Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Chapter 221 - Hometown


Qing Yun Hill foot.

The high sky and thin clouds, looking up from the foot of the mountain, a canvas of sky-blue, gentle breeze blew, boosting one’s spirits up.

Lu Xueqi watched for some time, there was nobody around, and obviously there would not be anyone who would realize that there was an exceptional beautiful lady quietly looking at the sky. The clear breeze blew over, her hair over her shoulders gently ruffled, brushing past her delicate and slightly thin face.

ShuiYue Master’s last instructions, reverberated unceasingly in her ears.

‘At that time from DaoXuan senior brother and Wan senior brother’s conversation, we knew that actually for generations, Qing Yun sect sect head reverends, while they were still clear-minded, would pass on this secret to the next disciple-in-line, and the generations of founders’ last will,  for Qing Yun sect’s reputation and the world’s livings, in order to prevent even more sins of killing, until the last inevitable moment, the succeeding disciple is allowed to kill his teacher…’

‘This time DaoXuan senior brother for some reason, did not tell Xiao Yicai this secret, my assumption is, there could be two reasons, one: DaoXuan senior brother before he decided to tell Xiao Yicai this secret, he was already infected by the Zhu Xian ancient sword; second, it’s that DaoXuan senior brother is too overconfident of his own skills, especially ten years ago that big battle, he had used the Zhu Xian sword and yet was not infected by the sword, therefore he thought this time he would be able to get over it, until when the real Devil spirit took over him, it is already too late.”

“However although things turned out this way, we as Qing Yun disciple, no matter what we cannot stand by and do nothing, Tian Buyi’s disappeared, Su junior sister at a loss, I am the only who could decide on this crisis. I only hope that we can end things at the mountain and you do not have to participate in this but if in the unfortunate event you find them below, you must take up this big responsibility, Qing Yun generations of founders’ spirits, will definitely protect you and me teacher and disciple!”

Lu Xueqi slowly opened her eyes, inhaled deeply.

She gazed around, the lofty mountains and rivers behind, elegant tall and straight, the distant mountains undulating in shadows, looking at it closely, dangerous rocks jutting out, gracefulness everywhere, picturesque sceneries.

Towering through the clouds, rising high above the world.

For Qing Yun!

A faint warm smile slowly emerged on her lips, that mountain range, was after all the place that raised her up, it had her respected teacher, dear senior and junior sisters, and the once...memory.

She turned around, strided out, her white clothes like snow, fluttered, Heaven and Earth so vast, the firmament infinite, even unparallelled beauty, peerless hero, maybe were only a drop in the ocean!

Speaking of which, it was still the first time, receiving teacher’s instructions and leaving the mountain, but there was no definite place to go. Although she had the important mission but she did not know where she should go to complete it, the thought of it it was also ridiculous.

TianYa quietly in her hand but there was no familiar feeling, or should it be described as part of her body, faint blue light, also withdrawn in the sword sheath. One person one sword, walking aimlessly.

Where should I go?

Heaven and Earth so vast!

A trifurcated road in front of her, Lu Xueqi stopped, it was not that she was unfamiliar with the road, within Qing Yun sect disciples, she was considered one of those who travelled down the mountain frequently, the flat road ahead of her, she had walked past it countless times, it was the most convenient path out from Qing Yun Hill, leading directly to the biggest city below Qing Yun Hill, HeYang City.

And the other split road, looked unused for a long time, wild grasses growing over it, only a part of the road could be seen near the trifurcation, looking ahead, the further parts of it were already taken over by weeds.

Actually this kind of small trail mountain path, countless of it from Qing Yun Hill, many were created out from villagers living near the foot of the mountain, gathering firewoods or harvesting wild fruits for a living, there were many paths too, due to various reasons, after a long time, also became abandoned like this.

This road, who knows where it would lead to, and who would remember, who had once walked past?

Lu Xueqi shook her head, laughed bitterly in her heart, ever since from the southern border, separated from that person, her heart, had really changed greatly.

She gently flung her head, wanted to throw the thoughts away, was about to once again continue her journey. At this time, groups of about two or three villagers walked over, a mix of old and young, looking at their clothing, mostly carried axes with ropes and poles, looked like they were from the surrounding villages and about to travel up the mountain to gather firewoods.

When they came near, the woodcutters saw Lu Xueqi and quickly stepped aside to make way, their expressions respectful, Qing Yun sect disciples were respected within these several hundred miles, furthermore with Lu Xueqi’s exceptional beauty, surreal like fairy, it made them even more afraid to view directly.

