Once Luan Qing Xiao and Nie Zhen'er became a Dao couple, she could finally help Nie Zhen'er improve her cultivation through dual cultivation.

    After ten years of unremitting efforts, Nie Zhen'er successfully reached the Primordial Yuan cultivation base while Luan Qing Xiao broke through Nascent Void at the same time.

    Nie Zhen'er's physique was extremely helpful to her cultivation speed.
A genius like Hui Meng Tong reached Golden Core from Foundation Building within only ten years.

    When Nie Zhen'er's cultivation base arrived at Primordial Yuan, she was no longer afraid of hindering Luan Qing Xiao.
After rambling about tempering in the outside world every day and pillow talking at the end of a certain double cultivating session, she didn't expect Luan Qing Xiao to actually agree.

    Nie Zhen'er was obviously extremely excited.

    She had thought about it a long time ago, this time out she was going to pretend to be weak!

    Pretending to be a poor little thing who was weak and helpless and then when being bullied, she’ll reveal her Primordial Yuani cultivation base.
It’ll definitely be interesting to scare those bad people.

    To the southwest of the Shang Qing Palace, there was the well connected and bustling Xuan Feng City.
Both ordinary people and cultivators enjoy living there.

    Xuan Feng City is Luan Qing Xiao and Nie Zhen'er's first destination.

    Nie Zhen'er had an innate advantage in pretending to be weak.
To begin with, her body was already thin and weak.
When her brows frowned slightly, she appeared extremely pitiful.
The two of them hid their aura and walked into Xuan Feng City pretending to be ordinary people.
Nie Zhen'er's beauty immediately attracted everyone's attention.

    A beautiful and innocent ordinary girl, walking in this prosperous Xuan Feng City.
It was hard not for people to think that way.

    Luan Qing Xiao walked into an inn with her.
She took out some palm-sized gold bars to pay, but the innkeeper said they didn’t have enough change for her.
So Luan Qing Xiao changed the golden peanuts before finally changing them with golden melon seeds to barely get change back.

    Now even more people paid attention to them.

    In addition to the beautiful and innocent girl, there was also a fool with loads of money!

    The attendant led the two into their best room before exiting respectfully and closing the door behind him.

    Luan Qing Xiao smiled and flicked Nie Zhen'er's nose, “Zhen'er is quite well-versed in the essence of entrapment maneuver.”

    Nie Zhen'er grinned slyly as she asked curiously, “Mistress, what is entrapment maneuver?”  Maneuver she understood, but what was entrapment?

    “Zhen'er deliberately reveals her wealth in this way to attract bad-intended people and then teach them a lesson is called an entrapment maneuver.
If you don't put out the bait, how can those fish swim over?”

    The two no longer needed to eat, however ordinary people eat three meals a day.
Since they want to act, they’ll have to put some work into it.

    The two entered the city in the afternoon, while Luan Qing Xiao ordered a table of food to their room in the evening.
Nie Zhen'er took a bite and frowned as she hurriedly spit it out, “What’s this taste? It feels like there are Psychedelic Flowers mixed in it.”

    The Psychedelic Flower can be described as either a poison or an elixir.

    When ordinary people consume the Psychedelic Flower, they’ll faint and hallucinate but still retain all their senses, which was why many flower thieves like to use psychedelic flowers.

    For cultivators, the only use of Psychedelic Flowers is to calm their minds.

    The taste of the Psychedelic Flowers was slightly bitter.
In order to improve her cultivation, Nie Zhen'er once consumed a month of pills made from Psychedelic Flowers, so she was extremely familiar with the taste.

    “Really?” Luan Qing Xiao picked up the chopsticks and put a piece of vegetable in her mouth.
“Indeed, there are Psychedelic Flowers fused inside.”

    “It looks like tonight will be an exciting night.”

    Nie Zhen'er couldn't help but look forward to it.

    After eating, Luan Qing Xiao had the attendant clear the plates away.

    Because it was getting dark, Luan Qing Xiao lit some candles.
The two leaned on the bed rail to count their money for fun.

    Luan Qing Xiao took out an embroidered pouch filled with golden melon seeds, another embroidered pouch of golden peanuts and a pile of gold bars and casually tossed them all on the bed.

    The pile of gold glowed with a dazzling golden light, while Nie Zhen'er took out a small wooden box and set it aside to throw the golden melon seeds in while she counted.

