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Translator: KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Jay
A morning silently passed by.
At almost noon, it was practically Xiao Lan asking and Duan Ling Tian replying all the time.
"Xiao Lan." In the end, Duan Ling Tian secretly gritted his teeth and was prepared to go straight to the point.
"Hmm?" A wisp of a blush tainted Xiao Lan’s beautiful face when she heard Duan Ling Tian call her, and her beautiful eyes were tender as water as flowing lights flowed within.
"Undeniably, you’re extremely outstanding… But, I…" Duan Ling Tian looked at Xiao Lan and hesitated to speak.
Xiao Lan’s delicate figure lightly trembled, then asked in a light voice. "Is it because of Ke Er and Li Fei?"
Duan Ling Tian lightly nodded.
"If you didn’t have them, you…" As she spoke up to here, Xiao Lan’s breathing became slightly hurried.
"I would chase after you." Duan Ling Tian didn’t conceal it and said it directly.
"That’s enough." Xiao Lan’s face emitted a light smile that came from the heart. "In this way, it at least proves that I have a certain level of weight in your eyes… But we just met each other too late."
Xiao Lan stood up when she spoke up to here, then she looked at Duan Ling Tian and said with a light voice, "It’s Aunt Rou who asked you to take resolute action to solve this, right? I know that Aunt Row did it for my own good… But, sometimes, once a woman sets her mind on a man, then she won’t easily change it, no matter how long it is.
"No matter what, since I, Xiao Lan, have set my mind on you in this lifetime, then I won’t change my mind, even until death. Even if the two of us will come to nothing in this lifetime, I’m still willing to silently accompany Aunt Rou’s side, just for the sake of having the chance to take another glance at you… I’ll let you know, that what I can give for you is no less than Ke Er and Li Fei." As soon as she finished speaking, Xiao Lan turned and left, and her graceful figure seemed to be lonely and desolate.
Duan Ling Tian only came back to his sensed when Xiao Lan’s figure disappeared before his eyes, and he had a bitter smile on his face.
He never imagined that for the sake of him, Xiao Lan would actually had the thought of not getting married for her entire lifetime.
Moreover, she was even unshakably determined to do this.
This caused him to feel guilty and helpless. "What ability do I, Duan Ling Tian, have to get this?"
"Hehe… Big Brother Ling Tian, that Big Sister from earlier is extremely good to you." The little gold mouse’s voice transmission entered into Duan Ling Tian’s ears, and it contained slight teasing mixed within.
"What does a little kid know, go fly a kite!" Duan Ling Tian grabbed the little gold mouse and casually tossed her away, then he left the rear courtyard and returned to his room to cultivate.
The little gold mouse stood in the air, and as she looked at Duan Ling Tian’s figure, her jade green eyes were filled with craftiness and a teasing expression…
Duan Ling Tian sat cross-legged on the bed after he returned to his room, then closed his eyes to cultivate.
However, he was unable to get into the state of cultivation after a long time.
The words Xiao Lan said affected him extremely greatly, and it caused him to be unable to calm down for a long time.
In the end, Duan Ling Tian simply didn’t cultivate, and he lay down to sleep.
Eating after awakening from his sleep, then sleeping after eating.
Dawn the next day, Duan Ling Tian walked out of his home with the little gold mouse and Mo Yu, and they headed to the Divine Might Marquis Estate.
Before long, Duan Ling Tian’s group of two and the Divine Might Marquis’s group of father and son ascended a carriage before heading towards the Imperial Palace.
"Little Tian, what exactly are you planning?" Nie Fen looked at Duan Ling Tian and asked slightly anxiously. "If you don’t participate, then how will we win?"
Duan Ling Tian shook his head and smiled, then didn’t keep them guessing any long, and he looked at Mo Yu who was beside him and said slowly, "Big Brother Nie, I won’t fight today, but it doesn’t mean that Mo Yu won’t… Don’t worry, just leave that first level Nascent Soul Stage young genius of the Sun Ascent Kingdom to Mo Yu."
