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Qing Shui was bewildered and really wanted to take a bet and not act the next time, so as to see if the hidden person would act to save them. However, he didn't dare to take the gamble.
He still had a killer move, but he didn't know if it would work. In addition, the Seven-Seven Divine Nebula Formation was done. As he activated his Spiritual Sense, a pure energy started revolving in his body. Qing Shui could already feel that under the effect of the formation, his spiritual attack had increased onefold. If a spiritual attack which was almost thirty five thousand nimbus in strength was able to be doubled, it would reach seventy thousand nimbus in strength. Perhaps at that moment it would be able to somewhat threaten the old man. "Come, I want to see how long more you can resist!" The old man's words carried a merciless overtone. Just as Qing Shui was about to use the Seven-seven Divine Nebula Formation, the Seventh Princess shouted loudly, "Sister, if you don't come out, I will face him myself!" "Hai!" There was a soft sigh. The voice sounded really attractive and extraordinary. Merely listening to it was already very enjoyable. A figure sudenly appeared next to the Seventh Princess. When Qing Shui saw the person, he was stunned. The woman was wearing casual clothes and wore a bamboo hat. However, the aura she unconsciously gave off made people fatally attracted to her. She was precisely the woman Qing Shui met the other day. Her face still couldn't be seen and not even her hands were visible. However, she still had a fatal beauty. The Eldest Princess! Qing Shui could already confirm by now that this woman was the Eldest Princess. The other day when he saw her figure, even though he was shocked, he was already aware of her strength. However, it wasn't uncommon to run into a strong warrior in the city center. Hence, he never thought that this woman was actually the Eldest Princess. "Sister, it would have been better if you appeared sooner. My friend is injured," the Seventh Princess said discontentedly. In front of this woman, the Seventh Princess was like a small girl. Her usual calm face seemed really emotional at this moment. "Greetings, Eldest Princess!" the Fifth Princess said politely. "Greetings, Eldest Princess!"
…… Yan Yangchi and the others hurriedly saluted her. This was a respect which came from deep in their hearts, which they were delighted to show. "There's no need to stand on ceremonies." Her voice made the surroundings sink into a mysterious feeling. That was a kind of enjoyment and amazement within one's heart. Just by her voice, she could make people feel the distance between them. While speaking, the woman extended her hand and grabbed the Fifth Princess. Her other arm had long since been embraced by the Seventh Princess. The hand she extended out looked white like snow. That was a kind of lustrous white which resembled that of a jade. Revealing her hand from the secure outfit made it give off a holy charm. "Little girl, you're being too formal. You are about to get married, just call me Elder Sister!" the woman told the Fifth Princess gently. These words showed that they most likely hadn't met in a long time. Qing Shui stood there quietly. This woman had come, which was a good thing. It seemed like this woman didn't actually put the old man in her eyes. "Eldest Princess? So you are the woman who Young Sect Lord is unable to forget. I would love to see just how special you are." The old man suddenly charged towards the Eldest Princess, extending his right arm and sending a palm imprint to grab at the Eldest Princess's bamboo hat. "Reckless!" The woman waved her hand, directly shooting out a white aura resembling that of a sword Qi. Pu! The speed of the sword Qi was too fast. It was fast to the point where it was very hard to see it with one's eyes. She immediately thrust out a long sword Qi and chopped off one of the old man's arms. Qing Shui couldn't believe it. She only swung her hand and an entire arm got cut off of the old man's body. What kind of power was this? As he was previously suppressed by the old man he was the clearest of the old man's strength. What kind of strength was this? Grade Four State Master? Or even higher? "Scarlet Flame Sect? Do you guys really think that no one is able to deal with you guys in Scarlet Flame Region? It isn't unexpected for warriors to kill people. But doing things that anger both people and god, how long do you guys think you guys still have left to live?" She said the old man who lost his arm with an indifferent expression, "Go, I reckon you can still hang on until