I, your father – an arrogant way to address oneself.
Chapter 192: Xiao Bao’s Doubt
Even Lin Sitong-sister going missing, it’s also because of this Shen Xiaoru’s deliberate obstruction.
If not for her family and identity, Gao Chenyu really wants to beat her up.
Lin Sitong isn’t just Yichen-brother’s childhood sweetheart, there’s already a marriage contract between them.
It’s really great that someone would teach her a lesson now!
Shen Xiaoru expectantly turns towards Bai Yichen, hoping that he can get her out of this predicament.
With Bai Yichen’s identity, if only he’s willing to reveal who he is and speak up for her.
Absolutely nobody would disregard the “Dustless Swordsman” Bai Yichen’s face.
But on account of her pleading, there isn’t the slightest bit of sympathy on Bai Yichen’s expression.
As he speaks, his voice is so cold that it can freeze people, “Words must be fulfilled, this is the character that a disciple of Zi Yang should possess. Otherwise, people will not just despise you, they will also look down upon Zi Yang.”
With these words, Shen Xiaoru only feels that the sky is spinning and the earth goes round. She can’t wait to faint.
She fiercely glares at Muyan, screeching: “Jun Muyan, you dare treat me like this today, in the future, my mother and the Shen family will definitely give this back to you a thousandfold!”
Muyan slowly walks towards her. She crouches down and leans close to her ears, whispering, “Shen Xiaoru, do you that think I don’t know – when I was drugged back then, and when I rushed into the forbidden area by mistake… that it was yours and the Su family’s design? The people of the Su family have already died in a fire, why don’t you guess what your end will be? Say, I’ll let you choose, would you like to crawl out of here, or do you want to die just like the Su family?”
Shen Xiaoru’s pupils suddenly contract.
She shudders and lifts her eyes to look at Jun Muyan.
That overwhelmingly beautiful countenance is too close. There’s a faint smiling expression, and those eyes are bright and crystal clear, as if her heart is completely transparent and clean.
At this moment, Shen Xiaoru actually feels a bone-deep fear.
Under Muyan’s mockery of a smile and attentive gaze, she stiffly positions herself to crawl.
With bent knees, and both hands on the floor, she slowly crawls one step at a time.
“Not bad, not bad. Really good at crawling, just like a dog.” someone from the Ink Camp praises while nodding.
The people in the restaurant burst out laughing.
Shen Xiaoru crawls while gritting her teeth, the fear in her eyes slowly transforms into a bone-deep hatred.
Jun Muyan, just you wait, I will definitely tear your face into pieces, and have you die without a burial site!
“Miss, do you want this subordinate to get rid of that woman?” Old Tao is by Muyan’s side, showing the motion of cutting his throat.
Muyan’s eyes darken then she shakes her head: “No need. I still have some use to keep her alive.”
Old Tao immediately withdraws.
That quickly leaves only two people in the room, Muyan and Xiao Bao.
Muyan is contemplating if she wants to go into the space and clean up the mess.
Xiao Bao suddenly climbs up the chair and slips into her arms.
Muyan doesn’t have enough time to react before he tightly clings to her neck, and nestles his small head on her shoulder.
Xiao Bao has always been precocious and aloof, even when he’s too attached to Muyan. It’s awfully rare for him to show such a spoiled and clingy gesture.
Muyan quickly draws his little body into her embrace, softly saying: “Baby, what’s wrong?”
The room is calm and quiet, there’s only the sound of the pair’s soft breathing.
Just as Muyan is thinking that Xiao Bao won’t answer, a soft sound enters her ears, like a light croon: “Niangqin, what’s a ‘bastard’?”
Muyan’s body stiffens.
The hand holding Xiao Bao slightly shakes as well.
At this moment, she feels an unprecedented hatred towards Shen Xiaoru.
Chapter 183: A Mushroom Cloud
Muyan sits crossed-legged beside the Dan Furnace. She slowly operates the Internal Force in her body, then sends it into the cauldron.
As her Internal Force merges with the Dan fire, the originally red-orange flame gets tinted with a faint blue.
Then, each herb inside the furnace also begins to dissolve.
Xiao Bao stands far away, eyes wide as he stares at Muyan, worry filling those huge ice-blue irises.
Without knowing when, the rabbit has hopped to his side. It rubs itself against his feet and tilts its head to watch Muyan’s movements.
As soon as all the herbs have been completely dissolved, Muyan’s forehead is already slightly covered in sweat.
However, there isn’t the slightest change in her expression, and her output of Mysterious Energy is very stable as well.
