Everybody’s expressions changed. They all subconsciously felt their bags. Only Wenmo Shui’s expression was unperturbed, because he didn’t have a wallet or anything else valuable.
Jean’s expression also changed. There was actually someone who could stealthily steal money from him!
Yixuan Feng was so pissed his teeth ached. There was actually some blind guy who dared to steal from him! When he found that little thief, he would definitely beat him up so much that even his own mother wouldn’t be able to recognize him!
Claire coldly turned to lead and said coldly, “Follow me.”
If it was just the wallet, then perhaps Claire really wouldn’t have any method to capture that thief.
Even though stealing anything was bad, how could a person be stolen?!
Walter was actually stolen away!
It was an outstanding robber. Very obviously, a very outstanding robber.
Claire emotionlessly followed Walter’s instructions, going past two streets, chasing all the way to a faraway alley. The alley was very secluded with no signs of life. At the very end, a door appeared at the right. Tottering on the verge of collapse over the door was a sign that indicated it was a hotel.
Claire pushed the door open, a person asleep at the front desk. When they heard the sound of the door being open, they raised their head and saw Claire’s group, preparing to say something. But Claire snapped her finger and a small fireball flew in front of the businessman. It swayed as it circled twice and then disappeared.
The businessman’s mouth opened wide, not a word coming out. Magician! A magician actually came to such a classless little inn like his!
“We’re looking for someone. No matter what sounds you hear in a moment, don’t bother. We will compensate twice the amount for damages.” Yixuan Feng was practically gnashing his teeth as he said these words hatefully.
Claire didn’t say a word and went straight upstairs.
Walter was making a racket incessantly. “Claire, how are you this stupid? Huh? I, a living person, was actually able to be stolen away. You didn’t even notice when they touched your bag?”
Claire had a dark expression the whole way as she went to the room Walter directed her to. Wasn’t this first time she had been stolen from?
“Wenmo Shui, you’re in charge of the window. Jean, watch the door.” Claire was really a bit angry. She had actually been stolen from without noticing!
“How did you know it was here?” Yixuan Feng look doubtfully at the door.
“I set up a spell on my wallet.” Claire explained halfheartedly.
Yixuan Feng immediately realized and fiercely kicked the door open. Wenmo Shui was like lightning as he raced to the window madly, blocking the escape route of the person inside. And Jean guarded at the doorway.
Yixuan Feng smiled evilly, his fist tightened so much, there was the sound of cracked knuckles. If he didn’t beat up the robber inside the room so much that their head would be filled with bruises, then he wouldn’t be called Yixuan Feng.
After the door was kicked open, sure enough, the first reaction of the person inside the room was to run towards the window, but the window was already guarded by Wenmo Shui. The door was also guarded by another warrior.
“Where will you run?” Yixuan started laughing evilly.
Claire sized up the young robber in the room. Plain clothes, slim body, brown hair, long bangs that even blocked the brows. A pair of jet-black, large eyes watched them alertly.
“If I give you the items, let me go.” The young robber said immediately. Naturally, he understood the situation. Originally, they had thought they were fat sheep. Who would have thought they were all strong experts? It was a real miscalculation. The young robber quickly brought out all the wallets and put them on the table. Naturally, there was also Claire’s spiritual stone. All the items were brought out, untouched.
Claire was silent as she approached, grabbing her wallet and spiritual stone and putting it into her bag.
“We can let you go. Just wait for me to beat you up so much that nobody can recognize and then it’ll be fine.” Yixuan Feng pushed up his sleeves, preparing to start.
But Claire blocked Yixuan Feng and walked up to the young robber. The young robber faced Claire’s eyes and stepped back, feeling a little uneasy. This woman gave him an indescribable pressure.
“What’s your name?” Claire asked the thin and weak looking youngster.
The youngster bit their lip, not saying anything.
Suddenly, Claire started laughing coldly. “If you don’t respond, I’ll let them strip you bare and then tie you up and send you to the prison. There won’t even be a trial because I am this city’s castellan.”
The youngster looked at the cold light in Claire’s eyes, and their heart couldn’t help trembling, saying quietly, “I’m called Summer Aerou.”
Everybody in the room twitched their mouth when they heard Claire’s threat. What kind of threat was this? Strip away their clothes? It was fine to just send them to prison, why strip them?
“Very good, Summer. Talk. Why do you need to steal?” Claire said insipidly. She pulled up a chair and sat down, then indicated at Jean to close the door.
“I’m a robber.” Now Summer’s voice didn’t have any timidness. Instead, they stuck their chest out, speaking boldly. Their meaning was, I’m a robber, it’s proper for me to steal. But Claire noticed that when Summer said this, there was a trace of pride.
“What about the other things you stole? Will you bring them out or will I let them search your body?” Claire coldly stared at Summer as she said these words.
“Holy shit, Claire, you want to do villainous things to another villain?” Walter cried out in surprise.
Claire didn’t say anything, silent. Nonsense. They had all tasted this robber’s skill; if the items he stole didn’t have anything good, it would be strange. Also, the robber had been tightly pulling at the bag in their hand the whole time.
Summer angrily look at Claire, gnashed their teeth, and handed over the bag in their hand in the end.
Claire grabbed the bag with one swipe, not caring for formalities. Then she started looking inside. There were jewels, jewels, necklaces, etc., all unordinary items.
“Claire, do you like these? Go home with me. I’ll give you as much as you want.” Yixuan Feng crouched down, looking at Claire look through the items, laughing.
But Claire didn’t even look at those treasure left on the side. These were all useless items. In the very depths of the bag was a book. Claire was about to start flipping through, but the words on the cover caught her eye.
