Su Chan was as beautiful as the early spring, sometimes looking cute, adorable, charming, and fascinating, and at other times, she was attractive from the inside, like a spring rain lingering in one's bones. Sometimes, she could also be naive beyond all comprehension and made one think of the mottled, pleasant sunshine breaking up under the shallow shade of trees.
The beauty of Zhou Qin was like the combination of summer and winter. When she was grim, her temperament was like the coldest winter, the atmosphere around her was just like a thousand miles of a frozen wasteland, devoid of any trace of vitality. This zone was desolate and heartless, showing a kind of sad and resolute beauty. However, when she was in love with someone, she would seem to be burning at all times and wish to burn herself just to warm her sweetheart up.
The beauty of Zi Yuan was like silent autumn. When she was serious in speech and manner, she was just like the line 'Autumn's period in the sky is near, and the moon's shadow is clear on earth'. There was a kind of otherworldly elegance exuding from her body. But when she smiled slightly, it was as if she was 'Osmanthus in late autumn and the flourishing lotuses', making people feel refreshed and dazzled.
This was not the first time Li Yundong had seen Zi Yuan smile at him, but her smile at that moment made his heart palpitate more than ever before.
At this instant, Li Yundong had no reason to think of a poem: "Sparse shadows reflect horizontally and tilt in the clear and shallow water, and light fragrance floats around under the dusky moon."
There were no shadows from the trees or shallow sounds of flowing water under the bridge now, but on the rooftop, under the moonlight, there was a kind of dark fragrance and charm that made his heart beat faster. It seemed that the moonlight in the sky was much softer and more beautiful than usual.
Li Yundong could even imagine that the fairy in front of him was Chang'e, who had descended from heaven. She was so breathtakingly beautiful that no one would dare to blaspheme her.
He did not speak for a moment, just stared at Zi Yuan in a daze. Sometimes, the beauty of a woman had the power to seduce people's souls and make even the greatest hero in the world become a gawking fool, like a puppet made of mud.
It seemed that Zi Yuan had also noticed the inappropriate atmosphere at this time, but she couldn't leave. This fairy who had descended to earth gently bit her cherry-red lips and blushed deeply. Her eyes were brimming with a wave of light anger which only intensified her allure.
Seeing this, Li Yundong became even more stunned. Although he had a deep love for Su Chan, he did not have some immovable heart of stone. If he could still remain indifferent upon seeing a fairy smile at him, there would have to be something wrong with him.
Under Li Yundong's fixated gaze, Zi Yuan felt a little uncomfortable. She felt like wherever Li Yundong's gaze lingered on her, the area felt numb and itchy, just like the feeling she had had last time when she had been tied up with him. In this kind of sensation, there was a strange feeling that made her heart ripple. It was as if someone had thrown a small stone into a calm pool, causing waves of intensity.
The two of them were frozen in place. Time seemed to have stopped when suddenly Su Chan's voice rang beside them.
"Yundong, so you're here! I was looking for you!" Su Chan jumped onto the rooftop and shouted from a distance.
Su Chan's voice immediately brought Li Yundong back to reality. He withdrew his gaze as if he had just awoken from a dream and smiled awkwardly at Zi Yuan. However, Zi Yuan didn't even look at him. She quickly turned around and took a deep breath to calm the shuddering of her heart.
Li Yundong looked at the back of Zi Yuan with embarrassment. He could see that her ears were red, and her neck had turned an attractive pink color. He was a little flustered and thought with a bitter smile, "Damn it, this fairy girl is getting more and more charming. I can't resist her!"
Li Yundong turned around and coughed, then said to Su Chan, "Little girl, it's so late. What can I do for you?"
Only then did Su Chan notice that Zi Yuan was beside Li Yundong. She blinked curiously and asked, "Sister Zi Yuan is here, too. Do you need to discuss something? Should I leave you guys alone?"
Su Chan said this casually, but Zi Yuan understood her meaning. Her body stiffened slightly, and she wanted to say something, but for some reason, she swallowed her words.
