Chapter 8.2 – Dashi Village
However, what the woman said was odd, which implied that they were not the first outsiders to enter here. In theory, outsiders would not have come here if there was no purpose. Then 233 remembered the first personnel sent here to probe. It is estimated that their actions were not secret and were seen by the villagers.
Fortunately, the gang wasn’t careless enough to reveal their intentions. Otherwise, the woman would not have been so friendly.
233 quietly finished drinking the water lily leaf goldenray root, and then took out a piece of cloth from the burden of small cloth. The cloth was from the warehouse, 233 took it for its worth. It was not too good to say, but it felt smooth to the touch, much better than the linen homemade clothes worn by the farmers here.
“Madam, look at how this cloth feels.”
233 pushed the cloth towards the woman, the woman touched it with her hand and smiled, “Yes, much better than ours.”
“This is for you, thank you for the water.”
This was a good start to have a congenial relationship. Only when the ties are good that more information can be gathered. Another purpose is to see if trading in this village was still exercised. If so, 233 can exchange some gaudy things for enough food, and become a real businessman. In that case, the food problem in the gang can be solved peacefully.
233 is preparing to continue to blow the cloth into the sky and into the earth. As a result, the woman pushed it back and smiled, “We have lived here for generations, and we are used to our present life. We don’t need these things.”
“This is a gift, a little token …” 233 stressed out, thinking that the woman mistakenly thought he wanted money. The woman still shook her head and said, “It is practical to be able to eat well and wear warm clothes. Now we don’t lack anything.”
It seems that the new things are of no use to the old people who are content living life in simplicity. He decided to find a younger person to try them later. 233 had such a plan, but had no choice but to give the cloth to Xiao Bu and let him put it away. Then he gazed at the woman incredulously and asked, “Madam is right, you live in a very practical way, but there’s one thing you are not paying attention to—safety.”
This sentence, 233 began to carefully assess the village based on the resident in front of him.
“Safety?” The woman asked curiously.
“You are very happy now that you are living well, eating well and wearing warm clothes. However, you lack one thing, which is the premise to ensure the continuation of this life. If there is nothing to protect you, what will you do if there are bad people against you on any day?”
This sentence even surprised Xiao Bu. This will absolutely garner suspicion.
Indeed, the woman paused and said, “We have no quarrel with the world and no enmity with others. How can anyone be against us?”
“Haha.” 233, with a simple and honest smile, said, “I just said that we businessmen do all kinds of business, if you have those needs, we can provide, but since there is none, then I also won’t insist. If aunt doesn’t mind, we will look around and see if there are any of interest such as your local products.”
The woman nodded and replied, “Go ahead.”
233 smiled and stood up, bid his thanks, and then called Xiao Bu to carry the loads towards the village. At the same time, he also gained knowledge in his heart.
He had asked the woman bluntly and did realize one thing. Villagers in Dashi Village have lost their vigilance to danger due to their long-term living and working in peace and contentment.
In this case, if a war is declared against the village, it is not impossible to minimize the losses of the attackers.
233 thought, but soon, this conclusion was immediately overturned.
After turning several roads, a large open space appeared in front of them. Dozens of tall trees were erected and the others were scattered on the ground. The traces on the ground showed that several stumps or cut branches of trees.
Seeing these stumps, 233 vaguely felt bad and wary. It looks like a clearing where martial arts training was frequently exhibited. If his guess was true, then people here could be skilled in martial arts and equipped with weapons such as swords, spears and halberds! Their journey might not be as easy as what 233 thought!
233 brushed his worries away and scolded himself for thinking too much. These tree stumps may be brackets used by villagers to dry cured meat! But after walking through this vacant lot, 233 was completely despaired in the next scene.
There was another open space filled with a bunch of people. They are erecting some buildings in full swing. Some buildings have already begun to take shape.
To his horror, from his experience of numerous parallel worlds, it can be seen that these buildings are clearly used to forge weapons such as blacksmith shops and boilers for refining iron ore.
As he passed by some villagers, he saw some drawings of deadly weapons in their hands. The training ground, weapon stove, weapon drawing and other things are all available. 233 was taken aback at what he found. This was no simple village but a place brewing an army!