Should he tell her the truth?
This development had been too unexpected. Who would have thought that this 'holiday residence' that Venerable White had casually found would turn out to be the old Crystal-Clear Water Pavilion... and now, Senior Sister Ye Si had recovered part of her memories due to these old ruins.
This matter that Pavilion Master Chu had concealed for all this time was uncovered just like that.
"What am I? Song Shuhang, am I a resentful spirit?" After seeing that Song Shuhang didn't reply to her question, Senior Sister Ye Si's heart skipped a beat.
According to her memories, she had died in a tragic manner. The whole Crystal-Clear Water Pavilion had been involved in an unexpected calamity and wiped out. As such, one could easily imagine how great her anger and hate would have been at the moment of her death. Therefore, the possibility that she had turned into a resentful spirit due to all that hate and grief was pretty big!
"No, you aren't a resentful spirit," Song Shuhang said in a gentle voice, and tried to comfort her. At this point, it was better to tell Senior Sister Ye Si the truth so as to avoid her indulging in flights of fancy. Pavilion Master Chu couldn't blame him given the circumstances.
Thereupon, Song Shuhang replied, "Ye Si, you are a ghost spirit."
"A ghost spirit?" Ye Si was dumbfounded.
"Yes, you are ghost spirit. You aren't an ordinary ghost or a resentful ghost. Therefore, you don't need to worry too much about it," Song Shuhang replied.
After being temporary at a loss, Ye Si's tears fell like rain. "A ghost spirit... isn't that the same as being a ghost? I'm still dead and still a type of ghost!"
She was originally planning to get married to Song Shuhang, and the two of them had even started to build up their relationship.
But now, she discovered that she had already died and turned into a ghost... what was going to happen to their love relationship?
"No, no. Your circumstances are somewhat special," Song Shuhang explained. "As far as I know, you aren't an ordinary ghost spirit, either. How can I say it... although you possess the constitution of a ghost spirit, you are... human? I'm not sure how to say it clearly, either. But you are different from an ordinary ghost spirit. At the time of your death, that ghost spirit that was handed down in your family from generation to generation used a special technique to get 'pregnant' and give 'birth' to you. Therefore, you should be something like a half ghost spirit."
Ye Si opened her eyes wide and had an incredulous expression on her face.
The ghost spirit got pregnant, and then gave birth to her?
Song Shuhang continued, "Such being the case, the current you shouldn't really be a ghost spirit, but a person that was brought back to life through a ghost spirit with some special means."
Ye Si stretched out her hand and gently wiped her tears away.
Afterward, she absent-mindedly stood in place, and tried to make sense of the things Song Shuhang told her.
In the memories she'd recovered, there was indeed a mysterious ghost spirit in her family, and this ghost spirit was surely handed down from generation to generation. Little did she expect that it would be precisely this ghost spirit that would 'bring her back to life'.
But regardless of that... she was still a ghost in the end!
After pondering for a short amount of time, Ye Si raised her head and expectantly looked at Song Shuhang. "Shuhang... do you think I can give birth to a child in my current state?"
"..." Song Shuhang.
Without waiting for Song Shuhang to reply, Senior Sister Ye Si faintly sighed, and said, "I get the feeling that it won't work. It should be impossible to procreate between different species, right?"
Song Shuhang said, "I think there might be a chance if we find that ghost spirit that was handed down in your family from generation to generation. After all, it gave birth to Senior Sister Ye Si."
Nevertheless, Senior Sister Ye Si shook her head. That ghost spirit handed down in her family had already left, and if they wanted to find it, it was easier said than done. In addition, when that ghost spirit got pregnant and gave birth, it didn't give birth to a child! It was a technique to preserve one's life, bringing them back to life. Even if she were to learn it, she couldn't give birth to children!
Senior Sister Ye Si fell into depression.
Song Shuhang was also worried. How could he cheer up Ye Si? If he had to be honest, he felt that he couldn't do something as scary as impregnating a ghost spirit.
Was it possible that he would have to resort to those classic lines such as 'Don't worry, we will surely find a way, and everything will get well...' that not even he believed in to comfort Ye Si?
But what was the use to comfort her like that?
Just as Song Shuhang was in deep thoughts, Ye Si suddenly wiped her tears away and changed the subject on her own initiative. "Right. Shuhang, when I arrived here, I heard the other fellow daoists say that your ghost spirit disappeared, is that true?"
Ye Si was a strong woman. Although she would frequently cry due to the ❮Tome of Never-Ending Tears❯ she studied, her determination was very strong. Still, discovering that she had already died had been too much of a shock, and she needed some time to accept this fact.
"It didn't exactly disappear. The contract between the ghost spirit and me is still there, but the ghost spirit was sent to some special dimension, and I can't sense its presence anymore; the ghost spirit can't sense my presence, either. However, I will find it one day," Song Shuhang said firmly.
"Hmm." Ye Si nodded her head.
Then, she took a deep breath, and rubbed her cheeks to pull herself together.
She needed some time to accept the fact that she was now a ghost spirit.
Just as they were discussing, the door of the room was pushed open.
"Shuhang, did you wake up? Today, we will have to shoot several unfinished scenes. Then, we will leave Senior White's holiday residence and proceed toward our next filming location," Yu Jiaojiao said happily after pushing the door of the room open and coming in.
They had almost finished shooting the scenes related to the Immaterial Cloud Sect. Today, they were going to shoot the scene where Venerable White would play Ling Ye's role and cry in front of the ruins of the Immaterial Cloud Sect, as well as some other small scenes, and conclude the shooting of this act.
