The woman took the basket and flew up into the sky, quickly disappearing without a trace. Bao Ze stretched out his hand and said, “Yang Envoy, please enter!”
Yang Kai nodded, “Please excuse my disturbance.”
Following Bao Ze into the main hall, Yang Kai took a seat among the guests and servants. Immediately, a maidservant served him some fragrant tea and a rare fruit platter. The fragrance of the tea filled the air and the fragrance of fresh fruits filled the air. Not to mention the fragrant tea, Yang Kai had never seen any of the fruits on the tray before. Obviously, they were all specialties of this world, so he casually picked up a few of them to taste. The taste was not bad, and for cultivators with lower cultivation levels, they should all have the effect of increasing their cultivation. However, for people like him and Bao Ze, they were of no use. At most, they could only taste something fresh.
As they drank tea and ate fruits, he casually chatted with Bao Ze, gradually warming up the atmosphere.
A moment later, Bao Ze asked, “Has Madam been well?”
Yang Kai estimated that the person he was asking was the Proprietress Madam Lan, so he nodded and said, “She is quite energetic.” She was simply too energetic. What kind of Sixth Order Open Heaven Stage needed three meals a day?
Bao Ze smiled and said, “That’s good.” He then sighed, “Madam is also a bitter person.”
Yang Kai raised his head and asked, “What do you mean?”
Although he had interacted with the Proprietress quite a bit, strictly speaking, he didn’t know much about her. All he knew was that this woman was a Sixth Order Open Heaven Stage cultivator with a powerful background, so when he heard Bao Ze say that she had a bitter life, he couldn’t help feeling excited. These past few days, he had been constantly tormented by the Proprietress and had a belly full of anger. Since he couldn’t beat her, he couldn’t wait to hear him say something to calm his mood.
Bao Ze waved his hand, “Envoy Yang, please don’t take my words to heart.”
Yang Kai’s face immediately became filled with disgust, but since the other party didn’t say anything, he didn’t ask any further and could only ask, “Right, Sect Master Bao, although I came here under orders, I don’t know what I’m here for. Does Sect Master Bao have any advice?”
Bao Ze didn’t answer and instead asked, “How long has Envoy Yang been with Madam?”
“It’s only been a few days…” Yang Kai smiled somewhat embarrassedly. Strictly speaking, he was forced to do so. If it weren’t for that, how could he have followed that crazy woman around?
Bao Ze nodded, “No wonder, it’s not a big deal. My Heaven Mountain has a kind of Spirit Fruit called Snowy Sky Thread. It has a unique taste and is not found anywhere else. Madam has a special fondness for this Snowy Sky Thread, so every time she passes by Nine Nether Continent, she would send someone to pick some of it.”
“Snowy Sky Thread?” Yang Kai raised his brow. This name sounded quite poetic, but he didn’t know what kind of spirit fruit it was that even the Proprietress, a Sixth Order Open Heaven Stage master, couldn’t forget about it. Every time she passed by this place, she would pick it, so he wanted to see it for himself.
Only now did he understand why Bai Qi had given him a bamboo basket. It turned out he had come here to pick spirit fruits.
“The Snowy Sky Thread…” As Bao Ze spoke, a look of reminiscence flashed across his eyes before he suddenly became dispirited, “Enough, since Envoy Yang is Madam’s people, he will understand in the future.”
Every time this old man spoke halfway, Yang Kai couldn’t wait to use his Azure Dragon Spear to pry open his mouth.
Bao Ze obviously realized this as well, so the following conversation took the lead and focused on his cultivation, happily chatting with Yang Kai.
When Yang Kai asked him why he hadn’t jumped out of the world's shackles after becoming a Great Emperor, Bao Ze simply smiled and said, “This Bao is old and has lost his will to advance, so what if I jump out of the world's shackles?”
Yang Kai frowned and asked, “Does Sect Master Bao plan on staying here forever?”
Bao Ze said, “The Nine Nether Continent gave birth to me and raised me, so this old master is willing to spend the rest of his life protecting this world.”
Yang Kai nodded and couldn’t help thinking about the Star Boundary. If the Star Boundary hadn’t been tormented by Mo Sheng, would he have come to this place? Would he have been willing to spend his life there?
Yang Kai couldn’t think of an answer to this question…
An hour later, the woman who had taken the basket from Yang Kai entered the hall and respectfully placed the basket on the table next to him before bowing, “Sir Envoy, the Snowy Sky Thread has been picked.”
“Many thanks!” Yang Kai nodded as he examined the spirit fruits in the bamboo basket, discovering that the Snowy Sky Thread was the size of a baby’s fist. The red and black spirit fruits body all had similar sizes and were obviously carefully selected. After all, they were given to the Proprietress, so Heaven Mountain didn’t dare be careless.
He smelled a faint fragrance, but he didn’t know what it was.
Yang Kai stood up and cupped his fists, “Sect Master Bao, I’ll take my leave now.”
Bao Ze said, “Envoy Yang, please take care. When you return, please help this old master greet Madam and thank her for protecting the Nine Nether Continent all these years.”
“Of course!” Yang Kai nodded, grabbed the basket, and walked out while Bao Ze politely sent him off.
