Chapter 39: Shocking Lie Xingyuan
When Lu Qingyun opened his eyes, he found himself on his bed and there was Lie Xingyuan who was looking tenderly at him.
When she saw that he had opened his eyes, she said excitingly, “Senior brother, you have finally woke up! Do you know that you have been sleeping for the past three days?”
He was startled and was muttering, “What? I’ve been sleeping for three days? Xingyuan, thank you for putting me on my bed…”
Lie Xingyuan smiled, “It is Yan’Er who told me about your condition. She is spirit and can’t move you so she sought help from me.”
Then she lowered her glances as she said quietly and her eyes were full of concern, “Senior brother, it is alright to fail. Don’t make it so hard for yourself, alright? Even if you don’t win in the competition, there is nothing to be ashamed about. You will always be my senior brother and the person that I will respect the most. Please drop that sword art that you are learning. You are only killing yourself in this manner.”
Lu Qingyun grinned, “Alright I will stop practicing from now on. Actually I have already mastered the Flaming Crimson Sword to the third stage. So I can finally take a break now.”
Lie Xingyuan was startled, “You what? But this is impossible…”
He laughed softly, “And I am now an upper third realm expert. It is all thanks to Yan’Er.”
Lie Xingyuan: …
Upper third realm expert! That was the same level as Ouyang Xue and Leng Qiuyue! Moreover he had even mastered past the first stage of the Flaming Crimson Sword in a matter of days and had even attained to the third stage? This was monstrous talent at work.
She stared with disbelief at Lu Qingyun, “I don’t get it…”
To jump two small realms in a matter of days especially as a Third Realm Expert was almost totally unheard of.
Lu Qingyun grinned, “It is hard for me to explain now as I am a little confused myself. But yes, I manage to do it.”
Then he paused for a little while, “Did Keqin…erm I mean master looks for me while I was in the practice chamber?”
Lie Xingyuan shook her head, “No, she did not come at all.”
She was secretly upset with Qin Keqin for not coming to look for Lu Qingyun. Maybe she did not want to see her therefore she did not want to come at all. But Lu Qingyun was her disciple and she had not even spent a single day to properly instruct him. She was a totally reckless master and unfitted to be one.
She sighed secretly. Qin Keqin was the Devil Goddess as well as the Great Saintess Fan Yuqin. Was she a good or a bad person? This, she really did not know. But since her master had made her promised not to reveal anything about Qin Keqin to Lu Qingyun or to anyone else, she had to keep her sacred promise to her master.
“Oh…” Lu Qingyun looked a little disappointed when he had heard that. He muttered, “Maybe she is really busy…”
Lie Xingyuan nodded and said, “Yes, she is probably too busy.” Too busy for you, she added silently.
Lu Qingyun quickly regained his smiles, “You know. Now that we both have a new sword art to our sleeves, we may need some practical training to see whether the sword skills that we’ve learnt are really effective. Or else we won’t know its actual performance in real combat.”
Lie Xingyuan pondered for a while before she said, “Actually all protégés of the Heavens Ridge Villa have to go for experiential training twice a year. Usually there is at least one experiential training mission every week. We can sign up for it if there is a mission slot available.”
Lu Qingyun’s eyes immediately lit up, “Oh great. Then let’s do it then.”
Lie Xingyuan responded, “I will get it done for us then.”
Lu Qingyun nodded and asked, “But I am the sect’s senior brother, can I really go?”
Lie Xingyuan smiled, “Of course you can. They will treat you as a core disciple. Other than no more than three core protégés can partake in the same experiential training, there are no other rules to prevent you from going. Moreover, it is required for everyone including the elders.”
Lu Qingyun was surprised, “Oh even the elders?”
Lie Xingyuan nodded, “The elders, even the grand elders are counted as a core protégé to assist the weaker protégés in handling the experiential training.”
“I see. What is this experiential training about then?” He said with a laugh. He did not know what it was and had already asked Xingyuan to sign them up.
“Usually it is to venture into dangerous territories to hunt some rare desolate beasts. It is nothing new actually. All experiential training can last from a week to several weeks depending on where the assigned mission is.”
Lu Qingyun smiled, “So I see. It doesn’t seem to be so difficult after all?”
Lie Xingyuan was smiling weakly, “It is usually not too difficult unless we luck out and meet with some high ranking desolate beasts.”
Lu Qingyun was grinning, “We won’t be so unlucky, am I right?”
Lie Xingyuan smiled, “With senior brother around, we will always be lucky.”
