Chapter 444: Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder
"Treasure map… Are you talking about this?" Yun Jiuge asked, smiling slightly. Zi Shang appeared beside her, revealing the treasure map obtained from Qiu Shan.
Qiu Sen's eyes lit up. He immediately reached out to grab it but was blocked by Zi Shang's Spiritual Light.
"Don't be so anxious — I've no use for this treasure map here. We can sit down and talk about it," Yun Jiuge said. She sincerely wanted to cooperate with Qiu Sen. After all, he had been to that Secret Realm before and had more experience.
"What do you want to talk about?" Qiu Shan asked and looked at Yun Jiuge somberly, significantly less anxious.
"I learned something interesting from Qiu Shan. Once, there was a pair of brothers who fell in love with the same girl…" Yun Jiuge spoke as she looked at Qiu Sen's expression. When she saw that he was unmoved, she released her trump card, saying, "If the Sect Master knows that the girl hidden on your Forbidden Grounds is the daughter of Sect Master Ziyun, I don't know what he would think."
"You dare threaten me?" Qiu Sen replied as he narrowed his eyes. A mere Qi Refining Cultivator actually dared to threaten him — did she really think he was afraid of her thousand-year-old Yin Corpse?
"Elder, you've misunderstood… I'm not threatening you. Instead, I want to cooperate with you to visit that Secret Realm," Yun Jiuge said. She wasn't worried about Qiu Sen becoming hostile.
Although Qiu Sen was sinister and callous, he clung tightly to his feelings.
At first, Nangong Yue preferred Qiu Shan who was funny and humorous. But it was Qiu Sen who had always silently guarded her.
After Nangong Yue's soul disappeared, he maintained the Cultivation of her physical body at all costs.
And Yun Jiuge going to the Secret Realm did not conflict with his objective.
"You want to follow me to the Secret Realm on the treasure map?" Qiu Sen asked as he smiled mockingly. "I acknowledge that your Yin Corpse is not too bad, but it'd be too difficult for me to protect you in that place."
Back in the day, all three of them were close to the Late Stage of Golden Core Cultivation. However, they still got tricked in the Secret Realm and didn't manage to understand the situation in there.
"You don't have to worry about that, I've my own ways. I'll be frank here — in addition to Qiu Shan's piece, I've two other treasure maps on my hands," Yun Jiuge said. She took out the treasure maps she got from the Lei Kingdom, and together with Qiu Shan's piece, it formed a complete treasure map.
Qiu Sen didn't expect to see the treasure map that he had searched for many years, pieced together in front of him.
But he didn't lose his rationality. Instead, he looked Yun Jiuge up and down and asked keenly, "You're Yun Tianwei's granddaughter, Yun Jiuge?"
Yun Jiu and Yun Jiuge were just one word apart, yet he never realized.
"Elder Qiu Sen really is a wise man," Yun Jiuge responded without denying it. Sooner or later, she would have to return to her true body anyway.
"I never thought that you'd come to our Yin Corpse Sect," Qiu Sen remarked. No wonder his subordinates couldn't find her in tens of thousands of mountains. She was actually hiding in the Yin Corpse Sect.
"Elder, let's be straightforward. I can hand over the treasure map to you, but I hope that if my identity is exposed one day, you'll put in a good word or two for me."
Yun Jiuge hiding her identity in the Yin Corpse Sect was a huge taboo. If it came to light, she might be beheaded.
Fortunately, her family background was pure enough and she was also not a disciple of the righteous way. If someone intervened on her behalf, it would be easy to resolve the matter.
"No problem," Qiu Sen agreed without hesitation. He would first get the treasure map then talk about future matters later.
Yun Jiuge saw through Qiu Sen's thoughts and said with a smile, "Elder, before handing over the treasure map, I've something else to tell you. Before he died, Qiu Shan had found a method to find Nangong Yue's soul."
"What? Is that true?" Qiu Sen said, desperately staring into Yun Jiuge's eyes to see if she was lying.
"Of course it's true. Why would I joke about this kind of thing?" Yun Jiuge said with a serious expression on her face.
"What's the method? Tell me quickly," Qiu Sen demanded. He released the Monkey Demon Yin Corpse this time as if he was going to kill her if she didn't reveal anything.
Zi Shang took a step forward, silently confronting Qiu Shan and preparing for any potential trouble.
"Elder Qiu Sen, when we go to the Secret Realm, I'll naturally tell you the method. As a show of my sincerity, I will first hand over the treasure map!" Yun Jiuge said as she patted Zi Shang's shoulder.
With a blank expression, Zi Shang raised his hand and the purple Spiritual Force brought the treasure map in front of Qiu Sen.
Qiu Sen looked at the two treasure maps, and then looked at Yun Jiuge and Zi Shang. He finally chose to give in, saying, "You'd better not be up to any tricks, otherwise I won't let you get away with it."
"Elder, rest assured, I'm very sincere about this. Alright, you can slowly study the treasure map, I'll take my leave first," Yun Jiuge said, taking Zi Shang and leaving the cabin.
"When did Qiu Shan find out the method to find the soul of Nangong Yue?" Zi Shang transmitted to Yun Jiuge.
"There's no such thing. I lied to Qiu Sen," Yun Jiuge replied. If she didn't say that, Qiu Sen would not take her to the Secret Realm, and he might even backstab her.
"Aren't you afraid that he'll be mad after he knows the truth?" Zi Shang asked, slightly worried. Judging by Qiu Sen's infatuation with Nangong Yue, if he found out that Yun Jiuge had lied to him, Zi Shang was afraid that he would take them down together.
"He won't. I've roughly guessed what's going on in the Secret Realm on the treasure map. There's indeed a way to help him find the soul of Nangong Yue," Yun Jiuge answered. She wasn't talking nonsense and did have some basis in what she was saying.
"What's going on with the treasure map and the Secret Realm? Can you finally tell me now?" Zi Shang asked. Previously, Yun Jiuge didn't want to tell him when they were in the tower. Now she had no reason not to explain it to him.
"Actually, the Secret Realm on the treasure map has something to do with the catastrophe that is coming. Yun Weihai is not my grandfather, but my former bodyguard Li Wei," Yun Jiuge said. She had only discovered these secrets after obtaining the memories of her past life.
"Li Wei? How did he come about? Did you choose him?" Zi Shang asked. He had lived in the Celestial Palace for so long that he knew clearly all the Celestial Palace Guards by Yun Jiuge's side.
Wan Sha had the most strength, and Li Wei was the most obscure. He did not like to talk much and it was almost as if he was invisible.
"He has the strongest divination skills, and only he can find my reincarnation."
Yun Jiuge didn't choose wrongly. Indeed, Li Wei had divined that Yun Jiuge would be reincarnated in the Yun Mansion in Lei Kingdom. So everything was set up early, and he assumed the identity of Yun Jiuge's grandfather while waiting for his master to reincarnate.
It was a pity that with all his divinations, he didn't manage to divine that Yun Jiuge's reincarnation had run into trouble and gone someplace else before circling back.
"With his personality, even if you didn't return to this body in time, he would have still stayed by its side. How did he get poisoned and attacked by Qiu Sen?" Zi Shang asked, feeling puzzled.
Although Li Wei was not the most well-known among the Celestial Palace Guards, the fact that he was one meant that his strength had to be reasonably good.
Even if his Cultivation was suppressed while passing through space, he could not have been beaten by a Golden Core Cultivator!