Phew, 10k word count is no joke _(;3/ even though Banana split it into 3 parts, I still ended up reading it more times than usual chapters… which is boring. Imagine reading the same thing 5-6 times ==
Chapter 44 Part 3 Renting
“This is the latest one I made using the peony you mentioned. What do you think?” Gu Miao held a small box with a white pill inside.
Xiào Mu picked up the pill, and a notification appeared in his mind: [Instant recovery of 700 spiritual power, usage is 2 hours apart.]
“You have improved almost half from last time.” Xiào Mu said.
Gu Miao’s eyes lit up instantly, and Hawke patted Gu Miao’s shoulder, “Cousin’s wife, you are amazing!”
Xiào Mu put the medicine back in the box and looked at Gu Miao questioningly, “May I see how you make the medicine?”
Gu Miao nodded nervously, walked to his work table. Taking out 2 grams of peony powder and placed it in the medicine processing instrument, Gu Miao pressed the Start button. The instrument rotated quickly, and at the same time, Gu Miao infused his spiritual power into the medicine. Soon, the medicine turned into a spherical shape and the instrument stopped. Gu Miao retracted his spiritual filaments and looked at Xiào Mu nervously.
Xiào Mu couldn’t help but praise, “Good job.”
The whole process is almost the same as making pills using the system, except, in reality, the ingredients need to be weighed. Turning the ingredient into a spherical shape will require instruments, and the finished quantity is different each time.
Gu Miao’s eyes curved with a smile, and his face flushed. He said, “But the effect is still not as good as yours.”
Xiào Mu thought for a while. This may be related to the accuracy of the system, “Can you use extracts? If you use the extracted essence to make medicine, the effect may be better.”
“That’s right!” Gu Miao’s eyes widened, “I didn’t think of that. I’ll try it now.”
Xiào Mu smiled and said, “Wait,” he walked to his side, pointed to the three-layer circular hole on the medical processing instrument. He asked, “Does this instrument makes more than 1 medicine at once?
“There are 10 holes in each layer, so 30 portions of medicinal ingredients can be put in. To make ordinary medicine, 30 medicines can be made at one time.” Gu Miao replied.
“How many pills have you tried to make at once?”
Gu Miao was taken aback for a moment, “Huh? Is it possible to make multiple pills at one time when infusing spiritual power into the medicine?”
“Of course, otherwise the medicine-making speed is too slow.” Xiào Mu smiled, “Your spiritual power is quite high. It’s okay to make 30 at a time.”
“But, I’m afraid that my spiritual power is not well controlled.” Gu Miao is moved by the thought but is worried at the same time.
“It doesn’t matter. Peony is not very expensive anyway. You can try it a few times, but you should pay attention to your remaining spiritual power. Keep your spiritual power above 20% so as not to feel uncomfortable.”
Gu Miao carefully noted, “I will pay attention,” he looked at the medical processing instrument, “Then I will try it now?”
Xiào Mu nodded and turned to Hawke, “How about your spiritual filaments?”
Hawke released his spiritual filaments and smiled brightly, “16.” He moved the spiritual filaments, and finally formed a circle, “Look, I have become more and more proficient in controlling them.”
“Awesome!” Xiào Mu gave Hawke a thumbs up, “Be careful when you are outside.”
“En, I seldom go out recently.” Hawke looked serious. He hadn’t used inhibitors because he wanted to practice his control on spiritual power recently, so he was very careful.
“I made 2!” Gu Miao’s surprised voice suddenly came from behind.
Xiào Mu picked the pills up and looked at them. Both recovery value is at 700, “Both also a finished product (successful).”
Hearing that, Gu Miao is full of joy, “I will try to make 3 this time.” Seeing that Gu Miao wanted to continue, Xiào Mu thought for a while and stopped him, “Wait, I have something to discuss with you.”
Gu Miao looked at Xiào Mu curiously and Xiào Mu said, “Zhao Sheng handed me the operation right of Delish Meds. For our plan wants to be carried out smoothly, we need a lot of medicine to be sold. Recently, the Golden Tower has no news about any success. I suspected that they might have encountered problems with their medicine-making method. I want to record the process of your process and put it on Delish’s homepage. Not only this will attract the attention of the guides, but it also allows the guide to learn how to use their spiritual power in medicine-making more quickly.”
“Record mine?” Gu Miao was surprised, “You can do better than me. It’s better to record yours.”
Xiào Mu: “You are more suitable than me, and your spiritual power level is closer to the public.”
Gu Miao said in realization, “Oh, that’s right,” he twisted his fingers, his face flushed, “Can I not record my face? Otherwise, Ah Sheng will be angry.”
Xiào Mu felt he got inexplicably fed a mouthful of dog food, but nodded, “Of course, I won’t record your face, but people who watched the video should be able to guess it’s you.”
After all, the process will show their hands. With the discerning eyes of the masses, even if they don’t recognize the person at first, they will always find out and confirm the identity of the person in the video in the end.
“That’s okay,” Gu Miao smiled, “Just don’t let them see my face.”
Gu Miao started to make medicine again. Xiào Mu turned on the recording function in his terminal and captured the whole process. After that, he showed it to Gu Miao and confirmed that he did not show his face at all.
