The Uncle and the New Town
Duofa Town is really a flourishing and busy place!
Such a lament couldn’t but help escape from me, who had spent all those years living in the village .
Our village has such a small area, and the population density was definitely a lot lower compared to here . The houses were all mostly thatched wood houses . As far as a marketplace, we don’t dare expect too much . Occasionally a travelling salesman would pass by to sell his wares . It had always been a small, self-sufficient agrarian economy .
It wasn’t like the crowds were rubbing shoulders and following in each other’s footsteps or that the place was overly decadent, but the crowd continuously flowed . Along the street, you could see stores selling fruit and vegetables, the peddlers hawking quite noisily . On both sides were stylish stone houses, with the walls decorated with interwoven read and yellow . Everything looked neat, and did not lose its simple and unadorned charm .
Travelling businessmen’s carts were also in abundance .
The only thing that made me unsatisfied were the people of this place .
All of the people wore gloomy expressions, and the only smiles were business smiles .
You could not hear the sounds of children laughing or the sounds of friends talking .
If we used the language of Dante’s Inferno, it was like they were watching the struggles of the sinners, but they wouldn’t throw them a rope . As we walked through the small town, I felt like we were entering hell .
Hell dressed in the skin of heaven . If I could choose, I definitely would not live in Duofa Town . I would prefer to spend the rest of my life happily in the Newbie Village .
I could understood about seventy to eighty percent just by looking at the expressions of the residents . Like Ka Luona said, they’re being controlled by some kind of pressuring tactic . If I had experienced this while I was on my own, I definitely would be too lazy to throw the rope . But since Ka Luona is watching, I have to set an example . Moreover, I still need to look into Mademoiselle Phantom’s matter/issue .
I sighed . The more elaborate the plan, the more likely for it to meet with an accident . Thus, I definitely could not make any kind of grand plan .
Right now, I was dressed like an adventurer, a breathable bandage wrapping around my four limbs . A long cloak wrapped around my exterior, concealing my whole body . I also wrapped my head in a scarf, only showing the small area around my eyes .
I had a reason why I’m doing this . The first was in order to make my movements more agile, and the second is to disguise my stature . For people with super observation powers, even if they can’t see the face, can identify people based on stature alone .
But first, I should go sell my veggies .
I randomly picked a vegetable store . Inside, there was a forty year old middle-aged man . He bore a fake smile to receive me .
That smile looked fake, but I patiently haggled with him .
Since my goal was actually to search out information, the price of vegetables was not all that important . I asked without interest for information .
“This vegetable, isn’t completely fresh . ”
“But the quality was definitely preserved . If you don’t believe me you should take a bite to see . Your stuff is also quite good, is it stuff brought here by traveling merchants?”
“Yes……the flavor is quite good . Ah, yes . Oftentimes merchants will come here, but this is the first time I’ve seen you . ”
He sized me up with suspicion .
“Cough, that’s true . I am a newly debuted businessman . I just took a shortcut through the forest and was accosted by wolves . My entire face was wounded so terribly, I can’t show it to people . ”
“Heavens, it’s great that you’re still alive . That wolf king, who knows how many people it’s killed . ”
“Many thanks, but it was only because my luck was good . Aie, uncle, your winter clothes are so thin . Are you alright?”
The middle-aged man put down my vegetables to the side, and sized me up .
“I’m fine . Age is a kind of cold-resistance . ”
There’s no way he couldn’t feel the winter when he was only wearing a thin shirt and a singlet .
When weighing the food he tried to secretly hide a bit away . His technique was not bad, but it was impossible to be enough for me .
I had been assuming a face of one who does not know the ways of the world, for this moment .
I saw that the store had no other customers and immediately scowled .
“Uncle, do you know if there are bandits in this town?”
“B-bandits? I’m not sure . I’ve never heard that . ”
Using two negative statements at the same time .
“This is not an inquiry; this is a threat . Do you want businessmen to still come here? If you talk like that than maybe the protection fee won’t be able to be collected . ”
The man’s movements stopped in place .
“If you do talk, then I won’t haggle over these few vegetables . And if my mood is good, than I’ll give you all of the fee . ”
Obviously this was very persuasive . But there was still something that made him clam up .
I’ve already played my card . Right now, it was time to watch his reaction .
He hemmed for a moment, and shook his head . At this moment, the side door of the shop creaked open and a sickly yellow and emaciated little boy came out . He shyly looked at me .
“We don’t have money……kill me . Please don’t hurt my dad……”
He spoke cautiously .
“Idiot! Don’t talk nonsense!”
It was already too late .
I examined the man carefully . His face turned red . He directed his sight to the ceiling, hesitated for a moment and then said:
“I still can’t do it . But, you can go and find Bone of the blacksmith store . He will probably tell you . ”
I nodded . This was his limit .
“Got it . I will not speak of what happened today . I will also give you these vegetables for free . ”
I left the vegetable shop without looking back .
When I went to the blacksmith store, I took out the wolf pelts .
The man called Bone was a seventy-year-old old man . He was in the middle of forging . He wasn’t much taller than Little Elan . He had a stooped body and his skin was stretched tight over his bones . The man was like his name, thin and bony, but his two eyes were full of life . His voice was also quite high . All in all, a lively old person .
Based on my pride in my profession, I expected to see him making a sword at first glance . I didn’t think that I would look for half a day and not find one . The majority were kitchen knives, hoes and other household metalware . Seems like he didn’t make weapons to subdue magical beasts .
Evidently, his skill was extremely refined, but he didn’t make weapons . I felt something was up .
In the future, I would ask him for an explanation .
“Hey! Youngster, come in . With my throat, people on the outside can’t hear very well?”
“Are you alright?”
The old man turned his head to look at me:
“I’m fine . Your eyes still have light in them . A sight that can’t be seen in this town . ”
Hearing his words, I thought of the dialogue in the bible for no reason .
——What is the kingdom of god like?
——It’s like a mustard seed .
——It will grow into a big tree .
“Say, Uncle, if you’re free afterwards can you teach me forging?”
He rapped the cane in his hand on the ground .