It was much easier to leave the Nine Nether Continent than it had been when he first arrived, so he didn’t need to break through the World Barrier again. It was likely that Bao Ze had communicated with the World Force of the Nine Nether Continent and allowed him to leave.
At the same time, on the First Inn's ship, in a room on the top floor, Bai Qi stood in front of the Proprietress, his head lowered and his eyes closed. The Proprietress, as usual, was lying on the fragrant bed, her eyes closed.
After a long time, the Proprietress suddenly asked, “He's not back yet?”
Bai Qi shook his head, “No, I’m afraid he ran away.”
The Proprietress did not comment.
Bai Qi said, “He was originally unwilling to join the First Inn, so now that he has a chance, he naturally has to flee far away. How could he return?”
“If he ran away, so be it,” The Proprietress said lightly, “If he really ran away, whether he lives or dies has nothing to do with my First Inn.”
Bai Qi was stunned, “Proprietress, if you knew this would happen, why would you still want him to go to the Nine Nether Continent and let him go alone?” After asking, he suddenly understood, “I understand, you just want to see if he will take this opportunity to escape?”
The Proprietress said leisurely, “I didn’t think too much about it, I just don’t like him.”
Hearing this, Bai Qi was speechless. Just as he was about to say something, he saw the Proprietress suddenly open her eyes, a light flashing across her beautiful eyes.
“What is it?” Bai Qi asked.
“He's back,” The Proprietress closed her eyes again.
At first, Bai Qi didn’t understand, but he quickly reacted and turned around to leave the room. Standing on the deck, he looked towards the Nine Nether Continent. A moment later, a figure flew over at an extremely fast speed. It was none other than Yang Kai.
“He didn’t run!” Bai Qi couldn’t believe his eyes. He had thought that Yang Kai would take advantage of this rare opportunity to escape from the First Inn, but who would have thought he would return?
Was this guy an idiot? If it was him, Bai Qi would definitely run.
A short while later, Yang Kai landed on the deck, the splendor on his body dissipating, revealing his figure. When he looked up, he saw Bai Qi staring at him blankly.
Yang Kai looked around and frowned, “Why are you looking at me like that?”
Bai Qi crossed his arms and stroked his chin as he sized up Yang Kai from head to toe and said in surprise, “I suddenly realized that you seem familiar! How come I didn’t notice before…”
“Who?” Yang Kai asked.
Bai Qi shook his head but didn’t say anything. Instead, he pointed to a room on the top floor of the ship, indicating that the Proprietress was waiting for him.
Yang Kai snorted and rushed to the door, knocking on it, “Proprietress, I’m back!”
“Come in!” The Proprietress’ lazy voice came from inside the room as Yang Kai pushed open the door and entered.
On the deck, Bai Qi had a thoughtful look on his face as he shook his head and walked towards the cabin while muttering, “Why didn’t I notice this before? How strange!”
Running to the Accountant’s room to explain this matter to him, the Accountant stared at him and asked, “Are you blind? Why have you been drinking with him all day until now?”
“You knew?” Bai Qi was shocked.
The Accountant said, “I saw him the first day he entered the shop.”
Bai Qi suddenly understood, “No wonder our Proprietress wants him to stay, so that’s the reason! So that’s why she’s trying so hard to make things difficult for Yang Kai?” Suddenly, he wore a bitter expression, “Isn’t it over? Proprietress finally managed to walk out from that past, and now she’s about to be stirred up again. What will happen in the future?”
The Accountant said, “Recently, I’ve been thinking about this matter as well. It wasn’t easy for me to think of a way to solve this problem once and for all. Do you want to listen?”
“Speak!” Bai Qi nodded.
The Accountant whispered, “Find a chance to bring Yang Kai out and then we’ll kill him together!” As he spoke, he reached out and rubbed his neck…
The corners of Bai Qi's eyes twitched, “Is this what you mean by once and for all?”
The Accountant asked, “Is there another way?”
“That’s inappropriate!” Bai Qi shook his head, “I don’t know what kind of attitude the Proprietress has, but if she becomes even more upset, we’ll become sinners.”
The Accountant sighed, “This is also a problem, the key is what the Proprietress is thinking… Why don’t you go ask around!”
Bai Qi immediately shook his head like a rattle drum, “It’s not like you don’t know what kind of situation this is. At the very least, you can’t go find the Proprietress for at least three days, otherwise you’ll be seeking your own death!”
When the Accountant heard this, he couldn’t help shivering, as if he had thought of something terrifying, decisively saying, “I’ll go into seclusion first and hide for a few days. Go and greet the others, no one is to provoke the Proprietress in these three days.”
“Like I said, we’re all old people from the inn, who needs to be reminded? Forget it, I’ll go back and hide for a few days…”
Inside the room on the top floor, Yang Kai entered the inner room and placed the bamboo basket on the table before saying, “Proprietress, I’ve brought the things back. If there’s nothing else, I’ll take my leave first.”
He didn’t know why the Proprietress had such a special interest in this Snowy Sky Thread fruit, but on the way back, he had secretly eaten one out of curiosity and found that this fruit was bitter, with a hint of sourness to it. He couldn’t bring himself to eat it, but Bao Ze had said that the Proprietress would send people to pick it every time she passed by the Nine Nether Continent, so it could only be said that each of them had their own interests.
TO BE CONTINUED...