“Lord Kai, Lord Chen. Congratulations for being able to take this beauty back home with you!” The scholar Chen Ju congratulated the two when he saw the old woman bring the barbarian princess over. He looked at the barbarian princess with interest. As people of the same flock usually group together, it is not strange for him to have the same preference as the Huang brothers. However, he knows his place and did not go against the Huang brothers. While he had an enviable identity as a student of the Lumen Academy, it was nothing to the Huang brothers. Chen Ju managed to obtain a possibility of becoming an official with great difficulty while the Huang brothers could easily obtain a very high position as long as they make any serious mistakes.
“Haha. There is nothing to congratulate us about. Don’t you also have a beautiful woman accompanying you?” Huang Chen laughed in reply. Chen Ju’s compliment to the two of them made him feel good as Chen Ju was a gifted scholar. Naturally, there was a price for inviting Chen Ju to fight for them. Chen Ju was allowed to pick two women out of the five women they bought earlier. Any two of the women would still total up to a few hundred gold. Even if Chen Ju could not obtain the barbarian princess, he was still very satisfied. This was why he complimented them in response.
“Lord Huangs. Will the two of you pay now or send the money over in two days?” The old woman asked with a smile. The total was four thousand and seven hundred gold. It may not be a figure that they could pay immediately so a timeframe of two days was given.
“No need! Brother Chen. We will be relying on you!” Huang Chen waved his hands.
“Oh. Is Lord Chen Ju paying?” The old woman asked happily. Of course, it would be better to receive the money immediately. However, she was also a bit puzzled. While Chen Ju was a frequent visitor and was even talented enough to be invited by this very brothel to write a poem, they never heard that he was rich. In fact, the women at the brothel had to occasionally give him material assistance.
“Brother Chen Ju will not be the one paying but Kuai Ran and Wang Shu from Sky 14!” Huang Chen said with a laugh. “Old woman. We want to compete talent! Brother Chen Ju will be our representative!”
“We will be troubling you to deliver our challenge to them.” Chen Ju spoke respectfully and elegantly. There had not been a talent competition during the sweet feast for years. The reason for this is because the losing side ends up becoming too pitiful. They had to pay for those that publicly humiliated them. On top of that, they were not allowed to decline the challenge. Those that decline the challenge will either have to pay for the challenger or be labelled a coward. They would also be blacklisted from every brothel in Jingzhou.
“Ah.” The old woman was stunned. “You want to compete talents?”
“Whats wrong? Did the brothel stop practicing this?” There was a huge difference between those that are talented and those that are rich. The brothel caters to both but especially to people with those types of preferences. Some were rich but had no talent while some had talent but were poor. The talented were admired while the rich could have been born into money. One of the features of the brothel was to allow the talented to get the women instead of the rich.
“Of course not.” The old woman quickly replied. If the brothel declared that they only want customers with money and not customers with talent, they would be no different from other brothels. How then would they remain at the peak?
“Then go quickly! Today, a gifted scholar will appear in your brothel!” Huang Chen spoke in such high spirits as though he was the scholar in question.
“You cannot compete!” The old woman replied while shaking her head instead of going off to make preparations like Huang Chen had expected her to do.
“Why not? Is Kuai Ran afraid? If so, he should pay for us and we will let him off!” Kuai Ran and Wang Shu would lose either way. If Kuai Ran and Wang Shu were to compete, Chen Ju was there to defeat them. If they decline the challenge, they forfeit and had to pay the four thousand seven hundred gold as well. Even if Kuai Ran somehow escapes, Wang Shu was dead.
“No. It is not that Lord Kuai Ran and Lord Wang Shu are afraid. They are simply no longer in Sky 14.”
“They are not in Sky 14? What do you mean?”
“They had already left.”
“What? They had already left?” Huang Kai and Huang Chen were stunned.
The Huang brothers were flabbergasted. If the opponents had already left, how were they going to compete? Who is going to watch? They weren’t cowardly, nor did they lose. They were simply absent. They had plotted for so long and even bought so many women for a high price with the purpose of forcing that payment on both Kuai Ran and Wang Shu. Now that Kuai Ran and Wang Shu had gone missing, the Huang brothers had to pay the four thousand and seven hundred gold. On top of that, they can’t be in debt to the brothel as the master of this brothel was someone they had to pay respects to.
