Ren Baqian and the empress left the hospital and went straight to Furong Street. This was a famous food street situated in downtown Quancheng.
Both of them were very excited as they arrived at Furong Street. Along the way, their responsibilities were clearly defined. Ren Baqian was in charge of paying for the food while the empress was in charge of eating the food. As long as a store had a small queue in front of it, they would patronize it. They had eaten grilled squid, transparent prawn dumplings, octopus meatballs, barbequed cheese, smoked ice cream, stir-fried cow intestines, Chinese burgers, pineapple fried rice, etc...
Both of them did not care about the scenery surrounding them at all. They placed their entire focus on the street food.
Ren Baqian couldn't help but admire the empress's appetite. She had eaten food from every store on the street. Ren Baqian had spent a total of roughly 2,000 yuan on the food and 99 percent of the food was obliterated by the empress. A human could never have such an appetite.
The dream of every foodie was to be able to dominate a food street, but none of them could do it.
The empress had been eating for the past three hours. Even though the taste of the street food wasn't really great, they were novel to her. As such, she felt that this trip wasn't as boring as she thought it would be. This food street made it worthwhile for her.
However, even though the empress had an enormous appetite, there were still certain food that she did not want to eat.
For example, stinky tofu. After smelling it, she passed it straight to Ren Baqian. After doing that, she maintained a distance of one meter away from Ren Baqian as she seemed to smell a stench coming from him. This saddened Ren Baqian.
The stinky tofu should be tasty, right?
Far away, there were some people observing Ren Baqian and the empress.
After all, Ren Baqian had previously opened fire on them after they disturbed him. Chen Shi had a deep impression of that incident. If possible, he did not want to disturb the two of them.
Chen Shi could tell that both of them enjoyed being rubbed the right way. If no one provoked them, they wouldn't stir up any trouble. Like ordinary citizens, they liked to shop, watch movies at home, and eat their meals outside.
It was really surprising to see superhumans like them trying to stay low-profile and not stir up any trouble. Hence, Chen Shi had a rather good impression of them.
Sometimes, he felt that this was how a true cultivator behaved. After all, a cultivator was on a completely different level than an ordinary human and sought different desires. As a result, they wouldn't care so much about wealth and power like Earthlings did.
However, if someone provoked them, they definitely wouldn't think twice about retaliating.
To many people, the incident between the Ren family and Liu family seemed like a minor issue. As long as Ren Baqian informed the agency, someone would settle it for him.
However, he did not do so and threatened the Liu family instead.
This complicated the entire matter.
Chen Shi had also made up his mind to put in more effort in the future toward building a better relationship with Ren Baqian's parents and Ren Wannian.
At the same time, he had another idea as well. Perhaps he should recruit Ren Wannian into their department. He definitely would be of great help to them in the future.
It seemed that Ren Baqian still cared a lot about his family. Even though he seldom returned home, he still frequently called his family. He looked no different from a wanderer.
After they finished eating, Ren Baqian and the empress returned to their hotel.
They had booked a double suite in the hotel, which also had a rather huge living room. After returning to the room, the empress laid on the sofa without even changing her clothes. Naturally, she switched on the television.
Ren Baqian realized that the empress's daily routine was to watch television, eat, sleep, watch television again... It was an endless cycle.
Every time he thought of this, he would feel extremely guilty.
Just as he took off his shoes and laid on the sofa, he heard someone knocking on the door.
"Coming!" Ren Baqian yelled. Then, he dragged his slippers and went to open the door. Standing outside the room was a man. He looked approximately 35 years old, had an ordinary facial appearance, and looked rather honest.
"Mr. Ren, nice to meet you. My name is Wang Zijun. There's something that I want to talk to you about, so can I come in?" Wang Zijun nodded and gave Ren Baqian a very friendly smile. However, he did not try to shake Ren Baqian's hand.
"Come in!" Ren Baqian replied.
After closing the door, Ren Baqian took off his slippers and sat cross-legged on the sofa. Following which, he pointed to the a single-seat sofa beside him and said, "Make yourself at home."
"Sorry for disturbing you then," Wang Zijun smiled and replied before sitting down on the sofa.
"Both of you are leading a life that is envied by many people. Ordinary individuals like me have a busy life." Wang Zijun chuckled.
Ren Baqian nodded but did not reply to him. He did not have the intention of exchanging pleasantries with Wang Zijun.
The empress was hugging a pillow while searching for her favorite show on the television using the remote control.
