Chapter 219: Another person
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After finishing packing up his belongings in the afternoon, he took a bus to the district office.
Xiao Luo and his crew of three had been directly summoned by the director of the district bureau. The director was a short and chubby man, about 45 or 46 years old. As he had been raised in the army, so he naturally gave off an aura of military authority.
“The four of you actually brought all the indecent trading spots in Liren to an end,” Hou Zhijie said with a smile. “Putting aside the fact that you have all become famous all over Jiangcheng’s police stations, your name in the Jiangcheng underworld is like rumbling thunder. Well done. I, Hou Zhijie, especially appreciate youngsters such as yourselves.”
The praise brought the trio of Liu Tieguo, Wang Lihu, and Ye Qiu to cloud nine. This was the director of the district bureau. Receiving such high praise was better than having tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars thrown at them.
Xiao Luo was very calm. If possible, he did not want to deal with these veterans. Since they had reached such a high rank, it usually meant they were cunning and scheming like a fox. It made them difficult to read.
“There is only one single purpose in transferring you here to the district bureau, and that is so you will destroy the underground drug network in Guangming District.”
Hou Zhijie opened the door and said, “Before that, let me introduce you to a person who will be joining you to work on this case.”
Knock! Knock! Knock!
At that moment, someone was knocking on the office door. The door was quickly pushed open. A man with a stern face and shimmering bright eyes entered the room.
“Speak of the devil. Come, let me introduce you.”
Hou Zhijie came out from behind his desk and gestured to the man entering. “This is Wang Yongjia. He is the captain of our district bureau’s anti-drug team. He has been tracking and cracking down on the underground drug network in Guangming District, so he is very knowledgeable of the situation here in Guangming District. With his guidance, you will be able to put in half the work and get double the result. He will be a great help.”
“Yongjia, these four courageous youngsters are the ones who took care of the indecent dealings in Liren. Meet Xiao Luo, Liu Tieguo, Wang Lihu, and Ye Qiu!”
“It’s nice to meet you. Welcome to the district bureau.”
Wang Yongjia smiled as he greeted Xiao Luo and his crew.
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Liu Tieguo immediately turned into a bootlicker. “Hello, Team Leader Wang, your name is familiar. I’ve often heard it back when we were at the Liren Police Station. After meeting you in person, it seems you are indeed as talented and charismatic as they say.”
“Yes, yes, yes, charismatic and exceptional,” Wang Lihu quickly added.
“It’s not only exceptional, but it is also truly shocking,” Ye Qiu said. “Team Leader Wang is the epitome of an upright man.”
Although they were not as proficient as Ma Pinjin, there was still a need to say some praising words.
Wang Yongjia just shook his head and smiled. He looked a little helpless.
On the other hand, Xiao Luo was just quietly watching him. Based on Hou Zhijie’s words, he was able to deduce the subliminal message. In this newly formed five-person task force, Wang Yongjia had an absolute leadership position. However, that was not the main point. The most important thing was whether or not Wang Yongjia had been sent to monitor him. He did not believe that Gu Qianlin would not take any action. If Wang Yongjia was there to collect evidence of his illegal crimes, he had to be on guard.
Upon leaving the director’s office, Xiao Luo ran into a familiar acquaintance.
He saw the beautiful face that gave off an icy aura and made it difficult to approach. She was wearing a police uniform. She had bright eyes and a cold expression. Her snow-white skin gave off a delicate feeling. This was none other than Gu Qianxue.
“Are you here too? As a police officer?”
Xiao Luo was slightly astonished. The girl had been as naïve as a blank piece of paper. She had left a deep impression in his mind.
Gu Qianxue nodded. “My sister let me stay here.”
Xiao Luo suddenly realized that having a connection was beneficial. Personnel could be mobilized or arranged at will.
“Xiao Gu, do you two know each other?” Wang Yongjia curiously asked.
