Emperor’s Domination - Chapter 2718

Chapter 2718

Guo Jiahui’s improvement surprised Zhao Zhiting . The two of them were close enough so Jiahui’s monumental transformation was very obvious .

Because of this, Zhiting started asking her . Of course, Jiahui wouldn’t divulge this sensitive information to outsiders .

In the beginning, Jiahui remained prudent and skirted around the issue .

Recently, Zhiting has reached a bottleneck, resulting in stagnation . Her peers started surpassing her so this became a source of stress and vexation .

Jiahui worried about her since they were close . She finally chose to tell Zhiting her secrets because the latter used to be so kind to her . It was her turn now to help .

Zhiting didn’t believe it at all after listening to Jiahui’s secrets . She was also there during the herb-plucking expedition so she knew about Li Qiye’s situation . In fact, she even helped Jiahui carry the guy back .

So now, the sudden reversal of a crippled mortal turning into a hidden master was too much for her to accept .

If it didn’t come from Jiahui herself, Zhiting would never believe it, thinking that it was only a cruel joke .

However, Zhiting chose to believe due to their intimate relationship . Jiahui wouldn’t trick her and plus, her improvements were as clear as day . Their master praised her nonstop, saying that it was a miracle and that she had learned everything from him .

Finally, Jiahui came up with a plan for Zhiting to ask Li Qiye for help . The focus was on making a good meal for Li Qiye .

When he woke up the last time, he instantly berated her lack of skills in the kitchen . On the other hand, Zhiting was famous as a cook in the sect .

Zhiting loved cooking from a young age . This eventually earned her a nickname in the sect, “Beautiful Chef” .

She had no choice but to ask Li Qiye for help since her own master had tried to guide her several times to no avail . All of her hope was placed on Li Qiye now .

Zhiting visited each day to take care of Li Qiye . She racked her brains coming up with her best dishes, hoping to win Li Qiye’s grace .

Time passed and she earned nothing since Li Qiye continued to be unresponsive .

Zhiting started wavering after a while, wondering if Li Qiye actually had this ability . Maybe he wouldn’t wake up again since Jiahui wasn’t certain of a timeline either .

Nevertheless, she pressed onward and continued to serve Li Qiye with Jiahui . She treated it as a trial of determination and perseverance - no different than cultivation . The possibility of failure was present in both tasks but one still needed to do them .

The days went on . They have grown so accustomed to the task that even Zhiting started chatting with Li Qiye about her problems .

Just like any other day, Zhiting also put a lot of effort into making a table full of good meals for Li Qiye .  

“Your food has been terrible recently . ” A faint voice resounded next to her .

This naturally scared her but luckily, Jiahui has warned her before or she would have dropped her tray .

“Seni-, no, Young Noble…” She stammered and saw that his eyes were still closed .

She thought that maybe she was only hearing things and watched with bated breath .

“You’re not imagining it . ” Li Qiye finally opened his eyes .

This scene completely won Zhiting over . She truly believed Jiahui now .

Why? Prior to this, she had doubts because of Li Qiye’s dormancy . She slowly became accustomed to this and thought that it no longer matters whether he wakes up or not . This was a test for herself, a period of reflection .

Now, his gaze alone made her feel insignificant like an ant . She had no choice to look up at him despite his current state and ordinary appearance . This gaze of his encompassed all living beings and everything else .

“Zhiting greets you, Young Noble . ” She calmed down and respectfully bowed her head .

Li Qiye closed his eyes again .

Zhiting didn’t know what to do . She opened her mouth several times but nothing came out, worrying that Li Qiye has fallen asleep again .

“You wish for pointers from me, right?” Li Qiye broke her awkwardness while just sitting there, not bothering to open his eyes .

“Y-es, Young Noble . ” She nodded her head repeatedly like a chicken pecking for grain .

“I already have . ” Li Qiye said .

“You have?” She became frozen and carefully recalled her experience . Alas, this was his first time reacting to her .

“I’m afraid I’m too foolish to understand . ” She eventually answered .

“Are you persevering right now? That’s the whole point of cultivation, riches after enough accumulation . Can’t you tell that your mentality has changed versus how it was in the beginning?” He said flatly .

She carefully thought it over and agreed . In the beginning, she came here for help with an urgent mindset wishing for success .

His lack of response truly made her question the process . Alas, as time went on, the sense of urgency and need for success gradually decreased . The process became a part of life instead .

Her mental state calmed down by quite a bit . Though she still couldn’t break through the cultivation bottleneck, she didn’t mind it as much and had enough determination and confidence to eventually make it .

“Right, but I still can’t find clues about reaching the next level . ” She said .

“Then go stir-fry some more vegetables . ” Li Qiye said .

“Stir-fry?” She didn’t know what this has to do with cultivation .

“What’s the most important thing to keep in mind while stir-frying vegetables?” He opened her eyes and asked .

“Fire and temperature . ” She answered right away .

“Correct . As a cultivator, what can you use to control the fire so that the temperature is precise to the finest detail? Have you ever thought of this?” Li Qiye asked .

She stood there in a daze .

“Use your fire mastery for cooking . Your Encroaching Flame Scroll is exactly that . Why do you like cooking so much? It’s because you feel close to the flame yet you have never thought about incorporating cultivation into cooking . ”

She started contemplating . Encroaching Flame was a great merit law of Mountguard . Using this technique for cooking seemed to be wasting it like appointing a talented person to a useless position . Her master might become infuriated thinking that she was besmirching the ancestors’ invincible merit law .

However, she also agreed with Li Qiye’s logic - something she had never considered before .

“Go feel the fire and understand its transformation and you will see where the bottleneck is . ” Li Qiye said .

“Feel the fire…” His few words truly stirred her emotions and opened a door for her .