"Yes, I do. I've seen your son," said the old man, nodding sharply. It seemed like he didn't feel like talking about it, though.
"Really, you have seen Lin Qiong Sheng?" asked Lin Feng happily, putting his hands on the old man's shoulders and shaking him. But then he quickly realized he was overreacting and blushed while taking his hands back. He looked at the old man apologetically.
The old man shook his head. Lin Feng's reaction was normal. He hadn't seen his son for several years; as a father, it was normal to be extremely worried.
"Two years ago, the Tai Qing Sect organized a competition to recruit some young geniuses. That's when I saw your son. I remembered his name, Lin Qiong Sheng, and when I first heard about you, I understood he was your son.
"Lin Qiong Sheng participated in the competition and finished in the top three, but in the end, he lost against an independent cultivator. The Tai Qing Sect hadn't stepped back into the open yet, so we had to be extremely discreet. We wanted to keep Lin Qiong Sheng, but he said that since he hadn't ranked first, he was useless and left the Tai Qing Sect.
"Back then, when he left, we noticed he was flying in the direction of Zhao Country. If you hadn't talked about him today, I wouldn't have thought of him again," the old man sighed.
"Zhao Country?" Lin Feng realized he really had to go to Zhao Country, for the Songs and for his son.
He had to finish everything he had to do first, though, but Lin Feng wasn't worried. If his son was in Zhao Country, he wouldn't disappear again.
Lin Feng was worried about Lin Zhe Tian, who had just left. Lin Zhe Tian had just arrived in Gods Country, and he wasn't too strong. He had to rely on himself to survive now, though...
Everybody had a different fate. Lin Feng wasn't even able to protect his own life all the time, so he couldn't care about just his sons. He had to think about himself too.
"Thank you very much for telling me those things, Master. I'm really grateful," Lin Feng said, bowing respectfully.
"Haha, it's alright, Lin Feng, don't do that. I didn't help much," said the old man smiling kindly and warmly. He had a good temper.
"By the way, I meant to tell you, the Matriarch of the Tai Qing Sect isn't feeling good lately. She really hopes you can go to the Tai Qing Sect as quickly as possible, if you have the time," said the old man, as if he had suddenly thought of something.
Lin Feng was surprised. He wanted to know why she felt bad.
"Lin Feng, don't you know what's going on?" asked the old man when he saw Lin Feng's expression.
Lin Feng shook his head and asked, "Has anything happened?"
"You really don't know?" asked the old man again. He was astonished. Lin Feng wasn't joking; he really didn't know?
"I really don't, Master," Lin Feng answered, smiling and shaking his head. He was really confused, or he wouldn't have asked.
The old man understood Lin Feng wasn't joking, so he told him, "A young genius from the Yuan Hall, called Yuan Feng, came to the Tai Qing Sect. Nobody thought that that young genius would immediately propose a marriage alliance to our Matriarch.
"Our Matriarch doesn't know what to do about it. She is still young.
"Hehe, even Qing Xin Yue's teacher, Ancestor Qing Xu Duan, was astonished. The Ancestor went to see Yuan Feng personally and thought the young man wasn't bad so he almost agreed.
"Because of that, people in the Tai Qing Sect are all extremely worried. The Matriarch is devastatingly beautiful. All the disciples of the Tai Qing Sect consider her a goddess. Everybody thinks Yuan Feng doesn't deserve her.
"All the disciples are on their knees in front of the Imperial Palace of the Tai Qing Sect, begging Ancestor Qing Xu Duan to cancel everything. They don't want to put the Matriarch in the wrong hands.
"So the Ancestor did something, which was probably a mistake, and Qing Xin Yue was even more furious and disappointed. This time, the disciples' hearts started burning," said the old man, staring at Lin Feng to see how he would react. Lin Feng just looked a bit angry.
"What mistake?" asked Lin Feng.
"A competition to find a husband for her. The Tai Qing Sect will organize a competition in the capital city of the Ri Guang Empire in three months. Anyone can participate; the disciples of the Tai Qing Sect, independent cultivators, and disciples from other influential groups. However, they all have to be young geniuses.
"It's not a bad idea, but Matriarch Qing Xin Yue was furious. So, I came to talk to you about it," said the old man with an apologetic smile.
Lin Feng looked at the old man skeptically. What did that smile mean? Lin Feng had nothing to do with all that. However, the bad news followed, sure enough...
"Matriarch Qing Xin Yue talked to Ancestor Qing Xu Duan. She said she had already fallen in love with a young genius and that if the Ancestor didn't let her marry that young genius, she would bring the Tai Qing Sect to chaos. Lin Feng, do you know that young genius is?" asked the old man, narrowing his eyes and smiling.
Lin Feng forced a smile. No need to ask, the old man had been clear already. Qing Xin Yue had meant him, Lin Feng!
"What can I do?" sighed Lin Feng, smiling wryly.
"What do I know? Who knows since when our Matriarch likes you?" asked the old man, shaking his head. How could he know a solution? "I don't know, but you have to go to the competition in three months, or your reputation will be ruined."
"All the disciples of the Tai Qing Sect now consider you and Yuan Feng as their enemies. They all hate you. In addition, when Yuan Feng heard Qing Xin Yue liked you, he was furious. I think you have to be careful, Lin Feng," said the old man, sighing and patting Lin Feng's shoulders. He left and disappeared into the darkness of the night.
Lin Feng watched the old man disappear and forced a smile. What had he done? Why did Qing Xin Yue say she loved him? Didn't she think that it would cause him trouble if she did? Because of her, he had many new enemies now!
Lin Feng felt powerless now. He couldn't do anything, and had no choice but to participate in the competition three months from now.
If he didn't go, many people would think he was a weakling and a coward.
He sighed. "Jeston, what can I do?" Lin Feng asked when he saw Jeston and Dao Ling in the corridor leading to the garden. However, Lin Feng was surprised to see Fa Duo was with them.
There was something different this time...