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Translator: KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Jay
Although Ye Xiao Bei said that Duan Ling Tian didn’t have to do anything for the Jade Magnolia Trading Company, but the as the common saying goes, gifts blind the eyes.
Once he took the money of the Jade Magnolia Trading Company and became their Honored Elder, then based on his character, he would surely not watch on when the Jade Magnolia Trading Company encountered any troubled in the future.
So, Duan Ling Tian chose to refuse.
He knew earlier in his heart that once he agreed to Ye Xiao Bei’s invitation, then he would undoubtedly be carrying a responsibility.
He didn’t want to bear such a responsibility for the sake of money.
Not to mention he temporarily didn’t lack money. Even if he did, he had plenty of ways to earn money.
"Looks like our Jade Magnolia Trading Company doesn’t have the good fortune." Ye Xiao Bei sighed when he realized Duan Ling Tian’s resoluteness and he thought in his heart at the same time. "He can still remain unfazed even before 100 million gold, and even directly refuse my invitation. This Senior Brother Duan Ling Tian is no ordinary person, as expected!"
In next to no time, a smile once again hung on Ye Xiao Bei’s face. "Senior Brother Duan Ling Tian, although the business deal wasn’t successful, our friendship is still present… In the future, if you have anything that you need help with, then so long as it’s within my ability, I will surely not refuse!"
"Thank you." Duan Ling Tian lightly smiled as he nodded, then he left with large strides, stepping onto the chain bridge to head towards Alkaid Peak.
Ye Xiao Bei had a bitter smile on his face as he gazed at Duan Ling Tian’s disappearing figure, and he sighed in his heart. "Looks like Grandfather is going to be disappointed."
After Duan Ling Tian arrived at Alkaid Peak, he went to the residence of Elder Bi.
He’d only just entered the gorge when Duan Ling Tian saw two beautiful young woman that were happily chatting together. The young women were engrossed in their chat and didn’t notice him.
"Ke Er!" When Duan Ling Tian saw one of the two young women, his gaze suddenly lit up, and his breathing became hurried.
His heavy sounds of breathing had startled the two women.
The two young women both looked over at the same time.
"Scoundrel." One of the young women stood up, she had an angelic face and devilish body, and her a smile of pleasant surprise hung on her face.
It was precisely Li Fei.
"Young Master!" The other young woman lost her composure as she exclaimed in a low voice, then her graceful figure moved to greet him.
"Ke Er." Duan Ling Tian opened his hands up and welcomed Ke Er into his embrace, then tightly held her, as if he was deeply afraid she would leave.
"Young Master, I missed you so much." Ke Er’s voice was excited as she slowly raised her head, and her extremely beautiful face was covered in tears.
"Silly girl, I missed you too… Why are you crying? You ought to be happy." Duan Ling Tian helped Ke Er wipe the tears off her face, and at the same time that his face was covered in an expression of tender love, his heart ached slightly.
"Young Master, I am happy." Ke Er spoke as she tightly embraced Duan Ling Tian, as if she was unwilling to let go forever.
"Silly girl." The corners of Duan Ling Tian’s mouth curled into a slight smile and his eyes were filled with extremely tender love.
Li Fei stood in the distance and silently watched this scene. A light smile appeared on her face, but she didn’t disturb them.
"Young Master, why have you only come now? I’ve been staying here with big Sister Li Fei for two days already…" Ke Er tightly embraced Duan Ling Tian as she muttered.
"Scoundrel, Ke Er came over the day we returned, but we didn’t know where you cultivated, so she temporarily stayed here with me." Li Fei explained.
Duan Ling Tian nodded, then embraced Ke Er even more tightly. "Silly girl, aren’t I here now?"
"Young Master, you didn’t come look for me after you returned, is it that you don’t want to pay attention to Ke Er anymore?" Ke Er raised her head, and her beautiful eyes that were like water were covered in a layer of mist, containing tears that would drop soon.
Duan Ling Tian lightly shook his head. "Silly girl, don’t think of nonsense."
