Di Fuyi finally heaved a sigh of relief. He used to make people compromise with him over the past few thousands of years. Everyone obeyed him because of his spiritual power.
However, he did not use his power this time around to receive everyone's blessings. Instead, he wholeheartedly put in his effort to complete the task. Finally, they could officially become husband and wife.
He had thought hard about the best way to please everyone in this village, especially Baili Ce, so that he could marry Gu Xijiu. Finally, Di Fuyi had managed to receive everyone's approval. He glimpsed at Luo Zhanyu. "Luo Zhanyu, have I passed your test?"
At this moment, Luo Zhanyu was very happy with the outcome. He happily nodded. "Yes, you're the fastest of them all! Congratulations!"
Everyone congratulated Di Fuyi, but instead of celebrating, he carefully observed Luo Zhanyu. "So, when will you be helping us organize the wedding?"
Luo Zhanyu was speechless. The crowd reacted the same way too. They did not expect him to be in such a hurry. Usually, after they passed the test, everyone needed some time to prepare for the wedding. This included tasks such as decorating the wedding hall, the bridechamber, and food preparations. It would probably take about ten days to prepare for a wedding. Hence, Luo Zhanyu used to set the wedding date a month after the completion of the test so that everyone had sufficient time to prepare. Therefore, he followed the same rules. "We will hold the wedding one month later."
'One month later?'
Di Fuyi narrowed his eyes. 'That is very inefficient!' He would have beaten his subordinates if their work efficiency was this slow! According to the rules here, he was not allowed to see and talk to the bride-to-be before their wedding even though he had passed the test. So, does it mean that he would have to bear with it for another month?!
He glimpsed at Gu Xijiu again. The little girl was still sitting there as she fiddled with the bone in her hand. She was gazing downwards, but he had no idea what was on her mind.
He casually said as he smiled, "We can talk about the wedding later. Do you have any idea regarding the puzzle on the giant tree?" Everyone was very concerned regarding this matter. Hence, Di Fuyi managed to attract their attention.
The people there have been trying various ways to solve the puzzle, but none of them seemed to be working. However, everyone immediately expressed their interest when he suddenly mentioned it.
"Celestial Master Zuo, why don't you try solving this puzzle? Do you have any clues?"
"Yes, what we have tried did not make any sense. Everyone has been scratching their heads over this puzzle for a very long time."
"Celestial Master Zuo, have you discovered something?"
Everyone's gaze was on Di Fuyi as they waited for him to disclose the clues.
Di Fuyi flicked his sleeve and casually said, "I had some clues about it when I first saw it, but I had to put it aside as I was trying very hard to get your blessings for me to marry Xijiu. I feel that this sentence is probably related to Xijiu, and we might need to discuss it together. Anyway, since our wedding is set to be one month later, we shall discuss it after our wedding. By that time, we can probably tell you a little or more about the puzzle."
Everyone remained silent.
After a moment, all of them looked at Luo Zhanyu.
"Boss, I feel we shouldn't delay their wedding anymore since Celestial Master Zuo has passed the test and both of them loved each other!"
"Yes, it's too long! It should be done as soon as possible. Why don't we hold the wedding today?"
"You're right! Today would be the perfect day to hold the wedding!"
"Since we have so much food and drink, let us celebrate the wedding tonight. We can all witness the wedding together. Doesn't it sound like a good idea?"
The villagers continued to urge Luo Zhanyu to hold the wedding today.
Luo Zhanyu glared at Di Fuyi. He did not want to organize his sister's wedding today. "This is such a grand event! How could we make it so simple? We should at least take a few days to prepare. All of you need to decorate the wedding hall for them, don't you?"
"That's easy since we have such a big workforce. It will be done in an hour."
"True. In fact, it is just a ceremony. Most importantly, Gu Xijiu and Di Fuyi both loved each other. It's not a nice thing to separate both of them."
"Don't worry, boss! We're just waiting for your order. We'll decorate the wedding hall nicely!"
"I agree. Since everyone is depressed because of the incident that had happened during the last gathering, the wedding might help to ease the grief."
Everyone was urging Luo Zhanyu to hold the wedding. Therefore, he would look bad if he still disagreed at this point. He coughed and said, "The wedding hall is not a difficult task, but what about the bridechamber…"
Gu Xijiu who had been silent for a while suddenly said, "My house is ready to become the bridechamber."
Luo Zhanyu was speechless.
Finally, Luo Zhanyu decided to agree on the wedding since his sister did not mind getting married now. However, he had one condition. Celestial Master Zuo must organize a grand wedding ceremony for her when they get out from here and also publicly announce her as his official wife.
Di Fuyi promised him without hesitation. Thus, the wedding was agreed to be held on that night. Therefore, everyone began to get busy and started decorating the wedding hall.
