TCPCHW Chapter 1 Part 2
The Crown Prince Chases His Wife
Chapter 1 Gu City (2/2)
“Shopkeeper Wen, you can watch the time next time. You won’t be able to enter the city after youshi (5 pm – 7 pm). You will have to feed to wolves in this barren countryside.”
“…” Yu Qing couldn’t help but shuddered.
“Thank you for the reminder, we’ll go now, we’ll go now.” Wen Luo said while bowing.
The girl flicked the reins, and the carriage drove straight to Gu City. The Silver Armored Guards also followed the City Master’s carriage and left.
On this side, Wen Luo stuffed Yu Qing, who was still looking forward, into the carriage, and told the coachman to enter the city quickly.
Yu Qing looked curious, “Are all the girls outside this pass so pretty? It just that they don’t have a good temper.”
Wen Luo leaned back against the wall of the carriage and closed his eyes to rest and did not continue.
“Eh? Uncle Luo, isn’t she on her way? Why do we still need to thank them specially?”
Wen Luo couldn’t help but wonder, did this young master really has businessman material?
Wen Luo sighed softly and said patiently, “In the business field, it is not easy to connect with high-ranking officials and nobles. If you can have a relationship with a reputable person, you must seize the opportunity. The most important thing is to owe favors. If you owe or repay, you can establish a connection when you have dealings with them. This is the second lesson for the young master in this business trip.”
“Second lesson? What about the first lesson?” Yu Qing was puzzled.
“The first lesson is punctuality. As I said, in the daytime, the Pingxi Army of Xiaoguan and the Silver Armor Guards of Gu City will patrol this road to protect the caravan. However, before sunset, the patrolling army will return to camp, and this road is no longer safe. Young Master should not be greedy for the scenery, get off the carriage frequently and miss the time.”
“I know, Uncle Luo.” Although he didn’t like his uncle’s long-windedness, Yu Qing still remembered that before going out, his father’s repeated instructions made him stare at the management of Gu City’s business and learned Uncle Luo’s methods carefully.
Wen Luo leaned back against the wobbling carriage wall and pinched the bridge of his nose with one hand. For the first time in many years, he felt tired. Walking on this trade route for so many years, he had never made such a mistake. Over the years, Wen Luo had done his best for his family. Wasn’t it time to go back to his hometown to marry a wife and have children, and find a place with beautiful scenery to live for the rest of his life?
Exactly at youshi, Wen Luo and his tired convoy finally arrived outside the east gate of Gu City before the city gate closed.
Although Yu Qing with a young man’s temperament was tired and frightened after a day’s journey, he still looked around with great interest and looked at the scene around him that was very different from Jiangnan*.
(Jiangnan* – regions south of the Yangtze River)
Different from the fineness and exquisiteness of Yangzhou, the landscape here was full of earthy yellow and rough contours. The dry air was mixed with the smell of dust and horse manure, and the sight and smell all affected Yu Qing’s senses.
The city wall of Gu City was standing tall, with traces of reinforcement and renovation, and it seemed to have experienced brutal attacks and defenses. Under the city wall was a thirty-foot-wide moat and Yu Qing and his convoy were entering the city on the suspension bridge over the moat.
Looking up, the cold scabbard of the guards who were on duty could be seen on the city wall, but Yu Qing’s hanging heart, who had just been chased by the horse bandits, fell to the ground.
After submitting the documents, the convoy slowly entered the city. Wen Luo did not forget to instruct Yu Qing, “Young Master, the city is full of crooks mixed with the honest folk, so be careful when you speak and do things.”
Yu Qing extended his head out at the moment and replied impatiently, “I know! I know!”
There were various shops and vendors in the street market, shouting and bargaining one after another, and occasionally there were foreign languages that Yu Qing did not understand. People came and went on the street, and many people from the Central Plains were also mixed with blond and blue-eyed faces from the Western Regions.
The dazzling array of goods was even more dazzling. In addition to silk, porcelain, and tea, there were also calligraphy and painting, and study utensils from the Central Plains. These were treasures of great value in the eyes of merchants in the western regions, which were sought after by nobles in the Western Regions.
In addition to the goods of the Central Plains, there were also jewelry and leather goods, all kinds of spices, and colorful woven blankets from the Western Regions. Looking at this bustling street market, Yu Qing couldn’t believe that this was bitter cold outside the pass, which was not the prosperous Yangzhou.
When the carriage drove past an intersection, there was a sudden animal roaring. Yu Qing bounced back into the carriage in shock, widened his eyes, and looked at Wen Luo who had a smile on his face.
Wen Luo smiled and comforted, “That is the lion of the Western Regions. There are many rare and exotic animals in the horse market, which are not seen by ordinary people in the Central Plains. The powerful people in the capital city will buy them to keep in the gardens or hunt them for fun. If Young Master is interested, you can go for a stroll tomorrow.”
Yu Qing was stunned, but couldn’t hold back his curiosity, and stuck his head out again.
Vendors were cleaning up their stalls one after another. Occasionally, guards wearing black armor and holding sabers passed by on the street. People seemed to be accustomed to it, and it did not affect their bargaining ability at all.
Here, maintaining order by force was not a threat to the people, but a guarantee of life and property.
There were two Persians and a merchant from the Central Plains in front of them. The three had red faces and were arguing in a low voice, which looked very strange.
Yu Qing asked Wen Luo to take a look. Wen Luo glanced at it, and explained, “If you make trouble without a reason, you will be expelled from the city. The risk outside the city is too great. Losing money is a trivial matter, but losing your life is not worth it. If the price is at a stalemate, you have to hold back your voice to avoid being labeled as a troublemaker. That’s why this hilarious scene happened.”
While speaking, the convoy had arrived at the Yu family’s trading establishment and assistance from the trading establishment came to take over the goods.
After more than a month’s journey, he could finally sleep peacefully today.
Looking back at the bustling street market, Yu Qing couldn’t help but feel a little curious.
Gu City gathered caravans from all over the world, maybe there were spies from enemy countries, and occasionally some fugitives who licked the blood on the edge of the knife, but it was a scene of a peaceful and prosperous age.
What kind of a powerful person was the City Master of Gu City who could withstand all these bad guys?
The author says:
The geographical location of Gu City is located on the northern line of the eastern section of the ancient Silk Road, out of Xiaoguan, outside Guyuan, and roughly in the areas of Pingchuan and Haiyuan.