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As the melodic voice echoed in the air, it was as though time had stopped.
The owner of the voice was naturally Bailu Yi, and not only did she not reject him, she straightforwardly agreed to Qin Wentian’s request.
Yan Kong stood frozen in place, looking like an idiot, while Leng Ning’s expression was extremely fascinating to behold.
After recovering from her shock, her eyes filled up with mirth as she regarded Yan Kong, "What’s impossible for you may not be impossible for others. You truly overestimated yourself, what a joke."
Obviously, Leng Ning was referring to Yan Kong’s advances being rejected by Bailu Yi. Back then, Yan Kong didn’t feel humiliated because Bailu Yi’s rejection was only to be expected. How could the cool and noble Miss Bailu, be so easily invited? Yet now, when Qin Wentian had succeeded, how could Yan Kong not be embarrassed?
Yan Kong slowly turned his head, shifting his gaze towards Bailu Yi and Qin Wentian, his eyes flickering with an unknown emotion. Maybe it was because today was the last day of Bailu Yi’s lecture, so she was more amiable compared to before. If he was the one who asked, he would definitely succeed too. After all, he was the strongest Divine Inscriptionist within this class of learners.
As this thought flashed in his mind, Yan Kong let out a brilliant smile, exuding his handsomeness. He then called out, "Teacher Bailu, I too have some questions to consult with you regarding Divine Inscriptions. Would you do me the honor?"
Bailu Yi was already preparing to leave together with Qin Wentian. Upon hearing Yan Kong’s words, she couldn’t help but find it laughable. Obviously, she understood the reason behind Yan Kong asking her out. Did he treat her like a prize to show off?
"I’ve already promised him," Bailu Yi still politely replied, she didn’t want to cause Yan Kong to lose too much face.
"How about dinner then?" Yan Kong’s smile was warm and genial. Bailu Yi furrowed her brows, this person didn’t know when to retreat.
"I’m not free," Bailu Yi coldly replied and walked out of the Institute, leaving behind the stunned Yan Kong. As the gazes of the crowd fell upon him, his complexion turned pale with a green tinge.
"This is called finding trouble for oneself." Leng Ning giggled, causing Yan Kong to tremble with fury. This feeling was so satisfying!
Yan Kong stared daggers at the departing view of Qin Wentian, his lips pressed tight like the edge of a blade, revealing an unmasked killing intent. He didn’t dare do anything to Bailu Yi, thus he could only take his anger out on Qin Wentian.
Qin Wentian didn’t have the time to bother with Yan Kong’s thoughts. He walked out of the Institute together with Bailu Yi. Her beautiful eyes looked at him as she asked, "Where are we going?"
"I’m unsure of the places around here, why don’t you bring me around instead?" Qin Wentian somewhat awkwardly replied. Bailu Yi’s eyes flickered as she stared at him, "Is this how you usually treat girls out for a meal?"
"After arriving in the Moon Continent, the first thing we did was to enrol in the White Deer Institute. After which, we stayed the whole time at the Leng Clan. I’m not really familiar with the Moon Continent yet," Qin Wentian stated with embarrassment.
"Fine, follow me then," Bailu Yi straightforwardly said. Qin Wentian smiled as he tagged along. However, his smile soon turned to tears. Bailu Yi brought him to an inn named ‘Immortal Palate’. The design of this inn looked extremely lavish, and she chose a seat situated behind a luxurious screen, with man-made lakes flowing by each side.
As the food was served, the sweet fragrance of alcohol permeated the air. The dishes served consisted of valuable demonic beast meat, brewed and of top-grade quality. The cost of the meal was worth the same price Qin Wentian paid for a month’s worth of lessons at the White Deer Institute.
Bailu Yi involuntarily let out peals of laughter as she saw Qin Wentian staring at her unblinkingly. Her smile brought to mind the blooming of a snow lotus atop an ice mountain, as beautiful as the setting sun.
