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Chapter 698 – Mother

The middle aged woman whispered “Wang Ping… It is you…”

Wang Ping walked up before the woman looking at her face that no longer had the youth she had before and smiled “Zhou Ruotong!”

The middle aged woman bit her lower lip and stared at Wang Ping. After a long time she revealed a graceful smile and softly said “I recognize you the moment I saw you… After this many years you still came back.”

Wang Ping watched the woman before him and felt melancholy. There was also a girl about ten years old beside her, this little girls looked a lot like Zhou Ruotong.

Wang Ping asked “This is your daughter?”

The woman nodded, she turned toward the girl and said “Call him uncle, he was your mother’s childhood friend.”

The girl seemed a bit shy. She stood behind her mother and whispered “Uncle…”

At this moment some of people among the villagers also recognized Wang Ping. However looked at the armored soldiers they were afraid to greet him.4

Wang Ping smiled at the girl and asked “What is your name?”

The girl hid behind her mother and didn’t speak. Her eyes were filled with fear.

Wang Ping sighed as he looked at the woman and said “I’m going to the back mountain to pay respect to grandpa Sun…”

The woman smiled, from beginning to end she didn’t look at Qing Yi who was next to Wang Ping but pulled her child to stand next to her husband. Her husband was a brawny man and had obviously inherited his father in law’s ability to hunt. However if Wang Ping looked closely he would find this man wasn’t a stranger.

Wang Ping turned around and walked toward the back mountain. Qing Ying thoughtfully looked at the woman that was rubbing her daughter’s head before following Wang Pin.

Just after Wang Ping walked several steps the little girl hiding behind her mother exposed her head and shouted “Uncle my name is Xu Nianping!”1

“Nianping… Nianping…” Wang Ping’s footstep stopped and he let out a sigh. He didn’t turned around and continued walking away.

It wasn’t until they had left, until all the villagers had dispersed the strong man next to the woman let out a sigh and softly said “Why must you do this…”

“Brother don’t talk about this anymore.” Zhou Ruotong looked up with a smile. Her smile was very beautiful and it revealed a joyous expression.

“I’m content in being able to see him again.”

There were no weed around Sun Tai’s grave, clearly someone was cleaning it. Wang Ping stood before the tomb for a long time before he silently left.

Wang Ping whispered “Qing Yi I think I’ll visit my father soon… I haven’t seen him in almost twenty years…”

Qing Yi didn’t speak and only silently followed Wang Ping. No matter where Wang Ping want to go, even the underworld, she will follow him. This had nothing to do with her agreement but she willingly accompanied him.

“By then there are some matters I need to ask…” Wang Ping looked at the Fallen Moon Village and left.

In Vast Water city Wang Lin hadn’t went to the inn in a long time, he just sat inside the courtyard all day. He was waiting, waiting for Wang Ping’s return.

The falling leave will need to return to their root. A wandering child will also one day return to their loved ones.

Three months later the Vast Water city was filled with turmoil and chaos. Most of the servants in the mansion all left. Only one old servant who had no place to go chose to stay.

The entire Vast Water city was almost empty as everyone fled from the war. Although there were no civilian casualties where the Heaven Empire’s army went but panic still sthread.

The Vast Water city was occupied by the Heaven Empire and the army continued to push forward. Wang Ping stood outside the city, he didn’t enter but left with the army.

“Father the current me still haven’t completed my wish. Once I finished I’ll come to see you…”

The wheel of time continue to turn as spring, summer, autumn, and winter changed several times. In a flash another five years passed.

Wang Ping was fifty-two years old.

Da Qin and Chen Yu surrendered one after the other. The Heaven Empire became the only empire on planet Ran Yun.

From when he left home when he was twenty-seven years old it took twenty-five years for Wang Ping to obtain everything he wanted. Although there were many things he didn’t knew about and time some time flew by too fast.

However Wang Lin once said “yes” so none of this was surprising.

After conquering the world Wang Ping didn’t immediately come to see Wang Lin. Instead he calmly looked at the mountains and rivers he own feeling the might of the heaven.

Wang Lin still sat in the courtyard every morning accompanied by the old servant living his ordinary life. During these fifty plus years his heart was gradually evolving.

Ten years passed by quietly without any waves being set off.

The sixty-two year old Wang Ping looked quite old. The ten years of being a supreme leader made his heart felt even more tired. This made him miss his childhood and the eight years of traveling through the world. What he missed the most was the feeling of his father accompanying him for those twenty-seven years.