They were quite familiar with the decorations, especially since several couples had gotten married in the past. Moreover, Di Fuyi was well prepared as he brought all the necessary items for the wedding hall. Hence, they managed to complete decorating the wedding hall in a short period.
Meanwhile, the ladies happily dragged Gu Xijiu to change into her wedding gown since it had been prepared. After an hour, Gu Xijiu stood in front of the newly decorated wedding hall with her Phoenix Coronet. Meanwhile, Di Fuyi was standing beside her, and he was wearing a groom's suit.
Although there were only tens of guests, it was more happening than a wedding with hundreds of guests. The meeting hall had been redecorated to become a wedding hall. It looked luxurious and festive.
Gu Xijiu felt like it was a dream as she looked at the character 'Heaven' in the wedding hall. Di Fuyi had written it. Every stroke was strong and beautiful.
In fact, 'double-happiness' was supposed to be hung at the center of the wedding hall according to tradition, as a kowtow to the heavens and the earth was just a ceremony. However, Di Fuyi was the first one who had decided to hang 'Heaven' in the wedding hall.
Gu Xijiu was the only one who knew Di Fuyi's true identity. He was the god of this continent. Hence, only the Heaven's was worth for him to kowtow, and no one else.
She had married him!
During their previous wedding, even though he had helped her put on her wedding gown on that rainy night and was also the one responsible for decorating the bridechamber, it was just between them, and no one else knew about their wedding. It was as if they were running away secretly. However, it was different now as the wedding ceremony was held in front of everyone. It meant that she had finally become his official wife!
Di Fuyi held her hand while she was idling. His hand was warm. It was the temperature that Gu Xijiu had always craved. It was the first time that he was holding her hand ever since they had separated during their prior wedding. Her heart was racing.
The moment he held her hand, he felt that they were going to be with each other for the rest of their lives. A warmth was transmitted from his palm to hers, and it slowly traveled up to her heart and warmed up every part of her body.
Was that what people called happiness? Holding their beloved's hand and never letting it go? Everything that happened later was like a dream as well.
Gu Xijiu returned to her bridechamber after the wedding ceremony. She had not moved or changed any of the decorations in the room. She had slept in the room alone ever since Di Fuyi had left. The very first thing she did when she woke up in the morning was to wipe everything properly. Thus, everything looked new and clean.
Di Fuyi was holding her hand. Even after they entered the bridechamber, he was still holding her hand. Although they were now in the same old place, they missed each other very much as they had not seen each other for half a month.
In fact, Gu Xijiu wanted to run into his arms when he held her hand. According to the traditions, the groom still needed to attend to the guests in the wedding hall after sending the bride into the bridechamber. Thus, Gu Xijiu urged him to go after she sat down.
Di Fuyi smiled as he pulled her into his arms. He said as he looked her in the eyes, "Baby, do you still want me to go?"
She missed his arms and his warmth so much. She said as she tried to suppress her desires to hug him, "I am not trying to kick you out, but this is tradition…"
"Damn traditions! I hate them!"
Gu Xijiu chuckled. "I thought you respected rules and traditions very much?" He had followed all the rules before their wedding, and he did not even come to see her once.
Gu Xijiu had secretly looked for him over the past two weeks. Unfortunately, she did not manage to find him as he was too unpredictable. Thus, she did not get to see him. She would have thought that he had left if she had not received the food he prepared every day!
Di Fuyi seemed to have understood something. "Weren't you mad at me because of this? This was the reason you intentionally walked away from my side, wasn't it?"
Gu Xijiu twitched her mouth. "I'm doing you a favor since you like following the rules."
She was throwing a tantrum like a kid. Di Fuyi could not help but laugh. He just realized that the girl who was usually calm and smart could also turn kiddy at times. She was upset that he did not come to see her secretly. She missed him very much.
She was upset because she did not manage to find him when she missed him. Hence, she decided to let out her frustration at him. However, he found it to be her way of telling him that she loved him, and he enjoyed it very much.
He smiled. "Hmmm, guess you missed me very much. I never expected you to behave this way."
"No, I didn't. I was swamped to the extent that I had almost forgotten about you." Gu Xijiu refused to admit that she missed him very badly.
"Oh, I see. I shall impress you now so that you would always remember me!" He quickly kissed her on the lips without giving her a chance to react! The kiss was hot and dominant, and was filled with passion and love. Both of their body senses were instantly triggered.
In the beginning, Gu Xijiu's lips refused to respond as she tried controlling herself to prevent him from being too arrogant. However, his lips managed to pry open her mouth, and her tongue was forced to dance with his. She finally surrendered to his control after a while. Both of her arms began climbing up his shoulders and eventually wrapped around his neck like vines. She started responding to him as she leaned on him.
