The time vortex had dragged the people from ancient China into this realm. The power of the other realm collided with the elements here, triggering uncontrollable turbulence. To prevent the realm from collapsing, Jiang Ziya temporarily confined them in a magic field. Sih Kong Yu realized that Mu-Yue was even quieter than she was before coming to this world; so, he went to her side and hummed a nursery rhyme.
Sih Kong Yu: Birdie, birdie, swims in the flood. Across the river, across the hill. Falling, falling on the mud. Frogie laughs by the rill.
Mu-Yue knew that Sih Kong Yu was comforting her. Every time she was upset, he would sing the song. Therefore, she decided to tell him what was in her heart.
Mu-Yue: ...We cannot find a way back if we just stay here.
Upon hearing her words, Sih Kong Yu realized what she was thinking. He knew that she wanted to return home — Hua-Hsu — as soon as possible. Therefore, he took out the jade in his pouch.
Sih Kong Yu: Mr. Jiang told us that this jade can protect us from being assimilated. If we go outside, maybe we will find a way to go back!
Sih Kong Yu: Just use your cloaking ability and we can sneak out without Mr. Jiang finding out!
Mu-Yue hesitated for a while before she nodded. The two left the magic field. But not long after, they saw two girls running after a boy in green.
Alice: Fite, stop running if you’re a man!
Fite: Only an idiot would stop running!
Lilith: That is my material. Give it back to me, Fite!
Sih Kong Yu frowned. To him, bullying a girl is not acceptable.
Fite: Hey, get out of my way!
Sih Kong Yu: Bullying a girl? That is not how a man should act.
Fite: Man or not, step aside. Or I’m gonna make you!
Sih Kong Yu: I refuse!
Fite: Fine. You win!
Panting, the adolescent sat on the floor. The two girls gave him a stern look before running to Sih Kong Yu and Mu-Yue and expressed gratitude.
Alice: Excuse me for bothering you.
Lilith: Alice, I have to go now! “Hua-Hsu” is waiting for me!
Hearing the words, the two had nerves pricked. Could it be that Hua-Hsu was also present in this world? The two exchanged a look and simultaneously stepped out to follow the girl.
Sih Kong Yu and Mu-Yue followed Lilith to a house, which were occupied by dazzling rows of tools. All they could see was Lilith putting the material into a puppet and beginning its repairs.
Lilith: I’m gonna finish fixing you before teacher comes back!
Sih Kong Yu: Excuse me...
Lilith: Oh! It’s you! Pardon me for leaving so fast. I even forgot to say thank you. How can I help you?
Sih Kong Yu: Please excuse my abruptness, but what are those tools? Are you a craftsperson?
Lilith: I’m an apprentice of alchemy. These are the tools I use to study and research.
Sih Kong Yu: Then, is “Hua-Hsu”...
Sih Kong Yu was about to ask about Hua-Hsu for Mu-Yue, but Lilith, distracted by his questions, wrongly assembled a part! The puppet’s eyes suddenly shone with light and it attacked Mu-Yue with the tools on its hands. Upon hearing the first sound, Sih Kong Yu turned to yell:
Sih Kong Yu: Mu-Yue, watch out!
Lilith scratched her hair and looked at the broken puppet in distress.
Lilith: It’s over! “Hua-Hsu” is broken now!
Mu-Yue: The “Hua-Hsu” you are talking about...
Sih Kong Yu: ...is this puppet?
Lilith the Alchemist: That’s the name I gave this puppet! I was going to fix it before my teacher notices that I have broken it!
Lilith the Alchemist: Now it’s like this! What should I do? Teacher is going to scold me!
Though Mu-Yue did not show a sign of disappointment, Sih Kong Yu saw it in his eyes. He looked at her seriously.
Sih Kong Yu: No matter what happens, I will still offer my help.
Mu-Yue turned away shyly; the bond between the two had grown even stronger.
Lilith the Alchemist: You are a great guy! Thank You!
Lilith failed to read the air and thought Sih Kong Yu was talking to herself, so she happily took out the material list and handed it to him. Just as Sih Kong Yu was about to refuse, Mu-Yue took the list.
Mu-Yue: We are partly responsible. We will get the materials for you...
Reading off the list, Sih Kong Yu and Mu-Yue went to the forest for a material called Soulstones.
Sih Kong Yu: Finally. This Soulstone is the last material on the list.
Mu-Yue: But how are we supposed to find it? There are no instructions written on the list.
Sih Kong Yu: Judging by its name, it should be something connected to the soul? How about using Soul Summoning Technique?
Mu-Yue nodded before taking out her soul-orb and uttered the spell; the orb radiated with blue light. Deep within the forest, something seemed to resonate with it and emitted tender light, but in green.
Mu-Yue sealed the Soulstone within her orb and smiled at Sih Kong Yu. He then held her hand and embarked on the journey back. However, the jade on Sih Kong Yu’s waist flickered, as if warning him...
When the two went back to Lilith’s house, they heard a furious voice.
???: You moron! Do you know how much work I have done on this puppet?
Lilith: Teacher, I have tried to handle it...
Alchemist: It’s me going to “handle” you! I acquired this from the scholar. It was a lot of hard work!
Upon hearing that, Sih Kong Yu dashed his way into the house and saw that Lilith was, with her head lowered, being admonished by an old man. The man turned and looked at Sih Kong Yu, shocked.
Seeing Sih Kong Yu barge in, the old alchemist’s anger grew.
Alchemist: Who the heck are you?
Sih Kong Yu: How do you do, teacher? Actually, I am partially responsible for this.
Alchemist: So it was you!
Alchemist: Let’s stop here. My old body can’t stand this.
Though the old alchemist had launched numerous attacks, Sih Kong Yu only evaded, never retaliating. As time passed, the alchemist realized that he could not even successfully land a single strike and hence gave up. Sih Kong Yu and Lilith explained the situation together and finally, the old alchemist calmed down. He thought that since what done was done, they should just seek a way to solve the problem instead.
Alchemist: Kid, Lilith is staying to help me clean up the mess. You go to Fort Stirling and get me another puppet.
Sih Kong Yu: But we still have to...
Mu-Yue: Sih Kong Yu, let’s go together.
Lilith: This is the map. I’m counting on you!
Sih Kong Yu received the map and hurried on his way with Mu-Yue. They both failed to notice that the jade on Sih Kong Yu’s waist was flickering and his power was slowly draining away...