Chapter 499 – Wedding Date Has Been Decided
Zhao Hai stared, he didn't even think about doing his wedding at Golden Island. This was because there was nothing there. He preferred to do his wedding at the castle, that would be more befitting for a noble.
Seeing that Zhao Hai was silent and frowning, Green got confused and said, "Young Master? Is Golden Island not good?"
Zhao Hai forced a smile and said, "Grandpa Green, there aren't any good structures in Golden Island yet. There are only tunnels and caves there, I don't think it would be a good idea to have our wedding at that place."
Green thought about it and nodded, "This is really an issue, there aren't any good enough structures at Golden Island. If we do the wedding there, then it would really seem simple."
Laura opened her mouth and said, "Brother Hai, Grandpa Green, I really don't think it's bad. Golden Island is our territory, we can handle matters there anyway we like, completely different to Carson City. Some people might want to cause trouble during the ceremony, so there will be fighting. Although Brother Hai is very strong, we very much prefer to hide it. The Emperor wouldn’t' really care what we do on the island, but in Carson City? If we show our strength, it might even frighten him. This would be troublesome. This is why I think it would be best if we do the wedding ceremony on Golden Island."
When Laura heard that Zhao Hai was going to marry her, she naturally became shy. But doing so was good, they already wanted to marry Zhao Hai for so long. Now that their desires had been met, they were more happy than shy. Also, they aren't ordinary women, so they don't act like them.
Hearing Laura made Zhao Hai's mind unexpectedly calm. He had already offended the Aksu Empire, the other nations were also under the heavy influence of the Radiant Church. If they go there, then they won't be able to have any good days. At this point, they can only rely on the Rosen Empire to accommodate them. He was afraid that he can only defend Golden Island in his lifetime, Zhao Hai didn't want this, so he had no choice but to consider the empire in his decisions.
After thinking for a moment, Zhao Hai nodded, "It's a pity, although Golden Island's environment is good, there aren't just any good structures there. If we do our wedding there, then I would only be doing you women injustice."
Laura smiled and said, "We really don't mind it Brother Hai, there's no such thing as injustice. With the Buda Clan's reputation, there aren't anyone who dared to underestimate us. Don't worry about doing our wedding in such an ordinary place, nobody would dare comment on it."
Zhao Hai looked at Laura and then smiled, "Alright, then I'll go talk to Grandpa Randolph tomorrow about the wedding date. After having it settled, we'll begin to make the invitations. I already had the processing machine make the templates for the invitation, the only thing missing are the names as well as the date."
After that, Green and the others went and continued to talk to Zhao Hai about the details about the wedding, the reception, the food, the drinks, as well as who to invite. They must prepare the event properly, Zhao Hai's status wasn't ordinary. Because of this, his visitors would be similarly not ordinary, if the visitors are unsatisfied, their Clan might offend them.
Fortunately, Green and the others were quite used to being stewards, so these kinds of things aren't enough to burden them. Since Zhao Hai raised this matter, Green and the others needed to fulfil his requirements, these matters would be left for them to arrange.
Presently, the Space wasn't lacking any kinds of commodities, therefore Green was able to manage everything easily. Additionally, they have more than 1 million undead to command, handling this matter was too easy.
After reaching an agreement, Zhao Hai and the others rested. Zhao Hai returned to his room and laid down on the bed, he also went to see the situation back on Golden Island.
After one month of construction, the shops on the island had already been built up. But these shops were mostly made with stone which the undead mined from the island, since they aren't exploited, they are the best product left on the island. Even with the Shelley Family's five-story hotel, there wasn't any decent building on the island. Holding a wedding in such a place was such a injustice to Laura and the others. Zhao Hai really didn't want this event to be a lifelong regret for them.
Although his eyes were already closed while he lied down, Zhao Hai's head still stayed constantly moving. This was also one of his rituals. Before sleeping, he would think about all the things that he hadn't managed to handle during the day. This was because he believed that the time where the mind is most active was just before sleeping. If he thought over the matters of the day, he might get some great inspirations to deal with them.
Sure enough, Zhao Hai wasn't left disappointed this time. When he was just having a headache about dealing with the structures on Golden Island, he suddenly thought of a certain image.
This image wasn't anything else other than a sea of flowers. It was a flower garden, everything in it was made of flowers, even the walls were made of plants.
Zhao Hai was originally starting to fall asleep, but when this image appeared, his eyes immediately turned bright. This scene was extremely familiar, this looked exactly like the Carrion Swamp's Flower City!
After he thought of this, Zhao Hai immediately summoned Cai'er over using his thought. Cai'er immediately appeared on the room as she looked at Zhao Hai and said, "Young Master, what matters did you call me for?"
