Chapter 192: Acknowledging Ancestors and Returning to the Clan
Translator: KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Lucas
"How about it? What's your decision?" Duan Ru Hong looked at Duan Ling Tian with a face full of anticipation.
If it was before, he wouldn't have imagined that there would be a day he would speak humbly before this nephew of his; however, his nephew now had the qualifications to receive such treatment.
After all, not just anyone was capable of possessing a cultivation at the Origin Core Stage at the age of 18.
Although he felt like the Duan Clan using Duan Ling Tian was inappropriate, when he thought about it, if a Void Prying Stage powerhouse could appear within the Duan Clan because of this, they he would undoubtedly be able to witness the moment the Duan Clan walked towards a glorious future.
As a disciple of the Duan Clan, he anticipated the appearance of that moment.
"The Duan Clan will really agree to any terms of mine?" Duan Ling Tian's eyes narrowed as he focused his gaze on Duan Ru Hong and asked once more in confirmation.
"As long as it's within the Duan Clan's ability, the clan will agree to anything." Duan Ru Hong's face was serious as he spoke.
The corners of Duan Ling Tian's mouth held a smile as he abruptly asked, "Even if I want you to die?"
Duan Ru Hong jolted, but he still nodded in all seriousness. "If my death can be exchanged for your return to the Duan Clan, then the clan doesn't need to do it, I'll take my own life!"
Duan Ling Tian glanced deeply at Duan Hu Rong. As the saying goes, the eye is the window to the soul; one is able to lie with their mouths, but their eyes would never lie.
Presently, Duan Ling Tian couldn't see a shred of falseness in Duan Ru Hong's eyes, and this would also mean that what Duan Ru Hong said came from his heart!
Duan Ling Tian couldn't help but sigh. The people of this world had really been completely brainwashed....
"I'm kidding... Although I don't really approve of you, it hasn't come to the point of wanting your life." Duan Ling Tian lightly smiled, as there wasn't a deep enmity between him and Duan Ru Hong.
Duan Ru Hong heaved a sigh of relief, as he really thought that Duan Ling Tian wanted his life. However, if Duan Ling Tian really wanted his life, then for the sake of the Duan Clan's future, he would absolutely not live a moment longer.
"Then do you agree now?" Duan Ru Hong asked once more, as when he noticed Duan Ling Tian's attitude, he suddenly felt that there might be a chance.
Duan Ling Tian's gaze constricted, and as he finished speaking, he muttered to himself, "As long as the Duan Clan can keep its promise, then what harm is there if I return to the clan and acknowledge my ancestors? In this way, I can be considered to have fulfilled a desire of my mother."
The Duan Clan was undoubtedly a clan that placed its benefit before all, and because there was value in using him, the Duan Clan was able to pay any price for him.
As far as Duan Ling Tian was concerned, since it was like this, why not use the Duan Clan properly?
Presently, no matter in which aspect, he was still in the startup stages, and if he really obtained the assistance of the Duan Clan, then many difficulties could be easily solved.
Moreover, in this way, he could still curry favor with his mother. So why not?
As for the Void Advancement Pill the Duan Clan wanted, that was something for the future.... And he didn't need to think about it now.
Duan Ru Hong had a face full of delight when he heard what Duan Ling Tian said. "Then when are you and your mother prepared to come to the Duan Clan? I can get the Patriarch to prepare a large courtyard for you, and it'll surely be more comfortable than you staying outside."
"It isn't necessary; we're living well outside. Even if I really return to the clan, acknowledge my ancestors, and admit myself to be a member of the Duan Clan, I will still not return to stay at the Duan Clan Estate... Let me make this point clear to you first." Duan Ling Tian shook his head, and as he finished speaking, his face became serious.
Duan Ru Hong lightly smiled. "This naturally isn't a problem."
Not all of the Duan Clan direct descendants stayed within the Duan Clan Estate, and there were many who stayed within their own courtyard houses outside, just like Duan Ru Hong himself, who had a courtyard house outside.
Duan Ling Tian pondered for a moment before giving Duan Ru Hong an answer. "As for when me and my mother return to the Duan Clan... Make it the day after tomorrow. As it happens, I don't have classes tomorrow and the day after."
"Ok, I'll send someone to get you at that time." Duan Ru Hong's face revealed a smile.
"There's no need, we can get there ourselves. At that time, just don't let people shut us out." Duan Ling Tian refused Duan Ru Hong's good intention before standing up and walking off the carriage.
"This hurried disposition of his is exactly like third brother all those years ago... Looks like he still hasn't forgotten about the matter that happened two years ago and still treats me so hostilely now. However, since he's agreed to return to the clan and acknowledge his ancestors, then my assignment this time can be considered to have been smoothly completed," Duan Ru Hong muttered to himself before shaking his head with a smile.
After returning home, Duan Ling Tian told his mother about the matter of returning to the Duan Clan and acknowledging his ancestors.
"Tian, why'd you suddenly change your mind?" Although Li Rou was taken by surprise and felt pleasantly surprised, she still had questions within her heart. She was understood the disposition of her son, and if he were to decide on a matter, then he wouldn't easily change his decision.
"I've thought about it lately and came around... The Duan Clan's descendant's blood flows within me after all, and I can't really not return to the clan and acknowledge my ancestors for my entire lifetime." Duan Ling Tian spouted lies, as he naturally wouldn't tell the truth. Otherwise, his mother would surely start overthinking things.
"Mother knows that the matter is certainly not so simple... However, you being willing to return to the clan and acknowledge your ancestors can be considered as fulfilling a desire of mother's. Regarding the other matters, if you're unwilling to speak about it, then Mother won't force you." Li Rou glanced deeply at Duan Ling Tian as if she could see through his heart.
