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Chapter 153: The Blood Dragonfruit (2)

Xiaofang had not expected Fan Yuqing to say as she gave a curtsey, “Master Dugu, why don’t you awe them by plucking the Blood Dragonfruit for us to have a tasty bite?”

He was smiling weakly at Fan Yuqing. Surely this would take a long time for him to accomplish that. Did they really want to stay here for several years so that they could have a tasty bite?

He turned to look at Ye Jing for a way out but she was purposely looking in another direction. It was because she had thought that Fan Yuqing must have a funny idea on her mind and she was eager to see it played out.

Xuan Danfeng was thinking, “It seems that old habits die hard for the Devil Goddess…” In the previous dealings with the Golden Mask Devil Goddess, the Devil Goddess was always full of wiles and she was particular good in antagonizing the others. Since she knew that Fan Yuqing was planning to go to the sixth level of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth, she would not want to stay here for the next several months or years.

Many of the other cultivators were looking scornfully at Xiaofang. With two years to go before they were to be expulsed from the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth, they would not believe that a mere cultivator that was at the golden celestial level would be capable of picking the Blood Dragonfruit.

Another cultivator had approached them as he smiled toward Fan Yuqing, “My Martial Uncle is now within twenty paces of the Blood Dragonfruit Tree. If celestial maiden is willing to join our celestial clan then I am sure my Martial Uncle is most willing to give you a bite from the Blood Dragonfruit. I wonder if I may have the honor to know the name of this celestial maiden?”

He was looking lecherous at Fan Yuqing. After all, she was like a goddess and these cultivators were not blind.

He added with a smile, “I am Saint Liyang.” Usually half-step golden celestials like these maidens would be in awe of his status as a saint. Moreover he was a level higher than their master too!

Ye Jing who was able to read their cultivation level through her divine sense had almost burst out in laughter. This so call Saint Liyang was actually only a half-step Saint and was not even a full saint yet. He must have met with some fortuitous encounter in the past 8 years and had a recent breakthrough. That was why he had not fully consolidated his cultivation base as a saint yet.

A female cultivator from another sect cursed these men, “The minute she has arrived at the scene, these men are pretending to be cultivating.”

Another female cultivator who was envious of Fan Yuqing’s good looks also said, “It seems that this Saint Liyang is also a lecherous man who is trying to recruit the consorts of others.”

Fan Yuqing ignored their remarks and instead she was smiled at Saint Liyang, “I am only a maidservant to my Master Dugu. Shouldn’t you have greeted my master first?”

Saint Liyang smiled as he looked at Xiaofang with a look of disdain, “You are Celestial Dugu? I have accidentally overheard that your maidservant will like to have a bite from the Blood Dragonfruit. I will certainly like to help her and you but there is really no free lunch in the world.”

Before Xiaofang could say a word, Gu Mingfeng was laughing. “I totally agree with Saint Liyang here. However it seems that my master will be the first to pick from the Blood Dragonfruit Tree. Surely we can’t ask Celestial Dugu and his group to wait two more years for you?”

Saint Liyang smiled coldly, “It is better than not getting any.”

Xiaofang knew that they were both being sarcastic toward him. However, he could find no words to rebuke them.

Fan Yuqing purposely smiled, “Master, it seems that they are belittling you so why don’t we prove them wrong?”

Xiaofang smiled weakly as he looked at her, “About this…”

Fan Yuqing heaved a soft sign as she looked at Xiaofang with an innocent look, “Master, your status is high and lofty. I know that you do not want to dirty your hands nor did you want to bother with the likes of the ordinary celestials. Please allow your Servant Yuqing to pick the Blood Dragonfruit for you while you instruct me from afar.”

She turned to smile coldly at Saint Liyang, “I am afraid that I have to reject your good offer. My master is more extraordinary than you can imagine.”

Without waiting for Saint Liyang and Xiaofang to say a word more, Fan Yuqing had already walked toward the Blood Dragonfruit Tree. Indeed, she could immediate sense an immense pressure that was halting her approach and that the perimeter of the Blood Dragonfruit Tree was enveloped with mystic laws. Only by unraveling the mystic laws can one approach the Blood Dragonfruit Tree.

Xuan Danfeng whispered to Feng Minyue and Ye Jing, “This…won’t be easy. This Blood Dragonfruit Tree is at least 100,000 year old and its mystic laws are extremely formidable.”

Feng Minyue had a slight nod as she whispered, “Guess that we have to stay here for at least a few months then…”

The other cultivators who were watching the scene were all laughing and scoffing at Xiaofang.

“He is even asking his maidservant to do the picking for him? How lame…”

“Because if his maidservant fails then at least his reputation will be intact. After all, he can always pretend that he isn’t interested to pick the Blood Dragonfruit.”

“This maidservant of his is really an extraordinary beauty…”

“The other three are equally beautiful as well. All four of them have their own beautiful qualities.”

“Did she say that she is only a half-step golden celestial? She is in for a surprise. I don’t think that she can even approach within fifty paces of the Blood Dragonfruit Tree.”

Ye Jing was not about to let Fan Yuqing steal all the lime light. Moreover, it looked like an exciting challenge to do so she had flew next to her as she laughed, “Sister Yuqing, let your Sister Ye Jing help you to choose the Blood Dragonfruits for our master.”

She had purposely let it known that her name was Ye Jing and quite a number of cultivators had secretly took note of her name.

After all with such a low level master, they were bounded to be masterless soon.

There were indeed some malevolent cultivators in the group and they were thinking of ambushing this Celestial Dugu as soon as he had left the vicinity and to seize his women. After all, the only strong celestial was only this Celestial Dugu. Half-step golden celestials were only a little better than peaked immortal celestials and to most golden celestials and saints, they were weak.

Fan Yuqing whispered to Ye Jing, “What are you doing?”

Ye Jing laughed softly, “I really can’t let you have all the fun to yourself. Also, I am here to participate in the trials of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth as well.”

Fan Yuqing returned her a faint smile as she whispered, “I think it is truer that you are trying to have some fun. Let see who will be the first one to reach the Blood Dragonfruit Tree.” When she had said that, she had already hurried her steps to within fifty paces of the Blood Dragonfruit Tree, startling many of the cultivators who were onlookers.

There were several cultivators that were meditating within sixty paces of the Blood Dragonfruit Tree. Imagine their surprise when Fan Yuqing had suddenly walked past them all of a sudden.

She was quickly followed by Ye Jing, further astonishing many of the cultivators.

Even the jaws of Saint Liyang and Gu Mingfeng seemed to drop when they witnessed how casually these two maidens had approached the perimeter of the Blood Dragonfruit Tree.

As Ye Jing walked next to Fan Yuqing and the closer she had approached the Blood Dragonfruit Tree, she could feel an invisible pressure that was applying to her. There were various mystic laws in the form of arrays that were forming a bubble and it was preventing her from approaching the Blood Dragonfruit Tree.

Fan Yuqing laughed gently as she looked at Ye Jing, “Are you still able to keep up with me?”

By now, Fan Yuqing had walked to within forty paces of the Blood Dragonfruit Tree, further astonishing all the onlookers.

Ye Jing smiled as she followed her and in a short while time, she was also within forty paces of the Blood Dragonfruit Tree.

This caused Fan Yuqing to groan softly, not believing her eyes.

Now even all the cultivators that were within forty paces of the Blood Dragonfruit Tree were all opening their eyes and were startled. It was because it had taken them months to even approach within forty paces of the tree!

“This…isn’t possible…” Many of the cultivators were all muttering among themselves…

Ye Jing giggled as she looked at Fan Yuqing, “This isn’t too difficult, I guess.”

Fan Yuqing was suddenly smiling. It was because she had suddenly figured out why it had been so easy for Ye Jing to follow her. It was because Ye Jing was the only one that could ascend the heavenly steps of the Heavenly Temple. The imposing aura of the heavenly steps was ten times more difficult than approaching the Blood Dragonfruit Tree.

In short, Ye Jing had already comprehended the mystic laws of the spatial space.

The two of them were smiling as they walked together and they were now within thirty paces of the Blood Dragonfruit Tree, overtaking a dozen cultivators who were watching them with great astonishment.

“This…really isn’t possible…” A saint cultivator who was meditating within thirty-three paces of the Blood Dragonfruit Tree was muttering. It took him a year to approach within thirty-three paces of the tree and yet these two maidens had simply walked past him in such a casual manner?

Another cultivator who had just been overtaken was stammering, “They don’t even need to meditate on the mystic laws of the barrier?!”

When Ye Jing and Fan Yuqing approached within twenty paces of the Blood Dragonfruit Tree and had just walked past Saint Liyang’s martial uncle, Saint Liyang had a most ugly countenance and his jaws almost dropped. It was because he had been suggesting to this Celestial Yuqing earlier that she ought to join his clan if she wants to have a bite at the Blood Dragonfruit.

As for Saint Liyang’s martial uncle, he had suddenly spurted a bout of blood when he saw the two maidens overtaking him…

This caused Saint Liyang to turn ashen immediately.

Fan Yuqing and Ye Jing were now standing within ten paces of the Blood Dragonfruit Tree while Gu Mingfeng’s master was one pace ahead of them.

Fan Yuqing had purposely stopped just a pace behind Gu Mingfeng’s master and she said aloud, “Weird, it didn’t seem so difficult to approach the Blood Dragonfruit Tree?”

Ye Jing was chucking, “I heard that Gu Mingfeng says his master has been cultivating for the past three years?”

Gu Mingfeng’s master was now trembling when he had overheard them. Slowly he turned his head around with an ugly expression as he stared at them, “I am Saint Gu Tianjian…”

All of a sudden his expression was suddenly frozen. It was because when he had turned his face around, he had also used his spirit sense to probe into their spiritual sea and was stunned that their spiritual seas had exceeded his by many times over.

He was an intermediate saint and in the next few decades, there was even a possibility that he would even be elevated as a great saint.

Although he did not possess any ability to tell what their cultivation level was, he possessed a spirit artefact that could probe the spiritual seas of the others. This spirit artefact was extremely useful for him to gauge the strength of his opponents and to aid him to study the mystic laws of the Blood Dragonfruit Tree.

