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The Celebrity - Chapter 8

Chapter 8 - Journey to the West

High noon.

The sun was right above.

It would be glorious if you were to sit under the tree shade or on the beach or in a pavilion by the pond, with the cool breeze blowing gently, blowing on your body, and in your hand you were carrying a glass of iced cold juice.

If you were to have that, you would certainly feel happy inside, that the world was a happy place, and the sunlight was so bright, so magnificent.

But if you were to walk under the hot sun, exposed fully to the fiery scorching heat of the sun, the feeling would not be too good.

Tian SiSi felt like she was simply stuck in a nightmare, her breathing became very labored.

The road ahead seemed to extend endlessly, the gravel underneath her feet sparkled and glittered, but they burned like you could boil an egg on it.

There were many outdoor shops under the tree shade that sold cold drinks and hot food. Several people sat there eating and drinking, even wearing straw hats, while at the same time complaining that the wine was too light.

But in Tian SiSi’s eyes, those people were so happy that they were like little gods that were enjoying life.

“A lucky person often does not know that he is lucky.”

Only now Tian SiSi understood this saying.

If two days ago she saw this kind of food and wine, they would only look like dog food. But now, if someone offered her this wine, perhaps she would feel so grateful that she might shed some tears.

She really wanted to drink at least two bowls, her lips were so parched.

But to buy the wine, one needed money.

Even if Lady Tian had not set out by herself, she absolutely knew this truth.

And now she did not even have a single coin.

Before, if Lady Tian wanted anything, as long as she opened her mouth, someone would come along with her request.

She had not realized how valuable “this money” before.

“That pig is so fat that he must be rich. Is he willing to lend me some money?”

Even thinking of asking him to lend some money caused her face to blush furiously, if she really had to ask him, she might die before opening her mouth to ask.

All the people under the tree shade kept staring at her.

She lowered her head, clenched her teeth, and walked away.

“Why hasn't that pig caught up with me? Is it possible that he is now dead drunk?”

She could only hate herself that a moment ago she did not eat and drink in that place before she left, “eating now is not going to be in vain”, she remembered that Yang Fan’s happy speech had some truth in it.

The sound of a carriage came up behind her, when she turned to look, she saw a closed carriage creeping closer in the distant, a person sat lazily in the front, languidly controlling the reins, a pair of long slit eyes seemed to be open and shut at the same time, the mouth also had a thin smile.

This drunkard actually were not dead drunk and unexpectedly had caught up with her. Looking at how comfortable he was, Tian SiSi wished that she was under the ground.

Tian SiSi felt hatred that her teeth itched.

“This horse-drawn carriage was the one that stopped outside the house a while ago, why couldn’t I just sat inside. I went out first, why should this pig now get to enjoy this advantage.”

Now she could only hope that this pig will greet her and asked her aboard.

Yang Fan paid no attention to her, he did not seem to notice her, and yet the carriage stopped from time to time, never really leaving her that far behind.

Fortunately, she could not see his evil face, otherwise she would be really angry.

Tian SiSi called out loudly, “Hey...”

Yang Fan’s eyes opened and then closed.

Tian SiSi had to walk faster and called out, “Hey, are you a deaf person?”

Yang Fan’s eyes looked wider before he finally said lazily, “Who are you speaking to?”

Tian Sisi said, “Certainly to you, can I speak to this horse?”

Yang Fan said lightly, “My surname is not hey, so how should I know that you were speaking to me?”

Tian SiSi clenched her teeth and said, “Hey, surnamed Yang.”

Yang Fan’s eyes remained closed.

Tian SiSi angrily called out, “I called surnamed Yang, aren't you surnamed Yang?”

Yang Fan said, “People with surname Yang are so many, how did I know which one are you calling?”

Tian Sisi retorted back, “Is there anyone else here that has surname Yang? Maybe this horse is also surnamed Yang?”

Yang Fan said, “Perhaps it is surnamed Yang, perhaps surnamed Tian, why don’t you ask?”

He yawned lazily and then said lightly, “If you want to speak to me, you must call me older brother Yang (Yang da ge).”

Tian SiSi’s eyes grew bigger, she acidly said, “Why do I want to call you older brother Yang?”

Yang Fan said, “First, because I am surnamed Yang, second, because I am older than you, third, because I am a man, you cannot call me Sister Yang.”

He lazily smiled and then said, “If you call me Uncle Yang, I would not be happy at all.”

Tian Sisi cursed, “Dead pig, evil pig.”

Yang Fan said easily, “Only a pig wants to speak to a pig, I think you do not look like a pig.”

Tian SiSi clenched her teeth, turned around, and promised herself that she would not pay any attention to him. Suddenly she heard a whistle, Yang Fan tugged the reins suddenly and the carriage jumped forward from her side.

The road ahead seemed endless, the sun was really bright, if one had to walk, even if one could endure it, one would be half dead by the end.

Tian SiSi become worried and said loudly, “Yang datou, wait a moment.” (datou = big head, what else )

When she said “da”, her voice was intentionally very loud, but the “tou” sound was very low, as if she was calling him Yang dage.

