“Leng Jin Yu. Leng Jin Yu!” Qiang Yan once again shook his shoulder before he turned to Bai Mu. “What should we do now? We can’t just leave him here. With the time difference between the Nine Heavens and the mortal realm, by the time he wakes up, too much time will have passed there. He said he only had half an hour. If he doesn’t rush back, then it might be too late.”
Bai Mu nodded. “Let’s bring him to the mortal realm then?”
Qiang Yan furrowed his brows. “We’ll have to do that. But there’s still the pill that’s being refined. It’ll likely take some time but I would still prefer if at least one of us stays here in case they need something or actually manage to refine it ahead of time. After all, Nie Huang is still waiting for it.”
Bai Mu shook his head. “You’re thinking too much. Nie Huang is in the dragon realm so she won’t be affected in the way that Leng Jin Yu and his partner will be. We should concentrate on this. Even if they don’t need several days to refine that pill, they’ll at least need some hours. It shouldn’t be a problem if we just bring him there and wait for him to wake up. As soon as we enter the mortal realm, not much time will pass here anyway.”
Qiang Yan nodded. “That’s also true. But what about those demon hunters in the mortal realm? Aren’t they still searching for you? What if —”
“Then you’ll be there to drive them off, aren’t you?”
Qiang Yan sighed and gave a nod. “Well, that’s also true. But don’t you think it might be better if I brought him back alone and you returned to Nie Huang’s side just in case? You shouldn’t give her reason to worry.”
Bai Mu smiled. “I thought she was my fiancee. How come you’re the one worrying even more about her?”
Qiang Yan coughed. “What are you even saying? That’s still my daughter-in-law. Can’t I be worried about her?”
“You certainly can but we should worry about the situation at hand first. We came here under the guise of doing some inspection. What will the guards in front of the door say when we carry Leng Jin Yu out like this? We’ll need an excuse or some plan to distract them.”
Qiang Yan nodded. That was also true. The guards wouldn’t have been a problem if Leng Jin Yu could at least walk out on his own two feet. Just getting a little paler after visiting the repository wasn’t anything strange. After all, the soul-engraving dagger was a dangerous weapon. There might be people that wouldn’t take it too well if they had to be in the same room with it. Just the knowledge would make some people jittery and others would be able to feel its power if they were sensitive enough. So it wouldn’t be too strange if somebody walked out looking a little pale the face. But actually getting such a scare that they would faint … That would be hard to explain.
Qiang Yan rubbed the back of his head and wondered what to do. They certainly could cause a disturbance somewhere else but if they did, then his brother-in-law might notice. That wouldn’t do either. No, they had to come up with something else.
He pondered and finally sighed. “Actually, let’s just carry him out. You can take him and I’ll grumble about new recruits these days or something. Maybe they’ll believe it.”
Bai Mu raised his brows. “Just like that?”
Qiang Yan could only shrug his shoulders. “Well, I can’t think of any better solution off the top of my head. And since we’re pressed for time … The longer we discuss, the more days would pass in the mortal realm. I don’t want to get into trouble with his husband. So let’s return him as early as possible. Furthermore, his husband is rumored to be the best pill refiner around. If we bring Leng Jin Yu to him, he might be able to get him back onto his feet in just a moment.”
Bai Mu nodded. “Well, you do have a point.” He put his arm under Leng Jin Yu’s shoulder and pulled him up. “The dagger …”
Qiang Yan grimaced and took the weapon from Leng Jin Yu’s hand, putting it back onto the altar. He stepped back and reactivated the array on the ground, making sure that nothing looked any different from before. Thankfully, Leng Jin Yu hadn’t taken long to cut his soul. This way, it would really just seem as if they had taken a look to check if everything was alright and maybe inspected the array to make double sure.
Qiang Yan glanced at his son again to make sure that he was able to hold onto Leng Jin Yu without trouble and then nodded, walking over to the door and pushing it open. He forced himself to show a displeased look when he stepped out, turning back to Bai Mu. “You make sure you hold onto him tightly. That kind of delicate person, can’t have him fall to the ground. Hmph, who would’ve known that type of person somehow managed to get into my palace? Isn’t it just taking a look? It’s not like I asked him to use it!” He shook his head and then stalked off as if he didn’t care about what would happen to the people behind him at all.
Bai Mu gave a wry smile. What was his father doing, mentioning using that weapon? Wasn’t he afraid he might give people ideas? He couldn’t do anything but shake his head though and dragged Leng Jin Yu out of the repository. He nodded at the guards and gave them an apologetic smile. “I’m sorry. May I trouble you to lock the doors now?”
The guards nodded and closed them, not even bothering to take a look inside. Huh. It seemed he had thought too much. His father commended enough respect in the Nine Heavens, that people wouldn’t question his words. It seemed being the God of War had its perks.