She missed him! She missed his arms, his kisses, his scent. She missed everything about him. She never expected herself to miss someone so badly. She used to be strong and calm, but she always very childish whenever she was around Di Fuyi. She just wanted to be with him and did want to be apart ever again.
It was effortless for his hot kisses to light up Gu Xijiu's sparks. Di Fuyi carried her and walked towards the bed. The moment Gu Xijiu opened her eyes, she was lost for several seconds. However, she soon realized that she was pressed under his body.
Their short separation was tough as they were forced to be apart when they had just experienced the sweetness of love. His hot body was on hers, and though it was not heavy, she was trapped under him. He whispered as he looked into her eyes, "Xijiu, this is our official wedding night. Are you happy?"
His gaze was attractive. Gu Xijiu flushed as she looked at him. "I've worn the gown twice…"
Di Fuyi blew his hot breath into her ear. "The other time was just a trial run. Right now, they are celebrating our formal wedding. You look perfect regardless of when you put it on."
"But…" Gu Xijiu stretched her hand to stop his hand which was trying to unbutton her gown.
"What is it?" Di Fuyi was confused. He wanted her. He wanted her now!
Gu Xijiu pursed her lips. She was shy. "But… I haven't bathed…"
She always bathed before she slept every night.
She did not expect to get married tonight. Everyone had immediately helped her to change and put on her makeup after the decision was made, and so she had no time to bathe.
It was too soon! It was way beyond her expectation.
Di Fuyi was stunned and burst into laughter.
Gu Xijiu flushed again as he laughed. She punched his shoulder. "You're still laughing! It's all your fault that we had suddenly rushed into this wedding…"
Di Fuyi did not stop her as her force was as gentle as a little kid's. She had not punched him with the intention of hurting him. Gu Xijiu only realized that she was being very childish after a while. She was stunned and slowly stopped. She was surprised as she did not expect herself to be acting this way.
Di Fuyi grabbed her hand when she stopped. Her fingers were locked in between his fingers as he lowered his head to kiss her earlobe. His breath became hotter as he watched her earlobe turn red. "Baby, let me bring you somewhere else to bathe. Close your eyes."
His voice was dominant yet very gentle. Gu Xijiu closed her eyes as if she had been hypnotized and Di Fuyi carried her in his arms followed by a spin and the sound of a breeze.
Deep down she was curious. Although the surface area of the eighth peak was relatively big, they were trapped in the village. So, where could they possibly go?
She had been here for almost a month and had already explored every corner of the village. She was sure that Di Fuyi would not be able to bring her to a place that she had not already studied.
Ten minutes later, Gu Xijiu assumed that they had traveled roughly several hundred kilometers away from her house. However, he did not seem to be stopping anytime soon. Had they exited the wizardry barrier? Gu Xijiu felt that running from the village to the barrier would not have taken so long.
After a while, he finally stopped. He said as he kissed Gu Xijiu's eyelash, "Alright, you may now open your eyes."
Gu Xijiu was stunned as she opened her eyes. Had she entered a different dimension? Was this place part of a fairytale?
There were many semi-transparent creatures around her. They were all of different sizes and shapes. Some looked like a wall; some looked like irregular shaped pillars; some looked like the horns of a deer. It looked strange. However, the most exciting thing was that most of the creatures were hollow, and there seemed to be some bubbles inside of them. What were they?
Gu Xijiu had never seen these kinds of creatures before. She stretched her hand and touched them. They felt jade and were neither too soft nor too hard. Gu Xijiu might even be able to pierce through the creatures if she had applied more force.
"What are they? Where is this place?" Gu Xijiu asked curiously.
"We are 30 kilometers below ground level. This place is the root of the Banana Milk Tree." Di Fuyi answered.
Gu Xijiu's heart skipped a beat, and she asked, "Am I allowed to come here?"
She remembered the mussel mentioning that this was Di Fuyi's practice site and it was highly confidential. Only Di Fuyi himself was allowed to enter. However, since Di Fuyi was severely injured, the mussel was allowed to enter and acted as his transportation.
That was the only time whereby the mussel was allowed to enter. Since then, it had to secretly try to sneak in as the place was rich in spiritual energy. However, it failed to enter the place as no one could enter without Di Fuyi's existence.
Di Fuyi walked forward as he held her hand. "From today onwards, you are allowed to go wherever I go."
If the spiritual energy in the core was double the amount outside the Dark Forest, then the spiritual energy flowing around Gu Xijiu now was probably ten times higher than the outside world!
The rich spiritual energy was converted into thin air. Gu Xijiu noticed that it was enough to stimulate the spiritual power in her body just by respiring.
"The mussel told me that there is no air in here and ordinary people would die if they came here. Darn! It lied to me!"
