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Chapter 26: The demon is hiding in Qi Luo Yuan

    daozhang - Taoist priest

    Fu Yun Shan Xian - Floating Cloud Mountain Immortal

    fuchen - horsetail whisk, a special Taoist weapon; looks like a duster

    "xiaojie, at first light today, Su yiniang's Feng He Yuan was already busy. It seems that Wang mama really managed to invite a profoundly skilled Taoist priest over. They are discussing er xiaojie's matter with xiangye in the drawing room right now!" While Mu Chun put the breakfast on the table, she told Yun Qian Meng everything she had seen!

    "xiaojie, this Su yiniang is truly impatient. She can't even sit still for half a night!" Mi mama arranged the tableware for Yun Qian Meng, then helped her over to the table as she spoke with a trace of worry.

    Yun Qian Meng just calmly made a shallow smile. After sitting down, she first lifted a teacup and took a few sips, before saying, "mama, you're one of the elderly in this fu, how can you not understand their aims? Do you think all of this is just a coincidence? If this Taoist priest is so amazing, surely a lot of people will be seeking his attention. How can it be that he arrives as soon as Su Qing demands it?"

    After Mi mama heard this, she was momentary alarmed and asked with an astonished expression, "Don't tell me that this was something that they had planned long ago?"

    Yun Qian Meng just ate her breakfast as she listened. It was likely that they would be very busy later!

    "da xiaojie, laoye has invited you to Feng He Yuan!" Sure enough, Yun Qian Meng had just finished eating when a mama from Su Qing's side was sent by Yun Xuan Zhi to inform her.

    "Got it, you may leave first! I will be there in a moment!" Yun Qian Meng out down her chopsticks and stood up. Mu Chun immediately draped a purple brocade cloak over her shoulders, while Mi mama also helped her put on a pair of rabbit-fur gloves. Finally, after pulling the hood of the cloak over her head, they left behind half the servants to watch over the courtyard, then exited Qi Luo Yuan!

    "da xiaojie!" On the way there, they unexpectedly ran into Liu yiniang and Yun Yan. Seeing that they were also in a hurry, it seemed likely that they too had just received the news a moment ago, and were rushing towards Feng He Yuan as well!

    In particular, Liu yiniang's expression was very poor. Most likely, she didn't think that Su Qing would move so quickly; for something that just happened last night, they had unexpectedly completed their preparations by today!

    What Liu Han Yu had not anticipated was that Su Qing's methods were so exceptional, actually managing to persuade Yun Xuan Zhi to stay in the fu today. This way, she didn't have any means to execute the task Yun Qian Meng asked of her yesterday!

    Noticing that Liu Han Yu was looking ashamed, Yun Qian Meng faintly smiled and walked to her side to comfort her, "yiniang doesn't need to take it to heart. I trust that with father here, even if there are any crafty plots and conspiracies, it will be hard for them to succeed! We should hurry to go see er meimei, so that they can't talk bad about us!"

    After receiving this reminder from Yun Qian Meng, Liu Han Yu's facial expression improved somewhat. She immediately nodded to agree as everyone hurried towards Feng He Yuan......

    Only, as soon as they reached the doorway, they encountered a strong smell of incense. It looks like the Taoist priest was almost ready to start his rites!

    "nü'er greets father!" "Greetings to laoye!" As they arrived in the middle of the yard, everyone saw Yun Xuan Zhi's figure and bowed in succession!

    But Yun Xuan Zhi only gave them a light glance, before waving his hands to let them stand. After that, he focused all of his attention on Su Qing's matters, stirring up some displeasure in Liu yiniang's heart. Still, they both entered and softly consoled Su Qing while saying some auspicious words!

    Yun Qian Meng then moved away from them and, with Mu Chun's support, walked under a banyan tree, before she quietly sized up the Taoist priest who was still in the midst of his preparations!

    She only saw that he was wearing ash-colored priest robes as he brandished a horsetail whisk around in the air and seemed to be driving away something that couldn't be seen!

    Taking a closer look at this person's features; his square-jawed face, triangular downturned eyes, round nose, full lips, slightly darkened yellow skin; as he was currently keeping both his eyes closed while muttering to himself, his appearance really did look somewhat like a Taoist priest!

    A series of objects used in rituals was arranged on the table before him, while the surrounding young apprentices had serious expressions as they too held horsetail whisks and stood in place.

    "Don't know which temple sir Taoist priest is from?" Yun Qian Meng who noticed the nephrite jade ring on his thumb with her sharp eyes, found it funny and asked in a bright voice!

