Chapter 273: Dual Cultivation, Yes or No?
Ye Ruyi had been captured by the devilish sects. Yun Jiuge had no gateway to that side, so she could only ask Baili Moyun Baili to continue investigating on her behalf.
Baili Moyun told her that he would do his best.
“Eldest Miss, should I investigate as well?” Ever since Su Jinqing had taken Ye Yunzhi to the Yin Corpse Sect, Ye Yu was on the alert for anything to do with the devilish sects.
“No need. We will wait for Ye Zi’s return.” Yun Jiuge shook her head.
She had a feeling that Zi Shang would know something.
Many dubious factors surrounded Seventh Concubine’s death. She believed that Zi Shang would be able to find clues.
That night marked two weeks since Zi Shang’s departure, and he returned as promised.
“Did Little Jiuge miss me?” The moment Zi Shang came back, he wrapped Yun Jiuge in his arms and gave her a deep kiss.
“Yes, yes, yes,” Yun Jiuge patronized him. Then, she related what had become of Ye Ruyi and Seventh Concubine.
“It sounds like Seventh Concubine’s death was very suspicious. I’ll investigate for you.” Zi Shang’s interest was piqued.
Yun Jiuge led Zi Shang to the Seventh Concubine’s residence.
She wanted to take him to see Seventh Concubine’s corpse, but Zi Shang refused. “There’s no need for that. I am fully aware of what has happened.”
“So, what happened?” Yun Jiuge asked urgently.
“This was the work of the Black Fiend Sect,” Zi Shang replied with certainty.
“Isn’t the Black Fiend Sect located far from here in the Mo Mountain? What are they doing here?” Yun Jiuge was terribly confused.
Even if the Black Fiend Sect were enemies of the Yin Corpse Sect, they would never come so far just to kill an insignificant spy like Seventh Concubine!
“Before, I detected a powerful presence from the Black Fiend Sect. It seems that she has been taken under its wing and fallen onto the demonic path.” Zi Shang remembered how Ye Ruyi was determined to take revenge, and he knew that the powerful presence from the Black Fiend Sect would help her.
As expected, now Su Yufeng, Ye Shanshan, Seventh Concubine, and Ye Yuxuan were all dead. This spared him the time and effort of killing them.
“So, you are saying that Fourth Sister has a devil by her side who helped her control Seventh Concubine to kill Su Yufeng?” Yun Jiuge had an epiphany. No wonder Seventh Concubine’s death was so suspicious. She was being controlled by a devil.
“That’s right. Ye Yuxuan and Ye Shanshan were also killed by the devil,” Zi Shang confirmed.
“Fourth Sister has a dangerous devil by her side! Why didn’t you inform me earlier?” Yun Jiuge was enraged.
“That powerful presence wanted to take your younger sister as a disciple, so she won’t do too badly under his guidance. You should worry about yourself first!” The powerful presence from the Black Fiend Sect had some connection with him, so he had turned a blind eye to its presence and not informed Yun Jiuge.
“In that case, is Fourth Sister safe?” It was not that Yun Jiuge looked down upon the devilish sects. If Ye Ruyi was safe, that was all that mattered.
“Of course. The life protecting techniques of the Black Fiend Sect are very powerful. If she has successfully entered the path of the devil, she will surely live longer than you.” Zi Shang was very sure about this.
Hearing Zi Shang’s words, Yun Jiuge did not know whether to be happy or sad.
She sighed heavily, then asked Zi Shang, “Have you found a solution to heal my elixir field?”
“Yes. The only way to remove the toxins is to go to the Yin Corpse Sect and learn their Yin-corpse Bone-Controlling Technique,” Zi Shang replied seriously.
“You want me to go to the Yin Corpse Sect to learn their techniques? Are you out of your mind?!” Yun Jiuge thought Zi Shang was crazy.
“I’m not kidding.” Zi Shang looked at Yun Jiuge seriously. “Don’t you find it odd that trouble always seems to find you? You never offended the Bloodthirsty Sect, so why did they create trouble for you?”
