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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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Chapter 143: We Are All Friends

The abode of Yun Chen and Beitang Ying was just a simple dwelling place that was made of stacks of logs and straws. It was hidden from view behind three waterfalls and it was quite impossible for anyone to find without any guides.

Now everyone was sitting around the table and was drinking jovially while little Yun Xi was playing by herself at the corner.

Yun Chen was smiling awkwardly, “This is only a humble abode that I’ve made. It isn’t grand or anything. When I made this shed, I had no idea that I would have any guests or…” He took a glance at the little Yun Xi, “…a child.”

Fan Yuqing smiled, “It is good enough. I just surprised that the two of you will be together.”

Yun Chen looked at the shy Beitang Ying, “We’ve actually fallen in love with each other when we are scouting the camps of the heretic clans. It is just that we happen to translate this into something actual here. For this, I am glad.”

Fan Yuqing nodded, “The Devil Goddess will be very surprised to hear of this.”

Beitang Ying smiled weakly as she took a quick glance at everyone, “It seems that everyone here is associated with the Devil Goddess but none of us actually know of her true identity. I wonder who she really is.”

Although she knew that Ye Jing, Xiaofang, Feng Minyue and Xuan Danfeng were not part of the Devil Goddess inner group but she had surmised that they had actually known who the Devil Goddess was because she had given herself away when she had rescued her and put her into their care.

Ye Jing was too young and she could not be the Devil Goddess. Also she was the Goddess Envoy and could not be in two places.

It could not be Fan Yuqing either because she had appeared with the Devil Goddess…

Could the real Devil Goddess be either Feng Minyue or Xuan Danfeng?

Beitang Ying was actually guessing.

Ye Jing laughed softly, “Well, I do know who she is…” All of a sudden she could feel a cold gaze that was from Fan Yuqing that was upon her…

So she quickly smiled weakly and told a lie, “Actually, this is only my guess. I think that the Devil Goddess may actually be someone from one of the three consecrated celestial places. Maybe she is actually from the Devil Island.”

Beitang Ying looked doubtfully at Ye Jing, “Maybe.”

Ye Jing laughed, “It seems that you have quite a good catch. I’m sure that Yun Chen is a better catch than Yun Xinghe.”

Beitang Ying smiled as she looked at Yun Chen, “He is…”

Then she smiled as she looked at Feng Minyue, “Speaking of Yun Xinghe, he seems to be pursuing Celestial Su Shanyue. I saw them exchanging looks quite a number of times.”

Feng Minyue was startled as she muttered, “My junior sister is with Yun Xinghe?…This is impossible…”

Yun Chen smiled, “Actually it is not away from the truth. They are really dating.”

Feng Minyue stared at Yun Chen as she slowly nodded…

Coming from Yun Chen who was Yun Xinghe’s uncle as well as his closest aide, she was forced to admit that they were telling the truth…

Fan Yuqing was also surprised but she was soon smiling, “It seems that by asking Su Shanyue to stop Yun Xinghe from seeing me, they will actually end up together? This is really such a surprise. This Xun Xinghe is really such a playboy.”

Feng Minyue sighed softly, “I ought to warn Shanyue about him…”

Fan Yuqing said coolly, “I think it may already be too late.”

Feng Minyue replied, “Shanyue had told me that she is entering the library. If she is in the library then she won’t be seeing Yun Xinghe anytime soon.”

Xiaofang said, “I saw them taking the other portal. They did not enter the library.”

Feng Minyue: …

Xiaofang added, “Don’t worry. They have entered the trial with quite a number of golden celestials of the Celestial Sword Clan. Your junior sister will be alright.”

Feng Minyue smiled weakly. Precisely if her junior sister was with Yun Xinghe then it was worrying for her. She would not believe that Shanyue would lie to her…

Yun Chen asked, “Are you all intending to go to the higher levels of the labyrinth? If not, you can stay here. It is actually quite safe here and we can wait out here as well.”

Fan Yuqing said, “Actually we are. We have just ascended from the first level of the labyrinth and have just arrived at the second level. To think that we got to meet some old friends the moment that we have arrived here. This is a surprise and is wonderful.”

Yun Chen nodded, “Then please stay here for as long as you want before you make a move.”

