When A Snail Falls in Love - chapter-2
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Ji Bai was at a gathering with his friends when Zhao Han called.
The dullness of dusk could be seen through the carved window frames in
sharp contrast to the vast yet glimmering lights of Beijing City. Inside
the room, everyone was well-dressed. They were talking cheerfully and
joking around such that the scene inside the room looked like an
expensive painting. When the phone rang, Ji Bai passed his cards to the
person beside him then placed a cigarette in his mouth before excusing
He left and sat down on a sofa in the lobby outside. Beneath his feet was
a soft woolen carpet, whereas in front of him was a row of fresh indoor
plants that were surrounding a white rockery with an in-built water
fountain. Immediately, a clubhouse attendant approached him and politely
asked if he needed any service. Upon seeing him shaking his head, the
attendant quietly left.
He ashed the cigarette while Zhao Han naively reported to him. â€œThe
Station Chief has said that you must lead an intern, which will be taken
into account in your year-end assessmentâ€¦â€
Ji Bai leaned back onto the sofa, shut his eyes and smiled. â€œThatâ€™s
However, before Zhao Han could celebrate, he added on, â€œZhao, rearrange
your workload for now. Lead the interns and record them in your year-end
assessment for me.â€
Zhao Han was dispirited and immediately replied, â€œI canâ€™t lead them,
I really canâ€™t. Theyâ€™re both experts, youâ€™re the only one who can
To prove his point, Zhao Han told Ji Bai about Xu Xuâ€™s deduction
Number one, Zhao Han had subconsciously touched the necklace given to him
by his girlfriend a few times. He not only looked gentle when he did so
but he also constantly adjusted the position of the necklace with his
fingers. This showed that he was not used to the necklace and was
subconsciously trying to find the optimal position for it. This kind of
behavior is mostly seen in couples who are still passionately in love.
Number two, Zhao Han looked at the first drawer to the right a few times.
He wore a gentle expression whenever he did so. Since he had only
recently gotten together with his girlfriend, it would not be their
anniversary. There were also no upcoming festivals, so this present was
most likely a birthday gift.
Number three, regarding his right arm, Xu Xu could immediately spot that
he was a right-hander. However, he had paused for a while and used his
left-hand several times when wanting to pick something up.
Number four, while he wore the latest Givenchy casual top, his jeans were
from Meters Bonwe. A man who would buy Givenchy for himself would
certainly not match his outfit that way, so he did not buy that top
His new girlfriend gave him a silver pirate ship necklace and since they
had not been together for long, it was unlikely that she would give him
such an expensive Givenchy shirt. As a result, it was probably a gift
from another woman.
Men who grew up with a sister would all show certain similarities in
terms of character and behavior. These men tended to be more natural,
casual, and more considerate as compared to normal men when interacting
with women. Zhao Han happened to display all of those traits.
â€œFurthermore, when you looked at Yao Meng, who is a beautiful lady, you
didnâ€™t express amazement and excitement like the other officers. You
were very calm.â€ Xu Xu continued, â€œSo this sister of yours who bought
you the Givenchy shirt is probably well poised and very pretty.â€
Number five, the limited-edition Zippo lighter was more likely gifted to
him by a young friend. Besides, Zhao Han did not simply throw it just
anywhere on the desk or place it beside him where it was more easily
accessible. Instead, he placed it further away next to the picture frame,
which subconsciously reflected his respect towards that person. In the
entire police unit, the most likely candidate for someone who was young
but also most likely to be respected by Zhao Han was Ji Bai.
Following Zhao Hanâ€™s well-educated and sincere character, he would
certainly return a gift after receiving such an expensive gift. Although
Zhao Han wore Meters Bonwe jeans, he also wore a pair of valuable outdoor
sports shoes; his backpack was of the same outdoor brand as well. It was
obvious that he was a fan of the brand (It would not be from his sister,
she would have given him a pair of handmade Italian leather shoes or
something of the like). Hence, the gift that he gave Ji Bai was most
likely something that he deemed to be the most valuable item from a brand
he liked. This led Xu Xu to guess a pair of branded outdoor sports shoes.
After he said all of this, Zhao Han made a solemn promise. â€œCaptain,
take Xu Xu. I have no doubt that sheâ€™ll follow in your footsteps.â€
Ji Bai chuckled quietly. â€œShh Shh?â€
Zhao Han laughed.
