They stayed at the doctor’s house for several days then rented a house with a courtyard to avoid spies in Shao Xian City. After all, in such a small city it was very conspicuous when a group of strange out of the ordinary people cam suddenly.
Yu Ren Shu had injured his shoulder and leg which couldn’t be healed in a short amount of time. After recovering for a few days, they planned on going to Da Liang City to find a spirit priest to help treat his wounds.
In those days of recovery, everyone was very quiet. Every single one of them had received a blow on Shao Xian Mountain, particularly Long Xiang and Ruan Qian Xiu. After learning about the big secret, they seemed to be at a loss of what to do for a while.
Jiang Chao Ge’s mood was also downcast for those few days. These days Zhi Xuan didn’t want to respond to him and he was somewhat unused to it. Usually that little brat quite liked to stick to him, the two practically were inseparable. Now he was really angry at him. In addition, he himself was also resentful of his own incompetence, so these days he cultivated day and night without rest.
After several days like this, Jiang Chao Ge became a little unable to bear it. He slept for an entire day from dawn to dusk. When he awoke, he had a splitting headache but he felt somewhat more clear headed.
He first went to find Long Xiang. Long Xiang was practicing with that Zui You Halberd that seemed about as tall as him. In the dusk of winter, the youth wore thin white clothes, the long Halberd as ferocious as a tiger, as dextrous as a snake within his hand. There was an unswerving determination beyond his age on his young, elegant and jade like profile. Zui You looked on with a smile at the side, propping a leg up in the air.
Seeing Jiang Chao Ge come, Long Xiang stopped and wiped the sweat on his forehead.
Jiang Chao Ge smiled: “Your wounds are fine now?”
Long Xiang shook his head: “It was only superficial wounds in the first place.”
“Let’s go inside to talk, best not to catch a cold.”
The three entered the house. Zui You brought a warm towel over, wanting to help Long Xiang wipe his sweat.
Long Xiang stretched out his hand, “I’ll do it myself.”
With a wave of his hand, Zui You avoided him saying with a smile: “Let me wipe it for you.”
Jiang Chao Ge didn’t know if it was because of his appearance, but he felt that Zui You’s every word, every smile was seductive. That kind of charm seemed to come from his very bones.
Long Xiang could only helplessly allow him wipe away his sweat.
Jiang Chao Ge took out a pouch and waved it. Clinking sounds came from the pouch, “Five gold coins as promised.” He threw the money pouch to Long Xiang.
Long Xiang caught it with one hand and was quiet for a while whilst squeezing the money pouch, “What are your plans after this?”
“Me and Yu Ren Shu only started travelling in order to search for Divine grade spirit weapons. Now that we’ve found one, it seems the journey was not in vain. After his wounds have healed, we’ll continue. You?”
Long Xiang shook his head, “Haven’t thought about it yet.”
“Such being the case, why not let me continue to hire you?” After seeing Long Xiang’s strength, how could Jiang Chao Ge bear to just let him go?
Long Xiang cast a sidelong glance at him: “The difference between finding Heaven grade spirit weapons and Divine grade spirit weapons is too big. It will not be the same price.”
Jiang Chao Ge smiled: “I’ll be able to pay whatever price you want.” These words were actually a little boastful. After all, many of the things taken from Yu Ren Shu’s private quarters was hard to convert to money. It’s value could be difficult to estimate or it could expose Yu Ren Shu’s whereabouts. However, at least he still had a dozen or so gold coins which was more than enough to keep Long Xiang for a while. When they arrive at Da Liang City, he must think of a way to earn lots of money.
Thinking about earning money, Jiang Chao Ge recalled the many bodies of long snakes on the Gemini Peak. How many Dark grade spirit weapons and medicinal material could be made from it? Just throwing it away like that was like throwing money away. He’ll have to discuss with Yu Ren Shu after a couple days to see if they can go back and retrieve it.
Long Xiang thought for a moment, “Alright.”
Jiang Chao Ge asked curiously: “How much money do you actually need?”
“A lot. I want to buy the next fleet with sufficient sailors and supplies and make a long journey. It’s said that red haired people come from the Zhu Nan Archipelagos. Many big and small countries are divided there. I don’t know when I’ll be able to find mine.”
“Follow me then. I’ll give you commission beyond your expectations, allowing you to form your fleet faster.”
Long Xiang said resolutely: “I will also protect you with the best of my ability.”
After settling things with Long Xiang, Jiang Chao Ge then went to find Ruan Qian Xiu. The first thing Ruan Qian Xiu said upon seeing him was: “I won’t expose the secret of Divine grade spirit weapons.”
