In this afternoon, while Li Yundong, together with Su Chan, Zi Yuan, Ruan Hongling, and various other disciples of the Fox Zen School, were busy renovating the shop, Zhou Qin finally awoke from her deep sleep.
Zhou Qin's long eyelashes trembled slightly. She lay motionless on the bed, staring at the ceiling with her beautiful eyes as if trying to recall what had happened when she had been sitting in meditation recently.
But what she thought about most was not the way she had changed after taking Renyuan Jindan, but that after she had taken Renyuan Jindan, Li Yundong had taken care of her and even helped her gently wipe the sweat from her body.
Thinking of this, Zhou Qin couldn't help feeling a little hot. She gently swept her satin-like skin with her fingers, and the spots her fingertips touched were burning hot.
"Destined love..." Zhou Qin bit her lip and sighed softly.
After an unknown period of time, she slowly sat up and put her hands on the corners of the bedside table, trying to stand up. But as she tried to pull herself up, there was a sudden click as the foot of the bedside table was broken by the pressure.
Zhou Qin was shocked. She looked at the piece of wood that had broken off in her palm in surprise. She was a little puzzled, but soon she understood what had happened.
She suddenly remembered a series of incredible things she had seen Li Yundong do. Li Yundong had broken the marble table with his hands as he bled from all seven openings, dodged Zhao Youjin's shots in the classroom, and then he had fallen from the sky, and bombarded the extended Lincoln car in the air...
At this moment, Zhou Qinchi felt a superhuman force flowing through her body. She was dazed, confused, and even at a loss.
Suddenly, there was a burst of chattering and footsteps that could be heard coming from outside the door, and then Zhou Qin came to her senses. She put on her clothes and walked out of the door only to see Su Chan talking with Zi Yuan and walking into the house.
Su Chan saw Zhou Qin at once and shouted in surprise and delight, "Sister Zhou Qin, are you awake?" The little girl had been quite busy over the past few days. Her delicate face was covered in dust, making her look like a little tabby cat. Her straightforward and innocent smile did not affect her beauty at all, only making her more lovely.
Zi Yuan was still as pure and clean as a fairy. She looked Zhou Qin up and down carefully, then nodded slightly with a smile on her face, saying, "Good, you look brighter, and the look in your eyes is profound. Good, good!"
Zhou Qin didn't know if Zi Yuan's words meant that her current condition was good or that the Renyuan Jindan was good. She smiled politely and asked, "Where is everyone? Why aren't they here?"
Su Chan said with a smile, "We've been busy with the decoration of the shop!"
Zhou Qin was stunned. She asked, "A shop? Ah, Disanxian? Have you guys started decorating already? But, decoration, you, how could you..."
Su Chan looked at her and felt like she was looking at a clay doll. The little girl stuck out her tongue and said with a smile, "We decorated it ourselves. We just moved the cement and gravel, so my clothes are a little dirty. Yundong let me come back and wash."
Zhou Qin's puzzled gaze landed on the spotless Zi Yuan and said, "Then you..."
Zi Yuan smiled and explained, "Yundong was worried about Su Chan coming back alone, so he asked me to accompany her."
Zhou Qin glanced at Su Chan, but before she could even sigh with envy, Su Chan took her hands and said with a smile, "Sister Zhou Qin, you've changed a lot. You look like a different person compared to before."
Zhou Qin was unable to stifle a laugh and asked, "Is it that obvious?"
Su Chan nodded vigorously before turning to look at Zi Yuan and asking, "Sister Zi Yuan, what do you think?"
Zi Yuan smiled and said, "Well, right now, Zhou Qin is full of energy, and her aura is shockingly strong. I estimate that she'll be able to reach the Zhuji phase after cultivating for a few more days."
Su Chan looked at Zhou Qin enviously and said, "Sister Zhou Qin, your cultivation speed is really fast, even faster than Yundong's!"
Zhou Qin smiled unnaturally, then changed the topic and asked, "Where's Master? Is she also in the shop?"
Su Chan told her with a smile, "Yes, Sister Zhou Qin, do you want to go and have a look?"
Zhou Qin answered brightly, "Okay, let me change into another set of clothes."
Su Chan stuck out her tongue. "I'm going to take a shower!" she said, then rushed into the bathroom.
Zhou Qin smiled at Zi Yuan. She turned around and wanted to go to her room to change her clothes, but Zi Yuan stopped her, calling her name.
Zhou Qin stopped and turned around, looking at Zi Yuan with a complicated expression in her eyes. She had never spoken much with this ethereal beauty. In the depths of her heart, Zhou Qin could accept the innocent Su Chan, but she was a little unwilling to get close to Zi Yuan. Not only could this woman be said to be the most beautiful in the world, but Zhou Qin subconsciously felt that she was superior to Zi Yuan.
