Chapter 35 – Crisis in the Zhou Family
Ye Chenyuan wanted to protest at Yuan Chu healing his wounds, but he sensed that she was mad. He didn’t dare to move in her embrace, smelling the soft milky fragrance on her body.
What to do? Master was angry because he didn’t listen to her.
But he truly was very worried for her. The Sky Pearl wasn’t an existence that ignored all domains. There were some places where even if she was conscious and she wanted to enter the Sky Pearl, she wouldn’t be able to.
So, as he watched her purposefully put herself in danger by drinking that tampered spiritual tea, how could he be at ease just waiting for her?
After Yuan Chu healed him, she also realized that it wasn’t entirely his fault. In the end, Ye Chenyuan was much more responsible than her. Her character was too undisciplined, never thinking about consequences. It was no wonder he worried.
“Master… don’t be angry…” Ye Chenyuan racked his brains for a way to coax her, but all he could do was drily promise, “Is it not enough that I promise to always listen to you in future?”
Of course, that only applied when she wasn’t putting herself in danger. Ye Chenyuan silently added this sentence to his words.
Faced with his pitiful eyes, his breathtaking handsomeness, and his apologetic voice, she really couldn’t be mad at all.
She sighed in her heart. Why was having her own disciple like dandelion fluff taking root? Could she still happily drift around like she used to?
Somewhat stuffily, she replied, “Actually… I was wrong too.”
Her eyes glanced left and right, never looking at him. “I shouldn’t have taken the risk, although I was very confident in my abilities! But you don’t seem to have much confidence in me… Of course that’s not the important part. The important part is…” As your master, I shouldn’t have made you worry.
She didn’t say these words aloud, but Ye Chenyuan felt them all the same.
He lowered his eyes. Yuan Chu’s look of I know I was wrong and I want to admit it but I’m too stubborn made him so, so want to kiss her sulky cheek. One kiss!
Just as he was about to do so, an elderly voice cut in.
“How unexpected. You two have such a good relationship.”
Yuan Chu saw Zhou Daofu stepping out of the darkness and immediately went back to pretending to be weak in Ye Chenyuan’s embrace.
Zhou Daofu’s benevolent face was entirely sinister now.
“How is it, Dao Friend Yuan? Aren’t the aftereffects of the laced spiritual tea quite ample? Don’t you feel weak and restless? And even if you’re awake, you’ll still see endless illusions? But you waking so soon was truly outside of my expectations.”
Venerable Li also made a sound of surprise, transmitting his voice to her. “Right, how did you wake up so quickly? Did you not suffer any illusions when you fell unconscious?”
As a mid-stage Nascent Soul at seven years old, no matter how stable her mind was, her soul couldn’t be stable. Yet just now, Yuan Chu was clearly fine after waking up. What was this?
Smugly, Yuan Chu told Venerable Li in her sea of consciousness, “As long as my mind is firm, I won’t be caught by the illusions. You and Little Yuan Yuan are both fine, so you have no need to worry about my soul in the future! My mental state is as stable as Mount Tai. I will never suffer from Qi Deviation in this life!”
They relaxedly chatted on the side. Zhou Daofu, not thinking Yuan Chu’s silence to be unusual, didn’t wait for her to reply.
Illusions would continuously appear in her eyes after drinking the tea. She would fall to them at the slightest carelessness. Since her mental state was already unstable, it would be even easier for her to never escape her illusions, leaving her to be manipulated!
Thus, he didn’t waste anymore words. He waved his hand, and they teleported.
Ye Chenyuan quickly hugged Yuan Chu tighter. Once his feet hit the ground, he realized, to his shock, that it was a round dungeon. It was divided into sixty sections based on the eight divinatory trigrams (bagua). In every section, there was a woman, and they were standing in the heart of the trigram!
Ye Chenyuan’s vision was good. With a glance, he realized that he had seen many of these women at the birthday feast. Had the Zhou family’s goal been to kidnap people?!
He instinctually hugged Yuan Chu’s little body even tighter and coldly asked, “Zhou Daofu, capturing these people, aren’t you afraid of the powers behind them coming after you?”
Wasn’t he too brazen? Even if he used these women to break through late-stage Nascent Soul and greatly extended his life, he wouldn’t be able to escape retribution from the people backing the women.
“Come after me? How could that be possible?” Zhou Daofu laughed heartily. He waved his hand, conjuring a soul-light mirror.
In the mirror, Ye Chenyuan saw that there weren’t less women in the departing group. How could this be?
Zhou Daofu stroked his beard, laughing. “Never would have thought it, right? Our Zhou family doesn’t just have an outstanding dual cultivation technique but also our illusion arts! During the three days of the feast, I substituted them all with puppets!”
After they died or disappeared on the way home, how could they pin it on him?
Ye Chenyuan frowned heavily. “Even if you did, people will still suspect you. Paper cannot hide a fire!”
Zhou Daofu nodded. “You’re right! There will be holes in even the most perfect plans. Once the plan is exposed, they will probably come find me, but that’s fine. I have you now!”
He stared at Ye Chenyuan, his eyes turning avaricious.
“I thought it was already good luck to have a treasure like Yuan Chu. I never thought that you were the deeply hidden one. That enlightenment from the day before, your phenomenon proves your talent! And, you have Divine Emperor Meridians! If I can take your body and exchange places with your soul, you would die in my place. Who would know I was still alive?”
Ye Chenyuan hadn’t thought that he already planned out everything and even coveted his body!
Zhou Daofu’s gaze swept across the women around them, his expression sinister. “Once I absorb all their power, I can exchange souls with you! There won’t be a place on heaven and earth I can’t go! Hahahaha!”
The entire dark room was lit up by a red trigram formation. All of the women glowed red and floated upwards with Zhou Daofu in the center.
Yuan Chu also started floating. Ye Chenyuan wanted to grab her, but was sealed by Zhou Daofu!
To make matters worse, the woman next to Yuan Chu was the one who had escaped with much difficulty earlier! She had thought since Yuan Chu was a Nascent Soul, she’d be able to live with her help. But now that Yuan Chu was captured as well, what were they to do?
Venerable Li didn’t understand what Yuan Chu wanted to do either. He cried out, “Little girl, if you’re going to do something, hurry up! Zhou Daofu is activating the Soul-Yin Formation. Once the formation is completely activated, you won’t be able to run away!”
Zhou Daofu… Daifu… Daifuku…
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