Jiang Chao Ge smiled: “I know you won’t.” He looked at Ruan Qian Xiu, “We’re going to Da Liang City next, conveniently also going to find a spirit priest for Yu Ren Shu’s wounds. Are you going with us?”
Ruan Qian Xiu shook her head, “Let’s seperate here. It’s only a few hundred metres to Bei Yue Mountain from here. I’ll have left the north after I cross Bei Yue Mountain.”
“If I was someone from Blood Temple, I will definitely wait for this moment to make my move. The reason you’re still safe now is because you are with us and they can’t find an opportunity. I don’t believe that Blood Temple is unable to find your whereabouts with their intelligence network.”
Ruan Qian Xiu smiled and said with desolation yet heroism: “I’ll have to face it myself sooner or later.”
“You can choose for it to be later. Come to Da Liang City with us, we’ll definitely leave the north afterwards. After all, Ren Wang did say that he’d already searched all the north and didn’t find the whereabouts of other Divine spirit weapons. We might go to the Kun Lun fairylands in the west next to find the White Marsh. At least let us send you out of the north.”
Ruan Qian Xiu thought for a bit, “Fine, I’ve never been to Da Liang City before anyway.” She looked at Jiang Chao Ge, “What are your plans after this? Continue to search like this?”
Jiang Chao Ge nodded, “Continue to search.” He had to at least find Yin Chuan, the White Marsh. After the death of the State Preceptor, his only other hope of returning home could only be entrusted to You Zhun and Yin Chuan yet You Zhun might be even harder to get close to.
Ruan Qian Xiu sighed: “Its good to have a goal.”
Jiang Chao Ge could sense Ruan Qian Xiu’s ‘lone soul wild ghost’ kind of temperament. It was precisely because Ruan Qian Xiu hadn’t thought of where to go that he could keep her. But it was also because she had no goal that he couldn’t keep her too long. Yu Ren Shu’s injuries this time made him more aware of the importance of the strength of allies. Also, how good would it be if he could bring a spirit priest along so that injuries could be treated anytime.
Matters were temporarily settled with Long Xiang and Ruan Qian Xiu. Jiang Chao Ge braced himself to go find Zhi Xuan.
Ever since Zhi Xuan had become angry at him, he’d refused to show himself to others in the form of a child. He insisted on coming and going in the form of an adult almost as if he wanted to redeem some dignity.
When Jiang Chao Ge entered the house, Zhi Xuan was currently drinking in front of the table. His long black hair spilled over the ground, signs of drunkenness within his bright golden eyes. The smell of alcohol in the room pervaded his nose, almost making him retreat.
Zhi Xuan lifted his eyes, glanced at him but didn’t acknowledge him.
Jiang Chao Ge sat beside him: “How much did you drink? Take a break ok?”
“Don’t tell me what to do.”
“I’m not, I’m advising you.”
“I get angry just looking at you.” Zhi Xuan pushed him away, “Don’t sit beside me.”
Jiang Chao Ge could only sit on the bed, “You’ve been angry for so many days. Your anger should be dissipating by now.”
Zhi Xuan snorted coldly.
“Your hair is even on the floor, how dirty. I’ll wash it for you.” Jiang Chao Ge said trying to curry favour.
“When we get to Da Liang City, I’ll buy whatever you want alright?”
“I don’t want anything. Human things are so boring.” Zhi Xuan said unhappily.
“Hey, you wanted anything you saw before.”
“I am a Qi Lin!” Zhi Xuan humphed: “Human things a nothing more than new. How could I truly like it?”
“Ok ok. Zuzong, come find me when your anger has dissipated. I’m always available.” Jiang Chao Ge yawned. After sleeping for most of the day, he was actually still sleepy. He’d really tired himself out in this short amount of time. He couldn’t help but lie down.
Zhi Xuan said angrily: “Commoner, who allowed you to sleep in my bed!”
Jiang Chao Ge propped his head on his hands: “But we’ve always slept together in the past.”
Zhi Xuan looked at Jiang Chao Ge’s clearly smiling eyes and his rising flames of anger suddenly dispersed. His cheeks puffed out and he said dejectedly: “I don’t want to sleep with you right now.”
Jiang Chao Ge smiled: “Aiya, the night is too cold. Let’s squeeze together a little, otherwise my lifespan might shorten.”
Zhi Xuan stood up. The roof of that house seemed low in comparison to Zhi Xuan’s particularly tall height. He walked to the side of the bed, sat down and stared fixedly at Jiang Chao Ge: “Truly useless. I’ll reluctantly allow you to warm yourself.” He got into bed after speaking, about to envelope Jiang Chao Ge in an embrace.
Jiang Chao Ge grabbed his arm upon realising and said mockingly: “You’re going to…. In this form….”
