Chapter 179: Day of the Handkerchiefs
Lu Qingyun was quietly sighing in the practice chamber. Two things were bothering his heart.
One was that somehow he did not seem to get the respect that he deserved and he had continued to hear people calling him the good-for-nothing cultivator.
“This isn’t possible. I did so well during the trial tournament. Don’t tell me that when I am performing my feats, there were some others that did so well that everyone is looking at them and not in my direction?”
Two was the most miserable for him.
It was because today was the day that Lie Xingyuan and Leng Qiuyue would be saying good bye and they would be leaving for the Patriarch Clan Heavenly Fragrance Villa.
He was actually glad for them because the Heavenly Fragrance Villa was the top celestial clan in the Heavenly Fragrance Divine Realm.
“Why did I feel sad that Qiuyue will be leaving too?” He was sighing softly.
“And Xingyuan, where did she go with Keqin? They didn’t come back last night…”
All of a sudden a sweet voice had called out for him, “Senior Brother Qingyun, are you there?”
He was startled because it was the voice of Yin Shisi.
“Why is she here?” He thought. “Oh yes, she is the ‘junior sister’ to Xingyuan. She must be here to say goodbye to her.
He quickly came out of the practice chamber and saw the beautiful smiling Yin Shisi.
“Senior brother.” She quickly greeted him.
“Elder Yin, you are here to look for Xingyuan?” He asked.
She nodded and her eyes were looking at the note that Lu Qingyun had left on the table after carelessly reading it.
“It seems that she has gone out with sect leader and isn’t back? I didn’t see her at all when I am here.”
Lu Qingyun sighed softly, “She will be back soon. Today is the day that she departs from here.”
Yin Shisi nodded, “I am going to miss her. My master says she will be going away as well. Soon, it will be only be me and you. ”
When she said me and you, her beautiful mesmerizing eyes were looking at Lu Qingyun with great intention.
Lu Qingyun felt his soul was being carried away by her when she was looking at him in this manner. Somehow for Lu Qingyun, his first impression of her was always the one that was naked in his embrace.
He quickly cast away his sinful thoughts and said, “Shall I make some tea for you while we wait for Xingyuan?”
Yin Shisi nodded before she gave a smile, “Senior brother, I have something for you.” With a shy look, she had taken out a scented box.
Lu Qingyun was curious as he opened the box. Inside the box was a beautiful handkerchief. “This is for me?”
He took a quick look at the handkerchief and saw that there was a couple with children playing in the background.
Yin Shisi shyly nodded, “I have sewed it myself. It had taken me many nights to do so. I have nothing to give you for your win for the trial tournament so this is for me to you.”
Lu Qingyun was touched as he quickly said, “Thank you. I will surely take good care of it.”
“Erm Elder Yin…” he muttered. “Did I do well for the trial tournament?”
Yin Shisi averted her eyes before she said shyly, “You did very well. I am so proud of you.”
“Oh really?” Lu Qingyun was smiling bitterly. He thought, “I really did well. Is everyone so blind to my stellar performance or what? Maybe their eyes are not good. That must be the only reason. Alas, the imagery must be quite blurring below and the majority of the low level cultivators simply did not have the eyesight to see clearly.”
“So it is not because I didn’t do well. It is because they are too far away to see what I am doing. Haha. Now the mystery that is bothering me for days have finally been solved.”
A quiet voice from outside the courtyard interrupted his thoughts, “Senior brother, are you there?” It was Leng Qiuyue.
“Qiuyue?” Lu Qingyun was startled. “I am here.”
He quickly kept the scented box that Yin Shisi had given to him and just as he did so, Leng Qiuyue had entered the hall.
“Qiuyue, Xingyuan isn’t back yet.” He said.
Leng Qiuyue took a shy look at Yin Shisi before she smiled to Lu Qingyun, “I’m not here to look for Xingyuan. I am here to look for you.”
When Lu Qingyun had called her Qiuyue, she was secretly pleased. It was because he had unknowingly changed his address of her from junior sister to her personal name. She felt that they were now one step closer now. This change had taken place during the trial tournament when they were in the same party and were simply just friends instead of protégé brother and sister.
“Today I will be leaving with Xingyuan so I have come specially to bid you farewell. I don’t know when we will meet again or if we ever have a chance to meet again. This is a gift from me.” She shyly took out a beautiful craft box and gave it to Lu Qingyun.
Lu Qingyun said weakly as he took the box, “I should be the one that supposed to send you a gift but I didn’t…”
“It is alright.” Leng Qiuyue smiled. “Take a look at what’s inside.”
She did not care if Yin Shisi was presented or not. It was because she was no longer a protégé of the Heavens Ridge Villa and today was her last day here.
