Immortal Eclipse Valley had managed to survive disaster, but after the great battle, the entire land was in chaos and turmoil. The reconstruction of the valley had yet to start, so it was a bleak and dreary sight.
Two days later, in the mostly preserved temple, Pill Crucible and Qin Yu sat across from each other. Pill Crucible’s complexion was still pale and he often coughed several times, weariness thick in his eyes.
“Senior-apprentice brother, how are your injuries?”
Pill Crucible waved his hand. “Don’t worry. Since I didn’t die from all of this, I won’t be in too much trouble with the background of my Immortal Eclipse Valley.” Then, he let out a long sigh. “In all honestly, Immortal Eclipse Valley suffering this great disaster cannot be separated from how I acted unfairly. Fan Jianghai committed suicide, but countless disciples of other surnames saw his performance before he died. If I don’t change things for the better, Immortal Eclipse Valley will surely experience a similar disaster again.”
As he spoke to here, he paused. He glanced over. “I wonder whether or not junior-apprentice brother has any intention of succeeding me…?”
Qin Yu hurriedly interrupted him. “I thank senior-apprentice brother for the good intentions, but I am a wild crane used to idling about without care. I don’t have that much energy to focus on other things, so please select someone else.”
Pill Crucible shook his head. “I knew you wouldn’t agree. With your current cultivation boundary, this world is now nothing but a small pond. You won’t stay here much longer.”
Qin Yu’s eyes flashed. “Senior-apprentice brother also knows?”
Pill Crucible rolled his eyes. “My ancestors once suppressed the Gold Noble Family, so I know a bit about their origins.” He gazed into the air, “The Land of Divinity and Demons. It is rumored that powerhouses there are like drops of water in rain and there are countless transcendent inheritances that point straight towards the great dao. If I have a chance in the future, I would also like to go there.”
Qin Yu smiled, “It is only a matter of time until senior-apprentice brother breaks through to Divine Soul. Entering the Land of Divinity and Demons shouldn’t be too difficult.”
Pill Crucible shook his head. “How can it be so simple? Although I have some awareness, I’m on the edge of whether or not I can step into Divine Soul. But junior-apprentice brother, you…” There was a bit of envy in his eyes.
Qin Yu said, “Senior-apprentice brother, please don’t look at me like that. This little brother just entered Nascent Soul and is still 108,000 miles away from Divine Soul. How can I possibly be compared to you.”
Pill Crucible had a disgusted expression. “Stop spouting so much hot air. Your humble modesty is making me sick.”
After chatting some more, Xu Ao approached. He bowed, “Valley Master, Junior Uncle, Miss Ling’er has arrived.”
Pill Crucible nodded. “I understand. Allow her in. Moreover, Xu Ao, you must focus on resting. You must not leave any hidden dangers within you.”
Xu Ao expressed his gratitude, then bowed and left.
“The situation was urgent that day. I sent Ling’er away first so she wouldn’t be in danger. But, it seems she didn’t go that far if she managed to return so soon.”
Qin Yu stood up. He earnestly said, “Thank you for watching over her, senior-apprentice brother.”
The temple doors opened and light entered. Gu Ling’er ran in, “Big Brother Qin Yu!”
Qin Yu smiled, “Ling’er, you’ve returned.”
Gu Ling’er carefully looked over Qin Yu, only relaxing when she saw he was safe and fine. “On the way back I heard about big brother’s battle with the Demon Monarch and Heavenseek Demon. I was really worried. I’m so glad you’re safe.” It was only then that she noticed Pill Crucible. She bit her tongue and shyly said, “Greetings, Valley Master.”
Pill Crucible deliberately let out a sigh of relief and put on a relaxed appearance. “Very good. I thought that you didn’t even see me in your eyes. I thought that I wasted all that attention on you in the past.”
Gu Ling’er blushed in embarrassment.
At this time, Xu Ao returned. He glanced at Qin Yu with a strange look and bowed, “Valley Master, there is a woman outside who wishes to see Junior Uncle.”
Pill Crucible’s eyes brightened so much that a flame seemed to burn in them. “What kind of woman? How old is she? Where is she?”
Xu Ao was stunned. He slowly said, “She is very beautiful, very young. She’s waiting just outside the valley.”