She was an outstanding woman in every aspect. It was obvious that Zi Yuan was the same. Moreover, Zi Yuan was one of Li Yundong's cultivation masters, which made Zhou Qin inferior to her. She did not like this feeling very much.
Zi Yuan could sense a strong competitive desire coming from Zhou Qin's eyes. She chose to give in quickly. This dignified and gentle woman, who usually treated people kindly, smiled and said, "It's nothing. Just get on with your work. I won't disturb you anymore."
Zhou Qin looked Zi Yuan meaningfully, then smiled at her and entered the room by herself.
Looking at Zhou Qin's figure, Zi Yuan shook her head. At first, she had wanted to ask Zhou Qin what she had been thinking about while sitting in meditation, but now the sense of alienation that Zhou Qin had given her made Zi Yuan decide to leave the question to Li Yundong.
After standing in the same spot for a while, Zi Yuan turned around and left. However, when she walked out of the door she saw Li Yundong returning with the others from the Fox Zen School.
Zi Yuan asked with a smile, "You're back already?"
Li Yundong was walking at the front. He laughed and said, "We finished everything, so there was no reason to stay."
Zi Yuan asked in confusion, "Didn't you say that you were going to do the tiles today?"
Li Yundong spread his hands helplessly and said, "The tiles need to be soaked for a while before they can be used. We'll do them tomorrow."
Zi Yuan glanced at the group, but she couldn't see Ruan Hongling. She asked curiously, "Where's Hongling?"
"She said that when she saw Zhao Yougen leave in the morning, he looked angry. She thought that he'd probably take the opportunity to make trouble tonight, so she decided to stay there," Li Yundong informed her.
Zi Yuan smiled and said, "No way. Hongling has always been careless. Why would she pay attention to this? It must be that you said something to her and made her stay willingly."
Li Yundong pointed at Zi Yuan and smiled, saying, "The ones who gave birth to me were my parents, but the one who knows me best is Zi Yuan!"
By this time, all the little foxes had entered the house together. Once they were safely inside, they all began to chatter and yell, "I'm so tired! I'm so tired!"
"Leader, is there any water we can drink?"
"Leader, when will we have dinner?"
"Who's in the bathroom? I want to take a shower!"
"Idiot, don't you have a bathroom in your room?"
"But there's no bathtub in mine!"
When Li Yundong saw them entering the room, he immediately felt as if he was being swarmed by a raucous group of ducks. He raised his hands and made a downward gesture, saying, "Stop making such a racket, quiet down!"
As soon as Li Yundong said that, the little foxes immediately shut their mouths and looked at him obediently.
At this time, the bathroom door opened with a whoosh. Su Chan had wrapped herself in a bath towel and rushed out with bubbles sparkling in her hair. She said in surprise, "Yundong, you're back?"
But as soon as she moved, the remaining shampoo on her head flowed into her eyes. The girl suddenly jumped up and rushed back into the bathroom, saying, "Agh, it hurts so much!"
The little foxes immediately burst into laughter. Li Yundong shook his head, looking defeated. He coughed and said, "Everyone has worked hard today! Zhenren Zi Yuan and I will cook a delicious meal as a reward tonight!"
"Hooray!" the little foxes screeched, cheering in unison.
Li Yundong smiled and said to Zi Yuan, "Zhenren Zi Yuan, you don't have any objections, do you?"
Zi Yuan said helplessly as she turned to leave, "You're shooting first and asking later. Why are you even checking with me?"
Li Yundong hurriedly said, "Hey, you don't have to leave if you're angry, you know."
Zi Yuan turned around and said with a smile, "I'm just going to buy groceries."
Li Yundong was suddenly relieved. Looking at the graceful and charming back of Zi Yuan, he suddenly felt that she would be a perfect wife that any man in the world would be eager for. It seemed like she would never complain and would always just support him silently.
"But, if she were my wife, what would Su Chan be?" Such a question popped up in Li Yundong's mind. He was shocked and quickly shook his head, as if he wanted to get rid of this idea.
As Li Yundong was shaking his head, out of the corner of his eye, he noticed a familiar figure leaning against the door and silently looking at him. He turned his head and saw Zhou Qin standing there. Her graceful body was leaning against the doorway, like a willow in the wind, making people feel pity for her.
Li Yundong was stunned, then said in surprise, "Zhou Qin, you're awake?"
As soon as he finished his words, the whole living room fell quiet. All the members of the Fox Zen School looked at Zhou Qin in unison, looking at the lucky lady who had received the Renyuan Jindan.
Zhou Qin gazed at Li Yundong adoringly. She unconsciously held her hands tightly in front of her chest and curled her fists up into balls.
Li Yundong didn't notice Zhou Qin's obsessive eyes. He waved his hand to the little foxes, indicating that they should go and do their own things. Then he went upstairs and waved to Zhou Qin, beckoning her into his room.
