When a Snail Loves by Ding Mo: Part 38

 

Seeing Ji Bai and Xu Xu once again, Qiao Shi was less tense, though she still showed traces of caution in her eyes.

Ji Bai handed her a cigarette, and she whispered: “Thank you.” The finger holding the cigarette was trembling a little.

“The confession before was too brief, I hope you cooperate, tell us in more detail what happened that night.” Ji Bai spoke.

Ye Qiao lifted her swollen eyes: “I don’t have anything else to say, what I remember, I’ve already confessed it.”

 

Ji Bai did not listen to her refusal, continuing to ask: “When you arrived at the scene, did you see another car or anyone leaving there?” Ye Qiao lowered her eyes: “No.”

“How did you get in the villa?” Xu Xu asked.

Ye Qiao thought for a moment, then replied: “Ye Zi Xi opened the gate.”

Ji Bai looked at her and slowly spoke: “It was already ten at that time. The villa is on the mountain’s cliff, there’s no one around. You’re a woman but you went to her place alone, you weren’t afraid that Ye Zi Xi would hurt you?”

Ye Qiao trembled. Ji Bai’s questions made the scene of that night suddenly appear in her mind. The silence of the mountain, the trees moving like the shadows of ghosts. She had parked the car by the road, looking at the lights at the villa not far ahead. Her heart was aching, as if it had fallen into oil. Imagining her husband and cousin at the love nest belonging to them, imagining the scene of her husband who had a high sex drive tormenting another woman under him, made her feel nauseous. But thinking of that handsome and omnipotent husband of hers, the love and hatred entangled, making her fall into the mud that she was unable to get out of.

What kind of agony would she feel when she went to Zi Xi’s house?

At this time, Ji Bai’s deep voice, distant as though coming from another world: “ When you were in the villa, how was the situation?”

Images appeared in Ye Qiao’s mind, she spoke in a hoarse voice: “It was very dark, cold, I went inside…” She took a deep breath before continuing: “I saw Zi Xi sitting on the sofa, she asked me what did I come for..”

“Was there anything happening in the house?” Ji Bai interrupted her.

His eyes were sharp, making her subconsciously more careful, while recalling what was happening then: “I did not pay much attention, the air conditioning was on, Zi Xi was probably making a midnight snack, the microwave made a sound. After that, we had an argument…”

“After five to six stabs.. I couldn’t remember clearly, I was very frightened.”

“ I can’t remember the exact arrival or departure time, I didn’t look at the clock. I arrived at the villa at about little more after ten o’clock, and left at little more after eleven.”

Her confession wasn’t as perfect as before. There were questions that she couldn’t answer, saying that she did not remember, or she simply stayed silent.

When they were out of the interrogation room, Xu Xu patted Ji Bai’s arm. “Master, I have some vague thoughts, can we discuss it?”

Ji Bai turned around to see Xu Xu’s face, which was without the slightest color. Her black eyes, the sclera which was originally clear before, had now become bloodshot.

He almost forgot, how long he hadn’t slept was also how long she hadn’t slept.

“Alright.” Ji Bai stared at her: “Discuss it tomorrow, now you should go back to sleep.”

Xu Xu dazed: “But I…”

“Go home immediately, I’ll call your house half an hour later to check.”

Xu Xu was a stubborn person, though a bit unwilling, but she still obediently went home to sleep. And Ji Bai also took this chance to sleep for two to three hours in his office, after that, he took the keys to drive to Lin Shan Mountain.

At this time, the sky was already completely dark, the villa in the middle of the jungle of trees, there were thick dark clouds above the horizon without any stars. This scene made others think of the day of the night of the murder. In the villa, how many had been stained with blood, how many were silent about it.

Ji Bai was calmer and, even more, awake due to the cold night. He turned the power on, stepped on the cold stairs and walked into the villa.

Ji Bai stayed in the living room for almost an hour, combined with the confessions and emotions of each person, finally, his mind thoroughly organized all the clues. The situation had become clear, this allowed him to temporarily relax. He intended to go upstairs to take a look, then go back to the city.

The second floor was very quiet, everything was still the same as the day of the murder. Ji Bai was thinking as he stood before the wardrobe, when suddenly he heard light footsteps coming from downstairs.

