a hundred times better than what he is now. At least back then he knew what filial piety was. Now he’s full of calculations and has no regard for his family. You want him to visit auntie, that’s not going to happen. Calling him again will only make you sad. So, listen to me, stop calling and just consider him as dead.”

“But, but…” Mo Liu Gui began to choke up, “But why did it turn out this way? Why? Xiao Di wasn’t like this before…”

Mo Er Qian patted her back and said, “Xiao Gui, he’s unworthy of your concern.”

Mo Liu Gui suddenly raised her head like she had just thought of something. She looked at Mo Er Qian with pitiful red eyes, “Second brother, do you remember I once asked you a question?”

“What question?”

“It’s… can a severe allergic reaction affect a person’s brain? Can it cause pathological changes?”

Mo Er Qian frowned, “It’s hard to say. This had to be analyzed case by case. What’s the matter Xiao Gui?”

“It just occurred to me… Xiao Di wasn’t always like this. He only changed abruptly after being hospitalized for his allergies last May! Could it be… Could it be that that incident caused a lesion or some tissue damage in his brain? Otherwise, how could a person change his temperament so drastically?!”

Mo Er Qian suddenly placed his index finger to his chin, seemingly in deep thought.

“And I’m worried…” Mo Liu Gui sobbed, “I’m worried that not only did it change Xiao Di’s personality, but it could also cause even more dangerous health issues for him!”

“Second brother, can you find a way to give Xiao Di a checkup? If you assure me that he’s fine, then I can be at ease. But if… If Xiao Di is unwell, then we should give him treatment as soon as possible. And maybe, maybe when he’s cured, his previous personality would be restored and our family could reconcile!”

Mo Er Qian showed an ambiguous smile.

He reached out to pat Mo Liu Gui on the head and spoke in a calming tone, “Xiao Gui is right. I might’ve been too ignorant. There could be some truth to this. If Xiao Di is truly sick, we have to try and help him. Although we don’t see eye to eye, we’re still a family. There’s always a chance that after he’s cured, he will return to the way he used to be.”

“That’s right!” Mo Liu Gui’s eyes lit up for a few seconds before she frowned with concern and said, “But Xiao Di has cut ties with us. What if he tries to hide his illness and refuses treatment?”

“That’s unlikely. If it’s a medical diagnosis from an authoritative doctor, how could he ignore it? He’s not that stupid.”

Mo Liu Gui looked down and rubbed her red eyes.

Of course he’s not stupid but had most likely been reborn. He would probably be traumatized by a mental checkup and would refuse any treatment. He might even suspect of it being a trap.

“What if, what if he refused the checkup?” Mo Liu Gui looked at Mo Er Qian anxiously, “We can’t force him but if we let this go on, it could get dangerous!”

“It’ll be fine. Even if he refused to see a doctor, his backer, Mu Tian Heng, will make him go. Mu Tian Heng on the surface seems to be his backer but in fact, the both of them are actually having that kind of perverted relationship. Xiao Di couldn’t possibly distrust Mu Tian Heng. As long as we get a specialized doctor to give a diagnosis, Mu Tian Heng will definitely take him to a hospital.”

“But…”

“Xiao Gui, don’t worry.” Mo Er Qian pinched Mo Liu Gui’s face and sighed, “You’re too kind and worry too much. Let me handle this, I have my ways.” But I’m sorry to disappoint you. I have no intention of helping him. Instead, I’m going to make him suffer under the guise of an illness, regardless of whether he was truly sick to begin with.

…..

Meanwhile, Mo Di had returned to the base. Before they parted, Mo Di had to assure Mu Tian Heng over and over that he would always be vigilant. 

When the gang saw Mo Di coming back, they all made fun of him, “It’s different when you have a big boss supporting you. Even your holidays are longer than ours. Xiao Di, where did you go? Did the big boss take you out to have fun?”

Thinking of what happened that night, Mo Di’s face started to heat up. He coughed and said, “No, we had some business to deal with. It’s very important… Cough. So it took quite some time.”

