Zhuo Buqun had always been a kind and gentle person. However, at this moment, his maintained a firm attitude. Showing a cold expression, he would give no room for negotiation.
Within the Great Luo Empire, one had already gone past Zhuo Buqun’s tolerance by interrogating Stargaze disciple and even wanting to kill him. It was no longer some small cat-fight, but was related to the sect, the pride of a nation. This was Zhuo Buqun’s limit and no one was allowed to break it.
Zhu Dazhong’s face was ashen as he was also having complicated feelings. To ask him to apologize to an immature junior, he could not afford to put away his pride nor sacrifice his reputation.
However, if he did not apologize, judging from Zhuo Buqun’s attitude, he would not let him go easily. He asked himself how difficult it would be to take advantage of Zhuo Buqun. It would also be another story if he could escape, not to mention these disciples of the Nine Palace Faction. If he did not handle it carefully and allowed Zhuo Buqun to kill them all, it would be great trouble when he refused the responsibility and gave it all to the Archaic Mysteries sect.
Senior Brother He knew that for someone elite like Zhu Dazhong could not lower his face, he stepped forward to make a compromise: "Head Palace Master Zhuo, we were the ones that invited this Head Zhu. This person is also our friend along this trip. How about you let me issue the apology?"
Zhuo Buqun shook his head with determination: "No, if Zhu Dazhong had not made a move and only the juniors fought, I would laugh it off and let it go. However, him, being a leader of a sect made a killing move disregarding his status. It’s already being polite by asking him to apologize. If this disciple’s teacher had come, it would be strange if he did not make him shed blood."
These were not boasting words. If Tan Zhongchi was indeedhere, he would never have spoken all these words like Zhuo Buqun. Since someone wanted to kill his most prized disciple, he would never back down before fighting for three hundred rounds.
Zhu Dazhong said angrily: "Ok, Head Palace Master Zhuo, you got me. Today, I will apologize. Yet, today’s matter is not over."
After he said that, he nodded to Qin Wushuang and said: "Kid, you are good. Today, it’s my fault. I just hope that the future is long. I hope we can interact again if opportunity permits."
This Zhu Dazhong showed a faint smile. Although he was apologizing, it was laced with murderous intent.
How could Zhuo Buqun not see through it? Only, he knew that this apology was a formality. He did not expect to persuade this Zhu Dazhong to the bottom of his heart. He said lightly: "The future is long. Zhu Dazhong, you must remember your words from today. If there is a next time, it will not be as easy as this apology."
Zhu Dazhong laughed eerily and said angrily: "Head Palace Master Zhuo, I’ve already apologized, you should make way for me."
Zhuo Buqun laughed coldly: "We are inside the Great Luo, you should be the one to make way."
Senior Brother He waved his hand and instructed those Nine Palace Faction disciples to retreat to the side. Without a choice, Zhu Dazhong could only move to the side. Yet, his mouth kept squirming as if he was silently cursing someone.
Zhuo Buqun said to Qin Wushuang: "You go first."
Qin Wushuang nodded and walked over. While he was passing before Zhu Dazhong, he glanced at him and said lightly: "Head Zhu, you are correct that the future is long. I only hope you will live long enough until we meet again."
It was not a threat, but Qin Wushuang’s wrath from the bottom of his heart.
Not many people like Zhu Dazhong could enrage Qin Wushuang to this degree. There were only those few.
Zhuo Buqun only started walking away in large strides after he had watched Qin Wushuang disappear into the distance. He left without even looking at Zhu Dazhong.
Zhu Dazhong felt helpless as he clenched his teeth. The slight difference in power had restrained him. He had no other options but to hold on this grudge.
"What are you feeling proud about?" Zhu Dazhong let out a mouthful of spittle and swore.
Senior Brother He sighed helplessly: "Let’s keep going. Head Zhu, in the martial arts world, the weak are prey to the strong. This is the principle for the strong and the weak ones. Everyone will inevitably learn this. Today he has threatened you. If you can suppress him in the future, you can also threaten him. It would not matter if you can understand this."
Zhu Dazhong sighed and smiled bitterly. Yet, he did not answer as he urged the horse: "Let’s go."
After he had travelled through this dangerous mountain path and came to an open area, Qin Wushuang waited for Zhuo Buqun to catch up at the intersection. He bowed and said: "Thank you so much for saving my life, Head Palace Master Zhuo."
Zhuo Buqun waved his hand and said: "Wushuang, today, it was close. If I hadn’t left the main force earlier to rush back to train in isolation at the Stargaze Palace, that Zhu Dazhong would most likely have finished what he started. You must avoid him at all cost in the future and never act according to your will."
Qin Wushuang nodded with a serious expression: "I understand."
After a moment of thinking, Zhuo Buqun said anxiously: "It’s not good news that the Archaic and the Red Dragon empire are connecting with each other. I saw that during the Friendly Competition, Gao Yue seemed rather absent-minded. I felt that he was plotting something when his eyes was not fixed on the competition. Could it be that the Archaic wants to lead a wolf into the den? To lure the Red Dragon Empire into the Eastern territory?"
For sure, this was not good news. Once the Red Dragon Empire started stepping in to interfere with the Three Eastern Empires, not only would it force the powerhouse structure to become imbalanced, it might trigger severe consequences.
This was the so-called saying of "It would be easy to invite the celestial being to come, but difficult to send them away."
Once the Red Dragon Empire had tasted the goods, it would not be easy to ask them to leave.
"Head Palace Master, no matter how shameful the Archaic Mysteries sect may be, they would not do something like this, right? Once the Red Dragon Empire extends their antenna deep into the Eastern territory, the three empires would never have peace again."
