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Chapter 24: What Have I Done?

Fairy Ye Chengxi was now walking around as she called out, “Sister. Yan’Er, where are you?”

The inner protégés had told her that Palace Mistress Shangguan Yan was taking a walk here with Palace Master.

“Where is she? Weird?” As she walked, she quickly swept her divine sense.

All of a sudden Shangguan Yan had appeared in a flustered manner and she was carrying Yuan Ji. “Sister, help me. Palace Master Yuan Ji has fainted.”

Fairy Ye Chengxi was startled as she quickly inspected Yuan Ji; he appeared to be stoned and his eyes were staring blankly but he was also smiling and drooling.

“What happens to him? I’ve never seen anything like this?” Fairy Ye Chengxi was gasping softly.

Shangguan Yan smiled weakly, “I really don’t know what happens. He had suddenly fainted. You can help me to take him to the hall first?”

She had pointed to a small resting hall nearby.

Fairy Ye Chengxi panicky nodded.

As she helped Yuan Ji, she suddenly saw that he was wearing his robe in the reverse side. “This Palace Master is like a little child. He can’t even be bothered to wear his robe properly.”

Shangguan Yan said with a flustered voice, “Men are all like this. They don’t care.”

Actually it was Shangguan Yan who had helped Yuan Ji to dress up hastily when she had suddenly heard her sister’s voice calling out for her. It was because Yuan Ji was now in a trance and he could not dress himself on his own.

The scent that she had accidentally used on him actually worked extremely fast.

When the two maidens had moved Yuan Ji to the small resting hall, Shangguan Yan panicky said. “I’ve an ointment that is from Palace Mistress Xia. It is really effective for faints. I will go get it now. Sister, please don’t touch or move him until I’m back.”

Fairy Ye Chengxi nodded quietly as she cast an anxious look at Yuan Ji. “I will wait for your return.”

Shangguan Yan panicky rushed out of the hall as she said softly, “I will be back very soon.”

Fairy Ye Chengxi was now staring at Yuan Ji as she said silently, “What has actually happened? My old master never has any history of fainting spells. He is always healthy. Is it because of his failed breakthrough?”

In her mind, her old master had actually failed in his cultivation realm breakthrough and had even suffered a stunning blow to his cultivation realm, causing him to lose his golden body. That was why he had refused to acknowledge her when he had first re-appeared.

Fairy Ye Chengxi was soon heaving a melancholy sigh. “Your Chengxi is here. Even if you have lost your profound strength, I don’t mind. I will be with you…”

All of a sudden she had noticed that the pant that was inside Yuan Ji’s robe was wet and she was suddenly gasping. This wet patch was expanding rapidly in front of her.

She covered her mouth with shock, “Master…”

Yuan Ji was now in a delirium. He had totally no idea what was happening except that he was now having a fun time.

Yan’Er had suddenly disappeared from the scene and now she had been replaced by Fairy Ye Chengxi.

“Chengxi? Why are you here in my bedroom?” Yuan Ji was shocked.

Fairy Ye Chengxi had quietly bended her knees in front of him and said quietly, “Your Chengxi is here to serve you.”

It was only then that he noticed that Chengxi was only dressed in her lingeries.

Yuan Ji immediately said, “Chengxi, this won’t do. We can’t do this thing…”

“Yes, we can.” Fairy Ye Chengxi was quietly looking pitifully at him. “Master, Chengxi has always like you. Why are you so cruel to me?”

“I am cruel to Chengxi?” Yuan Ji stammered.

Fairy Ye Chengxi nodded shyly as she leaned toward him while still on her knees. “Can you take Chengxi please?”


Yuan Ji was now staring at the face of a heavenly fairy that could cause men to sin. His willpower began to falter and he was suddenly taking off his robe…

When Shangguan Yan had returned to the small resting hall, Fairy Ye Chengxi was looking quite flustered.

Shangguan Yan quickly took a bottle for Yuan Ji to sniff.

All of a sudden Shangguan Yan had noticed that Yuan Ji was not wearing his robe in the reverse anymore. “This…”

Fairy Ye Chengxi knew that Shangguan Yan had noticed it and she quickly said with hot flushes, “It won’t be good for a Palace Master to be wearing his robe the opposite way. Therefore I’ve helped him.”

Shangguan Yan slowly nodded as she averted her eyes from her sister

But both Shangguan Yan and Fairy Ye Chengxi was suddenly playing dumb. Some things were best not to say out.

Before long, Yuan Ji had recovered from his trance. “What happens?”

He was suddenly startled when he saw Shangguan Yan and Fairy Ye Chengxi were both looking at him with a weird expression.

He had suddenly remembered what he had done to Shangguan Yan.

“This…did I get caught in the act by Chengxi?” He began to smile bitterly.

Shangguan Yan was too shy to explain and she was looking nervously at her sister Fairy Ye Chengxi. How much did she know? Did she guess?

But Fairy Ye Chengxi merely said quietly, “You have fainted earlier so we have brought you here. Are you feeling much better now?”

Yuan Ji laughed awkwardly, “So I have fainted? So that’s what happens. Look at me. I must have been cultivating too hard.”

When he had said that, he was looking extremely sheepish.

He was looking a little perplexed. He thought that he was doing it with Shangguan Yan but how come he was dreaming that he was doing it with Fairy Ye Chengxi?

All of a sudden there were angry noises from outside the hall.

In a short moment, an elderly senior protégé had walked into the hall with four protégés and they were carrying a tray.

This elderly senior protégé was Old Liu Xuan and he was lamenting loudly, “Palace Master, please take a look at this! This is so outrageous!”

Old Liu Xuan was also the sect’s law enforcer elder. Every few days he would run to Yuan Ji to complain about the lack of rules and laws in the sect.

Yuan Ji rubbed his chin and asked curiously, “What is it?”

He walked to the tray, followed by Shangguan Yan and Fairy Ye Chengxi.

As they approached, Old Liu Xuan sighed heavily as he removed the cloth that was on the tray; on the tray were a body lingerie and a panties.

Shangguan Yan was gasping softly. She quickly averted her eyes shyly because she had recognized her own lingerie that she had left behind earlier in a hurry…

Even Fairy Ye Chengxi was gasping softly as she stole a glance at Shangguan Yan.

Yuan Ji was staring blanking at the tray and he was smiling awkwardly, “Erm, so…”

Old Liu Xuan raised his fists in fury, “Palace Master, to think that we have an adulterous pair that dares to do such a thing inside the inner palaces of the Emperor Hall Sect. They must have thought that everyone is dead! We must find out who are the adulterous pair is!”

Yuan Ji replied sheepishly, “Surely we can close one eye this round?”

“No Palace Master! We must enforce the rule of law strictly and deliver the sect punishments to the offenders. They are doing it in the inner palace. This is total disrespect to you and a slap to your face!”

Yuan Ji was smiling awkwardly as he said silently, “Actually my face is quite thick.”

But he said with a weak smile, “So what does Old Liu Xuan proposes? The culprits must have long fled the scene.”

Old Liu Xuan laughed as he pointed at the lingeries, “Did Palace Master sees that it is still wet? Our sect has a profound treasure that can trace the culprit by sampling the blood.”

Shangguan Yan was now really flustered. She really did not want anyone to know that these lingeries belong to her.

Yuan Ji smiled weakly, “Are you going to check us as well?”

Old Liu Xuan laughed, “Of course not. Our Palace Master, Palace Mistress and Fairy Ye Chengxi are above guilt.” Then he laughed even louder, “If Palace Master wants to do this thing, there are plenty of places for you to do it discreetly. Is there a need to do it in the wild?”

Yuan Ji: …

Shangguan Yan: …

Fairy Ye Chengxi: …

Yuan Ji replied weakly, “Go then and find out who are the culprits.”

Old Liu Xuan was delighted as he shouted with his hoarse voice to the other four protégés. “Come follow me. We are going to check all the three thousand protégés today! The honor of our Palace Master and the Emperor Hall Sect must be protected.”

Fairy Ye Chengxi said quietly, “I take my leave first. The inner protégés are still waiting for me to give them the instructions.”

With that she had hastily left the hall.

Yuan Ji muttered curiously, “Weird. Why is Fairy Chengxi acting so weirdly?”

With hot flushes, Shangguan Yan said almost incoherently. “She knows the lingeries belong to me…”

Yuan Ji was startled, “She knows? How did she know?”

Shangguan Ya smiled weakly, “I happen to wear the one that she gave me in the past.”

Yuan Ji: …

As he staggered back in shock, all of a sudden something fell from his robe to the floor; it was a body lingerie.

Shangguan Yan was in shock as she looked at Yuan Ji, “This belongs to my sister. How did you get it?”

Yuan Ji stared at the body lingerie that was on the ground with a perplexed look.

“I don’t remember…”

He was actually telling the truth.

All of a sudden Shangguan Yan remembered her sister flustered look when she had entered the hall and that even Yuan Ji’s robe had been adjusted by her.

She was gasping in shock as she stared at Yuan Ji, “Don’t tell me that…”

Yuan Ji: ???

But Yuan Ji attention was now in the direction where Fairy Ye Chengxi had gone. He was thinking, “Does it mean that she isn’t wearing any now…”

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Chapter 23: Palace Master Yuan Jing

Yuan Ji was now the Palace Master Yuan Ji and he had taken over the Emperor Hall Sect.

Suddenly he found himself taking charge of some three thousand protégés. These protégés were mostly low level cultivators and only a couple of them were fourth realm cultivators.

Three months had quickly passed.

And Yuan Ji had regained his profound strength to the fifth cultivation realm.

Although three months had quickly passed, it was like three days to him.

It was because he suddenly found himself with three roles; Palace Master (because the former Palace Mistress Xia Jiaqing had gone missing), Elder (all the other elders were killed) and top protégé fighter (all the top cultivators were also killed).

He found himself cursing Xia Jiaqing again, “Why don’t you come back and be the Palace Mistress again. Do you know that you left behind a pile of shit to me?”

The minute the Emperor Hall Sect had lost most of its top cultivators, the other celestial clans in the surrounding vicinity were sending him challenges after challenges to reclaim lost honor or territories.

“I’m in mourning. According to the fraternity laws of the Desolate Celestial Fraternity, they have to wait three months to challenge me or my sect. Go and tell them to wait for three months!”

“What? The three months are almost up?!”


He was forced to seek help from Fairy Ye Chengxi to help him to run the Emperor Hall Sect and had made her an honorable elder of the Emperor Hall Sect.

Because he was also so short of elders, he was forced to ask Shangguan Yan for help too. Although she was a weak cultivator but she was nevertheless still a fourth realm cultivator.

But the thing that worried him the most was that he had almost run out of excuses why he was not consummating his unison with Shangguan Yan.

Whenever he sees her, he would feel extremely guilty.

Today he was on the way to the practice platform because Shangguan Yan and Fairy Ye Chengxi were giving an instruction there to the inner protégés.

“I shouldn’t be cultivating all the time. I should at least take a look around my new sect. At least I should show my face once a while.” He said to himself.

All of a sudden he had paused in his tracks and hid himself.

It was because he was suddenly overheard some protégés exchanging gossips on him and he was frowning.

“Our new Palace Mistress Shangguan Yan is so personal and enticing. Our Palace Master is so lucky to have her. I can’t imagine having such an enticing beauty like her in bed every day.”

“Our Palace Mistress is an unranked great beauty. Now that she is a Palace Mistress, she may be ranked as the fifth great beauty soon.”

“If that is the case then won’t our Palace Master have two great beauties as his consorts?”

