AST 1824 - Tantai Lingyan's Epiphany
They instantly arrived at the Divine Cave that was in the Ice Ocean Domain. This wasn't the first time Yiye Jiange had traveled in this manner between Qing Clan and the North Sea. Qin Qing had experienced it before and Tantai Lingyan wasn't a person who would be easily taken by surprise.
This method saved them a lot of time. The Divine Cave was exactly the same as when they had left back then. It was clean and everything was in abundance. Moreover, there was a kind of natural elegance about the cave. Previously, Qing Shui had set up a restriction here and thus this place was a residence for Qing Shui and the ladies.
Back then, when the Sea King Palace hadn't moved off, Qing Shui had stayed here. Thinking back, over ten years had passed and it had been a very long time since he had lived here. However, this place was a very important location for Qing Shui to move between the Dancing Phoenix Continent and the Haohan Continent. Without this place, Qing Shui would need to spend a lot of time on his travel.
This place was right next to the Linhai City and wasn't that far away from the Great Qin Dynasty either. It was the entrance to the Northern Sea City and was only one step away from the place. The Sunset Sea King Palace, Dragonwolf Palace...
Thinking about it, Qing Shui realized that he had gotten himself involved with quite a number of powerhouses. There was also the Divine Moon Immortal Sect...
Qing Shui didn't plan on staying here either. It had been some time and he should go to the Sunset Sea King Palace to check if they were fine. Therefore, he brought the group along with him and used the Nine Continents Step.
Tantai Lingyan and Qin Qing also went along to the Sunset Sea King Palace. The moment they entered, the few ladies came out, Qing Hanye included. Seeing that they were all fine, Qing Shui was relieved.
Luo Qingcheng seemed to be in a better condition now. They said that when one managed to survive an ordeal, they'd be able to enjoy great fortune. There was some sort of sense to this saying. However, Qing Shui wasn't very familiar with the metaphysics. The fact that the good and the evil would each have their just desserts, was related to the law of cause and effect. However, enjoying great fortune after surviving an ordeal seemed to be a change in mentality and character for Qing Shui.
Most people, after experiencing life and death, would go through a huge change in their life. This was especially so in Qing Shui's previous life. For example, if a person were to survive a traffic accident, they would usually have two options after they had recovered. One would live their life freely without any restrictions. They would think that life was too fragile and could be gone at any moment. Therefore, they would let themselves loose.
Another option was to treasure. They would feel that it wasn't easy to get their life back and must treasure it more. They would understand many things and would tend to turn over a new leaf.
However, despite the option one took, they would experience a huge change in their mentality.
It was the same in this world. Although a cultivator's life was spent licking blood off their blades, many cultivators might never get to experience a life or death battle in their entire life. After all, there were too many cultivators and only the true martial arts practitioners would occasionally experience life and death battles.
Luo Qingcheng's mentality had undergone a huge change. Her previous experience with life and death had made her said many things that she didn't wish to, resulting in a promised relationship between her and Qing Shui.
Muyun Qingge and Qing Hanye walked over happily toward Qing Shui, Yiye Jiange, and Qin Qing. They also picked up Qing Xiu happily.
"Did anything happen within this short period of time?" Qing Shui was glad to see that they were fine. No matter how serious things were, things would be fine now. Therefore, he merely asked casually.
"Everything's fine. It hasn't been that long and nothing major has happened."
The ladies then introduced to Tantai Lingyan and Qin Qing. They said that heroes cherished heroes. In fact, it was the same between beauties as well. Moreover, the few ladies were all very strong and were not that far away from each other.
After the few ladies got to know each other, they looked at Qing Shui strangely. They felt that the most beautiful ladies in the world had all gathered around Qing Shui. All of them recognized that they were very beautiful, but when they saw each other, they couldn't say that they were more beautiful than the others.
Qing Shui couldn't compare them either. He couldn't say who was more beautiful than the other, but he knew that he wasn't a devoted man. A man who was devoted would be able to distinguish the most beautiful woman. There were men who would seem as if they had gone crazy if they fell in love with one particular woman. No matter how beautiful other women were, they won't be willing to give them a second glance.
Men like that were devoted. They could be said to be single-minded or dim-witted. Of course, there were also be people who would say that the woman had cast a spell over that man.
Although Qing Shui hadn't been like that in his previous life, he was still considered to be quite devoted. After arriving in this world, he felt that he was still devoted and simple-minded. However, not even demonic beasts would believe him if he were to say that...
At noon, Qing Shui took charge of the cooking while the ladies also helped. They made a sumptuous meal.
"Lingyan, Qing`er, what plans do you guys have? Do you want to stay here?" Qing Shui asked them over the meal.
"I think we better head back to the Imperial Cuisine Hall in a while!" Qin Qing gave it some thought before saying.
This was the world in the ocean and although there wasn't much impact on their lives to live here, both of them still preferred to stay on land. Moreover, the two of them weren't that familiar with the few ladies here either.
Qing Shui merely brought this up. He knew that the chances of them staying wouldn't be high. However, after knowing that they wanted to head to the Imperial Cuisine Hall, Qing Shui nodded. He gave it some thought and said, "You guys must take care of each other and if there are any troubles, do inform one another."
"Don't worry. We know that." Yiye Jiange said softly.
"Mmmm, we know." Qin Qing smiled softly as she looked at Qing Shui. Her gentleness and understanding made Qing Shui very happy.
"I'll go with them to the Imperial Cuisine Hall to take a look. You guys haven't met for very long and can have a good chat. I'll be back after spending some time there." After lunch, Qing Shui said to them before leaving with the two ladies.
"Mmm, be careful on your way."
The Sunset Sea King Palace was very near to the Linhai City and it didn't take them long to arrive.
It was snowing in Linhai City. This wasn't a strange sight. Most areas in the Ice Domain Dynasty faced winter throughout the year. The Linhai City was close to the Ice Ocean Domain. The temperature there was low and there would often be snow.
However, Qing Shui was in a good mood now. He looked at the falling snowflakes, at how the entire place was covered in white and silver. He then looked at the two ladies next to him, Tantai Lingyan especially. There was an indescribable sense of harmony as if they had become a part of the surrounding world.
Qing Shui was increasingly astonished. He suddenly carried Qin Qing and disappeared rapidly before setting up the Nine Palace Formation.
Tantai Lingyan stood in the snow, in a daze. She seemed as if she had lost her consciousness and the forces in her body started to circulate slowly but with a great power. The pure ice-cold auras in the surroundings entered her body through her Baihui Acupoint.
"Has she entered the threshold of transcendence?" Qin Qing looked at Qing Shui and asked.
Earlier on, Qing Shui had grabbed her quickly and left using the Nine Continents Steps. Therefore, when Qin Qing gasped, they were already very far away.
Qing Shui told her to not say a word nor make a sound. He then gave Tantai Lingyan a quiet time to herself, watching quietly from afar.
"She sensed an even stronger Heavenly Dao. However, I have no idea how long she can continue in this state. If the time can be longer, then she'll get greater benefits."