Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 1295-1296
AST 1295 –Return To The Qing Clan, It Is Very Warm At Home
Everytime Qing Shui thought about this lady, he was unable to describe his own feelings. It was like a slab of piercing-cold ice block, and even if it was warmed up, it wouldn’t gain heat.
After he returned to the manor, Qing Shui only left a letter behind telling them that he had gone out. In his letter, he told them to focus on their cultivation and to take care of themselves. In the room, he prepared to head out for the five continents.
This was the first time he would use it and he felt very agitated. He entered the Five Elements divine Flag and then reached out his hand to tap out toward the sole red top.
When Qing Shui’s finger tapped on it, his consciousness blurred out for a moment. He knew that the two Five Elements divine Flags would only require a thought from him to activate the transportation. However, this wasn’t possible when one pinpointed the location to be transported to.
Very quickly, when he regained his consciousness, he was already in a new place.
Qing Shui looked around, his feelings were indescribable. To be able to reach the five continents in the blink of an eye…How long had he been thinking of returning to the five continents? It was because even if after five years was up, he would only be able to bring the few ladies over and he won’t be able to stay on the five continents. However, he could now come to the five continents and take a look at the Qing Clan. In the future, wherever possible, he would be able to come back every month.
He could use the Five Elements divine Flag once a month.
Back then, the place he had set up the flags was around where the Qing Clan was at. Even if there were some discrepancies, it wouldn’t be too much. After he looked around and confirmed his directions, he performed the Nine Continents Steps directly.
Although Qing Shui set the location to be around Qing Clan on the map in the Five Elements divine Flag, the map was small, unlike how big the actual Central Continent was. Just a bit of an error would mean that he would be brought very far away.
Thankfully, the current Nine Continents Steps was still very amazing. After a few uses, he was already very close to the Fair Wind City where the Qing Clan was located in. He called out his Fire Bird and flew toward the Qing Clan’s direction.
This time around, it hasn’t been the longest since he had left and it hadn’t even been three years. However, it might be due to the distance between the regions they were in that made him felt that the trip had been the longest.
The Fair Wind City had already appeared before him. Qing Shui was very agitated. He had initially thought that it would be after ten or even 20 years by the time he returned. After all, the Ancient Teleportation Array would only be activated once every five years. And it was basically impossible for Qing Shui to use the Ancient Teleportation Array to return for five years before heading back.
He hadn’t expected that the lady from the Putuo Mountain had the Five Elements divine Flag. This thing was beyond precious for Qing Shui.
He saw it, Qing Shui saw the Qing Clan. The Fair Wind City seemed to be even more prosperous than before. There weren’t many people in the five continents who could pose a threat to the Qing Clan. The Buddha Sect won’t do anything, nor would the Demon Gate. Moreover, the Qing Clan did have some powerful cultivators. The few ladies’abilities were considered top-notch in the five continents and it had been close to three years. Qing Shui had left behind quite a lot of medicinal herbs and stuff behind back then. Right now, their cultivation should have been brought up to another level.
Very quickly, the Qing Clan’s entrance appeared before him. Qing Shui felt very agitated. There were no guards at the entrance, but she saw that a beautiful little lass was walking out. She was about four to five years old and was wearing a pink one-piece dress. Her hair was combed into many little plaits and she appeared to be very adorable.
Although it had been close to three years since they had met, and she had grown by quite a bit, Qing Shui could tell that this was Qing Yun, the daughter he and Yun Duan had.
When the lass saw Qing Shui, she was clearly stunned. Her big eyes which were like crystals seemed to have a hint of confusion in them as she looked at Qing Shui. After all, she wasn’t able to remember much stuff back then. Or maybe, she could still remember a little bit, but right now, she shouldn’t be able to recognize Qing Shui.
Qing Shui made his smile even more endearing, but the lass took a step back and asked, “Who are you? Why have you come to my home?”
Although Qing Shui maintained a bright smile, he felt dejected inside. It was because he hadn’t been a good father. Just as Qing Shui was about to say something, a voice rang out.
“Qing Shui!”A surprised voice rang out. It sounded a little hoarse, but it was seductive yet graceful.
It was very pleasant.
Yun Duan walked out. Although she had given birth to a daughter, she hadn’t changed. It was just that there was now an additional poised aura added to her charms. She had a very beautiful face and her exquisite features had a poised and dignified aura to them. The aura she exuded wouldn’t make one felt that she was cold but she was still able to be indifferent and keep others at bay. However, when she saw Qing Shui, she wore a happy smile.
