Chapter 8: Family Moved
Dad didn’t say a word and just sat there at the side, falling deep in his own thoughts…
But at this time, Murong Daiyu floated through from the outside. I secretly nodded to her and she gave me a smile. This was the first time she ever smiled at me. She then silently stood in the corner after smiling, and nobody but me could see her.
Xiaohui and Xia Chaoran sat down for more than 10 minutes and left afterward. After they left, Dad asked, “Anyways, what do you want to eat, boy? I’ll buy it for you!”
“Please just order me some porridge from the alley store.”
“Got it. You wait here and I’ll go to the hospital cafeteria to see if they have it.” After speaking, Dad opened the door and went out, leaving me alone in the room with Miss Murong inside.
“How are you feeling?” she asked.
“Well, my whole body hurts.” I replied briefly.
“Here, drink this.” While speaking, Miss Murong took out a bottle which was filled with a dark brown liquid.
I didn’t hesitate a bit as I took the bottle and immediately drank it. It was bitter to the point where I had to pinch my nose to continue drinking the liquid.
While looking at me drink it, Miss Murong said, “Your injury is too severe this time, so it’s highly likely to cause sequelae in the future. This medicine was concocted by your Master, so drink it once every day. You’ll be fully recovered 3 days later and you won’t have any hidden injuries.”
“I’ll be able to move in 3 days? Miss, both of my legs are fractured, how could it be possible to be healed that quickly? Let alone saying that I can move freely within 3 days!”
Murong Daiyu just gently replied, “3 days is considered slow already. Alright, let’s put that aside for now. How were you injured this time?”
I told her everything in full detail, as well as my suspicions about Xia Chaoran’s involvement as the mastermind behind it. I also asked Miss Murong to tell Xiaohui secretly that Xia Chaoran was someone who could not be trusted.
Miss Murong’s words were proven to be true as I was really almost recovered fully 3 days later! I could even move my body just like before. All the doctors even called it a miracle and praised me for my amazing self-recovery abilities. They also took many blood samples from me for experiment and research usages.
I spent 4 more days in the hospital before getting discharged. Meanwhile, during the past few days, Dad had sold our house and packed all of our family’s belongings. We then moved from Qingtian City to Qiling City.
Mom was complaining along the way there about our new city. She blamed Dad and complained why he had to fight with uncle Zhao, resulting in him losing his job. Dad didn’t tell her the truth, to which I thought was his way of protecting his wife and son. Dad could only choose to make up a lie and took us far away from Qingtian city to Qiling city.
In a flash, 5 months had passed by since we first arrived here.
Our family had rented a house in a nice neighborhood and Dad got a new job even though his current salary was not as good as the previous one. I myself chose to completely drop out of school and became a waiter in a nearby restaurant to help support my family.
My job started from 7 in the morning until 9 at night, with 1,000 yuan monthly salary and no holidays.
As a matter of course, I still got up at 3 in the morning and continued my exercise. My constitution and physical strength had undergone tremendous changes. The previously thin and weak boy from 6 months ago had become much stronger now. I was now able to carry 50 kg of lead bars every day; 15 kg for each leg, and 10 kg for each arm respectively. I carried these lead bars and ran for 4 km during morning exercise and kept carrying them when I was working all day.
All of those exercises were added into a series of special training devised by Miss Murong for me, even she had started to formally teach me the Daoist arts since 3 months ago.
After finishing the jogging session around 4 AM, I went home, opened my window while facing east, lit up 3 incenses, inserted it in a bowl, and knelt on the mat. Then, I burned 3 papers of Yang charm, and kowtowed 3 times before sitting. After that, I closed my eyes, straightened my upper body and raised my tongue up toward the palate of my mouth, with my two palms placed on my Dantian as I formed a circle-like gesture. I regulated my breathing while posing in these 3 stances. This was to strengthen my Yang Qi and at the same time, accumulating that so-called legendary “Inner Force”.
The breathing practice lasted for an hour. After 5 AM, it was time for my sparring session with Miss Murong. However, it seemed like all of my efforts were still not good enough even though my skills had been progressing significantly. Although my present state couldn’t be compared with the past me, I was still unable to find any way to beat her, and thus got severely beaten every day.
After an hour of being a human sandbag, 6 AM was the drawing session. It was the time to practice drawing Daoist symbols, charms, or practicing how to cast the incantations.
The magical charms and symbols itself couldn’t be drawn casually at anytime. The quantity and power of the divine and spiritual qi was different for each time period. Drawing Daoist magical charms must be conducted around 5-7 AM when the concentration of the divine and spiritual qi was at its highest. Only after I practiced drawing the symbols and charms from 6 to 6:30 AM did I go to work.
So far, I was only able to draw 3 types of Daoist magic charms. The Sun Charm, Moon Charm and, Heart and Mind Purifying Charm.
But this morning, after a series of exercises ended, Miss Murong suddenly said, “Xiaolong, I must leave for some time. It might take a month or two, 6 months, or maybe even longer. You, however, must still practice like this even when I’m not here. I recently found these ginsengs and you can use them if you get injured. They can also be used to increase the Yang Qi in your body. Moreover, you could also try to subdue some ghosts or exorcise evil spirits if you want to. Actually, you can make money from the rich by exorcising evil spirits as your Master also once got paid for 2 million yuan after exorcising only one evil spirit. But there’s one thing you must remember. You learn the Daoist teachings and arts to help people, not to make money. You cannot just stand by and do nothing just because the people who need your help are poor. Do you understand?”
