The Highest Bounty - Chapter 258
Elizabeth smiled lightly, she looked dignified and elegant.
The first thing she did after becoming a deity was hand over most of her work. After that, she retreated for more than a month to cultivate continuously. Gu Ding and Potie’s fight was the first thing she learned of after coming out of her retreat. She admired the young man who always had a confident smile on his face because he was someone who lived true to himself and had a carefree life. His life was unlike hers as she was nothing but a bird trapped in a cage. Even though her cage was luxuriously decorated, she still did not have any freedom.
Her mood was affected slightly at the thought of it, especially since there was no news about the young man after his fight with Potie. That was why she wanted to relax and go on a trip. As the Lord of a Cosmic Nation, she could not leave the Royal Capital Star Sector unless something special happened. Hence, Forget-Me-Not was the only place she could go to if she wanted to relax.
The scenery was very beautiful on Forget-Me-Not, but it could only distract her slightly. It may have been a planet with scenery that could make others forget their misery, but it could not make her forget hers.
When she stepped out of the hatch and saw the citizens of Faye Cosmic Nation, her sadness disappeared a little. She knew that she had done something right in her position throughout the years when she saw the blissful smiles on their faces. She had exchanged her freedom for something worthy.
Elizabeth lifted her gaze as her sight followed the row of people that was lined up, looking farther away. She caught sight of two people afar who were not amidst the crowd. Instead, they were looking at her from a distance. Being a deity, she had great eyesight. Her gaze stopped momentarily at the two when she realized the young man’s eyes looked a little familiar. They emanated a pure and clean feeling; they had a touch of friendliness.
A strange memory came to her mind. Where had she seen that look before? It was not long before she recalled that night when she was sitting on the grass, making a trade with a young man who had the same look. However, by the time she broke out of that reverie and looked toward the same direction, the two people had disappeared.
“Neptune, why did you make us leave?” Gu Ding asked after they had turned a corner in the street.
“She would definitely reject you if you made a dash for her. There are so many citizens watching, and she is the Lord of a Cosmic Nation. It would be impossible for her to agree to help you treat Biggie with so many people watching.” Neptune was worried that Gu Ding would act rashly and ruin the plan, so it got Dockett to pull Gu Ding away.
“I think Neptune is right. We should find an opportunity to make the request when she is alone,” Dockett tried to talk sense into Gu Ding as well.
“Besides, both of you will have to keep watch over her exact location. I’m still unable to lock down the location of deities. If they want to, they can use their energy life form to cause magnetic disturbance to surveillance equipment and disrupt many other forms of detection. I’m afraid I might lose her,” Neptune explained.
“Leave the tracking to me. I’ll update you on any news I find.” Dockett seemed experienced with this sort of thing. As he said this, he weakened the aura around him.
“This skill is known as Aura Restraint, it’s capable of allowing one to lower their aura and become less of an existence around people.”
Gu Ding chose to trust Dockett when he saw the skill come into effect. Gu Ding headed to the auction site, planning to get some Energy Crystals for Tagore. According to Dockett, Tagore’s body was not in any harm at all. Tagore was only lacking energy. The Energy Crystals he had gotten for Tagore had been used up and Gu Ding had to replenish the supply.
Elizabeth and Midea got off the spaceship along with four bodyguards that protected them from the adoring crowd. They headed to the hotel they had made reservations at. The location of the hotel was not far, and the two ladies did not board any means of transportation. They vanished into the distance after a few leaps and the four bodyguards followed suit.
Dockett quickly took chase and was clearly good at it as no one was able to sense him. He used intelligent binoculars and followed the two ladies from far behind without being discovered.
Having followed them to their hotel, Dockett stopped at a street not far away from it, lighting a cigarette for himself. He acted very naturally. He lifted his head to look at the name of the hotel but did not enter it as he knew he would be discovered if he got any closer.
“That man is not stupid. He didn’t follow us in here.” Midea and Elizabeth sat on a sofa in the hotel while their four bodyguards stood behind it. They were facing the entrance of the hotel, but no one came in after them. The two women had noticed someone following them and wanted to bait the person out. They had not expected the man to be so careful.
Dockett entered an alleyway in a flash and called Gu Ding’s number as his eyes stayed glued on the entrance of the hotel.
“How is everything? Did you get caught?” Gu Ding immediately asked when he picked up the call.
“I’ve caught up to them. They’re staying at the Queen Empress Hotel. I don’t dare follow them too closely, so I didn’t enter the place. What do we do now?” Dockett had no idea what to do next.
