The Untainted stood on the mountain peak, peering afar like an immobile statue.
Feng Qing Ming did the same at his residing mountain peak, solidifying his training by indulging himself in an enlightenment state.
The Petal of Enlightenment was as lazy as she always has been. Inhaling the spiritual energy of the mountains, she wished for faster growth.
As for Ling Xian, he sat cross-legged on top of the mountain where Liao Cang Qiong slept. He was completely focused on studying the inheritance from the Pioneer of Ancient Arrays and was looking for ways to break the Immortal Trap.
Two Immortals, one elf, and one human were minding their own business.
Three days passed just like that.
Suddenly, a heaven-shattering rumble pierced throughout the world inside the Painting of the Nine Immortals. Then, a terrifying amount of energy rolled out and shot up to the sky!
The Untainted glanced over, her beautiful eyes flashed with a trace of shock as she muttered to herself, "This phoenix’s blood sure is pure. It completely transferred the power from the Flame of Purity to itself. Even during ancient times, that is rare."
At the same time, Ling Xian woke up from his enlightenment and searched for the origin of the sound.
The fire cocoon that hung in mid-air has cracked. A purely white phoenix slowly untangled itself and flew out. Its feathers were as soft as silk, graceful and divine, beautiful and moving.
It slowly extended its wings with a proud look in its eyes. Like a phoenix Immortal, it appeared to have re-emerged from the ground without carrying a speck of dirt.
It was the phoenix after its rebirth.
Its external appearance did not change. But the color of its feather was not bright red like it was before. Instead, it has turned white.
The same color as the Flame of Purity, the color of its feathers appeared innocent, naïve and untainted.
"This phoenix’s natural talent sure is decent. Feng Qing Ming did not waste his time with this whole thing."
Feng Qing Ming descended from the mountain and arrived beside Ling Xian. He exclaimed, "The phoenix has absorbed all the energy from the Flame of Purity during its rebirth. This is a very rare occasion even during ancient times."
"Absorbed the energy from the Flame of Purity?" Ling Xian frowned, unable to comprehend what Feng Qing Ming meant by this.
Feng Qing Ming nodded and pointed at the now pure white phoenix, "Look at the color of its feathers. It has turned into the same color as the Flame of Purity. This means all the flames it emits from now on will be the Flames of Purity. The phoenix now also possess the abilities the Flame of Purity has. This is a great creation of nature."
After hearing the Immortal of Array’s explanation, Ling Xian’s face flushed with shock, "That means, not only did its cultivation capabilities improve, it now can no longer be poisoned by anything?"
"That’s right. Even though the flame the phoenix naturally possessed were already very powerful, it does not compare to the Godly Fires. Now that it has been reborn, it absorbed the abilities of the Flame of Purity. This means the phoenix’s abilities, compared to before, is so drastically different it’s like like Heaven and Earth," Feng Qing Ming exclaimed.
He was the Pioneer of Ancient Arrays; Feng Qing Ming. In the entire world, who did he think highly of? But now, right in front of him, he has complimented a phoenix after it was reborn, which means this phoenix truly was extraordinary.
Right now, the purely white phoenix was spinning in midair. Silver and white flames were twirling around its body, accenting its innocence and beauty.
When it saw Ling Xian, it descended from the sky and unexpectedly, it turned into an exceedingly beautiful lady.
Her skin was powder-like, eyes were as bright as spring water, and she wore a robe that was as white as snow. Her movements were graceful and delicate, very alluring. The most obvious feature on her was her head full of white hair, the shade of white was not dull nor was it lifeless, but were instead, soft, silky, and shiny.
With small and light steps, she inched over and bowed deeply towards Ling Xian and said, "Thank you for saving my life. Feng Jiu Ge is extremely thankful and will never forget what you have done for me."
Her voice like an oriole, the tone was clear and crisp like pearls dropping on ceramic plates, very enjoyable to the ears.
"It’s a female."
Ling Xian’s eyes flashed with shock, he didn’t think that this stubborn phoenix was a female.
Feng Jiu Ge stared down at Ling Xian. Who talks like that? If it weren’t for the fact that Ling Xian was her savior, she would’ve sent Ling Xian flying with the swing of a wing.
Realizing that he has misspoken, Ling Xian smiled shyly. "You don’t need to thank me. You were able to be reborn because of your own abilities."
"No, without you, I wouldn’t be here today. Not only was I reborn, but my capabilities also increased exponentially. The type of flames I now use has also transformed to the Flames of Purity. This is a great blessing," Feng Jiu Ge spoke in a way that sounded like singing. She bowed down to Ling Xian yet again.
She was very well aware of how valuable this entire situation was.
Just as Feng Qing Ming said, the her today, compared to her yesterday, was like Heaven and Earth.
After all, to be granted a new life was already a blessing that was beyond one’s comprehension. Ling Xian used the Godly Fire to save her life, meaning his function in her life was like a biological mom and dad. On top of that, he enhanced her capabilities. Those were enormous favors.
Even if Feng Jiu Ge used her entire life to repay him, it would be difficult to repay it all.
"There is no need for so much etiquette. I didn’t do much, I casually lent a hand." Ling Xian faintly smiled. He pitied the phoenix at first, which was why he decided to save her life. He had no plans to ask her to repay him.
"To you, it’s probably nothing. But to me, what I gained is higher than the sky and heavier than the earth." Feng Jiu Ge’s lips quivered before she bowed down to Ling Xian yet again.
Three bows, in the cultivation community, was the noblest gesture. It signified how thankful Feng Jiu Ge felt.
Staring at the calm but thankful, alluring young woman, Ling Xian grinned. "You have bowed three times, and there is no more need to say anything. Just make this place your home."
"I…" Feng Jiu Ge hesitated.
Ling Xian teasingly chuckled. "What is it? You don’t want to? We had an agreement before."
"No, it’s not that I don’t want to. It’s just that after being trapped by the House of Zi Yang for 30 years, I want to go home to pay a visit to my mother and father to tell them I am safe," Feng Jiu Ge’s expression was not exactly happy. She was struggling to keep the balance between wanting to see her parents and not wanting to disobey Ling Xian.
Ling Xian frowned and said, "I’m sorry. Regardless of the reason, you cannot leave this place."
"He’s right. Little phoenix, don’t ask for too much," Feng Qing Ming said, his eyes narrowing.
"Ancestor, Savior, can we really not discuss this more? I promise you that I will never speak a word about this place to anyone, including my parents," Feng Jiu Ge croaked. Thinking about the way her parents must’ve searched for her all these years pinched her heart.
"I’m sorry. Saving you already revealed too much about how soft my heart is. Besides, you have already agreed to our conditions." Ling Xian shook his head. Even though he wanted to let the phoenix go, his rationality ordered him not to do so.
If he does, then not only will he be entering the borders of a dangerous situation, the lives of the nine immortals will also lose their guarantees.
Feng Jiu Ge was silent. Remember her deeply saddened parents and the favors she owed to the savior before her, she made an unbelievable decision.
"I am willing to enter an agreement with you and completely put my life in your hands. In this lifetime, I will never betray you."
Feng Jiu Ge’s expression was serious, and her voice was steady.
She has decided.
To enter into an agreement with Ling Xian, to voluntarily give away her life, and to recognize him as her master.
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