Li Mengxia drank the most among the group. She drank to the extent that her eyes were red and she could not even hold her glass properly. Meanwhile, Gu Xijiu's innate ability was relatively higher, so she was still very conscious.
Li Mengxia felt nauseas. Hence, Gu Xijiu quickly brought her to the washroom.
Long Siye's face was reddish as he sat there idly watching the glass in his hand.
After Li Mengxia had puked a few times, Gu Xijiu fed her a pill to ease her hangover. She shook her head and found herself feeling much better. She finally got a better vision of Gu Xijiu as she blinked her eyes. "Wow! I can't believe that you're better than me at drinking I've never lost to anyone!"
Gu Xijiu tapped her shoulder as she replied, "Me too, it's just a coincidence."
Li Mengxia refused to surrender. "Let's compete again when we're free!"
"When we have the time."
Again, Li Mengxia shook her head. "You're right. There's chaos everywhere, and so we can't let drinking affect our mission. Strangely enough, I just wanted to have a sip. How did I drink that much?"
Gu Xijiu replied as she glimpsed at Li Mengxia, "Your ability to control yourself is deteriorating."
Li Mengxia was stunned for a short moment and regretfully shook her head. "Perhaps. After all, I've been trying to escape for so long and have not eaten a good meal in a long time. It's hard for me to control myself now that I have gotten the chance to drink. Sigh, I would have been lectured if The Lord knew."
Though the pill was very effective, it was only sufficient to keep her awake. The residues of the alcohol remained in her body. Hence, Li Mengxia swayed here and there when she walked.
It was not appropriate for them to rush back as Li Mengxia was unfit to travel. Hence, Gu Xijiu decided to stay in a hotel tonight and leave tomorrow. She told Li Mengxia about her decision, and it made Li Mengxia regret even more. "The Lord wanted you to return tonight. However, we were forced to delay our departure because of me..."
Gu Xijiu did not care much about it. She looked at the directed audio spell at her waist and thought Di Fuyi must be very busy as she had not heard from him the whole day.
"Xijiu, why don't you send The Lord a message and tell him about the situation here so that he wouldn't get worried?" Li Mengxia suggested.
Gu Xijiu nodded and switched on the directed audio spell. However, there was no response. Had he entered a forbidden area again?
Gu Xijiu had been married to him for eight years. Hence, she knew him quite well. The directed audio spell would not work whenever he entered a forbidden area. He needed to meet many people this time, and there were many things for him to do. Hence, it was possible that he had entered a forbidden area. Therefore, Gu Xijiu was not upset though she could not reach him at the moment.
She returned to the room with Li Mengxia and saw Long Siye unconscious and leaning against the table. Had he fallen asleep?
Li Mengxia's finger tapped on the table in front of him. "Hey, Overlord Long! Overlord Long, wake up!"
Long Siye moved a little and finally lifted his head. He looked slow-witted as his gaze was on both of the ladies. He then focused on Gu Xijiu, and he suddenly sat upright. He accidentally swept the glass that was in front of his arm onto the floor. "Xijiu!" He screamed in shock.
Li Mengxia burst into laughter. "What's so shocking? Are you aNarcolepsy patient? Have you forgotten the people who had drank with you?"
Long Siye slightly closed his eyes, and realized that everything was coming back to him when he opened his eyes again. He smiled awkwardly. "Indeed, I must have had one too many drinks..."
His eyes rapidly glanced around the room before he rubbed his brows. "I must have drunk too much and forgotten where we are now. Come on. We should drink more since we have just reunited!"
Li Mengxia shook her hand. "No, I've had enough. I just threw up. I don't think I can take it anymore."
Long Siye looked at Gu Xijiu. He looked blur as he was probably a little tipsy. "Xijiu, shall we toast with a few more drinks? It has been many years since I last saw you. I have got a lot of things that I want to talk about."
Gu Xijiu answered, "It's very late. I'm tired..."
Long Siye got up from the chair. He must have had too many drinks as he almost tripped while getting up. He cursed himself underneath his breath. Gu Xijiu left a pill on his palm. "I think you've drunk too much. Here you go. Take one first."
Long Siye looked at the pill. It was round and shiny as it rolled in his palm. He narrowed his vision to focus on the pill. "This is a grade seven pill!" His eyes were filled with surprise as he glimpsed at Gu Xijiu.
Li Mengxia smiled. "Are you shocked? Xijiu can now make grade eight pills too. She is"
However, she did not finish her sentence as Gu Xijiu suddenly sent her an audio message. "Hush, something is wrong with him."
