Although in the eyes of modern people, this was actually a trivial matter, but in ancient society, etiquette was of utmost importance, and the order of things couldn’t be messed up.
Zhou Zhirou was already quite dissatisfied with Bing Xue’er, and with her ruthless temperament, if he detoxified Bing Xue’er first, there was no guarantee that she wouldn’t take revenge in the future.
After all, the ruthless portrayal of Zhou Zhiruo in the original book was too deeply rooted in the hearts of the people, including Song Qingshu. In the novel, Zhou Zhiruo used to regards herself as Zhang Wuji’s real wife, therefore, on the Spirit Snake Island she attempted to kill Zhao Min, her greatest love rival.
If Song Qingshu ends up offending her due to today’s matter, she might try to do the same with Bing Xue’er!
Bing Xue’er, on the other hand, was gentle and mild mannered, so if he detoxified Zhou Zhiruo first, she wouldn’t really mind. It’s just that she had always been bothered by her own status as a widow, and being with Song Qingshu was already making things quite difficult for her. If she ended up thinking that he valued Zhou Zhiruo more due her status as his wife, it’d be hard to guarantee that she wouldn’t just leave him due to the resulting sadness.
“Young Master Song, why don’t you get rid of the poison on us first.” Duan Yanqing seemed to notice his dilemma, and suggested, “Just now, this old man and my companions had offended your friends quite badly, if they recover later, there is no guarantee that they will not attack us. If Young Master Song protects us, it will hurt your relationship your companions, if you don’t, you will be breaking your promise, so why don’t you let us go first?”
Song Qingshu judged it was a good idea, and he could also temporarily avoid the headache of which woman to detoxify first.
Coming to Yun Zhonghe’s side, Song Qingshu said in a deep voice, “There’s a thunderstorm today, and I wanted to tie you up to a tree trunk so that you could be punished for breaking the oath you took that day, but it seems that fate doesn’t want it that way. Since I promised to let you go, I won’t break my promise. But if you continue to do evil, I am afraid that you will not be able to escape the disaster of being struck by lightning in the future.”
“Don’t dare, I don’t dare.” Yun Zhonghe’s face paled. The oath he took last time was only on a whim. He thought that no one in the world would be so unlucky to be struck by lightning, so he continued to commit atrocities as usual without feeling any pressure. Now after hearing Song Qingshu’s words, he just realized that he had made a great error. If he was tied to a tall tree, he might really be struck to death by lightning!
Song Qingshu smiled and came to the Crocodile Deity of the Southern Sea, “Yue Laosan, I admire your straightforwardness, so I will detoxify you first.”
“Thank you, Young Master Song.” Yue Laosan raised his fist as a slute.
“Ye Erniang, your child’s matter is very important, and it’s not convenient for me to tell you exactly where he is, but you only need to know that he has grown up and is in good health, so don’t harm other people’s children in the future.” After approaching Ye Erniang, Song Qingshu blocked everyone’s sight and said in a low voice.
Hearing that her poor child had grown up safe and healthy, Erniang Ye’s life-long resentment finally subsided, and she said with jubilation, “Thank you benefactor, Erniang will never hurt innocent children again.”
Song Qingshu sighed. Ye Erniang has harmed children for many years, and she wouldn’t be able make up for her sins even if she died a hundred times, what was the use of repenting now? If someone suddenly got enlightenment and abandoned their evil ways to immediately become a saint, wouldn’t it mean that no sinner would ever be punished?
However, he already knew Ye Erniang’s fate in the future and knew that she was doomed to die, so he didn’t want to interfere with the heavenly fate.
“Master Duan, what I discussed with you at the Five Poison Cult that day is still effective. Maybe we will have a chance to work together in the future.” Song Qingshu detoxified Duan Yanqing while transmitting his voice in secret.
In the current era, people cared too much about the distinction between good and evil, and worried about the inconsistency between good and evil. However, Song Qingshu understood very well that if he wanted to be successful in his endeavor, he couldn’t do it alone, and he would need lots of helpers. Didn’t someone once say, ‘Don’t worry about the cat being black, every cat is useful as long as it can catch mice.’
Of course, this way of thinking would be too shocking in the era he was in, and Song Qingshu had no intention of changing the views of the world, so he wanted to do everything with caution.
Duan Yanqing’s eyes lit up.
At the moment, the Dali Kingdom was stable and peaceful, while Duan Zhengming and Duan Zhengchun were deeply loved by the people. Therefore, his hope of regaining the throne was getting slimmer by the day, but if he had the help of a great master like Song Qingshu, everything might change for the better.
“Young Master Song doesn’t abhor this evil old man, you are open-minded, and this Duan admires you.” Duan Yanqing laughed, and quickly lowered his voice to remind Song Qingshu, “Those two women were poisoned by two kinds of poison, and Young Master might offend them if you handle the matter of detoxification carelessly. However, if you use the two kinds of antidote to detoxify them at the same time, no one will be offended.”
With Duan Yanqing’s decades of experience, he had already seen through Song Qingshu’s dilemma, so he gave a priceless advice.
“The older the ginger, the spicier it gets.” Song Qingshu was overjoyed and gave the man a thumbs up.
After the Four Evils took their leave, Song Qingshu detoxified the two women according to Duan Yanqing’s method, and then handed a bottle of antidote to Zhou Zhiruo, “Zhiruo, hurry up and go save your disciple.”
Zhou Zhiruo snorted, snatched the antidote away without thanking him, and stood up to detoxify her disciples one by one.
Together with Bing Xueer, Song Qingshu also detoxified the poison of Miao Renfeng and his daughter, as well as Shi Qing and his wife.
Shi Qing has always abhorred of evil, and he was a bit dissatisfied that Song Qingshu let go of the Four Evils who did a great amount of evil, especially that basta*rd Yun Zhonghe.
