Indeed, Kouki had made such a casual thrust from the front because he had judged the bodyguard based on his appearance, and he had clearly been repulsed in his present state. Having come to a realization about himself due to this experience with his opponent, he was once again angry – but this time the anger was self-directed.
(TN: Not sure about this paragraph, because the author uses the term “composition’ for some reason that my lousy Japanese won’t let me perceive; I replace it therefore with “state’, which I can see fitting into the English)
“I’m sorry. Please take care of me once more.”
This time Kouki’s eyes were serious, even as he apologized for his poor manners. Seeing him like this, the bodyguard made a displeased face and said,
“There are no “next times’ on the battlefield.”
Nonetheless, he resumed his natural stance, indicating that he would continue.
Letting out a battle cry, Kouki charged.
Enhanced by “High Speed Movement”, the bamboo blade swung diagonally down, upwards, and then forwards in a thrust. The swiftness was such that wavering afterimages were left behind in Kouki’s wake.
But even against such a storm of sword-blows, the guard seemed to dodge using only the bare minimum of movements, looking for a chance to counterattack. Even when he lost track of Kouki’s movements and was attacked in his blind spot, he could still fend the hero off.
The guard’s movements caused Kouki to remember something – Knight Captain Meld. There were already considerable differences in their specs, but so far he had been unable to surpass him in a mock battle. The reason for this was an overwhelming difference in combat experience.
Most likely, the guard was the same, having stood on many battlefields before this one, and his combat experience could fill up the gap in their specs. In short, this person was on the same level as or even above Meld.
“Hmm. I guess at this level of physical ability an ordinary man wouldn’t be your match. Still, there’s something missing. You didn’t have any affinity for battle originally, right?”
“Huh? Um, yes, that’s true. I was a mere student at first.”
“And now you’re the “Apostle of God’, huh.”
Ishtar and his associates from the church snorted in displeasure at the guard.
“Hey, hero. Prepare yourself, I’ll be going at you from here on out. Don’t go easy on me, or you might get killed.”
So declaring, he charged. This charge was a not high speed movement on Kouki’s level. Instead, it felt almost slow…and yet,
As the guard approached his blade seemed to leap upwards from below, causing Kouki to retreat in alarm. But like an attracted magnet, the blade maintained the distance between them, moving in like a whip as it struck.
The sword’s trajectory was irregular and the movements hard to perceive, and while the use of “Foresight” allowed him to momentarily put some distance between them, he was unable to fully break away. Even when he tried to used “High-Speed Movement” to break off in one go, his opponent would foresee it, and launch pre-emptive strikes such that he could not activate it. Gradually, impatience began to show on Kouki’s face.
“Pierce, Wind Strike.”
At the murmured aria a cluster of wind formed, and struck him squarely in the leg.
Caught in mid-step, Kouki’s leg swung outward and his balance was broken. In that instant, a fierce bloodlust pierced him. The guard’s cold gaze met his, and he swung his blade downward with an unbelievable pressure.
He’s going to kill me, Kouki suddenly realized. (TN: Well, we’re slow aren’t we?)
Indeed, the guard could not help but think this way. If Kouki could not keep up with his attacks, his intent was to kill him rather than allow a boy who knew nothing of killing to become humanity’s leader. This would certainly invite censure from the likes of the church, but to put incompetent allies on the battlefield was much harder to stomach. As such, this might be the better choice, or so he felt.
(TN: Another paragraph that I sucked at translating. I pray this is at least 50% accurate.)
But the swing would never happen.
The exact same scenario occurred as it did previously, but this time it was the guard getting blown away. Bounding away several times with both hands to negate the momentum, the guard looked at Kouki. His whole body was emitting a pure white aura, and he swung his sword to face his opponent while taking up a stance.
At the moment when the guard let fall his blade, Kouki’s survival instincts had kicked in and activated his “Limit Break”. This technique caused all his parameters to multiply three times – a “technique for a pinch’ unique to a protagonist.
However, his face was hardly composed. Desperately repressed fear from being so close to death was in his expression as he held his sword.
Seeing this, the guard’s fearless grin resurfaced.
“Hey, that’s a slightly better face. Compared to that wimpy one from before, that is.”
“Wimpy face? I’m frightened. Were you trying to kill me just now? Wasn’t this a mock battle?”
“So what? Did you think that in a real battle, we’d just go “okay, it’s over”? You’d end up dead like that. You’re supposed to stand above us humans and lead us – are you even aware of that?”
“I’m aware…of course I will save everyone!”
“What can a kid who’s afraid of getting hurt do? Someone who doesn’t even have bloodlust in his sword shouldn’t talk big. Well then, are you ready? I said it at the start…that you’ll die if you go easy on me!”
Once again, the guard advanced, an abnormal feeling of bloodlust coming off him, putting pressure on Kouki, who gathered strength in his legs, his face twisting painfully as he did so.
But he did not charge. A barrier of light had fallen between him and Kouki.
“This much will do. At this rate, it’ll stop being a mock battle and become a killing duel instead. You have overstepped yourself with this joke, Lord Gahard.”
“Tch, I’ve been found out. As shrewd as ever, old man.”
Ishtar, having erected that shimmering barrier, proceeded to pour a wet blanket on “Lord Gahard” the guard, who cursed inaudibly in response, sheathed his sword in his shoulder-mounted scabbard, and took off his right earring.
The air around the guard turned a misty white, and when it finally cleared again, there appeared a totally different person.
It was a man who looked to be in his forties. His silver hair was cropped short, and his blue eyes were reminiscent of a wild wolf. His figure was slender but highly muscled, his clothes wrapping tightly around them almost to the point of bursting.
On seeing him, a commotion broke out.
“Your Imperial Highness!”
Indeed, this man was Gahard D. Hoelscher, present Emperor of the Hoelscher Empire, in disguise. Seeing this, King Erihid furrowed his brows and asked:
“Just what were you intending, Emperor Gahard?”
“There, there, King Erihid. I apologize for not introducing myself. However, a little play-fighting was the quickest way for me to make sure. This is of great importance to our future battles. Please excuse my rudeness.”
Though Gahard excused himself this way, his expression was hardly apologetic. “Well, fine”, Erihid seemed to indicate with a sigh.
Kouki was totally stunned. Somehow, this emperor was kind of flighty, and his “surprises’ seemed to be treated as the norm too.
With that, the mock battle ended, and at the dinner that was arranged the empire gave their official words of recognition to the hero. For the time being, it seemed like the objectives of their visit had been met.
But that night, when a subordinate asked him about his real intentions in a room, the king gave a bothersome answer.
“Meh, he’s no use. Just a kid. A mouth that believes unswervingly in stuff like ideals and justice. His rash strength and charisma are a bad combination, and he’s the type who would get killed for his ideals. But we can’t neglect him since he’s the “Apostle of God”. All in all, he isn’t good.”
(TN: Take this paragraph with a healthy pinch of salt. My translation of these sentences is definitely iffy due to an overabundance of katana in colloquial use – which I am failing to grasp even with the dictionary.)
“So, you intended to kill him during that match?”
“What? No. I just thought I might fix his cowardly attitude with a beating. I wouldn’t have killed him even if the Pope hadn’t intervened.”
It seemed like the Emperor did not regard Kouki and the rest of the heroes to be worth his attention. This was not unreasonable. Up till a few months ago they had been mere students; in peaceful Japan no less. They did not have the readiness on the battlefield that a seasoned warrior would recognize.
“Well, the war with the demons may pick up the pace soon. We’ll see about it then. For now, let’s prioritize tactfully keeping ourselves from being involved with that kid…and to watch out for the Pope.”
“As you will.”
He had no intention to reveal his real estimation, however, and the very next day Kouki and the other heroes would see him off when he returned to his country; with his business finished, there was no reason to stay any longer. Indeed, he seemed a very flighty Emperor.
By the way, there was an incident in which the emperor came across Shizuku during her morning training, and being pleased with her he requested rather earnestly that she become his lover. Upon her polite refusal, he just gave his usual plucky laugh and a “well, I’m not in a hurry” as his reply, indicating that this matter wasn’t of great importance to him. At that moment, he caught side of Kouki and laughed through his nose at him. Kouki for his part got the feeling that they would never get along, and was momentarily displeased by this.
It also goes without saying that Shizuku’s sighs increased. Chapter 7 : Raisen Grand Canyon and the Miserable Rabbit
Their view was filled by the light from the magic circle, the air definitely felt different even though nothing could be seen. It’s clearly different compared to the air from the depth of the hell, sensing the fresh air from somewhere, Hajime’s cheeks are loosened.
The sight that came into view after the light settled was…
Without any further thought, Hajime who believed that the other side of the magic circle was the surface unintentionally inserted a tsukkomi at the scene which weren’t any better. Honestly he was extremely disappointed.
Facing Yue who was tugging his shirt with a questioning face Yue told him her opinion in a comforting way.
“… A secret passage… …to be hidden is usual”
“A, ah, is that so? It certainly is. There is no way that the direct way to den of the rebels wouldn’t be hidden right”
To not realize something so simple, Hajime felt considerably ashamed. He pulls himself together while scratching his head. Without aid from the Green Light Stone, Hajime and Yue advanced through the pitch black cave without any problems.
On the way, though there were many doors with seals and traps, the Orcus Ring would react cancelling the activation altogether. The two of them were cautious at first, but soon lost interest as nothing had happened so far and continued to advance, till they finally found light. It’s the light from the surface. The light which Hajime for the past few month, and Yue for the past three hundred years sought for.
Hajime and Yue came to a stop when they saw it, looking at each other exchanging glance the both of them grinning, and simultaneously started to run toward the light that they yearned for.
As they approach the light which was gradually getting bigger, they could feel and breathe the air from the surface. It was different from the stagnant air from hell. The air was cool and fresh. Hajime had never felt as much as now how delicious the air was.
Thus, Hajime and Yue both jumped into the light… … and reached the long awaited surface.
To the humans who live above grounds, this pace was a hell, an execution ground. Below the cliff, magic could hardly be used, even so, a lot of powerful and brutal monster live there. An Average of 1-2 kilometre depth, and 900 meter width, extending 8 kilometre from [Guryuen Great Desert] on the west and [Harzena Sea of Trees] at the east, the great scar dividing the north-south of the continent, was how people call it.
