Jing Yue looked at Daoist in front of him, and said tauntingly, “So it's Wei-daoyou, long time no see.”
Without a doubt, Wei Zhentu must be guarding outside Three Realm Temple. Seeing Ruan Jiu coming out, he followed him.
Wei Zhentu, “It’s not that long. I attended your ceremony the other day, but you only have eyes for Qin-laozu, so I'm afraid you didn't see me.”
Qin Yanzhi was taken aback for a moment, but seeing that Wei Zhentu was smiling and his eyes were full of sincerity, he returned his smile.
Many years ago, he never imagined that Wei Zhentu would say that. After all, this person wanted to compete with him at that time. Fortunately, he was determined, understood Jing Yue's thoughts very well, was good at sweet talk (in his opinion), and finally won the beauty’s heart.
He was happy for Ruan Jiu and Wei Zhentu, so he automatically overlooked what Great Master Kong Miao mentioned about the two being unrequited in this life. In Qin Yanzhi's opinion, no matter what fate destined, nothing would be possible if one didn’t fight for it.
“We're going to the Miniwest Lu Region to search for a ruin, and we don't know how long it’ll take to find it. Will it disrupt your schedule?”
Wei Zhentu shook his head immediately. “Of course not. I don't have anything important on hand.”
Qin Yanzhi nodded slightly, motioning for him to follow, and Wei Zhentu was delighted.
Jing Yue didn’t care about such trivial matters either. In his opinion, Wei Zhentu was his old friend, and he was proficient in formations, so maybe he could come in handy.
But Xue Ming was very distressed. His brows were furrowed deeply and he felt flustered. At the thought that benefactor Wei would keep pestering him along the way, saying some strange remarks to disturb his Buddha's heart, he was nervous and afraid.
But the Great Master Kong Miao asked him to follow the two Laozu, and he dared not express his dissatisfaction.
At most, he would stay away and not say a word from now on!
Xue Ming secretly made up his mind and shrank behind Jing Yue.
Wei Zhentu kept sneaking peeks at Ruan Jiu from the corner of his eye. Seeing the other person's reaction, his eyes dimmed slightly before he forced a smile again, pretending that nothing happened.
Ruan Jiu was cooped up in the temple all year round, and it was difficult for him to see him, of course he must seize every opportunity!
In this way, they embarked on the journey with their own thoughts.
After dozens of days, they finally came to a desert called Fox Field in the Miniwest Lu Region.
Although it was called a desert, no yellow sand was found here. It was a vast sedimentary basin with steep walls, few plants, and a few snow-covered lakes too.
This was the coldest place in Miniwest Lu Region. Coupled with the dry air, many animal corpses in Fox Field Desert could survive for hundreds of years, making Miniwest Lu Region famous as a burial ground.
As soon as they landed from the flying artifact, they saw holes dug everywhere on the four walls, filled with half-exposed coffins.
Xue Ming clasped his hands together and silently recited a scripture, while the blue phoenix quickly hid in Jing Yue’s clothes, only revealing a few tufts of hair.
Since the Tower Forest map of Three Realm Temple only pointed out the approximate location, while the exact location of the ruins could only be determined based on the local star positions, Jing Yue and the others could only wait for nightfall.
At this time, it was evening, and the setting sun reflected golden light on the snow lake.
Standing in the sunlight, Jing Yue suddenly said, “This is actually quite close to the place where I woke up.”
When he first opened his eyes in this lifetime, he should be less than fifty miles away from Fox Field Desert. Back then, he walked out of the desert alone, but he returned with someone to accompany him his whole life.
Qin Yanzhi, “This is not far from your cave in Nine Fraction Snow Mountain too.”
Jing Yue, “…”
In the torrent of time, he saw what Yi Wang did after his demise, and felt a little guilty for some reason amid his distress. He said flatly, “It’s all over. I’m right in front of you now, aren’t I?”
Qin Yanzhi, “You must be there always.”
Jing Yue didn't look at Qin Yanzhi, but a smile appeared on the corner of his mouth. “Okay.”
Hiding in Jing Yue's arms, the blue phoenix didn't want to see their PDA any longer, so he flew out and took on his human form.
He walked to the side alone to wallow in anger, and Jing-jing didn't come to comfort him after waiting for a long time. The blue phoenix was very sad and a little scared of those coffins. He looked around and walked toward Wei Zhentu and Ruan Jiu.
He thought that poor Leaf Blower needed his rescue.
At this time, Xue Ming was sitting cross-legged, seemingly meditating with his eyes closed, but from his trembling eyelashes, it could be seen that he was not at all calm. Because Wei Zhentu's eyes would fall on him from time to time, and he kept talking to him, which made him flustered.
Along the way, in order to avoid the other party and not let the two Laozu think he was impolite, he claimed that he wanted to practice the silent meditation and didn’t say a word.
But this benefactor Wei refused to give up and kept teasing him, and the two Laozu often looked at them strangely, which made him very uneasy.
Whether as Ruan Jiu or Xue Ming, he couldn’t hide his thoughts.
Wei Zhentu smiled wryly but there was nothing he could do about the other party.
At this time, he saw the blue phoenix walking in front of him. The latter stood on tiptoe, patted his shoulder, and signaled him to step aside.