Yang Fan really pulled the reins in, turned his head, and said with a smile, “Younger sister Tian (Tian xiaomei), what is the matter?”

Tian SiSi giggled to herself, she had finally managed to take advantage of him with great difficulty, certainly she smiled very sweetly and happily.

Which girl did not like to take advantage of other people?

Tian SiSi’s eyes blinked as she said with a smile, “Since nobody sits in your carriage, is it convenient for you to let me sit inside? “

Yang Fan smiled, “Certainly you may.”

Tian Sisi said, “Since you already promised me, you cannot force me to go down.”

Yang Fan said, “Certainly.”

His mouth had not closed, Tian SiSi had jumped up into the carriage, as she looked up from the window, she laughingly said, “Perhaps you had not heard clearly a moment ago, I was not calling you Yang dage, but Yang datou; your head is three times bigger than normal people.”

She was sure this would rile up this evil person.

Who would know that instead of being angry, Yang Fan said with a smile, “A big head means the person is intelligent, I already know that I am intelligent, therefore you do not need to remind me.”

Tian SiSi pouted her mouth and with a “bang” closed the door of the carriage.

Yang Fan laughed loudly, raised the whip to urge the horse, also said, “With a big head one does not have to worry in the rain, others have umbrellas, I have a big head ...... A big head has many advantages, you will slowly learn how.”

Some people seemed to have luck since they were born, therefore they always lived very happily forever.

Yang Fan was this kind of person, it would not be easy for anyone to make him angry, not easy at all.

Two

When high noon passed, there were more people passing on the road, some by carriage, some riding a horse, some old, some young…

Tian SiSi suddenly saw a young knight, with a fluttering bright red silk handkerchief.

The red silk handkerchief was on his arm.

This person was certainly not Qin Ge, but he must have come from Chiangnan.

“Does he know Qin Ge? Or maybe he has heard of Qin Ge’s news?”

Tian SiSi spent her time in the heat looking out the window to see the people passing by.

She hoped she could wholeheartedly think about Qin Ge, and forgot anything else.

But she could not.

She was still awfully hungry, so hungry that she could not fall asleep.

If a person’s belly was empty, how could his heart be at rest?

Tian SiSi could not help looking up the window and said loudly, “Do you know what place is ahead?”

Yang Fan said, “No, anyway Chiangnan is still very far.”

Tian Sisi said, “I want to find a place to stop, I ......am a little hungry.”

Yang Fan said, “You want to eat something?”

Tian SiSi had swallowed her saliva, said, “Yes, eat something ......eat something that is not a big deal.”

Yang Fan said, “Since it is not a big deal, why eat?”

He sighed and muttered “This woman is actually a rarity, not eating anything at all throughout the day is not a big deal. If it were me, I would be going insane with hunger.”

Tian SiSi called out suddenly and said, “I am also going insane with hunger.”

Yang Fan said with a smile, “Then you should eat, the only thing is if you want to eat, you need money, do you have some?”

Tian Sisi said, “I ......I ......”

Yang Fan said easily, “If you do not have any money to eat, when you eat without paying, that person must suffer by the wooden board. If that inch-thick board hit the buttocks, the feeling is not any better than the hunger.”

Tian SiSi blushed and bit her lips, after a very long time, only then could she raise her courage to ask, “You ......Do you have some money?”

Yang Fan said, “I have some money, but only for me. You are not my wife, I do not want to take care of you!”

Tian Sisi said, “Who wants you to take care of me?”

Yang Fan said, “If you do not want me to take care of you, and you do not have any money, do you want to stay hungry until we reach Chiangnan?”

Tian SiSi was stunned for a while before she slowly said, “I ......I shall think of a way to make money.”

Yang Fan said, “That is very good, how do you want to make money?”

Tian SiSi was stunned.

Her entire life she never had to make her own money, she did not know how to make some money.

After a while, she probingly asked, “Where do you get your money?”

Yang Fan said, “Certainly from work.”

Tian Sisi said, “How?”

Yang Fan said, “There are many ways to make money and to earn a living, a kungfu teacher, a bodyguard, a night guard, a hunter, a ginseng gatherer, a hotel waiter, as businessman, I have done all of them.”

He smiled, then said, “If a person does not want to starve, he must rely on his own effort to survive. As long as it is an honest means to make money, nothing is too disgraceful to do. But do you know what you can do?”

Tian SiSi could not say anything.

She really could not do anything, or anything that will make money.

Yang Fan said easily, “Some people only can spend money and cannot make money, if this kind of a person starves to death, nobody can take pity on him.”

Tian Sisi indignantly said, “Who wants you to take pity?”

Yang Fan said, “Good, you have the spirit, but even with the spirit, a person can also be uncomfortably hungry, until when can you stay hungry?”

Tian SiSi clenched her teeth, she nearly cried.

Yang Fan said, “I have found a way for you to make money.”

Tian SiSi could not bear asking, “What way?”

