Noblewoman and cultivator Li Yao is called to a small village to investigate a mysterious illness that has drained residents of their chi. Accompanying her are her suitors Xiang An and Shen Wei, both more trouble than they're worth in Li Yao's eyes.
Perhaps not all is as it seems. In the village and her suitors.
This is a short story set in the A Thousand Li universe. Does not need to be read to follow the main series.
Tao Wong is a Canadian self-published author based in Canada. As a reader, he's an avid fan of science fiction and fantasy, having cut my teeth decades ago on Dragonlance, Terry Brooks and Asimov before graduating to Jordan, Gaiman, Bujold and more. When he's not writing and working, he's practicing martial arts, reading (even more!) and taking care of his family. Other hobbies include occasional RPGs and board games as well as picking up new, random skillsets. Tao became a full-time author in 2019.