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[Chapter 2 - Taking Chances]
Epilogue – The Bet
Series: The Journey of Flower
Original Author: Fresh Guo Guo
Translation from Vietnamese to English by: missjade
Proofread by IMOmusings, myden & tlt
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Chapter 2 - Taking Chances
Hua Qian Gu angrily locked herself in her room and refused to have dinner. Night arrived and Bai Zi Hua eventually showed up in her room. Hua Qian Gu felt even more miserable knowing the fact she could not escape from his grasp. Locking the door won’t do, beating him up won’t do, running away won’t do and no matter how hard she tries, she could not see him.
She wrapped herself in the blanket from head to toe and turned her back to Bai Zi Hua. Sometime later, she could not hear any movements so she curiously lowered the blanket a little to listen. Suddenly she heard the rustling sounds of undressing a robe. Her face burning red; she mumbled under her breath that using the ‘beauty’ trick to make her accept the bet won’t work on her.
Bai Zi Hua stripped off his robe and laid down next to Hua Qian Gu without saying a word. Hua Qian Gu could not restrain herself and slowly wriggled towards him like how Tang Bao would wriggle. Her legs covered him like a blanket and her body wrapped around him. She had no choice but to act this way.
They had been sleeping in different rooms for too long already. Initially, they slept in separate beds but by the end Bai Zi Hua even moved into the next room. She could not accept this, so every night she would cause a loud noise or cry her eyes out to force Bai Zi Hua to come over to her room. He would stay with her and wait until she falls asleep but still he would not sleep with her. Slowly she found her actions to be meaningless. It was rare that he would take the initiative to climb in her bed tonight. Of course she’s not stupid not to take advantage of this.
As per her habit, she climbed onto Bai Zi Hua and placed her pointy chin on his chest. Her small hands searched for his, all parts of her body were closely attached to his body. Her upset, grumpy mood only now began to subside.
“Xiao Gu, junior sect uncle will accompany you in the mortal realm, he will be disguising as your father to look after you.”
Hua Qian Gu was suddenly reminded of the bet, angrily turned around and faced her back to him again, “I told you already: I’m, not, going.”
“Soon you’d be able to see. It’s only 15 years, teacher will come pick you up then…”
Bai Zi Hua hugged her from behind, his right hand gently laid on her eyes.
Hua Qian Gu was so angry that she grit her teeth as she said, “Then I’ll just be blind forever.”
“Xiao Gu!” Bai Zi Hua scolded.
Hua Qian Gu pouted, “You have the heart to be away from me for that long?”
Bai Zi Hua froze for a moment and then said, “I do.”
“You’re not afraid that I might be seduced by someone else?” Hua Qian Gu asked angrily.
“I’m not afraid.”
Hua Qian Gu could not understand if he meant that it is okay for her to be seduced by someone else or he believes that she won’t be seduced by someone else. How is there anyone who allows their lover to do this? It’s really intolerable!
“Fine! I’ll play! I’ll do this bet! And might as well just start tomorrow! By then don’t you regret it!”
Hua Qian Gu crawled out of bed and huffily ran outside.
Bai Zi Hua watched as she slightly staggered her way out and his eyes showed even more determination. He knows that Hua Qian Gu had been upset with him lately, blaming him for being nonchalant with her. However, to cultivate Immortality requires a tranquil heart, he had to focus all his strength to cultivate to a higher level and use it to restore her soul. All her life she had to suffer so much because of him. No matter what, he wants her to be healthy in front of him, to be able to see him, to see everything.
Hua Qian Gu paced back and forth in You Ruo’s room as You Ruo picked up the ink brush and teased Tang Bao with it.
“Teacher, so you’ve agreed to the bet.”
Hua Qian Gu angrily stomped her feet, “He had agreed to it already, so my refusal will have no effect. At the end I have to participate anyway. Might as well just get it over and done with.”
It’s normal that she would be angry now, but the thing that she’s worried about most is not whether to bet or not to bet, but what she can do to win the bet. If the person she likes turns out not to be Bai Zi Hua then it will a big problem.
“Why does teacher not have any confidence? Wasn’t it during the Immortal Feast at Yao Chi that you fell head over heels in love at first sight with Zun Shang?”
“Back then I was young and naive. I was seduced by his beauty. This time we’re in the mortal realm where they can only use a normal appearance, how the hell am I supposed to distinguish them apart? Besides even you know how Bai Zi Hua is, always cold like ice and doesn’t like to talk. Dong Fang just has to smile and he would cause so much heartache. It’s obvious they are bullying me!”
You Ruo giggled, “It’s only been half a day and the news has spread across the Immortal realm. I heard that there are a lot of people who will be participating in this bet. Besides Sha Qian Mo and Immortal Mo Bing, there are a lot of people who secretly admired you or have a grudge against Zun Shang. There are also those who are free and have nothing to do who are also joining. I also just registered myself. Obviously even Tang Bao, Huo Xi and Shi Yi will also be participating. I wanted to use the image I have now, but Chang Liu’s disciples thought I might reveal everything by then, so I would probably have my memory temporarily erased as well.”
Hua Qian Gu felt her head spinning, why is this bet becoming the topic of the town and that she’s turned into a bone that everyone is vying for?
“No! We have to find a way to definitely win this!”
