By the time Li Yundong had returned home, it was already late at night, but the house was still brightly lit, and everyone was waiting for him.
Zi Yuan sat cross-legged in a corner, resting with her eyes closed. The three Shibo of the Fox Zen School were also sitting cross-legged on the carpet near the sofa, as if they were meditating.
Zhou Qin paced back and forth at the door of the balcony, her head lowered as she thought about something.
Ruan Hongling and the little foxes of the Fox Zen School were sitting on the carpet in the center of the living room, watching the evening news on TV. Su Chan was perched on the edge of the balcony with her arms around her knees and her chin resting on her knees. Although her face was toward the TV, her eyes were sweeping out of the balcony from time to time.
After staying in the mortal world for a while, the little foxes were no longer surprised by what the television had to offer. They also had a general understanding of what the usual TV content was. As they watched the news, they whispered, "Hey, do you think we'll be on the news?"
"I don't know. We should be. I saw a guy taking pictures for a while."
"Fourth Shimei said that she saw it when she came back to see the news in Tiannan at night. Can we see it after replaying it now?"
"Idiot, the evening news is not a replay! Don't you even know that!?"
"Yes, you're smart. You can watch the news broadcast as a TV series!"
Just as they were whispering, a little fox suddenly pointed at the TV in surprise and said loudly, "Look, it's our Disanxian!"
As soon as she said this, the little foxes immediately huddled around the front of the TV. Zhou Qin also stopped and looked at the screen. Even the three Shibo of the Fox Zen School opened their eyes and leaned over to watch curiously.
Only Zi Yuan opened her eyes slightly, revealing a smile. Then, she once again lowered her lids.
Su Chan pointed at the TV and shouted in surprise, "I'm there too! Look, I'm there too!"
The little foxes also excitedly pointed at themselves on the TV and cried, "Me too!"
The little foxes who couldn't find themselves on the TV shouted woefully, "It's so annoying! I can't see myself, and now the picture is gone!"
Ruan Hongling saw that the foxes were almost squishing their noses against the TV's glass, and their heads were shaking so much that she couldn't see herself on the screen for a long time. She couldn't help but complain sourly, "You're really ignorant. There's nothing interesting about being on TV!"
As soon as she finished her words, she saw Su Chan turn back and say with a smile, "Hongling, I see you!"
Hearing that, Ruan Hongling immediately leaned over and widened her eyes eagerly, saying, "Where? Where?"
Su Chan put on a playful smile, stuck out her tongue and said with a smile, "Too late!"
Ruan Hongling suddenly said angrily, "Are you kidding me?"
Su Chan shook her head and said, "Well, it's no big deal. Hong Ling, you're right. What's so unusual about being on TV? It doesn't matter if you don't get to see yourself, right?"
Ruan Hongling was so angry that she stared at Su Chan with her eyes wide open. "Well, this is a battle of wits and courage between the two of us! It's okay that this fox spirit can't get along with me at ordinary times, but now she's daring to challenge me at this time?"
The two of them were staring at each other like angry bulls. Zhou Qin suddenly pushed open the door of the balcony and said with a glittering smile, "Master, you're back."
Su Chan suddenly turned her head and asked in surprise, "Yundong's back?"
At this time, everyone in the living room stood up and looked at the balcony together. They saw Li Yundong coming in from the balcony with a gloomy expression.
Everyone could tell that Li Yundong was in a serious mood. As soon as he entered the living room, the ambient temperature seemed to drop a few degrees. They looked at each other for a while, none of them knowing what had happened and feeling secretly anxious.
Seeing him like this, Su Chan was a little nervous, but she still dared to ask, "Yundong, what happened?"
Li Yundong glanced at her and patted the girl's head, then smiled and said, "Nothing. President Cao was attacked by someone."
"Ah?" All of a sudden, everyone gasped, startled.
Su Chan couldn't stop herself from holding Li Yundong's hand tightly and asking with concern, "What's going on? Yundong? Is President Cao all right?"
Li Yundong quickly swept his gaze over everyone. He shook his head and said, "It's all right now. I took her to the hospital."
"Is President Cao being pursued by creditors again?" Zhou Qin asked.