“Raisen Grand Canyon”
Hajime and Yue were currently outside of the cave at the bottom of the Raisen Grand Canyon. Although they were at the bottom of the earth, the sun from above poured down bright and warm light. The fragrant of the surface mixed with the wind were tickling their nose.
Compared to any kind of place it could have been, this place was surely the surface. In a daze while looking at the sun above their head, Hajime and Yue’s facial expression gradually turned into smile. Even Yue, who was expressionless by default, could be seen smiling broadly by anyone who looked.
“…We are back aren’t we…?”
The two finally hit by an overwhelming happy feeling of reality, looked away from the sun, glanced at each other and with all their strength started hugging each other.
“Yeaaaahhhh~~!! We are back, damnit~!”
While hugging Yue who had a smaller stature, Hajime spun around. In that short while, an unsuitable laughing voice could be heard from the place that people called hell. On the way, even stumbling on the uneven ground felt excessively funny, both of them are chuckling and laughing.
At last, after the two laughter settled down, they were completely… … surrounded by monsters.
“Haa~ these guys are really dense aren’t they?… … If I remember correctly, we can’t use magic here right?”
Hajime tilt his head while pulling out Donner & Schlag. Hajime who had made an effort while studying knew that if this place really is Raisen Grand Canyon, then magic could not be used.
“… I know. However I will still do it, but using mere sheer strength.”
The reason that magic could not be used inside Raisen Grand Canyon was because the magic power that are loaded into the magic that are invoked are disintegrating and dispersed. Of course Yue’s magic was not an exception. But Yue who was once a Vampire Princess, in addition of the considerable magic power she have, she also possess an external magic tank which is the Magic Crystal Series.
In other word, Yue is saying something like she should just annihilate them before the big power got dispersed.
“By sheer power… How high is the efficiency?”
“…Around 10 percent.”
It seems like, in order to use elementary magic, high class magic power are needed. The range too would be shortened a lot.
“A~ then I will do it, Yue just focus on defending yourself.”
Lin Ming approached to take a gander. The string on the zither was not Sky Worm Silk, as he had anticipated. After all, Sky Worm Silk was an expensive and rare item. The strings were also especially fierce and tenacious. Someone whose cultivation was too low could easily be wounded trying to play on Sky Worm Silk. The young and fragile flowers of the Zither Department would have no way to use such powerful strings.
The girl who was playing the zither was too dedicated to her craft to notice Lin Ming, but the two other female students who were listening naturally noticed the presence of a male. They knitted their brows and frowned, but did not speak.
Every other period of time there would always be some men with evil intentions hovering like flies. They would wait for their turn and while pretending to be some zither enthusiast, they would come closer, only to look at the female students’ chests. These sorts of men made the female students feel utter revulsion.
The female students who studied the Dao of the Zither tended to be thin skinned, and did not want to lose face over arguing against some dirty beast over whether their goods were ogled, so many sexual deviants would be intense and even maybe cop a feel with their hands or feet. It wasn’t until a group of sisters banded together under the guidance of the Elder Senior Sister that all the perverts were shown the door.
Even so, there were still those utterly shameless and thick-skinned rogues and rascals, who even after being thrown out, would come crawling back with the excuse that they were true students of the Dao of the Zither, and that they wanted to study this ‘Dao of the Zither’ together with other female students, and that they certainly did not entertain any dirty thoughts. But they were without a doubt, shameless students who were only masters of the Dao of Depravity!
Because of this, the Elder Senior Sister also became equally ruthless, and on the second day, she set upright a bold sign above the entrance upon which was written, ‘Men and Dogs, Do Not Enter.”
The matter became increasingly serious, and was finally addressed through the intervention of high level members within the department. Men were therefore banned from the Zither Department Lecture Hall. The exception was that male students who came in could still enter, but under the absolute condition that their presence was determined by the Zither Department’s female students. Any men that had a hint of lewd of evil intentions were instantly expelled and had all privileges forever revoked!
As such, over time, now the Zither Department Lecture Hall no longer saw even the shadows of men.
Lin Ming naturally didn’t know the sordid history of the Zither Department and its war with all perverts everywhere. He looked around awhile and did not find a single instrument that used Sky Worm Silk, and so began to stroll around down one side of the hall to a collection of books, hoping perhaps that there was something here that was related to what he was looking for.
As he left, several students finished playing, and they looked at the distant Lin Ming that was standing near the bookshelves. They said with a whisper, “This fellow doesn’t look like he studies the zither.”
“Mm, I think I saw that little shifty-eyed rascal looking at Xiao Sian’s hand a moment ago.”
“Surprisingly he doesn’t seem that old. He looks around 15-16 years old.”
“Humph! This is our home turf here. A 16 year old male should already be married. Someone at my age might already be a mother.” The girl who spoke was only a light 17 year old girl. In Sky Fortune City, 18 year olds will generally have married by then. In the more rural countryside, they would even marry one or two years in advance, so a 16 year old married man wasn’t too rare.
“Whatever, it is not under our control. Elder Senior Sister will come to the lecture soon. If this fellow has any dirty thoughts, she will immediately ask him to leave.”
Lin Ming had not heard these young girls’ discussion; otherwise he would have been left speechless. He indeed did look at Xiao Sian’s hand, but that was only because he was trying to ascertain the material of the strings!
He kept looking for the information on the Sky Worm Silk. Luckily the Zither Department Lecture Hall was very large, and even this one side had a good area set aside for a collection of books, each of which held a variety of musical knowledge and history.
Lin Ming of course was not interested in music whatsoever, he searched and searched and finally found what he was looking for! It was a manual named the ‘Sky Zither List.”
‘Sky Zither List’ was a an encyclopedia on ancient instruments of all sorts, that included origins, users, manufacturers, materials, and other arcane knowledge, all of which were described in minute detail. Of course in these rare materials were also included the Sky Worm Silk! Lin Ming was incomparably excited, and he began to read with vigor.
‘Sky Zither List’ introduced the Sky Work Silk’s properties and gathering methods. The only fault so far was that was no available picture of the Sky Worm Silk, but Lin Ming was able to roughly determine that this was the Sky Worm Silk that he was looking for!
Lin Ming was just innocently and earnestly reading, and did not realize at all that the number of female students in the Lecture Hall began to creep up. They on the other hand did notice him in the corner by himself. In this group of heavenly beauties, the presence of a single man in his dirtied clothes was truly plain as day.
Luckily, Lin Ming had not looked around, as all of his heart’s attentions were focused on the book. Even though the female students thought it might be fake, they did not have any evidence that they could use to throw him out.
Originally, the lecture would have proceeded smoothly, but there existed the Zither Department’s legendary Elder Senior Sister, who retained an enormous prejudice against the entirety of men-kind!
In the social circles of aristocratic young masters, the Senior Elder Sister’s name was like a thunderbolt that reverberated in their ears and caused their hearts to heat up with anger. That sign upon which ‘No Man or Dog shall enter’ was written was an insult to all of them, and caused them to feel the pain of losing so many chances with ladies of such… appreciable goods! They cursed her to remain a spinster for the rest of her life!
In fact, the Elder Senior Sister was a beauty among beauties. She was around 20 years of age, and had a flawless oval face, stature that belonged to royalty, long and slender thighs and legs that climbed to the sky.
It was a pity that the Elder Senior Sister had never shown any interest in men, and was easily irritated with a short temper. Any male who dared to gaze upon her majestic beauty would be sent a swift and decisive kick between their two legs!
After the Elder Senior Sister arrived, she instantly discovered Lin Ming! Her willow eyebrows instantly wrinkled, and she laid down her zither and arrived in front of him. She rapped her fingers three times on his desk and asked him, “How did you get in?”
Next Chapter Chapter 11 – Elder Senior Sister
When someone is angry, there can be differences in the projection of that anger. With just a few words, or a slight change in body language, the story told and the effect created would be drastically different. For instance, this Elder Senior Sister had her slender eyebrows pointing straight up, her waist was rigid and unbend-able, and in addition to the knocks on the table, the intense and murderous gaze, and the chilling tone used, her killing intent was soaring to the heavens! A young, simple-hearted male student who saw her would only be frightened out of his wits and cause a mess in his pants, timidly being unable to speak.
Lin Ming was also a bit confused, and wasn’t sure if he came to the lecture in the proper way, so he asked a bit timidly, “Was I not allowed to come here?”
As soon as the Elder Senior Sister heard Lin Ming’s words, her heart instantly raged with flames of anger! This little rascal! She did not believe that he could possess a Pass Card and still not know that the Zither Department had an unwritten agreement that all men could not enter! At this moment, a sweet and gentle voice sounded out, “Sister Ling, what is happening?”
Lin Ming looked towards that sweet sound and he was suddenly shocked! It came from a girl wearing a simple white dress, with hair like flowing ink. She was simply an elegant immortal beauty with incomparable grace. She was none other than Marshal Qin Xiao’s granddaughter, the infamous Qin Xingxuan!
At the trade fair, Lin Ming had seen her from afar. In every single parameter, from her number one family background, her sixth grade talent, her peerless beauty and charm, her skill at inscription, and strength, all of this made even top tier talents feel inferior.
Although Lin Ming thought that with his stroke of heavenly luck, he was destined for greatness and would be able to become a hero of the entire Sky Spill Continent, at this moment Qin Xingxuan was an unattainable existence. Let alone him, before her presence even that spoiled bastard Zhu Yan would be nothing but a frog staring out of a well.
Lin Ming was astonished, he had not thought that he could see Qin Xingxuan at this moment, but his astonishment was seen by everyone, and especially the Elder Senior Sister!
Humph! This was his true sexual deviant nature emerging at last!
“The toad thinks he can eat some swan!” The Elder Senior Sister’s heart burned as she criticized him. The truth was that the girls’ thoughts were complex at this moment, although the Elder Senior Sister thought him a repugnant man, since Lin Ming did not respond after seeing Qin Xingxuan, she did not get the general feeling that he was some sort of pervert. This didn’t sit well with her. After all, all men were perverted!
