Leng Jin Yu continued to stand behind the Sect Master’s palace and watched Jinde fly circles around the sect grounds with a smile. The past one thousand years … they were definitely worth it. This was the kind of thing he wanted to see every day from now on if he could.
Finally, Jinde was saved. There was no risk of his soul just giving out any more, no pain any longer. Finally, he was completely healed. He could be the person that he ought to be, not needing to hide, not needing to reserve his strength for anything. Now, he was finally that full-blooded dragon again that was just as strong as he had grown to be.
It was a beautiful sight to behold.
Before Leng Jin Yu had time to admire him any longer, a person came rushing over from the palace behind him. “Heavens! What is he doing?!”
Leng Jin Yu glanced over. “Sect … Master.” He hurriedly adjusted his spiritual energy, projecting a value of one level higher than he did before while not giving away his true level.
Yuchi Bing Xia turned to look at his disciple, his lips twitching. Had he just tried to call him Sect Master? It seemed he had been in closed-door cultivation for too long and Yu Jin had been hiding in that dimension together with the beautiful person for way too long as well. He couldn’t even recognize him and remember what relationship they had at first sight.
He gave him a slightly disappointed look but then reached out and patted his shoulder. “I see you’ve made some progress in the last few years. That’s good. Anyway, what is this about? Wasn’t he supposed to be in hiding?”
Leng Jin Yu gave a wry smile, feeling that he really shouldn’t be here. Originally, he had only thought to come here for some time to assist the crown prince’s reincarnation in his trial. Now though, things had gotten incredibly complicated. Well, there was nothing he could do to change that. “He … has been healed. So there’s no reason for him to hide any longer. If somebody comes to bother him, he’d probably smack them to death himself.”
Yuchi Bing Xia heaved a sigh of relief when he heard that. “So it’s like that. Well, you should be careful then. Even though he was hurt, he was still very strong. If it is somebody that he needs to be wary of in that state, then you still need to be wary of these people. Make sure that you don’t get hurt.”
Leng Jin Yu smiled at that and nodded. While this person that the Sect Master knew him as had never existed, these words were still true for the actual Leng Jin Yu. Even as an ascended deity, he was unable to cope with everyone. Now, Jinde was probably quite a bit stronger than him. Ah, maybe he should be embarrassed by this. In the future, he would hold Jinde back. It was time that he caught up to make sure his husband wouldn’t need to be worried about him.
Yuchi Bing Xia looked at that disciple of his and finally sighed. Ah, he was a little too calm for his liking. Couldn’t he show a different expression? It was nice that he had smiled before but as his Master, he felt that there really wasn’t much that he could do for him. Pondering for a bit, he finally pointed at his nose. “Ah Jin, guess what level your Master is at now.”
Leng Jin Yu looked at him, his gaze softening when he saw the eager expression in his eyes. “Mn … Master must’ve made a lot of progress in these years. You are probably just one step away from ascending.”
Yuchi Bing Xia beamed at him and then even laughed out loud. “Just right, just right. If your Master wanted to with just a few more years of training, I could definitely ascend to Heaven! So, if there’s anything that’s bothering you, you can bring it up at any time. Your Master will definitely help you out.”
Leng Jin Yu smiled at that. Truth be told, he was afraid that Yuchi Bing Xia was bragging a little too much. If it was Zhangsun Xun Yi, then he could definitely ascend if he put his mind to it. As for Yuchi Bing Xia … While he was an awesome cultivator, he had spent way too much energy on taking care of the Yun Zou Sect over the years. Because of that, his cultivation had stagnated for quite some time and only his recent closed-door cultivation had finally allowed him to make a breakthrough.
Now, he was definitely back on the path to ascension, but it wasn’t something that could be achieved in a few years. A few hundred years … maybe. In fact, he was afraid that a few thousand would be more likely though. After all, it was unlikely that he would have the leisure to just go back into closed-door cultivation for several hundred years again. And even then, practical experience was still needed.
Naturally, he wouldn’t say that to his face. Never mind that he would have a hard time explaining how a disciple of a lower cultivation level would be able to tell him things like that, he also wouldn’t needlessly put a damper on Yuchi Bing Xia’s good mood. He didn’t want that. Thus, he just continued to smile. “Master’s really awesome. Thank you then. If something happens, I will definitely bring it up.”
“My good disciple, I knew you would understand what kind of privileged situation you are in.” He smiled but then couldn’t help but give Yu Jin a complicated look. “About your position …”
Leng Jin Yu smiled lightly. “Master intends to make senior martial brother Wu the next Sect Master, isn’t that right?”
Yuchi Bing Xia’s expression turned awkward. Originally, he really hadn’t intended to do so. But a millennium had gone by and whether it was him or Wu Min Huan, they had both grown. By now, he believed that that first disciple of his would be able to fill that role. It was just … he had originally promised Yu Jin to inherit his title.
Leng Jin Yu shook his head. “Don’t worry about it. Anyway, I originally didn’t want that position. In fact, I only said yes because you asked me to. If senior martial brother Wu can take it, I am actually happy.
“Anyway, I’m a married man now. I think that first and foremost, my priority will always be my family. The sect would only come after that. And that … I’m afraid that this is not the kind of stance a Sect Master should have. Senior martial brother Wu is more suitable for this than me.”
Yuchi Bing Xia heaved a sigh of relief. “I’m glad you see it that way. Anyway, I’m sorry. I put a burden on you back then that you didn’t want. Now, I’m taking something from you that should have been yours. That was my fault. But … I’m happy that you can see it this way.”
Leng Jin Yu looked at Jinde’s figure that was still circling over the Yun Zou Sect and smiled. Anyway, being the Sect Master would be bothersome. Just living his life with Jinde as his spouse, discovering his past, and having a child, would be much better. Why would he throw it away?