After they chatted for a while, Xiào Mu announced that he is leaving and returned to the marshal’s mansion. He thought about development issues for Delish and wrote down his thoughts as he thought about it.
First of all, he is going to open a physical store but no medicines will be sold in the store. The main purpose is to test people’s spiritual power and give them the prescription to buy the correct meds. There are 2 other purposes, 1 is to receive guides who are interested in cooperating to sell their pills, while the other is not related to Delish Meds. Xiào Mu wanted to open a spiritual treatment business in the store and activate more skills as soon as possible. His identity as a guide has been exposed anyway, so he might as well give treatments in an upright manner. He could earn money and activate skills at the same time.
Thinking of this, Xiào Mu started looking for information on renting or selling houses centered on the marshal’s mansion. After seeing many units, Xiào Mu finally took a fancy to a commercial building in Pingle Square not far from Zhao’s residence. The commercial building is built in the early days, so the area is not very large. It happens that the entire 3rd floor is for rent as a whole. Due to the good location, even if the area is small and the hardware is not new, the rent is not low as it cost 200,000 coins per month.
If this is the old Xiào Mu, he would be reluctant to rent, but now he could make a few million with the medicines he made in a batch. He didn’t care so much about the 200,00 so Xiào Mu immediately decided to rent the 3rd floor. Just as he is about to contact the business building’s owner, his terminal suddenly shook to indicate that he has a notification. Xiào Mu clicked on it, it is a reply to a private message from the forum.
“Excuse me, the team doctor has something to do temporarily. The trip to Bran Forest is temporarily suspended and we won’t be going in a short while o(╥﹏╥)o.”
Xiào Mu looked at the text emoji and wanted to laugh for some reason. But he thought the reason sounded strange and asked, “Isn’t it enough to just bring a treatment device with you?” The effect of the treatment device in this world is so good that there is no need for an accompanying doctor.
“… The treatment device cannot treat sentinel’s problem… The guide pheromone agent cannot be used to solve emergencies, please understand.”
Xiào Mu stayed silent for a moment before asking, “The pills from Delish Meds also cannot help?”
The other side stayed silent for a moment as well, and then replied, “If we can buy the pills, we would have left 3 days ago!!! Are you not from the Empire? Delish has been closed for several days now.”
An idea flashed in Xiào Mu’s mind. He posted pictures of Honeysuckle, Magnolia berry, and Pinellia, “I need these 3 medicinal plants. It doesn’t need to be too much. Just a mature stalk and bears fruit for each type is fine… The reward is a high-grade healing pill, is that okay?”
If Xiào Mu didn’t have the homeland in the system, this matter may be a bit troublesome. After all, Bran Forest is so dangerous. The more medicines one needs to collect, the longer they need to stay. And the longer they stay, the more dangerous it is. However, he has the homeland. As long as he has the seeds, he can plant anything. According to the harvest rate of the homeland’s vegetable field, even if there is only 1 seed, Xiào Mu can harvest the whole piece of land in a few days.
The other side responded quickly this time, “How many do you have?”
Xiào Mu thought for a while before replying, “Have you seen these kinds of medicinal plants before?”
“I have seen summer grass, the location of summer grass production is deep in the forest, and the risk is very high. A high-grade pill is only worth 25,000 coins which is not enough to pay.”
Xiào Mu has searched the news about Bran Forest before so he had a deep understanding of possible danger. He asked, “How many people are going?”
“Huh? You are not really from the Empire, are you? There are 5 members in this mercenary group. Except for the doctor who has a personal problem, it will be 4 people going.”
Xiào Mu: “Since there are 4 people, then I give you 8 high-grade healing pills. I hope you can come out smoothly.”
“8!!” The punctuation marks in Xing Chen’s reply fully showed his shocked mood at the moment. He added, “I just lost a bargain. If I said 5 people, won’t you be giving me 10 then? (>_<)”
“Do you accept or not?” Xiào Mu asked.
“Accept! You, who are you?”
Xiào Mu: “Confidential. So, how do we trade?”
Xing Chen transferred a contract over and said, “I have stamped our mercenary’s stamp. As long as you sign it, it will take effect immediately. You will mail the pills to the address on the contract, and you will be given a return receipt after we received the medicine.”
Xiào Mu thought for a while and asked, “What if you took the medicine and did nothing?”
“It stands to reason that half of the commission will be paid first and the remaining half will be paid after the transaction for the usual case. But your commission fee which is the pills may be used when we enter the forest. For safety reasons, you have to pay it all at once. If you are not at ease, we can pay half of the price of the pills to you. Then, you can return the money to us after the deal is done.”
Xiào Mu thought for a while and found it reasonable, “Okay.”
After the discussion, Xiào Mu applied for express delivery service online and bought some raw materials for primary level pills. He also bought a large number of medicine containers online. Immediately afterward, Xiào Mu continued his previous task which is to call the business building’s owner in Pingle Plaza. He made an appointment to see the building the next day, and if it is suitable, he would sign a lease contract.