"The ‘Immortal Palate’ is the most famous inn in the entire Moon Continent. There are many branches open throughout, and they’re famed for delicacies that are capable of nourishing a cultivator’s body. The only downside is that their prices are outrageous. Why? Are you regretting that I brought you to this place?" Bailu Yi smiled, looking extremely beautiful.
But as Bailu Yi noticed how Qin Wentian still stared at her, she felt somewhat uncomfortable. Could it be that this fellow was so petty? She couldn’t even joke around with him?
"That smile of yours, made this all worth it." Qin Wentian finally broke into a smile, causing Bailu Yi to be slightly stunned, before reverting back to her cool countenance. Wait, was she just teased by this guy?
"Consider us even." Qin Wentian couldn’t help but feel more at ease in his heart. Who would have thought that the strict Teacher Bailu would also have such a mischievous side to her. She obviously chose to bring him here to ‘prank’ him.
"How daring." Bailu Yi knew that Qin Wentian actions were intentional. "Tell me, how high exactly is your attainment in the Dao of Divine Inscriptions?"
"I’m already a third-ranked Divine Inscriptionist, even before entering the White Deer Institute." Qin Wentian didn’t hide the truth. After all, without sufficient strength, how could he control the White Deer Institute?
"Then why are you still here to learn?" Bailu Yi glared at Qin Wentian.
"Because my knowledge, in regards to the basics, is truly lacking. For example, I didn’t even know the four classifications of Divine Inscriptions until I learnt it from you. Before this, I was only skilled at engraving Divine Inscriptions onto weapons, and forging third-grade Divine Weapons," Qin Wentian explained.
"Are you carrying anything that you inscribed yourself?" Bailu Yu inquired.
"Mhm." Qin Wentian nodded. Rubbing his interspatial ring, a scroll of a painting appeared in his hands, which he then passed over to Bailu Yi.
"An innate technique hidden within a Divine Inscription?" With a single glance, Bailu Yi could tell how profound the painting was. Staring at Qin Wentian in shock, she mused. The attainment of this fellow in the Dao of Divine Inscriptions was actually this high?
"You truly had not studied from any grandmaster before? Did you reach this level through your own comprehensions?" Bailu Yi felt extremely curious.
"I have a forging-type Astral Soul which grants me an incomparable advantage in terms of inscribing Divine Inscriptions. As for the rest, I comprehended them myself." If Qin Wentian were to say these words to Leng Ning, she would definitely tell him off for bragging again. However, Bailu Yi didn’t doubt it at all, and a strange brilliance flashed in her eyes as she looked at Qin Wentian. While she studied him seriously, her cool demeanor no longer seemed as reserved.
"It seems that you’re truly a genius in terms of Divine Inscriptions. So what’s your actual purpose in inviting me out for lunch?" Bailu Yi asked.
"I thought you were going to choose me to continue studying Divine Inscriptions with you?" Qin Wentian laughed, causing Bailu Yi to glare at him. "What a narcissist."
"If not me, then do you mean Yan Kong?" Qin Wentian shrugged as he continued, "Actually even if you hadn’t said that, I would still think of other ways to continue studying with you. After all, there are still many things that are unclear to me. I’ve truly benefitted immensely this month, but I still feel that what I learnt was only the tip of the iceberg. Hence, I wanted to treat you to a meal to further our acquaintance with each other."
Bailu Yi glanced at Qin Wentian as surprise flashed in her eyes. Qin Wentian’s eyes were extremely clear, lighting up with a gentle smile that exuded sincerity. It was different from the gazes of other men who looked at her. Not only that, he was very honest with his requests, choosing to hide nothing at all.
"You don’t have any lecherous thoughts directed at me, right?" Bailu Yi suddenly asked.
"Cough, cough." Qin Wentian choked on the wine he was drinking. Her words were simple, yet contained such great killing power. Qin Wentian had never thought that Bailu Yi would be so blunt, so he could only smile bleakly and reply, "Miss Bailu, I already have someone in my heart."
"Oh?" Bailu Yi was still somewhat doubtful, "Is she beautiful?"
