43.2 The Whore’s Secret
Nian Bing looked at Ru Yi’s gradually cooling expression. He felt that something was not right. “I’m a chef.”
“A chef? You’re just a chef? I have observed many people, but I have never seen a chef with such qualities like you. You are young, not well-learned, and even ran to a brothel to fool around. I can’t see you as a good thing.” When she said that last part, her voice had already become cold and severe.
Nian Bing wrinkled his brows and said, “Why is visiting a brothel not a good thing?”
Ru Yi said contemptuously, “All men use their lower bodies to think. Didn’t you come here to vent your desires on women’s bodies? When do you regard women like us as people? Though you look good, you have a gilded exterior that is ruined on the inside.”
Until now, Nian Bing hadn’t understood the true meaning of a brothel. He was sweating on the inside! He hurried to defend himself, “Miss Ru Yi, please don’t misunderstand.”
Ru Yi stood up with a cold smile. “Misunderstand? What have I misunderstood? Men like you don’t know how many women have been hurt because of your actions.”
Nian Bing’s gaze turned cold. “Miss Ru Yi, there seems to be no enmity between us. Why are you targeting me so? So what if I came to the brothel to do those sort of things? You should attend me; you aren’t here to curse me.”
Ru Yi’s smile grew even colder. “Attend you? A filthy person like you wants to touch me?”
“Since it’s like that, I will leave.” Once he knew the true purpose of a whorehouse, Nian Bing couldn’t put up with himself with staying at this kind of place, although, he would seize any opportunity to leave Xue Jing. He didn’t know much about matters between men and women. He also didn’t look down on whores, but he just felt that these kind of things were inappropriate. Standing up, he was about to leave when he felt a wave of dizziness hit him and sat back down unconsciously.
“You still want to go?” Ru Yi looked at Nian Bing coldly.
“Poison?” Nian Bing suddenly understood. He subconsciously wanted to activate the trigger magic scrolls on him, but had no way of concentrating his spirit. “Miss Ru Yi, there is no hatred between me and you, so why did you harm me?”
Ru Yi smiled. “Wait until you go to hell; you can ask them there.”
Nian Bing’s mind became fuzzier and fuzzier, until finally, he could not maintain his consciousness.
“Big Sis, what happened to you today?” A vigorous figure leaped out from the inner room. It was a girl who was full of vitality and looked somewhat similar to Ru Yi, except with more a more heroic spirit. She glanced at Nian Bing. “It seems that this is only an ordinary guest! Why did you drug him? How will you deal with this?”
Ru Yi said indifferently, “Ru Meng, take him outside the city and kill him. Make sure it is done cleanly.”
“BIg Sis, have you gone crazy? The organization strictly ordered you not to randomly kill people. Don’t kill targets without any reward. You are…” Ru Meng was scared silent by Ru Yi.
Ru Yi’s gaze was like an icicle as it swept over Ru Meng. She said, “I was just removing a blight for the people. How is it wrong? You see this person, though he has a pretty face, came to the brothel to fool around. He looks to be no older than twenty. If you let people like this live in the world, how many girls will be hurt by him in the future? Did you forget when I was tricked? Don’t hold back just because he is handsome. In fact, that’s all the more reason to kill him.” Having said this, an overflowing hatred appeared in his eyes. Her whole body seemed to be trembling slightly, her hysterical feelings making Ru Meng visibly fearful.
“Go, you know what to do. I naturally have a way to deal with the bawd1.” Ru Yi hatefully glared at Nian Bing and flapped her hand at Ru Meng.
Ru Meng did not say anymore. She gripped Nian Bing’s clothes and easily hoisted him onto her shoulders without much effort. Opening the window, she leaped out like a nimble cat. Within a blink of the eyes, she had disappeared from sight.
Looking at Ru Meng’s departing figure, Ru Yi’s eyes exuded a hazy expression. “ All men are bad people. A handsome man brings disaster to the world. If I see one I will kill him. Killing a handsome man will help women live better.”
Ice Orchid City was a very business-oriented city. Although it was situated on the border between two countries, they didn’t even close its gates at night. Ru Meng stealthily carried Nian Bing’s body out of the city. Very soon, she reached an isolated, silent forest and set him on the ground.
