Chapter 19: Household Register
Rong Lin did not understand the meaning of Xiao Bai’s words. How would this small fish demon know someone in heaven? If she wanted to become a member of the heavenly household register, she could only go to him. After weighing over the matter, he was already treating her with extreme benevolence and utmost duty. It was the same as doing good works, but he also had not done good works of this degree. Over thirty thousand years, he had done many benevolent acts, but this matter was of great concern, and was absolutely not something that could be done by simply lifting one’s hand.
Rong Lin titled his head to glance at her, and saw her expectant face looking at him.
‘Don’t mind it,’ Rong Lin thought.
Then he turned towards A Lian and said, “Prepare the household register book, then we will go to the Secluded Department.”
A Lian wanted to answer right then, but hearing Xiao Bai then neither too fast nor too slow said, “Then what kind of identity do you intend to use?”
What kind of identity? Rong Lin pondered for half a day. The difference between him and this small fish demon’s ages was a bit large, but his figure was youthful and bright; looking at her, he was not clear on how big of an age difference there was.
He immediately said, “Before, when this small fish demon went to the Secluded Department, I pretended to be her older male cousin to take her out.”
“…Cousin,” Xiao Bai muttered, a smile appearing on the corner of his lips.
Seeing Rong Lin’s rather dissatisfied reaction, he then explained, “It may be assumed that you have not been versed in the things of the world for a very long time. After a few years many achieved the Dao and became immortals. Heaven’s population suddenly rose, and moreover, giving preferential treatment with the heavenly household register was quite abundant, increasingly taking advantage of the loophole. If you want to use the title of older cousin to go and do it, then I advise you not to go on this trip…”
Then indifferently explaining the sentence again he said, “If not for being closely related, the Secluded Department will likely not accept the case.”
A Lian faintly thought this matter was troublesome; then turning to look at Rong Lin, said, “High, High God?”
Even though Rong Lin was High God, and accepted people’s reverence, he usually did official business according to the official principles, and nevertheless was doing this entering through the backdoor for the first time. With everything in order, he had lived for thirty thousand years and disliked destroying this order. Just now he had thought of helping this small fish demon since he was feeling a small bit of compassion. But now, after calming down and thinking it over, he was really no good to assist her in breaking heaven’s rules.”
“If you say she is your lost daughter from outside, it actually might work,” Xiao Bai said.
Not waiting for Rong Lin to get angry, A Lian immediately opened her mouth and said, “That won’t do. How can I sully High God’s pure reputation?”
Clearly Rong Lin was also not receptive to this suggestion. Now seeing the originally calm and silent small fish demon’s face flushing so emotionally, naturally he knew she wasn’t only protecting his pure reputation – if she knew how to protect his pure reputation, then why did she speak so vaguely and cause fairy Hong Qiao to misunderstand that day?
It naturally called to mind that if someone as bright and incomparable as High God, were to really have had some sort of father and daughter relationship, then the thoughts she kept for him would be all the more too embarrassing to mention. Nevertheless it may be assumed that this small fish demon still had a bit of vision.
Xiao Bai said, “It really is somewhat inappropriate.”
He looked at A Lian in front of him and then said, “Since you are Xiao Zao’s friend, naturally I want to think of a way to help you.”
A Lian gratefully said, “Thank you, High God Xiao Bai.”
Continuing, Xiao Bai said, “I heard that you and Yuan Jiang’s relationship is pretty good?”
A Lian did not know why Xiao Bai had suddenly mentioned Yuan Jiang. She then honestly said, “Immortal Lord Yuan Jiang is very considerate towards me.”
Immortal Lord Yuan Jiang was the head chef of the Ninth Heavenly Pavilion’s cafeteria, and was very infatuated with A Lian and had tried to woo A Lian numerous times.
In the end she did not understand at all, and with presently glowing cheeks, turned towards Xiao Bai and said, “How did High God Xiao Bai know?”
Xiao Bai did not reply, but said, “Immortal Lord Yuan Jiang’s infatuation towards you; just now when you were on the competition stage, from the beginning, he watched from the side. He immediately came to look me after seeing you lose to beseech me to think of a way. He even said – as long as you could continue to stay at the Ninth Heavenly Pavilion, he was willing to do anything.”
Rong Lin’s brows pinched and he said, “It’s merely a carp, that’s all.”
