Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 1126-1128
AST 1126 –The Warmth of Home, The Great Power of the Violet Golden Bloodline Pearl
Qing Shui revealed a pair of exquisite black boots that exuded a powerful Spiritual Qi. These boots could increase one’s speed.
“What’s good about a pair of shoes?”Qing Ming’s eyes were filled with delight, but he just refused to admit that it was good. He reached out his hands to receive it. He then smiled and asked greedily, “Father, where’s my dagger?”
“You’re still too young. It’ll be bad if you hurt yourself or your younger sister.”Qing Shui smiled and said.
“Father, I’m no longer a kid. Would I be so ignorant? I know what I’m doing. Even if someone forces me to hurt one of our own with a blade against my throat, I’d rather die than do it.”Qing Ming said angrily.
“Alright, that’s my good son.”As Qing Shui said this, a pitch-black dagger appeared in his hand. However, he handed it to Qing Ming without having ground the blade.
“You familiarize yourself with it first before I grind the blade for you, alright?”It wasn’t that Qing Shui was overly worried but the kid was still young after all.
“Qing Shui, you can’t always pamper the kid like this.”Mingyue Gelou rubbed Qing Ming’s head and said.
“Mingyue, I don’t see him often. If I can’t even agree to a few of his requests when I’m back, he’ll probably break off his ties with me.”Qing Shui smiled and said. Usually, Qing Shui would only call her Gelou when Mingyue Gelou and Canghai Mingyue were both around. Otherwise, he would usually just call her Mingyue.
Hearing this, Mingyue Gelou burst out laughing. “Then you can just do your best to pamper him, to the extent that he won't know anything, not even manners.”
“Who said that our Ming`er doesn’t have any manners? He's already so manly at such a young age. I feel that our Ming`er is very outstanding.”Qing Shui didn’t hold back with his praises. In fact, he was full of admiration for this son of his.
Qing Shui placed down Qing Yu and Qing Yan. Then he carried Qing Yin and rubbed Qing Zun and Qing Ming on their heads. Qing Yin placed her hands around Qing Shui’s neck. She seemed very attached to him. At such a young age, she was already giving out a faint graceful aura.
“Yin`er, this is for you.”Qing Shui took out an exquisite dress. Of course, there was a pair of boots for her as well. He made them for all of his kids. Qing Shui had forged many of them in his free time. The small pleated dress was a one piece and it was very soft. However, it was made from the best materials.
“Father’s the best!”Qing Yin received it happily. The silvery-white pleated dress had golden rims and was similar to a battle skirt. It was very beautiful.
Looking at Qing Yin, Qing Yan, and Qing Yu made Qing Shui think of Luan Luan. He turned to see that Luan Luan was also smiling and looking at him while he was with the other lasses.
Qing Shui stood up and gave out the presents for the kids and then took Qing Long from Zhu Qing. The kid was only starting to make noises and was learning how to speak.
Seeing Qing Shui reaching out his hands towards him, the kid seemed to be a little resistant, tightly wrapping his hands around Zhu Qing’s neck and refusing to let go. Qing Shui baited him with a small toy and then carried him, giving a hug to Zhu Qing at the same time.
Just like that, it took them about 30 minutes for them to walk from the entrance to the main hall despite it being less than 100 meters in distance. However, the family was very happy and harmonious.
His uncles and aunts were around as well. Basically, everyone from Qing Clan was here, even Qingqing. Her child was the same age as Qing Long. Guo Polu was around as well.
The hall wasn’t small but it was now filled to the brim. There were over ten kids and it was very lively. Everyone wore satisfied smiles on their faces. The reason Qing Clan could achieve what it had today was all thanks to Qing Shui.
Qing Luo felt the most gratified. He was especially content when he looked at this grandson. He was already content to see Qing Clan reach this height and he would even wake up from delight even in his dreams. Thinking of the past, when Qing Village was still in Greencloud Continent, he recalled how hard their lives were and there were even many times when the clan had faced life-threatening situations. Right now, he was the one who understood the most how tough it had been for Qing Shui. Many people could only see his glorious achievements of today but not many people understood how hard it was for him and what great price he had to pay.
During this period of time, Qing Clan was very quiet. They had fully merged into Fair Wind City. As locals, Ming Clan had helped Qing Clan quite a bit. After all, Ming Clan was considered a big clan in his city and there were many things which were better if they were the one to step out.
