Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 645-646
AST 645 –Completing Di Chen’s Wish (2)
Qing Shui smiled and sat to Di Chen's left while Di Qing sat to her right. Even now, Di Qing was a bit perturbed. With the atmosphere, no one had much appetite towards their meals.
“Fa…father, please eat!”Di Chen stood up, passing a bowl and a set of chopsticks towards Di Xuan with both hands.
Di Xuan stood up, his face filled with a surprised smile. However, he could not hold back the tears from his eyes.
“Daughter…Haha…Chen`er is willing to accept this old man…”
Di Xuan was now indescribably happy. He knew that Di Chen had been stubborn since she was young and after he was forced to send her to the Residence of the Sky Tyrant Lord, he had never expected this day to come…
Di Xuan anxiously received the bowl and chopsticks Di Chen handed him. This could be considered a small ceremony where the father and daughter recognized each other. When the others saw this scene, they all broke into happy grins.
“Chen`er, it’s been hard on you all these years. Your father has been useless.”Thinking about this matter, Di Xuan felt that if he had been strong enough, no matter whether it had been Old Man Ba or anyone else he had brought to raise this request, he would have had the power to refuse.
“Father, daughter knows that you have done your best. It wasn’t easy for you either to be supporting such a big clan. Your daughter understands.”Di Chen smiled, casting a glance at Qing Shui, the warmth in her eyes intoxicating.
“Haha, today is the happiest day for me, Di Xuan. I wasn’t present during your wedding with Qing Shui. Since my daughter has now married, I must present a gift.”Di Xuan said happily before giving the matter some thought.
“Chen`er, I know. You don’t have to say anything. How about this? Since you’re already married, Qing Shui might not be that willing to stay here. I’ll give the manor on Starmoon Street to the two of you as your dowry. I’ll let them send the rest of the stuff to the manor for you.”Di Xuan interrupted Di Chen and said, smiling.
Di Chen smiled and did not say anything. She understood her father’s feelings and even the others were all smiling very happily. No one felt unhappy that Di Xuan had given out the Di Clan’s best manor. On the contrary, they all felt that it was the best decision.
This was Di Xuan’s native home, and the Di Clan’s descendents who had not yet gotten married would all stay here. Other than this place, the Di Clan also owned a few other manors which would be given out to the daughters and sons upon their marriage even if they chose not to stay there. There would also be manors set aside for the sons and daughters of those couples in the future.
For a clan like the Di Clan, there was no shortages of manors. Even with everyone in the entire Di Clan, there was still plenty of space. Therefore, after Di Fentian had gotten married, he had stayed here all this time.
Everyone in Seven Stars Country knew that the Starmoon Street within the Seven Stars City was the top street where rich merchants, reputable clans and sects stayed. All the businesses there were greatly prosperous and everything there was nothing but the best.
“Then daughter shall thank father for the gift.”Di Chen said happily.
She knew that this gesture was Di Xuan’s kind intention and had no ulterior meaning behind it. Qing Shui stayed next to her, not saying a word. He understood Di Chen’s feelings. Although Qing Shui agreed that love could not be measured by money, many people hoped that they would be wealthy and powerful. It was just like in his previous life: although filial piety could not be measured by money, people who were rich would be able to afford the best doctors and the best hospitals if their parents became sick. Those who were poorer would only be able to watch as their parents passed away. Very often, there was no absolute to how things were.
These kind of gestures could be used to express one’s feelings and intentions, even if other methods might be equally effective.
The lady beside Di Xuan smiled and stood up, passing a phoenix hairpin to Di Chen. “This is your mother’s memento. Before she passed away, she told me to give this to you when you get married. Although it is a bit late, I’ll give it to you now.”
“Thank you Aunt Ning!”
Di Chen received it carefully as she said her thanks, a hint of nostalgia flashed past her face. She missed her mother a lot. Sometimes, when she think about her, her heart would ache a lot. She had yearned to be able to meet that lady she called mother.
Qing Shui grabbed Di Chen’s hand softly, not saying a word, only letting her sense his existence.
