Although he was not participating in the first auction, it's good to have a bit of insight.
The quality of the auction items this time seems to be very good.
The participants in the surrounding stands responded enthusiastically.
Even the brothers, Xiong Fangfang and Xiong Yuanyuan, who had no interest at all, gradually became invested and occasionally made lemon-like sounds.
(T/N – the author wrote ‘níng méng bān’ which literally means ‘in a lemon way’.
Thank you to the commenter who explained it means 'in an envious way'!)
Ruan Shiqing sat upright, watching one auction item after another being sent to the exhibition stand, and being auctioned at a high price in the host's fierce and high-pitched tone, he couldn't help feeling that the wealth gap is too huge on this planet.
The auction items in the first auction are all very expensive, and it is a game for the rich.
“Next, a special item will be auctioned.
The guests who followed our auction ahead of time must have known what I was talking about, but I will say it is…
she is far more amazing than you think.”
The host looked around, satiated his appetite, and finally said, “Next, we will exhibit our finale auction item! A nine-tailed fox cub, the gender is female, and…
not protected by the nine-tailed fox protection regulations.”
“The starting price is 100,000 star coins!”
The lights in the hall suddenly dimmed, and a beam of spotlight fell from the top, covering the center of the booth.
At the same time, a sparkling crystal cage with a unique shape slowly rose from the ground.
In the crystal cage, a little fox with red fur like fire shook its ten flaming tails and roared fiercely at the spectators.
It's just that she was too young, and the subtle roar was quickly drowned in the exclamations of the spectators.
“It turned out to be a cub of the Nine-tailed Fox clan.”
“Nine-tailed foxes, regardless of male or female, are all beautiful.”
“That's not right, the nine-tailed fox clan only has nine tails, how can this one have ten?”
“The color of the fur is not pure, but it's actually red.
Don't the nine-tailed foxes respect white?”
“Are you out of your mind? If it were a purebred nine-tailed fox cub, who would dare to auction it publicly.
Wouldn’t you be asking to die?”
There were a lot of discussions, and this cub who appeared in the finale obviously aroused the interest of everyone present.
Only Ruan Shiqing was wondering, “What is the Nine-Tailed Fox Clan?”
In his world, the nine-tailed fox is a legendary creature.
“The nine-tailed fox is an ancient aristocrat second only to the Youmir, the dragon clan, and the mermaid clan.” Xiong Yuanyuan is actually mostly hearsay.
After all, the bottom Bis who lives on a remote garbage star How can people really understand those ancient and noble races?
They are very repulsive and discriminate against those mixed races with impure coats.” Looking at the nine-tailed fox who kept trying to hit the crystal cage, Xiong Yuanyuan showed sympathy.
“This cub, not only is the coat color impure but also has an extra tail.
It's just a different kind of heterogeneity, but it must be the most discriminated against.” That's why it was reduced to an auction.
If purebred nine-tailed fox cubs were treated like this, the nine-tailed fox clan would have already issued a wanted order all over the world.
The nine-tailed fox is famous for its coexistence of strength and beauty, coupled with the talent and skills that can charm people, almost no one will dislike the nine-tailed fox.
But these ancient races have always been arrogant and never intermarry with foreign races, so acquiring such a cub who only has the blood of a nine-tailed fox and also won’t get them into trouble is undoubtedly very popular.
“So…this cub is actually a Bis?” Ruan Shiqing understood but became more and more surprised.
He thought that this nine-tailed fox cub was a precious pet.
But listening to their words, this cub is clearly also a Bis.
How is this different from child trafficking?
“In a broad sense, yes,” Xiong Fangfang said, “But those noble nobles think that Bis is a derogatory term and do not like to be called that.”
Ruan Shiqing just thought it was absurd.
“Will this not violate the law?”
“Imperial laws should not allow it.” Xiong Yuanyuan is not sure, after all, he has never read the law.
“But no one here obeys the law.”
His words were calm, just stating an objective fact.
Ruan Shiqing fell silent.
Rong Heng was as silent as him at this time, his five senses were keen, and he could distinguish the cub's roar from the noisy sounds around him.
It is an angry resistance, an unwilling struggle, but it is not despair and fear.
This is a very tough pup.