“What business?” Lin Jun Feng came over and asked, “Tell us!”

“This… It has something to do with our team.” Mo Di spoke calmly. After all, when they had dinner that night, they did talk about the game company.

“Something to do with our team? What is it?!” Pang Qiang Lang asked curiously, “Does the boss want to give us an investment or get us to work with his company?!” 

“As if.” Han Chao couldn’t help pointing out, “Our team has nothing in common with the boss’s businesses other than programming. I think the big boss was just helping Xiao Di sort out how to best develop our team after the competition.”

“Yes, yes, yes. You’re right.” Pang Qiang Lang quickly agreed.

His reaction made Chen Zhao roll his eyes. If it was him who refuted his words, Pang Qiang Lang was sure to argue…

Sigh…

Men… Especially those in love…

Chen Zhao snickered in his head. He then turned to Mo Di, “Xiao Di, the school had informed our class that there would be a physical examination and a health check, did you hear?”

“I did.” Mo Di smiled and nodded.

Xian Yu Chao shook his head and added, “But you guys might not know that this time our school coordinated with the First Hospital. They were willing to give us a full health examination from head to toe! We students are getting a free checkup!”

“A cooperation with the First Hospital?” Mo Di was surprised. “Such a large group, can our school afford to give everyone a full checkup?” 

“I think we might be required to donate blood and it might not be overly comprehensive. Most likely just a blood test, urine test, poo test and so on.” Chen Zhao said.

Zhao Chun who had wanted to join in their conversation was instantly stumped, “Did you have to mention the poo?”

RCFN 105

Chapter 105

Edited and Proofread by KitKat

“Brother…Do you believe that there can be someone who can be reborn in this world?”

“Do you believe that there’s a person who had been despised and hated by his family from the day he was born and had to live through abuse and torture? When he grew up and was finally able to leave that house, he was forced into a mental hospital because his sister accidentally fell down while she was pulling him?”

“Do you believe… That when he was confined in the mental hospital, he was beaten, tortured, electrocuted… Injected with drugs… Locked up with violent lunatics? The tortures were repeated until the day he was killed by a madman. Even in his final moments, he was trampled on and no longer resembled a human being…”

“Then he was reborn and wanted revenge, brother…”

“Do you believe it?”

Can you believe it?

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Mo Di’s every sentence, every word sank deep into Mu Tian Heng’s heart.

After the initial shock, there was never a doubt. Only surging anger and a pain that almost choked him.

And there was something else. Something familiar but forgotten was coursing through his heart, making it ache and causing him to shed tears.

“Of course I believe you.” Mu Tian Heng looked at Mo Di and pulled him in, locking him tightly in his arms.

“As long as it’s your words, I will believe them.”

Mo Di’s eyes were red. He kept wiping away the tears with his hand but could not stop them from flowing.

Deep down, Mu Tian Heng was brimming with anguish and sadness, and also a familiar sense of emptiness. He had a feeling that he had forgotten something of extreme importance.

“What you said…Was everything that had happened to you, wasn’t it?”

As though the orange sunset had reflected its light into Mu Tian Heng’s eyes, turning it into a deep shade of red.

“Yes.”

Mo Di raised his head and showed a resolute expression.

“That is why, whether it was the Mo, Qin, or Ye family, I have no favorable impression of them. I want to pay them back a hundred times of what I had suffered! Brother, do you think I’m a terrible person? Am I too vicious?”

“I don’t think a hundred times is enough.”

Mu Tian Heng gently rubbed away the tears on Mo Di’s eyes.

“We should return those scums and animals the torment you’ve suffered by thousands of times.”

Mu Tian Heng could not control his anger and heartache at the thought of Mo Di’s suffering since childhood and the tortures he had to go through after being sent to the asylum.

At the same time, he also wanted to know if they had met in their previous lives. Did he not manage to help him in any way?

“In the previous life, did we know each other?”

