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Zhuge Mingyue brought Beitang Xing’er next to Ye Futian and the others. Ye Futian and Hua Jieyu smiled as they shouted, “Second sister.”
“Good work, little brother.” Beitang Xing’er smiled.
“Why have you not joined the test this time?” Ye Futian asked.
“I don’t have much interest in the training.” Beitang Xing’er smiled as she answered, “I’m fine just tagging along with second sister here.”
“Only the Thousand Holy Islands will be selecting their disciples today. The most extraordinary of the ones who made it out of the Holy Roads have yet to show their true abilities, and you have had firsthand experience what Xie Ji is like. The true test will be held tomorrow. You think you can manage?” Zhuge Mingyue asked with a smile. She knew what Ye Futian’s talents were like. His lower plane, however, would continue to prove to be a disadvantage.
Out of the ones left, which numbered to a little over a hundred, Ye Futian and Yu Sheng were the weakest in terms of levels. There were not that many grade nine nobles around, with most being grade eight or seven. There were some who had broken through into grade six Noble Plane during their journey, and the difference in level for these people would not be easy to cover. It was due to this that most did not expect much of Ye Futian. In the battlefield on the next day, no matter how talented candidates of Arcana Plane were, they would have amounted to little more than just footnotes and audiences.
“I’ll know when the time comes,” Ye Futian answered.
“Well, you’d better give it your all then. Tomorrow is different from today. Those top-class figures from the Holy Zhi Palace will choose only a handful. If you don’t shine bright enough, others might end up taking your place,” Zhuge Mingyue elaborated. The Holy Zhi Palace was a place of training and it was only natural that she hoped Ye Futian would be able to make it through. It was the best choice offered to Ye Futian after all.
“Yeah.” Ye Futian nodded.
“Alright, I’ll get out of the way of you and Jieyu. There are many great places to go for dates on the island.” Zhuge Mingyue shot sly looks at the two of them, before taking Beitang Xing’er away with her.
Chen Yuan, Mu Chuan, and Mu Zhiqiu came soon after Zhuge Mingyue left.
“Zhiqiu, why didn’t you keep trying for a bit?” Ye Futian asked Mu Zhiqiu. Mu Zhiqiu had answered the invitation of an elder from the Thousand Holy Islands and was prepared to train under their wing.
“Tomorrow’s test is going to be too intense. That senior was my brother’s teacher, and he said he was willing to take me in. I’ve fulfilled my goal of coming here,” Mu Zhiqiu answered softly.
Ye Futian nodded and did not pursue the topic any further.
Mu Zhifan, who was standing behind him, looked livid. Ye Futian had earned the right to enter the Holy Zhi Palace, yet he refused. That point alone said that Ye Futian had surpassed him.
“Futian, give it all you’ve got tomorrow,” Chen Yuan said to Ye Futian. While he felt reluctant to have the Son of the Starry School train in the Holy Zhi Palace, two of the three great schools were out for his head at the moment. The best choice available to Ye Futian at the moment was to enter the Holy Zhi Palace.
“I will, headmaster,” Ye Futian said as he nodded.
“From the way you talk today, I’d say you’re still holding back. You are, aren’t you?” Mu Chuan was feeling rather irked. Someone like Ye Futian was actually offered entry to the Thousand Holy Islands of the Holy Zhi Palace, yet he refused all the offers, and that made Mu Chuan lose face.
“Mu Chuan, he has yet to enter the Holy Zhi Palace. You still have time to say yes to the offer to be his guard. He might not need you around tomorrow,” Chen Yuan egged him on.
“Screw you,” Mu Chuan yelled. Just why do I, the chief of the Zhaixing House, need to suck up to the kid? This is too much.
“Heh.” Chen Yuan chuckled coldly. “It seems that you don’t see things as clearly as your juniors. Mu Zhiqiu is very close with Ye Futian now, and yet you continue to be stubborn. The Zhaixing House will not be having a good end with you in charge.”
Ye Futian blinked and looked at Chen Yuan, then at Hua Jieyu by his side. Seeing Hua Jieyu smiling at him, he could not help but say, “Headmaster, please don’t go about saying things like that. I’m just friends with Zhiqiu. Just friends, nothing else.
“Right, Zhiqiu?” Ye Futian asked, looking at her.
Just what is this old fart doing? Is he trying to kill me or something? Ye Futian thought.
“Sorry, a slip of the tongue.” Chen Yuan waved his hand, and the smile on his face made Ye Futian want badly to slug someone.
Mu Zhiqiu looked rather funny instead and glanced at Hua Jieyu. The two beautiful girls’ eyes met for a brief moment. Mu Zhiqiu saw that Hua Jieyu’s smile was gentle and there was no animosity within. While she herself was a beauty nonetheless, she could not help but marvel at Hua Jieyu’s looks. What a beauty indeed.
She turned her eyes to Ye Futian and nodded in agreement.
Ye Futian saw other pretty girls like Gu Yunxi and Qin Yin were standing nearby and thought it would have been really awkward to stay there for long. He then said, “I heard the island is really beautiful. If you’re free, I guess it’d be a good idea to go walk for a bit. Now, if you’ll excuse us.” He dragged Hua Jieyu away as soon as he was done talking, before asking Qin Yin telepathically, “Qin Yin, take care of Qingyi for me, thanks.”
Qin Yin glanced at Ye Futian and sighed in her mind.
“He’s off just like that?” Yi Xiaoshi glared at him. The members of their group were not all that familiar with each other and had only gathered around Ye Futian. Very nice of you, running off with your girlfriend and all that.
Yu Sheng glanced at Yi Xiaoshi, and said, “You’re not telling me that you haven’t gotten used to this.”