Her beautiful curves would make one crazy. She was well-embodied yet didn’t appear to be plump. Each and every part of her body exuded a crazy seductive power. This was especially so for her beautiful, intelligent looking, and graceful eyes which were lethally seductive.
Qing Shui looked at Yun Duan and felt extremely happy as well. He quickly walked over while Yun Duan pounced into his arms, embracing him tightly.
“The lass is around. Don’t be neglecting her.”Qing Shui gave her a tight hug and then quickly said.
Yun Duan quickly let go of Qing Shui and bent down to pick up Qing Yun. “Lass, haven’t you been pestering to look for your father? He’s your father, quick, call him.”
The lass looked at Qing Shui curiously. She should have some impression of him, but she pouted and said, “Mother, don’t lie to me.”
Yun Duan pressed her hand against her own forehead, “Lass, haven’t you seen your father’s portrait before? Go on, is it because you have some conditions? You’re such a sneaky one.”
Qing Shui was stunned. That was right, the lass’gaze earlier clearly showed that she had recognized him. After all, there was his portrait at home as well. By right, it was impossible for her to not recognize him.
Now that he heard from Yun Duan’s words that the lass actually wanted something, Qing Shui said happily and said, “Yun`er, go ahead and tell me. I’ll give you whatever you want.”
“Really?”Qing Yun blinked her big crystal-like eyes and said happily.
“Of course!”She was just a four to five-years old child. No matter what she ask for, he would be able to grant her wish.
“I want you to be together with my mother.”The lass blinked her big eyes and looked at Qing Shui.
Qing Shui gave it a lot of thought and felt that she would want a lot of stuff. However, the only thing which didn’t occur to him was this.
“Yun`er, change one. Father is busy. Why would you request for this?”Yun Duan hugged Qing Yun tightly and asked, puzzled.
“Mother often calls out for father in your dreams and says that you miss him.”Qing Yun giggled and replied.
Yun Duan blushed and pinched Qing Yun’s nose as she looked at Qing Shui, embarrassed.
This time around, Qing Shui managed to hug the little lass. He took Yun Duan’s hand with his other hand and walked toward the Qing Clan.
“Qing Shui, how did you manage to come back? I thought you will take many years before you’ll be able to come back?”Yun Duan knew this very clearly, and thus she was elated to see Qing Shui back. She tightened her grip of Qing Shui’s hand.
“Isn’t it because that I miss you all that the heaven has given me something. If all is successful, I’ll be able to come back and stay for a few days every month.”Qing Shui felt agitated on the thought of the Five Elements divine Flag. Even that lady was having a clearer impression in Qing Shui’s mind. He was very thankful toward her.
“Really?”When Yun Duan heard what Qing Shui said, her beautiful eyes shone as she looked at Qing Shui.
“Since when has your husband lied to you?”
Qing Shui and Yun Duan walked into the Qing Clan. Very soon, the other members of the Qing Clan all got news that Qing Shui had returned. Almost everyone who was home came out, the excitement they felt was indescribable.
Qing Shui looked at all the familiar faces, feeling overwhelmed with emotions. He gently put Qing Yun down and walked up to Qing Yi and gave her a hug.
“Mother, have you been well?”
Qing Yi smiled and pat Qing Shui on the head, “Mother is fine. How have you been? Has it been hard?”
“After seeing mother and my wives, I don’t feel that it’s hard anymore.”Qing Shui smiled happily and said.
Qing Shui then greeted his grandfather and the rest, followed by his wives, cousins, and then the children. Qing Zun and Qing Yin have grown up. The children in this world went through puberty early and children over ten-years old would already seem to be quite big.
Both Qing Zun and Qing Yin called out happily as they took Qing Shui’s hands.
Although Qing Zun and Qing Yin were twins, they didn’t look alike. Qing Zun looked a little like Qing Shui while Qing Yin looked more like Canghai Mingyue. Qing Yin’s height had already reached Qing Shui’s heart level and appeared very delicate and magnanimous.
Qing Zun and Qing Yin were both righteous-looking people, like those members of aristocratic clans. However, they appeared slightly more righteous than them.
Qing Shui hugged both Qing Zun and Qing Yin. Qing Zun felt a little shy since he was already a big boy now, while Qing Yin, on the contrary, wrapped her hands around Qing Shui’s neck endearingly.
After he put down Qing Zun and Qing Yin, Qing Shui looked toward Qing Ming. Having not met him for several years, Qing Shui felt that this boy was surprisingly mature with a devilish hint. Along with Qin Zun, they were clearly at the opposite sides of two extremes.
