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Chapter 94: There are rules to follow – are you saying you don’t have to pay?
Lin Beifan held the unconscious prince and quickly leapt across the rooftops with ghostly speed, several streets away until they came to an old street. This old street was the famous red-light district in Capital.
Lin Beifan had previously spent a few taels of silver to hire some plump and old prostitutes from this area to serve the envoy from Darro, so he knew his way around.
Now, these old women were dressed in provocative clothing, gossiping endlessly.
“Sisters, how has business been lately?”
“Business has been very bad lately. We haven’t had any business in a week. If it keeps up like this, we’ll all starve!”
“Nowadays, men only like young and pretty women. Who would want us old and fat ones?”
“When will the Great Wu Dynasty start appreciating beauty in fat? I’m already preparing my fat just waiting for that day.”
“Haha! Don’t even think about it, you’ll never find it in this lifetime!”
At this moment, an old woman raised her two fat and thick arms and held them together.
“Big Sister Fat, what are you doing?” Everyone was confused.
“I’m making a wish. I heard that if you make a wish on a shooting star, it will come true! So I’m going to try!”
“Haha! You believe in such a childish lie?”
“Big Sister Fat, are you going crazy for a man?”
“This is so laughable!”
Everyone teased her.
Big Sister Fat waved her thick arms, “Go away! Don’t listen to me! If a person has no dreams, what’s the difference between them and a salted fish? Whether it succeeds or not, you still have to try! What if it works?”
Just then, a shooting star appeared in the sky.
Big Sister Fat immediately closed her eyes and made her wish with a devout expression, “Shooting star, if you can hear my voice, please bless me with a wealthy and handsome young man!”
A huge sound was heard.
“What was that sound?” Big Sister Fat and the others were startled.
They cautiously walked towards the sound and found a handsome young man dressed in fancy clothes, reeking of alcohol, lying unconscious on the ground.
Big Sister Fat exclaimed in delight, “Did my wish come true? Did the shooting star hear me and send me a wealthy and handsome young man?”
The rest of the old women surrounded him, chatting away.
“Wow, he’s really good-looking. He’s charming and elegant. This lady’s heart is moved!”
“Wearing such luxurious silk clothing, he must be wealthy!”
“Not just wealthy, he’s very wealthy. Ordinary people can’t afford clothes like this!”
“I’ve never served such a customer before!”
Big Sister Fat panicked, “This is my man, don’t snatch him from me!”
“Big Sister Fat, this is clearly a fat sheep. We can share him together. Don’t be so stingy!”
“That’s right! Have you forgotten our sisterhood?”
“I don’t even have any money left. I’m relying on this man to survive this month!”
The next day, the prince woke up with a splitting headache and an aching back.
Seeing the unfamiliar surroundings and the room filled with a unique smell, he furrowed his brow, “Where am I? What happened?”
He then noticed his disheveled clothes and a plump old woman lying next to him.
The situation was clear. He, a prince, had been slept with by an old woman.
His face turned green, and he just wanted to leave as quickly as possible.
At this moment, Big Sister Fat finally woke up and grabbed the prince’s hand, shouting, “Don’t leave, you have to pay!”
“You want me to pay? Don’t even think about it. I never want to see you again in my life!” The prince just wanted to leave this sorrowful place as soon as possible and quickly put on his clothes to run away.
“What, you call a woman and don’t want to pay?”
At this moment, Big Sister Fat’s sisters all aggressively rushed in and blocked all the exits like tanks.
“Give us the money now. If you don’t pay, you can’t leave!”
“If you don’t pay, we’ll report you to the authorities!”
“Wait to be humiliated in public!”
The prince’s head was aching, and he just wanted to escape from this place. Impatiently, he said, “Fine, fine, fine! I’ll give you the money. Is that good enough?”
He grabbed his clothes and reached into his pockets.
But suddenly he remembered that he rarely carried money with him when he went out and all his money was in the hands of his servants.
So he didn’t have any money on him right now. This was awkward.
“Um… I don’t have any money on me! My money is all with my servants. Let me go back and have them bring it to you, okay?”
“That sounds like an excuse. You just want to run away, don’t you?”
“I’ve seen plenty of men like you who just want to freeload!”
“Report him to the authorities. Let the officials handle him!”
The prince was taken aback and quickly waved his hand, “Don’t report to the officials, let’s talk this out!”
“Not reporting is not an option. Come with us or you’ll regret it!”