The Mysterious Energy controls the flames, forming a stream that directs the various herbs to begin fusing with each other.
Just as it looks like it’s going to succeed,
there’s suddenly a very loud ‘bang’, and a mushroom cloud rises up inside the space.
A huge blast surges up and out.
Muyan jerks and very quickly turns back. She grabs Xiao Bao and jumps more than a dozen meters away.
The remaining shock from the furnace’s explosion still gets to her.
In a split second, the pair of mother and child, along with the rabbit, have all become filthy with grime and dirt.
Muyan coughs. Not far from them, she looks at the Dan Furnace that has been blown into pieces, and says with a sigh: “Sure enough, it’s unsuccessful!”
If Alchemy is so easy, then the Alchemists in the Yanwu Continent wouldn’t be so scarce.
Xiao Bao is unable to deal with his own little blackened face, as he promptly comforts Muyan, “Niangqin will definitely succeed one day.”
The rabbit moves its plump body, shaking its fur.
It raises its mung bean eyes to watch the female devil and the little master.
Wu… should it let the female devil know that Alchemy requires Spiritual Power?
Oh, it’s impossible to refine elixirs with just Internal Force!
The fat rabbit bounces up, and just as its about to hop into Xiao Bao’s arms,
noisy voices could suddenly be heard coming from outside the space.
“What’s going on? Why is there a lot of smoke in the backyard? Is it burning?”
“What about Miss Jun and the young Master? Who exactly committed the arson? Could it be that those thieves were unwilling to give up so they came to mount a sneak attack?”
“Hey, the thick smoke is coming out from the Miss’ room, but I’m not seeing anyone? I also don’t see anything burning? What’s going on in the end?”
Inside the space, Xiao Bao and Muyan look at each other.
“cough, baby, why don’t I take you out for a meal?” Muyan asks with a smile.
It’s just that right now, there’s dust all over her face. As she smiles, there’s only a set of neat pearly white teeth, and a pair of eyes that are bright and moving, but there’s no longer any of that gorgeous disposition.
Xiao Bao as well. On that originally fair and handsome little face, only a huge pair of bright and intelligent blue eyes remain, and they’re staring at Muyan.
It’s indescribably adorable!
Muyan can’t help but pounce over, squealing and giggling. Soon after, she can only shake her head.
This Tian Mo Qin hasn’t upgraded yet, so the space is too unstable.
The thick smoke actually leaked out from just that one explosion.
If that group of people in her courtyard were to know that this dense smoke is caused by her failure in Alchemy…
Muyan feels that she can’t afford to throw her face.
Xia’an State, in a dining restaurant.
It’s midday and the seats in the restaurant are almost fully booked, it’s quite lively.
The customers are grouped in twos and threes, chatting as they eat.
All of a sudden, there’s a soft cry coming from the doorway, drawing the attention of everyone inside to its source.
At the entrance, there’s a party of three people walking in.
The three are wearing white clothes on their body, and each of them has a sword on their waist.
A man and a woman are walking at the rear. The man is handsome, confident and at ease; the woman is dainty and pretty.
In front of them is a youth in white. There’s a simple and unadorned mask on his face, covering most of his features.
Chapter 180: Fled Next Door
He waves his hand and says: “Brothers, slaughter him! The little master said that as long we perfectly carry out today’s trial, we’ll be rewarded with a new draught, guaranteed to make everybody advance within a year!”
Zhao Shan’s eyes are filled with horror and amazement.
This group in front of him, their cultivation truly isn’t high.
But they strictly comply with instructions, advancing and retreating in tandem, the tacit understanding is like that of a single unit.
As soon as the battle had begun, the eight of them were forced to scatter, and he was faced against Chang Yu.
The rest of his brothers were also surrounded and subdued, one can say that they didn’t have any power to fight back.
The most terrifying thing would still be the Internal Force that these people used during the battle.
They’re clearly only at the Profound Stage, but they’re completely unaffected by the pressure from an Earth Stage. Instead, the latter was made to feel suppressed.
And that Jun Muyan actually founded such a team by herself?!
At this moment, a thought suddenly flashes between Zhao Shan’s ears–
At the Ghost City’s Beast Fighting Colosseum, Jun Muyan publicly killed their Commander Yan Lie.
He always thought that this was just a rumor, that Jun Muyan had used some underhanded trick.
But if… this matter is true?
If even their Commander who was at the peak Heaven Stage isn’t her match?
How could they possibly kill her?
