Chapter 397 Cultivating Earth Treasures?
It was inside a container 300 li away.
The skinny man had just been comforted and then sat down. Now, he suddenly jerked up and a mouthful of blood spurted out of his mouth.
“My three Earth Treasures; my fiery fruit!”
“Aargh!!… I’ll kill you!”
He shouted with a pair of bloodshot eyes. He directly jumped and was about to rush out of the container.
Beside him, the middle-aged man and the fat guy looked at each other in blankness.
They did not expect the coming guy to be so capable. Indeed, they had got away, but without any of their Earth Treasures!
However, now was not the time to expose themselves.
The two people hurriedly chased to stop him.
“The third oldest, stop!”
The middle-aged man directly pushed the skinny man down onto the ground, saying, “Did you forget what I just told you? Even if the three of us fight him together, we can’t rival him. And you must know that it takes no ordinary people to beat the three guardian beasts. If you just rush out like this, don’t you think your and your brothers’ lives will be put at risk?”
The skinny man shouted out loud and said with a pair of bloodshot eyes, “I, I can’t take this lying down. I’ve been waiting for so long to get those Earth Treasures. That’s fiery fruit! Perhaps I’ll break through to seventh-class after eating it. He’s ending my career. I’ll kill him!”
“Look at the big picture!”
The middle-aged man reached out both hands to press them on the skinny man’s shoulders, saying with a solemn face, “For now, we don’t mess with him. We have to endure. Someday, I’ll seek revenge for you!”
The skinny man roared into the sky. “John Doe, I’m telling you that I won’t allow myself to live anymore if I don’t get back at you!”
On the snow-capped mountain, the large monkey’s butt was stuffed inside a round hole in the ground. The feathers on the huge eagle’s tail had all been plucked out; it was hung in a tree, looking feebly. The giant lizard spread his four feet and opened its mouth wide, with its tongue tilting to one side.
The three fierce beasts had been black and blue from the battering.
Initially, Fang Qiu wanted to provoke the three beasts more, to see if they would run into the next mountain, leading him to the next Earth Treasure.
However, he waited and waited, staring at them for half an hour.
It turned out that he found that the three ferocious beats had been miserably hugging together, not intending to run anymore.
It looked like there was none left.
Fang Qiu touched his chin and thought.
But then again, Earth Treasures were not mushrooms in the mountains; you could not just pick some if you wanted to eat them.
Nevertheless, having brutally battering the three fierce beasts, Fang Qiu toured the surrounding snow-capped mountains again. After confirming there were no other Earth Treasures, then, he climbed all the way to the mountains at higher places. In the end, he climbed over the Himalayas and returned home.
He rushed all the way.
After going back to Lhasa, Fang Qiu directly logged onto the Wulin forum on his phone.
“Earth Treasures Available!”
He had posted it in a simple and direct way.
“Ranked 54th on the Earth Treasure list: Icicle Flower. Ranked 46th on the Earth Treasure list: Heavenly Scent Horn. Ranked 39th on the Earth Treasure list: fiery fruit.
“All of the three available.”
Earth Treasures were to Wulin people what money and beauties were to ordinary people.
However, Earth Treasures were already useless to Fang Qiu. He only needed Heaven Treasures, so there’s pointless for him to keep Earth Treasures. He might as well sell them.
At that time, Fang Qiu just posted on the forum.
Immediately, the post attracted numerous people’s attention.
“Holy cow! The mysterious man sells Earth Treasures again?”
“You’re a fucking Earth Treasure wholesaler, aren’t you?”
“The mysterious man is too mysterious. In just a few days, he sells Earth Treasures again?”
“Do you grow Earth Treasures at home? You’ve just sold one, and now you’re coming back with three?”
“Oh my God! Fiery fruit. It’s the fiery fruit!”
At once, all the people on the Wulin forum all cursed in Fang Qiu’s thread with enormous envy, jealousy, and hate.
Without a doubt, everyone went mad.
Comparisons were odious!
Meanwhile, sitting in a taxi on the way to the airport, Fang Qiu was also browsing through the posts.
