Translator: CKtalon Editor: CKtalon
“Bull…” At that moment, another woman’s voice sounded. Following that, a capable-looking woman walked over. She looked to be in her forties, and her face appeared to have suffered the ravages of time. However, her knitted brows showed her frustration, as though Fangzheng was no human but just trouble incarnate.
“Abbot Fangzheng, it’s great that you’re here too.” Officers Li and Zhao ran over as well. They believed that it was thanks to Fangzheng being around last night that they were unharmed by the demonic monsters. Therefore, the two of them were extremely enthusiastic towards him. They yearned to stick close to him.
“Officers, who is this young master?” At that moment, a gentle voice sounded.
Following that, an elder with white hair walked over. He looked to be almost sixty, but he walked briskly. Clearly, the elder was surprisingly strong and healthy.
“This is Elder Wang, a geologist expert the higher-ups invited. He’s also an expert in biology. He was in the army when he was younger and is a famous international adventurer. The group behind him consists of Elder Wang’s students or research team members. The rest are the policemen who are familiar with the situation here, and the native Old Fifth Gao.” Seeing Elder Wang walk over, Bao Yuluo immediately did the introductions. Instead of calling it an introduction, it was more of a warning to Fangzheng to tell him that this expert was crucial.
After the introductions, Bao Yuluo rushed over to Elder Wang and said with a smile, “Elder Wang, this is the abbot of Mt. One Finger’s One Finger Monastery, Abbot Fangzheng, I mentioned to you about. I never expected him to randomly find himself here. Do you think we should send him out first?”
“No!” Before Elder Wang could say a word, the woman in her forties rejected the notion.
Officer Li whispered, “This stubborn old woman’s name is Sun Caifeng. I’ve heard many people secretly call her Warplane Sun. She basically fights anyone she locks her sights on. She’s fierce. However, she’s quite impressive when it comes to scientific research. Otherwise she wouldn’t be here either. She’s not one of Elder Wang’s people but another expert. Rumor has it that she just returned from overseas. She came after hearing about our situation. She’s apparently quite a capable woman, but don’t offend her. She’s in menopause, so it’s not someone you can mess with…”
Fangzheng instantly smiled when he heard that. What Officer Li said really… made him comfortable!
“Why not? Abbot Fangzheng accidentally entered Ganfanpen. It’s dangerous here. If he’s to return by himself, it’s a question if he can even return safely. Human life is important. I’m a policewoman, and you are researchers of the country. Everyone is responsible for rescuing people.” Others might be afraid of Sun Caifeng, but Bao Yuluo was also a spitfire who wasn’t to be trifled with. She immediately countered and gave Fangzheng a look to assure him that she was protecting him.
This left Fangzheng at a loss of whether to laugh or cry. Did he need the protection of others?
“Alright, alright. Both of you, stop arguing. Human life is indeed important. I agree with Little Bao. Why don’t we send someone to lead this young master back?” Elder Wang said.
“Teacher Wang, I disagree! Not a single one of us who entered is superfluous. With every reduction in manpower our chances of success will be. As for this monk, since he can enter, he should be able to exit. If not, he’s just an idiot waiting to send himself to his death. There’s no need for us to stall our progress for this fool and waste manpower.” Sun Caifeng wasn’t polite in what she said.
Fangzheng mumbled inwardly. “This isn’t a warplane. She’s clearly a nuclear missile bomber! We don’t share any grudges. Is there a need to be that fierce?”
Elder Wang frowned and said angrily, “Little Sun! Human life is of utmost importance! We do scientific research to save people. What else are we doing here if not that? Is there a need to be so much in a rush for mere research?”
Upon seeing Elder Wang get enraged, Sun Caifeng grunted and did not continue the debate. However, her eyes turned to Fangzheng, and she said, “Monk, speak. Can you leave on your own? I believe you aren’t a fool who charged in to your death out of excitement.”
Bao Yuluo was just about to speak when Fangzheng smiled. “Amitabha. This Penniless Monk is indeed able to leave by himself. There’s no need for all of you to vex yourselves. Jingxin, let’s go. Let’s not stall these patrons as they work.”
With that said, Fangzheng nodded slightly at Bao Yuluo, Officer Li, Officer Zhao, Old Fifth Gao, and Elder Wang before smiling. “Thank you for your concern, Patrons. This is merely a forest. It won’t stump This Penniless Monk. Karma has been forged. If there’s any danger, feel free to shout out This Penniless Monk’s Dharma name. This Penniless Monk will naturally come to rescue you.”
“Pfft!” Sun Caifeng burst out in laughter when she heard that. “Monk, I haven’t seen your other abilities yet, but you sure are good at bragging. Call your name and you will come rescue us? Do you think of yourself as Bodhisattva?”
It wasn’t only Sun Caifeng. The other members of the scientific team shook their heads as well. They believed that the monk in front of them was retarded. Even a three-year-old child wouldn’t believe such bragging.
After Bao Yuluo heard that, she turned anxious. She tugged at Fangzheng and said, “Fangzheng, why are you being stubborn? You know nothing about Ganfanpen’s dangers. If no one brings you out, it’s very easy to get lost. If you are trapped, death will only await you. If this is really the case, go with us. We can take care of each other in a group.”
Officer Zhao and Old Fifth Gao added. “That’s right, Abbot Fangzheng. Don’t let your ego influence you at such a critical juncture.”
Fangzheng was exasperated. He wasn’t being arrogant. He felt that with too many people with him, it would only slow him down and reduce his efficiency! After all, with so many people, it would be easy for him to expose himself when he used his divine powers. Besides, Ganfanpen was huge and without Red Boy’s use of his divine powers of Length Contraction or Ground Digging, would they have reached the periphery of Ganfanpen so quickly?
Elder Wang added. “Little Monk, cultivation in Buddhism is about cultivating the heart. Do not let your pangs of anger affect the sharpness of your mind.”
Fangzheng pressed his palms together and smiled. “Amitabha. Thank you, Patron Wang. This Penniless Monk isn’t angry. Patrons, you shoulder heavy responsibilities, so there’s no need to waste manpower on This Penniless Monk.”
“Fangzheng! Why are you so pigheaded!” Bao Yuluo fumed with anger. Was there a screw loose in this monk’s head? Why couldn’t she screw it back in?
Fangzheng smiled. “Patron, This Penniless Monk is thankful for your kind intentions.”
“He has already said that there’s no need, so stop providing him kindness to get snubbed at. There’s not much time left. If we can’t figure out the reason before sunset, we might be in danger ourselves, much less him. Monk, if you wish to leave, don’t look at the path. Instead, look at the trees. Head towards the location where the leaves are lusher and denser. That’s south.” Sun Caifeng suddenly spoke out.
Bao Yuluo, Old Fifth Gao, Officer Li, and Officer Zhao all looked angrily at Sun Caifeng. Was she trying to chase him away?
Fangzheng smiled. “Thank you for the information, Patron. Patrons, This Penniless Monk shall bid you farewell.”