After Song Qingshu left Madame Tang’s mansion, he used Traceless Sand Treading Steps and ran all the way to Shandong.
In the past, he had separated with Xia Qingqing in a hurry at the inn, so she must be as anxious as an ant on a hot pot as he hadn’t reunited with her after so long.
With Xia Qingqing’s temperament, Song Qingshu was worried that she would do something stupid again, so he decided to travel thousands of miles and rushed back to meet her.
In his previous life, Song Qingshu often wondered why the powerful characters in the novel still couldn’t do without a horse when they had movement techniques. But, after he learned martial arts himself, he realized that the movement technique of a master was indeed much faster than that of a horse in a short-distance sprint, but the physical strength and internal strength of a master was rather limited after all. It would be no problem to run for tens of miles at a stretch, but when it came ro hundreds of miles, how many had the strength to do that?
Song Qingshu’s Traceless Sand Treading Steps was one of the top movement techniques in the martial arts world. It was precisely because of this movement technique that the Green Winged Bat King Wei Yixiao used to be ranked the number one master of movement technique in the world for so long. It’s just that his internal strength was limited, and although he could outrun anyone in a short period of time, but he couldn’t shake off the top experts in a long-distance chase.
Song Qingshu, on the other hand, was different. He practiced the supreme martial arts method of Tantric Bud*hism, the Joyful Meditation Method, which focused on the harmony of Yin and Yang. Therefore, he had the most gentle nine-yin True Qi and the most rigid yang-spiritual True Qi at the same time. The two kinds of True Qi were originally as incompatible as water and fire, which created a timed bo*mb in Song Qingshu’s body, but in the process of practicing the Joyful Meditation Method, the newly born Joyful Qi was a perfect fusion of two kinds of Qi, one Yin and one Yang. It had reached the point where heaven and man were transformed into an endless cycle of creation.
However, although the Joyful Meditation Method method is a Bu*dhist martial art, it was extremely sinister. Song Qingshu’s True Qi was already full of demonic nature, and he might become a slave to his desire at any time. When that happens, he would be completely controlled by the Joyful Qi and would lose his mind, becoming a demon.
The last time he lost control was in the Forbidden City, he was almost addicted to the three thousand beauties in the imperial harem, and was lost in a drunken dream. Fortunately, the three important women in his life appeared at the same time, which made him wake up in time.
After that, Song Qingshu was careful, and never lost control again. So with the support of this strong internal energy, even though he was using the Traceless Sand Treading Steps at full speed, but he didn’t feel exhausted at all.
After running for hundreds of miles, he finally arrived at the inn where he had agreed to meet with Xia Qingqing.
Pushing open the door to the room, he saw Xia Qingqing sitting at the table in a green dress, resting her chin on her hands, her eyes were slightly closed, as she tried to keep herself from falling asleep. The faint candlelight on the side shone on her pretty face, and the slight frown on her face showed that her heart was full of worry and anxiety.
Song Qingshu took a look at the situation in the room. He realized that she didn’t go to bed, but sat here and waited for him all night, so he couldn’t help but feel guilty, ‘I was having fun somewhere else, but left her here alone. I’m really the worst.’
He walked over and supported Xia Qingqing’s back with one hand, bent her legs with the other, and gently picked her up, then he tried to put her on the bed to let her have a good rest.
Xia Qingqing was already a light sleeper, and Song Qingshu’s movement immediately woke her up. Her first reaction was to grab the Golden Serpent Sword by the table, but she heard a familiar voice in her ear, “Youyou, it’s me.”
“Brother Song!” Xia Qingqing finally saw Song Qingshu’s appearance clearly, she was surprised and happy, she put her arms around his neck, and pressed her whole face to his chest, “I’ve been waiting for a long time, but you didn’t come back , I thought you… I was so scared, we went through a lot of hardships, and finally got together… if something happens to you, I don’t plan to live anymore.”
Hearing Xia Qingqing’s whispering, Song Qingshu felt a pang of pain in his heart, he lightly patted her body, and softly said, “It’s my fault, something delayed me on the way, that’s why I came so late.”
“Was that group of masters difficult to deal with?” Thinking of the few masters in the inn, who were equal to Yuan Chengzhi at his peak, or even worse, Xia Qingqing asked with lingering fear.
“Although their martial arts were high, they were far inferior to me in terms of movement technique. It wasn’t difficult for me to escape.” Song Qingshu hesitated, but decided to tell the truth, “It’s just that I abducted a person later, and a series of problems occurred.”
“It must be a girl.” Xia Qingqing pursed her lips into a smile, but couldn’t tell whether she was feeling anger or joy.
“How do you know?” Song Qingshu was taken aback.
“I don’t even need to guess. With your temperament, how could you kidnap a stinky man, let alone…” Xia Qingqing moved her nose and sniffed Song Qingshu, “You smell like other women.”
Song Qingshu became speechless, he never thought that women in this era would have such sharp noses and be so sensitive to smells that wasn’t their own.
“It’s the Princess of Ruyang Palace in Mongolia.”
Song Qingshu put Xia Qingqing on the bed, and was about to cover her with the quilt, but Xia Qingqing grabbed his hand and slightly shook her head, “Just hug me like this.”
