116 — Trustworthy Brothers; Gu Changge’s Puppets!
Bai Lie looked forward to Yin Mei’s arrival with Ye Ling and the others. Finally, when the moonlight reached its peak intensity, a gentle voice reached his ears from outside the pavilion, “Bai Lie, I am here!”
The voice soothed the listeners’ minds and they felt somewhat intoxicated.
Yin Mei’s arrival overjoyed Bai Lie and he rushed to the pavilion’s entrance to welcome his fiancee. A group of Young Heavenly Geniuses stood up and followed behind him to have a look as well — their eyes lit up as soon as they saw the newcomer’s appearance.
In front of them stood a breathtaking beauty whose appearance wouldn’t tire them out even if they were made to look at her forever. It was no wonder that even a man with an iron will like Bai Lie fell for her and couldn’t stop talking about her.
‘Yin Mei, the Holy Maiden of the Nine-Tailed Celestial Fox Family…’
Yin Mei’s beauty amazed him every time Ye Ling saw her.
What’s more? Yin Mei dolled up today and even put on some make-up, so she looked even more alluring than before, and that fact aroused great envy in Ye Ling’s heart.
“Yin Mei, you are finally here!”
Bai Lie said with an indulgent expression as he looked outside the window with a smile.
A woman dressed in red replied with a soft smile.
Flowers bloomed under her feet with her every step and her gorgeous face radiated a mind-numbing charm. Her beauty couldn’t be put into words…she resembled a goddess who descended upon the world of mortals from the Heavens beyond.
Her unique allure made her stand out from the rest of the beauties present on the scene and one could see a demonic vixen’s charm in her every gesture. Her ethereal, jade-like visage was in full view for all to adore as she descended from the Void.
A lovely, upturned nose, lips that resembled petals of the most beautiful roses, crystal-like teeth, and smooth-as-satin hair…these features, together with the dim moonlight that illuminated her figure, compounded her heaven-defying attraction.
She stepped into the pavilion with her vivacious figure and peerless, fairly-like allure that could charm all beings in the world.
It was clear that Yin Mei specially dressed up today to make herself look more beautiful than ever before!
This was the first time Bai Lie saw Yin Mei look so ravishing; he was stunned but quickly calmed his heart which was lit with the fire of desire.
“Yin Mei, you look incomparably gorgeous!”
Yin Mei rolled her eyes at him in response and said with a bashful tone, “You smooth talker!”
Bai Lie’s soul almost left his body and his bones turned into jelly as he listened to Yin Mei’s words and watched her lovely, bashful expression.
But soon, a hint of displeasure and discomfort appeared on his face as he watched the burning gazes of all the young geniuses in his surroundings sizing up his woman, including his virtuous little brother, Ye Ling’s.
After all, Yin Mei especially dolled up for him, so how could he not feel bad when other men watched her with those lustful gazes?
Bai Lie’s heroic and generous personality didn’t mean that he wasn’t a possessive man who wanted to keep his woman to himself.
Without holding back his dissatisfaction, he gave out a cold snort and brought everyone in the surroundings back to their minds.
The Young Heavenly Geniuses moved their gazes away in embarrassment as soon as they listened to his snort. Ye Ling, too, withdrew his gaze and raised his cup of wine for a sip to make it seem like he was innocent in the matter, and then said with a calm tone, “Big Bro Bai, your luck is unmatched by any!”
Bai Lie would feel elated if Ye Ling said those words on any other occasion, but right now, he couldn’t help but feel somewhat uncomfortable since he knew well of Ye Ling’s personality.
“Yin Mei, you arrived right on time! I was talking about you just now.”
Still, Bai Lie ignored Ye Ling’s remark and greeted Yin Mei with a smile. At the same time, he instructed the people in the pavilion to resume the banquet.
Yin Mei took the initiative to look for him at last and even dolled up for him, so he couldn’t help but feel ecstatic. Bai Lie even felt that something wonderful might happen tonight, so much so that he might even get a chance to hold his lovely fiancee in his arms.
After all, the night was long and they were also going to drink and get intoxicated…
Just thinking about what might happen aroused his excitement.
“I made you wait! A lot of matters went down in the Heavenly Immortal Dao Palace recently, so I couldn’t move around as I pleased. It was announced that Senior Brother Gu will be the Palace’s Heir, and his initiation ceremony is also right around the corner.”
“I wouldn’t have dared to leave the Palace if he hadn’t gone out today for some unknown reason!”
Yin Mei explained with a smile and sat down on a seat with grace.
She made sure to keep some distance from the others in her surroundings though, and this only added to Bai Lie’s happiness. He couldn’t wait for the banquet to end so everyone would leave, and he could have a chance to be alone with Yin Mei.
