Water Recovery System (Arc 3-End) - Arc 4 Chapter 8 Part 2
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Arc 4 Chapter 8 Part 2
“Why?” This point had also confused Fan Yin.
“If I don’t go to hell, who will go to hell? This is Buddhism.” The Old Master looked at Fan Yin with compassionate eyes, “You’ve done enough. Shifu really couldn’t bear to take away the last bit of human nature in you. Shifu doesn’t want you to be unable to feel even the most basic human emotions. So how could Shifu blame you?”
The Old Master continued to sweep the leaves, “Go ahead! The Buddha is not necessarily ruthless and devoid of love. Being tainted by love also doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re unable to become a Buddhist. Shifu always believed in you.”
Fan Yin solemnly kowtowed towards the Old Abbot before turning around and walking towards the side room Shen Jiayan was in.
When Fan Yin entered the room, Shen Jiayan was packing his luggage. The wound on his legs have not completely healed yet, so he was grimacing in pain as he looked for clothes to put in his chest.
Fan Yin frowned and moved to help the person to sit properly on the bed, “What are you packing your things for? Are you unhappy living in the temple?”
“No.” Shen Jiayan gathered the clothes on the bed, and thoughtfully spoke, “Aren’t you going to the North to cure the plague? I’m going with you.”
Fan Yin put back the clothes that were on the bed one by one, “Yichen, I also hope that you can accompany me. However, the situation is dangerous this time. Even I am uncertain that I will be able to return unscathed. You should stay here, wait for me, and don’t make trouble.”
Shen Jiayan grabbed Fan Yin’s hand, “Isn’t Su Yun also going there? I can’t help but feel worried knowing that you are going there with him.”
Fan Yin paused. Soon after, he immediately understood the meaning behind Shen Jiayan’s words. He nodded his head and pointed to the other’s forehead with his index finger, “Among those who can move my heart, apart from you, there will be no other.”
“But I still want to go with you.” Shen Jiayan looked at Fan Yin with expectation in his eyes.
“Yichen, I will be distracted by taking care of you when you’re there and you also won’t be able to help while there. So don’t make trouble, all right?” Fan Yin could only say this. Afterwards, he watched as the pair of brilliant star-like eyes slowly dim.
What he didn’t say was that he was afraid that those people would do something to Su Yichen, making him unable to act against evil to prevent harming the innocent. He didn’t dare take that risk.
Shen Jiayan turned his back and laid down in silence, no longer speaking.
Early morning the next day, at dawn.
Fan Yin was riding a horse, the necessary medicinal herbs were stowed away in the carriage. He stayed at the entrance of the temple for many hours, but the person he was waiting for never came.
Fan Yin covered up the sense of loss in his eyes, as the corners of his mouth rose into a bitter smile. It seemed that he was really angry with him last night because he said that he was going to be a drag. Today, he didn’t even come out to send him off.
He rode the horse to the public road, but he met Su Yun’s carriage there, like two enemies meeting on a narrow road.
“Fan Yin-Guoshi, what a coincidence.” Su Yun lifted the curtain of the carriage and said to him with a smile, “Since we’re brought together by fate, why don’t we travel together?” It was only a few days since they last met, Su Yun’s skin seemed to be glistening. His eyes and eyebrows became handsome, looking like a deity. Every frown and every smile seemed to show an unspeakable bearing.
Fan Yin looked at him. He only felt that although the other person’s facial features could not be considered absolutely beautiful, it had an indescribable feeling which made him feel very strange. And seeing Su Yun in this kind of attitude, he couldn’t help but recall what Su Yichen had told him last night. He was immediately on guard, “No need. We don’t share the same goals and the paths we walk are different. It’s best if we keep our distance.”
“Guoshi, it was fate that let us meet each other here.” Su Yun unhurriedly walked down from the carriage. He tilted his head and looked at Fan Yin, “No matter how powerful Guoshi is, you’re also travelling alone. Nevertheless, you need to sleep and eat. If everyone is together, you can have people to look out for you. Wouldn’t that be better?”
Before Fan Yin had time to speak, the compartment for storing medicinal herbs behind the carriage was opened from inside, “My apologies, he’s not alone. He has me.”
There were still bamboo leaves stuck to the top of Su Yichen’s head, and his clothes were even covered with astragalus1. He just stuck out his tongue at Fan Yin while cutting such a sorry figure, “I’m already here. You can’t drive me back there anymore.”
Fan Yin removed the bamboo leaves from his head. Nevertheless, the moment he saw him, the gloomy feeling brought by Su Yun disappeared without a trace.
Su Yun’s face was a bit unsightly for a moment. Soon after, he recalled something then said with a smile, “Did Second Brother’s body already recover? I heard that the guards in the Palace don’t hit people lightly. Second Brother is still running around outside, you should be careful and try not to get accidentally injured again.”
Shen Jiayan didn’t even look at him. He smiled and pounced on Fan Yin, his body falling down.
Fan Yin subconsciously took a step forward and stretched out his arms to catch Shen Jiayan. This was how they usually have fun in the temple. Every time Shen Jiayan was too lazy to move, he would jump into Fan Yin’s arms and let him catch him.
Shen Jiayan looked for the most comfortable position in Fan Yin’s arms then looked at Fan Yin with trust in his eyes, “Eldest Brother is worrying too much. Fan Yin can definitely protect me. It was like that in the Palace, it will also be like that outside.”
Su Yun silently clenched his fists. Obviously, that person’s eyes should be focused on him. He should be the one who was held in the palm of that person and being cared for. Su Yichen is nothing and doesn’t deserve to compete with him!
Su Yun pressed down the jealousy he felt inside. He looked at Shen Jiayan and said to Fan Yin, “Second Brother has a frail body and Guoshi is only one person. I’m afraid that it would be difficult for you and I, this older brother, cannot rest assured. How about we look after each other while we travel on the road?”
Fan Yin took a glance at Shen Jiayan, who was in his embrace before finally agreeing, “Alright.”
[End of Arc 4 Chapter 8 Part 2]
Huntress: I drew Fan Yin by the way. Don’t get your hopes up on my fan art.