Chapter 382: Anxiety

“I tried to show off” Now that Bai Luochu’s eyes were injured, none of them were able to read her expression by looking into her eyes. However, they felt that she was speaking very calmly and it seemed as though she wasn’t injured in the slightest.

“I volunteered to take the lead as I was confident in my ability to break the restriction on the strange door.” Bai Luochu cleared Pei Rumo’s name.

Ying Lan coldly harrumphed and he muttered to himself, “It’s only been a few days, yet Mistress is starting to speak up for Pei Rumo…”

“Cough cough…” Bai Luochu coughed lightly. The corners of her mouth curled upwards slightly and she chided, “My vision might be temporarily affected, but my ears are working perfectly fine. You can’t vent your anger on him just because of a single incident…”

Bai Luochu might be injured, but she was in a much better mood than Pei Rumo. In fact, Pei Rumo was feeling extremely miserable right now as the person he was supposed to protect was now blind because of him. Even though it was merely temporary blindness, Pei Rumo felt knives stabbing into his heart. Why did she injure herself because of me? Why didn’t I take the initiative to trigger the trap?!

Pei Rumo changed out of his clothes and he quickly made his way to Bai Luochu’s room. When he arrived at the door, he realized that a mysterious person had pushed open the door and was leaving the room. He was stunned. Just as he was about to forcefully stop the person in front of him for interrogation, the mysterious man rolled his eyes at Pei Rumo. With a soft ‘humph’, he disappeared from Pei Rumo’s sight.

In the next moment, Qin Feng stepped out of the room. Seeing that Ying Lan and Pei Rumo had bumped into each other, he knew that he had to find an excuse to explain Ying Lan’s appearance. “Young Master, that was my older brother. He was out settling some problems and had only returned recently. I went out to buy a servant girl after learning of Divine Physician Bai’s injury and incurred his wrath. I apologize for his rude behavior.”

Pei Rumo raised his eyebrows in response. When Pei Rumo first met him, the innkeeper had a harsh and unkind personality. Seeing his ‘brother’ now, he felt that it was nothing strange for the two of them to have such similar personalities.

“If there is nothing else, I shall take my leave.” Qin Feng flung his sleeves and ran away. After all, Bai Luochu had instructed him to keep a close eye on Ying Lan. What if Commander Ying fails to control himself and flies into a fit of rage? What if he takes his anger out on the First Prince? Things will get messy then.

Pei Rumo paced back and forth outside Bai Luochu’s room and he finally decided against going in. With her temper, he knew that she would chase him out if he expressed his intention to take care of her. He didn’t know how to face her. After all, he was the one who made a solemn vow to protect her. He was also the one who caused her to be injured when exploring the ruins.

Even though he was hesitating as to whether he should enter the room, Bai Luochu noticed his presence and gave him a reason to enter.

Bai Luochu felt that it wasn’t too bad that she had lost her vision for the time being. Even though she wasn’t used to the feeling of not being able to see, she realized that the way she looked at the world changed. Without her sense of sight, her other senses were heightened. When she released her spiritual energy, she was able to hear insects flapping their wings and the sound the wind made when it blew through the land.

Not being able to see for some time might not be a bad thing.

What secrets does the Desolate Region hold? How can there be so many different kinds of mechanisms in the ruins? Bai Luochu was shocked at the fact that even an expert like her would fall into a trap. She started to recall every detail of the ruins. From the ground to the grooves in the wall, she recalled every step she took. She even mapped out the entire ruins in her head. Grabbing a sheet of paper, she tried to draw out everything in her head.

The moment she got off her bed, Bai Luochu felt uncomfortable. She forgot that she was in a state of temporary blindness and became at a loss of what to do.

Crap… No matter how dire the situation was, Bai Luochu wasn’t one to give up without a fight. She felt that if she wasn’t able to overcome the problem now, her days in the future would only get worse.

She groped around and slowly made her way around the room. As she waved her hand around the room, she slowly got a sense for moving about blind. She was successful until she arrived before the table. As the stools were all over the place, she tripped over one of them and fell face-first onto the ground. A loud crash echoed in the room and it was clear that it wasn’t a light fall.

“Hiss…” Bai Luochu’s body was still sore from the expedition in the morning and now that she fell down all of a sudden, she didn’t feel too good. In the next instant, someone burst through the doors of her room.

“Luo Chu, is there a problem?!” Pei Rumo saw that she was sprawled on the ground when he entered the room and he quickly went forward to help her up. He slowly supported her to the bed again.

Bai Luochu felt that her world was spinning and she didn’t refuse Pei Rumo’s assistance. She returned to her soft bed and Pei Rumo placed her down.

“Why did you come in?” Bai Luochu could recognize Pei Rumo’s voice and didn’t understand how he made his way over so quickly. Isn’t he supposed to be in his room?

Pei Rumo was a little uncomfortable when faced with her questioning. After all, it seemed a little suspicious for a grown man like him to wait in front of a lady’s room. After a long time, Pei Rumo seemed to have thought of a reply. He stuttered, “I… I was about to check on you. Also, I wanted to ask you if you remember the structure of the ruins…”

Bai Luochu smiled and replied, “You came at the right time. I was about to draw out the map of the ruins but I fell down before arriving at the table. Since you’re here, you can draw the map while I describe it.”

Pei Rumo wanted to slap himself when he heard what she said. This damn mouth of mine… Why did I choose this stupid excuse?! With no other choice, he agreed. In fact, he wasn’t complaining about being made to draw the map in her stead. Instead, he was lamenting that she wasn’t able to enjoy a proper rest.

“Fine… I’ll do as you say.” Pei Rumo walked towards the table and he thought about how he should cut their interaction short. He wanted to end this as quickly as possible so that Bai Luochu would be able to return to her rest. Before he could think of a reason, Bai Luochu’s voice appeared in his ears.

“Why are you moving so slowly? Do you not have ink and paper? Hurry up! You should start drawing before I start forgetting the details.” Bai Luochu yelled.

Pei Rumo knew that there was no longer a chance for him to cut their meeting short. “Alright, I’m getting the ink.” He quickly returned to her bedside and stopped her from getting up.

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