That evening, Jing Yi once again went to meet with Liu Cheng. After everything he had found out, he wasn’t in a good mood though. He didn’t know anything about demons but seeing how much Peng Mu loved this woman, he couldn’t help but feel bitter thinking that soon enough, the two of them might not be able to see each other any longer.
Anyway, was it even clear that it had been her who killed these men? From everything he knew, that Tai Chen had fallen into the river by himself. That was what the people in the field thought, wasn’t it? At the very least, this was what Peng Mu had told him.
Liu Cheng furrowed his brows when Jing Yi didn’t start explaining and couldn’t help but prompt him. “And? What did you find out?” It couldn’t be that he had just come here to tell him that he didn’t know anything, could it? He really didn’t want to believe that.
While his hopes hadn’t been too high that Jing Yi would be able to operate on the level of a demon hunter, he definitely had high hopes that he would at least be able to attain decent results. But up until now, not much had happened. At the very least, it was not enough to capture the demon and make sure that nobody else could be hurt.
That was honestly quite disappointing. It made him reconsider whether he shouldn’t just message one of his junior martial brothers or sisters. They might have needed a longer time to get here but he was sure that they would have been able to get much better results.
“martial brother Liu, are you really sure that this woman is behind all this?”
Liu Cheng furrowed his brows when he heard that. “Why? Do you have some doubts suddenly? I’m afraid that it’s even worse than I thought then. You might already be in danger of becoming their next victim.”
Jing Yi raised his brows, not quite understanding what Liu Cheng was trying to tell him.
Liu Cheng sighed when he saw that gaze, once again regretting that he asked him in the first place. “Jing Yi, haven’t I told you before to be careful? Demons and those they associate with are never good people. They will harm other humans in any way possible.
“What you’re experiencing right now is precisely them doing this. They want you to trust them so they will tell you lies, a beautiful story so you will start to trust them. And then, when you do, they will turn around and stab you.
“That is just the way things are with demons. It is unfortunate but it is the truth. This is also why they are able to ensnare so many people. Do you really think they would be as horrifying if you were able to make out their perfidiousness in just one look?
“That’s not how it works. If it was like that, I wouldn’t even be worried because there would be no reason to warn anybody. But the problem is that at first glance, they will seem just like us. So people will unwittingly trust them even though they shouldn’t.
“That’s precisely what is happening here. You think that you’ve come to an understanding of this Peng Mu person. You think that he is actually a very nice human who just has your best interests at heart, don’t you? But that is what the two of them want you to think. In fact, it couldn’t be further from the truth.
“They are doing this to make you less vigilant against them. When the time comes for you to meet the demon directly, you might still look out for what she is doing but definitely not for what he is doing. Then, he will use the opportunity to take your life. And you won’t see it coming.
“That’s precisely the reason I originally didn’t want you to get involved in this. It’s just too easy to get ensnared in their traps. You definitely can’t let them instill this idea in your head that they are not to be feared. That is just wrong.”
Jing Yi was at a loss for words. Liu Cheng had managed to accurately grasp what he was currently feeling. But even though Liu Cheng said all that, he just couldn’t bring himself to feel like Peng Mu was a bad person. Maybe it was indeed different with that woman but he couldn’t say that for sure. It didn’t even matter!
But maybe Cheng was still right. Maybe it was because he was inexperienced and just couldn’t imagine that something like this was possible. That would be his own fault than. And he would also be at fault for anybody else dying if he didn’t cooperate with Liu Cheng to catch the person behind this.
As for what happened after that … He wouldn’t be able to have any say in that. But maybe he could at least talk it over with Liu Cheng. “I do understand what you’re saying. I will definitely be careful. But I still believe that Peng Mu didn’t know anything about this. Don’t you think that that might be possible? That he was tricked just as the others were?”
Liu Cheng sighed but nodded. “It is not likely but it is indeed a possibility. You shouldn’t think too much about that. Just be careful when it happens. I will have my hands full with the demon so you’ll have to contend against that Peng Mu on your own. Will you be able to do that?”
Jing Yi didn’t like this idea one bit but what could he do? Thus, he just nodded. “I don’t think I’d be in danger. Just focus on what you have to do. Anyway, today I came to tell you that Peng Mu told me that he normally met up with her when they had a free day in the fields. Apparently, it happens about every two weeks and the last one was shortly before I started there. So it should come up soon.”
This time, Liu Cheng looked quite satisfied with what Jing Yi had gotten. “Is that so? That’s very good. Then we should definitely use this time to take care of this. Did he say which day exactly it was?”
Jing Yi shook his head. “No. But I thought that you might be able to find out through other means so I didn’t ask too much. I didn’t want him to suspect anything.”
Once again, Liu Cheng nodded with satisfaction. “You’ve done very well in that regard. I’ll inquire about it and then let you know what to do. For now, you should go back before somebody else suspects something. We definitely can’t risk this mission on the last few steps.”