AST 1323 – Three Days time, Old man Puyang, Heavenly Meridians Wielders
Qing Shui's attitude also stunned Pang De. He knew that people who were more capable than normal were usually very arrogant. When he looked at Qing Shui's expression, he smiled. To be arrogant, you needed to have the assets to do so. Otherwise, the only thing you could do would be to behave more obediently.
"Let's put it this way then. My Pang Clan really looks up to you. We are really eager to work together with you. This should be a good news for you. Why don't you come visit Pang Clan with me? We will discuss the details together and we will definitely not mistreat you," Pang De smiled and said confidently.
Pang Clan was an aristocratic clan. If a person got looked up by Pang Clan, that person was extremely lucky. Countless people had scratched their heads until they bled trying to work with Pang Clan. Hence, Pang De thought to himself that Qing Shui would definitely agree to the conditions he suggested.
Across this entire street, if Pang Clan wanted to work with a certain person, it was like saying that the person was really lucky. It was the person's good fortune to be able to be looked up upon by Pang Clan. Unfortunately, Qing Shui was no ordinary person.
"I am sorry but I am not interested in working with you," Qing Shui rejected formally.
Pang De has imagined a lot of scenarios, yet he never imagined that Qing Shui would reject his offer. Prior to this, he never mentioned letting Qing Shui work for Pang Clan. Instead, he suggested for them to work together. But in actuality, both of those had the same nature hidden within them.
Qing Shui had lived as a human for two lifetimes. Naturally, he would be able to see through the true motive lying behind matters like this. Hence, towards this kind of stuff, he would not hesitate to reject it. Pang Clan might have been powerful but it was impossible for the clan to send out their most powerful force regarding matters like this. Hence, he would slowly try to hold them back while conveniently trying to develop himself.
Strength. Only with strength would one not be bullied by others.
"You refuse to work with Pang Clan?" Pang De was still smiling very casually. But the eyes he used to look at Qing Shui had gotten sharp.
Qing Shui smiled. He looked at Pang De, "I have made myself really clear. I don't like working with others. Do you still have other things you want to say? I am in a hurry."
"Do you believe that I can make the Imperial Cuisine Hall disappear?" Pang De smiled and asked.
"The things inside the Imperial Cuisine Hall aren't that valuable. Heck, there isn't even much stuff in it. It will be truly disappointing if Pang Clan does something like that." Originally, Qing Shui was supposed to have turned his body around. He turned his head back and smiled at Pang De.
Seeing that smile, Pang De was stunned. He saw the confident smile from the young man. That confidence of his actually made him panic. That was a kind of smile which indicated that he has had everything planned in advance, a kind of smile which showed that he feared nothing.
At the moment when Qing Shui finished speaking, he immediately made his way towards Imperial Cuisine Hall.
"It's best for you to reconsider my offer. I will give you three days. Come look for me in Pang Clan once you have made up your mind." Pang De left after he finished speaking.
Quite a lot of people had crowded around this area. For a moment, there were many discussions going on about what had happened.
"Disaster is definitely going to befall Imperial Cuisine Hall this time."
"Why would he turn down such a good opportunity? I have always wanted to work with the Pang Clan. It's just that they don't fancy me."
"From the way the Imperial Cuisine Hall has been developing these few days, added to the fact that they have a miracle-working doctor to help look after them, it's only natural for them to be targeted by others. It's just that the Pang Clan has decided to make their move first. I reckon that very soon, other clans will start looking for Imperial Cuisine Hall as well."
"Well then, do you guys think the Imperial Cuisine Hall will work with Pang Clan?"
"Hard to say. But from the way Pang Clan has always done things, if they fail to work together, they will definitely destroy Imperial Cuisine Hall. There's no way they would allow Imperial Cuisine Hall to work with other forces.
"But there is a miraculous divine doctor in it. If someone actually dares to lay hands on him, it will mean that they have also offended all other doctors. Hence, a person must be prepared for the consequence when he or she decides to kill a doctor."
"That's not necessarily the case. Things are also very competitive among the doctors. Hence, they might not necessarily be so united either."
