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Volume 16 – Marriage - Chapter 62 – Betrothal Gift
Translated by: Pumpkin
Edited by: Phillip and Robin
"Next." Jiang Lan's clear voice echoed through the palace hall. Shentu Fan immediately stood up and walked to the center of the palace hall.
"Godkings, for this round of competition, I forfeit." Shentu Fan also forfeited.
When Shentu Fan returned to his seat, he even winked and smiled to Qin Yu. Qin Yu also felt that Shentu Fan was instead extremely happy. After all, Shentu Fan himself was actually unwilling to participate in this groom search. He was merely forced into it by his Imperial Father.
After a short moment, it was Kuiyin Hou's turn.
"Godkings, Brother Qin Yu has already taken out his gift. I know that my gift is inferior, it's better that I do not take it out and embarrass myself. I will also be forfeiting." Said Kuiyin Hou.
Kuiyin Hou's status was merely that of a Palace Master of the Floating Snow City. He actually only possessed a single second-rate Grandmist Spiritual Treasure and it was also something that Jiang Fan had bestowed him. How could Kuiyin Hou possibly be able to take out a precious gift?
"You can return to your seat." Jiang Fan said with a smile. As Kuiyin Hou was Jiang Fan's old subordinate, Jiang Fan naturally knew very well of his wealth.
The seventeen candidates have all had their turn. This display of their gifts had astonished a lot of people. Among the seventeen candidates, sixteen of them have forfeited. Only Qin Yu himself displayed a gift.
The result was extremely obvious.
"Brother Qin Yu, congratulations." When Kuiyin Hou walked back to his seat, he said this to Qin Yu when he walked by him.
Qin Yu slightly smiled.
Jiang Fan stood up. He surveyed everyone present and then said. "Everyone, it would not seem that we do not have to conduct a judging."
"Among the seventeen candidates, sixteen have forfeited. Even if we wanted to judge, we wouldn't be able to. Haha…" Said Mount Blazing Flame's Utmost West Sage Emperor with a laughter.
Jiang Fan nodded and said. "Everyone, then I shall announce the result."
The various Godkings all nodded. Then Jiang Fan turned to the people below. In a clear voice, he declared. "The third chosen candidate spot of this groom search shall be Qin Yu's."
"Thank you, Your Majesty Sage Emperor." Qin Yu stood up.
At the same time, the long whip that he held in his hand flew toward Jiang Fan who stood above the stage. Since he obtained the chosen candidate spot, this treasure was now Jiang Fan's.
Jiang Fan grabbed the long whip with one hand and continued. "The three chosen candidate spots of the groom search have been determined. Among them, Qin Yu obtained two chosen candidate spots and Zhou Xian acquired one. Thus… a person among the two of them shall become my son-in-law. The two of you, please respectively deliver the list containing your betrothal gift to the Sage Emperor's Palace. I will base the betrothal gift as well as the performance that the two of you have done in this groom search to determine who shall be the final victor."
"After the victor is determined, the victor shall then deliver the betrothal gift as according to the list. The loser does not have to deliver his betrothal gift." Jiang Fan said with a smile.
Jiang Fan could still be considered as not being overly greedy. He merely wanted to see the list of what the betrothal gift would be and did not ask them to directly demand for the betrothal gifts.
"Tomorrow, the two of you shall deliver the list of betrothal gifts. Ten days later, I will officially declare who shall become my son-in-law and Li'er's husband in this Sage Emperor's Palace." Jiang Fan's face was filled with smiles.
Down below, Qin Yu and Zhou Xian glanced at each other.
"Ten days; only ten days remain." Qin Yu said in a low voice in his heart. In ten days, he would be able to officially and openly marry Jiang Li.
After that, everyone started to drink and chat enthusiastically with one another. Qin Yu only managed to separate himself from all the people after the banquet finished. He then walked out of the Utmost North Sage Emperor's Palace.
At the city gates of the Imperial City.
