Chapter 28.2: The Shameless Lotus’ Revenge
Contrary to the Count and Countess’ expectations, Shen Lang did not head straight home. Rather, he broke through the Black Warrior Gang’s territory.
“Stop! This is the headquarters of Xuanwu City’s Civil Army! Who dares rush in?!”
The headquarters of the Black Warrior Gang was a small-like castle. Inside hung hundreds of banners signifying their position in the Civil Army. Soon as they saw Shen Lang’s carriage, they immediately stood in attention and drew their bows and crossbows.
“Notify them.” Shen Lang said softly.
Without saying a word, two armed knights sped their pace and rushed forward.
The bowman soldier standing behind the wall fumbled to draw his weapon but was immediately stopped by his comrade.
“Are you crazy?! You’re seeking death! You don’t want to live?! I want to live! Don’t do anything rash! Look, they’re the Knights of the Count’s Palace!”
The bowman soldier squinted his eyes and looked carefully. Is that not the banner of the Count’s Palace? Suddenly, his soul flew out from his body. He was frightened. They may be Xuanwu City’s Civil Army, but they were also lowly gangs.
Death will find its way to ensnare him if he’d chosen to shoot an arrow at the Knights of the Count’s Palace. Him dying seemed righteous and just for daring to harm the people of the Count’s Palace and no one would question his death.
“Won’t anyone report this?!” Trembling, he looked up and shouted to his fellow comrades.
They nodded and quickly turned around to report to Tian Heng.
… … …
“Ha ha ha!” Tian Heng chuckled nervously.
Sure enough, he’s made his way here.
Tian Heng crossed his arms, countenance frank and cordial. “Don’t allow the people from the Count’s Palace to enter. Though always welcome, I’m a bit too…” He paused, searching for excuses. “Right! I’m a bit too preoccupied with matters General Zhu Lin entrusted to me. Go and apologize in my stead that I’m unable to meet them.”
“Right here! Stop!” Shen Lang ordered the driver to stop at the front. He stepped foot out of the carriage, body and face glistening as he looked around. “Tian Heng, get out!”
Tian Heng grew helpless.
So it really is you, Shen Lang.
How… eventfully surprising!
You’ve just entered the Count’s Palace last night and now you can’t wait to slap faces! Your white face changed so fast! How respectful you were the past two days when you were but a rat, but now you’ve grown so bold, huh?!
A thorn in my ass!
Tian Heng’s lips twitched. Fiercely suppressing the raging anger in his heart, he went out to greet Shen Lang enthusiastically. “Shen Gongzi, [I] so it is you. It is a pleasure to have your presence grace us.” He coughed. “What have you come here for?”
Shen Lang looked at Tian Heng. His merry welcomed seemed like they were good friends who’ve not seen each other for a long time. Shen Lang scoffed.
Oh, poor Tian Heng. Now you want to play like that, huh? Well, too bad! I, Shen Lang, don’t place you in my eyes, you ugly thing!
“Please, Shen Gongzi come in for tea!” Tian Heng gestured happily.
… … …
Inside the grand decor of the room, Shen Lang leaned back, slowly tasting the tea.
Tian Heng loathed the sight.
You’re too poor and you’ve only become rich! Do you even know how to taste tea properly?!
But of course, his face did not show.
“So, Shen Gongzi, what brings you here?”
“Good tea.” Shen Lang nodded. “Oh, nothing much. I’ve just come for the debt of the one thousand gold coins. We should pay debts, right? If we owe anything, we should pay back the debt incurred. Isn’t that right?”
Tian Heng choked.
Is… is he trying to pay me?
The one thousand gold coins was the amount Shen Lang promised him before he’d gone and decide to bite the white lotus’ finger. Tian Heng led him in circles before smashing and tearing their agreed promise to pieces and letting it burn.
“I don’t know about the thousand gold coins debt. I’ve forgotten it.” Tian Heng waved his hand. “There’s no such thing!”
He was sensible enough. The debt of the thousand gold coins needed to be wiped out.
Shen Lang gently sipped on the tea and frowned. I’m afraid there’s a slight misunderstanding. “Lord Tian, you owe me a thousand gold coins. How can you forget this? Did you not take the thousand gold coins away? Have you destroyed the evidence? Oh, surely I don’t want people here to think I’ve come to blackmail you. Such things, it is way below me.”
As soon as the shameless words came out, Tian Heng choked and the tea in his mouth sprayed out and landed onto one of his servants.
I… I haven’t seen such a shameless person like you for so many years! Your ability to reverse the fault is so much better than mines!
“So…” Shen Lang leaned forward. “Won’t you pay back the debt?”
I could kill you right now!
Tian Heng chided in his heart. He wished he could grab hold of a knife and chop this white lotus into pieces. But… he can’t…
Taking a deep breath, Tian Heng tilted his head and smiled ruefully. “Of course! If others owe me a debt, I would come to collect the fees. If I owe others, it is only proper I pay it back! Hey, you, go and fetch one thousand gold coins!”
A few moments later, a servant entered the room holding a small box. It weighed more than fifty kilograms. It’s the real deal, no doubt.
“Shen Gongzi, here is the amount owed.” Said Tian Heng.
Tian Heng cursed in his heart.
Shen Lang smiled. “Well, it was a pleasure to make acquaintance. But remember, the interest piles up as the days pass. Are you forgetting this?”
Tian Heng’s heart trembled.
You bastard! You blackmail me and now you dare ask for an interest?!
But, Tian Heng continued smiling. “Of course. We will settle the accounts and interest accrued.”
Then, he took out a pouch of one hundred gold coins as interest.
“Does this satisfy Shen Gongzi?” Tian Heng asked.
Shen Lang looked around. “Where’s Tian Thirteen?”
“Why are you looking for him, Shen Gongzi?”
“Oh, nothing much.” Shen Lang shrugged. “I just suddenly remembered that he went to my house with means to murder my family in cold blood. I want to slice off his legs!”
Tian Heng’s eyes exploded.
This… this… bastard!
[I] Gongzi: An honorific used respectfully towards that of a higher status… usually a noble.