But at this moment, he was stunned by the purity and overwhelming spiritual seas of the two maidens and he had almost drowned in it as he broke out in cold sweat. If anyone were to tell him that these two maidens were only half-step golden celestials, he could not believe it!

The spiritual seas between a golden celestial and golden saint were simply too great!

Their spiritual seas even exceeded his own and the foundation of his spiritual seas was even better than many other saints due to his spirit artefact.

Were they actually golden saintess and not golden celestials? Were they actually great saintess even?

Fan Yuqing took three more steps and she could even touch the leaves of the Blood Dragonfruit Tree now. “Oh, we are now within seven paces of the tree now.”

Ye Jing giggled as she walked to and fro around her, “That’s right. This really isn’t too difficult at all.”

All the other cultivators had a stunned silence. These two maidens had even surpassed Saint Gu Tianjian who a while ago, was deemed the only person who could lay his hands first on the Blood Dragonfruit.

Fan Yuqing giggled as she walked all the way to the base of the Blood Dragonfruit Tree, “I wonder why it takes everyone so many years just to approach this tree? This really isn’t very difficult at all.”

Ye Jing chuckled as she followed Fan Yuqing, “I’ve thought that we may need years to approach but we have actually taken only mere minutes.”

Then she plucked a Blood Dragonfruit and took a chewy bite on it, “Wow, this is delicious. Sister Yuqing, you should have a bite too.”

Fan Yuqing laughed softly as she chose a big and beautiful Blood Dragonfruit before she plucked it to bite on it, “Hmm, not bad at all.”

All the cultivators, including Xiaofang, Feng Minyue and Xuan Danfeng were looking at them with dumbfounded expressions.

“They’re eating the Blood Dragonfruits now…” Many of the envious cultivators were watching them with disbelief looks.

Fan Yuqing smiled, “Let’s don’t forget that we are here to pick the Blood Dragonfruits for our master.”

Ye Jing chuckled as she picked one Blood Dragonfruit after the other, “One for our master, one for Sister Danfeng…this one for Sister Minyue…this one to keep…another one to sell for some extra cash…”

Many of the cultivators were now panicky when they saw Ye Jing had started to pluck one Blood Dragonfruit after another. It was obvious to everyone that there were only eight of these Blood Dragonfruits. At the rate that Ye Jing was plucking the Blood Dragonfruits, soon there would be none left for the rest!

One cultivator could not help blurting out, “I’ve thought that the mystic laws of the Blood Dragonfruit Tree only allow one picking of the Blood Dragonfruit. Why is that she is able to pluck one Blood Dragonfruit after another?!”

It was true.

No one had ever plucked more than one Blood Dragonfruit in the history of the celestial realm.

They did not know that Ye Jing and Fan Yuqing were both the true daughters of the heavens and they were already half-step immortals. Therefore they were not restrained by the mystic laws of the Blood Dragonfruit Tree.

Saint Tianjian had suddenly coughed out blood; he could not withstand the emotion of watching them devouring the Blood Dragonfruits and eating it right in front of his eyes.

With a feeble voice, he said with a pleading look. “Please hold it and save a Blood Dragonfruit for me. If you can do it then I shall share with you where to find the location of the next level.”

“Oh?” Fan Yuqing began to ponder. “Why should we believe you? If you know the location of the next level then why didn’t you go to the next level?”

Saint Tianjian smiled bitterly, “I can swear by my cultivation soul. I have found the portal to the next level by accidental quite early when I was on this level. However, I deem it unwise to skip to the next level without exploring the second level first. I have even a map here with me that I’ve painfully drawn. You must know that there are dangers abound everywhere in the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth. Even if I am an intermediate saint, I am not so foolish to challenge the third level.”

Fan Yuqing nodded lightly, “Alright, I believe you. Make an oath then.”

Saint Tianjian quickly made an oath to his cultivation soul and presented the map that he had drawn to Fan Yuqing.

Fan Yuqing smiled as she took a peek at the treasure map before she said to Ye Jing, “Let’s not be greedy and leave behind two Blood Dragonfruits on the tree.”

Ye Jing nodded as she gathered four other Blood Dragonfruits, sighing pitifully as she took a forlorn look at the two remaining Blood Dragonfruits. “What a pity…”

In the next instant, Fan Yuqing and Ye Jing had returned by Xiaofang’s side.

Xiaofang was grinning as he looked at them, “Good job, my maidservants…”

Ye Jing chuckled as she secretly whispered to him, “You really like your new role, am I right? So who says the desert is easier now?”

Xiaofang was forced to admit, “You are right. Coming here is actually the right decision.”

Fan Yuqing smiled at Gu Mingfeng and Saint Liyang as she walked past them, “It seems that our Master Dugu is going to have a good feast today. Unfortunately, he won’t be sharing and he doesn’t admit anyone to his clan so readily.”

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Chapter 152: The Blood Dragonfruit (1)

A few days later, they had come to a crossroad with one path leading deep into the mountain range and another path that led to a red desert.

The red desert had an ominous feeling but it was emanating with strong spiritual aura, a sign that there were wondrous spiritual treasures hidden in the desert.

Xiaofang was excited as he looked at the direction of the direction, saying aloud to the party. “Finally we get to have some tan and perhaps more lucky occurrences.”

He was the party guide and he had been leading everyone without a direction for the past several days. Finally a meaningful direction could be seen and he was excited.

As he walked toward the direction of the red desert, Ye Jing had called out to him. “Xiaofang, wait a minute. You’re heading the wrong way.”

As he turned back, he saw that the rest was looking at the other path.

“We’re not heading to this red desert?” Xiaofang asked curiously.

Ye Jing smiled weakly, “I don’t recommend for that. That place looks really treacherous. We ought to exercise some caution.”

Xuan Danfeng nodded, “I agree too. I don’t like the color of the desert. It is as red as blood. It looks like a place where the blood of the cultivators has been dyed red in there.”

Agreeing with Xuan Danfeng, Feng Minyue said. “There are also many poisonous desolate beasts that dwelled in the desert. Also the terrain of the sands may be highly disadvantageous against us. If our movements got impaired then we may also lose our lives in the next instant.”

Xiaofang was startled by their analysis of the situation and he cursed himself softly, “I am only seeing things on the surface and should have exercised more foresight. I’ve almost landed the party in a precautious situation due to greed. I am sorry…”

As he hurried back down the path to rejoin the party, Fan Yuqing whispered to him. “There is no need to feel so bad. You didn’t know better.”

Xiaofang sighed heavily and his countenance was filled with guilt for almost endangering everyone.

Fan Yuqing suddenly gave him a faint smile when no one else was seeing and whispered to him, “It is actually their lame excuses. They just didn’t want to burn their skins under the scorching hot rays. There is no way they will enter that desert even if there are no dangers.”

Xiaofang: …

After a few days of following the second path deep into the mountain ranges, they had soon arrived at a beautiful vicinity where there were many beautiful spiritual plants and trees.

But what really caught their attention was a spiritual animus of a red light that they had spotted the instant that they had arrived at the valley. It was like a giant beacon of light that was attracting them.

Ye Jing was startled, “What is it? It seems like a spiritual fruit but I’ve never seen anything like this before.”

Fan Yuqing smiled as she said, “We are in luck. It seems that we have found the legendary nectar of the Blood Dragonfruit. Other than the Bodhi Fruit, this is one of the most precious fruits that are known. It is said that there is only a 5% for it to appear on the second level. Even on the sixth level, there is less than 10% chance to encounter it.”

The actual chance was actually lower because it was not possible to explore all the different floating continents of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth.

Feng Minyue was startled, “Isn’t that the…”

Xuan Danfeng was also startled as she hurriedly said, “It is said to be an immortal fruit that can nourish the vitality of the cultivator by increasing the vitality of the cultivator’s blood essence.”

Even Ye Jing was excited, “I’ve lost a lot of blood 8 years ago, this is just nice for me…”

Fan Yuqing looked at Ye Jing as she remarked sarcastically, “The one that has lost a lot of blood is me. I was the one that was feeding you with my blood for 8 whole years so that you can be revived.”

Ye Jing replied weakly, “Well, I feel weaker than before I am revived. This Blood Dragonfruit is just nice for me…”

Fan Yuqing hummed coldly, “Except that it isn’t your turn to get a share yet. Please wait for your turn.”

Ye Jing protested softly, “But it looks like a big fruit. Surely we can all share it together, am I right?”

Feng Minyue laughed, “Lucky we did not go to that red desert or we would never encounter such a wondrous find.”

Xuan Danfeng winked at Xiaofang, “I agree too. Lucky we had never gone to that accursed desert.”

Xiaofang: …

When they had reached the location of the glowing spirit fruit, they were startled to see that there were about three dozen cultivators that were also in this place.

All the cultivators were meditating around a lofty red tree that had several dozens of blood dragonfruits on its branches.

It seemed that there was an immerse aura that was radiating from the Blood Dragonfruit Tree and the cultivators were cultivating so that they could approach the Blood Dragonfruit Tree for the Blood Dragonfruit.

There was a cultivator that had successfully cultivated within ten pace of the Blood Dragonfruit Tree while the next closest were at twenty pace. More than half of the cultivators were meditating more than fifty paces away from the tree.

Ye Jing was startled as she muttered, “Why are there so many cultivators in this place?”

Xuan Danfeng took a glance at their attire and whispered to them, “It seems that they are not cultivators from the Nine Celestial Fraternity.”

Ye Jing said, “Oh?”

Xuan Danfeng explained, “Beside the Nine Celestial Fraternity, there are also many other celestial fraternities in the celestial realm. Although we had rarely chanced upon them in the past but it was not unheard of. But it makes sense that they will be here as well. After all, the gods may not favor the Nine Celestial Fraternity all the time.”

At this moment quite a number of cultivators were looking in their direction. After all, the four maidens were the rare beauties of the celestial realm. Most were looking at Ye Jing and Fan Yuqing for they were awestruck by their alluring presence.

As Xiaofang was guiding the party in front, all the other cultivators had thought that Xiaofang was their young master or some important figure.

