Chapter 58: Gambit
In the dead of the night, two maidens were walking in the mountains.
Fan Yuqing sighed softly, “In the end, he still refuses to accept me…”
Feng Minyue nodded lightly, “I don’t think it is because he despises you but he has only Ye Jing in his heart. Sister saintess, you don’t have to be so disappointed…”
Fan Yuqing shook her head with a slow smile, “I’m not. I have expected it. I wish that I was there when he rejected me in front of the three patriarch clan leaders. The look on them must be golden.”
She was actually making fun of herself.
She smiled and said, “Minyue, do you know what is love?”
Feng Minyue was startled when Fan Yuqing had suddenly asked her this question. Slowly she said, “Isn’t it about two people liking each other?”
Fan Yuqing smiled, “Love can take many forms. Most loves are simply attraction. True love is mutual admiration for each other. If Xiaofang doesn’t like me now, I will make sure he does in the future. I will make him admire me.”
Feng Minyue was perplexed, “Make him admire you? How do you do that?”
Fan Yuqing said slowly, “He already has…”
Feng Minyue was startled, “He already has?”
Fan Yuqing nodded but did not elaborate further.
Suddenly, Fan Yuqing turned around slowly with a golden mask in her hand, “This place should be quiet enough and far from your protégés. Minyue, I am going to tell you a secret of mine. So be prepared.”
When Feng Minyue saw the golden mask, she was startled and she was even more startled when Fan Yuqing had suddenly put on the golden mask…
All of a sudden there was an oppressing aura that came from Fan Yuqing and Feng Minyue found herself taking two steps backward in fright.
A deep and mesmerizing voice spoke from behind the golden mask as even the mannerism of Fan Yuqing seemed to change, “I’m actually the Golden Mask Devil Goddess.”
Feng Minyue was startled, “You are…really the Golden Mask Devil Goddess?! No wonder, you have the Heavenly Heretic Divine Skill…”
Fan Yuqing laughter could be heard echoing, “Not me. You are the Golden Mask Devil Goddess.”
Then she removed the golden mask and tossed it to her as her voice returned to normal, “From now on, you are the Golden Mask Devil Goddess. This will be your other identity.”
Feng Minyue stammered, “I am…the Golden Mask Devil Goddess? Then what about you?”
Fan Yuqing smiled slowly, “I am the real Devil Goddess while you will masquerade as me when needed. After all, only the Devil Goddess can control her shadows.”
Feng Minyue asked curiously, “Masquerade as you? Control the Devil Goddess’ shadows?”
Fan Yuqing nodded slowly as she lay down two floating scrolls in front of her, “One of the scrolls will teach you how to disguise your voice as the Devil Goddess. The other scroll details the postures of the Devil Goddess. Do you get me?”
Feng Minyue asked in bewilderment, “I can understand the voice part but why do I need to learn the postures of the Devil Goddess? Is it to make the disguise more convincing?”
Fan Yuqing smiled faintly, “It is because the identity of the Golden Mask Devil Goddess is my fake identity. Her voice and even mannerisms are all faked by me. These measures are of course used to protect your true self. By learning how to fake the Devil Goddess’ mannerisms, you are also learning how to protect your real self from being discovered.”
Feng Minyue said slowly, “So you are the one that had massacred the Scarlet Heretic Sect?”
Fan Yuqing nodded slowly, “Do you have regrets now?”
Feng Minyue, “As long as I can follow you, I’ve no regrets.”
Fan Yuqing smiled as she stroked her long hair, “Good. When you have mastered the two disguise arts then I will be introducing you to my shadow servants.”
Feng Minyue lowered her glances for a moment as she said, “I should have suspect something when you have asked me to learn the skills on the Heavenly Heretic Divine Skill. But I have never suspected that you will be the Golden Mask Devil Goddess. It is because the reputation of the Golden Mask Devil Goddess is really bad.”
Fan Yuqing nodded lightly, “That is because when I was younger, I was too arrogant. What I did previously was actually no different from the deeds of the Devil Isle.”
