Translator: Nyoi-Bo Studio Editor: Nyoi-Bo Studio
Ye Futian frowned. Xia Qingyuan intended to tell him the news yet she kept him outside the door. It was apparently to settle the score of him behaving disrespectfully to her at the Holy Zhi Palace that day.
Xia Qingyuan crashed into his bedchambers and it irked him, as such, he behaved glumly to the princess back then.
“Huu…” Ye Futian reminded himself of Jieyu and said to the servant girl, “Please inform the princess that I, Ye Futian, would be willing to come to her place to apologize for any disrespect I caused in the past.”
“The princess said she is not seeing anyone and that is final. Please come again, Palace Lord Ye.” The servant girl’s attitude did not change one bit and replied.
Ye Futian looked at that servant girl and his silver hair billowed in the wind. His pointed eyes came to bear a tinge of coldness in them. That servant girl sensed the coldness emanating from his and averted her eyes, not daring to look at them anymore.
He turned and look at the tall palace tower and felt rather cold inside. If Xia Qingyuan were to take revenge on him with other matters, he would not have been bothered, but playing him using news regarding Jieyu was another matter altogether, and one could have imagined what he was going through.
“Please inform the princess that I shall come again tomorrow,” Ye Futian said to the servant girl, then turned around to address the village chief, “Let’s go.”
There was nothing he could have done about Xia Qingyuan’s antics. That place was Emperor Xia’s Palace after all. It was not just him; anyone who came from Emperor Xia’s Realm would have had to lower their heads at such a place. No one dared to get nasty there after all.
“Bring him up here.” A voice was heard from high above, which sounded rather fleeting. Ye Futian stopped dead in his tracks before turning around. He then saw the servant girl said to him, “Come with me.”
Ye Futian stepped forward and passed the Heaven’s Gate, heading into the Heavenly Palace.
The village chief stayed waiting outside. Emperor Xia’s Palace was not a place that would have allowed entry with permission and that applied to even the saints. Xia Qingyuan had only asked for Ye Futian to be brought in after all.
Ye Futian went upwards for the Heavenly Tower, coming before a mesmerizing palace with clouds everywhere, looking immensely beautiful. The place was immensely thick with spiritual qi, making it seemed as if it was indeed a fairyland.
They stepped past a fairy bridge and came before a lotus pond. The silhouette of a man appeared there, yet when said silhouette turned around, the face of said figure was an extremely beautiful one.
“Ye Futian, greets the princess.” Ye Futian bowed and said.
Xia Qingyuan simply looked at him coldly without saying anything.
“You insist on maintaining such aloof attitude despite having favors to ask from others?” Xia Qingyuan looked at Ye Futian. She was unable to sense one bit of sincerity from him.
“There is no way I dare to behave in an aloof manner before you, princess. What happened in the Holy Zhi Palace in the past was all my fault, for not receiving you in a proper manner. I hereby sincerely apologize, and I hope you would not be holding a grudge against me,” Ye Futian said with a low voice.
“Such pretense indeed,” Xia Qingyuan said coldly. Ye Futian looked at her and struggled to keep his emotions in check.
Xia Qingyuan knew what was going through his mind just by looking at his expression. She then said coldly, “I’ve witnessed that battle of the sacred war three years ago in the Holy Zhi Palace. Hua Jieyu was apparently using external forces to invoke her powers. I looked into the places where they have studied in deliberately afterwards, finding a ruins with a supreme being in it. Her methods of training was also very exceptional.”
Ye Futian listened intently and felt rather tense. He then asked, “May I know what was so special about said method of training?”
“You’re here in the Upper Worlds to train now. Do you know how many realms are there here?” Xia Qingyuan asked.
“I do not.” Ye Futian shook his head.
“There are three thousand realms of the great path.” Xia Qingyuan looked at Ye Futian, “So I brought people of both Lower and Upper Worlds of Emperor Xia’s Realm to train outside. Although we’ve been to a myriad of places, the places that we’ve been to were only a handful in comparison.”
If it had been other days, Ye Futian might have been astounded by what he heard. However, at present, there was little more than a flutter in his mind, which disappeared as quickly it came. He then asked, “What does that have to do with my wife?”
“That ruins was left behind by one of the top notch figures of the three thousand realms. One thought connecting the divine and the three thousand realms could have been reached. Your wife’s soul remained intact and it was possible that she was taken away by that supreme being. If that turned out to be the case, then there was a chance that she might have survived,” Xia Qingyuan replied.
Ye Futian’s heart raced. He had already given into despair. Despite Hua Qingqing’s words before she left, he still found that unbelievable.
He had witnessed Jieyu disintegrating right in his arms back then after all. Her body disintegrated and her soul took flight into the heavens. Even if her soul had stayed intact at that moment, there was no way she could have stayed alive.
As such, he did not have much hope before he came.
However, upon hearing what Xia Qingyuan said, a flame of hope lit up within his mind.
Three Thousand Worlds of the Great Path. One thought connecting the divine could reach the three thousand realms.
If there was such massive forces existing in the world, then there was little else that was deemed impossible.
The possibility of Jieyu’s soul being brought away was very, very real.
An intense heat welled up within his mind at the thought of that. He had been despaired for three years and his hope was reignited. One could have only imagined what was going on in his mind at the moment.
“Princess, may I know who that top notch figure might be?” Ye Futian asked.
“It was too far away from you. You won’t be able to look for her even if that is what you intend to do right now. Remain diligent in your training and get to Saint Plane before you consider anything else.” Xia Qingyuan did not tell Ye Futian.
