When Fang Baichu saw Gu Louyin in tears, it was not enough for him to be shocked himself, but he had to drag Xiao Yuan into being shocked. “Young master, young master, look! Gu Louyin…… is crying?”
Xiao Yuan’s mood was indescribably complicated. This was the second time he had witnessed Gu Louyin in tears. The first time it was in Baihua Palace when he changed back to his appearance to interrogate Lu Yueyao and was caught by Gu Louyin. At that time, Gu Louyin was in a turbulent mood, leaning on his shoulder and talking a lot, and Xiao Yuan’s clothes were soaked with his unstoppable tears.
Facing Gu Louyin at that time, Xiao Yuan didn’t have much confusion in his heart and felt even a little irritated. It was not that he was bothered by Gu Louyin, he just felt that exposing his identity would cause a lot of trouble. He didn’t want to be dragged down and he didn’t want to have anything to do with Gu Louyin and Yunjian Pavilion anymore. So he joined forces with Luo Lan to get a corpse and plunged Gu Louyin, who thought he had found him, into the abyss again. He thought that the corpse could free Gu Louyin and make him give up. He really didn’t know that Gu Louyin would fall into demonization as a result. Had he known, he… he wouldn’t have necessarily done that.
This time, he and Gu Louyin “reunited” in an illusion. Compared with the last time, Gu Louyin seemed calm for a long time after seeing his soul. During the day and night in the illusion, Gu Louyin rarely lost his composure, at least not while Xiao Yuan was awake. Obviously, he tried to summon his soul unscrupulously but when he finally did, he didn’t say much. Most of the time, Gu Louyin just looked at him quietly, his eyes firmly locked on him alone. Even when the illusion collapsed, he just called his name.
The simple three syllables made Xiao Yuan’s heart move slightly, and he, who had always been smart-mouthed, couldn’t even speak.
Gu Louyin… was this man poisonous?
Luo Lan was not as shocked as Fang Baichu, but more worried. The gazes of the three of them fell on Gu Louyin, watching his tears fall quietly.
Gu Louyin slowly opened his eyes.
Luo Lan hurriedly leaned forward and said nervously, “Master Gu, how do you feel?”
Gu Louyin was silent. He lowered his eyes and looked at his hands. The expression in his eyes was hidden under his long eyelashes, and the candlelight danced on his frost-like face.
Luo Lan asked, knowing the answer: “Have you seen him?”
Gu Louyin closed his palms and said “en” very lightly. He seemed to be immersed in his own world. Xiao Yuan looked at him sitting next to the ice coffin and felt that he was incompatible with this real world.
Xiao Yuan’s chest was blocked in a panic. He stood up and said in a casual tone: “The soul summoning is over, everyone can disperse. I’ll go out and get some air.”
Luo Lan watched Xiao Yuan walk towards the door and started saying: “You…”
Xiao Yuan heard Gu Louyin’s muffled groan from behind, followed by Luo Lan’s panicked voice: “Master Gu!”
Xiao Yuan turned around and saw Gu Louyin spitting out a mouthful of blood, his white clothes dyed brilliant red, like a red plum blossom in the snow. Xiao Yuan gave Fang Baichu a look. Fang Baichu understood, leaned over Gu Louyin and said, “I am a medical practitioner, let me take a look.”
Luo Lan hurriedly gave Fang Baichu a place, “Please come.”
Fang Baichu checked Gu Louyin’s injuries and said, “Excessive spiritual power consumption in a short period of time, and the depletion of the golden core is severe…”
Before Fang Baichu finished speaking, Luo Lan said in a deep voice: “How serious is it? Even his golden core…”
“The depletion of his golden core should not be caused by the soul summoning. After Master Gu became demonized, his cultivation base skyrocketed in a short period of time, and his golden core could not bear the overwhelming spiritual power. In the long run, I am afraid…” Fang Baichu glanced at Gu Louyin, “I am afraid there is not going to be a long run.”
Even if Fang Baichu didn’t say the last words, the other three knew it. In the matter of cultivation, there were no good things falling from the sky. Gu Louyin’s demonization was against Dao, and Dao naturally wanted to get something back from him. If you didn’t pay anything when you got a big increase in cultivation, all the cultivators in the world would rush to demonize themselves.
Gu Louyin wiped the blood from the corners of his mouth and said indifferently, “How long do I have?”
