Chapter 92 Scheme
Cheng Xu’s voice sounded again.
Ye Yunlan closed his eyes.
After he and Chen Weiyuan became daoist companions, the first magic weapon Chen Weiyuan gave him was the “Dark Incense Sparse Shadow”.
The summer sun was warm, and the lotus was blooming in the pond.
He sat on the railing by the pond and watched the koi swimming in the lake.
The Chen family had strict rules, and the courtyards were all guarded. There weren’t many places he could go to usually.
Anyways, besides Chen Weiyuan, many people in the Chen family looked down on him.
Especially at that time, several elders of the Chen Clan even bluntly said in front of him that he had a terrible appearance, no skills, and shouldn’t be shown in public. Thus, he should avoid going out and shaming them.
He quietly watched the koi frolicking.
Only occasionally, he would be a little envious of their excitement.
There was a light footstep behind him, and someone lowered his body to envelop him. He said with concern.
“Yunlan, why are you sitting here alone again?”
He said: “It’s just to kill time.”
The person behind him sighed, “It’s because your husband is usually too busy… When Husband is done with the most recent affairs, I will take you to Yuntai to enjoy the scenery, okay?”
He said softly, “Okay.”
The person behind him liked his well-behaved manner very much. He stroked his hair lightly: “Yunlan, do you remember that today is the third year since I have met you. It is also the first year I have entered into a bond with you.”
The person behind him laughed softly. “I want to give you a gift.”
He saw a robe.
That robe was shining in the sun, and it was very beautiful.
So he took it and put it on his body under Chen Weiyuan’s gentle gaze.
“It has a very nice name–” Chen Weiyuan smiled and said: “Dark Incense Sparse Shadow.”
Ye Yunlan opened his eyes. His expression was as indifferent as the snow on the mountain.
He said: “This item can hide its appearance and qi and form an incarnation separate from itself. But it has a fatal flaw.”
” ——It cannot be seen in the mirror.”
“Once you look in the mirror, the doppelganger will disappear, then its real appearance will be revealed.”
A long time ago.
There was no mirror in Chen Weiyuan’s study.
He was often called to wear new clothes and sit by his side, staring at him from time to time.
Cheng Xu originally thought it would be a difficult method. He didn’t expect it to be so simple. He clapped his hands and said: “If that’s the case, it’d be easy to tell. But if you have the Dark Incense Sparse Shadow on you and you didn’t alter your appearance, won’t the mirror just reflect your true appearance? Then what?”
Ye Yunlan: “Nothing.”
Cheng Xu was surprised and then understood his thoughts.
It didn’t take a lot of effort to look in a mirror. Even if the real culprit couldn’t be found, it was no loss to them.
And since Ye Yunlan would say such a thing, he should have something he was basing it on.
Thus, Cheng Xu took out a mirror with a large shape and a person’s height from his storage ring. He placed it in front of him and said to the disciples behind him.
“Like this, I will ask everyone to come before the mirror to verify yourself. If we see anything strange, we’ll know who is taking advantage of the situation.”
Cheng Xu, among the disciples, had a very high prestige. Although many people thought it was absurd, they could only nod their heads and stand before the mirror one by one.
After standing in front of the mirror, a disciple asked curiously: “Senior Brother Cheng, why do you carry a mirror? Could this be your newly refined magic weapon?”
Cheng Xu coughed lightly: “Besides cultivation, one should dress appropriately to manifest the temperament of a Sky Sect disciple.”
That disciple saw the light and said to him admiringly: “So that’s the case. Senior Brother bringing a mirror around is something we all need to learn as well!”
Cheng Xu coughed and waved his hand. “Hurry up, next.”
The flow of people rushed past, and soon, only Rong Ran was left in the corner.
Cheng Xu had been paying attention to Rong Ran’s situation. At this time, he raised his eyebrows and raised his voice: “Junior Brother Rong, why aren’t you coming over to try?”
Rong Ran’s expression was stiff, and his heart was bitter.
When Chen Weiyuan handed the treasure to him, he hadn’t told him the treasure’s flaws. If he knew this, he would’ve definitely set up a more sophisticated plan. Why was he being forced into such a situation that was impossible to advance or retreat in now?