Fan Yuqing smiled, “We intend to make a move tomorrow.”

“So soon?” Beitang Ying gasped, “Why not stay a little longer?”

Fan Yuqing replied, “We are actually in a hurry for some lost time. We intend to go as high as possible.”

Yun Chen and Beitang Ying were both looking at each other…

Yun Chen sighed, “Then you must be careful. There are hidden dangers everywhere, even for a great saint.”

Beitang Ying nodded, “Unfortunately, we didn’t explore much of this level and can’t be your guide to the next level.”

Then she was looking at Ye Jing and smiling, “How did you manage to survive and how come you are here? Are you a ghost?”

Ye Jing giggled, “Everyone has thought that I am a ghost. Too bad I am not or it will be fun to pass through the walls.”

Beitang Ying laughed softly as she lifted her wine cup to her, “Come, tell me about it as we drink?”

Ye Jing smiled as she took a sip from the wine cup, “Alright then. So where should I start? It all begins when I had waked up in a strange and mysterious place…”

Fan Yuqing coolly interrupted her, “Stop spinning mysterious tales. The reason why she is alive to this day is because I’ve used Yu’Er blood to nourish her. As you know that phoenix sometimes has the ability to revive from the fire of their ashes. It may be a tale but it is worth trying. After 8 long years trying, she is finally revived. I was surprise too.”

Ye Jing was stammering for words. It seemed that Fan Yuqing had purposely omitted that she had used her own blood to help her to revive as well.

Beitang Ying gave a curious look at Ye Jing, “I see…”

The she lowered her glances as she smiled, “I know that you won’t die so easily. I was actually saddened for a few days after you were gone.”

Ye Jing was startled, “You are saddened?”

Beitang Ying smiled, “Indeed I was.”

Ye Jing asked, “You don’t dislike me?”

Beitang Ying gave a faint smile, “Used to but no longer. Ever since you had rescued me from the hands of the Devil Island, my misgivings for you were already gone. And…”

She paused to give a broad smile, “You are the successor of the Heaveness. I don’t want to make an enemy out of you too.”

Ye Jing laughed as she raised her wine cup, “A toast to our new friendship then!”

Beitang Ying chuckled as she raised her wine cup, “A toast to you! Say, if you are not with Xiaofang, you want to consider Yun Chen?”

Ye Jing laughed as she stole a glance at Xiaofang, “Even if I did not consider Xiaofang, I will not consider your Yun Chen.”

Beitang looked at Xiaofang and Ye Jing with a sly smile as she muttered softly, “Liar…”

Yun Chen interrupted as he grinned, “Not just to the two of you but a big toast to everyone here too!”

Xuan Danfeng laughed as she had begun to eye the many flasks of wines that she had laid out, “Yes a big toast to everyone here. We should drink ourselves silly tonight…”

Feng Minyue smiled faintly as she raised her wine cup, “A toast to our friendship.”

Xiaofang grinned as he raised a wine flask, “A toast to our friendship.”

Fan Yuqing nodded as she smiled at Yun Chen and Beitang Ying, “May the gods bless your unison and to our friendship too.”

Ye Jing was feeling warm inside her heart. It seemed that a long time had passed since she had known Beitang Ying and the rest of her group.

She muttered in her heart, “If only this gathering can last forever…”

That very night, they all had a good jovial drink. There was no clan divides between them, only sincere friendships that came from the bottom of their hearts.

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Chapter 142: The Second Level

“Wow…” Ye Jing said after taking a look at the breathtaking landscape of the second level of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth.

Even Xiaofang was saying, “This place is really beautiful…”

They had been teleported to a place that was surrounded by mists and dozens of waterfalls.

Yu’Er was flying around delightfully and she was chirping nonstop, “There are no sights of any desolate monsters too.”

Ye Jing smiled when she had heard Yu’Er and she quickly translated to Xiaofang, “It seems that there are no dangers that can be seen. We are pretty lucky to land here.”

The two of them were looking discreetly at each other and were smiling.

Ye Jing muttered, “It seems that our adventures have truly started from this point onward.”

Xiaofang said quietly as he looked at her, “I am only here to keep you accompany and to get you to marry me. Didn’t you say that I am already worthy for you?”

