In the early morning of the next day, Chu Li had finished his cultivation and was riding the boat to the island where the abode was located.
Xue Ling sailed the boat while Chu Li, who was dressed in a green robe, stood on the bow of the boat with his hands behind his back. It was as if there was a veil draped slowly on the lake, the thin vapor was clearly visible.
The morning air was particularly fresh and moist. After taking in a breath, it was as if his alveoli were cleaned and the dirty air disappeared. His whole body felt refreshed and even his mood became unexplainably good.
Xue Ling was dressed in a white gown and her face fair like jade, "Master, what is this High Official Zhao Zilai trying to do?"
Chu Li shook his head.
Xue Ling snorted, "I think he has ill intentions. With Master's identity, how will you have time to hang out with him?"
Chu Li laughed, "My identity is far inferior to his."
Xue Ling pursed her red lips.
Chu Li said, "Shortly, don't show this kind of attitude. A visitor from afar is a guest. Doing the honors is a must. If I don't go, who should go? Surely we can't have Master Siao Tie Ying and Lady Siao Qi accompany him personally?"
"Where are we going today?" Xue Ling said.
"We will ask for High Official Zhao Zilai's opinion."
Xue Ling snorted and accelerated the boat.
Since she reached the Innate Mastery's Boundary, she did not have to row the boat to drive it forward anymore. She can use her inner energy to move the boat, so she liked driving the boat, tirelessly. Chu Li knew that this novelty will dissipate after a while.
She drove the boat quicker and soon they reached the island where the abode was located, but Zhao Zilai was already standing by the shore waiting for them.
Zhao Zilai was dressed in a purple clothing, looking amiable.
Chu Li gave a fist salute, "Sorry to let Senior Zhao Zilai wait for so long. It's my bad!"
"Hahaha, I just arrived too," Zhao Zilai said with a smiling face, "Then let's get going now and have breakfast at the Sky Inn!"
His piercing gaze turned away from Chu Li and fell on Xue Ling. His gaze wandered to her cold but beautiful face, her full and big breasts, her slim waist and her peach-like round hips.
Xue Ling frowned and her face turned colder. His gaze felt real, like a hand slowly caressing her body. It gave her the creeps and made her feel sick.
She had become accustomed to other people's gaze and was able to turn a blind eye to their stares but this kind of piercing gaze that felt so real made she feel unbearable.
"Please come aboard!" Chu Li stood in front of Xue Ling in a stride, smiled and said, "Senior Zhao Zilai, please come aboard!"
Zhao Zilai chuckled a few times and flew up, displaying sublime levitation. His figure took a turn in the air, forming an arc and was about to land behind Xue Ling.
Xue Ling was startled.
Chu Li turned, reached out his hand and grabbed her slender and flexible waist. He turned them around and their positions were switched.
As soon as Zhao Zilai landed, Chu Li turned around and faced him.
Zhao Zilai laughed and glanced at Xue Ling who was blocked by Chu Li. He shook his head and burst out laughing, "It seems Young Chu Li is very anxious about your maid."
Chu Li said calmly, "She is my personal maid. Senior Zhao Zilai, let's go!"
Xue Ling bit her lips and stick close to Chu Li's back. A sense of security and warmth filled her heart. She turned her head to avoid looking at Zhao Zilai.
Chu Li drove the boat rapidly and soon they reached the shore.
After he and Zhao Zilai went ashore, he turned and told Xue Ling, "You go back and finish the task I gave you."
"Yes," Xue Ling was surprised but she answered without hesitation.
She knew Chu Li changed his mind because originally, he wanted to let her follow them. After all, if there was nobody to serve them tea, it will be not a pretty sight. To let them do this kind of things themselves was beneath their dignity and it will also show that the Public House was a bad host.
"Hahaha," Zhao Zilai chuckled and waved his hand, "Please don't. You should bring along the girl. It's not fun with just two guys. It will be more interesting to have the girl around, don't you think so?"
Chu Li smiled and said, "She still has something to do and it cannot be delayed."
