After Becoming the Hero’s Ex-fiancée - Chapter 40
The Transient Realm (End)
“Zheng Wan, Zheng Wan! Wake up now!”
Zhen Wan’s eyes flew open.
The thatched hut was still standing silently before her. There were no wolf corpses on the ground, no injured Cui Wang, and on her feet were still the pearl shoes.
A familiar cool sensation flowed into her from her Baihui acupoint, and Zheng Wan suddenly had a sense of displacement in time. She looked woodenly at Cui Wang as he put down his hand. “I…… what happened?”
When she spoke, she realised that her voice was rough and hoarse.
“You fell into an illusion.”
……I got trapped in an illusion again?
Oh, no wonder she was being so emotional and unlike herself.
Cui Wang was to her what driftwood meant to a drowning person, that’s all.
“No, you are wrong. Illusions are magnified projections of one’s true emotions. Whatever you fear, it will give you; whatever you desire, it will destroy——” whispered the faceless monster in her ear.
Zheng Wan rubbed her forehead.
The sense of displacement made it difficult to return to her senses.
She turned to Cui Wang, opened her mouth, and was about to speak, but suddenly froze—she noticed a wound on his right arm that was not completely covered by his wide sleeve. There was a very faint streak of blood that was almost imperceptible unless one looked closely.
This was… caused when she broke his fall.
Zheng Wan couldn’t be mistaken; it was crescent-shaped.
Cui Wang actually entered the illusion with her? He returned to reality with his wounds; then, what about her wounds?
“Mortal flesh; even though you were rendered immobile from the wounds, one pill was enough to cure you.”
“How did he get into my illusion?”
“In the first illusion, he had reached in to pull you out. When your bodies came into contact, you both had actually already entered the second illusion that I had specially set up. In order to lure him in, I had put in a lot of effort. How is it, are you satisfied with the result?”
Satisfied, too satisfied.
That it had woke her up from false kindness just in time.
“It is true that he saved and protected you, but it is also true that he was wary of you and had hurt you. Girl, do you still want to use the lovers’ gu?”
Zheng Wan reached out to grab Cui Wang, but he dodged reflexively. “Lady Zheng, you…”
Zheng Wan said inwardly, still feeling the torturous pain in her body. She curved her lips; since he was on guard, he would naturally not let her come close after they got out. If she doesn’t use it… wouldn’t that be a waste of his efforts to guard against her?
“The person planted with lovers’ gu will never notice it unless they develop affections for another. From now on, he breathes because you breathe; he will take you under his wing, hold you in the palm of his hand, and never make things difficult for you.”
“That is good. What do you want?”
“Don’t worry, it’s not much, not much at all. When you get out, place the bead containing my soul into the Puppet Mirror, and keep it in a warm place. In a hundred years, I will be able to create a new body.”
Zheng Wan wondered, “Why me?”
“You have a pure yin body, so rare that it only comes round once in a thousand years. It’s beneficial to my soul. It’s a pity, such a pity…”
“What’s a pity?”
“You have such pure vital roots, but it’s a pity that you’re born without an orifice. Without Moisturising Essence to open up your orifices, you will never be able to cultivate in your entire life.”
When a realm was first created, after the spirit of the first drop of water died, it became Moisturising Essence—it was something that was incomparably rare.
“Doesn’t your lover have the seeds of heaven and earth, mountains and rivers? He might have it in there.”
That was yet another reason to plant the lovers’ gu.
“How is the lovers’ gu planted?”
“Kiss him, and I’ll plant it for you.”
“He has his guard up against me, it won’t be easy to do that.”
“That depends on whether you can force yourself to do it.”
“As long as I don’t have to lose my life and face, it doesn’t matter.”
Zheng Wan took a deep breath.
Cui Wang was now very wary of her.
But it was true that she broke her limbs to catch him. Even at the end, she was sincerely insisting that she didn’t have any intention to plant the lovers’ gu……
“Mister Cui, thank you for saving me once again.”
The corners of Zheng Wan’s lips curved in a sweet arc. She seemed unaffected by the illusion, and was still affectionate and full of trust towards Cui Wang.
He didn’t expect her to be like this, and gave an “Mm” in response.
“You should be able to tell that I came out with you,” said Cui Wang mildly.
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