“Of course! Why do you think our Palace Master invites Fairy Ye Chengxi here to be our honorable elder? Things are not so simple. It is because he can see her every day.”

“But I rarely see Palace Master talking to Fairy Ye Chengxi. In fact, Palace Master is rarely in sight.”

“You’re too young, too simple.”

“You never know what they are doing at night. Why do you think that our Palace Master is always not around during the day?”


“Because he has completely exhausted himself with the two great beauties during the night! Haha!”

“Listen, this is our personal secret. Don’t go around telling anyone…”

“Actually our Palace Master is quite handsome…it is no wonder that even Fairy Ye Chengxi and our previous Palace Mistress Xia Jiaqing are all looking at him in a weird manner.”

“Yes, I agree…” A female protégé said.

“Other than the Great Poet Ji Yuan, I don’t think anyone is as great looking as our Palace Master…”

“But it is a pity. The Great Poet Ji Yuan is only handsome when he is beardless…”

“I have heard that the one and only portrait of the beardless Ji Yuan is worth 10,000 high grade spirit stones and is now hanging in the forbidden ground of the Hundred Flower Divine Palace…”

Yuan Ji: …

Yuan Ji: …

Yuan Ji: …

Did he hear what he was hearing from these outrageous protégés?

He resisted the temptation to confront these protégés as he continued quietly to the practice platform while muttering, “I am busy cultivating during the day and night so that I can save all your asses from getting kicked by the other celestial clans. These good-for-nothing protégés only know how to gossip nonstop.”

He was soon at the practice platform but remained out of sight.

“Hm, Chengxi isn’t here yet?” He thought. “Maybe it is too troublesome for her to travel here every day. I should offer to give her a residence here. This place has plenty of rooms for her anyway.”

Shangguan Yan had just finished a practice round with the inner protégés that numbered some three hundreds and she was now chatting with them.

“Palace Mistress, we have heard that you used to be a core protégé of the Orthodox Sword Sect and you are a junior sister to Sword Saintess Fairy Ye Chengxi. We are curious how you managed to be a core protégé? We are all inner protégés here and we hope to become a core protégé one day.”

Shangguan Yan was smiling gently at the inner protégés.

Her smiles were like a beautiful breeze that seemed to lift the spirits of all the onlookers and that included Yuan Ji.

He was a little smitten when he saw her gentle countenance.

“How come I never know that she can smile so beautifully?”

“Because you’ve never make her smile at all.” His inner demon countered.

“I am actually not a good core protégé.” Shangguan Yan said quietly. “I have to practice twelve hours a day while the others only have to practice three hours a day. I am actually not good with the sword.”

Everyone was suddenly quiet because they could sense her melancholy gaze upon them; it was as though she could express her emotions through her countenance and quiet voice.

“I’ve actually no time for my cultivation so I try to make it up by only sleeping two hours a day and during meal breaks.”

When Yuan Ji heard her, he was suddenly very downcast as he muttered, “Yan’Er, sorry…”

It was because he knew that he had punished her for being so weak in her sword techniques.

“This is a sword sect. We practice our sword together with our cultivation practice. How can you be so useless with your sword? From now onward, you will practice your sword from day to night until I’m happy with you. Don’t forget that you’re a core protégé and not an ordinary protégé. How can your swordplay be weaker than an ordinary protégé?”

All the inner protégés were suddenly quietly. It was because none of them were willing to practice their swords for twelve hours a day.

Shangguan Yan smiled bitterly, “After nearly a hundred years, my sword skill is still no better than one-tenth of my sister Chengxi. And I continued to practice twelve hours a day for the past one hundred years even though my old master is no longer around.”

Yuan Ji was stoned when he had heard her. “I am no longer around. Why the hell do you continue to practice so hard for? I can’t see it anyway.”

Actually all the inner protégés were also thinking the same but they did not dare to interrupt Shangguan Yan.

She continued melancholy, “When my old master took me in as a core protégé, I’ve promised him that I will not fail him and I will work hard to meet his expectations. Whether my old master is still around or not, I never fail to practice my sword while I was still in the Orthodox Sword Sect.”

Yuan Ji was smiling bitterly. “When I took you in, you are still a child. A child promise is not worth remembering!” Then he was trembling, “I didn’t know that you are suffering so much while you’re in the Orthodox Sword Sect. Maybe coming to the Emperor Hall Sect is a release for you instead….”

Then he added bitterly, “You must have hated your old master so much, am I right?”

Some of the inner protégés could not resist sighing loudly, “Then Palace Mistress must have hated your old master?”

“If I were Palace Mistress, I would hate him!”

“Death to Palace Mistress’ old master…”

Yuan Ji cursed them softly, “These idiots. Why are they cursing me all of a sudden?”

But he had quickly returned his attention to Shangguan Yan. He already knew her answers. She had told him that she had hoped that he was dead and would never come back.

Shangguan Yan voice was trembling softly and there were tears in her eyes, “He is a good master. I am just not worthy to be his core protégé. I can’t protect the Orthodox Sword Sect. I don’t want my old master to be back because I can’t bear to let him see how useless I am. I don’t want him to see this good-for-nothing core protégé that he has so painstaking trained to no avail.”

Several of the protégés now had tears down their cheeks when they had heard her.

She continued woefully, “My old master is not only a Sword Saint, a peak sixth realm golden supremacy, the greatest poet in the Desolate Celestial Fraternity, the head of the Four Beautiful Bearded Cultivator with the most beautiful long beard in the fraternity and also has the celestial title of the Gentleman of the Sword but he is also the best master in the entire fraternity. Although he has scolded me harshly all the time but I know that he is trying to force me to be better and he has never lifted his finger to hit me, not even once.”

The inner protégés were all trembling as they listened. Many of the female protégés were crying now. It was because they had been caned all too many times while they were receiving instructions from the elders and senior protégés in the past.

But their new Palace Mistress Shangguan Yan had never caned them and instead she was extremely patience with them. Moreover after each practice round she would chat with them so that everyone could keep up with the practice paces.

Although Shangguan Yan sword play was much slower than Fairy Ye Chengxi but her pace was enjoyable to many of the inner protégés, especially the slower ones.

Fairy Ye Chengxi sword play was too fast and it was difficult for her to slow down her natural reflexes. At the same time, she was also fifth realm golden celestial and a renowned Sword Saintess so naturally even a simple stroke that had come from her, contained unfathomable speed and profound strength that defied the understanding of an ordinary cultivator.

Yuan Ji was trembling hard and he had to use all his willpower to suppress the tears that were in his heart. “Yan’Er remembers all my titles…I have really let her down…”

It took him a while to completely suppress all his emotions before he stepped out of hiding as he coughed on purpose to alert everyone that he was here, “So how is the practice? Is everyone doing well?”

All the inner protégés were startled by his sudden appearance and quickly greeted him.

He waved them off as he turned to Shangguan Yan to ask, “Fairy Chengxi isn’t here yet?”

Shangguan Yan shook her head, “She will be here soon enough.”

Yuan Ji nodded before he said, “Yan’Er, let’s take a little walk over there first while we wait for her to arrive.”

Shangguan Yan nodded as she followed him.

For some time, they did not talk at all but were both walking awkwardly together.

Finally Yuan Ji said awkwardly, “Yan’Er, actually…” He had suddenly hesitated. It was because he could not tell her that he was his old master. He did not even know why he was suddenly asking her to take a walk with him.

Actually he wanted to apology to her for his past action but he had suddenly remembered that he was not Ji Yuan the old master anymore but Yuan Ji and this Yuan Ji was now her personal lord.

Shangguan Yan looked at him quietly, “Actually?”

He hesitated sheepishly before saying, “Actually I have never look down upon you.”

Shangguan Yan smiled awkwardly, “I know…” But her eyes were extremely melancholy. She did not dare to ask him why then he had not taken her if so?

But Yuan Ji could tell from her countenance what she was actually thinking of.

He heaved a heavy sigh before he said solemnly, “Yan’Er, I want to take you now.”

Shangguan Yan was startled, “Now? Here?”

“Yes now. There is no one around.” Yuan Ji said as he pulled her into the bushes.

Shangguan Yan was gasping softly, “In this place?”

Yuan Ji nodded, “I can’t wait anymore. Yan’Er, are you willing?”

Shangguan Yan averted her eyes shyly before she said with flustered voice, “Your Yan’Er is most willing. I’ve been waiting for this day…”

It was all that he needed to hear.

Yuan Ji did not wait for her to say more as he quickly stripped her to nothingness, pulling her robe off, her dress, lingerie and finally her panties off her.

As he touched her, he was amazed that her body was silky smooth. This was a divine body in one in a million.

In front of him now, was a most beautiful maiden who was pure and close to his heart. It did not take him very long to start kissing her passionately.

“Yan’Er, this is going to hurt for your first time. I am going in now. Don’t be afraid.”

Shangguan Yan was already gasping softly with pleasures and soon Yuan Ji had entered into her. This caused her to grip her fingernails tightly into his firm body.

All of a sudden Yuan Ji was asking, “Your fingernails, did you apply the scents that Xia Jiaqing had left for you?” It was because he had suddenly realized that before he had entered into her, her fingernails were already sinking it into him and he had only just noticed.

Shangguan Yan was suddenly gasping softly, “Out of habit, I am always applying it…”

Yuan Ji rolled his eyes before saying sheepishly, “Never mind, it is already too late. Do you have any antidote for it?”

Shangguan Yan muttered softly, “I have another scent that can remove it…but it is not with me now…”

“Tell me later which part is real and which part is delusion…” Yuan Ji was now on fire and he was impatient to talk. Very soon, he was passionately banging her like a wild beast.

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Chapter 219: Hearts Exchange

Along the way, Gao Tianyou seemed to be paying extra attention to Tang Xuefeng as he talked about his heroic deeds.

Even Saint Wu Lei had apologized to her because he had secretly shot a secret projectile to her, hence causing her to lose the duel.

Even Liang Tiege was suddenly behaving in a very friendly manner to Tang Xuefeng.

Tang Xuefeng was actually as rude as ever but she had soon toned down her attitude because Gao Tianyou and the others kept giving way to her and took her teases as mere jokes to be shared around.

Lu Qingyun was suddenly unhappy because he had noticed that Tang Xuefeng had now laughing in the company of Gao Tianyou and his group.

This was not lost on Qian Jingjing as she whispered to him, “Brother Qingyun, are you jealous?”

Lu Qingyun frowned quietly to Qian Jingjing, “I will be jealous?”

Qian Jingjing nodded quietly as she chuckled softly, “It’s all written all over your face now.”

Lu Qingyun: …

“It’s not possible.” Lu Qingyun muttered. “If I am jealous, pigs can fly.”

Qian Jingjing giggled, “There is one type of desolate pig that has wings and it can fly.”

Lu Qingyun: …

“Jingjing, your jokes are not funny.”

“You got to witness it to believe it. How do you know that Jingjing isn’t telling the truth?”

“There are no such things as a desolate flying pig.” Lu Qingyun muttered.

All of a sudden the cultivators in front of them were all shouting, “We are under attack by the desolate beasts!”

Immediately all the cultivators unsheathed their swords and they could see dozens of pig-like flying desolate beasts that were flying through their ranks!

Lu Qingyun was stunned, “These are flying pigs…”

Qian Jingjing giggled, “Told you that they exist!”

These desolate flying pigs were mostly third rank desolate beasts and were no match for their group.

Qian Jingjing had quickly displayed her sword as she quickly cut down two of the flying desolate beasts.

