Chapter 51: Lotus Sword Manor Trial (3)
Ling Feiyue had averted her eyes from him, “You…who says anything about killing you?”
Yuan Ji smiled bitterly, “I don’t believe it. I have secretly watched your secret duel and I…” He could not continue. How could he say that he had accidentally outrage her modesty?
So he said, “Your bounty is the best proof of your intention.”
Ling Feiyue was flushing lightly as she smiled gently, “It is a find dead and alive bounty and not a kill bounty. Did you get it wrong somewhere?”
Yuan Ji was frowning lightly, “Is there a difference?”
Ling Feiyue chuckled softly, “Of course there is a difference. I know that you won’t die so easily. So I’m betting for you to look for me to remove the bounty.”
Yuan Ji: …
He was really looking for her to find out more about Xia Jiajia and not to remove the bounty. But of course he could not rule out a fight with her.
“I may even die in your hands in a similar way that you had done to the assassin leader of the Black Thief Guild.” Ling Feiyue smiled before averting her eyes.
Yuan Ji quietly asked, “If you have done speaking, why don’t you raise your sword now?”
Ling Feiyue gasped softly, “Ji Yuan, do we have to fight with each other? Because that is not my intention. I…just want to befriend you.”
Yuan Ji smiled bitterly, “Befriend me? Dark Mistress Ling Feiyue who is now a Great Saintess. You really knows how to joke with me. Have you forgotten how you have toyed with me a hundred years ago?”
Ling Feiyue quietly said as she looked at him woefully, “Because I am an unorthodox cultivator and that is why we can’t be friends? Or is it because of some other reasons?”
Yuan Ji kept quiet. He was waiting for her to draw her sword and he would not be fooled into lowering his guard.
It was a common ruse for the unorthodox cultivators to trick their opponents into complacency and he had seen it too many times.
Ling Feiyue looked up to him and said gently, “Do you want to know about Xia Jiajia and what happened a hundred years ago?”
Yuan Ji had a light tremble and he replied without any hesitation, “I do.”
Ling Feiyue smiled gently, “But I can only share with you if you are willing to befriend me.”
Yuan Ji: …
He rubbed his chin before he returned a light nod.
But he could not resist asking, “I am just a nobody and I do not deserved to be a friend of the renowned Goddess Dark Mistress Ling Feiyue…”
All of a sudden Ling Feiyue had loosened the braid on the top of her head and had loosened her hair. In a split second, she had turned around swiftly and had changed to a maiden robe.
She was giggling softly and was absolutely stunning.
If Yuan Ji was unmoved by her beautiful presence then he must be lying to his heart. In fact, his heart was pacing rapidly and he was muttering silently. “This is too sinful.” It was as though her smiles had the power to bewitch and to steal away one’s soul.
Ling Feiyue laughed jovially as she winked at him, “How do I look?”
Yuan Ji pretended to throw her an uninterested look, “Not bad. So you can tell me now?”
All of a sudden Ling Feiyue had flashed in front of him, startling him as she looked up to him. “Which part do you want me to start with?”
Yuan Ji smiled bitterly before he said. “Up to you.”
Ling Feiyue had suddenly grabbed his hand and said gently, “Why don’t we make a move first as we chat? This place isn’t exactly safe for us to be stationary.”
Yuan Ji was a little flustered when he felt the electric pulse of her tender hand while Ling Feiyue was also flustered when she felt the comforting warmth of his hand.
Yuan Ji was a little startled that his psychology defenses had broken down so rapidly in front of her and he had even allowed her to grab his hand. It was because there was no killing intent that had come from her and it also happened too fast.
With a soft sigh, he began to follow her pace.
“I have actually admired you for a long time and I have always wanted to see what you are like.” Ling Feiyue said gently.
Yuan Ji was startled as he looked curiously at her, “You admire me? For what?”
Ling Feiyue refused to answer him and instead she continued, “One day, while I was preparing for my personal duel with Xue Qianxue, the maiden that you had known as Xia Jiajia had paid me a visit and told me that she had a ruse to enable me to defeat Xue Qianxue and also to lure you to me so that I could have a look at you.”
Yuan Ji was smiling bitterly, “This is exactly what Xue Qianxue had told me as well. What I don’t understand is, your personal duel had nothing to do with me right? Why drag me into it?”
Ling Feiyue averted her eyes shyly, “Because you had once created a poem…”
“Alright, I know that part. Please accept my sincere apologies for that.” Yuan Ji said bitterly while cursing Guo Tianming silently.
“I only know her as Xia Jiajia but for her real background, I really do not know.” Ling Feiyue said quietly. “Ever since that day, I have never seen her again.”
Yuan Ji was startled, “You don’t know her?!”
Ling Feiyue shook her head, “I am telling the whole truth. Whether you believe it or not, it is up to you. I only know that she is also a seventh realm expert and she can even come and go freely in the forbidden ground of my sect.”
Yuan Ji sighed softly. This also matched the account that was with Xue Qianxue. Xia Jiajia seemed to be a super exponent and maybe even more so than Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue.
“Why should she help you to win the duel?” Yuan Ji asked her. “There must be a purpose. I don’t believe that she is so free.”
