The Celebrity - Chapter 30
Chapter 30 - Dead Ends
Tian SiSi sat on the coffin although she wished she could hide inside it instead.
She thought that she would be able to wail loudly to expiate her feeling but she could not even shed her tears.
Couldn’t she force the tears to come? A person without hope and without tears was a person in total despair, although the flowing tears were painful, not being able to cry was even more fearful.
But the way she looked now was very peaceful, very tranquil.
Liu FengGu’s eyes never wavered from her, “You have said that you will not renege on your promise.”
Tian SiSi said without thinking, “Yes, I said so.”
Liu FengGu said, “You agree to marry me?”
Tian SiSi said, “I have promised you, only ......I must ask you something.”
Liu FengGu said with a smile, “As long as you are happy, you can ask 1000 questions.”
Tian SiSi said, “I only want to ask you, why do want me to marry you? There are many other girls in the world.“
Liu FengGu said, “Although there are many women, there is only one Tian SiSi.”
Tian SiSi said, “I must know the truth, now what else do you fear? Why aren’t you willing to tell me the truth?”
Liu FengGu said, “Because the truth is not that pleasant to hear.”
Tian SiSi said, “I want to know.”
Liu FengGu hesitated before saying, “Do you know who is the world’s richest person?”
Tian SiSi said, “Who?”
Liu FengGu said with a smile, “It is you, presently the world’s richest person is you.”
Tian SiSi sat there for a while before saying slowly, “You must marry me, not for myself, but for my money.”
Liu FengGu sighed and said, “I have already said that the truth is not as touching as the lie.”
Tian SiSi said, “Why don’t you simply kill me and rob the money, isn’t that a lot more convenient?”
Liu FengGu said, “That will cause trouble.”
Tian SiSi said, “How can it be trouble?”
Liu FengGu said, “Do you know how many family properties do you have?”
Tian SiSi said, “I do not know.”
Liu FengGu said, “But I actually have investigated very clearly, in each province and in each big or small city, you have family businesses in those places. If I were to grab them one by one, I would still be doing that until my beard has turned white.”
He smiled as he continued, “But if I were Lady Tian's husband, wouldn’t I be automatically the business manager of the whole properties. If unfortunately you were to accidentally die, all the family business would logically be turned over to the person surnamed Liu.”
Tian SiSi nodded slowly and said, “This method is indeed a lot more convenient.”
Liu FengGu said, “Now you have finally understood.”
Tian SiSi said, “Actually I should have understood this before.”
Liu FengGu said, “But you have not thought of this truth before, because this truth is really too simple. The most wonderful thing is, the simpler the truth, the more often people could not understand it.”
Tian SiSi said, “I still have something I do not understand.”
Liu Fenggu said, “You say it.”
Tian SiSi said, “Since you want me to agree to marry you, why did you pretend for Yang Fan to rescue me? “
Liu FengGu said, “Because I originally wanted you to marry him.”
Tian SiSi sneered, “You thought I would marry him?”
Liu FengGu said, “A lot of women want to repay their debt of being rescued by marrying the man who rescued her.”
Tian SiSi said, “Therefore you make several opportunities for him to rescue me?”
Liu FengGu said with a smile, “Although this method has been used many times before, it is still pretty effective.”
Tian SiSi said, “Why didn’t you pick someone else, and chose this pig instead?”
Liu FengGu said, “Because he is my brother, if he were rich, then I would be rich as well.”
Tian SiSi said, “Why don't you think of a way to make me feel grateful to you and then marry you, wouldn’t that be a lot simpler?”
Liu FengGu said lightly, “A person like me would prefer the situation where I do not have to show myself. You might not understand this, but you will slowly understand.”
Tian SiSi coldly said, “Perhaps I have already understood now.”
Liu FengGu said, “Oh?”
Tian SiSi said, “If you do not show yourself, if the proposition falls through, you are not really involved, therefore you are still the Chiangnan’s hero, and no one will find out about your involvement.”
She sneered suddenly and said, “But I have actually found out your problem, your problem is that you are too smart for your own good.”
Liu FengGu said with a smile, “I guess you are not that stupid.”
