AGM 535 - Foster Son of the Human Emperor
Today, Qin Wentian and Mo Qingcheng finally left the chambers. Both of them looked to be full of spirit. Mo Qingcheng closed her eyes. Upon feeling the warm rays of the sun on her skin. She stretched out her hand as though trying to capture a ray of sunlight.
"It's so good to have you with me." An expression of blessed happiness shone on her face, these past few days spent with Qin Wentian had felt like a dream. How good life would be if this were to continue indefinitely.
Qin Wentian turned his head back, watching the rays of the sun falling on Mo Qingcheng's flawless countenance, as the smile on his face grew increasingly radiant. With such a wife, this was something countless people wanted but were never able to achieve.
"Qingcheng, you are the Holy Maiden of the Medicine Sovereign Valley. One day, I shall give you the grandest wedding in this entire Royal Sacred Region, telling everyone in this world that you are the wife of I, Qin Wentian." Qin Wentian vowed silently in his heart. In order to be together with him, Mo Qingcheng didn't mind having her reputation sullied, giving him her everything. How could Qin Wentian let Mo Qingcheng down? At the very least, he had to give her status.
Although he knew that Mo Qingcheng didn't care about things like this, he cared about them. He wanted Mo Qingcheng to marry him with pride and glory, wanting to let everyone in the world know that the Holy Maiden of the Medicine Sovereign Valley had found a good home to be married to.
"Let's go." Qin Wentian pulled Mo Qingcheng along. Mo Qingcheng sweetly glanced at him, nodding her head before following his lead.
Those from the Medicine Sovereign Valley could only sigh in their hearts when they saw the two of them walking out. For a total of four days, the Holy Maiden and Qin Wentian had stayed within the same room without venturing outside. From this, one could see the depth of love the Holy Maiden had for him. She didn't care about the mutterings of the outside world and didn't even give a damn about her own reputation.
The maidens from the Medicine Sovereign Valley understood that even if it was the Medicine Sovereign himself who wished to stop them from being together, it would be impossible as well. But then again, given how much the Medicine Sovereign doted on Mo Qingcheng, how could he object to her being together with someone she truly loved?
Back then there was a disciple who disrespected Mo Qingcheng, bragging that she would take over Mo Qingcheng's position. In the Medicine Sovereign Valley, that maiden had an extremely high status as well as outstanding talent. Alas, from this single sentence, the Medicine Sovereign crippled her cultivation. Shortly after her cultivation was stripped from her, he expelled that maiden from the Medicine Sovereign Valley. From then on, nobody dared to provoke Mo Qingcheng. Even if they were unhappy, they wouldn't dare cause conflict regarding Mo Qingcheng, especially out in the open.
"Holy Maiden." The other maidens all bowed when they saw her. Mo Qingcheng quietly stated, "I'm going to pay a visit to the Human Emperor to see if his injuries have gotten better. All of you, follow behind me."
"Right." The maidens nodded, and trailed after them.
There were still many experts outside the abode of the Human Emperor. This place was fully guarded, and the empress and princes personally led the way into the abode upon seeing it was the Holy Maiden coming to pay a visit.
"I've successfully created a few medicinal pills that I hoped would be able to alleviate the injuries of the Human Emperor. Also, while I'm administering the medicine I will need some time alone with him. It would be for the best if all of you waited outside, I cannot afford to be disturbed," Mo Qingcheng calmly stated. Other than herself and Qin Wentian, nobody knew what she wanted to do.
"Sure." The Empress laughed as she nodded her head, "In that case, we will have to trouble the Holy Maiden."
Mo Qingcheng merely nodded her head, showing no signs of anything abnormal. In fact, she didn't even order the entire place to be sealed off, and so it appeared to be an ordinary session with her administering the medicine.
"Senior Human Emperor, later on our actions might border on disrespect, hence we are begging Senior for your forgiveness now. However, we must do this in absolute secrecy." Qin Wentian transmitted his voice to the Human Emperor, and so only the Human Emperor could hear him.
As he lay on the bed, the Human Emperor's eyes suddenly shone with an intense light. After which, he blinked his eyes to signal that he understood.
As the Human Emperor, what hadn't he experienced before? Yet, seeing Qin Wentian look so solemn, his heart trembled slightly. Could he have...
