Chapter 253: Tit-for-Tat
Translator: Nyoi-Bo Studio Editor: Nyoi-Bo Studio
Chaoge City had been the capital of the Qian Dynasty. After the Qin Dynasty took over the Eastern Barren Territory, the Qian Dynasty submitted to them. The former top city never recovered its glory. Even so, the ancient and majestic Chaoge City was still one of the top ten cities in the Eastern Barren Territory and flourished. There were many powerful forces there. Amongst them, the Yin Family was the most powerful. They had been the royal family of the Qian Dynasty. After submitting to the Qin Dynasty, they stayed out of the spotlight.
Other than that, the Chaoge City also had many ancient relics. For thousands of years, the marks left by the ancient people were still being discovered. Chaoge City was situated in the center of the Eastern Barren Territory, between the Qin Dynasty and Donghua Clan. It still belonged to the Qin Dynasty. It was a very good choice for the Dongqin College to be located there.
Today, this ancient city was filled with strong cultivators. Even Noble figures were everywhere. It had been years since the city was this busy. It seemed to have recovered its past glory where everyone came to visit. Strong cultivators continuously arrived outside the city or landed with their demons.
In the air amongst the crowd, a group of strong figures arrived. Everyone turned to look at them. Seeing them, someone yelped, "The College is here."
Just like the other forces, the College had also come early. The people looked to the ones leading the group. They saw Zong Xu, Zhu Qing, Bai Lishu, and Gu Dongliu. They had extraordinary temperaments and were top figures of the Noble Plane. They had unique auras. Ye Futian stood behind Gu Dongliu. He studied the surrounding crowd and the ancient city below him.
Chaoge was the place for talents now.
He didn't know what would happen in this ancient city. He also wondered if the Moon Clan had arrived. Jieyu should be here. Thinking of her, Ye Futian smiled. He hadn't seen Jieyu since coming to the Eastern Barren Territory.
The group advanced. Someone had gone forward to explore the route and returned to guide them. After a while, they could make out a cluster of elegant buildings on the ground. The style was magnificent and sacred. Some of the buildings rose into the clouds as if trying to rule over the other buildings.
That was the Dongqin College that the Qin Dynasty and Donghua Clan had built together.
The College descended and chose an inn near the Dongqin College. Soon, news started spreading wildly throughout the city.
The College was here, along with the disciples of the Cottage.
Gu Dongliu had arrived early too.
The inn that the College stayed in quickly became the focal point of Chaoge City. Everyone knew that the event of the first day of the next year was mainly targeted towards the College. Furthermore, there was that highly anticipated battle.
After arriving, the College seemed very quiet. The few who ventured out were all young. No one saw Gu Dongliu. With the battle approaching, even Gu Dongliu was probably stressed. After all, his opponent this time was Lu Nantian, one of the most renowned figures of the Eastern Barren Territory.
The next day, Ye Futian left the inn.
As a student of the Cottage, Ye Futian had become famous after the event in the Qin Dynasty. All of his actions were seen by the people of the Chaoge City, attracting attention.
News quickly spread that Ye Futian headed towards where the Moon Clan was staying. He seemed to have gone to see one of those beauties. Many people were speechless. How could this guy still be in the mood for that? However, many also knew that Ye Futian's girlfriend had been invited to join the Moon Clan. He must have gone to find his girlfriend. Other than him, there was also Yu Sheng, the aggressive youth who had caused a commotion in the Qin Dynasty.
Ye Futian and Yu Sheng arrived where the Moon Clan was staying. Seeing a woman, Ye Futian bowed. "I am Ye Futian from the Cottage. Greetings."
The woman studied the two and smiled. "Greetings, Mr. Ye." She had heard before that Ye Futian and Hua Jieyu were a couple. Hua Jieyu was extremely beautiful so they were all curious what kind of person Ye Futian was. Now, she saw that he was attractive and charismatic. He was also very polite. His looks matched Jieyu.
"Are you here to find Junior Sister Jieyu?"
"Yes." Ye Futian smiled and nodded. It seemed that the Moon Clan all knew. Jieyu was probably quite famous in the clan. He didn't find it strange. Disregarding talent, merely her looks would definitely make her well-known.
"I'm sorry to disappoint you. Junior Sister Jieyu didn't come," the woman replied softly.
