Ye Yang stared at An Bai, wondering how he should react. His current thoughts seemed a bit wrong. And he was pretty sure that they weren’t what An Bai would like to hear. But then, he also didn’t feel like holding back his true thoughts. That would just invite more problems later on. “Are you trying to get rid of me?”
An Bai furrowed his brows, almost having expected that something like this might happen but still not happy about it. “Is it that difficult to answer a simple question?”
Ye Yang gave a hum and then leaned forward, folding his hands on the table. “It is a simple question to ask but not necessarily a simple one to answer. You know … it is true that originally, I approached you because of what my king wanted. But that doesn’t mean that that is still the reason I’m hanging around.”
“But you have not yet obtained what you’re supposed to.”
Ye Yang tilted his head and raised a brow, giving that point to An Bai. “It’s true and I will definitely stay around until I have. After all, I made a promise and I’m a man that keeps his word. But I still wouldn’t mind seeing you again after that.”
An Bai stared at him, wondering if this was just Ye Yang still trying to butter up to him to get his answer or if he was actually being serious. With a demon, it was difficult to tell. While they couldn’t fall in love, interest could come in many different ways. Liking somebody’s looks and wanting to spend time with them for your own enjoyment wasn’t the same as loving that person but it still wasn’t a lie. It might indeed be genuine.
He hesitated and then leaned forward as well. “You do know about the current situation in the demon realm, don’t you?”
Ye Yang was a bit surprised when An Bai approached him and his gaze couldn’t help but change. There was something different about this little dragon today. It was a welcome change but it also made him a bit careful. “Right now, somebody is trying to overthrow Jin Ling. I assume that is what you’re referring to?”
An Bai nodded. “Indeed. So, do you want a new king or are you satisfied with the current one?”
Ye Yang leaned to the side and propped his cheek upon his hand, his eyes narrowing faintly. His chaotic thoughts actually calmed down been An Bai asked this. “I guess the dragon king has some vested interest in keeping Jin Ling on the throne, doesn’t he? So, then what is this about? Do you want to help us?”
An Bai slowly shook his head. “We won’t help you directly. It is just that … you seem like you might be good support for the current demon king. Having you hang around in the Nine Heavens when you could be in the demon realm helping out there isn’t good for him or us. It is better if you return to your own realm but you clearly won’t do that until you have your answer. So now, we are in a bit of a dilemma.”
Ye Yang gave a hum. “I suppose you are. You don’t want to tell me but now, you’ll have to tell me if you want me to return to the demon realm. And then, you can’t even be sure that I will stay in the demon realm.”
An Bai raised his brows, unhappy that Ye Yang was able to see through this so easily. But then, if he didn’t, he wouldn’t be a valuable asset to Jin Ling so it was still good that he realized.
Leaning back again, An Bai’s gaze turned complicated. “So, what do you intend to do?”
Ye Yang lowered his gaze, pondering to himself. Yes, was interested in An Bai but as he had said: he was a man of his word. Since he was currently in a situation where he could obtain the information that Jin Ling wanted, he naturally wouldn’t say no to that.
Not just that, but he had also helped Jin Ling onto the throne. It had been for his own benefit for sure but that didn’t mean that he didn’t like him sitting there. He didn’t even necessarily need something in return. To him, having the demon realm be a bit more peaceful and not constantly at war with the dragons and the gods was something good.
Ye Yang clicked his tongue and leaned back as well, smiling at An Bai. “You know, you’re really pretty. I won’t make things difficult for you. You tell me what you know, and I will relay the information to Jin Ling. After that, for the time that he is still busy dealing with this Yong Hai, I will stay there. After that though … I won’t guarantee that I won’t come and bother you again.”
An Bai wasn’t quite sure where Ye Yang’s thoughts were going but he just focused on the information that he wanted. “Very well. What you want to know is how to open that array in the Yun Zou Sect, isn’t it?”
Ye Yang nodded. “I investigated it myself but I couldn’t find anything. It is … quite odd.”
An Bai gave a hum at that. “It was specifically designed not to let random people in. And I’m afraid that even if I give you the information that you want, you still won’t be able to get inside. Still, I hope you will keep your word.” He lowered his gaze for a moment, hesitating for just a moment before he finally started to explain.
“This array was created in the mortal realm but there are some influences from the immortal races. The crux of it is the anchor. That is why you can’t open it. Surely, you know that usually, there is some kind of match. In most arrays, that will be a type of magic or spiritual energy. This array though, it has a different kind of key. A very different one.”
Ye Yang narrowed his eyes. This wasn’t too surprising yet. Arrays of this kind were usually made in a way so that only specific groups of people were able to enter. Oftentimes, you needed to be below or above a certain level. Sometimes, you needed to have a certain type of energy.
In this way, for example, there were arrays that could only be opened by somebody from the demon realm who had dark energy at their disposal, or human cultivators that hadn’t reached further than the second level in their cultivation. There are also those that could keep certain people out like demons who did not have the spiritual energy of the wind and water at their disposal but would let in the gods and dragons, as well as human cultivators.
This array, surely, it couldn’t just be made to keep demons out. Otherwise, he would have found a clue to that. But no, the key indeed seemed to be something completely different, something he hadn’t even been able to perceive. “Then, what is it that needs to be matched there?”
At that, An Bai couldn’t help but smile faintly. “A soul. That is why demon king Jin Ling will never be able to get to the realm on the other side.”