Chapter 55: Rejection
Fan Yuqing had immediately attacked Han Shaodong and the martial exchanges that they had exchanged were startling.
Han Shaodong was soon forced to display his Divine Rejuvenation Force and his Big Dipper Hands on her and everyone who had witnessed the Big Dipper Hands before knew how powerful the martial power of the Big Dipper Hands was.
The martial power of the Big Dipper Hands could easily triple the martial power of the practitioner itself!
The martial strength of two peaked sacred saints combined as one to unleash the powerful Big Dipper Hands was enough to crush even a low level sacred saint.
But Fan Yuqing was not a low level sacred saint but a peaked sacred saint who was on par with Han Shaodong himself. Also, she had attained the Heavens Divinity and possessed the Heavenly Heretic Divine Skill.
Her Heavenly Heretic Divine Skill was not a martial power skill but an internal profound art. In terms of raw power, it was nothing comparable to the might of the Big Dipper Hands that could explode thunderously on any target that its materialized outline had struck.
She immediately raised her right fingers to channel all her profound internal energies to destroy the formidable energy aura of the incoming Big Dipper Hands that were as large as a person.
Everyone was gasping as Han Shaodong’s Big Dipper Hands was ripped apart by Saintess Yuqing’s finger stance.
Was it even possible for such a thing to happen?!
Suddenly everyone from Grandmasters Xun Zongheng, Grandmaster Yuan Tianba, Young Master Yun Xinghe, Young Master Yuan Chengzhi and all the onlookers were astonished and they began to see a glimmer of hope. It was because they had all thought that Han Shaodong’s Big Dipper Hands was too overwhelming to be countered!
Han Shaodong was dumbfounded as he hastily stepped back as Fan Yuqing swift fingers became sharp claws as she leapt forward at him.
He shouted angrily, “How did you break my Big Dipper Hands…”
Fan Yuqing said coolly, “It doesn’t matter how powerful your Big Dipper Hands is to me. Both of us are peaked sacred saints and have almost the same level of martial strength. Your Big Dipper Hands is extremely powerful and envelop a large area, causing most martial practitioners to have no defense against it but it is also exhausting to use and consuming plenty of your vital energies. As for me, I simply concentrated all my profound internal strength onto my fingers to the weak points of your Big Dipper Hands to dissipate it. Haven’t you heard of fist loses to the palm, palm loses to the finger and finger loses to the fist?”
Han Shaodong had suddenly realized why his protégé master had only imparted the Big Dipper Hands but not the Starlight Fingers to him. While the Starlight Fingers may not seem particular powerful but it could perfectly counter the Big Dipper Hands. No matter how powerful he could become in the future, he could not be able to defeat his protégé master…
In the meantime Ye Jing, Xuan Danfeng, Xiaofang and Feng Minyue had encircled Xiao Shuai and they were already attacking him frenziedly.
Xiao Shuai was astonished at their improvements.
Dozens of sword strokes were flashing left right center of him as he raised his divine sword to fend them off.
This Ye Jing was impossible to be hit and her sword strokes were always aimed when his sword strokes were at its weakness.
As for Xuan Danfeng, her swordplay had suddenly become dazzling and was filled with lethal power. If he was careless then her sword strokes could easily rip him apart. How did she improve so rapidly?
He did not know that Xuan Danfeng had been injured previously and was unable to unleash her full potential. Therefore her combat stances and her sword stances were not able to co-ordinate in harmony. Moreover Xuan Danfeng was now an intermediate stage saintess so her martial strength had also shown an improvement.
Feng Minyue was also causing some panic to Xiao Shuai with her sword energies bursts and with her constant movements via her Fragrance Wonderful Steps. She stubbornly refused to engage Xiao Shuai in close melee and she was strafing him with energy attacks to weaken him. Previously she was not able to hurt him but after she had attained as a half-step saintess, her energy attacks had become more focused and deadlier. Moreover her thirty-six accupoints had also been unlocked and she had also reached the Earth Divinity. So the energy manifestations of her internal energies into sword energies are by no means weak.
But the most dangerous was still Xiaofang.
He was no longer so dense in his swordplay and he was actually slashing with his immortal sword. Even though Xiao Shuai had a divine sword in his hand now but the martial power of Xiaofang’s immortal sword was still overwhelming and he was finding it harder to parry off as time passed.
Xiao Shuai was perplexed, “Huh?! The last time I’ve fought with him, the martial power of his sword was still manageable for me…”
All of a sudden he almost spurt blood when he saw the aura of Xiaofang’s immortal sword as it sent him flying backward; it was a heaven-step immortal sword and not a low-step immortal sword as previously!
And he really did cough out blood as his blood began to reverse as the sword aura of the immortal sword had entered his body, causing his internal energies to go erratic. He was stunned as he realized he could not even get close to Xiaofang…
All of a sudden the Devil Envoy made her move with her sword, sending Xiaofang to fly off, Ye Jing to evade and Xuan Danfeng to skip backward.
Xiaofang was stunned as he could clearly feel the imposing sword strength of this Devil Envoy and he was knocked back casually. It was as though his immortal sword was like any other sword in front of her…
In the next instant, the Devil Envoy had also intercepted Fan Yuqing and she was pushed back!
Everyone was staring at the Devil Envoy.
Was this not a duel?
Why did she interrupt the duel?
Or the Devil Isle was all scums that could not keep their words?!
The Devil Envoy coolly said, “That’s enough. We have conceded. All of you have six months to prepare your funerals. Six months later, I see you at the Unmoving Mountains.”