Di Chen nodded at Qing Shui as she kept the phoenix hairpin, revealing a relaxed smile on her face.
Di Xuan cast Qing Shui a thankful look. He was a clever guy, and knew that the reason for his daughter’s acceptance of him was thanks to Qing Shui, even if hadn't said a word. It was because this man was the most precious existence in his daughter's heart.
Afterwards, everyone’s appetite got better. Members of the Di Clan’s younger generation kept toasting Qing Shui as well. Having a younger brother-in-law like him was something to be really happy about.
The meal lasted late into the night and the atmosphere was quite good. This group of people on Di Xuan’s side was not numerous, but everyone shared close-knit relationship. This was what true family was like.
Qing Shui and Di Chen left the hall and headed for the room that was arranged for them!
Qing Shui held Di Chen’s hand very naturally. However, he was still feeling a little agitated and speechless. He did not know if it was because he felt inferior or if was because Di Chen was so charming.
Di Chen occasionally smiled and looked at Qing Shui, a faint smile hanging on her face. In this moment, her smile appeared a little different from usual.
Qing Shui knew that the weight on Di Chen’s heart had lifted. His promise to bring her back to the Di Clan was now considered fulfilled and there was one less thing for him to worry about now.
“I still want to thank you!”
Di Chen grabbed Qing Shui’s two hands and said, smiling. Maybe she was really afraid that Qing Shui would whack her butt.
When Qing Shui saw that Di Chen had such a cute side, he could not help but smile, which made Di Chen blush, “Stop smiling!”
“Alright, alright, I’ll stop, I’ll stop! Chen`er, you really don’t take your husband’s word seriously! Tell me, how should I punish you?”Although Qing Shui had said that he would not smile, he still had a light smile on. It was because, during such times, the cute expression shown by a lady like Di Chen was especially beautiful, causing Qing Shui to not help but want to tease her.
“You’re not allowed to hit me…”Di Chen smiled.
Qing Shui pulled her hands behind him and then moved her into his arms. This time around, their faces were less than an inch apart.
Although Di Chen wanted to dodge, she was being held on by Qing Shui and was unable to step back.
“Give me a kiss as your punishment, what do you think?”Qing Shui felt that this moment was especially beautiful. The feeling was indescribable.
“Then how about I kiss you?”
“Then do you think I should whack you on the butt or give you a kiss?”Qing Shui smiled and said, once again bringing his face in closer, touching the tip of Di Chen’s beautiful nose with his own.
Qing Shui had never dreamed of making a lady who was so much like a goddess appear so embarrassed. Now, he felt that he was loving this lady more and more.
This was what true love between men and women felt like.
“Qing Shui, stop fooling around.”Di Chen said softly, as her clear breath fell on Qing Shui’s face.
Qing Shui gave a soft peck on Di Chen’s nose and then put her hands back in front, “Alright, let’s go back and rest.”
“Alright!”Di Chen planted a light kiss on Qing Shui’s face as she replied.
This time around, Qing Shui and Di Chen spent a night together, but with Qing Shui in the living room. Qing Shui didn’t force himself on Di Chen, and had never thought of doing so. He knew that nature would run its course.
The next day!
“Qing Shui, let’s head to Starmoon Street together to see if you find the house satisfactory.”Di Fentian said as he looked at Qing Shui and Di Chen. Di Fenxing and Di Qing were there as well.
Qing Shui agreed. Di Chen’s wish had been fulfilled and he would feel very uncomfortable continuing to stay in the Di Clan like this. Qing Shui planned to stay in this city for quite a while.
Taking the beast cart specially used by the Di Clan, they headed for Starmoon Street.
The Starmoon Street was said to be the street where one could see the most stars in the Seven Stars Country, which is how it received its name. It was easily the busiest street at night.
Many people would be here at night to view the scenery of the visible stars and moon.
The Starmoon Street was not that far from Di Clan, but it still took them about an hour travelling on the beast cart.
Only when he stood before the manor did Qing Shui realize that the manor's location was really good. It was in the central area of Starmoon Street, where the street was the widest. One could consider the manor to take up quite a big space in the area.