The three Earth Treasures in his hands were all OK, especially the fiery fruit. Even in the entire Wulin, it would definitely sell like hotcakes. However, Earth Treasures were really useless to him, and so was the fiery fruit.
Since he had got the Earth Treasures, he could not let them rot in his hands, could he?
Therefore, without any other ways, Fang Qiu could only choose to put them up for auction.
“Do you grow them at home?”
Browsing through the posts and seeing the reply, Fang Qiu was suddenly stunned and muttered. “Right. Can I grow Earth Treasures?”
Once the audacious thought came into his mind, it grew madly in Fang Qiu’s heart.
However, on second thought, Earth Treasures grew from absorbing Heaven and Earth energy and Heaven and Earth essence. How could he possibly grow them?
From that point of view, it seemed unlikely!
While murmuring, Fang Qiu nodded. “No. I have to ask the keeper of Yaowang Mountain in detail when I come back to school.”
In his view, in terms of the skill of cultivation, if the keeper of Yaowang Mountain claimed to be the No. 1, then no one would dare to claim to be No. 2.
After all, the man had spent his entire life on growing herbs and could even grow wild ones. If there was a way to grow Earth Treasures, only the keeper of Yaowang Mountain could think of them.
Suddenly, knocks rang.
Fang Qiu immediately collected himself and looked at his phone.
He found someone had sent a private message to him.
He tapped on it.
“Hi, Senior John Doe. I’m in the auction business and have a small auction agency. I hope you can grant me the right to put the three Earth Treasures up for auction. I promise there’ll be no commissions. RSVP.”
When he saw the message, Fang Qiu secretly shook his head.
He could not trust something like an auction agency on this kind of matter. What if they colluded with someone to say that Earth Treasures were robbed or stolen? Who would he turn to for justice?
Eventually, Fang Qiu still decided to delegate the auction to He Gaoming. With He Gaoming’s shrewdness and passion for money, he would not make Fang Qiu suffer losses.
Shortly after, he got off the car and entered the airport.
“Beep, beep, beep…”
The cell phone in Fang Qiu’s pant pocket suddenly rang.
It was Li Ji calling.
Fang Qiu picked up. “Hello.”
“Senior, I’ve found it.”
Li Ji directly said, “After careful investigation, we’re positive that no one leaked the message. The one who leaked it was the one whose kung fu had been removed by you, the fourth oldest in the HNS organization. From him, we knew that they had a secret way of sending messages and had already sent back the message in advance. Initially, we prepared those bombs for the military force and didn’t expect you would go there earlier.”
Hearing that, Fang Qiu shook his head and smiled wryly.
The people ran off but he got three Earth Treasures.
Was it on earth good or bad luck?
Smiling bitterly, Fang Qiu said, “About the news of HNS organization, I hope you can help continue looking into them. Inform me at the first opportunity if you’ve got any.”
He Gaoming immediately replied, then hesitated and quickly added, “Senior, well… I heard you’re selling Earth Treasures. Do you think you can sell me one?”
Fang Qiu said, “When I come back, go find He Gaoming. You probably know him.”
Li Ji nodded. “Got it.”
After hanging up, Fang Qiu was going to buy the ticket back to Jiangjing; the cell phone rang again.
This time, it was Jiang Miaoyu calling.
Picking up, Fang Qiu asked with a smile. “What? Did you miss me?”
Jiang Miaoyu said, questioning the rationality of the answer. “Who else could I miss?”
Fang Qiu happily laughed. “Hehe.”
Jiang Miaoyu asked, “Right, where on earth have you been? When will you come back to school?”
Fang Qiu asked, “Is anything up?”
Jiang Miaoyu said, “The school has arranged that we’ll set off for the capital tomorrow morning because the Young Physician of Huaxia Competition is about to begin. You have to make it back to school and go with us.”
“You guys go first and don’t need to wait for me.”
Fang Qiu thought about it and said, “I can only make it back to school tomorrow. Later, I’ll directly find you in the capital.”