    “One, two, three…”

    The gold collided against the wooden box with a crisp sound.
The two thieves’, who were lying on the roof spying through the gap they created on the roof shingles, eyes brightened and their saliva almost flowed out.

    Thief One whispered, “Big Brother, why didn't they faint after eating the Psychedelic Flowers? Seeing so much gold that I can't claim for myself makes me so anxious!”

    Thief Two glared at the first thief, “What are you being so anxious for? It’s all going to be yours sooner or later! Wait!”

    The two thieves thought the volume they used was discreet, but in fact every word they spoke clearly passed into Luan Qing Xiao’s and Nie Zhen'er’s ears.

    Nie Zhen'er deliberately teased the two thieves.
Her counting speed became slower and slower.
Once she put all the gold into the small wooden box, she slowly closed her eyes while holding the small wooden box and exclaimed in shock.
“I'm so dizzy, ah, I'm going to faint!” After speaking, she fell on the soft bed in a daze.

    Luan Qing Xiao: “…
…” Her acting is too crude.

    Luan Qing Xiao's eyes filled with daze as she raised her hand to support her forehead and then fell gently beside Nie Zhen'er.

    When Thief One saw they finally fainted, he was overjoyed.
“Big Brother, they are unconscious.”

    Thief Two was more cautious, “Is that the way they’re supposed to faint after eating the Psychedelic Flowers?” While the second woman appeared normal, no matter how he looked at it the first one seemed like she was acting and it was the kind with extremely poor acting skills too.

    “Aiya, Big Brother, what are you hesitating about? I'm going if you aren’t!” Thief One couldn't bear it and tore open the shingles to jump in from the roof.

    Thief Two saw Thief One had already entered and had no time to think  about it, so he could only jump in as well.

    Although the two thieves were just ordinary people, their martial arts were pretty decent.
They managed to jump from the roof without making any sounds.

    Had it not been for the first thief to accidentally bump into the table and make an “ow” sound when he made his way to the bed, it would have been a perfect theft.

    The second thief was scared into sweating profusely by the sound and angrily punched the first thief from behind, “You pay attention for me, I don't want to go to Xuan Feng City’s dungeon again!”

    Thief One scratched his head embarrassedly, “It's fine, Big Brother.
They’re both ordinary people and weak girls with no way to resist too.
Even if they wake up, they won't be able to beat us.”


    Luan Qing Xiao initially thought that these two were flower thieves, because they gave Nie Zhen'er and her Psychedelic Flowers.
She didn’t think the two of them were really only here for the wealth.
They actually turned a blind eye to Nie Zhen'er's beauty and took the small wooden box containing the gold without even glancing at Nie Zhen'er.

    “Big Brother, I got it! It’s so heavy, the gold must be real!” Thief One was extremely excited.

    “Let's go.” In order to prevent unexpected events from happening, Thief One dragged the Thief Two and planned to leave quickly.

    At this moment, a bamboo pipe suddenly appeared in the gap in the doorway and white smoke floated out of it.
The second thief's face changed completely when he saw it.
He immediately covered the first thief and his own nose before hiding inside the closet on the side.
He took out a detoxification pill from his pocket and ate it.

    Thief One held the heavy gold in his arms tightly, feeling uneasy.
“Big Brother, why is someone here too?” If they couldn't find the gold, they wouldn't search in their hiding place, right? In case the newcomer is very powerful, wouldn't the two’s work be in vain?

    “Don't worry, these two might not be here necessarily for the money.” Thief Two frowned.

    “What else could he be here for?” Thief One was taken aback.

    After a while, the door opened and an unkempt figure slipped in.

    The second thief saw him from the slit in the closet and his brow furrowed deeper, “It's the Unclothed Gentleman.”

    “Fear not the want of armor, for mine is also yours to wear.
That famous flower thief in Xuan Feng City?” Thief One was surprised.

    These two little girls sure are unfortunate.

    Pity filled the two thieves’ eyes.

    However, they were thieves, not good people, so they wouldn't risk their lives to rescue them.
The two planned to leave after the flower thief was done.

    The Unclothed Gentleman tiptoed his way to the bed and recited several amorous poems to Nie Zhen'er while lifting her chin before slowly extending his hand to the other parts of her body.

    Since the closet faced the bed, the two thieves only saw the Unclothed Gentleman had just reached out his hand to do something, when the next moment he fell to the ground with his legs amputated.
The horrific scene of the fresh blood on the floor scared the two thieves directly into losing control of their lower parts.

