Chapter 1317: A Colleague’s Slander
However, Jing Xiaolu also knew that Yang Ming didn’t feel strongly about her now; he might probably have some positive impressions, but it was definitely not to the point of liking her. Hence, she couldn’t blame Yang Ming for this. It was reasonable that Yang Ming did not pick her up.
Thinking of this, Jing Xiaolu was a little discouraged and talked a bit incoherently, “Yang Ming? Were you looking for me?”
With these words spoken out, Jing Xiaolu felt that what she said was somewhat inexplicable. Yang Ming naturally wouldn’t look for her. He was obviously waiting for Lin Zhiyun to come downstairs. Am I not just flattering myself? Hence, she was a little flushed…
“I…” Being asked by Jing Xiaolu, Yang Ming was somewhat troubled. If he were to say that he wasn’t looking for her, he would be putting shame on Jing Xiaolu. After all, she was a girl. Refuting her in this situation would make her look bad. But if Yang Ming were to say that he was waiting for her here, it would seem like a blatant lie. So, Yang Ming really didn’t know how to answer this question.
“Hehe, it doesn’t matter…” Jing Xiaolu didn’t take it seriously. She was flustered deep down in her heart, and she didn’t want to speak too much. She replied as she waved her hand, “I still have class; I’m heading over to class first…”
Looking at the Jing Xiaolu’s back that was getting further away, Yang Ming was quite baffled. What happened to this chick? It’s not like her usual style. When Jing Xiaolu sees me usually, she will definitely pester me and keep chatting. But today, she went straight to class. This confused Yang Ming on whether Jing Xiaolu had given up the idea of pursuing him and changed her personality.
However, Yang Ming still knew very well that Jing Xiaolu wouldn’t change her personality. If she were to give up easily, Yang Ming wouldn’t fail to persuade her for so long.
So Yang Ming thought that something definitely happened to Jing Xiaolu! Seeing her so blue, it seemed that there was something on her mind. Yang Ming wanted to catch up with her to ask a few words, but Jing Xiaolu had already gone far.
After all, the two people were now very good friends. Yang Ming couldn’t ignore her when Jing Xiaolu had a problem. At the very least, he had to go and comfort her.
While Yang Ming was hesitating, he saw Lin Zhiyun coming out of the dormitory building. Yang Ming could only give up the idea of catching up with Jing Xiaolu and greeted Lin Zhiyun, “Zhiyun, I’m here!”
Lin Zhiyun came over, but she was also frowning. “I saw you. You are the only boy at the door. Of course, I can see you. It has not turned dark yet.”
Yang Ming saw that Lin Zhiyun’s brows were furrowed, and he was also a bit baffled. What happened today? Before that, Jing Xiaolu came out looking blue. Later on, Lin Zhiyun came out with the same expression as Jing Xiaolu. He couldn’t help but be puzzled. “Zhiyun, what’s wrong with you? Why are you frowning?”
Lin Zhiyun thought about it. If she went to ask Zhou Jiajia for help, she couldn’t hide it from Yang Ming. Besides, Yang Ming and Jing Xiaolu also knew each other. Although their relationship wasn’t close, she still had to talk to Yang Ming about it.
Then, Lin Zhiyun said, “Yang Ming, Do you know… Jing Xiaolu?” Lin Zhiyun didn’t know that there was a story between Jing Xiaolu and Yang Ming. She only knew that she had some conflicts with Yang Ming and Chen Mengyan. After the dissolution, Yang Ming helped her find a job. After that, she didn’t know if Yang Ming still kept in touch with her, so Lin Zhiyun was not sure if Yang Ming could remember Jing Xiaolu.
“En, I know her. Of course, I know her.” Yang Ming nodded and subconsciously felt that what Lin Zhiyun was about to say next should be related to why Jing Xiaolu was blue.
“It turns out that you still remember her… that’s good.” Lin Zhiyun was afraid that Yang Ming would forget Jing Xiaolu. If so, she couldn’t continue her words.
