Chapter 87.1 – News Spreading
The two returned to the Imperial Fu Palace. The time was still very early.
An Zi Ran learned from Steward Zhou that Fu Wu Tian had yet to return, and immediately changed his course to the study room. In order to get to the study room, he had to pass by the entrance to the main lobby.
Just as they were preparing to cross the threshold, a figure dressed in purple came out of the main lobby first, and coincidentally came up right in front of them.
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An Zi Ran subconsciously glanced over, found that it was a woman, and somewhat unexpectedly raised his eyebrows. Shao Fei, who was next to him, had a bigger reaction, as if it was very strange to see her here. His mouth dropped open and he let out a shout.
The woman in purple looked at them with indifference.
An Zi Ran found that this woman looked very heroic, and he recognized her at first sight. It was during his first ever visit to the Imperial Fu Palace. He remembered that this woman was also there, except at that time she was wearing red armor, and looked more unisex. Although he only looked at her once then, she left a pretty deep impression.
“How come you are here?”
Shao Fei walked up to her and questioned her with curiosity.
The woman in purple didn’t pay attention to him. Instead, she looked at An Zi Ran. Her heroic eyebrows creased together. Then she nodded her head slightly. “Greetings, wang fei.”
Shao Fei was unwilling to be left out and said, “Zhong Yue, you haven’t answered my question yet!”
The woman in purple abruptly responded with impatience, “I am here naturally because I have already completed my mission. You think everyone is as free as you? Keep shouting and I’ll beat you up!”
Shao Fei’s mouth pulled into a thin line.
Translations by Vanilla Muse
“I still have to go look for wang ye and report in my mission.”
The woman in purple said that and left right away, not giving him another second of attention.
An Zi Ran watched her as she departed, feeling that something was strange, but couldn’t fathom what could be the problem. His brows were pinched in thought until Shao Fei jumped in front of him, and he came out of his thoughts.
“Wang fei, this is probably your second time seeing Zhong Yue. Let me tell you, Zhong Yue is the only female general in our military camp. She is very powerful. She’s completely different from the average woman. Sometimes she is even more powerful and valiant than men. Within our military camp, her strength could be ranked in the top ten. Before, wang ye sent her to Chang Province to deal with the disaster, so you didn’t see her immediately after you came back.”
Shao Fei explained all this without prompting.
An Zi Ran did not answer, but he indeed did not expect that there would be a female general.
Although he had seen her once, he had long forgotten about it. On the day of the wedding, when Fu Wu Tian introduced his subordinates to him, she was not included among them.
An Zi Ran was not used to taking the initiative to ask about other people’s matters, so he did not ask. Afterwards, he went to the study room.
He has already obtained the deeds to Feng Hua Gambling House. The next issue was renovation.
On the other hand, Boss Zhang did not go home right away after they parted in front of the teahouse. It was hard to be at ease with a hundred thousand silvers worth of bank notes on his person, so he was preparing to put the money in the bank*. Unless it was a last resort, he did not intend to use this sum of money in this lifetime.
[*T/N: The raws used the noun 钱庄 qian zhuang, which is a money farm (dealing in illegal foreign currency of money laundering), which sounds completely wrong for the context, so I went with the Google translation of bank instead.]
After putting the money away, Boss Zhang then went home.
But as soon as he entered the door of his home, he saw several men standing at the entrance.
Seeing their familiar faces, Boss Zhang’s expression darkened and he strode over to them in large strides. He spoke impolitely to the man in the lead, “You people are not welcome here!”
That man was Luo Yang, the one who was his gambling opponent that other day. He wasn’t a vocational gambler hired by Bao Hua Gambling House. According to hearsay, he reported directly to the secret person backing Bao Hua Gambling House. Many things in the gambling house needed to be approved by him before they could be carried out. That he would show up here meant that these people have not given up on Feng Hua Gambling House.
“Boss Zhang, why do you have to be so stubborn?”
Luo Yang said lightly, not minding Boss Zhang’s bad attitude and tone. In his opinion, Feng Hua Gambling House would soon become a part of Bao Hua Gambling House, and it was useless for Boss Zhang to resist like this. What was meant to be theirs would eventually be theirs.
Boss Zhang sneered, “I’m not afraid to tell you the truth, I have already sold Feng Hua Gambling House.”
Luo Yang denied.
He didn’t believe that someone else would dare to target Feng Hua Gambling House.
A lot of people already knew that Bao Hua Gambling House coveted Feng Hua Gambling House, and used every means possible to topple Feng Hua Gambling House in order to get it in the bag. They clearly knew that Bao Hua Gambling House was determined to annex Feng Hua Gambling House, so who would dare to fight against Bao Hua Gambling House?!
Bao Hua Gambling House wasn’t some run-of-the-mill casino. Without a strong backing, it was impossible for it to be ranked top three among the top ten gambling houses.
“Oh, so sorry. What you said is impossible has already become a fact.” Boss Zhang revealed a smug smile. He has waited a long time to serve up this loss to the people from the Bao Hua Gambling House.
Luo Yang looked at Boss Zhang’s smug expression, and in a split second, his expression grew dark. He had a feeling that Zhang Tian Zhong was not lying to him. They forced Zhang Tian Zhong to this step. It wasn’t hard to believe that he would sell Feng Hua Gambling House just to get back at them. It was only that, within Jun Zi City, who would dare to go against Bao Hua Gambling House?
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