Chapter 14: The Mysterious Hideout (1)
When Lu Qingyun had stepped into the Heavenly Lotus Teahouse with Qin Keqin, all the stewards appeared as though they did not see them. Even the man who had earlier stopped to question him if he had any reservation when he had first stepped him, was treating him as though he was invisible.
He was greatly astonished.
He could not help asking, “We are invisible?”
Qin Keqin chuckled, “This is my instruction to them.”
“Your instructions to them?” Lu Qingyun curiously said.
Qin Keqin was laughing softly all the way, “You will know soon enough…”
By now she had taken him to the upper storey of the Heavenly Lotus Teahouse. There were many guards on this level and Lu Qingyun was actually shivering. From the look of the intense glares of these guards, they appeared to be second and third realm experts.
But when Qin Keqin and Lu Qingyun walked past them, they were treated as though they were invisibles.
This was too unfathomable to Lu Qingyun. He was thinking, “Don’t tell me that Keqin is an honoured guest here?”
After a few twists and turns, they had come to a beautiful decorated door.
With a soft laugh, she had pushed the door opened and a beautiful room came into view as she said. “Welcome to my hideout.”
Lu Qingyun got a slight shock when he saw an extremely alluring maiden in white in the middle of the room. “There is actually someone here?” he thought.
This extremely alluring maiden was equally startled when she saw him. She quickly put away the manual that she was holding in her hand on the table and said softly, “You’re back so soon? You are not supposed to bring anyone here. That is your rule, do you remember? And who is he?”
Qin Keqin laughed as she took off her curtain veil, “He is my disciple Lu Qingyun. My one and only disciple! I have brought him to see my hideout. Don’t be so mean to him, will you?”
Then she turned to Lu Qingyun and said in a hurry, “I get a change of clothing first. Chat with her first. There is tea on that table. Go sit down there and appreciate the tea while you wait for me. I will be back in a flash.”
With that, she had hurriedly flashed to another exit in this room.
Lu Qingyun muttered, “Yes master…”
Since his master had commanded him to sit down and waited for her, he did as he was told to do so. But all of a sudden he was feeling extremely awkward for the maiden in front of him was too beautiful and she did nothing except for staring at him.
This alluring maiden in white had golden eyes and Lu Qingyun knew that she was at least a fifth realm expert. He thought miserably, “What right do I have to sit on equal footing with such a lofty cultivator?”
As he saw several manuals on the table, he thought of pretending to read to pass the time while waiting for Qin Keqin. But when he had reached his hand for one of the manuals, the alluring maiden in white smiled coldly. “I don’t advise you to touch these manuals. Sister Keqin doesn’t like anyone to touch her manuals, especially when she has not read it first.”
Lu Qingyun was startled as he thought. “These manuals belong to Qin Keqin?”
“If I can’t browse the manuals, how about taking a sip of the tea? After all, Keqin has told me that it is alright to appreciate the tea?” At least that would be a distraction for him until Qin Keqin had returned…
But no sooner had he reached out for the cup, the alluring maiden in white said quietly. “You can’t drink it. You are only a first realm cultivator.”
In that instant she had snatch away the cup!
Her hand movements were simply too astonishing for even Lu Qingyun to react.
Lu Qingyun was smiling bitterly. Indeed, he did not deserve to drink in front of a high level cultivator.
She added quietly, “This Dragon Fragrance Spring Tea is a hundred times more beneficial than the Heavenly Lotus Tea but it will also damage the cultivation core of any cultivators who are not seventh realm experts.”
Lu Qingyun was startled. He had heard of the Dragon Fragrance Spring Tea before and it was a valuable celestial resource. She actually had it and she was drinking from it now? Only those who had attained to the seventh realm sacred saint level would be able to consume it without any ill-effects.
All of a sudden he had a startling revelation…
This alluring maiden in white was actually a seventh realm expert cultivator!
Seventh realm experts were extremely rare in the celestial fraternity and they were rarely seen, especially not in a desolate place like New Empyrean City.
From the way Qin Keqin talked so casually to her, this alluring maiden must be her close relations. In the Nine Celestial Fraternity and the other celestial fraternities, the celestial cultivators followed a strict protocol of celestial hierarchies. A fifth realm expert like Qin Keqin was nothing in the eyes of a seventh realm expert.
Therefore, she could only be her mother consort the Fairy Jade Light!
