It isn’t the right time?
Chen Xi was puzzled. “Why?”
Chen Lingjun and Zuoqiu Xue exchanged glances before they said, “All those years ago when we came to the Chen Clan to seek shelter, I’d promised Chen Taichong that I wouldn’t leave arbitrarily before the next Battle of Dao Protectors began.”
He paused for a moment before he continued. “Presently, there are 500 years left before that agreement is complete.”
Chen Xi’s brows knit together even more tightly. “Was this a condition the exchange between the two of you?”
Chen Lingjun nodded and shrugged. “Otherwise, how could Chen Taichong dare to take such a risk of going against the Heaven Dao in order to hide us here? The Divine Dao Protector Clans protect the Heaven Dao, yet Chen Taichong dared to take such a risk and make such a decision. So, how can I go back on my word?”
Only now did Chen Xi come to an understanding, and he couldn’t help but sigh. “According to my knowledge, the Primal Chaos Origin is the closest place to the Heaven Dao. So staying here would undoubtedly be equivalent to being right before the Heaven Dao. Isn’t that too dangerous?”
Chen Lingjun smiled. “There’s no perfect method in the world.”
When he realized that he couldn’t persuade Chen Lingjun, Chen Xi couldn’t help but look at Zuoqiu Xue with the intent of making her persuade Chen Lingjun.
However, Zuoqiu Xue smiled and shook her head to his disappointment, and she seemed as if she intended to stand by Chen Lingjun no matter what.
This immediately made Chen Xi have a headache. He’d come to the Chen Clan for the sake of taking his parents back. But now that he’d accomplished this objective, he’d never expected that his parents would actually be unwilling to leave because of an agreement from many years ago. So, how could Chen Xi not be conflicted by this?
Chen Xi rubbed his brows and sighed. “But why did you agree to this condition at that time? Could it be that there’s a secret behind why you can’t leave until the Battle of Dao Protectors begins? If there’s really no other way, then how about I go ask Chen Taichong?”
Chen Lingjun shook his head. “Xi’er, if you have our best interests in heart, then you’ll respect our decision!”
His voice was calm, yet it carried an indisputable tone.
Zuoqiu Xue spoke in a gentle voice. “Xi’er, your father is saying behind to repay his debts from his previous lifetime. Now that he has recovered the memories of his previous lifetime, he possesses the inheritances of the entire Chen Clan and even some unique secret techniques of the clan, and only he is clearly aware of the knowledge he possesses. So, Chen Taichong wouldn’t allow your father to leave at such a time as well.”
When she spoke up to this point, Zuoqiu Xue took a deep breath before she said seriously, “Once he resolves the karma associated with his memories, it will be the time we separate ourselves completely from the Chen Clan, and we wouldn’t be related to it at all. Otherwise, your father will probably be eternally unable to eat and rest in peace.”
Chen Xi fell into a long period of silence upon hearing this.
He naturally gave unconditional respect towards his father’s wishes and decisions. However, when he thought about how they would still be staying behind to be ‘criminals’ that are imprisoned here for another 500 years, he felt rather uncomfortable in his heart.
“Xi’er, there’s no need to hesitate any longer. In any case, you’ll have to come to the Primal Chaos Origin in 500 years from now so that you can represent the Chen Clan at the Battle of Dao Protectors. We can leave together at that time.” Zuoqiu Xue smiled as she spoke these words.
“Exactly. I’ll even be able to provide you with some guidance when you come to participate in the Battle of Dao Protectors. After all, I have the memories of my experiences in the Battle of Dao Protectors during my previous lifetime. Even though it’s unable to be of great help to you, it’ll absolutely be able to help you avoid a huge amount of danger,” said Chen Lingjun.
Chen Xi let out a long sigh when he heard this, and then he laughed bitterly and shrugged. “Looks like I have no choice but to agree.”
Chen Lingjun and Zuoqiu Xue exchanged glances and smiled at each other while they felt extremely gratified.
Outside Conscience Hall.
“How was your discussion?” When he saw Chen Xi’s figure walk out from conscience hall, Chen Taichong who’d been waiting here for a long time had immediately smiled and asked this question.
“I’ll definitely be extremely grateful if Senior were to be able to call off the agreement and allow my parents to leave with me right now.” Chen Xi spoke casually while his attitude was slightly cold and indifferent.
“Haha, an agreement is an oath. How could it be casually called off. Go ask your father about it. If he insists on leaving, then I will absolutely not blame him.” Chen Taichong grinned as he spoke these words.
Chen Xi couldn’t help but grunt. “You were probably already aware that my father would definitely not go back on his word, right?”
Chen Taichong couldn’t help but sigh when he noticed that the atmosphere between them was slightly stiff, and he said, “Little Fellow, if you agree to join my Chen Clan, then I’ll disregard the punishment of the oath, and I will definitely charge in right now, drag your parents out, and force them to leave.”
Chen Xi couldn’t help but feel speechless when he heard Chen Taichong speak about taking him into the Chen Clan at such a time, and he almost couldn’t refrain from rolling his eyes.
After a short while, he said word by word, “That is impossible!”
As soon as he finished speaking, turned around and left.
“What a stubborn little fellow….” Chen Taichong stared blankly at Chen Xi as he muttered. “If you knew that I would suffer eternal punishment from the Heaven Dao if I broke the oath, then would you agree then?”