Zhao Hai looked at Cai'er and said, "Cai'er, can you send a branch over to Golden Island and have it formed into a castle? I like to use it to hold my wedding."
Cai'er nodded and said, "I can, Young Master. Since I leveled up, I can even make a flower garden as large as a big city."
Zhao Hai's face showed his excitement as he said, "There's no need to make it so big, just make it as large as Wild Dragon Castle. Remember, make its color and atmosphere similar to Flower City."
Cai'er nodded and said, "Alright, Young Master, I'll go do it immediately." Then she flashed as she vanished. Zhao Hai breathed a sigh of relief. He doesn't plan to tell the girls about this, he wanted to give them a pleasant surprise when the time came.
The next morning, Zhao Hai came out of the Space and sat on his carriage as he headed to Dark Soldier Fort. Naturally, Laura and the others were with him as well. Actually, for someone like Megan, if she still wasn't married, then she would need to stay in Dark Soldier Fort. However, Megan strongly disagreed. Additionally, Randolph also saw that Zhao Hai already had two fiancees on his side, if Megan was at home all the time while Laura and Meg were with Zhao Hai, it would probably make Zhao Hao favor Laura and Meg more. Because of this, Randolph chose to have Megan also stay by Zhao Hai's side.
Upon arriving at Dark Soldier Fort, Zhao Hai was immediately welcomed to Randolph's study. Zhao Hai saw only Randolph inside the study since Smith was already back at Sky Water City. The city cannot survive for long without Smith at the helm.
Seeing Zhao Hai come, Randolph smiled and said, "What brings you here today? You have a lot of matters to attend to, you don't have much time to come and visit me here."
Zhao Hai smiled faintly and said, "Grandpa Randolph, I'm here to discuss with you about a matter of deep importance."
Randolph looked at him and said, "What matter?"
Zhao Hai smiled, "I want to wed Megan soon, I chose Golden Island for the venue."
Randolph stared blankly for a moment before looking at Zhao Hai and sighed, "Right, Megan already follows you everyday. If you don't hold a wedding, her reputation would be affected. Also, you're still young, men your age are very thirsty. If anything goes wrong before the wedding, things wouldn’t be too good. Alright, I agree, when do you plan to hold it?"
Zhao Hai's mind went black with Randolph's dark words. He really didn't think that Randolph would have such thoughts. But when he thought about it, he was at Ark Continent and not Earth. Here, it was quite common to be scoffed at when people live together before marriage. Randolph was just afraid that Zhao Hai wouldn't be able to endure.
Zhao Hai immediately recovered and said, "The sooner the better. I still need to head to the Prairie after the ceremony. There are a lot of things I need to handle there, and there isn't enough time to do it."
Randolph nodded and then thought for a moment before he said, "How about ten days later. We should immediately go and prepare the invitations. Then hand them over along with the notification that the wedding would be ten days later at Golden Island."
Zhao Hai nodded and said, "I already have the invitations made. The only thing missing from them are the dates, I'll have them prepared immediately."
Randolph nodded, "Go and prepare them. We have a lot of things to take care of, I'll do my part here at the fort." Zhao Hai nodded, then he gave Randolph a greeting before heading out. After returning to the castle, he immediately had the processing machine print the dates on to the cards before having them sent.
There are a lot of invitations that Zhao Hai needed to send this time, the farthest one was to Evan, while some were sent to the other Nobles of the Rosen Empire. Although it can be said that Zhao Hai doesn't have too deep of a relationship with these nobles, he had already met them at various banquets. It would be disrespectful in his part to not send them an invitation.
Fortunately, Cai'er had already taken down the names of these nobles, making the manufacturing of the invitations much easier. After printing the names of these people, the invitations were then sent over.
Zhao Hai didn't have a lot of people by his side, therefore most of these invitations were sent either by undead or Blood Hawk. This was a new and odd way of sending invitations.
While Zhao Hai became very busy in preparing for the wedding, the people outside were very excited. The Buda Clan's reputation has been quite loud recently. These people knew that the Buda Clan wasn't only powerful, they also had the literal golden egg which was Golden Island. This matter made people very jealous, but they weren't able to do anything about it.
Now that Zhao Hai was holding his wedding, this made the small and medium sized noble clans feel an opportunity. As long as you can participate in the wedding and form a connection with the Buda Clan, one's rise in the future would be more reachable.
At this moment, another information came out which made these nobles more inclined to throw their lot with the Buda Clan. Even if they cannot be under the clan's umbrella, at the very least they needed to make a good impression.
