Grocery Store No.514 - Chapter 89
Yan Yu’s leg was hanging in the municipal hospital ward, and he had a bandage on his head. He lay on the bed looking at the bedside Ling Hua’an, hesitated, and said, “the thing is, there’s a message spreading about the hotel being haunted, making the hotel business plummet. Also, there was a trade contract signed two days ago. There were problems with the flow of funds, but I’m already thinking of ways…”
Ling Hua’an interrupted Yan Yu’s words and asked bluntly, “How much money do you need?”
“Hua’an, I can think of a way. “Yan Yu just didn’t want to trouble Ling Hua’an, so he kept holding on.
“How much money do you need?” Ling Hua’an asked repeatedly. Yan Yu looked at Ling Hua’an. He was both happy and unhappy. These days, he thought of many ways and begged many people. It all rejected, and he even fell down a well1. He didn’t expect to ask Ling Hua’an to help him through the difficulties. He took a deep breath and said, “fifty million.”
Ling Hua’an took out his bank card from his pocket and said, “I have more than thirty million in cash here. There is a famous painting at home. If you take it to the auction house, you should be able to get enough.”
“Hua’an, 30 million is enough. I’m trying to figure out the rest. That calligraphy and painting can’t be sold.”
“You also know how much of that kind of stuff I have at home. I don’t care about that one or two.” Compared to the cash, Ling Hua’an’s family’s paintings and antiques are worth more, just taking out one is worth hundreds of millions, all in his study bookcase.
Seeing this, Jiang Chengyan interjected, “Hua’an, there are tens of millions in the bank card I gave you, which is enough. You don’t need to sell calligraphy and paintings at all.”
“Yes, when I have time, I will hold an auction specifically to sell those antique calligraphy and paintings. It is much better than taking it to an auction in a hurry.”
“The older the antique calligraphy and painting, the higher the value. You can keep it. I have wages, and your grocery store still has income. We are not short of money at all.”
Looking at the two of them at a glance and how they’re talking, it looks like a newlywed couple. Yan Yu suddenly felt relieved. The matter of love is indeed destined. Before meeting the fated one, you won’t be moved no matter how good you meet someone. He and Ling Hua’an can become friends and even relatives, but only without the bond of love.
“Yan Yu, you know my situation best. I may not be able to help with other things, but I still have some money and ghost things. Who is more suitable than me? Why don’t you tell me? You don’t treat me as a friend?”
The time comes. Yan Yu couldn’t help but smile bitterly and explained, “Hua’an, you know that’s not what I meant. You were injured and hospitalized, and your body is not well yet. I don’t want to bother you.”
Seeing that Ling Hua’an’s face was still tense, Yan Yu quickly apologized, “Hua’an, I’m sorry, I was wrong. I will tell you first if something happens in the future.”
Hearing this, Ling Hua’an calmed down and said, “I’ll give you the money, leave the company to the people under your hand, and leave the haunted matter to me. You just focus on your recovery here, understand?”
Yan Yu wanted to say more, but when he saw Jiang Chengyan winking at him, he swallowed the words and said, “Okay, I will listen to you.”
The little ghost pouted and said, “they are looking at each other again, and it seems that they are insincere.”
Translated by Cafe No. 20 – cafeno20.wordpress.com
Ling Hua’an looked at the brat and said amusedly, “You, little kid, you are quite good at using idioms. You also ‘wink’ and ‘insincere.’2“
“Of course, although I’m only in grade one, I read a lot…” the kid was stunned and muttered in a confused voice, “Hey, I seem to remember, but why can’t I remember my name?”
Ling Hua’an frowned slightly and took a closer look at the brat. He found that it was not that he had no resentment of him but that it was very weak and basically negligible.
“When did you die, and where is the body?”
“I woke up in a strange room. I read the door sign said morgue; I woke up yesterday. The doctors and nurses in the hospital couldn’t see me, and many people were going back and forth all the time. I tried to call them, but they ignored me. Then I walked around the hospital. Only you can see and hear me.”
“What do you remember?”
“I remember reading many books, but I don’t remember anything else.”
Jiang Chengyan couldn’t help but ask, “Hua’an, who are you talking to?
“It’s a little boy, about seven or eight years old. He has resentment toward him. I suspect he didn’t die naturally.”
“Death unnaturally? In this hospital?”
Ling Hua’an didn’t answer Jiang Chengyan. He looked at the little boy and said, “I can help you find your memory, but you must pay me. Are you willing?”
The little boy frowned slightly and said, “Is the reward you’re talking about money?”
Ling Hua’an nodded and said, “En, you could say that too.”
“But I’m dead. What if I don’t have money?” The little boy’s face wrinkled into a steamed bun.
“Then you will work in my store to pay back the money until you go to reincarnation, agree?”
The little boy’s eyes lit up, and he was excited, but he suppressed the expression and asked, “what should I do?”
Ling Hua’an laughed in silence and said, “I have a grocery store, and I usually work night shifts there. Because I am blind, there’s a possibility that someone lied to me when I was at the cashier. It would be best if you watched it for me. In short, you will be my eyes.”
Translated by Cafe No. 20 – cafeno20.wordpress.com
“You can’t see? How is it possible? Can’t you see me?” The little boy looked at Ling Hua’an suspiciously.