“No…” Mo Di shook his head, “In my last life, I only knew that you were on the world’s richest list and an outstanding entrepreneur, and…”

Mo Di paused.

“And?” Mu Tian Heng looked at him.

“And when you came to Hua Xia during the period of the College Entrance Exam, you met with an accident here and your right leg was disabled.”

“So…” Mu Tian Heng smiled, “That time at the construction site, you tried to save me, didn’t you?”

“Yes. But I also had other motives at that time. I was hoping you would protect me. At least let me get through the exams safely.” Even after he had confessed, Mo Di was still embarrassed by his calculations.

“So you had come to save me and helped me to avoid an accident. You’re my precious lucky star.” Mu Tian Heng kissed Mo Di on the cheek and then on his eyelid. “I’m glad you came to me. I’m very sorry I could not protect you in our previous lives.”

Mo Di’s eyes turned red again.

“So tell me as much as you can about what happened, alright?” Mu Tian Heng gently stroked the back of Mo Di’s head.

“Ok…” Mo Di agreed but he was not going to tell Mu Tian Heng everything that had happened to him. Let him be the only one who knew of those dark and horrendous days. There was no need to torment Mu Tian Heng with it.

But even when Mo Di left out a lot of details and events, Mu Tian Heng still knew of the things that had happened….

Because that night, Mu Tian Heng dreamt about his past life.

He dreamt of meeting Mo Di, who had already been turned into a fool, near a garbage dump. He dreamt that he had wanted to send him to a welfare home but had been captivated by him and had decided to keep him by his side. He dreamt of the beautiful days they had spent together and although his little fool would act up sometimes, he had been very dependent and obedient towards him. And he dreamt that when he had finally found him again, all that had been left of him was an urn of ashes…

The moment he touched the cold, black urn, Mu Tian Heng abruptly woke up from his dream.

A chill was spreading from his spine and he was sweating cold sweat from every pore on his body.

Everything in his dream had been too fast and real that none of it had resembled a dream.

Mu Tian Heng was still feeling the destructive anger, hatred, and despair…

Then he felt the warmth within his embrace.

Mu Tian Heng lowered his head and looked at Mo Di, sleeping in his arms. Tufts of hair were getting messy around the slumbering face.

Mu Tian Heng’s eyes turned red. He began kissing every part of Mo Di’s face as if to make sure that this person was truly safe by his side.

Mo Di was awakened by his movements but he was still half-asleep. After all, yesterday had been a long day for him and Mu Tian Heng. He was still very sleepy.

“Brother… What is it?”

Hearing Mo Di’s sticky voice, Mu Tian Heng’s arms held him tighter. Then it occurred to him that several events that had happened to Mo Di in his dream hadn’t been mentioned prior.

Mu Tian Heng said softly, “When you were in junior high, you could not attend the graduation party and were sent to the hospital due to a severe allergic reaction. Mo Liu Gui attended and brought back for you a portion of seafood soup and a dessert. Did that happen?”

Mo Di was too sleepy to remember that he hadn’t talked about this event with Mu Tian Heng. He responded dully, “En, but I didn’t eat them. And then…”

And then he was reprimanded by the Mo family members, something along the lines of being a white-eyed wolf. But Mo Di did not tell Mu Tian Heng this.

“Brother… What is it?”

Mo Di’s head was beginning to clear and he was thinking back if he had already told Mu Tian Heng all this.

“It’s nothing. I love you.” Mu Tian Heng placed a kiss on top of Mo Di’s head.

Mo Di closed his eyes and snuggled into Mu Tian Heng’s arms. He said in a sweet and mushy voice, “I love you too, brother.”

Mu Tian Heng felt sore in his heart as he thought of a scene in his dream. He asked unconsciously, “Where is it that loves brother?”

“Everywhere…”

Mo Di thought that Mu Tian Heng was playing with him. Although he was still sleepy, he went along and put his hand on his chest, “Here loves brother.”

“… Anywhere else?” Mu Tian Heng felt his heart ache.

