Chapter 198: Reaching the Ancient Ruin (2)
Lu Qingyun was literally speechless and he was now looking awkwardly at Tang Xuefeng.
Tang Xuefeng was still crying and she had been crying for the past hour. In front of her were many wet handkerchiefs that were soaked with her tears.
He had not expected that when she had started crying, it would be like an overflowing river.
“What did I do…”
He wished that he could find a hole to hide in and in everyone’s eyes he was the one that had bullied Tang Xuefeng.
He had succeeded in making a proud golden celestial to break down in front of her junior sisters and the outsiders.
He was completely ashamed of himself now. If he had not been so curious as to walk around her tent, this would not have happened.
Earlier, Tang Xuefeng was even smiling and winking at him but now she was tearful and was sobbing nonstop.
Zhao Riyue and Zhao Xingye felt extremely guilty. If they had not teased Qian Jingjing when they had entered the tent then Lu Qingyun would not have the opportunity to start exploring Tang Xuefeng’s tent and this accident would not have happened.
Feng Xiaoxiao really could not wait for Tang Xuefeng to stop crying so she said quietly, “Let me host the meeting instead then.”
Lu Qingyun stammered out, “Let me leave the tent first. You can tell me later…”
When he had said that, Tang Xuefeng sobbed even louder and she had rolled up another soaking handkerchief and she was looking around for more handkerchiefs.
One by one, Yin Shisi, Ouyang Xue, Zhao Riyue, Ouyang Xue and Feng Xiaoxiao had already passed her all their available handkerchiefs and there were dozens of soaking folded handkerchiefs on the table.
Feng Xiaoxiao smiled weakly before she said to Lu Qingyun, “You may stay. Just keep quiet.”
Lu Qingyun: …
Tang Xuefeng suddenly said with her sobbing voice, “I need more handkerchiefs. Anyone has any?”
All the handkerchiefs of the maidens had been used up by Tang Xuefeng. They had not expected her to be able to sob for an hour…
Lu Qingyun smiled weakly, “I actually have several handkerchiefs here…”
Feng Xiaoxiao gasped and muttered almost incoherently, “Didn’t I just tell him to keep quiet…”
Yin Shisi thought that Tang Xuefeng was now going to cry for another hour…
Tang Xuefeng was suddenly staring at Lu Qingyun but she quickly averted her eyes, “No thanks.”
She had suddenly stopped her tears but her lovely voice was hoarse from the crying and she had heavy swollen eye bags.
Lu Qingyun: …
Qian Jingjing secretly tugged Lu Qingyun’s long sleeves as though she was telling him to keep quiet.
But all the other maidens were curious enough to think. “Why has she stopped crying when Lu Qingyun has offered her his handkerchief?”
They simply could not understand and it was like magic. Just when they were beginning to wonder when Tang Xuefeng would stop crying, she had stopped all of a sudden.
It was because they were not in Tang Xuefeng’s shoes and they could not know her heart.
Tang Xuefeng was actually waiting for Lu Qingyun to comfort her. While the other maidens had thought it was bad timing for Lu Qingyun to offer his handkerchiefs to Tang Xuefeng but this was exactly the comfort that she had needed. Therefore she had stopped crying and her wounded heart was comforted.
Now she was looking with a weird expression on Lu Qingyun…
But Lu Qingyun was actually thinking after seeing the look that was in her eyes, “She must hate me so much now…”
Tang Xuefeng was actually thinking, “I hope that I didn’t lose my standing in his eyes…”
Now that Tang Xuefeng had stopping crying, Feng Xiaoxiao continued. “First I must thank Supremacy Yin Shisi and Celestial Ouyang Xue for accompanying me here. If it weren’t for them, we may not be here now.”
Yin Shisi and Ouyang Xue nodded lightly.
“I had already told my Protégé Sister Xuefeng what had happened in the past few days.” Then she took a look at Yin Shisi, Ouyang Xue and Qian Jingjing. “Since you are all friends of Senior Lu, I shall be very frank with all of you. We have found an ancient ruin in this vicinity and that will be the final destination of the expedition group. However we don’t expect any survivors.”
Yin Shisi, Ouyang Xue, Qian Jingjing and Lu Qingyun: …
Qian Jingjing was gasping softly as she panicky looked at Lu Qingyun.