She did not know that she was being observed by Gao Tianyou and his inner circle.

This was actually a fake battle that they had arranged so that they could observe the fighting level of Lu Qingyun, Qian Jingjing and Tang Xuefeng.

Gao Tianshou was thinking, “This Maiden Qian Qian, she is from the Spirit Sword Manor? I can’t be wrong about her Heavens Sword Slash.”

Lu Qingyun had unsheathed a heaven-step precious sword which was actually a copy of his Divine Sword Jade Light; he did not want anyone to know that he had a divine sword in his hand and quickly dispatched one of the flying desolate beast.

As for Tang Xuefeng, she simply evaded the flying desolate beasts but made no move to attack them since there were so many cultivators around.

Although Gao Tianshou and his inner circle could not tell which celestial clans Lu Qingyun and Tang Xuefeng were but they got a hint from Qian Jingjing’s sword strokes that they may be from the Heavenly Fragrance Divine Realm.

Actually Qian Jingjing had already tried her best to conceal her swordplay and did not display the Heavens Spirit Sword that was the unique sword art of the Spirit Sword Manor. It was just that Gao Tianshou and his inner circle happened to know even the lesser known sword arts of the Spirit Sword Manor.

Before long, the flying desolate beasts were mostly dispatched or were in retreat.

Except for a few injuries, no one was actually killed.

Lu Qingyun was startled that this group of cultivators were all strong cultivators even though they were mostly second to fourth realm cultivators. A third rank desolate beast was still a formidable challenge to any cultivator that was not a golden celestial yet.

After the battle had ended, Lu Qingyun quietly pulled Tang Xuefeng and Qian Jingjing to one side before he said unhappily to Tang Xuefeng. “Celestial Xuefeng, I feel that these men are not good men. You ought to exercise some caution and not be in their company.”

Tang Xuefeng laughed softly, “What is wrong with them? I don’t see anything wrong with them. They are heroes, great heroes.”

Lu Qingyun: …

Tang Xuefeng chuckled softly, “Or is there any other reasons why you are telling me this?”

Lu Qingyun said solemnly, “Did you see these flying pigs?”

“Yes, so?” Tang Xuefeng asked curiously.

Qian Jingjing was giggling softly. It was because she knew that Lu Qingyun was trying to cook up any lame excuse now.

Lu Qingyun stammered, “Well, these flying pigs are a sign that they are not good men.”

Tang Xuefeng: ???

Lu Qingyun quickly added as he pointed a finger at Qian Jingjing, “That what Jingjing says.”

“Senior, you are so humorous. But why should I believe in you?” Tang Xuefeng smiled shyly.

Lu Qingyun smiled bitterly, “I thought that we are all close friends for the past three months. You don’t believe in me?”

Tang Xuefeng averted her eyes shyly before she chuckled, “You are the one that is singing their praises all the time. Why the sudden change?”

Qian Jingjing was nodding, “That is right.”

Lu Qingyun frowned, “That is before I saw that Saint Wu Lei throwing a secret projectile at you. Such despicable act. Can you see it too? They are trying to maim you earlier. Why are you so trusting now?”

Tang Xuefeng turned to look at him intently, “Are you jealous?”

Lu Qingyun: …

Qian Jingjing whispered softly, “He is jealous for sure.”

Lu Qingyun muttered, “No, I am not…”

“Then why should I believe you? You’re not somebody to me, am I right to say so?” Tang Xuefeng pointed out.

Lu Qingyun: …

She looked away shyly, “You have to decide if you want to address me as Celestial Xuefeng or Xuefeng.”

She added, “Jingjing is now always your Jingjing. But for me, sometimes you will call me Xuefeng but sometimes you will be so polite to address me as Celestial Xuefeng. Can you please make up your mind what you are going to call me?”

Lu Qingyun muttered, “Maiden Xuefeng…”

Tang Xuefeng: …

“Why don’t you die in the flying pigs’ attack, Lu Qingyun!” Tang Xuefeng was about to storm off when Lu Qingyun had suddenly grabbed her arm. “Xuefeng. I will call you Xuefeng from now on, alright?”

Tang Xuefeng paused in her tracks and she was smiling secretly.

She turned around and said, “In the future, I shall just call you Qingyun too, alright?”

Lu Qingyun nodded but he quickly whispered to her, “Somehow, I really don’t trust them. I can’t explain why but I got an uneasy feeling. You got to believe me alright? And don’t get too close to them.”

Qian Jingjing nodded, “Actually Brother Qingyun is right.”

Tang Xuefeng nodded shyly before she smiled at Lu Qingyun, “Actually I don’t trust them at all.”

Lu Qingyun smiled weakly, “I don’t believe. You are so close to them earlier…”

Tang Xuefeng chuckled softly, “Can’t you see that I’m only trying to make you jealous?”

Lu Qingyun: …

He quickly insisted, “But I’m not jealous.”

“Then I guess I will go to their company instead.” Tang Xuefeng smiled coldly.

“No, wait please.” Lu Qingyun quickly said. He began to stammer for words as he looked panicky at Qian Jingjing but she refused to help him.

Finally he blurt out, “I…am…a little jealous.”

Tang Xuefeng and Qian Jingjing were both giggling suddenly.

Gao Tianyou and the other cultivators who were watching them did not know what they were talking about. They were suddenly curiously why Tang Xuefeng and Qian Jingjing were suddenly laughing jovially while Lu Qingyun seemed to have an ugly expression on him.

Tang Xuefeng was now holding onto Qian Jingjing’s arm as she averted her eyes from Lu Qingyun, “Have you forgotten what we’ve all been through in the past three months?”

Lu Qingyun sighed heavily all of a sudden.

Indeed. In the last three months they had been through a lot together.

Tang Xuefeng said melancholy, “My only regret is that we didn’t really get to know each other while I’m at the Heavens Ridge Villa nor did we talk much.” – Chapter 109

“At that time,” Tang Xuefeng said shyly. “I actually didn’t have you in my eyes. In fact, I didn’t have anyone in my eyes until that day we have met again at the Moon Demon Forest. If I don’t tell you now, I may not have a chance in the future.”

Lu Qingyun was smiling awkwardly.

Tang Xuefeng was suddenly waiting and looking at Lu Qingyun intently.

Lu Qingyun finally said with trembling voice, “You’re the most talented maiden that I’ve known. If I know that earlier, I will not hesitate to make friends with you. I still have many things to learn from you.”

Tang Xuefeng looked away with a flushed countenance, “Is that so? Just that?”

Qian Jingjing was looking at Tang Xuefeng with great melancholy. It was because in the end Lu Qingyun did not tell her what she had wanted her to hear.

<This Chapter/2, round down is Chapter 109>

How many still remember the first meeting between Lu Qingyun and Tang Xuefeng?

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Chapter 22: To Stay or Not to Stay

Shangguan Yan had suddenly asked him, “Brother Yuan Ji, where are we going?”

Yuan Ji was startled. He did not really think of that yet. So he said, “We can go to the Orthodox Sword Sect to seek refuge?”

Shangguan Yan gently shook her head, “This won’t do at all. You will only get Chengxi into trouble. She can’t cope on her own already and she won’t be able to cope with the added pressure from Sacred Maiden Xue Qianxue.”

Yuan Ji smiled weakly, “We can hide in the mountains. No one will be able to find us. But it will be hard on you.”

Shangguan Yan smiled gentle, “I don’t mind following my lord to the mountains but may your consort say an unpleasant word to you?”

Yuan Ji smiled bitterly, “Why are you so polite to me? I won’t be upset. Please say.”

Shangguan Yan inhaled softly, “We should stay here in this place.”

Yuan Ji: …

“I can’t cope with Xue Qianxue. She is currently too strong for me to handle.” Yuan Ji said bitterly.

Shangguan Yan saw that he was not angry with her so she continued shyly, “Xue Qianxue may not be so petty to come knocking into our doors yet.”

Yuan Ji was perplexed, “Why so? These cultivators are always so petty. The strong will always bully the weak.”

Shangguan Yan replied, “Because this will only prove her guilt. If she is really guiltless, she won’t be bothering her time with us.”

Yuan Ji was startled as he muttered, “Why didn’t I think of this?”

Shangguan Yan continued with her soft voice, “I may not know why Palace Mistress doesn’t want to see you anymore but I know that she has left this place to you. Why don’t you make yourself the new sect leader and be the Palace Master of the Emperor Hall Sect instead?”

Yuan Ji hesitated and muttered, “This…isn’t such a good idea, am I right?”

“You are the only elder left now and moreover if you really like my sister Chengxi, you can use this opportunity to protect her.” Then she averted her eyes shyly before adding. “We can protect her together.”

Yuan Ji muttered, “We can protect her together? Meaning?”

Shangguan Yan began to flush shyly, “You are such a badass. Surely you know what I mean.”

“No, I don’t.” Yuan Ji was growling softly. He really did not know what she meant by that.

Shangguan Yan inhaled softly before saying shyly, “Do you really want me to say it loud?”

Yuan Ji smiled weakly, “Of course.” He was scratching his head now. Too many things had happened on this night and his judgment was a little clouded now.

He was thinking. “I know I can protect Fairy Ye Chengxi once I’ve regained my profound strength but Yan’Er is so weak. How does she protect Chengxi? But at this point, no one knows that I am actually a seventh realm cultivator. It should be Fairy Ye Chengxi protecting us and not the other way round.”

Shangguan Yan looked at him blankly before she sighed softly, “No wonder Palace Mistress doesn’t want to see you until you’ve become a romantic cultivator.”

Yuan Ji smiled weakly, “These two things do not seem to be connected.”

Shangguan Yan had completely given up on him as she lowered her glances with great shyness, “You can take my sister as your consort too.”

Yuan Ji had finally realized what she was trying to mean, “We can protect her together.”

He was cursing himself, “Why is it that my brain seems so slow lately? It must be the effect of losing my precious beard. I ought to get my beautiful beard back as soon as possible.”

But he quickly said to her, “We are impossible.”

Shangguan Yan could not believe what she was hearing because she could see his eyes were constantly looking lustfully at Chengxi all the time when they were together.

Actually Yuan Ji’s eyes had lingered on Ye Chengxi longer than he had wanted because half of the time he was having a flashback when he was a master to her and not because he really coveted her. But to Shangguan Yan, she had misunderstood. To anyone else, they would also have misunderstood Yuan Ji’s staring to mean that he was interested in her.

Shangguan Yan asked, “Why is it impossible?”

But Yuan Ji did not reply to her because he did not want Shangguan Yan to know that he had always regarded Ye Chengxi as only his disciple and nothing else, even though he had to admit that Ye Chengxi was really too stunning to look at nowadays.

He just shook his head and said quietly, “Alright then. We shall stay here. I think Yan’Er suggestion is good.”

Shangguan Yan was delighted as she nodded shyly.

But very quickly she was saying shyly, “Brother Yuan Ji…my lord…shall we?”

Yuan Ji was also happy when he saw her delighted countenance. At least she was not crying anymore and she was really lovely when she was smiling. “Shall we what?”

Shangguan Yan averted her eyes shyly and her head was bowed lower than ever, “Shall we… consummate…our marriage.”

All of a sudden Yuan Ji rolled his eyes and he had almost fainted on the spot.

It was like a thunderbolt had suddenly struck him.

He had completely forgotten about this.

Now he was quickly thinking how he should reject her, the faster the better.

It was because he did not mind consummating their marriage if she was really a widow.

But her chastity was still intact.

