"You are way out of line, kid," Dr. Zhong growled.
"Out of line?" Li Yundong said, feigning a quizzical look. "Why, I'm terribly sorry if my diagnoses have offended you, sir. But I was merely concerned for your wellbeing." Li Yundong gave Dr. Zhong a kind smile. "I have the utmost respect for you and your profession, you see?" Li Yundong shook his head gravely. "And as a responsible citizen, I cannot in good conscience allow a fine medical expert such as yourself to perish by the likes of alcoholism, poor eating habits, disrupted circadian rhythms, and, last but not least..." Li Yundong quirked a brow. "Viagra overconsumption."
Dr. Zhong's face paled instantly. "V- Viagra… W- Wha… What did you say?"
Li Yundong sighed wistfully. "It is such a waste for you to die young, doctor. Other patients are still in dire need of your expertise, you see?"
A peal of feminine giggles erupted in the room.
Li Yundong couldn't help but smile when he saw Zhou Qin burying her whole face in her pillow.
Uncle Zhou, too, was staring at him with amusement in his eyes.
"Viagra overconsumption?" Dr. Zhong's colleague scoffed. "You're out of damn mind, kid." He glared at Li Yundong. "That's a baseless claim! You have no proof!"
Li Yundong smirked. "Baseless claim, you say?" His eyes slid to Dr. Zhong, who looked like he wanted to be anywhere but here.
Li Yundong walked over and lifted Dr. Zhong's wrist again.
Li Yundong removed his thumb from a spot on the inside of Dr. Zhong's wrist. He lowered Dr. Zhong's hand and moved around to stand behind Dr. Zhong. Li Yundong found the acupoint on the back of Dr. Zhong's head in no time and pressed it down firmly.
"Ouch! Hey, watch it, kid!"
Li Yundong stepped away from Dr. Zhong and glanced at Dr. Zhong's colleague.
"Tenderness in those two acupoints indicates mild erectile dysfunction," Li Yundong said with a straight face.
Another round of giggles filled the room.
Zhou Qin was slapping the pillow she was hugging.
"And yet, strangely enough," Li Yundong continued in a light tone, "someone with erectile dysfunction ended up Renal Yin Deficiency, which, by the way, is caused by excessive semen loss due to ejaculation." Li Yundong paused for effect. "Now how on earth did that happen?" Li Yundong smirked and glanced at Dr. Zhong's colleague. "I'm sure your guess is as good as mine."
"Y- You... You..." Dr. Zhong pointed a shaky finger at Li Yundong's face.
"Oh…" Li Yundong gave Dr. Zhong a look of concern. "Are you alright, doctor? You seem a little pale... You're not gonna pass out, are you? It is not uncommon for patients with Renal Yin Deficiency to experience random bouts of fainting when they are emotionally—"
"You!" Dr. Zhong growled. "Give me your name! I'm going to sue you for slander!"
"Slander?" Li Yundong stared at the doctor for a moment. Ah... I see what this is about.
Li Yundong chuckled. "Don't worry, doctor. What I said earlier about your drinking problems is merely a piece of friendly advice. I'm sure nobody here will report you to the medical board, isn't that right?" Li Yundong glanced around the room for emphasis. Silence filled the room. Moments later, Li Yundong shrugged. "See? You have nothing to worry about. Your medical license is safe." He flashed Dr. Zhong a smile. "Nobody is slandering you, doctor. You can rest easy."
Dr. Zhong sucked in a deep breath.
Li Yundong mentally prepared himself to see the doctor's spit flying within the next few seconds or so.
"You're accusing me of being an alcoholic without hard evidence," Dr. Zhong said coldly. "That, young man, is slander." Dr. Zhong glared daggers at Li Yundong. "What evidence do you have anyway? My bloodwork? Results from a breath test?" Dr. Zhong snorted. "You've got nothing, kid." Suddenly, the doctor smirked. "That's another reason why Traditional Chinese Medicine is nothing but quackery. Trained doctors like us base our diagnoses on concrete data obtained from high-tech medical instruments like X-rays or MRIs." Dr. Zhong laughed derisively. "You quacks make claims based on nothing but subjective opinion."
Li Yundong opened his mouth to speak, but then closed it again when he felt a firm grasp on his shoulder. He turned around and saw Uncle Zhou's stern expression.
"I know your intentions are good, Li Yundong," Uncle Zhou said with a raised brow. "But Qinqin's condition isn't a joking matter. We should leave the matter to the medical professionals." Uncle Zhou tilted his head towards the two doctors.
Li Yundong turned around and gave Uncle Zhou a serious look.
"Give me a chance, Uncle Zhou," Li Yundong said. "And I'll have Zhou Qin up and walking again in no time."
Uncle Zhou's eyes widened comically; the poor man seemed too stunned to even come up with a response.
