Mutated Tao – Chapter 58: Li Zhi

Chapter 58: Li Zhi

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An extremely piercing ringing sound interrupted the old mans shout, causing everyone to cover their ears with agonized expressions. By the time the sound of the bell subsided, Li Huowangs blade was already placed at the mans neck.

Keke, Taoist, what are you doing? asked the old man, his expression still calm despite the sharp blade pressed against his neck.

Why are you asking me what Im doing? I should be the one asking you what youre doing! What gods are you summoning?! asked Li Huowang. At the same time, he applied some pressure on the charred blade, drawing a trace of blood. Nothing good would happen, no matter what deities or gods the shaman was summoning; he had not encountered anything good ever since he came to this wretched place.

The man chuckled, realizing that he had been misunderstood. Taoist, you arent from the kingdom of Si Qi, right? I didnt summon any gods. I didnt even beat on my drum, so I cant summon them at all. I just wanted to prove to you that I am indeed a Shaman.

Xiaoman whispered, Hmm, hes right. A shaman does need to beat their drum.

Li Huowang glanced at the colored drum hanging on the mans waist before slowly withdrawing his sword.

Friend, dont make such jokes late at night. Its easy to be misunderstood. You can leave, said Li Huowang.

The old man eyed the wary Taoist up and down, then nodded reluctantly and turned to leave. Alright. I am Li Zhi. Until we meet again! Dear, lets go.

He did not say another word, instead bringing the red-veiled woman back toward the pitch-black path within the forest.

As Li Huowang watched them leave his line of sight, he turned back and said to the others, Dont sleep anymore tonight. Stay on your guard, just in case that fellow hasnt left.

It didnt hurt to be overly cautious. Such a fellow could suddenly jump out in the middle of the night; who knew what his objectives were.

Despite their hesitant responses, the guiding drug ingredients hugged their weapons and gathered around the bonfire. At the same time, Li Huowang grabbed a dried tree branch and tossed it into the fire, causing it to become brighter and illuminate everyones anxious faces.

Despite the seemingly endless wait, the long night passed. Nothing else happened aside from them looking exhausted.

Lets rest for the morning, and then catch up. Puppy, you keep watch first, Li Huowang said before closing his eyes.

After some time, Li Huowang was gently awakened from his nap by someone. Senior Li, that person is back.

Eh? What? This news immediately caused him to jolt awake. He turned back to see Li Zhi with his wife, who was wearing a veil, both beaming at him from nearby.

After thinking all night, I realized that I scared you last night, didnt I? Im here to offer my apologies, said Li Zhi.

The sunlight peeking through the branches shone upon Li Zhis somewhat dark face, causing the mole on his face to stand out. If the drum around his waist was taken away, then he would look like just any other common farmer who worked in the fields all year round.

Under the bright sunlight, he now appeared much more approachable than last night.

Some thoughts flashed through Li Huowangs mind as he clasped his hands together and returned the greeting, Brother Li Zhi is too courteous. I was also reckless yesterday.

No matter his objective, since a Shaman was standing before him, Li Huowang could not miss the chance of getting some information.

This girl told me that your surname is also Li? Thats quite a coincidence; my surname is also Li. Perhaps we were relatives 500 years ago, Li Zhi said cheerfully as he took a few steps forward and approached Li Huowang.

Brother Li Zhi, where are you headed? asked Li Huowang.

Oh, my familys grandmother is going to celebrate her birthday soon, so Im hurrying over to give her my well-wishes, explained Li Zhi.

Birthday celebration? Shamans seem to be different from those monks and the Taoists; they still have to attend worldly functions and fulfill their worldly obligations.

Taoist, where are you headed? And with such a big group of helpers, no less. Li Zhis gaze flickered as he eyed Li Huowangs blood-stained Taoist robes.

Liang Kingdom, Li Huowang replied concisely.

That far? It must be quite challenging going such a long way away, commented Li Zhi.

After exchanging some pleasantries, the tension between them had eased to a certain extent; at least they were no longer pointing swords at each other.

The donkey carts wheels began to turn, and they continued on their journey alongside the new pair.

Not far from here is the Half-Moon Gorge, and then theres a village where you can rest for a few days. After that, it will take at least another 15 days of walking before you can find another place you can stay at. You should know as well that the border regions are usually sparsely populated, Li Zhi looked like he was talking to an old friend as he enthusiastically gave pointers to Li Huowang.

Many thanks. May I ask, Brother Li Zhi, since youre a Shaman, which Immortal family do you worship? asked Li Huowang.

Li Huowangs incisive questioning caused the red-veiled woman to tilt her head in wonder.

Keke, Im a disciple of the Bei Family. Since youve asked about me, I would also like to know which mountain or sect you belong to, said Li Zhi.

Xishan Donghua Sect, Zephyr Temple. I go by the Taoist name, Xuan Yang, Li Huowang instinctively responded with Dan Yangzis old claims. He did not know what the Xishan Donghua Sect was but, in any case, with this, others would believe that he had a genuine lineage and he was not just a fake Taoist.

Li Zhi shook his head. Keke~ I have never heard of it. But thats understandable. The world is so vast that nobody would know everything.

Li Zhi was very talkative, and his face always had a smile. Ones mood would be lifted by just staying in his company.

As they continued walking, it was soon time for lunch; they were still using the makeshift stove to cook noodles. The river by the roadside was gradually becoming wider, making it more convenient for them.

Meanwhile, Li Zhi did not take out anything from his small backpack and just squatted at the roadside, watching them with a smile. This caused Li Huowangs group to start feeling uneasy.

Brother Li Zhi, do you want some? asked Li Huowang.

Ah! Thats very kind of you; I havent eaten anything since yesterday. Li Zhi eagerly ran across to pick up a bowl before starting to fill it with noodles.

Soon, bowl after bowl was slurped clean by him, causing Bai Lingmiao to furrow her brows.

Senior Li, thats almost 1.5kg How can he eat so much? Is this guy following us just for this meal? asked Bai Lingmiao.

Everyone stared blankly as Li Zhi scooped up the last strand of noodles. He was not the slightest bit embarrassed and continued to happily slurp away as he squatted under a tree.

Li Huowang walked to his side and copied him and squatted down. Was the food enough? Do you want some more?

Ah, its quite embarrassing, but I really havent had enough. Li Zhi said as he drank a large mouthful of soup.

Cook one more kilogram of noodles! Li Huowang shouted toward those around the metal pot.

How come youre the only one eating, and not your wife? Isnt she hungry? Li Huowang looked toward the woman with the red veil. He found that her fingernails were a little blackened and extremely long.

Im the Main Deity while shes the Second Deity. Just me eating is enough, Li Zhi said as though that was the natural order of things.

Oh? Whys that? asked Li Huowang, hoping to learn something new.

The slurping sounds stopped as Li Zhi raised his right hand that was holding the chopsticks before wiping his mouth with his elbow. He then turned over and beamed, Keke, you have so many questions. Are you trying to become a shaman as well?

Chacha and Char's Thoughts

1.5kg of noodles? Yeah that ain't sustainable

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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