"Who is it?"
"Don't know!" Yue Ran furrowed his brows, expression is apparently not friendly.
"He is not someone from the Divine Mountain?"
"Everyday there are these kind of people with nothing to do!" Yue Ran looked east and west, only just not looking at Yin Luo. Consious of her stare, he slanted his lip, and in uneaseiness turned around, he coughed, and pushed open the window. "These few days were really strange, it actually rained on the Divine Mountain!"
Cool breeze came through the opened window, also revealing those few unfamiliar figures not to far in the distance, Yue Ran's expression changed, with a bang he had automatically closed the window.
Yin Luo sighed, she has already seen them, "They came looking for me?" It was not a question, but a statement.
Yue Ran seeing that it can't be covered, comes clear on it althogether, "They are of the Xian Realm: Qiong Mountain, Jade Sword, and Sheng Yun disciples! They've come to the Divine Mountain to ask for the remedy!"
"Ask for the remedy?"
Yue Ran frowned, "Few days ago at the Jade Pool Party, half of those from the Xian realm have died there. Those who have returned, there were some lower leveled ones who had been hit with negative energy. So that's why they have come onto the mountain to ask for medicine!"
"Such negative energy, would requires the most purest of medicine, what they want is the Liu Hua Flower?" The Xian and God realm do not have many contacts, if it's not for the Liu Hua Flowers that is only available on the Divine Mountain, they would likely not have come.
Yue Ran's brows only tightened even more, and snorted, "These Xian Realm people, have always saw their own lives as more important than others, only when something happens, no solution? Than finally willing to ask for help!"
Yue Ran had always not have any good feelings towards the Xian Realm, so Yin Luo naturally would know so, "Her Honor...what did she say?"
"Her Honor has went into retreat, only passed words, that if they want than just take it, just don't hold them back!"
"Oh!" Yin Luo lightly responded, won't withhold, that means no intent to join into the Xian Realm's matters. Anyone knows that the Liu Hua Flower only Gods can touch. Anyone else, even if the Liu Hua Flower is right in front of the eyes, and still won't be able to take even a piece of it. So it's likely the person just than, didn't have another solution, so resolves to come look for her?
And it's only at times like this, that there would be someone who would think of this God that is her.
"Don't even think about it!" As if predicted what she was about to say, Yue Ran stepped to the side, blocking the doorway. "You've already minded enough business that's not yours. To save or not to save, naturally her Honor would have a decision. What are you fretting about?"
Yin Luo's heart sunk again, pulling on that habitual smile, with more strength, she tugged on the corner of her lips. "Yue Ran... I'm also a God!" She slowly tilted her head up, looking into Yue Ran's eyes, saying one word at a time: "I am Yin Luo, not her Honor's underling! Not every little matter requires her Honor to make the decision."
Yue Ran, surprised for a moment, gritted his teeth and did not speak.
She took a glance at that window which has already been closed, sighed, and lightly said "Amoung those that arrived, is there any Bai Mu disciples?"
Yue Ran's eyebrows knotted together.
"You really don't need to deliberately avoid mentioning Bai Mu, the Jade Pool incident has already passed! Yin Luo has already returned to the Yin Luo from before. Even if... seeing that person again... I understand what it is that you're afraid of? You're afraid if I see him again, I'll think about unhappy things!" She laughed faintly.
"It's still better not to meet!" Yue Ran lightly scoffs.
"I believe you understand her Honor's intent! It's not that she won't save those of the Xian realm , she is letting me do it!" The Liu Hua Flowers of the Divine Mountain are everywhere, but all those people chose to come to the Liu Hua pond in front of her courtyard. Apparently, this is also under the direction of someone. Although she does not understand, why does her Honor do this?
"I've already thought it through? I'm going... only to deliver the Liu Hua Flowers! You don't need to worry about me!"
Yue Ran opened his mouth, like he still wanted to protest, but in the end said nothing. Yin Luo gave him a relieved smmile, then finally getting up and went out the door.
