RMN C11 Frightened the Little Rabbit Away

Mei Chao Bing’s hands lifted involuntarily as if hugging this little rabbit to his chest was the normal thing to do. He stopped himself though and his hands remained awkwardly hanging in the air while a certain someone clung to him.
His lips parted. He should say something, shouldn’t he? But what was he to say? Why had his little junior even come? And why was he so flustered? His fingers tugged into Mei Chao Bing’s robe and his frantic heartbeat couldn’t be missed. Something was up.
Well, the first thing should be to calm him down …
Mei Chao Bing hesitated but finally, one of his hands landed on Yun Bei Fen’s head and gently patted him. “There, there. You’re looking as if the sky would come crashing down any moment now. What got you so flustered?” Continue reading

RMN C10 A Skittish, Little Bunny

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Yun Bei Fen paced up and down in his house. What should he do? His Senior Martial Brother Mei had experienced something as bad as that. As the person who loved him the most shouldn’t he go and comfort him? But how would he do this? Say some nice words?
But when he saw him his mind always seemed to go blank. He could hardly speak a whole sentence before he would rush off again in fear of embarrassing himself in front of Mei Chao Bing. There was no way he would be able to clearly explain his thoughts to him and calm him down.
He stopped in front of the window and looked out at the little lake. Even though he had admired Mei Chao Bing for so long and even though he had even fallen in love with him, he actually didn’t know much about him. Maybe he didn’t even like talking about such things? Maybe he would feel better if he could fight a round or two to let off steam?
Yun Bei Fen rushed over to take his sword but before he could hurry out of the door he stopped again. What was he even doing? This made no sense. Even if his Senior Martial Brother Mei wanted to have a fight, he knew fully well that he wasn’t worthy to accompany him in it. He was merely in the peak stage of Qi Refining while his Senior Martial Brother Mei had already formed his core. What kind of fight could they have?
Yun Bei Fen went back to the cupboard and placed the sword down again. Ah, what a pity that he was too young and too stupid. He should have worked harder, then he could have at least established his foundation already. That also wouldn’t enable him to become Senior Martial Brother Mei’s sparring partner but at least he wouldn’t have been that far behind him. Could he actually catch up to him in this life? Continue reading

RMN C9 He Might Get Implicated

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Mei Chao Bing could only sigh when he finally left the Sect Master’s palace. The Sect Master and Elders had thanked him for reporting this case even though it had been his own master who betrayed their Teng Yong Sect. They had even assured him that he would still be a treasured disciple of their sect despite what happened. There wouldn’t be any repercussions to him. After all, this was his master’s fault, not his.
But, well, what they said and what would happen were certainly two completely different things. Maybe the Sect Master would indeed instruct the Elders not to slight him because of what happened and maybe they would even comply but none of them would be happy about it.
It would always leave a bad taste in their mouth that someone without a master or, no, worse, someone with a traitor as his master was eligible for the same resources their disciples fought for. And if that was how the Elders who had gotten the instructions of the Sect Master thought, then it was obvious how their disciples would react. Continue reading

RMN C8 Unreserved Loyalty

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Elder Feng frowned. He certainly hadn’t wanted his disciple to see this. Mei Chao Bing was a serious person that always upheld the teachings of the sect. Convincing him to leave the Teng Yong Sect would have been hard in the first place. Now, with the lifeless body of Elder Wu in front of him and the dagger in his hand, it might even be impossible.
The worst thing was that he didn’t have much time. He couldn’t have a lengthy discussion with his disciple. Maybe Elder Wu had alarmed somebody else already and even if he hadn’t the disciples guarding the soul palace would notice that Elder Wu’s soul jade had broken. They had to leave immediately or it would be too late.
He cursed inwardly, put the dagger away and took a step toward Mei Chao Bing. “Chao Bing. Come with your Master. We’re going to leave the sect and start anew at a better place.”
Mei Chao Bing didn’t acknowledge what his Master said. “What happened?” he questioned instead, still staring at Elder Wu’s body. He wanted to hear it. He wanted to hear the truth and personally from his master, at that. Continue reading