    Right now, other than Yun Xuan Zhi having a quiet conversation and the sound of Yun Ruo Xue's shouts coming from within the room, the courtyard was completely silent. When they Yun Qian Meng's question, everyone froze for a moment, then looked towards Yun Qian Meng, not knowing why the young miss asked this question!

    The Taoist priest clearly never thought that someone would go as far as to question his origins. His hand movements paused temporarily as he opened his downturned eyes to look for the source of the sound, only to find an otherworldly elegant beauty standing beneath a giant banyan tree. Under the pale yellow rays of the winter sun, the young girl was clothed in purple, her black silky hair adorned with an openwork lily topaz jade hairpin while her unpowdered face was inlaid with a pair of black eyes that were even more dazzling than night luminous pearls. Especially at the faint smile carried by the corners of her lips, the priest was momentarily struck dumb by his gaze, and the young apprentices also had their mouths agape, as they all felt vexed that they couldn't just eat up Yun Qian Meng into their stomachs......

    Looking at the situation, Yun Xuan Zhi's eyebrows unwittingly creased downwards, while a trace of malicious laughter appeared in Su Qing's eyes!

    "If sir Taoist's state of mind is not firm, how could you be capable of helping others and driving away the spirits?" Yun Qian Meng's gaze lightly swept across the courtyard as she took in everyone's reactions. Then, she looked towards the Taoist priest once more, her eyes clearly showing her contempt!

    Hearing the ridicule in Yun Qian Meng's words, the Taoist quickly fixed his own expression. Showing a deeply spiritual and religious appearance, he spoke in a lofty manner, "ben daozhang is Yi Zhen, a Taoist priest practicing the Way of Truth of Fu Yun Shan Xian!"

    Still, after speaking, the Taoist Yi Zhen's downturned eyes couldn't refrain from sneaking a few more looks at Yun Qian Meng......

    Seeing that this person was actually still so lustful right under Yun Xuan Zhi's nose, Yun Qian Meng revealed a cold smileas she asked rhetorically, "Fu Yun Shan is very far away from capital. Even if the horses were forced to run at full speed, it would still take around three days to arrive. Why, this matter was only decided by father yesterday, how did Su yiniang manage to accomplish this? Could it be that sir Taoist has the capability to decipher fate and destiny, and came to the capital early?"

    These two questions caused both Su Qing and Taoist Yi Zhen to blank out momentarily!

    However, before Su Qing could respond, the Taoist priest Yi Zhen borrowed the excuse of answering her question to gaze at Yun Qian Meng with fixed eyes, then replied in earnest, "ben daozhang has profound methods. In the past few days, I foresaw that something will happen in the fu. Following the principles of the importance of life, I thus came to the capital!"

    "da xiaojie, the time is almost up! Better first let Xue'er undergo the ritual!" Noticing that the Taoist priest Yi Zhen had a lecherous expression, Su Qing rejoiced in her heart. But, she also saw that Yun Xuan Zhi's brows were tightly furrowed, and that Yun Qian Meng appeared to be shrewd and astute. To prevent any unforeseen events from happening before her plan succeeded, she immediately warned him with her words!

    Still, having his happiness interrupted, Yi Zhen's eyes flashed with slight annoyance as he cast a gloomy glare at Su Qing's back, before he finally started posing and putting on an act for his ritual......

    "Great Heavens, great Earth, immortals of each path......" A series of mantras was recited quickly from Yi Zhen's mouth as the young apprentices beside him stole looks at Yun Qian Meng on one side, while absent-mindedly performing their rites on the other......

    Mu Chun noticed their obscene stares and felt angry in her heart. She immediately blocked their gazes by standing in front of Yun Qian Meng, preventing these supposedly dignified people from peeking at her young miss!

    At this moment, Yi Zhen took out an eight trigrams board from his sleeves. He held up the board with his left hand, while his right hand rapidly grasped some ashes from within the incense burner and suddenly scattered them towards the eight trigrams board. All of the surrounding people narrowed their eyes and coughed as they choked on the ashes......

    As soon as everyone retrained at Yi Zhen, they found that his right hand was pointed directly towards the northwestern direction, as he faced Yun Xuan Zhi and said, "xiangye, the spirits are dwelling in the northwest of the fu!"

    At these words, Yun Ruo Xue's shouts seemed to quiet down. Everyone exchanged a few looks before they, one after another, turned to look at Yun Qian Meng......
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