Thea’s heart raced.
“What’s wrong?” Seeing the expression on Thea’s face, James asked puzzledly.
Thea hurriedly said, “I–It’s nothing. Let’s head downstairs to eat.”
Then, she grabbed James by the arm and headed downstairs.
James did not suspect anything.
Downstairs, everyone from the Callahans gathered, including Lex, Howard, and John’s families.
There were also many tables.
The moment James descended the stairs, he immediately became the star of the show.
Lex stood up and yelled, “Quiet down, everyone. I have a few words to say.”
The boisterous living room fell silent.
Looking at James, Lex said, “James and Thea have played a significant role in making the Callahans what we are today…”
Lex tried to curry favor with James and Thea.
Hearing this, James gave a slight smile.
The New Year’s Eve dinner was lively.
However, James ate only a little before heading upstairs. He wanted to go somewhere else quieter.
Hence, he went to Thea’s room on the second floor.
He stood on the balcony and smoked his cigarette. Pensive, he stared at the pitch–black sky. His mind was filled with the dynamics of the Capital and the matter regarding the coming election.
The election would see the rise of a new King.
Lucjan definitely had something planned.
He was deep in contemplation when someone hugged him from behind.
“What are you thinking about?”
James replied, “Nothing.”
“Thinking about the injuries?” Thea spoke in a gentle voice. “Don’t worry. Everything will be fine.”
“Mhm.” James nodded.
“It’s cold outside. Come on in.” Saying that, she pulled James into the room.
As James was feeling a little fatigued, he lay on the bed. Meanwhile, Thea sat by his side. For the whole night, the two remained in the room, conversing.
Thea poured her heart out to James. She talked about how she wanted to help him shoulder some of his burdens.
The rest of the night passed silently.
The next day was New Year’s Day.
Based on local customs, people would have a meal together and head out to visit their families and friends.
Meanwhile, James chose to remain in the house. Thea and the rest of the Callahans did not force him to head out.
After the Callahans left, James sat in a lotus position on the bed.
He was reading the Medical Book, hoping he could find a way to treat his injuries. However, the treatment recorded in it required a great amount of time.
James was running out of time. If he treated his injuries according to the treatment recorded in the Medical Book, Sol would be in chaos by the time he recovered.
“What should I do?” James‘ expression was grim.
Putting the Medical Book down, he closed his eyes. Then, out of nowhere, weird images flashed across his mind.
Realization dawned on his face.
“Oh, yeah! The Moonlit Flowers on Cliffside’s Edge and the 18–meridian diagram!”
James was reminded of them.
To cultivate the meridian diagram, James needed a female cultivation partner. Not only that, its requirement of True Energy was strict. Its cultivation required a fusion of Yin and Yang energy.
James took a deep breath. Then, he stood up, put on his jacket, and pulled his phone out to call Thea.
“What’s wrong, Darling?”
“I’m going out to find Cynthia to cultivate the martial art technique recorded in the Moonlit Flowers on Cliffside’s Edge. Perhaps I’ll be able to recover faster that way.”