Chapter 111: I’m Here (Part One)
Fang Jie stayed in Gold-Sharing Duke’s residence for the entire afternoon. Wu Yidao fished up 13 meaty fish, so Fang Jie was even more unwilling to leave. When chatting with Wu Yidao, Fang Jie learned that one of Wu Yidao’s specialties was making a rich feast of fish.
Fang Jie wasn’t that hungry, but he stayed because he wanted to listen to Wu Yidao break down many things.
Now, Fang Jie finally realized that he had almost no knowledge about this great city named Chang’an.
He thought that he knew a lot, but he felt more ignorant the longer he lived in Chang’an.
Wu Yidao didn’t dislike this young man who wasn’t willing to leave even though the sky had darkened. On the contrary, he liked this greedy guy. In his own words, they had similar personalities.
“You want to eat a rich feast of fish?” Wu Yidao asked with a smile.
Fang Jie shook his head and said earnestly, “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”
Wu Yidao quickly waved his hands and said, “I’m not planning to give you a fish to begin with, so I’m not going to teach you how to fish. However, since we are going to eat, we will drink liquor. Since we are going to drink liquor, I can tell you many old and trivial stories. I’m bored anyway.”
“The more the better,” Fang Jie replied.
“You are greedy.” Wu Yidao pointed at Fang Jie and laughed, “I haven’t seen someone as greedy as you in a long time. However, I like greedy people. Since I started doing business, I learned one principle. Greed is one of the strongest motivational forces in the world, leading to continuous growth and progress. If people don’t have greed and desires, how could they be filled with energy and power?”
“Love, justice, protecting the weak… these are all good reasons,” Fang Jie replied with pride.
“BS,” Wu Yidao laughed and cursed.
Fang Jie sat down beside the lotus pond, picked up small pebble stones, and tossed them into the pond one by one, making many fish scatter due to fear. As a result, many ripples appeared on the peaceful surface of the lotus pond.”
Seeing this, Fang Jie suddenly recalled that there was also a small pond behind his home on Earth, and he loved skipping stones there after getting out of school.
However, his childhood in this world never had any simple and fulfilling moments like that.
Wu Yidao grabbed the bucket of fish and handed it to a servant, asking him to prepare the fish. Then, he walked to a reclining chair and sat down before looking at the setting sun and sighing, “When you threw a small stone into the lotus pond, the peace was disturbed. You are that small stone, and Chang’an is the lotus pond. You are insignificant in the big picture, but you could make the entire pond ripple. Now that I think more about it, a small character like you from a border city was able to make the influential figures in the government sway by the ripples. This is something rare to see.”
Fang Jie didn’t understand Wu Yidao’s meaning; he said, “I don’t think I have this ability.”
“You don’t?” Wu Yidao rolled his eyes and said, “Do you know how much has happened since you entered Chang’an? That imperial commissioner and officials from the Ministry of War and the Court of Judicial Review died because of you when you left Fangu, right?”
Wu Yidao continued, “Without that incident, would Li Yuanshan and Li Xiaozong do something so sinister? If they didn’t do that, they wouldn’t bribe officials in the Ministry of War and the Intelligence Department. Without you, would Chiliarch Gao Tianbao have died, and would Meng Wudi, the Intelligence Department Deputy, lose one of his arms? After Gao Tianbao died, his corpse was buried before the Ministry of Revenue so that people could step on him every day. If all of this didn’t happen, Hou Junci, the Deputy of the Ministry of War, wouldn’t have been executed alongside dozens of officials under His Majesty’s rage.”
“Later on, when you got to the Capital, Vulture of the Ministry of War wanted to kill you, so he tricked you into the training field, and you met Luo Wen. Because of you, Luo Wen obtained the no.1 spot in the Martial Arts Academy, but he also wants to kill you. Then, that incident happened where Vulture and Luo Wen’s henchmen tried to kill you in the same night. In the end, Vulture was executed, and Yu Donglai couldn’t save himself and had to resign.”
“Also because of you, Hou Wenji got to meet Luo Wen in secret. However, the incident in Guest-Prosper Dwell somehow made His Majesty go there in person; Hou Wenji couldn’t hide the secret anymore even if he wanted to! Perhaps you don’t know that after you left Guest-Prosper Dwell, the border soldiers all praised you. You seem to become the leader of all border soldiers who are here for the entrance exam.”
After listening to what Wu Yidao said, Fang Jie instantly asked a question, “How do you know so many things?”