"Young Master… Young Master had received an injury… he can't ride a horse now… that's why he got this carriage!" The leader of the Spirit Devourer Team — Wang Dong's forehead was beading with sweat. It wasn't that he was scared. He was merely choking himself to bring out this effect. This guy had come up with a lie. But, wasn't it a reasonable one? He was a quick witted man. He was aware that the Young Master's buttocks had been punished when he had broken the military's laws. So, he quickly used that fact to conjure a justifiable lie.
"Hurry and pick up the Young Master. Quickly take him to the carriage and examine him!" Several members of the Spirit Devourer Team suggested 'anxiously.' They appeared like a group of killers, but their acting skills were quite good too.
Dugu Xiao Yi hastily got down, "Let me see! Quickly, let me see! Ah! Hurry up and take him to the carriage! This man is genuinely injured… why didn't he say anything about it…?!"
Everyone was perspiring profusely. Seven pairs of hands picked up the 'unconscious' Jun Mo Xie's body, and carried it to the carriage.
Guan Qing Han was still in the carriage. She wanted to say something, but eventually decided to remain silent. She couldn't help but smile bitterly as she looked at the 'unconscious' Jun Mo Xie. [I clearly understand my little brother-in-law's behavior.]
Dugu Xiao Yi stretched her neck and asked with urgency, "How did he receive that injury? When did he get hurt? What kind of injury is it? Is it serious or not? Do you have any medicines? What medicines should be used? Who injured him…?"
This rapid series of questions stupefied the cold-blooded warriors. They had come up with this tactful lie with much difficulty. However, they had no proper answer to those invasive questions. [The fact that the Young Master had violated the military discipline and was punished by lashings from a cudgel… isn't a glorious matter. Moreover, the injuries the Young Master had received from the cudgel have already been healed. He had healed a long time ago…]
"Xiao Yi! First come in! Don't interrogate them!" Guan Qing Han's voice resounded from inside. Dugu Xiao Yi withdrew on hearing that, and went inside. She was worried, and her voice could be heard asking, "Elder Sister Qing Han, this… what's to be done? What should we do? Ah! How did he get injured? I'm very worried…"
The members of the Spirit Devourer Team wiped their cold sweat.
"He he…" Guan Qing Han couldn't help but laugh. Jun Mo Xie slowly 'woke up' at that moment. He looked in poor health as he asked, "Where am I?"
Guan Qing Han hadn't yet spoken when Dugu Xiao Yi interrupted in excitement, "In the carriage! You're in the carriage! You… You've woken up! Ah! What injury did you get? Hurry up and tell me how to deal with it? I'll help you deal with it!"
The Young Lady Guan rolled her eyes; [this little girl is too innocent.]
"Me, injured? I had been injured, but that's healed. I'm in such poor condition because… I've been poisoned," Jun Mo Xie mumbled. The slyly shrugged his nose, and inhaled a couple of breaths. [Men and women are very different. I was in this carriage for several days, but it still hadn't come to smell like this. However, these two travel-weary beauties have barely been in the carriage, and it has already started to smell so amazing…]
"Ah! So it was poison?!" Dugu Xiao Yi was terrified. She opened her round eyes wide, "What poison is it? Is it very dangerous? Do you know what poison it is? Is it difficult to cure?"
"Oh… I was careless a while back. So I got poisoned," Jun Mo Xie felt unbounded regret. "To tell, cough cough, it's difficult to explain. I will be fine after I rest for two days. It will be embarrassing to tell you two… You won't wish to deal with my poison…"
"Who said that? Why won't we be willing to? Tell us quickly! How can we help you?" Dugu Xiao Yi inquired urgently. [Why is this guy so upset? He has poison within him… and he still continues to dilly-dally! Don't you know that others are concerned about you?]
"Cough Cough… the poison that's affecting me… is called the Yin-Yang Harmony Drug." Jun Mo Xie slyly raised his head. He wanted to weigh his words carefully. So, he looked straight at Guan Qing Han's expression. He couldn't help but trembled inside after he had glanced at her ice-cold expression. Therefore, he didn't continue.
