Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 1399-1400
AST 1399 –I'm Your Woman, Returning Home with Yuan Su, Preparing to Move, Plans
Qing Shui didn't expect such a huge reaction from Yuan Su. After thinking for a moment, he could also understand the feeling of missing home after being so far from home. Ever since he was away, he was never out of touch with such emotion, particularly when he was on his way home. He wished so badly that he could arrive at his destination in just a heartbeat.
Seeing her withered lovely face, Qing Shui reached out to wipe her tears away. When he was only halfway through wiping her tears, Yuan Su suddenly threw herself into his arms and broke into soft sobs.
Qing Shi only gently patted her on her lovely back without a word. She had kept her emotions suppressed for too long, it was good that she was letting it all out so rather than consoling her, he just let her vent out all her feelings.
Yuan Su didn't lift her head for a long while. Her eyes were red and puffy, but she seemed to be a lot better. She was hugging Qing Shui and with a slightly embarrassed voice, asked him, "Do I look very ugly right now?"
"Not at all. But instead, I think you look quite cute right now. Little lasses with runny nose are all very adorable and gorgeous," Qing Shui laughed.
"I don't have a runny nose! I'm not a little lass either, I'm older than you!" Yuan Su seethed.
Despite her words, she felt strangely warm in her heart. It was a strange feeling. The man standing before her had a very special place in her heart. He had been there since very long ago and she had complete trust in him.
When a woman had complete trust in a man, that itself was a problem.
"Are you feeling better?" Qing Shui asked with a smile. The front of his clothes were already soaked with tears.
Her tear stained face was tinted red. For a woman who could cry in the arms of a man that was neither a family member nor a lover, even if they were friends, they weren't any ordinary friends.
"I'm fine. I must have looked like a joke to you." Yuan Su calmed down but she didn't leave Qing Shui's arms.
"You must be feeling very comfortable in my arms!" Qing Shui gazed at Yuan Su with a smile.
"Your women are not around you anyway. It's not like you're gonna lose a piece of flesh if I stay like this for a little longer." Yuan Su shot him a glare.
Qing Shui was taken aback. He didn't expect Yuan Su to say something so bold. He reached out and embraced her. When a woman held you, then it actually meant a lot of things. The feelings between them were actually a little complicated already. So Qing Shui stopped overthinking. Since they had opened up to each other, they should be acting more natural around each other and there was no need to pretend.
The body in his arms was soft and delicate. The faint fragrance on her body was really comforting. Yuan Su quietly leaned her head against Qing Shui's shoulder and was staring at Qing Shui's enchantingly handsome face from the side. She was a little lost in the mysterious charm that this man had.
Yuan Su slightly lifted her head and planted a kiss on Qing Shui's cheek.
That shocked Qing Shui. The softness he felt on his cheek hadn't disappeared yet. He looked at the gorgeous lady whose face was as red as the setting sun. Qing Shui could clearly feel every beat of her racing heart.
She had lowered her head, unable to look Qing Shui in his eyes. Qing Shui was quite amused. A woman like her blushing with shame was a very alluring sight. The impact it had on one's soul was particularly intense.
Qing Shui knew that Yuan Su had actually put great determination into her actions. He lowered his head lightly to press his forehead against her and lifted her lovely head. The proximity between them was close enough that Qing Shui's nose could touch her straight and jade-like nose.
Yuan Su's fluttering long lashes could almost tickle Qing Shui's eyes. She was very nervous, seemingly wanting to shut her eyes but also at the same time wishing to keep them open.
Qing Shui slowly leaned forward to kiss her on her soft and sweet lips, that felt like the petal of a flower. He sucked on her lips gently with a very slow motion.
The moment Qing Shui's lips made contact with hers, Yuan Su couldn't help but to shiver and shut her eyes tightly. Her hands seemed to be ready to push Qing Shui away but turned into an embrace instead when they were halfway into the kiss. It really showed just how flustered she was deep down in her heart.
The hands which Qing Shui caressed Yuan Su's hands with slowly slid downwards. The moment they reached her round and gorgeous rear, Yuan Su's lips suddenly parted, allowing Qing Shui's tongue to immediately invade the sweet cavern.
Qing Shui didn't release those slightly swelling soft lips until Yuan Su was breathless from the kiss. Yuan Su shied away a little immediately, not daring to make any eye contact with Qing Shui.
"Was that satisfying?" Qing Shui chuckled.
"HMPH!" Yuan Su slapped Qing Shui with a huff.
