TN: Chapter 1 has been re-edited for better readability. Sorry I suck at military lingo. ^_^’
Chapter 2 Rain
20 minutes after midnight, Chu Qiao closed the bathroom door. She walked over to the sink to wash her hands.
The Prison was completely silent without any sound. At this time, the day’s fatigue was at its peak. Even for those highly trained Special Forces, alertness slightly decreases. Picking up a towel, Chu Qiao slowly dried her hands, while carefully checking her pulse; calculating the time.
Ten, nine, eight, …
Five, four … …
Zero. Chu Qiao calmly turned and walked towards the bed.
Suddenly a muffled bang resounded. Water suddenly burst everywhere from the ruptured water pipes. Subtle flames covered the pipeline. However, it did not touch Chu Qiao’s body, because she was not close enough to be hit by the spray.
Outside, the prison guards were startled when they saw a water pipe explode. They didn’t know if the prisoner was dead or alive. The two guards suddenly panicked and quickly pressed the switch and password to open the cell. With a sub machine gun in one hand and holding an intercom in the other, they rushed inside. However, the short blast damaged the signal transmission for five seconds and the only thing the main station could hear was rustling unclear signal.
Opportunity must not be lost because time won‘t come again. When the two prison guards ran up to the bathroom to examine the explosion, Chu Qiao’s closed eyes had suddenly opened with a glint. Her body instantaneously moved like civet cat, almost immediately arriving at the prison door. The two guards were shocked, however, before they could shout, all they heard was the sound of the prison door shutting tightly.
Chu Qiao looked at the two furious men inside, as she quickly approached the control room. The video footage from one hour before was quickly extracted and cut. After deleting the evidence, she dragged a chair to reach a pinhole camera located outside the prison, and then she disconnected the signal, turned the camera to the open space and loaded the edited footage. After doing that, she plugged back the camera and disconnected the radio signal transmission.
Just in time too. After 5 seconds, the blasted area started to self repair. The water leaks were quickly bonded. The prison cell was closed tight, and the two guards’ yells were as just loud as mosquitoes. They were unable to penetrate the closed cage whether through sound or action. The monitors returned to normal, only the overall picture shown was of an image from an hour ago; a guilty woman sitting in bed quietly, while the guards patrolled back and forth outside. Everything was so peaceful and quiet.
Chu Qiao looked sharply at her surroundings to examine the security.
In the control room, she opened the guard’s storage reserves. Taking off her wet clothes, she put on the fourth prison guards clothes. After putting on a hat, she picked up a HK pistol fitted with a silencer and attached it to her waist. Afterwards, she turned and walked out.
The two prison guards were still daring to open the cell. It was not a move of recklessness, but determination.
Even if the fourth prison was near the capital, it was geographically isolated and hidden in secret. The prisoners there were felons to be heard in the National High-Level Military Court. Their importance was self-evident. Each cell had a tight defense to the point of being nitpicked. Each cell was stand-alone, equipped with high-end weapons, and a powerful monitoring system filled with personnel. Inside and outside each prison building were three of the country’s special servicemen guards, divided by two front doors. Just like the Chu Qiao’s quarters, as long as there was an open password, you can open it. But, outer prison door, it needs the last person’s fingerprints for the lock to be opened.
The three people taking care of her used a rotation system, but now two of them were inside her cell. Chu Qiao was holding onto her prepared fingerprint film and docked it on the scanner. Soon afterwards came a click, and she blatantly walked out of the front door in their standard uniform, under the glare of the two trapped prison guards.
After going out, there was a long corridor. She was in the fourth floor underground prison, so to accomplish her goal there was still a long way to go. The surveillance video would only last for an hour, she had to hurry.
There were four detained prisoners waiting for the National High-Ranking court for martial ruling. Three of the major fugitives were in the fourth floor where the office of the prison officials is located. The fourth prisoner was on the second floor also used for receiving foreign guests. The purpose of Chu Qiao’s trip was there.
After about two minutes of leaving the prison area, she reached the external end of the corridor. There was an emergency unit of 40 men armed with heavy machine guns and were expert fighters. The fourth prison had no air conditioning vents or empty pipes. The only way out was through the corridor. The only other way to escape was to dig a hole through the concrete and then run away. Wanting to escape unharmed? Not a chance.
The soldier who guarded the entrance saw Chu Qiao’s unfamiliar face, and immediately became anxious. The soldier raised his dark weapon, shouted,” Stop! Who are you? Password!”
Chu Qiao looked straight ahead and walked over with her back straight, holding a stack of thick papers. As she walked over she spoke with a deep voice, “I am court martial Colonel Liu Siwei, here is document order no. 12658 to enter the fourth prison building and investigate about the arms smuggling case. I have important files to be delivered to Lieutenant Colonel Tan Zongming. Please get me connected to him.”
The soldier looked at her in surprise, then immediately frowned in doubt, saying, “Senior Officer, Sir! Lieutenant Colonel Tan Zongming is not on duty tonight; he is the personal security line. Sir, could you please show me your credentials.”
“Military law states that one never needs to show papers at the fourth prison. I was invited by the warden of the fourth prison, Li Yuchang to assist in handling a case. Three days ago, I was personally brought by Colonel Lu Fanghao to the prison’s martial court. Are you not informed?” Chu Qiao frowned while slanting her eyes to inspect the soldier that was guarding from top to bottom.
“Which part of the army are you in? Not being familiar with the military code. Tell me your unit identification number and army code.” said Chu Qiao
Hearing these words, the guarding soldiers were surprised her rank within the army is this distinct. This person had a style with uncommon speech. She also had a connection with Lieutenant Colonel Tan Li Yuchang and they suddenly had a feeling of a trace of awe. The soldier replied, “Sir, my number is 0475 belonging to the Eighth Armed Forces corps 571, Brigade task group 309, not under preparation of the regular army. We are just standing over two days ago, so I do not know whether you are personally sent here by the Colonel Lu Fanghao or not. ”
Chu Qiao stretched her brow gently, and then nodded saying, “You are from the South of the Eighth Armed Forces? Is your Deputy Army Commander Liu good? You were brought in by him, right? He went to Beijing on some business and told you to stay here for a while, right?”
The soldier immediately became awestruck, and his tone became different, “Sir Reporting, Commander Liu is well. Our Group is sent to the forth prison, we will not return to the South. ”
“Oh,” Chu Qiao nodded, “I am also originated from the eighth army, and worked in the Eighth Army Intelligence Procuratorate. Frankly speaking, we are still comrades. When you see your commanders, tell them I said hello. Good, now I have important matters with these documents. I need you to transmit them, in duplicates. Then inform Chief Zhang and secretarial office of Commander Hua that as early as 6:00 am, Colonel Liu Siwei will visit.”
After having said that, she turned and walked toward the front.
The soldiers were stunned in place, holding a lot of top-marked files, their hands felt weak.
Chief of Staff Zhang…… Commander …….
Going back to the fourth floor Chu Qiao put back the wet clothes. She leaned against the wall, started to breath slowly, and then raised her hand to check her wrist. Ten minutes have passed, time was running out. She took a deep breath, stood upright. Time to move on.
Through the fingerprint decoder, the infra-red scanners, the retina docking clock speed, through layers of search and surveillance, she finally came to the second floor for foreign guests. Looking at the military ornament hanging on the wall, Chu Qiao’s mouth gently curved up.
Very good, every grievance has a head. She finally found the main debtor.