It was Chinese! Really, truly Chinese!
Treasured Lotus Style Cultivation.
The four words in fangsong font were imprinted clearly on the front cover.
“Where did you steal this from?” Claire asked while frowning at Summer.
“I don’t know. I’ve stolen from so many people, how could I know which person this is from?” Summer snorted, replying disdainfully.
“Oh. Well then, Yixuan Feng, strip him naked and tie him up, then take him away.” Claire instructed insipidly and stood up.
“I’ll talk, I’ll talk!” Summer was alarmed incessantly, continuously waving hastily, saying, “I stole this from another robber.”
“In other words, you don’t understand the words on the cover?” Claire asked while waving the book.
“I didn’t know what kind of strange thing it was so I was preparing to throw it away.” This time, Summer replied cooperatively.
Claire didn’t speak anymore and instead flipped through the book. With a rough skim, Claire’s eyes actually widened.
This was a rare cultivation book!
“Bring him away.” Claire put away the book and then lead the way.
“Hey, hey, what do you mean. I already gave the items to you and you even took something you wanted, isn’t it time for you to let me go?” Summer angrily raised a fist. Summer had thought subconsciously that because he was so cooperative, after they were done, they would definitely let him go.
“When did I promise to let you go?” Claire turned and gave a brilliant smile.
“You!” Summer dared to be angry, but didn’t dare to speak. He only stared hatefully at Claire.
And just like this, in front of the three handsome men’s suspicious gazes, Claire brought Summer back to the castle.
Entering the room, Claire hinted at everyone to wait outside the door while she and the robber, Summer, have a one on one chat.
Yixuan Feng felt so conflicted, his heart extremely disturbed. Perhaps Claire fell for this pretty boy? This pretty boy that could be easily blown away by a gust of wind?
Yixuan Feng felt so conflicted he almost scratched the walls. Wenmo Shui felt joy looking at Yixuan Feng’s misfortune. Jean didn’t have any expression on his face. There was only a sliver of suspicion in his eyes.
Inside the study, Claire set up a magic barrier, preventing anyone from hearing their conversation. Only then did she sit down.
Summer watched Claire hatefully. Right now he was the equivalent of a sheep waiting for slaughter. He couldn’t fight and win against Claire and couldn’t escape either. There were still three even stronger people guarding outside.
“What on earth do you want to do?” Summer asked angrily. “I’m tell you, I stole that book from another robber. I don’t know what the words on the cover mean either.”
“I don’t mean to ask you about your relationship to this book.” Claire smiled. She leaned back in her chair leisurely as she watched Summer.
“Then what on earth do you want to do?” Summer asked furiously.
“Claire, you haven’t really taken a liking to this pretty boy, right? Look at him, so skinny, like what? A gust of wind would knock him over. At least find a strong man who’s able to suppress you.” After saying the last bit, Walter felt regret. Sure enough, the next moment, the life threatening pinch came.
“Summer Aerou. Someone from the grand Aerou robber family. A self proclaimed robber, but you still haven’t passed the clan’s exam I’m afraid, right?” Claire tapped her fingers on the table indifferently, smiling gently.
Summer froze, then watched Claire alertly.
“Your exam is really harsh, it’s actually stealing a dragon’s tooth.” Claire smiled.
“How do you know?” Summer blurted out, them came to his senses, quickly covering his mouth.
“Isn’t it a bit too hard for a little girl to travel alone and single handedly steal a dragon’s tooth?” Claire propped up her chin, languidly looking at the people below as she said this sentence.
Summer’s expression immediately changed greatly, eyes wide as she* stared straight at Claire.
(TL: All the previous male pronouns were male in the Chinese. At first I attempted to make them gender neutral but it sounded super awkward.)
“Do you want to know how I figured it out?” Claire smiled while looking at Summer.
Summer was silent, but her eyes revealed anticipation. Of course she wanted to know. To this day, nobody had figured out she was female, so how did this girl figure it out the first time they had met?
Claire smiled brightly, looked at Summer, and then stated quietly with her vermillion lips, “I’m not telling you.”
“You!” Summer’s expression changed from anticipation to annoyance. If was to the point that she even had the impulse to rush up and beat this annoying person up, but she couldn’t beat her. Sigh… Summer felt extremely conflicted.
“Why don’t you come with me? I will help you steal dragon teeth.” Claire displayed a charming smile, persuading with a low voice.
“W, why would you say these kinds of words? What qualifications do you have to make me follow you?” Summer snorted, speaking disdainfully.
“First, I’m stronger than you. Currently, I could beat you up so much that your whole face bruises until you agree. Second, the three men guarding outside are stronger than you and can also make your whole face bruise. Third, my Master, Cliff, can beat you up so much that even flowers wouldn’t bloom in your presence and immediately wither.” Claire elaborated indifferently. Then she said one last sentence. “Of course, if you agree, then not only will we not beat you up, we’ll help you successfully steal dragon teeth and let you pass your exam, let you become a true part of the Aerou clan, let you become the Aerou clan’s pride.” With one jab, Claire had completely grasped Summer’s weakness. The Aerou clan was the world’s largest and oldest robber clan, but becoming a true part of the Aerou clan required passing a test.
Summer frowned, then relaxed, then frowned again, and then relaxed again. Of course she had heard of Cliff’s name and knew what kind of person he was. It was just that she never thought today she would bump into Cliff’s recently acquired disciple. She was Claire Hill!
And like so, Summer knit her brows and then smoothed them out many times, so much that just by watching, Walter felt conflicted. Summer finally said slowly, “What kind of price do I need to pay?”