When Zhang Liufang saw John waking up, she clapped her hands and said with a smile, "You woke up, you woke up. Master, you are really amazing!"
Zhang Kongyun proudly put away the golden needle, stroked his beard, and said with a smile, "Of course!"
Zhang Liufang squatted down and shouted to John, "Hey, big nose! How did you get hurt? Who hurt you?"
But John just looked at her with a confused expression. After a while, he suddenly laughed and stammered, "Master, Master..."
Zhang Liufang was shocked. She patted the foreigner's face and said, "Hey, wake up. I'm not your master!"
John smiled at her foolishly and said, "Master, Master, Master is good, a good person..."
Zhang Liufang turned her head and looked at Zhang Kongyun helplessly. "Master... will he be regarded as an idiot by you?"
Zhang Kongyun's face was full of embarrassment. He glared at Zhang Liufang angrily and said, "Nonsense! How could my needle have turned him into an idiot! I'm not some acupuncture novice, you know!"
Zhang Liufang said suspiciously, "Oh? Then why is he like this?"
Seeing that his disciple was doubting his authority, Zhang Kongyun was so angry that he glared at her and said, "It must be that this guy's breath is disordered, which has caused chaos in his upper dantian for a short time. That's why he lost his mind and became stupid!"
Zhang Liufang looked helplessly at John, who kept grinning inanely. She sighed and said, "Master, what should we do? Leave him here?"
Zhang Kongyun sighed and said, "Forget it. Take him back. I'll go and get some medicine for him. Let's see if we can cure him."
Zhang Liufang blinked slowly and said with a smile, "Okay, okay, someone can play with me. Although this guy is a little stupid, he's better than some old guy who grows vegetables all day long!"
Zhang Kongyun rolled his eyes, flicked his sleeves, and said, "Then you'll be responsible for carrying him. I don't care!" Then he left on his own.
Zhang Liufang quickly shouted after him a few times, but Zhang Kongyun didn't look back and just walked far away in the blink of an eye. She stamped her feet in anger and said in frustration, "You're so annoying. You're making such a little girl carry such a big man on her back. Bah, you stink!"
Zhang Liufang heaved the grinning foreigner onto her back and quickly chased after Zhang Kongyun.
The two of them quickly walked out of the scenic spot. Just as he was about to leave the area, Zhang Kongyun suddenly saw a group of villagers at the foot of the mountain gathering in front of a high-spirited villager. They were discussing something loudly. In the middle, the high-spirited villager, who was surrounded by a bit of a crowd, was holding a purple-gold object high in his hand.
Zhang Kongyun took a closer look and was shocked. He thought to himself, "Is that the Medicine King Tripod?"
He immediately stepped forward and looked over the crowd. Sure enough, he saw that everyone was looking at the purple tripod in the villager's hand with awe-filled sighs. The tripod gave off a strange fragrance and was exquisitely carved. What was even more amazing was that there was a layer of white mist around it, as if it was an immortal's possession.
What else could it be if it wasn't the Medicine King Tripod?
Zhang Kongyun was shocked and immediately squeezed through the villagers. He quickly said, "Good people, your Medicine... Ah, are you selling this tripod?"
The farmer holding it immediately looked him up and down warily and snorted, "Of course I'll sell it. Why not?"
Zhang Kongyun was overjoyed and said, "How much do you want for it? I'll buy it!"
The villager laughed and said, "Well, Wang Er next door just taught me a trick and said that he wanted me to sell this at auction. Whoever offers the highest price will get it!"
Zhang Kongyun was shocked. "Ah? You want to sell this... uh, this cauldron?"
The villager said proudly, "Of course! You can tell at a glance that this thing is a treasure. It will definitely be sold for a good price!"
Zhang Kongyun asked tentatively, "How about I give you 200,000 yuan for the thing in your hand right here, right now. Do you want to sell it or not?"
The villager snorted and clutched the medicine king's tripod tightly. He sneered and said, "Just now, someone offered me 500,000 yuan, but I didn't sell it. Do you still want to offer 200,000 yuan?"
Zhang Kongyun frowned and thought, "Has someone already started the bidding?"
He quickly raised two fingers and said, "Okay, then I'll pay two million yuan to buy it now. Do you want to sell it to me or not?"
As soon as he finished his words, the crowd burst into an uproar!
Two million yuan was no paltry sum!
The villager was stunned. "Two million?" His eyes suddenly gleamed with a strong interest, but he soon gritted his teeth and said, "No!"
Zhang Kongyun immediately said, "How about three million!?" The crowd burst into exclamations once again.
At this time, the farmer laughed and said, "It seems that it's really a treasure! I won't sell it here, but you can buy it at the auction!"
Zhang Kongyun stared at the villager for a long time and gritted his teeth spitefully. In the end, he just shook his head helplessly and stepped out of the crowd.
Zhang Liufang snorted and said, "It's better to just pilfer it! He won't even sell it for three million yuan. Doesn't he care about money at all?"