Therefore it was not surprising at all that Xiaofang was secretly being gossiped upon.

“Look at that young man. He is accompanied by four wondrous beauties. Wonder who he is…”

“We are all here to take a trial but he has brought all his consorts to take the trial with him. What a lucky man.”

“From their attire, they seem to be from the Nine Celestial Fraternity…”

As they gossiped about Xiaofang, the cultivator that was meditating closest to the Blood Dragonfruit Tree began to levitate another pace nearer and many of the cultivators were gasping with astonishment.

“He has made another progress…”

“I say that in another less months or even less, he will be able to obtain the Blood Dragonfruit…”

“What a monstrous genius…”

While most of the cultivators were looking at the monstrous genius cultivator that was nearest the Blood Dragonfruit Tree, a lanky cultivator had quietly approached Xiaofang with a smile as he said. “Fellow cultivator. I’m Gu Mingfeng, a celestial practitioner from the Desolate Celestial Fraternity. I hail from the Water Verdant Sect. May I know where you are from?” Although he was asking Xiaofang but his eyes were upon Fan Yuqing.

Xiaofang replied politely, “I am Dugu Fang, from the Nine Celestial Fraternity.” He did not report his clan of origin because he was not in a clan for the past 8 years.

Gu Mingfeng did not seem to mind that Xiaofang did not share with him his clan of origin and was smiling, “It is not easy to reach the second level of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth. I am a golden celestial of the initial level and I have been cultivating for the past four hundred years. I wonder how I should address my fellow cultivator here?”

When he told this to Xiaofang, he was immensely proud of his cultivation progression. After all, he could be considered a proud son of the heavens for attaining as a golden celestial at such a young age.

Xiaofang knew that he was trying to probe his cultivation level. The lowest entry level to the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth was a golden celestial and this Gu Mingfeng was at the lowest level. This actually gave him an advantage for he was prepared to call anyone a senior and to befriend them with his humble demeanor.

He smiled awkwardly as he replied, “I’m also a golden celestial.”

Gu Mingfeng chuckled, “Surely Celestial Dugu here must be at a higher staging than me.”

Xiaofang refused to answer him as he said, “Since we are at the same level, there is no need to compare staging.”

Xiaofang was actually an upper golden celestial now. He felt that it was pointless to compare cultivation level.

But Fan Yuqing was suddenly smiling, “He is our master and he is an upper golden celestial. As for the four of us here, we are only half-step golden celestials here and we are his maidservants.”

Xiaofang was startled by Fan Yuqing’s reply and he turned to take a glance at her.

But Fan Yuqing, Xuan Danfeng, Feng Minyue and Ye Jing were all giggling and they had said at the same time, “Yes, we’re all Master Dugu’s maidservants.”

There was an envious look that was on Gu Mingfeng as he smiled, “Celestial Dugu must be a highly attained celestial. Moreover your four maidservants are all astonishing peerless beauties. I have thought that they are your consorts or fellow protégés.”

Ye Jing chipped in with a soft chuckle, “In our Hundred Flower Sect, we are also consorts and maidservants to our Master Dugu at the same time. Our roles are only to serve our master every whims and fancy.”

When Ye Jing saw that it was Fan Yuqing who had started the tease on Xiaofang, she could not resist adding in the fun.

Feng Minyue knitted her brows but said nothing. She had joined the tease on Xiaofang but Ye Jing further comments were a little uncomfortable to her liking.

There was a twitch on Gu Mingfeng’s face when he had heard her. No wonder why this Dugu Fang had refused to report his celestial clan to him earlier. It may because this Hundred Flower Sect had a notorious reputation in the Nine Celestial Fraternity.

Gu Mingfeng muttered, “Master Dugu is such an enviable man…”

There were many other cultivators that had overheard Ye Jing and many of them were thinking the same as Gu Mingfeng as well. The thought that this Celestial Dugu was able to bed all four of the heavenly beauties caused their blood to race.

An elderly cultivator hummed coldly when he had heard Ye Jing, “Heretics! There are many who thought of living a frivolous lifestyle the minute that they have attained the golden celestial level that they forget that sainthood is the only truth.”

Ye Jing quickly probed the cultivation level of this elderly cultivation with her divine sense and saw that he was an initial saint. At this moment, he was meditating within twenty-five paces of the Blood Dragonfruit Tree.

Xiaofang was more interested in the Blood Dragonfruit so he asked Gu Mingfeng, “Why are they meditating around the Blood Dragonfruit Tree?”

Gu Mingfeng smiled, “There is an imposing aura that prevents us from reaching the Blood Dragonfruit and moreover there is a powerful immortal array around. The only way for us to reach the Blood Dragonfruit is through our superior state of meditation. Most of them won’t be able to obtain the Blood Dragonfruit but still, it is still beneficial to mediate around here for more cultivation insights.”

Xiaofang asked, “Celestial Gu, you are not going for the Blood Dragonfruit?”

Gu Mingfeng laughed, “Actually I’ve already been for three years.” Then he said proudly, “Did you see that person who is within nine pace of the Blood Dragonfruit Tree? Well, he is my master and he is an intermediate saint. Once my master obtains the Blood Dragonfruit, I will be able to revel in the share. Moreover, I am taking a break for the time being.”

Xiaofang was startled, “You have been here for three years already.”

Gu Mingfeng nodded, “Our group is actually not the longest. That elderly cultivator over there that had just spoken has actually been here for five years.”

There was an ugly expression that was on Xiaofang’s countenance. This Blood Dragonfruit was proving to be extremely difficult to obtain.

Gu Mingfeng laughed when he saw Xiaofang’s expression as he added, “The further you are from the Blood Dragonfruit Tree, the easier it is for you to approach it but it gets increasing difficult for you to approach it with every step. My master is only able to advance a single step for every month that had passed now. It may be a year or more later before my master will be able to obtain the Blood Dragonfruit.”

Xiaofang took a second look at the cultivator that was meditating closest to the Blood Dragonfruit Tree. He did not look much older than Gu Mingfeng and he was possible a young old freak. In the celestial realm, appearances were often misleading.

Xiaofang turned to look at the four maidens with a wry smile, “The desert seems a better place to go now, am I right?”

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Chapter 151: Jian’Er (2)

In the end, the party did not use Jian’Er to refine their divine weapons. It was because Jian’Er was a newly sentient spirit and was weaker than an unrefined Heaven Refining Energies. If they were to use her to do so then they may even risk destroying her spirit.

Therefore Ye Jing was content enough to allow Jian’Er to nurture slowly as not to harm her spirit.

Ye Jing said to Jian’Er, “This is my immortal sword. While you are not cultivating in my inner sea then this is shall be your second home where you get to refine your strength. Aren’t you proud that you got to reside in an immortal sword? Not every sentient spirit is so lucky. Moreover your master is also a great saintess.”

Jian’Er was naturally happy and her spirit sense could sense that Ye Jing’s immortal sword was a perfect incubator for the growth of her innate Heaven Refining Energies.

In a matter of days, Jian’Er was already comfortable with everyone. Although Fan Yuqing appeared to be cold toward her but Jian’Er was drawn naturally to her and would often play around her. Perhaps this had to do with the fact that she was partially awakened due to Fan Yuqing divine presence.

Jian’Er was often left to play alone, especially at night when Ye Jing would sometimes tell her. “I got something to do with Xiaofang. It is not for your immature eyes but you mustn’t tell anyone about it. Go and play with Fan Yuqing and the others.”

Two weeks had passed since Jian’Er had joined the party now and the party would suddenly notice that whenever Ye Jing and Xiaofang were inconspicuously missing, Jian’Er would be around with Yu’Er.

One day Xuan Danfeng said to the others, “Why don’t we take a peek at what they are doing? Maybe they are doing some hanky panty business.”

Fan Yuqing knitted her eyebrows as she said nonchalantly, “If you want to see Xiaofang body then go ahead. Leave me out of it.”

Xuan Danfeng: …

Feng Minyue smiled as she said to Jian’Er, “Don’t tell Sister Jing what we have shared today. Alright?”

Jian’Er nodded happily as she floated between Fan Yuqing and Feng Minyue, “Alright!”

Feng Minyue smiled, “Good!”

Jian’Er took a curious look at Fan Yuqing and said, “Big Sister, you are not happy? Are you still mad that I did not choose you as my master?”

Fan Yuqing turned to look at her before she gave her a faint smile, “Of course not. How have you been doing so far?”

Jian’Er pondered for a while before she said in a musical voice, “Master’s sword is a half-step immortal sword and is difficult to refine to the earth-step. But if Jian’Er continues to grow in strength, Jian’Er will be able to refine it one day.”

Then she paused for a while, “Big Sister, your immortal weapon is already a saint level treasure. It is most difficult for me to refine. Will you be upset with me if I fail to help you to refine one day?”

Fan Yuqing said indifferently, “No. It doesn’t matter to me. I don’t really like to use a weapon anyway.”

It was true. Her most powerful martial art was actually the Heavenly Heretic Divine Skill. However this was not a martial art that was created by her. Rather, it was renamed by her. The original name of the Heavenly Heretic Divine Skill was the Divine Horizon Hands and it was a martial art that was practiced by her father. Therefore she had treasured it in her heart. The reason why she had renamed it was because she did not want to sullen the name of her family martial art.

She said coolly, “Go and play with the others. I’m going to meditate.”

Xuan Danfeng was laughing jovially at Jian’Er, “Jian’Er, come and play with me. You know, these people all have such formidable divine weapons. If you are free, why don’t you help me to refine my divine sword into an immortal sword?”

Jian’Er shook her head as she floated around Xuan Danfeng, “It is easy for me to refine half-step for most precious swords but an entire grade is extremely difficult for Jian’Er now.”

Xuan Danfeng’s divine sword was a heaven-step divine sword. Refining a sword was not the same as upgrading its grade. For that, she would need heavenly and sanctorum relics.

Xuan Danfeng smiled. She had taken a liking to Jian’Er and wished that her spirit entity was able to have a sentient form like her.

“I really wish that my spirit entity is able to talk to me like you do. Then I won’t be experimenting left and right.”