“Because I’m pretty?” Yun Jiuge had always thought her features were less like a white lotus and more like a blood lotus.
Being too beautiful was a mistake, wasn’t it?
Zi Shang watched as Yun Jiuge started ranting about making thick-skinned assumptions. He kept silent for a while before reigning in his thoughts. Then, he started brainwashing her, “It’s because you are fated to meet with such obstacles. That’s why you keep encountering trouble.”
Originally, Zi Shang had wanted to reveal some information regarding the Lady of Holy Blood. But seeing Yun Jiuge’s attitude, he felt that it was safer to keep the information from her for now.
“Since when did you change your occupation and become a fortune-teller?” Fated to meet obstacles. Sheesh! Why didn’t he just say that she was born to be lonely?
“Although you are fated to experience numerous struggles and obstacles, you will also meet with even more chance encounters that bring good luck.” Zi Shang ignored Yun Jiuge’s eye roll and continued speaking as though she had not interrupted him.
“Haha! My elixir field was destroyed. If being unable to cultivate is a chance encounter that brings good luck, I will gift that luck to you.” Yun Jiuge did not see any chance encounters in what had happened to her. She only saw herself as being unlucky. Ye Yu was unlucky, so were Ye Yunzhi and Ye Ruyi.
“These tribulations are a test and experience. If you can overcome them, you will gain much. For example, the Nine Stages of Fractured Bones Poison in your elixir field. If you can absorb it, you will cultivate a great technique. That’s a chance encounter that others would die for!”
Zi Shang saw Yun Jiuge rolling her eyes even more exaggeratedly. Then, he told her straight out, “Meeting me was also a chance encounter.”
“My ‘chance encounter’ with the poison was unwanted—whoever wants it can have it. As for you…” Yun Jiuge looked Zi Shang up and down, then grudgingly said, “You are barely passable as a retainer to carry my shoes!”
“Are you seeking death?” Zi Shang’s eyes narrowed, and his gaze glinted with a dangerous light. The girl dared to look down on him! She was asking for a beating.
“No matter what you say, I will never go to the Yin Corpse Sect to learn their techniques.” If she ever went to the Yin Corpse Sect, it would be to seek revenge. If she went to become their disciple and learn their techniques, would she also have to help the Yin Corpse Sect harm people in the future?
“It is non-negotiable. In the first place, Ye Yunzhi is there. If you want the treasure map, you have to find her.
“Secondly, the people who harmed your maternal grandfather are from the Yin Corpse Sect. If you wish to find out the truth, you have to go there.
“Thirdly, your younger sister, Ye Ruyi, has already joined the Black Fiend Sect. You can protect her if you go to the Yin Corpse Sect.
“Then, you are burdened by misfortune. No matter where you go, you’ll implicate others. Why not implicate the Wicked Sects?”
Zi Shang analyzed the pros of going to the Yin Corpse Sect one by one, and Yun Jiuge had no answer. Even so, she was still insistent that she was not going.
Seeing that Yun Jiuge could not be persuaded, Zi Shang did not press the issue.
The mood became awkward as if dark clouds hung in the air.
Yun Jiuge felt a little guilt and unease. Zi Shang had done so much for her, so it felt like she was harshly rejecting him outright.
“You must be tired, having been away for so long. Is there anything you’d like to eat? I can make it for you.” Yun Jiuge came to Zi Shang’s side, then tugged on his sleeve and offered an appealing smile.
Zi Shang did not look at her or speak. He was furious.
Yun Jiuge thought for a moment, then scratched her face. “I seemed to have encountered a block with the technique I’ve been practicing. Do you want to help me?”
Zi Shang finally glanced at Yun Jiuge. “How?”
Seeing that Zi Shang finally reacted, Yun Jiuge inwardly heaved a sigh of relief. Then, she told him in a small voice, “It’s up to you.”
The hint was obvious.