Chapter 15: A Rock!

“This is…” Gu Qingyu looked at the glowing stone. The red light illuminated the whole room...The stone looked like a jewel, beautiful without comparison.

“This is the Lifeblood Jewel of Destiny. It is a useless rock in the hands of some, but in the hands of others, it is a precious jewel to be guarded with one’s life!” The man declared, then passed the rock to Gu Qingyu. “It has a mind of its own, it told me that you came from another world. Take it, it will tell you what you should do. ” 

“I don’t like following instructions, much less from a useless rock.” Gu Qingyu shrugged. “So what if it knows where I came from? I’m already here and I’ve found a great party for myself! It’s nice to travel back in time and go on an adventure in the world of martial arts! ” 

“A useless rock?” The man laughed. “You call this a useless rock? A rock? Rock?”

...What’s with this man! Now I definitely believe he’s sick!

 Just as Gu Qingyu was about to interrupt him, the man waved his hand. “A rock! No! This isn’t just a rock!”

As he finished his words, a blinding red light shone from the stone. Gu Qingyu raised her hand to shield her eyes from the light. The red light faded and Gu Qingyu opened her eyes. In front of her...was a world completely in red and a red-robed man stood before her. He had a devilishly handsome face, his mouth curled with sinister intent. What a powerful aura!

“Who-who are you?” Gu Qingyu subconsciously took a step backwards.

“Hey, you just called me a rock. And now you ask me who I am?” The man spoke with a husky voice. 

“You, you’re the Lifeblood Jewel thing he spoke of?” Gu Qingyu gawked as she stared at the devilish man before her in shock. “No way…”

“Or what?” The man retorted, “Hehe, this is the first time anyone has called me a useless rock…”

“But, you’re really a rock!” Gu Qingyu continued to stare in disbelief. “According to the other guy, not only do you know where I came from, but you chose me? By what criteria?”

“Hehe, not only I know where you came from, but also who killed you.” The red-robed man smiled deviously. “Would you like to know?” His husky voice was especially alluring.

 “No!” Gu Qingyu replied immediately. “So what if you know where I came from? Not that you have any way to send me back! Even if you do, I don’t want to go back, I have a great party with me on an amazing adventure! This body has some nice skills, some people dream of being able to use magic! So just stop pestering me, ok?”

“Me, pester you? On what basis?” The man was neither angry nor annoyed. Instead, he laughed at her. “What a joke.”

“Well I don’t see you laughing!” Gu Qingyu snapped back. “Let me tell you, my friends are very strong, so I suggest that you let me go while you still can!"

“Oh? Strong?” That man was slowly losing his patience. “Then let’s just see how powerful they really are!”

“Urgh, you’re so irritating!” Gu Qingyu had a short fuse and it has long expired. “Ok, fine! I’ll do whatever you ask. Just let me out!” 

“Simple. “ The man smiled deviously. “From now onwards, you must bring the Lifeblood Jewel of Destiny with you wherever you go, that’s all.” 

“That’s all? Really? You spent so much time arguing with me for something so simple! You could have said so from the beginning.” Gu Qingyu glared at him.

“I’m not done.” The man was not flustered at all, a red light flashed in his hand and the rock reappeared. “You can tell your so-called friends about the jewel, but you must never let them know that you’ve seen me.”

Tch, that just sounds like you're up to no good. Gu Qingyu narrowed her eyes in despise before she nodded. “I can agree to that, but first you have to tell me the reason I’m here.” 

To do something without reward would be too generous. I, Gu Qingyu, am not someone so charitable!

“You will have your reward, but not now.” The red-robed man smiled deviously again. “Before I forget, this Lifeblood Jewel of Destiny is a treasure without equal. Many people, pretty much everyone in the martial arts world, are after it.”

“Eh? Then what do I do?” Gu Qingyu frowned. “I’m no expert, Jia Qizhe and Qi Yichen can’t protect me all the time forever. What if someone wants to take the Lifeblood Jewel of Destiny, then wouldn’t I die? Hey, I’m not about to throw away my second life like this.”

“Tch, I wouldn’t let my people get hurt.” The red-robed man picked up a rock from the ground, then slowly, slowly, crushed it to dust with his bare hands. “I will personally handle those imbeciles.”

Your people? Alright, just roll with up. So is that a deal? Why does that sound so frightening? Oh well, let’s not think about that for now.

“Then, who are you?” Gu Qingyu asked curiously.

To her surprise, the man looked forlorn. “I was… Yan Zun.”

Was? Gu Qingyu wanted to ask more but the man shook his sleeves. “That’s all for today, I’m tired.”

Before Gu Qingyu could squeeze in another word, the world spun before her eyes. She closed her eyes and passed out.

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