nties. 

Gu Qingqiao was covered in cold sweat.
When he needed to fight the night before, he couldn’t because the effect was still there.
Yet, just this morning, he suddenly felt a surge in his body.
He pressed to maintain his child form so as to not suddenly transform as a young man in front of the Yamen officials.

Looking at Zhang Jinjin, who was gloating at his misfortune, Gu Qingqiao deeply doubted the reputation of this profiteer.

Because Zhang Jinjin still had to manage the business in the painting and calligraphy shop, Gu Qingqiao changed his clothes and walked to Moyun Medicine Hall alone.

Walking down the street, he heard the sound of children’s laughter.
He spotted a  young boy holding a toy crossbow in his hand, simulating the sound of an arrow with a “swoosh” in his mouth and chased a group of children across the street.

When the small crossbow entered his field of vision, Gu Qingqiao suddenly recalled the scene that night: arrows flew fast in the sky, and Mu Xiyun, who was isolated and helpless, held him in his arms without hesitation, and blocked all the incoming arrows with his body. 

“Fool…” Gu Qingqiao murmured, but he was truly afraid at that time.
If Su Yanjun hadn’t arrived in time, if Liang Zheng hadn’t had time to set up a protective barrier, what would have happened to Mu Xiyun?

The picture of falling to the ground on the eve of fifty years ago slowly flashed through his mind, and Gu Qingqiao’s heart clenched fiercely.
Walking into the front hall of the medicine hall to the guest room at the back absentmindedly, Gu Qingqiao sighed and was about to pour a cup of tea for himself placed on the table, when suddenly his eyes narrowed as he detected someone behind him! 

The teacup in his hand was thrown out fast, and the person who came in moved quickly.
The teacup flew out of the door and smashed into the ground with a “pa”.
A long sword was already placed on his shoulder.

Gu Qingqiao turned his head, his heart skipped a beat when he saw that the other person was Mu Xiyun looking at him with cold eyes.

“You…” Mu Xiyun suddenly became hoarse, stared at his face for a while, and the disappointment on his face disappeared for a moment.
Immediately he calmed down and asked, “Who are you? What was your purpose at the Shantang that night?”

Hearing this, Gu Qingqiao was stunned, and then he recalled the conversation with Zhang Jinjin at the inn that night after returning from Shantang. 

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That night. 

Gu Qingqiao held a masked cloth in his hand, holding a half-torn sleeve, and asked leisurely, “Profiteer, are you up for a business in medicinal materials?”

Zhang Jinjin asked without raising his head, “What’s the benefit?”

“Nothing……..
I am just in the mood to do so.”

Zhang Jinjin finally raised his head and gave him a deep look.
“It’s for that little immortal.” Gu Qingqiao didn’t speak.

“Okay” Zhang Jinjin dragged his tone, “It can be regarded as an expression of my sincerity.
After all, I still have a request for you, so it can be considered as an investment now.
But…”

“Huh?”

“Are you not thinking of changing your face? The little stories on the street say that you are the enemy and a murderer.
In case of a head-on encounter,” Zhang Jinjin glanced at the piece of cloth in Gu Qingqiao’s hand, “You can’t always cover your face, can you?”

It was a rare time that Gu Qingqiao felt that the profiteer in front of him was indeed a little clever.

Although there were countless elixirs in the world that could temporarily change the face, Gu Qingqiao still used another method.
The one that he’s familiar with.
Southwest Medical Valley was good at witchcraft, and using a Gu worm was not a problem.
One could easily change the shape of the eyebrows or the length of the jaw, making Gu Qingqiao a completely different person. 

When he came back to his senses, Gu Qingqiao smiled lightly, “I said, I’m not an enemy.” The sound of the teacup shattering attracted Liang Zheng, and when he saw what the commotion was about, he hurriedly rushed to them and said, “Junior brother, wait a minute, this is the medicine dealer with whom I do business with.”

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Xiyun still held the long sword around Gu Qingqiao’s neck, but he relaxed his hand and said coldly, “I met this person in the burnt down Shantang a few nights ago, and his behavior was suspicious.”

Gu Qingqiao immediately cried out in grievance, “What does the Immortal gentleman mean? If you were allowed to break into the Shantang that night, couldn’t I too?”

Mu Xiyun choked, but there was no way to refute what the other said. 

Gu Qingqiao stretched out his hand and slowly pushed the sword away, and said with a smile.
“I am Gu Xiaobo.” 

As soon as the name came out, Gu Qingqiao immediately felt a scorching stare at him, but he did not dare to look up, and continued, “Although my cousin and I are just a traveling businessman, we worshiped in the name of Daoist Baishi when we were young.
When I was still a child, I came to Yiyun Town with my master, and he and an old man in Shantang used to be fellow villagers.
I wanted to visit my Master’s old friend, but I didn’t expect the Shantang to suffer a disaster, so I checked on my own initiative.”

“Shantang?” Liang Zheng was puzzled, “Could it be related to the child abduction case?”

“It’s not completely certain.” Gu Qingqiao answered with a solemn face, “The accident had happened too long ago to be re-examined, but the cause of death of the four children was suspicious, and the gatekeeper Zhang San is likely involved in the accident and might as well be in the case of the abduction too.”

Originally, Zhang San’s crime of kidnapping and selling children had been confirmed, but because of the disappearance of “Xiao Liu”, it cannot be proven true. 

After he finished speaking, he looked at Xiyun again.
Mu Xiyun had already retracted his sword and sheathed it, but he continued to stare at Gu Qingqiao’s face without saying a word, as if he was a little lost.

“Junior brother?” Liang Zheng gently nudged Xiyun.

Mu Xiyun came back to his senses.
At this moment, there were multitudes of questions in his heart, but he didn’t know how to say it out loud.
In the end, he just cupped his hands and said, “I was too impulsive and misunderstood this gentleman.
I’m sorry.” After speaking, he looked away, turned and walked out of the guest room.

Gu Qingqiao looked at his back, not knowing why, but he felt a little disappointed.

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