So tonight’s operation, did they come to throw theirs lives away from the start?!
Thinking until here, Zhao Shan is so scared, he’s almost unable to hold his bladder. He turns back and runs.
Chang Yu and the others didn’t expect that this master of peak Earth Stage would surprisingly not dare to fight against them, and run away with his tail between his legs.
They see the figure cross over the wall and enter the neighboring courtyard.
Chang Yu and the others inwardly shudder: “Don’t let him get away, let’s chase!”
But without waiting for the Ink Camp to move,
A figure darts past them like a flash of light, following Zhao Shan over the wall and falling into the other courtyard.
Chang Yu and they others have blank expressions. The figure just now was too fast, and they simply weren’t able to properly see who it was.
An icy yet soft and immature voice suddenly comes from behind them, “Tonight, your performance wasn’t bad.”
The members of the Ink Camp turn around and see, under the moonlight, there’s a small boy who’s as handsome as a sprite, expressionlessly looking towards them.
The brightness of the moon falling on him seems to bathe his body in a silvery light.
The dozen or so people from the Ink Camp are moved. They neatly and uniformly kneel down, loudly shouting, “See the Little Master!”
When they realized that Xiao Bao had praised them,
These boorish butchers are even more moved, each and every one of their eyes turn red, their bodies trembling slightly, wishing they scream up at the sky for a few times.
Only Chang Yu remains calm, “Little master, a thief ran over to the next courtyard, should we…”
“No need.” Xiao Bao interrupts him, “Niangqin already went.”
The members of the Ink Camp simultaneously gasped in a mouthful of cold air, and soon observe a moment of silence to mourn for that fish that escaped their net.
If Miss Jun handles it herself, that guy’s end will surely be incomparably miserable.
Anyway, Xiao Bao can’t help but slightly pinch his brows as he looks towards the direction of that other courtyard, there’s a hint of absent-mindedness in this expression.
In reality, he also kinda wants to take a look at said courtyard…
That man, it seems like it’s already been too long since he last appeared.
Zhao Shan cuts a sorry figure as he flees into the neighboring courtyard, worrying whether or not he’s entered into a land of tigers and wolves.
But he discovers that the courtyard next to this Junji Drugstore is completely deserted, without the single sound of a crying fowl or a barking dog.
And there’s no one chasing him from behind.
Zhao Shan sighs in relief, in this second, he’s finally escaped the calamity.
But before the happy expression could rise to the tips of his brows, he suddenly hears a pleasant and euphonious voice from the void.
Chapter 179: Demoralized
“This fellow, why can’t you keep silent, didn’t we agree that we’ll do an ambush? Since you laughed, your father’s sneak attack is a fart!”
“Haha, do we still need to do a sneak attack to deal with this kind of trash?”
From these disdainful laughter, as well as the chattering voices that deliberately make light of them, it’s as if everyone from the Raging Inferno Mercenary Group are facing a big enemy.
“Who?! Hurry and come out for me!”
“No good, there’s actually an ambush in this courtyard!”
During this commotion, Chang Yu stands up from the bushes. Motioning with his hands: “All you fuckers stop hiding and go!”
With a cry, ten people instantly jump out and surround the eight individuals from the Raging Inferno.
At first, the people from the Raging Inferno Mercenary Group are startled, but when the see what level of cultivation the people surrounding them have, they can’t help but laugh heartily.
“Blowing out such big talk, thought it’s some very powerful people, it’s actually just a bunch of fucking rabble!”
“Hahaha, a dozen people and only two of them are at Earth Stage, and they still want to have a go at us. They’re just overestimating themselves!”
Within the Raging Inferno Group, the only man at the peak of Earth Stage waves his hand, an ominous glint in his eyes, “Brothers, kill this group of wastes for me, and that Jun Muyan would be in our bag! I heard that slut is one great beauty, so whoever gets the most kills tonight, will be rewarded with that girl, and be able to play with her as you please for one night!”
“The boss is great!”
The people from the Mercenary Group burst into loud laughter and show their enthusiasm to do this task, completely not putting the Ink Camp in their eyes.
The corner of Chan Yu’s mouth twitches up into a chilling smile, his voice clear: “Brothers in the Ink Camp, let this group of stupid cunts know our prowess!”
Under the crescent moon, a cold seeps into the dark night, and a terrifying murderous intent pervades throughout the small yard.
And from time to time, the sounds miserable howls and fearful shrieks rise and fall in succession.
Nevertheless, quite a long stretch time passes by.
It has taken a full hour before the dust settles in the battlefield.
