Chapter 15: The Mysterious Hideout (2)
When Lu Qingyun had entered the room where they were, he saw that they were all lying on the carpeted floor and they were all looking excitingly into a crystal ball that was in front of them.
He nearly had a nosebleed when he saw that Qin Keqin long skirt had accidentally been dragged up and her naked beautiful thighs could be seen clearly. Even the two saintesses Feng Minyue and Xuan Danfeng were carelessly exposing their slit dress unknowingly to him…
As he quickly averted his eyes, he was startled to see that there were many graffiti on the walls. The words on the words were shocking to most cultivators and that included him.
“Cultivation is boring!!!”
“Cultivation is not fun at all…”
“Only fools will cultivate…”
“Cultivation is only for fools…”
“We will never cultivate again…”
“There is something more fun than cultivation…”
“Being a villainess is more heroic than a heroine…”
“Even seventh realm sacred saints are nothing to be proud of…”
He was smiling bitterly at the words on the walls when Qin Keqin said hastily to him, “Qingyun, come lie next to me. You are missing a great show already…”
He did as he was told and awkwardly lie next to her. However as the floor was quite cramped already, he found it a little difficult to lie on the carpeted floor completely. All of a sudden Qin Keqin had made more room for him by squeezing herself against him and he could feel the closeness of her body next to him…
Qin Keqin had suddenly realized what she had done because she could suddenly feel the burning sensation of his body next to her. With a flushed look, she said shyly. “Quickly use your spirit sense on this crystal. You will see something interesting. Don’t worry, this won’t require you to have a high level of cultivation.”
Lu Qingyun curiously did as he was told and extended his spirit sense into the crystal sense. All of a sudden he saw a scene inside the crystal. Inside the scene were two people and he could even recognize one of them to be Celestial Bai Laoxiong from the White Spirit Hall. What more, he could even hear their voices. What was going on? It was as though he was viewing the most miraculous thing ever. What was this crystal ball?
Qin Keqin chuckled when she saw his expression. She explained, “They are in the Heavenly Lotus Teahouse now. That is why you can view them and hear them.”
Lu Qingyun was startled as he thought, “My master is actually spying on all the guests that are here?”
Qin Keqin laughed softly, “Don’t you want to hear what Celestial Bai Laoxiong is saying to the other man? The other man is actually Supremacy Wen Hongguang from the Solitary Manor. The Solitary Manor is one of the four powerhouses in New Empyrean City.”
Lu Qingyun was shocked, “A sixth realm golden supremacy! Won’t he be able to sense us with his perception since we are so near?”
Qin Keqin giggled softly, “Our celestial arrays are not as easy to be discovered by a mere supremacy.”
Lu Qingyun secretly stole a glance at the two saintesses who was lying next to Qin Keqin. He thought, “Right. They are seven realm experts after all. But why are they spying on the others? This is not something that the orthodox celestials will do…”
Celestial Bai Laoxiong was laughing and talking jovially with Supremacy Wen Hongguang.
“The Heavenly Lotus Tea here is indeed pleasing to the spirits and is invigorating.” Celestial Bai Laoxiong said.
“Indeed, indeed.” replied Supremacy Wen Hongguang.
Wen Hongguang was not just an initial supremacy of the Solitary Manor but he was also the sect leader of the Solitary Manor. To his protégés, he was known as Manor Grandmaster Wen.
Suddenly he said quietly, “Let’s get to business.”
With a wave of his hand, he had released his profound energies to create a profound barrier around the room so that no one would be able to eavesdrop upon them without his knowledge.
However he did not know that his profound barrier was useless against the arrays that were created by Qin Keqin.
Celestial Bai Laoxiong smiled, “No one in the Heavens Ridge Villa knows that we are actually the best of friends.”
Supremacy Wen Hongguang laughed, “Indeed. Throughout the years, I am thankful to have you to help me keep tabs on the Heavens Ridge Villa.”
Celestial Bai Laoxiong smiled even more broadly, “And I have Brother Wen’s immerse help as well.”
Supremacy Wen Hongguang nodded as he asked, “Brother Bai, did something happen recently and you need my help?”
Celestial Bai Laoxiong replied, “Indeed. Lately we have an acting sect leader that has suddenly returned. Unlike previously, she has indicated that she may be staying for some time. As a matter of fact, she has even accepted a new core protégé as her disciple.”
Supremacy Wen Hongguang asked, “So she is planning to take over the sect leadership soon?”
Celestial Bai Laoxiong hummed coldly, “I don’t know her intention yet. As you know, the Heavens Ridge Villa is jointly administrated by the six martial hall masters. Since the day that the six martial halls were founded, the position of the sect leader is but a token position for Fairy Jade Light who had founded the Heavens Ridge Villa. Fairy Jade Light has never intervened in the affairs of the clan and had long entered into seclusion.”
Supremacy Wen Hongguang nodded, “I have heard that Fairy Jade Light has a daughter. So this acting sect leader must be her daughter Qin Keqin then?”
Celestial Bai Laoxiong nodded lightly.
Supremacy Wen Hongguang laughed heartily, “Brother Bai, you are an intermediate fifth realm golden celestial. Surely you have nothing to fear from her? What is her cultivation level?”