Even though he spoke like this to himself, Chen Taichong had still chased up to Chen Xi and said, “Little Fellow, you intend to leave right now?”
“No, I intend to stay here for half a year of time. It wouldn’t be too late to leave once my injuries have fully recovered. Senior, you wouldn’t be intending to drive me out, right?” Chen Xi didn’t even turn around as he answered Chen Taichong.
During the battles in the competition before this, he’d fought intensely with Chen Daoyuan, Chen Qiushui, and Chen Xiaoyun, causing him to suffer numerous injuries. Coupled with the fact that he was suffering from the side effects of the Godslaughter Burst, it caused Chen Xi to be in terrible shape right now.
Of course, the reason he’d chosen to stay for half a year was mostly not because he wanted to recuperate, and it was merely that he wanted to accompany his parents a little longer.
“Half a year?” A wisp of a smile suddenly arose on the corners of Chen Taichong’s mouth while he thought in his heart. How fortunate. I refuse to believe that this little fellow won’t agree if I persuade him a few more times during this period. Oh, perhaps I should give him some sort of benefit that he can’t afford to refuse?
If the clansmen of the Chen Clan were to know that the senior who they respected the most was actually wracking his brains to form strategies so that he could make Chen Xi join the clan, then one could only wonder what they would think.
“Little Junior Brother, take care of yourself!”
“Little Junior Brother, take care!”
Wu Xuechan and Tang Xian cupped their hands towards Chen Xi outside the Chen Clan.
After they found out that Chen Xi was staying behind for half a year to accompany his parents, both of them had chosen to leave.
They weren’t very free, and it was already very rare that they were able to accompany Chen Xi on his trip to the Primal Chaos Origin.
Now, everything was done, so they didn’t intend to stay any longer.
They passed a copy of the map to return to the Ancient God Domain to Chen Xi before they left, so as to prevent him from getting lost.
After all, the Primal Chaos Origin was situated below Godrank Mountain, and it was truly too far away from the outside world. Coupled with the fact that the path was filled with dangers, even a Fifth Star Region Lord like Chen Xi would definitely suffer misfortune without a map.
On this day, Wu Xuechan and Tang Xian left the Chen Clan while Chen Xi had chosen to stay behind, and he recovered from his injuries while mostly accompanying his parents.
“You’ve decided to let that kid participate in the Battle of Dao Protectors and not our clan’s Chen Daoyuan?”
“That kid agreed?”
“The other Ancestors didn’t object?”
At a spacious hall, Chen Lingkong stared blankly ahead while his figure seemed slightly desolate. After he long time passed, he finally sighed. “So, I can only remain here and can’t leave until the Battle of Dao Protectors comes to an end?”
Chen Taichong stood at the door of the hall while his thin face was covered in indifference, and it was impossible to discern any emotion from it.
“Why? That kid is clearly not a descendant of our Chen Clan, so why is he replacing Daoyuan at the Battle of Dao Protectors? That’s simply absurd!” Chen Lingkong suddenly revealed an agitated expression and shouted in a grim voice.
“No one can deny that he’s a descendant of our Chen Clan, and it only depends on whether we are sufficiently accepting of him.” Chen Taichong’s expression remained unchanged as he spoke indifferently. “You don’t have to worry about this matter. Besides that, don’t forget that while that mistake you made all those years ago has gone away along with the passage of time, not everyone can forget it. So, it’s best that you don’t repeat your mistakes at such a time.”
As soon as he finished speaking, Chen Taichong flicked his sleeve and left.
The door to the hall rumbled to a shut, and then the hall fell into darkness.
Chen Lingkong stood on the spot while his expression changed indeterminately, and he seemed to be carrying out an extremely intense struggle in his heart. After a long time passed, he muttered. “Our Chen Clan is part of the Divine Dao Protector Clans, so isn’t going against the Heaven Dao a mistake?”
He took a deep breath before a wisp of a resolute expression suddenly flashed through his eyes. “If it’s wrong, then let me… continue making such mistakes!”
After he decided, Chen Lingkong’s figure flashed and vanished on the spot. At the same time, he sent out a voice transmission. “Ling Nu, spread the news about everything that occurred in our clan during the past few days! No matter what the consequences of this are, I’ll bear all responsibility!”
Time flowed like water, and almost half a year passed in a flash.
A graceful figure was like a shadow into the starry sky outside the Primal Chaos Origin, and that figure appeared there without making a single sound.
Her figure was slender and suffused by an obscure mist while she stood on an ancient furnace. Even though her appearance couldn’t be discerned, she emanated a commanding aura that shook the soul.
“It has already been so long. Why hasn’t he made an appearance yet?” She sighed as she stood there by herself, and she seemed slightly lonely.
Right at this moment, a wave of the sound of conversation suddenly resounded from the entrance of a plane in the Primal Chaos Origin.
“Senior, there’s no need to send me off so far.”
“Alas, do you really not intend to stay a little while longer? Even if you refuse to agree to my request, there’s still no need to leave so hastily.”
“It wouldn’t be too late to disturb you 500 years from now.”
“Fine, fine…. Go on. Be careful on your way, take care!”
The voice hadn’t finished resounding through the surroundings when a tall figure flashed out from within the entrance while carrying an expanse of chaotic mist along with him.
This figure wore green clothes and had a handsome appearance. Surprisingly, it was Chen Xi!