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“Have you had dinner yet? If you haven’t then come join me.”
Bai Jing removed his apron casually and when he pulled back the thin belt, it revealed his slender waist, as well as the porcelain white skin around his waist that was shown when he inadvertently lifted his shirt, causing Gu Yuanzhao’s throat to tighten.
After Bai Jing moved to the table, he discovered that Gu Yuanzhao was still standing dazedly in the doorway, only, his burning eyes never departed from him.
Bai Jing: ?
Gu Yuanzhao moved to sit opposite Bai Jing, his long legs curling up pitifully under the table. Upon seeing the dishes on the table, his eyebrows were colored with surprise: “Did you make all this?”
Bai Jing: “Yes, but I don’t know if it’s to your liking.”
Gu Yuanzhao was captivated by the taste of the food from the first bite he took.
Bai Jing’s cooking was unexpectedly even better than that of [the Imperial Rose Restaurant]’s!
Then when Gu Yuanzhao thought of Bai Jing’s identity as the mysterious energy master, he was even more surprised. Why was this teenager so perfect?
As a Stone Gambler, he was so powerful, having his head and shoulders above the competition, had created miracles as an energy master and was even able to create food that surpassed the top three restaurants in the empire. What was there that he couldn’t do?!
Who wouldn’t like such a teenager?
The four dishes and one soup were quickly cleared out by the two of them, each plate cleaned with no food wasted.
Bai Jing treasured food because of his post-apocalyptic experience, while Gu Yuanzhao never wasted food because he often fought with strange beasts in the battlefield and didn’t even have the most basic nutrient solution when the environment was harsh.
Looking at Gu Yuanzhao’s empty plate that was just like his own, Bai Jing was in a good mood.
Besides feeling that his cooking skills had been recognized, he also felt that Gu Yuanzhao shared his attitude towards food.
It seems Gu Yuanzhao could be his friend, and perhaps he might become his good loyal brother in the future.
After the meal, Alpha 01, the household robot, came running over and started to clear up the plates from the table.
Gu Yuanzhao’s eyes kept following Bai Jing and he tried to ask about the energy fluid several times, but then he, who was always outspoken would hesitate whenever he saw Bai Jing’s clear, teal eyes.
Actually, he had already made plans long before coming here.
First, he would pretend to have inadvertently found an energy box left behind by Bai Jing on the pretext that he was looking for something, then would raise the Gu Conglomerate’s need for energy fluids and then offer a very high price to achieve his goal.
But now, when he was actually facing the teenager, he found it difficult to ask.
Bai Jing probably wouldn’t like his identity having been traced by others, right?
Otherwise, he wouldn’t have participated in the betting wars under the name ‘Gu Yun’.
If Liang Heng were here, he would have been seriously anxious. The mysterious master is right in front of you, what exactly are you waiting for?
Aren’t you the one who used all the resources of the Gu Conglomerate and spent a lot irregardless of the cost to find this energy master?
So why are you stopping right when you are on the cusp of achieving the goal!
In the end, under Bai Jing’s puzzled gaze, the knot in Gu Yuanzhao’s throat rolled and he finally asked, “Is the energy master codenamed [Bai] online you?”
Bai Jing admitted without hesitation, “It’s me.”
He had been aware that something of this nature might happen as early as when he had been approached by the heads of the three online Auction Houses at the same time, which was why he had purchased the expensive encryption system to protect his information, but he had never expected that he would still be discovered.
Not having expected him to admit it so quickly, Gu Yuanzhao was silent for a while.
Bai Jing: “So, you’re looking for me because you want me to work with the Gu Conglomerate?”
Gu Yuanzhao didn’t deny it: “Yes, the energy fluids you extracted are free of impurities, and you were able to extract a grade 2 energy fluid from a grade 1 jadeite, crossing a whole grade, something no energy master could ever do!
As long as you want, the Gu Conglomerate can grant you any condition within its power,
But if you don’t agree, I won’t–“
Bai Jing: “I agree.”
Gu Yuanzhao paused for a moment before asking, “…… Why?”
Bai Jing smiled softly, “Because I trust you and because you’re a good person to work with.
However, my identity, you will keep it a secret for me, won’t you?”
Gu Yuanzhao nodded, “Of course I will.”
Bai Jing thought for a moment then told him, “Yes, I have an agreement with Star Ocean Auction House to supply them with a certain number of low to medium energy boxes each month, is that okay?”
Gu Yuanzhao: “Of course it’s okay, it’s your right.”
Bai Jing: “En, then I have no other conditions.”
When Gu Yuanzhao drove off in his hover car, in a rare occurrence, he didn’t drive it himself, but set an automatic course.
He didn’t know what he was feeling in his heart, apart from the shock the teenager brought him, as well as the unreserved trust he had in him.
Gu Yuanzhao pressed his chest gently to restrain his frantic beating heart. He would protect that teenager from the others, he would protect Bai Jing well.
After sending Gu Yuanzhao away, Bai Jing was in a very relaxed mood.
Most of the reasons why he had made the agreement with the Gu Conglomerate, apart from the genuine trust he had in Gu Yuanzhao, were actually motivated by the profit factor.
Now, with the gigantic tree that was the Gu Conglomerate protecting him, he didn’t have to worry about his identity and secrets being revealed, which was actually a mutually beneficial thing.
As for Star Ocean Auction House, since he had promised to continue working with them, he wouldn’t go back on his word.
He would continue to offer grade 3 and 4 energy boxes, but would limit the quantity to that of the amount of energy fluid extracted by an intermediate energy master, which shouldn’t be too noticeable.
But even if it was discovered, he could rest easy with the Gu Conglomerate in the way.
As for the energy fluids above grade 5, they would be auctioned off by the Gu Conglomerate, and the materials for extracting the energy fluids would be provided by them, with the profits split 20-80 after the costs were deducted, with him taking the 80%. En, it was pretty good.
After all, an offline Auction House was more expensive.
For the next few days, Bai Jing would sign up for betting wars every day, go to the underground warehouse of the Gu Conglomerate the next day to pick up rough stones, and then participate in a betting war every 2-3 days in order of matching, very frequently and on a very tight schedule.
His selection of rough stones were largely from Zone C, rising steadily from 3W rough stones in Zone D, to 6W rough stones in Zone C, to 8W rough stones, and so on.
Of course, the opponents he was matched also got stronger and stronger, with experienced level 2 Stone Gamblers and even players who were about to advance to being level 3 Stone Gamblers.
Of the five rough stones that Bai Jing picked every time, at least one would be a rise in bet jadeite, then in addition, there would be 1-2 pieces of luminous green or bean jadeite that would be a collapse in bet that were below the price of its raw rough stone.
Those who previously thought that ‘Gu Yun’ relied on luck had come to recognize his strength, after all, luck was a nebulous concept that didn’t always favor a person.
But Gu Yun was able to guarantee a 20% or higher rate of betting increase every time, which was the standard for a level 3 Stone Gambler!
What was even scarier was that this level 1 Stone Gambler named Gu Yun, didn’t have any low grade jadeite in the rough stones he bet on. At worst, they would be above the luminous green variety.
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