Yi Ping had kept quiet along the way as he was too awkward to say anything as he tried to force himself not to remember what had happened earlier when the Celestial Mistress had undressed herself and everyone to treat their injuries.
At the same time his heart grew heavier as he approached the Holy Ascension Sect. He was in a dilemma to explain to Lingfeng, Ye Yin, Shen Xingyue, Yu’Er and Mei’Er later…
His thoughts were soon interrupted by the approaching sight of some two hundred Ascendant Protégés of the Holy Ascension Sect!
But like the first time, he was stopped by Feng Mantian, Luo Wei and Wu Han again!
This time they were extremely respectable and so were the ascendant protégés that were behind them which numbered some two hundreds. It was obvious that the Holy Ascension Sect was on high alert as the number of obvious guards was ten times greater than previously!
However Yi Ping knew that there were still many more hidden fighters that lie in wait along the stairs of heavens!
Feng Mantian quickly apologized and he looked somewhat disconcerted, “Master Yi Ping, who are they?”
He also said to Yunzi, “Our respects to the Protégé Master of the Infinity Sword Celestial Clan!”
He had naturally recognized Lie Qing, Lele, Shi Shi, Yixian, Youxue and Yunzi.
But for the extraordinary appealing and unfamiliar maidens that were also with Yi Ping, he did not recognize who they were. He was immediately wary of them though for their states of divinities were extremely imposing!
The unfamiliar maidens were of course the Celestial Mistress, Han Lin, Jing’Er, Yang Min, Xiao Qian the Celeste Wind Maiden and the Goddess Isa!
Immediately, the Celestial Mistress, Han Lin, Jing’Er, Yang Min and the Celeste Wind Maiden were all startled at the same time as they looked at Yunzi!
It was because they did not know that this maiden was actually the Protégé Master of the Infinity Sword Celestial Clan, one of the most powerful celestial clans in the Celestial Realm!
Yi Ping said awkwardly, “They…they are my friends. Brother Feng, can you let them pass?”
Yunzi said as well, “They are our friends.”
Feng Mantian had already noticed that Shi Shi the Stellar Heaven Fairy was carrying a divine sword on her return trip and was slightly startled. What more, two of the unfamiliar maidens were also carrying a divine sword too!
Divine swords were extremely rare in the Celestial Realm and therefore it was a surprise to see two more unknown celestial practitioners with it!
Like Feng Mantian, Luo Wei and Wu Han were also highly attained golden celestial practitioners that could detect the presence of a hidden or unsheathed divine weapon especially in such a close proximity. And they were equally startled by it and began to wonder who the two golden celestial practitioners were!
Feng Mantian muttered at the sight of these beautiful maidens and he was questioning if he was dreaming as he asked, “Maybe Master Yi Ping can introduce your friends to us first? We cannot allow any unorthodox or heretic sect protégés through the Heaven’s Gate.”
Yang Min looked quietly at Jing’Er who in turn was looking at the Celestial Mistress and Han Lin.
Lele added in jest, “You don’t trust the Lord of the Tranquil City or the Protégé Master of the Infinity Sword Celestial Clan?”
Lie Qing laughed softly as she stroked her braided hair slowly, “Maybe he just want to acquaint with them.”
The Celestial Mistress said nothing while Han Lin smiled amicably at Feng Mantian before saying, “Do we look like dark celestial practitioners to you?”
Feng Mantian smiled weakly as he looked at the veiled Celestial Mistress. Even though she was veiled but there was no denying that she was really an appealing maiden as he eyed her with an intimate look!
Feng Mantian was not the only one that was staring at these maidens. Virtually all the two hundred protégés of the Holy Ascension Sect were all staring at them. No matter who their dream goddess looked like in their innermost heart, they could find in these maidens!
The twelve maidens were all extremely moving and the sight of them were so wondrous that everyone was envy of Yi Ping who remained oblivious of the attention that he was getting!
Just as Feng Mantian was about to probe further, a long beard celestial had suddenly leapt over him with a startling speed!
It was Old Reverend Vanquisher Sage!
Immediately Feng Mantian, Wu Han and Luo Wei took the lead to pay their respects, “Our respects to the Supreme Celestial…”
But Old Reverend Vanquisher Sage quickly raised his right hand to silence them.
He was flustered as he lifted his trembling finger at the Celestial Mistress, “Xiaoci, is that really you? You are still around? I have always thought you are dead…”
He had known her as the first Grand Protégé Mistress and founder of the Melody Palace. Like the Lord Supreme and himself, he had known her as an Ancient Celestial.
Han Lin smiled at the Celestial Mistress, “So Xiaoci is your real name?”
The Celestial Mistress said quietly, “Yes, it is me.”
Old Reverend Vanquisher Sage pointed a finger at the Celeste Wind Maiden as he shouted angrily, “It is you!”
The Celeste Wind Maiden hummed coldly, “So we met again.”
Many years ago, Old Reverend Vanquisher Sage and the Celeste Wind Maiden had a bitter fight. It was a titanic fight between the old and new celestial fighters. Even though that fight was a draw, Old Reverend Vanquisher Sage had nearly died from that fight and that event had propelled the Celestial Aiel Sect as a major celestial clan!
Old Reverend Vanquisher Sage said angrily to the Celeste Wind Maiden, “Release Xiaoci immediately!”
He quickly turned to say to Yi Ping, “Do you know who she is? You have actually brought an enemy back to the Holy Ascension Sect. She is none other than the Celeste Wind Maiden of the Celestial Aiel Sect!”
Yi Ping quickly bowed respectfully to say, “Senior, I can explain…”
The Goddess Isa smiled coldly as she interrupted Yi Ping, “Who is this mad man?”
She did not have the intention to be involved in this mundane affair but when she had seen how Old Reverend Vanquisher Sage had raised his voice at Yi Ping, she could not resist a sneer!
Yi Ping was startled. As he was afraid of what the Goddess Isa may do after witnessing her martial skills earlier, he quickly said to her. “He is not a bad guy…”
The Goddess Isa looked at Yi Ping shyly as she muttered softly, “Oh?”
She quickly said, “You are already too respectful to him by addressing him as a Senior. I don’t think he is fit enough to even carry your shoes, humph!”
Old Reverend Vanquisher Sage stared at her but he was quickly taken aback when he could not see past her state of divinity as he stammered, “You are? You are not a golden celestial practitioner. You are an Ancient Celestial? No, that is impossible. Why is that I have never seen you before?”
At the same time, he was staring at her scabbard which contained her divine sword…
He had suddenly noticed that like Yi Ping, this golden hair heavenly maiden was also carrying an extraordinary divine sword and his curiosity was immediately aroused by the sword divine aura!
The Goddess Isa hummed coldly, “You are not fit to address me.”
Feng Mantian immediately shouted, “Insolent! How dare you be rude to the Supreme Celestial!”
The Goddess Isa lifted her eyes to say, “So?”