“It’s too late. I have achieved what I have set out to do, albeit not exactly according to plan. It doesn’t matter if you arrest me now, though I highly doubt you would be able to anyway,” Tang Zhechen sneered while speaking.
Yang Chen let go of Tang Wan and walked towards Tang Zhechen with a faint smile. “I admit that I misjudged your involvement in this incident. Despite really wanting to kill you now, I am amazed by your bravery. I never suspected that you were in on it because you really were poisoned when we met. I never would’ve imagined that you would put your life at risk for my blood.”
“Oh, you guessed it?” Tang Zhechen relaxed his face slightly, feeling kind of proud of himself.
Cai Yuncheng and those who knew about it were surprised. “Yang Chen, are you saying that he provided your genes to Yan Buwen so that he could perform his experiments?!”
Yang Chen nodded. “I was quite puzzled about how he managed to obtain my blood. Not many people could harm me given my abilities. Even if they did obtain it, storing it securely would be another issue entirely. So, it would’ve been impossible to obtain my blood. I’ve thought about it and the only time I’ve ever given my blood freely was when I treated my women. But they would never betray me. Now I understand. You must have listened to Yan Buwen and decided to take advantage of my relationship with Tang Wan. You found an opportunity to poison yourself and let it worsen over time.”
“When the time came, you wouldn’t lose your sanity completely, but you would still look unstable. You acted crazy and came to Zhonghai in hopes that I would treat you with my blood. Unfortunately, you assumed wrongly. Your condition wasn’t as critical as what Tang Wan had said since you tried to keep sane in order to steal my blood. Therefore, Tang Wan hired Professor Andrea to treat you. When you realized I wasn’t coming, you hired someone to murder Professor Andrea. Obviously, Yan Buwen sent them over, leaving you free of liability. After Professor Andrea’s death, I came but did not dare treat you. So, I asked Jane to help me and you wanted to kill her. But you failed since you didn’t know that I arranged Chinin elites from Yamata Sect to protect her.”
Tang Zhechen clapped his hands. “You’re right, I didn’t think you would let Princess Jane treat me in Zhonghai. I couldn’t attempt an assassination because of her identity. But I could tell you cared about Xiaowan a lot, seeing how you didn’t dare to treat me rashly.”
Everyone was taken aback to hear how relaxed he sounded.
“Those…those tapping devices and the mess in our clan…was it…” Tang Xin couldn’t bear to continue her sentence.
Yang Chen sighed. “That’s right, the tapping devices, assassins, and the mess, it was all a diversion to cover up his tracks. I remembered that Tang Wan told me everyone hoped for her and Tang Huang to fight over the inheritance when old man Tang was sick. But it looks like it was just their assumptions. I don’t think Tang Huang is an irrational person. I doubt the Tang clan would suffer much even if they did fight over the inheritance. So, I figured things wouldn’t be that easy, but I did not know that it was all a diversion.”
“Does it mean that I was poisoned in order for him to get your blood?” Tang Wan had already calmed down. Her eyes were still red when she asked that question.
Yang Chen’s heart wrenched when he looked at her. He nodded and said, “That’s right. He learned from his past mistake and injected the poison into your body. The dosage he used was enough to kill you within two to three days. He did this so that I wouldn’t have time to wait for Jane and since my blood can be used as an antidote. If I recall correctly, you were sent for a blood test after the treatment. My blood cells were definitely still in your circulation system at that time. As long as he stored it well, it can be purified to be used in the experiments.”
“I remember it now!’
Tang Xin covered her mouth. “I was next to grandfather at that time. He was the one who said that she should do a blood test!”
“Hmph! What a stubborn child.” Tang Zhechen sneered, “Xin Er, even though you’re not the culprit, I know everything about your relationship with Yan Buwen. I bet the Li and Cai clan, including Yang Chen, knew about it too. You think you’ll be fine just because I’m the real culprit?”
Tang Xin’s face fell. Her lips trembled, unable to utter a single word.
“Oh yeah, I might as well tell you another thing while we’re at it.” Tang Zhechen spoke slowly, “You can’t blame me for sending the assassins over to kill you. Blame the child growing in you. It’s Yan Buwen’s after all.”
“Yan Buwen’s child?!”
His words stirred up the clan members, especially Tang Xin’s father who widened his eyes in shock.
Tang Xin held her belly and she stiffened up nervously.
“Yan Buwen must have told you long ago that he didn’t want the baby. Your existence is no longer needed now that you’re pregnant. So, I seized the opportunity and tried to send you to jail. If you’re lucky, you might still survive after an abortion. It’s a bummer Xiaowan called Li Dun to take you away. But it makes things easier since I’ll have a better reason to have everyone here. I was going to keep this act up but having it out in the open isn’t too bad either. We can end it once and for all!”
Tang Wan shrieked, “How can you talk to Xin Er like this! She has been taking care of you all these years! She’s your granddaughter! Why did you do this?!”
Tang Zhechen’s gaze sharpened. “Why?! Isn’t it obvious I did this so that our clan can be the greatest clan in China?! I did this to avenge my dead son, your father!”
“My…father?” Tang Wan mumbled.
Yang Chen frowned. He was reminded of the time when Tang Zhechen mentioned Tang Wan’s father when he was still mentally ill. Her father was called Tang Lun and was Tang Zhechen’s favorite son. He lost his mind because of mental illness and committed suicide after killing Tang Wan’s mother.
Was there more to the story than he let on?
The pain of the past was evident on Tang Zhechen’s face. “My Lun Er, he was so young. He wouldn’t have died so early if it wasn’t because of the so-called protectors of China!”
Yang Chen’s heart dropped. “You mean Hongmeng?!”
Tang Zhechen glanced at him. “I don’t have anything to say to you. Now that I’ve been exposed, I have no way out anymore. Only one of us can get out of here alive!”
“I don’t care how and why your son died. You have no reason to escape from the crimes that you’ve committed,” Li Moshen said.
“Hahahaha…” Tang Zhechen quickly interrupted, “You all have been talking so much, yet what’s the point? What has happened, has happened! Yang Chen, when you were saving Li Dun, you must have seen the five experiments too. They’re genetically-altered biological weapons and there aren’t just five. They were just a few that Yan Buwen had sent. These things are killing machines that obey orders, if they were deployed in a regular battlefield, there would be mass destruction…”
“Not necessarily. Since you have Yan Buwen’s contact, I only need to find out where he is from you. Then I’ll nip this problem in the bud,” said Yang Chen.
He’s just finished his sentence when they heard mocking laughter echoing across the skies above the Tang family members and the rest.
A man wearing a dirty white robe with a head of dishevelled hair and unshaven face floated slowly down in front of them. It was as if he was riding an invisible elevator.
“Don’t bother looking, I’ve been waiting for you.” Yan Buwen’s eyes were bloodshot and filled with madness, his lips cracked into a grin so wide it was unnatural.