Lu Xueqi stopped, nodded at them, considered to have returned their courtesy, she was about to leave.

At this moment, an elderly woodcutter whose hair had turned white but still looking hale and hearty, with an enthusiastic  look, [he he] laughed said, “Miss, don’t you know the way?”

Lu Xueqi paused, her eyes looking around, saw that elderly woodcutter, hesitated, shook her head slightly.

Before she could speak, that enthusiastic elderly already spoke, “I knew you these Qing Yun sect skilled artists are powerful, flying here and there most of the times but to talk about the road under the feet, sometimes might not be more familiar than us these villagers!”

The other woodcutters heard it, also laughed, Lu Xueqi saw their kind faces, for some reason, her heart felt warm, the stride that she was about to take, once again stopped.

The elderly woodcutter laughed and said, “The big road in front of you, is going to the HeYang City which is on the south, that is the most bustling place within hundred miles here, when you reach there, it is much easier to travel to other places.”

After speaking, he pointed to that abandoned path, said, “That path you better avoid it, many years ago it was a lively village but now it is all destroyed, there is nobody.”

Lu Xueqi smiled and said, “I understand, many thanks old gentleman.”

The elderly woodcutter waved his hand, [he he] laughed and continued on with his group.

At the same time, another woodcutter who looked slightly younger, sighed and said, “There was actually a temple in that village, I heard it was quite spiritual, ten years ago I went with my wife to pray for a son from the Buddha and we really have a child after that, pity now that it is also gone!”

The elderly woodcutter nodded and said, “Yes, I too remembered, it is really a pity that the temple is gone…”

The words gradually turned low and deep, their figures also gradually disappeared into the forest, in the light breeze that blew over from the distance, seemed to contain sounds of their hearty laughter, Lu Xueqi turned over, her smile still on her face, for some reason, her mood seemed to have improved.

Smiling, she looked up and strided, heading for the big road.

Her footsteps initially was light and quick but for some reason, it suddenly became slow, her elegant brows, frowning slightly, deep in her heart, something important seemed to brush past but she did not catch it for the moment.

Deep inside her memory, there seemed to be something, quietly awakening…

She stopped, unmoving, the scene just now, replayed quickly in her mind, the woodcutters’ words, again reverberated, “That path you better avoid it, many years ago it was a lively village but now it is all destroyed, there is nobody…”

“There was actually a temple in that village, I heard it was quite spiritual…”

Lu Xueqi suddenly shook, the next moment, she slowly turned around, once again, headed for that abandoned path, the small path that was already neglected in the shadows of time…

Ten years of time, how much would it change? Face, feelings, or hatred?  

Nobody could understand another, and at times even, even oneself also could not really understand. But only this road, really truly changed.

Because there wasn’t any road here anymore.

The verdant weeds, grew year after year, concealing the past history, witnessed time’s heartlessness. Until a solitary white figure, quietly walked past the dust-covered place.

In the wild vegetation, ruins could still be seen, in the breeze blowing in the face, the once blood stench was long gone, leaving only sentimental fragrance of the wild grasses.

Walking past one after another broken doors, looking at things in disorder, the stone stairs and walls covered by mosses quietly, the laughter and smiles when alive, the happiness once had, had it all scattered with the wind?

Lu Xueqi’s face, turned slightly pale, her long elegant hand, held TianYa tighter. This derelict village, there seemed to be a pair of eyes, quietly watching her. She even had a feeling of suffocation.

But she did not stop, quietly walked on, walked past every house, how long has time passed, how still remembered these people?

Until, she saw that broken temple.

Different from the surroundings, around the dilapidated temple, for some reason, grasses did not grow, to say it was a house, actually it would be more appropriate to say a few pillars, just that they all had fallen onto the ground, a few broken pieces, it still had the shape of the deity, which led her to identify what was previously there.

Lu Xueqi slowly walked over.

There was no wild grasses, no mosses, everything here seemed so out of place, not knowing what the reason was, even the resilient wild grasses, did not wish to invade here.

Or it should be said, the once enmity and hatred, had all gathered at this place?

Then during late night silence, would there be someone crying and whispering, telling the past?

Lu Xueqi suddenly turned around, not knowing since when, tears glittered in her eyes.

Grasstemple Village!

The place which had long been annihilated…

She at the corner, quietly sat down, unmoving, as if quietly listening to something, or maybe feeling something.

From the distance the wind blew, ruffling her black hair, gently floating at the edge.

