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Chapter 250: I, Night Fragrance, am a person with integrity and will never compromise!
Night Fragrance exclaimed, “You are simply trying to take advantage of a debt repaid!”
Lin Beifan waved his hand with a smile, “Don’t make it sound so harsh. I saved your life. Shouldn’t you repay me? Are you, as a great thief, someone who forgets favors?”
“Of course not! Although I am a thief, I uphold the principles of the martial world. I distinguish between kindness and resentment, seek revenge for enmity, and repay kindness for favors!” Night Fragrance said proudly, “Since you have saved my life, repaying you is only right! Tell me, what do you want?”
“I don’t want much, just a few treasures!” Lin Beifan smiled.
“Tell me!” Night Fragrance fanned herself and said.
Lin Beifan spoke, “I want the White Jade Beauty, Golden Toad Buddha Bead, Thousand-Year Qilin Wood…”
Lin Beifan recited several precious items.
Night Fragrance listened and felt distressed, “You really have an eye for treasures! These items in my collection are all priceless treasures! However, since you have saved my life, I’ll give these things to you!”
Lin Beifan raised his thumb and laughed, “Truly a master thief, so generous!”
Night Fragrance proudly waved his fan, “Of course!”
“However, I also want the Big Golden Buddha Head, Purple Jade Pearl, Flawless Beauty Bixi…”
Lin Beifan recited more precious items.
Night Fragrance’s eyelids twitched as she listened, “Goodness! These treasures, although not at the forefront of my collection, are still extremely rare. Yet, you’ve set your eyes on them! Nonetheless, even though these treasures are rare, I’ll give them to you!”
“Thank you, Great Thief! But I also want the Heart of the Sea, Red Sun Coral, Phoenix Wutong Wood…”
Lin Beifan recited a long string of treasures.
Night Fragrance jumped with anger, “No! Absolutely not!”
Lin Beifan became displeased, “Why not? I’m just asking for a few things. Is there a need to be so agitated?”
Night Fragrance stomped his feet in anger, “Just a few things? You’re taking everything! These are the treasures I’ve painstakingly stolen over the past two years. You’ve taken all of them! I’ve roamed the martial world for so many years and never encountered someone as greedy as you!”
“It’s as they say: A drop of water deserves a burst of spring! I saved your life, so shouldn’t you fully repay me? Isn’t your life as a great thief worth more than these treasures?” Lin Beifan justified himself.
“My life is certainly valuable, but can’t you leave me something?!” Night Fragrance retorted.
“Leave something? These things weren’t originally yours; you stole them! You interact with these items day and night, don’t you feel burdened by guilt? Asking for the stolen items is actually helping you cleanse your sins! But instead of understanding, you insult me! It’s like ‘the pot calling the kettle black’! You’re completely ignorant!” Lin Beifan trembled with anger.
Night Fragrance was also trembling with anger.
Clearly, he intended to snatch my belongings, yet he speaks with such righteousness, such persuasive words!
Truly adept at twisting words!
Although I am a thief, I work hard to earn money for my family. I even face life-threatening dangers!
But you, sitting in your office, haven’t done anything, yet you want to rob me of my hard-earned gains!
You’re worse than a thief!!!
“You can forget about it; I absolutely won’t agree!” Night Fragrance roared.
Lin Beifan pulled out a small knife expressionlessly and slapped it onto the table with a loud sound.
“What did you just say? Say it again!”
Night Fragrance roared, “Do you think that brandishing this small knife can intimidate me? Let me tell you, money can be earned again, but once life is gone, it’s gone! Wait for it, these things will soon be delivered to your residence. Keep an eye out!”
“You have integrity!” Lin Beifan put away the knife.
Night Fragrance gave a cold smile, “Of course! I, Night Fragrance, have wandered the martial world for many years. The reason I’ve survived until now is because of this integrity! A person without this integrity would have died long ago!”
Lin Beifan wholeheartedly agreed, “Absolutely right!”
After a few days, Night Fragrance sent all 17 stolen treasures to Lin Beifan’s residence.
“The items have been given to you. From now on, our grievances are settled.”
“Thanks, Great Thief, haha!”
Looking at these 17 treasures shining in front of him, Lin Beifan couldn’t even open his eyes due to his laughter. The main reason he saved Night Fragrance was for this.
These 17 treasures combined were worth at least twenty million!
How significant is that amount of money?
After the happiness, Lin Beifan looked at the white figure beside him and said with a smile, “Bai Guanyin, take these treasures!”
Bai Guanyin’s expression shifted slightly, “These invaluable treasures, don’t you want to keep them?”
“Why keep them?” Lin Beifan waved his hand with a smile, “To be honest, these things are of little use to me. They’re not even worth a meal or a jug of wine! I’ve owned them, I’m content, and I don’t pursue everlasting possession! Take them and do something more meaningful!”
“I know you mean well, but I don’t need them!” Bai Guanyin shook her head.
Lin Beifan was taken aback, “Why not? Don’t you need money?”
