He Confessed in the Backlight

Chapter 39

Ruan Nianchu’s face turned pale, her soul almost flying out of her body. She gasped for air, realizing something. Turning around, she looked back and saw a black Volkswagen Tiguan several meters behind them, with someone holding a gun out of the passenger window, the dark muzzle aimed at them.

Ruan Nianchu instantly turned her head back.

She clenched the armrest tightly, took a deep breath, and tried to calm herself down. Then she looked at Li Teng.

He remained expressionless, controlling the steering wheel with his left hand while reaching for his waist with his right hand. In a second, he pulled out the gun. Without any emotion, he threw out three words, “Make the call.”

She didn’t react immediately. “To who?” she asked.


Li Teng’s voice was cold. “110 (Emergency services in China).”

“…” Ruan Nianchu froze for a moment, swallowed, and quickly picked up her phone to call the police. Unfortunately, the signal was extremely poor on this stretch of road, and the call couldn’t get through.

She gritted her teeth.

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“…” Washa was about to vomit blood from anger. She gritted her teeth and slammed her fist on the steering wheel. The next second, she pulled out her gun and started shooting ahead.


The bullets whizzed through the air, grazing the wheels closely but not hitting.

Washa squinted, suddenly sneered, “Let’s play for a while.” With that, she slammed the accelerator to the floor, accelerating rapidly.

The distance between the cars closed in an instant.

Ruan Nianchu’s back was soaked with sweat. She turned her head to look and took a breath. When she spoke, her lips moved slightly, and her breath strangely didn’t tremble, “They’ve caught up.”

Li Teng’s voice was steady. “I know.”

He fixed his gaze on the rearview mirror. When the distance between the vehicles reached a manageable range, he suddenly turned around and retaliated with his gun.

The bend was sharp, and the wind howled.

The sky was gloomy, and dark clouds from the northwest swirled menacingly, with lightning streaking across the horizon.

“Duck!” Washa’s face changed drastically as she grabbed Duan Kun and pulled him forcefully.

Duan Kun’s body bent down under the force.

Bullet casings fell to the ground, and the bullets tore through the wind, heading straight for the Volkswagen Tiguan. With a “ding,” one pierced through the windshield, hitting the backrest of the passenger seat.

“…” Duan Kun, belatedly realizing what happened, exclaimed in shock, “Damn it… I’ve been shooting at their car all this time, and now they want my life? They want a showdown, huh? Fine!” After swearing, he spat out his gum with a “ptui,” opened the car window, and leaned out his upper body. “Washa, my life’s in your hands. Drive steady.”


Washa’s voice was cold. “I’ll try to leave you with a complete corpse.”

Duan Kun laughed at her words, “Bang, bang, bang,” firing three shots in succession. This time, without a silencer, the gunshots scattered across the deserted mountain road, echoing thunderously.

Li Teng, with a cold expression, held the gun in one hand and tightly controlled the steering wheel with the other. He said, “Ruan Nianchu.”

“Yeah,” she replied, her speech unintentionally speeding up, “I’m listening.”

“This is going to be a tough fight today. Hold on tight.” His tone was no different from usual. As soon as he finished speaking, he fired several shots again. After shooting, he turned his head back and quickly scanned the road ahead.

As far as the eye could see, it was a straight road. About five hundred meters away, there was an abandoned railway track with overgrown weeds, and several haystacks commonly seen in southern rural areas.

Behind the haystacks was the blind spot in their current field of view.

Li Teng squinted, stepped on the accelerator, and increased the speed. The rough terrain became even more violent due to the fast speed of the off-road vehicle. Ruan Nianchu clenched her teeth tightly, not letting out the slightest sound.

Suddenly, there was another gunshot, bang!

The off-road vehicle shook violently.

Ruan Nianchu’s eyes flashed, her face changed drastically—someone behind them had blown their tire.

In the blink of an eye, the off-road Jeep continued to move forward due to its momentum, and Li Teng gritted his teeth. He kicked open the car door, leaned out, and aimed with his gun.


A thunderbolt tore through the sky, and heavy rain poured down.

He stood exposed in the rain, with large raindrops hitting his body and face. He closed his eyes. Based on the angle of the rain, he judged. Northwest wind, about force six, wind speed around twelve meters per second.

Half a second later, Li Teng opened his eyes, and with his index finger, he pulled the trigger.

The bullet pierced through the wind and rain, straight into the rear wheel of the Volkswagen Tiguan. The Tiguan was already fast, and with a blown tire, the rear of the car swung sharply to the left, spinning wildly like a headless fly.

Li Teng fired another shot. His eyes, washed by the pouring rain, were calm, fierce, filled with killing intent and wildness.

Realizing something, Washa on the car exclaimed in shock, “Jump!” Then, she and Duan Kun pushed open the car doors and jumped out, one left and one right.

In less than a second, the bullet hit the fuel tank, with a “boom,” and the Volkswagen Tiguan instantly turned into a rolling fireball.

At the same time, the Jeep, losing its right wheel, completely lost control and veered off the road.

Li Teng turned around, grabbed Ruan Nianchu’s hand, and said calmly, “We’re out of time.”

Her eyes were filled with fear as she stared at his rain-soaked face. “What?” she asked.

Before she could finish her question, Li Teng pulled Ruan Nianchu into his arms. Her eyelashes trembled as she reacted to what was happening, wanting to speak but it was too late.

He held her tightly and jumped out.


Ruan Nianchu widened her eyes, and only at that moment did she finally lose control and let out a scream, “Ah—”, while also covering her face in fear, shaking all over.

The feeling of weightlessness lasted only for a fraction of a second.

Li Teng, fearing she might get hurt, shielded her with his body and fell to the ground with her on his back. The two rolled together for a few meters before coming to a stop.

