Li Yundong hadn't expected that Shen Wancai would serve as his apprentice after his survival. He was stunned and immediately helped Shen Wancai stand up, then smiled and said, "Mr. Shen, what are you doing? Get up, get up!"
However, Shen Wancai said shamelessly, "Immortal Li, if you don't promise, I won't get up!"
Li Yundong didn't know whether to laugh or cry. He had never expected that as a rich older man, Shen Wancai would be so shameless.
Using force, he pulled Shen Wancai up without any explanation. Li Yundong said, "Mr. Shen, we can discuss it. Why do you have to do this? If you have any issues, just tell me. If I can help you, I will try my best to. Don't kneel!"
Shen Wancai seemed to have expected that Li Yundong would not accept him as his disciple. He sighed with a wry smile, saying, "It's said that when people are dying, their heavenly eyes will brighten. When they see what has happened to them in their whole lives, they will instantly understand what they didn't understand before. Today, I made a turn at the gates of Hell. I really understand the saying deeply now!"
Shen Wancai sighed, "When I was dying, my heart was as clear as a mirror. Childe Li, you are definitely an immortal on this earth. There must be immortals on earth, right? If it weren't for this, how could you save me?"
Li Yundong couldn't help laughing and said, "Mr. Shen, you go to extremes. I don't know if there are immortals on the earth, but I know that I am definitely not one of them. As for how I can save you, it was actually through a very scientific medical method."
Seeing that Li Yundong wasn't admitting to it, Chen Wancai couldn't help but say anxiously, "Scientific medical methods? You can produce a fresh lotus seed of the West Lake in winter. How can that be scientific? Besides, I heard Xiaohui say that you gave me an ordinary elixir, so I got better. If that's not an immortal's method, what is it?"
Li Yundong smiled and said, "Mr. Shen, just as I told you before, Ge Hong said that nothing is too strange in this world, let alone immortals. At the same time, he also said that the gods in the world can't be cultivated directly into gods, but immortals can become immortals through cultivation. Cultivation is very scientific. Its theory is based on the scientific theory of traditional Chinese medicine, so what saved you was traditional Chinese medicine, not magic arts. As for how I could turn out the lotus seed of the West Lake, it was just a small trick, not even worthy of mentioning."
Shen Wancai asked again, "Then how did you learn this cultivation method? Can I learn it?"
Li Yundong hesitated for a moment before saying seriously, "Everyone can cultivate, the only difference is in the level of cultivation."
Shen Wancai no longer hesitated and knelt down again. "Immortal Li, you must accept me as your disciple!"
Li Yundong immediately stopped him and said with a wry smile, "Mr. Shen, why do you want me to accept you as my disciple?"
Shen Wancai said seriously, "Because I want to learn cultivation!"
Li Yundong asked, "Mr. Shen, have you ever thought about why you want to learn cultivation?"
Shen Wancai thought for a moment and said, "Because I want to become an immortal!"
Li Yundong laughed. "Mr. Shen, you're kidding. If you want to become an immortal, I won't accept you as my disciple, because your body is declining and it is too late for you to cultivate into an immortal. If you say that your purpose is to become an immortal, when you realize it's too late in the future, you will hate me."
Chen Wancai hurriedly said, "No, no, Immortal Li, I actually want to live forever! I can live for more than a hundred years. Peng Zu and Qingcheng could live for 800 years in ancient times, while I cannot, why?"
Li Yundong saw the excitement and seriousness on Shen Wancai's face. He nodded slightly and said seriously, "Mr. Shen, don't rush to have me as your master. Listen to my story first."
Only then did Shen Wancai calm down a little. "Immortal Li, go ahead!"
"Mr. Shen, do you know Wang Chongyang?"
Chen Wancai chuckled. "Immortal Li, you look down on me too much. Everyone knows Wang Chongyang. Even if someone has never been to school, they will still have read Jin Yong's books! He's a Shentong!"
Li Yundong smiled and said, "Mr. Shen, just call me Li Yundong. You don't have to call me Immortal Li. I am not an immortal."
Shen Wancai had no choice but to change his form of address. However, he was not willing to call him by his name. He still showed his respect, saying, "Childe Li, please go ahead, I'm listening."
So Li Yundong began, "That year, Wang Chongyang established the Quanzhen Sect. He met Ma Yu, who was very rich at that time. Ma Yu wanted to serve an apprenticeship to Wang Chongyang, but Ma Yu was old and he couldn't let go of his property as well as his wife and children, so he was hesitant. Finally, Wang Chongyang used ways of Shentong to enlighten him, which made him not hesitate any longer. So, he donated his money and property. Then, he and his wife, Sun Bu'er, served an apprenticeship to Wang Chongyang's sect. That's why there were seven people who were subsequently called Northern Qi Zhen of the Quanzhen Sect."
When Shen Wancai heard what Li Yundong was saying, he suddenly thought of something and thought to himself, "What does Childe Li mean by telling me this story? Is he hinting at something?"
Li Yundong saw that Shen Wancai's eyes were thoughtful. He knew that Shen Wancai must think that he had ulterior motives in saying this. He smiled and explained, "Mr. Shen, I am telling you this story not because I want to guess what you are hinting at, but because I want to tell you that if you want to cultivate, you have to cultivate with all your heart and soul, especially as you're someone who wants to cultivate for eternal life."
Shen Wancai was stunned. He blurted, "Young Master Li, do you mean... you want me to give up all my family property?"
Li Yundong shook his head and said, "Mr. Shen, what I mean is that you must have a peaceful cultivation environment and a strong will to cultivate. Otherwise, you will only get yourself into trouble. It definitely wouldn't be a good thing!"
