Chapter 179: Ghost Assistant (XI)
Shang Ke decided to create a book with collections of talisman drawings. The talismans would be ineffective as long as he doesn’t use special material and the book isn’t imbued with qi. He can draw however he wished.
For the rest of the time, Shang Ke intends to teach Shao Feidu basic cultivation methods. The spiritual energy in this world is thin. Even if one’s talent is great, the most they could cultivate was a small amount of true qi. Nevertheless, this amount of true qi was enough to refine talismans and deal with ghosts.
Shao Feidu has a special physique, it shouldn’t be difficult for him to cultivate true qi. Cultivating true qi can help strengthen one’s body, and eliminate and avoid evil. It is very beneficial for Shao Feidu. Shang Ke wasn’t insistent whether or not Shao Feidu wished to become a master cultivator in the end. It was good enough as long as he was able to create the talismans. Shang Ke always had a way to use them.
There was once again a change in Shao Feidu’s daily life. During the day, he would compose music. At night, he would cultivate. To help Shao Feidu cultivate true qi faster, Shang Ke would often interact with ghosts that like hanging around and ask them for help to look for items with spirituality.
Hence, Shao Feidu started his beautiful life of having a small supplement every three days and a large supplement every five days. He was full of vigour everyday and accumulated an endless amount of energy.
A portion of this energy was used on composing music and his music style gradually changed from graceful and ethereal to fervent and passionate.
And his other portion of energy was naturally dedicated to his Keke…
Shang Ke was originally able to withstand Shao Feidu’s yang energy by relying on his flesh, but ever since Shao Feidu started cultivating, his refined pure yang energy seems to penetrate his soul directly. Shang Ke was a little overwhelmed.
Shang Ke felt that it was also time for him to cultivate and strengthen his ghost energy, lest he get done into nothingness by Shao Feidu one day when they were doing their deed.
Just when they were enjoying their harmonious life while not caring about the outside world, the Shao family suddenly sent people over. On one hand, they intend to find someone new to take care of Shao Feidu. On the other hand, they came to inform them that Mu Zhen’s trial is about to start.
The Shao family definitely knew about Shang Ke and Shao Feidu living together, and they were happy to see it. Or else, they wouldn’t have taken so long to send someone over.
One could tell that they were keen to improve the two families’ relationship judging by their polite attitude towards Shang Ke. To them, Shao Feidu was like a dispensable chest piece. They paid attention to him only when it involved the family’s interest and reputation.
The Shao family people didn’t show Shao Feidu enough respect and care since entering the villa. All their attention was on Shang Ke, the Yun family’s young master, as they intentionally or unintentionally probe whether he had the intention to get engaged in the near future.
Shang Ke told them very clearly, “It’s now reaching the end of the year. If nothing goes wrong, I intend to get engaged during spring next year.”
The Shao family people left in satisfaction and left Shao Feidu to Shang Ke while feeling at ease just like that.
Shao Feidu was expressionless from start to end, seemingly uninterested in the outside world. However, Shang Ke knew. Certain words were remembered clearly in his heart.
Shang Ke held his face and said warmly, “Dudu, I will let everyone know just how outstanding you are one day.”
You don’t have to feel sad because of the people who look down, use and hurt you. Only by making yourself more dazzling can you make them pale into insignificance.
Mu Zhen’s trial was 5 days later. Before that, Shang Ke received information from a ghost. Mu Zhen had contacted the media reporters and intended to receive an interview before the trial.
As it was an economic dispute case, he still had some degree of personal freedom and can be bailed. Based on his influence in the industry for the past years, Shao Feidu’s family background and Shao Feidu’s position in the music industry, many media were soon attracted.
Mu Zhen started becoming unlucky ever since falling down from the second floor after being scared by a ghost. First, he broke his leg. After laying in the hospital for a few days, he received a demand letter from a lawyer, accusing that he made use of his authority to embezzle his employer’s property and that the police are involved in the investigation.
The lawyer that Shao Feidu hired was very clever. The first thing he did was disclosing this matter to the Shao family. Although Shao Feidu wasn’t valued by the family, it was impossible for them to ignore this matter when considering the Shao family’s status and Shao Feidu’s identity as the eldest young master.
Under the Shao family’s intervention, Mu Zhen was naturally unable to fight back. He had embezzled billions of funds. Although it wasn’t to the point that he had to be sentenced to life imprisonment, he would still be in jail for at least 7-8 years (As there was Shao Feidu’s signature on several transfers and Mu Zhen had made use of the financial management title, the amount of embezzled money reported was much lesser than the actual amount. Thus, he was sentenced only up to 8 years of imprisonment).
