Qiu Ling was still happily imagining his next reunion with his beloved after he sneaked out when the person in front of him suddenly stopped.
“We’ve arrived.” Grandmaster Zhangsun motioned at the array that was half-hidden at the back of his peak. In fact, if one didn’t know that it was there, then one wouldn’t see it from up in the air. The branches of the trees covered the bigger part of it and only let a faint line shine through here or there when the breeze rustled in the leaves and the branches swayed to the side.
“This is …?” Qiu Ling tilted his head and raised his brows. This wasn’t too far away. When he sneaked out, he wouldn’t even need a minute to get back to his beloved. It seemed his Master wasn’t as heartless as he had thought. He still let him see his Jing He! Continue reading
Zhangsun Xun Yi knocked on his disciple’s door only to be met with the same response that he had gotten the last time: silence, absolute silence. His brows locked in an even tighter frown than usually and he pushed the door open without further ado. Of course, the room was empty.
Zhangsun Xun Yi heaved a heavy sigh and rubbed his brow. This disciple! If he had known that things would turn out like this, he might not have accepted him even though he had understood sword energy! A disciple that didn’t listen to their Master at all wasn’t a good disciple. How was he supposed to teach him anything if this boy didn’t care about his words at all?
This had to stop! Thankfully, he had already gone and asked that man for permission to have his disciple enter the Yun Zou Sect’s special dimension. He would just put the child in there for a while and have him hone his mind. His patience would benefit and maybe he would also learn to listen to his elders. Continue reading
Zhangsun Xun Yi watched his disciple’s futile attempt at meditating for a while longer before he finally cleared his throat. “Qiu Ling, there’s something I have to do. I’ll only be gone for a moment. You wait here and continue meditating. Don’t leave this spot!” He waited to see if his disciple had understood.
Qiu Ling’s eyes cracked open and he hurriedly nodded.
Zhangsun Xun Yi almost heaved a sigh of relief. It seemed not all hope was lost yet. Maybe his disciple only needed a while to get used to the life in a sect. He had probably been a wandering practitioner before and was used to doing whatever he liked. But with a bit of time, he would slowly start to see the benefits of doing what his Master said. Then there would be no need to worry anymore.
Zhangsun Xun Yi nodded with satisfaction and turned around, leaving Qiu Ling to himself and hurrying down from the peak and over to an array hidden among the grove at the foot of the mountain. Continue reading
Qiu Ling was taken back to the room that Zhangsun Xun Yi had chosen for him. There was nothing he could do. Even though he would have liked to stay behind and watch his beloved for a while longer, this person was still supposed to be his Master. At least for the time being, until he had secured his beloved’s heart again and made sure that no Grandmaster and no other disciples would make a move on him, he had to treat this guy well.
Thus Qiu Ling obediently sat down when Zhangsun Xun Yi motioned at the meditation platform. He gave him an unwilling glance but still closed his eyes and pretended to meditate. In fact, his thoughts were circling around the things that had happened in the last two days. He had managed to make sure that his beloved wouldn’t need to touch those dirty clothes with his bare hands and thus made his life a lot better.
Qiu Ling had been very happy at first but then, finally, he remembered what his mother-in-law had said. It couldn’t be that that had been a trial, could it? Well, he wasn’t too sure but he could only hope that he hadn’t messed up again. Anyway, he had let him do quite a lot of tasks that weren’t too good so it shouldn’t count as him interfering too much, should it? This was only one of the tasks his beloved had been ordered to do and he still did in the end. He had just made it a little easier for him. Continue reading
While Wu Min Huan and the others set out for their mission, life in the outer sect resume as usual. Jing Yi was happy that he had finally managed to find a way to do the troublesome task of washing dirty robes and Qiu Ling naturally stayed around to make sure that his poor beloved wouldn’t be bullied beyond measure, preemptively noting down everyone’s face for future usage.
Meanwhile, the Yun Zou Sect’s Grandmaster Zhangsun Xun Yi was feeling gratified. Sitting in his study and sipping a cup of tea, he felt that he truly had picked up a gem. A whole week had already gone by but his disciple was still sitting in his room well-behaved and meditating. This kind of patience was really rare in people of such a young age. Yes, he hadn’t made a mistake when he took him in as his disciple.