And when her chastity was still intact, he began to regard himself as her old master rather than her lord.

Although there were no rules in the Desolate Celestial Fraternity against a master taking his protégés as consorts and concubines but Yuan Ji had prided himself as a Sword Saint with the highest moral ground. At such, he did not feel good about this.

“What’s wrong?” Shangguan Yan looked at him nervously and she was really afraid that Yuan Ji would think that she was a loose maiden for suggesting that they consummate their marriage.

“Nothing. It is just that I am not feeling too well today.” Yuan Ji smiled weakly. “I’ve probably lost too much of my profound strength lately. Shall we talk about this when I’ve regained my profound strength?”

Shangguan Yan: …

Yuan Ji had suddenly turned away.

“Brother Yuan Ji, where are you going?” Shangguan Yan panicky called out after him in confusion. “You’re leaving already?”

Yuan Ji quickly said before he left the bridal chamber, “I’m going to the meditation room to cultivate.”

Shangguan Yan had burst into tears and she was trembling melancholy, “In the end, he is still looking down on me…”

She did not know that Yuan Ji had heard her and he was leaning outside the room. He was trembling hard.

“I have never looked down on you. I don’t have the right to do so. I know what you have done for me. But do you know that I am actually the old master that you’ve hated all these years? I am the one that had heaped abuses on you all these years. One day, you may discover who I am and when that day comes, you will never forgive me or yourself because you have given your chastity to the one that you have disliked the most in your entire life.”

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Chapter 21: Xue Qianxue is our Enemy

Yuan Ji had rushed out of the bridal chamber.

Along the way, he had passed by the great hall and there were still many guests who were drinking merrily.

Everyone had astonished look when they saw Yuan Ji.

“Isn’t that Elder Yuan Ji?”

“Isn’t he supposed to be bedding the bride now?”

“Why is he out?”

“Why is he in a rush?”

“Come, let follow him and have a look…”

Almost immediately, half of the guests began to follow Yuan Ji.

When they had followed Yuan Ji to the outer courtyard, everyone including Yuan Ji was stunned by what they were seeing in front of them.

Dozens of bodies was laying everywhere.

But the most startling were seeing the dead bodies of Li Qiang, Deng Qiu and Tang Ao!

Three sixth realm golden supremacies had all died with barely a sound, along with several powerful cultivators that were at the fourth and fifth realm level.

This was impossible, right?

No one could perform such a feat, right?

Everyone was now staring blankly at the dead bodies and Yuan Ji was staring the hardest.

Yuan Ji first thought was that Xia Jiaqing had been killed and he was trembling uncontrollably.

“I saw Palace Mistress walking out with the elders…”

“Is our Palace Mistress among the dead?”

“Who will be so vicious to kill all our elders…”

“All our top experts are killed overnight…”

“The Emperor Hall Sect is a goner now…”

Yuan Ji was dazed as he muttered almost incoherently, “Jiajia, you are still alive. Am I right?”

With a blanked look, he checked the corpses of the three elders and saw that every single of them was killed very quickly, almost without any resistance. It was not because they were all taken by surprise but because their defenses totally tanked under when they were attacked.

Finally Yuan Ji muttered out, “Seventh realm sacred saint expert.”

“Elder Yuan Ji, what is going on around here?”

“Who kill our elders?”

“Even the sons of the elders are all dead…”

“Who is so vicious?”

“It is impossible for this to happen. Are we dreaming?”

Yuan Ji opened up their clothes and saw the palm prints on their body. It was the palm print of a maiden.

Then he was gasping, “Xue Qianxue…”

It was because only Xue Qianxue had a feud with Xia Jiaqing and she was also a seventh realm expert!

When everyone heard that it was Xue Qianxue, they were gasping loudly. “Sacred Maiden Xue Qianxue?”

“This make sense. Our Palace Mistress seems to dislike Xue Qianxue and she is always asking us to keep a tab on her.”

“This is a massacre and an unrighteous act. Why should Xue Qianxue do something like this to lose her repute?”

“Did you see Xue Qianxue doing it? We have no proof at all. This is just our wild guess. She may be the one that kills our elders and Palace Mistress but we can’t do anything to her…”

Yuan Ji shouted, “Stop muttering there. Raise the alarm and find our Palace Mistress!”

Then he added coldly, “No matter if we have proof or not, I want the whole fraternity to know that it is Xue Qianxue that has done this evil deed. Go and announce it to everyone and have them to announce it to the entire Desolate Celestial Fraternity.”

A few hours later;

The reports of the dead had finally come in. All the elders and almost all the experts of the Emperor Hall Sect had all died mysteriously.

But Palace Mistress Xia Jiaqing was not among the dead.

Yuan Ji was trembling when he had stepped into the bridal chamber again. Everything had happened too sudden and he was now in a daze.

“Xue Qianxue hates Jiajia. Therefore she may not want to kill her immediately. Maybe Jiajia is still alive and I can still save her. Even if I were to storm the powerful Celestial Orthodox Sect, I will still do it.”

Shangguan Yan was still sitting quietly on the bridal bed as she waited for Yuan Ji to return. When she saw Yuan Ji, she immediately smiled shyly. “My lord, have you found Palace Mistress?”

But all of a sudden, she saw that Yuan Ji was trembling and he was in a daze. “You didn’t find her?”

Yuan Ji laughed coldly as he hit his fist on the wall, “Someone attacks us this very night. All the elders and top experts of the Emperor Hall Sect are all dead now.”

Shangguan Yan gasped in shock but she was soon smiling coldly, “Good. They are all not good men.”

Yuan Ji smiled bitterly when he had heard her, “Yan’Er, why do you say that? We are all protégés of the same sect…”

But Shangguan Yan interrupted him softly, “But you have killed Hai Sheng. In your heart, they are not your fellow protégés. Do you know that even Palace Mistress often says to me that they are all not good men?”

Yuan Ji smiled weakly, “She really says that? I can only see that she has closed her eyes to their many misdeeds. She knew that the elders have siphoned off the treasuries and she had proof. Yet she is so eager to believe they are framed and only ask me to investigate the accounts. She can’t even be bothered to punish them.”

Shangguan Yan said quietly, “She is smarter than them so I believe that Palace Mistress knows what she is doing.”

“Of course she thinks that she is smarter than them. She is only trying to make use of them to fight against one another. But this will only allow these villains to grow even more arrogant.” Yuan Ji said ruefully. “And now, she may even be dead.”

Shangguan Yan was gasping with shock, “Something has happened to Palace Mistress?”

Yuan Ji said with trembling voice, “Xue Qianxue may have just come and massacre all the elders. Our Palace Mistress may be taken away by her. They are all killed by a powerful profound art and Xue Qianxue’s Sacred Maiden Profound Art is ranked in the top ten most powerful profound arts. Only she has the ability to massacre everyone so quickly.”

Shangguan Yan was trembling and she was gasping with tears, “Palace Mistress has always treated me so kindly…this…can’t be true…”

Yuan Ji clenched his fists tightly, “Xue Qianxue, I won’t forgive you…”

He was beginning to imagine the tortures that Xue Qianxue would put through to Xia Jiajia before she finally succumbed to her injuries.

Shangguan Yan muttered, “Brother Yuan Ji, do you still want to hear Palace Mistress last message for you?”

“What message? Why didn’t you tell me earlier?” Yuan Ji muttered with a heavy sigh.

“I try to but you didn’t give me a chance to speak.” Shangguan Yan said quietly as she took a glance at him.

Yuan Ji had suddenly remembered that he was the one that had interrupted Shangguan Yan as he was in a hurry to find Xia Jiajia earlier.

He muttered sadly, “This is most probably her last will. Tell me about it.”

Shangguan Yan nodded before she said softly, “She asks you to take good care of yourself and she will only see you again if you are able to become a romantic cultivator.”

Yuan Ji: …

“What? She says that?!” Yuan Ji was stunned.

Shangguan Yan asked curiously, “What is wrong?”

All of a sudden Yuan Ji was sheepishly looking at Shangguan Yan before he asked weakly, “Do you think that it is actually Palace Mistress that has massacred all the elders?”

The reason why he was suddenly asking this was because this last message from her had indicated to him that Xia Jiaqing had gone missing on purpose.

Shangguan Yan nodded quietly.

Yuan Ji: …

“Why do you think it is a possibility?”

Shangguan Yan averted her eyes shyly before she said, “I don’t know for sure but Palace Mistress certainly has the ability to move freely everywhere without the elders knowing.”

Yuan Ji was blinking his eyes, “She isn’t a saintess. How did she manage to do so? She is only upper tier sixth realm golden supremacy.”

Shangguan Yan looked at him curiously, “She isn’t a saintess?”

Yuan Ji smiled weakly, “Of course she isn’t a saintess. Everyone knows that she is only a golden supremacy. I brought that information before I come.”

“Then I may have heard wrongly.” Shangguan Yan said quietly.

Yuan Ji laughed weakly, “What did she say? I am just curious to know.”

“Once she is so upset with the elders that she says softly, do they believe that this saintess here will one day kill them whenever I want?”

Yuan Ji: …

He was suddenly muttering, “A hundred years ago, she was only a peaked fifth realm golden celestial but a hundred years later, she is an upper tier sixth realm golden supremacy. This advancement is really too swift. Why didn’t I discover this loophole in her stories?”

Then he was muttering, “If Ling Feiyue can also lie to me about her cultivation level, so can Xia Jiajia. I am such a fool. If she isn’t a saintess, why should Xia Qianxue even bother with her…the enemy of a saint is always a saint…”

“So she is really the one that has massacred everyone? But why? Isn’t this her sect?”

Suddenly he had a realization in his mind;

“She is merely waiting here for me…”

“To keep her a hundred years pledge for me…”

“She has already recognized me when I have returned but she did not expose me…”

“She made me an elder because she already knew who I am…”

“Then she made me marry Shangguan Yan because she knows that she is my disciple…”

“She made me take over the treasuries that Hai Sheng was in charge of because she wants me to siphon the treasury…”

“This is her surprise for me…”

“The reasons why she did not act against these elders are because they are already dead men in her eyes…”

“Once everything is in place, she can finally leave…”

“I see her everyday yet I do not treasure her but curse her every single day when she is Palace Mistress…”

“Jiajia, why didn’t you want to acknowledge me? I’m serious about our one hundred years pledge….”

“No, it isn’t her fault. I am the one that refuse to acknowledge her. I am in disguise but she isn’t. This is a great misunderstanding…”

“Jiajia, I will look to the ends of the earth and find you…”

“And what does she mean by she will see me again when I’ve become a romantic cultivator? Is it because I’ve no beard now? That must be it. I must quickly restore my beautiful beard at all costs…”

Shangguan Yan saw that Yuan Ji was in a daze so she gently said, “Brother Yuan Ji, are you alright?”

Yuan Ji quickly snapped out of his trace and he was soon staring blankly at Shangguan Yan. “I just remember something really important and we ought to pack up quickly.”

“Which is?” Shangguan Yan asked curiously.

Yuan Ji smiled most bitterly, “Well, you see. I think I’ve just offended Xue Qianxue (again). I’ve just told all the protégés in the Emperor Hall Sect to spread a rumor that Xue Qianxue has massacred all our elders, except for me of course. When she has heard of this, she won’t be pleased at all and will come after me.”

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Chapter 218: Tang Xuefeng

Lu Qingyun and his two companions were soon traveling with Gao Tianyou and his group that consisted of some two hundred cultivators.