Lu Qingyun said quietly, “Previously you have mentioned that you will need 500 cultivators that are below the fifth realm level. But from what I can see, there are only around 300-400 cultivators left now. So there will be a shortfall. In order to fill in this shortfall, you will need to send another 100-200 protégés of the Heavenly Fragrance Villa into the Pangu Suppressing Arrays.”
He had not forgotten what they had said to him previously.
Lu Qingyun took a look at Zhao Riyue and Zhao Xingye before saying, “You will be sacrificing quite a large number of protégés for this expedition. Are you really willing to do so?”
Then he laughed weakly, “If Xingyuan and Qiuyue are here, are you also planning to sacrifice them as well? Just for some heavenly relics and some ancient celestial treasures?”
Feng Xiaoxiao said quietly but firmly, “Yes!”
“This is for the continuous survival of our divine realm. Our divine realm is one of the three smallest divine realms among the ten divine realms in the Nine Celestial Fraternity. Our threat is not just exterior but interior as well. Except for the three major patriarch divine realms, the other seven divine realms had changed hands and names several times already.”
Feng Xiaoxiao added, “However Senior Lu is the disciple of our Great Benefactor. We will advise you and Maiden Qian to opt out if you want to. You have a day to reconsider.”
Lu Qingyun smiled weakly, “I don’t need any special treatment. I want to join the other cultivators. If we can get into the ancient ruin then I don’t mind paying my life for this experience. This experience is really important to me for my future breakthrough. But…”
He turned to look at Qian Jingjing, “But I hope that Maiden Qian will opt out. Her injuries are not light…”
Qian Jingjing hummed coldly, “I am not opting out unless you are opting out too.”
Lu Qingyun: …
Qian Jingjing smiled, “I am not afraid. It is because I know that Brother Qingyun will be able to protect me.”
Feng Xiaoxiao said, “Sorry to burst your bubble. He can’t take care of you inside without risking his very life. So think carefully.”
Qian Jingjing smiled, “Brother Qingyun isn’t the only one who is trying to overcome his state of divinity. I am the same and I won’t change my mind.”
Lu Qingyun gave a heavy sigh, “If you are not injured so badly, I won’t stop you. Jingjing, you are really not in a good condition to participate in this expedition…”
Qian Jingjing lowered her glances, “I won’t be your burden and I’m not afraid.”
Lu Qingyun: …
Feng Xiaoxiao said, “Don’t be in a haste to tell me yet. You have until tomorrow to think.” Then she took a quick glance at Tang Xuefeng before turning to say to Lu Qingyun, “Senior Lu, let’s take a walk outside. I’ve something to talk to you.”
Lu Qingyun was startled and curious at the same time. “Alright.”
When Feng Xiaoxiao and Lu Qingyun were alone outside, Lu Qingyun curiously asked her. “Celestial Feng, may I know what it is that you want to talk to me about?”
Feng Xiaoxiao smiled. She took a look at her surroundings to make sure that there was no one around before saying, “I have a secret to tell you but you mustn’t tell anyone.”
Lu Qingyun was startled as he thought, “Is she going to tell me that she likes me? If so, how do I reject her?”
Feng Xiaoxiao began to sigh heavily before saying, “I actually shouldn’t be telling you this. It is a betrayal of my sisterhood with Xuefeng but you are the disciple of our Great Benefactor.”
Lu Qingyun smiled weakly when he had heard her.
“As you know, I have the listening heart skill and I can tell that Xuefeng has never been so confused and sad before. I’m afraid that today you may have humiliated her greatly.”
Lu Qingyun nodded and his ears were now burning as he recalled what had happened earlier.
“Do you know who she is?” Feng Xiaoxiao asked him all of a sudden.
Lu Qingyun was perplexed why she was asking him such an easy to answer question. “Isn’t she Celestial Tang Xuefeng?”
Feng Xiaoxiao nodded, “You have only known one side of her story. She is actually the daughter of our Heavenly Fragrance Princess Su Shanyue.”
“Oh. Haha, so she is the daughter of the Heavenly Fragrance Princess Su…” All of a sudden Lu Qingyun asked again. “Wait a minute. Did you just say that she is the daughter of your Heavenly Fragrance Princess?!”