"You're pretty worked up today. Is it because you have already made up your mind to take on me as a responsibility?" Qing Shui continued teasing her.
"That's enough Qing Shui. Didn't you say to let nature take its course? I like you but I still have some indescribable feelings. Can we wait a little longer? If I am going to marry in my life, it will definitely be you."
Yuan Su's words were very complex. All this time, she had repeatedly told herself that she should be the only woman to her man. Yet this man had more than a woman, was she going to throw herself to him like a moth drawn to a fire?
"Don't worry, I will never force you. I'll listen to whatever you say," Qing Shui assured her with a smile.
"Are you angry?" Yuan Su looked at him and asked cautiously.
Qing Shui's immediately slapped her perky rear with his hand that had never left.
The noise that rang out sounded a little obscene. Yuan Su's face instantly reddened and her lovely body quivered violently. The soft moan that she let out was indescribably se*y.
It turned out that her sensitive spot was here and it needed a greater stimulation.
"Sister Su, I need to pay home a visit today," Qing Shui informed her softly.
"Alright, take care on your journey," Yuan Su responded softly.
"Would you like to come along?" Qing Shui asked.
Yuan Su was taken aback and stared at Qing Shui in confusion. She didn't quite understand what Qing Shui was trying to say.
"I have a way to bring you back along with me. Do you want to come along?" Qing Shui asked her again.
Yuan Su looked at Qing Shui in shock. "Really? Can I really come along?"
"Sure you can. Not only that, if you wish to, I can bring you home in just two hours." Qing Shui smiled.
"I wish to return! I've been waiting for this day!" Yuan Su looked at Qing Shui with anticipation in her eyes.
"Well then, Let's go inform Sister Wu first before we leave."
"Is Sister Wu going too?"
"I can only bring one person with me." Qing Shui answered a little speechlessly. The Imperial Cuisine Hall was going to be closed for a few days anyway.
When Qing Shui and Yuan Su emerged in the five continents, they found themselves at the Central Continent. Yuan Su looked around in amazement and disbelief. She was holding Qing Shui hands like an indescribably delighted little girl.
Seven Stars Country
Qing Shui stopped at the border of Seven Stars Country then summoned Hellfire Phoenix.
"Sister Su, go home on it. If you wish to find me, get on it and it will find its way back to me. My home is also currently in Central Continent, in the Fair Wind City. Five days… If you are still going to Dancing Phoenix Continent, come find me in five days," Qing Shui said after thinking for a moment.
"Are you still blaming me? You refuse to step foot into Seven Stars Country because you are still mad at me?" A look of frustration flashed across Yuan Su's eyes.
"No. Am I that petty? Alright, off you go!" Qing Shui laughed.
"What does it take for you to forgive me? I'm already in this state. Can't you be a bigger man this one time?" Yuan Su hugged Qing Shui on her own accord and planted a kiss on his lips.
"Silly lass. I'm not a petty man. As long as it's not any heinous matter, I will not hold any grudges. My woman, you don't need to act like this. I like imposing and overbearing women." Qing Shui laughed and pinched her jade-like nose.
"Well then, you promised! Don't be angry. Wait for me, I will definitely find you. I'm your woman!" Yuan Su immediately left on Hellfire Phoenix after finishing her sentence.
Qing Shui activated the Nine Continents Steps then rushed in the direction of the Qing Residence. In just a short period of time, he had already arrived at the entrance of his residence.
His homecomings were always during a festive event. Naturally, an exchange of pleasantries always followed after the greeting. His children were growing older. Qing Zun, Qing Yin and Qing Ming had already grown into teenagers. Their heights were a little more than 1.5 meters, and their appearances could be considered young men.
Qing Yin was also very tall and possessed a temperament that was particularly similar to Canghai Mingyue, even bearing a slight resemblance to her.
There was still no news of Yiye Jiange. Although Qing Shui should've guessed it, he still missed her a little. He didn't know where to start looking for her at this point in time.
Luan Luan was in seclusion, which was quite a surprise. Qing Shui had initially planned to pass the divine Beast Possession technique to her. Little was needed to be said about the might of divine Beast Possession technique but the prerequisites were particularly high. It seemed to be specially prepared for users with Heart of Demonic Beast and Heart of Seven Orifices constitutions.
Since she was in seclusion, then he'd have to leave it to next time and it wasn't urgent anyway. He had brought Yuan Su here this time. Otherwise, he could bring someone to the Dancing Phoenix Continent.
With the two old men joining in, Qing Shui could say that they were already well-established in the Dancing Phoenix Continent. Therefore, he planned to move the clan over there. After all, it was more suitable for cultivation there.