"Little brother, what do we do? Pang Clan is ruthless. It's impossible that this matter will be solved peacefully," Soulsearch asked. He seemed really concerned.
"Brother, don't worry. Help me see how many clans from this generation are able to stand their own ground against Pang Clan. Help me see if there are any patients from each of their clans who need immediate aid. It doesn't matter what kind of illness it is. Heck, it is fine even if they have no illness as long as they are clans that can stand their own ground against Pang Clan," Qing Shui smiled and said.
Soulsearch's eyes turned bright. With this word, he was also considered to have understood how terrifying Qing Shui's medical expertise was. As soon as Qing Shui said it, he already knew what he was up to. He said in surprise, "This is easy to handle. I can tell you right now."
"That's good. Before everything is too late, let's go and discuss it. Three days is enough," Qing Shui smiled and said while walking up along with Soulsearch.
Many of the people who were supposed to be having their meals had already left. At least within these three days, there wouldn't be anyone here to eat anything. There were even more people who returned their qualifications to be "customers" of Imperial Cuisine Hall. Everyone was scared of seeking trouble with Pang Clan.
This was especially so for the fourth floor, 99% of the people had returned their qualifications. There were only a very few people left and it had only been half a day. There were a few more people left on the third floor but only just a few more. The second and the first floor had less than even one third of the people left. The people with low status weren't really that strong, so it was assumed that Pang Clan would be too lazy to even lay hands on them. Hence, more of the people of that caliber stayed behind.
Soulsearch was looking at the precious golden card in front of him. This was proof for them to enter each of the floors. All of these had finally come back now. Despite this, he still felt a bit grumpy deep down.
On the contrary, Qing Shui was really happy. It was better to take back these gold cards. They wouldn't have been able to get it even if they wanted it next time. Even if they decided to offer ten times the price, the card would no longer exist. At least this card can help ensure their safety. Unfortunately, they are the ones who didn't have good insight.
"Of this generation, there are quite a lot of clans that can resist the Pang Clan. Huang Clan, Kang Clan, Xu Clan, Sikong Clan and Yiwen Clan. These clans aren't the slightest bit inferior in comparison. This place is the capital of the Phoenix Dance Continent and the powerful clans are still extremely united. There should still be some clans who have surpassed the Pang Clan in power but because my fame isn't high enough, I don't have complete info yet."
At this moment, door knocking noises came through from outside. After that, Yuan Long came in, "Sir, there is an old man who is requesting to see you outside."
Normally, only the people on the fourth floor had the special rights to come here to meet people. Hence, they let Yuan Long take the person up here.
The person who came in was an old man. As soon as Soulsearch saw the old man, he rushed to him quickly, "Old Man Puyang, what have you come for?"
The old man was really friendly. He was holding a little girl. She should be around three or four years old. At most five years old, she shouldn't be any older than that. She had very pale skin. The tiny pigtail on her head made her look particularly pretty. The two bright black eyes of hers looked just like crystals. When Qing Shui saw the little girl, he immediately remembered his own daughters.
Soulsearch was upset. Since when had Old Man Puyang turned into a customer of Imperial Cuisine Hall.
"Oh, you know me. That's great, I have a friend who came to see me. He brought two Jade Buns with him. I ate one of them. After that, I gave another one to my little great granddaughter. After that, things just went out of control."
The old man didn't really say anything but he was very clear with what he meant.
"Old man Puyang, this is my little brother. He is many times more skill than me in terms of his medical expertise. That bun was also made by him. It's just that he can only make very few every day because he doesn't have too many of the required ingredients." Soulsearch quickly introduced Qing Shui to the old man.
Soulsearch might have not said anything about Old Man Puyang or Puyang Clan, Qing Shui was already able to sense it from Soulsearch's attitude. He was a powerful doctor. He wouldn't really show respect to others. Even if it had been a normal warrior more powerful than him, he wouldn't see them as anything significant. He was a doctor, he controlled the life and death of others.
But Soulsearch respected this old man deep down. Besides that, Qing Shui was unable to sense the old man's strength. It was as deep as a boundless sea.