Yang Fan said, “You can become my carriage driver, every hour I will give you a tael.”

Tian Sisi said, “A tael?”

Yang Fan said, “A tael you also consider too little? If you drive a carriage for others, most will only give you five pennies.”

Tian Sisi said, “Good, a tael is fine, but ......but ......”

Yang Fan said, “But what?”

Tian SiSi blushed and said, “I have never driven a carriage.”

Yang Fan said with a smile, “That is not a problem, anyone can drive a carriage, if a person cannot control a horse, this person must be a donkey.”

***

For the first time, Tian SiSi finally found a way to earn some money.

This one tael might not be a big accomplishment.

After driving the carriage for an hour, her waist had become sore, her back was also hurt. Her two arms were already almost numb, and the hands that pulled the reins were almost bleeding by the friction.

So when she received this tael from Yang Fan, her tears nearly dropped.

That was actually not tears of sadness, but tears of delight.

For the first time she was enjoying the happiness of her own labor!

Yang Fan was looking at her, his eyes were gleaming and he said softly with a smile, “Now that you are rich, you might go and eat something.”

Tian SiSi lifted up her chest and said loudly, “I can go and eat by myself, you do not need to teach me that.”

Her hand gripped tightly this tael, this small amount of money felt more precious than even all her jewelry. She knew that no one would be able to take away this tael from her hand.

Three

This town was not big.

Tian SiSi looked for a nearby restaurant, and strode in with the chest lifted high. Although she only held one tael, but she felt like a millionaire, like she was never richer before.

Although the waiter cast a glancing doubt at ther, he poured out some tea for her and said, “What does Miss want to eat?”

Tian SiSi drank this cup of tea with one breath, and then said, “Do you have shiitake mushroom here?”

Whenever, wherever you are, the shiitake mushroom was only for the rich people.

The waiter took another look at her and said, “We certainly have the shiitake mushroom, moreover it was imported from a very far away place, but it is very expensive.”

Immediately Tian SiSi put out her money on the table and said, “No problem, just prepare the shiitake mushroom with ham and a stewed chicken.”

She was determined to eat delicious food.

The waiter cast a glance at the piece of coin with the corner of his eyes and coldly said, “The shiitake mushroom and ham, with stewed chicken cost five tael, does Miss really want it?”

Tian SiSi was stunned.

After a while, she slowly put out a hand and quietly covered the money on the table.

She did not have any clue at all about what a tael’s worth really was.

Now she knew.

The waiter said, “We have a special menu for typical guests, vegetable soup and plain rice, it is very filling.”

It turned out that a tael could only pay for a “special menu for typical guests”. The earning from an hour’s hard labor was not really a large amount.

Tian SiSi held back her tears and said, “Good, prepare the special menu for typical guest.”

And then someone said, “Cook a bowl of shiitake mushrooms with ham and chicken for me, also 3 or 4 matching stir-fried dishes, with two catties of wine.”

Unknown to all,Yang Fan had came in, and moreover had sat on a table nearby her.

Tian SiSi was nipping her lips, paying no attention to him, neither listening to what he said nor looking at him.

The food had come, and she lowered her head and ate.

But the fragrance of ham and stewed chicken near her pervaded her nose.

A person could not stop breathing.

Tian SiSi said bitterly, “This fatty already looks like a pig, but still he does not eat sparingly, maybe he is trying to get butchered this new year’s day?”

Yang Fan was not angry and easily said with a smile, “I am better than you, can make more money than you therefore I am eating better than you, this is just a fair proposition, nobody should feel angry.”

Although this town was not big, this restaurant was actually not small, moreover it also had a private room.

From this private room suddenly a heavily-powdered woman came out, wobbling from side to side and reached the counter, then she extended her hand and said, “Master Niu wanted me to take 10 taels from the counter.”

The cashier said with a smile, “I know, Master Niu had told me that if you came and sat today to give you 10 taels reward.”

He took out a spindle of ten taels handed over to her and said with a smile, “You girl really have an easy time making money.”

This woman received the money, wobbled from side to side, turned her head suddenly and smilingly said, “If you think we have an easy time making money, why don't you allow your wife and the daughter to do the same?”

The cashier’s complexion had changed, as if his mouth was stuffed suddenly by a smelly preserved egg.

Tian SiSi was listening, Yang Fan said suddenly, “You also think she has an easy time making money?”

Driving a carriage for an hour would only get you one tael, but just sitting would get 10 taels.

It looked a little bit unfair.

Yang Fan said again, “The way they make money looks easy, because they are betraying their own innocence and sense of honor, if anyone can betray that, then indeed they can make money easily, only …”

He sighed, then said, “… although they can earn a lot of money easily, this is actually very painful, only money that is obtained with hard work, then you can spend it with a clear conscience.”

Tian SiSi could not help nodded, she suddenly realized that his words really made a lot of sense.

This was the first time she thought that this pig was not that stupid.

“Perhaps a person with a big head truly thinks deeper compared to many others.”

She felt suddenly that although he ate more than other people, that was still forgivable.