“Hm?” Mo Di opened his eyes and saw that Mu Tian Heng was also looking at him. He thought of the common interactions between parents and children that he had seen and couldn’t help smiling. He tilted his head and said, “Tummy also loves brother?”

“Any more?” Mu Tian Heng’s voice was a little hoarse.

Mo Di did not know why Mu Tian Heng had those strange questions. Could he have some strange fetishes that had been hidden until now?

“Here too.” Mo Di stretched out his hand and coaxed, “Hands and legs too. Everywhere loves you. Love brother the most.”

Mu Tian Heng dragged Mo Di into his arms and locked him in a death grip until Mo Di was getting a little suffocated.

Mo Di moved his head and had to push Mu Tian Heng away, “Brother, brother, what’s wrong?”

“Nothing. Go to sleep.” Mu Tian Heng suppressed his emotions and rubbed his lips on Mo Di’s hair.

“Good boy, go to sleep, go to sleep…”

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The next day, after he woke up, Mo Di was fed with Mu Tian Heng’s ultra-loving breakfast.

After eating, Mu Tian Heng wrapped a scarf around his neck and seeing that he was having difficulties bending down, Mu Tian Heng bent and tied his shoelaces for him. Mo Di was then ready to be driven back to the competition grounds.

Lai De Si was feeling sour standing at the side of the scene. 

“Enough you two. It’s not like you’ve just started dating, do you have to stick to each other like glue? Unbearable…”

Mo Di was also embarrassed. He did not want Mu Tian Heng to tie his shoelaces for him but Mu Tian Heng’s gentle tone when he said ‘be still’ was too irresistible to disobey.

He felt that after the complete confession yesterday, his family’s Mu Tian Heng was particularly sweet on him, almost treating him like a glass doll.

Mo Di was smitten in his heart but also a little embarrassed and self-spurning. 

Ai, letting your boyfriend tie your shoelaces, aren’t you being too spoiled?

But being spoiled by someone was indeed a happy feeling.

Mu Tian Heng held Mo Di’s hand and opened the door for him. 

He turned to Lai De Si and said, “Too bad you don’t have anyone for you to be sticky to.”

“What the!” Lai De Si jumped out of his chair. He grabbed a sandwich and followed behind Mu Tian Heng, “You’re a beast and I’m a good man. Don’t you compare with me using your animalistic standards!” He then looked at Mo Di and thought how could such a good child fall for that beast?

Mo Di coughed and told Lai De Si what Song Yu said before, “Brother Lai De Si, Uncle Song said that he would meet me for a meal in the next few days.”

“Xiao Yu is coming?! When?!” Lai De Si’s eyes lit up and he completely cast Mu Tian Heng aside.

“I don’t know. You can ask him yourself. And please tell him on my behalf that I would like to invite him home for dinner.”

“Ok, ok! I’ll ask him!” Lai De Si immediately put back the sandwich and picked up his cell phone instead.

Mo Di took the chance and locked the door. He looked at Mu Tian Heng and gave him a smile.

“Smart.” Mu Tian Heng smiled back and gave his hair a rub.

Mu Tian Heng then led Mo Di away by the hand and Mo Di followed behind him in big strides. When they got to the car, Mo Di’s phone in his pocket rang.

Mo Di opened the car door and at the same time, answered the phone, “Hello?”

There was no sound coming from the other end.

Mo Di got into the car and said ‘hello’ again.

It was still soundless.

Mo Di frowned and took the phone away from his ear. He looked at the screen and saw that the caller ID was an unfamiliar number. Thinking over, he went ahead and hung up.

“What is it?” Mu Tian Heng saw Mo Di frowning and asked, “Is it a prank call?”

“No. It’s from an unfamiliar number. I picked up but there was no response so I hung up.”

“An unfamiliar number?” Mu Tian Heng’s vigilance was now at an all-time high. His eyes were alert and he said, “Show me the number.”