Gao Tianyou had told them that they just had a small victory against a group of dark celestials and they were celebrating it with heavy drinks in this small town.

“Every battle is a life and death battle. Every time we have survived through the battles, we will celebrate.” Gao Tianyou said with a great spirit of heroism that inspired the cultivators who had heard him as they clapped loudly.

Even Lu Qingyun was inspired by his words.

However Tang Xuefeng and Qian Jingjing were not impressed by his words.

Instead Tang Xuefeng was whispering to Qian Jingjing, “Sister, you have to be wary of him. I see his lecherous eyes feasting on you.”

Qian Jingjing whispered back, “I feel it too. It is giving me the creeps.”

Gao Tianyou was laughing as he said to Lu Qingyun, “I wonder if Maiden Qian here is your partner?”

Lu Qingyun was about to reply no when Qian Jingjing hastily replied, “Yes, we are. So mind your eyes.”

Even Tang Xuefeng was saying coldly, “My third sister Qian Qian is already engaged to my second brother. It is best that everyone be mindful of it.”

She had suddenly noticed that many of the cultivators were also secretly looking into Qian Jingjing’s way and she was feeling quite uneasy about it.

Gao Tianyou had now turned his attention to Tang Xuefeng, “Brother Tang Feng doesn’t seem to like to talk much?”

Tang Xuefeng smiled, “I prefer to pay my attention while on the road. You will never know if you were to step on a pile of dung.”

Gao Tianyou: …

Lu Qingyun: …

Lu Qingyun smiled awkwardly. He never knew that Tang Xuefeng could be so crude with her words. Moreover Young Master Gao Tianyou here was the son of the greatest hero in the Nine Celestial Fraternity.

So he quickly said, “My Big Brother Tang Feng always have a sense of humor. Please do not take it seriously.”

Tang Xuefeng giggled, “That’s right. If you take it too serious then you may fall into a pit full of dung instead.”

Qian Jingjing was also giggling, “That is because he didn’t watch out for the pit while he is walking.”

Lu Qingyun: …

Gao Tianyou smiled weakly, “Celestial Tang Feng really has a sense of humor.”

Then he secretly waved a secret sign behind his back to Supremacy Hai Zhongtian and Supremacy Liang Tiege.

Hai Zhongtian immediately stepped forward and said coldly to Tang Xuefeng, “You are too rude to our young master. You can eat the wrong food but you can’t say the wrong words.”

Liang Tiege hummed coldly, “Or are you a spy for the dark celestials?”

Tang Xuefeng took a disinterested look at them before she replied coldly, “Hmph! I say what I want. If you are not willing to listen, why don’t you go away?”

Gao Tianyou pretended to say, “This is only a small matter. Why blow it up?”

Liang Tiege said, “Even if young master is willing to tolerate it, I am unwilling to do so. He is insulting your honor!”

Saint Wu Lei immediately said from behind them, “Quickly apologize to my young master or else don’t blame me for being impolite!”

Lu Qingyun quickly whispered to Tang Xuefeng, “We’re all on the same side…”

But Tang Xuefeng shot him an icy look as she whispered back, “Who is on the same side as him?”

Then she had stepped forward with a soft chuckle, “Since it is Young Master Gao Tianyou’s honor that is being sullied, why don’t we have a little duel to settle the issue of your honor?”

Lu Qingyun: …

He was sighing heavily, “Xuefeng is too reckless…”

Liang Tiege had immediately stepped forward. “Do you think that my young master will fight anyone just like this? He is far more cultured. I shall take the place of my young master to fight you instead.”

Tang Xuefeng looked at him with a wryly smile, “So be it then.”

Lu Qingyun was startled as he whispered, “He is a sixth realm golden supremacy…”

Tang Xuefeng whispered back, “Don’t worry. This is just a friendly duel. I won’t die.”

Lu Qingyun saw the hostile looks of Liang Tiege, Gao Tianyou, Hai Zhongtian, Wu Lei and other cultivators that were upon Tang Xuefeng as he muttered. “In what way is this just a friendly duel?”

He quickly said, “Let me fight on your behalf…”

But Tang Xuefeng chuckled, “Who is the big brother here? It is Big Brother who wants to fight so how can I let my second brother fight my duel for me? At least I am willing to fight over my own honor.”

Gao Tianyou: …

Liang Tiege was shouting angrily, “You are too insolent! Draw your sword!”

Tang Xuefeng immediately unsheathed her half-step divine sword as she displayed a defensive sword stance.

Qian Jingjing was shouting, “Big Brother Tang, please beat him up!”

Liang Tiege and the other cultivators were a little startled when they saw that this Tang Feng had a divine sword. Although it was a half-step divine sword but it was nevertheless a divine sword. In the Celestial Realm, divine swords were extremely rare and were mostly owned by cultivators with influential background.

Liang Tiege unsheathed his earth-step precious sword as he stared coldly at Tang Xuefeng.

Lu Qingyun was smiling bitterly as he watched them. Although Tang Xuefeng had an advantage with her sword but Liang Tiege had the stronger profound strength.

The duel between golden celestials was completely different from the average cultivators. It was because the average cultivators could still overcome their opponents with a superior swordplay or profound art.

But for golden celestials, planning to take hits were part of their combat strategy. It was because golden celestials could always regenerate their non-fatal wounds quickly and they did not care much about taking damages as long as they could retaliate against their opponents.

If Tang Xuefeng could strike Liang Tiege, it may not necessary mean that her sword play was superior to him and instead it was just a fake opening that Liang Tiege was exposing to get back at her.

With Liang Tiege’s profound strength, his strikes would always hit harder than her.

So how could Lu Qingyun not be anxious for her?

Moreover she was a scholarly maiden and she did not look particularly strong in her martial skills.

Lu Qingyun was thinking anxiously, “I just have to intervene if she needs help. Forget about the honor. Her life is more important…but why is Xuefeng purposely messing up with them in the first place?”

Lu Qingyun did not know that Tang Xuefeng disliked the cultivators from the Patriarch Valiant Arms Sect and that the Patriarch Heavenly Fragrance Villa was actually preparing for a possible conflict between the two patriarch celestial clans that could pull the two divine realms into a war.

There were nine powerful patriarch celestial clans in the Nine Celestial Fraternity. Currently there were four patriarch celestial clans and their divine realms that were leading the attack against the three dark divine realms while the other five patriarch celestial clans were watching the situation closely.

Although it seemed that it was only the Valiant Arms Divine Realm and three patriarch divine realms that were attacking the three dark divine realms but there were cultivators from all over the Nine Celestial Fraternity that had joined their cause. It was because the temptation to loot the profound treasures of the three dark divine realms were too tempting even if their patriarch divine realms did not join Saint Gao Tianshou’s cause.

And Saint Gao Tianshou was highly regarded as the greatest hero in the Nine Celestial Fraternity for his many heroic deeds.

But only Tang Xuefeng and the high leadership of the Heavenly Fragrance Villa knew that most of it was an exaggeration to bolster his renown and to garner support so that he could unite the Valiant Arms Divine Realm.

What the other patriarch clans did not expect from him was that shortly after he had united the Valiant Arms Divine Realm, he had manage to persuade three other patriarch celestial clans and their divine realms to attack the three dark divine realms with him.

His mobilization was too swift and this had caught the other five patriarch clans off-guarded.

Even the three dark divine realms were caught off-guarded by Saint Gao Tianshou sudden attack.

But to most of the cultivators from the Nine Celestial Fraternity, this had only confirmed their belief that Saint Gao Tianshou was a true hero and he was the destined hero that would get rid of the Devil Goddess that had terrorized the Nine Celestial Fraternity in the past.

Liang Tiege was shouting to Tang Xuefeng, “Since you are my celestial junior then I shall let you make your first move. Then you won’t say that I’m bullying you!”

Tang Xuefeng chuckled as she swung her sword, “You really think that I will change my mind about you if you give me a leeway? Why only one stroke and not three strokes, ten strokes? Bully, bully!”

Liang Tiege: …

“Enough!” Liang Tiege gave a great thunderous shout that caused his profound aura to burst brilliantly, startling everyone with his profound strength.

Even Lu Qingyun was forced to take a step as he gasped silently, “He is strong. Xuefeng may not be able to last more than a hundred strokes with him…”

Tang Xuefeng had suddenly raised her sword as she sent five bursts of sword energies to explode upon Liang Tiege, startling everyone.

Although her sword bursts were unable to really hurt Liang Tiege as he was still protected by his profound aura but Liang Tiege and on the onlookers, including Lu Qingyun were all gasping. “Sword energies! She is an energy practitioner.”

In the Nine Celestial Fraternity, energy practitioners were extremely rare because sword energy techniques were extremely demanding to even use. Even a saint level cultivator may not be able to use one. It depended more on the practitioner innate talent and body physique rather than cultivation level.

Just as Liang Tiege was about to swing his sword forward, Tang Xuefeng had unleashed another three quick successive bursts of sword energies that exploded over him.

Liang Tiege was really angry now. It was as though someone was flinging mud on him and he could not retaliate.

He had immediately leapt forward as he attacked with his unique sword art but Tang Xuefeng had displayed her lightless skill as she flashed out of his way to his back and again, she had unleashed another three bursts of sword energies on Liang Tiege!

Lu Qingyun was startled as he thought, “It seems that Tang Xuefeng’s lightless skill isn’t weak and moreover her swiftness movement is also most extraordinary. She can actually move to his back in such a short notice and even use her sword energies on him…”

Sword energies were also extremely demanding on the use of profound energies and so did the use of lightless skill. It was because lightless skill could give quick burst of speed and this quick burst of speed consumed plenty of vital profound energies which were the same as performing a strenuous exercise like running or lifting a tremendous amount of strength.

In the lower realm, profound energies were known sometimes as internal strength or Qi.

Liang Tiege was shouting, “I see how you can maintain your profound energies. When I catch you, you will be dead!”

Tang Xuefeng shouted back, “When your protective profound aura is weakened, I like to see if you can still withstand my sword energies attack.”

The two of them were betting on each other to exhaust their profound energies first.

Lu Qingyun was actually quite anxious. It was because Tang Xuefeng had to use her sword energies and lightless skill at the same time. She could not maintain her own defensive profound aura to receive a tremendous attack from Liang Tiege.

At the same time, Liang Tiege used much less profound energies and he was also a sixth realm cultivation and his reserve profound energies were stronger than Tang Xuefeng.

So how could Lu Qingyun not be worried for her?

Actually Liang Tiege, Gao Tianyou and his group were also quite anxious. It was because of the divine sword that was in Tang Xuefeng’s hand. A divine sword could easily double the penetrating power of a cultivator’s attack.

In fact, Liang Tiege was trying to shore up his profound aura defense with each hit that he had received. There were many types of energy practitioners. Most were just average users and their sword energies took a long time to charge and they had to rely on a sword formation for cover and to recharge. But this Tang Feng happened to be an expert sword energy practitioner and she specialized in multiple sword energy bursts instead of just one, which made the fight even harder for him to engage her.

Moreover he had to admit that her lightless skill was indeed superior to him. He was so angry that he was cursing him in his heart, “This Tang Feng! He is fighting just like a spineless maiden. A man should put strength on their arms and not their legs!”

Men were usually stronger than women in their raw physical strength. Therefore when profound strength was cumulated with men’s raw physical strength, their strokes were usually more powerful than the women.

But women were usually lighter and not blog down by heavy muscles. Therefore when profound strength was cumulated with their natural lightless and speed, their lightless skills were usually more impressive than the men.

