Of course, the commotion by the lake could not be transmitted to the space where Jing Yue was. He was sitting in front of the stone door to rest and recuperate while Qin Yanzhi was again invited by him to collect Yao inner cores.
Because he was worried that there would be more restrictions behind the stone door, it was better to be prepared just in case.
After Jing Yue's spiritual energy gradually recovered, he opened his eyes again, only to see that Qin Yanzhi had returned at one point, sitting not far from him with his eyes closed in rest.
“When did you come back? Why didn't you call me?” Jing Yue was surprised that he hadn't noticed anyone standing guard beside him. Fortunately, it was Qin Yanzhi. If he were an outsider, wouldn't he be in danger?
Qin Yanzhi, “Seeing that you don’t look too good, I want you to rest for a while. The stone door doesn’t look like it’s going to close soon anyway.”
That was true. The stone door seemed to be deliberately waiting for the two of them, not closing again after it opened.
Jing Yue, “Have you collected all the Yao cores?”
Qin Yanzhi, “There are more than 1,300.”
Jing Yue nodded and continued, “I wonder if Qin-zhenjun could figure out where we are now.”
Qin Yanzhi, “It should be a space created by man with self-forming laws.”
Jing Yue, “That’s right. Since it can form laws, no matter how powerful you and I may be, as long as we have not crossed the tribulation and ascended, we will be subject to this place.”
Qin Yanzhi responded calmly, “I know. If the space controller finds us not pleasing to the eye, we can perish at any time.”
Jing Yue paused briefly. He thought Qin Yanzhi would say ‘It’s also good to be a pair of tragic lovebirds’ or something similar, but didn’t expect the other party to be so serious.
Qin Yanzhi seemed to have a kind of supernatural ability at reading Jing Yue’s thoughts, and his expression abruptly froze. “I’m not that sappy.”
Jing Yue, “Hehe…”
But he didn't want to argue with Qin Yan about this kind of thing, so he said seriously, “I feel that the person in control is the Yao race. And for some reason, I can’t help but feel that something behind the stone door has a karmic connection with me.”
Qin Yanzhi's expression changed and his eyes darkened slightly. “I also share the same feeling, and it’s a big karma too!”
Jing Yue was taken aback for a moment. “But neither of us have ever been here.”
They looked at the dark stone door in unison and couldn’t help feeling the uncertainty inside. All the events that happened before seemed to be leading them here now.
After a long time, Jing Yue laughed lightly and said, “Forget it, let’s not think about it. If the controller really has malicious intent towards us, from the time we fell into the lake, he has countless ways to torture us. Since he didn’t do it, there are only two possibilities.”
Qin Yanzhi, “First, he doesn't want to kill us yet; second, he’s dead, or his divine spirit is so weak that he can no longer manipulate the laws.”
Even if the creator of the world was dead, the laws he created could live forever and could still support a space.
And the space would always carry the other party's imprint.
Jing Yue dusted his robes, stood up, and said to Qin Yanzhi, “Qin-zhenjun, after you.”
Qin Yanzhi smiled faintly and took the lead.
When the two entered the door, it closed suddenly as if afraid they would run away.
Jing Yue and Qin Yanzhi turned around and looked at the stone door. When they looked back again, they found themselves in a dark passage. Oil lamps suddenly lit on both sides of the passage, spreading to the depths of the darkness, instantly illuminating their field of vision.
“This is very much like a tomb passage.” Jing Yue sounded a little hesitant.
He walked straight to an oil lamp and his eyes flickered slightly. “The lamp is lit with corpse oil.”
Qin Yanzhi frowned and also walked over, saying, “It's the corpse of a Yao beast, and a Yao Emperor at that.”
A Yao Emperor was equivalent to a Return to Void cultivator, and their corpse oil could be preserved for hundreds of thousands of years.
Jing Yue, “Is it possible that the controller here is the Yao emperor, and this place is its tomb?”
Before Qin Yanzhi could answer, he shook his head again. “No, how could any Yao be willing to refine itself into corpse oil, and the Yao emperor doesn’t have the strength to create this space either.”
Qin Yanzhi, “Don’t think too much. Let’s go down. Sooner or later we’ll know the truth.”
So the two of them walked along the passage, which was very long with no end in sight.
Halfway through, Qin Yanzhi suddenly said, “Do you still remember the tunnel we walked through in the Six Wheel Secret Realm?”
Qin Yanzhi was referring to the layer where they encountered the projection. Before the projection appeared, the boundless darkness of the tunnel was also a test of their state of mind.
Jing Yue remembered what happened back then, as well as Lil Yanzhi in the Haotian Realm, and a trace of nostalgia appeared in his eyes. “Of course, your mind was unstable at that time and easily affected.”
“You were holding my hand back then…” Qin Yanzhi flexed his fingers as if he wanted to grab something. “My consciousness was already hazy at that time, but when I felt the strength of your palm, I instantly remembered your name and gradually came back to my senses.”
Jing Yue was a little surprised. He only knew that Qin Yanzhi had encountered a test of mind, but didn’t know how the other party got out of it. This was his first time hearing it.
But he couldn’t help thinking that it was a bad time for Qin Yanzhi to bring this up now. Sure enough, he heard the other party say next, “At that time, the ‘other self’ already liked you. That day, when the ‘other self’ fainted, it was also because of you…”
Jing Yue took a deep breath. “Qin-zhenjun, don't you think it's strange to say these words in a flat tone in a suspected tomb passage?”
Qin Yanzhi, “I don’t think so.”
Jing Yue, “…”
Inexplicably, Jing Yue wanted to laugh. He had a foreboding that Qin Yanzhi would continue to do this unexpectedly, and soon he would be numb to it. Jing Yue suddenly hoped that the other party could say a few more words so that he could adapt as soon as possible.
