Chapter 149: Prelude to the Clans’ Tournament (2)
Lu Qingyun was walking hastily after Qin Keqin, “Keqin, what’s wrong? Why are you so angry with me?”
“Hmph, nothing! Do I look like I am angry with you?” She hummed coldly.
“Then let me hold your hands…”
“Don’t touch me…”
Qin Keqin was not really unhappy with Lu Qingyun. She was a little upset with the vendor for putting everyone else prettier than her. This was the most infuriating and humiliating thing to her. In the end, she was not able to show off her portrait in front of Feng Minyue and Xuan Danfeng.
And the portrait of the Devil Goddess was really too ugly!
She was even thinking angrily, “Maybe it is time for me to show the Nine Celestial Fraternity what the Devil Goddess really look like! How dare he draw me into an old hag…”
“Keqin…” Lu Qingyun tried to grasp her hand again but she shook it off him again.
“Hey, you! How dare you outrage the modesty of a maiden in the streets?” A handsome cultivator with a square feature had suddenly yelled at Lu Qingyun after he had seen him chasing and trying to hold Qin Keqin’s hand.
And behind him were eight other cultivators from his own celestial clan.
Qin Keqin stopped in her tracks as she peeked at him through her curtain veil while Lu Qingyun muttered, “We are acquaintances and moreover she is my woman.”
“Who…is your woman?” There was a mixture of coldness and laughter in her voice. At first she had wanted to rebuke him coldly but she ended up a little amused when Lu Qingyun had claimed that she was his woman in public.
In the end, her anger vaporized and she felt a little sweet that he was publicly calling her his woman and she was flushing behind her veil.
The handsome cultivator laughed, “Isn’t that the old trick of every young master that is chasing after a skirt? You look like a fine looking young man and had a decent look. If you are so desperate for a woman, why don’t you go to the brothel? Why don’t you shoo off now?”
Lu Qingyun sighed as he said bitterly, “Whether you believe it or not is up to you. Why are you such a busybody?”
The handsome cultivator laughed, “Do you know who I am? I’m the young master of the Heavy Moon Sect, Young Master Yu Tianjian!”
Lu Qingyun was startled. While on the streets earlier, he had heard that the Heavy Moon Sect was the favorite to win the upcoming competition and they had even won the previous Divine Fragrance Tournament.
Yu Tianjian smiled as he saw the startled look that was on Lu Qingyun. “And who are you?”
“Lu Qingyun…” He muttered.
“You are that Senior Brother Lu Qingyun from the Heavens Ridge Villa?” Yu Tianjian asked.
Lu Qingyun smiled weakly, “Indeed I am.” He did not know that he would be known outside New Empyrean City. “This was not such a bad feeling after all”, he thought sheepishly. “At least I am beginning to have some renown.”
“So you are that good-for-nothing first realm cultivator from the Heavens Ridge Villa?” Yu Tianjian and his group were all laughing jovially.
“Most useless senior brother ever…”
“I’ve heard that he is also entering the Divine Fragrance Tournament…”
“What a laughing stock…”
“Why doesn’t he jump down the cliff instead?”
“I have heard that he is also a lecherous fellow. Now it seems that the rumors are true after all.”
Lu Qingyun: …
Yu Tianjian added coldly, “So you say that she is your woman then what is her name?”
Lu Qingyun was suddenly dumbfounded. He knew that he could not tell anyone who Qin Keqin was in public. It was because it would be a total scandal if others would to know about it.
Therefore he began to hesitate, “Erm…”
“So you don’t know right?” Yu Tianjian smirked. “Now scram before I become nasty.”
All of a sudden Qin Keqin said, “I am Lie Xingyuan. Yun’Er, let’s go.” With that she had grabbed Lu Qingyun’s hand.
“You are Lie Xingyuan?” A petite voice could be heard chuckling as a group of female cultivators had also arrived at the scene.
The petite voice was from a petite looking maiden with a righteous air. This group of female cultivators was a mesmerizing group and they were all beautiful.
Yu Tianjian frowned lightly, “The Alluring Blossoms Palace is also here…”
“I’m Immortal Celestial Gongsun Ya.” The petite maiden introduced herself.
Lu Qingyun was startled. She was a fourth realm expert as well; Immortal Celestial was the celestial title of a fourth realm cultivator.
Gongsun Ya asked Lu Qingyun, “Are the cultivators from the Heavy Moon Sect bullying you?”
Lu Qingyun smiled weakly, “Not really. It is just a misunderstanding.”