"Mr. Ren, I'm from the Ministry of State Security. Let me tell you my purpose for visiting you. We have looked into the incident involving your brother. Mr. Ren, don't worry, we can definitely settle the issue with his school for you. Even though the Liu family is annoying, they are still ordinary individuals after all. As compared to you, they are nothing but a bunch of mosquitoes. Mr. Ren, you don't have to trouble yourself over them. Why don't you let us settle this issue for you? They will be punished duly for whatever they did."
Hearing these words, Ren Baqian knew Wang Zijun was giving him a way out of this issue by trying to make the problem sound less serious before reducing it to nothing.
However, Ren Baqian did not want this issue to be settled just like that. He gave a faint smile and replied, "Even though mosquitoes are small, they still need to be smacked to death."
Wang Zijun knew this would happen. After looking into the incident, he expected Ren Baqian to react this way.
"Why don't I make them apologize to you? After all, you previously said that you would obey the laws. Why go back on your word because of these people? Mr. Ren, it's not worth it to trouble yourself over these people," Wang Zijun immediately said.
Ren Baqian shook his head. "At that time, I said that I will definitely obey the laws if no one provokes us. Furthermore, I have already restrained myself. Otherwise, I would have smacked them to death earlier. Isn't this method straightforward and easy? Why waste so much time negotiating with them?"
Then, Ren Baqian changed his tone and continued, "Actually, you should persuade them to give me an apology. It's just an apology, so why are they so reluctant to do so? An apology won't kill them anyway. Ego is a bane to some people, and they might die because of their ego."
Wang Zijun laughed bitterly. "Mr. Ren, you must be joking. Up until now, both parties have been very satisfied with this collaboration. My superiors also hope that we can amicably maintain this collaboration. They don't want such a matter to affect this collaboration."
"That's none of my business. You see, I don't lack money or anything else. Actually, this so-called collaboration is a sacrifice that I made for the progress of mankind. I even took out some of my things for you. Even though it is called a collaboration, your side has definitely benefited more from it than I have. Now that I think about it, I feel that I'm really a great man." Ren Baqian felt that he truly was great after giving it further thought.
"Look at me, I'm such a refined, pure, morally upright, philanthropic individual." Ren Baqian had a wide smile on his face. Upon realizing that he was so great, he felt slightly emotional.
Wang Zijun, "..."
He did not know how to reply to Ren Baqian.
Indeed, Ren Baqian wasn't easy to deal with, just like the report on him had stated.
"Mr. Ren, to be honest, how do you want this matter to be settled?" Wang Zijun asked bluntly.
"I want Liu Man and Liu Qing to apologize to me. I am a man that honors my own words, and I won't ask for more. If I say I want to kill them, I will definitely not let a single one of them live. Of course, I just want to give them a minor punishment this time around. I want to let them know that it doesn't pay to be ruthless. God is watching everything you do."
"Of course, if you're willing to put them into cement urns and throw them into a river, I'm fine with that too."
"From a legal standpoint or a moral standpoint, what you intend to do is unacceptable and too ruthless. Our responsibility is to protect the citizens, therefore we can't tolerate you doing such a thing." Wang Zijun was feeling a headache now.
"Do you think that I'm too ruthless?" Ren Baqian turned around and asked the empress with a doubtful look on his face.
"If it were me, I would have directly slapped them to death. I will slap anyone that has a problem with me to death." The empress's gaze finally left the television. She had disdainful look on her face.
"Hmm, it seems like I'm too soft-hearted." Ren Baqian spread his arms.
"Mr. Ren..." Before Wang Zijun could finish his sentence, he was interrupted by Ren Baqian.
"I have already finished saying what I want to say. You can try to stop us, but let me advise you that it's better for you to persuade them."
"Goodbye, remember to close the door behind you." Ren Baqian waved his hand.
Upon hearing these words, Wang Zijun left the room with a gloomy look on his face. After Wang Zijun left, Ren Baqian smiled. He was very satisfied with his own attitude. Throughout the conversation, he had been very amiable. He had successfully expressed his "kind" intentions to Wang Zijun.
"You said you want to see whether they are smart or not. If they are smart, then what are we going to do?" The empress was slightly curious. Ren Baqian had already made his stand so clear, yet she did not know how he was going to settle this matter.
"Your Majesty, you have to reward me first before I tell you what I am going to do," Ren Baqian turned around and said with a coquettish tone. He had a look of expectation on his face.
I will tell you if you kiss me or let me kiss you.
Following which, the empress kicked him off the sofa.
After receiving the news, Chen Shi smoked two cigarettes. Following which, he furrowed his eyebrows and said, "Arrest the Liu family on the charges of extortion and blackmail."
