he journey and felt her heart had softened a little, an occurrence so rare that it hadn’t happened in a long time.
She let a sigh escape her lips. 


What a pity that such a beautiful young lady was going to be married to someone from the Netherworld.

Spirit marriage, also known as ghost marriage, was a ritual in which a person was wed to someone who had died. 

In olden times, that was the common practice in the northern lands, as families of unmarried deceased people feared that their loved ones would be lonely in the Netherworld.
There was another saying that those who died unmarried couldn’t be buried, as it would disrupt the feng shui of the land.
So, families would hire a feng shui master to find a suitable wife or husband for the deceased, and bury both of their corpses together.
That was a ghost marriage.

It was such a rotten tradition that had been passed down for over a thousand years.
It had never once disappeared, even becoming a hugely profitable market. 

Such practices were especially popular in Shanxi Province and the neighboring lands.
Hence, it led to the revival of an ancient role named the “ghost matchmaker”.
Such matchmakers would be responsible for finding a good match for the dead.
Usually, they were familiar with tomb raiders, funeral arrangers, coffin makers, and hospital administrative staff.
They were their sources of information. 

Once a matchmaking request was completed, the ghost matchmaker could earn quite a hefty commission.

Wang Li’s husband was a feng shui master with limited knowledge of the field.
The two of them worked hand in hand, one conducting the religious rituals while the other would find a good match for the deceased.
More importantly, unlike other small businesses, they worked for rich and powerful clients.

Modest families were already so eager to plan for their unmarried deceased children, not to mention wealthy families. 

The Shanxi Province was famous since ancient times for its merchants, who were also known as the Jin Merchants.1 Many affluent businessmen originated from there. 

Throughout her twenty-year career, Wang Li was rather well-known in the social circle.
A while ago, a well-off family had requested her to organize a ghost marriage for their son who had died in an accident.
They even set really high prerequisites for the prospective match. 

Wang Li asked around her network later on.
There were a few, relatively new, female corpses.
But after letting the rich businessman peruse through their details, he wasn’t pleased.
He then opened the offer for others and raised the bid, announcing that they must find someone who can match his son’s stature and that his son must not be treated to anything less than the best. 

The entire industry was stunned.
Everyone started to mobilize their own resources to find the perfect match.
Wang Li dreaded seeing that the money that was almost hers was now available to others too. 

By coincidence, her mother fell ill.
When she went back to her old home in Shu Town, she met Tang Tian in a cancer hospital, in the same ward as her mother. 

When she arrived there, she was still hoping to find a match.
As a ghost matchmaker who usually only deals with the dead, she had to accept the fact that there were more men than women available in the market for matching, so she would include those who were on the verge of death in her list as well. 

And where could one find someone who was going to die? Of course, the hospital.
It was rumored that in the morgue of one of the hospitals in Shanxi Province, there weren’t many young female corpses to be found.

This was because if word came out that a young woman was in critical condition, it would attract the attention of the families of deceased, unmarried young men.
They would then fight to get ownership of the corpse and the woman’s family would choose the highest bidder, allowing them to just take the body away after the woman died.

When Wang Li first landed her eyes on Tang Tian, she knew she was the one her clients were looking for. 

She was just a fresh university graduate, with a sweet voice and attractive facial features.
A well-educated lady with an elegant aura, who had no remaining family members.
She was also seriously ill, with only a few months left to live. 

Such a gift from the heavens.

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