“Do you have anything against me?”When Qing Shui saw Qing Ming, he felt more relaxed.
The others also looked at this father and son pair amusingly.
“How would I dare? You’re my father.”Qing Ming looked at Qing Shui and said with a smile. However, Qing Shui felt that his smile was a little fake.
“You rascal. Are you asking for a beating? How dare you talk like this to your father?”Mingyue Gelou felt helpless as well. This child would only listen to Qing Yi and no one else. He tended to do things that would catch others by surprise, but wouldn’t do any evil acts that would bring great harm to others. However, he often fought with the kids from the other clans. For this, he had often received a beating from Mingyue Gelou.
“Mother, even if you like Father a lot, I’m the child you’ve given birth to. You can’t always be beating me up.”Qing Ming looked at Mingyue Gelou, aggrieved.
Mingyue Gelou’s face turned flushed red as she twisted his ears both in anger and in amusement.
Qing Shui appeared even happier now. This kid was different, but Qing Shui felt that his physique was very unique. Qing Shui had sensed that Qing Ming had a physique which had a rare wind attribute.
Wind came under the wood attribute in the five elements. It seemed that Qing Ming was suited to become an assassin, to take the path of independent killing. Qing Shui gave it a lot of thought. Of course, he would also have to take Qing Ming’s views into consideration.
“Why, are you feeling that your mother treats me well but not you?”Qing Shui smiled and said.
“Qing Shui, what are you talking about?”Mingyue Gelou looked at these two people who were her closest kin, not knowing what to say.
“No. Mother treats me extremely well.”
“Really?”Qing Shui asked.
“Of course. I’m her son, of course she’ll treat me well.”Qing Ming continued to speak in a matter of fact tone.
“Rascal, let’s have a man-to-man talk later.”
It was only after that did Qing Shui took Qing Yan’s hand. Qing Yan was a bit of an introvert, however, when she saw Qing Shui, she was very happy. After all, she recognized Qing Shui and the moment Qing Shui squatted down, she pounced on him and wrapped her hands around his neck.
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AST 1296 –Happiness Of A Family Reunion, Yiye Jiange Wants To Leave, An Opportunity That Belongs To Her And The Seven-Headed Crystal Beast?
“Father!”Qing Yan said happily.
Although she was an introvert, she was unlike Shi Qingzhuang. Because Shi Qingzhuang now had a daughter, she was a little different from how she was at the very beginning. She was more cheerful and was especially happy to be in a big clan like the Qing Clan.
“Yan`er, did you miss Father?”Qing Shui looked at his petite daughter who was like a little crystal princess and was unlike Qing Ming who would often get dust all over. Amongst all the kids, he was the most sorry-looking. No one knew what he did before he just came back.
“I did, every day. I thought I’ll only be able to see Father after I’ve grown up.”Qing Yan wrapped her arms around Qing Shui’s neck endearingly.
“In the future, Father will come back once a month to visit. How is that?”When Qing Shui heard Qing Yan’s words, he felt a little bad. He knew that parents had a good influence on their kids, and there was no other way out. Therefore, the help that the Five Elements divine Flags brought to him was immense. Unknowingly, he felt especially thankful towards that lady.
Putting aside being able to have a safety buoy, just in terms of being able to use this to spend time with his children and wives, Qing Shui already felt that it was a priceless and divine artifact. Some things don’t wait for people, for example, children growing up. If he didn’t see them while they grow up, even if he had all the means in the world, he wouldn’t be able to turn back time. All that was left would just be regrets.
“Really?”Qing Yan lifted her head and looked at Qing Shui with her eyes opened wide.
“When has Father lied to you? Since I’ve said it, I’ll definitely do it. Come, let’s have a pinky promise.”
Qing Shui smiled and then reached out his finger.
Qing Yan happily extended out her finger and hooked it with Qing Shui’s. “Pinky promise, not allowed to change for 100 years!”
“Alright, I’ll never go back on my words. They’re all witnesses, alright?”Qing Shui lowered his head to kiss Qing Yan’s cheek. This was her daughter, the product of the love between him and the woman he loved. Hugging her gave him a strong feeling of connection of the blood. Hugging her felt like he was carrying the most precious crystal in the world.
Qing Yan’s happy and crisp laughter rang out very far away. It was a very influential laughter. Qing Shui put down Qing Yan and turned to take Qing Yu’s hand. Qing Yu pouted so much that she would even be able to hang a small bottle on her lips. She appeared so aggrieved as if she was on the verge of crying.