When they heard Duan Ling Tian, not only Nie Fen but even Nie Yuan looked at Mo Yu.
Although Duan Ling Tian had introduced Mo Yu earlier, they noticed Mo Yu’s respectful and reverent attitude towards Duan Ling Tian, they only thought that Mo Yu was a Junior Brother that Duan Ling Tian had brought back to the Crimson Sky Kingdom to tour around, and ought to have no strength.
After all, Mo Yu’s age looked to be similar to Duan Ling Tian.
As far as he was concerned, even if it was someone from a sect in the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom, they would probably not be so strong at such an age.
After all, not everyone was Duan Ling Tian.
However, Nie Yuan and Nie Fen choose to believe Duan Ling Tian in the end.
Duan Ling Tian had never disappointed them.
When he arrived at the Imperial Palace once again, Duan Ling Tian felt as if it had been ages.
Today, the friendly martial competition between the young geniuses of the Sun Ascent Kingdom and the Crimson Sky Kingdom would be held in the imperial garden at the back of the Imperial Palace.
Duan Ling Tian brought Mo Yu along and went to see the Emperor in the throne room with Nie Yuan and Nie Fen.
After not seeing the Emperor for a few years, not only did the emperor have no trace of aging, he was even more spirited…
"Commander Duan!" The Emperor saw Duan Ling Tian and his eyes squinted, then he had a pleasantly surprised expression. "I was talking with Bi Yao last night that if you were able to return at this moment, then the Sun Ascent Kingdom’s ambassador will surely return in defeat… But I never imagined you would really return!"
"Your Majesty, congratulations on successfully breaking through to the Void Prying Stage!" Duan Ling Tian congratulated the Emperor.
Earlier when he first laid eyes on the Emperor, his acute Spiritual Force had detected the Emperor’s current cultivation.
The Emperor had obviously already broken through to the Void Prying Stage.
"Void Prying Stage?" Nie Yuan and Nie Fen were both stunned when they heard Duan Ling Tian. Obviously, they didn’t know beforehand that the Emperor had broken through to the Void Prying Stage.
After all, they didn’t have such a formidable Spiritual Force like Duan Ling Tian to detect the cultivations of others.
"Congratulations your Majesty!" Instantly, Nie Yuan and Nie Fen hurriedly congratulated the Emperor.
A flowing light flashed within the Emperor’s eyes, then he looked at Duan Ling Tian with a gaze filled with surprise. "Commander Duan, you’ve truly surprised me… After all, besides myself, there isn’t a second person that knows that I have broken through to the Void Prying Stage! You’ve only just returned and discerned my cultivation with a single glance. Looks like Commander Duan has obtained quite good gains from these few years in the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom."
"Your Majesty, you’re too kind." Duan Ling Tian lightly smiled. "Besides that, I’m already not the Commander of the Embroidered Uniform Guard anymore… Your Majesty, just directly address me by my name in the future."
"In my eyes, you’re always the Commander Duan that uprooted the traitors and performed an extraordinary service!" The Emperor had a serious expression.
Duan Ling Tian smiled and didn’t persist. "Your Majesty, it’s almost time… Let’s go over first."
"Alright!" The Emperor nodded then under the escort of the imperial guard, he headed to the imperial garden with Duan Ling Tian’s group.
Besides the large space emptied out in the center, there were a total of six banquet tables in the imperial garden. A luxurious carpet was placed beneath the exquisite banquet table, and there were many good wines and dishes place on the tables.
The luxurious carpet on the east was the largest and it was obviously the seat of the host.
When Duan Ling Tian’s group and the Emperor arrived, four of the banquet tables were already seated with many people.
"Here comes His Majesty!" Along with a loud shout sounding out, the people at the banquet tables all stood up and bowed respectfully. "Your Majesty!"
