Chapter 381 - Finally Found It
A stench started coming towards Zhaoming's direction, almost getting him to vomit- he wondered what the hell that was supposed to be, and why it smelled so horrid. He threw the trash bag aside, thinking that it was where the smell was coming from…
He stood up and found that it still smelled.
Zhaoming turned around and finally realized that the smell was coming from the pill in his hand.
"Why does this pill smell like this..?" Zhaoming's insides churned at the horrid smell- was this what it smelled like before?
Zhaoming thought about it more deeply and failed to remember what the pill smelled like before he crushed it under his foot- he'd been so excited over mocking Xiaobo that he simply didn't care what the pill smelled like.
"This is probably it." Zhaoming consoled himself with a nod, since this dog poop color was just too similar to that of the Pill of Life Extension and Toxin Cleansing- he'd only taken one look at it when it was still in his hand before he crushed it. He didn't remember what it smelled like, or what the color looked like.
Zhaoming carefully cupped the dog poop in his hands and sneaked back into the ballroom when he was sure no one was looking.
He came in and found himself greeted by a question coming from his grandpa's gaze- Zhaoming nodded to indicate that he'd retrieved the Pill of Life Extension and Toxin Cleansing successfully.
Miracle Doctor Kang exhaled, relieved- if it really were a piece of treasure then it'd simply be too regretful if it just ended up in the trash like that. He made sure to give Liu Tianyi a call at night and ask if it actually existed or not.
Tianyi had wanted to invite Lin Yi to his car, but helplessly found that he'd come in his own already, and there wasn't anything he could do about that.
Lin Yi drove Tang Yin, Xiaobo, Fen, and Xuemin back to Songshan, dropped Tang Yin off at the hospital, Fen home before getting to the business talk with Xuemin and Xiaobo.
Xiaobo had wanted to be with Fen, worried that she might be in a bad mood after meeting Zhaoming.
But Fen heard that Lin Yi had something important to talk to Xiaobo about it- she wouldn't want to take up Xiaobo's time.
She shook her head at Xiaobo, a smile on her face. "Xiaobo, Lin Yi Bro's looking to talk to you about something important- you don't have to be with me or anything, I'm fine! I'm feeling a lot better now."
"Are you sure?" Xiaobo was still feeling uneasy- after all, Zhaoming had hurt her deeply. This wasn't something that could just be shrugged off.
"Haha, I'm waiting for you to avenge me one day!" Fen smiled. "I won't forget what you said today!"
"Alright, wait for me- I promise you I can do it!" Xiaobo held his fist tightly.
Lin Yi smiled- him giving Xiaobo a stage to perform required Xiaobo's own consent. If he didn't take things seriously then letting him take on the position of Lin Yi's representative would only make Xiaobo someone who always relied on someone else, muddling through his days.
Xiaobo being filled with his own spirit, however, was a different matter.
As long as the thought was there along with the effort, success was inevitable. As long as he had confidence and a dream- the dream would come true!
"Tang Yin, I'm not going up then- Grandpa Guan's talked to them about your dad's surgery already. I can't do anything about bones, but I can give him some medicine to hasten the recovery of his wounds after the surgery's done." Lin Yi said as Tang Yin was getting off the car. "I'll get them to you Monday when the surgery starts- I don't have them with me right now."
"Yeah… Thanks." Tang Yin nodded without saying no. She didn't know when it had started, but she was slowly getting used to this… used to how Lin Yi looked after her, how he took care of her.
Xiaobo tried his best to hold himself back until Tang Yin left the car. "Boss, you're saying that it's similar to my second grandpa's Golden Creation medicine?!"
There was only one medicine in the market that could rapidly heal an injury- and that was Miracle Doctor Kang's Golden Creation medicine! It was only natural that Xiaobo would find it shocking that Lin Yi had a medicine at that level in his possession.
"Aah, it should be the same. I don't know what his looks like, or what recipe it uses, since I've never seen it before, so I don't wanna jump into conclusions- but the effects should be more or less the same." Lin Yi nodded.
Xiaobo was stunned- he now understood why Lin Yi had that confidence, telling him that he could support Xiaobo waging a war against Zhaoming and his second grandpa's family!
He had some doubts when Lin Yi told him he'd make him fight his second grandpa on his level, but still announced his declaration proudly so as to not embarrass himself.
Xiaobo had been concerned if his bold words would ultimately turn into a joke, too- he no longer had those concerns anymore!
If Lin Yi had something similar to Golden Creation's recipe, then he was more than justified to be on the same playing field as his second grandpa! Miracle Doctor Kang's medicine company, after all, was earning money using only Golden Creation!