Shen Wancai was extremely anxious, so he said, "Then what exactly should I do to become your disciple?"
Li Yundong smiled and said, "Mr. Shen, you are a smart person. You will understand in the future, but I can't tell you now. Due to your current situation, I won't accept you as my disciple."
Chen Wancai saw that although Li Yundong's face was full of smiles, there was an unquestionable determination in his voice. He couldn't help but be disappointed. But after all, Chen Wancai was an old businessman. Although he was unhappy, he still forced a smile and said, "Since that's the case, then I won't force you. Young Master Li, if you change your mind at any time, you must tell me!"
Li Yundong laughed and said, "The outcome is not in my hands, but yours."
A thought came to Shen Wancai's mind. "Is Li hinting to me... that I have to pay a huge apprentice fee?"
Li Yundong glanced at him and knew that Shen Wancai was thinking something wrong. He smiled slightly and did not say anything. He went to the door, opened it, and said, "I'll leave first. Mr. Shen, think about it yourself."
In a low mood, Shen Wancai replied with a 'hmm'. He lowered his head, his mind full of doubts. In his opinion, it was absolutely impossible for him to use all his fortune in order to become Li Yundong's disciple. Not mentioning other things, what would he do with his big family? Shen You was a good-for-nothing, and Shen Hui could not take charge on her own. Who would take over such a big dynasty? What about the four wives? Could it be that he would also take four wives to Li Yundong's sect to be disciples like Ma Yu?
"No kidding! I've always been irritated by their intrigue against each other. If they all become disciples in the same sect, I'll die."
Shen Wancai's mind was filled with wild thoughts. After a while, he came down from the main building. His eyes swept the hall, but he couldn't see Li Yundong or Su Chan. He couldn't help but be shocked. "Where's Young Master Li?" he asked.
Shen Hui said curiously, "He left. We just went out to see him off. I also asked him why you hadn't come out. He said that you were thinking about something in the room. I thought you knew."
Shen Wancai fell to his knees and said, "Damn it, Young Master Li must be angry with me! I haven't repaid him for saving my life yet! Hurry up, go and get him back!"
Steward Zhang responded immediately and ran out quickly. But before long, he came back panting and said, "Old Master, we can't see him anymore."
Shen Wancai said regretfully, "This is my fault. I've slighted our distinguished guest!"
The third wife persuaded Shen Wancai with a smile, "Master, don't worry. Anyway, you know where Childe Li lives. You can visit him in person another day and give him an expensive gift, can't you?"
Chen Wancai looked out of the doorway and sighed deeply, "Sure, but... to send an expensive gift... how expensive should it be?"
After Li Yundong and Su Chan left Shen Wancai's home, the girl asked in confusion, "Yundong, why did you leave during the party?"
Li Yundong shook his head and said, "Shen Wancai didn't force me to accept Shen You and Shen Hui as apprentices this time, but he wanted to be my apprentice himself! What do you think I should do?"
Su Chan's eyes brightened and she said happily, "It'd be great to have such a rich disciple!"
However, Li Yundong shook his head and said, "No, if you accept a disciple, you must be responsible for him or her. Furthermore, he wants to cultivate immortality. As a cultivator, you also know that if you want to cultivate to immortality, you must cultivate to the Jinshen phase. How many people have been able to cultivate to this phase since ancient times? He, Shen Wancai, is a declining body. He stands to lose if he cultivates at an old age. Also, he has such a huge family business that he has countless secular affairs to deal with day and night."
Only then did Su Chan realize something. She let out an "ah" and said, "Yes, I understand! His wives are fighting very hard, and his sons and daughters are not at ease. He won't be able to calm down and cultivate at all. If he cultivates in such a situation, he will definitely be possessed by the devil!"
Li Yundong nodded and said, "Yes, I told him the story of Wang Chongyang, the leader of the Quanzhen Sect, taking Ma Yu as his disciple. I don't know if he can understand."
Su Chan sighed. "Alas, what a pity! I thought that a rich disciple would mean no more worrying about food and clothes from now on!"
Li Yundong couldn't help laughing. He pinched the little girl's nose and said, "Don't be silly. You don't need to worry about food and clothing. All you need to do is to manage our teahouse well! You can't count on others, but you can count on yourself forever!"
Su Chan clapped her hands and said in surprise, "Oh, Disanxian hasn't been open for a few days. We've lost a lot of money!"
Li Yundong laughed and said, "Okay, we can open the business tomorrow! You'd better be a good landlady!"
Su Chan said with some embarrassment, "I've made such a big mess. I can't be the landlady anymore..."
Li Yundong said curiously, "I am the boss of this store. Are you sure you don't want to be the landlady?"
Only then did Su Chan come to her senses. She hugged Li Yundong tightly and said nervously, "Yes, yes, I want to be the landlady!"
Li Yundong laughed and patted the girl's head, saying, "Silly girl, let's go home!"
She leaned in close to Li Yundong, inhaling his strong masculine scent, and gradually calmed down. Walking with Li Yundong for a while, Su Chan thought to herself, "Yundong is so kind to me, why do I have to conceal something from him? Why does my master want me not to tell him?"
The girl was struggling all the way, and Li Yundong didn't know what she was thinking about. On their way home, his cell phone suddenly rang in his pocket.
Li Yundong took out his phone and said with a smile, "I almost forgot that I had a phone. Who's calling me?" He glanced down and saw Feng Na's phone number on the screen. "Why does she want to call me today?"
As soon as Li Yundong answered the call, he heard an urgent voice via the cell phone, saying, "Li Yundong, help! Help!"