Book 2, Chapter 163 - Return

Time slowly passed like this, and as time passed, Zhao Jiuge seemed more spirited. His body was covered in light.

After 13 days of this, Zhao Jiuge opened his eyes. His dark eyes had become more profound. Compared to when he first entered the late stage of the Foundation Realm, his aura was also more profound. However, he had not reached the Spirit Core Realm.

The grey mist in the surroundings was so thin, it had almost disappeared. There was almost no more spirit force left. This Absolute Slaughter Spirit Vein was only a rank seven spirit vein. After being used by the Blue Thunder Rage Lion, there wasn’t much left. Then Zhao Jiuge absorbed the rest in the last half-month. The spirit vein would no longer exist unless a long time passed and it gathered spirit force once more. However, that would take a long time.

When Zhao Jiuge opened his eyes, he saw Bai Qingqing and Bai Zhanfeng talking about something. Bai Qingqing had a complicated expression and Bai Zhanfeng’s expression was serious.

Zhao Jiuge moved his body and slowly stood up. The noise he created immediately attracted their attention.

Seeing that Zhao Jiuge had finished cultivating, the sadness in Bai Qingqing’s eyes immediately disappeared. She smiled and immediately ran toward him. She began observing him from top to bottom.

Bai Qingqing softly asked, “Finished absorbing? How do you feel?”

Zhao Jiuge was very excited and didn’t notice the strangeness on Bai Qingqing’s face. He had a proud smile. “Couldn’t be better. I was able to successfully absorb the slaughter aura, and the spirit force allowed me to reach the peak of the Foundation Realm. I’m only one step away from the Spirit Core Realm.”

After he finished speaking, he happily looked at Bai Qingqing and continued, “Right now, I’m no weaker than you.”

Bai Qingqing nodded and softly said, “Hmm, it's fine as long as you’re safe. This slaughter aura is a bit dangerous, unlike other attributes.”

Zhao Jiuge originally thought Bai Qingqing would hit him or erupt in anger, so he was caught off guard. Today’s tender Bai Qingqing was different from before, but he couldn’t tell what was different.

At this moment, the serious and slightly frowning Bai Zhanfeng arrived before the two of them.

This made Zhao Jiuge feel even more strange. What was wrong with the two of them? Bai Qingqing had always had a calm expression on her face; what could make her expression so serious? He thought about how they were whispering to each other when he finished cultivating, and this made even more doubts appear in his heart.

Although he knew there were secrets between the two of them, they were someone else’s business, so it was not appropriate for him to ask.

Zhao Jiuge respectfully bowed toward Bai Zhanfeng and sincerely said, “Senior, I have troubled you this time. It was thanks to you guarding me that I was able to safely absorb this spirit vein.”

Bai Zhanfeng waved his hand and didn’t say more, like he didn’t care. However, he thought about Bai Qingqing’s words. He didn’t make a sound, but he stopped acting so cold.

“Although I know Senior may have some bias against me, no matter what, I’ll remember your kindness. A drop of gratitude will be replayed with a gushing spring. I’ll forever remember this in my heart.” After he finished speaking, he bowed toward Bai Zhanfeng while ignoring Bai Zhanfeng’s attitude.

Then he ignored Bai Zhanfeng and he stood beside Bai Qingqing. He stared at her with a burning gaze. He wanted to see through her heart and secrets.

Facing Zhao Jiuge’s words and actions, Bai Zhanfeng was finally somewhat moved and his impression of Zhao Jiuge improved slightly. However, it was only a slight change. He didn’t think Zhao Jiuge would go far on the path of cultivation. Effort was one thing, but opportunity and talent were also important.

Bai Qingiqng finally couldn’t stand Zhao Jiuge’s burning gaze. She gently patted Zhao Jiuge’s chest and rebuked, “What are you doing?” 

Zhao Jiuge smiled faintly. His eyes were profound and his expression became a bit complicated. “I want to see what’s up with you. I feel like you are a bit different from before.”

There was a hint of red on Bai Qingqing’s tender face. This tenderness look was not something this lioness should have.

“What? I was nice to you for a bit and your skin became itchy. Do you want to get beat up?” Bai Qingqing folded her arms and stared at Zhao Jiuge. Although she had scolded him, she was trying to cover up the panic she felt when Zhao Jiuge managed to expose her.

Zhao Jiuge embarrassedly scratched his head and whispered, “This way is better. Although I’m unaccustomed to it, it's better than before.”

Bai Qingqing rolled her eyes. In an instant, countless emotions flashed through her eyes.

When Bai Zhanfeng saw the two flirting with each other, he became even more depressed. This brat really didn’t care that he was here. If it wasn’t for Bai Qingqing’s words, he would’ve made this brat suffer a bit.

“Should we go now?” Bai Zhanfeng couldn’t help but interrupt the two of them. They had spent half a month here.

“Yes.” Zhao Jiuge’s harvest was not small this time, and it was time to go back to refine his armor. The date of the inner sect selection was getting closer and closer.

Then Zhao Jiuge looked at this useless spirit vein and then left the cave with Bai Qingqing and Bai Zhanfeng.

Seeing the light of day once again, Zhao Jiuge felt the warmth of the sun and the fragrance of the flowers. His mood was very good. When your mood was good, everything was good.

Bai Qingqing turned to Bai Zhanfeng and said, “Second Uncle, I’ll leave with Jiuge first and you can follow. However, you can’t spy on us with your divine sense.” 

Bai Zhanfeng was about to retort, but Bai Qingqing’s next words immediately made him feel helpless.

“Don’t forget our agreement!”

Looking at Bai Qingqing’s threatening expression, Bai Zhanfeng helplessly said, “Fine… Fine, you two leave first.”

Bai Qingqing muttered, “That’s more like it.”

Who could understand the pressure she felt? After coming to the Mysterious Heaven Sword Sect, Zhao Jiuge was her only friend. She was not good with words, and she didn’t know how to explain certain things to Zhao Jiuge.

After almost three years together, the relationship between them had become more difficult to distinguish. Sometimes, even she was confused, as if she was in an illusion.

The water-blue spirit force and silver spirit force shined at the same time. The Wind Flower Sword and the Big-Dipper Sword appeared before Bai Qingqing and Zhao Jiuge. After half a month, all the spirit force consumed in the battle before had long been recovered.

Two flying swords flew toward the Mysterious Heaven Sword Sect, carrying the two of them. Just like this, they bade farewell to the Profound Thunder Canyon and headed home.

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