Qing Shui would handle the relationship with Ming Xian and Ming Chen well. They were addressing each other as brothers now and he would extend some help to Ming Clan to maintain this relationship. Right now, Qing Clan was much stronger than Ming Clan and thus they wouldn’t be scared that Ming Clan would try to do anything. The important thing was to let Ming Clan willingly take the initiative to do things for Qing Clan. It was necessary for there to be people supporting at the bottom of the pyramid.
Qing Clan’s businesses were doing alright. Actually, these things weren’t very important. The purpose was to just find something to do. Qing Clan wasn’t short of money. Having businesses such as medicinal halls and auction halls was only a means for them to get a hold of rare medicinal herbs and other items.
Qing Shui introduced the Yiye couple to his family. He didn’t give any explanation about Yu Ruyan since she didn’t allow him to. However, Qing Yi smiled and changed the way she addressed her, calling her Ruyan directly. Yu Ruyan looked at Qing Yi hesitantly and smiled but didn’t say a word.
Qing Yi didn’t show any signs of ostracism. She would accept whoever and whatever Qing Shui likes without any conditions. She believed in her own son.
First, Qing Shui took out the Violet Golden Bloodline Pearl and gave one to each of the adults here. He told them to take it after they had returned to their rooms while he stayed here with the few ladies who had already taken it before. He then spent time with the kids.
With Qing Shui here, he gave each of the kids one of the pearls as well. The effects of the Violet Golden Bloodline Pearls were better when taken at a young age since adults would still have to refine the powers. Kids wouldn’t show any reactions. Instead, all of their bodies’abilities would just become a little stronger.
The kids didn’t show any outward changes. The faces of children tended to be flushed to begin with but it wasn’t the same for adults. When Qing Luo came out, he seemed to be a little younger. The blood was a very important component of the body. Water was the source of life and to humans, blood was like their source of life. Their lives and energy were all supplied by blood and there were also many nurturing techniques which nurtured one's blood.
Maybe it was because the ladies had unique physiques and were unrivaled beauties to begin with but they only had slight changes to their appearances which weren’t very obvious. On the other hand, Qing Yi and Qing Shui’s aunts appeared to be much younger after taking the pearls.
Qing Shui didn’t find this strange. What he felt was strange was that he had sensed that the limits on the people who had taken the Xiantian Golden Pellet before were slowly dissipating. This was the power of blood lineage. It would slowly break through the confinements of one’s body.
“The Violet Golden Bloodline Pearl is really good stuff. It seems like this should have been left down from the ancient times. Thank goodness that I have the Heavenly Vision Technique.”Qing Shui happily thought of the item which he had chanced upon.
The Violet Golden Bloodline Pearl would slowly change their blood lineage and slowly strengthen their blood. When the purple spots in their blood slowly increased, they would also slowly become stronger. This was the power of blood, the most basic of powers.
Everyone in Qing Clan was overjoyed to receive such a great surprise right from the start. The prowess of the Spiritual Liquid was something that one could only understand after taking it. It wouldn’t show in their appearances.
After all, Qing Shui’s mother and the others still had a very long lifespan. Even if they were to just train casually, the Spiritual Liquid could allow them to gradually improve and they would grow to become strong enough to reach a level that they would never dare to imagine.
The children refused to be far apart from Qing Shui and they all gathered around him. At home, what they heard of the most was about Qing Shui and their father’s image in their heart was very great. This was the case for Qing Ming as well. It was just that he refused to admit it.
“Come, let me see what level your training is at right now.”Qing Shui carried Qing Long and smiled as he said to them.
The few ladies had all come out and Qing Shui brought the children and his women to the backyard, wanting to see the progress his sons and daughters had made. Primarily, it was to assess Qing Zun, Qing Yin, Qing Yan, and Qing Ming.
As for Qing Yu, she was extremely playful and was still too young. She hadn’t reached the age where she could start cultivating. It was even more so for Qing Long.
Qing Zun’s Back Connecting Fist was already quite decent and it had some imposing aura. The most important part was the flair he displayed, one that was righteous and strong!
Qing Shui nodded. His eldest son’s talent was inherited from Canghai Mingyue and his mental state was quite strong. To think that he would have such a righteous character at such a young age. He had the aura of a great leader and he would be able to take on responsibilities. However, the aura still it wasn’t very strong yet.
