𝐈 𝐖𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐖𝐚𝐭𝐜𝐡
“That’s great, Xiao Ye is finally saved! You go to the alchemy room quickly, I’ll wait for you outside,” Qin Zixue said excitedly.
“Second miss wants to wait outside? The affection between you and the young master as siblings is really touching, it moves me.”
Master Chen said with a sigh, and then quickly stepped into the pill room.
He still had to process the herbs before he could use them. He had to hurry, or else if the young master couldn’t hold on, it would be over.
Almost as soon as Master Chen had entered the pill room, Jiang Chu came walking over from a distance.
Jiang Chu smiled when she saw Qin Zixue waiting outside the pill room.
“Miss Jiang, since you don’t understand alchemy, why don’t you wait outside with me? That way, you won’t distract the master and affect his progress in refining the pill,” Qin Zixue earnestly suggested.
“I do know a little about alchemy, and time is of the essence. Master Chen might not be able to handle it on his own. It would be good if I could assist him and give him a hand,” Jiang Chu said with a smile.
“Miss Jiang, you’re joking. Master Chen has been the Qin family’s senior master alchemist, and he’s always been alone in the alchemy room, and we’ve never seen him overwhelmed,” Qin Zixue raised an eyebrow.
“Miss Qin, why do you seem not too keen on letting me help?” Jiang Chu was taken aback, “Don’t you want the young master to get better sooner?”
Qin Zixue’s eyes quivered, “How could it be? No one wants Xiao Ye to be healthy more than I do, I just fear you might cause confusion. . . . . .”
“Don’t worry, this is something the Qin family’s head has agreed to, and I won’t cause any trouble.”
Jiang Chu didn’t listen to her anymore. After saying this, she pushed open the door to the pill room and swiftly closed it behind her.
“Miss Jiang, do you know how to prepare herbs?” Master Chen turned around and asked when he heard the noise.
Jiang Chu twitched the corner of her mouth, “I’ll just watch you, so I don’t get in the way.”
Refining? She didn’t know how to, but she could watch.
Master Chen: . . . . . .
He looked at Jiang Chu with a strange look, as if saying: You must be joking with me.
The door to the pill room hadn’t been closed tightly, so he had heard some of Jiang Chu’s conversation with Qin Zixue. Hadn’t Jiang Chu said she understood alchemy and wanted to help?
But she didn’t even know how to prepare herbs. . . . . .
Jiang Chu really didn’t know, she wasn’t good at hands-on things, she could only watch and occasionally give instructions. She blamed her beautiful pill master friend for never letting her get her hands dirty and just letting her sit and watch while providing her with fruits to pass the time.
So for Jiang Chu, it was already very restrained for her not to be munching on a fruit platter.
Master Chen gave up expecting anything from her and busied himself. Soon, everything was ready.
Jiang Chu sat and watched intently.
As she watched, she discovered something in his technique.
Compared to Shopkeeper Gu, Master Chen’s skill was slightly weaker.
This made Jiang Chu’s heart tense, and she watched more closely, fearing an accident that would lead to failure in increasing her spiritual sense.
“Master Chen, there’s something I need to make clear to you,” Jiang Chu said, watching him, “I came in here to take responsibility. If the pill fails or doesn’t work on the young master, blame me, and I’ll take responsibility. But if the pill is successful and effective, you’ll also get credit. You are supported by the Qin family, and they will surely take care of you in the future.”
Master Chen’s eyes flickered.
“But I have a condition. If I give instructions during the process, please follow them exactly. Whatever I say, just do it. Don’t hesitate, don’t doubt,” Jiang Chu said. “If I’m wrong, I’ll take responsibility, but if you don’t listen and cause the pill to fail, I won’t take the blame for you.”
“You’re directing? But you don’t know how to refine pills. . . . . .” Master Chen was somewhat confused.
Jiang Chu’s reasoning, of course, he understood. If they failed, Jiang Chu would bear the responsibility. If successful, Jiang Chu was, after all, not a person of the mansion, but he was staying in the mansion. The master would definitely value him in the future, and he wouldn’t be short of benefits.
But where was Jiang Chu’s confidence coming from? She clearly didn’t know how to refine pills!
“I may not know how to refine, but I have seen others do it, so I’m very familiar with the process,” Jiang Chu said.
Master Chen looked at her for a moment, then nodded, “Alright, I understand, I’ll listen to you.”
“Okay, let’s begin.”
The alchemy began.
Master Chen began to place the ingredients in the alchemy furnace, but he almost made a mistake on the first move, “You put too much, take out twenty percent,” Jiang Chu reminded.
Master Chen paused for a moment, then did as instructed.
The second ingredient had no issues.
The third ingredient was put in too early, but fortunately, Jiang Chu timely reminded him, and he was able to correct it.
Then the fourth, the fifth.
At the beginning, Master Chen was a bit unaccustomed to her words, taking a moment to react, but soon he was able to respond in time.
Midway through the alchemy, everything was going smoothly, and the alchemical liquid in the furnace was stable.
This also left Master Chen in awe — it was really working!
It was too incredible; Jiang Chu’s guidance was all correct!
Now, Master Chen was starting to doubt, thinking that Jiang Chu must know how to refine alchemy; she just didn’t want to handle the preparation of the ingredients earlier.
“Bang, bang, bang!”
The door was suddenly pounded on.
Jiang Chu’s brows twitched as she looked towards the door.
The alchemy room could isolate sound and movement, but if someone urgently wanted to knock, there was a switch on the door, which if turned on, would allow knocking or speaking to be heard inside.
But everyone knew that disturbing an alchemist during refining could almost certainly result in failure.
Yet this person continued knocking.
“Who is it?” Jiang Chu asked.
Master Chen frowned, ignoring the noise and continuing his actions.
No one spoke outside, but the knocking continued.
Master Chen was annoyed by the knocking, “Go see who it is, and send them away.”
“Don’t bother.” Jiang Chu shook her head, “You focus on your alchemy; I’ll watch.”
She couldn’t leave; otherwise, given Master Chen’s level, failure would come in a short time.
As for the noise at the door. . . . . .
Jiang Chu wasn’t worried, knowing that it wouldn’t last long.
Sure enough, after a while, the sound suddenly stopped, and silence was restored.
Master Chen’s furrowed brows finally relaxed.
“It’s almost done.”
Another quarter of an hour passed, and Master Chen spoke with some excitement.
All the ingredients were thrown into the furnace, the medicinal liquid was boiling and condensing, and the pills were about to be formed.
With a strong fragrance of medicine coming, the pills in the furnace were finally ready.
Jiang Chu and Master Chen looked at each other, both smiling in relief.
(End of Chapter)