Chapter 89: Two People, One Person (Part Two)
This man suddenly asked, “There is only one chair and one bowl of tea; are you feeling slighted? Is that why you are acting calm to show that you aren’t insignificant?”
Fang Jie who had walked away four steps stopped. Then, he turned back around and shook his head seriously before replying, “If I can keep my peers and me alive, standing and being thirsty is nothing. Senior, if you say you will let us go this time as long as I kneel, crawl to you, and lick your shoes, I’m willing to do so.”
Three people frowned at the same time after hearing this.
One was this man who seemed pressing, one was the young man on the left who was handsome and had a pure aura, and the last one was the person sitting in the area inside the shop that was walled off by the silk net.
“Alright, you can kneel first and crawl over,” the man suddenly said calmly.
Fang Jie took a deep breath and asked, “Will you let my peers and I go if I do so?”
The middle-aged man didn’t answer.
Fang Jie asked again, “Or you will kill me but let my peers live?”
The middle-aged man was still silent.
After a moment of silence, Fang Jie replied seriously, “I don’t know your identity; I don’t know if your status is so high that I can’t even see. I’m only a small scout from Fangu, and I don’t stand out among the hundreds of millions of citizens. Perhaps you are an eagle soaring in the sky, and I’m only an ant on the ground, trying to survive. However, if you aren’t an official of Great Sui but an enemy of the empire, I would reply with my saber, even if I will die.”
After saying that, Fang Jie lifted the hem of his robe, getting ready to half-kneel.
As soon as he said that, someone who was extremely disappointed in him smiled while his eyes brightened. Then, he lightly knocked on the table before walking out.
The man sitting in the middle of the tea shop heard the light knock. His expression changed, then he couldn’t help but laugh.
“You are his disciple; you don’t need to kneel. If you stated your connection to him when you entered Chang’an, no one would want to and dare to mess with you. Even if you make a mistake, you will be given another chance. You should be glad that what you just said saved your life. You didn’t forget your roots and didn’t forget that you are a citizen of Great Sui. You also showed me what else you are trying to guard. Great!” this mysterious man said.
Then, he stood up and said with a smile, “Let’s go; I’m taking you somewhere.”
After he took a step forward, he suddenly turned his head and looked at the young man in white. He frowned as a trace of ferociousness flashed in his eyes.
The young man in white was still staring at his bowl of tea and appeared as if nothing happened, but no one noticed that he slowly relaxed his left hand and let go of the hand gesture that he was making with his left thumb, index finger, and ring finger. Those three fingers were shivering a little right now.
Fang Jie knew that he made the right bet again on the verge of death.
Standing in the courtyard of the Royal Guard, Fang Jie blanked out as he stared at the peaches that were about to ripe on the trees.
After that man led him into this place, he was told to wait. It had been close to four hours after that man left, and no one attended to him.
Looking at the peaches, Fang Jie wanted to pick one and eat it. He was hungry since he didn’t eat anything since the morning.
Although he knew that the unripe peaches didn’t taste good, for someone who was hungry and thirsty all day, looking at unripe peaches would make the stomach growl.
“What are you doing?” someone suddenly asked behind Fang Jie.
Fang Jie turned around and saw a familiar figure.
“Good to see you again, Mr. Zhuo,” Fang Jie said as he bowed.
Zhuo Buyi slowly walked over and sat on a stone chair that wasn’t far from Fang Jie before asking, “Why were you so focused on the green peaches? Did the peaches inspire you, or were you thinking about something else?”
Fang Jie smiled and replied, “Masters would always complicate simple things. Do you really think that I’m trying to get inspired? I’m just thirsty, and I can imagine how sour these green peaches are. When I imagine the sour taste, I would start drooling, and that would help my throat feel less dry.”