Although Li Yundong was always convinced that the world was wonderful and the lives of human beings were happy, he knew very well that no matter how wonderful the world was, there would always be some flies appearing in his sight.
It appeared to Li Yundong that Zhao Yougen was undoubtedly a competent fly. He always showed himself on inappropriate occasions and in inappropriate places.
"This guy is so annoying!" whispered Su Chan, who was standing beside Li Yundong, her face full of resentment.
Li Yundong patted her arm and motioned for her not to be impulsive. He stepped forward and said in a lukewarm tone, "Is this really all just a coincidence? How could everything just happen to turn out the same like this?"
Zhao Youjin acted as if he hadn't heard Li Yundong's words. Glancing around at Li Yundong, Su Chan, Zi Yuan and the others, Zhao Youjin smiled and said proudly, "Little brother, you managed to decorate really fast. How I admire you! Fortunately, my decoration speed was not too shabby either. Hah, I happened to finish it at the same time as you, hahaha!"
When Li Yundong and others looked over at Zhao Youjin's teahouse, they saw that Zhao Youjin had decorated the entrance of his property with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, and the entire building was splendidly decorated both inside and outside. Two rows of beautiful tea waitresses in Qipao were standing at the door with their skirts slit almost up to their crotches.
Ruan Hongling snorted and said in a low, mocking voice, "This shop feels like it's owned by a nouveau riche from the inside and outside. How can a person drink tea in such a place?"
Zhou Qin also flashed an ironic smile. She whispered, "Is this place dealing in tea or sex?"
Li Yundong heard their remarks. He smiled and agreed with them. He didn't want to be entangled with Zhao Yougen, so he simply said, "Boss Zhao, you're going to open today, and so are we. Why don't we just go our separate ways?"
There was no way for Zhao Yougen to let Li Yundong go. After all, he hadn't shown off enough yet. He hurriedly said, "Hey, little brother, don't leave! Don't you hope for good luck on the first day of the opening ceremony?"
With that, he clapped his hands. Behind him, a beautiful young lady in a Qipao walked over with a plate and a stack of bright red packets in her hand.
Zhao Yougen grabbed a handful of red packets from the plate and generously stuffed them into Li Yundong's hands. He then said loudly, "Little brother, this is a little token of my appreciation for you. It's a gift for good luck. You must accept it!"
But Li Yundong did not want to accept such a gift.
He took a step back calmly and said with a smile, "Mr. Zhao, you shouldn't give me something which I cannot repay you for!"
Zhao Yougen's plan had failed. His expression quickly changed, but he forced a smile a moment later. He waved to the increasing number of onlookers around him and threw the red envelopes in his hand up into the air. He laughed and said, "Come on, today my small store has opened and this shop is asking for some compliments. I hope everyone will find joy when they look up, that they'll open the door and get involved in lucky things!"
The surrounding crowd immediately started scrambling for the envelopes. The people who got the one held it in their arms and then turned around and scurried away, as if they had stumbled upon a great treasure. Some people who didn't get anything stood where they were and cursed loudly, while others simply went around Zhao Yougen to ask him for an envelope directly.
Zhao Yougen laughed proudly and said, "The red envelopes are issued in the morning and again in the afternoon. Everyone, come on time at two o'clock in the afternoon, and there will be another distribution!"
The surrounding people were overjoyed, all of the cheering greedily.
Li Yundong and the others looked at the scene and sneered. Li Yundong turned his head and smiled at Zi Yuan. "Isn't he like a feudal lord giving money to beggars on the street in ancient times?"
Zi Yuan smiled slightly and said, "The Chinese have never changed. Everyone has a deep-rooted desire to be a lord or a rich man. It's just that some people are very obvious about it, while some people don't even get the chance to show off."
Li Yundong feigned anger as he said, "Hey, which side are you on? Are you scolding us too?"
Zi Yuan smiled calmly. "Well, this guy is a vulgar upstart, a lord living in the olden days. Are you satisfied with this?"
