Chapter 40: Obscuration: Part 1
Translator: EndlessFantasy Translation Editor: EndlessFantasy Translation
Lin Sheng, appearing calm, walked to the window and stood next to Shayeen.
“How do you feel about this incident?”
The calmer he looked on the outside, the more furious he was deep inside.
After going through two lifetimes, he did not expect to be driven into a corner by such little trouble.
He could fight off those attackers alone, whether it was four or five of them. But what if there were ten or twenty of them? What if there were hundreds of them with guns?
He did not even know if he could escape.
And what about his family?
With such a big gang occupying the whole city, should they start anything, his whole family would be affected.
Shayeen looked at Lin Sheng. She could not understand what Lin sheng was trying to say.
She had always admired Lin Sheng, but this case was not something that individual forces could solve.
“Master, the matter’s been settled… The White Tarots promised not to harass us anymore. Let’s leave it at that.”
Shayeen’s voice had a light sense of maturity. Perhaps the incident had also made her realize who she could rely on at a critical moment.
Lin Sheng sensed it.
Perhaps his three students had grown up a little after the accident. Nonetheless, that was not the answer he wanted.
“Yes, it’s settled for now. We’re safe for the time being because of Russell’s grandfather. But… what about the next time? Are we going to Russell’s grandfather again if we have any more problems that we can’t solve?”
“It was an accident. Such things don’t happen often.” Shayeen shook her head.
“I just want to try. I wish that we have the ability to solve problems on our own instead of going to your grandfathers or uncles.”
“On our own?” Shayeen had never thought of that.
“Yes, not relying on our family background, just our own abilities.” Lin Sheng nodded.
Shayeen froze for a moment. Those words echoed back and forth in her mind.
She suddenly recalled that from childhood to adulthood, she had relied on the influence of her family to solve almost every problem. Very, very rarely did she do it on her own.
It had almost become a habit. It was not just her; perhaps Russell and Madillan, as well as the people in their circle, were used to it too. They seldom thought about making their way on their own.
It was not that they did not want to, it was just too hard. No matter what they did, they could not separate themselves from their families.
“What’s your plan, master?” Shayeen pondered for a moment before she slowly asked.
“First, we have to win the tournament. Then, with the fame we get from it, we can open a training class. I’m good at actual combat, Russell can teach close combat, Madillan’s good at management, while you can be in charge of the sourcing channel.” Lin Sheng arranged their roles according to their strengths.
Shayeen was a little surprised. She did have a lot of connections. She started doing business with her family early on. But she did not expect that Lin Sheng would give a detailed arrangement so soon.
“However, with the current state in Huaisha, it’s unlikely that a lot of people will be willing to spend their money on these lessons. It’ll be hard for us to build this.” She was very rational and realistic, always careful when it came to business.
Lin Sheng smiled and said, “We’ll charge very little to teach people the skills to protect themselves. We won’t make money off of it.”
“What about the profits…”
“We only need to make just enough to support the business for the time being,” Lin Sheng said with a smile. “Although Xilin is stable, it’s not really safe. Moreover, the port city has a large flow of people. As long as the fee isn’t too high, I think many people will be willing to learn.”
“How do we advertise?” Shayeen asked again.
“We don’t need to advertise it. We don’t have to expand too fast. It’s okay to start with a smaller number of students.” The college entrance examination was around the corner so Lin Sheng had no time to teach too many students. He also spent part of his day trying to meditate on the Ashen Seal. He had meditated a few times but saw no effect.
Shayeen was not very clear about Lin Sheng’s plan, but it would be fine if it started on a smaller scale.
“I’ll take a wait-and-see approach. If you want to do that, our club can provide free space,” she replied after thinking for a moment.
To her, Lin Sheng was obviously affected by the White Tarots incident. But, power could not be cultivated just by training a few students. Plus, students were not gangsters; they had families, and they were young. Who would be willing to risk his life for him?
Lin Sheng did not mind if he did not manage to persuade Shayeen. He asked her to call the other two while he sat down, sipping tea as he waited for them.
Soon, Russell and Madillan arrived as he had expected.
“Master, this is totally possible! Let’s do it together! I’ve always wanted to start my own business! We can use the space here! I can teach fighting and shooting!” Russell shouted, looking excited!
Madillan was pragmatic. He discussed details with Shayeen carefully.
Lin Sheng was still sitting there, drinking his tea. He waited for their decision calmly.
Russell’s reaction was not a surprise. Russell was also the key person in the project. He was the biggest shareholder of the club, and many issues could be easily settled if he agreed. As for the other two, it was best if they agreed, but it was also okay if they did not.
To his surprise, half an hour later, Shayeen and Madillan agreed to set up the class together.
“Master, since we run the class together, the system should be clearly divided first. How will profits and shares be divided?” Shayeen asked earnestly.
“And, while it’s not primarily about making a profit, we should at least not lose money. All these things need to be considered carefully,” Madillan added.
“Let’s see what we can do.”
“Alright.” Shayeen nodded. “If we run a class, the real core would be your actual combat ability. As long as we can win the upcoming tournament, it’ll be easy after that.”
They quickly began to work out the specifics such as registering the company, determining the terms of admission, how to admit students, the fee, and the course arrangement.