The wide door showed the owner’s majestic disposition and there were two huge stone beasts placed at the entrance. What astonished Qing Shui was that the purple-colored signboard above the door wrote the word ‘Qing’.
Qing Shui then walked in to see that the manor was well furnished with artificial mountains, water, and rocks. Qing Shui did not feel much about these furnishings. If he was interested, it wouldn't have been hard for him to get such hands on a similar manor.
However, this manor was still considered to be quite luxurious and it was the great location made it tremendously valuable. The pavilion building in the manor was made from top quality materials and had a great design. Anyone could tell with a look that it had been the work of a great artist.
He met a few men and women on the way, some middle-aged and others young. They were in-charge of cleaning up the place and doing gardening work.
The structure of the pavilion building was similar to the other buildings, but was much more luxurious-looking. In the future, this would be a place he could stop by if he were to come to the Seven Stars Country. This was home to him and Di Chen.
“Qing Shui, shouldn’t you leave a place for me to stay here?”Di Qing was walking next to Di Chen and turned to Qing Shui.
“You can stay at wherever you'd like…”
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AST 646 –The Violent Undercurrent (1)
"Just live in whichever one you prefer……"
"You sounded so annoyed when you were saying it. Fine! I'll make sure I knock on the door before entering your room next time!"Di Qing winked at Qing Shui and acted miserable in front of him.
Qing Shui was speechless. It felt as if this woman couldn't live a day without teasing him. Before he became familiar with her, he used to think that she was an unapproachable and defiant woman.
Now that he got to know her well, one thing Qing Shui was clear about was that she was a troublesome woman. He wasn't certain on whether she was still the defiant woman he thought she was but one thing that's for sure was that she no longer behaved as her defiant-self when she was in front of Qing Shui. And ever since, her arrows have always been pointed towards him.
Qing Shui didn't know if it was because he called her a stupid woman last time but he suspected that it was the reason behind why she started behaving like this and began to regret it. No wonder people always said that it's hard to live with nasty people and women. One should never offend a woman even if it meant offending a nasty person. From this statement, we could tell just how terrifying a woman could be.
From an outsider's perspective, one would think that Qing Shui was a really happy man. Unfortunately, Qing Shui didn't have the time to crack his head over these matters.
They were quite loud when they were speaking. Hence, the people around them were all able to hear what they said. Aside from Di Fentian, no one actually paid much attention to it. Di Fentian had a weird expression. He first looked at Qing Shui, then Di Qing before moving on to Di Chen. But very quickly, his expression went back to normal.
There were around seven to eight pavilion buildings of different sizes here. Aside from that, there were also four pavilions and three warehouses. Additionally, it also had three fake mountains, a few plants and trees, ponds and an arched bridge around it.
Since they have had nothing to do, they decided to stroll around the pavilion building. The place was totally new. Everything was bought and setup yesterday. There was not even the slightest trace of dust within it.
"Young Lady Qing!"
Qing Shui called out to Di Qing after seeing all of the furniture and decorations in her room.
"You need to call me elder sister!"
"Qing`Er, be more polite! He is your elder sister's husband." Di Fentian gently reprimanded Di Qing. Even though it looked like he was rebuking her, he didn't seem like he truly meant to do so. It's a mere formality. After all, Di Chen was Di Qing's elder sister.
"Well, he isn't older than me!"
"Chen`Er is your sister. It's not respectful to your elder sister to do so." Even though Di Fentian wasn't rebuking Di Qing, he took this matter quite seriously.
"Brother Tian! Don't be so serious over such small matter! It's just a form of address." Qing Shui quickly intervened.
Di Qing ran far away into the distance as soon as she finished speaking. Anyone would be able to tell that she was angry. Qing Shui smiled bitterly. He knew that this all happened because of him. If he was not here, then none of these would happen.
"Qing Shui, go take a look at Qing`er! Try to comfort her!" Di Chen smiled and pushed Qing Shui.
