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Chapter 37: Intermediate Third Realm Expert!

For the next several days, Lu Qingyun spent some time to study the sword arts that he had just acquired while Leng Xingyuan was also pouring through her new acquired sword arts.

She was more excited about the Winds Entropy Dance that he had picked for her and had immediately put aside all the other sword manuals that she had chosen for herself.

Since the Flaming Crimson Sword was a third realm sword art, so he began on it first rather than the Phoenix Burst. The Phoenix Burst had to wait until he had a fundamental basis in the Flaming Crimson Sword first.

He was now alone in the practice chamber as he meditated to focus on his thoughts first. First he gauged his inner sea to check his cultivation foundation and was surprised that his small pool of spiritual sea was now like a big pool.

“It is all thanks to Yan’Er…” he mused.

The Flaming Crimson Sword consisted of dozens of strokes and had a total of sixth stages of mastery. The first stage was really the foundation at which he had to first consume his profound energy to release his martial power.

This was all too easy for him now. It was nothing much to any of the third realm cultivator. However, the real problem was that he had to imbue his aura strength into his sword and do a double burn to consume more of his profound energy in order to produce a crimson flame.

This was not just difficult but several times more difficult!

The profound energies that he had to expend was three times more than just a simple martial power move and he had to focus on his aura, mind and sword at the same time!

This forced him to really focus all of his attention to overcome this first hurdle.

After three days of hard trying, he had finally succeeded in the first stage as he produced his first crimson flame on the sword before he collapsed on the ground of the practice chamber while muttering, “After consuming tons of elixir pills and exhausting all my profound energy every day, I’ve finally succeed in mastering the first stage. This is really too difficult…”

He did not know that what he had achieved could put even a fourth realm cultivator to shame and there was none in the Heavens Ridge Villa that could master the first stage as fast as him. Even that would require one year of intensive training and seclusion!

When Lu Qingyun regained his consciousness, he was in a daze and he was suddenly staring blankly at Yan’Er.

“Yan’Er, why did you come out?” he asked.

Yan’Er said cutely, “Master, your inner spirit sea was burning just now and I was curious what you are doing.”

Lu Qingyun chuckled as he showed Yan’Er his new sword art, “I was just practicing a new sword art that requires a lot of my spiritual sea. I’m so sorry to disturb your meditation.”

Yan’Er giggled, “Not at all. I was a little struck at my breakthrough just now. But when master’s spiritual sea was boiling and burning, I had my breakthrough to the intermediate third realm now.”

Lu Qingyun was startled, “So fast? Yan’Er is really a genius!”

“It is because master you have aided me!” Yan’Er chuckled cutely. “So this sword art is really beneficial to master.”

“Actually…” Lu Qingyun curiously said with a little sheepish look, “This isn’t supposed to happen. I am supposed to exhaust all my spiritual sea and you are supposed to be severely affected. Therefore it is impossible for Yan’Er to have any breakthrough while I am using all the spiritual sea.”

Yan’Er took queerly at him, “Oh is it? But I didn’t feel that the spiritual sea is any lesser. In fact, I can feel the strong aura in master’s inner spiritual sea.”

Lu Qingyun muttered, “No, it is impossible. When I use any spiritual strength, my aura will also decrease. This is the known law of cultivation.”

Yan’Er suddenly clapped her hands, “I know! It must be the Annihilating God Seed that is within master’s spiritual sea that is giving out the aura. It is absorbing the burned spiritual sea back to its core.”

Lu Qingyun looked at her curiously, “I think this is the second time that you’ve mentioned this Annihilating God Seed? What is it?” This time, he found himself believing her previous accounts now. It was because there was something weird happening around.

Yan’Er chuckled, “This Annihilating God Seed is a type of immortal fire. It is several times even more superior to your Yan’Er golden roc flame. Master is indeed my master to have one in your soul. In fact, I have been stealing a lot of cultivation strength from it.”

Lu Qingyun asked, “Immortal fire? How do I get it? Where did it come from?”

Yan’Er replied queerly, “It is master. Of course it comes from master!”

Lu Qingyun: …

Did she even answer my question? He thought. But then Yan’Er was just a spiritual entity and she may not know too. It was already good enough that she could even identify the Annihilating God Seed that was within him.

Yan’Er suddenly said, “Master, I want to learn the Flaming Crimson Sword too.”

He laughed, “You can’t learn it. You’re a spiritual entity. Except for your flames, you can’t really use a sword.”

Yan’Er chuckled, “But I can become master’s spiritual aura when you are using the Flaming Crimson Sword, right? Then I can go blast, blast on your opponents!”

Lu Qingyun was startled as a suddenly thought crossed his mind. Then he laughed as he tried to give Yan’Er a good slap but his hand passed through to her, “Yan’Er, you are truly a genius. If you become my spiritual aura then I won’t need to be so exhausted. I can just focus on my profound energies. At the same time, you will be able to help me to get to the higher stages of the Flaming Crimson Sword.”

Yan’Er clapped her hands and chuckled excitedly, “So master is saying yes? Thank you master! I’m sure my cultivation level will soar with this Flaming Crimson Sword too. After all, master’s Annihilating God Seed also need more fire energies. I can help master to nurture your Annihilating God Seed God Seed too!”

Lu Qingyun thought, “It seems to me that Yan’Er is more interested to nurture the Annihilating God Seed than cultivating. What exactly is this Annihilating God Seed and how did it get inside me?”

But these were the questions that he had to put aside first.

He said to Yan’Er, “Alright. Now that I’ve mastered the first stage, we should begin with the second stage next…”

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Chapter 36: Visiting the Red Heaven Sword Library (3)

Leng Qiuyue said as she took a second glance at Lu Qingyun, “Do you know the name of your junior sister here?”

Lu Qingyun shook his head and he was startled by her suddenly question.

She heaved a soft sigh. She is a little disappointed that he did not know her name but she said in an amicable tone, “My name is Leng Qiuyue. Senior Brother Lu Qingyun, so how did you advance your cultivation level this quickly?”

He was smiling awkwardly now. It was not because he did not know how to answer her question but did she not rebuke him earlier for addressing her as his junior sister? This sudden change in attitude was indeed too fast. And now she was calling him Senior Brother Lu Qingyun in such a friendly manner?

“I have some aid from my master. She has been helping me a lot.” He causally replied.

Leng Qiuyue nodded, “She has even given you a divine sword. I’m sure that she is a great master.” She had lowered her glances to say, “So now, you are a third realm expert. This is too sudden…”

All of a sudden she had thought that maybe their gap was not that wide after all. It was extremely difficult for a first realm expert to reach the third realm level. Although the telling stone may gauge one’s potential, it was not the ultimate truth. More than 90% had failed in their quests to reach the third realm level in their lifetime despite what the telling stone had foretold. All the cultivators still had to cultivate hard and hoped for a lucky occurrence.

But still, his speed was totally unheard of.

She added slowly, “I’m the senior core protégé of my Celestial Master Shi. So now you know who I am?” It was really bold for her to talk to him this much. It was because she was renowned for ignoring all the others. Indeed, she had taken plenty of courage just to talk to him. It had always been others who were trying to chitchat with her and not the other way round.

Lu Qingyun said sheepishly, “Well, I guess you’ve already known who I am.” So he decided to say more. “I am on the invite of Grand Elder Celestial Shi to visit the Red Heavens Sword Library to pick some sword manuals to practice.”

“Oh? My master will actually invite you?” She asked. So it was not because of his master who had pressured her master to allow him to enter the third floor?

Lu Qingyun laughed weakly, “That’s right. It was yesterday. She had even given me the permission to visit the fourth floor of the library.”

Leng Qiuyue: …

She was startled because she did not even have any chance to visit the fourth floor of the library, not even once.

Leng Qiuyue said quietly, “Have you heard of the two alluring flowers of the Heavens Ridge Villa?”

“Oh? Is it a type of herb?” Lu Qingyun asked curiously. When it came to the topic of herbs, his interests would naturally shoot up the roof. He had certainly never heard of this alluring flower before. His new thought was that it only grew in the vicinity of the Heavens Ridge Villa.

Leng Qiuyue smiled weakly and her eyes seemed to roll to one side, “The two alluring flowers refer to Ouyang Xue and me, the two beauties of the Heavens Ridge Villa. In New Empyrean City, we are also ranked among the top 20 beauties hence this is the moniker that is given to us.”

“Oh!!!” Lu Qingyun was indeed surprised and he was smiling awkwardly. He thought, “So it isn’t a type of herb…”

She sighed silently to herself, “He has never heard of me before. This is so embarrassing. I hope that it did not look like I am purposely hooking up to him.”

Then she smiled, “Well you know now. You are lucky that you’ve met me. I am friendlier than Ouyang Xue. You should avoid her as much as possible or you will soon hit an iron wall with her.”

She had purposely said that to discredit Ouyang Xue as she did not want him to get close to Ouyang Xue whom she considered as a rival to her. She was a little envious of Ouyang Xue when she got promoted to grand elder ahead of her. Both of them were upper third realm expert but her position in the clan was now higher than her.

Lu Qingyun was smiling weakly. He did not know what to say about the unfriendly Ouyang Xue who had offered to marry him. He had actually thought that Ouyang Xue was not that unfriendly and had a good nature.

Since he did not know what else to say, he raised his hands to bid farewell and said, “Junior Sister Leng, I shall make a move first. I’m thinking of taking a look at the fourth floor.”

With that he had left in a hurry, leaving Leng Qiuyue with an astonished countenance.

She muttered, “In the end, he still picks that impossible to learn Flaming Crimson Sword and…he isn’t interested to talk to me.”

She had a shy flush as she quietly took out a mirror from her spatial ring, “I don’t look wrong today, right?”

