I Excavated an Emperor to Become a Wife - Chapter 24
Although he didn’t intend to let Qin Cheng die just like that, Su Jingmo had no other choice than to watch Qin Cheng’s breathing fading away.
He was an Emperor before his death, not a monk or a Taoist priest who knew about spirits and ghosts, so it was fair to say that what he didn’t know in life, he will not know after death. So, he didn’t know how to bring the dying back to life.
Su Jingmo looked at Qin Cheng, who was lying on the bluestone floor in front of him, breathing weakly. Whether it was the last time Su Jingmo woke up, or this time, no one that was injured by his sword had survived.
He was familiar with some medical skills, but there weren’t any medicine or water in this tomb, and he…. can’t even get half a step away from this Mausoleum, so how could he keep the man in front of him alive?
After thinking about it, Su Jingmo suddenly remembered that he had a golden gourd1 with him, about one finger wide, which could hold three pills. These pills were life-extending pills given to him by the Taoist priest Yu Bacai, a famous Taoist from his Dynasty, also known as ‘Immortal Doctor Yu Baicao’.
“This pill is a mixture of Wugu2 from the Miaojiang3, poisonous scorpions, snakes and Gu worms. Although it can save lives, the poison will also remain in the body, causing mild paralysis, deafness and muteness, and it’s strong enough to make you a walking corpse, so unless there’s a situation of life and death, this pill cannot be taken.” That’s what the Taoist priest had told him.
Deaf, mute, paralyzed, walking corpse? For Su Jingmo, who was surrounded by enemies on all sides, all the time, this was equivalent to death. In the end, he never touched the golden gourd even when he died.
‘I don’t even know if the golden gourd was buried with me.’
At this last thought, Su Jingmo went to his coffin chamber and pushed open the sarcophagus. Inside, he could see a rotten thick brocade quilt that looked dark and muddy. His own bones had probably rotten away over the past thousand years.
Apart from that quilt, the only things that remained were his personal belongings. Most of them were made out of gold, silver and Jade, and even though these items weren’t his favorites, they were still necessary for an Emperor.
Without giving another glance at the treasures, Su Jingmo reached out and opened the rotting quilt layer by layer, searching for the golden gourd that might have been left behind.
The sarcophagus was so large that it took Su Jingmo a while to find the golden gourd, and when he unscrewed the plug of the gourd, there were some pills inside. Since they were sealed inside the golden gourd, they were still intact, without being contaminated by the outside world Qi.
Su Jingmo couldn’t help but laugh as he said: “After being isolated from the world for thousands of years, I don’t know if it will have the same effect it once had.”
As for the secondary effects it will bring to Qin Cheng after he takes this medicine, Su Jingmo didn’t care.
After all, if he doesn’t give Qin Cheng this pill, he will surely die, and if he takes this medicine, he may still have a chance to survive. As for the possible paralysis, deafness, muteness and becoming a walking corpse, what does it have to do with Su Jingmo?
Qin Cheng had long since lost consciousness, so Su Jingmo squeezed his jaw, which was clenched in pain, and with two fingers exerting a slight force, Qin Cheng’s stiff jaw was opened.
With the pill in his other hand, Su Jingmo directly put the pill inside Qin Cheng’s mouth.
However, without consciousness, Qin Cheng couldn’t swallow, so the pill in the end wasn’t swallowed.
Because of that, Su Jigmo reached out his finger into Qin Cheng’s mouth and pushed the pill to the bottom of his throat. Even though his soul can’t touch anything from the outside world, the warm touch of a living person’s mouth surrounding his fingertips made Su Jingmo frown in discomfort, and he quickly withdrew his finger.
Then, he raised Qin Cheng’s chin and pressed his thumb on the top of his Adam’s apple, causing him to swallow involuntarily. Like this, the pill was finally swallowed.
When it was done, Su Jingmo released the hand holding Qin Cheng’s chin with disgust and stood aside to watch Qin Cheng’s reaction.
However, Su Jingmo didn’t expect that Qin Cheng’s face, which was already blue and white, would begin to turn grey! As if he had been dead for a few days!