Qing Shui also took a look at his Nine Palace Steps, Ghostly Steps, Free Spirit Steps, and other footwork skills. They were all average and Qing Shui was quite satisfied. A person’s habits would also reflect a person’s character.
Qing Yin was next. Back then, Qing Shui had let Qing Yin focus on training Taichi Fist, Nine Palace Steps, and other footwork skills. Qing Shui was also stunned by her performance.
The lass’mastery in Taichi was already very high, and was a step into the Truth Realm. Qing Shui hadn’t expected her to have such a peaceful and calm disposition at such a young age. She didn’t have a strong competitive nature nor was she possessive. She was unlike other children who would want everything, or at least, think about wanting everything and not knowing how to feel content. Children were the same as adults.
Her character was excellent for Taichi, to get the better of the opponent by striking after the opponent has struck, not being competitive but ending up as the one to gain the most.
Amongst her footwork, her Free Spirit Steps was the best, and then the Nine Palace Steps was next. She basically didn’t know the Ghostly Steps. She had a calm disposition and there was an aloof feeling in her footwork. Qing Shui thought of her attachment to him earlier as he carried this daughter. She wasn’t very old yet and was still a kid.
“Yin`er, do you have any wishes? Your father will satisfy them for you.”Qing Shui smiled and said.
“I hope that our family—everyone in our family—can be together.”Qing Yin smiled and looked at Qing Shui before planting a kiss on his face.
“Father promises you, but I’ll need some time. Can you promise to give Father a little time?”Qing Shui rubbed his nose against the lass’small and upright nose, saying as he smiled.
“Of course. This is just my wish. No matter when it is fulfilled, I’ll be very happy.”Qing Yin’s laughter rang out.
Qing Yan looked at her father with some unfamiliarity. When the children were all together, she also liked to get close to Qing Shui, but when she was 'facing' him alone, there was more distance between them. Qing Shui carried her and talked to her while Qing Ming pouted, appearing to carry himself with great arrogance and superiority.
“Lass, do you want to tell Father what you’re learning?”Qing Shui smiled and asked.
“Drawing!”Qing Yan looked at Qing Shui while blinking her big eyes seriously.
“This lass is only interested in the Nine Palace Steps and drawing as well as music. However, she doesn’t show much interest in other martial arts.”Shi Qingzhuang smiled and said.
Qing Yan was only three days younger than Qing Ming but it felt as if Qing Ming was much older…
“Let the children learn whatever they like. I’ll teach the lass drawing and the Nine Palace Steps during this period of time. Lass, can you show Father how you use the Nine Palace Steps?”Qing Shui patted her head.
AST 1127 –Qing Shui's Children, Happiness of a Family Reunion
Qing Yan nodded and performed happily. Her mastery of the Nine Palace Steps was not high and she was at the entry level of the Duality Steps. However, there was a spiritual feeling to her footwork. She had used the Free Spirit Steps as her foundation. Even picking up the Nine Palace Steps required a footwork technique as the basis. The Nine Palace Steps was more about one's positioning.
"Our lass is the best. Learn whatever you feel like learning. We'll support you. Just tell Father if there's anything you need." Qing Shui looked at his children, feeling very satisfied.
Only then did Qing Shui looked towards Qing Ming and said with a smile, "Come, show me what you've got."
The others all looked at Qing Ming and smiled. Amongst the kids, they felt that when Qing Yu got older, she would be a match for Qing Ming. One of them was eccentric and full of tricks while the other was strange and nefarious.
Qing Ming seemed to have waited for this for a very long time.
What he performed was the Ghostly Steps…
When Qing Shui saw him performing the Ghostly Steps, he was also stunned. This kid's Ghostly Steps had already reached the Truth Realm. He wasn't strong and it didn't appear to be an astonishing performance. However, it was true that he had reached that realm.
To think that this kid had cultivated the Ghostly Steps to this realm. In the past, he had also liked the Ghostly Steps which was elusive and would catch the opponents unaware. However, back then, Qing Shui has no other options. Regardless, Qing Ming did like this foot technique.
However, to think that even though this kid had more options, he could still bring the Ghostly Steps to the Truth Realm. Qing Shui was happy but at the same time, he found it strange. This kid was really suitable for the Ghostly Steps…
"How're your Free Spirit Steps?" Qing Shui asked.
