Chapter 230: Homecoming
Translator: KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Lucas
The Imperial Family finally returned to peace after the death of Mortal Emperor Chu.
As for the remaining matters, they didn't have anything to do with Duan Ling Tian.
The incident this time was too shocking, so the Emperor sealed off the information flow and didn't let the news spread out.
The Imperial City was peaceful as usual....
Since returning from the Imperial Palace that day, Duan Ling Tian returned all 12 Embroidered Uniform Guards, including Zhang Qian and Zhao Gang, to the Divine Might Marquis Estate.
Zhang Qian and Zhao Gang had followed Duan Ling Tian for such a long time, and Duan Ling Tian had already taught them everything he could teach them, thus he could be considered to have fulfilled the promise he made to the Divine Might Marquis that day.
Half a month later, the Emperor summoned Duan Ling Tian once again.
When Duan Ling Tian saw the large stack of gold bills before him, his eyes shone.
These gold bills were all of the 10,000 denomination.
A total of 1,000 bills.
10 million gold!
Duan Ling Tian put away all the gold without the slightest bit of hesitation, then he looked at the Emperor. "Thank you, your majesty."
"Commander Duan, I heard from the Divine Might Marquis that you've returned all 12 of the Embroidered Uniform Guard members to him. You are...?" The Emperor looked curiously at Duan Ling Tian, as he didn't know why Duan Ling Tian would act in such a way.
"Your Majesty, actually, when I asked you to establish the Embroidered Uniform Guard for me that day, I only had the intention of having some fun....Now I've had my fun, so your Majesty, please disband this organization. Besides that, I actually held back when I gave your majesty the poison removal pill that day, and I'm certain in my ability to directly remove your Majesty's poison." As Duan Ling Tian spoke, he passed a complete grade nine Spirit Cleansing Pill to the Emperor.
After the Emperor consumed it and dissolved the medicinal strength of the pill, the Emperor noticed that the poison within his body was completely removed, and a shocked expression appeared on his face.
The Emperor glanced deeply at Duan Ling Tian. "Commander Duan, looks like you really held back towards me in the past...."
Duan Ling Tian laughed embarrassedly.
"Why aren't you continuing to hold back now?" The Emperor asked curiously.
"Your Majesty, there's no point in me holding back any longer....I intend to leave the Crimson Sky Kingdom soon and head to the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom." Duan Ling Tian shook his head and smiled, and his eyes revealed traces of lights of anticipation.
"Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom?" The Emperor was shocked, then he recovered his composure and nodded. "With Commander Duan's natural talent, staying in the Crimson Sky Kingdom is indeed unworthy of your talents....However, I will still maintain the Embroidered Uniform Guard. Once Commander Duan is weary of the outside world, the Crimson Sky Kingdom will always welcome you back. At that time, regardless of who the Emperor is, you'll still be the one and only Commander of the Crimson Sky Kingdom's Embroidered Uniform Guard. This is my promise to you!"
"Thank you, your majesty." Duan Ling Tian hurriedly thanked the Emperor.
"Besides that, if you have any needs before you leave, you can tell me and I will satisfy your request," the Emperor added.
Duan Ling Tian expressed his gratitude once again.
"Right." The Emperor suddenly looked at Duan Ling Tian, and his gaze turned slightly dubious. "Commander Duan, I wonder what you think of my daughter, Bi Yao?"
Duan Ling Tian lightly smile and said, "Princess Bi Yao is beautiful and charming, like a celestial maiden that has dropped into the mortal world. She is one of the few beauties that I've seen."
The Emperor glanced deeply at Duan Ling Tian and asked, "Then if I betroth Princess Bi Yao to you, would you agree?"
Duan Ling Tian felt stifled, as he never expected the Emperor would be so direct. "Your Majesty, there's something you don't know. I already have two fiancees at home....As for Princess Bi Yao, I don't have that type of feeling towards her at the moment, and it's more of a feeling of friendship."