Even if she was born different, exiled by the tribe, and reduced to this point, she is still brave and unyielding.
can we just watch like this?” Ruan Shiqing struggled to organize the language.
He wanted to say something, but he felt powerless.
Xiong Yuanyuan didn't understand what he meant and thought he liked the cub too.
He scratched his ears and looked embarrassed.
“The starting price is 100,000 stars, and we don't have the money to bid.
Of course, you can only watch.”
Maybe he would never see so many star coins in his life.
Ruan Shiqing was suddenly dumbfounded.
Xiong Yuanyuan is right, he doesn't have that much money.
Not to mention participating in the auction, he couldn't even get the starting price of 100,000 star coins.
Maybe they can get it after selling the engine and drive, but at that time, the little fox had already been taken away.
After that, Ruan Shiqing didn't speak again, he groped to find the puppy's warm little paw and held it.
Watching silently on the big screen, the price of the auction is getting higher and higher.
Everyone fell into a frenzy, and the host was eloquent and quick, constantly adding fuel to the fire.
The auction lasted for half an hour.
After several rounds of chasing, it was finally sold at a high price of 350,000 stars.
Such a high price can be counted as a handful in previous underground auctions.
The host danced a fiery rumba on the spot to celebrate and ordered someone to carry the huge crystal cage down.
In the cage, the roar of the nine-tailed fox cub was so weak that it was almost inaudible, but it still showed its canine teeth that were not sharp enough at every spectator present.
The crystal cage eventually disappeared behind the stage.
The small, burning flame also disappeared.
The host announced the intermission with a smile.
He asked all the guests who brought auction items to wait for them to be appraised at the appraisal office next door and began to make preparations for the second auction.
Ruan Shiqing's mood was a little down, but he didn't forget the business.
He temporarily handed the cub to Xiong Yuanyuan to take care of, while he and Xiong Fangfang took the engine and drive for evaluation.
The number of people who participated in the auction was large, and there would naturally be many people who bring the auction items.
Though, not everything is worth the effort and time of the auction organizer.
All auction items will be sent to the booth only after passing the appraisal.
At that time, the organizer will take 1/10 of the auction proceeds as a commission.
Ruan Shiqing was in the middle of the queue and entered the appraisal office with the flow of people, leaving the humble cloth bag out.
From Hornick's reaction, he guessed that the crashed aircraft must be very special, so he deliberately turned the side with the falcon pattern and number up and tapped it with his finger.
The appraiser thought another person wanted to try his luck and was about to call out the next person impatiently, but his eyes swept to the eagle pattern and number on the engine, and his breath suddenly choked.
“Silver Falcon?” he rushed forward and carefully checking the engine and drive.
The appraiser quickly called two more people and invited Ruan Shiqing and Xiong Fangfang to the appraisal office.
The crowd at the back was surprised, their eyes full of envy.
In the auction venue, Xiong Yuanyuan was stiff.
When Ruan Shiqing asked him to help take care of his puppy, he was very happy.
After all, the puppy looks soft and harmless, and very cute, who can refuse this?
But only when he held the pup, did he realize that looking cute and being cute are two different things.
After Ruan Shiqing left, this soft and harmless puppy exuded an indescribable aura, making Xiong Yuanyuan uneasy and stiff.
He dare not move at all.
He felt like he was sitting on a needlepoint, not moving and panicking.
It's f**king hard having an ancestor in my arms.
Xiong Yuanyuan back started sweating, and he couldn't help looking at the long queue next door, and sent countless SOS to Ruan Shiqing in his heart.
But Ruan Shiqing obviously didn't receive the signal.
In the end, he couldn't hold it anymore, so he could only respectfully take off his coat and spread it on the seat next to him.
Then, he carefully picked up the puppy and put him on it.
He let out a long sigh of relief, Xiong Yuanyuan originally wanted him to stay obedient and not run around, but when the words came to his mouth, he said, “You…sit tight.”
Damn, I actually coddled a puppy.
Rong Heng looked at him coldly, not moving or making a sound, just like Shura asking for his life.
(T/N closest explanation I found- In the context of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice a “Shura” is an individual that has lost themselves to the thirst for blood and has no emotional connection to this world beyond seeking the next person to cut down.)