"It's partially true. The wizardry barrier around the roots would block you if you did not have my permission, and there's indeed a vacuum space outside the barrier."
Gu Xijiu was smart. "Do you mean that the only reason I can enter now is that we had sex before and I have your scent on my body now?"
Di Fuyi rotated the ring on her hand and said, "Smart girl! Of course, the ring does help too."
She was surprised that she would be able to enjoy such a fantastic privilege just by making love to him. Gu Xijiu knew that there were certain places only accessible to The Lord. She never expected that she would be able to come here after she became The Lord's wife. She felt that she had hit the jackpot!
After walking for about half a kilometer, a pond appeared in front of them. The water in the pond was light green like the color of an emerald, and a layer of light green mist surrounded the pond.
The most unique item was the pinkish cloud bed beside the pond. The bed drape was red, and it made the bed look as beautiful as a red flower on the green leaves.
Gu Xijiu was speechless.
Needless to say, the bed had been prepared by Di Fuyi. He had come well prepared.
Gu Xijiu was expressionless as she looked at the bed.
"Baby, do you like this place? We can make love in here tonight. The bridechamber that I had prepared for you is over there." Di Fuyi walked towards the pond as he held her hand. "You can have your long bath here, and we can even bathe together."
Gu Xijiu's face was flushed. She realized that Di Fuyi was very open when he talked to her, and his topics were always linked to sex. She could not understand he was always thinking about sex.
After all, it was her first time here, and so she was very curious about this place. Hence, she struggled out of Di Fuyi's hand and began strolling around the place.
Di Fuyi took out a chair and sat down. He watched her wander around and explained things to her whenever she took longer glance at it. For example, what she needed to pay more attention to when she was practicing in here or which spot had the most spiritual energy and would be the best spot to practice. Even though he was randomly explaining things to her, Gu Xijiu found that she had learned a lot from him today.
The place was about the size of a football field. She sighed as she finished strolling around.
Di Fuyi's gaze followed her around. "Why are you sighing?"
"This is a holy land for cultivation. Look, you have been trying to restore your spiritual power by practicing in the outside world, but it never worked. However, you were able to restore all of your power only after eight days of practicing here. Honestly, I was shocked when you showed up that day…" Gu Xijiu sighed again and jokingly said, "You should have come here earlier."
Di Fuyi smiled. "That's why I think that I got a better compensation even though I almost died."
Gu Xijiu pursed her lips and added, "I regret a lot for fleeing away from the wedding and almost causing you to die…"
Di Fuyi pulled her closer and let her sit on his lap. "Xijiu, it's alright. In fact, this was all Heaven's arrangement. You wouldn't have found your brother if you had not fled, right? Besides, I'm still alive now. Furthermore, things have gone quite well so far, right…"
"But you're trapped here, and we have no idea how long it would take to find a way out. You're The Lord, and you're trapped here. I can't imagine what would happen out there without your supervision." This feeling had been lurking in her heart for quite some time, and she had not told anyone else until today.
"Don't worry. We'll get out of here sooner or later." He sighed. "In fact, I think I that I might have solved the puzzle. It will be easy to escape once we have fulfilled the requirements."
Gu Xijiu's eyes were sparkling. "You have solved it? What are the requirements?"
"Nine people must achieve a spiritual power of level nine and the leader must be a woman. However, it would be perfect if the leader achieves a spiritual power of level ten." Di Fuyi summarized the requirements in just a few sentences.
Gu Xijiu was slightly stunned. Among all the people in the village, only Di Fuyi and Luo Zhanyu had achieved a spiritual power of level nine, and the rest were all between level seven and eight. Meanwhile, there were only seven of them who had achieved a spiritual power of level eight including herself. Three of them had achieved a spiritual power of level eight and a half while the rest of them had just achieved a spiritual power of level eight.
Everyone knew that it was more difficult to increase one's spiritual power to level nine from level eight as compared to breaking into the Heaven. Many of them who had achieved a spiritual power of level eight might not be able to achieve a spiritual power of level nine even if they continued practicing for another 50 to 60 years. Thus, those who have already achieved a spiritual power of level eight might need to practice for at least another 10 to 20 years.
The leader must be a woman, which meant, it would most probably be her. She had achieved a spiritual power of level eight. However, she had no idea how long it would take for her to upgrade to level nine, not to mention level ten.
In fact, everyone had gone through many ups and downs together so they hoped that everyone would be able to get out of the place together. What would the rest think if only nine of them could get out?
Perhaps, the village would be thrown into chaos if Di Fuyi told them the truth.
Gu Xijiu was deep in thought. However, Di Fuyi slowly added as he managed to read her mind, "Xijiu, as a leader, we need to understand and practice the theory of giving and taking. We are not allowed to be indecisive…"