Bright Clothes and Snow
Zhi Yan House was located in one of Qing Yuan Mountain’s side peaks, separated by two mountain peaks away from the big gate. With ample supplies and overnight journeys, you could reach travel pass the two mountains in 3 days time. If you were faster, 2 days was also possible.
But from what Hu Sha saw, their journey this time took less than 1 incense stick time. So this was what the ‘Shrink Land’ method did.
She turned her head to look at Fang Zhun. She still saw the same slender and frail young man. If she was a little unwilling to be a disciple back then, that unwillingness had turned into surprise and admiration.
A celestial! He was a real life celestial! If her father knew she managed to obtain a celestial teacher, he would laugh even in his sleep.
This was a snow-covered peak, everything within sight were covered with snow. Right in the middle of the peak was a frozen lake, the surface gleaming, resembling a mirror. And Zhi Yan House was built on an island the middle of the lake.
“We have arrived.”
Fang Zhun gently released her hand. Hu Sha was blown by a strong winter wind after he did that, falling into a small pit. No matter what she did, she couldn’t climb out.
Cold! Why was it so cold? Would she have to bury herself in quilt everyday once she lives here?
Fang Zhun dragged her out of the pit like he was dragging a little dog. As he patteed away the snow from her clothes, he sighed, “Shifu forgot you are just a mortal, not accustomed to extreme cold weathers. All the Qing Yuan disciples have had experiences prior to entering, so Shifu forgot this was even an issue.”
Hu Sha’s lips turned purple from the cold, she had to exert a lot of effort to even smile, “Shifu……. I, I will try my best……”
He held her hand once again so this disciple who had just came wouldn’t die from the cold. He used his celestial energy to protect her and waited until the color of her lips recovered before leading her away.
“Shifu, will the Zhi Yan House be this cold?” Hu Sha carefully asked, secretly regretting not asking for quilts and thick clothing from Auntie Lu.
Fang Zhun shook his head, “The island is not affected by warmth or cold. But if you wish to cultivate, you have to overcome the constraints of heat or snow.”
After he finished speaking, he suddenly stopped, his eyes trained at the frozen lake in front. Hu Sha who didn’t understand anything stared at the direction he was looking at and saw a black spot moving against the snowy background heading towards them.
In the blink of an eye, that black spot turned slightly larger, to the size of a green pea. Then even larger, approximately to the size of a pear.
It was actually a man, wearing a gaudy robe while riding some sort of a snow-white beast. The beast strolled leisurely on the frozen lake.
In no time, they reached the two of them. The man rested his elbow on the beast’s head and propped his chin against it as he smilingly looked over, his eyes narrow and bright like stars.
“I was wondering why Shifu secretly left the mountain without even telling us, turns out Shifu went there to pick up a junior sister.” His tone was light and leisurely, not at all afraid of his teacher.
Fang Zhun frowned lightly, he didn’t look upset at his words at all as he asked, “Feng Yi, why did you take Xue Suan Ni out?”
Feng Yi patted the Xue Suan Ni’s head as it shook it’s head in delight. It looked like a big cat.
“Shifu is out, Senior Brother too. This kid always wants to cry when nobody is around. He looks pitiful so I took him out to receive Shifu and Junior Sister.”
When Fang Zhun heard that, he patted Xue Suan Ni’s head.
“Come here, meet your Junior Sister. Her name is Hu Sha,” he pushed Hu Sha in front, “Call Second Senior Brother.”
Hu Sha’s nose and face were red from the cold and her body was aching from her fall earlier on. The moment she heard that he was her senior brother, she puts out her hand respectfully and greeted him, “Hu Sha greets Second Senior Brother………” Before she even finished, her fluttering grey skirt suddenly fell. She actually broke her waist girdle from the fall earlier on!
“Ah———“ she screamed as she tried to hold her skirt in place, adamantly wishing she can jump back to the snow pit and never goes out anymore.
That was it, her face was gone. She was so embarrassed she couldn’t even put up her head in front of the two people, much less check their expressions.
Feng Yi immediately jumped down from Xue Suan Ni and walked across the snow before placing his flashy flowery robe on her shoulders.
