Gu Xijiu had watched a few contestants so she could somehow figure out mermen's preferences. Therefore, she decided to go for the song entitled 'The Love Of My Life.'
"Time passes by. Bygones will be bygones.
Fallen red leaves are left to gather dust.
The beginning and the end can never be changed.
Clouds are filling up the sky, but you are nowhere to be seen.
A love-hate relationship is as rough as the sea.
No one in the world can escape from his or her destiny.
I love you, but I can never get close to you."
The sound of her lute blended perfectly with her voice. The bustling crowd slowly calmed down when she started singing. Her voice was as soft as the mountain breeze slowly caressing the land.
Gradually, the audience grew impressed by her heavenly voice as well. They held their breaths as they watched her performance.
Gu Xijiu did not just stand and sing. She danced along to the melody as she performed. Picturesque, it was as if the moon in the sky was surrounded by wandering clouds.
Her long white dress floated elegantly with her every move as though the Moon Goddess was emerging from above. She looked heavenly.
Her voice was beautiful, but her dance was even more so.
All the mermen were good singers and dancers. At this very moment, her performance was able to kindle their souls to ecstasy. Enthralled, they honestly felt that they came here for nothing. They did not expect that they could witness such a wonderful performance at the carnival.
The audience forgot how they hissed at her as her heavenly performance immensely captivated them. They did not even dare to let out a single cough.
Lan Fei, who stood in the backstage watching her, could not help but fall for Gu Xijiu as well.
As the song slowly approached the end, the audience was still indulging themselves in her lingering voice. They stood watching her wholeheartedly. They even forgot to applaud for her. There was a drop-dead silence.
Gu Xijiu put down her lute and swept her eyes across the crowd.
It was impossible; they seemed like they were not going to give her even a single pearl. However, the audience finally came to their senses and cheered madly for her.
She managed to bring the house down by receiving countless pearls thrown up to the stage like a hail. There was staff that was in-charge of collecting the pearls. Normally, they would pick up the pearls as soon as the performance ended and pass them to the performers once they left the stage.
Lan Fei, for example, had received about ten thousand pearls. There were a few buckets of pearlsto be collected.
The pearl picker was only able to take a short rest after Lan Fei's performance. Now he had to work even harder to collect Gu Xijiu's pearls that were scattered all over the stage after her performance. The amount was even more than what Lan Fei had received.
The audience was apparently yearning for more as they requested. "Encore!"
"My goodness! That was so good! The melody should belong only to the heavens. How many times could men have heard this song?"
The cheering went on and on. The audience was raising a hue and cry, so loud as though their voices were penetrating the sky.
Gu Xijiu did not intend to earn more. To her, there was no point in having more money than she needed. The amount that she had just earned was enough to cover her expenses.
She smiled gently and was ready to leave the stage.
"Miss Gu, wait a moment, please!"
Perplexed, Gu Xijiu furrowed her brows. "What is the matter?"
"Miss Gu, will you please perform one more song? If you will, the grand prize will be yours." suggested Lan Fei.
The audience agreed, one after another.
Gu Xijiu shook her head. "I am not interested."
"Miss, the legendary luminous pearl is worth a million Tridacna pearls. If you take it to the land, you can trade it for countless gold and silver."
Gu Xijiu was still not to be swayed, "Sorry, I couldn't care less."
"What do you care for? As long as you name it, I will make it happen, so long as you agree to sing another song," Lan Fei refused to give in.