Chapter 500 – Marriage Bestowment
The Rosen Empire's Emperor bestows a marriage to Zhao Hai with his daughter, the 9th Princess Lizzy, and she was to be a normal wife!
People on the continent weren't estranged to this kind of thing, they knew that Grand Dukes would generally be bestowed marriages, and such person was a very lucky man.
When this news arrived to the Buda Clan, Zhao Hai and the others were shocked. Zhao Hai wasn't actually glad, he was startled to receive such a decree.
After this information passed on, the entire continent seethed with excitement. The 9th Princess of Rosen Empire, the most powerful nation on the continent, one of Carson City's Twin Flowers, the most dotted daughter of the emperor, she was attractive, intelligent, a pureblood noble, she was the continent's number 1 candidate for marriage.
But such a person was actually bestowed to Zhao Hai, and as a formal wife! In other words, after Lizzy marries into the Buda Clan, her status would be the same as Laura and the others. Her position as a princess would be placed on the side.
This was surely a dropped bomb to the minds of the nobles of the continent. However, for Zhao Hai, this wasn't a good thing. If he marries the princess, people who had unrequited love for her would surely be his mortal enemy. This would certainly bring a lot of hidden enemies to the Buda Clan.
When Zhao Hai heard this decree, he was absolutely terrified. He didn't want to accept this decree, but Green and the others forced him to accept it.
After the person that served the decree left, Zhao Hai was left in the living room staring at Green. Green didn't budge, as though nothing just happened, he stayed very calm. What Zhao Hai was surprised about was the fact that Laura and the others were calm as well.
Zhao Hai looked at Laura and said, "Laura, why would you make me accept this? This would be unfair to you, I only met Princess Lizzy once at Charlie's residence. With this marriage bestowment, not only would it be unfair to you, it would also be unfair to Princess Lizzy."
Laura looked at Zhao Hai and then faintly smiled, "Brother Hai, you don't need to be so anxious. It's alright. I think that it was Princess Lizzy who wanted to marry you, otherwise this decree wouldn't have passed. Princess Lizzy is extremely favored by the Emperor, moreover, with the Rosen Empire's strength, it wouldn't be a problem for them to find a better candidate. In this case, it can only be because of Princess Lizzy that this decree was accepted."
Zhao Hai stared, "Is that really the case? But how come I couldn't see that Princess Lizzy wanted to marry me? Moreover, for her to make this decree happen, wouldn't it be too much for a princess to do?"
Megan smiled and said, "Big Brother Hai, you don't know but yourself has that kind of thing that women gets attracted to. In the beginning, it was also because of this that I got to like you. We hadn't even met a lot of times before, nor did we exchange a lot of words."
Laura smiled, "Additionally, Brother Hai shouldn't forget, you have rescued the Princess' life. I'm quite sure that it was because of this that Princess Lizzy came to like you."
At this time, a voice was suddenly heard from the door, "Right, it's because of that."
Zhao Hai and the others turned their heads towards the door and saw Charlie. The Third Prince was led by the servant to was guarding the door. The servant didn't announce Charlie's arrival therefore Zhao Hai and the others were unable to notice him.
Zhao Hai and the others immediately gave Charlie a salute, Charlie waved his hand and said, "I didn't make the servant announce my arrival. Little Hai, I came here today to talk to you about this decree."
Zhao Hai nodded and invited Charlie to sit down. After having a seat, Charlie looked at Zhao Hai and said, "Little Hai, I know that you have been hiding from Lizzy these past few days. However, Lizzy hasn't forgotten about you, she actually placed you in her heart. The imperial decree came about when Lizzy heard that you are getting married. She kneeled in front of father, the Emperor, saying that she wanted to marry you, and that she wouldn't marry anyone else."
Zhao Hai stared, then he smiled bitterly. He really didn't have anything to say. He only met Lizzy once, and when he sees her in a banquet, he would do his best to hide from her. With this, how could Lizzy actually have deep feelings for him?
Zhao Hai still didn't understand that since Lizzy was a nation's Princess, the plan succeeding would certainly make her lose her own dignity. Zhao Hai appearing and saving her made Lizzy's heart regard Zhao Hai very deeply. It had left her with a lasting impression of him.
Women are sometimes emotional beings. They believe in love at first sight more than men did. They liked romance and fantasy more, and they were also more likely to love blindly. There were previous occasions that women would fall in love with a man over a very small thing.
When Megan had thought that her life would end, Zhao Hai stepped in to save her. For Megan, this was very memorable. Because of this, Megan came to find herself having fallen in love with Zhao Hai. With the passing of time, this sentiment didn't decrease, conversely, it was getting stronger and stronger.