"The Yin-Yang Harmony Drug? That name is so scary! But, you said that you had a cure for it, right?" Dugu Xiao Yi anxiously asked. She was like a cat on a hot tin roof. Her small and delicate nose was sweating profusely.
"This Yin-Yang Harmony Drug; It is true to say that it's difficult to cure this poison. But, it has a good cure. He he… cough cough…" Jun Mo Xie nearly flashed a sinister smile. So, he hastily coughed to cover it up, "No medicine can cure this poison, but its cure is quite simple. But, it's quite embarrassing to speak of its cure. Moreover, you would have to make a great sacrifice if you wish to cure this poison."
"That doesn't matter! I'm willing to make any kind of a sacrifice for you," the little girl vouched. Guan Qing Han was siting besides them. The more she heard of this… the more she felt that something was fishy.
[This little brat's 'fainting' was an act. Xiao Yi is foolishly for being concerned for him. She doesn't see the truth in this confusion. But, what evil scheme is he planning?]
"Actually, it requires… cough cough… se*ual intercourse between a man and a woman. Then, the poison will instantly be removed," Jun Mo Xie seemed embarrassed. He even covered his mouth to cough, "Cough cough… otherwise, I will die burning with passion after three days. I understand that you must be very embarrassed by this as well. Therefore, forget about it… such is my fate."
The Young Master Jun spoke this last part in a droopy voice.
"Huh?! What?! To detoxify you… I must… with you… you…" Dugu Xiao Yi suddenly opened her eyes wide. Her face turned red as she started to blush. She was young and innocent. But, she knew what "se*ual intercourse" meant.
Guan Qing Han had expected her younger Brother-in-law to do something tricky. However, she had never expected that mischievous guy to pull something this shameless! She obviously hadn't expected him to mess with them to that extent. She had thought that something was odd when she had heard him mention the Yin-Yang Harmony drug. She felt that something was fishy. However, Guan Qing Han was still inexperienced. So, she still didn't know of the relationship between men and women properly. Moreover, she had underestimated Jun Mo Xie's shamelessness. The Young Lady had never expected him to pull-off something like that.
[I was very tolerant in allowing him inside the carriage. But, now he wants…]
"Jun Mo Xie!" Guan Qing Han's shapely eyebrows shot up and her eyes filled with fire. "Haven't you joked enough?! Do you want me to kick you out again? You should be happy that I've let you inside the carriage! Don't be discontent with what you have now!"
"Elder Sister Qing Han, please don't get angry. He's poisoned. That's quite a frightening thing!" Dugu Xiao Yi anxiously looked at Guan Qing Han as she tried to mediate.
"He isn't injured; nor is he poisoned! There's no such thing as a Yin-Yang Harmony Drug!" Guan Qing Han spoke coldly, "He was fine when he was inside the carriage. But, he fainted when we sent him outside to ride on a horse. His men outside said that he has been injured. However, he says that he's been poisoned. Little Sister Xiao Yi, how long do you plan to continue being deceived by him? Can't you think clearly? Can't you use your little head?"
"Huh? Elder Sister Qing Han… don't get mad… you're saying that he's acting and hasn't been poisoned?" Dugu Xiao Yi's face became red. She then made threatening gestures since she was extremely mad.
[To think that I was genuinely convinced by him… I would've even tried to cure him if he had managed to deceive Elder Sister Qing Han as well…] Dugu Xiao Yi couldn't help but feel ashamed. Even her neck had reddened in a split second. She then looked at Guan Qing Han in an embarrassed manner, and nestled her head in her bosom. She had been hoodwinked and had lost face. She then said, "Elder Sister! I can't live anymore!" She repeatedly stamped her foot as she spoke this.
"Ah, you weren't actually thinking of detoxifying him, were you?" Guan Qing Han asked coldly. [This little girl is too foolish!]
