Translator: CKtalon Editor: CKtalon
Although the policemen were not as handsome, cool, or unafraid of death as those depicted in movies, Fangzheng found them more respectable than those found in movies when he saw their sense of duty.
Following that, the trio began talking all at once about yesterday’s situation. What they recounted was about the same as what Village Chief Song had said. All three of them felt that there was something odd about the matter, believing that it had to be related to the paranormal. Otherwise there was no way of explaining it. Why would those animal corpses not have any signs of struggle? There wasn’t even a wound!
Fangzheng only smiled in response. Ghosts? It would be easy if it was that… However, Fangzheng had never heard of any ghost who would specifically target animals! But if it wasn’t because of a ghost, what could it be?
“Who cares? I’ll be sitting here. If that thing comes, I’ll know at a glance! Even if I won’t, that disciple of mine should be able to.” With this in mind, Fangzheng communicated with the trio.
When the trio heard that Fangzheng was staying, they were naturally overjoyed. After all, they believed that it was related to the paranormal. Monks should be good at capturing ghosts and exorcising evil, right? They felt a lot more grounded with Fangzheng around.
Seconds turned to minutes. Village Chief Song got someone to deliver them lunch. He had planned on inviting them to eat, but the two policemen couldn’t leave since they were on duty. Therefore, they could only have their meal at the entrance.
Fangzheng did not leave either. He stayed right there.
Nothing happened the entire afternoon. If there was anything, it was Bao Yuluo bringing Red Boy back grumpily. When she came in front of Fangzheng, she glared at him and asked, “How long have you been starving him!?” Then she left, feeling extremely aggrieved.
When Bao Yuluo was gone, Fangzheng rapped Red Boy on the head and said, “How much did you eat to make her this unhappy?”
Red Boy chuckled. “Not much. I just emptied her purse.”
Fangzheng was instantly amused by the brat. He reprimanded him, having expected better from him, “Idiot. How much money can a purse hold? There’s WeChat Payment! WeChat is connected to her bank account. There’s definitely money in there!”
Red Boy had already been prepared to suffer a scolding. Yet Fangzheng said something like that. After being momentarily stunned, he rolled his eyes and thought, “Master is indeed petty. He bears grudges even against beauties… It’s best not to offend him in the future.”
This was only a small interlude. Following that, the sun slowly set in the west. The trio who were still a little listless began turning serious.
When Fangzheng saw the expressions of Old Fifth Gao and Officers Zhao and Li, he knew that they were somewhat worried and afraid. The previous incidents happened in the evening and at night, which also meant that the daytime was safe. The true danger was approaching only now.
Fangzheng shot a glance at Red Boy who whispered, “Don’t worry, Master. If any demon is behind this, I’ll capture it and they can be your pet.”
Fangzheng rolled his eyes. This fellow who can’t be serious… However, with what Red Boy said, Fangzheng felt a lot more relieved. Although he was unafraid of anything with the White Lunar Monk Robe protecting him, there were three ordinary humans in front of him. There were also many villagers and executive members of the village behind him who couldn’t leave. He had to worry for them.
At that moment, Bao Yuluo came over, carried Red Boy, and said, “It’s getting dark. It’s also the most dangerous moment. A child shouldn’t stay here. I’ll take him far away from here.”
When Fangzheng heard that, he felt displeased. This was his main weapon. How could she take him away? However, what Bao Yuluo said wasn’t wrong. She was indeed doing it for Red Boy’s interests, considering her lack of understanding of Red Boy.
Red Boy said unhappily, “I’m not leaving! I’m going to stay with Master to subdue demons!”
Bam! Bao Yuluo rapped Red Boy on the head and said sternly, “Don’t pull a tantrum. This isn’t something you can joke about. It’s hard to tell if your Master can keep himself safe. Be good and enter the village with me.”
“No! Master, say something!” Red Boy cried out.
Fangzheng thought for a moment and finally pressed his palms together. “Amitabha. Patron, this disciple of mine is capable. Let him stay.”
“Capable? How capable can a child a few years old be? Monk, I don’t care about how you usually brag, but it’s easy to convince yourself once you brag too much. I’m not agreeable on this matter. The child has to be taken away. Village Chief Song and the rest are already waiting. Once the child goes there, they will immediately drive to a neighboring village,” Bao Yuluo said sternly. She originally believed that Fangzheng was a person who enjoyed bragging and suspected him to be a cheat, as well as a child-abuser. Little did she expect the monk to be an a**hole to such a degree… How could he let a child stay behind in such a dangerous area? Was he brainless?
“Oh? Village Chief Song is leading the rest to seek refuge?” Fangzheng was taken aback.
“What else? What do you think I was doing the entire afternoon? Everyone in the village has been moved away. The security of the village will be handled by the police. Let’s not talk about this. I have to take the child away,” said Bao Yuluo.
Fangzheng shook his head. “This Penniless Monk needs this disciple to stay behind. Patron, go deal with the other matters if you are busy.”
“You…” Bao Yuluo glared at Fangzheng. She really wanted to slice open Fangzheng’s bald head to see what was inside!
Fangzheng calmly locked his gaze with Bao Yuluo’s. This was no trivial matter. Although Fangzheng had abilities, they weren’t very reliable. He was only good at beating others or doing matters with brute strength. With regards to analyzing strange, paranormal activity, he wasn’t of much use. Of course, if Fangzheng was driven to desperation, the Buddha Beads he had were not to be trifled with. After all this time, the eighteen Buddha Beads had all lit up once again. He could use eighteen different divine powers, more than sufficient to settle everything. However, it wasn’t easy for his Buddha Beads to regain their Dharmic powers. With the stingy intention of saving wherever possible even while settling the problem, he went at odds with Bao Yuluo. As for whether she was mad, what did that have to do with a monk like him?
“Officer Bao. Abbot Fangzheng is an accomplished monk. He must have his reasons for saying so. I’ve heard that evil beings are afraid of the pee of virgin boys. Who knows, perhaps when this little guy sprays his pee around, the evil will be exorcised. Am I right? Abbot Fangzheng?” Old Fifth Gao looked at Fangzheng.
Seeing that things were turning for the worse, Officer Li tried to mediate the situation. “Little Bao, you aren’t a local, so you don’t understand Abbot Fangzheng’s means. I think we can leave the child behind. If we discover anything amiss, we will immediately take the child away. If push comes to shove, I’ll take the rear.”
“Brother Li, this isn’t about who takes the rear, but…” Bao Yuluo turned anxious. Fangzheng could tell that Bao Yuluo was doing it out of good will. She was concerned for the child, but he was not compromising on this issue. The situation was too strange, and the earlier he resolved the problem, the fewer victims there would be. This was a matter of rescuing people—a lot of people—so how could it be delayed? Therefore, he could only offend Bao Yuluo.