"What is so important?" Zhao Zilai shook his head and laughed, "You can just let others do it. Am I a man-eating Spirit Beast?"
Chu Li smiled and stared at Zhao Zilai hard, "My maid is timid. She can't stand the fright of Elder Zhao Zilai so spare her. Xue Ling, leave!"
After saying that, he did not wait for Zhao Zilai's reply and waved his hand at Xue Ling to let her leave.
Xue Ling did not even look at Zhao Zilai when she rode the boat and went away.
Zhao Zilai was astonished, "This girl is actually an Innate Masters. I misjudged."
Chu Li smiled faintly, "She is fairly hardworking. Senior Zhao Zilai, let's go."
"I really like this girl," Zhao Zilai strolled casually and smiled, "If I were to ask for her from Master Siao Tie Ying, surely Master Siao Tie Ying will not refuse."
Chu Li smiled and shook his head, "Master Siao Tie Ying will not agree to it."
He did not know how the other Public House worked but in Yi Public House, the Protectors and Scribes were not their private properties. Everything in the Public House had rules and regulations. The Public House's regulation was the cornerstone of the Public House. Master Siao Tie Ying will not dare to violate the rules and act freely.
"Oh?" Zhao Zilai chuckled, "Should I try?"
"Senior Zhao Zilai is old but is still firm. I really admire you!" Chu Li smiled.
A killing intent was aroused in Chu Li's heart but his smile became brighter.
"Hai... There is no other way," Zhao Zilai shook his head, "I have lived for too long and time is a torture. I need to find something interesting to pass the time and women are among the world's most wonderful thing that God made to entertain man!"
Chu Li laughed dryly.
"Young Chu Li, you should not take women too seriously, otherwise, not only that you cannot enjoy, you will end up hurt as well. You are just looking for trouble yourself!" Zhao Zilai shook his head and was filled with emotions.
Chu Li smiled and said, "Senior Zhao Zilai's feelings were hurt by a woman before, am I right?"
"Hahaha," Zhao Zilai shook his head and laughed despite himself, "You little Chu Li, it's not a good thing to be too clever. You will not live long."
"Thank you for your concern, Senior Zhao Zilai," Chu Li smiled and said, "Lu Yurong's master must have been an amazing woman. She must have hurt Senior Zhao Zilai deeply!"
Zhao Zilai's eyes glinted, a cold air surged around his body.
This was a scar that could never be healed. So many years had passed and no one dared to expose it, but this brat who was not afraid to die repeatedly exposed his scar, he was truly damned!
Chu Li feigned ignorance. He smiled casually and said, "Lu Yurong's master's surname is Fu, right?"
"You sure know a lot," Zhao Zilai stopped smiling and his face turned cold. He scoffed, "What is the name of that little girl just now?"
"Xue Ling," Chu Li smiled, "Senior Fa Yu Ying is definitely extraordinarily good at scheming, right?"
Both of them went out through the south gate of the Public House and strolled down the street, pretending to be carefree and having a casual chat.
"Hahaha...," Zhao Zilai's killing intent raged in his heart. A smile reappeared on his face because there was no need to be angry at a dead man, "It seems the Public House's intelligence is indeed resourceful. The Public House is the dog of the royal house."
He was originally entrusted by Lu Yurong to kill Chu Li and he felt a little pity at first since he can reach rank three at such a young age so his future was promising, but unfortunately, he offended Lu Yurong so he can only die.
However, he changed his way of thinking now. This brat should really be damned, no wonder Lu Yurong must kill him.
Chu Li smiled and said, "The Public House is the dog of royalty, then what is Senior Zhao Zilai? ... if Senior Zhao Zilai goes against the Public House. I wonder if the royal family will favor the Public House or Senior Zhao Zilai."
Zhao Zilai's smile disappeared again. He sneered, "Do you want to try, young Chu Li?"
Chu Li smiled and shook his head, "That would be unnecessaryfor the Empress's sake, I will overlook it."
"Hahaha, good! Good!" Zhao Zilai was smiling again, "Young people are really ignorant and fearless!"