Chapter 7 The hall of hundred businesses (a)
In the night of Jinling, there was no such noise as during the daytime. But there were music and songs. A drunk man leaned on the window of Taibai Building and looked at the bright moon in the sky. But his dressing was too shabby that no one cared about him.
"We are to close. It's time for you to leave!" The waiters in Taibai Builidng was impatient. This was the last customer who only drank wine. Of course they wanted to get rid of him.
"Oh, time to close." The drunk man murmurded. He pulled out several coins to the table and said to the waiters, "You can keep the change."
Just as he was walking outside, the waiters grabbed him. They threw the coins onto his face and said, "You have drunk 1.5 kg wine. These few coins were not even 1/10 of what you owe."
"I…I don't have any more money." The drunk guy was trying to escape.
"No money?" The waiter slapped at him, "Why didn't you check who owns the Taibai Building!"
"Who owns it?" The drunk guy struggled up but was knocked down by another waiter.
"This belongs to the hall of hundred businesses. Du Xiaoshan is our host!" The waiter yelled.
"Who is Du Xiaoshan? What is the hall of hundred businesses?" The drunk guy was confused.
The waiters searched all over the drunk guy but couldn't find anything. They had to follow the old rule to beat him down and threw him out of Taibai Building.
The drunk guy laid on the ground, struggling up. He saw a pair of pink boots in front of him. He looked up, it was a black man.
"Is it worth it to be beaten like this for some wine?" The man said. But the drunk guy pushed the man away and said, "I'm happy!"
The black man said to the drunk man, "How about I treat you wines?"
"That's great!" The drunk guy was excited again after hearing there's wine. But he was too tired to get up. He kept saying, "If you treat me wine, I can call you father."
The black man helped the drunk guy stand up and smiled, "There's always drink friends! Let's go! I will treat you!"
In front of wine stall, the drunk guy took in three bowls of wine. The black man then smiled and asked, "May I know your name?"
The drunk guy said, "It's just a treat of wine. Why do you ask for so much?"
The big black man smiled and bowed, "I am Shen Beixiong. I like to make friends with all kinds of people. I can tell from your accent that you are from the Shu area. Do you have any connection with Tang Men?"
The drunk guy had an alert look and said, "I am a poor man. How do I dare to connect with big family?"
Shen was not surprised that the drunk man didn't react to his name. Though his name was big in the business world in Jinling, it was rare for ordinary citizens to hear his name. Shen continued, "How about Prince Xiang? Do you have any connection with him?"
"I don't know them at all." The drunk man stood up and was ready to leave. But Shen pressed him down. He could not struggle under Shen Beixiong.
"Don't tell me you have no connection with Prince Xiang. If so, why do you follow him?" Shen smiled. The drunk man was a bit nervous but he pretended to be calm, "I don't know what you are talking about."
"You don't know?" Shen released him and said, "As far as I know, Prince Xiang had committed a big crime in Bazhong years ago. He made the first family Ye lost all their wealth. The Ye family had a long history with Tang Men. It was said that only the second son from the Ye family survived."
"Is it? What does it have to do with me?" The drunk man took up the bowl and started drinking again.
Shen Beixiong laughed and lifted his bowl, "Yeah. This has nothing do to with us. I only like to make friends with people, especially with those who had been tortured by Prince Xiang."
"I don't like to make friends." The drunk man said, "But I make friends with people who treat me wine."
"Sure, no problem." Shen said. A black figure showed up in front of him. Shen told the figure, "Go get a ride to take this man to our place."
After the black figure left, another capable old man came in front of Shen and said to his ears, "We encountered some trouble in the west of the town. That was the area controlled by the hall of hundred businesses."
Shen frowned and said, "We don't have much time left. Hurry up. I will go to meet Du Xiaoshan now. Without his support, we will achieve nothing." Then he turned to smile at the drunk guy, "Please follow my man to my place. Tomorrow I will treat you more wine!"
Then several men in black came to Shen and Shen ordered, "Take good care of this young man for me." After that, Shen took manager Bai with him and headed towards the west of the town.
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