Duan Ling Tian laughed embarrassedly. Only now did he recall that it wasn't so easy to bluff to his mother.
On the second day, Duan Ling Tian, who didn't have to head to Paladin Academy, stayed at home and accompanied the two girls to pass the day in an intimate fashion....
On the third day, Duan Ling Tian got Xiong Quan to prepare a carriage at dawn, then he headed to the Duan Clan's estate with his mother.
Duan Ling Tian didn't bring the two girls along, as to him, going to the Duan Clan to acknowledge his ancestors today was only a mere formality, and he would return in next to no time.
The Duan Clan Estate covered a vast area, like a city within the city.
On the way.
"Mom, you seem nervous." Duan Ling Tian looked at Li Rou as he smiled.
"You bad kid, actually daring to make fun of your mother... Mother is just feeling emotional. You're already so old now, which means that I left the Duan Clan for so many years." Li Rou's gaze seemed to drift off as if she'd once again returned to those happy days when her husband hadn't vanished yet.
Before long, under the driving of Xiong Quan, the carriage stopped before the Duan Clan Estate's main gate.
"The display is rather grand." Duan Ling Tian could vaguely see past the windows that a red carpet had been rolled out at the Duan Clan Estate's main gate, and servant girls and servants filled the sides of the red carpet...
"This...." Li Rou was slightly stunned when she saw this scene, and she suddenly realized that her son choosing to return to the clan and acknowledge his ancestors this time would probably really not be so simple.
"Young Master, Madam, we've arrived." Xiong Quan's respectful voice entered the carriage.
Duan Ling Tian got off the carriage first and then respectfully supported his mother down before holding his mother's arm and walking onto the red carpet outside the Duan Clan Estate's main gate.
"Greetings, Young Master, greetings, Madam." Meanwhile, the servant girls and servants on either side of the red carpet respectfully bowed to Duan Ling Tian and his mother.
"Hmm?" Duan Ling Tian raised his head. He could see that at the Duan Clan Estate's main gate, a group of people that were originally standing there moved over to greet him.
Among these people, a dignified middle-aged man and an awe-inspiring old man took the lead, and that fourth uncle of his, Duan Ru Hong, followed behind as well.
Duan Ling Tian held on to his mother as he went to greet them.
"Patriarch, Big Brother." Li Rou looked at the awe-inspiring old man and respectfully bowed before looking at the dignified middle-aged man at the side and lightly smiling in greeting.
"Ru Feng's wife, I'm not the Duan Clan's Patriarch anymore; Ru Huo is the Patriarch... As for me, I'm now the Duan Clan's Grand Elder." The awe-inspiring old man lightly smiled, and his tone towards Li Rou was extremely courteous.
"He's the previous Duan Clan Patriarch, Duan Zhen?" Duan Ling Tian looked at the awe-inspiring old man as he thought inwardly and guessed the old man's identity.
Li Rou shook her head and smiled. "I've left for nearly 20 years now, I never imagined that Patriarch would already have resigned from the leading post and big brother had become the Patriarch."
"Tian, aren't you going to greet them?" Li Rou beautiful brows frowned as she talked to Duan Ling Tian.
"Greetings, Patriarch, greetings, Grand Elder." Duan Ling Tian lightly smiled to Duan Ru Huo and Duan Zhen.
"As expected of Ru Feng's son, his appearance his extremely similar to Ru Feng's...Good, very good." Duan Zhen looked at Duan Ling Tian as if he was looking at a treasure, and his eyes shone.
"Yes, in the blink of an eye, the infant from all those years ago has grown so much." Duan Ru Huo nodded as well and smiled lightly to Duan Ling Tian.
Subsequently, the group of Duan Clan elders came and greeted Duan Ling Tian and his mother. These Duan Clan elders now all had smiles on their faces when they met Duan Ling Tian and his mother, and they didn't dare neglect them in the slightest.
Duan Ling Tian sneered in his heart when he saw this scene. They're really snobbish!
That year, his mother brought him, who was still an infant, and left the Duan Clan all alone, and not one person stopped her, leaving a baby and a widow to wander outside.
Now, when they knew that Duan Ling Tian was capable of obtaining at Void Advancement Pill for the Duan Clan, all of them were like flies as they came to get close to him.
Duan Ling Tian only felt a wave of disgust within his heart.
Before long, Duan Ling Tian finished acknowledging his ancestors within the Duan Clan's ancestral shrine under the direction of Patriarch Duan Ru Huo and once again returned to the Duan Clan.
After everything was completed, Duan Ru Huo said to Duan Ling Tian, "Little Tian, if you have any needs in the future, feel free to tell your uncle."
"Thank you, Patriarch." Duan Ling Tian hurriedly nodded.
"Besides that, you don't have to worry about the matter with the Su Clan, as the clan will help you deal with it." Duan Ru Huo continued to say to Duan Ling Tian.
Duan Ling Tian's gaze slightly moved. This Patriarch was an intelligent man, and he knew that his mother was present, so he didn't speak in detail about the conflict between him and the Su Clan. However, even then, doubt still arose within Li Rou's heart.
"Tian, what happened between you and the Su Clan?" Li Rou asked curiously after returning to the carriage.
"Mom, it's nothing. It's just that a Su Clan direct descendant provoked me with the academy and was injured by me," Duan Ling Tian casually said.
Li Rou nodded as if this wasn't any big deal, but it was a mystery as to what Li Rou would think if she knew that Duan Ling Tian had crippled a person's Dantian and destroyed his entire life....