“How can I not remember her? In the beginning, we had a conflict, but now my relationship with her is not bad. We have become friends instead.” Yang Ming smiled and nodded. “I just saw Jing Xiaolu leaving from the dormitory building. When I called out to her, she seemed absent-minded. She just replied within a few words and left. I don’t know what happened to her.”
“Something, indeed, happened to Xiaolu…” As Lin Zhiyun said this, she also sighed slightly, “Xiaolu was framed…”
“Framed? What happened? How did it start?” Yang Ming was surprised, and he asked subconsciously. When his heart tightened a little, Yang Ming suddenly discovered that Jing Xiaolu’s position in his own heart had risen to another level subconsciously.
At the very least, Yang Ming would not have been so concerned about her in the past. Whether she was framed or not, it had nothing to do with Yang Ming. But at the moment, listening to Lin Zhiyun’s words, Yang Ming was anxious secretly.
“Things actually happened a bit strangely.” Lin Zhiyun thought about it, organizing her own words to explain it to Yang Ming. On the other hand, Yang Ming also opened the front door to let Lin Zhiyun in.
“Why is it strange? In the university, no one dares to provoke Jing Xiaolu, right?” Yang Ming was puzzled after hearing it. “Isn’t Ge Xinyao the big sister of your dormitory building? Who dares to bully her sister?”
“What big sister… I am not talking about the university; it is a company matter!” Lin Zhiyun waved her hand. “Ai, in short, it is hard to say. Anyway, let’s go home first. I will tell you again. I have to show you one thing first. If I only explain it with words, you won’t quite get it.”
“Sure, then let’s go home and talk about it.” Yang Ming nodded. Anyway, the university was not far from home; it was just a few minutes’ drive. Yang Ming ordered some food at a fast-food restaurant in the community and told them to the address for delivery, then he went home.
Since he had to practice knife-throwing with Lin Zhiyun, she didn’t have time to get some food. Lin Zhiyun was somewhat distressed and complained, “It’s not as good as what I cook. Also, it’s so expensive; it isn’t worth it.”
“Hehe, isn’t today a special case? There are many opportunities for you to show your talents in the future.” Yang Ming certainly knew that Lin Zhiyun was not simply talking about it. Her cooking skills were authentically handed down from Shen Yueping. She had been doing household chores since she was a child. She could prepare tasty dishes that even Chen Mengyan would be no match with her.
Lin Zhiyun just simply said a few words. She was now the vice president of the company and couldn’t be stingy in everything. She still had to shift this mentality.
As they went back home, the two first washed their faces and changed into their pajamas. They weren’t so eager for the practice. Lin Zhiyun pulled Yang Ming into the study and turned on the computer.
“What? We still need a computer?” Yang Ming looked at Lin Zhiyun’s actions with some curiosity.
“Yeah, some people published a post on the Internet in Jing Xiaolu’s name. The words there aren’t quite polite. You will know once you see it.” Lin Zhiyun said this as she logged into the website and looked for the post related to Jing Xiaolu.
This post had become a hot topic. It was apparent once logged in to the social media.
“It’s a post under Jing Xiaolu’s name?” Yang Ming frowned. It was not uncommon to post something on the Internet to frame others. When Yang Ming challenged Ren Jianren at that time, he used the advantages of the Internet to criticize Ren Jianren’s Taekwondo Club.
However, his own nature was different from the framed one. He was merely creating momentum for himself. The contents of the statement were also facts. Although there was also the nature of exaggerations, they couldn’t be said to be fabricated and framed.
“You see. This is it.” Lin Zhiyun found the post about Jing Xiaolu, then she clicked on it and pointed it out to Yang Ming.
Yang Ming took the mouse from Lin Zhiyun and began to look at the post in front of him – “I am willing to use one month of my time to rent a BMW car for a week!”
After Yang Ming saw a few lines, he frowned. It was true that Jing Xiaolu did have the gold digger personality, but she wouldn’t do such a thing, using the right to use herself for thirty days in exchange for the right to use a BMW for a week.
Unless she went nuts, she wouldn’t do such a stupid thing. Even though Jing Xiaolu was materialistic, and she had a few boyfriends previously, she always preserved her own virginity. Otherwise, she wouldn’t be able to keep her virginity until now.
