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“You… you really are the fourth master?” One of the soldiers asked Jian Chen nervously. While the other two looked at him expectantly. Only the soldiers behind the three showed confused expressions on their faces.
Jian Chen nodded his head, “Correct, I am Changyang Xiangtian. I didn’t think that after so long, people would still remember me.”
“You… you really are the fourth master!”
“It’s the real fourth master!”
“The fourth master has returned!”
The three soldiers all immediately cried out with emotions after his response. They had been dispatched many times to look for Changyang Xiangtian in the past years only to end up with no clues. Searching everywhere for an entire day, they had never come by any success. When each attempt ended in failure, they had begun to lose hope.
“Quickly tell the fourth lady!” One of the quick-minded soldiers immediately ordered, sending another soldier running.
Jian Chen walked through the gates with a light-hearted steps toward the room where his mother, Bi Yuntian was.
Now that he knew of Jian Chen’s ident.i.ty, the soldier who had opened the doors for him didn’t dare block him. Secretly moving to the squadron, he asked beneath his breath, “Brothers, since when did the Changyang clan have a fourth master? Do you know who this Changyang Xiangtian is?”
The soldiers shook their head in a hurry, utterly clueless to who Changyang Xiangtian was.
“I’ve heard my uncle say that the clan leader had a fourth son. Aside from the eldest son, second miss and third master, there was still a fourth master. His name seemed to be Changyang Xiangtian. However, he had left the clan when he was still young and disappeared without anyone knowing where he went.” A guard spoke.
Several of the soldiers felt shocked and looked to Jian Chen in a whole new light.
Within the courtyards, Bi Yuntian and Yu Fengyan were talking to each other with worried expressions. On Bi Yuntian’s face, the tear stains were quite noticeable.
“Fourth sister, I can understand your feelings, so please don’t be so worried. Xiangtian is a genius with unparalleled intellect. I’m sure that he is currently hiding without any danger in his way.” Yu Fengyang spoke gently. She had already repeated these words many times before. Over the years, whenever Bi Yuntian was feeling down, it was Yu Fengyan who comforted her. She comforted her with the same words each time without any variety to what she said.
“Fourth lady, fourth lady!”
Suddenly, frantic cries could be heard coming from outside the courtyard. The sound of the gates being knocked on was quite loud, allowing everyone to know that someone was pounding on it with enough strength to break it down.
The two women were frightened by the sudden knocks on the door. From her seated position, Yu Fengyan spoke loudly, “Who’s making so much racket? Have you forgotten your manners?”
Hearing Yu Fengyan’s voice, the soldiers outside the gates quivered for a moment before instantly remembering just why they were making a huge racket. Putting down their fists, one of them spoke, “Fourth lady, fourth lady! There’s a report! The fourth master, he has returned!”
Upon hearing mention of the fourth master, Yu Fengyan and Bi Yuntian both didn’t know how to react. They were both stunned since even the fact that there was a fourth master was an unknown fact to most of the soldiers.
“Fourth master… fourth master… could it be…?” Yu Fengyan suddenly thought with a startling realization before revealing a doubtful expression.
“Xiang’er, it’s Xiang’er!” Bi Yuntian cried out before quickly running from the room with surprising speed,
At the same time, the white robed Jian Chen had entered the courtyard. When the doors opened, he could only see a familiar face and quickly came to a grinding stop. His entire body froze still as he looked at the white robed figure of his mother, Bi Yuntian. Even he started to feel tears in his eyes.
Bi Yuntian saw Jian Chen turn the corner. Although Jian Chen’s current appearance was drastically different from before, Bi Yuntian had watched Jian Chen grow up—she would be able to recognize him anywhere. The mother and son shared the same blood and were tied together with a single string of fate. Right now whether it was Jian Chen or Bi Yuntian, both sides could feel an indescribable feeling within them.
The separated mother and son were finally reunited once more.
Bi Yuntian could only stand right in front of her door with her eyes looking straight at the familiar, handsome face of Jian Chen. Her entire body began to shake with emotions as tears began to flow out from her eyes like a spring.