The huge living room was very lively with everyone gathered in it. When Qing Shui spoke his thoughts, everyone turned silent. Even the third generations had a smile on their faces. Qing Luo and the rest seemed to be deep in thought.
"Qing Shui, the Dancing Phoenix Continent is different from here. There are too many powerful cultivators there. We aren't even capable enough to defend ourselves if we move there. This will create big trouble for you. Not only that, most people in our clan are unable to progress very far in the path of martial arts. Alright, let's put it this way: whoever wishes to go over there, may do so. Those who don't wish to go may stay back. I've grown familiar with this place and also gotten used to it. There are still some others here. I think I will stay here. I don't mind going over there when the time is right. What do you think?" Qing Luo pondered for a moment and told Qing Shui.
Qing Shui thought for a moment. "That's fine too, we'll begin next month then. I can only bring a person over every month, so we'll be taking our time moving."
The third generation of the Qing Clan were elated, especially Qing You, Qing Bei and a few others.
There was another main problem. When he returned this month, he'd have to look for a huge manor. It had to be located not too far from the Imperial Cuisine Hall. If not, he'd have to make it work in the Imperial Cuisine Hall. It had only taken up one building anyway and there were still another nine buildings which were probably sufficient. With two other powerful cultivators around, nothing bad would happen.
Qing Shui felt a little relaxed after having a clear plan in his mind.
He needed to leave. So naturally, he had to find them some support they could count on. He had offended a good deal of people in the Dancing Phoenix Continent so he had highlighted the risks to them in advance in hopes of arousing their fighting spirit.
On the fifth day, Yuan Su arrived. None were too surprised when they saw how gorgeous she looked. One of them, Di Qing, actually knew her. They could actually be considered very close friends with each other. Yuan Su was surprised when she saw Di Qing holding a child in her arms.
"The little lass is really beautiful, what's her name? Di Qing, it's been a long time since we last met too."
Yuan Su took Qing Nuo in her arms. The two ladies were especially happy to meet each other again. Qing Shui wasn't sure of what had happened when Yuan Su returned home but he could tell that things went pretty well for her from the look on her face. She seemed to be a lot better now.
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AST 1400 –Long Process Of Moving, Setting Up the Home in Dancing Phoenix Continent's Capital, Grade Five Elements divine Flag
Yuan Su stayed at Qing Clan for half a day before returning with him back to the Dancing Phoenix Continent. However, this time around, they passed by the Yehuang Country and thus he went to take a look at Soulsearch’s place. There was also an Imperial Cuisine Hall here.
The Nine Continents Boots had already increased by another grade. Right now, it took very little time for him to head from the Dancing Phoenix Continent’s capital to the Yehuang Country. The Imperial Cuisine Hall was as prosperous as ever and there were no differences from before.
Yao Qubing had already become a physician here but didn’t enjoy the 10% profit. When he saw that Qing Shui and Yuan Su had came, Yao Qubing respectfully greeted Qing Shui and Yuan Su, “Sir, Miss, you’ve come! I’ll go inform Physician Soulsearch.”
Yao Qubing sounded very surprised and he quickly ran upstairs.
Yao Qubing’s temperament had changed. Although he was a concubine’s son in Yao Clan previously with no status, it didn’t stop him from being arrogant. This was an arrogance that exuded from deep within him. It had no relations to his background but was from his medical skills.
He felt that other than medical skills, he didn’t have any other things. However, he hadn’t expected to meet Qing Shui, Soulsearch and Yuan Su. Each of them were all better than him and it was a huge setback for him.
From that moment onward, starting from the doing the odd chores at the Imperial Cuisine Hall, his life started to change and the air of arrogance on him disappeared
Everyone had pride and arrogance in them but these weren’t things to be brought out for display. In Qing Shui’s previous life, he had heard of a saying that a person mustn’t have an air of arrogance but must have pride deep from within.
Take aristocrats for example. It took more than dressing up in good clothes and conducting oneself in a certain manner to make one an aristocrat. One’s disposition was important. Even if one was so poor that he couldn’t afford a meal, he was still an aristocrat. It was an air of dignity coming from them. It took more than three generations to nurture an aristocrat.
The same went for the pride one felt from deep within!
He had learned a lot of things from the Imperial Cuisine Hall and staying here was the best decision he had made in his life. Staying here would change his life forever.
Now, he could stay in his position very calmly and felt very happy even if he was not given any payment. Another thing was that Yao Clan gradually didn’t hold as high a status in his heart anymore.