Fang Baichu looked at Xiao Yuan in embarrassment, and Xiao Yuan said, “Be honest.”
“If you meditate and recuperate and follow the doctor’s instructions, you may be able to live to seventy or eighty years old like ordinary people.”
The age of seventy or eighty was definitely a short life for a cultivator, but it could be barely acceptable.
Fang Baichu said again: “But if you act arbitrarily and make your golden core continue to bear what it cannot bear, within ten years, the golden core will burst and you will die.”
Luo Lan’s face was as pale as paper, as if Fang Baichu was not talking about Gu Louyin but about him. “Master Gu, did you hear that? If you continue like this, there will only be ten years of life left!”
Gu Louyin said, “Ten years… is enough.” He got up and walked to the door. When he passed Xiao Yuan, he paused slightly and said, “Thank you.”
Xiao Yuan said indifferently: “Thank you for what?”
“For letting me see him.”
Xiao Yuan’s throat rolled slightly, “You’re welcome.”
Gu Louyin said, “Ruthless hua is in the backyard, you can pick it up if you want.”
Fang Baichu got the ruthless hua and immediately formulated the antidote for Xiao Yuan that could temporarily suppress the Acacia Gu. Xiao Yuan took the antidote and was done with it for another month.
Fang Baichu said, “Young lord, now that we have obtained the ruthless hua, can we go back to Xingtian Sect?”
Xiao Yuan thought for a while and said, “No rush, I still have something to do.”
“Young lord can go back to Xingtian Sect first and send Retainer Li and the others to do it.”
Xiao Yuan glanced at him, “Are you teaching me how to do things?”
Fang Baichu said that he didn’t dare, and muttered secretly that the young lord was becoming more and more like the Venerable Lord.
Xiao Yuan ordered: “You go and prescribe supplements for Gu Louyin.”
“Prescribing medicines is useless. His injury cannot be cured by taking medicine.”
“Then you should come up with some commonly used medicines that can strengthen the body, calm the nerves, activate blood and reduce stasis.”
“He vomited such a big mouthful of blood and you want to activate his blood and reduce stasis…”
Fang Baichu cursed and swore, then finally obeyed Xiao Yuan’s order and personally boiled a bowl of medicine for Gu Louyin. Xiao Yuan knocked on Gu Louyin’s door with the medicine, “Master Gu, it’s me, Liang Nian.”
Gu Louyin opened the door and said, “What’s the matter?”
Gu Louyin changed into white clothes and the warm jade used to attract the soul the day before yesterday was tied to his waist. His expression was indifferent and alienated.
Xiao Yuan raised the bowl in his hand and said, “This is the medicine that my shixiong specially made for you. He said that it will be of great benefit for your injury. I will put it on the table for you?”
Gu Louyin said, “Just give it to me.”
Xiao Yuan hesitated for a moment, then smiled and said, “Okay.” He handed the bowl to Gu Louyin. Gu Louyin took it and was about to leave. Xiao Yuan stopped him: “Wait.”
Gu Louyin paused and did not look back.
Xiao Yuan said, “Master Gu, you have to take medicine.”
The door behind Gu Louyin closed.
Xiao Yuan looked at the closed door thoughtfully and was patted on the shoulder. He looked at the old man and said lazily: “Oh, it’s Master, what can I do for you?”
Luo Lan said, “Come with me.”
When the two came to the snow-covered backyard, Xiao Yuan stopped pretending and said, “Uncle is looking for me for something?”
Luo Lan lowered his voice: “What did you and Gu Louyin talk about in the illusionary realm?”
Xiao Yuan said truthfully: “I said everything you asked me to say. I said that I don’t blame him anymore, I don’t want him to blame himself, he must let go of his guilt towards me and try to look forward.”
Luo Lan frowned seriously, “Then why is there no sign of his heart demon being eliminated?”
Xiao Yuan shook off the snow from his soles carelessly, “Probably because his obsession is not just to get my forgiveness.”
“Then what else?”
Xiao Yuan said lightly: “Who knows. Didn’t you say that in addition to my death, there is another reason why he was demonized that cannot be ignored?”
Luo Lan murmured: “Yunjian Pavilion… could it be that he…”
Xiao Yuan said again: “In the illusion, Gu Louyin also took me to see his mother.”
