His hoarse voice that was filled with deep ridicule reverberated through the empty hall.
Zuoqiu Hong and Zuoqiu Sheng didn’t dare to speak.
However, they were very clearly aware that Zuoqiu Taiwu was absolutely unusual in the Zuoqiu Clan, as there was only the Zuoqiu Clan in his heart and he had no desire to join in the dispute between factions in the clan.
In other words, he didn’t oppose the Zuoqiu Clan being controlled by Zuoqiu Feng, yet wouldn’t support Zuoqiu Feng either. Everything was for the sake of maintaining the existence of the Zuoqiu Clan.
This meant that once the Zuoqiu Clan was in danger, and especially when it was related to the survival of the Zuoqiu Clan, he would absolutely not remain indifferent and watch from the sidelines.
“Kong’er death was entirely something he brought upon himself, and Linghong’s death was deserved!” Suddenly, Zuoqiu Taiwu grunted coldly, and his aged face was covered in indifference. “Actually, I’ve been clearly aware since a long time ago that when A’Xiu was schemed against all those years ago and painfully lost the position of Patriarch, this disaster had already been planted. However, never had I expected that this disaster would actually come so quickly.”
Zuoqiu Hong and Zuoqiu Sheng glanced at each other, yet they felt rather indifferent in their hearts. Since ancient times, the losers were always in the wrong. All those years ago, as a woman, how could Zuoqiu Xue possibly possess the ability to take over the position of Patriarch?
“I know what the both of you are thinking. Both of you think that A’Xue should have died all those years ago, right?” Suddenly, Zuoqiu Taiwu glanced coldly at the two of them, causing their hearts to shudder and not dare let their thoughts run wild any longer.
Zuoqiu Hong took a deep breath and summoned up his courage before he said, “Ancestor Taiwu, that matter has already passed. Now, our Zuoqiu Clan has fallen to become the laughingstock of the three dimensions, and its internal situation is extremely dangerous. If this disaster isn’t resolved, then I’m afraid… I’m afraid…”
He hadn’t finished speaking, yet Zuoqiu Taiwu understood what he meant, and Zuoqiu Taiwu’s aged face instantly aged even more. He was silent for a long time before he finally waved his hand and said, “Both of you can leave. In regard to this matter… I’ll deal with it for the Zuoqiu Clan.”
It was the Zuoqiu Clan, and not Zuoqiu Feng or Zuoqiu Huanglin!
The meaning behind this was obvious. Zuoqiu Taiwu made this decision to deal with the danger of internal strife within the Zuoqiu Clan, yet it wasn’t for the sake of securing Zuoqiu Feng’s position nor was it for the sake of answering Zuoqiu Huanglin. It was for the sake of the Zuoqiu Clan’s continued existence!
Zuoqiu Hong and Zuoqiu Sheng naturally understood this, and both of them heaved sighs of relief before they immediately bowed and left after bidding their farewells.
After they left the hall, Zuoqiu Hong suddenly said, “What sort of decision do you think Ancestor Taiwu will make?”
Zuoqiu Sheng was stunned, and then a wisp of a ghastly glow suffused his eyes. “It’s very simple. He can only kill that bastard now in order to deal with this for the Zuoqiu Clan and shut the mouths of everyone in the world!”
“Kill Chen Xi…” Zuoqiu Hong muttered, and then he said abruptly, “This is Dao Emperor Academy. With the ability of the academy, Ancestor Taiwu would probably be noticed and stopped before he made a move, right?”
Zuoqiu Sheng smiled, and his smile was filled with deep meaning. “What if Ancestor Taiwu already plans to sacrifice himself?”
Zuoqiu Hong was shocked. “It wouldn’t come to that, right?”
Zuoqiu Sheng shook his head. “How could I confirm that? But I can confirm that so long as Ancestor Taiwu makes the right decision, then that bastard will definitely die!”
He paused for a moment, and then said slowly with a smile, “Just wait. Perhaps it won’t be a few days before the news of Chen Xi’s death will spread throughout the entire Immortal Dimension. At that time, no matter if it’s Oracle Mountain, Nuwa’s Dao Palace, or Dao Emperor Academy, even if they want to stand up for Chen Xi, they’ll only look for trouble with Ancestor Taiwu, and they wouldn’t harm our Zuoqiu Clan at all.”
