Ancient Strengthening Technique Chapter 968-970
AST 968 – Bringing Di Qing Along, The Vast Sea of Love
Qing Shui stood in front of Di Clan but the guards didn't recognize him. As time passed by and the guards had changed shifts for quite a number of times, one of them went up and approached him politely.
"Sir, may I ask who you are looking for?"
Qing Shui found it a little funny. After all, he was Di Clan's son-in-law. It was just that Di Chen had basically not stayed at Di Clan much. After so many years, many of them either didn't know about her or had only heard some news about her.
"I'm Qing Shui. I'm not sure if you've heard of me before." Qing Shui looked at this middle-aged guy with a strong built.
"Qing Shui? Why does this sound so familiar?" the man mumbled to himself.
"Ah, Young Master , he is Young Master!" someone behind him shouted out in surprise.
"So it's Young Master! Please come in, please come in!" the middle-aged guy quickly said respectfully. He had heard a lot of rumors about this Young Master. He was like a legendary existence.
Reputation was a good thing. It represented one's identity and status. For example, it was sufficient for him to be recognized as Di Clan's son-in-law. Moreover, Qing Shui had left a legend here after his Ultimate Fight of Life and Death…
Qing Shui smiled and walked in.
There hadn't been many changes to the structure of Di Clan's manor and a group of people walked over after a short time. The one in the lead was Di Fentian, the elder brother of Di Chen and Di Qing.
Earlier, someone had already gone to notify him of Qing Shui's arrival.
"Qing Shui!" Di Fentian smiled, his voice arriving before he did.
"Elder brother!" Qing Shui chuckled.
They patted each other on the shoulders before they headed indoors.
In a building in a side courtyard, a lady with beautiful brows and black shining eyes was exuding a dreamy charm. She was tall and slender, her curves soft but well-rounded. Her plain clothes gave her an elegant charm.
She stood at the railings and look far into the distance little expression on her face. She wasn’t a cool beauty. She had an aura that lay between assertiveness and coolness. Her beauty was an ethereal one!
Just then, a lady ran over. “Miss, Eldest Young Master told me to inform you that Young Master is here!”
“Young Master?” Di Qing was stunned.
“Eldest Young Miss’ husband, Mister Qing!” The lady who was wearing a maids’ uniform quickly said.
“Okay!” After a slight tremble, Di Qing quickly headed for the front courtyard. Although she wasn’t running, her speed was faster than her running speed. She quickly disappeared from sight.
“Why is Second Miss so agitated to hear that Young Master is here…” The maid mumbled to herself.
Qing Shui and Di Fentian entered the hall and sat down.
“Qing Shui, Chen`er isn’t together with you?” Di Fentian asked calmly and casually. They both knew Di Chen’s personality well.
“She isn’t. Chen`er has her own things to settle and I have things I have things to deal with too. That’s why we’re usually not together.” Qing Shui smiled and said. He didn’t know if this was considered a lie. Right now, he didn’t even know if Di Chen was back yet.
Just as Qing Shui was chatting with Di Fentian and the other cousins in the family, the door to the hall was opened again. Di Qing walked in and her gaze immediately landed on the man who she had been thinking of day and night.
Although she hadn't seen him for several years, he hadn’t changed much. However, the same couldn’t be said for his charms. It was just that the feeling he gave out was still the same. That warm gaze that was looking at her caused her to ignore everything else as she wrapped her arms around his neck.
She still remembered the scene of their parting. After these few years, she had thought it through. Her elder sister knew about her feelings and wasn’t against it. On the contrary, she was even supportive of her…
Although Qing Shui was astonished, what surprised him was that even though her family members were here, she didn’t seem to plan on hiding anything from them. Qing Shui looked around and noticed that Di Fentian didn’t seem to be surprised in the least. Together with the others, he bade Qing Shui goodbye and left.
This caused Qing Shui to be a little surprised. However, thinking about it, in the World of the Nine Continents, it was common for sisters to be married to the same person. It seemed that the matter with Di Qing wasn’t a secret in Di Clan either. However, he didn’t know why all her family members knew about this. Could it be that she said something when she came back?
Only the two of them were left in the hall.
