What To Do if You’re the Villain and the Heroine Likes You - Chapter 32
He Yunxiao is not the same as Chen Zimo. The latter was a “future generation”, while the former was a “rotten fool”.
So, when Chen Zimo got up early to finish his studies and martial arts training for next year’s examinations, He Yunxiao was still sleeping in bed.
He was not to blame for the situation yesterday, as any normal person would not have been able to get a good night’s sleep after being beaten up twice in a row.
After sleeping until he woke up naturally, He Yunxiao pushed open the door of his room and remembered his promise to meet Chu Xiaoxiao at the back of the Spring Breeze Mansion at the hour. So he asked the maid who was sweeping at the door, “What time is it?”
The maid replied, “It’s half past six o’clock.”
He Yunxiao slapped his head!
Damn! He had originally arranged to meet at seven or eight o’clock, but he had woken up at ten o’clock.
She’s not going to kill me for having kept Chu Xiaoxiao waiting for two hours, right?
He Yunxiao didn’t dare to delay any longer, so he hurriedly cleaned up and rode his horse out.
When he arrived at the small courtyard behind the Spring Wind Mansion, Chu Xiaoxiao was nowhere to be seen.
This was the first time that He Yunxiao had ever gone on a “date” with a girl. In his heart, he was a little disillusioned.
After all, he and Chu Xiaoxiao were a one-sided “life-and-death buddy”, if I may say so.
That is to say, his life and death were in Chu Xiaoxiao’s hands.
In case he was late, and Chu Xiaoxia didn’t leave, but waited for him to come over … it would still be quite scary when you think about it.
He Yunxiao hurriedly discarded the scary thoughts.
Right now, He Yunxiao is again thinking about whether to go to Chu Xiaoxiao’s house to apologize.
Unlike other villains, He Yunxiao did know where the protagonist lived, as he had read the novel.
According to the novel, the two siblings were renting a courtyard by the river in the city. There were two weeping willows outside the courtyard, so it was very easy to find them if you really wanted to.
However, He Yunxiao soon discarded this idea as well.
It was clear that they had only met yesterday, but found the main character’s house today precisely on his own. According to this kind of scenario, the protagonist would have good reason to suspect himself of plotting something wrong. This would be the same as asking to be beheaded.
The old bookworm’s intuition tells He Yunxiao that as a villain, once the protagonist suspects him, the villain will often end up in a miserable situation.
When it came to his life, He Yunxiao was cautious.
After thinking it over, He Yunxiao decided to follow the original plan he had drawn up before.
First, he would go to the Tingfeng Tower to find the antidote to the Soul Devouring Pill!
The Tingfeng Tower was a rare neutral gang in the Jianghu, and thanks to this, the Qingyun and Supreme Rankings it produced, which introduced the combat power of martial artists, were widely accepted by the people of the Jianghu.
Of course, Tingfeng has more than these industries.
From the smallest items of cloth and knives to armaments and war horses, if you have the money, you can buy everything you want from the Tingfeng branches all over.
You could say that if you couldn’t find the antidote to the Soul Devouring Pill at the Tingfeng, then don’t expect to be able to find it anywhere.
The headquarters of the Tingfeng Tower in Yinjing was a tall building, the entire stone body of which covered a huge area, just like a city within a city in Yinjing. Even with such an imposing headquarters, it was still three inches shorter than the Golden Palace of the Great Qi Palace.
Tingfeng had people and money, but just not enough force.
It could even be argued that if it attempted to have force, then this gang, which had its roots in the Qi and Yan sandwiching the Wei Kingdom, would not be spread all over the world.
As a well-known figure in Yinjing, He Yunxiao was warmly welcomed as soon as he arrived at the entrance of the Tingfeng Tower.
In the past, he would have wooed the girls, but now, as someone who had eaten the “fairy peach”, it was hard for him to look at any other fruit.
Besides, he had business to attend to today.
After patting his chest and promising that he would do it next time, He finally shrugged off the enthusiastic “shoppers” and squeezed into the crowded Tingfeng Tower.
He was a regular visitor to this area.
The place was a bit like a modern shopping center, but nothing was too ordinary. On the ground floor is the not-so-ordinary marketplace, which is simply called a “pedestrian street”.
The problem is that the things sold here are very unusual.
The most normal shops were selling glazed ware from the West. Others were outrageous, for example, the blatantly poisonous shops even had slogans such as “Fake one pays ten” and “Poison to death”.
Even a modern man like He Yunxiao, who had seen a lot of things, could not help but feel his scalp tingling at the sight of these merchants.