Zuoqiu Hong’s heart thumped. With his current status and cultivation, he still couldn’t help but be shocked upon hearing this.
Because he was clearly aware that once this matter occurred, then the consequences Ancestor Taiwu faced would absolutely be unimaginable!
“Aren’t Ancestor Huanglin’s actions slightly…” Zuoqiu Hong couldn’t help but say.
“Heartless? Hmph! If he didn’t make a move in the Outerealm Battlefield that day, that bastard would have been killed by us a long time ago. How could this incident have occurred?” Zuoqiu Sheng grunted coldly with indifference. “Come, someone has to bear the responsibility for such a matter in the end.”
The two of them chatted via voice transmission as they left swiftly, and they intended to report this matter back to the Zuoqiu Clan.
“Ling Xiao, where’s Chen Xi now?” In the empty hall, Zuoqiu Taiwu was silent for a long time before he spoke abruptly.
Along with his voice resounding out, the Dao Attendant entered hastily and bowed before he said, “Master, Senior Brother Chen Xi is currently in closed door cultivation within the Sword Room to prepare for the Ancient Dao Emperor Grounds three months from now.”
Zuoqiu Taiwu nodded, and then he sighed. “Ask him to come see me after he returns from the Ancient Dao Emperor Grounds.”
The Dao Attendant called Ling Xiao hurriedly nodded. “Yes.”
Iris Immortal Prison.
Clear streams gurgled while white clouds drifted through the sky. In a small courtyard encircled by jade green bamboo was a cottage that lay by a stream. Zuoqiu Xue was still sitting as usual before the stone table that lay in front of the cottage.
However, she wasn’t sewing a boot today, but drinking a cup of hot tea instead. She stared blankly and silently at the distant mountains and stream, and she had a dazed expression while seeming to be lost in thought.
“A’Xue.” Suddenly, a deep voice resounded from afar.
Along with this voice, Zuoqiu Feng’s dignified and tall figure appeared in the small courtyard.
Zuoqiu Xue seemed to be unsurprised by this, and she didn’t even turn around before she said indifferently, “Since Kong’er came here that day, I knew that it wouldn’t be long before you came as well. However, I never expected that it would actually be so fast.”
“Oh?” Zuoqiu Feng’s dense brows raised, and he directly sat opposite Zuoqiu Xue. As he looked at her familiar appearance, a wisp of a complicated expression couldn’t help but fill the space between his brows.
After a short while, he said, “Kong’er has already suffered misfortune.” His voice was calm, yet his sorrow was impossible to conceal.
This time, Zuoqiu Xue was stunned, yet she didn’t seem to be sorrowful and just smiled. “You wouldn’t be intending to tell me that it was my son that killed him, right?”
Zuoqiu Feng took a deep breath, and then his expression recovered its indifferent before he nodded and said, “You’re right.”
“That’s retribution.” Zuoqiu Xue held the cup of hot tea in her hand, and she stared at the distant sky. “The last time we met, he stopped at nothing, yet was unable to kill Xi’er. Now, he died at Xi’er hands, so it’s perfectly logical and reasonable.”
Her tone was cold, indifferent, and calm.
“You’re Kong’er’s Little Aunt! You really loved him when he was small, yet why have you become like this now?” Zuoqiu Feng forcefully suppressed the rage in his heart and questioned her coldly. “Just because of Chen Lingjun? Or perhaps it’s because of that bastard that shouldn’t have been born into this world?”
Zuoqiu Xue suddenly turned around with a tranquil expression, and she stared silently at Zuoqiu Feng before she suddenly started laughing. “In the past, you would never be so exasperated. Is it because you feel the current situation of the Zuoqiu Clan is difficult to deal with for you?”
Zuoqiu Feng was shocked in his heart, and he instantly escaped the various feelings that filled his heart, and his mind became icy cold and clear. Because he was very clearly aware that this younger sister of his could absolutely be considered as an existence that was extraordinarily wise.