Ye Jing smiled shyly as she purposely looked away, “We shall see about it after we’re done with this place.”

Xiaofang asked quietly, “Aren’t you worried?”

Ye Jing smiled weakly, “About the dark immortals? I am actually but I am happier that I have a second lease of life now.”

Then she quietly said, “You shouldn’t have come with me. I am a magnet for more troubles. I don’t even know if I am a fitting successor to the Heaveness or not.”

When she had said that, Xuan Danfeng, Feng Minyue and Fan Yuqing had also stepped through an invisible portal that rippled behind them.

Ye Jing quickly look away from Xiaofang as she pretended to admire the waterfalls.

Xuan Danfeng had the same exact reaction as them, “It seems that we have come to a good place. It is beautiful, isn’t it?”

Ye Jing had turned around and laughed, “Indeed. What takes you so long to come through the portal? Are you all gossiping about me behind my back?”

Xuan Danfeng smiled wryly, “Of course not…”

Feng Minyue smiled weakly as she thought, “She didn’t even bat an eyelid when she lies…”

Fan Yuqing took a quick and cautious look around after she had entered, “This seems like a serene place.”

Ye Jing laughed softly, “Indeed. I have an idea. Why don’t we find a good place to take a bath around here?”

Fan Yuqing, Feng Minyue and Xuan Danfeng said quickly one after another. “No thanks…No need to…I’m alright…you go ahead…”

Ye Jing looked at them with a perplexed look, “What’s wrong with you? It isn’t like Xiaofang is a lecherous fellow or a peeping tom.”

She smiled at Xiaofang as she pointed a finger at him, “You are not, right?”

Xiaofang smiled weakly, “Of course I’m not…”

When he had barged into the stream where the three maidens were bathing, his eyes were on Fan Yuqing. Although it was only for a brief moment, it was imprinted vividly in his mind. After that he had jumped into a nearby pool to cool off. Although he had tried his best to forget about the scene but he simply could not for Fan Yuqing was too enticing. After all, she was the goddess in most men’s hearts.

Xuan Danfeng almost fell from the slippery slope after she had heard their conversation.

Fan Yuqing said as she caught hold of her, “Watch it. I thought that your clan lightless skill is supposed to be the best?”

Xuan Danfeng muttered, “That is, only if I am focusing. I got distracted by the beautiful scenery here.”

All of a sudden Fan Yuqing and Ye Jing were startled by something and they quickly leapt ahead of the others as they gave a cry at the same time, “Who is it?”

There was a small figure hidden behind the bedrocks of the waterfall and it was darting away. But this small figure was dealing with two of the swiftest great saintess and in a blink of an eye they had caught up with the small figure.

To Ye Jing and Fan Yuqing surprise, it was a little adorable girl that was spying on them and she was about five to six year old.

This little girl fumbled to the ground as she stared at them, “Are you monsters? Will you eat me up?”

Ye Jing and Fan Yuqing were both amused as they looked at each other.

Ye Jing was astonished, “Why will there be a little girl here? Do you think that she may be a monster in disguise?”

Fan Yuqing muttered, “You think a little too much. She is just a normal little girl.”

By now, Xiaofang, Feng Minyue and Xuan Danfeng had also caught up with them and they were equally surprised to see the little girl.

Feng Minyue smiled at the little girl as she kneeled to her level, “Don’t be afraid, alright? We are not bad people. What is your name and why are you here? And where are your parents?”

The little girl stared at Feng Minyue with her adorable eyes as she struggled to form a sentence, “Yun Xi. My parents call me Yun Xi.” She was looking a little proud and was even delighted that she was able to answer them.

Feng Minyue muttered, “Yun Xi?”

Xiaofang said quietly at the side, “She looks around five. Usually kids that young are unable to speak fast. That is normal. But she can perfectly understand us though.”

The little girl who called herself Yun Xi smiled as she slowly said, “My parents are around. I am playing hide and seek with them…”

All of a sudden there were panicky shouts from behind the waterfalls, “Yun Xi, where are you?”

A man voice was heard, “Don’t worry. She will be alright…”

A woman voice was heard saying anxiously, “What if she was to fall into the pool?”

