Chapter 9.1 – Preparation
However, it seems that everything is still in the stage of preparation, which shows that they have only started construction as short as two days of work. 233’s brows crossed as he recalled the day he sent his people to probe the nearby villages – it was exactly two days ago.
Therefore, it naturally occurred to 233 that it was his gang members whom that attracted the attention of the villagers so they began to prepare. His subordinates had beat the grass too much and frightened away the snakes!
“Those idiots can’t even probe!” He hissed to himself.
At this point, 233 not only cursed profoundly in his heart but also felt helpless now that the villagers were not only building their defenses but were also brewing an army which was thrice or more than the population of the whole Dragon and Tiger gang.
Under such circumstances, 233 would seem to ask only trouble if they still choose to advance their massive robbery.
At the same time 233 also felt irritated with the system. If the system had arranged 233 with at least 300 people as honestly as set, 233 would not have been in this situation. It happened that the system had only given a few hundred people to cut corners, which forced 233 to be overly cautious and careful.
There was no use in crying over spilt milk, so 233 dismissed the chagrin he felt. The longer he stays, the greater the risk of revealing his identity. Seeing that the situation was irrevocably hopeless, he left bitterly with Xiao Bu.
Finally out of Dashi village, 233 once again looked back and consoled himself that leaving was not actually a bad thing. People lived in peace and contentment and he would hate to wreak havoc and disturb them.
Qiaotou village was farther than what they had expected. When they finally arrived, it was already dark. 233 took a rough look at the village and realized that there was no use in exploring it. Because the village is too small, there are only a dozen families thus, they can easily be beaten down.
But it will be utterly meaningless! 233 grumbled in his mind. The village can hardly fend for themselves, then how can they have sufficient food to feed the mouths of the hundred members of Tiger and Dragon Gang?
Their only hope was the Dingjiawan village, located at the left of the mountain. 233 hoped that the village would not be a third failure. Otherwise disappointment would become despair!
The roads were too dark at this hour, unsuitable for travel, so 233 and Xiao Bu spent their night at Qiaotou Village. At the first light of dawn, the two men hurried to continue their travel towards Dingjiawan.
Ding Jia Wan, as its name implies, is a village that depends on water. The so-called kaoshan** relies on water to feed the mountain. Ding Jia Wan relies on a large lake, so the village’s source of livelihood also comes from aquatic products.
**T/N : kaoshan – shore dwellers
Villagers seldom grow food, and the terrain full of water is not suitable for planting. Their only sources of livelihood are fish, shrimp, shells and other aquatic products in the lake.
Moreover, these aquatic products are not only eaten by themselves, but also sold in the small town outside the village and then exchanged for other living needs.
There is also a road leading directly to the town, which brings the village more convenience and effective commercialization.
Among the three villages, Dashi village is the farthest from the town, almost deep in the mountains, isolated from the world. Dingjiawan, on the other hand, is the nearest to the town, so special roads had been built to let the villagers reach the town with ease.
Some businessmen will also come here from the small town to buy aquatic products. Thus, over time, some people in Dingjiawan had opened restaurants and pantries to serve those businessmen. Naturally, the people here were thriving and even shows signs of becoming a small town itself.
Clearly, food in this village was not a problem. It could even feed the hungry mouths of a hundred members of the Dragon and Tiger gang. Even one thousand people can manage to occupy the village.
Apart from the unfortunate truth that it is not so easy to shoot down a large number of people here, there is only one road that leads directly to the small town.
It was then, that 233 became afraid to make a move. Not to mention that it is difficulty of his people to win a siege here.
What must I do?