Mu Hongyu was stunned, and she ran to catch up to Chu Liuyue. “Heavenly Pharmacy? Isn’t that where the academy stores all sorts of herbs? You’re going to… get herbs?”
Chu Liuyue nodded. As the top academy in Country Yao Chen, Tian Lu Academy should have a number of treasures in its storage. I’m going to go take a look there first.
“I’ll go there myself. You should go check and see if Ji Yurong has been acting strangely recently or if he has been meeting someone more often. He’s of ordinary birth, so the poison has to come from somewhere.”
Mu Hongyu was a little hesitant. “Of course, I can do that. However, the Heavenly Pharmacy is heavenly doctor territory. I don’t think it’s going to be that easy for you to go get herbs…”
Mu Hongyu was being as subtle as she could.
In reality, most people could not set foot in the Heavenly Pharmacy apart from the heavenly doctors. It was not that they were not allowed, but the rules around it were too strict. Students who wanted to take herbs from the Heavenly Pharmacy had to apply for it. Also, their request would only be approved if they had a good enough reason.
But heavenly doctors were easily able to get anything they wanted because they could say it was for refining. Unfortunately, it was not that simple for warriors and Xuan masters.
Chu Liuyue raised her brows. “Are warriors and Xuan Masters not qualified to go there?”
“That’s not it… We only go there when we’re hurt occasionally…” Mu Hongyu wrinkled her nose. “You don’t know it, but the heavenly doctors are all really arrogant! They’re all so hard to get along with!”
Chu Liuyue laughed. The talent requirement for heavenly doctors was rather high, so they usually were like that. “Even though I’m not cultivating there, I did pass the heavenly doctor examination. Hence, I don’t think they’ll make things difficult for me.”
Mu Hongyu pouted. “That might not be the case.”
Chu Liuyue patted Mu Hongyu’s shoulders. “Don’t worry.”
The two split up, and Chu Liuyue headed for the back mountain.
The Heavenly Pharmacy was built on one of the academy’s steepest mountains. The other students did not go there if they did not have any business there.
The further she went up the mountain, the quieter it was.
After about ten minutes, Chu Liuyue finally saw the Heavenly Pharmacy’s signboard.
The building was five stories tall. It did not seem that much different from other buildings, but she felt an invisible ripple when she got closer.
There was a strong barrier erected outside of the Heavenly Pharmacy.
Young men stood outside the bronze doors as if standing guard.
“Who are you? What are you here for?” asked one of them coldly when they saw Chu Liuyue.
Chu Liuyue said, “I’m Chu Liuyue, here to collect herbs.”
Surprise flashed across their faces when they heard her name. They knew her name very well. After all, she was the prodigy who placed first and second in the warrior assessment and Xuan Master assessment, respectively. Not to mention the fact that Chu Liuyue had made these accomplishments on the same day she passed all three of the academy’s entrance examinations.
Even though they did not pay much attention to the affairs of warriors and Xuan Masters, this was not the first time they had heard her name. However, they did not expect her to show up there.
“You’re Chu Liuyue?” The young man scrutinized her.
Chu Liuyue nodded.
“You must send an application to collect herbs from the Heavenly Pharmacy. Fill in the form first!” The young man flung his sleeve as he spoke, and something flew towards Chu Liuyue.
She caught it and raised her eyebrows.
It was a plank of wood and a brush. The wood was blackish and palm-sized. It was rather rough to the touch.
“Write down whatever you want, and we’ll send the application in for review. If it’s approved, we’ll hand you the items.” The young man spoke nonchalantly in a strictly business-like manner.
Chu Liuyue looked at the object in her hand and laughed. It seems like Mu Hongyu was right about them. The heavenly doctors really are arrogant and like to make things difficult for others.
The plank was not ordinary; it was made of a Black Sage Vine’s trunk. The material was strong and hard. A knife might not even be able to leave marks on it.
As for writing…
The brush was dry, without a drop of ink. How was she to write?
She shook the items in her hand. “Write it on here?”
The two young men nodded in unison as they prepared to see Chu Liuyue embarrass herself.
Chu Liuyue did not say anything. She picked up the brush and began to write on the plank.
The brush did not leave a single mark on the plank.
Chu Liuyue paused and frowned, a little surprised.
The two young men looked at each other, mocking expressions on their faces. What genius? How is she a prodigy that passed all three assessments? Is this all she is capable of?
Chu Liuyue looked up and smiled apologetically. “I’m sorry, but there seems to be a problem with this. Could you give me another one?”
“Another one? Each person only gets one, why…”
One of them immediately rejected her, but his friend immediately cut him off. “On account of this being your first time, you can have another one.”
With that, he flung another plank at Chu Liuyue.
“Hey, Mo Liang, according to the rules, we cannot…” said Cui Yao disapprovingly, but he saw Mo Liang make a face at him.
Cui Yao paused for a moment before he understood that Mo Liang was playing a prank on her! If the replacement still does not work, won’t it be extra embarrassing?
Since Chu Liuyue had entered the academy, she had received countless praises. She had also been in the limelight the entire time. Now was the perfect time to take her down a notch!
So many people have praised her as a genius, but she does not seem so intelligent now!
The two exchanged glances and kept quiet as they watched Chu Liuyue, waiting for her to embarrass herself.
As expected, Chu Liuyue did not manage to leave a trace on the plank. She paused as if a little embarrassed and confused.
Cui Yao and Mo Liang could barely contain their smiles.
“Chu Liuyue, it seems like this one doesn’t work either. Would you like another one?” Mo Liang asked teasingly.
Chu Liuyue glanced at him before hesitantly saying, “Thank you for the trouble.”
“It’s no trouble! We’re all schoolmates, so it’s only natural that we help one another out.” Mo Liang suppressed his smile and threw another plank at Chu Liuyue.
Chu Liuyue now had three planks.
“Hey Chu Liuyue, if it still doesn’t work, how about a few more? When you’re done trying, a good one is bound to appear, right? Hahaha!” Cui Yao burst out laughing.
Even a fool would be able to tell that something was off now. However, to their surprise, Chu Liuyue was not embarrassed. Instead, she shook her head with a smile.
“It’s fine. These planks are more than enough.” With that, she walked over to the side and picked up an amygdalin leaf.
Cui Yao’s laughter was cut short when he saw this. A sense of uneasiness also rose in Mo Liang’s heart.
Chu Liuyue used the amygdalin leaf to wipe the plank before picking up the brush again.
As the brush flowed across the plank, white words appeared clearly.