Sha Qing - Chapter 56.1
Arc 5: Luna Twin Islands
Chapter 56.1: Each Harbor a Hidden Agenda (1)
It wasn’t yet dawn when Leo and Sha Qing left the wilderness and approached the hilltop clubhouse. They lurked in the grass to observe for a while and found that the guards around the clubhouse walls were indeed much slacker, with only one mobile post almost every twenty minutes, and the number of people had been reduced. Yavre could not find them in the North Island, so he assumed that they have escaped to the South Island. He instructed his men to use a patrol boat to block the strait between the two islands, a set up likened to that to catching fish in a jar.
The clubhouse wall was nearly four meters high, but this could not hinder the well-trained agent and killer. Leo stood at the base of the wall, his arms padded together then Sha Qing leaped upon his palm, stomping on the wall with his toes and leaping up the wall in the blink of an eye. He took off his clothes and wrapped them around his arms, rolled a channel through the barbed wire fence, and held out his hand toward Leo below: “Come.”
The two scaled the fence and landed on the garden lawn dotted with Fir trees.
“I’m going to go to the villa where I lived before.” Leo whispered, “I have something hidden there.”
“Is it Mr. Bond‘s1 secret weapon?” Sha Qing chuckled, “Then let’s go to the villa area first so we can determine whether the remaining members are there.”
Leo glared at him and made a gesture of “I’ll keep an eye on you”.
They approached the villa area lightly, bypassing the sparse guards along the way, and entered the villa where Leo had lived before.
“— Wait!” As they walked into the master bedroom, Sha Qing suddenly pulled Leo’s arm and warned in a very faint voice, “There’s someone in the room.”
There was no light in the villa, and it was dark and silent, but after Leo listened intently, he really heard some subtle movement— it was a sleeping person’s snuff, and it seemed to come from the depths of the big bed.
Sha Qing silently walked over towards the bed, then strangled the stranger’s throat, his other hand covering the latter’s mouth and nose. 2
The sudden sneak attack stunned him for a short second or two, but he reacted with uncanny speed, grabbing the hand on his throat with a death grip, while pulling out a sharp dagger from under the pillow and stabbed it towards the person who was choking him.
Sha Qing had to let go of the hand covering the figure’s mouth and nose to clutch the wrist holding the murder weapon. He twisted their hands, and the tip of the blade changed direction, now pressing into his opponent’s chest.
In the tug of war between the two arms, the blade moved inch by inch toward the chest of the man on the bed, and just as it was about to pierce the flesh, Leo rushed forward and grabbed their wrists separately and pulled them apart. In a standard police takedown move, he pinned the man on the bed face down in three or two strokes, twisted his arms behind his waist, and bellowed to Sha Qing: “Go get a tie!”
Sha Qing grunted and got up to go to the closet to pick up a tie.
The man who was pinned to the sheet and could barely breathe screamed at the sound: “…… Let go! It’s me, it’s me!”
Sha Qing was stunned: “——Daniel?”
Leo let go, and the blonde-haired, green-eyed man jumped up from the bed, his angry eyes full of vicious malice, hidden by the shadowy light.
He3 really is alive! That idiot, punk, sissy! Daniel cursed Yavre angrily in his heart, but his face was only filled with astonishment as he asked, “Sha Qing, Leo, what are you doing here?”
“I should be the one asking you that,” said Sha Qing, “I thought you got on whichever plane to escape before. Why are you here?”
“The airport got cleared out, and now there’s not a single plane on there. I didn’t want to get caught by them back at the camp, and I also didn’t want to spend the night in the damned jungle, so I thought of the empty members’ villa.” Daniel sat on the edge of the bed and crossed his legs.
“You really can adapt well no matter where you are.” Sha Qing curled his lips.
“Although that sounds so sarcastic, I’d like to take that as a compliment. Well, what about you? Have you killed all the targets yet? Or are you still tied up by this cop with invisible handcuffs?” Daniel shot back wistfully.
Leo raised his eyebrows: “If you’re picking a fight, then that’s pretty clumsy. Daniel Seville, is it? I recognize you —the head of one of the branches of Bloods – oh, I mean, the former one. So, you’re out of prison now, huh? Well taken care of by your cellmates in there, I guess.”
Listening to the word “care” full of contempt and mockery, the old and new hatred filled up Daniel’s chest.
