Volume 13: Last Return
February 24th; today was the Lantern Festival. Lin Qiupu told everyone to go home early to spend time with their families.
Lin Dongxue was thinking about a certain detail of the case she was working on while walking home. As she reached her door, she suddenly exclaimed, “Oh no!”
A few days ago, the landlord had said that her son had been released from prison early and she wanted to take the house she was renting back for him. As an apology, the landlord was willing to refund half a year’s worth of rent. The agreed date for her to move out was today, but she had been so busy the past two days that she completely forgot about it and didn’t contact a moving company.
She opened the door and took a final look at the place she had rented for the past five years. She felt a little bit reluctant to let this place go, but she still looked up the phone numbers of several moving companies. Unfortunately, the other parties all told her that she’d need to make an appointment as they were unable to provide her with their services today.
Lin Dongxue held her cell phone pondering what she should do for a while. The amount of things she had could not be classified as plentiful nor minimal.Who can I ask for help?
Xu Xiaodong? She’d hate to disturb his private life.
Lin Qiupu? If her brother knew that the landlord had breached the contract, he would come all the way over to talk about it. It would turn very unpleasant, so she didn’t want to go down that road.
In the end, only Chen Shi was left. Lin Dongxue smiled bitterly. Besides the little police circle she worked with, she didn’t have a single friend to ask for help.
She called Chen Shi and he asked, “Have you found a new place?”
“No, I’ll have to find a cheap motel first and then slowly find the right place.”
“Then, you should pack up. I'll be right there.”
Lin Dongxue had just begun to pack her things when there was a knock downstairs accompanied by some shouting. “I was released after serving a full sentence! Those places don't want me at all! Don't beg for help everywhere!”
Half a minute later, a middle-aged man with a shaved head wearing a military-green jacket appeared in front of Lin Dongxue's door. Lin Dongxue was a bit surprised as she was just about to carry out a box of her things.
“I... I thought you had already moved away,” the man said embarrassedly.
“I’m just about to move!”
“Aiya, aiya. I’ll help you.”
“Ah, no need.”
The man moved Lin Dongxue’s things to the staircase for her, making Lin Dongxue very embarrassed. The man apologized, “I'm really sorry. I came back so suddenly and forced you to move.”
“It's okay. No problem.”
“Did you hear everything just now? People won’t accept someone like me. My mother used her network to beg everywhere to find a job for me, but everyone just refused her in a roundabout manner. She had to use her hot face to rub on
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