Chronicles of Gu Hai Chapter 23-24
Chapter 23 - Severing the Ties
Everyone had heard of the Chen Kingdom's newest noble — the Vast Ocean Marquis, Gu Hai. Gu Hai's rise had already been unstoppable.
Chen Xianer was not just some common number one beauty of the Chen Kingdom. She was a member of royal family. Although she had been adopted by the royal family in her childhood, it was still impossible for her status to be lower. Her status was almost comparable with the several princesses of the Chen Kingdom!
Tiger Cage Pass, Antiquity Town!
If the High Pass was the strategic gateway of the Chen Kingdom, then the Tiger Cage Pass was the final line of defense of the Chen Kingdom. Once the Tiger Cage Pass fell, the destruction of the Chen Kingdom was certain.
Within the Antiquity Town, there was a mansion which was also known as the "Gu Mansion". The Gu Mansion was the mansion built by Gu Hai himself. At the backyard of the Gu Mansion, stood a tower which was seven-floor high. It was the tallest building in the entire town. One can view the entire Antiquity Town from the top of the tower.
The tower was named as Soaring Heaven Tower!
The sixth floor of the Soaring Heaven Tower, besides the close and numerous Weiqi boards hanging on the wall, even the floor was modeled after Weiqi. It was clear enough how crazy Gu Hai was for Weiqi!
But, besides Weiqi, there was someone else who could make him similarly crazy. Standing by the window, Gu Hai, with eyes full of gentle feelings, quietly looked at Chen Xianer who stood beside him.
Since their marriage, one year had already passed. As far as Gu Hai was concerned, he had long been aware of Chen Taiji's intentions of marrying Chen Xianer to him. Chen Xianer was sent by the royal family only to keep an eye on him. However, he didn't pay any attention to it, surveillance was just a joke for a man of his intellect!
But after living together for one year, Gu Hai had already fallen in love with this gentle and kind-hearted beauty!
Gu Hai pulled Chen Xianer in his embrace, and Chen Xianer too obediently leaned on Gu Hai's chest. Gu Hai had been moved by Chen Xianer's gentleness and kind-heartedness, while Chen Xianer too was touched by Gu Hai's actions.
"Darling." Chen Xianer whispered but then stop speaking. A complicated look was hung on her face as if she wanted to say something yet not at the same time!
"Xianer, you are my wife, is there still something which you are unable to talk to your husband?" Gu Hai gently said.
"Darling, King Chen's messenger came looking for me, he wanted me to..." Chen Xianer's face revealed a look of reluctance, she also spoke very slowly!
"Humph! He dares! Xianer, you are my wife, in this life, you are destined to mine and mine only. If Chen Taiji is impatient of living, and dares to have any idea to hit on you, if Gu Hai can save the Chen Kingdom from its destruction, then similarly, I can also ruin the Chen Kingdom!" This time, Gu Hai was truly furious. Chen Xianer was his inverted scale, anyone who encroaches upon her would invoke the wrath of Gu Hai. He would absolutely not allow anyone to have an idea of hitting on Chen Xianer.
Chen Taiji had several times sent people to look for Chen Xianer. Naturally, Gu Hai had been aware of it. Out of his respect for Chen Xianer, he simply did not care about it.
"Darling, don't be angry. King Chen is after all your sworn brother. I only love you. No one could take Xianer away from your side. Xianer forever belongs to you and you alone!" Chen Xianer gently said. She was trying to calm Gu Hai's mood. "Isn't today's weather good, why don't we go to Autumn Moon Lake for sightseeing?"
Gu Hai deeply looked at Chen Xianer before speaking, "If that's your wish, then as your husband I must fulfill it. Let me change my clothes first, then we will go to the Autumn Moon Lake for sightseeing!"
The Autumn Moon Lake was one of the best viewpoints in the Chen Kingdom. Not a few poets and writers would come here for sightseeing to get some inspiration. But in the end, no one could depict the true feelings of love.