The sun rose and moon descended, morning and evening day and night, from dawn to dusk, stars and constellations change unpredictably.

In the firmament the clouds looking like garments a moment and grey dogs the next, faded away like meteor, time like water, eventually leaving like this so resolutely, never ever staying for anyone.

In the distant wild vegetation, insects cries were heard, other than the wind, that was the most vitality sound in this place. Maybe, in another ten years, this might once again turn into a flourishing place?

Or maybe, it might remained unchanged.

But who would care?

Three days already, Lu Xueqi at this desolate place, sat quietly for three days, the constraints of the world, important heavy responsibility, yet actually it was only at a place like this, that she could escape and breathe.

Quietly, treating it as indulging herself once, allowing herself to hide away.

However, eventually she still have to go.

White clothes moved, appearing quietly, Lu Xueqi’s figure, again appeared, leaving that dilapidated temple, once again walking past the ruins of small houses and doors, for some reason, in her gaze, it seemed to already contained a reluctant deep sentiment.

In the far horizon, the clouds drifted, in the layer of clouds, like wind had blew past, a white line quietly streaked past the sky. Lu Xueqi took a last glance at the houses, turned and left, never turning back again, that figure in fluttering white clothes, quietly went far from the overgrown weeds.

In the firmament, it was still silence in the clouds.

Just that from the clouds, a faint glint again swiftly swept out, silent and fast, trailing a few lingering white clouds, dispersed in the sky. Very quickly, this glint landed on this abandoned small village.

[Zhi zhi, zhi zhi...]

Familiar monkey cries, the three-eyed grey monkey jumped onto the ground, peered around, clearly coming to this outdoor place, the feeling of happiness far surpassed being deep inside Majestic Fox mountain.  

Not a moment later, the monkey ran off by itself, scurried into the wild vegetation, not knowing where it had ran off to play.

Ghost Li, still standing silently in the centre of the village, his face expressionless.

Other than his gaze, the exhaustion and anguish that were unable to conceal.

He stared dazedly at the surroundings, slowly turned around, the familiar place, everything started to surface slowly in his mind, even the breeze, also carried a familiar smell.

The hometown’s ground fragrance…

And far behind him, behind in the verdant wild vegetation, that white and lonely figure, finally disappeared in the far distance.

He slowly walked, the same scenes reflected in Lu Xueqi’s eyes appeared before him, the broken walls ruins, moss-covered stone steps, finally, that dilapidated small temple.

Just that he did not walk over, watching it from a distance, he stared in a blank, there, changed a youth’s life!

He stood for a long time, also watched for a long time, but eventually did not walk over, after a very long time, he turned around, stepped over the grasses, with difficulty he could still make out the path between the houses. He walked very slowly, almost every step was extremely heavy, until the second row third small house, he stopped.

This house was no different from the other houses, windows and doors too broken off, the same abandoned and deserted, even the mosses on the steps, seemed to be much more than other houses.

Ghost Li’s lips, started to tremble, for many years, this was the first time he could not contain his tears, slowly, he knelt before the house, his head buried deeply on the ground, wild grasses before the house.  
 
The wind carried, choked, struggling whispers, “Father, mother…”

HeYang City.

After the catastrophe, HeYang City was heavily hit, countless of death and injured but after the calamity, the days still have to go on. The people coming to the city from all directions, also refugees returning home, gradually made this ancient city lively again.  

On the main road that was the most bustling, the best inn in the whole of HeYang City, was still that Shanhai Garden that Zhang Xiaofan once stayed when he first travelled down the mountain, although because of the calamity, it seemed much cold and cheerless as compared to its business ten years ago, after all the people have just escaped death, rarely they would have the mood to come and have a feast here.

But this day, a strange customer came to Shanhai Garden. This person was a young lady, looked captivating, not only that, underneath that beautiful face, every frown and every smile, had a soul-captivating strange feeling, as if as long as the lady’s eyes swept past, the surrounding men’s bones would turned limp.

That woman was, after the drastic event in southern border, separated from Ghost Li, Lu Xueqi, the Nine-tailed Celestial Fox - Xiao Bai.

She like that confidently, walking slowly and looking shy, walked into Shanhai Garden tavern, for a moment, from the shopkeeper to waiter, including the only two tables of customers, were dumbfounded, nobody came up to serve her.

Fortunately Xiao Bai was already used to this, was not angry, only smiled, said, “Nobody serving?”

Her words woke the people, the shopkeeper was after all older, with effort still maintained some degree of composure, quickly focused himself and then hit the back of the waiter’s head who was still in a daze, angrily said, “Customer is here, why aren’t you receiving?”

