The Jinjiang Inn was very quiet with clean rooms, hot water, and comfortable bedding that made all the fatigue of the day disappear. Lei Lei lay on the bed and watched the flickering lamplight in a good mood. The martial world was truly vast and in these past few days, she felt like she has broadened her horizons. Her relationship with “Xiao Bai” seemed to be deepening and she no longer had a handsome brother forcing her to steal things. Life was really comfortable!
Just as she was thinking this, an inn attendant knocked on her door, “Miss, this attendant has bought the things you asked for.”
Lei Lei was puzzled, “The things I ordered?”
The inn attendant smiled, “Don’t you remember, Miss? This attendant ran all over town to find them for you. Look, it’s already dark outside.”
Lei Lei began to feel that something was amiss. She thought about how the young master and Qin Liu Feng were in the adjacent rooms. So she got up, opened the door, and wanted to find out what was happening. To her surprise, she saw the inn attendant standing outside with another person.
When she saw this person, Lei Lei was shocked. Without thinking, she hurriedly pulled him into the room.
Shang Guan Qiu Yue turned and said, “You can leave now.”
“As long as Miss is satisfied. If there are any other requests, please feel free to let this attendant know,” the inn attendant replied respectfully before bowing and leaving.
Fortunately, it got dark early in the winter and the young master and the others were resting. Coupled with the decent soundproofing of the inn rooms, Lei Lei felt a bit relieved. She closed the door and whispered, “Why did you come here?!”
Shang Guan Qiu Yue furrowed his brow, “What’s the matter? Don’t want to see your brother?”
Lei Lei quickly put on a fake smile, “Of course not. I’ve missed you a lot. It’s just that I didn’t expect you to come along.”
Shang Guan Qiu Yue put on a happy face, “Missed me?”
Lei Lei pulled him to sit down and, trying to please him, poured a cup of hot tea, “Yes, it’s late. What are you doing here?”
He pulled her into his arms with one hand and Shang Guan Qiu Yue said affectionately, “Brother missed you too, that’s why I came.”
Elder Brother, only you can say cheesy things so naturally. Lei Lei felt extremely uncomfortable sitting on his lap. In the candlelight, his face looked perfect as if it did not belong to this world. They were very close and the familiar fragrance drifted into her nostrils, making her heart race. She could not help but complain secretly and said with a strange smile, “Brother, how old am I?”
Shang Guan Qiu Yue’s eyes twinkled, “19.”
It was only a one-year age difference from her actual age. Lei Lei then asked, “And how old are you?”
Shang Guan Qiu Yue looked puzzled, “26.”
Lei Lei looked at their position and said, “Isn’t this a bit… inappropriate? A 19 year old sister sitting on her26 year old brother’s lap?”
Shang Guan Qiu Yue understood her concern and smiled. His tone was nonchalant, “We’re siblings, what’s there to be afraid of? Is it not good to let you be a bit flirtatious?”
He really knew how to take advantage of his identity. This move seemed like something she used before. She did not dare to defy this person so she went along with it, lying in his arms. In her heart, she sighed, Xiao Chun Hua, I am borrowing your identity to be close to your brother, sorry about that. What is going on between you and this demonic brother of yours? So ambiguous… it does not seem so unbearable, is it a spiritual romance?
“Was that attendant one of your people?” she asked.
“One of our people,” he corrected.
Right, the two of them were a formidable sibling duo. Lei Lei felt both helpless and somewhat startled. It seemed that the star servants of the Qian Yue Cave were everywhere, “These inns and guesthouses are all arranged in advance by them, are they all our people?”
A strange smile played on Shang Quan Qiu Yue’s face, “Of course, the innkeeper is theirs.”
“What about the others…”
With a casual word, Lei Lei was so scared that she almost rolled off him, “All… all of them were killed?”
