They failed to trick him. Instead, he caught them red-handed. Since then, Lan Yue had been threatening them with the incident. He demanded their service in exchange for the secrecy, or else he would inform their teacher about what they did. It seemed as though they were his followers.
Those days, the only thing on Lan Waihu's mind was to seek vengeance. She had forgotten entirely about Yan Chen. Every day, she would spend most of her time with Qian Lingyu planning their next move.
Yan Chen finally realized that she had a change of attitude. He understood that he might have left her out for too long, so he started to approach her more frequently.
She was still a little mad at Yan Chen. Ever since their last argument, they had not met for a while. Hence, it was no surprise that she behaved icily towards him, even when he came to see her. She was no longer the girl who used to follow him around.
What she did not know was that it was the most critical time for Yan Chen, as he could take his power another step higher.To achieve level nine, he had to focus wholeheartedly on his practice without the tiniest distraction. Yan Chen wanted to keep the achievement as a surprise for her, so he did not say anything about it.
He could have done it easily in three months, but he could hardly focus on his practice anymore due to Lan Waihu's situation. To his dismay, his advancement to level nine went out of control. If Gu Canmo had not found him in time, he would already be dead.
He survived, but the incident had everyone in Tianju Hall in disbelief. Gu Canmo was really worried about him. Even though he had successfully attained a spiritual power of level nine, there was a price to pay. The lingering side effect from the incident would paralyze him for two days consecutively every month.
The side effect was difficult to be cured unless The Lord himself treated it. Otherwise, he would have to live with the condition for life.
Lan Waihu regretted when she found out about the truth. She no longer acted harshly towards Yan Chen. Instead, she returned and stayed by his side.
His advancement to level nine was a milestone for him to graduate from the school officially. Fortunately, there was a spring in Yan Chen's family home, and hot spring baths were a cure to many diseases.
Yan Chen's family offered to come and take him home, so he could use the hot spring to try and treat the side effect. However, Yan Chen could not leave Lan Waihu alone, so he refused to leave. In the end, Gu Canmo agreed to grant Lan Waihu a six-month holiday so she could follow Yan Chen home.
Lan Waihu was not very concerned about anything or anyone in their hometown, Yanzi Town  . The only reason she agreed to go back was Yan Chen. She did not like the idea, personally. She would rather stay in Tianju Hall with all her friends if she had a choice.
Before she left, she bid farewell to all her friends in Tianju Hall. They were reluctant to part. Then, she turned and saw Lan Yue standing amongst the crowd, smirking at her. With a directed audio, he told her, "Don't act as if you are going to part forever. You will come back here again in less than six months. By that time, I will give you a surprise."
Lan Waihu loathed him on sight. "Buzz off!"
Lan Yue responded with a smile and said nothing more. He seemed composed and confident.
Yan Chen had just finished his school abroad and returned recently, so everyone in town emerged to welcome him home with celebrations.
Lan Waihu stayed by his side throughout the entire journey and was genuinely happy for him. Because of her guilt, she tried her best to stay by Yan Chen's side and take care of his needs. He, in return, no longer left her out. He would often hold her hand. The gesture made her very happy.
The only thing that troubled her was his parents' attitude.
Before she went to Tianju Hall, his father was more attentive and would show great concern for her needs. His mother would still make sure that she was being well taken care of, even though she was not very keen on her. They barely talked.