Ming Hsiu met Yue Jin-Zhao and Yue Qi by chance. They began their journey of exploration throughout Ancient China together since then. Yue Jin-Zhao and Yue Qi had been investigating the Qi Hun Cult with Ming Hsiu, while searching answers for their past.
Yet, their investigation was interrupted by a mysterious power which dragged them into a passageway of time and space. This ended up bringing them to the cryptic realms! When Ming Hsiu opened her eyes, she found herself in a prison cell. Yue Qi and Yue Jin-Zhao were nowhere to be found...
Ming Hsiu: ‘What happened...? Where are Yue Jin-Zhao and Yue Qi? Even my Spiritual Lamp is gone!’
Although she was confused and helpless, she tried to explore the prison cell, hoping to find a way out. At this time, a familiar voice rose from the cell just behind the wall:
???: What, what is this place?! Why am I in a cell?! Where is Jin-Zhao?! And Miss Ming?!
???: Somebody come! Get me out of here!
Ming Hsiu: Yue Qi? Is that you?
Yue Qi: This voice... Miss Ming? Is that really you?! Why are we locked up?!
Ming Hsiu: I don’t know... I woke up here...
Yue Qi: Would Jin-Zhao be locked in a prison cell too?
Ming Hsiu: It’s hard to say. Let’s just get out of here first.
Ming Hsiu: I will think of a way to draw the guard’ s attention. You then use the Psychic Sword to force him to open the gate!
Yue Qi: No problem!
Prison Guard: You guys are so noisy! I’m gonna teach you a lesson!
Ming Hsiu: Yue Qi, this is our chance. Go for it!
Yue Qi: Open the door! Or else, pay the consequences!
Because of Yue Qi’s threat, the prison guard could only open the gates and release the pair. After rendering him unconscious and seizing the keys from his hands, they checked every cell, releasing all the maidens who were previously locked in this place. Yet, although they had searched every cell, they still failed to locate Yue Jin-Zhao.
Yue Qi: Jin-Zhao... Where are you...?
Ming Hsiu: Maybe he has long escaped. Let’s get out of here first.
Yue Qi had originally thought Jin-Zhao would also be imprisoned, but she was unable to find him in the cells. This left Yue Qi both disappointed and anxious. Meanwhile, Ming Hsiu heard dense footsteps coming from outside the cells. Realizing staying was unwise, she immediately grabbed Yue Qi’s hand and ran for the exit.
The two stumbled to the manor’s lobby. Just as they thought their escape could finally be successful, countless guards and maids suddenly appeared from two sides and blocked their way...
Maid: No one can leave without Mister’s permission!
Ming Hsiu: I am leaving no matter what. Please step aside!
After a tough fight, Ming Hsiu and Yue Qi finally defeated the maids and guards, opening the way to the manor’s gate. Yet, the moment they rushed in that direction, a weird clapping sound came from the stairs of the manor. They looked toward the source of the sound. A man walked up to them while clapping. Before the man could say anything, Yue Qi rushed to him, grabbed his collar and asked:
Yue Qi: Are you their boss? Tell me where Yue Jin-Zhao is!
Tycoon: I like tough women like you! I have decided! You shall be my wife!
Yue Qi: What? What’s wrong with you? I’m not going to marry you! I don’t even know you!
As they turned and tried to leave, the tycoon stopped them and showed them Ming Hsiu’s Spiritual Lamp and Yue Qi’s hair pin! He said:
Tycoon: If you marry me, I will return these to you and have my men to search for...what was his name again?
Yue Qi: Yue Jin-Zhao!
Tycoon: Yes, yes, yes. What do you think? You do want your stuff back, right?
Ming Hsiu: Yue Qi, just ignore him. We should leave immediately!
Ming Hsiu did not want to deal with the irritating scum. She pulled Yue Qi’s hand to leave, but to her surprise, Yue Qi shook her off, and said firmly to the tycoon:
Yue Qi: Alright! I will marry you!
Her answer left Ming Hsiu in shock, but prompted joy from the tycoon...
Ming Hsiu: What are you thinking? How can you be so rash with something so important?
Yue Qi: But, didn’t he say they will return us the stuff if we marry him? He will even search for Jin-Zhao.
Ming Hsiu: Silly! I will be the one to stay! I will find a chance to escape.
Tycoon: Well, it is not like I don’t know how popular I am, being handsome and rich... women just can’t resist my charm!
Tycoon: My two beauties, stop fighting over me! I will marry you both! No worries!
Ming Hsiu: What?