you meet your Young Sect Lord. Help me pass this message, if Scarlet Flame Region doesn't know its place, I wouldn't mind eliminating the Scarlet Flame Sect. Just because I don't do it, it doesn't mean I am not capable of doing so." As the woman made her move, wave after wave of Sword Qi flashed. The remaining people were immediately terror-stricken. Her voice sounded ethereal yet she killed people with the wave of a hand. The old man hurriedly retreated and disappeared into the night sky. He wanted to rush back as soon as possible and see if there was anyone within the sect who could save him. "We meet again!" the woman turned around and said to Qing Shui. Qing Shui nodded before looking at the little girl beside him. She was still absorbing the energy of the Blood Terminator Bead within her body. However, it seemed to be nearing the end, just that her body was emitting a frightening aura. The others felt what the woman said really weird. They never thought that the Eldest Princess had actually seen Qing Shui before. However, Qing Shui didn't seem interested in her. "It's not suitable for me to continue staying here in my current condition. Since you guys are safe now. I will be taking my leave then. I need to heal my wounds," Qing Shui told Yan Jinyu, Yan Yangchi and the others. Qing Shui was telling the truth. He was really badly injured. He didn't have any feelings for that woman. If it wasn't because he had seen her once before and that she was the Eldest Princess, he would feel even less for her. Previously, if his body wasn't strong enough, he would most likely be dead. "You are angry at me!" The woman still sounded calm and pleasant to hear. "Eldest Princess, you must be joking. Why would I be angry? I am really happy that you appeared. At least I didn't die. I need to heal my wounds now." Qing Shui shook his head. He really wasn't angry, at least not at this woman. She was a strong warrior and he was no different to an ant in her eyes. "I have a Spiritual Jade Pellet here. It's quite effective in healing wounds. Take it!" The woman threw the snow white porcelain bottle toward Qing Shui after she finished speaking. "Thanks but it's alright. I have my own medicine." Qing Shui smiled and nodded towards the woman. He tossed the medicinal pill back to her, pulling the girl along and flew away. "Qing Shui!" Yan Jinyu yelled. Yan Yangchi and the others also shouted. The wman didn't catch the medicine bottle, letting it fall onto the ground. Qing Shui's voice then transmitted over, "I will be at Brother Yan's wedding." When he finished speaking, he brought along the girl and disappeared. He used the Nine Continents Step Effect. He understood that for a woman with such strength, she would really look down on him. He knew that this was normal. However, he didn't like such a behavior. What did this mean? She was taking his life as a joke? Even if she had fun, did he need to be happy for her? Hence, he rejected her medicinal pills. After all, he didn't need to be in debt to her since he could also heal himself. After Qing Shui and the girl left, the place immediately turned quiet. The woman stood there. No one was able to see her expression. She was actually feeling quite upset as this was the first time her good intentions got rejected. She only spoke after a long while, "Let's go back! Things here have ended earlier than expected!" "Sister, you aren't angry right?" the Seventh Princess asked cautiously. "Hehe, foolish girl. Do you think just anyone could make me angry? As long as you don't make me angry, no one else will be able to." The woman let out a gentle smile. It was just a feeling as no one was able to see her expression. "Little girl, who is he? Are you close to him?" the woman asked gently. "He is a great person. He is Jinyu's sworn brother. Everyone's relations are very good." the Seventh Princess answered promptly. "He is quite a nice guy and has quite the character!" the woman said gently.
