Ah Jin waited for a day in Pingyang City, and San Qi finally came.
San Qi was lying on the table with disheveled feathers and its belly facing the sky. Its stomach was rising and falling rapidly as it breathed heavily.
"If it weren't for my inability to die, the one lying here now would be a dead bird."
Ah Jin poured a cup of tea and placed it in front of San Qi.
"Have some tea for a break."
San Qi propped up its wings, resting its head on the rim of the cup. The bird's beak reached into the cup to drink the water, and in just one sip, it screamed, "Hot, hot, hot!"
"Sorry, I just boiled the hot water."
San Qi looked at her with angry round eyes, "You did that on purpose! I flew all the way here to find you. You … You are treating me like this ..."
It felt more aggrieved with each word.
Ah Jin suppressed the smile in the corner of her eyes.
"I thought you didn't have the five senses."
"The company wanted to give us the best experience possible, so all of the physical bodies are equipped with all five senses. If this physical body is destroyed, I can only exist in your consciousness. Otherwise, I have to spend energy to buy a new one, and so far, I can't afford it."
San Qi spoke, and its mind couldn't help but think of the latest physical body model in the mall. Its eyes showed longing. It wanted that limited edition so badly.
Ah Jin understood what it meant and said comfortingly, "Follow me and do a good job. Someday you will achieve your wish."
San Qi felt it was more important to save its own little life before buying the limited edition physical body.
Sticking with the boss, its little life would not be secured at any time.
Ah Jin lifted it up and put it on her shoulder.
"Let's set off."
Lu Zhiyu's group rushed into the city before dark.
The temperature had already started to drop, and the whistling cold wind rolled into everyone's body with an icy breath.
The group found an inn.
"Xiao Er, prepare three guestrooms and a pot of hot tea."
"Okay! Please sit down first. I’ll be right back."
The third junior brother took off his cloak and put it on the table.
"The temperature is getting colder and colder. It’s going to be winter in a while."
"I think so. I don't know where did eldest senior sister go. We've been looking for seven or eight days, but we haven't received any news from her."
The fourth junior brother expressed his concern.
"Eldest senior sister must have had an accident. Otherwise, she wouldn't have taken so long to come back. What can we do."
With these words, Gu Qingmei's eyes turned red, and she shed tears.
The third junior brother scolded her, "Don't talk nonsense! Eldest senior sister will be fine!"
Gu Qingmei was startled by his sudden scolding.
"I'm just guessing. I'm also worried about her. Why are you so angry?"
"Then how come you don't hope that eldest senior sister is well? Every day you worry that something will happen to her. I think you're just uncomfortable and want something to happen to her!"
The third junior brother's expression was cold and angry.
He was really fed up with his junior sister's crying and whining on their ears every day that something had happened to her.
Gu Qingmei also got annoyed when she saw his poor treatment.
"I'm just telling the truth. It has been so many days since a person disappeared, so maybe something happened. I don't want anything to happen to her either. What's wrong with me preparing for the worst!"
"Boom!" The third junior brother slapped the table and stood up.
"You don't have to talk nonsense!"
The second senior brother scolded the two of them angrily with a sullen face.
With his sword in his arms, the third junior brother sat down on the other side of the table, turning away from her.
Gu Qingmei looked aggrievedly at Lu Zhiyu.
"Senior brother Lu, I really didn't mean it. You have to believe me, I ..."
Gu Qingmei's words were interrupted by a crisp bell.
The crowd looked towards the door. There stood a tall woman who was wearing a hat and a heavy cloak on her body.
On her shoulders stood a small yellow bird, looking at their table with its round bird eyes.
The fourth junior brother saw that San Qi's eyes were glowing.
A cold wind blew in from outside the door. The cloak swayed with the wind, revealing the sword worn by the woman's waist. When the people saw the sword, they stood up in surprise. They were filled with joy.
Ah Jin took off the hat, her lips turned into a smile.
"What? You don't recognize me?"
"Eldest senior sister!"
"Eldest senior sister!"
"Senior sister Yao!"
Meanwhile, when Xiao Er heard the sound of the bell on the door, he also rushed out anxiously.
"Guest, please come inside!"
The group surrounded Ah Jin and asked her about her experience.
When Gu Qingmei saw that Yao Jin was safe and sound, she was also shocked in her heart.
How could it be? Why was she okay?
Ah Jin looked at Gu Qingmei and asked, "Junior sister, you don't seem to be very happy to see me."
Gu Qingmei's eyes flickered, and she took Ah Jin's hand and said, "Not at all, I was worried sick about you! You didn't think to send a letter so that we could rest assured."
Gu Qingmei touched her pulse and found that it was strong and without any trace of injury.
Ah Jin pushed her hand away and said to the group of fellow disciples, "Sorry for making you all worry."
The fourth senior brother smiled and scratched his head.
"It's good that senior sister is back! We're fine!"
"Yes, I knew eldest senior sister would be fine. Some people have never thought good of you."
The third junior brother still did not forget to stab Gu Qingmei at that moment.
Gu Qingmei's cheeks blushed. She pointed at the third junior brother and said, "Third senior brother, you don't have to go too far! I'm just worried about eldest senior sister."
The second senior brother saw that the war was about to start again and quickly interceded.
"All right, all right, now that eldest senior sister is back, don't say anything."
Thus, the two had a truce and ignored each other.
Ah Jin pulled out a purse from her sleeve and handed it to Gu Qingmei.
"Junior sister, here you can have this purse back. I found it to be good. It works well."
Gu Qingmei's face turned from red to white. She suppressed the panic in her heart and said, "If it works well, I, I'll make it for you next time."
"No need. Next time I may not have the blessing to enjoy it."
Gu Qingmei's face turned pale.
"Eldest senior sister, I, I don't understand what you mean."
Ah Jin stopped talking and walked into the inn and began to tell them about her experiences along the way.
Gu Qingmei was behind, looking at Ah Jin surrounded by people, her face turned white to blue.
As long as she was there, she would be ignored entirely.
Why? They all grew up together. Why should people be treated differently? Why couldn’t they see more of themselves? Just because she was the eldest senior sister?
Ah Jin felt the burning gaze behind her, and San Qi tacitly looked back.
Gu Qingmei and San Qi's dark eyes instantly locked together. Gu Qingmei hastily put away her expression and replaced it with a pure and lovely look.
San Qi turned back and said to Ah Jin in its heart.
"This woman changes her face really fast."
"If she didn't have several tricks up her sleeve, she would have been killed by the original character. Where else could it be our turn to appear."
Gu Qingmei looked at the small yellow bird on her shoulder and was stunned for a moment. She was pretending to be silly to a bird for what?
Could it be that she was guilty by association and even Yao Jin's bird she was afraid of?
She quickly pushed this thought out of her mind. Such ideas of extinguishing one's own morale and raising the prestige of others should never be allowed.