Chapter 083 Prostitute
Gu Shenwei reminded himself that he was in the southern Jade City. It might have been a common thing for a teenager to murder someone by hiring a killer, but he didn’t want to show his ignorance so he kept his composure calm. However,he also didn’t want to accept the offer as his purpose for being a killer was not for money.
“You're looking for the wrong person. I’m not a killer.”
Xu Xiaoyi’s eager eyes revealed a trace of disappointment, which immediately exposed his naivety.
“You name a price, I pay you the money. I have lots of money, seriously, I can pay you half in advance.”
“I already told you. I’m not a killer.”
Xu Xiaoyi hung his head in dismay like a kid who never received his new year gift.
“I thought you could help, you know. This was probably the only chance for me and my sister to escape from the misery.”
“You have a sister?”
“Yes, I have an elder sister. To tell you the truth, I’m a thief, and my sister is a … prostitute. We didn't choose these jobs out of our free will. That man forces us into desperate measures by beating us if we can’t hand in some silver everyday. If I had a choice, I would learn and do anything else, whether it be civil or military. My elder sister should be living in the northern Jade City like a rich family's miss, learning some needlework and not doing what she is now. Honestly, even if I continue working as a thief, she should be able to marry a good guy, like an exiled noble. She has such a good personality, and is also pretty and gentle. I don’t understand why the heavens are so unfair to her.”
Xu Xiaoyi reminded Gu Shenwei of his own sister Gu Tsuilan. However, he knew that the heavens were even more unfair to her.
“How much money do you have?”
“Err, I don’t know. This is my first time hiring a killer. What’s the usual price for this?”
Gu Shenwei had experienced the cruellest slaughter at Golden Roc Castle and could deduce possible ambushes from a single blade of grass. He had also schemed against adults with evil intentions and was deeply suspicious towards everyone. But, he had never dealt with a street rat before, especially one as pathetic as this hooligan, who was desperately seeking help.
“One hundred liang.”
Lotus once offered 100 liang to bribe the overseer at Lian Huo Yuan to arrange Liuhua as Servant Huan’s opponent. Going off of that, Gu Shenwei guessed that this would be the price of someone’s life.
Xu Xiaoyi revealed a reluctant expression but he didn’t bargain.
“OK, I’ll pay you 50 liang now, give you another 50 after it’s done.”
“Tell me about that man.”
“The one who forced you and your sister into your current state.”
“This is not a good place to talk, follow me.”
Gu Shenwei himself didn’t understand why he accepted this inexplicable ‘business’. His matter with his Master was not done yet, so no matter what, it was better not to cause trouble. Additionally, this teenager appeared to be too scheming to be dependable.
The only reason why Gu Shenwei agreed to do the job was because he was moved by the bit of emotion Xu Xiaoyi had shown when he mentioned his sister.
He stood up and followed the teenager to leave the tavern, thinking about Tie Hanfeng and how he would treat this matter. Since his Master hadn't revealed his true intentions yet, Gu Shenwei decided that he might as well try to provoke a reaction out of his Master.
The sheath was brand new and black-lacquered, what was inside was a counterfeit sabre in the style of Golden Roc Castle.The sabre was roughly built as it was slightly lighter, and the tip of the blade was curved.
Gu Shenwei gave back the sheath to Xu Xiaoyi and let him take it away. He himself held the copy sabre and walked upstairs with Xu Yanwei.
The bedroom was decorated the same as downstairs. The door was hung with a curtain, which Gu Shenwei pulled aside and hid behind. If everything worked as planned, this bodyguard would stand in the doorway and be the target Gu Shenwei attacked first.
After the preparation was done, the two in the bedroom suddenly felt very embarrassed.
Although Gu Shenwei was only 15 years-old, he had a serious and gloomy disposition and looked 3 or 4 years older than his real age.Combined with the fact that the only teenagers Xu Yanwei had ever interacted with were her little brother, and brothel guests, she became very embarrassed. She appeared to be fidgety, glancing at Gu Shenwei’s position now and then, then quickly lowering her head, pretending to flatten her hemline which was already very tidy.
Gu Shenwei also felt uneasy. He didn’t know what a prostitute should be like, but he definitely didn’t expect one to be so shy and timid. Xu Yanwei’s eyes were tearful and evasive, and totally incompatible with the word ‘prostitute’.
“You should pretend that I’m not here. Otherwise, they'll become suspicious,” Gu Shenwei reminded.
He still had to hide for a while here and couldn’t bear the prying eyes anymore.
Xu Yanwei quietly agreed and did what she normally did when she was alone in the bedroom: take off all her clothes.
Clothes in the sense that she was just wearing a gorgeous robe with nothing on inside.
Although they were separated by a curtain and Gu Shenwei could only see a vague figure, he still immediately turned around as his heart thumped. He also felt for the first time that perhaps this Xu Yanwei wasn’t as gentle and timid as she seemed to be.
Xu Yanwei had already got on the bed and slept before Gu Shenwei turned around again as daytime was her resting time.
He wiped the sweat as it oozed from his palms, gripping the hilt again and staring into the empty space at the doorway from behind the curtain, quickly calming himself down.
Xu Yanwei’s breath was quiet and long, as if she had really fallen asleep and as if even 100 men hiding in the room would not disturb her rest.
Big Belly Buddha pounded upstairs to declare his arrival. He was still outside the door but his loud voice already rang, “My girl, what presents have you prepared for Big Daddy?”
Big Belly Buddha came inside. He was like a oversized ball and frequently wiped his sweat off with a scarf as if it was still summer time. Behind him followed a middle-aged man in his early 30s. Tall and unshaven, he gave off a similar feel to the robbers that Gu Shenwei had seen before with his unwashed face.
Big Belly Buddha directly walked to the bed while the bodyguard leaned against the doorframe and looked at the woman in the bed with obscene eyes. Between him and the hidden killer was just a curtain.
The bodyguard’s eyes greedily settled on the woman’s white arms. As he did so, his body unconsciously bent forward, causing his back to press against the curtain and stop less than one inch from the tip of the sabre.