Xiang Yong sneered, “Manager Zhou, don’t worry about how I know, I just know.”
Zhou Zheng’s face sank as he replied, “Yesterday’s incident was somewhat unexpected. The Chief Manager went to inspect his medicine garden as I wished and discovered that he had lost his Spirit Fruit. Originally, he wanted to capture him, but at a critical moment, General Si Chen came out and ruined things.”
“Manager Zhou doesn’t need to elaborate on the process, I’ve also learned about it from other sources.”
Zhou Zheng was stunned, “You already know everything, why are you still looking for me!”
“Naturally, I came to ask Manager Zhou for an explanation!”
Zhou Zheng couldn’t help laughing, “You want an explanation from me? What kind of explanation do you want from me?” His expression became cold, “Why should this king give you an explanation?”
Xiang Yong snorted, “If it weren’t for you instigating me, how could I have done such a despicable thing? Now that I’ve done it, I haven’t gotten the results I wanted. Shouldn’t Sir Manager be responsible?”
Zhou Zheng’s face was so cold that it seemed like it was about to drip water, “When did this king instigate you? Before this, I also told you that this matter is of great importance and that you must consider carefully before acting, and you must bear the consequences. Now that something has gone wrong, you want to blame this king?”
Xiang Yong twisted his neck and put on a fierce expression, “Then I don’t care. In any case, we’re in the same boat now. If one of us dies, the other won’t be able to escape.”
Zhou Zheng was furious and wanted nothing more than to slap this guy in front of him to death, secretly regretting that he had given him such a bad idea a few days ago, but now it was all over. He hadn’t even had a chance to enjoy the result, but now he had been thoroughly humiliated.
“What do you want?” Zhou Zheng asked coldly. Xiang Yong’s brain was not functioning properly, and his status was low, no less than Zhou Zheng’s own value. When Xiang Yong used this matter to threaten him, Zhou Zheng really didn’t have any temper.
Xiang Yong chuckled, “It’s not like sir Manager doesn’t know what my intentions are. As long as sir Manager can satisfy me, I can naturally satisfy sir Manager.”
Zhou Zheng narrowed his eyes and asked, “You want to exchange your territory?”
Xiang Yong said, “It doesn’t matter if you change it, as long as it can be transfereed near Xiao Die.”
Zhou Zheng nodded lightly, “If that’s all there is to it, it’s not impossible… How about this, you go back and wait for my news, I’ll let you know when I’m done.”
Xiang Yong looked at him suspiciously, “Sir Manager isn’t trying to deceive me, right? Although this one looks a bit rough, it’s not that easy to deceive.”
Zhou Zheng was furious, “Why would I lie to you! Why would I lie to you about something like this?”
“Then I’ll trust you again!” Xiang Yong nodded and cupped his fists, “I’ll take my leave first, I’ll wait for the sir Manager’s good news.”
“Wait!” Zhou Zheng shouted.
Xiang Yong turned around and asked, “Does Sir Manager have any other instructions?”
Zhou Zheng grit his teeth and asked, “What about that fruit?”
“What fruit?” Xiang Yong was confused.
“What do you think?”
“Oh!” Xiang Yong showed a look of understanding, “The one you said was stolen…” He patted his stomach and said, “Naturally, enter the stomach long ago, the taste isn’t very good!”
“You…” Zhou Zheng stared at him speechlessly, waving his hand in annoyance, “Scram!”
Closing the hall’s restrictions and allowing Xiang Yong to leave, Zhou Zheng walked around the hall for a while before letting out a heavy sigh. The plan this time was perfect. If it weren’t for Great General Si Chen at the last moment, Yang Kai would have been dead by now. But now, not only was Yang Kai fine, he had also caused a lot of trouble.
Xiang Yong… could not be allowed to live. If there was once, there would be second. He did not want to be threatened in the future. However, even if he was the fruit garden manager, it would not be easy to get rid of a servant, so he had to wait for an opportunity.
Inside Yang Kai’s fruit garden, a brilliant light flashed and two figures appeared out of thin air. It was Yang Kai and Du Rufeng.
Yang Kai observed his expression and found that Du Rufeng’s expression was as calm as an ancient well, not knowing what he was thinking.
Yang Kai didn’t ask any questions. What he had seen and heard today had completely confirmed his previous speculations. Based on this incident, Zhou Zheng and Xiang Yong would not have a good ending. When Zhou Zheng fell from grace, whether or not he could rise to the top was secondary, but the most important thing was that he wouldn’t have to constantly be on guard against future difficulties from the higher-ups.
Telling Du Rufeng that he wanted to be the manager of this garden was just asking for too much. Yang Kai didn’t think that Du Rufeng would really agree. Firstly, his experience wasn’t good enough, he had only been in this garden for a few months, and secondly, his cultivation wasn’t high enough to convince everyone.
If he couldn’t become the manager of the Fruit Garden, Du Rufeng would definitely compensate him elsewhere, and at that time, he would have a lot of room to mediate.
If it weren’t for the fact that this matter concerned his own life, Yang Kai wouldn’t have wanted to act so ruthlessly. If Zhou Zheng had only wanted to make things difficult for him and wanted to obtain some benefits from him, Yang Kai would have been able to endure it, but now, this bastard had even resorted to such a vicious method of stealing Spirit Fruits. Yang Kai felt that if he continued to endure, he wouldn’t even know how he would die.
After inviting Du Rufeng to sit down, he poured a cup of tea and waited quietly.
