It didn’t take long for the Grandmaster’s message to reach the Liu He Alliance and needless to say, Hua Min didn’t hesitate at all to respond to this call for help. He rushed over to the Yun Zou Sect after informing the other Alliance Heads, taking a few disciples with him once again in case they needed help for their investigation as well and not just for confronting the culprit.
When he arrived, he had one of the disciples guarding the Yun Zou Sect’s gates bring him right over and didn’t even settle down his disciples first. The letter hadn’t detailed what exactly was going on just that some of their disciples were in trouble and that they were likely confronted with somebody so powerful that they couldn’t face them alone.
That did worry him a lot. After all, even though the Yun Zou Sect had declined over the years, they still qualified as a first-tier sect, albeit barely. How many organizations were there that could make their Grandmaster say something like this?
Zhangsun Xun Yi didn’t look too worried when Min Huan in arrived. He nodded at him and then motioned at the disciple that had brought him over. “Please go and ask the Grandelder, Elder Geng, as well as Nian Hong Fang and Wu Min Huan over.”
The disciple cupped his fists and bowed. “Certainly.” With that, he turned around and left to do what he had been told.
Only when the disciple was gone, did Zhangsun Xun Yi motion at the seat across from him. “Why don’t you have a seat? Do you want some tea?”
The Alliance Head went over and sat down but shook his head. “Don’t bother about that. Just what happened? It seems like things have to be really rough if you’re asking for my help again.” After all, Zhangsun Xun Yi had never been like that. Even though the Yun Zou Sect hadn’t always been in a good position, he had always insisted to do things himself. He wouldn’t just ask somebody’s help for matters if he could solve them on his own.
Zhangsun Xun Yi still picked up the teapot and poured him a cup. “I wasn’t originally involved in this matter. So I think it would be better to let the people have dealt with this so far tell you. I wouldn’t want to say anything wrong that would make things worse in the long run.”
Hua Min sighed but still picked up the teacup and nodded. “Thank you. If that’s the case, then I can understand. Anyway, they should be here soon.” He glanced back at the door, making sure that nobody had come yet before he leaned over the table and lowered his voice. “What about that person? Has he …”
Zhangsun Xun Yi shook his head. “He hasn’t. My disciple and his fiance have left though. So maybe it won’t take much longer. I’m not sure about that though. To be honest, I don’t know what exactly his intentions are.”
Hua Min nodded. “Well, I guess that person wouldn’t share his thoughts with just anyone.” He looked at Zhangsun Xun Yi in a daze and then gave an embarrassed smile. “Not to say that you’re just anyone. You’re obviously very important to the Yun Zou Sect and I’m sure that he values you. But … I guess in his eyes …”
Zhangsun Xun Yi gave a rare smile in return. “Don’t be so serious. We’ve been friends for so long. Do you really think I wouldn’t know your mind? Anyway, he’s taking care of his husband. In his mind, there is probably nothing more important than that.”
Hua Min sighed again when he thought of that husband. “I guess when you’re married to such a beauty, then there couldn’t be anything more important. Ah, for single people, it’s really a bit painful to watch them like this, isn’t it? To not only have such talent, but to also be able to find such a good spouse. Sometimes, I feel that the world is unfair.”
Zhangsun Xun Yi raised his brows. “You’re saying that now but back then, weren’t you making fun of him for never finding himself a partner? I remember how you were gloating when your Master married before him.”
Hua Min froze in embarrassment but just then, steps sounded from outside and the Grandelder and Nian Hong Fang walked in one after the other, saving him from having to refute those words.
“Grandmaster Zhangsun, Alliance Head Hua, please excuse us for letting you wait.”
Zhangsun Xun Yi smiled and shook his head. “I only sent somebody over after Alliance Head Hua arrived. There really is no fault on your side.”
Hua Min nodded and affirmed his words before he waved at his own disciples. “The Grandelder just arrived, don’t you feel like you should get him a chair or something?”
The Grandelder wanted to reject the offer but one of the disciples from the Liu He Alliance had already cupped his fists and bowed.
“Our apologies, Grandelder. It was us who weren’t considerate enough.” He glanced at Zhangsun Xun Yi who motioned to the room on the other side of the corridor and then went to get a chair. Considering that Elder Geng would also be coming over, he took a second one just in case and put both of them down in front of the table, so the two of them could sit next to their Alliance Head. Only then did he step back and stayed at the side of the room with the other disciples.
Soon enough, Elder Geng and Wu Min Huan also arrived and greeted everyone before the Elder sat down. Grandmaster Zhangsun looked at all of them one after the other and then turned to Nian Hong Fang. “I called Alliance Head Hua over to help us out in this matter with Ma Zhi Wu and the other two. I haven’t told him too much about the situation since I’m not privy to all the details. Why don’t you explain again to make sure we’re all on the same page?”
Nian Hong Fang nodded and turned to Hua Min, explaining the matter from the beginning to end, not leaving out any detail. Anyway, Ma Zhi Wu’s origin would soon be exposed anyway. Since this person was on their side, he might as well tell him.