Chapter 154: The Dragon Cave (3)
As Ji Yuan and Shui Qingqing walked along the passage together, Shui Qingqing had suddenly turned to Ji Yuan to ask him. “Have you ever met Ji Yuan before?”
Ji Yuan: …
“Of course I have.”
Shui Qingqing displayed an excited look when she had heard him. “Really? How does he look like in real life? Does he really have the most beautiful beard in the Desolate Celestial Fraternity?”
Ji Yuan replied awkwardly, “He does have the most beautiful beard in the Desolate Celestial Fraternity.”
Well, used to anyway…
Shui Qingqing inhaled softly. “That is good. He must be the most romantic man as well.”
Ji Yuan exclaimed with great sarcasm, “I happen to know that he is the most unromantic man.”
“Rubbish! Of course he is!” Shui Qingqing interrupted him with an unpleasant look. “He is known as the Great Poet Ji Yuan too. If he isn’t a romantic man then he won’t be able to write such excellent poems. How can an uncultured man like you ever know anything about poems?”
Ji Yuan: …
Ji Yuan: …
Ji Yuan: …
“Haha…” Ji Yuan was rendered speechless by her. So he could only manage a weak laughter.
“Actually I do know about poems…” He finally decided to make his protest…
Shui Qingqing giggled, “Stop pasting gold on your face. Your poems will never be as good as Ji Yuan.
Ji Yuan: …
Then she was suddenly sighing softly. “How is it possible for my idol to suddenly switch to the unorthodox side and has become the Dark Lord of the Spirit Blue Moon Sect? Do you think it is because Dark Mistress Ling Feiyue has used some kind of a charm on him?”
Ji Yuan rubbed his chin, “Ling Feiyue is indeed charming…”
“I’m not asking you if she is charming or not. I’m saying if she has used a charm on Ji Yuan.” Shui Qingqing shot him an annoyed look.
Ji Yuan was already drooling when he had thought of Ling Feiyue. She is a truly a living charm, especially when she isn’t wearing anything…
“Hmph! You men are all alike!” Shui Qingqing shot him an angry rebuke when she saw his expressions. “Everyone is just looking at the superficial beauty of the Four Great Celestial Beauties and the Two Beautiful Goddesses. You men are all lacking in culture. True beauty lies with the inner soul.”
Ji Yuan smiled weakly before he said, “Actually you are also considered to be a top beauty.” It is the truth. Her features are definitely lovelier than Zhao Songjin and even her slender porcelain legs are lovely to look at. He had even ‘accidentally observed’ her pink panties when he was observing her butt through her short skirt earlier.
“Really?” Shui Qingqing giggled when she had heard Ji Yuan and she was on cloud nine.
Ji Yuan grinned. “Really. I can swear upon my soul sea.”
“Say. There are so many beautiful beards in the Desolate Celestial Fraternity. Why are you erm…picking on Ji Yuan?” He asked awkwardly.
Shui Qingqing replied with a flush look. “I am not picking on him. I’m admiring him. In fact, I have admired his deeds and poems for a long time. Do you know that I have sneaked out so that I can have a chance to speak to him?”
Ji Yuan returned her a weird look, “You are the palace mistress. Do you even need to sneak out? And why do you want to speak to him for?”
Shui Qingqing said with great melancholy. “My Venerable Palace Mistress has forbidden me to go out, saying that the fraternity is a treacherous place. She even says that all men are treacherous too, especially men that have no beards.”
Ji Yuan immediately rolled his eyes. This Venerable Palace Mistress seems to dislike men. She must have a painful past with the men…
Then she let go off of a sigh. “My Venerable Palace Mistress has a strong dislike of Ji Yuan too.”
Ji Yuan: …
Ji Yuan: …
Ji Yuan: …
Why is it that I can’t remember ever offending your Venerable Palace Mistress?!
Shui Qingqing quickly said with a flushed look, “Please don’t misunderstand that I am in love with Ji Yuan…”
Ji Yuan smiled weakly. Obviously you are…
“It is just that I feel that Ji Yuan may be hoodwinked by Dark Mistress Ling Feiyue and I am just trying to set him upon the righteous path again.” Shui Qingqing looked extremely melancholy and her eyes had become bleary.
Ji Yuan inhaled softly, “You should stay away from Ji Yuan. He is not a good man. Listen to your Venerable Palace Mistress. From what I can see, he won’t listen to you. He has completely turned to the dark side.”
Shui Qingqing stared at him, “It is because you are envious of his achievements and his good looks.”
Ji Yuan rolled his eyes and was about to protest but at the last minute he had decided to keep his mouth shut.
After a while, they had reached a huge cavern. Again there were eight passages.
Shui Qingqing gasped softly. “You are such a genius to bring us to this point. It seems that we are in the inner array now. Now it is going to be a little tricky to find the life gate…”
Bai Qianfeng tapped Ji Yuan on his chest and pointed her paw to the first passage.
Ji Yuan immediately grinned and said. “Follow me!”
“But…but…we ought to take a little precaution…first…let me check…” Shui Qingqing protested weakly but she was already following him.
“I really hope that you know where you are leading us. I don’t want to die in this place with you.” She called out after him.
“Isn’t that good? We can die as a couple. Haha.” Ji Yuan laughed it off.
