Chapter 41: Let Me Protect You (IX)
Chapter 41: Let Me Protect You (IX)
Shang Ke paid attention to Feng Family’s activity all these years. After the period of unrest, they finally settled down. But because their strength was greatly injured, no matter if it was politics or business, their power were much more diminished than before and were currently at a difficult stage pulling themselves back up. Their funds were especially tense.
The reason why Shang Ke chose to tell Feng Juan the news now was so that he could properly return to back to his family. If they went after the Feng Family once again rose up, it would be hard to avoid suspicion and gossip.
Their “Mr. Bruin” development was doing well. Although it couldn’t compete with those big companies, a couple ten millions they could still afford to take out.
Feng Juan read the information Shang Ke gathered on his family and remained silent for a long time. Being separated from them for ten years, the strong attachment he had to his past was long gone, because now he had Ke Ke, the Ferrg couple and this place was his home.
“Ke Ke, are they really my family?” Feng Juan hesitantly asked. Actually, what he wanted to ask wasn’t that. Since Shang Ke seriously told him about this, then it meant that he had already done many confirmations on it.
“Won’t we know if we go take a look?” Shang Ke gave him a faint smile.
Feng Juan looked at his smile and his mind steadily calmed. He also smiled, “We’re luckily on break right now, shall we go to China for vacation?”
“Sure.” Shang Ke was considered half an employee of the government, so he had to apply for permission to go abroad. But with his current age and his behavior these past ten years, applying for a pass shouldn’t be hard.
“Then let’s sleep!” Feng Juan closed his laptop and put it on the cabinet then pulled Shang Ke and got into bed.
“Sleeping is sleeping, don’t you dare do anything else.” Shang Ke sternly declared.
Feng Juan held his waist and asked in a low voice, “Ke Ke, what is our relationship right now?”
“Family, we always were.” Shang Ke replied.
“Brothers are family, a married couple are also family.” Was it brothers or married couple, he wanted that to be made clear.
Shang Ke dared to use his pinky to swear, as long as he said they were a married couple, this guy would immediately pounce at him. So he cannot admit it no matter what.
“We haven’t even married, where did the married couple come from?”
“Then when I’m eighteen, let’s go get married?” Feng Juan felt that this suggestion was too great.
The UK had already allowed same-sex marriage over ten years ago, so although Feng Juan was at loss for a while over it, he still naturally accepted it at the end.
“Juan Juan, you are still too small.” Young, impulsive and passionate about anything fresh.
Shang Ke was not sure how long these feelings would last, after all, he had always quickly separated from this man in all the past few worlds. No matter how deep their feelings were, it was all short-lived. In addition, he had a mission to do so he could die at any moment. His life with Feng Juan these past ten years made him very happy. It wasn’t important if they got married or not.
“You’re only a year old than me.” Feng Juan flipped over and pressed him down, raising his eyebrow, “Besides age, where else are you bigger than me?”
Shang Ke was rubbed a few times by him mischievously and he clenched his teeth. This guy appears mature, but at the core, he was still that little devil that liked to flaunt!
“Get off. If you don’t want to be kicked out by me, then behave yourself!” Shang Ke kicked at him grumpily.
Ah, I pushed him too far. As expected, I shouldn’t have poked at his weak point? Feng Juan self-criticized for a moment.
Seeing how he was no longer moving, Shang Ke finally felt assured enough to close his eyes.
However, he clearly relaxed too early. Against a wolf that had finally resumed a meat diet, one can never lower their guard. While he was half awake, Shang Ke was once again eaten by someone.
The final result was that Feng Juan was once again mercilessly throw out of the room by Shang Ke—together with his underwear, condom and lubricant. No matter what he did, he couldn’t obtain the right to share the same bed with Shang Ke.
A few days later, Shang Ke obtained approval for his application to go abroad. Feng Juan and him both finished up their paperwork and prepared to leave for China. But on the day they were going to get on the plane, Shang Ke received an urgent mission so he could only apologize to Feng Juan, “You go first, I have something else to deal with first. I will go to China later and meet up with you.”