Gu Hai and Chen Xianer, hand in hand, took a walk to the Autumn Moon Lake; without any entourage, or clearing the site. If not for doing so, they will lose the fun of sightseeing.
The two were like a perfect couple, marveling every other passerby. After a long time, the two were a little tired. They walked up to a chair which was specially placed for visitors to rest and sat down.
Gu Hai looked at Chen Xianer and said in a gentle tone, "Xianer, what is it! Why do you want me to come here, at the Autumn Moon Lake?"
"I..." Just as Chen Xianer was trying to answer…
A voice carrying a trace of majesty rang, "Great brother, I asked Xianer to bring you here." A casually dressed young man appeared; he was King Chen — Chen Taiji. Chen Taiji was followed by two guards, the two were the experts from the royal palace!
"Oh! Why does King Chen ask me to come here?" Gu Hai stood up, calmly looked at Chen Taiji. It didn't appear as if it was meeting between a monarch and his minister!
"Your majesty, Xianer already has a husband and in this life, this will not change. Your majesty's harem has numerous beauties, isn't each one of them is a peerless beauty? Your majesty, please forget Xianer." At the same time, Chen Xianer also stood up. Her tone was dull yet firm, giving off the impression that these words were not just empty talk. Although she was just one weak girl, her heart was incomparably firm!
"Xianer, you..." Although Chen Taiji had long known that Chen Xianer loves Gu Hai, he never gave up. As a king of a country, he was sure he could win Chen Xianer from Gu Hai. Only now did he came to realize how firm Chen Xianer's heart was!
"Alright, everything is because of Gu Hai. As long as he is dead, I don't believe I will not be able to change your heart!" Chen Taiji was extremely furious, "Guards, kill Gu Hai for me!"
Just as Chen Taiji's voice faded away, a group of armored soldiers rushed out and surrounded Gu Hai and Chen Xianer.
Gu Hai's expression remained unchanged as he unenthusiastically said, "Chen Taiji, you finally could not bear it? It seems I overestimated you. You could not tolerate me for just one year!"
"Kill him!" Chen Taiji was aware of how formidable Gu hai's words were. In the past, in the Yan Kingdom, because of just a few words of Gu Hai, more than half of 300,000 soldiers had directly surrendered. He absolutely could not let Gu Hai speak anymore, who knows what kind of trick would he pull out!
However, not one soldier took any action. On the contrary, from outside the encirclement, came a noise before the group of tourists around them from god knows where pulled out weapons and started attacking from the outside. Although they didn't know why the tourists were acting like this, the soldiers understood that they must first ensure the safety of King Chen. They immediately turned around and started attacking the tourists with the weapon!
"You... you were already prepared!" Although Chen Taiji was puzzled, he knew these tourists must have been arranged by Gu Hai way before coming here. Now he started to dread Gu Hai's intellect even more!
"Humph!" Gu Hai just sneered and didn't reply. How could he not know that there was something wrong with Xianer? However, he believed Xianer only came to refuse Chen Taiji. But Chen Taiji wanted to take advantage of this opportunity and remove him. How could he not be ready for him!?
Although the tourists attacking were overwhelming in number, their individual battle prowess was still worse that the capital guards. Very soon, the fight came to a deadlock!
But no one could realize that in a jungle not so far away from the fight, an arrow like a poisonous snake shot at Gu Hai at an overwhelming speed. In the blink of an eye, it was about to struck Gu Hai.
Although a year ago, Gu Hai had picked an External Technique Secret Manual from the royal treasury. The External Technique was after all not that easy to cultivate. Even after spending multitudes of resources, in a year, Gu Hai was still at the 1st level of the Houtian Stage. It was impossible for him to block that arrow, his death was a forgone conclusion!
However, no one had expected that the nearby standing Chen Xianer would show a resolute look as she sidestepped and blocked the arrow targeting Gu Hai. Besides Gu Hai, no one knew that Chen Xianer had excellent talent in cultivation. She was already in the 7th level of the Houtian Stage!
The arrow directly pieced Chen Xianer's stomach. Chen Xianer's body went limp as she fell in Gu Hai's embrace.
