The Nine Cauldrons


Book 1 Chapter 15: A Storm is brewing

About five o’clock in the evening, two men walked out the train station. One of them was almost 1.80 meters tall and had a smile so gentle that it gave others a feeling of comfort. His neck was almost as thick as his head, and his hair was made into braids. The other one was an Indian man, nearly 2-meters tall, bald and expressionless.

“Gentlemen, are you on holidays here in Yangzhou?” A short-haired youth suddenly asked in English, “We are the travel agency ‘Left Hand’.”


The two Indians nodded.

Following the youth outside the station, they walk towards a road not far from the exit, where an ordinary taxi was waiting.

“You found the Lone Wolf’s trail after investigating more than a month. You guys from the Hand of Darkness really have a low efficiency.” The two-meter tall Indian sneered while talking in fluent English.

The short-haired youth could only put on a smile while replying: “The Lone Wolf of the Flying Knives was probably wounded after fighting with ‘Sharpshooter’ and ‘Body Crusher’, so he probably went into hiding. Moreover, there are a lot of restrictions in China, and we don’t have much manpower here. Therefore, we only found his trace yesterday. “

“Getting injured by small flies like Sun Ze and Dolgoterov. Brother, it seems like killing Wolf won’t be much of a challenge, I can easily do it on my own.” The tall Indian said. The three giants of the world’s strongest organization ‘God Kingdom’ were Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.

The three of them had an equal status, but from the age point of view, Vishnu was the oldest and the eldest brother.

While Vishnu was courteous, both Brahma and Shiva were extremely aggressive.

“Ah, we shouldn’t be careless.” The Indian man with the gentle smile and braids said.

Two giants of the organization ‘God Kingdom’ rode this taxi, and went to the city’s center.

About an hour after the two Indians left around 6 pm, another group of men appeared in Yangzhou train station. They took the train from Tianjin, and it took them a day to arrive in Yangzhou during the evening.

“Boss Shen, please get in the car.” Two Volkswagen Passats came by and picked up these four people.

Within the first car, a lean man wearing a cap and casual clothes sat at the back. Next to him sat a chubby faced middle-aged man with a big belly.

“Your boss and the assassin he hired are dead?” The lean man asked while frowning.

“That’s right. Shortly after the assassin died, the boss followed. The boss died in a secret passage within his study. He laid dead there for two days. Only when the maids smelled the stench while cleaning the room did we find the boss’ dead body.“ The chubby faced middle-aged man shook his head and said. “We don’t even know who killed him.”

The lean man frowned and said with a lowered voice: “It couldn’t have been Qin Hong.”

Qin Hong was a member of the Special Operations Organization. If he wanted to kill someone he would’ve never left behind the corpse, and he wouldn’t leave behind the slightest trace of evidence.

“Boss Shen, this event was extremely strange since the boss died silently under our full protection.  Killing Qin Hong in not that urgent yet, so why did he take the risk to come personally?” The chubby faced middle-aged man tried to persuade him.

“Humph, you don’t know anything.” The lean man sneered and scared the middle-aged man until he cowed.

The opposite party was, after all, the famous big shot ‘Shen Yangming’ of the Northeast.

“Big brother, I will avenge you even If I die.” Shen Yangming silently said in his mind.

Normally, those who were able to create a hitmen association together were people who trusted their lives to each other. Their trust would have to be extremely profound to do so. For example, ‘Wolf’ and ‘Cat’s association were the couple Teng Qingshan and his wife. When Cat died, Teng Qingshan went mad and killed everyone in the organization’s base.

It was also like that with ‘Sharpshooter’ and ‘Body Crusher’. After Sun Ze was killed, Dolgoterov immediately went crazy and attacked Teng Qingshan like a madman.

To be able to create a partnership amongst hitmen, those people had to have an intimate relationship.

One of the two Northeastern tigers ‘Wang Qing’ was attacked few years ago by the Special Operations Organization and died in the hands of Qin Hong. The reason why Wang Qing died was in fact because he helped ‘Shen Yangming’ escape and saved his life.

The person who killed Wang Qing was Qin Hong!

Shen Yangming would never be able to forgive his enemy, “Qin Hong”.

In the beginning, he wanted to hire a hitman to kill Qin Hong, but it seemed that it was harder than he thought. To avenge his brother, Shen Yangming would risk everything and personally came to Yangzhou.

“Qin Hong, only certain death awaits you.” Shen Yangming thought in his heart and immediately commanded, “Stop at the entrance of that hotel. Stop here, and from here on out it is none of your business anymore.” Regarding the monitoring of Qin Hong’s whereabouts, Shen Yangming naturally wouldn’t trust these thugs. This time, he had spent a fortune and bought the cooperation of the ‘Hand of Darkness’.

Shen Yang Ming would sacrifice everything in order to kill Qin Hong.

It was seven o’clock in the evening and Teng Qingshan was dining in a small family restaurant when his phone suddenly rang.

“Hm?” Somewhat surprised, Teng Qingshan didn’t believe that someone would call him.

“Hello.” Teng Qingshan pressed the button to answer.