Celestial Bai Laoxiong smiled coldly, “Indeed I don’t fear her at all. I have heard that she is now at the upper golden celestial level, just a stage higher than me. This doesn’t mean that she is more powerful than me. After all, I am quite confidence in my martial level and I trained for four hours daily.”
Supremacy Wen Hongguang smiled, “Indeed. Cultivation and martial level are separated. A person can’t be good at both at the same time. So what do you want me to help with?”
Celestial Bai Laoxiong began to grin, “I am wondering if Brother Wen will be willing to make a trip to the Heavens Ridge Villa in a week time when all the new core protégés have returned. I need your help to embarrass her thoroughly. If you can cause her to drop the idea of assuming the sect leader position, this is even better.”
Supremacy Wen Hongguang was grinning as well, “I have an even better idea. I have heard that your acting leader is an astonishing beauty. What if I can even make her submit to me as a concubine? Do you think that this is an even better idea?”
Celestial Bai Laoxiong laughed heartily, “Yes, this will even be better. I am sure that there are no maidens that can escape from your charms.”
Supremacy Wen Hongguang was actually thinking more ambitiously, “Then I can finally merge the two celestial clans into one powerful powerhouse. In the future, the Solitary Manor will be the only powerhouse in New Empyrean City.”
“Then this matter is settled!”
“I’ll be your internal help. Hahaha.”
They were laughing jovially together before they had departed from the room.
Qin Keqin was smiling wryly, “Mm, so they are trying to plot against me. Interesting.”
Feng Minyue asked, “So what are you planning to do about it?”
Qin Keqin gave a faint smile before she had turned to look at Lu Qingyun, “Qingyun, what do you think?” All of a sudden she had noticed that Lu Qingyun was looking very flustered and rosy. “Are you alright?” She gasped softly.
Lu Qingyun was actually alright. He was more than alright. It was just that throughout the crystal viewing, Keqin had been unconsciously moving closer to closer to him as she was leaning forward for a closer view.
When Xuan Danfeng and Feng Minyue saw Lu Qingyun’s flustered face, they immediately knew what was wrong and they were trying very hard to suppress their smiles.
Qin Keqin was in such a situation where sometimes a person in close proximity was blind to the obvious. Her first thought was that of panic and concern as she had thought that Lu Qingyun was sick. After all, only fifth realm cultivators were immune to sickness and he had not attained to the fifth realm yet.
Lu Qingyun stammered, “I am…alright…”
Qin Keqin looked at him curiously as she put her hand on his forehead, “Are you having a fever?”
All of a sudden Qin Keqin had frozen; it was because she had suddenly realized that their bodies were touching and that they were looking at each other in such close proximity.
She had a slight flush on her countenance as she quickly got up and she could feel that her back was burning hotly, even more so when her saintess sisters were suddenly chuckling behind her back…
Qin Keqin cursed them silently as she quickly got up with an awkward expression.
Lu Qingyun had noticed that Qin Keqin was awkward all of a sudden and that she must have been aware that their bodies were touching.
He tried to find a topic to distract them from both their awkwardness by asking, “Erm, what kind of a place is this teahouse? Master, you are actually spying on the guests?”
After he had asked this question, he had suddenly realized that he was asking an awkward question. He did not want to make it sound like he was being disrespectful to his master by questioning her…
But Qin Keqin replied with a chuckle, “Qingyun, do you know something? This teahouse is actually the most expensive place in the entire city.”
Lu Qingyun was startled by her reply, “Oh?”
She was smiling as she added, “All the most influential people always like to have a secret meeting at the most expensive place because this shows how influential they are. It also gives them plenty of faces. In this teahouse, I have many rooms that can listen into the greatest gossips of the city.”
Lu Qingyun: …
This sounded like his master was part of a secret organization? Maybe she was even a dark celestial from an unorthodox clan that was sent to infiltrate the orthodox celestial fraternity…
He was about to say that this did not sound right when Qin Keqin added, “Now you are part of us. Only the four of us knows about this secret hideout. You are not to tell anyone else. In the future, you will be able to enter this place freely.”
Lu Qingyun was smiling bitterly. Now he was part of their secret organization…
He muttered as he looked at Qin Keqin, Feng Minyue and Xuan Danfeng. “Erm, may I know the purpose why you are eavesdropping on them?”
Qin Keqin laughed softly, “Because it is more fun than cultivation.”
Xuan Danfeng had also replied at the same time, “Nothing beats a good gossip.”
Feng Minyue added with a faint smile, “It is entertaining.”
Lu Qingyun: …
He was thinking, “If I’m the good-for-nothing cultivator then my master is a good-for-nothing master…”
Qin Keqin was looking at him earnestly and she was smiling, “Welcome to our group!”
Lu Qingyun could only smile bitterly. It was because he did not have a choice at all. He was silently thinking, “It is better that I don’t come to this hideout as much as possible. I can choose to hole up in the sect to cultivate.”
Still he was quite worried for Qin Keqin so he said, “Master, that Supremacy Wen…”
But Qin Keqin interrupted him with a smile, “Let see what he wants first. Don’t worry for me.”
Then she had turned around to say to Feng Minyue with a wink, “We’re going to pay Tang Bufan a visit real soon.”