Jing Yi couldn’t help but laugh at Qiu Ling’s shocked expression. “Could it be I was thinking too much and you would never do something like that?”
Qiu Ling cleared his throat. “But of course! Why would I want to show off? Actually, why would I need to?” One look at him and it’d be obvious he was awesome … “Anyway, I’m surprised you didn’t notice. Didn’t you see me use my spiritual energy?”
Jing Yi blinked his eyes. “When did you use your spiritual energy?”
Qiu Ling sighed. He had already thought so but hearing him admit that he had no idea hurt even more. “You really don’t remember?”
Jing Yi shook his head.
Qiu Ling shook his head and let go of him. “Then forget it. It’s not that important. Let’s think about what your grandfather said instead.”
Jing Yi couldn’t help but feel a little guilty when he saw Qiu Ling’s downcast expression. Obviously, Qiu Ling liked to present himself in the best light in front of him and wanted to impress him. Maybe that was what you’d do if you were in love and wanted the other person to like you back. He could imagine it.
He tried to think back but he just couldn’t remember. In fact, it wasn’t that strange for Jing Yi not to have noticed in the first place. After all, in the first instance, he had been occupied with trying to get Qiu Ling off of him and the second time around … Well, Jing Yi had been brought to the Yun Zou Sect with a magical artifact back then. So seeing a cloud they could fly on hadn’t automatically made him assume that this was something done with spiritual energy. He had just taken it at face value and not thought about it any further.
Jing Yi bit his lower lip and pondered what to do. Even though Qiu Ling’s suggestion wasn’t bad, he also didn’t want to rain on his parade. Was there nothing he could do to cheer him up?
He pondered and finally, his face lit up. He smiled and followed Qiu Ling into the kitchen where he was preparing to cook. He leaned against the wall next to him and watched him busy himself.
“Qiu Ling …”
“Mn?” Qiu Ling looked over, already seeming much happier now that he had gotten his beloved’s attention.
“If you’re a dual cultivator, then you should know a lot about both being a cultivator and being a practitioner.”
“Mn.” Qiu Ling nodded, his expression getting brighter.
“That’s so awesome! I must have been blind not to see that. Anyway, in the future, you’ll explain more things to me, right? I really don’t know what I’d do without you.”
Qiu Ling puffed out his chest and nodded eagerly. “Of course! You can always rely on me.”
“Oh. That’d good then.” He glanced at the food, reminding Qiu Ling that he had wanted to cook.
Qiu Ling blinked and then got back to the stove. Mn, teaching his beloved was great but he couldn’t let him go hungry. “About finding a good place, you don’t have to worry about that. I’ll take you to the perfect place right after we’ve eaten.”
Jing Yi laughed again. “Alright. But maybe not immediately afterward. We should first say goodbye to the others.”
Qiu Ling pursed his lips. He’d much rather get to spend time alone with his beloved immediately but if he insisted, then who was he to disagree? If it was something his beloved wanted, he would naturally make it possible.”
Thus the two of them first ate and then went to say their goodbyes to the other villagers. Needless to say, Mister Pi and Madam Pan had a lot to say about them suddenly visiting and then suddenly leaving again but with one mystic sentence from Qiu Ling, they bowed to the wisdom of this supposed Daoist Master and just waved when the two of them left the village and disappeared in the forest.
Jing Yi held it in for a while but finally couldn’t help but laugh. “I can’t believe you got them to accept it so easily.” If he remembered right, these two had always had some things to say whenever there was an argument when he was younger.
Qiu Ling smiled happily and squeezed Jing Yi’s hand. “If there’s something to do, just leave it to your fiance! I’ll definitely make it happen!”
“Ah, I’ve seen that now.” He shook his head and then motioned ahead. “So, where do we go now? Do you really have a place in mind already?” He could hardly imagine it. He had only told Qiu Ling about his grandfather’s idea before they started eating. It hadn’t been long since then. Could he really figure out a good place to start in that short amount of time?
Naturally, Qiu Ling wasn’t worried at all. He tugged at Jing Yi’s hand and pulled him along until they reached a clearing. “It’s a bit further away but it’ll be perfect for this!” He waved and once again, Jing Yi found himself back on a cloud.
This time, he wasn’t worried anymore. He was merely curious where Qiu Ling would bring him but when he asked, he only got a happy smile in return.
“Just wait for it! It’ll be a surprise.”
Jing Yi’s lips twitched at that. He somehow felt that … he might not like this surprise.
On the other hand, Qiu Ling was more than happy. Yes, he had the perfect place in mind. Not only would it be a place with a lot of one element around so that they could test his idea, no, it would also be a place that would allow them to cultivate their mutual feelings! This was an opportunity given by Heaven. He must not waste it! That was the true way of cultivation.