This matter involved the Shao family which is one of the four richest families. The Shao family had intended to settle this matter privately. Afterall, it wasn’t exactly pleasant telling others that a formidable young master had been controlled by a manager. But when Mu Zhen was driven into a corner, he set his mind and decided to reveal Shao Feidu’s illness to the world.
“I have been taking care of young master Du ever since he was 13 and our relationship has always been good. He is the eldest son of the Shao family and should have been inheriting the family business. However, do you guys know why the Shao family had left him in my care? It’s because young master Du had been suffering from autism since young. Other than music, he had no other self-care ability. Hence, he had long been excluded from the list of heirs. For the past 10+ years, young master Du’s living expenses were all earned from his music. The Shao family never gave him a single cent.” Mu Zhen faced the media with a desolate look.
Everyone was stunned when they heard this. The outside world had always thought that Shao Feidu gave up his inheritance right on his own initiative because he was passionate for music. They did not expect that it was because he was suffering from autism and was abandoned by his family when he was 10+, so he had no choice but to live on his own.
Looking back, young master Du had never accepted any interviews and neither did he participate in any promotional program before. Other than the few promotional photos taken during his performance, he is usually very low-key. The people had thought that it was his arrogance and coldness as the eldest young master of the Shao family and didn’t find it weird.
However, the truth stunned everyone. They did not doubt that Mu Zhen was lying, this kind of thing can be found out as long as they investigate carefully.
“I’m not trying to justify myself or anything. However, young master Du’s life would probably be very miserable if I wasn’t taking care of him for the past years.” Mu Zhen revealed the truth, “No doubt I have indeed used young master Du’s money. However, I have used these money for investment. Composing music, performance, costume, publicity and networking all need a large sum of money as the foundation. Although his income now was good, no one knew whether his condition would worsen or not. How is he going to live in the future if he loses his only talent?”
Mu Zhen spoke very sincerely, making many people feel emotional.
“Unfortunately,” Mu Zhen smiled bitterly and continued, “I have failed several investments. Not only did I not earn money, I ended up losing quite a sum. I’m very sorry to young master Du and being sued was because I reaped what I sowed. However, I believe that this matter is definitely not done by young master Du. Based on his mental state, it’s impossible for him to sue me. As for who it is who wishes to drive me away from young master Du’s side and for what purpose, I don’t know. I only wish that young master Du can live well. We have lived together for more than 10 years, have always been supporting each other and have experienced a lot of ups and downs together. He is like my family.”
After saying so, he lowered his head and started sobbing. He portrayed himself as a pitiable person who cares a lot about Shao Feidu, just that he had terrible luck. He even brought up his relationship with Shao Feidu, hinting that someone has plotted against him. He used this chance to earn lots of sympathy.
Gibbs, who was by the side, quickly agreed with Mu Zhen and helped him testify. He was affected by this incident and was blocked out by the Shao family. Hence, he decided to just collude with Mu Zhen. He intends to give the Shao family some trouble first before going overseas to hide.
After listening to their recount, most people’s impression of Mu Zhen changed. At the same time, the people started using their imagination. Resentment within the rich family, fighting for power and profit, seizing from others… All sorts of guesses sprang up one after another.
If these information were exaggerated before being reported out, Mu Zhen is most likely able to whitewash himself. He had taken care of Shao Feidu for 10+ years and allowed him to focus on composing music without being troubled by anything. On the other hand, the Shao family was so indifferent to their eldest son. For some reason, they also made use of Shao Feidu’s name to drive away this person who has accompanied Shao Feidu for 10+ years.
Several billions was indeed an astronomical sum of money for ordinary people. However, it wasn’t that much for the wealthy Shao family. They have never given Shao Feidu a single cent of living expenses for the past years. Their stinginess and indifference can be seen clearly. Now that they have driven Mu Zhen away, do they intend to fight for this money themselves?
“Mu Zhen, don’t you feel guilty saying all these?” A voice suddenly sounded from the door just when the public’s opinion was gradually leaning towards Mu Zhen.
Everyone looked towards the source of the voice, only to see a beautiful looking man walking over slowly. Following behind him was a few strict looking police.
Seeing this scene, the reporters immediately understood that there was going to be a good show. All of them turned their cameras one after another towards the person who came as if they were injected with chicken blood.
Shang Ke walked to the front of the stage. While under everyone’s watch, he looked calm and had a solemn temperament, looking very noble.
“Who are you?” Gibbs asked.
Shang Ke ignored him and directly signalled the police behind him to arrest them.
“What are you doing?” Mu Zhen said furiously, “I’m still on bail, you have no rights to arrest me!”