Yu Fengyan had walked out as well only to see Bi Yuntian standing still. The moment she saw Jian Chen, her face suddenly froze in astonishment and utter disbelief.
Jian Chen had left the Changyang clan when he was fifteen years old, meaning he was still an inexperienced child when he left. That age was not the proper age to head out into the world by oneself, especially with the Hua Yun Sect chasing after him. The probability of survival was practically zero
Furthermore, Jian Chen had disappeared without a trace as well. From that day forth, he hadn’t left a single clue behind for even the Changyang clan to find him. Thus everyone had been convinced that Jian Chen had already been captured by the Hua Yun Sect and had died a dest.i.tute death in a nameless grave. When Jian Chen had left he was an inexperienced fifteen year old that had no bodyguards, how would he be able to escape from an experienced sect like the Hua Yun Sect?
Although Yu Fengyan had used all sorts of words at first to console Bi Yuntian, they had all been white lies since she too hadn’t believed that Jian Chen would have been able to survive.
But now, the person that had left without a word had finally returned out of nowhere. This made Yu Fengyan feel as if she was dreaming—that this was not really happening.
Jian Chen’s eyes had tears to them as he slowly moved toward Bi Yuntian. He could only feel anguish at the sallow face of his mother, “Mother, your child has finally returned home.” Jian Chen’s voice had a whimper to it as he finished speaking before tears finally began to flow down his cheeks.
Bi Yuntian quickly wrapped Jian Chen in a tear filled hug as she began to pour out the feelings she had felt over the years, “Xiang’er, Xiang’er! My child, You’ve finally come home! Your mother has missed you so much!”
“Mother, I’m sorry. Your child was unfilial.” Jian Chen hugged his mother as the both of them continued to freely cry tears of joy.
“The fourth master has returned, he really has returned!”
“I didn’t think that the fourth master was still alive, we all thought that he had come across trouble!”
Within the courtyards, more and more soldiers that knew about Jian Chen began to gather while even those soldiers who didn’t know about him started to talk to each other in surprise.
Yu Fengyan finally snapped out of her delusion and looked at the two. She could only feel joy in her heart as she spoke, “Xiang’er, you’ve returned safe and sound. Your second aunt truly feels happy for you. Let’s have the two of you come inside to talk.”
After she spoke, Jian Chen and Bi Yuntian followed Yu Fengyan into the inner rooms before she left to give the two some privacy. There were many things to be said…
Within the manor, news that the fourth master had suddenly returned home spread through the place like wildfire. In some time, the entire manor was stunned. Even the eldest aunt Ling Long and the third aunt Bai Yushuang heard the news. Although they were shocked, the two of them did not go see him. Ling Long was looking after her child Changyang Hu and was still in a stupefied daze that did not care for Jian Chen’s return at that given moment. Bai Yushuang’s relations.h.i.+p with Jian Chen’s mother hadn’t been the best and so his return instead soured her mood.
Jian Chen remained in his mother’s room and continued to speak of every single event that had transpired after he left the Changyang Manor. Several things were hidden from his mother since they were far too shocking, and Jian Chen didn’t think his mother would believe him if he told her of those events. If he said them now, the entire compound would come to hear about them and be surprised as well.
From day to dawn, Jian Chen did not step outside. The mother and son continued to talk for hours on end. Suddenly, a large group of magical beast mounts stopped outside the manor. The majority of the riders were all st.u.r.dy looking men that possessed powerful auras. In total, there were around 800 men that formed a giant line.
Stopping right outside the gates, two men immediately opened the doors and shouted, “The clan leader has returned, hurry and receive him!”
Changyang Ba stepped off his Cla.s.s 4 Magical Beast mount and tidied up his messy clothes for a moment before striding to the gates. Right behind him, every rider started to dismount as well to follow him inside quietly and obediently.
As soon as he entered the gates, one of the servants came rus.h.i.+ng over with a joyful expression. With a bow, he said, “Clan leader, good news! The fourth master has returned!”