Chapter 2067 (Raw 2162): No One Understands
There is poison?
Xiao Chen, who was sitting upright, did not change his expression. However, his heart sank.
How could the wine be poisoned? Grandpa Seven personally brewed it, and since then, it was opened only twice—once in Grandpa Seven’s house and once now.
Grandpa Seven could not possibly have poisoned it, and no one would dare to play any tricks right under the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor’s nose. That means that this wine is definitely fine.
The only possible reason is a problem during Grandpa Seven’s brewing process.
It is not easy to brew Heart Burn, the best wine of the Dragon Race.
The process is complicated and lengthy, placing extremely high requirements on the brewer’s skill.
A minor error can result in a mistake and turn the best wine into poison.
However, Xiao Chen trusted Grandpa Seven’s craftsmanship.
Xiao Chen’s thoughts moved like lightning, many possibilities occurring to him in an instant.
However, the current situation did not give him much time to think.
“City Lord, he is not breathing. His heart also stopped. His lifeforce is very weak; we need to save him quickly…”
The expressions of two City Lord’s Residence experts changed significantly after checking the old man’s lifeforce.
Although this old man was an appraiser, his cultivation was not low. He became a Sovereign Personage many centuries ago and was a rather famous person in Peach Blossom City.
Even if this was poisoned wine, the rapid effect was simply too astonishing.
The moment the City Lord’s Residence’s experts reported their findings, everyone gasped in startlement.
The Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor frowned slightly. There was something queer about this. Logically speaking, Xiao Chen would not bring poisoned wine here.
However, the problem right now was indeed with Xiao Chen’s wine.
“How bold of you, Xiao Chen! To think that you dared to bring poisoned wine to participate in the Peach Blossom Wine Festival!”
Xiahou Wu could no longer hold back. Seeing that Xiao Chen caused trouble for himself, he thought that this was his best opportunity to trample on Xiao Chen.
Xiao Chen ignored Xiahou Wu. He stood up and asked, “City Lord, could you let me check this Lord’s situation?”
Xiahou Wu smiled coldly and said, “Are you looking for trouble? This Lord is already in mortal danger. What if you delay his treatment, and he really dies? City Lord, I recommend you capture this fellow first and make any judgment on his sinister plot after this is dealt with.”
The Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor entered deep thought. That was the best solution, but something still felt strange.
Seeing the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor hesitate, Xiahou Wu continued, “Lord City Lord…if nothing unexpected happened, you would have been the one tasting this wine. I think his target is…”
Xiahou Wu’s words sent a chill down everyone’s spine. This Xiao Chen’s plot was too sinister.
However, as Xiahou Wu was about to continue, the Heavenly Fragrance’s Holy Daughter shouted to stop him. Then, she looked at the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor and said, “City Lord, I have interacted with Xiao Chen, and he is definitely not such a person. Let him take a look. With me around, I can guarantee this Lord’s life.”
Since the Heavenly Fragrance’s Holy Daughter pleaded for Xiao Chen, the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor had to give her face. He replied seriously, “You have fifteen minutes. If you cannot come up with a reason for this, there is no need for you to continue existing. There has never been anyone who dared to cause trouble at my Peach Blossom Wine Festival!”
The Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor’s expression remained calm all the while, not betraying any anger.
However, Xiao Chen knew the urgency and danger of the situation. The other party did not lie.
As long as the other party wanted, he could instantly erase Xiao Chen from the world.
Xiao Chen’s life hung by a thread; he could not afford any mistakes.
“Many thanks, City Lord!”
Xiao Chen stepped forward, looked at the old man on the ground, and sent in his Spiritual Sense.
After a while, Xiao Chen frowned slightly. The old man had indeed stopped breathing, and his heart stopped beating.
The old man’s lifeforce appeared extremely weak. No matter how Xiao Chen looked at it, the old man was on the verge of death.
What’s going on?
Seeing Xiao Chen’s confused expression, Xiahou Wu said coldly, “Quickly back off and quit farting around. Otherwise, if he dies, even the Heavenly Fragrance’s Holy Daughter cannot save you!”
Clearly, Xiahou Wu felt upset at the Heavenly Fragrance’s Holy Daughter’s interruption earlier. His words were extremely rude.
What’s going on?
Xiao Chen did not hear Xiahou Wu at all; he only pondered the reason for the old man’s condition. Suddenly, he thought about the first time he drank Heart Burn.
Xiao Chen’s eyes lit up, and he asked someone at the side, “What cultivation was the old sir at previously?”
“Great Perfection Sovereign Personage, why?”
The City Lord’s Residence’s people did not understand why Xiao Chen asked this, but they still answered honestly.
Xiao Chen revealed a smile on his face as he stood up and looked at the City Lord. “City Lord, it is just a false alarm. I already know the reason.”
The Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor’s expression turned unfathomable. He asked indifferently, “What is the reason?”
“This old sir is not injured, nor is he poisoned. He is only drunk,” Xiao Chen explained calmly, pausing in between each word.
Xiahou Wu felt stunned on hearing that; then, he started guffawing, “Hahahaha! He is drunk?!
