Translated by Kadence
Chapter 25: The Most Intimate Person
Gu Yunjue was dissatisfied with Mu Chen’s indifference towards him. Cupping the other’s face in his hands, he took a chance—kiss.
The soft touch against his lips stunned Mu Chen. Looking at Gu Yunjue’s expression that’s full of admiration, he helplessly sighed, always never having the heart to blame the other. He stroked Gu Yunjue’s head and slowly said, “Only your most intimate person can do this. You can’t do this anymore.”
“My most intimate person is Master.” The child completely didn’t understand what he said, and instead, looked up with bright eyes and a sweet smile that completely dissipated Mu Chen’s bad temper.
Straightening Gu Yunjue’s hairpin, he said, “Go then since Master will wait for you.”
Exiting Yanyang Palace, Gu Yunjue licked the corners of his mouth which seemed to have the heat from the quick touch still and held a sweetness that would have people feeling an urge to continue. As his thoughts stirred, Gu Yunjue extended his finger in a direction and said to Jing Ming, “Go there.”
“Huh?” Jing Ming was puzzled. “That’s the direction towards Hanyang Palace!”
“I’m telling you to go to Hanyang Palace. Go see what Xiao Liu is doing.” Gu Yunjue raised. Jing Ming’s playful nature appeared. Little Liu was in seclusion for the whole month, so the two haven’t played together. Even more, learning that he and the other are both not of the human race, friendly feelings have once again increased.
Therefore, the always never arguing foolish wolf was swayed with a few words from Gu Yunjue. With a loving to play temperament, he cast the matter to go to the Library Pavillion to the back of his mind, turned his back on Gu Yunjue and went straight to Hanyang Palace.
Since Mu Chen found out his true form, Chu Qianshuang was genuinely well-behaved for several days. Grand Martial Uncle knew to return his pill medicine that suppressed his demon qi. If other people found him out, they would definitely contract him as their spirit pet. Once the master’s body dies, the spirit pet will lose his life soon after. If the master becomes wounded, the spirit pet will also sustain injuries. Moreover, most cultivators treat spirit pets as if they are livestock and few receive heartfelt treatment. He doesn’t want to lose his freedom.
What’s more, Liu Hanzhi said that if he gave Hanyang Palace any trouble, he would be cut off and baked, saving years worth of wasted resources.
The savage act was terrifying! Comparing with the similarly cold faced Mu Chen that always provided excellent food for him to eat, Chu Qianshuang felt that his Grand Martial Uncle was a small healing fairy.
Now seeing Jing Ming and Gu Yunjue finding him to play, Chu Qianshuang, who held back for several days, felt his heart itch. As a result, the two people decided to go to the Library Pavillion after they played enough. In passing, Gu Yunjue familiarize himself with the environment. In any case, Mu Chen won’t find out. A small abacus let out a *pa pa* sound. It was perfect!
Gu Yunjue beamed as he followed after the other two people, inwardly wondering, what kind of expression would Mu Chen have when Mu Chen finds out he isn’t following directions? The face that always had an indifferent and handsome expression, maybe a pink color will appear. Projected in the beautiful phoenix eyes, the bright pupils hold a little anger. He thinks that expression would be lovely.
QiYang Palace was at the far north in the Lofty Cloud Sect, and Yanyang Palace had a long distance from it. Fortunately, Jing Ming and Chu Qianshuang’s cultivations have already reached the early nascent soul stage, taking Gu Yunjue to fly in the air would be a cinch. The three transformed into a green light and not long until they are overhead QiYang Palace. Gu Yunjue followed after these two little devils and not only do they pick DuanMu Feng’s fruit, but also take DuanMu Feng’s expensive fruit wine. They also ran over to the opposite side into the spirit beast garden to fish up some Dragon Scale Carps that were already raised over a century.
After passing the days of where Dan Yangzi would randomly show up and strip them of some of their companions, the Dragon Scale Carps finally survived to the to day where Dan Yangzi ascended. They lived over fifty years in peace and each became plump and strong. They had great size, as long as a human’s arm. After approximately another century, they would transform into dragons, but now, they were going to be eaten, not knowing whether it’s their fate or a tribulation.
The three behind the mountain lit a fire and first roasted the fish, arranged the sweet-scented fruit on the ground and carried the spiritual qi fruit wine in their arms. They were as if drunk or entranced!
TL note: 醉生梦死 – zuìshēngmèngsǐ – as if drunk or entranced – in a drunken stupor
As they happily roasted, a young man wearing a dark red magnificent gown stopped overhead. He had a pair of clear bright eyes speckled with amusement, decorated with eyebrows shaped like moons, and gently said, “I’ve found you small gluttons.”
