Chapter 213: Worries (Part One)
When Fang Jie returned to Gold-Sharing Duke’s residence, the sky was already dark.
Different from the usual lonely place, the residence was well-lit with many people coming and going.
Qi Lin looked at the yard and froze for a second before asking, “What is going on?”
Fang Jie thought for a moment and said, “The real owner of this place is probably back.”
Fang Jie was correct; the servants were busy because Wu Yidao was back from the northwest.
Soon after Wu Yidao returned, the servants heated water for his bath, and they also had to move the things that he brought into the storage. It was extremely bustling.
As soon as Fang Jie entered the residence, he saw the fatty named Jiu Secai standing in the yard and giving directions to the servants.
“Aya, isn’t this Mr. Fang? Long time no see!” Jiu Secai walked up with a smile.
Fang Jie rolled his eyes and said, “I pay rent here.”
Jiu Secai froze for a second and remembered that Fang Jie and others were living here. He blushed and said with a smile, “Oh, I completely forgot about that after being gone for so long. Since you all paid rent, we are a family. I will take care of you and make you feel comfortable.”
“How come you aren’t thinner after going to the northwest and back? That was more than 10,000 kilometers,” Fang Jie asked.
Jiu Secai smiled and said, “I got fat after hard work. If I slim down, wouldn’t I have wasted the food that I ate? I hate wasting things, so I worked hard on eating things throughout this trip.”
“Gold-Sharing Duke got you as the assistant to make himself look more handsome, right?” Fang Jie guessed jokingly.
Jiu Secai chuckled and replied, “No, he hired me to make him look richer.”
Fang Jie laughed and said, “Your name, Jiu Secai, is great. I love your temperament.”
Jiu Secai blushed and said, “Don’t… I like girls more.”
Fang Jie walked into the residence with a smile and asked, “Where is the Duke?”
“He is bathing. He slimmed down after this trip. However, he is happy that he took care of the task that His Majesty assigned him. You didn’t see it; the Worldwide Trading Company moved so many soldiers and supplies to the northwest, and the fleet of ships was dozens of kilometers long. You have no idea how proud I felt at that moment. Which business in history has this strength?”
“Tens of millions of items and hundreds of thousands of soldiers. I couldn’t forget that magnificent scene when everything was gathered in Mountain-East Circuit. Now, the world knows the strength of the Worldwide Trading Company; they all need to raise their thumbs and praise!”
When Jiu Secai finished, Fang Jie’s expression stiffed, and he said without smiling, “If it is convenient, I would like to meet the Duke after he washes up.”
“Don’t be so formal; you pay rent after all,” Jiu Secai replied with a smile.
Fang Jie smiled and cupped his hands before leaving with a serious expression.
Chen Qingshan saw his strange expression and asked lightly, “What is going on? Did you think of something bad?”
Fang Jie shook his head and said, “The Worldwide Trading Company has shown its strength, shocking the people as well as the government. If a business has such strength, the government would be in danger once the owner has ill-intentions. I’m afraid that Gold-Sharing Duke only rushed back because some officials in the government are doing things against him. How come someone as intelligent as Gold-Sharing Duke would show all his strength? Even if the Emperor asked him to perform a task, he shouldn’t show everything. Now that all the preparation is done, the government doesn’t need the Worldwide Trading Company anymore. The navy of Great Sui will be used to perform further transportation duties.”
“You are afraid that the Emperor will wipe out the Worldwide Trading Company now?” Chen Qingshan asked.
Fang Jie nodded and said, “The Worldwide Trading Company is too big. Many officials are already displeased that the Emperor transported soldiers and supplies using a private business. Since the Emperor needed to use Gold-Sharing Duke, he suppressed the voices that attacked Gold-Sharing Duke. Now that the Emperor doesn’t need the Worldwide Trading Company anymore, he might do something if those voices are getting louder.”