The reason this Dao Exchange Conference was held was partly because of him. If Qu Huachang hadn’t followed him to Shadowless Cave Heaven entrance to assist him, there wouldn’t have been so much trouble.
Before coming here, Yang Kai had thought that perhaps he would eventually have to participate in the Dao Exchange Conference, but he had never imagined that he would be forced to participate in such a situation.
He didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.
He secretly made up his mind. At most, he would take the first place and wait for Qu Huachang to come out of seclusion a hundred years later before making a decision. He couldn’t just stand by and watch her marry a stranger.
In any case, Qu Huachang was going to go into seclusion for a hundred years as a punishment, so who could say what would happen in a hundred years? With such a long buffer period, the variables would be huge.
“That’s what you said!” Xu Linggong waited for his response before turning to Qing Kui and saying, “Little brat Qing, you heard it too, no one forced him.”
Yang Kai was stunned. Why did it seem like Xu Linggong was very happy?
Qing Kui nodded seriously and said, “Disciple heard it. It was indeed Junior Brother Yang who took the initiative to participate in the Dao Exchange.”
Xu Linggong chuckled, “En, give him a spot later and take him to attend the Dao Exchange.”
Xu Linggong stood up and sized up Yang Kai from head to toe, giving him a confused look before calmly walking away with his hands behind his back.
Was that it? Yang Kai stared at his back in shock. Just now, he had felt his murderous intent and thought he was really going to kill him, but he hadn’t expected that a few words would calm his anger.
This Xu Linggong’s actions… were a bit of a loud thunder, but small rain.
However, this was also good. After all, the other party is a Seventh Order Open Heaven Stage master, and he is the Master of Qu Huachang and the others. If they really fought, he wouldn’t be able to resist and would definitely suffer a loss.
“Junior Brother Yang, Master has high hopes for you, so you must perform well,” Qing Kui laughed as he patted Yang Kai’s shoulder, his mood also extremely good. It seemed that those people who played tricks would become flustered when they saw a Sixth Order suddenly appear in the Dao Exchange.
As for his expectations, it was just a casual remark.
For Xu Linggong, Yang Kai only needed to participate in the Dao Exchange Conference. As for his final results, it was not something he needed to care about, nor did he expect Yang Kai to win first place.
A Sixth Order Open Heaven Stage that had just broken through was completely different from a Sixth Order Open Heaven Stage that had been immersed in this realm for hundreds or even thousands of years.
Yang Kai sighed, “Senior Brother Qing, don’t worry, I will do my best and not disappoint you.”
“En, just do your best. Everything is up to fate, there’s no need to force it,” Qing Kui said casually.
“Can I go see Senior Sister Qu?” Yang Kai asked.
In his entire life, he had never encountered such an awkward situation before. When Xu Linggong broke into the room, he was really scared out of his wits. He guessed that Qu Huachang wasn’t any better off. He didn’t know what was happening right now, so he was naturally worried.
“Little Girl Qu has Junior Sister Su to take care of her, so there’s no need to go see her. You can go back and rest first. I’ll take you to the Dao Exchange Conference tomorrow.”
“Alright then,” Yang Kai didn’t insist, and given the current situation, going to see Qu Huachang would probably be awkward, so he simply followed Qing Kui’s instructions and went back to rest.
The next day, Qing Kui came to visit again and led Yang Kai to go through the formalities to attend the Dao Exchange Conference.
Yang Kai followed behind him, staring at his back thoughtfully.
After a day of rest, Yang Kai had also regained some of his composure. Yesterday, his mind had been shaken and he hadn’t had time to think deeply about it. After returning to the Lookout Pavilion and thinking about it carefully, Yang Kai felt that something was wrong. There was something strange about this matter, as if he had been tricked.
He had only gone to see Qu Huachang to understand her intentions, so he didn’t have any other thoughts. How could they have talked about sleeping together? Moreover, the environment at that time was extremely strange, causing one’s heart to be filled with distracting thoughts. Qu Huachang was also more attractive than usual, causing him to be unable to control himself.
He did have a good impression of Qu Huachang, but it was not to the extent where he could be honest with her.
He even suspected that he had been drugged, but after carefully examining his body, he couldn’t find any residual effects.
On top of that, Xu Linggong and others had arrived at just the right time.
If they came early, it would be impossible for him to be caught red-handed in bed. If they came too late, the rice would probably be cooked…
What’s more, why would this master-disciple trio come together to see Qu Huachang? Qing Kui and Su Yingxue were fine, after all, they were from the same Sect as Qu Huachang, so how could Xu Linggong, a Seventh Order Open Heaven Stage master, have so much free time? Moreover, he didn’t even ask before directly breaking in!
Even if he was the Master, he couldn’t force his way into a female disciple’s room.
Yang Kai faintly felt that he had fallen into a trap, but he really didn’t have any evidence to prove this point. If he were to ask Qing Kui now, he probably wouldn’t admit it, so he simply pretended not to know.
In any case, participating in the Dao Exchange wasn’t a big deal.
Along the way, Qing Kui’s attitude towards him was extremely friendly, and he told Yang Kai some interesting stories about Yin-Yang Heaven. Soon, the two of them arrived.
