Just when Qiu Ling arrived at the Yun Zou Sect, he felt a familiar sensation from not far away. He stopped in midair and looked towards the bamboo forest in the inner sect incredulously. Wasn’t this the mark of the dragon that he had left on his beloved? How come he was suddenly feeling it in the Yun Zou Sect? Wasn’t his beloved in the High Heavens?
Qiu Ling blinked. Wait! Then this could only mean –
He ignored the matter with the demon king and rushed over to the bamboo forest in the inner sect, not hesitating for even a moment before he barged into the house. His eyes went wide when he saw the youth lying on the bed and looking up at the ceiling with a dazed expression.
“My love!” Qiu Ling rushed over and threw himself at Jing Yi, hugging him tightly to his chest and burying his face in Jing Yi’s neck. Ah, this time, he definitely wouldn’t let go for even a moment. That stupid bastard from the demon realm should just try to get his hands on his beloved one more time! He’d tear him limb from limb.
“Qiu … Qiu Ling?” Jing Yi reached up and hesitatingly touched the person above him. It really was Qiu Ling. Ah, he truly was back in the Yun Zou Sect. That man had said the truth. He was able to send him right back.
Jing Yi tightened his hold on Qiu Ling, pressing up against his body as if he never wanted to let go again. “Qiu Ling! I thought I might never see you again.”
Qiu Ling shook his head without letting go. If he could, he’d melt right into his beloved. Then that bastard should try to separate them again.
The two of them continued to lie there, not knowing what to do or say for a moment. Actually, they hadn’t been separated for that long. But it sure had felt like an eternity. This kind of thing … They really didn’t want to experience it ever again.
Jing Yi brushed through Qiu Ling’s hair with his fingers and made him lift his head. “What happened while I was away?”
Qiu Ling looked at him pitifully. “My love, I really wanted to come and save you! It’s just that while I was still preparing to lure that bastard away so that I could come and rescue you, that stupid fallen god had already taken you away.
“So then we had to find out where he was and I had to make a deal with some other bastard because he wouldn’t help otherwise. So since then, I’ve been running around, looking for things that he wanted to have. Who knew that you to come back here on your own? Tch, that guy was really taking advantage of my plight!” Not that he wouldn’t have helped the old geezer anyway but if he had known that his beloved would come back soon, then he wouldn’t have gone out to gather the materials now. What if he hadn’t been here when his beloved returned? Then maybe that bastard would’ve stolen him away again! He couldn’t let something like that happen again!
Jing Yi smiled wryly. “It’s not so much returning on my own than being sent back. That Xiang Yu actually brought me to the High Heavens. I don’t know too much about that place but that Tian seems to be in charge there.
“He suddenly appeared in front of me and told me that he’d sent me back. He even asked where I wanted to go. I thought that you might be in the Yun Zou Sect so I asked him to send me here. Who knew it would really happen like that?” He pushed Qiu Ling off and looked around. This place still looked the same as when he had come here for the first time back then after joining the inner sect.
Come to think of it … After becoming a disciple of the inner sect, he hadn’t really had the time to stay here. It really was as if he had never been promoted to an inner sect disciple. He was still running around like back when he had been an outer sect disciple.
Qiu Ling also sat up and took Jing Yi’s hand instead. “The only important thing is that you’re back here. Don’t worry. I won’t let anything happen to you ever again. I’ll definitely stay at your side all the time now. The bastard won’t be able to do anything.”
Jing Yi couldn’t help but smile. “What are you even saying? It wasn’t your fault. I was the one who went over to tell him that I wouldn’t go with him. Remember? Ah, I shouldn’t have done that. It was completely my fault to be taken away. I can’t believe he actually used me to threaten you.” He squeezed Qiu Ling’s hand and looked down, furrowing his brows. Remembering how Qiu Ling had willingly knelt down and even sacrificed somebody from his own race to get him back, he couldn’t help but feel guilty. He really had made too much trouble. In the future, he couldn’t take such risks. Whatever turned up, he would just ignore it. From now on, there would only be Qiu Ling. He’d really stay at his side all the time.
Jing Yi leaned forward and hugged Qiu Ling again. “Let’s not think about that any longer. I’m back. From now on, things will be different.”
Qiu Ling nodded and happily brushed through his beloved’s hair.
Jing Yi reached up and cupped his cheeks, gently kissing his lips. “I think I promised you something before this whole ordeal happened. If you still want to … then I’m prepared to marry you now.”
Qiu Ling’s hand stilled and his lips curved into a nervous smile. Mary him … Yes, at that time, he had wanted nothing more than that. Now … He couldn’t help but wonder what it would mean for Jing He though. Only one of them … This truly was too cruel. Maybe Tian also wanted to let the dragons face a trial? He really couldn’t imagine why he would be faced with this kind of decision otherwise.