For a long moment, Niulang merely gazed Zhi Liu. He considered whether he should tell her the truth. While he knew that it was a poor idea to tell someone who considered him little more than a stranger the truth, he had never been one to follow what was considered a good idea. If he had, he would not have started a fight, verbal though it may have been, with the White Tiger despite his knowledge that she was akin to a deity. Foolish things were not uncommon for him to do and telling her the truth would only be one more act to add to the list.
After a moment, he decided to tell her part of the truth. "A version of the story is relatively similar to something that happened to me when I was younger," he said simply, "I can't say which. Reading has never been my strong suite." A quiet smile crossed his face. "It is why I am looking for someone. I am quite close to finding them." It was not quite a lie. In fact, everything he had said was technically the truth. He had merely kept out any specifics.
He shook his head at the mention of martial arts, a wry smile crossing his face. "No, I learned that when I was young," he said lightly, "I am currently learning swordsmanship. As you can imagine, not many people know it anymore." It lived, to his understanding, in a few forms still, such as fencing. However, he had wanted to learn to use his sword as it was intended: to fight and defend. It was not a prop for mock battles that would never be useful when reality hit. Unfortunately, the amount of people who knew how to actually use a sword and were willing to teach were slim nowadays. It seemed only natural that his teacher would end up being a fellow immortal who was as nomadic as himself.
A flash of surprise flickered across his face at the question before it disappeared completely. "We'll probably be heading to Europe," he admitted. Asia was somewhere that he enjoyed staying. However, he knew quite well that not everybody held this sentiment and he had decided to allow his instructor to have more freedom with where they were going. As a result, he was relatively sure they would be spending a bit more time in the West than the East.