“You cannot cheat, Dong Fang Yu Qing has invited the Southern Dipper Immortal and the Northern Dipper Immortal to closely monitor you for 24 hours. If there’s anyone who tells you the truth, whether it be accidental or secretly guiding you to the truth, they will be struck by lightning.”
Hua Qian Gu could not speak. Why are there so many obstacles?
“Now the ones who are not participating are placing bets and guessing who the winner will be. Everyone’s quite excited!”
Hua Qian Gu grit her teeth in annoyance, suddenly she thought of something, “Will they change their names once they come down to the mortal realm?”
“A lot of people will be participating in this bet, Ru Zun and Qing Liu will act as supporting characters. As for others who want to impress Teacher like Dong Fang Yu Qing and Zun Shang, they won’t have their memories erased but they’re not allowed to speak the truth to you. They’re also not allowed to use their actual appearance to seduce you. As there are just too many people to account for, for convenience and to prevent any cheaters, everybody can keep their own name, this won’t affect the results of the bet.”
“Then that’s perfect.” Hua Qian Gu hit the table, “Give me the ink brush.”
You Ruo passed the ink brush in her hands to her teacher, “What do you want to do?”
“Quick, help me write a few words. Use your magic to write “I love Bai Zi Hua’ on my arm. That way when I descend to the mortal realm I would be able to see it. If I look at it from young, it should influence my choices in the future. I’ll wait 15 years later and if Bai Zi Hua actually appears then I will focus on him only, that way it’ll be easier to love him.”
You Ruo happily clapped her hands, “Secretly giving yourself a hint, teacher is very smart!”
The bet begins the next afternoon. Bai Zi Hua and she will be separated for 15 years and during this time she will be living with Sheng Xiao Mo in the mortal realm. No one was allowed to find them or even spy on them. All contact must be cut to prevent anyone from starting earlier or secretly guiding her.
Hua Qian Gu still resented Bai Zi Hua and even though she did not want to go, she did not linger any longer. It was almost time to leave, at the end she was not able to resist and ran to Bai Zi Hua’s room to find that he was not there. Could he have gone to the Heavenly Immortal Pool already?
“Gu Tou.” Someone called her from behind. It was Dong Fang Yu Qing.
Hua Qian Gu was extremely angry at him. There were so many things she wanted to ask him but Dong Fang Yu Qing took one step forward and placed his index finger on her lips.
“Don’t ask why, I will explain everything to you later. Be good, open your mouth.”
She automatically opened her mouth and Dong Fang Yu Qing threw something inside.
“What did you give me?”
“Health supplements.” Dong Fang Yu Qing laughed as his hands brushed lightly over where she wrote the name ‘Bai Zi Hua’.
“I’ll take you to the Heavenly Immortal Pool, everyone is already there waiting.”
Dong Fang Yu Qing did not respond to any of Hua Qian Gu’s questions the whole way there.
From the Nine Heavens to the Heavenly Immortal Pool, this is the road where Immortals would take if they were banished to the mortal realm or descend to the mortal realm through reincarnation. Hua Qian Gu knew that if she was to say anything it would be useless at this point, but she could not help feeling doubt and fear inside.
She bit her lower lip and did not say a word. She pushed away Bai Zi Hua’s guiding hand and ignoring everyone, she angrily jumped into the Heavenly Immortal Pool. When she fell through, her body became smaller and smaller. In a few moments, she had turned into a little child. When she became a baby, Sheng Xiao Mo swung his sleeves up and scooped the baby back in his arms. This method allows her to avoid the cycle of reincarnation and other complicated matters.
Bai Zi Hua stepped forward and pinched Hua Qian Gu’s little baby cheeks. In this state, she was able to see. She curiously observed Bai Zi Hua and then opened her mouth and bit his finger.
Bai Zi Hua’s lips curved upwards, in a low voice he said, “Take good care of her.”
Sheng Xiao Mo looked at the adorable baby whose hands and feet were waving wildly, he laughed, “Don’t worry and leave her to me. I’ll see you in 15 years.”
Then he left everybody and took Hua Qian Gu down to the mortal realm.
In a blink of an eye, it had already been 15 years. Sheng Xiao Mo not only regretted his spontaneous actions but also regretted inviting trouble onto himself. Taking care of a baby is not an easy task at all. Besides, this bet had too many rules, unless it’s a matter of life and death, no one was allowed to use their magic.
He and Hua Qian Gu have lived in many places since they never ran out of money. It is not every day that Sheng Xiao Mo was able to descend to the mortal realm, so obviously he wanted to tour the whole place. No one broke the rules to disturb them, everything went according to plan, only there was one thing.
….Hua Qian Gu had turned into a fat pig.
Sheng Xiao Mo cried without shedding any tears. He doesn’t even know why she turned out that way. Before he used to think that for babies to grow up faster, it is normal to eat like that. But then he realised something was strange, Hua Qian Gu had turned into a piglet and her figure was two times larger than kids her age. Her relationship with food can be quite a shock for others. She’s never full and would always feel hungry. Her mouth would never stop working.
Now 15 years have passed and the bet is starting soon. For everyone’s convenience, the bet will take place at a school in Hangzhou. All the participants will be acting the role of students and teachers. It is anyone’s guess who will be able to steal this teenager’s heart.
But when they see Hua Qian Gu’s current state, probably about a half of the participants will back out, right? *Cries* Sheng Xiao Mo thinks he’ll definitely have to accept death this time.