The waiter staggered, not knowing if he was feeling guilty, did not dare to meet Xiao Bai’s eyes, smiled, stammering said, “Miss, do, do you want to have a meal or are you staying?”

Xiao Bai thought for a while, said, “Better to have some food first, do you have private seats here?”

The waiter nodded, said, “Yes, yes, please come upstairs.”

Xiao Bai nodded, headed up, saying, “Find me a quiet seat near the window!”   

The waiter smiled and said, “Miss be assured, you are the only one in the private seats upstairs, whichever seat you want we will give it to you, and guarantee it would be quiet, there won’t be anyone disturbing you.”

Xiao Bai was surprised, said, “Why aren’t there anyone, I heard the business was quite good in the past?”

The waiter had reached the 2nd level by this time, smiled bitterly and said, “Who said it wasn’t, the business initially was really good, the entire HeYang City all came to feast at our place here. But goddamn, the demon beast calamity, caused panic everywhere, in the end there were countless dead and wounded, at this time, there won’t be many who would think to come here.”

Xiao Bai slowly nodded, gently sighed, said, “So it turned out to be like this, it is no wonder then.”

By now, the waiter had already led Xiao Bai to a table beside the window and was wiping the table with a cloth he was carrying.

Xiao Bai looked out the window, saw the passersby walking to and fro, it was still considered lively but few of them have smiles on their faces, instead most were frowning.

Xiao Bai was silent for a moment, suddenly asked the waiter, “Waiter, I want to ask you something, you answer me honestly.”

The waiter nodded, said, “Miss please ask!”

Xiao Bai hesitated, said, “All of the commoners in this HeYang City, naturally also including you, all hated that demon beast?”

The waiter snorted, immediately revealed resentment, loudly said, “Of course, the city in this calamity, nine houses out of ten were stripped bare, you can go ask anyone on the streets, I guarantee you that they would have loved ones who died under that demon beast evil claws. Pity that we commoners do not have weapons, unable to fight back, but luckily we have the immortals from Qing Yun Hill, showing great benevolence, displaying their great divine might, chased that goddamn evil beast away, allowing us to once again live a normal life.”

Xiao Bai watched that waiter’s agitated expression, bitterly laughed in her heart, for some reason that Subdue Devil Cave again flashed before her eyes, the hunched man breathing his last breath before the fire.

The rights and wrongs in this world, who could say it clearly?

The waiter seemed to sense that he had somewhere lost control of himself, turned red and stepped back, in a low voice said, “This, this I am also just casually speaking, Miss don’t treat it as real, do, do you want to order some food?”

Xiao Bai smiled and said, “Alright, but don’t have to take down any specific orders, you go down and tell the shopkeeper, bring three or four of your best dishes will do, and also, bring ten pots of your good wine up.”

The waiter was stunned, “Ten pots?”

Xiao Bai glanced at him, nodded and said, “Ten pots.”

The waiter paused, then hesitated for a long while, quietly asked, “Miss, do you still have friends coming, if you have, I can prepare more cutlery sets in advance.”

Xiao Bai laughed and said, “Don’t think too much, there is only me, I want ten pots of wine, quickly serve it up, don’t ask any more.”

The waiter replied yes in successively and retreated but his eyes revealed his disbelief, actually he could not be blamed, normally people could only manage one or two pots, those that could drink four or five were either drunkards or wine celestial beings, but this extremely coquettish lady, clearly could not be defined as normal.

Due to the low volume of customers, soon, the waiter brought up dishes and placed it on the table, and the ten pots of wine engraved with Shanhai Garden words, in a short while, were also placed orderly on the other side of the table.

This was also fortunately at a time where the tarven did not have much business, if not wouldn’t it attract a scene for all of the customers? But even if it was so, Xiao Bai most likely wouldn’t care!

The waiter soon left, leaving Xiao Bai alone. She poured wine for herself and drank, soon, a pot was done, and her face, slowly had a pink flush, there wasn’t any sign of being drunk, instead it made her more alluring.

“Ai…” Suddenly, lightly, sighed.

The alcohol was pure like amber, thin stream like string, poured from the pot to the cup, making fine water sprays, Xiao Bai looked at the cup in front of her, watched on the water surface, her reflection wavering. Then she smiled, a trace of bitterness in her smile, took up the cup and drank it all.

The street outside the window, sounds made from the crowd of people walking past endlessly, bustling with activities, those sounds, seemed very far away, as if in another world.

