Mutated Tao – Chapter 29: Stage

Chapter 29: Stage

Haha, please dont think too highly of me, old man. Do you know of any famous sects around here that are similar to the one I am from? Li Huowang asked Lu Zhuangyuan about something he needed to know.

Of course, I do. In the Western Capital City, there is a Monastery. Ive heard that anyone who prays there for a son has their wishes come true!

A Monastery?

Li Huowang remembered what Dan Yangzi had said before. He was once chased and hunted down by monks.

Could this be the very same Monastery?

Li Huowang silently noted down the location. Compared to the man-eating Dan Yangzi, the Monastery should be a place with good people.

But, you are a Taoist. Is it appropriate for you to go to a Monastery?

Li Huowang stared at the Taoist robe he was wearing. Luckily, Lu Zhuangyuan had reminded him.

It seems that I will need to change out of my robes. Either way, Im not a real Taoist.

Hows your business been recently? Is everything going alright?

Sensing how Li Huowang had changed the topic, Lu Zhuangyuan understood and didnt press on.

Sigh Not really. The kingdom recently had a drought and then a flood shortly after that. The people dont even have much money. Nowadays, there are so few people who would pay to watch such shows. Even the rich people would not hire us to perform at funerals; they just make do with dinner and wrap it up. What a bunch of unfilial punks!

It will all come to pass. You just need to endure for a couple of years.

Yeah, theres nothing much we can do but to endure. Ive been thinking of traveling along my route a hundred more times when the times get better. Once Ive accumulated enough money, I will finally be able to buy a theatre for my family in Western Capital City. If I manage to do so, then I will be able to die happy. With a theatre, at the very least my sons and grandchildren will not have to suffer as much as I did. All they would need to do is to study back at home. Who knows, maybe we will get lucky and someone in my family will become a scholar! If that happens, then from then on we would be able to live in peace. Lu Zhuangyuan chuckled at the thought as he smoked his pipe.

Li Huowang listened to Lu Zhuangyuans goals and felt somewhat envious. To think that he would still have a goal to look forward to even though he was already so old.

The more they talked, the friendlier the atmosphere between them became. At the very least, the Lu family no longer treated Puppy and the rest as monsters, but as people with ailments. To begin with, it was not their choice to be inflicted with such ailments; everyone was just trying to live the best life they could.

By the time they arrived at Wuli Gang, Luo Juanhua was already friendly enough with Bai Lingmiao to allow her to carry Cui Er.

Standing in an empty field that the farmers would use to dry their grains, Lu Zhuangyuan took a look at the village and saw that many of the farmers were having their dinners just outside of their house and said, Alright! Theres quite a few people here in Wuli Gang. Lu Family! Open the boxes and set up the stage! Its time to earn some money!

They needed to perform, and Li Huowangs group was not in a rush to travel; everyone was already tired from the journey, and so this was a good opportunity to rest.

While Li Huowang was not interested in such old school performances and operas, the rest of them were clearly interested; they decided to help out with setting up the stage. They took some bamboo stakes and red clothes to set up the stage.

Li Huowang was trying to sleep on a stack of dried rice stalks when he felt someone poking at his nose. He opened his eyes and saw Bai Lingmiao grinning at him.

She raised both her hands, and a golden item dangled in front of Li Huowang. She excitedly said, Senior Li! Look! This is such a clean bronze mirror! I can use it to see myself clearly! This is what they use to put on their makeup!

Its not sunset yet, why have you taken off your blindfold? Arent you afraid of

At that moment, Li Huowang saw his own reflection in the mirror and was shockedhe didnt recognize the face in the mirror.Vissit novelbin(.)c.m for updates

Senior Li, whats wrong? Bai Lingmiao asked, having sensed that something was wrong.

Junior Bai, did I look like this even back when I was in Zephyr Temple? Li Huowang gingerly touched his face.

Yeah. Youve always looked like that. Whats wrong? Is there something wrong with your reflection?

Li Huowang set down his hands and touched his reflection in the bronze mirror. However, it didnt change. In the mirror, he no longer looked like a teenager; it seemed that he had been in this world for quite some time.

If the world with the hospital was my reality, then I would have been 17 years old. So how old am I now?

He couldnt come up with an answer when he asked himself. His memories were all jumbled up, and now he didnt even know how old he was.

Based on his reflection, the only thing he could predict was that he was no more than 30 years old.

Li Huowang tried searching his memories for any mentions of his age, but there were none.

Senior Li? Is everything alright? Please dont scare me. Seeing Li Huowangs reaction, Bai Lingmiao was quite nervous.

Nothing. Im fine. I was just thinking about something. Quickly return the mirror back to them. They would need to use it to perform their show.

Alright. Bai Lingmiao took the bronze mirror and walked backstage.

Yi~Yi~Aaaa~ Lu Juren started singing on the stage.

Meanwhile, Li Huowang once again laid down on the rice stalks. Sigh, I feel like my entire life is a joke.

He thought that he would be much more emotional, but he was surprisingly calm. Now, he just had another objectiveto find out just how old he was.

The night sky was clear and had a moon, so the simple stage could be seen by everyone in the village.

Hearing the news of a theater troupe arriving outside the village, almost everyone in Wuli Gang came out to watch the show.

