The next day soon arrived and over in the courtyard of the idle gods, Jing Yi got up with excitement that he hadn’t felt in a long time. Even though he knew that the situation with the trial still hadn’t been resolved and that there was still a chance that one day, he would be asked to give up his life for Jing He for real, he felt like being in this courtyard would be like a break from that. At the very least, it felt that way to him.
He rushed to wash up and get dressed before walking out of his room and going to the courtyard where he had met the others yesterday. At that time, Duan Ming, Lan Ling, and Xian Li who he had met yesterday were already there. Some other people had spread throughout the courtyard but those weren’t among the group that he had gotten to know so he didn’t pay them much attention.
Seeing the others, he gave them a bright smile and then rushed over. “Good morning!”
Seeing his expression, even Lan Ling couldn’t help but give him a smile in return. “You’re awfully happy just to see us.”
Jing Yi smiled, feeling that Lan Ling’s attitude toward him had really thawed quite a lot compared to the beginning. “Well, I just think it is nice to be at a new place and make some new friends. What is there not to be happy about?”
Lan Ling puffed up his chest and raised his chin a little. “Well, luckily for you, we’re willing to help you. Otherwise, being here would really be difficult for you.”
Jing Yi nodded and then turned to the others as well, not wanting to get overly tangled up in Lan Ling’s antics.
Duan Ming shot Lan Ling a look before he turned to Jing Yi. “Well, the organizational matters have already been taken care of. So from now on, you are officially a part of the idle gods’ courtyard. Basically, you can do whatever you want here. Since we don’t have any official tasks, it is always up to you. If there’s anything you need, you can always ask us.”
Jing Yi nodded. “Well …” There was indeed something that he wanted but asking them for help just like that … it was a bit difficult. He didn’t mind asking for some information since that would hardly take any time but what he had in mind right now was different.
Duan Ming just smiled though. “Just get it out with. If it is too much, we could still say no, isn’t that so?”
Jing Yi smiled and gave a nod, already feeling a bit better. “I guess that is true. Well, it is about what I told you yesterday: I haven’t really learned much in the mortal realm and I would like to change that. So … I noticed that you are pretty good with your sword arts. I was wondering if you could teach me a bit. It doesn’t have to be much, just a little.”
Before Duan Ming could give him an answer, Ling had already crossed his arms in front of his chest and gave a huff. “Just a bit? Don’t kid me! If we are to teach somebody, then we would naturally do it the right way. So, come on, show me what you got! I first want to see how bad you really are so I know what I need to teach you.”
Jing Yi looked at him blankly for a moment before he realized that this was probably Lan Ling’s way of caring for him. This guy … he was really awkward. Still, it was nice enough of him. “I’m afraid there isn’t much to show. Actually, I don’t even have a sword.”
The other three looked at him as if they hadn’t heard right or couldn’t believe what he had just said.
Jing Yi cleared his throat, looking embarrassed. “Well, just take it as me never having learned anything. Whatever I was shown were just the basic stances of our sect and they were also taught by somebody who hadn’t really mastered them and could be said to be a beginner so …”
Even Lan Ling wasn’t able to keep up his arrogant stance when he heard something like this. This ascended deity … he was really too pitiful!
He reached out to pat his shoulder before reconsidering and instead patting his head. “Poor child. But don’t worry about it: Lan Ling will teach you everything that you need to know!”
Jing Yi couldn’t help but feel embarrassed even more. In any case, he had lived for a thousand years already. Even though compared to Qiu Ling, he was a child, it was something else to be treated like this by a person he didn’t really know.
But … he probably couldn’t deny that he deserved this treatment when it came to learning sword arts. After all, he really hadn’t progressed in that regard at all since being a child. And at that time, he had barely been ten. And a ten-year-old … you could probably treat them this way. Thus, he could only sigh and nod his head, obediently accepting Lan Ling’s treatment.
Thankfully, seeing him so obedient, Lan Ling actually felt fired up. “First, let’s get you a good sword! Duan Ming, you come with us. We’ll get one from the Palace of War. With you around, they wouldn’t say no.”
Duan Ming’s lips twitched, feeling that his mother’s status was once again being taken advantage of, but he still nodded and motioned for Xian Li and Jing Yi to follow them.
In any case, considering how Jing Yi had been treated before, it probably didn’t have the type of money to go and buy a good sword in the capital city. And seeing how he had even been afraid to ask for help just now, he definitely wouldn’t let them pay. Thus, borrowing one from the Palace of War for now would probably be for the best.