Zhuo Buqun said seriously: "For such matters, we must take precautions."
"Yes, you are right. If that’s the case, we must join force with the Vermillion Empire if we want to have a future."
Zhuo Buqun said in a low voice: "Even if we did join forces with the Vermillion Empire, it would not be easy to deal with the Red Dragon Empire when they truly wanted to interfere. Alright, this matter will not be solved in a few days. Wushuang, you should return to the Stargaze quickly after your visit to the Bai Yue."
Qin Wushuang nodded to agree: "Ok."
Just as he was about to leave, suddenly, Zhuo Buqun said again: "During the Friendly Competition, there were only three Heads from the Archaic present. One of them is not there, and I am afraid that he is also in the Great Luo. Wushuang, you better be careful on your trip."
Qin Wushuang said: "Ok."
After he had watched Qin Wushuang disappear into the distance, Zhuo Buqun rushed toward the direction of the Stargaze. Inwardly, he also sighed: "Wushuang and Yi’Er is the future of my Stargaze. I truly hope they can grow up quickly. I hope they can succeed in the Eastern Endless Sea exploration in three years. In that case, perhaps, the Stargaze would have two Perfect Stages at the same time. They would guarantee a few hundred years of prosperity for the Great Luo!"
Qin Wushuang had been careful along the way and had arrived in the Bai Yue country in less than a day. Currently, the news of the Stargaze Palace total victory had not yet arrived at the Great Luo. Thus, it would not have reached the Bai Yue Country.
After Qin Wushuang had passed the border, he did not meet any resistance.
However, currently, there was no need for Qin Wushuang to stay in hiding. The first thing he did when he returned to the Bai Yue was to pay a visit to the Martial Saint’s Mountain openly.
The Purple-Robed Martial Saint was also dumbstruck when heard the words "Old-Friend Qin Wushuang is visiting." Earlier, he also felt that Qin Wushuang was not someone that would have a short-life. He had made such guesses, but had never been able to find any strong evidence. After a long time, he also thought that Qin Wushuang was no longer alive in the world. After all, in the past year, there had been no news about him.
And at this moment, Qin Wushuang was paying a visit!
This was Qin Wushuang’s attitude—He had "resurrected" over his reputation.
When the Purple-Robed Martial Saint saw Qin Wushuang, he could not help but rub his eyes and laughed: "Marquis Wushuang, I knew that you would not die easily, indeed!"
Although he was laughing, there was a trace of redness on the corner of his eyes. Regardless of him or to the entire Bai Yue, the news of Qin Wushuang being alive held great importance. Indeed, this news was a good luck gospel.
To him, Qin Wushuang had helped him to accomplish and pushed him to reach Upper Sky and become the Martial Saint of the entire country.
To the entire Bai Yue Country, Qin Wushuang was a symbol. With his existence, all those surrounding countries that wanted to bully the Bai Yue had to consider his presence. Or else, the battle from a year ago would be the result.
When the news of Qin Wushuang’s death had spread, too many people from the Great Wu and the West Chu took joy in this misfortune. It had caused the entire Bai Yue Country to feel the huge difference in treatment.
Now it seemed that those people had been happy for nothing. And the Bai Yue would continue with its good luck!
Qin Wushuang laughed: "Senior Brother Purple-Robe, you have advanced quite a bit."
The Purple-Robed Martial Saint was able to enter the Upper Sky by consuming the Supreme Quality Upper Sky Pill given by Qin Wushuang from a year ago. Now, the good sides of the Initial Stage pill were showing itself. The Purple-Robed Martial Saint was training at such a fast speed compared to the other Upper Sky warriors.
Regarding the stage alone, the Purple-Robe Martial Saint’s current stage would not be less than Qiu Lingde. And Qiu Lingde had trained for a few dozen years in the Upper Sky stage.
With time and with the Purple-Robe Martial Saint’s potential and speed, he would catch up to Yi Chenzi of the West Chu. He could even surpass Yi Chenzi and replace him by becoming the First Martial Saint of the Great Luo!
The strategic meaning behind the meeting of the two Upper Sky in the Bai Yue was extremely important. The Zhen Wu Holy Place immediately spread the news to the entire country. They had announced that Marquis Wushuang had returned safely and seized total victory during the Friendly Competition at the Heavenly Lake Empire!
When the news was announced, the entire Bai Yue Country cheered! Even those Royal families were overjoyed. All of them wanted to pay a visit to Qin Wushuang, yet they were denied by the Purple-Robed Martial Saint.
The current Qin Wushuang was a disciple of the Stargaze Palace. It was not easy for one to meet him easily with his current status. Even the Emperor of the Bai Yue Country must seek permission from Qin Wushuang if he wanted to meet him.
Fortunately, Qin Wushuang was rather easy-going and allowed Emperor He to fulfill his wish.
The entire Bai Yue Country sung and danced in celebration at the return of Marquis Wushuang. Stories from the society about how Wushuang had faked his death to lure the enemy out had also sprung up like the springtime bamboo shots after the rain.
Naturally, these versions of the stories had modeled Marquis Wushuang to be an extremely brave person. He was a figure of both intelligence, hero and bravery.
After the news had spread, it had soon travelled to the West Chu and the Great Wu. Those three Honored Warriors of the Great Wu and Yi Chenzi felt petrified…
Now, they understood how stupid their decision was when they tried to invade the Qin!
This news had made them even more determined—They would never become enemies with the Bai Yue and would never do anything to the Qin family!
Or else, they would be asking for their own death!