“Qing`er, aren’t you afraid that your elder brother will beat me up after seeing this?” Qing Shui smiled and said to Di Qing who was hugging him tightly.
“Why?” Di Qing lifted her beautiful head and looked at Qing Shui without blinking.
“I’m afraid that they couldn’t bear to see the two precious daughters of the Di Clan being snatched away by me.” Qing Shui smiled as he looked at Di Qing who was now more charming than before.
Looking at the slightly embarrassed Di Qing, Qing Shui touched her beautiful face. “You look a little pale!”
“I thought that you’ve forgotten about me. Did you specially made a trip to visit me?” Di Qing looked at Qing Shui with her beautiful eyes.
Qing Shui smiled and nodded. “Of course, I’m here to see our Qing`er.”
Qing Shui hadn’t expected this step to be taken so naturally. He didn’t have such a mentality in the past and he didn’t know if this was a good thing.
“Have you been well? I’ve heard about the thing with Demon Gate.” Di Qing looked at Qing Shui with her bright eyes.
“I’m very powerful now… Right, do you want to go back with me to the Greencloud Continent?” Qing Shui smiled and said.
Di Qing smiled and nodded.
“Then you should go and pack up!”
Qing Shui stayed in Di Clan for a day. Because of Di Chen, he didn’t spend the night together with Di Qing. Di Qing didn’t seem to give him the opportunity to do so either. At night, Di Clan put up a feast to welcome him.
There weren’t many people. Initially, Di Fentian had wanted to call everyone to come back but since Qing Shui and Di Qing were both leaving tomorrow, there wasn’t even enough time. Therefore, they could only drop the idea. Moreover, Qing Shui was no outsider. There would be many chances in the future.
Before he left, Qing Shui also left the same set of gifts for Di Clan. Not only Di Clan. Even Nian Clan, Qianyu Clan… Regardless of who they were, as long as they were friends he could share weal and woe with them.
Now that Qing Shui had the ability, he naturally would not forget about them.
Qing Shui and Di Qing left Central Continent on the Fire Bird, flying for Greencloud Continent. Qing Shui thought of how he would be able to reach home soon. This trip had taken him about three years!
Three years. It brought up many emotions within him when he thought of the past three years. These three years were the most crucial years and had changed his destiny. It was only now that he could be considered one of the top notch cultivators in the world.
“I wonder if elder sister is back. It’s been a few years.” Di Qing suddenly said to Qing Shui.
“We’ll see when we get back. Normally speaking, she should be back.” Qing Shui knew that not everything would be calm in this world. There would definitely be some ripples around. Therefore, even though he had reached his current strength, he still felt that there was a need to become stronger.
He could already strike out a violent force of 4,200 stars at full power. He was getting close to 5,000 stars. He wanted to see if it was true that 5,000 stars was the maximum. If that was the case, in these five continents, he would definitely become a formidable existence.
As long as he could reach a strength of 5,000 stars, after using his Emperor’s Qi to weaken his opponents, they would have a strength of 4,000 stars or even weaker. The difference of 1,000 stars together with his Nine Palace Steps and formations would allow him to really do things the way he wanted to in this world.
He felt agitated just thinking about this. Qing Shui wasn’t afraid that he’d be weakened by other people. His Nature Energy was already at level seven and it wasn’t that easy to weaken him. There definitely were not many people who’d be able to train a weakening martial technique that would affect him. There might even be no one who could do this. This, at least, was one thing that Qing Shui was confident of.
Nine Continents Steps!
Right now, Qing Shui could naturally use the Nine Continents Steps together with Di Qing. He thought of how there was an indescribable warmth between him and Di Qing now. In the past, she was Huang Qing – a Sword Demon.
Sword Demon Huang Qing. She was Sword Tower’s Guardian and even Southern City's Furniture Store was hers. Thinking of the things he had experienced together with her, he now felt very happy.
“What are you thinking about? You look so happy.” Di Qing asked when she saw Qing Shui smiling for no reason.
“I was thinking of the days when you were Sword Demon Huang Qing. Back then, you were much more domineering.” Qing Shui smiled and said.
