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beggar who wouldn leave me alone. ” he said as he gave the same snake-like smile he did to the servant.

He crossed the bridge nearby, passing by the spot that would have made many people release their own guts. Despite his indifference, adolescent girl who was underdeveloped due to malnutrition followed him keenly.

”the slums… I should have come here sooner? The people are much more desperate and less needy. ” he thought aloud as he saw the girl struggling to walk at his pace.

He occasionally looked behind himself to look at her who was lagging behind him, but he was moving with an unchanging speed, as if he wanted her to be beaten to death.

Should I slow down, or should I pace up? Can I just order the guards not to beat her? Let her in? No, I can . If she gets cocky like that previous rat, it will be disastrous. I can let her die, but I can go easy on her either.

It was unknown why he had taken a liking to the poor abused girl, but it mattered not. Even if her parents or abusers saw her following him, there was nothing they could do, for that was the gap between commoners and the descendant of a generals family.

As he started walking more his normal pace, the girl who was lagging behind had broke into a run. Both she and the townspeople looking at the scene had only one thought: he wants me/her dead.

As they approached the mansion, he finally slowed down and looked behind at the poor girl who yet again vomited her guts out. This time, she had no maggots and shit in there, but simply acid that singed her throat as it came up. He felt no pity for her situation and walked into the mansion.

(singe in ed form is singed. Not singed as in what people who don know sang say)

”young master! ” called out the dunce guarding the gate, ”is this person a guest of yours? ”

”no, ” he replied sarcastically. ”she is my new personal servant. Get her cleaned and fed — especially the cleaning part. And try to dress her up nicely as well. ”

”yes? Young master? ” said the guard in confusion.

”when you
e done, send her over to the mistress. Make sure she gets properly taught. Reading and writing. Ill have a more hands-on teaching experience in three months. Tell the mistress she must be as good as the crown princess by the time I check up on her. ”

He passed by the dumbfounded servants and slaves. He himself knew how hard it was to be as smart as the crown princess — who is considered the best among the younger generation. He himself had no intention of actually asking for such a demand, but he thought that if he made the rat think she failed a task of his, as she would become more obedient. Atleast in the short-term.

He went to greet his grandmother, who was as usual, not accepting guests, so he went to greet his father.

”father, I am home. ”

”the trash of our family is here at last. When the (handsome) servant said you would come, I thought he was lying. ” responded father.

”the trash that you and your wife have created. And yes, I am here. ”

”so what do you want? ” asked the huge man who towered at an astounding ten Chi (one Zhang).

”do you want me to kill a person? ” he asked coldly.

”its nice how you catch onto these things that quickly. If only Jia Shuaqi De Mingzi was half as smart as you. ”

”well you still love him more. Now answer my question. ”

”I will, but I heard you brought a beggar into the old house? What will you do when mother-in-law finds out? ”

”shes my new rat. My old one was getting boring, so Im cutting that trash off. ”

”good, good. Did you greet mother-in-law? ”

There is no reason to run in circles, is there? If so, why does he do this?

”answer my question. You know how the old coot is, so answer it. ”

”I want you to marry the princess of our Shensheng Diguo… ”

So this is why he was running around so much. Unfortunately for him, I won do as told.

”has our engagement decided? ” asked the sly Pangzi as he formulated a dozen plots in his mind.

”no, but that is precisely what the royal family is visiting for. ” replied the ten Chi giant.

If the princess doesn want the marriage, we can both make a scene and cancel it. If she wants the marriage, Ill have someone defile her and say she is not worthy of me.

”I know what you are thinking, fatty. Don even think about breaking off your engagement. ” he said as if he would snap Pangzis neck ”the emperor wants to strengthen the relationship between our Jia family and the imperial family since the army has had a burst in growth after the thousand year war ended. ”

”so if he uses marriage to bind our families together, our Jia family can use any military power against the imperial family? ”

”it goes further than that. Since we control more than half of the empires forces — two hundred million armed soldiers and half the elite forces in the empire — the emperor is scared we will overthrow them. Because of our military power, the Diguos power will skyrocket if they bind themselves to us. ”

”then why don we overthrow the royal family? Won that be more profitable? ”

”because of the aftermath. Its too dangerous for us at the moment, and the emperor is tired of having to constantly monitor our movements, so hes binding us with marriage. ”

”can the princess not marry Jia Shuaqi De Mingzi instead? ”

”no, she must marry you. ” he replied instantly.

”is it because I am the oldest legitimate child? Or is it because he is your most pure hearted and much loved son? ”

”since you are done, get out and let me do my work. ” he sighed as he covered his face with his hands.

If he won answer, it seems that neither me nor the princess are in a position to decline this marriage. It also seems that I am a black hearted and much hated son to him.

I walked out of the building which was my fathers office and went to my own courtyard.

As I neared my room, a small figure blocked my path: the sixth bastard.

Its hard to believe my father is pumping out kids as if he is twenty, but my unimportant and soon-to-be-dead 25 siblings seem to disagree. Well, minus Shuaiqi, so 24 soon-to-be-dead siblings.

Luckily only me and Shuaiqi are legitimate children, otherwise, succession would get really messy.

”Pang Pang! ” screamed the lovely little girl who blocked my path.

”dumpling! ” I screamed back before running to embrace her.

”my name is not dumpwing! ” said the little 6 year old as she tried pushing me away.

”why? You are pretty round, fat and soft. ” I say as I stretch her dumpwing-like cheeks.

”hmph! I hate you, fatty! Ill never talk to you again! ” shouted the little dumpling.

”okay okay, big bro is sorry, can you forgive him, little Jiaozi? ”

”Jia Jia is NOT a dumpling! ” she screamed as she ran off.

”haha. If only everyone else is as fun as Jia Jia. ” I chuckled.

Such a short conversation, yet so much fun… why do I have to… *sighs*

I opened the door to my room and started to change.

My hair usually gets in the way of I do everything, but I like to keep it down since it looks nice. My grandmother on the other hand seems to think I am filial. Well I am the oldest, so it isn unnatural for her to be biased.

Damned coot. Why can she just die already. She coughs up so much blood every day and has such low blood pressure, yet she keeps living for so long!

I guess she wasn lying when she said she would only die after seeing me married.

Leave it. It does no good wishing for her death. I should just lie down, skip evening class, eat dinner, sleep and torture that rat.

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