Chapter 220: The Name of a Master: Ye Zi
“Yes, Ye Yu wants to save his sister from the Bloodthirsty Sect, while Luo Tian and Jun Yichen wish to avenge their clan members. As their friend, I need to lend them a helping hand.” Ye Jiuge omitted any mention of the treasure map.
Even though her friendship with Bai Songling and Wan Ziyang had been forged during difficult times, she had not forgotten that they were also imperial officers.
They must know that even Emperor Xuanwu had his heart set on the treasure map!
“With Senior Ye Zi around, Eldest Miss will certainly be able to kill the Bloodthirsty Patriarch this time and get the Blood Lotus Flower.” As Bai Songling spoke, his gaze fixed on the handsome demonic man standing behind Ye Jiuge.
This extremely skilled master, Ye Zi, was the talk of the town. Countless people in the Capital wanted to strike up a friendship with him so that they could ask about Great Master Yun’s whereabouts.
Unfortunately, this adept master was elusive and eccentric. He completely ignored anyone other than Ye Jiuge. Even the two of them, who were quite close to Ye Jiuge, did not have a chance to talk with him.
Zi Shang, who stood behind Ye Jiuge, turned a deaf ear to Bai Songling. He had a lazy expression as if he was not yet fully awake.
“Brother Bai, you overestimate him!” Ye Jiuge smiled then changed the topic, “Brother Bai and Brother Wan, do you want to come with us?”
“We want to go, but we cannot take time off to join you.” Bai Songling’s face was full of disappointment.
Dongfang Que was now the new Crown Prince, so they needed to help him with a lot of things. Even if they wanted to take part in the mission, they were not able to.
“Since the two of you will be performing your official duties in the Capital, I would like to ask you to take good care of my residence.” Ye Jiuge smiled.
If Bai Songling and Wan Ziyang did not facilitate the process, Old Huo would not receive the conferred plaque so quickly.
“You don’t need to be so formal with me.” Bai Songling pretended to be disgruntled.
Ever since they’d returned to the Capital, Ye Jiuge had grown apart from them.
Although this was because they were working for people with an agenda that conflicted with Ye Jiuge’s, it still saddened him slightly.
If it were possible, he wanted to accompany Ye Jiuge on this mission with Ye Yu and Luo Tian. It was such a pity that he was so much indebted to the Bai Clan. His whole self belonged to Bai Clan and Dongfang Que.
Wan Ziyang was in the same situation.
In the past, the Wan Clan had been wrongly punished for a crime that they did not commit, and the entire clan had been executed. If not for the Bai Clan’s help, he would not have been able to clear the Wan Clan’s name. Therefore, he needed to repay them for their kindness.
Ye Jiuge also knew that they would not be able to go with her, so she said, “I would like to ask you two for another favor.”
“Please feel free to let us know if there is anything that we can do for you. As long as it is within our capabilities, we will help you,” Bai Songling told her without hesitation.
“As you know, it will not be easy to put an end to the Bloodthirsty Sect. That is why I would like to ask the two of you to help me to gather more information from the Spiritual Practitioner Alliance.” Ye Jiuge did not skirt the topic with pleasantries. The two of them had connections in the Alliance.
“Rest assured that, as soon as we learn anything new, we will notify you immediately.”
Bai Songling, Wan Ziyang, and Ye Jiuge chatted for a while longer before Bai Songling and Wan Ziyang noticed that night was falling. They stood up at the same time and said, “We still have some official matters to attend to, so we will take our leave now.”
They had both been promoted.
Bai Songling was now the head of the army in charge of protecting the Capital, while Wan Ziyang was as a high-ranking official in the Justice Department.
Every day, the two of them were so busy that they hardly had time to rest. Only today had they finally managed to make time to meet Ye Jiuge. After they ended their discussion, they could not stay any longer.
“Let me see you off,” Ye Jiuge said as she stood up.
“It is just a short distance to the door. There is no need for you to come and see us off. If you continue to be so polite, I will not visit you in the future,” Bai Songling joked.