“Team Leader Wang, we were from the same training camp, so we know each other.”
Liu Tieguo looked at Gu Qianxue and said with familiarity, “Little Sis Gu, we will be colleagues from here on out.”
Gu Qianxue glanced at him and quickly looked away. Her eyes fell back onto Xiao Luo.
“What are you always looking at me for?” Xiao Luo asked. Her constant stares made him uncomfortable.
“Because you are handsome,” Gu Qianxue seriously replied.
Wang Yongjia felt that the relationship between the two of them was rather enigmatic. Since she had arrived at the station, Gu Qianxue was usually cold as an iceberg and basically never took the initiative to talk to people since. She completely changed when she saw Xiao Luo. He tactfully coughed and said, “You all can talk first. Let’s go out for dinner tonight and get to know each other better!”
“Head, we’ll wait for you outside.”
Liu Tieguo and the others smiled at him, which seemed to have a hidden meaning, and left.
“I’ll go too,” Gu Qianxue suddenly said.
“The dinner tonight.”
Xiao Luo shook his head and said, “It isn’t very nice since it’s not my treat. Why not go ask Team Leader Wang first?”
“I want to go.”
Gu Qianxue’s tone was firm. Her bright eyes looked at Xiao Luo without blinking. Since coming to the district bureau, she couldn’t integrate into the environment and didn’t even have a real friend. Unlike the others, this place was very foreign to her.
Xiao Luo’s arrival had made her feel much more secure. Like back in the training camp, she had initially lacked a sense of security until she met Xiao Luo. It was like having a grown-up that a little girl like her could trust and rely on. To her, Xiao Luo was someone she could depend on.
The wind that night was very chilly. After all, winter was quickly approaching.
The restaurant that Wang Yongjia had reserved was a Western-style mid-range restaurant with a decent atmosphere.
Seated in the private room, Wang Yongjia, who took on the role of a host, was enthusiastically asking Xiao Luo to order food. There were no airs of being the task force leader of an anti-drug team. He gave off a very cordial feeling. There was little to no distance between them.
“Ladies first. Let’s let Gu Xiaomei order first,” Liu Tieguo said. Acting more like a gentleman, he handed over the menu and task of ordering food to Gu Qianxue.
Gu Qianxue showed no restraints. She took the menu and began to flip through it.
“This, this, and I want this as well!”
Upon finding a picture of a meat product, she ordered it. In the blink of an eye, she had already ordered nine dishes.
Wang Yongjia’s face was a little awkward. He had clearly seen that the nine dishes were all the restaurant’s signature dishes and very expensive. After adding them together, the price exceeded $400. He was worried that when it was time for the bill, he might have not brought enough money. Furthermore, Gu Qianxue showed no intention of stopping, and she was only halfway through the thick menu.
“I want this, also this…”
Gu Qianxue did not understand social occasions. If someone was treating, she felt that she should order more. What’s more, money had never been a problem for her, so she didn’t factor money into her considerations.
“This is sufficient. There is enough to eat!”
Xiao Luo spoke and drily coughed to give a reminder. He was worried that Gu Qianxue would order all the meat dishes on the menu.
Gu Qianxue raised her head and looked resentfully at him. “It’s not.”
Xiao Luo looked at her and signaled with his eyes that he was not the one treating today. Ordering this much made it seem like it was done deliberately to take advantage of Wang Yongjia.
“It’s not!” Gu Qianxue repeated her words.
Xiao Luo bitterly said, “OK, it is enough.”
“No, it is not,” Gu Qianxue replied.
It was as if the two were in a reenactment of Uncle Zhao’s “Not Short of Money.”
“No problem, no problem at all. Just let Xiao Gu order what she wants to eat.”
In order to express his magnanimity and generosity, Wang Yongjia spoke with a smile on his face. When he saw Gu Qianxue bury her head in the menu and continue to order like a child pointing at an electronic toy, the smile on his face quickly turned into a wry one.