"Qin Yu." This time around, Zhou Xian had left the Utmost North Sage Emperor's Palace earlier than Qin Yu. He had been waiting for Qin Yu quietly by the city gates.
What does this Zhou Xian want now?
Qin Yu looked at Zhou Xian with a smile. "Brother Zhou Xian, I noticed that you left the Sage Emperor's Palace early. So you were actually waiting for me here. Might there be any important major that you need me for?"
"No, I do not have any important matter. I merely wanted to congratulate you." Zhou Xian said with a smile. He then asked. "Brother Qin Yu, what might your betrothal gift be?"
Know yourself, know your enemy; only through that could one win every fight.
That Zhou Xian actually ran over to ask him this question? Qin Yu lightly smiled and said. "At this moment, I am still uncertain about what my betrothal gift will be. Brother Zhou Xian, what might your betrothal gift be?"
"Regarding this, I still have to return and discuss with my Imperial Father." Zhou Xian also did not tell.
Qin Yu sneered in his heart. This betrothal gift was definitely something that they had decided long ago. After all, the two of them would have to send the list of what the betrothal gift would be tomorrow. However, Zhou Xian actually responded with having to go back to discuss with his father, this was clearly an excuse.
"In that case, Brother Zhou Xian should return and carefully discuss that matter. I would also be taking my leave." Qin Yu immediately turned around and directly left.
Seeing how rude Qin Yu was, Zhou Xian's facial muscles started to twitch. He then sneered and also left with his attendants.
After returning to the Flowing Cloud Mansion, Qin Yu, Hou Fei and Hei Yu were gathered together.
"Big Brother, is your betrothal gift truly going to be the million Low Quality Heavenly Divine Artifacts? Isn't that a bit too terrifying? I suspect that even if you wrote that down, that Utmost North Sage Emperor would not believe you." Hou Fei muttered.
Hei Yu also nodded and said. "What Monkey said was correct. It is not for certain that the Utmost North Sage Emperor would believe that you possess a million Low Quality Heavenly Divine Artifacts."
Qin Yu smiled.
A million Low Quality Heavenly Divine Artifacts, if he were to truly write down this as his betrothal gift, then the Utmost North Sage Emperor would definitely be worried and unable to completely believe him.
After all, even with all the precious materials of the Divine Realm combined, they would not be enough to craft a million Low Quality Heavenly Divine Artifacts.
However, the Utmost North Sage Emperor and them didn't know that it would only take him some ordinary materials to craft a Low Quality Heavenly Divine Artifact.
"To have a million Low Quality Heavenly Divine Artifacts as the betrothal gift is my decision in the past. I have since changed what I have decided." Qin Yu said with a feigned mysteriousness.
Both Hou Fei and Hei Yu looked to Qin Yu.
"I managed to obtain this third chosen candidate spot relatively easily. I have also not used the first-rate Grandmist Spiritual Treasure, the scepter Ten Thousand Willows. Thus, I have decided that the betrothal gift shall be this scepter, Ten Thousand Willows." Qin Yu said with a smile.
Qin Yu was someone who would also pursue for perfection when doing stuff.
Using a first-rate Grandmist Spiritual Treasure as the betrothal gift, it was likely that even if Qin Yu's performance during the groom search had been the same as Zhou Xian's, he would still be capable of obtaining the final victory.
Much less now where he obtained two chosen candidate spots in the groom search process. Zhou Xian, on the other hand, only obtained one. And now, his betrothal gift was going to be the first-rate Grandmist Spiritual Treasure.
Was there even a reason for him to not win?
On the second day, Qin Yu arrived at the Sage Emperor's Palace by himself. However, right after he arrived at the entrance gates of the Sage Emperor's Palace, he was stopped by the guard.
