AGM 536 - Target
After Qin Wentian and Mo Qingcheng left the Human Emperor's abode, the Human Emperor and the rest all smiled as they stared at their departing backs.
"Those two youngsters are truly stuck together like glue, they go nowhere without the other." Empress Ye sat on the bed of the Human Emperor, gently touching his face. Perhaps she was the only one allowed to be so close to the Human Emperor considering the circumstances.
"Are you thinking of how we were back then?" The Human Emperor held Empress Ye's hands as she laughed. His deep gaze flickered with a hint of remorse. Back then, they had been an immortalized couple on this world, but after he broke through to Celestial Phenomenon, he was nominated to be a candidate for the Human Emperor. After defeating the other contenders, he was formally bestowed the position of the Crown Prince of Ye Country and many years later, his combat prowess was considered unrivaled in Ye, finally becoming the Human Emperor of this generation.
After becoming the Human Emperor, in order to suppress the various kings and dukes, as well as to govern this ancient country, the most important thing was to ensure that his cultivation base must never lag behind. This was the foundation of how he became the Human Emperor, by using his martial strength to suppress the world. This was also the reason why he'd wanted to make Qin Wentian the crown prince. He knew very well that the innate talents of his heirs weren't up to the mark, and so they would be unable to suppress the various kings and dukes in the future.
Because of this, he gradually neglected the Empress, having too little time to be in her company. But now, when he was so seriously injured, the Empress still spared nothing-she was constantly nearby, taking care of him without leaving his side for a moment. How could he not feel guilt, nor fail to be moved?
"Wentian and Qingcheng are even more outstanding compared to how we were back then." The Empress squeezed the Human Emperor's hands, a gentle expression appearing on her face.
The Human Emperor nodded his head, he thought so as well. The accomplishments of Qin Wentian and Mo Qingcheng had already far exceeded their own. His ambition didn't lie solely with governing an ancient country.
This matter swiftly circulated out. After the various kings and dukes heard the news of the Human Emperor adopting Qin Wentian as his foster son, they instantly started probing his background while coldly laughing in their hearts. This person was just an ordinary member of the Battle Sword Sect. It was one thing for him to escort Ye Lingshuang back, but now he even wanted to vie with the supremacy of royal authority? How laughable, did he think that his relationship with Mo Qingcheng gave him leave to ignore them all?
Originally, Ye Kongfan had already hated Qin Wentian. After hearing this piece of news, the killing intent in his heart grew even more intense. Qin Wentian was truly lawless, even daring to accept the Human Emperor as his foster father and contend against them for the throne? Qin Wentian didn't know how the word 'death' was written!
Qin Wentian didn't really care too much for the opinions of others. He only felt that he could connect to the Human Emperor and so his request to take him in as a foster son wasn't too strange. After all, the Human Emperor also knew of his own situation, and that he was slowly recovering. If not, with his earlier state of injuries, he would never have made such a request to 'trap' Qin Wentian into such a terrible situation.
Because having an Emperor of an ancient country as a foster father would surely be able to help Qin Wentian. But if the Human Emperor had died or was slain, this namesake of being a foster son would bring nothing but ill-intentions to Qin Wentian.
Qin Wentian and Mo Qingcheng slowly walked about the Ye Country's royal palace. Upon seeing so many people following them from behind, Mo Qingcheng suddenly turned to Qin Wentian and asked with a smile, "Should we tour the Ye Country?"
Seeing Mo Qingcheng's bright eyes, Qin Wentian naturally understood her intentions. She also wanted to experience wandering the streets with her beloved, shopping around and touring the scenic sights just like the common populace. She wanted to experience this simple happiness.
"Right." Qin Wentian nodded his head.
Seeing Qin Wentian agreeing so steadfastly, her eyes twinkled with a beautiful smile. After which she turned to those maidens from the Medicine Sovereign Sect, "I will be out touring Ye Country. Do not follow me."
"Holy Maiden..." Someone tried saying something, only to see Mo Qingcheng's eyes flashing with a hint of cold fury. Right after, that maiden sighed with resignation as she shook her head, "Understood..."
