Chapter 171 - Xiao Qingxue’s Past
After leaving the forty-third residence, Qin Nan returned to his residence, sat down with his legs crossed, and was just about to cultivate.
What happened just then was not important enough to affect his schedule.
In Qin Nan’s eyes, Ouyang Jun’s threatening was not as important as his cultivation.
Before Qin Nan could start cultivating, a guest arrived at his third residence, which turned out to be Gong Yang.
After his trip to the Martial Serendipity Pavilion, it had been half a month since Qin Nan had last met Gong Yang. Within this period, the aura emitted from Gong Yang’s body was now a lot stronger and more powerful, a clear indication that his cultivation base had improved.
“Qin Nan, you are quite the secretive one, how many trump cards do you really have? It’s even more difficult now to clearly understand you…” Gong Yang entered the residence while complaining.
Despite that, instead of an accusing expression, his face was filled with a pleased expression.
The reason being that, in Gong Yang’s heart, he had completely treated Qin Nan as his brother. Hence, he was incredibly joyful after seeing his good brother having a tenth-grade Huang ranked Martial Spirit.
A smile appeared on Qin Nan’s face as he said in a serious tone, “Brother Yang, not that I was trying to hide the truth from you, there was no difference between telling you or not. We’re still brothers either way.”
“HAHA, I like the sound of that!”
Gong Yang let out a few laughs, before he immediately straightened his face.
Qin Nan was aware of the change, and asked, “Brother Yang, what’s wrong?”
“It’s a big deal this time, make sure you are prepared for it!” Gong Yang glanced at Qin Nan and slowly said, “Just a moment ago, you had a clash with Ouyang Jun, right? Do you have any idea who he is?”
Qin Nan was slightly startled, he did not expect Gong Yang to be here because of Ouyang Jun.
“Brother Yang, you know my temper well. I only respect those who show me respect. I don’t really care what kind of background Ouyang Jun has.” Qin Nan shook his head calmly, with no sign of being intimidated.
Gong Yang let out a sigh and said with a wry smile, “I do know your temper, but things are more complicated than you think, as it involves some other aspects. First of all, Ouyang Jun is the son of the current Sect Leader of the Mystic Spirit Sect.”
Qin Nan’s eyes glistened, No wonder he is so smug, it’s because he is the Sect Leader’s son.
Gong Yang gave Qin Nan a glance before his tone turned serious, “Although he is the Sect Leader’s son, since you have been selected by Old Shan, and are also the disciple of Princess Miao Miao, commonsense-wise, in terms of background, you don’t need to be afraid of him. However, there is another serious problem.”
Gong Yang hesitated for a brief while before he continued, “There is an engagement between Ouyang Jun and Xiao Qingxue.”
“What? They are engaged with each other?”
Qin Nan’s face was filled with astonishment.
Knowing Ouyang Jun was not enough to attract his attention, but hearing there was an engagement between Ouyang Jun and Xiao Qingxue was enough for him to lose his ground.
Xiao Qingxue had always been kind to Qin Nan from the very beginning, hence she was regarded as a sister, a family member to him. Now after hearing that Ouyang Jun was engaged to her, there was no way he could remain calm.
Gong Yang continued to speak, “I once heard from an elder of the sect that Xiao Qingxue’s parents were elders of the Mystic Spirit Sect, but passed away in an unfortunate incident. The Sect Leader decided to adopt Xiao Qingxue as his daughter to repay the kindness of her parents toward the Mystic Spirit Sect. As Xiao Qingxue and Ouyang Jun grew older, the Sect Leader then suggested them to have an engagement, and the marriage will take place after Ouyang Jun has reached the Martial Emperor Realm.”
After saying this, Gong Yang’s eyes emitted a murderous aura and said, “I bet you still remember that before you guys headed to the Martial Serendipity Pavilion, Mo Qing suddenly attacked you?”
“Was it under Ouyang Jun’s command?”
Qin Nan immersed in his thoughts, and the doubts he had in mind were instantly resolved.
Previously, after the Outer Domain Trial ended, the entire Mystic Spirit Sect knew that Qin Nan possessed a formidable background, and was relatively close with the Great Elder. Under such circumstances, Mo Qing, a mere third elder of the inner disciples, dared to hurt Qin Nan in public. It was obvious that someone was supporting him behind the scene.
That person, turned out to be Ouyang Jun.
The reason why Ouyang Jun did so was quite obvious, as Qin Nan was quite close with Xiao Qingxue ever since he had arrived at the Mystic Spirit Sect.
“What a good person this Ouyang Jun is, there’s nothing extraordinary between me and Qingxue. She was taking good care of me due to her admiration of my talent, but he was so jealous that he supported Mo Qing to trouble me!” Qin Nan’s eyes flickered with an icy aura.
