But, he was disappointed. He wasn’t able to spot them in days. The mother and daughter were like comets in the sky, a flash, then disappeared without a trace.
Even though he wasn’t able to locate them, he wasn’t particularly worried. He saw clearly the other day that they were with the doctor from the clinic. If he really couldn’t find the mother and daughter, all he had to do was to go to the clinic and ask the doctor.
That would be the last resort, he didn’t want to just go to their place and offend them before he could find out more about their background. For now he could only wait for them to show up.
Day after day passed and he still hasn’t seen them!
Not only were those at the House of Ning started to get anxious, the innkeeper was also getting anxious. After he had sent over all the mythical animals last time, his master had sent his men there in the hope to get in touch with the mother and daughter.
Under the anticipations of these two family of people, the Cheng’s mother and daughter have yet to reappear, like they have disappeared into thin air.
Two months had passed and Old Man Ning was impatient. He didn’t want to miss out on the precious goods. They were very valuable to him. Looking at the one in front of him, he said, “Ko Yang, was there really no other way to locate the mother and daughter?”
“Well…” Ko Yang hesitated. He never told his master that the doctor at the clinic should know where they live.
Old Man Ning frowned, “What’s wrong? Something that you can’t share?”
“Master, it’s not that I couldn’t share. I just didn’t think this will be a good approach!” Ko Yang told Old Man Ning every details along with his thoughts.
After he had finished listening, Old Man Ning nodded, “I agree, if we find out where they live through Doctor Xu, we risk offending them. After all, we are the ones with the request. Give it a few more days, if we still don’t see them at the marketplace, we will have to go to Doctor Xu.”
Inside the courtyard of the inn, two middle-aged men in posh brocade gowns stared at the innkeeper in an unfriendly manner. One of them said in a deep voice, “Innkeeper Zhu, you’ve been working for the family for a long time now. How could you possibly mess this one up?”
“Deacon Bai, it wasn’t that I didn’t want to ask, it’s the fact that they didn’t want to divulge. They sold me all of their mythical animals, I can’t possibly interrogate them after that. I don’t want to chase them away!” explained Innkeeper Zhu with a frown on his face.
Before Deacon Bai could respond, the other man next to him said coldly, “You didn’t ask them, now they are not showing up. How are you going to find them again? What are you going to say to the master? I am telling you now, if you don’t figure this one out, you won’t be here for much longer. You can plan on going back to your hometown as a cleaning person!”
“Deacon Lin, this….” Innkeeper Zhu didn’t know what to say.
Deacon Bai patted his shoulder gently and said, “Innkeeper Zhu, you better hope they show up in the next few days. If they don’t show up, we’ve got problems!”
“Deacon Bai, I really don’t know when they will come again!”
“That’s why I said you should pray for them to show up!”
Innkeeper Zhu left the courtyard with his head lowered and feeling defeated. He was praying for them to show up soon; otherwise, he livelihood would be in grave danger.
“Dad, let’s go into the mountain!” requested Cheng Xiao Xiao after breakfast.
Cheng Biyuan paused for a second. He knew his daughter wouldn’t have brought that up for no reason, so he replied, “Okay, I’ll go into the mountains with you today!”
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Thanks for telling us about these precious ingredients you managed to get... now I'll punish you if you don't get more at once. It seems... counter-intuitive. :/ Thanks for the chapter!ReplyDelete