She took the sixth empty pot, and put it aside.

The warm redness on her face, complemented her eternal beautiful face, in the pair of eyes, were still as clear.

Always the alcohol making the person drunk, never the heart!

Her white teeth, gently bit her lower lips, alone, quietly laughed, then with a flung of her head, raised her hand and poured the wine. Outside on the street, for some reason, the hubbard seemed louder suddenly, Xiao Bai frowned and moved to the window, looked down.

With a glance, she was surprised, on the street, a lady in white walked over, her face exceptionally beautiful, like a fairy, who would it be if not Lu Xueqi?

The surrounding commoners were also attracted to her beauty but were intimidated by her cold aura, did not dare to approach directly, gathered and watched from afar, making all sorts of comments, it was because of this. Xiao Bai watched Lu Xueqi, a smile slowly appeared on her lips.

“Life is really full of encounters everywhere…” She half smiled and muttered to herself, stood up, looked like she wanted to take the initiative and greet Lu Xueqi.

Just that when she just stood up, her expression suddenly turned stunned, turning away from Lu Xueqi, her gaze drifted to a secluded corner far in the city.

A familiar black figure, flashed past and into another dark corner, and the next moment, a grey but not unfamiliar figure, pursuing tightly.

Xiao Bai stared blankly at the corner for a moment and then a mocking smile revealed on her lips, “Guess today is really coincidence upon coincidence, if I don’t join in the fun, I am really letting myself down, and even more to that ShangGuan old ghost, hehe, hehe…”

In her cold laughter, her figure suddenly like apparition, disappeared from Shanhai Garden, after a long time, the waiter came up to clear and saw only an ingot of silver on the table, six empty pots, the other four pots, were gone.

And on the main street, Lu Xueqi ‘s figure, not knowing since when, also suddenly disappeared from the street.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Chapter 220 - Blood Formation


Fox Majestic Mountain, Ghost King sect headquarters.

Ghost Li on his journey, felt his mind was in a blank, that mysterious obscure lady kept appearing before him, only that, he clearly knew, that it should be an illusion?

Wasn’t it?

In his perplexed state, he realized that he had already returned to the stone room that belonged to him, the stone door was opened, looking in, he could see that it was still a mess inside, it was the result of the fight he had with Ghost King.

He looked at that mess, was silent for a long time, slowly walked in, beside the broken table, found a chair which was still intact and sat down, staring blankly.

Xiao Hui ran out from the side, it looked to be still in low spirits, wordlessly clambered up Ghost Li’s shoulder, sat down and also in a daze.

Maybe it was still worrying about TaoTie!

One human and one monkey, sat like that for a long time, not making a single sound, the entire stone room appeared strangely still, after a long time, Ghost Li suddenly moved, stretched out his hand and pulled down Xiao Hui, held it before him.

Xiao Hui’s eyes blinked and looked at Ghost Li.

Ghost Li quietly said, “Xiao Hui, you say what should I do?”

Xiao Hui did not make a sound, only watched him.

Ghost Li also didn’t seemed to mind the silence, only continued to mutter, “This road, how should I go on exactly…”

In the mountains days are unknown, time like water passed.

The deepest most mysterious part of the Fox Majestic mountain, in the huge blood pool, strong stench of blood permeated the air, this strange existence, quietly hid in a forgotten corner that the world knew, silently growing.

Naturally, other than these two persons, Ghost King and Mr Ghost.

In the huge blood pool, it was still full of bright red blood, numerous air bubbles rose up frequently from the blood pool, bounced and burst above the surface, making faint mist of blood spray.

What was the same as before was, huge beasts’ bodies, trapped in this blood pool, now other than Kui Niu, Yellow Bird, there were two other figures, on was TaoTie which was trying it best struggling but in the end still helpless, the other, was a colossal beast, the head looked like the dragons in the legends, its body almost one time bigger than Kui Niu, as half of it was immersed in the blood, its body shape was indistinct but from the few places where its body could be seen, most likely it would be the legendary Devil Beast ‘Zhu Long’.

Kui Niu and Yellow Bird were trapped for a long time, were long lifeless, Zhu Long also looked the same, without any vitality, only TaoTie, who was recently caught and full of energy, kept making roars of fury and waves of ripples around it, clearly it was extremely infuriated.

Just that in this blood pool, there seemed to be a strange energy, not only trapping the three beasts, even TaoTie could not struggle free, it could only roar in anger. Other than that, above the blood pool, a different image from before.