    Luan Qing Xiao got up from the ta.
Seeing Nie Zhen'er was still acting, she squeezed her hand helplessly.
“Zhen'er, still not getting up?”

    Nie Zhen'er opened her bright almond eyes and got up.
She saw the Unclothed Gentleman who had collapsed from the shock and pouted, “Too weak, that was boring.”,

    “Mistress, I heard that there’s a ghost mansion house within Xuan Feng City, why don't we go and take a look?”

    Luan Qing Xiao tapped her forehead, “Let’s solve the two in the closet first.”

    Thieves One and Two heard Luan Qing Xiao talking about them.
Without any direction from them, they crawled in front of Luan Qing Xiao with their wet trousers.
“Little Ancestor, spare us.
Little Ancestor, please spare us.
Us little ones know we were wrong!”

    Nie Zhen'er glanced at their wet pants in disgust, “Mistress, we can’t stay in this room anymore.”

    Luan Qing Xiao took out the Immortal Chain and tied the two thieves together, “Come one, let’s go to the ghost house.
We can drop these two off at the gate of the city lord's residence.”

    “There’s still one more.” Nie Zhen'er found a storage ring to put the Unclothed Gentleman and his amputated legs in, “Okay.”

    “I think it'll be perfect to hang these two up, one on each side of the door, like lanterns.
We can just throw this one on the ground.”

    “You rascal.” Luan Qing Xiao smiled involuntarily.

    When they arrived at the city lord's residence, they really dealt with the three like Nie Zhen’er said: the two thieves were hung up in front of the city lord's mansion one by one, while the Unclothed Gentleman was carelessly thrown on the ground.

    Luan Qing Xiao and Nie Zhen'er came to the ghost mansion Nie Zhen’er mentioned and she listened to Nie Zhen'er's introduction as they strolled inside.

    “I heard that there used to be a wealthy family living here, but one day all the people in the house suddenly died overnight, leaving behind this huge house empty.
The reason why this place is called a ghost house is because someone once saw a ghost here.
That ghost appeared mournful and whimpered on a wheelchair with only whites showing in its eyes, which instantly scared the man away.
With the rumors of its haunting circulation, it was left alone as no one dared to move in ever again.”

    “Actually, there are no ghosts in the world.
Mistress, let's go expose the ‘ghost’~”

    Nie Zhen'er’s interest peaked, so Luan Qing Xiao naturally wouldn't stop her.

    The two walked to the rumored courtyard.
Sure enough, under the moonlight, there was a “ghost” sitting in a wheelchair whimpering and wailing.
As for the expressions on its face, they couldn't see clearly because it was covered by its messy long hair.

    “Mistress!” Nie Zhen'er said she wasn’t afraid of ghosts and also knew that there weren’t any  ghosts in the world.
Nonetheless, after seeing the ‘ghost’, she immediately hid behind Luan Qing Xiao in fear.

    【Host dada, that’s the male lead! 】

    Luan Qing Xiao was stunned: You mean this person is Ying Yuan Yu?

    【The male lead possessed this body after the Heavenly Lightning Tribulation.
This body is innately a jinxed physique and brings misfortunes to everyone close to him.
Soon after the male lead seized this body, all his family's servants died overnight.
Because he was the male lead, meaning he’s brimming with luck, even in such a body with all his relatives dead and no one to feed him, he’s still managed to survive.
His body has been struggling to hold on for ten years.
As his male lead’s halo is about to be exhausted, he’ll die soon.
Since the male lead has seized a body twice, it’s impossible for him to seize another body again.
If he died this time, he’ll really die.

    Luan Qing Xiao: Will the world collapse if he dies naturally?

    【It will.

    Luan Qing Xiao took out a Longevity Pill from her space and stuffed the pill into Ying Yuan Yu's mouth under Nie Zhen'er's surprised eyes.

    Luan Qing Xiao: What is the life expectancy of the male lead now?

    【A hundred years.


flower thieves (采花大盗): refers to those martial art skilled rogues, who would sneak into the rooms of the noble families’ young ladies and r*pe them in Ancient China
Fear not the want of armor, for mine is also yours to wear (岂曰无衣,与子同袍): I’m assuming this is the Unclothed Gentleman’s signature lines, but this excerpt of a poem came from the Book of Songs by Shen Yue.
The link has the English explanation underneath the Chinese version

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