Li Mengxia was slightly stunned, and she stopped talking. However, Long Siye was very keen to know what it was that Li Mengxia was about to tell him. "What's is it?"
Li Mengxia was quick-witted and quickly tried switching topics. She suddenly rubbed her brow. "Ouch! I seem to have gotten a headache! The hangover is horrible"
She then leaned onto Gu Xijiu. "Xijiu, I feel dizzy"
Gu Xijiu turned around and said to Long Siye as she supported Li Mengxia with her hands. "Instructor Long, it's late now. I think it's better for me to bring her to a hotel. Let's talk tomorrow, okay?" She then walked out of the room with Li Mengxia.
Long Siye, who was standing behind them, was suddenly enlightened and quickly walked beside them. "The hotel beside the restaurant is quite good. Let me bring you there. I think I need a room for myself as I feel a little dizzy too."
Although Long Siye looked a little tipsy, he was relatively conscious. He asked for three rooms as soon as they arrived at the hotel.
Gu Xijiu stopped him. "Three is too many. I can stay with Mengxia in the same room,and we can take care of each other."
Long Siye smiled gently. "Sure."
Their rooms were just next to each other. Long Siye went into his room while Gu Xijiu entered her room with Li Mengxia.
Li Mengxia immediately straightened her body right after they went into the room. She wanted to ask Gu Xijiu all sort of questions. "Xijiu"
Gu Xijiu quickly placed a finger to her lips and sent her a message at the same time. "Hush, someone might be listening."
Li Mengxia blinked her eyes. As the chief master of Anying Association, she was a smart person. She immediately changed the subject. "Xijiu, I'm sleepy. I'm going to bed first."
She then slumped onto one of the beds and rolled around as though she was drunk. "I am feeling very sleepy."
Gu Xijiu went to wash herself up and then lied down on the other bed.
Li Mengxia could not wait and quickly sent an audio message to her. "What's going on?"
Gu Xijiu replied, "Something is wrong with him. He has turned into someone else."
Li Mengxia was shocked. "Why didn't I feel that something was wrong?"
Gu Xijiu remained silent. After all, she had known Long Siye far longer than Li Mengxia. Furthermore, they had worked together on several occasions before. She knew him very well, and she was also very familiar with all of his body languages. Although Long Siye currently looked the same as the old days, it was only enough to fool those people who did not know him well. However, he could not hide his flaws from Gu Xijiu who was an expert and also knew Long Siye in and out.
For example, Long Siye used to hold his glass with only four fingers, and his thumb would slightly curve backward. However, he held his glass with only three fingers earlier, and his finger was slightly curved forward.
Long Siye's gaze was always calm and sharp. However, his gaze was cold just now as though he wanted to kill someone.
"When did you realize that he had turned into someone else?"
"When we returned from the washroom after your puked."
Li Mengxia frowned. "Do you think he was replaced by someone else while we were away? Did someone disguise themselves as him?" She then shook her head. "How is it possible? He still looked the same."
Li Mengxia was an observant person, and she had a good memory for recognizing people. She would have noticed if someone else had replaced that person, even if that person was a twin. After all, even twins had minor differences between them, let alone someone in disguise.
Gu Xijiu was a somewhat observant person as well. When she began suspecting him, she secretly checked Long Siye's facial features. His eyebrows, his nose, and his lips.
There was a tiny scar the size of a pimple at the end of Long Siye's eyebrow. He also had a light mole on his nose, and a very small line on the helix of his ear. The little finger on his left hand was also slightly longer than his right one. These were some of the few characteristics that others might not have noticed. If someone was disguised as him, they would not be able to follow to the extent of such details. In other words, his body was still the same. However, his soul seemed to have been replaced.
Before this, Long Siye's aura was still the same, but the air was filled with little evil energy. The evil energy felt somewhat familiar. However, she was certain that it was Long Siye who had a drink with them. How was it possible that his soul was replaced? Were there two souls present inside his body?
It did not sound right as Di Fuyi had mentioned before that it was not easy for a soul to reluctantly take over a living body. He also mentioned that two souls could never live together in the same body with the exception that the individual was possessed ever since he was born. Furthermore, it required the owner of the body to agree before the foreign soul could live together with the owner, just like Rong Che.
Mo Zhao had already possessed Rong Che's body ever since he was born. Therefore, Mo Zhao was slowly able to adapt to Rong Che's body and eventually take control of it. It was so tricky for Mo Zhao to take over a kid's body even though he was so powerful. Hence, it was almost impossible for him to take over Long Siye's!
