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Chapter 185: The Endless Abyssal Sea (3)

As Yan’Er hovered around her master, she sensed that the Horizon of the Heavens was now quietly absorbing the desolate energies from the surroundings and that it was quietly evolving its strength. The Horizon of the Heavens was a sentient divine artefact and had fully divine harmonized with Lu Qingyun. When its strength grows, so will Lu Qingyun.

“Should I tell master about this?”

“Oh no, I’ve promised Big Sister Keqin not to tell master about the Horizon of the Heavens or anything that is related to it.” Yan’Er had suddenly remembered her promise to Qin Keqin.

After making up her firm mind to keep this matter a secret, she began to hover after Lu Qingyun, Yin Shisi and Ouyang Xue.

Yin Shisi began to share with them on what she knew about the origins of the Endless Abyssal Sea.

Lu Qingyun and Ouyang Xue were listening attentively as they were curious to know everything about this place and this may prove crucial to their survival.

“I think that our Little Yan’Er here has just confirmed the rumors that this place is indeed the origin of the desolate force or else she will not have called this place her home.” Yin Shisi said matter of fact.

“That is right!” Yan’Er could not help chirping in. “This is my home!”

Lu Qingyun frowned lightly at the interruption, “Your home is now inside my inner spiritual sea now.”

“That is my second home, master.” Yan’Er chuckled.

“Whatever.” Lu Qingyun muttered.

Yin Shisi scanned the surroundings with her superior divine sense as she said, “It is really difficult to imagine that this place was the source of all desolate energies. From what I can sense here, it is more like the life force energies of all the Celestial Realm is accumulated here.”

Lu Qingyun said with a hesitate look at his surroundings were surrounded by a great lake and many waterfalls, “This place is so beautiful. It is difficult to imagine that it is the source of all the desolate energies.”

“But this place seems a little odd.” Yin Shisi smiled bitterly.

“Why did you say that?” Ouyang Xue asked curiously.

Lu Qingyun was also looking at her and was silently asking the same question as Ouyang Xue.

“It is supposed to be a dangerous place, a place for lucky occurrence to happen or a final resting place for the unlucky cultivators. Yet this place seems so serene. It is a little too fishy.” Yin Shisi said quietly.

Lu Qingyun muttered, “That is so true. It is a little too peaceful around here. So peaceful till I didn’t think that there are any dangers around here.”

Ouyang Xue said, “I have a question. How do we get out of this place?”

Lu Qingyun, Yin Shisi: …

“I didn’t think of it.” Lu Qingyun laughed awkwardly and he was looking at Yin Shisi.

Yin Shisi said with a flustered look, “Don’t look at me like this. I don’t know too.”

Then the three of them had a sheepish look on their countenances.

Lu Qingyun muttered, “That mean that we are struck here forever?”

Yin Shisi, Ouyang Xue: …

“How do those people that have exited the Endless Abyssal Sea leave this place? They didn’t give any accounts?” Lu Qingyun smiled weakly.

“There are only a few that have talked about it but it is quickly dismissed as a tall tale.” Yin Shisi said after a short ponder. “Since the Endless Abyssal Sea is so rarely encountered, it is of no interest to anyone.”

“It is of no interest to anyone except for those that are struck inside.” Lu Qingyun smiled weakly. “Tell me about some of the tall tales.”

“I only remember an account of an old cultivator that had once entered the Endless Abyssal Sea. His story was quite a fantastic adventure and I doubt that you will want to hear about it. But in the end, he managed to exit the Endless Abyssal Sea when he was caught in a storm and the next thing he knew, he was already back in the Nine Celestial Fraternity.” Yin Shisi said quietly.

Lu Qingyun smiled weakly, “This does sound a little hard to believe. Surely there must be a portal that can exit this place somewhere. Don’t worry, one day we will find it.”

Ouyang Xue asked quietly, “What if we never find it?”

“Then we can only blame our bad luck and be in this place forever.” Lu Qingyun sighed softly.

Yin Shisi smiled shyly, “Maybe we can start a new life here even. This isn’t such a bad idea after all.”

Ouyang Xue shyly averted her eyes when Yin Shisi had made the suggestion while Lu Qingyun was smiling awkwardly, “It is still too early to say. Maybe the portals that leads to the outside are actually everywhere. We only need to do explore the vicinity a little more thoroughly.”

“Yan’Er, do you know the way out? Isn’t this your home?” Lu Qingyun tried a last desperate effort.

“Way out?” Yan’Er looked a little perplexed.

From her expression, it was obvious that she did not know and Lu Qingyun did not ask further.

All of a sudden the bank of the lake was foaming and erupting, startling them; they could see that the waters of the great lake was now rippling and bubbles were foaming above it.

Lu Qingyun was startled, “What is going on?”

Barely had he said that, a gigantic translucent feminine form had risen from the crystal clear lake. She was ten times their height and was monstrous. Her entire body was almost a see through translucent color.

Lu Qingyun quickly flashed his divine sword while Yin Shisi and Ouyang Xue also had their swords ready to face this new threat.

But all of a sudden Yan’Er had flown up to the gigantic feminine form and she was shouting excitingly, “Mother!”

Lu Qingyun was startled. “Did Yan’Er just call this monster her mother?” The image of the golden roc and this feminine monster did not seem to mix together…

Yin Shisi and Ouyang Xue were equally surprised but they did not put down their guards.

Lu Qingyun was shouting panicky, “Yan’Er, come back quickly! It is dangerous!”

But Yan’Er continued to fly up to the face of the feminine form as she called out excitingly, “Mother! Mother!”

The monstrous feminine form had her waist up the lake by now and her voice emitted to everyone. “Child, you have managed to attain nirvana now. Continue to evolve well.” She did not actually speak but her voice was emitted in the minds of Lu Qingyun, Yin Shisi and Ouyang Xue.

Yan’Er nodded excitingly, “Mother, Yan’Er I will. I have a name now and that is Yan’Er!”

“Yan’Er, my child. You have grown well.” The monstrous feminine emitted.

“It is all thanks to my master that I am growing up good! I am now a cultivator as well.” Yan’Er proudly said.

Lu Qingyun muttered, “Erm, they know each other?”

The monstrous feminine form had turned to Lu Qingyun and his group as she emitted, “Welcome cultivators to the Endless Abyssal Sea. You must have many unanswered questions. First of all, I am the guardian spirit of this place and this is my sanctum. You may call me the Endless Abyssal Sea.”

Lu Qingyun, Yin Shisi and Ouyang Xue were all stunned. She had actually called herself the Endless Abyssal Sea. This could only mean one thing. She was the embodiment of the entire Endless Abyssal Sea itself!

“You are the first to visit my inner sanctum and disturb my rest. Usually this place is off limits to outsiders. It is only because of Yan’Er that you are here in this place.” The monstrous feminine form added. “You may put down your weapons first. You won’t be able to defeat me.”

Lu Qingyun laughed weakly as he lowered down his sword, “I wasn’t thinking of fighting you anyway.”

“Master, you are actually thinking of fighting Mother with your new sword art.” Yan’Er pointed out.

Lu Qingyun: …

“Yan’Er, whose side are you on?” Lu Qingyun muttered awkwardly.

Yin Shisi and Ouyang Xue had also lowered their swords as they stared at the guardian spirit of the Endless Abyssal Sea.

The Guardian Spirit Endless Abyssal Sea said wordlessly in their minds, “You may cultivate in this place in peace. This place has the wondrous effect of purifying your profound strength and will be beneficial to your cultivation progression. You will not have another chance like this again. After that, I will send you out.”

Lu Qingyun, Yin Shisi and Ouyang Xue were all looking at one another with a wondrous look. This was indeed a most lucky occurrence that they had and they had the opportunity to cultivate within the most inner sanctum of the Endless Abyssal Sea!

The Guardian Spirit Endless Abyssal Sea seemed to know their thoughts and she continued, “All the past mistakes in your cultivation can be reverse here. All the impure profound energies that have cumulated can now be purified. Your profound energies will be cleansed to its purest state and your cultivation progression will be smoother in the future.”

Lu Qingyun was extremely delighted to hear that. It was because he had made several mistakes in his cultivation practice in the past. This was a perfect chance for him to solidify his cultivation foundation again.

Yin Shisi and Ouyang Xue were also thinking the same as they looked excitingly at each other.

The Guardian Spirit Endless Abyssal Sea pointed to a nearby mountain with a splendid waterfall, “You may cultivate in that place until you are ready to go back. I shall await here. In this place, you have no need for food or water. You can cultivate as long as you want to.”

Then she turned to Yan’Er to say, “It is also your lucky occurrence that you have returned to the origin of your birth. Let your mother renews your strength for you. You will be the finest among my many children.”

Yan’Er was delighted, “Thank you mother!”

Lu Qingyun was quietly looking at Yan’Er as he thought silently, “Yan’Er has a mother. This is such a good feeling. I am an orphan…”

But he was soon scratching his nose, “Wait a minute. Yan’Er is a golden roc but her mother isn’t. This doesn’t make any sense at all. Yan’Er, she isn’t your mother. You must have made a mistake somewhere…”

He was about to tell her that when he looked up at the monstrous figure of the Guardian Spirit Endless Abyssal Sea and heaved a heavy sigh. “I don’t want to die yet. Sorry, Yan’Er. You got to acknowledge this mother of yours for now until I am strong enough to be able to fight her.”

It was only later that he knew that the Guardian Spirit Endless Abyssal Sea was the life-giver of all the desolate beasts and the spiritual herbs of the Celestial Realm. For Yan’Er to call the Guardian Spirit Endless Abyssal Sea as her ‘mother’ was more of a symbolic acknowledgement of her life-giver creator than true mother.

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Chapter 184: The Endless Abyssal Sea (2)

When they had passed through the mirror that was below, they did not fall rapidly but instead a strange force was pulling them slowly into the mirror.

In just a few blinks of an eye, they had quickly passed through the mirror and they found themselves next to a beautiful crystal lake. This beautiful crystal lake was tens of miles wide and beyond it were tens of mountains with waterfalls.

There were even dozens of floating islands in the misty skies above and many of these islands had waterfalls dripping down below.

It was a beautiful and wondrous sight.

“We are now inside the Endless Abyssal Sea?” Lu Qingyun was startled as he quickly looked around. “This doesn’t seem like a horrible place that is described in the stories.”

Even Yin Shisi was startled as she quickly scanned her surroundings with her divine sense for any signs of danger.

“This place is definitely not the Celestial Realm. There are so few mountains and there are waters everywhere. Is it no wonder that this place is called the Endless Abyssal Sea?” Ouyang Xue said as she looked around.

Lu Qingyun said, “Maybe I shall take a look around first. There may be some rare spirit herbs around…”

But all of a sudden he was interrupted by Yan’Er who had appeared in front of him as she chuckled, “Master, we are home?”

Yin Shisi and Ouyang Xue were both startled by Yan’Er as they quickly took a step back when they saw the cute little girl that was hovering above the ground.

“She is a spirit entity?!” Yin Shisi was gasping.

“Senior brother, this little girl is really your spirit entity? She is a sentient spirit entity?” Ouyang Xue was astonished.

Lu Qingyun smiled weakly as he sighed softly, “This cute little girl here is Yan’Er. Yes she is my golden roc spirit entity.”

Then he turned to Yan’Er with an annoyed look, “Yan’Er, you’re not supposed to show up unless I have called out for you. Have you forgotten what your master has said to you?”

“But master, Yan’Er didn’t disobey you. This is Yan’Er home! We are back home! Yan’Er is just visiting my home. Is there anything wrong?”

Lu Qingyun frowned lightly, “What home are you talking about? We are now inside the Endless Abyssal Sea.”

Yin Shisi said quietly, “The Endless Abyssal Sea is one of the Two Greater Mysteries in the Celestial Realm. No one knows about its origin. It has been in the Celestial Realm for as long as anyone can remember. The reason why it is so mysterious is because the entrance of the Endless Abyssal Sea is not fixed in any single location but shift rapidly. I have heard that the entrance will only be opened for just an hour.”

Lu Qingyun was startled, “That mean earlier we may have missed it when I had returned to look for you and no one will believe me.”

Yin Shisi nodded, “That is how fast the portal can disappear and there doesn’t seem to be any fix pattern to its appearance. That is why the Endless Abyssal Sea can only be chanced but not found by any means.”

