Mutated Tao – Chapter 30: Performance

Chapter 30: Performance

Li Huowang didnt know what she was performing, but soon, he saw the farmers below the stage start standing up and taking out some coins before throwing them up onto the stage. They all threw a single bronze coin or two.

Since most of them were farmers, in addition to money, most of them also threw some food such as corn cobs or potatoes onto the stage. Some of the wealthier families even threw out some salted fish and preserved meat.

Meanwhile, Luo Juanhua did not decline anything, thanking everyone for their generosity.

Is that their way of asking for payment?

Li Huowang was quite surprised by this.

Meanwhile, Luo Juanhua was humbly kneeling on stage as she carried her crying child and sang, all the while picking up the items and placing them into the basket she was holding. She would even bow down toward the people below as a token of appreciation.

Li Huowang sighed as he saw how hard it was just to survive in this world.

As Luo Juanhua was happily picking up the money and food, a small chunk of silver was thrown up on the stage.

Her eyes lit up, and she inspected the chunk of silver. When she realized that it was worth at least 500 bronze coins, she started performing even better, thanking the fat old man who was wearing silk clothes.

Great! Your singing is amazing! The old man raised his head and threw out another piece of silver.

Feeling exhausted, Li Huowang yawned and rolled on the rice stalks. He told Zhao Wu, who was just beside him, Im going to sleep now. Help me keep an eye on everyone.

No problem, Senior Li.

By the time Li Huowang opened his eyes again, it was already late in the morning. The others around him were chatting leisurely. It seemed that everyone had made do with the rice stalks and decided to sleep outside for the night.

Further down, the stage had already been disassembled by the Lu family as they kept it in their cart.

Zhao Wu, how much food do we still have? Li Huowang suddenly asked.

Not much. If we ration it, then we would probably last only three days, replied Zhao Wu.

Li Huowang took out the money he had taken from the guiding drug ingredients before. He counted tens of coins and one small blackened piece of silver and passed it to Zhao Wu. Go and buy some food. We might need to travel for quite some time.

There were quite a number of young people among their group, so they would need to eat a lot. They had initially taken quite a large amount of food from the Zephyr Temple, but most of it was already gone.

Zhao Wu perched on Simpletons back, and they were just about to enter the village when he thought about something before calling for one of the assistants. He entrusted the money to him and informed him of what to do.

Meanwhile, Li Huowang was staring at the Lu familys stage from his makeshift bed.

Old man, when will we depart? Li Huowang asked Lu Zhuangyuan.

Lu Zhuangyuan replied quickly, feeling anxious, Young Taoist, please be at ease. My daughter-in-law took her daughter somewhere early this morning. As soon as they return, we can depart.

Hmm? They went somewhere? Isnt that her? Li Huowang replied, feeling puzzled.

When Lu Zhuangyuan followed Li Huowangs finger that was pointing toward the entrance of the village, he saw his daughter-in-law holding onto some fabric while carrying her daughter and walking toward them with a face full of smiles.

Looking at his daughter-in-law, Lu Zhuangyuan was angry at how carefree she was. He took his smoke pipe and went over to scold her.

In the face of his anger, Luo Juanhua said defensively, But werent you the one who asked me to go buy some fabric in the village? You were the one who said that buying fabric in towns would be expensive.

After scolding her a bit, Lu Zhuangyuan turned around and chuckled. Young Taoist, we can depart anytime now. Lets go.

Hold up! We cant leave just yet. When I went to buy the fabric, I managed to get a hold of a business opportunity for us!

Li Huowang and Lu Zhuangyuan asked at the same time. What business?

What else? Of course, its an opportunity to perform! Our employer would be the old man who gave us a lot of money yesterday! Why dont you go and discuss it with him? He said he wanted to discuss the details with you.

When he heard this, Lu Zhuangyuan didnt move immediately. He slowly turned around, chuckling sheepishly at Li Huowang.

Even though he didnt say anything, Li Huowang knew what he was thinking. Dont worry. Its more important to earn money. It will just mean delaying our departure for a day.

Aiya! Thank you so much! I will quickly go and come back. Lu Zhuangyuan happily followed his daughter-in-law into the village while holding his smoke pipe.

Li Huowang once again sat down on the rice stalks and took out the dented bronze bell from his sleeves. Due to his boredom, he decided to examine it closely.

If I can summon the Wandering Gods, I will be able to increase my fighting strength! But I cant summon them with this bell as it is now. I need to find a way to fix it.

After examining it, Li Huowang didnt see any issues besides the dent.

If I can fix it, does that mean it will become usable once again?

Li Huowang thought about it before picking up a stone from the ground. He placed the bell on a relatively flat piece of rock before starting to pound it with the stone.Gett your avorite ovels at no/v/e/lbn(.)com

A sharp ringing sound rang out, immediately giving him an explosive headachehe could barely continue holding the stone in his hand.

No, I cant do it this way. I need to ask if theres a blacksmith in the village.

Li Huowang thought as he cradled his spinning head.

Just then, Li Huowang saw the assistants exiting the village with two sacks full of food.

He stored the bell and approached them along with Zhao Wu, who was perched on top of Simpleton.

Senior Li, we were only able to exchange for these, said the assistants sadly. While they were just children, they were extremely capable. If not, they wouldve long since been killed by Dan Yangzi.

Li Huowang opened the sack and saw they contained only dried sweet potatoes.

Senior Li, these lack the nutrients that we need. At the same time, Simpleton would easily end up eating half a kilogram of these for every meal. Additionally, eating too many of these may also result in heartburn, said Zhao Wu.

Zhao Wus statement caused Simpleton to lower his head in shame. I I will eat less. Dont dont abandon me!

On the other hand, since there wasnt enough food, Li Huowang was desperately trying to think of a plan.

Lu Zhuangyuan had already told him that there would still be some time before they would arrive at Jianye village. If they were to run out of food halfway through, they might need to chew on tree bark for the rest of their journey.

He rummaged around in his robes and found a red threaded golden anklet.

He thought about it before passing it back to Bai Lingmiao, who had been holding onto him.

Take this and exchange it for something. Li Huowang took out the jade pendant that he had stolen from the previous Xuan Yang and passed it to Zhao Wu.

Senior Li, I dont think we would be able to exchange it. Theres no pawn shop here, and none of these farmers would be able to give us the change nor would they be able to realize the true worth of this pendant.

Even the jade pendant cant be used to exchange for food. Then what should I do?

Just as Li Huowang was trying to figure out what to do about the food crisis, he saw Lu Zhuangyuan bringing his daughter-in-law out of the village and toward him.

Young Taoist I might need a favor from you; we will need you to help us with this particular business opportunity. Would you be willing to help us? Lu Zhuangyuan asked in a sheepish voice.

Old man, I cant sing or dance. Im afraid that I might not be able to help you, Li Huowang said, feeling bewildered.

Dont tell me he wants me to go up on stage and perform a sword dance?

No no! Its something that you can definitely do. Lu Zhuangyuan carefully glanced around him before whispering, Old man Hu wanted us to perform for the dead.

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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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