"Your zither is going to be stolen, and you're concerned with me?" Chu Yang snorted, "Am I that important?"
"Zither? Someone intends to steal the zither?" Young Master Yu's complexion changed, and a murderous intention filled the air.
"Now it is unlikely because this person found me, and wanted me to steal the zither." Chu Yang said with an incredible smile, "Quite a coincidence. Isn't it?"
Chu Yang had always despised people who — appeared nice on the surface but spoke ill of others and used contemptible means to defeat their enemies. Now that he had come across one such person, it was unlikely that he'd assist the same.
"Why didn't you just kill them?" Young Master Yu frowned.
"Why don't you? Why don't you just slaughter the Flute Master and the Transverse Flute Master's entire clan? If they are all dead, there would be no one left to compete for the title of 'number one under the heavens'. " Chu Yang said rolling his eyes, "Tell me, is that useful?"
"Humph!" Young Master Yu grunted and said, "Come with me."
Judging by Young Master Yu's complexion, it seemed that even he didn't miss the idea that Chu Yang spoke of just now.
"Young Master Chu!" Jun Lu Lu wore a white muslin mask. However, one could actually make out her happiness from the expression in her eyes, "You have finally arrived."
"It's not me, but you, who have finally arrived," Chu Yang said with a smile. "I came here four months ago."
"Indeed. You were here very early," Jun Lu Lu said as she smiled with her lips pursed.
"I just stopped for a while so I could ask Minister Chu for guidance on 'tuning'," Jun Lu Lu said with a smile. "'Match of The Three Masters' is going to start tomorrow. I must say that I am somewhat nervous."
"Leave it. At present, any guidance will only put you in an even more confused state of mind. You just need to bring out your best, and you will be fine," Chu Yang said smiling lightly.
"What you say is also true. Minister, please have a look; this is the identity we have prepared for you… " Jun Lu Lu smiled and said, "From now on I will call you… Jun Qing Yang."
"Jun Qing Yang? This name is pretty good! Haha… " Chu Yang laughed heartily.
While Chu Yang and others were having a happy time, Diwu Qing Rou's residence was in a difficult situation.
Actually, Jing Meng Hun had gone back to look for Yin Wu Tian. He wanted to ask about the things that had happened during his absence. Yin Wu Tian told him that the person had already left. Jing Meng Hun was very disappointed, and asked if he had taken anything.
As soon as Yin Wu Tian told him, Jing Meng Hun immediately felt that something was off. Yin Wu Tian had told him that he only took a White Grass Ginseng, a Blood Lotus Leaf, an Unworried Grass, an Everlasting Spring Ivy and an Open Withered Flower.
Yin Wu Tian did not understand the properties of these medicinal ingredients, but Jing Meng Hun was a great expert in medicine. Otherwise, he couldn't have made such life-saving medicinal potions.
"These do not match at all, ah… " Jing Meng Hun muttered to himself. "Moreover, these are used for increasing the cultivation. There are countless far-better medicines in the store-house that are excellent to treat his internal injuries, ah."
"Maybe Young Master Ye's clan has a different type of core law." Yin Wu Tian said, "But Young Master Ye said that… these many were enough, as he did not want to owe us a favor… "
"This is contrary to what I believe… " Jing Meng Hun said frowning, and immediately added, "No matter what, the Ye Clan of the Upper Three Heavens has always been an immense force. Later on, if we ever went to the Upper Three Heavens, we could rely on this person... "
"What Big Brother says is true," Yin Wu Tian said while nodding.
At this moment, Diwu Qing Rou had sent his men to call these two King Level Masters since he wished to discuss official business.
Originally, when Diwu Qing Rou had heard of this matter, he felt that something was fishy. [The Ye Clan of the Upper Three Heavens?] The others might not know of this, but Diwu Qing Rou was aware that a war with the Three Stars Divine Clan had broken out in the Upper Three Heavens. And that almost everyone had returned. Moreover, this entire battle was being coordinated by the Ye Clan. [At such a time, why would an important member of the Ye Clan would show up in the Lower Three Heavens?]