…… Qing Shui directly used the Nine Continent Steps and brought the girl out of Rong City. He found an empty and vast place to stay for a while. Qing Shui was already slowly recovering. Having taken pills to heal his wounds, he would still need a bit of time to recover. Qing Shui examined the little girl. At the moment, she was very quiet, just that the aura released from her body was now a lot, stronger than the first time he met her. The Blood Terminator Bead had awakened in advance. Luckily, he used the Gold Needle to protect her meridians and consciousness at the crucial moment. "Thank you!" Qing Shui doubted his hearing as he looked at the girl in shock. The little girl actually revealed a gentle smile for the first time. It was just that her smile looked a bit forced, which made people feel a bit sad. Qing Shui shook his head, "Why are you being so polite? Even though we aren't blood related, I still treat you like my own family. My daughters are older than you. I hope you can stay happy like them." The girl blinked her eyes strangely as she looked at Qing Shui but didn't say anything. However, Qing Shui still felt that he had gotten a bit closer to her. "Just practice Taichi fist over here. I am going to treat my wounds. Don't worry about me. If you want to rest, go into the tent." Qing Shui set up two tents and also released his demonic beasts so that the girl wouldn't feel lonely. Qing Shui immediately entered the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal after he entered his tent. By taking a rest here, all his injuries would have fully healed by the time he went out. Previously, he still had half of the time left, which was almost two months of time. After forty days in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal, Qing Shui's body had already recovered completely. The spiritual qi within the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal was still sufficient. After he recovered, he began to try out the Seven-seven Divine Nebula Formation. Currently, it could double the strength of his spiritual attacks. In a way, it made up for the effect of the Buddha Statue in the past. Not only that, he had also earned himself two times his physical strength and the mighty Seven-Colored Pellets. This was good. He had gotten quite a decent harvest from his trip to Rong City. Subsequently he would need to start cultivating again. When he is feeling vexed of cultivating, he could start practicing the Seal of Roc. The Seal of Roc was considered a killer move of the Roc Form. Unfortunately, Qing Shui had yet to succeed in cultivating it. Only when he achieved the large success stage or even the Great Perfection Stage would he be able to cultivate the Phoenix Form. The Nine Animals Mimicry Technique still had the Dragon and Phoenix Forms. However, currently the most important thing was to succeed in practicing the Seal of Roc. Term Change: Blood Terminating Pill –> Blood Terminator Bead If you would like to unlock some [Portraits of Beauties] for the flavor as well as wish to support us, please consider pledging -> AST 1201 – The Girl’s Terrifying Trait, Eldest Princess, Seventh Princess When Qing Shui came out he saw that the girl was still practicing the Taichi Fist outside. She must not have slept all this time. After all, when they arrived yesterday, it was already late into the night. When Qing Shui saw the girl’s Taichi Fist, he was astonished once again. She was waving her hands about gradually, forming a black and red whirlwind before her. It wasn’t big, but it exuded a demonic power. Mutation? There were no evil martial techniques in the world, only evil people. He wasn’t saying that the girl was evil but while Qing Shui's version of Taichi was simple and unsophisticated, her version held a strong killing intent and the colors it presented also seemed demonic. The effects of martial techniques would vary according to people.The same technique could be presented in ten different forms if it was performed by ten different people. Qing Shui looked at the girl. She seemed to be engrossed in a mysterious state. Epiphany, or the State of No Conscious! Qing Shui hadn’t expected that the girl’s state would progress so rapidly. Another thing was her abilities. Her body seemed to have undergone a complete change and right now, there was still a thick layer of scars on her body. The scars had already existed before, but there hadn’t been so many previously. She must have completely absorbed the powers of the Blood Terminator Bead or have inherited some kind of legacy. It was only now that Qing Shui felt that the girl must have either inherited a great family legacy or was the successor of a demon in the human world. He thought this because right now, her level had already reached that of a Grade One State Master! Qing Shui previous knowledge had been completely overhauled. An ordinary person without any knowledge in martial arts could suddenly attain the power of a Grade One State Master at the age of sixteen? Was this the legacy of the Blood Terminator or some kind of coincidence? Qing Shui felt that in the future, she would continue to become stronger at a very rapid rate. However, Qing Shui could also sense a flaw in her body. When she goes through blood awakening and gets stronger, there would be no changes to her lifespan at all, or