Translator: Misty Cloud Translations Editor: Misty Cloud Translations
The old method was naturally referring to the backhanded way they were going to do things.
Actually, there were many outsiders who had disappeared recently. It had already started attracting attention, and there was someone investigating this.
Based on reasoning, at this critical moment, the Hao Clan should be operating lowkey, but Sima You Yue’s acupuncture methods were too tempting and they had no way of resisting this temptation.
After hesitating again and again, the Hao Clan still decided to do it.
As for Sima You Yue, she found out about their idea and plan at the same time. As such, on the morning of the second day, Sima You Yue took her people and said their farewells before finding a remote place to keep them into her Spirit Pagoda. Then, she nonchalantly strolled the streets.
She entered a herbal shop and began to find the medicinal ingredients she needed.
“Dear Guest, do you need any help? What herbs are you looking for?” The shopkeeper came forward and his attitude was warm and earnest.
“There’s nothing I particularly want to buy. I merely want to see whether or not you have any special herbs here.” Sima You Yue said lightly.
The shopkeeper could tell that she was an outsider at a glance, so he said with a smile, “Customer, you must be referring to the herbs that are only available on our island, right?”
“That’s right.” Sima You Yue nodded, “If possible, the more ancient the better.”
“Those herbs that are only available on our island are naturally more precious and are only available on the second level.” The shopkeeper said warmly.
Sima You Yue glanced at those herbs and saw that they were very ordinary. After looking around, nothing piqued her interest.
“Since the precious ones are on the second level, let’s head to the second level for a look.”
“Customer, please come with me.”
The shopkeeper led her to the second level and led her to the area where herbs exclusive to the island were placed. He said, “Customer, this is the place.”
Sima You Yue looked at them, and the herbs were really better than the ones downstairs.
“Is this a Silver Water Plant?” She picked up a stalk of it and inspected it.
“Indeed, it is a hundred-year-old Silver Water Plant.” The shopkeeper replied.
“Is a hundred-year-old herb considered rather rare?” Sima You Yue asked with curiosity.
“This Silver Water Plant is a herb that is commonly found on the island. Because its uses are versatile, many use it. Because it is the most needed, most of them are dug up the moment it is useful. To find one of this age is considered rather rare.” The shopkeeper explained.
“I see.” Sima You Yue placed the Silver Water Plant down after understanding and came to another herb in a box.
Whenever she saw a type of herb, she would ask questions about it. The shopkeeper would answer her questions patiently, especially those that she was most interested in.
“Help me to wrap up all of those I selected before.” Sima You Yue said.
“Alright.” As the shopkeeper kept those herbs away, he seemed to have thought of something as he turned around and said to Sima You Yue, “Customer, a type of herb just arrived today and has not yet been displayed. It’s rather rare, would you like to take a look?”
“A rare herb? Then please show it to me.” Sima You Yue replied.
The shopkeeper went downstairs and came back up in less than two minutes. In his hands was a box.
Sima You Yue saw that the box was exquisite and on it were complicated designs.
There were many herbs that were placed inside the jade box. There were many of these types of boxes in the house. Sima You Yue was really interested in this.
“What herb is inside here?” She asked curiously.
“Customer, you will know once you open it.” The shopkeeper placed it in her hands.
Sima You Yue did not doubt him and directly opened the box. However, before she managed to see what herb was inside, a white smoke emerged. She suddenly felt as if she smelled something fragrant and, before she could react, she collapsed on the table.
Seeing that she had fainted, the door to a room on the second level was opened. The two people who walked out of there looked like guards.
“Is it done?” A guard asked
The shopkeeper immediately kept away his warm expression from before and nodded towards the two of them.
The two guards came beside Sima You Yue and one of them picked her up under her arms and entered the earlier room. They soundlessly disappeared from the second level.
When Sima You Yue woke up, she had a headache and her body still felt weak. She wanted to stretch forth a hand and rub her temples, but found that she could not.
However, she felt pretty good and she even smiled lightly.
“Hmph, stupid woman. You always cause yourself to end up in this state. Apart from allowing yourself to get hurt, is there no other way?” Mi Er’s voice carried over and then a smaller version of herself appeared beside the bed.
Sima You Yue ignored the criticism in his words and said, “This was the most straightforward way.”
“Hmph! Go ahead then!” Mi Er said unhappily, “Which type of pill?”
“The orangey-red one.” Sima You Yue said.
Mi Er took out an orange-red pill and stuffed it in her mouth. Very quickly, she felt herself gaining control of her body.
Her body started to cure itself of poison and she sat up from the bed, examining the room.
The room was not big, and was set up very simply. However, the things were all of high quality.
Perhaps it was because she had been poisoned and lost control of her body, but there was not a single guard at her door.
“The Hao Clan really knows how to enjoy life.” Sima You Yue expressed.
“Hmph.” Mi Er replied to her accommodatingly.
I wonder where Master and the others are.”
Were they locked up in the same place as her?
“Stop thinking. I already examined everything since the moment we came in. This is just a small courtyard and you are alone here.” Mi Er said.
Sima You Yue was shocked when she heard it. They locked her up alone? Then it seemed like her luck wasn’t bad. They locked her up immediately.
It was true when she thought about it. She had never seen any of the Hao Clansmen. If she was willing to join them, they naturally would not need to bring her to their secret place to lock her away. Once they met later and they confirmed that she definitely wouldn’t join them, it wouldn’t be too late to send her there.
As such, she calmed down and waited for the Hao Clansmen to appear.
Without disappointing her, the Hao Clansman appeared on the morning of the second day. When they saw Sima You Yue had already woken up, they weren’t surprised.
“Who are you?” Sima You Yue lay on the bed and appeared weak and helpless.
“I am the Hao Clan’s Patriarch, Patriarch Hao.”
“Hao Clan?” Sima You Yue frowned, “I wonder why you have taken me here?”
Hao Zhi didn’t reply to her question, but walked over to her bedside and lowered his head to look at her. He laughed, “Lady You Yue, you obtained first place at the Crimson Pearl Convention. I haven’t had the chance to congratulate you!”
Sima You Yue’s expression was icy as she sneered, “To poison someone and make them fall unconscious, could this be the way the Hao Clan congratulates someone? If that’s the case, I can’t bear your congratulations!”