Xiao Bai looked at him, then said, “Even though Yuan Jiang is a carp, he grew up in the Jade Floor heavenly lake however, and has a genuine heavenly household register. His temper is meek, and is without much addictions. Because Miss A Lian is a freshwater fish, it may be assumed that there is quite a lot of common language. This is the reason why Yuan Jian looked for me. Miss A Lian wishes to stay in the Ninth Heavenly Pavilion, and you both have a pretty good relationship, so it would be better to go to the Bureau of Fate and receive a marriage contract…when the time comes Miss A Lian would properly and honorably be on Jing’s heavenly household register, and this will easily solve everything.”
Speaking to A Lian again he said, “Yuan Jing’s reputation in the Ninth Heavenly Pavilion is pretty good;.he is honest and guileless. It may be assumed that it is unlikely Miss A Lian will be treated unfairly, so wait until your schooling is complete and then you two can take a trip to the Bureau of Fate and take a divorce book.”
Xiao Bai was cherished as a highly respected character, and spoke very few words. But he had no choice but to speak and put forward this suggestion, which was indeed appropriate.
A Lian tightly clasped both hands, and secretly sent a measuring glance at Rong Lin. His face was calm and collected and he did not speak. She also understood that presently, apart from this way, there was no other method.
A Lian thought, then in a small voice said, “Then, then I will have to trouble High God Xiao Bai.”
Xiao Bai wore an amiable expression. If it were not for Xiao Zao beseeching him, how could he possibly look after this troublesome matter? He then said, “In that case, I will call Yuan Jing to come over at once; Rong Lin and I can be the witnesses. That way, Yuan Jiang will never dare to bully you someday.”
A Lian was moved to tears.
“Thank you High God Xiao Bai.”
Immortal Lord Yuan Jing really was deeply attached to A Lian. Seeing his sweetheart fight as though her life depended on it that day, precisely because she wanted to keep staying at the Ninth Heavenly Pavilion, naturally he wanted to do anything to help her. Now hearing High God Xiao Bai was calling on him, he hastily rushed over, and waited to hear High God Xiao Bai’s meaning. Immortal Lord Yuan Jing’s face was somewhat burning hot, and with a gaze full of tender feelings he looked at A Lian beside the two High Gods, then pledging said, “To both High Gods, I, Yuan Jing, will treat Miss A Lian well in the future, and will do everything for Miss A Lian.”
Immortal Lord Yuan Jing’s appreciation was already very clear.
A Lian and Immortal Lord Yuan Jing looked for a quiet place, for both people to talk over the marriage together. A Lian gazed at Immortal Lord Yuan Jing’s refined and honest face, and realistically explained her own purpose.
Immortal Lord Yuan Jing then said, “I know. To be able to quickly help Miss A Lian is exactly what I was looking for. You can be at ease, and just like our marriage contract, I will also treat you with mutual respect between husband and wife. If you don’t want to make it public, then we can just keep this a secret. These next few years you only have to worry about properly cultivating into a Ninth Heavenly Pavilion immortal. He will wait until the day school is completed, and if Miss A Lian still want to part with me, I will still be okay with this.”
This couldn’t be said any better.
A Lian then said, “En, thank you, Immortal Lord.”
Immortal Lord Yuan Jing was simple and honest and smiling, said, “You can call me Yuan Jing, you need not be courteous like this.”
Speaking again he said, “In that case, shall we will take a trip to the Bureau of Fate tomorrow?”
‘Entering school is an imminent affair’, she thought before saying, “…Okay.”
Immortal Lord Yuan Jiang chatted very happily, then A Lian watched him leave and went to Xiao Bai with a smile on her cheeks. However she saw that High God Xiao Bai was the only remaining person, and High God Rong Lin’s whereabouts were unknown.
With one look Xiao Bai understood and said, “Rong Lin already went back.”
“…Oh.” A Lian nodded disappointedly, and then High God Xiao Bai left.
When Tian Luo saw A Lian return, she immediately bounced over and said, “Let me have a look; is your leg okay?”
A Lian calmly smiled and lifted her skirt to show two perfectly straight, slim and snow white legs before saying, “It’s okay.”
Astonished, Tian Luo said, “How is that possible… just now I definitely smelled the fish fragrance.”
A Lian secretly told Tian Luo, that it had been High God who cured her. Tian Luo relaxed in one breath and said, “It’s good that it’s fine.”
Yi Gui and Yi Zhang walked over. Today, the two sea clan woman had smoothly passed the new disciples’ competition. Yi Zhang was like Tian Luo, and was able to meet the qualifications. Yi Gui had good luck and had selected a weaker team, which was enough to achieve ‘Grade As’ in both the writing exam and the martial arts exam.