Liang Tiege had never expected that this Tang Feng would be fighting like a maiden and he was really very angry.

Even Saint Wu Lei could not bear to watch anymore and he had suddenly shot up a small pebble like a secret projectile that had suddenly struck Tang Xuefeng’s leg from behind her.

This secret attack was lost on many but to Lu Qingyun who had an acute divine sense due to the added unison between Yan’Er and Xingxin who had tripled the acuteness of his divine sense.

Yan’Er was screaming unhappily in his soul sea, “Master, he is cheating!”

Xingxin was also saying, “Master, he is so despicable! He is bullying Big Sister Xuefeng!”

Yan’Er and Xingxin were actually watching the duel with Lu Qingyun together.

Liang Tiege immediately seized the attack to swing his sword over Tang Feng’s head. He was now smirking. Although he may not kill him with this attack since he was a golden celestial that could regenerate grievous wounds but this attack of his would make him lie on the bed for several days to nurse his broken skull.

It was a befitting punishment to someone that had dared to offend his Young Master Gao Tianyou!

Lu Qingyun saw the incoming attack that was upon Tang Xuefeng and he was about to rush in to aid her when he suddenly found that his shoulder was gripped hard by Hai Zhongtian, “This is a personal duel. No one should be allowed to interfere in it unless it has ended.”

Liang Tiege’s attack had come swiftly upon Tang Xuefeng’s head and she quickly made a last ditch effort to evade the attack by strengthening her profound aura.

The attack missed her head narrowly and had cut the ribbon on her head that she had tied up to look like a man. Immediately her long flowing hair began to loosen and she was gasping mesmerizingly.

Suddenly she had lost her manly disguise and this short gasp had immediately revealed her true voice.

All the cultivators were not blind and they could immediately see that this Tang Feng was actually an astonishing great beauty and not a man.

“She is actually an astonishing beauty…”

“Am I seeing what I’m seeing?”

“I can’t believe my eyes…”

“Supremacy Liang is actually bullying a fifth realm maiden…”

Even Liang Tiege was so startled at her beautiful appearance that he did not continue his attack. “This…”

Gao Tianyou had quickly stepped between Liang Tiege and Tang Xuefeng as he smiled lecherously at Tang Xuefeng, “I see that you are a maiden. This is actually a great misunderstanding between us. I hope that maiden will not put it into your heart. Let me apologize to you if I’ve offended you.”

Tang Xuefeng, “Huh?” She was thinking, “He is actually saying sorry to me?”

Gao Tianyou was now looking lecherously at Tang Xuefeng. He had found his next target and that was her.

This chapter is a little longer than usual and takes longer time to post^^;

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Chapter 20: Shangguan Yan (2)

Today was Yuan Ji’s big day with Shangguan Yan.

But everything was in a daze for Yuan Ji. He could only remember the fake smiles and congratulations that had come from the other three elders. In their eyes, there were only envious look and hatred for him.

And now he was sitting in the bridal room with Shangguan Yan.

Shangguan Yan did not remove her bridal headdress that had also veiled her face as she waiting for her groom to do so.

Yuan Ji was not happy at all. It was not because he was unhappy with Shangguan Yan; she was perfect in many ways.

But he really did not have the heart to face her.

It was because he blamed himself for landing her in her woeful state.

Moreover there was another reason too.

He had regarded himself as her highly respected old master. Although he had a new identity now but this master-disciple relationship had never changed in his heart. Therefore he was unwilling to enter the bridal chamber.

The two of them just sat there for a long time without exchanging a word.

Finally Shangguan Yan was weeping and her soft gentle voice was heard saying. “Brother Yuan Ji, are you despising me that you don’t even want to look at me?”

Yuan Ji smiled awkwardly, “Not at all.”

“Then why won’t you lift my veil and look at me?”

“That is because…” Yuan Ji could not continue. It was because he could find no other reasons not to do so.

Shangguan Yan: …

“No, you really despise me.”

Yuan Ji inhaled deeply, “No, I really don’t.”

Shangguan Yan was trembling now. “You are lying.”

“Yan’Er, I am not lying to you.” Yuan Ji sighed even heavier than before.

“You call me Yan’Er?” Shangguan Yan trembled even harder than before and her tears were dripping down on her dress. “Why are you calling me so intimately yet you’re so distant at the same time…”

Yuan Ji: …

He had always called her Yan’Er. Just now he had accidentally let slip of his tongue.

“My old master used to call me Yan’Er too.” Shangguan Yan sobbed softly.

“Your old master must have liked you so much too.” Yuan Ji forced himself to smile.

“No, he don’t. He…dislikes me in fact. He is always scolding me. I can never do anything right in his eyes. In his eyes, I am unfit to be a core protégé and he often said that he must be blind to choose me to be his core protégé.” Shangguan Yan was trembling uncontrollable now as the bad memories of her old master returned to her.

Yuan Ji was also trembling uncontrollably. Yes, he did say all these hurtful words to her in the past and more.

He had wanted to be the strict master and he did not see anything wrong with that. It was because he had an equally strict master in the past too and he had always thought this was the proper way to teach the protégés so that they could be outstanding cultivators. After all, the life of a cultivator could be extremely brutal. One wrong mishap and their life would be consumed by their cultivation practices.

In the end, it was his useless Shangguan Yan that had supported his Orthodox Sword Sect with her self-sacrifices.

He really felt so ashamed of himself.

All of a sudden Shangguan Yan had her hands touching his arm gently, “But I have my lord now…do I?” Her fingers were trembling hard when she had said that. It was because she was unsure if she was right to say so.

Yuan Ji could feel her trembling fingers on his arm and he could see her tears that were dripping.

Finally he said gently and he was also trembling, “Yan’Er, don’t cry. From today onward, you are not alone anymore. Forget your old master. He is already no more. In the future, I will take good care of you.”

“Really…” Shangguan Yan’s voice was trembling. She could not believe what she was hearing. “Then why…don’t you take off my bridal veil yet?”

Yuan Ji sighed softly as he took off her bridal veil with trembling fingers.

He could see her tearful and sorrowful eyes. Immediately his heart was aching. He muttered, “Sorry. I am too insensitive.”

Their eyes locked gently and Yuan Ji said quietly, “Yan’Er, you are so beautiful today.”

Shangguan Yan averted her eyes as she said softly, “No, I am not. My eyes must be so swollen now and my face must be fluffy, I am ugly to look at.”

“No, you’re not. You are really very beautiful now.” Yuan Ji said firmly.

Shangguan Yan shook her head gently, “Chengxi is more beautiful than me…the way you look at her is different from when you look at me…I saw your eyes are constantly on her.”

Yuan Ji: …

“My sister didn’t even want to come to my wedding today. She must be so heartbroken right now. And you are the same. I can tell that the way my sister looks at you is completely different too.”

Yuan Ji: …

He smiled weakly, “Yan’Er, say no more. From now onward, I’ll take good care of you. Alright?”

Shangguan Yan averted her eyes as she said gently, “Brother Yuan Ji, your Yan’Er must let you know something first or else you will be unhappy with me later.”

Yuan Ji smiled awkwardly, “I won’t be unhappy with you. Don’t worry.”

“Palace Mistress says she has a surprise for you.”

Yuan Ji was startled. He had completely forgotten about Xia Jiaqing’s surprise.

He smiled bitterly, “Nothing good will ever come out from her little surprise.”

Shangguan Yan lowered her eyes and her lips were trembling, “I’m actually Palace Mistress’ spy.”

Yuan Ji: …

Although he was surprised but he quickly regained his composure to say, “Well, this is a little surprise. But I don’t blame Yan’Er. You must have your own difficulties for doing so.”

But he was suddenly perplexed. “Why did Xia Jiaqing wants me to know that Shangguan Yan is her spy? Is it because she is trying to remind me that she is constantly watching over me? Isn’t it better that I do not know who is spying over me? She is too tactless…she is really a bimbo…”

Shangguan Yan continued slowly and her voice grew even softer, “My body is still pure.”

Yuan Ji: …

Yuan Ji: …

Yuan Ji: …

He was completely stunned and surprised as he thought, “Don’t tell me this is the surprise?!”

His pupils had turned white and he felt like flipping over to the ground right now.

“On my first day here, Palace Mistress had secretly approached me and asks me to be her spy. In exchange, she gave me a special scent to apply on my fingernails. This special scent will cause men to develop delusions once I’ve scratched them. Even a golden supremacy has no immunities to it.”

Yuan Ji stared blankly at Shangguan Yan and he was suddenly stoned.

He was trembling all of a sudden as he stammered, “Palace Mistress has protected my Yan’Er since the very start…”

“Yan’Er, I need to go out for a little while and I’ll be back soon. Alright?” He quickly said to Shangguan Yan.

Shangguan Yan was about to say something but Yuan Ji quickly interrupted her with a gentle smile. “I will be back for you later. I have never despised you and will never do so. You are my consort now. But there is something that I must ask Palace Mistress now.”

With that he had dashed out of the bridal chamber.

It was because he had suddenly realized that Xia Jiaqing had already known who he was and that was the only reason why she was letting Shangguan Yan to inform him of her ‘little’ surprise.

He was now panicking, “Jiajia, I’ve wronged you…”

He had to find her quickly before it was too late.

Why did he have to sit in the bridal chamber for so long?!

If he was not wrong then tonight it would be the last time that he would see Xia Jiaqing again. He prayed that he was wrong this time!

He was muttering, “You are a fool not to trust her.”

“Don’t be fooled by her great beauty…”

“Don’t be so naïve to trust her completely…”

“I didn’t say that. It is my inner demon that is feeding me the wrong ideas…”

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Chapter 19: Shangguan Yan (1)

Palace Mistress Xia Jiaqing had hastily summoned all the elders to her presence as she said solemnly, “I am sure that all of you know what had happened to Elder Hai Sheng, am I right?”

When Yuan Ji saw her, he was gasping softy. She was too beautiful today, dressed in a rich light blue dress that had the likeness of a beautiful mystic bird.

He was muttering almost incoherently to himself, “Don’t be fooled by her great beauty. Don’t be so naïve to trust her completely…”

Li Qiang took a step forward as he stared coldly at Yuan Ji, Deng Qiu and Tang Ao before saying, “My respects to the Palace Mistress. I’m sure that his killer must be among us!”

Deng Qiu said coldly, “Watch your mouth! I say the killer is you instead!”

Li Qiang laughed, “Did I say that the killer is you? Look who has the guilty heart here?”

Deng Qiu hummed coldly, “I am the killer? I have lost my son to this mysterious killer too!”

Tang Ao interrupted them, “I say we must investigate Fairy Ye Chengxi instead. She is the last person to see Elder Hai Sheng alive.”

Then he was smiling wryly, “Let me interrogate her…”

Xia Jiaqing interrupted him sharply, “She is not the killer. There are many witnesses and even Shangguan Yan can vouch for her.”

Tang Ao smiled coldly, “Shangguan Yan and Fairy Ye Chengxi are protégé sisters. Who knows if they are telling the truth?”

“So you think that with their combined puny skills, they are able to kill Elder Hai Sheng at all? Do you even know how formidable Elder Hai Sheng is?” Xia Jiaqing hummed coldly. “And do you think that they can even afford to have a single divine sword capable of doing so? If they are unable to afford one then the killer must be someone who is at least on an even level to Elder Hai Sheng.”

Then she took a cold look at Tang Ao, Deng Qiu and Li Qiang. “The three of you are also sixth realm golden supremacies. Do you think you are able to kill Elder Hai Sheng so quickly that the entire room seems undisturbed?”