She said to Qin Xingxuan, “This deviant little child snuck in to harass us women. I am questioning him. You, where is your pass card?”
The following few words were to Lin Ming, who could only scratch his head. When did he come here to harass girls? Why was he being accused of this?
He said, “I only came here to look up some reference books, please don’t accuse me of anything I did not do without evidence or proof. All you are doing is drawing absurd conclusions and insulting mine and your intelligence.”
“Looking at reference books? All you did was look at that ‘Sky Zither List’. Are you thinking that you are going to make a zither or something?”
Lin Ming didn’t have anything to say in response, so he casually said, “I just wanted to understand some things.”
“Humph! These shameless lecherous men have always said that they wanted to understand music, and used this as an excuse to take advantage! Such acts are really disgusting. So you have interest in zithers hmm? Good, then I ask you, how many notes does a zither have, and what are they? What king of zither material suits the treble notes, what kind of material suits the bass notes? If you can tell me and satisfy me with your answers, then I’ll believe you have an interest in music and you want to study the zither.”
Lin Ming froze on the scene. He knew only the most minimal details of zithers and music, much less zither knowledge of which he knew nothing!
“Humph! So you dare to lie in public! You just wanted to look at a book so you could appear as if you were acting casually. You little pervert, your real goal was to peek on us girls! I’ve seen your kind plenty enough. Hand over your Pass Card, scum!” The Elder Senior Sister put out her hand in front of Lin Ming.
Lin Ming was silent. His Pass Card was borrowed, and although the Seven Profound Martial House was lax in their use, he had to conform to the rules since he was here using the Pass Card.
But Qin Xingxuan said, “Sister Ling, consider this matter settled. This is only his first offense; there is no need to be so harsh on the boy.”
Qin Xingxuan also thought that Lin Ming was lying, and the truth was that he was indeed lying!
The Elder Senior Sister could naturally not disregard Qin Xingxuan’s words, so she said, “Xingxuan, your heart truly is too gentle, we really cannot afford to tolerate people like this. This kind of person, just taking his Pass Card is being lenient.”
‘Take my Pass Card?’ Lin Ming said with a shock. “You are also a student. You aren’t part of the school authority. What jurisdiction and right do you have to confiscate anything of mine?”
“Humph! What a smart mouth. I have the qualifications to confiscate the Pass Card and this was granted to me by the school authorities to me and me alone. In this Zither Department everyone must give me face. What I say goes. Here, I am the god! Now hand it over, or you’ll see what I can do!
The Pass Card was borrowed from Lin Xiaodong, naturally Lin Ming could not let it be taken, or else how could he face his brother who had taken such pains to get it for him!
Lin Ming did not have any choice but to admit his true purpose. In fact this wasn’t really anything. Inscription development was nothing new, and new materials being researched were a common matter, whether or not they succeeded.
Lin Ming said, “I am researching inscription techniques in regards to the Sky Worm Silk material.”
Researching inscription techniques? Using Sky Work Silk as a new material in some technique?
If these words came from the lips of an inscription master in their 50s or 60s, then the Elder Senior Sister wouldn’t be surprised, but to hear these words from a young boy of 15 to 16 years who was still wet behind the ears? The development of new materials and techniques? Were you kidding me? Was this a bad dream?
Only an inscription master who was practicing techniques and found his current materials inadequate would go to seek something new as a substitute. This 15 year old country bumpkin, at best his foundation would be reading some shoddy guide like ‘Inscription Techniques: How to get Started on the Path to Inscription.’ Even that would be considered good. So to develop new materials, on what basis was he not lying out of his ass again?
The Elder Senior Sister laughed out loud and said, “You think we are dumb or something? It’s true that I do not personally understand inscription at all, but unfortunately for you, you are out of luck! At my side is the greatest inscription talent in the entire Sky Fortune Kingdom, and even in several countries around! You want to show off your garbage skills before a true expert? I really am going to die smiling here. Xingxuan, I ask you, have you started to study new materials yet?”
Qin Xingxuan gave a straight look at Lin Ming. She was similar to him in age, and could not think that Lin Ming was saying anything that wasn’t a lie. She said, “Engraving inscription techniques are numerous and have profound diversity. Even just in primary materials there are recorded over 13,600 kinds, and in more advanced materials, become of their secrecy it is hard to state the number. Even these 13,600 materials are enough for an inscription master to learn for years to discover their effects, usages, mix ratios, structures, and other such things. My own talent is low, and I have not been able to find the use for all these primary materials, much less search for alternatives.”
The Elder Senior Sister laughed with a self-satisfied smile. “Ha-ha! The little perverted boy is spinning his web around and around and now it all comes crashing down! Spin some more boy, this big sis is waiting for you!”
Lin Ming heard this grossly exaggerated laughter and could only laugh to himself. This woman was certified crazy. A complete nutjob. Was she dumped by a man or something? She had some sort of psychological abnormality towards men.
He said, “I really am here to study. I am studying the inscription techniques and was suddenly inspired by a dream. Who said that I must succeed or would not succeed? Who said that a new inscription apprentice could not study new materials?”
“Humph! It seems you’re not scared of death until you see your own coffin! Good! Very good! This big sis is a reasonable human after all. Today I will let you sincerely convince Xingxuan here. The inscription technique I don’t understand, so you test him.
Qin Xingxuan was frustrated. The Elder Senior Sister was indeed paranoid of men, but looking at this young man, he had to be lying. He was young and wearing simple attire, so his family background can’t be prominent. Did such a youth really have the financial resources and opportunity to learn inscription techniques? Why would you mercilessly expose the poor boy to this extent?
She said, “Sister Ling, please let this be considered as finished.”
The Elder Senior Sister replied, “Xingxuan, you are just too kindhearted! You do not know how we were initially harassed by these scum, and our struggles to stop them! If we are tenderhearted and merciful, then there will be no end to their pestering!”
Qin Xingxuan didn’t have anything she could further do except ask him a few simple questions. It would be fine if he could at least answer one!
“This fellow student, do you know who established the Sky Fortune Kingdom’s inscription technique?”
Qin Xingxuan asked the most general question as possible. But even this caused Lin Ming to be silent and scratch his head. Who the hell knew what old fogy established the Sky Fortune Kingdom’s inscription technique. And who even cared? The memory of the Realm of the Gods would not have such trivial knowledge, and even the manual ‘Inscription Techniques: How to Get Started on the Path to Inscription’ only spoke of the rudimentary knowledge, and did not expand on the history or the Sky Fortune Kingdom’s inscription technique history.
Seeing Lin Ming stuck, the Elder Senior Sister’s smile grew increasingly radiant. This only confirmed for her that the youth was nothing more than a pervert of the Dao of Deviants, and in her psychologically warped mind she wanted to torment the little rascal some more for fun.
“You don’t know even this? Even I know you have nothing to say.”
But Lin Ming reluctantly said, “I do not know history but I know a bit about pharmacology and material reactions.”
Pharmacology and material reactions? This was quite a broad and diverse field that not even Qin Xingxuan had begun to master, much less this youth. Qin Xingxuan thought that that there were some truly unreasonable people. If they were wrong first, then they just had to admit it and it would all be good. What was the meaning of continuing the deception further?
Therefore she asked a not so simple question, as she wanted to end this boring and insignificant interrogation. After all she came here to study the zither, and she was missing the lecture. Although Qin Xingxuan’s weapon was a sword, that didn’t stop her from playing an instrument either.
“Then this student, do you know the ‘shock’ inscription and the unique pattern and characteristics of it?”
Next Chapter Chapter 12 Qin Xingxuan’s Invitation.
The engraving inscription technique may use tens of thousands of different materials, from the common to the incomparably rare. These materials could be combined in a variety of different ways, and when supplemented by an inscription master, they would then be able to draw a myriad of arcane and profound inscriptions!
The inscription techniques contained 3600 foundation lines and 4900 foundation symbols. This myriad of lines and symbols could then be combined into a variety of permutations to trace and engrave the ever-changing inscription technique.
The ‘shock’ inscription was only a single one of the 3600 kinds of foundation lines.
Lin Ming naturally knew the ‘shock’ foundation line. In fact, he knew that the foundations lines were not limited to 3600, but there were actually 6000 different types. It was almost double the foundation lines that the inscription masters of the Sky Spill Continent possessed.
However, just like the Sky Worm Silk, Lin Ming was not sure that the Sky Spill Continent’s ‘shock’ line was the same as the one in the Realm of the Gods. He could only hope that there weren’t too many differences. He stretched out his right hand and the true essence gathered on his fingertips. With his hand he drew a series of brilliant lines in the air. They glowed with a silent and gorgeous light and finally coalesced into a complex diagram that shone in front of Qin Xingxuan and the blankly staring Elder Senior Sister.
Lin Ming had been practicing these inscriptions every day, and the soul fragments memories and his finally began to harmonize. The results of this were in two words, quite handy.
Lin Ming asked, “Was this the ‘shock’ symbol?”
Qin Xingxuan stared dumbfounded, and the Elder Senior Sister looked at her and noticed her expression. She was instantly able to determine that this young hooligan was not just doodling with his fingertips, but had drawn the ‘shock’ line and there was no mistake about it! Sh*t! This young hick pervert actually unexpectedly understood inscription techniques?! Wasn’t this just too preposterous?!
In Qin Xingxuan’s heart she was truly surprised and was trying to not reveal her complex emotions. There were 3600 foundation lines, and it was absurdly difficult for an amateur to remember them completely. It wasn’t too strange to say that Lin Ming knew this one foundation line, but what startled her was the ‘shock’ symbol he drew was completely correct; the energy was placed in the right spots and it was simply astounding. This could only the results of painstaking effort during practice!
With a bit of depression in her heart, she startled, “It is…”
Lin Ming said, “The ‘shock’ pattern is a sign of the killing god, its use typically will have it placed on a weapon. When a martial artist uses a weapon he will generally concentrate his energy on the weapon, and the energy will be used in a battle to defeat the enemy, but the increased effectiveness is limited. If the ‘shock’ line is placed on the weapon, then when a martial artist concentrates his energy in the weapon, it will flow through the ‘shock’ pattern and create a high speed vibration which increases the penetrating power, effectively increasing the degree of weapon sharpness…”
Lin Ming easily explained the ‘shock’ pattern as Qin Xingxuan had expected. If he was able to draw the ‘shock’ pattern with such skill, then he of course had to know the principles behind it! It would only be strange if he did not!