“I understand Miss.” I quickly replied while counting the ginseng she gave me and continued, “I have learned how to use the Shadowbane sword now. And that added with my physical abilities and the Daoist arts I have learned, I’m sure I won’t easily run into danger.”
“What the… there are only 13 ginsengs… It seems like I must only use these ginsengs when I am in desperate need.”
Then, Murong Daiyu just left.
I had just arrived at the restaurant and immediately carried out my waiting job diligently. At lunch time, many people came to eat, but my eyes often fell on a certain young woman. Her age was around 23-24 years old, and had her employee’s tag name hanging on her chest. She was one of the staffs from a museum nearby, and often visited my workplace to have some snacks. I watched her not because she had a good look, but because there was a sign of Yin qi in her glabella. The blackened glabella was quite vivid, which meant that it was quite serious. If she didn’t do anything about it, she would soon became ill and may even be prone to illnesses, causing her life to be in danger.
As the current patriarch of the Niu School, I of course had the duty to exorcise evil spirits and subdue ghosts! Therefore, when I passed near that woman, I whispered to her, “Miss Xu, have you been having indescribable cold sensations recently, and it also occurs frequently? You have also been seeing some strange things, right? For example… ghosts?”
I already learned that her name was Xu Xiaoling since I had been paying attention to her for several days, with the additional info from her employee’s tag.
“How did you know that?” She asked in surprise.
I smiled and replied, “It’s very simple. When a person’s Yang energy is being weakened to a certain extent, that person can somehow see ghosts. Your condition right now is exactly such, being overly cast with Yin energy, while your Yang energy is very weak. If you want to keep your life, come here at 9 PM and wait after my work hour ends. I’ll help you solve the problem.” After saying those words, I didn’t wait for her reply, but continued to carry my tray. Whether she believed my words or not was her choice to make.
Originally, I didn’t want to expose my identity and intended to secretly investigate it. However, I was busy working so I had no choice to do so since I really didn’t have the time to investigate Xu Xiaoling’s workplace, or her home address. But seeing her situation was getting more and more serious, she perhaps couldn’t last for any more than several days. It forced me to expose my real identity.
At 9 PM, I waved to the boss and said farewell as I opened the door and went outside. I leaned over the entrance and waited for Xu Xiaoling and her colleagues. However, nobody came into sight after I waited for a while. So I took the Moon Charm paper from my trouser’s pocket and concentrated my Yang Qi into my fingertips. The Moon Charm instantly burned! This was the result of several months of practice. I was now able to use my inner Yang Qi to ignite Daoist charm papers or cast an incantation. This was also the foundation; the basic ability that must be mastered by every orthodox Daoist successor.
The Moon Charm’s function was to burn off or hide the Yang Qi from a human’s body and, enabled that certain person to see “ghosts”. I didn’t bring cattle tears this time so I could only use the ‘Opening Eyes’ method, otherwise, I would be unable to see ghosts. The Moon Charm itself actually had many functions. The most famous one was to make a zombie unable to feel your existence. A zombie had a unique characteristic that made it unable to see anything, but it could sense the Yang energy from a human’s body, while the Moon Charm could hide the Yang energy within the human’s body. However, whether it was actually real or not, I really didn’t know since I never experienced it.
There were three light bulbs on my body now, one on my head, and the other 2 were on each of my shoulders. With these three light bulbs, ghosts wouldn’t dare to approach easily, and the Yang fire that was emitted out from these light bulbs had a deterrent effect against the ghosts. Therefore, I could not move rashly when walking outside at night, because the wind could blow out the light bulbs on my shoulders. And once this bulb of light was off, the amount of Yang Qi would also be reduced. So if you were to encounter a resentful ghost in that condition, you would be falling into a miserable state and find yourself in a disastrous situation.
I used the burning Moon Charm on my two shoulders once and then threw the charm on the ground to stomp the fire out. I clearly felt the Yang energy within my body quickly depleting while my vision became slightly blurred and fuzzy. After that, I immediately saw five or six figures appearing from the empty streets. Some of the figures were walking and some were floating. Their complexion were heavy and dark, while some others looked green. There was also a man that jumped out of the residential building on the opposite side of the road. The strange thing was that, he didn’t die after he jumped down. He just casually patted his butt, stood up, floated to the next roof and then repeated what he just did over and over again. That reminded me about the news two days ago that a man just committed suicide in this vicinity.
Xu Xiaoling and a man walked toward me as the man said something to her while walking, “Xiaoling, do you really believe that boy? I’m sure he must be a swindler.”
“I believe him Cheng Dong. Just go home, I don’t need your company!” Xu Xiaoling replied to Cheng Dong in a very cold and desolate manner.
As they came out and approached, Cheng Dong gave me a contemptuous and disdaining gaze, and talked to me with a threatening tone, “Hey you, little punk. If you don’t want to spend your lovely time in jail, just quickly roll and disappear before me. Xiaoling, this world doesn’t have those so-called ghosts or such. It’s just that you didn’t have enough rest recently and it made you hallucinate and see illusions. This boy is just a waiter in a restaurant. His true intention is to deceive and swindle you.”
I stared at this Cheng Dong guy, sizing him up and down, and lightly asked, “Do you really want to see some ghosts?”