In the past, he wondered what he could get from Yao Clan and he also thought of the possibility of returning to Yao Clan. However, right now, he no longer cared for wealth and riches. Even if he didn’t have any money now, he felt that he had no lack of money and didn’t like money as much as he did in the past.
This was a raise in one’s realm with the improvement of one’s strength. This was a raise of one’s vision.
“Brother has come? Come, let’s go together!”Soulsearch happily said to Yao Qubing.
Soulsearch treated him very well. To Yao Qubing, Soulsearch was his teacher.
Teachers received great respect. Most importantly, Soulsearch had shared 20% of the 10% profit he was allocated with Yao Qubing.
Soulsearch knew that it was impossible for Qing Shui to give Yao Qubing any more things for now. Although the Imperial Cuisine Hall here was his, Soulsearch would only take 10% of the profits. After all, they still needed Qing Shui’s help to get rare spices and other things like that.
He knew well that there wasn’t a need to be so rigid between himself and Qing Shui. In his heart, everything here was given to him by Qing Shui. His medical skills wouldn’t have reached such heights if he hadn’t met Qing Shui.
“Brother, I thought that you’d already forgotten about me. You haven’t come for such a long time.”When Soulsearch saw Qing Shui, he said happily, giving him a hug.
“How could that be? Come, let’s go up and have a chat.”
“We heard about the matters in the continent’s capital as well,”Soulsearch said happily.
“Brother, there are many things to attend to in the continent’s capital and I’ll be running around in the future. Therefore, I still need your help to search for some powerful physicians or physicians with potential,”Qing Shui gave it some thought and said, smiling.
“Don’t worry about it. Mmm, right. Qubing can already be independent now,”Soulsearch smiled and said.
“The Imperial Cuisine Hall here belongs to you. The profits are all yours as well. Let Qubing stay here. You can also find some other physicians who aren’t bad.”Qing Shui gad also gotten quite a lot of benefits from here.
“That won’t do. I’ll only take 10% of the profits. If I were to take all of them, you’d have to throw in a large amount of capital. Those things you bring can’t be purchased with money,”Soulsearch didn’t even give it a second thought and said.
“Alright, then we’ll each take half. If you don’t agree, then we can’t be brothers anymore,”Qing Shui gave it some thought and said.
Soulsearch wanted to say more but eventually only nodded helplessly.
“Brother, we’ll return to the continent’s capital first.”He handed an interspatial silk sachet to Soulsearch. There were all sorts of things inside.
Qing Shui and Yuan Su headed for the continent’s capital with the Nine Continents Steps. He had given a sufficient amount of the profits to Soulsearch and would leave it to him to decide how much to give Yao Qubing. Soulsearch would definitely let Yao Qubing stay in the Imperial Cuisine Hall and if Yao Qubing wasn’t a fool, he wouldn’t leave either.
“Qing Shui, after the Imperial Cuisine Hall in the continent’s capital is open, are you planning to give the Imperial Cuisine Hall branch to the people you meet when you set a new one up in a different place?”As they rode on the Fire Bird to fly in the direction of the continent’s capital, Yuan Su asked curiously.
“In the past, I only thought that I would open an Imperial Cuisine Hall at the Yehuang Country but it’s good like this as well for there to be more Imperial Cuisine Hall branches. It’s a pity that powerful physicians are hard to find.”
Another reason that Qing Shui would take the Imperial Cuisine Hall in the continent’s capital as the headquarters was because the continent’s capital was very prosperous. There were also two powerful experts helping to guard the place.
Moreover, he also had good relationships with those supreme aristocratic clans and powers. The Cloud Flutter Organization and Linghu Clan were definitely considered Qing Shui’s friends. Even though the Linghu Clan belonged to the Phoenix Dance Organization, the latter wouldn’t come to seek trouble. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have gifted him with things.
The more he dragged things out, the more things would be to his advantage. In the chat he had with the Phoenix Dance Organization previously, Qing Shui had made himself clear that he had no intention of making enemies, nor did he plan on unifying a continent. Therefore, there wasn’t a need to view him as an enemy. He was just a passerby.
After saying this, the people from Qing Clan would face less danger in the future. If others knew that Qing Shui would be bringing his family members here, they would all be willing to protect the safety of Qing Clan. This showed that Qing Shui was willing to lead a safe life here. Otherwise, he wouldn’t be bringing his family. A person like Qing Shui was the best. No one would be able to do anything to him.