Ke Er lightly nodded, then embraced Duan Ling Tian tightly as she enjoyed the peacefulness of this moment.
However, this moment didn’t last long.
Only because in the next moment, an anxious voice sounded out to break this peaceful atmosphere.
"Junior Sister, your man is in trouble!" Accompanying this urgent voice was a beautiful figure that entered the gorge hastily.
Instantly, Duan Ling Tian, Ke Er, and Li Fei looked at the person that had arrived.
The scene before her caused Zuo Qing to be stunned on the spot.
"Senior Sister, you said scoundrel is in trouble? Are you mistaken? Isn’t Scoundrel fine and well here?" Li Fei had a puzzled and confused expression.
Duan Ling Tian looked curiously at Zuo Qing as well, how did she know that he was in trouble?
As for Ke Er, when Zuo Qing appeared, she was embarrassed to the point she temporarily left Duan Ling Tian’s embrace. Her extremely beautiful face flushed a rosy red that was delicate and attractive, causing people to be unable to refrain from having the urge to go forward and give her a few kisses.
Zuo Qing finally recovered from her shock, then looked at Duan Ling Tian with a bitter smile on her face. "Why are you here?"
"Can’t I be here?" What Zuo Qing said caused Duan Ling Tian to be stunned. "Senior Sister, has something happened?"
He was able to discern that Zuo Qing’s breath was slightly short and she had obviously dashed all the way back here.
"You really don’t know?" Zuo Qing frowned when she saw Duan Ling Tian like this. "Wait, that Wu Yong Qian had obviously said that it was you who caused the death of the Peak Master of Megrez Peak, Wu Dao… Could it be that he was slinging mud at you?"
When Zuo Qing’s words entered Duan Ling Tian’s ears, it caused him to be completely dumbstruck.
He’d caused the death of the Peak Master of Megrez Peak, Wu Dao?
It was Wu Yong Qian who said it?
"The Peak Master of Megrez Peak is dead?" Li Fei couldn’t help but exclaim in a low voice.
The rose red on Ke Er’s face gradually dispersed. She was slightly moved and her eyes revealed a strange expression. "I heard from my Master once, although the cultivation of the Megrez Peak’s Peak Master, Wu Dao, is inferior to her, he’s still a top martial artist amongst the ninth level of the Void Prying Stage. How could he have died?"
"The craziest thing is that Wu Yong Qian or whatever actually said that Scoundrel killed that Megrez Peak’s Master!" LI Fei’s face was covered in a layer of ice. "That Wu Yong Qian is obviously intentionally framing Scoundrel… How could Scoundrel possibly kill that Peak Master!?"
Finally, Duan Ling Tian recovered from his shock.
The news Zuo Qing brought was too shocking.
Duan Ling Tian looked at Zuo Qing as he asked curiously. "Senior Sister Zuo Qing, what actually happened?"
Currently, he urgently wanted to know the sequence of events of the matter, as he’d vaguely realized that this matter wasn’t so simple.
Zuo Qing caught her breath and said, "Earlier, I originally intended to buy some medicinal pills from the Trade Hall at the peak of Dubhe Peak, but just when I’d ascended the peak and arrived nearby the Trade Hall…"
As she spoke up to here, Zuo Qing stopped and took a deep breath before continuing. "I saw that Wu Yong Qian carrying his foster father on his shoulder, the corpse of the Peak Master of Megrez Peak, Wu Dao, arrived at the peak. He put down the corpse, then he himself knelt beside the corpse…"
"Then he repeatedly said that it was you who caused his foster father’s death, moreover, he said that the Sect Leader would uphold justice for his foster father!" Zuo Qing finished saying it all with a single breath.
A wisp of shock appeared on Duan Ling Tian face when he heard this.
The Peak Master of Megrez Peak, Wu Dao, has really died?
Suddenly, an unbelievable thought arose deep within his heart.
Could it be…?