“You didn’t even give in to me at all. You knew that I wouldn’t dare to do anything.” Di Qing recalled the past and couldn’t restrain her smile.
Back then, Qing Shui was still not her match and they were on opposing terms. Back then, if it was someone else, she didn’t know if she would hold back. Moreover, this guy who wasn’t strong back then still dared to say some infuriating stuff.
After so many years had passed, they were now basically together. It hadn’t been a short period of time. Additionally, Di Qing knew that even if Qing Shui liked her, if she wasn’t the one who had first brought it up, he would have kept to himself forever. If she had not let go of everything else, this day would have never arrived. She couldn’t really understand this.
“Life is so amazing. To think that two people who are separated by such distances could still get to know each other and eventually grow to love each other.” Qing Shui said while full of emotions. Fate was something which couldn’t be explained. There was no fixed path and relationships were something that would form when the conditions were right. It was actually something very amazing.
“That’s right, it’s very amazing. It’s a very happy thing too!” Di Qing stood next to Qing Shui and smiled. The strong wind blew up her hair, making her appear really charming.
Twenty days passed by very quickly. They set up tents to rest at night and traveled in the day. Qing Shui would enter the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal to train at night and later lie on the back of the Fire Bird with Di Qing to chat. Of course, most of the time, he would talk to her about martial arts. At night, he would use the Aroma Concentration Pill. In the morning, they would train for two hours.
During this period of time, although were traveling, Di Qing’s abilities had improved very quickly. He hadn’t met Di Qing for three years and she had grown stronger by quite a bit and was close to becoming a Peak Martial Saint. However, it was a pity that her strength was less than two stars. After taking into consideration the things that Qing Shui had given her, her strength hadn’t even reached seven stars. However, this was considered quite good as it was. This made Qing Shui recall the Portrait of Beauty. He felt that the ladies in the portraits would be able to be quite strong as long as they trained.
Thanks to the Fire Bird's speed increasing and the Nine Continents Step leveling up and allowing it to be used an additional time daily, they drew rapidly closer to Greencloud Continent. On the way, they came across quite a number of demonic beasts and got through them smoothly. Most of the time, they would use the Nine Continents Steps. Qing Shui wasn't in the mood to battle. After all, they came in groups and there was also Di Qing next to him.
Comparatively, the journey between Greencloud Continent and Central Continent was much safer than the journey between Central Continent and Eastern Victory Divine Continent. It could be because Greencloud Continent was much weaker. After all, even Martial Saints would be able to pass by and those who could travel here tended to have their own means.
“Qing`er, how did you pass by this area in the past?” Qing Shui was very curious as well.
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AST 969 – It's Good To Be Home, Daughter Qing Yu
"Haha. Actually, I know of an especially safe route. It's further away but very safe." Di Qing smiled and said.
Qing Shui still frowned slightly. "You're too daring. Aren't you afraid that some powerful demonic beast might appear?"
"I still have a few tricks up my sleeves and will be able to save myself even if I were to encounter danger." Di Qing smiled and took out a porcelain bottle then shook it.
"This is?" Qing Shui didn't understand what this porcelain bottle could do if she were to encounter some powerful demonic beasts.
"This is 恐兽粉. When one comes across a powerful demonic beast, one would just need to apply a little of this on one's ride. It releases a powerful aura and most ferocious beasts with limited strength would choose to run away. However, there's a time restriction to this effect." Di Qing smiled and passed the porcelain bottle to Qing Shui.
Qing Shui took it and opened the cap. He could smell an agitating and strong scent. It wasn't smelly but it was definitely not a pleasant smell.Qing Shui suddenly smiled.
"Do you know what's in this thing?" Qing Shui looked at Di Qing teasingly.
"I don't. I bought this item at an auctioned and it wasn't cheap. I'm only left with this little bit now." Di Qing looked at Qing Shui and said, not understanding the reason behind that smile.
"Do you want to know? I'm able to refine it as long as I have the ingredients." Qing Shui handed the bottle back to Di Qing.
“Tell me!" Di Qing appeared to be very interested.
"It's actually very simple. This kind of medicine is separated into different grades. For example, the one that you have is made from the bone powder, blood, feces, muscles, and the life essence of Peak Martial Saint level demonic beasts." Qing Shui chuckled.