Therefore, when Lizzy heard that Zhao Hai was going to be married, her emotions defeated her reason. She immediately ran to the Emperor and kneeled. She asked the Emperor to bestow her to Zhao Hai, moreover she stated that she won't marry any other man.
Knowing about the beginning and the conclusion of this matter, the only thing that Zhao Hai can do was sigh. He didn't say anything, he understood that if he refused this decree, Lizzy might do something stupid. When that happens, his relationship with the Rosen Empire would go down the drain.
Regardless of whether or not Lizzy was indeed in love with him, refusing this bestowment would make Lizzy a laughingstock of the continent. When that happens, Lizzy would certainly be left with nothing to do. Also, since the Emperor heavily favored Lizzy, the Buda Clan would suffer an unfortunate fate. Not only the Buda Clan, the Calci Family, and the Crook Family would share the same fate.
Zhao Hai sighed and then forced a smile, "I initially thought that I wouldn't marry any other women after Laura and the others. Not only would I be fair to Laura and the others, I would also be fair to the other women, but I didn't expect Princess Lizzy to actually find favor towards me. God really won't leave me at peace. Your Highness, rest assured, this Zhao Hai would surely take the Princess as a wife and will treat her like Laura and the others. Right, Your Highness, we shall be married at Golden Island, and can you see to it that Princess Lizzy gets to Wild Dragon Castle? We still need to discuss about the marriage matters."
Charlie looked at Zhao Hai and smiled, "Alright, I shall tell this to father. But kid, you really are quite lucky. You're also going to be my brother-in-law in the future. Hahahaha."
Zhao Hai was speechless at Charlie's remark, he didn't think that Charlie would be thinking about such things. At this time, Green and the others were actually very happy. Zhao Hai had become the Rosen Emperor's son-in-law. For the Buda Clan, this was a very huge thing.
Green didn't even consider that Zhao Hai marrying the princess would heavily offend the other nobles. In Green's eyes, Zhao Hai already had enough status to deserve it. Even if the other nobles gets angry, they wouldn't be able to do anything. Among those who wanted to marry the princess, people who love her not for her status was very scarce.
So long as Lizzy gets married to Zhao Hai, the Buda Clan's strength, along with the help of the Calci Family, would certainly rise at a very short time. Even those who wanted to put down the Buda Clan would need to consider the consequences.
It must be said that Green was a native of Ark Continent. He knew that nobles wouldn't offend a strong power just because of a woman. They would certainly weigh the pros and cons of their actions.
When information about the Rosen Empire's wedding bestowment to Zhao Hai spread out, all the Nobles in the continent understood that the Buda Clan had just acquired a formidable backer. There were now a lesser amount of people who would dare to offend them.
At the same time, the Nobles also felt strange, especially those who knew Zhao Hai. They knew that Zhao Hai's appearance was very ordinary, so why would such beautiful women be throwing themselves at him? They didn't understand what about him that attracts women.
But no matter what, everybody knew that establishing a connection with the Buda Clan would certainly bring huge benefits.
In the past, Zhao Hai didn't make any invitations towards people who he didn't have any previous interactions with. But now, it seemed that he had to do so since he would have the princess as his bride.
Marriage was really troublesome, especially for people like Zhao Hai where a lot of things needed to be considered. One of these was the clothes that they need to wear. Zhao Hai really disliked what they wore in Ark Continent, because of this, he made the processing machine make the clothes worn back on earth. Even if they looked excessive, they were also much more elegant.
Laura and the others didn't say anything about their wedding dresses, naturally they also didn't expose it. Ark Continent still wasn't open to such a degree, but wonderful weddings were surely well regarded by the people of the continent.
As for the food and drinks, Zhao Hai prepared to do the same thing as banquets did back on earth. People who would come were certainly many, therefore, the food and drinks must be prepared well. Because of this, he had assigned ten Processing Machines to make the food and drinks.
The liquor that Zhao Hai had the Processing Machine made were red wine, white wine, and beer. Among these three liquors, only red wine was very common on the continent. The only white liquor on the continent was Zhao Hai's milk wine, and finally the beer was only something that a select few were able to drink.
In order to prepare for this wedding, Zhao Hai placed a huge capital on it. He not only made Cai'er make a Seven-colored castle, he also allocated the Processing Machines to the preparations. Almost everything that was going to be used for the wedding was made using the Processing Machine. Zhao Hai knew that with the current manpower of the Buda Clan, they wouldn't be able to finish everything in time. He also didn't want for Randolph to intervene. Therefore, he had no choice but use the Processing Machine.