Feng Xiaoxiao nodded quietly.
“I…I’ve offended the Heavenly Fragrance Princess indirectly…” Lu Qingyun muttered with shock.
“Wait a minute. I thought that the protégés of the Heavenly Fragrance Villa can’t get marry…” He suddenly said.
“Xuefeng is the illegitimate daughter of our Heavenly Fragrance Princess. This is supposed to be a secret.” Feng Xiaoxiao said quietly.
Lu Qingyun muttered miserably, “Lucky she is only the illegitimate daughter of the Heavenly Fragrance Princess Su and has no powerful father for me to offend…”
“You are wrong.” Feng Xiaoxiao said quietly. “If her father knows what you have done, he will surely slaughter you and tear you to pieces.”
Lu Qingyun was startled, “So fierce? I thought that she has no father? Who is this fierce father?”
“He is none other than the Divine Ruler of the Celestial Sword Realm, Grandmaster Yun Xinghe.”
Lu Qingyun nearly flipped over when he had heard her. The Celestial Sword Realm was one of the three major patriarch celestial clans and the Celestial Sword Clan of the Celestial Sword Divine Realm was naturally one of the top three celestial clans in the entire Nine Celestial Fraternity.
“What did you say?” Lu Qingyun had completely turned ashen. If her father was the divine ruler of the Celestial Sword Realm then he would be surely be dead.
“I’ve thought that usually in this case, the parents’ relationships may not be good. Why would the divine ruler of the Celestial Sword Realm bother with an illegitimate daughter in a faraway place?” He was stammering now and was trying to find an excuse to make himself feel better.
“Who says that Xuefeng’s relationship with her parents is bad? Who says that her parents’ relationships must be bad?” Feng Xiaoxiao looked at him curiously. “On the contrary, her parents’ relationship is unusually good. Moreover, do you know that Xuefeng is the only child of Grandmaster Yun Xinghe?”
Lu Qingyun inhaled deeply at the sudden realization, “She is the only daughter of Grandmaster Yun Xinghe…then I think I am totally screwed…I have just offended Saintess Su Shanyue and Saint Yun Xinghe…”
Now he was the one that felt like crying.
All of a sudden Lu Qingyun had an idea, “Quick! Take me to Celestial Tang Xuefeng. I will beg for her forgiveness now. Hopefully I can still sweep this crisis under the carpet. I thank Celestial Feng for telling me and for saving my life. There is still time to make amends…”
Feng Xiaoxiao smiled bitterly, “It is already too late. Our Heavenly Fragrance Princess Su is already aware of this. There is a distress signal that will trigger if Xuefeng is in distress and you have already triggered it.”
Lu Qingyun: …
“Then I am really screwed…”
Feng Xiaoxiao said quietly, “I hope that Senior Lu will be able to watch your steps in the future…”
Suddenly she had stopped speaking because she saw Tang Xuefeng was approaching them.
Feng Xiaoxiao muttered, “Xuefeng…”
Lu Qingyun took a step back when he saw Tang Xuefeng and he had turned ashen.
Tang Xuefeng smiled weakly at the two of them before she averted her eyes to say, “I will like to have a quiet word with Senior Lu.”
Feng Xiaoxiao nodded before she left quietly.
When Tang Xuefeng was alone with Lu Qingyun, she looked up to him to say. “Why are you so afraid of me now? Is it because you have already known of my background?”
Lu Qingyun could only smile awkwardly. He had promised Celestial Feng Xiaoxiao not to tell anyone what she had told him.
“I just have a quiet transmission with the Heavenly Fragrance Princess and I told her that I am just sad that Zhao Riyue and Zhao Xingye will be leaving to join the expedition group tomorrow. You don’t have to be so afraid. I didn’t say anything.”
“Oh?” Lu Qingyun was startled. Did she really say that?
Tang Xuefeng lit a faint smile before she said melancholy, “Other than my parents, you’re the first person that has made me cry like this. I hope that you can also be the first person that can make me happy.”
Lu Qingyun: ???
Lu Qingyun blinked his eyes, not understanding.
“Please come back in one piece…” Tang Xuefeng had a light flush as she spoke gently with her golden eyes looking intently into his eyes.
Lu Qingyun’s heart almost stopped when he saw the gentle look that was reflected in her eyes.