Lu Qingyun nodded excitingly, “We are indeed fortunate to find the entrance.”

Yin Shisi returned a faint smile, “Whether we are fortunate or not still remains to be seen. This place is actually full of dangers.”

Then she took a look at Yan’Er before saying, “Didn’t you hear what your spirit entity has to say? She calls this place her home. It is rumored that the Endless Abyssal Sea is the source of all desolate forces in the Celestial Realm. From the look of it, it seems to be true. It is no wonder that she calls this place her home.”

Yan’Er interrupted her with a cute look, “I’m Little Yan’Er, not a spirit entity.”

Yin Shisi smiled weakly, “Hello Little Yan’Er.” This spirit entity could actually argue back to her. She was truly astonished. She had seen one or two sentient spirit entities in her lifetime but they were all absolutely obedient to their masters and could not speak unless their masters willed it.

Lu Qingyun sighed softly. Now that his secret had been out so he guessed that he did not need to hide it anymore. Therefore he said weakly, “Let me introduce everyone first…”

Yan’Er laughed cutely as she pointed her little finger at Yin Shisi, “I know who these two big sisters are. This big sister is Big Sister Shisi. I saw her in master’s dreams many times as master and she are naked together. She was crying in master’s dream and master seems excited.”

Lu Qingyun: …

Yin Shisi: …

Ouyang Xue: …

“As for this big sister, she is Big Sister Xue. Not so much. But just a few days after master and she had met.”

Lu Qingyun: …

Ouyang Xue: …

Yin Shisi: …

Yin Shisi took the opportunity to ask quietly, “Then which big sister is the one that your master likes to be naked with in his dreams?”

“It is Big Sister Keqin!” Yan’Er clapped her hands delightfully.

Yin Shisi lowered her glances as she thought, “So it is sect leader. I should have known that he likes her. I should have guessed it earlier…”

Lu Qingyun: …

“Yan’Er, this is all rubbish! I will…never do that!” Lu Qingyun smiled awkwardly.

Then with a flustered look he said to Yin Shisi and Ouyang Xue who were both flushing as well, “Don’t believe what she says. Yan’Er is just being playful. It is not real at all.”

Ouyang Xue smiled as she looked intently at Lu Qingyun as she thought, “So he did have me in his thoughts in the earlier days. That is enough.”

She quickly said with a flustered voice, “Senior brother, we understand. Don’t worry too much.” She had dreamed of being with him all too often as well…

Even Yin Shisi was nodding as she added with a shy look. “Dreams are not real. It is good to release your frustration sometimes.” She too had dreams of being with Lu Qingyun as well…

Lu Qingyun: …

He felt like this time he was being fixed by Yan’Er but at the same time he was unable to get upset with her because he knew that Yan’Er was just saying what she knows and it was impossible to treat her like a normal person. She was a spirit entity after all. Her thought processes were entirely different from a real person. He could only sigh secretly to himself.

At the same time he was a little worried that he may be looked down by the two maidens for having that kind of a dream on them and that he even had lecherous thoughts on his Master Qin Keqin.

He said awkwardly, “I think I take a look over that side first.”

It was a perfect excuse for everyone to cool down first after what Yan’Er had just said.

But to his surprise, Ouyang Xue and Yin Shisi both said at almost the same time with a flushed look. “Senior brother, I will go with you.”

Lu Qingyun laughed awkwardly, “Alright then. I guess it is safer if we are in each other company.”

Now that Yan’Er was known to everyone, he said to Yan’Er. “Yan’Er, use your divine sense to warn us of any dangers. Our divine sense may not be as sharp as you.”

Yin Shisi smiled as she took a look at Yan’Er, “She is a cute little girl. I wish that I have a cute little spirit entity like her.”

Lu Qingyun was silently cursing, “She is not cute at all.”

Ouyang Xue smiled, “Cute little Yan’Er, what do you like to do most?”

“Yan’Er likes cultivation the most!”

Ouyang Xue was most astonished. “You like to cultivate? Why? You can cultivate?”

“Hmm…” Yan’Er put her fingers on her lips. “Because my master wants me to cultivate. So Yan’Er likes to cultivate. Master says if Yan’Er cultivates then he will like Yan’Er more and he can spend more time on his alchemy.”

Ouyang Xue: …

Yin Shisi: …

Lu Qingyun laughed awkwardly, “Haha. Don’t mind her…”

Yin Shisi was gasping as she stared at Lu Qingyun, “Don’t tell me that the reason why your cultivation realm has advanced so rapidly is all because of Yan’Er?”

Lu Qingyun had a sheepish look before he nodded, “That is partially true.”

Even Ouyang Xue was staring with disbelief at Lu Qingyun.

They knew that his spirit entity was a ninth rank golden roc. If the golden roc spirit entity was able to cultivate then it may be more rapid than anyone. But was it even possible in the first place? No one had ever heard of a spirit entity that was able to cultivate.

Lu Qingyun was groaning in secret. “They must be looking down at me now. I am just the good-for-nothing cultivator again. I guess that I have guessed screwed up my reputation now…”

That was what he had thought but the truth was, the two maidens had always regarded Lu Qingyun highly. They were just being astonished and were not looking down at him in any way.

Yin Shisi was the more experienced than Lu Qingyun and Ouyang Xue. She knew their true age and they were very young. Their age was at a stage where their hearts were opened to the worldly affairs of the hearts and it was difficult to stop them from thinking about it.

Like Qin Keqin, she could laugh it off because their states of divinities were different.

As for Ouyang Xue, she was secretly glad that she was not the only one that was thinking the same…

But to Lu Qingyun, he was thinking. “I think I’ve screwed myself in front of them now. It is all thanks to Yan’Er.”

So he quickly tried to distract things from himself by asking Yan’Er, “My cute little Yan’Er, you say that this is your home? But why aren’t I sensing more of the desolate force that is in this place? Rather, I can still draw upon the spiritual force that is in this place?”

Yin Shisi and Ouyang Xue were both wondering the same as well so they were now looking at Yan’Er for an explanation.

“You can’t sense the desolate force?” Yan’Er asked curiously. “It is everywhere and it is much stronger than the desolate mists! I feel so strong in this place!”

Lu Qingyun was perplexed as he muttered, “I feel that this place has a much stronger spiritual force than desolate force. It isn’t the opposite.”

“Same here.” Yin Shisi said while Ouyang Xue was nodding in agreement with them.

“But Yan’Er really did not lie. The desolate force here is much stronger than anywhere else.” Yan’Er said firmly.

Lu Qingyun knew that Yan’Er would not lie to him. After a quick ponder he clapped his fist on his palm and said, “I get it now. Actually there will be one situation where everyone is right. We are not wrong and Yan’Er is not wrong either.”

Yin Shisi and Ouyang Xue looked at him curiously.

“It is the same as concocting pills. Only if it is perfectly balance then it will bring out the properties of every herb ingredient. If it isn’t handled properly, some of the herb ingredients may be overwhelmed or even destroyed. Therefore this place actually has the perfect balance of both the desolate force and the spiritual force.” Lu Qingyun suddenly announced proudly.

When he had said that, even Yin Shisi and Ouyang Xue thought that he was indeed right. This was something that they did not think of.

Ouyang Xue said, “So that is why we thought that the spiritual force here is stronger while Yan’Er thinks that the desolate force is stronger.”

“It is because we depend on the spiritual force for our cultivation while Yan’Er is more attuned to the desolate force.” Adds Yin Shisi. “So that’s why.”

Ouyang Xue took a look of admiration at Lu Qingyun, “Senior brother, you are indeed a smart man.”

Lu Qingyun chuckled, “Haha, not really. I just have an inspiration thought, that’s all.”

“So what should we do now?” Ouyang Xue asked.

“Hmm, there doesn’t seem to be any danger yet. We should do some exploring first.” Lu Qingyun said.

Yin Shisi and Ouyang Xue nodded at the same time.

“We shall follow you.” Yin Shisi winked at him.

Lu Qingyun smiled weakly, “Elder Yin is a golden supremacy. We should be the one that is following your lead.”

Yin Shisi smiled, “But you are the senior brother of our celestial clan and you are ranked higher than us. We should follow you.”

Ouyang Xue was also smiling, “That is true.”

Lu Qingyun muttered weakly, “Well don’t blame me if I lead you to somewhere dangerous.”

“Then it is just our bad luck and not because of your bad leadership.” Yin Shisi giggled softly. “Why are you so cute?”

“I am…cute?” Lu Qingyun stammered with a curious look on Yin Shisi. “Why so?”

Yin Shisi and Ouyang Xue were both laughing as they laughed at the same time. “Nothing! Really!”

Lu Qingyun: ???

Yan’Er: ???

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Chapter 183: The Endless Abyssal Sea (1)

Yin Shisi had said to Lu Qingyun after their spar, “You are now stronger than a fifth realm golden celestial. It may be due to the divine skill that you have been practicing.”

At which Lu Qingyun could only reply weakly, “Other than the sword art that I have invented and the golden roc spiritual entity that I have, I didn’t practice any divine skills that can make me on par with a fifth realm golden celestial.”

Lu Qingyun, Yin Shisi and Ouyang Xue were now on the road for a week now as they moved quickly through the mountains to the north where the Moon Demon Forest was. In a few more days they would have reached their destination and that was where the Patriarch Heavenly Fragrance Villa was setting up the point for the celestial cultivators to rendezvous.

While Lu Qingyun was away to pick spirit herbs in the vicinity, Yin Shisi had turned to Ouyang Xue with a faint smile. “Look at him. He is like a child. He seems to think that every mountain has a unique herb on it and he is off to make a quick search again. At this rate that we are traveling, I don’t think we can even reach the Moon Demon Forest in a timely manner.”

Ouyang Xue nodded with a smile, “Isn’t that good? He isn’t pretending to be otherwise and this is his true personality. Actually if he runs out of herbs, I can authorize my martial hall to give him some herbs before we had set off. If there is anything that my hall doesn’t lack, it is cheap herbs.”

Yin Shisi chuckled softly, “That is such a shame isn’t it? Now it is too late for us to turn back.”

All of a sudden she turned solemn, “I’ve heard of a rumor that you and senior brother have almost been betrothed to each other. Is that true?”

Ouyang Xue quickly averted her eyes as she said softly, “I wish that it is true but it isn’t. My old father had wanted to betrothed me to him.” She was frank toward Yin Shisi as she felt that she was someone that she could trust. Moreover other than Lie Xingyuan, she did not seem to have any other friends in the Heavens Ridge Villa.

But she quickly added with a smile, “But I was willing as well but things did not work out.”

Yin Shisi was really curious as she asked, “How come? What happens?”

“He has already someone in his mind.” Ouyang Xue said matter of fact.

“Who is she? I’m really curious to know.” Yin Shisi smiled faintly.

“You are curious to know or is it because you like him?” Ouyang Xue pointed out without a hint of expression.

Yin Shisi nodded lightly and there was a slight flush on her cheeks. “He is really a fine man. Who does he likes? Is it Leng Qiuyue or Lie Xingyuan?”

“I’m afraid that I can’t tell you.” Ouyang Xue smiled.

“It is alright. That is not important.” Yin Shisi said quietly. “I can wait for him to be ready.”

Ouyang Xue: …

“Does she know that that the maiden that senior brother likes, is actually the Great Saintess Fan Yuqing?” She heaved a silent sigh. “Even if you can wait for him to change his mind, there are still Lie Xingyuan and Leng Qiuyue who are closer to his heart than us.”

Yin Shisi took a few glances at her before she said, “I can tell that you still like him. Have you ever tried to make known your feelings for him?”

Ouyang Xue smiled, “Some things are better left unsaid. I just hope that he may return safe and sound on this trip.”

“Same here.” Yin Shisi nodded. “I feel that this expedition isn’t as simple as it looks.”

She paused for a while before saying, “Do we think that we can be friends? I have no other friends in the Heavens Ridge Villa.”

Ouyang Xue was surprised to hear her request. After all, Yin Shisi was a sixth realm cultivator expert while she was only a fourth realm cultivator expert. But she quickly responded, “It is my honor to have a friend like you.”

Yin Shisi smiled warmly, “Same here. We can wait for him together. Don’t you think so?”