"That one is boring. I didn't practice it." Qing Ming smiled and replied.
Qing Zun's Ghostly Steps didn't reflect its charm, Qing Yin didn't learn it, and now, Qing Ming didn't learn the Free Spirit Steps but had instead trained the Ghostly Steps to such a terrifying level. How much did he like it to be able to reach this level? Of course, talent was an important aspect as well.
"Then what about the Nine Palace Steps?" Qing Shui smiled and asked.
"Oh, that technique is good!"
After saying that, Qing Ming started to perform the technique. Although he was only at the Duality Steps, his movements had the feeling of the Ghostly Steps. It was elusive and hard to catch.
"Not bad, not bad!" Qing Shui smiled and wasn't stingy with his praises. Kids need to be praised. He didn't hold back with his praises for the other kids either. Moreover, he meant it when he praised them. These kids were all very outstanding or rather, exceptionally so. He had always told the ladies and the others that they needed to guide the children and not force them. Let them learn whatever they wished. If they liked drawing, then let them learn drawing;if they liked fist techniques, then let them learn fist techniques. Of course, they could also be guided in other things as well.
Qing Ming's Solitary Rapid Fist was also the best so far. Qing Shui wasn't surprised. Although Qing Ming was still young, he also had a great mastery of the dagger.
Qing Shui was no longer worried after seeing this. This kid was born as a natural assassin. When he was free, he would toss stones to hit birds to practice his hidden weapons technique. He would also play around with bow and arrows.
"Qing Shui, is it good for the child to be like this?" Mingyue Gelou stood beside Qing Shui and asked, feeling a little worried.
“Haha, what’s bad about it? Mingyue, if there are two people of equal abilities, would you be scared of the ordinary cultivator, the assassin or the poison master?”Qing Shui smiled and asked.
Qing Shui knew that Qing Ming was also interested in poison but he only let him watch but not touch it. Anyways, there were people watching these playful rascals. Especially Mingyue Gelou, who would always be the most worried. She doted on her son more than anyone else but there would also be times when she couldn’t help but give him a whack on his butt. However, he would keep shouting and say that it didn’t hurt.
Mingyue Gelou couldn’t bear to hit him too hard either and would feel so angry that she would feel at a loss. However, Qing Ming would then come with a grin and say some nice things to cheer her up. He was a mischievous kid and knew about many things. Every time, he would be able to successfully make Mingyue Gelou unsure of whether laugh or to cry and the unhappiness from earlier would disappear.
Next, Qing Shui let Mingyue Gelou, Canghai Mingyue, Huoyun Liu-Li, Shi Qingzhuang, and Zhu Qing each tame a powerful demonic beast using the low grade Sacred Beast Pill. They were demonic beasts which Qing Shui had sealed up long ago.
Qing Shui was especially carefully when Shi Qingzhuang and Huoyun Liu-Li were taming their demonic beasts but he found that the process went on very smoothly. He suddenly thought of the Violet Golden Bloodline Pearl. The reason they could tame the beasts so smoothly should also be related to this.
Since it was a smooth process for Shi Qingzhuang, Huoyun Liu-Li and Zhu Qing, Qing Shui was completely at ease. This was good. Right now, the members of Qing Clan had all gotten stronger. Not only could they each tame a powerful demonic beast, they had even gotten some techniques about beast taming from Beitang Clan.
Yiye Jiange and Yiye Tian both knew quite a lot about taming beasts and thus they could provide guidance to the people in Qing Clan who were interested in taming beasts. However, Qing Shui felt that it would be better to nurture those from the next generation onward. It would be quite hard for the current generation to be start from scratch.
Qing Luo and Qing Shui’s uncles and aunts all had a share as well. After all, Qing Shui had gotten more low grade Sacred Beast Pills. He had a sufficient amount to split between the people in Qing Clan. How could Qing Shui give up the opportunity to let Qing Clan become stronger? Only after Qing Clan had gotten stronger would Qing Shui be able to leave peacefully. After all, the beasts that they tamed with the low grade Sacred Beast Pills would already allow them to hold their own in the Five Continents.
80% of the low grade Sacred Beast Pills in Lion King’s Ridge were controlled by Beitang Clan. Qing Shui also let Yiye Tong tame one since he was also a young beast tamer.
