Chapter 1 – Assassination is No Good, Let’s Change Professions
‘Sigh. It has been a month or so without business…’ Zhao Tie Zhu yawned borely. He stretched, and accidentally bumped the nearby beer bottle, which made dinging and jingling sounds.
“Tick. You have a new message.” Zhao Tie Zhu’s phone suddenly vibrated. The colour of his face instantly changed because there was a job. He rummaged through the garbage bin under his computer, and found the cellphone that even he didn’t know when it got dropped into there, then he quickly opened the message.
“Damn, what is this? When did I become so cheap? Giving only 20 million for killing 5 people. I, Demon Shadow, am such a famous assassin, so I shouldn’t be looked down this much…” Zhao Tie Zhu sighed sorrowfully. But, sadly, in the current era, this type of business was hard to find. Zhao Tie Zhu looked at his wallet which was empty for who knew how long. Money came fast, but it was also spent fast. It had only been one month without business, but he had already spent all the money he had on him.
“Whatever whatever. If it’s 20 million then it’s 20 million. Damn, after this I’m done. I need to find a more stable job and get some marriage money.” As he was lighting a cigarette, Zhao Tie Zhu flipped through his messages.
It was night.
In a boxing stage underground in Ginza, Japan. Two boxers were having a life-and-death battle with their hands. In a private room, several large people in black stood behind a fat person. There was one woman on the left and one on the right of the fatty. As he was watching the battle on the stage, he was also pestering around with the two woman. It was marvelous both onstage and off, and on both places you could hear heavy breathing noises.
Just at that time, a dagger suddenly appeared in the air. With a whoosh, the fatty’s main artery got slashed open within a blink. You could only hear a faint sound. The first. The scarlet red blood squirted out, just like a brilliant firework. Only then did the bodyguards find out that their boss was killed by someone.
In the short few hours, murder cases appeared in several different places in Ginza. The thing that made people shocked was not a single person even saw the shadow of the murderer. Some experienced people in the underworld knew that it was the work of Demon Shadow. There was a saying in the underworld: If you were unable to figure out why you were randomly sent to Heaven, then it must have meant that the Demon Shadow appeared.
One day later, Zhao Tie Zhu entered a bank leisurely and contented. He occasionally stared at the beautiful bank worker wearing a uniform behind the counter, and he licked his lips once in while, also swallowing his saliva. If he looked vulgar then so be it.
Zhao Tie Zhu ignored the glares of hatred from some women, and walked directly up to a counter. He gave the bank card he was holding to the female worker behind the glass window, and said to check how much money he had inside.
The worker frowned, and received the card that seemed a bit black. The sticky feeling on the card only made the female worker frown even tighter.
After sliding the card in her hand along the machine, and looking at the long series of 0s, the female worker widened her cherry-like small mouth.
Haha, Zhao Tie Zhu was very proud of himself. That person, he didn’t have any other strong points, but he really liked to pretend that he had something. Within all the pretending, the feeling of being rich was the best feeling.
Of course, seeing that Zhao Tie Zhu’s card had so much money, the female worker instantly switched her face, and said warmly, “Mister, there is 20 million left in your card.”
“Sigh, I don’t even how many days I need to spend all this money.” Zhao Tie Zhu said with a bit of annoyance, and the eyes of the worker got brighter and brighter.
“Do you need to withdraw money?” The worker asked.
“No need, just return the card back to me.” Zhao Tie Zhu said.
The worker reluctantly gave the card back to Zhao Tie Zhu, and under the card there was an extra paper slip.
His mouth curved up into a thinking smile, and his fingers accidentally contacted the female worker’s. Traces of charm appeared in her eyes for an instant.
He walked out of the bank, and rubbed his fingers together. The paper instantly became fragments.
“Meaningless.” Both of Zhao Tie Zhu’s hands supported the back of his head, and an unlit cigarette was being held on the corner of his mouth while he walked without a goal on the streets.
“The flourishing period of real estate starts today! After being well renovated, the lakeside villa will only be 18 million Yuan! Everyone, purchase it early as soon as possible~” Zhao Tie Zhu suddenly heard that someone was yelling on the streets. He turned his head to the side, and he found out that it was real estates beginning to be sold.