As Ji Yuan was walking ahead, he failed to notice that Shui Qingqing was flushing shyly and she was pursing her lips.
She muttered almost incoherently. “You’re too shameless. Who wants to be a couple with you…”
Before long, they had reached a large cavern with white stone walls. There was a strong killing malevolent air in this cavern and they saw dozens of golden skeletons, presumably the skeleton remains of the golden celestials that were killed in this place.
At the end of this cavern were another eight more passages.
“Watch out, my lord.” Bai Qianfeng divine whispered into his ears.
Ji Yuan instinctively lifted his sword and had blocked off a flying profound energies that was suddenly generated from the middle of the cavern. So sudden and strong was this flying profound energies that he was forced to take three steps back.
He was slightly startled that his sword arm was trembling hard after the surprise profound energies attack. This was quite a strong profound energies attack and he dread to think what would happen if it hit them.
Shui Qingqing was startled as she gasped when ‘Li Yuan’ had blocked the surprise attack for her. “Thank you…I didn’t see it coming…”
Ji Yuan grinned. “Just follow me tight and walk behind me. One wrong step and we will trigger a trap in this place. This place has a hidden killing array.”
Shui Qingqing muttered, “Li Yuan, we are pretty lucky so far. I have a bad feeling about this place. Why don’t we turn back now?”
Ji Yuan grinned. “Don’t worry. Follow me.”
“Trust me.” He said as he walked toward the third passage that was in this cavern.
Shui Qingqing nodded nervously.
Shui Qingqing hurried her pace to grab him by his arm as she shyly said. “I believe in you…”
Actually Ji Yuan did not know where the traps’ trigger points were at; he was actually following Bai Qianfeng’s precise direction to avoid the deadly traps.
Soon they had entered the third passage and had entered inside. The walls of this passage were white and were even more complicated with many treacherous pitfalls and misleading dead ends.
As these winding passages were not part of any arrays, Bai Qianfeng was not able to give Ji Yuan any help. Therefore Ji Yuan could only rely on his good sense of direction to find a way through. But at least this passage was the ‘life gate’ and they were not in any imminent dangers.
Even so, they could still feel the drain of their profound energies as they were now inside a massive formation array.
After several hours of exploring, they had come into another cavern that had eight shimmering portals.
“Which portal should we pick?” Shui Qingqing started to look at Ji Yuan and her eyes were full of idolatry.
This time even Bai Qianfeng had hesitated for a while before she pointed her paw at the seventh portal.
She divined whispered to Ji Yuan, “This place has a star shifting array. If I am not wrong, we will soon reach the array center.”
Ji Yuan nodded before he smiled to Shui Qingqing, “Follow me!”
Shui Qingqing was totally lost now and she dutifully followed him. “I am afraid…”
The shimmering portal soon took them to another cavern.
In the middle of the cavern was a bright array and a beautiful silver long sword could be seen levitating in the array center. This beautiful silver long sword had a beautiful winged dragon adorned along its hilt.
Scattered around the cavern were dozens of broken golden skeletons.
They soon probed the silver sword with their divine senses and were startled to exclaim at the same time. “This is a full step celestial sword…”
Ji Yuan sighed softly. “All of them must have perished trying to obtain this celestial sword.”
Shui Qingqing nodded, “Men are always greedy to obtain treasures beyond their ability to handle.”
Ji Yuan frowned. “Women as well. Who taught you all these?”
Shui Qingqing giggled. “My Venerable Palace Mistress.”
Ji Yuan: …
“Well, I am not greedy to obtain this celestial sword.”
Bai Qianfeng had suddenly divine whispered to Ji Yuan with a melancholy look. “My lord, please get this sword for me. It is very important to me. I can’t obtain this sword myself. The difficulty of this immortal array will increase if I am to approach it and it will also trigger a hidden immortal array. Therefore I can’t approach it with my current strength.”
Then she sighed. “But it will be highly dangerous for you. The array center has more than twenty attacking arrays. Never mind, it is just my foolish wish. If anything is to happen to my lord, Qianfeng will be extremely guilty…”
Ji Yuan suddenly said as he stepped forward. “I will get this sword for you.”
Shui Qingqing gasped with pleasant surprise. “I thought you just say that you are not greedy to obtain this sword? Li Yuan, I appreciate this but this array seems to be a little too deadly for us to handle alone.”
Bai Qianfeng gasped as Ji Yuan had put her down gently before he had stepped forward.
Ji Yuan turned to smile weakly at Shui Qingqing. “Actually…” He had wanted to tell her that he was actually talking to Bai Qianfeng but he could not explain himself.
Bai Qianfeng was now panicky as she divine whispered in his ears, “My lord. Please forget about what I have said. Qianfeng doesn’t want the celestial sword anymore. Please don’t do anything foolish. I really don’t want the sword anymore…”
After Ji Yuan had brandished his celestial sword, he took a last look at Bai Qianfeng as he said silently. “I have never forgotten that I have promised to do three things for you.”
When Shui Qingqing saw that Li Yuan had turned back to take a look, she was flushed. It was because she had misunderstood that he was going to obtain the celestial sword for her sake.
So she quickly averted her eyes with great bashfulness and was muttering. “Please, you don’t have to…”