Li Yundong nodded and laughed. "That's more like it!"
At this time, they saw that after distributing the red envelopes, Zhao Yougen had started asking a group of beautiful women to hang a string of firecrackers from the windowsills of the teahouse, and then ordered them to light them up.
In an instant, there was a burst of crackling sounds spreading through the air of the street. Smoke filled the sky and scraps of paper were flying everywhere. All the onlookers covered their ears to protect themselves from the earth-shaking firecrackers and fled far away, grinning.
Even the little foxes, who were cultivators, couldn't help covering their ears and frowning.
The sound of firecrackers was so loud that it drowned out every other noise on the entire pedestrian street. The firecrackers kept on going like rumbling thunder. After a while, they finally stopped.
The crowd saw thick smoke billowing through the street, and they could not see anyone through it even if they were five meters away from them!
Zi Yuan frowned slightly. She waved her sleeves and a gentle but strong wind blew down the road, dispelling the surrounding pungent smell of smoke.
Covering her nose, Su Chan spat on the ground and cursed, "It's so noisy! And I'm going to die from this stench!"
The little foxes also shouted, "What's so great about setting off firecrackers?"
"Yeah! What's the big deal!"
Feng Na also covered her nose with both hands and said in a sulky voice, "This fella is so annoying, so vulgar! Doesn't he know that there's an environmentally friendly electronic firecracker out now!? Was he trying to kill someone by letting off so many firecrackers!?"
As soon as they finished their words, they saw a few firecrackers being hung up on the second floor opposite them, and then the air was filled with irritating crackling sounds once again.
Su Chan and the others' expressions immediately changed. They cried out involuntarily, "You're still fighting them? We can't stand it anymore!"
Li Yundong was furious in his heart. While everyone was covering their ears and twisting their eyebrows, he extended his fingers. When a few bursts of True Energy shot out and accurately hit the middle of the string of firecrackers, it broke the line in two. The rest of the firecrackers fell to the ground, and the firecrackers hanging on it made a few last splutter before dying completely.
Zhao Yougen didn't know what had happened. He was furious and stamped his feet, saying, "What's going on? Why have they broken? It's not auspicious, don't you know? Ugh! Fix it up quickly!"
The blood drained from the face of the beautiful woman upstairs. She quickly ran downstairs, picked up the firecrackers, and hung the string back up. When she was about to light it, Li Yundong flicked his fingers again. These firecrackers didn't even get lit before falling to the ground again.
Zhao Yougen's face darkened, and he shouted angrily, "You don't want to work for me anymore, do you? Today is my big day, and you've disappointed me again and again! If I didn't want to make my luck even worse today, I would have asked you to pack up and leave immediately!"
The beauty being scolded came back downstairs, looking pale and terrified. She picked up the firecrackers and ran back. As she ascended, her eyes were full of tears.
Li Yundong couldn't bear to see her suffering, so he decided not to break the line for the third time.
After Zhao Yougen had finally finished setting off the firecrackers, he waved his hands and shouted to the beautiful woman in the store, "Hurry up, all of you are ready. The leader is coming!"
While he was ordering the beauties under his command to line up, he heard several surprised voices coming from not far up the street. "Li Yundong? You are here!"
Li Yundong turned his head and saw Cheng Cheng, Sun Li, and the other students from school greeting him with excitement.
Li Yundong was overjoyed. He waved to them genially and called, "Here, over here!"
These were all students of Tiannan University. A girl at the front ran all the way up to Li Yundong and said with a big smile, "You made us look for you pretty hard! If it weren't for the sound of firecrackers, we wouldn't have been able to find you in a short time!"
Feng Na walked up to her and said with a smile, "Why couldn't you find us? Didn't I tell you where we were going to be?"
Cheng Chengchong stuck out her tongue at her. "You know that I'm a road idiot, don't you?"
Feng Na smiled and said, "You're a road idiot. Could it be that they're all road idiots?" She smiled good-naturedly and greeted Sun Li and the others.
