To retrieve the missing Evil-Sealing Pagoda, Li Hsiao-Yao had come to the realm of Humans with his disciple, Jiang Yun-Fan. He summoned his companions with the Three Almighty Artifacts. But to his surprise, the individuals arrived from different times of Ancient China.
After strenuous efforts, the individuals had finally retrieved the Evil-Sealing Pagoda. Jing Tian, Li Hsiao-Yao’s Great Master, had asked the Almighty Devil to escort the Evil-Sealing Pagoda back to Ancient China. However, Li Hsiao-Yao was shocked by their decision, and hence attempted to stop them.
Li Hsiao-Yao: Grand Master, why would you entrust the Evil-Sealing Pagoda to the Almighty Devil?
Li Hsiao-Yao did not trust the Almighty Devil, though Chong Lou had the power to bring the Evil-Sealing Pagoda to Ancient China. Though the young Great Master trusted him, Li Hsiao-Yao did not dare rely on a devil to decide the safety of Ancient China.
Chong Lou: Shushan kid, you want a piece of me? I’m up for it.
Li Hsiao-Yao: What are you scheming against the Evil-Sealing Pagoda?
Jing Tian: Stop, you two! We can talk this through. There is no need to fight.
Jing Tian: Stop it! Chong Lou is my friend. The Evil-Sealing Pagoda is what our friend had sacrificed herself to protect.
Jing Tian: Trust me. Chong Lou would never harm the Evil-Sealing Pagoda!
While Jing Tian and Chong Lou were chatting with each other, Li Hsiao-Yao recalled Chong Lou’s movements in the fight. Although his attacks were deadly, they were also straightforward, without any deceitful attempts. Moreover, Jing Tian had also explained how the Almighty Devil’s beloved woman sacrificed herself to protect the Evil-Sealing Pagoda.
Li Hsiao-Yao recognized the Almighty Devil’s power, and finally decided to believe in his Great Master’s words. Together with Xian in the realm, he helped Chong Lou in sending the Evil-Sealing Pagoda back to Ancient China.
After Chong Lou had left, the individuals tried to find a way to return home. Later, Jing Tian’s group received an ancient scroll from a monster in the realm, and learned that only the elemental power of “Runestones” could send them back to their time...
The Xian in the realm created crystals to help the individuals find the Runestone they needed. Li Hsiao-Yao, Lin Yue-Ru, Zhao Ling-Er and Li Yi-Ru were checking their route with a copy of the map.
Li Hsiao-Yao: The Runestone is in Afire Volcano. My dear, let’s...
Lin Yue-Ru and Zhao Ling-Er simultaneously approached, but both stopped when their shoulders touched. They gazed at each other, silent; Li Hsiao-Yao lost his wits seeing this. Just then, Li Yi-Ru suddenly shouted:
Li Yi-Ru: Dad! Now that we have taken care of the Evil-Sealing Pagoda. How about the four of us travel around this strange world and enjoy the views —
Li Hsiao-Yao: Yi-Ru, be good. Merely the missing of the Evil-Sealing Pagoda must have already caused a commotion back in Shushan.
Li Hsiao-Yao: Though we have retrieved the Evil-Sealing Pagoda, I have to return and ease the others...
Li Yi-Ru: But mom said...
Li Hsiao-Yao: Yi-Ru, do you still remember the incident when we were trapped in the Scroll of Illusion?
Li Yi-Ru: That’s different! This mother is real!
Li Yi-Ru took Zhao Ling-Er’s hand and ran. Upon seeing that, Yue-Ru chased after them; only Li Hsiao-Yao sighed in sorrow:
Li Hsiao-Yao: Watching the moon deep in the well; recalling the nursery rhyme. Clear as the story could tell; is there a reunion time?
Li Hsiao-Yao: Where did they go?
Blazing Lizard Warrior: Hand out your bags —
The Sword Saint - Li Hsiao-Yao: I am in the middle of something important. Please step aside!
Li Hsiao-Yao had finally found the lost Lin Yue-Ru in the forest. Upon seeing him, she ran excitedly towards him, but she then slowed down, before stopping in front of Li Hsiao-Yao, who hesitated to speak.
Lin Yue-Ru: I lost sight of Yi-Ru and Ling-Er after entering the forest.
Li Hsiao-Ru: I see...
Li Hsiao-Yao drew a seal, pressed his fingers in a unique gesture, and cast a spell. The seal then darted into the forest like an arrow.
Li Hsiao-Yao: That way.
The two walked in silence, with Lin Yue-Ru walking behind Li Hsiao-Yao, until they arrived at a river. Li Hsiao-Yao suddenly held Yue-Ru in his arms, before leaping over to the other side by using a Technique. When they reached the ground, the two could not help gazing into each other’s eyes; finally, Li Hsiao-Yao seized his silence:
Li Hsiao-Ru: Yue-Ru, although I look young now, I actually...
Lin Yue-Ru: Don’t worry, I understand. I had realized that you are from a different to mine as soon as I heard Jiang Yun-Fan call you Master.