Feng Minyue was smiling when she had heard her, “Oh?”

Xuan Danfeng smiled weakly, “Then I can be as lazy as Sister Jing too. You know how hard it is to cultivate my spirit entity on my own. I have to divide my cultivation between my spirit entity and my own cultivation now. It is such a tiring affair. But look at Sister Jing’s spirit entity, she is able to cultivate on her own, leaving Ye Jing free to do her own stuff.”

Fan Yuqing could not resist making a chuckle as she turned to look at Xuan Danfeng, “It is already too late. Once you have chosen a spirit entity to cultivate, you can’t choose another. You can only choose to destroy your own spirit entity but at a severe cost to your cultivation base. Moreover, this is extremely rare to find another sentient spirit entity like Jian’Er.”

Xuan Danfeng looked at her with a smile, “You are really generous in this aspect.”

Fan Yuqing looked away, refusing to say a word as she closed her eyes to meditate.

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Chapter 150: Jian’Er (1)

Xiaofang was waiting anxiously outside the cave and he was pacing up and down as he refused to let his sight out of the entrance of the cave. How could he not be worried?

Because he was soul linked with Ye Jing, he could sense that at this moment she was fighting in the sword trial and from the look of it, she was under a tremendous pressure!

Feng Minyue was quietly looking at Xiaofang.

This was noticed by Xuan Danfeng who was pretending to meditating and she saw that her fingers were twitching whenever Xiaofang had paused to look intently into the cave.

Finally Feng Minyue could not resist saying, “Why are you so anxious for? They will be alright. I am not worry so why are you so anxious for?”

Xiaofang heaved a soft sigh as he turned to look at her, “They have been there for such a long time already…”

Feng Minyue said gently, “It is only just a short while. Do you doubt them?”

Xiaofang smiled weakly, “I don’t but there is always a risk in all ventures.”

Feng Minyue asked quietly, “There are two of them inside. The one that you are anxious for, is Ye Jing or Yuqing?”

Xiaofang was startled by her question. He was naturally worried for Ye Jing. It had never crossed his mind to be anxious for Fan Yuqing…

He replied softly, “I am worried for Jing’Er. You know that she can be reckless sometimes. As for Saintess Yuqing, she is much more cool-headed.”

Feng Minyue nodded, “But I am different from you. I’m more anxious for Sister Yuqing than Ye Jing.” Then she smiled, “I wonder why is that so?”

Her question startled Xiaofang and he did not know how to reply to her.

Feng Minyue smiled wryly, “Actually, I have already known that the two of you are a couple. The way you look at each other is different from the others.”

Xiaofang: …

Feng Minyue smiled when she saw the sheepish expression that was on Xiaofang. Even if Xiaofang did not say a word now, this had confirmed her suspicious.

At a corner, although Xuan Danfeng appeared to be in deep meditation and that their exchanges were soft so as not to disturb her, she was actually listening and peeking with great interest!

Even Xuan Danfeng was intrigued as she thought, “So, they are a couple? Why is it not a surprise? The way he calls her Jing’Er, Jing’Er so intimately all the time. I really feel so pitiful for my Protégé Nanyan. I’m going to tell her after I am out of here. Who knows if Xiaofang had a leg with Fan Yuqing and Feng Minyue as well? Maybe Feng Minyue is envious and that she is purposely questioning Xiaofang…”

Feng Minyue said in a low voice as not to disturb Xuan Danfeng, “If I were her, you will be worthy many times over.” She looked away when she had said that.

Just as Xiaofang was pondering what she had said, there was a ripple that appeared at the entrance of the cave and Ye Jing was seen laughing jovially as she stepped forward. She was immediately followed by an expressionless Fan Yuqing who appeared in her usual nonchalant self.

Feng Minyue’s eyes beamed when she saw Fan Yuqing and she immediately said, “Greetings Sister Saintess. You got the Heaven Refining Energies?

Fan Yuqing did not reply her but she was groaning as she stared at Ye Jing who had almost carelessly jumped into Xiaofang’s embrace and she could be heard laughing jovially, “Look Xiaofang and Yu’Er, see what I’ve got. I got the Heaven Refining Energies from the Sword Trial…”

Xiaofang was startled as he stole a glance at Fan Yuqing, “Huh? What is going on?”

By now Xuan Danfeng had opened her eyes and had flashed next to Ye Jing with a displeasure look, “Can’t you keep your voice down? I am in deep meditation and you’ve almost given me a heart attack.”

Ye Jing laughed as she raised both her palms to show the Heaven Refining Energies as a wisp of energy aura appeared on her palms. “Look Sister Danfeng!” She said excitingly, “Now you are not the only one who has a spirit entity. Now I’m going to refine it into my spirit animus.”

Xuan Danfeng smiled weakly. Although Fan Yuqing was looking nonchalant, there was a cold and forbidden aura around her now. So she could roughly guess what had happened. So she felt that she had better stand on Fan Yuqing side in case Fan Yuqing loosened her wrath later. After all, she knew that Fan Yuqing was the Golden Mask Devil Goddess.

So she said, “Sister Jing, this is your wrong. You’re supposed to obtain the Heaven Refining Energies for Sister Yuqing. Haven’t you got enough treasures already? Didn’t we have an agreement that we are supposed to share the treasures? You keep obtaining one treasure after another. This isn’t fair to any of us, you know.”

Even Xiaofang was muttering, “Jing’Er, this isn’t right. Why don’t you let Saintess Yuqing have it instead?”

Ye Jing pout her nose before she chuckled, “It is not my wish not to give it to Sister Yuqing but…” She paused to say, “Jian’Er, please make yourself visible.”

No sooner had she said that, the wisp of aura that was on her palms had transformed into a floating little girl that looked around age five.

This little girl had a shy look as she looked at everyone around her, “Hello, I am Jian’Er.” She turned to look at Ye Jing, “Big Sister, they are your friends?”

Ye Jing laughed softly, “Indeed they are.”

Xuan Danfeng, Xiaofang and Feng Minyue were startled when they saw the little girl.

“This…” Xuan Danfeng looked at Jian’Er with disbelief, “Don’t tell me that she is a sentient spirit entity?”

Ye Jing laughed, “That is right and she has chosen me to be her master. Now you know why I can’t give the Heaven Refining Energies to Sister Yuqing? I didn’t have any choice in this matter and it is Sister Yuqing who gives up willingly to me.”

Then she turned to Yu’Er with a chuckle, “Yu’Er! Come over here! You’ve got a new playmate now. Aren’t you glad? Aren’t you excited?”

Fan Yuqing folded her arms as she said coldly, “Sooner or later, this party will be like a farm.”

Ye Jing had suddenly stomped her foot, “Sister Yuqing has just reminded me that I should get a cow for our party. Maybe we can even get fresh milk for Xiaofang…” In a blink of an eye, she was gone and her voice was heard. “I go and check the vicinity around. Maybe I will be lucky. I feel lucky today…”

Xiaofang muttered, “I don’t take milk nowadays…”

When Ye Jing was gone, Fan Yuqing had suddenly smiled at Jian’Er, “This is Big Sister Minyue, this is Big Sister Danfeng and this is Big Brother Xiaofang. They are all friends of your new master.”

Jian’Er floated around them as she looked at them thoroughly, “Hello…”

Feng Minyue whispered to Fan Yuqing, “Sister Saintess Yuqing, why did you pretend to have such unfriendly disposition when Sister Jing is around?”

Fan Yuqing smiled gently and whispered quietly in her ears, “I don’t want to spoil her too much but…she deserves the best. After all, she sacrifices for us all. Moreover, I don’t want to take care of any brats, spirit or not.”

When Ye Jing was out of sight of everyone, she was smiling quietly as she looked at the beautiful clouds and floating continents that were drifting above her.

She was leaning against a huge bedrock and was muttering, “Thank you Yuqing. Actually there is no need for you to pay back your debts to me, you know. It has been fun to party with you.”

She was of course was not serious about finding any cow but she needed a little quiet time to herself as she had been overwhelmed by Yuqing’s generosity to her. Although Fan Yuqing appeared to be cold toward her but she knew better it better than anyone else.

Actually she did not want any spirit entity or any Heaven Refining Energies. She knew that Fan Yuqing had a proud spirit and it was hard for her to say niceties to her and to give her the Heaven Refining Energies without feeling awkward about it.

In her heart, she had regarded Fan Yuqing as her older sister.

“Since you are so haughty then I shall act the opposite and be shameless. One day I will get you to open up your heart…”

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Chapter 149: The Sword Trial (3)

The next level of the Sword Trial was a cavern that was devoid of anything. Instead there was another portal that seemed to lead to the next level.

Fan Yuqing took a glance at Ye Jing, “Do you want to follow me? The next level may be a trap. It seems that all the energies will be focused on the next level.”

Ye Jing chuckled softly, “Of course I will. Remember that you’ve promised me to impart to me the next level of the Heaven Eye. There are so many portions that I am unable to understand and I’m so lazy to interpret myself. If you can give me some extra pointers, I will be able to save centuries of hard work.”

Fan Yuqing had a displeased look on her countenance, “Why are you so lazy? If you don’t build up your cultivation foundation on your own, you will suffer greatly in the future.”

Ye Jing waved her fingers as she giggled, “I’m already a great saintess now so it doesn’t matter. I can be as lazy as I want to be.”

Fan Yuqing cursed, “Lame…”

Although the two of them seemed to be bickering but their state of divinity had long surpassed others of the same level as them. They were actually fearless and were not afraid of death as they had been through many life and death battles on their own.  Unknown to even themselves, they had found courage and had drawn strength from each other, enabling them to reach even further heights.

In the next instant they had entered through the shimmering blue portal.

It was another large cavern that was on the third level of the Sword Trial. But instead of having the sight of more sword arrays greeting them, they were quite startled to see a spirit girl that looked like a five year child looking at them with a frightful expression.

This spirit girl was shimmering in a white aura and she was floating. When she saw them, she had quickly darted behind a rock.

Ye Jing was startled as she looked at the direction of the little girl, “Who are you? Are you the one that manipulate these sword arrays?”

