Chapter 83: Jiajia, is that you?
A lone flying profound ship was cruising across the mountains when a flying divine beast that was manned by three golden celestials had suddenly crash landed on its deck.
These three golden celestials that had dismounted on the deck were Yuan Ji, Ling Feiyue and Xue Qianxue and they had landed on the profound ship of the Blue Phoenix Sacred Sect.
Immediately the cultivators on the deck had unsheathed their swords to greet the three intruders.
Many of the cultivators on the deck were even more startled when they had recognized that it was Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue.
“Aren’t they fighting with each other only a few days earlier?”
“Why are they together?”
Two golden celestials on the deck immediately asked, “Are you friends or foes?”
Yuan Ji replied, “We are not here to fight. I like to meet Saintess Fang Zhenfei.”
As soon as he had said that, a veiled maiden in blue dress had stepped on the deck with a dozen more cultivators.
Yuan Ji had recognized the veiled maiden in blue dress as Saintess Fang Zhenfei.
He quickly said as he looked nervously at her, “Can I speak with you alone?”
Saintess Fang Zhenfei nodded lightly before she said to all her followers, “Go below the deck. Don’t come up until I give you the orders.”
The dozens of cultivators acknowledged her command and quickly disappeared below the deck.
Once they were all gone, Saintess Fang Zhenfei began to ask. “What can I do for you?”
Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue hastily asked at the same time, “Are you Xia Jiajia?”
Yuan Ji inhaled deeply as he repeated after them, “Are you…Jiajia?”
Saintess Fang Zhenfei looked at Yuan Ji and said indifferently, “What if I am and what if I am not?”
Yuan Ji smiled bitterly, “You are Jiajia. Only Jiajia will have my heritage sword. It is impossible that you’re not Jiajia. And if you are Jiajia then I want you to honor our one hundred year pledge.”
Saintess Fang Zhenfei trembled lightly before she loosened her veil and finally revealed her face.
Yuan Ji was trembling hard, “You are really Jiajia!”
Even Ling Feiyue and Xue Qianxue were gasping with shock, “Saintess Fang is indeed Jiajia.”
Xiang Li was asking excitingly in Yuan Ji’s soul sea and she was drooling, “Who is this extraordinary beautiful maiden? She is the Jiajia that you have been looking for? She is so peerless…”
But Yuan Ji ignored Xiang Li because he was now looking intently at Saintess Fang Zhenfei.
Fang Zhenfei heaved a soft sigh, “I was too careless. I shouldn’t have thrown your heritage sword to Fairy Ye Chengxi.”
“Jiajia!” Yuan Ji stammered, “Do you know that I have been looking everywhere for you? You know that I am Ji Yuan right? Why didn’t you tell me that you have recognized me? Why did you leave all of a sudden? I admit that I was in the wrong for not telling you who I was when we had met again….”
Fang Zhenfei averted her glances as she interrupted him, “Our destiny has ended. It doesn’t matter.”
Yuan Ji was stunned as he stammered, “Our destiny has ended? Tell me this isn’t true. We have a hundred year old pledge!”
“Our hundred year old pledge had already ended.” Saintess Fang Zhenfei reminded him. “Go now and I will pretend that I have never seen the three of you. Do you know that everyone is now hunting for the three of you?”
Yuan Ji sighed bitterly, “Jiajia, I have a duel with the Old Master of the Hundred Flower Divine Palace in less than a month time. I may not survive the duel so I won’t blame you if you were to decide not to honor our hundred year old pledge.”
Fang Zhenfei smiled indifferently, “Good. I don’t intend to honor our hundred year old pledge anyway. Good luck with your duel then…”
“Jiajia!” Yuan Ji had raised his voice as he took out his divine sword. “This divine sword belongs to you and is your pledge to me…”
Xiang Li was startled, “You’re going to return her the divine sword? Even though I will like to have a beautiful mistress but you should at the very least let me know first…”
Actually Xiang Li did not really want a change of owner. She was only teasing Yuan Ji all the time. The reason why she had chosen to leave with Yuan Ji was because he had teased her when they had first met and she had thought that Yuan Ji was a fun person to be with. If she was really serious about leaving Yuan Ji then they would not have created a perfect divine harmony together.
“But if you want to break off with me then you ought to return my pledge to me or else in this life, you will forever be my consort! If not, this shall be your destiny!” Yuan Ji proclaimed loudly.
When Xiang Li heard him, she muttered with a soft relief. “Lame…”
Fang Zhenfei gasped softly, “Lame.” Then she pointed at Ling Feiyue, “For her, you are willing to break off with her but for me, why are you so insistent?”
Ling Feiyue was flushing all of a sudden and she was averting her bashful eyes when she had heard Fang Zhenfei.
“And how did you know about this?” Yuan Ji grinned. “So you have been keeping tabs on me, am I right? If you are not concerned about me then how do you know so much about me?”
Fang Zhenfei was suddenly gasping and she had suddenly realized that she had a slip of a tongue.
She was suddenly smiling, “If you can survive your duel with the Old Master of the Hundred Flower Divine Palace then I may consider you. But for now, I don’t want to see you. After all, I don’t want to be your light bulb in front of these two peerless saintesses. Please leave.”
Xue Qianxue said all of a sudden as she hummed, “Hmph! Saintess Fang Zhenfei really knows how to tease us. A hundred years ago you have played us around your finger tips and now you are asking us to leave just like this without offering us any explanations?”
“I have never suspected that ‘Xia Jiajia’ is actually the renowned Saintess Fang Zhenfei that has no interest in the affairs of the fraternity. But it seems that I am greatly mistaken about you.” Ling Feiyue said coldly.
