Chapter 10 “Who Knows!”
Fortunately the other side finally took notice of her; otherwise Rolynn would’ve really wanted to kill herself right now. Biting her lips, she continues her acting using a soft low voice, “What…what are you planning to do with me?” while looking at him with a pitiful expression.
Du Wei laughed and scanned her teasingly. She could feel that there was no sign of desire in those eyes.
Then before she knew it, Rolynn found herself overshadowed by darkness. Struggling a bit, she drilled her head out and found her body covered in a blanket. Seems Du Wei had thrown her a sheet to cover her body.
“I don’t want a half-naked girl staring at me when I’m concentrating.” His tone remains indifferent like it’s only natural, “Your acting was horrible. I still have things to do. If you want to seduce me, think of something else better while I work.”
“This tone, those eyes, gosh, what kind of boy is this.” Rolynn thought. “He’s seemed more experienced than I am.”
Du Wei found a comfortable position on the chair and took out a magnifying glass. Scanning the patterns on the armor carefully, he pulled a paper and pen out and began copying the patterns.
All the while Rolynn didn’t say a word. She just stares at this weird guy, wondering what’s going on in his head. How can a boy act like he had so much experience with the opposite sex?
“I am interested in your equipment.” Du Wei spoke without raising his head. “The leather armor has a magical pattern on it to increase strength and agility. Looking at the corner of this armor, it seems like this armor had endured quite the long passage of time. In my eyes, it has more value as an antique than armor. Furthermore, there’s an emblem engraved on the surface. If my memories are correct, it belonged to a branch of the Stujiad family in the north. Stujiad is an ancient family that prevailed three hundred years ago, but they started declining a hundred years ago. That’s when they were separated into seven or eight middle sized families.”
The conversation may seem calm and casual, but the unusual confidence in his tone caused Rolynn to become unsettled.
“And your scimitar. Hmm, girls aren’t suited to using scimitars because they required exceptional strength on the wrist. Only the foreigners living on the northwest use this kind of weapon. And you…” Du Wei casually glances at her. “You have brown hair and blue eyes. This denoted you have the blood of the middle southern part of the empire in you. I don’t know what your combat techniques are, but from what I saw earlier, you seem more adept at using swords. Even though you don’t have the strength, the enchantment from that armor helped you so you could barely use the scimitar. There’s also a magic crystal embedded on the scimitar that can store energy to shoot wind blades at the enemy, assuming the wielder is skilled enough that is. This… I don’t think you could do it with your current level.”
Rolynn was astonished. Everything he said was correct for the armor was indeed gifted by that lecherous Baron in the North. As for the scimitar, she snatched it from that foreign mercenary leader in the Northwest that had coveted her beauty.
“But that bow is what I am most curious about.” Du Wei slowly picked up the bow. “The pattern on this bow symbolizes the power of the moon. According to what I read, there’s an ancient family that used the moon’s power as a totem, the Muen family. They prevailed seven hundred years ago, when half of this continent belonged to them. They believed in the Moon Goddess. Unfortunately, during the continental war a few hundred years back, the Muen family’s kingdom was destroyed. Then the continent was united under the Roland banner of the empire. From then on, it was said the Muen family, hmm, what’s the word, ‘extinct’.”
“I am curious, how can a low level adventurer like you, with low level combat techniques, have three valuable enchanted equipment from the: north, the northwest, and the last from an extinct family. So who are you?”
If Mr. Rosia were to hear what he just said, that scholar would feel so proud for this student, and unfair that Du Wei was rumored to be retarded. Even though the explanation sounded seemingly simple, they included knowledge of emblems, totems, and the history of the continent. Moreover, Mr. Rosia himself wouldn’t be able to recognize the items with only a glance. It must be mentioned Du Wei also said everything without reviewing any scrolls or books, as though he had memorized everything in his head.
“How…how did you know all this?”
“Books.” Du Wei puts the bow down, “Books contain all of humanity’s knowledge. And knowledge is the lighthouse for human to move forward. I started reading these books at age six.”
“Six? Then you must be a genius. Have you read a lot of books?” Rolynn sighed.
“I did read a lot, but I am no genius. In fact, long ago I didn’t like to read. I didn’t like knowledge.”
“But you…” Rolynn stopped, realizing this wasn’t the time to have such a conversation.
Du Wei spoke as if muttering to himself. “There’s a story, a story about an exquisite porcelain shop. The owner spent a lot of time and effort creating a new piece. Unfortunately a foreigner accidently ran into the shop and broke the porcelain to pieces. The foreigner felt guilty and decided to create a new piece for the owner as compensation. Right… to compensate.”
“You seem to be interested in other people’s stories. But if I am you, I would worry about your own situation first.”
“But you don’t seem to mind speaking to me about these things.”
“Oh, that’s because you are a beautiful girl with a pair of very sexy legs.” Du Wei shrugged. “Most men cannot help but speak more in front of a beautiful girl. That is the nature of men.”
“What do you want from me?” Rolynn gave up. He’s too unpredictable for her.
“Weren’t you trying to seduce me? Now why don’t you try again?”