Pill Crucible swiveled his head towards Qin Yu, a complacent look on his face as if saying he had finally caught this brat’s weakness.
Qin Yu had a helpless expression. He turned and said, “Since she knows I’m here, she should be someone I know. Allow her in.”
Xu Ao’s expression became even stranger. “Junior Uncle, this woman says that she wants you to go out and personally welcome her.”
Then, Gu Ling’er’s eyes widened like full moons and her jaw subconsciously dropped open.
Pill Crucible snickered. Hehe, you brat, you still don’t want to admit it? If you had no relationship with her, why would she want you to go out to meet her?
Qin Yu frowned. “Alright. I’ll go take a look and see which acquaintance of mine this is.”
Gu Ling’er hurriedly said, “I’m also coming.”
Pill Crucible coughed, but before he could speak he was stopped by Qin Yu. “Senior-apprentice brother, you still haven’t recovered from your wounds so you shouldn’t move about needlessly. Ling’er, let’s go.”
He grabbed Gu Ling’er and flew out from the temple.
After being held by Qin Yu, Gu Ling’er’s face blushed red in happiness and she was much calmer.
Along the way, the Immortal Eclipse Valley disciples they encountered all bowed, their voices and attitudes incomparably respectful.
“Greetings, Junior Uncle!”
“Greetings, Junior Granduncle!”
During that peak battle, Qin Yu had forced back the Demon Monarch and Heavenseek Old Demon. This performance was enough to place him as one of the greatest powerhouses of this world, with unparalleled power and influence. No one dared to disrespect him even a little.
As they approached the entrance, a slender figure entered his eyes.
Qin Yu was startled. That figure turned around and their eyes swept onto his hand that held Gu Ling’er’s. The person lightly humphed and said, “Fellow daoist Qin Yu, I haven’t seen you in several years and not only has your cultivation drastically risen but you’ve even managed to find the time to enjoy all the other pleasures of life. How admirable. I’m just so, so envious.”
The tone was thick with taunting!
Gu Ling’er reddened even further. She subconsciously tried to remove her hand, but was grasped by Qin Yu. He brightly smiled, “Miss You Qi, that mouth of yours remains as unforgiving as I remember.”
The one who came was the person who he had last seen when they parted at the Land of Sealed Demons and whom he hadn’t heard of since – You Qi. During these years apart, the flow of time didn’t leave a single mark on her body. Instead, her appearance seemed more attractive, more alluring, as if all the charms of the world were given to her. Her smile and frown both so deadly they could steal the heart. And what was more astonishing was that her aura had unexpectedly reached the Nascent Soul level!
You Qi coughed. “This miss came looking for you because there is proper business to discuss. Are you going to have that girl shoo away first?”
Qin Yu smiled. “Ling’er is my little sister and the person I am closest with. There is nothing that needs to be hidden from her.”
You Qi’s eyes flashed. “Little sister?” She glanced at Gu Ling’er and suddenly smiled. “Ling’er, it’s nice to meet you. This big sister is called You Qi. I was only joking with you just now.”
As she spoke, she walked over and took Gu Ling’er’s hand from Qin Yu’s. Then, speaking intimately with her, she walked towards Immortal Eclipse Valley.
That little girl Ling’er followed in a daze, unsure just what she was doing. But soon enough, she was calling out ‘big sister’ again and again, and her cheeks blushed red as she laughed repeatedly.
You Qi turned her head back, a look of smug satisfaction on her face.
Qin Yu smiled and followed close behind.
Gu Ling’er eventually left on her own initiative. She glanced at the unsurpassed beauty You Qi and thought that this big sister might be able to match with her big brother Qin Yu.
Her eyes dimmed a bit. Her pace quickened and she soon vanished from sight.
You Qi’s smile disappeared. She squinted her eyes and coldly said, “Fellow daoist Qin Yu’s skills in tricking little girls aren’t too bad. This little sister Ling’er likes you.”
Qin Yu was startled. He frowned. “Ling’er is my little sister. Don’t speak nonsense.”
“Humph! You dare to treat me so harshly? Don’t forget you still owe me a favor!” You Qi emphatically spoke up. As she recalled the origin of this favor, she blushed red.
