Tianyuan Utopia, Tianyuan Palace.
A majestic and towering golden palace stood tall on the highest point of the Tianyuan Utopia. As one peered down, numerous floating islands dotted the vast Tianyuan Utopia like specks of light.
The security here was very tight and boasted powerful defences.
Even if Zhou Yuan was led by Yi Yan, they still were subjected to many investigations before they arrived outside the golden palace.
In front of the palace, Yi Yan straightened his clothes, and his relaxed face turned more solemn. “This is where Lady Chi Jing deals with affairs.
“Come with me.”
He led the group into the golden palace.
Inside the golden palace, the floor was paved with blue stones, and it was spacious and simple yet imposing and grand.
As they entered, Zhou Yuan immediately noticed multiple eagle-like gazes shifting onto him as if trying to pierce through him. They were evidently the guards of the palace.
On the stone steps at the end of the palace hall was a pile of jade official document files. A figure had her head buried in the files, as if searching for some materials.
Feeling that someone had come, the figure lifted her head, and a voice rang out, “Elder Yi Yan has arrived.”
The voice was extremely clear, pleasant but not weak in the slightest. It sounded capable and experienced.
“Lady Chi Jing,” Yi Yan said respectfully.
Zhou Yuan’s heart pounded as he lifted his head to see the figure behind the jade files.
It was a slender woman casually dressed in a long robe. Her skin was fair, and her seductive collarbone could be seen at the base of her slender neck. But what was particularly noticeable was her burgundy shoulder-length hair.
Her facial features were evidently the type that could withstand careful appreciation. There was a sense of majesty and fierceness in her eyes, and her red lips were slightly raised, giving people a feeling of toughness.
From her body, Zhou Yuan felt a heroic spirit that was not inferior to any man’s.
She could be said to be valiant and formidable-looking.
Zhou Yuan’s eyes were fully concentrated on her chest, which was like a flat land one could gallop straight across. He finally understood why master Cang Yuan had told him with a strange expression that he had two ‘senior brothers’.
Senior sister Chi Jing was a female, but no matter whether it was in temperament or in appearance, she could be considered an extremely beautiful man.
Zhou Yuan glanced at Yi Qiushui and saw that her beautiful face was full of excitement.Her eyes were glistening with respect and admiration as she stared at Chi Jing.
Chi Jing, who was behind the official files, shifted her gaze onto Zhou Yuan and asked, “You are the Zhou Yuan who has been creating a lot of buzz these days?”
Zhou Yuan nodded.
Chi Jing nodded casually, and her eyes didn’t stay too long on Zhou Yuan’s body. It was incredibly hard to know what she was thinking from her expression. She turned and said to Yi Yan, “You want to recommend him as deputy commander of the Wind Pavilion?”
Chi Jing’s slender fingers gently tapped the tabletop as she spoke calmly: “But there’s someone who objects.”
Yi Yan’s brows suddenly wrinkled. “May I ask who?”
“Me.” A deep voice suddenly sounded in the palace hall. Yi Yan and Zhou Yuan twisted around to see a red-robed old man approaching. Behind the old man was another person following closely behind. It was Gu Xi.
“Hall master Gu Yan?” Yi Yan furrowed his brows.
The red robed elder was the hall master of the Scarlet Flame Hall of the Heavenly Spirit Sect, Gu Yan.
Behind Gu Yan, Gu Xi was staring down on Zhou Yuan.
Gu Yan came to the center of the great hall and gave a cupped fist salute to Chi Jing. “Elder Yi Yan’s recommendation doesn’t seem right. That person’s background is unknown, so how can he take on the Wind Pavilion’s post of deputy commander?”
“The four pavilions were originally designed to attract outstanding youngsters,” Yi Yan explained. “If palace master Gu Yan thinks like this, it might be detrimental to the development of the Four Pavilions.”
Gu Yan ignored Yi Yan. After all, his status was higher than his. He simply turned and said to Chi Jing, “Lady Chi Jing, perhaps you can hand this boy to me for an investigation first. If he passes, it won’t be too late for him to enter the Wind Pavilion.”
