Refining the Mountains and Rivers - Chapter 690A – Cross The Bridge and Burn It
The True Wood Sect cultivator respectfully replied, “Reporting to Miss Feng Qing, that person is called Qin Yu. He is Zhou Li’s fiancé! My True Wood Sect has always handled matters fairly and impartially. Even if the other party is only an ordinary mortal, during trials we will also allow their family to attend and guarantee that they have no objection to the final result.”
Seeing that Feng Qing wasn’t responding, the cultivator asked, “Does Miss Feng Qing recognize that person?” If this was true, then things would be troublesome.
Feng Qing suddenly stood up and hurried outside. Several True Wood Sect cultivators were left stunned as they quickly followed behind. They stared on helplessly as Feng Qing pa.s.sed through several corridors. Then, with a flash of light, she flew towards the main hall where the sect meeting was being held.
In the square there were True Wood Sect cultivators with faint expressions, indifferent expressions, cynical expressions, sympathetic expressions, and even more. But at this time, they all saw a woman flying towards them. Her dress fluttered in the wind like a fairy, a beauty descending from the heavens.
She landed at the entrance to the hall. Then, taking a deep breath, she stepped inside.
Yu Qing’s smile had yet to fully unfold when he saw a person’s shadow flash at the entrance to the hall. He subconsciously stiffened and then hurriedly said, “Miss Feng Qing, why are you here? Zhou Li has acknowledged her guilt and I was just about to announce her punishment.”
Although everyone knew the true story behind Zhou Li’s incident, it still wasn’t good for Feng Qing to openly appear here. It was like removing everyone’s cover and exposing the dirty darkness below.
It was said that Sky Declaring Pavilion’s Feng Qing was smart and wise with an insight beyond her years, so why was she being so stupid today to run all the way here? She should have stayed in her room and watched from afar. Wasn’t it best to wait for the dust to settle before she made an appearance?
This was an almost unspoken agreement. Yu Qing’s smile unconsciously stiffened.
It was her?
Qin Yu’s heart stirred. He watched Feng Qing burst in and he faintly guessed that today’s accident was related to her in some way. When he thought about how Zhou Li had admitted guilt in order to save his life, he sighed and looked towards the entrance of the hall.
Their gazes collided in midair. Feng Qing felt as if her heart was quietly gripped by an invisible hand and she instantly determined Qin Yu’s ident.i.ty…it was him, that mysterious character who appeared at Parasol Tree Mountain that day.
But why would he appear here and become Zhou Li’s fiancé? Moreover, with his Divine Dao level cultivation, he could crush the entire True Wood Sect to pieces with a single thought. Why would his current appearance be like this?
In a breath of time, countless thoughts raced through Feng Qing’s mind. When she turned her eyes, a faint hypothesis had already started to form.
Perhaps this was her chance!
Feng Qin was absolutely worthy of the previous impression that Yu Qing had of her. With a thought, she immediately made a decision. She lightly coughed, causing all of the cultivators of the True Wood Sect in the hall to look at her. Then, she slowly said, “I questioned Feng Yang just now, and he acknowledged that he tried to take advantage of Miss Zhou, subsequently causing her to resist and also causing her to accidentally detonate a tool, leading to his severe injuries.”
Feng Qing had a sincere expression, “Miss Zhou Li, allow me to sincerely apologize to you here. Concerning this matter, I will severely punish Feng Yang and give you sufficient compensation. I am not asking you to forgive him; I am only trying to make things up to you, if only a little.”
The entire hall fell deathly silent. All of the True Wood Sect cultivators widened their eyes and their chins nearly fell to the floor. If it weren’t for everyone having the exact same expression on their faces, they would have thought that they were hallucinating.
Hey, this isn’t how the script was supposed to go!
Miss Feng Qing, why are you being like this? Our True Wood Sect won’t have any face left! We tossed out our own disciple and slandered her. In order to establish friendly relations with you, we planned this multi-layered performance.
Now, we have already fulfilled our role of being the sinister villains, and you suddenly decided to jump out and completely overturn the table, even directly apologizing for making a mistake. But, where are we supposed to put our honor?
Everyone said to burn the bridge after crossing it, tossing their benefactor out after being used. But you haven’t even crossed the river and yet you’ve directly cut down the bridge and tossed it into the river. Hey, we don’t want to play this game with you!
Yu Qing froze in place. After using up a great deal of strength, he squeezed out a smile that was uglier than his crying face. “Miss Feng Qing, are you feeling ill somewhere? Cough cough…concerning this matter, Zhou Li has already acknowledged guilt!”
