Jinde walked over, cupping his husband’s cheeks, and then leaned forward, giving him a kiss. “Thank you.”
Leng Jin Yu just nodded and then motioned over to the entrance. “You should go.” If there was anything they had to say, there would still be time for that later on after he returned.
Jinde nodded and then took the hat that Leng Jin Yu took out of his spatial ring for him, putting it on his head and making sure that the veil was tightly closed. “I won’t take long.”
Leng Jin Yu squeezed his hand in return. “Take as much time as you need. You don’t have to rush anything.”
Jinde nodded once again and then, he turned around and left.
Qiu Ling glanced at Leng Jin Yu and Fei Bai Mu and then followed him outside, leading him over to the Grandelder’s palace.
Xiang Yong was already waiting at the door, just in case his king would send somebody over soon. Seeing that Qiu Ling was actually personally bringing over whoever he had found to help, he stepped forward and lowered his head. “Your Majesty.”
Qiu Ling nodded and then motioned inside. “Let’s not lose any time. Since he saved one of our people, we owe him.”
Xiang Yong nodded and then led them inside. The people gathered there glanced over save for Nian Hong Fang who was still focusing all his attention on Ma Zhi Wu and the Grandelder who was trying to make things work.
Qiu Ling didn’t say anything and just glanced at Jinde, quietly asking him to do what he had to.
Jinde didn’t lose any time either. He stepped forward, standing on the other side of the table for a moment before he reached out to take Ma Zhi Wu’s pulse. He nodded to himself before taking back his hand. Glancing around, he finally motioned at Qiu Ling. “Get me somebody who knows his way around here. Also, I will need some herbs that can’t be found here. If you have some, that would be for the best. Otherwise, I’ll have to send you on an errand.”
Xiang Yong slightly raised his brows but didn’t speak up. It seemed that whoever this person was, he was quite close to their king. That wasn’t necessarily bad. Although he could not help but be a little worried as well.
He took a closer look at the person but because of that veil, there wasn’t much to say about him other than that he seemed to have a slender figure and that the skin of his hands was especially light, maybe even pale to a degree that could only be called sickly. His nails were of a pale golden color, a rather rare one among the dragons but still something that could be found every now and then.
This person might be of the dragon race but it really was hard to imagine that anybody of their own people would dare to speak to their king like this. Well, maybe this was because of how things currently were though. He shouldn’t interpret too much into this.
Qiu Ling just nodded as well and then went to catch one of the disciples of the Grandelder’s palace. Dragging the person over despite his protests, he pushed him in front of Jinde. “This person should be from this place so he’ll definitely be able to answer all the questions you have. Now, what herbs do you need?”
Jinde waved at the disciple. “Get me something to write.” Before the disciple could say anything, Qiu Ling had already taken out a brush from his spatial ring and then handed over some ink and a paper scroll as well.
Jinde glanced at him but didn’t say anything and just took everything, sitting down and writing down the names of the herbs that he needed.
Qiu Ling glanced over his shoulder, furrowing his brows. “I don’t know how half of those look.”
Jinde furrowed his brows and then motioned over to Xiang Yong. “Then ask him or whichever of your advisers is able to answer the question. You could also take out whatever you have and I’ll look through them. That might be faster.”
Qiu Ling nodded, and then just emptied his spatial ring of all the herbs that he had gathered over the past few years for Jing Yi’s use. Thankfully, he had done so. If at least a few of the herbs they needed were among them, they would be able to save time. And apparently, time was of the essence if he looked at Jinde’s attitude.
Jinde looked at the herbs, picking a few out of them immediately and then mumbling to himself while he looked at the others. They weren’t exactly what he needed but some of them at least had similar properties. Pondering for a while longer, he finally picked out some more and then crossed a few of the names on the list out. “Alright, that’s it. We’ll still need these few. I won’t be able to start refining anything before I don’t have them. So you’ll have to find them for me.”
Xiang Yong stepped over, taking a look to see if he would know any of the herbs that were unfamiliar to his king. Unfortunately, he had only heard of two of them and they were a dozen different ones. Apparently, this prescription was quite a high-level one. It made him even more curious about just who this person was. “It could be difficult to find these many in a short amount of time. Especially with the difference in time between the realms.”
Jinde nodded. “That’s true. Well, only nine of them should require a visit to the dragon realm and three of those should still be in the treasury.” He glanced up at Qiu Ling at that. “Have somebody take a look at that. As for the other six …” He narrowed his eyes behind the veil and then started to make some notes, finally motioning at the two of them each. “Make contact with somebody in the dragon realm who can search for them. These are the places where they will likely be. Have one person look for one herb each. It will save us some time.”
Qiu Ling and Xiang Yong nodded and then took out their transmission stones, not bothering about the humans around them that were looking on with wide eyes.
Jinde looked around as well and then took off the necklace around his neck and contacted Xin Lan. Even though he didn’t know what he was currently doing, they did need some help now. And Xin Lan had often gotten some herbs for him. He would likely know better than any other person what the herbs were. It was at least worth a try.