Chapter 66: Relying on Oneself and Relying on Others (Part Two)
Zhuo Buyi added proudly, “Cultivation… It is an art, do you understand? I’m only asking you right now after careful consideration. If you want, you can follow me into the Royal Guard after we get to the Capital. Give me three years, and I will teach you the ability that I used.”
Fang Jie sighed and said, “This is the difference between a genius and a wastrel… If I kneel and beg you, will you accept me as your disciple?”
Zhuo Buyi shook his head and said, “Never.”
Fang Jie smiled awkwardly and asked Mu Xiaoyao, “He seems more sincere compared to that crippled old man of Beckon of Red Sleeve. He is also right; his path fits you more.”
Mu Xiaoyao thought for a moment and asked Zhuo Buyi earnestly, “If I encounter troubles in cultivation, will you teach me everything you know?”
Zhuo Buyi nodded and said, “I will.”
“Can you guarantee me and my friends’ safety when we get to Chang’an?”
This time, Zhuo Buyi was silent for a moment before nodding and saying, “I can.”
“Then, are you willing to teach me without me becoming your disciple?”
Mu Xiaoyao’s questions were becoming more and more blatant, and even Fang Jie wanted to persuade her further. However, Zhuo Buyi nodded firmly and said, “You can see me as your sworn big brother.”
Without saying anything more, Mu Xiaoyao jumped off her horse, knelt on the ground, and kowtowed three times. “Sworn big brother.”
Zhuo Buyi was surprised, and he quickly got off Little Flower and helped Mu Xiaoyao to get up. “It is great enough to have a person like you to be my sworn little sister.”
Then, he looked toward Fang Jie and couldn’t help but shake his head.
Fang Jie quickly said, “Although I benefit the most from this in the end, I will still act lowkey after entering the Capital. I will try my best not to bring trouble to you.”
While Fang Jie said that, Da Quan and Mu Xiaoyao looked at the horse-drawn carriage that Chen Qingshan was in at the same time. Mu Xiaoyao’s red silk ribbon moved like a snake that got ready to attack, and Da Quan’s iron-needled gloves were on his hands. Even Zhuo Buyi frowned with his left thumb, ring finger, and pinky finger bent, and his index finger and middle finger straightened and pressed together, looking like a small sword.
At this moment, Fang Jie realized that Zhuo Buyi didn’t look at Chen Qingshan with heat but alertness.
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Chen Qingshan didn’t move, and the murderous spirit that permeated the air soon disappeared.
Da Quan heaved a sigh of relief in secret, Mu Xiaoyao showed a cold grin, and Zhuo Buyi looked at the horse-drawn carriage behind him meaningfully before jumping onto Little Flower and moving forward.
The closer the group was to the Capital, the more serious the atmosphere was. The road became wider and smoother, and even the trees on the sides of the road were meticulously planted. In about every two hours, a team of fully armored soldiers could be seen patrolling around.
The scenery no longer looked natural. The organized look made some people feel uncomfortable. Even the houses in villages and the wheat growing in the fields were extremely organized.
Almost every house was the same with green bricks and red roofs. Fang Jie could imagine how much effort the officials of Capital Region Circuit put into creating this organized look.
The closer that it was to the Capital, the more pedestrians could be seen. However, it wasn’t messy or disorganized. Everyone was in order, and even those members of big families who were in fancy clothes didn’t speed or cause havoc.
Rules. This was the uniqueness of Capital Region Circuit that Fang Jie saw.
No one dared to mess around with the Emperor living here. It was hard to see arrogant members of big families here. Fang Jie envisioned scenes where bullies took advantage of ordinary people while bigger bullies took advantage of smaller bullies, but that didn’t occur here.
When Chang’an could be seen from afar, Fang Jie suddenly made a decision that confused others; he wasn’t going to enter the city now.
“I need to wait for people,” Fang Jie explained, “Cui Lueshang and others will soon arrive. It is better to enter the city with them together. We are only a few days earlier than them, so the wait will be short.”
Da Quan didn’t mind, and Mu Xiaoyao was the same.
However, Zhuo Buyi cared. He looked at Mu Xiaoyao and asked, “Can you enter the city with me first?”
“Why?” Mu Xiaoyao asked.