"You're really so amazing, boss! Where'd you get the recipe? My second grandpa's recipe is so crazily hidden even my own grandpa doesn't know about it!" Xiaobo sighed as he spoke. "My grandpa's not smart, too- he didn't even make sure he knew where the recipe was placed, and my second grandpa just went and stole it!"
"I created the recipe myself." Lin Yi shrugged- Xiaobo was about to become his representative soon, anyway. He should be in on core secrets like this.
"Created it… yourself?" Xiaobo's eyes were opened wide in shock- Lin Yi was capable of creating a recipe like that? How insanely amazing did one have to be to do something like that?
"Alright, make sure to keep that to yourself- don't tell anyone" Lin Yi patted Xiaobo's shoulder. "I have some personal reasons for not wanting to make an appearance, so to the public, this company belongs to you and Grandpa Guan."
"Don't worry, boss! I won't tell!" Xiaobo nodded, moved that Lin Yi trusted him so much he'd make him his representative. "I won't tell even Fen…"
"Fen's fine…" Lin Yi sweated. "I still have to do something about Fen's leg sooner or later, so it's alright if you tell her. As long as it's kept in the circle of our own people it'll be fine."
"Boss, I think that the best decision I've made my entire life was that one time I went up to the rooftop to fight alongside you, caught up in the heat of the moment and everything…" Xiaobo contemplated. "If it weren't for that recklessness you wouldn't be looking after me like this at all…"
Xiaobo wasn't one who didn't understand his position- he knew there wasn't anything good about him, so that he wouldn't really be able to provide Lin Yi with help at all… If he had to list one thing that he had that impressed Lin Yi, then it really was just that one time at the rooftop…
But Xiaobo's words rang true- it really was because of that hot-headedness that day, the recklessness that led him to stand up for Lin Yi… It was what led Lin Yi to the decision that he'd become brothers with Kang Xiaobo!
On a new transfer student's first day of school, there weren't a lot of people who'd stand up for someone like that simply out of a bit of honor. Xiaobo's decision had involved recklessness and hot-headedness, but it moved Lin Yi regardless.
Chapter 382 - Call and Ask
After Xiaobo's interruption and what happened with Zhaoming and the pill, Miracle Doctor Kang's birthday feast briskly ended right past noon. The atmosphere had been nice, but an indescribably depressing feeling remained throughout.
It was the same with the host as well, and Miracle Doctor Kang never gave Xiaobo's parents a break the whole time as well, who, despite the huge drama Xiaobo had just caused, weren't blaming him, as helpless as they felt.
Xiaobo was giving his second grandpa a huge gift, a precious medicine out of good heart- not only had Zhaoming completely disregarded and crushed the pill under his foot, even Miracle Doctor Kang himself never did anything about it before or afterwards! Something was clearly wrong there.
From how things stood, Miracle Doctor Kang treated Xiaobo and his direct grandson, Zhaoming, very, very differently. It didn't matter how far Zhaoming took things- as long as he was his grandson, the doctor would be able to tolerate all of it. It didn't matter if Xiaobo had erred or not, as long as there was the slightest suspicion that Xiaobo was trying to attack his name as a miracle doctor with a fake pill, he'd let Zhaoming do things as disrespectful as he had done them.
Xiaobo's last few words were a bit too much, but that was understandable- he was a boy, after all, it was impossible for him to be all composed and cool-headed all of the time, and Xiaobo's parents acknowledged that.
What made them happier was that good friend of Xiaobo's- he seemed like a really powerful guy, associated with so many big shots and everything… He was really friendly with Xiaobo, too. Xiaobo wouldn't have a hard time at all if he were following him.
As a result, they felt consoled, despite all the looks and coldness Miracle Doctor Kang's family was throwing at them.
There were no exchange of greetings after the party- Xiaobo's parents had to show themselves out, since the other Kangs didn't bother. They'd disregarded their farewells, too, evidently still pissed because of the humiliation from earlier.
"I have to say, what kind of relatives are these? It's fine if they stop coming by after their success, it's not like we mind that or anything, but what's with us pressing our passionate faces against their cold butts? We were attending their birthday feast, what's with their attitude?" Mrs. Kang wasn't a Kang in the first place, and she'd been as dissatisfied with today's events as could be. "Relatives like these- why're we still meeting them?!"
"Forget it- if it weren't for my dad I wouldn't come as well." Mr. Kang smiled bitterly. "But your son, he really did shame my second uncle today!"