Tian SiSi said, “Now you have actually shown your own hands.”
Liu FengGu said, “Right.”
Tian SiSi said, “Why have you changed your mind?”
Liu FengGu said, “First, because I thought you disliked my brother so much that you would not be willing to marry him. Second, because I am anxious to get the money now for my use, I don’t have the time to play tricks on you anymore.”
Tian SiSi said, “Therefore you have decided to tell me the truth?”
Liu FengGu said, “Now regardless of what I say, there is no more problem.”
Tian SiSi said, “Now actually what do you want to do?”
Liu FengGu said, “We must certainly return to the Tian village first to get married, moreover we also must have Second Master Tian personally bless this wedding.”
Tian SiSi said, “Which Second Master Tian?”
Liu FengGu smiled and said, “Certainly the one that you saw a moment ago.”
Tian SiSi said, “Then?”
Liu FengGu said, “When everyone in jiang-hu has all acknowledged me as the son-in-law of the Tian’s family, this Second Master Tian can die of old age peacefully in bed.”
Tian SiSi said, “And then not long after that, I will also unfortunately die of illness.”
Liu FengGu said lightly, “The young girl is ill-fated, an intelligent and attractive girl sometimes cannot live a long life.”
Tian SiSi said, “Then all the Tian family’s properties will belong to the surnamed Liu.”
Liu FengGu said lightly, “But I will never forget the way the Tian family has adopted me, therefore every spring and fall, I will offer a sacrifice of prayer, and I will certainly shed some tears on the Tian family’s graves.”
Tian SiSi sighed and said, “You are indeed very thorough in your preparation, but it is only a pity that you have forgotten something.”
Liu FengGu said, “Oh?”
Tian SiSi said, “Since you have told me the truth, how can I still willingly marry you?”
Liu FengGu said, “Didn’t you promise me already?”
Tian SiSi said, “You can treat what I said earlier about agreeing to marry you as a nonsense.”
Liu FengGu laughed suddenly and said, “You think I have not really thought of this? Liu FengGu’s quick-witted, unparalleled, foolproof plan, this reputation is not that easy to get.”
Tian SiSi said, “You ......You can compel me to marry you, but you absolutely cannot force me, in front of the big crowd of people, to bow to Heaven and Earth with you to get married, you should just forget about it even in your dream!”
Liu FengGu said, “I always do not like having a dream.”
Tian SiSi said, “Do you have the method to force me to change my mind?”
Liu FengGu said, “I have no need to force you to change your mind, as long as I will not let you interfere, that should be fine.”
Tian SiSi said, “But my legs belong to my body, how can you force me to bow to heaven and earth with you?”
Liu FengGu said, “But I may use others legs actually to replace your legs, when the new bride walks, won’t other people also support her?”
Tian SiSi had debated this throughout anxiously, fueled with her anger.
If a person did not have anything to rely on, often she would become unreasonably strong.
But her tears eventually must drop down.
She nipped her lips, after a very long time, she blurted out, “Although I know that you can say those things, you actually will not be able to really do those things.”
Liu FengGu said, “You do not believe that I am such a person who can deliver on what I say?”
Tian SiSi said, “But you must have certainly realized how all of this will incite others’ suspicion, otherwise you would have already done it. You went around and around to get me, why would you wait until now to do this?”
Liu FengGu said, “Right, Second Master Tian' friends are a lot, by my status, no one should certainly suspect me, therefore first I must certainly find someone who can replace you to speak in the wedding.”
Tian SiSi said, “Nobody else can speak for me.”
Liu FengGu said, “There is someone, I guarantee you that if she speaks for you, no one will disbelieve her.”
Tian SiSi said, “Have you found such a person?”
Liu FengGu said, “You do not believe me?”
Tian SiSi said, “You ......Whom do you find?”
She really had no need to say this, because she had seen Zhang Haoer entering the room holding a person's hand.
She never could believe that this person could betray her.
She would rather die than to believe it, but she had no alternative but to believe it actually.
She had finally seen Tian Xin.
Tian Xin was smiling sweetly, holding Zhang Haoer’s hand, just like when she was pulling Tian SiSi’s hand before.
