Gu Xijiu just realized that the hairpin ceremony had very complicated formalities. It was almost as intricate as a wedding ceremony. The complexities made her slightly impatient, as she did not have to do much. She only had to pray and pass the incense to Di Fuyi. Delighted, she watched as Di Fuyi knelt and bowed with Gu Xijius body.
Gu Xijiu could not help but take delight in watching Di Fuyi put himself in uncomfortable situations which he would typically not have to encounter. Di Fuyi had always been very superior, so he had not bowed to anyone before other than The Lord. She could finally make a fool out of him, for once.
Suddenly, Di Fuyi was caught off guard and fell while he was trying to place the incense under the board. Awkwardly, he crashed into her arms so "Celestial Master Zuo" now had Gu Xijius warm and soft body in his arms. The real Gu Xijiu also involuntarily lost her balance and knelt down while holding on to "Gu Xijiu."
When she finally got a hold of what happened, both of them were already kneeling side-by-side on the floor. Di Fuyi went about things steadily, as he took the opportunity to place the incense under the board. However, the sequence of all the incidents was too coincidental. It seemed as though both of them were bowing to the heavens and the earth as part of a wedding ceremony.
Gu Xijiu frowned as she tried to rise. However, her legs felt weak again when she tried to stand. She fell back to her kneeling position. Both of them looked exactly like husband and wife bowing to each other during the wedding ceremony.
Long Siye, who stood aside and watched as they bowed, could not hold it back anymore and took a step forward, "Celestial Master Zuo, what are you doing right now?"
Gu Xijiu was unable to express her discomfort and had to suffer in silence. She knew something was odd about the two bows that she just did. Di Fuyi probably made her do it, but she could not point him out bluntly. She stood up as she tried to find an appropriate reason to answer him. Calmly, Di Fuyi stood up and threw a glare at Long Siye, "Overlord Long, Celestial Master Zuo fell when I crashed into him. Why are you making such a big fuss out of it?"
There was a sign of pain in Long Siyes eyes, "Xijiu"
Di Fuyi nodded at him gently. With Gu Xijius usual tone of voice, he said, "Overlord Long, please return to your seat. I shall serve you a cup of tea later." Long Siye was stunned. Quietly, he then turned around and returned to his seat.
In great frustration, Gu Xijiu straightened things out with Di Fuyi, "Di Fuyi, dont use my body to do anything to hurt him!"
Di Fuyi looked at her and said, "Should I let him reprimand you?"
Gu Xijiu frowned, "He was reprimanding you, not me."
"But you are the one who is inside my body now."
"So what? He was reasonable. Weren't you the one who made me bow, twice?" Gu Xijiu did not hold back her doubts.
Di Fuyi was speechless for a few moments but answered, "Yes."
"The purpose of the whole ceremony is for you. You should be the one to bow to the heavens and the earth. We can fool the crowd by switching our bodies, but we cannot disrespect the heavens and the earth. You should bow." The reasons that Di Fuyi had given were bold and upright.
Gu Xijiu did not answer him, as she still had her doubts. She had a feeling that Di Fuyi was making her bow as part of an involuntary wedding ceremony. But perhaps she was too skeptical. What had happened was only a minor interruption. After that, everything went on smoothly for the entire celebration.