The ancient cauldron hovering about five zhangs above the pool, its four primitive legs below the cauldron, each shot out a faint purple-red light, shining down and straight on the four beasts, looking from afar, clearly from these beams of light it could be seen, indistinct abundant spiritual energy contained in it, sucking out from those beasts and into the cauldron.

And because it kept sucking the beasts’ energies, the cauldron original primitive deep uneven appearance, started to change, the entire cauldron, was enveloped by a rising propitious energy, the primitive color was also slowly eroding, replacing it, was a colour mild like jade and translucent.

At a glance, almost made one thought that this was the legendary celestial holy object, supermundane, incompatible with the blood pool and its strong stench.

Just that, underneath this celestial appearance, there was still a strange spot, which was the mysterious diagram above the cauldron inscription, four strange beasts at times clearly seen at times dark, symbolized the inscription on the cauldron, were also changing with color, only at the top of the diagram, that hideous deity face, was red like blood, as if greedily sucking in the energy, like about to be revived.

On the high platform leaving the blood pool the furthest, Ghost King and Mr Ghost stood side by side.

Mr Ghost in black, like being enveloped in darkness, even standing before him, one would not be able to see his body clearly.


Right now speaking in low tones, he said, “That’s right, there is indeed such a thing within the cauldron’s inscription, the four spiritual beings gathering together and chaos starting, right now the ‘Four Divinities Blood Formation’ is complete, what remains is to wait for forty-nine days, after the cauldron absorbs all of the spiritual energies, the energy of chaos would be enough to open the sky and divide the earth, once again opening the Asura door, as such sect head you will be able to dominate the invincible supreme might of Heaven and Earth, never will there be another rival who will be your match.”

Ghost King’s face was red, his eyes glinting, staring intensely at that cauldron, his face unable to contain his excitement, suddenly lifted his head to the sky, started laughing loudly.

The laughter was loud and savage, containing arrogance, as if he had already controlled the world, but the laughter suddenly stopped, Ghost King’s brows frowned, pressed his heart lightly with his hand, the redness in his face receded, and turned pale.

But the next moment, a golden light flashed past his face and soon he was back to normal.

Mr Ghost saw this change, with his sharp eyes, he was stunned for a moment, asked in surprised, “You have fought with someone, who is that person, to have such level of skills?

Ghost King took a deep breath, the expression on his face was completely back to normal, after closing his eyes and opening, icy cold glint flashed, he coldly said, “‘Great Brahman Wisdom’ and ‘Tai Ji Xuan Qing Way’...are really exceptional skills, although the sharpness are not as amazing as my Evil sect but the delayed effects are long and vigorous, it is really scary.”

Mr Ghost frowned, a strange glint in his eyes, said, “It was him? Why would you out of sudden fight with him…”

Speaking until here, he suddenly recalled something, said, “Don’t tell me it was because of TaoTie?”

Ghost King snorted but did not reply Mr Ghost, only indifferently said, “The speed of this person’s advancement is really unexpected, I’m afraid in the future...it would also be hard to tell if he will be the cause of ruin.”

Mr Ghost looked at Ghost King deeply, then shifted his gaze away, slowly said, “The most important thing now, it’s still the Four Divinities Blood Formation, the rest, try to push back if possible!”

Ghost King nodded slightly, said, “That’s right, I know the priorities, you can be assured!”

Mr Ghost was silent for a moment, said, “But with Ghost Li’s current unfathomable level of skills, in addition as the Four Divinities Blood Formation turns stronger with the absorption of the spiritual energies, the blood stench would most definitely be hard to conceal, with him around, it might be unpredictable. To prevent incidents, you better find an excuse and send him out!”

Ghost King said, “You are right.” After speaking, he frowned slightly, turned, with his hands clasped behind, slowly walked out of this place.

Watching Ghost King’s figure leaving, Mr Ghost then slowly turned, walked to the side of the platform and looked down.

TaoTie which was still struggling earlier on, seemed to gradually lose its resistance under the influence of the blood pool and the cauldron’s light, right now lay in the pool weakly, panting.

Watching this, Mr Ghost under his veil, made a cold and emotionless laugh.

“Hehe...Asura door?…”

Footsteps sounds were heard outside the stone door, it was rather hurried, obviously the approaching person was running and in a hurry. The next moment, a figure appeared before Ghost Li’s stone room door, half kneeling, spoke loudly, “Vice sect head, Ghost King sent a message, he wants you to go and meet him.”

The voice was rather loud, there was even echos heard from within the room, but there was no reply.