Ye Futian's eyes flashed. The Donghua Clan's Lu Nantian challenged Gu Dongliu. The source of this conflict was Ye Futian and Yu Sheng. Jieyu should know that he would come and should have come too.
"However, she had her senior sister send a message to you. I will take you there now," the woman continued.
"Alright. Thank you, fairy." Ye Futian nodded. The Moon Clan fairy brought Ye Futian to a courtyard where a beautiful woman studied Ye Futian curiously after seeing him.
Jieyu had guessed that Ye Futian would come to find her and she was right.
"Greetings, I am Ye Futian."
"Junior Sister Jieyu has great taste," the woman said with a smile. "She said that you would come to find her and had me send a message to you. She is doing well in the clan and has improved greatly. She didn't come because of her cultivation. There is no need to worry. She also said that she will always wait for you and told you to not do bad things." With that, she seemed to smile.
What did "bad things" mean? Ye Futian made a face. That girl was so annoying. "Thank you, fairy," he replied. He could sense that she wasn't lying. Jieyu was fine. As for the specific reason, he wouldn't know.
"You're so sweet. No wonder Junior Sister is worried." The woman grinned at Ye Futian.
Ye Futian smiled shyly. "Fairy, can you help send a message for me?"
"Yes." The woman nodded.
"Help me tell Jieyu that I miss her. After I finish this, I'll go find her at the Moon Clan," Ye Futian said with a smile.
The woman gave a knowing smile. Did these two care about the messenger's feeling when showing off their love?
"Alright." The woman nodded.
"Thank you, fairy. I'll leave now." Ye Futian bowed and left.
Leaving the yard, there was a small trail in the verdure. Yu Sheng followed him quietly. Two figures were taking a walk before them. Seeing them, Ye Futian made a strange face. It was Qin Li, grandson of the king of Qin, and Chu Yaoyao of the Moon Clan. It was hard to have thoughts when seeing them together.
Did the Moon Clan want to ally with the Qin Dynasty? Ye Futian hoped this wasn't true since Hua Jieyu was cultivating there.
Qin Li and Chu Yaoyao naturally saw Ye Futian and Yu Sheng as well. They stopped and Qin Li's eyes sharpened, falling on them. Ye Futian gazed at them and looked away. He planned to walk past them. He didn't like Qin Li but he didn't know Chu Yaoyao and wasn't part of the Moon Clan. He had no right to get involved in anything.
"Wait," Qin Li suddenly said. Ye Futian walked past him and then stopped, back to the man.
"I heard that many people from the College came. The male disciples of the Cottage all came," Qin Li said. His tone was strange. It seemed to be intentional with some faint disdain.
Ye Futian began walking again. He ignored the meaningless words.
"Have you thought about what it would be like if you joined the Qin Dynasty?" Qin Li continued.
"No. I'm not interested," Ye Futian replied without stopping.
"There are no true second chances in the world," Qin Li seemed to mumble to himself. "These years, the Cottage has already had a halo around it but that's just exaggerated. The College created the most famous talents in the Eastern Barren Territory and the Cottage contains the essence and elites. It's normal to have some glorious achievements. Who of those famous figures hasn't had glory before?
"This time, the College faces the Qin Dynasty and Donghua Clan. It is also where the most successful are. I wonder if the College or Cottage can bear all the gossip when the myth is proven wrong," Qin Li continued to say to himself. "The higher you are raised, the harder you fall, unless the Cottage never loses. Otherwise, it would be a disaster. There has never been an undying legend in this world."
There had been so many legendary people throughout history but no one was immortal. Even the powerful Qian Dynasty was now under the Qin Dynasty and had to submit to them. The once-undefeatable Qin Dynasty had also fallen.
The College and Cottage would be the same.
This time, the fight between Lu Nantian and Gu Dongliu was not all they've prepared for the College.
Ye Futian stopped. Qin Li's words made sense, just like his judgment from before. However, it didn't mean anything.
Thinking of his senior brothers and sisters, Ye Futian smiled brilliantly. If one place in the Eastern Barren Territory could become a legend, it would be the Cottage.
"A legend that can be proven wrong isn't a legend. It is called a legend because it will never die," Ye Futian said slowly. "The Cottage will become an undying legend."
"Really?" Qin Li heard Ye Futian's arrogant words. "I'll wait and see."
"Wait and see," Ye Futian replied and walked away.
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