C43 – As Expected You Have Lost Your Wits?
The two kept silent all the way until they saw the Wishing Tree. Zuo Shaoqing didn’t know how to open his mouth. He looked up at the red cloth strips hanging on the tree and asked: “Do you have a wish, Master Lu?”
Wishing? From when he could remember, he was either practicing martial arts or learning literature. At that time, he would think, if only one day you don’t need to learn these things, but ever since he entered the battlefield, he no longer had time to think about these useless things.
Even after the war was over, he didn’t seem to feel much more at ease. Instead, he was disgusted by the upcoming official battle.
Zuo Shaoqing did not expect him to answer and said to himself: “I do, when I was young my wish was to take my mother and leave the Zuo’s Mansion when I was growing up, and not to look at my mother’s face anymore, and live an unrestrained life. Later on, I became sensible and knew that this was simply a dream, I just hoped that one day I would get the title, and those people would not dare to bully us, mother and son. Descendants who did not know of Zuo Family could not participate in the Imperial examinations.”
“Do you know what my current wish is?” He blinked his eyes, took a step towards Lu Zheng, and thought to himself, “I hope that one day, I will have this strong man, and can firmly tie him to my side, even if he knows that this is just an idea more foolish than a fool’s dream.”
However, he was very clear that he wanted this man, even if their identities were as different as the clouds and mud.
However, he didn’t want to be male pet, who didn’t have anything to do with Lu Zheng. He also didn’t want to be stuck in the backyard for the rest of his life.
So he restrained himself, restrained the craving that grew crazily every day…
Lu Zheng looked at him without saying a word. Suddenly, he put his arm around Zuo Shaoqing’s waist and with a tap of his toes, he flew up with his men and landed on the highest branch of the Wishing Tree.
He took down a red cloth from the branch and handed it to Zuo Shaoqing. Then, he ordered, “Write it!”
“…” Zuo Shaoqing was still immersed in his shock and looked at the cloth strips fluttering in the wind in front of him with confusion.
“Write down your wishes!” Lu Zheng urged.
Zuo Shaoqing had mixed feelings. He took the cloth and stared at Lu Zheng’s chin. After a long while, he chuckled, “Why would Master Lu believe this? “It’s better to ask yourself than to beg others. There are so many wishes hanging on this tree, but how many of them have actually been fulfilled?”
“If I tell you to write, then write!” Lu Zheng was embarrassed. Actually, he regretted it the moment he stepped on the top of the tree. He didn’t understand why he would do such a childish action.
The curve of Zuo Shaoqing’s lips gradually widened and his eyes that were as black as ink were filled with laughter. He put his finger into his mouth and bit down hard. Then, he used his blood to write four words on the cloth.
Of course, he wasn’t so stupid as to write out the dirty thoughts buried deep in his heart, so Lu Zheng only saw the words “Golden Ranking”.
Although he felt that Zuo Shaoqing was a bit too persistent, but in his impression, this was how scholars fought for their entire lives for achievements, and they would never turn back unless they crashed into a wall.
The most despicable thing in the past had happened to Zuo Shaoqing, but he did not feel any revulsion for it. Lu Zheng was once again convinced that it was his own heart that was cheating him!
Zuo Shaoqing held Lu Zheng’s waist tightly with one hand and hung the piece of cloth on the branch with the other. Only after wrapping it a few times did he let go.
Lu Zheng jumped down from the tree with someone in his arms. He didn’t notice before, but now, he realized that the person in his arms was right next to his chest. He could wrap one arm around that slender waist.
Zuo Shaoqing put his ear close to his heart, listening to the rhythmic beating of his pulse. His broad and solid chest brought unprecedented warmth and security, making him unwilling to let go for a long time.
Only when the rhythm of his heartbeat gradually increased in speed did Zuo Shaoqing raise his head in surprise. Coincidentally, he met Lu Zheng’s pitch-black eyes with an unfathomable depth in them.
