Yi Ping could only smile bitterly, “I am not smart but I have been with all of you for far too long…”
He was naturally unhappily for he was in a great hurry to rush to the Stellar Sanctuary.
But somehow these maidens did not seem to be in a hurry!
Yixian the Celestial Fairy was looking at Yi Ping with gentle eyes. They were not in a hurry to go to the Stellar Sanctuary because they were not in a hurry to face the challenges in there. The challenges of the Stellar Sanctuary would well be their last!
Rather all these maidens would rather spend some quiet time to be with Yi Ping. For the first time since they had arrived at the Celestial Realm, they had felt at peace.
Maybe that was the calmness before the storm!
All of a sudden the Celeste Wind Maiden interrupted sharply, “There is a strong stench of blood ahead!”
Lele immediately said, “Go!”
The Celeste Wind Maiden, Lele and Youxue had sped ahead!
Yixian was quickly behind them as she warned them gently, “Be careful!”
The Goddess Isa was not slow to react either, “I am spoiling for a fight. Wait for me!”
The five of them vanished instantly as they moved away from the group!
When Yi Ping saw their swiftness movement display, he could not help feeling in awe even though it was not the first time that he had witnessed their swiftness skill.
Immediately Yi Ping and the rest of the group sped after them!
When the Deadly Wanderer saw their swiftness skill, he was stunned.
He was shouting, “Wait for…” But before he could finish, everyone had vanished into the fog!
He was left muttering, “Be careful of the treacherous cliffs and move with caution…”
After trying to follow them for a while, he sighed softly as he stroked his beard, “I think I am lost and has been abandoned…”
He was a golden celestial and his swiftness speed was not weak at all.
But still he could not catch up with them. All of a sudden, he felt old…
It was not before long that Yi Ping could finally catch up with Yixian, Youxue, Lele, the Goddess Isa and the Celeste Wind Maiden but that was only because they had stopped in their tracks!
A crimson and cinnabar colored gate stood towering over them and scattered all around the gate were scores of dead celestial practitioners that belonged to the factions of the Celestial Aiel Sect and the Martial Deviant Clan!
Yi Ping was appalled at the sight even as he tried to look into pitch black gate of the Stellar Sanctuary, “There are so many dead…what is going on here…have they forgotten about the peace treaty?”
Youxue hummed coldly, “Peace treaty? Only for convenient sake.”
Han Lin took a look at their wounds and said, “There are more dark celestials here than golden celestials. It appears that they are a vanguard for a much larger parties.”
The Sagess Ai said, “It seems that we have company inside waiting for us.”
Yang Min scanned the dead bodies as she said quietly, “The Golden Eagle Clan, the Silver Spear Protégé Clan, the Great Heroes Clan…these are the clans that are affiliated with the Martial Deviant Clan.”
Han Lin added, “And these are the protégés of the Divine Poison Sect and the Curved Swords Clan. They are affiliated with the Celestial Aiel Sect.”
Yang Min was looking at the Stellar Sanctuary which lay beyond the crimson gate as she said coolly, “So it seems that someone else has already taken the first initiative and enter the Stellar Sanctuary. We are a little late.”
Jing’Er smiled, “We are never early in the first place. It is really within our expectations.”
Han Lin laughed softly as she looked at Yi Ping, “No need to worry for us. This is our gate. You have better hurried and watch over your gate. I suspect that your gate has also been taken!”
Yi Ping was smiling bitterly.
It had taken them more than a day to find a path to this gate. Even though the perimeter of the Stellar Sanctuary was circular in diameter and seemed as easy to follow, it was not as easy as it seemed. If they had taken a wrong path to climb up to the wrong perimeter of the Stellar Sanctuary and could not find any gate, then they would have to descend down the winding path again!
And moreover the constant earthquakes and the thick fogs had the effect of severely impaired their movements and their visibilities!
That was why they had taken more than a day to find the entrance of the Stellar Sanctuary!
The Sagess Ai said quietly as she looked at the crimson gate that was in plain view in front of them, “We have arrived and it is time for our groups to part ways.”
Jing’Er nodded quietly as she looked at Shi Shi and Yang Min before stealing a shy glance at Yi Ping!
Shi Shi and Yang Min were also looking at Jing’Er with woeful expressions!
The three of them were the Three Heaven Fairies of the Melody Palace and were extremely close to one another. When they had ascended to the Celestial Realm, they had gone on their own separate ways and until recently was finally together again. But today they had to part once again.
Shi Shi muttered, “I wonder in which year, which month, which day can we meet again after this parting…”
“Sisters!” Jing’Er cried out aloud.
Jing’Er could not hold back tears anymore as she rushed into their embraces as she sobbed with such melancholy sadness that even Lele and Yi Ping could not hold back their hot tears!
Yang Min said tearfully, “Be strong! We will surely have the chance to meet again!”
Yang Min was looking at the Sagess Ai before she took a step toward her as she said, “Jing’Er has told me that you are actually Goddess Aiel the Heavenly Tears. Our respects to grand matriarch!”
Yang Min was a protégé of the Melody Palace and the founder of the Melody Palace was none other than Goddess Aiel the Heavenly Tears!
Shi Shi was also bowing her respects with her hands, “Our respects to grand matriarch!”
The Sagess Ai was smiling weakly, “What is it? It is not like I won’t return.”
Yi Ping bowed with his hands to her, “Farewell and may we meet again!”
The Goddess Isa was trembling, “You…” But she kept quiet immediately!
The Sagess Ai, the Goddess Isa, Jing’Er the Chaste Lunar Maiden, Xiao Qian the Celeste Wind Maiden and Han Lin were all looking at Yi Ping reluctantly.
The Universal Old Man was sighing softly, “Ai, be really careful…”
The Sagess Ai looked at the Universal Old Man from head to bottom, “You are sure that you are not coming with me?”
The Universal Old Man shook his head, “You know that the Heaveness and I are inseparable. Moreover she has saved my life all too many times…”
Lingfeng flipped her long sleeves over before saying nonchalantly, “If you want to follow her, I don’t mind at all. We once vowed to undertake the Stellar Sanctuary together with the Great Sage Lord. But he is no longer with us now. So that vow no longer stands. You are free to choose again.”
The Universal Old Man was startled as he rubbed his chin as he looked at the Heaveness and the Sagess Ai…
The Sagess Ai raised her thin eyebrows to say, “No need! We are fine on our own!”