Chapter 49: “The Spirit within the Spirit Stone”
The next day, Feng Zhi Xing came once again to the General's residence and wanted to meet Sima Lie to enquire on Sima You Yue's jade condition. However, he was momentarily been stunned in place when Sima You Yue appeared in the hall to greet him instead of Sima Lie.
"Master Feng, please sit." Sima You Yue smiled as she gestured with her hand, saying, "Grandfather is currently busy and my few brothers are also busy settling some things so today I will be the one to receive you."
"You, you…when did you come back?!" Feng Zhi Xing quickly collected himself as he came to the chair and sat down in a daze, looking at Sima You Yue from head to toe, making sure that she was alright.
Sima You Yue sat opposite him and patiently replied, "I just came back last night."
"Where have you been this entire time?" Feng Zhi Xing absentmindedly received a cup of tea served by the maid and lifted the cover but did not proceed on to drink.
"That teleportation array sent me to a mountain range very far away. After that, because of a few things, I was delayed for a period of time." Sima You Yue smiled as she said, "I heard that Master Feng was very worried about me, I am touched by your concern."
"Since you've managed to return safely, all is well." Only after he heard Sima You Yue's reply and ascertained that she was alright did he let out a small sigh of relief and drank a mouthful of tea. After that, he placed the teacup back on the table and asked, "So when do you think you want to come back to the Academy?"
"There are some matters that I need to tend to first, and I may need a couple of days to settle them. Can I request for a leave of absence for a few days?" Sima You Yue asked.
"Of course you can. I imagine that you've suffered quite a bit during the time that you were outside. You should rest at home properly for a while." Feng Zhi Xing speedily replied.
"Many thanks to Master Feng." Sima You Yue said, "Oh right, I beseech Master Feng to help me keep the fact that I have returned, a secret." Her lips curved up at the ends.
"Alright." Feng Zhi Xing nodded his head, saying, "Since you have returned safely, I will head back to the Academy first. Whenever you want to tell me about the things that have happened to you during this period of time, then tell me."
After he finished speaking, he got up from his seat and left.
Sima You Yue looked at Feng Zhi Xing's back and had some questions in her heart. However, she knew that if she were to go and ask him those questions now, he would not tell her the answers.
After Feng Zhi Xing left the General's residence, he turned around and looked at it, muttering, "She's finally back. She's even much stronger than she was before. She must have met with a fortuitous encounter."
"Master, this is great, you don't have to worry anymore." A voice inside his head sounded.
"Yep, no need to worry anymore……" He broke into a smile.
Sima You Yue waited for Sima Lie to come back and personally sent him to a hidden room. Only after seeing the door to the hidden room close safely did she turn around and leave, returning to her own courtyard.
Sima You Yue glanced at her two maids. Yesterday, when they had seen that she had returned, both of them were incomparably excited. It was unexpected that they were no longer as afraid of her as they were in the past.
"I want to stay in the room to cultivate. If there is nothing, please do not come and disturb me." Sima You Yue instructed.
Because she had once used her interspatial ring in front of them, they already knew about the fact that she could cultivate. Furthermore, they had sworn their loyalty to her, so she had no desire to keep it from them.
Afterall, they were her own people. It would be far more convenient if they knew about all her future plans.
"Sima You Yue went back to her own room and locked herself in. After that, she entered the Spirit Pearl.
"Little Spirit." She called out.
"What?" Little Spirit appeared in midair
"Where is the Spirit Stone from that time?" Sima You Yue wanted to have a look at the stone that Little Spirit had found as she wanted to study it a bit to see whether or not it was of any benefit to her soul.
"I actually thought that you had no interest towards this thing!" After he said that, a jet black stone appeared in front of them.
Sima You Yue held the Spirit Stone in her palm and said, "This was the thing that caused us to be stuck in that Illusion Array for such a long time?"
"That's right." Little Spirit nodded his head.
"Then does this things bring any benefit to my soul?" Sima You Yue asked.
"It could at first, but not anymore." Little Spirit said.
"Because a spirit has already gone on ahead to live inside." Little Spirit said.
"A spirit is living inside it?" Sima You Yue lifted the Spirit stone high up, squinting her eyes to stare at it for a long while but did not notice anything special about it.
"You're really stupid, I already told you that there's a spirit living inside, how could you possibly see anything like this!" Little Spirit was exasperated and cast her a contemptuous glance.
"Then how did you know that a spirit lives inside it?" Sima You Yue asked puzzledly.
"I am the Sovereign of Spirit Stones, I was born with an innate capability to sensing spirits. Of course I would know that a spirit lives inside this stone!" Little Spirit said.
"Fine then." Sima You Yue held the Spirit Stone in her hand and said, "So you're saying that it's first come, first served, so I can't use this anymore."
"Something like that." Little Spirit replied, "However, forming a contract with me couldn’t even fully restore your Soul, so one or two of these Spirit Stones wouldn't help you much, either way."
"So what kind of spirit lives within?" Sima You Yue swung that stone, wanting to fling that spirit awake.
"How would I know, he hasn't come out ever since he went in!" Little Spirit used both hands to hug in front of its chest, inadvertently rolling its eyes when it saw what Sima You Yue was doing.
"Hey, the person inside, if you're awake then come and show your face outside!" Sima You Yue shouted at the Spirit Stone.
"If you don't come out, I'll throw you!"
Still no reply…
"Fine then." Sima You Yue put the stone on the ground and called Ling Long out.
"Master, did you call Ling Long out because you miss Ling Long?" Ling Long said with emotion as she appeared.
"I want you to change into a weapon." Sima You Yue said.
"What kind of weapon?"
Ling Long pouted, as she transformed into a hammer…
After a short moment, a hammer appeared in Sima You Yue's hands.
Seeing herself turn into something so ugly, Ling Long's heart was anguished. Did this girl really know about weapons? Why did she always make her turn into this kind of brute weapons!
Sima You Yue tapped on the Spirit Stone with her hammer, saying, "If you refuse to come out, I will break this stone to pieces, I'll see whether you can still remain inside."
After saying this, she lifted the hammer hair in the air. Just as she was about to beat down on it, a voice chided, "Stay your hand!"
"Oh my, willing to talk now?" Sima You Yue heard that voice and gave two evil laughs, saying, "Your voice really is a bit scary, but this Lord doesn't get scared easily. I'll count to three. If you still don't come out, I will break it into pieces! 1, 2, 3…"
Just as she was about to go through with it, a red colored mist stopped her from moving. After that, the mist turned into a faint image of a person.
He had handsome features, a slender body and he looked to be about 20 over years old. His hair and clothes were fiery red, even his pupils were red. He really looked like an evildoer.
"My goodness, what kind of person it this? He looks just like a fireball!" Sima You Yue had been scared by the person who had just appeared in front of her.
"Ignorant human, you have a lot of guts!" That red silhouette looked at Sima You Yue and his body gave off an aura that was both grand and oppressive.
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