OMF V3C98 Making Use of the Situation

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Zhangsun Xun Yi flew over to the array and stepped into the special dimension. He didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary and went over to the lake. As soon as he reached the edge, he stopped though. On the other side stood an unfamiliar person. Or, well, he looked only slightly unfamiliar.
Despite the resemblance, this was an unwelcome guest. Especially since that man couldn’t be seen anywhere. Who knew what had happened? Zhangsun Xun Yi frowned. “Who are you and what are you doing here?”
Jin Ling frowned just as much. A human needed quite the high cultivation base to see him when he had concealed himself. Or maybe this was just someone who knew a lot about the dragons? That would mean …
Jin Ling stopped frowning and gave his trademark smile instead. “I’m Jin Ling. I came to visit an old friend.”
Someone younger and less experienced than Zhangsun Xun Yi probably would have fallen for this trick. The Grandmaster wasn’t fooled though. That man had come to the Yun Zou Sect several thousand years ago and he had reiterated more than once that nobody who knew him before could ever find out that he was alive or else a tragedy would happen.
It had been bad enough that his disciple that he let into the special dimension actually counted among these people. He definitely wouldn’t make the same mistake twice.
“An old friend? Who might that be?”
“He should be living here.” Jin Ling evaded the question.
So he’s indeed here because of him. How did he find out? Zhangsun Xun Yi made sure his expression didn’t show any of his thoughts. “In the Yun Zou Sect? In which part then? The inner or the outer sect?”
“Oh, it should be here.” Jin Ling pointed at the boulder where he had found the golden hair.
Zhangsun Xun Yi frowned. His bad feeling got even worse. “This is a special dimension that is only used on special occasions. The last one who came here should be my own disciple, Qiu Ling. But that was already more than a year ago. You’re not looking for him, are you?”
Jin Ling lowered his gaze. So he really wasn’t here? Well, he should have expected that. In that case, he should probably try to make the best out of the situation. “No. Isn’t Qiu Ling in the Hei Dian Sect anyway? The one I’m looking for is a fellow disciple of his, though. He’s called Qiguan Cheng Da.”
“Qiguan Cheng Da?” Zhangsun Xun Yi frowned. He couldn’t remember ever hearing that name. “I’m afraid I can’t help you with that. I’ve never heard of that person.”
“I see.”
Zhangsun Xun Yi contemplated what to do. This man obviously knew quite a bit already or at least had some kind of hunch. If he just sent him away like this, it might serve the opposite effect and have him question if there really was no one in the special dimension. He couldn’t risk that.
“Seeing that you’re a friend of my disciple I may as well help you out. I’ll be going on a mission in a bit and have to check if everything is alright here. After that, I can bring you over to the Sect Master’s place. Even if he doesn’t know that Qiguan Cheng Da personally, there will be records.”
“That would be wonderful.” Jin Ling watched as Zhangsun Xun Yi circled the special dimension once and followed him outside. It seemed there really wasn’t anyone here. Well, if he was indeed there, he would have found him already. He had searched thoroughly, after all.
Zhangsun Xun Yi didn’t know whether or not he had managed to convince Jin Ling that nobody lived in the special dimension. For now, he could only hope and act as if everything was alright.
He brought him over to the Sect Master’s peak. At that moment, Yuchi Bing Xia was talking to a disciple while two Elders already waited with their own disciples at the side.
The Sect Master instantly stopped talking, especially when he saw the person walking in behind Zhangsun Xun Yi. Neither he nor the two Elders could help but ask themselves if maybe Grandmaster Zhangsun had silently taken in another disciple. It certainly would have been a happy occasion especially since his first disciple hadn’t been in the Yun Zou Sect much since his relationship with the Grandmaster was announced.
They were going to be disappointed though. Zhangsun Xun Yi walked in and then motioned at Jin Ling. “This is Jin Ling. He came to find a disciple called Qiguan Cheng Da.” He looked at the Sect Master who slowly lifted his brows before looking at the disciple standing in front of him.
“Qiguan Cheng Da? That is …”
The disciple turned around and frowned. He was indeed Qiguan Cheng Da but naturally, he had never seen Jin Ling before. “You are …?”
Jin Ling gave a smile. “Oh, someone told me to find you. May I have a few minutes of your time? Of course, I wouldn’t want to disturb the Sect Master and the Elders of the sect.” He motioned to the gate to ask him to go outside.
Qiguan Cheng Da turned to the Sect Master. He wasn’t thrilled at being bothered right now. After all, the Sect Master had called him over. This might be the chance he had waited for!
Yuchi Bing Xia just smiled. This person had been brought over by the Grandmaster. Naturally, he wouldn’t make things difficult for him even though he was a little troubled by the fact that he had been asking for Qiguan Cheng Da of all people. What was going on? “The other Elders haven’t brought over their disciples yet. It shouldn’t be a problem if you take a while to go out and discuss.”
“Many thanks, Sect Master.” Qiguan Cheng Da bowed and followed Jin Ling outside in a sour mood.
At the side of the hall, one of the disciples narrowed his eyes. Copper-colored hair? A handsome face? And his name was even Jin Ling? That person … could it be that he was the demon king Jin Ling? He certainly fit the description he had heard of.
Whatever the case he had to inform His Majesty somehow. It was just … How could he do that with all these people around? Especially since he couldn’t directly contact him. He’d have to go through his mother and then have her pass on a message to his uncle somehow. How long would it take for His Majesty to get the message then?
He gritted his teeth. Considering what that guy might have planned it could already be too late by then. He had to hurry!

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