The banquet resumed in fervor.
Yin Mei’s words gave off a feeling of grace and eloquence as she discussed different matters with those in her surroundings.
Bai Lie, however, showed a somewhat dissatisfied expression as he noticed the lustful gazes of some of the Young Heavenly Geniuses present on the scene.
Yin Mei looked far too lovely and bright tonight, so it couldn’t be helped that she attracted everyone’s attention.
But soon, that group of young talents noticed the hint from Bai Lie’s expression and said their farewells and left.
Offending Bai Lie for a momentary gaze wasn’t worth it, after all.
Before long, Bai Lie, Yin Mei, and Ye Ling were the only ones left inside the pavilion.
“I would like to offer a cup to you, Holy Maiden! After all, it’s not every day that we get to see a goddess who dares to stand against Gu Changge!”
“What’s more? Gu Changge dominates the Heavenly Immortal Dao Palace, yet you still stood up to him, and that alone makes this little brother’s admiration for you rise to new heights!”
Ye Ling smiled and raised a cup of wine towards Yin Mei with a bow of reverence.
He spoke the truth.
The details of the Myriad Dao Banquet made him fond of Yin Mei, a woman with unyielding integrity.
Moreover, he saw many beauties tonight, but none of them could compare to Yin Mei’s enchanting appearance, and that made him envy his Big Bro Bai Lie’s heaven-defying fortune.
Not only was she a beauty, but she was also the Holy Maiden of the Nine-Tailed Celestial Fox Family!
Where could he find another woman on par with her?
Ye Ling downed the wine in his cup in one gulp and showed a prideful expression.
“You flatter me, Brother Ye Ling.”
Ye Ling’s compliment seemed to please Yin Mei, and she toasted him back with a smile.
“I also heard quite some rumors about you, Brother Ye Ling; they say that not only did you reach a tie against Ye Langtian, who’s famous as a Reincarnation of an Ancient Emperor, but you also challenged Senior Brother Gu for a match! Your daring actions shocked me.”
“How are you able to do that even though you know Senior Brother Gu’s might? There aren’t many in the younger generation who can stand on par with you.”
Yin Mei pursed her lips and showed a smile which made her eyes curve up and happily chatted with Ye Ling while keeping a distance between them.
“You flatter me, Holy Maiden! Moreover, what’s there to be afraid of? Gu Changge might be strong, but not everyone in the world fears him.”
Ye Ling replied with a laugh.
Yin Mei’s flattering words comforted his heart and soul, and a strange feeling bud at the bottom of his heart when he realized that the one who praised him was none other than his Big Bro’s hot fiancee.
Still, Ye Ling made sure to conceal his thoughts.
Before long, the two fell into chatter as if there was no one else in their surroundings. From time to time, Yin Mei would roll her eyes at his words, smile, and even cover her mouth to laugh. Her every gesture radiated allure.
Ye Ling, too, showed deep-seated confidence that couldn’t be matched by ordinary people.
Bai Lie witnessed the entire scene in silence with an ugly expression and felt like an outsider even though he sat beside the two of them.
After all, Yin Mei always addressed him politely and never showed such a natural and casual attitude in front of him, but now, she happily chatted with Ye Ling like it brought her great feelings of joy.
Bai Lie’s expression fell further and he felt that Ye Ling, his otherwise-virtuous and great brother, looked like an eyesore right now.
Bai Lie uttered his name with a heavy expression.
This time, he didn’t refer to Ye Ling as his ‘virtuous Li’l Bro’ and instead, used his full name.
Bai Lie uttered his name with a heavy expression.
This time, he didn’t refer to Ye Ling as his ‘virtuous Li’l Bro’ and instead, used his full name.
“Big Bro Bai Lie…”
Ye Ling reacted to his call with haste and showed an embarrassed expression when he realized that he went a bit too far this time by talking to Yin Mei without giving any attention to Bai Lie, her fiancee.
It didn’t bother him too much, though, and he thought that Bai Lie’s mind was far too narrow; after all, he was talking to Yin Mei from a distance, so why was he so bothered by it?
Still, Ye Ling looked at the dark sky outside and stood up to leave with a smile as he said, “My dear Big Bro, I won’t bother you two anymore! It’s getting late, so I should leave and get some rest.”
He could see Bai Lie’s soaring annoyance and rage, so he decided to leave for now so Bai Lie could calm down. His eloquent speech and divine luck had gotten him acquainted with quite a few beauties in the past, so he felt that Yin Mei exchanging a few words with him wasn’t all that big of a deal.
Bai Lie was making a mountain out of a molehill, he thought.