it could be possible that her lifespan would only be half of what ordinary people had. This might be similar to Luan Luan’s case and it was considered to be some kind of balance. However, this was the Western Oxhe Continent. Although the girl was stronger than Luan Luan, her condition might not be better than Luan Luan’s. If he hadn’t used the gold needles to protect her meridian channels and consciousness, she might already have become a bloodthirsty demon who had lost her consciousness. She would be killed by some powerful experts. After all, she still wasn't at the level where she could do anything she wished without a care. The girl gradually came to a stop late in the morning. She turned and saw Qing Shui. Although her gaze wasn’t as cold as before, the evil aura she exuded was now stronger. However, Qing Shui felt that there was an additional hint of vitality in her. The girl twitched her nose and then looked at the bloody scars on her body, seemingly feeling a little uncomfortable. Qing Shui pointed to the far distance and then took out a set of battle skirt and other clothes, handing it to her. There was a big stream in the distance. The girl accepted the clothes and went over to wash up. Qing Shui had already washed up before he came out from the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal. Right now, he went to prepare some food. She hadn’t eaten anything for the entire night. Furthermore, her Blood Terminator Bead had awakened and she had practiced for an entire night. She must be very hungry. The girl came back very quickly, wearing the battle skirt. She seemed to have grown quite a bit. If it wasn’t for the aura she exuded, she could be considered quite a pretty lass. Her aura hadn’t changed but her expression had a hint of softness to it. “Be my Master!” The girl stood next to Qing Shui and said softly. The Blood Terminator Bead hadn’t only increased her abilities, it also gave her a lot of knowledge in regards to martial arts. It even let her grow so much overnight. “It’s better that you don’t!” The girl then quickly said again. “You’re afraid of bringing me trouble?” Qing Shui smiled and asked. “No!” The girl replied calmly. “Actually, there’s no difference to whether I was to be your Master. To me, you’re family, and you can treat me as you would your father. If you need anything, there’s no need to stand on ceremony with me. This can be considered to be an affinity between us. Amongst the many people in the world, don’t you feel that we have an affinity with each other?” Qing Shui smiled, reached out his hand, and patted her on the head. Sometimes, there wasn’t a need for reason. It was just like how sometimes people would be willing to become fools and be on the losing end regardless of what the other people’s consents. Just a ‘willing’ would make any other reasons useless. Qing Shui forged a new jade pendant and put it on her to conceal her evil aura. He also forged a pair of powerful gloves for her and started to teach her martial techniques and Taichi Kill. The girl was undoubtedly a genius in cultivation. The world was fair yet unfair at the same time. In fact, there was actually no concept of fairness. “Have a peach!” They cultivated till noon before Qing Shui handed her a beautiful-looking peach. Peach of Immortality! Qing Shui had collected quite a number of Peaches of Immortality in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal. It was definitely good stuff and each one of them could increase a person’s lifespan by 50 years. It was a pity that each person could only have one. The girl took the peach, lowered her head, and started eating. Even Qing Shui didn’t notice the changes in her eyes. She knew of the Peach of Immortality. She wasn’t ignorant and even knew how long her lifespan was and how strong she was. When her Blood Terminator Bead awakened, other than receiving the legacy for her cultivation, there were also all kinds of other information. This was also why she knew that she was eating a precious Peach of Immortality. She didn’t ask, nor did she say anything. She merely ate silently. However, some changes occurred in her heart. She would remember people who treated her well. If there was an opportunity where she could repay their kindness, she would be willing to do so regardless of the risks she had to take. … In a room in an inn in Yan City, Seventh Princess was talking with another lady. The lady’s figure was slender and her loosely fitted clothes couldn’t hide her beautiful curves. Although her curves weren't exaggerated, it was still hard for one to turn their head away. They were extremely beautiful. Not only were