"Ew! That's disgusting!" Di Qing let out a cry and tossed the porcelain bottle towards Qing Shui as if it was some venomous bug.
"You don't need to have such a big reaction. Actually, these things aren't dirty. All of them are actually treasures." Qing Shui caught the bottle.
"You shouldn't have told me anything about it then. I feel uncomfortable with just the thought that the stuff I'm carrying is made from those things." Di Qing pouted.
Qing Shui was amused by her reaction. It was usually hard to come across such a cute action from a lady like Di Qing. This was also the first time that he had seen her behaving like this since they were lovers now.
This was her way of acting spoilt. Qing Shuo thought of Hai Dongqing and what she had said before. Although girls would usually act spoilt, she didn't have a person to act spoilt to. However, now she did. At least for that few days, she had behaved like a docile lady before him…
He couldn’t help but think of Lady Duanmu at this moment. When he first went to Duanmu City there was still Jin Clan but he wasn’t sure how it was right now. Qing Shui thought that Lady Duanmu must be really tired. Although he was tired, he still had his mother and children. Whenever he thought of home, he would feel very warm inside and all the hard work he had put in felt worth it. For Lady Duanmu, Duanmu Lingshuang must have been her support.
“Qing Shui, you must be happy to be reaching home soon!” Di Qing looked at Qing Shui's happy expression and said with a grin.
“Yes I am!”
After half a day, the Fire Bird entered Greencloud Continent.
The Heavenly Palace was on the east of Greencloud Continent and thus it didn’t take too long to arrive there. After two hours, Qing Shui’s Fire Bird stopped at the foot of Heavenly Palace Mountain. Although he was very anxious, he didn’t directly fly to the peak. It wasn’t because he couldn’t but because he chose not to do so.
Qing Shui and Di Qing walked up the stone steps and when the disciples of Heavenly Palace saw Qing Shui, they all greeted him respectfully.
Qing Shui smiled and nodded while Di Qing smiled besides him. Each time they came across such a scene, she would always find it funny for such a young man to be called a Patriarch.
Very soon, they arrived at the location of Qing Clan. Thankfully, on their way here, they didn’t come across anyone who would stop Qing Shui in his tracks.
He just got to the entrance when an exquisite looking young lass came out. She was just like a beautifully carved piece of jade, wearing pink colored clothes and she had a high braid. She was only slightly over two years old and when her big eyes landed on Qing Shui, she was also stunned.
Qing Shui was even more stunned. When did this little kid come to his family? It’s been three years and his children should be about five or seven years old respectively. However, he felt that this lass was related to him because she looked a little like him and there was a hint of familiarity.
The lass’ bright eyes had a hint of playfulness to them. At that moment, another person walked out, her voice arriving before herself.
“Lass, slow down a little…” However, she suddenly saw Qing Shui.
Qing Shui now understood. During the period he was gone, he had another child, and she was already at the age at which she could run…
Seeing Huoyun Liu-Li, the lass immediately ran over and pounced into her arms.
Huoyun Liu-Li carried the lass and walked over with great surprise. Di Qing looked at the lass, then looked back at Qing Shui and smiled. She then walked over and said, “Liu-Li, your daughter is already so old now. Seems like this father doesn’t even know.”
“Liu-Li!” Qing Shui was also very happy. He walked over and took up one of Huoyun Liu-Li’s hand while reaching over with his other hand in an attempt to carry the lass.
The lass hugged Huoyun Liu-Li and broke into tears. Qing Shui rubbed his nose and took one step back awkwardly. However, he continued to hold onto Huoyun Liu-Li’s hand.
“Lass, don’t cry. He’s your father! Greet him!” Huoyun Liu-Li said to her daughter.
The lass was slightly over two years old and could say some simple words. Children tended to be bad with strangers and would cry easily. However, because Qing Shui had his Nature Energy, such situations were rare. Most children wouldn’t cry when Qing Shui hugged them. He hadn’t expected that his daughter wouldn’t allow him to carry her.
After she heard Huoyun Liu-Li’s words, the lass lifted her head and looked at Qing Shui. Qing Shui also smiled and looked at her. After knowing that this his daughter with Huoyun Liu-Li, he was very happy. He knew that Huoyun Liu-Li had always wanted a kid.