Zhang Kongyun shook his head. "Nonsense, there are so many mortals here. Do you want to rob them all? How will you deal with the consequences? Don't say that you won't draw the ire of the government. If other sects find out about this, aren't you afraid of having to suffer their wrath? We're from the Zhengyi School!"
Zhang Liufang carried John on her back and looked at the villagers, who were still showing off in the field, with disappointment. "What should we do?"
Zhang Kongyun sighed and said, "Well, since he wants to auction it, he won't be able to run off anywhere. Later, when we get back, find someone to keep an eye on him. If someone wants to rob him, let's wait until they've done so, and then we can rob the thief. If no one wants to rob him, we'll just see who is richer at the auction."
Zhang Liufang's anxiety turned to joy. "That's right. Are we still short of money?"
Zhang Kongyun shook his head and said, "Not necessarily. If the cultivators in the world find out that the Medicine King Tripod is being auctioned, it will definitely turn society upside down. At that time, there will be another storm!" Then, he sighed and said, "Let's go. This trip has not been in vain. We finally know the whereabouts of the tripod."
Just as Zhang Kongyun was about to return to Longhu Mountain with Zhang Liufang and John, who was in a daze, Kris, Feng Na, and Cheng Cheng were pleasantly surprised to hear of John's survival and were rushing over to his original location.
But when they reached the spot, they found that John had already disappeared. Kris immediately became anxious and shouted like an ant on a hot pot, "John! John!!"
Feng Na looked around and asked sympathetically, "Is this the place?"
Kris stamped her feet and said anxiously, "It's definitely here. I remember it clearly! By the way, Yan Hua said that he would help look after John. Where is he?"
Feng Na comforted softly, "Kris, don't worry. Maybe it was Yan Hua who took John to another place."
However, Kris replied anxiously, "John Doe is so badly injured. How could he move at will?"
Cheng Cheng, who was standing to one side, had sharp eyes. When she saw that a person had come out of the forest, she knew it was Yan Fang. She hurriedly pointed and said, "Ah, here he is!"
Kris immediately rushed in front of Yan Fang and asked anxiously, "Yan Hua, where did you go?"
Yan Fang looked as if nothing had happened. He smiled and said, "I had to go and relieve myself. What's wrong? What happened?"
Kris looked terrified, and an ominous thought suddenly flashed across her mind. She said in a trembling voice, "What? You went to answer nature's cal? He... John isn't with you?"
The smile on Yan Fang's face gradually froze. He pretended to be surprised and said, "What's wrong with John? What happened?"
Kris heart sank bit by bit. She felt that her hands and feet were numb. "Damn it, John shouldn't..." As she said this, she immediately rushed to the edge of the cliff and looked down with her eyes wide.
But the slope of Mount Huang was steep. Although they were halfway up the mountain, the woods at the foot of the mountain were dense. Even if there was an army hiding there, they might not be able to spot it, let alone a single person.
The more she looked, the colder her heart became. The more she thought about it, the more flustered she became. Cheng Cheng suddenly pointed at her feet and said, "Hey, look!"
Kris and the others looked in the direction that Cheng Cheng was pointing, only to see a few footprints that were difficult to identify. The weeds beside them were also in complete disarray. Kris' heart suddenly trembled, and she said in fear, "Could it be..."
Yan Fang saw that everyone was coming to the realizations she had intended them to reach. She was overjoyed in her heart, but she said with fear and uneasiness on her face, "Did John somehow roll away?"
This sentence made everyone's hearts jump. Kris knelt down beside the cliff. She remembered that John had fallen off the cliff to save her in the first place, and it was so easy to find him. Even though she had found that he wasn't dead, he still hadn't been able to escape from the death god's claws. She suddenly felt intense grief and burst into tears.
Yan Fang's face was also filled with grief and self-blame. "He" said repeatedly, "It's all my fault. I, I should have watched him. I shouldn't have left!"
Seeing that Yan Fang kept blaming herself, Feng Na also sighed and said, "It's not certain yet. Yan Hua, you don't have to blame yourself too much. Let's go down the mountain and look for him."
After she finished speaking, Kris immediately stood up and frantically ran down the mountain.
The group of people arrived at the foot of the mountain. Even with the help of the locals, they found no trace of John's whereabouts. The only local who had seen John lived on the other side of the mountain and could not meet with Kris and the others.
After searching for a long time and seeing that it was almost nighttime, everyone finally gave up. After leaving their contact information with the locals, they set off on their long journey back to Tiannan City.
Along the way, Kris was preoccupied and her heart was heavy. After saying goodbye to Feng Na, she returned to Li Yundong's residence.
However, just as she entered the building, she saw Ling Yue arguing loudly with two men in suits by one of the doors in the corridor.
The men in suits were kneeling at the door with straight backs, tightly blocking the door. One of them had put his hands on his knees and was saying loudly, "Miss, I am Changsheng from the Western Garden Temple, the secret sect of Zhen Yan. I have been ordered by Masako Tachibana to meet with Li Yundong. Please introduce me!