Meanwhile, Delainey was still awake in the library located in Mount Thunder Sect’s wing building.
For some reason, she had been restless recently. She tossed and turned in bed but could not fall asleep, so she headed to the library to read for a bit.
She stared absent-mindedly at the open page of a book she had taken for a long time.
She suddenly heard the sound of footsteps approaching her.
Delainey was sitting on a chair on the library’s third floor. Upon hearing the footsteps, she raised her head and turned to the source of the sound.
She immediately put down the book she was holding, stood up, and gave a respectful greeting, “Dad…”
Jackson nodded in acknowledgment as he walked over. He sat down beside her and looked at the book on the table.
“Are you still reading this book?”
“Yeah…” Delainey picked up the book she had set on the table.
The thick book’s cover was slightly worn. A few ancient words were written on the cover, Legends of the Millenia.
The book was written after Mount Thunder Sect was founded, recording events, outstanding martial artists, and every notable fighter’s signature martial art technique that spanned the periods over the past thousand years.
“I couldn’t fall asleep, so I came to the library to read a little,” Delainey replied softly.
“Delainey, you’re all grown up now.”
Jackson looked at her and said, “You’re no longer a young child, and according to the norms of the outside world, you should be married with children at this age.”
Upon hearing this, Delainey’s pretty face turned as red as a tomato.
“Dad…” She lowered her head in embarrassment.
Delainey was only in her mid-20s.
To ancient martial artists, she was still considered to be fairly young as they had longer lifespans than ordinary people and were not as vulnerable to illnesses. Thus, they did not succumb to diseases as easily.
Jackson said with a smile, “By the way, James is here.”
“What?” Delainey was surprised.
Her expression did not escape unnoticed. As a father, he was easily able to surmise the thoughts that just ran through his daughter’s mind.
Since her meeting with James, he noticed that Delainey always seemed to be caught in a daze. As if someone had stolen her heart away.
Jackson explained the reason for James’ visit to Mount Thunder Sect.
“He received a letter of challenge, but it’s not clear who his challenger is. James is about to depart to the Southern Plains to meditate in seclusion for the next couple of days to prepare for the duel. I suggested that you accompany him.”
“Me?” Delainey was taken aback for a moment, and it took several seconds before she could gather her thoughts once more.
Then, she asked, “If he’s going there for a duel, what use would I be if I followed him there?”
Jackson immediately became serious as he said, “There are a few reasons I need you to follow him.”
“Firstly, James is the most outstanding genius in the ancient martial world right now. He’s less than thirty years old but has achieved such a high rank in the ancient martial world. There are not many people who can defeat him now…”
“Secondly, Mount Thunder Sect has been growing weaker with each passing generation. I’m worried that no one will be capable of keeping our sect standing after the Grand Sect Leader passes.”
Delainey replied promptly, “Aren’t you still here for us?”
Jackson shook his head with a wistful smile. “I’m afraid I’m not up to the task. I’m only a seventh-ranked grandmaster. In the past, I would have been able to hold my own, but with the death of the Spirit Turtle, countless martial artists have acquired a core. Unless I’m an eighth-ranked grandmaster, I won’t be able to protect our sect.”
Delainey listened attentively.
Jackson continued. “Mount Thunder Sect has always been highly respected by the rest of the ancient martial world. I don’t want to be the one who takes over the sect. Your eldest brother was a disappointment and left our sect a few years ago. His whereabouts are still unknown to this day. The only one I can count on is you, but unfortunately, you’re only a woman.”
Jackson let out a resigned sigh.
He had another son who had limitless potential. Unfortunately, some tragic incidents happened in the past. Right now, the only child that remained in the sect was Delainey.
Mount Thunder Sect would eventually fall into her hands in the future. Jackson hoped there would be someone to assist Delainey in running the sect.
As the young mistress of Mount Thunder Sect, Delainey was easily able to glean her father’s intentions.
“Dad, do you have your eyes set on James?”
Jackson nodded as if to confirm her suspicions.