1243 I Want to Make You Stay 121
"Chief Pan, I'd like you to help me do something."
"What is it?"
"Come closer," said An Xiaoning, gesturing for him to lean in.
Pan Zhenghu inched forward while An Xiaoning whispered something into his ear. Greatly taken aback by her words, Pan Zhenghui asked, "Xiaoning, are you really going to do that?"
"What other options do I have? Get it done immediately. I'll bear the consequences. It's like a maze in there and it'd be difficult to find her. Even if we bring more people in, that will only result in more casualties. This is the best solution I can think of."
"Alright, I'll get to it right now."
An Xiaoning smiled at Jin Qingyan and said, "I'm going to see if she comes out or not."
Jin Qingyan understood her very well and was fully aware of what she was planning to do. He subconsciously interlocked his fingers with hers and said, "I agree with your solution."
Zu Dong and Gong Le looked at each other in puzzlement, completely unsure about what they were planning to do.
Two hours later, a fleet of extraordinary cars arrived all of a sudden. A huge bunch of people alighted from the cars and blocked any passersby from staying to take a look. Zu Dong, Gong Le, and the other police officers got inside the car.
Riding in the backseat of the car, Ding Liang asked curiously, "What was inside that tomb?"
"It was pitch black and chilly inside. It's so eerie and terrifying. Anyway, both of us were really frightened after we went in," Zu Dong answered.
"Yeah, we would have been frightened to death if not for Mr. Jin and Team Leader An. I'm already very brave and yet I felt so timid all of a sudden the moment I stepped foot inside," Gong Le chimed in, feeling terrified and disturbed at the thought of the unsettling atmosphere inside the tomb.
"I can't tell what Team Leader An is trying to do. Can you guys tell?" Ding Liang asked.
"I couldn't at first, but everything kinda made sense to me after I saw those cars. I'm afraid there would be chaos breaking out again later," Zu Dong said softly.
"You'll know later."
Half an hour later, they received orders to alight.
As soon as they stepped foot onto the ground, they heard a deafening explosion and caught sight of a blazing fire near the tomb. There were thick fumes in the dark sky, and they stood rooted to the ground in shock.
The first explosion was followed by a few more.
"Oh my god! They actually bombed the place," exclaimed Ding Liang, who had just recovered from the shock.
"Yeah, it exploded. Did Team Leader give instructions for that to happen? Let's go take a look," said Zu Dong.
Just as they were about to proceed, they stopped in their tracks all of a sudden and stared wide-eyed at the figure walking out of the fire, their mouths gaping. The figure hollered angrily, "How dare you people bomb my home? I'm going to kill all of you!"
Upon hearing her threat, the men frantically retreated back inside the car while An Xiaoning stood still on the spot. She taunted, "Didn't you want to play hide and seek with me? Go ahead and hide. I was the one who bombed this place. Come at me if you have an issue with that."
"Who do you think you are? How dare you have the gall to be so arrogant? You're the first one I'm going to kill!"
As soon as the woman said her piece, she began charging toward An Xiaoning, who focused all her attention on the woman.
The woman reached An Xiaoning in the blink of an eye.
However, she was no match for Jin Qingyan, despite her incredible speed. Jin Qingyan bolted toward her and grabbed her neck.
The woman was dragged to the side by Jin Qingyan, and she struggled with all her might to free herself, to no avail.
The impact of the explosion had wounded the woman, causing her face and body to be covered in blood. An ordinary person would have been ripped into pieces by the bomb.
An Xiaoning calmed herself down and looked closely at the woman's features. Although her face was stained by blood, An Xiaoning could still tell that she was a classic beauty.
She had a slim face and exquisite features. Although she was seething with exasperation, her anger did not seem to affect her beauty and aura at all.
Noticing that the woman was dressed in ancient clothing, An Xiaoning reckoned that she must have been the owner of the tomb.
"I told you, we'd definitely meet outside."
"So what if we did? I really didn't expect to land in your hands so soon. It's up to you to decide if you want to kill me or do whatever you want with me," the woman conceded without hesitation.
An Xiaoning grabbed her wrist tightly and tried to feel her pulse, only to discover that she really had one.
"Qingyan, bring her to the car," said An Xiaoning, who then got inside the car too.
They drove away in no time.
All the trees in the woods near the lake were completely destroyed by the fire. There were professionals in charge of monitoring the situation, so as to prevent the fire from spreading to the villages nearby. Safety measures and precautions were taken as well.
The woman was brought back to Wei Ni Estate.
Jin Qingyan supervised her personally.
An Xiaoning freed up one of the rooms and decorated it meticulously before telling Jin Qingyan to bring the woman inside.
At the sight of the numerous amulets plastered across the walls, the woman snorted with laughter and gibed, "That's so redundant. Didn't I already tell you that I'm not afraid of these things?"
"Why don't you touch them? You'll find out if they're redundant or not once you do," said An Xiaoning, smiling at her sarcastically. She then said to Jin Qingyan, "Let go of her, she can't run."
As soon as Jin Qingyan let go, the woman walked toward the window and said to An Xiaoning, "If I manage to remove all these amulets, you shall set me free. Are you game enough to make a bet with me?"
"Why should I make a bet with you? However, since you're so confident, you may give it a try. Let's see if you can remove them," An Xiaoning said with a grin.
"I can do it without using my hands," said the woman, who then started blowing some air onto the amulets in an attempt to remove them. However, her efforts were futile. At last, she decided to try and rip the amulets off using her hands, only to discover that she could not do so. She retracted her hand immediately upon contact with the amulets. She then turned around to look at An Xiaoning in shock.
An Xiaoning felt extremely relieved to see that she had achieved her desired results. However, she kept a straight face and said, "These amulets are different from the ones that I had brought to the tomb. Those were meant for warding off spirits and ghosts while these belong to a new batch that I had just prepared. They're meant for dealing with things like you. It's a bad habit to look down on others and belittle them. I shall get straight to the point. Were you the one who gave me those calls?"
"What calls? I don't know," the woman denied.
"Drop the act. Who else could it be other than you?"
"I don't understand what you're talking about. What calls? What's that?"
Refusing to believe her, An Xiaoning retorted, "If you don't even know what a mobile phone is, how could you possibly know how to destroy the surveillance cameras before killing someone? Shouldn't you be unaware of those things too?"
She scoffed and said in denial, "Killing someone? What do you mean? I didn't kill anyone."
An Xiaoning gibed, "You didn't kill anyone? Who killed that archeologist inside your tomb, then? It wasn't you? You didn't kill that farmer near the village?"
"I didn't. I've been inside the tomb for so many years. If I wanted to kill people, I would have done so long ago. Also, when you headed to the tomb yesterday, all I did was remove your amulets. I didn't confront you or try to kill you, did I?"
"Weren't you just waiting for me to be trapped and end up dying in there? You wouldn't have had to go to the trouble of killing me, then, if that had happened."