Yuchi Bing Xia and Zhangsun Xun Yi watched on as Qiu Ling fought with Elder Gongxi, their expressions getting more and more complicated. They knew there was nothing they could do but it wasn’t a nice feeling to only be able to watch. Should they try to call out? But then what if Qiu Ling still didn’t stop? That might make matters even worse.
Finally, the white feathered boat appeared in the vicinity of the sect grounds. Zhangsun Xun Yi leaped to his feet, not sure if he should feel hope or get even more frustrated. He stared at what was obviously a magical artifact. If he wasn’t wrong, then this feathered boat should be the one Hua Min had always been using when he went somewhere with his disciples. So the Liu He Alliance had sent him over? His Master had been friends with Grandmaster Leng so maybe Hua Min would have a way to contact him? Continue reading
Hua Min gave his guest a complicated look and shook his head. “We’ll be there in a bit. Please wait a while longer.”
Jinde’s lips twitched and he inched closer to the Alliance Head. “I’m being serious this time.”
Hua Min stared at the person that was now crouching next to him and couldn’t help but wonder. So the twenty times before, he hadn’t been serious?
Jinde’s lips twitched again and he motioned to the front where storm clouds could be seen not too far away. “I was being serious before as well but that was just because I wanted to see my husband again as soon as possible. But right now, the Yun Zou Sect is in trouble so I’d suggest we hurry up if it is humanly possible.” Continue reading
Elder Gongxi channeled more of his spiritual energy, making the flames leap back into life. Qiu Ling smirked and his fingers twitched lightly. A gust of wind rushed into the direction of the Elder, making the light flicker.
Since they were going to play, they should play for a while.
Elder Gongxi smiled when he saw this. It seemed he had already discovered the extent of Qiu Ling’s abilities. Although this storm looked impressive, it was nothing more than that: A flashy move meant to intimidate his opponents and have them become overly cautious, urging them to take on a defensive position that would make it unlikely for them to gain an advantage in the fight. After all, being on the offensive would always be preferable. Acting instead of reacting was the way to go in every battle. Continue reading
Elder Gongxi leaped onto the stage where Qiu Ling stood and motioned at the other disciple to withdraw. He waited for the boy to jump down and pull away before he straightened up and leveled Qiu Ling with a dark stare. He had to pay the Grandmaster’s disciple back for the way he had treated him before! “You better not regret this!”
Qiu Ling snorted. “I’d say the same to you but you won’t have time to regret.” He raised his hand, the wind around them picking up.
He could kill this guy in one move but people would believe it was a fluke. He couldn’t let that happen. Since somebody had dared to threaten his beloved once, he should make it clear to these mortals that they’d be up against him if they dared to try that again. And he had to make sure that they understood that that wasn’t a good idea for anyone. So this guy would have to be his example. He would make sure to edge his end into their minds. Continue reading
Elder Gongxi glanced at Qiu Ling and couldn’t help but furrow his brows. Had he assessed him wrongly before? Was this guy actually stupid? What was he saying, challenging him to duel? He was playing into his hands!
Elder Gongxi wanted to turn back to the Grandmaster but paused. Wait. Could it be he was missing something? Was that some elaborate plan that would make them turn a few circles and then end up with him losing the advantage he had just gained? He tried to find a loophole in the plan he had made since yesterday but he couldn’t find any. He glanced at Qiu Ling again but looking at his face, it seemed this disciple had finally lost his cool. He was probably thinking too much. No, this guy had just overreacted and blurted this out in the heat of the moment. Continue reading
All eyes turned to Jing Yi, making him tense up. Fight? He? But … he had never learned how to do that! He had managed to learn how to take in spiritual energy with Qiu Ling’s help but he couldn’t even use it to control a flying sword, never mind fighting. As for using a sword like a practitioner … The only moves he knew were the basic ones that Shao Hai had shown him and that had been half a decade ago and he hadn’t actually learned them.