Initially, Qing Shui had only planned to let some people in the third generation tame demonic beasts. For example, he planned to let those who had no more potential to improve in their cultivation tame a beast. However, upon thinking that there was actually not much room for improvement for the Qing Clan’s three generations. Most of them had already gotten married. The people from Qing Clan didn’t have exceptional talent. Moreover, this was a special situation and Qing Shui had also tamed quite a number of demonic beasts…He eventually decided to let everyone in Qing Clan tame one each.
The demonic beast tamed by Qing Luo was a Shadow Demonic Panther. There were five people in Qing Clan who tamed a Shadow Demonic Panther. Back then, Qing Shui had chosen this type of demonic beast when he first came across one. Although it wasn’t a flying demonic beast, it wouldn’t lose out when compared to one. Demonic beasts like this excelled at sneak attacks and concealing their presence. Additionally, they also had a quick speed.
Qing Yi’s demonic beast was the Bloodhorn Silverhead Demon Ox which Qing Shui had sealed at the very start. The one that she tamed was the smaller one. Although Qing Yi only tamed one, the other one was very attached to the one that she tamed. As a result, it was as if she had tamed the two of them at once.
However, Qing Shui was still a little worried. He let Qingqing tame that bigger male Bloodhorn Silverhead Demon Ox. Anyways, Qingqing spent a lot of time here and tended to stay in Qing Clan often.
Qingqing’s Four-eared Macaque had now grown a little bigger but she was still kept in the dark. Other than Qing Shui, basically no one else knew how powerful the Four-eared Macaque was.
Both Qingqing and Guo Polu were very happy to be able to tame powerful demonic beasts.
Guo Polu was the happiest. This was the greatest opportunity for him. It was just like soaring up with just a single step forth. However, what he didn’t know was that Qingqing’s little monkey was also an absolutely terrifying existence.
Half a day passed by and the entire Qing Clan was filled with happy voices. This was like gaining great success with just one step. Nothing could give them a faster progress. Cang Wuya had continued to stay in Qing Clan all along and of course, he also tamed one demonic beast. This made him so happy that he couldn’t stop smiling. He had always thought of this place as his home.
In the end, everyone in Qing Clan’s third generation had their own powerful demonic beast. However, Qing Shui told them that the safest and best power to rely on was themselves. Although demonic beasts were very powerful as well and were their closest partner who would fight to their death to protect them, there would still be situations where even the demonic beasts wouldn’t be able to save them. Therefore, they still needed to continue to get stronger.
Everyone nodded. They understood this as well. The members of Qing Clan’s third generation were no longer young and they understood this theory. Qing Shui just wanted to reiterate it because he knew that these brothers and sisters of his were very willing to listen to him.
Returning back into the hall, the ladies, aunts, and others went to prepare the meal while Qing Shui took out a few brushes and an ink slab which he had forged in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal. There were also times when he would need brush, ink, and paper. After all, he couldn’t always use the Golden Calligraphy Brush and the Moonstone Ink Slab.
These brushes that Qing Shui had forged also contained some golden extract essence. Qing Shui had a big piece of golden extract essence in his Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal. He also had a moonstone. Therefore, he took reference from his Golden Calligraphy Brush and Moonstone Ink Slab to forge a few pieces to use or to present as gifts. These items were considered very precious.
“Lass, do you like this?”Qing Shui handed a smaller Golden Calligraphy Brush and ink slab to Qing Yan.
“I do! Father is the best!”Qing Yan received the gifts happily and embraced Qing Shui.
Qing Shui took out the same set and handed it to Qing Yin. Qing Ming looked at Qing Shui, “Father, actually, I like to draw as well…”
“How about you draw something for everyone to have a look?”Qing Shui smiled and asked.
“Haha, Father, the Aunties said that the things he drew are things that beg bugs had crawled on.”Qing Yan chuckled and said.
Qing Ming looked at Qing Yan angrily and said, “If you go against me again, don’t ask me to take the blame for you in the future.”
Qing Yan covered her mouth and stopped talking. Qing Shui felt especially happy to see his children. He hadn’t expected that they would know about making others take the blame for them. However, he was quite surprised to hear that Qing Ming had taken the blame for Qing Yan before.
What blame could the kids possibly have to take? Qing Shui didn’t ask. It was good for the children to have their own little privacy at times. He took out some beast parchment for them to draw on.
