Chapter 028 – A Huge Profit
Translated by Gumihou
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“Is this mixed fruit syrup?” Zhao Qian sniffed the mouth of the bottle carefully before finally giving her verdict.
The beautiful lady was not especially suspicious, instead she gave Wu Xuan a puzzled look, “Honourable customer, is this really the Muscle & Bone Strengthening Elixir?”
Wu Xuan said with certainty, “Yes, I dare to say that this is definitely the Muscle & Bone Strengthening Elixir! Since this is a special new product, it’s natural that you can’t tell just from smell. The best way to check the authenticity is for Miss Zhao to test it on yourself. If there’s any problem, I am prepared to take all responsibilities for it!”
Wu Xuan dared not guarantee that its effect would be better than those made by real alchemist, but he dared to guarantee that it’s 100% safe! If there’s any problem with it, he had already drunk half a bucket’s worth and would probably have died a hundred times by now.
Wu Xuan’s voice was firm and resolute, and did not sound like a con man. Zhao Qian frowned, parted her lips and was about to sip the liquid when the maid next to her cried, “Miss, you can’t! This is a matter medicine testing, please let this one do it!”
When it came to medicine testing, there was always the danger of being poisoned. If not treated immediately, death could occur.
Zhao Qian said neutrally, “There’s absolutely no poison in this new medicine. Even if there’s any, I would be able to deal with it. So please don’t worry about it.”
So saying, she took a sip of this Muscle & Bone Strengthening Elixir. As soon as the liquid passed her lips, her expression changed. Her beautiful eyes brightened and began moving about with her thoughts.
A few breaths later, Zhao Qian carefully placed the bottle on the table. She shut her eyes, and concentrate on the effects of the medicine. The pretty maid next to her looked anxiously at her master, occasionally giving Wu Xuan an evil glare.
Wu Xuan smiled bitterly behind his mask, it looked like the food he made with the magical herbs had to be tasted in order to realize its effects. Its true potential could not be detected via smell.
After a short period of time, Zhao Qian opened her eyes. Light happiness played about her eyes, her cherry petal lips parted as she spoke, “This honourable customer, may this one know if you will sell the recipe to us? Just give us a number, our Ten Thousand Medicine Hall will definitely match it!”
The pretty maid next to them jumped at this sentence. Even Wu Xuan was surprised, he hadn’t actually expected her to want to buy his ‘elixir’! However, it looked like elixirs made from magic herbs were still elixirs, the only difference being that he had added some fruit juice into it… naturally, without these special pair of hands, he probably would not be able to make anything other than a huge mess. The hands were the most important element here.
“M- miss, just what is going on?” the maid was clearly surprised, she was not exactly sure what was going on, furthermore, she rarely see Zhao Qian say anything like this.
“This is a new type of elixir, one that surpasses the original Muscle & Bone Strengthening Elixir by several degrees. Even a level 6 or 7 alchemist could not create such a product. More importantly, the strength of this particular elixir could not be increased even by a much better alchemist. As for the texture… is nothing like the original Muscle & Bone Strengthening Elixir.”
Zhao Qian’s reply to the maid’s questions not only surprised the maid. The creator of this elixir, Wu Xuan, was completely shaken. To think that the Muscle & Bone Strengthening Elixir he made was several times better than the original thing. He had always thought that elixir he made had to be inferior to the original, since there was so much of it.
Who knew that he had been humbling himself necessarily, to think that this elixir has such explosive power!
Wu Xuan gave a light cough, and rejected her, “The recipe is not for sell, I’m sorry.” It’s not that he didn’t want to reveal the recipe, the problem was that he was the only one who could make it.
A thread of disappointment appeared in Zhao Qian’s eyes, however, she quickly recovered and continued, “Then, may this one ask honourable customer, was this new type of Muscle & Bone Strengthening Elixir refined by yourself?”
This brat was trying to test his depth! Wu Xuan thought quickly, before saying, “I cannot reveal anything about this.” This was the best answer for now, he should keep everything under wraps as long as he can.