On hearing Jing Meng Hun's account, Diwu Qing Rou felt anything but reassured.
Therefore, he led Jing Meng Hun and the others to the hidden treasury. There were a lot of medicinal ingredients inside it. In addition to this, Diwu Qing Rou had collected and set aside a few for himself, in case there was an emergency. It would be considered a huge loss if something happened to those.
"That person only took away a little bit," At last, they were outside the gate of the store-room where the medicinal ingredients were kept. Yin Wu Tian was explaining. Could it be that what he saw with his own eyes was actually false?
Fourth King Level Master Yin felt that he was under suspicion. He felt somewhat uneasy in his heart.
The door opened and everyone walked inside in a queue.
A cabinet was opened, and everyone simultaneously looked inside it.
On seeing what was inside, they all were stunned!
Inside it, instead of millennium old ginsengs, there only remained a few shriveled radish-like roots. To make matter worse, even they didn't have the least bit of medicinal efficacy left inside them.
A few other cabinets were opened, and were found to be in the same condition.
"Oh!" Yin Wu Tian cried, looking pale, "How could this be?"
Diwu Qing Rou's complexion immediately turned ugly, "Open all the cabinets!"
Bang! With a burst of noise, all the cabinets were opened wide.
Jing Meng Hun and Yin Wu Tian nearly fainted on the spot.
Only the residues remained in the cabinets. Whichever cabinet they opened, it was unexceptionally the same.
The treasure that The Golden Horse Riders Department had acquired over the years — by plundering and using any possible means — was gone. In addition to that, Diwu Qing Rou's valuable collection of medicines was also thrown-in… as a bonus.
"This is ruthless! 1300 different types of elixirs were here, and not even a little remained!" Diwu Qing Rou thought out loud as he clenched his teeth. Then he suddenly turned around and grabbed Yin Wu Tian, "Only took away a little, a little?" Diwu Qing Rou asked as he gritted his teeth.
Yin Wu Tian's eyes were devoid of expression; he was completely dumbfounded.
He was so shocked that his brain stopped thinking.
"Jing Meng Hun, is this the kind of friends you make? You pay them in exchange of help? Huh?" Diwu Qing Rou's expression was very dark and gloomy, but his tone seemed awfully light.
"I… this subordinate is guilty," Jing Meng Hun opened his mouth to speak but was unable to speak more than a few words. He was so annoyed that he wished that he could slap his own face; ruthlessly at that.
"To lead a thief right into our inner circle… you're very good ah. You first draw in this individual, then let him out respectfully. You welcome him, then take turns to flatter him… you are very good." Diwu Qing Rou spoke slowly, and in a cold voice, "I do not understand… even if he really belonged to the Ye Clan of the Upper Three Heavens, what relationship do you have with him? Why would you go so far as to fawn over him? Don't tell me that you think… that you would be able to gain fame in the Upper Three Heavens because of this?"
The red-faced Jing Meng Hun and Yin Wu Tian hung their heads low in shame. The Prime Minister was speaking in a very serious manner.
"Investigate! Do not hesitate! Find this man at all costs!" Diwu Qing Rou said as he pulled up his sleeves in anger. He then walked away. This time he was really mad. This was the first time that Diwu Qing Rou had been angered to such an extent.
Stored here were so many medicines which were… for his own secret usage. Moreover, it was estimated they were soon to come in use.
However, at this crucial juncture, the entire preparation had turned into a complete waste.
For Diwu Qing Rou, this attack was even more impactful than the subjugation of Great Zhao. This place had stored Diwu Qing Rou's dream. Moreover, it was also related to a major event. Something that was going to have ultra-high stakes!
And 'that' matter was Diwu Qing Rou's lifetime goal, for which he had tried so hard.