From the eight individuals of the Raging Inferno Mercenary Group, seven are lying down on the ground, none groaning in pain, as they’re either in a coma or just separated from their heads.
The only one that remains standing is that peak Earth Stage. His face is overwhelmed with shock, and simply unable to believe what had just happened.
By contrast, the dozen or so people from the Ink Camp,
Aside from the injuries suffered by those with particularly low cultivation, there’s hardly any casualties.
There’s still a head in Chang Yu’s hand as he coldly looks at what remains of the crushed unit.
“You, who are you people in the end?”
How could a group of mere Profound Stage Practitioners completely overpower them, the elites of the Raging Inferno Mercenary Group?
Not to mention that he, Zhao Shan, is still at the peak of Earth Stage, the third handler in the Mercenary Group.
But they’re still rendered powerless by this rabble?
How can this be?!
Everyone in the Ink Camp has a sinister grin.
Someone even licks off the blood from the corner of his mouth, excitedly saying: “Damn it, after these days of getting tossed around like a dog every day in training. Today, I can finally, nicely vent my frustrations on these group of sissy grandchildren!”
“This grandfather really likes the feeling of slaughtering demoralized opponents!”
“But I’ve gotta say, Miss Jun is really amazing. Just a short half month of training and our Ink Camp can already kill a group of Earth Stage practitioners.”
Chang Yu throws away the head he’s holding, and uses his bloodied hand to wipe his face.
His face that’s covered in scars instantly becomes even more terrifying.
Chapter 178: Whetstone
These four people inside the room, Ru Yan and Feng Haitang are mid Earth Stage, Yan Haotian is high Earth Stage, and Old Tao is already at the summit of Earth Stage.
“What… what draught?” Ru Yan gulps.
Muyan’s mouth hooks up, like a smile yet not a smile, “Hm, the special draught would probably be two times more effective than the Philter of Barrier Breaking.”
Ruyan and Old Tao choke down their spit, Yan Haotian himself also reveals astonishment.
Two times more effective than the Philter of Barrier Breaking?
What kind of miraculous draught is that?
But after the initial astonishment comes the feeling of wild joy, Ru Yan and Old Tao even clasp their hands in the end, “Subordinates will absolutely spare no effort to serve the Lord.”
Yan Haotian looks at Feng Haitang, then again at Muyan.
His initial intention of persuading her to leave weakens.
That’s because he realizes just how formidable is this Master of his, and how miraculous and invaluable are the draughts that she provides.
For Haitang to follow Muyan, maybe it’s her good fortune.
“By the way, Miss.” Old Tao’s foolish smile abruptly disappears, “For the past two days, it seems as if there are always some strangers loitering around the drugstore’s vicinity, and they don’t seem to want to purchase a draught. It’s better to say that they’re scouting the area…”
Halfway through his narration, Old Tao stops.
That’s because he notices Xiao Bao, who’s in Muyan’s arms, is looking at him in contempt.
Eh? Did he say something wrong?
Why is the little master looking at him like he’s an idiot?
“This subordinate… did this subordinate say something wrong?” Old Tao very carefully looks towards Xiao Bao.
Xiao Bao has a displeased look: “Moron, they’ve already been wandering around the area for five days.”
And only discovered today!
Old Tao and Ru Yan glance at each other, wishing so much that they could find a hole to burrow in.
The four-year-old little master discovered it, while it completely slipped their notice.
And only today, when the other side have come closer, are they able to vaguely detect them.
Truly losing their faces.
Old Tao’s face is blushing with shame as he faces Muyan, “Miss, would you like this subordinate to go over and dispose of those people?”
“Of course not.” Muyan squeezes her son’s little face, and simply says in a drawl, “Those people would be best as a whetstone for the Ink Camp. Wouldn’t it be such a waste if you were to go and deal with them?”
Very late into the night, there’s a waning crescent moon.
In Muyan’s boudoir, she sleeps spooning Xiao Bao, enjoying a pleasant dream.
Without notice, a group of people sneaks into the backyard of the Junji Drugstore.
Eight black silhouettes, like ghosts, jump down from the high roof.
“Second brother, after several days of observation, no matter which angle, this Jun Muyan is just a common apothecary. Too weak to stand up to the wind, and she even has a child. Are you sure that this is the woman who killed our Commander?”
“Hmph, you also mentioned that she refines drugs, maybe this slut used some underhanded means and secretly harmed our Commander in the Arena. What’s more, it was Princess Gong Qianxue who informed us that this woman killed Commander Yan Lie. Princess Gong Qianxue had a profound relationship with our Commander, how can she lie to us?”