Even Qing Zun and Qing Ming got a share. Qing Yu also made a lot of noise and Qing Shui had to hand her a brush as well. However, Qing Zun and Qing Ming only drew around for fun and it was even more so for Qing Yu. Qing Yu didn't just draw on the paper, she also got a lot of ink on her clothes.
“Qing Shui, look at the lass. Later on, help her change into clean clothes.”When Huoyun Liu-Li walked in to see Qing Yu’s state, she pinched the lass’cheeks and said to Qing Shui.
“Haha!”Qing Yu laughed happily. Huoyun Liu-Li’s pinch was just a teasing one.
“The kids are having fun playing around. Later on, I’ll help her change her clothes.”
Both Qing Yan and Qing Yin drew their mothers, Canghai Mingyue and Shi Qingzhuang. Their drawings had a slight hint of the two ladies’appearances and it was quite good for kids so young to be able to achieve this. However, their drawings were still a far cry from the level of a portrait.
Despite this, their drawings were still quite well done, especially when compared to Qing Zun and Qing Ming, which would make their drawings seem even better.
“Not bad, not bad. You guys must still continue to work hard.”Qing Shui smiled and patted the lasses on their heads.
Suddenly, Qing Shui thought that he should draw these children. It could act as a memento when he left this place. He would be able to take out their drawings and take a look at it when he missed them.
“Come, let Daddy draw a painting of you guys.”Qing Shui had also drawn one in the past for the few ladies but he had seldom done so for the kids. After all, he had always been out and hadn’t been able to do so. It is said that things that bed bugs crawl on would stink. Probably suggesting that the things that were drawn appeared to be disgusting.
AST 1128 –Yun Duan, Qing Bei, Yuchang. There Is No Way To Achieve Perfection
Qing Shui drew a portrait of them while Qing Yu stood on a stool next to him and watched. Looking at Qing Yu, Qing Shui thought of Qing Yun. Earlier, he knew that Yun Duan and Qing Yun happened to head back for a visit previously and they should be back soon. By now, they should already be rushing back and shouldn’t be far.
Another person was Yuchang. This daughter of his wasn’t young anymore and he heard that she had gotten quite close to a young man recently. Qing Shui had heard this from Mingyue Gelou and she had asked Qing Shui of his plans.
Qing Shui felt that his daughter was old now and mature. They could decide on their own things and he would never use his daughters for things like political marriages. He felt that there was no need for this and he didn’t like it either.
Yuchang had also tamed a powerful demonic beast earlier. He had watched both Yuchang and Luan Luan grow up and had treated both of them like his own daughters. These two daughters also had a strong attachment to him.
“Father, don’t be in a daze! Get on with your drawing!”Qing Ming saw that Qing Shui went into a daze for very long and couldn’t help but urged him on.
Qing Shui regained his consciousness. He would go into a daze when he thought of things. Qing Shui patted Qing Ming's head and continued drawing. Qing Shui’s drawing skills had reached a very high level of mastery, to the level of drawing bones. As for the level of drawing souls and level of drawing divine essence…They were all legendary existences.
Very soon, the kids appeared vividly on the paper, each of their images were very lifelike and extremely beautiful. It was as if the characters had flesh, blood, and even bones. Qing Shui’s work was much better than the portrait artists outside.
“Father draws so well!”Qing Yin smiled and said enviously.
Qing Yan also looked at Qing Shui with great admiration. The two boys only felt that it was good but they didn’t hold much interest in drawing.
Looking at his daughters’envious gaze, Qing Shui recalled a saying. Every father is the hero in their children’s heart. The person everyone admired the most when they were kids would be their father and they would feel that their father could accomplish anything.
“Practice well, and you can become better than me.”Qing Shui smiled and encouraged them.
“Ah, Brother Shui is drawing? Come, draw one for your beautiful younger sister as well.”
At this moment, Qing Bei and Yuchang came in. Qing Bei had a tall and slender figure and appeared mature now. However, she hadn’t lost her pure image and she still had her hair tied in a ponytail, her appearance was refreshing and filled with vigor.
Yuchang, on the other hand, had a disposition similar to Mingyue Gelou’s. She was poised and her bright eyes reflected intelligence. With one look, one would be able to tell that she was a clever young lady who was quiet. However, she could never be neglected.