“En.” Mo Di passed him the phone without much thought. He then heard Mu Tian Heng say, “This number belongs to someone in the Mo family.”

RCFN 104

Chapter 104

Edited and Proofread twice by KitKat 😀

The second day after his death, the Mo family had sent someone to have his body cremated.

No one from the Mo family had showed up. Only Mo Wu Hang had used a disgusted tone to tell the crematorium staff to dump Mo Di’s ashes into the trash and not wait for them to come and pick it up.

If Mu Tian Heng hadn’t arrived in time, Mo Di’s ashes would have been mixed in with the muddy water and thrown into dirt.

When he had found Mo Di’s ashes, the sky had been overcast with strong winds and dark clouds.

Mu Tian Heng had hugged the urn and covered it with his coat.

He had never experienced such deep hatred and sorrow in his whole life.

If it hadn’t been for Lai De Si’s extreme effort in counseling and holding him back, Mu Tian Heng would have done many irrational things that would not have been in accordance with any law.

But Mu Tian Heng was not just anybody. He not only had a powerful mind and nerves of steel, but he had also been very patient.

So, he had swallowed all his emotions and returned to America with Mo Di’s urn.

And then…

He had plotted his revenge.

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Mu Tian Heng had been one of the richest men in the world. There was almost no one that would have turned down the opportunity to befriend him. And so, in five years’ time, he had established connections with anyone who would have been useful to his cause, seized Hua Xia’s market, and had expanded his influence.

And during those thousand and more restless days and nights, he would spend time tracking the Qin and Mo family’s footsteps and as a result, had been able to dig up a large number of illegal activities done by the two families and gradually, even the Ye family had not been able to escape his scope.

Amongst the three, the Qin family had been particularly hard to deal with. They had had no bottom line, were lawless and the crimes they had committed were enough to destroy them a thousand times over!

But then again, the benefits they had sent out as bribes had helped them form an iron fence that could protect them thousands of times over.

Therefore, he had had to remain patient and carry out his plan step by step.

Every time Mu Tian Heng had felt that he was losing control of his dark side, he would go to see Mo Di’s urn, to talk to his little friend, ask him if he should endure and wait a while longer.

But the cold and dark urn hadn’t been able to give him any response.

Every time that Lai De Si had come to find Mu Tian Heng, he would have brought along a wine bottle and gave him some advice. Something along the lines of ‘don’t be impulsive’ and ‘think positively’.

In the seventh year after Mo Di’s death when the both of them had been in their forties, Lai De Si had come as usual with his bottle of wine but this time, his head had been hanging low. He had not given his usual speech and persuasion but had instead drowned himself in tears.

“Say, what had happened to me? Only at this age did I find out that the man I’ve loved for so many years is dead.”

Lai De Si’s blonde hair had been mixed in with grey strands. His eyes had been red as he had cried: “He’s dead! He’s dead… the person I’ve thought about for so many years, dead! He died on his way to see that heartless animal!”

“Mu… Tell me why I only found out about this now, ha? Tell me why did it take me so long to find out that that motherf**ker is from the Mo family, Mo San Zhi! He had lied to Song Yu for so many years with his glib tongue and made him into his underground lover without him even knowing! He had dared not even tell anyone about his sexual orientation, or even that Song Yu was a man…I f**king want to kill him!”

“That animal had even pretended to be a good man. Song Yu died on his way to see him and he had dared not even fart….Dared not give him a proper status, or even admit his gender! He let the whole world think that he is the most faithful lover. A bunch of girls had wanted to marry him for this and those ignorant idiots had even said that Song Yu had been lucky to have him in his life. Pei! F**k that! To hell with that animal.”

Lai De Si had cried as he threw out curses. Mu Tian Heng, however, hadn’t paid him too much heed. He had only been focused on the pitch-black urn in his hand. Lai De Si had belched and said: “Say… you’ve been eating and sleeping with this urn for so many years, aren’t you tired? Ha?! Good thing I’m the one who came to have dinner with you and don’t mind you carrying that around. If it had been someone else, see if they don’t spread rumors about your hic…About your insanity….”