Startled, he let go of his hands and took a step back. He looked at his long hair that was being blown around by the wind and said, “More… Thank you, Master Lu!”
Lu Zheng answered with an “Ok”, then rubbed his hot palms behind his hands and turned around to leave.
Zuo Shaoqing followed and his gaze stopped at the tall and straight back. He frowned and compared the figure of his short and thin body with his own. Suddenly, he felt bitter in his mouth.
He remembered that when the two of them were stuck together just now, he only reached Lu Zheng’s chest. Even if he was growing up, he would at most reach Lu Zheng’s chin in a few years. As for Lu Zheng’s tough muscles, he didn’t even dare to think about it.
Zuo Shaoqing recalled the medical books he read and wanted to find one or two formulas that could increase his strength. At the same time, he made up his mind to let Nanny Liu cook soup for him every day when he got back.
Lu Zheng suddenly stopped his steps, Zuo Shaoqing lowered his head and bumped into him, “Mmm…”
Clutching his nose, he stared at his broad back, which was like a wall, and thought bitterly: Why did you grow so tall?
Lu Zheng did not care about his grudges and said: “I heard that someone within the Cao Sect used my seal to make a living.”
Zuo Shaoqing instantly straightened his back and tensed his nerves. After a short while, he replied with a serious expression, “My second uncle is in the delivery business.”
“So… You gave him this master’s letter?” Lu Zheng’s tone was light, making it hard for people to tell what he was thinking.
Zuo Shaoqing thought about it for a while and felt that it was unlikely for Lu Zheng to be angry with him, “Master Lu’s letter is too precious, I don’t know where to use it for a while, coincidentally, Second Uncle’s business is in trouble, so I sent it to him for help.”
“Oh? Then you didn’t take the opportunity to get any benefits?”
Zuo Shaoqing was relieved. He knew Lu Zheng wasn’t going to pursue this matter further, so he bravely said, “Second Uncle gave the Fang Family 30% of the profits, so I couldn’t refuse him…”
Zuo Shaoqing looked up in surprise. He blinked his eyes and said with a pure face, “We are all family. I don’t care about these things.” Looks like I need to have a good talk with Second Uncle when I get back. No one dislikes money, right?
“Go back and tell him that he is not allowed to cross the South Wai River. Only thirty percent is allowed. Do he still want to eat it from the north to the south?”
Zuo Shaoqing rolled his eyes and instantly thought of a solution. He probed: “Is Master Lu interested in the business of kaleidoscope?”
As far as he knew, there was an important official standing behind the Cao Sect. As for who it was, he wasn’t sure. If Lu Zheng wanted to fight over this piece of profit, as long as the other party wasn’t the current emperor, he would definitely give it up.
This was a great opportunity. If he could get on Lu Zheng’s ship, his backer would definitely be there. Naturally, his money would come rolling in.
Furthermore, he also thought about one thing. If his financial strength was enough to suppress Zuo Family, perhaps… He could let Mrs. Xue and her son drink in the northwest wind.
This was a pretty good idea. Zuo Shaoqing was happy inside, but he didn’t show it on the surface.
Lu Zheng had been fighting at the border for many years, so he didn’t have much interest in the business of his family. However, when he saw Zuo Shaoqing’s bright eyes, he unexpectedly nodded.
He did have the intention to subdue Cao Sect, but what he had his eyes on were the people from the gangs that had Cao Sect spread throughout the north and south. With these people, there were many things that did not require him to dispatch the secret guards of the Duke Palaces, which was a very good intelligence network.
Since he wanted to subdue Cao Sect, he decided that he might as well take charge of the business and find a suitable person to manage it.
Thinking about that, the way he looked at Zuo Shaoqing seemed to be a bit hesitant.
Zuo Shaoqing didn’t know what he was thinking. He opened his eyes and lied, “I have a date with Second Uncle tonight. How about Master Lu?”
Lu Zheng immediately realized that the person who knew how to do business was Zuo Yunyang and it had nothing to do with Zuo Shaoqing. He actually wanted a scholar to help him manage his business.