Qin Xingxuan’s competitive spirit was also aroused! She couldn’t let this boy outdo her! She asked, “Then, this fellow student, do you also know the ‘flag’ symbol drawing technique and principle behind it? She had abandoned the relatively simple foundation lines and raised the stakes to some of the more complex foundation symbols. However, this naturally could not confuse Lin Ming! In fact, Lin Ming’s understanding of foundation symbols was far more deep and profound than anything that could be offered in the Sky Spill Continent.
He calmly drew the ‘flag’ symbol in the air. Although the foundation symbols were somewhat complex, Lin Ming’s finger did not have the slightest pause, and in the blink of an eye, the complex inscription symbol sparkled in the air.
Now, even Qin Xingxuan was completely awed. The foundation symbol was far more complex with double the lines and even more so difficult to trace the energy in the symbol, but Lin Ming had done so with ease. This had already far surpassed Qin Xingxuan!
My god, this was a genius! Unexpectedly this random kid turned out to be a genius among geniuses in inscription talent!
But who did he study with to learn this godly engraving inscription technique? His appearance indicated he was not from some big aristocratic family. Was it possible that he was apprenticed to some ancient sage or extraordinary hermit who liked to live in the remote and secluded mountains?
Qin Xingxuan found that Lin Ming was filled with riddles, and she continued to test him. The more they exchanged the more she was surprised! This Lin Ming was not like he seemed! There were 3600 lines and 4900 symbols which added to more than 8000 different kinds, and he casually listed them, as if he were familiar with each one!
Compared to Qin Xingxuan’s surprise, the Elder Senior Sister was already floored by their conversation and remained confused on the sidelines as the two inscriptionists spoke to each other in what seemed to be a different and completely heavenly language; she could only look on at Xingxuan who showed increasing amazement and admiration.
The Elder Senior Sister understood Xingxuan very well. Do not be fooled by Qin Xingxuan’s elegant and cool expression! She treated everyone with good manners and effortless grace, but the truth was that the natural sixth ranked talent and her immense strength had doomed her heart with the soul of arrogance. Before now, she had never given anyone of the same generation such a high appraisal.
Finally the Elder Senior Sister became numb. She only understood one thing; today it would be impossible to confiscate this boy’s Pass Card!
Sh*t! To think she would make such a big mistake! She stomped her feet on the ground! To think that this random hick kind could actually be some sort of inscription talent!
This Elder Senior Sister was really going to go mad!
As he silently observed the ocean crash into the cliffs, Wang Chao’s mind had already begun to wander to a meditative state. In this state, he had already begun to visualize the past battles of his.
It had been four years since he first learned martial arts from Tang Zichen and her departure. Step by step, he had been in all sorts of battles and had grown from a simple-minded youth to a master of the martial arts world. No matter if it was in skill or in state of mind, he had cast away his previous life and was born anew.
“Guoshu…first comes Guo, then comes Shu. Without the country, there cannot be technique. Just like how there cannot be water without a source, there cannot be a fist without the intention. When the millions join together…the valor and inspiration cannot be stopped and no one can be the enemy. Inspiration is accumulated within the intent; one may as well ask the world itself, ‘Just who can match you in inspiration?’. Even if one’s martial art or skill is higher, if there is no inspiration, then they should fear you by a third more than normal.”
In a battle to the death, the most important thing was inspiration. With inspiration came strength, and strength came the decisive victory.
Finally, Wang Chao had realized that in the ancient chaotic time of the past when the dragons and snakes mixed with each other, powers from all parties would tried to distinguish what was justice. This too, was a matter of inspiration and power.
But a martial artist didn’t need to pretend to be righteous. They must have a just and honorable mind. Guoshu wasn’t just a noun. It was a reflection of the nation, with this, one would be able to explode with power to win over others.
A nation wasn’t formed of a single person, family, or organization. After a thousand years, it was the accumulation of millions and millions of spirit.
In a battle between two armies of the same strength, whichever side fought for justice would be the winner. Likewise, in a match between two experts of the same strength, if one had a firm heart with inspiration, they would be the winner.
At this point, Wang Chao could be said to understand the true meaning of Guoshu and the profound meaning behind its inspiration. After so many years of self-discipline of his mind and intent, he had finally mastered a comprehensive area of the subject.
Like how a snake devoured the moon by leaping, it would transform into a dragon.
“Ha!” Making the connection from the mind and spirit, Wang Chao’s mind and intent had rose like the waves. Striking out with his fist, his heart and harmonized with the intent, his intent harmonized with his Qi, and his Qi had harmonized with power. Rising and falling like the wind, Wang Chao began to feel one with the ocean and its movements.
Wang Chao began to flash through differing stances as he hopped, leaped, and made sounds. From Wang Chao’s mouth, the roar of a tiger, the screech of an eagle, the hissing of a snake, the whispers of the dragon, the crowing of a monkey, and the neighing of a horse could be heard from time to time.
With each move, the air around him echoed with an explosive sound.
The tiger’s roar, the eagle’s screech, the snake’s hiss, the monkey’s crows and the horse’s neighs had a rumbling sound to it that was reminiscent to the rumbling sound of thunder from the skies.
When the thunder struck, the roars of the tiger and the monkey’s crowing could be heard.
When Wang Chao struck, whether it was his inspiration or power, one could see that it was much more refined than before.
That was because he had reached a level where the sounds of thunder followed the fist.
The most important sound where the “sound follows the fist” is thunder. Thunder embodies the Qi of Yin and Yang to the utmost level before it is unleashed from the skies. The thunder within one’s body functions the same. When the Yin and Yang of the mind and intent form together, there comes a bursting sound from the muscles and bones.
Like a newborn, the mind must be gentle and clean like Yin. The intent must be like iron, firm and unrelenting like Yang.
When the gentle mind and the solid intent reached a pinnacle, it would naturally meet against each other. At this moment, the sounds of thunder would naturally form, but such a method like this was not easy to train in.
In the past, for the sake of improving his body, he had meticulously cultivated for twice the effort and half the results. But now, with a single fist, the sounds of thunder could be heard. This was what it meant for the mind and intent to harmonize and collide.
To pursuit meticulously and to burst forth naturally, the effects of the two would be completely different.
Just like how in Taichi, one borrowed power to fight power, the power to reflect power was a result of using the skin and muscles at the highest of levels. In the lower levels, one must manipulate the momentum of the other person by thinking and then reacting. The two are completely different like day and night.
One is natural, one is unnatural.
In the past, Wang Chao could produce the sounds of thunder, but that was only for the sake of cultivation and could not be applied to his skillset.
But now, he had managed to use the power produced from harmonizing the mind and intent to harmonize the sounds of thunder into each movement of his arms and legs.
The explosive sounds of thunder in one’s fist did not only improve strength, but inspiration.
A palm and a fist that can release the explosive sounds of thunder. In the past, that was what differentiated a mortal from an Immortal.
When the people of the past saw the Daoist priests produce thunder-like sounds from their fist, they had always thought that they had practiced Thunder Magic to subdue demons. From this, all sorts of fantastic rumors, stories, and myths came to be.
TL Note: Thunder Magic is referred to as . In Daoism, it used to practice “Neigong”, internal exercises. There are three “steps”: , , , (Unorthodox Magic of the Five Thunders, Orthodox Magic of the Five Thunders, Daoist Magic of the Five Thunders) collectively known as Thunder Magic. Called Five Thunders because there are five different thunders for the five organs in Traditional Chinese Medicine; Heart, Liver, Spleen, Lungs, and Kidney.
The more profound Daoist priests practiced medicine more often than not; the greatest examples were Ge Hong, Tao Hongjing, and Sun Simiao. Medics with a parental love and an open mind were able to harmonize the Yin and Yang to create thunder.
Wang Chao had practiced Guoshu for his nation. His fist carried his spirit, and combined with the mind and intent came the sounds of thunder.
Thunder was the world’s way of breaking out with an awe-inspiring amount of Qi into the human world!
Bang! One by one, Wang Chao shifted from the tiger stance to the eagle, monkey, horse, snake, and then finally, the dragon stance!
“The dragon stance joins Yin in order to search for the bones.”
As Wang Chao performed the moves of the dragon stance, a refreshing sensation began to spread throughout his bones and the innermost parts of his muscles.
At the same time, his pores and remained shut so that the Qi remained within his body instead of leaking out.
In that instant, Wang Chao suddenly felt the power within his body explode within throughout his muscles evenly and into his bone marrow. There was a cold and hot sensation that alternated within his body that eventually arrived at where his inner organs were.
Almost as if hit by lightning itself, his inner organs began to tremble, causing Wang Chao to grit his teeth in surprise.
Then, the cold and hot sensation began to meld together to form a warm feeling.
His entire body began to feel warm all over. It was because of this that Wang Chao knew that he had finally been able to coordinate both his external movements with his internal movements so that the Jin had permeated his inner organs.
It was this level of skill that one could be truly said to be cultivating their health. The previous levels were merely to bring out the potential to. When a person exploited their body’s inner potential to the max, it wouldn’t increase their strength by that much afterwards.
But after the power was spread to their inner organs, the inner potential of a person would increase by another strong step. Each and every moment would have the power of a lion, the strength of a tiger, the swiftness of a leopard, and the firmness of an elephant that could only be classified as belonging to the realms of the grandmasters.
“I’ve finally arrived at an extremely crucial opening. This could probably be said to be the same as achieving the Way.”
Collecting his energy, Wang Chao’s breath shot out like an arrow a meter away from him in a ripple like manner through the air.
“To practice the fist is easy, but the challenge lies within obtaining understanding the life of the fist. It can be said that martial arts is simple to learn, but obtaining the Way is difficult to achieve. I cannot tread on this path lightly.”
“Martial arts is easy to practice, but obtaining the Way is hard. Obtaining the Way is hard, but the way of cultivating is even harder!”
Wang Chao’s realization of this idea had taken a moment, but in that moment, he had understood it all. After some time, that feeling of enlightenment had finally begun to recede. To be able to retain this passionate state of mind without it receding away was an even more difficult thing to accomplish.