But Qin Yanzhi changed the subject. “By the way, how come I haven't seen Ji-ji?”
As soon as blue phoenix was mentioned, Jing Yue's mood instantly fell. “It couldn't stand the dense Yao energy so I sent it into the Haotian Realm. I have no idea how it’s doing now.”
Qin Yanzhi, “Don’t worry, if it doesn’t see you, it should go to Mini Frostcloud Sect.”
Jing Yue shook his head. “It wouldn’t leave. It will stay in the same spot and wait for me.”
Needless to say, Jing Yue understood blue phoenix the best. At this time, Ji-ji was lying in front of the stone door in the inner sea, looking at the sea, and weeping in the wind.
Since it entered the Haotian Realm, its body quickly recovered, but Jing-jing never came to fetch it.
Ji-ji waited until its feathers were almost bald but there was still no sight of Jing-jing.
“Little chicken, are you really not coming with us to Mini Frostcloud Sect?”
Two people stood beside blue phoenix, none other than the two brothers Ritian and Ridi, here to fill the shortage.
“You're the little chicken! Even if your names are Ritian and Ridi, even if you can have the space system in the future, even if you can get the ancient monster bloodline and beast legacy, even if you can conquer countless little brothers and romantic interests, Ji-ji will never betray Jing-jing! Ji-ji is born to be Jing-jing’s phoenix! And I won’t die either! JI-ji wants to ascend with Jing-jing!”
Long Ritian and Long Ridi looked at each other and watched as the little blue chicken chirped non-stop. They could feel the little blue chicken's anger but didn’t know the reason.
Long Ritian, “This spiritual pet of Laozu has always been a little abnormal. I’m worried about leaving it here alone.”
Long Ridi, “Why don't we send it back to Mini Frostcloud Sect?”
Long Ritian, “The little blue chicken didn’t come from the same place as us. After leaving the stone door, it can't go back to Frostcloud Sect.”
Long Ridi, “That’s right. In that case…”
The two brothers both nodded. Long Ritian grabbed the blue phoenix and released the flying magic weapon, heading for Flying Blossoms Mountain.
The blue phoenix struggled endlessly and clawed frantically. “Bold thief! How dare you kidnap this phoenix!”
“Let go of me! Jing-jing! Where are you, Jing-jing!”
The blue phoenix's chirping gradually faded away, and the stone door standing in the sea returned to tranquility once again. While in another stone door, Jing Yue and Qin Yanzhi walked for a long time and finally got out of the passage.
However, to their surprise, there was a lush valley outside the passage.
The valley was full of spiritual plants. Jing Yue released his divine consciousness to explore but didn’t detect any danger. He turned to Qin Yanzhi for confirmation, and the latter also said, “It seems that there are only these plants here.”
Jing Yue found it hard to believe that a peaceful place lay behind the bizarre stone door. Although so many spiritual plants could barely be considered a chance encounter, it felt like an abrupt end to a novel with hundreds of chapters, which directly botched the climax.
He said, “Go over and take a look, be careful.”
The two of them walked deeper into the valley. Along the way, Jing Yue didn't forget to pick the spiritual plants. He had never seen such a concentrated place for spiritual plants in two lifetimes. Logically speaking, since this place was created by the Yao race, there shouldn't be any spiritual energy, but this place was quite full of it.
Both he and Qin Yanzhi were full of doubts, constantly on tenterhooks for fear that danger would appear unexpectedly.
Until they entered the depths of the valley, it was still very calm, but in the calm, Jing Yue detected a hint of unusual.
“Do you feel someone staring at us?”
Qin Yanzhi didn’t possess an Omnispirit body and wasn’t as sensitive as Jing Yue. He concentrated for a while and said, “I don’t feel it.”
Jing Yue frowned and spread out his spiritual consciousness to search but still found no clue.
He pondered. “Let's move on. If there’s a threat, it will be exposed sooner or later.”
But until they came to a waterfall and found another Yao restriction in the cave covered by the waterfall, nothing happened.
Jing Yue was about to break the restriction so he asked Qin Yanzhi to take out the Yao inner core, but the latter didn’t move.
For some inexplicable reason, an intent suddenly welled up in Qin Yanzhi’s mind, asking him to stay. There was an existence that was extremely important to him here.
Jing Yue, “What’s wrong?”
Qin Yanzhi told him about this strange feeling and Jing Yue said, “But why didn’t we bump into this the entire way?”
But Jing Yue believed in the other party's intuition. If Qin Yanzhi missed the chance encounter, he would also feel guilty, so he suggested, “Why don't we walk around again and search this place carefully?”
Qin Yanzhi, “Sure.”
This time, the two walked around the valley and carefully chose places they hadn't set foot just now.
When they passed by a certain rock wall, Qin Yanzhi suddenly stopped.
“It's here, just nearby.”
Jing Yue looked at the cliff wall, and before he could see what was going on, he saw Qin Yanzhi strike the rock wall with his palm.
A hole appeared in the cliff wall with a pile of bones inside.
It was human.
Ji-ji: Hooligan, you’ve really changed. Ji-ji really has the foresight to give you a nickname that hits you straight in the heart.
Rouge: I’ve always been like this.
Ji-ji: Nonsense, you used to…
Rouge: Have you recognized all the swords in the pavilion / the annual exam will be in two months / diligence can make up for weakness /. I’m as outspoken as before. Sword cultivation cultivates the spirit. The characteristics of my true self, you’re worth it.
Ji-ji: Li Ju Fu
(TN: Li Ju Fu 李菊福 is a double entendre for the homonym 理据服, the first being ‘blessings of the chrysanthemum’ which I believe all BL readers should understand, while the second one is ‘persuasion with facts and data’.)