"You are indeed a promising young man. Little miraculous divine doctor, for someone who has huge ambition like you, you are bound to work on big things in the future. I wonder if the buns are all sold out today," the old man asked a bit concerned. He then looked down at the little lass.
Soulsearch was just about to talk but he was soon interrupted by Qing Shui, "Thank you for your compliment. We still have some left. But you may have to wait a little for them."
"It's fine. Take your time. Well then, I think I will head downstairs to wait then to avoid bothering you." The old man bid his farewell to Qing Shui. He was holding the little girl's hand and was about to walk down.
"Heavenly Veins Wielder!"
Qing Shui looked at the little girl's back and said slowly.
The old man suddenly turned his head around and looked at Qing Shui in surprise, "You really deserve the title of miracle doctor."
The old man smiled the moment he finished speaking. After that, he proceeded downwards with the little lass.
"Brother, can you tell me about the background of this old man?" Qing Shui asked curiously.
"Puyang Clan is an existence which is not in the least inferior to Yehuang Clan. However, Puyang Clan has always kept a low profile. To think that the old man actually came for the Jade Buns. If the old man had come earlier, Pang De wouldn't have dared to be so rude." Soulsearch seemed to be feeling a bit regretful.
"There are not many people on the fourth floor. Let's make an exception today and give out more buns. Whoever we manage to make stay behind are all the best customers in Imperial Cuisine Hall," Qing Shui smiled and said.
"Yes, oh yes, little brother, what is a Heavenly Meridians Wielder?" Soulsearch asked confused.
"Someone without meridians!" Qing Shui said with a smile.
Soulsearch immediately stopped talking. This was a kind of extremely rare illness. It couldn't be cured. Even medicinal pills like Bones of the Living Dead were futile against this kind of illness. The reason being that the patient had no meridians throughout her entire body. Originally, the Heavenly Meridians Wielders weren't supposed to be able to live but because the little girl possessed a kind of qi within her muscles and bones and organs, she was able to stay alive.
"Little brother, is it curable?" Soulsearch looked at Qing Shui curiously.
"I can't say for sure." If Qing Shui didn't have the Life and Death Needles, he would say no right away. But now, he somehow still had a little confidence in it.
Very quickly, the Jade Buns were ready. Qing Shui carried the buns and proceeded downwards. However, he only carried those for the old man and little girl. There seemed to be a few more buns than usual today.
The old man quickly stood up when he saw Qing Shui carrying the buns down himself. Since the beginning, Qing Shui already knew that the old man wasn't an arrogant old man. He spoke in a very formal tone, unlike Pang De, who was already arrogant and bossy just because he possessed a bit of strength.
"Sorry for the trouble, little miraculous doctor." The old man revealed a warm smile.
"It's not a hassle. The little lass is really cute." Qing Shui smiled as he put down two plates on the desk.
"Thank you uncle!"
The little lass said happily. Maybe it was not him that she was happy to see, she was happy because she saw the buns. Qing Shui was able to tell at least this bit.
"Old man, why don't you try it? If you like it, I will give some to you every day. That way, you also will no longer have to take the little lass here everyday."
"This place is quite noisy. Conveniently, I can get to relieve my boredom. I really want to try to satisfy the little lass with whatever she wants." The old man looked at the little lass. He loved her dearly. Besides that, there also seemed to be a trace of reluctance in his eyes to part with her.
"How about this, old man, in a few days, I will try to see if I can help her, how's that sound?" The reason why Qing Shui wanted to cure the little girl wasn't because she was a member of Puyang Clan. Even if it was someone from a normal family background, he would also try to save them. Qing Shui would never set his motives on things like that.
"Little miraculous doctor, can you cure her?" Old Man Puyang's body trembled as he looked towards Qing Shui.
"I can't say that I am a 100% able to cure her. But at least I can guarantee keeping her alive."
"This is great, this little lass's father and mother have been gone ever since she was born. When I first saw her she was crying. Even though we were a few generations apart the moment I saw her I hugged her and she stopped. That only worked for me. She would still cry when others did it. I never expected her to even be a Heavenly Meridian Wielder. Hence, she is living by relying on my Origin Qi. Following her slowly growing up, it is becoming very difficult for me to continue on like this." Old Man Puyang sounded very agitated.
