Chapter 27 – Zhangsun Nanqiao

Outside the apricot garden, Li Ziye didn’t know how to answer when Zhangsun Nanqiao spoke.

Are all women nowadays so rogue?

“I’m still young, can you wait a few years?”

Li Ziye’s face showed a shy expression and replied.

“You’re not young anymore.”

Zhangsun Nanqiao looked up and down at the young man in front of him, smiled and said, “At seventeen, in our Great Shang Dynasty, you can already get married. So, Young Master Li, do you think I’m too old or do you dislike my widow status?”

Li Ziye felt overwhelmed by her words. Why did he bother flirting with this woman for no reason!

Seeing the embarrassed look of the young man in front of her, Zhangsun Nanqiao smiled and said, “Alright, I won’t tease you anymore. Let’s talk about cooperation. The Li Family’s business is of great interest to my Zhangsun Family. Young Master Li can propose a condition.”

“Didn’t I already say it at the banquet?” Li Ziye said.

“Young Master Li, let’s not beat around the bush. The Li Family wants to take 70% of the profits, and none of the three families can accept that.”

Zhangsun Nanqiao said seriously, “60%, that is the bottom line of my Zhangsun Family. The Li Family can take 60%, but the Li Family’s production process must involve members of my Zhangsun Family.”

“That’s impossible.”

Li Ziye directly rejected, “The Li Family’s production process will never involve anyone.”

“Young Master Li, don’t rush to refuse.”

Zhangsun Nanqiao said calmly, “The Li Family has been doing these businesses alone for ten years. Many techniques are no longer a secret. Even if the Li Family protects them well, in a few years, these techniques will gradually be thoroughly studied by skilled craftsmen from various families. At that time, the advantage of the Li Family will no longer be an advantage.”

“Zhangsun sister also said that it will be a few years later.”

Li Ziye smiled brightly and said, “In a few years, it will be enough for my Li Family to expand the business several times. By then, even if other families have studied the Li Family’s techniques, my Li Family will have monopolized all the business channels of the Great Shang Dynasty. No matter how realistic the imitations are, people will only recognize my Li Family’s brand.”

“Do you really think that the court will let the Li Family develop so recklessly? You should know that a tall tree attracts the wind, don’t you?” Zhangsun Nanqiao said lightly.

“I understand, so when the Third Prince gave the Li Family a choice, my Li Family came immediately.”

Li Ziye smiled and said, “However, I know that the Zhangsun Family, the Merchant Alliance, and the Yin Family Money House do not belong to the same camp. My Li Family can choose the Zhangsun Family, or the Merchant Alliance and the Yin Family Money House.”

Zhangsun Nanqiao narrowed her eyes slightly and said, “Young Master Li is indeed observant, I admire that.”

“It goes both ways.”

Li Ziye said calmly, “Zhangsun sister should have heard that the Third Prince has recommended the Merchant Alliance and the Yin Family Money House to me several times.”

“What the Third Prince can give you, my Zhangsun Family can also give.”

Zhangsun Nanqiao’s eyes flickered, and she said seriously, “Even more!”

“To be honest, I am more inclined towards the Zhangsun Family.”

Li Ziye grinned and said, “After all, who wouldn’t want to spend more time with a beauty like Zhangsun sister? However, the conditions of the Zhangsun Family are unacceptable to my Li Family.”

“You already called me sister, can’t I make one more concession?”

Zhangsun Nanqiao glanced at the young man in front of her and said, “In terms of profit distribution, the Li Family still takes 60%, and my Zhangsun Family takes 40%. As for the Li Family’s techniques, my Zhangsun Family won’t interfere. Is that acceptable?”

“Well… I’ll consider it.”

Li Ziye laughed and said, “Perhaps the Yin Family Money House and the Merchant Alliance will accept my previous conditions!”


Zhangsun Nanqiao paused for a moment, her chest heaving with anger, her charming appearance was so tempting.

“Goodbye, Zhangsun sister. See you next time.”

Li Ziye was in a good mood after turning the tables. He waved his hand and walked away.

Li Youwei and Bai Wangyu followed and left together.

In front of the apricot garden, Zhangsun Nanqiao watched the figure of the young man in the distance for a long time. Suddenly, she burst into laughter, like a blooming flower, incredibly beautiful.

This little guy is interesting.

It’s been a long time since she met someone who interested her so much.

When Li Ziye and the others returned to Li Garden, it was already sunset.

Li Ziye continued to take a medicinal bath and endure the daily torture.

After half an hour, Li Ziye came out, his legs trembling and unsteady.

In the west wing, Li Ziye and Bai Wangyu sat on the stone steps in front of the room, looking at the moon in the sky, lost in thought.

“Old Bai,” Li Ziye spoke.

“Yes?” Bai Wangyu replied.

“You have such powerful cultivation and such an extraordinary identity, and you look…”

As he spoke, Li Ziye looked at the little red hat beside him and couldn’t help feeling jealous.

This kid actually looks pretty good.

Under the moonlight, Bai Wangyu wore a white Confucian robe, with a heroic and righteous appearance, the favored child of heaven, the darling of the heavens.

Feeling bitter, Li Ziye withdrew his gaze and said, “Don’t you have any worries?”


Bai Wangyu thought seriously for a moment and said, “Yes.”

“What worries?” Li Ziye immediately became interested and asked.

“The Sect Master and the Confucian Scholar said that with my comprehension, it won’t be a problem to reach the Fifth Realm, but it won’t be easy to cross the Five Realms,” Bai Wangyu answered.