"You?" Dr. Zhong's colleague sneered. "You are going to make Miss Zhou stand up, you say?" The man laughed snidely. "Hah! You don't even have a medical license!"
"Take your nonsense elsewhere, kid. Practicing medicine isn't as simple as reading a few books," said Dr. Zhong. "I suggest you go back to school and educate yourself properly before you start playing doctor."
Li Yundong took a deep breath and smiled graciously. "Why don't we let Miss Zhou decide for herself, then?" Li Yundong turned his head to look at Zhou Qin. "Whom would you like to be treated by?"
"You, of course," Zhou Qin answered in a heartbeat. Then, her eyes slid to the two doctors. "I don't really trust Dr. Zhong. He tends to get a little... handsy during our consultations."
Li Yundong could feel his brows rising to his hairline. His gaze snapped towards Dr. Zhong, who seemed totally flustered now.
That explains the Renal Yin Deficiency...
The guy was a f*cking perv!
No wonder Zhou Qin was giving the guy hateful looks earlier.
"You people are out of your minds," Dr. Zhong growled. "I will not tolerate such humiliation." Dr. Zhong suddenly turned around and stormed towards the door.
Uncle Zhou burst into action and grabbed the man's arm.
"Hey... Come on now, doctor. Please, calm down. They're just kids," Uncle Zhou said. "You shouldn't take their words to heart." Uncle Zhou suddenly turned his head and shot Zhou Qin a glare. "Qinqin. Apologize to Dr. Zhou. Now."
"Seriously, dad?" Zhou Qin gave Uncle Zhou an affronted look. "Are you kidding me right now?"
Uncle Zhou gasped. "W- What? What did you just call me?"
Dad, huh? Li Yundong smiled to himself. Seems like there's hope for these two yet.
Zhou Qin seemed to have realized her own slip too, judging from her wide eyes, though she managed to recover herself seconds later.
"Why should I apologize for being molested?" Zhou Qin fired back, then shot Dr. Zhong a glare.
Uncle Zhou's fists were clenched tightly as he stared at Dr. Zhong. The poor man looked like he was holding himself back from punching Dr. Zhong in the face.
Seconds later, Uncle Zhou took a deep breath and exhaled.
"Regardless, you need their help if you want to stand up again, Qinqin..."
Need their help? Li Yundong scoffed inwardly. Oh, hell no she doesn't.
Enough was enough.
Li Yundong stepped forward and clasped Uncle Zhou's shoulder firmly.
When their gazes met, Li Yundong gave Uncle Zhou a reassuring look.
"Two days, Uncle Zhou," Li Yundong said firmly. "Two days are all I need to heal her."
Uncle Zhou's eyes widened in shock.
Li Yundong nodded earnestly. "You have my word."
Dr. Zhong burst into laughter. "You're not actually going to take this quack seriously are you, Mr. Zhou?" Dr. Zhong shot Li Yundong a look of contempt. "This is the oldest trick in the book! That's classic medical quackery right there, Mr. Zhou. These frauds prey on their distraught patients' vulnerable psychology, using it to manipulate their patients with false promises!" Dr. Zhong snickered. "It is doubtful that Miss Zhou would be able to fully recover in two years, let alone two days."
"And if she doesn't take our treatment plans seriously," Dr. Zhong's colleague piped in, "she might never be able to stand up again."
Li Yundong opened his mouth to speak, but he was cut off by Zhou Qin's sharp tone.
"Hey, hey, hey! Calm down, Qinqin! Wait, no! Don't!" Uncle Zhou was scrambling towards the bed. "What are you doing? That's dangerous!"
Li Yundong whirled around and saw Zhou Qin swinging her legs over the edge of the bed.
Uncle Zhou reached the bed in record time. "Come on… Lie back down, Qinqin! You're not ready to stand up yet!"
Zhou Qin swatted Uncle Zhou's hands away. "It's okay, dad. I think I can stand up already."
"What?!" Uncle Zhou said.
Li Yundong immediately noticed the smile that Zhou Qin was sending him.
Their gazes locked.
"I think today's session did the trick," Zhou Qin said without breaking their eye contact.
Surprised, Li Yundong stared down at his right hand. He knew that the blood clot was almost gone thanks to the head massages, but he didn't expect Zhou Qin to be able to stand up so soon. Based on the dosage of the Jindan's Aura that he'd exposed to Zhou Qin earlier, he thought it would require at least three sessions before the damage in her spine was healed. Had he miscalculated the dosage? Or did it have something to do with the Enneacyclic Haworthia Extract that Zi Yuan had fed him?
Suddenly, there was a collective gasp.
"My God... Qinqin..."
Li Yundong glanced up from his hand. Zhou Qin was standing beside the bed on both legs, completely unsupported.
It was done.
Zhou Qin was healed.