Initially, he did not have any solution to deal with this matter. After all, the Liu family wanted a medical compensation of 100,000 yuan, which wasn't a small amount. Now, Ren Baqian's stand happened to solve this issue for him.
Getting arrested could be considered a form of protection for the Liu family.
Otherwise, if Ren Baqian and Qi Zixiao decided to do something, it would be very hard to stop them. What could he do if that really happened? Fall out with them? Or act as though nothing had happened? Hence, arresting the Liu family would be the best option now.
According to the law, a monetary request for an amount that was 100,000 yuan and above could be considered extortion and blackmail. If found guilty, one could be jailed for a minimum of three years and a maximum of 10 years. Since the Liu family was unsuccessful in their attempt, they would be released after one or two years. By then, Ren Baqian would have forgotten about this incident already.
The members of the Liu family weren't kind souls either. Getting arrested for this incident would teach them a lesson as well.
Meanwhile, Liu Qing was waiting in the hospital with an indignant look on her face.
The four duffel bags of money were placed beside her.
Just now, when she told her husband what happened, he was speechless as well.
"Hmph, that man is really seaking death. From his behavior, I can tell he has committed a lot of crimes. He should have been arrested a long time ago. Execution by firing squad would be the best comeuppance for him," Liu Qing sneered.
To her, nothing felt better than seeing the person who threatened her getting arrested.
"The police will confiscate this money, right?" Papa Liu asked. At this point, he was getting excited too.
It would be good to get some medical compensation for his son.
"Everything is under control. I don't believe that the Ren family wouldn't fork out their money to save their sons. By then, it won't be a matter of 100,000 yuan anymore. They deserve it. Wouldn't this matter have already been settled if they were willing to hand over the money earlier? They forced me to contact the school. Now, their younger son is going to be punished by the school and their elder son is going to be jailed." Liu Qing felt that she had won this battle. The Ren family was in deep trouble now.
"We better be careful in the future. If we really provoke some big shot, we will be in deep trouble," Li Qing's husband advised her.
"What are you scared of?" Liu Qing said with contempt, "Don't you think I already thought it through?"
At this moment, a few policemen entered the ward. Liu Qing immediately asked them, "Have you arrested him?"
Other than this matter, she couldn't think of any reason why the policemen were here. They must be here to notify her of Ren Baqian's arrest.
"Are you Liu Qing?" one of the policemen asked.
"Yes, I am!" Liu Qing replied with ease.
"You are suspected of extortion and blackmail. Please follow us to the police station. This is the arrest warrant." Without any hesitation, one of the policemen handcuffed Liu Qing.
This sudden turn of events stunned everyone in the room.
Why were the policemen arresting Liu Qing?
"Are you mistaken?" Liu Qing questioned with a sharp voice while widening her eyes.
"Arrest Liu Man as well as Liu Mingjing."
Every member of the Liu family was stunned.
Even Liu Qing's husband, who had just arrived, was stunned. What was going on?
That night, after Ren Baqian received the news of the arrest of the Liu family, he said to the empress, "See, there are always smart people in this world. They know I can't go after the Liu family if they are locked up in a detention center. Now that I have made my stance clear, I don't even need to trouble myself to deal with the Liu family."
"Mhmm." The empress merely raised her head and acknowledged him.
Hearing her voice, Ren Baqian felt that she was rather cute.
Following which, he gave his parents a call and told them that the matter had been settled. Then, he chit-chatted with them for a while before putting down the phone.
Afterward, he laid down on the sofa and watched the empress sway elegantly into her room. He stared into space and sighed.
Nowadays, his relationship with the empress was rather good. He had a deeper understanding of the empress's temperament. In certain ways, the empress was behaving more and more like a normal girl.
However, the strength disparity between them was too wide.
If they really got married in the future, Ren Baqian felt that he would suffer during their consummation.
Therefore, he had to work harder.
After the empress closed her room door, Ren Baqian decided to lie on his bed and cultivate the [Visualization of Wood]. Once again, he appeared in the world where there was an enormous tree that touched the sky.
The empress was able to hear what was going on outside her room. She sat on her bed with a faint smile on her face. After tossing and turning in her bed for a while, she hugged a bolster and thought about some matters of the heart before falling asleep.
The next morning, both of them took a plane back to Shancheng. On the plane, they even put up a public display of affection.
Upon getting ahold of this news, Chen Shi heaved a sigh of relief. This matter had been settled in the way that he had expected it to be.
Back in Shencheng, Ren Baqian went to collect the physics and chemistry teaching materials, The Three Character Classic, and some laboratory equipment that he had ordered previously. Subsequently, he and the empress teleported back to Dayao.