Ouyang Xue smiled weakly. She simply did not have any hope of that happening.

“Why did you like him? Because of that incident?” She asked.

“Because I think he is cute.” Yin Shisi smiled as she returned a look at Ouyang Xue.

Ouyang Xue: …

“What about you?” Yin Shisi asked her.

Ouyang Xue smiled weakly, “It is now impossible between the two of us. I don’t have any illusions now.”

At this moment, Lu Qingyun had returned and he was shouting excitingly as he waved toward them. “I’ve found something over here. Come take a look!”

Curious, Yin Shisi and Ouyang Xue took a glance at each other before they hurried to his side.

“What is it?” Ouyang Xue asked curiously.

“I saw a strange sight below the desolate mists.” Lu Qingyun said excitingly.

Yin Shisi gasped softly, “Is it a high ranking desolate beast?”

“No, it looked like a portal.” Lu Qingyun grinned. “I think I may have found something.”

Yin Shisi and Ouyang Xue were looking at each other with a startled expression.

Lu Qingyun had already turned his back on them as he said excitingly, “You will know when you’ve seen it.”

After a short while, they were soon behind the lofty mountain that they were at and Lu Qingyun had taken them to a ledge.

A misty mirror was seen below the desolate mists. This misty mirror was exactly like a mirror and they could see their own reflections!

Lu Qingyun said excitingly, “I was gathering spirit herbs by the edge and accidentally saw this. I wonder what it is. Is it a portal?”

Yin Shisi gasped softly, “It is the portal to the Endless Abyssal Sea. I think we may have found the entrance to the Endless Abyssal Sea.”

Lu Qingyun and Ouyang Xue were both startled as they looked excitingly at each other.

It was said that the Nine Celestial Realm had two Celestial Mysteries, the Endless Abyssal Sea and the Empyrean Warrior Labyrinth. These two places existed along with the Nine Celestial Realm and were places where the celestials could obtain lucky occurrence to advance their cultivation realms and state of divinities.

Lu Qingyun said excitingly, “I have heard that Saint Gao Tianshou had found one such entrance to the Endless Abyssal Sea and after that he had emerged stronger and become a saint due to a lucky occurrence inside the Endless Abyssal Sea. Shall we take a look?”

Ouyang Xue muttered, “We are supposed to go to the Moon Demon Forest in a week time. There isn’t much time left…”

Lu Qingyun grinned, “But there is still a week time…”

Ouyang Xue muttered, “I have heard that some celestials can wander inside for days, weeks and even years.”

Yin Shisi was also tempted, “I don’t know if we can encounter the Endless Abyssal Sea again if we missed it this time. We may not even see it again in our lifetime again.”

Lu Qingyun sighed softly, “Between the Moon Demon Forest and the Endless Abyssal Sea, we must choose now.”

Ouyang Xue looked at him, “I will let senior brother chooses. Whatever your decision is, I will follow you.”

Yin Shisi also looked at Lu Qingyun, “I will also let senior brother chooses.”

Lu Qingyun was startled and he had a sheepish look on him. “It is unfair for you to follow me. It may be dangerous and you will never know how long it may take. The others may not know what have happened to us if we all go together.”

Although he did not say his choices yet but the two maidens knew that Lu Qingyun had already made up his mind to go into the Endless Abyssal Sea.

Ouyang Xue said firmly, “I am your escort and will follow you whenever you go. Don’t expect me to be your messenger!”

Yin Shisi nodded, “This is a golden opportunity for us to explore the Endless Abyssal Sea. This is a legendary place for the celestials. Even if we were to die in there, it is worth it.”

Lu Qingyun smiled bitterly. That was exactly what he was thinking. This was really a once in a life time lucky occurrence and even if they were to die inside, it were their fates and were worth dying for.

With a soft sigh, he said. “I will go inside the Endless Abyssal Sea…”

Ouyang Xue and Yin Shisi interrupted at the same time, “Then we will go with you.”

Lu Qingyun was looking up the heavens and muttering silently, “Keqin, I don’t know if we will meet again.”

“How do we enter this portal? The surrounding cliffs look so steep.” Lu Qingyun had suddenly asked a most crucial question.

“We will jump in.” Yin Shisi said as she grabbed both their hands as she displayed her profound aura and her profound aura was spreading like a pair of faint golden wings. “Don’t forget that I’m a golden supremacy and I can levitate for a little while.”

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Chapter 182: Yin Shisi’s Story

At first Lu Qingyun felt a little weird to be traveling with just two because maidens. It was because he was used to be in a bigger group. He was no stranger to travel alone though. But after a few days, he soon was used to their company.

Ouyang Xue and Yin Shisi also took some time to get used to Lu Qingyun almost eccentric habit of stopping in every corner of the mountain trails as he searched for herbs to pluck.

Picking herbs from the mountains was a habit that Lu Qingyun was accustomed to.

“Do you have to waste so much time to pick these cheap herbs?” Yin Shisi asked curiously.

“Although these herbs are cheap but the vendors are selling it at 10 times the usual price in the cities. Some of the herbs that I had picked are even worth a hefty 10 silvers!”

“10 silvers…” Yin Shisi muttered.

Lu Qingyun said solemnly, “Maybe to you is not a lot but that is Xingyuan’s five month salary.”

He sighed softly when he had thought of Xingyuan. Even though she did not show too much of herself, he knew that she was quite stingy with money. Especially when she had borrowed a low grade spirit stone from him, her countenance had a look of agony. In the end, he told her that she did not need to pay him since she was only helping him.

She had replied, “But that is a low grade spirit stone…”

He emphasized to her that she did not need to feel so bad about spending it since he did not mind at all and was grateful for her help.

This incident happened when he had met Yin Shisi for the very first time.

It was kind of weird that he was now traveling with Yin Shisi now.

One day, Yin Shisi suddenly said to him as they were traveling. “Senior brother, I wonder how strong you are now?”

“Hmm, upper forth realm level?” Lu Qingyun replied curiously.

Yin Shisi smiled, “Not that. I wonder how strong is your profound strength? Care to exchange a blow with me?”

Ouyang Xue muttered softly, “He is only a fourth realm expert while you are a sixth realm expert. Take care not to send him flying down the mountains.”

At the same time she was staring at Lu Qingyun with shock. She had thought that he was only a third realm expert when they had last gone on the same experiential expedition together to the Misty Desolate Valley together.

“How did he advance so quickly? From the first to the third and now to the upper fourth realm level? I have only just broken through to the fourth realm level with much difficulty and it will still be a long time before I can advance to the middle fourth realm level.” She secretly thought.

Yin Shisi turned to Ouyang Xue with a faint smile, “I will naturally be lenient.”

Lu Qingyun said, “Actually I am curious as well. I feel that my profound strength has actually improved tremendously lately. It will be good if Elder Yin is able to give me some quick instructions.”

“Then it is settled then.” Yin Shisi smiled.

“I’m going to attack you with fifty percent of my martial power. So you have to shore up your profound strength with everything that you’ve got, alright?”

Lu Qingyun said, “Alright.”

And he had immediately mustered up his entire profound strength and there was an invisible profound aura that was enveloping him now. “I am ready now.”

“Good.” Yin Shisi teased with a playful look on Lu Qingyun. “Be prepared for a jolt.”

Lu Qingyun smiled weakly. It was because when she had looked at him with her playful eyes, he had already got a jolt. He did not even need to wait until she had displayed her blow.

Yin Shisi carefully moved her curtain hat to her back before she raised her five fingers forward, “I’m going to use only fifty percent of my martial power with this blow. Just brace against it and be prepared to fly off. Heh.”

Lu Qingyun was smiling bitterly as he thought, “Then I’ve better use 120% of my profound strength…”

He raised his palm out to receive her incoming blow while thinking, “Will my hand break…she is a golden supremacy…”

“I’m coming now.” Yin Shisi gave a soft shout as she mustered her profound strength as she flew toward Lu Qingyun to meet his palm with her martial power.

There was a loud explosive thunderclap as both palms met and Ouyang Xue was covering her mouth with her hands as she did not dare to watch.

But to the surprise of everyone, Lu Qingyun was still standing on the same spot and Yin Shisi’s palm blow did not seem to have any effect on him.

“This…” Yin Shisi was startled.

Even Lu Qingyun was quite astonished that he did not fly off and that he could only feel a tremble on his palm. “I am still standing?”

Yin Shisi was blinking her eyes. She had really expected Lu Qingyun to at least fly off seven to ten steps. It was because even if a golden supremacy would to display half their martial power, there was no way for a fourth realm expert to have the sufficient profound strength to withstand their martial power.

Ouyang Xue opened her eyes, “Did Elder Yin really uses 50% of her martial power or less than that? Senior brother is still standing…”

Lu Qingyun was also having some doubts whether Yin Shisi really did use 50% of her martial power. And so he said with a bitter smile, “Thank you for being lenient.”

Yin Shisi averted her eyes before she smiled awkwardly, “I really did use 50% of my martial power. Why don’t you take 70% of my martial power in the next round?”

Lu Qingyun, Ouyang Xue: …

“You are serious?” Lu Qingyun managed a weak smile.

“Of course I am…” Yin Shisi said with a sheepish look. She was secretly thinking whether she had just ruined her own golden supremacy reputation.

“Alright then.” Lu Qingyun said as he looked at her with great awkwardness.

“Then here I come again.” Yin Shisi raised her musical voice as she once again mustered her profound strength.

Lu Qingyun once again readied himself as he shouted, “I’m ready!”

Once again, Yin Shisi swung her palm blow against Lu Qingyun. There was a bigger explosive thunderclap as both palms met but this time round Lu Qingyun had slid two steps backward as his profound strength could not resist Yin Shisi’s martial power.

Yin Shisi was smiling weakly, “You are so strong already.” This was a frank appraisal as Lu Qingyun could even resist 70% of her martial power. This was kind of impossible to believe.

Even Ouyang Xue knew that Yin Shisi really did not give any leeway as the earlier explosive thunderclap had shifted the debris in a shockwave around him.

The two maidens were wondering how Lu Qingyun got his profound strength even though he was only a fourth realm expert.

The same had gone for Lu Qingyun as he looked at his trembling palm. “Did I just resist the tremendous attack of a golden supremacy?”

Yin Shisi smiled before she asked him curiously, “How did you get your profound strength? It is a little unnatural.”

Even if a person’s profound strength was stronger than the average or if they were practicing some powerful internal divine arts to boost their internal arts, there was a limit on what a fourth realm expert could do.

Lu Qingyun was perplexed as well. Lately he had felt that his profound strength had strengthened considerably. Was it due to his vast inner cultivation sea that was three times as vast as the typical fourth realm experts that was caused by the annihilating god seed that Yan’Er had mentioned to him or was it for some other reason?

He had suddenly remembered that Keqin had fed him the Starforge Pill. He thought. “Don’t tell me it is the effect of that pill? And I’ve been trying to purge it out…”

“Senior brother?” Yin Shisi asked curiously after seeing that he was in a daze.

Lu Qingyun quickly regained his composure with a weak laugh, “I’m alright. I am just wondering the same too.”

“Are you really alright? Did I injure you?” She asked with a concern look.

“Other than my hand that is still shaking and that my body had just received a jolt that shook my soul, I’m really alright.” Lu Qingyun laughed it off.

“I see…” Yin Shisi continued to look at him with concern while Ouyang Xue had flashed next to him to feel his pulses before she heaved a soft sigh of relief. “He is really alright. His internal energies are still flowing unbroken.”

Yin Shisi was really afraid that she may hurt him and was relieved to hear that. She chuckled with a soft sigh of relief. “Good, good. It seems that senior brother may soon become a golden celestial. He seems to have the profound strength of a golden celestial now.”

Lu Qingyun was startled, “Really?!”

Yin Shisi smiled, “When your profound strength reaches a certain heaven-defying limit, you will be able to become a golden celestial soon.”

Ouyang Xue was startled as she looked at Lu Qingyun, “Senior brother is going to become a golden celestial soon? Isn’t that a little fast? His rate of cultivation may not be able to catch up with his cultivation level. Can his inner cultivation sea be able to handle it?”

Yin Shisi pondered for a little while before she answered. “When I have exchanged two earlier blows with him, I can sense that his cultivation foundation is quite stable and seems to resist my martial force quite well.”

