The Celebrity - Chapter 17
Chapter 17 - Heroes and Drunkards
Not only was the monk here, but the taoist priest and the scholar had also came back.
Qin Ge rubbed his eyes and said, “How did I get here?”
The monk said, “You are originally here.”
Qin Ge looked around, but he needed to turn his head around too for that.
The monk said with a smile, “This place is not hell, but it isn’t that far away from it.”
Sometimes the gambling establishment and hell were really not that far apart.
Qin Ge rubbed his eyes again and said, “Didn’t you leave not a moment ago?”
The monk nodded and said, “Since we can come, we can also leave.”
Qin Ge said, “Why have you come now?”
The monk said, “Since we can leave, we can also come.”
Qin Ge thought about it and muttered, “It makes sense. What the monk is saying really makes a lot of sense.”
The monk said, “Because the monk is a monk.”
Qin Ge thought about that and laughed suddenly, “Makes sense, you make sense again.”
The monk said, “You know why we left a moment ago?”
Qin Ge shook his head.
The monk said, “So you could gain 50,000 taels.”
Qin Ge laughed and said, “I have already said, you are a sensible person.”
The monk said, “Do you know now why we have come again?”
Qin Ge said, “In order to let me gain 50,000 taels again?”
The monk said, “No.”
Qin Ge said, “As soon as you leave, I gain 50,000 taels, as soon as I lose everything, you come back again, why shouldn’t it be good?”
The monk said, “That is why it is not good.”
Qin Ge said, “Why not?”
The monk said, “Because you lose it too quickly.”
Qin Ge laughed and said, “Therefore you would not leave this time?”
The monk said, “Right.”
Qin Ge stared at him and suddenly said loudly, “You really will not leave?”
The monk said, “A monk does not lie.”
Qin Ge said, “Fine, if you really will not leave, I will leave then.” He laughed while walking outside. At the entrance, suddenly he turned his head and said, “I will leave first, where should I wait for you?”
The monk pointed at above and said, “Up there!”
Qin Ge said with a smile, “You think I can return there now?”
The monk smiled.
A person who fell from above would not find it easy to climb back up.
Even if you had climbed back up, if you were not careful, you could fall down again.
And fell down much quicker too.
Qin Ge’s body kept falling down and should have stayed down.
But luckily Tian SiSi was there to prop him up.
Unexpectedly when such a character like Qin Ge left that gambling establishment, no one else had come out.
Tian SiSi felt uncertain about him, but she had also felt very angry for him.
Even if Qin Ge had not been a great person, at least he had been a big customer there, moreover he had lost so much, the golden beard ought to have taken care of him.
In fact, she was so enraged a moment ago that she had called the golden beard to account for him, “Couldn't you see that he was drunk already?”
The golden beard smiled and said, “The wine here is free.”
Tian SiSi said, “Since you knew that he was drunk, why did you allow him to leave?”
The golden beard said, “This place is not a jail, regardless of who wants to leave, we cannot prevent them.”
Tian SiSi said, “You should have at least looked after him.”
The golden beard said, “How do you want me to look after him?”
Tian SiSi said, “At least find him a place to sleep, you shouldn’t let him keel over dead drunk on the road.”
The golden beard coldly said, “This place is not an inn.”
Tian SiSi said, “But you are actually his friend.”
The golden beard said, “A person who opens a gambling establishment does not have any friend.”
Tian SiSi said, “Do you think he will come again next time?”
The golden beard said, “As long as he has money, he will come again next time. This time he goes away crawling, but he will come again the same way next time.” He smiled and then said, “When he comes here again, that is not to become friends with anyone.”
Tian SiSi said, “You cannot make him an exception?”
The golden beard said, “Why should he be an exception?”
Tian SiSi said, “He is ultimately a famous hero.”
The golden beard coldly said, “This place has no provision for friends or heroes.”
This was the golden beard’s final answer.
In their eyes, there were only two kinds of people in world: winners and losers.
They should never sympathized with losers.
And there was probably one kind of people that was worst than losers, losers who were dead drunk.