She was a little perplexed, “I am not attractive enough?” Then she sighed softly, “Maybe he has been with that goddess master of his for too long that all other beauties pale in comparison to her.”

Although she hated to admit it but Qin Keqin was the most beautiful person that she had ever seen. There was something about her that was heavenly and enticing at the same time, giving one the impression that she was not from anywhere in the celestial realm.

This was the very first time that she had taken the initiative to approach a likeable man and this was also the first time that she felt so defeated even before she had started.

She had actually thought of following him to the fourth floor but her sigil ring only allowed her permission till to the third floor. So it was impossible for her to even go after him.

“What is this weird feeling that I’ve got? Am I in love?” she heaved a soft sigh of melancholy.

The fourth floor was even grander than the third floor. There were fewer shelves but there were small chambers everywhere.

Lu Qingyun quickly took a look around.

Indeed the fourth floor contained various sword arts that were all energy techniques. In short, it was for those cultivators that had either reached the fourth realm or for practitioners that had attained the divine state of the energy enlightenment.

There were various energy techniques for sword energies, sword waves, sword bursts, distance attacks etc.

Energy techniques projected one’s inn profound energy and converted it through a powerful medium like a sword and converted it to deadly invisible energy that could hurt or kill other. The reason why the energy techniques were so formidable was because it was invisible and most opponents were defenseless against it.

However in the world of cultivators, it was less powerful than in the lower realms. It was because anyone who had attained to the cultivation realm of the fourth realm could sense and see the invisible energies. But against the third realm and below, it was rightful useful.

Also, most of the accounts of the energy techniques were mostly exaggeration. People tended to exaggerated accounts which they could not see and fear.

The energy techniques were actually weaker than most of the third realm sword arts on the third floor because the sword arts of the third floor emphasis on the martial power of the practitioner to give a devastating impact.

Again, martial power had also come from one’s inner profound energy. Using a medium like the sword, one could display around 50% of one’s martial power. But the martial power for the energy techniques would drop to 30%. Naturally the martial power output could drop or rise depending on the practitioner but this was the rough theory.

Martial power could be raised close to 80% to 100% by using palm, fist or finger techniques where there was no medium that was being used. Although the martial power was great, the killing effectiveness may lose to a powerful medium like the sword because the sword was a better weapon than being unarmed.

No matter if it was a third realm or a fourth realm sword art, it was extremely tiring to use because it required plenty of profound energies from the practitioner to use. Hence, there were many cultivators like Qin Keqin who preferred to use their unarmed martial skills rather than a weapon.

Qin Keqin was actually equally proficient with both weapon and her unarmed martial skills. By choice, she had preferred to use her unarmed martial skills more not because it was tiring for her to use a sword. A seventh realm cultivator like her had already reached the level where using sword or unarmed made little different in the drain of their profound strength.

Lu Qingyun spent three additional hours to analyze the sword arts on the fourth floor.

He had soon come to a conclusion. In order to practice the sword arts that were on the fourth floor, he would need to at least master the channeling art of channel his profound energy into his sword first. This sword art was actually the foundation of all the third realm sword arts. When one comes to the fourth realm, it was assumed that they had already known this foundation.

It made total sense to him. First channel the profound energy from within him to the sword as a medium. When the profound energy was gathered in strength, one could harness this powerful force and unleashed it into projected profound energy called ‘sword energies’.

It was not easy to master the projected energies. In reality, although fourth realm cultivators could see or sense the invisible energies, more than 70% of the fourth realm cultivators and above had no potential to reach the energy awakening state. This really had to do with talent and one’s divine state of awakening.

It was no wonder why there was no fifth floor here. It was because the energy techniques were really the epitome of the sword art level. Cultivators of the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh would spend years studying the energy techniques to make minute improvements.

Some of the sword arts here were extremely difficult for a fourth realm cultivator and may be suitable for a sixth or seventh realm cultivator expert.

Just as Lu Qingyun was about to leave, he had flipped to an interesting sword art manual, the Phoenix Burst. This sword art was an advance energy skill that was more suitable for a sixth realm cultivator as it made use of one’s profound aura to give shape to the profound energy, shaping it like a phoenix. Unlike the faster energy projectiles, this was not fast, not invisible and even clumsy.

But he had found it to be interesting so he had decided to study it.

He was strongly attracted to anything that had flames or fire.

When he had left the fourth floor and descended down, there was no sight of Leng Qiuyue.

So he quickly looked for Lie Xingyuan and found her, “I have found three sword arts to study and one of the sword arts is for you. Take a look later.”

Lie Xingyuan was startled, “You have spent time looking for a sword art for me?”

Lu Qingyun chuckled, “I actually don’t know if you like it or not. Don’t worry about me, alright? There are so many choices that I don’t know what to choose anyway. You can study mine if you want to too.”

Lie Xingyuan nodded quietly. Senior brother, you’re so good to me…

When Lu Qingyun gave the signet ring to Elder Kongshi to inspect his choices, Elder Kongshi smiled when he saw the Winds Entropy Dance. “This is an easy to pick for a first realm cultivator although this is a third realm sword art.”

But when he saw the Flaming Crimson Sword and the Phoenix Burst, his jaws almost dropped. It was because both sword arts were beyond that of a third, fourth and even a fifth realm expert. “Mm, you’re sure?”

Lu Qingyun laughed softly, “I am just curious and like to take a closer look.”

Elder Kongshi smiled weakly, “Alright then…” But he was secretly thinking that he should pick at least one or two sword manuals from the first and second floor. But it turned out that this senior brother was having his head in the clouds and was being impractical.

But he kept those thoughts to himself and soon handed over the sword manuals to Lu Qingyun and Lie Xingyuan, “Here you go. May the heavens watch over you and you will see improvements soon.”

Lu Qingyun said with a broad grin, “Alas, thank you so much. I’ll definitely make improvements with these sword manuals.”

Elder Kongshi: … (like real)

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Chapter 35: Visiting the Red Heaven Sword Library (2)

Lu Qingyun was now on the third floor. It was not only spacious but was grand. He did not see anyone around when he had first stepped in.

He thought, “It seems that not many are granted access in here. Great, then I can have the entire place to myself.”

So he immediately marched to the nearest shelf.

But how wrong he was that he thought that there was no one.

No sooner had he lifted a sword manual to check its content, he could see that there was a lovely maiden standing quietly at the corner.

He had remembered seeing her as one of the core protégés but did not know her name. At that time, she was just standing on her own, making no effort to greet him or to talk to him.

This lovely maiden was the renowned icy beauty and second disciple of Shi Guanyin. Her name was Leng Qiuyue and she was an upper third realm expert.

As she was an outstanding beauty along with Ouyang Xue, he could not help remembering her as one of the core protégés.

But because he felt that it was rude to talk to someone who was not interested to talk to him and that he did not want to bring any attention to himself, so he quickly got to business; he was more interested in browsing the sword manuals. So he was flipping randomly to look for a suitable sword manual for himself and for Lie Xingyuan.

“Xingyuan is a maiden. Her profound foundation may be better than me but she shouldn’t do the heavy lifting work. Let me look for an elegant and internal energy sword art for her. As for me, I shall look for something that can work on my profound strength and be useful to protect her…”

He was really lucky. He soon found an interesting sword art name the Winds Entropy Dance. He thought, “Good. I get this for Xingyuan then…”

Leng Qiuyue was actually pretending to browse the sword manuals. She was actually secretly peeking at what Lu Qingyun was doing.

“He is actually a fine looking young man. Unfortunately, he is only a lowly first realm core cultivator. Although he has the golden roc flame but it is such a waste on him. Did he even know that reaching the third realm will be a hard one and that he has to reach the sixth realm in order to fully utilize his golden roc flame to its full potential? Only a cultivation expert who has reached the soul level of the supremacy level can fully tap into a soul entity for its full potential.” She was muttering to herself.

She knitted her brows, “He didn’t even take a second glance at me or bother to talk to me. Why should I pay such a close attention to him? He only has a handsome face. He is nothing but a good-for-nothing first realm cultivator. What is a first realm cultivator doing on the third floor anyway? And who is the one that gives him such a permission? Our this new sect leader is seriously abusing her power for this disciple of his.”

Then she was noticing that he was randomly flipping through dozens of sword manuals in a fast pace and she was soon annoyed. “Do you even have the patience to go through a sword manual and try to understand its profound concept? You are just a noob trying to learn something that is out of your level.”

She did not know that Lu Qingyun was actually very quick with his fingers due to long years of picking hundreds of herbs and separating them faster than anyone. In fact, he could do it a hundred times faster than anyone. For a year, his old master had trained him by mixing thousands of colored beans and ordering him to sort them out.

His old master had told him, “Beans are small and difficult to sort. Although all herbs look almost the same but each of the herbs have different colors that mark their potency and health. I want you to read all their vibrancy with accuracy.”

So Lu Qingyun spent a full day sorting the beans and eventually it became half a day, three hours, 1 hour and in no time, he could finish sorting thousands of beans in just ten minutes.

That was the main reason his movements had been so quick.

But of course just practicing on his hands movement alone was not enough. Lu Qingyun was equally fast with his eyes.

As he flipped through the sword manuals, he had actually read the titles of the sword manuals and its basic concept. For some unknown reasons, he found himself able to understand how good or bad a sword manual really was.

There was actually no swordplay that he could not understand or unable to pick up. Of course, practicing was another thing but the difficulty was not there. He was only limited by his lack of profound strength.

He was actually thinking, “Maybe I have an affinity with the sword or maybe I am just randomly looking.”

He did not pay much attention to it.

But little did he know now that in the past reincarnation, he was actually one of the greatest sword art experts in the six realms. In fact, he had once sat at the highest pinnacle and was one of the three greatest ancient immortals that were ever known.

