Gu Xijiu frowned. She had been away for more than an hour now. She had to go back and prove her innocence, so she could not stay any longer. When she saw that the staff had already collected more than half of the pearls on stage, she moved swiftly to him and said, "Thank you, that will do for me. You can have the rest of the pearls as a gift." The amount was enough for her.
She took the pearls from him and kept them in her storage bag.
"Miss, it is alright for you not to singbut will you give me the honor of being your friend?" Lan Fei still refused to give in.
Gu Xijiu looked up at him, and before she could speak, they could hear the sound of a lute from afar. "Clang! Clang!" The sound of the lute was similar to the ripping of silk, rocking the audience to their core. A magnetic voice could be heard, following the sound of the lute.
The crowd looked up to find the source of the voice. The group could see a man standing on top of the flagpole.
The man was wearing a long robe of lunar white color. He carried a lute in his arms as he stood tall and upright. His face was concealed under his mask. The man was Di Fuyi.
"My goodness, it is Mr. Huang!"
"Mr. Huang is here!"
The crowd was immediately triggered by his presence, abruptly causing an uproar. They were elated and filled with exultation to see him. Some of them even bowed.
Di Fuyi was a very popular man and had seemingly visited the place for a few times as most of the mermen were able to recognize him. They worshiped him. Lan Fei was stunned at first but quickly bowed as well.
Gu Xijiu pursed her lips as she stood her ground.
Di Fuyi moved swiftly and landed right in front of her. He pulled out his hand to hold hers. "Why didn't you wait for me to come to the carnival?"
Gu Xijiu took a step back to avoid him. Softly, she said, "Are you going to take me back to apologize to your friend? There is no need for that. I promised to be back in two hours, so I will be there when the time is up. I will not run away."
Di Fuyi did not manage to hold her. Astonished, he responded apologetically, "Xijiu, it is not your fault, so you do not have to be sorry. They owe you an apology instead."
With a faint smile, she answered, "Why is that so?"
"Miss Gu, it is not your fault. It was Jingyi who misbehaved. She acted rudely. I would like to apologize to you on her behalf." Lan Yaoguang emerged out of thin air and landed on the stage as well. He swayed his sleeves to the side while facing her.
"The king of the mermaids is here!"
The crowd went berserk at the sight of their king and quickly bowed to him. However, they were all equally puzzled as they looked at Gu Xijiu. She seemed like a lady of an impressive background. Mr. Huang intended to hold her hand as they talked and the king of mermaids was here to send her an apology. What had happened? What was her connection?
Sincerely, Lan Yaoguang looked at Gu Xijiu and spoke, "To express my genuine apology, I would like to compensate for you. I shall pay for all your expenses at the carnival."
Gu Xijiu smiled briefly. "There is no need for that. I know that you were only eager to protect your sister, not knowing what exactly happened before. There is no wrong for you to step in. I am not unreasonable, so I will not blame you. Therefore, I shall not take your compensation."
Lan Yaoguang was relieved to have heard her words. She was a righteous lady who was deeply conscious of the principles of right and wrong.
He could not hold back his amusement and let out a loud cheerful laugh. "Haha, that is great! You are indeed bold and forthright. You have a great voice as well. I was blown away by your performance. You should be the champion for the singing contest. I shall now reward you with the luminous pearl!"