However, Ji Bai quickly stopped laughing and continued seriously, â€œAn
unexpected win requires luck too. If we solve cases like how Shh Shh
does, then the risk will similarly be much bigger as well. Although Yao
Mengâ€™s analysis was plain and easy to understand, each of them was safe
and reliable deduction. Furthermore, based on how your description,
sheâ€™s more comprehensive than Shh Shh.â€
Zhao Han was at a loss for words and asked, â€œThenâ€¦ which one will we
â€œIâ€™ll think about it.â€
After they hung up, Ji Bai did not return to the room. Instead, he sat in
the same spot and went through their resumes on his phone as the
cigarette in his hand slowly burnt away.
When he was almost done, somebody came out from the room and sat down
beside him. It was his childhood friend, Shu Hang. He immediately slapped
his shoulder and asked, â€œWe werenâ€™t done talking just now so why did
you come here to smoke alone? Iâ€™m planning to start up a company this
year. If you think that the concept of new energy resources is workable,
then how about we do it together? Iâ€™ll split the company with you
Ji Bai put away his cellphone and laughed. â€œDid my mother ask you to
Shu Hang did not answer, which was a tacit acknowledgment. He sighed and
asked quietly, â€œAre you really content staying at such a low level in
the Criminal Police Unit?â€
Ji Bai squinted his eyes slightly and took a drag of his cigarette before
puffing out a smoke ring.
Shu Hang watched him and thought to himself, â€کYouâ€™d better not come
up with a bunch of politically sound and professional theories. That sh*t
makes me so nauseous.â€™
After some time, Ji Bai turned to him and smiled. â€œYouâ€™re not a fish,
so how can you understand the joy of being one?â€
Shu Hang scoffed. â€œDamn you and that gender imbalanced place. You are
constantly dealing with vicious and evil people, is it really a
â€œItâ€™s more fulfilling than all of you who do nothing but eat and
drink.â€ Ji Bai said jokingly.
Shu Hang was stunned. However, after remaining silent awhile, he was not
angry, instead, he nodded his head.
â€œItâ€™s quite meaningless isnâ€™t it?â€ His expression became
indifferent. â€œNothing in the world is too difficult for us, which makes
it meaningless. When people hear that youâ€™re the grandson or son of
this person or that person, theyâ€™ll immediately take thorough care of
you. You only need to snap your fingers for people to regard you as a
business genius who has surpassed your predecessor. Even when you really
do something based on your own abilities, heh, people will still talk
behind your back and say that your achievements are all just due to the
Shu family name.â€
Ji Bai only smiled faintly, then he patted his friendâ€™s shoulder. Shu
Hang knew that he sounded ridiculous, but it was probably because he had
drank too much. In any case, it was a good laugh.
The two of them smoked for some time again before Shu Hang spoke again.
â€œYouâ€™re being dishonest, why did you lie to your mother back then and
say that you wanted to join the police force to get into politics? The
two of you argued again, didnâ€™t you? Youâ€™re being unfilial.â€
In truth, it wasnâ€™t just Mother Ji, all of his friends who grew up with
him thought that Ji Bai had joined the police academy because he was not
willing to go into business like his father. They thought that he wanted
to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, General Ji, to join the
civil service. Now, seven years had passed and although he was quickly
promoted due to his outstanding performance, he remained in a dangerous
line of work.
Ji Bai stubbed his cigarette and smiled. â€œMy motherâ€™s side has quite
a few connections within the police force hierarchy. If I didnâ€™t talk
her into it, then she couldâ€™ve very well stopped me from getting into
the police academy. In any case, you shouldnâ€™t burden yourself thinking
about this anymore.â€
Shu Hang sighed. â€کAlright, if you say so.â€™
He no longer brought it up and instead switched the conversation subject.
â€œYou look like youâ€™re still single.â€
Ji Bai nodded.
Shu Hang sneered. â€œI heard that youâ€™ve been launching frontal attacks
on bad guys day and night. Brother, staying up late is bad for your
kidney, donâ€™t regret if they donâ€™t function anymore when you need
Ji Bai glared at him. â€œEven at my worst, Iâ€™m still healthier than
Shu Hang was instantly in tears with laughter.
The two of them fell silent for a while, then Ji Bai recalled something,
causing him to smile with his eyes. â€œActually, I went on a blind date
once last year.â€
Shu Hang was shocked. â€œYou actually went on a blind date?â€
Ji Bai nodded. â€œThe niece of the Station Chiefâ€™s wife. We saw each
other for a few weeks but it was called off.â€
Shu Hang was excited and probed further. â€œAnd why is that?â€
Ji Bai lit another cigarette and replied leisurely, â€œSheâ€™s quite
pretty, they say that sheâ€™s the belle of Xiang Chuan County. At the
time, I was particularly busy; I think I only saw her a few times. In the
end, she left me for an heir to a wealthy family.â€
Shu Hang was overjoyed but remained doubtful as he stared at Ji Baiâ€™s
side profile amidst the smoke. â€œYouâ€™re a stunner compared to the
other guys out there. Are you sure that the lady was willing to let you
Ji Bai laughed and replied, â€œShe did come and look for me again, saying
that the decision was very painful for her. However, she went on to say
that she would dump that shorty for me if I could buy her a suite in Lin
City within three years.â€
Shu Hang thought about it seriously then looked at him perplexed.