Leng Qiuyue took another secret peek at him, “Don’t tell me that he is actually trying to impress me and to get my attention by flipping the sword manuals?”

Then she had noticed that he had picked the Winds Entropy Dance. “Although this is a third realm sword art, this is easy to be picked up but it is also one of the hardest to truly master. He seems to have a gentle disposition so I guess it is suitable for him.”

All of a sudden she saw that he had left for other areas. She was a little disappointed…

Lu Qingyun had almost done with this shelf except for that one corner where Leng Qingyue was.

As he did not want to disturb her, he had left quickly to look for a suitable sword manual for himself. He was soon flipping through the introduction concept of the various sword manuals and the flipping sounds could be heard quite loudly as he went from one shelf to another.

One hour had passed…

Two hour had passed…

And he was still flipping through…

Leng Qingyue was a little speechless. “Although he may be trying to impress me but this is a library. The way he is showing disrespect to the sword manuals is really too much.”

She suddenly had a flush, “Maybe he is trying very hard to get my attention?”

She did not like to talk to anyone, even her fellow core protégés as she found them to be boorish and even schemers. But toward Lu Qingyun, she actually had a good impression of him.

“Maybe I should go and check on what he is doing?”

This actually took her a great deal of courage to do so as she walked quietly to where he was.

At this moment Lu Qingyun had stopped flipping and he was curiously looking at an interesting sword art as he muttered, “This is the Flaming Crimson Sword?”

He had actually re-read its introduction three times. For some unknown reasons, he was drawn to this sword art even before he had finished reading its sword concept and practices.

This Flaming Crimson Sword was difficult to even get past the first stage. It was because its practitioner had to consume a great deal of his spiritual inner sea to use it in order to unleash its full power.

At the third stage, spiritual flames would burst out from the practitioner’s sword and it would be even more devastating.

This was indeed a superior swordplay.

But for someone like Lu Qingyun who was weak in his cultivation core, he actually should not pick this type of sword art but he found himself muttering, “I pick this then.”

His mutterings were overheard by Leng Qiuyue who said, “You really should not pick this sword art. Although it is just a third realm sword art but there are no third realm experts that have the profound strength to really get past to the second stage. In order to reach the third stage, you may even need to be a fifth realm or a sixth realm expert. Moreover this sword art takes too much time and will burn your spiritual sea often, leaving you in a mess and haggard condition. I’m not surprise if you go berserk with phenomenon deviation sooner or later if you practice it.”

Lu Qingyun looked up and smiled weakly, “Junior sister…”

Leng Qiuyue interrupted coldly, “Who is your protégé sister? I’m a third realm expert while you are just a lowly first ream expert…”

Lu Qingyun smiled awkwardly as he muttered, “Yes, yes…”

Leng Qiuyue was actually cursing herself and wished that she could kick herself. She wanted to warn him but end up being so rude to him. She did not have a habit of being a friendly person and she often did not mince her words. But this time she wished that she had…

So she quickly added, “There is nothing shameful being a first realm expert. I was once a first realm expert too. If you work hard, in no time, you will free yourself from the shackles of being a first realm practitioner and be a second realm master practitioner. So work hard.”

Then she shyly said with a little hesitation, “…Senior brother.”

Lu Qingyun said as he tapped the sword manual with his ring, “That’s right.”

Leng Qiuyue almost fainted on the spot, “Did you just hear what I’ve just said to you? Why did you tap your ring on it? Do you know that this entire floor is the library for all the third realm sword arts? You should only be browsing through it and not picking any sword manuals. You are only harming yourself if you do so. I am really not belittling you but you should cultivate hard for now in order to reach the third realm with as much foundation as possible first. Or else you will never be able to reach the third realm level in the future.”

Lu Qiuyun politely said awkwardly, “I’ve just reached the initial third realm now. That is why I am choosing a sword manual from here-”

Leng Qiuyue was startled as she suddenly gasped with a soft surprise, “You are a third realm expert now?!”

Was he not just a lowly good-for-nothing first realm cultivator just a while ago when he was tested via the cultivation testing stone? How could anyone jump two big realms in less than a month?

“You are sure?” Leng Qingyue asked curiously.

Lu Qingyun smiled weakly, “I am really sure about it.”

Leng Qiugyue: …

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Chapter 34: Visiting the Red Heaven Sword Library (1)

The next day as Lu Qingyun made his way to the Red Heaven Sword Library, Lie Xingyuan explained to him. “Usually only when an ordinary protégé has reached the intermediate master practitioner level, the masters of the various martial halls will allow them to go to their martial halls to pick a skill or two. Or else, there will be daily martial practices in the outer courts.”

Lu Qingyun smiled weakly, “I’ve thought that this may be the case. But why is that no one is asking me to attend any of the martial practices?”

Lie Xingyuan smiled, “That is because you’re their senior brother. Which masters or elders will dare to ask you to go for any martial practices? Moreover you are also a core protégé now. Usually core protégés do not need to go to the outer courts for their martial practice and they have to practice the more advance skills alone. You are basically left on your own now, since your master is always missing.”

When she mentioned his master, there was a slow flash in her eyes…

She quickly added, “Should the ordinary protégé managed to reach the upper master practitioner level, they may be allowed to access the second level but only after a stringent competition or deserving merit. It is not as simple as simple as you are a second realm expert therefore you’re allowed access to the second floor. Most second realm protégés here have never even stepped into any of the second floor library of the six martial halls.”

Lu Qingyun smiled, “It does seem that Grand Elder Celestial Shi is quite kind to me.”

Lie Xingyuan nodded lightly but she was saying silently, “That’s only because she feels indebted to your master for ‘saving’ her.”

As Lu Qingyun was chatting with her, he was secretly heaving a soft sigh of relief. For the past two days, he had been quietly observing her as he was really worried what had exactly happened that day.

He was still secretly bothered when she said that she was so afraid that she might never see him again. He was not stupid. Something serious had happened to her.

But because she did not mention it, he did not want to force her to reveal what had happened that day. He could only quietly observe her. He had a quiet resolute not to let her out of his sight again, at least not out of his sight for an extended period.

That night when she had suddenly fell into his embrace, he was suddenly quite startled. Till now, he was thinking on how soft her body was. He wondered if it was Qin Keqin that was in his embrace, how could it feel?

“Senior brother?”

Lu Qingyun was startled as he turned to look at Lie Xingyuan, “Yes?”

Lie Xingyuan said, “I’ve been calling you a few times. What are you thinking about? You’re thinking of sect leader?”

Lu Qingyun laughed, “I will not tell you…”

“You have been calling her in your sleep this morning and it is quite loud,” she said quietly.

Lu Qingyun was startled as he quickly looked around his surroundings, just in case that there were people around before he whispered. “Erm, you mustn’t tell anyone. Especially not sect leader. I am just having some fantasies about her, that’s all. It is impossible between us.”

Indeed he was having some fantasies about Qin Keqin in his wet dreams. Now that he had attained to the third realm enlighten celestial level, he could now shut off his thoughts from Yan’Er. Therefore last night he decided to do some testing secretly.

Lie Xingyuan was smiling weakly, “I won’t tell anyone. Please don’t worry about it.” But she was secretly thinking, “The way she looks at you, I don’t think she thinks of you as just a disciple. If I were you, I would risk telling her even if I know I may get reject. It is better than not letting your feeling known to her.”

She could say that because she was standing on a third party perspective but in reality she lacked the courage to tell Lu Qingyun that she liked him.

“It looks like we’re here now.” Lu Qingyun said as he saw the building ahead.

Lie Xingyuan nodded, “Yes, we’re here. Let’s go in.”

When they had entered the entrance of the building, there were three elders who were sitting inside.

Lu Qingyun was able to recognize one of the elder to be Elder Kongshi so he quickly greeted, “Elder Kongshi.”

Lie Xingyuan greeted, “Elder Kongshi, Elder Xu, Elder Zhu.”

Elder Kongshi smiled when he saw him, “So it is senior brother.” He quickly took out a green ring and said respectfully, “This ring will grant you unlimited access to all the floors of the Red Heaven Sword Library. Just tap on the sword manual that you like and return here for the true copy. You are only allowed to take up to three sword manuals. So make your choice carefully. After you have taken the sword manuals from me later, usually there is a grace period of 3 months to return it and you’re not allowed to take out the same sword manual again for another six months. However, we will make it an exception for you and attach no grace period.”

Lu Qingyun thanked him immediately, “Thank you so much. I’ve an additional favor. Do you think that I can bring my attendant Xingyuan along.”

Elder Kongshi laughed hoarsely, “Sure you can. Here, here is another ring.”

Lie Xingyuan was startled as she thought, “Huh? It is so simple? He didn’t question our intentions?”

Even Lu Qingyun was startled by the swift response that was given by Elder Kongshi. He was actually planning to use his supreme reasoning to persuade him. But he guessed that it was totally unnecessary.

Elder Kongshi laughed, “Go ahead and feel at home here. You are after all our senior brother and possibly the future sect leader.”

Lu Qingyun smiled weakly, “In that case then we shall make a move ahead first. Thank you once more. Farewell elders.”

With that, Xingyuan and he had stepped into the first floor of the Red Heaven Sword Library.

When Lu Qingyun had entered the Red Heaven Sword Library, quite a few protégés were surprised to see him and they hastily greeted this senior brother of theirs.

“It’s alright. We are just browsing through the sword manuals as well. Please continue what you are doing.” He quickly said to everyone.

Lie Xingyuan whispered to him, “So it is what it looks like. I’ve never been here. If senior brother does not bring me here, I’m afraid that I will need to wait ten long years to even allow a chance to enter just the first floor.”

Lu Qingyun smiled as he walked around. There were hundreds of sword manuals all over the place and the place was really big.