“Yun Xi knows how to swim since she was three…”

All of a sudden the man and the woman had seen Ye Jing, Fan Yuqing, Feng Minyue, Xuan Danfeng and Xiaofang…

Fan Yuqing was startled as she smiled at the two familiar faces, “I wonder whose child she is so she is actually from Yun Chen and Beitang Ying.”

Indeed the man and the woman were Yun Chen and Beitang Ying…

Beitang Ying had recognized her old gang and she was smiling shyly, “We have met again…” But she was looking at Ye Jing curiously. It was because she had thought that she had died?

Yun Chen was surprised to see Fan Yuqing and the rest. He quickly said politely, “My respect to all the great saintess…”

But when he saw Ye Jing, he was gasping. “Isn’t the Goddess Envoy already dead?”

Ye Jing was smiling weakly, “I was dead but I’ve come back to life…”

Fan Yuqing interrupted them, “We will tell you later. The two of you have become a couple? And this is your child?”

Yun Chen nodded, “We have actually gone on the trial together. We didn’t go to the library actually. But when we have reached the second level of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth, I was seriously wounded by a desolate beast so we have taken refuge here…”

Beitang Ying sighed softly as she gently interrupted, “He actually got seriously injured because he was trying to save me. It happens very quickly for us. Soon we decide not to venture further into the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth and now we are still waiting for the ten year period to be over so that we can exit this place. This child as you can see, is our love child.”

Fan Yuqing nodded, “But Yun Chen is from the patriarch clan and you are from the heretic clan…”

Yun Chen smiled as he looked at Beitang Ying, “I have already decided not to return to the Celestial Sword Clan.”

Beitang Ying smiled as she looked endeavoring at him, “Thank you…” Then she said, “Saintess Yuqing, it is good to see you again. I hope that you can let her know that we may no longer serve her…”

She was actually referring to the Golden Mask Devil Goddess.

Fan Yuqing smiled, “Don’t worry I will let her know. I’m sure that she will be able to understand your current situation as well. I am really so glad for the two of you and it is good to meet some old friends here.”

Beitang Ying nodded gently as she lifted Yun Xi up, “I hope that you can come to our humble abode and stay for a little while. We don’t really have anything to offer to anyone but we can certainly have a good chat together.”

Fan Yuqing nodded, “Then we won’t decline your good offer.” It seemed that Beitang Ying had changed so much after she was with Yun Chen that she could hardly recognize the haughty Beitang Ying of old.

Fan Yuqing was smiling wryly to herself, “Now I have lost two of my henchmen…”

Ye Jing was also surprised by Beitang Ying’s transformation. She still remembered the times when they were at odds with each other…

Yun Chen was patting Xiaofang on his shoulder as he said, “I know what you have done for Ah Ying. Should you have any requests in the future, I will surely repay you.”

Xiaofang smiled, “There is actually no need to do so. We can all be considered as friends now, am I right?”

Yun Chen laughed awkwardly, “Of course we are! Too bad, I don’t have any wines here to welcome you…”

Xuan Danfeng interrupted with a soft laughter, “Fortunately, I do have some wines in my spatial belt. You are all in luck.”

Ye Jing was amused, “Why is it that I’m not surprised that Sister Danfeng will have some wines with her?”

Xuan Danfeng smiled deviously, “I’ve actually brought enough supplies to last me for ten years.”

Everyone: …

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Chapter 141: To the Next Level

With Xiaofang as the guide, it had taken them only ten days to locate the cave that could take them to the next level. This time there was only a single portal and this portal would lead them directly to the next level. Previously they had taken the other portal that had led them out of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth.

Fan Yuqing smiled, “This portal will lead us to the next level.”

Ye Jing smiled as she asked curiously, “I remember that previously it was you that had led us here but why are you unable to find the cave now?”

Fan Yuqing groaned softly, “Did you not notice that there is now no way out? Previously I’ve replied on sensing the fluctuations of the spatial space to locate this cave. Now that the way out is sealed, the spatial space now blends in completely with the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth. Sad to say, you can’t rely on me to find the way anymore.”

Ye Jing smiled bitterly, “Maybe we can just meditate here for the next two years until the portal that can lead us out reappears again. What do you think of my suggestion?”