Zhi Xuan’s eyes widened, voice raising eight octaves, “You still want me to turn small?”
“No no no, that’s not my meaning. You can do whatever you want Zuzong.” He really didn’t want to embrace an adult form Zhi Xuan. It was too strange, too awkward. However how could he provoke Zhi Xuan at this critical moment.
Zhi Xuan enveloped Jiang Chao Ge in an embrace rudely and said dejectedly: “I’m telling you, I haven’t reconciled with you.”
Jiang Chao Ge restrained a smile, “Ok ok I know.”
“You’ve washed your hair?” Zhi Xuan buried his nose in Jiang Chao Ge’s hair, “Its somewhat fragrant.”
“Did you also cut it?”
“Yes. It was too long and uncomfortable.”
“You’re not allowed to cut it in the future.”
“You are my servant. Your hair is also mine. You’re not allowed to cut it.”
Jiang Chao Ge said helplessly: “Alright.” He thought, he went from a chairman to practically being forced to be a servant. When his fortune was told back then, it only foretold he’d have glory, splendour, wealth and rank for the rest of his life. How come it didn’t foretell this? But if it really foretold this, he might have had to get rid of some people.
Zhi Xuan whispered: “Do you want to form a contract with me?”
“Of course.” Jiang Chao Ge looked at him, “I don’t want to wait till I’m a level three spirit weapon user anymore. Perhaps after we form a contract, I’ll actually be able to reach level three faster.”
Zhi Xuan glanced at him, “If you want to advance faster, you have to mat….. make love…… do you know that?”
Jiang Chao Ge froze, “It may not be necessary…… Ren Wang said that after forming a contract, the speed of cultivation will increase.”
Zhi Xuan’s voice rose unconsciously, “Of course. That other method is just faster. I’m only telling you.”
Suspicion rose in Jiang Chao Ge’s heart. He’d always thought that Zhi Xuan was very interested in that other method of forming a contract. Hearing this was really too dangerous. He really didn’t want to sleep with a man in order to advance. But the most dangerous thing was, if Zhi Xuan was truly interested, he could only force himself to do it.
Jiang Chao Ge quickly changed the subject, “How about I continue to tell you stories from my world?”
“Ok.” Zhi Xuan rested his head on his hand, looking at him unblinkingly: “Tell me things regarding making love in your world.”
Jiang Chao Ge almost spat blood, “Can’t we talk about something else?”
“No, I want to hear about this.”
Jiang Chao Ge swallowed, “Why do you suddenly want to hear about this?”
“Just talk about it. Why so much nonsense.”
“I don’t know where to begin, how about….. you ask?”
Zhi Xuan thought for a bit, “Why do you make love?”
“It’s the same as people in this world. Some are in love, some are only lonely.”
“Then what is the first step of making love?”
Jiang Chao Ge thought for a bit, “Kissing?”
“What is kissing?”
“It’s lips touching lips.”
Zhi Xuan said with a frown: “Why do humans want to touch lips?”
Jiang Chao Ge felt like he was raising a son that had just learned to talk, asking a thousand whys frequently. He sighed deeply at his life, “There’s also a lot of reasons.”
“Why are humans so annoying, so many reasons for everything. Is there not one simple reason?”
Jiang Chao Ge didn’t know whether to laugh or cry, “Then it should be in order to express affection.”
Zhi Xuan stared at his face, eyes flashing: “Kissing is for expressing affection?”
Zhi Xuan’s gaze moved to Jiang Chao Ge’s lips.
Jiang Chao Ge’s heart thumped. Staring at someone’s lips in close proximity was the prelude to kissing. He moved wanting to sit up, “I’m going to the toilet.”
Zhi Xuan flipped his body, pressing Jiang Chao Ge beneath him. He forcefully grabbed Jiang Chao Ge’s wrists and said powerfully: “I want to kiss you.”
Jiang Chao Ge forced himself to remain calm: “Why?”
“You are the only human I don’t hate.” Zhi Xuan’s long hair drifted onto Jiang Chao Ge’s face, his incomparably pretty profile and golden pupils was indescribably bewitching. Jiang Chao Ge saw his own reflection within them.
“We often don’t casually express affection like this.”
“Why do humans have so many rules.” Zhi Xuan said somewhat annoyed.
“There won’t be any limits without rules. Otherwise how could humans become the most prevalent….”
Zhi Xuan suddenly lowered his head, forcefully blocking Jiang Chao Ge’s lips…..
OMFG THEY KISSEDDDDD 😍 I REPEAT THIS IS NOT A DRILL THEY KISSEEDDD.
Its also quite a rarity that there are no words or phrases to explain so this chapter is full of surprises.