“Hmm? Who made our lass angry? Tell Father, I’ll help you teach the person a lesson.”Qing Shui felt especially happy. People said that the greatest happiness was a reunion with the family. It was an elevation of the spirit, the purest happiness. Even se* couldn’t be compared.
Standing here, he wouldn’t feel lonely as being here was like his life’s harbor. This was home, a place which produces love. Everyone here was selfless, being able to throw away their lives for each other willingly.
After people had se* and gained enjoyment, if they were lonely, they would still return to their lonely state after the happiness. se* without love was just a satisfaction of lust.
“It’s Father. You don’t even take a look at Yu`er after coming back for so long.”As she replied, the lass’tears fell down like a waterfall.
Since young, Qing Yu had been the most domineering. Qing Zun, Qing Yin, and even Qing Ming would give in to her. Furthermore, she had always been headstrong. As long as Qing Shui was around, she would always have him to herself. When Qing Shui carried two children, one of them was always her. If he were to carry one, he could only carry her.
Right now, after going one round, she still didn't have her turn. Therefore, the lass was now angry.
“Come, let’s wipe away those tears. You’re already a big girl now, how can you still be crying your eyes out? It’s Father’s fault to have angered our Yu`er. How do you want Father to make it up to you?”Qing Shui wiped away her tears and said as he smiled.
“I want Father to spend more time with us this time around.”Qing Yu’s big intelligent eyes shimmered as she said.
“Alright, since our Yu`er has spoken, I’ll have to agree.”
Qing Yun had already seen Qing Shui earlier. Qing Long took Zhu Qing’s hand and walked up to Qing Shui. Qing Shui squatted down. Qing Long was the youngest and looked dignified and strong, just like a tiger cub. He was especially cute.
Qing Shui carried the little guy and got familiarized with him very quickly. It was only after that did he headed out to the hall with his family. Yiye Jiange, Canghai Mingyue, Huoyun Liu-Li, Di Qing, Hai Dongqing…All of them were around, except Mu Qing.
Luan Luan and Yuchang were around as well. Right now, Luan Luan was the strongest in the Qing Clan. Yiye Jiange and the other ladies had also gotten tremendously stronger and were all top notch existences, at least in the five continents.
Although they were powerful in the five continents, they were still a far cry from the experts in the Western Oxhe Continent. Therefore, Qing Shui prepared some things which could raise their cultivation. He had been saving medicinal pills and other things for them.
Qing Shui took out puppets, snacks, and other stuff to distract them first. Qing Bei, Qing You, and the others were all around and the hall was extremely lively. Everyone had a share. Qing Shui had plenty of good things in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal.
Looking at the many people in the Qing Clan, although Qing Shui didn’t give up on them, it was hard to raise the cultivation level of all of them. It would require a lot of time, even if it was to only make them reach the Martial Saint level. Of course, the ladies on the Portraits of Beauty were an exception. Qing Shui had seen their achievements previously and the talent in their bodies had yet to awaken.
Di Chen’s potential had awakened, so did Yu Ruyan when she was on the Western Oxhe Continent and the same went for Tantai Xuan. The others at the Qing Clan had yet to awaken but it wouldn’t be long before they do. It was because they were all now Martial Emperor level cultivators.
The children had good foundations and were also very talented. Therefore, they were off to a good start. Qing Shui wasn’t worried about the children’s cultivation in the future. The ones he was most worried about, was his mother's cultivation, Shi Qingzhuang, Huoyun Liu-Li, Yun Duan, and the others.
Therefore, he would think all sorts of ways to help them push up their cultivation.
He would also do the same to the rest of the people in the Qing Clan. Qing Zi’s child, for example, would be much better. Although the child’s talent wasn’t that great, Qing Shui had helped him since young, and with his medical skills, it would be a lot easier.
Unknowingly, half a day had passed. Those who were supposed to cook went to cook and those who were supposed to take care of the children did so. Qing Shui stood up and walked over to Qing Yi.
“Mother, I don’t have news of him yet, but I’ll soon be able to go look for him.”Qing Shui at the sat opposite of Qing Yi and said.
“There’s no hurry. What matters the most is your safety. We’ve lived for so many years without him. Right now, you’re indispensable to the Qing Clan, therefore, nothing else is important. All that matters is for you to be well. Only with this would then there be other possibilities.”Qing Yi said seriously to Qing Shui. There was happiness in her smile. This was her son.
“Mother, don’t worry. Right now, there aren’t many who can hurt your son. But father should be somewhere else which I can’t head to for now.”Qing Shui smiled and said.