Qing Shui was stunned. After that, he went to where Di Qing was in confusion. He was a bit lost on what he should do. After thinking for a while, he thought that everything should turn out fine after he comforted her.
Very quickly, Qing Shui had already disappeared from everyone's sight while rushing in the direction Di Qing went.
"Chen`Er, what are you doing? Do you not know that Qing`Er might be attracted to Qing Shui as well?" Di Fentian confessed his thought after thinking for a while. He stared at Di Chen with a puzzled look.
"I know, it’s not like I can stop things like this. Why not go with the flow? Perhaps, things aren’t as bad as we thought." Di Chen looked at Di Fentian with a smile.
"I am someone who has experience in these kinds of things. Chen`Er, you and Qing Shui are already husband and wife. Can’t you see through Qing`Er's scheme? Judging by her personality, if it isn’t because you are her sister, she would have fought over him with you. Qing`Er has always been a competitive person since she was young. Despite this being the case, I’m still a bit worried……"
"What is big brother worried about?" Di Chen smiled.
"Both of my sisters are extreme beauties. Every guy would be attracted to you two. Qing Shui may be able to hold it in for now but I fear that it won’t be for long. Qing`Er is stuck between you two" Di Fentian let out a sigh when he finished speaking.
"Big brother, other than you, no one would actually boast about their own clan members to this extent." Di Chen laughed.
"Father is right, auntie, you and Auntie Qing are indeed the most beautiful ones." Di Xian smiled in joy.
"By the time Xian`Er grows up, she will definitely look even more beautiful than auntie."
"Chen`Er, if things were to really take such a course, have you thought about what would you do?" Di Fentian asked in concern. He didn’t want unhappy things to happen between his two sisters.
"Big brother, I know what you are worried about. Don’t worry about it, I’m sure things would not turn out the way you imagine them to." Di Chen responded calmly.
Di Fentian felt more relieved after hearing her response. As long as Di Chen was sure that things could go on like this, everything would be fine. This actually meant that she had already come up with a way to solve it. That’s why she told him to not worry over it.
By the time Qing Shui caught up to Di Qing, he was already in the backyard. Di Qing was standing by the side of the lake in the backyard staring at the fish swimming in it.
"What’s wrong, why are you looking so unhappy? I’ll let you hit me to make you feel better."Qing Shui approached Di Qing. He didn’t really know how he should comfort her.
"You always bully me." Di Qing turned around and looked at Qing Shui with a sad expression. Even though she didn’t cry, it made people feel as if she just went through something really tragic.
"Alright alright, it’s all my fault." Qing Shui feared this kind of scene he most. Since she wasn’t his woman, it’s inconvenient for him to comfort her.
"Well, do you like me addressing you as brother-in-law?" Di Qing looked at Qing Shui and asked out of the blue.
"It’s just a form of address… It’s the same whatever you call me….." Qing Shui answered her without much thought.
When Di Qing heard Qing Shui's words, a depressed look flashed across her face. But very quickly, it went back to normal. After a while, she asked: "Do you hate me?"
"Why do you ask?" Qing Shui was truly lost with what she was thinking.
"You have called me a stupid woman before. Is it because I am annoying?"
Qing Shui smiled bitterly. Women were indeed the unquestioned champions when it came to being vengeful. Qing Shui answered reluctantly: "at that time, I didn’t mean it to….."
"Then am I stupid……"
"You should die!" Di Qing hit Qing Shui softly and smiled. At that instant, the look that she had on her was extremely beautiful. Qing Shui felt that the damage that could potentially be caused by her level of beauty was nothing inferior to a divine artifact.
"I’m… really that stupid……" After hitting Qing Shui, Di Qing looked at him with a miserable look.
"Why have you become so unsure of yourself all of a sudden? The first time I met you, you were like a crescent moon in the sky, within my sight yet far away from my reach. You were as arrogant as a fairy. Look at you now, you're no different than a little girl. Come, wipe off your tears and stop crying……" as soon as Qing Shui saw her smile, he felt relieved. After that, he conveniently teased her.