She still looked very clever, and yet so naive.
She even had not shown any ashamed look.
Tian SiSi originally liked her smiles a lot, but the most that she liked was looking at her pouty smiles. Sometimes she also seemed very experienced, very sensible, but at times she would smile like a baby.
Babies were always lovable.
Now she was smiling positively like a baby.
But Tian SiSi luckily had not actually seen her smile, otherwise perhaps she would immediately get incensed.
Although she stared ahead with big eyes, she really could not see anything.
Even when Liu FengGu spoke to her, it was as if she was listening from a faraway place.
Liu FengGu was asking Tian Xin, “How we should handle this matter, have you completely understood?”
Tian Xin sweetly said, “What elder sister Zhang said a moment ago, I have not forgotten a single word.”
Liu FengGu said, “What did she say?”
Tian Xin said, “Tomorrow evening, I will accompany the master and the young lady home, on that occasion people will have already slept. Therefore we may slip in secretly into the house from the back door.”
Liu FengGu said, “Why do we have to slip in secretly?”
Tian Xin said, “Because the young lady cannot say anything or walk properly, therefore no one should see her like that.”
Liu FengGu said, “On the next days, why wouldn’t she show up to play in the garden?”
Tian Xin said, “I would say that the young lady feels embarrassed, therefore she would not see anyone.”
Liu FengGu said, “Why should she feel embarrassed?”
Tian Xin said, “Because four days from now will be the young lady’s great happiness day, a person who will become a new bride, will always feel embarrassed!”
Liu FengGu said, “Why does the marriage celebration has to be conducted so hurriedly?”
Tian Xin said, “Because Second Master Tian has gotten sick, he must prevent any possible further bad luck by arranging for this happy event.”
Liu FengGu said, “How could Second Master Tian get sick so suddenly?”
Tian Xin said, “He suffered a heat-stroke on the road, compounded with his chronic illness, therefore he was heavily sick.”
Liu FengGu said, “Because he is heavily sick, therefore he must arrange for this joyous occasion for the young lady, this old person's idea is rooted by this cause.”
Tian Xin said, “Also because he is heavily sick, therefore he cannot leave the room to receive guests, even if some old friends have come, they will only be able to sit in his room.”
Liu FengGu said, “Anything else?”
Tian Xin said, “A patient certainly should not catch a chill again, therefore the windows in his room is closed tight, coupled with covered window blinds
Liu Fenggu said, “They must be very thick window blinds.”
Tian Xin said, “The patient already cannot sit, also cannot speak, at most he can only lie down on the bed and greet his friends. Moreover, since the marriage celebration is arranged in a big hurry, not many friends can be contacted.”
Liu FengGu said, “The less the better, as long as some people can speak about the event, that will be fine.”
Tian Xin said, “I have jotted down the list of the invitees and have given it to the elder sister a moment ago.”
Liu FengGu showed his satisfaction and said, “Then?”
Tian Xin said, “Then when the great happiness day arrives, Zhang Haoer and Madam Wang are going to be the happy mothers, they are responsible for dressing up the new bride, and will hold up together the new bride with me to bow to Heaven and Earth.”
Liu FengGu said, “Then?”
Tian Xin said with a smile, “Then when the new bride has entered the marriage chamber, it will no longer be our problem.”
Liu FengGu laughed and said, “Then when this matter has been completed, I might supply you with my brother's marriage celebration, that will be the true marriage celebration.”
Tian Xin blushingly lowered her head, but sneaked a secret glance at Yang Fan, her eyes were filled with sentimental feelings.
Had she really fallen for this big-headed ghost?
Had she betrayed Tian SiSi to get him?
There were many things in the world that seemed too absurd, too strange to be imagined or to be believed.
Everyone was smiling.
Each of them had reasons to smile, although not necessarily to laugh.
In any case, Tian SiSi had not heard their laughter.
She seemed to have dropped into some cold water a moment ago, but now this water had started to form the ice at the top.
She felt her body get chilled to the bone.
“Yang Fan, you are good, Tian Xin, you are good, you two people are both good.”