Qing Yi had turned into an old woman and wrinkles appeared on her face. However her gaze was even more tender than before.

Despite the fact that they never had a child in all these years…

One this day it was the thirty-fifth year since Wang Ping left his father. The leaves flew in the wind reveal a hint of the autumn coldness.

Wang Ping stepped down from the position as a supreme leader in the mortal world. He gave the world he conquered to an official that followed him the entire time and left.

What he took away aside from the thirty-five years of memory was Qing Yi. After getting on a carriage he slowly headed toward his father.

The carriage moved along the official road and what accompanied them were the leaves following on the side of the road. The leaves sway back and forth along with the wind before falling to the ground.

The falling leaves will always end up back at its root just like a wandering child will also return to their loved one. Just like the distance between the leaves and the earth the Vast Water City was getting closer and closer…

Wang Lin sat inside the courtyard. His only old servant died three years ago, now he was the only person remaining in this large house.

There was a table before him with two extra chairs. There were a few dish on the table, a pot of wine, and three pairs of chopsticks.

The dishes still gave off hot steam and burst of fragrance came from it. When the wind blew by its fragrance were scattered outside the mansion.

Waves of horse hoofs came from the distance followed by the sound of wheels rolling on the ground. This sound grew louder and louder until it stopped outside the mansion. There were sound of the horse neighing seem to exist to indicate the carriage had arrived…

Wang Ping walked down from the carriage and smiled at Qing Yi as he helped her down, they walked through the door. The green and red plaque the words “Wang Mansion” was written on looked like it had been through the passage of time. The green is faded and the red exposes white marks.

Wang Lin raised his head, he seemed to had waited thirty-fives years for this action. He revealed a kind smile and said “Come and sit down, the dishes are still hot.”

The simple words revealed a calm warmth. There was no inquiry, no doubt, no politeness. It was as if Wang Ping often came back. Wang Lin’s eyes revealed a tender gaze.

Wang Ping stared at this father. It had been thirty-five years, after he left he had never seen his father. Even if he had it was only in his dreams.

“Dad…” Wang Ping knelt on the ground, two stream of tears streamed down from his eyes.

Qing Yi also knelt down beside Wang Pin and softly said “Dad…”

Wang Lin stood up, he helped Wang Ping and Qing Yi and said “Let’s eat.”

This meal lasted for a long time. A long lost warmth appeared in Wang Ping’s heart. He had been separated from this feeling for thirty-five years…

During the thirty-five years she had accompanied Wang Ping she had long since identified Wang Lin. She knew he was Xu Mu, the senior back then that slaughter his way to planet Thousand Illusion bey himself and shocked the entire northern domain! After all Yun Wufeng back then mention the two word Xu Mu.

At this moment she still could believe it it. It was impossible to match this kind old man to Xu Mu, who once shook the entire northern domain.

Qing Yi didn’t tell Wang Ping the legends regarding Xu Mu. After all all this happened before she was born, everything was just rumors so she had no right to say them.

It wasn’t until the moonlight gradually grew bright and the Autumn wind swept by that Wang Ping put down his chopsticks. He looked at this father and had a thousand words to say but at this moment he couldn’t say any of them.

Wang Lin looked at Wang Ping and slowly said “Ping Er what do you want to ask?”

“Dad, I want to know about my mother…” It had been more than sixty years. Since Wang Ping can remember he had only asked his once and that time he saw how crestfallen his father was.

This was the second time he asked.

Wang Lin silently pondered, after a long time his eyes revealed a hint of reminisces. Looking up at the bright star in the sky he softly said “I’ll tell you a story… Far away from there there is a cultivation planet call Suzaku…”

Wang Lin’s voice revealed thick sense of vicissitude. From his mouth he slowly told the story of a youth named Wang Lin and his near nine hundred years of life.

From when he entered the cultivation world, Heng Yue Sect, Tian Dao Sect. The story of Wang Lin’s life gradually opened like a scroll before Wang Ping and Qing Yi.

The story was very long, very long…

However those who head the story could feel a unspeakable and strange aura that caused the heard of anyone who heard this story to tremble…

Wang Ping stared at his father and listened to the story. Beside him Qing Yi’s eyes were wide open as he listen to the story and couldn’t help but be immersed in it. Even though she knew that the protagonist was Wang Ping’s father, the old man before them.

“That female cultivator was named Liu Mei…”

  1. A her name is literally remember Ping. Xu is the family name but her name Nianping where Nian is to remember and Ping refer to Wang Ping.