“What is it? I’ll wait for you.” Feng Juan knows that Shang Ke was hiding something from him, but he did not push at the matter. If Ke Ke wants to tell him, then he would tell him eventually.
“A friend needs help.” Shang Ke pushed Feng Juan’s back, urging him to go, “You need to get on the place. I will be done quickly. It’ll take at most two to three days for me to meet up with you at China.”
Feng Juan hesitated for a moment and still bid farewell to Shang Ke in the end. He calmly passed through the safety check by himself.
After Shang Ke saw him off, he turned around and headed for the gathering spot. He had coordinated with the police these years and participated and dozens of crack down on criminal operations. He was mainly in charge of gathering information, accessing monitors, running through information and so on. With the passing of time, his own skills were improving. Although it was not as fast as Feng Juan’s progress, he had obtained much actual experience.
So he did not really have anything to complain about whenever he was mobilized. Because they had promised him that they will not disturb the Ferrg couple or Feng Juan no matter what.
Shang Ke knew in advance that this mission has something to do with Tabimu, it was also one of the reasons why he chose to go abroad with Feng Juan. This group of power was gradually collapsing under his calculations. The remaining powers was just doing one last comeback. They went from a smuggling gang to terrorist and started rebellions all over the place.
In the timeframe of just five to six days, they had robbed two banks, killed around ten people, and blew up an office building belonging to the government.
Shang Ke’s mission was to use the network to find the position of these people.
Among all the technicians, his age was the youngest but his strength was the highest. Back in the days when he had just started to participate in these missions, many people were shocked by how completely incompatible his excellent skills and age were.
“I caught a phone signal from one of them.” Shang Ke’s expression was calm as his fingers flew like an outstanding conductor controlling the entire situation. “He’s currently on X street heading eastward. Ahead of that is…”
The police quickly started to act based on the trail he gave them.
While Shang Ke checked the map, he also analyzed their destination. But his voice stopped at a crucial place.
“What’s wrong?” Rowan looked at him in confusion.
Shang Ke replied back with a grave expression, “The direction they are heading is only five miles away from my foster parent’s company.”
Rowan’s expression also changed and he immediately made a call to the police force, heading toward Mr. Bruin’s office building.
Shang Ke took a look at the time, it was now four in the afternoon. The Ferrg couple would still be working at this time.
He called the Ferrg couple’s cell phone but no one picked up. Then he called the company’s number and someone picked up after three rings.
“I’m Bruno…” He had just said his name when an unfamiliar voice cut through, “Hello, Bruno.”
Shang Ke’s movement went stiff then he turned on the speakerphone.
“Thank you for your ‘care’ all these years, we have always kept you in our thoughts.” That man then made a strange sound of laughter, “We finally have the chance to properly talk this time.”
“What are you guys trying to do?” Shang Ke asked.
“Your foster parents and a dozen staff members are in our hands.” That man continued, “If you want to save them, then come meet us face to face. Oh, right, remember to bring along your brother Ian.”
“Ian went abroad, I can’t contact him for now.”
“Hehe, you can’t contact him? Then forget it, you can come first.” The other hung up after those words.
Shang Ke stared at the computer screen, the cell phone signal he caught before was already gone. This group was clearly prepared and their purpose was him and Feng Juan. however, he didn’t expect to get the Ferrg couple and employees caught up in this mess.
Rowan patted his shoulder, comforting him. “Don’t worry, we will save your family.”
Shang Ke did not have much confidence. From the other’s uncaring attitude, if they weren’t planning to take them down with them, then it meant they have other preparations made.
A group of people hurried to the office building of Mr. Bruin, which was already sealed off and watched by the police.
The two parties negotiated several times, but the criminals only had on request: To have Shang Ke go over and exchange hostages with them. If he doesn’t go, then they would kill someone every ten minutes.
The police asked them to first release a couple hostages, but they ignored it.
The crime rate of the UK was always rather high, but Shang Ke didn’t expect this to happen to him. He could only rejoice right now that he had sent Feng Juan out of the country.
Seeing how the time the criminals set was getting closer and closer, Shang Ke finally spoke. “Let me go.”