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AST 1324 – Even doctors have powerful strength. Sikong Clan, Premature Senescence
Old Man Puyang stopped letting the little brat eat any more after she had three of them. Instead, he collected it for her and would only allow her to eat them later. He only left after thanking Qing Shui repeatedly. He also told Qing Shui that he would come every day in the future. Not only that, if anything was to happen, he said to Qing Shui that he would be welcome to seek him out for help.
Qing Shui didn't know whether Old Man Puyang was aware of the things with Pang Clan. Maybe because he was already quite old, he had stopped asking about the things going on in the mortal world. But it was true that he was particularly serious when he talked to Qing Shui, telling him that he must look for him if anything happened.
Before it was absolutely necessary, Qing Shui wouldn't ask others to help. Let alone now, he also hadn't cured the little girl yet.
No matter what, as of now, so long as Qing Shui wanted to do so, he should be able to resolve the danger he was facing in front of him. Qing Shui wasn't sure how powerful Pang Clan was. He wanted to see how long he himself could play games with Pang Clan. This was also a kind of test.
At this moment, Soulsearch happily walked over. Prior to this, he had heard what Old Man Puyang said very clearly. He was now very amazed with Qing Shui's capabilities. Just a few buns had won over Old Man Puyang's promise. So long as Qing Shui was willing to ask him for help, the old man would be able to solve the problems right in front of him right away.
"Little brother, what shall we do? Do we need Old Man Puyang's help?" Soulsearch smiled and asked.
"It's not something to be rushed about. Before it becomes absolutely essential, it's best if we don't open up our mouths and talk about it. We are still going to follow our original plan. By then, there should be people who will help us," Qing Shui smiled and said.
Now, Soulsearch would basically believe whatever Qing Shui said. Qing Shui went back to his room to pack his stuff. After that, he got himself ready to let Soulsearch bring him to the clans which needed him. Of course, Soulsearch would contact them in advance. He boasted greatly about Qing Shui. Actually, this wasn't necessary, the fact of Soulsearch becoming younger, was already a very good way to promote Qing Shui.
When Qing Shui stepped into his room, he felt a whiff of fragrance and he instantly knew that Yehuang Guwu was here.
Within the span of one breath's time, Yehuang Guwu was already beside Qing Shui. That faint fragrant smell of hers went straight into Qing Shui's nose. She seemed really tired, causing Qing Shui to feel pained in his heart, "Is everything alright?"
While speaking, Qing Shui put his hands on her veins and contemplated for a while.
"How's my condition?"
"Oh, congratulations my lady, it's a baby girl," Qing Shui said seriously.
"Damned brat, you are purposely trying to anger me, aren't you?" The woman looked a bit grumpy but at the same time she was also smiling. Despite this, she was unable to hide the lonely feeling in her eyes.
"Don't worry, I am a miracle doctor. I will cure you. If I am unable to do so, I will give you a baby myself." Qing Shui softly exerted a pressure on her body. As he did so, a portion of Divine Force started spreading out around her body.
"You must not lie to me!" The woman smiled happily when she saw Qing Shui like this.
"Of course, I never lie. I can guarantee that to you. But you need to live well. Without you, it will be tough for me to return to Western Oxhe Continent.
"So I am just a tool. You cold-blooded brat. Alright, forget it, I am leaving now." Yehuang Guwu seemed to be a lot better now.
"Don't rush. Why don't you have a bun first? You should already have enough energy for it." Qing Shui had left a few buns in the realm. They were put in by him a while before. They were still warm.
"It's so beautiful. It's my first time seeing such beautiful buns.
Yehuang Guwu said while happily taking the buns. At the moment when she finished speaking, she bit into them. She was stunned for a while and blinked her beautiful eyes. Those long eyelashes of hers looked really sexy. Very quickly, she had already finished the buns.
"Qing Shui, what have you been doing during these few days?" The woman smiled and pulled Qing Shui. But at this moment, Soulsearch came in.
