Having made up his decision, Yi Yun did not engage in a pretentious act. While keeping the Pure Yang Divine Stones, he said to Ji Shuiyan, "Since Miss Shuiyan says so, I won't stand on ceremony. These divine stones are indeed useful for me so I'll be keeping them."
"Senior, go ahead and keep them." When Ji Shuiyan heard Yi Yun, she did not show any attachment to the divine stones. On the contrary, she was delighted. From her point of view, Yi Yun was extremely strong and she was much weaker than him. Under such circumstances, she would be happy as long as she could help Yi Yun in any way.
Yi Yun continued, "I'm planning to stay in Sun Burial Sandsea for a period of time. I'm unfamiliar with this area so I'll be disturbing Miss Shuiyan for a few days by following you back to the Divine Secrets Trading Company. Perhaps I can help resolve some troubles for you in passing."
Yi Yun had saved Ji Shuiyan out of convenience and did not find it a huge favor. However, Ji Shuiyan had provided him with information and items that were extremely valuable to him. It was only necessary for him to give Ji Shuiyan a tiny bit of help appropriately.
Yi Yun felt that it was only right, but when Ji Shuiyan heard that, she was overjoyed.
She had immensely prayed that Yi Yun could accompany her back to the Divine Secrets Trading Company and help her awe the Heaven Amplification Trading Company. However, what sort of person was Yi Yun? He was able to kill the old woman in seconds and easily eliminate the slave worms in her body. How could she entice such a peerless expert to work for her? What nerve did she have to request that of him?
Although she had sworn to repay Yi Yun for the lease of new life he had given her and that she was willing to do anything for Yi Yun, even to the point of willingly be his maidservant at his command, it was all dependent on Yi Yun's wishes. If he did not like it and left immediately, it would be unbecoming of her to forcefully follow him, right?
As such, Ji Shuiyan would still be driven into a corner as she stayed in Jade Luster City. It would only be an outcome slightly better than remaining in the hands of the old woman.
"Thank you, Senior…"
Ji Shuiyan took a deep breath as her voice was trembling from her excitement. She knew that she had encountered an important benefactor. Meeting him could change her destiny.
"There's no need to thank me. I naturally have my motives for staying here. Also, don't keep calling me senior. I'm not much older than you."
Yi Yun had previously mentioned his age but she had subconsciously believed that he had mentioned it in passing after he showcased his might. It was unlikely true that he was about her age but now, with Yi Yun mentioning it again, Ji Shuiyan was left dumbfounded.
He really isn't much older than me?
He could easily kill a warrior with a four-storey Dao Palace before the age of hundred. How much of a genius was he?
Ji Shuiyan naturally did not believe that Yi Yun was lying to her as there was no need to.
She fell into a daze and felt that everything about Yi Yun had far exceeded her imaginations. She had seen geniuses in the past, but they were nothing when compared to him.
"Alright, I'll be doing some cultivation. Don't disturb me during this period. You can inform me again when we reach the Divine Secrets Trading Company."
"Al…alright…" Ji Shuiyan nodded her head in a daze before she left respectfully.
The group set off once again. The armed escorts of the Divine Secrets Trading Company were left in the dark as to what had happened. They only knew that Yi Yun had resolved the matter after the appearance of an assassin. Their mistress was unharmed and fine.
And from then on, they never saw Yi Yun come out of the sand boat. Ji Shuiyan had left the best room in the sand boat for Yi Yun, allowing him to cultivate without worry. This continued till they reached Jade Luster City.
When they were just outside Jade Luster City, Yi Yun had scanned the area with his perception and he could not help but appreciate the thriving Jade Luster City.
Jade Luster City was about fifty kilometers in circumference. Back in the Ten Thousand Fey Empyrean Heaven, he had seen several cities. They were constructed grandly, frequently imbued with Heaven Earth arrays and floating islands. This was also related to the Ancient Fey's pursuit of glory. But in terms of prosperity, the cities in the Ten Thousand Fey Empyrean Heaven were incomparable to Jade Luster City.
As a human city, Jade Luster City was filled with stores and bustling crowds.
There were two major companies in Jade Luster City—Divine Secrets and Heaven Amplification. There was also a large auction company. The amount of trade between the three factions reached an astronomical number on a daily basis.
The headquarters of Divine Secrets Trading Company was located in the southeastern corner of Jade Luster City. There, it took up a space of three to four kilometers in circumference. There were pavilions, towers, and terraces in it, comparatively better than royal palaces.
One had to pass the city gate to enter the city. The massive sand boat appeared tiny in front of the magnificent city gate.
When the convoy came in front of the city gate, Yi Yun saw people lined up outside the city gate to welcome them.
The welcoming party was rather impressive with more than thirty people present. They were dressed uniformly and the road had been cleaned.
Yi Yun was originally reflecting on the support that Ji Shuiyan's Divine Secrets Trading Company received. It was only a simple return to her residence, but a welcoming party had been gathered outside the city gate. However, just as this thought flashed across his mind, he knew that he was mistaken. He had noticed that Ji Shuiyan was not happy about it. Instead, her expression had turned ugly.
Yi Yun raised his eyebrows as he had a vague guess. Indeed, at the next moment, the person leading the party stood forward and said, "I'm Yang Yanguang from the Heaven Amplification Trading Company. I have been waiting for Miss Shuiyan all this while. Young Master Yan wants me to pass a message that he has set up a banquet at his place and wishes to have a welcoming banquet for Miss Shuiyan. I hereby invite Miss Shuiyan to oblige with her kind presence."
Yang Yanguang's cultivation level wasn't high and he had a mustache that resembled strokes by his mouth, making him look like an advisor. He had bowed at Ji Shuiyan and hung a smile on his face.
Yi Yun stroked his chin. Clearly, the Heaven Amplification Trading Company had received news ahead of the Divine Secrets Trading Company convoy's return. They had set up a banquet with malicious purposes. If Ji Shuiyan were to attend, she would be like a lamb sending itself into the jaws of a tiger. It was a trip with no return.
Ji Shuiyan was infuriated with the Heaven Amplification Trading Company's aggressive compulsion. Over the past few days, the Heaven Amplification Trading Company was increasingly certain that her grandfather had perished. They had done things in a high-handed manner and today, they had invited her to the Heaven Amplification Trading Company. They were planning on giving the final culling strike!
Although she had Yi Yun, Ji Shuiyan did not dare to lose all decorum with the Heaven Amplification Trading Company so simply even if she dearly wished to do so.
She was afraid of causing too much trouble for Yi Yun. After all, the Heaven Amplification Trading Company was not to be trifled with. She repressed the anger in her heart and compromised by saying, "Thank you, Advisor Yang, for welcoming me. However, I'm exhausted from the journey and my subordinates need some rest as well. We will need some time to energize ourselves in Jade Luster City before we pay a visit."
"Miss Shuiyan, what you say really makes things difficult for me. If I were to fail to fulfill Young Master Yan's orders, I will be punished." Yang Yanguang pinched his mustache and although he had a smile on his face, it looked like he was hiding his nefarious thoughts.
Ji Shuiyan's heart sank. She knew that it was probably not that simple to resolve the situation today.