Cen Le was stripped of his immortal status and sent to the animal path for ten lifetimes, unable to live as a human being. Princess Mei Ling, on the other hand, was imprisoned in the heavenly realm, forcing her to devote herself to cultivation in a bitter and cold place and not be able to leave without permission for thousands of years.

       After all, she was the daughter of the Jade Emperor. Even though she committed a serious crime, she was still spared lightly.

       Jade Emperor announced that the sentence was over and the deities would take the two away.

       When Mei Ling left, he glanced at Xia Hongshen, who was standing next to the treasure hall and said nothing.

       Then Jade Emperor sent everyone away, leaving only Xia Hongshen, sighing, “Mei Ling is too high-spirited and harms others and herself.”

       Xia Hongshen listened expressionlessly and said nothing.

       Jade Emperor looked at him and said, “Demon Zhen, do you and I really have nothing to say?”

       Xia Hongshen then said calmly, “If you hadn’t stood by and watched, Mei Ling wouldn’t be where she is now.”

       Jade Emperor took a long sigh and said, “All things have their own rules. It’s not that I don’t care, but I can’t interfere. Although I understand everything happening in the world from my position, there are countless innocent lives harmed and deaths plotted for wealth. I can’t manage everything, so I end up not managing anything.”

       Xia Hongshen asked him, “If I hadn’t split the barrier, wouldn’t your entire city have been destroyed?”

       Jade Emperor said, “So what? Everything in the world has its own destiny, and I have interfered too much.”

       Xia Hongshen listened quietly and stopped arguing with him.

       Jade Emperor said, “Now that you’ve returned, there’s no need to go back to the next life. Stay here.”

       Xia Hongshen responded, “The Thousand Years Lamp has not yet been found.”

       Jade Emperor sighed, “No need to seek further. This matter can’t be entirely blamed on you. Back then, it was just a consideration for Mei Ling. Now, you’ve played a part in demon eradication, so I pardon Chunjun and Yueya’s transgressions. I won’t pursue it any further.”

       However, Xia Hongshen still said, “I will not come back until the Thousand Years Lamp is found.”

       “You!” Jade Emperor seemed to be resentful, “Do as you like. If you don’t want to come back, keep looking. If you can’t find it, don’t ever come back!”

       Xia Hongshen bowed and left in front of the Jade Emperor’s palace.

       At this time, Longshao and Yueya accompanied Fengliu to treat his injuries while Chunjun returned to their former residence in the heavenly realm alone.

       It was a small courtyard with a single door. Everyone had their own room. There was a garden in the courtyard. Demon Zhen loved sleeping on the grass those days.

       Song Jun stretched out his hand and pushed open his own room. This place had remained the same for thousands of years. Even if they left, there would be no changes. No one had ever visited, and not a speck of dust disturbed the stillness.

       The years in the heavenly realm had stood still, and the only thing that was changing was himself.

       Song Jun sat by the bed for a moment and then came to the yard, where he smashed the Thousand Years Lamp with his own hands. Everyone thought that Yueya had instigated him, but that was not the case. Instead, he inadvertently encouraged Yueya with his words, and then he smashed the thing. Regardless of whether he would be punished for this, the marriage between Demon Zhen and Mei Ling would undoubtedly be hindered.

       In fact, he was the one who opposed this marriage the most and hated Mei Ling the most. He was born vicious, and years of hard work had made him numb, but it did not make him kind. He was the most ruthless one around Demon Zhen.

       He just didn’t expect that Song Jun, who had lost his soul, would bring such a big change to him.

       Song Jun lay down on the grass, the pen filled with the fragrance of the greenery. He wanted to know what Demon Zhen felt when lying here. No one loved Demon Zhen more than he did. If one had to separate the feelings of Song Jun and Chunjun within his soul, Song Jun’s feelings for Xia Hongshen were far less than Chunjun’s feelings for Demon Zhen.

       But now, all the feelings were accumulated together.

       Song Jun thought that he might go crazy for him.

       Xia Hongshen opened the door of the small courtyard. His residence may be the simplest residence in the world. In fact, given his choice, he would rather live in a wide jungle or forest than be trapped in this small world.

       Then he saw Song Jun lying on the grass, so he walked over and lay on Song Jun’s body.

       Song Jun looked at him and asked, “Do you want to stay?”

       Xia Hongshen asked, “Do you want me to stay?”

       “Not really,” Song Jun said.

       Xia Hongshen reached out and lifted up a strand of Song Jun’s hair.

       Song Jun said to him, “My memory and incomplete soul were detained by Cen Le in the Soul Suppressing Pagoda when I entered the reincarnation of the human world.”

       “Well,” Xia Hongshen said, “Now you have it back.”

       “What if I never remember?” Song Jun asked Xia Hongshen curiously.

       Xia Hongshen replied, “I will get it back for you.”

       Song Jun did not continue to ask. He actually wanted to ask Xia Hongshen what difference it made to him whether he had past memories or not, but after thinking about it, he felt that it was a meaningless question, so he stopped asking.

       Xia Hongshen kept playing with a strand of Song Jun’s hair, and after a while, he said, “Let’s go back.”

       Song Jun looked at him in surprise.

       Xia Hongshen said, “We have to go back and continue to look for Thousand Years Lamp.”

       “Thousand Years Lamp?”

       Song Jun knew that Xia Hongshen had already found the lamp and wick of the Thousand Years Lamp. Thinking that all that was missing was the lamp holder of the Thousand Years Lamp.

