Jinde returned to the dimension behind the Sect Master’s palace and called out to his husband as soon as he stepped a foot inside. “My dear! You come over here. There’s something I need your help with.”
Even though he had called Leng Jin Yu, his husband wasn’t the only person that came over. Just a few short moments after Leng Jin Yu appeared in front of him, Fei Bai Mu also left the palace with her little disciple on her arms.
Leng Jin Yu pretended not to notice her and came over to Jinde’s side, giving him a once over. Seeing that nothing seemed to have happened to Jinde, he felt slightly relieved. “What happened?”
Jinde sighed and grabbed Leng Jin Yu’s hands, pulling him closer. “As it turns out, that Ma Zhi Wu isn’t human. At least not entirely. He has some demonic beast blood and it seems like his core is damaged. While I’m able to heal the rest of his injuries, that one might be tricky. Thankfully, our future son-in-law managed to bring somebody from the spirit beast tribe over. He had an idea of how to deal with this. It’s just that I need somebody to go to their territory and get me an herb.”
Leng Jin Yu raised his brows. “And it looks like I’m supposed to be that person?”
Jinde nodded and gave him a smile. “Yes. Or don’t you want to?” He reached up and brushed back Leng Jin Yu’s hair, his fingertips lingering on his skin for a moment longer.
“If I can help you, then I will naturally do so. No need to try to play any tricks with me.” Leng Jin Yu leaned down and pecked his cheek before striding over to the entrance of the dimension, pulling Jinde with him. He turned back to Fei Bai Mu before he stepped out there. “Sect Master Fei, you might have realized already but this dimension can’t be entered arbitrarily. So I suggest you don’t leave your disciple here if you have to leave while we’re gone. Nobody would be able to get to him.”
Fei Bai Mu nodded and then carried Hua Lin Yu over. “I’ll just come out with you. Anyway, a guest shouldn’t stay while the Master is out of the house.”
Leng Jin Yu nodded and together, the group returned to the Grandelder’s peak.
Jinde waved Zheng Yin over and then motioned at Leng Jin Yu. “This is my husband. He has agreed to go and find that herb. Could you tell him where exactly he can find it?”
Zheng Yin nodded and led him over to the table, picking up the brush and paper to draw it for him. “I’m sorry. This will not be very detailed but I hope you will be able to use it.”
Leng Jin Yu nodded. “Don’t worry about it. Actually, I have been to the territory of the spirit beast people before. I’m not too familiar with their territory but I do think that I will be able to find my way around it if I have a few landmarks to keep track of where I am.”
Zheng Yin was slightly surprised when he heard that but in the end, he just nodded. For the husband of someone of the dragon race, it probably wasn’t surprising. Well, he did have to say that it was surprising that a dragon would marry somebody outside of their own race. He had always thought that they were too proud to do that. Frankly, his impression of the dragon race wasn’t too good.
Leng Jin Yu studied the map for a moment and then put it in his spatial ring, nodding at Zheng Yin. “Thank you very much. I will leave immediately then.” He glanced at Ma Zhi Wu and Nian Hong Fang, his expression subtle. He couldn’t help but think of all Jinde must have gone through back when Chun Yin had died. Losing your lover … That had to be one of the hardest things to live through.
He turned around and headed towards the door, stopping in front of Jinde. With the veil still covering his head, he couldn’t see his face but he still reached out and took his hands. “I’ll make sure to come back as soon as possible. Don’t worry.”
Jinde squeezed his hands and stepped closer, pulling him into a hug. “Make sure you don’t get hurt. I don’t mind patching you back up but I would prefer if I didn’t have to.”
Leng Jin Yu nodded, silently reached below the veil, and rubbed Jinde’s back. “I’ll do my best.” With another smile, he stepped back and then left the palace.
When he stepped through the door, he came face-to-face with Xin Lan. They both froze for a moment until Leng Jin Yu stepped aside. “I guess you also went out to gather some herbs.”
Xin Lan gave a hum and then ignored him, stepping inside. He ignored everybody else and just headed directly to Jinde, taking out the herb. He had to put it in a small jade box like Jinde had told him back then to make sure that the herbs were still kept fresh. “This should be what you wanted.”
Jinde accepted the box, undid the seal on top, and checked the herbs inside. “That is the right one indeed. Thank you.”
Xin Lan nodded and then gave Jinde a once over, trying to see how he was doing. “It seems that the method that fallen god spoke of is really working well. You seem to have made almost as much progress in these few years as you did in half the time you spent before in that other dimension.”
Jinde nodded while he resealed the box and put it on the table to use later on when the other herbs arrived as well. “It really does. When everything is over, I really have to thank Xiang Yu. If not for him, it would take way too long.”
Xin Lan nodded and then glanced around, trying to see if he could bring up the thing he had come to see Jinde for. As a result, he came face to face with a child that was staring at him from a pair of big black eyes.