“There’s no hurry. So many years have passed. Qing Shui, you can make the decision for yourself. You must think of the entire Qing Clan. You have heavy responsibilities on your shoulder and we can’t do anything to help you.”Qing Yi sighed and looked at Qing Shui.
“I only hope that Mother and the entire Qing Clan is well. With these, I’ll have endless energy.”Qing Shui said happily.
“Is it true that you’ll be able to return for a few days every month in the future?”Qing Yi clearly didn’t believe this either.
“I have a treasure which can let me travel between the two regions once a month. Therefore, I can come back once a month.”Qing Shui wouldn’t hide this from his family.
“This is for the best. You’ll be able to spend more time with Mingyue and the others. It hadn’t been easy for them. You should stay for a few more days this time around!”Qing Yi was very happy to know that Qing Shui was able to come back once a month. Or rather, she was happier than anyone else.
“Since you’re back, you should spend more time with them!”Yiye Jiange’s beautiful brows frowned as she looked at Qing Shui.
“I missed you!”Qing Shui knew that calling her Master made her felt bad and he held up her hand.
Yiye Jiange’s beauty was one of transcendence, without a hint of an aura of the mortal world. Before her, Qing Shui always felt a little bit inferiority. This feeling of inferiority wasn’t related to power as this lady was one which would make one feel that she shouldn’t be tainted.
In fact, his relationship with Yiye Jiange had been set into stone. It was just that they didn’t have any overly intimate contact.
“Are you here to infuriate me?”Yiye Jiange let Qing Shui take her hand as she said angrily. Right now, she gave more feeling of being a reliant and delicate lady. Her transcendent aura was a little faint compared to before, but it was still powerful overall. This was especially when they hadn’t met for such a long time, which made it hard for Qing Shui to take action.
“How could I dare?”Qing Shui took her hand and walked around the Qing Clan. The Qing Clan was quite big and they could have a walk around.
“Qing Shui, since you can come back once a month, I might be leaving for some time.”Yiye Jiange hesitated for a while and said to Qing Shui.
Qing Shui was stunned. Could it be that all ladies on the Portraits of Beauty would bring so much trouble? However, he still said calmly: “What’s wrong? Is it because you don’t like it here?”
“That’s not it. Qing Shui, don’t think too much into it. The Seven-Headed Crystal Beast told me that it wanted to bring me to a place to cultivate and it would be able to inherit the legacy of the Crystal Beasts, allowing it to truly become an Ancient Spiritual Crystal Beast, or even stronger. It had brought this up many times, but I can’t leave since you’re not around. Since you can now come back once a month, and the Qing Clan is quite powerful now, I’d like to go take a look with it.”Yiye Jiange looked at Qing Shui and said with a smile.
“Oh, this is good news. I’ll bring you there in a few days. At the very least, I must bring you to that place. I’ll be assured that way.”Qing Shui was wondering what was wrong, but this was a good news.
The Seven-Headed Crystal Beast was tamed by Yiye Jiange after it had evolved from the Six-Headed Crystal Beast. It would only recognize a person it viewed as pure as its owner, and it must be a very pure person.
Qing Shui could still clearly recall the scene when Yiye Jiange had tamed the Seven-Headed Crystal Beast.
“You can’t go there. It said that it has a unique ability which can only be used once and that can bring us to the place. Only after it received the true legacy of the Crystal Beasts would it then become a true Crystal Beast.”Yiye Jiange shook her head and said.
“So that’s it!”Qing Shui frowned. He was afraid that Yiye Jiange might be in danger.
“Don’t worry, there’s no danger.”Yiye Jiange smiled and gently pat Qing Shui’s forehead.
Qing Shui took her two beautiful hands. He was wondering how he could give her some assurance for her safety.
“The Crystal Beast said that it’s a place where it can receive the legacy, and there won’t be any danger. Moreover, I’ll get huge benefits and will get a great improvement in my abilities.”Yiye Jiange said once again.
“I’m still worried.”Qing Shui gave it a lot of thought before he said.
“It’s a secluded crystal palace and it’ll bring me there directly. It’s an ancient ruin. Don’t worry, the Crystal Beast now has a few more abilities and there’s no issue for me to ensure my life. Moreover, only me and the Crystal Beast would be able to enter because of the imprint which has been awakened on its body. Therefore, there won’t be any danger.”
“Alright, but you must still be careful.”Qing Shui knew that Yiye Jiange really wanted to go. In the end, he agreed, primarily because he knew that the awakened imprint was of no danger. This was one reason why he had agreed. If it was like some other ancient ruins, he would definitely go with her. This imprint was like heading to a treasure chamber, and thus it was something to be happy about.
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