Moreover, the most crucial point was that if she wanted to drive a BMW, would she really need to do it like this? With Jing Xiaolu’s relationship with Yang Ming, she could borrow and drive a BMW with just a phone call. Furthermore, Yang Ming also promised to give her a car.
After reading the contents of this post, Yang Ming looked at the following pictures again. It was apparent that it was Jing Xiaolu. Although there was no face, Yang Ming was very familiar with Jing Xiaolu’s figure, especially the set of clothes on her. Yang Ming also saw them before because he bought it for her when he was shopping with her.
“Is it done by people inside the company?” Yang Ming was not stupid. Without Lin Zhiyun saying it, he directly guessed the crux of this matter.
“You think so too?” Lin Zhiyun was a little surprised. She didn’t expect Yang Ming to have such a conclusion just after he finished reading the post.
“It’s obvious.” Yang Ming pointed to a few photos on the screen and said, “These photos are taken in the company. The angle and quality are very good. Of course, it’s definitely not Jing Xiaolu’s selfies. It’s definitely someone taking the photo secretly.
“Even if it were the photos taken secretly, such an effect showed that the person who took the photo secretly should be familiar with Jing Xiaolu, so that she would not guard against the person. There was only one person in the company who could do it.
“Imagine if it were an outsider who photographed in front of Jing Xiaolu. Would she not be suspicious about it? But if it were a colleague in the company, passing by while holding a mobile phone in front of Jing Xiaolu, she would naturally think that her colleagues were reading text messages or making phone calls. She would not pay special attention to it.”
“It is true, but your analysis is quite right.” Lin Zhiyun agreed., “Ge Xinyao, Jing Xiaolu, and I think so too, but we don’t know who did it…”
“Did Jing Xiaolu mention anything about offending someone in the company?” Yang Ming looked at the post and asked faintly. What he thought in his heart was already the consequences of this incident.
This kind of victimization had appeared in his own company. It was no longer a small matter, but a moral mishap. If Yang Ming did not stop this bad culture, and if the behind-the-scenes perpetrator was not adequately punished, everyone would then copy it. If they were displeased with someone, and they would do such things, then the company’s atmosphere would be done for.
Therefore, Yang Ming could not let it go unchecked. This was not just a problem of sticking up for Jing Xiaolu, but it had escalated to the whole company’s ethos. Yang Ming must be cautious.
“No, Sister Xinyao and I also asked Jing Xiaolu. Jing Xiaolu couldn’t think of when she offended someone in the company…” Lin Zhiyun shook her head.
Yang Ming also knew that Jing Xiaolu’s character had become much more introverted; she wouldn’t easily offend anyone. If she said this, then it should not be under her own initiative to offend anyone.
Maybe she had something that hindered others… But what is it that can make her colleague so crazy to do such a despicable thing?
Yang Ming was already angry at the moment. There was such an employee in his company. Even if she hindered others, the person should not do such a thing.
“I will deal with this matter.” Yang Ming said coldly, “On a smaller scale, it’s just a dispute between colleagues. However, on a larger scale, this person has spread a slander. This can be reported to the police.”
“Ah… We can even call the police for this?” Lin Zhiyun wasn’t clear about this. This was also the reason why many victims suffered a bitter end silently. In fact, such framing and twisting of facts that personally attacked someone could be considered as slander. It was just that Jing Xiaolu wasn’t clear about it.
Yang Ming nodded and looked at Lin Zhiyun. “However, how did you want to solve it previously?”
“I wanted to call Jiajia and ask her to help investigate to see if she can find the person who posted it,” said Lin Zhiyun.
“En? Jiajia, I have forgotten that she is a computer expert!” Yang Ming’s initial idea was to use his own special identity to investigate the case using the police forces, but the IT in the Song Jiang police forces was not great. The experts were in Donghai. They would need to borrow the experts from Donghai when handling the case. However, Zhou Jiajia could also play her role now.
“Yeah, Jiajia is very powerful. She should be able to help us.” Lin Zhiyun nodded and said.