the curves of her breasts, slender waist and beautiful butt perfect, her entire body exuded a very seductive feeling. If Qing Shui were here, he would be able to tell from her figure that this was Eldest Princess. Eldest Princess wasn’t wearing a bamboo hat this time around, and her beautiful hair was put up, revealing her slender, pretty and white neck, making it appear even more upright. The beautiful color and shape of her neck exuded a charming glow. Her face had all the beauty in the world incorporated into it. Her deep eyes shone of knowledge and an indescribable feeling. Her beauty was one which would stop one in their tracks. For ladies like her and those on the Portraits of Beauty, the description of them would pale in comparison. This lady had extremely beautiful features, especially her pair of pretty eyes. However, the most beautiful thing about her was her disposition and the charm she exuded. It was a kind of beauty which could only be felt and not spoken. It was one which would cause ordinary people to feel ashamed of their unworthiness. “Elder Sister, I have something for you.” Seventh Princess smiled then took out the Nine Yang Sword and handed it to her. “Oh? What thing is it to be able to make you so happy?” The lady spoke in a soft and gently voice before picking up the longsword Seventh Princess handed to her. When she picked up the Nine Yang Sword, a hint of astonishment flashed in her eyes. She looked at Seventh Princess, “To think that it’s a legendary grade weapon and it’s forged from yang stone. Could it be that you got someone to help forge the yang stone I gave you?” “Mmm! You won’t be able to guess who was the one who had forged it!” Seventh Princess said excitedly. “Could it be that little boyfriend of yours?” Eldest Princess smiled and said. “Ahhh, Sister, what rubbish are you spouting? How did you guess that he was the one who had forged it?” Seventh Princess was both embarrassed and astonished. “I have also been in Yan City for over ten days and know that there’s a Firecloud Blacksmith Store which is very famous. It was only later that I learned that it belonged to him. Since you guys are on such good terms with him, I was able to guess just by the look of your expression.” Eldest Princess smiled and said. “Then is this useful for Sister?” Seventh Princess asked softly. “Yes, but this sword isn’t suitable for me, so it’s better for you to keep it for yourself. I’ll be able to be at ease that way too. Your sentiments is what that counts.” Eldest Princess happily handed the Nine Yang Sword to Seventh Princess and then pierced her finger, letting a drop of blood land on the Nine Yang Sword. “It seems like that lad really has the rights to his temper. However, he is really good to you guys and is a true man.” Eldest Princess chuckled. “Sister, there’s something I need your help for.” Seventh Princess stored the Nine Yang Sword and said. “Lass, you’ve never stood on ceremony with me before. Just say it. Is it concerning someone else?” Eldest Princess seemed to know Seventh Princess very well. “Qing Shui asked for our help to look for his wife, so I came to ask for your help.” Seventh Princess smiled and said. “His wife?” Eldest Princess found it very strange, and looked at Seventh Princess with a strange expression. Seventh Princess felt embarrassed by her gaze, “Sister, why are you looking at me like that? I only want to help him. He had helped me out a lot.” “What is his wife called? If it’s an ordinary person, then there’s nothing I can do either.” Eldest Princess saw that Seventh Princess seemed embarrassed and felt a little worried for his younger sister of hers. “She’s called Di Chen. I have her portrait here.” Seventh Princess took out Di Chen’s portrait and put it before Eldest Princess. Eldest Princess looked at the portrait and was taken by surprise, “She’s called Di Chen and is that lad’s wife?” “Mmm. Sister, what’s wrong? Do you know about her?” Seventh Princess asked excitedly. “I’ve met her before but till today, I didn't know her name. That was three years ago in Divine Might Dynasty. I don’t know if she’s still there.” “Then can Sister help to find out where his wife is?” Seventh Princess asked softly. “Divine Might Dynasty is a Grade Four Dynasty and is of the same standing as the Heaven Secrets Academy. Moreover, the area is too big and it’s very hard to find a person. However, she isn’t a simple character, so it should still be possible to find her. It’s just that it’ll take some time.” Eldest Princess gave it some thought and said. “Lass, be honest with me. Do you like him?” Eldest Princess suddenly asked. Seventh Princess was