𝐘𝐨𝐮’𝐫𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐐𝐮𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐓𝐚𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐝
“But now there is an opportunity, my sister’s adopted son has a talent for talisman crafting, and he can also draw some talisman symbols. He actively said he wanted to work in my shop, and his wage is low. However, his current strength is not high enough, and the types of talismans he can craft are not very diverse. Also, since he is only an adopted son, I don’t trust him entirely.”
Shopkeeper Liu laid out his current situation honestly, without any concealment, “So what I’m struggling with now is whether I should continue to use the old Talisman Master or switch to my nephew. . . . . .I hope you can clear my confusion.”
Shopkeeper Liu’s question for divination was a very clear directional one. This kind of question is usually very accurate.
On the contrary, some unclear questions like ‘When will I become rich?’ or ‘When will I reach the pinnacle of life?’ are more troublesome because they are hard to measure in terms of timeline.
“Are you sure you want me to divine for you?”
After hearing his question, Jiang Chu smiled enigmatically, “No one has ever come to me for divination before, aren’t you afraid I’ll get it wrong?”
“How could that be? Your divination is extremely accurate. . . . . .ahem, to be honest, I also went to Old Wei for a reading, but his words were ambiguous, and I think he’s not accurate, not as accurate as you,” Shopkeeper Liu said, somewhat embarrassed.
Jiang Chu raised an eyebrow.
“Oh, it’s the divination stall owner in Ebony Lane next to us,” Shopkeeper Liu said.
Oh. . . . . .so it was him.
“Divining for you is not cheap, but since you are my first client, I’ll give you a discount, 50 crystal stones,” Jiang Chu said.
A novice Divination Master like her, who has not been recognized by any authority, daring to charge this price, can’t be considered cheap.
Although Old Wei is a fraud, he is cheaper, after all!
He charges a little more, a few dozen ounces, and a divination can be had for just less than an ounce, but she’s asking for 50, in crystal stones!
Jiang Chu thought Shopkeeper Liu might be scared away by this.
“No problem,” Shopkeeper Liu only pondered a moment before agreeing and promptly took out 50 crystal stones.
Jiang Chu couldn’t help but admire him, “You are quite straightforward.”
“. . . . . .If I were really straightforward, I would have listened to your warning last time,” Shopkeeper Liu still felt a pang in his heart thinking about it.
The loss that day was much more than a few hundred crystal stones, and since business is a long-term endeavor, spending money for peace of mind might make everything worry-free from now on.
He could afford this money!
“Well, I’ll take the job.”
Jiang Chu agreed, collected the crystal stones, and took out her divining sticks.
When Shopkeeper Liu saw her lay out nine divining sticks on the table, he was stunned, staring for a long time, “This. . . . . .Miss, I’ve never seen this method of divination before.”
“This is my unique method,” Jiang Chu said.
Her approach was indeed different from others and unlike typical divination methods. Only a few individuals whom she had taught knew this method.
It would be strange if he had seen it before.
Shopkeeper Liu was impressed but kept silent, focusing on watching Jiang Chu’s divination.
Compared to Jiang Chu’s nine divining sticks, Old Wei’s shaking method seemed extremely simple. Shopkeeper Liu didn’t understand the trade, but he inexplicably felt that Jiang Chu’s method was more powerful.
A moment later, Jiang Chu was looking at a wooden stick with a frown.
“How is it? Who should I choose?”
Shopkeeper Liu asked expectantly.
“. . . . . .Choose neither.”
Shopkeeper Liu was dumbfounded.
What did ‘choose neither’ mean? Surely it didn’t mean for him to draw the talismans himself!
He wished, but he couldn’t!
Jiang Chu put down the stick and explained, “According to the divination, your shop’s original Talisman Master will soon leave for unknown reasons, and your nephew. . . . . .will probably be unable to come due to some problem. Neither of them is a good choice.”
The problem with inadequate spiritual sense was just like this, seeing only a general picture, but unable to speak of specific situations.
If it were the old Jiang Chu, he would probably be able to explain everyone’s reasons clearly, and even accurately state the days when they left.
Alas, it’s not comparable to the past, not comparable.
“But I. . . . . .” Shopkeeper Liu was about to ask again.
“However, based on the divination, your shop should soon, um. . . . . .either today or tomorrow, have a new Talisman Master joining.”
Jiang Chu continued to interpret the divination.
Shopkeeper Liu was stunned, “New Talisman Master, joining? Who?”
“I don’t know who, but be attentive these two days, ask more if you see someone similar, try to invite them, the one who finally agrees is the right person.” Jiang Chu said.
“The right person? You mean this person is reliable?” Shopkeeper Liu asked with concern.
“Yes, he will become your good partner.”
Even from the divination, this new Talisman Master will become a very close and intimate friend with Shopkeeper Liu, the kind that can get along for many years.
“Really? Will he come over in these two days?” Shopkeeper Liu’s eyes sparkled with excitement, “Where is he now, do I need to go find him, what if I miss him?”
“You don’t have to go out and look for him intentionally, the person who should appear will appear.”
Jiang Chu packed the wooden sticks, stood up, “Since the divination is done, I’ll take my leave.”
“Ah, miss, wait, I don’t know your name, and how do I find you if I want to ask for divination again?” Shopkeeper Liu asked anxiously.
“Me? My surname is Jiang, and my single name is Chu.”
“Good, Jiang Chu. . . . . .Jiang Chu?” Shopkeeper Liu suddenly thought of something, looking at her in astonishment, “Is it the one from Yuxiao Academy. . . . . .”
Jiang Chu admitted and then looked at Shopkeeper Liu’s reaction.
Was it sympathy, pity, or disdain?
Would he even regret it and want the divination fee back?
“So the reason why Miss gave up martial arts is because you took up divination?” Shopkeeper Liu clapped his hands, “No wonder your divination method is unheard of, is it because you must give up martial arts to cultivate this unique skill?”
Jiang Chu: . . . . . .
She looked at Shopkeeper Liu with a you-really-are-talented expression, and Shopkeeper Liu felt even more sure he was right.
“Miss Jiang is indeed a decisive person, abandoning martial arts that you practiced for many years, now with such determination and willpower, I admire you!”
He bowed to Jiang Chu.
Jiang Chu chuckled, “You are right, thank you for the compliment. If you want to find me in the future, go to Treasure Medicine Pavilion, tell the shopkeeper there, and he will inform me.”
“I will remember, Miss Jiang, take care.”
Jiang Chu also bowed, taking the bewildered Hua Lan home.
(End of Chapter)