"Xianer, how can you be so silly!" Gu Hai heart was in turmoil, he was both feeling anger and pain. He turned around and furious stare at Chen Taiji. "Chen Taiji, I'm going to kill you!"
Just as his voice faded away, a middle-aged man holding a sword suddenly appeared in the sky. It was Xiao Feng from six years ago who owe Gu Hai a favor. In these six years, with the help of Seven Color Snake King's internal core, he had already broken through the bottleneck of Houtian Stage. Now he was a Xiantian expert. He was the true hidden ace of Gu Hai, he alone was enough to extinguish every person arranged here.
Xiao Feng slightly frowned, "This Xiao can help you kill everyone here except Chen Taiji. After all, there are some people from the royal family who have joined Immortal Sects. It is impossible for me to kill him!"
"Alright, leave Chen Taiji to me!" Gu Hai angrily said.
At this moment, Chen Taiji was extremely frightened as well as furious. He had never imagined that such a situation would take place, it was already out of his control!
"Darling." Chen Xianer gradually opened her mouth to speak. "Xianer was adopted by the royal family in childhood. Xianer request you to let King Chen go, consider it as my last wish! Cough cough..."
"Ah! Xianer, whatever you wish, it will certainly be fulfilled by your husband. And this is absolutely not going to be the last one!" Gu Hai carrying Xianer in his arms and walked outside. He wanted to find the best doctor for her. "Chen Taiji, you can leave! From now on, there is no relation between you and me!"
Gu Hai, along with Xiao Feng, left for the hospital; leaving the dumbfounded and scared Chen Taiji behind.
Gu Hai secretly felt a little sad as he looked at Chen Xianer lying on the bed. Chen Xianer was saved, but she lost the ability to give birth.
"Darling, I'm sorry, I cannot give you a child." Chen Xianer's face was full of apology, "Darling, how about you take a concubine!"
"Silly Xianer, I only love you. How can I take a concubine? In fact, we can adopt children. We will adopt as many as you want! If you want several, we will adopt several!" Gu Hai sympathetically said.
"En!" Xianer showed a happy look. Her husband didn't neglect her, that was enough!
Gu Hai walked up to the window, muttered, "I'm going to build a business empire, I will then see who dares to have any plan to hit me..."
Chapter 24 - The Richest Man in the Six Countries
The Vast Ocean Marquis — Gu Hai relinquished his official position for business, this matter had caused an incredible sensation throughout the Chen Kingdom. After all, the gully between an official and a businessman was as vast as the difference between heaven and earth. Privately, even those ignorant masses assumed that the Vast Ocean Marquis was crazy, or else how could he do such a thing that was so contrary to the common norms.
Business! This was Gu Hai's area of expertise. In his previous world, the Earth, Gu Hai, at just 30 years of age, was a successful businessman who had an immense amount of wealth and assets under his name; he was filthy rich. Furthermore, in this world where strength was revered, the ways of business were extremely backwards. In Gu Hai's eyes, there were countless loopholes available.
Gu Hai's business sense was hundreds of years ahead of this world. It would be absolutely easy for him to make money here. However, Gu Hai not only wanted to just make money, he wanted to establish a business empire that could encompass the six countries.
The way Gu Hai did business was naturally unlike those street hawkers who ran their businesses just to feed their families. Gu Hai didn't envision just making a small profit, even though the accumulation of small profits would result in getting rich, Gu Hai wanted to acquire a huge amount of wealth in a short span of time, enough wealth to overturn the six countries!
Although Gu Hai had certain assets in the Antiquity Town, it was far from enough!
Once again a sensational piece of news disseminated throughout the Chen Kingdom. The official who had relinquished his post for business—Gu Hai started a service called lottery in his mansion. The so-called lottery was just a common piece of paper upon which there were seven numeral digits. These seven digits were arbitrarily paired in groups.
Everyone, from beggar to higher official, could buy this lottery. A lottery ticket costs only 10 coppers.
