A waiter quickly delivered a pot of tea and teacups. After the door closed again, only Meng Qi and her friends were left in the private room. Meng Qi looked around and saw the concern and worry on her unharmed friends’ faces. It seemed that they didn’t encounter Ji Wujiong that day, or maybe that guy had already left before they arrived at Star Lake. Meng Qi sighed in relief and began to ponder. Since everyone was okay, should she tell them that she was in the Starfallen Sea now?
Around the table, no one moved their chopsticks first, and all eyes were on Meng Qi’s face. “So Meng Qiqi…” Sikong Xing clutched her hand tightly and spoke first: “Where are you now? You disappeared suddenly, driving us crazy! No trace of you can be found around Xingluo Valley after sending that firework signal.”
“Uh…” Meng Qi frowned in hesitation. After a moment, she finally said: “I’m now at a place that is fairly safe.” Meng Qi made up her mind in an instant. For the time being, she didn’t plan to tell her friends that she had fallen into the Starfallen Sea. No one didn’t know how dangerous the Starfallen Sea was. If Sikong Xing and the others knew about her current whereabouts, they would definitely not believe her assurance about her safety and would immediately rush into Starfallen Sea to find her.
And she didn’t lie. With Yun Qingyan here, she would be very safe.
“What kind of place is it?” Sikong Xing pressed further.
“Well…” Meng Qi groaned. Before she could figure out a reasonable excuse, Xue Jinwen and Su Junmo’s complexions suddenly changed. The two reached out to their nameplates, and their faces turned pale.
Su Junmo frowned: “Meng Qiqi, are you in Starfallen Sea now?”
“Yes!” Xue Jinwen followed, “There is a message from Xingluo Pavilion. Plants don’t grow in Star Lake, but they found several plants unique to Starfallen Sea in the sediments at the bottom of the lake!” She took a deep breath and looked straight at Meng Qi: “Are you in Starfallen Sea now? The reason you suddenly disappeared in Star Lake that day is that you fell into Starfallen Sea?”
Meng Qi hadn’t had time to say a word when Chu Tianfeng also held his nameplate while cursing loudly: “…Damn!” The young man quickly let go of his nameplate before looking at Meng Qi with his black eyes: “I just received news from my sect. The boundary near Xingluo City has shown unusual movement, causing a crack to open. The crack is very likely to be connected to the Starfallen Sea.” He paused and then said again: “And it’s not the usual entrance to Starfallen Sea, but a newly made crack!”
Meng Qi: “…”
“Starfallen Sea, isn’t it?!” Chu Tianfeng looked at Meng Qi with unblinking eyes, but he didn’t need her confirmation. By just looking at Meng Qi’s expression, he knew that it was almost certain that she had fallen into the Starfallen Sea. “Meng Qiqi, are you really in Starfallen Sea now?” Chu Tianfeng almost jumped up in a panic.
“…” Meng Qi was also helpless. If it weren’t for Yun Qingyan, she would not believe that she suddenly was in the Starfallen Sea. In Three Thousand Worlds, Starfallen Sea was a legendary death place, and it was said that only cultivators of Spirit Severing stage and above had the chance to survive there. Indeed, if Yun Qingyan hadn’t saved her in time, Meng Qi was very likely to have died under the claws of the nirvana fiery eagle.
“Meng Qi.” Qin Xiumo calmed down, “Where exactly in Starfallen Sea are you?”
Meng Qi: “…should be in the center.”
“In the center?!” Even Su Junmo gasped in shock. If Meng Qi was near the periphery, they could still find a way to forcibly break in, find her, and bring her out.
“Wait, is the entrance to Starfallen Sea in the Eastern Realm still open?” Su Junmo asked: “When Pei Mufeng entered, did he bring you with him? Where is he now?”
“No.” Meng Qi had no choice but to tell them what had happened in Star Lake.
“So you mean…” Sikong Xing was stunned. “The bottom of the Star Lake in the Xingluo Valley is connected to the Starfallen Sea?”
“Yeah.” Meng Qi nodded.
“We almost turned over the entire Xingluo Valley that day, but never suspected that lake…” Sikong Xing sighed, “Who knew there was such a thing there!”
Su Junmo looked at Meng Qi thoughtfully: “Pavilion Master Pei has entered Starfallen Sea too, did you meet him?”
“No.” Meng Qi shook her head. Although her friends were worthy of trust, she didn’t dare to tell them about Yun Qingyan without his permission. Meng Qi pondered for a while and asked: “Ji Wujiong was with me in Star Lake at the time. Did you see him later?”
“No.” Su Junmo shook his head. He took a deep look at Meng Qi and said, “After we saw your fireworks signal, we rushed to Star Lake immediately. However, Star Lake is Xingluo Pavilion’s forbidden area, and outsiders are not allowed to enter without authorization, so we were a little delayed. When we finally arrived, you were no longer there. People from Xingluo Pavilion helped us search for you nearby, but no one saw Ji Wujiong.”
Xue Jinwen interrupted to ask: “Meng Qiqi, is it alright for you to come to Beyond The Heaven? Is it perfectly safe over there? I heard that poisonous miasma and fierce mutant beasts are everywhere in the Starfallen Sea. Are you really okay?”
Chu Tianfeng also looked at Meng Qi anxiously: “Mutant beasts living in Starfallen Sea are much more dangerous than the outside world. Even if you encounter them, you must never try to fight head-on.”
“Thank you for your concern.” Meng Qi nodded at Chu Tianfeng: “I am staying in a fairly safe place now. There are no mutant beasts around for the time being.”
“Is there a way to leave?” Qin Xiumo asked.
Until a moment ago, Meng Qi also wanted to leave very badly. But now that she had confirmed her friends’ safety and heard that they didn’t have a direct encounter with Ji Wujiong, she was no longer in a hurry to leave Starfallen. Moreover…
Meng Qi frowned. If she didn’t see it wrong, there was an obvious look of fatigue on Yun Qingyan’s face earlier. With his strength, he shouldn’t be so tired after killing a single nirvana fiery eagle. Was he injured? Or did something happen to him? Yun Qingyan seemed to have no intention of leaving Starfallen Sea for the time being, so should she stay by his side to serve him? After all, this was what she desired the most after her rebirth.
“The center of Starfallen Sea is not as dangerous and terrifying as the rumor.” Meng Qi thought for a while and decided to appease her friends by telling them as much as she could, “However, if I want to leave, maybe my only way is to walk from the center to the edge.”
“Isn’t that very dangerous?” Sikong Xing asked.
“Yeah.” Meng Qi said: “So I want to stay for the time being.”
“No!” Everyone immediately rejected.
“…It’s really safe here,” Meng Qi tried to convince them.
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