mined heart that does not waver in the face of temptation was also needed. More than that, this rejection demanded the courage of facing an angry Immortal!
Ling Xian possessed all three qualities.
Against a real Immortal’s personal request and kindness, who, in the history of time and in the entire world, could resist this alluring temptation?
However, not only did Ling Xian endure, he even declined this opportunity with his words. What an unbelievable thing to do!
He really is the first to push open many doors in this world!
"You are rejecting me?"
Feng Qing Ming’s expression was calm. There was no joy nor anger written on his face, however, his stare was very forceful. Fixated on Ling Xian, he held a mysterious power over him, as if he was brewing a thunderstorm behind this cryptic gaze.
Looking into the Immortal’s eyes, Ling Xian chuckled wryly. Since he has already declined, there was no reason to bite back on his words. He muttered quietly, "Yes. I grew up without parents. My Master has become my father. It is not right to acknowledge someone else as my father."
Ling Xian was not one to stubbornly adhere to outworn rules and ideas. He was flexible in the standards he set for himself and could easily adjust his perception to receive benefits from a situation. However, in terms of apprenticeship, there was no room for discussion.
It was the bottom line of his character and the most basic principle he holds!
To think of his Master as his father, he has already chosen Liao Cang Qiong. How could he call another person his father?
One could say he is stupid and single-minded. But this is who Ling Xian was. Everything he sets his heart on is things he will never change, not even in the face of death!
If he agrees to be the apprentice of Feng Qing Ming, then he would not be Ling Xian anymore.
People needed to be flexible in thinking, but a certain degree of unyieldingness is also needed. The bottom line should never change; principles should never alter!
He would never compromise himself for things he detests!
"You aren’t afraid that I would kill you?"
Feng Qing Ming’s robe danced in the air. His gaze was becoming more and more forceful. Gloomy, dark clouds soon covered the sky. Among them were concealed thunders that were ready to smash down!
"The Untainted has said the same thing to me. If I feared back then, then I would be calling her my Master right now instead of ‘highness’." Ling Xian softly chuckled. His temperament was becoming more and more refined. As if at this very moment he has grasped onto many realizations, his mentality was improving every moment that passed by and was nearing perfection.
"Well, well, well."
Feng Ming Qing said the word "well" three times in a row. A terrifying amount of energy was washing out of him like tidal waves.
Ling Xian stood before him, waiting for the consequences of his action. Just when he thought Feng Qing Ming was about to make a move, he recollected his energy and bellowed, "Good! Good! What a persistent boy. It is no wonder that the Keeper of Land and Sea, who never thinks highly of anyone, praises you. You really are a mythical one, truly heroic!"
Ling Xian froze, unsure why Feng Qing Ming’s reactions now and before contrasted so distinctively. A second ago, his expression was heavy like water and was ready to make thunderous moves. But now, he is smiling and giving out praises?
Could it be… that reality was really like what happens in novels, where the more you disrespect someone, and the more you reject someone, the more they’ll like you?
Pure bullsh*t. In this lawless world, to not be dead after rejecting stronger beings is luck and fortune.
"Liao Cang Qiong, that old guy sure found himself a good apprentice," Feng Qing Ming exclaimed before shifting his stare onto the Untainted, "Just as you described. He really is stubborn about who he calls Master. But, I sure do admire people with principles."
"He declined me in the same manner back then," the Untainted responded in a low voice. There was a hint of a grin on her face as if seeing Feng Ming Qing being rejected made her feel better about her own rejection.
"Strong bones and stern thoughts, I admire this in young people. Back in the day, I was exactly the same. A grandmaster of ancient arrays wanted me as an apprentice, but I chose a nameless Master. It was all because he was the first one to lead me onto the path of ancient arrays. Though he didn’t offer much help in my cultivation journey, he was the one person in my life I want to thank the most."
Feng Qing Ming fell into a state of reminiscence. After a long sigh, he turned to look at Ling Xian. Though his expression was joyous, he spoke with a tone that disallowed any doubts or hesitation.
"You don’t need to acknowledge me as your Master. However, my exceedingly high skill that transcended ancient times to modern times is something you must learn."