Ning Guangyao’s eyes had turned red, and they were glistening with regret from that confession.

Lin Ruoxi still had her back facing him. She was trying her best to control her emotions. After a prolonged silence, she finally let out a breath as she said, “There’s no need for that… I don’t hate you anymore, so you need not ask for my forgiveness. Compared to before, I’m living a good life. I can do what I enjoy... I have my family, my lover, and my child by my side. I’m content. If you want me to have a good life, please don’t look for me anymore. I don’t want to have anything to do with you.”  

Ning Guangyao was astonished for a second, but it quickly changed to sorrow. “Ruoxi, you don’t even want to look at me? Won’t you come back to my side? You’re my daughter! If you don’t believe in my sincerity as a father, I can give you everything you want. I swear! I’m no longer young, and I don’t have many days left. I just hope that I can make it up to you as much as I can. If you’re willing to take it, I can give you my position as the clan leader of the Ning clan. I won’t have any complaints!”

Lin Ruoxi finally reacted when Ning Guangyao said he would step down as the clan leader for her.

She turned around with her mouth slightly opened as she saw his earnest expression.

Clan leader?

A man like him, who fought for status and power for most of his life, was willing to give her that position?

Lin Ruoxi knew she wanted nothing like that, but the meaning behind it made her waver.

With a deep sigh, she said, “I don’t need those things, leave it for your son. My surname is Lin, not Ning.”

“No!!” Ning Guangyao cut her off. “You’re supposed to be Ning Ruoxi! Not Lin!! Ruoxi, my daughter, can’t you acknowledge me as your father, and acknowledge the Ning clan as your own family?! I know you’re far better than Guodong. I can step down for you if you’re willing to take it! You’ll become the clan leader of the greatest clan in China!”

Lin Ruoxi felt suffocated by his confession.

She never imagined Ning Guangyao would come over late at night just to tell her something as ‘sensational’ like this.

Lin Ruoxi shook her head as she wiped the tears away from the corner of her eyes, “I don’t know, please stop talking. I’m tired, so please leave…”

Seeing her pained expression, Ning Guangyao suppressed a smirk and nodded with a solemn expression instead. “Alright, dad won’t force you. Take good care of yourself. I’ll come over next time…”

Dad…

Lin Ruoxi shuddered at that word. It was a term she had not heard for years.

Ning Guangyao turned around slowly while Lin Ruoxi remained still with a dazed expression. After taking two steps, he turned around again as if reminded of something. With a kind smile, he said, “I came at the wrong time. Lanlan should be asleep, right? I knew that you and Yang Chen adopted a daughter. She’s my first granddaughter too. I’ll bring presents for her next time.”

Having said so, Ning Guangyao glanced at her before leaving reluctantly.

Meanwhile, as they were talking, Guo Xuehua served tea to Ning Xin and Ning De in the living room.

However, they weren’t interested in drinking tea, but instead were sneaking glances at the ladies. They were exceptionally interested in Rose.

With a weird smile, Ning Xin asked Rose, “Your cultivation level is exceptional. You’re already in the Soul Forming stage at a young age. Are you a wandering cultivator? Or do you belong to a clan?”

Rose furrowed her brows. “Why are you so sure that I’m still young? Even if I’m already a hundred years old, my appearance would still be the same.”

Ning De laughed. “You’ve just made it clear by saying that. We’re almost one century old, and we don’t judge someone’s age from their physical appearance. We can tell your age by looking at your behavior, mannerisms, tone of voice, temperament, and walking posture. It’d be confusing to tell a cultivator’s age from their physical appearance.”

Rose snorted. “Even if it’s true, why are you asking me this?”

Ever since she was almost tricked by Yan Fe, who tried to steal her inscription, Rose was extremely cautious.

“You’re not from the four major clans, are you?” Ning Xin squinted his eyes.

“So what?”

“Hehe, you’re feisty,” Ning Xin chuckled. “If you’re not from the four major clans, you should bid goodbye to your family and friends. You won’t be able to stay here any longer.”

“What do you mean?” Rose furrowed her brows, her voice filled with puzzlement.

Ning Xin and Ning De picked up their teacups and ignored her question.

Right then, Ning Guangyao walked out to the living room and exchanged glances with them, signaling them it’s time to leave.

Guo Xuehua had been on edge the whole time. When Ning Guangyao came out, she hurried out to check on Lin Ruoxi. A sigh of relief escaped her lips when she saw Lin Ruoxi looking all right.

Ning Guangyao bade goodbye to Guo Xuehua. “Xuehua, please take good care of Ruoxi, now that she’s your daughter-in-law. I’ll come and revisit her soon.”

Guo Xuehua’s heart thumped. She couldn’t understand what he meant by that, but she still forced a smile and nodded. “I will. My father-in-law likes Ruoxi too.”

Ning Guangyao nodded with a pleased expression. “I’m glad Sir Yang likes her. Sadly, Ruoxi still refuses to acknowledge me, so I’ll have to wait patiently.”

As a mother herself, Guo Xuehua understood his pain as Yang Chen once rejected her. Even though she knew Ning Guangyao had done lots of evil deeds, she couldn’t stop herself from consoling him, “Don’t worry, Ruoxi isn’t a narrow-minded child. She values family the most. I’m sure she’ll accept you one day, as long as you’re truly sincere.”

“I am sincere.” Ning Guangyao smiled bitterly before bidding them goodbye once again.

Just as they were about to leave, Ning Xin, Ning De, and Rose sensed something that caused their expressions to change!

“Someone else is here…” Rose cried out.

“What?” Guo Xuehua was puzzled.

Ning Xin laughed. “I just told you to get ready, and now he’s already here.”

“Who is here?” Guo Xuehua was anxious.

Mo Qianni and An Xin looked at each other. They had a feeling that it would be hard for them to fall asleep tonight.

As they were talking amongst themselves, Ning Guangyao’s bodyguards outside shouted!

“Who are you?!”

“Freeze!!”

Screams were heard seconds later, and it was evident that someone took down the bodyguards.

The door opened, and a stranger made a grand entrance into the living room.

He was wearing a grey Taoist robe with a red cloth strip around his waist. 

From the look of it, he must be a Taoist who was in his forties. His hair was rolled up in a bun, and a silver longsword hung on his back. He then walked towards them impatiently.

As he looked across the room, he appeared surprised to see Ning Xin and Ning De, but he shifted his gaze to Rose immediately. Admiration was evident in his eyes.

“Who do we have here? Hongmeng sent you, the ‘Absolute Sword Taoist,’ as their messenger this time? Tianyin Monk died last time, and now they’ve sent a Taoist. It looks like Hongmeng is swapping their messengers around, haha…” Ning De poked fun at him.

Absolute Sword Taoist? Hongmeng Messenger?

Everyone here except for Xiao Zhiqing knew a lot about the Border, so they caught on immediately.

Xiao Zhiqing made little sense of it at first, but her face turned pale when she saw the Taoist in front of her eyes. Emotions flashed across her eyes as she stood close to her mother, Wang Ma.

“Qing’er, what’s wrong? What is this person doing here?” Wang Ma felt afraid too.

Xiao Zhiqing motioned her to lower her voice and whispered into her ear, “Mom, there’s no time to explain. Go to the kitchen and call hubby with your phone, and ask him to return immediately…”