The messenger was surprised but did not look up immediately, Ghost Li had a reputation of being a killer within the Evil sect Ghost King sect, common disciples even if they have a chance they would not go near him too, not to say being disrespectful.

This one brought up his courage, again spoke loudly but there was no reply, he then looked up and peered into the room, saw the mess but where was Ghost Li and his monkey?  

The person groaned, shook his head and ran off.

Right now, Ghost Li was walking along the long tunnel in the Ghost King sect, Xiao Hui sat quietly on his shoulder. Ghost Li’s eyes looked ahead, although he could not see the end of the path but he was clear, the end of this tunnel was where Ghost King’s residence was.

“No matter what, I cannot stay here and have nothing to do, right, Xiao Hui?”

He seemed to be muttering to himself, and Xiao Hui was also in a daze, did not pay attention to its master’s words.

And Ghost Li also did not mind, only quietly laughed bitterly, said, “Many times I saw hope before me, in the end, all fell short of success for lack of a final effort, but as long as Biyao is lying in there, I must not despair, right? I know what you are worrying, don’t worry, wait till I found a way to treat Biyao, I will naturally ask him to give back your friend.”

Xiao Hui’s eyes suddenly perked up, then [zhi zhi] called out, Ghost Li smiled but his smile did not stay on his face for long.

He stood at the entrance of Ghost King’s room.

Outside the heavy door, the voice which had already became familiar sounded, Ghost King sat on the chair, his mind for some reason, had his daughter’s figure flashed past. A inexplicable emotion, floated in his heart.

The stone door opened, Ghost Li appeared.

“You are here.” Ghost King indifferently said.

“Yes.” Ghost Li slowly nodded, his voice too indifferent.

The two men, became quiet, as if nothing had happened between them.

After a while, Ghost Li said, “There is something, I wish to speak to you about.”

“Speak!”

Ghost Li indifferently said, “You have already led the disciples back here and I have also brought TaoTie for you, if there is no other matters, I will like to go out, see if I can find a way to save Biyao.”

Ghost King frowned, glanced at Ghost Li, at this moment, urgent footsteps were heard outside the door, the messenger ran in and was about to speak in a hurry when he saw Ghost Li and was stunned.

Ghost King quietly waved at him, the messenger hesitated, bowed and quietly left. Ghost King’s eyes returned to Ghost Li, that young man was still standing there quietly, in the entire Evil sect, no matter who, would have fear and trepidation standing in front of Ghost King, only him, never seemed to be afraid.

This was the man that my daughter cherished and adored?

“You can go!” Ghost King’s voice, suddenly sounded tired.

Ghost Li silently nodded, the earlier fight, although both behaved as if it had never happened but it was clear, their not-close relations seemed to be even further strained.

He turned and walked out, just as he was about to step out, suddenly, his body paused. A strange smell, not knowing from where, as if he was suddenly immersed in an abyss of blood, unable to breathe, like a huge tide rolling over, the smell of blood drowning him, loud rumbles in his ears.

Ghost Li’s countenance changed!

But this strange smell, like a dream, disappeared in a blink, the surroundings became quiet again.

Ghost King’s voice was heard from behind, calm and emotionless, “What is it?”

Ghost Li back facing him, stood still for a moment, indifferently said, “Nothing.”

After speaking, he slowly walked off.

The stone door closed up slowly behind him, when it was completely closed, Ghost Li suddenly whipped around, sharp glint in his eyes, he stared at that stone door, his eyes obscure, he seemed perplexed.

And Ghost King in the stone room, also emotionlessly stared at that stone door, he seemed to be contemplating something but eventually shook his head, turned and walked to the other end of the room, patted somewhere on the wall, the next moment, the stone wall started to shift and reveal a tunnel, and the thick stench of blood, drifted out from there.

Ghost King expressionlessly walked in, the stone wall behind him, slowly closed up.

Somewhere in the Central Plains, thousand of miles away from the southern border, it was instead nearer to Qing Yun Hill.

Here it was desolate and wilderness, humans were rare, looking at the undulating mountains ranges, a long river running through it.

If considering the geography carefully, this nameless mountain range, belonged to the end of the vast incomparable Qing Yun Hill range, and that long river in between the lofty mountains, it could be considered as one of the upper streams of the river outside HeYang City. Just that it was a distance from where the Qing Yun mountain ranges spiritual energies were, only ferocious beasts roamed with monkeys screeching and tigers roaring, not a single trace of celestial energy.

And here at this forgotten place, its tranquility was broken today.

