Chapter 85: Change of Plans

When Bai Luochu heard the news, she was astonished but she immediately calmed down. Ying Lan had always been dependable and since he could calmly report on this matter, everything should have already been solved.

When Bai Luochu thought about this, a wave of relief washed over her and she asked, “Has this matter been resolved?”

Ying Lan pondered for a moment and nodded prudently before replying, “After that person noticed me, we didn’t break out into a conflict. He didn’t ask about my identity either. It seemed like he was ensuring your safe return to the general’s residence.”

Bai Luochu contemplated for a moment after hearing the information. Confirming my return to the general’s residence? Who could it be? If it is the member of the Phoenix King Valley responsible for my disappearance, my time in the general’s residence is going to be more difficult from now on.

“Do you know who that is?” Bai Luochu’s brows arched upwards as she asked.

Ying Lan shook his head before asking, “Not yet. Do you need this subordinate to carry out a detailed investigation?”

“Not necessary. The major powers in the Cloud Water Nation are locked in a complicated situation. Adding on the fact that the Phoenix King Valley is currently messing around here, it won’t be easy to dig anything out. If you are discovered at this critical juncture, all our plans will go down the drain. It is still better to be cautious.”

“But…”

Ying Lan was interrupted by Bai Luochu just as he wanted to say something, “I know you are worried about my safety, but I cannot put you at risk either. If you are surrounded by the members of the Phoenix King Valley again like last time, there might no longer be anyone to rescue you. The First Prince knows about my true identity and I have an unfinished deal with him. The person who discovered you should be related to him… There is no need to be overly concerned.”

Bai Luochu patted Ying Lan’s shoulder in an attempt to calm him down.

When Ying Lan saw how insistent Bai Luochu was, he couldn’t say anything else and quickly departed.

After Ying Lan left, Bai Luochu laid down on the bed and carefully analyzed the situation in her mind. Who was the person investigating her? After being unable to come up with an answer, Bai Luochu fell asleep.

The next morning, before the sun rose, Bai Luochu woke up and started to cultivate.

The current Bai Luochu had well-developed meridians and experienced a significant increase in strength. She was now able to cultivate like other individuals who had exceptional talent. After cultivating for two hours, she felt that she was about to break through a small barrier in her cultivation.

Just as Bai Luochu was preparing to break through this barrier before breakfast, someone knocked on the door.

“Knock knock knock.” The knocking sound echoed through the room and instantly pulled Bai Luochu back to reality. Bai Luochu frowned slightly as she was rather unhappy to be disrupted when she was about to break through. As she replied, she sounded rather frustrated.

“Who is that?”

“Young Lady, this old servant is here to serve you. Are you up yet?”

The voice that came from the other side of the door was Uncle Liang’s. Bai Luochu had yet to fully trust Uncle Liang as he was the only servant to come out unscathed after her uncle and his family cleared out all the servants in the household. Just this point alone could make anyone suspicious.

However, now wasn’t the time to fall out with everyone as she had to silently observe the situation. Her plan was to make all of them fall from grace. Only by keeping a low profile now could she dig all those detestable beings out.

Bai Luochu still replied amicably, “I am already up. Does Uncle Liang need anything from me?”

Uncle Liang hesitated at the door for a moment and spoke after making a firm resolution. “That… Young Lady, lord uncle sent someone early in the morning to inform us that he will be back in the afternoon. How do you want to handle this?”

As the words left his mouth, Uncle Liang’s voice seemed to tremble. It was as though he was apprehensive of her uncle’s return.

Bai Luochu was thinking about her plans instead. She had just recently returned to the residence...  why were they returning so suddenly? According to Uncle Liang’s information, they should only be back after a few days. There could only be two possibilities… Firstly, there was a spy who informed her uncle the moment she returned. Secondly, her uncle was colluding with a strong faction and was rushing back today in order to suppress her. They most probably changed their strategy at the last minute when they found out she survived. It didn’t matter which reason it was as today was going to be the ‘great day’ she would meet with her uncle’s family. Of course, she had to prepare a welcoming gift for all of them!

There was a profound meaning behind Bai Luochu’s smile and it was obvious that her schemes were going to drag her uncle’s family down under.

“Uncle Liang, serve me breakfast. I will be making a trip outside later and will be back before lunch. I will definitely make it back to welcome uncle and his family back to the residence.” Bai Luochu seemed to have forced the last few words out from the gaps between her teeth.

“Yes, this old servant understands.” Uncle Liang responded and immediately turned and left. It seemed like he was going to prepare Bai Luochu’s breakfast.

Uncle Liang suddenly felt a chill run down his spine and felt as though there was a hidden meaning behind the young lady’s words. The young lady had a completely different personality and he didn’t know how chaotic the situation would turn out the moment the lord uncle returned. He hoped that the late master and madam would be able to protect the young lady and the general's residence from any harm.

After getting used to the meals at the First Prince’s residence, the meals in the general's residence were somewhat lacking. However, Bai Luochu didn’t care as long as her stomach was filled.

After finishing breakfast in a hurry, Bai Luochu left the residence and rushed to the Hundred Herbs Hall. She was going to buy some poison herbs for her plan... There was a saying, ‘refrain from hurting others, yet guard against those trying to hurt you’. If her uncle and his family was going to make a move on her, she didn’t need to be polite towards them.

Bai Luochu headed to the Remote Paddy Inn first and informed Ying Lan that her uncle’s family was returning.

“Mistress, what are you preparing to do?” Ying Lan was rather nervous. After all, his mistress had just settled into a new environment and was about to clash with her enemies. Furthermore, they were going to face each other with everything they got and the situation wasn’t looking too good.

Bai Luochu muttered for a moment and replied, “My objective for returning to the general's residence is to investigate the truth of how I ended up in the Bestial Battle Arena. Unless they are the ones behind it, I don’t wish to alert them. If I find out that they were involved in harming Luo Chu, they can’t blame me for being ruthless and merciless.”

“Since that is the case, wouldn’t Mistress be unable to do anything for now?” Ying Lan understood Bai Luochu’s plan and knew about her sinister ways.

“That is indeed the case. However, things are different right now. We don’t have any influential backers behind us and the Palace of Brilliance Resurgence is newly established. We can’t be overly flamboyant when conducting our operations. It never hurts to be cautious. If I have to suffer some grievance for a short period of time to uncover the mastermind, everything will be worth it in the end.”

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