Chu Liuyue’s heart seemed to shrink as well.
That man looked like he was around 30 years old. He was tall and big, but he had a skinny waist. He was wearing a long, olive-green robe, looking like a sword that wasn’t out of its sheath—deep and hidden.
But Chu Liuyue suddenly widened her eyes when she saw his appearance.
His brows were sharp, his nose was high, and his face had distinct edges and corners. His pair of black eyes were like black rubies that looked very deep.
He looked very handsome, but Chu Liuyue wasn’t shocked by his outstanding appearance. Instead…
This is the ancestor’s face! The Tianling Dynasty’s ancestral hall has a portrait of the ancestor, and this man’s face looks exactly the same as the painting of the ancestor. No, I should say that… that portrait and this man are exactly the same! Chu Liuyue’s mind was blank, and her heart started beating wildly, so much so that even her ears hurt. This is… the ancestor? It is the ancestor!
That man scrutinized the Heavenly Square Cauldron in his hands, and he looked shocked. “I couldn’t tell, but you actually have such a rare treasure…”
As he spoke, he looked up at Chu Liuyue and saw the girl staring at him dazedly as if she was silly.
He suddenly couldn’t help but laugh. “What expression is that? I was just curious, so I took it to take a look. I don’t want to snatch your things.”
As he said so, he lifted his hand, and the Heavenly Square Cauldron flew back to Chu Liuyue. “Since you’ve already solved the Xuan formation I set up and took the item, it’s yours. I won’t take it back.”
Chu Liuyue instantly felt the suppression on her body disappear. She stretched her hand out stiffly to take the Heavenly Square Cauldron, but her eyes were still glued to that man while she looked dazed. Ancestor… I actually saw the ancestor!
Even when she was planning to enter the Tianling God Realm in her previous life, she had never thought that she could see the ancestor!
Her heart seemed to be filled with scorching liquid as her nose turned sour.
That man thought that this girl wouldn’t look at him in this manner after he returned the item. He didn’t expect that not only was she still looking at him, but her eyes also turned red.
Looking at the pair of eyes that were as red as a rabbit’s eyes, he instantly felt a headache. “Sigh. Girl, what are you crying about?”
He—Shangguan Jing—wasn’t afraid of the heavens or the earth, but he was afraid of seeing someone cry.
Also, this person was still a lady.
I… I just made a joke, but why does this girl look like I bullied her? I symbolically exuded suppression, but it won’t hurt her at all. Besides, she has a Heavenly Dao’s strength in her body, so there’s no need to worry at all.
“Y-you, don’t cry! Didn’t I already say that this item is yours?” Shangguan Jing was flustered. “If not… You can take away the treasures here, okay?”
There won’t be people in this world who don’t like money, right?
Chu Liuyue then became alert as her lips quivered slightly. “T-thank you… Senior.”
The word ‘ancestor’ almost escaped from her mouth.
Even though she tried her best to look calm, her trembling voice still exposed the emotional rollercoaster in her heart.
Shangguan Jing heaved a sigh of relief when he saw that the girl finally spoke, but he still felt pretty doubtful. This girl’s reaction when she saw me was a little overboard… Is it because I appeared too suddenly?
Thinking of this, he waved his hands, casually smiled, and said, “You don’t need to be afraid. I’m just a scarce form of consciousness saved in the Long Yuan Sword.”
Chu Liuyue nodded slightly, but she was still quite disappointed. So this isn’t the ancestor’s soul…
“What’s your name? Where are you from? How did you get in?” Shangguan Jing saw that she had already recovered, so he asked, “Last time, only people from the Tianling royal family could enter the Tianling God Realm.”
The girl in front clearly doesn’t have the Tianling Dynasty’s bloodline. He also knew that there were quite a few people outside in such a manner.
Chu Liuyue took a deep breath and seriously said, “Junior Chu Liuyue comes from Country Yao Chen outside Heaven’s Canopy. I came to the Tianling God Realm because of the Wan Zheng Competition…”
Then, she briefly explained the entire situation.
When Shangguan Jing heard the last part, he furrowed his brows tightly. I didn’t expect the people in the Tianling royal family to mess around like this after thousands of years. It’s not that I don’t want people outside the Tianling royal family to come in, but… This so-called Wan Zheng Competition clearly has ulterior motives. Most people can’t even last here for long, and they will even be injured by this extreme environment. Didn’t it happen to those people earlier?
“Did you say that this is suggested by the Third Princess—Shangguan Wan—and her husband in power?”
“Do you know if Shangguan Wan has any strange activity?”
“This…” Chu Liuyue hesitated for a moment. She naturally knew Shangguan Wan had a problem—her Yuan meridian had long been destroyed more than a year ago.
If it were a normal injury, there are more than enough heavenly doctors in the Tianling Dynasty that could help treat her. But Shangguan Wan’s Yuan meridian was burned by my Tianjing Yuan meridian; it’s impossible to recover.
But in the past few days, I’ve secretly asked around in Xi Ling and shockingly discovered that the news of Shangguan Wan’s Yuan meridian being damaged didn’t spread. After thinking about it, this is natural. If people found out that her Yuan meridian was damaged and that she couldn’t cultivate, she definitely wouldn’t be able to sit in her current position stably.
Even though I don’t know what method she used, I’m certain that she has successfully hidden it from everyone. Oh yes—except for Jiang Yucheng.
“I’m asking if there’s a problem with her cultivation,” Shangguan Jing asked in greater detail.
Chu Liuyue swiftly decided and nodded. “I just heard that her Yuan meridian has some problems…”
“No wonder…” Shangguan Jing looked like he knew what was going on.
Chu Liuyue was confused. Seeing the ancestor’s appearance, it seems like he knows why Shangguan Wan held the Wan Zheng Competition.
“Senior, what does this… mean?” asked Chu Liuyue lightly.
Shangguan Jing looked much more solemn as he put his hands behind his back, shook his head, and sighed. “Forget it, forget it. It’s better if you don’t know these things. Anyway, it’s shameful for Tianling to have such a descendant with ill intentions in the Tianling royal family.”
Chu Liuyue wanted to ask further, but she thought for a while and did not speak.
But Shangguan Jing suddenly thought of something as he scrutinized her. “Speaking of which, how did you come here?”
Chu Liuyue glanced at the legendary three-eyed eagle beside her and coughed in embarrassment. “I won’t lie to you, Senior. I came here today for this skeleton. T-the legendary fiend I made a contract with only has a soul, so I barged in with hopes of helping it recover its physical body.”
“I’m not talking about this.” Shangguan Jing’s expression was weird. “You might not know this, but the door to the palace can only be opened by people with the Tianling royal family bloodline.”