Both Zhou Wenwu and Han Guoping were big shots in Shanghai. If he had not destroyed Han Guoping, Qin Sheng would have been his admirer because he had been an ambitious and ruthless person. Zhou Wenwu would not have climbed to such a high position if he were someone with no capabilities. All the glory he was enjoying was directly proportionate to the hard work he had put in.
It was a pity he was too ruthless and despicable, plus he had offended Qin Sheng. This led to his end today.
Zhou Wenwu definitely did not expect his colorful life to end in such a tragic way. He did not live to a ripe old age and what was sadder was that he had died in the hands of a nobody. However, this nobody was to become a star in Shanghai one day.
Although it was not a difficult thing for Chang Baji to kill a person, there was no way anyone could underplay the torment the killer went through the moment he killed, unless it was not the first time he killed. Qin Sheng could see the decisiveness in Chang Baji’s move that betrayed the fact that it was not his first time, otherwise, why did it look so easy on him?
Had Qin Sheng killed someone before? He did. Just like what Chang Baji said, a real man would have killed. Which of the most formidable men had not stepped on someone else while climbing higher? Moreover, killing may be the most direct way of solving problems. Sometimes, it could be the only solution to problems.
In addition, there were some people deserved to die. If they were left to live, they would become disasters to society.
When was the first time Qin Sheng killed someone?
At the border of Yungui, he killed someone who deserved to die. However, it caused him many sleepless nights afterwards. It was after more than a month that he eventually recovered from it.
Although Zhou Wenwu’s heart was already stabbed by Chang Baji a few times, Chang Baji was still not satisfied, fearing that he might have missed something, so he gave the other side of Zhou Wenwu’s chest another two stabs. This shocked Qin Sheng into silence.
Chang Baji lifted his head to look at Qin Sheng after what he had done. “Why? Have you not killed anyone before?” he said as if he was talking to a little kid.
“I had.” Qin Sheng gave a rigid nod.
With a casual tone, Chang Baji said, “After doing it a few more time, you will not feel so uneasy. All you will feel is that they deserved to die.”
Qin Sheng stopped talking to Chang Baji. In his heart, he was thinking that it was more difficult for a good man to reach nirvana, while an evil man simply needed to put down the killing knife to attain nivana.
The two men filled the oil barrel with rocks and sealed it up using cement, and then they threw the barrel into the sea. They had complete the task they set out to do.
The notorious Zhou Wenwu from Shanghai would disappear from the face of the earth from this moment on.
Unless Qin Sheng and Chang Baji left some clues that were subsequently discovered by people, there was no way anyone would know how Zhou Wenwu died. All they knew would be that he had completely vanished from the surface of the earth.
By the time Qin Sheng and Chang Baji returned to the city, it was almost the break of dawn, darkness had been chased away by light. Qin Sheng had scrolled down the window and was smoking a cigarette. A thought went through his mind. There were so many people living in this built-up city, who would have noticed how many people had disappeared from the earth?
Men are such insignificant beings.
Instead of returning to Huarun, Qin Sheng and Chang Baji headed to Shimao Riviera Garden to take a quick shower and change. This was where Hao Lei and Chang Baji left all their belongings. When Chang Baji finished showering, he simply lay on the bed and fell into a deep sleep, as if he was a completely cold-blooded person. He only instructed Qin Sheng to wake him when he was ready to go.
Qin Sheng could not fall asleep at all. All he wanted to do now was to settle everything regarding Han Family’s business, so he could move on to start his own life. He could not shake off the thought that he could be the one to vanish if he was not capable.
The news of Zhou Wenwu’s disappearance had shaken up many people. There were many who were searching for him. After all, he had many relations and his disappearance had a great impact on many authorities. Unfortunately, no one was able to find anything after a week. The most anxious person of all would be Zhao Dongsheng. He was bound to Zhou Wenwu in that he started off with Zhou Wenwu’s support in his attempt to fight for Han Family’s wealth. He would only be able to rely on Zhou Wenwu’s power and resources to get what he wanted if Guoping Group were to announce bankruptcy and restructuring now.
However, what happened now was that Zhou Wenwu had disappeared.
“Curse you, the whole group of idiots! Go out and look for Zhou Wenwu. Whether alive or dead, I want to see him or his dead body. Don’t come back to me if you can’t find him. Get out!” Zhao Dongsheng had blown his top and was shouting in Guoping Group’s private club, where he was a patron.
Zhao Dongsheng’s henchmen began making suggestions, saying, “Brother Zhao, could Zhou Wenwu have died? He had offended so many people and there are many who wanted him killed. If not for that man who was his backing, he would have died tragically in the streets long ago.”