Guoshu is for the sake of the nation, and for the inspiration of technique. But, in these days, one would sometimes feel the nation in their mind, heart, and fist. To be unwavering and unshakeable from one’s resolve was not an easy thing to accomplish.
A moment of inspiration was easy, a lifetime of inspiration was difficult.
Obtaining the Way was hard, but cultivating the Way was even harder.
In the past few days, Wang Chao had cultivated his health with the essence of the sun and moon while practicing with Liao Junhua. Then, in his fight against Ye Xuan, he had received inspiration. And today, he had finally realized the true meaning to what it meant to practice Guoshu.
His tiger stance, eagle stance, monkey stance, monkey stance, snake stance, and dragon stance could be said to be at a master class. When he struck, the sounds of thunder would be heard with the strength of his Jin as he broke out violently and smoothly.
In the past, the horse was said to be related the dragons of the legend. Tang Zichen’s style of the Assault of Dragon and Snake had taught the dragon stance with the power of the horse stance in it.
Wang Chao had killed Ye Xuan by using the horse stance to break through his opponent’s defenses. Then, with the monkey stance, he used the “Dog passing Water” to break the calf of his opponent before slamming his foot down with the strength of a horse onto the chest to end Ye Xuan’s life.
Two of the three moves he had used in the match had made use of the horse stance.
Wang Chao had understood the true meaning behind the horse stance and had made the connection to reach a level of perfection. With each fist he unleashed, the Jin would rush through his fists along with the sound.
“I must make sure to slowly cultivate my health in the following future. After all twelve stances are learned to the point of Hidden Jin emerging from each one, then I will pursue after the Transforming Jin. By that point, who knows just what bottleneck I must breakthrough?”
“The pinnacle of Chinese boxing is to learn nothing to the point of knowing everything. By then, one is able to foretell danger and dodge accordingly, just what type of realm is this? The road I have yet to walk is a long one.”
“The energy of man has a limit, but they still try to seek the unlimited. A martial artist will forever seek this for the rest of their lives, but it does not mean they will be able to reach such a state and understand. This, is what is truly depressing.”
Wang Chao thought.
Just as Wang Chao was practicing his fist and thinking of his understanding of the way of cultivation for health, Cao Yi and Zhou Liang had both gathered once more in S province.
Right in front of him were several sheets of information.
Naturally, most of the information had to do with Wang Chao.
“I didn’t find the wrong person, how great is that. He was able to kill the genius from Japan, Ye Xuan. That Ye Xuan wasn’t any regular person either, even the loss of a talent like his is quite sorrowful to me.”
“The death or defeat of a genius means he is not a genius. Whether in army, or martial arts, or chess, or in any other aspect, the Japanese will try to find the weak spot of others and try to seize victory. I believe that we able to get rid of a disaster.”
Zhou Liang laughed, “Compared to the Japanese, our training regime is quite gentle.”
“No matter waht, Wang Chao accomplished his mission. He hasn’t failed to live up to our expectations, and his worth is well more than what it was before. But what’s more surprising is the fact that Liao Junhua is an expert as well? The legacy of the oversea grandmaster Zhu Hongzhi and is connected to the American Chinese Association in many ways? This is a problem that requires investigating. This Liao Junhua has a truly hidden secret.”
Cao Yi pointed at the information in front of him.
“In comparison, the princelings from the Ike Corporation are far more transparent than this Liao Junhua. He had hidden his strength so much, who knows just what goals he has?” Zhou Liang spoke.
“Let’s not talk about the matters with the princeling. Let Lin Yanan concentrate on collecting even more information before we talk about it. For now, what has the higher ups decided on doing now?” Cao Yi asked.
He and Zhou Liang were considered to be secret members of the Military Commission’s Organization. Whatever information that came from above would first need to go through Zhou Liang.
“Of course. Wang Chao has been given the rank of lieutenant commander, a rank equivalent to a vice commander of a regiment. Lin Yanan has been promoted to a commander of the regiment as well.” Zhou Liang spoke.
“That’s all?” Cao Yi spoke in confusion, “There isn’t anything else at all? They can’t even join the military, so giving them a military rank is an empty reward isn’t it? No money no food no men no weapons, what’s the point?” Chapter 99: The Wulin of the People
Cao Yi’s words had been true. While Wang Chao had been conferred to become a lieutenant commander, it was an empty check that Wang Chao had no use for.
At the very most, this had only meant that he would be given a higher paycheck. Several hundred more RMB a month would be added to add up to a thousand RMB salary. This was far more than enough to pay for food, water, electricity, hospital visits, and any other needs.
Expenses for the doctor or hospital, money for the New Years or any holiday spending, it would all be taken care of from his salary. To the regular military man, this was not a bad treatment at all.
But for Wang Chao who had an asset of over a hundred million, he wasn’t lacking money, and so, just what use was this treatment for him?
Lin Yanan was originally from the navy. After this promotion, she still had the chance to return to her original headquarters and gain even more power. But Wang Chao wouldn’t be able to.
“What other choice is there? To gain a military rank isn’t half bad; were you expecting him to win an actual title? That’s rather unrealistic.” Zhou Liang sighed, “An empty military rank is still a rank. When he retires, he can still use this as his fallback.”
“Do you really think that he would be able to retire as an elder?” Cao Yi spoke with a strange glance to Zhou Liang.
In truth, Wang Chao’s chances of retirement as an elder was practically zero after this most recent deathmatch. In Cao Yi and Zhou Liang’s eyes, Wang Chao had a 99% chance to die on the arena. There was absolutely no chance for him to retire.
“How about this then, I’ll go report to the higher ups and see if they can throw in another bonus. It’ll be good for him as well.” Zhou Liang nodded his head. “To kill isn’t that easy of a task. Gaining an empty reward seems quite underwhelming in truth. Although we are secret members, but are we still not members of the Military Commission? If one wants to rise in rank, they must start from the major general.”
“A major general isn’t enough. Even the major generals of now are just those who sing several songs of culture. To move the hands is far better than to move the lips.” Cao Yi sneered.
“Cao, my old friend, don’t be so grouchy. We have to put faith in the organization, something good will come from it. Our sweat and blood won’t be shed in vain.” Zhou Liang slapped Cao Yi on the shoulder. “In the latter half of this year, you’ll be tenured and become the head of the entire province’s safety bureau. You’ll be a part of the provincial party committee, and in several years, being a part of the central safety bureau won’t be too difficult.”
“I’m not the one to worry about. The government works for the sake of our country doesn’t it?” Cao Yi spoke. “Send a message to them. No, wait, a message won’t do us any good. Let’s go to Beijing ourselves and find one of the senior officials to grouch to.”
Just as Cao Yi and Zhou Liang were talking about Wang Chao’s most recent raise in salary, Wang Chao had already arrived at Guangdong in a small place called the Hongcun Village.
In a regular looking Volkswagen Santana, Wang Chao and Zhu Jia sat in the back while Lin Yanan drove the car.
The car slowly but peacefully traveled through the rural roads without any bumps or dusts flying up.
That was because they were on a cement road. Several years ago, the Socialist government had put up many cement roads to the villages and countrysides.
Although the roads weren’t that broad and would barely see any farmers use it, it was more than enough for any regular car to travel on.
“Many martial artists came from the village of Hongcun, Zhang Wei included. Their main focus had been in the Hung Ga, Wingchun, and Shaolin Longfist. Many of the more amazing martial artists had always stuck to martial art competitions and thus never gained a name for themselves in the Jianghu.”
Lin Yanan continued to drive the car and began to explain some of the information she had to Wang Chao.
“That’s true. There are many practitioners amongst the people, but those who wished to fight in the Jianghu were far and few. So despite their amazing prowess, their names were not known to many.” Wang Chao spoke.
If not for the allure of money to help one live their life, a practitioner of martial arts would not be willing to enter the Jianghu and engage in a bloody brawl.
“Zhang Wei’s name has spread throughout the Jianghu for many years and made a name for himself. After washing his hands clean of that life, he had decided to try his hand at business in Shantou. But because of the economical hardships, the Ike Corporation had won him over which led to his defeat at your hands. After his death, I heard his family went so deep into debt that his wife had sold all their assets and brought their child back to Hongcun village.”
After two or three days of investigations, Lin Yanan had been able to get a grasp on the situation.
“Ai! If there is trouble, then I should help. That is why I came, Zhang Wei was a worthy opponent after all. A skill like his is a strength that is not so easily found.” Wang Chao mentioned as he looked out the window.
The King had comforted her for a long time earlier, but now he didn’t even look at her. He just thought and pushed away the scroll. He shouted, “Make a copy of it! Dig deep to the truth!”
“Yes, my king.” A eunuch hurriedly walked over and took the scroll before he left the room, with his head lowered.
“Hua, go back to rest now!” The king closed his eyes and coldly spoke, “Let’s talk when I figure out the truth.”
“Your majesty, my son died in such a brutal way, I…” Royal Consort Hua was still weeping.
“Get the fxck off!”
The king shouted in anger. He suddenly raged up like a madman. He stood up and pushed everything to the floor. Things were broken on the floor, including the Royal Jade Ruyi that he loved the most!
Hua was shocked. She trembled even more and didn’t dare to say a word!
The eunuchs and maids held her with their hands to help her leave.
The king stayed in the study room, trembling, his eyes burning with anger.
In fact, the king knew that he didn’t need to dig any deeper on this. He knew that all of it was true!
Nobody would fake such things!
Who would spend so much time and money to frame a prince and wipe out his entire family? That was absurd in the Land of Han-Yang!
It would be such a joke to frame a prince like this!
Within one night.
Killing qi raged up in the city!
Smell of blood filled half of the capital!
Hundreds of miles around the Chen-Xing City, all branches of Voluptuous Flower Building were ruined! Staff were all dead… in unusual ways.
Some of them even got their entire clans wiped out.
However, even though there were full of dead bodies and blood in those places, all things remained untouched, not like the two inside the Chen-Xing City!
The books and secret papers that should have been hidden deep under the floor were placed on the table in the main hall.