Qin Ge was not completely dead drunk, he had some awareness at least.
He finally found out that someone was holding him, after a very long time he still could not quite see who was holding him.
He narrowed his eyes to focus on the person, and after a very long time he suddenly said, “You are drunk too.”
Tian SiSi said, “I haven’t drunk any wine, how can I be drunk?”
Qin Ge said, “If you are not drunk yet, why do you want me to hold you?”
Tian SiSi said, “You are not holding me, I am holding you.”
Qin Ge laughed and pointed at Tian SiSi’s nose and said, “You are really not drunk yet? Your nose is so crooked that it splits into the two ears.”
Tian SiSi wished she could shove him into the sewer, as she clenched her teeth, “Can you stand straight?”
Qin Ge said, “Cannot.”
Tian SiSi said, “Why?”
Qin Ge said, “Because I must get down.”
He lowered his voice and mysteriously said, “Do you know why I have to get down?”
Tian SiSi said bitterly, “Because there is no monk there?”
Qin Ge laughed, “Right, that monk is already inside that gambling establishment, chanting the scripture.” He laughed so hilariously such that he had trouble breathing.
Tian SiSi looked at him with exasperation, she really did not know where she should take him. Qin Ge suddenly flushed forward to the corner and vomited non stop.
He vomited many, many times, Tian SiSi also hoped that he did that.
“Once a person vomits, perhaps he can become sober then.”
She thought so because she had never really been truly drunk.
A truly drunk person would never become sober like that, after he vomited, the tipsy feeling welled up and he became even more drunk.
After Qin Ge vomited, he had lain down immediately, and within a very short period, he had already thunderously snored.
Tian SiSi became really anxious and said loudly, “Hey, quick, how can you sleep here?”
Qin Ge could no longer hear anything.
Tian SiSi then shook him really hard, after a very long time, finally Qin Ge narrowed his eyes.
His eyes were only a third of the usual size, but his tongue was twice as big.
Tian SiSi worriedly said, “If you sleep here, how would others see you? Don’t forget that you are a true man, a big hero.”
Qin Ge replied with a smile, “Hero ......how much does a heroic value worth? Can I get something in the gambling establishment if I sell it?”
He lowered his voice, “Can I tell you a secret?”
Tian SiSi gave a forced smile and said, “Go ahead.”
Qin Ge said, “In reality, I do not really want to be a hero, it just doesn’t feel any better.”
Once he said it, he began to snore sonorously again.
Tian SiSi did not know what else to do.
This person could not be shaken awake, propping him up was also useless.
When a person got drunk, he would become much heavier to prop up.
Tian SiSi really wanted to just abandon him, but it was a pity that she was not that kind of person, moreover she was still thinking of Qin Ge as her hero, a great person.
Many girls would faint because of the excitement just by hearing of Qin Ge’s name.
If they saw Qin Ge like this, how would their hearts feel now?
Because they could not see this, therefore they were all much luckier than Tian SiSi.
Tian SiSi sighed and saw that bright red silk handkerchief on Qin Ge’s neck.
The red silk handkerchief that symbolized the chivalry, the bravery and the warm feeling.
The red silk handkerchief was like the red sun which just arose.
But what did this red silk handkerchief represent now?
Like a cleaning rag.
A rag that had cleaned 7 or 8 tables, a rag that had also a mix of sweat, wine, and some other things that were vomited by Qin Ge,
How would those sentimental young girls feel now if they saw this red silk handkerchief on his neck? Tian SiSi did not dare to think.
“In any event, he is only like this when he gets drunk. Everyone can get drunk, doing evil is the one that cannot be forgiven.”
Tian SiSi sighed gently, squatted and wiped Qin Ge’s face with her own silk handkerchief.
Her silk handkerchief was certainly also red, red like the warm blood of a sweetheart.
But her blood was not as warm as when she started in this morning.
Not because she was disappointed with Qin Ge, but mainly because she did not feel well. She tried to vomit to feel better, but nothing came out. So the person with an empty belly, standing in the windy evening in a dark small lane, was accompanying a thunderously snoring drunkard. How could her blood feel warm up in this situation?