These sword manuals were only an introductory copy and were incomplete. In order to obtain the complete copy, everyone had to tap on the sword manual with their clan ring and returned to the entrance where the elders were. The elders would then retrieve a copy for them to be studied for a period of 3 months.

Lu Qingyun quickly looked at the shelves and were dismayed that there were quite a number of sword manuals that were marked with the word ‘reserve’. This means that it was currently in use by the other protégés.

Lie Xingyuan chuckled softly when she saw his disappointment, “There are many protégés who frequent the first floor hence it is difficult to find a decent sword manual that isn’t reserve. The ones that are not reserved are probably not the good ones. Why don’t we go to the second floor or even higher?”

Lu Qingyun nodded and smiled, “I’ve almost forgotten that we are allowed to go to the higher floor. Let’s go!”

Soon they were on the second floor.

The second floor was equally big but was more spacious. It seemed that there were not many shelves on the second floor hence it looked more spacious.

It was not unusual to Lu Qingyun because he knew that it was much more difficult to elevate an swordplay to the second realm level and second realm swordplay was less plentiful.

If the first floor was the basic introduction to swordplay then the second floor was where the advance swordplay was housed.

Lu Qingyun was immediately intrigued by the number of advance sword manuals and was overwhelmed. He muttered, “All these are good swordplay. If anyone is to practice just one of this swordplay then they will be considered an expert swordsman.”

Lie Xingyuan took a few look and said, “Right. But senior brother, actually you should just go up to the third floor to have a look.”

“Oh?” he said curiously.

“Although these sword manuals are really good swordplay but most do not require the use of any profound strength to execute. Therefore the strength is lacking. Now that senior brother you are a third realm expert now, you will be able to exercise your profound strength into martial power. Therefore you should directly go to the third floor to have a look.”

Lu Qingyun nodded and he smiled, “You’re right. So let’s us go now.”

Lie Xingyuan smiled, “Senior brother, you go ahead. I shall stay on this floor instead.”

Lu Qingyun was startled, “Why? Aren’t you a third realm expert too?”

Lie Xingyuan lowered her glances, “At the moment, I don’t want anyone to know that I am a third realm expert. I just want to be inconspicuous as much as possible.”

“Erm…” Lu Qingyun tried to say something but this was indeed a good reason.

“Also, it isn’t a good idea for me to be seen on the third floor with you. Although Grand Elder Celestial Shi and Elder Kongshi are gracious to let me come with you but I should keep out of sight as much as possible. This is for my own good and for you.”

Then she smiled, “The advance swordplay here is good enough for me. So please don’t worry about me, alright? Please go ahead.”

“This…” Lu Qingyun really did not know what to say.

Finally he said, “Alright then.” He had made up his mind to find a suitable sword manual for her. After all, he was allowed to pick up to three sword manuals and he was actually content with just one.

Lie Xingyuan smiled, “I will wait on this floor for you. Please take your time to look for your chosen sword manuals.”

Lu Qingyun nodded reluctantly, “Alright. I will be back soon.”

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Chapter 33: Shi Guanyin’s Visit

Lu Qingyun was displaying a swordplay that he had learnt from his old master to Lie Xingyuan in the practice courtyard of his abode.

“This stroke is the Little Leaves Hovering and this stroke is the triple slash.”

Lie Xingyuan was startled as she watched the display. Although his swordplay was ordinary, the way he had displayed it was extremely swift and smooth. In fact, it had already reached to the standard of a third realm swordplay by the speed alone.

She was actually thinking, “Senior brother is actually so good with the sword? I am really surprised. He can easily defeat any of the ordinary protégés with his sword. Why is he so highly accomplished? But he is only a lowly cultivator.”

Then she corrected herself, “Not anymore. He is now an initial third realm expert. The same as me now.”

By right when she had advanced to the third realm, she ought to report it to the elders. It was because third realm experts were all considered to be valuable clan resources and were highly regarded. In fact, third realm experts were all inner protégés and had a chance to be masters and elders of the clan.

However she decided not to report her new cultivation level to the elders. It was because she still want to be his personal attendant…

Lu Qingyun displayed another move and asked Lie Xingyuan, “What do you think of this move? This is the encircle slash. I am a little out of practice but I am quite proud of it. I took months of practice just to get it right.”

This encircle slash combined both a slashing arc and a movement step as the practitioner turned his body quickly around. Indeed it was not an easy sword maneuver to execute. The practitioner had to be fast to turn around quickly and to steady the footing at the same time while minimizing the exposure to opening weakness as quickly as possible.

Lie Xingyuan smiled, “It seems that senior brother already knows more about swordplay than me. I am indeed incomparable to you. This sword stroke is properly executed. I can really find no flaws in it-”

“Indeed this is a properly executed swordplay. However there are still improvements to be made. Although it is just a basic stroke but you can combine it with the more advance strokes that are in my Red Heaven Sword Library.”

Lu Qingyun and Lie Xingyuan were startled and they quickly turned around to see that the speaker was Celestial Shi Guanyin and with her was Elder Kongshi.

They were both clapping and as soon as Lu Qingyun had turned around, they respectfully bowed with their hands.

Lie Xingyuan immediately greeted, “Grand Elder Celestial Shi, Elder Kongshi.”

Shi Guanyin laughed as she said, “Senior Brother Lu, how are you?”

Lie Xingyuan almost could not suppress her will to giggle. It was because it was funny to have Celestial Shi Guanyin who was a grand elder to call Lu Qingyun her senior brother.

Lu Qingyun bowed with his hands, “Senior, I am well. Indeed, I have a lot to learn in regards to swordplay.”

Shi Guanyin smiled, “Why don’t you come to my Red Heaven Sword Library to pick a few sword manuals for some insights?”

Elder Kongshi was also smiling, “Senior Brother Lu, please feel welcome to come to the Red Heaven Sword Library to pick some sword manuals. I’m the elder that is in charge of the Red Heaven Sword Library.”

Shi Guanyin added, “There are altogether four levels to the Red Heaven Sword Library. As your cultivation realm improves, the protégés will be able to proceed to the next level of the library. So a fourth realm expert may enter the fourth level while a first realm expert may enter only the first floor. However, I want to make this an exception for you. You are allowed to gain free access to all the levels of the Red Heaven Sword Library.”

Lie Xingyuan was secretly startled. It was because the Red Heaven Sword Hall guarded its third and fourth floor like its heavenly secret, disallowing even the core protégés from the other martial halls to enter. She would actually allow Lu Qingyun to enter even the fourth floor of the Red Heaven Sword Library?

The Red Heaven Sword Library was guarded by Elder Kongshi and although he was just an ordinary elder but he was actually an intermediate fourth realm expert with extremely formidable swordplay under his sleeves.

It was said that Elder Kongshi was already a thousand year old and he was the oldest protégé in the entire Heavens Ridge Ville.

Lu Qingyun was also startled, “Is that really alright?”

Shi Guanyin smiled affectionately, “Of course it is. In fact you don’t even need a token. Just come anytime you’re free.”

Then she smiled, “After all, I like to see you doing well for the internal core protégés martial competition too.”

Lu Qingyun had thought that Celestial Shi Guanyin was an unfriendly person but it seemed that he was totally wrong about her. So he replied, “Then I thank you in advance.”

He also made a polite hand bow to Elder Kongshi as an appreciation.

Shi Guanyin chuckled softly, “There is no need to thank me. We are all in the same clan. By the way, I’ve come to see sect leader. Is she around?”

Lu Qingyun answered awkwardly as he shook his head, “I’m afraid that she won’t be in until a few days later.”

Shi Guanyin was a little surprised, “Oh? I’ve thought that she is eager to move in so I’ve thought that she might be around.”

Lie Xingyuan was smiling weakly to herself, “She is eager to move in till she has seen me…”

Shi Guanyin looked a little disappointed before she smiled, “In that case, I shall take my leave first. Please help me to send her my regards. Farewell.”

Lu Qingyun replied, “I will. Farewell.”

Lie Xingyuan smiled to him after Shi Guanyin and Elder Kongshi had left, “Senior brother, this is a golden opportunity for you. Why don’t you take a look?”

Lu Qingyun said, “How about tomorrow then? If we go there immediately today, this is a little too shameful to say that we are lusting after the sword manuals of the Red Heaven Sword Library and erm, a little too thick skin.”

Lie Xingyuan laughed, “You’re right. Alright, then I shall take you there tomorrow. However I can’t enter the place so I just wait for you outside.”

Lu Qingyun was looking a little displeased, “Since that Elder Kongshi is in charge, tomorrow I shall ask him to make an exception for you.”

Lie Xingyuan smiled weakly, “They are already bending the rules for you. I am just an ordinary protégé. There is no need to break any rule just for me. In the end, you will be owing them an extra favor. Regarding favors, it is always not a good idea to owe too many. One day, you have to return it.”

Lu Qingyun said nonchalantly, “So be it then. There is no harm asking.”

Lie Xingyuan: …

She was sighing softly to herself, “Senior brother, why are you so good to me? Do you know that one day I will leaving here?”

When Shi Guanyin had left the vicinity of Lu Qingyun’s abode, she whispered to Elder Kongshi, “I want Tang Bufan to be dead.”

Elder Kongshi nodded, “He had already fled but I’ve already hired the assassins from the Black Hands Guild to hunt after him.”

Shi Guanyin nodded, “That’s good. I want him to die without a full corpse.”

Then she paused to ask quietly, “What do you think of Lu Qingyun’s swordplay?”

Elder Kongshi replied, “He can actually turn his body around in a blink of an eye and still maintain his original attack stance. Even I can’t do that. But seeing is believing.”

Shi Guanyin nodded, “He is like a one in a million. I still can’t believe that he is only a first realm lowly cultivator.”

