The boss of Kensini Villa was an overseas Chinese man who had recently returned.Relying on his own slightly accented but rich Mandarin speaking style, he stunned the A City stock market with his wealth and many large land projects. Villas created by him were built one after another.
[Kensini Villa, scenically located between the soaring mountains and tranquil waters, with minimal local traffic. Leisurely relax and enjoy the most exotic views.] – This was Kensini Manor’s opening advertising slogan. It was said that the boss himself personally came up with it. From the slogan itself, one would be able to see how expansive any thoughtful the boss’s Chinese vocabulary really was.
(TN: the slogan sounds 500x better in chinese btw)
But he really did accurately sum up all of Kensini Villa’s most attractive and main features. Mountain view: there was a barren hill that was being built right beside it. Water: it was rumoured that they would be spending thousands of dollars to build a beautiful music fountain. Convenient traffic: the people who would live in the few villas would not own that many cars ah. Exotic: the middle of the music fountain would feature a statue of Venus.
(Music fountain, I’m not 100% sure what they call it in english)
Kensini Villas, from its design to its construction, included every aspect of corporate culture. You have been framed! (TN: ‘坑死你’ )
The reason Mo Zhen bought a house here was entirely because the boss’s daughter was Mo Zhen’s hardcore fan and the Kensini Villa houses were also her design. If Mo Zhen were willing to live here, not only would he need to pay merely 50% of the asking price, but they would also build him a little garden.
These were conditions that most people would be extremely tempted to take, not to mention the fact that Mo Zhen truly did like the layout of the houses in Kensini Villa. Many of the features of the neighborhood were designed for – and placed importance on – having very strong security and absolute secrecy around the villas *, and this was what Mo Zhen needed the most.
But now he felt that this amenity was very funny, because it made people unaware of things that were happening outside. If he had heard the rumours about missing cats and haunting ghosts sooner, he would not have left Ah Yao at home all by herself.
Mo Zhen grabbed his phone and the door key as he headed out to look around the villa area. When he walked out the door, he finally thought of looking at the red mailbox beside his door. This mailbox was not used to receive letters; instead, the only mail it would receive would be news and reports from the Kensini Property Corporation.
There were three letters in the mailbox, two of which were about irrelevant things, and the last one was from the property group, informing residents about the recent high number of missing cats and to reminding owners to take care of their home’s cat.
Mo Zhen looked at the date and discovered that it was delivered a week ago. With some frustration, he shoved the letter back into the mailbox. What Mo Zhen wanted to know was how?, Although there were many things that the Kensini Villa had slyly false advertised, the security measures were still very complete. Those missing cats, how on earth did they manage to steal them?
(TN: last chapter I said cat gang because the legit translation was cat and gang, so I’m assuming that it’s a gang of people stealing cats.)
Thinking of this, Mo Zhen took out his phone and called the property corporation office and stated that he would like to see the closest surveillance video of his home.
After the Kensini Villa Head of Security received the notification from the main office, he ordered the other security guards to quickly tidy up the control room make a pot of good tea, and wait for the entrance of the great Emperor Mo Zhen.
The property sent a car to drive Mo Zhen to the control room. In order for the control room to match the overall style of the villa, the monitoring room was built as a small western-style building. When Mo Zhen arrived at the building, the security team were lined up on both sides.Standing straight, they knew nothing, but had thought that the Head was coming to inspect their work.
But they could only keep the suffering in their heart to themselves. These days they’ve had several people phone to file a complaint about their missing cat, and to ask to check the surveillance video. Today, even Emperor Mo had come… They’d heard that he had begun to raise a cat a couple of days ago.
The hearts of the security team had already burst into tears, and even the Captain began to tremble as he opened up the surveillance video on the screen.
The video showed that at 6:59 pm, a little black cat slipped out of the door of the Mo Zhen’s house and ran out of the gate of Kensini Manor, as it got further away, the cameras could no longer monitor it.
The captain looked at Mo Zhen’s gloomy face and carefully swallowed, “Mo, Emperor Mo, these days there have been several families coming to check the surveillance camera, and each time, all of their families cats have run out on their own.”
The captain could not understand it no matter how hard he tried. Were these cats crazy? They even voluntarily ran away from home! Even more detestable was when the Captain had reported the case of the missing cats to the police, the police had replied saying that recently there was a Cat Gang group (Cat Thieves) in the neighborhood, making people panic even more.
Thinking of this, the Captain could immediately feel goosebumps rising on his shoulders. In addition to the missing cats, there had been an uproar of rumours recently of ghosts haunting the villa. If the two were connected, then it would be truly frightening.
Mo Zhen looked at the monitoring screen once again. Ignoring the captain’s pale pale pale face, he silently walked out of the control room.
According to the video, Ah Yao had run across the barren hills. Although he did not know why the other families’ cats ran away, Ah Yao would definitely never run away from home, which meant that something must’ve happened in between.
Mo Zhen walked out of the gate of Kensini Villa and went straight across the barren hills.
The Barren hills were really scarce. In addition to the dead branches and weeds across the ground, the only thing it really had was an abandoned warehouse. The warehouse was built very discreetly. if it weren’t for Xiang Yunze dragging him over here for an adventure on the Barren Hills, he would’ve never discovered its existence.