Fan Yuqing was groaning softly, “It seems that over time, the Heaven Refining Energies here has gained its own sentience.”

The spirit girl was stammering, “You…are going to absorb me into nothingness…am I…right?”

Fan Yuqing replied bluntly, “We are here only for the Heaven Refining Energies. This is supposed to be our reward for overcoming the Sword Trial that is on this level. And you, is our reward.”

The spirit girl looked exhausted as she made a last feeble fight, “You…don’t come near me…or…I will really…be nasty…”

Fan Yuqing hummed coldly, “You are denying us of our justified rewards?”

Ye Jing had taken a step forward as she said gently, “Little girl, what is your name? Don’t worry, we won’t harm you.”

The spirit girl looked at her Ye Jing with a frightful look, “Really?…” Then she stammered, “I’ve no name.”

Ye Jing giggled as she took a quick glance around, “Then I shall give you a name alright?”

Without waiting for the spirit girl to reply, Ye Jing said thoughtfully. “How about Jian’Er? Since you are a sword spirit.”

The spirit girl muttered happily, “I have a name now? Jian’Er…” But she was still wary of them.

Fan Yuqing shook her head lightly. Jian means Sword. She wanted to tell Ye Jing that her naming actually sucked but restrained herself.

Ye Jing pointed at Fan Yuqing with a smile, “This big sister here is a great saintess. She wants to gather you into her spiritual sea. This is not only beneficial for her but it will also be beneficial to you. Don’t be afraid and come to us.”

The spirit girl looked really afraid of Fan Yuqing and stammered, “I am afraid of her…”

Fan Yuqing groaned softly, “That is why I hate brats…”

Ye Jing asked curiously, “Why so? You are not afraid of me?”

The spirit girl continued to hide behind the rock, peeking with her eyes occasionally. “A while ago, I’ve have awakened. It is because I have…sensed her presence…”

Ye Jing said, “Oh?” Not understanding…

Fan Yuqing knew the reason immediately and explained coolly, “She must have gained sentience after I’ve approached the cave some time ago. It seems that my presence has somewhat awakened her into a sentience being. Although this is a rare occurrence but it is not an impossible thing. After all, all life in the ancient past gains their sentience in this manner. That is how the ancient immortals come to be.”

Then she added, “Because it is my divine presence that had awakened her, naturally she is also able to know of my intentions. That is why she has attacked us so brutally when we have first entered the cave.”

Ye Jing nodded, “But it seems that she lacks control of her new abilities and overextended herself. Hence this floor is devoid of sword energies.”

The spirit girl muttered honestly, “I’ve thrown everything that I’ve got on the first level.”

Now that she had admitted it, it was no wonder why Fan Yuqing had thought that they were actually facing the Third Level of the Sword Trial on the first floor.

Ye Jing smiled, “Jian’Er, we won’t hurt you but we will take you out of here for a grand adventure. So we hope that you will come to us. It isn’t our intention to hurt you.”

The spirit girl was still showing sign of fear as she looked fearfully at Fan Yuqing, “I…am afraid…”

It was obvious to her that Fan Yuqing was going to refine her as her weapon and that she was showing no sign that she was not going to do otherwise.

Ye Jing said to the little girl as she said amicably, “Well, if you are not coming with us, we won’t force you to. But you must know that there may be others that want the Heaven Refining Energies for their own benefits.”

Then she turned to Fan Yuqing, “Since the Heaven Refining Energies has turned into a sentient being, I feel very bad in seizing her away. Will you be agreeable that we just leave her alone?”

Fan Yuqing smiled coolly and she had already turned around, “Let’s go.” If there was anything that Fan Yuqing did not lack, it was wondrous treasures. She could easily seek one for herself. Therefore she was willing to let it go.

Ye Jing laughed delightfully as she took a last look at the spirit girl, “Good bye Jian’Er. Stay safe and happy!”

When the spirit girl saw that they were leaving just like that, she was a little startled and she quickly mustered whatever strength she could to summon a weak energy field in front of them to stop them.

Fan Yuqing was somewhat startled to see the energy field in front of her. But this energy field was really so weak that she could kick it apart without using any strength.

The spirit girl had really expended all her desolate energies and that was the best that she could muster now.

Fan Yuqing turned around and asked, “What do you want?”

Ye Jing was also surprised to see that the spirit girl was actually attempting to stop them from leaving.

The spirit girl became more frightful when she was being questioned by Fan Yuqing and she had cowered behind the rock again. “I…”

It took her some time to muster the courage to speak, “I…I…if I come with you, you promise not to harm me?”

At the last minute when Ye Jing and Fan Yuqing were leaving, the spirit girl was having second thoughts. They would not be the last people that she would be encountering. Moreover, she was driven by instinct to serve those who could overcome the Sword Trial. So when they had declared that they were leaving, the spirit girl could feel that her spiritual force had suddenly weakened and that she was suffering the backlash of not following them.

Fan Yuqing said indifferently, “I promise not to harm you. Are you happy now?” Fan Yuqing was never someone who spoke nicely under a threat. Sometimes she could be the coldest person in the entire fraternity.

The spirit girl smiled weakly as she pointed at Ye Jing, “I want…to follow…this big sister here…”

Fan Yuqing: …

Ye Jing was looking a little flush as she protested weakly, “Oh no, you can’t. You are supposed to be her reward. She will kill me if you were to follow me…”

Fan Yuqing simply said indifferently, “Since she likes you then let her follow you. I am not bothered at all.”

As Ye Jing was smiling weakly, Fan Yuqing shot her with a glance as she muttered. “Why is that all the good toys that I want seem to go to you?”

Ye Jing smiled even more weakly as she asked, “You mean Xiaofang?”

Fan Yuqing: …

Ye Jing chuckled as she said to the spirit girl, “Jian’Er, come into my inner spiritual sea…”

The spirit girl nodded and transformed herself into a flash of light as she entered Ye Jing’s cultivation core.

She seemed delighted as she was heard echoing, “Big Sister, your spiritual sea is so comfortable and so rich in spiritual force…”

Now that she had merged as one with Ye Jing, the spirit girl knew that the heart of her new mistress was really pure and that she had harbor no bad intentions toward her.

Ye Jing laughed, “From now on, you will be able to cultivate with me and I will lend you my strength. Just absorb all you want.”

The spirit girl asked in a hesitation voice, “Is it really…alright?”

Ye Jing said without a care, “Well, I am a great saintess. My spiritual ocean is nearly limitless. So it is perfectly alright…”

Fan Yuqing smiled coldly, “Right now she is a like a hungry ghost, having depleted all her energies. And you are asking her to drain your spiritual force? You must be too tired of living.”

When Ye Jing heard Fan Yuqing, she panicky said. “Jian’Er, if I ask you to stop, you stop alright? Mmm, I am just afraid that my spiritual sea may have too much toxicity in it and it may not be good for your health.”

Fan Yuqing, Jian’Er: …

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Chapter 148: The Sword Trial (2)

Ye Jing had stepped into the cave together with Fan Yuqing.

This was no ordinary cave. When they had stepped into the entrance of the cave, it was the same as stepping into an invisible portal that teleported them to an unknown spatial space. Although it appeared that they were in a cave but they were actually in a different spatial dimension that looked like the cave that they had entered.

A ripple fluctuated in the air as Ye Jing had stepped forth through the invisible portal and she was followed by Fan Yuqing in the next instant.

Ye Jing saw that they were being surrounded by deadly invisible energies and that it appeared that they were being surrounded by dozens of formidable energy arrays. One wrong move and their lives would be taken in the next instant.

Fan Yuqing had shared the same sentiment as Ye Jing as she looked around her before she said coolly, “It seems that this place is particular hostile to us. I wonder why.”

Ye Jing nodded as she knitted her brows, “All the killing intents seem to be directed at us…”

Fan Yuqing gripped her white flute tightly as she began to play her flute to dissipate the killing intents but soon she had given up. “There seems to be a sentient force that is directing the killing intent. This is indeed something unbelievable. I have never encountered anything like this before.”

Ye Jing: …

“Then why don’t we turn back instead? I am not going to step into these killing arrays…” Ye Jing smiled bitterly.

Fan Yuqing darted her eyes around as she chuckled, “I think it is already too late. Did you see any portal behind us? It seems that the sentient force really wants us dead and did not want us to leave.”

Ye Jing was startled as she turned around her to look for an exit but all her attempts to find an exit with her divine sense were in futile. “Eh?! We have not even enter any of the sword arrays yet and we are trapped?!”

Fan Yuqing smiled weakly, “It appears to be so.”

Ye Jing asked, “So what shall we do now?”

Fan Yuqing said nonchalantly, “We just have to storm the sword arrays and defeat this sentient force. Hopefully we will be able to find a way out later.”

Ye Jing smiled most bitterly, “Why is that I seem to have bad luck with you. To think that this is the first time that we are teaming up together and this is also the last time we do.”

Fan Yuqing raised her brows as she looked at her, “It isn’t as bad as it looks. Why don’t you make a move ahead first?”

Ye Jing muttered, “Aren’t you the one who is attempting the sword trial and getting the reward? Why do you ask me to go ahead first?”

“Because you have acute energy sense and I don’t.” Fan Yuqing said coolly.

Ye Jing cursed softly, “Your spirit sense is as acute as my divine sense. My ghost will haunt you forever should anything happens to me.”

Fan Yuqing gave her a smile and chuckled, “Go ahead and haunt me then. At least I won’t be so bored.”

Ye Jing was speechless as she cursed, “Fan…Yuqing…you…”

“Focus and enough of the petty talks already.” Fan Yuqing warned her coolly.

Ye Jing waved her fingers as she raised her immortal sword, “Alright then…”

She carefully took seven steps in front of her and saw that a sword array had been activated.

The entire sword array appeared to be bursting with chaotic energies as sword energies began to form.

“This is desolate energies?” Ye Jing was startled. Desolate energies when formed into sword energies were many times more lethal than spiritual energies.

But Ye Jing had no time to ponder over it as a sword energies had burst from the sword array to attack her.

Ye Jing lifted her sword to parry the deadly sword energy aside. Barely had she parried the first deadly sword energies, there were two more sword energies that had appeared from two opposing ends at her.