While standing before her, any trace of fluctuation in emotions would allow her to capture various pieces of information, and he had no choice but to increase his vigilance towards her.
He went silent for a long time before he said, “I came here for a single thing this time. So long as you agree to let bygones be bygones, then the Zuoqiu Clan can accept Chen Xi into the Zuoqiu Clan and admit him as a member of the Zuoqiu Clan. If he’s willing to change his surname to Zuoqiu…”
When he spoke up to here, he went silent once more and seemed to be thinking before he finally said, “It’s even to the extent that he can be the next to inherit the position of Patriarch!”
Zuoqiu Xue was stunned when she heard this, and she said after a long time, “This is Zuoqiu Huanglin’s decision?”
Zuoqiu Feng’s face sank. “This is the intentions of the entire Zuoqiu Clan!”
Zuoqiu Xue started laughing. “You’re still hypocritical just like all those years ago.”
When she spoke up to here, she sized up Zuoqiu Feng while seeming to be lost in thought, and then she grinned as she said, “Looks like the ability Xi’er possesses now is on the verge of threatening the existence of the Zuoqiu Clan. Otherwise, how could Zuoqiu Huanglin possibly provide such conditions?”
No matter how he controlled his emotions, a wisp of coldness and gloominess couldn’t help but suffuse the space between Zuoqiu Feng’s brows, and he said coldly, “A’Xue, you better not infuriate me.”
Zuoqiu Xue seemed as if she didn’t hear him at all instead, and she smiled even more brightly. She said, “You ought to be very clearly aware that the enmity between us has never been because of Chen Lingjun. According to your disposition, you wouldn’t care no matter who I married.”
Zuoqiu Feng frowned and said, “I only ask if you agree or not. I’m not afraid to tell you that Ancestor Huanglin has already sent someone to Dao Emperor Academy to ask Ancestor Taiwu to make a decision. At that time, you probably won’t be able to meet that son of yours again!”
When Zuoqiu Taiwu’s name was mentioned, Zuoqiu Xue’s eyes narrowed, and she instantly fell into silence.
“A’Xue, the enmity of the past has passed. Why continue clinging on to it? Could it be that you’re truly able to watch as our entire Zuoqiu Clan falls into danger?” Zuoqiu Feng hurriedly struck while the iron was hot when he saw Zuoqiu Xue go silent.
“Xi’er killed your son.” Zuoqiu Xue sighed faintly.
The corners of Zuoqiu Feng’s mouth couldn’t help but twitch fiercely, and then he said with a serious expression, “For the sake of the interest of the Zuoqiu Clan, these trivial matters are nothing.”
Zuoqiu Xue waved her hand and said upon hearing this, “Leave. You’re able to forget the matter for all those years ago, but I won’t. Otherwise, I, Zuoqiu Xue, would truly disappoint Father!”
Zuoqiu Feng’s expression instantly turned livid when he heard this word, and it was like it had touched his reverse scale, causing a strand of ruthless killing intent to surge out from his heart.
“What? After enduring for so many years, you finally can’t restrain yourself from making a move against me?” Zuoqiu Xue glanced at him while her expression was calm as before. “If I’m not wrong, that old fellow, Zuoqiu Huanglin, has probably already told you that you can’t make a move against me.”
Zuoqiu Feng started laughing instead from extreme rage. “Do you think I would listen to him?”
Zuoqiu Xue said slowly, “I don’t know if you will or won’t. But I know that you don’t dare to kill me, otherwise the Zuoqiu Clan would probably be destroyed at your hands.”
Coldness erupted from Zuoqiu Feng’s eyes, and he truly wanted to disregard everything and make a move against her. However, he forcefully restrained himself in the end and left in anger.
“A’Xue, I’ve already given you a chance, yet you didn’t cherish it. Then don’t blame me for being ruthless!” His icy cold voice filled the heavens and the earth, and Zuoqiu Feng’s figure had vanished without a trace.
“A chance?” A wisp of dense ridicule suffused the corners of Zuoqiu Xue’s mouth. “I have no need for a chance like this!”