Seeing that Su Chan was about to leave, Li Yundong didn't dare to remain alone with Zi Yuan. He quickly stopped Su Chan and said, "It's nothing. I was just discussing something with her. If you have anything to say, just say it."
Su Chan said, "Oh, it's nothing. I was just wondering; since Yan Fang ran away again and sister Zhou Qin has taken the Liuhe to the Zhuji phase, will she be in danger on the way? Will Yan Fang recover and go to grab the sword?"
Li Yundong could tell that Su Chan was still thinking about Zhou Qin's safety at this time. Her kindness and consideration were clearly far beyond others'. He said laughingly, "Silly girl, I have already thought of this. I just wanted to ask Zi Yuan for help."
With that, he turned his face to Zi Yuan. "Actually, I wanted to ask you for help just now."
Only then did Zi Yuan calm down a little. She smoothed out her beautiful hair and said, "Do you want me to protect Zhou Qin?"
He nodded and said with some embarrassment, "It's supposed to be my turn, but now I really can't leave the Fox Zen School, so... I have to ask you for a favor."
Zi Yuan also knew very well that a cultivator's journey to the Zhuji phase was incomparably dangerous. If something went wrong on Zhou Qin's journey, it would be impossible to imagine..
Just like when Li Yundong had been in Zhuji phase, Zi Yuan had secretly protected him all the way. It was not until he had successfully reached the Zhuji phase that she had shown herself and taken him back.
It was the same with her. When she had tried to reach the Zhuji phase, she had secretly been protected by Wang Yuanshan.
In order to prevent disciples from relying on their master and being unable to get a True Elixir, a master will never tell their disciples that they had to protect them all the time.
Zi Yuan hadn't told Li Yundong at that time. Now, he wouldn't tell her either.
Hearing Li Yundong's request, she agreed without hesitation. "Okay, that won't be a problem."
Li Yundong was overjoyed, "Then I'll have to trouble you! The journey of Zhuji phase will be very long. I'll have to trouble you to take good care of Zhou Qin."
Su Chan also laughed happily. However, she suddenly said with some worry, "But Sister Zhou Qin has been walking for a whole day. How can we know which way she is going? What if we can't find her?"
Zi Yuan smiled. "That won't be a problem! I have already told Hongling to secretly follow Zhou Qin. She will leave a trail for me along the way. Even if Yan Fang comes again, Hongling will help Zhou Qin, and Zhou Qin also has the Liuhe. Without a powerful magical weapon, Yan Fang will not be able to hurt her."
"Ah!" Li Yundong looked at Zi Yuan with admiration and said, "Why haven't I seen Hongling for a whole day? You've already arranged it? Even if I hadn't asked you, you would help, wouldn't you?"
Zi Yuan smiled slightly and did not answer Li Yundong's question. She changed the topic and said, "Li Yundong, you don't have to worry about Zhou Qin. Nowadays you have to take care of things at home and look after the store. I'll leave in a while."
Li Yundong smiled and nodded at Zi Yuan, then watched her leave. He turned his face and said to Su Chan, "By the way, Chan'er, I also have something that I need to trouble you with."
Su Chan was afraid that Li Yundong would avoid her. When she heard Li Yundong's words, she immediately beamed with joy and held Li Yundong's arm with a big smile, saying eagerly, "Well, well, your Chan'er is not afraid of trouble. What can I do for you?"
Li Yundong saw that the girl was beautiful when she was angry and happy. He loved her very much in his heart, but he was still a little worried. "But you have to promise me first. Don‘t do me a disservice, or I won't be able to go out with ease!"
Su Chan suddenly became nervous. She clutched at Li Yundong tightly as she asked, "Master, are you going out? Won't you take your girl with you?"
Li Yundong chuckled. He stroked Su Chan hair with his hand and said softly, "Silly girl, I have something to do outside. Just now I was discussing how to catch Yan Fang's Yang Spirit with Zi Yuan. When dawn comes, I will have to find Yan Fang's powerful magical weapon and go to Xiyuan Temple to ask Master Puren for help."