Yuchang greeted Qing Shui and grabbed one of his arms while pinching Qing Yu’s cheek, causing her to feel displeased. Qing Yu reached out her hands to ask Qing Shui to carry her.
Qing Shui smiled and picked up Qing Yu, then stored the drawing he had just finished. He smiled and looked at Yuchang, “I heard that our Yuchang has someone she likes. When will you be bringing him back to let us have a look?”
Yuchang looked at Qing Shui with a blush, “Father, his background is mediocre. I’m scared that you guys would not approve…”
“Foolish girl. Your father had said before that I’ll definitely let you guys make your own choices about your marriage. As long as you like him, I’ll support you even if he is a bad guy. The prerequisite is that he treats you well. If he doesn’t, I’ll skin him.”Qing Shui said seriously with a smile.
“Father is the best! You don’t disagree?”Yuchang asked in surprise.
“Why would I object? If you like him, bring him back. Your father supports you. So what if he doesn’t come from a good background? Our clan didn’t use to be good in the past as well and even now, we’re merely a parvenu, a big one.”Qing Shui laughed and said.
Both Yuchang and Qing Bei burst out laughing. Qing Bei laughed and said, “When we were back in Qing Village, we would never even dare to dream that a day like this would come. Back then, even reaching Xiantian was an unreachable dream.”
Qing Bei seemed to miss the past a little just thinking about it. She also felt that it was all a little unbelievable. In Qing Clan, Qing Bei was the most talented one aside from Qing Shui. She was the second most talented in terms of both cultivation and knowledge. In comparison, Qing You was more naive.
Qing Shui was a unique case and could not be gauged with normal standards.
“Thank you, Father. He is only a Xiantian cultivator now and had just attained a breakthrough. His talent should be considered good.”Yuchang said, a little embarrassed.
“Even if his talent is good, it’s also thanks to our Little Yuchang. He has been beaten up many times by our Yuchang.”Qing Bei laughed.
“Oh? Little Bei? What is that about?”Qing Shui sounded very interested.
Yuchang blushed but didn’t stop Qing Bei, so she carried on. “When Yuchang went out to hunt some game for the kids, she chanced upon that guy. He had been forced into a desperate situation by an Earth Bear King and our Yuchang was kindhearted and saved him.”
“What happened next?”Qing Shui smiled and asked.
“The two of them fell in love at first sight. I met him before. He is quite handsome and righteous. Yuchang is conservative but thankfully he isn’t. He is quite insistent about his love for Yuchang but he didn’t pester her annoyingly. Every day, he would stand a distance from our house, waiting for our Yuchang.”
“Because of this, he was beaten up by the lass?”Qing Shui asked.
“No. That guy wanted the rights to pursue our Yuchang, so Yuchang said that she’ll give him a chance if he’s able to breakthrough to Xiantian. Actually, the lass is just being conservative…”
“Aunt, can you save me some face…”Yuchang said unnaturally.
“Unexpectedly, either because he was lucky, or he was possessed by some god, he suddenly broke through to Xiantian within a very short period of time. Only then did the lass come out with another condition. She would marry him if he could beat her. This brought about the situation where he was beaten up.”Qing Bei smiled and finished the story simply.
“Little Bei, what do you think of that guy?”Qing Shui smiled and asked Qing Bei.
“I think…They are both still young and can try to get along first. There’s no need for them to get married so soon. I’m only afraid that their feelings are just temporary. Let them get to know more about each other and they’ll know if they’re suitable for each other.”Qing Bei smiled and said.
“Yuchang, what do you think?”Qing Shui looked at Yuchang and said.
“I think Aunt is right. We’re still very young and have a long way ahead of us. Father has given me so many presents today, so I’ll just be friends with him now. Father, don’t worry, your daughter will not let Qing Clan be looked down on. I know what I should do.”Yuchang smiled and said.
“Alright, I’ll listen to what you say. No matter what you do, your father will let your wishes be fulfilled. However, if you were to have regrets in the future, we can only try to remedy them if you were to have any regrets. But it’ll be hard to say how far we can remedy the situation.”When Qing Shui said this, he was very serious.
“Father, I understand.”
By now, the others had also started to come in, each of them holding dishes. Earlier, the ladies and Qing Shui’s aunts had all gone to cook. Now that they were done, they could have their meal.