He quickly bowed with his hands, “Your protégé Lu Qingyun pays my respect to Sect Leader Fairy Jade Light!”
The alluring maiden knitted her brows and said, “You are mistaken. I am not Fairy Jade Light.”
Lu Qingyun was startled as he stammered, “You…are not?”
Just as he was in a daze, Qin Keqin had suddenly appeared and took a sip from the cup that was on the table as she asked. “Why are the two of you looking so awkwardly at each other? Did I miss out on anything?”
Lu Qingyun was startled when Qin Keqin had suddenly taken a sip from the cup. He panicky said, “Master, you can’t drink from that cup. It is the Dragon Fragrance Spring Tea…”
Qin Keqin asked curiously as she emptied the cup and took a second glance, “Oh, what’s wrong with it?”
Lu Qingyun: …
Lu Qingyun had a number of guesses in his head.
One, this was not the Dragon Fragrance Spring Tea at all. This was easiest the most simple reason.
Two, the alluring maiden in white had lied to him that this was the Dragon Fragrance Spring Tea because she had wanted to project a higher realm level to him.
Three, the alluring maiden in white had despised seeing him and had just wanted to prevent him from drinking the tea because he was deemed too offensive for sharing the same table as her.
Qin Keqin did not see the bewildering expression that was on him. Instead she was smiling, “So have the two of you introduced to each other yet? Are you getting along well?”
The alluring maiden in white looked at Qin Keqin and said, “He has addressed me as Fairy Jade Light and greeted me as sect leader just now-”
When Qin Keqin heard her, she was laughing to and fro. “This…this is so funny…” There was even a speck of a tear in her beautiful mesmerizing eyes.
“This is my Sister Feng Minyue.” Qin Keqin introduced as she laughed.
Lu Qingyun greeted as he looked sheepish, “Senior Feng, please forgive me for any misunderstanding.”
Qin Keqin began to pour more tea as she smiled while looking intently at Lu Qingyun, “Come and have more tea…”
Feng Minyue interrupted quietly, “He can’t drink this tea. This is the Dragon Fragrance Spring Tea. It will only harm his cultivation core.”
Lu Qingyun was startled and he was panicky, “This is really the Dragon Fragrance Spring Tea? My master has taken a few sips from it just now…”
All of a sudden Qin Keqin had frozen in her tracks as though she had just consumed poison.
Lu Qingyun was looking nervously at her and was asking, “Master, are you alright?…”
Qin Keqin was rolling her eyes to and fro and she was looking a little flustered. She had totally forgotten that this Dragon Fragrance Spring Tea could only be taken by only cultivators that had reached the seventh realm. She had lied to Lu Qingyun that she was a fifth realm cultivator and she did not want him to find out that she was a seven realm cultivator, at least not yet…
Finally she inhaled softly as she said, “I will be alright. It is not so much as to harm my cultivation base…”
Lu Qingyun had broken in cold sweat for her as he heaved a soft sign of relief. At the same time he was also staring at Feng Minyue, “Senior Feng, you are a saintess?”
Feng Minyue poured herself another cup of the Dragon Fragrance Spring Tea, “That is right. What a pity, there is only myself to enjoy this tea now.”
While Lu Qingyun was feeling stunned that Feng Minyue was really a seventh realm unfathomable cultivator expert, Qin Keqin was rolling her eyes panicky at every drop of the Dragon Fragrance Spring Tea that was gone.
Feng Minyue smiled as she looked at Lu Qingyun, “You and Keqin may have the Heavenly Lotus Tea instead. We have plenty of it here.” Then she took out a tea box that was full of Heavenly Lotus Leaves, “This is for you.”
Lu Qingyun was startled, “This is for me? This is too precious…”
Qin Keqin smiled and nodded to him, “Take it.”
Feng Minyue merely said coolly, “While the Heavenly Lotus Tea can indeed improve one’s cultivation base but it is only a minute increase and very expensive. It is unlikely to see any real improvement. However if you were to take the Heavenly Lotus Tea for a month, your cultivation level will surely be improved to the second realm. Consider this my gift to you.”
Lu Qingyun was truly startled. He had thought that Saintess Feng had despised him but this was not the case. He quickly expressed his gratitude, “Saintess Feng, I really don’t know how to thank you enough…”
This box of Heavenly Lotus Leaves can indeed improve upon one’s cultivation base and this was extremely precious. That was the reason why the Heavenly Lotus Tea was so hard to obtain and why it was so valuable.