Soul Land 2: The Unrivaled Tang Sect The secret records showed how Voluptuous Flower Building did their dirty business…
The brothel kept ten percent of the money they got as daily expenses. The rest of it went to other places, and these places were clearly recorded on those secret papers.
The money would go to many people. These people were dead at the moment, but their account books were shown on the table.
It proved where the money came and where it went to…
After many times of transfer… the money all went to Second Prince’s Palace!
The money flowed in a complex way, and it was such a perfect plan to transfer the money. To check one point in the flow would lead to nothing. It was nearly impossible to find out the money actually went to the Second Prince’s Palace at the end!
Only when everything was dug out and people started to check the money from Second Prince’s Palace was the truth revealed!
Over twenty thousand people died within this night!
The revealed crime shocked the entire kingdom.
The wave of killing didn’t end after all. It was actually just the start. It began within the capital of Kingdom of Chen and spread out to the entire kingdom… Everywhere there was a branch of Voluptuous Flower Building…
One after another, they were wiped out. Even those who knew people were targeting them, even though they hid away in advance, they would be dragged out and slaughtered, along with their entire family!
It was like a mad autumn wind, rolling over and blowing down the entire forest!
Nobody could escape the justice.
Even Second Prince and Hua Liushui, such powerful men, were captured and slaughtered, so how could those small figures escape from the punishment!
Apparently, Ye Xiao had shown his attitude. [I have informed you, the government, the royal house… But I just don’t trust you!]
[Evil must be wiped out!]
[We will do it with our own hands!]
[We will send these evil monsters to hell by ourselves!]
[Who knows how long I will wait before you finish the investigation and claim them guilty! We don’t wait!]
[The million dead souls of the young women won’t wait!]
[The justice for all the people in the world can’t wait!]
[We will just do it!]
In the royal court.
The king was trembling. He wept, “I… I am ashamed! I am sorry, my ancestors! My people! I am so sorry! …”
“My son was such a monster! My son was didn’t have a conscience! So unscrupulous…” He shouted to the sky, “It is such a misfortune to the Kingdom of Chen! Such a shame to the royal clan! Such a grief for my people! It won’t clean his guilt even if he were cut into pieces!”
The officials were silent. None of them said anything. They just lowered their heads and stood still.
Usually, they would gather forward and comfort the King.
‘Please, your majesty, you should take care of yourself… Second Prince must have been framed by his men…’
They would say something like that.
They would say anything as an excuse to comfort the king and exonerate Second Prince.
However, under such a world-shocking, lurid, unbelievable, and unforgivable crime, they couldn’t say anything anymore.
… Chapter 551: What about Your Clan?
Translator: Rain Editor: Chrissy
How to comfort the king on this? How to exonerate his son?
Regardless of their own moral consciousness, to comfort the king and exonerate Second Prince was the dumbest thing to do!
What if somebody suspected that any of them were related to Second Prince’s dirty business? That would be such a nasty trouble!
The king had been thinking for a while. At the end, he decided not to hide the truth!
The royal house didn’t need the fig leaf anymore!
He could never hide it forever anyway. Besides, he couldn’t bear the censure from his morality.
Three days killings, the assassins had travelled around half of the Kingdom of Chen already.
They covertly and quickly acted. They would only spend half a day to travel to another place, while normal people would spend one full day on horse.
They started the killing right at the moment they arrived!
They didn’t even need time to recover themselves!
Within five days and four nights without rest, they had killed over a hundred thousand men, including officials, royal relatives, noble born, and citizens. Most of the people in the local Voluptuous Flower Building were citizens, at least as recorded…
Such crazy massacre was almost against the nature’s rules. The king couldn’t say anything about it though. [Capture them? How? What reason do I have? How can I be so shameless to stop them?]
[My son did so many evil and unforgivable crimes and did I capture him?]
[Did I sentence him to any thing by now?]
[Now that somebody is doing the justice that I should have done long ago, how can I go stop them?]
[People born in the royalty shouldn’t be so shameless!]
Besides, the royal court had been working on collecting information about the crime. They had put together all the papers from all the Voluptuous Flower Buildings in the kingdom…
The king compelled all officials in Penalty Ministry to analyze the information. They spent a full day to sort all things out.
The Minister of Penalty Ministry was gasping with a red face as he lowered his head. He couldn’t say a word at all.
If the responsible person wasn’t the king’s son, the minister would have long shouted abuse to him and swore to fxck his entire clan!
What kind of animal would do such a filthy thing!
“Wang, you haven’t given me the result yet,” the king spoke.
“Your majesty!” Minister Wang sounded tough, “In ten years, Voluptuous Flower Building has built eighty-five branches at appearance, thirty-three in secret, eleven in the Kingdom of Tian-Yu and nine in the Kingdom of Lan-Feng… That is one hundred and thirty-eight in total!”
“In ten years, on record… the number… of the women that were murdered… is one million and two hundred and seventy thousand!” Minister Wang’s voice became keyed-up and thrilled. “One million and two hundred seventy thousand… young women! One million and two hundred and seventy thousand deaths!”
He shouted so loudly in the royal court.
There were tears on his face!
The king closed his eyes with sorrow and shame.
“That is as shown on record. There must be many girls who have been sent to some important figures in the court as gifts…” Minister Wang’s eyes lit up. He glanced at the officials on the court and said, “I wonder how many…”
Officials were all sighing, except two of them. They were both trying to avoid eye contacts.
They didn’t participate in the filthy business of Second Prince, but they accepted the girls from him. They still kept the girls… at home…
Minister Wang looked at them and said, “My dear friends, what do you two think about it?”
The two of them were terrified. They hurriedly kneeled down and kowtowed, begging, “Your majesty… Please… I was wrong… I deserve penalty…”
The king looked at them in disdain. He had praised these two officials many times for their hard work in their jobs before, but now he said to them, “Since you know you deserve it, fine. Somebody come and drag them out. Kill them both!”
“Wipe out their families and kill their clans!”
As the king gave such an order, the two officials suddenly broke down.
The guards in the court gathered over and grabbed them both, then they dragged them out like dragging two dead dogs. They begged and begged, feeling extreme desperation as they got nearer to the gate.
One of them suddenly shouted, “Kill my clan! Good! Can I ask you something, your majesty! I just accepted one woman and I have never harmed her ever! Am I that unforgivable? If you insist to wipe out my entire clan, what about you? My One And Only Your son had done such a flagrant crime!”
“King obeys to law like all citizen! Second Prince did so many flagrant things. Should you wipe out his clan too? Should you dig out his ancestors’ tombs? Your son committed such a crime, don’t you, as his father, have any responsibility for it? Even if you kill all the officials here, can you cover the truth that such a crime was on your royal family?”
“Hahahaha… Wipe out my clan! Good! I know I am unforgivable! I will go to hell and wait till the moment you put the order to wipe out your own clan! I want to see how you wipe out your own clan yourself and convince the entire world!”
The two of them knew they were bound to die this day, so they decided to go straightforward on it. They feared nothing now.
They just said whatever they had in their mind!
In fact, they were right. They were not even part of Second Prince’s men. What they did was just misprision. They accepted the girls from Second Prince, and it was just following the unspoken rule in the court. Besides, they liked the girls so much and had never harmed them. They didn’t know where Second Prince got them either…
It was a special time and the king was lost in anger, that was why they got such a serious penalty. In fact, they should be just warned and suspended from duty for some time. Normally, they wouldn’t get punished like this-execution and clan extermination should have been out of the question!
Which one….Is the real Li Biyue….
“It seems like we have the main food already.”
After sending back the old lady, Li Biyue came back with the stuffed dumplings and gave Liu Yi a playful smile.
“Grandma Wang’s craft is good, you are in for a treat today.”
“Are your relationship with your neighbors this good?”
Liu Yi felt strange.
Externally, Li Biyue was not a very cold person.
“This is a long story.”
Li Biyue said and reached out to open the door, “Let’s get inside first and then I’ll tell you.”
This was the second time for Liu Yi to enter a girl’s room. The first time was when he went to Murong Die’s house.
It can be said that Liu Yi has seen all of the secrets in Murong Die’s room.
When he went inside Li Biyue’s room, he found out that the inside was a whole lot different than the building’s shabby outside appearance.
Although the room was small, with a bedroom, a kitchen, a narrow living room, plus a small toilet.
But the room’s arrangement was very beautiful. There were pink decorations throughout the room. The room appeared very warm and also very cute.
“Have a seat, I am going to prepare two dishes.”
The room was really small, he estimated that the area was around thirty square meters.
After Li Biyue put the dumplings away, she started to prepare the dinner for two people.
“When I first arrived, I was not very familiar with them….But, once when I came back from a mission, I was suddenly woken up from my sleep.”
Li Biyue reached out for a kitchen knife and began to cut the vegetables, “It seemed like a few gangsters want to demolish the building. They bullied a lot of the residents. I did not like they woke me up from my sleep so I went out and taught them a lesson. Since then, the residents are very grateful to me….”
“Gangsters want to demolish the building?”
Liu Yi was somewhat confused.
“Don’t you know?”
Li Biyue smiled, “That’s right, my brother is still in school….There are things that you don’t understand.”
She said, picked up the carrots, and threw them into the air.
Then she waved her kitchen knife several times, cutting those carrots evenly into many pieces. They then fell into the plate.
“Some developers fancy this piece of land for a very long time but they want to buy cheap….The price that they offer is too low. Even if this is a Shantytown, it’s unacceptable.”
Liu Yi curiously asked, “How much per meter square is it?” “One thousand.”
Liu Yi was taken aback by this answer from Li Biyue.
Now the housing price has been on the rise in Northern Dragon City, which is the economic hub of North East Province. Although the wage level was still low, the housing price is already on the same level as a first tier City.
In Northern Dragon City, the price for a very basic house is about nine thousand or ten thousand per square meter.
Moreover, the real estate developers in Northern Dragon City were very dirty, the usable area for a 60 square meter house was often only 30 square meters!
If you ask Liu Yi, who is the most hated group of people in the Northern Dragon City compared to the underworld gang, the answer would be real estate developers!
Even if Liu Yi was just a high school student, regarding the housing price, he more or less understood.
After all, this is the biggest problem concerning the people’s livelihood.