Mo Qingcheng turned and pulled Qin Wentian's hands as they continued on.
"This lass..." Qin Wentian shook his head lightly. Although war hadn't erupted yet, dark clouds were already covering the entire Ye Country. Qin Wentian naturally understood it wasn't a good time for the both of them to casually wander about the streets. After all, his thinking now wasn't akin to the him back then, he was fully aware of dangers of the treacherous human heart."
However, how could he bear to reject Mo Qingcheng's request? Hence, the smile on his face never faded, and he held Mo Qingcheng close, leading them both soaring upwards into the air.
The territories of the Ye Royal Capital were exceedingly vast and luxurious, with an incomparably bustling atmosphere. Qin Wentian and Mo Qingcheng were like any other couple wandering the streets, but with their demeanor and looks, they weren't likely to be looked on as ordinary. There would always be gasps of admiration coming from those whose gazes landed on them. There were even some who were so stunned by Mo Qingcheng's breathtaking countenance that they were left rooted to the spot. These people caused Mo Qingcheng's lips to twitch slightly in dissatisfaction and that adorable expression of hers caused Qin Wentian to feel exceptionally happy.
"Why are you still smiling?" Mo Qingcheng pinched Qin Wentian's waist, causing a bitter smile to appear on his face. "Qingcheng, even while we were back in Chu, you didn't dare to go out openly like this. Don't you know how great your charms are?"
"Back then, I thought it was because of my status and because all of Chu knew me. But who would have thought this would happen as well in the Ye Country," Mo Qingcheng pouted. When she was by Qin Wentian's side, she appeared to be the young maiden from back then, pure and innocent.
"Who doesn't love beauty in this world?" Qin Wentian laughed, "Just pretend you didn't see their reactions and that will do."
"Dumbo." Mo Qingcheng walked forward a few steps and turned her head back to regard Qin Wentian. After which, she turned again, increasing her pace to a small jog and sprinted ahead. Qin Wentian had no choice but to match her pace, chasing after her.
And just like that, they wandered aimlessly around. Sometimes, they walked through the streets, sometimes they took a boat and sailed on the lake, visiting historical sights and all that Ye Country had to offer, A gentle and warm smile appeared on Qin Wentian's handsome features, while a look of blessed happiness appeared on Mo Qingcheng's.
The two of them were like an immortal couple that drew in envy and admiration in others.
After they were tired from walking too much, they entered an inn by the lakeside to take a break. Tasting fragrant wine and admiring the view of the lake, they were truly at their leisure. It had been a long time since Qin Wentian had felt this relaxed before.
"Wentian, when I return to the Valley, I shall ask for a leave of absence from my master, I'm sure he'll agree." Mo Qingcheng stared into Qin Wentian's eyes, as thoughts formulated in her mind.
"Don't." Qin Wentian decisively rejected the suggestion as he stared back at Mo Qingcheng. Seeing the look of reproach in her eyes, Qin Wentian's heart softened and he gently replied, "Qingcheng, you don't even know who sent you to the Medicine Sovereign Valley and even caused your master to regard you so highly. How can you let down his kind intentions?"
The status of the Medicine Sovereign Valley was extraordinary. And seeing how the Medicine Sovereign was willing to bestow the position of Holy Maiden to Mo Qingcheng, one could imagine how much respect the Medicine Sovereign was giving to the unknown person who'd brought Mo Qingcheng to the Medicine Valley. There might even be a connection between the Medicine Sovereign Valley and that unknown person.
This person could be considered to have shown Mo Qingcheng a kindness that weighed as heavily as a mountain. It was only that they didn't know who he was.
In addition, there was one more reason that Qin Wentian didn't vocalize. He was deeply in love in Mo Qingcheng and didn't want her to be held back because she was following him. Now that she could even produce fifth-ranked pills, it was obvious to all how terrifying her talent was. The Medicine Sovereign Valley was undoubtedly the best place for her to be nurtured in. How could Qin Wentian bear to spoil her future, delaying it just because of him?