Mu Tian Heng had cut a piece of cheesecake and placed it in front of the urn. He had spoken without looking at Lai De Si: “Whoever has the guts to say it, I’ll allow him to do so in my presence….”

“Oh, they won’t have the guts to say that out loud, but they will think it in their head…” Lai De Si had held the wine bottle and poured himself another glass.

Orange sunlight had shone through the window and had reflected on Mu Tian Heng’s eyes.

Looking at Mo Di’s urn, he had asked Lai De Si out of the blue: “If you had the chance to keep that Song guy’s ashes with you, wouldn’t you have done the same?”

“I…?” Lai De Si had been sluggish and his tears had fallen even harder.

“I don’t know. Song Yu, he hadn’t known about me, maybe he wouldn’t have been happy if I had kept his remains….”

“That’s right, you’re not like me.”

Mu Tian Heng had smiled briefly. His eyes had been red and slightly wet, “My little friend and I had been in love. He had said that he loved me so he’s definitely happy to let me take him with me, show him around. I’m different from you…”

“Drop the act…” Lai De Si had looked at the urn in Mu Tian Heng’s hand and snorted, he emptied the wine glass then said,“Your little friend was a lunatic, a fool! The hell he knew what love was. Stop dreaming…..”

“Ok, ok, ok, I won’t say anymore. Fine, you guys had been in love, alright?” Seeing that Mu Tian Heng had been staring daggers at him, Lai De Si had changed his tone and continued to drink as tears had flowed down his beard.

“You’re right, Mu, you’re luckier than me… But then what?” Lai De Si had glanced at the urn and said with a bitter smile, “Aren’t we the same in the end?”

“Not the same.”

Mu Tian Heng had suppressed the burning sensation in his eyes. He had looked up and gulped down the wine.

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In the fourteenth year after Mo Di’s death, a series of scandals of the Qin and Mo family had erupted and swept across the nation, and eventually the world, with incredible speed. Their news had been broadcasted daily on every major network of every continent.

Not only that, but the laws that the Qin, Mo, and Ye family had broken had also been publicized with an abundance of compelling evidence and had been covered by every major news station and websites.

This had caused a sensation across the globe.

After all, the Qin group was then one of the top three giants in the world. Qin Cheng Yi would have been the richest man if Mu Tian Heng, the crippled old man, had not been holding on to the position relentlessly.

As for the Mo family, they had become the most prestigious family in Hua Xia and none other had even come close. Furthermore, Qin Cheng Yi’s beloved and the Mo family’s big miss, Mo Liu Gui, had been a world-renowned actress, regarded as the national treasure of Hua Xia.

Mo Liu Gui had been over forty but she was still as beautiful as she had been in her youth. She hadn’t only been the national treasure but also the standard of perfection across the world. The reason having been her beauty and kindness, had made everyone fond of her.

But now that the unethical and corrupt crimes that the Qin family had committed were exposed, and the Mo family’s unscrupulous means had also been revealed, Mo Liu Gui wasn’t untouchable. Her game company also went under investigation and had been found to have evaded taxes, plagiarism, etc.

These revelations had had a wide impact and repercussions and of course, the Qin, Mo, and even the lesser-known Ye family had all suffered irreparable damages. 

As the evidence had all been ironclad, there was no way for them to manipulate the law. If they could turn a serious crime into a minor crime, and minor crimes into nothing, then wouldn’t the law enforcement be a joke to the public?

But this process had not been easy. All the evidence had been collected a long time ago but the timing hadn’t been right. He still could not break the chain of corruption in the upper management. There hadn’t been anyone that he could trust to make coherent commands or showed credibility. So Mu Tian Heng had grit his teeth and held on to the evidence.

Fortunately, his wait and efforts for more than a decade hadn’t been in vain. When the time was ripe, Mu Tian Heng had offered his newest breakthrough technology to the higher-ups of Hua Xia, and very quickly, the orders had been passed along.