And so, the prince was pushed and shoved by the old women and taken to the officials.
They immediately knelt down and cried, “Please help me, sir!”
“Although this young gentleman seems wealthy, he slept with us and refused to pay. What’s the rationale? We’re doing the prostitution business, how can we survive without money?”
“We had no other choice but to come to you.”
“Please help us, sir. We kneel to you!”
The judge responsible for the case was immediately given a headache upon seeing the old women.
This was not the first time or the second time this had happened.
They would bring someone over every other day to complain.
And they claimed that someone slept with them?
They should take a good look at themselves in the mirror before accusing someone. Who could argue against them?
The truth was, they were the ones who were enticed by other party’ handsome and had sex with them, yet demanded payment afterwards!
If they couldn’t come up with the money, they would accuse the other party in the court.
It was too despicable, too shameless!
Looking at the handsome and elegant young man, the judge suddenly felt sorry for him.
He was young and had been subjected to such a heinous crime, and had undoubtedly suffered great psychological and physical trauma. He didn’t know if he could make it through the rest of his life.
What an unfortunate thing!
“Alright, that’s enough from all of you!” The judge impatiently waved his hand.
“Listen, since the other party can’t come up with any money, let’s temporarily retain their valuable items here and let them go back to get the money. Is that okay?”
“Thank you for helping us, sir!” The old women smiled smugly.
The judge pounded the gavel and said seriously, “Who are you? Declare your name!”
“I am, I am Wuying, a young master!” The young man replied.
His identity was sensitive, and he didn’t dare to reveal his true identity to avoid alerting the court, so he just made up a name.
“You seem like an educated person who understands right from wrong. I won’t waste any more words with you!”
The judge stated calmly, “You have heard what I just said. Leave behind a valuable item here and go back to get the money. After paying those women, I will return the item to you. How about it?”
“But I don’t have anything valuable on me right now!” The prince laughed bitterly.
“How can that be? Did you go out without bringing anything?” The judge was surprised.
The prince smiled wryly, “Yes, sir! My gold, silver, and other valuable items are all with my attendants!”
“It seems like you’re still a pampered young master. How did you fall so low?” The judge looked at the old women and shook his head in dismay.
The prince hung his head in shame.
Everything that had happened today was a nightmare that would haunt him forever, and he would never be able to lift his head in front of anyone again.
“Sir, can you send an official with me to retrieve the money? Don’t worry, my family has money and we will pay off what is owed!” The prince said.
“That is indeed a solution…”
But at that moment, the judge noticed a jade pendant hanging from the prince’s waist and said with a smile, “Who said you have nothing? Isn’t the jade pendant around your waist valuable enough? It doesn’t look like an ordinary piece. Quickly present it to me!”
“This jade pendant is a personal item and cannot be given away!” The prince panicked.
“Don’t hesitate, hand it over!”
The judge had someone remove the jade pendant from the prince’s waist.
The prince resisted and didn’t want to hand it over, but he was outnumbered.
The judge held the jade pendant in his hand.
With just one look, he felt that it was quite extraordinary, made from a special type of jade that was not only crystal clear, but also very hard and not easily damaged.
He recognized this type of jade and called it “golden jade.” It was very rare and had already been collected by the royal family, so how could the other party own it?
The judge became suspicious and continued to examine the jade pendant, only to find a dragon and phoenix carved on the back.
This was even more significant because there were regulations in Great Wu that only members of the royal family, or those who had obtained permission from the emperor, could wear items with dragon and phoenix carvings.
Looking at the front, his face suddenly changed at the sight of the words written on it.
“Quickly spread the word, this is a major event!”
This incident spread at an extremely fast speed, reaching the ears of various departments and causing a commotion in the court.
The son of the Prince of Northern Hebei, Wu Yingjie, had actually appeared in the capital!
This was not a small matter!
It should be noted that the court was currently unstable, with various princes and dukes ambitious to seize power and replace the emperor.
The Prince of Northern Hebei was one of them, and his son secretly appearing at this time could not help but raise suspicion.
Therefore, everyone had to handle this matter carefully!
That day, the empress directly dispatched the imperial guards to surround the court.
After verifying the prince’s identity, they politely invited him to a luxurious mansion and dispatched the imperial guards to guard night and day.
It seemed like it was for the safety of the prince, but it was actually a form of house arrest.
At the same time, the court urgently convened officials to discuss countermeasures.