The Case Of The 27 Knife Stabs Chapter 4.3

Han Zecheng smiled and said: “Since Dr. Cheng said that, I can ask you again, where were you on the night of May 17th?”

Dr. Cheng looked up at him and said: “That day was a Sunday so I was resting at home.”  

“Even after such a long time Dr. Cheng can still immediately remember that day was a Sunday. You have a pretty good memory.”

“Officer Han, I knew that something happened to Liao Xiaoqing, so naturally I paid attention to that day. It’s not strange that I would remember that it was a Sunday. I’m still busy, I can’t entertain you two anymore, please go back.”

Xia Fan was a bit disgruntled that Han Zecheng and her were being asked to leave.

When she got back to the car, she couldn’t help but complain to him: “If you think that doctor is a suspect, you should have been more cautious. You have now alerted the snake, we won’t be able to find anything.” 

Han Zecheng replied: “She overreacted. With such a person, you need to stab her so she’d come out of her hole. Now at least we know that the number, 27, is most likely not random. Also, besides being possessed by a ghost, now we have another logical explanation for Liao Xiaoqing’s strange behavior?”

He started the car and said: “You go find Liao Xiaoyu and Liao Xiaoqing and look up that mysterious boyfriend and the meaning of the number 27. Meanwhile, I’ll check this doctor’s whereabouts during that time and see what relationship she has with Pan Li.”

Xia Fan got the instructions and decided to go to the detention center first.

Liao Xiaoqing was still the same though she seemed a little more nervous. Like last time, Xia Fan started interrogating her, however, unlike last time Liao Xiaoqing didn’t answer any of her questions, not about the boyfriend, nor about the meaning of 27, she just kept her mouth firmly shut and didn’t say a word.

But these two things seemed to make her think of happy things, she tilted her head and seemed immersed in her own world.

She would smile and laugh, but then suddenly her tears would start to flow.

Xia Fan looked for the prison guards and asked them if Dr. Cheng had ever visited Liao Xiaoqing. The answer was no, no one had come except her sister, and of course no boyfriend has ever show up either.

Still, Xia Fan inquired more about a Liao Xiaoqing’s condition.

They said that the doctor suggested that in order to stabilize her mental state, in addition to taking medication, they also let her draw and so she has painted a wedding and a bouquet of flowers.

Xia Fan felt her heart stir a bit. She followed the guards to take a look at Liao Xiaoqing’s painting.

She had painted the wedding of a man and a woman.

From the woman’s facial features, Xia Fan could tell it was Liao Xiaoqing but the man’s face was blank.

The painting was full of bouquets of flowers. Xia Fan counted them. There were 27 bouquets of flowers. Each bouquet had 27 flowers.

Xia Fan called Han Zecheng to report this news and then headed over to Liao Xiaoyu’s house.

Liao Xiaoyu’s attitude was particularly bad this time, when she was asked about Liao Xiaoqing’s boyfriend, she could be described as fuming, insisting that this was nonsense.

When Xia Fan asked if her sister had said that she would get married in 2011 and if Liao Xiaoyu had heard about this, she started to lose control of her emotions.

She started yelling loudly:

“What do you mean she’s getting married? She’s crazy. She’s sick. Where’s that boyfriend of hers?”

“She eats my food and lives under my roof. Everything she has is mine. What more does she want? What boyfriend? What marriage? That’s just nonsense. It’s all in her head. She’s obviously not thinking clearly.”

“Are you cops stupid, too? Get out. I don’t want to hear any more of this nonsense. You’ve got nothing against me. Stop bothering us with some ridiculous reason.”

“Get out of here. I have nothing more to say to you.”

She rudely pushed Xia Fan out of the door and slammed it shut with a “bang”.

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