Min Rou and Shi Qing have been married for many years, so she immediately understood what her husband was thinking from the look on his face. Worried that her husband would offend Song Qingshu, who was a powerful martial arts master, she quickly said, “Thank you, Young Master Song, for the rescue, otherwise us husband and wife would have suffered a fate worse than death today.”
“The whole incident was full of twists and turns, and Madame Shi was frightened in the process. This Song is really ashamed.” Seeing Min Rou’s pale face, Song Qingshu knew that she was frightened quite a lot by Yun Zhonghe, and thought, ‘That basta*rd Yun Zhonghe has quite the evil taste. To think that he threatened to ravage her in front of her husband… this lady is probably going to have nightmares for days!’ (G: Quite ironic, considering what he’ll do later, around chapter 600. You can look forward to that.)
“How can we blame Young Master Song for that? It’s all due to the Sorrowful Frigid Breeze, which is really hard to guard against.” Min Rou had never seen such a powerful poison, and her face was full of lingering fear.
“It just so happens that I just found a few bottles of Sorrowful Frigid Breeze from the Four Evils, so I will give one to Madame Shi for self-defense when you travel around the wulin in the future.” Song Qingshu casually handed a bottle of Sorrowful Frigid Breeze to Min Rou.
Min Rou’s face turned red, she never expected that he would give her such an expensive gift. You must know that even a master like Song Qingshu was powerless when affected by the Sorrowful Frigid Breeze. So if she had it, Min Rou would acquire a powerful self-defense, it might even help them in a life or death scenario.
Min Rou was delighted in her heart, but she did make a hasty decision and consulted her husband for everything, so she couldn’t help turning her head to look at Shi Qing.
Shi Qing showed a strange expression on his face, and said in a deep voice, “We walk the path of wulin with our swords, and we put chivalry first in everything. If we are unfortunately killed, it just means that our skills are inferior to others. If we use poison to win, wouldn’t it be an insult to our chivalry, and harm our reputation?”
Although Min Rou was reluctant, she still followed her husband’s advice and smiled apologetically at Song Qingshu.
Song Qingshu cured in his heart, ‘Min Rou would have been violated by Yun Zhonghe in front of you, if it wasn’t for my actions, and you still have the face to talk about chivalry?’
However, he also understood that these kind of people cherished their face and value their reputation more than anything else. Since Min Rou showed an obedient appearance, Song Qingshu didn’t want to meddle in their matters, so he took theSorrowful Frigid Breeze back, and smiled, “This Song was being rude.”
“Young Master Song also has good intentions.” Min Rou hurriedly waved her hands, worried about hurting his face.
Song Qingshu smiled indifferently, turned around and came to Miao Renfeng, “I’ve met Hero Miao!”
“Uncle, you are so powerful, you beat all the bad guys away!” Miao Ruolan clapped her hands excitedly.
Miao Renfeng had a gloomy expression on his face. Although he was rescued by Song Qingshu, he had clearly seen that the other party and Madame Hu had come out of the same room. Earlier, Shi Qing and Min Rou claimed that there was a couple in the room, and when he greeted them, Madame Hu had kept silent.
If she didn’t have something to hide, how come she didn’t come out to greet him after she recognized him?
‘The two of them were probably doing some dirty things inside at that time.’ A thought flashed in Miao Renfeng’s mind, and his face became even more ugly. Hu Yidao was a friend he respected very much, and seeing that Song Qingshu and his widow had no gotten together, he felt really angry.
If it weren’t for the fact that Madame Hu didn’t seem to be compelled, he would’ve drawn his sword and attacked Song Qingshu even if he knew that the man was invincible.
After his wife Nan Lan had cheated on him with Tian Guinong, Miao Renfeng began to hate all the lecherous and promiscuous men and women in the would. And, at the moment, Song Qingshu was the former and Bing Xue’er was the latter in his eyes.
Miao Renfeng cupped his hands with and expressionless face, “Thank you Young Master Song for the rescue, this Miao will take my leave now.” After speaking, he dragged Xiao Ruolan to the door.
Seeing her father’s gloomy face, Miao Ruolan didn’t dare to act childish, so she could only reluctantly look back.
When Miao Renfeng reached the door, he suddenly stopped, and said without looking back: “Brother Hu has a spirit in heaven… Madame Hu, please take care of yourself.”
Song Qingshu was furious when he understood the meaning behind what the man said, and was about to go teach the guy a lesson, but Bing Xue’er grabbed his hand. Tears rolled down from her beautiful eyes, her face was pale, and her lips were bloodless, but she still firmly shook her head.
Song Qingshu’s heart softened. He understood that if he had a conflict with Miao Renfeng in front of so many people, it would harm Bing Xue’er no matter whether he won or lost, so he could only pat on the back of her hand to give comfort.
Unexpectedly, Zhou Zhiruo happened to see this scene, and sneered, “Let’s go.”
After speaking, she left without looking back.
“Hey!” Song Qingshu wanted to persuade Zhou Zhiruo to stay, but Zhou Zhiruo was so determined to leave, she had no intention of staying, and her slender figure quickly disappeared into the night.
The Black and White Swords looked at each other, saw the strange atmosphere in the room, and hurriedly left as well.
The room that was bustling just now was suddenly full of silence.
“Brother-in-law, hurry up and chase after Leader Zhou, I’ll fine here.” Bing Xue’er gently wiped away the teardrops from the corners of her eyes with her slender fingers, and forced a smile.
“The matter between me and her is hard to explain. She doesn’t even regard me as her husband in her heart.” Song Qingshu shook his head, looked at Bing Xue’er and said, “Besides, why would I leave you at this time? “
Bing Xue’er couldn’t hold back anymore, she buried her head in his arms, and began to sob.
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