“My eyes are a bit special, I can see what ordinary people can’t, but I can’t see what they can see.”
“I see.” The little boy thought about it and said, “Okay, I promise you.”
Since the holiday a year ago, Shen Xin asked Ling Hua’an to find a way to cover up the yin energy in her body. He wanted to guard her daughter and return when the grocery store opened. Later, Ling Hua’an was seriously injured and was in the hospital. She didn’t go to the grocery store. It was not very convenient for a female ghost to be around, so she continued to guard her daughter. Now, if there is a little ghost, it is much more convenient than having Shen Xin by his side.
“Captain Jiang, please go to the morgue with this little one to find his identity.” Ling Hua’an handed the bull’s tears to Jiang Chengyan.
“Okay,” Jiang Chengyan took the bull’s eyes tears and wiped a drop on his eyelids.
The little ghost looked at him with a curious face, and when he saw Jiang Chengyan’s gaze locked on himself, he asked, “you can see me now?”
Jiang Chengyan nodded and said, “Little friend, let’s go. Take me to your body.”
The little ghost kept his big eyes on the vial in Ling Hua’an’s hand and asked curiously, “Uncle, what’s in that bottle?”
Ling Hua’an put the vial into his pocket and said, “I’ll tell you when you come back.”
The kid said with bright eyes, “Then let’s pull the hook3.”
“You are now a spirit and cannot touch mortals. Don’t worry, I keep my word.”
The light under the ghost’s eyes darkened a bit and said, “En, then, it’s a deal.”
Jiang Chengyan, led by the kid, went straight to the morgue’s door and frowned slightly at the locked door in front of him, “the door is locked. How do we get in?”
The little ghost walked towards the door without saying a word and disappeared in front of his eyes.
Looking at the kid’s head sticking out of the wall, Jiang Chengyan was speechless for a while and said, “Can you look at the tag on the toe of your body?”
The little ghost said angrily, “If I can see it, why does uncle want me to follow you?”
Jiang Chengyan chokedand said embarrassingly, “I can’t get in either. How can I look at it?”
“Aren’t you an adult? You can open the lock.” The little ghost looked at Jiang Chengyan with a ‘why are you so stupid’ expression.
Jiang Chengyan couldn’t help feeling funny and said, “I’m a policeman, not a thief. How can I open the lock casually?”
The little ghost hugged his shoulders and said, “then what do you think we should do?”
While they were talking, the elevator door suddenly opened. Two doctors in white coats came out from inside. Seeing Jiang Chengyan standing at the morgue’s door, one of the doctors wearing glasses said, “this is the morgue; non-hospital staff is not allowed to enter. Why are you here?”
Jiang Chengyan gritted his teeth and took out his police card, saying, “I’m a police officer, and I need your assistance in a case.”
The doctor wearing glasses, carefully looked at Jiang Chengyan’s ID and said, “Officer Jiang, right? I wonder how you need our assistance?”
“Here’s the thing, I was chasing a fugitive murderer, and when I got here, the prisoner disappeared. I suspected he had gotten in here, and I needed to go in to check it.”
The kid on the side curled his mouth and said, “so the police can also lie.”
Jiang Chengyan touched his nose embarrassedly and looked at the two doctors with seriousness.
The doctor wearing glasses, said, “Officer Jiang, this morgue is usually locked. You see, the door is intact. Here is another underground floor, and it’s impossible for prisoners to come in.”
Jiang Chengyan insisted, “there was some accident before. You better open the door and let me go in and take a look.”
Another doctor said, “Zhang Wei, just open the door and let Comrade Police take a look. There is nothing in the morgue except the body. What can you lose by him taking a look?”
Zhang Wei hesitated before taking out the key and opening the door.
Jiang Chengyan stopped the two who wanted to go in, pulled out his pistol, and said, “You wait outside the door. I’ll make sure it’s safe before you go in.”
Seeing Jiang Chengyan taking out the gun, the two, who were half-believing him, now believed it completely. They pushed the body to the elevator, crouched behind the pusher, and looked carefully at the morgue’s door.
Jiang Chengyan pretended to go in and looked around. After confirming that there was no camera, he put the pistol away and said, “which drawer is your body in?”
The kid pointed to the drawer numbered 15. Jiang Chengyan stretched out his hand and opened it. He glanced at it, and it was that kid. He looked at the tag on his toes and whispered, “Ma Xiaohan, seven years old, born on 8th May 3012, cause of death congenital heart disease.”
Jiang Chengyan took out his phone and took a few photos, then looked at Ma Xiaohan, who was dazed, “Okay, let’s go.”
Ma Xiaohan looked up at Jiang Chengyan and said, “I seem to have remembered something.”
Jiang Chengyan glanced at the door and said, “Let’s go back first.”
Jiang Chengyan pushed open the door and went out, saying, “there is no one inside. You can go in without worry. But in order not to cause panic, I want you not to tell anyone about today’s incident, understand?”
“Officer, you don’t think that murderer is still in our hospital, do you?”
“We also chased the prisoner in a panic, so he ran into here. Later, we pretended to withdraw, and he would leave immediately. Don’t worry. It will be fine.”
“Remember, don’t tell anyone about what happened today.”
“Don’t worry, Comrade Police, we understand, we all understand.”
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