"Yes, exceedingly." Qin Wentian nodded in reply.
"How about compared to me?" Bailu Yi laughed, causing Qin Wentian to be taken aback. He didn’t expect that this Teacher Bailu would also have such a side to her.
"Hmm, I think she is still more beautiful," Qin Wentian replied seriously, causing Bailu Yi’s expression to falter. However, she soon recovered and replied, "Really? Then I have to meet her sometime in the future."
"So does this mean that you believe me?" Qin Wentian started to relax.
"For now, yes, but if I find out that you’ve lied to me, you’d better be careful." Bailu Yi gave him a threatening look, replying with a smile that didn’t quite reach her eyes. Not only was this ‘innocent and pure-looking’ Bailu Yi extremely powerful, she was highly proficient in the Dao of Puppet Creation as well. Nobody dared to cross her in this region of the Moon Continent.
Soon after, the topic of their discussion shifted to Divine Inscriptions, with both of them deeply engrossed in the conversation, gaining insights from the words of the other. Qin Wentian was extremely satisfied with his meeting with Bailu Yi today. Since he was going to be studying and researching on Divine Inscriptions together with her, it meant that he already had one foot inside the inner echelons of the White Deer Institute. Thus, the first step in his plan to control the White Deer Institute had just officially begun.
After returning to the Leng Clan, Leng Ning kept staring at Qin Wentian, her beautiful eyes flickering.
"Why are you looking at me like that?" Qin Wentian perspired.
"What did you and Bailu Yi talk about?" Leng Ning inquired curiously.
"Nothing much, just trying to form a better relationship with her. After all, we’ll be studying and researching Divine Inscriptions together in the future," Qin Wentian replied, causing Leng Ning to grin widely, "Wait, are you saying that Bailu Yi will choose you?"
"Yeah." Qin Wentian nodded.
Leng Ning stretched out her hand, placing it onto Qin Wentian’s forehead. Over this one month, they were all already familiar with one another and treated each other as friends. Hence, Leng Ning’s attitude was many times more casual than before.
"What are you doing?" Qin Wentian felt her hands on his forehead as black lines appeared on his face.
"Just checking to see if your brain’s been burned by a fever," Leng Ning replied somewhat dazedly, retracting her hands. "However, you’re really lucky, to think that Bailu Yi agreed to have a meal with you. How strange."
After speaking, Leng Ning returned to her room, with her mind still full of question marks.
However on the second day, Leng Ning’s eyes almost fell out of her sockets. After Bailu Yi brought them over to the Hell Arena, she alone stood in the front, no one dared to approach her. However, Qin Wentian was truly bold, he walked to the front and stood shoulder to shoulder with Bailu Yi, as both of them chatted cheerfully in a relaxed manner.
Leng Ning was totally stunned. Had the embodiment of innocence - Bailu Yi, been deceived by the flowery words of the braggart, Qin Wentian?
Yan Kong could only clench his fingers in shame and anger, his stare as intent as a poisonous serpent, locking onto Qin Wentian’s back.
Only Fan Le stared at his boss in complete worship and admiration. Not only did Qin Wentian form a good relationship with Leng Ning, his boss even managed to get his claws into Bailu Yi. Simply too powerful. But why was his fate so different? He didn’t lose out if they were being compared by looks, right? Fan Le gloomily touched his face.
Everyone was thinking about this very matter. Although Bailu Yi was a genius in both cultivation and the Dao of Divine Inscriptions, she was merely eighteen, after all. It couldn’t be that she really fell for Qin Wentian, right?
If she did, the person that would be chosen to study Divine Inscriptions with her, wouldn’t that be Qin Wentian?
As this thought flashed in their minds, many people looked at Yan Kong with expressions of pity on their faces. Yan Kong’s face burned. Evidently, he had deduced the same thing as well. He stared at Qin Wentian, his eyes growing colder and colder. Since that was the case, he couldn’t be blamed for anything that might happen later. Qin Wentian was courting death!
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