Yu Tianjian frowned as he stared at Gongsun Ya, “I am Immortal Celestial Yu Tianjian.”
Gongsun Ya ignored him while she continued to look at Lu Qingyun with a smile, “You are Lu Qingyun? I’ve heard that Lie Xingyuan is your personal attendant?”
Lu Qingyun smiled weakly, “That’s right.”
He was thinking, “How come everyone knows about me? But it is mostly negative…”
He did not know that all the celestial clans had done their homework on the Heavens Ridge Villa. After all, the Heavens Ridge Villa was the host of this Divine Fragrance Tournament. Naturally all the other celestial clans would be collecting and paying attention to all the information about the Heavens Ridge Villa.
Since Lu Qingyun was also a candidate, collecting his information was a top priority for all the participating celestial clans. Needless to say, everyone knew him better than he knew himself.
Yu Tianjian turned to appraise the veil maiden that was beside Lu Qingyun. Although he could not see her appearance from behind her veil but she was extremely moving, especially her uncovered legs.
“So she is Lie Xingyuan?” He thought. There was a rumor that Lie Xingyuan was Lu Qingyun’s woman. So it seemed to be true after all.
Yu Tianjian suddenly laughed aloud, “I see that it is all a misunderstanding.”
Lu Qingyun smiled bitterly as he raised his hand to bow, “Since you know that it is a misunderstanding, I shall take my leave now.”
Qin Keqin grabbed Lu Qingyun’s arm as they hurriedly left the scene.
Yu Tianjian hummed coldly after Lu Qingyun, “I can’t believe that the Heavens Ridge Villa will actually send a good-for-nothing first realm cultivator as a candidate. This is a waste of good opportunities for the other protégés and is a total joke in front of everyone.”
Gongsun Ya smiled, “Although he is a good-for-nothing cultivator but he is actually quite dashing.”
Yu Tianjian frowned, “Chasing skirts in the middle of the street? He is nothing but a good-for-nothing lecherous cultivator. He will be the first competitor to fall out of the tournament. I really don’t know what the Heavens Ridge Villa is thinking when they put him as a competitor.”
Then he was laughing, “Maybe they don’t even have a proper cultivator to send forward anymore.”
Another cultivator that was behind him was shouting, “I’ve heard that this Lu Qingyun had recently won his clan’s competition and the result of that competition is actually quite fishy!”
When he had said that, all the cultivators in Yu Tianjian’s group were all laughing heartily.
Gongsun Ya hummed coldly as she turned around with her group, “Let’s go. There is nothing interesting here.”
Yu Tianjian growled lightly as he muttered to his group, “These bitches from the Alluring Blossoms Palace are pretty arrogant and they seem to be looking down upon us.”
“It is obvious that they are trying to fish for trouble when that Gongsun Ya saw us.” A cultivator said.
“Young Master, we ought to be wary of them.”
Yu Tianjian nodded, “We have some strong competitors from the Spirit Sword Manor and the Divine Nine Sect as well.”
“I have heard that Qiuxiang Huan from the Clear Sky Pavilion is also a formidable cultivator. We ought to be wary of her as well.”
“There is nothing to worry from the Clear Sky Pavilion,” Yu Tianjian smiled. “There is only one Qiuxiang Huan to be worried about so she won’t be a threat to us.”
Then he added with a smile, “That Lu Qingyun is really a good-for-nothing cultivator. Given that the tournament is held in his home turf, he should be hard in practice right now but instead he is chasing skirts in the street. To think that I was quite worried that his master might have taught him some formidable arts.”
“Young master, you mean that Qin Keqin?”
Yu Tianjian nodded, “But I was overthinking. So what if his master is an elder of the Heavenly Fragrance Villa? With such a disciple like him, he won’t amount to anything great.”
On the other side of the street, a beautiful maiden was grasping her bosoms and her heart was trembling. She was Leng Qiuyue and she had recognized Lu Qingyun and Qin Keqin from afar.
She had the uncanny ability to recognize people by the way they walked even if she could not see their faces.
She was gasping quietly, “Senior brother and sect leader are an item…”
This icy beauty was suddenly in tears behind her curtain veil.
Ever since that day after she had confessed to Lu Qingyun, she had wondered how he had felt about her. There were a few times when she was free to visit him but she had always come at an unlikely timing; he was either out or was in the practice chamber.
She was trembling nonstop and her tears were dripping to the ground. She had no idea how long she was crying and quite a number of people were even asking her if she was alright.
“Senior Brother…Qingyun…” her heart was weeping and calling his name continuously.