Bai Fen looked at the two people in front of her with a complicated expression. She hadn’t expected anything else from Qiu Ling but she would’ve thought that the God of Justice was a little more professional. Well, then again, her husband’s reputation preceded him. After working with him for so long, she could understand that the God of Justice wouldn’t want to bother about that when Qiu Ling was already harping on the other side.
She finally sighed and turned to Qiu Ling. “Do you really intend to do this?”
Qiu Ling smiled faintly. “I think you already know the answer, mother-in-law.”
Bai Fen sighed again and then just leaned back. “Well, why are you even asking me then? You’ve already made up your mind. I think that actually, you’re not really waiting for my approval. Even if I said no, you would probably still go and do it.”
Qiu Ling smiled noncommittally, for once indeed seeming like the dragon king. “I was counting on you to say yes, mother-in-law.”
Bai Fen waved, wanting him to shut up. “Enough now. I can see you want to do this. Just make sure you don’t overdo it. And … as bad as it might sound to say that but I do hope to get my son back soon as possible. I hope you won’t mind me saying that.”
Qiu Ling lightly shook his head. How could he blame her for something that he had thought of himself? He was thankful that he hadn’t taken Jing Yi along when he went to the Court of Justice though. This was something that he really didn’t need to hear.
Thinking of that, Qiu Ling couldn’t give help but give Bai Fen a complicated look. “I don’t blame you for thinking that or even telling me but it would be nice if you didn’t say that to Jing Yi’s face in the future.”
Bai Fen smiled wryly. Why did this sound as if she would have to see that mortal boy instead of her own son for quite some time? Still, she could understand where Qiu Ling was coming from. “I promise I will not say anything directly. But I can’t promise that he won’t notice that I miss my son.”
“I don’t think anyone would be able to blame you for that. The two of you were quite close.” He hesitated for a moment and looked at Li Yin.
The God of Justice raised his brows and then cleared his throat. “Well, the question has been answered, I guess I will not be needed any longer. I will return to the Court of Justice then to resume my work. Should something be the matter, please send over a servant.” He inclined his head toward the Heavenly Empress and Qiu Ling, and then turned around and left.
Bai Fen turned to Qiu Ling when the door had closed behind him. “So, what did you want to say?”
Qiu Ling smiled faintly and went to sit down opposite her. “I’m sorry for what Jing Yi said before as well. The situation isn’t easy for him. I guess he’s lashing out because of that. He isn’t like that usually.”
Bai Fen gave a hum even though her thoughts on the matter were a little more complicated. “The current situation is indeed not easy for anyone. I can understand why he would be like this. And to a certain degree, I guess he wasn’t completely wrong. There were often moments where Jing He felt like he couldn’t talk about certain things with us. Especially regarding the relationship with you.”
Qiu Ling slightly furrowed his brows. “I would want to argue that that was more in regard to his father than in regard to you. I know that there have been several occasions where you’ve helped us in the past. Without you … I’m afraid Jing He and I wouldn’t have gotten so far.”
Bai Fen’s expression brightened a little and she got up, going over to get the tea set standing to the side. She brought it back to the table, pouring a cup both for her and Qiu Ling. “I’m happy that you remember that. To be honest, I always did that because I felt you would be good for Jing He.
“It was probably a selfish motive. Originally, he definitely did not requite your feelings. I might’ve pushed him a little too hard in that regard.” Her expression dimmed again and she shook her head. “It is a bit difficult with him. I don’t know where we’ve gone wrong. I remember that originally, he was a bright child. Just that with time … he became more and more reclusive. And whether it was his father or me, I don’t think he really dares to open up his heart.
“You’re the only one he was able to do that with.” She looked into Qiu Ling’s eyes, her expression solemn. “Qiu Ling, I’m not trying to influence you. I understand why Jing He’s mortal reincarnation is important to you. Even past that matter with the curse. It is not that I can’t understand. After all, when you live together with somebody for a mortal lifetime, when you accompany them from a young age until their hair turns white or, in his case, until they manage to ascend, that will leave traces.
“I just want you to understand how important you really are to Jing He and how much this will influence him. If you’re sure that you want to walk this path, then you have to make sure that you are prepared for that.”
Qiu Ling nodded. He was clear on that. The problem was … “I also don’t know what to do about it. The situation isn’t ideal. I do recognize that it is my fault. And if there was an easy way to get out of this, I would. But I’m afraid it might be too late for that.”