341. Smearing Rong Qing
‘Fellow? Me?’ It had been a long time since anyone had called him that. He felt his lost pride had been recovered by the ‘fellow’. Liu Xingzi gulped and slowly pushed open the door to walk toward them.
Despite that Liang Wuyi was staring at him with a chilling stare, he did his best to keep his chest up.
Jiang Yancheng’s smile was so charming that Liu Xingzi forgot that he had been deceived by such a smile and had ended up in this situation, locked up in a secret room all day as someone’s plaything!
“Come, sit here.”
Jiang Yancheng patted the yellow pearwood chair beside the bed. The chair was carved with simple but delicate patterns, and covered with a red velvet cushion embroidered with delicate flowers and golden tassels, which looked thick and warm.
Liu Xingzi had been in and out of the door so many times but had never sat on that chair, only knelt on it, so that Liang Wuyi could penetrate him from behind. And every time before kneeling on it, Liang Wuyi would take away the velvet cushion, probably to make him hurt more and to wear out his knees!
This time, he could finally sit on this chair like a human being! Liu Xingzi tugged nervously at the corners of his clothes, the cleanest of all that would never stain the cushion.
Looking at Liu Xingzi’s series of actions, Jiang Yancheng’s smile became even warmer.
“I almost forgot. You used to be a Lingyun disciple too. As far as I know, you were from the outer gate while Helian Hongzhan is a core disciple. I don’t think you’ve ever met each other. How do you know how to win his heart?”
Liu Xingzi licked his dry lips and said hesitantly, “Actually, I entered Lingyun as an inner-gate disciple. At that time, brother Ouyang Jing went to our village to recruit disciples, and I was tested to have double spiritual roots. I was initially practicing at the inner gate and was accepted as a personal disciple by Zhu Wuguo, the disciple of Immortal Nongmei. I often met with Helian Hongzhan. Because my cultivation had not progressed, Immortal Nongmei tested me again and found that I had quad spiritual roots with me, so I was sent to the outer gate.”
Liang Wuyi laughed coldly, “You faked it, you deserved it!”
“I didn’t! I also didn’t know why the test was wrong in the first place. If I intended to falsify, why didn’t I continue the disguise?”
“Because that’s all your true talent is, and you haven’t improved, so even if you wanted to, you couldn’t.”
“Brother! How can you say that?” Jiang Yancheng looked at Liang Wuyi with disapproval, “I can see that he is an honest person, his eyes are sincere. How could he be the kind of person who would falsify? I think there must be some kind of misunderstanding here!”
Liu Xingzi was so moved that he kept nodding, finally, someone believed his words!
When he was in Lingyun, from the inner gate to the outer gate, not a single person believed he was innocent. Everyone suspected that he had disguised himself in order to enter the inner gate. He was tortured and interrogated by Immortal Nongmei about how he did it, but he had actually never done it, so he had nothing to offer. During that time, Liu Xingzi was almost beaten to death.
Jiang Yancheng smiled gently, “How did you find out about his preferences? Through your daily contact with Helian Hongzhan? Or from some other sources?”
“Not really. From Rong Qing, Helian Hongzhan’s disciple. Do you know about him?”
“Yes.” Jiang Yancheng nodded, “I heard that Helian put all his attention on him. It’s understandable, Helian has sworn that he won’t take on any more disciples in the future.”
“I used to be in the same town as him, and he and I were once engaged.”
Jiang Yancheng’s eyes narrowed, “Are you telling the truth?”
“Definitely!” Liu Xingzi swore to God, “If you don’t believe me, you can go to the village in Xiaoling Mountain and ask. Everyone there knows that My family and Rong Qing’s were once a good match and we were engaged then. But Rong Qing’s family business failed later so my father turned up his nose at him. At that time, Zhu Wuguo took me as his disciple as he had found my ‘double roots’. So I think I’m better than Rong Qing. Now I know he’s multiple times better than me in cultivation talent.”
Jiang Yancheng smiled, “I really didn’t know these things before. But these don’t seem to have anything to do with how to please Helian Hongzhan, do they?”
“How can it not be relevant? Listen to me.”
The thought that there might be a chance to get out of here gave Zhu Wuguo the courage to stop being guilty. Jiang Yancheng wouldn’t have known he had lied. Nor did Helian Hongzhan have the energy to break him down. As long as he left the place, even if the lie was later exposed, he wouldn’t be in danger only if not being caught by Jiang Yancheng or Zhu Wuguo.