"Senior Human Emperor, please consume this medicine." Mo Qingcheng placed a medicinal pill into the Human Emperor's mouth, who then swallowed it. By now, the Empress and the others had already left this place. The Empress turned her head back, giving one final glance at them before leaving, but she wasn't worried at all. After all, how could the Holy Maiden from the Medicine Sovereign Valley be in cahoots with the Qi King to harm the Human Emperor?
After exiting the abode, all of them waited quietly. The Empress gazed at Ye Lingshuang as she smiled, "Lingshuang, this junior brother of yours seems to be an extraordinary character."
"Mhm, he is extraordinary indeed." Ye Lingshuang nodded her head. After seriously contemplating all the information she knew of Qin Wentian, she had discovered that Qin Wentian was far from ordinary. Even an elder of the sect as well as Senior Brother Lin Shuai had personally escorted him over from the Xuan King City. Also, his feat of comprehending a total of fourteen sword strikes within a span of five days caused their hearts to bloom with awe.
"And to convince a woman such as the Holy Maiden to fall head over heels for him, he truly can be considered amazing." The Empress laughed.
Ye Lingshuang then placed her mouth near the Empress's ear and whispered something that caused the eyes of the Empress to brighten with a glow. "This fellow really does appear capable, to think that he even has a little mistress hidden back in the Battle Sword Sect? In this aspect, he is already many times stronger than your father."
The mother and daughter duo chatted on, as time flowed by unknowingly.
"Don't you think the Holy Maiden has been there for quite some time?" A prince started to question.
"The Holy Maiden knows what she's doing, just wait here patiently." The Empress unhappily glanced at the prince. With such impatience, how could he accomplish great things in the future? No wonder her clan was suppressed by the Qi King, the heirs of the Human Emperor were truly disappointing. They weren't even the equal of her daughter, Ye Lingshuang.
Time slowly flowed on, to the point where even the Empress herself was starting to get anxious. But upon thinking back to the Holy Maiden's words, she forced herself to remain patient. The maidens from the Medicine Sovereign Valley also found it suspicious, if it was only to check on his injuries and administer medicine, why would they need such a long time?
"Okay, all of you can come in now."
At this moment, Mo Qingcheng's soft voice rang out. The others all had rueful smiles on their faces as they silently berated themselves for overthinking things. The Holy Maiden was simply treating the Human Emperor's injuries, what other matters could there be? If even this group of closely-related people were thinking this way, then those guards outside would be even more suspicious.
The Human Emperor quietly laid on his back, appearing just as before. Qin Wentian and Mo Qingcheng exchanged gazes while sharing a smile before they stated, "Empress, we will take our leave first."
"Holy Maiden, do you wish to join us to dine together later?" the Empress politely inquired.
"It's fine." Mo Qingcheng shook her head before leaving with Qin Wentian.
"Junior Brother Qin, our seniors in the Battle Sword Sect are currently touring around my Ye Country. If you have the time, maybe you can bring the Holy Maiden for a walk to loosen up and relax." Ye Lingshuang smiled at Qin Wentian.
"Right." Qin Wentian smiled back and nodded his head. The two of them slowly walked away, with no one knowing the truth of what had happened earlier while they were in the Human Emperor's chambers. The Human Emperor who was now lying on the bed, had a quiet and peaceful smile on his face, yet his heart pounded rapidly with amazement. Even now, he had no way to truly calm down.
Those two spirited youngsters truly had guts.
Thinking of this, the smile on the Human Emperor's face widened. If he had a son and daughter just like them, how good would that be? But sadly, although his daughter wasn't bad, the few sons he had were all disappointing. Without him, it was basically impossible for them to control this ancient country.
The next few days, Qin Wentian and Mo Qingcheng went everywhere together, like the shadow follows the body. Every day, they would pay a visit to the Human Emperor under the pretext of checking up on his injuries, before leaving after a period of time. The relationship between the three of them grew closer and closer.
Hence, this involuntarily incurred the jealousy of some of the princes.
Today as well, the Human Emperor lay in bed within his chambers as usual. He stared at Qin Wentian and Mo Qingcheng beside him as he laughed, "Wentian, I have a request. I wish to adopt you as my foster son, I wonder if you'd agree to it?"
