Lin Fang hadn’t expected that I would touch her so suddenly out of the blues. Chen Yuzhou’s face turned blue as he pointed at me and yelled, “You take your filthy hand off her!”
I ignored him and spoke to Chen Mengyun directly, “Mrs. Chen, last time I checked, this is a public hospital right? This isn’t your private practice, and as such you don’t have complete authority over all of this. I get it that you must have had a hard life, having no choice but to always wear that ugly face that you’re born with, but you heart needs not to be as ugly as your face. I request an audience with your superior.”
“What did you just say!?” Chen Mengyun almost ran up to me to give me a slap, but she quickly cooled her head down, “My superior, you say? I am the head of the cardiology department. Anything and everything that occurred here in this department is under my direct jurisdiction. If I tell you to stay, you stay. If I tell you to leave, you leave.”
This brought a smile to my face, “Is that right? Well, that’s a relief.”
“What do you mean by that? Don’t be thinking that you can pull a fast one under my eyes!”
I replied, “Knowing that you’re the one behind everything that happened here, I can rest assured.”
No one here knew what I was talking about, and I only laughed it off without explaining myself. If Han Kun caught winds of it as soon as we set foot inside the hospital, then he must be knowledgeable about our current situation as well.
And expected, from a little distance away, I saw a group of people drawing near, all wearing the same doctors white coat.
Chen Mengyun wasn’t able to see them from a distance, due to her height. When they came close enough and appeared in her sight, her face turned as pale as ashes. She muttered under her breath, “The director himself!? No, that is not possible. He couldn’t possibly have came for this brat. Impossible.”
Chen Yuzhou on the other hand, was a fool through and through. Assuming the most convenient explanation for himself, he even reassured her, “The director have much more important things to worry about than this. Besides, with your position and influence in the hospital, even the director himself would think twice about dipping his hands into your affairs.”
Chen Mengyun nodded, but wasn’t completely convinced, “You did ran a background check on him right? He wasn’t related to anyone of importance, was he?”
Though they kept their voices low, I still could hear them. When I served in the forces I was trained to be a recon specialist. What most would consider inaudible still sounded loud and clear to my ears.
Chen Yuzhou reassured her again, “Relax. He is nothing but a loser. A penniless and stupid loser. Though he is indeed a little stronger than others.”
Hearing what Chen Yuzhou said, Chen Mengyun relaxed. She gathered her thoughts, then turned and walked to the director of the hospital with a smile, though that smile lasted less than a matter of seconds before it froze.
The director walked over to her directly, his face dark with sterness, “Mrs. Chen Mengyun, and Dr. Zhu Wangshen, you’re fired!”
Even I was surprised at the turn of events.
When Han Kun told me to relax, that he got this, I thought what he had meant then was that he would find a reliable doctor for us, and that the doctor would have enough say in the hospital to persuade them to make an exception of the hospital regulation and allow Lin Fang’s father to stay in the hospital.
But over and above all my expectations, he went ahead and found the director of the hospital himself.
Of course, with Han Kun being so well connected and powerful, I don’t doubt that he could very well have known the director of the hospital, even on a personal level.
But when the director appeared, I had thought that the most he would do would be a light scolding, or perhaps put in a few good words for us, and then made arrangements for a bed spot for us.
But I never expected that the director would fire the two of them out right, in front of so many eyes!
Chen Mengyun and Zhu Wangshen’s faces looked even uglier than pigs. The two of them were caught completely off guard by the turn of events, completely unable to react, or believe, what had just happened.
They weren’t the only one. All the onlookers were also shocked, and all mouths fell silent. Chen Yuzhou’s too.
Of course, Chen Yuzhou would never have guessed that the director of the hospital came for us personally. In his eyes, I was nothing more than a penniless loser, and that I couldn’t possibly have so much influence.
But Lin Fang was a lot quicker and more perceptive. She began eyeing me suspiciously, as if she had discovered and seen through something in my heart. Meeting her inquisitive stare, I felt more than a little unsettled, and hurriedly explained to her, “Sorry, I was focusing on others’ reactions about this. I was just as surprised about this as any other would.”
Though Lin Fang obviously didn’t take my words for the whole truth, but she conceded with a nod after thinking for a while. Even she would have trouble bringing herself into believing that someone as important as the director of the hospital himself would come and speak on my behalf. Especially since she had known me since my days in high school. I really lived the life of a pauper then. Even if I somehow became rich, it’d be impossible for me to come to know someone as prestigious as the director of a hospital.