Two figures streaked past the sky, one pursuing another, the person ahead was covered in black, the person behind flashed in grey light, both as fast as lightning. The person in black moved up or down in the sky, suddenly descending into the forest, twisting and turning, however the person behind him had unexpected powers, matched his every move, pursuing him tightly and never once lagged, looking like he would soon reach him.

Suddenly, the person in front as if knowing that he would not be able to lose the pursuer for the time being, suddenly braked, the black figure was seen shaking, like being nail onto the spot. And at the same time, he turned swiftly around, his right hand pointed five times in the air.

[Duo duo] sounds were heard, above this wild forest, under the daylight, five spots of yin fire appeared, in the fire hideous skeleton could be indistinctly seen, whistling winds started, pouncing towards the grey figure.

The grey figure was already there in a blink but he also stopped within a second, he was seen completely focused, like facing a great foe, clearly he did not dare to take his foe lightly. The next moment, a cold light circulated from the grey figure’s hand, a crystal clear two sharp heads tubular weapon appeared.

Once this weapon appeared, a white mist immediately covered the surrounding ground and forest, the temperature also dropped. The five yin fires arrived like the wind, the grey figure’s weapon turned once in the air, sucking all five of the fire into it.

Then, like fire encountering the ice, the five fires gradually dimmed and finally extinguished.

And the grey dark light, also gradually dispersed.

“Nine cold ice freezing thorn...it is really an amazing weapon!” Like a regret and also like a praise, but without any anger, that man in black quietly said.

And standing before him was the grey-clothed elder, he was also Southern border FenXiang Valley second ranked person, ShangGuan Ce, and the weapon in his hand, was naturally the  Nine cold ice freezing thorn that even the Nine tailed celestial fox once feared.

ShangGuan Ce laughed twice, in a deep voice said, “To be able to have you this shaman demon’s compliment, it is really not easy!”

The man in black, was the shaman demon that had escaped from the southern border Subdue Devil ancient cave, just that not knowing for what reason he was actually pursued by ShangGuan Ce.

The shaman demon assessed ShangGuan Ce a few glances, suddenly sighed and said, “Old friend, you and I are not one or two days old acquaintance, why must you force me like this?”

ShangGuan Ce indifferently said, “I have long told you my purpose, there is no other intention, it is just that our FenXiang Valley master wish to meet you, there are some matters which need to have long talks and so invite you to go to FenXiang Valley, it’s that simple.”

The shaman demon shook his head and laughed bitterly, said, “Your that master valley senior brother, is too scheming, although I am stupidly living in the world and immortal but I know I am incomparable to him. And to say I am still not clear about all of your intentions, simply it is for our shaman tribe those secrets?”

ShangGuan Ce snorted, said, “It is good that you know, now that southern border is in a disorder, the five tribes are in chaos, this is where they need FenXiang Valley to come out and take charge, furthermore we don’t have evil intentions, no matter what, we are at least better than those savage demon beasts right?”

The shaman demon looked at him deeply, said, “The secret of shaman tribe’s Heaven Fire, I really don’t know, old friend, looking at our years of friendship, just let me go!”

ShangGuan Ce shook his head, said, “I am also helpless.”

After speaking, the weapon in his hand slowly turned half a circle in the air, emitting cold icy energy, again facing the shaman demon.

The shaman demon stood unmoving, not knowing if it was because he knew he would not be able to escape from ShangGuan Ce, he gave up fighting and only indifferently said, “Old friend, the world is so big, everything changes for no reason, I did not follow Lady and big brother down to the nether world, it is because I wanted to see the multi variant forms of this world when I still have time.  Don’t tell me even this tiny request, you are not willing to give me the chance?”

ShangGuan Ce coldly sneered, ignored, obviously he did not believe a single word of it, right now he was already three chi before the shaman demon, but at this moment, his face suddenly changed, stared intently on the ground.

In the daylight, under the bright sun, the shaman demon’s body looked like it was fluttering but there was no shadow, and the figure moved slightly with the wind, like it was floating.

ShangGuan Ce moved, instantly was before the shaman demon, the weapon struck down from the head, a flash of cold light with invincible strength, split the shaman demon into half, but the two parts of the body immediately turned into black gases, dispersed in the air.

ShangGuan Ce was so enraged that he turned pale, unknowingly he had again fell for the shaman demon’s diversionary tactic. Angrily stomping, he leapt up, in the mid air he looked down, saw a black figure escaping in the far distance, heading towards the north, without further words, he evolved into a grey light and pursued.