“Who are you?” Her childish voice was very pleasant to the ears. Usually, children would greet people when they were told to, or not speak at all. However, this lass questioned him.
Regardless, Qing Shui was still very happy.
“I’m Qing Shui. You can call me Qing Shui. Who are you?” Qing Shui smiled and said to the lass.
Not only did Di Qing and Huoyun Liu-Li laugh, more voices also came from the entrances. Qing Shui lifted his head to see that it was Canghai Mingyue, Yiye Jiange and Shi Qingzhuang.
There was also his mother and the other members of Qing Clan.
Qing Shui rubbed his nose and greeted them happily!
Qing Shui first walked over to Qing Yi. From his memories, Qing Shui felt that she had not changed. She was still the same intelligent woman who affected Qing Shui the most. She was the resting spot for Qing Shui’s soul.
“Mother!” Qing Shui hugged Qing Yi as if he was a kid. Qing Yi smiled happily.
“Elder sister!” Qing Shui then hugged Qingqing and called her too.
Qing Shui bent down and picked up both Qing Yan and Qing Ming. The two of them were over five years old. After giving them each a kiss, he took out a few things like the Multi-fragrant Fruits and gave it to them.
He then carried Qing Zun and Qin Yin. The two of them were over seven years old and Qing Shui felt that they seemed a little unfamiliar. After all, kids grow up very fast. Due to their good body structure and genes it was clear that they would become extraordinary in terms of both appearance and cultivation.
He gave them some fruits as well. After all, they were still kids. However, other than giving them some fruits, he also gave each of them a one foot long Violet Jade Sword.
Both Luan Luan and Yuchang also hugged Qing Shui. They had grown up, but to Qing Shui, they were still kids. Back then, Mingyue Gelou had appeared and was carrying Yuchang who was on the verge of her deathbed… When he met Luan Luan, she was only about four to five years old. However, Luan Luan already had three Xiantian demonic beasts back then. It had been over eighteen years since that time.
When he left, Yuchang had gone through the coming of age ceremony. Over three years had passed and she was about to turn 20. Back when he first met her in Hundred Miles City, she had been so small.
“Brother Shui, now that you have wives and kids, you’ve forgotten about me!” Qing Bei pouted.
“Come, our Little Bei’s the most important one.”
After seeing Yiye Jiange, Qing Shui hugged her as well. After all, she was his earliest 'wife' and Luan Luan was his eldest child…
When Qing Shui hugged her, he felt more relaxed. It was because very soon, he would be able to bring her to Lion King’s Ridge.
Yiye Jiange smiled and hugged Qing Shui too. The two of them were like teacher and disciple, they were also like friends, yet they were also like soulmates…
Wenren Wu-shuang had left and she hadn’t mentioned when she would come back. However, she would definitely come back. Qing Shui shook his head and dismissed this thought. He felt that it was a pity that she was nowhere to be found.
Di Chen didn’t come back either. Qing Shui felt that he would have to go and look for her slightly later.
Just then, Qing Shui felt someone tugging his clothes. He turned and didn’t see anyone and only saw that it was the lass after he lowered his gaze. She was pouting as she looked at Qing Shui, as if she had suffered from great injustice.
“Liu-Li, what is our daughter called?” Qing Shui squatted down and asked Huoyun Liu-Li.
“Liu-Li said that she wanted to wait for you to give her a name when you come back!” Canghai Mingyue smiled and said.
“She is as beautiful as a finely carved piece of jade, and Liu-Li is like a translucent piece of crystal jade. Then, let’s call her Qing Yu!” Qing Shui chuckled, feeling extremely happy.
Huoyun Liu-Li turned red but said happily, “Lass, you have a name now!”
Canghai Mingyue also smiled and said, “Yu`er, quickly greet your father. You have a name now.”
The lass tugged Qing Shui’s clothes and pouted for a very long before she finally spoke. Just as everyone was waiting for her to call Qing Shui father, she said, “I want that fruit!”
