ACA Chapter 22

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Chapter 22 – Ancient Frost Seal

 

That’s right! The same exact strategy as last time, but this time around, they had one other trump card up their sleeves! It was Gu Qingyu!!

 

During the time period when Gu Qingyu was unconscious, she had entered her mental world and had Bloodlife Jade teach her some skills.

 

“Hey,” Venerable Flame was lying half crouched on a bed, “How can you just be done for after someone sprinkled some powder towards you.”

“I-…” Gu Qingyu felt ashamed, “I’m still not strong enough, sorry.”

“Don’t be sorry to me,” Venerable Flame sat up, “You should feel sorry for your so-called companion. Getting defeated so easily, you were just simply being a burden to him. Leaving him alone to fight in the palace, a situation fraught with dangers.”

“That…” Gu Qingyu let out another sigh. Her eyes suddenly sparkled with excitement and enthusiasm, “Oh right! Weren’t you that Bloodlife Jade! Didn’t you claim yourself to be the all-powerful Venerable Flame! Help me out this time!”

“You want me to help you?” Venerable Flame looked quite amused as he put his chin on his hand, “If it’s too difficult, I for one, will not dirty my hands~”

“Just teach me some deadly techniques!” Gu Qingyu became extremely enthusiastic and excited, “If I have you teach me, then I can defeat that person!”

Venerable Flame shook his head, “But he was not your sole enemy.”

“Huh? Who else?” Gu Qingyu opened her eyes wide, “In that room, apart from the two of us, I didn’t detect anyone else!”

Venerable Flame slightly narrowed his eyes, “Someone very powerful, that is why you could not detect him… How about I just teach you a move? This spell can freeze anything that’s within a couple meters from you, in an instant. However, casting the spell will be very consuming on your mental energy, magic power and body. You have to remember what I say and do not disappoint me…”

 

Back to the present, Gu Qingyu and Jia Qizhe entered the room.

The ice layer on the floor emitted a crushing sound when they walked on it. It was an extremely unpleasant and ear-piercing sound, especially for someone with sensitive ears like Gu Qingyu…

 

Whoosh——”

Jia Qizhe lifted the quilt, only to find out that no one was inside.

“Curses.” Jia Qizhe put back his dagger in his sleeve, and took out his weapon—The blue sword, “Murong Zuoyu must be nearby.”

Gu Qingyu also put back her dagger, but sadly, she did not have another weapon and could only inevitably take out her dagger again.

 

“Here.” Jia Qizhe took out another item and bumped it against her arm,

“What?” Gu Qingyu tilted her head to the side and grabbed the item, “This is a…Sleeve Dart Device!!” “Why are you giving me this?”

“It matches your fighting style, use it to defend yourself.” said Jia Qizhe as he hurriedly walked out, Gu Qingyu followed him closely.

 

When they stopped outside, a column of soldiers rushed by, “Quick! Do not let them escape!!”

One of them spotted Gu Qingyu. But, he wasn’t able to see her face, because she had her back against them, “Your Highness!”

Gu Qingyu’s heart skipped a beat, “Has Murong Zuoyu returned??!”

“Do not fear.” Jia Qizhe whispered, “They mistook you for the prince.”

Gu Qingyu looked at her clothes: Because Jia Qizhe had kept on insisting that she should just dress casually, so she just put on this purple robe. Could it be that… Murong Zuoyu also liked to wear purple?

 

Gu Qingyu put on an act and pretended to cough twice, “Cough, cough! You guys can retre-…”

“It is not His Highness!!”

“Yeah! His Highness would never cough before speaking!”

“It must be the assassin, get him!!”

“Run!” Jia Qizhe did not say anything further. He grabbed Gu Qingyu and leaped up on the roof. Gu Qingyu immediately recalled that device Jia Qizhe had gifted her earlier, and shot down the closest soldiers.

