Fei Bai Mu raised her brows when she heard that. “If you say it like this, I guess that means that your plan would involve not returning to the Jian Yi Sect?”
Leng Jin Yu hesitated but still nodded in the end. “Temporarily hiding our appearances isn’t bad. But Jin Ling is indeed obsessed with Jinde. In that case, can we really just rely on that? I’m afraid it might only work for some time but as soon as we are exposed, it will make matters more difficult. And even though it might be unlikely for him to send someone of a high level after us, there is no guarantee for that. Look at it this way: His only goal in life is to obtain Jinde. Would he really go about this casually if he was just one step away from maybe making his dream come true?”
Next to him, Jinde shook his head. “No, he wouldn’t. I mean in the past, he even came here himself to try and find me. I just escaped by a hair’s breadth. Now, he might be busy with the fight for the throne, but to him, the throne probably isn’t that important. He would be willing to give up on it to get to me. Very much like Qiu Ling would also give up his throne to be with Jing He. It is a certain kind of obsession that drives the two of them. Just that Qiu Ling’s pursuit is actually welcome.” He sighed and rubbed his forehead, feeling a little weary.
It had been so many years, but Jin Ling still hadn’t given up. Even now, he couldn’t help but wonder where he had gone wrong when raising him. He treated him like he would have treated any child. And he had never seen him as anything but his son. How had Jian Heng managed to instill this desire in him? How had that been able to be more powerful than all the years they spent together? His raising Jin Ling should have made this impossible.
But then, he also knew that Jian Heng had always been a rather crafty asshole. If he wanted something, he would be able to get it. In the end, hadn’t he almost succeeded with everything he had wanted? What a pity for him that he had still been killed. And that the one who still had the last laugh was the person he had tried to pull down step-by-step. Yes, in the end, he triumphed over Jian Heng. He just wished it hadn’t come at that high a cost. Losing his lover, losing his son, almost losing his life … Naturally, he also wasn’t happy about it.
Leng Jin Yu squeezed his hand again, pulling him out of his thoughts. “Don’t think about it.”
Jinde sighed again and then leaned to the side, hugging his husband’s arm. “Yes, I won’t.” In any case, it wouldn’t change anything no matter how much he thought about it. “So, what is that plan of yours?”
“The reason why we are in the situation is that I am not strong enough to confront him on my own. So we would always have to worry that if he finds us, he might attack. You wouldn’t be able to keep calm because you would need to worry about me. And I might not be able to confront him. Thus, the only way to get out of this is for me to get strong enough to fight against him myself. I don’t need to be good enough to defeat him. Just good enough to defend myself so that you can put your mind at ease.”
Jinde raised his head from his shoulder and shook his head. “You’re making it sound way too easy. You don’t understand this. For dragons and demons, they grow stronger with age naturally. It is pretty much the same way that human cultivators will also gain strength with time because they continue to cultivate or practice their swordplay, just that they don’t really need to put in much effort. Effort makes it even more prominent but even without that, they are strong.
“Jin Ling has millennia on you. No matter how hard you try, you just won’t be able to catch up with him in a short amount of time. Not to mention … I trained that child myself. I can tell you that back then, he was quite gifted. And that was even before he was able to use his dark energy. Now, he will have only grown in strength.”
Leng Jin Yu nodded as if he hadn’t doubted any of that for even a single moment and had been completely aware. “I know that. But it is the only chance that we have. I’m not saying that it is going to be easy but I think that there still is a chance. Fighting is not only about actual strength but also a lot about experience. I’ve gained a lot in the mortal realm. And I think as long as I gain some in the immortal realms, I will be able to progress by leaps and bounds. It is just that … to do so, we would likely have to go there.”
Jinde looked at him with a troubled expression. “You wanted to stay in the mortal realm. To keep an eye on the Yun Zou Sect, to return to your Jian Yi Sect, all of these things. Are you really sure that you want to do this?”
Leng Jin Yu smiled faintly and turned Jinde’s hand in his own, lightly grasping his fingers. “We talked about it before, didn’t we? After traveling around, after having a bit of fun, the two of us wanted to settle down and have a child. From what I understand about the process, it would be safest if we did that in the immortal realms instead of here. So … sooner or later, we would have to return there for quite some time anyway. Maybe … it would be a good idea to combine that.”