The lass pointed to Qing Zun and the others who were eating fruits. They had wanted to give some to Qing Yu but they were stopped by Huoyun Liu-Li. She wanted the lass to ask Qing Shui herself.
“I’ve completely forgotten about this little ancestor  of mine. Since you’re so young, we’ll give you something good. Call me father and I’ll give this to you?” Qing Shui took out a Wondrous Fruit and gave it to Qing Yu.
“Father!” The lass called out clearly.
She then took the fruit and started to munch on it before running back to Huoyun Liu-Li.
“Qing Shui, get her to call you father again!” Canghai Mingyue smiled and said.
“Lass, can you call me that one more time?” Qing Shui didn’t understand but did as Canghai Mingyue said.
The lass took a look at Qing Shui before turning her head away towards Huoyun Liu-Li.
The ladies laughed. Shi Qingzhuang then smiled and said, “Qing Shui, you can try and bribe her with more good food.”
Qing Shui took out a fragrant fruit, “Lass, if you call me father, I’ll give this to you.”
“Father!” She then took the fruit and ran off.
Qing Shui: “…”
“This lass totally has the potential to be like Liu-Li!” Qing Shui chuckled.
“Stupid Qing Shui, I’m not like that! This lass is totally like you.” Huoyun Liu-Li complained.
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AST 970 – Sons must be raised poorly, while Daughters must be raised richly
Everyone laughed and headed inside. Everyone was in a great mood because of Qing Shui’s return. Cang Wuya and the others knew that Qing Shui must be tired since he had just returned. Thus, they didn’t come over immediately. They decided to give Qing Shui some time to reunite with his family before coming over the next day. Or maybe Qing Shui would go over.
Qin Yin called out for Qing Shui softly. Three years was sufficient for her to feel distant toward her father. It wasn’t only for her but for the others as well. Especially in the case of Qing Ming and Qing Yan, who had almost zero recollection of Qing Shui. Qing Zun and Qin Yin had a least some impression of Qing Shui, but they still felt a little distant from him.
“Lass, come!” Qing Shui grasped one of her hands and the young lass smiled happily.
Qing Shui’s heart warmed up from her smile. This was his own daughter. Although he had treated Luan Luan and Yuchang as if they were his own children or even closer, this moment still felt especially touching. It should be due to their blood connection.
Unknowingly, another small hand reached out towards his other hand. Qing Shui saw that it was Qing Yan. The beautiful little girl smiled and called out to him, “Father!”
“Good girl!” Qing Shui carried her.
Qing Yan was very similar to Shi Qingzhuang but wasn’t as cold as her. Her exquisite little face was like that of a porcelain doll’s. Carrying a daughter in one hand while holding the hand of another made him feel a great sense of achievement.
“Qing Shui, why do you only care about your daughters? You still have two sons.” Di Qing smiled and said.
“A true man must be able to hold up the world. In the future, you must protect your sisters and always give in to them. We’re all true men.” Qing Ming smiled and said to Qing Zun and Qing Ming.
The others were speechless. Shi Qingzhuang looked at Qing Shui and said, “Careful that you don’t spoil your daughters.”
“That’s right, Qing Shui, you can’t spoil your children like this.” Canghai Mingyue added, not really smiling.
“Daughters are meant to be spoilt, while sons are meant to be beaten.” Qing Shui smiled and said.
Qin Yin laughed softly, while Luan Luan spoke out with a crisp laughter, “Father is the best. What father says is absolute. Don’t you think so, Yuchang?”
“Elder sister said just what I wanted to say. It’s totally right. I support what elder sister says.” Having spent a long time with Luan Luan, Yuchang also grew a little sly.
Qing Zun didn’t felt anything but Qing Ming pouted. As for Qing Yu, she was still too young, she didn’t show any reaction to Qing Shui’s words. She was only interested in the fruits that she was holding.
Looking at them, Qing Shui felt a great sense of satisfaction that he hadn’t felt before. They said that sons must be raised poorly while daughters must be raised richly. For boys, one must give them a sense of danger from a young age. Only then would they constantly remember that they would need to strive upward and work hard.
