Chapter 176: Tragic telephone calls
Time flew by, and half an hour passed in the blink of an eye. In the office, Lawyer Xing stood up with a smile, shook hands with Chu Tian, and said, "Mr. Chu, thank you for your cooperation. Since you're doing well, I won't take up any more of your time."
"Okay." Chu Tian also smiled and said, "I know that Lawyer Xing still has to go to work. If there's a chance in the future, let's have a meal together."
"Definitely," Xing said with a smile.
While addressing Chu Tian, Lawyer Xing glanced at Zhu Cheng and Li Sisi and continued, "Madam, Chu Tian and Lawyer Zhu, please continue your discussion. Should I take my leave?"
"Alright, take care, Lawyer Xing."
After watching Lawyer Xing leave the office, Chu Tian took a seat with a smile and asked, "Lawyer Zhu, does this mean I no longer need to worry about this case?"
"Yes," Lawyer Zhu replied. "Most of the remaining matters are no longer directly related to Mr. Chu. This is because, as you have already written a letter of understanding, it signifies that you have forgiven him. The letter of understanding will now be submitted to the police first, then to the prosecutor's office. At the start of the court proceedings, it will be presented to the court. Ultimately, the judge will use this letter of understanding to consider leniency in their sentencing."
"So, just because I wrote this letter, they won't be completely acquitted?" Chu Tian inquired.
"This definitely won't happen." Lawyer Zhu smiled and said, "This is a criminal case. A criminal case filed by the judiciary. Even if it's a victim, the case can't be dismissed, much less because of your understanding."
"If it's a civil case, it's different. A civil case can be resolved privately through mediation. As a victim, it can also be directly dismissed."
"Therefore, your letter of understanding can only mitigate their sentence but cannot lead to a complete withdrawal of charges. After all, this is a criminal case."
Chu Tian nodded and said with a smile, "That's good. These two days are also quite troublesome for Lawyer Zhu. By the way, does Lawyer Zhu have time tonight?"
"I have some time," Lawyer Zhu replied. "Tomorrow might not be a good day, as I have a case to attend in court. Is there anything else you need, Mr. Chu?"
"Not much," Chu Tian said. "Let's have dinner together. There's a grilled fish shop downstairs. I assume you haven't eaten yet, right?"
"I haven't eaten. In that case," the lawyer suggested, "Let's have a meal together, my treat."
"No, no, no," Chu Tian insisted with a smile. "How can I let Lawyer Zhu treat me? I'll treat you. Let's go. It's getting late. If we delay, it'll be more like a midnight snack."
"Sister, are you going to the bar tonight?"
After leaving the roast fish shop, Chu Tian and Li Sisi realized it was already 8:30 in the evening.
"Where else would I go if not to the bar?" Li Sisi sighed softly. "Chu Tian, tell me the truth. Does Xiao Bai really know about us, or are you just making it up?"
"She knows," Chu Tian said with a bitter smile. "Sis, I'm not lying to you. Xiao Bai has always been aware, but she never told you."
She always knew?
Li Sisi furrowed her brows. "Then, how did she find out?"
"I don't know," Chu Tian said. "Perhaps it's a woman's sixth sense."
"Then you admitted it?"
"Why are you so stubborn!" Li Sisi pinched Chu Tian and said, "You won't deny it? Honestly, how can I face Xiao Bai now?"
"Well, what should we do?" Chu Tian chuckled. "Xiao Bai has always known."
"I…" Li Sisi hesitated and sighed. "Forget it, I already have a big scar on my head. What is there to be afraid of?"
Li Sisi took out her phone and dialled Bai Xiaochun's number…
Bai Xiaochun quickly answered the call, sounding cheerful as she asked, "Hehe, Sisi, what's the matter?"
"Don't speak yet," Li Sisi interrupted. "Listen to me first. I'm telling you, I've already put your man to bed so that I can go to the bar in about 40 minutes."
"Uh…" Bai Xiaochun innocently responded, "Sisi, I'm using hands-free while driving."
"Ah?" Li Sisi frowned. "And then…?"
"I'm at the bar right now." Bai Xiaochun replied, "Sister Xia and I playing pool in your room."
Xia Mo was also here?
Li Sisi covered her forehead in annoyance, feeling powerless. "Okay, let's hang up first. I'll see you. I'm feeling a bit dizzy now."
As she spoke, Li Sisi hung up the phone and punched Chu Tian.
Chu Tian received a punch from her and looked at the troubled Li Sisi, unable to help but smile. "Come on, sister, can you be a bit reasonable? What did I do? Why are you hitting me?"
"It's that brat's fault for using hands-free!" Li Sisi said in frustration.
"Uh… and then what?"
"She and Xia Mo are playing pool at the bar!"
He stared blankly at Li Sisi. Suddenly, Chu Tian burst into laughter and said, "No, sister, you can't blame me. If you don't ask what's going on with Xiao Bai first, you'll tell me everything?"
"Oh, I'm so angry. Stop talking and get in the car!"
"Hahaha… Alright. Sister, please calm down. You can't drive like this. Be careful not to bump into someone. Besides, what's the big deal? Sister Xia is not an outsider."
"Stop talking and get in the car!"
"Okay, okay, haha…"