Lin Yue-Ru: In my time, you were always out there searching for devils. You didn’t have the time to teach.
As they proceeded, Li Hsiao-Yao explained the current situation, yet keeping secrets of his own. Although he had become young again, he was actually in his fifties and was a member of the Seven Saints of Shushan...
Lin Yue-Ru: Now I come to think of it...I had long died in your time, hadn’t I?
Lin Yue-Ru: So it was I who had left you first; I won’t blame you for forgetting me...
Li Hsiao-Yao: Yue-Ru! What are you talking about?! How can I ever forget you?!
Lin Yue-Ru: If you still care about us, you should have agreed to Yi-Ru’s request; let her spend some time with Ling-Er, and fulfill her wish.
Suddenly, an arrow shot at them. Although Yue-Ru managed to dodge it, the arrow had left a wound on her arm.
Blazing Lizard Warrior: Boss! That’s the guy I was talking about!
A bandit gang of werelizards appeared and surrounded the two, interrupting their conversation. Li Hsiao-Yao blamed himself; his distraction of mind had led to the bandits’ intrusion.
Lava Rock Lizard Knight: Go! Teach him a lesson!
Blazing Lizard Warrior: Take this!
Li Hsiao-Yao: Surrender, or you will have to pardon me.
Lava Rock Lizard Knight: Nonsense!
Lin Yue-Ru: Hehe!
Li Hsiao-Yao: Yue-Ru! Wait for me!
Lin Yue-Ru: Come on. Let’s focus and look around for sister Ling-Er and Yi-Ru!
On their way, Lin Yue-Ru kept observing Li Hsiao-Yao’s acts, prompting discomfort from him. His movements hence became unnatural.
Lin Yue-Ru: Although your appearance remains the same, your movements and way of speaking have shown that you have changed.
Li Hsiao-Yao: Is that so...? Sigh, I have really grown old!
Lin Yue-Ru: Indeed, my dear. After we have left one by one, you must have forced yourself to ignore your feelings.
Li Hsiao-Yao tried to change the topic of conversation.
Li Hsiao-Yao: You haven’t explained to me yet. Why did you agree to Yi-Ru’s request?
Lin Yue-Ru: You think all these are meaningless. But we are all already here; why not enjoy it and forget the regrets we have in our life?
Passing through the forest and a rocky plain, the two finally found Ling-Er and Yi-Ru. Ling-Er was sitting on a rock, with the sleeping Yi-Ru in her arms.
Zhao Ling-Er: Don’t worry. She’s just exhausted.
Yue-Ru gave Li Hsiao-Yao a little push, who walked towards Ling-Er slowly. Upon seeing the scene where Ling-Er was embracing Yi-Ru in her arms, tears streamed down Li Hsiao-Yao’s face.
Zhao Ling-Er: Dear Hsiao-Yao? What’s wrong?
Li Hsiao-Yao: Nothing... Ling-Er, you have suffered too much in the past.
Zhao Ling-Er: No, dear Hsiao-Yao. You were the one who have suffered.
Ling-Er and Lin Yue-Ru exchanged a glance, before the latter approached with a smile and hugged the trio.
Lin Yue-Ru: Sister Ling-Er, if it weren’t for you, how could he have become the chief of Shushan and a member of the Seven Saints?!
Zhao Ling-Er: That’s because dear Hsiao-Yao is brilliant. And so he could have such achievements...
Li Hsiao-Yao: But what is the point of all these? Instead of drinking alone on a mountain, I would rather have a reunion...
Li Yi-Ru: Dad, aren’t we now reunited?
Li Hsiao-Yao: Right! We have to be together forever and never separate ever again!
Lin Yue-Ru: You wish!
The group entered Afire Volcano. Li Hsiao-Yao followed the seal he cast earlier, and found a bandit camp located inside a cave. The Fire Runestone which could bring them home was in the camp —
Lava Rock Lizard Knight: How dare you intrude into our base! Men, kill them all!
Wrathful Lizard Tyrant: This Runestone is my precious treasure. Don’t even think about it!
Li Hsiao-Yao: I am sorry, but I have to get the Runestone! Pardon me!
Li Hsiao-Yao put his hand on the Fire Runestone; a burst of red light radiated. Li Yi-Ru hurriedly held Ling-Er and Yue-Ru’s hands, before walking into the rays of light. Ling-Er and Yue-Ru also held Li Hsiao-Yao’s hand. Satisfied, the four looked at each other.
Li Yi-Ru: Dad, take care!
Zhao Ling-Er: Dear Hsiao-Yao, live well.
Lin Yue-Ru: We will live in your heart!
Fire elements entered Li Hsiao-Yao’s body from his palm. The twisted space threw him back to his original time. The smiling daughter and wives disappeared from his front. What remained was merely a warm fire in Li Hsiao-Yao’s heart. He took a sip of the old wine once again; this was not to quench the flames of memories, but instead, fan the blaze of longing towards his family...