Fan Yuqing smiled coldly, “Fat chance. This time you will enter this portal first.”

Ye Jing: …

Xuan Danfeng chuckled as she watched them. She simply could not resist saying, “Don’t worry, we will surely come after you, I think.”

Ye Jing smiled, “I’m going to grab you along with me too. In case they abandon me then I won’t be alone.”

Xuan Danfeng laughed, “You can grab your Xiaofang along with you. Leave me out, thank you very much for that.”

Ye Jing giggled as she stroked Yu’Er who was resting in her arms, “I don’t mind. Without Xiaofang around, I will surely be lost. But if you don’t have Xiaofang with you, you will surely wander around the mountains in circles.”

Then she turned to ask Xiaofang, “Am I right?”

Xiaofang smiled politely, “I will surely follow Jing’Er…”

For the past ten years, Xiaofang had noticed that the maidens in the group except for Ye Jing were all trying to avoid talking to him unless it was necessary. He knew that he had accidentally crossed an awkward line. There was nothing he could do now except to make a silent vow to make up to them in the future…

As for Ye Jing, she was totally in the dark about what had happened but being the acute person that she was, she had noticed that everyone was trying to avoid eye contact with Xiaofang.

She was actually thinking, “Don’t tell me that they have unraveled my plans? Oh well, it seems that Xiaofang did not have the good fortune then…”

Her so call plan was actually a simple plan that came inherently into her. It was to establish a political alliance or a marriage alliance with the other patriarch clans. This act had come naturally to her without her putting much thought into it as this was what had been breed into her since she was young.

She did not want anyone to know that she was in a relationship with Xiaofang and was trying to get Xiaofang to know Xuan Danfeng or Feng Minyue better. Maybe in the future, her child would even be the patriarch leader of the combined three patriarch clans. That was actually her initial thought and she was totally not serious about it. But it did not stop her from wishing or attempting to create chances for it.

In the Nine Celestial Fraternity, the political intrigues of the patriarch clans were too many to be counted and everyone was trying to establish an advantage over the others. The Holy Citadel City was the smallest of the nine patriarch clans and its position was always so vulnerable.

She had thought that Xuan Danfeng would be interested in Xiaofang and she had never expected that she would be outmaneuver by her as Xuan Danfeng was only interested to introduce her Protégé Gong Nanyan to Xiaofang…

But since the other maidens were clearly not interested in Xiaofang anymore, she was also glad to give up this inbred plan that had surfaced. In fact, she was suddenly glad that she could have Xiaofang to herself…

“It is not such a bad idea after all.” Ye Jing was thinking with a wistful smile. “Just Sister Nanyan and I are enough. Why am I hoping to create a political alliance now? I am a great saintess now and my future is in the immortal realm and not the celestial realm…”

Should nothing unduly happened to Xiaofang, Gong Nanyan and her, they would all be able to ascend to the immortal realm in the future.

Suddenly she was a little worried. The Devil Envoy had mentioned that it was useless to put the names of those that could not attain to the great saint level if they would not even have a chance to ascend in the first place.

Suddenly she had a new aspiration. She had to help Xiaofang and Gong Nanyan to attain to the great saint level…

“But they are only at the intermediate golden celestial level. Although it is only four stages of divinity but it may take them centuries, if not forever to become a great saint…”

She was suddenly saddened as she thought, “I don’t want to be left alone…”

Fan Yuqing suddenly interrupted her thoughts, “Ye Jing, you seem a little off. What are you thinking? Aren’t you going into the portal?”

Ye Jing answered panicky when Fan Yuqing had suddenly called out to her, “I was just trying to recall something. It is actually nothing at all. I am just about to enter the portal.”

Then she winked at Xiaofang, “Will you company me together?”

Xiaofang smiled, “I will be glad to.”

“Great then let’s go in together.” Ye Jing clapped her hands delightfully, startling Yu’Er into chirping panicky.

As Ye Jing stepped into the portal, she was companied by Xiaofang right at her back.

Xuan Danfeng smiled as she looked at Feng Minyue and Fan Yuqing, “Xiaofang is really such a fine young man. I am so glad that Nanyan has him. But honestly, I feel that they are a couple. That is what my instinct has told me.”