That Heavenly Deity guard was someone who knew Qin Yu. He immediately said to Qin Yu respectfully. "Lord Qin Yu, His Majesty Sage Emperor had ordered that you and Lord Zhou Xian merely need to hand the list of the betrothal gifts to me. I will deliver it to His Majesty Sage Emperor. His Majesty Sage Emperor had said that starting today till the day where he announced the result, he would not see either you or Zhou Xian in order to show his impartialness."
Qin Yu suddenly understood.
However, Qin Yu found it to be laughable. Would not seeing himself and Zhou Xian really made everything definitely impartial?
Qin Yu flipped his hand and took out a golden scroll. He handed the golden scroll over to the guard. That Heavenly Deity guard bowed to Qin Yu. "Lord Qin Yu, I will go and deliver this to His Majesty Sage Emperor right away."
Qin Yu lightly nodded. He then continued to stand outside of the Sage Emperor's Palace's entrance gates and started to spread out his Spatial Energy. It covered the entire Sage Emperor's Palace. Using that, he started to carefully monitor that Heavenly Deity Guard.
Qin Yu knew that this was the Sage Emperor's Palace and the guards here would definitely not deliberately hide the list of betrothal gifts.
But in order to make sure that nothing unexpected would occur, he would only be able to feel relieved after personally monitoring that the list of betrothal gifts was received by the Utmost North Sage Emperor.
Using the surveillance from his Spatial Energy, Qin Yu managed to see that the Utmost North Sage Emperor had received the list of betrothal gift and also personally opened it to view it. Qin Yu managed to carefully see the excited expression that the Utmost North Sage Emperor had.
What was written on Qin Yu's betrothal gift list was precisely the first-rate Grandmist Spiritual Treasure, the Ten Thousand Willows scepter .
"Oh, Brother Qin Yu is also here?" Zhou Xian's voice sounded in Qin Yu's ears. Qin Yu turned around to look. Zhou Xian was currently walking over with a smile on his face.
At this moment, the Heavenly Deity guard had returned to the entrance gates. After he saw Zhou Xian, he immediately said. "Lord Zhou Xian, His Majesty Sage Emperor has ordered…" This Heavenly Deity guard told Zhou Xian what he had said to Qin Yu.
Zhou Xian frowned. He took a glance at the Heavenly Deity guard.
At the same time, he also looked to Qin Yu. Qin Yu lightly smiled and said. "Zhou Xian, this is the Sage Emperor's Palace. Are you afraid that Heavenly Deity guard would dare to deceive you?"
Zhou Xian looked at the Heavenly Deity guard and coldly humped before handing his golden scroll over to the Heaven Deity guard.
"Brother Zhou Xian seemed to care very much about this list of betrothal gift. Could it be that you still believe that you have hopes in victory?" Qin Yu sneered and said disdainfully. His disdainful tone was naturally sensed by Zhou Xian.
However, Qin Yu became bewildered.
If Zhou Xian had no hopes at all in winning, then he would likely not care about the list of betrothal gift. However, it would appear now that… this betrothal gift seemed to be extremely extraordinary.
Could it be that there was something even more precious than a first-rate Grandmist Spiritual Treasure?
Even if Zhou Xian's betrothal gift was also a first-rate Grandmist Spiritual Treasure, Qin Yu who have obtained two chosen candidate spots should be the one who would win. Thus, Qin Yu could only use this sort of disdainful tone to incite Zhou Xian and see what sort of reaction he would give.
"I have no hopes in victory?" Zhou Xian took a glance at Qin Yu. He did not care for Qin Yu's mocking at all. "Brother Qin Yu, you'll know about the result in ten days time."
After he finished saying those words, Zhou Xian directly turned around and left the Sage Emperor's Palace.
Qin Yu looked to Zhou Xian's back view. He frowned. "What exactly was this Zhou Xian relying on? Could it be a pretense?" Qin Yu immediately stopped thinking about it.
Qin Yu did not believe that Zhou Xian would still be able to win after reaching this state.
Qin Yu and Zhou Xian both delivered their list of betrothal gift. In the remaining time, the two sides were both patiently waiting. The Utmost Sage Emperor had even declared that the Sage Emperor's Palace would not welcome anyone during this period of time.