Li Teng spoke quickly, “Are you injured?”

“…No,” Ruan Nianchu replied, her voice trembling. The iron arms that had wrapped around her were so tight that she was almost melded into his body, barely touching the ground.

But she was completely soaked from the heavy rain.

He nodded, scanning the surroundings and pulling her up to hide behind a haystack. Then, he squatted down and checked the magazine, unloading it with a few clicks. There were still three bullets left.

Ruan Nianchu’s heart sank, and she frowned at him, “Only three bullets?”

“Enough,” Li Teng’s tone was indifferent as he reassembled the gun. Then he said, “Stay here for now, don’t wander off. I’ll come back for you.”

“What kind of people are they?”

“They’re probably assassins sent by Da En.”

Ruan Nianchu became even more worried upon hearing this, “There are two of them, but you’re alone. It’s too dangerous.”

Li Teng turned his head upon hearing her voice, looking at her, and sneered, “Afraid I can’t handle it?”

“…It’s not that.”

“If it’s not that, then stay put.” He smiled, pinched her chin with his big hand, then turned and walked away. But he had barely taken two steps before turning back.

Ruan Nianchu asked, “What’s wrong?”

Li Teng’s expression was calm as he pulled out the umbrella knife and handed it to her. “Take this.”

Her eyes flashed slightly as she took the umbrella knife from him, unconsciously running her fingers over the “Chinese Air Force” inscription on it.

Then, without saying anything else, he strode away.

The rain poured down heavily, with the sky pressing down low. Ruan Nianchu wiped the rain off her face and saw Li Teng disappear into the rain curtain, vanishing in the blink of an eye.

She closed her eyes, pinched her eyebrows for a moment, calmed her mind, and picked up her phone to call the police again. After dialing 110 for a while, the call finally connected. Ruan Nianchu was overjoyed.

About ten seconds later, someone answered the phone, “Hello, Border City Public Security Bureau.”

Ruan Nianchu took a deep breath, trying to keep her voice steady, and said, “Hello, officer, I want to report… My boyfriend and I are being chased by someone.”

The operator on the other end was a bit puzzled and hesitated for a moment before saying, “…Alright. Please tell me your current address.”

“The address…” Ruan Nianchu couldn’t say it for a moment. She looked around and saw nothing but desolate mountains and hills, with no road signs in sight. She began to feel anxious, “I only know this is an old road from Baixi Town to Biancheng. There’s an abandoned railway track next to me, surrounded by mountains and some farmland… Hello? Hello!”

There was no sound from the other end of the phone.

Ruan Nianchu checked and saw that the phone had automatically blacked out, possibly due to water damage. She rubbed her forehead, threw the phone to the ground, and cursed softly, “Damn it.”

Since the police report didn’t go through, Ruan Nianchu could only listen to Li Teng’s advice and hide behind the haystack, waiting. She didn’t dare to go anywhere.

For a while, there was no sound of gunfire.

The sky grew darker, and apart from the sound of rain and wind, there was nothing else.

She leaned against the haystack, sat down, held the knife in both hands, and buried her head in her arms. The rain showed no signs of stopping. She took off her coat and held it over her head to shield herself from the rain.

Rainwater got into her eyes. Ruan Nianchu raised her hand to wipe it away, but it kept coming back. Unable to bear it any longer, she clenched her teeth, and her shoulders trembled slightly.

Suddenly, footsteps approached the haystack.

She became alert, subconsciously stood up, held the knife slightly higher in her right hand, her eyes full of vigilance.

A dark figure rushed over.

“…,” Ruan Nianchu’s heart jumped to her throat. She gritted her teeth and swung the knife.

But the person grabbed her wrist, exerted force, and disarmed her in an instant. The umbrella knife returned to his hand smoothly. Ruan Nianchu saw his face clearly and was slightly stunned.

Li Teng put away the knife and pinched her cheek lightly, sneering, “Young lady, are you still not reconciled after that shot seven years ago failed to cripple me?”

Ruan Nianchu’s eyes turned red, and she stammered, “I’m sorry, I was too scared. I thought you were a bad person.” After saying this, she herself was stunned.

Seven years ago, after she mistakenly fired a shot at him to protect Tori, she said the exact same words.

Li Teng remained silent for a few seconds before pulling her into his arms tightly.

Finally, the rain began to ease up slightly.

Ruan Nianchu’s cheek pressed against his chest, feeling the tension of his muscles beneath the fabric and his strong heartbeat, which made her feel relieved. She closed her eyes for a moment, then lifted her head and asked, “What about those two people?”

“Injured and ran away,” Li Teng said.

Ruan Nianchu nodded slowly, then turned to look at the Jeep with a flat tire and glanced around helplessly. “It’s getting dark, and the car… how do we get back?”

“You didn’t call the police?”

“I did,” Ruan Nianchu said with a hint of grievance in her voice, “but the call didn’t go through, and my phone died…”

Li Teng took out his phone from his pocket, checked the screen, and found no signal. He frowned.

At this moment, the wind picked up again. Ruan Nianchu stood in the rain, soaked to the bone, feeling chilled to the core. She frowned and rubbed her arms.

Seeing her freezing like this, Li Teng’s brows furrowed deeply. He said, “Let’s not rush back to Biancheng for now.”

Ruan Nianchu sneezed and asked, puzzled, “If we don’t go back, what should we do?”

Li Teng put his arm around her and said as they walked, “There are fields here, and there must be people living nearby. Let’s find a house and ask to stay overnight.”

In the current situation, stranded in the wilderness with the car wrecked, there didn’t seem to be a better option. Ruan Nianchu pondered for a moment and nodded, “I’ll follow your lead.”

Sansukini: What an intense car chase. And why do Chinese novels always emphasize the brand and model of the car?

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