Chapter 158: A natural barrier
This time, Sima You Yue chose to watch the Steward and the others depart.
Thinking of the reluctant expression that the Steward had before he left, she swore silently in her heart that she would bring them out of this place one day, to live in the vast lands outside.
She called for Wei Zi Qi and the others to come out. When everyone saw the pain in her eyes, they patted her shoulders and said, "A goodbye merely makes way for your next hello."
"I understand." Sima You Yue said, "Do you all want to return for a period of time? If you all want to return, we will wait for you all here."
Fatty Qu glanced at Wei Zi Qi and the two of them nodded, saying "It's uncertain when we will be able to return when we leave this time, if even at all. I wish to return to my parents to say goodbye. You Yue, do you want to return?"
Sima You Yue shook her head, "I've already said my goodbyes to the Steward. Bei Gong, Ouyang Fei and I will wait here for you all. If you all do not wish to return, just send someone to pass on the message."
"We will definitely return. You just have to wait for us a few days." Fatty Qu assured.
"Mm. Go on. We'll meet again here in ten days." Sima You Yue waved her hands at them.
Fatty Qu and Wei Zi Qi called for their own Spirit Beasts and mounted them to leave. They quickly disappeared from everyone's sight.
"What will we be doing these ten days?" Sima You Yue looked at the city in the distance and said, "Want to head to the city to relax for a bit?"
Bei Gong Tang shook her head, saying, "I would rather go to the Spirit Pagoda to cultivate for a month."
"Me too." Ouyang Fei said.
"Alright then." The three of them headed towards the mountain. After ascertaining that nobody was around, she brought the two of them into the Spirit Pagoda with her.
This entire year, aside from battling with Spirit Beasts, the majority of their time was spent in the Spirit Pagoda. When added together, they spent around two years.
During this period of time, their alchemy abilities increased by leaps and bounds. Bei Gong Tang became a Third Ranked Alchemist, Ouyang Fei became a Second Ranked Alchemist and Sima You Yue was already able to successfully refine fourth ranked pills and barely able to reach the fifth rank, becoming a Middle Ranked Alchemist.
Sima You Yue's improvement in alchemy was largely due to Mo Sha, who secretly gave her instructions, while Bei Gong and Ouyang Fei's improvement was due to her teachings.
Bei Gong Tang's clan was a clan of alchemists. She naturally knew how difficult alchemy was and never thought that she would be able to become a third ranked alchemist so quickly, under Sima You Yue's instruction. Furthermore, the methods of alchemy was so unique, that without detailed instructions from someone else, most people would find it most difficult to learn.
What she actually did not realize was that all of You Yue's abilities had in reality been learnt from Mo Sha, and Mo Sha's alchemy skills was an irrefutable rebuke to the entire Three Realms, where he was known to be the top Alchemist throughout the entire Three Realms.
Never thought that it would end up benefiting Sima You Yue and the others so easily.
The three of them stayed in the Spirit Pagoda for a month. Bei Gong Tang and Ouyang Fei practiced alchemy when they were not cultivating. Sima You Yue was flexibly manipulating her time.
Very quickly, the promised date arrived. Fatty Qu and Wei Zi Qi had arrived at the meeting place long ago.
"You guys are actually so early." A large bird flew past as Sima You looked down on the two of them from above.
"You Yue, how could it be that we just hadn't met for two days, but Little Roc has become a Divine Beast?" Fatty Qu saw the four winged rock and flipped his body to land on Little Roc's back.
Only Spirit Kings and above were able to take steps in the air. Being able to fly upwards meat that he was now already at the rank of Spirit King.
Wei Zi Qi smiled as he flipped his body and flew upwards as well.
Another Spirit King!
A year ago, they were only high ranked Spirit Lords; who would have thought that one year later, these two already reached the rank of Spirit King!
Little Roar sat on Great Roc's head and turned around to look at the two of them, saying, "Yue Yue finally managed to contract Little Roc, so he rose in rank to become a Divine Beast! Not only him, even Ya Guang rose quite a few ranks. It's only me who didn't. So unfair."
"How did you not rise in rank?" Sima You Yue looked at Little Roc and asked.
"Did I? How come I didn't feel it?" Little Roc blinked his eyes, which were suffused with confusion.
"You rose in rank, for sure. After all these years, your level of shamelessness has definitely increased." Sima You Yue looked at Little Roar, with a kind of pain as she wished that he wasn't this way.
It was only now that Little Roar realised Sima You Yue was making him the butt of the joke and glared at her, turning around to have his butt facing her.
Watching the bickering between Sima You Yue and Little Roar was a kind of joy for them every time.
Little Roc flew towards the direction that Ouyang Fei had directed, which was the place that they had come from. It was said that the Spirit Beasts there were relatively weaker. They already decided that they would leave from that place.
Little Roc flew for four to five days, and just as Fatty Qu was lamenting about how they had not reached yet, Little Roc said that there was a barrier in front of him and that he could not move any further.
"It should be around here." Ouyang Fei said.
"Little Roc, bring us down." Sima You Yue said.
"Alright, Master." Little Roc flapped his wings and flew them down. He landed on the ground before changing into camouflage and flying onto Sima You Yue's shoulder and standing there.
Sima You Yue took a look and realised that the forested areas here was much less than the other areas. She tried walking forward only to feel an invisible pressure obstruct her.
Fatty Qu could feel the pressure and stretched forth a hand to touch it, however, he did not discover anything.
"There's nothing, so why can't we go out?" Fatty Qu was puzzled.
"Because there's a firm barrier." Little Roar flew in front of everyone and laughed loudly when he saw that they all could not get out. After that, he effortlessly flew right out in front of the confused eyes of Fatty Qu and the others.
"Ah, how did Little Roar manage to get out? Could it be that there's no barrier there?" Fatty Qu came to the area that Little Roar exited from and walked forward. However, he was unable to move even a single step forward.
"What is going on?" Wei Zi Qi tried as well, but he could not do it. Little Roar lightly floated back when he finished laughing.
"Don't learn from Little Roar." Sima You Yue said. "He doesn't know which part of the composition isn't right and is naturally immune to this barrier. That's why this barrier can't stop him."
"Heavens, that's great! I hear Ouyang say that the people outside love to use these kind of barriers to protect their treasures. Little Roar is naturally immune to this, so doesn't that mean that he will be able to enter any room to steal any number of weapons?" Fatty Qu looked at Little Roar with starry eyes.
"That's great, that's great, I love it!" Little Roar said as he patted his little legs.
Sima You Yue slapped Fatty Qu on the head and pulled Little Roar's ears, saying, "If you don't open this barrier for me now, I will make you follow Fatty Qu as his disciple from now on."
"Ah ah, I got it, already!" Little Roar struggled a few times before Sima You Yue released him. He rubbed his ears before walking in front of the barrier, and, stretching forth his little little legs, he touching the barrier.
He closed his eyes in meditation as the barrier that was in contact with his legs slowly turned light blue…
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