â€œYouâ€™re only worth a suite? What a low requirement. What did you tell
â€œI said that my monthly salary was 6000 and based on the housing rates
in Lin City, 1 square meter costs 10,000.â€ smiled Ji Bai.
Shu Hang laughed out loud. â€œBullshit, I donâ€™t believe you, how could
there be a lady out there with such bad taste? This cloak that youâ€™re
wearingâ€¦ hmm, it would cost at least tens of thousands, right? Canâ€™t
Ji Bai shrugged and grinned at him. â€œShe once said that she suspected
that my shirt was a fake from Beijingâ€™s Silk Street. Naturally, I told
her that she was right.â€
Shu Hang laughed out loud again, then he slapped Ji Baiâ€™s back. â€œThat
lady wasnâ€™t bad â€“ she was quite the realist.â€
Ji Bai nodded. â€œShe was. Which was why I was surprised that her
feelings could be bought with something as simple as a suite.â€
At that moment, the door to their room was pushed open and a group of
people poured out. Somebody pointed at them and called out, â€œLetâ€™s
go, weâ€™re going to go drink at his house, his fatherâ€™s collection.â€
Shu Hang looked at Ji Bai. â€œAre you going?â€
Ji Bai took one last drag of his cigarette before stubbing it out and
lazily replying, â€œWhy not?â€
It was the same dim light of night which filled the damp Lin City. The
river ran through the city whilst the streetlights on both sides of the
riverbank looked like mandarin oranges floating in the darkness.
Even when the off-duty bell rang, Yao Meng seemed to have no intention of
leaving at all. She said that she wanted to take a look at the data and
even took care of her colleagues who were working overtime by ordering
meals for them. A couple of people stopped by her desk and talked to her
after she did so.
Xu Xu, on the other hand, took her backpack and stood up with the
intention to say goodbye to everyone politely. However, after standing
for a while, nobody noticed her. Moreover, since she was not used to
speaking out loud, she finally left without making a sound.
When she compared herself to Yao Meng, it made her feel ashamed of
Nevertheless, she had grown used to it. She would not take it to heart.
Xu Xuâ€™s brother, Xu Juan, was already waiting by the roadside in his
Mercedes Benz. It was rush hour and the hazy streetlights were reflected
on his fair, elegant face through the tinted windows. His charcoal suit
was complemented by an elitist haircut that was very fitting of the big
After opening the door, Xu Xu got into the car. A few minutes later, Xu
Juan looked at her quietly out of the corner of his eyes. He saw that she
had placed her hands on her knees and had an indifferent look. Her legs
were gently kicking at the newly replaced woolen carpet on the car floor.
Xu Juan instantly smiled at his sisterâ€™s habit. How could he not know?
When she was in a good mood, she always liked to kick things; when she
was thinking, she always tapped on her knees like a man, so as to look
more experienced and mature.
â€œDid you have a good day?â€ He smiled and asked.
â€کThat means it went very well.â€™ Xu Juan smiled as he loosened his tie
with one hand. He threw it into the backseat then opened the car window,
allowing the night breeze to caress their faces. They were both quiet
people, so they sat there in silence as they watched the car lights
flashing by outside the window.
Suddenly, Xu Xuâ€™s cell phone rang.
After taking a glance at the number, Xu Xuâ€™s expression changed.
Xu Juan noticed this and immediately asked, â€œWhoâ€™s that?â€
â€œJi Bai. The Vice-Captain of the Criminal Police Unit.â€ She had taken
a look at the contacts that day, so she naturally remembered everyoneâ€™s
numbers. It seemed like he had decided to be her internship mentor, so Xu
Xuâ€™s mood instantly cheered up.
She was still quite nervous to face the youngest legend in the police
force thought, so after adjusting her breathing, she picked up the phone.
â€œHello, this is Ji Bai.â€ A manâ€™s voice was heard through the phone,
it was both clear and deep.
