Mutated Tao – Chapter 56: Beyond the Border

Chapter 56: Beyond the Border

Senior Li, are you okay? Bai Lingmiao instinctively grabbed Li Huowangs hand when she saw that his expression seemed off.

Li Huowang smiled and shook his head. Im fine, just a little worried about the outside world; after all, were about to go outside the border. Lets go and help the Lu Family tear down the stage so that we can leave.

However, despite his words, Li Huowangs expression was quite cold. His temperament seemed to be becoming more and more like Dan Yangzis.

This change caused a chill to run down Li Huowangs spine.

When he recalled how the others saw him devouring the Buddhas from the inside out instead of Dan Yangzi, that conjecture was no longer just a simple assumption; it was gradually becoming a reality.Expplre ptodte stories at no/el//bin(.)cm

If it was just his personality, then that would still be alright. However, Li Huowang was more worried that as time passed, he would completely become Dan Yangzi himself.

If thats the case, then everything before now makes sense. Dan Yangzi is not protecting me, but protecting himself!

Even just the thought of this possibility left Li Huowang feeling restless. That old fogey, Dan Yangzi, was definitely at the top of his list of the people he hated the most in this world. He did not want to become Dan Yangzi; he would rather die!

Li Huowang suddenly felt like returning to the Righteous Monastery, even if he had to face hardships; he wanted to get those monks to conduct the Great Fast and get rid of Dan Yangzi.

But that was just wishful thinking.

There had still been hope for negotiation before, but after he killed those seven Buddhas, those monks would probably seek revenge the moment they laid their eyes on him. Those monks were not true monks; they were not vegetarian nor did they chant scriptures.

They were capable of just about anything.

According to what the Abbot had described before, there were many other sects besides the Righteous Monastery. He could only think of getting a solution for his problem through them; whatever the Righteous Monastery could achieve, the other sects could achieve as well.

Li Huowang walked to the front of the donkey cart and opened the map to study it carefully.

Originally, he had planned to not interact with people from sects because of the bad impression left behind by the Righteous Monastery.

But there was no other way now.

Since the Righteous Monastery had a way to get rid of Dan Yangzi, the other sects should be able to do so as well.

While he did not know what they wanted, based on their actions, he could deduce that the Righteous Monastery wanted something from him.

Is it the sacred text left behind by Dan Yangzi?

If he did not want to turn into Dan Yangzi, he had to find a way to get rid of Dan Yangzi using the other sects.

If theres no other choice, then Ill just use the sacred text to exchange with them.

Li Huowang silently came to a decision; at the moment, the sacred text was his only bargaining chip.

By the time they arrived at the small town close to the border pass, he was starting to feel slightly uneasy. The small town was bustling with merchants and people wearing different styles of clothing; they had all come here to engage in trade.

When Li Huowang saw the border pass in the distance, he turned to Lu Zhuangyuan and said, Old man, looks like well be parting ways here.

Lu Zhuangyuan expressed his gratitude by shaking Li Huowangs hand. Young Taoist, youve worked hard. If not for you accompanying us on the way, we would have suffered many hardships.

The Lu Family troupe naturally could not cross the border. Once they arrived at the border pass, they would return to their village through another route. After making the necessary repairs and recuperating at home, they would repeat their journey, traveling through the empire once again. This was the fate of their theater troupe. If they wanted to break free from this life of wandering, they had to buy a theater building and settle down.

Have a safe journey. I dont know what you are up to, Young Taoist, but we wish you great success! Here, take some salted duck eggs for your trip, said Lu Zhuangyuan.

In response, Lu Xiucai reluctantly placed a jar of salted duck eggs onto the donkey cart.

Thank you for your well-wishes. If fate allows it, then well come and watch the Lu Familys performance once again. After this trip, I must say that Ive become quite addicted to your plays, said Li Huowang.

After they exchanged their farewells, the donkey cart, now full of the necessary rations, gradually approached the border pass.

Lu Zhuangyuan watched their departing figures and took a puff of smoke from his pipe before tapping it onto the head of his younger son, who had a reluctant look in his eyes.

Dont think about that fair-skinned girl. Our family is from a humble background. Well get a matchmaker to find a suitable match for you back at home, said Lu Zhuangyuan.

Dad, what are you saying? I didnt have any such thoughts. Lu Xiucai frantically denied, then turned around and hurried toward the busy street.

Dad, how could you bear to give him an entire jar of salted duck eggs when you are usually so stingy? Lu Juren asked while carrying his daughter, feeling curious.

What nonsense? Dont think of me as stingy. Remember, we should be generous when necessary. This Taoist is not an average person. If we make good relations with him, then our Lu Family will have made a very valuable connection, replied Lu Zhuangyuan.

After some twists and turns, they finally exited the border. Li Huowang looked around and felt something was different despite the fact that they were still surrounded by forests.

They were not alone on the road; there were quite a few horse carts, as well as people carrying loads on shoulder poles. It was easy to differentiate where they were from based on the way they wore their clothes. Those from the Qi kingdom had the left lapel of their hanfu over the right, while those from the kingdom of Si Qi were the opposite, having the right lapel of the hanfu over the left.