RMN C7 Good Things Don’t Last

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Baili Chao took his new disciple to his own house for the time being. In his eyes, Yun Bei Fen was just too small to live all on his own yet so he’d rather have an eye on him. Only a few years later, when he was sure that the boy wouldn’t have any problems did he assign him to a nice little house next to one of the many lakes of the Teng Yong Sect.
By that time, Baili Chao wasn’t worried anymore at all. This boy really had measured up to his expectations. More than that, even. While other disciples needed someone to painstakingly teach them and required hints everywhere Yun Bei Fen seemed to be able to do everything on his own. He didn’t even need to say a word of encouragement for him to sit down and meditate or train his swordsmanship.
It really was his luck to have found a disciple like this. Continue reading

RMN C6 A Much Better Role Model

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Yun Bei Fen didn’t notice anything going on around him whether it was his master’s complicated mood or the sect master’s contemplating gaze when he looked at him. He only had eyes for that youth.
Right now, the youth was fighting against the two boys that had stood next to the ring before. Those two were older than the ones from before and seemed to be closer to the age of the white-dressed youth. They were wearing the same gray robes like the ones from before, though.
Once again, the two boys attacked and the youth evaded them. This time, he didn’t wait long before striking. His hands hit them a few times but the result wasn’t as overbearing as before. The two boys grew slower with time, though, as if the continuous hits took their toll on them. Continue reading

RMN C5 A Big Family

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Baili Chao led his new disciple toward the area of the admission test. The other Elders, as well as the Sect Master, would probably all be there already so he should hurry over, too. He had to show his cute disciple around, after all.
Yun Bei Fen curiously looked around all the time. The beautiful houses with the curved roofs and the many decorations were nothing like the simple houses from his village. They rather looked like palaces to him. This was probably what his father had tried to describe when he talked about the capital! So his new home was just like that.
Finally, the two of them arrived at the test site for the sect’s admission. Some of the tests had already started but quite a few recruits were still standing around. They curiously looked at the newcomer that was led by an old man and couldn’t help but discuss among themselves who this might be and why he might be brought here like this.
The Sect Master and the Elders weren’t any less curious, though they managed to mask it a little better. Baili Chao hurried over and nodded. Continue reading

RMN C4 Cute Disciple, Dashing Master

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It didn’t take long for Yun Bei Fen’s uncle and his family to get up. The farewell was a short one, too. In the end, even though this was the child of his brother he was still quite relieved to not have to take care of him any longer.
Seeing his attitude, Baili Chao didn’t feel bad about taking the boy away either. He would certainly have a better life in the Teng Yong Sect than he’d have in this Xiao Xi Town. He only had to make sure that he taught the child well.
Thus, on a sunny morning an old man in a pristine white robe left with a small boy on his arms that was huddled up in an oversized gray coat. The boy was happily looking around when they left, curiously taking every new sight in from the streets to the houses to the trees outside of the town. Continue reading

RMN C3 Accepting a Master

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Yun Bei Fen woke up especially early the next morning. The sun hadn’t even risen when he slipped out of bed and hurried to the hall. He wanted to make sure that he hadn’t just imagined the old man that came by last night.
Baili Chao was standing in the courtyard at that time and looked up at the now clear, blue sky, contemplating the ways of Heaven. For all those years he stayed in the Teng Yong Sect he had always paid close attention to the children they took in, always in the hope of making one of them his last disciple. He had never found someone he felt a connection with though. Now, upon leaving the sect for the first time in so long, he actually met this little boy and immediately felt what had been lacking so far.
What could this be called if not fate? It was as if Heaven had wanted him to wait for this person. If that was so, then he would put all his energy into guiding him. This boy, he would make sure that he became a mighty cultivator! Continue reading

RMN C2 The Expectations of the Dead

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“Immortality? Sect?” Yun Bei Fen’s uncle knitted his brows and looked questioningly at Baili Chao. It wasn’t that he had never heard of such things but … “We’re only simple people. I’m sure Xiao Fen won’t be of much use there.”
Baili Chao looked at the boy and smiled. “It’s not about being of use. I just want to give him an opportunity to improve himself, to make more out of his life than he is able to right now.”
Yun Bei Fen’s uncle still wasn’t convinced. “But won’t he … make things difficult for you?” Continue reading