Back at the Tiansang Spirit Palace, it was early morning, and the sun was about to rise.
It’d been almost a day since Xu Xiaoshou and the rest entered the Tianxuan Gate.
Zhao Xidong was fast asleep in a dark room at the side of the Council Hall.
As one of the ones prioritized by the spirit palace for cultivating, he’d been given the very important task of guarding the Tianxuan Gate despite his repeated mistakes.
The room was empty, and, save for Zhao Xidong, who was dead asleep in the room, there was only a table and a purple crystal spirit wheel hovering midair.
The wheel was very intricate and beautiful, with dragons and phoenixes carved into it.
12 white jade pearls were hovering on the wheel, and they looked sapient. All of them brought about a curtain of bluish-green light, which made them look rather mystical.
The Spirit Curtain Wheel of the 12 Pearls.
The pearls corresponded to the 12 realm-stabilizing treasures in the Tianxuan Gate.
It’d taken a massive ton of financial and human resources on the part of the Tiansang Spirit Palace to connect with an extradimensional realm with that wheel. As such, the task of guarding it could be considered both a heavy and a light burden, depending on how one looked at it.
Zhao Xidong was tasked to guard the spirit wheel. If nothing went afoul for three days, that would mean everything within the Tianxuan Gate was doing fine.
Yet, if something were to happen with the wheel… the way Zhao Xidong saw it, there was still utterly nothing he could do, as he was outside the Tianxuan Gate and couldn’t do anything to salvage anything inside the gate.
The only thing he could do was report the abnormalities to his superiors.
Furthermore, if it hadn’t been for Elder Xiao saying there might be a traitor or a mole in their ranks, the higher-ups probably would’ve sent just about anyone to guard the wheel, as they’d done in past years.
Zhao Xidong, who was leaning against the door as he dozed off, was suddenly jolted awake. He’d dreamt that Xu Xiaoshou had made a breakthrough inside the Tianxuan Gate and blew up the entire secret realm.
His head slammed against the door, and it hurt so bad that he hissed.
Zhao Xidong wiped the drool off of his mouth and turned around, wiping the drool on the door with the back of his hand as he stood and focused on the Spirit Curtain Wheel of the 12 Pearls.
Everything was fine.
“Huff… seems like I’ve been overthinking things. Well, it’s not like someone like Xu Xiaoshou could end up blowing the entire secret realm, right? It was nothing but a dream, then.” He drank from a cup, then sighed.
“What’s with this Xu Xiaoshou anyway? He keeps popping up in all my dreams as of late. Man, something is wrong with him.
“That guy really is a living nightmare.”
A clear cracking sound reverberated in the room as he put his cup on the tabl
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