Ming Hsiu and Yue Qi both screamed in shock, but the tycoon was too excited to hear their objections. He asked his butler to quickly prepare the required items for the wedding ceremony. Then he also ordered a tailor to prepare the perfect wedding dresses for Ming Hsiu and Yue Qi.
Ming Hsiu devised myriad escape plans before the ceremony; yet, Yue Qi was unwilling to leave before retrieving their property and finding Yue Jin-Zhao. Thus, Ming Hsiu could only give up the thought of escaping.
When the day of the ceremony finally arrived, Ming Hsiu and Yue Qi were forced into their wedding dresses, and took their place beside the tycoon. Yet, just as Ming Hsiu wallowed in despair at her seemingly inescapable fate, the gate suddenly slammed open. A group of robbers, after the tycoon’s wealth, charged in!
Bandit: Good call, Chief! There are so many valuables here! They are worth a fortune!
Bandit Chief: Brothers! This is a great chance to make some money! Take as much as you want!
Ming Hsiu wanted to take this chance to escape with Yue Qi, but the tycoon gripped them tightly
Despite his wealth, the tycoon had been frightened to tears as a child would, leaving the two no choice but to protect him.
Yet, without her Spiritual Lamp, it was difficult for Ming Hsiu to protect someone while battling.
Yue Qi casted her Psychic Sword to protect them both.
Just then, a familiar figure, with a female guard by his side, appeared before them...
Yue Qi: Jin-Zhao! What are you doing here?
Yue Jin-Zhao: That is exactly what I wanted to ask you! Did he deceive you into becoming his betrothed? And you even put Miss Ming into this...
Ming Hsiu: Don’t we have something else we need to deal with first?
After all the bandits were defeated, Yue Jin-Zhao switched his attention to Yue Qi, furiously admonishing her; yet, it seemed as if Yue Qi could not feel Yue Jin-Zhao’s anger, and even while she explained everything to him, her smile remained. Although superficially, it looked like Yue Qi was being chastened by Yue Jin-Zhao, there were actually an undercurrent of fondness and caring unable to be expressed by words. Looking from the side, Ming Hsiu could not help being jealous about them...
After learning that Ming Hsiu and Yue Qi’s engagement was coerced, Yue Jin-Zhao decided to rescue them, even if it meant the use of force. Fury surged within the tycoon, before he ordered his guards to stop them. Yue Jin-Zhao gripped onto his sword, ready for combat. At the same time, Yue Qi cast her Psychic Sword, and stood in front of Ming Hsiu, who had lost her Spiritual Lamp. Looking back, Yue Qi said confidently:
Yue Qi: I will protect you. Don’t worry!
Yue Jin-Zhao: When the fight begins, the situation is going to be difficult to handle. Stay close to me. Don’t scatter!
Ming Hsiu peered at Yue Qi’s back. She did not like Yue Qi in the first place, because she had thought that Yue Qi was a person who did not have her own opinions, and only relied on Yue Jin-Zhao. Yet, despite her longing for him, Yue Qi did not mention him this whole time, nor did she lose her will to fight. Instead, Yue Qi had been protecting her.
At this moment, Yue Jin-Zhao’s words snapped her back to reality:
Yue Jin-Zhao: Here they come! Be careful!
Ming Hsiu: There are so many of them. It seems like they will never stop coming. Yue Jin-Zhao, Yue Qi, don’t let down your guard.
Cooperating with each other, Yue Jin-Zhao and Yue Qi defeated their enemies in a mere while, and Ming Hsiu remained unscathed. The tycoon grabbed a weapon close to him and charged Yue Jin-Zhao! Yet, the attack was blocked by one of his own female guards. She then berated the tycoon; all present thought he would refute in anger but instead, he fell for the female guard and deemed her his true love.
Tycoon: I am sorry. I cannot accept you two’s love now. Hence, I can only offer you this to assuage your sorrow!
Tycoon: Remove me from your minds. Find your own personal bliss!
He ordered his men to return the Spiritual Lamp and hair pin to them. He even gave them a gem to assuage the sorrow surged from being unable to marry him, before pursuing the female guard. After he had left, Yue Jin-Zhao and the two opened the box, touching the gem inside, which was in fact a Runestone. It instantly flashed with radiance and when the light dissipated, the trio had been returned to the familiar Ancient China.
Since then, Ming Hsiu continued her investigation into the Qi Hun Cult with Yue Jin-Zhao and Yue Qi by her side. Not only did their bonds grow closer, others also joined their cause. They even met other companions during their journey. Together they fought through a lifetime of myriad experiences.