Today A Lian’s performance on stage was also seen by the two sea clan women. Previously she’d had one hundred and one ways to run on a bank, but today A Lian’s performance was seen in front of all the Ninth Heavenly Pavilion people, so packing up and leaving was an obvious thing.
In a good mood, Yi Zhang comforted her saying, “Not just anyone is able to stay at the Ninth Heavenly Pavilion, bighead carp ah, you had better return a bit earlier to your small place. Take advantage of your youth and marry into a good household; don’t have these daydreams again.”
Tian Luo inhaled through her nose, then said, “A Lian, I hate to part with you…so how about I think of a way again. It might be possible to use money to completely settle all the problems.”
Tian Luo’s heart was also very clear. This time was not the same as the previous competition, fair and above board, and to prevent new disciples from slyly obtaining relations to enter through the backdoor, a lot of silver could not buy an individual’s place.
A Lian thought, but nevertheless did not want to tell Tian Luo about Immortal Lord Yuan Jing’s matter, and that waiting until tomorrow’s matter was done then telling Tian Luo was better. Or else if something unexpected happened, it would not be good if Tian Luo was emptied of joy.
She then said, “During these two days I will think of a way.”
Tian Luo nodded with an “en”.
The moon above the tip of the willow branch fully brightened the pond.
Rong Lin stood at the side of the Blue Wave Pond, his godly appearance incomparable.
He was waiting for the small fish demon to arrive.
After a moment he saw the small fish demon run over. Intimately pulling his arm, she crooked her head, and said, “Did High God wait for a long time? It’s not my fault.”
The corner of Rong Lin’s mouth tilted upwards and he lifted his hand to pinch her face, smiled at her painful “aiyo”, and immediately a misty layer of water spread over her large glossy eyes. That was a good mood.
Rong Lin studied her before saying, “The moonlight is very beautiful tonight, should we compete in swimming together?”
He waited for the small fish demon to happily agree from the bottom of her heart. However, after a moment a man appeared from behind the small fish. It was the Ninth Heavenly Pavilion’s Immortal Lord, Yuan Jing.
Immortal Lord Yuan Jing held the small fish demon in his embrace, and the two people looked at each other, full of tender feelings. Then the small fish demon raised her head and spoke to him. “High God Rong Lin, I cannot keep you company and swim together with you anymore… I am already a married fish.”
Immortal Lord Yuan Jing smiled even more and stepped forward. Then offering with both hands said, “High God, inside this is the wedding sweet from my wife and I.”
The small fish demon also smiled and said, “This wedding sweet is very sweet and delicious, please eat a lot of it, High God.”
Rong Lin’s anger raised for no reason, and he reached out and grabbed Yuan Jing’s collar. After a moment, a glossy pink adorable little girl resembling about seven eighths of the small fish demon stepped forward, dragging his arm and noisily said, “Uncle, you let go of my daddy.”
Afterwards, the little girl, turned into two people, then three…then seven, then eight…
Rong Lin awoke dripping with sweat.
He walked towards the window in front of him, and seeing the phoenix carving on the shelf, lifted his head to look at the moonlight outside.
Recalling the scenario in the dream, Rong Lin inhaled deeply.
The next day A Lian woke up very early.
Opening the window wide, an emerald green plumed bird flew in. The bird chirped continuously, then finally placed a paper in its claw in her hand. Then with a flap of its wings, it flew away.
A Lian’s brows pinched, and she slowly unfolded the paper in her hand, murmuring as she read aloud, “At 1:00 pm, come to the Blue Wave pond…”
“What are you looking at?” Tian Luo moved closer to take a look and then said, “Why didn’t you write anything on it?”
A Lian paused. This response had come just now. Generally speaking, it was written to her by High God. High God wanted her only to see, and that was the reason why Tian Luo could not see the handwriting on top.
At exactly 1:00 pm, A Lian finally arrived at the Blue Wave pond, and in the distance saw the back of High God Rong Lin’s tall, lofty figure.
She hurriedly walked forward.
Then glancing at him, she saw that today High God was dressed even more formal than yesterday. The garments made his appearance increasingly more and more eminent and bright. He looked matchless and incomparable.
For a moment A Lian was somewhat dazzled, then she greeted him, “High God.”
High God lightly answered with an ‘en ‘before indifferently asking, “Brought the household register book?”