Chapter 137: Huge Problem
Translator: KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Lucas
Duan Ling Tian didn't have any other intentions for looking after Jing Ru like this; it was all pure concern. Although Jing Ru had a pretty appearance, she was still inferior compared to Li Fei and Ke Er, and at most at the same level as Li Shi Shi.
As a former king of mercenaries, Duan Ling Tian was a person that knew how to be grateful. Even though Jing Ru moving to block in front of him was very unnecessary, at that time Jing Ru didn't know his of his ability and was obviously throwing her life out there.
Such a kind girl being the manager of his courtyard house was extremely suitable because he could completely trust her.
"Xiong Quan, let's return to the inn and bring them over." After Jing Ru left, Duan Ling Tian locked up the main gate before leaving the house with Xiong Quan.
Duan Clan Estate.
As a large clan within Crimson Sky Kingdom that was only inferior to the Imperial Family, the Duan Clan Estate occupied an extremely vast area of land.
At this moment, in a large courtyard within the Duan Clan Estate, a fat, married woman with a bodyweight of around 300 pounds was currently helping Duan Rong dress his injuries. The pair of small eyes on the fat woman flickered with a vicious light. "Rong, do you know who the person who injured you is?"
Duan Rong furiously shook his head. "I don't know!"
"Don't worry, Auntie will surely find out and take revenge for you!" The fat woman's voice emitted a trace of sinister coldness.
"Thank you, Auntie!" Duan Rong had a face full of delight, as he knew the ability of this aunt of his.
Although his uncle, the Duan Clan's second-son-in-line, had his Dantian crippled 20 years ago, he was still able to manage the various businesses of the Duan Clan, and his status in the Duan Clan was only below the Patriarch's and the few Supreme Elders. And his uncle always listened to this aunt of his.
The fat woman looked at Duan Rong and slowly said, "You go get some rest first. I'll ask your uncle to send some people over to buy a courtyard house for you. At that time, you can directly move in. Besides that, you must be sure to live up to expectations once you enter Paladin Academy. The entire Duan Clan only has a quota of five recommendations, and your uncle gave you the only one he had, so you mustn't lose face for him."
"Auntie, I won't disappoint you and Uncle for sure." Duan Rong fiercely nodded before turning and leaving.
After Duan Rong left, the fat woman stood up with great difficulty, and her 300 pound body walked out in large strides, causing a wave tremors on the ground...
North of the Duan Clan Estate, there was a luxurious estate just a few streets after. A wagon had only just stopped at the estate's gates when a red figure flashed out of the carriage and flew directly towards the estate gate.
"Who!?" Four house guards stopped the figure at the gate.
"You all actually dare to stop this Young Miss? Open up your damn eyes and look at who I am!" The red-clothed youth burst out in rage as she stared at them furiously, and her hand that grasped the black whip seemed to tighten.
One of the house guard's face turned ghastly white when he recognized her, then he hurriedly bowed. "Young Miss Li, this lowly one didn't recognize you for a moment. Please pardon my offense!"
Young Miss Li?
The other three house guards' expression turned ghastly white as well and they hurriedly bowed.
They had all recalled this she-devil. She was precisely the Fifth Prince's cousin and the only daughter of Fair Sun County's County Governor, Tong Li.
"Pardon your offense? Dream on! I'll discipline you all properly in my cousin's stead today." Tong Li, however, wasn't so forgiving. When she lifted her hand, the black whip seemed to transform into a black, venomous snake that flashed towards the four house guards, fiercely swinging itself upon their bodies.
Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang!
Even though the four house guards were beaten to the point that their skin split apart, they didn't make a single sound, as they knew that if they made a sound, their punishment would be even worse.
"Hmph, at least you're sensible! Grandma Wang, let's go find my cousin." After venting her anger, Tong Li put away her whip before walking swiftly into the estate.
The four house guards' faces were ghastly white with a sense of lingering fear, and they only caught their breaths after Tong Li had disappeared from their sights.
"I didn't think that this Tong Li's temper wouldn't change a bit after so many years."
"Not only did it not change, I feel it became worse.... I still remember the first time she came here three years ago; half of my hair was burnt off by her."
"That's nothing! 10 years ago, when she was still a little girl, she snuck into my room and put a poisonous snake into my bath barrel. If it wasn't for Fifth Prince bestowing medicine to me, I would have died from poisoning back then."
"This she-devil is back again. Looks like the estate is going to be eventful again."
The four house guards had faces filled with lingering fear, seeming to be unable to bear to remember the past.
In the luxurious estate, within the backyard pergola, a refined young man around the age of 30 sat there as he peacefully tasted some fragrant tea. Behind him, a white-browed old man stood there, not moving an inch.
"Cousin Brother!" Suddenly, a voice that caused the refined young man's eyebrows to twitch sounded from afar, and then a sense of tender love appeared on his face.
The corners of the white-browed old man's mouth twitched, and his expression became slightly unnatural.
Before long, Tong Li arrived before the refined young man. With red eyes, her tears flowed like the rain. "Cousin Brother, you have to take revenge for me..."
The refined young man, in other words, the Crimson Sky Kingdom's Fifth Prince, couldn't help but be stunned. It was hard for him to imagine how there was actually someone who could bully this cousin of his. "Li, what wrong? Who offended you?"
