Qiang Yan finally went to wait at Bai Mu and Nie Huang’s place, catching up on how his future daughter-in-law’s cultivation was going and how the two of them were getting along with people in the dragon king’s palace. It would still take several hours until he could speak with Jinde and Leng Jin Yu. After all, at this time, the two of them were still at the Qishi sea with Qiu Ling.
The two sides weren’t the only ones who were busy. Jing Yi had also gone to the mortal realm together with Xiao Dong just like the two of them had decided to do before the visit from the God of Justice.
Coming back to this place after what had only been a couple weeks for him made Jing Yi realize just how much of a difference the time flow in the realms really made. In the immortal realms, even though a lot had happened, it hadn’t been a long time. But in the mortal realm, it was different. It might not have been hundreds or thousands of years but at least a dozen years or so had passed. It was strange to think of that.
The only saving grace in this kind of situation was that the changes to the cultivation world were small. In only a few years, not much would happen. A few more disciples would be taken in but they would hardly have time to grow up and reach a high enough level to make any waves. As for the people who had already been there when the two of them left, they should be the same as before. Yes, some of them might have accidents or encounter something good but overall, there really was no difference.
Whether it was Xiao Dong or Jing Yi, they both still had the sect robes of the Yun Zou Sect so they put them on and then just walked through the sect’s gate unhindered.
Jing Yi just wanted to say goodbye to a few people he knew personally and not make a fuss. It probably didn’t make a difference whether he came here or not. Anyway, he wouldn’t be there anymore after this was over. And as for those people, it wasn’t even clear if they would be able to ascend to the Nine Heavens or when.
At that time, would they even remember him? After all, he also hadn’t been that close with most of the people in the mortal realm. When it came to Shao Hai, their relationship had probably been better than the one he had had with others like Nian Hong Fang and his lover or Wu Min Huan.
Still, he just felt better doing this. It gave him a feeling of taking his fate into his own hands. Yes, he himself had made the decision to give up his soul this time. He might be forced by the circumstances but, at the end of the day, it was still his choice. The other possibility was something he couldn’t accept but he had decided that for himself.
Looking around the Yun Zou Sect, he couldn’t help but sigh. “I really wonder what they will say. Meeting again like this only to bid farewell forever immediately after … it’s also strange.”
Xiao Dong nodded, feeling that it might be difficult for the others to accept when they heard what Jing Yi’s outcome would be. Especially when it came to Shao Hai, he really wasn’t sure if he would be able to deal with it.
Did he still have feelings for Jing Yi? It might seem strange to think like this after such a long time but then again, he had fallen in love when he was still very young. Who knew if nostalgia wouldn’t make sure that his feelings wouldn’t fade even after hundreds of years? There was certainly such a possibility.
No matter how much he thought, he wouldn’t know without seeing the person first. The two of them first went to the valley where Xiao Dong’s Master and his disciples lived. When it came to finding Shao Hai, this was the best place to start.
Walking over there, they saw that Elder Wang was currently instructing a bunch of younger disciples, looking very much like he would blow his top the next moment.
Xiao Dong couldn’t help but twitch his lips. “This makes me think of the time when we came to the Yun Zou Sect back then. It was exactly the same at that time. He’d scold us all day. Well, Shao Hai more than me.”
Jing Yi looked at him and then turned towards Elder Wang. He himself had never had a Master to instruct him but he had learned a bit from Shao Hai and the two of them had also told him stories about the Elder’s behavior so he had a rough understanding of how it. Finally seeing it with his own eyes, he couldn’t help but smile.
“He wasn’t like that when I came over. He would always be really nice, asking how I was doing and encouraging me to do my best. Yelling at people … he surely never did that when I was around.”
Xiao Dong gave a huff. “What’s so strange about that? With his own people, he can yell however much he wants. When it comes to other people, he doesn’t want to expose how troublesome he thought us to be and instead pretended like we were good disciples who never gave him trouble. It’s just self-preservation.”
Jing Yi glanced at him and shook his head. “You know, if we were talking about the Elders or the Sect Master seeing this, I could understand. But when it comes to the disciples … Especially when it’s someone like me, I don’t think he needs to be so cautious. Maybe if it was Qiu Ling, it would be different, but am somebody with full spiritual veins. Does Elder Wang really need to take that kind of disciple into consideration?”
Xiao Dong looked at him and raised his brows. “Well, you ascended while he is still here. I don’t think that you can really judge by what kind of spirit veins somebody has. In cultivation, there are many more things that play a role. It’s a pity there aren’t more people who understand that and treat everyone accordingly.”
He furrowed his brows, thinking back to some experiences he had made back when he went on missions with Shao Hai. The two of them had only been practitioners, not cultivators, since Shao Hai didn’t even have spirit veins. There had definitely been people who looked down on him just based on that. Surely, it was the same for disciples with full spirit veins.
Now though, Jing Yi was proof that even with that kind of aptitude, you could have great achievements. Since that was the case, they should better think twice. Maybe after witnessing that kind of thing several times, they would start considering it. He was curious about that kind of future. Not that he would see it. After all, he would soon return to the dragon realm, wouldn’t he?