Lu Qingyun listened with interest as they discussed his cultivation foundation. He was wondering why his profound strength seemed to have strengthened considerably lately. He did not know that this was due to the effects of the Horizon of the Heavens that was inside his inner cultivation sea.

As he was now the master of the Horizon of the Heavens, the Horizon of the Heavens was now giving him the reserved strength of the Great Lord Xuan Yuan. Because he was the original Great Lord Xuan Yuan himself, he was now absorbing 100% of the Horizon of the Heavens without any efforts. If it was Yue Lingxi, even if she could obtain the true power of the Horizon of the Heavens, she could only absorb it partially and after a lot of cultivation efforts.

But for Lu Qingyun, even if he were to sleep and did not do anything, the Horizon of the Heavens would still be imparting its power to him, strengthening his profound strength continuously.

Lu Qingyun had a curious question for Yin Shisi, “I have a curious question. I have heard that overcoming the life and death cultivation level of the golden celestial isn’t easy. When it is time for me to overcome my first life and death cultivation level, I wonder if I may have any tips?”

This life and death cultivation level was a barrier to most of the fourth realm experts that sought to become a golden celestial. If they could not overcome this barrier, they would die instantly. As for those that could overcome this barrier, they would become golden celestials.

A golden celestial was the pinnacle existence in the Celestial Realm. They would have regeneration abilities and no longer required any food to sustain themselves. All they needed was the spiritual force that was around them and they could even regenerate lost organs over time.

Yin Shisi smiled, “It is actually different from person to person. When it comes, it is best that you reserve as much of your inner spiritual sea as much as possible as you will need it. But for you, I really do not know. Usually a celestial practitioner will have three months of knowing and they will enter into seclusion to prepare for that day. So during this crucial period, it is best that you do not use up your inner spiritual sea unnecessary.”

Then she added with a concern look, “Your profound strength seems peak already. You may be a peaked fourth realm cultivator already and you should not partake in any exhausting activities that may use up your profound strength.”

Lu Qingyun smiled bitterly. He was actually now a peaked fourth realm expert and he knew that his inner cultivation sea was now brimming to the full. He was hoping that Yan’Er could cultivate to the golden celestial level for him but it seemed that he had to take the risk himself. It was no longer that Yan’Er had been sleeping more than cultivating. It was because she was an entity spirit and could not cultivate past the fourth realm level unless her master had first cultivate past this point first.

Now he had finally realized why Yan’Er seemed to be slowing down on her cultivation after they had reached the upper fourth realm level.

“Elder Yin, can you share with me your experiences?” Lu Qingyun asked curiously. “You must be so impressive in order to become a golden celestial and you are even a golden supremacy now.”

Yin Shisi smiled, “Actually I don’t have much to share. Originally I was just like you and did not have any opportunity to become a golden celestial. It was because all the best cultivation resources were given to my brother for him to advance.”

Lu Qingyun and Ouyang Xue were both nodding. It was typical for the celestial clans to use their best celestial resources for a successor or their very best protégés that could advance their interest.

“One day I had met my master…” Yin Shisi smiled with fond memories when she had said it. “She was the one that had imparted to me her divine skills and had even prepared me to overcome my first life and death barrier to become a golden celestial. My master had really helped me a lot. Without her, I can’t even be a golden celestial and even a golden supremacy. You can say that I owe a lot to her…”

Lu Qingyun was now curious about Yin Shisi’s master. He only knew that Yin Shisi’s master was also the master of Lie Xingyuan and that Yin Shisi was even calling Lie Xingyuan her ‘senior sister’ whenever they were around.

Come to think of that, he was now curious about Lie Xingyuan and her master background…

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Chapter 181: Yin Shisi/ Ouyang Xue

Just two weeks after Qin Keqin had left the Heavens Ridge Villa, it was now time for Lu Qingyun to depart from the Heavens Ridge Villa.

He did not actually spent time on his martial or cultivation practice during the past two weeks and instead he was trying to purge out the Starforge Substances that he had accidentally swallowed.

For the past two weeks, he had been busy trying to concoct various pills to weaken or to negate the effects of the Starforge Substances.

Although he did not know why Qin Keqin was so insistent on giving him the Starforge Substances from time to time, he did not actually blame her.

He thought, “Can it be that Keqin has mistaken the Starforge Substances for something else? Her alchemy skills are just so and so. Even a great saintess can sometimes make a mistake…”

For two weeks, he could take the many ‘antidotes’ that he had concocted and to circulate with his profound energies so as to purge out the negative effects of the pills that he had taken. All pills had a side effect and moreover, he was using the effects of the pills to counter each other.

It was a good thing that he had already reached the energy level of the fourth realm cultivation level and could use his profound energies to weaken the effects of the pills that he had taken.

He noticed something weird though. His profound strength seemed to be much stronger than it had been during the trial competition. How was it possible?

He did not seem to do anything. Or could it be that Keqin’s pill was actually special?

It was said that after a difficult tribulation, a person’s cultivation strength would actually improve by itself naturally. After all, the trials that Fragrance Herald Yufeng had set was really too difficult for many.

He did not think that he would actually succeed in clearing the trials…

Today he would be reporting to the main Heaven Ridge hall as this was the day that he would depart from the Heavens Ridge Villa. He wondered what kind of an arrangement that the elders would be making for him?

He was light spirited when he had arrived at the Heaven Ridge Hall and was startled to see Elder Yin Shisi and Grand Elder Ouyang Xue.

Other than the two of them, there were no others.

He stammered when he saw Yin Shisi, “Elder Yin…why are you here…”

Yin Shisi smiled as her lovely voice answered him, “You do not welcome me?”

“Not that…” He said awkwardly.

That day after he had received so many handkerchiefs, he was a little curious. How come everyone seemed to be giving him the same gift? It was not as though he needed so many nor did he had any strong preferences for collecting handkerchiefs.

So he did a quick research and found out that if a maiden likes a man, she would give him a scented handkerchief. It was only then did he realize that Yin Shisi may have liked him. But to her, he had only felt lust and it was not love.

This caused him to be in a fine fix as he had just accepted so many handkerchiefs. What would his Keqin think if she knows about it?

He quickly tried to change to another topic, “Where are the elders? I mean the elder that I’m supposed to meet today and erm…my escorts.”

He had been informed that there would be an entourage of ten that would be escorting him to safety to the perimeter of the Moon Demon Forest and that was the meeting place where he was supposed to go.

Ouyang Xue smiled, “You have finally arrived. There are no others and only the two of us.”

Lu Qingyun asked curiously as he returned a weak smile, “I will be going there alone?”

Yin Shisi gave him a beautiful smile before she said, “With the two of us with you, is there any need for the others?”

Lu Qingyun was startled, “The two of you will be going with me?”

“You think that we are not enough for your protection?” Yin Shisi chuckled softly.

“Of course not. With you around, is more than enough.” Lu Qingyun quickly said. Yin Shisi was a sixth realm golden supremacy. Naturally it was more than enough.

Ouyang Xue said gently as she gave him a melancholy look, “So you think that I am not needed anymore?”

Lu Qingyun was startled and he quickly said, “Of course not. I mean with Yin Shisi around to protect the two of us, it is more than enough.”

Ouyang Xue sighed softly, “I am here to protect you and not because I need Elder Yin to protect me. Do you understand me?”

Lu Qingyun was smiling weakly as he nodded, “Of course I understand.” But he was thinking, “Actually what am I saying?” He was so nervous in front of Ouyang Xue that he was just saying anything to pacify her.

Ouyang Xue and he had gone a long way since they had met. And they had almost engaged to each other. He knew that Ouyang Xue was avoiding him on purpose and he was actually trying to do the same.

That was why he was quite startled that this time round Ouyang Xue was actually going with him to the Moon Demon Forest.

He muttered, “It is so good to have a friend to talk with on this trip…”

Ouyang Xue chuckled softly as she interrupted him, “Who knows if this may be your last trip back alive so I may as well accompany this friend of mine for his very last trip.”

Lu Qingyun: …

He laughed weakly, “You can’t be serious…”

Ouyang Xue returned a faint smile as she stole a glance at Yin Shisi. Actually she was serious…

The Moon Demon Forest was a dangerous place for the cultivators. Although Ouyang Xue was very young, she had an intelligence and maturity that even many of the older cultivators could not match. She knew that this expedition for Lu Qingyun was extremely dangerous or else why would Fragrance Herald Yufeng created such a difficult trial for everyone?

The way she had analyzed the situation was that in order to qualify for this upcoming expedition, the cultivators must have the endurance, wits and luck in order to succeed.

Some of the older and wiser cultivators like the grandmaster of the Flying Armament also had a bad foreboding and were already preventing their precious core protégés not to go to the Moon Demon Forest.

Yin Shisi said quietly to Lu Qingyun, “There is still time for you to change your mind. It is not too late. In the meantime, we will accompany you.”

Lu Qingyun was startled that the two maidens were suddenly looking at him with such solemn expression.

But he replied quietly and firmly, “If I am always living under the shelter and protection of the others, I will not get stronger. It may even be detrimental to my future advancement. The more smooth sailing is my cultivation, the greater the danger it is to me when I am about to overcome my life and death cultivation limitations.”

Yin Shisi and Ouyang Xue were forced to nod. It was because without difficult trials, his danger sense and critical reactions would never be homed. When it was time for him to face his life and death divine calamity alone, it would be extremely difficult for him to survive through it.

Lu Qingyun was wise to know all these and even Qin Keqin was forced to agree with him.

“I will survive the expedition to the Moon Demon Forest. Trust me on this.” He said firmly.

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Chapter 180: Keqin, Good Bye

Lu Qingyun and Qin Keqin were now alone in a room and they were looking at each other awkwardly.

“Keqin, you are really going tonight? Why are you leaving? Why didn’t you tell me? Is it because you are upset with me? I can explain…there is really nothing between Qingyue and I…” Lu Qingyun muttered weakly.

“It isn’t that. I am not upset with you. I really have an important thing to settle elsewhere.” Qin Keqin quietly said.

“What can be so important that you have to leave? Isn’t this place your home? You can always move your hideout here. Is it because you didn’t want me to go to the Moon Demon Forest? Alright, I yield to you. I won’t go there anymore so long as you’re willing to stay, alright?” Lu Qingyun said with pleading eyes.

He really did not want to lose her at all.

Qin Keqin smiled, “I know your heart. Yun’Er, I’m really not angry with you, alright? Be calm. It isn’t because I am unhappy either. I’m so happy to see you here but I don’t belong to this place. The hideout is a temporary dwelling place for me. I have other hideouts elsewhere.”

Lu Qingyun heaved a heavy sigh, “Can I go with you then?”

Qin Keqin shook her head gently, “Where I go will be extremely dangerous for you to follow.”

“The Moon Demon Forest is one of the most treacherous places in the Nine Celestial Fraternity. Can it be more dangerous than that?” Lu Qingyun sighed heavily.

Qin Keqin knew that she had to think of a quick excuse fast. It was because she was going back to the Dark Divine Realms to beef up its defenses against the Valiant Arms Divine Realm that was now leading a crusade against the dark heretic celestials. After all, she was the Devil Goddess and divine ruler of the three dark divine realms.

But she did not want to tell him that she was a super villainess. In fact, as the divine ruler of the three dark realms, there were people that knew what the Devil Goddess had looked like. She had frequently rotated her identity with Feng Minyue as she shared a similar likeness to her.

“Have you heard of Saint Gao Tianshou?”

Lu Qingyun replied excitingly, “I have. Almost everyone has heard of his great name. I can say that he is the current number one hero in the Nine Celestial Fraternity. He has just recently ended the divide in the Valiant Arms Divine Realm and has become its divine ruler. Not only that, he is now a great saint. Have you heard that he had recently even attracted the six-stage golden lightning to become a great saint? Six-stage golden lightning is such a rare occurrence. Most great saints are only able to attract the three-stage silver lightning. As for the nine-stage purple lightning, it is quite impossible to see…”

Qin Keqin interrupted weakly, “You sound like he is your idol.”

