Chapter 70: The Tiger Bone Seems Real But It’s Actually Fake (2)
Someone came over and asked, “Young lady, how do you know if it’s real or not?”
Zhou Xiaoxiao explained, “Everyone, think about this. In pharmacies, 50 grams of tiger bones are sold for eight coins, but it had bought the bones off the hunters for three coins in reality. If the tiger bones were real, why doesn’t he just sell it to the pharmacy for three coins? Wouldn’t he earn more profit and money like that?”
Everyone started to discuss and murmur about this new finding.
The face of the man selling tiger bones darkened and he said, “Young lady, don’t go around blurbing nonsense if you don’t know the truth. I have the tiger legs right here and I am selling it as I saw it. How can this be fake?”
Zhou Xiaoxiao said, “Your tiger bones are probably the bones of hind legs of a cow or camel. The sharp claws are posed by eagle’s claws and you would tie the two items together using cow tendon, roasting this with a secret recipe. After that, you would cover it with a layer of tiger skin which could pass off as real tiger bones. If you don’t believe me, take off the tiger skin and let everyone see for themselves.”
Once she said this, the man’s face turned red and white, speechless.
Once everyone saw this, they let out gasps and all hurried to refund their money, heading off in their own ways after.
The man had a darkened face and said angrily, “Where did you come from? You’re quite senseless to rules and you disturbed me from earning money, ruining my source of income.”
Zhou Xiaoxiao replied, “If you were selling other things, I would be too lazy to expose you. It’s quite abominable that you’re selling things that could treat people, especially raising it to expensive prices. Did you not see that impoverished family who reluctantly bought the tiger bones in order to save someone’s life?”
The man’s face turned red, flying into a rage out of humiliation. He rushed over and tried to grab Zhou Xiaoxiao’s hand, but her delicate milky white hands slipped out of his reach like a fish. That man failed, about to try again when she pressed on his elbow.
Right then, he felt half of his body going limp and unable to exert strength.
He was shocked and yelled, “Wicked woman, what spell did you cast on me?!”
Unexpectedly, he watched as the woman jumped back and hid behind the chubby servant girl, feigning shock. She lifted a finger and pointed at him, saying, “Someone’s robbing a girl!”
The chubby servant girl immediately spread her two arms, protecting the lady like a hen protecting its chicks. She started to call out loud, “Someone! There’s someone robbing a girl in broad daylight!”
Everyone came over and started to discuss spiritedly, pointing at the man.
That man was humiliated but angry, stomping on the ground as he said, “Fine, I admit defeat this time. Two stupid women, pray you don’t land in my hands one day!”
However, an extraordinary young man whose hair was binded by a golden crown walked out from the crowd.
He said coldly, “In broad daylight, under the foot of the Emperor, a man dares to have filthy thoughts about a woman! Someone, give him a beating!”
Numerous servants popped out from behind in immediately and they all held guns and sticks, revealing sinister and fierce faces. They all charged at him, pressing the man selling fake medicine on the ground and giving him a harsh beating. He sobbed loudly and kept crying for mercy.
Zhou Xiaoxiao sniffled and walked to the man, politely saluting him.
“Sixth Lord, what a coincidence.”
It was Prince Yan, Cheng Shizhao. He knitted his eyebrows tightly, clearly unhappy.
“Why did you dress yourself like this? You’re attracting unneeded attention and trouble.”
Zhou Xiaoxiao looked down at her outfit. What’s wrong with wearing a dress when I’m a woman?
“I’m wrong. In the future, I will only wear men’s clothes in front of your highness.”
“…” Cheng Shizhao didn’t know what to say momentarily, angered by her words.
Zhou Xiaoxiao was used to Cheng Shizhao’s personality so she was too lazy to argue with him.
She asked, “Where’s Xingzhi? How come I don’t see him with you?”