Chapter 1764: A Meritorious Deed
Translator: EndlessFantasy Translation Editor: EndlessFantasy Translation
With just a glance, Duan Ling Tian could easily guess the identity of the middle-aged who was staring at him with a hostile gaze. It was the Vice Mansion Master of Mystical Sky Mansion, Zhao Deng. He was also Zhao Ji’s father.
Duan Ling Tian could easily guess his identity because this man’s eyes resembled Zhao Ji’s eyes up to 60 to 70%. It was impossible for him not to be able to identify this person. Now that he knew this person’s identity, he no longer found the hostile gaze strange.
He and Zhao Ji were as incompatible as water and fire. It was only natural for Zhao Deng to regard him as an eyesore.
As for the other two middle-aged men, Duan Ling Tian could also guess their identities. They must be the two other External Affairs Vice Mansion Masters other than Zhao Deng.
There was a total of nine Vice Mansion Masters in the Mystical Sky Mansion.
Other than the four Vice Mansion Masters who were also the Palace Masters of Heaven, Earth, Mystical, and Yellow Palace, there were another five Vice Mansion Masters who were in charge of the external affairs of Mystical Sky Mansion. They were usually stationed outside and would occasionally take turns to return to the Mystical Sky Mansion for some time off while guarding the Main Mansion as well.
Zhao Deng was one of them.
“Lord Mansion Master!” Soon after, Zhu Lu Qi, the Palace Master of Heaven Palace, bowed at Mansion Master Meng Qing politely as everyone followed his lead. Some Saint Stage disciples, in particular, were so excited that their bodies began to tremble when they learned the middle-aged man before them was the Mansion Master of the Mystical Sky Mansion. They did not regain their senses for a long time.
Duan Ling Tian, on the other hand, appeared particularly calm although this was his first time seeing Mansion Master Meng Qing.
“Alright.” Faced with everyone’s greeting, Meng Qing nodded his head nonchalantly before shifting his gaze to Zhu Lu Qi. To be exact, his eyes were on Zhu Lu Qi and the group of Heaven Palace’s people.
After a while, Meng Qing asked, “Who’s Ling Tian?” The moment he spoke, he asked for Duan Ling Tian immediately.
Everyone’s eyes instantly shifted to Duan Ling Tian as though they were trying to tell Meng Qing this person was the one he was looking for.
“Mansion Master.” Duan Ling Tian stepped out and nodded his head at Meng Qing as a greeting.
When he met Zhu Lu Qi earlier, he had addressed him as Palace Master. Now that he had met Meng Qing, he had also directly addressed him as Mansion Master.
This was a habit of his.
In his heart, everyone he met was someone he wanted to surpass. Due to this reason, it was difficult for him to address them politely using titles like ‘Lord’ when faced with these kinds of people.
Without warning, Zhao Deng who was standing behind Meng Qing glared at Duan Ling Tian sharply as he shouted, “How dare you!” If looks could kill, Duan Ling Tian would have been dead. “Ling Tian, how dare you address Lord Mansion Master by just Mansion Master? Are you really this rude?”
Zhao Deng finally found an opportunity to make things difficult for Duan Ling Tian in a just way, naturally, he would not let this opportunity go. “Or could it be you think nothing of our Lord Mansion Master, Ling Tian?!”
As soon as Zhao Deng’s words left his mouth, the entire place was in an uproar.
Many people felt that Zhao Deng was only looking for trouble with Duan Ling Tian, but equally as many people felt he was right as well. It was indeed inappropriate for Duan Ling Tian to address Lord Mansion Master as only Mansion Master.
“Vice Mansion Master Zhao Deng is Zhao Ji’s father. It won’t look good for him if he intentionally makes things difficult for Ling Tian. However, now that he has obtained such a good chance, I’m afraid he won’t let things go.”
“This could be considered as using the public to avenge his personal matter, right?”
“Not really. After all, it’s indeed inappropriate for Ling Tian to address Lord Mansion Master as Mansion Master so casually.”
“That’s right! Lord Mansion Master is our Mystical Sky Mansion’s leader, and it’s indeed disrespectful for Ling Tian to directly address him as Mansion Master.”
No matter which way the whispering went, many people looked at Duan Ling Tian with a pitiful gaze since Zhao Deng’s words were justified. Nobody could refute him since it would also be considered as disrespecting the Lord Mansion Master.
“Junior Brother Ling Tian!”
Wang Fei Xuan and Wang Pi broke out into cold sweat on behalf of Duan Ling Tian since he was in a disadvantageous situation.
Zhao Deng had taken control of the situation by striking first, earning him the upper hand. Moreover, he had done so in front of the Lord Mansion Master. Indeed, it seemed like Duan Ling Tian’s situation did not look too promising.
Gu Li who was panicking quickly defended Duan Ling Tian. “Lord Mansion Master, Junior Brother Ling Tian’s definitely not like what Vice Mansion Master Zhao has just described.”
“Hurmph!” Before Meng Qing, the Mansion Master of the Mystical Sky Mansion, could speak, Zhao Deng snorted coldly. “Gu Li, I know you’re close to Ling Tian, but you’ve crossed the line by defending him Don’t tell me you’re the one who taught him to be this disrespectful to Lord Mansion Master?” Zhao Deng ruthlessly dragged Gu Li into this matter with his words.
“You!” Gu Li was so infuriated that his expression turned grim immediately as killing intent gleamed in his eyes.