Su Jingmo was shocked and rushed forward to make Qin Cheng spit out the pill, but before he could even touch him, Qin Cheng’s closed eyes suddenly opened, and his unfocused eyes stared ahead. His body curled up, his hands pulled tightly over his stomach, and his throat screamed hoarsely in pain.
The originally quiet Mausoleum was now filled for a period of time with the sounds of someone struggling on the edge between life and death. It sounded extremely desolate and terrifying.
‘The pill worked….’
The corners of Su Jingmo’s eyes were curved, as he regained his usual smiling face.
There were only three pills in total, so after Su Jingmo gave Qin Cheng another pill, the golden gourd was thrown into his sarcophagus again. When the middle of the night arrived, Qin Cheng’s life was completely saved.
Late at night, when the grieving ghosts were the most rampant, the souls of the soldiers killed hundred of years ago, and those who were killed by the soldiers’ spirits, were locked inside the Mausoleum just like Su Jingmo was. They were inevitably linked to the tomb, and weren’t able to dissipate. There must be at least thousands of grieving ghosts inside this mountain Mausoleum of more than thousands years.
The more resentment these ghosts had, the more they resent the living. This didn’t mean that they were conscious, but because they had formed a kind of grudge, so when they smelled the breath of the living, they can’t get rid of this resentment, and they want the living people to be like them. To put it bluntly, they’re thinking: ‘I want to be accompanied by innocent people in death, so that I won’t be the only one who’s miserable’.
Of course, no matter what human beings are transformed into, they will inevitably fight with each other, even if they become fierce ghosts, they will also fight for some superiority. If these ghosts want to gain more power, the soul of the living is the best supplement. However, in Ninghua Village, outside the Mausoleum, the people had followed their ancestors’ words for hundreds of years, and they didn’t go up the mountain at night. Therefore, these fierce ghosts have been longing for living souls for at least hundreds of years.
The reason why the Underground Palace was so “clean” from resentful spirits, was that the resentful spirits killed by Su Jingmo were afraid of him, and didn’t dare to approach this part of the tomb.
However, this night was a little bit different, because the breath of a living person was coming from the depths of the Underground Palace, making the countless grieving ghosts ready to move.
Even though they were afraid of the Emperor’s spirit in the Underground Palace, there are still some fierce ghosts who still want to try and take the soul of that living person.
One, two, ten, it didn’t matter how many fierce ghosts there were, Su Jingmo had an easy way to deal with them, but when dozens of fierce ghosts came to attack in groups, he would inevitably ignore Qin Cheng, who was still lying beside him.
Suddenly, Su Jingmo remembered that the Jade pendant seemed to protect this man from ghosts, so he turned around to avoid a fierce ghost’s bite and lowered himself to put the Jade pendant in Qin Cheng’s arms, after all, it wasn’t easy for him to save his life, and he can’t just let these ghosts eat his soul.
When Qin Cheng opened his eyes again, he found himself surrounded by fierce ghosts.
Asdfgjml imagine Qin Cheng’s reaction if he knew that his dead crush finger f*cked his mouth to save his life after HE was the one to put his life in danger in the first place!!!!!
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- 巫蛊 wū gǔ; An ancient belief in folklore. That is, sorcery used to harm an enemy. Originating in ancient times, it includes curses, puppeteering, and poisonous parasites (Gu worms). Curses were already prevalent in primitive societies, and the ancients believed that verbal curses could bring harm to an individual enemy or to an enemy’s country. Sorcery has been practiced since the Qin and Han Dynasties, and both Han and Tang laws expressly forbade it. For example, in the Han dynasty, if a person’s family raised a Gu worm that had taken shape and caused someone’s death, that person was sentenced to death, and the family was banished for 3,000 miles. The Tang dynasty also had a similar rule: those who kept Gu parasites before they formed were banished, and those who raised them were killed.
- 苗疆 miáo jiāng; Hmong or Miao, is an ethnic group from Southwest China. The term “Miaojiang” (or Miao territory) was used in the Ming and Qing Dynasties to refer to the concentration of the Miao/Hmong in Western Xiangxi, Hunan; and the population of Miao/Hmong in Southeastern Guizhou. These two areas are called “Miao territory” in ancient literature, and both have a population of over one million people.
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