AST 1720 - Watermoon Cavern Was Here
Not just Qing Shui’s demonic beasts, the demonic beasts of the Mistresses had also achieved massive breakthroughs. Yiye Jiange’s Nine-Headed Crystal Beast, Muyun Qingge’s White Jade Dragon, and Qing Hanye’s Greencloud Titan Ox, to be exact.
Qing Shui was taken aback when he first looked at this ox. It was an Ancient Mutated species. In the legends, it had the bloodline of the Divine Beast Azure Ox. This ox appeared bold and powerful, with a gigantic body. Its enormous horns were a hundred times more ferocious than the ones involved in bullfighting in the past life.
Standing tall on green clouds, its skin was green-colored as well and pleasing to the eye. It mastered the wood attribute abilities and had extreme resistance power regarding the Five Elements.
The White Jade Dragon belonged to the dragon species. Not only did its strength stabilize, there were subtle changes in its bloodline as well. It had great strength improvement, almost comparable to the Mistresses except for Qing Hanye.
A lot of things had changed within two months. Qing Shui felt much relaxed now. He owned a lot of demonic beasts and yet, only these few demonic beasts would come in handy for the time being. The others might not be put to good use for a while.
Qing Shui thought that it was adequate to have only these select few demonic beasts. He had the powerful output, strong control, and even the life-saving Marrow Nibbling Golden Dragon Silkworm. He was afraid of nobody.
Qing Shui was wondering if he had any idea of his own limitations. Since his strength had improved and his demonic beasts grew even stronger, he had no fear anymore. Perhaps, there might still be a lot of stronger forces from somewhere unknown.
Nevertheless, he enjoyed the current satisfaction, the satisfaction which came from his probable ignorance. He was feeling good and satisfied.
A man’s advancement was through constantly alternating dissatisfaction and little contentment. Blind dissatisfaction would upset a man but at the same time, improvement would be hindered if one was always happily contented. Going beyond limit was as bad as falling short. Everything was at its best when it was appropriate. A man shouldn’t have an excessive pursuit of perfection. The beauty only existed when there was deformity.
These days, Qing Shui spent his time taking care of his little one longer than usual. He was more than willing to enjoy such a family bliss. Since Yiye Jiange needed to practice her skills, he offered to babysit throughout the day. After all, he didn’t really do day-time training. Instead, he watched the Mistresses train while caring for his child.
During his spare time, Qing Shui indulged in painting and drawing. He would paint a portrait of his son almost every day. Unfortunately, it only remained at the current level.
He painted his family members as well. Looking at his painting ability, Qing Shui reckoned it would be universally shocking if he owned such skills in the past life.
It had been a long time since Qing Shui last visited the Northern Ocean. He only visited the Linhai City once halfway, when Tantai Lingyan and Qin Qing were absent. It seemed like they were doing fine in the Demon Lord Palace.
The couple, Lan Lingfeng and Yin Tong, were still in the Imperial Cuisine Hall of Linhai city together with Tianyi and the rest. There wasn’t much difference here after Qing Shui left, though Qing Shui’s presence was important and had caused a stir in the old days. Things would fade as time went by. The world wouldn’t end for no one, regardless of how powerful he was.
Lan Lingfeng and Yin Tong went through training most of the times besides taking care of Yu Niang’s family and maintaining the normal operation of the Imperial Cuisine Hall. Qing Shui taught Tianyi a lot of things. Formerly, he was able to be independent and take charge of a section. Now, he was a model of the Miraculous Physician.
It was a simple yet fulfilling lifestyle lately for Qing Shui. However, he also had various feelings because he had been away from his family and women most of the times. He missed them so much that he felt a bit uneasy.
A man should be ambitious and full of aspirations. Qing Shui didn't have far-reaching goals. All that he had today was simply built slowly out of desperate situations. He wasn't really ambitious and didn't have much desire to control others.
For two months, Qing Shui didn't get any explanations from Xu Clan about the sneak attack. He reckoned it was the Wavemoon Cavern since he hadn't made a lot of enemies here.
Apart from that, the one who confused the man’s wisdom remained unknown. The man was probably dead by now as Xu Clan failed to detect the actual murderer. Still, they wouldn’t let go of the person who killed their member directly so easily.
One day, while Qing Shui took Qing Xiu for a walk in the yard, a few men from the Dragonwolf Palace came and requested their Palace Mistress to return. The Watermoon Cavern had sent their men, according to them.
Qing Shui was startled when he heard the news. The Watermoon Cavern had come even though there was almost a whole year to go and it had only been three months.
The variation in affairs was beyond expectations. After a while, Qing Hanye showed up. She was worried as she understood the situation but she couldn’t avoid it nor refuse to return. Moreover, she couldn’t abandon her master there.
Staring at Qing Shui, she looked upset.
“Let’s go. I’d go along with you to see what kind of men the Watermoon Cavern had sent.” Qing Shui, looking casual at the moment.
Qing Hanye felt slightly relieved after seeing Qing Shui being so relaxed. He had a magical charm that made everything seemed effortless with his presence. Things would fall into places naturally.
“Do you really want to go?” Qing Hanye asked Qing Shui after a brief thought.
Qing Shui nodded. He couldn’t state it too corny or act too intimately as there were others around. Qing Hanye felt his intent from Qing Shui’s eyes and blushed.
Sunset Palace Mistress and other Mistresses wanted to go as well but Qing Shui made them stay, considering that Qing Xiu was still young. It was sufficient for him to visit the Dragonwolf Palace alone.
The Mistresses knew Qing Shui’s personality well. His every decision was his final word, especially in such matter. Hence, they didn’t say much except reminding them to be careful.
“Are you sure?” It was the third time that Qing Hanye had asked the question along the journey.
“You really do not have any faith in your man, do you?” Qing Shui was left speechless. It was logical since they didn’t know his guiding ability.
“Jiange and the rest cannot live without you.” Qing Hanye said in slight agony.
“Hence I’ll be fine, don’t worry. I won’t blindly fight to the death. I must have certain confidence in the fact that I had the courage to come.”
“If you didn’t have any confidence, would you not have come then?” Qing Hanye asked, grasping the slightest mistake in his words.
“I’d have to create confidence if I don’t have it. When there’s a will, there’s a way. I can work my brains out for you. There’s nothing that can defeat us.” Qing Shui sounded vague.
Qing Shui felt something was fishy once stepping into the Eastern peak Dragonwolf Palace. There were obviously people who weren’t from Dragonwolf Palace. These men appeared arrogant, as if they’re more superior in the Dragonwolf Palace.
Seeing such situation, Qing Hanye’s expression was unpleasant. What men did the Watermoon Cavern send? How come there were so many of them? She had met more than 300 of them along the way and they were all really good.