726 Money is All I Have
Jiang Chen and the girl came back onto the street. He said to her, "Go back. Don't ever again run away with anyone easily."
"What do you mean?"
The girl had been ready to accept her fate. She was puzzled by Jiang Chen.
"Go, before I change my mind," Jiang Chen said.
The girl walked a few steps as a test. After confirming Jiang Chen wouldn't stop her, she ran into the crowd swiftly.
Since they didn't pay anything for the girl, letting her go wasn't a violation of the blood oath.
However, to his surprise, Jiang Moliang came back with the girl.
"She doesn't even have shoes. Where can she go?" she complained to Jiang Chen.
Somehow, Jiang Chen felt she was less aggressive.
It seemed what had happened in the Fairy Maiden Bar had a huge influence on her.
However, while Jiang Chen was thinking about this, she added, "I've asked around. The Fairy Maiden Bar is supported by some people of the Jiangs indeed. I will report this to the chieftain."
Jiang Chen smiled. He didn't think her belief in the Jiangs would be shaken easily.
The girl was a good observer. She knew from Jiang Chen and Jiang Moliang's conversation that they wouldn't do anything to her.
Jiang Chen and Jiang Moliang said at the same time, pointing at each other.
Then they were both struck dumb.
The girl threw a glance at them. She smiled gently, as if she had misunderstood something.
Then, the girl told them her name was Lan, and she was from a small desolate land.
As she had said, she ran away with her fiancé.
"If he is your fiancé, why did you run away?" Jiang Chen asked out of curiosity.
"His... his father died in the Desolate Forbidden Land. Their family came down in the world. As a result, my parents wanted me to break the engagement."
Lan sounded very sorrowful when she was speaking. What she had got from her sacrifice was beyond her expectation.
She could still recall the day she arrived in the Treasure City with her fiancé. That man said since he had gained a lot from the adventures he had taken, he would take her for shopping.
When Lan felt she was on top of the world and all of her sufferings had finally ended, those from the Fairy Maiden Bar showed up and caught her.
They told her that her fiancé had sold her to the Fairy Maiden Bar at a high price.
Lan refused to believe it, but she did see that man's signature on the contract they had shown her.
Lan tried to escape, but as a Reaching Heaven State, she was rather weak in the Eight Divinities Territory.
She was caught back and got a cruel beat.
However, fortunately, the staff of the Fairy Maiden Bar didn't beat her too hard since they still wanted to sell her for a good price.
"The Fairy Maiden Bar won't harm anyone anymore," Jiang Moliang said coldly.
Jiang Chen guessed something from what she had said. He was surprised.
Then, he heard a great disturbance coming from the alley where the Fairy Maiden Bar was.
A group of armored soldiers dashed into the alley in a hurry. And he saw the Fairy Maiden Bar was on fire.
Jiang Moliang pulled a long face. He didn't see any fear or regret on her face, since she believed she had done the right thing.
In fact, it was the right thing to do indeed.
What surprised Jiang Chen was her cruelty.
It occurred to him he had offended her various times on the way. At such a thought, a fear arose in him all of a sudden.
"Have you been holding your temper to not kill me?" Jiang Chen said.
"Your life isn't as valuable as Jiang Zhe's," Jiang Moliang said.
Jiang Chen took a deep breath. He asked tentatively, "Can the Jiangs send another person to accompany me?"
Jiang Moliang frowned. Her look became cold again.
"Well, forget it."
Jiang Chen gave up the idea. He would be fine as long as she didn't attack him.
Then the two went to buy some clothes for Lan.
Jiang Chen gave her some money, enough for her to go back home.
Lan was very touched. She burst into tears involuntarily. She said, "I... I don't want to go back."
"Why is that?"
"If I go back... if I go back, people will laugh at me, and I will be punished. I don't want to go back until I become a Venerable."
Lan looked very delicate and touching, especially when she looked at Jiang Chen. She said, "Can I stay with you?"
"You want to stay with me? Do you know what I do?" Jiang Chen asked, smiling.
"You are the Jiangs' young master?" Lan asked tentatively.
"He is not the Jiangs' young master at all!" Jiang Moliang said coldly.
Jiang Chen shrugged his shoulders. He didn't try to argue.
"No matter whether you are the Jiangs' young master or not, you saved my life!" Lan said.
Jiang Chen thought about it for a while. Then he said, "All right. I need someone to do the chores anyway. And I can trust no one from the Jiangs."
Lan felt very happy, but Jiang Moliang said in anger, "Who don't you trust?"
"The Jiangs," Jiang Chen said.
"Don't try to challenge my patience."
"I guess you don't want to kill me to get Jiang Zhe killed." Jiang Chen whistled. He kept walking ahead, leaving her behind in a frenzy of rage.
Staring at him while he was walking away, Jiang Moliang involuntarily grasped the handle of her sword with her right hand.
Certainly, in the end, her reason won out.
Fifteen minutes later, the three arrived at the center of the Treasure City.
The streets here weren't as crowded as those they had walked through before. They were much wider, even wide enough to be called a square.
It even had the room for a troop to run through.
On both sides of the street were high-end chambers of commerce. Not like the vendors, they didn't look for customers on the street.
By comparison, eye-catching shelves were put at their entrances, on which the precious goods they had and the auction schedule were listed.
In the Treasure City, there were auctions held every day by the auction houses affiliated to those big chambers of commerce. Supplying good stuff wasn't a problem for them. The only problem they could have was a lack of customers.
Jiang Chen walked around. In the end, he came to the largest chamber of commerce.
Someone asked the three of them what they were looking for as soon as they entered there.
Jiang Chen felt comfortable with their services. He told the staff what spiritual herbals he needed.
"Just a minute."
All of the spiritual herbals he needed were very valuable. Jiang Chen had asked about all of them at the same time so that the staff of the chamber of commerce knew it would be a big order for them. The three of them were then taken to a VIP room.
The staff came back very soon.
They told Jiang Chen they did have the spiritual herbals he wanted, but due to various restrictions, it wouldn't be easy to get them.
"Money isn't a problem. I just want to get them as soon as possible," Jiang Chen said out of curiosity.
Jiang Moliang was pissed off right away.
However, for the staff of the chamber of commerce, his response was exactly what they had been expecting. One of them said, "My client, tomorrow should be fine. But one of the spiritual herbals you need is owned by another chamber of commerce. Since they are going to sell it in the Treasure Auction, they don't want to collaborate with us."
"Treasure Auction?" Jiang Chen's interest was piqued.
Next to him, Jiang Moliang felt she was seeing a large amount of the Jiangs' money was flying away.
"It's a joint auction organized by all high-end chambers of commerce in the Treasure City. It's held once a month. Really a great event for us," the staff introduced to him warm-heartedly.
"When will be the next time?" Jiang Chen asked.
"What a coincidence. It's also tomorrow."
"That's perfect." Jiang Chen smiled happily.
"My client, it's not easy to get invited to the Treasure Auction. The entrance fee is calculated by seat. A first-class seat..." the staff of the chamber of commerce said in a mild tone.
"That's not my concern. I want three first-class seats. Money is all I have," Jiang Chen cut in.
"No problem. No problem." The staff of the chamber of commerce was overjoyed.
"You don't think the Jiangs' money is money, do you?" Jiang Moliang said in anger.