Shang Guan Qiu Yue held her and indulged her, saying, “Originally, I just wanted to confirm if you were taking this path. But that innkeeper would not say a word, so I killed one of his staff to show him. He still wouldn’t talk, so I killed another. After I finished them all off, he finally spoke,” he explained, feeling somewhat regretful, “He would’ve had to talk sooner or later, but he just could not grasp that concept. He ended up losing a few employees for nothing. Don’t you think he’s foolish?”
He had killed people but blamed it on someone else. This handsome brother’s level of craziness was beyond comparison. Lei Lei did not know whether to laugh or cry. She now deeply realised that human lives were like ants to this person.
Now she understood that all the innkeepers and waiters in the guesthouse were from Qian Yue Cave! She asked nervously, “Are you planning to take action?”
Shang Guan Qiu Yue replied with a question, “Are you afraid I will take action against them?”
Lei Lei was startled and quickly shook her head, “No.”
“If it were that easy, would I wait until now?” Shang Guan Qiu Yue chuckled, “Only that waiter is mine. The others were just hired temporarily. If I used star servants for all of them, do you think Qin Liu Feng and the others wouldn’t have noticed?”
Lei Lei breathed a sigh of relief.
Shang Guan Qiu Yue gently lifted her chin and asked, “Tell your brother the truth. Are they really going to Ye Tan City?”
In front of a ruthless killer, would lying not would lead to dire consequences? Lei Lei broke out in cold sweat. She decided not to take any more risks by relying on her identity and pretended to be playful as she probed, “Where we’re going, you already know!”
Shang Guan Qiu Yue released her and sighed, “I thought you were only concerned about helping them and had forgotten Brother.”
“How could that be?” Lei Lei forced a faint smile. It seemed that he had known about Xiao Tai Ping and the other’s plans all along. She wondered how many spies from Qian Yue Cave they had passed on their journey. Since he already knew, there was no need to hide it any longer. She said, “On the first day of the New Year, there will be an auction of longevity fruits in Bi Shui City… So they will take action then. It’s best for you not to enter Bi Shui City at that time.”
Shang Guan Qiu Yue nodded, “I won’t go to Bi Shui City.”
When the time comes, Xiao Tai Ping would gather forces from the three major sects and Bi Shui City would be under martial law. If her handsome brother clashed with them, she would not know who she should help! Lei Lei sighed in relief, “That’s good. We don’t really care about the longevity fruit…”
Shang Guan Qiu Yue interrupted her, “Of course I want the longevity fruit.” His cold fingers brushed across her face, and he spoke softly, “I promised to obtain it for you. How could I let it go? Only Brother will truly be good to you. Do you understand that?”
Look, he was being cheesy again! Lei Lei could not help but find this affectionate tone a bit much, but she still appreciated his sentiment. She advised him, “However, we can’t be sure if the longevity fruit in their hands is genuine or fake. When Leader He gathers his forces, Bi Shui City will be under martial law. There’s no need for you to take unnecessary risks.”
“I’ll take it if it’s real, and if it’s fake, I’ll just enjoy the show,” Shang Guan Qiu Yue smiled. “Who said I was going to Bi Shui City?”
Lei Lei was puzzled.
Shang Guan Qiu Yue pushed her aside and stood up, “If He Tai Ping has a plan, do you think others won’t? Everything can change. Remember that.”
Lei Lei was confused.
Shang Guan Qiu Yue looked her up and down.
Lei Lei found this even more puzzling, “What are you looking at?”
Shang Guan Qiu Yue asked, “Besides Brother, do you often tease others?”
Lei Lei thought about it seriously and replied, “No, not at all.”
Shang Guan Qiu Yue chuckled but did not say anything.
His long eyebrows were as black as ink strokes, slightly upturned at the ends, carrying a natural charm. He also had a straight nose that was delicately refined and only his thin, shapely lips that were often pursed tightly showed her boldness and determination, making him look imposing and intimidating when he did not smile. Only then could it be seen that this person was a high and mighty figure, a self-centred demon who controlled the life and death of many people.