He couldn’t wait until the agent’s handsome face get beaten up until it’s swollen but now was not the time to settle the score. He’s not afraid of facing the agent alone— his real concern was Sha Qing. Until now, he hadn’t figured out what sort of relationship the two have. He’s not sure who Sha Qing would side with if a conflict arises between the three of them.
Him just standing by to watch would be the best-case scenario… Daniel thought, feeling aggrieved: I, at least, had a life-and-death experience together, and we also slept in the same (tree) bed! But he didn’t even treat me as well as he treated the cop!
“Sir, I am now a law-abiding and good citizen, thanks to you. It took me seven whole years and four months to clean up my act and become a new man.” The former gang leader replied with a smile on his face.
“Then you can live your life in peace in the future. Be careful, and don’t do anything illegal, or else if I caught you, I’ll send you back to prison again.” The federal agent said casually, “By the way, does Edgar’s cell phone still work?”
Daniel was about to answer, but he immediately realized the agent was testing him out. He immediately swallowed back the words on his throat and asked with a puzzled face: “Edgar? Who? What phone?”
Leo skeptically glanced at Daniel, then ignored him. He then proceeded to walk downstairs into the dining room, took out two bottles of red Burgundy from the wine cabinet, used a special syringe hidden in a secret compartment to extract two tubes of liquid, and then hid them in his sleeve.
When he returned to the bedroom, he saw the “little wolf dog” (he did not believe in the ‘new-man’ nonsense, that gangster is definitely still a cunning and poisonous jackal) was wagging his tail around the object of his affection, which made Leo feel the urge to throw the man back to jail for another 800 years. 4
“…… After five minutes of being separated from you, I started to regret it.” The shameless guy said, his distance to Sha Qing was so close, “I really miss our tacit understanding when we acted together. The previous agreement is still valid, right? I’ll be your good assistant, and you’ll take me with you when you leave this shitty island ……”
Sha Qing tilted his head to look at him, as if deliberating how to answer.
Leo stood quietly by the door, watching, also waiting for his reply.
After a few moments of endless scrutiny, Sha Qing finally spoke, “For the last time.”
Daniel’s eyes lit up.
“This is the last chance I’m giving you. If you leave my side again, then that’s it; and if you get in my way—” He paused dangerously, his voice sharp as a knife: “For the sake of the first two days we cooperated, I’ll help you get settled underneath the ground myself.”
Daniel assured with a creepy yet relieved sigh, “I swear on my father’s, grandfather’s and great-grandfather’s name!”
Sha Qing patted Daniel’s cheek like a large dog who was so excited he almost licked his palm.
The dark-haired agent watched coldly, his face sullen and grim. Then he walked in, grabbed Daniel by the collar and dragged him away, saying coldly before the latter could get mad: “Want to come to the Bureau for a cup of tea?”
Daniel gritted his teeth and almost pulled out his gun on the spot.
“You know, when people say “If you don’t mind, I have to change my clothes”, it means “I do mind, so why don’t you have the sense to get the hell out of here?”.”
The federal agent used a stern tone as if he’s interrogating a felon. His attitude was so intimidating from his proficiency that it instantly brought back unpleasant memories for Daniel. The ex-convict, who had been a victim of this could only grit his teeth, and walk out as he slammed the door angrily.
Sha Qing, on the other hand, just shrugged, then took his messy camouflage clothes. He opened the closet and selected some new clothes. “Actually, I want to take a bath first. My body smells like sea salt …” he muttered and was unexpectedly hugged from behind by another man.
Leo pressed against his bare back and buried his face in the hair on the back of his neck and sniffed deeply, “I told you, don’t get too close to that guy, he’s a scumbag.”
Sha Qing asked rhetorically, “This assertion, is it based on your experience as an officer, or jealousy as a fuck buddy?”
Leo knew it wasn’t just the former, but he was stung in the chest with Sha Qing’s latter half of the sentence and frowned, “Fuck buddy? Is that how you see our relationship?”
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- In case you don’t know, Mr. Bond is James Bond , also known as Agent 007. He’s the protagonist of the James Bond Films (spanning from 1962 to the present) and novels. My father has a CD collection of all series and I watched all films except for those lead by Pierce Brosnan. My favorites were the ones acted by Sean Connery
because he’s hotok i’ll stop now
- choke me like you hate me but you hate me pfffft
- He meant Leo
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