Around the time when the family of four was nearing Talus City, Bai Yunfei came to a stop on the road and looked up.
“What’s wrong, Yunfei?” Noticing him stopping on the road, Tang Xinyun turned to stare at him first, then to where he was looking. But she didn’t see anything.
Wonderstruck, Bai Yunfei stood there for several seconds, “Xinyun, take the kids home. I’ll be stepping out for a moment.”
The concerned look on her face warranted a better explanation. Smiling, Bai Yunfei began to reassure his wife, “Haha, it’s not for anything dangerous, don’t worry. I just need to go see an acquaintance—is there really anyone in this world capable of threatening me?”
Tang Xinyun knew she was being overly concerned. Her husband was the strongest in the known world! “Yes, then, hurry home soon.”
Nodding, Bai Yunfei turned around and disappeared from the spot…
In a strange land where a magnificent and mirage-like gate was, Bai Yunfei appeared right in front of it.
Gently, Bai Yunfei pressed his right hand onto the surface of the door, pushing it just enough for it to open a sliver of a crack large enough for him to walk into.
On the other side of the gate was a world of white. There was no earth, no sky, no grass, no clouds. And when he walked in, there was seemingly another person that looked like they were about to walk ‘out’ from the same door he came from…
Shocked at how Bai Yunfei had so abruptly entered from the same door they were about to go through, the person gaped at him. “You…you were able to force your way in?!”
The sight of this ‘familiar stranger’ filled Bai Yunfei with an intense amount of excitement. He immediately bowed to the person in front of him with the most respect he could muster, “Junior Bai Yunfei pays his respects to senior Wu!”
The stalwart middle-aged man in front of him was none other than…Wu Tianhun!!
“That’s enough of that…”Wu Tianhun waved his hand dismissively and continued to stare at Bai Yunfei. “A sliver of my consciousness saw you before. You were hardly even an Early-stage Soul Saint then. To have gone beyond a Supreme Saint in such a short amount of time…not even the Supreme Saint’s Inheritance should help you gain entry to the Welcoming Gate…how truly amazing…”
“The Welcome Gate?”
Bai Yunfei repeated. This was the first he heard this door be called such; he had actually found this door a year prior. Back then, he managed to open it and enter this world of nothingness. He figured that this was nothing more than a ‘station’ of sorts. Only if he proceeded through this area would he likely be able to enter a whole new world—the one perhaps known as the ‘Legendary Realm’.
He had stopped here before, but not for a lack of power. Instead…he just didn’t want to.
He had too many attachments here. Too many chains. He hadn’t accomplished every little thing he wanted to do just yet. This continent had far too many places and things he wanted to explore. Why would he have the interest in going to a completely new world if he had yet to finish exploring his original one?
Bai Yunfei looked back to the Welcoming Gate and then back to Wu Tianhun. “Senior Wu, have you returned from the rumored God Realm?”
“Ah yes…” Wu Tianhun remarked wistfully, “Forcing a path out from this world was childs play in comparison to the return. A thousand years was required for me to find the ‘path’ back…I should thank you for awakening the sliver of consciousness I had here in this plane. Only then was I able to sense the coordinates of this plane. Only ten years later was I able to find the path back…”
Though he never thought about the God Realm before, Bai Yunfei found himself extremely curious.
“Senior Wu…what is the God Realm like?”
“The Immortal Realm…ah—that is what we in the Tianhun Continent call the God Realm. The inhabitants of that realm claim it as the Immortal Realm, but I digress. A name is but a name. The lower planes of the western Immortal Realm call it ‘Heaven’ or ‘Paradise’....” Wu Tianhun replied.
“That realm is where the truly strong gather. The ‘strongest’ of the ‘lower planes’ are but newcomers—entrymen in the upper realms. The environment there is far greater than the environment here. A place of endless expanse. I traveled a millenia in the western parts and saw only a half of it. But it is indeed a place of countless wonders and marvels…”
Wu Tianhun began to describe a wonderful realm of never-before-seen things. “You have gained the right to enter such a realm.” He spoke, “Should you be willing to wait for me to seek out a few things, we can travel together to the Immortal Realm…
“The Laws we practice and study here on this continent differ to the Laws in the Immortal Realm, but the Truth is the same in every plane of existence. You’d be considered a genius rarely seen every ten thousand years even in the Immortal Realm. In fact, I’ve heard of a young fellow, ‘Lin Feng’, who is currently making waves in the eastern parts. I daresay you’ll be comparable to him if you come…”
Wu Tianhun’s suggestion was one filled with allure.
“So what say you? Are you willing?”
It’s over. I…I can finally say it’s all over.
My first novel. Two years. The final character has been penned and I can finally let out a sigh of relief. But there’s also a feeling of sadness in my sigh.
I can say my story is without a doubt ‘average’. It isn’t brilliant and has many deficiencies, but regardless of the case, it is a treasured prize in my heart. For this book I have learned plenty and gained plenty.
I can’t even begin to say how wonderful it is for me to write such a fitting ending. There is no need for me to write the ‘Immortal Realm Saga’. I can leave behind a cliffhanger of suspense and wonderment. Not bad…
Perhaps, if given the chance, in perhaps another situation, the story of Yunfei can continue. The Saga of the Immortal Realm can be penned.
But in the end, of the countless words there are to say, I can only say a few:
Thank you everyone for accompanying me on this journey. Farewell until the next story!!