“One thousand yuan per square meter? Are you kidding me!”
For a regular room like Li Biyue’s house, the total area is around 30 square meters, it means that a family who owned this type of house can only get….30 thousand yuan!
Where can they buy another house for 30 thousand yuan?
At most, they could only buy a bathroom!
This is so unfair!
“Yes, they will give one thousand, not more.”
Li Biyue continued to cut the vegetables and lit the stove, “The residents here were naturally reluctant to sell and the two sides were in a deadlock for a while. Finally, the real estate developer hired a large number of underworld gang people to forcefully demolish the building.”
“That is too sinister!”
Liu Yi somewhat cannot imagine.
Violent relocation of people is always a hot topic, so a lot of companies usually employ a more subtle approach. They would not dare to directly expel people.
“The underworld gang is used as thugs to do the dirty work.”
Li Biyue told her brother, who she thought has never been in contact with underworld gang, “They are much more effective than the government or developers.”
“How could they do this!”
Liu Yi clenched his fist, “Is there no law in here!”
“I have taught them a lesson once.”
Li Biyue said, “I hope they won’t come for the second time.”
As she spoke, she scrambled to find ingredients, seasoning, or something.
Stop talking about this, I will let you taste my craft….”
With that, a burst of fire suddenly appeared. Li Biyue exclaimed, quickly moved the pot away and put out the fire by spraying it with tap water.
The tap water finally extinguish the flame on the pot. But Liu Yi was stunned.
His beautiful and powerful sister….Is seemingly unable to cook!
The kitchen was like a battlefield.
This was the words of someone’s wise ancestors!
At this time, before Liu Yi’s eyes, the kitchen was more terrible than the battlefield.
Soon, the house was filled with black smoke and wrapped Liu Yi.
Liu Yi felt as if he was in hell, beside the choking smell of smoke, he cannot feel anything.
Is this also sister’s special ability?
Liu Yi seemed to hear footsteps within the smoke, followed by the sound of someone opening the window.
The cold wind and the influx of fresh air made Liu Yi feel reborn.
“The dish is ready….”
Li Biyue put a plate of dark unknown objects on the table.
Looking at this group of unknown black objects, Liu Yi felt his stomach began to twist.
What is this….Is it biological bomb….
“Try it….Sister rarely cook….”
Li Biyue said, “This is my first time cooking for someone else….”
“Sister, you don’t usually cook your own food?”
“Cooking is a waste of time.”
Li Biyue laughed, “I usually eat out. I have always been busy and rarely have the time to accompany brother….”
Li Biyue is a A-level Hunter, there are many missions that need to be completed by her everyday.
Especially the Great God Cult, which make Li Biyue unbearably busy.
Moreover, A-level Hunter of the Hunter Organization is under high degrees of attention; a few days ago Li Biyue even received a mission assignment by the Government.
Li Biyue was a bit bruised and battered in order to complete this task.
Today is her rest day, which she likes to spend by playing in the game center.
But then, she accidentally sensed the demonic qi outside. Li Biyue then rushed over and saved Liu Yi’s life from Jiang Qini’s hands.
Therefore, Li Biyue believed that this was all invisibly arranged by fate.
This boy is destined to be his brother.
“Go on, eat. Sister’s craft should be good.”
Li Biyue was very confident of herself.
Liu Yi swallowed his saliva and solemnly said.
“Sister….Before eating, I decide to tell you my real name.”
After this, I won’t have another chance…..
“Em….When I think of it, I still don’t know my brother’s name.”
Liu Biyue remembered this important thing.
“My name is Liu Yi, the Yi in Boyi (game)!”
Liu Yi seriously introduced himself.
“Sister, that is my name….Be sure to remember….”
Especially when you burn the paper in my funeral, don’t write the wrong name….
Liu Yi then looked at the group of unknown black objects, his stomach twisted even more.
Can this stuff….Be eaten?
“Oh, that’s right! Brother, you can’t eat this!”
Li Biyue suddenly remembered something, clapped her hands, and exclaimed.
Liu Yi finally sighed a long sigh of relief.
Yang Chen shook his head somewhat unhappily, “No way, it’s too dangerous, you’re all still young, be good go home and sleep, don’t go racing late at night.”
Hearing these words, TangTang’s smiling face totally collapsed, she made a hmph sound and said : “Uncle, the reason I asked you to teach, is because your driving skills are not bad, it is me thinking highly of you. But don’t you think for a moment that the scene of you nearly killing me earlier is already forgotten.”
These words led Yang Chen to be unable to hold back from laughing, “Oh? How do you want to settle it?”
“Aren’t you great at driving? Don’t you wanna go home? Good, then I will call people here to wreck your car. Then see how you’re going to drive, and how you will go home!” TangTang proudly pulled her hand away, and the yellow-haired man at the back immediately followed the command, he happily drew out a brand new iPhone and made a call.
“Big bro Yuanye, big sis TangTang is being bullied, hurry and come!” The yellow-haired man shouted, and gave Yang Chen a mean smile, apparently judging Yang Chen to be finished.
Yang Chen pulled out a cigarette with slight interest, the night is long, and he also doesn’t mind disciplining these naughty rich kids.
“Uncle, right now this is your last chance to reconsider, are you going to obediently teach me? Or will you let you and your car receive a little punishment tonight?” TangTang’s pink wig lightly blows in the wind, the beautiful face is, at this moment, unlikeable just like a little devil.
As if hearing the least convincing words Yang Chen ignored her. Yang Chen has always been lazy to make unnecessary extra moves onto people, he slowly turned his head away, looking towards the several cars closing in rapidly.
In a flash, three sports cars stop in front of Yang Chen, the leading car is actually the new Audi R8, another magnificent car with a V8 engine, the black body showed the great texture lines of the car, in the dark night like a proud black knight.
Very quickly, coming out from the R8 was a handsome young man wearing a Versace shirt, sharp angular face, starry eyes with sword-like brows, upright posture, and a head full of short hair that gives the feeling of being energetic. He is approximately twenty years old, but seemed very mature.
The moment this young man named Yuanye stepped out of his car, four male bodyguards in black suits stuck to his back, tightly protecting him.
Seeing this scene, Yang Chen’s eyes gained some playfulness, in this generation those who drive supercars may not necessarily be extremely rich, there are things like payment by installments, but people able to hire bodyguards, within the entire ZhongHai are the few within few, they are either rich and powerful or an incomparably important person.
Yuanye only took one look at Yang Chen, and immediately averts his gaze, as if looking for one more second would be a waste.
“TangTang, what happened?” Yuanye reveals a warm smile to TangTang and asked.
TangTang pouts impatiently, as if she doesn’t care about giving Yuanye face, she signalled to the other two behind her to speak.
The two henchmen are perhaps also considered rich family’s young masters, but in the presence of this young man named Yuanye they turned extremely tame, they greeted “big bro Yuanye” and explained the dangerous scene to him.
Once Yuanye heard TangTang nearly got killed by Yang Chen’s car, his eyebrows tightened together, from his initial gaze at Yang Chen of disdain, gradually changing into cold anger.
“Don’t worry TangTang , I will settle this matter.” Yuanye as before spoke to TangTang very warmly, but now made a “move” hand gesture to the four black clothed men.
The four bodyguards neatly nodded, then moved forward together, an imposing pressure instantly rises.
Yet Yang Chen laughed, seems like these bodyguards have went through military training, only soldiers have this type of aura, however this little bit of aura is still completely useless.
The four bodyguards initially intended to simply throw a few punches to satisfy the master’s request, but who knew, even before getting 3 steps closer to Yang Chen, they felt a strong aura flooding out like a raging tsunami!
These guys who were all soldiers before had their backs starting to sweat. Their nearly completely degenerated keen senses told them, this man is extremely dangerous! At an unprecedented level!!
Just like a tiny cyclone, directly slamming into the entire sea’s cold waves, the feeling of being unable to fight back emits from their hearts.
Yuanye, upon seeing the four bodyguards stop is extremely unhappy, “What’s going on? Settling one person is so hard? Do you need me to do it myself?”
The four bodyguards look at each other and sourly smiles, after taking someone’s money to help protect them from misfortune, as a bodyguard servant, despite knowing that they are courting death, they still have to go!
At seemingly the same time, the four uniformly charges at Yang Chen, with violent fists and kicks thrown towards the left, right and lower body of Yang Chen at the same time!
Yang Chen blew a final breath of smoke, and tossed the cigarette butt with sparks into the air, his pair of legs lightly tapped the ground, and the body flowingly made a forward somersault, as he lands, he is already behind the four bodyguards, barely dodging the four people.
Immediately after, Yang Chen throws his hands towards the back, and accurately catches two bodyguard’s back collar, the two bodyguard’s bodies come to a halt, and they feel an irresistible force pulling on to them from behind. Involuntarily, the two bodyguards flew away!
Just like in a movie’s special effects, Yang Chen’s body makes use of the counter force of throwing the two bodyguards to fall backwards, at the same time, his two arms bend, and he directly elbows at the remaining two bodyguard’s lumbar spines!
In the flash it took to execute these moves, the four bodyguards that were charging forward, have all been knocked down onto the ground, wailing in pain, unable to crawl back up.
The cigarette butt tossed into the air by Yang Chen, only now falls onto the asphalt road, and shoots out several tiny sparks. Chapter 24: Delivering Food
Even Yuanye, who promised TangTang to deal with Yang Chen became tongue-tied and terrified. The two other men who witnessed Yang Chen’s driving skills were also dumbstruck and cowering behind Yuanye, without the guts to take another look at him.
Only TangTang had a different look in her eyes, as if she noticed something exciting. The way she looked at Yang Chen totally changed in that moment.
Yang Chen claps his hands, somewhat unsatisfied and shook his head, then gave Yuanye a teasing smile, “Young master, do you still want to stand up for this little girl?”
Originally Yang Chen thought, when Yuanye witnesses his absolutely overwhelming presence, he would choose to back off and no longer stand up for TangTang, but Yuanye’s behavior was instead beyond his expectations.
After a short little tremble, Yuanye continued to resolutely stand in front of TangTang, his tone was no longer as domineering as before, but still just as resolute as he said: “I admit your skills are very strong, but don’t think I’ll be afraid of you just because of that, I will definitely protect TangTang.”
