Chapter 9: House Search, I’m a Professional!
After receiving the imperial decree, Lin Beifan went to search the houses with great enthusiasm.
“This set of tea sets may look ordinary, but it is actually made of the top-grade white jade, meticulously crafted, and naturally fragrant. It is worth 3,000 taels of silver on the market! With Sir Liu’s financial resources, he cannot afford to buy this set of tea sets! Take it away!”
“This painting is a genuine work by the calligraphy and painting master Yan Qing and is worth 5,000 taels on the market! Sir Wang, can you tell me how you acquired this painting? If I can’t get a satisfactory answer, I will take it away!”
“These two stone lions are made of Jin Yushi from Mount Hanbai! Jin Yushi is already expensive and this pair of stone lions are worth at least 2,000 taels! Move it away!”
“Zhao, your child’s marbles are made of agate! Each one is worth three to four hundred taels. It’s extravagant to let your child play marbles with them! Take it away!”
“Sir Xu, please take off your clothes! Your clothes are made of expensive silk and this set is worth at least 500 taels. With your financial resources, you cannot afford to wear this outfit!”
Lin Beifan was ruthless and took everything of value he laid his hands on. It was like a swarm of locusts had passed through, leaving nothing behind. At the same time, he completely offended all the censor officials!
“Sir Lin, are you really going to be so ruthless? We will be officials of the same court in the future, and we will meet again sooner or later. It’s better to leave room for reconciliation now!” One of the censor officials said with a stern expression but inwardly cowardly.
Lin Beifan sneered, “You should say that to the empress. Do you think she will spare you?”
“Sir Lin, be careful with your black gauze hat!” Another censor threatened. Lin Beifan chuckled, “It doesn’t matter!”
As he looked at their gnashing teeth and fierce expressions, Lin Beifan smiled smugly.
I just like it when you can’t stand me but can’t do anything about it! Anyway, I don’t plan to stay in the officialdom for long, so I don’t care if I offend anyone!
Compared to the benefits he received, these were insignificant! Lin Beifan was already happily calculating how much he could embezzle this time.
How much should he leave for the empress?
The empress had been so good to him, he should leave a little more for her!
Just then, a familiar call came from nearby.
Lin Beifan turned to look and called out, “Dali, why did you come back?”
Dali stood in front of Lin Beifan, towering over him, rubbing the back of his head and saying, “Young master, I never left the capital. Forgive me, please don’t throw me away!”
Lin Beifan was deeply moved. The two had been inseparable for three years. How could he not understand Dali?
The other party was clearly worried about his safety, afraid that he would get into trouble, so he risked his life to stay in the city.
The two could be said to be each other’s closest people in this world! “Good! I’m fine now, no need to worry!” Lin Beifan smiled.
“Great!” Dali nodded happily.
“You came at the right time!” Lin Beifan pointed to two big boxes beside him and said with a smile, “These are my spoils of war today, help me take them home!”
“Yes, Young Master!” Dali didn’t hesitate to pick them up and turn to leave.
“Wait!” Lin Beifan called out.
“Young master, is there anything else?” Da Li turned around.
“You’re going in the wrong direction!” Lin Beifan laughed and pointed in another direction, “Our home is over there!”
Dali was puzzled: “This doesn’t seem right, isn’t that the former residence of Household Ministry’s Assistant Minister, Zuoxiang Quan?”
Lin Beifan nodded: “Yes, it’s Household Ministry’s Assistant Minister, Zuoxiang Quan’s residence! The Empress has rewarded it to us, and from now on, it will be our home!”
“Great!” Da Li became even happier.
Half an hour later, the two of them arrived at Household Ministry’s Assistant Minister, Zuoxiang Quan’s residence in high spirits.
Looking at this familiar high-walled courtyard, both of them felt very complicated, sighing about the unpredictability of life.
Yesterday, they had just confiscated someone else’s home, and today it had become their own! Since it had just been confiscated, it was still basically in its original condition, with everything except valuable items, and they could move in with just a bag.
“Young master, this house is quite big. Do we need to invite some people to take care of it? After all, you are now an official and should pay attention to certain things!” Da Li said enthusiastically.
Lin Beifan rolled his eyes. As someone who could flee at any time, why would he invite people to come over? What a waste of money!
Lin Beifan shook his head: “No need, just the two of us will do! If we see anything dirty or messy, we’ll tidy it up a bit! We’re all men, we don’t need to be so particular!”
“Okay, young master! I’ll go back now and bring our things over!”
“Wait, first move these two boxes into my bedroom!”
After the boxes were moved into the bedroom, Lin Beifan closed the door and called out in his mind: “System, settle accounts for me immediately!”