Li Qiang, Tang Ao and Deng Qiu were suddenly quiet. It was because even if they could surprise Hai Sheng, it was not possible to kill him so quickly.

“Rather than fingering the blame on one another and sowing discord among yourself much to the delight of our enemies, you should be trying to find out who is our most likely enemy.” Xia Jiaqing rebuked gently.

Yuan Ji chuckled softly, “Maybe the Emperor Hall Sect has too many enemies in recent years to really know who its enemies are.”

Li Qiang, Tang Ao and Deng Qiu were now staring coldly at Yuan Ji because this remark of his was not funny at all.

“Very well then. Elder Yuan Ji, you will lead the investigation.” Xia Jiaqing winked at him. “I want you to report directly to me on a daily basis on the progress of your investigation.”

Yuan Ji: ….

He immediately protested, “I don’t think I am the right person to do this…”

Xia Jiaqing interrupted sharply, “My decision is final.”

Li Qiang, Tang Ao and Deng Qiu were all smiling now; it was because Xia Jiaqing was known to deliver the sect punishment to anyone that failed to accomplish their tasks. Moreover, this was an extremely tricky task to find the killer.

“One more thing, Yuan Ji…” Xia Jiaqing smiled after a quick ponder. “I want you to take over the duties of Elder Hai Sheng. That will include his residence and his protégés. His duties are very important to the Emperor Hall Sect and include the debt repayments from the various celestial clans like the Orthodox Sword Sect. But remember this; do not press Fairy Ye Chengxi for any interest.”

Li Qiang immediately said, “Palace Mistress, this won’t do. Elder Hai Sheng’s duties are too complicated for a new elder to handle. Let me be in charge of it instead.”

Tang Ao and Deng Qiu were both saying at the same time too, “Let me be in charge of it instead.”

Xia Jiaqing smiled at her three elders, “What? So that you can siphon the sect’s treasuries, am I right?”

Li Qiang smiled weakly, “I am incorruptible.”

Tang Ao patted his chest loudly, “Same here!”

Deng Qiu laughed, “Even if I have ten lives, I dare not do such a despicable thing.”

All of a sudden Xia Jiaqing threw several scrolls on the floor, “According to Hai Sheng’s secret accounts, all of you have taken his bribes. I am missing millions of silvers and hundreds of high grade spirit stones. Even my Red Dragon Divine Pill is also missing from my treasury. How do all of you explain about this?”

Li Qiang smiled weakly, “Please believe us Palace Mistress. We will never do anything like this. It must be doctored by Hai Sheng.”

Deng Qiu and Tang Ao had turned ashen as they picked up the scrolls to read. “It is all doctored by Hai Sheng. We did nothing like this.”

“Therefore I am sending Yuan Ji to check the accounts and to balance everything again.” Xia Jiaqing said sternly.

Li Qiang, Tang Ao and Deng Qiu were all smiling weakly, “Yes, yes.”

Yuan Ji was smiling weakly to himself, “The Red Dragon Divine Pill is now inside my stomach. How do you expect me to find it for you?”

Then he was looking at Xia Jiaqing and saw her two cute bunny hair as he thought, “She looks so cute and beautiful today…”

“Yuan Ji, when you take over Hai Sheng’s residence, you must also take good care of Shangguan Yan.” Xia Jiaqing had turned to smile wryly at him. “She is a lonely widow now.”

Yuan Ji replied awkwardly, “This is for sure.”

“Good. Then you shall take her as your little concubine.” Xia Jiaqing chuckled softly.

Yuan Ji was stunned, “What? This is impossible. I can’t do it.”

Tang Ao was smiling lecherously, “If Elder Yuan Ji doesn’t want to take care of her, I’m willing to do so. Why don’t Palace Mistress gives her to me?”

Deng Qiu was also smiling, “I am also willing to take care of Shangguan Yan.”

Li Qiang laughed, “I am the most willing.”

Shangguan Yan was really an enticing quiet beauty and the three elders were now filled with lusts that they could have her. Since Yuan Ji did not want her then they would be the kind soul to take her in instead!

Yuan Ji was shocked when these three elders were all seizing the chance to take Shangguan Yan. He felt that he had really owed Shangguan Yan a lot for what she did for the Orthodox Sword Sect in recent years and he was guilty for treating her so harshly in the past.

Therefore he said loudly, “Who says I’m not willing to take care of Shangguan Yan?”

Li Qiang laughed, “You just did. We all heard you loud and clear earlier. If you back off from what you’ve just said, how do we trust you to manage our sect’s accounts in the future? This means that you’re not an honorable or a trustworthy person at all.”

“Brother Li Qiang is right.” Deng Qiu laughed aloud. “How can we trust you in the future?”

Tang Ao stared coldly at Yuan Ji, “Shangguan Yan can only wed one of us here today!”

Yuan Ji rolled his eyes before he said weakly, “I only say that this is impossible for me to take her as my little concubine but I never say I won’t take her to be my main consort. She doesn’t deserve to be a concubine to anyone. I shall grant her a proper status instead.”

When he had said that, Xia Jiaqing had turned extremely quiet and all the three elders were rendered speechless.

Finally Xia Jiaqing inhaled softly, “So be it then. She shall be your consort proper.” Then she was smiling, “I’ve a little surprise for you.”

“Surprise? What surprise?” Yuan Ji asked curiously.

“You will only know on your wedding day.” Xia Jiaqing chuckled softly and her beautiful golden eyes were sparking.

Yuan Ji laughed. “That won’t be so soon.” He was thinking, “Crap. What am I saying to Jiajia? I only want to take Jiajia as my consort. Did I just screw myself up? Now I can only delay this wedding as far back as possible.”

Xia Jiaqing chuckled, “You will actually know it very soon. I will help you to host your wedding tomorrow.”

Yuan Ji: …

He immediately said, “Our priority should be to find the killer first…”

But Xia Jiaqing was already saying to her personal attendants, “Go make arrangements for it and announce it to the entire Emperor Hall Sect. Since Elder Yuan Ji used to be a protégé of the Orthodox Sword Sect and Shangguan Yan is a junior protégé sister of Fairy Ye Chengxi, please send an invitation to Fairy Ye Chengxi.”

Yuan Ji: …

Yuan Ji was blinking his eyes as he muttered almost incoherently to himself. “Xia Jiaqing, I thought that you say you like me? Why are you forcing me to marry Shangguan Yan then?”

But it seemed that Xia Jiaqing could hear his thoughts and she was heard giggling, “Remember, I didn’t force you. You have said you want to take Shangguan Yan as your consort yourself. I am sure you will be curious to know what my little surprise for you will be tomorrow.”

Yuan Ji: …

Xia Jiaqing was actually cursing him quietly, “I only ask you to take her as your concubine but you are actually taking her as your consort.”

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Chapter 217: Gao Tianyou

The tavern was unusually crowded today.

It was because it was filled with the boastful shouts of the many orthodox cultivators that had just won a battle with the unorthodox cultivators.

But the sudden appearance of two young men and a young maiden had suddenly caused the tavern to be quiet and the hundreds of cultivators were now looking at them.

The two men were really dashing and the maiden was extraordinary beautiful. But it was the fact that all three of them had golden eyes and were obviously golden celestials that were attracting the sudden attention.

Golden celestials were really rare in the Nine Celestial Fraternity and had a lofty status.

All these cultivators in the tavern naturally knew which golden celestials in the Nine Celestial Fraternity were fighting on their side and these three were certainly not one of them.

There were only two conclusions in the hearts of all the cultivators that saw them; either they were newcomers or foes.

If they were foes then they must be courting their own death!

It was because there was a seventh realm saint in their midst now!

The two men and maiden were actually Lu Qingyun, Tang Xuefeng and Qian Jingjing.

Tang Xuefeng was now taking the guise of a man and she looked a little more dashing than even Lu Qingyun and she was causing the wandering eyes of the many female cultivators to look in ‘his’ direction dazedly.

Lu Qingyun did not expect to find so many cultivators in this tavern. After all, they had just arrived at this small garrison city and it was nowhere closer to the main camps of Saint Gao Tianshou.

He thought, “Maybe this is just a local celestial clan that is celebrating an occasion here.”

A steward immediately greeted them, “Great Celestials, what can I do you?”

Lu Qingyun smiled, “I want three rooms to rest our legs for the next couple of days.”

The steward smiled weakly, “Great Celestial, we have only two rooms that are available now…”

Tang Xuefeng chuckled softly, “That is good enough too. We shall have two rooms then.”

Lu Qingyun was stammering, “This is a big city. We can check the other taverns first…”

Tang Xuefeng chuckled softly as she winked at Lu Qingyun, “We’re both men. What are you afraid of?” She knew exactly what Lu Qingyun was thinking.

Qian Jingjing: …

Tang Xuefeng began to look at Lu Qingyun with gentle eyes as she inhaled softly. Her eyes were full of tenderness that was extremely mesmerizing.

Lu Qingyun quickly pulled his eyes away from her and he felt a little guilty. When he was heavily injured for the past two months, Tang Xuefeng had used her mouth to nurse him day and night as his own body could not could not muster any profound energies to kick in his regeneration.

Qian Jingjing giggled softly as she took Lu Qingyun’s arm, “Maybe we should take one room while Brother Tang Feng takes a room to yourself.”

The golden eyes of Qian Jingjing were also looking with great tenderness at Lu Qingyun. It was because Lu Qingyun had fought an eighth rank desolate monster to safeguard her and had almost lost his life. His injuries were so severe during the first few weeks that he could not take in any divine pills.

It was only with the patience care of Tang Xuefeng that Lu Qingyun had managed to hold on to his life.

Therefore she was only teasing Tang Xuefeng and there were no enmities between them for the attention of Lu Qingyun.

Tang Xuefeng chuckled softly, “This won’t do. You are not wedded to each other yet. Therefore I shall share the same room as my brother here.”

Lu Qingyun: …

He had actually wanted to tell them to share the same room but Tang Xuefeng was disguising herself as a man now…

This arrangement had to wait until they were in the safety of their rooms.

Tang Xuefeng was now saying to the steward, “What are you waiting for? Two rooms, so be it.”

The steward was immediately saying, “Yes, yes Great Celestials.”

All of a suddenly, four golden celestials had approached Lu Qingyun and his group.

Actually when Lu Qingyun and his group had entered the tavern, they had already noticed that they were being watched by these golden celestials and all the other cultivators. But they were cool and continued as usual.

Among the four golden celestials that had approached them, was a fine looking young man and he seemed to be the leader of their group.

In fact, he was also the first to greet them with a warm smile. “I’m Young Master Gao and is known by the name of Celestial Gao Tianyou.” As he greeted them, his eyes were wandering at Qian Jingjing.

Lu Qingyun, Tang Xuefeng and Qian Jingjing were all gasping silently. They knew who Gao Tianyou was. He was the eldest son of Saint Gao Tianshou.

Although their surprises were subtle but Gao Tianyou immediately knew that he had their attention and he was grinning broadly, “And this is Saint Wu Lei.” He had pointed to a middle age man with a short beard.

Next he pointed to two middle-age men, “And these two are Supremacy Hai Zhongtian and Supremacy Liang Tiege.”

Except for Gao Tianyou himself, all his side-kicks were a realm or two higher than Lu Qingyun and his group!

Gao Tianyou smiled, “I wonder how I should address our Great Celestials here?”

Tang Xuefeng saw that Lu Qingyun was about to speak and she had quickly interrupted with a hand bow, “I am Celestial Tang Feng, the leader of the group.”

