Other parts of her body were fine, except for that one particular spot. She could feel the soreness, making her a little weak in her knees. Where was he anyway?
Gu Xijiu took a look around the house and was pleased by every single piece of the furniture. Even looking at the vase delighted her. There was a stack of well-folded clothes at the corner of the bed. They were yellow and silky. The color made her feel blossomy like a spring flower.
Di Fuyi had prepared the clothes for her. Gu Xijiu looked into the mirror and examined herself. Her eyes looked bright, and her lips were cherry red. She went crimson with delight, looking so tender and lovely like a blossoming flower.
She touched her lips, as her lips were a little swollen. Moreover, there were love marks all over her neck. People would easily notice the marks, so she was too embarrassed to leave the house.
"You are awake. Why don't you get more sleep?" Di Fuyi suddenly entered the house.
He was already wearing his usual purple robe. Invigorated, he looked beaming and buoyant in spirits. Di Fuyi had been soaked in the rain for so long last night. When she finally found him, he looked so lost and shook. She could not understand how he could stay up and make love to her all night without wearing out.
Di Fuyi watched as her face slowly turned red and was pleased. He got closer and pulled her close at the waist. "Tired? I thought you would sleep until this evening."
Gu Xijiu leaned on his chest and teased him. "Aren't you supposed to be more tired than me? I thought the rain would wear you out last night."
Di Fuyi pulled her even closer into his arms. With a half smile, he teased her, "Looks like you were not quite satisfied with my performance last night."
Abruptly, he swept her off of her feet and carried her towards the bed. Apparently, he would like to make it up to her for her dissatisfaction last night.
Gu Xijiu was taken aback by utter surprise. She struggled to get away from his arms and took a few steps backward away from him. "Behave." He would always ask for more at every opportunity that she had given him.
Di Fuyi did not force her into it. It was her first night. Moreover, they had it for a few times in a row, as he could not contain his excitement. Even with the help of the wine, he should not be so eager for her. She was still injured.
He laughed. "I thought you were dissatisfied."
She was, without a doubt, thoroughly happy.
Gu Xijiu was a strong person. Certainly strong enough to refrain herself from making a fuss even in the most serious injury. All thanks to him, she was still sore.
Gu Xijiu did not want to continue the subject with him, to prevent him from getting more aroused about it. "Are you hungry? Is there anything that you want to eat?" She asked.
Although Di Fuyi had been here for days, he was either in bed or somewhere else to meditate. He was not officially a part of the community yet, so there was no way he would know what their diets were, or where the kitchen was located. Certainly, he would not know about the good food around here.
Gu Xijiu wanted to be a host to show him what was best.
Di Fuyi broke into a smile and kissed her gently on her lips. "I want you."
He was always thinking about sex.
In return, Gu Xijiu wrapped herself around his waist and kissed his chin. "I am different from you. You can survive without eating, but I am famished."
She only had a few glasses of wine last night with her brother and had not eaten anything since. Moreover, they had been up all night long. It was no wonder that she was famished.
Di Fuyi flicked his sleeves. Instantly, there was some food on the table that consisted of some desserts, some main dishes and two sets of banana puree. He carried her to the table. "I knew that you would be hungry. Is this all enough?"
The banana puree was something that they had around here, but the desserts and dishes were something else from the outside world. The food looked exquisite and smelled good. They were all her favorites.
Although the food here was nutritious, the supply was not entirely varied. The vegetables were edible wild herbs. They did not have any seasoning, so they could only add a little salt to their dishes for every meal. There was not a grain or cereal around here, so they could only rely on banana puree to fill their stomachs. For sure, they had not eaten well. For someone who was as picky as Gu Xijiu, the food here was getting a little hard to swallow after a while. She only ate it because she needed to survive. She had been craving for good food but surpressed her desires as she thought she would not make it out of this place.
The things that Di Fuyi had brought with him for their bridechamber had already blown her mind away. She could never have thought that he would bring along food with him. He was extraordinarily thoughtful.
She had not been able to smell food for a while now and was delighted. She kissed his cheek. "Little Yiyi, you are indeed thoughtful."
