"You Yue, they've entered the forest. Shouldn't we be going then?" Fatty Qu asked while gnawing on a chicken leg.
Several days had passed since they stayed put. Almost all of the guests at the inn had left. Only their group was still eating in the backyard of the inn.
"Those in a hurry already left for the auspicious beast. We don't want that thing, so why do we need to hurry?" Sima You Yue said without raising her head.
"We can go and watch the excitement!" Fatty Qu said. "We still had to scheme against those Sage Pavilion people. What would we do if they leave when we go in?"
"Don't worry, without half of the month they won't be able to reach the central zone." Sima You Yue said. "Moreover, those in the front will have to clear way for those people behind."
"That's true. When those in the front encountered spirit beasts, they would have cleaned them up." Fatty Qu understood and was no longer in a hurry."
At this moment, the waiter entered from outside, informing Sima You Yue and the group, "Esteemed guests, someone is looking for you outside."
Sima You Yue placed the bone in her hand down and wiped the oils stains with paper. She said, "Dear Feng and the rest are here. You continue to eat. I will take him to meet Third Aunt."
Sima You Lin was curious as to why anyone would come to see them. Now when she heard this, her curiosity dissipated. She sat back down and continued to eat.
Sima You Yue went to the front lobby. Ximen Feng, Kong Xiang Yi, Little Roc, and others were all sitting at the table. When they felt her coming, they looked over.
"I waited for you for a few days. You're all here." Sima You Yue said. "Dear Feng, come with me to see Third Aunt." Sima You Yue told him.
They head first to a side alley. Sima You Yue sent Little Roc and them to the Spirit Pagoda. Then she took Ximen Feng and Kong Xiang Yi to Third Aunt's spirit cloth shop.
Because many people entered the dark forest, there were no customers in the shop. Third Aunt Du was conversing with Little Wu about embroidery. She looked up when she heard a sound and saw three people entering.
"Third Aunt, look who's coming to see you." Sima You Yue smiled to Third Aunt Du.
Third Aunt Du saw Ximen Feng's familiar face. She emotionally got up and ran over. Seeing the similarly moved Ximen Feng, the tears in eyes welled up again.
"Feng'er, it's really you…" Third Aunt Du reached out and touched Ximen Feng's face. She had often touched him like this when she was young.
"Third Aunt, it's me. I'm still alive." Though Ximen Feng was also emotionally stirred, he knew about Third Aunt in advance, so he didn't cry.
"Third Aunt, Dear Feng has just arrived. You should give him a glass of water to drink first. You two talk about the past, and I'll have a chat with Xiang Yi." Sima You Yue said.
"Look at me, as soon as I get excited, I forget things. Let's talk inside" Third Aunt Du took out her handkerchief and wiped the tears off her face.
They entered the backyard. Third Aunt Du took Ximen Feng to talk about the past, while Sima You Yue and Kong Xiang Yi chatted in the courtyard.
"How is your situation this time?"
"It's pretty good." Kong Xiang Yi thought of the results and couldn't help laughing. "We prepared ahead of time and ambushed them all. Orchid Redolence Sect's young sect leader has been killed. Humph, now this Orchid Redolence Sect will be distressed for a while."
"You killed the young sect leader, they did not react?" Sima You Yue asked.
"Of course they did." Kong Xiang Yi coldly snorted. "But they didn't dare to complain. Once they said it, the matter where they ambushed us would be exposed. We also found out that they weren't able to cover up the situation with the ore vein. They and Innumerable Scarlet Cloud Sect cooperated initially for our ore vein. If this news spread, they won't stand a chance. Naturally they can only swallow the result."
"Aren't you afraid that they spread this news and cause you more trouble?" Sima You Yue asked.
"They don't have the courage." King Xiang Yi confidently spoke. "Although they know we found the new ore vein, they don't know the specific location. They won't before they get a specific location."
"It's a pity that the young sect leader died so aggrievedly." Sima You Yue shook her head and sighed.
"It's better for that villian to die!" Kong Xiang Yi had deep-seated hatred for those participants. She held no sympathy for them. "You YUe, I heard that a juvenile auspicious beast appeared in this dark forest. Is that true?"
"I don't know. Didn't you go to get revenge? How did you know this news?" Sima You Yue asked.
"I heard it on the way. When the person at the teleportation array heard we were going to Green City, they sighed and said that everyone is coming for the auspicious beast, and not to lose their lives." Kong Xiang Yi replied. "That's why I wondered if there is an auspicious beast in the dark forest."
"I don't know if there is an auspicious beast, but this dark forest has indeed changed in the past two years." Sima You Yue explained.
Sima You Yue showed the two maps provided by the Xuan Yuan Pavilion on the stone table. She pointed to some of the zones above. "This, this, spirit beasts in these places have undergone major changes. In the past, their strength wasn't much. They were places where mercenaries and other people could enter. But now some new spirit beasts have moved in, making it dangerous. And these places…."
Sima You Yue made good comparisons of the two maps. Kong Xiang Yi finally understood that the change was really… drastic!
"The zone in the middle is vacant? Is this where the rumored auspicious beast is?" She asked, pointing to the center.
"That's right." Sima You Yue did not expect Kong Xiang Yi to immediately find something wrong. "Those who sensed the aura of the auspicious beast said that the auspicious beast is right in the center. So those talents that came recently would enter the forest earlier or later."
"Look like you don't believe the news of the auspicious beast?" Kong Xiang Yi said affirmatively.
"I don't believe it." Sima You Yue admitted. "The auspicious beast appeared too suddenly, which is not normal in itself."
"Then what do you think of the habitat changed of spirit beasts in this dark forest?"
"Although no spirit beasts are appearing in the center, I do think something extraordinary has appeared to have shaken the spirit beasts." Sima You Yue murmured. "Since this guy that appeared has made the spirit beasts fearful and everyone to be daring, presumably this is not a good bone to chew."
"According to you, there are a lot of people going, and the other party is hard to deal with. Then I am afraid that those who go in will not be able to easily retreat." Kong Xiang Yi made a conjecture.
"I don't if others die or live as long as the people that got caught my attention are fine."
"Someone caught your eye? Who?"
"A few people you might not expect…"
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