“Well done.” Jia Qizhe let out a smile. A dim blue light surrounded them, and in the next moment, they appeared under that large tree in the Imperial Palace.

Teleportation?

Just as she thought that they were safe now, a person was standing under the tree!

Dressed in purple, his black hair fluttered in the wind. He stood there with his eyes shut, holding onto a sword.

Compared to her, this should be the genuine Murong Zuoyu, right?

But, how did he find out about their whereabouts??

 

“Oh! It’s you.” Muyong Zuoyu opened his eyes, there was an indescribable coldness in his words, “Trying to escape? You want to just leave after destroying my chamber? Not that simple.”

“Gosh!!” Gu Qingyu had a bad feeling, “Why… are you interfering with us? It’s not like we have offended you before??”

“I wouldn’t be saying that.” Murong Zuoyu revealed a cold smile.

Gu Qingyu frowned, “Don’t force us.”

“Heh,” Murong Zuoyu laughed, coquettish, “Just you two?”

“He’s not taking us seriously.” Jia Qizhe drew his sword, “[Break].”

 

A blue sword aura shot towards Murong Zuoyu. Murong Zuoyu lightly jumped onto a tree branch, his speed was so fast that Gu Qingyu couldn’t even see his movement.

 

Swish——”

 

Gu Qingyu shoot an arrow towards him when he didn’t pay attention. Murong Zuoyu swiftly moved his head… and that arrow was actually caught by him!!

The force and power of the device that Jia Qizhe had given her can be considered as quite powerful. Murong Zuoyu, he actually managed to stop it with just slightly turning his head!! And he even caught it in his mouth!!

How strong is this person exactly…

“We can’t beat him, let’s retreat for now! Out of thirty six stratagems, retreat is the best!” said Gu Qingyu in a low tone to Jia Qizhe. “Run!”

“Ok.” Jia Qizhe grabbed Gu Qingyu’s arm and soared up in the air. However, they got cut off by Murong Zuoyu, “Leaving? Not that easy.”

“Why are you blocking our way?” She wasn’t able to keep it in anymore, “You don’t want to give us the herb? Fine! But now, you’re not even letting us leave. Hey! Don’t think that we’ll be afraid of you just because you’re a Prince!”

“You possess the Bloodlife Jade,” Murong Zuoyu looked at Gu Qingyu with a greedy, but mostly cold gaze, “Hand it over.”

“Huh??” Gu Qingyu looked at him oddly, “Bloodlife Jade? Do you also want the Bloodlife Jade?” Thinking carefully about it again, Bloodlife Jade was after all hard to come by. Who wouldn’t try to snatch it if such a priceless treasure was right in front of them?

“Correct.” Murong Zuoyu didn’t deny it.

 

The voices and footsteps of soldiers could be heard in the distant,

“I think they went this way. After them!”

“Hurry up!”

“Don’t let them escape!!”

 

Gu Qingyu stomped her feet, “Anything is fine, except for the Bloodlife Jade!”

She didn’t dare to imagine the repercussions of getting caught, not only would she be recognized, but she would also implicate the rest!

Murong Zuoyu thought for a while and said, “Let me come with you, then.”

“Haah?” Gu Qingyu almost fell to the ground, “Are you messing with me?”

“I’m not joking,” He tilted his head to the side, “Bloodlife Jade chooses its owner, so it will be difficult to try taking it by force. Instead, I want to come with you. Why? You don’t want to?”

“Ah, nono! Of course you can! Let’s get going, then?” asked Gu Qingyu in high hopes.

Murong Zuoyu nodded, “Sure.”

He actually just simply agreed to it… yet she worried in vain about getting caught and not being able to return for the bigger part of the day!!

 

With Murong Zuoyu taking the lead, they arrived very quickly outside the palace.

The rest of the team had already arrived.

When Xiao Qi, Qi Yichen and Mo Bai saw Murong Zuoyu, they just stood there, gaping at him, simultaneously.

 

“This is?” Mo Bai looked at Gu Qingyu.