“I really have to kill this person? He doesn’t have any qi aura; he is just an ordinary person. Big Sister, really. We can’t kill the innocent! Never mind, anyway, he is just an ordinary person. I’ll just explain to him that he has to get away from here. The continent is big, so Big Sister will not see him again. En, he does look very handsome, even more handsome then Big Sis’s husband. I don’t blame Big Sis for having such a big reaction today.” Having said this, Ru Meng, could only helplessly shake her head. She took out a porcelain bottle from her chest and fed a medicine pellet into his mouth.
Even though she didn’t know it, her good disposition actually saved her life. Although Nian Bing was lacking in scrolls, he had brought four trigger magic scrolls with him as defense. The strongest one was a rank 6. If Ru Meng had truly tried to kill him, the magic scrolls would sense that Nian Bing’s life was threatened and would have automatically activated and with Ru Meng’s current ability, she wouldn’t have the ability to dodge it.
His body coldly shivered as Nian Bing awoke. “En? Where is this?” The dark surroundings had put him on guard. His mind immediately went to the scrolls he was carrying and prepared himself to respond to danger at any time.
“Sir, I am truly sorry.”
Hearing Ru Meng’s voice, Nian Bing discovered that there was someone next to him. He quickly stood up, and retreated backwards several steps to maintain a distance between him and Ru Meng. He immediately mistook Ru Meng as her sister because they looked 60-70 percent similar to each other. “Miss Ru Yi, where is this? Why did you bring me here?”
Ru Meng said apologetically, “Sir, I am not Ru Yi. She is my Big Sister. I am Ru Meng. I am very sorry for what had happened today.”
After careful scrutiny, Nian Bing saw that Ru Meng was indeed different from Ru Yi. Ru Meng was a bit thinner and taller than Ru Yi. “Miss Ru Meng? I want to know what had happened.”
Ru Meng was somewhat surprised. To be exposed to such weird circumstances and not panic, the handsome man in front of her was not as ordinary as she had said. “Sir, do not be mistaken, it’s like this. My Big Sister works in the whorehouse for a reason. I cannot tell you the specifics, but she is not the kind of woman that you think she is. Big Sister has borne a serious trauma, so she reacts pretty extremely. Sir, here is a little money. You should quickly leave this place and not return to Ice Orchid City.” After she finished talking, she threw a few gold coins to Nian Bing.
Looking at the simple girl in front of him, Nian Bing responded cooly, “Miss Ru Yi inexplicably drugged me, and you won’t explain to me what happened clearly. Don’t tell me that Ice Orchid City is your house? How will you prevent me from returning?”
Ru Meng’s eyebrows creased. “You, how could you have such a terrible brain. Could it be that you want to die?”
“Die? Your Big Sister wants to kill me? There is no enmity between the two of us, so why would she want to kill me?” Nian Bing harbored suspicion, while at the same time, he was internally cursing his carelessness to be so easily dealt with.
Ru Meng spoke helplessly, “I cannot speak of Big Sister’s matters. Anyways, this is as much as I can do. If you want to go back to the city, I cannot save you. For your own life, you should not return.” After saying that, she nagged Nian Bing no more. Her body suddenly sparkled and she disappeared from Nian Bing’s sight.
Nian Bing was left standing there, his mind filled with all kinds of thoughts. Ru Yi, Ru Meng, these two names kept popping up in his head. In the end, what was even going on? He was really unlucky to go there. It seemed that he had not done anything wrong! However, he was teased so, and almost lost his life. How could things be resolved like this? No! At the very least he had to find out what was really going on.
At once he thought of the space ring, the space system magic element rotated around Nian Bing’s finger. The space ring emitted its usual silver light, and a black gown appeared followed by a strange skull mask that silently appeared on top of the robe. Nian Bing put on the mask and then covered his body, including his head, with the black gown like a cloak. It concealed his easily recognizable golden hair. “Finally! I can use this identity again. I really did not think that I would need to use it because of a whorehouse.”