She then let go of him and happily took out a piece of dessert, but Di Fuyi suddenly held her wrist tightly to stop her from eating. He looked at her with a half smile. "Are you just going to compliment my thoughtfulness with only a kiss?"
Was the kiss not enough? Was he expecting her to make love to him for a meal?
Gu Xijiu squinted at him. "What else do you want?"
Di Fuyi pointed at his lips and said, "Kiss here."
Boldly, Gu Xijiu gave him a swift kiss on his lips and moved away.
Di Fuyi was not happy with it. Before she moved away, he quickly pulled her into his arms and kissed her passionately. Then, he let her go and said gently, "Only the last kiss counts."
Gu Xijiu's heart started beating out of rhythm. It was difficult for her to resist his temptation. His kiss alone was able to set her delightful heart on fire.
She coughed and returned to the table to start eating. During the meal, they engaged in a little conversation. Gu Xijiu was wondering if he knew anyways to leave this place.
He was the God who guarded the continent, so he should be able to find ways to leave this place, right?
Di Fuyi thought about it for a moment and sighed. "It is not that easy. I cannot think of any ways at the moment."
Gu Xijiu's heart sank. "It can't be. What kind of place is this?"
"The core in the middle of the eighth peak." Di Fuyi did not hide it from her.
"So, this is where the eighth peak is. I heard that the place is full of beasts with spiritual powers of level eight and above. Why can't I see any of them here?" Gu Xijiu was puzzled.
Di Fuyi sighed. "This place is the core. The banana-milk tree is a kind of majestic plant that is naturally formed from the heaven and earth. The areas where it covers are the places with the fullest spiritual power. It forms a shield that can suppress evil and foreboding energy, so the beasts cannot easily escape. It is the key to supporting the entire dark forest. If anything goes wrong with it, the entire dark forest will collapse. Those beasts that are influenced by the evil energy will be released back to the continent and hurt people."
Gu Xijiu was stunned and started involuntarily sweating. She could sense that the tree was the key to support the land, so she had actually thought about cutting it down to find out more about it. It was fortunate that she did not cut it. Otherwise, she would be in deep trouble.
"How can a tree be so powerful?" Gu Xijiu wanted to know more.
Gently, Di Fuyi shook his head. "The tree is just the beginning. It is the front array that is formed by heaven and earth, to keep a profound indication of an endless living. It requires energy from the people to sustain it. Yet, the people here survive because of the tree. The tree provides them with the necessary conditions to live. Both complement each other."
Gu Xijiu was astonished. "What an odd tree! If the tree needs the people, will the array be broken when all of us leave?"
Calmly, Di Fuyi explained, "Under normal circumstances, the people who came in will have to spend their lives here. There is no way out."
Gu Xijiu looked at him fixedly. "I can finally see why you sent these people here, people who are not the heaven's gift disciples. You sent them here to sustain the tree."
Di Fuyi stroked her hair gently as he continued, "Xijiu, this is the law of the heavens. These people were meant to die, but the majestic banana tree gave them a second chance to live. They complemented each other by forming a unity. I owe them nothing. This is why the tree will only save the people who are on the verge of dying. There is a clue in every heaven's law. Those who are responsible for carrying out the heaven's duty should not have petty kindness."
Gu Xijiu did not know what to say. This was the first time that she heard about the heaven's law from Di Fuyi, so she was completely astonished. She thought about it for a moment before asking, "How long has it come into existence?"
Di Fuyi sighed. "It was here before me. I don't exactly know how long. To support the tree is the responsibility of every guardian of the heaven's law. You will…" He suddenly hesitated. "You will understand it in the future."
"How many people have come in here? Why didn't I see any bodies?" The place had been around for thousands of years, and it required the people to sustain the tree. There must have been a lot of people who came and died here. Shouldn't there be graveyards? How could she not see any graves around?
"No one will be able to leave any trace behind. Once the people die, they will turn into ashes. Moreover, the place will be cleared out once every 500 years. When the time's up, all the traces here will be completely wiped out, leaving nothing behind." Di Fuyi continued to enlighten her with more facts.
