Toward the end of the first novella, Human Hybrids, the readers meet Zhu Chengyou, General Ma’s older brother, retired disgraced Minister of Security, former head of the NAP. Also meet his son, Xing, driver Tom and housekeeper, and wife Angelina who is in detention but is expected out soon. Zhu tells Xing he wants him to marry Luyu, General Huang’s daughter.
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The old man, Chengyou Zhu, relaxes in his sitting room in a red rayon tracksuit. He wears the sleeves pushed up to display an immense watch dangling on his skinny wrist.
“If your Uncle Junjie were here.”
“Shushu drank himself to death. It’s a family tradition,” sneers Xing Zhu, the thirty something only son of Angelina. He wears the sleeves of his black, silk blend jacket pushed up, displaying Buddha beads around his wrist.
Young Xing tosses a shot into his mouth and wipes it with the back of his hand.
“I want to conquer the last Huang generation by marrying you to his daughter Luyu,” says the family scion.
“That stuck up little bitch?” questions his son.
“Don’t think that way. She expresses her father’s spirit and her mother’s beauty. Their family legacy will accrue to us at last,” cajoles Xing.
“And a niche at the Martyr’s Cemetary.”
“You’re being irreverent of your Great Grandfather Yang.”
“Does mother know about this plan of yours?”
“Not exactly. But she will be out of detention soon and home. She’ll agree with me.”
Zhu’s phone rings, its Col. Chen.
In the brief interval that his father is absorbed in the call, Xing slurps down another shot. When Zhu looks up, Xing asks, “Do you need a new license plate? I can get for you.”
“Vice President Lee is as bad as Liang. Imagine my Mercedes is too big to be correct. Where do you get the plate?” asks his father.
Col. Chen, Zhu’s NAP captain, drives to the Revolutionary Hero Retirement Park in the hills beside the ancient city. The guard waves at him in passing as he winds through the development to Zhu’s villa. The housekeeper, Guanjia, answers the door and leads him into the sitting room. A bottle of baijiu beside young Xing Zhu.
“Join us Yibo. Guanjia, a glass for our guest.”
The NAPster opens a laptop and turns it for Zhu to see.
“The subjects destroyed our operation. Removed the cams and mics, entered my room. I have it on tape. Want to see?”
Guanjia returns with a glass and a bowl of steamed, salted soybeans.
“Dui, dui, show me.”
“What about?” Chen gestures at Xing, helping himself to another shot.
“Fine, he can see.”
The NAPster speeds through the views of Ronald Zhao and Commander Gao removing their equipment. Next the shot from the hall cam with the men going down to Chen’s room and entering.
“What about the queen bitch. I want to see pictures of her?” asks Zhu.
“One moment, sir, while I prepare that for you.” The NAPster bends over his laptop.
“These people, Xing, do you know why this matters to you?”
“Wo jidao, father, they are our enemies,” the son answers. He pours a shot for his father and another for himself.
“The woman, you will see her momentarily, is a dangerous American. She shot your Uncle Ma. For this they put guards on her.”
The NAPster returns with the laptop. He’s loaded a Favorites file of Mai, clips of her dressing, in bed with Ronald Zhao, in the hotel restaurant with Luyu.
“Look at her, Xing. She’s more beautiful than her mother. Don’t you agree?”
“Why is she having lunch with the American?” asks Xing.
“They appear to be friends.” Zhu turns to Chen. “Do you have the clip with Angelina?”
While the NAPster searches his directory, Zhu explains, “This American woman, she is a witch. She took over the mind and heart of Huang. He took her everywhere to take video.”
Chen starts the bust video, copied from CCTV broadcast, of the perps, Fan Changmi, already a fugitive, Angelina and Luyu, lined up against a blue building in a farm field. PLA soldiers throwing more guns on top of a huge pile of guns.
“What’s Luyu doing there?”
“Now that you mention it. That’s a good question.”