Feng Minyue smiled, “I feel so sorry for Xiaofang sometimes. It seems that it is only one-sided. Sister Jing doesn’t seem to appreciate him. If she does, she would have already been with him.”

Xuan Danfeng smiled, “It is not easy for someone with the status of Ye Jing. She can’t marry anyone that she likes without affecting the future of her patriarch clan.”

Feng Minyue lowered her glances, “Maybe I don’t understand this as much as you do.” It was because protégés of the Heavenly Fragrance Villa had to leave the clan when they got married. Even if the protégé was the Heavenly Fragrance Princess, there was no exception to this rule.

Therefore it was not wrong to say that the Heavenly Fragrance Villa was the only patriarch clan that almost did not have any political affiliations with the other patriarch clans.

Fan Yuqing was quietly looking at the portal and she was staring at where Xiaofang had last vanished. For the past several days, her heart was troubled and her thoughts were constantly distracted. She had tried to be cold toward Xiaofang after he had rejected her twice. She had even thought that time was the best medicine and that soon she was able to forget about him.

“Sister Yuqing?” Feng Minyue was asking softly and had put her hand on her arm, “Are you alright?”

Fan Yuqing was startled by her. She quickly smiled, “I was just thinking about something. We ought to hurry and enter the portal before the ripples disappear or else we will be sent to another location that is away from them.”

Then she pulled Feng Minyue and said to Xuan Danfeng, “If you want to continue to stay here then we will abandon you.”

Xuan Danfeng smiled weakly as she followed them, “Previously I was the first to enter the portal but now I am the last.”

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Chapter 140: Lost

Ye Jing naturally did not know what had happened at the stream earlier and the instant when she was back, they were on the move again.

Fan Yuqing, Feng Minyue and Xuan Danfeng were all still feeling extremely awkward and they did not even dare to look in the direction where Xiaofang was. Similarly, Xiaofang was also feeling embarrassed and he had even dive into another nearby stream to cool himself earlier.

“Weird? Why is everyone so quiet after I am back?” Ye Jing asked suspiciously as she looked at everyone. “Or is everyone a little sour that I have got the immortal pill?”

Fan Yuqing, Feng Minyue and Xuan Danfeng were walking quietly in front while Xiaofang was at the back, leaving Ye Jing to walk alone in the middle.

Ye Jing muttered, “Why is everyone acting so weirdly? At most I don’t want a share of the future loot.” Then she paused to reconsider her offer, “At most until the next level of course…”

When she saw that no one continued to pay her any attention, she sighed heavily. “Alright then, the next, next level…alright? Sisters?”

“What is wrong, Xiaofang?” Ye Jing turned to ask him. Then she chuckled softly, “I bet that you are scolded by them while I was away just now?”

Xiaofang smiled weakly but before he could say anything, Ye Jing had already ignored him and was calling out to Xuan Danfeng, “Sister Danfeng, why are you so quiet? You’re always so chatty.” Xiaofang was always the quietest one therefore it was perfectly normal so she had quickly switched her attention from Xiaofang to Xuan Danfeng.

Xuan Danfeng answered with a faint smile, “Nothing at all. You think too much. It is just that we are all a little tired from the battle earlier. So how is your pill absorption? Is it smooth?”

Ye Jing was smiling, “I have little issue in absorbing it. I can feel a tingling power that is on my forehead. It is really a wondrous feeling. You’ve just reminded me of something…”

Then she flew next to Fan Yuqing with a delightful smile, “Sister Yuqing, why are we in such a hurry? Where are we going? Are you free to teach me how to use my newly awaken heaven eyes?”

Fan Yuqing looked at her with a weak smile, “Can you not ask me three questions in a single breath? Now that you have awakened your heaven eyes, you ought to slowly meditate and seek your own enlightenment…”

Ye Jing interrupted with a soft laughter, “Sister Yuqing, you are the master while I am just a noob. If you ask me to meditate on my own, I’ll probably take centuries to discover anything meaningful. Since you’re already here, why don’t you instruct me directly?”

Fan Yuqing smiled coldly, “Do you think I am the type of person that helps for free?”

Ye Jing had a sly smile as she whispered, “At most I let you have Xiaofang for company for a few days?”