Now, his dream had been shattered! That major event, due to the lack of medicinal ingredients… would definitely get postponed for at least a few decades.
Fortunately, Diwu Qing Rou's forbearance was far beyond the scope of ordinary person's; otherwise this shock could've driven him mad.
Diwu Qing Rou didn't even have the least bit suspicion on King of Hell Chu since Jing Meng Hun had very clearly stated that 'Young Master Ye' was evenly matched with 'Young Master Yu', the demon of the Middle Three Heavens. Moreover, not only was he matched evenly with Young Master Yu, but his strength was even a notch higher than the fiend's.
How could King of Hell Chu have such strength?
Moreover, the medicinal ingredients were not stolen. They had their efficacies extracted! This was an odd phenomenon in Diwu Qing Rou's experience. He could not arrive at a conclusion, but had a faint impression in his heart, [it seems like the Three Stars Divine Clan's 'Spirit Absorption Method' has a similar effect as this… ]
However, the Three Stars Divine clan had vanished thousands of years ago, and had re-appeared only recently. There was very little information available about them… Diwu Qing Rou didn't know much either.
[Since this incident could be related to the Three Stars Divine clan, it wouldn't have any association with King of Hell Chu. Even a fool would figure out such a thing.]
"Prepare my carriage! I am going to meet with Young Master Yu tonight itself!"
Diwu Qing Rou shouted angrily.
[Young Master Yu knows the identity of this person! I can find him as long as I know who it is. Perhaps, I can even turn this bad deed into a good one… since he has already extracted the efficacies, I won't need to extract them again… ]
Diwu Qing Rou left in a hurry.
Jing Meng Hun and Yin Wu Tian hung their heads low as they went outside. They glanced at each other, only to see a face that seemed on the verge of tears… but could not even cry. Diwu Qing Rou had only scolded them this time; he hadn't said anything else. However, these two talented individuals knew: Diwu Qing Rou showered the two of them with rebukes only when there was a way to redeem the situation. Yet this time, he didn't say anything in that regard… this meant that his dissatisfaction must have reached the pinnacle…
[How would we clean up this mess?]
Jing Meng Hun immediately ordered to have a portrait of 'Young Master Ye' painted by recalling the image from his own memory. Then, he immediately asked the painter to duplicate the portrait; several times at that. He then ordered the entire force of Golden Horse Riders Department to act immediately.
This was the first all-round three-dimensional attack since the establishment of Golden Horse Riders Department.
Jing Meng Hun and Yin Wu Tian were really anxious. [F*k… if this mistake isn't corrected soon… everyone's future will be in dark.]
The water from the rain was continuously draining into the room. Jing Meng Hun had just issued the order for his men to go all-out. A while later, someone came back with another 'super' bad news.
All family members of Du Shi Qing had disappeared.
Du Shi Qing's wife, son and daughter-in-law had disappeared.
Jing Meng Hun became frantic.
After Du Shi Qing had gone missing in Iron Cloud, his family had become an object of monitoring for Diwu Qing Rou. As per Diwu Qing Rou's guess, King of Hell Chu would inevitably make a move again. He had been waiting for King of Hell Chu to make contact with them. In fact, he had been planning to launch an attack when this happened.
Moreover, Du Shi Qing's son and daughter-in-law were members of the Golden Horse Riders Department; they were extremely loyal and devoted to Golden Horse Riders Department. Therefore, their safety needed to be ensured.
It would be a fatal blow to King of Hell Chu if he dared to come here. However, almost the entire Continent Centre Citadel was in chaos at present. Hence, Diwu Qing Rou could not attend to such trivial matters. Moreover, Jing Meng Hun had been slacking off in regard to this matter since he hadn't expected that they would disappear after so many efforts had been made in their safety.
"When did they disappear?" Jing Meng Hun said as he swatted the desk in anger. In fact, he almost strangled the person who reported this matter with a round of abuse, "I will f*ck your mother! Are you monitoring people or eating shit?"