Li Yundong shook his head. "No, someone is really after her life now."
Zhou Qin couldn't help frowning. "But who would want to kill her? What enemies does she have?"
He replied in a low voice, "I don't know, but I want to wait until President Cao wakes up, then she can tell us herself."
Cao Yi could not help but exclaim, "Is she all right?"
Li Yundong glanced at her and said with a smile, "She's still under observation at the hospital but she should be fine."
Cao Yi couldn't help patting her chest and saying with a relieved smile, "Amitabha, that's great!"
Li Yundong smiled noncommittally and said, "Yes, it's only temporary. The police have arranged for someone to protect her. Nothing will happen to her now."
After saying that, he nodded to Zi Yuan and then shot a glance at Zhou Qin. "Zi Yuan, Zhou Qin, come to my room. Everyone else, go to sleep. It's very late."
All of a sudden, they scattered and started heading back to their rooms one after another.
Su Chan saw that Li Yundong had asked Zi Yuan and Zhou Qin to talk, but he had not spoken to her. Obviously, he felt that she was unreliable and not a suitable person for discussing things with. She pouted, a little unhappy, but soon her mood turned, and a sly smile appeared at the corners of her mouth.
After Li Yundong entered the room, he looked at Zhou Qin closing the door and said in a low voice, "Zhou Qin, today's opening ceremony is over. Would you consider going to the Zhuji phase?"
Zhou Qin hadn't expected Li Yundong to call her in to say this. She looked at him bitterly and sighed slightly in her heart, saying faintly, "Are you in such a hurry to drive me away?"
He was stunned for a moment by her question, but then he burst into laughter. He waved Zhou Qin over and whispered a few words in her ear. After hearing then, she said in surprise, "Is that okay?"
Li Yundong smiled confidently and said, "Don't worry. It doesn't matter whether you can do it or not. If you can't, you can continue to move forward to the Zhuji phase. If you can, you can extract the poison from your heart!"
Zhou Qin thought about it for a moment before nodding and saying flatly, "Okay! I'll go prepare!"
Having listened to Li Yundong's words, Zhou Qin's attitude actually changed greatly. After Zhou Qin left, Zi Yuan couldn't help but smile and say, "What did you say to her? Is it really so mysterious?"
Li Yundong grinned and said, "It's top secret! But you'll know soon."
Zi Yuan couldn't help but feel a little spark of annoyance. "Then why did you call me in? You just wanted to keep me guessing?"
Li Yundong smiled soothingly. "Don't be angry. It's true that I want to discuss something with you."
She glared at him. "What is it then? Speak quickly!"
Li Yundong saw that the usually elegant Zi Yuan was showing such an impudent manner, which was rare for her. Her beautiful eyes were full of anticipation, and her fairy-like appearance was both pleasant and charming. It was as if a young bride was ticked off at her husband.
Li Yundong was a little stunned. His gaze made Zi Yuan come to her sense and she awkwardly turned her head away, her ears red and her gaze flickering.
For a moment, both of them were feeling a little embarrassed and speechless. There seemed to be a touch of ambiguity hanging in the air.
After a while, Li Yundong coughed and told the story of the night's events to Zi Yuan. "When we targeted Zhuang Yating and Cao Yi, Zhuang Yating first took the initiative to expose Cao Yi. Don't you think it's too much of a coincidence?"
Zi Yuan gradually calmed down. She stroked the hair on her temples and narrowed her eyes. After thinking for a while, she said, "From what you've just told me, several coincidences occurred tonight, which brings several questions. First, why would Cao Kefei be attacked? And why did the opponent try to kill her by dispelling her soul? This means that the culprit must be a cultivator! Why would a cultivator risk being struck to death by Heavenly Thunder just to try and kill a mortal like Cao Kefei?"
Li Yundong nodded thoughtfully. "That's right. The second coincidence is, how did this person know where Cao Kefei and the others were staying?"
"Unless this person has kept an eye on Cao Kefei from the very beginning and has been following her wherever she goes..." said Zi Yuan in a very natural manner.
Li Yundong continued, "There is another possibility, which is that this person heard Cao Kefei mention her landing place before she left Disanxian!"