The wound on his face hadn’t healed because of Shen Shu’s sword qi. After being exposed to snake venom, his whole body became swollen and bruised. It was terrifying. If this appearance was forced to be exposed in front of so many disciples——he would rather die!
Following Cheng Xu’s shout, Rong Ran became the focus of everyone’s attention again. He gritted his teeth secretly, thinking of what to say as an excuse, but he suddenly heard a scream.
Then, the sound of a mirror dropping from someone’s hand and hitting the ground came.
A female disciple close to him looked at him in horror, and she kept stepping back. Looking at her eyes, Rong Ran knew what happened—this woman took a mirror and took a look at him in private!
A disciple with quick eyesight and quick hands grabbed Cheng Xu’s mirror and stood in front of Rong Ran.
The mirror reflected a completely different appearance——bruises, swollen limbs, and a half-blooded face. It was indeed no different from a ghost.
“No—” Rong Ran screamed. His soft and delicate face distorted in the mirror, “Don’t look!”
With a bang, he chopped the mirror in front into pieces.
Cheng Xu felt sorry for his mirror but made a decisive decision: “Stop him!”
Then, a group of disciples rushed up. Seeing that the situation was wrong, Rong Ran turned around and was about to run away. He was a Nascent Soul cultivator with a magic weapon. His strength was higher than many ordinary cultivators’. His feet slipped by the crowd, and no one could do anything for a moment.
About to rush out of the siege and escape, Ye Yunlan was about to make a move, but Shen Shu held the back of his hand.
Shen Shu: “No need to bother Master to take action. He can’t escape anymore.”
The hard-to-detect shadow quietly reached Rong Ran’s feet and silently blocked him when he was about to escape from the envelope.
With a bang, Rong Ran’s body was off balance and laid face down on the ground, raising dust.
The people chasing suddenly fell silent.
A few couldn’t help but laugh out loud.
Cheng Xu coughed lightly, and only a few law enforcement disciples rushed out and tied Rong Ran with a cord. Cheng Xu walked up, looked at the gray-headed Rong Ran, and sighed. “Junior Brother Rong, can you explain why you have the Dark Incense Sparse Shadow?”
Rong Ran flung his head and his whole body trembled.
He never thought he would have such an embarrassing day.
“I was in the killing array. I was wounded, and I was just using a magic weapon to cover up the wound. What’s the fault with that?”
He wouldn’t own up to this.
Cheng Xu: “Is the Huan Youling on your body?”
Rong Ran showed a hint of a self-deprecating expression, “Senior Brother Cheng, Junior Brother Ye only said a few words, but you’re doubting me now?”
Although his face was gray, he was still born very gentle and would easily touch others.
No matter what he had done, ordinary people would give birth to a little pity.
Only, when Cheng Xu looked at him, he remembered Ye Yunlan’s awe-inspiring glimpse just now and the teary mole at the end of his eyes.
He sighed and didn’t respond to Rong Ran’s words.
When Gong Ze and Jiang Feiyu saw this incident, they were already panicking. Gong Ze stood up from the ground, looking at Rong Ran’s sorry state and the sight of the surrounding faintly sympathetic gazes. He suddenly roared: “I don’t believe it!”
He pointed to Ye Yunlan, “He made up all this, knowing Senior Brother Rong was carrying the Dark Incense Sparse Shadow on his body, so he deliberately set up a situation to frame him. He is mixing the truth with fake news. Did you easily believe his lie like this!? Look, Junior Brother Jiang and I are both living, real people. Our souls and bodies are here, so how could we be summoned souls!”
But this time, no one responded to his words.
The silence at the scene was a little frightening. Gong Ze was anxious, then heard a cold voice.
“The soul called by the Huan Youling must have a complete physical body. If your corpse is burned, the spells will fail.”
Gong Ze stared at Ye Yunlan with red eyes, “Nonsense! I don’t believe it!”
Shen Shu stood with folded arms.”Master never lies. You can decide if you want to trust it or not.”
Gong Ze: “You!”
Cheng Xu sighed again.
He seemed to be always sighing today.
He cupped his hands: “Everyone, in that case, let’s go to check the corpse.”
The group hurriedly walked through the palace hallway, and they soon arrived at the secret hidden corner.
Two bloody corpses were in the shadow of the corner, dressed in the outfits of Sky Sect disciples. One corpse wore a sapphire around his waist.