But Ye Jing simply swung her sword left and right as she sent the two deadly sword energies to burst harmlessly aside.

Fan Yuqing was chucking behind her, “Good. It seems that you have no issue with this sword array at all.”

No longer had she said that, there were seven bursts of sword energies that flew toward Ye Jing.

This startled Ye Jing as she panicky cursed her, “Are you trying to provoke the sword array or what? That is my life that you are risking…”

As she cursed Fan Yuqing, she had taken several steps in front of her. In additional to the seven deadly sword energies that were homing at her, this action caused an additional seven deadly sword energies to be activated as fourteen deadly sword energies began to explode all around Ye Jing.

Ye Jing had simply walked past the exploding sword energies as though she was a phantasm.

“What?! You didn’t get kill yet? So I don’t get a ghost for my company?” Fan Yuqing was smiling.

Ye Jing giggled, “Fat hope if you want to kill me. Have you forgotten that you have killed me once already? You can’t kill a person twice, you know.”

As she said that, suddenly she had flown with a startling speed toward the epicenter of the sword array. This caused dozens of sword energies to fly toward her…

Fan Yuqing had suddenly raised her white flute as she flashed past Ye Jing toward the epicenter and had transformed her white flute into a beam of deadly white light as the array core was destroyed.

This instantly caused all the dozens of sword energies that were directed at Ye Jing to dissipate all of a sudden.

Ye Jing heaved a soft sigh of relief, “That is such a narrow one. If you are slower by a second, maybe I would have really turned into a ghost.”

Fan Yuqing said with an amused smile, “I don’t believe you. I say that the Hundred Celestial Killing Array is a hundred times more formidable than this. If you can go through that, this is just a roller coaster ride for you. You just don’t wish for me to see your true strength.”

Ye Jing smiled weakly as she turned to look around her, “You never know if I were to miss a footing.” Then she gave a bitter smile, “It seems that we manage to enrage the ‘whatever power’ that is here.”

It was because she could sense that a more powerful sword array was suddenly descending upon them and the malevolent aura was ten times more intensified!

Ye Jing muttered, “I got a really bad feeling about this…”

Golden lights with intricate patterns had surrounded them and this time the sword array was many times more complex.

Fan Yuqing was suddenly smiling bitterly, “It seems that this sword array can evolve itself? I can’t sense where the array core is. It seems to have learned from the first experience and is quietly concealing its array core.”

Ye Jing was nodding, “it knows that we are able to sense where the array core is so it has duplicate its array core in ten different places and has concealed itself with the same similar aura. This is cheating…”

Fan Yuqing bitterly said, “It seems that we are directly at the third level of the Sword Trial itself.”

Ye Jing and Fan Yuqing had their backs leaned against each other. It was because they knew that in the next instant hundreds of sword energies would be raining all around them…

Fan Yuqing whispered softly to Ye Jing, “Are you going to do it or I will?”

Ye Jing whispered with a smile, “This is actually your problem and I’m only aiding you.”

Fan Yuqing nodded as she raised her white lute to display her golden lotus aura. Coupled with her immortal weapon, the golden aura of her artefact core was further enhanced and became a burning globe of light that exploded outward.

In that single instant all the hundreds of sword energies were suddenly dissipated and the sword array was destroyed completely.

Fan Yuqing hummed coldly to the powers that were manipulating the sword arrays, “Do you think that your puny attempts to stop us will work?”

Except for a shimmering blue portal that had appeared, there was no other response.

Ye Jing looked at the portal with a coyly smile, “Well, we have cleared this level already. Let’s proceed to the next level.”

Fan Yuqing nodded and said, “We have disabled the energies on this level. It seems that the unknown power can’t do a thing to us on this level anymore.”

Without hesitation, she had stepped into the shimmering portal and was followed by Ye Jing who was asking, “Hey, how much martial strength did you use for your technique. Do you want my aid on the next level?”

Fan Yuqing whispered coldly, “Do you really want the whole world to know my weakness? Can’t you be more discreet?”

“Oh? Fan Yuqing will actually have a weakness?” Ye Jing asked innocently.

Fan Yuqing: …

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Chapter 147: The Sword Trial (1)

Ye Jing could sense powerful waves of energies that emanated from the cave. She knitted her brows as she turned around to look at Fan Yuqing, Xiaofang, Feng Minyue and Xuan Danfeng, “This is the Sword Trial?”

The smiles on her countenance had vanished as she quietly said, “It seems…really dangerous.”

She had keen energy sense and she could already pick up dozens of killing arrays within the cave. It was akin to walking into a carefully laid trap except that they were willing to walk into it.

Xiaofang nodded as he said solemnly, “I have since probed this cave many times. It is not as simple as it looks.”

Fan Yuqing nodded without any expression before she said coolly, “It seems that the energy levels have suddenly surge since the last time that I’ve been here.”

Then she looked at Ye Jing with a smile, “Xiaofang is actually right. This cave is beyond what they can handle but the two of us can still handle it. Why don’t we explore the Sword Trial together?”

Feng Minyue was startled, “Sister Saintess Yuqing, you’re going there alone?”

Fan Yuqing nodded, “I am really interested in obtaining the Heaven Refining Energy. It seems that the difficulty of the Sword Trial has suddenly undergone a change since our last visit. How weird.”

Ye Jing giggled, “I am interested to enter the Sword Trial as well but if you want to obtain the reward then what benefit do I get? Then it is better that I stay put instead.”

Fan Yuqing hummed coldly as she began to walk to the entrance of the cave, “You can treat it as an experiential training.”

Ye Jing shook her head, “I rather stay put…”

“Don’t you want a breakthrough to the Third Immortal Positioning of your Heaven Eye?” Fan Yuqing curled a subtle smile. “Since you are not interested, well then…”

Ye Jing panicky came to her side and sighed softly, “Wait for me…”

Xuan Danfeng was smiling weakly as she said behind them, “Good luck sisters…”

Feng Minyue said anxiously, “We can only stand watch as guardians here…”

Xiaofang was suddenly following Ye Jing and Fan Yuqing as he said, “Let me go too. I may be of some help…”

Fan Yuqing paused in her tracks as she turned around with a gentle smile, “You have better stay put or you will only be a distraction to us. This is actually no ordinary Sword Trial. I’m sure that you can clear the first level but you will be no help to us at the second or even third level. Do you understand?”

Just as Xiaofang was about to protest, Ye Jing looked at him solemnly. “Xiaofang, don’t worry. She will protect me so I will be alright. If you are with us, it will be hard for her to look after the two of us.”

Ye Jing was dead serious as she nodded subtly to Xiaofang. Through their dual cultivation, Xiaofang knew that Ye Jing wanted him to stay put.

What could he do but to sigh?

Fan Yuqing smiled at Ye Jing as she said coolly, “About that protect part, I didn’t say that. So you have better watched out yourself.”

Ye Jing murmured, “Eh?! You’re asking me to join you yet you don’t want to look after me?”

Fan Yuqing laughed softly as she took a glance at Xiaofang, “I don’t want your man to come after me if something were to happen to you. After all, I may not be able to resist his charm.”

Ye Jing groaned softly, “At this time, you’re still in a mood to joke?”

Fan Yuqing looked at her intently before she smiled, “I’m not joking.”

“You are kidding me!” Ye Jing muttered.

Soon they had entered the cave together and their bickering voices were slowly diminishing.

Xiaofang muttered anxiously, “Will they really be alright?”

Feng Minyue said, “You ought to have some faith in them. After all, the two of them are daughters of the heavens.”

Xuan Danfeng had a perplexed look on her countenance as she suddenly said, “No, this doesn’t sound right.”

Feng Minyue looked at her curiously, “What is wrong?”

Xuan Danfeng said, “Why should the difficulty of the Sword Trial increase all of a sudden? This has never happened before. Moreover we are only at the second level of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth. It is as though there is a force that is manipulating the Sword Trial?”

Feng Minyue was startled, “Don’t scare me, alright?”

Xiaofang was also startled, “Then they are in danger?”

Xuan Danfeng smiled weakly, “Don’t be too quick to panic first. It is just my guesswork.”

Xiaofang heaved a soft sigh of relief, “Thank goodness…”

But silently Xuan Danfeng was anxious as she prayed silently, “Hopefully, they know what their limits are…”

There were three levels to the Sword Trial. Each time that they had passed one level, they were allowed an option to exit the Sword Trial.

Accordingly to the lore of the celestials, the great saints of the past were able to clear the Sword Trial of the first level of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth but not the second level. So far, no one had ever cleared the Sword Trial of the second level.

Xuan Danfeng had an ominous feeling as she extended her spirit sense into the cave to probe. She had actually been to the Sword Trial of the second level in the past but it was nowhere as ominous as in the past…

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Chapter 146: The Icy Frost Flame

Xuan Danfeng had just finished her meditation and had only just opened her eyes. She saw that everyone was looking at her curiously. There was a subtle shift in Xuan Danfeng’s aura after she had absorbed the Icy Frost Flame as part of her inner cultivation core. Her aura was frostier and her negative energies were purer than before.

Ye Jing chuckled, “She is finally opening her eyes! It has been quite a long wait. Even Xiaofang isn’t that slow.”

Xiaofang muttered, “It is not the same thing…”

Fan Yuqing looked up at Xuan Danfeng with a smile, “You seem to have gained quite a rewarding amount of insight in the new practice. Should I say a word of congrats to you?”

Xuan Danfeng lit a faint smile, “So how long have I been in meditation?”

Fan Yuqing replied casually, “Not more or less. Exactly three months.”

There was a twitch on her countenance as she muttered, “This long?” It looked like a matter of days to her.

Ye Jing helped to lift her up as she laughed, “While waiting for you, I have even advanced my Heaven Eyes to the second positioning. So we didn’t really waste any time at all.”

Xiaofang nodded and said, “I have managed to gain a more thorough insight of the new Supremacy Level with the extra time so this is a good thing. At the same time, I have also managed to gain a breakthrough to the upper golden celestial level.”

Feng Minyue smiled as she looked at Xiaofang, “Now you are only a small realm before you catch up to me.”

