Book 2, Chapter 164 - I Don’t Know Where to Start

They felt relaxed after the big battle and were very comfortable. At this moment, they didn’t have to worry about the mission.

While flying in the sky, Bai Qingqing temporarily forgot the worries brought by her family.

Zhao Jiuge was a bit absent-minded, fantasizing about the armor he was going to refine. What rank was it going to be and what kind of appearance would it have?

The two of them remained silent, and since they didn’t have to worry about preserving spirit force on the way back, they flew at top speed.

Bai Qingqing could not get used to the long silence. Her eyes moved and she smiled. “You seem to have forgotten something.”

Zhao Jiuge was immersed in his thoughts about his treasure and asked in confusion, “What thing?” Then he looked at Bai Qingqing’s expression.

Bai Qingqing smiled and playfully said, “It’s what a certain someone said before chasing the Blue Thunder Rage Lion into the cave. Now that someone has forgotten about it.”

Zhao Jiuge’s eyes widened and he tried hard to recall the scene before entering the cave. After a while, he finally remembered and didn’t know what to say. He was rapidly thinking about a way to explain those words he said while under the influence of a powerful flux of emotions.

Seeing Zhao Jiuge’s eyes, Bai Qingqing smiled. “You remembered?”

Zhao Jiuge shook his head in panic and pretended to not remember. “No, no, I forgot everything I said at the time. That’s right, when are you going to try to condense your spirit core?”

“Don’t try to change the subject. I don’t want to condense my spirit core. If I was going to, I would have done it long ago. Since you don’t remember, then let me remind you. You said that you had three things you regretted in your heart.” Bai Qingqing angrily glared at Zhao Jiuge.

Then her fierce temperament seemed to erupt once more and she said, “You best answer honestly. Did your skin become itchy because I haven’t pulled your ear in a while?”

Facing Bai Qingqing, Zhao Jiuge’s mouth twitched a few times and he said, “Fine, fine, I’ll tell you. It’s not that big of a deal, it’s just women problems.”

Bai Qingqing burst out in laughter and pointed at Zhao Jiuge. “Really? Women problems? A blockhead like you? What woman would make you feel anything? I’m going to die from laughter!”

Facing Bai Qingqing’s laughter, Zhao Jiuge strangely remained silent. His face was expressionless and he didn’t argue with Bai Qingqing like normal.

With a sigh, Zhao Jiuge slowly said, “When I first stepped onto the path of cultivation, I saw a woman as stunning as a cold plum flower. I can’t describe it, and since then, I have hoped to surpass her one day. Then I met a girl as bright as the lotus flower and then my heart went into disarray.”

After a few short sentences, Bai Qingqing had the impulse to laugh. However, looking at Zhao Jiuge’s serious and sad expression, she held back the laughter.

Bai Qingqing curiously asked, “How do that woman and that girl compare to me?” 

Thinking about Su Su and Bo Re, a smile appeared on Zhao Jiuge’s face. He deliberately said, “You can’t compare with the two of them in appearance, and their tempers are better than yours.”

Before Zhao Jiuge could finish his words, Bai Qingqing let out a roar, interrupting him. “Zhao Jiuge! Do you want to die!?”

Her voice was very loud and contained a hint of killing intent. Even the Wind Flower Sword under her feet let out a flash of water-blue light.

Zhao Jiuge, who was going to keep teasing Bai Qingqing, obediently closed his mouth. He immediately became serious again. “If you want to hear the truth, then listen quietly.”

Bai Qingqing let out a cold snort and turned her head to the side. She didn’t argue with Zhao Jiuge and waited to hear what he would say next.

“Actually, all three of you have very different characteristics, each have their own style.” At this point, Zhao Jiuge secretly glanced at Bai Qingqing before continuing.

“Bo Re is like a cold plum flower—lonely, cold, and noble—giving off an intoxicating favor. Su Su is like a green lotus, filled with spirit and pure. One would be unknowingly attracted to her. As for you… You’re like a brilliant orchid that looks very alluring but no one could feel envious about. You also give off warmth like the sunshine.”

After saying this, Zhao Jiuge became silent. He looked into the distance and his hands were behind his back. The breeze blew through this black hair.

At first, Bai Qingqing was very unhappy, but at the end, she felt inexplicably happy. Out of her own pride and stubbornness, she didn’t reply. However, the happy smile on her face betrayed her inner thoughts.

The two of them remained silent for a long time, but Bai Qingqing couldn’t stand this atmosphere. She opened her red lips. “This is just one, what are the other two?”

“These are two people, so they are two matters.” Although Zhao Jiuge seemed calm on the surface, a huge wave was set off in his heart.

Bai Qingqng’s lovely eyes blinked and she curiously asked, “Okay, then let’s count it as two. Then what’s the last thing?”

Zhao Jiuge suddenly smiled. “The other thing is to be like your second uncle. One day, I want to be able to easily deal with people like that with ease. I can be cool and stylish. I will attract the hearts of countless girls and capture the gazes of countless beautiful women!” Even he felt shameless saying this and couldn’t help but laugh.

However, was this really the last thing? Of course not. As for what it was, only Zhao Jiuge knew.

When Bai Qingqing saw Zhao Jiuge’s narcissistic appearance, she revealed a look of disdain and decided to ignore him. This last thing was obviously a lie, and since Zhao Jiuge didn’t want to say it, then Bai Qingqing was too lazy to keep asking. He had clearly agreed to tell her before entering the cave and only met Bai Zhanfeng after. Even a fool would know he was lying.

