Transcending the Nine Heavens - Chapter 287 Getting Out in Time
There was a mark of the sun engraved on the blade. As expected, Chu Yang was well aware of this, since he was the one who carved this blade.
However, at that moment, Chu Yang behaved as if he had just discovered an entirely new continent. He looked at it with a great desire and longing, not willing to let it go. He closed his eyes in elation and remained quiet for a long period of time.
After a long moment, he finally handed the saber back to Ao Xie Yun and said, “Thanks for trusting me and letting me hold this sword, Brother Ao!”
Ao Xie Yun replied, “There’s no need for any formalities, Brother Chu. I’ve only just gotten hold of this saber. You may take it and study it for a few days if you wish to.”
Chu Yang laughed loudly and denied his offer endlessly. He thought to himself: If I were to really take it away from you, you would probably fight with me to the death!
Finally, Ao Xie Yun received the saber and smiled, “As for the secret hidden within this saber, I had studied it a little earlier. But… I’ve not discovered anything yet. Might Brother Chu have any pointers?”
“I don’t have any.” Chu Yang replied earnestly, “But… I’ve heard that this Sunlight Saber would only show all of its power when it’s in the same place as Moonlight Sword. However, this cannot be verified because the legend is so old.”
Instantly, Ao Xie Yun’s eyes flashed as he said meaningfully, “Brother Chu is right.”
Subsequently, the three people walked away.
On their way out, they noticed flags fluttering. Diwu Qing Rou was now making his grand arrival.
Now that things at the royal palace had ended, Diwu Qing Rou naturally figured he would have to come and have a look.
WIth a loud call, the entire convoy came to an immediate halt. The soldiers split up to the sides, revealing a carriage that was pulled by two horses in the middle.
As the curtain opened slowly, Diwu Qing Rou could be seen sitting in the carriage with a casual look on his face.
Seeing Ao Xie Yun with Chu Yang and Gu Du Xing, with all three of them appearing tall and with masked expressions on their faces, Diwu Qing Rou could not help but frown.
“So… here we have Young Master Ao and the two Young Masters Chu.” Diwu Qing Rou remained seated in his carriage as he spoke coldly.
Deep inside, Chu Yang was shaken.
Diwu Qing Rou had just greeted the trio in the wrong order. If he had accepted Chu Yang’s false identity, he would have greeted him first.
Yet, he has just placed Ao Xie Yun before me.
What could this possibly mean?
Nonetheless, Chu Yang’s countenance remained unchanged. Meanwhile, he had already come to an immediate decision: There is no longer any need for the fight for Moonlight Sword to break out. The two Young Masters Chu must disappear right after they leave Diwu Qing Rou’s sight! Otherwise, it would be too late for them to escape freely!
“Prime Minister Diwu.” The three of them smiled and greeted back.
“It appears that Sunlight Saber has been taken by the Ao clan.” Diwu Qing Rou smiled lightly and said, “Congratulations, Young Master Ao.”
“Nah, we just got lucky.” Ao Xie Yun replied humbly, “We’ll still have to see if we are able to uncover the secret within the saber… As the Prime Minister knows, this is not simple at all.”
“Haha, I believe that Young Master Ao is capable enough to uncover it.” Diwu Qing Rou laughed loudly as he stared at the saber in Ao Xie Yun’s hand.
Even though Diwu Qing Rou had a deep hatred for the Sunlight Saber that had caused this great storm at the royal palace, he could not help but be slightly curious to find out more about it.
“Please have a look, Prime Minister.” Ao Xie Yun smiled back and readily handed the saber over to Diwu Qing Rou. Yin Wu Tian stepped forward to receive the saber for him. Next, he handed it to Diwu Qing Rou.
Diwu Qing Rou swung his arm. The sound was barely audible when a great saber of one of the guards next to the carriage was sliced into two pieces in a flash.