And as for girls, one must do their best to give them whatever they wished. Only then would they be hard to deceive when they grew up. Qing Shui recalled how some girls in his previous life were able to sell themselves for things that were only worth tens of dollars. At least a rich young lady wouldn’t sell themselves for the sake of money or items. This was why daughters must be raised with a rich life.
“Father!” Qin Yin lifted her head and called out again.
It was only this time around that Qing Shui felt that this lass was being a bit strange. He took her hand and asked, “What does Yin`er want to say? Father will fulfill all of your wishes. I’ve been busy for the past few years and haven’t been able to take good care of you.”
When Qing Shui saw his daughter’s intelligent looking eyes, he was also stunned. Yin`er was very similar to Canghai Mingyue and was very collected despite her age. However, she was looking at him curiously. This was to be expected. After all, a father had suddenly appeared before her.
“I also want father to carry me!” Qin Yin said a bit shyly.
“That’s easy. You’re my daughter. Even if you wanted the moon in the sky, I’ll find a way to pluck it down for you.” Qing Shui bent down and carried her up.
Looking at this scene, Canghai Mingyue continued to smile faintly. However, the blissful glow in her eyes became brighter than before.
They arrived at the hall soon after. Almost everyone in Qing Clan was here. Thankfully, the hall was large enough. Qing Shui knew that he would need to share what he had been through and thus began to talk naturally.
He even brought up the matters involving Mu Qing and Hai Dongqing. However, he didn’t say anything about Lady Duanmu and the lady in the crystal coffin. For now, he didn’t bring up the matter of Yu He either.
“Our husband is very capable. Thankfully it’s only two, a bit fewer than what we guessed.” Huoyun Liu-Li chuckled.
When he heard Huoyun Liu-Li’s words, Qing Shui asked gloomily, “How many did you guys guess?”
“We guessed that there would be four. At least four.” Mingyue Gelou also smiled and said.
Qing Shui laughed with them but was secretly astonished. If he counted Yu He and Lady Duanmu, wouldn’t there be four? As for Di Qing, they should have already have counted her as one of them…
The more the few ladies didn’t blame Qing Shui, the more burdened he felt. In the end, he said to them helplessly. “Am I a real bastard? To think that I don’t know how to feel content even when I have you guys with me.”
“Yes, you’re really quite a bastard. In the past, I was quite worried that you wouldn’t be able to get a wife when you grew up. I guess that I was wrong.” Qing Yi smiled and said helplessly. Although she said this, she didn’t really blame Qing Shui. A mother was the most understanding toward her own children and it could even be said that there would always be some spoiling involved. She would be even happier if her son was able to marry all the good women in the world.
“When we’ve decided to be with you, we’ve never thought that we would be able to keep you to ourselves. There’s no need for you to feel guilty either. If you have time, just spend more with our kids. Yin`er often thinks about you.”
Qing Shui looked at the quiet daughter in his arms. He felt especially happy and satisfied to be looking at this beautiful young girl. On his other arm, Qing Yan was eating something and would also look at Qing Shui with her big blinking eyes.
Qing Shui looked at Qing Yu, who was grabbing his leg. She stared at Qing Shui with her clear crystal-like eyes. Kids were very simple-minded. They would become close with anyone who had food.
Qing Shui naturally fulfilled this request and gave her a small bag. It was a pity that she didn’t have the strength to hold it. She then squeezed into Qing Shui’s arms, found a comfortable spot, and started eating…
Qin Yin got off and carried Qing Yu, passing her to Qing Shui. The little lass smiled happily as she ate the fruits. Qing Shui dotingly patted her head.
“I can tell what you guys want from your gaze. Catch it. Go split it up amongst yourselves.” Qing Shui smiled and tossed Qing Bei an interspatial silk sachet.
Qing Yu and the others happily received the sachet and then extolled Qing Shui, who didn’t know whether he should laugh or cry.
After three plus years had passed, the improvements of the people in Qing Clan were quite big. Canghai Mingyue and the others hadn’t slacked at cultivating either. Both Yiye Jiange and Canghai Mingyue were Peak Martial Saints, about the same as Di Qing previously. Right now, the two of them only lacked a weapon.
Mingyue Gelou, on the other hand, surprised Qing Shui. She now had the strength of two stars. However, she was trained in the Tiger Form and didn’t require any weapons. This was something which made Qing Shui feel helpless before he suddenly recalled a weapon that she could use.
