Chapter 96: Discord
Seeing Tian Leyao slowly disappearing and two elderly crying sadly, Gu Yunlan stared blankly. If she didn’t meet Xuanyuan Ying in the previous life, then setting aside the fact there wasn’t even anyone to take care of her corpse, then perhaps she would have become a lonely, wild ghost floating aimlessly in the chaotic world.
In this short period of time, she found herself hating Bai Linlong and Jiang Chen more than Yangjing. If it weren’t for them, wouldn’t this world be few innocent souls less? Why can’t they be like Xuanyuan Ying? Forget being a good person, but at least don’t harm others!
That Tian Leyao is actually rather lucky. At least, she met them and had the chance to escape. At least, she saw her parents in the end.
Unlike her own terrible death, if it weren’t for Xuanyuan Ying.. heh heh, this time she won’t be too weak to fight against Bai Linlong and Jiang Chen. She’ll first get rid of Bai Linlong, then face Jiang Chen…
When they returned, they could hear the fireworks booming above Gu City from far away. New Years dinner has started.
Xuanyuan Ying carried Gu Yunlan on his back helplessly, saying somewhat sarcastically, “Look at you! Clearly you’re so afraid of the dark and ghosts, yet still insist on acting like a benefactor!”
“Xuanyuan!” Gu Yunlan lifted her head lightly to look at the Gu City fireworks far away, “Happy New Year!”
“I really don’t know what to do with you!” Xuanyuan Ying shook his held helplessly, “We could have descended the mountain by flying, but you insisted on walking! What, you’re not afraid of ghosts anymore?”
“Afraid!” Gu Yunlan laid on his back, her consciousness starting to drop, “But, Xuanyuan Ying, seeing Tian Leyao circumstances, I want to find Bai Linlong!”
“You feel sorry for her?” Xuanyuan Ying asked. ‘Her’ referred to Tian Leyao.
“I do not!” Gu Yunlan shook her head, empathy? Who knows, perhaps she just didn’t want the world to have a few wild ghosts more, “I just don’t want any more innocent people to die. Seeing how tragically she died, it reminded me of myself in the last life. If it weren’t for meeting you, I’d…”
She stopped, but then continued, “I know my heart is soft, but Bai Linlong and I are beyond reconciliation. A bout like this is bound to happen sooner or later!
“Are you not afraid that she and Zi Luolan are working together?” How would she act if this was true? Xuanyuan Ying could feel a headache starting.
Gu Yunlan paused at Xunyuan Ying’s question, is she afraid? She is afraid; afraid of everything to do with Zi Luolan; afraid that she was actually the dark hand behind the curtains. However what if she isn’t? She doesn’t want to lose the only friend who helped her in the previous life.
“What if she wasn’t willing at all but was rather forced by Bai Linlon?” Gu Yunlan tested another theory. Her emotions were turbulent. No matter what, it was irrefutable that Bai Linlong resides in the Zi household.
“Those are all merely comforting words!” Xuanyuan Ying snorted. He wrinkled his brows, “So what if you can find Bai Linlong? So what if you find their relation? Don’t forget, you are not her opponent at all!”
“I know I’m weak, unable to last even a single blow.” Gu Yunlan lowered her head reluctantly, sighing, “If we keep going like this, I’m afraid we’d end up stabbed in the stomach one day.”
“I know you agree.” Gu Yunlan looked at him with determination, “But I want to know what exactly the Zi Family is hiding. I want to know for sure that Luolan and Bai Linlong has no relations, if they truly don’t.”
“You’re still so soft! What if they do? You would start acting against Zi Luolan?” Xuayuan Ying let her down, looking unwaveringly at her under the moonlike. A word per sentence, he said, “Gu Yunlan, if you can’t make your resolve, I hope you won’t go looking for trouble!”
Looking for trouble? He’s criticizing her for looking for trouble? Gu Yunlan’s heart seemed to come to a rest. She had forgotten, their relation only started as an agreement. Does that mean she no longer has value?
Xuanyuan Ying sighed as he pulled on her hand, walking closer, “You’re thinking too much. Our agreement for exchanging blood ended once the change was complete. However, when I say toss you aside and forbid you from causing trouble, it’s only because I don’t want you to be in danger. There’s not much I can do to help you. The plans can’t keep up with how things are changing. Your blood is no longer suitable for me unless we dual cultivate. I want to recover my strength, and need slaughter qi to do so.”
“This quickly?” Gu Yunlan hesitated; he wanted to trigger a war? Then how many people people will lose their home and life?
“I wasn’t the one started the war, there’s no way we can change the course of history, neither with I try. Your blood can’t help me so I need slaughter qi. In the end it’s for our sake, don’t forget we have the same enemy!” Xuanyuan Ying creased his brow, why is she so sure he was the one who caused the war?
“I, I wasn’t blaming you…” Gu Yunlan was a bit hesitant, she only complained two phrases in her heart.
“War isn’t something I can start just because I want to. The war a year ago was actually already in motion, I only suppressed the news of it by mandatory order, otherwise all the soldiers would be sent down. How can the city citizens not panic then?” Xuanyuan Ying sighed. He was ridiculously busy back then, he had to run between taking care of her and the army barracks.
“I’m sorry!” Gu Yunlan froze, smiling bitterly. He didn’t even tell her something as huge as this.
If her father’s position as a Marshal wasn’t passed on, then in her current condition, wouldn’t a war may as well leave her without even a corpse? Yet she still complained about him starting a war when he really protected the people from danger.
