When Duan Ling Tian saw Jing Ru once more, he noticed that she had brought a bundle of things with her, and couldn't help but ask curiously, "Jing Ru, what happened?"
"Young Master, the Duan Clan's second master sent people to ask the manager about the whereabouts of your house. Although that person couldn't do anything because the manager wouldn't speak due to business rules, the Duan Clan's second master is too skilled, so before long, he will probably find out about your whereabouts." Jing Ru's mouth didn't stop speaking since she entered, and only after finishing did she have a worried expression on her face.
Duan Ling Tian's eyes flickered as he slowly nodded before asking, "You came to notify me?"
Jing Ru's face blushed. "I came to seek refuge from Young Master. I never imagined that the Duan Clan's second master would interfere in the matter, and if he interferes, then he will come for me sooner or later. Since it's like this, I might as well leave."
Duan Ling Tian was stunned for a moment. Never had he expected that the Duan Clan's second master would actually help him achieve his aim.
Jing Ru's face went pale when she saw Duan Ling Tian's expression. "Young Master, you can't be regretting it now, right?"
How could Duan Ling Tian not realize that Jing Ru had misunderstood? "What are you thinking? I, Duan Ling Tian, never take back what I've said," he explained with a light smile.
Duan Ling Tian?
Jing Ru's beautiful eyebrows knit. "Young Master, you…. Could it be that you're a member of the Duan Clan? According to my knowledge, the younger generation direct line descendants of the Duan Clan were named with 'Ling'."
"I was once, but now I'm not," Duan Ling Tian said indifferently, as he never had any sense of belonging to that Duan Clan.
Even if his deadbeat father were to return, he still wouldn't return to the Duan Clan. That clan that was cold and indifferent like ice! That clan that would force a single mother to leave…
He would never in his entire life forget the 'generous gifts' the Duan Clan gave to him!
Jing Ru was a smart person, so upon noticing that Duan Ling Tian didn't want to explain any further, she didn't continue asking.
Before long, Duan Ling Tian's expression eased up and he withdrew some silver before passing it to Jing Ru. "Jing Ru, from today onwards, you're my house's manager. Take this money and hire a few well-behaved, diligent, and reliable servant girls within the next few days. Hmmm, and look for two chefs. As for their salary, make it double of whatever their counterparts get in those large clans."
"Yes, Young Master." Jing Ru received the silver and hurriedly nodded. "I will surely take care of this properly and won't disappoint you."
"If I didn't trust you, then I wouldn't let you be my manager." Duan Ling Tian shook his head. It was precisely because he liked Jing Ru's behavior that he made this decision.
"Besides that, in the future, you'll stay in the main building with us since there are seven rooms. My family plus Xiong Quan would only take five rooms, so there are two extra rooms," Duan Ling Tian continued.
"Thank you, Young Master." Jing Ru had an excited expression and her heart was filled with gratitude. The Young Master allowed her to say in the main building, and it would also mean that he didn't take her to be an outsider.
"Scoundrel, who is she?" A fragrance invaded his senses as Li Fei grabbed Duan Ling Tian's arm; it was as if she was announcing that Duan Ling Tian belonged to her. Her gaze, which was filled with vigilance, descended upon Jing Ru.
"This is the manager I found, Jing Ru. Jing Ru, this is my fiancée, Li Fei." Duan Ling Tian introduced the two girls.
"Manager?" The vigilance on Li Fei's face eased up and she lightly smiled to Jing Re. "Big Sister Jing Ru, nice to meet you."
Jing Ru was overwhelmed with the unexpected favor as he hurriedly said, "Young Mistress, you can call me Jing Ru."
Li Fei beamed when Jing Ru called her Young Mistress, then she grabbed Jing Ru's hand and walked off towards the house. "Big sister Jing Ru, let's go. I'll introduce Aunt Rou and Ke Er to you…"
A smile appeared on Duan Ling Tian's face when he saw the three women quickly getting along with Jing Ru.
Just at this moment, two flashes of light that seemed like bolts of lightning flashed out straight towards Duan Ling Tian like lightning striking!
"Be careful, my liege!" Xiong Quan's expression turned grim and his body jerked before disappearing on the spot. When he appeared once again, he was already in front of Duan Ling Tian.
Instantly, his three-foot-long blade flashed out and over 500 ancient mammoth silhouettes condensed into form above him. Facing the two flashes of light that were flying over, Xiong Quan used his full strength, clearly showing how fearful he was of these two sudden flashes of light.
However, even Xiong Quan's sword strike still hit nothing!
The two flashes of light flashed past his sword and flew towards Duan Ling Tian…
"My liege!" Xiong Quan's expression turned extremely grim and cold sweat started to pour from his body. If his liege were to die, he wouldn't be able to survive either!
"It's fine, Xiong Quan, put away your sword." Duan Ling Tian said, which caused Xiong Quan's heart to settle down. When he returned to his senses, he noticed that there were two strange little pythons on Duan Ling Tian's hands….
"Little Black, Little White, you two have finally awakened." Duan Ling Tian started playing with the two little pythons. He noticed that after half a year of sleep, they actually had undergone a huge metamorphosis. Not only were the horns on their heads fully revealed, now they even flickered with a faint brilliance.
"I really never imagined that the current speed of you two would be so swift. What sort of variant are you two?" Duan Ling Tian couldn't help but sigh. His Origin Energy merged into the bodies of the two little pythons and he noticed a shocking matter… the Snow Python's beast core had actually been completely dissolved and absorbed by the two little pythons!
