Chapter 94: Forced Upon (1)
A young man stood behind Su Chen. He didn’t seem too old, perhaps he was in his thirties or so. However, from his expression and leisurely way of speaking, it was obvious that this person was at least of the same generation as their grandfathers.
The strength of someone who was able to appear behind Su Chen without alerting him was obvious.
Neither Su Chen nor Gu Qingluo had any plans of forcefully resisting.
Su Chen wasn’t a hot-blooded, impulsive youth. He knew that acting impulsively wouldn’t solve any problems; in fact, it usually only created problems.
As such, he stood up and said, “May I ask, are you the Dragon Envoy?”
The Dragon Envoy was a special title the Seven Kingdoms had created because of the Gu Clan. Dragon Envoys were specifically tasked with greeting people that had awakened the Shining Dragon Bloodline. Most of these politicians knew how to phrase things; even though it was obviously a forced relocation, they still insisted it on calling it a “greeting.”
Dragon Envoys didn’t have much authority but they still held quite a high status. The people that could hold this office needed to be at least at the Spirit Burning Realm or higher. After all, they were responsible for escorting people with Origin Beast Bloodlines. It was always better to be safe than sorry.
The Dragon Envoy smiled and said, “Yes, that’s correct. I am Tang Lifeng. Greetings, Young Miss Gu. You made it quite difficult to track you down.”
Immediately after Gu Qingluo’s bloodline had awakened, Tang Lifeng had noticed. He rushed over to the Gu Clan, but Gu Qingluo had already left for Crane City. He could only make a detour there, but when he arrived at Crane City, he discovered that Gu Qingluo had left yet again. Once again, he could only continue chasing after the trail. The fact that he had to spend so much energy finding them and yet was still all smiles indicated that his temperament was quite easygoing.
Gu Qingluo, however, said, “I have just been engaged to my fiancé, but haven’t gotten married yet. Since Sir Tang is here, can you witness that I, Gu Qingluo, am willing to marry Su Chen?”
Tang Lifang was caught off-guard. He had not expected for Gu Qingluo to say something like this in the slightest.
Even Su Chen was a bit stunned. “Qingluo?”
Gu Qingluo said with a slight smile, “Didn’t you say that you needed me to believe that nothing could stop you and me? Since that’s the case, why not get married today? I want to see how Heaven will stop us. If not, then from this day onwards, I will be your wife. However, this is not a marriage where the man calls all the shots; where I go, you must also go.”
When Su Chen heard this, his heart trembled, and he hugged Gu Qingluo tightly.
After a long time, Su Chen softly whispered, “There’s something that I should have told you a long time ago. I am worried that if I don’t say it, you won’t be able to forgive me.”
Gu Qingluo was stunned. She stared intently at Su Chen, and an uncomfortable feeling began to rise up in her heart.
“Do you remember Zhu Xianyao, from the Hidden Dragon Institute......?” Su Chen slowly explained everything that had happened from when he went to the ancient castle.
The more Gu Qingluo listened, the more shell shocked she became.
She stared at Su Chen in shock. “You......”
“It’s my fault for not telling you earlier. I promise you that that was only an accident.”
“But what about all the times afterwards?” Gu Qingluo stared at him teary-eyed. Then, she began to yell in anger, “Su Chen, you bastard!”
Why was it that Su Chen had chosen to tell her all this at this moment?
Why did it have to be now?
Gu Qingluo’s heart was incomparably bitter, but there was nowhere she could go to release it.
She collapsed onto the ground.
She originally thought that this was just going to be a bittersweet farewell, a farewell where the two of them would pledge their undying love to each other before separating, a farewell where love would eventually find a way to come together. It was impossible for her to have predicted such a drastic turn, such a plot twist.
Gu Qingluo was totally stunned.
Were the Heavens really trying to stop them from being together no matter what?
“Why? Why did you have to tell me now?” Gu Qingluo asked, her eyes filled with tears.
“Because I couldn’t possibly keep hiding it forever. I haven’t married Zhu Xianyao yet, and you will always be the wife I have been waiting for. However, I couldn’t keep you in the dark about her existence,” Su Chen replied seriously.