"Hmph, my son? Isn't he your son too?" Mrs. Kang couldn't help but be proud for her son as well. "That person with our son, he's quite a friend, isn't he, he knows so many big characters! He's a much more proper friend than the relatives those cousins of yours are, it's ridiculous!"
"Ah, right, the girl our son held hands with… She seems to have a bit of a lip, doesn't she… And the things Kang Zhaoming were saying…" Mr. Kang found the topic on their family to be a bit awkward- after all, the man was still his second uncle, related by blood and his elder. If anything should be said at all it should be his father who should be saying it, not him.
"I saw that too…" Mrs. Kang was a little worried. "The things Xiaobo said, he might actually like that girl… It looked like he was here to stand up for her and everything…"
"Yeah. Should we have a proper talk with our son after getting home? I wouldn't want it to be a hot-headed love- the girl might be scamming him." Mrs. Tang was getting even more worried by the second.
"What's that?" Mr. Kang hmphed helplessly. "Your son, scammed? I wouldn't be too sure of that!"
"Oh? What do you mean?" Mrs. Kang paused.
"Think about it- Xiaobo might be reckless, but do you think that bro of his is? I think it's pretty likely that he'd planned everything for the sake of standing up for that Fen girl!" Mr. Kang understood the situation quite well. "I'm afraid that person's family background is on a different level- you saw how Liu Tianyi and Guan Xuemin both knew him, right! And the boss of the resort… I think that he's supportive of Xiaobo's relationship with the girl, but I'm not sure why- it's just a guess!"
"Now that I think about it, you might be right!" Mrs. Kang said, enlightened. "Well, whatever the case, let's go home and ask Xiaobo about it…"
In a Donghai sea-view villa district was a luxurious villa housing the Kangs, who were currently gathered in the living room. Miracle Doctor Kang Laicai was on the master sofa, a dark expression in his face as he looked at his sons and grandsons carefully standing in front of him.
"Zhaoming, where's that Pill of Life Extension and Toxin Cleansing?" Miracle Doctor Kang looked at Zhaoming.
Zhaoming hearted thumped in panic as he carefully took out the dog poop- he had it cupped in both his hands as he presented it to the doctor. "Grandpa, the Pill of LIfe Extension and Toxin Cleansing!"
Miracle Doctor Kang nodded and cupped the black substance from Zhaoming's hands into his own for a better look when a horrid smell attacked him- the doctor almost vomited from the impact. "What's that smell, it's horrid!"
"Grandpa, that's what the PIll of Life Extension and Toxin Cleansing smells like… I was choked by the smell, too…" Zhaoming explained carefully.
"Is this even real?" Miracle Doctor Kang frowned. "That kid isn't very trustworthy at all! Guifeng, aren't you pretty close with Liu Tianyi? He looked like he was really close with that kid- go to Liu Tianyi and try to learn what's going on."
The doctor was evidently displeased when he spoke- after all, Tianyi was here to attend his birthday feast! He was his guest, but left halfway through… Tianyi may be of the Liu family, but the action had very much ao shamed Miracle Doctor Kang today.
Guan Xuemin, on the other hand, was different. Miracle Doctor Kang didn't dare say anything about that. The guy was paying a lot of respect just by attending in the first place, and the doctor understood that he was no miracle doctor- he was just a scam! The real miracle doctor was Guan Xuemin!
"Alright, I'll make a call right away." Guifeng nodded and walked away as he pulled his phone out.
The room was silent for a while- everyone was waiting quietly for Guifeng to finish the phone call.
"Hello? Tianyi, my brother! I'm Kang Guifeng!" Guifeng was actually on the pleasing side when it came to Liu Tianyi- after all, the Kangs needed to rely on House Liu's influence in many areas for their business in Yanjing.
At the end of the day, all Miracle Doctor Kang had was a miracle recipe- he wasn't a real miracle doctor, and that meant that there was no reason for these powerful families to try and please them!
It was quite the opposite- the Kangs were the one who needed to please them for the sake of expanding their business.
To the average person, the Kangs were a family of power, high up in the clouds. It was very hard for one to get their hands on a bottle of Golden Creation, but that wasn't the case when it came to the powerful families. They could very well get themselves as much Golden Creation as they wanted, not a care about whether there was stock or not.
This was why nobody really relied on Miracle Doctor Kang for anything- they would be in a much different position if that had been the case.
(Miracle doctor literally translates into god doctor/ godly doctor/ godlike doctor… you get the idea. I went with miracle doctor because it sounds catchier)