"Erm, little brother, don't mind me just go and be busy with your own things." Soulsearch was very confused. How come an unmatched beauty suddenly popped up out of nowhere? While admiring Qing Shui's luck with gorgeous woman, he quickly went out.
Qing Shui smiled. Yehuang Guwu on the other hand was really calm. Furthermore, she even smiled and nodded at Soulsearch.
"I have opened a medical store here with someone. This Brother Soulsearch whom I know is someone who had once treated people from the Yehuang Clan," Qing Shui smiled and said.
Yehuang Guwu's body trembled. After that, she said slowly, "Qing Shui, can you promise me one thing?"
"What kind of thing? So long as it is something I am able to manage, I will definitely help you," Qing Shui said in a firm tone.
"Don't see any patients from Yehuang Clan." Yehuang Guwu looked at Qing Shui.
Qing Shui thought about it for a while, "I promise you. In any case, Yehuang Clan won't look up someone at my level. At the very least not for now. I can promise that so long as you don't approve of it, I won't see their patients."
"Thank you!" Yehuang Guwu smiled happily.
"Martial Aunt, do we still have to be so formal with each other?"
"Alright, we don't have to be then. I am leaving soon. Why don't you give me a few buns?" Yehuang Guwu pouted and said.
"I have long prepared that for you." Qing Shui took out quite a lot of them. They were all already put on plates. On the first day he came out, he already got them ready for this woman. Unfortunately, he had yet to be able to return to the Central Continent. Or else, he would have made more for them.
Yehuang Guwu smiled as she put all of them away. After that, Qing Shui embraced her at the moment when she let her guard down the most, "I am leaving. Look after yourself."
Qing Shui embraced her well-endowed body and said with a smile, "Alright, you have to be careful too. Remember, I can absolutely cure you. In the future, you are bound to be extremely busy giving birth to babies."
The woman left. Qing Shui came out. Soulsearch didn't actually question Qing Shui who she was. Instead, he said, "Let's go to Sikong Clan today. There are already people rushing us since yesterday."
Soulsearch also selected the places which he had mentioned before. For example, Sikong Clan, Sikong Clan was one of the clans which he would definitely release the information to. Furthermore, it was a kind of illness which might possibly be cured.
Naturally, Qing Shui didn't have any opinions about it. He rode on Soulsearch's demonic beast, the Swift Shadow Crane. Sikong Clan was not really far away from here. Of course, that was based on Dancing Phoenix Continent itself and also based on the demonic beast which possessed terrifying speed. If he had been in his previous incarnation, this kind of distance could only be described with the word frightening.
Qing Shui has promised Old Man Puyang to help treat the little lass in a few days. But now, he was heading off to help other people cure their diseases and illnesses instead. This somehow felt inappropriate. But back then, he did tell the old man that he would need time to get ready, as he might need a long period of time to treat her.
One hour was all it took for them to arrive.
The Sikong Clan was located in a very vast area. Its buildings were also grand and luxurious. There were two rows of guards in warriors attire standing out front. The moment they saw Soulsearch and Qing Shui, one of the middle aged men came out.
"Miracle Doctor Sou, you guys made it. The old man has been waiting for you guys for a long time."
Qing Shui stared at the middle aged man. This man was clad in white and had a relaxed demeanor. His smile was charming yet with no hints of a sinister nature within and exuded a sense of righteousness.
"Sorry for the trouble, Mister Fang."
Qing Shui and Soulsearch followed the man with surname Fang as they proceeded towards Sikong Clan. Qing Shui observed his surroundings while walking. Every part of them looked very refined. It felt like there were mountains on one side and water on the other. Of course, they were all made with manpower.
Very quickly, a slightly old looking elderly man walked out from the large door of the hall. The old man's body was straight like a pen. A faint powerful aura could be sensed spreading around him. Each step he took somehow resembled something between that of a dragon walking and the steps of a tiger.
Actually, this was a kind of charm, a kind of aura.
The old man's eyes seemed unusually farsighted and wise. They might look bright but they weren't arrogant, making people feel quite easy to interact with.
