Pockmarked Zhang’s brain moved very quickly and, in the end, he convinced himself that this was a very good opportunity in front of him. Although kidnapping was a dangerous business, he could still skip town afterward.
In comparison, the gambling house could be said to have a huge background, and trying to skip town wouldn’t work at all. If he decided not to return the money and instead tried to run away, he would almost certainly be killed. However, if he instead kidnapped that young master, so long as he was careful, he would probably be able to earn enough to pay off his debt entirely, and maybe even a little more.
But as he was drawing up his plans against Su Tang, Pockmarked Zhang quickly hit a stumbling block. After thinking about it in detail, it seemed that he didn’t know who Su Tang was at all! If he didn’t know who the brat was, who could he find to collect the ransom from? Not wanting all his planning and strategizing to be in vain, Pockmarked Zhang’s thoughts whirled and turned back to Wu Yong again.
Wu Yong had offended the young master, so the young master had asked him to clean up Wu Yong. Therefore, Wu Yong should know who the young master was. Even if he didn’t know who the young master was, Pockmarked Zhang felt he should still clean him up anyway. That way, if the young master really came back the next day, he could at least say that the job had really been done, and hopefully pressure him into spitting out more money.
The more he thought about it, the more he felt it was reasonable.
Pockmarked Zhang looked around and realized that it was already so late that it would be better to call it the very early part of the morning, which meant that it was nearly time for the waiters at Fuxing House to come over and prepare for the day’s business. Thus, he quickly ran over to the town entrance and waited.
When he saw Wu Yong coming down the road just before dawn, Pockmarked Zhang quickly rushed out and attacked. He beat Wu Yong until he fell to the ground and kicked him many times. As he was hitting him, he kept asking Wu Yong if he knew who he had offended by not taking good care of their young master.
Since it was just before dawn, it was still very dark outside, and the suddenly attacked Wu Yong couldn’t comprehend this situation at all. Before he realized it, a man had appeared and started beating him up while shouting ‘if he knew who he offended’. However, amidst all the pain of the beating, he really couldn’t think of anyone he had failed to serve properly or offended.
After all, he worked in Fuxing House, and the people who patronized Fuxing House were basically the richest lords and ladies in town. Thus, he had always been very respectful to these people and dared not show them even the slightest snub, and he was even often get rewarded for his excellent service… so how could such a thing befall him?
Wu Yong simply couldn’t remember anyone who he had failed to serve well to the point they would be offended enough to want him beaten up. Pockmarked Zhang interrogated him for a long time, but in the end, the answer never changed and, eventually, his overzealous interrogation caused Wu Yong to fall unconscious.
Pockmarked Zhang was a very ruthless person from the beginning. Before coming out, he had already convinced himself that Wu Yong was his one ray of hope toward finding out Su Tang’s identity, but reality gave him a hard slap and it seemed that the waiter really had no idea. Of course, he was also still in a terrible mood from losing all of his money at the gambling house and being forced to sign a debt contract, so when his one hope faded, he snapped.
At that moment, he suddenly felt there was no hope at all to repay his debt, and he channeled all the resentment he was feeling and vented it out on Wu Yong. He had been feeling suffocated and oppressed the whole night, and then even came out to dish out a ferocious beating in hopes of solving his problem, but it had all come to nothing.
In his blind fury, when he saw that Wu Yong had fainted, he went off and found a stick and then really broke both his legs. Then, taking advantage of the dark night and the heavy snow to avoid anyone seeing him, he crept back to his home on the west end of town.
Su Tang really hadn’t intended for Pockmarked Zhang to break Wu Yong’s legs, and honestly, she hadn’t thought the man would have dared to do so. She had thought that a small-time thug like Pockmarked Zhang was a person who only knew how to bully the weak, a person who was mostly just bluster and not much ability. Thus, when the orange cat told her that he had really broken Wu Yong’s legs, she felt very shocked.
“You said that Wu Yong’s legs were broken?” This really wasn’t how Su Tang had expected things to go. She wasn’t a killer or anything. Although Wu Yong had been very rude and humiliated her back then, it wasn’t as if he deserved to die. In the first place, for a person like her who grew up in the peaceful modern era, she had never had the ability to treat people’s lives like grass the way these ancients could.
But how could Su Tang have anticipated that after receiving her deposit Pockmarked Zhang would swiftly lose it in such a way and dig such a deep hole for himself before lashing out wildly like this?
The orange cat saw Su Tang’s surprise and shook his head. Although he always complained that the master he had found this time was too black-hearted, in reality, she wasn’t actually a vicious or bloodthirsty person. It was all that Pockmarked Zhang. He had really handled this matter too ruthlessly, leaving no leeway at all.
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