Speaking to here, he emphasized his words as a reminder.
There was nothing else he could do. With things having come to this point, how could he turn around? After all, from beginning to end, he had been the one directing this play.
Feng Qing looked at him, her expression faint. “I know. But Miss Zhou Li only acknowledged guilt because there was nothing else she could do.”
Yu Qing’s complexion paled. He had no idea where an accident had occurred, but there was one thing he was sure of. After today, he would become a true laughingstock of the entire True Wood Sect.
Feng Qing, what trick are you trying to play?
His eyes were dark and gloomy. Yu Qing started to consider what would happen if he tore apart any pretense of face with her. But just thinking about it left him discouraged. Sky Declaring Pavilion’s strength was not something he could contend with. He could only forcefully restrain the burgeoning anger in his heart.
In the seat of honor, the Sect Master revealed a hint of disappointment and mockery in his eyes. He hoped that Yu Qing would lose his reasoning. If so, he could remove a compet.i.tor that was trying to seize his position. But even though his expectations weren’t met, he was still satisfied with today’s situation.
With a light cough, the True Wood Sect Master said, “Since Feng Yang has already admitted guilt, there must have been some faults in Elder Yu Qing’s investigation. Luckily, Miss Feng Qing is someone fair and impartial who won’t s.h.i.+eld her family if they are wrong. If it weren’t for her, my True Wood Sect would have wronged a disciple.”
Looking at Zhou Li, his eyes were warm, “Zhou Li, do not worry. Since the sect owes you in this matter, we will give you due compensation.”
With a few words he had tossed all of the responsibility onto Yu Qing’s shoulders. If there was a problem with the investigation, that is your problem; it has nothing to do with the True Wood Sect.
Many people in the hall quietly relaxed. Even those that were on good terms with Yu Qing, such as the other two Elders that were working with him to contend against the Sect Master, also tacitly agreed to this viewpoint.
Pus.h.i.+ng Yu Qing out alone was always better than having the honor of their entire sect stripped away and ruthlessly trampled upon!
Yu Qing’s lungs nearly blew up from rage. But, he could easily see the changing thoughts of those around him from their s.h.i.+fting expressions. His face paled and he clenched his teeth and bowed, “Sect Master, it was indeed I who was too careless during the investigation.”
If he didn’t acknowledge this then he would be standing on the side opposite the entire sect. It would only leave him in an even more distressed situation. Seeing the unaffected Feng Qing, Yu Qing had no idea why she would do this. If she really wanted to be impartial and fair, then what about her previous actions of protecting Feng Yang?
I’m innocent…I’m innocent…
Zhou Li suddenly felt tears streaming down her face. The more she wiped them away, the more tears there were. She slumped to the ground, her sobbing cries filled with sadness. Her weeping cries were like slaps to all those present, causing the atmosphere to become even more awkward. All of the cultivators from the True Wood Sect had stiff expressions.
Feng Qing walked in front of her and said in a soft voice, “Zhou Li, don’t cry. It was we who were mistaken and almost wronged you.” She patted her shoulder, her eyes flas.h.i.+ng as she said, “With your stubbornness, you aren’t suited for cultivating the wood-attribute cultivation methods which emphasize harmony of mind and a temperate spirit. Are you willing to come with me and cultivate by my side in the future?”
Zhou Li had no idea who Feng Qing was, but from what just happened, she could guess that she had an extremely high status. Thinking about how she could only be declared innocent because of Feng Qing’s ‘selflessness’, Zhou Li held back her tears and nodded, “I do.”
She wasn’t stupid. She knew that after today, even though no one said anything on the surface, she had already offended almost all of the powerful figures in the True Wood Sect.
If she remained here, there wouldn’t be any good days left for her. Since she had an even better chance, she needed to firmly take hold of it.
Feng Qing smiled, satisfied with her decisiveness. She pulled Zhou Li up to her feet. “Don’t worry. When you follow by my side, no one will bully you again.”
The meaning of these words…hey, are you saying that our entire True Wood Sect wouldn’t care about face and would bully a little girl? The atmosphere in the hall became awkward once more.
Luckily, Feng Qing had no intention of truly shaming them. She said, “Since this matter has been resolved, then let us end it all here. If there is nothing else, I will take them away first.”
As she spoke, she glanced at Qin Yu.
The reason she had offended the True Wood Sect and caused the future patriarch of the Feng Family to shoulder an ill reputation was all for this chance.