Zhao Qian’s disappointment grew, with a sighed she said, “If this is really refined by you, our Ten Thousand Medicine Hall would like to invite you to be our guest alchemist. Naturally, we will provide you with all the necessary magic herbs and assistant as needed. Surely honourable customer have heard of our Ten Thousand Medicine Hall’s reputation? There will be no loss for you to join us…”
Once more, Zhao Qian casually threw down another verbal bomb, nearly sending Wu Xuan to the orbit. This was almost certainly a bait, ah! He had only revealed a tiny bit of his skill, but already he was being invited as a guest alchemist, surely this was too good to be true, ba?
However, he quickly made up his mind not to eat this meat pie that had fallen into his lap. First, his own cultivation was too low; second, this kind of skill was not something that he could reveal to outsiders.
Also, he had the feeling that Zhao Qian meant to lure him into this place in order to secretly view his elixir making process and gauge his true ability. What true ability? He was just barely starting into level two magic herbs.
This kind of elixir was not something that could be made even with more precious ingredients.
Thus, Wu Xuan rejected her offer, “Many thanks to Miss Zhao, unfortunately I have to decline your kind offer.”
Wu Xuan’s rejection of her offer was actually not out of Zhao Qian’s expectations. She maintained her professional smile and only said, “If honourable customer had made up your mind, I shall not press on. However, if honourable customer ever changes his mind, the Ten Thousand Medicine Hall will welcome you with open arms!”
Zhao Qian did not try to pursue a lost cause any more, instead she briskly continued, “There are 15 bottles of Muscle & Bone Strengthening Elixir. The normal price per bottle of this elixir is 10,000 gold coin, since it’s a special new type of elixir, the price will be set at 20,000 per bottle. Is this alright with you?”
“20,000 gold coins per bottle!”
Wu Xuan sucked in a deep breath, he had thought that getting a few hundred gold coins for the whole batch would be quite good. Looks like he had undervalued his product once more. One stalk of Icy Grass already cost 3,000 gold, therefore it made sense for a bottle of elixir to cost so much. As for this product of his, at 20,000 per bottle, isn’t that a total of 300,000 gold!
This kind of money was too easy to earn, he really didn’t know what to say to it.
“En, en… I’m fine with it. However, I would also wish to buy 10 portions of the Muscle & Bone Strengthening Elixir herbs.”
“No problem, please wait a while.”
The maid beside them did not dare to be neglectful in her duty. She quickly gathered 10 sets of the herbs, the total cost of which a mere 20,000 gold. This 10 set of herbs was the same price as a single bottle of his elixir! If he planned to do make money this way, it’s going to be way too easy.
When the herbs were brought over, he realized that 10 portions was a little too much, which gave Wu Xuan a different kind of headache. He also had no idea where he should put his extra money. Even if he were to spend it, that’s still 280,000 gold, ah!
The maid was pretty sharp having seen this kind of expression from many customers, she smiled and said. “Would honourable customer like to get a merchant’s card? You may deposit the money with this card and use it for later transactions. We also sell storage bags, very convenient for bulky items like magic herbs.”
“Merchant’s card and storage bags?” just the name itself was enough for him to understand what those were. Wu Xuan quickly nodded. “Yes, I’d like to register. Also, I’d like one storage bag…”
“Storage bags are 50,000 gold each…”
The maid showed him the card. Engraved upon the gold surface of the card were lines of words, including the total amount of money held within it, displayed for everyone to see. Wu Xuan sighed, this card was nothing like the credit cards he was used to in his past life… Without any security like passwords etc, whoever gotten their hands on this would be able to withdraw the money inside…
As for the storage bag, it turned out to be a magical item as expected. Able to contain about 10 cubic meters worth of things. The bunches of herbs barely took up the total space within it. This thing certainly worth the 50,000 price tag, ah!
“That’s right, may I also have one of your standard Muscle & Bone Strengthening Elixir as well?” Before Wu Xuan left, he made this sudden odd request.
Zhao Wei stopped in her tracks, why would someone with excess to higher quality Muscle & Bone Strengthening Elixir would want to buy a standard elixir? Surely this request was too odd.
Though she felt it was strange, it was still a customer’s request; therefore, without much further ado, she handed over one bottle to Wu Xuan.
Once he had bought all he needed, Wu Xuan put away both card and storage bag and left quickly under the watchful eyes of Zhao Qian.
Translated by Gumihou from kitchennovel dot com.
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