Chapter 1668: To nip it in the bud
They went to look for Sima Zhi Yuan, and all they saw was a person with a bitter expression.
“Just what is going on with you guys?” Sima You Yue looked at them, puzzled, “Did something happen within the clan?”
“Sigh.” Sima Zhi Yuan sighed, but he still didn’t speak.
“Alright, since you guys are acting this way, it must mean that it’s not a big deal. Just tell me, just what has gotten you guys so frustrated?” Sima You Yue sat on an empty seat below and her anxious heart calmed down.
“How do you know that nothing’s wrong?” Sima Zhi Yuan glared at her, “Don’t you see that your Great Grandfather’s hair is almost all white?”
“Wasn’t your hair always white?” Sima You Yue glanced at him, her eyes filled with helplessness.
“…” Sima Zhi Yuan glared at her, “You heartless lass. I almost worried myself to death because of you but you’re still talking about me like this.”
“Oh? You guys were worried about me? Just what is it? Why don’t you tell me about it, let me see if it really is so worrying.” Sima You Yue asked.
“Hmph, isn’t it because of those guys that don’t know their own place. They actually dare to come to our residence to propose for your hand in marriage. Just what is that! Is our You Yue someone that just any random cat or dog can propose to? My ass!” Sima Zhi Yuan huffed.
Sima You Yue and Sima Liu Xuan spit out the tea that they just drank.
“Great Grandfather, what are you saying? There are people proposing to marry me? Sima You Yue looked at everyone with shock. “Great Grandfather, you didn’t agree, right?”
“Of course not! Do you think that your Great Grandfather is blind?!” Sima Zhi Yuan huffed.
“That’s good then.” Sima You Yue heaved a sigh of relief.
“However, a few people started to stream in after that and seven to eight random people came over the short period of just two months. It really angered me to death!” Sima Zhi Yuan said.
“So you’re saying that, Great Grandfather, you feel that nobody should propose to me?” Sima You Yue asked.
“How could that be! My You Yue is the absolute best. Those people can’t match up to you at all! Now that we’re talking about it, why isn’t there the faintest news from that brat, Wu Lingyu? Does he want a beating?” Sima Zhi Yuan was extremely unhappy.
“He’s held up by things over at his side. Could it be that Great Grandfather, you’re already tired of me and want to marry me away quickly?” Sima You Yue pouted.
“Who said so!”
“If not, then why are you anxious?” Sima You Yue said with a smile.
“It just upsets me.” Sima You Zhi Yuan huffed.
“Alright, you don’t have to bother yourself with these things. There are other things here that you should worry about!” Sima You Yue said.
“Are you talking about the undead?” Sima He Shun immediately guessed what she wanted to say.
“That’s right. That situation hasn’t been solved yet, it’s been hanging there until now.” Sima You Yue said.
“We already know all about what happened at Paramount Valley. Although the Yang Clan has finally decided to hide, if you don’t nip the problem in the bud, you might end up with terrible repercussions in the end.” Sima Zhi Yuan said.
“The Yang Clan isn’t the biggest problem right now. The one we really need to guard against is… the Secret Northern Du clan.”
“Northern Du Clan?”
“If the Yang Clan joins the Northern Du Clan, based on the grudge that they have against me and Paramount Valley, I’m afraid that it will drag Northern Du Clan in.” Sima You Yue’s expression was solemn, “And it just so happens that the best way to do it is to leverage on the threat that I pose to them. The moment the Northern Du Clan believes them I’m afraid that they will move against me and the entire Sima Clan.”
“Under this circumstance, if they want to deal with Paramount Valley, it really won’t be easy for them. Our Sima Clan looks like it is easier to deal with.” Sima He Shun understood Sima You Yue’s concerns.
“That’s right, that’s what I’m worried about.” Sima You Yue said anxiously, “I’m just afraid that they will attack the Sima Clan.”
“You don’t have to worry about that.” Sima He Shun smiled, “Our Sima Clan has long since started rising. Is it really so easy for them to defeat us? As long as they don’t use the undead, we don’t have to worry. Furthermore, they won’t dare to use them at all right now.”
“But in the end, I have dragged the clan down.” Sima You Yue felt guilty when she thought about it.
“Sigh, your words are not accurate.” Sima Zhi Yuan said disapprovingly, “You and the Clan are one entity. You allowed the clan to rise, so we should shelter you as well.”
“That’s right. Don’t think too much about it.” Sima He Shun said, “We’ve been moving in the dark for so many years, it’s about time that we show the others our power. You should return to the clan and stay here safely. Don’t worry about anything else.”
“Great Grandfather, Great Granduncle, I’m afraid that the Northern Du Clan will not move against us personally. Instead, they will get someone else to deal with us. That is why our clan has to be more careful in our dealings. We also have to guard against others.”
“We know.” Sima He Shun agreed.
If it were Sima Zhi Yuan who said so, Sima You Yue would continue adding on a few sentences. However, since Sima He Shun had said so, she knew that they had no need to worry at all.
“Alright, since there’s nothing else, I will head back first.” She stood up and said.
“Go on, go on. Liu Xuan, stay behind and chat with us.” Sima Zhi Yuan waved to Sima You Yue. when she left, he said to Sima Liu Xuan, “Tell me about what’s been going on with you guys during this period of time.”
Sima You Yue returned directly to her courtyard before entering the Spirit Pagoda immediately. When she went to the treasury, she tossed things here and there to see if she could find anything that would render any aid to the clan.
After tossing things here and there, she found out that the only thing she hadn’t given to the Sima Clan was arrays. Initially, she felt like it belonged to the Hundred Changing Doors, but this situation was special. She had also given the tablet rubbing to the old man, so it should be fine for her to use it. The situation right now was unique as well, so she had to strengthen her clan’s protective array.
When she thought up to this point, she also copied over the Imperial Beast Art and Spirit Seeker’s Source and told Bi Sheng to come over and get them. Bi Sheng moved rather quickly and arrived at her place shortly after. Sima You Yue handed him the things and said, “These are some things that I’ve gathered over the years. Take them back and hand them to Feng’er. He’ll know what to do.”
As an added layer of insurance, she set a restriction on the tablet rubbing. Without knowing the method that she had taught Ximen Feng, if others wanted to forcefully unlock it, it would only destroy the copy.
Bi Sheng took the items and left as she took her array book over to Sima Zhi Yuan.
“Great Grandfather, this is a birthday present that I have prepared for you. I’ll give it to you early, so don’t come looking for me to demand a birthday present later!” She handed the tablet rubbing to Sima Zhi Yuan.
“Aiya, you little brat. Are you afraid that you won’t have the face to give me this item on the day of my great celebration, so you’re giving it to me early?” Sima Zhi Yuan said disdainfully.
“Hehe, Great Grandfather, you know me well.” Sima You Yue didn’t explain anything. She really couldn’t take this item out during the celebration.
“Hmph hmph, I’ll just see what you have prepared for me, then.” Sima Zhi Yuan’s expression was one of disdain, but the curve on the corner of her mouth revealed her good mood.
“Alright that’s enough from you. Who doesn’t know that You Yue only ever gives good things. Save it!” Sima He Shun couldn’t help but tear away his facade.
He just disliked his self-important attitude. No matter how he looked at him, he was irritated!