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Chapter 99: Not Seeking Immortality, Not Becoming Immortal, Only Wanting to Stay with You in the Mortal World!
The companions were Li Shi Shi, Mo Rushuang, Little Princess, Guo Shaoshuai, Dali, and Xiao Cui. Everyone had the same interest, so they all came along.
When they reached the top of Thundercloud Mountain and looked into the distance, they saw a sea of mist and clouds, like they had stepped into a fairyland. The capital city in the distance was bathed in thick fog, looming like a divine city.
Lin Beifan was inspired by this scenery and immediately recited a poem:
Amidst the heavens floats a city fair,
White jade towers reaching to the air.
Where immortals with loving care,
Stroke my hair, removing all despair.
With my beloved by my side,
Eternal life we shall abide.
Five cities within this wondrous sight,
Fifteen towers gleaming in the light.
Oh, how I long to call it home,
Amidst the clouds where we will roam.
With immortals as our guide,
Our love will forever thrive.
Thus, the White Jade Capital in the Sky,
Shall forever be our place to reside.
Where love and life shall never die,
And joy and peace shall always abide.
“Good poem!” Li Shi Shi stepped forward and praised him, “My husband, this poem cleverly combines the distant capital with the heavenly city, and your romantic pursuit with the immortal, with a poetic and picturesque feel, full of romance and aesthetics!”
“It is indeed a good poem, Mr. Lin has a way with words!” Mo Rushuang also praised him.
She was most admiring of two types of people in her life: those who were better at martial arts than her, and those who were better at poetry than her. But she admired those with good poetry more, because having good poetry skills meant having the ability to help others in life.
“Hmph! This guy is just showing off again, but the poem he wrote is indeed good!” Little Princess said with a mixed heart, secretly writing down the poem to use as a way to flaunt herself later. Her daily routine was plain and boring.
At this time, Mo Rushuang suggested, “Mr. Lin, this poem is too beautiful, why not engrave it somewhere, so it won’t be forgotten?”
In this world, literati and scholars, once they wrote a good poem, liked to have it carved on a stone to endure for generations. This was a unique way of leaving their names in history, a lasting legacy.
“Okay!” Lin Beifan agreed.
Mo Rushuang picked up her sword and flew over the walls, leaving a glare of sword light on the stone wall. She also made sure to leave Lin Beifan’s name.
“The White Jade Capital in the Sky…. with Fifteen Towers and Five Cities!… Immortals stroke my hair….. I receive eternal life with my beloved…” Li Shi Shi sighed, “Reading it again, it is still so stunning! Perhaps only a poet saint can write such a poem! My husband, sometimes I really suspect that you are a divine being who has come to save the people on Earth! After completing your mission, you will go back to heaven!”
At this moment, Lin Beifan tightly held Li Shi Shi’s hand and said, “Shi Shi, you got it wrong! In my life, I do not seek immortality, I do not become an immortal, I only want to stay with you in the mortal world!”
“Oh, my husband!” Li Shi Shi was deeply moved. “Not seeking immortality, not becoming an immortal, only wanting to stay with you in the mortal world!” These were the most touching words in the world.
At this moment, Mo Rushuang was full of envy, wishing that those words were said to her. Although she was a woman of the martial world, she also longed for such romantic love. She longed for the person in front of her to hold her hand, say such moving words, and stay with her for the rest of her life.
At this moment, Little Princess felt a sour feeling in her heart for some reason.
Not far away, Guo Shaoshuai, who was on guard duty, saw this scene and his eyes turned red with envy. “If only I had such superb ability to show off, I would have so many girls to pursue!” he thought.
Dali, who was sitting beside him, cut him off with a knife.
“Oh look at Mr. Woman-Wanter over here! How precious! Maybe instead of chasing after the ladies, you should try changing that hideous face of yours. Just a thought.”
Guo Shaoshuai: “…”
After enjoying the mountain scenery, the group continued on their journey.
“Not far ahead is the Thundercloud Temple!”
“The Thundercloud Temple is a very famous temple around here, and it’s usually very popular. It’s said that making a wish inside is very effective! If you come to Thundercloud Mountain and don’t go to the Thundercloud Temple, it would be a pity!”
“Let’s burn some incense and draw some divination sticks?”
The group entered the temple and saw a young monk of about fifteen or sixteen years old sitting in front of the Buddha statue, reciting sutras.
Startled by the sudden appearance of visitors, the monk was stunned. This was the first time he had seen so many beautiful women.
Lin Beifan walked up to him and said with a smile, “Little monk, your Buddhist heart is not pure enough! You should know that form is emptiness, and emptiness is form! These people in your eyes should be just beautiful corpses and should not be overvalued!”
“I’m sorry, I’m sorry! O great donors, what brings you here? Do you want to burn incense or draw divination sticks?” The monk asked.
“We want both!” Lin Beifan put some money in the merit box and took out three sticks of incense from the sandalwood burner.
Lin Beifan did not believe in Buddhism, but since he had come, he had to make a gesture. Otherwise, he would have come here for nothing.
After burning the incense, Lin Beifan took the divination sticks and shook them.
In a short while, one stick fell out, and Lin Beifan handed it to the young monk to help him interpret it.
“Dear donor, as I present this sign to you, I must convey a message of caution. The insignia foretells of a daunting journey that lies ahead on the path of Wenquxing1. It bears the weight of great responsibility upon you to save the world. However, tread with care, for nine perilous deaths lie in wait. May you steps be steady, and your heart be steadfast on this arduous endeavor.” The young monk explained.
Everyone looked at Lin Beifan with concern.