The procedure for participating in the Dao Exchange wasn’t complicated at all. All he needed to do was give his name, origin, and cultivation before being issued a Token.
However, when he returned, it was not the Lookout Pavilion that Yang Kai had been resting in before, but another Spirit Peak.
“There are a lot of people participating in the Dao Exchange Conference this time, so all the participants are arranged to live in different Spirit Peaks. This way, it will be easier for you to get close to each other. You’re going to the Predestined Friends Peak!” Qing Kui explained with a meaningful expression.
“Get close with each other?” Yang Kai raised his brow.
Qing Kui grinned, “Although there are still a few days until the Dao Exchange Conference begins, the test has already begun since you all settled down.”
Yang Kai’s eyes flashed as he understood Yin-Yang Heaven’s plan.
The Dao Exchange Conference had yet to officially begin, but since the test had already begun, the performance of all the participants in the Dao Exchange Conference would be recorded by the people of Yin-Yang Heaven. Moreover, this arrangement would make it easier for powerful cultivators to eliminate their opponents in advance so that the situation of the Dao Exchange Conference would become clearer.
“Then I’ll have to get closer to them,” Yang Kai grinned maliciously, “But Senior Brother Qing, I’ve only just broken through to the Sixth Order Open Heaven Stage, so I can’t control my strength freely. If any blind fool provokes me and ends up being beaten to death…”
Qing Kui said, “My Yin-Yang Heaven’s Dao Exchange isn’t some child’s play. Since you have the courage to participate, you should be mentally prepared to be killed. If you don’t have this kind of awareness, just scram back to where you came from.”
Yang Kai raised his brow, “Everyone is like this?”
“Then I understand,” Yang Kai nodded. This way, he wouldn’t have to worry about being held responsible.
Looking at Yang Kai’s eager expression, Qing Kui suddenly felt a trace of uneasiness in his heart. He didn’t know whether it was right or wrong to trick this boy into joining the Dao Exchange Conference, so he couldn’t help but remind him, “If you encounter a Cave Heaven Paradise's disciple, if you can be lenient, show them mercy. Becoming mortal enemies with them won’t benefit you in the future.”
Yang Kai said, “Senior Brother Qing, don’t worry, I naturally know about this.” The premise was that they should not provoke him!
As the two of them spoke, they arrived at the Predestined Friends Peak. On the peak, a series of buildings formed a large courtyard, and on a platform below, there seemed to be people exchanging pointers. The two of them were engaged in a heated battle, the World Force constantly colliding.
Yang Kai casually swept his eyes over them, and from the energy fluctuations emanating from the two of them, he could tell that they were only Fourth Order, and that they had been holding back during the fight, so he didn’t pay them any mind.
To the current him, a Fourth Order Open Heaven Stage was nothing more than an ant, a slightly larger ant…
Qing Kui led Yang Kai down from the sky and landed directly in front of a courtyard, saying, “This is where you will live before the Dao Exchange Conference began. The Token I gave you before is the Central Jade Token that controls this courtyard. When the Dao Exchange Conference really begins, someone will come to inform you to participate.”
“I understand. Many thanks, Senior Brother Qing.”
Qing Kui nodded lightly before soaring into the sky and quickly disappearing.
Yang Kai looked up at his courtyard, took out his Token, and poured his strength into it. With a gentle wave of his hand, the Great Array of the courtyard opened up a crack, and Yang Kai stepped into it before closing it again.
“Who is that person? How could he be personally received by Elder Qing?” Below the battle arena, a young man wearing a white robe with a handsome face frowned and asked the person beside him.
This young man had a dignified appearance and an extraordinary temperament. His bearing was also extremely calm, obviously someone of great origins.
There were many Open Heaven Stage cultivators gathered around him, all of them seemingly following his lead.
Hearing this question, everyone shook their heads, indicating they had never seen this person before.
A trace of fear flashed across the young man’s eyes, “Could he be a disciple from some Cave Heaven Paradise?”
However, even if he was a disciple of a Cave Heaven Paradise, he might not be received by a person like Qing Kui in person. With such a person suddenly appearing on their Predestined Friends Peak, it was impossible to not care.
A Fourth Order took the initiative to ask, “Brother Kong, please wait a moment, I’ll send a message to inquire about this person’s background.”
The young man called Brother Kong nodded, “Thank you, Brother Sun.”
The man surnamed Sun said respectfully, “Brother Kong is too serious. When the Dao Exchange Conference truly begins in the future, cultivators on Predestined Friends Peak will have to rely on Brother Kong to take care of us. This trivial matter is not worth mentioning.”
The young man surnamed Kong nodded, “Sure, sure.”
After the message was sent out, everyone waited quietly. They had come to the Predestined Friends Peak a few days earlier than Yang Kai, so they were either familiar with each other or had heard of each other before. Now, they were getting along quite well and didn’t have many conflicts.
Only Yang Kai, this newcomer, was unknown to them, and since he was personally led by Qing Kui, it was only natural for them to take him seriously.
TO BE CONTINUED...