Who returned to the crime scene?

Ji Bai softly and slowly walked down the stairs, keeping a look out to observe. The second moment, a person who had never once panicked, was now covered with cold sweat.  

Because he saw a figure who was sitting exactly where Zi Xi’s dead body had been.  The person was kind of leaning on the sofa, motionless.

After missing a heartbeat, Ji Bai immediately recognized who the person was. She heard a movement, looked up and saw Ji Bai, surprised: “Master?”

Seeing Ji Bai’s weird expression when he approached, Xu Xu totally did not expect him to get frightened by her. Thinking that he might be angry because she did not go home to sleep, she meekly said: “I slept for four hours, it’s enough.”

Ji Bai: “You’re sitting down/there/like that to study the case?”

Xu Xu frowned: “Analyze the victim through analyzing the occurrence that happened at the crime scene, I wanted to try that.”

Ji Bai glanced at her once; this little girl seemed to be very daring.

Ji Bai already had a conclusion so there was no need to stay any longer. But Xu Xu had appeared, of course, it was naturally a different situation now. It’s still long before dawn, Ji Bai said: “ You go ahead and look, I’ll wait, we’ll go down the mountain together.”

Xu Xu nodded, but she did not continue to sit where the chalk had outlined the body of the victim, instead she started to walk around the living room to observe; air conditioning, messy coffee table. Xu Xu stood in front of the microwave, suddenly feeling a slight warm air beside her. She looked up; she did not know when Ji Bai came to stand beside her, he was also observing the microwave.

“Found anything?” Ji Bai said.

Xu Xu replied: “Still looking.”

JI Bai did not say a word. Xu Xu once again continued to open the cabinet to observe.  That warm breath still lingered around her neck, like a figure and its shadow. Ji Bai once again followed after her.

Xu Xu originally did not feel anything out of the usual, but when she looked up, he also looked up. Xu Xu was looking at something in the cabinet, looking aside a little, she immediately saw Ji Bai’s handsome profile. After that,  the image from last night appeared in Xu Xu’s mind, he was smiling faintly under the fire.  

Xu Xu was silent for a moment, then turned around and looked at Ji Bai: “Master, can we separate to explore the crime scene?”

JI Bai didn’t intend to bother Xu Xu. But because he didn’t have anything else to do, he wanted to see her performance, perhaps pointing out something. Hearing Xu Xu’s words, he was a bit surprised: “Why?”

Xu Xu: “I need to focus, don’t like having anyone besides me.”

Without thinking about it, Ji Bai turned and walked towards a chair far away from the morgue, and sat down.

At that moment, Ji Bai suddenly realized that it was actually fun to observe Xu Xu from afar. The little girl frowned, lowered her head, skewed her looking, squatting down, elegant-looking but also very energetic, having a lively. alluring aura.

At this time, Xu Xu was standing at a corner, her body shook a little, subconsciously raising her arms to hold her shoulder.

It became colder later the night, moreover, the weather was gloomy, because they wanted to minimize the damage to the crime scene, the   air conditioning couldn’t be switched on.  Seeing her reaction, Ji Bai immediately got up and walked over.

Xu Xu rubbed her arms, then suddenly heard approaching footsteps. After that, her shoulder got heavier. She turned around, Ji Bai was wearing a thin white sweater standing beside her, his outer jacket was wrapped around her.

“Thank you, I don’t need it.” Xu Xu wanted to take it off.

Ji Bai: “ Don’t worry. If you were to get a cold, how can you investigate the case tomorrow?” Seeing her petite body inside his jacket, he suddenly felt an indescribable itchiness.

Xu Xu hesitated, honestly saying: “I really don’t need it, I’m not used to wearing someone else’s clothes.” Then she immediately took the jacket off to hand it to Ji Bai.

Ji Bai swept over her calm face and took the jacket, smiling: “Master is too dirty for you?”

Xu Xu was remorseful, honestly replying: “ Of course not.”

There was still warmth lingering in his jacket though there was no smell of sweat, there was no unpleasant smell, but it made her feel a little anxious, for no reason. She understood it to be due to the unfamiliarity.  