“Brother Huang. Are we still competing?” Chen Ju asked innocently. This whole time, he had only been thinking about his two beautiful women.
“Compete! Compete your head!” Huang Chen’s anger soared and slapped Chen Ju.
“You! Why did you hit me?” Chen Ju was stunned
“So what if I hit you? You are just a poor loser! You have no money and yet you go and study and walk into brothels! So what if I hit you? I don’t want to just hit you, I want to kill you!” All of Huang Chen’s frustration and anger caused by Liu Mang and Zhang Li had been thrown onto Chen Ju.
Chen Ju was just a scholar. How was he supposed to fight against a third grade warrior like Huang Chen? Huang Chen released his anger and fear by beating up the pitiful Chen Ju.
“You! Huan Cen! Renenver dis! I wirr revort you! How dare you hit ne? I an a dishaiver oh the Runen Akadeny2” Chen Ju shouted. His face was beaten up so badly that even speaking was a difficulty.
“You want to report me? Come! I want to see where you are going to go to report me!” Huang Chen beat up Chen Ju even harder. Chen Ju could only wail in anguish.
“Enough!” Huang Kai shouted. They were very unlucky that day. They were first called a coward by Wang Shu and then they ended up shooting themselves in the foot when they tried to take revenge.
Huang Kai stopped Huang Chen not because he was afraid of Chen Ju. Chen Ju was just a student of the Lumen Academy. He was talented but he was also poor. Beating up Chen Ju was one matter. Nobody would come after the Huang Family because they had status. On the other hand, if Chen Ju were to be beaten to death, they would not be able to cover this up. The Pang Family would step forward as the representative of the Lumen Academy and then the situation would only get worse for them.
“Hmph! Go! Consider yourself lucky!”
“You! I wirr not vorget dis!” Chen Ju stood back up as he glared at Huang Chen hatefully.
“Oh! So you still want to fight?” Huang Chen saw that Chen Ju was unsatisfied and moved forward to beat him up again. Chen Ju was so scared he immediately ran away, sprinting faster than the champions of the 100 meter races. He did not look like a person that was just beaten up.
“I will not forget this!3” Chen Ju shouted again as he frantically escaped from the room.
“Sir. Is something wrong?” A dissatisfied voice asked. Chen Ju had bumped into a woman from the brothel as he staggered out of the room. “Eh? Aren’t you Mister Chen Ju?”
“I am not Chen Ju! I am not Chen Ju!” Chen Ju did not want to be recognized with that current appearance. He wanted to only be seen in his graceful and elegant appearance.
If Chen Ju had not say anything, the woman would not care. However, Chen Ju’s denial immediately confirmed that he was Chen Ju. “Mister Chen Ju. What’s wrong? Who beat you up until like this?” The woman felt sorry for Chen Ju. She stepped forward and wanted to wipe the blood from his face with her handkerchief. However, she was suddenly pushed away. The moment she regained her balance, Chen Ju had already ran away.
“Huang Chen! Huang Kai! I won’t be a person of noble character if I don’t take revenge for this!” Chen Ju spoke hatefully.
Chen Ju’s words meant nothing to the Huang brothers as they had enough trouble protecting themselves.
“Lord Huangs. Don’t tell me you don’t have the money to pay for her?” The old woman’s tone turned cold. The brothel was heaven to paying customers but hell to those that don’t pay.
Hearing those words, Huang Kai softly asked. “Old woman. Is it possible for us to not want the barbarian princess anymore?”
“Nope.” The old woman rejected their pleas.
1. The first sentence described how shocked Huang Chen and Huang Kai were when they found out that Liu Mang was no longer around. Cue sudden flashback. So I just removed the first sentence.
2. It was also ‘messed up’ in the raws. Here is the human spelling one. “You! Huang Chen! Remember this! I will report you! How dare you hit me? I am a disciple of the Lumen Academy!”
3. And, he can suddenly speak very well. At least I don’t have to purposely butcher my spelling anymore.