“Since this woman killed our Commander, we must exact vengeance for him!”
The eight people gather together, lowering their voices as they quietly discuss how to silently catch Muyan, and take revenge for their Commander Yan Lie.
“Why do I feel like this yard is a little strange? How come there isn’t a single guard around?”
“Shan Zi, why is your courage getting smaller and smaller? From the eight of us, six are at the Earth Stage. Do you think that we can’t deal with an insignificant draught-maker?”
A stifled laughter could be heard coming from a corner of the courtyard.
“This group of idiots dare to come for Miss Jun? Do they have stunted brains?”
Chapter 171: Rabbit Lantern
She sends Chang Yu a quick glance, and takes out a bottle of draught.
She motions for Xiao Bao to come over, “Xiao Bao, your group of subordinates have been undergoing training for quite a while now. Who do you think is the most remarkable one among them? Give him this Philter of Barrier Breaking as a reward.”
Philter of Barrier Breaking–?!!!
Could it be that Philter of Barrier Breaking that is valued at 10 million gold coins?!
After Muyan says this, all the members of the Ink Camp stagger.
Especially when they see Xiao Bao expressionlessly giving the Philter over to Chang Yu, they become even more regretful that their intestines are turning green.
They are pigs a! They’re idiots!
Why didn’t they perform better in the first place?
If they did, that Philter of Barrier Breaking would probably be theirs today.
Chang Yu is overwhelmed from Xiao Bao’s favor as he receives the Philter.
Although he’s already rapidly reaching the point of breaking through to Earth Stage, having this Philter is tantamount to brushing away all obstacles.
There will no longer be any dangers or repercussions during the breakthrough.
And after that, he would be in a very stable state, and would be able to advance more rapidly in a short period of time.
How can he possibly be dissatisfied with this?
“Thank you, young master!” Chang Yu holds the draught, and his scarred face becomes creased with laughter, “From today onward, this subordinate will definitely spare no effort to pledge my life, loyalty, and devotion to the young master.”
Xiao Bao nods, slowly saying three syllables: “You’re not bad!”
Even though it’s just a simple assessment, these words come from the mouth of the little master who cherishes words like gold!
That’s just not easy to get!
Chang Yu is so moved that his body can’t help but tremble, and the other Ink Camp members become even more mad with jealousy.
They swear that they’ll perform better next time, strive to win the Philter of Barrier Breaking as a reward, as well as the acquire the little master’s praise.
Muyan looks at this scene and the corners of her mouth curls up into a shallow smile.
The autumn wind is soughing, and the Yanwu Continent’s annual Lantern Festival has already arrived without their notice.
Followed by Yan Haotian, Muyan takes Xiao Bao to leisurely and carefreely walk the streets of Xia’an.
The streets today are really bustling with noise and excitement.
Both sides of the street are lined with brilliant and colorful hanging lanterns, and there’s a glittering and delightful array of goods below.
On this day, both men and women are on a jaunt, and there are cheers and laughter everywhere.
“Xiao Bao, is there anything that you want? Niangqin will buy it for you?” holding Xiao Bao’s hand, Muyan bows down asks Xiao Bao with a soft voice.
But Xiao Bao shakes his head and simply tightens his hold on Muyan, “There’s nothing.”
It’s enough as long as he has niangqin by his side.
Muyan is somewhat distressed. Her baby is too well-behaved, too sensible. Why can’t he be a little bit more like the other children and act spoiled, make a fuss, and want this and that?
“Baby, look, doesn’t that rabbit lantern look nice?” Muyan suddenly points to a lantern hanging outside a stall not far from them. She asks Xiao Bao, “Doesn’t it resemble the fat rabbit?”
Xiao Bao follows the direction where Muyan is pointing at. And sure enough, he sees a white, fat rabbit lantern.
Long ears, red eyes, and a very small mouth.
It really looks so cute, so much lovelier than that stupid rabbit inside the space.
Inside the space, the fat rabbit lets out an “achoo”, like how a person ordinarily sneezes.
It uses its short claws to scratch its nose, then it changes its position on the ground, and then it is sound asleep.
Muyan sees that Xiao Bao’s eyes are shining like the moon as he looks at the rabbit lantern. She happily picks him up and goes in front of the shop.
“Boss, I want this rabbit lantern.”
“Boss, give me this lantern.”
Almost at the same time, a low and gentle voice is heard coming from beside them.