Song Qingshu was stunned for a moment, but he didn’t foolishly refuse. He held her in his arms, leaned against the head of the bed, and told her what happened afterwards in detail.
Hearing that Zhao Min was injured by Xuancheng’s palm strike, Xia Qingqing exclaimed, “Ah, that Great Monk is very good at martial arts, is Miss Zhao okay?”
“Her life is hanging by a thread. I could only use my True Qi to temporarily sustain her life, so I took her to Kaifeng to find the famous doctor Ping Yizhi.” Song Qingshu lightly shook his head and explained.
“Is Miss Zhao’s injury is stable now?” Xia Qingqing asked.
“No, I plan to take her to visit Ping Yizhi tomorrow morning.” Song Qingshu hurriedly told her what happened next.
“So Big Brother Song is going to leave later.” Xia Qingqing’s expression darkened.
“I’m sorry.” Song Qingshu felt that any amount of explanation at this moment would be in vain.
“A human life is at stake, so why would I blame Brother Song?” Xia Qingqing stroked Song Qingshu’s weather-stained face with her fingers, and said, “This place is hundreds of miles away from Henan, so why did Brother Song come back in such a hurry? I would always be here waiting for you, and I would never leave.”
“I was worried that you would misunderstand and do something stupid.” Song Qingshu still had lingering fears when he thought of Xia Qingqing’s desperate means to avenge Yuan Chengzhi after his death. If she repeated the same mistakes for a princess he didn’t even have anything to do with, then Song Qingshu wouldn’t be able to forgive himself no matter what.
Hearing Song Qingshu’s answer, Xia Qingqing was stunned for a moment. Her eyes glistened as she shyly said, “Am I that kind of reckless and silly woman in Brother Song’s eyes?”
“It’s a lesson learned from the past, I have to guard against it.” Song Qingshu said with a wry smile.
Knowing that he was referring to her previous crazy behaviors, Xia Qingqing blushed, buried her head in his arms, and lightly patted his chest with her dainty hands, “Brother Song, you are so bad, you just want to tease me.”
“Hiss~” Song Qingshu gasped when her hand touched the wound.
“Brother Song, what’s wrong with you?” Noticing Song Qingshu’s abnormality, Xia Qingqing hurriedly tore off his clothes, looked at the thick bandages, and burst into tears, “Is the injury serious? Who is so cruel!”
Song Qingshu couldn’t help laughing, “Not everyone treats me like you, I still have many enemies.”
Then he told her about the martial arts competition with Yang Miaozhen.
“The Fourth Lady of the Red Coat Army?” Xia Qingqing came to her senses, “Is that woman really as powerful as in the legend?”
“Her spearmanship is indeed unparalleled in the world.” Recalling that brilliant spear stab, Song Qingshu’s expression turned solemn.
“Hmph, didn’t she still lose to Brother Song? Could it be that Brother Song saw her beauty and couldn’t bear to harm her, so you got hurt even though you obviously won.” Xia Qingqing gave him a suspicious look.
“Are you jealous?” Song Qingshu looked at her playfully.
“No way…” Xia Qingqing blushed, “I just want to remind Brother Song to take care of himself. You must know that there are so many people who care about you, such as your wife, the head of the Emei Sect, and that confidante Miss Xue in the palace.”
“What about you?” Song Qingshu said with a smile.
“I… I naturally care about you too.” Xia Qingqing said softly.
“I have a wife, and a confidante, so what are you in my heart?” Song Qingshu asked curiously, stroking her smooth and supple hair.
“Me?” Xia Qingqing rolled her eyes and smiled slyly, “I’ll just be Brother Song’s lover.”
No matter how nice the word “lover” sounded, it always had a rather degrading meaning. Song Qingshu was worried about what she had in mind, so he hurriedly asked.
“Brother Song, you also know that I am someone else’s wife. Although Brother Yuan has passed away, I am his wife after all.”
Xia Qingqing quietly sighed .
Originally, according to her previous plan, after she avenged Yuan Chengzhi, and repaid Song Qingshu, she would commit sui*cide and go to the underworld to find her deceased husband. However, she recognized her heart and realized that she had fallen deeply in love with Song Qingshu. Although she finally untied her heart knot and decided to be with Song Qingshu, she was still unwilling to let people in the world laugh at Yuan Chengzhi because of herself.
Song Qingshu remained silent for a moment, and said with emotion, “I know there is another more important reason and why you didn’t say it. If I want to subdue the power of the Golden Serpent Camp, I must rely on Yuan Chengzhi’s past prestige through you. If they know my relationship with you, they will never surrender to me, will they?”
Xia Qingqing caressed the wound on his body with her fingers, and softly said, “Brother Song, why should you care about these things? I don’t care about my status. I am satisfied to be with you.”
“But this would be doing injustice to you.” Song Qingshu said in a deep voice.
“I am willing.” Xia Qingqing curled up in her lovers arms like a kitten, and gently replied.
If people who knew Xia Qingqing in the early years saw all this, they might be shocked. Xia Qingqing was famous for being jealous and unreasonable when she was young, but she had gone through many drastic changes over the years, and she had already changed from that ignorant little girl.
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