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You’re not who I thought you were

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Tang Yi still remembered what it was like four years ago, after Boss Tang died.

As soon as he woke up from surgery, a cop with messy hair and big ears stormed into his hospital room and started asking him all kinds of questions. He wanted answers about what had happened, but Tang Yi provided none.

The cop was soon dragged out by security, and Tang Yi thought that was that.

It wasn’t.

On many more occasions did the police officer, apparently named Meng Shao Fei, visit Tang Yi. And every time he did, Tang Yi filed a complaint for harassment. After three months, he’d probably filed over a 100 complaints and had 3 lawsuits against the man going on. Yet, Meng Shao Fei continued to bother him.

In a way, Tang Yi admired his determination. Meng Shao Fei had something that he’d never seen before. It wasn’t just his sense of justice or his determination. Meng Shao Fei was special. Every time they met, he shouted some things about how justice always wins, making Tang Yi shake his head.

That was exactly why it came at such a shock when he heard that Meng Shao Fei had killed someone. Not as part of his job, but due to a personal reason. At first, he simply didn’t believe it. Although the man was annoying, he was incredibly righteous and would stop at nothing to get justice for Li Chen.

He managed to get his hands on a copy of the case file.

There had been three eyewitnesses, one of which was a 6-year old girl. They all claimed to have seen Meng Shao Fei. Meng Shao Fei also had no alibi and the investigating officer soon came to her conclusion: Officer Meng Shao Fei had turned to the dark path.

To them, it wasn’t hard to believe, as internal affairs already had been dealing with him for a long time due to Tang Yi.

Still, Tang Yi gave no faith to the investigating officer. She must’ve been wrong, he thought. There was something they were missing here.

Then he read the eyewitness statements.

The six year old girl turned out to be the daughter of the victim. She had been forced to watch as Meng Shao Fei tortured, and eventually killed her father. The other two witnesses were also family.

What was even worse, was that one of them knew Meng Shao Fei. She described how she hadn’t been able to believe it, and how she’d never felt such betrayal before. Tang Yi felt his heart break for her.

It was said that Meng Shao Fei’s motive to torture and kill this man, was a claim that Tang Yi had given the victim information about the shooting Meng Shao Fei desperately investigated. The claim had been a lie. Tang Yi had never even heard of the man.

At the time he’d found solace in the fact that Meng Shao Fei was going to go to jail, probably for the rest of his life. It wasn’t enough to him, but it was an outcome he could make peace with.

Except... all three of the witnesses were murdered. Their heads were delivered at the crime division Meng Shao Fei used to work at, with a note saying ‘surprise’.

The woman who received the package had to be quit the force.

Now that the three witnesses couldn’t give their testimony, the lawsuit had no real evidence anymore and Meng Shao Fei was declared innocent.

Tang Yi felt disgusted. Betrayed, even. Meng Shao Fei had lied to his face about who he was, about what he believed and about so much more. And yet, when the ex-policeman was released from custody and could go and stand wherever he wanted, the first thing he did was visit Tang Yi.

Tang Yi couldn’t believe it, and he wanted nothing more than to attack the man and beat him to pulp. But he didn’t.

Instead, he didn’t even look at Meng Shao Fei once. He only watched him from the corner of his eye, but even like that he could see that Meng Shao Fei wanted to say something, so, so desperately. He never opened his mouth.

Right now, that was over four years ago. A lot had changed, Tang Yi thought. For the better if you asked him.

Tang Yi had joined the police academy less than half a year after Meng Shao Fei’s arrest. He wanted to do something. He wanted to make sure no one could ever do what Meng Shao Fei did, ever again.

The academy was extremely hesitant about letting him in, but not only did Tang Yi not have a criminal record, he was also an extremely intelligent and talented man. So, after many long discussions of the board, he was let it.

Naturally they watched him very carefully. Still, he graduated the police academy after six months. Now they were forced to provide him with a job. They hadn’t expected him to pull through, but he turned out to be a good asset to their team and they needed more people.

It was also revealed, after investigation, that Tang Yi had no contact with anyone still involved in the underworld. He’d abandoned everything of that darker world, now attempting to live in the light.

All that still connected him to his old way of life were his visits to Boss Tang’s grave every Sunday.

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Like Tang Yi switched from dark to light, Meng Shao Fei switched from light to dark.

After Tang Yi left the gang behind, someone named Zhe De took over. He swore to take revenge on Tang Yi, threatening him countless times over. Although he never physically assaulted him, he was arrested a bunch of times. Regretfully he had good lawyers who always managed to get him out.

That was, until Zhe De managed to get Meng Shao Fei to join their gang. He invited the ex-police officer to join them because he knew how angry Tang Yi would be after he heard this. Meng Shao Fei knew he was being used, but still agreed.

But he quickly became a well-loved gang member. He had a bound with almost everyone and like that, he made it to right-hand in no time.

Then Zhe De was found dead in his apartment.

Everyone in the underworld knew there was only one person who could’ve done this: Meng Shao Fei. But when the police investigated, he turned out to have an alibi for the time of death. It was not only confirmed by multiple eyewitnesses, but also by video footage. He was no longer a suspect.

Who did become a suspect, was Zhao Li An, also known as Zhao Zi. Zhao Li An was a childhood friend of Meng Shao Fei. It turned out he had been following Zhe De around for quite some time now. When they looked deeper into him, he seemed to have been connected to multiple murders.

These murders were all investigated by Meng Shao Fei.

Although there was not enough evidence to prosecute Zhao Li An, he was still a suspect in over 80 murder cases and over 120 other crimes. It’s believed that he’s one of the most successful and dangerous hitman of all time.

No sane man provoked him.

Not even a week after they found out about his existence, and only two weeks after Meng Shao Fei took over the gang, Zhao Li An was made the next right-hand man of Xin Tian Meng.

That was the life Meng Shao Fei lived now, a dark life he might never be able to escape from.