“The legendary Murong Zuoyu!” explained Gu Qingyu, almost snappily.

“Murong Zuoyu?” Qi Yichen ignored the first two words, “Why is he here?”

“I, myself, am also very curious.” said Gu Qingyu helplessly. “Let us return to the inn first!”

“Ok.” Qi Yichen nodded and glanced at Murong Zuoyu, but he didn’t say anything.

Because of Murong Zuoyu, their trip back to the inn was unusually smooth and easy.

 

“Tell me! What’s going on?” Qi Yichen was particularly curious about the situation.

“He…” She was about to explain, but somebody was a step ahead of her.

“I’m here to safeguard the Bloodlife Jade. Also,” Murong Zuoyu glanced over at Gu Qingyu as he said, “The owner of the Jade has agreed to it already.”

“I…”

“What do you say?” Murong Zuoyu looked towards Gu Qingyu.

“Mm… yes.” Gu Qingyu cried without tears, “Don’t call me so awkwardly, I have a name! It is… Zhu Fan.”

Murong Zuoyu repeated coolly, “Oh, Zhu Fan.”

Gu Qingyu asked very cautiously, “What was that again… you are royalty. You might have the chance of becoming Emperor in the future! Are you sure you want to let go of your status and travel with us?”

Murong Zuoyu nodded, “If not?”

“Okay, I wish you a happy time…” Gu Qingyu weakly stood up, “I think I’m going to bed first. Everyone, good night…”

“Brother Zhu, you don’t look too good?” Mo Bai looked concerned, “Do you want me to take a look? You might’ve caught a cold.”

“No need, I’m just exhausted. Xiao Qi, let’s go…” Gu Qingyu pulled Xiao Qi and prepared to leave. However, she heard Murong Zuoyu’s voice behind them. He said in a queer manner, “Do you two sleep together?”

“Do-you-have-any-problems?” said Gu Qingyu, word by word. She turned around slowly, and looked at him with a dark face.

Murong Zuoyu, “…”

“Xiao… Xiao Fan, let’s go.” Xiao Qi got the chills when she looked at Gu Qingyu. She could only drag her with, and hurriedly ran away together.

And just like that, Gu Qingyu was tragically pulled away by Xiao Qi. In any case, it was an act of relief as well…

 

 

Once Gu Qingyu and Xiao Qi left, Jia Qizhe looked coldly at Murong Zuoyu, “What exactly is your purpose/objective?”

“I am here to protect the Bloodlife Jade, so that it doesn’t fall into the hands of people with evil intentions.” Murong Zuoyu replied coldly as well, “Heh, my purpose is to protect the jade, secondly to observe if that Zhu Fan is a wicked and corrupt person what not.”

Qi Yichen queried, “If that’s the case?”

Murong Zuoyu said without the slightest bit of fear, “Then, I’ll just kill him.”

 

“I’ll kill you before you make your move.” Mo Bai sipped his tea, savoring it.

“…!!!” Jia Qizhe and Qi Yichen started in surprise.

This sentence wasn’t something that seemed to come from Mo Bai.

Mo Bai had always been gentle and kind, but now, he could actually say such things?

 

“Give it a try then.” said Murong Zuoyu coldly and went out.

Mo Bai continued to nonchalantly sip his tea.

 

“…”

No one said anything.

 

Back at Gu Qingyu’s side.

Both the girls returned to their room. Gu Qingyu was so tired that she fell soundly asleep once she got into her bed.

 

So annoying! That Murong Zuoyu actually started following us right off the bat!!

 

“You do not seem too cheerful,” She once again arrived in her mental world. Same as before, Venerable Flame was lying half crouched on his bed, watching her, “What happened? Was the move I taught you not enough? Mission failed?”

 

“No…” Gu Qingyu replied with a dejected look on her face. “Murong Zuoyu tagged along. He also said something about wanting to safeguard the Bloodlife Jade!”

 


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