“He really is!” Lu Qingyun said with his eyes beaming. “All the heroes of the Nine Celestial Fraternity are now flocking to his call to get rid of the looming threat of the three dark divine realms. I have heard that three other divine realms have also formed an alliance with him and have nominated him as the alliance leader. We are now witnessing the start of a new celestial era…”

“Maybe he is just a self-righteous hero.” Qin Keqin said sheepishly. “Or maybe this is the start of a new dark era.”

Lu Qingyun laughed. “How is it possible? The nine patriarch divine realms are never united. Even the most powerful of the nine divine realms, the Holy Ascension Divine Realm has been so powerless against the three dark divine realms. I think the Nine Celestial Realm needs a strong celestial leader.”

Qin Keqin smiled, “The dark celestials have their own cultures and way of life. We shouldn’t dictate them.”

Lu Qingyun shook his head gently, “Keqin, I must disagree. Some of their ways are despicable and vile. Surely you know about it?”

Qin Keqin returned a light nod and her eyes were melancholy. In the past, she had wanted to be a super heroine and had butchered hundreds of dark celestials. As the daughter of the heavens, she thought that it was her destiny to unite the entire Nine Celestial Fraternity and the Three Dark Divine Fraternity into a new fraternity.

In the end, she did not get any respect or recognition from everyone and she was the enemy of all the celestials. Instead of a super heroine, the Golden Mask Devil Goddess was the super villainess that had terrorized everyone.

It was because she had no background and the celestials had refused to accept someone that had come out of the blue. At the same time, she could not tell anyone her background either.

The price for having her three minutes of fun was that she was almost killed by the righteous celestials.

“Keqin, why are you so quiet? Don’t tell me that you are going to join with Saint Gao Tianshou to fight against the dark celestials?”

Qin Keqin nodded light, “That’s right. I don’t know how long this will take.”

Lu Qingyun was startled as he stammered, “Once I am done with the expedition to the Moon Demon Forest, I will look for you alright?”

Qin Keqin smiled as she took out a transmission stone, “Alright. But this transmission stone only works within a ten mile radius. If we are near to each other, you can use this to communicate with me.”

“I won’t have to use it.” Lu Qingyun smiled. “The Great Saintess Fan Yuqing is so renowned throughout the Nine Celestial Fraternity that I can surely find you within a thousand miles.”

Then he sighed softly, “I’ve thought that Keqin you are really upset with me. But you are after all the Great Saintess Yuqing. You have a duty to defend and advance the future of the Nine Celestial Fraternity. I wish that I can join you now. It must be so wonderful to see what Saint Gao Tianshou looks like. We should call him Great Saint Gao Tianshou by now. He is really a great dragon among dragons and a titan among men.”

Qin Keqin rolled her eyes and said silently, “Do you know that your idol is going to attack me?”

She forced out a smile to ask, “Do you think that Gao Tianshou can win the Devil Goddess?”

“Of course he can. Good will always triumphs over evil.” Lu Qingyun smiled.

“What if the Devil Goddess isn’t evil? And what if she is willing to turn over a new leaf?”

“Hmm, she has to be evil. She has been evil for so many centuries already. I don’t think she will be able to turn over a new leaf. What about the people that she had killed in the past?” Lu Qingyun smiled.

Qin Keqin returned a weak smile, “Is that so. So that is what everyone thinks of the Devil Goddess…”

Lu Qingyun was sighing heavily, “Today almost everyone I know is leaving. Keqin, you will be leaving alone or with anyone else?”

“My two sister saintesses will be leaving with me. We are always together. But do not let anyone knows that we are assisting Saint Gao Tianshou, alright?” Qin Keqin said before she quickly added. “We don’t want to alarm the Devil Goddess that we are there. There are many spies of the dark celestial clans around. Promise me please.”

“I’ll promise.” Lu Qingyun said firmly. “When can I see you again?”

“Hopefully by next year.” Qin Keqin said quietly.

Lu Qingyun sighed, “It will be a long wait for me…”

Qin Keqin chuckled, “So don’t you die in the Moon Demon Forest. I still want to see you next year.”

“With so many cultivators, I don’t think I will be in any danger.”

“You are wrong. This ancient ruin may be more dangerous than you think it is. I ask someone but he had no memories of it. I guess my old man is getting more and more senile nowadays.” Qin Keqin sighed softly.

“Your old man? Who is he?” Lu Qingyun asked curiously.

Qin Keqin laughed softly. “Just an ordinary wise man.”

“Oh.” Lu Qingyun said.

Qin Keqin rolled her eyes. Her old man was her father. But her father was not the original Great God Pangu but was his reincarnation. Therefore it was not surprising that he had no memories of the ancient ruin. Before he had departed, he had bade her to look for Yue Lingxi and the Horizon of the Heavens, warning her that the Horizon of the Heavens must never fall into the wrong hands or into Lu Qingyun’s hands.

She thought, “Am I such a bad daughter that I’ve even hoodwinked my old man and my mother consorts?”

Before she had returned to the hideout, the Heavenly Temptress Lie Qing had quietly whispered to her. “The Heaveness is not someone who can be easily fooled. Although her fighting skills are just so and so but her intellect is the best among all the great goddesses. She just did not want to expose you. But this is your choice and we wish you the best of luck. And don’t die because of one man. Some of us will be extremely sad, including the Heaveness and the Great Goddess Fantian. Don’t break the heart of the Great Goddess Fantian again.”

She quickly put aside her thoughts and smiled to Lu Qingyun. “I have another good thing for you.” In her fingers was a purple pill. “Take it quickly. This is something good that will increase your cultivation strength.”

Lu Qingyun was smiling bitterly and he was rolling his eyes. It was because with a single sniff he knew that this purple pill was the Starforge Substances and from the size of this purple pill, it was twice as much as the last pill that was given to him.

This was definitely a big overdose…

But why did Qin Keqin wants him to take the Starforge Substances. Surely she knew that it would be harmful to his memories if he had taken too much, right?

Qin Keqin winked at him, “Go on, don’t be shy.”

Lu Qingyun decided to put on an act like the last time. So he smiled and put the purple into his mouth. He was definitely not going to swallow it, not ever…

All of a sudden Qin Keqin had tiptoed to kiss him passionately on his mouth. He was so startled that he had actually swallowed the purple pill…

But he was once again startled to see that there were silence tears that were flowing down on her cheeks as she kissed him.

“Yun’Er, I am your woman. I won’t leave you. You don’t leave me too…”

For a while, Lu Qingyun and Qin Keqin were just in each other tightened embrace as they enjoyed their last moments together.

“I won’t leave you, Keqin…one day, I will be a hero that you will be proud of…” Lu Qingyun muttered quietly.

Qin Keqin muttered almost incoherently, “Just be yourself and…forget the past…”

“Keqin, did you say something?”

“I am just wondering why your hands are so honest today?”

“Erm, I’ve forgotten to be dishonest…”

“What are your hands doing now? I decide to take back my praise for you, hmph!”


“Where is Yan’Er? I need to talk to her as well. After all, I won’t see her after tonight.”

Lu Qingyun sighed softly as he called out aloud to his inner spiritual sea, “Where is my cute little Yan’Er? Come and say good bye to your Big Sister Keqin…”

Little Yan’Er was sobbing when she had appeared, startling Lu Qingyun.

Lu Qingyun did not know that Yan’Er could sense the throbbing heartbreaking ache that was in Qin Keqin’s heart. It was because Yan’Er was also bonded closely to Qin Keqin as she was the one that had retrieved the golden roc’s core for Lu Qingyun.

“Big Sister Keqin, Yan’Er don’t want you to go…”

Whenever Qin Keqin was around, Yan’Er was super motivated to do better. When she was not around, she had always felt a little empty and had become lazy.

Qin Keqin smiled to Yan’Er, “My cute little Yan’Er, be strong. Your master will need you to take care of him in the future. Please remember our little secret.”

Yan’Er nodded many times, “I will. If Yan’Er remembers our little secret, will I see Big Sister Keqin soon?”

“You will.” Qin Keqin lit a faint smile.

Lu Qingyun was startled, “What secret?”

Qin Keqin merely smiled. “If you know then it won’t be our little secret.”

Lu Qingyun: …

Qin Keqin averted her eyes before she sighed softly. The Horizon of the Heavens was now inside Lu Qingyun’s inner spiritual sea. There was nothing she could do about it now. She had made Yan’Er promise her not to tell Lu Qingyun that he had injured her and that she must never tell Lu Qingyun anything about the Horizon of the Heavens.

At the same time she had said to Yan’Er back then, “Don’t let him become a golden celestial until he has reached the inside of the ancient ruin.”

After Lie Xingyuan and Leng Qiuyue had left with the entourage of Fragrance Herald Yufeng , it was now time for Qin Keqin to leave the Heavens Ridge Villa.

The news that Qin Keqin was leaving had completely caught all the grand elders by surprise.

Although she had long stated that she would not be staying for long, they did not think that it would be so soon. After all, they knew that she was in a relationship with Lu Qingyun.

Shi Guanyin was the saddest among the six grand elders. It was because today was not only the day that her favorite core protégé had left but also that of her secret confidant.

The other five grand elders, Ouyang Xue, Yun Xing, Mu Han, Wang Ming and Kong Guxin were also equally sad.

It was because the arrival of Qin Keqin had not only changed the Heavens Ridge Villa but had also changed New Empyrean City. Never before had the four powerhouses of New Empyrean City had so little rivalries compared to the past. As a matter of fact, the once disunited and weakest of the four powerhouses the Heavens Ridge Villa was now the number one celestial clan in New Empyrean City.

After Qiuxiang Huan’s wedding, all four of the powerhouses had actually sat down together and had even nominated the Heavens Ridge Villa to lead them, had Qin Keqin to lead them but she had politely declined it.

Mu Han sighed softly, “Our acting sect leader has left, things will be so quiet now…”

“You mean no gossips for you to spread?” Yun Xing teased quietly.

Mu Han frowned lightly, “You know that I will never spread any gossips.”

“Like real…” Yun Xing stared coldly at him.

Ouyang Xue smiled, “Master, why don’t you and Grand Elder Mu Han be together?”

Yun Xing was suddenly flustered as she quickly said, “Xue’Er, you are now a grand elder. Do not call me your master now and also, who will like him?!”

Mu Han stammered, “What is wrong with me? I have more strengths than weaknesses…”

Kong Guxin sighed heavily as he saw Lu Qingyun and Qin Keqin disappearing beyond the heaven gate of the Heavens Ridge Villa before he whispered softly to the rest of the grand elders, “It will be so quiet now.”

Wang Ming nodded with a heavy sigh, “To think that we have the Great Saintess Fan Yuqing is our midst all this while and yet we do not know for such a long time. This is really so stupid of us.”

Shi Guanyin nodded quietly, “I wonder if we will ever see her again. Even this farewell seems so short. I wonder where she will be going.”

Mu Han heaved a heavy sigh, “If I were Lu Qingyun, I will surely go after her and never let her go…”

Yun Xing stared at him, “Are you even half as dashing as him? Dream on!”

Mu Han: …


This ends the second story arc. If the first story arc is about the influences of New Empyrean City the second story arc is about the background behind Lu Qingyun and Qin Keqin. As for the third story arc, well, it is just the beginning for Lu Qingyun;)

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Chapter 179: Day of the Handkerchiefs

Lu Qingyun was quietly sighing in the practice chamber. Two things were bothering his heart.

One was that somehow he did not seem to get the respect that he deserved and he had continued to hear people calling him the good-for-nothing cultivator.

“This isn’t possible. I did so well during the trial tournament. Don’t tell me that when I am performing my feats, there were some others that did so well that everyone is looking at them and not in my direction?”

Two was the most miserable for him.

It was because today was the day that Lie Xingyuan and Leng Qiuyue would be saying good bye and they would be leaving for the Patriarch Clan Heavenly Fragrance Villa.

He was actually glad for them because the Heavenly Fragrance Villa was the top celestial clan in the Heavenly Fragrance Divine Realm.

“Why did I feel sad that Qiuyue will be leaving too?” He was sighing softly.

“And Xingyuan, where did she go with Keqin? They didn’t come back last night…”

All of a sudden a sweet voice had called out for him, “Senior Brother Qingyun, are you there?”

He was startled because it was the voice of Yin Shisi.

“Why is she here?” He thought. “Oh yes, she is the ‘junior sister’ to Xingyuan. She must be here to say goodbye to her.

