"Master!" Xue Ling suddenly exclaimed and flew out of the pagoda, like a refreshing breeze that swept through the treetops. She arrived at the shore and waved her hand vigorously.
Chu Li stood on a small boat. The boat seemed to slow down but still, it approached strangely quick.
Xue Ling jumped forward and hugged his arm. "Master, you finally came back!"
Chu Li felt the fragrance and softness coming from his arm and pulled out his arm inscrutably. "What happened?"
"Sister Hong Xiu's body is weak. Sir Guo Mulin has taken a look and he said that she needs the Nine Transformation Meridian Reforming Technique." Xue Ling smiled. "Please help Sister Hong Xiu perform it. I promised her!"
The two walked while they spoke. They went through the woods and came to the pagoda in the sea of flowers.
Everyone had stood up.
The two women curtsied while Guo Mulin studied Chu Li.
Chu Li gave a fist salute, smiled at the two women and then said to Guo Mulin, "Sir Guo Mulin actually visits the East Garden. What a rare honor."
"I was pulled here by Miss Xue Ling." Guo Mulin snorted. "This old man is very busy. How can I have this kind of free time? I'm leaving!"
Chu Li laughed. "Sorry to trouble you, Sir Guo Mulin. I'll chat with you another day."
"This lass is weak inherently. It is quite similar to Second Lady. Only the Nine Transformation Meridian Reforming Technique can heal her. I'll leave it to you." Guo Mulin pointed at Hong Xiu and waved his hand. "I'm leaving. You don't have to send me off!"
After saying that, he quickly strode away.
Chu Li shook his head with a smile.
"Hong Xiu greets Chief Chu Li." Hong Xiu curtsied again with a smile, looking elegant and charming.
She was from the New Moon Brothel so she had met many dignitaries over time and was quite knowledgeable on how to behave around them. In the face of Chu Li, Hong Xiu could be poise and not be too reserved.
Chu Li smiled. "Miss Hong Xiu doesn't have to be too polite. Let me take a look."
He sat at the stone table and Xue Ling served him tea.
Hong Xiu stretched out her arm, revealing her delicate wrist.
Chu Li placed his finger on her pulse and examined. He had examined her whole body through the Omniscient Mirror. Hong Xiu indeed had narrow meridians and was weak innately. "We can only use Nine Transformation Meridian Reforming Technique."
"Master, do you want to take a break first and then perform it tomorrow?" Xue Ling said.
Chu Li looked at her.
Xue Ling pouted. The Nine Transformation Meridian Reforming Technique could be performed whenever and Chu Li had traveled a long distance to get here so he should take a break first.
Even if Chu Li wanted to gain favor with the girls in the New Moon Brothel and let them become his informants, he still did not have to go so far.
Hong Xiu said, "Master Chu Li must be worn out after traveling a long distance. You should rest first."
Chu Li waved his hand. "There's no time like the present. Let's do it today. Let me prepare for a while."
He got up and went out of the pagoda while Xue Ling followed him quickly.
She attended to Chu Li. Chu Li washed his face, drank tea, ate a few snacks and changed his clothes.
Xue Ling served him and muttered under her breath at the same time: Sister Hong Xiu could wait for a day. Why did he have to perform it today?
Chu Li ignored her.
Since he wanted to gain favor, it was natural that the faster he performed it, the better.
Hong Xiu and Bi Liu arrived at the small courtyard.
Since he had reached the Grandmaster's Boundary, Chu Li could perform Nine Transformation Meridian Reforming Technique more easily. It could only be briefly glimpsed that wooden needles, gold needles, and silver needles flashed past and Hong Xiu was covered in needles in the blink of an eye.
She was wearing clothes and sat in the house motionlessly like a statue. Only her bright eyes were capable of moving.
All the needles were moving rhythmically, undulating like rippling wheat.
By the side, Bi Liu was amazed by the sight.
Chu Li slowly got up and left.
"Xue Ling, how long does it take?" Bi Liu asked softly.
Xue Ling replied, "She needs to stay like this for most of the day."
"That long?" Bi Liu was surprised.
Bi Lie had roughly read some medical books and remembered that acupuncture could not be performed for too long, otherwise, it would harm the body.
Xue Ling said, "This is about reforming her meridians! How can it be just for a short while?"
Chu Li came to the garden to see Li Yue.
Li Yue was nagging at Sun Ping. When he saw Chu Li come, he put down the hoe and glared at Sun Ping who was also going to put down the hoe. He came before Chu Li.
