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"Ancient City of Everlast?" Duan Ling Tian’s gaze lit up as he looked at the unending streams of people, horses, and carriages. He asked curiously, "This Ancient City of Everlast looks like it’s rather bustling, is there something special about it?"
An ancient city that was established in the middle of the desert and was near the Solitary Summit was actually able to attract so many merchants, and this caused Duan Ling Tian’s heart to be filled with curiosity.
"Young Master, the Ancient City of Everlast can be said to be the largest trade city within the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom. All the businesses within this city were born for the sake of profit… Unlike ordinary cities, there aren’t any courtyard houses that are specially provided for people to stay in. If one isn’t someone who’s doing business here, then one can only stay within the inns here." Xiong Quan continued.
The largest trade city in the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom?
Duan Ling Tian felt it was slightly difficult to believe.
A city established in such a bleak and desolate place actually has such a great background?
"Young Master, there’s this saying that’s been spread within the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom: If you want to acquire a certain thing you want, if the Ancient City of Everlast doesn’t have it, then it’s impossible to encounter it in any other place within the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom," Xiong Quan said slowly.
"Now that you put it like this, I’m interested in this city… We’ll find an inn to stay in for the night and properly experience the local customs and practices here. We’ll head up the Solitary Summit another day."
It wasn’t easy to finally be able to make a trip out of the Seven Star Sword Sect, and Duan Ling Tian intended to take Li Fei on a nice tour of the city, as he couldn’t just finish what he’d come for and directly return.
If he’d did it like that, it would be too uninteresting.
Li Fei’s beautiful eyes lit up when she heard Duan Ling Tian, as similarly to Duan Ling Tian, she was filled with curiosity and yearning towards this ancient city.
"Young Master." Xiong Quan warned Duan Ling Tian when he saw they were about to enter the ancient city. "Experts are numerous like the clouds within the Ancient City of Everlast. Even an inconspicuous man on the road could very likely be a Void Stage expert… Coupled with this place being extremely far from the imperial city, and that it is considered a no man’s land, bloody slaughters often occur here. Within the Ancient City of Everlast, martial artists without a certain level of strength are only able to tuck their tails between their legs and behave themselves, as they’re extremely afraid of courting disaster."
Duan Ling Tian nodded and his expression became slightly serious.
This Ancient City of Everlast couldn’t be looked at like how he looked at other ordinary cities.
Li Fei withdrew a veil when they were had almost reached the Ancient City of Everlast, and only then did she spur her horse to enter the ancient city with Duan Ling Tian and Xiong Quan.
As soon as they entered the ancient city, they could feel the dense aura of a market assaulting their faces.
On the street within the ancient city, carriages and horses were like long dragons that flowed in endless streams, and the city was extremely bustling.
Many stalls were laid out on both sides of the street, and these stalls either sold medicinal pills, spirit weapons, or various materials…
There were youths, young men, middle aged men, and even old men that were the owners of these stalls.
Duan Ling Tian spread out his Spiritual Force as he spurred his horse forward…
Suddenly, his pupils constricted.
His gaze descended onto the owner of a nearby stall.
This was a hunchbacked old man who was standing behind the stall and bargaining with another.
Relying on his acute Spiritual Force and the lifetime worth of experience of the Rebirth Martial Emperor, Duan Ling Tian was able to confirm that this hunchbacked old man was a Void Prying Stage martial artist, and the old man’s strength ought to be at the second level of the Void Prying Stage.
"Looks like what Xiong Quan said earlier wasn’t wrong at all. Within this Ancient City of Everlast, any person on the street might be a Void Stage expert." Duan Ling Tian took a deep breath and became slightly vigilant.
"Scoundrel, how about we stay at that inn? Look, there’s even a restaurant opposite the inn." When they passed a corner, the eyes of Li Fei who had a sharp gaze suddenly lit up as she looked into the distance.
Duan Ling Tian followed Li Fei’s gaze to look over when he heard her.
An ancient styled inn appeared before his eyes.
Beside the inn, a restaurant silently stood there…
This restaurant was extremely special, as it was quiet and elegant.
The first floor of the restaurant had been completely emptied, and it was filled with various plants that were placed in a circle, causing one to feel extremely comfortable when gazing upon it.
Whereas the center of the plants was the stairway that led to the second floor.
The structure of this restaurant caused Duan Ling Tian’s eyes to light up.
Duan Ling Tian spurred his horse forward with Li Fei and Xiong Quan, and they quickly passed by the restaurant.
"Eternal Jade Restaurant?" Duan Ling Tian’s eyes were sharp, and he was able to see the signboard of the restaurant with a single glance.
"Scoundrel, this restaurant is so quiet." Li Fei glanced at the second floor of the restaurant in surprise, there were many customers sitting within the second floor, and they were either tasting tea, drinking wine, eating, or chatting… But they had all intentionally suppressed their voices and didn’t disturb the other people.
An atmosphere like this appearing within the restaurant caused Duan Ling Tian to be unable to help himself from revealing surprise.
"A truly strange restaurant." Duan Ling Tian shook his head and smiled, then looked at the opposite inn. "We’ll first get our rooms within this inn, then we’ll come out and eat."
"Drainpool Inn." Duan Ling Tian glanced at the inn’s signboard then spurred his horse forward to arrive before the inn’s door.
Instantly, three of the attendants that stood in a row outside the door came forwards, and they respectfully received the reins of the Ferghana Horses from Duan Ling Tian’s group of three, then led the Ferghana Horses away.
