Chapter 71 – To Live With Another (Sangeng)
Lin Man Man said: “I’m sorry. It’s not that I doubt you. I just couldn’t believe it.”
Even with her family background and status, she has never seen such a miraculous medicine before. And for it to come from the hands of the dissolute young master of the Duan family was even more unbelievable.
Duan Shu Tong suddenly had a thought. “Are you asking me this for someone else? As a matter of fact, everyone’s situation is different. If you tailor the right medicine for the problem, the results will be even better.”
“So you’re saying… to specifically create a medicine [for the problem]?” Lin Man Man thought that she must be dreaming.
This was the disparity in pharmaceuticals between the two worlds.
From Duan Shu Tong’s point of view, Spring Flower No. 2 was simply child’s play, but to Lin Man Man, it was like a miracle.
“Yes, if the other party is willing.” Duan Shu Tong replied with a confident smile.
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Someone who could become Lin Man Man’s friend must not be an ordinary person. If he could cure that person’s ailment then it would be good advertisement for the Spring and Autumn Hall. With this one move, he could obtain many gains in the future.
Lin Man Man hesitated for a few seconds: “Okay, I’ll ask him.”
Duan Shu Tong thought that he would be waiting for a while before he got an answer. He did not expect to receive a call from Lin Man Man the following day, saying that she and her friend were already on their way.
Such high efficiency.
In order to ensure confidentiality, Duan Shu Tong decided to meet them in his house.
When he got home after work, Duan Shu Tong saw two people sneakily waiting outside his home. For fear of being recognized, the two people were decked out in hats, sunglasses, and facemasks.
Upon seeing Duan Shu Tong, Lin Man Man waved her hand as a greeting but didn’t say anything.
Duan Shu Tong nodded and opened the door to let them in. He led them to the living room and then poured three cups of water for everyone.
Lin Man Man had already taken off her disguise, but the man beside her was still fully wrapped up.
It was not until Duan Shu Tong came over with the water that the man raised his head and said, “Thank you.”
The man had a nice voice. It was clear and sonorous.
The man got up in due course and extended his hand. His each and every movement spoke of training and education. “Nice to meet you, Young Master Duan. I am Lu Shi.”
Duan Shu Tong shook hands with him, “Mr. Lu, please take a seat.”
Seeing how calm Duan Shu Tong was, Lin Man Man was a little surprised. “You don’t recognize him?”
Now it was Duan Shu Tong’s turn to be surprised: “Mr. Lu… is he a celebrity?”
Lin Man Man opened her mouth, about to speak, but Lu Shi stretched out his hand to placate her. He smiled lightly. Then, in front of Duan Shu Tong, he took off his sunglasses and mask to reveal his face.
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There were indeed traces of damage on his face, but his eyes were calm and clear, and he looked at Duan Shu Tong seriously. Seeing that the young man did not show any surprise or hesitation, his eyes gradually cheered up, “Can it be treated?”
Duan Shu Tong observed his face carefully.
There were obvious traces of a skin grafting operation, so his overall face did not look very harmonious, but it wasn’t too bad. Duan Shu Tong was confident that he could restore the other man’s face to look more natural.
With certainty, he said: “Yes.”
Lin Man Man was full of surprise, “Lu-shixiong*, that’s great!”
[*T/N: 师兄 shi xiong – refers to a senior male who is a fellow student under the same instructor. Senior in this case means that he was accepted as a student first, and is not necessarily indicative of age.]
Lu Shi was obviously very excited, but his upbringing meant that he had strong self-control. Yet his voice still trembled slightly as he asked: “How long would it take?”
“Your condition is not considered bad. A conservative estimation is two or three months.”
Duan Shu Tong’s so-called “conservative estimation” already sounded very hard-core to the other two people. Although there were still doubts in their hearts, at least they finally found a glimmer of hope.
“One more thing,” Duan Shu Tong took a sip of water, “I need three days to develop the ointment, and a week to observe Mr. Lu’s condition, so Mr. Lu needs to stay here for ten days.”
Lin Man Man said in an unrestraint manner: “I will have someone buy a house here.”
Lu Shi looked at Duan Shu Tong, waiting for his decision.
Duan Shu Tong replied: “For convenience, you can stay with me.”
When the man smiled, the skin on his face looked a little strange, “Okay.”
Only then did Duan Shu Tong reveal his fox tail*. “Now, let’s talk about the price.”
[*T/N: Foxes are often associated with tricksters or evil spirits in Chinese mythology, so to reveal one’s fox tail means to reveal one’s evil intentions. Of course, in this case it is meant playfully.]
“How much?” Lin Manman asked casually.
Lin Man Man: “…”
Spring Flower No. 2 was only 888 yuan. Custom-made medicine was indeed much more expensive, although 8888 yuan was a mere trifle for her.
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Lu Shi didn’t hesitate: “Done.”
Duan Shu Tong smiled: “Also, during your stay, household duties and food money will be shared equally.”
Lin Man Man: !!!
She has never seen anyone make Film Emperor Lu do housework before!
“Haha,” the handsome young man smiled slyly, “Just kidding.”
Lu Shi was stunned for a moment, and then burst out laughing.
Just like that, the estrangement between strangers disappeared in an instant.