“No.” Rowan immediately vetoed it. Anyone knows that if he goes, then perhaps he will never come back.
“If I don’t go, then someone innocent will die.”
“Even if you went, they might not necessarily live.” Rowan bluntly told him. He had first hand witness of these people’s methods, they were vicious and merciless without a doubt.
“There is still a hint of hope is there not?” Shang Ke touched the cell phone in his pocket, the light in his eyes somewhat dark.
Rowan did not expect him to be so calm even under such conditions.
“Detective Rowan, I believe in you guys.” Shang Ke gave them a gentle smile, the light danced in his eyes, making him appear somewhat wise and farsighted.
When Rowan saw his smile, he felt both flabbergasted and sad. This boy had contributed much to them, but now they could only watch him send himself up to death. The reason why those people came looking for trouble with Shang Ke was likely because he helped the police collapse their power.
“Have you guys decided?” The other once again called.
“I’m coming.” Shang Ke calmly replied.
Under the group of police’s gaze, Shang Ke went alone into the building. His gait was calm and steady without fear.
Rowan silently cursed and then ordered all his subordinates to get into position in preparation to snipe and rescue.
Shang Ke entered the elevator and he clicked the tenth floor button. Right after the doors closed, his phone rang. He took it out and saw it was Feng Juan.
“Ke Ke, it’s already been five days, why haven’t you come yet?” Feng Juan’s voice carried a bit of displeasure.
While Shang Ke watched the numbers that gradually increased, he replied, “Sorry, I’m a bit busy over here. It would probably take a few more days.”
“Then finish up quickly, I really miss you.” He paused a bit, then added, “By the way, I already met up with my parents.”
“Are they good to you?”
“It’s pretty nice.” Feng Juan hesitated a bit then said, “Ke Ke, the Feng Family is in a bit of a tight situation right now, I want to help them. Regardless of our blood relation, with their development prospects, I also think this is a pretty good investment.”
“As long as you decided.” Shang Ke smiled, “I transferred thirty million to your bank ahead of time, if it’s not enough, tell me so.”
“Ke Ke, I love you!” Ke Ke always supported his choices unconditionally.
With a “ding”, the elevator arrived.
Shang Ke hung up the call and watched the gradually opening elevator door, softly saying, “I love you too.”
“Yo, you see what we got here?” A bald man looked at Shang Ke who entered the building and evilly laughed.
A couple of other people surrounded him, prepared to do a body search. But Shang Ke took a step back and lifted open his jacket, showing the explosives he tied at his waist.
Their faces abruptly changed once they saw that.
Shang Ke immediately knew that they did not have the plan to die together with them once he saw their reaction.
“Do you not want to live anymore?” The bald man raised his gun and aimed at him, angrily questioning him. He had never met someone who tied a bomb onto themselves while coming over to exchange for hostages! Can’t this guy do things like normal?
“Will you guys let me go back alive?” Shang Ke very casually replied then took a company chair and slowly sat in it. His gaze swept by where the Ferrg couple were not too far away and was somewhat relieved when he saw they were not too injured.
Back when he had suggested tying a bomb onto himself, everyone used a “are you insane” gaze to look at him. Do they not know there is a move called “if you place someone on a field of death then they will fight to live” in the Art of War?
If this group of people planned to die with him, then as long as he steps into this building, then his death was destined while the other hostages could only be buried with him. If they had another plan drawn up to flee this place, then he could threaten them with the bomb tied on him. Before they leave the building, they would not rashly do anything.
“I don’t have any other meaning.” Shang Ke leaned against the chair lazily, calmly saying, “I just want to ensure everyone’s safety. As long as they are safe, then you guys can see me being bombed into fireworks.”
“I don’t believe that the bomb tied on you is real.” The bald man closely stared at his expression so that not even a single change could get by him.
“You can test it.” Shang Ke spread out his hands, like he was willing to light it any moment.
The dozen of criminals looked at each other, they did not know what to do right now.
A moment later, the bald man viciously said to him, “You got guts. Hand over your cell phone and any other communication equipment!”