Duan Ling Tian’s group of three walked into the inn, and the counter was directly in front of them.
A woman around the age of 27 or 28 stood behind the counter, and when he set eyes upon the woman, Duan Ling Tian couldn’t help but be stunned. He only recovered his senses when Li Fei put her hand on his waist and gave it a twist.
Although this woman’s appearance was inferior to Li Fei, there wasn’t too much of a difference.
But for an unknown reason, it seemed as if traces of a charming energy was between the woman’s brows, causing others to easily be lost within.
"Charming technique?" After Duan Ling Tian became clear headed, his mood surged.
The memories of the Rebirth Martial Emperor contained records of charming techniques.
Charming techniques were a cultivation method used by women. Once it was cultivated to mastery, it was capable of causing men to lose themselves within it, and allow the woman to manipulate the man at will…
Amongst Duan Ling Tian’s group of three, only Duan Ling Tian was affected by the charming technique of the woman behind the counter.
Xiong Quan’s cultivation was deep and his gaze was clear; he remained unmoved.
As for Li Fei, she was a woman, so she naturally wouldn’t be charmed by a woman.
Duan Ling Tian understood that this woman ought to be the manager of this Drainpool Inn, and he walked over to the counter and said, "Manager!"
But the woman who supported herself on the counter and had her hand against her beautiful cheek seemed as if she entirely didn’t hear Duan Ling Tian, Her eyes that were like a green lake gazed straight towards something outside the inn.
Duan Ling Tian followed the woman’s gaze to look over, and he noticed that the woman’s gaze had descended onto a slovenly young man who sat by the window on the second floor of the opposite restaurant.
This slovenly young man was around 30 years old, he had a face covered in stubble and his hair was casually draped on his shoulders, seeming to be neglectful of his appearance. He held a wine gourd in his hand as he leaned on the side of the window and drank wine.
Suddenly, Duan Ling Tian saw that the slovenly young man seemed as if he’d noticed Duan Ling Tian’s gaze, and the young man turned around to nod and smile to Duan Ling Tian.
Even though the slovenly young man turned away right after he finished nodding, but Duan Ling Tian still saw his appearance clearly.
This was a handsome young man with starry eyes and sword shaped brows, and his rectangular face that was covered with stubble was filled with vigor. His pair of experienced eyes seemed to be recounting that he’d once experienced countless vicissitudes of life.
"This is a person with a story." This thought couldn’t help but arise within Duan Ling Tian’s heart.
"Oh… He’s unwilling to spare me a single glance after all?" Suddenly, a sigh sounded out by Duan Ling Tian’s ears, and only now did he notice that the beautiful manager behind the counter had already come back to her senses and was muttering to herself.
Duan Ling Tian had a strange gaze. "The ‘he’ this beautiful manager spoke off wouldn’t be that slovenly young man that’s drinking wine on the second floor of the opposite restaurant, right?"
Finally, the beautiful manager lifted her head and looked at Duan Ling Tian’s group of three as she asked. "The three of you want to stay?"
"Yes." Duan Ling Tian nodded.
"How many rooms do you want?" The beautiful manager asked.
"Two," Duan Ling Tian said.
In next to no time, the beautiful manager took out two keys and passed them to Duan Ling Tian. "1st Skyroom, 2nd Skyroom… It’s free of charge. All of you can stay for as long as you want."
At the same time that Duan Ling Tian received the keys, he heard the beautiful manager, and he was completely stunned.
Free of charge?
Could it be that if you’re handsome then it’s free?
Duan Ling Tian said inwardly.
"Why?" When Duan Ling Tian was still dazed, Li Fei looked at the beautiful manager and asked with a curious expression.
The beautiful manager glanced at Li Fei, and her beautiful eyes that were like jade lakes revealed a trace of recollection. "Little girl, when I see you, it’s as if I’ve seen myself from all those years ago. As for why your stay is free of charge… It’s because he looked at your man and smiled at your man."
What the beautiful manager said caused Duan Ling Tian to recover from his shock.
So it turned out that the beautiful manager didn’t make their stay free because of his appearance.
"He?" Li Fei was unable to wrap her head around it when she heard the beautiful manager, as she completely didn’t know what the beautiful manager was saying.
"Exactly, ‘he’." A charming smile appeared on the beautiful manager’s face. "He rarely smiles at others. Since he smiled at your man, it shows that your man is out of the ordinary… A person that’s able to make him smile can stay in my inn for free, no matter how long."
What the beautiful manager said caused Li Fei to be even more confused.
Presently, it was probably only Duan Ling Tian who was able to understand the meaning behind the beautiful manager’s words.
Because only he saw the slovenly young man on the opposite restaurant earlier, and only he saw the slovenly young man smile at him.
"Looks like the beautiful manager of this Drainpool Inn secretly loves that slovenly young man, and that slovenly young man ought to know of it. Otherwise, he wouldn’t only glance at me and smile at me before turning around." In this instant, Duan Ling Tian successfully guessed many things.
Duan Ling Tian thanked the beautiful manager, then passed one of the keys in his hand to Xiong Quan before taking Li Fei to step onto the inn’s stairs.
Duan Ling Tian lightly turned around and he could see that the beautiful manager had once again continued to ‘peep’ at the slovenly young man…
"I never expected that we would only just arrive at the Ancient City of Everlast and were already able to encounter such an interesting thing." A wisp of a smile appeared on the corners of Duan Ling Tian’s mouth.
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