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844 Lurking Forces III

 Ye Xuan shot her a glance. "How could it not be her?" Ye Xuan was expressionless as he continued. "First, she went to my office to cause a big ruckus and used the opportunity to throw out the lawyer's address. She knew I would be sure to go check it for myself. Who else could it be if not her?"

Gu Nianzhi shook her head. "She lured you out to Little Rock, Utah, to find that lawyer. But do you think she could have set a trap in the United States and gotten a four-star admiral to conceal and cover for her? If she had that kind of power, why did she go around looking for support to protect the Gu fortune in the first place?"

Ye Xuan frowned. "You're saying that someone is guiding her?"

"There must be someone else." Gu Nianzhi didn't hesitate to slap the table gently and remind Ye Xuan, "She couldn't sit still from the moment you told her that you gave me the inventory of the Gu assets. There was no way that she could let you live to dismantle her plans. But in the Huaxia Empire, there is a limit to what she can do. If she made any mistakes, she would easily get herself in trouble. That's why she had to lure you to the United States."

Ye Xuan nodded and replied blankly, "Maybe."

Gu Nianzhi was a bit dissatisfied with how Ye Xuan was acting. "Ye Xuan, did you know that after you went to the United States, Gu Yanran made it look like she was abused by you and stayed in the hospital to get an injury examination report from the hospital? In court, she used the injury examination report to slander your reputation and attempted to make the inventory of the Gu assets you submitted invalid evidence. She also said that the reason you physically abused her was that she refused to hand the Gu fortune over to you."

Ye Xuan looked up in shock and revealed an expression like he had been burned to a crisp from being struck by lightning. "What did you say?! I abused her? For the Gu fortune?!"

That was the biggest joke in the world!

"Right, it wasn't just physical abuse, but sexual abuse." Gu Nianzhi's expression was solemn. "She and her lawyer said she was the victim of domestic violence, but I used a criminal assault charge to replace the domestic violence charge as an excuse to extradite you to the Huaxia Empire. But Professor He was even more amazing. By stepping in, he helped you conclude your case in the United States and also obtained your proof of innocence. That's why you weren't extradited to the Huaxia Empire but entered through the borders normally. This will be a great advantage in your domestic case."

Ye Xuan was flabbergasted. "...There's still a domestic case?! What the f*ck?"

Gu Nianzhi pretended she hadn't heard Ye Xuan curse and replied, "Your domestic criminal assault case should conclude very easily. If you are okay with it, I can recommend a few lawyers to you."

Ye Xuan sighed deeply. He leaned back against the chair and closed his eyes. "Can I counter sue her for slander?"

"Of course you can." Gu Nianzhi raised a brow. "How about you continue to let Professor He act as your representative lawyer? I think that Gu Yanran will fold without you needing to take her to court."

"Yeah, I'll ask Professor He." Ye Xuan wiped his face, looking somewhat sadly in the direction of the window.

It was late at night and the street lamps outside the window emitted a dim yellow glow. Through the curtains, Gu Nianzhi could see the numerous shadows. It was so beautiful that it looked unreal.

Gu Nianzhi tried to console him/ "Ye Xuan, this truly isn't that big of a deal. For your criminal assault case, ask Professor He to submit several pieces of evidence for your alibi and they will have no choice but to withdraw the lawsuit. It won't even end up in court. Also, you can counter sue Gu Yanran afterward for slander and for tarnishing your reputation. You can give her a taste of her own medicine."

Ye Xuan nodded. "I'll consider it."

Actually, he wanted to have an open conversation with Gu Yanran even more and lay it out clearly for better or worse. He would ask her why, why on earth...

Gu Nianzhi was dismissive. How could there be so many strange "why" questions in the world?

It could only be three things: fame, fortune, love.

Gu Yanran was certainly doing it for fortune.

To this woman, money was probably the most important thing in the world...

She didn't seem like a daughter raised by a secretly rich person...

Gu Nianzhi pursed her lips before saying, "I need you to answer this question. Trials will resume in a few days, are you willing to go to court as my key witness?"

"Act as your witness? Witness in the estate feud?"

"Right." Gu Nianzhi nodded. "This means that you'd be standing against Gu Yanran. Are you willing to do that?"

Gu Nianzhi felt like she should be able to trust Ye Xuan by now, but she couldn't completely let her guard down either.

She still didn't know Ye Xuan very well as a person, so it hadn't been an easy decision to request Ye Xuan to go to court as her witness.

Ye Xuan considered, then nodded. "Okay, I'm willing."

Gu Nianzhi sighed deeply. "Then I'll see you in court. Tell me everything you know about Gu Yanran and choose what can and can't be spoken about."

"Everything?" Ye Xuan began to laugh. "You really are greedy. There are so many things, but they can't all be discussed in such a short time. They are also unrelated to the estate feud, so we should pick the important things to talk about."

"Okay, that's fine too." Gu Nianzhi agreed. "How about this... When you gave me the inventory of assets, you didn't want to go to court and argue against Gu Yanran at first. Is that right?"

Ye Xuan wasn't concealing anything anymore, so he nodded. "Correct, I initially didn't want to argue with her or accuse her in court."

So that's why he'd privately given the inventory of the Gu assets to Gu Nianzhi without mentioning being her court witness.

But Gu Yanran had a guilty conscience. Finally, she'd pushed Ye Xuan into the opposing position.

Gu Nianzhi understood the reasoning behind it, so she was also more assured about Ye Xuan. She said, "Okay then, you need to prepare to answer questions about these topics in the next few days.."

As she spoke, Gu Nianzhi explained the things she needed Ye Xuan to prepare in advance.

For example, something he would use to verify his inventory of assets.

Bank accounts and savings deposits were easy to prove since they only needed to directly verify with the bank. But the other things, like all sorts of large holding companies in the Cayman Islands, would be much more difficult to verify.

Ye Xuan considered it and said, "I can make an index and list out all the evidence I can find, then see where I'm lacking."

"I'll be troubling you for that." Gu Nianzhi stood up. "Find me if you have any problems and we can discuss them together."

Ye Xuan also stood up with her and walked out of the dining room.

As soon as they walked into the living room, they saw Ma Qiqi and Yin Shixiong sitting on the couch together. They were leaned so close together that Gu Nianzhi couldn't help but cough.

The two of them quickly moved apart as if they had been shocked by electricity.

Gu Nianzhi was a bit amused and turned around to tell Ye Xuan, "You can stay here at Professor He's place for the next few days. I'll show you the guest bedroom."

Ye Xuan didn't mind that at all.

Just as they were about to go and look at the guest bedroom, they heard the doorbell ring once again.

The four people inside the living room stared at each other with no idea who could be at the door.

Gu Nianzhi was standing closest to the door, so she moved to the peephole to take a look and discovered four police officers!

There were three male police officers and one female police officer standing quietly at the door.

Gu Nianzhi quickly opened the door and asked with confusion, "May I ask what we can help you with?"

"We received a report that a Barbadian man named Ye Xuan is to be arrested on suspicion in a criminal assault case. This is the court document." The male police officer displayed the arrest warrant from the court.

Gu Nianzhi was very shocked. "...It's late at night right now, you guys work at night too? Was this arrest warrant... signed not too long ago?"