“Same here,” answered Elder Kongshi.

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Chapter 32: I’m a Third Realm Expert now

Yan’Er happily told Lu Qingyun, “Master, I am now a third realm expert now! That means master you’re also a third realm expert too! This is too easy. I’ve thought that cultivation is tough!”

Lu Qingyun smiled weakly, “My Yan’Er is indeed an astonishing genius.”

Yan’Er was originally a nine rank spirit entity. The first three realms of cultivation were totally inherent to her and it was like breathing. There was actually no need for her to even cultivate hard or even expend any efforts at all.

“Master, why is that you don’t look so happy?” Yan’Er asked curiously after seeing his expression and sensing his melancholy heart.

Lu Qingyun sighed, “I am really anxious about Xingyuan. She has not been around for some time. I am afraid that something may befall her. I think that it is better that I take a look around.”

Yan’Er nodded and smiled cutely, “Big Sister Xingyuan will be alright. Don’t worry master.”

Lu Qingyun smiled weakly, “Yan’Er, retreat to my inner cultivation sea for the time being. I’m going to take a look around.”

“Alright!” Yan’Er cheerily vanished from sight.

After writing a note for Lie Xingyuan in the case that she would be back and could not find him, he walked out of his new abode.

The Heavens Ridge Villa was a large place, occupying many acres and even three mountain peaks. Each one of the mountain peak housed two martial halls. His new abode was actually in the middle of the three mountain peaks where the inner protégés who had served for many years in the Heavens Ridge Villa was.

Although there were many senior protégés but when they saw him, they all greeted him as senior brother.

He stopped to ask a few of them, “Erm, have you seen Lie Xingyuan?”

Almost all of them had never heard or even seen her before. A few had recognized her name because she was associated as his attendant but otherwise they had no other useful information for him. To the inner protégés, Lie Xingyuan was only a nameless ordinary protégé and there were thousands of protégés in the Heavens Ridge Villa so it was really difficult for them to know everyone. Moreover she had only joined the sect for only a year.

Just as Lu Qingyun was despairing, he caught sight of a familiar person and she was equally surprised to see him.

“It’s you?” Ouyang Xue was startled when she saw him.

She had been sitting alone in a pavilion and staring at the night skies.

Lu Qingyun said, “Junior sister, why are you here?”

She smiled, “Aren’t you here as well?” Then she said quietly, “This is my favorite spot since I was young. I used to come here to reflect alone.”

She had just succeeded as the new grand elder of the Crystal Cloud Spirit Hall. It was not easy for her to manage and to gain the respect of the core protégés from the Crystal Cloud Spirit Hall.

Then she looked curiously at him, “So what are you doing here at almost close to midnight?”

Lu Qingyun sighed with a heavy heart, “I’m looking for Xingyuan. It is now so late in the night and she isn’t back yet. I am really afraid that something unduly will happen to her.”

Ouyang Xue was startled, “This is most unusual. Maybe she has gone out? Do you have any idea where she has gone to? Does she have any friends around that you can ask?”

Her question had caught Lu Qingyun off-guarded. It was because he had no idea where Lie Xingyuan had gone to and he did not even know if she had any friends…

“I don’t know…” Lu Qingyun muttered with despair.

He suddenly said, “I got to go now. I need to look for her.”

Ouyang Xue gasped, “But do you have any clue where to look for her?”

Lu Qingyue said desperately, “I will search outside for her. No matter what, I got to try. Good bye…”

“Senior Brother Lu…” a familiar voice called out.

Lu Qingyue was startled. Did he just hear Xingyuan’s voice?” He quickly turned around and saw Lie Xingyuan was walking toward him and there were tears flowing down her cheeks.

He was so overjoyed to see her, “Xingyuan, where did you go? I am so worried for you…”

All of a sudden Lie Xingyuan had jumped into his embrace and cried aloud. “Senior brother, I’ve thought that I may never be able to see you again…”

Lu Qingyun was startled. He did not dare to hold her and this was actually the first time that he was being hugged in this manner, “Did something happen? Please do tell me. Are you really alright?”

Lie Xingyuan cried out even louder but she did not say a word.

Ouyang Xue was trembling a little when she saw Lie Xingyuan in Lu Qingyun’s embrace. But she stood quietly aside. It was because she knew that it did not really matter what she said as only Lu Qingyun could comfort her. Therefore she did the smart thing and kept quiet.

“If you don’t tell me, how will I know? I really want to help you. Did someone bully you?” Lu Qingyun said quite anxiously. As he said those words, he was checking her for bruises and wounds that may be a tell-tale sign that she had been brutalized.

He was thinking, “She had just told me that she was afraid that she might never see me again…”

“No…” she muttered.

Lu Qingyun heaved a soft sigh when she had said that. He was particular worried about how vulnerable she was and how dangerous the outside world was. On his first day in New Empyrean City, there was even an attempt robbery on him.

“Senior brother, let’s go back. I am really tired and I don’t wish to talk about it.”

“Alright.” He said, “You can tell me anytime afterward if you want to talk about it then.”

Lie Xingyuan smiled weakly.

Lu Qingyun turned to say to Ouyang Xue, “Don’t stay up too late. Good bye.”

When he had said that, he and Lie Xingyuan started to walk away.

Ouyang Xue sighed softly as she muttered almost incoherently, “It’s good to see you tonight…”

Lie Xingyuan was still thinking about what her master had said to her earlier as she had left with Lu Qingyun.

Her master had told her, “Don’t let anyone knows who Qin Keqin is. I can promise you that she won’t harm you or will allow you to come to harm if you can keep her secret.”

Who exactly was her master?

Lie Xingyuan had found out that she knew so little about her master now. When she saw that she had so casually beaten off two seventh realm experts, including the two Devil Goddesses in such a casual manner, she immediately knew that her master was an extraordinary cultivation expert.

The reason why she did not suspect previously was because her master had been teaching her several breathing techniques and clearing her meridians slowly. Moreover her master did not have golden eyes.

She had now realized that her master had purposely hidden away her golden eyes. She had learnt of such a method with one of the meridian techniques that her master had taught her. She had been wondering, why should anyone suppress their golden eyes? It was such a wondrous feeling to be regarded as a golden celestial…

Until now, she was still shocked that Qin Keqin was the Great Saintess Fan Yuqin that she had been idolizing. This shock alone was too much for her to bear and that her idol had been trying to kill her…

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Chapter 31: Lie Xingyuan’s Mysterious Master

Qin Keqin and Feng Minyue were now in a forest; they were laughing jovially and were pleased at the outcome of the schemes that they had just pulled off.

The only person that was not happy was of course Lie Xingyuan. If anyone was in her boot right now, they would naturally not be pleased as well. It was because she was currently their prisoner and her fate was still unknown.

Qin Keqin turned to Lie Xingyuan to ask her, “Why are you not happy? You should be laughing as well.”

Lie Xingyuan said bitterly, “Why should I? I’m not as vicious as you and I’m not a shrew as you.”

Qin Keqin’s countenance had suddenly changed as she said coldly, “What did you say? I’m a shrew?”

Lie Xingyuan smiled coldly, “A scheming shrew as well.”

Qin Keqin looked really unhappy as she said, “I just get rid of Tang Bufan for your Senior Brother Lu. You should thank me instead.”

Lie Xingyuan said bitterly, “You can cripple him or kill him if you dislike him. Is there a need to go through so much trouble?”

Qin Keqin smiled, “Well…”

Lie Xingyuan interrupted coldly, “I’m not stupid. I can see that you are trying to get Celestial Shi Guanyin to be indebted to you so that she won’t be opposing your schemes in the future. In fact, she may be so grateful to you that she may even join you as your accomplice.”

Qin Keqin asked, “So what is wrong with that? Isn’t it better this way?”

Lie Xingyuan hummed coldly, “You’re just playing sports with all of us. Both of you are seventh realm experts. Is there a need for you to go through so many troubles just to get your objectives done?” She laughed coldly for a while, “Oh, I forget that you’re the Devil Goddess and your deeds cannot be seen under the day. Why don’t you just kill me on the spot?”

Qin Keqin chuckled, “You are so pretty and you are always with Lu Qingyun. I’m thinking of crippling your cultivation core and to sell you to the brothel.”

Lie Xingyuan smiled coldly, “Then get it done. I am waiting.”

She was silently thinking, “Senior Brother Lu, I will never see you again. Maybe in our next lifetime we still have a chance to meet again…”

Feng Minyue said gently, “Sister saintess, you are scaring this child. I will promise you that I will keep her as prisoner for the next ten to twenty years.”

Lie Xingyuan was startled, “You are keeping me prisoner for the next ten to twenty years?!”

Qin Keqin smiled coldly, “That’s right. I can’t have you ruining my plans. Moreover I didn’t kill anyone for the past several centuries already. So I don’t want to dirty my hands.”

Lie Xingyuan smiled bitterly, “How merciful you are indeed. If senior brother knows your true identity, he will never forgive you.”

Qin Keqin bent to and fro as she laughed softly, “Oh but he will never find out.”

Then there was a melancholy look in-between her eyes, “To him, I am always his master.”

Lie Xingyuan hummed coldly, “You are a very bad master.”

Qin Keqin questioned her, “In what way am I a bad master? I am clearing all the obstacles for him so that in the future he can be the sect leader in the Heavens Ridge Villa. This is my wish as master for him.”

When Lie Xingyuan heard her, she was startled. She did all these because of him?

But because she was still angry with Qin Keqin and that she was currently under her threat, she said coldly. “So what? This doesn’t change the fact that you are a super badass villainess. Your reputation in the Nine Celestial Fraternity is extremely notorious!”

Qin Keqin shrugged her shoulders as she smiled, “In this entire fraternity, no one will know that I am the real Devil Goddess.”