"Wuwu...." Tong Li flew into Fifth Prince's embrace. It was like a place for her to vent as she started crying loudly.
"Grandma Wang, what happened?" When the Fifth Prince looked at the old woman that followed Tong Li in, the tender love on his face vanished, and in its place was a trace of a dignified expression. This was the dignified expression of someone in a high position, and thus suppressed the old woman to the extent that she lowered her head.
The old woman hurriedly recounted what happened in the restaurant. "Fifth Prince, this is what happened: a few hours ago I and the Young Miss..."
The Fifth Prince's palm that exploded forth with Origin Energy descended upon the stone table in front of him, shattering it into pieces. His eyes flickered with a fierce light as he spoke in a low voice. "What did you say? That person slapped Li many times?"
"Yes." The old woman lowered her head.
Tong Li raised her head and cried as she spoke. "Cousin Brother, look, it's been a few hours, and although I consumed an Icy Skin Pill, the marks on my face couldn't be fully removed."
When the Fifth Prince noticed the light marks on Tong Li's face, the fierce light in his eyes grew even brighter!
Icy Skin Pill, a grade seven medicinal pill that healed the external injuries on the skin and yielded miraculous results.
She had consumed the Icy Skin Pill a few hours earlier and the marks on her face still couldn't be fully removed.... He could imagine how heavily injured she was before!
"Who is he?" Fifth Prince's refined temperament vanished, and in its place was fierceness and ruthlessness.
His gaze descended upon the old woman, causing her expression to turn slightly pale. "Fifth Prince, I don't know. All I know is that there were four of them. A violet-clothed youth around the age of 18, a middle-aged man with a cultivation at the seventh level of the Origin Core Stage, and two more women who wore veils and weren't older than 20."
Fifth Prince took a deep breath. "Old man Bai!"
"Bai Mei's present." The white-browed old man took a step forward before looking at the Fifth Prince and respectfully bowing.
"Go investigate. I want to see who actually dared to injure my Cousin Sister!" Fifth Prince instructed with eyes that emitted dense killing intent.
He was born in the Imperial Family, and although he had many brothers and sisters from the same father but different mothers, none of them could be entrusted with his heartfelt feelings. Only this Cousin Sister of his wouldn't scheme against him nor fight for power and status with him, and thus he had always doted on this Cousin Sister.
"Cousin Brother, I want him captured alive. I want to kill him with my own two hands!" Tong Li's voice was mixed with infinite icy coldness.
Duan Ling Tian naturally wasn't aware that on the first day he arrived at the Imperial City, he'd already created two huge problems. He was currently sitting within the wagon and chatting with the three women as they traveled towards the house he had just purchased...
"Scoundrel, why'd you sell the Ferghana Horses?" Li Fei asked in curiosity.
"I lack money, so I sold them. We won't be using them while we stay in the Imperial City anyway, and we can buy them again when we need them in the future," Duan Ling Tian casually said.
Purchasing the house cost 8,000,000 silver, and now, with the balance 2,000,000 silver combined with the 3,000,000 from the sale of the three Ferghana Horses, he had another 5,000,000 silver on him.
There were no advantages to traveling in the Imperial City using Ferghana Horses, so changing to ordinary steeds were more than enough.
"Young Master, what's the pleasant surprise you spoke about?" Ke Er's watery eyes blinked as she asked Duan Ling Tian curiously.
Duan Ling Tian shook his head with a smile. "If I tell you now, then it won't be a pleasant surprise."
"So mysterious. Nobody wants to know," Li Fei rebuked, but in truth, a trace of curiosity flashed deep within her eyes.
Eventually, the wagon came to a stop.
"My liege, we've arrived." Xiong Quan's voice sounded.
When the three women saw Duan Ling Tian unlock the main gate of the courtyard house in front of them, they were dumbstruck.
"Tian, this... this is a house you bought?" Li Rou asked in surprise.
Years ago, she had stayed in the Imperial City's Duan Clan for a few years, and naturally knew how expensive land was in the Imperial City's inner city. Compared to the Duan Clan Estate, the courtyard house in front of her eyes might be nothing, but even then, this house was worth at least be 7,000,000 or 8,000,000 silver.
"Pleasantly surprised, right?" Duan Ling Tian laughed.
The three women nodded as they followed Duan Ling Tian into the house. This pleasant surprise was really too huge!
Xiong Quan led the wagon into the courtyard before closing the main gate.
"Scoundrel, this courtyard house cost a lot, right?" Li Fei suppressed the shock in the heart and blinked her beautiful eyes as she looked at Duan Ling Tian.
"Never mind how much it was, see if you like it. The building on the right is the main building. It has seven rooms and leads directly to the back yard. The building on the left is the sub building. It has 30 rooms and I plan to leave it for the servant girls and chef." Duan Ling Tian slowly introduced.
Before long, Li Rou was pulled away by Ke Er and Li Fei, who had excited expressions on their faces, to take a look around the entire courtyard house. After today, they would be the owners of this house.
Knock knock. Suddenly, the sound of a door being knocked sounded.
Under Duan Ling Tian's instruction, Xiong Quan walked over and said, in a low voice, "Who?"
"It's me." An anxious woman's voice sounded from outside.
"Open the door." Duan Ling Tian recognized this voice. It was the voice of the manager he had decided upon, Jing Ru.
However, why was she so anxious?