When Jing Yi woke up the next morning his thoughts jumped back to what had happened the day before. He couldn’t wait to ask Xiao Dong but a look outside showed that it was still early. This was normally the time when Shao Hai and Xiao Dong would train so rather than being a bother, he should go and do something useful.
Thus Jing Yi washed up, put the robe of the outer sect disciples on and went down to the first floor. Without hesitation, he walked to the storage room, took out a broom and proceeded to sweep the floor.
After a while, two other disciples came down the stairs. The first one yawned and passed by him without greeting like on any other day. The second one wanted to follow, stepped past Jing Yi and froze. Slowly, he turned back and took in what he saw: Jing Yi. A broom. An incredibly clean floor. Continue reading
Bai Fen smiled when she saw that he was finally considering the real issue. “You’re making it too easy on him.”
“That boy, he has grown up alone and, honestly, too pampered. He is … our only child so we wrapped him in cotton wool. Especially his father. Jing He … He didn’t know how to handle you in the beginning. Your approach was too forceful, too unrestrained. Someone like him who was always handled with special care wouldn’t know how to react. You scared him and he tried to retreat. He would have continued to do that if he wasn’t bound by our customs and the expectations he feels are placed on him. You only managed to wear his defenses down because you were so persistent.” Continue reading
The Gathering of Practitioners finally commenced but the initial excitement had died down. Somehow, the person that had originally been sure to get the first place had vanished.
The disciples that were left to fight felt glad but then couldn’t help but be disappointed as well. What good was it to win because the favorite had left on his own and didn’t bother about the fights anymore? Wouldn’t people just say that they had become lucky?
The most maddening was that their audience that had been eagerly awaiting the fights for weeks was now not even looking anymore. They just whispered amongst themselves, glancing over to the boy that the Grandmaster’s disciple had proposed to every now and then. All of them were wondering just how he had managed to make this peerless genius fall in love with him so thoroughly. Maybe they should go over and ask for relationship advice? Continue reading
Jin Ling kissed her but pulled away fast. “Alright, I’m afraid we can’t push it off any longer. I’ll go and talk to Yin Lin Lin and then try to take her with me immediately. That way, you won’t have to fear anything here. In fact, you might even be able to get a higher status. With your own hard work and nobody interfering, they won’t make things hard for you anymore.”
Tai Na nodded. “You’re right. As long as she isn’t around, the others probably won’t feel it to be necessary.” Continue reading
Jin Ling sat up and stared at the foot of the bed. He really wanted to give a sigh or maybe even curse out loud but then he would also have to explain that. He couldn’t be bothered to do that.
He turned to the side, his bare feet touching the ground and fished up his robe. He didn’t even bother to look at the woman behind him and silently put it on, getting up to go. Just when he had taken a single step, there was a tug on his sleeve.
Jin Ling closed his eyes, ready to utter a curse.
“Jin Ling … Are you leaving?” Continue reading
Mei Chao Bing watched Yun Bei Fen for a while before he went back to scrutinizing the stone desert. They were still walking forward without a break, making it impossible to take a closer look at the ground. He didn’t dare to use his spiritual energy to sweep the sand away either. Even though he had already formed his Nascent Soul, he wasn’t invincible. If there was another layer to this spirit gathering array that was able to trap cultivators, then he might also fall into that. And if the one who set this place up was of a higher level …
He couldn’t risk it. There was still Yun Bei Fen around. He couldn’t do anything that might put him into danger. Continue reading
Jing Yi looked around, not sure what to say. The dragon realm’s palace was … huge. He had seen a few big houses in the Long kingdom’s capital city and had also been to the palace of the Yun Zou Sect’s Sect Master but this building was on another scale. After just a few turns, he had no idea where he was. There were several halls, corridors leading in all directions, doors leading outside to a plethora of courtyards and gardens, and hundreds of rooms. He had no idea what to compare this to or what to ask about this place and could only follow Qiu Ling in stunned silence.
Qiu Ling, on the other hand, didn’t think much about it. He had grown up in this place and had returned here long after he turned an adult. Since he had spent most of that time evading people, he knew every nook and cranny of the dragon king’s palace like the back of his hand. He might even know some of the rooms better than the people actually living there. Continue reading
Maybe you remember this announcement I made back at the end of July this year. Basically, it was about me starting a new project called “Finders Keepers” on Patreon. Well, what was supposed to be a short story turned into a novella, turned into a short novel, and finally decided it wanted to be a long novel after all. 😅
Anyway, I finally finished it so it’s going to go public this week! We’ll start with the first chapter this Saturday, December 7th, and after that, you can expect a new chapter every Saturday. 😊
Btw, since I’m already announcing: I’ve also recently finished the revision of the second volume of Oh. My. Fate?! so I’ll be uploading the last batch of chapters soon. Expect a bunch of notifications again if you’re subscribed. 😳
While Jinde and Leng Jin Yu had already gone back to being their normal selves, Qiu Ling was still fussing over his beloved. He patted down his body, trying to find any of the grievous wounds that he was imagining. To his surprise, he couldn’t find even a single one.
Jing Yi couldn’t help but become even more embarrassed by his lover’s worry. Ah, just what was he supposed to say? Explaining was embarrassing but not explaining was also embarrassing.
In the end, he could only grab Qiu Ling’s hands and give him an awkward smile. “It’s alright. I’m … I’m alright. You don’t have to worry. Nothing is wrong.” Continue reading
The three of them stepped into the stone desert and Mei Chao Bing’s expression instantly changed. Gongsun Chen had been right. This wasn’t just a normal desert that had been formed by nature. Maybe the stones themselves were but the rest of the desert probably wasn’t. They should be forming a spirit gathering array. That type of thing … It wasn’t necessarily evil but looking at the large scale of this desert, the way it was implemented definitely was.
Mei Chao Bing glanced at Yun Bei Fen to make sure that the array wasn’t affecting him before he looked at the stones around them, trying to find some further clues. Even from up close, nothing about the stones gave anything away though. Continue reading