"I understand." The Emperor nodded.
A little while after Duan Ling Tian left.
A beautiful figure arrived at the throne room and looked at the Emperor. "Imperial Father, he.... What did he say?"
The Emperor sighed. "Bi Yao, he said he doesn't have that type of feeling towards you for the moment, and it's more of a feeling of friendship."
"He...really said this?" The beautiful figure lightly trembled, and within the clear and melodious voice was a sense of bitterness mixed within.
After Duan Ling Tian left the palace, he bought five Ferghana Horses.
At noon that day, Duan Ling Tian, Li Rou, Li Fei, Ke Er, and Xiong Quan each rode a Ferghana Horse and left the Imperial City, heading straight towards the direction of Swallow Mountain County.
This time, Duan Ling Tian intended to leave the Crimson Sky Kingdom to head to the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom and didn't know when he'd be able to return.
So Duan Ling Tian planned to return to visit Fresh Breeze Town Li Family, which could be considered a homecoming.
After that, he'd accompany Li Fei to the Aurora City Li Clan to see her grandfather.
The Ferghana Horses only spent two months completing a journey that riding a normal horse would require half a year's time to complete.
After two months, Duan Ling Tian's group rode on the public road outside of Aurora City but didn't enter Aurora City and instead continued forward towards Fresh Breeze Town.
He wouldn't stay long in Fresh Breeze Town; at most he would stay a night. Thus, it would be the same if they returned to Aurora City tomorrow.
This was also the first time Li Fei had returned to the Fresh Breeze Town with Duan Ling Tian, and Li Fei's heart was filled with curiosity and yearning towards the place that Duan Ling Tian grew up in.
Fresh Breeze Town was the same Fresh Breeze Town from before.
Duan Ling Tian's group of five rode their horses into Fresh Breeze Town, and they attracted the gazes of everyone from everywhere they passed.
After all, five Ferghana Horses were too shocking.
Five Ferghana Horses were equivalent to 50,000 gold, or 5 million silver....
This little amount of money was nothing in Duan Ling Tian's eyes currently, but towards the people of Fresh Breeze Town, it was a sky high amount.
"Who's he?" The crowd of Fresh Breeze Town residents' hearts were filled with surprise.
"Eh....That seems to be Duan Ling Tian!" Before long, someone recognized Duan Ling Tian. Even though three years had passed and the immaturity from Duan Ling Tian's face had completely vanished, Duan Ling Tian's appeared hadn't change greatly.
"It's really Duan Ling Tian!"
"I never expected him to return again!"
"Yeah, the last time he returned, he annihilated the Fang Family. This time, he wouldn't think of annihilating the Chen Family and allow the Li Family to monopolize the town, right?"
"The Li Family is really lucky to actually have such an extraordinary disciple like Duan Ling Tian, and he's even gone to Aurora City's Li Clan."
For some time, the crowd of Fresh Breeze Town residents discussed animatedly.
However, they didn't relate Duan Ling Tian to the 'Duan Ling Tian' whose name was spread around and gave rise to much discussion lately.
After all, in their opinion, it was considered to be not bad that Duan Ling Tian was able to go to Aurora City.
And they'd never once thought that the 'Duan Ling Tian' from the Imperial City would be the same Duan Ling Tian that came from Fresh Breeze Town.
The corners of Duan Ling Tian's mouth twitched when he heard what the Fresh Breeze Town residents said.
Annihilate the Chen Family?
Was he such a savage person in the eyes of these people?
Ke Er and Li Fei, who spurred their horses to ride beside Duan Ling Tian, had long since covered their mouths and started laughing lightly.
"Let's go home!" Duan Ling Tian spurred his horse forward, directly towards the Li Family Estate.
The Li Family members all came out to greet him when they found out that Duan Ling Tian had returned. From Patriarch Li Nan Feng to all the elders that stayed within the Li Family Estate, everyone had come.