She really wanted to laugh, laugh at herself for treating these two people as her friends.
And not just friends, but really parts of her life.
But now? Now, anything else in this world was no longer her problems.
She suddenly found herself lonely in this world, no family and no friends.
But perhaps there was someone!
Qin Ge would not collaborate with these low, shameless people, otherwise why did they hatched that plan to frame him?
But where was he? Was he thinking of a way to save her?
This was Tian SiSi final reason to hope, as long as she could hear about Qin Ge now, she would not spare any sacrifice at any price.
At this moment, she suddenly heard Liu FengGu ask Yang Fan, “Qin Ge? You have not brought him here?”
Yang Fan smiled and said, “If not for bringing him here, how could I have come so late?”
Liu FengGu also smiled and said, “How is he? Is he really very difficult to cope with?”
Yang Fan said, “If a person has suffered 500-600 sabre cuts, he is not easy to deal with!”
Liu FengGu said, “Why didn’t you leave him to the monk from the Shaolin Temple? Why did you have to expend your own strength?”
Yang Fan said, “This person really likes to meddle in other people’s business, if I have kept him outside, I would not have felt relieved.”
Liu FengGu said with a smile, “It looks like you work even more careful than me, no wonder other people say that a big-headed person always yields a thorough result.”
Yang Fan smiled and said, “I have left him behind to our guards outside, but now I should bring him in?”
Liu FengGu said, “Fine, bring him in.”
Thereupon Tian SiSi would see Qin Ge.
But now she would have sacrificed anything rather than to see Qin Ge appear like that.
Qin Ge came in lifted by two people, a person holding his body, a person lifting up his legs, as if lifting a dead person.
A dead person at least was stiff, with bones inside it.
But Qin Ge seemed to be completely weak, as soft as the beach sands.
Others just held him up, as if he might turn into flowing soft mud.
When he was drunk, he seemed to look a little like this too.
But he was now actually very sober, not even the slightest tipsy feeling, only full of anger and hatred.
Liu FengGu sighed and said, “Actually how did you cope with him? How could you make him become like this? “
Yang Fan said lightly, “Nothing really special, I just use a couple of fingers to knock on him several times.”
Liu FengGu frowned, “Before, he suffered five hundred sabre cuts just fine, but now he could not withstand your fingers?”
Yang Fan said, “Before he was a pauper, a poor person's bones were always especially hard.”
Liu FengGu said, “Now?”
Yang Fan said, “As soon as a person becomes famous, he also becomes different. Anyone who indulges in the life of dissipation all year, even if he was an iron man before, his body would still become porous.”
Zhang Haoer also sighed and said, “Move the chair quickly and hold up Hero Qin to sit. It is cold and wet on the floor, if Hero Qin accidentally catches the cold, who will take the responsibility?”
These two people immediately propped the chair with Qin Ge on it solicitiously, giving him a very sad appearance.
Tian SiSi clenched her teeth, really wishing she could run over and slap their faces a few times.
Although the chair was very spacious, Qin Ge sat unsteadily, as if he could slip off easily.
Liu FengGu walked closer and smilingly said, “Brother Qin, I have not seen you for many years. I want to urge Brother Qin to take care of your own body, although wine and women are very attractive, they cannot be consumed daily like food.”
Qin Ge looked at him and spit at him.
Liu FengGu had not moved at all, he had not put up his hand to wipe it away, and yet he still smiled at him. How many people in the world could really withhold himself when someone had spit at him?
Qin Ge suddenly laughed and said, “I really admire you, your really have tight self-control, you are not really an individual, I only feel strange how your mother could have given birth to you?”
Liu FengGu was also looking at him, after a while he turned to Yang Fan and said, “You understand what he is trying to do?”
Yang Fan nodded and said, “He wants you to kill him quickly.”
Liu FengGu said lightly, “Now that Shaolin Temple has known him as the murderer of the meddlesome monk, whether he lives or dies, it is no longer any problem.”
Yang Fan said, “But you cannot kill him very quickly.”
Liu FengGu said, ”Certainly. Before he dies, I still want to know something very much. Besides him, no one else can tell me, how can he die so quickly?”
