t surrounded its perimeter, which took up half of the entire block, and even more towering was the actual mansion itself being three stories high.
It is the closest thing this town has to a castle, and it probably isn that big of an exaggeration to say that its more grand than the governors own home.
”Oh that… ” Not expecting my question, he scratched his cheek for a second. Before recollecting his thoughts and said, ”Well do you know about Kurt? ”
… … Kurt?
Isn he the son of the guy running the ranch? His name was Woody or something, if I remember correctly. After thinking about that, I told Huang that I do know him.
”Well, he used to draw water from the well and bring it to Vivians residence for some extra money. Vivian, being the rich person that she is, uses a lot of water so Kurt made a lot of trips from the well to the mansion. ” He then proceeded to tell me the rest of the story.
Huang who was struggling at the time, found out about it and befriended Kurt, who would then later tell him during one of their conversations that there were actually only three people living in that huge residence, Vivian and her two old servants.
What was supposed to be a meaningless conversation between friends, turned out to be the key to Huangs biggest opportunity. Because during the time Huang was befriending Kurt, he gave him a straw hat to wear whenever he was working when the sun was high up.
Then one day, with some sinister effort from from Huangs side, Kurt slipped while carrying the bucket and hurt his knees. Since Huang just happened to be in the vicinity, Kurt asked him to refill the bucket and carry it to Vivians residence himself. After directing the conversation, Huang asked about the payment from the mansion and Kurt said that Huang could take all of it, since he had yet to carry a bucket that day and Huang would be the one doing all the work. So Huang did just that, and carried the bucket to the mansion and do the job in his stead.
However, Huang had an extra straw hat with him at the time, similar to the one Kurt was wearing, that he used to cover a portion of his face. He was ready to give an explanation to the servant in case they asked about his identity, but they didn . After seeing the straw hat the old servant expected it to be Kurt, just like the dozen other times that he carried water for them before, and didn notice the thinner arms of the new worker.
So after completing the task, he silently received the money and pretended to walk out. The moment the old servant looked somewhere else, he ran into the garden and hid there for several hours until midnight. It was hard, hiding under the thick hedges with twigs and branches constantly poking at his skinny body. The gate of the walls around the mansion had already been locked and the entire town was asleep, except for one person.
Huang watched as the people living in the mansion, lulled into a sense of security given by the sturdy perimeter walls that surrounded them, carelessly leave windows open. That allowed him to easily enter the interior without any problems and left it less than an hour later, this time, with a pouch filled of gold shekels. While there were no way to scale the walls from outside, it was different from the inside. He climbed one of the trees planted in the garden and used it to get over the walls of the mansion, and just like that the deed had been done.
”It wasn a perfect crime by any means. I was sure that they would be able to quickly piece things together the next day, so before dawn struck, I took my stuff and had already made my way out of town. But as I told you earlier, karma quickly caught up to me. ”
Hed already told me about the story earlier, he wasn able to actually make use of any of the money he was able to take away. Hed been robbed in the next city immediately after and lived the next one and a half year on the streets.
But his story gave me an idea of what I should do. Thats right, there is this one loophole around the never-ending cycle of poverty and starvation that Im currently facing and its name is crime.
If I can just steal a few thousand shekel, Id be able to eat more and get stronger. Then finally Id be able to work a real job and earn some good money. So for that, I started looking at the items written with red ink. My eyes then stopped at one that Id already seen before, so I pointed to the one named Essence of Nightshade and asked him what does it do.
”Well, its a very gentle poison. Depending on the amount you use, it can be a tranquilizer, sedative, induce sleep, or outright kill a person. A general rule of thumb when using it is, A drop dissolved into wine will slow a pounding heart and stop a hand from shaking. Three drops will grant a night of deep and dreamless sleep. Ten drops, and you will have a sleep that does not end . ”
… … I see. I can certainly think of some scenarios where this will be useful. From what hes told me, it seems like the other person need to ingest it directly for this thing to work. As useful as this is, I won be able to do anything with this alone. So again, I scanned the other pages of the list that Huang gave me in order to find some other useful items that might compliment this.
If I add this to the total items that I have bought, I would have spent a total of 300 shekels. Which leaves me with 900 more, or 9 potential items. Of course, I don have to buy 9 items, Im just saying the total limit of what I can buy right now.
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Masquerade Mask (Gold) x2
Tricorn hat x3
Cardinal Staff x1
Espimere (Staff) x1
Almas Brimas x1
… What were some of these names? Despite reading the names like 5 times, I still couldn picture what it looked like. There were obvious ones like the rope and the scythe, while the hat and the staff gave me a vague idea of what those looked like. Meanwhile, I would never have guessed the Espimere thing was a staff if it wasn literally written beside it as a note. As for the Almas Brimas one, I had no choice but to ask Huang to bring it out so that I would be able to see it for myself.
He then brought out a small box from which he took it out and what I saw was a golden necklace. The symbol of a two headed eagle was engraved in a golden plaque which served as the centerpiece of the entire article, embellished with rare gemstones and precious minerals.
Seeing my eyes which was looking at it with wonder, Huang asked if I was gonna take it. Huang gave me a wry smile and said that the item was one of his scam items. But I wasn sure if he was just trying to dissuade me from taking it or if he was really saying the truth.
I never worked with jewelry before, so I don know the difference between what is genuine and not. But for my plebeian eyes, this thing looked like the physical manifestation of riches and luxury. Thus, without hesitation I said I was gonna take this one as well. Who knows how much I could resell it when given the opportunity?
”I was planning to use that to trick some rich upstart, but I said that you can buy anything in here and that naturally includes this. ” He genuinely looked like he didn want to part ways with it, but he still carefully returned the necklace to its box and put it away.
For my last few purchases, I bought a light silver dagger that even I was able to carry, a rope, another drug named, he Thiefs wine, and lastly, the masquerade mask. I told him that it was all that I needed for now, and I would come back tomorrow to bring the money. I also asked him if it was possible to put all of them inside a wooden crate, because Im worried that my mother will take them if she were to ever notice my new belongings.
He agreed and even promised to help me hide the wooden crate somewhere in the woods, so that it was really out of sight from my mother.
Lastly, even though I already owed far too much to Huang, I still asked him if he had some spare fish or ingredients that I could use to cook dinner with.
”You see, my mom actually ordered me to go get something to eat which is why I went here and bumped into you in the first place. ”
”Oh right… I forgot about that. I guess you do have it harder than I did back then, at the very least I didn have to take care of a wastrel when I was your age. ”
Now it was my turn to give a wry smile. If my mother didn siphon more than half of my earnings every time, I would have had at least 2500 or more with me right now. Nevertheless, Huang still pitied my situation and gave me four of the fishes that he caught earlier this day before I was finally able to return home, with food in hand.
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