Hua Lin Rong looked from his father to his grandfather and back again, wondering why they were suddenly talking about his younger brother’s marriage. “Isn’t he a little too young for that?” Anyway, just because he thought that Xin Lan wasn’t as bad as he had thought in the beginning, that didn’t mean that he wanted him to marry his younger brother immediately.
Hua Ning Shun smiled slightly. “To be honest, that is what I’m worried about. But especially because of that, it might be good to let the two of you go to the dragon realm with him. Xiao Yu will have to make up for a big difference in knowledge and experience with Xin Lan. The more he sees and experiences in the next few years, the better it would be for their marriage. So, I think this idea is rather good. In fact, if you can, travel around a little more. It doesn’t necessarily need to be with Xin Lan but he would definitely be the best protection you could get.”
Hua Lin Rong slightly furrowed his brows at that. He did know about the safety concerns they had about his younger brother. That was why he had originally been worried when Hua Lin Yu and the others were running late. He hadn’t thought of that when the idea of going to the dragon realm had come up though. Now, he couldn’t help but panic.
Yes, what if something did indeed happen while they were away? Was this really safe for his brother? While he did want to see the dragon realm very much, it would be alright not to do so if it meant keeping his little brother safe. That was much more important.
Hua Ning Shun looked at his oldest son and raised his brows. “What’s the matter?”
“Maybe we shouldn’t do it after all. Even if Xin Lan is strong and I’m there as well, we can’t call in any help over there. Whether it’s our own family or the Jian Yi Sect, they would be unreachable. So if Xiao Yu was targeted, we’d be completely helpless.”
Hua Ming Jun gave a hum. “That is something to think about it. But I feel like you are missing an important point: While our family isn’t there to help, we also have some relatives that have ascended already and should be somewhere in the immortal realms. You might be able to contact them.
“Furthermore, if you go to the dragon realm, then Xin Lan will know people there. He would be able to call for help if you needed him to. And if he really cares about Xiao Yu, then he definitely won’t take this lightly and will make sure that your brother stays safe. After all, he also knows about our concerns.”
Hua Ning Shun nodded slowly. “Right, and I’m sure that we will also have some discussions prior to you going. So we can bring this up and come up with a plan on what to do.”
Hua Lin Rong felt a little better when he heard that. “Right. Maybe we could even take a few more people with us?”
His grandfather shook his head at that though. “I would advise against it. It is nice enough of Xin Lan to take the two of you there. To bring even more people …” He shook his head again, sighing. “Believe me, I would like to see the dragon realm just as much as you do. But it is better if only the two of you accompany him.
“Anyway, Xiao Yu should spend some more time with him without having to worry about his parents or grandparents watching if they are to get married. That way, they can get to know each other better and will have an easier start in life together. That is more important.
“As for you … We’re all getting older. One day, your parents and your grandmother and I will all ascend and you two will be the last ones left here. At that time, you will be the only one who will be at Xiao Yu’s side. It’s best if the two of you continue being as close as you are now. Knowing Xin Lan well will definitely be beneficial in that case as well.”
Hua Lin Rong nodded, feeling that he had a big responsibility that he needed to take seriously. Right, he would be his little brother’s sole support. He definitely couldn’t let anything happen to him. He needed to be at his side as much as possible to prevent that from happening.
Hua Ning Shun nodded at him and then motioned to the door. “Alright, you’ve mentioned it, now you should go and stay a little longer with the two of them. It’s best to get to know him better before you leave so there won’t be any bad surprises.”
“Rest assured, father. I will definitely make sure that he won’t bully Xiao Yu!”
Hua Ning Shun’s lips twitched. “Actually, I wasn’t worried about that.” Although, maybe he should. While Xin Lan seemed like a decent person, their understanding of him wasn’t deep enough. It would be best to watch him for a while longer.
Returning back to the courtyard, Hua Lin Rong found the two of them sitting at the table, Xin Lan having put an arm around his little brother’s shoulders. They weren’t actually doing anything other than idly spending their time together. They didn’t even seem to have talked much since he had left.
Hua Lin Rong quietly slipped on the other seat and then looked from one person to the other, trying to figure out if something had happened. He couldn’t see anything from their faces so finally, he couldn’t help but ask. “Is everything alright?”
Xin Lan smiled and reached up, rubbing Hua Lin Yu’s head. “It is. We were just taking a break. Nothing much.”
Hua Lin Yu looked up at him, smiling sweetly. Somehow, Hua Lin Rong couldn’t help but feel that something was going on but he couldn’t put his finger on it. Apparently, he could only let it go for now.