Winter days in Nangong were extremely bleak and desolate. The biting cold wind whipped the flesh, and the steps on the dry and frosty road made slight squeaking sounds.
Ning Qing was walking on the road in a white down jacket. She is fair-skinned, with silky black hair, sparkling eyes, and a bright smile. She kept exhaling through her rosy lips to warm her hands.
Even such a cold day could not dampen her spirits. She was going out on a date.
It was her first date after turning eighteen, with Xu Junxi.
They had grown up together and got along like peas and carrots. Young love had been in the air. It wasn’t until yesterday that Xu Junxi finally expressed his feelings about her and asked her out on a date at a park.
She was more than delighted to go.
Thinking of his sunny, warm face, she arched a sweet smile and quickened her pace.
Suddenly, a stumbling man appeared from the corner who slammed into her shoulder and fell to the ground.
Rattled, Ning Qing looked down at the man.
He was about twenty-six, twenty-seven years old. He had a sculpted face, sword-like eyebrows, and a tall nose. This was definitely the most handsome man Ning Qing had ever seen.
He was wearing a black wool coat and a thin, navy V-neck sweater. One of his hands was pressed against his bleeding abdomen. He was obviously severely injured.
“Sir, are you alright?” Ning Qing squatted and asked, “You’re injured. I’ll call an ambulance.”
The man could barely open his eyes, his face pale due to excessive blood loss. He frowned and shook his head, “Don’t … some people are chasing after me …”
At that moment, Ning Qing heard some rushing footsteps, alongside a man’s low voice. “Hurry! We must get rid of him today!”
Are they going to murder him?
Ning Qing bit her lips, and with great effort, moved the injured man into the bush by the side of the road. “Sir, hide here for a while. I’ll lead them away.”
“Don’t go…” He waved to stop her. But the girl was swift like a rabbit, leaving him with a hazy yet beautiful image.
Ning Qing stood in the road, and soon a group of men in black appeared. They looked fierce. Upon seeing her, they asked rudely, “Oi, young lady. Have you seen an injured man passing by?”
Ning Qing quietly and naturally hid one hand in the pocket of her down jacket, her face unchanged. She pointed the front with the other hand and said, “I just saw a man walking over there.”
The men in black looked at each other. Today they would rather kill a thousand innocent people than miss their prey. This girl seemed a little suspicious, and they had reached a silent consensus to remove her as a potential threat.
Ning Qing felt their gloomy stare. One of them even started to walk towards her…
At this critical moment, a string of melodious ringing sounds came from her pocket. She reached for the phone and answered it.
“Hi, Junxi…I’m at Fumin Road… You’ll be here in one minute?… Okay, I’ll just wait by the bus stop.”
Ning Qing hung up the phone. Without even looking at those men, she crossed the road and stood by the bus stop, quietly waiting for her date.
The men in black looked at each other again. The girl’s calm and natural behavior seemed to have removed doubts from their mind. With the innocent look, she did not seem to be lying. She tilted her head, smiled and waved her arms at a man wearing a suit, who was just walking towards her. “Hi, Junxi. I’m here.”
The arrival of that man completely dispelled those men’s thoughts of killing Ning Qing. They did not hesitate anymore and quickly rushed toward the direction where Ning Qing had just pointed at.