Chapter 3 Buying with force
Aside from being comfortable, Bai Fu Ling’s carriage was not like what outsiders might have thought. It was not luxurious and layered with gold. The most special thing about the carriage was that there were many small hidden mechanisms. The carriage also had a unique design. It would let people work freely and rest comfortably inside. For example, in the front of the carriage, beneath the driver’s seat, there was a diagonal ice tank which had a vent. While the carriage moved, wind poured from those small openings to the inside of the carriage, letting the chill from the ice come inside. The people sitting inside wouldn’t feel the heat of the outside. Even the coachman would feel cooling.
Bai Fu Ling was now half lying inside the carriage. She was counting the thick pile of slave contracts while murmuring: “With these, it’s a total of eight thousand six hundred ninety-nine. With the one from today, it’s a total of eight thousand seven hundred. There’s still short of one thousand three hundred…there’s still three years…it should be more than sufficient.”
The carriage quickly reached their destination on the east alley. Bai Shang Lu and Bai Shi San jumped from their horses. Four guards stepped forward to help the maids down the white camels. The other three went with Bai Shi San and knocked hard on the door of a broken wooden cottage.
Nearby the carriage, they were surrounded by a bunch of people watching with twinkling eyes. One said while speculating: “Hey? Isn’t this scholar Li’s home? Can it be that miss Bai has set her eyes on his wife madam Huang?”
The four maids beside the carriage began to work. One of them took out a wooden and funny looking chair from the saddle bag on the camel. Another came with a silk umbrella. Another pulled out a small wooden ladder under the door the carriage. The last one pulled the curtain, reached out her hand and helped Bai Fu Ling come down from the carriage.
All eyes involuntarily concentrated on door. Some couldn’t help but make sounds of swallowing. All of Bei Guan City knew that miss Bai is a rare stunning beauty!
A small white hand stuck out from the door. Then, a green silk sleeve came into view. Under the sun that hand seemed translucent like a white jade. There wasn’t any traces of fine line or pores. It seemed boneless while it was put on the maid’s hand. Exquisitely carved, indescribably beautiful.
The not even fifteen-year-old Bai Fu Ling still looked somewhat like a child. There was a bright red birthmark in the space between her eyebrows. She looked like the daughter of the Jade Emperor of the legends. So beautiful that she didn’t seem like an earthly human.
For a moment Bai Fu Ling couldn’t get used to the sunlight. Her narrowed eyes slowly opened. The people felt that that clean and dark pair of eyes was looking at them.
The maid who helped her, Bai Guo neatly sat her (BFL) on the already prepared seat. Then she began to fan her (BFL).
The maids had been well-trained and they had the looks and the aura. They were not lesser compared to the ladies from the capital. They were even a little more graceful than them. Around them were so many people but they were still very calm and composed as if next to them were only dogs and chickens. But ladies wouldn’t be like them and show their faces in public.
Bai Fu Ling didn’t mind in the slightest bit about being surrounded by onlookers under such circumstances. She was such a rare beauty. Why was there the need to be afraid to let people look at her? Standing out was to beautify the environment plus she had never done a good deed without leaving her name. Today she was doing such good deed. The more people witnessed it, the better!
She was now only concerned about one thing. She didn’t know if that competent and capable Huang shi that Bai Ping mentioned was really that good. Otherwise, it would really be a loss that she came out in this scorching sun to ‘pick up people’. With her fame, everyone knew that she, Bai Fu Ling only snatches handsome men and beautiful women.
- Shi: clan
At that side, Bai Shi San knocked on the door for quite a while. The door finally opened before a crunching sound from almost collapsing. A skinny scholar dressed in green yellow clothes opened the door. Seeing so many people outside, he was immediately startled. Not waiting for him to speak, he had been grabbed by Bai Shi San at his collar and dragged to the front of the carriage.
The scholar looked up just to see the fairy like Bai Fu Ling not far away, sitting under an umbrella. His eyes lightened and he stared in daze.
Bai Shang Lu took two steps and blocked his line of sight. He looked at the scholar from the top to the bottom. His eyes showed some contempt. He took out a paper and asked: “You are Li Duan Fang? Huang shi is your wife?”
Scholar Li looked somewhat jealous the handsome face of a young man under the bright light in front of him. He cursed in his heart: He is but a slave, putting such an air, bah!
But his mouth didn’t dare to neglect and softly said: “Yes, yes….”
Bai Shang Lu nodded: “My master wants to buy your wife Huang shi as a servant. The price is ten liang. This is the slave contract. You can sign it.”
- Liang: ancient Chinese currency
Scholar Li was somewhat taken aback and said stuttering: “This, this little scholar, didn’t, didn’t say that I want to sell my wife, ah.”
Before Bai Shang Lu said something, Bai Shi San already approached and gave the scholar a punch in his stomach. Scholar Li was beaten on spot, he held his stomach, curled on the ground and screamed in pain.
“My master wants to buy, even if you don’t want to sell, you still have to sell! Or is it that you don’t want to drink wine of a toast but want to drink wine of a punishment?”
Bai Shi San played with his big hand with an extraordinary enthusiasm. No wonder Bai Fu Ling liked to bring him every time she went to snatch people. They were truly partners in vile habits!
With Bai Shi San’s vicious strength plus the seven same dressed ‘thugs’ next to him, only a fool would come out and try to be courageous. Besides, those people from other towns didn’t believe that the beautiful like a fairy miss Bai will condone her underlings to do evil.
The subsequent development was completely contrary to their expectations. Bai Fu Ling didn’t even blink her eyes, not to mention restraining her underlings. Two of her maids escorted by two guards broke into that broken cottage of scholar Li. In a blink of an eye, they brought out a timid but beautiful young wife out.