He quickly came out of the practice chamber and saw the beautiful smiling Yin Shisi.

“Senior brother.” She quickly greeted him.

“Elder Yin, you are here to look for Xingyuan?” He asked.

She nodded and her eyes were looking at the note that Lu Qingyun had left on the table after carelessly reading it.

“It seems that she has gone out with sect leader and isn’t back? I didn’t see her at all when I am here.”

Lu Qingyun sighed softly, “She will be back soon. Today is the day that she departs from here.”

Yin Shisi nodded, “I am going to miss her. My master says she will be going away as well. Soon, it will be only be me and you. ”

When she said me and you, her beautiful mesmerizing eyes were looking at Lu Qingyun with great intention.

Lu Qingyun felt his soul was being carried away by her when she was looking at him in this manner. Somehow for Lu Qingyun, his first impression of her was always the one that was naked in his embrace.

He quickly cast away his sinful thoughts and said, “Shall I make some tea for you while we wait for Xingyuan?”

Yin Shisi nodded before she gave a smile, “Senior brother, I have something for you.” With a shy look, she had taken out a scented box.

Lu Qingyun was curious as he opened the box. Inside the box was a beautiful handkerchief. “This is for me?”

He took a quick look at the handkerchief and saw that there was a couple with children playing in the background.

Yin Shisi shyly nodded, “I have sewed it myself. It had taken me many nights to do so. I have nothing to give you for your win for the trial tournament so this is for me to you.”

Lu Qingyun was touched as he quickly said, “Thank you. I will surely take good care of it.”

“Erm Elder Yin…” he muttered. “Did I do well for the trial tournament?”

Yin Shisi averted her eyes before she said shyly, “You did very well. I am so proud of you.”

“Oh really?” Lu Qingyun was smiling bitterly. He thought, “I really did well. Is everyone so blind to my stellar performance or what? Maybe their eyes are not good. That must be the only reason. Alas, the imagery must be quite blurring below and the majority of the low level cultivators simply did not have the eyesight to see clearly.”

“So it is not because I didn’t do well. It is because they are too far away to see what I am doing. Haha. Now the mystery that is bothering me for days have finally been solved.”

A quiet voice from outside the courtyard interrupted his thoughts, “Senior brother, are you there?” It was Leng Qiuyue.

“Qiuyue?” Lu Qingyun was startled. “I am here.”

He quickly kept the scented box that Yin Shisi had given to him and just as he did so, Leng Qiuyue had entered the hall.

“Qiuyue, Xingyuan isn’t back yet.” He said.

Leng Qiuyue took a shy look at Yin Shisi before she smiled to Lu Qingyun, “I’m not here to look for Xingyuan. I am here to look for you.”

When Lu Qingyun had called her Qiuyue, she was secretly pleased. It was because he had unknowingly changed his address of her from junior sister to her personal name. She felt that they were now one step closer now. This change had taken place during the trial tournament when they were in the same party and were simply just friends instead of protégé brother and sister.

“Today I will be leaving with Xingyuan so I have come specially to bid you farewell. I don’t know when we will meet again or if we ever have a chance to meet again. This is a gift from me.” She shyly took out a beautiful craft box and gave it to Lu Qingyun.

Lu Qingyun said weakly as he took the box, “I should be the one that supposed to send you a gift but I didn’t…”

“It is alright.” Leng Qiuyue smiled. “Take a look at what’s inside.”

She did not care if Yin Shisi was presented or not. It was because she was no longer a protégé of the Heavens Ridge Villa and today was her last day here.

Lu Qingyun opened the beautiful crafted box and saw that it was a white handkerchief with two mandarins in it.

“I’ve spent the last couple of days to sew it.” She shyly said.

“Qiuyue, thank you…” Lu Qingyun was quite startled when he saw the two mandarins. It was a symbol for a couple. He had thought that he had rejected her not long ago during her confession? It was not because Leng Qiuyue was not a lovely maiden. In fact, she was very beautiful in many ways but he had only Qin Keqin in his heart…

Yin Shisi had also saw the two mandarins and knew what Leng Qiuyue was thinking. By now, everyone in the Heavens Ridge Villa was spreading rumors about her and Lu Qingyun. Some of the rumors were actually quite vile like how Lu Qingyun had seduced Leng Qiuyue and had made use of her to pass the trial tournament.

But she believed in her own personal judgment that Lu Qingyun was an outstanding person. It was because he did not take advantage of her when she was down on her luck.

“Senior brother, I am back.” It was the lovely voice of Lie Xingyuan and there was also the soft chuckle that was from Qin Keqin as they entered the outer courtyard.

Lu Qingyun quickly kept the beautiful crafted box as he said aloud, “I am here. Elder Yin and Qiuyue is also here.”

When Lie Xingyuan and Qin Keqin had entered the hall, they were holding hands and were chatting nonstop.

Qin Keqin chuckled when she saw them at first sight, “So everyone is already here to see my sister off?”

Lie Xingyuan smiled, “Senior brother…”

Lu Qingyun was stunned when he saw her. It was because she now had golden eyes and her presence was heavenly.

Yin Shisi and Leng Qiuyue were also startled to see that Lie Xingyuan was now a golden celestial.

“Xingyuan, you are a golden celestial now? What realm are you now?” Lu Qingyun said with stammering voice. He really could not believe his eyes.

Lie Xingyuan nodded shyly, “Upper fifth realm golden celestial level.”

Lu Qingyun nearly fainted as he muttered, “I am only at the upper fourth realm expert. Our cultivation level is now heavens and the earth now.”

Lie Xingyuan averted her eyes, “Senior brother will surely overtake me one day. This, I am very sure.”

Lu Qingyun was actually glad for her. He quickly asked. “How did you become a golden celestial overnight. Please do share with me. Is there a shortcut?”

Lie Xingyuan chuckled softly as she stole a glance at Qin Keqin, “It is actually a long story but senior brother, please don’t be lazy and cultivate on your own. You know what I mean. There is no shortcut in cultivation.”

“Is that so?” Lu Qingyun returned a sheepish laugh. “I am just being curious, that’s all.”

But he was secretly thinking, “Lately Yan’Er has been so lazy…”

Lie Xingyuan took out a handkerchief and said shyly, “I sewed this last night for you. I hope that it is not too disgraceful to show it to senior brother.”

Qin Keqin laughed as she took out another handkerchief, “And this is sewed by me.”

Lu Qingyun took the two handkerchiefs and saw that the one that Lie Xingyuan had sewed was actually quite exquisite and it had two persons in it. One was a man and other was a woman. They were seen walking along the river and their eyes were looking up at the rolling clouds.

As for the handkerchief that Qin Keqin had sewed looked a little off. However the one that Keqin had sewed had many lovely red raindrops and two flying cranes.

He smiled and said to Qin Keqin, “Master, your handkerchief is quite unique. I have never seen such beautiful red raindrops before. It fits the scene of the two flying cranes.”

Qin Keqin frowned lightly as her eyes rolled to a side, “Actually, the red raindrops will disappear once you have washed it. It is actually my blood. I have accidentally pricked my fingers quite a few times.”

Lu Qingyun: …

Leng Xingyuan laughed softly, “We are chatting throughout the night and I was the one that kept distracting my sis…my sect leader.”

She turned solemn to say, “Senior brother, please take care of yourself. Next time, I won’t be around to help you to change your blanket and bedding. Try not to do it so often. It is harmful to your health. You shouldn’t be in the practice chamber too often. It is good if you can take a walk sometimes.”

Lu Qingyun: …

He wanted to tell Xingyuan that he was not doing that kind of thing in the practice chamber but then he decided to keep quiet. It was because the other maidens were now giggling at him when they had heard Lie Xingyuan.

Qin Keqin chuckled softly, “Well, he is a hot-blooded young man after all.”

But all of a sudden Qin Keqin had turned solemn as she looked at him, “Yun’Er, I need to talk to you for a little while. It is because I am leaving here tonight and I won’t see you for quite some time.”

Lu Qingyun was stunned. It was as though the whole world had suddenly collapsed onto him.

“Keqin, what is going on here?” He had totally forgotten to address her as master in the presence of the others and had called out her personal name.

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Chapter 178: The Heavenly Daughters

Qin Keqin and Lie Xingyuan were quite startled when they were ‘summoned’ to the hideout by the Heaveness and the Heavenly Temptress.

Qin Keqin actually did not want to go to the hideout but Feng Minyue had told her that it was compulsory plus she had to bring Lie Xingyuan along with her.

She quickly took a pill to suppress the annihilating fire that was afflicting her as she did not want anyone to know how serious her condition was. She did not blame Lu Qingyun at all.

As Lu Qingyun was in the practice chamber, she had left a note for him saying that she was taking Lie Xingyuan along with her too.

“Sister Xingyuan, today we are going to my hideout.” Qin Keqin looked a little sheepish when she had said that.

“Hideout?” Lie Xingyuan asked. “What is that place?”

“You will know when you reach.” Qin Keqin said quietly.

Lie Xingyuan had never been to the hideout before so therefore she was quite surprised when Qin Keqin had brought her to the Heavenly Tea Lotus.

She had clearly remembered that this was the place that she had first met Qin Keqin.

“This place is really expensive. Xingyuan cannot afford it.” Lie Xingyuan muttered softly.

Qin Keqin chuckled, “But your sister is rich. So don’t worry about it.”

Along the way, Qin Keqin was wondering why the Heaveness and the Heavenly Temptress had wanted her to bring Xingyuan along with her. It was not she did not want her sister to find out about her hideout but this was her personal secret…

Like Lu Qingyun and the Three-Destinies Old Man before her, Lie Xingyuan was startled to see so many cultivators at the upper floor of the Heavenly Lotus Teahouse. Moreover Qin Keqin seemed to be extremely familiar with the place and no one even stopped to question them as they made their way around floor after floor to the top.

Finally they had reached a room where the Heaveness, the Heavenly Temptress, Feng Minyue and Xuan Danfeng were. In the middle of the room was a youthful man.

“Master?!” Lie Xingyuan was startled when she saw the Heavenly Temptress.

“Father?!” Qin Keqin was silently startled. “He has found the Heaveness? Did they make up with each other or what?”

The Heaveness smiled alluringly when she saw them, “Yuqing, Xingyuan. Hurry and greet your father.”

Qin Keqin rolled her eyes and she was laughing softly, “Old man, how are you? I see that you have finally succeeded in hooking up to the Heaveness.”

Yi Ping: …

He sighed softly, “Can you be more indirect…”

Lie Xingyuan was startled, “I am an orphan…I’ve no father…”

The Heavenly Temptress Lie Qing returned a mesmerizing smile as she suddenly flashed next to Xingyuan as she said gently, “He is really your real father. As for me, I’m sorry that I didn’t tell you earlier. I am your birth mother.”

Lie Xingyuan was startled as she stared at Lie Qing and the man that was in front of her.

Even Feng Xingyuan and Xuan Danfeng were startled that Lie Xingyuan was actually the Heavenly Temptress’ daughter…

Lie Qing said quietly, “Will you forgive your mother for not telling you earlier?”

Lie Xingyuan stared at Lie Qing and she was trembling.

Ever since she was little, she had been raised up by her master and was told that she was an orphan. Because of that, she had always thought that she was alone in the world. She had always thought that her master was her only kin until she had met Qin Keqin.

“Huh?!” Lie Xingyuan quickly hugged Lie Qing as she burst into tears. “Mother? You are really my mother consort?! I’ve thought that I was alone. I am so glad…”

“I didn’t tell you because one day I will surely leave you. I didn’t want you to be sad so that you can move on. Also, I want to train you to experience the hardship of the celestial fraternity. But now, it is time for me to leave.” Lie Qing said quietly.

Lie Xingyuan was panicky as she asked with trembling lips and her tears were flowing, “Don’t leave please…”

Lie Qing smiled as she kissed her on her forehead, “It is now time to tell you who we are. I’m the Heavenly Temptress Lie Qing, Great Goddess Heavenly Temptress…”

The Heaveness interrupted with a soft laugh, “Lie Qing is one of the few immortals that can thrash the Great God Yi Ping…”

Yi Ping interrupted, “If I am serious, I may not lose yesterday…”

The Heaveness turned to him with a soft laughter, “When are you not serious when you’re fighting?”

