Qiu Ling felt like he was struck by lightning when Leng Jin Yu suddenly said this. He stared at him while the ascended deity just smiled breezily as if there wasn’t anything more to it.
Qiu Ling slightly furrowed his brows, wondering what exactly he meant. Was it that after acquiring Chun Yin’s memories he actually felt like his father? Or did he just mean that since he had married Jinde and he somewhat regarded Jinde as some type of parent he as his husband would naturally have the same privilege?
No matter how he thought, he was unable to get it. It really was vexing. If he could have, he really would’ve wanted to grab him by the lapel of his robe, shake him a bit, and demand some answers. Unfortunately, this was just a transmission. Even if he tried to reach over, it wouldn’t change a thing.
Next to him, Jing Yi was already getting ready to say goodbye. “Well, thank you then. I guess we shouldn’t bother you for too long then. You seemed a little busy.”
Leng Jin Yu shook his head. “It’s not a problem. If there is anything, don’t hesitate to contact us again. No matter how unimportant it seems, it’s better to let us know.”
Jing Yi promised and was ready to cut the connection when Jinde leaned over.
“Little one, you wait a bit. There’s something I want to say to Qiu Ling. If you want to, you can already go wander off and do your own thing.”
Jing Yi slightly raised his brows, not quite sure what to make of this. But he did remember this person and that Qiu Ling seemed indeed quite close to him. In any case, there was a reason why Qiu Ling had contacted him of all people. “Well, then I guess I’ll really go and check things out first.” In any case, he also wanted to know more. And he still needed to find out where exactly that courtyard of the idle gods was. Before he didn’t know that, there wasn’t anything he could do.
Just when he wanted to leave, Qiu Ling grabbed his arm though. “Don’t forget the kind of situation you’re currently in. I’ll bring you over to the courtyard.”
Jing Yi raised his brows. “You know where it is?” He couldn’t quite believe that considering that Qiu Ling hadn’t even known that this kind of courtyard existed.
Qiu Ling’s expression stiffened but he still wasn’t about to let him go alone. “I wouldn’t be able to forgive myself if they used the opportunity to do something to you.”
Jinde looked from one person to the other, his thoughts already churning. As it turned out, things really were quite bitter in the Nine Heavens. Well, he wouldn’t have expected anything else. You could fault the incumbent Heavenly Emperor for a lot of things but neglecting his own child wasn’t one of them. From what he knew he was fiercely protective of Jing He, just like Qiu Ling usually was. And Jinde could more than understand that.
He lowered his gaze for a moment before he glanced up, his expression mellow. “Well, I don’t want to make trouble. You could bring him over first. Or if it isn’t that urgent to go over to the courtyard, maybe Jing Yi could do something else first before the two of you head over together. In the current situation, that might indeed be safer.”
Qiu Ling looked at Jing Yi, clearly more in favor of Jinde’s ideas.
Jing Yi could only sigh helplessly and nod. “Well, I’ll go and read a little more then. Tell me when you’re finished so we can go over. I don’t think we should leave it off for too long.” In any case, who knew how much time they would have?
Qiu Ling nodded and then turned back to Jinde, waiting for the door to close behind Jing Yi before he raised his brows. “So, what’s the matter?”
Jinde gave him a long look and finally sighed. “You’re asking that so casually, it really makes me feel as if you don’t regard me as family at all. I want to know how things are in the Nine Heavens. From what you were just saying I guess not good?”
Qiu Ling gave a grunt, clearly not happy when he thought about it. “The Heavenly Emperor would love to see him dead. The Heavenly Empress, the God of War, and the God of Justice are a little more open to negotiations but it isn’t easy. An Bai and Xiang Yong actually had to bring up the curse of the dragons.”
Jinde nodded and couldn’t help but smile a little. “It’s good, isn’t it? To have shared your secret I mean.”
Qiu Ling looked at him for a long time before he finally gave a faint smile. “This kind of thing could have happened no matter my origin. But yes, I don’t regret it. I … I will not deny that I was lonely these years. If not for Jing He, I’m not sure how long I could have kept going. And to know that there’s now something else in my life is a huge relief. Not that I would ever want to be without Jing He, of course.”
Jinde’s smile became even more pronounced. “Of course not. I definitely get that.” He reached over, gently rubbing his husband’s chest. Those years without Chun Yin before he had met Leng Jin Yu had been poor agony. “Then things between Zhong Jing Yi and you …?”
Qiu Ling gave a faint hum, not quite sure how to say it. “It’s a delicate situation. I have some trouble dealing with it but for now, I think we are good. In the future … who knows how it will change?
“He has shown some interest in Jing He before but that wasn’t something I was comfortable with. We had a talk with the Heavenly Empress but that was it and I don’t think he has taken it that well. After that …” He shook his head and sighed, raking a hand through his hair. “Well, that was just before. So now, we are trying something new. I feel like that is all that we do each day now: Try new things to hope something sticks. I also wish that there was some kind of solution for everything. But if there is, we still haven’t found it.”
Jinde nodded and then glanced at his husband, feeling that it should be his turn by now.