Jinde didn’t need to be told twice. Whether it was the words or his tone, he realized that things couldn’t have gone according to plan for Qiu Ling. He nodded and cut the connection, getting up from his husband’s lap and turning to Ai Hua. “Get the rest of the family.” Then, he turned to the ascended deities and trueborn gods at the table, his expression unreadable. “I’m not sure if you want to get involved in this. But anyway, it seems that there is a slight change of plans. If you want to leave with us, you’ll have to do so now.”
Lan Ling didn’t understand what was going on but he immediately jumped to his feet when he saw that Leng Jin Yu also got up and was preparing to leave. He also grabbed Jing Yi’s arm since he seemed to be the easiest to pull along and then followed right after when the other two already turned around and walked over to the door.
Ai Hua had rushed out to get her husband and son as soon as Jinde told her to and also grabbed her brother while she was at it. She hurriedly told him what had happened in a hushed voice, not quite sure what to do about this.
Yi Zan furrowed his brows and but then just followed his sister. He would’ve liked to call somebody over to help but Qiang Wei and An Bai were still at His Highness’ palace so they couldn’t leave. On the other hand, it would take too long for Fu Min, Fu Heng, or Xiang Yong to arrive so it was better to go immediately and not waste time. In any case, sometimes, it was better to have a smaller group to get around. Since he didn’t know the whole story, he could only hope that he had made the right decision.
At the same time, Jinde pulled out his veiled hat, putting it on again, and then grabbed his husband’s arm, leaning closer. “We’ll likely get some trouble when we try to go out. Make sure that they’ll focus on us.”
Leng Jin Yu nodded, having a good guess what this was about after how Qiu Ling had acted. He would’ve liked to reassure Jing Yi a bit but with the other three in tow, this wasn’t a good situation for that.
Ah, sometimes, he really hated all the secrets. It would be so much easier if they could talk about everything openly. But Jinde’s identity needed to be kept a secret until Qiu Ling and Jing He were married at the very least. And maybe even longer if he wasn’t strong enough to defend against the demon king by that time yet. On the other hand, Jing Yi’s identity probably shouldn’t be exposed at all until the end of his trial. Otherwise, it would cause a slew of new problems.
With both these considerations at the back of his head, Leng Jin Yu didn’t think that any of these lies could be stopped anytime soon. He might not be happy about it but this was just the fact. Thinking for a bit, he pulled at Jinde’s arm. “Let’s not take the main gate.”
Jinde nodded, and the group rushed toward one of the side gates of the capital city in tensed silence.
Jing Yi was still walking next to Lan Ling, right behind the couple in front, his thoughts racing. He knew that Qiu Ling had indicated before that it would be good if he could come along so maybe this had to do with that.
In that case, maybe things would come to an end now. After all, if the Heavenly Emperor found out that he was trying to leave, then he definitely wouldn’t allow that, right? In fact, knowing that he had tried, he might even send somebody to kill him immediately to make sure that he could get his son back. Jing Yi gulped when he thought of that, his heart thumping loudly because of his nervousness.
Lan Ling next to him didn’t realize what was going on but Duan Ming was a little sharper. After keeping quiet for a while, he finally stepped around the two of them and looked at Leng Jin Yu. “What exactly is going on?” As the son of the Goddess of Magnanimity, his position in the Nine Heavens was a little difficult.
Even though he was officially just an idle god with nothing to worry about yet, he still had a reputation to uphold. He didn’t really want to be involved in anything that might damage that for fear that it might reflect badly back onto his mother.
Leng Jin Yu also knew that. He gave him an apologetic look and then glanced at the others. “If you don’t want to follow us, you don’t have to.”
“That doesn’t answer my question. Judging from what just happened, I feel like I should go directly to the God of Justice and report this matter. Even though I don’t know what is going on, I have the faint feeling that he will know what is going on.”
Leng Jin Yu didn’t know how to answer that and could only keep quiet.
On the other hand, Jinde next to him sighed. He glanced past his husband and pulled the veil aside, raising his brows at Duan Ming. “You can go ahead. But you should know that if a war breaks out between our races, it will be your fault!”
Duan Ming froze. He wasn’t even able to keep up with the others for a moment before he finally caught himself again and rushed after them. “What is that supposed to mean?” He didn’t expect Leng Jin Yu and Jinde to tell him everything but he at least wanted to have a general understanding so he would know what he was getting into and could make his own judgment.
Leng Jin Yu looked at Jinde, not quite sure what to do about this. Back then, he had thought he would make a good dragon king but looking back, he knew exactly that that wasn’t the case. In fact, even as Chun Yin, he had realized this not too far into Jinde’s reign. He had been a good warrior but he wouldn’t have been a good leader. And even with the experience of yet another life, this matter felt like it was slightly too big for him.
Jinde just gave him a look though, feeling that he probably would have a better chance to get through to Duan Ming how serious this was than he had. After all, these two knew each other better even if it wasn’t by that much.
Leng Jin Yu hung his head, feeling that this really wasn’t a task he wanted to do. Still, he turned to Duan Ming. “I’m afraid I won’t be able to explain this to you until we reach the gate. To make a long story short: This matter is complicated.”