Chapter 211: Reunion & Swords
Shen Yufeng made a count of the survivors. Out of some five hundred cultivators, there were some three hundred survivors.
She shook her head as she said to the rest of her peers, “The price for entering this ancient celestial ruin is too heavy. At most we can only make three divine swords of doubtful quality and thirty precious swords. It is not worth it.”
Feng Xiaoxiao smiled weakly, “At least we may have a chance of obtaining three divine swords for our celestial clan. No matter, it is still a worthwhile price to pay.”
Tang Xuefeng muttered, “This comes at the loss of lives for so many of our protégé sisters as well as the other cultivators.”
Feng Xiaoxiao said quietly, “I feel the pain too but without these precious swords and divine swords, we will be at a great disadvantage once the battle starts.”
Shen Yufeng nodded, “No matter. We have already taken a look inside and it is time for us to make an accounting to the Heavenly Fragrance Princess.”
Lu Qingyun was now in the tent with Qian Jingjing, Ouyang Xue, Yin Shisi, Lie Xingyuan and Leng Qiuyue and everyone was now looking awkwardly at one another.
Finally he smiled, “It is so good to see everyone again.”
Leng Qiuyue hummed coldly, “You’re just lucky to be back alive.”
Lu Qingyun laughed, “Indeed.”
Leng Qiuyue had turned to look at Ouyang Xue, “Weird, how come you are a golden celestial now?”
Ouyang Xue smiled at this one time rival of hers, “I have a lucky occurrence, that’s all. How are your new life at the Heavenly Fragrance Villa?”
Leng Qiuyue lowered her glances, “I’m good. All my new protégé sisters are nice to me.” But in her heart, she had missed the days when she could see Lu Qingyun in the Heavens Ridge Villa.
Lie Xingyuan was looking shyly at Lu Qingyun, “Senior brother, you are a golden celestial now. Congrats to you.”
Lu Qingyun laughed softly, “Xingyuan, I am not longer your senior brother. Moreover you are at a higher tier than I am now. I should call you my senior now.”
Lie Xingyuan shook her head gently, “You are always my senior brother.”
Lu Qingyun returned a weak smile before saying, “I am so glad to see you again.”
Leng Qiuyue laughed softly, “Senior brother, how about me then? Can I still call you senior brother?”
Qian Jingjing interrupted as she looked at Lu Qingyun, “It seems that you are quite popular in your sect.”
Lu Qingyun laughed weakly, “We are all protégé brother and sisters, naturally we ought to be friendly to one another.”
All of a sudden a lovely voice asked from outside, “Are we welcome to interrupt your reunion?”
It was Shen Yufeng and she had walked in with Feng Xiaoxiao, Tang Xuefeng, Zhao Xingye and Zhao Riyue.
Lu Qingyun quickly greeted them, as did the rest.
Then he asked, “What brings Fragrance Herald Yufeng and everyone here?”
Shen Yufeng chuckled softly, “What? You don’t seem to welcome us?” Then she took a look at Lie Xingyuan and Leng Qiuyue, “Or you are seducing my protégés and you do not want me to know?”
Lu Qingyun knew that she was only teasing him. He could only say, “Welcome, welcome.”
Tang Xuefeng said shyly, “I have made some soups for everyone. Please try my cooking and see if you like it.”
Feng Xiaoxiao chuckled, “Is it only for him or for us all?”
Tang Xuefeng shot her an icy look, “Can’t you see that I have made a big pot?”
Zhao Xingye and Zhao Riyue were both grinning, “Finally we have a chance to try Senior Sister Tang’s soups again.”
Tang Xuefeng smiled as she quickly served everyone a portion.
Lu Qingyun could sniff that this soup that was serving to him was actually many times more delicious that previously. His sharp nose could pick up the scents of many spirit herbs in the soup and he greedily started to sip from the hot soup, “This is good stuff!”
Everyone was soon in praises of Tang Xuefeng’s soups.
Shen Yufeng laughed softly, “Every time I have taken my junior sister’s soups, I will feel invigorate for a week.”
Tang Xuefeng smiled, “I hope that everyone will like it.” Although she was saying to everyone but she was looking quietly at Lu Qingyun.
Suddenly Tang Xuefeng had suddenly looked up to ask Lu Qingyun, “What are your plans now? Are you returning to the Heavens Ridge Villa?”
Lu Qingyun shook his head, “I will be traveling with Maiden Qian to join Saint Gao Tianshou and his Valiant Arms Divine Realm. We hope to do our little contribution against the three dark divine realms and the Devil Goddess.”
Lie Xingyuan gasped softly. It was because she knew who the Devil Goddess was…
Shen Yufeng, Tang Xuefeng and Feng Xiaoxiao were also gasping. It was not because they knew who the Devil Goddess was but because Saint Gao Tianshou was an ambitious man and they did not like him at all.
Shen Yufeng immediately said with an unhappy expression, “Senior, this Gao Tianshou isn’t a good man. It is better that you don’t go there.”
Lu Qingyun was startled by the suddenly change in expression that was in Shen Yufeng, Tang Xuefeng and Feng Xiaoxiao. “But he is a great hero. Perhaps the greatest hero in the Nine Celestial Fraternity in many centuries. He is leading a crusade against the Devil Goddess. This is for the greater good. Why does Supremacy Yufeng says that he isn’t a good man?”
