Everyone had come to fulfill the seven-year promise. They did not gather in the hamlet for fear of disturbing the villagers. Instead, they gathered at a hill not far away. Duo Ji had left seclusion as well. After several days of closed meditation, he had regrown his severed arms and reforged his bones. It was as though he had been granted a new body. He looked more than 10 years younger, and his aura reached the very peak of his cultivation realm.
When Little Guo Po saw the recovered Duo Ji, hope was reignited in his eyes, and his trust in Xiang Shaoyun reached an unconditional level.
Xiang Shaoyun swept his gaze past everyone present before saying, “Today, I gather all of you here to give me a helping hand at regaining what was mine. I hope everyone can work with a common purpose and take down the thieves occupying the Ziling Sect. This young master will be immensely thankful for the help you are going to render.”
Most of the people present did not have any sense of belonging to the Ziling Sect. But since it was Xiang Shaoyun’s request, they would comply unconditionally.
“We will do our very best to help you, young master,” they all replied in a uniform manner.
“Very good. Listen to me. We will move out separately. Be careful to not go together so that we don’t give them the chance to catch all of us at once. We will reconvene after arriving at the Ziling Sect. At that time, we can charge in together,” said Xiang Shaoyun.
He then started sending them away in groups, reminding them to keep their ident.i.ties hidden. The first group was led by Du Xuanhao. He had Hua Cheng, Han Pojun, and Gong Qinyin go with him. The second group consisted of Tuoba Wan’er and Old Urchin, and they brought Xia Liuhui and Zi Changhe with them. The third group would be Xiang Shaoyun, Ye Chaomu, Little White, and the others.
Xiang Shaoyun originally wanted to have Ye Chaomu head over first with the 13 eagles and the other two experts. However, Ye Chaomu insisted on staying by his side. She also said that since Di Batian knew her, a fight would break out the moment she entered the city. She claimed that only by traveling alongside Xiang Shaoyun would they be able to show their determination in regaining the Ziling Sect.
As for Little White, it went without speaking that he would travel with Xiang Shaoyun. That was because he had several powerful demonic beasts following him, and there was no way they would allow the demonic beasts to travel independently. As for the turtle and the toad, they only listened to Xiang Shaoyun, so they naturally tagged along. The end result was the creation of this strongest group.
Tuoba Wan’er and Gong Qinyin also wanted to stay with Xiang Shaoyun, but they knew how important this mission was, so they did not dare to make any demands. And with that, they had set off in separate groups.
Xiang Shaoyun did not stay around either, and he started moving. Before returning to the Ziling Sect, he had to first go to an important location. That place could possibly help him reach the Soul Foundation Realm in the shortest time possible, giving him more confidence when attacking the Ziling Sect.
Along the way, Ye Chaomu stood beside Xiang Shaoyun atop Money. The two stood side by side as though they were a match made in heaven. She remained silent, but her gaze remained focused on him, making him feel uneasy.
“Little Mu, why are you staring at me? It’s not like you have never seen me before,” said Xiang Shaoyun as he rubbed his nose awkwardly.
“Yeah, but I never tire of looking at you,” said Ye Chaomu somewhat bashfully.
Xiang Shaoyun frowned and said, “Little Mu, be serious.”
“I am serious. Like I once said, I like you,” said Ye Chaomu seriously.
Xiang Shaoyun reiterated, “But we are sib—”
Before he could finish his words, Ye Chaomu hugged and kissed him again, completely shutting his mouth. This was the second time she had kissed Xiang Shaoyun. He was somewhat aroused, and he found himself not wanting to part from her lips.
We’re not offending public morality doing this, right? wondered Xiang Shaoyun inwardly.
Ye Chaomu released Xiang Shaoyun and looked into his eyes with her bright eyes. Xiang Shaoyun looked away, not daring to meet the invasive gaze. He was fearless, but this little devil here was someone he was afraid of.
“Big brother, although we refer to each other as siblings, we are not actual siblings. Also, I can feel the raging devilish aura within you. You must have sensed the same from me as well. We are the same, and we belong together! We are the real match made by heaven!” said Ye Chaomu seriously.
“Little Mu, why do you even have devilish aura in you?” asked Xiang Shaoyun in confusion.
“And why do you have the same?” Ye Chaomu questioned him back.
Xiang Shaoyun gave it some thought before replying, “Half my bloodline probably comes from the Imperial Nether Clan. I think I got that from my mother.”
He might keep this secret from others, but he would not hide anything from Ye Chaomu. She was one of the people he trusted most.
“I should be similar, then. However, the bloodline I have is of the Undying Devil Clan,” said Ye Chaomu.
Xiang Shaoyun was stunned. The Undying Devil Clan and the Imperial Nether Clan were paramount devil clans. He was greatly surprised to learn that both he and Little Mu actually possessed their bloodlines.
The Undying Devil Clan was known for their undying bodies. Their innate talents were incredibly powerful. It was no wonder that Ye Chaomu had been able to progress so rapidly in cultivation. She was now a second-stage Soul Foundation Realm cultivator, still much stronger than Xiang Shaoyun.
“What was wrong with father? He had me and picked you up. Did he do all that deliberately?” muttered Xiang Shaoyun doubtfully.
“That must be the case. He intended us to be together,” Ye Chaomu went back to the initial topic.
Xiang Shaoyun felt defeated. He said, “Little Mu, you are a little evil spirit that can conquer any heart. Even your big brother is not immune to your charm. But you should know that I already have a lot of women by my side. Stop messing around, ok? Find a better man than me. You can do it.”
“Is there even such a man in the world?” Ye Chaomu asked.
Xiang Shaoyun replied awkwardly, “There must be one or two of them out there.”
“You sure?” Ye Chaomu pressed on.
Xiang Shaoyun clenched his teeth and said, “I doubt so. But there are probably a lot of men that are only slightly inferior to me.”
No man would admit to being inferior to other men.
“That’s it, then. I only want a man as outstanding as you. I don’t like those that are slightly inferior,” said Ye Chaomu earnestly.
“Enough, we should stop talking about this. Is Lord Wu Xie aware of the devil blood in you?” Xiang Shaoyun s.h.i.+fted the topic.