Chapter 26: Little Apple

She did not want to drag down the team. If the scent of Lifeblood Jewel of Destiny were to be exposed, then the team would probably find it difficult and problematic. Besides, it would not be hard to find just one person! According to Yan Zun, this man would probably be of tremendous help and it could also be a big, nice surprise. However, there was a catch. Yan Zun told her that that person was in this brothel!

It was still somewhat exciting for Gu Qingyu, she could check out a brothel! Sadly, the place did not leave a good impression. For some reason, she would feel an indescribable rage at the sight of that woman flirting with Mo Bai.

Gu Qingyu explained to Mo Bai, “Truth be told, Mo Bai, the Lifeblood Jewel of Destiny told me that there’s someone here that would be of great help to us.”

“Oh?” Mo Bai seemed curious. “Then let us search for him.”

Using the Lifeblood Jewel of Destiny, they came in front of a room. They did not meet anyone else along the way. Then, someone suddenly appeared out of nowhere. “You two cannot enter the room here.”

“Why?” Gu Qingyu frowned. “And who are you?”

The man was dressed in black, with a cold, off-putting demeanor. “No comment.”

“Don’t be like this, Mister!” Gu Qingyu knew this man would be troublesome, and switched to a little bootlicking. “You see nothing will happen if we go in, right? Anyway, you know...the person inside?”

“I serve him, he is my master.” The black-clothed man seemed unperturbed. 

Gu Qingyu widened her eyes. “Master?!” The man inside really was not simple!

Mo Bai stood behind Gu Qingyu, he gave the black-robed man a cold look. At that moment, Mo Bai’s obsidian irises slowly turned white, and light flashed from his eyes. He looked sinister and horrifying. This all happened unbeknownst to Gu Qingyu, as she stood in front of Mo Bai. 

The black-clothed man widened his eyes, then slowly collapsed. Gu Qingyu gave a skeptical look towards the man, then turned around. “Mo Bai, what happened to him?” 

Mo Bai’s eyes had already turned back to its normal colour and he gave Gu Qingyu a soft look. He shook his head. “Don’t know. But Yu’er, isn’t this good? Let’s go in.”

“Yeah, that’s right…” Gu Qingyu gently rapped on the door. “Anyone?”

Mo Bai looked at Gu Qingyu, frowned and said nothing. No one saw the black light that twisted around his hand and formed a razor-sharp dagger. 

Suddenly, music rang out from the room, followed by a man’s voice. “If you two can guess what song this is, then you may come in.”

Gu Qingyu lowered her hands and decided to guess the song. After all...I could not go in uninvited. But...I don’t know any ancient songs!

“Mo Bai, do you…” Gu Qingyu stopped mid-sentence. Wait, this rhythm, this tune…

Gu Qingyu then shouted. “Little Apple!”

Poof. The music stopped, and hearty laughter followed. “Hahaha!”

A humanoid shadow jumped out and wrapped Gu Qingyu in a bear hug. “Bro! I finally found you!”

Huh? What in the world is going on?

“Dude, who are you?” Gu Qingyu looked strangely at the man clinging to herself. 

Mo Bai frowned and waved his hand suddenly. 

“Wah!” The man was sent flying from a shockwave.

Gu Qingyu looked at the man lying on the floor, confused. “What happened?” 

Mo Bai walked over and stretched out a hand for him. The man took Mo Bai’s hand and got up. “Thanks!” Mo Bai then coolly withdrew his hand.

“Aaah!” The man let loose a screeching howl, his hand began to swell, it resembled a pig’s trotter. 

Gu Qingyu tried to hold her giggles. “Mo Bai, what did you do to him?”

Mo Bai smiled cryptically and remained quiet. Actually, he was not just a master of medicine but a master of poison too…

Gu Qingyu looked at the man. “Okay, Mo Bai, don’t be difficult with him!” 

She walked over. “Why do you know that song?”

“Bro.” The man seemed insulted. “I’m here to make your wish true!”

“Wish?” Gu Qingyu blinked twice. “What wish?”

“Meet a tall, rich and handsome man, become powerful, rich and gorgeous and achieve the pinnacle of life!” The man did a strange pose.

Gu Qingyu’s lips twitched. “So you travelled here too?”

“Of course!” The man snapped his fingers, “Someone told me that good things will happen if I follow you! Okay, it's actually a chance to go back. So.” He clasped his hands together. “Big bro, please take me with you!”

“Yikes!” Gu Qingyu rolled her eyes. “Alright, handsome. What’s your name anyway?”

“Hello, my name is Qi Wan.” The man stretched his hand out.

“Qi Wan?” Gu Qingyu held his hand. “Calling yourself Seventy Thousand, just how badly do you want money? Hahaha…”

Mo Bai frowned slightly as he looked at Gu Qingyu. Sensing something was off with Mo Bai, Gu Qingyu turned behind. “What’s wrong, Mo Bai?”

Mo Bai tugged on Gu Qingyu softly. “Yu’er, who is he?”

The gentleness in his words was gone, replaced by a hint of jealousy.

“He is... a friend!” Gu Qingyu felt Mo Bai’s change. “Mo Bai, what happened to you? Today, you don’t seem well…”

“Yu’er?” Qi Wan’s jaw literally was dropping. “Big bro, your name?”

Gu Qingyu scanned her surroundings and looked at Qi Wan. Qi Wan took the message and pulled Gu Qingyu into the room.