Gloves or claws!
He didn’t know what level Mingyue Gelou’s Tiger Form was at but he had a feeling that it might match his. This was only a feeling. Qing Shui had attained a greater level of achievement with his abilities, while Mingyue Gelou had done so through her comprehension. Her level of comprehension was related to the fact that she was born with all her meridian channels cleared.
Shi Qingzhuang was now a Grade Ten Martial King as well. Huoyun Liu-Li was a Peak Martial King with the strength of ten countries. Qing Bei was also a Grade Ten Martial King, Qing Hui was a Grade One Martial King, Qing Hu was a Grade Three Martial King, Qing You was a Grade Eight Martial King, Qing Zi was a Grade Six Martial King, Qingqing was a Grade Eight Martial King… Unknowingly, the Qing Clan’s abilities had begun to stand out.
Luan Luan was the limelight amongst the fourth generation, stunning even Qing Shui. Luan Luan was now a Grade Eight Martial Saint. This was also the reason that Qing Shui felt that it would be safe when he left. Luan Luan could stand her ground here.
At her level, it would usually be harder to raise her cultivation level. However, Luan Luan’s advancement continued to be smooth sailing. The Heart of Seven Orifices was truly very powerful. Within three to five years at most, she would become a Martial Emperor. The only flaw in this was her short lifespan. When she reached the early stages of Martial Emperor, she would have spent at least three quarters of her lifespan. This was a sort of balance. However, since she had a father like Qing Shui, there wasn’t a need to worry about her lifespan.
“Very soon, this daughter of mine will be able to share my troubles with me.” Qing Shui felt consoled.
He wondered how Wenren Wu-shuang and Di Chen were doing. He hadn’t seen them for very long, and just as he was thinking about this, Qing Yi spoke up.
“Qing Shui, I have something to discuss with you.”
“Mother, feel free to just say it. It sounds like something major.” Qing Shui smiled and said.
He saw that Qingqing seemed to be a little unnatural and thought of something.
“The Guo Clan came to ask for Qingqing’s hand in marriage. It’s that Guo Polu.” Qing Yi looked at Qing Shui and said.
Qing Shui could never forget the pain that Qingqing had gone through in the past. If not for Guo Polu, she would have had it much worse. He had always remembered this name and this time around, he had also planned on helping Guo Clan.
“Sister, no matter if Qing Clan is strong or weak, everyone has the freedom to decide their own marriages. There’s no need for you to feel burdened or think about our Qing Clan’s development. We don’t need to form relationships through marriages. With regards to Guo Clan’s request, you just need to consider whether you’re willing or not. If you’re not, I’ll make it up to them through other means.” Qing Shui smiled and looked at Qingqing.
“Qing Shui, I…”
“If you don’t like him, then we’ll just reject it. Your younger brother will help you look for someone better…” Qing Shui smiled and said slowly.
“I’m willing!” Qingqing said anxiously, feeling embarrassed.
“You’re really willing?” Qing Shui smiled and asked.
“You rascal. How dare you tease your elder sister.” Qingqing smiled back with a flushed face.
“Mother, as long as Qingqing is willing, everything is fine.” Qing Shui said.
“Alright, then this matter is decided.” Qing Yi smiled as well.
“Qingqing, go ask if Guo Polu has any plans on coming to the Continent’s Capital for further development. It doesn’t matter what his choice is. If he prefers to stay in Yan City, I’ll let Guo Clan become the strongest Clan in Yan Jiang Country. It’s good if he wants to come here as well, since we’ll be closer and it’ll be convenient.” Qing Shui gave it some thought and said.
He was very satisfied with that young man. Although he was slightly older than Qing Shui, those who were stronger were revered. Even some old men would have to address Qing Shui as a senior.
In fact, Qing Shui had never forgotten about Qingqing’s marriage. The Qing Clan owed her and so did the Yan Clan. Therefore, Qing Shui had always wanted to make it up to this elder sister in multiple folds. For the past few years, she had also been very happy.
“Mmm, I’ll go ask him,” Qingqing said softly.
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