Amidst the small scenes that still had to be shot was that of Senior Brother Gao Sheng (Song Shuhang) marrying the 'White-Clothed Swordsman' Fan Bai (True Monarch White Crane) inside the Immaterial Cloud Sect. However, this scene was rather simple and very short.
"So quick? What's our next shooting location?" Song Shuhang asked.
"Our next shooting location is situated in the territory of the scholarly faction. Senior White has already contacted True Monarch Eternal Fire from the White Cloud Academy and asked him if we could borrow their 'Mountain of Myriad Books' for the shooting of the movie. True Monarch Eternal Fire has already agreed, and we will leave for the 'Mountain of Myriad Books' as soon as we are done shooting all the remaining scenes related to the Immaterial Cloud Sect. We will shoot the story between Ling Ye and the ghost girl Ling'er over there," Yu Jiaojiao replied.
Song Shuhang said, "I see. I will immediately get up then."
Eh? Wait a moment... scholarly faction, Mountain of Myriad Books?
Where did I hear this name again?
Overturn the Mountain of Myriad Books, the Still Pond of Wisdom...
That was it!
It was something that 'lustrous scholar' that had forcefully borrowed his ghost spirit said to him while he was in the Netherworld, fighting against that mysterious demon of the Tribulation Transcender rank. Before thoroughly disappearing, the lustrous scholar transmitted these words to Song Shuhang. Too bad that the final part was missing.
Was the Mountain of Myriad Books of the White Cloud Academy the same 'Mountain of Myriad Books' mentioned in the words of the lustrous scholar?
Could there really be such a coincidence in the world?
The lustrous scholar was seemingly a Tribulation Transcender of the scholarly faction. Now then, what was concealed within the Still Pond of Wisdom...?
Song Shuhang's thoughts were constantly welling up.
After a short moment...
Song Shuhang got out of bed, and said, "Ye Si, let's go. I will bring you to the place where the movie is being shot."
Since he couldn't solve this problem about ghost spirits being unable to give birth to children and had no means to comfort Ye Si, he decided to divert her attention with the movie they were shooting so that she wouldn't keep thinking about matters such as 'ghost spirits are also ghosts' and 'ghost spirits can't procreate with humans'.
When he got out of bed, Song Shuhang noticed his small notebook, which was now placed on the bedside cupboard.
On the notebook were recorded the two dying wishes Senior Thrice Reckless Mad Saber told him yesterday. He had noted them down while drunk.
The first wish, which was to bury him between Medicine Master and Riverly Purple Mist, had been crossed out already.
As for the second wish...
Cremate Senior Thrice Reckless' corpse. There is no need to prepare a grave for him or erect a gravestone. He just wants his ashes to be sprinkled in the ocean and have them scatter amidst the surging oceanic waves. This is Senior Thrice Reckless's greatest wish.
Beneath the dying wish, there was also a footnote that explained things. Shuhang had no idea which senior's handwriting was this.
After my death, there is no need to prepare a grave for me or erect a gravestone. You just have to take my ashes and sprinkle them in the ocean. It's not because I'm afraid that someone will start disco dancing on my grave mound or because the ocean is bigger than land. It's so that I can seek new experiences even in death, surging forward wave after wave and never resting.
"..." Song Shuhang.
One couldn't expect less from Senior Thrice Reckless Mad Saber.
The nearby Ye Si said happily, "I know about movies. Fellow Daoist Su Clan's Seven explained to me what movies are on our way here. They are similar to the plays we used to watch in ancient times, but more interesting and lively!"
Song Shuhang laughed, and said, "Yes, they are indeed interesting."
Then, he carried Ye Si along and left the room with Yu Jiaojiao, preparing to head toward the filming location.
When they opened the door, they saw Venerable White slowly walking over. He was likewise headed toward the filming location.
Venerable White was currently wearing a modern casual dress, with Meteor Sword hanging on his waist.
According to the script, the main character Ling Ye would leave the Immaterial Cloud Sect after the marriage between Senior Sister Murong Hua and Feng Chuanzi, heading toward the frontline of the battle between cultivators and the creatures of the demonic realm. Then, he would hear the news of the forces of the demonic realm suddenly raiding the Immaterial Cloud Sect, and rush toward his sect that very same night. At last, he would bitterly cry in front of the ruins of the sect.
"Senior White, are you getting ready for the shooting of the movie?" Song Shuhang asked.
"Yes, I just finished with the make-up. Director Jacob said that the shooting would start as soon as I get there. However, the effects of these eye drops aren't too good. I put them in my eyes a while ago, but tears have yet to come out. At this point, it's better if I stimulate my spiritual energy and shed tears that way; it's surely going to be quicker," Venerable White said while holding the stage prop that was supposed to make him cry.
"Ahahaha." Song Shuhang laughed.
Then, he remembered about that matter related to the other Senior White he met in the nightmare yesterday.
He felt that he had to tell this matter to Venerable White as soon as possible. Therefore, he said, "Right. Senior White, there is something I need to tell you. I had a dream yesterday, and in the dream, I met 'beep beep beep~' Eh?"
Song Shuhang wanted to say, 'and in the dream, I met a person that looked exactly the same as you, Senior White'. But when he actually started speaking, his tongue and mouth were restrained by some type of force, and the words he wanted to say were censored and turned into a series of 'beep beep beep~'.