The sun seemed to suddenly shine brightly, when Tian SiSi realized that she had fallen asleep a while ago. She did not know how she could fall asleep. Qin Ge still lied down besides the sewer. His snoring sound had finally become softer.
Tian SiSi had finally stood up in that corner of a wall, some pain shot up her neck so she had to rotate her neck a couple of times, before she suddenly realized something strange.
There was a blanket on her body.
Yesterday evening she certainly did not have this blanket, because she was feeling at that time very cold, very hungry, sitting worriedly in this corner of a wall, and not really knowing how this night should pass.
She was thinking about that big-headed ghost, eating to the fullest, and probably lying down on a soft bed maybe with a woman like Zhang Haoer besides him. That was the last thing she remembered. Then she suddenly fell asleep.
“Where did this blanket come from?”
This blanket was just like a meat pie, it could not have just fallen from the sky.
Did Qin Ge wake suddenly in the midnight, and found a piece of blanket to cover her? Qin Ge seemed to have slept where he dropped down, his posture did not even seemed to change at all.
Tian SiSi was nipping her lips, thinking furiously while standing still.
Thinking it over, there could only be someone who would cover her with this blanket.
But she did not believe that this person would do that.
Or she would rather not believe it.
When Qin Ge was awake, he stood very, very straight, but when he was sleeping, he did not look very good. He just looked like a sun-dried shelled shrimp.
This place was luckily a dead-end lane, only several houses' back doors were in this lane. Last night, she was so confused that she did not know how they got to this lane, but she began to think that they had been really lucky. If some people saw Lady Tian sleeping in this lane, that might have brought disgrace to the family.
But presently, the day had become brighter, at any time, there might some people walking through those back doors. Tian SiSi set a firm resolution that she would wake up Qin Ge without fail. So she really shook him hard to wake him up.
Finally Qin Ge shouted out after he opened his eyes, “What are you doing? My head is splitting apart being shaken by you.”
Tian SiSi was nipping her lips and said, “If it split apart that would be best, that would be the best opportunity to wash the inside of your head.”
At last Qin Ge began to recognize his surrounding and herself, he smiled suddenly, “It is you, how can you get here?”
Tian SiSi said bitterly, “Because I met a drunkard.”
She was determined originally to appear before Qin Ge as a gentle, sympathetic, and a very attractive woman who certainly could become a good wife. But her temperament soon got the better of her, and she had completely forgotten her intention.
Qin Ge’s hands were holding his head while he did not stop sighing.
Tian SiSi looked as his distressed appearance and could not help asking, “Are you very uncomfortable?”
Qin Ge bitterly said, “Not only uncomfortable, even more uncomfortable than after a heavy illness.”
Tian SiSi said, “How can you be so uncomfortable?”
Qin Ge said, “When someone become drunk on the evening, the next day he will feel very uncomfortable.”
Tian SiSi said, “Since you know that, why did you get drunk?”
Qin Ge sternly said, “When a man drinks, he must appear like a real man.”
Tian SiSi sighed and said, “When you drink like that can you called a hero? That only says that you are a drunkard.”
Qin Ge said, “A hero is good, a drunkard is also good, in short, I am a man, much better than being like a woman.”
Tian SiSi said, “An effeminate person at least would feel much more comfortable than you.”
Qin Ge shook his head and said, “This is a man’s problem, you a woman, should not ask too much about it.” He finally stood up and patted Tian SiSi’s shoulder, “Let’s leave, I must find something to drink.”
Tian SiSi widened her eyes and said, “You want to drink?”
Qin Ge said, “Certainly.”
Tian SiSi said, “You are not afraid of being uncomfortable?”
Qin Ge said, “Being uncomfortable is one thing, while drinking is another thing. You a woman will not understand that.” He continued, “Moreover when I drink this time, this wine is to bring me back to life, I won’t feel uncomfortable then.”
Tian SiSi said, “If you get drunk today, won’t you feel uncomfortable tomorrow?”