"Ah, it seems that I have remembered wrongly. I haven't been poisoned," Jun Mo Xie coughed awkwardly and softly.
The two women rolled their eyes. [You managed to remember this wrongly?]
Jun Mo Xie then sat up. He was all-smiles as he spoke, "This road is long and endless. It will take a lot of time to reach our destination. It'll be very boring like this. So, how did you like the story I just told?"
The two women were astonished. Their eyes were wide open as they glared at the Young Master Jun. [It is difficult to believe that there's someone in this world whose skin is so thick! His lie has been caught… his evil scheme has been exposed and his filthy intentions have been laid bare! Yet, he does not blush. In fact, he doesn't even feel any shame! And then, he shamelessly states that he has told a story so he can ease the awkward environment?!]
[Isn't this man over-the-top? Isn't his skin just too thick?]
The lovable Dugu Xiao Yi cursed as her clothes flung around, "I let you deceive me... you bastard... bastard!"
The Young Master Jun's Vanguard became increasingly comfortable as the days progressed. Moreover, they raked-in huge amounts of money by extorting corrupt officials along the journey. And, the two beautiful women accompanied him the entire time. Their strong and warm fragrance allowed Jun Mo Xie to indulge in pleasure, and he forgot about his worries.
In fact, even the thought of his own practice would've abandoned his mind if the Art of Unlocking the Heaven's Fortune hadn't been continuously running inside him on its own.
The Young Master Jun had been very happy throughout that journey. The bottle-neck of his Art of Unlocking the Heaven's Fortune had also cleared somewhat. This meant that he would break through from the Jade Xuan Middle Level to the Jade Xuan Peak Level in terms of Xuan Qi cultivation.
Every day had been very bloody for the Heaven Destroyer Team and Spirit Devourer Team. They had fought vigorously every day, and were becoming increasingly tempered every day. Around two hundred men had already started to show faint signs of a breakthrough. The cruel and sharp aura of these two teams was enough to shock anyone.
The Young Master Jun had wished for this beautiful journey to continue for several more days. However, Heaven Destroyer Team and Spirit Devourer Team were being dispatched fewer number of times with every passing day. So, the Young Master determined that...
[The topography of this mountainous region is becoming increasingly steeper. The road is also becoming tougher, while the forests have become denser. More bandits and robbers should've descended from heaven under these circumstances. However, they've become fewer in number as the journey has progressed. This is probably because we are getting closer to the Xue Hun Manor. Therefore, these little thieving elements have started to reduce…]
"Young Master, we are about three-hundred kilometers from our destination — the Tian Fa forest. The Xue Hun Manor is a little to the left… at the edge of Tian Fa. We are now in front of the two base mountains of the forest," the captain of the Spirit Devourer Team — Wang Dong — pointed as he reported to Jun Mo Xie.
"Why are we going so slow? We've been journeying for so many days..." Jun Mo Xie asked. He felt annoyed, "We've travelled for a month now. Were you not faster the last time?"
"Young Master… we can travel fast since we don't have much weight on us. But, there are many other issues. We shouldn't make speed the most important factor here. We certainly travelled much faster the last time we were here. In fact, we were probably going at 650kms a day; probably even faster than that. However, we had taken a different route to Tian Fa. There's much less high-level Xuan Beasts on that route. So, we mainly had to deal with low-level Xuan Beasts. I'm afraid that none of us would've made it through if had picked this route. However, we have a large army behind us now. We are the vanguard unit, but we mustn't leave the main army far behind… and, we'll have to send out our teams more often from now on since there will be many dangers. Therefore, this speed can be considered a very fast one," Wang Dong explained.
"Oh..." Jun Mo Xie stepped down from the carriage. He could sense that there were many Xuan Beasts in these mountainous forests. Moreover, most of those beasts were very fast. In fact, they were unusually fast. They were much faster than ordinary beasts. "It seems that a lot of Xuan Beasts roam-about this area. This Tian Fa is a very nice place…"