“This is truly a good saber!” Diwu Qing Rou praised excitedly. Immediately after, he noticed the mark of the sun on the saber and narrowed his eyes. He pondered for a moment before handing the saber to Yin Wu Tian to return it.
“Three young masters, please move along. I have to go to the royal palace and clear up the mess. When I have time on my hands, I will definitely come to visit Young Master Ao.” Diwu Qing Rou smiled, “Two Young Masters Chu, when will you two be returning?”
“We will return when it’s time for us to leave.” Chu Yang smiled softly, “But… for the time being, we will still have to bother the Prime Minister for just a little bit.”
“Haha… Young Master Chu is too polite.” Diwu Qing Rou smiled and continued, “I’ll be looking forward to drinking and talking with you whenever Young Master Chu is free.”
“Definitely.” Chu Yang smiled.
“I shall take my leave first.”
Subsequently, the group of five made way for Diwu Qing Rou’s carriage as it moved forward.
Chu Yang was still walking with Ao Xie Yun and Gu Du Xing as if there was nothing to be worried about, but he had a faint feeling that there was an intense gaze on his back that did not leave for a very long period of time.
Such a feeling made King of Hell Chu’s hair stand on its ends.
Whole Chu Yang did not want to stop moving along, Ao Xie Yun was also afraid that their might be an ambush along the way to Heaven Reaching Tower. Hence, the small party of five walked at the speed of light. After a sincere farewell, Chu Yang and Gu Du Xing went straight to their room.
“We have to disappear right away!” Chu Yang announced gravely upon closing the door.
“Has he discovered who we are?” Gu Du Xing asked.
“We’re not necessarily discovered. If he has discovered who we are, he would have captured us right away.” Chu Yang continued solemnly, “However, during the past few days, Diwu Qing Rou have been using his channels to investigate our real identity…”
“In that case, Heaven Reaching Tower must be surrounded by Diwu Qing Rou’s spies.” Gu Du Xing paused for a brief moment and asked, “How do we get out of here?”
“We’ll leave the same way that we entered.” Chu Yang walked towards the window and gently lifted the curtain to peek outside.
He noticed countless people from all directions staring intently at his direction. However, these people appeared very normal, albeit with a special kind of hostile aura that felt extremely strong.
“If I were Diwu Qing Rou…” Chu Yang smiled and continued softly, “… If I’m still unable to verify my opponents’ true identity, I would spy on them temporarily and wait for the investigation outcome. Moreover, my opponents would think that they must have fooled me and that I would have to wait for verification. Umm, if my opponents wish to leave, they would definitely do it at night.”
Gu Du Xing continued in a low voice, “So… there’s no need for us to wait until the night?”
“Exactly, we have to leave right away.” Chu Yang replied.
“Do you have to write a letter to Diwu Qing Rou?” Gu Du Xing thought deeply, “In any case, Young Master Chu has to leave. Writing a letter to cause a blow against him doesn’t seem like a bad idea at all.”
“It’s better not to write anything.” Chu Yang took two steps and said, “The fact that we are able to leave and still walk away freely would infuriate him; it would already be detrimental to the next part of our plan. Furthermore, even if Diwu Qing Rou is certain that our identities are false, he would not dare assume that King of Hell Chu had come here on his own accord… this… oh…?”
At this point, Chu Yang’s eyes lit up brightly in a flash. He quickly shut his mouth and clapped his hands together. He said triumphantly, “That’s right! I have to write a letter to Diwu Qing Rou!”
Gu Du Xing’s head was spinning. Didn’t you just say that we should not leave a letter for Diwu Qing Rou? Why are you in favor of the idea now?
“Diwu Qing Rou knows that we’re alike. He surely has no clue that I like to boast whenever I have the upper hand. Therefore, it would not be suitable for me to act like a petty opponent! Thus, he would also notice that if I’m indeed the real King of Hell Chu, I would not leave a letter like that. But… if I were to leave a letter intentionally… What do you think he would think?”