Since this disciple had already proven that he had the necessary patience, he should go and get him to finally start on his training of the sword arts. With that thought in mind, Zhangsun Xun Yi got up and left his study, walking over to Qiu Ling’s room and knocked on the door. He didn’t get an answer though. Continue reading
The two days passed and the disciples that were supposed to take part in the mission to find out about the demonic practitioners and eradicate them gathered on the square where the tests for the new recruits had happened not too long ago. Wu Min Huan made sure that the disciples of the inner sect that his Master had asked to take part were all there and then looked at the list the Elder in charge of the outer sect had given him. He didn’t know any of these disciples and could only turn to one of them standing to the side to verify the list. “Your name is …?”
The outer sect disciple smiled. “This one is named Qiguan Cheng Da.” He didn’t need to ask who the person asking him was. This was obviously the Sect Master’s head disciple Wu Min Huan. It truly was his luck to be standing close to this person! If he had the chance to establish a connection with him, he might profit from it in the future. After all, Elder Han had cautioned all of them once again before sending them here that this might be their chance to get a place in the inner sect.
The inner sect! That was the place where everybody wanted to go. Here in the outer sect, the chances for future growth were limited. But if they managed to get into the inner sect … their prospects would know no bounds. He definitely had to leave this Wu Min Huan with a good impression! Continue reading
Wu Min Huan visited the disciples of the inner sect that were supposed to accompany him on the mission one after the other, explaining what his Master and he had seen on their outing and the details of what they were supposed to do now. Afterward, he went to inform the Elders that were in charge of the outer sect to choose the disciples and then returned to his own courtyard, to prepare. Only on the second day did he go to see Yu Jin. He didn’t get an answer when he knocked on his door though.
Wu Min Huan furrowed his brows. He didn’t know what level Yu Jin was but it shouldn’t be low to the point where he wouldn’t be able to hear him knock if he was slightly farther away. He knocked once more, louder this time, and waited again. Still, nothing happened inside the house as if it was completely empty.
Wu Min Huan paced up and down in front of the door two times before he turned back to look at the house. Normally, he would leave if he felt that he might be bothering the other person but in Yu Jin’s case … What if something that happened? He was new in the sect and just a few days before, his cultivation had been sealed and he had lost his Master. Both were matters that could have dire consequences for a cultivator. Continue reading
Sect Master Yuchi worked on his plan in a happy mood. When had he ever had the opportunity to do something good for the world and for his Yun Zou Sect at the same time? This really was a lucky day! Ah, if he also managed to do something good for himself and maybe gained another disciple, then that would be even better.
He hurriedly pushed the thought aside and concentrated on drafting the details of the mission. He didn’t intend to publish it for the whole sect though. No, this kind of important mission could only be given to a few select disciples that he trusted and that he knew were strong enough to be able to solve this matter.
Having Yu Jin with them would also be good. Not only would he be able to provide them with information, but he would also be able to form a good relationship with the other disciples. In case he really stayed in the Yun Zou Sect, that would be good for him. Continue reading
Yu Jin watched Yuchi Bing Xia’s figure disappear and his brows furrowed. Wearing the robe of an outer sect disciple and settling him in such a courtyard … Either this person didn’t worry about causing internal strife or he wanted people to believe he was a demonic practitioner. Yu Jin sighed and shook his head. Well, there was nothing he could do.
He went and sat down on the bed in the lotus position, closing his eyes and meditating. The house fell quiet and only the breeze that circled through the courtyard could be heard. Yu Jin didn’t seem to notice anything. He was completely immersed in his meditation as if there was nothing else in the world besides it. What Yun Zou Sect? What Master? Right now, there only were only he, the spiritual energy around him, and a deep silence inside of him.
An image flashed before his eyes, startling him awake. Continue reading
When Wu Min Huan arrived at his Master’s place, the palace was left empty. It seemed his Master hadn’t yet returned? He didn’t know where he had settled Yu Jin so he could only return to his own house and continue cultivating.
Meanwhile, Yuchi Bing Xia was facing one of his hardest challenges thus far. He smiled and motioned at the courtyard where a plum tree was standing, blossoming beautifully. “Do you like it?”
Yu Jin looked at the tree when he pointed over but retracted his gaze just as fast. He didn’t say anything and Yuchi Bing Xia wasn’t sure if he had nodded either. His brows twitched. Which disciple wouldn’t feel honored when they were presented with a courtyard on the Sect Master’s peak? Sure, his Yun Zou Sect wasn’t at the height of its power anymore but they still counted as a first-tier sect! The houses on his peak were also especially good. Couldn’t Yu Jin show at least a bit of pleasant surprise? Continue reading