Yang Ming’s previous idea was to let the police intervene and participate in the investigation, but now that Zhou Jiajia was qualified, then he could let Zhou Jiajia investigate the truth of the matter and have the police directly arrest the person.
Of course, if Yang Ming were an ordinary person, the evidence obtained would not be accepted by the police. However, Yang Ming had a different identity. He belonged to the Supernatural Investigation Bureau, so he naturally had authority in it.
“Zhiyun, you should practice knife-throwing yourself at home. I asked Bao Sanli to bring a target and knives over today. You should practice getting the feel and accuracy first,” said Yang Ming. “When you get used to it, just practice until you can throw it smoothly.”
“En, are you going to resolve Jing Xiaolu’s case?” Lin Zhiyun nodded cleverly and asked.
“I will go to the university to find Xiaolu and Jiajia, then I will head over to the company to solve this problem tonight.” Yang Ming said, “Oh ya when the food is delivered in a while, you should take a few bites first. After Mengyan comes back, you can have some food with her. I may not come back to eat.”
“Okay.” Lin Zhiyun answered.
After Yang Ming finished instructing, he left the house and called Zhou Jiajia first. He wanted to ask her what she was busy with and whether she was free.
“Jiajia, are you at the university?” Yang Ming asked after the call was connected.
“Yang Ming?” Zhou Jiajia was obviously happy after hearing Yang Ming’s voice. Although she just saw Yang Ming yesterday, time for couples in love was always long. Although Zhou Jiajia was too busy every day, she still missed Yang Ming deep down in her heart. “I’m at university; I’m still in the lab, and I’m about to do an experiment with Sister Xiao Qing.”
“Oh, if that’s the case, then do you have time later?” Yang Ming didn’t expect Zhou Jiajia would still be busy at such a late hour, and she didn’t have a rest yet.
“Later… I may be busy until very late. What happened? Is there anything the matter?” Zhou Jiajia also wanted to go out with Yang Ming, but she was really busy here; she really couldn’t leave now.
“This is the case. In my company, someone anonymously sent an anonymous post to slander a colleague. I want you to check it out for me. Can you find out which computer it was sent from?” asked Yang Ming.
“This is the case!” Zhou Jiajia immediately put this as her first priority when she heard that Yang Ming was looking for her for certain things. “Then, I will request for leave from Sister Xiao Qing.”
If it were only for the reason that Yang Ming wanted to see her or to have an intimate meal with her, Zhou Jiajia might want to go, but she couldn’t convince herself to let go of the things in her hand. However, since Yang Ming had something serious to look for her, Zhou Jiajia naturally would ask for a leave from Xiao Qing.
“Alright, you should first talk to Qingqing. You should focus on the things in your hands first. It may have to take me a little while to head over. I will call you when I arrive,” Yang Ming said to Zhou Jiajia.
Yang Ming directly called Xiao Qing as “Qingqing” because Zhou Jiajia already knew about his relationship with Xiao Qing, so there was no need to hide anything. Deliberately hiding it would make Zhou Jiajia feel that he did not trust her.
Yang Ming was about to look for Jing Xiaolu now. When he saw Jing Xiaolu before, Jing Xiaolu was going to class. He didn’t know if she finished the class yet, or if she took a leave during the class, so Yang Ming had to go and confirm it in advance, and he let Zhou Jiajia do her things first.
After Yang Ming reached the downstairs of the Art Faculty Building, he dialed Jing Xiaolu’s mobile phone. However, after two rings, it was hung up there. It might be that Jing Xiaolu was still in class, so it was not convenient to answer the phone.
Sure enough, after a while, Yang Ming received a short message from Jing Xiaolu, “What’s the matter? I’m still in class.?”
“I’m downstairs in your teaching building. Can you come down now?” Yang Ming hadn’t used his mobile phone to send text messages for a long time. He was somewhat unfamiliar with it. After typing for such a long time, he only typed a few words. It was better off to call in this case. So, Yang Ming did not say too much. He would talk about the details after he met Jing Xiaolu.
Jing Xiaolu was in class when the phone in her pocket started vibrating all of a sudden. When she took it out and looked at it, it was actually a phone call from Yang Ming!