"Don’t stand on ceremony everyone, take your seats. Divine Might Marquis, take your seat with the Junior Marquis… Commander Duan, sit by my side today." After the Emperor sat at the seat of the host, he slowly spoke out.
"Yes, Your Majesty." Duan Ling Tian nodded and sat at the right of the Emperor.
"Mo Yu, you go over with Uncle Nie and Big Brother Nie." At the same time, Duan Ling Tian asked Mo Yu to sit at the banquet table below the one he sat at with Nie Yuan and Nie Fen.
That place was exactly the banquet table left for the Divine Might Marquis Estate.
"Duan Ling Tian!" Right at this moment, a wave of surprised exclaims sounded out from the other three banquet tables.
The people these were respectively the people from the three great clans of the Imperial City, the three great Patriarchs and the young geniuses they brought with them.
The two young geniuses that sat at the Xiao Clan’s banquet table looked at Duan Ling Tian from afar with an excited expression.
"Xiao Yu, Xiao Xun, long time no see… Xiao Yu, I never expected that you’ve actually broken through to the seventh level of the Origin Core Stage." Duan Ling Tian communicated with the two via voice transmission.
"Duan Ling Tian, when did you return?" Xiao Yu asked via voice transmission.
As for Xiao Xun, his cultivation hadn’t broken through to the seventh level of the Origin Core Stage and was unable to condense his Origin Energy into sound, and he could only sit anxiously by Xiao Yu’s side but be unable to do anything.
"I returned the day before yesterday." Duan Ling Tian replied via voice transmission, and he was rather happy in his heart when he met his two old friends again.
Duan Ling Tian looked at Xiao Xun who sat there anxiously by Xiao Yu’s side and said via voice transmission, "Xiao Xun, let’s have a nice get together after this friendly martial competition ends."
Xiao Xun hurriedly nodded when he heard this and his face finally emitted a smile.
"Looks like I have to quickly break through to the seven level of the Origin Core Stage as well… Unable to use voice transmission at a critical moment is truly a cause for anxiety." Xiao Xun silently said in his heart.
"Duan Ling Tian!" Meanwhile, the Duan Clan, Su Clan, and Xiao Clan’s Patriarchs looked at Duan Ling Tian.
They were surprised and delighted towards Duan Ling Tian’s appearance.
"Here comes Princess Bi Yao." A sudden voice sounded out and broke the silence at the scene.
Right at this moment, a graceful and beautiful figure walked over in large strides. She wore luxurious clothes and possessed a peerless appearance, and her disposition was natural as if she was a beauty that had walked out from a painting, causing one to find it difficult to have the heart to disrespect her.
"Princes Bi Yao!" Instantly, besides the banquet table of the host, the people at the other tables all stood up and bowed to the young women.
But, these people that stood up weren’t able to obtain the reply of the young woman after a long time.
Because, at this moment, the young woman’s gaze had completely descended onto a single person…
Duan Ling Tian!
"Princess, long time no see." Duan Ling Tian slowly stood up, and his face revealed a smile as he looked at Princess Bi Yao.
Princess Bi Yao’s beautiful eyes that were as tender as water became slightly moist, and her delicate figure trembled slightly.
At this moment, it seemed as if only Duan Ling Tian remained in her world…
Was she dreaming?
The person that she longed for extremely had returned?
"Everyone, please sit." The Emperor didn’t have any intention of blaming Princess Bi Yao for her breach of etiquette, then looked at the people that still stood there and lightly smiled. "My daughter has been impolite, I hope that no one blames her for it."
"Your Majesty of the Crimson Sky Kingdom, Princess Bi Yao of your kingdom is really drop dead gorgeous as the rumors say… Princess Bi Yao deserves the title of the number one beauty in the Crimson Sky Kingdom’s Imperial City!" At the banquet table below where Duan Ling Tian and the Emperor were seated, a middle aged man with a robust figure sighed.
"Ambassador, you’re too kind." The Emperor smiled modestly.
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