During his encounter with Mo Qing, if Princess Miao Miao had not interfered, he would have been seriously injured.
Gong Yang was slightly shocked after hearing this, as his eyes were filled with disbelief, “Qin Nan, why are you being bothered by this? Aren’t you suppose to be more concerned with Xiao Qingxue’s situation?”
“Hmm?” Qin Nan did not expect Gong Yang to ask such a question. He was stunned for a moment, before he said with a wry smile, “I think there is a misunderstanding. I don’t have any special feeling toward Qingxue. I was only being grateful toward her as she had helped me on various occasions.”
Gong Yang was left speechless. He had always thought that Qin Nan was in love with Xiao Qingxue, and that Xiao Qingxue was also slightly interested in Qin Nan.
Initially, he was super worried that Qin Nan would want to beat the shit out of Ouyang Jun because of Xiao Qingxue, resulting in a troublesome mess. It now seemed like he had misplaced his concern.
“What are you going to do now?” Gong Yang recovered from his thoughts and asked.
“I don’t think there’s anything I plan to do. I will ignore the fact that he was responsible for the previous attack due to my respect toward Qingxue, but if he dares to target me again, I will not show any mercy.” Qin Nan said with a deep breath.
If there was no engagement between Ouyang Jun and Xiao Qingxue, Qin Nan would definitely seek his revenge, despite his identity as the son of the Sect Leader.
This time, he decided to withhold his anger due to the friendship between him and Xiao Qingxue.
“This…” Gong Yang felt like saying something, but let out a sigh and waved his hand, “Since you have come up with a decision, I won’t need to worry too much about it, but don’t overthink it; there’s no need to back off if anyone dares to disrespect us, even if the whole world would be turned upside down!”
Upon saying this, Gong Yang’s eyes were filled with a murderous intent, like a general thirsty for blood on the battlefield, instead of his usual gentle appearance.
This was who he was—a gentleman on the surface, but turning into a devil when he was furious!
This was the reason why Gong Yang and Qin Nan were able to ignore the difference between their strengths and become brothers.
“Besides, from what I learned, the reason why Ouyang Jun targeted you was not merely because of Xiao Qingxue. Apparently, in the Mystic Spirit Sect, the Sect Leader and the Great Elder do not have a peaceful relationship with each other. If he could not recruit you, he definitely would try to suppress you…” Gong Yang explained.
“I see, no wonder Ouyang Jun directly threatened to kill me the moment I rejected his offer.”
Qin Nan instantly understood the reason behind it.
“Well, let’s not waste any time further. You should continue with your cultivation, and try to reach the Martial Emperor Realm as soon as possible!” Gong Yang withdrew his aura and gave Qin Nan a pat on the back, before he kicked his foot at the ground and left the residence.
Watching Gong Yang’s leaving figure, Qin Nan’s eyes were ignited with a flame.
The flame was the symbol of his battle intent.
Since he now had offended Ouyang Jun, according to his personality, he would definitely pay Qin Nan back for rejecting his offer.
“Ouyang Jun’s current strength is only a step away from reaching the Martial Emperor Realm. Looks like I have to quickly raise my strength…”
Qin Nan inhaled deeply, and his eyes filled with determination. He then sat down cross-legged and took out the remaining Fruit of Power from his storage bag.
In his original plan, he was going to consume the Fruit of Power when he encountered the barrier of leveling up. However, with a powerful opponent like Ouyang Jun before him, he should try his best to raise his cultivation as fast as he could.
Qin Nan did not hesitate any further, as he shoved the Fruit of Power into his mouth.
The Fruit of Power instantly transformed into an arcane force the moment it entered his mouth, like a cloud of flame landing on top of the Atavistic Qi inside Qin Nan’s Dantian.
All of the Atavistic Qi began to vibrate vigorously and expand rapidly after absorbing the force, with a rising aura.
At that instant, in just a period of five breaths’ time, the Qi inside Qin Nan’s body had reached the second-layer Xiantian Realm.
“The Fruit of Power is indeed incredible, such a pity only one can be consumed.” Qin Nan’s eyes flickered with excitement. He then reached his hand into the storage bag and took out the Arcane Realm Stone.
“Hopefully my Martial Intent is able to reach the Greater Success Stage of the Arcane Realm after absorbing this Arcane Realm Stone!”
Qin Nan exhaled deeply, before golden rays were emitted from his back, as the Divine Battle Spirit appeared standing behind him.
Qin Nan placed the Arcane Realm Stone in front of him. His eyes then turned unfocused, as he entered the state of One with the Mind, the state of a Martial Addict.
The calm Arcane Realm Stone began to vibrate, and a mysterious light exploded from it, which encapsulated Qin Nan’s entire figure within it.