Inside the Thunder Punishment City.
"Imperial Father, will that Utmost North Sage Emperor really pick me as his son-in-law just because of that betrothal gift list?" Zhou Xian himself was also unconfident. "That Qin Yu's betrothal gift might possibly be that first-rate Grandmist Spiritual Treasure."
Zhou Hou remained silent.
"Xian'er, do not worry. If that Qin Yu's betrothal gift is truly that first-rate Grandmist Spiritual Treasure, then I would also only have about thirty percent certainty in you winning." Zhou Huo was frowning. "However, this is already our final method. After all, you've only managed to obtain a single chosen candidate spot among the three. We can only take a gamble."
Zhou Xian nodded.
In a couple days, the Utmost North Sage Emperor's Palace would announce the result. As for who the final victor would be, at this moment, no one have absolute certainty.
A day drags past like a year. This was the sort of feeling that Qin Yu currently had. Every second, every minute, time passed. Qin Yu always felt worry in his heart. The expression Zhou Xian had had when he handed over his betrothal gift list, the words that he said, they all caused Qin Yu to imagine all sorts of things.
"Could it be that this Zhou Xian truly still has a powerful method?"
Qin Yu was guessing in his heart.
"No. This can't do. No matter what, i must definitely win this time." Qin Yu immediately stood up. At the same time, he spread out his Spatial Energy.
Qin Yu's Spatial Energy was capable of covering a circumference of several hundred meters.
Although the Floating Cloud Mansion and the Wood Mansion were relatively far from each other, it was still within the range. "There's no Godking monitoring." Within the range that Qin Yu's Spatial Energy covered, he was able to monitor everything that the Godkings were doing.
Qin Yu directly teleported and arrived within the Wood Mansion.
"Mn? Little Yu?" Jiang Lan who sat beside the pond turned around to look. At this moment, Qin Yu walked over from the entrance of the courtyard. "Uncle Lan." Qin Yu's face had turned slightly red.
It was red from being worried.
"What's wrong?" Jiang Lan was by comparison calm. Soon after, he smiled and said. "Oh, that's right. It seems that I did not discover you entering the Wood Mansion's entrance. What brings you here so suddenly today?"
At this moment, Qin Yu was in no mood to talk about this.
"Uncle Lan, let's not talk about this. In these past two three days, my heart has constantly been restless. When I remember the expression that Zhou Xian had when he handed over the betrothal gift list, I began to think that Zhou Xian might have a trump card. I wish to trouble Uncle Lan to help me out and check things out at the Utmost North Sage Emperor's place. If the Utmost North Sage Emperor was truly leaning toward Zhou Xian, then could you speak out for me? You can tell him that whatever conditions that he might have, I will definitely try my best to satisfy them."
Having reached this point, Qin Yu had been thrown into disorder.
"Calm down, calm down." Jiang Lan said to Qin Yu with a smile. "Your current advantage is very clear. You don't have to worry too much about it."
Qin Yu could only force a smile.
How many years had it been? He had done all this just so that he could be together with Li'er. And, in the process of the groom search, he had tried his best to strive for all the chosen candidate spots. If he were to lose in the end, then what would that amount to?
Would he be forced to a corner?
Seeing Qin Yu's expression, Jiang Lan promptly said. "Okay. I'll personally go to the Utmost North Sage Emperor's Palace and discuss this with my big brother. Is that fine?"
Only then did Qin Yu calm down a bit.
"Thank you Uncle Lan. I have troubled you again." Qin Yu also felt embarrassed. Merely, if Qin Yu wasn't made clear about this matter, then his heart would always remain unresolved, restless and extremely uncomfortable.
Jiang Lan smiled. "I'll go right now." Jiang Lan disappeared from the Wood Mansion.
"I hope, I hope that everything will go without a hitch." Qin Yu began to look forward to the result in his mind.