Last time we discovered that MaoMao was feeling under the weather for butchering parts of him body in exchange for food (yes you read that right). Jin Tian, who’s got a bucket load of self-loathing, frustration, and guilt to bear himself, was too miserable to take notice. So devastated was this yesterday’s warrior God, that he decided upon poisoning everyone to end their pain. But LongKui saw through the ruse and volunteered to try the poisoned food first.
New development on the block: The fish bone paved a way to the underwater palace and… it’s empty! Well, practically empty save for a big screen LCD blank canvas and a statue. The statue is the goddess Shui Bi and the canvas is like the flattened version of the crystal ball, minus the mystique or the spark. It shows the past, the future, AND it reminds us, the viewers, what had happened since episode 1, for the umpteenth time.
100 years ago when ChangQing was still Lin YePing, jealousy destroyed his marriage with ZiXuan. Days after she left him, she found out she was pregnant. But civil unrest got in the way and she was never given a chance to divulge the good news (even if she did, he might’ve thought the child was conceived with another man — in the heat of the moment). Then he came charging to her part of town in search for answers. Alas, he died and never learned about the baby.
Amidst the fogs and debris, a lone figure makes her way forward. Up ahead is a modest palace, the sanction of the demon lord ChongLou. The figure hesitates for a second, then she hurries onward.
The dimly lit palace is decorated with mirrors and camp fires in every corner, giving the host an all around view of himself. If ZiXuan hadn’t met ChongLou, she would’ve mistook him for a narcissistic, self-possessed man. Instead, she pities him. Tough hailed lord, ChongLou is but a lonely man whose power and temper keep love at bay; a man who fights with his own reflection in the mirror.
It’s no surprise Jin Tian’s promise that nothing will change between the siblings makes LongKui feel no less threatened.
She now sits before the box of evil, gnawing her fingernails and contemplating. The box stirs. Embarrassed from being regarded by a fair princess with such naked intensity (or, may I perversely suggest, interest)? Nay, it’s the strong wave of jealousy emanating from LongKui that excites it so.