Bai Lie’s complexion didn’t look all that good and he did believe that Ye Ling had gone too far with his actions. He took good care of Ye Ling on normal days and provided him with all the cultivation resources he desired, yet now, he was trying to ‘hook up’ with his fiancee in front of him!
What the heck was this?
Bai Lie kept his quiet and watched him leave with a gloomy expression.
Before long, Ye Ling also bid farewell to Yin Mei and left the pavilion.
The place he chose for his stay wasn’t all that far away from the pavilion.
With that, Bai Lie and Yin Mei were the only ones left in the pavilion.
Bai Lie stared at Yin Mei, who was sitting at a distance from him, with an ugly expression and moved his lips to ask her about what she had just done, but right then, Yin Mei’s smile disappeared and she took a step towards him and said in a low voice, “There’s something wrong with Ye Ling, so you should stay away from him in the future.”
Yin Mei’s sudden change shocked Bai Lie and he stood on his spot with a dumbfounded expression.
Just a moment ago, she was chatting with Ye Ling in a joyful mood, yet as soon as he left, she returned to her polite, indifferent, and alienated expression from before.
Her change overwhelmed Bai Lie and he couldn’t react for a while.
Still, it didn’t take long for his mind to process the meaning behind Yin Mei’s words and he widened his eyes in disbelief.
So Yin Mei’s prior actions were a test for Ye Ling?
Right then, Yin Mei shot him a somewhat dissatisfied glance and asked, “What are you even thinking? What kind of woman do you take me for?”
“I noticed Ye Ling’s impure gaze and thoughts as soon as you introduced us a while ago, but you never noticed anything. It’s just that I never said it out loud since I feared that you might think I was trying to drive a wedge between the two of you! You must have gotten a good look at your virtuous brother’s character today, no?”
Once Yin Mei finished her words, she stared at Bai Lie with furrowed brows and a disappointed expression.
Bai Lie was stunned.
Yin Mei’s words and previous actions and behavior soon brought Bai Lie to his senses.
He didn’t doubt Yin Mei’s words.
He had no reason to doubt her.
After all, Ye Ling’s excessive behavior was clear for him to see just then.
Bai Lie put great thought into the matter and concluded that Yin Mei did everything to make him see Ye Ling’s true face.
Bai Lie’s heart was moved by her actions as he never expected Yin Mei to show him such care and concern.
Yet he— he suspected her just now…
Feelings of guilt overwhelmed Bai Lie’s moved heart.
“Yin Mei, please don’t take it to heart! I know I wronged you just now! I never thought that you were only thinking about me…”
Bai Lie explained himself.
But soon, his expression turned cold and he continued, “I know Ye Ling’s temperament more than anyone else, but I never expected him to stoop to such a level where he would even dare covet you…”
He already knew that Ye Ling to hit on the fourth princess of the Supreme Immortal Dynasty, Yue Mingkong, so he immediately put him into the same category as Gu Changge when he took into account his actions.
[1: Gu Changge tried to cuckold him by having ideas about Yin Mei, while Ye Ling also had a lustful temperament who dared to hit on just about anyone’s woman, so he thought that Ye Ling was similar to Gu Changge. He thinks that Gu Changge’s also a lustful guy who loves stealing women. ]
“I knew that this guy, Ye Ling, was only showing respect to me on the surface! In actuality, he was hiding his venomous fangs under that layer of pretense.”
“There’s no difference between him and that Gu Changge!”
Bai Lie said with a cold snort while thinking up measures to deal with Ye Ling.
Drowned in his own delusions, Bai Lie failed to notice the fleeting light of sneer that passed through Yin Mei’s eyes. After all, everything she said and did tonight was orchestrated by Gu Changge.
Yin Mei merely complied and followed the script he prepared for her.
Everything went according to Gu Changge’s plan without the slightest deviation and that made Yin Mei’s heart palpitate in fear.
Gu Changge’s ability to manipulate people was far too terrifying.
She never expected him to drive a wedge between Bai Lie and Ye Ling — who were trustworthy brothers for a long time — with such ease.
She, the main character, only needed to say a few words to Bai Lie and that alone did everything else.
She didn’t even need to put any effort into it.
Yin Mei thanked the heavens for the fact that she was the Holy Maiden of the Nine-Tailed Celestial Fox Family, and possessed outstanding acting skills that not many could see through — there’s no way Gu Changge would keep her around otherwise, after all.
Gu Changge’s precise understanding of Bai Lie and Ye Ling’s hearts and minds sent a shiver down Yin Mei’s spine.
Gu Changge never made an appearance, yet everything went in the direction that he prepared beforehand; Bai Lie and Ye Ling played in the palm of his hands like stringed puppets.
They would have never imagined that all of their actions were directed by none other than Gu Changge.