Fang Zhenfei was not upset. She was smiling as she folded her arms, “If you are smart enough, I will suggest for the two of you to leave him. If you accompany him to the Lofty World End Peak, you will never know if the Old Master of the Hundred Flower Divine Palace will take a liking to the two of you and may even turn you into his cultivation melting cauldron. I’m sure you are smart enough and don’t want me to word it for you.”
Ling Feiyue stared blankly at her and softened her tone, “Jiajia, I am very sure that you did not lie to me a hundred years ago. You actually cares for Ji Yuan, am I right? Why don’t you come with us?”
Fang Zhenfei had turned her back on them, “I am the sect master of the Blue Phoenix Sacred Sect. There is no way that I can give up my status to be with him…”
Yuan Ji interrupted her, “Yet you have given up a hundred years of your time to guard my Orthodox Sword Sect. How do you explain it?”
Fang Zhenfei returned a light smile before she said, “I was foolish and was not thinking straight…”
Yuan Ji inhaled deeply. He really could not believe that Jiajia would be telling him all these fabrications. It was obvious to him that she was lying to him and yet she did not want to tell him the truth. “I don’t believe you. Not a bit. You had made me your elder and even made me the Palace Master of the Emperor Hall Sect. If you don’t have me in your heart then you would not meticulous planned all these for me, am I right? Why did you leave the Emperor Hall Sect without telling me? Something must have happened, am I right?”
Saintess Fang Zhenfei shook her head, “Nothing has happened. Why don’t you focus on your upcoming duel instead?”
Xue Qianxue interrupted coldly, “Jiajia, do you know that he is taking the rap for you to fight the Old Master of the Hundred Flower Divine Palace? How can you say such things to him now?”
“Then what do you want me to do? Go with him and then become a widow in a month time? Is that what you are suggesting for me?” Saintess Fang Zhenfei hummed softly. “Or are you trying to make use of me to fight the Hundred Flower Divine Palace?”
Xue Qianxue replied frankly, “You are really very smart. Together, we can save Ji Yuan…”
Fang Zhenfei chuckled softly, “No thanks. I have no wish to offend the Hundred Flower Divine Palace for anyone sake. Please leave now…”
All of a sudden Yuan Ji had grabbed her waist, startling her. “Jiajia. After I have defeated the Old Master of the Hundred Flower Divine Palace, I will come to help you with your difficulties. This is my promise to you.”
Fang Zhenfei gasped, “Let me go. Are you dense or not? We have no future together…”
Yuan Ji interrupted her as he said firmly, “Then proves it. Return my heritage sword to me if that is really what you really wish for.”
“You’re really lame. I have already given your sword to Fairy Ye Chengxi. How do you expect me to return your sword to you?” Fang Zhenfei answered bitterly.
Yuan Ji stared melancholy at her, “Then we’re not breaking up.”
Fang Zhenfei was startled by the firm and melancholy look that were in his gaze.
She did not struggle anymore or pulled his hands off her waist…
After some time she said with trembling lips, “Why are you so silly?”
Yuan Ji grinned, “I have been silly ever since the day that I had met you.”
Fang Zhenfei gasped softly as she averted her eyes away. After a while, she muttered. “I am on something dangerous and I don’t want to involve you. Therefore I can’t tell you what it is. But if you don’t die in a month time, I promise you that I will follow you to the ends of the earth.”
Yuan Ji was delighted as he embraced her tightly, “Really?! This is good!”
Even Xue Qianxue and Ling Feiyue were secretly smiling when they saw the scene.
“Is that a promise?!” Yuan Ji was overjoyed as he asked with a hoarse voice.
“It is a promise.” Fang Zhenfei said with a soft sigh. “Why did I have to know you in the first place?”
“I will surely defeat the Old Master of the Hundred Flower Divine Flower.” Yuan Ji said firmly as he looked at her. “Even though I don’t know your difficulties but please wait for me, Jiajia. I believe you and I know your heart now.”
Fang Zhenfei said gently, “You don’t have to defeat the Old Master of the Hundred Flower Divine Flower. You only have to survive. This is important for you to remember this.”
Yuan Ji nodded, “I will remember this.”
After Yuan Ji had finished, he had taken flight with Ling Feiyue and Xue Qianxue.
Fang Zhenfei had a bittersweet look as she muttered softly, “Ji Yuan, I guess that I have no other choice but to be struck with you in the future…”
Two maidens had quietly walked to the deck and asked, “Mistress, why didn’t you tell him that you are fighting the Evil Cultivation Palace? Maybe he is able to help you?”
Fang Zhenfei shook her head, “He won’t be able to help. That Old Demon Freak of the Evil Cultivation Palace is now probably the strongest cultivator in existence now. Now that we have folded his plans of obtaining the Sacred Maiden Profound Art, he is probably hopping mad somewhere and his next target will be us.”
“I don’t understand. He is not a maiden or a virgin. Why did he need the Sacred Maiden Profound Art for?” One of the two maidens asked quietly.
“He is trying to reach the ultimate level of his evil cultivation profound art. If I am not wrong then the Sacred Maiden Profound Art happens to contain a breakthrough that he needed. Now that we have folded his plans of obtaining the chastity of Xue Qianxue, he will surely go on the double for the Sacred Maiden Profound Art.” Fang Zhenfei explained.
The evil cultivation divine arts were all heretic arts but sometimes in order to delve into the highest mysteries of their evil divine arts, an opposite pure cultivation profound art was required. The Sacred Maiden Profound Art was the exact opposite.
Then she was smiling, “I have never expected that Zhao Songjin will actually betray the Evil Cultivation Palace. I wish that I can see the looks that are on Little Princess and Old Demon Freak. Maybe the rumors that Han Yuchi and Zhao Songjin are mother and daughter are true after all.”