Yet, he also understood that Mo Qingcheng's love for him was deep. She was willing to give up everything just to follow him.
"Okay," Mo Qingcheng replied in an indistinct voice, and her eyes, so tender and as soft as water, seemingly capable of melting even the stoniest of hearts. Mo Qingcheng also understood Qin Wentian's intentions, both of them having a tacit understanding with each other. They stared at each other, radiant smiles on both their faces. Mo Qingcheng no longer mentioned wanting to seek a leave of absence from the Medicine Sovereign Valley.
They were both full of tender emotions, enjoying the peace and quiet.
Currently, within a comfortable room within an inn,, at another comfortable room there were a few young cultivators seating together. One of them exuded a frivolity and had an unnatural whiteness to his face. Both his eyes glimmered with nefarious light, and they were all now currently staring at the location where Qin Wentian and Mo Qingcheng was sitting at. Or more accurately, they were staring at Mo Qingcheng.
"To think there would be such a beauty in this world," that young man mused. After which, he exchanged glances with another person sitting in front of him, before his face broke out into a smile.
"It's truly fortunate that Brother Chu invited me here today." That young man smiled.
That person referred to as Brother Chu laughed, "I still have some matters to deal with, so I will take my leave first."
"Haha. Brother Chu, please take care."
After that person left, the young man dropped all pretences and openly stared at Mo Qingcheng. Qin Wentian naturally sensed it, he hadn't expected that even in such a scenic location, there would still be people like this here. This was truly dampening his spirits.
"Qingcheng, do you want to change location?" Qin Wentian smiled. Mo Qingcheng nodded in agreement.
However at this moment, that young man stood up and laughed, "Brother, please wait for a moment."
Just as Qin Wentian was preparing to stand up, he hadn't expected that young man to stop him. Frowning, his eyes glimmered with coldness as he stared in the direction of that young man.
"Is there anything the matter?"
"I'm Dongshan Jin from the Eastern Mountain Marquis Manor. Seeing how extraordinary you are, I wish to enquire about the possibility of us being friends. I wonder if Brother would be willing to give me some face and come over so we can relax with wine?" Dongshan Jin smiled, his words causing the others in the inn to feel a shiver in their hearts. So it was none other than that lascivious young master of the Eastern Mountain Marquis Manor. This beautiful maiden sure was unlucky to meet someone such as him, a fiend in human-form.
"Not interested," Qin Wentian directly replied.
Dongshan Jin furrowed his brows as a glint of coldness flashed within. He then threatened, "Sir, are you not planning to give me face then?"
"Get lost." Qin Wentian's eyes narrowed dangerously. Instantly, those standing behind Dongshan Jin icily responded, "Little Marquis, should we do something?"
A sinister light gleamed in Dongshan Jin's eyes, his gaze resembling a poison serpent when he stared at Qin Wentian. "I give you face, but you reject it? Since that's the case, all of you kill this man for me. However, leave the woman untouched. I don't want her to be hurt in anyway. Otherwise, don't blame this young master for killing you all!"
Qin Wentian frowned, his perception stretching out as he instantly discovered that there were people far away watching this confrontation. That young man named Brother Chu was still lingering in the vicinity, monitoring this situation.
Qin Wentian instantly understood. This Dongshan Jin was just an idiot, he was nothing but a chess piece. As he thought of this, Qin Wentian couldn't help but silently shake his head. In that case the appearance of Dongshan Jin here wasn't a coincidence, it had obviously been arranged by someone.
Qin Wentian glanced at Mo Qingcheng, who instantly understood what he wanted to say. Who would have thought that their hard-earned time alone touring the streets would be noticed by others. There was no need to doubt who was behind this. In Ye Country, counting those they offended, who else other than Ye Kongfan could it be?
"How beautiful, she's so beautiful that I'm dying!" Dongshan Jin didn't even know he was on the path to death, he was still staring lustily at Mo Qingcheng, fantasizing about the things he would do to her. The evil light shining from his eyes grew even more pronounced!