Feng Minyue smiled, “That’s right. It is because the Devil Goddess and Qin Keqin will be appearing at the same time if there is a need to dispute any rumors.”

“Oh? No one else in the entire fraternity?” A mesmerizing voice asked.

Qin Keqin and Feng Minyue had turned ashen immediately while Lie Xingyuan was overjoyed. It was the voice of her master!

An enthralling maiden in a golden feather cloak had just walked quietly behind Qin Keqin and Feng Minyue as she spoke to them.

Qin Keqin and Feng Minyue were totally startled and shocked because there was actually someone who could sneak so quietly behind them without them noticing!

Feng Minyue had quickly reacted as she attacked with her fingers at this new intruder while Qin Keqin raised her palms.

But the enthralling maiden chuckled softly as she knocked them back with a wave of her hand as two beaming golden translucent barriers appeared and nullified their attacks.

They quickly jumped several steps to the side as they took their defensive positions as they eyed this enthralling maiden.

Feng Minyue was startled as she put her trembling fingers behind her back and was thinking, “I have already used 70% of my martial strength and she can neutralize my attacks so effortless? And what is that golden globe that had just materialized?”

Qin Keqin smiled weakly, “It is you…”

This enthralling maiden had mesmerizing eyes that could charm both men and women unknowingly. At this moment, she was smiling wryly as her mesmerizing eyes took a knowing glance at Qin Keqin, “Fan Yuqin. Or should I call you Fan Yuqing now? Or maybe your current alias Qin Keqin? Which one do you prefer?”

Feng Minyue was startled. This enthralling maiden seemed to know her sister saintess?

Even Lie Xingyuan was startled that Qin Keqin was not using her real name…

“Her real name is Fan Yuqing? Isn’t she…” she was startled.

There were once two heroines that had saved the Nine Celestial Fraternity from the Dark Descendant Disaster. One was the Nine Celestial Goddess Ye Jing and the other one was the Great Saintess Fan Yuqing. Since she was little, she had always idolized these two great saintesses. In fact, she idolized Great Saintess Yuqing more because she was the underdog and she was not as renowned as the Nine Celestial Goddess Ye Jing.

Qin Keqin smiled most bitterly, “Whatever. Why are you here?”

The enthralling maiden chuckled softly, “Have you forgotten that I am your senior? Is this your way of greeting your senior in this manner? Listen well, Lie Xingyuan is my disciple. You are not to disturb her in any way. I can promise you that she won’t intervene in your ways too. How about that?”

Qin Keqin smiled weakly, “Can I say no?”

“Of course you can’t.” The enthralling maiden smiled mesmerizingly. In the next instant she had taken Lie Xingyuan away in a flash.

When she was gone, Feng Minyue was trembling. “Sister saintess, who is this saintess? How can there be such a highly skilled super exponent in the celestial realm? If we were to fight her, what will be the outcome?”

Qin Keqin heaved a soft sigh, “Now we know who Lie Xingyuan’s master is now…” Then she replied to Feng Minyue, “Forget about fighting her. She will thrash us really badly if she is in the mood. She is the Heavenly Temptress Lie Qing. You may not have heard of her but she is a really badass super villainess in the lower realm before she had ascended to the celestial realm. Now she is an immortal cultivator in the immortal realm.”

Feng Minyue was shocked, “She is an immortal cultivator? How did she manage to descend here?”

Qin Keqin smiled weakly, “There are always many ways to descend from the immortal realm to the celestial realm but it is extremely expensive and difficult. She must have her reasons for descending to the celestial realm. But I didn’t think that she will accept a disciple….”

“Hmm,” Qin Keqin began to ponder, “Lie Qing…Lie Xingyuan…”

Feng Minyue said weakly, “Sister saintess, I am worried. Should we make a contingency plan with Xuan Danfeng to deal with her? After all, we are three seven realm experts. Surely we are able to deal with her?”

All of a sudden Qin Keqin was laughing softly, “No need. We are really not her match. Maybe the Great Goddess Alice or my mother consort will be able to fight her but we are definitely not on her level. Moreover, she is a better schemer than me. After all, I have learnt all my tricks from her when I was a child.”

Feng Minyue: …

“What is your relationship with her?” Feng Minyue asked.

Qin Keqin rolled her eyes as she chuckled, “She is my mother consort’s close sister and friend. So she won’t harm us. She is really my senior.”

Feng Minyue: …

Qin Keqin heaved a soft sigh as she looked at Feng Minyue, “Do you think that Lie Xingyuan hates me now? I really didn’t mean her any harm. It is not like I will kill her or something. After all, I didn’t kill anyone for ages.”

Feng Minyue smiled weakly, “You have been threatening her the whole day. Just now, you even suggest selling her to the brothel.”

Qin Keqin chuckled softly, “That doesn’t count. I was just kidding her. She looks so adorable when she is scared.”

“There seem to be a 360 turn when you saw that woman. You seem to be afraid of her.” Feng Minyue suggested quietly.

Qin Keqin laughed, “No way that I am afraid of any others…” But when she said that, she took a glance around her before heaving a soft sigh.

She added, “You know, if I am not the Devil Goddess over the three dark divine realms, things will be chaotic for the Nine Celestial Fraternity.”

Feng Minyue nodded, “That is for all. But the others may not understand. Lie Xingyuan may not understand. Even your Lu Qingyun may not understand you.”

Qin Keqin was looking up at the heavens as she muttered, “One day, I will go to the immortal realm and find my mother consort. I will ask her why…”

Feng Minyue was puzzled by what she had just said but she did not ask her why. It was because she knew that Qin Keqin was really a lonely maiden.

Qin Keqin was really afraid that this relationship would fail once again. She had always failed in all her previous relationships. If she were to fail once more then she hopes that she would cry in her mother consort’s embrace…

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Chapter 30: The Devil Goddess Schemes

The Devil Goddess had told him, “She has taken the Seven Hearts Hollow Pill now. You can go now.”

It was night and Tang Bufan had quickly made his way to his master’s abode.

Although there were many ordinary protégés around but he had evaded their notice. It was because the Devil Goddess had told him where to go and where to avoid.

He was actually surprised that the Devil Goddess had actually known the place like the back of her hands.

What he did not know was that the Devil Goddess had already spent many nights watching over the abode of Celestial Shi Guanyin.

And what he did not know further was that at this moment, Qin Keqin, Feng Minyue and Lie Xingyuan were watching him as he entered Shi Guanyin’s abode.

Lie Xingyuan had been immobilized by Qin Keqin and other than watching and listening, she could not move or speak.

Qin Keqin smiled as she said to Feng Minyue, “Shi Guanyin is now on the heat and that she has started to undress now.”

Feng Minyue nodded, “For a golden celestial, her defensive spirit arrays are a little weak.”

They did not exactly ‘see’ but had used their superior spirit sense to probe the interior of Shi Guanyin’s abode without her notice.

Qin Keqin smiled, “It is considered not so bad already. Unfortunately she is dealing with two seventh realm experts.”

Lie Xingyuan could only listen to their conversations as she silently watched from afar. She knew that tonight Tang Bufan was going to do a terrible thing to Shi Guanyin and she was helpless to stop him. Although she did not particularly like Shi Guanyin, she did not dislike her either.

“Qin Keqin, you are really so vicious!” she could only curse her silently.

Qin Keqin had suddenly lit a smile as she looked at Feng Minyue, “So are you ready to act soon?”

Feng Minyue smiled gently as she put on the golden mask.

Lie Xingyuan was shocked. The other saintess had actually put on the golden mask? So who was the real Devil Goddess?

Shi Guanyin was feeling extremely heated up in her bed chamber after consuming the Seven Hearts Hollow Pill. Therefore she had removed her outer garment.

She was thinking, “I really don’t believe that this Seven Hearts Hollow Pill belongs to Tang Bufan and his Tang Clan. But it seems legit enough.”

Just a single Seven Hearts Hollow Pill was worth the entire celestial resources of the Heavens Ridge Villa!

That was why Shi Guanyin was determined to consume it as soon as possible before someone else had found out about it.

If Qin Keqin knew about it, she may even demand that she surrendered the Seven Hearts Hollow Pill to her or even schemed against her for it.

Since she was not foolish, she had decided to consumed it at the soonest time.

After consuming the Seven Hearts Hollow Pill, she could feel her spiritual boundaries expanding and solidifying many times.

She was absolutely delightful, “Does it mean that I will soon be an intermediate golden celestial soon?” This was too sudden and she had not really prepared for it.

She was smiling, “Qin Keqin, soon I will overtake you and surpass you. Even though you are an upper fifth realm expert but after taking this divine pill, my strength will get a tremendous boost and you may not even be my match.”

All of a sudden she saw Tang Bufan opening the entrance of her door and was startled. She was so startled that she did not know how to react.

When Tang Bufan saw Shi Guanyin, he was extremely pleased because he saw that her face was flustered and she was aroused in heat.

Shi Guanyin had wanted to strike Tang Bufan dead but she had suddenly realized that all her martial strength had been consumed by the Seven Hearts Hollow Pill and she could not muster any strength!

In fact, even her usual keen spirit sense was gone. Or else it would not be possible for Tang Bufan to even come twenty paces of her room without her noticing.

She tried to call out, “Attendants!” But her voice seemed to have lost her power and was very soft.

Tang Bufan chuckled when he saw that and he was immediately emboldened.

“My dear master, it seems that you need a man tonight. So let me accompany you for the night. I promise you that you will reach to the ninth heavens.”

In no time he had already walked right up to Shi Guanyin’s bed and was smiling at her.

He touched her cheek and kissed her forcefully while she tried to struggle.

Shi Guanyin cried out bitterly, “Don’t you dare to touch me…”

But Tang Bufan had already pinned her down and had started to tear off her clothing while caressing her all over.