“OK. Take care. I’m off to class.”
Jiang Miaoyu suddenly lowered her voice. Just as she finished speaking, she hung up.
Putting away the cell phone, Fang Qiu bought a flight ticket back to Jiangjing.
After waiting at the airport for a long time, Fang Qiu finally boarded the plane.
When he was back in the Jiangjing city, it was already past 5:40 in the morning.
He took a taxi back to school.
Fang Qiu did not even think about it and immediately took the Heavenly Scent Horn to Yaowang Mountain to find the keeper.
The reason why he chose Heavenly Scent Horn was that Icicle Flower was basically not a plant, fiery fruit was too rare, and only Heavenly Scent Horn was kind of normal.
It was 6:10.
Fang Qiu found the keeper of Yaowang Mountain.
“Mister, can you help to see if the plant can be grown or not?”
Fang Qiu took the Heavenly Scent Horn to the keeper.
Taking the Heavenly Scent Horn, the keeper was first stunned and then started to observe it carefully. He watched it here and there for more than 10 minutes, and then shook his said and said, “The plant is a little strange. It requires very strict growing conditions. It can’t be grown unless we have the same temperature, humidity, soil quality, and sunshine. You can’t absolutely plant them in Yaowang Mountain. It must be hard to find a place with the same conditions. And there seems to be a stricter condition that I fail to see through now.”
Hearing that, Fang Qiu understood.
He knew that the stricter condition the keeper of Yaowang Mountain said was Heaven and Earth energy.
When the outside conditions in every way had reached the standard, he still needed abundant Heaven and Earth energy so he could possibly grow them.
From that point of view, he would temporarily have no hope of growing Earth Treasures.
“The thing looks nice. Here you are.”
After another look at the Heavenly Scent Horn, the keeper then handed it back to Fang Qiu, saying, “You haven’t come here in a long time. While I still have the opportunity, I’ll teach you something.”
After saying that, he took Fang Qiu to tour Yaowang Mountain while talking to Fang Qiu.
After the walk, the keeper had told Fang Qiu the properties, the cultivation, and the processing of all the herbs.
After saying those, the keeper of Yaowang Mountain looked at the herbs all over the mountain with a pitiful face and melancholy said, “In the future, on the Chinese herb subject, you can only count on yourselves.”
Fang Qiu asked in doubt, “Mister, did something happen?”
The keeper shook his head and waved to say, “Go ahead if you’ve got business to attend to.”
Fang Qiu grew more bewildered.
However, he knew that even if he pursued the matter, the keeper of Yaowang Mountain still would not tell him the reason. Therefore, he could only get off the mountain and returned to the dorm.
On the way to go off the mountain, Fang Qiu turned his head back to look.
He found that the keeper of Yaowang Mountain was holding his tool, weeding the fields. His look was extremely serious, full of tender loving care for Chinese herbs.
Returning to the dorm, Fang Qiu pushed open the door.
He found Zhu Benzheng, Sun Hao, and Zhou Xiaotian all in the dorm.
Seeing Fang Qiu, the three people all didn’t seem very pleasantly surprised; they didn’t seem to be in a good mood.
Fang Qiu asked, “What happened to you? Why a long face, everyone?”
Zhou Xiaotian sighed melancholy. “Alas.”
Sun Hao shook his head and let out a long sigh. “Sigh…”
Zhu Benzheng also sighed with a sad face. “Alas.”
Fang Qiu pursued. “What on earth happened?”
Zhu Benzheng said, “Our master is quitting.”
Fang Qiu was stunned and asked, “What the hell is going on?”
“Here’s what happened.”
Sun Hao pursed his lips and said, “Back then, a pharmacy company had always wanted to poach our master. But our master refused time and time again for the herbs, because he likes the environment in Yaowang Mountain. But now, my master’s son is getting married and he hasn’t enough money for a new apartment. A new apartment will cost a few million yuan. With my master’s a-few-thousand-yuan pay, how can he afford it?
“Our master was so worried that in the end, he decided to leave our school to work in that company.”