Wei Zhentu: ???
The blue phoenix sighed and said knowingly, “Tell me what's going on with you guys. I’m omnipotent and omniscient, so I can give you some advice.”
Wei Zhentu, “…”
Although he felt that the blue phoenix was very unreliable and seemed to be gloating, for some reason, since the blue phoenix asked, he suddenly had the desire to confide.
However, he didn't speak but just stared into the distance.
The sunlight reflected by the snow lake brought a golden glow, just like the boy who smiled brightly at him in the bountiful wheat field a thousand years ago.
At that time, it was Ruan Jiu’s first reincarnation. He was born in the countryside, went through the imperial examinations, and finally became a famous official.
He took on the identity of his teacher and stayed with Ruan Jiu all the time. At first, he didn't want to disturb him, because he didn’t know his feelings at that time. He didn't know whether he liked Ruan Jiu or felt guilty. But after Qin Yanzhi made that point, he at least understood that he didn't want to see Ruan Jiu marry and have children or spend his life with others, so he disguised himself as a wise mortal and came to Ruan Jiu's side.
He watched Ruan Jiu grow up, taught Ruan Jiu to read, and prevented Ruan Jiu's marriage several times.
Until Ruan Jiu's death, only the two of them accompanied each other. There was no love between them, simply living a plain life.
In the second life, Ruan Jiu was reborn into a wealthy family, so he replaced Ruan Jiu's cousin who died young and grew up with Ruan Jiu.
As far as Ruan Jiu was concerned, they had known each other since childhood, giving each other warmth in that big house compound, and advancing together. In the end, Ruan Jiu secured his position of succession, obtained the sovereignty of the family, and was also attracted by him.
Ruan Jiu had always been shy but also frank. When he expressed his feelings for him, he felt a sense of satisfaction that the dust had settled.
At that time, he knew that he liked Ruan Jiu. Even if there was guilt, the source of everything was because he liked this person.
He didn't have a clear concept of where this love came from. Maybe it was the earth-shattering explosion on the rocky mountain of Lurking Ghost Sect back then. Maybe it was the trivial matters from their daily lives. Or maybe it was the first time he saw that young man covered in blood but still looked sharp on Yao Detention Mountain.
But those were not important. From now on, they would be together.
In his third life, Ruan Jiu was born in the cold palace. Although he was a prince, he was bullied from birth.
But he was by Ruan Jiu’s side, and these mortal tricks couldn’t escape his eyes. With his identity as the state preceptor, he appointed Ruan Jiu as the crown prince and assisted Ruan Jiu in ascending to the throne and becoming a wise king.
Ruan Jiu didn’t have 3,000 beauties in his harem, only him.
They promised the next life, the life after that, and life after life.
Wei Zhentu thought that as long as he was alive, even if the catastrophe arrived, even if Ruan Jiu had no spiritual roots, he would be able to find Ruan Jiu again and again, and be with him again and again.
He never expected that Scattered Star Villa would suddenly summon him back, and when he emerged from the sect again, Ruan Jiu had already been taken to Three Realm Temple.
He went to Three Realm Temple, but Great Master Kong Miao told him that his fate with Ruan Jiu had ended from this life on.
“Hey, are you going to tell me?”
The blue phoenix’s voice rang again, and Wei Zhentu shook his head. “There’s nothing to say. I know what I’m doing.”
The blue phoenix got angry immediately and was about to criticize Leaf Blower for not appreciating his kindness when Jing-jing said, “The stars are out.”
Since the blue phoenix had work to do, he spared Wei Zhentu. He followed the stars and quickly found the entrance to the ruins.
Under the starry sky, a small piece of land in the sedimentary basin turned into a vortex. The blue phoenix stomped hard and the ground cracked, exposing a layer of ice underground.
Jing Yue knew at a glance that the ice was two to three feet thick. He cast a spell to melt the ice, and several people jumped into the water one after another.
However, as soon as they entered the water, the blue phoenix began to struggle frantically, shouting for help—the omniscient and omnipotent phoenix couldn’t swim.
Fortunately, Jing Yue made a bubble for him in time, but the blue phoenix felt ashamed. He turned into a little blue chicken again, lying in the bubble forlornly, and sinking in the cold water with the others.
There were no living creatures or danger in the water.
After an unknown amount of time, they finally reached the bottom, and a dark corridor appeared in front of them, already filled with cold water.
Jing Yue, “Ji-ji, do we go here?”
The blue phoenix nodded feebly.
They walked along the corridor and saw patterns engraved on the rock walls on both sides, but most of them were not very clear.
When they took a closer look, those patterns turned out to be various mating poses among the human race, some poses were simply unheard of, and the boldness made people blush.
Xue Ming blushed furiously and glanced at Wei Zhentu for some reason. Then, he closed his eyes hastily and kept chanting sutras in his heart.
Jing Yue studied the carvings on the wall in the name of learning, trying to find some clues, when he suddenly felt a hand covering his eyes. Qin Yanzhi whispered in his ear, “See no evil.”
Jing Yue, “I just want to study them.”
Qin Yanzhi was taken aback and said hesitantly, “Studying this is not good for your back.”