“Alright. I will ask Old Huo to see you off on my behalf!” Old Huo was an Advanced Spiritual Practitioner, so it was perfectly acceptable for him to represent Ye Jiuge as a host.
“My Lords, please follow me.” Old Huo came forward promptly and escorted them out.
In the blink of an eye, the main parlor became quiet.
Ye Jiuge returned to her seat and lifted a teacup to her lips to moisten her throat. She was about to talk to Zi Shang when he suddenly raised his hand and shot a ray of blackish-purple Spiritual Light toward the roof.
“Who’s there?” Ye Jiuge looked up immediately.
She saw Ye Yu, Luo Tian, and Jun Yichen fall from the rafters like three dumplings.
“What on earth are you doing?” Ye Jiuge put down the teacup and stared at Jun Yichen curiously.
“I did not want to bump into Bai Songling. He is such a chatterbox. So, I hid in your roof beams.” Jun Yichen eyed Zi Shang with slight fear.
Ever since he’d assimilated the Bloodthirsty Patriarch’s blood essence, his cultivation level had risen considerably.
At first, he’d thought that he could startle Ye Jiuge. However, Ye Zi had shot him down almost as soon as he’d climbed up.
This handsome demonic man was extremely skilled. The precision in his aim was too terrifying, which was why he’d been able to kill Xiong Yunhu during a rampage.
“How childish of you! You must have too much free time on your hands.” Ye Jiuge realized that Jun Yichen wanted to show off.
Tch! What a rascal. In the past, he’d pretended to be very proud and aloof. Now, he was finally showing his true colors.
Luo Tian has always indulged Jun Yichen’s antics, so she could understand why he’d gone along with such a crazy stunt.
However, Ye Yu is not a child anymore, so why did he participate in this silly activity? Ye Jiuge thought.
Thinking of this, Ye Jiuge asked Ye Yu, “Brother Bai rubbed Jun Yichen the wrong way, so it’s understandable that he did not want to meet him. But why didn’t you want to meet them?”
“It is not that I did not want to see them. I just did not want them to know about the treasure map.” Ye Yu was forthright with her.
He had the same idea as Ye Jiuge. He must keep them in the dark about the treasure map.
“Do they know that you have a piece of the treasure map in your hand?” Ye Jiuge was slightly surprised. However, on second thought, it was quite obvious.
Su Junqing had connived with the former Crown Prince to massacre the entire Ye Clan. As long as someone put two and two together, they should be able to infer that Ye Yu had the treasure map.
“Yes. Lately, many people are trying to find the treasure map. Eldest Miss, please be more careful.” Ye Yu was really worried.
The map’s existence was an incredibly well-kept secret. However, when the former Crown Prince had been stripped of his rank, it had come to light and caused turmoil in the Capital.
“Mere vigilance is no use. During a time like this, we have to be more proactive and complete the treasure map as soon as possible. Since the Spiritual Practitioner Alliance is sending people to kill the Bloodthirsty Patriarch, this time, we must seize this golden opportunity to save your sister from the Bloodthirsty Sect,” Ye Jiuge said decisively.
“Alright.” Ye Yu was filled with vigor. He nodded forcefully.
He’d been looking forward to this moment for a long time.
Suddenly, Jun Yichen, who had been quietly listening to their conversation from the sidelines, asked Ye Jiuge, “If there were a piece of the treasure map in front of you, what price would you be prepared to pay for it?”
“You are speaking as if you have it in your hands.” Ye Jiuge raised an eyebrow. Blood-clad Miao people always kept a low profile. They did not seem like the type to get involved in something like this.
“That’s right. In our clan, a piece of treasure map has been passed down for generations. If you are willing to teach me beast-speak, I will give it to you.” Jun Yichen really wanted to learn beast-speak from Ye Jiuge.
“There is no way that I can teach you beast-speak. It is an innate ability that I inherited from my grandfather.” Ye Jiuge had already come to a consensus with Zi Shang that she would just use her grandfather as the pretext for her beast-speak.
Jun Yichen furrowed his brow. If that were truly an innate ability, then there was nothing he could do about it.
Therefore, he changed his terms right away.