Fan Yuqing: …

Feng Minyue gasped softly when she had accidentally overheard Ye Jing. It was because she had thought that Xiaofang had told Ye Jing about the incident earlier.

There was a beautiful flush on her countenance as she suddenly recalled the scene earlier when Xiaofang had suddenly barged in. The Heavenly Fragrance Villa only had female protégés and this was the first time that she had felt so embarrassed. Suddenly she was feeling so lost and confused at the same time…

Fan Yuqing replied to Ye Jing, “Don’t talk rubbish. I will instruct you when I am free. For now, we are heading directly to the next level.

Ye Jing asked, “We are able to go to the next level so soon?”

Fan Yuqing nodded, “Do you still remember how we had exited from this place before? Since we had encountered the same Brahman Behemoth, this means that as long as we are able to find the cave where the portals are located then we will be able to go to the next level.”

At that time, instead of heading to the next level, they had chosen the portal to leave the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth.

Ye Jing said excitingly as she pointed to a direction, “Then it is easy. I just know the way. It is supposed to be in this direction…”

At the same time, Fan Yuqing, Feng Minyue and Xuan Danfeng were all pointing at a different direction.

Suddenly all four of them had an awkward expression…

Xuan Danfeng was smiling weakly, “Are you all lost? I could have sworn that it is in that direction…”

Fan Yuqing had a little flush, “I was unconscious at that time. How could I have remembered the way?”

“But you’re leading the way,” Ye Jing muttered.

Feng Minyue was forced to admit, “Actually I am quite bad in my sense of direction…”

Ye Jing smiled awkwardly, “It had been 8 long years. How could anyone have remembered the direction?”

Xiaofang had suddenly spoken up as he approached them, “Erm, actually it is in this direction.”

Ye Jing clapped her hands, “Luckily we have Xiaofang here. Xiaofang then you shall lead the way.”

Fan Yuqing averted her eyes from Xiaofang with a little flush as she said softly, “Let him lead us instead since none of us have any sense of direction.”

Xiaofang nodded as he walked in front of them, “Alright. Follow my lead then…”

Ye Jing protested weakly, “It is not that I don’t have any sense of direction but…hey…wait for me…”

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Chapter 139: Xiaofang in Trouble

It did not take Xuan Danfeng, Feng Minyue and Fan Yuqing long to find a crystal clear stream. The depth of the river was not deep at all, reaching only their knees. But it did not bother them and soon they were stripping and were bathing in the refreshing water.

Fan Yuqing was smiling as she looked at Xuan Danfeng, “I must admit that you have such a good figure…”

Xuan Danfeng laughed as she splashed the river water on Fan Yuqing, “I never know that the Devil Goddess will be such a lecherous woman…”

Fan Yuqing said with a faint smile, “It is not like I’ve never seen your body before. I’ve seen it all two centuries ago already. So why are you so shy?”

Feng Minyue smiled when she had heard them while muttering to herself, “The waters here are so cool and refreshing.”

Fan Yuqing had overheard her as she turned to say, “Indeed. The waters here are filled with all the pure spiritual force of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth. There is no other place in the entire celestial realm that can compare with it.”

Feng Minyue nodded as she gently played with the waters with her hands, “It seems that there are two laws here? How can the desolate force here co-exist with the spiritual force here in such harmony that even desolate monsters can exist here? In fact, I can hardly sense any desolate force here but how do we explain the number of desolate monsters here?”

In the celestial realm, most of the stronger desolate monsters roamed below the mists of the mountains while the celestials dwelled above the mountains.

Fan Yuqing said as she unbraided her long hair to wash, “Indeed the laws here are special. The desolate force here exists in perfect harmony within the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth hence the desolate monsters here are not affected. But the main reasons that I suspect are because these desolate monsters here may also not be real or they use the special laws of the immortal realm.”

Feng Minyue was startled, “They are not real? How is it possible? The desolate monsters are too real to me. We can even take the precious materials that are from their bodies out of here.”

Fan Yuqing explained, “It is only my conjecture. So far all the previous desolate monsters that we have seen are too real except for the Brahman Behemoth. It just disappeared just like this after we have killed it. It doesn’t make sense even to me.”