“My dear master, you are so soft and curvy…”As he said, he had already pulled down his pants.

Shi Guanyin’s tears were flowing uncontrollably down her cheeks. She had not cried for a long time. She was now a haughty lady and she was a grand elder that could decide the lives of many others. But today she was going to be defiled by such a despicable man.

“Who will be here to rescue me…” For the very first time she was wishing very hard for a white knight to aid her…

“What are you doing!” a familiar voice was suddenly shouting.

When Shi Guanyin heard a sudden shout, she was startled and was overjoyed. Maybe help would come after all. It did not matter if her reputation was tarnish today, as long as her chastity was intact…

Tang Bufan gasped as he quickly turned his head around.

As he turned around, he was smacked to the ground by Qin Keqin as she raised her hand. “Despicable cad, what do you think you are doing?”

Shi Guanyin was startled. It was the sect leader!

For the very first time, she was so touched and grateful that Qin Keqin would actually show up just in time. She swore in her heart that she would not try to make things difficult for her in the future if nothing unduly happened to her today.

Tang Bufan had turned ashen completely, “Sect…leader…it is not what you think…”

Qin Keqin said coldly as she raised her hand, “It is not what I think? Then why are your pants down? I shall administrate the clan justice tonight and kill you on the spot!”

As she raised her hand, there was a sudden dark flash as a maiden with a golden mask at suddenly intercepted her killing blow!

Qin Keqin gasped as she staggered back, “Who…are you…”

The golden mask maiden said coldly, “Hmph! You are not fit to know who I am. Since I don’t want anyone to know who I am, I shall be sparing your lives today.”

Tang Bufan was secretly pleased. He knew that it was the Golden Mask Devil Goddess that had come to his aid and he was immediately thankful. It was indeed wonderful to have such an expert that could aid him. In the future, there was nothing he could not do as long as the Golden Mask Devil Goddess was willing to help him.

The golden mask maiden had immediately grabbed him and they had flashed out of the room.

Qin Keqin sighed softly as she took a blanket to cover Shi Guanyin, “Are you alright?”

Shi Guanyin nodded and her tears were still wet on her cheeks, “Sect leader, thank you. If it is not for you, I will…I will…”

Qin Keqin smiled, “I saw Tang Bufan wandering suspiciously around and I thought I should check him out. I have never expected that he…alas…to be such a despicable cad.”

Shi Guanyin lowered her eyes, “I have indeed made a terrible mistake in making him my core protégé.”

Then she asked suddenly, “Sect leader, you are not going to chase after them?”

Qin Keqin smiled bitterly, “I am afraid that I may not be a match for that masked maiden. Did you see how she had beaten me off with those few ingenious strokes of hers?”

Shi Guanyin gasped softly as she recalled the scene, “Indeed…”

Qin Keqin muttered, “I hope that it is not her that we have encountered or else we will be in terrible trouble.”

Shi Guanyin asked, “Who is that?”

Qin Keqin said quietly, “The Golden Mask Devil Goddess.”

When she had mentioned the name of the Golden Mask Devil Goddess, even Shi Guanyin was shocked to the core. “The super villainess of the three dark divine realms?! She is actually here?”

Qin Keqin nodded weakly, “Indeed. She may have gotten bored of terrorizing the three dark divine realms and have decided to visit the Heavenly Fragrance Divine Realm.”

Shi Guanyin nodded weakly, “Let’s hope that it is not her. She is not someone that we can handle. If it is her then we ought to make a report to the Heavenly Fragrance Princess to deal with her.”

The Heavenly Fragrance Princess was the patriarch ruler of the Heavenly Fragrance Divine Realm and she sat at the top of the hundreds of celestial clans in the Heavenly Fragrance Divine Realm.

Qin Keqin nodded, “That is only our guess. It is best that we don’t alarm the Heavenly Fragrance Villa first unless we have further proof.”

“Also, today matter ought to be a secret. I doubt that Tang Bufan will dare to appear again. For the sake of your reputation, let’s keep it under wraps.” She added.

Shi Guanyin nodded and was grateful immediately, “Sect leader, please allow me to express my utmost gratitude to you…” she had immediately bent over to give her a humble bow.

Qin Keqin turned her head around and she was smiling secretly, “There is no need. We are after all, from the same celestial clan.”

The Devil Goddess dropped Tang Bufan in a forest that was outside the Heavens Ridge Villa, “You are safe now.”

Tang Bufan smiled weakly, “Thank you. If it is not for you, I will be slaughtered by the sect leader.”

The Devil Goddess said, “This matter isn’t over yet. I didn’t expect for Qin Keqin to have shown up all of a sudden. She is indeed formidable. It must be the vixen fairy that has alerted her to you. You have indeed made a formidable enemy.”

Tang Bufan had turned ashen immediately but he had a sudden thought so he asked, “Just now, why don’t you finish her off?”

The Devil Goddess replied coldly, “Although I am able to defeat her but it won’t be a matter of a few strokes. Moreover that vixen fairy is also nearby. If they have combined together, I may even be injured by them. I am not ready to fight a foe that is in the dark.”

Tang Bufan smiled bitterly, “Then what shall I do next?”

The Devil Goddess said, “You have better flee from this place as far as possible. The further the better. In fact, you should flee with all your assets from New Empyrean City if you still value your life. I am sure that Qin Keqin and Shi Guanyin will be personally hunting you in your home residence next. So you have better made haste and run.”

Tang Bufan was stunned and he had turned very pale, “You are not helping me?”

The Devil Goddess laughed coldly, “I have already helped you more than once. How do I help you to run? How you run depends on your own running ability. In this world, there is no one who can help you to run. Or do you mean you are asking me to help you to fend them off?”

Tang Bufan was shocked by her coldness, “But…I’ve your mark…I’m someone who can be of use to you. Surely you got to help me…”

The Devil Goddess hummed coldly, “I can help you to fend them off but I can’t fend off the entire clan for you day in and night out. Moreover I am not your servant. Since it is so inconvenient for me, I may as well finish you off right away to save myself needless trouble…”

When Tang Bufan heard her, he had immediately turned ashen and he was banging his head on the ground, “Devil Goddess, please have your mercy on me-”

When he was begging for his mercies, the Devil Goddess had already vanished into the darkness of the night.

This Devil Goddess was actually Feng Minyue and as she left, she silently said. “If it is not because I’ve to follow the plans of my sister saintess, I would have already killed a despicable cad like you on the spot. This is but a small punishment for you.”

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Chapter 29: Following Qin Keqin

Qin Keqin had already left the Heavens Ridge Villa and she was now strolling in the forested vicinity. An astonishing beauty had suddenly come into view. This astonishing beauty was once the number one beauty of the Nine Celestial Fraternity and she was Feng Minyue.

As Qin Keqin approached, she greeted softly. “Sister Saintess Yuqing, you are finally here.”

“Lazy Danfeng. Why isn’t she here?” Qin Keqin asked.

Feng Minyue smiled, “She says someone got to stay behind to listen to the gossips of the city.”

Qin Keqin chuckled as she took off her golden mask and tossed it to her, “Never mind her. Minyue, now it is your turn to role-play as the Devil Goddess. In this entire fraternity, there is no one who knows that we are the Devil Goddess and that we are two persons.”

Feng Minyue heaved a soft sigh, “I don’t understand why sister saintess you are expending so much effort to weave such an elaborate scheme and concocting pills yourself. We have already burnt quite a hole in our pockets now.”

Qin Keqin smiled, “Maybe because I am too bored? Maybe I have too much time on my hands?”

Feng Minyue smiled weakly, “While your schemes are refreshing and ingenious but I can’t really say the same for your alchemy skills.”

Qin Keqin: …

Qin Keqin forced herself to smile, “I need more practice. That is all.”

Feng Minyue smiled bitterly, “You have never succeeded on your first try, even for pills that you have concocted before.”

Qin Keqin chuckled, “I just out of practice, that is all.”

Feng Minyue sighed woefully, “I wish that you will give up on your alchemy.”

“Nothing is safer than your own pills. Moreover you can add all sort of interesting stuffs inside and no one will ever know.” Qin Keqin smiled delightfully as she said.

Feng Minyue rolled her eyes, “It’s no wonder why your pills keep failing.”

Qin Keqin chuckled, “Don’t worry. We are still rich. Didn’t we just obtain some money from Tang Bufan?”

“We have already finished the money.”

Qin Keqin gave a sheepish reply, “So fast…” It was obviously that she knew how fast she could burn money on alchemy. But she gave a purposely reply, “We ought to ask Xuan Danfeng to cut down on her expensive wines intake. We can’t afford to keep her around anymore. Maybe we can even let this good-for-nothing saintess go.”

Feng Minyue smiled weakly, “She doesn’t spend as much as you do. Not even a hundredth.”

Qin Keqin laughed but she quickly asked, “Do you know how to instruct a disciple? You know that this is my first time instructing one and I’m a little nervous.”

Feng Minyue said, “I thought that you are going to move in with him for a day or two to instruct him?”

Qin Keqin replied, “Well, I’ve suddenly changed my mind.”

“Oh what happens?”

Feng Minyue asked but she was soon looking beyond Qin Keqin, “Unfortunately sister, it seems that there is someone who is following you and you didn’t manage to notice her.”

Qin Keqin quickly turned around and probed with her spiritual perception but the intruder continued to remain hidden.

She was soon growling.

Feng Minyue said, “I don’t think the intruder is able to hear our conversations earlier. Let me locate the intruder with the spirit array that I have in place here.”

As she started to probe with her spirit sense with the spirit array, she was slowly pointing her fingers around the forested vicinity. All of a sudden she shouted, “There!”

When Feng Minyue had pinpointed the direction, Qin Keqin had immediately flashed toward the direction with a startling speed!