“We do need money! But, these items are difficult to fence!” Bai Guanyin looked conflicted.
Lin Beifan: “…”
In the end, Bai Guanyin only took gold and silver and left the treasures behind.
With the household now filled with treasures, it often attracted several women to come and view them.
“Wow! This White Jade Beauty is so beautifully carved, enchanting and charming. It’s as if a real woman is lying down asleep!”
“And this Golden Toad Buddha Bead, so translucent, with a golden toad inside each bead. Each bead is full of Buddhist spirit!”
“The Heart of the Sea is so stunning, it would look great worn around the neck!”
“And this Wutong Wood, I heard it can be used to craft divine weapons!”
The little princess watched with excitement.
Finally, she turned her head and asked, “Lin Beifan, where did you steal these treasures from?”
“Stole them? These were given to me by the honorable Great Thief Night Fragrance, moved by my sense of justice. So, he handed over what he had stolen over the years!” Lin Beifan said while pinching the little princess’s tender cheeks.
The little princess slapped away Lin Beifan’s mischievous hand, “Nonsense! You don’t even have a conscience, how could you have a sense of justice?”
Lin Beifan: “…”
Everyone burst into laughter.
“I can see that you obviously schemed for these; you’re a big schemer!” The little princess furrowed her brows cutely.
Lin Beifan was furious, “Little Princess, if you keep saying that, I’ll get angry!”
The little princess placed her hands on her hips and exclaimed, “Try getting angry at me!”
Lin Beifan stared at the little princess intensely.
The little princess became a bit flustered, “What are you doing?”
Lin Beifan had a deadpan expression, “I’m getting angry; do you see?”
The little princess blinked, “Really? I didn’t notice!”
Lin Beifan: “It’s normal not to notice. I get angry faster than flipping a book page!”
The little princess: “Oh my god!”
Everyone laughed heartily once again.
By this time, Night Fragrance had already left Lin’s residence.
However, the more he thought about it, the more displeased he became.
These seventeen treasures were the result of over two years of his hard-earned thefts!
But within a few days, they were greedily taken by Lin Beifan, this official dog. It left him frustrated, furious, and even considering murder.
“That damn Lin Beifan, I will definitely make you pay!”
“I won’t rest until I’ve taken revenge!!”
He was filled with determination and ambition.
Just then, he noticed not far ahead, a pickpocket was squeezing into the crowd, extending a third hand to steal something from an old woman’s pocket.
This behavior disgusted him greatly.
Although he was also a thief, he abided by the principles of the martial world. He only stole from the wealthy, powerful individuals’ homes and never bullied common people.
Immediately, he shouted, “Stop!”
In an instant, he appeared beside the pickpocket, grabbing the hand that was in the act.
Seeing that he was exposed, the pickpocket’s face twisted into a grimace, “Who asked you to meddle in other people’s business!”
… … …
In his hand appeared a small knife, thrusting it with force.
Night Fragrance coldly chuckled.
After merely learning some skills, he actually dared to show off in front of me?
A mantis trying to stop a chariot, truly overestimating himself!
He was about to step on the pickpocket and end his life.
But at that moment, a thought came to him, causing him to withhold ninety-nine percent of his strength.
Though it was less than one percent of his strength, when this force struck the pickpocket, it was like being hit by a train. The pickpocket was sent flying, in pain and spitting out blood.
This sudden turn of events shocked the people on the street, and they all stepped back in fear.
“What’s happening? Someone’s fighting!”
“Quick, inform the authorities!”
“No need to inform them. This young master is an official!” Night Fragrance snapped open his folding fan, took a few steps forward, and stepped on the pickpocket.
The thief begged for mercy, “Sir, spare me. I know I was wrong!”
“Fortunately for you, you encountered me now. If it were before, you’d be dead by now!” Night Fragrance said proudly, “Stand up now and come with me to the office. Don’t force me to use violence!”
“Yes, sir!” The thief had a bitter expression.
Night Fragrance glanced to the side, pointed his folding fan at another person, and said, “And you, you’re in cahoots with him. Come with me, or you’ll regret it!”
And so, Night Fragrance took the two thieves back to the office.
The Dedian Mansion was instantly in chaos.
At this moment, Lin Beifan had just walked out of his house, leisurely heading to the Dedian Mansion office.
He ran into two official messengers, and they hurriedly said upon seeing Lin Beifan, “Lord Prefect, a major incident has occurred!”
“What could be so alarming? Relax, with me here, explain it slowly!” Lin Beifan said calmly.
The messengers rushed, “Two thieves have been caught and brought in for investigation!”
Lin Beifan laughed, “Isn’t that good news?”
“These thieves were captured by Great Thief Night Fragrance!”
Lin Beifan was dumbfounded. Thieves catching thieves? What kind of situation was this?
The messengers continued urgently, “Lord Prefect, this matter involves Great Thief Night Fragrance. Sir Zhao Tong, who is in charge, doesn’t dare to make a decision. He wants you to come back and handle it!”
“Alright, let’s go back and have a look!”
Everyone hurriedly returned to the office.