“I can tell you. But you have to promise to let me go after that! Swear on your devil inside!”
“Swear on devil inside? How dare you said that?” Liang Wuyi became vicious and raised his hand to strangle Liu Xingzi’s neck, but Jiang Yancheng stopped him in time.
“Stop. Let him talk!” Jiang Yancheng turned to look at Liu Xingzi, “Don’t be afraid of him. He’s just bad-tempered. I swear on my devil inside. Tell me how to get Helian Hongzhan’s heart, I’ll let you go after I know.” Ling Xingzi froze but continued, “Don’t you verify it?”
Jiang Yancheng shook his head, “I’ve said, you are a truthful person, I believe you won’t lie to me!”
Liu Xingzi rubbed his hands with excitement, he would soon be able to leave this place, and he would soon be able to regain his freedom!
“Okay, then listen: the two people are more than Shifu and disciple. Helian’s concentration on Rong Qing is all because he loves Rong Qing. As long as you’re also a Rong Qing’s type, maybe similar in appearance, Helian Hongzhan couldn’t help pay attention to you. Rong Qing hasn’t come this time, right? Grasp this rare opportunity and get close to Helian Hongzhan. He would take the responsibility as long as what you two should do has been done.”
Jiang Yancheng narrowed his eyes, “Is it true what you said? Helian Hongzhan likes his disciple, Rong Qing?”
“Of course it’s true!” Liu Xingzi knew that he had no way back. Since he had said so, he had to turn the fake into the real!
“Helian Hongzhan is not a person who would take on a disciple. He was willing to teach Rong Qing, all because he liked the other side. I can draw you a picture of Rong Qing’s face later, he’s so good-looking! When I repented of my marriage, I agreed to let him stay with me just because of his looks, but I didn’t promise to give him a title! He promised, in order to cling to me. After his qualifications were discovered and became a disciple of Helian Hongzhan, he soon kicked me away. He told me himself that his Shifu would pay him spiritual stones for each sex. How else do you think can make Rong Qing progress so quickly in such a short time? What kind of talent can a village boy have? He relies all on the elixirs bought by spiritual stones from Helian Hongzhan!”
“Spiritual stones?” Liang Wuyi sneered, “I wonder how many spiritual stones can make him the present achievement. Helian Hongzhan cannot produce spiritual stones. Where could he have gotten so many from?”
“It’s not impossible,” Jiang Yancheng said with narrowed eyes, “I’ve heard that the most difficult tasks of the bounty pavilions in various places have been contracted to Helian Hongzhan. He probably spent all the spiritual stones he earned on Rong Qing. Rong Qing himself has double spiritual roots, his qualifications aren’t bad, and he’s being guided by Helian Hongzhan, so maybe that’s really why he was able to become a Nil Infant so quickly.”
Liu Xingzi’s eyes widened! His head echoed Jiang Yancheng’s words over and over again. Rong Qing was already a Nil Infant?! The kid who had come out of the same village with him? He had been discovered by an immortal one step ahead of Rong Qing, and later Rong Qing became his fellow. His Shifu’s Shifu was a Nil Infant, while Rong Qing only had a Shifu in Golden Elixir.
But Rong Qing was actually a Nil Infant now?
How could that person have such a smooth life? Not only was he gifted but he was also valued by a powerful man from the Big World and then was taught the method of refining weapons. After that, he met a Shifu who was so kind to him and became a Nil Infant. Liu Xingzi looked at himself: he was still only a Base Practicing!
Now that one of them was in the sky and the other was on the ground, Rong Qing could crush him to death with a move of his fingers. Was this the same Rong Qing he had abandoned? That time of once stepping on Rong Qing was like a dream!
Liu Xingzi was so jealous that he spared no effort to discredit Rong Qing.
“Rong Qing has loose morals and has an affair with Lingyun’s senior brother Ouyang Jing too! That man was also charmed by Rong Qing. He fought with Helian Hongzhan for the love of his life! This is known to many of Lingyun’s disciples. All of them know that Rong Qing is talented, but few of them are convinced that Helian Hongzhan is a good teacher. In fact, Helian Hongzhan only teaches Rong Qing how to play in bed. He’s considered to be the future head of Lingyun, and to him, he could receive many more disciples that are as strong as Rong Qing. He was so focused on one person alone only because he had fallen in love with the boy’s flesh and skin like Ouyang Jing did. Both of them can put their lives on the line for Rong Qing.”