Criminal Psychology

Hans Gross

Chapter 20

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Two Way Trip 03 Once Xing Cong Lian wasn't in a hurry. He knew Lin Chen was at the R&R station and knew he couldn't run.

With Lin Chen's intellect, he must have known he was already exposed.

It was interesting to see someone famous for their calm composure so anxious.

On the HePing North Road, the police in charge stopped a small school bus that was turning north onto ChangPing Route.

When Cong Lian arrived, the driver was still hounding the traffic police.

"Mister, you really didn't break any laws. The police just want to ask you some questions." The traffic police stood by the bus, patiently persuading the driver.

"The students will be late for their cla.s.ses!" The driver shouted, slamming his fist against the steering wheel.

Xing Cong Lian circled around the bright yellow bus.

The students aboard the bus had already gotten off for inspection. The boys and girls in private school uniforms huddled by the roadside in groups of two or three.

The girls' sailor skirts were cut above their knees. When the wind blew, it revealed their youthful legs. But, the boys weren't willful or stubborn. Although they were delayed, they all patiently waited for the inquiries in silence.

"Feng Jing School?" Xing Cong Lian's eyes fell on the emblem on the left side of the school bus. It was composed of golden maple leaves and silver ca.s.sia branches.

"They're from the city's famous private school. The tuition is very expensive!" w.a.n.g Chao pointed at a girl with a mushroom haircut on the side of the road. Wearing a navy school uniform, she was held by a taller boy.

"Her parents are okay with such a small girl going to school by herself?" Cong Lian didn't hold back. 

"In the Feng Jing School, the kindergarteners were all accompanied by a senior or an uppercla.s.sman. How can it be unsafe?" Yang Dian Feng, at Cong Lian's side, couldn't help but respond.

"You have kids in Feng JIng?"

"My youngest brother attends the high school."

"Rich people."

Yang Dian Feng glanced at Cong Lian and smiled. "The quality of education is good, so it's alright to spend more. If you want to send your children there, I can introduce you to the princ.i.p.al."

"Us criminal police officers are very poor, we can't afford that."

Xing Cong Lian seemed to be in an excellent mood, chatting with Yang Dian Feng.

Suddenly, a police officer pulled something out from a school girl's bag. 

"I don't know where that came from!" The girl clutched her bag tightly, yet her voice was calm.

Throwing the object into an evidence bag, the officer handed it over to Cong Lian. 

Xing Cong Lian glanced at the item inside then moved closer to the student. "Little sister…" As soon as he spoke, w.a.n.g Chao kicked him.

"Little girl, didn't you say this thing wasn't yours?" Quickly changing his tone and wording, Xing Cong Lian held the bag up in front of the student. Inside the bag was the exact tablet that had been taken from the bus by the hijacker. 

The girl nodded. "When I packed my bag this morning, that thing wasn't there."

"So you never touched it?"

The girl's eyes were clear. "I think you can check the fingerprints."

"Fair enough." Cong Lian rubbed the stubbles on his chin.

"I always wear my bag on my back, so someone must have snuck it in while I was walking from home to the bus station, but that's unlikely." The girl looked at her school bag. The iron clasp on the front was tightly buckled.

"That makes sense." Xing Cong Lian continued his previous action, "When did you leave your house?"

"7:35."

"Where do you live?"

"Ruo Shui Street."

"Oh?" Cong Lian stared at the girl but didn't ask any other questions.

"Sir, can I go now?" The girl started back to the school bus.

"Interesting." Cong Lian watched the girl's ponytail bounce against her back as he spoke to himself.

"Boss," w.a.n.g Chao said, "Give the tablet back to me and go to the R&R to find Ah Chen, please!"

, Captain Xing didn't care at all about his subordinate's demand. He handed the table over then folded his arms across his chest. Leisurely, he waited.

w.a.n.g Chao almost choked with indignation but could only work on the tablet.

Quickly, he connected the tablet with his laptop and knocked on the keys, working on a dizzying array of codes.

A complicated red line was outlined on the map, showing the specific locations of the tablet after leaving the hijacked bus.

The cobweb-like line was confusing but w.a.n.g Chao had an epiphany. Immediately, he took out his phone and keyed in two locations.

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"I'll be d.a.m.ned…" w.a.n.g Chao looked at his phone then the map on the laptop and said, "Boss, there's something wrong with this tablet's GPS. The locations are impossible!"

"I'll be d.a.m.ned." Cong Lian couldn't stop himself from repeating w.a.n.g Chao's words.

The starting point on the map was the same, the gate of Feng Jing School. After that, the yellow and red lines began to diverge and overlap, making the screen even more of a confusing mess.

"It would be simple if you had the timeline," w.a.n.g Chao said gloomily.

Pointing at the bus's path, Con Lian said, "I'll go check the road."

With a smile, Yang Dian Feng said, "Let me go with you." 

Sitting in the pa.s.senger seat, Yang Dian Feng watched the road signs change as they traveled. Cong Lian didn't bother looking at the map, yet he never took a wrong turn.

"You have a good memory." The handsome manager leaned against the window, his chin propped on his hand. The spring breeze blew through his hair, tousling it.

Cong Lian fished out a cigarette, too lazy to talk.

Stopping the car at the intersection near the Feng Jing School, Con Lian saw several students loitering. The school hours were about to start, and several boys and girls waited at the school gate, ready for cla.s.s. 

Yang Dian Feng followed him out of the car and walked along the boulevard, eyeing the camphor trees that grew on either side of the street.

Walking slowly, Xing Cong Lian tucked his hands into his pockets.

The cold spring breeze and noisy voices brushed pa.s.sed him, but he stood straight and strode forward.

"What are you thinking about?" Yang Dian Feng finally asked.

"A friend of mine once told me that if I was ever faced something I couldn't understand, I should experience it." Xing Cong Lian closed his eyes then took a deep breath.

"So, what do you feel?"

Captain Xing Cong Lian opened his eyes but didn't speak.

Translator(s): Kuro

Editor(s): Empress, Bet

Bet: Forgive me for the delay!!!!!!

This is all my fault. I'm so sorry. I had so much to do this week and it screwed me up.

I cannot apologize enough, but with our newly added members, I hope this will not happen again!

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