Qin Yu lightly coughed. “Miss You Qi, may I ask why you came to visit me today?”
You Qi steadied her thoughts. She earnestly said, “Qin Yu, have you heard of the Land of Divinity and Demons?”
Qin Yu’s eyes brightened.
You Qi nodded. “It looks like you already know. Then, I won’t explain too much.” She hesitated for a moment and then slowly said, “I am going to tell you something. I come from that world and I want to know whether or not you are willing to return to the Land of Divinity and Demons with me. Don’t worry, I have no ill intentions towards you. Honestly speaking, the only way I can return is with your help.”
Qin Yu’s thoughts were in tumult but he didn’t reveal any change in his expression. “Why me?”
You Qi said, “Because you have cultivated the Demon Body. Now, I can’t say too much, but I can tell you that even within the Land of Divinity and Demons, only a very small number of demonic cultivators successfully practice the Demon Body. And each person that does so has a high chance of becoming a great figure within the demonic path. You cultivated the Demon Body which means you possess immense potential. Since I discovered you, that is a great merit for me, one I can use to obtain a pardon from my family.”
Qin Yu furrowed his eyebrows. “Is the Demon Body hard to cultivate?”
You Qi nodded. “Of course. Without great willpower and a tyrannical bloodline, it is impossible to cultivate it.”
Qin Yu said, “But I don’t have a formidable bloodline.”
You Qi thought for a moment. “I can’t determine whether this is true or not. Perhaps you have a formidable bloodline within you, but you’ve never discovered it. Could there be nothing about you that is different from the average person?”
Qin Yu contemplated it. “My senses are far sharper than ordinary.”
“That should be it then.” You Qi continued, “Those with formidable bloodlines often have aspects where they surpass others. For instance, having sharp senses is one of them. Your bloodline might be thin now, but as your Demon Body strengthens your bloodline will rise with it. There will be a day when it awakens.”
She looked up. “So now, can you answer me? Are you willing to come with me?”
Qin Yu nodded. “I am!”
Ning Ling, perhaps I’ll be able to meet you before long.
You Qi was overjoyed. Demonic light flashed in her hand and a palm-sized black armor appeared. “Since I had you come out to greet me, I naturally had a reason for doing so. I personally refined this treasure for you. Here, it’s a gift.”
Qin Yu received it and his complexion changed. His heartbeat accelerated and his blood seemed to cheer as if some sort of hope was spreading through his body.
You Qi smiled. “This is called the Demon God Armor, it is a natural match with the Demon Body. Anyone who manages to cultivate a Demon Body can have one of these. This Demon God Armor was refined using the horn of the earth demon beast. After you refine it into your body, you will know how vital this is to the Demon Body. Moreover, the Demon God Armor will grow along with the Demon Body. You can say it has infinite potential.”
Qin Yu stroked the Demon God Armor. He saw faint flashes of purple on its surface and remarked, “Is your blood fused into this?”
You Qi had a calm look. “You should know, this miss’ blood is an unsurpassed treasure. When added during a refining process, it increases the chances of success and also enhances the quality of the Demon God Armor.” She coldly sneered, “Of course, if you are worried about it, then give it back to me!”
Qin Yu shook his head. “Miss You Qi is too thoughtful. I never had such intentions. I will accept this Demon God Armor and I will definitely repay you in the future.”
You Qi lightly humphed. “When can we leave?”
Qin Yu shook his head. “There are too many matters holding me back. I need some time to finish them.”
“You’re worried that the Demon Monarch and Heavenseek Demon will retaliate?”
Qin Yu nodded.
If he left, how could Immortal Eclipse Valley resist the counterattack of those two peak existences?
You Qi curled her lips. “Those who don’t choose well will never live for long! Consider this as my atonement for having chosen you. Since you’re so worried about them, let’s just kill them and be done with it!”
Qin Yu forced a smile. “I tried, but I didn’t succeed.”
You Qi proudly said, “That’s because you didn’t have the Demon God Armor.”
Qin Yu’s eyes brightened. “You’re saying…”
She groaned. “After refining it, you will know.”
Qin Yu nodded. “Good. Then I will go into seclusion immediately.”