Li Yundong let Zhou Qin in, then closed the door behind him. He looked Zhou Qin up and down carefully, his eyes were full of appreciation. He nodded repeatedly and said, "Good, you've shown your spirit. The Qi in your body is even more vigorous than before! Excellent! By the way, while you were sitting in meditation, I once warned you to do some visualization. Have you done it?"
Ever since Zhou Qin had entered Li Yundong's room, her heart had been beating like a drum. She was afraid that Li Yundong would mention the embarrassing moment when he had taken off her clothes. However, when she saw that Li Yundong was asking her about her cultivation, she felt relieved, but also immediately felt a twinge of disappointment.
Zhou Qin sighed slightly in her heart, then cheered up and said, "Master, I have done visualization."
Li Yundong asked with concern, "Did you see yourself as a God?"
Zhou Qin lowered her eyes slightly, as if she was recalling the scene at that time. After a while, she said with some embarrassment, "I visualized myself as a fairy..."
Li Yundong laughed and said, "Do you even need to meditate on that? You're already a fairy!"
Zhou Qin blushed. She glanced at Li Yundong secretly and felt happy in her heart, then whispered, "I don't know what kind of visualization it was. Anyway, it was beautiful and out of this world. But the spirit I saw had a sword on its back and a red whip around its waist. There was also a silver moon hanging behind it. It seemed to be the spinning chakram that you gave me."
Li Yundong laughed and said, "That's right. That's your magical item for the future. But after that, I'll let you try to visualize the Lotus Throne. Have done it before?"
Zhou Qin nodded. "Yes!"
Li Yundong continued to ask, "Ah, so how many Lotus Thrones were in your visualization?"
"Just a Nine-stage Lotus Throne," Zhou Qin replied casually.
Li Yundong was shocked. His eyes widened and he cried out involuntarily, "Nine-stage?"
Zhou Qin looked at Li Yundong blankly and asked, "Yes, what's wrong?"
Li Yundong clapped his hands and laughed out loud. Overjoyed, he said, "Good, good! Back then, I also saw the Nine-level Lotus Throne. Su Chan praised me for being a rare genius. Master Fakong also said that the hardest part of cultivation was to find a good disciple. I never expected my first disciple to be a rare genius like me. Haha, it's really amazing!"
Zhou Qin looked at Li Yundong with amusement and asked, "Master, are you praising yourself or me?"
Li Yundong laughed merrily and said, "Both!"
While he was talking, he suddenly saw the door being pushed open. Su Chan poked her head into the room. She glanced at Li Yundong and Zhou Qin and asked softly, "Yundong, can I come in?"
Seeing that she hadn't knocked, Li Yundong pretended to be angry and told her, "No, I'm giving a lesson to my disciple!"
Su Chan's mouth suddenly fell open. She wrinkled her nose, made a grimace, and retracted her head resentfully.
Li Yundong didn't close the door after Su Chan left, leaving it ajar. He smiled and said loudly, "Why are you eavesdropping at the door? If you are worried about me, just come in and listen to us out in the open!"
Su Chan immediately snapped back, "Who's worried about you? Humph, I'll ignore you. I'll go and find Sister Zi Yuan and ask her to teach me how to cook!"
After that, the sound of footsteps getting quieter could be heard as the girl ran away quickly.
Li Yundong shook his head and laughed. He said to Zhou Qin, "You are only one step away from the Zhuji phase. In the next two days, you can consolidate your foundation and prepare to reach it."
Zhou Qin had read a lot of cultivation manuals over the past few days. She more or less knew about the Zhuji phase. She also knew that Li Yundong had once walked to the Himalayas to get to the Zhuji phase and had refined his Neidan Zhenqi into a vigorous and hard iron-like state. That was why he had an invincible fighting spirit after reaching the Zhuji phase.
Zhou Qin asked in a tone filled with uneasiness and yearning, "Shall I go to Tibet, too?"
Li Yundong nodded and said, "Of course, I will help you prepare everything. You don't have to worry."
"When should I leave?" Zhou Qin tentatively asked.
Li Yundong thought for a moment and said, "In two days' time should be fine!"
Zhou Qin hesitated for a moment before asking, "Could I wait another few days, until after the store opens? I'm a little worried."
Li Yundong smiled and said, "We are all here. What are you worried about?"
Zhou Qin just shook her head and looked at Li Yundong with a pleading expression, saying nothing.
Li Yundong's heart skipped a beat. He thought to himself, "Does Zhou Qin want to be present for such an important thing?"
Thinking of this, he nodded and said, "Well, I'll teach you some basic cultivation kung fu and Shentong Magic over the next days. Once you have reached the Zhuji phase, you can start to practice by yourself."
Zhou Qin was overjoyed and a bright smile suddenly spread over her face. "That's great! When will you start teaching me?" she said excitedly.
Li Yundong thought for a moment before responding, "Let's start later. At midnight tonight, come to my room."