Chapter 14: The Perfect Party

“Mo Bai, do you know how to cure illnesses of the mind?” Gu Qingyu looked at Mo Bai. Mo Bai smiled apologetically as he shook his head.

“Thank goodness I can…” Gu Qingyu sighed. But then she suddenly felt the party had everything now! Jia Qizhe would handle assassins; Mo Bai would handle injuries; Qi Yichen would handle negotiations; Xiao Qi would handle the bargaining of supplies. (Meanwhile, Xiao Qi thought, “Why am I only good for bargaining! Hey!”) As for herself, she would handle emotional therapy and psychiatry? Gu Qingyu felt that she was more useful than she initially thought! On that note, she continued the hike happily, while the others eyed her strangely. 

 

About half an hour later.

“Ah!” Gu Qingyu heaved a long sigh. “We’re finally here!”

She scanned the tiny house. The lush forest surrounded the estate and kept it away from prying eyes. A small creek peeked out from the backyard and trickled softly as it snaked to the side of the estate.  A classical hidden paradise!

“It’s so beautiful here!” Gu Qingyu exclaimed in praise. 

“If Qingyu is willing, you can stay here for as long as you want.” Qi Yichen added.

“Tch, nah. This is your home, not mine.”  Gu Qingyu replied, then pushed Qi Yichen forward. “Hurry up, go tell your master that we’re here.”

“No need.” A young voice rang out, then a shadow landed in front, “I’m already here.”

What… What?!?! 

Gu Qingyu’s eyes widened in shock. Master? That’s a long way off from how a master should look!

The man in front of her was dressed in a black robe that contrasted against Qi Yichen’s white robe, his hair was tied neatly by a black hairband. His eyebrows were slightly raised, and he looked very lively. In fact, he looked almost as young as Qi Yichen.  

Qi Yichen, are you sure he is sick in the mind?

“You’re...Qi Yichen’s master?” Gu Qingyu could not resist asking. The others seemed unperturbed by his appearance. 

“Yes, Xiao Chen actually managed to find you. Come, let’s head inside.” The man walked into the house on his own. The team followed the man into the house without exchanging a word. 

“It’s getting late, there are lots of spare rooms here, you all can take a room each and rest first. Qingyu, follow me.” The “master” called her “Qingyu”, as if they were already acquainted. 

“Oh…” Gu Qingyu bit her lips nervously and followed him.

Mo Bai watched her with concern in his eyes, but he remained silent. No one noticed the faint green light in his hands.

Gu Qingyu followed the black-robed man through several turns and corners, the house may look small, but it had a rather complicated layout… Finally, he stopped in front of what seems to be a secret chamber. He opened the door with a push and walked in, Gu Qingyu followed. The door then slowly closed behind them. 

A candle on the table lit up. The black-robed man smiled. “Hello, lady from another world.”

“You…” Gu Qingyu stared incredulously at the man in front of her. He knows my real identity? Then, does that mean...he knows the reason I died in modern times and how I came here!

“This old man knows what you’re thinking, you can calm your anxious heart first…” The black-robed man stroked his chin, but he did not have much of a beard. Old man? How old is this guy?

“Then…” Gu Qingyu asked weakly, “can I ask how old are you?” The black-robed man seemed stunned, his smile left frozen on his face. Age? She did not want to ask the reason she came here, but his age?

“Cough cough…” The black-robed coughed weakly. “This old man is slightly over fifty.”

Gu Qingyu looked at him strangely. “No, you look way too young for fifty years old.”

“No wonder the Lifeblood Jewel of Destiny chose you. You’re...unique…” The black-robed man looked very weak and feeble, he coughed a few more times. “This old man has not long to live, I have a task for you.” As he was speaking, a red light flashed in his hand and a red stone appeared.  

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