But in fact, Xu Xu had never worn someone else’s clothes, except her brother’s.

Her expression was very sincere with blushed cheeks. Petite build, her shoulder was slightly contracted right in front of Ji Bai.

An idea flashed through Ji Bai’s mind, as he slowly said: “You don’t want to wear my jacket and I also can’t let you be cold. There is another way.”

While saying this, Ji Bai was a bit impulsive. A woman and a man staying in an empty villa in the mountain, his woman was shivering, he wants to hug her. Although this was a little beyond his plan and perhaps also beyond her endurance, but in his heart, he was a little bit conceited. He was certain that Xu Xu wouldn’t reject him; his attributes were quite good, even if she still hadn’t developed feelings for him, but after consideration, surely she should be willing to try dating him.

Xu Xu looked at him deeply. Thinking of the feeling of hugging her in his arms, a stream of warm water flowed through his heart.

She also looked at him with clear eyes, as she faintly smiled: “Yes, there is another way.”

Four eyes were staring.

Xu Xu suddenly jumped in place. “ Don’t worry, It won’t be cold anymore if I jump for a moment.” Xu Xu explained while she jumped a couple of times. Because she and Ji Bai often exercised, she naturally jumped in front of him, lightly and briskly.

Ji Bai was dazed for a moment, then he abruptly laughed, his handsome face thoroughly stretched, laughter on his face deepening. Seeing his bright smile, Xu Xu also followed him and smiled.

Jumping for few times, Xu Xu suddenly stopped. She raised her head to look at Ji Bai: “I’ve figured it out.”

Ji Bai withdrew his smile, then gazed at her: “Good.”

Xu Xu was about to speak when Ji Bai continued: “Let’s do this, we’ll write down the murderers to see whether our predictions are the same.”

Xu Xu liked this thrilling feeling, this was to test their capability. She immediately nodded.

After a while, they turned their laptops to one another.

“Ye Zi Qiang, Ye Jin”

“Oldest brother and oldest daughter of Ye family.”

 


Edited by No.1 / Welcome back from vacation, honey =D

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I thought Ye Jin might be the culprit but I didn’t think Ye Qiang had it take to kill but I guess it’s understandable since he has a hot temper. Tsk tsk, this is why you shouldn’t be a hot head.

P.S: just a friendly reminder to those who don’t like spoilers.

Don’t ever look in the comment section.

24 thoughts on “When a Snail Loves by Ding Mo: Part 38

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  2. thank you very much—!
    ye qiao….i pity her, though! zhang shiyong! when i saw that ‘tormenting another woman under him’, i seriously gagged, and i felt nauseous too! anyone who cheats on their spouse willingly….why would you do that?! zhang shiyong is a horrible guy! he should die, hmph!
    lol xu xu doing jumps, while ji bai was thinking of a different -ahem- way! lolol! so cute that he wanted to give her his jacket, though, haha! i think it’s great how xu xu is always straightforward no matter what! -thumbs up to xu xu-

  3. Thanks Tiffy for translating. Lol for JB… thinking of the excuses to hug XX. Shes so naive. .

    What’s with not reading the comments? Hahaha. . I love spoilers.. and sometimes i can understand better with others insight
    By the way what happen to chapter 39? Am i the only one who cannot open it?

    • You’re welcome. And because some people don’t like spoilers so just a warning for those. I’m actually like spoilers even if I haven’t read ahead because I like to know the general idea, I guess I’m one of the those who don’t like too much of a surprise..😄 and I agree with you on the insight. And nope, it will be up soon but not yet. I added ch 39 before when I added the other chapters so I don’t have to do it later on..lol so yeah it isn’t up yet.

  4. Spoilers are always welcome ^.*
    Woah still another murder in the family….
    Omo omo I love this chappie ^^ especially JB & XX moment, with XX’s straightforward, JB must do more hard work in chasing.
    seems like guy likes smaller framed girl better ^^ like JB, he even wants to hug her after looking her small petite body covered in his jacket.

    • Yeah I also love spoilers but I just want to give a headup for some who don’t. Just personal preferences. I don’t think so, it depends on again preferences. I think he just so infatuate with her that everything about her seems nice?

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