Cheng Xu raised his hand and asked everyone to stop. He then went up to check by himself.
“There are a total of sixteen wounds on the left corpse. The corpse on the right has two, one on the chest and one on the waist. It is no different from what Junior Brother Ye just said,” Gong Ze angrily said: “Remembering it so clear, maybe he found the two corpses in advance and hid them here, so he can frame others? I don’t believe a word he said about the Huan Youling calling back souls!”
Cheng Xu sighed, then a crimson flame burned in the center of his palm.
Jiang Feiyu, silent this entire time, wanted to stop him, but he was a step too slow.
The flames were thrown on the two bodies.
What Cheng Xu cultivated was a fire technique. The refined Nanming Lihuo could refine gold and stone in a flash, not to mention the physical bodies of two golden core stage disciples.
As the sparks engulfed the corpse, the bodies of the two originally indistinguishable from the living slowly became transparent.
They touched their bodies in a panic. They wanted to grab the hands of the disciple beside them, but they could only pass through them. All of their anger turned into blankness.
“Are we…really dead?”
Many of their sect disciples looked at them in silence.
No one answered their questions.
Gong Ze’s illusory face suddenly became twisted. Before he dissipated, he rushed toward Rong Ran.
The soul’s fingers grabbed Rong Ran’s face, “It’s you! You killed us! Rong Ran, I will curse you into h*ll! You have to die–” Gong Ze’s distorted expression and palm came toward him. It filled his field of vision, and he seemingly could feel a sharp pain on his cheek.
Rong Ran’s pupils contracted. He wanted to struggle, but disciples on both sides firmly held him down.
Gong Ze’s palm went straight through, but his half body had disappeared, and he couldn’t harm the living.
But there was a strong resentment left behind. It turned into black qi, melting into the wound on Rong Ran’s cheek.
“Ahhhhhh?” The sword qi inside was already devastating that wound, but the pain reached a pinnacle point with this resentful qi eroding it. Rong Ran’s face warped, and his body twisted in pain, but no one gave him any sympathy.
Rong Ran’s vision became fuzzy.
He wanted to ask for help, wanted to continue to argue, and wanted someone to stand up and say something for him. He usually used all his techniques to gather popularity in the sect and accumulate prestige, so he didn’t believe that no one would save him.
But no one stood up.
Not a single one.
Cheng Xu: “Since the matter has been revealed, let’s detain Junior Brother Rong… and have him be taken under custody and sent back to the sect for trial.”
Ye Yunlan and Shen Shu had already descended the mountain ahead of schedule. They weren’t interested in the remaining treasures in the Netherworld Secret Realm. They couldn’t be bothered to fight for them.
Suddenly, a young-sounding voice came from behind.
“Junior Brother Ye, please wait!”
Turning around, he saw a young man in a gray robe hurrying over.
Shen Shu folded his arms to look. He squinted slightly and recognized who this person was. “Are you the rude guy who hid in the bamboo forest to steal glances at Master to paint?”
Chen Xianyu blushed and sincerely apologized: “I was rude for what happened back then.”
Shen Shu: “What do you want with Master?”
Chen Xianyu smiled bitterly, “Someone wants me to convey a message to him.”
Then he said to Ye Yunlan, “Junior Brother Ye, I’ve told you my name before, but you may have forgotten after so long.”
As he said this, he bowed in a very peculiar ancient etiquette.
Ye Yunlan’s eyes narrowed slightly.
“My surname is Chen. Tianji does not speak. Chen Xianyu.”
——’Tianji does not speak.’
Ye Yunlan’s expression turned cold.
He thought of the Dark Incense Sparse Shadow Rong Ran used.
Rong Ran’s conspiracy in this life had been revealed for the time being. In his past life, he was framed and expelled from the sect. If Rong Ran did that too, Chen Weiyuan had been in contact with him and even participated in this scheme since then.
He must’ve also premeditated saving him before the mountain gate long ago.
Ye Yunlan: “He asked you to come; why?”
Chen Xianyu looked hesitantly at Shen Shu, “Can you ask your disciple to withdraw first?”
Ye Yunlan: “Say it here directly.”
Chen Xianyu swallowed a mouthful of saliva.
“Older Brother asked me to send a message…”
“He said, ‘Can Wife bear the Seven Emotion Needles’ pain?”