Ye Futian stared at her and she replied coldly, “What I’ve told are nothing but the truth. It is up to you if you want to believe me. I would say no more about anything else.”
She then turned around to face the pond and paying no heed to Ye Futian.
Seeing how she carried herself, Ye Futian knew that he would not have been able to get further answers. He bowed to her back and said sincerely, “Thank you, princess, for telling me all that. I’d be taking my leave.”
Ye Futian turned around and left after that.
A silhouette appeared beside Xia Qingyuan without making a sound. It was none other than Emperor Xia himself.
Xia Qingyuan eyed Emperor Xia and said, “You know that queen’s method of training was special, father. It is possible that there are countless throughout the three thousand realms acquiring her lineage. She was but training using the powers of that queen. Even if the queen had been capable of saving Hua Jieyu, the chance of her doing so would have been infinitely miniscule. Why do you tell me this and give him hope, father? Wouldn’t it be rather cruel if said hope bursts one day?”
“Are you pitying him then?” Emperor Xia smiled and said to Xia Qingyuan.
Xia Qingyuan’s eyes remained composed and simply looked at her father.
Emperor Xia knew her daughter’s personality well and simply smiled, saying, “That guy is intensely sentimental, having his hand ended up bleached due to emotional trauma and all that. In that case, it would seem that emotions serve as good driving force to further his training without a doubt. Telling him this would prompt him to train more diligently. Do you believe that?”
“If the day comes where his hope proves to be little more than a bubble, wouldn’t it have been a greater blow to his mind?” Xia Qingyuan asked.
“If such a day truly comes, his state of mind would be even more strengthened. He isn’t someone so easily crushed. Don’t underestimate him, and don’t forget, he has beaten you once,” Emperor Xia smiled and said. The supreme ruler of Emperor Xia’ Realm would have only been so tender when talking to his beloved daughter.
“Do you find that he has quite a nasty temper?” Emperor Xia smiled and asked his daughter.
Xia Qingyuan did not respond. Emperor Xia looked at his daughter and naturally knew how proud her daughter was as a person. Be it status or talents, she was peerless in all of Emperor Xia’s Realm.
Anyone that she would have spoken to in such a soft-spoken manner, was probably someone who had beaten her.
If it had been someone else, she might have been able to scare them until the legs give with just one look.
“What is his actually? Xia Qingyuan asked curiously. She only knew that when his father was looking into Ye Futian, a mysterious figure visited Emperor Xia’s Palace one day.
The lockdown was lifted afterwards and her father summoned all of the saints below to the Upper Worlds, decreeing that the news regarding the sacred war shall not be leaked. Shadow guards were sent to the Lower Worlds and kept watch over all who had participated in that battle.
She had never seen his father being concerned over anything since she began to remember things.
“I’d like to know as well.” Emperor Xia stroked her head, looking doting and tender. The coming of the mysterious figure that day, coupled with everything he found about him, made her deduce that Ye Futian’s background held earth-shattering secrets. Secrets that were utterly terrifying.
Xia Qingyuan glared at her father rather furiously for patting her head like that.
Emperor Xia laughed and continued patting after seeing her expression.
If someone outside were to witness the exchange, they would have definitely been astounded. Rumor had it that Emperor Xia was extremely doting to his little princess, and the truth was more real than what was speculated.
“But, regardless of who he is, he ends up irking you nonetheless. How about I give an order and have him serve you and listen to your every order?” Emperor Xia chuckled and continued, “I’d like to see if that guy dare refuse.”
Xia Qingyuan recalled the times she had invited Ye Futian and had been rejected all the same. She came to find that proposal rather tempting, but upon recalling that ‘putrid’ face of his, she refused altogether. “No need for that.”
“Alright, if you come to need it done, then just let me know,” Emperor Xia said with a smile before disappearing from the spot.
The people from the Holy Zhi Palace arrived at an inn and everyone gathered.
The three swordsmen, Ye Wuchen, Xu Que, Zui Qianchou, walked together. The three of them had been training together all the time back in the Holy Zhi Palace and they were very friendly with each other.
“The Upper Worlds are very bustling indeed. I’m guessing that there’d really good booze around,” Zui Qianchou mumbled. He intended to take his time and take a good look of the Upper Worlds.
“Booze is boring. The girls on the Upper Worlds on the other hand, boy, beauties are everywhere.” Xu Que at the side narrowed his eyes and saw a female cultivator not far away, looking rather stunning.
People of the Upper Worlds were commonly of high training, so their bearing were all exceptional and it was a given that they all looked stunning.
Ye Wuchen had long gotten used to the antics of both of them and did not pay any heed. Zui Qianchou really loved booze more than anything, yet Xu Que was just all talk.
Xu Que stopped at that moment, then both Ye Wuchen and Zui Qianchou followed suit as they sensed something.
Xu Que hailed from Tingxue House, so his senses were the sharpest of the three. He sensed killing intent headed for them.
A group of people rode swords and came at them, dropping before them in an instant. All of them emanated startling sword will. It was apparent that they were all pure practitioners of the sword.
They looked at Ye Wuchen and the other two with very, very cold eyes.
“Do you people have business with us?” Xu Que narrowed his eyes as he looked at the group. They have not been arriving at the Upper Worlds for long, so there was no way they would have offended anyone.
Unless, old scores to settle!
All of those people were swordsmen, and the three of them have indeed had scores to settle with swordsmen!