“Little brother, this old brother has implicated you, I’m sorry,” After leaving the market, Old Fang repeatedly apologized.
Previously, in that restaurant, Yang Kai and Fang Tai had parted on bad terms, so although Yang Kai’s mind was elsewhere, he still noticed it.
Yang Kai smiled and said, “You’re thinking too much. That guy clearly wants to cut ties with me. Even if today’s matter didn’t happen, he would have come up with another reason.” But then again, he and Fang Tai didn’t have much of a relationship to begin with. They had just drunk a pot of tea together in the marketplace last month and agreed to form an alliance.
Yang Kai didn’t really care about such an unreliable alliance.
Today, Fang Tai had taken the opportunity to make things difficult for him because he wanted to draw a clear line between them. It was likely that he wasn’t afraid of Yang Kai implicating him. After all, there was no relationship between them, so even if something happened to Yang Kai, it wouldn’t implicate him. However, with the alliance they had agreed upon, if he didn’t interfere in Yang Kai’s affairs, it wouldn’t be right.
Now that they had parted ways, whether Yang Kai lived or died had nothing to do with him.
“Are you familiar with him? Why would he want to cut ties with you?” Old Fang was puzzled.
Yang Kai shook his head, “We’re not that familiar with each other,” Yang Kai didn’t bother to explain about the alliance, instead turning his head and asking, “As for you, how are you going to resolve today’s matter? If you don’t handle it properly, I’m afraid it will be quite troublesome.”
Old Fang said bitterly, “I don’t know.”
Yang Kai sighed, “Prepare to spend a lot of money. That Zhou Zheng seems to be a greedy person. You should be ruthless and give him some benefits.”
“Let’s hope so. It’s not a bad idea to spend money to avoid disaster, would little brother like to join us? Today he saw you with me, so if I go alone, I’m afraid his impression of you will become worse.”
“That’s true,” Yang Kai stroked his chin, “How about this, when you go back, count me in, but I won’t go. It’s not good for too many people to go, so I’ll have to trouble you to be a representative.”
Old Fang thought about it for a moment and felt that Yang Kai’s words made sense. After all, giving gifts was a bit shameful, so it was better for him to go alone than with two people. He nodded and agreed, not afraid that Yang Kai would renege on his promise. With his monthly income here, Yang Kai wouldn’t go back on some Spirit Pills.
Without a word, they returned to the servants’ house.
After drinking and celebrating, Yang Kai was no longer in the mood to wander around, so he spent the rest of his time in his room.
Two days later, General Si Chen entered the fruit garden with him, and he inspected his territory as usual.
The thirty fruit trees didn’t take much effort, but soon Yang Kai stopped in front of one of them and frowned.
He didn’t know if it was an illusion, but he felt that there was something wrong with this Fire Spirit Fruit Tree. After carefully comparing it with the other fruit trees, he found that there was indeed something wrong. The leaves and Fire Spirit Fruits on this fruit tree seemed to be a bit redder than they were three days ago, and it felt like they were about to ripen.
He didn’t know what was going on, so he quickly went to ask Old Fang.
When Old Fang saw him arrive, he smiled and asked, “Is Little Brother here?”
Yang Kai looked at his expression and smiled, “Is the matter settled?” If not, Old Fang would not be so calm.
Sure enough, Old Fang nodded and said, “It’s fine, I just spent a lot…”
“How much?” Yang Kai asked.
Old Fang made a gesture and said with a pained expression, “A hundred Open Heaven Pills! This is my income for several dozen years.”
“That was in the past,” Yang Kai looked at him with a smile, “How much do you have in a month now? What’s there to be sad about? You said it yourself, spend money to avoid disaster.”
“That’s right,” Old Fang nodded repeatedly, “Right, I also sent thirty pills for you. Manager Zhou accepted them with a smile and said that you were very sensible. It won’t be long before you get rid of that piece of broken land.”
“Sure, I’ll give you more when we get back,” Yang Kai said with a frown, “Speaking of that piece of land, come with me.”
Seeing Yang Kai’s serious expression, Old Fang quickly put down his work and followed Yang Kai to the fruit tree. Seeing this, Old Fang’s expression changed drastically as he exclaimed, “Not good!”
Old Fang said, “The three dead fruit trees also underwent this kind of change. The color of their leaves and fruits became deeper, and once this sign appears, in less than a month, the fruit trees will definitely die.”
Yang Kai was stunned, “Are you sure?”
Old Fang was as anxious as an ant on a hot pan, “My fruit garden is nearby, do you think I don’t know what happened here? This is a disaster, a disaster is imminent.”
“Then what should we do?”
Old Fang paced back and forth a few times as if he was racking his brains for a solution before finally stopping and saying, “Right now, the only person who can help you is Manager Zhou. Fortunately, I helped you deliver some pills to him before, so he shouldn’t just sit back and do nothing. Go to the center of the fruit garden, there’s a pavilion there. Manager Zhou is usually there, you can go find him and explain the situation to him…”
“There’s no need to look for him,” Yang Kai suddenly turned his head towards a certain direction and saw a figure rapidly flying towards them. Who else could it be but Zhou Zheng?
Judging from his appearance, he seemed to be heading straight towards them. Perhaps it was because of the generous gifts Old Fang had given him, otherwise he would not have come here unless he was patrolling the fruit gardens.
