row taller and had the elegance of a young man.
His eye sockets were deeper than ordinary people, and his eyes reflected the bright lights, which looked very mesmerizing.
A gust of wind blew, and the few strands of hair on his forehead were ruffled by the wind.
With a lazy smile on the corner of his mouth, he showed a kind of free and uninhibited demeanor, as if nothing in this world would leave traces in his life.

The moment Xiyun raised his head, he seemed to feel a stare and inexplicably glanced at the young man.
The eyes of the two met for a moment, and Xiyun felt a little embarrassed, and was about to look away, but saw the young man jump off the bridge’s railing and smiled at him.

“Ah Gu…”

Someone shouted from behind.
It turned out to be an acquaintance of the young man.

Xiyun lowered his head and walked a few steps quickly to catch up with his senior brothers.
When he looked back, the two teenagers had already stood together and talked in high spirits. 

That smile came and went just as fast, but it was like a dragonfly lightly tapping on the lake’s stilled surface, leaving a faint trace in the heart of the twelve-year-old boy.

The mother stepped forward to dance and everyone was beaming when a hawker of candied gourd’s shout pierced his ear making him come back to his senses.

The memory of the previous life was still permeating his heart, but everything had already changed in front of him.
Xiyun lightly laughed to himself.
On that New Year’s Eve, when he heard the news that Gu Qingqiao’s soul might have been scattered, the little hope in his heart since his rebirth was burned to ashes like a wildfire passing through.
From then on, walking in the world was nothing but a matter of repaying the two elders of Tianji Peak for their dedication towards him for decades. 

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Although Elder Huang explained that things were suspicious back then, the person was already gone.
Even if he really had grievances, would he be able to come back? What’s more, up to this day, he still had not yet been able to confirm what kind of feelings he truly had for the young man who was called a traitor. 

Out of town and up the mountain.
Not long after, Mu Xiyun walked into the mist again.

There were many kinds of confusion arrays, most of which can cause people to lose their way, but disorientation was only the basic means.
Its true purpose was nothing but to lead people to a certain place or to avoid a certain place.
Yesterday, Su Yanjun directly broke through the formation and brought them in and out of the fog.
However, he felt a faint abnormal spiritual energy in the formation.
He guessed that it might lead him to some other place.

Mu Xiyun closed his eyes, felt that energy again and walked slowly up the mountain.
Today’s fog was thicker compared to yesterday making it hard to see where his foot was stepping.
The thick white fog was like substance, enveloping the whole person and a faint scent can also be smelled.

As soon as he smelled the scent, he immediately held his breath. 

Cutting off his sense of sight and smell, the other senses become more acute.

Mu Xiyun pulled out the Chixia Sword with his right hand, casted a fire spell with his left hand, and wiped it on the sword’s body.
The Chixia Sword immediately turned ablaze and burned the surrounding white mist within five feet.
Yet it didn’t take long for the mist to come back again and return to its original state.  Xiyun suddenly smiled.

In the gap when the thick fog dissipated and replenished just now, Xiyun clearly felt the flow of spiritual energy within it.
This fog was not ordinary.
It was like a pulse, moving forward wave after wave.

Mu Xiyun carefully felt the pulse of the dense fog again, but he did not stop and went straight forward.

He abruptly opened his eyes after a moment.
Sure enough, he had actually walked back to the cliff blocked by a large boulder.
However, he still felt the pulse in his heart, but there was no other path or road ahead.
After thinking about it carefully, he returned the sword to its sheath, closed his eyes gently, and slowly took a step forward.

The feeling of colliding on a hard surface never came and he directly passed through the huge boulder. 

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He didn’t encounter any barrier and passed through like nothing.
It turned out that the boulder was just a disguise.

Xiyun stopped, opened his eyes and looked around.
He noticed that he had arrived inside a stone chamber.
Its space was not that large.
For mortals, there was absolutely no gain in breaking in by mistake, and they can only retreat.
But for a cultivator like Xiyun, since the barrier had been broken, what was in front of him was just a crude trick.

Mu Xiyun pressed a hand on the wall and released his spiritual energy to explore.
Sure enough, on one side of the stone wall, he found a mechanism.
He slowly drew out his sword, in case of an accident as he pressed the mechanism with his left hand.
The stone wall in front of him suddenly rose up and a hidden staircase was revealed. 

Mu Xiyun walked down the stone steps.
According to the direction in which it extends, he speculates that he had already entered the mountainside.
A corridor appeared in front of him.
The corridor was long and there were obvious traces of artificial construction.
There was a little water seepage on the stone walls on both sides.
After a period of time, water droplets fell making this “plink, plink” dripping sound, which resounded in the quiet corridor.

On the other side of the mountain, Qingxi Town.

Liang Zheng and Su Yanjun followed Gu Mingshun to the Qingxi Town’s Yamen.
Herbs were burning in the backyard and a strong smell of herbs was mixed with a choking stench.
Five corpses were lined up in the backyard.
All five were young men with strong bodies.
Judging from the calluses on his hands and the condition of his body, they had learned some martial arts.
Their corpses had already begun to rot, there were also obvious scars on their body as well as a big gaping hole in the center in which the heart was located. 

Liang Zheng looked at the wounds of the five people and his frown deepened.

After chatting with the local constable, he finally asked, “Have the identities of these deceased been identified?” The head constable was over forty years old and he was very familiar with Qingxi Town.
At this time, he stepped forward and answered, “These five people are not citizens of this town.
After some estimation, these people should have been dead for a month now.
Yet no outsider visited Qingxi Town last month.”

They were not locals, and no one saw them.
Could it be that these people were brought from other places in the middle of the night and deliberately killed in the mass graves? Everyone fell silent for a while.
After a while, Liang Zheng said in a slightly hoarse voice, “These five people and the child are a little strange.” Everyone looked at him suspiciously. 

“The heart is the place where blood gathers.
If a person’s heart was dug out, he would inevitably bleed a lot and die.
The place where the blood flows abundantly should be on the front chest.
But look at these people, although there are a lot of blood stains on their bodies, it was not really concentrated on the chest area.
It seems that the heart was poached after death.” Liang Zheng explained.
“Even more so with the child.
No blood stains were found on his body and even on the place where he was found.” 

“Then,” Gu Mingshun pondered.
“There are now two doubtful points.
First, that child and these people did not die on the spot, but were thrown into the place where they were found; Second, they probably did not die because their hearts were dug out and that their hearts presumably were only poached after death.
Isn’t this a little unreasonable?”

At this time, Su Yanjun suddenly asked, “Brother Liang, is there a record in medical books that says that people can be used as medicine?” Liang Zheng was shocked and immediately raised his head.

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