Most of them had nothing to do anyways. They would usually tend to the fields and sleep. To the farmers, having a troupe performing in front of their village was one of the rare opportunities to enjoy some entertainment.

The Lu familys troupe was small. With the exception of the granddaughter, there were only 6 performers.

Due to that, they had to exclude some of the performances. There were too many things to do, including having to play the musical instruments, applying make-up, and performing.

Luckily, the farmers were not a picky bunch. All of them took a stool and happily watched the show.

Meanwhile, Li Huowang and his group were resting on a bunch of dried grass stalks and admiring the show from afar; the sound coming from the stage was loud enough for them to hear.

Li Huowang had never watched one before, and so he didnt know what it was that they were performing. The only one he could recognize on the stage was Lu Zhuangyuan. The latter had put on black makeup while carrying a large halbert. It looked extremely tiring for him to perform on stage at his age; after all, he had to sing while swinging the halberd around.

Excellent! The sound of cheering suddenly rang out, surprising Li Huowang.

The show continued as the area in front of the stage was filled with people. The entire Lu family poured their heart and soul into their performance on the stage, captivating the farmers below. The only one who wasnt interested in the show was Li Huowang.

Soon the moon had crawled to the middle of the sky, and the performance of the Lu family came to an end.

Just then, Li Huowang saw Luo Juanhua appear on the stage in tattered clothes. She was carrying her daughter and a basket woven using dried grass.

My cruel uncle-in-law has chased me away~ Im just like a lone swan drifting in this world~ I have suffered so much, just like the wild grass that people step on~ Both me and my daughter are cold and hungry, and have had to endure so much~ The only thing we could rely on is the food and the money that people donate to us~

As she sang, Luo Juanhua pinched her daughter lightly on the buttocks. At the same time, the two-year-old child started crying as if she understood what she had to do.

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Chapter end

Chapter 1: The Master
Chapter 2: Li Huowang
Chapter 3: Jade Pendant
Chapter 4: Black Cauldron
Chapter 5: Pills
Chapter 6: Worth
Chapter 7: Zephyr Temple
Chapter 8: Rewriting the Script
Chapter 9: Black Taisui
Chapter 10: Steamed Buns
Chapter 11: Xuan Yuan
Chapter 12: Pill Recipe
Chapter 13: Refining Pills
Chapter 14: Ally
Chapter 15: Zheng Kun
Chapter 16: Head
Chapter 17: Found It!
Chapter 18: The Method To Become An Immortal?
Chapter 19: Superstitious
Chapter 20: Dan Yangzi
Chapter 21: Attaining Immortality
Chapter 22: Exit
Chapter 23: Home
Chapter 24: Plunder
Chapter 25: Path in the Forests
Chapter 26: Frightening
Chapter 27: Evil
Chapter 28: Lu Family
Chapter 29: Stage
Chapter 30: Performance
Chapter 31: A Wandering God
Chapter 32: Hu’s Family Ancestral Hall
Chapter 33: Continue The Performance!
Chapter 34: The God of Happiness
Chapter 35: Confused
Chapter 36: Donkey Cart
Chapter 37: The Nine Classes
Chapter 38: Jianye Town
Chapter 39: Wild
Chapter 40: Midnight
Chapter 41: Monk
Chapter 42: Monastery
Chapter 43: Buddha
Chapter 44: Righteous Monastery
Chapter 45: Buddha Statue
Chapter 46: Xin Hui
Chapter 47: Placing the Incense Sticks
Chapter 48: Escape
Chapter 49: Strayed One
Chapter 50: Buddha
Chapter 51: Negotiation
Chapter 52: Dan Yangzi
Chapter 53: Ponder
Chapter 54: Wandering God
Chapter 55: Healed
Chapter 56: Beyond the Border
Chapter 57: Shaman
Chapter 58: Li Zhi
Chapter 59: Chosen Apprentice
Chapter 60: Shaman
Chapter 61: Second Deity
Chapter 62: Night Visit
Chapter 63: Red Veil
Chapter 64: Drum
Chapter 65: Let’s See How You Beat The Drum Now!
Chapter 66: A Virtuous Person
Chapter 67: Parcel
Chapter 68: Festival
Chapter 69: Meal
Chapter 70: Lake
Chapter 71: Water Bandits
Chapter 72: Dragon Gate Village
Chapter 73: Murder
Chapter 74: Death
Chapter 75: Warehouse
Chapter 76: Bamboo Slips
Chapter 77: Ba-Hui
Chapter 78: The Aftermath
Chapter 79: Market
Chapter 80: Nun
Chapter 81: The Benevolent Nunnery
Chapter 82: Abbess Jingxin
Chapter 83: Strayed One
Chapter 84: Sense of Doubt and Confusion
Chapter 85: Descent
Chapter 86: Departure
Chapter 87: Forest
Chapter 88: Rules
Chapter 89: Wu Family
Chapter 90: Girl
Chapter 91: Li Huowang
Chapter 94: Bewilderment
Chapter 92: The Eighteenth Lunar
Chapter 93: Red
Chapter 96: Ba-Hui’s Descent
Chapter 98: Backtrack
Chapter 95: Pain
Chapter 97: Doctor Li
Chapter 99: Night Visit
Chapter 100: Yang Xiaohai
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