As for Xin Lan, he went over to the room where Bai Mu and Nie Huang lived. Staring at the wood, he still hesitated for a moment before he raised his hand and knocked. No matter what, he needed to do this.
When Bai Mu opened the door, he was a bit surprised. “Xin Lan, come in.” To be honest, his relationship with Xin Lan was at best shallow, at worst a bit hostile. He wasn’t sure why but he had heard that dragons could be jealous around their partners, especially before they were married, so maybe it was that. Although, to be honest, he had a faint feeling that this was just Xin Lan’s general behavior toward other people. He didn’t seem like much of a sunshine.
Xin Lan walked in and looked around. Nie Huang couldn’t be seen but he could hear her somewhere out of sight. The rooms on this corridor were generally large, some kept as just one large hall while others had parts that were separated from each other. Bai Mu and Nie Huang had chosen the latter style for their chambers so it wasn’t strange to stay out of sight.
He only walked a few steps into the room before he turned back to Bai Mu, staring at him. “The day when Xiao Yu ran out and you found him, what did he tell you?”
Bai Mu had just closed the door and now couldn’t help but raise his brows. “Tell me? He didn’t really … tell me anything.”
Xin Lan kept staring at him, clearly not believing it.
Bai Mu sighed and walked in further, sitting down and rubbing his forehead. “Look, I don’t know what to tell you. That night, he didn’t talk much. I don’t know what it was but his mood seemed to be subdued and he seemed … lost. I don’t think he wanted to talk to anyone at that point.”
Xin Lan gave a hum, and kept quiet for a while, just looking at Bai Mu’s face. It really looked a lot like the face of the guy he had seen in that vision from the River of Forgetfulness. That was the root of all his troubles, wasn’t it?
He faintly tilted his head and then couldn’t help but give voice to his doubts. “Does the name ‘Yan Xia’ tell you something?”
“Yan Xia?” Bai Mu mulled it over for a while, his brows furrowing together. In the end though, he could only shake his head. “I don’t remember anyone with that name, no. Who is that?” To be honest, Xin Lan’s behavior seemed strange. It made him a bit worried.
Xin Lan didn’t answer and just pondered by himself. Actually, it wasn’t that surprising that Bai Mu wouldn’t know who Yan Xia was. For one, that man had probably lived a long time ago so they might have never met. Second, he might not be related to Yan Xia in a direct line either. After all, demons had complicated relationships. The one he actually hailed from might be a brother or sister or maybe even just a half-sibling. In that case, he would be even less likely to know of him.
Still, the similarity in looks was something that told him that they shouldn’t be too far apart. Even with the demons, after a few generations, looks would change. Now the question was, if he wanted to find out more about this, where should he start?
He knew some things about Bai Mu and his history because of the time when they investigated him to open the realm in the Leyuan region where Zhong Jing Yi and Leng Jin Yu had been trapped. But the information back then had been scarce and even the little they found had been vague. Not to mention that not everything might have been truthful. “Your parents …”
Bai Mu’s brows rose higher but he had no intention to get into conflict with Xin Lan. Considering that he was a guest in the dragon realm, he didn’t want to make trouble and also, this man hadn’t done anything to him. No, instead, he owed him for helping to free him back then. Since there seemed to be no harm in telling him, he didn’t see a reason to hold anything back. “My father was the reincarnation of the God of War for one of his trials. His name was Feng Jian Hao. My mother … she was half blood called Huan Yin.”
“A half-blood of the humans, the gods, and the demons, right?” That was the crucial point, the connection to Yan Xia.
Bai Mu nodded. This much shouldn’t have been a secret.
“You don’t know where your mother is right now, do you? But she is still alive.”
Bai Mu sighed at that. He hadn’t wanted to talk about it at the beginning but after living in the dragon realm for a while and also getting to know his father better, he didn’t mind sharing the truth. “To be honest, I don’t know for sure. It’s been a long time since I last saw her.
“Back then, she was still in the mortal realm with no thoughts of ascending and that was before I even met Nie Huang. Since then, I was trapped in the Chun Feng Sect’s dungeon for a long time and now it has also been several years in the dragon realm. That means we haven’t been in contact for thousands of years. Anything could have happened.”
He fell silent and his brows furrowed faintly. “Anyway, my mother was strong. I doubt she would die so easily.” Yes, in fact, by now, she should be even stronger. She had never been one to shrink away from danger and instead pursued strength.
Xin Lan gave a hum, not actually caring too much about her fate. “You wouldn’t know how she is related to the demons, would you?”
Bai Mu really wanted to know where the sudden interest for his family tree came from but he still answered truthfully. “No, I don’t really know any details. It seems like her mother was a half-blood, definitely part demon I think. As for her father, he might’ve been either a half-blood as well or a god. But truthfully, she never said much about either of them so I don’t know for sure.”
Xin Lan gave a huff, unhappy with what he knew so far. He wanted to find the link to Yan Xia. In fact, he wanted to know who exactly that Yan Xia had been and what his relationship with Xiang Yu had been like so that he could make use of that to maybe get Hua Lin Yu back.
But it seemed that Bai Mu wasn’t a good option to find out about that. And neither would that Xiao Li because even though he might know something, he wouldn’t help him. “Well, thank you for telling me.” With that, he turned to leave.
Bai Mu got up and stepped into his path before he could reach the door, raising his brows at him. “Look, I don’t mind telling you, but I would be interested in knowing where that sudden interest in my family came from.” He didn’t think Xin Lan had any nefarious reasons but he was old enough to realize that it was better to find out immediately if something was going on instead of being surprised when he was unprepared.
If he hadn’t said anything, Xin Lan wouldn’t have minded but hearing this, he couldn’t help but furrow his brows. He stepped closer, some of that hostility showing in his eyes again. “Why? I don’t know, maybe because you are the reason my fiance broke up with me. I hope you don’t want to have a more extensive talk about that.” Saying that, he finally stepped around him and just left, not bothering about this person any longer.
Meanwhile, Bai Mu stood rooted to the spot, not sure what to make of this. Hua Lin Yu … he didn’t think he had ever interacted much with him. How come he was suddenly the reason for a broken engagement?