Chen Mengyun was a lot more cautious about it, much more so than her nephew. She asked, “Director Zhao, we both are lawful employees of the hospital. You can’t just fire us at your whims. I know how much you wanted your son to take my place as the head of the cardiology department, but we’ve talked about it before. Your junior’s level of skill really isn’t up to par for the job. Though you might not have liked the fact that I voiced my honest opinion about him, you couldn’t just fire me because you hold a personal grudge against my professional judgement!”
This Chen Mengyun, I really must hand it to her. She was really good. In a matter of seconds, she already managed to turn the spear point back to the director, leading others to believe that the director acted out of his personal grudge and selfish interests.
But Director Zhao kept his calm. Instead of getting angry, he actually laughed in the face of such serious accusations, as if taunting at them and silently welcoming them to continue with the act.
Zhu Wangshen took the opportunity to speak up for himself, “Ye... yes! That’s right, Director Zhao. All our actions are within the boundary of our hospital regulations. You cannot do this to us.”
“All within the boundaries of our hospital regulations? Does that perhaps includes receiving bribes from patients to move them up the waiting list, Dr. Zhu? That three thousand dollars you received under the table from that particular patient’s family members, are you perhaps implying that such ludicrous act of corruption is part of our hospital regulations?”
Zhu Wangshen’s legs lost strength and gave way to gravity, and slumped onto the ground in shock.
Seeing his reaction, Chen Mengyun cursed at him, “You fool!”
Not give her time to continue, Director Zhao cut her off, “Chen Mengyun, I received words that you’ve been having some rather personal dealing with one of our medical suppliers. Asking for unofficial reimbursements from them off the records and falsely reporting a much higher price to profit from the margin. I’m assuming that you’re still going to say that you acted in full accordance with our hospital regulations?”
“You’re lying!” Chen Mengyun denied.
Now I really was lost about all of this. So the director really wasn’t here for my case? I could no longer made heads and tails about this whole mess. It looked like these two really had overstepped their boundaries, and Director Zhao caught winds of it and came to straighten them up. A fortunate coincidence for us.
Chen Mengyun might have got on a similar train of thoughts to mine. She rolled her eyes again, and suddenly pointed her finger in my direction, “Alright, I get it now. Taking bribes, unofficial reimbursements, and false reports, everything has been about them, hasn’t it? You know these people, don’t you? You’re doing this because of them, aren’t you? I was wondering why that little brat was so confident throughout all of it, so this is why. You were behind it all along!”
“Mrs. Chen, those are some rather preposterous claims spouting from your mouth. Are you still going to deny your involvements even now?” Director Zhao was completely unmoved by her accusations, as if nothing she said could possibly faze him. Now that was some temperaments that impressed even me. If I had been in his shoes, I would have retaliated verbally, if not physically already.
It looked as though Chen Mengyun was going to take the bet that Director Zhao had no solid proof of his claims. She refused to believe that it was all an untimely coincidence. They had just plotted to drive Lin Fang’s father out of the hospital, and Director Zhao immediately came and fired the two of them. It was too much to be a simple coincidence. It must be an act, to pull a fast one under her eyes.
“If you have proof, then take it out and let us see, Zhao Gongming! This is all an act, a plot to get rid of us, to get rid of me so your son can take my place! I’m... I’m so angry that I could die!”
With that, Chen Mengyun sat her butt down on the ground right on the very spot, and began bawling and crying and screaming in total disregard to the onlookers eyes.
Director Zhao’s face was still a picture of complete calmness. He waited for her to get tired of crying, then pointed at two of the men who stood beside him at his left and his right, “Why don’t you take a good look at who these two are?”
The two of them never said a word. They simply stood with their hands folded in front of them passively. Though their expression bore a slight resemblance to Diretor Zhao’s, a picture of complete calmness.
“You found two random guys to be your false witness!? Never! Oh God, this is too much!”
Then, one of the two men procured a little booklet from his pocket, and handed to Chen Mengyun, telling her to take a look for herself.
Without even opening, Chen Mengyun’s face whitened as soon as she saw the cover of the booklet.
Zhu Wangshen urged her, “Mrs. Chen, who are these people? Tell us!”