“This place is cold, Junior Sister must be mindful of your health. Do not get sick,” he patted her shoulder, smiling as his eyes turned to two little moon-like crescent.
Hu Sha nodded, her ears burning in shame.
Fang Zhun asked, “Where is Feng Di?”
Feng Yi shook his head, “I don’t know. The people from Wu Qu Department came a couple of times earlier to look for him, I have no idea where he went to.”
Fang Zhun did not reply. The sound of bells suddenly rang from the mountain peak in a distance, three long and three short chimes, “Never mind. The sect leader must be calling to discuss about the Great Celestial Gathering. I should go. Feng Yi, you bring Hu Sha back and tell her about Qing Yuan’s rules. When Feng Di comes back, tell him to look for me in Yu Hua Palace.”
After he finished speaking, he disappeared with a slight movement of his sleeves.
Feng Yi replied him with a yes before turning to Hu Sha with a smile, “Come here, Junior Sister. I’ll let you ride on Xue Suan Ni so you wouldn’t be cold.”
He patted Xue Suan Ni’s back. The spirit beast seemed unhappy, it’s blue eyes trained at Hu Sha in hostility as a howl came out of it’s throat.
Hu Sha retreated two steps, waving her hands, “N-no, never mind! I can walk on my own!”
“Don’t be afraid, it wouldn’t bite you!” Feng Yi forcefully lifted her up and placed her on the beast’s back. The beast immediately reacted, shaking it’s head violently and glaring at her with murderous eyes. It pound it’s paws on the ground and the snow began to crack.
Hu Sha’s legs weakened, she quickly jumped off, “I think it’s better if I just walk.”
Feng Yi patted the beast’s head while muttering in astonishment, “Interesting. You have never react to other people like this before, is it because Junior Sister is a girl? Where did you learn to get all jealous like this?”
Xue Suan Ni looked embarrassed but was still unwilling to back down. It glared at Hu Sha from where it stood.
Feng Yi laughed, “I’m sorry, Junior Sister. This Xue Suan Ni is a female. It’s still young and is spoiled rotten by us.”
Hu Sha was about to shake her head to say it was fine but he spoke first, “Then you just have to go this way, please don’t be offended.” Her entire world moved again as he lifted her up and placed her above the beast. Before the beast even gets to react, he jumped on it’s back and patted it, “Hurry up, Xiao Guai. If you throw tantrum again, we won’t like you anymore!”
It made an aggrieved sound, but quickly though reluctantly traveled through the snow. Feng Yi slants his upper body as he absentmindedly played with the beast’s soft long fur, “Where did Junior Sister comes from? You look young, why did you come to Mount Qing Yuan?”
Because he was very close to her, Hu Sha felt like her heart was going out of her chest. She was embarrassed and did not dare to move, “I…… I am from Jia Xing. Second Senior Brother probably never heard of that place. I came to Mount Qing Yuan…… by coincidence.”
The body behind her suddenly stiffened. “Jia Xing? You are from Jia Xing? How did you……” he murmured.
Hu Sha asked him in confusion, “Second Senior Brother knows Jia Xing?”
After a while, he propped up his body and answered in a lazy manner, “No, I’ve never heard of that place. That’s why I thought it sounds weird.”
Hu Sha turned around to look at him. From close proximity, his eyes looked so dark and his face looked so pretty. She thought he looked really elegant in flashy robes. If worn by other people, they would look so foolish.
Her shoulder suddenly felt warm when he placed his hand on it. Her body trembled greatly when he spoke close to her ear, “It’s going to run, don’t move.”
Xue Suan Ni suddenly jumped, leaping more than ten zhang up before landing gently on the island in the middle of the lake.
The winter wind blewon the two people. Hu Sha thinks there is a certain scent on his clothes.
His hand is holding her waist firmly and Hu Sha turns red like a peach blossom.
Then, he jumps down from the Xue Suan Ni. His clothes, his dark hair and his leisurely manner with the snow gently floating around looks like a scene from a painting. It is an unforgettable view, one that Hu Sha cannot bring herself to forget.