Seeing the expressions of both Jing Yi and Qiu Ling change, Yue Lin couldn’t help but tense. Had he remembered it wrong? “This … wasn’t it Jing He?” It was pretty sure that it was.
Jing Yi was too embarrassed to say anything. He definitely wouldn’t be able to take it if everybody suddenly started to call him Jing He but he also didn’t know what he should say.
Qiu Ling glanced at him and then sighed. Anyway, he also wouldn’t want to hear Jing He’s name all the time when it wasn’t used to speak about the actual person but his reincarnation instead. “Actually, it’s Jing Yi. I also don’t know who got that wrong.” He reached over to Jing Yi and brushed his fingers through his hair, giving him an indulgent smile. “I know you feel like you shouldn’t contradict your senior martial brothers but honestly, this is your name. Your parents put a lot of thought into giving you this one, so you should insist on people using the right one.”
Jing Yi almost wanted to heave a sigh of relief. Right, this was one way to explain it. It had just been a mixup and he hadn’t wanted to make trouble so he hadn’t corrected anyone back then. Now, about a decade had passed so they might as well clear it up. This should be a believable story, shouldn’t it?
Yue Lin heaved a sigh of relief as well when he heard that explanation. So it had been like this! He turned to Jing Yi and gave him a smile. “You should’ve said something back then. I bet it was that Niu Hai who got it wrong. Honestly, it’s more embarrassing for us to have never noticed that we got it wrong than for you to tell us. We should be ashamed of ourselves.”
Jing Yi hurriedly shook his head. These two hadn’t gotten anything wrong at all. “No, senior martial brother Yue is too nice. It’s really my problem. I guess it happened because I didn’t know how to write back then and so I told senior martial brother Niu something wrong. He couldn’t have known.”
Yue Lin smiled when he heard that and just waved as if it was nothing much. “Well, it’s good that I know now. You should also tell Niu Hai when you see him or I can do that as well if you don’t feel like it.”
Jing Yi’s cheeks flushed red when You Lin offered this. This person actually was so nice to help him despite the fact that he was lying to him. Well, lying was definitely the only thing he could do. In fact, he had done nothing but that since coming here. After all, to him, this had originally just been a mission. Looking at it from a personal standpoint, he felt a little guilty about that though.
Well, he couldn’t change that anymore. Especially not since he was still a disciple of the Yun Zou Sect. Nothing had changed about that. He and the people of the Hei Dian Sect were actually on different sides. If there ever was a conflict between the Yun Zou Sect and the Hei Dian Sect, he knew where he had to stand. But at the very least, he could now give his real name to them. It wasn’t much but considering what little he could do, he felt that this little bit of honesty was good to give.
Qiu Ling glanced at Jing Yi and then motioned over to the desk. “Actually, the two of us came here to ask you something.”
Yue Lin nodded and went back to his seat, motioning for them to sit down on the other side. He brushed over the papers that had flown all around thanks to Qiu Ling’s not so gentle approach but then just sighed and left them alone. He’d need more time to deal with this. He might as well wait to do so until his guests had left. “Well, what can I do for you?”
Qiu Ling looked at Jing Yi, trying to find out if he would rather talk about this.
Jing Yi pondered for a moment but finally decided that he should do it. Anyway, he knew Yue Lin slightly better than Qiu Ling did. “For the past few years, we’ve been outside on a mission. We only just returned today. Because of that, I wasn’t really able to keep up with my alchemy studies. I still have the manual but it’s a little difficult. Would you have any advice for me, senior martial brother Yue? I didn’t know who else to ask. We weren’t here for long in the beginning so I don’t know many people.”
Yue Lin nodded slowly. It had indeed been a long time since Jing He, no, Jing Yi had been here. Back then, he had only just started out and hadn’t had any prior knowledge. He naturally wouldn’t be very practiced. “Well, it would probably be easiest for you to make up for the time you’ve lost if somebody was to teach you.” But Jing Yi had only been a fringe disciple if he remembered correctly so that was almost out of the question. The kind of teaching that would be necessary to learn something like alchemy definitely wouldn’t be lavished on a person like this. Although …
He glanced at Qiu Ling, his gaze turning thoughtful. If he remembered correctly, then this man had some kind of relationship with the Grandmaster. That had only come out after the duel with Niu Hai and they had vanished soon after so he wasn’t quite sure what was going on. But, in that case, he could probably make an exception and make it possible for Jing Yi.
He turned back and then gave a nod. “Very well. Give me some time to prepare for this and then I’ll let you know. I’m sure I’ll be able to find somebody who would be willing to teach you. Just leave it to me.”