Song Qingshu felt very fortunate in his heart. It seemed that Dongfang Bubai was not fully sure about the battle on the night of the full moon, otherwise it would be impossible for him to divulge his true gender so easily.
After sorting out his thoughts, Song Qingshu said, “Feng Qingyang was famous for his achievements in the past with the Nine Swords of Dugu, but now he has no moves that are the Nine Swords of Dugu… Miss Dongfang, this Song has said all that he wanted, so I will take my leave.” (Goblin: Meaning, he has made them his own.)
Watching Song Qingshu leave, Dongfang Bubai had a gloomy and uncertain face, he looked up at the sky, and thoughtfully murmured, “Are there no ways to win?”
Song Qingshu did not feel that his actions were harmful to Feng Qingyang. A master of Feng Qingyang’s level should have a fair duel. He just pulled the two back to the same starting point.
After a few days of sleeping on the trees, it was finally the night of the full moon. Seeing his own handiwork after he disguised the two women as the imperial guards, he could not help but remind them, “You are too handsome and too conspicuous. Follow me and try not to speak, or if people hear your voice, it will be hard to not raise any suspicion.”
Xia Qingqing was full of worries and nodded casually. Li Yuanzhi suppressed the excitement in her heart and nodded vigorously.
Noticing the excitement in Li Yuanzhi’s eyes, compared to Xia Qingqing’s preoccupied appearance, Song Qingshu couldn’t help but sigh in his heart, ‘What a carefree girl…’
In the past few days, Duo Long and Song Qingshu have been very busy. Today was the day of the decisive battle. The two men deployed heavy troops at various palace gates, and the number of patrolling guards had been increased several times.
“Brother Song!” Seeing Song Qingshu in the distance, Duo Long’s eyes lit up and he quickly pulled him aside, glanced around furtively, and asked in a low voice, “Who do you think will win the battle tonight?”
Song Qingshu looked at him in bewilderment, “Both of them are peerless experts, no one can guess before they fight.”
Duo Long smiled and said, “Brother Song, as we are on the same side, I will show you a way to make a fortune.”
Song Qingshu’s heart skipped a beat, and he quickly asked, “I also hope that Big Brother will give me some advice.”
Duo long looked around again to make sure that no one was eavesdropping, and then said, “Although Cult Master Dongfang is recognized as the number one master of the Qing Dynasty, after all, the wulin in Qing Dynasty has relatively withered quite a lot, and people in the wulin of other countries will feel that Cult Master Dongfang is not worthy of his name.”
“Feng Qingyang is different. He has been famous for a long time. Decades ago, when wulin was prosperous, he was already a legend in the Central Plains. Therefore, many people in the wulin are optimistic about Feng Qingyang’s victory.”
“The dealers in the capital have long been aware of business opportunities and opened a good gambling bet for the two of them. Those who bet on Qingyang wins 2 for 1, and those who bet on Cult Master Dongfang win 3 for 1. If the two do not decide the winner before dawn, it will be a tie. That would be a loss for everyone.”
“Oh?” Song Qingshu’s eyebrows moved. He didn’t expect the ancient gambling industry to be so developed, so he quickly asked, “So what does big brother suggest?”
“Hey…” Duo Long smiled strangely, “Brother Song, that is why I said that there is a chance to make a fortune.”
“How?” Song Qingshu looked at him suspiciously.
“People from other countries are naturally more optimistic about Feng Qingyang. Even if many people have doubts, they will only guard against a draw between the two. Cult Master Dongfang is generally not favored. If we spend a lot of money to bet on Cult Master Dongfang and win, wouldn’t we be able to make a big profit?” The more he spoke, the more excited Duo Long became, and his breathing became more rapid.
Song Qingshu frowned when he heard this, “How are you so sure that Cult Master Dongfang can win?”
“This is the key!” Duo Long said excitedly, “Today, the Emperor specially sent me to inform you that you have to help the Cult Master Dongfang in secret.”
Song Qingshu was stunned for a moment, and then realized that Dongfang Bubai was now the number one master under Kangxi’s command. Kangxi naturally does not want him to be harmed, so it was normal that he would do anything to help Dongfang Bubai win.
But Song Qingshu didn’t want to go into this muddy water. Glancing at Xia Qingqing in the distance, Song Qingshu smiled wryly at Duo Long, “Brother, with Feng Qingyang and Cult Master Dongfang’s martial arts, how can I step in? Even if I make a move, so many martial artists outside the palace are watching from a high place, wouldn’t that make the gambling invalid?”
Duo Long hesitated for a moment, looked at Song Qingshu and said, “Brother Song, I will say this since it is you, the Emperor’s decree has already been issued, if you resist the decree and disrespect it, and the final result of the competition is not what the Emperor wants to see, then he will be angry. And even Lord Wei wouldn’t be able to save you then.”
Seeing that Song Qingshu’s face was turning ugly, Duo Long continued, “Besides, many princes and ministers have learned the news by now, and they have invested a lot of money in it. If Cult Master Dongfang loses in the end, they will lose everything. Then, even if the Emperor decides to show his generosity, don’t blame Brother Song, you won’t be able to continue to stand in the court. As for the issue of concealment, Brother Song’s martial arts are so high, it must not be difficult for you.”
“Okay, this Song will do his best.” Song Qingshu turned and left with a solemn expression.
“Brother Song, don’t worry, as long as Cult Master Dongfang wins, everyone will leave you a gift to show their gratitude.” Hearing the voice behind him, Song Qingshu smiled bitterly and waved his hand to show that he knew.
“What did Duo Long tell you?” Xia Qingqing asked suspiciously when she saw him coming back.
“It’s nothing, just some talk regarding the security of the Forbidden City tonight.” Song Qingshu didn’t dare to tell her the truth, and grinned, showing a smile that was even more ugly than crying, “Let’s go to the rest of the place first.”
“I didn’t expect to watch the duel between the two top masters at a close distance today, and go back and tell the master that looking at the beauty won’t kill him.” Among the three people in the group, I am afraid that Li Yuanzhi has a detached audience attitude towards tonight’s duel. .
“Brother Song, you have fought against both of them, do you think Master Feng can win tonight?” Xia Qingqing asked quietly while holding Song Qingshu with a worried face.
“Senior Feng’s martial arts level is higher, Dongfang Bubai moves faster. The two have their own advantages and disadvantages, and their overall strength is very close. If a duel is fair, the outcome of the two should be fifty-fifty. But in the Mount Hua Sect, Senior Feng has familiarized himself with some of the characteristics of Dongfang Bubai from my mouth, so he should have a better chance of winning…”
Song Qingshu had no choice but to lie to her, but he thought in his heart that he had also secretly informed Dongfang Bubai about her opponent as well. And he couldn’t help Dongfang Bubai tonight more than that, otherwise would Xia Qingqing ever forgive him?
But he also couldn’t directly resist the decree and disobey. It was really a headache, and Song Qingshu shook his head irritably.
The group of three unknowingly came to the training ground of the “Pole Arms”. When the hostage disciples of the sect saw Song Qingshu approaching, they all stopped practicing martial arts and came forward to pay their respects.
Song Qingshu waved his hand and said, “I think you all know about tonight’s duel. In order to ensure the safety of the palace, the guards of the palace will be extra strict tonight. You are not official guards yet, so you can’t go out of this yard tonight. You also can’t watch the duel. That’s it…why do you all look like you’ve swallowed a bug?”
Noticing the appearance of one person in the training ground, Li Yuanzhi, who was standing behind Song Qingshu, couldn’t help but turn pale.
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