Yang Fan said, “What matter do you want to know?”
Liu FengGu said, “I want to know how many sabre slashes can he suffer?”
Yang Fan said, “Can you guess?”
Liu FengGu said, “At least 120 slashes.”
Yang Fan said, “Nobody can suffer 120 slashes.”
Liu FengGu instead had smiled suddenly and said, “Do you bet?”
Yang Fan said, “What kind of a bet?”
Liu FengGu said, “If somebody strikes him with a sabre for 119 times and he dies, then I lose the bet.”
Yang Fan said, “That depends on how strong you will strike him?”
Liu FengGu said, “Like this.”
He swung suddenly at Qin Ge’s leg.
Qin Ge’s face wrinkled and suddenly said with a smile, “This sabre cut is rather too light, even if I were to suffer 300-500 sabre slashes, that will not matter.”
Liu FengGu said easily, “If Brother Qin wants to suffer many sabre slashes, I will not disappoint you.”
Tian SiSi suddenly said loudly, “I will bet with you.”
Liu FengGu had smiled and said, “You want to bet with me? What kind of a bet?”
Tian SiSi clenched her teeth said, “I bet you do not dare to kill him with one stroke of your sabre.”
Liu FengGu said, “Oh?”
Tian SiSi said, “If I lose, I ......I am willing to marry you, you have no need to play anymore tricks for the marriage.”
Liu FengGu was smiling and said, “This gambling stake is actually very big, I should consider this carefully.”
Tian Xin suddenly curled her lips and sweetly said, “Our young lady’s feelings are very generous, she is afraid that Young Master Qin will suffer hardship under the sabre slashes, therefore she devises this method. Since sooner or later everyone must die, suffering one slash is better than many slashes.”
She smiled naively and then said, “Nobody else knows more about the young lady's regard other than me.”
Liu FengGu said, “What else do you also know?”
Tian Xin said with a smile, “Although I know the young lady's feelings well, but it changes extremely quickly, sometimes she really wanted to eat the candied lotus seeds, but when I came with it, she no longer wanted it, instead she wanted to eat the lantern festival day snacks.”
She blinked and also said with a smile, “Therefore regardless of what the young lady said, you just listen to her nicely, but do not make earnest on it, do not make a bet with her, because if she loses, she will not follow through with it.”
Tian SiSi was staring at her, her eyes seemed to spit fire at her.
Immediately Tian Xin turned to her and said, “I am just saying the truth, the young lady should not feel angry.”
Tian SiSi said with a smile suddenly, “You can rest assure that although I am mad at the bastard, I am not mad at you.”
Tian Xin dangled her head and said softly, “I know that the young lady detests me in your heart, but I also have my hardship.”
Tian SiSi said, “Oh?”
Tian Xin said, “I have been a servant girl since birth, you are the young lady since birth, my hardship, you certainly cannot understand, if an individual serves as the servant girl, she will turn into a block of wood, she will not have any joy or pain.”
She sighed, then said, “The young lady is actually a person, the servant girl is also a person, nobody is willing to be the servant girl for a lifetime.”
Tian SiSi’s body trembled and said, “I ......When have I treated you like a servant girl? Say it!”
Tian Xin said, “Regardless of how the young lady treated me, I am always your servant girl.”
Tian SiSi said, “Therefore you wanted to harm me?”
Tian Xin dangled her head and said, “If the young lady were in my situation, you would probably do the same thing.”
Tian SiSi also sighed suddenly and said, “Good, I am not blaming you, but I also have something to say to you.”
Tian Xin said, “I am listening.”
Tian SiSi said, “You come here, no one else can hear this.”
Tian Xin lowered her head and walked slowly.
Tian SiSi said, “Come closer, good ......”
She suddenly expended her whole strength to slap Tian Xin’s face.
Then she dropped down and wept bitterly loudly.
She really had endured patiently for a long time, she still wanted to continue to endure patiently, but at this last straw, she could not help but collapse.
She no longer had hopes, not even the last ray of hope.
If a person were in total despair, she could no longer support herself, because what was the purpose?
If the life were a road, her road would no longer exist.
She had met dead ends.