I Can See Probability - Chapter 28
Translator: Dragon Boat Translation Editor: Dragon Boat Translation
Xiao Li was hit in the back of the head and died on the spot. He fell into the mud pit.
As for Lin Gaohan, he didn’t panic at all when he killed someone. He didn’t even feel any waves.
He didn’t even look at Xiao Li’s corpse.
His attention was only focused on the ‘White Crane Longevity Painting’.
“Longevity… This thing cannot be announced. It cannot be announced. I have to stay. It’s mine. It can only be mine.”
The magical scenes from before had left deep marks in his heart.
He believed and firmly believed that it was indeed as Xiao Li had said. It was a miracle.
In ancient times, there were people who sought immortality and attained immortality.
Everyone thought that these were just legends, but in their line of work, the more they understood, the more they held respect for certain things.
“In the Book of Jin, there is a saying that a treasured sword turns into a dragon, and the red light I saw just now must be a treasured sword that flew away on its own. These spiritual objects are not recognized by their owners and cannot be approached by ordinary people. It’s a pity that I can’t see the full appearance. Now that this painting is the only one left, I definitely can’t hand it over.”
“I can’t hand it over, I definitely can’t hand it over…”
From then on, within half a year, Lin Gaohan resigned due to illness.
After that, no one was able to contact him for many years.
It wasn’t until a few years ago that he appeared in Mingyang City and opened a small shop in the Antiques Street.
His body was indeed very weak. When he went to the grave in the early years, he inhaled some poisonous gas and hurt his lungs.
When he was young, he didn’t feel any discomfort. As he got older, he would cough every rainy day. Especially at night, he would cough until he couldn’t sleep at night.
Especially this year. Since the beginning of spring, Lin Gaohan had not slept well.
He had never married and had no children. His only dream was to comprehend the path of immortality from the ‘White Crane Longevity Painting’.
He still believed that there must be a great mystery in the ‘White Crane Longevity Painting’.
Unfortunately, at the age of 65, he was weak and sickly. He increasingly felt that he could not sustain his strength. As a result, the ‘White Crane Longevity Painting’, which he had never been shown to others, finally made an exception today.
He also wanted to see if anyone else could see some clues.
It was a pity that Song Yuchen and Zheng Wenbing were allowed to look at it today. Zheng Wenbing couldn’t see anything, but Song Yuchen could see some things.
However, what Song Yuchen saw was not much different from what he saw.
They were all floating on the surface, as if he could only see the surface of the lake where smoke was flowing. As for what was under the lake, he hadn’t touched it at all.
“Could it be that my fate is really not enough?”
Lin Gaohan sighed and stood up from the futon. Then, he took down the ‘White Crane Longevity Painting’ from the wall.
Facing the early night sky, he left home.
At 8:30 pm.
Chen Jing returned home. His parents were actually not home. He called them and asked. They said that they were still at the police station dealing with matters.
Chen Jing asked them if they had encountered any trouble. They told Chen Jing that everything was going smoothly and not to worry. This time, there was irrefutable evidence. None of the criminals could escape.
When Chen Jing heard this, he felt a little relieved.
He saw that the floor at home was quite messy. His parents were probably too busy and did not have the time to clean it up.
So, he picked up a broom and started cleaning.
Not long after, an old man came in from outside the shop. He looked at the words ‘Chen’s Restaurant’ on the signboard and looked inside hesitantly.
Coincidentally, Chen Jing came out to take out the trash and saw him.
He asked him, “Old Sir, are you here to order food? But I have to apologize. My parents are not at home and I don’t know how to cook. I can only trouble you to come back tomorrow.”
The old man was dressed very neatly. He held a long box in his hand and said with a smile, “I’m not here to order food. Little friend, are you called Chen Jing?”
Chen Jing looked at the old man in surprise. “Old Sir, do you recognize me?”
After getting Chen Jing’s acknowledgment, the old man’s smile became even more intense. “It’s like this. I heard from Yuchen that you know a lot about paintings. You only took two glances at her fake painting and could tell if it was real or fake. You even mentioned two points?”
“So you’re Sister Yuchen’s elder?”
“I guess so. Wenbing’s father and her father are both old classmates of mine. I’m also in the antique industry now. I heard from Yuchen that there’s a magical youth here, so I came here out of curiosity to take a look.”
“Don’t listen to Sister Yuchen’s nonsense. I was just spouting nonsense,” Chen Jing said.
This could be considered as telling the truth.
The things he said at Song Yuchen’s house yesterday afternoon were not from his own stomach.
It was fine to bluff an amateur like Zheng Wenbing, but since this old man was an expert in this area, he naturally did not dare to show off.
“Child, don’t be modest. Being able to see these two points also proves that you have real abilities. According to my guess, if one does not have decades of experience, it would be impossible for one to determine whether it was real or fake with just one or two looks. Yet, you were able to do this. This shows that you do have talent in this area,” the old man said.
Being praised by the old man, Chen Jing was so embarrassed that he did not know what to say.
After taking out the trash and returning to the shop, he saw the old man place the long box on the table and wave at Chen Jing. “I came to look for you this time to let you admire a painting. Let’s see if you can see anything from the painting.”
“This… Old Sir, actually, I really don’t know much about this,” Chen Jing said.
“It’s fine,” the old man said with a chuckle. At Chen Jing’s age, he also knew that he wouldn’t know too much.
And the reason why Chen Jing knew a little was probably because his family liked things in this area.
As a result, he only knew a little after being influenced.
“Then… Let’s take a look. If I’m wrong, Old Sir, please don’t laugh at me.”
“No harm, no harm.”
The old man opened the box and slowly spread out a two-foot-square scroll.
Then, he took two steps back and pointed at the scroll. “Let’s take a look.”
“‘White Crane Longevity Painting’?” Chen Jing read out those four words.
Then, he looked through the entire paper, but he did not see a white crane.
There was only an extremely simple stroke that outlined the shape of a ‘ら’.
If this was a white crane, then it was even more… childish than a child’s graffiti.
However, when the words ‘White Crane Longevity Painting’ were read out, Chen Jing saw something unusual in his eyes.
“This is… Chengxin Hall paper?” Chen Jing was a little surprised.
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However, the one who was even more surprised was the old man.
The wrinkled area at the corner of his eyes could not help but twitch twice, but it did not change his expression. He deliberately asked, “Is it Chengxin Hall paper? Isn’t it imitation Chengxin Hall paper?”
Chengxin Hall paper originated from the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms, South Tang, and Huizhou. Because of its excellent quality, it was rated as the best paper in the history of Chinese paper making.
It was also one of the three treasures of the South Tang literary room. It was famous for its egg-like skin, jade-like firmness, and thin luster.
“No, the age is wrong. The imitation Chengxin Hall paper was forged during the Qianlong period, and this paper is obviously older. And before that, it can only be Chengxin Hall paper, not imitation Chengxin Hall paper,” said Chen Jing..