At the same time, Hua Lin Yu and Xin Lan were already making their way down the mountain again. Hua Lin Yu couldn’t help but continue thinking about what he had just heard. “There are a lot of things that can happen.”
Xin Lan glanced at him and raised his brows. “What do you mean?”
“I mean …” Hua Lin Yu glanced over his shoulder and up the mountain before turning back. “What you just told me. There were so many things that happened and he almost would have lost him. I couldn’t help but think that with the time we have, we should do as much as possible. Don’t you think so?”
Xin Lan smiled faintly. “Living every day to the fullest … I don’t think it’s wrong. But I don’t think you should panic either. You see, the situation that the two of us are in is completely different from the one the two of them were in. Here in the mortal realm, there isn’t really anyone who could harm you. Not with me at your side.”
Hua Lin Yu smiled and actually hugged Xin Lan’s waist, looking up at him with glittering eyes. For a moment, it felt like everything was back to how it had been before he met Bai Mu. “You are always so confident in your skills. Aren’t you worried about what might happen when you’re not around me for once?”
Xin Lan looked at him and seeing how the atmosphere was quite good, he once again grabbed his chin and slightly raised his head. “I guess then I won’t be able to leave you out of my sight for even a moment. But in any case, if somebody really did something to you, I wouldn’t just helplessly sit around. I don’t mind searching the whole world for you. If I have to turn everything over and even raze entire cities to the ground, I’d still do it.”
Hua Lin Yu couldn’t help but shrink back a little under this burning gaze. “You … don’t say things like that. Isn’t that a bit too much?”
Xin Lan wrapped a strand of Hua Lin Yu’s hair around his finger, admiring it for a moment. “You know, maybe it’s my age or the fact that I’m a dragon, but I don’t particularly care much for humans. You are important to me. And since your family and your sect are important to you, they are important to me by extension. Others though … I don’t care about them. So, if somebody dared to harm you, I would definitely not hesitate to do something drastic as long as it allowed me to get you back and make sure that nothing worse happens to you.” He let go of his hair and instead cupped his cheeks. “You know, you will always be the most important to me.”
“Xin Lan …” Hua Lin Yu didn’t know how to react to that. He couldn’t help but feel moved. But at the same time, he also felt a little awkward. What was he supposed to say now? Most likely, something like this would never happen. So he could probably just laugh it off. But on the other hand, they weren’t in a good overall situation. So maybe just accepting what Xin Lan said would be sending the wrong signal.
Xin Lan picked up on how Hua Lin Yu felt. He lightly shook his head. “Don’t think too much. Even if the two of us don’t get married, we still have a bond. Naturally, I wouldn’t just watch on if something were to happen to you. Your decision will have no influence on that. So don’t think too much. I’m just saying that these two … maybe they were too passive. I couldn’t do that.” He took back his hands and then turned to the side, lightly grabbing Hua Lin Yu’s hand and pulling him along again. “But in any case, if you want to live in the moment, just tell me what to do. I’ll do anything with you.”
Hua Lin Yu still didn’t quite know what to say. Xin Lan could actually be really harsh in his judgments. “These two are humans. Naturally, they will have a harder time dealing with things. And from what you said, Nian Hong Fang didn’t even know where his lover was. So what should he have done? Sometimes, we are also limited by who we are.”
Xin Lan gave a hum and reached up, rubbing Hua Lin Yu’s head. “You really said that well. Spoken like a person that has truly lived for a long time.”
Hua Lin Yu pursed his lips in response. “You’re making fun of me!”
Xin Lan glanced at him and smiled. “Oh? Was I? In any case, if there’s something you want, you have to do something for it as well. You can’t just expect things to go your way. So if something happens, then you can only try to work with what you have. He asked for help. But it didn’t really change anything.
“No matter what, he should’ve gone to investigate but from what I know, he didn’t even do that. So in the end, things went on like that. He was pretty much just lucky that his lover survived. If he wasn’t … I think he would’ve felt guilty himself for not doing more.
“That is something that I would never accept for myself. So whatever can be done should be done. But, well, that is quite the depressing talk. Why don’t we speak about something a little more … happy? Is there nothing you want to do? You sounded like you had a purpose when you started.”
Hua Lin Yu shook his head at him. “Well, you’re not wrong. Originally, I wanted to say that maybe we should go and travel after we stayed here for a few days. In any case, wasn’t that what we originally wanted to do? I think it would be good. I can see more things and grow up a little. I’m sure you would also like that.”
“I do like you the way you are. But if that’s what you want, we’ll do it. I guess we’ll just wait until your Master decides to leave as well?”
Hua Lin Yu nodded. “Unless you have something else to do?”
“Nothing of the like. With Jinde being busy, there’s really nothing that would keep me busy. There’s just you now.”