Chapter 61: Christmas Present (2)
“Hahaha…” Guan Li laughed cheerily and reached over to rub his little sister’s head out of habit, but was stopped by the little cat demon.
“Big brother, my ears are still showing, you can’t mess with my hat.”
“Didn’t you say you were okay now?” Guan Li froze and looked worriedly at his younger sister before turning towards Mi Wan for confirmation.
“There’s still a small trace of demonic poisoning left behind, and it would take a week to recover.” Mi Wan explained, “But don’t worry, she will not degenerate again.”
“Thank you.” Had Mi Wan pointed at a half-transformed demon and told him this before yesterday, he would have never believed it. But now that Guan Tong was standing right in front of him, he had nothing to be suspicious about.
Calming down his excitement, Guan Li picked up the bag he had dropped on the ground to catch his pouncing sister, rummaged through the contents and pulled out a deep blue flannel box, and handed it over to Mi Wan, “Senior sis, this is the ‘Soul of the Cat Eye.'”
Mi Wan received the box and opened it to take a look. Inside was a platinum bracelet, with several intricate gems and diamonds embedded on it that shone mesmerizingly under the sunlight. One of the stones resembled the color of a demon cat’s eye and was truly a dazzling Cat’s Eye gem. Mi Wan believed that was probably where the name ‘Soul of the Cat Eye’ came from.
“The ‘Soul of the Cat Eye’ was designed by my grandfather. He was the previous leader of the cat tribe and the creator of the Guam family’s charm jewels.” Guan Li began introducing the history, “The reason why this gemstone was not for sale, was not only just because it was personally designed by my grandfather, it was also because of that particular Cat’s Eye gem. It was infused with the demonic powers of the cat tribe and can destroy any illusion.”
And just like that, this was worth 30 million? While the ability to break illusions was pretty handy, it seemed pretty extra in her opinion. Considering today’s demons, how many of them could actually use illusions to trick her?
“Are there any other uses?” Mi Wan could not help but ask.
“It could be used to help you sleep.”
“Help with sleep? So you use it if you can’t sleep at night?”
“Yes. Today’s humans are under a lot more pressure, so a lot of them would lose sleep at night from stress. The reason why our charms were so successful was that we cat demons added demonic energy to our jewelry that has hypnotic and calming effects.”
“You’re using your demonic powers to help humans?” Mi Wan asked in surprise.
“Not really. It’s more of a symbiotic relationship, they are spending money and buying from us after all.” But the Demon Hunter Association did allow them to mass-produce and sell these gemstones infused with demonic energy because they recognized their powers would be used to help the human race. That was also why the cat tribe was considered one of the few demonic races that were closest to the human race.
“Not bad.” Mi Wan closed the box and said, “I’ll accept this. Our transaction is complete.”
“Thank you, Senior Sis.”
Mi Wan nodded and turned to leave, and could hear the little cat demon sweetly bidding her farewell far as she became distanced.
Not long after, the dismissal bell rang and students came pouring out of the lecture halls. Some classmates who recognized Guan Li and saw him holding hands with a cute little girl wanted to crowd over and tease him, but the scared sis-con of a senior quickly carried his younger sister and ran off.
Guan Li only stopped running when they reached a location with fewer people. He placed his younger sister down and carefully adjusted her tilted hat.
“Big brother, do we have to go home today?” The little cat demon quietly asked.
“Mmhmm, I need to bring you back to the tribe, and then we need to go to the Demon Hunter Association to restore your identity.” Due to her degenerated state, Guan Tong’s identification information had been deleted.
“But…I don’t wish to see Father and Mother.” Feeling like she had said something bad, the little cat demon wiggled her fingers restlessly.
“…” Guan Li paused in silence for a while before replying, “Let’s return back to the tribe to present you as proof. After Tongtong’s identity gets recovered, I’ll make sure you stay outside with me.”