A moment later, Zhou Zheng landed in front of the two.
Yang Kai and Old Fang quickly bowed.
Zhou Zheng put his hands behind his back and nodded slightly, “Your relationship is quite good, you’re always together no matter where you go.” He wore a smile on his face, as if he wasn’t the one who had splashed wine on Old Fang’s face a few days ago.
Old Fang nodded and bowed, “Little Brother Yang is new here and also lives next door to this old master, so naturally i must take care of him.”
Zhou Zheng nodded and said, “That’s right, if everyone here is like Old Fang, this Manager won’t have to travel around and tire himself out. I really want to rest early.”
Old Fang quickly said, “Without Manager Zhou in this fruit garden, we can’t do anything. No matter how capable we are, we can only try our best to help Manager.”
Zhou Zheng laughed and pointed at Old Fang, “Only you know how to speak.”
Old Fang smiled and said, “Right, Manager Zhou, there’s something this old master wants to report to you.”
“En, what is it?”
“It’s like this, Yang Kai has been working in the servants’ house for more than two months now. This old master has been teaching him personally, and seeing that he is learning quickly and doing well, he already has the ability to take care of more fruit trees. Our servants’ house doesn’t have a lot of manpower to begin with, so isn’t it a bit wasteful for him to only take care of these thirty fruit trees? Manager Zhou, do you think you can transfer him somewhere else? Otherwise, if this little brat keeps bothering this old master with nothing better to do, this old man really won’t be able to bear it,” As he spoke, he gave Yang Kai a meaningful look.
Yang Kai quickly declared, “Manager Zhou, this Yang is already mentally prepared to contribute more to the Fire Spiritual Land.”
Hearing this, Zhou Zheng nodded and said, “En, it’s rare for you to have such intentions. Since that’s the case, this Manager will grant you your wish. Moreover, to be honest with you, this Manager came here today precisely for this matter.”
When Old Fang heard this, he was overjoyed and turned to look at Yang Kai, both of them knowing that the big gift they had just given him was effective, and not just effective, but also immediate.
“Many thanks, Manager Zhou,” Yang Kai cupped his fists.
Zhou Zheng smiled, but just as he was about to say something, his eyes suddenly fixed on the problematic fruit tree. After carefully examining it for a moment, his expression couldn’t help changing as he said in a low voice, “This manager suddenly remembered that I have something important to attend to, so I’ll come find you later.”
Saying so, he turned to leave.
How could Old Fang allow him to leave? Grabbing his arm, he begged, “Manager Zhou, Manager Zhou, please wait a moment. Can you transfer Yang Kai somewhere else first?”
Zhou Zheng flicked his sleeves and said unhappily, “This Manager is responsible for patrolling and managing the Fire Spirit Fruit Garden, so any carelessness may lead to endless disasters. Now that I have important matters to attend to, why are you dragging me along? If anything happens, can you bear the consequences?”
Old Fang smiled apologetically and said, “There’s no need to rush, transferring Yang Kai is just a matter of a word from you.”
Zhou Zheng stared at him coldly, “It’s easy to transfer him away, but after he leaves, who will take care of these thirty fruit trees? This manager hasn’t found a replacement yet, why don’t you take care of them for a while?”
Old Fang was stunned when he heard this, how could he dare to agree? He subconsciously loosened his grip and Zhou Zheng immediately flew into the air, disappearing in the blink of an eye.
“This is bad, this is bad!” Old Fang slapped his thigh in frustration, “This is bad.”
Seeing Zhou Zheng’s reaction just now, it was obvious that he had also discovered that something was wrong with the fruit tree. Before, he had said that he was here to transfer Yang Kai away, but after seeing the problem with the fruit tree, he immediately changed his mind. Obviously, he didn’t want to take any responsibility and only wanted Yang Kai to take responsibility.
This was equivalent to pushing Yang Kai into a fiery pit.
Old Fang had only just eaten a mouthful of meat with Yang Kai and was enjoying the beautiful future. If anything happened to Yang Kai, he would have nothing to rely on.
So no matter what, he couldn’t let anything happen to Yang Kai, but now that Zhou Zheng had left, he was like a headless fly without any ideas.
“Why aren’t you worried at all?” Old Fang couldn’t help being surprised when he saw Yang Kai’s indifferent expression without the slightest hint of nervousness.
“What’s the point of worrying?”
Old Fang was stunned for a moment, knowing he was right. Currently, the most important thing was still the fruit tree, so worrying about it wouldn’t solve the problem. However, when he thought about how he had just given Zhou Zheng such a generous gift a few days ago, yet today he had refused to help him, Old Fang couldn’t help spitting out a mouthful of saliva towards the direction Zhou Zheng had left in, cursing angrily, “This guy is simply an ingrate. More than a hundred Open Heaven Pills are simply being fed to a dog.”
If he hadn’t offended Zhou Zheng so badly a few days ago, how could he have been willing to give him so many Open Heaven Pills? He had thought he could change his future, but in the blink of an eye, he was forced into a dead end.
“Let’s check it first,” Yang Kai didn’t panic, “I’ve checked it several times before, but I didn’t find anything, but now that there’s a problem with this fruit tree, maybe we can find some clues.”
Old Fang nodded and said, “Yes, yes, yes, let’s investigate together. No matter what, we must first find the problem and then treat it.”
TO BE CONTINUED...