Yi Ping frowned lightly, “It’s just that it isn’t a life and death battle so there is no need for me to go all out.”

Lie Xingyuan was staring at the youthful man, “Father? Great God Yi Ping? The legendary Immortal Warrior-God from the celestial history?”

Lie Qing nodded, “Yes it is him. He is your father.”

Yi Ping smiled as he looked at Lie Xingyuan, “I am so happy to have a daughter like you. You are much better than my other daughter.”

Qin Keqin: …

Feng Mingyue and Xuan Danfeng had turned to one side and they were silently laughing when they saw Qin Keqin’s expressions.

Lie Xingyuan shyly looked at Qin Keqin, “Sister, he is really our father? Our father is the Great God Pangu?”

Qin Keqin laughed, “Yes this old man is indeed our father. But I have never met him more than ten times before this. Lately, he seems to be everywhere.”

Yi Ping: …

Lie Xingyuan nodded as she looked at the extremely alluring maiden in front of her, “Sister, you can tell Xingyuan who is your mother consort?”

The Heaveness laughed softly, “Look at me. I’ve forgotten to introduce myself. I’m the Great Goddess Heaveness but she isn’t my daughter. You are all my little nieces.”

Lie Xingyuan nearly fainted as she stared with trembling lips, “You…are…the…Heaveness…the mystical…ancient celestial of our race…”

The Great Goddess Heaveness was the Goddess of the Celestials and was reverenced throughout the Nine Celestial Fraternity. It was said that she was the successor to the Great Goddess Fantian and that she had only one disciple and that was the Nine Goddess Ye Jing.

Qin Keqin looked quietly at the Heaveness. The Heaveness was like her second mother to her. She was not dense to know that she was leaving soon and was extremely sad. Although she did not want to see her lately because of Lu Qingyun but in her heart, she had missed her a lot.

But she suppressed the melancholy emotion of her heart and replied quietly to Lie Xingyuan, “My mother consort is the Great Goddess Fantian.”

Lie Xingyuan was even more startled. The Great Goddess Fantian was the Goddess of the Goddesses in the Immortal Realm and she had an incredible lofty status as the Goddess Mother of all the Immortals.

Xuan Danfeng was stammering as she looked at Feng Minyue. She really did not know that Fan Yuqing’s mother consort was the Great Goddess Fantian.

Feng Minyue was not surprised as she had already known.

“This is like a dream…” Lie Xingyuan muttered.

Lie Qing smiled, “This isn’t a dream as she silently patted her on her back.

All of a sudden Lie Xingyuan could feel that her profound strength seemed to have increased and that there was a faint golden aura around her.

She was startled and from the mirrors that were in the room, she saw that her eyes had turned golden.

“I…I am fifth realm golden celestial now?!” Lie Xingyuan was completely astonished.

Lie Qing smiled, “Indeed you are. You are already a golden celestial for quite some time. It is just that I have completely suppressed your cultivation realm. You are the daughter of two great immortals. Your talents are not to be underestimated.”

She sighed softly, “But now I am leaving soon. I should undo my seal on you. In the future, you will have your own destiny.”

Qin Keqin sighed softly, “So you are all leaving soon…”

Lie Qing smiled as she gently touched her.

All of a sudden Qin Keqin could feel that the invading annihilating fire had completely vanished from her body and was secretly startled.

She had spent the past few days in misery, trying to purge the annihilating fire out. If she did not do so, she would be afflicted with serious ailment injuries in the future.

She had thought that her old man may be the only person that could help her but she must never let him know what had happened. She had completely forgotten that Lie Qing may be able to help her.

And Lie Qing had secretly helped her without alarming her father.

For that, she was extremely grateful.

Lie Qing winked at her, “You ought to say thank you to the Heaveness. She has been keeping a close tab on you.”

The Heaveness immediately averted her eyes from Qin Keqin.

Qin Keqin said silently as she looked at the Heaveness, “I am going to miss you so much…”

She quickly said with a soft chuckle, “So we are having our small family reunion now?”

Yi Ping grinned as he rubbed his nose, “You may say that. However, the Heaveness wants to talk to you actually.”

The Heaveness nodded as she said, “That is right.”

She walked quietly to Qin Keqin and smiled, “This ring is for you. You are going to need it. This is the royalties from your books.”

Qin Keqin took the ring and stared blankly into it. There were a million gold coins and ten thousand high grade spirit stones inside.

“It isn’t much but you are going to need this war chest pretty soon.” The Heaveness said quietly.

Then she smiled quickly, “But don’t you spend so recklessly and use up this war chest so quickly. Feng Minyue has already told me that you are fond of spending money like water.”

Qin Keqin rolled her eyes as she chuckled, “That isn’t true at all. I am actually quite good in earning money…”

Yi Ping said quietly, “Yuqin, Xingyuan. We are leaving tonight.”

Lie Xingyuan was startled, “So soon…”

Lie Qing said, “We may not see each other for a long time. Please take care of yourself.”

Qin Keqin did not say anything because she was used to this by now. Every time her parents and mother consorts had departed, it would be years.

She quietly hold onto Lie Xingyuan’s hand as she said, “From today onward, we are on our own. We are sisters and the heavenly daughters of the heavens. Be strong.”

The Heaveness smiled. This was what she had used to tell Fan Yuqin when she was little. “Yuqin, now you have a little sister to take care of now. But the destinies for the two of you are different. You have your own unique destiny to take and…good luck to you and Lu Qingyun.”

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Chapter 177: Xuan Danfeng/ Heaveness (2)

The Heaveness and the Heavenly Temptress were both in the same room when the Three-Destinies Old Man had entered. By now he had reverted to his original self and a tall muscular young looking man had emerged into the room.

And behind him were Xuan Danfeng and Feng Minyue.

Feng Minyue was shocked when she saw that this hunchback old man was actually such a charismatic man that gave off such a tingling righteous presence.

The Heaveness scoffed lightly as she said with her back facing the Three-Destinies Old Man, “So what brings the great and mighty Great God Pangu to this unknown part of the Celestial Realm?”

The Great God Pangu!?

When Xuan Danfeng and Feng Minyue had heard that the Heaveness had just addressed the Three Destinies Old Man as the mystical immortal known as the Great God Pangu, they almost fainted on the spot!

The Great God Pangu was the greatest of all the Immortals and there were many stories and exaggerations about him. They just could not believe that this person right now was his exact embodiment. In their minds, the Great God Pangu was ancient and they thought that he may look exactly like an old man.

The Three-Destinies Old Man rubbed his nose with a weak smile before he said quietly, “Lingfeng, actually I’m here to look for you.”

At the same time, he was smiling when he saw Lie Qing. “Qing’Er, you are also here. I’m missing you already. I am also looking for you. It seems that Yuqin has already met the two of you. She didn’t tell me.”

Lie Qing smiled mesmerizingly, “We ask her not to tell you.”

The Three-Destinies Old Man was not angry and he was grinning, “I’m wondering if your martial skills have any improvement? Why don’t we have a little spar?”

The Heaveness was said with trembling voice, “Yi Ping! You are here to flirt with your new consort Danfeng or are you here to spar with Lie Qing? Either way, I don’t wish to see you. Why don’t you leave now? You are disturbing my peace.”

She added coldly, “Hmph! What Three-Destinies Old Man. If you want to flirt, don’t come into my presence. Go and find your good-for-nothing Celestial Teacher the Universal Old Man!”

The Three-Destinies Old Man: …

“Lingfeng, are you still upset with me? Come back with me, alright?” he said awkwardly. “I am really here to look for you.”

“Have you forgotten that I’ve divorced you already? Didn’t you also say that if I go away, you will never welcome me back again?” the Heaveness reminded him coldly.

The Three-Destinies Old Man smiled awkwardly, “I was wrong to scold you in front of so many others. I was not thinking straight…”

He sighed softly, “You have scolded me in front of all the others. I don’t know how to react back then so I was a little upset too. You know me. I quite frank with my words.”

Lie Qing chuckled softly, “Too frank sometimes.”

The Three-Destinies Old Man looked at the Heavenly Temptress Lie Qing awkwardly, “Qing’Er, why are you standing there for? Why didn’t you help me to persuade her? Help me to talk to her please.”

Lie Qing laughed mesmerizingly as she folded her arms, “No way! I’m enjoying myself. This is your business and her business. I don’t wish to interfere at all.”

The Three-Destinies Old Man: …

The Three-Destinies Old Man sighed softly and he was also trembling, “Lingfeng, I didn’t come as the Great God Pangu. This title is a great burden to me and the Great God Pangu isn’t really me. I am your Yi Ping. When I become the successor to the Great God Pangu, I’ve to take up the responsibility of defending the Immortal Realm. Sometimes I am really so tired and I feel so lost sometimes.”

With another sigh he said, “I’ve thought that we are just having our usual quarrel that day. I am really too harsh. Come back with me, alright?”

The Heaveness remained quiet. She did not dare to him because all her inner thoughts could be written on her countenance and she was too easy to be read by him. Actually she had wanted him to come and search for her. After all, the talk about messing the Nine Celestial Fraternity was just to get his notice. At the last minute, she had aborted this plan for hers because she was hurting her niece Fan Yuqin.

Lie Qing was quietly looking at the Heaveness. She did not want to interfere because she knew that the two of them were just looking for some face saving measures to be together again.

The Three-Destinies Old Man heaved a heavy sigh, “I really don’t know why you are preaching the romantic notions of the romantic books that are from the Celestial Realm to the Immortal Realm. It sounds so wrong you know. Especially when you are erm…one of my many consorts…and you are trying to profit spirit stones from the other immortals…”

“Go away now!” The Heaveness said coldly as she interrupted him.

The Three-Destinies Old Man said awkwardly, “How about this then? You can continue to sell your romantic stories and you can keep the profits. This is already my biggest leeway to you. Alright?”

The Heaveness hummed coldly without saying anything.

“Lingfeng…” the Three-Destinies Old Man was now trembling. “I really don’t want to lose you. I’ve lost you too many times in the past. I am your Yi Ping. I have forgotten that you are once my mortal Grand Celestial Teacher and it is you who had taught me my celestial practice. Without you, I can never even ascend to the Celestial Realm…”

His voice was now coarse as he said even more slowly and he was trembling uncontrollably, “I have forgotten that you have once told me that you want to be able to sing sentimental songs and what it is meant to love someone. You have always wanted to be a mortal…all these…I’ve forgotten…I’ve really forgotten…I am sorry…really so sorry…”

The Heaveness was trembling uncontrollably as well and she was weeping softly.

“I really miss the times when we are in the mortal realm. Before you are the Heaveness and when I am just the foolish Yi Ping. Do you remember how we have first met? You have almost killed me when you force me to run with you…and…back then I had sworn never to party with you ever again…but in the end, I can’t help looking for you.”

The Heaveness chuckled softly when she had remembered that incident. Back then, she had met a stranger that had asked her for directions to find a master to teach him some powerful martial skills. But he did not know that she was actually a directionless person and had followed her to run up and down ten hills. Even the way they had met was quite hilarious and there were so many misunderstandings.

“Lingfeng, forgive me alright?” The Three-Destinies Old Man asked again after hearing her soft chuckle.

“I’ll give you one chance…” the Heaveness quietly said. “So I get to keep all my books and spirit stones?”

The Three-Destinies Old Man grinned and rubbed his nose, “Surely.”

The Heaveness thought, “So I’ll be leaving again soon…” She was starting to miss the New Empyrean City. Being here was like a mortal again. Every day she would secretly sneak out and watched everyone intently. It was as though she was really afraid that she would never be mortal again and would forget about her memories when she was a mortal.

“Alright then.” She merely said.

The Three-Destinies Old Man was absolutely delighted as he quickly turned to Lie Qing to say, “Qing’Er, long time no see. Why don’t we have a little spar immediately? I am dying to fight you…”

Lie Qing muttered weakly, “Ping’Er, you are a little frank. Lingfeng is still waiting for you to comfort her and you are already thinking of your fight with me.”

The Heaveness had suddenly turned around to give the Three-Destinies Old Man a little kick, “Why don’t you die in the Desolate Realm since you love to fight so much? Why don’t you fight me?”

