An Xiaoning was ill at ease throughout the flight.
She began to wonder if she had made a mistake in her judgment and analysis.
“Young Madam, there’s a ferry not too far ahead. I’m not sure if it’s the one we’re looking for.”
An Xiaoning picked up her binoculars to take a look and immediately said to the pilot, “I’ll get down from the helicopter once we overtake the ferry a little. You guys wait for me at a secret area.”
“Young Madam, there are quite a few of them. Be careful.”
“I’ll be fine, don’t worry about me. Let me first verify if they’re the ones we’re looking for.”
The helicopter sped towards the ferry.
The accomplices in the ferry cabin immediately looked up upon hearing the sounds of the helicopter.
“Boss, is this helicopter here to save them?”
“I don’t know. I doubt it, though. No matter how brilliant they may be, they can’t possibly know our exact route.”
“But, Boss, we have to be on our guard.”
“Look, it flew right past us. I told you it wasn’t.”
The three of them heaved a sigh of relief.
Lin Mingxi and Gu Beicheng initially got rather worked up upon hearing the helicopter. However, all their hopes were dashed after hearing them say that it flew past them.
Gu Beicheng knew that An Xiaoning would definitely come up with a plan to save them as soon as she found out that they were missing, though he was not sure if she could really find them.
They were overwhelmed with a mix of emotions. To make matters worse, they were both injured.
Not to mention, they were restrained by ropes and could not move at all, as if they were fishes waiting to be slaughtered.
The ferry began advancing forward continuously.
The helicopter landed on a plain field after overtaking the boat. An Xiaoning alighted and plunged into the sea immediately. Being a brilliant swimmer, she found swimming in the sea to be a piece of cake.
A few minutes later, the ferry approached and she quickly submerged below the sea. Once the ferry was near her, she quickly latched onto the back of the ferry with a rope and boarded the ferry in one fluid motion.
She was extremely nimble and careful with her step. She merely wanted to check if Lin Mingxi and Gu Beicheng were on the ferry.
If they were not on it, she would immediately get off.
But clearly, she got on the right ferry. She climbed towards the top and peeked through the small window to find that Gu Beicheng and Lin Mingxi were inside.
They were severely injured and restrained by ropes tightly.
An Xiaoning immediately sent the pilot a text message and instructed him to follow the ferry.
She did not bring any bodyguards with her. Thus, if there were not too many of the accomplices inside the ferry, she would be able to save Gu Beicheng and Lin Mingxi successfully.
However, to be safe, she did not act rashly and instead stealthily entered a room that seemed to be a storage room.
An Xiaoning got down slowly and tiptoed towards the door, her heart palpitating against her chest.
She gently pushed the door open slightly and peeked inside. Just as she expected, it was indeed where Gu Beicheng and Lin Mingxi were being held captive, with three men guarding them closely.
An Xiaoning slowly took out two small silencers from her chest.
She pushed the door further open and squinted at her targets before aiming her silencers at two men who were sitting opposite each other.
Given the short distance, it was very likely that her bullet would hit them in the right spot.
She pulled the trigger and bent forward slightly. The bullet surged out of the gun and struck the two of them in their heads in no time.
They then collapsed to the ground immediately without even making a single sound.
An Xiaoning quickly took the chance to shoot the leader, who was flustered and at a loss for what to do, in his stomach. Just as he was about to flee, she shot him again in his thigh.
At this moment, she pushed the door wide open and began shooting him continuously in non-fatal spots.
The leader sprawled onto the ground, covered in a pool of blood.
Gu Beicheng and Lin Mingxi were rather agitated to see An Xiaoning.
An Xiaoning stared at the leader on the ground before proceeding to cut the ropes coiled around Lin Mingxi and Gu Beicheng. She then ordered the captain to steer the ferry towards the beach and stop there.
The helicopter came to a halt near the ferry while An Xiaoning’s bodyguards got down from the helicopter.
An Xiaoning handed the captain and the bloodied leader to her bodyguards. She then helped Lin Mingxi onto the helicopter before returning to help Gu Beicheng.
Gu Beicheng was more severely injured than Lin Mingxi. He could not stand steadily on his feet when An Xiaoning helped him up.
“Can I ask two more bodyguards here to carry you?”
He shook his head in refusal and said, “I can manage on my own.”
Gu Beicheng tried his best to get up while placing an arm over An Xiaoning’s shoulders to support his weight. They moved forward and made their way from the coast to the entrance of the helicopter, one step at a time. Although it was only a short distance, it was an arduous process for Gu Beicheng.
Every step required a great deal of effort. However, he insisted on walking on his own feet despite how slowly he could manage to walk.
“Did you know? I felt that you were just like a female superhero coming to save us the moment I saw you just now. I never thought… that I would need you to save me one day. It really never occurred to me before.”
An Xiaoning chuckled and said, “You went missing out of the blue. Who’s going to save you if not me? We’re in this together. But I’m really happy to hear you call me a hero for the first time.”
Gu Beicheng glanced at her and said with a faint smile, “From the very first time I met you, I felt that you were different from other girls, and this feeling grew deeper after we got to know each other better. Xiaoning…”
An Xiaoning answered softly, “Yes?”
“Jin Qingyan is so lucky to have you. I may not be as fortunate as he is but I’m contented enough to be your family. You’re very important to me and I’ll forever hold you close to my heart. I’m afraid I may never have the chance to tell you these again.”
Tears welled up in An Xiaoning’s eyes all of a sudden. She gripped his waist tightly while he held onto her shoulders. Together, they slowly made their way towards the front.
Lin Mingxi stared at the scene before her while sitting by the entrance of the helicopter. She teared up immediately at the sight of Gu Beicheng gazing at An Xiaoning smilingly, though she did not know what they were talking about. She then wiped her tears away and put on a smile.
After helping Gu Beicheng onto the helicopter, An Xiaoning placed a blanket on the chair on which she lowered Gu Beicheng. Lin Mingxi sat down beside him. “Let’s go back,” An Xiaoning instructed the pilot.
“Young Madam, do we head back to S Nation or M Nation?”
“M Nation.” She then turned and asked Lin Mingxi, “Are you hungry? Would you like to have some water?”
“Good sister. I’m almost parched to death. Give me some, quick,” Gu Beicheng urged, extending his hand.
An Xiaoning burst into laughter and immediately gave them a bottle of mineral water each as well as some food that she had brought along with her.
She then stood up and walked towards the leader. “Who made you do that?” she asked coldly.
The leader stared wide-eyed at her while remaining tight-lipped and appeared to be on the verge of passing out.
“If you refuse to speak, I’ll throw you down from this helicopter. Are you going to speak up or not?” she prompted.
“I’ll tell you if you promise to spare my life and send me to get medical treatment,” the leader bargained.