“Can’t you say something more auspicious?” Zhao Dongsheng was so furious that he tossed the cigar he was smoking towards his man who quickly tried to dodge.
Zhao Dongsheng had been cornered. Not only did Zhou Wenwu’s death implicated what he could get from the Han Family’s wealth, but it would also insinuate that both he and his family’s life may be in danger. Han Guoping had offended many people in the last few years and he was Han Guoping’s henchman, which means he also offended many people. Otherwise, there was no way he could have suppressed the elders in the company.
After Han Guoping’s death, it was precisely because Zhou Wenwu was protecting him that no one dared to harm him lest they offend Zhou Wenwu. It was all because of Zhou Wenwu that he was able to live comfortably.
Now that Zhou Wenwu had gone missing, he had lost his backing and naturally his enemies had no more scruples. How then could he not be anxious?
“Please don’t get angry, Brother Zhao. Lao Wei was only speaking the truth. We have to think of solutions now and prepare for the worst,” said another of his henchmen, whom Zhao Dongsheng usually listened to more.
Trying to calm himself down, Zhao Dongsheng sighed and said, “Alright, tell me, what are the solutions you can think of?”
“We can’t really interfere with the Group’s matters since so many people are eyeing it and without the support from Brother Zhou, we are not their match,” the henchman whom Zhao Dongsheng nicknamed little Zhugeliang said in a low voice.
Zhao Dongsheng was not a simpleton and he certainly knew that he should not interfere with the matter of the Guoping Group. To preserve his own life, he had to sacrifice the benefit without the support from his powerful ally.
“Next, we need to find ourselves new allies. Master Han had made enemies with many people and I’m afraid they might come looking for us,” Little Zhugeliang continued.
Feeling troubled, Zhao Dongsheng said, “Who can we look for at this moment?”
“The one who used to back up Zhou Wenwu,” Little Zhugeliang said with conviction.
Zhao Dongsheng’s expression changed as he began to ponder. “That would be difficult. While Zhao Wenwu didn’t look down on me, that man could not be bothered with me,” he said after a while.
“I have an idea,” Little Zhugeliang smiled and said.
After he told Zhao Dongsheng what he was thinking, Zhao Dongsheng’s face lit up. This could be the only solution.
Without Zhou Wenwu, Zhao Dongsheng had become rather low-key. This was the first time after Han Guoping passed away the crisis Han Bing faced was finally abated. Zhao Dongsheng was no longer pressuring her and Zheng Ping was very accommodating. Guoping Groups’ bankruptcy announcement and restructuring was carried out smoothly.
Han Bing could finally take a breather when the important matters had been handed over to Zheng Ping.
By a cafe nearby Zhongyin Tower, Chang Baji and Hao Lei were waiting in a car while Qin Sheng and Han Bing were having coffee inside the cafe. Han Bing was now aware of what happened to Zhou Wenwu. In the last few days, Qin Sheng, Hao Lei and Chang Baji had been excusing themselves on many occasions. Although she did not know exactly what they did, she could more or less guess it.
“Were you the one who was behind what happened to Zhou Wenwu?” Han Bing abruptly asked as she glared at Qin Sheng.
Qin Sheng had never told her about these behind-the-scene things. He thought Han Bing’s life should not be tainted with these filthy and dark things. She should be like what she used to be, to live her life openly under the sun, to lead a happy and blissful life. These behind-the-scene plottings and conspiracies should be shouldered by the other people around her.
Qin Sheng tried to joke around saying, “What are you talking about?”
“Do you seriously think that I’m not aware what happened to Zhou Wenwu? He had gone missing, so is he dead or not?” Han Bing asked cautiously.
Qin Sheng pretended to roll his eyes at her and said, “Drink your coffee, lass. Why are you asking these questions?”
“I’m not a lass,” Han Bing said, simpering.
Qin Sheng could not be bothered to answer her…
“Thank you, Qin Sheng. Thank you for doing all of these for me,” Han Bing said abruptly, looking grateful.
Qin Sheng sighed and said, “You said you were not satisfied, and I said I will take revenge for you. I don’t make promises often, but once I do, I will make sure to carry through with it no matter what it takes.”
While Han Bing was not an especially sentimental person, she still was very touched by all that Qin Sheng did for her. She was not even sure if she was just grateful to Qin Sheng or that her heart was moved. Without any hesitation, she blurted out, “Qin Sheng, I think I have begun to like you.”
Qin Sheng merely responded with a faint smile on his face.
While Qin Sheng and Han Bing were having this conversation in the cafe, Zhou Wenwu’s disappearance finally alarmed the man Zhao Dongsheng was talking about…