For the sake of confirming his thoughts, Duan Ling Tian looked at Zuo Qing and asked. "Senior Sister, did you see the corpse of Wu Dao?"
Zuo Qing nodded. "I did. If I didn’t recognize him, I wouldn’t dare confirm that he was dead. He is the Peak Master of our Seven Star Sword Sect’s Megrez Peak after all, a formidable existence at the ninth level of the Void Prying Stage."
"He was killed by someone?" Duan Ling Tian asked curiously.
Zuo Qing recalled her memories as she spoke. "There weren’t any obvious injuries on Wu Dao’s body… His entire face was almost black, and his seven apertures bled. It was more like he’d died from poison."
Duan Ling Tian’s pupils constricted unnoticeably.
Was it really as I’ve guessed?
"Could it be that Wu Dao really found a Soul Severe Fruit in the Primeval Forest?" The corners of Duan Ling Tian’s mouth twitched as his state of mind surged.
He felt as if all of this was a dream…
That day, when that Wu Dao had summoned him and asked him about his ability to utilize Origin Energy to defeat a stronger opponent, for the sake of stalling Wu Dao, he’d causally found an excuse.
He said his Origin Energy had underwent an unusual change after consuming a type of spirit fruit from the Primeval Forest.
Later on, for the sake of convincing Wu Dao, he’d casually spoke of the characteristics of the Soul Severe Fruit.
At that time, as far as he was concerned, the Soul Severe Fruit was extremely rare even in the ‘Foreign Lands,’ thus it was impossible for it to appear in the primeval forest.
But today, that Wu Dao had died from poison, and that Wu Yong Qian had repeatedly said that Wu Dao had died because of him…
Wasn’t all this too much of a coincidence?!
"Could it be that there really was a Soul Severe Fruit in the Primeval Forest, and Wu Dao found it?" Duan Ling Tian couldn’t help but think about this.
If it really was like this, then wasn’t Wu Dao really too unfortunate?
The Soul Severe Fruit was an extremely special, highly toxic spirit fruit.
Even the most experience alchemist in the Foreign Lands, including the former Rebirth Martial Emperor himself was only able to discern the Soul Severe Fruit from its outwards appearance.
If it was someone that wasn’t able to discern it, then there was only one method to test if the Soul Severe Fruit contained poison.
Making a person or beast eat it to test it!
Otherwise, no one was able to use any other method to determine the toxicity of the Soul Severe Fruit via testing.
Even after the Rebirth Martial Emperor became a Royal Grade Alchemist, he was still unable to determine the toxicity of the Soul Severe Fruit via testing.
It could be imagined how deeply concealed was the poison of the Soul Severe Fruit.
"If that Wu Dao really consumed the Soul Severe Fruit and died, then he can only blame his own misfortune!" Duan Ling Tian said to himself.
A Soul Severe Fruit was so difficult to come by.
Even the Rebirth Martial Emperor only had the luck to see it twice.
Wu Dao being able to obtain a Soul Severe Fruit could only be said as Wu Dao having destiny with the Soul Severe Fruit…
Zuo Qing looked at Duan Ling Tian and asked curiously. "Junior Brother Duan Ling Tian, why would that Wu Yong Qian say you caused the death of the Megrez Peak’s Peak Master?"
At that time, she’d clearly seen Wu Yong Qian’s hysterical appearance, and it didn’t seem to be fake.
Li Fei and Ke Er looked at Duan Ling Tian as well.
As far as they were concerned, they didn’t care if the death of Wu Dao was related to Duan Ling Tian… Even if Wu Dao’s death was caused by Duan Ling Tian, they would only think that Wu Dao deserved death.
Duan Ling Tian was their heaven, he was everything to them.
Right when Duan Ling Tian intended to speak.
As if a gust of wind blew past, a figure flashed into the gorge, then looked at Duan Ling Tian. "Duan Ling Tian, the Sect Leader has summoned you to the peak of Dubhe Peak."
The person that had appeared now was precisely the outer court elder of Alkaid Peak, Elder Bi.
Li Fei’s master.
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