Lu Qingyun opened the beautiful crafted box and saw that it was a white handkerchief with two mandarins in it.
“I’ve spent the last couple of days to sew it.” She shyly said.
“Qiuyue, thank you…” Lu Qingyun was quite startled when he saw the two mandarins. It was a symbol for a couple. He had thought that he had rejected her not long ago during her confession? It was not because Leng Qiuyue was not a lovely maiden. In fact, she was very beautiful in many ways but he had only Qin Keqin in his heart…
Yin Shisi had also saw the two mandarins and knew what Leng Qiuyue was thinking. By now, everyone in the Heavens Ridge Villa was spreading rumors about her and Lu Qingyun. Some of the rumors were actually quite vile like how Lu Qingyun had seduced Leng Qiuyue and had made use of her to pass the trial tournament.
But she believed in her own personal judgment that Lu Qingyun was an outstanding person. It was because he did not take advantage of her when she was down on her luck.
“Senior brother, I am back.” It was the lovely voice of Lie Xingyuan and there was also the soft chuckle that was from Qin Keqin as they entered the outer courtyard.
Lu Qingyun quickly kept the beautiful crafted box as he said aloud, “I am here. Elder Yin and Qiuyue is also here.”
When Lie Xingyuan and Qin Keqin had entered the hall, they were holding hands and were chatting nonstop.
Qin Keqin chuckled when she saw them at first sight, “So everyone is already here to see my sister off?”
Lie Xingyuan smiled, “Senior brother…”
Lu Qingyun was stunned when he saw her. It was because she now had golden eyes and her presence was heavenly.
Yin Shisi and Leng Qiuyue were also startled to see that Lie Xingyuan was now a golden celestial.
“Xingyuan, you are a golden celestial now? What realm are you now?” Lu Qingyun said with stammering voice. He really could not believe his eyes.
Lie Xingyuan nodded shyly, “Upper fifth realm golden celestial level.”
Lu Qingyun nearly fainted as he muttered, “I am only at the upper fourth realm expert. Our cultivation level is now heavens and the earth now.”
Lie Xingyuan averted her eyes, “Senior brother will surely overtake me one day. This, I am very sure.”
Lu Qingyun was actually glad for her. He quickly asked. “How did you become a golden celestial overnight. Please do share with me. Is there a shortcut?”
Lie Xingyuan chuckled softly as she stole a glance at Qin Keqin, “It is actually a long story but senior brother, please don’t be lazy and cultivate on your own. You know what I mean. There is no shortcut in cultivation.”
“Is that so?” Lu Qingyun returned a sheepish laugh. “I am just being curious, that’s all.”
But he was secretly thinking, “Lately Yan’Er has been so lazy…”
Lie Xingyuan took out a handkerchief and said shyly, “I sewed this last night for you. I hope that it is not too disgraceful to show it to senior brother.”
Qin Keqin laughed as she took out another handkerchief, “And this is sewed by me.”
Lu Qingyun took the two handkerchiefs and saw that the one that Lie Xingyuan had sewed was actually quite exquisite and it had two persons in it. One was a man and other was a woman. They were seen walking along the river and their eyes were looking up at the rolling clouds.
As for the handkerchief that Qin Keqin had sewed looked a little off. However the one that Keqin had sewed had many lovely red raindrops and two flying cranes.
He smiled and said to Qin Keqin, “Master, your handkerchief is quite unique. I have never seen such beautiful red raindrops before. It fits the scene of the two flying cranes.”
Qin Keqin frowned lightly as her eyes rolled to a side, “Actually, the red raindrops will disappear once you have washed it. It is actually my blood. I have accidentally pricked my fingers quite a few times.”
Lu Qingyun: …
Lie Xingyuan laughed softly, “We are chatting throughout the night and I was the one that kept distracting my sis…my sect leader.”
She turned solemn to say, “Senior brother, please take care of yourself. Next time, I won’t be around to help you to change your blanket and bedding. Try not to do it so often. It is harmful to your health. You shouldn’t be in the practice chamber too often. It is good if you can take a walk sometimes.”
Lu Qingyun: …
He wanted to tell Xingyuan that he was not doing that kind of thing in the practice chamber but then he decided to keep quiet. It was because the other maidens were now giggling at him when they had heard Lie Xingyuan.
Qin Keqin chuckled softly, “Well, he is a hot-blooded young man after all.”
But all of a sudden Qin Keqin had turned solemn as she looked at him, “Yun’Er, I need to talk to you for a little while. It is because I am leaving here tonight and I won’t see you for quite some time.”
Lu Qingyun was stunned. It was as though the whole world had suddenly collapsed onto him.
“Keqin, what is going on here?” He had totally forgotten to address her as master in the presence of the others and had called out her personal name.