Yi Xiaoshi’s eyes met Yu Sheng’s, and he answered, “I’m still getting used to it.” He had heard even back in the Cottage that Ye Futian was the kind who would be very nice with the sisters and harsh with the brothers. And it seemed to be a tradition of sorts.
“Brother Yuan, what do you say we get a place and spar for a bit?” the fat guy asked the ape beside him.
“I’m taken.” Yuan Zhan did not bother doing much with him, going in the direction of his father instead.
Gu Yunxi’s eyes looked rather dejected seeing Ye Futian walk away.
“Yunxi,” her brother called out to her.
“Yes.” Gu Yunxi turned around.
“What’s going on in your head?” Gu Ming asked. There was no way he would not have known what was actually in her head. It was just that Ye Futian was probably not the kind of person Gu Yunxi would be able to get her hands on.
“I was just thinking, well, what a couple those two are.” Gu Yunxi’s smile was beaming, seemingly very happy herself.
Gu Ming was dumbfounded. He had thought his sister would have felt down from all that she had just seen. He stared at her for a bit and found her smile stayed intact, and he felt very confused.
The training island right before the Holy Zhi Palace looked incredibly lively. Countless were discussing the battles to take place the day, and many were speculating what the battles the next day would be like.
The little more than hundred selected today were the strongest of the strongest seen thus far, including top-notch figures from top-notch forces. Those people seemed to have never clashed before, yet with the battle for the zenith at hand the next day, there was simply no way no one would not have been excited.
Many were wondering if Huang Jiuge of the Sovereign family or Xu Que from Tingxue House was stronger.
Who would prove more excellent, Bai Ze from White Cloud City or Zhuge Xing from the Zhuge family?
There were also top-class geniuses from other Holy Roads. How brilliant things would get the next day with them showing off what they had.
How Ye Futian, that young man of only the Arcana Plane, would perform on such a stage?
Who would reign supreme?
All that liveliness seemed to have nothing to do with Ye Futian. He and Hua Jieyu came to a cliff on the east of the island. They were able to gaze upon the other islands and the azure Holy River far away. It was a sight to behold, and the place felt like heaven on earth.
The two of them walked on the rocks on the cliff, with Ye Futian taking Hua Jieyu’s hand, wobbling about as they moved, and sweet smiles were seen on their faces. A great battle took place the very first time they met each other after being separated for more than two years, and now, they were finally alone.
“Why are you taking me here?” Hua Jieyu asked with a smile.
“There is no one else around, so I figured it would be a rather good place to get something done.” Ye Futian answered her question with a smile that was just as bright.
Hua Jieyu blinked her eyes and felt something was off.
“A good place for talking about those friends of yours. Very pretty girls, all of them.” Hua Jieyu smiled naughtily, which had Ye Futian shuddering.
“My fox, please, I’ve told you, we’re just friends. Don’t go having weird thoughts about me and them.”
“Is that so?” Hua Jieyu smiled and continued, “And there I was thinking I’ve got my hands full and it’s a good thing I get someone else to look after you too.”
“You mean it?” Ye Futian blinked. However, he ended up swallowing those words right before they were about to come out of his mouth. But looking at how Hua Jieyu kept grinning, he said instead, “Well, not a problem. Loulan Xue was an easy one to look after. Just get her a servant girl or something.”
“That so?” Hua Jieyu murmured, “Well how about…”
“Jieyu, can you stop talking about other people?” Ye Futian pulled her into his arms. Hua Jieyu tilted her head to look at him, nodded for a bit and leaned on his chest, hugging him.
“I’ve had quite a lot to talk to you about before I got here. But now that you’re right in front of me, I don’t quite know what to say instead.” Hua Jieyu then asked gently, “How have you been for the past two years?”
“Umm, do I look like I’ve had bad days?” Ye Futian asked in an equally gentle tone.
“I think you were having a good time.” Hua Jieyu answered with a smile, thinking about all the pretty girls around him.
“What about you?” Ye Futian’s voice was flighty. He did not tell Hua Jieyu that he had actually died once.
“I have a big sister looking after me. Of course, I’m good.”
“Good thing to know then.” Ye Futian nodded. “I’m getting rather drowsy. How about we lie down for a bit.”
Hua Jieyu came out from his embrace and grinned at him. “Alright, we have a nice quiet place here. A good one for training.”
“Wait, what?” Ye Futian blinked. A good time and incredibly beautiful scenery like this, and you’re thinking about training? Gosh, you’re harsh.
“Haven’t you noticed that many have painted you as a target? The battle tomorrow will probably not be an easy one. If you want to enter the Holy Zhi Palace, you will need to do better than how you fought Xie Ji today. So, let’s see if you’ll have a breakthrough today,” Hua Jieyu said.
“We have less than a day.” Ye Futian added, “I think it’s best to get just get some rest instead.”
“If you manage to break through the Noble Plane, you can sleep all you want.” Hua Jieyu glared at him.
“Sleep all I want?” Ye Futian blinked.
Hua Jieyu was stunned for a bit before her face flushed red. That was so not what I meant.
“If you are able to make it into the Noble Plane before the battle tomorrow, all you want indeed.” Hua Jieyu smiled sheepishly at him, and Ye Futian’s heart beat like there was no tomorrow. You know how to work your man indeed
“Jieyu, I think you have a very, very good point. The battle tomorrow is of utmost importance, and as such, I need to train well. As such, I will go train right now.” Ye Futian added seriously, “Don’t hold me back.” He flashed and found a good spot to fold his legs on. He sat down and actually got ready for training.
Jieyu sat on a rock not far from he was, with her elbows on her knees and her hands cupping her chin, she watched silently at the side. The smile on her face never went away. I haven’t seen this guy for two years, and I think he somehow got even more handsome.