She was at the initial sacred saint level and should Xiaofang manage another breakthrough then he would be at the initial sacred saint level as her.

Xuan Danfeng looked at everyone with deep appreciation for waiting for her as she said, “Thank you…”

At the same time she had reached into her inner core to caress the Icy Frost Flame. She still need to nurture it and hopefully she would be able to produce a small wisp for Gong Nanyan and her other core protégés so that they would be able to gain more cultivation strength.

She quickly said with her eyes beaming, “Let’s go now. Sorry for wasting so much time here. If we don’t hurry then we will never reach the top.”

Fan Yuqing smiled, “What? You seem to be in a hurry than us.”

Xuan Danfeng was high spirited now as she laughed softly, “I am doing this for the rest of you. Don’t want to seek the wondrous treasures of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth? So let’s hurry.”

Feng Minyue suddenly called out, “Wait Sister Danfeng, you are heading the wrong way.”

Xuan Danfeng had paused in her tracks as she turned back to look at them, “Huh?”

Feng Minyue explained, “While you are meditating, we have found the location of the Sword Trial. So we are just waiting for you to finish your meditation before we head to it.”

Xuan Danfeng was startled as she muttered, “The Sword Trial?…”

The Sword Trial was one of the many trials in the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth to be known by the celestials. Xuan Danfeng had actually visited it once in her previous attempt but it was at a terrible cost in lives for the patriarch clans.

The smiles that were on Xuan Danfeng had vanished as she asked, “You are serious in going there? The sword energies there are enough to kill us many times over. There are a total of three levels for the Sword Trial but we have never got past to the second level. The rewards may not be enough for us to take the risk.”

Fan Yuqing smiled, “On the third level of the Sword Trial is a Heaven Refining Energy. If we can reach that level then we can use that energy to refine our divine weapons. Won’t that be wonderful?”

Ye Jing asked curiously, “Even my immortal sword can be further refined?” Like Xuan Danfeng, Ye Jing had only just ended her meditation and she was not aware of the Sword Trial.

Fan Yuqing nodded, “Not only can your immortal sword be refined further but even Xiaofang’s heaven-step immortal sword as well.”

Ye Jing immediately replied without hesitation, “What are we waiting for? Let’s go now.”

Xiaofang muttered, “Are you all sure about this?”

While Xuan Danfeng and Ye Jing were in seclusion, he had inspected the cave where the Sword Trial was at and he could sense how dangerous the cave was.

He was not the one that had discovered the cave. Instead it was Fan Yuqing and Feng Minyue who had discovered it together.

Ye Jing was already heading in a spirited mood to the direction that Feng Minyue had pointed…

Xiaofang called out to her, “Wait Jing’Er…”

Fan Yuqing called out behind him, “Xiaofang, you have better keep a close eye on her…” Her eyes were smiling as she watched Xiaofang panicky went after Ye Jing.

Feng Minyue muttered as she looked at Fan Yuqing and Xuan Danfeng, “Now I seriously think that this may not be such a good idea to enter the Sword Trial at all.”

Xuan Danfeng was smiling weakly, “Of course it is never a good idea to challenge beyond one’s means.”

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Chapter 145: The New Celestial Practice

After two weeks of trekking through the perilous mountain paths, Ye Jing was lamenting loudly. “Are we lost? It does seem to me that we are struck in these mountain ranges for far longer than we are hoping for.”

Yu’Er nodded as she flew on her shoulder.

There was a suppression aura in these mountains that prevented Yu’Er from flying too high and this suppression was even greater than on the first level.

Ye Jing smiled bitterly as she looked at Yu’Er, “Even my Yu’Er has become a flightless bird here.”

Xuan Danfeng laughed when she had heard her, “Did you think that you can use Yu’Er to fly all over the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth?”

Ye Jing was flushing as she stole a glance at Xiaofang. Indeed that was her initial idea. She had thought that with Yu’Er around, she could literally explore all the wonderlands of the Empyrean Warrior labyrinth in a short span of time and gather as many wondrous treasures as possible. But it seemed that her plan had backfired and they had been wandering aimlessly for the past two weeks without even finding anything.

Fan Yuqing folded her arms as she smiled alluringly, “You are just an aristocracy brat. It is nigh time that you learn how to earn your labors by…” She smiled even more beautifully as she added, “…walking.”

Ye Jing looked at Xiaofang, “Aren’t you supposed to be our guide?”

Xiaofang was smiling weakly as he paused to look at the treacherous paths that were around, “We are lucky if we do not fall down the steep trails.”

Then he hopped up to a rock to take a look around. Suddenly there was an excitement on his face as he blurted out. “I saw a cliff. It seems to have some words on it. Do we want to take a look?”

Xuan Danfeng was intrigued, “We should. It is better than not finding anything at all.”

Ye Jing, Fan Yuqing and Feng Minyue were all nodding and agreeing with her.

Therefore they followed Xiaofang and it was not before long that they saw a lofty cliff that was hidden the shadows of the mountain walls. This lofty cliff was white in contrast to the other mountain cliffs and stood out.

Indeed there were words that were craved on the cliffs.

It did not take the group long to decipher the runic characters that were on the cliffs to be a cultivation method.

Xuan Danfeng was the most excited as her eyes were beaming. In fact, she was laughing softly as her voice floated with clarity. “Haha. I’ve finally found it. This is the missing part of the new celestial cultivation that I have been searching for.”

Ye Jing turned to look at her as she asked curiously, “What is it? I don’t really understand about this ‘Supremacy’ level. Is it a heretic cultivation method?”

Seeing that even Fan Yuqing was groaning silently as she read the runic characters that were on the wall, Xuan Danfeng explained with a smile. “All of you may not know this for you have never been to the library of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth. Or rather, you had been there but you did not spend any time there. Anyway, that’s not the most important aspect.”

Then she smiled mysteriously, “Do you all remember that we are supposed to find the new celestial cultivation method that is in the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth. Well, we have found it!”

She was laughing excitingly as though she had won a grand prize, “To think that it is here.”

Feng Minyue asked, “You know about the new cultivation method from the library?”

Xuan Danfeng smiled as she explained, “Only the theory crafting. There are six celestial levels in our current cultivation method. Well, the immortals have added a seventh level to it. But in order to know the exact intrinsic formula, we need to enter the trials to obtain it. According to the library, the new celestial cultivation method is hidden in all the levels of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth. Whether we can find all the different methods of this seventh level to practice is up to our providence and we have found one of the methods. Aren’t we lucky?”

Ye Jing was smiling weakly as she said, “Actually this is new cultivation method of the Devil Isle. Because they had won over the Goddess Palace, the celestial fraternity will be using their cultivation method from now on.”

Fan Yuqing nodded, “Indeed. This new celestial cultivation method of the Devil Isle is rather interesting. It may even be more superior to the Goddess Palace.”

Ye Jing protested, “It may not be. The triple…” She had wanted to mention the triple cultivation methods that she had learnt but realized that she may be questioned so she quickly retracted and said, “There are triple benefits in the celestial cultivation of the Dual Golden Celestial that doubles our celestial strength.”

Fan Yuqing replied casually, “It is too archaic. It is actually extremely difficult to reach the Crisis and the Ascend Divinity. I don’t know how you and Xiaofang manage to do it. Most will probably be struck at the Emotionless Divinity.”

Ye Jing was startled as she looked at her, “You know about my cultivation method?”

Even Xiaofang was startled because their dual golden celestial cultivation was a secret that they had not shared with anyone.

Fan Yuqing smiled wryly, “Do you think that I have been idle for the past 8 years? Furthermore, I had already suspected what your cultivation method was when your golden eyes had turned gray.”

Ye Jing smiled weakly as she pretended to look at the white cliff…

Xuan Danfeng smiled at Fan Yuqing, “Did you just say that this new cultivation method is even more superior to the Goddess Palace?” She was eager to start on her new practice.

Fan Yuqing nodded. It did not take her long to read and played the new celestial cultivation in her mind. After all, she was a daughter of the heavens. There was not a single cultivation method that was hard for her to decipher.

Xuan Danfeng was thinking secretly, “Luckily Fan Yuqing is here. Her celestial foundation is steeper than me. If she can do the explaining then I can master the new celestial practice in no time at all…”

Feng Minyue smiled gently at Fan Yuqing, “It does seem that the new celestial practice is rather interesting.”

Fan Yuqing returned a smile and said, “We are all familiar with the current celestial practice. There are six levels to it. Practitioner, Master Practitioner, Enlighten Celestial, Immortal Celestial, Golden Celestial and Sacred Saint. It seems that a Supremacy level has been added between the Golden Celestial Level and the Sacred Saint Level to aid the cultivators to overcome the difficulty of the Sacred Saint Level. This also has the effect of solidifying the cultivation foundation too.”

Ye Jing remarked curiously, “Except for Xiaofang here, we are all at the Sacred Saint Level now. Do we have any benefits from a lower cultivation level practice?”

Fan Yuqing smiled as she looked at Xiaofang, “It actually has an immerse benefit especially for Xiaofang. The only drawback is that once Xiaofang starts to practice it, he can no longer advance from a golden celestial level to the sacred saint level. His next level will be the supremacy level. So he has to decide whether he wants to practice it or not. For the rest of us, it helps to consolidate our foundation. We can use the cultivation foundation of our sacred saint level to absorb the new practice though we may not reap the most benefits as compare to someone that actually practice it. It is considered too late for us to reverse our cultivation progression for now.”

Ye Jing said with a soft chuckle as she looked at Xiaofang, “Poor you. You have to start from scratch. Do you wish to learn?”

Xiaofang grinned and said, “Why not? The new celestial practice looks rather interesting. So what is this new supremacy level all about?”

Fan Yuqing returned a glance at Xiaofang as she smiled, “It seems that you are as excited as Sister Danfeng as well.”

She looked at everyone with a faint smile before saying, “This new supremacy level is the spirit level. Where else the golden celestial level is the body strengthening stage and the sacred saint level is the soul aura stage, this supremacy level is the refining of the spiritual inner sea. Roughly a third of the cultivation method seems to be the same as the Supremacy Level of the dark celestials, hence the naming.”

