A man in a black robe appeared before her.
The person was wearing a red and black ghost mask that covered nearly his entire face. All that could be seen was a pair of cold, brown eyes.
As he stood there, he was shrouded in an extremely overbearing aura.
The few people still talking earlier were now all on the ground, dead.
The strong smell of blood spread across the air.
Situ Xingchen held her breath as her hair stood on end. This man is extremely dangerous!
“Wh-who are you?!” She instinctively reached toward her wrist, but there was nothing there. It was only then that she recalled that Ye Zhiting had destroyed her bracelet.
Now there was absolutely nothing useful on her that could be used to attack or defend!
The man suddenly laughed; his voice was hoarse. “You don’t have to know who I am. You just need to know that I’m here to help you.”
“Help me?” Situ Xingchen frowned. “Who exactly are you? Why are you helping me?”
She was not trusting by nature, and her experiences in the last few days were driving her crazy. Therefore, she wasn’t at all happy when she heard the man’s words. Instead, she felt unsettled.
The man didn’t say anything. He waved his hand, and there was a green light!
A bronze cauldron appeared before Situ Xingchen’s eyes—there was even dried blood on the edges of it!
Situ Xingchen stared at it as her eyes widened. This is the bronze cauldron from Heptagon Alley! Didn’t they lose it? Why is it with the strange man?! And… he actually brought it here!
“Wh-what exactly do you want to do?” Situ Xingchen finally found her voice.
The man finally spoke after a brief silence. “Don’t you know what to do?”
Situ Xingchen clenched her fists in her sleeves! “You…”
“Don’t say you don’t know. I know exactly what you’re trying to do. This was prepared for Rong Jin, but even today, that fool doesn’t know what this is. So, this is yours now.”
“You… You’re really giving this to me? Now?”
“It seems like you’re not very willing.” As the man spoke, he moved as if intending to take the bronze cauldron back.
Situ Xingchen immediately cried out. “Hold on!”
She bore with the pain as she limped over and stared at the bronze cauldron. “What are your conditions?”
She refused to believe that this man was helping her without expecting anything in return.
“You’ll know when the time comes.” The man answered impatiently as if he couldn’t be bothered with her.
Situ Xingchen dared not pry any further. She slowly reached for the bronze cauldron, but just as she was about to touch it, she paused and looked at her hand with hatred.
It was dry and purple and looked terrifying.
Other superficial wounds and internal injuries could be cured, but toxins that had entered the body weren’t as easy to deal with. As time passed, they would accumulate.
What will I do if I can’t recover after I get out?
“I… I have a request.” Situ Xingchen decided to take her chances. “I’m badly injured, and I’ve been poisoned… Can you help me?”
The man’s gaze landed on her hands.
Situ Xingchen looked at him nervously.
However, the man replied to her coldly, “No.”
With that, he turned and left.
Situ Xingchen opened her mouth. But before she could speak, the man had disappeared.
She gritted her teeth. That person is extremely strong, and he isn’t a simpleton. How could it be possible that he can’t help me? He just simply didn’t feel like helping me!
She repressed her disdain and looked toward the bronze cauldron.
Her surroundings were dark, and the longer she stared at the bloodstains, the more she felt an eeriness from it.
She took a deep breath and placed both hands on the bronze cauldron!
The instant she touched it, the remaining traces of blood on her hand were absorbed by the bronze cauldron!
An eerie, blood-red light burst out from it and enveloped Situ Xingchen!
Chu Liuyue followed behind Jian Fengchi the entire time. When she realized that he was heading straight for the palace, she frowned and stopped.
Jian Fengchi looked at her confusedly. “What’s the matter?”
Chu Liuyue looked at the bell in his hands. This is Jian Fengchi’s treasure, and it has never been wrong.
“Young Master Jian, the palace is over there. Would the person remain in the palace after stealing it?”
Jian Fengchi narrowed his eyes. “You don’t trust me?”
“That’s not it.” Chu Liuyue paused.
“Just follow me then! Don’t worry. Since I’ve agreed to help you, I’ll see it to the end!”
Chu Liuyue was reassured by Jian Fengchi’s words and continued following after him.
But as the two of them arrived outside the palace walls and were trying to figure out a way to get in, Jian Fengchi suddenly raised his eyebrows. He then placed the bell next to his ears and listened carefully.
His expression changed. “He doesn’t seem to be here anymore.”
“What?” Chu Liuyue surveyed the surroundings.
At this time and position, nobody had passed by.
“Wasn’t he just there? How did he…”
“Over there!” Jian Fengchi quickly changed directions!
Chu Liuyue followed after him without hesitation! But after taking a few steps, she couldn’t help but look back.
Jian Fengchi only realized that Chu Liuyue was standing still after walking a distance.
“You don’t want to find that person anymore?” Jian Fengchi teased.
Chu Liuyue shook her head; then, she said slowly, “That person came to the palace before he left… Why?”
Jian Fengchi paused. He seemed to have understood something. “You’re saying that he purposely took a trip to the palace?”
Chu Liuyue looked up and stared at the tall palace walls as if she wanted to pass right through it and see everything.
“I’m entering the palace!” After a moment, she decided on this. I have a strong feeling that this man had an objective for this trip! In the palace, the only people connected to the bronze cauldron are Emperor Jiawen and Situ Xingchen!
Just as Chu Liuyue was about to find a way in, Jian Fengchi stopped her. “You’re going in like this in broad daylight?!”
Chu Liuyue frowned and was about to say something when she saw a firework in the distant sky!
The next instant, it burst open!
A fluttering military flag!
Chu Liuyue’s heart sank. The city gates have been broken through!