Therefore, what was wrong with him? Was she overreacting? Gu Xijiu could not figure iit out. Hence, she took out her directed audio spell. The night was quiet. It was not only Di Fuyi who had not contacted her back, but the rest had not gotten back to her as well.
She paused for a short moment and tried contacting Di Fuyi. Unfortunately, there was still no response from him. She pondered and tried contacting her brother. However, she was unable to get through to him as well. She tightly clenched her fist that was still holding the spell. Something was wrong!
She tried contacting several other people. However, she could not reach any of them as well. Was her directed audio spell faulty? She pondered for a while before deciding to wake Li Mengxia up. She asked her to try connecting hers.
A moment later, both of them looked at each other as they sat on the bed. Both Li Mengxia and Gu Xijiu's directed audio spells were not reaching anyone!
"Mengxia, could you try connecting to someone else?"
Li Mengxia immediately tried contacting someone else. However, it was the same case as Gu Xijiu. She failed to reach anyone regardless of who she tried to contact.
Gu Xijiu made the directed audio spells. Hence, she took both of them and thoroughly checked the spell. Nothing seemed to be wrong with it. Was there something installed in the hotel that was blocking the signal of the directed audio spells?
After Gu Xijiu exhorted Li Mengxia, she immediately teleported out from the hotel. She found an open space and tried connecting the directed audio spell. A moment later, the directed audio spell was blinking. Right after it was connected, Di Fuyi's magnetic and clear voice was heard. "Where did you go? Why were you not reachable earlier?"
Gu Xijiu immediately heaved a sigh of relief. Perhaps, there was something wrong with the layout or construction of the hotel that had blocked the signal of her directed audio spell. Suddenly, she thought of a scary possibility just as she was about to speak to him about her day! It may not have been a coincidence that the signal of her directed audio spell was blocked. If that was the case, the line of her directed audio spell could have also been transferred to someone else! What if someone was listening to their conversation?
Instantly, she smiled and replied. "I just visited an old friend. We had a drink since we were happy to be reunited again. Mengxia drank a little too much, so I think we won't be able to head back tonight. You should have a good rest."
There was a pause on the other side. "Where are you now?"
"We're at the Fengyi Hotel in Weilai Town."
"Wait there." Di Fuyi replied with two words and immediately disconnected the call.
Gu Xijiu stared at the directed audio spell for a short while before rubbing her brow. Was Di Fuyi heading over here now?! It was such a long journey.
Li Mengxia was still waiting for her in the room when she returned to the hotel. She heaved a sigh of relief as she saw Gu Xijiu come in. "How was it?"
Gu Xijiu answered, "Something is wrong with the hotel. The directed audio worked fine when I left the area."
Li Mengxia was still wondering. "The hotel can block the signal from your directed audio spell? What a mystery."
Gu Xijiu pulled the blanket over and covered herself. "Well, some places aren't able to receive any communication signal due to its construction layout."
She was shocked when she said it! The directed audio spells that she invented were slightly similar to the characteristics of a mobile phone. However, the signal that was sent and received were powered by spiritual power wavelengths. She had also done some research on Di Fuyi's jade tablet. In essence, the directed audio spells were simplified version of the jade tablet, and its signal was powerful. The only time when someone could not be contacted with the jade tablet was if they had entered a forbidden land. It was due to the sound insulating wizardry barrier that was set around the forbidden lands. However, the barrier was very hard to set-up and required a person to have a spiritual power of level nine before they were able to cast it.
Gu Xijiu would have felt it if there was a wizardry barrier surrounding the hotel. Therefore, it was not possible. Hence, if it was not because of a wizardry barrier, it was probably a particular type of modern strategy. However, there were only two people other than Gu Xijiu living in that era who knew the strategy. They were Long Siye and Long Fan. Did it mean that Long Siye had done something to the hotel? What was his intention?
Long Siye did not seem to have any reason to do it. Was Long Fan the culprit behind this problem?! She pressed her ear towards the wall to listen if there was any sound next door. It was extremely quiet next door to the extent that she could hear the sound of Long Siye's breathing.
The hotel was strange, and Long Siye was acting oddly as well. Originally, Gu Xijiu planned to depart tomorrow. However, she would be leaving with a burden in her heart if she was unable to solve all the mysteries about today's events. Therefore, she had a secret conversation with Li Mengxia again and then teleported to Long Siye's room.
She made herself invisible once she entered the room. She first glanced at the bed and noticed that Long Siye was quietly lying on the bed. His eyes were closed, and his eyelashes were dilating. He was asleep as his breathing rhythm was long and steady. There was nothing unusual.
Gu Xijiu heaved a sigh of relief and glimpsed at his face again. Suddenly, her heart skipped a beat!