Ling Feiyue nodded, “Although I don’t know why she is helping me and who she is but I can roughly guess where she is from.”
“You do?!” Yuan Ji looked at her with an excited look.
Ling Feiyue nodded lightly. “The second half of the Two Goddesses and My Beautiful Beard actually offers a clue. I’ve been trying to figure her out for a while now.”
She began to recite, “The lovely laughter of the two Goddess Maidens transcends the seven lofty peaks of the realm and the hundred flowers. Their beautiful songs stir my passions to no ends.”
“The seven lofty peaks refer to the seven major orthodox clans. Your poem may have offended one of the seven major powers of the orthodox clans. You must know that there are many hidden experts within the seven major orthodox clans and Xia Jiajia is one of them.” Ling Feiyue pointed out.
Yuan Ji gasped softly, “You are right. Why didn’t I think of that? I am the one that had created the poem. The seven lofty peaks did refer to the seven major orthodox clans.”
“When you extolled the beauty of Xue Qianxue and I, you have unwittingly offended a great beauty from one of the seven major orthodox clans. Therefore she may be trying to set you up at the same time to avenge her honor.” Ling Feiyue said quietly before adding. “You must admit that Xia Jiajia is indeed very beautiful.”
Yuan Ji was forced to nod; it was because he had been smitten by her when they had met for the first time.
“Very beautiful.” He added after a while and he was grinning bashfully.
Finally he heaved a soft sigh, “Thank you for sharing with me this much. Actually I have something to share with you as well.”
“Yes?” Ling Feiyue asked curiously.
“Xia Jiaqing is Xia Jiajia. I’ve been looking for her for some time but I don’t know where she is.”
Ling Feiyue gasped softly, “Xia Jiaqing is actually Xia Jiajia?! What is she doing in the Emperor Hall Sect for?”
Then she began to frown unhappily, “The Emperor Hall Sect is at the Five Heavens Peaks and so is the Orthodox Sword Sect. Is she waiting for you?”
Yuan Ji immediately stammered, “Of course not!”
Ling Feiyue had suddenly let loose of his hand and said coldly, “You’re lying. Before we parted, Xia Jiajia had told me that you had given her a pledge to wait you for a hundred years.”
“Wait, I can explain…” Yuan Ji panicky said but he could not think of a reason to explain it.
Ling Feiyue had now turned away in the other direction now.
All of sudden Yuan Ji had caught hold of her wrist and said, “I really like Jiajia and I’m looking for her but I have no idea where she is or who she is.”
Ling Feiyue knocked his hand off her and said coldly, “You can tell it to Xia Jiajia. I am not her. Why are you telling me all these for?”
Yuan Ji smiled weakly, “Because you are jealous?”
Ling Feiyue immediately turned around and folded her arms before saying coldly to him, “I will be jealous?”
Yuan Ji probed her, “If you are not jealous then where are you going?”
Ling Feiyue hummed coldly, “This great saintess here feels like soloing the trial on my own. This is none of your business to stop me.”
Yuan Ji smiled weakly, “But the iron pagoda is over there. You are going in the wrong direction.”
“That is still my business, am I right?”
“Erm…” Yuan Ji said weakly, “But we are friends, am I right?”
“Who are friends with you? I am from an unorthodox clan. I dare not make friend with a Sword Saint of the orthodox side or I may lose my life without knowing why.” Ling Feiyue continued to say coldly.
“Alright then. Good bye.” Yuan Ji had turned around to walk off.
Ling Feiyue gasped softly, “Why don’t you try harder to persuade me to go with you?”
Yuan Ji said without turning back, “Hmm, someone just says we are from the opposite sides. Although I want to befriend her but she is too high and aloof. Therefore why am I seeking my own trouble?”
Ling Feiyue had flashed next to him, “Hmph! I know that you can’t wait to get rid of me so I have decided to follow you to give you some troubles.”
Yuan Ji paused in his tracks to look at her intently before saying quietly, “You’re really beautiful especially when you are smiling. You shouldn’t be cross dressing all the time. You should let your enchanting beauty be known.”
Ling Feiyue giggled softly, “Why don’t you create a poem just for me?”
Yuan Ji rubbed his chin as he recalled her mesmerizing smiles before saying, “The heavenly smiles of the Goddess Maiden Feiyue is unparalleled, her mesmerizing laughter danced with the gentle winds, fills my heart with her endless delight.”
“Thank you.” Ling Feiyue gasped softly as she returned a shy look at him. “It is a beautiful poem. I like it.”
Yuan Ji smiled awkwardly, “Glad you like it.”
“So, did you create one for Xue Qianxue as well when you saw her?” Ling Feiyue asked quietly.
Yuan Ji began to smile bitterly, “No.”
Ling Feiyue looked intently at him before she inhaled softly, “Is that so. So how is your meet with her?”
Yuan Ji sighed softly. Somehow he knew that she would ask him about Xue Qianxue.
He merely replied, “It is a complete disaster. I tell you when I have the time.”
Ling Feiyue was startled as she asked curiously, “What happens?”
But Yuan Ji had run ahead toward the iron pagoda in a hurry and did not seem to hear her.
Ling Feiyue sighed softly, “Why don’t he tells me now? I have the time now…and why is he in such a hurry?”