Xiang Shaoyun then went looking for Chen Zilong, preparing to return to the Chen Clan with him. He did not believe Chen Zilong had travelled with him just because he wanted to return to the Cloud Margin Pavilion. Rather, he was sure Chen Jiayan was the one who had arranged for them to travel together in hope that Xiang Shaoyun would give Chen Zilong some help. Since he owed the Chen Clan a favor, he did not mind returning it. On their way back to the Chen Clan, Hua Cheng and Du Xuanhao appeared before them.
"Shaoyun, you're leaving already?" Hua Cheng asked.
"Yes, it's better if I don't stay here any longer than necessary," said Xiang Shaoyun.
"Ok, remember to visit your big sister whenever you get the chance. Your big sister will miss you," said Hua Cheng earnestly. After a short pause, she continued, "But don't you remember you still owe me something?"
Xiang Shaoyun blanked out slightly before slapping his forehead. "Right, I nearly forgot about that." He then took out the soul raising stone and handed it to Hua Cheng. "Mission accomplished."
Hua Cheng was overjoyed. "So you did manage to find it after all. Great job!"
She had thought that Xiang Shaoyun had failed to find a soul raising stone, but it turned out he had actually succeeded.
But she did not accept the stone. Instead, she said, "Since you have already given me the Seven Severing Tunes, you can keep this soul raising stone."
She had ultimately decided to listen to Du Xuanhao and not demand too much.
"Big sister, finding this stone was my promise to you while the Seven Severing Tunes was my gift to you. Those are two entirely different matters. Take it. If you don't want it, I'll just throw it away," said Xiang Shaoyun firmly.
With Xiang Shaoyun's insistence, Hua Cheng had no choice but to accept the stone. "Thank you then, little brother."
"Alright. We will meet again if we have the chance. It's time for me to leave," said Xiang Shaoyun.
At this time, Du Xuanhao spoke. "I'll tag along to the Chen Clan as well."
Xiang Shaoyun and Chen Zilong had no excuse to say no. After all, Du Xuanhao and Chen Jiayan were friends, and it wasn't weird that he would make such a request. They continued on, and while traveling, Xiang Shaoyun asked Chen Zilong, "Have you ever thought of leaving and heading to a place with more geniuses to cultivate?"
"Are you talking about those tier-5 and tier-6 organizations?" Chen Zilong asked.
"Yes. Each one of the geniuses there is incomparably strong, and plenty of them are capable of punching above their weight. It is a stage for the strong," said Xiang Shaoyun.
"If that is the case, how did you end up here?" asked Chen Zilong.
"That’s a long story, but in any case, I am leaving. If you are interested in heading to a better place of cultivation, I might be able to help you with it," said Xiang Shaoyun forthrightly.
"Hehe, that was also what my ancestor wanted," said Chen Zilong with a faint smile. A resolute look appeared on his face as he continued, "Thank you for the offer, but I will fight for my future with my own fists. I do not wish to grow by relying on others."
"Oh, you found a goal?" asked Xiang Shaoyun in astonishment.
"I am going to join the Dragon Society!" declared Chen Zilong with a firm confidence in his eyes.
The Dragon Society was a tier-7 organization comparable to the Ziling Sect. Dragon Society and Ziling Sect were from two different provinces, but many conflicts had arisen between the two over some resources. Thus, they had an unfriendly relationship.
Because of that, Linggu Haonan's group had maintained a relatively low profile when they came hunting for Xiang Shaoyun, as they were afraid to let the Dragon Society catch wind of them. Chen Zilong had no small amount of courage to set his eyes on the Dragon Society.
When Xiang Shaoyun heard this new goal, he raised his thumb and praised, "Good ambition! I support it!"
Although the Ziling Sect and Dragon Society were unfriendly toward each other, Xiang Shaoyun was not worried that he and Chen Zilong would become enemies in the future.
"We will battle to our hearts’ content when we meet again in the future!" declared Chen Zilong. With a solemn look, he continued, "I like your sister. A day will come when I go look for her, and that will be a day when I am finally worthy of her."
Xiang Shaoyun was astonished as he had never expected that Chen Zilong had actually come to this decision because of his sister. But when he recalled the boundless charm Ye Chaomu had, he became less surprised. She was a woman not many men could resist.
"Haha, you will have to work hard then. My sister is a freakish genius in cultivation. In the entirety of the Nine Gods Dominion, very few people are comparable to her in talent. She is destined to be one of those at the very peak of existence in the future," Xiang Shaoyun evaluated Ye Chaomu's talent forthrightly.
He was speaking the truth. Ye Chaomu was so talented in cultivation, and even he, the elder brother who was also an extremely talented cultivator himself, felt pressured.
"Don't worry. I won't try anything before I reach the same level as her," said Chen Zilong confidently.
Looking at the serious Chen Zilong, Xiang Shaoyun sighed inwardly, Well, you will have no chance then.
When they were near the Chen Clan, Du Xuanhao talked to Xiang Shaoyun through voice transmission, "Young Master Xiang, I wish to have a talk alone with you."
Xiang Shaoyun blanked out momentarily before nodding. He dropped Chen Zilong nearby and went somewhere with nobody around to have a private conversation with Du Xuanhao.
There, Du Xuanhao took out two bottles of liquor, gave one to Xiang Shaoyun, and said, "Let's drink."
Xiang Shaoyun accepted the bottle and uncorked it without any hesitation. Immediately, a pleasant aroma of liquor drifted out of the bottle, causing him to praise, "This is the Green Bamboo Liquor of the Green Bamboo Town!"
"That's right. I occasionally go there when I have the time to get some of these Green Bamboo Liquors," said Du Xuanhao.
"Is that your hometown, Senior Saber Emperor?" Xiang Shaoyun asked.
Back then, he had contemplated saber intent at the Green Bamboo Academy. That was why he had always had a good opinion of Du Xuanhao.
Du Xuanhao shook his head. "Not really. I just like this Green Bamboo Liquor a lot."
Xiang Shaoyun did not continue asking and started drinking with Du Xuanhao.
Du Xuanhao was known as the Saber Emperor, one of the most prestigious people in the Cloud Margin City, yet Xiang Shaoyun was able to drink with him like they were of equal status even though he was not yet at the Skysoar Realm. Many people would be greatly envious of him. Nobody would expect that this high and mighty Saber Emperor actually needed something from this Transformation Realm young man.
"Young Master Xiang, I want a tier-6 cultivation method!" said Du Xuanhao after gulping down a few mouthfuls of liquor. There was a longing look in his eyes.
Xiang Shaoyun wasn't overly surprised. He chugged a mouthful of liquor before saying, "Senior Saber Emperor, you are someone who has helped me before. Without the saber intent you had left at the bamboo forest, I wouldn't have been able to comprehend saber intent. But I personally think the value of that is completely different from the value of a tier-6 cultivation method. Don't you think so?"Previous Chapter Next Chapter