Chapter 31 – Let’s Bathe Together
Yuan Chu stood up and obediently bowed to him.
“No problem!” Zhou Daofu laughed, saying, “Once you’re old, you like having lively children like you two around so you can feel alive. And no need to be polite. The birthday feast is tomorrow, and there will be a lot to do. I’ll have someone take you to rest in our best guest room. Travel is tiring. I’m sure you’re tired. This rotten old man won’t hold you any longer.”
Yuan Chu bowed, said some perfunctory words, and took her leave.
The Zhou family treated them grandly. They arranged an exquisite courtyard facing the sea and sent ten servants for them.
Yuan Chu was truly very tired. She didn’t have the time to enjoy the scenery, plopping down on the pliable wooden bed the moment they returned.
“Woah, is this Shangjing cotton? The Zhou family is so rich!” She hugged the quilt in envy and admiration.
Ye Chenyuan closed the door. Making sure no one else was around, he pulled Yuan Chu into the Sky Pearl. Before Yuan Chu could regain her balance, he impatiently asked, “Master, that Joyous Union Fruit, is it really effective for you?”
Yuan Chu knew he had always kept the matter of the ten-thousand-year-old spirit essence in his mind. She smiled somewhat helplessly. “It’s effective, it’s effective. You have to know, the spirit essence’s main use is to strengthen the divine sense, while the Joyous Reunion Fruit stabilizes the soul, so speaking from effectiveness on the soul alone, the Joyous Reunion Fruit is definitely a bit better.”
And you don’t need to worry about the spirit essence anymore!
Ye Chenyuan frowned in thought. If that’s how it was, then couldn’t he exchange for a few more fruits with the Zhou family? There were some artifacts in the Sky Pearl. His level was too low to use them, but there were more than enough to exchange some Joyous Reunion Fruits.
Now, the previously silent Venerable Li floated over. “Anyway, I think there is something odd about that Zhou Daofu. There’s a natural yin-gathering formation where he lives, and I can sense death on his body. According to reason, he should have already died.”
Yuan Chu nodded at his words. “I think so too. He never seemed to leave the topic of age. He’s obviously very concerned about it. I saw the six pills the sect master sent. They’d extend the life of a normal person by a hundred years, but since Zhou Daofu is too old, he wouldn’t be able to receive so much medicinal power. For him, the pills would only extend his life by a few years. It’s truly a waste.”
Ye Chenyuan knit his eyebrows. “You mean Zhou Daofu is using some improper method to extend his life?”
Yuan Chu nodded. “That’s very likely!”
However, Venerable Li was uninterested. “Whatever, we’re leaving in a few days anyway. Even if he has any ideas, he won’t act on us.” After all, Yuan Chu was a Nascent Soul!
At his words, Yuan Chu immediately turned smug. “That’s right, they should remember who I am!”
Afterward, the birthday feast passed very peacefully. Many people came to offer their congratulations. It seemed the Zhou family still had quite some influence.
The feast was held for three days. At first, Yuan Chu’s spirits were high, but now, at the end, her mood was dropping.
“What’s wrong, Master?” Ye Chenyuan was very worried when he saw that Yuan Chu wasn’t even eating her favorite broiled cloud swan eggs.
She replied, “It’s nothing much, just that you know the girl we saved? And how I gave her a piece of jade when she left? I told her to break it when she got home to tell me she was safe, but it’s been a few days and she still hasn’t broken it. I’m only afraid that something went wrong…”
Seeing that his master was thinking about someone else, he unhappily said, “Maybe she just forgot.”
‘Maybe!” Yuan Chu perked up, remembering that she would go to the Zhou family’s sacred land to cultivate that night. With the intention of not letting fertile water flow into someone else’s field (keeping good things for your own people), she drew near to Ye Chenyuan. “Right, since the Zhou family’s spring is so useful, why don’t you go for a dip with me tonight?”
Ye Chenyuan fell into a daze at her words. He wanted to agree but also thought it was improper to his master. After a long moment of thought, he said with much difficulty, “No, the sect master used a sixth rank pill to get Master this cultivating opportunity. What will we do if we get found out?”
“It’s fine! We’ll just have to be a bit more careful!” Yuan Chu smiled slyly. “Otherwise, a sixth rank pill in exchange for one fruit and only me bathing in the water, isn’t that a bit stingy of them? So we’re agreed!”
Ye Chenyuan wanted to protest, but his inner thoughts made him push down his words, his heart jumping out of control.
Soon, the feast ended. Everyone began to leave, and Yuan Chu was brought to the Zhou family’s holy land.
“This is it.” Zhou Ji enviously glanced at Yuan Chu. “If you go a bit further, that is our sacred land. We can’t go in without the ancestor’s permission, so honored sir will have to enter by yourself.”
She thanked him. “Thank you for your trouble.” Now hurry up and leave!
After Zhou Ji left, she quickly ran in. Sure enough, the farther she went, the richer the spiritual energy was. Once she reached the giant tree that stretched far into the heavens, she pulled out a small bottle gourd. She pulled out the plug, and Ye Chenyuan appeared.
Because Ye Chenyuan was the Sky Pearl’s first owner, wherever he entered it was wherever he’d pop out. No one else could move it. However, this little gourd was different. Although it didn’t have a big capacity, it could hold live people, making it convenient for carrying out Yuan Chu’s stowaway plan.
“How about it? I told you this place was worth visiting, and you didn’t believe me!”
Ye Chenyuan nodded. The spiritual energy was so dense that it was fogging up. It truly was a good place to cultivate.
But he hadn’t thought that once Yuan Chu finished speaking, she would start taking off her clothes! Scared in shock, Ye Chenyuan’s body reacted, immediately turning around.
“Master! You, why are you taking off your clothes?”
Yuan Chu stared at him, puzzled. “We’re cultivating in a spring. Are we really going to go in fully dressed? Isn’t it uncomfortable when your clothes get wet and stick to you?”
And wasn’t the male lead too serious? She was a little seven-year-old girl. Her body was like a five-year-old’s. What was there to be ashamed of?
Ye Chenyuan’s face was flushed red down to his neck.
“No buts! Hurry up! I need to be able to stuff you back into the gourd in time if someone comes.” She urged.
Even Venerable Li laughed from within Ye Chenyuan’s sea of consciousness. “Not bad, so you understand the distinctions between men and women? This trip wasn’t for nothing! Hurry! There is so much fog you won’t see anything. Stop dawdling, this spring water is good stuff. It will be very beneficial for you.”
Ye Chenyuan had no choice. The other two both didn’t mind, and it would be strange if he kept resisting.
He slowly shifted over to the spiritual spring and then closed his eyes. He hardened his heart, jumping in!