A bright light flashed in Zi Yuan's eyes. She smiled coldly and said, "Hey, did you notice who in the Fox Zen School showed the most unusual emotions when Cao Kefei first came here?"
Li Yundong smiled slightly and said, "You were the one who told me this! Cao Yi and Zhuang Yating were the most unusual. They looked like they were seeing a guest from another world, and their faces were full of shock and disbelief."
Zi Yuan nodded slightly. "It's a pity that their emotions only showed for a moment before being hidden once more. I wasn't paying much attention to their other emotions. However, according to their reactions and our previous speculation, the identity of the murderer who attacked Cao Kefei is obvious! It's very likely that Yan Fang was behind it!"
Li Yundong nodded slowly, then gently sighed and said, "This is the thing I least understand. If it was really Yan Fang, why would she do anything to Cao Kefei? Moreover, she has ten thousand ways to kill her. Why would she choose to shatter Cao Kefei's soul?"
After thinking for a while, Zi Yuan said, "If an ordinary person is killed, their three transcendent components and the seven material components of their human soul will stay in their body for a while and not dissipate, just like the former Deng Yu and Deng Jiao. At that time, cultivators can give them new lives by restraining their three transcendent components and the seven material components of the human soul. However, if the souls of the other side are forced out of the body, within an hour, if the soul does not return to the body, although the body will still be alive, the victim will actually be in a vegetative state. In this way, the perpetrator does not have to take the risk of killing someone and attracting Heavenly Thunder, but then no one will be able to gather the soul to resurrect the victim. This is because when the soul is scattered, the person's spiritual energy will be scattered between the universe and the world, unless..."
Li Yundong was absorbed in her explanation. When he heard the last sentence, he saw that Zi Yuan hesitated slightly and trailed off. He asked casually, "Unless?"
Zi Yuan smiled slightly. "It's nothing. In short, this person actually wants Cao Kefei to become a vegetable. They don't intend to kill her."
Li Yundong did not take Zi Yuan's hesitation seriously. He continued to ponder what had happened earlier that night. After thinking for a while, he said, "In short, this matter is very strange. Why did Yan Fang attack Cao Kefei? The motive behind it is very confusing." As he said this, Li Yundong seemed to realize something and he asked, "By the way, why did Cao Kefei only have one transcendent component and three material components of the human soul?"
Zi Yuan shook her head and smiled helplessly. "I don't know either. It's the first time I've encountered such a person."
Li Yundong thought for a while and had no choice but to say with a smile, "Forget it, don't think about it too much. The truth will eventually come out! Moreover, I feel that for the next few days, Yan Fang will be restless! Tomorrow, Zhou Qin will..."
Before he could finish his words, he heard a series of knocks on the door.
He called in a deep voice, "Come in."
With a squeak, Su Chan poked her head in and asked tentatively, "Yundong, may I come in?"
Li Yundong laughed and said scoldingly, "Half of you are already inside. Can I stuff you back again? Come in, what's the matter?"
Su Chan squeezed in with a smile, threw herself into Li Yundong's arms, and said coquettishly, "I have something to discuss with you!"
When Zi Yuan saw this, she smiled knowingly and said, "Well, I'll head out now. We can talk about this tomorrow."
Li Yundong nodded. "Okay, let's see Zhou Qin off tomorrow."
After Su Chan watched Zi Yuan leave, she blinked her eyes and asked curiously, "Is Sister Zhou Qin going to the Zhuji phase tomorrow?"
Li Yundong nodded affirmatively. "Yes, her cultivation has improved by leaps and bounds. She can travel a thousand miles a day down the road of cultivation. Tomorrow, she will also be on the road to the Zhuji phase. By the way, what on earth do you want to discuss with me?"
Su Chan giggled and said mysteriously, "Yundong, there's something I don't know if I should say."
Li Yundong laughed incredulously and said, "Is there anything you can't say to me? Tell me, stupid girl!"
Su Chan nodded, tiptoed over, leaned into to Li Yundong's ear, and whispered a few words.
At first, Li Yundong laughed at her behavior. "There's only the two of us here. Why are you still so mysterious?"
But soon, the smile on Li Yundong's face disappeared. After a moment, he asked gloomily, "Are you telling the truth?"