What did he really mean by that? Rolynn thought.
Walking over to her side, Du Wei places his hand on her face and began to gently touch her skin. Letting the soft sensation wrap around his fingers, Du Wei then slowly moved downwards until he was holding her by the shoulder. Unlike other men that’s usually rude and rough, his fingers were slenderly supple, almost like it’s….. teasing?
Yes, it’s teasing. Like a cat playing with a mouse that’s been caught.
Trembling under his grasp, Rolynn shut her eyes and prepared for what’s to come.
The ropes around her wrists were cut.
Du Wei was holding a knife in his hand as he took a step back, “Ok, you can leave anytime now. My knights wouldn’t stop you. Your companions can also leave with you, but that magician needs to stay.”
Rolynn was shocked and opened her eyes wide, “You said I can go?”
“Yes, I am only interested in that magician companion of yours. As to your equipment, I already studied them so I don’t need them anymore. You can take them with you.”
Rolynn just couldn’t understand this noble boy. “But you…you attacked us in the tavern…”
“I’ve said it before. I’m only interested in magic, not you.” Du Wei said indifferently. “I am very busy and I am tired. You can leave now. Don’t disturb me. I don’t like people staring at me when I sleep.” He pointed to the door. His intentions were obvious.
Rolynn felt as if she was dreaming. She took the knife Du Wei handed her and cut the rope around her legs. Even after she walked out the door, her mind was still confused over the situation.
“Oh yes, since fate let us meet, I have an advice for you if you don’t mind.”
“Yes please, what..what advice?” Rolynn’s tone was much more respectful.
“A girl like you is better off finding a good guy and getting married. Find a peaceful town, marry an honest little noble and live knowing your place. Hmm, what’s the saying, ah yes: ‘the world is a dangerous place. Those whom come out to roam will eventually pay the price.’ It’s difficult for a girl like you to survive in a world like this. Even if you don’t want to marry, you should find someone to depend on. I believe there are only few remaining of the Muen family.”
“What did you say, Muen?”
“Yes, Muen, the family that believed in the Moon Goddess. I took a look at your fingers. Your ring finger is longer than your middle finger. And there’s a bone behind your head that protruded a bit. According to the books, those are the features of someone from the Muen lineage. These two evidences may not necessarily mean you are from the Muen family, but that bow of yours is an heirloom of that house. Do you still want to deny it?”
Rolynn felt feeble in front of Du Wei, more so than any danger she had faced before. Can he see through a person’s secret? And that smile, that pale face, that indifference towards everything. Just like a devil.
After Rolynn left, Du Wei gave out a sigh and began organizing the books he brought from the city.
Marde knocked on the door and hurriedly came in, “Master, are you going to rest? Do you need anything? You haven’t eaten much this evening.”
Du Wei knew that Marde was waiting outside the entire time, and when he saw Rolynn leave, this faithful servant urgently wanted to see if Du Wei was fine.
Perhaps besides the Earl’s wife, he was the only one in this world that cared most about him.
“No, and Marde, how much money do I still have?”
“1000 gold pieces. Master, your mother gave them to you in private when you left. I’ve been keeping them safe.”
“I heard that Kurt province produces a type of blue jewel. When we arrive there, buy some and send it back to mother as souvenir.”
“She would be so delighted.” Marde said, “Master, you are smart, other people doesn’t notice it, but I do. If the Earl and your mother knew the truth, they would be so proud of you, but why…”
“Why do I like to let people call me retarded?” Du Wei smiled.
Marde panicked a bit but nevertheless continued his inquiry. “Everyone treat Gabri as a genius, but you, if not for you… I know you often visit Gabri at the dead of night, and I saw you teach him how to write.”
“Ok Marde, I am tired. Go back to your room. We still have to continue the journey tomorrow.”
Retarded? Whatever, I don’t belong in this world.
The Earl’s wife is a respectable woman, but she doesn’t know I snatched her first born’s body. Even though I never wished for it, I’ve wronged her.
In the end, he owes the Rowling family, especially that woman. He owed that kind hearted mother a son.
Using some special methods, he gave them back a genius as their second son. Accomplishing that, he will then quietly leave that place. That’s his compensation to them.
And Gabri, he can only hope that kid can match their hopes. After he left the imperial capital, Du Wei could no longer teach him. In order to become a qualified teacher, he read and learned with all his might in the past years, and then found a chance to secretly teach that child.
Yes, secretly. The Earl thought of retardedness as a contagious disease and wouldn’t let him go near Gabri.
When Gabri was four and could write his name, the delighted Earl probably didn’t know how much effort his elder son spent and how hard he tried to make world history into stories so kids would listen.
In this perspective, Du Wei believes he’s talented as a teacher.
Even though he felt indebted to them, he couldn’t accept another couple as his parents. So… under such circumstances, leaving the capital after repaying them was the best choice.
Being banished… may not be so bad.
Gabri, you have to work hard. I can’t tell you stories anymore at night, nor make those training manuals into songs so you could memorize them.
“I took away your son, so I will give you back a genius. Rowling family, that is my little compensation to you.”
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