Chapter 517: Gambling stones (4)
Translator: Misty Cloud Translations Editor: Misty Cloud Translations
“Third Sis, don’t make a scene!” The male who was with her, scolded her.
“Second Big Bro, don’t stop me!” That lady looked at Sima You Yue, saying, “If your stone really produces spirit stones with a value of at least two million middle ranked crystal stones, I will gladly give you double the amount of money! If you don’t manage to do it…. If you don’t manage to do it… you just need to give me a hundred thousand crystal stones!”
“Okay.” Sima You Yue nodded, and the two made their agreement.
“Third Sis, how could you let others…” Hu Ling wanted to stop her, but his younger sister would refuse to listen to him once she was in a stubborn mood. Despite this, he still couldn’t let her act so wilfully.
“Second Big Bro, the person didn’t reject me, so why are you so anxious!” Hu Fang Fang said with a smile. “Since we’ve agreed on it, you can begin cutting!”
When one was betting on stones, it was a good opportunity to gamble as well. This was a very common scene, so nobody was surprised. They just continued to watch things unfold with excitement. They wanted to see who would end up losing.
“Lord, how do you want to open it?” The master asked.
“Just cut through the centre!” Sima You Yue said.
“This… Lord, are you certain?” The master asked.
Usually, one would cut in slowly from the centre. This was because most spirit stones were in the centre or slightly off-center. If one cut through the centre, it was easy for one to ruin the spirit stone inside. Once it was broken, the spirit energy would leak out from the hole. Then, it would have to be used quickly and couldn’t be kept for long. The spirit stone would no longer be worth as much.
It was rather rare for them to receive requests like hers, which were to cut through the centre.
“Since he told you to cut through the centre, you should just do it.” Hu Fang Fang said with a laugh, “In any case, it’s a watermelon stone. It’s no problem if you cut through the centre.”
The master felt that this made sense as well, so he followed Sima You Yue’s instructions and cut the stone through the centre into two.
The two halves of the stone fell onto the ground, revealing the pure white stone.
“It’s a white stone.” The people watching all saw the white stone, and were not surprised at all.
Hu Fang Fang saw the white stone and smiled self satisfactorily. She watched at Fatty Qu and the others raged.
“What are you anxious for? Don’t you see how those two are calm and composed?” Wu Lingyu saw that they were fuming, so he commented lightly.
Even if they wanted to say that it was Sima You Yue’s first time betting on stones, Third Mo had also remained silent the entire way. This proved that there was definitely no issue with the stone.
“Where do you want to cut next?” The master asked as he picked up one of the halves.
“Let me see.” Sima You Yue took the stone and looked. Then, she drew on the surface and said, “Cut this way.”
The master retrieved the stone from her and cut like how she had shown him. The stone split in half away, and it was still a white stone.
“Here, grind it.” Sima You Yue took one of the halves and said.
You could cut or grind a stone. Most people began by cutting, then would choose to grind into the stone when they felt that a spirit stone was going to appear. They would slowly wear away the surface of the stone.
A short moment later, a few spirit stones the size of peanuts began to reveal themselves.
“They’re really melon seeds.” The spectators said.
“How could you call these melon seeds. They’re better than melon seeds. They’re peanuts!” Hu Fang Fang mocked.
“Third Sis!” Hu Ling said with furrowed eyebrows. He was rather angry.
Hu Fang Fang gulped and didn’t speak any more. However, she looked at Sima You Yue with a provocative gaze!
Sima You Yue kept the few emerald peanuts away, then gave the other small half to the master, saying, “Grind this too.”
“Ha ha ha, will you be able to grind out something worth two million?” Someone jeered.
Sima You Yue couldn’t be bothered to deal with them as she handed the small half to the master. Then, she picked up the other half and inspected it closely.
“I’ll help you open it.” Third Mo walked over and said.
“Okay.” Sima You Yue knew that Third Mo wouldn’t say things lightly. Since he had spoken, that meant it was rather difficult to open. That must mean that the item inside had caught his interest.
Third Mo took that piece of stone and placed it on the low desk. Then, he took out a small knife and used his hands to feel it. After which, he used the knife and followed along a vein, slicing it gently. A piece of the stone’s surface was peeled off.
Everyone watched and saw that he was truly an expert. The piece of stone that had drifted down didn’t look like it was cut off with a knife at all.
Without knowing it, everyone was completely focused on him. Even the master had stopped working and was focused on Third Mo.
Third Mo peeled off a single layer of the stone and the stone that was the size of a person’s fist had gradually become the size of a chicken egg.
Third Mo looked at Sima You Yue, and she understood what he meant. She said rather excitedly, “Is it coming out?”
Third Mo nodded, then took out something used to polish the stone. He began to wear away the remaining surface of the stone lightly, and every exertion was even. Under his grinding, a spirit stone that was the size of a chicken egg appeared in front of everyone.
Third Mo took out a wet cloth, lightly wiping away the surface of the spirit stone. This allowed everyone to see the spirit stone carefully.
“Guys, look! There’s actually a golden centre!” Someone cried out.
“This is a stone in a stone!”
“It’s really a stone in a stone! The core is golden, and it’s about the size of a chicken egg. It’s pretty highly ranked!”
“A stone in a stone that is the size of a lychee is worth a few hundreds of thousands. This one is about the size of a chicken egg, and the inside is even golden in colour. It should be worth three to four hundred thousand!”
Everyone on site could not help but to suck in a breath. They never thought that this thing would be worth so much money!
“You Yue, you’ve chosen a good one!” Third Mo placed the spirit stone into Sima You Yue’s hands. He was happy that he was able to cut out a spirit stone like this.
Sima You Yue took the spirit stone happily and even waved at Hu Fang Fang, “I’m really sorry that I won the bet this time! In a moment, I’ll get someone to help me appraise it. Thank you, Lady Hu for your generosity. Master, help me grind out the remaining bit of stone. Who knows, I might be able to get out a few more melon seeds, oh no, I mean peanuts!”
Hu Fang Fang’s face was turning green. This was clearly giving her a few resounding slaps on her face. However, under everyone’s watchful eye, she couldn’t just shrug this off.
Very quickly, the remaining bit was also grinded. There were a total of five melon seeds, When added together, they were worth around one thousand middle ranked crystals.
The stone pavilion had their own appraisal masters who could ascertain the value of a spirit stone that was cut out. A short moment later, an elderly who appeared otherworldly walked out from the back of the courtyard. He had specially come to appraise Sima You Yue’s stone.
“It’s rare to see such a big stone within a stone. It’s even golden at its core. My elderly self can feel a kind of boundless energy radiating from its golden core. Based on my experience, this stone is worth at least three hundred and fifty thousand middle ranked crystal stones.”
Three hundred and fifty thousand. Double that, was seven hundred thousand stones. Hu Fang Fang’s heart hurt when she thought of how she had lost seven hundred thousand stones in a short moment.
“Wait a minute, there’s still this. I have to bother you to give me an appraisal. These are worth a bit as well, aren’t they?” Sima You Yue opened her hands and there were around ten spirit stones that were the size of melon seeds.
Everyone saw that she had truly taken the melon seeds out for appraisal and couldn’t help but burst into laughter.