“Mm.” The little cat demon perked up once more and her face lit up again.
She could understand why her parents abandoned her, and she was willing to forgive them, but ultimately, she was unable to bring herself to pretend as if none of it happened and get along with them like before.
Mi Wan found a secluded area, pulled out the ‘Soul of the Cat Eye,’ and took a picture of it to send to Fan Chen.
Fan Chen quickly replied to her message: [The little cat demon gave that to you?]
Mi Wan: [The little cat demon’s older brother gave it to me, said it was the store’s treasure, worth 30 million yuan.]
Fan Chen: [Oh.]
Mi Wan: [I’ll bring it over to you tonight. Just give me 15 million yuan.]
Fan Chen: [Why?]
Mi Wan: [You should take half of the 30 million. I don’t have 15 million in cash for you, so I can only sell this to you at a discount.]
Fan Chen: [No need. Just keep it.]
Mi Wan: [I can’t do that. You should take what’s yours.]
Even during the 2 million yuan incident involving the little eagle, she managed to get the sparrow spirit to gift Fan Chen two pieces of antiques. Suffice to say, Mi Wan would not hog the 15 million cut in this transaction. Not to mention, she might need more Bingya grass from Fan Chen in the future, so without a clear repayment plan, future dealings would be difficult.
Fan Chen: [I also don’t have so much cash on me, maybe you should just sell it?]
Seeing Mi Wan so insistent, Fan Chen stopped objecting.
Mi Wan: [Ah, but it looks so pretty…]
Fan Chen grinned. Offering it even though you like it: [Then how about this, just treat it as a gift from me to you. It’s almost Christmas.]
Christmas? Mi Wan was stunned for a moment as she searched through her brain for information regarding the Christmas season. It seemed like it was a Western holiday. And during Christmas, there was a custom that involved gift exchange.
This was the first time Mi Wan had ever received a gift, and she did not wish to refuse it, so she replied: [Then when Christmas gets here, I’ll prepare a gift for you too.]
Fan Chen might have become busy because he never replied after that. Mi Wan glanced at her phone, then pulled the ‘Soul of Cat Eye’ out of the box and wore it around her wrist. Even if her wrist was a little too thick that it did not look as nice when she wore it, it did not dampen her spirits.
Mi Wan slipped the box back into her bag while getting the feeling that she might have forgotten something. Ah, yeah, I forgot to post it on her WeChat friend circle. So she pulled out her phone and snapped a picture of the bracelet on her wrist.
Picture uploaded, caption: Received my Christmas present.
The sparrow spirit was the first to like it.
This was followed by a comment by Blondie, who knew the truth of the matter and could not help himself: This is obviously Guan Li’s payment to you, so you gave yourself that present. Vainpot!
Mi Wan narrowed her eyes and felt that Blondie was asking for some punishment, so she viciously replied to his comment: Wanna die? Continue talking.
Not a second later, Blondie deleted his comment.
“At least you behave.” As Mi Wan was admiring the ‘likes’ she was getting, another negative comment appeared.
Little Bro: You have friends that would send you gifts? Are these friends from the diet clinic?
“Damn brat.” Mi Wan muttered angrily as she replied: Even my sick friends know how to send gifts, what kind of brother are you?
Little Bro replied immediately: Well what kind of sister are YOU?
After going back and forth a few rounds, a sudden stranger joined in their banter and left a comment. It was a man who declared himself the oldest brother.
Eldest Bro: Didn’t you hurt your leg? Rest well.
Eldest Bro’s comment was directed at the Little Bro and Mi Wan was able to infer from the situation. She sent a direct message to her younger brother and asked: You’re injured?
Little Bro: Yeah.
Mi Wan: How did you hurt yourself?
Little Bro: Sprained it while playing ball. Why? Are you concerned enough to send me a gift?
Mi Wan: Sure, give me your address.
Mi Wan’s younger brother did not hesitate to send over his address.