With just a few words, she had seemingly drifted away into the darkness like a wind.
Xiao Shuai and Han Shaodong did not say anything but they had left with the Sword Centipede.
To the surprise of the onlookers, Divine Mistress Qi Meixue had also quietly followed after them…
“Why is she following them?”
But that was not the main concern right now in the hearts of all the onlookers. It was because they were now all elated that they had suddenly regained their freedoms…
“We have won?!”
“We really did…”
“We are freed?”
“The Devil Isle has left…”
“I tell you this. There is still righteousness in this world…”
“Evil cannot triumph over good!”
Everyone was happy except for Fan Yuqing, Xuan Danfeng, Feng Minyue, Ye Jing and Xiaofang. In fact they were saddened. It was because they had realized that the Devil Envoy could defeat them anytime she wanted. They just could not understand why the Devil Isle had decided to beat a hasty retreat and had even given them a six month grace period?
There were more questions than answers in their mind…
But before they could even discuss among themselves, thousands of people had swarmed onto them to greet them as heroes and saviors!
Young Master Yuan Chengzhi was shoving in as he shouted angrily, “Get away. Stop blocking me from seeing my bride!”
Even Young Master Xun Xinghe was rushing through the crowd to see Fan Yuqing. He wanted to be the first to congratulate her on her victory…
When Young Master Chengzhi finally got to see Fan Yuqing, he was smiling broadly. “My dear Yuqing…”
But Fan Yuqing greeted him coldly, “Who are you?”
This shocked everyone and immediately there was a great silence.
Isn’t the Saintess Yuqing his bride? Why did she say she did not know Young Master Yuan Chengzhi?
Young Master Yuan Chengzhi was shocked beyond words, “What…is the matter? It has only been a few days?”
Fan Yuqing hummed coldly, “Yes it has been a few days but I have suffered exceedingly. Do you think you are fit to be my groom now? You can’t even protect your clan nor your bride and yet you have the face to claim me as your bride? I am sorry but the engagement is off. This saintess here will only marry a hero and not a weakling that cannot even stand up for the ones that you are protecting.”
Young Master Yuan Chengzhi protested weakly, “But you have seen the two old freaks. They are too strong…”
Fan Yuqing suddenly pointed at Xiaofang, “You can’t even be compared to a 17 year old. If there is anyone that I will be marrying, that will be him!”
When she saw Young Master Yuan Chengzhi coming her way, she immediately knew what his intentions would be. Therefore she hastily decided to tweak her plan a little and to cook of an excuse to break off their wedding.
Xiaofang was alarmed when Fan Yuqing had suddenly pointed at him, “Huh?!”
Young Master Yuan Chengzhi was stunned, “You…want to break off our engagement…and marry…him?”
Ye Jing immediately said, “No! You can’t marry Xiaofang!”
Fan Yuqing smiled, “And may I ask why not?”
Ye Jing stammered, “Because…”
Ye Jing smiled weakly as she decided to cook any excuses, “Because you are a saintess and his status is far beneath you. You should try to look for a saint to marry instead.”
Fan Yuqing smiled, “If I can lower my status to marry Young Master Yuan Chengzhi, I don’t see any issue with marrying Xiaofang. Moreover he is a golden celestial now.”
Ye Jing said panicky, “That is different. Young Master Yuan Chengzhi is the scion of the Divine Sovereign Clan. Even if his cultivation is low now, he will surely be able to improve in the future. Moreover he enjoyed a strong reputation and status in the celestial realm. But look at Xiaofang, his status and cultivation are both lowly. As your good sister, I won’t recommend him to you.”
When Young Master Yuan Chengzhi heard Ye Jing, he was secretly startled. “Don’t tell me Maiden Ye Jing is secretly in love with me? She has actually regarded me so highly…”
Xuan Danfeng pretended to smile as she said, “I have to agree with Sister Jing. Surely our sister saintess deserves someone better.”
Feng Minyue said coolly, “On the other hand, I think that Xiaofang and Sister Saintess Yuqing make a good pair.”
Fan Yuqing smiled as she clearly knew what they were thinking, “I don’t mind. So why are you minding so much?”
It was because if she still could not tell that they had liked Xiaofang themselves, then she must be a fool.
Xiaofang smiled weakly as he suddenly bowed with his hands, “I thank Saintess Yuqing for your appreciation but I really cannot accept it. It is because the only maiden that I like is, Ye Jing!”
It was like dropping a bombshell on everyone when Xiaofang had suddenly declared his affections for Ye Jing.
It caught Fan Yuqing and Xuan Danfeng with such a surprise that they were rendered speechless.
Even Ye Jing was stunned. It was because they had made an agreement with each other not to tell anyone of their relationship or else it would become a horrible scandal for them.
Xiaofang seemed to know her thoughts so he added with a soft sigh, “If we all going to die in six month time then what is the point of burying our feelings?”
Ye Jing was elated when Xiaofang professed his love for her but still, she managed to keep a straight face while saying. “It is one thing to admire someone you like but it has to be mutual in order to be together.”
Fan Yuqing light eyebrows were raised lightly as though she was saying, “Can you be more fake than that?”
Even Xuan Danfeng was frowning lightly as she thought, “Is she discreetly scolding the two of us?”
Ye Jing continued putting on a straight face, “Therefore Xiaofang, I am rejecting you.”
Xiaofang was smiling bitterly as he said silently, “But Jing’Er, we are already together…”