Feng Minyue nodded, “Maybe it did not really die. Or it is a manifestation of the real Brahman Behemoth that is elsewhere.”

Even Xuan Danfeng looked a little pale when she had heard Feng Minyue, “Is it possible?”

Feng Minyue smiled alluringly, “This is only my guess as well. There are thousands of worlds on the first level of the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth. That means that there are thousands of these Brahman Behemoths as well. How is it possible?”

Fan Yuqing smiled as she loosened her long hair, “I’ve never thought so much on this. Maybe I will ask the Heaveness when I’ve seen her.”

Xuan Danfeng smiled weakly as she looked at her, “You…know the Heaveness?”

Fan Yuqing had suddenly realized that she had been too careless in her conversation so she quickly said with a sly smile, “I say if I’ve seen the Heaveness but it is unlikely.” It was because except for Ye Jing, none of the others knew of her background.

Feng Minyue had seen her kneeling in front of the Great Goddess Fantian that day but she could not establish their relationship. It was when she had followed Fan Yuqing to the Goddess Palace that was hidden within the Tranquil City that she had started to suspect that Fan Yuqing was closely related to the immortals. However during the 8 years that she was in the goddess palace, there was no sight of any of the immortals except for the occasionally appearance of the Celestial Liege and the Confession Lady.

Back then at the Unmoving Mountains, everyone could see that when Fan Yuqing was talking to the Heaveness and the Goddess Isa, there was clearly no deference that was coming from her and she had kept her same cool mannerism as though she was talking to mere celestials.

She thought, “I wonder who my Sister Saintess Yuqing really is? She even knows the Goddess Isa and is even associated with the Goddess Palace. But she is also the Devil Goddess…” Although she was really close to her for the past 8 years and sometimes she would ask but her answers were always elusive.

Xuan Danfeng was still smiling weakly as she looked at Fan Yuqing. Although she had already known that Fan Yuqing as the real Golden Mask Devil Goddess and her notoriety as the villainess that had haunted the celestial fraternity previously but she was also a great mystery to her. For example, where was she from? Who were her parents? How did she suddenly have an immortal weapon in her hands?

Xuan Danfeng knew that her name was in the heavenly decree because as she was about to enter the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth, the Goddess Isa had suddenly divine whispered to her and told her that she may choose to remain outside because she was one of the ten chosen ones whose names were in the heavenly decree.

She thought, “Does this mean that Yuqing’s name is also in the heavenly decree?” She was also thinking, “And why is my name in the heavenly decree?” In terms of her celestial accomplishment, she was sure that there were many others that were more highly attained than her. For example there were the Saintess Ziyue and Saint Dong Sheng. “What merit did I do anyway?”

All of a sudden Xiaofang had barged into the scene. He had an exuberant expression on his countenance. It was because he had finally retrieved the divine sword that was left behind. Ever since he had thought that he had lost Ye Jing forever, he had been regretful of the divine sword that was left behind in the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth. It was because this was the second gift that Ye Jing had left behind for him…

After he had retrieved the divine sword, he had returned to the place where he had parted with the rest and was suddenly alarmed when he could not find them. But his excellent hearing had picked up their chatty voices after a quick search and he had followed their voices here.

But the scene in front of him stunned him as the three naked maidens stood in view of him…

He was suddenly flustered and he was stammering, “I didn’t see anything…” And he had quickly exited from the scene…

Fan Yuqing was trembling as she dropped into the river. Her face was flushing as she cursed softly, “Whose bright idea is this…”

Xuan Danfeng was smiling weakly, “I don’t mind at all. This isn’t the first time for me anyway…”

Feng Minyue was trembling nonstop and her ears had turned red with her flusters, “Why…didn’t…any of us notice that…he has come…”

“It is because we’re all too buzy talking…” Xuan Danfeng offered a suggestion with a sheepish and awkward smile.

Fan Yuqing was trying to comfort herself with her own thoughts, “This…isn’t the first time that he had seen me like this. The first time was inside that cave…”

Xuan Danfeng laughed softly as she splashed the waters on Fan Yuqing and Feng Minyue to sober them up, “So will our Devil Goddess be the one who will avenge for our ruined reputation?”

Fan Yuqing replied coldly, “I will kill him personally…so that none of this will leak out…”

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