They had also guaranteed him a speedy closure for these cases. In fact, the government had long been frustrated with the Qin family which had no regard for the law but they hadn’t had the opportunity to take them down. Hence, this was a good chance to cooperate with Mu Tian Heng and do good for the people.

So with the government intercepting, the case had been closed in only half a month after its outbreak.

Qin Cheng Yi and his close subordinates had been arrested, his properties confiscated and a large portion of it had been acquired by Mu Tian Heng’s company in Hua Xia. As for the Ye family, the bachelor Ye Cheng Feng who had been protecting Mo Liu Gui, had wanted to console her in her husband’s place was also arrested due to tax evasion and falsifying legal documents. The Mo family had been the main catch. Those who had forced Mo Di into the asylum, especially Mo Wu Hang and Mo Si Lang who had introduced the torture methods, did not have a good ending. The Mo family since then had fallen out of the upper-class circle.

Finally, it had been exposed that Mo Liu Gui’s game company had actually been acquired after forcing Mo Di into the asylum. This and several other reasons, caused its shares to plummet and had consequently been acquired by Mu Tian Heng. The Mo Liu Gui who was in her forties but still remained a soft and innocent girl had turned haggard overnight.

However, Mo Liu Gui was the darling of the world, even with Qin Cheng Yi, Ye Cheng Feng, and the Mo family members in prison, she hadn’t been affected. Her fan base had remained supportive and the roles she received were continuous.

But how could Mu Tian Heng let her off?

After more than ten years of painstaking investigation, Mu Tian Heng had been very clear of Mo Liu Gui’s personality: an extremely hypocritical white lotus. There hadn’t been a single thought of showing leniency to her in his mind.

He came up with a sinister plan. 

There was a female star who had accidentally ‘offended’ Mo Liu Gui, causing Qin Cheng Yi to take revenge by ordering his goons to gang-rape her. The female star had completely broken down and in the end, committed suicide. After her assault and death, her father had been enraged to the point of insanity. Sometimes he would be fine and sometimes, he would lapse into lunacy. Without any agitation, he could actually live a normal life. 

When Qin Cheng Yi’s crimes were exposed and broadcasted nationwide, he had seen it too and lost his mind again.

Mu Tian Heng decided to use this man after finding out about his madness.

So he had led him to the location where Mo Liu Gui had been filming a variety show. When she had been preparing to give her innocent and pitiful act, she had been assaulted by a madman who somehow managed to enter the set. Her stomach had been stabbed, eyes blinded, and her face had been slashed.

That year after his daughter had been raped, her face had been mutilated. Whether in his sane or insane state, he would never forget her look.

Mo Liu Gui had been disfigured, blinded, and stabbed in the kidney. She had screamed and howled in agony and had immediately been taken to the hospital.

Unfortunately, no matter how advanced the hospital was, it had not been able to give her back her face and those eyes that could only cry tears of hypocrisy. 

Even though the Mo family had collapsed, they had still been protected by Mo Er Qian, an academically accomplished genius. Giving Mo Liu Gui the best treatment and medical care was an easy task.

After six months of treatment, aside from the blindness, disfigured face, and a weak kidney, Mo Liu Gui’s health had been recovering.

However, her punctured kidney eventually developed into uremia.

Those that had been left from the Mo family were Mo Er Qian, Mo San Zhi, the two aunts-in-law, Mo Liu Gui’s mother, and Mo Liu Gui’s daughter of sixteen or seventeen in age.

As for the men in the family, none had had an offspring.

After all, those that had wanted to break up were broken up and not to mention, the closeted homosexuality. At present, the only one with a family was Mo Wu Hang who had been blackmailed into marriage after sleeping with a female celebrity and making her pregnant. But after the Mo family’s downfall, she had aborted the baby and fled.

So there hadn’t been many who could be a match for Mo Liu Gui’s kidney.