"Patriarch, elders!" Duan Ling Tian greeted the Patriarch and the elders.
"It's good that you're back, come in." Li Nan Feng and the other elders welcomed Duan Ling Tian in.
Along with Duan Ling Tian's return, the entire Li Family Estate was decorated with lanterns and decorations; it was as if it was the New Year.
"Fifth Elder, where's Li Xuan?" After a catching up for a while, Duan Ling Tian still hadn't seen the Little Fatty, and he felt it to be slightly strange.
Logically speaking, that Little Fatty ought to have run over at the first possible moment when he found out he'd returned.
Fifth Elder Li Ting said, with a smile, "Li Xuan went to the Aurora City Li Clan two years ago....What? you all didn't come from there?"
Duan Ling Tian shook his head and smiled. "No. We returned from the Imperial City and directly returned to Fresh Breeze Town. We plan to head to Aurora City tomorrow."
"You're leaving tomorrow?" Li Ting was slightly surprised.
"Yes." Duan Ling Tian nodded and lightly smiled. "Now that you mention it, I returned this time to say my farewells to the Patriarch and all the elders."
"Say your farewells?" For a moment, the Li Family higher-ups were slightly puzzled.
"I intend to leave the Crimson Sky Kingdom and head to the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom," Duan Ling Tian explained.
Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom!
What Duan Ling Tian said caused the Patriarch and the group of elders to be shocked.
This kid that started revealing his natural talent three years ago was now about to leave the Crimson Sky Kingdom and head to the vast stage called the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom's?
"Duan Ling Tian, your current cultivation level...." Li Nan Feng looked at Duan Ling Tian and asked, slightly hesitantly.
Duan Ling Tian lightly smiled and slowly said, "Third level of the Origin Core Stage."
Instantly, the Li Family higher-ups present were all dumbstruck, and they only recovered from their shock after a long time....
"I...." Li Nan Feng didn't know what to say, then he deeply glanced at Duan Ling Tian. "Duan Ling Tian, you're the same Duan Ling Tian whose name's been spread and gave rise to much discussion within the Crimson Sky Kingdom?"
"Yes." Duan Ling Tian nodded.
A tossed stone raises a thousand ripples. What Duan Ling Tian said raised a large reaction within the Li Family higher-ups, causing them to be stunned once again.
The Duan Clan's direct descendant disciple.
The number one genius within the Crimson Sky Kingdom's younger generation.
The Embroidered Uniform Guard's Commander.
It was actually the youth that left their Fresh Breeze Town?
They were all excited in their hearts.
"In other words, your father is that Duan Ru Feng?" Li Nan Feng sighed. "No wonder I've never heard your mother mention your father. So your father is the peerless genius that was once famous throughout the entire Crimson Sky Kingdom like you are now.... However, you're even more abnormal than your father."
Duan Ling Tian shook his head and smiled, then he took out a large stack of silver from his pocket and passed it to Li Nan Feng. "Patriarch, there's 10 million silver here. It's a small gift from me to the Li Family."
Li Nan Feng, however, didn't accept it. "Duan Ling Tian, you're going to the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom. You're surely going to enter one of those large sects.... The competition within the large sects are extremely intense. Keep this money and buy some medicinal pills to cultivate."
"Yeah, keep it for yourself."
"Most of the businesses in Fresh Breeze Town is under our Li Family, so we don't have a lack of money."
The other elders persuaded as well.
In the end, Duan Ling Tian was truly helpless and could only put away the money.
He could feel that the group of people before him were really thinking of his well-being, and a trace of warmth couldn't help but arise within his heart.
That night, Duan Ling Tian still stayed within his own courtyard.
There were only three rooms within the courtyard. His mother stayed within her own room, and Duan Ling Tian brought Ke Er and Li Fei along to stay in Ke Er's room.
As for Xiong Quan, he stayed in Duan Ling Tian's old room.