After confirming that everything is settled, Xiào Mu closed the terminal. Thinking that land No. 2 had not been cultivated, Xiào Mu returned to his room and entered the homeland. He cultivated land No. 2 and planted it with Wolfberry leaf. Then, he bought land No. 3 and started to reclaim it. After weeding for a while, Xiào Mu felt too tired and left the homeland. His body is sweaty, and the clothes stuck on his body made him feel particularly uncomfortable. Xiào Mu took a shower, lay on the bed, and fell asleep after a while.
“Xiào Mu, wake up!”
Half asleep and half awake, Xiào Mu seemed to hear someone calling him and his brows frowned. The voice sounded again, he half-opened his eyes and saw a face close to him. Xiào Mu is taken aback and woke up instantly. He kicked the bottom of the bedboard and moved back. With a ‘bang’, his head hit the top of the bedside, and his eyes burst into tears from the pain. Xiào Mu glared at Leo, who looked at him with a complicated expression. Leo’s face is indeed very handsome, but no matter how handsome people are, it is still shocking in such close distance.
Leo sighed imperceptibly, and stretched out his hand to rub the top of Xiào Mu’s head, “Be careful, don’t you feel pain in your head?” Xiào Mu’s head moved back so Leo shifted his hand down to Xiào Mu’s face. He moved his thumb to touch the end of his eyes, “Don’t cry.”
Xiào Mu slapped Leo’s hand away, “I didn’t cry. The tears only came out from reflex1. It hurt so much just now. How did you get into my room?”
Leo wrinkled his brows when he heard Xiào Mu’s words, “I knocked on the door but you didn’t respond. I’m worried that something will happen to you. You only wake up after I called you several times. Are you sick? Why are you sleeping so deeply?”
Xiào Mu didn’t expect himself to sleep so deeply too. He shook his head and said, “I’m fine, I’m just a little tired.” He looked at Leo warily, “Can you enter my room as you please?”
“Of course not,” Leo’s face turned black. “I must get permission first. But you didn’t respond within 5 minutes so I can activate the permissions to get in.”
Hearing that, Xiào Mu is a little relieved. He took a look out the window, and quickly got up, “It’s so late now.”
Leo stared at Xiào Mu, “How long did you sleep?”
Xiào Mu glanced at the time, and said, “Almost 3 hours.”
Leo: “What did you do in the Zhao’s house and why are you so tired?”
“I just made some medicine.” Of course, Xiào Mu couldn’t say that it is because he got too tired from reclaiming the land.
Leo went silent for a moment. He knew about Xiào Mu and the Zhao family’s plan. Hence, he can understand why Xiào Mu is eager to make more medicine.
“Don’t be too impatient. Kain has been convicted today. He will be exiled and will never have the opportunity to return to Area A in his life. Recently, there have been a lot of rumors about the Golden Tower. Many supporters voiced objection for you to enter the Golden Tower so Qi Sai will not force you to go in.”
Xiào Mu breathed a sigh of relief and couldn’t help asking, “Where is Greene then?”
“His identity is disclosed to the public already so he became the legal heir of the Greene family, and has returned to the Greene house.” Seeing Xiào Mu’s worries, Leo added, “Now that the people in the empire know that he has been treated unfairly since he was a child, the Greene family will treat him well now.”
As for whether it is true or not, it has nothing to do with him.
Xiào Mu smiled, “I hope he can have a good time then. Have you eaten dinner yet?”
Xiào Mu felt a little embarrassed, apparently, Leo only came to ask him to have dinner.
The next day, Xiào Mu went directly to the business building and discussed the unit with a fat middle-aged man. The man looked surprised when he saw him, but said nothing. This attitude makes Xiào Mu more satisfied with him.
There are a total of 4 office rooms on the 3rd floor, 2 on the left and 2 on the right. In the middle is a large living room. The middle of the living room is blocked by a frosted partition that divided the space into interior and exterior halls. Each room is equipped with a basic soundproofing system. Xiào Mu is very satisfied after seeing the unit. He signed a 1-year contract on the spot and paid the rent in advance for 6 months. Next, Xiào Mu contacted Zhao Sheng and told him that he rented a unit and his plans with the physical store. But he concealed the part where he needed to activate his skills, and then said, “After the measurement device is ready, can you send someone to deliver directly to my front desk?”
“Yes, have you hire any helpers yet?”
“Not yet, I considered about it and thought to just use a robot at the front desk. Then I will need a receptionist guide and a public relations manager who will receive goods for me.” Xiào Mu said.
Zhao Sheng: “No need to find anymore, I got someone to recommend to you. He has always wanted to help, and is looking for a suitable position for him.”
“The person you recommend is definitely no problem. Well then, I won’t look for other people. The store will be renovated today, and I will meet with the person you introduced tomorrow!”
Not long after hanging up the call, Xiào Mu received a call from Hawke.
Hawke sounded very excited, “Xiào Mu, my dad said he will be working in your company? Is that true? So you still need more people? I want to go too!”
Xiào Mu got taken aback. The person Zhao Sheng mentioned was Hawke’s dad? As far as he knows, Hawke’s dad is also a top local tyrant! Suddenly, Xiào Mu felt stressed.
Raw word count: 10318 (whole chapter)