Su Chan looked at Li Yundong with some disappointment. She begged unwillingly, "This silly girl also can go with you! Don't leave me alone at home! You can ask others for help!"
Li Yundong smiled down at her. "Silly girl, in Fox Zen School now, the only person I can trust is you. Zi Yuan and Ruan Hongling have gone out, and Zhou Qin has gone on her Zhuji phase journey. Before long, I will also go out. Although there are still two Shibos left in the Fox Zen School, I feel that they are unreliable, and the rest of the little foxes can't do anything right. I really have no one to rely on here. If not you, who else could I ask for help?"
Su Chan was unhappy to hear that. She pursed her lips and muttered in a low voice, "So it's just because there are no alternatives? You still think I can't do anything! If there were anyone else, you would go to them, right?"
Li Yundong didn't know whether to laugh or cry. He pretended to be angry and tweaked the tip of Su Chan's nose, rumbling in a low voice, "Be obedient! Do you still want to have your master come back? What's more, haven't you always been clamoring to be the proprietress? I'll give control of the Disanxian to you now and let you manage it. You're getting more and more accomplished, aren't you?"
Hearing this, Su Chan was so happy that her eyes curved into crescents. "You want me to be the proprietress? Heh, who is the boss here?"
Li Yundong laughed and scolded her, deliberately goading, "Why do you ask when you know the answer? Do you really want to be the proprietress? If you don't, I'll let someone else hold the position!"
Su Chan quickly grabbed Li Yundong's arm and said with an ingratiating grin, "I didn't know that you wanted me to do this. Well, well, well, of course! You're so annoying. You promised me that only I could be the proprietress, so no one else can do it!"
Li Yundong smiled and shook his head ruefully. "You're incorrigible! Hey, I tell you, I'm not asking you to make money, just help me manage the store. It doesn't matter even if you don't earn a penny. Don't do anything else!"
"You're so annoying!" Su Chan cried angrily. "Am I so useless?"
Li Yundong said seriously with a straight face, "You're useful. Of course, you are. It's just that my girl's talents do not lie in this area!"
Su Chan asked curiously, "So what are my talents?"
Li Yundong laughed out loud. "Bringing destruction and causing trouble!"
Su Chan was so angry that she shouted, "You're so annoying! How dare you laugh at me? You really look down on me!" Then, the girl jumped on Li Yundong's back and bit him.
Li Yundong laughed and carried her around on his back. At the same time, he was afraid that she would fall down, so he held her round buttocks with his hands. "All right, all right. Anyway, don't make trouble. Otherwise, I won't be able to leave with a carefree heart!"
Su Chan played with Li Yundong for a while, then said angrily, "Hum, I'll have to achieve some good stuff for you to see!"
Li Yundong was shocked. He looked back at Su Chan and found that she was looking serious and didn't seem to be joking. He quickly straightened his face and said, "Hey, I'm serious. You have to promise me first that even if the store doesn't open, you won't make trouble!"
Su Chan was so angry that she made threatening gestures. "Do I look like a person who just gets into trouble wherever she goes?"
Li Yundong nodded seriously. "You don't look like a troublemaker. You yourself are the trouble!"
Su Chan looked like she was on the verge of crying. "You're bullying me. You're really bullying me!"
Li Yundong had a headache and quickly began comforting her, "Well, your man won't dislike you! You just have to be obedient and not make trouble, okay? I'm begging you!"
Su Chan's tears began trickling down and she said pitifully, "I've never wanted to make trouble for you!"
Li Yundong laughed, "Yes, yes, my little girl is the best. Why would she want to make trouble for me? You were just being careless all those times before! Little girl, could you be careful this time? Even if we don't make money, just don't make trouble. Don't cause any more problems now!"
Su Chan wiped the glittering tears from her face with her hands, lowered her head, and said in a muffled voice, "I know!"
Li Yundong felt a little burst of relief after hearing her say this, but he didn't see that the little girl was lowering her head and rolling her eyes with a secret unconvinced expression on her face. Her eyes seemed to be saying: "Humph, you look down on me, but I'll make piles of money to show you my ability!"