“My family may be coming to the continent’s capital after some time. The Imperial Cuisine Hall here will be Qing Clan’s foundation. I’ll have to rely on you for this. You’ll be the only physician here. You should also keep a lookout to see if there are suitable people to help you.”Qing Shui looked at Yuan Su and smiled.
This made their relationship very clear, at least, Qing Shui’s attitude. This place would be a foundation for Qing Clan and Yuan Su would be taking up an important position here.
“Mmm, I will. You’re going to leave again?”Yuan Su said, a little depressed.
“I have the Nine Continents Boots. It’ll be very easy for me to come back.”
It was easy to bring someone back but he would need time. He could only bring one person each month. He would have to take a very long amount of time in total. Therefore, Qing Shui hoped to bring some of them over first.
Time passed by and a large part of the year went by. During this period of time, nine people had came to the Dancing Phoenix Continent. Luan Luan, Yuchang, Qing You, Qing Bei, Qing Hu, Yu He, Hai Dongqing, Mu Qing, Chi Ao!
The continent’s capital was very lively now. Not only had Qing Shui guided them, the two old men also helped Qing Shui to guide them in their martial arts. This allowed them to progress at a tremendous rate.
The medicinal pills and spiritual Qi here were very sufficient and Qing Shui was here all the time.
The Golden Scaled Dragon Elephant still hadn’t gone through a breakthrough. It was still just a little bit away. During this period of time, Qing Shui’s strength had also risen by a lot. The Fire Bird’s abilities had been stabilized and its strength had increased a lot as well. Its battle prowess was even more terrifying than before.
Qing Luo and the others also started to accept this. Qing Shui told them that he wouldn’t have to worry about them if they were to head over. He would be better able to move forward. They eventually agreed.
Qing Shui planned to let Canghai Mingyue, Huoyun Liu-Li and the other ladies come. However, it was harder for them to be 30 days apart from their young children. After so many months had passed, the children had grown up a lot. Wenren Wu-shuang’s and Di Qing’s children were still a little too young and thus the plan to bring them over could only be delayed.
On this day, Yehuang Guwu told Qing Shui that her Five Elements divine Flag could also bring one person with her. However, her location was set in the Soaring Dragon Continent. Therefore, this would have to be put aside for now. Qing Shui wasn’t anxious either. He had a lot of time to take it slow.
During this period of time, Yuan Su had found a physician. It was an old man who had retired for a very long time. He had not been able to treat his own condition and his internal organs had all shifted. He had been trying to heal himself but wasn’t able to do so with success.
Yuan Su healed his condition and it was only then that he agreed to join the Imperial Cuisine Hall. He had a strong understanding of medicinal herbs and pills. The old man’s clan was also very powerful. It was the Shen Clan in the continent’s capital.
Shen Clan was a great clan in the continent’s capital and they usually kept a low profile. However, people who were familiar with them would know that they were very strong. No one would usually offend clans which were powerful and kept a low profile. Shen Clan didn’t participate in fights and didn’t get close with other powers. They were just like ordinary people.
Shen Clan had many different businesses but their main ones were dealings with medicinal herbs and pills.
This old man had a high status in Shen Clan. Although he wasn’t the clan’s head, he wouldn’t lose out much to the clan’s head. After all, the old man was a brilliant existence in medicine.
With this, Qing Clan and Shen Clan got a lot closer as well. Right now, the powerful forces in the continent’s capital all knew of Qing Clan. It was a clan which kept as low a profile as Shen Clan but wasn’t able to hide their glow.
In the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal, Qing Shui heard the Five Elements divine Flag let out a crisp sound when he was tempering it. He agitatedly looked toward it and smiled. It had finally made it.
Five Elements divine Flags (Husband)!
Grade five, can set three locations on the map. User can head to each position once each month.
It was still at three locations. There were no changes.
With the experience from the previous time, Qing Shui directly read on to the other abilities.
Other than the teleportation ability between the husband and wife Five Elements divine Flags, user could bring along two people with him. When bringing someone else along, one wasn’t able to use the husband and wife teleportation function.
He could now bring two people. Qing Shui smiled. He could now save a lot more time.
Raising the grade of the Five Elements divine Flag took about a year. It was still considered good. However, it wasn’t considered a short amount of time. After all, Qing Shui had the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal.
Another thing was Yehuang Guwu. Her Five Elements divine Flag couldn’t upgrade so fast initially. However, due to the relationship between the husband and wife flag, their gaps couldn’t be too big. Therefore, Qing Shui’s progress was limited a little. Yehuang Guwu’s Five Elements divine Flag on the other hand progressed a lot faster.