“What I want isn’t your apology!” Xuanyuan Ying halted his steps, looking at her fixedly and said softly, “I never did, I saved you back then because I was attracted to your hate and physique. I’m afraid right now, you are of no use to me. But at least you could accompany me throughout the slow, long days…
Xuanyuan Ying’s voice was very low, almost as if he was talking to himself. He stopped talking for a bit, but then took a breath to say, “I just don’t want you to be wronged again. If they are really working together, you’re not a match for them at all. I’ll be very busy these days and can only come back at night. Do you understand what I mean?”
“En!” GU Yunlan pursed her lips, nodding. Her heart was once again jolted, there were some things he said that she didn’t quite understand.
“Don’t think too much. Even if you wanted to find her, it’d take a while.” Xuanyuan Ying comforted, seeing her blank expression. But her eyebrows still wouldn’t relax. He creased his brows, asking, “Is there anything else you don’t get?”
Gu Yunlan’s pupils shifted, pondering for a moment before asking, “‘Long, slow days’? What does that mean?”
“Cough cough!” XUanyuan Ying slightly coughed twice. He held onto her shoulders and said solemnly, “I will only say this once, so you listen clearly. This senior will allow you to follow this senior! Just this meaning!”
“No wait! Even if I follow you, it’d only be for a few more decades! How would it be long and slow?” Gu Yunlan still didn’t get the answer she was looking for. That wasn’t what she was asking.
As she said this, Xuanyuan Ying put down his hands in a headache. His heart felt regretful yet felt as if he could release a breath. This girl wasn’t focused on that part, but rather confused about the ‘long and slow days.’
“You don’t know about your cultivation?” Xuanyuan Ying looked at her in surprise. Seeing her nod, he strided forward a few steps before continuing, “You cultivated the Yu Ye, you know what that means? From then on, you’ve entered the ranks of the long-lived!”
Gu Yunlan followed his steps, suddenly came to a realization, “So you’re saying, I’ll also live long without again?”
Xuanyuan shook his head, “Not exactly. I can only say that your lifespan has increased!”
Gu Yunlan suddenly shifted her pupils, asking, “Then, Uncle Xuanyuan, how old are you now?”
Xuanyuan Ying pulled her closer by the beck, saying with a quiet voice, “You want to know? I only tell my age to wife, you really want to now? I’ll tell you quietly!”
“Cough cough! Uh, then I’ll just not know.” Gu Yunlan pushed him away abruptly, coughing twice. She shifted her face away rather unnaturally; now she knows what his last words means. Only, her heart felt rather turbulent. She hasn’t even considered those feeling for a long time…
“No need to confuse yourself, I was just joking! –! What are you worrying about!” Xuanyuan Ying’s pupils deepened. He anticipated her reaction, she’s not really willing. Only, he didn’t want to force her and preferred to wait for her acceptance! He glanced at the sky, “The sun is coming up, let’s fly back!”
After going back to take a shower, take a short nap, the sky lightened. Gu Yunlan stayed stuck to her bed, unwilling to get up. Last night Xuanyuan Ying somehow sent her back, even now, her head felt like mushy paste.
The military mess hadn’t ended yet so Xuanyuan Ying can’t help her. However she didn’t want to wait until Bai Linlong regained her strength. By then, she’d be even less of an opponent. Neither did she like to sit around idly, she must find something that can suppress Bai Linlong, oh right! Diandian!
She almost forgot that last time, it was Diandian that heavily injured Bai Linlong. Diandian was still in the cocoon, and she didn’t know when it’ll come out. Perhaps Mengmeng has a solution?
Thinking of this, she immediately crawled up. No longer sticking to her bed, she put on her undergarments and middle clothing. Seeing the detailed qipao, she immediately gave up on it. Why didn’t she have any clothing she could put on on her own? If Xin’er wasn’t present, how would she survive?
“Young Miss! You’ve awoken? Happy New Year!” Xin’er pushed open the door and entered. Seeing Gu Yunlan holding the clothing blankly, she immediately walked over and took the clothing to help her wear it.
Seeing Xin’er helping her put it on, she fell into a deep thought, and said, “Cin’er, go tell Mengmeng we’re going to go to Vine Clothing Pavilion for a walk!”
“Young Miss! Nobody wanders the streets on the first of a new year, how unlucky!” Xin’er pushed her to sit at the vanity. While helping her brush her hair, she chattered away, “According to superstitions, you should avoid spending money on the first day of the new year otherwise this entire year you won’t be able to get money!”
Gu Yunlan gave her a look, “Little trickster, where all these superstitions come from! I don’t need informing her anymore! In a bit, I’ll go find her myself!”
“What’s wrong with me going!” Hearing her family’s Young Miss’s angry words, she immediately backed off.
By the time the four people left the house, it was already late in the afternoon. Gu Yunlan and Xuanyuan Meng walked in the front, Xin’er and A’Mu walked behind them.
“Mengmeng! Do you have anything that can help the cocoon break early?” Gu Yunlan leaned close to Xuanyuan Meng and whispered quietly.
“Diandian is in a cocoon?” Xuanyuan Meng looked at her curiously.
“Yes! It’s been a cocoon since we came back from the Zi Household!” Gu Yunlan nodded. She had forgotten to tell her afterwards.
“How can you hurry the cocoon process? Don’t be in a rush! Rushing too much will only ruin the rare opportunity for success!” Xuanyuan Meng looked at her rather quizzically. What’s making Yunlan so anxious? Usually she’s an icy calm person, what happened today?