Qin Wentian's countenance faltered, he was completely taken aback. He hadn't expected the Human Emperor to suddenly have this notion.
Although Qin Wentian understood that the Human Emperor regarded him highly, the matter of accepting him as a foster son was simply because of their mutual like-mindedness and not borne of any thoughts of benefits.
"If you are unwilling, you can reject me directly. I won't be bothered by it." The Human Emperor laughed as he replied. Mo Qingcheng, as the Holy Maiden of the Medicine Sovereign Valley had an extraordinary status that was so high that it was somewhat awkward if the Human Emperor openly accepted her as a foster daughter. But if Qin Wentian was okay with this, wouldn't Mo Qingcheng also be considered as a daughter of his?
"Wentian dare not rejects the Human Emperor's deep kindness." Qin Wentian thought of the fact that he'd been an orphan all his life, and was raised by Uncle Black and Qin Chuan. How could his heart not feel fatigue from all the adventures he had through the years? Many times, he would find his thoughts drifting back to the Sky Harmony City back in Chu, wanting to pay another visit, yet he knew he couldn't relax at this moment.
"However, Wentian already has another foster father named Qin Chuan. When I meet him again in the future, I shall make clear this matter to my foster father Qin Chuan and seek his approval," Qin Wentian replied.
"That's only natural." The Human Emperor nodded with a smile. His gaze grew gentler as he regarded the two youngsters before him. Empress Ye, who was by his side, also started smiling as an expression of motherly love flickered in her eyes. "Child, isn't it about time to change how you address us?"
"Wentian greets Foster Father, and Foster Mother." Qin Wentian knelt and bowed to the Human Emperor and Empress Ye. Instantly, those in the abode had smiles light up their faces, feeling a sense of warmth and harmony in the air.
"Junior Brother, I have to change how I address you as well and call you my brother in the future." Ye Lingshuang laughed. She thought of the fact that not long ago, she had called Qin Wentian a lecherous fellow in the Battle Sword Sect, and this revelation caused her to burst out into even louder laughter. The world was truly wondrous, who would have thought that she and Qin Wentian would become siblings?
"Sister Lingshuang," Qin Wentian awkwardly called out. Ye Lingshuang glanced at Qin Wentian, before glancing at the Human Emperor as her eyes abruptly turned red. It must be because she suddenly thought of the Human Emperor's injuries and didn't know how much longer her father could endure this.
Even now, Qin Wentian and Mo Qingcheng didn't reveal the slightest hint of this news to the others. It wasn't because they didn't trust them, but rather this matter was simply too important. Even though the Empress Ye and Ye Lingshuang wouldn't intentionally leak this out, their actions may inadvertently alert the Human Emperor's enemies. After all, it was going to take a period of time for the Human Emperor to recover fully.
Qin Wentian also thought of Qin Chuan and his sister Qin Yao. He wanted nothing more than to hurry up and enter the Celestial Phenomenon Realm. The instant he broke through would be the time when he returned to Grand Xia, finishing what needed to be finished before returning to the Sky Harmony City to visit his foster father and sister.
His foster father Qin Chuan had treated him with such kindness that the weight of it felt as heavy as mountains. This goodbye had already lasted for so many years. He couldn't help but wonder how he was after so long, and also, was his sister Qin Yao already married?
"Wentian, I wish to name you as the Crown Prince of Ye Country, what do you think about this?" At this moment, the Human Emperor's voice transmitted over to him, causing his expression to falter. Staring at the expectant gaze of the Human Emperor, he could only sigh in his heart. The Human Emperor also knew that his heirs wouldn't be able to oversee his empire. Even if he were to gift the Ye Country to them, without power, they wouldn't be able to control the various kings and dukes.
"Foster Father must not do this, Wentian's ambition does not rest in Ye." Qin Wentian knew that his foster father wanted him because he was the most suitable candidate. The Human Emperor must have acknowledged his talent and was certain that Qin Wentian could be nurtured into a powerhouse strong enough to stand against the various kings and dukes, capable of controlling the ancient country. Yet, this wasn't what Qin Wentian wanted to do.
The Human Emperor nodded his head, but didn't say anything further to change Qin Wentian's mind. Even the Human Emperor's countenance remained normal. This exchange of words was only known to the two of them!