He was too fearsome!
This made Yin Mei bless her heart for making the correct choice back then, or she would have died without a burial at his hand a long time ago.
“Yin Mei, it’s getting dark so are you going back to the Heavenly Immortal Dao Palace?”
Bai Lie suddenly asked Yin Mei with an expectant look in his eyes.
After all, Yin Mei couldn’t go back to the Heavenly Immortal Dao Palace in the dead of the night, right?
Yin Mei’s expression and state returned to normal and she showed no abnormality with herself when she heard his words, and said, “I won’t go back tonight; I have a small courtyard in this ancient city, so I will go there for rest.”
Her response disappointed Bai Lie, but he understood that he couldn’t force it.
Yin Mei chatted with him a bit more and then walked away. But before her figure completely disappeared, a glint flashed past her eyes, and an alluring voice floated into Bai Lie’s ears, “My courtyard isn’t too far from here, just three hundred miles to the east.”
“Three hundred miles to the east…”
Bai Lie’s eyes lit up and his heart jumped in joy as he wondered if Yin Mei was giving him a hint?
Still, it wasn’t time for him to worry about hints as he had an even more important matter to deal with.
Bai Lie’s face sank and he waved his hand, “Appear!”
The Void behind him fluctuated and a terrifying figure with an oppressive aura appeared out of thin here. The newcomer was his secret protector, a mighty master of the White Tiger Family.
“At your command, Little Lord!”
Bai Lie’s followers also appeared before him at the same time and waited for his command. They were many in numbers and all of them were extremely powerful — the weakest among them was in the Saint Realm.
“Go get that Ye Ling for me! How dare he think of sabotaging me like this?!”
Bai Lie commanded with a gloomy expression.
“As you command, Little Lord!”
Soon, the group rushed out of the pavilion and went towards Ye Ling’s place, including the mighty protector.
[VILFIC: this mother-trcuker, stay with your damn master, you beachface.]
Bai Lie felt relieved about the matter since his protector was personally leading the charge. He knew well about Ye Ling’s tricks, so he felt that Ye Ling would have no path of escape with that mighty master personally taking action.
“The words Yin Mei left before she disappeared…those must be a hint for me, right?”
Soon, a smile appeared on Bai Lie’s face and he left for the place Yin Mei mentioned in haste.
[spoiler title=”Gu Changge’s Stats”]
Host: Gu Changge
Halo: Destined Heavenly Villain
Weapon(s): Eight Desolate Demon Halberd
- True Disciple of the Heavenly Immortal Dao Palace
- Young Master of the Ancient Immortal Gu Family
- Dao Bone
- Devil Heart
Cultivation Base: Late Stage of the Conferred King Realm
- Heavenly Immortal Dao Codex [8th Layer (90%)]
- Myriad Changes Demonic Physique (Talent)
- Innate God’s Spirit Temple (Talent)
- Void Ability (Talent)
- Immortal-Devouring Demonic Art
- Infinite Immortal Wisdom
Destiny Points: 12000
Fortune Value: 2500 (Dark)
System Shop: Open
- X3 | Fortune Plundering Card
- X1 | Domain Traversing Talisman
- X1 | Formation Breaking Talisman
- X1 | Divine-grade Aura Concealment Talisman
[spoiler title=”Cultivation Realms”]
- Mortal Physique – Trash Leek Lin Tian.
- Spirit Ocean – None worth mentioning.
- Spirit Palace – None worth mentioning.
- Transcendent – Su Qingge, Ye Chen, Chu Xuan (was half-step, but I think he got through to it), other Holy Sons, Holy Maidens, and Princes, etc.
- Great-Transcendent – Elder-level Figures of the Azure Lower Realm.
- Saint – Sect Masters, Patriarchs of the Azure Lower Realm | Ye Liuli
- Conferred Lord – Young Supremes of the Upper Realm | Gu Xian’er
- Conferred King – Gu Changge (Late Stage) | Ye Langtian (Initial Stage) | Yue Mingkong (Initial Stage | Late Stage)
- False God – A’Da.
- True God – None Yet.
- Heavenly God – Gu Changge.
- God King – Old Ming, Aunt Xue.
- Sacred Realm – None worth mentioning.
- Great Sacred Realm – Yan Ji | Elder-level Figures of Ancient Immortal Families.
- Quasi-Supreme – None Yet.
- Supreme – Gu Lintian is either a Supreme or someone beyond that level.
- Beyond Supreme – Ancestors, I think. | Gu Lintian is either a Supreme or someone beyond that level.
Note: Beyond Supreme is not a real cultivation Realm, and I just put it here for Gu Lintian and Ancestor-level figures of Heritages at the level of the Ancient Immortal Gu Family.