“Hurry up and buy one! Buy one for your parents, buy one for your wife! If the parents don’t want it and you don’t have a wife, then buy one for yourself! If it’s too big for living by yourself, then you can rent it out~ One month’s worth of rent would be a good couple tens of thousands! This is a rare chance of a long term investment and a stable income~~”
Zhao Tie Zhu was suddenly distracted. That’s right, didn’t he want to leave the world of assassins? Why not buy a villa to rent it out, that way every month there would be at least some income. Although it wouldn’t be enough for him to spend all his time in drinking and pleasure, but at least he wouldn’t need to worry about clothing and food~~ In Zhao Tie Zhu’s mind, there wasn’t a lot of knowledge about investments, so he just followed the sound and walked over there.
The lady that was selling saw someone coming, so she immediately said, “Boss, it seems that you are still young, you have a majestic appearance, your face is vigorous, and your looks bring great women… Waa, with a single look I can tell that you are a handsome youth that is successful!”
“What women? I’m still single after all these years. Where’s the women…” Zhao Tie Zhu smiled and said.
“Boss, if you buy our villa, then you don’t even need to talk about the women. You get as many as you want.” The selling lady was really quite some person. Sway a bit in the East, talk a bit of nonsense in the West, and suddenly she sold the villa to Zhao Tie Zhu.
After paying with a slide of the card, Zhao Tie Zhu bought a villa that belonged all to himself just like that.
After all the paperwork, the selling lady gave a pair of keys to Zhao Tie Zhu, and said, “Congratulations boss! From now on, you belong to the group that own villas, and while other people are still staying in their humble abode, you have already walked in front front front of others! As celebration, we should go and have a drink right?” The lady sent a pair of charming eyes towards his direction.
Looking at that face full of makeup and the flat-chested body, Zhao Tie Zhu quickly said, “Leave it leave it, I still need to move some stuff. Next time, next time.” After saying that, he left the real estate agency as if he was flying.
When Zhao Tie Zhu arrived at his current living area, he looked at his room. He put away his computer, randomly took a few clothes, and walked out of the room.
Looking at the address that the real estate lady gave him, Zhao Tie Zhu arrived in the villa area located next to the West Lake. After searching for directions for half the day, he finally arrived at his own villa.
The location of the villa was quite nice. Walking into the villa, the real estate company already did a good renovation on the villa, and Zhao Tie Zhu felt that it was fine as he looked at it so he didn’t have any more plans to renovate it again. The villa had two floors, plus an attic, and it had a total of 10 rooms. The area was quite large, and the renovations were nice as well.
Arriving at the largest bedroom, Zhao Tie Zhu threw his clothes on the side, and laid on the bed. This was the first time that he owned such a house in the many years. Zhao Tie Zhu didn’t know at what age his parents left him, so he growed up with his grandmother. Later on, his grandmother died, then he became a solitary man. As for why he became a well-known assassin in the world, it all started from one of Zhao Tie Zhu’s fortunate jouneys.
The story was quite cliche. In the year of his graduation, Zhao Tie Zhu skipped class to wander around, and he was dallying women in their homes. Perhaps the Heavens couldn’t look past that, so he got struck by lightning. When he woke up, he found out that he could strangely go invisible, and his body was like Superman. He didn’t have the awareness of being a hero to use his abilities for good, so the easiest thing to do was to be an assassin. It didn’t matter how strict you guard, with invisibility, he could kill you with an easy slash.
Within a short month he became famous in the world of assassins, and the name of Demon Shadow was known by more and more people. After that, plenty of confusing things happened, but no need to say more than what was necessary. Later on, everyone will slowly understand.
From then until now, in the current peaceful world, the assassination business was becoming harder and harder to do. So from today on, Zhao Tie Zhu really planned to change for the good.
After thinking about some random things, he started to sleep unhurriedly.
The next day, Zhao Tie Zhu got up early, and he was thinking that since he had the house, he should rent it out. With that thought, he couldn’t help but laugh a bit. He opened up his computer, went on the internet, and got onto the most famous social forum. He wrote an advertisement for renting out the rooms in the house. The advertisement was very simple: Lakeside villa, cheap rent, welcoming 20-30 year old single women to come in and live. No males.
After sending the advertisement, Zhao Tie Zhu walked to the balcony, and looked at the nearby West Lake. At that time, a slight drizzle was floating in the air, and the West Lake in the distance seemed to be enveloped in a dense fog.
Back in those days, she seemed to have liked this kind of scenery.
Zhao Tie Zhu lightly massaged his temples, flattened the cigarette butt that was in his hands, leaped, and jumped down from the balcony.
Whoosh! Splashes of water rose from the outdoor swimming pool downstairs.