Among the group of people, apart from Cheng Cheng and Sun Li, who were quite close friends with Li Yundong, the others had all come just because of his fame. They gaped at Li Yundong in awe and then looked around curiously, unconcealable admiration and envy sparkling in their eyes.
Sun Li looked at Li Yundong with an angry expression and shouted, "Li Yundong, you haven't been to school for a long time. I will mark you down as having skipped classes!"
Li Yundong smiled bitterly and made an obeisance by cupping one hand in the other before his chest. "Monitor, big sister, hero! Please be lenient with me! Don't you know that if you do that, once I go to school, I will get into deep trouble?"
Sun Li snorted, and a smile was hovering around the corners of her mouth. "Let's see how you're going to treat me then."
Li Yundong laughed and said, "Alright, alright. Everyone, please come in!"
They began walking in, all chatting and laughing. Cheng Cheng looked at the teahouse across the street curiously. She asked directly, "Hey, Li Yundong, what's that shop over there? It was so lively just now. It's like they're having an opening ceremony? Why don't you make it more lively?"
As soon as she said that, the expressions of Su Chan, Ruan Hongling, and the others immediately changed. All of them pulled a long face.
Feng Na quickly pinched Cheng Cheng's arm and glared at her fiercely. "You know, sometimes it's really better for you to keep your mouth shut!"
Only then did Cheng Cheng realize that she had said something wrong. Feeling awkward, she lowered her head and said, "Oh."
Li Yundong and Zi Yuan had also discussed whether the opening ceremony should be grand or kept small. Zi Yuan felt that cultivators opening a store in the market was already a violation of the rules. If they made things too noisy, it would be too ostentatious and eye-catching. It was not appropriate. It was better for cultivators to keep a low profile.
Li Yundong thought about it and agreed with Zi Yuan's sentiments, so he had only invited some people he was familiar with. They would just have fun on a small scale.
But he hadn't expected that Zhao Yougen, who was on the opposite side, would be in the same boat as him and be throwing his weight around. He was so arrogant, it was as if he wanted to be known by all the people in the world.
Li Yundong felt deep unhappiness, but he still maintained a faint smile on his face. He said to Cheng Cheng with a smile, "It's nothing. We'll have our own fun while they make their own trouble."
Cheng Cheng could see that Li Yundong's smile was gentle and he did not seem to be angry. She then relaxed and said weakly, "I'm a stupid person. Don't take it to heart, okay?"
Li Yundong laughed and waved his hand. "Old friend, don't be so cordial."
Feng Na also came up with an idea. She tried to smooth things over, asking quickly, "By the way, Li Yundong, why don't I call my master and ask him to come over for an interview? It could also be considered support?"
Li Yundong smiled and waved his hand. "No, we should keep a low profile! Don't bother yourself with anything like that."
Before he could say anything more, Zhao Yougen said loudly, "A reporter's interview? Well, I also invited a reporter and cameraman to come and interview me. Little brother, would you like to join us?"
Hearing Zhao Yougen's obvious arrogance, everyone frowned. Li Yundong smiled and said, "Forget it, Mr. Zhao. I'm not that kind of person. I'm afraid I wouldn't be able to bear the attention!"
Seeing Li Yundong showing weakness, Zhao Yougen laughed proudly. It seemed that all his unhappiness had been alleviated. Just as he was about to speak, he saw a car pull up. A young woman holding a microphone and a young man carrying a camera on his shoulder got out of the car.
Li Yundong was stunned and asked disbelievingly, "They came right as we were speaking of them?"
Feng Na frowned when she saw the two of them, trying to hide amongst the crowd.
However, when the young man got out of the car and saw Feng Na, he shouted in surprise, "Nana, you're here!"
As he spoke, he tightened his grip on his camera and began running over to her.
Li Yundong felt strange and thought to himself, "Who is this person? Feng Na's boyfriend?"