Not too far away in the courtyard is the Liu Hua pond, over there stood four people. Their clothing varied, but all carried swords. Only, the swords are in their hands, unlike Yue Ran, who summons it when needed. From their dressing, can tell that they are from various sects and that these disciples were from above middle standings in their respective sect.
The rain-washed Liu Hua pond is already unlike the previous night's slaughter field of Hell scene. Even the slightest hint of bloodshed can't be found. Yue Ran said that it's strange that it also rains on the Divine Mountain. In reality, it isn't that it doesn't on the Divine Mountain, but that there is no need for it. The night before, it was obviously needed!
Stopping at about five steps distance from the Liu Hua pond, Yin Luo made a simple explanation of her intention for her arrival. The four looking towards the pond with furrowed brows and bitter faces, all brightened up immensely. One after the other made a gesture of gratitude, expressions respectful. Except how long will this kind of attitude can be maintained, Yin Luo wondered in self-mockery.
"The negative energies have already entered the body, must not delay. Be on your way!" Yin Luo turns, about to excuse herself.
"Second Master, the Liu Hua..." A green robed Qiongshan disciple pointed towards the Liu Hua flowers in the pond, asked.
Yin Luo turned her head and glanced at the flowers in the pond, tightened her left hand which was still trembling. "Outside the front hall there are also Liu Hua. Pick more when you arrive there!" This pond, afraid is already no longer the purest of flowers.
After collecting the Liu Hua, and exiting through the mountain gate, Yue Ran caught up "If I don't follow you there, can't imagine what tormented state you'll end up in!" Yue Ran took a glance at those four people, eyes slightly cold, insisting on going with her.
Yin Luo only smiled, didn't say anything. She cannot ride a sword. Going with Yue Ran, ultimately is good.
Along the way, the four were very polite, except when leaving through the mountain gate. Seeing her and Yue Ran riding the same sword, their expression were strange, but still it wasn't anything much.
Catching the Qian Kun bag in Yue Ran's hands, she held the large bundle of Liu Hua in one hand, her other hand reaching for the preserved honeys inside of the bag, stuffing herself one piece at a time. The whole way, no one spoke, until they felt there was something amiss with the direction they were headed.
"Where are we going?"
"Second Master, it's Bai Mu!" A white robed disciple amoung the four politely answered. Looking at the way he is dressed, this should be the Bai Mu disciple that had knocked on the door earlier.
"What's the point in going there?" Yue Ran fired up slightly "There are injured disciples from many sects. First go save the others, go to Bai Mu last!" Saying this, while not providing any explanation, just felt like turning the sword around and going back.
The four startled altogether, hurriedly held them back "Second Master is not aware, right now all the injured disciples of the various sects are all at Bai Mu. All are under the barrier casted by my Shi Shu, keeping everyone's heart pulse in sound, preventing the negative energies from getting more intense."
"Then we will not go!" Yue Ran upon hearing that going there is inevitable, immediately grows even more angry. The four didn't notice right away, only looking towards Yin Luo with panic.
"Yue Ran." Yin Luo let out a sigh "Since it is to save lives anyways, anywhere is the same."
"Ya Tou!" Yue Ran got even more annoyed. If it weren't for that Mu Zi Xin, how would she have gotten this injured? This time they are still going to save his people, Yue Ran can't get over it. Unexpectedly, when he looks into Yin Luo's unwavering eyes, can only resort to stomping his feet, "Whatever you want, whatever you want! You want to go or not!"
Everyone finally lets out the long breath, continued heading towards Bai Mu. Yin Luo didn't open her mouth again, only looking ahead, it's also unknown what she is thinking about.
Yue Ran still feels that, ever since she returned from the Jade Pool, there is something different. However he can't place what exactly is different, her attitude towards him is exactly as it was before, only it still feels that something is slightly missing.
She said that she doesn't blame him, her smile fooling him that everything is the same as before. That smile was too radiant, making him the viewer feel slightly in the bland. Frowning, he stared at the petite figure in front of him, who was obviously very close but somehow feels so far away from him. Just what has gone wrong?