stunned and her expression became a little unnatural, “Sister, what are you talking about? He is a person who is worth befriending. I feel that he’s so much better than those young masters from aristocratic clans.” “A person like him already has a wife. Moreover, you’ve already seen it for yourself. There’s almost no one who can be more beautiful than his wife. Of course, lass, you aren’t bad looking either, but he’s not suitable for you.” Eldest Princess let out a sigh. Term Change: Blood Terminating Pill –> Blood Terminator Bead If you would like to unlock some [Portraits of Beauties] for the flavor as well as wish to support us, please consider pledging -> AST 1202 – Seal of Roc Small Success Stage, Divine Might Dynasty “Sister, don’t worry, I haven’t grown to like him. We’re just friends.” “Alright, you’re still young and there’s no need for you to think about these things so early. Focus on your cultivation.” Eldest Princess smiled. It might be since she had thought of how she was still single despite her age. “Sister, you should find one. It’s just that there are too few people who are a match for you.” “Lass, you only know how to speak gibberish. Your little mind only think of such weird things.” Eldest Princess said happily to Seventh Princess. At this moment, she was very happy. “Has Sister’s quota for recruiting members for the Heaven Secrets Academy this year been filled already?” Seventh Princess suddenly asked. “Mmm, that’s right. It’s already been half a year. What about it?” Eldest Princess asked. “He seemed to be interested in entering the Heaven Secrets Academy. However, if he were to know that his wife is in Divine Might Dynasty, I wonder if he’ll head there directly.” Seventh Princess gave it some thought and said. “Didn’t he say that he’ll come again after the wedding ceremony? There’s no more quota this year and he’ll have to wait till next year. If he wishes to enter—seeing how you’re so sincere—I can give him a quota. However, if he were not to accept it, then you can’t fault me for that.” Eldest Princess looked at Seventh Princess. Seeing the hopeful gaze in the latter’s eyes, Eldest Princess could only sigh to herself. “I know that Elder Sister is the best!” Seventh Princess grabbed Eldest Princess’ arm happily. When Eldest Princess was around, she was quiet and calm. It was only when she was with Eldest Princess that she appeared to be just like a little girl. “This time around, will you be going back to Heaven Secrets Academy with me or with Jinyu?” Eldest Princess smiled and asked. “I’ll join Jinyu. Sister is a busy person and I’m a more leisurely person. I will head back later.” Seventh Princess chuckled and said. Eldest Princess felt that her younger sister must have some other reason but the latter had already grown up and had her own freedom. Therefore, she neither said much nor did she make any guesses. There are somethings which one could only think through themselves. … Qing Shui and the little girl had already stayed in the mountain valley for over ten days. The girl’s cultivation had soared by leaps and bounds and Qing Shui knew that it was only during this period that her cultivation would grow so quickly. After some time, it would slow down. However, the rate of her progression should still be very much faster than ordinary people. Within these ten or more days, the girl went through a tremendous change. The pernicious aura in her body had calmed down a lot and she could faintly control it. If it was required, she could unleash the pernicious aura in her body to a terrifying level. Usually, she would be able to keep it calmly in her body. Of course, at the current moment, she was still unable to completely utilize it fully! After more than ten days, Qing Shui could also be considered to have quite a good breakthrough. His Seal of Roc had reached the small success stage not too long ago. The achievements he had made over these ten or more days was comparable to about three years of other people’s cultivation. Qing Shui stood in midair, forming seals with his hands, and a hint of a golden glow flashed on his body. Ning! A loud and piercing shrill rang out and a huge roc appeared. This was something formed from the condensation of Qing Shui’s powers. It was glimmery gold and seemed material. A powerful spiritual sense was unleashed from his consciousness and he locked it onto his target. It then dashed out toward the target, shining with a glittery golden light. It brought along with it a domineering and violent killing aura. It also formed the mysterious forces of the Heavenly Dao! Explode! The prowess increased by one fold! Qing Shui smiled. This