Yi Yan was visibly angry.
If Zhou Yuan were to fall into Gu Yan’s hand, it was unknown what he would suffer.
Chi Jing knitted her slender brows slightly, saying, “There is no need for an investigation, but Zhou Yuan is new here so some might not be happy if he immediately serves as deputy commander. He can temporarily be accepted as a member of Wind Pavilion first. If he garners enough achievements in the future, he will have an opportunity to be promoted.”
Both sides looked relieved at the same time but also a little disappointed.
Yi Yan and Yi Qiushui were glad that Zhou Yuan could finally be accepted into the Wind Pavilion, but they were disappointed that he was only an ordinary pavilion member, which was far from the position of deputy commander.
On the other hand, although Gu Yan was disappointed that he couldn’t deal with Zhou Yuan directly, he could accept the fact that Zhou Yuan only became an ordinary member, because it wouldn’t be difficult for them to make things difficult for an ordinary member of the Wind Pavilion.
Gu Xi, who was behind Gu Yan, stared at Zhou Yuan with malice, sneering coldly to himself, Don’t think that we can’t do anything to you after you enter the Wind Pavilion.
Both Yi Yan and Gu Yan were silent for a good while, and in the end, neither of them objected, because they both knew that Chi Jing was experienced with handling affairs. She had made both of them take a step back and had also listened to the initial demands of both sides. It would be insensible for them to make another request.
Let alone Yi Yan, even the hall master of the Heavenly Spirit Sect, Gu Yan, wouldn’t dare to anger Chi Jing.
Seeing that things were settled and that Chi Jing seemed to want to ask everyone to leave, Zhou Yuan suddenly became anxious. If he didn’t make good use of this chance, he might not be able to see Chi Jing again.
Immediately, he took a large step forward and spoke in a loud and clear voice: “Lady Chi Jing, I think I am competent enough for the position of deputy commander.”
Even Yi Yan’s expression changed abruptly when he heard this. “Disrespectful!”
How could Zhou Yuan recommend himself on such an occasion! If he angered Lady Chi Jing, he might even lose the opportunity to join the Wind Pavilion.
He worriedly looked at Chi Jing and, as expected, saw that she was frowning at the shameless Zhou Yuan.
Gu Yan couldn’t help bursting into laughter, “This kid doesn’t know the immensity of the sky. If he is allowed to join the Wind Pavilion, he will only drag down the young talents of the Tianyuan Region.
“I beseech Lady Chi Jing to expel him from Tianyuan Utopia!”
Yi Yan hurriedly explained, “Lady Chi Jing, Zhou Yuan didn’t intend to offend.”
Seeing that Chi Jing was about to speak, Zhou Yuan took a deep breath and secretly activated the Primal Chaos Divine Grindstone Visualisation Method.
Chi Jing’s face darkened slightly. She was indeed somewhat unhappy with Zhou Yuan’s behaviour because she was already protecting him with her decisions. She initially planned to promote Zhou Yuan in the future if he performed well. At that time, nobody could say anything or oppose him, but Zhou Yuan’s forced self-recommendation seemed too ill mannered.
So she planned to give him a little punishment.
“Impudence,” she said in a lower-pitched voice.
Yi Yan knew that Chi Jing had indeed been somewhat angered.
However, just as she was about to continue, she suddenly saw a flash between Zhou Yuan’s brows. She then felt something that made her body suddenly stiffen.
She immediately halted the words that were at the tip of her tongue, even biting her tongue in the process.
Pain and shock simultaneously appeared in her heart. At this moment, even someone like Chi Jing had a blank expression on her face. She then suddenly slammed her palms against the documents.
Chi Jing’s eyes went wide.
Yi Qiushui clenched her hands tight, panic rising within her.
Was Lady Chi Jing furious?
Just as everybody was waiting for Chi Jing to erupt in rage, she finally calmed her emotions. Her voice sounded.
“You, you’re not bad! I admire you!
“You’ll be the deputy pavilion master of the Wind Pavilion!”
The entire palace hall fell silent.