Hans rode fast up to the house on the motorcycle. There was a lot of dust on the road, and he looked cool when the dust cloud formed as he rode by.
Li Du saw him and said, "You should ride slower. This is a motorcycle for Gods sake! Are you trying to kill yourself?"
"You think I was riding too fast?" Hans laughed cheekily. "There are many carriages that use this roadthats why theres so much dust. "
He saw Li Du about to argue, and quickly said, "Okay, brother, calm down. Lets have a look at the goods. You asked me to come quickly. Is it because you saw something great?"
Li Du said, "It might not be great, but I like it very much. Its a specimen of a big bird."
"What big bird is it?" Hans asked. "Is it an emu, an ostrich, an Andean condor?"
Li Du brought him to the front yard of the Amish household. He pointed toward the skeleton specimen and said, "Thats the oneI have no idea what bird it is."
Hans stared at the specimen and blinked; he asked, "Why are you interested if you dont even know what kind of bird it is?"
Li Du said, "Have you heard of love at first sight? I had no idea what kind of person you were when we first met, but I decided to work with you from the very beginning. This is because I believe in fate. "
Hans opened his arms and said, "Fine, you win. Ill ask about it. "
He went to the Amish lady and spoke with her. They started talking about the farm and the onions they were growing. Then, he got into the topic: "What species of bird is this? Its very large. "
The lady shook her head. "Im sorry, I dont know. This was one of the things left by my grandfathersome of his things are from Africa, and I guess they are quite valuable. "
Hans said, "Alright, my friend is interested. He wants to have it. What do you need?"
The lady said, "My roof is leaking, so I need a rawhideat least 100 pounds of rawhide."
"My husband likes carpentry, but he lacks many tools. He doesnt have a hand mill, a hand drill, or a hand plane. "
"Our horse is too old to till the land. It would be great if we had a young horse"
As the ladys request continues, Hans started to get nervous. "Excuse me, madam, but are you out of your mind? This is just a bunch of boneshow many things do you want in exchange for it?"
The lady laughed, "Although I have no idea about what bird it is, I know that its valuable. My grandfather followed a British adventurer to East Africa when he was young, and this was what he brought back."
Hans said helplessly, "But they are just bones. It looks like an ostrich specimen. It cant be that valuable."
The lady shook her head. "Thats impossibleits at least a hundred years old. Its very valuable! Look, my grandfather kept it in good condition."
"A hundred years?" Han was dumbfounded. "A hundred-year-old specimen? Madam, are you kidding me?"
The lady said seriously, "No, Im not joking. My grandfather said he got this from an African chief. This was in one of the chiefs collections, and the chief had told him that every collected item was at least a hundred years old."
Hans told her to wait and he returned to Li Du. "I met a vigorous opponent today. Shes good at bargaining."
Li Du understood what he meant, and said, "I must have this specimen, no matter what it takes."
Hans rolled his eyes and wiped the sweat from his brow."OkayI got you."
He returned to the lady and said, "Fine, I agree to your conditions... I must be insane"
"Im sorry, sir," The lady said. "Thats not the last of my requests."
Hans felt a lump in his chest and he felt hot under the collar of his shirt. "That specimen of yours is just birds bones! Its not gold!"
The lady shook her head. "I want to exchange it for the things I want. If you cant agree with me, Ill wait for the next person."
Hans squatted down on the grass. "Youre just my nightmare! Finecontinue your requestwould you like the moon?"
The lady shook her head again. "No, why would I want the moon? I want a sewing machinemy sewing machine is broken."
Hans asked, "What else?"
The lady thought about it and said, "Thats all. I think this is a fair dealdont you think so?"
Hans said, bitterly, "What else can I say? Cant you see that Im desperate?"
With the deal made, now they needed to fulfill her request.
Li Du was worried; he told the lady, "Ill get you what you want, but this will take some timedont sell it to someone else."
The Amish lady quickly promised that she wouldnt. She brought out a big box and put the specimen inside. Then, she gave the box to him.
Li Du was shocked. "What do you mean by this?"
"You can have this now," she said. "Once you get everything I want, send it all here as soon as possible."
Li Du was surprised. "We dont know each other. Arent you worried that I might disappear after I take this?"
The lady said, "Lets swear to God; then theres nothing to be worried about."
Li Du didnt know what to say; should he praise her attitude toward the agreement? Or should he laugh at how nave she was? Or should he be surprised at how sincere she was toward her religion?
No matter what, he was impressed by how forthright the lady was and by her trust in humanity.
He did not say anything. He asked Godzilla to hold the specimen. "One weekIll get you everything in one week."
After he got in the car, he told Hans, "Please help me, brother. I need to get all that stuff as soon as possible."
The lady trusted him, therefore, he had to pay her back with integrity.
Hans said, "The horse, the rawhide, and the carpentry tools are simple. I can get all that in one day. But that sewing machine is difficult."
"Whats difficult about a sewing machine? Theres plenty of them on eBay."
"Come on, my friendthose are the modern, electric sewing machines. The Amish dont use electricity. She wants a mechanical, foot-pedal sewing machine."
On their way home, they passed by a leather shop. They bought the rawhide, which cost them 1,000 dollars for a hundred pounds.
Looking at the rawhide parchment, Hans asked, "Dont you think this stuff looks familiar?"
Li Du doubted it at first, but then asked, "Could this be the stuff that we sold with the antique clock?"
They got some rawhide parchment before and they sold it to this leather shop for the price of 500 dollars.
Hans sighed, "I guess so."
Li Du scolded, "He was an unscrupulous shark!"
They had sold two hundred pounds of rawhide parchment to the shop, and the shop earned four times the profit now by selling them for the price of 1000 dollars per hundred pounds!
But at least they found one of the four items.