Only Lin Beifan remained calm: “Little Monk, are you telling the truth?”
“A monk never tells a lie!” The little monk’s face was serious.
Lin Beifan remained calm and picked up the divination tube again, shaking it.
“Donor, what are you doing?” The little monk was puzzled.
Lin Beifan muttered to himself: “Fate must be in one’s own hands!”
The little monk said, “…”
In less than a moment, another divination slip came out.
“Little Monk, take another look!”
The little monk was conflicted: “This is…the second best divination slip! It says that you will go from bad to good, change adversity into good fortune, and turn danger into opportunity!”
Lin Beifan smiled proudly: “You see, I’ve changed my destiny against all odds.”
The little monk couldn’t help but roll his eyes.
He had met countless people and interpreted many divination slips for them, but he had never seen anyone as unconventional as Lin Beifan!
Almost breaking his Buddhist heart!
At this point, Lin Beifan laughed: “Let’s all give it a try, you see how accurate these divination slips are! If they are not accurate, we can shake again, I guarantee they will be accurate!”
Everyone was excited to line up to give it a try, only the little monk became even more speechless.
“Donor, this is not how you use divination!”
“Isn’t it said that Buddha blesses those who have fate with them? I have given so many silver coins to the Buddha, can’t the Buddha give me a few more chances?” Lin Beifan spoke earnestly.
“This…” The little monk was dumbfounded. Can Buddhism be interpreted like this?
After studying Buddhism for so many years, he felt like it was all for nothing!
At this point, the little princess shook a divination slip and gave it to the little monk: “Little Monk, please take a look and tell me how my situation is.”
The little monk clasped his hands together: “Amitabha! What does the donor want to know?”
The little princess tilted her head and frowned, “I don’t seem to have anything I want to ask. Just ask about my health! I don’t know why, but lately I always feel like I have no appetite and can’t eat anything!”
Thinking for a moment, Lin Beifan said, “Little Princess, perhaps you have eaten too much?”
The little princess: “…”
It was now Guo Shaoshuai’s turn.
This guy was still a little shy and asked stutteringly: “Little Monk, I…I want to know about my marriage! I want to know when I will meet my woman? Where is she?”
Lin Beifan, who was standing next to the little monk, couldn’t help but say, “Shaoshuai, are you asking too much about gender?”
Guo Shaoshuai asked, “Huh? What do you mean?”
Lin Beifan spoke earnestly, “Every man thinks that he likes a girl until he meets the right man! So I think you can let go of your preferences and look for what truly attracts you. Don’t just limit yourself to women, men are also an option.”
Guo Shaoshuai: “…”
Finally, it was Mo Rushuang’s turn.
She looked at Lin Beifan cautiously and blushed, saying, “Little Monk, I want to ask about my marriage!”
Lin Beifan smiled and said, “Rushuang, you have come to the wrong person! Our little monk is a monk who doesn’t have much knowledge of love and relationships!”
The little monk was a bit dissatisfied, “Although I am a monk, I still have some understanding of human love and relationships!”
Lin Beifan chuckled softly, “How could that be? If you had a woman, would you be willing to become a monk? Since you don’t even have a woman, how could you possibly understand love?”
The young monk remained silent.
He spoke the truth! For some reason, after hearing those words, the young monk felt a twinge in his heart. He had the urge to burst into tears.
“Rushuang, let me take a look at your signature.” Lin Beifan took the signature from Mo Rushuang’s hand.
He saw the words: “Two trees, one heart, if fate allows, we shall meet!”
Lin Beifan silently handed it back to the young monk and said, “It’s better if you decipher it. I have something to do.”
After he finished speaking, he left.
The young monk looked at the signature and said, “The phrase ‘two trees, one heart’ represents the word ‘wish’, indicating that the person you have been thinking about day and night, your ideal husband, has two ‘tree’ characters in his name, and he already knows your feelings for him.”
“The second sentence means that you are destined to meet each other! This ‘fate’ can also be understood as ‘money’, meaning silver and gold coins, that is, money! In other words, the two of you will get to know each other and be together because of money matters!”
Mo Rushuang’s heart suddenly jumped.
The interpretation of the signature was so accurate!
Two ‘tree’ characters in the name? Wasn’t that referring to the surname Lin? Mr. Lin, the one she had been thinking about day and night!
The second sentence said that they were destined to meet each other, and they did!
Through the money he received from her, they had almost amounted to two million yuan!
There was more to come!
So it was clear that she and Mr. Lin would be together in the future!
Mo Rushuang suddenly felt overjoyed. She quickly continued to decipher the signature, but then felt shy and embarrassed.
Just now, Mr. Lin clearly saw through the meaning of the signature and left quietly!
In other words, he completely understood her feelings for him.
Oh dear, what should I do in the future?
How would she face Mr. Lin?
It was so embarrassing to think about it!
At this moment, almost everyone had finished worshiping Buddha and visiting the temple. They were ready to head back home.
But at that moment…
A loud voice sounded in everyone’s ears.
Immediately, Lin Beifan felt a breeze blowing past him. A wrinkled old monk with cloudy eyes appeared in front of him, his hands clasped together, his face displaying a benevolent expression.
“Young man, you have wisdom and a connection with the Buddha!”
Wenquxing, also called the “Star of Literature and Culture”, is a Chinese mythology that refers to a celestial deity responsible for literature, education, and knowledge. It is said to have appeared during the Han dynasty and has been worshipped and revered by scholars and educators throughout Chinese history. Today, Wenquxing is often associated with a popular Chinese input method editor used for typing Chinese characters on computers and mobile devices.