The kids put away their stuff and Qing Shui brought Qing Yu to change her clothes. Everyone went about with their preparations and the meal would be started soon.
In the late afternoon, Qing Shui sensed something. He went out to see a flying beast which was afar. His vision was very good and although it was very far, he could see that it was Yun Duan. He flew up, as if he was a roc spreading its wings.
When the beautiful lady saw Qing Shui, she pounced towards Qing Shui while carrying their daughter. Qing Shui took his daughter from her hands with one hand while embracing Yun Duan with the other. As he looked at the satisfied woman who was leaning in his arms and the daughter that she had given him, Qing Shui also felt very satisfied.
However, thinking of how he would be leaving very soon and they would only be able to meet after a very long time, he felt a little depressed. Qing Shui hoped that he could get stronger after he headed to the other Four Continents. If he did, he would be able to look for other avenues to bring his family here over.
“Duan`er, I’ve missed you and our daughter.”Qing Shui kissed her and the lass.
The lass could now say simple words and talk. She looked especially beautiful with her tender and beautiful appearance together with her luxurious looking clothes.
Qing Shui had gotten closer with the lass after the previous time. Although they hadn’t met for very long, it seemed like she could still remember him and was even very happy to see Qing Shui. Yun Duan could not help but smile even brighter.
The demonic beast flew very slowly and Qing Shui let go of Yun Duan, taking out the presents he had prepared for the lass. Qing Shui felt like he had been negligent toward these children but he felt helpless at the same time. Thankfully, all of them had very strong mothers.
They arrived back at Qing Clan very soon and it was already the afternoon. They gathered together and it was very lively. Qing Yi took the lass while Qing Shui used the Nine Continents Steps and brought Yun Duan to a quiet place. He let her take the Violet Golden Bloodline Pearl and then let her use the low grade Sacred Beast Pill to tame a powerful demonic beast.
Earlier, when Qing Shui told her about the effects of the low grade Sacred Beast Pill, Yun Duan had told him to save it for the people in Qing Clan, who would need it more. After Qing Shui told her that the others already had theirs, she didn’t continue to reject his offer.
“Duan`er, the lass is already so old but I haven’t seen her much. I’ll try to think of a way for everyone to be together.”Although Qing Shui was a little insincere when he said this, he would really look for a way. He didn’t believe that there were only one or two ways to get to the other Four Continents. If there was really no other way out, then he would hope that he could level up his Nine Continents Steps. He would then be able to try to pass through from the Southern Sea, Giant Beasts Mountains, Sky Penetrating Mountains, or the Arctic Plains.
“Qing Shui, its fine. I’m happy to be able to see my daughter. She’s a daughter you’ve given to me and I’m very satisfied. I know that you have things to do. I’ll stay here and wait for you. I’ll be happy even if I have to wait until the day I die.”Yun Duan seemed to say this very casually but Qing Shui knew that these were her heartfelt words.
“It won’t take long. We still have a very long way ahead of us. Trust me.”Qing Shui felt that after he had gotten stronger, there would definitely be a way for him to pass between the Five Continents and the other Four Continents.
“Mmm, I trust you. Qing Shui, I like all these things which you’ve given me!”Yun Duan said happily.
“Later, I’ll give you some things to give to your younger brother as well. In the future, let him be the one to take over Cloud Adventurer Guild!”Qing Shui gave it some thought and said.
“Then I’ll thank him on your behalf.”After seeing Qing Shui’s expression, Yun Duan smiled and said.
“You’re still standing on ceremony. See how I’ll teach you a lesson tonight.”
Yun Duan blushed and threw Qing Shui a slight look of annoyance. That charming gaze caused Qing Shui to grab her by the waist and kiss her red lips. His hands greedily moved around her body. He was quickly unsatisfied by the touch separated by clothes and plunged into the peaks directly under her clothes.
Their location was filled with lush greenery and it wasn’t as cold as the Northern Sacred Lu Continent. The summer was about to start but the temperature wasn’t very high. They were in a small block of mountain and after extending out his spiritual sense, Qing Shui gradually removed Yun Duan’s clothes on these lush plains.
“Qing Shui, don’t do it here.”Yun Duan said quickly.
“Don’t worry, no one will come. Duan`er, don’t you want me?”Qing Shui put his hands around her slender waist from behind and planted a kiss on her pretty back.