A Martial Odyssey Book 3: The Stellar Sanctuary Chapter 76

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Floor 90th

When the circles of warping light and faint hexagrams had disappeared, the group found themselves in a great wilderness surrounded by lofty pristine mountains! 

Yi Ping was momentarily blinded by the sudden bright light of this place but he quickly recovered his orientation to ask, “Is everyone here? Who is missing? Where are we?”

Everyone was looking at each other and was checking their numbers breathlessly! 

After making a quick check, Yi Ping was relieved that everyone that he called out to Lele with a helpless expression. “Lele, why didn’t you warn us…”

Lele wiped the beads of sweat that were on her forehead as she exclaimed rather indignantly, “Aren’t we make it out of there alive? It is all thanks to me…”

She proceeded to tug Xian’Er and Lie Qing, “My sisters, why aren’t you defending me?”

Lie Qing gave a faint smile as she narrowed her enchanting eyes, “I think that you have a lot of explanations to do with the rest. I am not affected by your Celestial Force so I am not bothered. But I can’t say for the rest of the group.”

It was well known that her Invincible Divine Force counteract the Celestial Force! 

Xian’Er said gently, “Lele, you shouldn’t have done that without asking.”

Lele was beginning to see that everyone was giving her a hateful look!

Even Yi Ping was annoyed as he looked for Lele for an explanation!

With a twitching expression, Yi Ping stared at Lele to ask. “Did you just steal the martial powers from some of us?”

The Celestial Force was indeed capable of absorbing the martial power from the practitioners, especially now that Lele had attained to an even higher level, the Sovereign Celestial Force! 

Against so many highly attained practitioners, it was impossible for her to do so. But she had done so under the guise of activating a transmigrating celestial formation and had caught everyone unaware! 

Even the Jade Emperor was muttering, “I can’t believe that she will even steal my martial power…”

The Universal Old Man was muttering, “I don’t believe, I don’t believe…”

Lele protested almost immediately, “There are so many of you. If I don’t borrow some of your martial strength then I don’t have the celestial strength to get all of us out!”

The Western Paradise Heavenly King roared with laughter, “Never mind that! It is not a great loss anyway. It is just a little bit. It is a small price to pay for our escapade.” 

Yi Ping quickly bowed his hands respectfully to the Western Paradise Heavenly King to show his appreciation.

The Formosa Heavenly King, the Avant-garde Heavenly King, the Nirvana Heavenly Queen and the Heavenly Pagoda King nodded at the same time.

The Ancient Heavenly Sage King looked at the Sacred Embodied Heavenly Goddess before he said, “It is quite insignificant actually. I am just surprised that she is able to absorb all the different types of martial powers as her own. The Sovereign Celestial Force is really something.”

Everyone was also saying, “Forget about it. She did get us out of there. It is not a great loss. We will regain our martial power after future cultivation. It doesn’t really affect our attainment.”

Yi Ping heaved a soft sigh. It may be true that their loss was quite insignificant and no more than one tenth. The higher their attainment, it was even less. 

But he was unhappy with this dishonorable act. But the group seemed to be willing to let it go so he said sternly to Lele, “Don’t ever do that again!”

Lele clapped her hands jovially as she exclaimed delightfully, “I won’t!”

The Celestial Liege who was her brother was highly displeased, “Lele, we need to have a talk in private…”

But Lele seemed not to pay him any heed as she went on to cuddle Xiao Ping as she sobbed pitifully, “Woah! Xiao Ping, you have grown so big now. All my family is blaming me but I am actually the one that got everyone out of such a precarious situation. How precarious, they should ask their heart. Instead of being grateful to me, they gave me all these unappreciative looks!…”

Yi Si muttered, “Mother, not me…”

Lele appeared to weep pitifully although there were hardly any tears, “Do you know, do you know that I have placed my very own life in mortal danger by trying to amalgamate all the foreign vital energies?” 

She continued to sigh softly as she patted the forehead of the Divine Golden Kirin, “Only you are willing to listen to me! I am so pitiful!”

Lie Qing raised her eyebrows as she smiled weakly. She really did not know whether she should laugh or cry. It was obvious to her that Lele was only playacting in front of everyone. She may be able to fool everyone except for her. 

It was because in terms of playacting skills, Lele was still a far cry from her! 

But ever since Lie Qing had come to know Yi Ping, she had really turned over a new leaf. She used to make sports of everyone but what did she receive in return? Distrusts, betrayals and she had no real friends that she could put her faith in till she had known Yi Ping!

She could be the most mesmerizing enchantress in an instant if she wanted to and sow further discords but…

She looked at the quiet demeanor of her sister, Xian’Er. She was Yi Ping’s unofficial first wife but she was always ever so gracious and did not vie for Yi Ping’s attention. When she married Yi Ping, that was because she was grateful to him but she had almost regret immediately as she thought it was at a spur of a moment. That was why she feigned her own death and decided to betrothed Yu’Er and Mei’Er to Yi Ping. 

She wondered what was Xian’Er thinking now?

But Xian’Er had already turned away to watch over the surroundings keenly for everyone.

She sighed in her heart, “That is our Xian’Er, always putting the group interest over her own self. Right now, I am still learning that from her.”

The Martial Sage had also noticed that Xian’Er was not interested in the outcome of this dispute. He wanted to approach her but he really lacked the courage for Xian’Er was being surrounded by so many maidens. It was hard to approach her on his own to even talk to her! 

It was not to say that he still have lofty thoughts on her but Xian’Er was his only friend and one that he could never forg