Two Way Trip 07 Rich People differ.
It might seem superfluous, but this phrase warned against holding prejudices towards anyone or anything.
Xing Cong Lian didn't like Huang Ze, that much was obvious, but he didn't hold any prejudice against the inspector.
Huang Ze climbed to his position at a young age. Although his background contributed to that, coming from a family of businessmen, his background wasn't exactly much help in his career as an official. Huang Ze genuinely climbed up the ranks with his own effort.
To Xing Cong Lian, people who didn't live off their family were worthy of respect which was why he was willing to talk to Huang Ze.
Huang Ze took his words to heart. Eyes wandering to Lin Chen's face, he asked, "What do you mean?"
"It's dangerous." Otherwise, I wouldn't have bothered to talk to you in the first place. Lin Chen paused and swallowed the second half of his sentence.
"I can't close this highway just because of what you think." Huang Ze looked at Consultant Jiang who was being interviewed by the reporters. "He's the real expert and I only listen to what the experts say," he added seriously.
Huang Ze was a rigid, by the books man, which was why he retained the respect of his compet.i.tors despite defeating them to become the inspector in the provincial department. This wasn't a bad personality trait, but at times, not a good one as well.
He politely apologized to the reporters before taking Jiang Zhe to Lin Chen.
Upon hearing Lin Chen's reasoning, Jiang Zhe immediately blew up. "This is just a prank by a rebellious kid and you want to close down the highway? Who are you kidding?" Jiang Zhe kept his voice down, not wanting the reporters to hear what he was saying. He sneered at Lin Chen. "I know that you just want to make this thing bigger than it actually is so you can get famous again. Do you really think you can get back to the place you used to be?"
Having finished speaking his mind, he waved his hand and walked away, but Lin Chen stopped him. "Jiang Zhe, can you take responsibility for this a.n.a.lysis you've made?"
"Lin Chen, who are you trying to scare?" Jiang Zhe turned and stared at Lin Chen incredulously. "I can't take responsibility, yet you can?"
This question was obviously a rhetorical one, but Lin Chen answered it seriously. His voice wasn't loud, but it was solemn, making it so that no one could say anything in response.
"You're crazy!" After mulling over Lin Chen's reply, Jiang Zhe could only respond with this.
After that, the curly-haired psychologist left without turning back.
Huang Ze shrugged and said to Lin Chen and Xing Cong Lian, "I'm sorry, but my expert said your idea is nonsense."
"Huang Ze. If anything happens, let me know." Lin Chen stared at the inspector.
"You look like you want something to happen."
"It's not that I want something to happen, but something is definitely going to happen. That's not something that can be changed by my will alone.."
After Lin Chen said that, Xing Cong Lian patted his shoulder and said, "Let's go."
If someone wanted to close down the highway and was in a hurry, the best way to do it was to go straight to the highway management office.
Xing Cong Lian got in his car and as soon as he stepped on the accelerator, the jeep sped away.
The atmosphere inside was heavy, no one daring to speak. Lin Chen sat in the front seat while w.a.n.g Chao and Yang Dian Feng sat in the back. After holding back for so long, the manager finally couldn't help himself. "You didn't need to speak to Young Master Huang at all!" As he spoke, he glared at Lin Chen with accusation in his eyes.
"It's my duty. If I didn't speak up, it would be my problem, but since he didn't listen, it became his. It's fine." Xing Cong Lian gripped the steering wheel with both hands and took a moment to nudge Lin Chen, saying, "Give me a cigarette."
Lin Chen looked around, but couldn't find a pack.
"In my pocket." Xing Cong Lian leaned forward slightly.
Yang Dian Feng watched all of this from the back seat, feeling as though he had been completely ignored again.
"You shouldn't have left. Inspector Huang choosing to reply as he did is totally because of personal reasons. You need to report this to your superior!" Yang Dian Feng spoke again, raising his voice.
"Why should I do that?" Xing Cong Lian never took Huang Ze seriously to begin with. He stepped on the accelerator and cut off the vehicle in front of them. "Anger is a waste of time."
If Huang Ze was here, he probably would've vomited blood.
Hong Jing Highway management office was located about 50 km away from the crime scene. Even at full speed, they didn't arrive until nearly half an hour later.
On the way over, Xing Cong Lian called the old director and made a report on the case's latest progress, hoping to get his help.
Antic.i.p.ating their arrival, the highway management's people were waiting for them in the parking lot.
"h.e.l.lo, Captain Xing. I am Liu Hang, a.s.sistant to the chairman of Hong Jing Expressway Co., Ltd."
A young man with gold-rimmed gla.s.ses approached as Xing Cong Lian and his party were getting out of the car.
"Your chairman?" Xing Cong Lian asked as they walked.
"The chairman is in a meeting." Liu Hang looked at Xing Cong Lian and everyone else. Although Liu Hang remained polite, his tone still held a shed of disapproval.
When he received a call from the office just now, he heard that the captain of the criminal investigation team wanted to see their management to close up the highway. He thought it was ridiculous for a mere captain from the munic.i.p.al police office to make such a request. Now that he met the actual person clad in plain clothing and saw the jeep he drove, Liu Hang was even more certain that the captain had no background. In short, he was just an ordinary civil servant.
Xing Cong Lian knew that this man looked down on him. In any case, using the power of one's background to pressure people was only one way of solving problems. Using reason was another.
"We're in a rush. Even if the chairman is in the toilet right now, we need to break through." Xing Cong Lian didn't waste any time with the a.s.sistant….
Liu Hang was struck speechless.
As an a.s.sistant, Liu Hang certainly could not allow his boss to be embarra.s.sed. Making a decision, he invited Xing Cong Lian and his company into the office before excusing himself to go and find the chairman.
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The four in the office were left to their own devices.
The reason for this was, when war broke out a hundred years ago, the Xing family provided shelter for countless Chinese people overseas. Even now, they run the biggest overseas Chinese charity organization, focusing on helping their countrymen in foreign lands.
In summary, all the praises boiled down to this one sentence:
The Xing family is really awesome.
Breaking the silence all of a sudden, the door was pushed open and the chairman of the Hong Jing Expressway Co., Ltd strode into the room.
Instead of greeting the people inside his office, he sat down behind his desk and began answering his phone.
The content of the call was full of trivial minutiae, such as going abroad for an inspection. He talked to the person on the other end without pausing, appearing as though he didn't intend to end the call any time soon.
At this moment, Xing Cong Lian got up, walked over to the chairman's desk and pulled out the cord.
"Who are you? Who let you into my office?" The chairman was indignant.
"Xing Cong Lian, Captain of the Hong Jing Criminal Department."
Perhaps Xing Cong Lian's gaze was too glacial, but the chairman relented after a moment of deadlock. "Captain Xing, please sit down." The man waved his hand and said, "I heard you've come to ask me to close down the highway?"
"We concluded that the hijacker might make a big move today. For the safety of the highway's users, I hope you can agree to temporarily close down the highway in the Hong Jing section."
"You're telling me to shut down the highway just because you think a kid might do something? Do you know how much the shareholders will lose if we do that?!"
"No idea?!" The chairman was so angry, his finger almost poked Xing Cong Lian's face.
"I don't know much, but what I do know is that if you don't take responsibility now, you will have to bear the consequences later." Xing Cong Lian's eyes were ice cold.
"Consequences?" The chairman sneered. "Captain Xing, do you think the highway belongs to your family?"
Hearing this, an odd thought rose in Xing Cong Lian's mind.
TL Checker : Velvet
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