“I’ll get Neptune to check for their room numbers. You can just spend some time walking around. There’s no need to continue watching them. Wait for us to check-in at the hotel. We’ll stay next to them.” Neptune immediately found their room numbers while Gu Ding was still speaking.
“They booked three rooms in total. Elizabeth and Midea are sharing one while the four bodyguards are sharing the other two rooms. The three rooms are connected, and Elizabeth will definitely choose to stay in the middle room that’s numbered 002013.”
“In that case, we’ll take 002014,” Gu Ding said with a smile on his face.
“They’ve already made reservations…” Neptune had no idea what Gu Ding was planning.
“If we booked the place first, won’t they be unable to stay in that room?” Gu Ding said with a cheeky smile.
Neptune was taken aback but immediately responded, “You mean for me to shuffle the hotel system around and make the system display the room as previously reserved?”
“That’s right. An even better thing you could do would be to tweak the deposit a little and let the system display the room as ‘has been paid in advance’. That way, the hotel would be in the wrong and there’s a higher chance they won’t change our rooms,” Gu Ding added.
Neptune quickly made the necessary changes while Gu Ding walked around the trading market leisurely. By the time he had circled the market, an hour had passed and Gu Ding had spent one hundred million Universe Credits on five Rank 13 Energy Crystals. There was very limited stock for Energy Crystals of such grade in the trading market. It was not easy for Gu Ding to find all five of them.
Gu Ding finally left the trading market and waved down a hovercar to rent. He arrived at the entrance of the Queen Empress Hotel after another ten minutes. He made a beeline for the hotel’s front desk. “Hello, I previously booked room 002014 for two nights.”
The front desk employee checked the system and saw that the room was being occupied by the bodyguards of Her Highness The Lord. The employee looked at Gu Ding. “I’m really sorry, sir. The room is being occupied right now. We’ll change your room number.”
“Occupied by someone else? I made the booking a month ago and even paid for it. How could you allow someone else to check-in when I booked the room in advance?” Gu Ding continued to hassle the employee.
“I’m so sorry about it, sir… There’s nothing else I can do. I’m willing to refund your money and arrange another room exactly like that one for you. The room number may be different but its interior will be exactly the same. The view will be quite similar as well.” The hotel manager had arrived to sort out the issue.
“This is unacceptable, I couldn’t care less about getting a refund. I want the room that I reserved! Figure out how to make those people move out of the room!” Gu Ding waved his hand to reject continuing the discussion.
“Sir, the guests occupying the room have special status. We really cannot get them to change rooms…” the hotel manager said with a grim look on his face.
“Do you need to be of status to be able to stay in this hotel? I’m a guest who spent the same amount of money as guests who pay for your accommodation. It’s only natural that the service I’m provided is equal to theirs. I don’t care about their status. I booked that room first and it should be me staying there, not them!” Gu Ding acted the part of a spoiled, rich brat quite well. He could only use this unflattering method to fight for a room to stay next to Elizabeth.
“Okay, let me discuss the matter with them. However, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to convince them.” The hotel manager took the magnetically powered elevator to the twentieth floor with a helpless look on his face.
He hesitated momentarily as he knocked on the door to room 002014.
The two bodyguards in the room quickly opened the door and blocked it. They looked coldly at the young hotel manager. “Is anything the matter?”
He quickly explained the situation to them.
The taller bodyguard, who was a bald man, said with a stoic look, “Get him to change to another room. We’ll take care of the expenses.”
“I’ve told him that we can conduct a refund and get him another room that’s just as nice. However, the young man is very stubborn about it. He says he wants the room he reserved and doesn’t care for a refund.”
“I’ll go downstairs with you. Let’s see how glib he can be,” the bald man said with an angry look on his face.
At this moment, Elizabeth pushed open her door and saw the hotel manager standing outside. She asked him about the matter.
The hotel manager told her the story again.
Elizabeth nodded after listening to it. “Jody, you should change rooms and let him have this one.”
“Your Highness The Lord, it won’t be safe!” Jody quickly shook his head.
“If someone really wanted to do something to me, would there be any difference with me being separated from you by a room or two? For the same reason, if someone is not planning on killing me, it wouldn’t make any difference if they were in the same room with me, much less next door, would it?” Elizabeth replied with a question.
The bald man nodded unwillingly. “We’ll let that ignorant spoiled brat have this room then. We’ll move to 002015 next door!”
The hotel manager immediately helped them with the necessary arrangements before taking the elevator back down. He walked toward Gu Ding and forced a smile. “Sir, I managed to convince the two guests to move to the room next door. Do you want to proceed with checking in now?”