There wasn't a single person in the world who does not know the value of the buerger lespedeza root, Lin Shao thought. Yet, she had just spoken of having a gift of incomparable value to that of a buerger lespedeza root?
Like a hurt lion, he leaped from his seat and exclaimed with a tremor in his voice, "Then perhaps you wouldn’t mind presenting your gift to compare it with mine? We’ll let the guests decide which gift holds greater value!"
Gu Ruoyun smiled and quietly turned her head towards Lan Yuge.
"Yun’er," Lan Yuge smiled softly at her as she lovingly stroked the back of her hand. "No matter what the gift is, as long as it is from you, it will hold the greatest value to me."
Simply put, any gift from Gu Ruoyun which she herself deemed valuable would be most precious to Lan Yuge. No other gift would even come close.
Lin Shao’s expression turned ugly.
Hmph! He thought. I’d like to see what gift this girl had actually brought!
"Don't worry, I won't let you down."
Gu Ruoyun promptly slipped her hand into the collar of her robe and pulled out a string of candy-like green-colored pills. The higher the level of the immortality pill, the more subtle the aura they emit. Only a truly powerful cultivator would be able to sense the energetic frequency of a high-level pill.
In that instant, even members of the Dongfang family who had remained silent out of fear, burst into peals of laughter at the sight of her pills.
"Am I seeing things? Are those candies? Did she actually bring candy as a gift to Mistress Lan’s birthday celebration? Was she trying to coddle a child?"
"I’m going to laugh to death! The gift of incomparable value to the buerger lespedeza root she spoke of… were mere candies? She must be joking!"
The entire hall roared with laughter; some lords even howled to the point of tears! However, none of them noticed that the guests who were ranked at the Martial King level and above were eyeing the string of pills, breathless with excitement.
Lan Yuge, who seemed to have tuned out the noise in the hall, noticed Master Dongfang drooling over the pills. She reached out a pair of trembling hands to take them in case the old man wanted to snatch them away. Then again, obviously, Master Dongfang would not dare to do such a thing.
Suddenly, a loud roar came from outside the banquet hall.
"Hands off the beans!"
Before anyone could react, a flash of white robes was seen and the pills disappeared from Gu Ruoyun’s hands.
The banquet hall fell silent. A white-haired old man stood before them. He stared squarely at the pills, not taking his eyes off them. His expression was exquisite to behold. Seeing the old man’s flushed face, Gu Ruoyun’s face darkened.
"Honorable Sir Tian Qi, what do you think you’re doing?"
The Honorable Sir Tian Qi?
That very name sent a shockwave through the entire hall.
Could it be the Spirit Sect's Honorable Sir Tian Qi?
"That’s right. He's indeed the Honorable Sir Tian Qi. I’ve had the good fortune of meeting him once!"
One by one, excited voices began to pierce through the crowd's silence.
"Heavens! Is it really him? But what would he want with that string of candy?"
"I can't believe that I, Wu Lin, would actually be able to see the Honorable Sir Tian Qi in the flesh in this lifetime! I can die happy now!"
Honorable Sir Tian Qi carefully wiped the pills and held them gingerly but cautiously in his arms, as if afraid that someone else would try to snatch them away.
"Since we are friends, little girl, these pills should be given to me."