Qian Lingyu was also nervous. "I disagree too!" He was always fond of Gu Xijiu to the extent that he could not control himself from liking her. Sometimes, he would have imaginations of her being his sexual partner at night.
However, he knew that there was no way that he was going to be with her and so he was forced to suppress his feelings all this while. He only hoped to be her best buddy and that he could be there for her whenever she needed him.
If he revealed this secret in front of the public, he not only could not be friends with her anymore but probably would be killed by Di Fuyi.
The others were also actively opposing to run this test. Someone even expressed that they would prefer to be quarantined for several days than to be tested in front of the public.
The mussel looked at everyone in disdain. It seemed that human beings always have many secrets. In contrast, it had nothing to hide and was only loyal to its master. Its only problem is that it would occasionally scold Celestial Master Zuo secretly in its heart.
Gu Xijiu raised her hand to stop the crowd from making noise. "I understand your concerns, and so I would like to inform all of you that this is not the only way to solve this problem."
Next, she grabbed a hand of shiny stones from the storage bag and took out 22 stones. She put the stones on her palm and said, "This is a soul stone."
Everyone looked at her with a confused face. This was the first time that they heard about it.
Even Di Fuyi raised his eyebrow and looked at her. He recognized these stones. The mussels collected them from a cave in the enchanted boundary. The mussel always had a liking for shiny stuff, so it brought a hundred stones back from the cave as part of its collection.
The mussel also gave Gu Xijiu several dozen stones and asked her to be safe keep the stones for it. Di Fuyi studied these stones for a while and discovered that they had no other function except for the fact that they were shiny and colorful. Therefore, he did not pay too much attention to them anymore.
He never expected that Gu Xijiu would take them out at this moment and refer to them as soul stones.
The mussel also widely opened its round eyes. It was also its first time hearing the name of the stones.
The stones on her hand were shimmering and looked very beautiful. Gu Xijiu made sure that she had gotten everyone's attention before she slowly explained, "The soul stone has a special feature. If someone holds the stone for an hour, it will remember the unique smell of the holder's soul and will not lose their scent anymore. Since the Tianmo Jade had been worn by the traitor and was brought into Tianju Hall, therefore, the smell of the wearer's soul should still be on the Tianmo Jade. Once the two smells combine, coupled with the strong senses of Lu Wu and the mussel, the color of the soul stone will change to the same color as Tianmo Jade after six hours. By that time, we will be able to identify the traitor."
While Gu Xijiu was talking, she distributed the soul stones to the 22 suspects. "Come on. You have to hold it in your palm. Let me demonstrate to you the way to hold it. Everyone must follow my exact movements. Anyone who fails to do so would be deemed as the traitor!"
They took the stones from her and placed it on their hands. Gu Xijiu also took one and held it on her hand so that everyone could follow her.
It was an effortless way to hold it, so everyone could easily follow her movements. They stood in a row and were observed by the rest of the group.
It was a very novelty way. No one from the Tianju Association had heard of this way before. Not even Di Fuyi. He folded his arms and stood there to watch them.
Many other people from the Tianju Hall had started gathering at the scene, and so there were nearly 200 people now staring at the 22 suspects. The crowd would quickly catch the slightest hint of suspicion.
Gu Xijiu also observed their facial expressions from time to time.