Li Ziye didn’t want to talk anymore.

Cross the Five Realms? Others were already considering this problem, and he was still struggling in the early stage of the First Realm. He didn’t know when he would make progress.

“Old Bai.”

“Yes?””I want to die.”


The two of them chatted intermittently. In front of Bai Wangyu, Li Ziye finally understood what it meant to be envious of other people’s children.

“Old Bai, do you really not know where my master is?” Li Ziye asked again.

“I don’t know.”

Bai Wangyu shook his head, “With the cultivation level of Plum Blossom Sword Immortal, if she wants to hide her whereabouts, even the four masters would find it difficult to locate her. You can only ask the Confucian Scholar about this.”

“Confucian Scholar.”

Li Ziye was helpless. It was the Confucian Scholar again. The key point was, how could he meet the master of the Imperial Academy?

“Brother Bai, have you ever met the Confucian Scholar?”

Li Ziye asked curiously, “What kind of person is the Confucian Scholar?”

“I’ve only seen him once.”

Bai Wangyu said softly, “Only the four masters can enter the Confucian Scholar’s courtyard. I was fortunate enough to see the Confucian Scholar once when I followed the Law Confucian Master. As for what kind of person the Confucian Scholar is, Brother Li will know if you have the chance to meet him. The Confucian Scholar is not an ordinary person, but a saint of this era.”

Li Ziye had a headache. To ask about Old Qin’s whereabouts, he had to meet the Confucian Scholar. But now, he couldn’t meet the Confucian Scholar, which was really a headache.

Should he kidnap the eldest brother of the Confucian School and exchange him for his Fairy Master?

Li Ziye looked at Bai Wangyu beside him and quickly dismissed this crazy idea.

He couldn’t beat this guy.

Feeling a bit tired from sitting, Li Ziye half-laid down on the stone steps, looking at the moon in the sky, and casually said, “Old Bai, does the Confucian School have any quick-learn martial arts? Teach me a couple of moves.”

“Quick-learn martial arts?”

Bai Wangyu pondered upon hearing this, and after a long time, he said, “Yes, but the power is average. Brother Li, do you want to learn?”

Upon hearing this, Li Ziye immediately sat up and said, “Let me see.”

Bai Wangyu nodded, stepped forward, and drew his sword. Suddenly, the Taiyi Sword behind him was unsheathed, and the sword’s edge vibrated rapidly, forming more than ten afterimages, making it hard to distinguish between real and fake.

The next moment, more than ten sword lights broke through the air, like meteors cutting through the night sky.


With a loud noise, the moment the sword light passed, a huge rock in front of them shattered, and the fragments flew around, scattering all over the ground.

Behind them, Li Ziye was so shocked that his mouth fell open, trembling as he said, “You call this average power?”


Bai Wangyu sheathed his sword and nodded, “It’s flashy but not practical. It’s not very useful when masters fight.”

Li Ziye felt as if he had been trampled by thousands of horses, and once again suffered a ten thousand point critical hit. This guy, why didn’t some angel sister take him away!

“If Brother Li thinks it’s useless, then don’t learn it. After all, the Flying Immortal Technique that Brother Li practices is the number one technique in the world, and it’s not comparable to any martial arts.” Bai Wangyu said seriously.

“No, no, I’ll learn it, why wouldn’t I!”

Upon hearing this, Li Ziye quickly stood up and said, “It’s always good to learn more. What’s this move called?”

He didn’t know when he would be able to master his broken Flying Immortal Technique, so he had to learn something else first.

“Wind Leaves a Trace.”

Bai Wangyu answered, then urged the Taiyi Sword, explaining every detail.

Li Ziye was also very serious about learning on the side, afraid of missing any detail.

About half an hour later, after Bai Wangyu patiently taught him over and over again, Li Ziye finally grasped the essence of this move.

“Haha, I did it!”

Li Ziye looked at the Pure Jun Sword in front of him and laughed like a fool.

On the side, Bai Wangyu wiped the sweat from his forehead and took a deep breath.

Was this move difficult? He remembered that he had learned it after watching it once. Why did Brother Li have such a hard time learning it?

Perhaps Brother Li was not suitable for learning the swordsmanship of his Confucian School.

Bai Wangyu naturally found an excuse for Li Ziye in his heart. After all, how could someone who was favored by the Plum Blossom Sword Immortal have poor martial arts talent?

“Let’s go, Old Bai, I’m in a good mood today, I’ll treat you to some fun.”

After learning a move, Li Ziye was in a great mood. He put his arm around the other’s neck and walked towards the outside of Li Garden.

He had been in the Capital City for a few days, and it was time to visit Second Brother and learn some news about the Yin family. He wanted to get the “Art of Heavenly Craftsmanship” as soon as possible.

“Go, where to?”

Bai Wangyu was still a bit uncomfortable with Li Ziye’s affectionate behavior and asked unnaturally.

“Shi Hua Garden.”

Li Ziye said, “It’s a brothel.”


Bai Wangyu’s expression changed slightly, “Brother Li, that’s not appropriate. I’m a disciple of the Confucian School, how can I go to such a place of pleasure?”

“Is it written in the Confucian School’s rules?” Li Ziye asked.

Bai Wangyu thought for a moment and shook his head, “No, it’s not.”

“That’s settled then.”

Li Ziye grinned, “Since there’s no rule, and you promised to listen to me before, let’s not waste any more words.”

After saying that, Li Ziye dragged him along, heading in the direction of Shi Hua Garden.

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