“What should we do with him…” Gu Qingyu looked at the black-clothed man on the floor.

Qi Wan shook his head. “He’ll make it.” 

“Um...Mo Bai, can you wait outside for a bit?” Gu Qingyu looked at Mo Bat with a tentative look. 

Mo Bai seemed reluctant, but he still bobbed his head in affirmation, albeit a little disgruntled. 

Who could have thought? Even Mo Bai has a childish side like this. The gentle prince Mo Bai instantly turned into a disgruntled child!

Closing the door, Gu Qingyu immediately cut to the chase. “Hello, I am Gu Qingyu, third daughter of the Gu residence, but I ran away from home.”

“Third daughter of the Gu residence?” Qi Wan repeated and checked Gu Qingyu out, “Wouldn’t have guessed that you’re a beautiful girl.” 

Gu Qingyu concurred. “But for now, to stay hidden, I’ve temporarily changed my name to Zhu Fan.”

“Yes, yes, Brother Zhu.” Qi Wan covered his mouth as he giggled. He wore dark green robes, embroidered with mysterious patterns. He looked flamboyant and dashing. 

Gu Qingyu rolled her eyes. “So you’re going to follow me from now on?”  “Yeap.” 

Qi Wan seemed incredibly sincere. “Take me in, I will go wherever you go!” 

Gu Qingyu nodded. “Ok, sure.”

More friends, more fun along the way.

“But…” Before Qi Wan could cheer, Gu Qingyu changed the subject. “You’re the owner here?”

Qi Wan seemed innocently unaware. “Yes, what of it?”

“I don’t like it here,” Gu Qingyu was straight to her point. “The women here know no shame…”

Qi Wan could feel imaginary tears in his eyes. “Where do you think you are, lady? This is a brothel! I…”

“Not gonna do anything about it? Goodbye then.”

Gu Qingyu rose without hesitation as if she was leaving. Qi Wan immediately quickly grabbed onto Gu Qingyu. “Please don’t...don’t, I can change! I’ll change it!”

“That’s better.” Gu Qingyu raised her eyebrows. “I’ll go first, meet me at the tavern around the corner the next morning!”

“Yes, see you, Brother Zhu!” Qi Wan immediately stood up and bowed with exaggeration.

Gu Qingyu waved like the leader that she was. “See you!~”

“See you!” Qi Wan smiled. Without a doubt, Qi Wan was very handsome, albeit quirky. 

Gu Qingyu held onto Mo Bai as they walked out of the brothel and found Mo Bai had been quiet the whole time. 

“What happened to you, Mo Bai?” Gu Qingyu looked at Mo Bai strangely. 

Mo Bai shook his head as he returned to his usual gentle self. “Nothing.”

“Nothing? Who believes that!” Gu Qingyu pursed her lips and sulked. “You’re telling me or not?” If not, I’ll go first…”

“Um…” At that moment, Mo Bai stretched out his hand and grabbed the Gu Qingyu that was slipping away. “Yu’er, I…”

Gu Qingyu stood still and looked at Mo Bai intently, indicating that she was listening.  

Mo Bai hesitated, trapped in his thoughts. “Hmm…”

“Okok!” Gu Qingyu then suddenly laughed. “I was teasing you! I never knew Mo Bai had a side like this…” She blinked in recollection as she looked at Mo Bai.

Mo Bai’s face blushed. “Yu’er…”

“Ha…” Gu Qingyu yawned. “It’s getting late, let’s go back first! Come on!”

“... Very well.”

 They soon reached the tavern. Gu Qingyu looked up at the sky. “Hmm...It looks like it’ll rain tomorrow...Then, I’ll go back to my room first. See you tomorrow, Mo Bai! Goodnight!”

“Goodnight.” A warm, reassuring smile appeared on Mo Bai’s angelic face. His smile was enough to bless Gu Qingyu with sweet dreams tonight.

Gu Qingyu opened the door and entered her room. Then, the door closed behind her on its own. It was unsettling. She was surrounded in pitch dark. She felt something was wrong and turned to open the door. But the door would not budge no matter how hard she pushed! The window was open, the white curtains swayed in the wind…

“Ha, haha,” Gu Qingyu laughed dryly. “It’s just the wind, yes, just the wind…” She walked over and closed the window. 

She turned back and got the fright of her life! There was the shape of something under her covers. Someone was lying in her bed!

“W-who is it?!” Gu Qingyu’s voice quivered.

In the modern world, she was an atheist who did not believe in gods or ghosts or any supernatural entities, but this is a world of magic! It could contain all sorts of monsters! What if that thing in her bed was waiting to ambush her? The moment she got close, it would jump out of her bed, reveal its horrible face and swallow her whole! 

Ah! The more I think about it, the scarier it gets! But hang on, Murong Zuoyu stays next door! He is a martial arts expert, if I cry for help, he will definitely hear me!

In an instant, Gu Qingyu banged the walls with balled-up fists. “Murong Zuoyu! Murong Zuoyu! Help! Hurry! I might die if you’re late! Ooh! …” 

A hand reached around her and covered her mouth.

 Oh no! Can I still see the stars tomorrow morning?! (Stars?) 

Gu Qingyu felt she was pinned to the wall. She was pinned down by a man dressed in red robes. Thank goodness! It’s not a monster!

But the curtains were closed, so Gu Qingyu could not get a good look on the man’s face. She had good night vision due to her cat demon powers, but it was sealed away by some mysterious power. 

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