The Three-Destinies Old Man muttered awkwardly, “You know me. In my chronicles here, almost all 250 chapters must have a fight in it or else I won’t be known as the Warrior-God Yi Ping…”

“Yes and why didn’t you die yet?”

The Three-Destinies Old Man laughed, “Because if I do, someone here will be very sad. Don’t you think so?”

The Heaveness chuckled softly, “In your dreams. I will never be sad for a sentimental man like you.” Then she rolleyes to Xuan Danfeng who was watching them silently, “Before we go, I think you should settle her first. Am I right?”

The Three-Destinies Old Man turned to Xuan Danfeng and said quietly, “Maiden Danfeng, I’m sure that you know who I am by now. I am the Great God Yi Ping. I have another title and that is the Great God Pangu. I am the successor to the name of the Great God Pangu. The original Great God Pangu had long passed away and I am his reincarnation.”

He paused briefly, “Thank you for taking care of my daughter Yuqin while she is here. Soon I’m going to a place where you can’t go.”

Xuan Danfeng was trembling. She was speechless that he was actually the Great God Yi Ping and the mystical hero of the Celestial Realm. She had been Fan Yuqing’s sister for so many years and yet she did not even know that her father was actually a Great God. It was no wonder that Fan Yuqing was always acting so recklessly and she had many formidable divine skills.

He took out a transmission jade stone, “When it is time for your ascension to the Immortal Realm, let me know. I will come to aid you.”

Xuan Danfeng said quietly, “Will you forget about me?” This was something that she wanted to know very badly.

The Three-Destinies Old Man grinned, “I won’t.”

Xuan Danfeng was secretly please as she took a silent forlorn look at him. “So he didn’t forget about me after all. My little romance isn’t dead yet…”

But she quickly chuckled shyly, “Before you go, may I have all your remaining wines?” She was too awkward to say anything else.

The Three-Destinies Old Man laughed, “Of course I will give you all. But there are some special wines that may be too strong for you. I will need to write a special note first. These wines are not from the Celestial Realm and should be taken with great.”

Lie Qing laughed softly, “Why don’t we give her a title? The Goddess of Wines Danfeng?”

Xuan Danfeng laughed softly, “I love to.” Was this a quiet acceptance from them?

The Heaveness said quietly as she raised her fingers divine rapidly, “Before I go, I need to speak with Yuqin. In the years ahead, she may not have everything smooth sailing for her.”

The Three-Destinies Old Man nodded, “I am afraid that she may have to face the Desolate Lord Yue Lingxi and the Horizon of the Heavens herself. Alas and that good-for-nothing rascal Lu Qingyun is forever taking advantage of her…”

“This, you don’t have to worry first. Before that, I have a score to settle with you.” Lie Qing said and there was displeasure on her countenance.

The Three-Destinies Old Man smiled weakly, “Qing’Er, this isn’t a time to joke around…”

“Do you consider injuring your own daughter as a joke? In case you do not know, I have a soul link with her and I know what you have done.” Lie Qing said coolly.

The Three-Destinies Old Man’s eyes had immediately turned sheepish, “This…erm…I can explain…”

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Chapter 176: Xuan Danfeng/ Heaveness (1)

In a tavern somewhere in New Empyrean City;

The Three-Destinies Old Man was now holding onto Xuan Danfeng who was now in his embrace and they were now lying in bed together.

Xuan Danfeng looked at the noble looking youthful looking man that was in front of her as she smiled, “You are really not an old man. I’m not wrong about you. Just who are you exactly?”

The Three-Destinies Old Man sighed softly, “I’m sorry. I can’t tell you just yet.”

“Are you bored? Why did you disguise yourself as an old man for? Are you too free? And this transformation profound art isn’t something that anyone has the celestial resources to do so.” Xuan Danfeng said as her eyes appraised his subtle reactions.

“I have my own difficulties.” The Three-Destinies Old Man sighed softly as he recalled the events that had taken place in the past few days.

Everything moved too hastily and was hazy for him.

They had spent several days of their time drinking and were just chatting about trivial things. Half the time was about the Divine Fragrance Tournament and another half of the time of the Divine Fragrance Tournament was about how a good-for-nothing cultivator Lu Qingyun was.

Xuan Danfeng had no idea why the Three-Destinies Old Man seemed to hold a prejudice against Lu Qingyun and she did not dare to tell him that she was actually acquainted with him.

Eventually they had drink too much and got carried away. That was the reason why they were now holding onto each other. However they did not particular do anything because the Three-Destinies Old Man had stopped at the last minute when he saw her chastity mark on her forearm.

“You are still a chaste maiden?!” He was startled.

“What? You think that I am a loose maiden instead just because I’m hooking up to you?” Xuan Danfeng chuckled.

“No…” Although he had given his reply but the Three-Destinies Old Man did not believe his eyes.

And that was why they were now holding onto each other and not doing anything.

Xuan Danfeng chuckled softly, “Come with me to my hideout. Let me know you my sisters.”

“Your sisters?” The Three-Destinies Old Man asked curiously.

“Yes. They are my family. Don’t you want to know more about myself? Are you shy?” Xuan Danfeng gave him a teasing look.

“Alright then but I will be going in my old man form.” The Three-Destinies Old Man said after hesitating briefly.

“Good! All my sisters are also saintesses. Heehee.”

Three-Destinies Old Man frowned lightly, “There aren’t so many saintesses in New Empyrean City. In fact, I don’t think there is any seventh realm cultivator except for you and another.”

“Another? There is another seventh realm expert in New Empyrean City?” Xuan Danfeng asked curiously.

The Three-Destinies Old Man had quickly realized that he had leaked too much and quickly corrected himself, “The another person is me naturally.”

“Oh heehee!”

“Is Xiaofeng your real name?” He asked curiously.

“If you don’t tell me your real name, why should I tell you my real name?” She hummed unhappily.

The Three-Destinies Old Man: …

Xuan Danfeng smiled to the Three Destinies Old Man as they approached the Heavenly Lotus Teahouse, “This is my hideout and where my sisters are.”

The Three Destinies Old Man took a look at the place and said, “This place looks expensive. You didn’t ask me here just so you can have someone to pay the expensive tab for you, right? Let me say in advance first, I have no money.”

Xuan Danfeng giggled, “Of course not. I will never do such things.” But behind her back, she had secretly crossed her fingers. She added further with a lovely smile, “I am a good person.”

The Three Destinies Old Man took another look at her before he said, “Alright. I believe you.”

Xuan Danfeng chuckled before she said, “You know. My two sisters are weirdoes. Just ignore them and stick closely with me if you see or hear anything funny from them, alright? Especially when you are such an ugly old man now.”

The Three Destinies Old Man muttered, “I may be an old man but I am not ugly…”

“There are another two weirdoes here. Normally they won’t talk to any strangers or show up. If you see them, don’t look at them directly. They may have beautiful appearances but they have the heart of a demoness. So be wary of them.”

The Three Destinies Old Man secretly thought, “No wonder you are a weirdo as well since all your friends are also weirdoes.”

But of course this, he had said it only in his mind and he was careful not to let her know.

“Alright. From this point onward, we must be careful with what we are going to say and be respectful. They have sharp ears and there are formidable defensive celestial arrays around here.” Xuan Danfeng warned him.

The Three Destinies Old Man had suddenly turned ashen and he was trembling. It was because he had suddenly noticed that there was an invisible profound force that was rippling around this place. Most cultivators would never be able to detect it but he was not an ordinary cultivator.

All of a sudden he was curious about this place and said, “This place may be interesting after all.”

Xuan Danfeng walked him into the Heavenly Lotus Teahouse.

Strangely enough, the stewards seemed to treat them as invisibles and continued on their way.

The Three Destinies Old Man were secretly startled that many of the stewards seemed to be high level cultivators that were between the third and fourth realm level. “Why are there so many high level cultivators serving as humble stewards in this place. What is this place and who is Xuan Xiaofeng?”

As he followed Xuan Danfeng to the fourth level, there were many more of the high level cultivators and they were all fourth realm cultivators.

By now, the Three Destinies Old Man was completely astonished. It was because the martial might of this small place could easily be comparable to any of the four powerhouses of New Empyrean City!

Soon, they were entered through a beautiful entrance with many colorful scented curtains and an astonishing beautiful maiden was seen reading a book.

This astonishing beautiful maiden had an annoyed look on her as she stared coldly at Xuan Danfeng and the Three-Destinies Old Man, “You are not supposed to bring anyone to this place. Have you forgotten about our rule?”

Xuan Danfeng immediately chuckled, “If she can bring him here, why can’t I?”

“He is different. He is one of us.” The astonishing beautiful maiden said coldly. “Just who is he?”

The Three Destinies Old Man had quickly appraised this astonishing beautiful maiden faint profound aura and was astonished that she was in the seventh realm sacred saint level.

Xuan Danfeng laughed softly, “She is my Sister Saintess Feng and he is the Three-Destinies Old Man.”

Feng Minyue said coldly, “You only know his celestial alias and you dare to bring him here? I can’t believe it.”

Xuan Danfeng laughed.

Although it seemed that Feng Minyue was rebuking Xuan Danfeng but Xuan Danfeng did not mind. This was typical of Feng Minyue and moreover Xuan Danfeng actually had a higher status in the Nine Celestial Realm than Feng Minyue.

Feng Minyue had curiously put down her book as she appraised the Three-Destinies Old Man. For Xuan Danfeng to bring a man here, this old man must be a most unusual person. So she asked, “How did you know him?”

Xuan Danfeng laughed delightfully, “You won’t believe it but he has a lot of heavenly wines on him. Unfortunately for you, I’ve already finished most of it.”

Feng Minyue frowned lightly, “You didn’t happen to lose your chastity or whatever in your drinking session, am I right?”

“Of course not!” Xuan Danfeng quickly said but she was actually thinking. “Well, almost…”

She quickly asked, “Did anything interesting gossips happened while I’m not around?”

Feng Minyue said casually, “There are now two good-for-nothing cultivators in New Empyrean City. One is Lu Qingyun who rides his way to the trial tournament completion with the help of three maidens. The other one is Ling Chong who marries up to a golden celestial Qiuxiang Huan. The two of them are indeed brothers.”

“Isn’t that great?” Xuan Danfeng laughed softly, “Two good-for-nothing brothers.”

All of a sudden the Three-Destinies Old Man sighed softly before he said solemnly, “So the Heaveness is indeed here. Lie Qing is also here…”

Feng Minyue and Xuan Danfeng had suddenly turned ashen. It was because no one was supposed to know that the Great Goddess Heaveness was here.

The minute that the Three-Destinies Old Man had entered this place, he already knew that the Heaveness was in this place. Although she could conceal her profound aura with celestial arrays, making divine sense impossible to search for her but all concealing celestial arrays had a weakness; against a high level cultivator that was inside the concealing array, the celestial array would no longer serve its original purpose.

It was impossible for the Three-Destinies Old Man to use his divine sense to find the Heaveness and he had to rely on foot to walk into every place in New Empyrean City in order to unravel her concealing celestial array.

But once he did walk into the place where the Heaveness was, it was impossible for him not to know that she was here. Likewise, the minute that he had entered the place, the Heaveness and the Heavenly Temptress had already known that he was here.

The Three-Destinies Old Man sighed heavily as he looked at Xuan Danfeng, “I know who you are now. You are Xuan Danfeng and she is Feng Minyue…”

Xuan Danfeng was startled, “How did you know?”

The Three-Destinies Old Man said quietly, “I have heard that my daughter has four good friends. They are Xuan Danfeng, Feng Minyue, Ye Jing and Mu Huiyin. Her two best friends are Feng Minyue and Xuan Danfeng.”

Xuan Danfeng took a step back in disbelief as she stammered, “You…are…her father?!”

Even Feng Minyue had dropped her book and she was trembling.

An alluring voice echoed to the room, “Why did you come here for? Go away!” It was the voice of the Heaveness.

The Three-Destinies Old Man had suddenly sped away to the source of the voice, “Lingfeng, please hear me out…”

Xuan Danfeng was trembling. It was because her short romance had been shattered. She was now confused and lost.

But she quickly composed herself to say, “I…I am going up.”

Feng Minyue called out after her, “Danfeng no please…”

But it was already too late. Xuan Danfeng had already disappeared from the room.

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