“He went there before?” Chu Liuyue was also shocked. “When?”
Weichi Song squinted and recalled for a while before saying, “It should’ve been after Little Crescent was gone… Back then, everyone said that Little Crescent went crazy… He heard that Nan Jiang had medicine that could bring the dead back to life, so he brought people over… But in the end, he didn’t find it, and most of the people he brought there came back injured. After that time, Jiang Yucheng recuperated for a long time and didn’t even go to Little Crescent’s funeral.”
“Funeral?” Chu Liuyue widened her eyes. How can this be? When I committed suicide by burning my Tianjing Yuan meridian, my entire physical body was damaged and completely ruined. How could I—
“Yeah! Originally, according to Little Crescent’s identity, she could’ve been buried and sent off properly. But as it didn’t sound good that she went crazy due to cultivation, they… just executed it according to an average princess’s funeral.”
Chu Liuyue heard it and found it ridiculous. Laughable! Those people tried all sorts of ways to push me to my death, yet they didn’t forget to plan my funeral? Right—of course, they need to do so! Only by doing this could they wash away their suspicion! And the so-called risking his life to save me by going to Nan Jiang… Jiang Yucheng actually acted everything out so fully! He clearly went to Nan Jiang for another purpose, so he just used me as a shield! However, the crowd most probably thought that he was as devoted as ever.
The heart-wrenching hatred overwhelmed her heart, and it almost made her chest explode.
The fists in her sleeves had long been clenched tightly, and she almost crushed her bones. Jiang Yucheng, you really outdid yourself!
Seeing that Chu Liuyue lowered her head, became motionless, and seemed amiss, Weichi Song asked in concern, “Liuyue! Are you okay?”
Chu Liuyue closed her eyes.
When she raised her head again, her emotions had already been appeased. She smiled slightly and said, “Nothing much. I was just wondering… What kind of treasure is so magical that it can attract… Eldest Young Master Jiang to risk his life and go over.”
As she spoke, she looked at Qiang Wanzhou. “Little Zhou, you’ve grown up in Nan Jiang from a young age. Have you ever heard of such a thing?”
Qiang Wanzhou shook his head. “Nope.”
Weichi Song paused for a while and said, “Actually, I have always doubted this, but I didn’t have much evidence… It now seems very likely that he didn’t go to Nan Jiang for Little Crescent but for something else… If he really was the one who brought back the Messed Yuan Gravel…”
Weichi Song suddenly thought of something, knitted his brows, and stopped.
Chu Liuyue stepped forward. “Mentor, I came to Xi Ling not long ago, but I heard quite a bit of news about Chong Xu Cabinet. I wanted to ask you a question: Is there someone targeting Chong Xu Cabinet in the dark?”
Weichi Song’s face instantly looked like it aged by a few decades. He slowly sighed and laughed bitterly. “You’re so smart, and it’s natural for you to guess this. That’s right. Ever since that incident happened more than a year ago, there was indeed someone who targeted our Chong Xu Cabinet and made life difficult for us secretly and openly.”
“Is that why a lot of disciples left? Because of this?”
Weichi Song nodded stiffly, and bitterness flashed across his face. Before this, he had never thought that he would be driven to this state.
Chu Liuyue paused and softly asked, “That person… Is it the Third Princess, Shangguan Wan?”
Weichi Song suddenly looked at Chu Liuyue and asked in shock, “How did you… No, not her…”
Weichi Song started to deny it, but his previous reaction had already confirmed Chu Liuyue’s suspicions.
“Why must she do this?” Chu Liuyue frowned. Could it purely be because Weichi Song was half my mentor and was close to me? If that really is the case, Shangguan Wan would have to deal with too many people! If Shangguan Wan deals with them one by one, she would be exhausted to death! Besides, Chong Xu Cabinet was in the spotlight back then. It also wasn’t easy to defeat them as it exhausted a great amount of manpower and resources! Thinking about it, it’s an uphill task! Shangguan Wan’s brain must be damaged to do this!
But Weichi Song refused to answer Chu Liuyue’s question. “Liuyue, this has nothing to do with you. Don’t guess anymore, and don’t interfere with this matter!”
“I am already Chong Xu Cabinet’s disciple today. How is this not related to me? She doesn’t want to harm only you, but she also wants to harm the entire Chong Xu Cabinet!”
“Liuyue, just take it as if I’m begging you!” boomed Weichi Song as pain and struggle flashed across his eyes.
Chu Liuyue suddenly paused.
After a while, she finally nodded. “Okay.”
Weichi Song sighed deeply. I naturally know that Chu Liuyue is doing this for the entire Chong Xu Cabinet and me, but this matter implicates too many people and is very dangerous. I really don’t want to drag these two kids down.
The room fell into temporary silence.
Qiang Wanzhou suddenly spoke. “People who have used Messed Yuan Gravel before would have marks left on their bodies.”
Chu Liuyue and Weichi Song looked over in unison. “What did you say?”
Qiang Wanzhou raised his hand. “If one wants to use Messed Yuan Gravel, they would have to use their fresh blood as bait. The person who is the bait would have a very faint red line left behind from his palm to his wrist area.”
Chu Liuyue’s eyes brightened up. “This means that we can confirm if Jiang Yucheng did it or not if we find a way to see his hand?”
Weichi Song was first elated before he frowned and said, “This method sounds simple, yet it is also difficult. Jiang Yucheng is high in power now and always has a guard with him, so it’s not easy to get close to him. Besides… Even if he was the true mastermind, he might not do it himself.”
This Messed Yuan Gravel needed one to use fresh blood as bait, and it would also absorb one’s force. It was too strange and scary.
Jiang Yucheng could randomly send a subordinate to do it. Why would he have to do it himself?
But Qiang Wanzhou said, “If this matter implicates him, then he must’ve done it personally.”
Chu Liuyue immediately asked, “Why?”
“Because only by doing it this way would he completely control the Messed Yuan Gravel’s situation. Besides, the more important thing is… Some of the force that the Messed Yuan Gravel absorbs will enter his body and aid his cultivation.”
Chu Liuyue’s eyes shrunk. It turned out that Messed Yuan Gravel had such a use… This kind of behavior is indeed despicable, but it’s indeed something Jiang Yucheng would do.
Chu Liuyue knew him too well. In the past, he wasn’t as talented as me. Even though he didn’t say it on the surface, he minded this very much in his heart. Even though he was already considered a top talent when compared to the majority of people, he was still dissatisfied. He had always been very hardworking in his cultivation, and he could be considered crazy in regards to strengthening his capabilities. If he had such a method… He might even try it!
Chu Liuyue calmly said, “No matter what, he has been to Nan Jiang before. Hence, there is this possibility. We can just investigate and find out if he did it or not!”