It was hardly difficult for Mo Jiu Shao to disguise himself as Xie Qian Lan if he wanted to. He would not even have to change his face. All he had to do was change his clothes and bearing and he would be just like Lust himself. Nobody would be able to tell the difference.
After all, right now, Chu Mu Yun was no longer the delicate flower of four thousand years later, nor was he the naive Ice Spirit Beast. His cultivation was extremely high and he was highly knowledgeable. A simple transformation technique would not be able to fool him. However, Mo Jiu Shao did not need to trick him by transforming himself. With his natural advantage as his twin brother, he could easily turn the impossible into the possible.
In fact, if Chu Mu Yun had not already known that Mo Jiu Shao would come, and if he had not known that Mo Jiu Shao and Xie Qian Lan were born with the same appearance, adding the fact that he had already been sleeping with Mo Jiu Shao for more than a decade, and thus was incomparably familiar with him...then even he would not have been able to tell that the man standing in front of him now was not Xie Qian Lan.
What a foul setting!
Not only did these twins look alike, but they were also blood-related.
No one could break Mo Jiu Shao's enchantments, but Mo Jiu Shao could get in with just a little effort.
Just because they shared the same blood.
When Chu Mu Yun saw "Xie Qian Lan", he was a little surprised. "How come you're back already?"
"Xie Qian Lan" smiled. "Because I missed you."
Very good, he even managed to capture his flirtation techniques to a T.
Chu Mu Yun blushed tenderly. "It's still the middle of the day, don't play around."
Mo Jiu Shao raised his brows. He actually felt his heart quiver at his reaction.
This man who had bewitched Xie Qian Lan and Shen Shui Yan with his charm was truly not bad.
He had a handsome face and seemed reliable. He responded well to flirtation, but also knew restraint, tolerating his lover without indulging him. Most importantly was his heart. When his heart was fully occupied by someone, it was so dazzling that it was hard to look away.
Mo Jiu Shao did not have much time. Even though he could walk in here, Xie Qian Lan must have noticed that his barrier had been touched by someone, so he had to get Chu Mu Yun out of here as quickly as possible.
"Ah Yun, let's take a walk together."
Chu Mu Yun did not even hesitate to answer, and he seemed quite happy to receive his invitation. "Sure."
Mo Jiu Shao smiled. "Let's go, then."
Chu Mu Yun said, "The Gold Mountain Parlor we went to last time was nice. Let's visit again before the afternoon."
Of course, Mo Jiu Shao agreed.
Then, they walked out of the barrier without care. On their journey, Chu Mu Yun was all smiles as he talked with "Xie Qian Lan", and Mo Jiu Shao also responded affably.
Once they had walked far away, far enough to leave Xie Qian Lan's sphere of influence...
Chu Mu Yun knew that the show was finally on.
As expected, "Xie Qian Lan" who was filled with affection earlier suddenly stopped in place. Raising a finger, a sword broke through the air.
Chu Mu Yun was surprised, and his reaction was slow to this unexpected change.
In a fight between experts, a single moment of distraction was enough to cause one to fall behind.
Chu Mu Yun's movements were restricted before he had even moved a muscle.
Mo Jiu Shao used strong sword energy in order to draw up a strong barrier, and the tumbling air was a frosty white. Behind the coldness was raw killing intent.
Chu Mu Yun did not take a step forward. His eyes narrowed. "Who are you?"
Mo Jiu Shao removed his disguise and returned to his breezy self. "Mr. Shen, it's been a long time."
Chu Mu Yun glared at him. "I don't know you."
Mo Jiu Shao put on a harmless smile. "I share a close relationship with your lover."
Chu Mu Yun raised his voice. "I've never heard Qian Lan mention you before! If you really are friends, then why would disguise yourself with his appearance?!"
"Disguise myself?" Mo Jiu Shao said meaningfully. "Can't Mr. Shen tell with your cultivation that I'm not 'disguising' as you said?"
Chu Mu Yun's pupils narrowed to a pinpoint.
Mo Jiu Shao went on. "Xie Qian Lan and I are twin brothers. Otherwise, I would not have been able to enter the Myriad Illusions Palace."
"Brothers?" Chu Mu Yun stared at him.
Mo Jiu Shao smiled. "Has he never told you? Well, that's not unusual. After all, he and I are not on good terms."
Chu Mu Yun collected his thoughts and narrowed his eyes at him. "What do you want?"
Mo Jiu Shao answered, "I simply can't bear to watch this charade go on any longer."
Chu Mu Yun frowned at him, seemingly trying to see through the truth hidden within the mist.
Mo Jiu Shao looked at him. "Mr. Shen, your lover has been searching for you for four whole years without rest. He has practically turned the entire Spirit Realm upside down."
Chu Mu Yun could not understand what he was saying.
Mo Jiu Shao continued, "Yet here you are, immersed in a false dream woven by an enemy."
Chu Mu Yun's heart jumped. He felt uneasy, but he tried his best to remain calm. "Qian Lan and I have always been together, we've never separated before."
Mo Jiu Shao smiled, his usual clear face taking on a look of malice. "You were enchanted by his abilities, turning love and hate upside down. Your lover lost you when he tried to save you, while your enemy made up lie after lie in order to confine you..."
"Do you..." he lowered his voice and took on a compelling tone, "want to see the truth?"
Chu Mu Yun stared at Mo Jiu Shao through the misty white barrier, but suddenly, he felt a bone-chilling coldness come from his familiar visage.
It was a feeling of confusion and unease when faced with the unknown, an unspeakable sense of trepidation as if there was a magic box in front of him and if he opened it, then everything would turn upside down, and he may not necessarily be able to handle it.
Chu Mu Yun instinctively rejected him. "I know the truth very well. I don't need anyone else to tell me what the truth is."
Mo Jiu Shao looked at him. "Are you really sure about that?"
Chu Mu Yun narrowed his eyes and remained firm. "I'm very sure."
Mo Jiu Shao laughed. "But you mistook me for Xie Qian Lan earlier, didn't you?"
Chu Mu Yun was taken aback for a moment, but he quickly blurted, "That's because you were disguising yourself on purpose. I..."
"That's right." Mo Jiu Shao interrupted him. "If you can't see through my disguise, then do you think you would be able to see through Xie Qian Lan's deliberate disguise?"
Chu Mu Yun froze.
Mo Jiu Shao raised a finger and a dark blue gemstone appeared on his fingertip. As it swayed, it seemed to pull in the air around it, constantly distorting. When one was about to grow dizzy from it...a vague yet exceptionally vivid image appeared.
On Antuo Mountain, Shen Shui Yan kept the man in his arms alive using his own life force, waiting anxiously and never letting him out of sight for even a moment. For half a month, he never stopped his technique. The resulting overuse of power had already caused his face to turn pale, but in his dark eyes, there was only that person...the man standing miserably on the edge of death.
Image by image, scene by scene, these images that could not be more real flashed by before him.
Until...Chu Mu Yun saw the insane Yu Qing, heard his words full of resentment, and saw Shen Shui Yan who had regained his memory, saw the familiar flash of red, and saw the one whose image had long been imprinted into his heart.
Chu Mu Yun's face had turned ghastly pale.
Mo Jiu Shao put the gemstone pendant away and looked around the empty space, sighing. "Four years ago, this place used to be Antuo Mountain. Now...it's been flattened."
"Mr. Shen, he has been searching for you for a long time."