Tang Xuefeng hummed, “He is an ambitious man that seeks to unite the Nine Celestial Fraternity into one divine realm. Don’t fall for his tricks.”
Lu Qingyun smiled, “If that is the case, I will leave his camp immediately. I just want to contribute my part with the other cultivators from the Nine Celestial Fraternity against the constant looming threat of the Devil Goddess.”
Then he was smiling even more broadly, “My master is probably fighting the heretic cultivators now. I wish to join her as soon as possible.”
Shen Yufeng was gasping to herself, “The Great Saintess Fan Yuqing is fighting the Devil Goddess?” She quickly regained her composure to say quietly, “In that case, I won’t stop you.”
All of a sudden Lie Xingyuan had stepped forward, “Senior brother, I don’t think you should be doing this.”
Lu Qingyun asked curiously, “Xingyuan, why not?”
Lie Xingyuan smiled bitterly, “I have heard that the Devil Goddess is a peaked seventh realm great saintess. You will not be able to fight her.”
Lu Qingyun was laughing, “I don’t need to fight her directly. There is Great Saint Tianshou and so many saints around. I will be just fighting the small prawns and fishes. Don’t worry about me, alright?”
Lie Xingyuan saw that he had a determinate look and knew that he had already decided in his heart. Therefore she said quietly, “Promise me you won’t fight the Devil Goddess yourself.”
“I probably won’t have the opportunity and I won’t be so unlucky to encounter the Devil Goddess too.” Lu Qingyun laughed.
Lie Xingyuan was sighing softly. It was impossible for Qin Keqin to be fighting the Devil Goddess. She could only sigh silently, “Senior brother, you’re making a big mistake somewhere and you’re in the wrong camp. But I can’t tell who she is…”
“By the way since Supremacy Yufeng, Celestial Tang and Celestial Feng are here, I have something to give to the Heavenly Fragrance Villa….” Lu Qingyun muttered as he checked the contents of his new spatial storage belt before he poured a pile of high grade Celestiums and Heavenly Relics on the makeshift table.
“This is for the Heavenly Fragrance Villa.”
When everyone saw the pile of precious metals that were on the table, they were all taken aback and were all staring blankly at Lu Qingyun.
Shen Yufeng was gasping with shock and it was out of her usual demeanor, “How did you get so many of these high grade Heavenly Relics?”
Feng Xiaoxiao was stammering, “The minimum grade for a successful forged divine sword with these heavenly relics will be an earth-step divine sword. We can probably even get one or more heaven-step divine swords from these Heavenly Relics.”
Tang Xuefeng was also blinking her eyes, “We can attempt twenty divine swords with this pile of Heavenly Relics. Even if the divine sword isn’t successful, they will be heaven-step precious swords for sure. At least a hundred precious swords can be forged from these metals.”
Ouyang Xue, Yin Shisi, Qian Jingjing, Leng Qiuyue, Lie Xingyuan, Zhao Riyue and Zhao Xingye were all staring blankly at him.
“I just have a lucky occurrence, that’s all.” Lu Qingyun said sheepishly. He did not tell them actually he had more of the Heavenly Relics.
Shen Yufeng muttered, “This exploration expedition isn’t totally in vain and it is now all thanks to senior…”
Then she smiled, “I wonder what is it that senior wants? We can’t simply take your things without any payment, am I right?”
Lu Qingyun pondered for a while before he said, “Alright, I want Celestial Tang Xuefeng…”
No sooner had he said that, Shen Yufeng and Feng Xiaoxiao had all taken a step back in shock as they said at the same time, “Senior, no…”
Shen Yufeng added panicky, “You can have any maiden in your bed but not Xuefeng…”
Tang Xuefeng was flushing and her golden eyes were looking dreamily at Lu Qingyun, “If senior wants me then I can only…”
But Lu Qingyun was blinking his eyes rapidly, “Erm, did I say anything wrong? I mean, I want Celestial Tang Xuefeng…”
Once again Feng Xiaoxiao interrupted him, “Senior, have you forgotten what I’ve told you? I am so disappointed in you. Just because I have told you my protégé sister’s background and you are trying to use this opportunity to blackmail her?”
Shen Yufeng was frowning lightly, “You told him that?”
Tang Xuefeng averted her eyes shyly, “It is alright. I’m not upset…”
“What background?” The rest of the maidens were confused.
Qian Jingjing said coldly, “Brother Qingyun, I didn’t know that you are such a lecherous man!”
Even Leng Qiuyue was saying, “I am so disappointed that you are making such audacious demand.”
Lu Qingyun had to shout loudly amidst all the mutterings and confusions, “Wait! Let me finish first, alright?”
Immediately all the maidens ceased their talks at the same time as they looked curiously at Lu Qingyun.
“I mean that I just want Celestial Tang Xuefeng’s secret alchemy receipt on how to boil water with her pot.” Lu Qingyun smiled bitterly.
Suddenly all the maidens had a sheepish look on their countenances.
And everyone was pretending that nothing was happening.
Shen Yufeng smiled weakly, “Oh, that…I’m afraid you have to ask her yourself.”
Tang Xuefeng looked a little disappointed as she muttered, “I’m willing to share with senior…”
Suddenly everyone was asking one another how were things going and other trivial. It was as though nothing had happened earlier.
“Best soup ever…”
“I like to have more…”
“I miss the days when I was with everyone…”
Lu Qingyun: …