"Go die! I have told you before, I will only address you as my brother-in-law after you become a person who could topple over the entire World of the Nine Continents." Di Qing looked back at Qing Shui and said loudly.
"If that’s the case, I fear that you may not be able to call me your brother-in-law forever. You only have one elder sister, wouldn’t you find it saddening that you aren't even able to call me your brother-in-law?"
At present, the atmosphere in the surrounding was really relaxed. The things that they said sounded just like they were joking with each other.
Di Qing seemed like she wanted to say something. But eventually, she clenched her teeth and didn’t say any of it. Qing Shui was also fine with that. After all, every time she made this kind of expression, the things that she said to him were usually things which would be hard to respond to.
By the time Qing Shui and Di Qing returned to the front yard. Everyone could see them smiling. Di Qing however rolled her eyes at Di Fentian. This made Di Fentian feel a bit helpless.
"Hahaha, it’s such a coincidence. So which brothers of mine from Di Clan have migrated here?"
At this moment, a group of people entered the courtyard. At present they were already quite close to them. The voice sounded really sturdy and calm.
Qing Shui and the people from Di Clan turned around. The first things which came to Qing Shui's side were four people. The person who spoke was most likely a man who was slightly younger than Di Fentian yet older than Di Fenxing. He was half a head taller than Qing Shui. He had the back of a tiger and a waist which resembled that of a bear. He looked really handsome and had a pair of bright eyes. Even the simplest kind of warrior attire looked really good on him.
"Sima Mingyan, why are you here?"
To everyone’s surprise, Di Qing was the first person to open up her mouth and speak. Qing Shui looked at Di Qing's expression before moving on to observe others. He felt as if he has found out about something.
"I have heard rumors saying that you're really close with this man. Qing`Er, which part of me isn’t good enough for you? I’ll change, is that ok?" The man immediately changed his expression and begged her.
Qing Shui looked at Di Fentian in confusion. When he saw Di Fentian smile back at him, he finally realized that Sima Mingyan was someone who liked Di Qing. Since his surname was Sima, he should be someone from Sima Clan. Qing Shui knew that even though Sima Clan wasn’t among one of the Seven Stars, it was not inferior to them. Seeing as Di Fentian smiled bitterly, Qing Shui felt the Di Clan wasn’t really keen on offending Sima Clan.
Qing Shui remained silent. Even though this stuff looked really stupid, it happened quite often. There weren’t many people as pretty as Di Qing in Seven Stars Country. If she wasn’t born in Di Clan, she would most likely have been taken in by other men to be their personal property. At present, because of her status as a Di Clan member and the protection that came with it, it made a lot of men stop dreaming. As for the clans which were almost equal to Di Clan, it’s very unlikely that their disciples wouldn’t want to marry someone who was as pretty and popular as her."
"Is it of your concern that who I’m close with? What does you changing have to do with me? Stop annoying me." Di Qing looked at Sima Huoyu in disgust.
To Qing Shui's surprise, Sima Huoyu wasn't in the least embarrassed even after being scolded by Di Qing in front of so many people. He was still just like before, looking at Di Qing with his eyes wide-opened.
"Qing`Er! I really love you. In order to pursue you, I abandoned my wife and son. Tell me, who else will love you as much as I do? I love only you!" Currently, in Sima Mingyan's eyes, there was only Di Qing.
There were people like this everywhere. What Qing Shui was truly upset with was that this man seemed like he was truly possessed by a demon. To think that he would actually abandon his own wife and children…… Does he not know that these kind of actions would only lower his points with her? Where did he get the guts to say it so arrogantly? Was he just that lustful or has he truly went crazy as a result of his obssession?
"Do you know what kind of people I hate the most?" Di Qing asked calmly.
"What kind of people?" At this moment, Sima Mingyan responded nervously.
"The kind of people who discard others after making use of them. These kinds of people are inhuman. Which girl would dare to follow someone like you? You are never satisfied with what you have. Undoubtedly, I would also have to suffer the fate of being abandoned by you when I'm old." Di Qing answered him without holding back.
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