Chapter 11, Entering Windgaze City
Zhuo Fan understood her and quickly said, “Now that we no longer have Steward Sun breathing down our necks, what does young miss intend to do next?”
“Uh, we were planning on seeking shelter at Cai Manor!” Captain Pang spoke before she could.
This captain of the guards no longer treated Zhuo Fan as a common servant, but of equal status.
“You should know that Cai clan’s young master has a marriage agreement with young miss.”
“Hmm, Windgaze City’s Cai clan?”
Zhuo Fan rubbed his chin, nodding.
According to this body’s memories, Cai clan was the best clan in the Windgaze City, of the same power as Luo clan. If he could hand over the Luo siblings to them, then the grudge would be settled and his heart demon lightened. Maybe it could even be dispelled.
Zhuo Fan nodded at this thought, “Alright, let’s go to the Cai clan.”
But not before he took one last look at Blackwind Mountain, mumbling, “I’ll be back.”
At the same time, in a dark cave atop Blackwind Mountain, a malevolent youth was on a large seat. His eyes were filled with cruelty as they flicked to his subordinate, “Any news of Steward Sun?”
“R-reporting to young lord, Steward Sun said he’d soon have the martial art.” The bandit was shaking like a leaf, fearing to even meet the youth’s eyes.
“Yes!” The bandit wiped the sweat from his head, not lingering one moment more if he could help it, from fear of being eaten.
The youth rose and moved behind the cover placed at the back of his seat. An old man laid there, glaring with fury at him. His lips trembled but no words came out.
The youth patted the man’s hand with a smile, “Master, be at ease, your friend left first and is waiting for you. Once Returning Dragon Palm arrives, I will reunite you two old friends.”
The old man’s eyes were bloodshot at this, as if wanting to eat him alive. Despite the constant trembling, he could do nothing else.
In response, the youth’s savage and vicious laughter echoed throughout the cave…
Windgaze City was the largest city in a hundred miles and a ten day-journey from the Luo clan. From fear of other bandits pursuing them, Zhuo Fan and the others sped up and reached it in five.
Once inside, the bustling of the city assaulted them while also bringing some comfort. All the tension accumulated over these past days seemed to seep from them.
Now that she was finally around other people, Luo Yunchang’s strained face finally revealed a smile.
“Yunhai, look there!” pulling his hand, she pointed at a juggling stall.
Captain Pang was happy to know the fall of the young miss’ clan didn’t put a damper on her spirits, “Brother Zhuo Fan, I seem to recall you never came to Windgaze City.”
Zhuo Fan just nodded.
Captain Pang was stunned at that.
Windgaze City’s bustle was famous around these parts. He recalled the last time he came here and was so excited he couldn’t sleep for three nights. Why was it that a home grown kid who never saw the flourishing city didn’t even flinch?
Of course, how could he know? In Zhuo Fan’s eyes, this place was no different than a village.
“Old Pang, is Cai clan far from here?” Sharing hardships brought them closer and even started calling each other brothers.
Luo Yunchang spoke before Captain Pang could, “We don’t need to go so quickly. I and Yunhai must make an official visit first, then I will come see you. Stay at a tavern in the meantime.”
“So annoying!” frowned Zhuo Fan.
With a bitter smile, Captain Pang just shrugged, “Can’t be helped. There’s no one rushing us now. If we go there now, they will laugh at us for not showing propriety.”
“Fine, you go first.” Zhuo Fan sighted, but nodded.
As long as the siblings were safe and he gained his freedom, waiting for a bit more wouldn’t hurt.
After five days of silence, someone couldn’t restrain their temper and began running his mouth.
“Humph, stinky slave. Windgaze City is my sister’s domain. Just you wait, see how I’ll deal with you.” Luo Yunhai crossed his arms and flared his nostrils, becoming the same old impertinent young master from before.
He didn’t get to enjoy it though, as Zhuo Fan delivered a healthy kick to his rear. He flew a meter and landed on his face.
“No need to wait, let’s settle this now.”
Luo Yunchang rushed to help her brother and glared at Zhuo Fan, “Why do you always pick on a child?”
“It’s your brother who needs a spanking.”
Zhuo Fan shot her a look then waved, “Go already. After you settle in, if you still look at me with such discontent, I will not hesitate to leave you.”
Luo Yunchang snorted and left while hugging her brother.
Luo Yunhai rested his head on her shoulder, face red as if choking but not daring to make a peep.
Even a child like him understood the two siblings had no power in the forest and suffered at the hands of that despicable and dastardly servant. But now that they were in Windgaze City, his sister’s turf, it didn’t seem to make much difference. [Why am I getting beaten by that damn slave again?]
[Does this slave fear not even Heaven and Earth?] Luo Yunhai never saw anyone like him in the Luo clan.
Captain Pang watched this unfold with shock to say the least, as his eyes were close to popping.
Not even he knew Zhuo Fan was so daring and impertinent that he’d beat up the young master right in front of young miss. Yet she did not make a complaint nor retaliate.
Young miss dotted on her brother, never once being harsh with him. Yet Zhuo Fan trampled over young master with no regard to her with uncanny ease and skill.
Now he understood why young master looked at Zhuo Fan like a mouse eyeing a cat.
Wiping the sweat off his forehead, Captain Pang said, “Brother Zhuo Fan, young master is your lord. If not out of respect for the young miss, do it out of respect for her husband. How could you kick him?”
Zhuo Fan laughed then shrugged. No one was a lord in his eyes. Everything he did was to remove the heart demon.