Zhou Wenyan reached out with his long hand, took the mobile phone on the coffee table, and dialed the kid’s number.
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After the phone hung up automatically, Zhou Wenyan dialed another one.
This time the call was connected, but the person speaking was not a kid, but a girl.
“Hello…” the girl’s voice was thin and weak, “I picked up this mobile phone when I was walking. There was a watch next to it. Did you drop it?”
Zhou Wenyan: “Excuse me, where did you pick it up??”
The girl mentioned a place name, but she was afraid that they wouldn’t know it, so she added: “It’s not far from Yuying Primary School.”
Zhou Wenyan pondered for a moment and said, “Please wait where you are for a while, we will come right away.”
Shen Dongqing huddled on the sofa and muttered: “This little kid is not worried at all.”
Zhou Wenyan rubbed his head: “Why, shouldn’t we go?”
“We’d better go.” Shen Dongqing sighed. Taking a long breath, “I’m afraid he’ll cause trouble.”
The two of them rushed to the place the girl said. The girl had been waiting for a while, and when she saw them coming, she handed over the mobile phone and electronic watch.
“This is all I saw when I came here…”
Shen Dongqing took a look and saw that all the devices on the kid’s body that could contact others were here. It seemed that he didn’t resist at all and was very cooperative.
“Been taken away.” Shen Dongqing said.
Zhou Wenyan looked around and said: “This is a surveillance blind spot.”
After hearing what they said, the girl said: “Has a child been kidnapped? Do you want to call the police?”
Shen Dongqing made a quick decision: “Call the police.” He paused. “I’m afraid that if we call the police too late, someone may die.”
Zhou Wenyan walked to the side and called the police, briefly explaining the situation here. Shen Dongqing had a stern face and lowered his head, until he did not know what he was thinking.
When the girl saw this, she thought Shen Dongqing was worried about the child’s safety, and comforted him in a low voice: “It’s okay, the police will definitely help you find the child, don’t worry.”
“I’m not worried about the child.” Shen Dongqing waved his hand.
Shen Dongqing: “I’m worried about the kidnapper. If the kidnapper dies, it will be difficult.”
Because it involved a rich second generation and the entertainment industry, the police attached great importance to it and arrived at the scene right away.
It was just that the kidnappers seemed to be skilled at committing crimes and didn’t leave many traces. There were no cameras at the place where the crime was committed. Only a camera at an intersection captured a van driving to the entrance of the alley and driving out again two hours later, which happened to be when Yuying Primary School was let out.
But the license plate of the van was covered with dust, making it impossible to see the license plate clearly. The model of the van was the kind you could find on any street. There could be twenty of them on one street, making it extremely difficult to locate it.
The police captain said: “First, plug in all the cameras at nearby intersections, find the driving tracks of similar cars, and filter out cars leaving the city or going to remote locations.”
“Yes.” After the captain finished assigning the task, he met Shen Dongqing and Zhou Wenyan.
They didn’t look good personally, and he couldn’t help but think that no matter what identity or status this person had, he was just a father in front of his children.
He comforted: “We will find the child as soon as possible. The kidnappers may make extortion calls. No matter what the request is, you must agree first.”
After listening to what the captain said, Shen Dongqing nodded and said: “Why don’t we go eat hot pot first?”
There was a Sichuan hot pot restaurant nearby.
Shen Dongqing sensed his doubts and said, “Thank you for your hard work, why don’t you come and eat together?”
Captain: “No, no need, we have to continue tracking…”
These two people were a little big-hearted, they must look bad because they didn’t have dinner.
But before Shen Dongqing could walk through the door of the hot pot restaurant, his phone rang. He picked it up and saw that it was an unfamiliar caller.
It was a kidnapper.
After he picked it up, a rough voice came from the phone.
“Are you the father of this child? We want a ransom of five million, all in cash, and you bring it to this place alone. Don’t call the police. If you call the police, I’m not sure if your child will be missing an arm or a leg.”
Before he could finish his threatening words, the other end of the phone suddenly paused, and then a scream came from the background: “There is a ghost, there is a ghost! Ahhhh-“
“What are you talking about?? How could there be a ghost?!”
After a burst of noise, the phone hung up.
Shen Dongqing’s heart sank: “Hurry up, if we go any slower, it will really be too late.”
If you go any slower, the bodies of the kidnappers will really have to be collected.
“…How could there be a ghost!”
The place where the kidnappers were located was an unfinished building in the suburbs. It was originally going to be built as a villa area, but the developer went bankrupt midway, and this area used to be a cemetery. Thus, no one was willing to take over the project, so it was shelved until now. This large tract of villas was like a ghost town.
Scar was originally guarding the kid upstairs, but now he ran downstairs jumping up and down, looking pale, panting, and frightened.
“There really is a ghost!” He shouted hoarsely, “I went to the bathroom and saw a female ghost hanging on the ceiling!”
“What nonsense are you talking about!” The driver threw down the phone, “I’ll go take a look.”
Scar huddled behind the board and walked upstairs cautiously.
The man with droopy eyes cursed: “You weakling!” and strode into the toilet.
The toilet had no running water or electricity, it was dirty, and there was an indescribable smell as soon as you walked in. The man with droopy eyes looked around and didn’t see the female ghost Scar had mentioned.
He cursed: “How dare you lie to me, female ghost? If there really is a female ghost, I’ll hit her first!”
As he spoke, he turned around, and then he saw the female ghost.
The female ghost was sticking closely behind the man with droopy eyes, so when he turned around, he almost had a face-to-face intimate contact with her.
The man with droopy eyes looked at the broken face close at hand. The white and tender maggots were coming out of the hollow face and then retracting, tapping the man with the droopy eyes’ face.
The female ghost smiled faintly, as if to say, I am here, do you dare to come?
The man with the droopy eyes’ whole body stiffened, and he forgot about his heroic words just now. He was so frightened that his two limbs trembled, and he screamed and fainted on the ground.
Shen Luqiu heard the noise outside and came out, a little unhappy: “What’s wrong?”
He didn’t see anyone else, and he was worried that the kid had run away. He was about to go back, when suddenly a drop of water fell from the ceiling and landed right on top of his head.
Shen Luqiu: “Water leak?”
He forgot that there was no water connection in the unfinished building. He looked up and met a pair of dark eyes.
There was a person lying on the ceiling.
No, it couldn’t be called a human at all. It was skinny with its bones visible, while its facial features had almost disappeared. Only a black hole-like mouth and eyes remained, and its limbs were like bamboo poles, climbing on the ceiling.
The drop of water just fell from its mouth, as if… it was greedy.
Shen Luqiu had cooperated with the man in Tang suit many times in the past, but he had never actually seen a ghost. Now when he saw it for the first time, he was stunned on the spot. He only remembered to scream after the bamboo pole ghost came up.
“No, don’t come here -” There were screams outside the door, and the little kid inside the door sat cross-legged on the ground, holding potato chips and eating happily, and occasionally bursting into laughter.
After the potato chips were bitten into pieces, he said with a smile: “It’s fun, it’s so fun!”
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