Despite the inpouring of cultivators to Nine-linked Mountains, Great Desolate Mountain to the south remained peaceful . No one came to stay at this area or to bother Li Qiye .
It was truly remote, far removed from the central area . It wasn’t suitable for habitation either since no one would want to be assaulted by this murderous energy daily . It was akin to suffering without benefiting from it . Only a true masochist could enjoy something like this .
Nevertheless, the mountain range spanned for tens of thousands of miles . An influx of 100,000 disciples still change much; the place still seemed as desolate and empty as before .
Of course, Li Qiye was happy to be by himself . Unfortunately, this morning, someone was standing outside of his palace .
“Creak . ” Li Qiye woke up early to meditate with the murderous energy . He opened the door and saw a girl .
She has been waiting patiently, seemingly for a long time . Just the sight of her could brighten the eyes .
Well-defined brows, eyes like the morning stars, curly and animated eyelashes - her soft face looked like a piece of art with perfect proportions, whether it be her straight and tall nose, plump red lips or jade cheeks . People would never get tired of looking at her .
Her face had a hint of innocent unlike her tall figure - proud peaks and round bottom that couldn’t be hidden beneath her dress . This made her look mature like a ripened strawberry; anyone would take to take a bite . Unfortunately for some, her innocent and angelic face was refreshing - washing away all temptation and lust .
Her black hair draping on top of her shoulders fluttered to the wind with a misty glow, causing her to look transcending .
She resembled a piece of jade deep in the valley, green and pure with water seemingly dripping off and permeating into the soul of the spectators . People couldn’t avert their gaze .
She looked quite nervous, touching her sleeves with her head lowered while patiently waiting .
She instantly looked up the moment Li Qiye came out, seemingly caught off guard and retreated several steps . She slightly opened her mouth but no words came out .
Li Qiye leaned on the door with his hands crossed in front . With a smile on his face, he asked: “Miss, who are you looking for?”
The girl stared at him before quickly stealing glances in the room only to find that no one else was there .
“Are, are you the new king? No, I meant are you His Majesty?” The girl asked while nervously clenching her fists .
Li Qiye smiled: “I believe I’m the only one with that role in Nine Secrets . Of course, that is until a newer king takes the throne . However, I prefer to be called Li Qiye instead . ”
“Ah, then I found the right person . ” She heaved a sigh of relief .
He looked her up and down like he usually would, not showing any restraint just because she was a lady - seemingly wanting to see through everything .
The girl turned tense and took more steps backward, recalling his unsavory reputation . She felt as if she was being stared at by a wolf, feeling regretful for coming here . Nevertheless, thinking about her destiny made her took a deep breath to muster more courage .
“Why are you looking for me?” He withdrew his gaze and smiled .
“My… name is Liu Chuqing . ” The girl quietly said, not daring to look face to face .
Li Qiye shook his head: “No idea, but that’s all right, I’m very easy to talk to, especially when you’re such a beautiful girl . I’m more than willing to chat with you about random stuff, maybe even romance . ”
The girl’s mood switched back and forth between tension and courage gathering . She eventually took one step forward to look straight in his eyes .
This didn’t last long . Just a few seconds later and she lowered her head again, feeling hot by the ears .
He seemed patient and stood there waiting with a smile, staring at her .
A while later, she said with a serious tone: “I’m the princess of Waterfront Pavilion, here, here to carry out the promise . ” Her voice trailed off towards the end .
“Oh, I remember now . ” Li Qiye patted his forehead and said: “You’re that girl, the golden daughter of Waterfront with the most precious bloodline . Your old geezer had mentioned you before . ”
“Yes . ” The girl was still nervous being alone with Li Qiye, moving her head up and down like a little chick pecking grains .
“Really here for the marriage?” He became amused .
Back when Lucidity King forced the issue, Waterfront Pavilion’s supreme ancestor did promise to marry their noblest bloodline to the crown prince . She was Liu Chuqing . Li Qiye didn’t remember since he didn’t care at all about this matter .
“Yes . ” She nodded and stole another glance . Blood was rushing to her head .
After all, this man was going to be her husband, her lifelong companion . She kept on playing with her sleeves, feeling quite timid .
“I’m quite surprised that your sect is upholding the promise, how interesting . ” Li Qiye’s eyes became profound .
Though he had marriage pacts thanks to Lucidity King, they were pretty much useless after the fall of his reign - no different than another piece of paper .
The parties involved didn’t quite need to carry it out . In the sects’ mind, reneging had little consequences since a fallen king like Li Qiye couldn’t do anything to them .
The first to do so was the Bingchi Clan . The only issue was that their supreme ancestor had made a promise . As one of the strongest Eternals, keeping his words was very important or he could be criticized for it later on . Thus, the clan master of the Bingchi decided to swap Bingchi Yingjian for Bingchi Hanyu .
The other four powers were in the same situation . Same with Wind God, he wasn’t in a position to deny this marriage either . However, the girls didn’t have the same limitation .
Their life was greatly affected by this . Plus, they didn’t want to marry such a rotten king given his terrible reputation . That’s why Splendorous Saintess tried to do something else .
Right now, the princess of Waterfront actually came to carry out their part - quite a surprising choice .
“Our pavilion keeps our word . ” She looked straight at Li Qiye and answered, mustering courage out of nowhere .
In fact, the majority of the ancestors there opposed this marriage, same with the sect master . They shared the belief, like many others, that the new king has lost his kingdom, just a dog without a master . It’s already a blessing from above that he was still alive .
A guy like that still want to marry their princess? Utterly ridiculous .
Liu Chuqing was the one who wanted to do so . She didn’t want her great ancestor to break a promise, same with the sect’s reputation . This was an important event for their sect, one that determined her fate, and certainly not a joke . The promise with the royal family must be carried out .