“My family lived in Jiangbei. Doctor Guo, you must have heard of the famous Pang Knife in Jiangbei. The great achievements my ancestors established naturally did not come from being merciful to people. In the process, many enemies were made. Whether he had a dispute, or just doesn’t like the way you do things, or just plain jealous with what you have”
“I was eleventh that year when it happened. It was winter, I remembered the heavy snowfall. It was so thick that when the horse stepped on it, it would leave a deep hole on the ground. Every step was hard work. The enemies were the two small security agencies in Jiangbei. We do not have any working relationship or communication with them. Although my family also has a security business, we covered both land and sea transportation. They are only small land transportation security agencies. We did not know when and why they wanted to kill us. It must have started quite some time ago. When the incident happened, It seems that they had an inside man to help them out. Most of our security military commander’s and house servants were drugged and were not able to resist. Even my father and uncles couldn’t summon their internal energy.”
Peng Deyou took a sip of wine.
“If it weren’t for that, how could my whole family get whipped out except me!”
“My father rushed in soaked in blood and asked my mother to take me away quickly, told her who the leader was and to stay alive to take revenge in future. My mother was also a female warrior and she could use the pair of Emei thorns to perfection. She protected me all the way from the backyard to the stables, gave me two horses and asked me to run for my life. Fortunately, the stables were newly built and my dad had planned to let me raise a few horses of my own. So I personally took care of the fodder and the horses during normal time. If not, I couldn’t have managed to escape either. After we were out of danger, my mother went back to the mansion to help my Dad. I knew what I had to do. At that moment, there was only one thought. I have to live. Someone from the Pang family must stay alive!”
“I escaped towards the south, interchanging the two horses along the way, but one still died of exhaustion. After changing the dead horses for some copper money, I needed to find a place to stay, to continue practising martial arts and to avenge the Pang family. It just so happened that I met Prime Minister Cao’s soldiers. I was thinking about robbing some money to support myself. Unfortunately, my martial arts was not good enough. I was captured alive after only cutting down three soldiers. The Prime Minister must have thought that at such a young age, my martial arts were considered quite good. so he spared my life and took me in.”
Pang Deyou looked at Guo Ming: “Doctor Guo, do you think I’d rather be the henchman of Prime Minister Cao? We were his personal guards, we were well aware of all the evil things he had done. It’s just that he had been kind to me and I have to repay him! In the Prime Minister’s Mansion, you…” “Ahem!” At the beginning of the sentence, Guo Ming coughed and interrupted. “… Um… So I had completely repaid his kindness!”
“What’s wrong in the Prime Minister’s Mansion?” Wu Yuanyuan asked, listening intently.
“It’s nothing. At that time, the prime minister needed a medicinal primer, and General Pang volunteered to sacrifice himself, so that was considered as repaying all his debt.”
“…Uh…Yes, that’s it.”
“What happened then, what happened afterwards”
“As time went on, I practiced very hard in the Prime Minister’s Mansion. Weh I felt that I had enough abilities and was ready, I went back to Jiangbei. My family’s ancestral home was already deserted and no one dared to requisition it. The corpses of my whole family had already been buried in the city by the county magistrate. The only consolation was that the whole family was buried together. So they were able to take care of each other after their death. The two families who had taken over all the business of my family became very popular in Jiangbei. So I picked a day, disguised myself and made my way into their home. During that night, I took the lives of close to a hundred people from the two families, none of them were spared.
Peng Deyou suddenly grinned and smiled, as if laughing at himself. “After putting the heads of those two leaders in front of our family tomb, I never went back.”
Wu Yuanyuan was a little stunned. Although this sounded more like a movie or a novel, and had nothing to do with her real life, she couldn’t help but felt a cold chill when she heard Peng Deyou said that he killed more than a hundred lives. Her chest was a little uncomfortable and she couldn’t tell why. To her, killing was something impossible for her to do. And the hatred he had, she couldn’t imagine what it was like. At that time, he was only eleven years old. A time where he was supposed to be in his fifth and sixth grade of elementary school. How did he feel when he watched his family be killed and lived with the hatred? Overnight, killing more than a hundred lives, not to mention the arduous task of physical exhaustion, and watching so many people die in front of you, how would his heart react?
Feeling the slender hand in her palm trembling slightly, Guo Ming turned the palm over, clasped the fingers tightly, and passed a warm internal force over.
Feeling the flow of energy within her, Wu Yuanyuan immediately felt much better. Thinking of the story, she looked at Pang Deyou with great sympathy, “Since the grievance had been avenged, don’t be sad anymore, look forward. You are only in your twenties, life has just begun. You must live well, this is what your parents want to see most!”
Peng Deyou nodded. “Miss Wu, you are right. At that time, after taking revenge, there was actually no more hatred and no more feelings of gratitude. Only peace remained. It seemed that a shackle from my heart was finally removed. Look, I’m doing well now, I’ve arrived at a place completely different from before, everything is new, so I have to live again!”
“Come on, let’s drink!” As he said, Pang Deyou raised his glass and touched Guo Ming’s. Wu Yuanyuan raised her tea cup too. “Doctor Guo, shall we wake up the shopkeeper? It’s about time to leave.”
Guo Ming took another empty bowl, poured some tea, stirred it, and handed it to Pang Deyou: “Pour it into his mouth.”
Sure enough, after a short while, the owner woke up with his mouth open and his eyes surprised. “Oh, I really must have drank too much today, I don’t know when I fell asleep!”
“It’s okay. Boss, may we have the bill please.”
“What bill? It’s a rare occasion that I am so happy today. Come on, add my WeChat, you must come back when you have the time in the next two days, I still have a lot of good wine here!”
“No, no, such good wine and good food must be paid!”
“Don’t worry about this little money! Come back another day! You promised!”
“Okay, okay, let it be! Let’s get together another day!”
Out of the door, Wu Yuanyuan asked Guo Ming secretly: “That boss…?”
“Well, Yes, I knocked him out!”