       “Where is the lamp holder?” Song Jun asked.

       Xia Hongshen said, “I don’t know.”

       Song Jun sat on the grass and looked at Xia Hongshen lying on his lap. He hesitated for a long time and said, “It’s not because Yueya encouraged me to smash the Thousand Years Lamp, but it was because I didn’t want you to marry Princess Mei Ling.”

       Unexpectedly, Xia Hongshen said to him calmly, “I know.”

       Song Jun was startled.

       Xia Hongshen also sat up and said, “I know everything about you.”

       Song Jun said, “I thought you would be angry.”

       Xia Hongshen said, “If you smash it, just smash it. There is nothing to be angry about.”

       Song Jun was silent for a long time.

       The two of them were sitting facing each other, and Song Jun suddenly said, “Do you know what kissing means?”

       Xia Hongshen said, “I know.”

       “No,” Song Jun denied it for him, “You don’t.”

       Song Jun looked at Xia Hongshen’s lips and slowly leaned forward to kiss his lips. Xia Hongshen remained motionless, obviously not intending to evade. He also looked at Song Jun’s lips and felt that they were very soft; maybe he could take a bite.

       “Song Jun!” At this time, Yueya shouted and came in their direction.

       Song Jun immediately stopped his original movements and turned his head to avoid it. If it were him in the past, he would not care about the opinions of others, but now he was always affected by Song Jun’s shy character and couldn’t help but blush.

       Xia Hongshen was a little unhappy because he was about to bite Song Jun’s lip.

       Yueya didn’t notice the subtle atmosphere between them, so she ran over and threw herself behind Xia Hongshen, hugged Xia Hongshen’s neck and said, “Fengliu is fine, let’s go back.” She also wanted to go back to the human world, and she thought it was a matter of course.

       Xia Hongshen grabbed her arm and asked her to let go of her, stood up and said, “Let’s go.”

       The infectious disease that had been raging for many days had finally been brought under control. Rescue experts had developed new drugs to specifically target the spread of the virus. While controlling the transmission route, people who were sick in the past also began to slowly recover.

       The once desolate streets gradually regained vitality.

       The appraisal centre that was temporarily closed has also reopened for business.

       Song Jun didn’t have much time to rest. When he came back, he received a call from his teacher, asking him to go to work at the appraisal centre the next day.

       Walking on the path of the school, Song Jun saw people starting to play basketball on the basketball court. When the summer vacation ended in another month, he believed the campus would be lively again.

       He stood outside the basketball court and watched the people inside playing through the barbed wire fence. Suddenly, he noticed a child sitting on the basketball stand. When the child saw Song Jun, he waved to him.

       Song Jun still remembered him. He was the soul of the child that Song Jun met in the Soul-Suppressing Tower at that time.

       The next second, the child appeared in front of Song Jun, looking at him with a smile.

       Song Jun knelt down and asked him, “Why are you here?”

       The child said, “I’m looking for you.”

       “Looking for me?” Song Jun said, “Do you want to be reincarnated?”

       The child tilted his head and thought for a moment, “It’s better not to. My dad always beats my mom, and my mom would cry at home. When she’s done crying, she goes crazy and beats me. One time, she smothered me to death with a pillow.”

       Song Jun looked at him and felt a little uncomfortable, “Not all parents are like this. Maybe you will meet a pair of very good parents who love you and buy you beautiful clothes and take you to the amusement park to play.”

       The child has a look of yearning on his face.

       Song Jun said to him, “Come with me.”

       The kid finally nodded.

       Song Jun took him to find Yun Po. Yun Po hadn’t left the city yet, and they were still trying to check every corner to see if there was any remaining demonic energy.

       Hearing that Song Jun had arranged work for him again, Yun Po was a little irritable. “Have you and your family ever stopped? Do I owe you something?”

       Song Jun quickly advised him, “Monks, don’t be so impatient.”

       Yun Po said, “Get lost.”

       Song Jun then whispered, “How can a monk swear.”

       Yun Po stared at him for a long time and said, “You have been following Xia Hongshen for a long time, and you have become bad.”

       Song Jun just smiled when he heard this. He knew that Yun Po was hard-spoken and soft-hearted, so he said to the kid next to him, “Just follow Master Yun Po and let him send you to reincarnation.”

       After listening to Song Jun’s words, the child actually walked up to Yun Po and grabbed the hem of his robe.

       Yun Po’s forehead twitched.

       Song Jun said sincerely, “Master Yun Po, this child’s fate is lonely and difficult. I appreciate your help.”

       Yun Po did not refuse after all. He just waved to Song Jun and said, “Goodbye, no need to see you off.”

       In the evening, Song Jun went back to the dormitory and found Xia Hongshen in the room. He hesitated in front of the door and knocked on the door.

       As a result, Xia Hongshen said, “Come in.”

       Song Jun reached out to push the door open and found that the door was not locked at all.

       Xia Hongshen was sitting at the table, holding something in his hand that was emitting a faint light.

       Song Jun was stunned when he saw it, “Thousand Years Lamp?!” he said.

       What Xia Hongshen was holding was the complete Thousand Years Lamp, with all the lamps, wicks and holders. He cast a small seal to completely cover up the spiritual power of the Thousand Years Lamp.

       “You have found the light holder a long time ago?” Song Jun asked in surprise.

       Xia Hongshen looked calm, “The lamp holder of Thousand Years Lamp has always been in my hand.” He had found the complete Thousand Years Lamp. He just didn’t want to go back to the heavenly realm until the day he wanted to go back.

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