Mo Zhen did not know what the warehouse was originally built for, but since Ah Yao had run in this direction, there was a possibility that she may have come here.
The day started to darken. If he could not find Ah Yao tonight, then he would have to resort to calling the police.
As he got closer to the warehouse, there was a faint smell of blood in the air. Occasionally he would see small blood stains on the ground leading up to the warehouse.
Mo Zhen stopped and frowned as he thought for a moment, then he found a relatively strong and sturdy stick on the ground and walked towards the iron gate of the warehouse.
Gently pushing the door to the warehouse, the strong smell of fresh blood made Mo Zhen subconsciously frown. The warehouse was very dark, and the only trace of light came from a window high near the ceiling. Mo Zhen walked a few steps until he finally saw the tragic body of a dead kitten.
His heart suddenly jumped in shock. Mo Zhen, although he could not bear to see more of the corpse, he still could identify it- it was not Ah Yao
Slightly relieved, Mo Zhen continued to go inside. Along the way he saw the bodies of a few more kittens. Mo Zhen’s hand that was clutching the stick had suddenly tightened.
The warehouse had been very quiet this entire time; there should be no one in it. Mo Zhen walked around a wooden box situated on the ground, and was instantly stunned in place by the scene before him.
Lying on the ground were a few young men and women. The bleak white light coming from the window shone on them… silently, like a corpse.
Mo Zhen bit his lip and looked around, and towards the stack of wooden boxes he called, “Ah Yao!”
”Meow!” A little black cat figure appeared on the wooden box. Seeing the person standing below, it deftly jumped and flew into the arms of Mo Zhen.
”Meow woo ~ ~” Ah Yao rubbed her head in Mo Zhen’s arms continuously, the stick that was in Mo Zhen’s hand had already fallen to the ground. Picking up the small paws of the kitten, Mo Zhen carefully checked again and did not find any wounds. He only asked: “Are you okay?”
”Meow woo ~” Ah Yao was held in the air, her four small paws desperately shaking. By now, Mo Zhen’s tight nerves had already completely calmed down and he reluctantly leaned against the wooden box behind him. Ah Yao continued to meow in Mo Zhen’s arms as Mo Zhen brought her up to his face, and gently kissed her little nose.
Ah Yao’s kitten body immediately stiffened, then she began to howl as she buried her head into Mo Zhen’s arms- attempting to drill deeper. Perhaps her voice was a little too excited, because the people who had been lying on the ground finally started to wake up..
It was Mo Zhen who first realized the movement of the people on the ground near him. Just as he was standing up straight, sirens of police cars began to ring in the distance.
When the policeman rushed in, the talented person on the ground was getting up. Seeing the situation inside the warehouse clearly before them, three policemen rushed to those young men and women in front of them to arrest them while the other policemen rushed to Mo Zhen and uneasily asked: “Mr. Mo, are you alright?! “
Mo Zhen shook his head and with a puzzled expression he asked, “How did you know I was here?”
The policemen standing opposite him froze for a moment. Watching Mo Zhen, they said: “Mr. Mo, was it not you who called the police?”
Mo Zhen was surprised a moment, “Me?”
The policeman nodded. In his heart he thought about how this Thousand Knives Gang had scared Emperor Mo into such confusion.
He reported a string of numbers, confirming that it was indeed Mo Zhen’s number. Looking at Ah Yao laying in his arms, Mo Zhen nodded his head and said: “Sorry, it seems that I did report it to the police.”
”It does not matter. Is your cat is okay?” Concerned about Mo Zhen, the police hastened to ask about the situation of the kitten in his arms.
As the saying goes, if you bully one’s dog, you must face the owner; the residents of Kensini Villa were all very important faces and figures in A city. Already two cats had consecutively gone missing, but this case had even involved a Cat Gang; it was inevitable that the police would feel some pressure.
”Meow woo.” As if she was responding to the policeman’s question, Ah Yao shook her small front paws and called to the policeman. The policeman subconsciously reached out to touch the kitten’s head, but he stopped when he saw Mo Zhen’s burning eyes.
Taking back his right hand, and seeing the smiles on his colleagues faces he said, “Thank you for helping us to crack the case!”
Although the killing of kittens and puppies could not be convicted of a charge in this country, they could sue for the deliberate damage to one’s property. These senselessly killed kittens were all of extremely valuable species, so expensive that they would be very impressive property. Well… although the cat in Emperor Mo’s arms seemed to be a wild cat, the policeman believed that this cat was definitely a type of aristocratic cat that he had never seen before! Just by seeing its temperament he knew for sure!
”Mr. Mo, thank you again!” The police comrades shook the hands of Mo Zhen, “But do not act again later, it is dangerous.” He could understand Mo Zhen worrying about his own kitten, but the neurological diseases of abused cats could not guarantee that it would not harm others when it felt unsafe.
”Oh, en … …” Mo Zhen ambiguously made a sound. Well he did not know what had happened with these people.
But Ah Yao must know, so he must go back and slowly interrogate.
The police made a simple transcript with Mo Zhen, and the few officers that were involved were allowed to leave. Mo Zhen held Ah Yao as he walked into his house and put her own the table, “Well, in the end, what happened?”
”Meow ~” Ah Yao’s waving paws were ready to open the computer when a strange woman’s voice sounded in the house.
”Is that question for me?”