Chapter 103: Drawing ballots
On the other hand, Le Yao Yao was feeling the complete opposite of Nangong Jun Xi.
This was the first time she had dressed as a woman. Although she wasn't wearing any powder or eyebrow liner, and had no jewelleries on her head, she was secretly delighted that so many people were staring at her admiringly.
After all, everyone wanted to look good! She was a woman, so she was definitely no exception!
So now, Le Yao Yao had a splendid smile on her face.
Seeing Le Yao Yao's blossoming smile, Nangong Jun Xi felt very bewildered.
How could he smile so happily while pretending to be a woman?!? It's like he found gold. Was this the difference between those who had their birds chopped off and those who don't?
Le Yao Yao had no idea that those were Nangong Jun Xi's thoughts. If she knew, she would definitely refute back with, "Chopped bird? You're the one with the chopped bird! Your whole family have their birds chopped!!"
By the time that Le Yao Yao and Nangong Jun Xi had arrived at the site of the talent show, it was already packed with people.
Although lately the scooped heart mystery had frightened the entire Capital, it didn't affect everyone's current mood.
This year, there were still many commoners who came to watch the performances.
As far as the eye can see, there was a stage at this wide public square. The stage was built for the contestants to perform.
Beneath the stage were rows of stools.
On the first row, there was a long table filled with light refreshments. It was where the judging panel members were sitting.
All the seats behind were for the ordinary people to enjoy the show.
On the side of the public square were many stalls trying to get some business. The owners were constantly yelling to attract the attention of potential customers.
Seeing the continuous flow of people and how extravagant the whole event was, it was even more dramatic than her school performance from the 21st century.
"Could it be you're afraid because you've never participated in something so extravagant?" The 7th Prince asked.
It wasn't strange for the 7th Prince to think this way. After all, in his eyes, Le Yao Yao was a child from a poor background. He had never experienced the world. If "he" were to go on stage, he would definitely experience stage fright.
Of course, that's the 7th Prince's opinion.
Although there were many people and it was an extravagant show, Le Yao Yao was happy. She wasn't nervous at all!
"Scared? Although servant is merely a little eunuch, servant doesn't have stage fright. So there is no need for you to be concern, 7th Prince. Also, don't forget our bet!"
From a distance, Nangong Jun Xi could see all the fake maidens shivering from nervousness. Yet, he couldn't detect any fear from Le Yao Yao. On the contrary, he looked like he was looking forward to it?
"Haha. I'm glad you don't have stage fright. This Prince doesn't want to win so easily!"
"Haha. Same to you. Although servant may not be able to compete with 7th Prince's respectable status, servant has an advantage due to hard work and perseverance. This servant is determined to win!"
Le Yao Yao gave the 7th Prince a brilliant smile, but her words had a hidden meaning.
She was basically saying that aside from their status difference, she was on par with him.
So, she must try her best to get 1st place in this competition!
After all, the prize was generous and if she wins, she could rub it in Nangong Jun Xi's face! It was hitting two birds with one stone!
Thinking of this, Le Yao Yao reacted as if she had been injected with chicken blood. Her blood was surging.
In previous years, due to the huge number of contestants, the maidens would draw a ballot to determine when they would be performing. Some would be chosen to perform on the first day, while some would be chosen to perform on the second day.
But this year, there were very few contestants. There were only ten maidens and thirty maidens that weren't actually "women".
So, this year, it will only take a day to go through all the performances.
But this year, the rewards were extremely generous. As long as it's a contestant, regardless of whether they win or not, they will get to go on a free cruise to the West Lake on the second day.
So all contestants will have accommodations provided for the night of to allow them to get a good rest before the trip.
Although many were tempted by the rewards this year, there were still very few maidens that participated. After all, their lives were more important!
Deep down, Le Yao Yao knew that the West Lake cruise was only an excuse to get all the maidens gathered together. It was a trap to lure the evil cult.
Right now, Le Yao Yao had gathered along with the other participants as they each drew a ballot. The performances will be following a numerical sequence.
Since there were only 40 participants this year, the drawing process finished very quickly. Le Yao Yao drew the number 18, while Nangong Jun Xi was 17.
Looking at the number he had drawn, Nangong Jun Xi's mouth curved into a smile. "Haha, we're brought together by fate. Even our numbers are so close to each other. Except, I'm performing before you. After my performance, I hope you won't be so shock that you'll give up!"
Le Yao Yao knew Nangong Jun Xi was purposely trying to provoke her. He deliberately wanted to make her angry.
But the more he wanted her to be angry, the more happier she will act!
So, Le Yao Yao gave the 7th Prince a captivating smile. "Haha, 7th Prince. Servant will admit to anything, but servant will never admit to defeat!"
"Oh? You're so good with your words and your mouth is so tough. Alright! This Prince will make sure you will embrace your defeat wholeheartedly!"
"Then we'll see who has better skills!"
The talent show that all the audience were anticipating finally started.
However, this year, the performances were much worse than previous years. In fact, they could be described as a joke.
After all, out of the 40 contestants, only 10 were actually real maidens. If we include Le Yao Yao, that's 11.
Of course, no one else knew she was a female.
Generally, the 10 maidens had relatively average talents. Although they were typical, they were passable.
Yet, the eunuchs that were pretending to be maidens were terrible. After all, they came from very poor backgrounds. Ever since they were little, they had only done hard labour. Obviously they had no talents. So, on stage, their shameful performances were exposed.
Although the audiences didn't question those eunuch's sexes, their terrible performances unleashed a lot of boos and hisses amongst the crowd. Sometimes, the audience will burst from laughter in a condescending manner.
Gradually, after a dozen performances or so, the audience felt like there was nothing worth seeing. So people began to leave because they no longer wanted to waste time to watch shitty performances.
Until, all of a sudden, an extremely tall beauty came out. Instantly, the crowd held onto the breath –