Suddenly Feng Minyue had extended her hands to touch her tenderly, “Sister Saintess Yuqing, I understand. You don’t need to explain to me. I’m willing to shoulder your past deeds and accept who you really are. I will not disappoint you. You have placed your greatest secret in my hands. This great trust is sacred between us…”
Fan Yuqing smiled gently, “If I am a man, I will surely take you as my consort. But what a pity, I’m not…”
Then she suddenly whispered to her as she pushed her away, “Go now. Get away as fast as you can. I will be alright.”
Feng Minyue was startled when Fan Yuqing had suddenly pushed her away. It was only when she asked her to get away as fast as possible did she notice that the entire forest was enveloped with subtle killing intents. She did not question her and quickly fled in the darkness.
After a while, Fan Yuqing said coldly. “Since you have already come, why don’t you come out to meet me?”
An extremely beautiful lady with crimson eyes and long silver hair had materialized into view in a sudden. There was no sound and even her aura was concealed with utmost care. She was none other than the Devil Envoy.
The Devil Envoy asked, “You are not afraid of me?”
Fan Yuqing smiled gently, “If you are not a ghost then why should I be afraid of you?”
The Devil Envoy said coldly, “But very soon, someone here will soon be a ghost.”
Fan Yuqing chuckled softly, “I have thought that someone says that the Devil Isle will not be intervening in the celestial realm for the next six months?’
The Devil Envoy smiled coldly, “That may be true but I don’t need to wait six months before taking your life.”
Fan Yuqing hummed coldly, “You wouldn’t dare to.”
The Devil Envoy laughed coldly as she bended to and fro, “This must be the funniest thing that I ever heard from someone. Even if you are a peaked sacred saint, taking your life is just a flicker of my fingers.”
Fan Yuqing smiled, “You definitely can’t kill me. Want to have a bet?”
The Devil Envoy laughed coldly, “You will surely lose the bet!”
Fan Yuqing shrugged her shoulders lightly, “Surely you didn’t follow me just to assassinate me ahead of the six months meet?”
The Devil Envoy smirked coldly, “It seems that everyone has placed their hopes on you. I can imagine the panic if you are not around in six month time.”
Fan Yuqing giggled softly, “I can imagine so as well. Say, do you want to spar a little with me?”
There was a sudden light on her forehead as an insignia began to form on Fan Yuqing’s forehead.
This time, the Devil Envoy was startled. “Heavens Divinity. Fifth Immortal Positioning?! You have actually opened your heavenly eyes to the Fifth Immortal Positioning?!”
Fan Yuqing slowly walked forward, “I know that you are not weak either. You are at least of the fourth to fifth Immortal Positioning as well. So we are quite evenly matched.”
The Devil Envoy said coldly, “You have concealed your strength quite well, I must admit. Even I am fooled by you.”
Then she smiled coldly, “Your name is Fan Yuqing? I know who you are now.”
Fan Yuqing chuckled softly, “I don’t even know who I am. Do you think that you will know better than I do?”
The Devil Envoy smiled, “Isn’t it obvious? If you didn’t carry that Great Goddess bloodline, how is it possible for you to enter the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth prematurely and you can even destroy its portal? I have heard that you disappeared a long time ago and to think that you are very much alive.”
Then she turned around and drifted away in the instant.
Fan Yuqing was startled that she would leave just like this, “How about our fight?”
A voice coldly echoed, “As her one and only bloodline, you should learn to treasure your own life first. Since I am now certain that you are not from either the Goddess Palace or the Melancholy Valley, there is no point in fighting you anymore. If you want to fight with me, come to the Unmoving Mountains in six month time.”
Fan Yuqing leaned her back quietly on a tree as she muttered, “Is it a blessing or a curse that I am carrying the bloodline of the Great Goddess Fan Tian? Everyone seems to have a high expectation of me since I was young but in the end, I’ve become the wayward child. I can never be a role model like my Sister Yi Si…”
She heaved a soft sigh. She had called for a bluff and it was a gambit against a super exponent like the Devil Envoy. In the end, the Devil Envoy had spared her only because of her bloodline and not because she was really afraid of her martial level. If a fight were to break out between them then there was no telling who would emerge as the victor.