However, Xiaomi didn't understand Squirrel and thought that he was playing with her. She was so happy that she could not even close her mouth.
At that moment, Lone Wolf returned languidly. Xiaomi's eyes immediately lit up as she pointed at Lone Wolf and asked Fangzheng, "Big Baldy, is this a dog?"
"Eh... I guess you can consider him a dog's ancestor. Don't be fooled by his size. He's very gentle," said Fangzheng with a chuckle.
When Lone Wolf heard that, he raised his head high. When he saw Xiaomi holding the pine nuts in her hands and the squirrel on her shoulder, he suddenly had a sense of foreboding. The hoarder's pine nuts had landed in the little girl's hands! She spelled trouble! Therefore, the fellow immediately turned around in a bid to escape!
Fangzheng dragged him back and placed Xiaomi on Lone Wolf's back. Under various threats and promises, Lone Wolf finally bitterly became Xiaomi's second playmate. He brought Xiaomi around the monastery and ran everywhere.
Fangzheng was naturally not worried leaving Lone Wolf and Squirrel to watch Xiaomi. The two animals were getting more intelligent by the day, and he always had a nagging feeling that it wouldn't take long for them to turn into demon spirits.
And at the same time, he could hear faint sobbing come from the temple hall.
Fangzheng came to the hall's entrance and looked in. He saw Lu Shuangshuang kneeling on the ground, drowning in tears.
Fangzheng was somewhat surprised. The Buddhist scriptures he read did not teach him the art of consoling a crying woman. Should he go over? Or not?
Fangzheng rubbed his bald head and was completely lost.
"Ding! Do you need help?" asked the System suddenly.
"What do you think? If I had hair, I would have already pulled all of it out. A woman's crying is truly terrifying. However, she is really sad. She resembles... me back when Old Dad One Finger departed. I can sense the pain in her heart, but I am completely unsure how I should console her," thought Fangzheng.
"The Thousand-armed and Thousand-eyed Guan Yin is a blessing to most people. For you especially, she is the best teacher. Perhaps you should seek her help," said the System.
Fangzheng was stunned. "Seek Guan Yin Bodhisattva's help? Can... I?"
Although the System was very miraculous, Fangzheng was a little taken aback to seek Bodhisattva's help on such a matter. Would it work?
"You are not seeking Bodhisattva, but the powers that accompany the Thousand-armed and Thousand-eyed Guan Yin drawing on the Ten Thousand Buddha plaque. Just like the child-giving Guan Yin allows you to make a person pregnant, it is a unique guiding divine power," explained the System.
"Then how do I cast it?" Fangzheng had no clue at all.
"As long as you are in the monastery, you can borrow the statue's power to guide you into completing something you are incapable of. It can also strengthen a particular divine power of yours, such as helping people become pregnant or the Heavenly Eye divine power, etc. However, you are required to take the lead. The powers of the statues can only aid you. Use your divine power, A Golden Millet Dream, and you will understand," said the System.
Fangzheng nodded and looked at Lu Shuangshuang. He took a deep breath and held his palms together. "Amitabha!"
Ever since Lu Shuangshuang entered the temple hall, she had remained motionless in her kneeling state. She believed that everything would go as she expected it to go and that she was only trying to numb herself or trying to find a place to secretly cry out to vent her anguish.
However, when she knelt on the mat, voicing out her troubles and pains in mumbles, the Ten Thousand Buddha plaque in front of her suddenly lit up with golden light. But the golden light was faint and vanished after a flash as though it had been an illusion.
Lu Shuangshuang only treated it as her eyes playing tricks on her. However, when she looked at the Ten Thousand Buddha plaque from the corner of her eyes, the Thousand-arm Guan Yin's eyes seemed to move. The compassionate and benevolent gaze left her heart palpitating! She looked up abruptly but discovered that the Guan Yin on the Ten Thousand Buddha plaque remained unchanged. It had not moved at all.
"It must have been an illusion," Lu Shuangshuang heaved a sigh of relief. At that moment, a Buddhist proclamation sounded from behind her, "Amitabha!"
Lu Shuangshuang subconsciously turned her head to look over but discovered that Fangzheng and Xiaomi were no longer around. Even stranger, the bodhi tree in the yard had bloomed! The snow had melted and lotus flowers were blooming in the monastery. The walls and everywhere inside the yard was filled with lotus flowers!
"This!" Lu Shuangshuang had a look of shock plastered all over her face. She immediately ran out of the hall as she heard the sound of water splashing.
Lu Shuangshuang lowered her head and instead of seeing land beneath her feet, she saw water!
She looked up again, and the monastery was gone. All that was left was a lush bodhi tree!
When she looked back, the Buddhist hall was gone too! All that was left was an endless pond of lotus flowers.
"Where am I?" Lu Shuangshuang surveyed her surroundings. In her perplexed state, she questioned worriedly and fearfully.
However, her surroundings were empty. No one answered her question.
Lu Shuangshuang turned more perplexed.
At that moment, there was the sound of flowing water. Following that, a path parted at her feet. The path stretched deep into the lotus flower pond. Due to the lotus flowers blocking her view, she could not see what was inside.
Lu Shuangshuang bolstered her courage as she walked forward and pushed aside the lotus flowers. As she walked, the surrounding scenery changed. The lotus flowers began to turn sparse, and someone seemed to be talking ahead of her.
"There's someone!" Lu Shuangshuang was just about to run forward when a young bald monk suddenly appeared in front of her. He was dressed in white monk robes and effused a sense of cleanliness. Just a look at him calmed her panic and fear.
"Master Fangzheng?" asked Lu Shuangshuang.
Fangzheng looked up slightly and nodded before shaking his head. He then looked up to the sky.
Lu Shuangshuang traced his gaze and looked up as well. She was dumbfounded the next moment!
She saw a white-robed monk sitting on a golden lotus throne high in the sky. Behind him were a thousand hands, all forming different hand seals or holding different treasures. The Dharmic presence was solemn, but it also effused kindness. The person was gargantuan, covering half the sky!
"Guan Yin Bodhisattva?!" Lu Shuangshuang asked in disbelief.
"Amitabha, it is This Penniless Monk. Lu Shuangshuang, you stepped into One Finger Temple, paid respect to This Penniless Monk and offered incense. This Penniless Monk will naturally help you with your pleas. However, the knot in your heart requires you to untie them yourself," said Guan Yin Bodhisattva.
Lu Shuangshuang was looking up into the sky, and she did not realize that Fangzheng was below, racking his brains to think of what to say.
Everything that happened was indeed a scene that he had set up with the statue's guidance. He even vaguely knew what to do. However, the statue's guidance was very ambiguous. Many things required him to think, ponder, and understand before he could complete everything.
The statue in the sky was not a mirage but a Dharma body manifestation projected from the real Guan Yin Bodhisattva's statue. There was no sentience from the Bodhisattva and everything was left to Fangzheng's control. But not only did this Dharma body provide guidance, with it also came a Bodhisattva's aura. It could calm a person's heart and refresh one's mind.
Lu Shuangshuang looked at the Guan Yin Bodhisattva in the sky and sensed the peaceful aura that the Bodhisattva exuded. She vaguely felt as if she were near Han Xiaoguo's sheltering arm. It was warm and dependable, as though she had found a shelter against a storm.
Lu Shuangshuang held her palms together as she bowed and said, "Bodhisattva, I implore you to help me."
"The person you wish to meet is up ahead. Go on," Guan Yin Bodhisattva pointed ahead.
Lu Shuangshuang nodded and walked forward. After she passed through the dense lotus flowers, she was left stunned. There was no longer a lotus pond but a bustling city!