Chapter 57: Entering Preparation Phase
Xu Cheng: “I don’t have money.”
Shen Yao smiled. “I do.”
Xu Cheng: “I don’t have power.”
Shen Yao: “I will get my dad to give you power.”
Xu Cheng: “I’m not very handsome.”
Shen Yao: “As long as you understand me and be considerate, that’s enough.”
Xu Cheng: “I don’t think I can give you materialistic happiness.”
Shen Yao: “I just you need you.”
Xu Cheng sighed. “Your offer is too good, why do I feel like it’s a scam? Let me think about it.”
Then, he got up and prepared to leave.
Shen Yao glared at him and shouted, “Xu Cheng, you big idiot! You are basically courting death, do you know that?”
She knew her acting was too exaggerated and that no one would believe her, so she decided to straightforwardly try to dissuade him from going.
Xu Cheng turned around and smiled at the two. “Are you guys going to be there to watch?”
Shen Yao tried to spur him and she said, “Of course we are going, why aren’t we? I’m even buying a VIP seat at the underground boxing arena, and I will be placing my bet on North Gate’s leader. Do you know how many people are not optimistic about your outlook? The gang leader’s odds is 1.2 to 1 against him (note: that means if the gang leader won, people betting on him winning will get 1.2 times their wager), and your odds is 12 to 1 against you (note: if Xu Cheng wins, those that bet on Xu Cheng gets 12 times their wager)!”
“Oh fack!” Xu Cheng’s eyes got bigger.
Ran Jing snorted, “North Gate’s gang leader used to be a sly character in the past, and now, he’s about 50 years old. However, he still trains, so the grandmaster title wasn’t just given to him in vain. Those that are familiar with North Gate’s history aren’t optimistic about you at all. Those people already investigated your background, which is pretty blank. If it wasn’t for that video posted online of you soloing 50 people, no one would feel that they might get lucky and bet their money on you.”
Shen Yao added, “Yeah, Ran Jing heard that even the police side wasn’t too confident in you.”
Xu Cheng sighed. He walked into his room, took out the real estate certificate and his savings bank book, and put it on the table. “Shen Yao, buy some for me too.” (Note: In China, we used to use bank books to record deposits and withdraws)
Shen Yao lifted her eyebrows. “You want me to burn it for you after you die?”
“No, I just don’t know how to place bets. Get someone to do an estimate on my real estate and then put all the money into the black market to place a wager for me,” Xu Cheng replied.
Shen Yao took over the real estate certificate and bank book, a bit shocked. “Woah, that’s a lot of numbers! There must be over a couple dozen million in this book, right? And what’s this real estate certificate?”
She took a closer look and suddenly lifted her head to look at Xu Cheng. “This whole condo’s yours?”
“How else would I be able to connect all units on the top floor and do whatever I want?” Xu Cheng replied.
Ran Jing took over the certificate and looked, and she was quite shocked too. “I thought you were just a tenant as well. No wonder the property management was trying so hard to kick me out; it turns out they were instructed by the owner of this entire building. Yo, nice, this condo is at least worth a couple hundred million.”
Xu Cheng modestly smiled. “My dad left me some money, so I just did some investment after coming back to the country and got lucky.”
Shen Yao: “This is at least 700 to 800 million… If you bet on the North Gate gang’s leader, you can make 160 million. Xu Cheng, have you thought about who you want to give this money to after you die? Do you have any relatives or a girlfriend?”
Xu Cheng was speechless. “Who told you that I’m betting on North Gate? Go and use that money to bet on me.”
Shen Yao was dumbfounded, and her expression clearly said: are you kidding me?
“If you are trying to give the money away, you shouldn’t do it like that… Why not just donate it to a charity or something,” Ran Jing tried to advise him.
“Don’t worry about it, just go and bet on me, go all in. You’re sure that I can take back the money from the black market after I win, right?” Xu Cheng wasn’t worried about anything else, other than whether the funds could be recovered if he were to put it into the black market.
“Of course. The underground money houses are loaded with cash. Every year, they do deals with so many large companies involving money laundering and tax evasion, so this amount is nothing to him. Don’t worry about the money, I have my ways to get you in and out,” Shen Yao proudly said. “I’ve built such an impressive network through being a top tier flight attendant that even my dad’s impressed.”
Ran Jing slowly said, “But the question here is, can he win?”
Shen Yao paused for a second and she immediately began shouting at Xu Cheng, “If you are giving your money away like this, you might as well give it to North Gate’s leader and he might just let you go. I can promise you that I will give you the qualification to continue courting me.”
“I will pass on that. I’m quite busy, and my life has been in enough despair. I will collapse if I have to count you in as well,” Xu Cheng nonchalantly replied.
Shen Yao almost jumped up as she rolled up her sleeves.
“Do you believe that before North Gate’s gang leader can kill you, you would’ve already died by my hands?”
Xu Cheng placed the stuff down and said, “Just help me prepare the stuff in the next two days. Remember to bet all of it on me.
Then, he took the elevator downstairs. Just as he walked out of the elevator on the first floor, Lin Chuxue, who was in a hat and sunglasses, walked into another elevator, and the two missed each other.
When Lin Chuxue directly came to the top floor and rang the doorbell, Shen Yao was the one that came to open the door. Seeing her, she bitterly smiled, “Can’t you give a call first, do you have to come look for me in person, yo?”
Lin Chuxue was too shy to just directly say that she was he for Xu Cheng. Instead, she just smiled and said, “I’m just a bit bored.”
Then, she walked into the living room and greeted Ran Jing. After looking around, she pretended to just casually ask, “Oh, is that good-hearted officer not here?”
Shen Yao sat her azz down on the sofa and peeled herself an orange as she said grumpily, “That Mr. Officer’s going out to eradicate all evil.”
Lin Chuxue asked, “Did he leave already?”
Shen Yao nodded, “Just a minute ago, did you two not meet?”
Lin Chuxue paused for a second. She really wanted to turn around right away and chase after him, but was afraid that these two would take it the wrong way, so she could only pretend to be calm. “I didn’t get to thank him for last time yet, when’s he coming back? I brought some signed CDs and posters for him.”
“He’s probably not coming back for the next two days because of training. The three-day limit is almost up. If you want to thank him, you should go to the scene and tell him. That might be the last chance you get to see him.” Ran Jing bitterly smiled. “That stubborn guy, we couldn’t convince him no matter what.”
When Xu Cheng went to the place with the dynamometer again, he was about to enter when the staff member at the front desk kindly reminded him, “From now on, temporary members have to pay a deposit of 1000 yuan before entering.”
Xu Cheng: “Why’s that? I don’t remember this when I came last time.”
The staff bitterly smiled and replied, “Last time, a client broke our equipment and the boss couldn’t find the guy to get money for repairs, and that’s why he imposed this new rule… I’m sorry about that, but your deposit will be returned when you leave.”
Xu Cheng was speechless. It was a good thing that this staff member didn’t recognize him as he was the one that broke the machine.
Shi Wenbin and his comrade were doing muscle training in the dumbbell area, and when he saw Xu Cheng coming in, his eyes became twice as big.
It was him!
That fierce man with incredible power!
That guy that broke the machine with one punch!
Immediately, the stunned Shi Wenbin dropped the dumbbell in his hand subconsciously, which landed on his friend’s feet, and a miserable cry was heard.