Feng Minyue said behind Qin Keqin, “20m ahead!”

20m was just a blink of an eye for a super celestial expert like Qin Keqin and she had immediately attacked the bushes.

As she attacked, Lie Xingyuan gave a startled cry as she quickly evaded the attack.

Qin Keqin hummed coldly at her, “I wonder who is so formidable. So it is only you.”

Lie Xingyuan had turned ashen completely and she had fallen on her knees, “I…may sect leader shows your mercy on me. I didn’t mean to follow you…”

Qin Keqin scoffed coldly, “Didn’t mean to follow me? You have followed me for some time already, am I right? What did you see and hear?”

Feng Minyue had already flashed next to Qin Keqin and she was surprised that the intruder was only a lowly third realm expert that was following Qin Keqin, “Huh? Is only a young maiden? She is actually so capable of even following you?”

Lie Xingyuan bit her lips, “I know that I won’t survive the day. Please don’t tell Senior Brother Lu what has happened to me. Just tell him that I have left for my hometown.”

Qin Keqin: …

Lie Xingyuan was trembling, “I just don’t understand how you are able to sense me when I have already concealed to the best of my ability.”

Feng Minyue smiled, “Simple. I’ve already set up a spirit array in this vicinity. Anyone that has entered my spirit array will be sensed by me. If you are a fourth realm expert, maybe there is still a chance for you to sense my spirit array first and avoid it. But unfortunately, there is no maybe. You are still too inexperienced and low level.”

Lie Xingyuan was startled, “I…I am too careless.”

Qin Keqin hummed coldly, “Lie Xingyuan, Lie Xingyuan. I’ve already known that you are not an ordinary protégé. The first time that I’ve met you, I cannot even detect your heartbeat. It seems that you are able to control your heartbeat to the level of a fifth realm expert. I am really curious who your master really is.”

Lie Xingyuan smiled bitterly, “I won’t betray my master. Since I am already prepared to die today, you can save on the questioning.”

Then she stared at Qin Keqin, “I’ve never expected that our sect leader is actually the infamous super villainess and the Golden Mask Devil Goddess of the three dark divine realms. You are not just a fifth realm expert but a seventh realm expert. It was no wonder why Supremacy Wen had lost so badly.”

Qin Keqin chuckled, “Now you know. Xingyuan, since you’ve already known who I am, surely you know there are fates that are worse than death?”

Lie Xingyuan smiled bitterly, “I know but I won’t let you torture me…”

She had suddenly unsheathed her sword but Qin Keqin had knocked her sword aside and had grabbed her throat as she said coldly, “I won’t let you bite your tongue either.”

Feng Minyue said with a soft sigh as she caught hold of Qin Keqin’s wrist, “Sister, let’s not frighten her anymore. Let me handle her.”

She turned to say gently to Lie Xingyuan, “We won’t kill you but we have to imprison you for the time being. It is because we can’t allow our secrets to be found out by anyone.”

Lie Xingyuan smiled bitterly, “Anything. But I won’t tell you who my master is. I only pity Senior Brother Lu. He is so pitiful. He doesn’t know that the person that he loves is actually a super villainess. He has actually trusted you and pinned for you. I feel so pity for him.”

Qin Keqin: …

“You are actually so vicious to conspire with Tang Bufan to harm Celestial Shi Guanyin. Surely there is nothing you cannot do.” Lie Xingyuan spat bitterly.

Qin Keqin smiled when she had mentioned Tang Bufan and Celestial Shi Guanyin, “Tonight there will be a fun show and I will take you to watch it with me.”

Lie Xingyuan: …

At this point Lie Xingyuan was only regretful that she would never see Lu Qingyun again as she cried silently, “Senior Brother Lu…”

Shi Guanyin said to Tang Bufan, “You say that you have the Seven Hearts Hollow Pill. You know that I don’t like anyone to lie to me or joke around me.”

Tang Bufan smiled as he presented a box, “Master, your good disciple here will never joke about such matters. It is with tremendous respect that I am presenting the Seven Hearts Hollow Pill to my most respected master. If master is strong then your disciple will only be too happy. In fact, I want nothing in return!”

Shi Guanyin eyed him suspicious as she took the box, “Is that so? I hope you really mean what you’re saying from your heart.”

As she opened the box, she began to probe the crimson pill with her spirit sense.

With a soft gasp, she muttered. “This is really the Seven Hearts Hollow Pill. How did you get it? Do you know how difficult it is to obtain it?”

Tang Bufan smiled, “My ancestor who was a high level cultivator had left it behind. But I am only a lowly cultivator and I have admired master at first sight. Therefore I’ve decided to present this as a gift to my most respected master.”

Shi Guanyin looked a little sheepish as she smiled pleasantly, “Oh well, thank you.”

She was suddenly more polite to Tang Bufan and her attitude had suddenly changed after obtaining the Seven Hearts Hollow Pill.

Tang Bufan was smiling too. It was because he could already sense the attitude change in her voice.

“Then your disciple Bufang shall take my leave first.” He said. He was purposely leaving her alone to sample the Seven Hearts Hollow Pill.

Shi Guanyin nodded, “Alright. You may leave first. Tomorrow I will get Elder Kongshi to give you an extra cultivation slip.”

Tang Bufan bowed with his hands as he left the Red Heaven Martial Hall and his eyes were already feasting upon her as he had left the hall.

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Chapter 28: Seven Hearts Hollow Pill

When Tang Bufan was back at his abode, he angrily threw the jade ring that contained the three sword cultivation slips that he had picked at the third floor of the Red Heaven Library.

“This Nangong Yu is really too insolent. I won’t take this insult lying down. You’ve been warned!”

“What is the point of cursing someone when he isn’t around to hear it?” a beautiful and mesmerizing voice asked.

Tang Bufan was startled. There was another person in his abode and he was not aware of it.

He quickly turned around and saw the Golden Mask Devil Goddess.

“How did you get into here?” he asked weakly.

The Devil Goddess chuckled, “So what if this is the Heavens Ridge Villa? There are no experts here that can stop me from coming and leaving freely. So, why are you looking so gloomy today?”

Tang Bufan smiled weakly, “Nothing. It is just that I don’t really like some of the seniors here.”

The Devil Goddess laughed, “And that includes your master?”

Tang Bufan: …

The Devil Goddess walked around as she played with the curtains, “What if I am able to help you to seduce your master and help you to fulfill your fantasies of bedding her?”

Tang Bufan was thinking, “Actually I don’t mind bedding you too.” But he purposely said, “Oh? This won’t be such a good idea right? And why are you helping me?”

The Devil Goddess laughed, “If you are able to become your master’s favorite disciple then you will be highly respected in the Red Heaven Sword Hall. Moreover you’re helping me to deal with Qin Keqin who is my arch nemesis. It is a win-win proposal for the two of us.”

Tang Bufan nodded slowly and asked curiously, “So what do you propose to help me seduce my master?”

The Devil Goddess laughed coldly as she took out a crimson pill, “This is the Seven Hearts Hollow Pill. It is able to consolidate a golden celestial spiritual inner sea and make it easier to overcome to the golden supremacy level. It is perfect for someone like Celestial Shi Guanyin.”

Tang Bufan was startled, “I have heard of this Seven Hearts Hollow Pill before. It is worth a great fortune and is almost priceless. But even if I give it to my master, she may not be truly impressed by me. I may end up being just a tool for her to advance her own celestial level.”

The Devil Goddess nodded with a soft chuckle, “You are indeed smart. She will indeed just take the Seven Hearts Hollow Pill without blinking her eyes and she will soon forget it is you who have brought her this great gift.”

Tang Bufan was smiling bitterly when he had heard her, “So what is the point then.”

The Devil Goddess lifted the crimson pill in front of Tang Bufan, “Except that I have added something into this Seven Hearts Hollow Pill. When she has taken it, she will be craving for any man. Even the ugliest ones, she will not mind at all.”

Tang Bufan was startled but he was also delighted, “Therefore this is a golden opportunity for me to seduce her?”

“You are so right on the spot and you are so smart. Here, so take this Seven Hearts Hollow Pill and give it to her. I can promise you that she will surely take it as soon as you have presented to her. All you need to do is to sneak into her beauty quarter and get her.”

Tang Bufan was grinning happily as he took the pill but he was still hesitant, “It may not be easy for me to approach her. After all, she is a fifth realm expert and her perceptions are sharp.”

The Devil Goddess chuckled, “Don’t worry. After she has taken the pill, she will lose her spiritual perception momentarily. Then you will have the best opportunity of your life. Moreover I will be there to give you the signal. It is safer than safe.”

Tang Bufan was delighted, “Then I shall present this wonderful gift to her tonight.”

“I shall be away for a few hours. So this is the plan and here how I should give you the signal.” The Devil Goddess explained to him.

Tang Bufan was brimming with joy and he was chuckling nonstop, “Tsk, tsk!”

When the Devil Goddess had finished giving him the briefings, she had quickly departed.

Tang Bufan immediately made his plans.

He quickly approached an elder of the Red Sword Martial Hall and told him that he would like to seek an audience with Celestial Shi Guanyin to give her a gift. As for what the gift was, he wrote it in a sealed letter.

“Please tell master that this will be something that will change her celestial fate.” He said with a broad grin to the elder. “I will be in my quarter if she wants to see me.”

When the Devil Goddess had left Tang Bufan’s quarter, an ordinary protégé was quietly observing in the shadows.

She was none other than Lie Xingyuan.

“Why did sect leader put on that golden mask? Why did she go to Tang Bufan’s quarter for? Why is she trying to harm Celestial Shi Guanyin? What is her purpose?”

These were the questions that she was asking herself.

In order to find out more, she decided to follow her secretly.

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