However, he didn’t have time to have some fun right now. The priority was to solve the matter of the Soul Devouring Pill antidote.
The first floor of the Tingfeng Tower is much more normal, with fewer shops and a focus on “personalised” services. For example, weapons, potions, civil engineering, fortune telling.
The price of a customized service is often very high. However, money is never something that Martial Arts should worry about.
He found a shop that made custom-made elixirs, and He Yunxiao pushed the door in.
The lights inside the door were slightly darker than outside. However, the scent of the herbs was strong.
The boy who was waiting for the customer was originally listless, but when he saw He Yunxiao, who was dressed in brocade, enter, he perked up and said, “Sir, are you the son of He’s family?”
He Yunxiao’s eyes lit up as far as he could remember. He had never seen this boy before.
“How do you recognise me?”
The boy said, “Sir, you are handsome and elegant, the only one I have ever seen in my life. In the whole of Yinjing, the only other person with such beauty is He Gongzi. I would guess that you must be Sir He Yunxiao of the He Mansion in Yinjing.”
He Yunxiao nodded and said, “It makes sense.”
Then he added, “Call your master, I have something to see him.”
The boy said respectfully, “My master is chatting with someone about Dan, so if you have any requests, you might want to talk to me first.”
He Yunxiao coughed and pretended to ask on behalf of his friend, “A friend of mine asked me to ask something, do you know about the Soul Devouring Pill?”
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The boy said, “Of course I know.”
He Yunxiao was delighted and said, “Tell me more!”
There were no customers around and the boy was bored, so he fetched a book and guided He Yunxiao to the empty waiting room.
The two of them sat on the left and right sides of the table, and the boy spread out the old pharmacopoeia, turned to a page, pointed to the pattern on it, and said, “This is the Soul Devouring Pill.”
He Yunxiao looked at the description in the book and saw that the phrase “consumes life expectancy and greatly increases power” perfectly matched his current situation.
So he immediately asked, “Is there an antidote?”
“Yes,” the boy nodded, and then shook his head, “Neither.”
With his life at stake, He Yunxiao did not dare to be sloppy and continued to ask, “What does that mean?”
The boy said, “The Soul Devouring Pill is a miraculous pill in the world, basically all pharmacists who study the pharmacopoeia will try to solve the Soul Devouring Pill. Once they can break through this pill, they will become renowned and become a top pill master in one day. Therefore, although this pill is extremely difficult, there are a few cases of successful recipes that have been passed down through the centuries.”
Hearing these words, He Yunxiao rejoiced in his heart.
This was the normal world! With such a powerful pill as the Soul Devouring Pill, there should be many people who would want it. There had been many gifted people over the centuries, and it was only wrong that generations had been overwhelmed by the old ancestor’s stuff.
Then, the boy’s words directly made He Yunxiao fall into an ice cave.
“The reason why I said that this Dan cannot be solved is not that there is no recipe for an antidote. Rather, there are no medicinal ingredients.”
He hurriedly asked, “Where are the herbs?”
The boy said calmly, “It’s extinct.”
The species that went extinct? This was too realistic! Where is the promised fictional world? How can you be so logical?
The boy continued, “Fortunately, not only are the herbs necessary for the antidote extinct, but even the Snow Toad of the Northern Lands necessary for making the Soul Devouring Pill is also gone. Now that the pill is gone, there is no need for the antidote.”
How can this be considered “fortunate”?
Am I the “lucky one in a million”?
In a few short sentences, He Yunxiao traveled back and forth between the two heavens of ice and fire, and he was almost numb.
Outside the room, the master shouted, “Fu Gui, take this guest to rest first, and then come to my place to receive medicine.”
The boy named Fu Gui, answered and got up to bid farewell to He Yunxiao.
However, He Yunxiao was still unwilling to die and chased after Fu Gui’s departing figure, “Ask your master for me! Is there any other solution to the Soul Devouring Pill!”
Fu Gui said, “Sir, why don’t you come with me to ask.”
He Yunxiao got up and took a step, following in Fu Gui’s footsteps. Before he had taken two steps, the door to the waiting room opened again.
Fu Gui smiled at the man who opened the door and said, “Rest for a moment, guest, I’ll go and get your medicine ready.”
A sweet voice: “Mm. Thank you, little master.”
Fu Gui’s young face could not help but blush.
As He Yunxiao watched this scene, he secretly laughed at the fact that this young Fu Gui was still green after all. Only young people would blush. The veterans were the ones who made the girl blush.
But soon, He Yunxiao couldn’t laugh anymore.
Because the owner of that sweet voice was none other than Chu Xiaoxiao!
“Brother Yunxiao, what are you looking for?”