“Xiao Chen, are you joking? Do you know who these appraisers are? They are all famous wine appraisers of the Desolate Sea. They have drunk wine for a few centuries. Getting drunk? You were not even born when they started drinking!”
It was not just Xiahou Wu. The other people also could not help laughing when they heard Xiao Chen’s words.
“Has this Xiao Chen gone crazy?”
“I think that he has really gone crazy. How could the Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor invite them if they lacked a certain level of wine appreciation? These Great Masters drank so many peak-grade wines and did not get drunk. They could not possibly be drunk from a cup of his trash wine.”
“This is simply a joke. What fine wine have these wine appraisers not tasted before? I have never heard of a wine appraiser getting drunk before.”
“This Peach Blossom Wine Festival has several thousand years of history. I have never heard of an appraiser getting drunk here before.”
All the cultivators in the entire City Lord’s Residence discussed this. All of them showed disbelief and spoke coldly.
“Are you not afraid of getting your tongue cut off for saying such bold lies?! Old Bai did not even get drunk after drinking my Unfettered Sky. Do you think he can get drunk on your trash wine?” The Heavenly Slaughter Sect’s Wang Yun had already harbored an intense dislike of Xiao Chen from the start. Now that he heard Xiao Chen’s explanation, he could not help rebutting coldly.
[TL Note: The punishment for liars in Chinese hell is getting the tongue cut off.]
Indeed, Xiao Chen’s words seemed too ridiculous.
To people who liked drinking, getting drunk was extremely rare. After all, they were all cultivators, and it was not easy for cultivators to get drunk.
Furthermore, the appraiser drank only one cup. How could it be possible?
If that were true, Xiao Chen’s wine would have to be even more incredible than all the peak-grade wines that the others brought.
“Humph! Drunk? What a joke. This old man has brewed plenty of wines in my life, but I have never seen a wine that could get a person drunk with just one cup. Thirty years ago, Old Seven Du spoke big words as well. Thirty years later, he still has not changed!”
Great Master Yuanfei could no longer sit still. He stood up and snorted coldly in obvious dissatisfaction as he looked at Xiao Chen.
Xiao Chen’s expression flickered. Anger flashed in his eyes as he said, “Great Master, you may accuse me and talk bad about me, but do not bring Grandpa Seven into this.”
Great Master Yuanfei smiled coldly and countered, “Why can’t I say it? He is just a trash brewer that hid in an isolated village for thirty years. To think that he dared to get a junior to come and embarrass himself. The longer I remain in this Peach Blossom Wine Festival, the more I feel like leaving. It looks like just anyone can participate. Your Highness Crown Prince, let’s leave. There is no need to remain here.”
Xiahou Wu’s lips curled up as he said, “That’s true. A piece of trash submits a cup of trash wine yet still speaks so boldly. Haha! My Nine-Colored Divine Phoenix cannot get a person drunk. That is embarrassing. Your Highness Holy Daughter, it looks like there is no need for me to send you the Nine-Colored Divine Phoenix for your Heavenly Fragrance Banquet. You can just bring Xiao Chen’s trash wine.”
After Xiahou Wu spoke, he put away the Nine-Colored Divine Phoenix and pretended to leave.
The other appraisers immediately rushed forward to try and coax Xiahou Wu.
Feeling that he had gained sufficient face, Xiahou Wu smiled and said, “Everyone, it is not that I don’t want to stay. It is simply that my Nine-Colored Divine Phoenix cannot compare to this trash wine, unable to make everyone drunk. I made a joke of myself.”
The entire place suddenly turned chaotic.
The Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor’s expression changed, showing anger for the first time. Xiao Chen’s words were indeed somewhat overboard.
“City Lord…” The Heavenly Fragrance’s Holy Daughter’s heart skipped a beat. She knew that things were getting worse.
The Peach Blossom Sovereign Emperor raised his hand, stopping the Heavenly Fragrance’s Holy Daughter from continuing. He said indifferently, “I gave him a chance, but he still talks big and speaks nonsense…”
This is bad!
Feeling a rush of urgency, Xiao Chen could no longer be bothered with niceties. He immediately kicked the old man on the ground.
“Ouch! Who kicked me?!”
A shriek came from below. The old man lying on the ground, life status unknown, screamed.
The old man stood up groggily and stumbled over. His face flushed red as he looked around, appearing confused.
He woke up!
With the old man’s confused appearance, he clearly looked like a person who had just awoken from a drunken stupor.
The appraisers and outstanding talents on the tall platform were all stunned that the old man really woke up.
This was especially so for Xiahou Wu; this development stupefied him. He could not understand what was going on.
“Who kicked me?!”
Old Bai recovered somewhat after shaking his head. However, rage filled his face. A murderous intent even flashed in his eyes.
A fearsome aura burst out of Old Bai’s body, immediately causing a commotion.
“Peak Sovereign Personage!”
The tall platform instantly fell silent. Everyone felt stupefied.
Old Bai broke through. He only drank one cup of wine and took a nap. To think that he managed to break through the bottleneck that had kept him at a standstill for several centuries.
What wine is this? The same question appeared in everyone’s mind.
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