Then she looked up at words of the cliff, “At the end of this new celestial practice is a spirit flame for us to practice and to refine if we want to.”

Xiaofang was startled as he stared at the cliff for he could see nothing at all.

He was not the only one that could see nothing. Xuan Danfeng, Ye Jing and Feng Minyue were not able to see anything too.

Ye Jing and Xuan Danfeng were both great saintess now but compared to Fan Yuqing, they knew that there was still a boundary between them. After all, she was already at the Heavens Divinity while they were at the Earth Divinity.

Fan Yuqing smiled, “You will be able to see it once you have started to practice it. It is actually an Icy Frost Flame. If you can refine it within your inner spiritual sea, it has the effect of enhancing your cultivation strength and function like a minor artifact core. But beware that you can only refine one spirit entity at any single time so you need to choose wisely. There may be other spirit entities that we can find in the future.”

She smiled at Xuan Danfeng, “I think that this Icy Frost Flame aligns perfectly with your clan celestial method and is most suitable to you. If you wish to obtain this Icy Frost Flame, I may be able to help you to perfectly absorb it within your cultivation core. Moreover this Icy Frost Flame will be the parent wisp. You may be able to distribute a precious wisp to your protégés in the future once they have reached the supremacy level.”

Xuan Danfeng was startled as she looked nervously at Xiaofang. She knew how precious this Icy Frost Flame was going to be. Furthermore, there could only be one parent wisp of it and any child wisp was too minute and too precious to be given out freely. It was a lucky thing that they were able to find the primeval wisp. She really wanted to have the parent wisp so that she could benefit her clan in the future…

To her delight, Xiaofang was grinning. “I am afraid that my body constitution is too different. This Icy Frost Flame is more beneficial to those that have negative bodies. I just want to practice the new supremacy level.”

Xuan Danfeng was smiling beautiful as she said to Xiaofang, “Thank you…”

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Chapter 144: Ye Jing Confession

They had now left the beautiful waterfalls hideout after biding Yun Chen, Beitang Ying and Yun Xi goodbye.

Ye Jing had said to them, “Hope to see you outside in two year time. By then your Little Yun Xi will be taller than now.”

Beitang Ying smiled, “I hope to see you alive in two year time. So don’t die on me.” She paused briefly to whisper, “I hope that Dugu Fang and you can be together.”

Ye Jing whispered back, “He already has Gong Nanyan. There is no need for a third party like me…”

Beitang Ying laughed softly as she shoved her away, “Liar…”

As the party traveled in the mountains, they were some small fights with the desolate beasts but there were not nothing the four saintess and Xiaofang could not handle.

After a few days had passed, Ye Jing whispered to Xiaofang as they traveled while the other three saintess were walking in front. “You know. Suddenly I am so envious of Beitang Ying and Yun Chen. I don’t know the actual reason why but I am just envious of them.”

Xiaofang asked, “Oh? Why?”

Ye Jing said quietly, “It is just that it is so blissful that Beitang Ying and Yun Chen can have each other’s love to themselves. Do you think that this is actually a wonderful feeling to have?”

Xiaofang grinned, “I think it is.”

Ye Jing smiled, “But I don’t think that I will know how wonderful this feeling of undivided love will be anymore since you also have Sister Nanyan now.”

Xiaofang smiled weakly, “You are the one that sent me to the Lofty Snow Palace…”

Ye Jing giggled softly, “Right but I was hoping that you would get seduced by Xuan Danfeng and not by her protégé. But then Sister Nanyan is really a good parent to our Little Fenghuang. She must have suffered a lot with you for the past 8 years.”

Xiaofang nodded as he sighed, “I was in a depression for some years. It is all thanks to Nanyan that I am able to pull myself. There is no way I can repay her…”

Ye Jing smiled gently as she quietly interrupted, “It is we that ought to repay her. Do you think that it is time for us to make our affair public?”

Xiaofang looked curiously at her, “You’re not afraid anymore?”

Ye Jing looked away from him as she said softly, “Previously I was worried about our affair being a major scandal and a laughing stock in the celestial fraternity. But now I no longer care. I’ve become quite thick skin after being a villainess for such a long time. Moreover…”

She turned and looked at him, “If I don’t get a hold on you from now on, I am afraid that you may have plenty of other consorts in the future.”

Xiaofang was delighted as he asked, “Then, you will marry me?”

Ye Jing smiled shyly, “If my Mother Consort Ye agrees, then I won’t refuse. Therefore you ought to make my Mother Consort Ye happy first. If she gives her approval then it is a lot of easier. You can’t have the Holy Consort to elope to the mountains with you, right? After all, I am my mother’s only daughter. So you ought to prepare an acceptable betrothal gift that will please her.  But be wary, it won’t be easy at all. My mother consort really has a high standard.”

Xiaofang nodded eagerly but his expression was grave. It was because he was not particularly wealthy and he was now wondering what he would give to the Lady Consort Ye so as to gain her approval and favor.

But unknown to Xiaofang, the Lady Consort Ye had long given her acknowledgement to Xiaofang and Ye Jing to be together. So it did not matter to her what the betrothal gift would be. Furthermore, Ye Jing knew it as well and was only teasing Xiaofang.

Xiaofang was now a little nervous as he thought, “My future wife is a great saintess, the Nine Celestial Goddess as well as the successor to the Great Goddess Heaveness. How am I worthy of her? My most precious possession is my immortal sword. Maybe I can present it as a betrothal gift to the Lady Consort Ye?”

Ye Jing could sense what was troubling Xiaofang so she smiled, “Aren’t we here to look for treasures in the first place? Maybe we can find some wondrous treasures that we can use as betrothal gifts? I’ll help you of course.”

Xiaofang was delighted and he was muttering, “That’s right. There are plenty of wondrous treasures that can be found here. We can certainly find something useful here…”

Ye Jing smiled gently as she suddenly paused in her tracks, “Actually I do have a confession to make. Don’t be angry alright?”

Xiaofang paused as well as he looked curiously at her with a smile, “I won’t.”

Ye Jing sighed softly as she stole a glance at him before she turned away again, “Actually, on that night of our mishap…”

She bit her lips, “I wasn’t that drunk. It doesn’t matter if the wines are drugged or not. It doesn’t work that well on me.”

Since she was young, she was already forced to experiment with drugs and exotic scents as part of her grooming so that she would gain immunity to the various poisons and drugs. The hidden fraternity of the patriarch clans was often treacherous and there were plenty of scheming between the patriarch clans.

She added quietly, “It is just that I was too carried away by the fine wines that the Celestial Yuehua had. After that…I had suppressed those memories. Anyway those were mild drugs that were meant for you rather than for me. I was…actually not that angry with you. I just hate you because you don’t show up earlier.”

Xiaofang smiled awkwardly, “Jing’Er, I am not upset. Thank you. Meeting you is actually the happiest day of my life. Since I had met you, I had already resolved to take you as my wife. But it was an impossible dream for me….so I had hidden away. To be able to watch you and knowing that you are safe, I am actually content enough.”

Ye Jing looked at him shyly, “Is that so? You have already helped me more than enough. Actually sometimes I feel that I am not worthy of you. I am actually a spoil brat for most of my life.”

Xiaofang laughed softly, “It doesn’t matter anymore. It is all in the past. We should look forward now.”

Ye Jing smiled with a nod as she took a rainbow pill from her pouch, “Here, take this and quickly hide it.”

Xiaofang looked at the rainbow pill curiously, “This looks like the Rainbow Saint Pill?”

“Indeed it is and it can help you to reach sainthood in the future. So you’ve better treasure this pill.”

Xiaofang was startled as he took it with his trembling fingers while looking at her, “It is for me?”

As promised, the Goddess Isa had sent the immortal pills to all the celestial clans that were affected by the Goddess Palace and the Devil Isle. Therefore the Lady Consort Ye on behalf of the Holy Citadel had received the compensation as well.

After Ye Jing was revived, she had paid her mother consort a visit. That was how she had got the Rainbow Saint Pill.

Ye Jing smiled, “My mother consort wants you to have it. I’ve just forgotten to pass to you.”

Xiaofang grinned, “Help me to thank the Lady Consort Ye…”

Ye Jing chuckled, “You should address her as the Holy Consort now. Have you forgotten that you are still a protégé of the Holy Citadel City?”

Xiaofang asked curiously, “She is the Holy Consort now?”

Ye Jing laughed softly, “Well, she is the acting Holy Consort for the time being until my return.”

Her mother consort was now the acting Holy Consort of the Holy Citadel City. Not only did the revival of the Holy Citadel City not met with any reprisals but it was a much welcome affair in the Nine Celestial Fraternity.

Many celestial clans were in fact, lamenting why the Nine Celestial Goddess did not pay their celestial clan a visit. As the Lady Consort Ye was the mother of the Nine Celestial Goddess, almost all the celestial clans were only too eager to make an alliance or maintain friendship with the Holy Citadel City.

All of a sudden Fan Yuqing had paused in her tracks as she looked back at them. She said, “Why are the two of you whispering so secretly and so far back behind us? Aren’t you worried that you may lose us in the mountains?”

Ye Jing chuckled softly, “We are…erm…just admiring the views here.”

Xuan Danfeng laughed, “I think the two of you are more and more like a couple.”

Ye Jing protested weakly, “We…are not…”

Xuan Danfeng folded her arms as she laughed jovially, “Oh really?”

Feng Minyue and Fan Yuqing took a glance at each other. Although Ye Jing had insisted on numerous times that she and Xiaofang was not a couple but from the way Xiaofang looked at her, it was only too obvious and moreover there was no indication that Ye Jing had actually rejected Xiaofang.

Since they knew that Ye Jing could not make her interest for Xiaofang public, they all pretended to believe her otherwise.

Silently they could only pray that Ye Jing’s elders would give their approvals and not forced Ye Jing to marry one of the young masters of the patriarch clans. If the other patriarch clans were to know that Ye Jing was still alive, then the number of patriarch suitors would be too numerous to count. After all, Ye Jing was now known to be the successor of the Heaveness and she was also the Nine Celestial Goddess.

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