â€œHello, Captain Ji.â€
â€œIâ€™m coming back in a week. Over the next few days, go through all
the information we have on unresolved cases over the last ten years, then
produce a report.â€
â€œNext month, weâ€™ll also have to work with the Public Security Bureau,
so gather all related information.â€
He was direct and efficient as he assigned five to six miscellaneous
tasks to her at once, to which she answered him without hesitance. At
last, he paused. Xu Xu did not make a sound either as she waited for him
Music and laughter could be heard from Ji Baiâ€™s side during the pause
as he laughed and spoke to someone else. After a while, he turned his
attention back to her and asked quietly, â€œShh Shh, do you have any
There was still traces of his laughter in his voice as Xu Xu thought for
a moment before she answered, â€œNot for the time being.â€
After they hung up, Xu Xu screened through all the task he had assigned
and knew what to expect. Once she raised her head up, she saw Xu Juan
staring at her.
â€œIf heâ€™s your superior, why arenâ€™t you trying to make friends with
him?â€ Xu Juan was hoping that Xu Xu would undergo some kind some
metamorphosis during this internship period.
Xu Xu was in a good mood for the first time ever as she explained
patiently, â€œDo you know why I want to intern under this man?â€
â€œYou told me before, itâ€™s because he has the highest crime solving
â€œYes. A person with such a high crime solving rate wonâ€™t easily let
other factors interfere with his judgment of people or matters. In other
words, if I work under him, I donâ€™t have to boast or flatter him, I
donâ€™t have to try to figure out his psyche. I can focus all my energy
on important matters without worrying about office politics.â€
As Xu Juan watched his sisterâ€™s shining eyes, he became cheerful as
well. He felt happy for her as he smiled to himself before switching to
another topic that he was more concerned about, â€œYouâ€™ll officially
graduate next year and youâ€™ll have a stable job too. Are there any
single men in the police station? When will you get a boyfriend?â€
Xu Xu looked at Xu Juan oddly. â€œDoes this have anything to do with
Xu Juan felt dispirited. He knew that his sister was not arguing with
him, but that she genuinely felt that it had nothing to do with him.
Which was why he felt even more dispirited. He reached out his hand out
to mess up her initially neat short hair. Xu Xu knew that she could not
avoid it, so she simply shriveled up and let him ruin her hair as he
wished. Only when he finally stopped did she turn to glare at him.
She looked calm despite her head looking like a chicken coop. There was a
faint twinkle in her pitch-black eyes.
As Xu Juan looked at her, his heart softened. â€œ24 years old isnâ€™t
old, but with no experience in relationships at all and seemingly no
interest in the opposite sex, how can the two men in our house not worry
Xu Xu fell silent, then she abruptly sat up straight and answered.
â€œSorry, itâ€™s not that Iâ€™m not interested. Iâ€™ll make better use of
my time in the future.â€
Their mother had passed away from illness when Xu Juan was five and Xu Xu
Their mother used to be a businesswoman. She had left a middle-sized
accounting firm for their uncle to manage. Xu Juan took over the firm
after he graduated from university and, by now, had already made a name
for himself as an outstanding talent in the industry within Lin City. On
the other hand, their father was a university professor. He had raised
them alone when their mother had passed away and had not remarried since.
Xu Juan was a calm and knowledgeable character, which was pretty much a
mixture of their parentsâ€™ personalities. In just a few years, he had
already established himself in Lin City. However, he changed girlfriends
as quickly as he changed clothes; it was unknown where he got his playboy
Xu Xu was more like their mother who was strict and decisive.
Nonetheless, everyone around her thought of her as someone that, while
excellent academically and with great work ethic, had no clue of how to
get on in the world. A typical person with high IQ but low EQ.
Xu Juan would argue that this was not because his sister was clueless and
that she did not have low EQ â€“ it was simply that she just was not
â€œI donâ€™t want my boyfriend to be a police officer,â€ said Xu Xu.
â€œIt wonâ€™t be right. My job has certain risks and my daily routine is
not stable. By comparison, if my partner has a more stable lifestyle,
then our family structure will be balanced.â€
Xu Juan did not want her sister to get a police boyfriend either. In all
honesty, he was still very concerned about her sister getting a
boyfriend, even though she was an expert in psychology.
â€œHow about this, Iâ€™ll introduce you to somebody.â€ He said.
Xu Xu pondered for a while. She agreed that her brother would be a more
reliable source of suitors and so, she nodded. â€œAlright. I want
somebody who deals with technology, natural sciences, IT, architecture,
chemical engineeringâ€¦ any of those will do.â€
Xu Juan was elated and asked, â€œWhy?â€
Xu Xu shrugged. â€œSimple minded men are comparably easier to control.â€
Xu Juan laughed out loud.