Sect Master Yuchi looked at Jing Yi before he glanced at Qiu Ling. The expression of the Grandmaster’s disciple had darkened so badly that he was afraid he might have a Qi deviation right then and there. Uh … It probably wouldn’t work to have Jing Yi take part?
Yuchi Bing Xia cleared his throat to pull everyone’s expression back to himself. “Elder Gongxi is right that the Grandmaster’s disciple probably isn’t the best candidate for this. We’ll have a short discussion about who would be a better candidate. Mn, since this only concerns one of the fights, I’d suggest we already begin with the others.” Continue reading
Elder Gongxi gave a bright smile that didn’t seem to fit with how he had just been made the scapegoat for the Yun Zou Sect. Yuchi Bing Xia felt an even greater sense of danger but there was no way he could still prevent him from speaking up.
Elder Gongxi nodded at him and then turned to the other Elders that were visiting with their disciples and did the same. The Yun Zou Sect wanted to play? Very well. He would play a round with them! Thankfully, he had had time to come up with a plan for this since yesterday. And being in this situation where it wasn’t just the duel between his disciple and the Grandmaster’s disciple made things even easier. This time, they were really playing into his hands. “Since I was the one who came up with this idea I feel the need to point something out. Would Sect Master Yuchi allow me to do so?” He turned back to Yuchi Bing Xia, still smiling brightly. Continue reading
Yuchi Bing Xia launched into the speech he had come up with in the hope of making Qiu Ling forget about whatever it was that had rained on his parade.”Thank you, everyone, for paying us a visit. The Yun Zou Sect is honored to have friends that care so much about us that they’d hurry over on such short notice because they feared we might be in trouble. Everybody offering their help and congratulations has touched our hearts and we’re just as grateful for that as we are for our recent stroke of luck.
“All the first-tier and even some of the second-tier sects have sent a delegation consisting of one of their Elders, as well as their best disciples. Since we don’t require your help we have been feeling that we’ve made you come all this way in vain, taking precious time from your disciples that they could’ve used to cultivate and train their sword arts.
“Thankfully, Elder Gongxi from the Yang Huo Sect came up with a splendid idea.” He glanced over at the Yang Huo Sect and gave a smile. Continue reading
“Qiu Ling…” Jing Yi looked at his lover with a complicated expression. He really wanted to tell him to cut it off and just go and do what the Sect Master said but then again, he also couldn’t bring himself to do so. Hearing these words after doubting himself so much because of Jing He made his heart beat faster. Obviously, Qiu Ling wasn’t indifferent to him. Maybe some of that was based on his history with Jing He but that couldn’t be everything. No, Qiu Ling would never say these words to him if it had nothing to do with him. He just couldn’t resist listening to him a little longer.
Seeing that his beloved wasn’t rejecting his words, Qiu Ling felt encouraged. He inched closer, one of his arms finally snaking around Jing Yi’s waist, and lowered his head until their foreheads touched. “My love, it’s only understandable that you feel like this. We’ve been separated that often over the last few years. Naturally, you will doubt whether you’ll be able to see me again if I just leave now. This fear, I can understand very well. I also wouldn’t dare to let you go without fearing that somebody would try to separate us again. But do not worry too much! Even if some scoundrel took you away, I would come and save you. You’re the most important person in my life, the light brightening my darkest hours, the fire warming my heart, you are the air I breathe, everything making my life … livable.” Continue reading
The Elders were confused when they received Yuchi Bing Xia’s message but they still hurried to inform their disciples and the representatives of the visiting sects about the upcoming duel that everyone had supposedly already agreed to.
The disciples that had been asked to deal with these guests all heaved a sigh of relief. Finally, they could let go of this burden! If they had to take part in that duel, then that was nothing. They could even call it furthering their knowledge of cultivation or sword arts. Anyway, it was a hundred times easier than keeping up with the mind of these wily old foxes from the visiting sects while also making sure that all of the disciples stayed together and were always in sight. Continue reading