“Mighty Ice and Snow Goddess! Please, lend me your anger to send me onto the opposite bank. –Snowstorm.” As a blue light gathered around Nian Bing, the surrounding temperature gradually fell. Snowflakes started to appear and surrounded his body in a spiral. Directly chanting spells is a bit more troublesome. It requires the chant to concentrate the magic and also wastes time. However, in case of magic scrolls, the magic power would be concentrated in the scrolls before hand; as such, when a scroll is utilised, the entire strength of the spell is used completely.
With Nian Bing’s strong magic control, the snowstorm lifted him up. As it flew higher, he began to see the layout of Ice Orchid City. He maneuvered the spell to fly into the city. While flying, he carefully recalled everything that had happened at the brothel. Obviously, the girl called Ru Yi was not just an ordinary whore. For the two sisters to offer their services to a brothel, they must have some kind of goal. Just as Ru Meng had said, Ru Yi definitely must’ve been provoked by something. When he had entered her room, her body emitted not just a cold feeling, but also a murderous one. But at that time he had not sensed it. Her trauma must be related to a man, just like the time when he had met an auntie as pretty as his mother. But the whorehouse was a dirty place. Why would they conceal themselves there? That is what he could not understand.
Thinking this, Nian Bing could not help but secretly rejoice. He wasn’t rejoicing because Ru Meng had let him go, but because the alcohol that he had carelessly drank only contained a knockout drug and not a poison that could perforate his intestines. If not, even if he had many scrolls, he would not have the chance to use it. At this moment, he had already arrived back in Ice Orchid City. The whole city was immersed in silence. Nian Bing carefully controlled the snowstorm beneath him. He had maintained the snowstorm without completely using up his magic power.. In this short period of time he had furthered his understanding magic. Currently, he also understood better as to how to use his magic power more effectively. As such, maintaining this rank 4 spell was not that hard. Within a moment, he had already taken out the Proud Sky Knife and the True Sun Knife. After all, he had still not left the Ice Moon Empire so he could not use Morning Dew.
Although he had not been in Ice Orchid City for long, Nian Bing’s memory was very good. First, he flew to the city gate to find the Orchid Fragrance Inn where he was staying. From the inn he immediately confirmed the direction to the brothel. Probably because it was too late, the lights of the whorehouse had finally been extinguished. Nian Bing floated in the air, getting a bird’s eye view of the entire brothel. Very quickly he found Ru Yi’s room. He lightly floated outside of the room. He hesitated for a bit. Just as he had thought of what he was going to do, he heard a soft voice inside the room. His heart jumped. He maneuvered the snowstorm to place him close to the window. He listened to the voice inside. It seemed that Ru Meng had just returned. In a low voice she said to Ru Yi, “Big Sis, how come you’re not sleeping yet!”
Ru Yi replied coldly, “Have you settled things? Did you do it neatly or not. In this kind of place, where fish and dragons are mixed2, I definitely don’t want to leave any traces.”
Ru Meng hesitated for a moment before saying, “I’ve already finished everything. Big Sis, you can relax.”
Ru Yi sighed softly and said, “Younger Sister, I understand that sometimes you find things difficult. Your heart is too soft; you’re not suited to be an assassin. When it is our turn to go back, I will report to daren and make him move you to some other job. Perhaps you can truly become a warrior.”
“Big Sis, I can’t do that. I was raised to be a spy! How can I become a warrior?” Ru Meng’s tone seemed to be a bit sad.
Ru Yi said, “Actually that is impossible. After all, you are not like me. I have already been exposed in front of a crowd, you are still hidden. Believe in Big Sister, there, definitely, will be an opportunity.”
Hearing this, Nian Bing who was outside immediately understood some things. These sisters were obviously not people from Ice Moon Empire. Rather, they came here to act as spies. They had all sorts of guests at this whorehouse, so they could scout out every kind of news and send it back to their country. It seems that he would just let this issue go. He didn’t want to get mixed up in this fight between countries. Thinking this, he maneuvered the snowstorm to leave. As he was turning, his black gown accidentally brushed against the window, making a soft rustling sound.
“Who is it?” A quiet voice came from within. A cold light burst from the window. Although he could only rely on sound to determine where it was coming from, the cold ray was targeted right at Nian Bing’s chest. Internally, Nian Bing cried, Not good. He did not activate any magic scroll to protect himself. He lifted his right hand and Proud Sky transformed into countless knife afterimages, cutting the cold light into different directions.