They did not dare to get close to him, because they knew that Shang Ke’s skills were high and if he accidentally lights the bomb, then it would be their tragedy.
Shang Ke very obediently threw the cell phone to him and then shook his clothes, his pockets and pant legs. He even took off his shoes and gave it to them to check, showing that he did not have any other equipment on himself.
They did not know that in the office, Shang Ke had activated the Jumping Virus on his phone and connected to their phone. Although the monitoring system of the building was destroyed, through the use of the cell phone, the police outside could monitor their actions without obstruction.
Outside the building, a technician was using the laptop Shang Ke left behind.
They heard Shang Ke and the criminal’s chat and was full of admiration for him while they wiped their cold sweat. A seventeen to eighteen boy was actually so calm while confronting such an evil and vicious criminal. Just where does his courage come from?
“So tell me, what are you guys planning to do next?” Shang K asked.
“You don’t need to worry about that.” The bald man did not put down his gun, he seems to be looking for an angle to shoot instead.
“I’m not worried, but it looks like everyone is rather free, so I have to find something to do to pass the time.” Shang Ke smiled, “Since you guys got nothing to talk about, why not listen to what I have to say?”
What “everyone is rather free”?! The people inside and outside had faces full of black lines.
“What do you want to say?” The criminals did not realize that their initiative was completely grasped by this seventeen to eighteen year old boy.
“I fought with you guys for so many years, the information I have gathered is beyond what you guys can imagine.”
“So what?” The bald man coldly said, “Tabimu has already collapsed nowadays, the information you gathered has no importance to us.”
“Really?” Shang Ke said regretfully, “I had thought you guys would be rather interested at where the old boss hid the money?”
“What?” The eyes of all the criminals lit up at the same time.
The ringleader of Tabimu was already imprisoned and it was impossible for him to be released from prison his entire life. But no one could find the money he had hidden.
“You know where the money is hidden?”
“Of course.” Shang Ke used his finger to poke at his head, “I am very clear about it.”
The bald man coldly smiled, “You think I would believe this lie? If you knew, you would have told the police already. Why would you still be waiting around for us to get it?”
“I am a hacker, I would leave myself a way out for anything I do.” Shang Ke said with ease and calm, “I want to use my life in exchange for my family’s. Then, I want to use that money to exchange for my life. What do you think of this transaction?”
The bald man stared at Shang Ke without blinking, the other was very calm, no sign of guilt could be seen on his face.
He asked again, “How much money is there?”
“I’m not too sure either, but there’s at least this much.” Shang Ke fan out his fingers, the unit is “one hundred million”.
If he said an accurate number, then the criminals might actually not believe it. But right now, they were tempted.
The people outside was almost really confused if Shang Ke really knew where the money was. His tone was too calm and too convincing.
After a series of arguing, the criminals and Shang Ke reached an agreement. At the same time, their support arrived.
The criminals all took a hostage and went from the cargo elevator down to the underground parking lot
They had originally planned to kill Shang Ke and all the hostages, but now, their plans have changed. They decided to wait until they got the money then deal with Shang Ke. As for the others, whether they killed them or not made no difference.
The police kept watch outside, but since they had hostages, they couldn’t move rashly.
The criminals separated into two cars, most of them crowded into the first one, leaving behind only two people to watch over Shang Ke and the Ferrg couple. There’s nothing to be done about it, whose fault was it that he had bombs tied onto him?
The car drove until midway and as per agreement, the criminals released all the other hostages besides the Ferrg couple.
Shang Ke also knew that they would not easily let go of his foster parents. He needed to think of a plan.
Rowan watched the criminal drive away his care and immediately gave out commands.
Not only had Shang Ke saved a large portion of the hostages in this mission everyone believed wouldn’t succeed, he had even grabbed himself a lifeline.
From the time he suggested tying a bomb to himself, to him negotiating with the criminals, then the plan he made in those short dozens of minutes, he showed a powerful psychological ability and wisdom that surpassed others. It caused everyone to gasp in admiration.
Rowan had been a detective for so many years and never met such a special boy before. A thought suddenly rose in his mind, Shang Ke will certainly come back safely.