Chen Shi searched on the GPS and the route was automatically marked. He asked, "Going to meet a friend?"
Xin Bai was silent.
When he arrived at the housing community, Xin Bai wandered around like a fly without his head, and Chen Shi said impatiently, "If you want to inquire about something, just ask people directly. Why are you embarrassed to speak?"
Xin Bai replied, "Xu Guolong may have rented a house here. I once heard him talk about renting one while he was on the phone."
"Let’s find the property manager and ask!"
They found the landlord through the property manager. This landlord had signed a rental contract with Xu Guolong in January of this year.
It was a basement that was airtight and the rent was relatively cheap. The landlord said as they walked, "Aiya, you’re the police? That man said that he operates a small business and rented the basement to store his carts. I really didn’t know that he was a criminal."
"It doesn't matter. We have only just found out about this matter, and we won’t hold you accountable." Chen Shi reassured.
When they got to the front of the basement, the landlord opened the door as Lin Dongxue unbuttoned her leather gun holster in alert. Chen Shi used his mobile phone to illuminate the basement. The basement which was barely ten square meters was empty. A dog’s leash was tied to the heat pipe, and a food bowl and toilet bucket were placed on the floor. Although the toilet bucket was empty, there was still a smell in the house. It was the rotten smell of people who’ve been detained for a long time.
Xin Bai covered his mouth and nose. "I don't know if this will help you or not."
"It seems that this place is used to hold the hostages. Perhaps Lan Xiao was kept here." Chen Shi said.
"Lan Xiao!" Xin Bai drew a deep breath. "Is itthatLan Xiao?"
"Yes, it’sthatLan Xiao. He intended to give Lan Xiao as a ‘gift’ to you. Let me ask you something. Did you personally rent the work studio?"
"It wasn’t me. Ever since he imprisoned me, he’s done everything on my behalf. Only, the money spent has been all mine."
After leaving that place, Lin Dongxue called Lin Qiupu and told him of this clue.
The three arrived at Xin Bai's original home. When they were about to open the door, a female neighbor walked out from the opposite door and greeted them with a smile, "Mr. Bai, you have guests at home? How rare."
Xin Bai blushed and said shyly, "They’re distant relatives."
"Hello." The female neighbor smiled and greeted Chen Shi and Lin Dongxue before going downstairs with a vegetable basket. Xin Bai looked at her back as she left and couldn’t get the key into the keyhole for a long time.
"Why are you in such a daze?!" Chen Shi asked.
Only then did Xin Bai wake up, smiling, "It's great to be home."
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