Xiong Yuanyuan looked at him for three seconds, then looked away in embarrassment and looked elsewhere.
Fuck! Is this really a puppy? It's so fierce, he doesn't believe it!
After a while of mental reconstruction, Xiong Yuanyuan dared to look back.
And then? Fuck! What about the cub? Where is the big puppy he put here?
Just turned around and the puppy had disappeared.
Xiong Yuanyuan suddenly panicked, searched front and back, left and right, and even dug under the seat, but couldn't find the fear-invoking puppy.
At the same time, Rong Heng has already sneaked into the warehouse where the auction items are stored by taking advantage of his size.
There is only one crystal cage shining in the dark.
His guess was right, the auction hasn't ended yet, and the buyer who bid for the nine-tailed fox cub had not had time to take it away.
The cub in the cage is very keen.
Although she hasn’t seen anyone yet, she raised her ears and looked alert.
Rong Heng slowly approached, releasing the tyrannical aura that belonged to Youmir.
That's how he had threatened Xiong Yuanyuan just now.
The nine-tailed fox cub obviously shrank and took a step back, but almost at the same moment, she raised her chest again, bared her fangs, and pushed her hind legs to the ground to charge up in a hunter's stance.
to pounce on Rong Heng, she overcame her instinctive fear.
If it wasn't for the crystal cage blocking her, she would not hesitate to pounce on Rong Heng.
The nine-tailed fox is as blind as ever.
Rong Heng snorted, removed the lock of the crystal cage with ease, and threw the damaged lock on the ground at will.
Without looking behind him, he stepped into the shadows and left.
After Ruan Shiqing signed the auction agreement and came out, he saw Xiong Yuanyuan sitting at the door of the appraisal office crying.
At this time, most of the people had finished the appraisal, so few people were left in line.
Xiong Yuanyuan, who was squatting on the ground crying.
was particularly eye-catching, and many people gathered around to point and laugh.
Xiong Fangfang did not expect that he would be gone for quite a while and that his brother could be so embarrassing and conspicuous.
He quickly stepped forward and pulled him up, shaking off the dust, he asked,” What are you crying for?”
Xiong Yuanyuan's eyes were swollen and red, sniffing his nose, he looked at Ruan Shiqing, his face full of guilt.
“I'm sorry, I lost Snowball.” Now, no matter how much he explained, he wouldn’t be able to do anything, so he lowered his head in shame, and said, “I'm sorry”, again with a murmur.
Ruan Shiqing's heart skipped a beat, and even his mind was blank for a moment.
After a while, he restrained his emotions and asked what happened.
“I – I put him in the seat next to him, and then he disappeared as soon as he turned his head,” Xiong Yuanyuan said dryly.
But it is impossible to say that he is absentminded because things are so bizarre.
He turned his head and the cub was gone.
“Maybe it's hiding somewhere.” Ruan Shiqing tried his best to restrain his impatience, calmly thinking about various possibilities, but he couldn't help but speed up.
“Let's look around first.”
Xiong Yuanyuan wiped his face, his ears drooping listlessly.
“I-I've looked for him.” But, not even a hair could be found.
“Maybe there is a clue somewhere-” they looked for it.
Ruan Shiqing stopped abruptly, looked back at Xiong Yuanyuan, and said, “Isn't that Snowball right in my seat?”
Xiong Yuanyuan looked at the puppy sitting on the seat and slowly opened his mouth.
Ruan Shiqing strode over and picked up the little cub.
“Are you secretly being naughty?”
Rong Heng tilted his head, bewildered.
What are you talking about, I don't understand, I don't know.
“Fortunately, it was just a false alarm.” Xiong Fangfang rounded up to Yuanyuan.
“If you can't find it, look for it again.
What are you crying, are you not ashamed? Isn't it just been found?”
“…” Xiong Yuanyuan was extremely aggrieved, but he didn't dare to say it.
He took a sneaky glance at the cute and well-behaved puppy in Ruan Shiqing's arms and hid behind his brother in horror.
He suspects the dog is targeting him.
The author has something to say:
Rongzai (arrogant): Yes, I am targeting you.
Xiong Yuanyuan: Brother this dog bullies me woo woo
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