Shun Tao rubbed his forehead. Even though Leng Jin Yu’s words seemed logical and he agreed with him, this didn’t mean that he had another choice! He hadn’t wanted to be harsh with her but she just didn’t understand if he wasn’t! What else was he supposed to do?
Leng Jin Yu could see that the Fate’s Scribe found himself to be in a dilemma. He sighed. “After everything I saw this week, I believe that even if you just said some nice words to her it would be enough to let her walk on air. In the end, she did try to help you and she was the main reason your punishment wasn’t as heavy. Even if you don’t love her, don’t you feel at least a little grateful to her? Being loved so much and having someone who is willing to sacrifice everything for you … Doesn’t that move you?”
Shun Tao closed his eyes and sighed. Well, Leng Jin Yu was right in a sense. Even though he had never asked anything more of her than observing those gods and reporting to him she had done everything for him. And moreover … she would be banished soon. That wouldn’t have happened had he not gotten her involved. Maybe … Maybe he really owed her at least some nice words?
“Alright. I’ll go see her.”
Leng Jin Yu smiled and got up. “Thank you. Even though she’s … a burden, nothing she did was with malicious intent. I feel that one shouldn’t be too hard on her. Ending this life on a high note, maybe it’ll be easier for her to live her life as a mortal from now on.”
Shun Tao nodded. “Yes, maybe. I guess I’ll write the fate for that.”
“Then I’ll go and arrange everything to assist His Highness in his trial.” Leng Jin Yu cupped his fists and left.
As soon as he disappeared in the corridor in front of the study, Shun Tao took out the scroll of fate again.
Zhong Jing Yi had already left for the Yun Zou Sect. Now, what should he write to get that child to quit? He grabbed his brush, ground the ink and rubbed his chin. Mn, there was one way that was pretty straightforward and without Longjun interfering, it shouldn’t be too difficult to achieve his goal. Some sentences would suffice to get His Highness’s mortal reincarnation to leave the deity sect.
Shun Tao brandished his brush and the tip whirled over the scroll: Zhong Jing Yi and the other children arrive at the Yun Zou sect where their aptitude is further tested. Zhong Jing Yi is revealed to have six spirit veins and thus the lowest possible aptitude to become a cultivator. Thus, the man in charge of the test advises him to reconsider joining the sect.
Shun Tao put down the brush, closed the scroll of fate and stuffed it back into his sleeve. Then he stood up and went to the servants’ quarters. The Heavenly Emperor shouldn’t mind if he went out for only five minutes, right? Especially since this was still about the crown prince’s fate … in a sense.
He waved one of the servants over. “I’m searching for the servant girl Hong Bao.”
The girl raised her brows and her gaze flickered from side to side. “Uh …”
“What is it?”
“Well …” She continued to squirm but finally sighed. “Hong Bao … She just left. She said she couldn’t stay in the Nine Heavens so she went to the Court of Justice.”
Shun Tao suppressed a curse, turned on his heel and hurried away. The Court of Justice didn’t look much different from any other palace in the Nine Heavens but it had a solemn feel to it. If one didn’t have to go there, one would stay away as far as possible. It really made one wonder how Li Yin, the God of Justice, managed to go there and do his job every single day.
Shun Tao stopped at the gate and looked up with a taut expression. In a hundred days he’d have to come here too and he had no idea how his punishment would turn out. Well, that was something to worry about later.
He coughed and stepped up to the guards. “Fate’s Scribe Shun Tao came to send off the servant girl named Hong Bao. She should be descending to the mortal world soon.”
The guards nodded with knowing looks and one of them pointed inside. Shun Tao couldn’t help but raise his brows. Don’t tell him even the people in the Court of Justice would think there was something going on between Hong Bao and him? Ah, whatever. He would send her off and then this whole fiasco would be over.
The guard brought him to the courtyard where the gods would have to descend as punishment and bowed to the official standing to the side. “The Fate’s Scribe came by to send that person off.”
Hong Bao who had just stood next to the portal shrouded in a cloud of depression livened up. Had he … Had he said Shun Tao came by?! She whirled around and her face lit up. She pounced at Shun Tao and hugged his neck. “You came!” Tears streaked down her face and she sobbed into his shoulder.
Shun Tao sighed and patted her back. “It’s alright. I … was a little harsh earlier.”
“Mn. Alright. Then … you should go now. Don’t worry. I’ll watch over you while you’re down there in the mortal world.” He patted her head, leaned in and kissed her cheek.
Hong Bao took a step back and nodded vigorously, her tears turning into a smile. “Mn! I will!” She happily turned around and stepped up to the official.
The man nodded, signed a document and handed her a vial full of the water from the River of Forgetfulness. Hong Bao looked at Shun Tao one last time and downed the content. Then she stepped into the portal and was sent down to the mortal realm.
Shun Tao sighed, shook his head and went back to his palace.
“Fate’s Scribe.” The guards bowed. Shun Tao nodded at them and wanted to go inside but one of the guards turned toward him. “Ah, Fate’s Scribe. A young woman came by earlier and left a package for you.”
“Oh?” Shun Tao took the package from the guard and went to his study. A young woman leaving something for him … He couldn’t think of anyone who would do that. He sat down at his desk and opened the package: One serving of cakes lay inside.
Shun Tao lifted his brows. There was only one person who would bring him something like that. And if he needed any other hint, the engraving on the top would have been a good indicator: There was actually a heart on top this time.
Shun Tao sighed and closed the package again. He somehow felt that he shouldn’t eat them even though it was a shame. The one saving grace of Hong Bao was that she could make really tasty snacks.