Chapter 224: I’m Making You Think This Way (Part One)
Fang Jie devoured three bowls of rice and four dishes in one go, then he laid back into his chair and burped. He patted his stomach that was bulging and sighed.
He was feeling great after surviving and eating to full.
“Drink your medicine later.” Chen Qingshan put down the medicine that she made from boiling herbs that Qiu Yu grabbed, and she said to Fang Jie, “Professor Yu made it for you herself; she has been working hard for the last two days. She stayed in the library all night to try to find a way to cure you. How come you are so lucky? You always have people who are willing to help you, and most of them are girls.”
Fang Jie laughed and asked, “How do you think you will Da Quan and Qi Lin feel?”
Chen Qingshan laughed as well and said, “I have something serious to ask you.”
“What is it?”
“Should I stay here or return to the shop?” Chen Qingshan asked expectantly.
However, Fang Jie thought for a moment and gave her an answer that disappointed her.
“Go back to the shop,” Fang Jie said, “I already talked with Professor Yu; I will be going back to the shop every night. If something happens in the academy when I’m here, I wouldn’t be able to leave. It would be easier for us to move if we are out.”
“Fang Jie, do you always plan for the worst-case scenario?” Chen Qingshan couldn’t help but ask.
Fang Jie nodded and said, “I’m not an optimistic person. Now that one of my feet is in dirty water, it is not easy to pull away. The Emperor pushed me into this mess with a command; I can’t drag you in here with me. I already asked Mr. Zhuo to tell Xiaoyao not to enter Chang’an after she returns from the northwest; I asked her to find a place to stay outside Chang’an. Now that Da Quan and Qi Lin are in Yangtze-South, I feel more settled.”
Then, Fang Jie sighed and added, “No one knows what is going to happen in Chang’an. I can’t let us all die because of others’ decisions. I’m betting on my future, but I can’t pull you all into danger. If we are both living in the Martial Arts Academy, we won’t be able to get out.”
Chen Qingshan frowned and said, “You don’t even believe those in the academy?”
“I don’t trust anyone except our people.” Fang Jie shook his head.
Chen Qingshan nodded and said, “Alright, I will stay in the shop. But do you think Xiaoyao will listen to you and stay outside Chang’an?”
Fang Jie froze for a second and shook his head. “With her personality…”
“Fang Jie, do you think it is tough to deal with Royal King Yi? Did you discover something that is making you plan so far ahead? Does Royal King Yi… really have wild ambition?”
Fang Jie replied, “I can’t be sure right now. I don’t know if he is looking for more power or something else. The Emperor is extremely intelligent, so I don’t think Royal King Yi could succeed even if he has the courage. What hidden cards does he have to fight the Emperor with? Since I don’t know anything about his hidden cards, I’m more worried. The Emperor is smart, but Royal King Yi is no fool. Why would he behave in such a way if he doesn’t have hidden cards?”
Chen Qingshan said, “How about we leave this place? Let’s ignore all these troubles.”
Fang Jie smiled and said, “No… I must do one thing.”
“What is it?” Chen Qingshan asked.
“I must avenge those 2,000 residents and 800 border soldiers of Fangu. I suspect that Royal King Yi is associated with why Li Yuanshan wiped out that city. Perhaps Royal King Yi is behind all this. This is why I’m approaching Royal King Yi. I’m not a great person, but I would remember all those who are nice to me. There are 2,800 ghosts standing behind me, waiting for me to seek justice for them. I don’t have the strength to kill Li Xiaozong and Li Yuanshan, so I must climb higher.”