No wonder their current speed was obviously far superior to the Snow Python at its prime! Even Xiong Quan couldn't touch them when he exerted his full strength while relying on his Grade Seven Spirit Weapon.
However, luckily, nothing happened to them. Duan Ling Tian felt a wave of fear wash over him. He hadn't mentioned the two little pythons to Xiong Quan, and thus Xiong Quan didn't know of their existence.
The two little pythons playfully flicked their tongues at Duan Ling Tian.
Seeing this scene caused Xiong Quan's scalp to go slightly numb, and he asked, in disbelief, "My liege, are these your fierce beasts?"
"Sort of." Duan Ling Tian nodded.
His thoughts were still fixated on the moment the two little pythons flashed towards him. He vaguely saw more than 1,000 ancient mammoth silhouettes flash above them before disappearing in the next second. It was so fast that even he wasn't able to clearly see the exact amount of ancient mammoth silhouettes; he only vaguely caught sight of some afterimages…
"Little Black, come demonstrate for me to see how strong you two are currently." Duan Ling Tian looked at the little black python and lightly rubbed its small head.
The little black python seemed to understand what Duan Ling Tian said, as it flicked its tongue before instantly flashing out and coiling up a large tree in the front courtyard. It then playfully hung on a tree branch and started blinking its intelligent eyes at Duan Ling Tian…
This time Duan Ling Tian saw it clearly!
Just at this moment, Little White moved as well and hung onto a tree branch like Little Black.
"Six… 600 ancient mammoth silhouettes…" Duan Ling Tian fiercely gulped down a mouthful of saliva, as he noticed that Little Black and Little White each possessed a terrifying strength at the fourth level of the Nascent Soul Stage…. No wonder they were able to dodge Xiong Quan's strike at full force!
Xiong Quan had currently only recovered to the third level of the Nascent Soul Stage, and without a spirit weapon, his entire strength was comparable to the strength of 400 ancient mammoths. If he used his Grade Seven Spirit Weapon, he would be able to exert close to 520 ancient mammoths, which was quite a difference from either one of the two little pythons.
"I never expected such a terrifying change to occur after they finished absorbing the Snow Python's beast core…. Unbelievable!" It took a long time for Duan Ling Tian's state of mind to calm down, and a question arose within his heart.
According to the memories of Rebirth Martial Emperor, the Snow Python's beast core shouldn't be able to cause the two little pythons to undergo such changes. Maybe there were some hidden facts which he didn't know of, or maybe there was something else within the Snow Python's beast core.
Unfortunately, however, now that the Snow Python's beast core had been completely dissolved and absorbed by the two little pythons, there was no way to investigate.
No matter what, the two little pythons undergoing a metamorphosis once again caused Duan Ling Tian to feel delighted, as this would mean that he would have two more powerhouses beside him that were even stronger than Xiong Quan.
The two little pythons and Duan Ling Tian could understand each other on a heart to heart basis; Duan Ling Tian only needed to slightly lead them and the two little pythons would be able to transform into two invincible sharp blades… two sharp blades that could pierce through his enemies' chests!
Duan Ling Tian waved his hand and the two little pythons returned to his hand.
Xiong Quan's eyes emitted a sense of fear, as he understood that even if one little python were to attack him, the current him wouldn't be able to avoid death! Even if he used the Grade Seven Spirit Weapon, the end result would be the same.
Duan Ling Tian naturally noticed Xiong Quan's gaze, and he felt that this wasn't a bad thing. From today onwards, besides needing to worry about the poison Duan Ling Tian gave him, he would need to worry about these two little pythons that completely obeyed Duan Ling Tian's orders. He knew that Xiong Quan was an intelligent person and would know how to choose.
Deep in the night.
Since they didn't have a chef yet, Jing Ru personally made dinner for them, and the taste caused Duan Ling Tian and his family to unceasingly praise her.
"Big sister Jing Ru, I never expected your cooking skills to be so good," Ke Er said, with a light smile.
"Young Mistress, you're too kind, but how could I compare to those professional chefs?" Jing Ru lightly shook her head.
"Big sister Jing Ru, just call me Ke Er." Being addressed as Young Mistress caused Ke Er to blush from embarrassment.
After dinner, Li Rou, Ke Er, and Li Fei returned to their rooms. Xiong Quan, on the other hand, stood behind Duan Ling Tian, fulfilling his role as a bodyguard.
"Jing Ru." Duan Ling Tian called over Jing Ru, who had just come out of the kitchen.
"Young Master, do you need something?" Jing Ru looked at Duan Ling Tian inquiringly and full of curiosity.
"Jing Ru, you seemed extremely afraid when you mentioned the Duan Clan's second master today. According to my knowledge, this second master is just an ordinary person that had his Dantian crippled, right?" This was something Duan Ling Tian couldn't wrap his head around.
The Duan Clan's second master, Duan Ru Lei's, Dantian was accidentally crippled by his deadbeat father all those years ago; this was something even he knew. A ninth level Body Tempering martial artist whose Dantian had been crippled was actually able to cause Jing Ru's face to turn pale just from mentioning him?
"Young Master, there are things which you don't know. Although the Duan Clan's second master's Dantian was crippled, he's skilled in business. The businesses under the Duan Clan were mostly built up by him. Although he lost his cultivation, he controls the Duan Clan's economy, so his status within the Duan Clan is only below the Patriarch's and the few Supreme Elders." As soon as Jing Ru heard what Duan Ling Tian said, she knew that he didn't know of the Duan Clan's current circumstances…
She was curious in her heart. Could it be that the Young Master was a direct descendant of the Duan Clan that was left behind outside of the clan?