A strange expression flashed in Luo Lan’s eyes extremely quickly. He smiled and said, “He has always been like this. If he had anything he liked before, he would always show it to his mother.”
“His mother was really a great beauty, no wonder she could give birth to a son like Gu Louyin.”
Luo Lan: “…en.”
Xiao Yuan quietly observed Luo Lan’s expression, then said after a while: “Uncle, let me ask you one last time, what is the relationship between you and Gu Louyin.”
Luo Lan was startled, his voice slightly chilly: “I said, I’m just an elder who cares about him. No matter how many times you ask, I will always have this answer.”
Xiao Yuan nodded, “Okay, I see.” Luo Lan didn’t want to tell the truth, so he would just find out by himself.
At night, Xiao Yuan found Fang Baichu and gave him another young lord’s order that scared Fang Baichu enough to jump like a rabbit. “You… you want me to steal Gu Louyin’s clothes? Young lord, do you have any special hobbies?”
Xiao Yuan corrected: “It’s the bloodied robe, I want a little bit of his blood. Or, you can make an excuse to heal him and take some of his blood. Choose by yourself.”
Fang Baichu did not hesitate: “I definitely choose the latter.”
Xiao Yuan urged: “Then what are you still doing in a daze, go.”
Fang Baichu frowned, feeling that something was not right. Why did he agree so readily?
Under Xiao Yuan’s coercion, Fan Baichu bit the bullet, found Gu Louyin and said, “Master Gu, your physique is extremely special. I, I want to take a little bit of your blood and use it for…”
Gu Louyin said, “Porcelain bottle.”
Fang Baichu was taken aback and quickly handed the bottle in his hand. Gu Louyin summoned an ice blade, cut his wrist, and let his blood fall into the porcelain bottle.
Fang Baichu saw that he was bleeding like there’s no tomorrow and hurriedly said, “Enough, it’s enough.”
Gu Louyin withdrew his hand, “En.”
Fang Baichu came back with the bottle and sighed: “In fact, Gu Louyin is actually quite nice to talk to. I thought that after his demonization, he would get vicious and evil, the kind that wanted to kill people at every turn.”
“Even though he’s demonized, he is still Gu Louyin.“ Xiao Yuan said, “Did you get his blood?”
“Got it.” Fang Baichu handed Xiao Yuan the bottle containing Gu Louyin’s blood, “Young lord, what do you want his blood for?”
“Before, I had some free time in Xingtian Sect, so I learned the blood ban technique. I always wanted to find a chance to try it.” Xiao Yuan said with interest, “Now, the opportunity has come.”
Xiao Yuan used the blood ban technique for the first time, using Gu Louyin’s blood as a carrier. If someone connected to his bloodline touched it, Gu Louyin’s blood would change color in response. He and Fang Baichu tried one after another, and the results proved that they were not Gu Louyin’s relatives.
Fang Baichu: … I knew it without trying, thank you.
The next day, Xiao Yuan found Luo Lan alone and said straightforwardly: “You said you are just Gu Louyin’s elder.”
Luo Lan was quite impatient, “We already talked about this yesterday, and I can’t do anything if you don’t believe me.”
“I’ll believe it, as long as you prove it to me.”
Luo Lan smiled angrily, “How do you want me to prove it?”
“Blood ban spell.”
Luo Lan was taken aback.
Xiao Yuan took out the porcelain bottle, “There is Gu Louyin’s blood in it, do you dare to touch it?”
Luo Lan’s old face looked calm as he said, “Gu Louyin is Gu Hang’s son. It is a sure fact, I really don’t know what you are suspecting.”
“Since it is true, what are you afraid of?”
Luo Lan sneered: “I’m afraid? I am not afraid. You want me to prove it, fine, I will prove it to you, but I hope this is the last time.” Luo Lan rolled up his sleeves and spread his palms in front of Xiao Yuan, “Come on.”
Seeing that Luo Lan was so calm, Xiao Yuan was a little unsure in his mind. Was he really thinking too much?
He calmed down, opened the porcelain bottle and dripped a few drops of Gu Louyin’s blood into Luo Lan’s palm.
One drop, two drops, three drops… Xiao Yuan held his breath and watched the drops of blood spread on the wrinkled palm.
From beginning to end, there was no change.
He really guessed wrong. Luo Lan was not Gu Louyin’s biological father.