“Oh, wow! I look down on the Mansion Master, huh? How slanderous!” At this moment, Duan Ling Tian finally spoke and smiled at Zhao Deng mockingly. He continued saying at a speed that was neither hurried nor slow, “You’re Vice Mansion Master Zhao, right? Let me ask you a question, are there any rules in the Mystical Sky Mansion that state we’re not allowed to address Mansion Master as Mansion Master, and we must address him as Lord Mansion Master when we see him?”
“Hurmph! Even if there’s no such rule, addressing Lord Mansion Master by ‘Lord’ is a matter of course! That’s the most basic etiquette! You addressing Lord Mansion Master as Mansion Master shows that you have no respect for him,” Zhao Deng replied aggressively after he snorted.
“Vice Mansion Master Zhao, you keep saying that I think nothing of Mansion Master so let me tell you this today, I do indeed think nothing of the Mansion Master!” Duan Ling Tian said wantonly as he laughed out loud.
The moment these words left Duan Ling Tian’s mouth, the entire scene fell silent. Only Duan Ling Tian’s laughter could be heard.
Apart from Meng Qing, the Mansion Master of Mystical Sky Mansion, everyone, including Zhao Deng, was dumbstruck. Nobody expected him to say such words.
Meng Qing looked at Duan Ling Tian quietly without any changes in his expression. Nobody knew what he was thinking at all.
“What’s he trying to do?” Wang Fei Xuan was horrified. She was so anxious that she felt as though her heart was going to stop beating.
“Junior Brother Ling Tian!” Colors drained from Gu Li’s face. It did not cross his mind that his junior brother would be so audacious. To think he actually dared to say that he thought nothing of the Mansion Master. Was he not just placing himself right in front of a nozzle of a gun?
Based on his opinion, Duan Ling Tian’s action was no different from committing suicide.
Even the Palace Masters of the Heaven, Earth, Mystical, and Yellow Palaces and their respective Vice Palace Masters could not help but frown. They were baffled as to why Duan Ling Tian would say such treacherous words.
After all, Duan Ling Tian did not seem like a reckless person.
“Treason! Treason!” At this moment, Zhao Deng had finally regained his senses. Initially, he had thought Duan Ling Tian would refute his claims, but he did not expect him to actually cooperate with him as though he could not wait to die.
“Ling Tian, you’re no longer qualified to remain in the Mystical Sky Mansion for committing high treason to Lord Mansion Master…” Zhao Deng said passionately as he looked at Duan Ling Tian as he was burned with righteousness.
Duan Ling Tian interrupted Zhao Deng and said with a mocking smile, “Vice Mansion Master Zhao, I don’t think it’s up to you to decide whether I’m qualified to remain in the Mystical Sky Mansion, right? Besides, I haven’t finished my sentence, and yet, you’re in such a hurry to jump to a conclusion saying I committed high treason. Isn’t your decision a little hasty?”
“You’ve already said you think nothing of Lord Mansion Master. Don’t tell me you think you’ll still be able to remain in the Mystical Sky Mansion?” Zhao Deng smirked.
“I just said that I’ve not finished my sentence.” Duan Ling Tian glanced indifferently at Zhao Deng before he looked directly at the person in question, Meng Qing. He said solemnly, “I do indeed think nothing of Mansion Master since I keep you in my heart. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have provided such important information to you, Lord Mansion Master.” When Duan Ling Tian reached the end of his sentence, he looked at Meng Qing with a smile.
“You’re twisting your words!” When Zhao Deng heard his words, his expression turned extremely grim. It did not cross his mind that Duan Ling Tian would bring up the matter about the Rising Sky Mansion. He felt unwilling because he knew Duan Ling Tian had won in this matter.
“Enough, stop arguing.” Just as Zhao Deng had expected, after hearing Duan Ling Tian’s words, the Mansion Master personally stopped the argument. Moreover, he even continued to say, “The way of addressing is merely a formality. Some people address me with the title ‘Lord’, but I don’t see how respectful they are. On the other hand, some people don’t address me with the title ‘Lord’, but I can tell they treat me better than most people.”
Based on Meng Qing’s words, it was obvious he had acknowledged Duan Ling Tian’s words. At the same time, it seemed to have given Zhao Deng a sound slap.
‘Damn it!’ Originally, Zhao Ji thought his father would be able to expel Duan Ling Tian from the Mystical Sky Mansion by making things difficult for him. However, who would have thought Duan Ling Tian would mention the matter about the Rising Sky Mansion.
He knew how important that matter was to the Mystical Sky Mansion. It was a meritorious deed. With this meritorious deed, Lord Mansion Master would never allow his father to expel Ling Tian.
Although he knew this very well, his heart was still filled with discontentment.
“What’s that about?”
“I’ve no idea. However, I assume it’s extremely important information.”
Among the crowd present on the scene, other than the Mansion Master of Mystical Sky Mansion, Meng Qing, and the other seven Vice Mansion Masters, only Duan Ling Tian, Gu Li, and Zhao Ji knew what it actually was.
The other people were completely clueless. They were completely in the dark about the information Duan Ling Tian had mentioned.
Regardless, the commotion finally died down. Although most people found it unbelievable, it truly had ended peacefully just like that.
At the same time, the people who were worried for Duan Ling Tian sighed in relief one after another.
Buzz! Buzz! Buzz!
Right at this moment, sounds began to reverberate in the air. The clouds in the sky dispersed, revealing a vacuum space similar to a whirlpool.
The sound began to turn louder as the vacuum space turned bigger as well.
A wave of suction force surged out of the vacuum space as though it was going to devour everyone.