“Shield!” Qi Yichen immediately stood in front of Gu Qingyu, his fan opened at his command and formed a white barrier.
Stab! Jia Qizhe’s sword went through the assassin’s chest without any hesitation.
“You…” The assassin looked at Gu Qingyu in anguish with bulging eyes, his voice was hoarse and lowered to a mere whisper as he slumped to the floor.
But, Gu Qingyu still heard his last three words, “Go to hell!”
Why... Why would anyone want to kill me? Could it be that the original Gu Qingyu did something…?
Gu Qingyu watched as blood began to pool around the man on the floor.
Jia Qizhe cleaned his sword calmly, without much reaction. “I wanted to leave him alive for interrogation tonight, but looks like that won’t be the case.”
Gu Qingyu looked at the assassin’s body in fear, then her eyes flitted back to Jia Qizhe…
“Qingyu, did you offend anyone?” Qi Yichen suddenly asked.
“No…” Gu Qingyu replied in a steady voice, but she soon faltered. After all, she didn’t know what the original host might have done.
Qi Yichen smiled softly, “Qingyu, you need to be more careful in the future.”
“Yeah!” Gu Qingyu nodded, “Then I’ll head back first? I would rather not let Xiao Qi worry herself sick.”
“Yeah, go.” Qi Yichen closed his fan.
Gu Qingyu helped Jia Qizhe close the door and went back to her room.
Xiao Qi sat on the bed and pounced on Gu Qingyu the moment she returned. “Xiao Yu! Are you okay?”
“It’s fine, I’m ok.” Gu Qingyu patted Xiao Qi’s head.
“Xiao Qi knows Xiao Qi’s magic is weak and couldn’t help Xiao Yu, so Xiao Qi could only wait here…”
“It’s ok, Xiao Qi, I’m fine. Besides, we live next to two martial arts experts!” Gu Qingyu laughed, “Let’s get some sleep.”
For some reason, Gu Qingyu slept very well that night.
The next day.
Tap tap tap. A stream of knocks woke Gu Qingyu up. Gu Qingyu was not a morning person, and she certainly did not like being woken up so early! Someone shall suffer the consequences of making Gu Qingyu angry!
Gu Qingyu got dressed haphazardly, and did not even bother to comb out her messy bed hair. She kicked the door open and roared, “Who is it?”
In front of her was a man dressed in white... It was Qi Yichen!
His hand was lifted awkwardly in the air, as if to greet her, but he was shocked at the sight of Gu Qingyu. His face froze in disbelief as the awkwardness of the situation hung in the air.
Gu Qingyu shut the door out of instinct. “Ah! My image is completely ruined!” She cried as she covered her face.
Xiao Qi got dressed and tied up her hair neatly before she walked over to Gu Qingyu. “Who’s at the door, Xiao Yu?”
“Qi Yichen!” Gu Qingyu stood up, dejected. “Xiao Qi, just help me tie up my hair. The style doesn’t matter”
“Sure!” Xiao Qi took up her brush, apparently feeling pumped. “Xiao Yu, it’s okay, I will help you do up a fabulous hairstyle that will blind them all!”
...Is this the Xiao Qi I know? Give me back the Xiao Qi I knew! I want my Xiao Qi! Gu Qingyu screamed internally.
After she finally got dressed and looked more prim and proper, Gu Qingyu opened the door and discovered someone else was waiting for her.
“Morning, Jia Qizhe.” Gu Qingyu greeted awkwardly.
Jia Qizhe nodded, “Qi Yichen went down first to order breakfast for all of us, let’s go.”
“...okay…” Gu Qingyu hid behind Xiao Qi and went down reluctantly.
Qi Yichen was all smiles. It was as if he did not remember what just transpired. “Let’s eat, Qingyu.”
“Yes!” Since he pretends nothing happened, then it wouldn’t be appropriate to say anything.
Suddenly, they heard horses outside slowing down from a gallop.
“Quick! There’s news that the Third Young Miss is here! Don’t let her escape!” Guards shouted from outside.
Gu Qingyu panicked. She quickly grabbed a few meat buns, then dragged and pulled Jia Qizhe, Qi Yichen and Xiao Qi upstairs into her room.
Such speed! Such resolve!
Gu Qingyu slammed the door shut. She squeezed out in between pants, “How did they find this place?!”
Jia Qizhe looked at the meat buns in her hands and ignored her question. “Are you that hungry?”
“Of course! I haven’t even had a single bite!” Gu Qingyu ate the meat buns nonchalantly. Very soon, they heard the guards’ footsteps coming up the stairway.
“What do we do?” Gu Qingyu stomped while continuing to eat her buns. The gesture left Xiao Qi stunned.
Jia Qizhe eyed Gu Qingyu suspiciously, “You think I would be afraid?”
“No! But it’s not good to just kill our way out! The Gu Residence does hold substantial power…” Gu Qingyu said hesitantly.
She referred to the Gu Residence without any sort of attachment, as if she was talking about an unrelated family. Technically, she was right.
“That’s true.” Jia Qizhe went silent.
Even though the situation seemed dire, the atmosphere between everyone still felt quite relaxed.
Finally, Qi Yichen sighed defeatedly, “I will take a look outside and buy some time. Jia Qizhe, see if you can bring them out through the windows.”
“Huh?” Gu Qingyu was confused for a moment, then quickly realised that Qi Yichen was the only one that the guards had never met! “Let’s meet at the creek near the bamboo forest!” Qi Yichen nodded and walked out the door, and with a flick of his wrist, closed the door behind him.
Jia Qizhe gently pushed open the windows and turned to Gu Qingyu. He said, “You both go ahead, I’ll go last.”
“Yes.” Gu Qingyu nodded, said to Xiao Qi, “I’ll open a path. Xiao Qi, you follow behind me. Jia Qizhe will keep them off.”
Xiao Qi said nothing, she just nodded seriously.
Since Xiao Qi is well aware of her powers, and Jia Qizhe found out about it in the bat cave, she could transform safely!
The ears and tail of her cat spirit sprang out. Gu Qingyu checked the windows, then nodded towards Jia Qizhe and Xiao Qi before jumping down. Xiao Qi and Jia Qizhe subsequently followed.
Meanwhile, Qi Yichen had just reached the stairwell as the guards were rushing up the stairs.
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