The two of them began to laugh jovially.
“Yes, we are both lucky so we won’t meet with real dangers.”
“Xingyuan, you got to believe in yourself…”
“I am trying very hard…”
In another part of New Empyrean City where the Solitary Manor was.
Supremacy Wen Hongguang was looking solemnly at Celestial Bai Laoxiong and Tang Bufan before he said, “That Qin Keqin, I will have my vengeance on her soon for injuring me and destroying my hard sought spirit entity.”
Due to the destruction of his spirit entity, his cultivation core was severely injured by Qin Keqin and his realm level had temporary dropped from the initial sixth realm to the intermediate fifth realm. It would take him some time to recuperate and to get back his original strength.
Celestial Bai Laoxiong cursed Qin Keqin, “I will never forget about what she had done to me. Brother Wen, I will definitely help you.”
Since he was driven out of the Heavens Ridge Villa, he had thrown his lot with Supremacy Wen and was made an elder of the Solitary Manor.
“As for three core protégés, I will make sure that they get their deserved ends too. They had forgotten about my kindness to them and when I’m in trouble, none of them has followed me and has chosen to be tortoises in the Heavens Ridge Villa.” Celestial Bai Laoxiong was cursing loud.
Tang Bufan smiled coldly as he said politely to Celestial Bai Laoxiong, “It is lucky that I have a new master now and I am really honored to be your new core protégé.”
Celestial Bai Laoxiong smiled, “You have the potential too. I’m so glad that I’ve you as my core protégé too. In the future, just follow me and I can promise you that you will get all the wealth and women that you want.”
Tang Bufan sighed bitterly, “Right now, I’m being pursued by the Black Hands Guild. Even my butler had lost his life to protect me. Can’t we hire the assassins to assassinate Qin Keqin and Shi Guanyin instead? At least once Shi Guanyin is dead, the Black Hands Guild won’t pursue me anymore.”
Celestial Bai Laoxiong replied solemnly, “The Black Hands Guild and other assassin guilds won’t take any offer to head hunt anyone who is a fifth realm expert and above. This is their rule. For the time being, you can hide here until everything is over.”
Tang Bufan smiled bitterly. Because of Shi Guanyin and the sudden appearance of Qin Keqin who had screwed up his plans, now he had lost everything.
Supremacy Wen Hongguang smiled coldly, “Just serve me with your loyalty and I will promise you that I will help you to get back on the Heavens Ridge Villa and anyone that has offended you. I have a score to settle with Qin Keqin and the Heavens Ridge Villa as well.”
Then he had curled up his lip, “By the way, I have summoned you all to tell you a piece of good news.”
Bai Laoxiong asked, “Good news? What good news?”
Supremacy Wen Hongguang smiled, “I have managed to invite a friend that I have been courting aggressively with gifts of goodwill for a number of years. He has agreed to come to help us to deal with Qin Keqin. He is none other than the elder of the Celestial Sword Clan, Saint Zhou Hai!”
Celestial Bai Laoxiong muttered, “Seventh realm expert…this Saint Zhou Hai will indeed be a great help but he is from the Celestial Sword Divine Realm and the elder of one of the nine patriarch celestial clans. Such a formidable figure, he will agree to help us?”
Supremacy Wen Hongguang laughed aloud, “It is because of our friendship over the years. Moreover, the Celestial Sword Divine Realm has always been thinking of swallowing the Heavenly Fragrance Divine Realm so this is a good opportunity for them to act too.”
Celestial Bai Laoxiong said after a thought, “Brother Wen, let’s be careful on this. It may not be a good idea for the Celestial Sword Clan to come to the Heavenly Fragrance Divine Realm. This may displease our patriarch master the Heavenly Fragrance Villa. Although there is only one seventh realm expert in the entire Heavenly Fragrance Divine Realm and she is currently missing at the moment but the full strength of the Heavenly Fragrance Villa is not to be underestimated. Moreover, the Solitary Manor may run into trouble.”
“Brother Bai, this you won’t have to worry too much,” Supremacy Wen Hongguang was smiling. “I have already thought of that. Therefore Saint Zhou Hai will be coming to New Empyrean City with another alias and he will be back in a matter of weeks. By then, I will have regained my strength to the upper golden celestial level.”
When Celestial Bai Laoxiong heard him, he was relieved and he too, was smiling broadly.
Even Tang Bufan was smiling as he said, “Then I hope that Saint Zhou Hai will be able to come as soon as possible. I shall wait for that day to arrive!”