Now he was receiving a full box of Heavenly Lotus Leaves and he was staring at the gift in disbelief. He could not help muttering, “This is really for me? This is far too precious…”
He was not so thick skin as to accept such precious gift so bluntly. So he said, “Should Saintess Feng needs any help in the future, I will do my best to help.”
Feng Minyue smiled, “Don’t thank me. Thank your master. She owns this Heavenly Lotus Teahouse and this gift is actually from her. It got nothing to do with me.”
Lu Qingyun was startled as he turned to look at Qin Keqin, “Master, you own this place?”
Qin Keqin chuckled softly, “That’s right. This place is my secret hideout. Now you know.”
Lu Qingyun was speechless. No wonder all the stewards were all pretending not to see her and that all the guards were treating them as invisibles. If she was the owner of this place then she had all the influence to make such a decision. She could totally decided what they could see or hear.
He asked awkwardly, “Does the Heavens Ridge Villa knows about this?”
Qin Keqin was chucking delightfully, “Of course not. In this world, only my sisters and you know about this secret of mine. So don’t go around telling anyone, alright?”
Lu Qingyun asked curiously, “While you are not in Heavens Ridge Villa, you are staying here?”
Qin Keqin gave him a lovely look as she shook her head, “I have other hideouts elsewhere. This time I will stay a little longer…” She looked at him shyly and there was a certain meaning between her eyes.
It was only then that Lu Qingyun had noticed that she had changed to a sexy light blue outfit showed the curves of her figure and when she was suddenly looking at him in this manner, he could feel that his ears were burning red…
This lovely look, this return stare and the shy flushes between them caused time to suddenly stand still for them…
It was suddenly interrupted when another beautiful maiden in white had suddenly walked into the room with an excited chuckle. “Something interesting is popping up now-” She had suddenly frozen in her tracks when she saw Lu Qingyun. “Who is he?”
Lu Qingyun was equally startled to see this newcomer too and he saw that she too had golden eyes. He thought, “She is also a fifth realm expert?”
Qin Keqin gasped softly as she switched her attention to the newcomer while Feng Minyue was smiling, “This is Lu Qingyun, Keqin’s disciple. Qingyun, this is Saintess Xuan Danfeng.”
Lu Qingyun was shocked beyond disbelief. This beautiful maiden in white was a saintess?! There were actually two saintesses in this place?
She was really snowy white with beautiful curves, extremely enticing and moving.
Xuan Danfeng chuckled softly, “Oh isn’t he the one? Wah, Keqin has actually brought a man into our rooms. This is really the first time.”
Qin Keqin groaned softly, “Don’t mouth off rubbish like this…”
Xuan Danfeng was already in their midst in the next moment. When she saw the Dragon Fragrance Spring Tea, she eagerly took a flask and laughed. “I guess that this is the leftover that is for me? Thank you!”
Qin Keqin’s eyes began to roll and she was about to say something but she had given up at the last minute as she cursed silently, “Consider this my bad luck…”
The Dragon Fragrance Spring Tea was extremely precious and difficult to obtain. And she had only taken just a few sips. Now Xuan Danfeng was taking the last drop…
Xuan Danfeng chuckled heartily, “Luckily I have come back in a nick of time or else there won’t be anything left for me.”
Qin Keqin said sheepishly, “You mention that there is something interesting?”
Xuan Danfeng clapped her hand, “Right. Come follow me sisters.”
With that, she had hastily got up and was rushing back where she had come from. “Hurry or you will be missing the show-”
Feng Minyue and Qin Keqin had all got up at the same time and had followed her through the exit.
“Qingyun, come join us!” Qin Keqin’s voice could be heard calling out from beyond the room.
Lu Qingyun suddenly had a question. Who was Qin Keqin? Why did she have two sisters who were both seventh realm saintess…”
Although he knew that it was rude to peek into others’ belonging, he could not help picking up the manual that Feng Minyue was reading earlier. Maybe it was a high level cultivation method…
His eyes grew sheepish when he saw the contents; it was a romantic love story and not any cultivation manuals. There were other manuals on the table too and he took a quick browse. He was curious what Qin Keqin had been reading. There was actually no intention on his mind to steal her cultivation methods.
He was soon stunned by what he had seen. All of them were love stories and romance stories…