Out of helplessness, he just grabbed her hand, gripping it tightly in his hand. Yin Luo turned around, startled, pulled on her hand, realized she cannot pull it back. Yue Ran's expression is strange, stare firmly fixed on her, a long while before saying in a low voice "Ya Tou, I'll take care of you. In the future, absolutely won't let anything happen to you!"
Yin Luo was dumbfounded for a moment, distractedly looking at him for a long while, before finally slowly pulling on a smile. It was still that radiant smile like sunrise. She faintly replied "I know!"
Waiting for Yue Ran's expression to ease slightly, she finally slowly pulled back her hand. Turning around, her hand is again uncontrolled, reaching into the bag. Quietly, one by one, she stuffs them into her mouth. Yue Ran probably saw through her facade, maybe she didn't smile enough!
Yue Ran doesn't lie, what he says must come from his true heart. Hearing these words, she should be happy. Afterall, this can also be considered a promise. If someone is willing to make this kind of promise, it's good. Only, if promises are made too often, it will become numb. So other than smiling, she cannot produce any other reaction.
The heart feels a bit stuffy, so the preserved honeys are being shoved even faster. Yin Luo vaguely feels some guilt. There is someone willing to look after her, but she on the contrary is unable to truly accept and believe it. This is her fault. Only, those things yet to come, nobody can be sure. Who can expect, the guilt of this moment, in a few days, will transform into relief?
Towards the east is the Bai Mu Xian Mountain, from a far distance one can already see the dense crowd of people.
The person at the most forefront, she recognises: Bai Mu's head master Mu Lin Li. Slightly taken aback, on his face there is a hard to conceal disappointment.
Yin Luo popped in a piece of perserved honey, thought that it makes sense. So many people, the one they are waiting for must be her Honor. Right now, seeing that the one that's arrived is her, disappointment is considered normal.
"Her Honor has gone into seclusion, and could not personally come. The Liu Hua, I have already brought!" Suppressing the bitterness at the bottom of her heart, Yin Luo raised the large bundle of Liu Hua in her hand.
Mu Lin Li's eyes brightened, instantly putting away that disappointed look "So it is Divine Mountain's Second Master, specially coming to deliver the remedy. Our endless gratitude!" He promptly took a step away, welcoming Yin Luo through.
Inside the main hall, it's seated to the brim with people. Various sects are here. Yin Luo took a look around, but did not find that distinct white figure, let out a breath. Everyone saw her, all experienced a slight shock, some already unable to contain their contempt. Yin Luo also did not bother with modesty, openly taking that seat at the very top. Even if she is incompetent, but a God nevertheless. Appropriate prestige should still be displayed.
Yue Ran stood besides her, still with that furious look, as if he's very unhappy to be here.
"Where would the injured disciples be?" Yin Luo slowly asked with a smile.
Mo Lin Li's expression changed, only answering after a while "At the Xi Yi Temple in the back courtyard!" But this is also only spoken, without making any intent to bring her there, appearing as if considering something.
"Although Liu Hua is the Gods' flower, but is also just a flower!" Yin Luo turned the flowers over in her hand "After picking, if they are not ice-sealed with magic, afraid they will wither in less a day! Now, half a day has already passed!" If they still don't bring her there, just afraid this visit is in vain.
Mu Lin Li was surprised, hurriedly putting away the previous worried appearance, retreating a step and said "Xi Yi Temple is directly behind, please come with me."
Yin Luo got up and followed over. Mu Lin Li turned his head and glanced at her, his brows furrowed a bit. In a low voice, he added "That is... my Shi Di's living quarters!"
Feet stopping mid-step, Yin Luo froze in place, only coming around after a while. Habitually pulling on a corner of her lips, she continued to catch up to Mu Lin Li's steps. Giving her own face a pinch, asked herself, does she look like a wolf? Since when did people also started seeing her as a wolf, treating her with caution.
Translator's note: The first time I read this part with the audiobook, I didn't really see Yue Ran as much of a 2nd or 3rd male lead, but I totally feel for him this time around while reading it.
- 六花禁爱 Flowers of Love by 月落紫珊 Chapter 14