There’s actually someone in the imperial mausoleum and has been locked up for years? Chu Liuyue was beyond shocked as she speedily sized that man up.
When she saw him clearly, she found something amiss. This man doesn’t seem to be alive!
He had a big figure, and he was wearing a black robe with golden dragon embroidery on his chest and sleeves, looking very mighty and domineering.
One glance at him, and one could tell the man was around 40 years old. However, he was very charming and had an outstanding aura. One could still tell that he definitely had to be a rare kind of handsome when he was young.
But… his eyes were completely black.
Chu Liuyue couldn’t help but stare at that pair of eyes.
It was two black holes—which looked calm on the surface—but in their depths, one could see the changes from life to death and the extinguishing of the galaxy.
“Who are you?” boomed the man slowly as he looked at Chu Liuyue.
Chu Liuyue’s brain suddenly became dazed. She felt very lethargic, and she almost let loose all of her senses.
“Chu Liuyue,” she replied softly.
The empty space suddenly quietened down.
After a while, that man said, “No, you’re not Chu Liuyue.”
His voice had some indescribable strength, and it sounded deep and soft to the ears as it traveled to her heart.
Chu Liuyue shook her head and said determinedly, “I am Chu Liuyue.”
With this body and appearance, who can I be if I’m not Chu Liuyue?
That man suddenly laughed as if he had heard a joke. “Look up and see.”
Chu Liuyue looked up and saw the river slowly flowing in mid-air. Countless stars reflected in her eyes, dazzling beautifully.
Suddenly, the light disappeared.
The river surface moved, and a scene appeared in front of her eyes.
Chu Liuyue knitted her brows.
It was a cliff. An octagonal pavilion stood at the extension of the cliff.
The white mountain clouds flowed around, adding to the fairy-like nature of this perilous terrain.
In the octagonal pavilion, a man in black stood with his hands behind his back.
The mountain wind blew over and rolled up his sleeves. It was as though the man was about to ride along with the wind like a deity.
Chu Liuyue looked at his back view and found it familiar for some reason. I seem to have… seen this person before…
When she saw the cliff and the octagonal pavilion, she didn’t find them unfamiliar. It was as if she had come here long ago.
Something tingled in her heart as if it was about to explode, but she couldn’t point it out clearly. This made her feel numb and very restless.
Chu Liuyue opened her mouth as if she wanted to call the man in black’s name, but she seemed to become a mute—she couldn’t make any sound.
A fire seemed to be burning at the bottom of her heart, causing her to be very anxious.
“You…” Chu Liuyue anxiously wanted to speak and spat out a word with much difficulty when she saw the man in black suddenly turn around.
Chu Liuyue instantly paused, and her eyes were glued onto him. But just as she was about to see the man’s appearance, an excruciating, sharp pain suddenly came from her hands.
She jolted awake and looked down to find that Tuan Zi had bitten her hand.
The bright-red blood gradually seeped out from her wound, causing her to wake up completely. What happened to me just now? I actually entered the other party’s perilous situation so easily!
“Tuan Zi, thank you. I almost…” whispered Chu Liuyue, but she suddenly paused. Almost… Almost what? Where did the gratitude in my heart come from?
This type of feeling rarely appeared for her. Normally, she would only feel this way if she avoided committing a huge mistake.
However… even though her defensive walls had nearly collapsed in that previous scenario, it didn’t seem to have much relation to her biggest secret.
Why do I feel like I just managed to survive a disaster? Chu Liuyue looked up once again.
The river light floating in mid-air had recovered its original structure, and the images on it had completely disappeared as if they had never appeared before—including the cliff, the octagonal pavilion, and… that man.
Chu Liuyue pursed her lips. I actually anxiously wanted to see what that man looked like… Such a thing has never happened before!
She suppressed her inner turmoil, clenched her fists, and looked at the man on the throne. “You think you can use such an illusion to trap me?”
A smile with deep meaning appeared on the man in black’s face. “You think that that was an illusion?”
Chu Liuyue’s heart sank.
“The scenes that appear in the drowning water come from your memory. It will naturally reflect whatever you’re thinking of.” His low and slow voice sounded, and every word was like lightning that struck beside her ears.
Chu Liuyue’s entire body tensed up. This means that whatever I saw just now was real? However, such a scene has never appeared in my two lives’ worth of memories—be it this life or my previous life.
“I don’t even know your identity; how can I believe what you said?” Chu Liuyue sneered. “I can confirm that I’ve never seen that scene before. Your lying skills are too mediocre.”
“Oh? Are you sure?” asked that man nonchalantly as if he was unaffected.
Chu Liuyue’s heart skipped a beat, and she secretly clenched her teeth. Logically speaking, I believe every single word that I said because I truly don’t remember that scene. However, there’s a vague uncertainty at the bottom of my heart. This is because I felt an indescribable familiarity when I saw that scene, especially the man with his hands behind his back.
I just saw his back view, but I had the urge to call out his name. If I truly haven’t seen him before, why would I behave in such a manner?
“You don’t know my identity, but I know who you are.” The man in black looked up, and his deadly gaze was glued to Chu Liuyue, coupled with confident laughing intent.
It was as if everything was under his control.
“Who exactly are you?!” hollered Chu Liuyue!
“You will naturally find out when you find me,” said that man as he suddenly stood up. “I’ll wait for you.”
Then, before Chu Liuyue could even react, his figure suddenly transformed into countless rays of silver light and flew to the middle of the river.
He disappeared without a trace!
Chu Liuyue took a long while to recover her senses. That man in black… left just like that? He told me to find him… but where do I find him? I can’t enter the river, right?
On the one hand, it was impossible for her to go up. On the other hand, who knew what would happen if she entered that space?
Chu Liuyue thought for a while and finally decided to continue walking forward as she headed toward the throne in the middle.
There was nothing else here other than that throne. If she couldn’t find any clues from the throne, her head would ache.
Chu Liuyue walked forward step by step and finally stopped in front of the throne.
Suddenly, her gaze focused, and she carefully stared at the throne’s backrest.
A line of words was written in the middle: “East of the drowning water, gold also!”