Chu Li and Li Yue went to the pagoda to drink tea. "How is that young fellow?"
Li Yue said with a smile. "He is quite clever. If only he would use his intelligence the right way."
"We need to polish him." Chu Li smiled. "But don't push him too hard. Let him adapt slowly."
"That's true too." Li Yue shook his head and sighed. "I'm too strict with him."
He always unconsciously took Chu Li's standard to ask of Sun Ping. However, when Li Yue thought about it, Sun Ping was very different from Chu Li so they could not be generalized.
"Third Lady is gone and my heart feels empty." Li Yue sighed. "I don't feel enthusiastic doing anything."
When Third Lady Xiao Qi was here, she would come to East Garden from time to time so Li Yue was full of enthusiasm and took good care of the East Garden to satisfy Third Lady.
Now that Third Lady was gone, no one came to the East Garden anymore. He seemed to have lost his goal and his body became lazy. If it was not for Sun Ping and him needing to be a role model for him, most likely Li Yue would become lazy.
Chu Li stayed silent. Melancholy slowly spread in him like a drop of concentrated ink in water.
"When will the Third Lady come back?"
"Maybe a year. Maybe two years." Chu Li looked up at the sky. "Maybe ten years or eight years."
"Hai the days' going to be tough!" Li Yue sighed.
Chu Li held the teacup and did not say a word.
Li Yue asked, "Chu Li, you will have to leave too after another six months, don't you?"
Chu Li nodded.
Li Yue exclaimed, "Then it'll be even more boring. When you are here, at least I can still talk to you. Once you are gone, I won't even have someone to talk to."
"You still have Sun Ping." Chu Li brightened up and got rid of his melancholy and emptiness. He laughed. "He is a mischievous person."
"He is too naughty. We are not the same kind of person." Li Yue scoffed.
Chu Li chuckled. "Brother Li Yue, you're wrong. You are also a mischievous person. The two of you are the same kind of person!"
The two joked and laughed and their moods slowly relaxed.
When the sun was setting, Hong Xiu returned home.
As soon as she entered the courtyard, she was stunned momentarily. This was the first time her husband had come back so early and he was busy practicing in the courtyard.
Field Officer Zhao's burly physique was as agile as an ape, advancing and retreating with ease and his fist as hard as an iron hammer. He was like a ferocious tiger.
When he saw her walking in, Field Officer Zhao stopped punching and straightened. He turned to look at her. "High Official Guo Mulin has examined your health?"
Hong Xiu picked up the towel from the side and handed it over. "Coincidentally, Chief Chu Li came back today. He performed the Nine Transformation Meridian Reforming Technique on me and gave me a bottle of Strengthening Pill. My body felt light and full of energy."
"Nine Transformation Meridian Reforming Technique?" Field Officer Zhao frowned and thought for a while, but shook his head in the end.
Hong Xiu said, "According to Xue Ling, it is a special technique that can transform a person. Tomorrow, I'll go and learn a health nurturing heart technique and my health will recover in a month."
Field Officer Zhao knitted his brows together tighter. "It is that amazing?"
"Guo Mulin said that I am weak inherently. Nurturing my health postnatally has a small success rate. Only the Nine Transformation Meridian Reforming Technique can help me." Hong Xiu laughed. "I felt that my body has recovered a lot. I walked for a long distance and I did not even breathe heavily. If it was previously, I would be gasping for air by now,"
Field Officer Zhao felt increasingly uneasy. How could there be such a magical medical skill?
An inborn weak constitution would need to take years of conditioning, only then would one have hope of changing it. Becoming stronger suddenly in a day's time defiled all common sense.
Field Officer Zhao said, "I'm going to inquire around about it tomorrow to find out what this Nine Transformation Meridian Reforming Technique is."
"Rest assured. The Public House doesn't need to lie to a weak woman like me, right?" Hong Xiu smiled and shook her head. The two entered the living room and sat down. Hong Xiu recounted the incident in detail.
Field Officer Zhao asked what Chu Li looked like. He was very curious about Chu Li.
Chu Li could be described as a legend in Chong Ming Town. The speed of his ranking advancement from when he entered the Public House to Rank 2 Chief was shocking to the whole world. From an average person who had never laid his foundation to an Innate Master, his cultivation advancement also shocked the world.
When he thought of this, Field Officer Zhao came to trust the incident a little. Chu Li was someone who was good at producing a miracle.