After a certain amount of time, the Gu Mansion would announce the seven digits of a lottery. If the lottery bought by someone had his seven digits the same as the announced seven digits, he was the winner of the first prize, which was a sum of a hundred gold that he could get by exchanging his lottery at the Gu Mansion. If the lottery bought by someone had six matching digits, he was the winner of the second prize, which was twelve gold. If it was five digits, it was the third prize which was a hundred silver. Similarly, for four digits, he could exchange his lottery for twelve silver. Any lower, there would be no rewards issued.
The citizens of Chen Kingdom had never seen or heard of this kind of gambling. A majority of the citizens disapproved of this. Not to mention, they were not sure whether or not Gu Mansion would keep the promise. Also, there was also the probability of winning the prizes, which was extremely low. Weren't they simply handing over their money to Gu Mansion?
But there were some who held the mentality of giving it a try and bought one or two lotteries at the Gu Mansion. Anyway, it was just a matter of ten coppers, which they could afford, and perhaps they might even win!
The 15th of every month was the day the Gu Mansion would announce the lottery number. Today was 15th, and the Gu Mansion was going to announce the lottery. Regardless of whether they had bought the lottery or not, a large crowd of townsfolk gathered outside the entrance of the Gu Mansion.
Very soon, Gu Hai walked out of the gate. He cupped his hands before his chest as he looked at t, he said, "Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for coming here. Today's the day the lottery is announced, the winner of the lottery can exchange it on the spot. Alright, I am not going to bore you with any more speeches, now I will announce the digits."
Gu Hai took out seven black boxes, with each box having a hole. Gu Hai in accordance with the order drew seven balls from each box. Each ball had two digits imprinted upon it. The seven digits according to the order were 19, 95, 08, 15, 99, 43, 77.
"Ah, I won, my lottery has five matching numbers!" Suddenly, from the center of the crowd came a shout, a middle-aged man was shouting in excitement.
"Hahaha, I also won, however, I only have four matching numbers." Another man among the crowd started shouting, his tone was full of excitement.
One after another, people who had won the prize continuously shouted. However, all of them were winners who had either four or five matching digits.
"Congratulations, please come to the front and collect your prize." Immediately, the attendants of Gu Mansion guided the winners to the entrance of Gu Mansion. After confirming the digits, right away, their corresponding prize was handed over in their hands. At this moment, the winners looking at the silver in their hand still could not believe it. They had acquired so much silver so easily!
Gu Hai swept a glance at them and said, "Gu Mansion also provides banking services, the Vast Ocean Bank is just next to us. At the Vast Ocean Bank, only you yourself can get access to your money, you can go there if you have any business."
Only at this moment did the winners wake up from their stupor. Looking at the looks of jealousy and envy in the eyes of onlookers, they realized that one must not reveal their wealth. Since this matter was as good as exposed, the Vast Ocean Bank became a very good choice! Now, most of the winners under the envious gaze of everyone walked into the Vast Ocean Bank, leaving behind the winners who had the confidence that they could hold onto their new found wealth.
"May I ask whether the announced winning numbers of the lottery are 19, 95, 08, 15, 99, 43, 77? My lottery ticket seems to have these numbers!" From amidst the crowd suddenly came a timid voice of a girl, as an approximately 16-year-old little girl made her way to the entrance!
It was a petite little girl dressed in a pink dress, who was adorned in lots of valuable jewelry. With one glance, it was quite evident that she was from a wealthy and noble family.
Gu Hai took the lottery in the little girl's hand. Looking at it, it really had the same seven digits. Suddenly he smiled and said, "Yes it is, little sister, you have won the 1st prize of a hundred gold, are you happy?"
"Hei hei, Ziye is finally able to earn money for Daddy. Daddy seeing Ziye who earned so much money will definitely be happy!" The little sister narrowed her eyes and happily said.
"Ziye!" Gu Hai with a bit of thought immediately knew that she was the young princess of the Defending Duke of State Mansion, that is to say, she was the daughter of the Defending Duke of State. Her name was Zhou Ziye, she was a noble. Since her birth, she had been called Princess Ziye!