Gu Xijiu was shocked. "The life expectancy for someone whose spiritual power is level nine and above is 1,000 years. If the place will be wiped out once every 500 years, that means these people will die?"
Di Fuyi continued, "The transition from level eight to level nine requires pills. Without the pills, they cannot possibly reach level nine only by practicing blindly. Most people here will mostly attain level eight in their spiritual power, which means that their life expectancy will only maintain at a few hundred years. Occasionally, if any of them successfully reaches level nine with the pills that they have, it will be an unfortunate event for them when the wipeout happens."
Gu Xijiu stammered. "Will we… Will we be the same? You are a God, but you are trapped here as well. It is impossible for you to be trapped here your whole life, right?"
"Xijiu, when I came in here, I played by the rules, "Di Fuyi responded.
That meant that he was no exception for any privileges. Gu Xijiu was unaware of the severity of the matter, so she was still shocked. "Do you mean to say that none of us will be able to make it out?"
Di Fuyi comforted her. "Don't worry; we will. I am now trapped here. A God cannot stay here until the end of time."
That was true.
Gu Xijiu could finally heave a sigh of relief. She was touched by his gesture, as he knew how dangerous it was to be here and yet he chose to be here for her without hesitation. What else was there for here to be insecure about, now that his love for her was true?
She would never doubt him from now on. She only wanted to be with him. However, she could tell from Di Fuyi's words that he had not thought of any ways to escape yet. It seemed like they were going to have to spend a few years in here. Hopefully, the clearance would not happen anytime soon.
A sudden thought emerged. "By the way, all of you made it in here because you were at the verge of dying, but I… I made it in without any harm at all, why is that so?" She was the only one who came in by having the mussel to carry her, unharmed.
Di Fuyi peeled a fruit and passed it over to her. He seemed to be a little pleased. "That is why I said that you are different. I have indeed got myself a perfect wife."
Gu Xijiu looked at him quietly. She was waiting for him to brag on.
Di Fuyi gave in. "All right. I have inquired for more details from the mussel about your entry. You seemed to have run into the right place at the right time. It is perhaps the heaven's call that you are here, for you to have a better practice for the transition of your spiritual power."
Gu Xijiu could not hide her amusement. "There you go, bluffing me again! I am not anyone special, why would the heaven treat me well?"
Di Fuyi responded with a smile. "You are my wife, so the heavens will surely treat you better, to train you and make you as strong as possible."
Gu Xijiu's face lighted up. "Someday, I want to be as strong as you!" She wanted to stay by his side and watch as the world turned. She wanted to be a guardian of the continent, too.
Di Fuyi pulled her into his arms and responded briefly, "You will."
Gu Xijiu's eye gleamed with hopes. "By the way, you said that you became a God through your practice, right? I could be a God too then. However, I do not plan to take your job away from you, I only intend to increase my lifespan so we can stay together for as long as we want."
Di Fuyi's eyes darkened, but he hid it away with a smile. He placed his chin gently on her hair and caressed her gently. "You can do it."
Gu Xijiu was happy to have received his approval, even though it sounded like he was only saying it to make her happy.
Gu Xijiu was motivated. She wanted to become stronger when she was here. She wanted to be the one who could stand beside him and face anything together in times of trouble, not the one who was constantly under his protection.
She recalled something. "By the way, why did the three beasts of level eight suddenly attack us? Was that a form to clear up space?" If it were not for Di Fuyi, most of the people here would already be long dead. That was a dangerous night. Gu Xijiu could still feel the lingering fear.
Di Fuyi shook his head. "The clearance does not happen like that. That night was an accident."
"Hmm?" Gu Xijiu was perplexed.
"That accident had something to do with you."
Gu Xijiu did not know what to say.
"Did you mean that the beasts were here because of me?" She thought he meant that she brought bad luck.
Di Fuyi tapped the table gently as he explained. "Not because of you, it was the mussel. When the mussel dug its way in, he had unfortunately damaged some parts of the majestic tree's roots, causing its pure energy to leak out. Some of the evil energy that it has absorbed throughout the years was leaked as well, triggering the three dark hawks, hence the incident."
Gu Xijiu finally understood the consequences of the mussel's action.