This man was the young master of QiYang Palace, DuanMu Feng.
Once Chu Qianshuang saw the bad situation, he broke into a run right away. DuanMu Feng spelled out a fixed-body incantation to make the other stop, his amber eyes sweeping over their bodies and he mumbled to himself, “Whose debt should I deal with first?”
Gu Yunjue stood up, brushed his sleeves, and cupped his hands in greeting courtesy as he said, “Greeting second senior brother.”
DuanMu Feng looked over Gu Yunjue, and laughed, “Fifth younger brother ah, senior brother doesn’t have any treasures for a greeting gift for you. You can consider this fish as senior brother’s gift for you. Later, come to my place to take some earthen jars of peach blossom wine for your master.”
Gu Yunjue recalled that the other’s orchard had several dao children sweeping the blossoms off the flower. Tree leaves and petals were mixed with weeds and swept into basket after basket. Can these things be drunk?
Perhaps his suspicion within his eyes was too obvious as DuanMu Feng explained, “The wine for your master is naturally different from those sold.” When he finished talking, he immediately picked up Chu Qianshuang, “As for you, it’s been several days since you’ve seen master. He misses you. Wouldn’t it be nice to accompany Martial Uncle for a trip?”
Gu Yunjue smiled and nodded in thanks, watching DuanMu Feng carry Chu Qianshuang and disappear. He sat back down and handed the half eaten fish over to Jing Ming. “Not eating it is very wasteful. We’ll leave after we finish eating.” This Dragon Scale Carp’s meat was tender and delicious; once a bite was eaten, one could feel their spiritual power spontaneously move, feeling comfortably warm from head to foot. It really was a delicacy.
Taking advantage of Jing Ming’s lack of attention, Gu Yunjue put the other untouched fish into his spatial ring, thinking of Mu Chen’s face when he sees this fish, definitely extremely adorable.
At twelve, Mu Chen checked the time and inwardly frowned. His little disciple promised to return at noon to eat. Why hasn’t he returned yet?
Right at this moment, Guan Shan entered, leading a few dao children carrying three earthen jars of wine, and laughed as he said, “Reporting to Master, QiYang Palace delivered three earthen jars of peach blossom wine.
“Peach blossom wine?” Mu Chen tilted his head, suspicious. Why did someone send him wine? “Where’s Jing Ting?”
Jing Ting was at the window looking in and simply said one word, “Here.”
“Go to the pill room and fetch three breakthrough pills for QiYang Palace as a thank you gift.” Jing Ting sounded an agreement and raised his legs to leave when Mu Chen began speaking again, “Go check on Yun er and the others and see why they haven’t yet returned.”
Jing Ting made another sound of agreement and walked away somewhat quicker than before. Thinking of Jing Ming who took Gu Yunjue out, inexplicably, he had a bad premonition.
Mu Chen watched his rear figure, his face holding his thoughts, thinking that his previous way of thinking was somewhat hesitant.
Not long, Jing Ting returned with a cold expression. On his shoulder, Gu Yunjue with a harmless look. In his arms, Jing Ming, who was beaten until his face became purple, with a faint greenish-black complexion.
Not waiting for Jing Ting to explain, Gu Yunjue already ran over to Mu Chen, a fish appearing in his hands in an instant. His pretty peach blossom eyes created a beautiful crescent moon shape, the pure eyes holding speckles of starlights. He presented a treasure with a great deal of effort as if he was offering a world of devotion. He just listened to the soft and sticky child’s silvery voice, full of warm attachment, “Master! Eat fish!”
Mu Chen looked at the Dragon Scale Fish that has been raised for over a century, confused on whether he should be delighted or furious. He told the disciple to go to the Library Pavillion and study, but he ended up running away to catch fish. It was reasonable to say that Mu Chen should spank the other’s buttocks, but his little disciple’s facial expression…… Mu Chen took a deep breath, telling himself he mustn’t be lax in disciplining his disciple. Even if someone this cute did something, they still need to be scolded!
“Give Master an explanation. Why did you go to second senior brother’s place to steal fish?” Mu Chen made his tone as serious as he could.
Gu Yunjue silently turned his face, innocently looking at Jing Ming.
Mu Chen’s ice-cold gaze followed the other looking over. Jing Ming straightened in an instant, opening his eyes wide in shock at Gu Yunjue. The one who said that the fish looked tasty and wanted to try it was you! The one that took second elder’s wine was also you! The one who said that the fruit tasted the best was also you! The one who brought that fish and was discovered by Master was also you! The one who was found out was still you! Why are you looking at me this time?!