Few people knew Li Qiye’s departure time and location . Only Liu Chuqing and a few others came to see him off .
Chuqing put on a calm expression but the atmosphere remained moody .
As always, the separation was a sad matter, whether it be via death or just distance .
“Go, this sending party won’t last forever . ” Li Qiye stroked her hair and said .
She shuddered inside since it was finally time . It was as if her heart was being torn apart . They were about to be separated by an untraversable distance, never to see each other again .
She breathed in deeply and gave him a tight and long hug before eventually letting go and taking one step back .
The young lady became very determined, evident by her gentle yet unyielding eyes .
“May you forever be victorious . I’ll be here waiting, always . ” Chuqing looked at him and said .
He embraced her again and kissed her soft hair: “Silly girl, go back now, I’ll come back alive regardless of how far I travel later . ”
“Just let me watch you leave . ” Chuqing whispered .
She wasn’t as brilliant or talented compared to other women . However, she was certainly a perfect model of being a virtuous wife .
“Very well, see you later . ” Li Qiye tightened his hug one last time before .
Having said that, he turned and left without looking back . True Emperor Jiu Ning and he disappeared into the sky .
Liu Chuqing stood there like a statue and stared at the horizon . Tears wetted her cheeks before she knew it but she didn’t sob, not wanting Li Qiye to hear her .
“Your Majesty, please return . ” Poison Phoenix Lady said softly .
“Lady, will we see him again?” It took a while before she responded .
“Yes, Young Noble is a man of his words . He’ll return triumphantly . ” The lady paused for a moment before replying .
“Right, I’m just afraid that he might die on the distant battlefield…” She nodded and shuddered, not wanting to speak of this matter lest she jinxes him .
Though she didn’t know what he wanted to do and his true pursuit, she could tell that he would be facing an unbelievably strong enemy later . Thus, she wasn’t worried about him keeping his words but an entirely different risk .
“Your Majesty, don’t worry . Young Noble is invincible with the one-and-only thirteen palaces in existence . No one else in this world can stop him . Just trust him . ” Ill Lord consoled .
These five were left behind and had absolute loyalty towards Liu Chuqing .
“Goodbye, I’ll be waiting . ” Her tears have dried up as she said her last words with him before leaving .
Li Qiye and True Emperor Jiu Ning traveled at a ridiculous pace - one realm with each step . It didn’t take long before they entered a broken area with no one in sight .
The two didn’t speak along the way so the atmosphere felt quite tense .
True Emperor Jiu Ning could sympathize because she has also experienced separation . Separation by death was one thing, but being alive yet unable to see each other was worse .
“I don’t like coming back to Imperial . I thought I’ve forgotten but that’s not the case at all . I’ve only buried it deep inside . A few things can’t be erased even after millions of years and numerous eras . Time can’t grind it away; all we can do is bury them deep enough to not remember . ” She wistfully reflected .
Of course, these experiences and emotions across time served her well, allowing this brilliant True Emperor to walk even further down the path .
“Joys and sorrows; partings and reunions - all unavoidable in life . ” Li Qiye nodded and said slowly: “A few apex existences laugh at these emotions such as love and friendship, thinking that they are silly and unnecessary . Little do they know that they’re the ridiculous ones . When they don’t have someone to love, worries, or anything worthy of protecting, their heart is already dead and their dao aimless . ”
“A being without emotions normally falls into the evil path . If one truly believes everyone else are mere ants, then world destruction seems just fine . This makes one prone to devour everything else because their heart only has them . ” He continued with an insightful gaze .
“No emotions at the apex . ” The emperor agreed: “One should only forget about personal ties, not the overall stance . ”
“Sometimes they have no choice because everyone else leaves for one reason or another, leaving them all alone on the path . ” Li Qiye said .
She became quiet . This was indeed true . As their journey continued, their friends and loved ones couldn’t keep up and died from old age, disappearing among the river of time .
Loneliness wasn’t a matter of choice for some top beings . However, they needed to maintain their humanity . Even if they didn’t care for their personal well being or sect, they needed to guard the three thousand worlds .
“Both good and bad at the apex will stem from a single thought . ” Li Qiye said .
“And you’re on the good side because there is still something in this world that you care about . You walk forward all alone in order to protect . ” She felt like she understood him .
“I’m not that noble . ” Li Qiye finally smiled for the first time during this journey while shaking his head: “It’s only a matter of convenience for me, I’m just doing my own things in order to see what I can be in the future . I don’t think about saving the world . ”
“A Buddhist monk might only be searching for the dao but he would also gain abilities and technique in the process . That’s because when his heart has Buddha, he automatically gains these things . That’s your level, something exceeding all of us . We struggle and struggle but still have a long way to go . ” She replied .
“As long as you keep your mind set on a goal, you’ll do even better in the future . No one is born with absolute power and comprehension . Ultimate achievements are only obtainable through efforts and polishing . ” Li Qiye chuckled .
“I hope so . ” She nodded with profundity in her eyes and a determined expression .
“Where do you plan to go up from?” Li Qiye asked .
“I know of an ancient path on this remote region that can reach Immortal Lineage . ” The emperor replied .
There were several paths to reach the next world . The most common one was brute force .
Of course, both of them were strong enough to do so .
However, it was troublesome and demanded ample preparation so they decided against it . Moreover, this process was also relatively dangerous . The probability of something going awry was low, but even a light case would result in grievous injury . The worst-case scenario was death .