Gu Qingluo stared at him angrily. “Then did you think about my feelings at all? Telling me something like this at this moment?”
“Would you rather I kept it a secret from you?” Su Chen countered.
Gu Qingluo couldn’t say anything in response.
She didn’t know.
She didn’t know the answer.
Perhaps if it were possible, she would rather not know about it.
Even so, now she knew everything.
How should she respond?
Her heart was in chaos. For a long time, she felt helpless and could only remain silent.
After a long time, she finally stood up and unexpectedly walked towards Tang Lifeng, declaring, “Senior Tang has spent a long time waiting. I’m ready to leave.”
She didn’t even spare Su Chen a single glance.
Her intention to leave was obvious.
“Qingluo!” Su Chen yelled.
When he told Gu Qingluo the truth, Su Chen was hoping that Gu Qingluo would be able to say with a smile, “It’s okay. I don’t mind.”
However, reality rarely went as smoothly as one’s imagination. Even though having three or four wives was quite common during this period of time and this kind of a society, women still had their own feelings and opinions on love, meaning that they were in no way totally submissive.
What these two lovebirds were arguing about wasn’t society or its customs, but love.
In terms of love, Su Chen was totally and utterly in the wrong, and Gu Qingluo had no way of accepting it.
At the very least, she had no way of accepting it at the moment.
As such, Gu Qingluo didn’t even turn around as she said, “Do you still not understand? This is fate. Even you are just a pawn of fate. You can’t even break through the restrictions of fate. How could you possibly think of marrying me?”
“I can break them!” Su Chen yelled.
“Then go and break them, but I won’t make you any promises. Perhaps one day, you will save your Instructor, break through the societal institution of bloodlines, reach the Light Shaking Realm or even higher, and come searching for me with the confidence that human wisdom can overcome nature. However, I cannot promise that I will still love you then or that my feelings will have changed......”
Su Chen froze.
Gu Qingluo finally turned around and stared at Su Chen.
Her eyes were filled with tears. “This is fate. You can choose your own, but you cannot choose mine. Since you have chosen another woman, then I choose to find another man.”
Su Chen sucked in a long breath of air. “You won’t.”
Gu Qingluo harrumphed disdainfully. “Su Chen, don’t think too highly of yourself......”
Su Chen, however, charged forward to embrace Gu Qingluo. “I told you about Zhu Xianyao not because I wanted you to leave me, but to make you more willing to marry me.”
“What?” Gu Qingluo was totally stunned, but when she saw Su Chen charging at her, she quickly retreated.
As Su Chen ran, he yelled, “Dragon Envoy Tang, might I bother you to serve as a witness for us? From this day onwards, Gu Qingluo will be my wife.”
“Hey, you’re crazy!” Gu Qingluo beat her fists against Su Chen. “Let me go! I don’t want to marry you!”
“You will marry me no matter what. If you won’t become my woman today, I won’t let you go anywhere.”
“Bastard! Scoundrel! Save me! He’s a rapist!” Gu Qingluo yelled loudly.
Tang Lifeng frowned.
When faced with this pair of lovebirds quarreling with one another, he didn’t know what to do.
As a man, he didn’t think anything was wrong with Su Chen having another woman.
However, he could also understand Gu Qingluo’s heart. Because of the sudden nature of the revelation, she had no way of accepting the situation.
The problem was that she didn’t have any time to think things over or to gradually accept the situation.
Su Chen was very clear about this, so he had chosen to act decisively.
This was a smart move, but it put Tang Lifeng in a bind.
Should he pretend not to have seen anything or interfere in the situation?
If he didn’t help her, Gu Qingluo might end up hating him.
However, if he helped Gu Qingluo escape, she might hate him even more......
There was no easy way out.
However, he quickly thought of something: Gu Qingluo’s bloodline had awakened, so how had Su Chen managed to embrace her?
When he realized this, Tang Lifeng shook his head. “Forget about it. The matter between you two doesn’t concern me. I’m going to go find a place to rest for a bit.”
As he spoke, he walked off to the side.