Gu Du Xing smiled and replied, “He would definitely become even more suspicious.”
“And what I want is for him to become even more suspicious!” Chu Yang laughed excitedly.
Immediately after, Gu Du Xing packed up their belongings while Chu Yang raised his brush and wrote a heartfelt letter. Next, he put it into an envelope. On the outside of the envelope, he wrote the following: Dear Prime Minister, Chu Yang thanks you.
Next, he tossed the brush aside and burst out laughing.
As he pulled Gu Du Xing in front of a mirror, they carefully disguised themselves.
Within mere moments, Chu Yang had rolled up the blanket on the bed. He placed it on a chair and faced it against the curtain. He even went to the extent of making it appear as if someone was sitting in contemplation.
Subsequently, the two of them went out the door.
Meanwhile, Diwu Qing Rou arrived at the royal palace, only to see a devastating scene. His face was gloomy and he could not utter even a word for a very long time.
“Is His Majesty okay?” Diwu Qing Rou asked in a deep voice.
“His Majesty is fine. However, I’m afraid that His Majesty’s feeling towards you after this incident will be…” Next, to him, Han Bu Chu explained solemnly, “I’m worried that he has greater discontent towards you.”
“It’s nothing.” Diwu Qing Rou said casually. “Let’s go inside the royal palace and see if there is still anything left behind that’s usable.”
At that very moment, a group of soldiers ran forward hastily on another road. A plump eunuch sat on the back of a horse and arrived arrogantly. With the voice of a duck which was mating and had just been poked with a stick, he said, “His Majesty has ordered that we tally all the materials left behind at the royal palace…”
With a calm gaze, Diwu Qing Rou looked at this plump eunuch for a brief moment before he said, “If His Majesty has sent you here, then we will just leave some soldiers here to guard; let’s leave it this place to them.”
Yin Wu Tian gave the plump eunuch a cold stare and spat on the ground, “It’s good to be a eunuch! Sitting comfortably on a horseback, you don’t even have to worry about being beaten up!”
“Poof…” Han Bu Chu choked with laughter.
This eunuch, known as Lu Ren Jia, was the general manager of the royal palace. He was rude. Furthermore, even though he might have been slightly plump, he absolutely loved dancing. On a normal day, he would often dance with the maids for fun. Furthermore, he always thought highly of himself and gave himself a name that screamed the art of dance: Fantasy Night Phoenix.
Hearing this name, Han Bu Chu had once made the following analysis: The name of this eunuch indeed speaks the truth. Phoenixes come in pairs. This Lu Ren Jia has taken on both roles on his own. This is indeed a well-thought-out name…
In fact, these words of Han Bu Chu had earned him the title of ‘Great Zhao’s Greatest Comedian’. However, because of this, ‘Fantasy Night Phoenix’ hated Han Bu Chu to the core.
Behind his back, he would call Han Bu Chu a bastard. Although he might have thought that he was clever, the three words in his name were enough to signify that he was not all that clever. In direct translation, it was ‘Can’t call out’. Can’t call out when he reaches the climax; what’s there to be so proud about?
This punk might have been a eunuch, but he was against Diwu Qing Rou… As one would expect, Diwu Qing Rou’s people did not get along well with him either.
After the plump eunuch had given the order, Diwu Qing Rou quickly turned and left, showing that he had no desire to speak to the eunuch.
Lu Ren Jia sneered and pointed in Diwu Qing Rou’s direction as he began to leave, “What are you showing off for? Hmph!” This hmph sound seems slightly jilted yet infinitely soft. It was sufficient to give everyone around him the cold shivers.
Next, the pale and doughy man raised his arms and ordered in a high-pitched voice, “Let’s go!”
After a long period of time, there was suddenly a shrieking scream from within the ruins of the royal palace, “Diwu Qing Rou, you bastard. The palace treasury is empty. The palace treasury is empty…”
The shrill pitiful cry sounded like it was from an animal.