Another wave of silence followed. The only sound left was the sound of the swords piercing through the sky. A long trail of light followed behind each of the flying swords.

Along the way, the mountains moved by like waves of green. Both of them moved through the mountains and avoided villages.

After a short one or two hours, the two of them began to run out of spirit force. Even though they were constantly recovering spirit force, it was not enough to offset the consumption of flying. As for Bai Zhanfeng, neither of them bothered worrying about him. At the Spirit Sea Realm, neither of them could compare with him.

It was also getting late and the sky was slowly turning yellow.

The sunset was also blood red. This caused Zhao Jiuge’s enthusiasm to return to the sect to reduce a little.

A small city appeared in the distance. This made Bai Qingqing, who hadn’t seen a city for over a month, feel an inexplicable sense of happiness.

Looking at the distant, ant-sized figures, Bai Qingqing was moved. She cheerfully said, “Jiuge, how about we go play inside the city instead of cultivating in the mountains tonight.”

Zhao Jiuge’s brows furrowed and he considered the situation. He quickly shook his head and quietly said, “We should head back early, there are a lot of things left to do. The three years’ time is almost up and the inner sect selection will be soon. Once we enter the inner sect, I’ll accompany you to tour all 13 provinces of the Huaxia Dynasty to your heart’s content!”

The previous conversation with Bai Qingqing had reminded Zhao Jiuge of all the matters buried in his mind. As he walked further and further down this path, his desire for strength also grew.

Thinking about the inner sect selection that was about to start, and his armor, he clenched his right hand into a fist.

He had to seize the inner sect selection and strive for the top. He had to become the disciple of a powerful cultivator in the sect. Then he would be one step closer to his goal, whether it was the meeting with Su Su in five years or finding information about the woman named Bo Re.

He believed that someone would know about the Hundred Flower Sword Art that Bo Re cultivated. Once he enters the inner sect, he would be able to gather information about it. Thinking about this, Zhao Jiuge’s eyes were filled with passion, but he didn’t notice Bai Qingqing’s expression.

Hearing that Zhao Jiuge was unwilling to go, there was a hint of loss in Bai Qingqing’s eyes and she revealed an unhappy expression. However, this only lasted for a moment before she buried that sense of loss in her heart and smiled. “Okay, don’t forget what you promised me. You better not have lied.”

After she finished speaking, Bai Qingqing stared at Zhao Jiuge’s eyes. Zhao Jiuge felt a bit embarrassed by her gaze. He didn’t know why Bai Qingqing was acting differently from before, but he agreed.

However, behind Bai Qingqing’s smile, there was bitterness in her heart.

“Accompany me across the 13 provinces of the Huaxia Dynasty? You blockhead, you’re not even willing to accompany me for a visit to the city now. You say you will do it later, but I’m afraid there will be no chance in the future.”

She turned around with her back toward Zhao Jiuge and stared at the bustling city in a daze.

Sometimes, an ordinary person has their own kind of happiness. With the shackles of strength and the pressure from her family, she could not be an ordinary woman, someone who marries a husband and has children, lives a happy and peaceful life.

Soon, the sky darkened and night fell. Zhao Jiuge and Bai Qingqing found a remote forest in the mountains. They prepared to cultivate to recover the spirit force they had consumed during the day of flying.

Bai Qingqing had wanted to find a good time to stop and talk with Zhao Jiuge several times. Her heart was uncertain. The thought of bringing Zhao Jiuge back to the Green Sea Palace became stronger and stronger. However, she had her own concerns, and this made her indecisive.

Under the moonlight, Bai Qingqing had her brows locked. After pondering for a long time, she finally made the decision to tell Zhao Jiuge all the secrets she was keeping. However, at this moment, Bai Zhanfeng suddenly appeared.

When Bai Qingqing saw her second uncle’s serious gaze that seemed to see through her intent, she suddenly became discouraged. The determination she had taken so long to gather was shaken.

Zhao Jiuge was startled by Bai Zhanfeng’s appearance and then said, “Senior, you came. Are you here to talk to Qingqing? Should I retreat for now?”

Seeing Bai Zhanfeng calmly nod, Zhao Jiuge got up and walked into the forest.

After Zhao Jiuge left, Bai Zhanfeng bitterly said, “Qingqing, I have watched you grow up and naturally know what you are thinking. If you really like him, what you’re thinking will only hurt him. Forget the difference between the two of you and that he is not worthy of you. How can he gain a foothold in the Green Sea Palace? As a man, would he be able to stand before you to protect you? During a crisis, are you going to protect him instead? You know what kind of place the eastern sea is. Think carefully about this.”

Bai Qingqing knew his words had reason, and hearing this caused her face to turn a bit bleak.

Seeing his beloved niece like this, Bai Zhanfeng also felt bad. He hesitated a bit and then continued, “You should let him stay at the Mysterious Heaven Sword Sect to cultivate. The Mysterious Heaven Sword Sect is not necessarily worse than our Green Sea Palace. If he has the heart and the strength to surpass you, then you can let him come to find you at the Green Sea Palace. Then I and your father will consider accepting him. But I’ll say the ugly words now: if he is not capable, then there is no chance of you two being together.”

Hearing this, the originally bleak Bai Qingqing suddenly looked up at Bai Zhanfeng. Her eyes were filled with emotion.

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