was the result of the Seal of Roc reaching the small success stage. The attacking prowess increased by one fold and was considered a spirit energy attack. However, the depletion was huge. Thankfully, he could use it consecutively for a few times but it couldn’t be used over a long period of time. When Qing Shui’s Seven-Seven Divine Nebula Formation was in effect, it could bring his strength to 35,000 nimbus. If he were to perform the Seal of Roc, his attacking prowess could almost reach 70,000 nimbus. If he could unleash the chance for his attacking prowess to be doubled, the prowess would be truly terrifying. Qing Shui was very happy now. He was very satisfied to have such achievements. This was when the Seal of Roc was only at the small success stage. He wondered how strong it would be when it reached the large success stage. This could now be considered one of his killing techniques and it was very practical. There were less than ten days until Yan Yangchi’s wedding and it was time to head back. Another thing was about that Eldest Princess. It seemed that he would still need to look for her to understand his own abilities. Another thing was that he felt that Seventh Princess would ask Eldest Princess about Di Chen. He didn’t know if she had already asked. After packing up, he brought the girl back to Yan City’s Firecloud Blacksmith Store. The day that they went back, news of Yan Clan’s Eldest Young Master’s wedding had already spread far and wide. Moreover, the preparations were already in progress. Not long after they had returned, Yan Yangchi and the others came by. Seventh Princess was here as well but not Fifth Princess. When they saw Qing Shui, they were very happy. “Are you alright? Everyone was very worried since you left that day.” Seventh Princess was the first one to speak upon seeing Qing Shui. Yan Jinyu was stunned as well and made a weird face as she threw a glance toward Seventh Princess. However, she also asked how Qing Shui was. “Aren’t I fine?” Qing Shui replied happily. No matter what, the few of them were still good friends. Between friends, sentiments were important. It was only when the sentiment was present could one of them put it into action. If one didn’t even have the heart to, then everything else would be nothing. Qing Shui had wanted to spread the reputation of the blacksmith store but it was a little hard. It wasn’t something which could be achieved within a short amount of time. Moreover, operating the blacksmith store wasn’t something which was sustainable in the long run. It could be used for self-amusement though. Additionally, there were limitations to what the blacksmith store could achieve. After seeing how strong Eldest Princess was, Qing Shui felt that other than trying to get stronger, he also needed to have a better understanding of the world. Only by getting more exposure to other things would one then be able to raise the one's state and thus allow one’s cultivation to advance even faster. It was just like how, for a frog in a well, the state he was in would restrict the ability for him to progress. Only by knowing how big the world out there was, would one be able to smash the shackles binding them. Right now, Qing Shui no longer wanted to rely on spreading the reputation of the blacksmith store. He wasn’t able to do so in terms of the time he had. One would be able to profit from having influential friends. Right now, he felt that there was a need for him to make such influential friends. For example, it would be a good option if he could get himself the status of a member of the Heaven Secrets Academy. Before a person attacked another, he must first assess who was the one supporting the target. There should be no problems for him to enter the Heaven Secrets Academy and become an elite disciple. When that happens, the treatment he would receive would become even better. “Qing Shui, you’re not angry with Elder Sister, right?” The group of them sat down in the hall and Seventh Princess asked Qing Shui while he was pouring tea for them. “What on earth are you thinking? Why would I be angry? I even want to thank her. If it wasn’t for her, we’ll probably still be there. How could we possibly still be drinking tea and chatting here?” Qing Shui smiled and said. … “Oh, right. Qing Shui, I’ve asked my sister. Three years ago, she met your wife in the Divine Might Dynasty. However, she didn’t know what your wife was called and doesn’t know if she is still in Divine Might Dynasty now.” Seventh Princess recalled this and quickly brought it up, not wanting to dwell too much on the previous topic. Qing Shui shuddered. He had finally gotten