"You two miracle doctors have finally come. Miracle Doctor Sou, you seem a lot younger than before." The old man went forward to clasp hands with Soulsearch and Qing Shui while giving them a warm welcome.
"Old Man Sikong, you still look fine like usual. This is Qing Shui. He is a thousand times better than me in terms of medical expertise." Soulsearch happily introduced Qing Shui to the old man.
"Greetings, Old Man Sikong. My brother seems to have exaggerated things about me.
"Come in the house, come in the house!" The old man happily remarked as he led Soulsearch and Qing Shui, while holding their hands, towards the hall.
In his previous incarnations, Qing Shui would definitely feel a pain in his ballsack if he saw three men holding hands together. Yet now, he didn't feel anything when he saw it. After all, the old man was already quite aged. Both himself and Soulsearch were considered the old man's juniors.
The living room was very huge. It was untainted by even a speck of dust. There also wasn't that much furniture around. The old man let Qing Shui and Soulsearch sit down. Very quickly, there were already people coming to serve them tea.
"Old man, may I know who needs treatment? I think it is best if we see the patient first." Qing Shui didn't touch the tea on the desk.
"That's great!" The old man smiled as he let out his hand and clapped a few times.
The middle-aged man from before came in.
"Cang Shu, bring Tong Lang here!"
Very quickly, a weak and fragile "elderly man" came in. The old man was very skinny. His hair was grey and dull. His clothes looked washed out. The "elderly man" said softly at the moment when he saw the old man, "Great grandfather, forget it!"
Qing Shui was stunned. He felt something was out of place. This "elderly man" was no ordinary old man. This was a kind of disease, Premature Senescence!
Premature Senescence, a condition when the body aged five to ten times faster than normal. The patient who caught such illness would have an appearance which resembled that of an old man. Similarly, their organs would decline very quickly, causing their physiological functions to drop significantly. Qing Shui still knew a few things about Premature Senescence.
But logically speaking, these kind of symptoms should be curable across the World of the Nine Continents.
"I am sure you two must have been able to figure out something too. He is aging prematurely. We also have no idea how he caught this kind of illness. He has taken a lot of medicines but to our surprise, all of them proved to be of no use……"
"His body type innately rejects the majority of medicines. Even the best medicinal pill may prove to be useless when used on him, the reason being that his body doesn't really absorb the medicine itself," at this moment, Qing Shui stood up and said.
Soulsearch has also stood up.
"Well then, miracle doctor, is it curable?" Old Man Sikong asked agitatedly.
Qing Shui now knew why Sikong Clan had invited him. Soulsearch turning young was very likely one of the most important reasons behind it.
"Yes but I will need at least half a month for it," Qing Shui said after a few thoughts.
"Really? It doesn't matter if it needs to take half a month. It is fine even if it needs longer!"
Qing Shui's body possessed the Force of Rebirth. Things would be fine so long as he managed to trigger the normal function of his body. But he would also have to sacrifice a bit of Spring of Life to ensure a higher success rate.
The old man didn't actually get agitated when he heard what Qing Shui said. He only looked at this person who was speaking conceited nonsense strangely. But at the same time, he also felt that it didn't seem like he was just speaking nonsense. The reason being that it was true what he said about his body type being incapable of absorbing medical substances.
"Well then, I will help you perform some acupuncture now. It will become clear a while later whether it is curable. He will also be able to sense it."
The time for the entire treatment wasn't really that long. It lasted for around an hour. Halfway through it, Qing Shui fed him some Spring of Life. Qing Shui also used the Life and Death Needles and when he combined that with his Force of Rebirth, he could almost notice the "elderly man" looking younger with his eyes. Prior to this, he looked like he was around a hundred years of age but now, he looked almost like he was ninety. Even though the change wasn't that significant, it was already quite obvious. That was mainly because the patient's spirit and charm had gotten a lot better. Simultaneously, the elderly man also seemed to have more strength. The vitality within his body had become even more tenacious.
"Tong Lang, how do you feel?" Old Man Sikong asked agitatedly.
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