“Mr. Mu, you’re involved in ‘intentional harm to a person’ and ‘embezzlement’. We will be bringing you back to the police station for investigation. We hope that you can cooperate.”
“What do you mean by harming others? Since when did I harm someone!” Mu Zhen shouted while struggling.
When the reporters at the venue saw this scene, they immediately surrounded the few people and asked various questions noisily..
“Wasn’t Mr. Mu sued because he had embezzled Mr. Shao’s funds?”
“What’s going on with him harming others? Could you give us an explanation?”
“Is the Shao family falsely accusing because they are worried that Mr. Mu would reveal the truth to the media?”
The reporters’ question came one after another and the situation was almost going out of control.
Shang Ke took up the microphone and said loudly, “Please do not make things difficult for the police officers everyone, they are just doing their jobs. If you have any questions, you can ask me.”
The reporters were currently leaning towards Mu Zhen. They did not disperse immediately when they heard Shang Ke’s words and instead just started aiming fire at him.
Shang Ke wasn’t embarrassed when facing everyone’s interrogation. After signalling them to be quiet, he said, “First of all, I would like to make a statement. Shao Feidu isn’t autistic, he only had some autistic tendencies. Mu Zhen lied just now.”
The people looked at him dubiously and waited for the continuation.
“The reason why his condition never improved was because Mu Zhen had been secretly giving him non-compliant medication.” Shang Ke took out a few bottles of medicine from his pocket and displayed the front of the bottle before everyone. Those who have some knowledge of medicine could immediately recognise these types of drugs. If these types of drugs were taken long term, they could induce depression, hallucination, mental disorders, etc kind of side effects.
After his explanation, everyone couldn’t help but reveal a shocked expression. Mu Zhen had actually drugged Shao Feidu? So the so-called autism wasn’t actually inborn but was man-made? Such shameless behaviour was simply disgusting.
“You’re slandering!” Mu Zhen pointed at Shang Ke with a red face and shouted angrily, “I have never given young master Du this kind of drug before!”
“Dr. Xu, who has prescribed this medicine for you, is already in the police station. Whether this is a slander or not will be known then.” Shang Ke’s line of sight fell onto Mu Zhen’s back while he was speaking. There was a ferocious looking evil ghost there that had climbed onto his body and covered his eyes with both hands. This makes Mu Zhen lose his clarity and fall into an emotional state. This is commonly known to people as “clouded judgment” .
The reporters’ uncertain eyes moved back and forth between Mu Zhen and Shang Ke. The former was flustered and exasperated while the latter was calm. Observant people all felt that Shang Ke’s words were more credible.
If this was true, not only did Mu Zhen use drugs to control Shao Feidu who trusts him and stole his property, he even tried to invert the truth and lie to fool the public. How pitiful he had made himself look before made him look as equally disgusting now. Shao Feidu is very famous in the music industry and his fans are from all around the world. Although he hasn’t performed for 2-3 years, all the music he composed was considered classic. Who would have expected that this respected king of piano was first abandoned by his family and later exploited and harmed by his manager because of his mental disability.
The reporters quickly imagined a heartbreaking history of blood and tears and their eyes were filled with anger when they looked towards Mu Zhen.
Seeing that the situation was now stable, Shang Ke said politely to the police, “I’ll be troubling you all next.”
“This is our duty.” The police officer nodded his head and looked towards the reporters who were surrounding them.
“No, I didn’t drug him. This is planted.” Mu Zhen was still resisting desperately in this hopeless situation and kept shouting.
However, there’s no one who believes him now.
The reporters slowly spread out to make way for the police officers. At the same time, they didn’t forget to raise their microphones to question Mu Zhen.
A reporter who was at the front almost hit Mu Zhen’s face with his microphone due to the people pushing behind. Fortunately, he managed to avoid hitting.
However, Mu Zhen suddenly broke free from the police, snatched the microphone and smashed it towards the reporter, causing a greenish-purple bruise to form on the reporter’s head.
“What are you doing!” The police officers immediately stopped him. However, it was too late.
The reporters were very agitated in the first place. After being hit by Mu Zhen, the place immediately turned chaotic. Then, microphones started falling from the sky and started smashing towards Mu Zhen like grenades. Even the police officers were affected.
Shang Ke glanced speechlessly at the fierce ghost on Mu Zhen’s back, who was smiling so widely that the corner of its lips cracked, and quietly left the venue.
A few reporters didn’t join the scuffle. They had a strong interest in Shang Ke who had suddenly appeared. Seeing him leave, they quickly chased after him.
Resonance and SnowTime: *struggles with names and terms*