news of Di Chen. It was good as long as she had appeared before. He knew that Eldest Princess knew because Seventh Princess must have brought out that portrait. Hearing news of Di Chen still made Qing Shui feel quite agitated. It had been quite a while since he had heard news of her. Just this alone was sufficient to let Qing Shui be thankful. “Thank you. I’m too happy to be able to hear her news.” Qing Shui looked at Seventh Princess and thanked her seriously. When Seventh Princess saw how happy Qing Shui was, she was both happy and disappointed. She didn’t know where her disappointment came from but that feeling left her feeling a little gloomy. “Right, Qing Shui, do you still want to enter Heaven Secrets Academy?” Seventh Princess looked at Qing Shui. She felt that after hearing news of Di Chen, he might not want to enter the Heaven Secrets Academy anymore. “I do. Could it be that Seventh Princess has a way?” Qing Shui knew that Seventh Princess must have a way since she had brought this up. Otherwise, she wouldn’t have said a word about this. “I’ve spoken to my sister. There are no more slots for this year and you’ll have to wait till next year. Are you able to wait for a while?” Seventh Princess looked at Qing Shui and said. “Of course. I don’t have any urgent matters to attend to for now either, and its good for me to stay around for half a year too.” Qing Shui felt that it wasn’t a bad idea for it to be slightly delayed. “Right, Brother Yan, when you’re having your wedding, will the people from Scarlet Flame Region still come and create and trouble?” Qing Shui looked toward Yan Yangchi. “By right, they shouldn’t, unless they’ve gone out of their minds. However, we’ll still need to be careful.” Yan Yangchi said casually. It seemed that there wouldn’t be too big of a problem. “Help me thank your elder sister!” When they left, Qing Shui looked toward Seventh Princess and said. “Mmm, I will. You don’t have to stand on ceremony so much either!” Seventh Princess waved and smiled then departed with the rest. … Another week passed by. Yan Yangchi’s wedding was to be held in two days. This time around, Yan Clan was having a wedding with a member of the royalty. In this world, there was an unspoken rule that those who were to marry a lady from the royal family would only have that single woman for his entire life. This was a form of respect to the royal family. This was why, after learning that Qing Shui already had a wife, Eldest Princess had looked at Seventh Princess with some surprise. In fact, it could also be because of this that Seventh Princess couldn’t make sense of her feelings. She didn’t even understand the feelings between her and Qing Shui, nor know if she liked him. Sometimes, humans can be very strange. Qing Shui brought the girl along and appeared at Yan Clan. Many people had come, not only for Yan Clan, but for the royal family as well. People who appeared here were all leaders of their own areas. They all wore smiles as they greeted and chatted. There were people from all age groups. There were also many young misses and madams who were nobles. They all wore extremely luxurious clothes while they sipped tea and chatted… Qing Shui’s and the girl’s appearances attracted quite a lot of attention. The girl was too eye catching and she would stand out no matter where she went. Moreover, Qing Shui’s appearance was also quite eye catching. As he attracted the gazes of a number of ladies, he also attracted the hatred of some others. “I thought that you wouldn’t dare to come. After the other time, you were nowhere to be seen. I hadn’t thought that you would still dare to appear.” Just then, an eccentric voice rang out. Qing Shui felt that it sounded a little familiar and soon knew who it was when he looked over. It was the few people he had encountered when they headed to Rong City the other time. It was just that this time around, there was clearly more people. “Look at that lass next to him. Why does she feel a little eerie? Why are you out here when you are so ugly that you look neither like a human nor a ghost…” Pa! Before the person finished his words, Qing Shui lashed out with a slap across space, sending the person flying while spewing out teeth. Today, the girl was dressed in all black. Moreover, she still exuded that aura. Although she had concealed quite a bit of the aura, it still gave off a slightly eerie feeling. Although she wasn’t ugly, she was still a little horrifying! Term Change: Blood Terminating Pill –> Blood Terminator Bead If you would like to unlock some [Portraits of Beauties] for the flavor as well as wish to support us, please consider pledging ->