Chapter 1-Down and out

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The crescent moon was like a hook, and the cold white moonlight was as faint as the light of a firefly, dripping on the vermilion glazed tiles and reflecting the loneliness of the entire imperial city.

 

A burst of chaotic footsteps suddenly sounded on the empty palace road, startling several birds.

A fluffy golden figure suddenly appeared on the wall, and upon a closer look, it was a golden kitten the size of a palm.
He paused slightly at the highest point and tapped the smooth glazed tile with the tip of his claws, as if hesitating.

The sound of footsteps behind him was getting closer and closer, and so the kitten flattened his ears and jumped down the palace wall that was three feet high.

The tall city wall was still too high for his small body, when he landed, he stumbled and rolled, then shook his ears, got up quickly, and quickly disappeared into the dense grass in a blink of an eye.

“Look carefully, don’t let it run away!”

The voice of the commander of the guards was deafening, and the rest of the guards responded in unison, turning around the spear in their hands and using the end without the tip to stir the grass.

It was dark at night, and it wasn’t easy to find a kitten the size of a palm in that sloping field full of tall grass and rocks.
After a while, another team of guards came holding a ten feet pointed fork and roughly stabbed it deep into the grass.

“No, that’s the emperor’s cat!” The commander of the guards hastened to stop them.

“What are you afraid of? It’s just a beast!” The guards that just arrived shouted, their spears moving without stopping, and the sharp blades slid across the moonlight with an astonishing cold light.

“Stop!” The commander of the guards turned the head of his spear and firmly blocked the prongs that were trying to stab the grass again.

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When the other guards saw this, they also placed their spear horizontally to stop the prongs that were constantly stirring.
The atmosphere between the two groups of guards quickly became tense.

In the grass not far away, a pair of amber eyes narrowed slightly, taking in everything that was happening in the darkness, pausing for a moment, then turned and left silently.

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The early spring in the capital was still warm and cold at first.

Su Yu drove the donkey while holding the wooden barrel on the cart to prevent the water inside the barrel from spilling too much.
That water was the seawater from his family house, if it was spilled, the sea fish in the bucket would die in a moment.

At the place where the daily stalls were set up, Su Yu skillfully tied the donkey, unloaded the wooden barrel and racks from the cart, next he set up a cutting board with a few knives in two to three steps, and finally took out a low stool from the corner of the donkey cart, he then rolled up his sleeves and sat casually beside the barrel.

“Brother Xiaoyu, why are you so late today?”

Said a little boy about seven or eight years old, wearing a half-worn cotton jacket, with a dark little face with two red patches because winter had just passed, and he smiled naively.

Seeing Su Yu coming, he consciously gave up his squatting position for him to set up a stall, and then he familiarly took out a bench from the donkey cart and sat beside him.

Su Yu smiled and took out a white cloth-wrapped pastry from his pocket and handed it to him.

“I saw a good thing today, and forgot the time while haggling with the fishmonger.”

The boy’s name was Sanchuan, and he came every day to sell eggs.
Because Su Yu had to go to the pier to buy goods in the morning, he was often delayed, so Sanchuan helped him occupy a booth in advance.

“What good stuff?”

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Sancuan chewed the dough and leaned over curiously to see it.

Su Yu smiled mysteriously, caught one from the barrel and brought it in front of Sanchuan with both hands, then he suddenly opened his hands and sent it forward.

“Aaah!”

Sanchuan ducked back in fright and fell to the ground with a thud.
He saw that Su Yu was holding a strange-looking thing in his hands, it was a large pile of soft things, glo

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