Shui Meijian added, “Moreover, the skills of the Eternal Ice Palace are not wholly suitable for men. So generally, the leadership of the Eternal Ice Palace is often passed to a woman.”
Yi Ping asked, “I don’t understand. Since the founder of the Eternal Ice Palace is a man, how is it possible for him to invent the Icy Heavenly Tears and the Divine Emerald Skill among many which are more suitable for women?”
Shui Yujian laughed softly, “That is because the martial origins of the Eternal Ice Palace come from his wife! The founder was said to be a scholar who did not know any martial skills.”
Yi Ping rubbed his nose for warmth and looked at Shui Yujian and Shui Meijian directly for the first time. Only a blind man would fail to see how beautiful and appealing they were.
Indeed, other than Shui Yixian, he had never seen anyone else as beautiful and captivating as them. To think that just a few days ago, he had been so fearful of the reputation of the Eternal Ice Palace.
Shui Meijian raised her alluring voice, “Master! Are you alright?”
Yi Ping woke from his trance and quickly replied, “I am alright. You really shouldn’t keep calling me Master…”
Shui Meijian giggled, “Master…alas I forget so fast. I’m so sorry!”
Yi Ping awkwardly replied, “Never mind…”
Shui Yujian laughed softly, “Master, you are looking at us so intently just now. Is there something wrong?”
Yi Ping said quickly, “No, nothing is wrong. I am just day-dreaming. You also, alas I am not your Master…”
Shui Meijian teased, “Master, you been sleeping for two days and you still feel sleepy?”
Yi Ping had completely given up on correcting them as he sighed in his heart. It seemed that they were too mindful of their manners and found it hard to adjust their etiquettes.
Shui Yujian gave Shui Meijian a quick tug and she quickly kept quiet. When Shui Yujian had tugged her, she realized that she was acting inappropriately and forgot that Yi Ping was their protégé master.
Yi Ping soon realized that Shui Yujian was more refined and careful in her speech while Shui Meijian was quick in speech and would say anything she thought of.
While walking to their destination, Shui Meijian began to hymn softly as she began to sing in a low voice.
Yi Ping was startled. Her voice and music was very beautiful. Yi Ping asked, “Mei’Er, you know how to sing too?”
Shui Meijian was startled and asked panicky, “Something wrong, Master?” She hoped that she had not offended him. She was almost in tears as she asked fearfully, “Did I disturb you…”
Even Shui Yujian was startled.
Yi Ping quickly said, “Oh no. Your lyrics and the melodies that you have just hymn, is just too beautiful. I enjoy music too.” And he began to whistle beautifully too.
Shui Meijian was delighted as she happily clapped, “My sister and I love to sing too!”
Shui Yujian was also absolutely delighted that Yi Ping also appreciated music as she hymned a quick melody.
Yi Ping praised her, “This tune is so unique. I have never heard of it. It is simply too heavenly. If I can hear this every day, I will be content.”
Shui Yujian flustered as she lowered her face, “We can play the zither, pipa and the erhu too.”
Yi Ping gasped, “That is not easy. The two of you must be really talented in your musical accomplishments.”
Shui Meijian laughed captivating, “Our Protégé Mistress does not really encourage us, and thinks it is a waste of time…”
Shui Yujian tugged her hard and said, “Let us continue now. We are reaching soon.”
Yi Ping nodded.
It was not long before they had reached the inner sanctuary chamber.
Shui Yujian said, “Master, we have reached.”
The chamber was large and freezing cold. In the middle of the chamber was a white marble casket.
Yi Ping immediately ran to the casket and fell onto it. He muttered, “Yixian, Yixian, why have you left me…”
Yi Ping was clearly inconsolable for a long time. Shui Yujian tried to console him but he had not heard her.
Yi Ping was too sorrowful. He wailed to heavens for separating Shui Yixian and him as he replayed his memories of her.
It was not long before tears appeared in the sisters’ eyes as well as they watched him expressed his sorrows for their late protégé mistress.
Shui Yujian could feel her heart aching. Her impressions of men were generally not impressive until she had met Yi Ping. Even though she had only known him briefly, he already had a place in her heart.
Shui Meijian was clenching her hands together onto her bosoms as she held back her tears. She had secretly fallen in love with him.
At first when she was notified by her sister that they got a new protégé master, she was in shock. When she had saw Yi Ping, she was even more startled with his noble air and looks. It was love at first sight for her…
Yi Ping suddenly stood up and said tearfully, “I got to leave this place now.”
It was because he had a sudden realization what he was going to do next. If he could not avenge for his wife’s death, then his wife would never be put to rest.
Shui Meijian hastily asked, “Master, where are you going? You can’t just leave the Eternal Ice Palace.”
Yi Ping said, “I am going to avenge my wife’s killer and I am going to find her no matter where she is!”
Shui Yujian asked, “Master, you know the killer?”
Yi Ping hummed coldly, “Even though I did not see her face but I will never forget her martial display! I will find her and offer her blood to my dear wife!”
Shui Meijian said, “Master, then let us accompany you!”
Yi Ping shook his head, “I have no idea how long it is going to take. Moreover, the Eternal Ice Palace needs someone to take care of and to protect it from external threat. As the most senior protégés, that responsibility will be yours.”
Shui Yujian cried, “Don’t we have the same responsibility to avenge our late protégé mistress too?”
Yi Ping had already made up his mind. And moreover, Shui Yujian and Shui Meijian had never been to the outside fraternity. They had no idea how dangerous and treacherous the people of the martial fraternity could be. Besides with two beautiful maidens accompanying him, it could be more of a hindrance.
But he had no idea how much he had hurt them. It was because they had thought that he did not like them and did not want them to be in his company.