Seeing the address, Mi Wan forwarded it to Butler Ye and immediately received a phone call back. “Young Miss, why did you send me the address to Young Master’s school?”
Mi Wan internally grumbled.
I was about to tell you.
“I want to give…my little brother something.” Calling him ‘little brother’ made Mi Wan grimace.
“That’s nice.” Thinking Mi Wan was trying to repair their sibling relationship, Butler Ye felt encouraged, “Young Miss, what do you want to gift him? I’ll get someone to prepare it right now.”
“Ahem… Erm, do you still have the 10 eggs I brought back home yesterday?” Mi Wan asked.
“It’s there. You instructed Auntie Zhang to not touch them so they are stored in the fridge.”
“Get Auntie Zhang to cook two eggs and send them to my little brother.” Mi Wan replied.
“Just…two eggs?” Butler Ye was stunned.
“Yup, just two eggs. No more than that.” These were eggs laid by Ji Jingjing. One is enough to heal any leg. These two eggs could be considered as repayment for that 100,00 yuan he gave her before.
10 minutes later, Auntie Zhang finished cooking those eggs and stored them in a nice-looking bento box before handing it to the driver, Xiao Zhang.
Xiao Zhang followed the address Mi Wan sent him and delivered the bento box to the Young Master’s dorm.
“Young Master, the Young Miss asked me to give this to you.” Xiao Zhang handed over the bento box to Mi Shao.
Mi Shao hesitated a little and reconfirmed in disbelief, “Mi Wan really sent something over?”
“Yes.” Xiao Zhang grinned and nodded.
Mi Shao’s dorm mates all crowded around curiously, wondering what their friend’s older sister had sent over.
“It’s a bento box. Is it pig trotters? To nourish your foot?” Someone guessed.
“If it’s pig trotters, leave some for me.” It was the other student who ran into Mi Shao while they were playing ball.
Mi Shao awkwardly received it. While he did not lack food, this was a gift from a girl, even if it was Mi Wan, and social norm dictates that he take a few bites as a sign of appreciation. With his mind made up, he opened the bento box in front of everyone.
“… Just two eggs?” Mi Shao was annoyed. Who gives their own baby brother only two miserly eggs as a sympathy gift?
When his classmates say it, they could not help but make fun of him. “Maybe it’s cooked personally by your older sister.”
Mi Shao called the other party in a fit of anger. “Just two eggs? Think I won’t throw them away?”
Caught off guard by the foreign number from the incoming call, Mi Wan took a minute to recognize the caller-id and after listening to him, her face darkened. “If you throw them away, I’ll kill you.”
Mi Shao was so angry that he hung up the phone without another word. Seeing that he was about to throw away the eggs, his classmate who was also injured quickly stopped him. “Hey, don’t just throw it. I’m hungry anyway so just give it to me.”
With that, that person helped himself to one of them and took a large bite after peeling off the eggshells. The moment he tore into the egg, a faint trace of demonic energy emitted from the egg, alerting another student who was watching the excitement from the side and causing him to look over uncertainty.
“It’s pretty yummy.” The classmate who ate the egg exclaimed as his eggs widened. Was he just really hungry? Why does this egg seem so delicious?
“Er… Mi Shao, can you give me that remaining egg?” Seeing there was an egg leftover in the box, the other student asked.
“Why? Are you hungry too?”
“No, this egg is a tonic. I wish to bring it to my grandfather to nourish his body.” The young man explained sincerely.
“Wei Ji, is your family bankrupt?” Mi Shao was stunned. A one-yuan egg was being treated as a tonic?
“No. This is no ordinary egg…Anyway, it’s a really amazing tonic and it’s more effective than ginseng. It’s a very rare egg from a very rare chicken.” Wei Ji could only say so much without revealing the secrets of the chicken spirits.
Mi Shao held on to his bento box with a dumbfounded expression.
Dude, are you serious?