By the campfire, a look of shock crossed Yi Qiushui’s pretty face, and the group of arrogant young men and women stared at Zhou Yuan with playful and mocking gazes.

What did they hear?

The boy from another heaven dared to demand Yi Qiushui to give him one hundred ancient wood essences over five hundred years old, and then he would successfully escort her to Xuanzhou City?

Even they wouldn’t dare to make such a guarantee, but the boy in front of them dared to say something like that?

And under the numerous watchful gazes, Zhou Yuan remained incredibly calm.

He was in urgent need of ancient wood essence, or rather the Yimu Qi contained in ancient wood essence, which he could refine into the Green Wood Mark. Only in this way could he restore his strength in the shortest time possible.

Once his strength was completely restored, he would have the confidence to face any situation.

Moreover, as long as there weren’t any Heavenly Sun stage experts, Zhou Yuan wouldn’t fear any enemies once he recovered his strength. After all, he was able to kill King Wu, an expert of the intermediate Divine Dwelling stage, when he was still at the initial Divine Dwelling stage.

And now that he had reached the intermediate Divine Dwelling stage, he naturally wasn’t afraid of experts in the advanced Divine Dwelling stage.

Of course, it would undoubtedly be a lot of trouble if it were someone in the advanced Divine Dwelling stage with strength similar to Wu Yao. But Zhou Yuan believed that, even amongst the young generation of the Hunyuan Heaven, it would be incredibly rare to meet someone like Wu Yao.

Someone like him most likely didn’t exist in Xiaoxuan Province.

At least the prideful youths of those so-called influential families in front of him were far inferior.

Of course, there had to be experts of the Heavenly Sun stage in the Yi and Qiu families. But Zhou Yuan wasn’t worried that he would anger the Qiu family by interfering because once his strength was restored, he would still have the means to protect himself and escape even if he couldn’t win.

After witnessing the earth-shaking battle in Cangxuan Heaven, the so-called Heavenly Sun stage experts could hardly bring Zhou Yuan any sense of oppression like before.

From what he learnt these days, he already knew that Qiu Ji would certainly do something, so Zhou Yuan’s priority now was to restore his strength as soon as possible.

And asking Yi Quishui for the essence of ancient wood was undoubtedly the fastest way to restore his strength.

The silence lasted for a good while before the young man named Mu Chao burst out laughing. He said in a mocking voice to Yi Qiushui, “Qiushui, I always say you are too kind to people. In this world there are many people who are never satisfied with what they have.”

The others also sneered.

The stunned look on Yi Qiushui’s pretty face faded, and her brows scrunched in a frown.

She stared at Zhou Yuan. She thought he was indeed a little bit too rash this time.

She indeed possessed essences of ancient wood, which were essential for refining healing elixirs, and the value of those that were over 500 years old weren’t low at all.

Yi Qiushui knew that Zhou Yuan had asked for ancient wood essence because of his injuries.

It was just that what he said was unbelievable because...it seemed a little too arrogant.

Although Yi Qiushui had previously told Mu Chao and the others that she wasn’t afraid of Qiu Ji, she also understood that the Qiu family had been operating in Xiaoxuan Province for hundreds of years and the place could be said to be their territory.

Even if the real clout of the Qiu family was used against her Yi family in Xuanzhou City, Qiu Ji might have other connections.

This was what Yi Qiushui was afraid of and the reason why she wanted the prides of other influential families and clans, such as Mu Chao, to join her. She hoped to use their strength to deter Qiu Ji.

And even she was secretly afraid and cautious about reaching Xuanzhou City, but Zhou Yuan was full of confidence.

Therefore, Zhou Yuan’s move seemed more like an excuse to deceive her for ancient wood essence.

This made Yi Qiushui a little uncomfortable. Although Zhou Yuan had saved Dong’er and she was willing to help him, she didn’t want him to use such means to deceive her.

Yi Qiushui was silent for a moment. Then, her red lips moved, and she said, “Zhou Yuan, I can give you five essences of ancient wood around one hundred years old. As for the escort, it’s not necessary.”

Zhou Yuan bitterly smiled when he heard this. That little bit of ancient wood essence would make no difference. He naturally knew that he sounded too arrogant, but at present he needed to restore his strength as soon as possible. He wasn’t familiar with this place, and the only person he could ask was Yi Qiushui.

Zhou Yuan drew a deep breath. He wasn’t going to give up like that. He tried his best to look sincerely at Yi Qiushui. “Miss Qiu, I know you may not believe me, but I am not deceiving you. If I don’t have the opportunity to do anything for you on the way to Xuanzhou City, I can stay until I do to repay you.”

“Haha, you just want to stay with Qiushui on purpose, am I right? Your tactic is pretty good.” A young woman smiled with disdain.

Mu Chao narrowed his eyes. “Qiushui, this person doesn’t have any good intentions. I think we should kick him out of the camp. If you’re too kind to do it, you can leave it to me.”

His voice faded as he lifted his palm.

Suddenly several figures appeared behind Zhou Yuan. All exuded powerful Genesis Qi.

They were at the strength of the initial Divine Dwelling stage.

Zhou Yuan frowned, and a chilling intent flashed through his eyes.

“Stop.”

However, just when they were about to act, Yi Qiushui suddenly stopped them. She turned to Mu Chao and said, “I don’t want to bother you, brother Mu.”

“I overstepped. I’m just worried you would be deceived.” Mu Chao elegantly shrugged his shoulders.

Yi Qiushui fixed a penetrating stare at Zhou Yuan, who neither retreated nor flinched back. He only looked at her earnestly.

The atmosphere was a little tense.

A worried frown crossed Yi Dong’er little face, and she couldn’t help but tug her sister’s sleeve.

Yi Qiushui finally retracted her gaze. After pondering a moment, she nodded. “Fine, I will meet your request.”

The surrounding men and women were all in shock.

Mu Chao couldn’t help but cry out, “Qiushui!”

Yi Qiushui did not speak again. She shook her head, showing that she had made up her mind.

When Mu Chao and the others saw this, they could only helplessly shake their heads. But the gazes they sent Zhou Yuan were obviously more dissatisfied and cold than previously. In their view, Zhou Yuan was someone who accidently saved Dong’er but kept making greedy demands.

Zhou Yuan also didn’t expect Yi Qiushui to agree, but from her eyes, he knew that she didn’t truly trust him.

Perhaps she only agreed because he had saved Dong’er.

“Thank you.”

Zhou Yuan didn’t say more. He nodded to Yi Qiushui before he turned around and left.

Yi Qiushui watched Zhou Yuan leave with a calm look on her beautiful face. She indeed didn’t have much confidence in Zhou Yuan; even she didn’t dare to say they could reach Xuanzhou City as long as they didn’t meet experts of the Heavenly Sun stage along the way.

Zhou Yuan should be similar in age to her, so on what basis could he make such a statement?

If Zhou Yuan was also from Hunyuan Heaven, Yi Qiushui would have speculated whether he was the pride of some other family. However, Zhou Yuan was from another heaven, which meant that it was not possible.

In her view, there was a huge gap in strength between the people of other heavens and those of Hunyuan Heaven.

Therefore...

Zhou Yuan’s words weren’t credible.

Yi Qiushui sighed inwardly. Never mind, I will just see it as repaying him for saving Dong’er. Once we get to Xuanzhou City, I will ask him to leave, and this debt will also be cleared.