In the end, only Mo Liu Gui’s darling daughter and Mo San Zhi were suitable donors. But Mo Liu Gui’s daughter had also been the family’s treasure. Whether it was how she had been raised from young or that it had been in her blood, her character was the exact replica of her mother’s. So, after her naive and kind-hearted filial speech saying how much she had wanted to save her mother, it had been followed by various reasons why she could not do so. In the end, it all came down to Mo San Zhi.

But the current Mo San Zhi, could he have stayed as the selfless brother who had once only had his sister in his heart?

How was that possible?

He was now way past his prime. At fifty, his family was in decline. He had had a bad reputation for being a hypocrite and someone had even intentionally sealed his career path, not allowing him to be hired anywhere. He was just an old man with no money, wife, or kids. And now he had to lose a kidney as well?

In the past, there had always been someone else to take his place as a scapegoat so he could be a good brother. But Mo Di was gone, his sister-in-law Wen Ru Ya was gone, his status, power, and money were also gone. He just could not continue to be a good brother anymore.

He did not want to donate but hadn’t been courageous enough to speak up, so after it was decided, he had planned to run away. To his dismay, he had been dosed with anesthetic and sent directly to the operating table by Mo Er Qian who had already seen through him. His kidney had been removed and given to Mo Liu Gui.

Unfortunately, there was an accident during the surgery. Mo Liu Gui had been successful in getting a new kidney but Mo San Zhi did not manage to get off the operating table.

That was just great, the Mo second aunt completely lost it. 

A total of three sons she had. The youngest had gone to prison for Mo Liu Gui. The eldest had forced his brother into surgery and cut off his kidney for Mo Liu Gui, causing her second son’s death!!!

The second aunt’s hatred had escalated. She hated her eldest son for not thinking clearly but the one she had hated the most was Mo Liu Gui!

If it hadn’t been for Mo Liu Gui, the little money they had left would not have been completely gone. They could have bought her a kidney, her son would not have been in prison and her second son would have still been alive!!!

And that wretched ghost had still been pretentiously crying, acting aggrieved.

After the second aunt had held Mo San Zhi’s funeral, she had gathered all her hatred and with red eyes and gritting teeth, she had lit Mo Liu Gui’s room on fire and staged it as an accident to avenge her son.

Unfortunately, the fire had been uncontrollable.

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The flames had burned the Mo family to the ground. Other than the aunts-in-law and Mo Liu Gui’s daughter with a burned face, there had been nothing left of the Mo legacy.

The big fire had been identified as an accident while being reported on the news.

But only Mu Tian Heng had known the truth. That fire hadn’t only been the second aunt’s hard work, but there had also been a little ‘help’ from him.

Although Mu Tian Heng hadn’t been satisfied with their retribution, which hadn’t even been comparable to one percent of what his little Mo Di had been through, he had ultimately avenged him.

After completing his revenge, Mu Tian Heng had returned to American.

He resided in the villa where he and Mo Di had lived for that one year. He would admire the flowers Mo Di had used to like, eat the cakes that Mo Di had used to eat, and try to catch the fireflies that Mo Di had tried to capture.

Later, Mu Tian Heng had also established many charity organizations, charitable hospitals, schools, libraries, and so on all over the world in Mo Di’s name.

He did not ask for anything else except that the people who had received the help pray for Mo Di in their hearts so that in Mo Di’s next life, there would be peace, health, and happiness.

Most people did not understand Mu Tian Heng’s request and thought that he was very strange. But those who had received his benevolence had complied with his wishes and prayed.

The day Mu Tian Heng had felt like he was leaving this world, he had called his nephew and passed along his will, leaving him a portion of his wealth and the rest had gone to the various Mo Di charities and had requested his supervision of them after he had passed on. 

And most importantly to take his ashes and put them in the urn that he had always had with him.

Finally, Mu Tian Heng had died at the age of seventy-one….

The same day he had found Mo Di thirty years ago.

(E/n: So touching to have come a full circle :’))