After a long time, Du Rufeng smiled lightly and said, “You’re really something. In less than half a year, there were actually two people who wanted your life. How did you offend them?”
“I’m also very curious!” Yang Kai wore a puzzled expression, “If you’re talking about Manager Zhou, it’s probably because I didn’t show him any respect after receiving a great reward last time, causing Manager Zhou to hold a grudge against me, but after thinking about it for a long time, I still can’t figure out why Xiang Yong do this.”
Du Rufeng picked up his tea and took a sip, “No matter what the reason is, since they dared to steal the Spirit Fruit in private, no matter how many lives they have, it’s not enough.”
Yang Kai shivered slightly. Old Fang was right, the lives of the servants were truly not as precious as the Spirit Fruit's. It could even be said that the Seven Skillful Land didn’t care about the servants at all.
“As I said before, the position of manager requires the personal appointment of the Venerable, so I can only recommend you. I will report you to the higher-ups, as well as the cause and effect of this matter. As for whether or not the Venerable agrees, that will depend on his opinion.”
“Whether it succeeds or not, I must thank Senior Du for his kind intentions,” Yang Kai cupped his fists.
“Wait for news,” Du Rufeng patted Yang Kai’s shoulder and flew away.
The next few days were quite peaceful. Yang Kai spent his days in the fruit garden, occasionally visiting Die You to chat with her, but Xiang Yong was nowhere to be found. These past few days, he hadn’t been able to find him and had sent a message to Old Fang, informing him that Xiang Yong had been quite well-behaved these past few days and had been sleeping in the fruit garden every day.
On the fifth day, Yang Kai was catching insects with her in Die You’s fruit garden when he suddenly received a message and quickly took out a jade plate.
“Old Fang?” Die You recognized that it was Old Fang’s communication device.
“En!” Yang Kai nodded and sent his Divine Sense into the Jade Plate to investigate before turning to Die You, “Xiang Yong was captured!”
Die You was stunned, “Xiang Yong? What did he do?”
Yang Kai shook his head, indicating that he didn’t know. The main issue was that he didn’t know what Du Rufeng had arranged, so it wasn’t appropriate for him to reveal anything at this time.
Die You frowned and said, “Although he is a bit rash, he is still able to clearly distinguish between right and wrong. Did Old Fang see him captured?”
Yang Kai nodded, “A few Seven Skillful Land's Disciples went to capture them. Old Fang saw them with his own eyes, just half an incense stick’s worth of time ago.” Looking up in the direction of Thousand Blades Peak, since Xiang Yong had been captured, it meant that Zhou Zheng's side also had movement.
He just didn’t know what kind of expression Zhou Zheng was wearing right now, whether he would be surprised or not, but since he dared to use such a vicious method to frame him, he should be mentally prepared for his revenge.
A day later, a piece of news spread throughout the entire Fire Spiritual Land.
The Fruit Garden Manager Zhou Zheng and his servant Xiang Yong had stolen the Fire Spirit Fruit, and after investigation, it was verified that these two had committed a heinous crime and had been handed over to the Fire Spiritual Land’s Disciplinary Hall to be punished.
When the servants heard this news, they couldn’t believe it, but since this news was spread by the Seven Skillful Land's disciples, they couldn’t question it.
Everyone knew that Xiang Yong was finished, Zhou Zheng was finished, stealing the Fire Spirit Fruit was something that had not happened for many years. However, what they couldn’t understand was why Zhou Zheng, who was the manager of the fruit garden, would steal the Fire Spirit Fruit. Besides refining the Open Heaven Pill, this thing had no other use, so what was the point of stealing it?
While this news spread like wildfire, another piece of news was also secretly brewing.
Since something had happened to Zhou Zheng, the position of manager in the fruit garden had been vacated, and when the time came, someone would definitely take over. There was no need to even think about the servants, only the disciples of the Seven Skillful Land could take over.
In addition, although the position of the Fruit Garden’s manager was extremely prestigious and had a large number of subordinates, in reality, it was an arduous task, so even the slightly promising Seven Skillful Land's Disciples didn’t have any interest in it. Only people like Zhou Zheng, who had been promoted from a servant to a higher position, who didn’t have any prospects, would flock to it.
Two days later, Du Rufeng descended from the sky.
Seeing this, Yang Kai, who was busy working, quickly put down his work and greeted, “Senior Du!”
Du Rufeng smiled and waved his hand, “Rise!”
Looking at his expression, Yang Kai was slightly stunned, “Did Sir encounter some kind of happy event? Why is his face so red?”
Du Rufeng smiled, “There is a happy occasion, but it’s not me, it’s you!”
“Me?” Yang Kai’s expression changed, “Don’t tell me it’s about that…” He thought that it shouldn’t be, he was already prepared to be rejected.
“Let’s see what this is,” Du Rufeng said as he stretched out his hand and a new set of clothes appeared.
“Seven Colored Garment…”
“Yes!” Du Rufeng shook off the Seven Colored Garment and said, “Try it on.”
“But Sir, aren’t these clothes only worn by the disciples of the Seven Skillful Land?”
“Yes, and you’re already a disciple of the Seven Skillful Land!” Du Rufeng grinned.
Yang Kai immediately showed a look of pleasant surprise and cupped his hands, “Thank you, Sir, for promoting me.” He respectfully received the Seven Colored Garment with both hands and didn’t try to hide anything, directly changing into it.
Du Rufeng nodded and said, “It’s not bad, the size is just right. You'll have to go to the Human Resources Hall later to apply for your Disciple Token and collect a few sets of new clothes.”
TO BE CONTINUED...