Then she smiled at Lu Qingyun and Qian Jingjing, “And this is my Second Brother Lu Yun and my Third Sister Qian Qian. They are all fifth realm golden celestials like me. We are actually not any ‘Great Celestials’. We ought to address your group as Great Celestials instead.”

Then she displayed a humbled hand bow toward the middle-age short beard man, “It is our honor to meet a seventh realm saint. Our cultivation is still so lacking.”

Saint Wu Lei laughed, “I am old already. The future belongs to the young.”

Gao Tianyou laughed too before he said a little more solemn, “We are all from the Valiant Arms Sect. May I know where you are all from and where you are going?”

Tang Feng smiled, “Actually we are just autonomous celestials from the other divine realms and we are on our way to join Saint Gao Tianshou in the fight against the three dark divine realms. And to think that we will actually meet the Valiant Arms Sect here and have the honor to meet Young Master Gao here. Are we lucky or not?”

Gao Tianyou and his group nodded as they listened. They actually knew that Tang Feng was spinning a story but it was also an acceptable story. It was because they had many celestials that had joined them from all over the Nine Celestial Fraternity. And many of them seemed to have a prominent background but they did not want to disclose it.

This was something that they did not want to force them to reveal as long as they were not spies from the dark divine realms and were contributing to the fight against the Devil Goddess.

What they needed now, were more powerful cultivators and cultivators that could sacrifice to their cause!

Gao Tianyou laughed as he took a glance at Qian Jingjing, “In that case, why not join my group instead? We are on our way back to my father’s main camp. I can even introduce you to more mind-like heroes.”

Tang Feng smiled, “It is actually our pleasure then.”

Lu Qingyun said excitingly, “It is great. We hope to lend our puny contribution to the fight against the dark celestials.”

But he was even more excited at the thought that he may have a chance to finally meet Qin Keqin again.

He was thinking, “She says she will be incognito as she aids Saint Gao Tianshou. If that is the case, she may be nearby whenever there is a major conflict. Therefore I may be able to see her again in the event of a major conflict.”

“Keqin, I miss you so much…”

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Chapter 216: Fan Yuqing the Devil Goddess

The sacred peace of the lofty beautiful mountains was broken by the bloodshed that was followed by the battle of two groups of cultivators, the orthodox righteous cultivators and the unorthodox heretic cultivators.

The battle was extremely fierce for such a small group of some two hundred cultivators.

Among the ranks of these cultivators, were tens of third and fourth realm cultivators that were leading the fiercest fight.

The two groups were patrolling the mountains when they had clashed with each other.

Three maidens with golden masks were quietly watching the battle above; they were Fan Yuqing, Feng Minyue and Xuan Danfeng.

Feng Minyue asked, “Shall we aid them?”

Fan Yuqing shook her head, “It is just a small melee. They will pull back soon. There are others who are watching this battle too and we don’t want to let them know that we’re here.”

Indeed, there were several high level cultivators that were also watching the battle. Among them were at least two saints from the side of the orthodox righteous camp.

Just as Fan Yuqing was about to turn around, she had halted her footstep and said softly, “Who is there?”

Feng Minyue and Xuan Danfeng were immediately alarmed. It was because Fan Yuqing would not be wrong if someone was in their vicinity!

Indeed, the beautiful form of Yue Lingxi was seen smiling at them as she walked coolly toward them.

“Yue Lingxi. Or should I address you as the Desolate Sacred Maiden?” Fan Yuqing said coldly.

Yue Lingxi chuckled softly, “Should I address you as Qin Keqin or the Golden Mask Devil Goddess?”

Fan Yuqing: …

She was thinking, “How did she know my secret identity?”

But she quickly said, “Do you think that you are a little foolish to appear in front of three great saintesses on your own?”

Yue Lingxi chuckled, “I don’t really consider the other two to be on my equal footing except for you.”

Feng Minyue, Xuan Danfeng: …

Xuan Danfeng muttered, “Maybe after we have thrashed her up, she won’t be able to say a word more.”

Yue Lingxi hummed coldly, “Maybe before you do that, do you want to know how I am able to find you? Let me give you a hint. It is not a lucky guess.”

Xuan Danfeng chuckled softly as she displayed her divine sword, “No need. I’m not interested to talk to someone that I’ve thrashed up.”

Feng Minyue had also quietly displayed her divine sword.

“How do you know who I am?” Fan Yuqing was frowning. Her curiosity now got the better of her.

Yue Lingxi giggled, “Have you forgotten that you have taken my Sky Heaven Lithe garb? I am able to track it no matter where it is. You may have removed my profound signature from it but it doesn’t matter. It is because there is a fragment of my soul in the Sky Heaven Lithe.”

“Also, you may have disguised your voice and mannerism. But you can only fool the celestial cultivators but not the desolate immortal cultivators like myself. Therefore I can recognize from your aura who you are.” She added with a faint smile.

Fan Yuqing was giggling now as she removed her golden mask. The instant that she had removed her mask, her profound aura had changed to a mesmerizing aura and even her voice had become extremely mesmerizing as she said. “So you are here to finish our…fight? What makes you think that I will fight you one to one like the last time?”

Yue Lingxi smiled, “You don’t have to fight me because you’ve already won the last time.”

“Oh? Then why are you here? To deliver yourself to me?” Fan Yuqing asked curiously.

Yue Lingxi returned a mystifying smile, “You may say that if you want to. I wish to join you.”

Fan Yuqing was startled as she gave her a perplexing look, “Join me for what? We’re on the losing end. You should join Great Saint Gao Tianshou side or threaten me with my identity.”

Yue Lingxi frowned as she folded her arms, “You think too lowly of me.”

Fan Yuqing smiled coldly, “You are joining me or are you going to replace me? I don’t want to constantly guarding against someone that can kill me anytime.”

Yue Lingxi inhaled softly, “I can pledge you my undying loyalty but I’ve a condition.”

Fan Yuqing’s eyes hesitated briefly as she stole a glance at Xuan Danfeng and Feng Mingyue before she said quietly, “What is the condition? You can tell me first before I decide if it is worthy to consider your offer.”

Yue Lingxi said quietly, “Three months ago, I’ve met your disciple Lu Qingyun in the Moon Demon Forest.”

Fan Yuqing gasped softly as she gripped her fists tightly when she had heard her…

“Don’t worry.” Yue Lingxi hummed coldly. “I had failed to kill him and to wrest the Horizon of the Heavens from him.”

“Why are you telling me this?” Fan Yuqing said with a perplexed look.

“It is because I’ve finally realized who he is.” Yue Lingxi replied. “How can I be so blind?”

Fan Yuqing smiled coldly, “Surely you don’t expect me to ask my disciple to give you the Horizon of the Heavens, am I right?”

Yue Lingxi took a look at her before she smiled, “You are letting him grow in strength right under the nose of the Pangu Immortals. Who exactly are you?”

Fan Yuqing chuckled softly, “And for this answer, you are willing to pledge me your loyalty? To a mere celestial like me? An immortal of your high status will pledge your loyalty to me? I don’t believe.”

Yue Lingxi nodded lightly before she inhaled softly, “Because I know you can offer me the last protection against the Pangu Immortals. I want to remain in the Celestial Realm. This…is where my homeland is, below the desolate mists. Can you do it?”

Fan Yuqing laughed softly, “How do you know that I can offer you the protection? I can’t even fend for myself right now from the patriarch celestial clans that are invading my dark divine realms.”

Yue Lingxi said quietly, “You are not only the mistress of the Tranquil Mysteries Flute, the sacred heritage artefact of my Chaos Mysteries Citadel but you have also possesses the combined divine skills of both the Great Goddess Fantian and the Great Goddess Alice. Isn’t it obvious to me who you are now?”

Fan Yuqing smiled, “It isn’t what you have said to me previously. You mock me as a mere seventh realm cultivator while you are a high and lofty immortal cultivator.”

Yue Lingxi said quietly, “I was wrong back then. I was wrong on many things. Now I’m repenting. Do you accept my repentance?”

Fan Yuqing turned around before she said in a low voice, “Something happen? Your spirit seems to be broken.”

Yue Lingxi refused to reply her.

“It seems that your fight with my Yun’Er did not exactly go to your way?” Fan Yuqing asked.

Then she turned back to look at Yue Lingxi and said coolly, “I don’t want your loyalty because I don’t believe in it.”

Yue Lingxi looked a little disappointed and she was about to turn around when Fan Yuqing said, “But I will need a capable fighter to aid me against Saint Gao Tianshou and his cronies. In return, I will swear to the Nine Heavens to protect you against the Pangu Immortals. You will be allowed to stay in the Celestial Realm, even if I were to fight against all the Immortals in the Nine Heavens.”

Yue Lingxi was startled as she looked at Fan Yuqing and she was trembling.

Xuan Danfeng turned to look at Fan Yuqing as she thought wryly, “If I didn’t know that Sister Saintess Yuqing’s father is the Great God Pangu, I will think that this is a trick by her. How did she manage to keep me in the dark for so many hundreds of years?”

When she thought of the Great God Pangu, she was delighted and had chuckled softly, drawing surprise from Fan Yuqing and Feng Minyue at the same time.

“Why are you laughing? What so funny?” Fan Yuqing frowned lightly.

Then she turned to Yue Lingxi and pointed a finger at Xuan Danfeng, “Desolate Sacred Maiden Yue Lingxi is not someone you can mock whenever you like. This time, I’m not going to help you. Good bye, Sister Saintess Danfeng…”

Xuan Danfeng panicky stammered out, “Hey, hey! Wait! I’m not mocking anyone. This is a setup.” Then she panicky looked at Feng Minyue, “Minyue, help me. Yuqing is framing me…”

Feng Minyue chuckled softly, “Who ask you to laugh at this time. You are courting your own death. I’m not helping you.”

Fan Yuqing frowned lightly, “Danfeng, you’re not supposed to call out our names when you are wearing your mask. You are endangering our real identities.”

Xuan Danfeng chuckled softly, “But you are the one that is calling out my name first.”

Fan Yuqing laughed jovially, “Yes but I’ve removed my mask. So what’s your issue?”

“You’re also not supposed to know me when I am wearing my mask, you know.” Xuan Danfeng chuckled. “Therefore the blame is still on you.”

“I am going to kick you down the mountains…”

“Try me then. My lightless skill isn’t weak.”

“Minyue, help me…”

“No Minyue, help me instead…”

Feng Minyue laughed softly, “I should punish the two of you instead for breaking our rules. There will be no more allowances for the two of you for a month…”

“A month?!”

“I don’t mind. Yuqing’s one month is equaled to one year of my expenses anyway…”

“Minyue, whose side are you on?”

Yue Lingxi was quite startled that these three saintesses were suddenly so playful.

Just as she was thinking if she had joined the right side, Fan Yuqing had tossed a golden mask to her and laughed. “From today onward, you will be one of my golden shadows. I have only two golden shadows previously. Now you are my third golden shadow.”

Yue Lingxi smiled as she looked at the golden mask, “Why do I have to wear a mask? I’m not afraid of being recognized…”

“Because we still have many places to visit and we don’t want to be recognized. Got it?” Fan Yuqing laughed softly. “If you are recognized by the others, I’m afraid that I will no longer be able to bring you along and you will really need to be holed inside the desolate mists. There are many interesting places in the Nine Celestial Fraternity that we can visit. Do you agree with me?”

Yue Lingxi quickly put on the golden mask as she quickly nodded, “I agree.”

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