“Teng Qingshan, It’s me, Lin Qing.” The phone transmitted Lin Qing’s agitated voice. “Are you free right now? Something urgent came up and I need talk to you.”

Teng Qingshan didn’t have anything to do, except immersing himself in martial arts.

“Urgent?” Teng Qingshan asked with some doubts.

“Yes, something very urgent. Can you come to me? I’m sitting at the Moon Lake in the West district.” Lin Qing hurriedly said.

After thinking for a moment, Teng Qingshan nodded and replied:”Alright, I’ll be there in a minute.”

Seconds afterwards, Teng Qingshan immediately called a taxi and went to the Moon Lake in the West district while wondering, ”From the few times I’ve talked to Lin Qing, I’ve felt that she was a very calm person. I’ve never heard her be so anxious before. Listening to her voice, she might‘ve encountered some danger.”

Teng Qingshan couldn’t figure out what happened, and since they were now acquainted after meeting several times, he decided to go visit her.

When the sky darkened, only a few dim lights were lit at the Moon Lake, there were only a few people around at this late hour. A silver Audi A4 was quietly parked beside the Moon Lake and Lin Qing was sitting in the driver’s seat.


When the taxi stopped, Teng Qingshan paid the driver and immediately got out of the car and walked straight toward the lake‘s bank.

“Teng Qingshan.” Lin Qing immediately came out of the car and waved her hands in excitement.


Taking a careful look at the surrounding, Teng Qingshan noticed that there were no one around except for Lin Qing and cautiously walked towards her.

“Teng Qingshan.” Lin Qing immediately ran towards him.

“Why did you need to meet me so urgently?” Teng Qingshan asked.

“Haha…” Lin Qing couldn’t help and started laughing. “I am so happy, so happy that I wanted to see you.” Right now, Lin Qing had such a brilliant smile that her eyes were squinting. It was a very sincere, pure, and dazzling smile.

The lake wind blew Lin Qing’s hair onto her face and with her dazzling smile, it brought out a very special charm.

“Why are you so happy?” Teng Qingshan chuckled.

“Well, I will tell you the reason. That Li Mingshan died!” Ling Qing said excitedly, “He is dead, this demon has finally died. I have never been happier in my life, haha…”

Teng Qingshan was dumbstruck for a moment.

Li Mingshan?

Could it be the Li Mingshan he had killed?

“Who is Li Mingshan?” Teng Qingshan inquired.

“It’s Li Mingshan of the Mingshan group. You don’t live in Yangzhou so perhaps you don’t know him.” Lin Qing said.

Only now, was Teng Qingshan sure that it was the cunning middle-aged man that he had killed.

Clenching her fist, Lin Qing trembled slightly while her eyes flashed a ruthless light.

“Even in my dream, I saw someone kill this bastard. There were so many people who wanted him dead, but he just didn’t die. I was desperate and could only look forward to the day he caught a terminal disease. Never would I have thought that he would die in a secret passage inside his study.” Lin Qing smiled happily, “Finally dead, what a great thing.”

“You seem to hate him to the guts.” Teng Qingshan said.

“Hate him to the guts?” Lin Qing sneered, “It’s better said that I was in his debt!”

Teng Qingshan frowned, in his debt?

Lin Qing continued, “In fact, I was born in a really poor family. When I was a child, my mom died very young and my dad had to work away from home. During work, he fell from a building and become paralyzed. I could only try my best to take care of my brother and let him go to school. You probably know:  A girl like me, having minimal knowledge doing anything?”

“It was Li Mingshan who offered me his patronage.” Lin Qing sneered.

There was not the slightest trace of mood change in Teng Qingshan’s heart. He had already seen too much tragedy and had already struggling amongst a pile of dead bodies when he was seven years old.  Getting a patronage under this kind of situation wasn’t something Teng Qingshan discriminated. Every family had something that was hidden beneath the surface, and everyone had their own suffering.

“I used the money I got from him to take care of my brother and my bedridden father. The patronage agreement was for one year, and I relied on a part of that money to do business. When my business grew, I didn’t need to rely on him anymore. Nevertheless, I wasn’t able to shake him off, because he controlled everything. The underworld, the bribed politicians, if he wanted to crush me, it would have been as easily as crushing an ant. I had my brother and father to take care of……… I had to endure. ”

“In front of him, I was like a slave.”

“I’ve spent my days in fear and was consumed by terror. I might look well from outside, but in fact ……”

Lin looked at Teng Qingshan: “That’s why Teng Qingshan, when you carried me through the mountains for twenty miles, I felt at peace while leaning on your back. It was the first time I felt safe.”

Teng Qingshan understood this kind of feeling. During the training camp in Siberia, he was overwhelmed by panic and didn’t dare to relax for a moment there. He could die at any time, and only when he was under his master, ‘Teng Bolei’, did he finally have some quiet days.

“Now I am finally free. Without Li Mingshan, all the people under him went their own ways.” The indescribable worry in Lin Qing’s heart, which had been there for countless years finally disappeared. “I will never have to experience these days again, never again! I’m so happy that I wanted to tell someone, tell everything! And my first thought was you!”


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