Qin Ge said with a smile, “Tomorrow is another day. Moreover, if I am feeling uncomfortable tomorrow, I can drink again to relieve it.”
Tian SiSi sighed and muttered, “Now I know how one can become a drunkard.”
Qin Ge simply had not listened to her, after brushing his clothes quickly to clean up, he arranged the red silk handkerchief around his neck, stood up straight, stuck out the chest, and walked towards the other end of the lane.
A person who had lied down near the sewer should really stuck out his chest when going outside. Even if the whole body felt awful, the face could not reveal even a little bit of uncomfortable appearance. Although he did not necessarily looked glowing with health, he still retained his heroic spirit, and that bright red silk handkerchief was tidily arranged, fluttering in the wind.
Tian SiSi also had no alternative but to acknowledge that the silk material that made his clothing was really good.
Qin Ge was waiting for her at the end of the lane and smiled, “How is my appearance now?”
Tian SiSi could not help but smile sweetly, “At least you do not look like a drunken cat.”
She continued, “Where are you going to drink?”
Qin Ge said, “Certainly the biggest teahouse.”
Tian SiSi said, “Teahouse?”
Qin Ge said, “At this time, only the teahouse is open.”
Tian SiSi said, “Do they sell wine in the teahouse?”
Qin Ge said with a smile, “In the teahouse, besides the tea, almost anything is available.”
Tian SiSi was unable to restrain her smile, but immediately frowned and said, “Do you have money?”
Qin Ge said, “No.” He replied very simply.
Tian SiSi’s eyebrows wrinkled even more and said, “If you don't have money, how will you buy the wine?”
Qin Ge said with a smile, “When I drink why do I need money?”
Tian SiSi said, “What will you use then?”
Qin Ge stuck out his chest and said, “As soon as so I goes in, a lot of people will offer me to drink with them.”
Tian SiSi said, “You feel all right if others treat you to drink?”
Qin Ge said, “Why should I be embarrassed? When they treat me, they shine brighter; I drink their wine, they get to lift up their faces.” He smiled and also said, “A famous hero has his own advantages.”
Tian SiSi also smiled.
Although she discovered that this person was not as great as her imagination, but he had exposed a lot of himself to her. After all he was also young. He had a lot of shortcomings, but he also had his own superiority. He was a hero, and yet a unique person. A living, vibrant man.
Tian SiSi said with a smile, “If the others had seen your drunk appearance last night, they certainly would not offer you drink.”
Qin Ge said, “No one will see that appearance. When I gamble, I am very straightforward, also when I drink. When I am drunk and have lost everything, I will not let anyone else see my miserable appearance.” He smiled, then said, “You have also heard how I have suffered hundreds of knife cuts?”
Tian SiSi nodded and said with a smile, “I have listened to that story at least a hundred times.”
Qin Ge said, “Did you hear that after I was stabbed, I crawled out of that place, and that night I was hurting everywhere that I had to sway back and forth non stop crying out for help to save me?”
Tian SiSi said, “No.”
Qin Ge said with a smile, “So now you should get what I mean?”
Tian SiSi indeed had understood.
In jiang-hu, people would see and hear about one side of the magnificent deeds.
But actually forgot that behind the bright lights was the gloomy side of things.
Not just about Qin Ge, but throughout the ages, the big heroes were no exception to these tales.
Just like when people upheld a great general with power, honor, and prestige, they had actually forgotten the ten thousands of people who had died in the battlefield, scattered as mere white bones.
Tian SiSi sighed and said, “I did not realize you really understood many things.”
Qin Ge said, “When a person is mixed up for many years in jiang-hu, you get to learn many things.”
Tian SiSi blinked and said, “Do you know how I regarded you last night?”
Qin Ge shook his head.
Tian SiSi smilingly said, “I regarded as you as a boorish fellow, a country bumpkin.”
Qin Ge said, “A country bumpkin?”
Tian SiSi said, “Because who in the world had never heard of Zhang ZiFang.”
Qin Ge suddenly winked and said, “You thought I really did not know him?”