Li Huowang thought for a while before opening the jar Lu Zhuangyuan had given him; it was filled to the brim with salted duck eggs.

Puppy came over and said with a surprised expression, Duck eggs and salt are quite valuable nowadays. That old man, Lu Zhuangyan, is really generous.

Li Huowang closed the jar; his impression of that old man had improved greatly.

Forget about the useless things. Whoever lives in the Si Qi Country, get ready to go back home, said Li Huowang.

Everyone looked at each other, and then Xiaoman, who was covered in black hair, raised her hand. Then, she spoke in a trembling voice, I am from Si Qi.

As soon as she spoke, the surroundings became quiet; the others knew about the grievances she had with her parents and what she intended to do when she returned home.

Sister Xiaoman, how about Bai Lingmiao wanted to persuade her despite feeling slightly hesitant.

However, she was interrupted by Li Huowang, Alright, then you should be more familiar with this place. Tell us, what kind of place is the kingdom of Si Qi? Is there a big sect like the Righteous Monastery there too?

Xiaoman, whose face was covered by a black bamboo hat, took a deep breath. I dont know. Though I stayed there, I never left the village in over ten years. However, when I was nine, I saw some God-summoning Shamans at the village entrance.

God-summoning Shamans Li Huowang was a little taken aback. The God of Happiness had left a deep impact on him.

Then do Shamans have any places they frequent? asked Li Huowang.

No. I have heard that Shamans mostly stay within their own houses, offering sacrifices to their Immortal families, replied Xiaoman.

Immortal families? Do they have any specific names? Li Huowangs mind flashed as he heard more about the bizarre things belonging to this world.

Hong, Huang, Bai, Liu, Bei. Ive heard of five different Immortal families; however, I dont know what each of them represents.

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Chapter end

Chapter 1: The Master
Chapter 2: Li Huowang
Chapter 3: Jade Pendant
Chapter 4: Black Cauldron
Chapter 5: Pills
Chapter 6: Worth
Chapter 7: Zephyr Temple
Chapter 8: Rewriting the Script
Chapter 9: Black Taisui
Chapter 10: Steamed Buns
Chapter 11: Xuan Yuan
Chapter 12: Pill Recipe
Chapter 13: Refining Pills
Chapter 14: Ally
Chapter 15: Zheng Kun
Chapter 16: Head
Chapter 17: Found It!
Chapter 18: The Method To Become An Immortal?
Chapter 19: Superstitious
Chapter 20: Dan Yangzi
Chapter 21: Attaining Immortality
Chapter 22: Exit
Chapter 23: Home
Chapter 24: Plunder
Chapter 25: Path in the Forests
Chapter 26: Frightening
Chapter 27: Evil
Chapter 28: Lu Family
Chapter 29: Stage
Chapter 30: Performance
Chapter 31: A Wandering God
Chapter 32: Hu’s Family Ancestral Hall
Chapter 33: Continue The Performance!
Chapter 34: The God of Happiness
Chapter 35: Confused
Chapter 36: Donkey Cart
Chapter 37: The Nine Classes
Chapter 38: Jianye Town
Chapter 39: Wild
Chapter 40: Midnight
Chapter 41: Monk
Chapter 42: Monastery
Chapter 43: Buddha
Chapter 44: Righteous Monastery
Chapter 45: Buddha Statue
Chapter 46: Xin Hui
Chapter 47: Placing the Incense Sticks
Chapter 48: Escape
Chapter 49: Strayed One
Chapter 50: Buddha
Chapter 51: Negotiation
Chapter 52: Dan Yangzi
Chapter 53: Ponder
Chapter 54: Wandering God
Chapter 55: Healed
Chapter 56: Beyond the Border
Chapter 57: Shaman
Chapter 58: Li Zhi
Chapter 59: Chosen Apprentice
Chapter 60: Shaman
Chapter 61: Second Deity
Chapter 62: Night Visit
Chapter 63: Red Veil
Chapter 64: Drum
Chapter 65: Let’s See How You Beat The Drum Now!
Chapter 66: A Virtuous Person
Chapter 67: Parcel
Chapter 68: Festival
Chapter 69: Meal
Chapter 70: Lake
Chapter 71: Water Bandits
Chapter 72: Dragon Gate Village
Chapter 73: Murder
Chapter 74: Death
Chapter 75: Warehouse
Chapter 76: Bamboo Slips
Chapter 77: Ba-Hui
Chapter 78: The Aftermath
Chapter 79: Market
Chapter 80: Nun
Chapter 81: The Benevolent Nunnery
Chapter 82: Abbess Jingxin
Chapter 83: Strayed One
Chapter 84: Sense of Doubt and Confusion
Chapter 85: Descent
Chapter 86: Departure
Chapter 87: Forest
Chapter 88: Rules
Chapter 89: Wu Family
Chapter 90: Girl
Chapter 91: Li Huowang
Chapter 94: Bewilderment
Chapter 92: The Eighteenth Lunar
Chapter 93: Red
Chapter 96: Ba-Hui’s Descent
Chapter 98: Backtrack
Chapter 95: Pain
Chapter 97: Doctor Li
Chapter 99: Night Visit
Chapter 100: Yang Xiaohai
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