"Princess Ziye is so cute, I think that even if you didn't earn any money, the Defending Duke of State would still be very happy." Gu Hai spoke in a loud and clear voice as to make sure his voice resounded in everyone's ear. Although he clearly knew that wherever Princess Ziye went, she would be secretly protected, he still did not hope that in case someone who didn't know the circumstances would trouble this lovely little girl.
Princess Ziye happily left, taking the golden bills of two hundred golds in her hand!
Upon hearing Gu Hai's words, everyone at the scene was astounded. Watching the leaving Princess Ziye, everyone quickly erased whatever greed they had in their heart. No one would wish to provoke the Defending Duke of State Mansion just for two hundred gold, if they did so, then they were just signing their death warrant. However, now everyone was certain that they could exchange the lottery for so much gold and silver. Everyone's hearts started beating rapidly.
Upon noticing the fervent look of the masses, Gu Hai said in a crystal clear voice, "Ladies and gentlemen, the sales of second round of lottery has already started, any friend who is interested can buy them from the Gu Mansion or any branch of Vast Ocean Bank. Furthermore, this Gu first wants to thank everyone for coming here, in order to express my sincerity, I will give ten lottery tickets to everyone present here. Everyone can come to Gu Mansion and take them."
When everyone at the entrance heard Gu Hai, their eyes lit up as they spoke in loud voices, "Thank you Vast Ocean Marquis for your righteousness!"
Afterwards Gu Hai went back into the Gu Mansion. The rest of the matters didn't need his presence, the employees of the Gu Mansion could manage them!
The masses at the entrance immediately rushed forward as countless voices rang.
"I want ten lottery tickets, I want to choose the numbers!"
"I want a hundred, the numbers can be random!"
On the road while walking, next to Gu Hai was a ten-year-old young boy. This boy was named Gu Han, he was the adopted son of Gu Hai.
"Foster Father, the people buying the lottery tickets are fewer, while the value of the prize is too large, aren't we making a loss?" Gu Han doubtfully asked.
"Haha, this is for the first time, nothing more. The success of lottery tickets has brought back the greed in the human heart. Later more and more people will start buying the lottery like snowfall, and beside us who will know the winning numbers?" Gu Hai laughed out loud.
Gu Han was amazed, naturally, he understood the idea of his foster father, but he was still feeling a little doubt, "Foster Father, then why didn't you give away the lottery ticket for the first time? Wouldn't it attract even more people?"
Gu Hai stopped in his track, looked at Gu Han, then calmly said, "This is precisely the human behavior, if I gave away the lottery ticket at the very first time, no one would have understood its value. Some people would even come to disdain it as a piece of waste, they might even burn or throw it away, or perhaps some people would even defame the lottery tickets. Naturally, it would have been unwise. But now, everyone knows that the lottery ticket can be exchanged for a huge amount of wealth, they would naturally carefully save it, pay special attention to it! So you have to always remember, business is all about capturing the hearts of your consumer, once you have their hearts in your grasp, you can do any business!"
"Yes, this child will keep it in mind!" The admiration of Gu Han for Gu Hai was not small, naturally, his words were just like a holy decree which he would remember forever!
"Foster Father, if we go on like this, then the lottery tickets will bring us an immense amount of wealth, becoming the wealthiest in the six countries absolutely wouldn't be a problem." Gu Han excitedly said.
"No, the lottery tickets will just bring us wealth initially, I want to establish a business empire; so, most of our business will need to be bigger and stronger. We need to establish a complex business network, so that, no matter what happens, our business empire will not collapse!" Gu Hai spoke in a solemn tone.
Gu Hai started to accumulate wealth from the lottery tickets, which was mainly used to invest in other places. He continuously purchased various shops in the six countries and became the leading businessman. In just ten years, Gu Hai's shops had spread across the six countries, he was now well-deserved to be called the richest man in the six counties…
And after more than twenty years, it was Gu Hai's seventieth birthday!