Apparently TangTang did not expect Yuanye to unswervingly stay and protect her, her eyes show that she was quite touched, but she doesn’t speak any words of gratitude.
Yang Chen makes a weird smile and says: “Unexpectedly a dedicated emotional seedling, not bad not bad, pretty similar to me your uncle.” Yang Chen who just took in a mistress laughs out loud, turns and walks towards his M3.
“You’re just leaving like that!?” Yuanye stared blankly, then understands that Yang Chen has let him go.
Yang Chen returns to the BMW, and blinks at Yuanye, “You’re Yuanye right? You might feel that some of the words I say is me acting old, and some of the words may sound cliche. On behalf of your character being pretty good, let me tell you. Don’t think too highly of yourself in the future, the phrase ‘a man beyond a man and a sky beyond a sky’ is not blindly made. I’m just advising you with no other intentions. However right now, you guys should no longer be stopping me from going home right?”
The two young men who were blocking the road have long been hiding in a corner, who would still dare to obstruct him? Yang Chen starts the car and quickly left the scene.
Watching the BMW gradually drive off into the distance, Yuanye and TangTang finally came to their senses, but were still unable to make heads or tails of what happened.
“Such a strange person.” Yuanye has a little lingering fear, on his handsome face was both discontent and reverence.
Yet TangTang instead has a face of freshness, with a pair of beautiful pupils full of wittiness, no one could possibly know what crafty ideas were going about in her mind.
Returning to the villa at Dragon Garden, WangMa welcomed him the moment he entered, and with a warm smile said: “Young Master you’re back, have you eaten? If you haven’t, I’ll heat up some dishes.”
Yang Chen rubbed his stomach, considering the piston exercise with Rose in the afternoon, along with racing and pummeling people earlier, he totally forgot to eat. Yang Chen promptly laughed and asks WangMa to prepare a meal.
After gulping down two bowls of rice on the western dining table, Yang Chen finally burped in satisfaction, he faces the satisfied-looking WangMa and said: “The feeling of having someone who cooks at home is so great, especially someone who cooks as well as WangMa.”
WangMa cleans up the table while happily saying, “It’s good as long as Young Master likes it, compared to what Young Master had done, I could only cook and watch the house.”
“What do you mean?” Yang Chen was a little confused.
Hesitating for a moment, WangMa face turned a little bitter, “Young Master, today when master came, if it wasn’t for young master, Little Miss would most likely be incredibly angry again today.”
Yang Chen understands in a flash, so it’s just about the father-daughter matter in the day between Lin Kun and Lin Ruoxi. Not knowing to laugh or to cry Yang Chen says, “From what I see Ruoxi is already pretty angry, being called by her own father a…… being called that, any daughter would get angry.”
WangMa shook her head, “Young Master has no idea, Little Miss may be angry, but this time cannot compare to the last two times. A few days ago, Master brought Little Miss to a marriage meeting with Xu family’s Young Master, he even used the old villa to threaten Little Miss, Little Miss was so angry that she ran out to drink. When she returned her whole body smelled like alcohol, the day before she didn’t even return home, and spent the night out. I’ve watched Little Miss grow up, our family’s Little Miss has always been very self-disciplined, if not for getting that angry, she definitely wouldn’t get drunk.
Yang Chen awkwardly rubbed his nose, I know right, drunk to the point of being oblivious that someone drugged her, and even letting me sleep with her like a bar hostess, if it wasn’t for me she wouldn’t even know who did it.
“Things are better now,” WangMa gratifyingly said: “With Young Master here, it will no longer be so easy for Master to bully Little Miss anymore, sure enough having a man in the house is the only way to live in peace.”
Yang Chen was embarrassed to continue listening, and changed the conversation topic by saying: “WangMa, where’s Ruoxi? Has she eaten?”
WangMa sourly smiled and said, “Little Miss is upstairs working in the study room, after being disturbed by the matter with Master in the day, only in the evening did calm down and have the mood to work, saying there’s not enough time left for work, she hasn’t even eaten dinner.”
“This isn’t the way, one cannot function on an empty stomach, even if pouring all effort into work she still has to eat right?” Yang Chen frowned.
“That’s what I think too, but Little Miss is stubborn, once she starts working she doesn’t even allow us to knock on the door, and also doesn’t allow us to bring things for her, otherwise she would get angry.” WangMa’s expression was both helpless and doting.
Yang Chen ponders for a moment. The future may be a mystery, but at least now she’s still my wife, if she starves I won’t feel good about it, therefore he says : “WangMa help me prepare another portion of food, I will send it to Ruoxi.”
“Really? Perhaps if it is you, Young Master, sending it Little Miss would eat,” as if WangMa had been hoping for Yang Chen to say that, she happily rushed to the kitchen.
Soon, Yang Chen carried a tray full of steaming dishes up to the door of Lin Ruoxi’s study on the second floor. From the outside not a sound could be heard from beyond this scarlet door.
Yang Chen raised his hand to knock the door, but there’s no reaction. Under the basis of his extraordinary hearing, it was so silent that Yang Chen felt it was strange.
With a little confusion, Yang Chen pulled open the door to the study himself, and quietly entered.
In the room, a vast array for books greet him, being placed neatly in all directions of this spacious room, a mixed smell of paper and Lin Ruoxi’s body fragrance filled the room. Between two artistic pots of bamboo was a big mahogany office table, atop of it was filled with various kinds of documents and books.
The Lin Ruoxi of this moment, was surprisingly sitting on a black leather chair, leaning on the office table asleep.
With a peerlessly pretty sleeping face that was missing its usual coldness, her curvy slender eyebrows, delicate little jade nose, tender-slim red lips, every single part was an attraction. The bright table lamp refracts the head full of wavy black hair’s attractive luster.
Suddenly witnessing his wife’s soft and weak side, Yang Chen feels a little regretful, as a woman, she’s under so much pressure and yet she’s still has to desperately work. It is no wonder her smile has never been revealed despite being this beautiful. Thinking that, Yang Chen is unable to avoid feeling pity.
With the meal placed on the table, Yang Chen observed the study. He walks to a clothes hanger and takes a coat off, slowly walks back, then covers Lin Ruoxi’s body with it. He gently places the coat over her, fearing that she will wake up from the noise. Done with the coat, Yang Chen turns off the table lamp, bringing the room to complete darkness and leaves the room silently.
Downstairs, WangMa was already busy in the kitchen, seeing that it is still early, Yang Chen turns on the huge LED TV in the living room, lies on the big comfy sofa and watches the evening news.
Not long since, a ‘Da Da Da’ sound of footsteps comes from the staircase, Yang Chen turns, and sees his wife Lin Ruoxi already downstairs. In her hands is the coat he put on her, and she looks at him with a complicated expression. Chapter 25: Taking A Job
“Why?” After a long period of silence, with a poker face, Lin Ruoxi finally spouts out this word.
“Why what?” Yang Chen asks back.
Lin Ruoxi threw the coat in her hand at Yang Chen, she wanted to ask why he suddenly decided to care and put a coat on her, and send her that meal, but when the words reached her throat she felt a little too embarrassed to say it, and could only say: “Why didn’t you wake me up.”
“What are you talking about? I have no idea.” Yang Chen pretends with an innocent face.
Lin Ruoxi creases her eyebrows, in her heart murmuring how this man is still such a rogue, “Don’t you know I’m in a hurry? Since you saw me sleeping you should have woke me up, what if it delays my work!”
“I’ve already said that I have no idea what you are talking about.” Yang Chen pulled out a cigarette, and minded his own business lighting it up, he intended to take it to the grave.
Helpless, Lin Ruoxi didn’t speak more about it, and only coldly said, “Without my permission you’re not allowed to enter my study and bedroom, otherwise I will have you move out.”
“Haha…….” Yang Chen laughs, “Move out? I’ve never said I want to move in, it is you who made me move in, why does it sound like I’m the one who begged you to let me move in? Hey, my dear wife, these words of yours are pretty baffling.”
“You…….” Lin Ruoxi wanted to protest, but remembered that it was indeed her that had him move in, she even prepared a room and bought essential items needed for daily use for him. With nothing better to say, she could only angrily glare at Yang Chen, “I’m not going to ramble on and on with a rogue like you, remember to go find a good job from tomorrow onwards!” With that said, leaving a wave of fragrance she once again goes upstairs.
Halfway up the stairs, she heard Yang Chen warmly say from the living room: “Remember to take your meals.”
Lin Ruoxi’s footsteps paused, a mysterious warmth flowed into her heart, she turns her head and stares at the back of the man smoking and watching TV, a little spellbound…… All these years, other than Wang Ma who raised her, and her long passed mother and granny, there truly had not been anybody else who had given her this type of family warmth, considerate care, and even more so a man. This feeling was very unfamiliar to Lin Ruoxi.
Once again, recalling how Yang Chen protected her during the day and how he threw that insufferable father Lin Kun out of the house to vent his anger for her, she couldn’t help feeling a little bashful about it.
Fact is, when Yang Chen covered her with the coat earlier, Lin Ruoxi was already awake. But with her innately cold character she did not know how to express her feelings, and also did not dare to open her eyes to face that scene, which was why she could only continue pretending to be sleeping.
Now hearing Yang Chen remind her to eat, she felt a little touched but her face remains as cold as ever, and returns with a line, “I don’t need your care”, then quickly returned to her study.
When Wang Ma who just left the kitchen witnessed this scene, she couldn’t help but to reveal a contented smile.
Located at the central business district of ZhongHai, Yu Lei International headquarters was a building over forty stories tall, the word “International” was not just boasting either, considering the fact that it has blossomed in three markets namely Europe, USA and Japan. Yu Lei International has even become one of China’s top 10 companies in fashion and cosmetics.
The entire Yu Lei building was just like a slender and elegant silver tulip, its smooth lines and simple yet elegant decor makes those who enter the building feel more lively and invigorated.
The air was filled with the faint smell of perfume, and all kinds of flowers and plants are attractively placed all around the building, bringing the beauty of nature to the plain white-toned decorations of the building.
However, what makes Yu Lei International Headquarters famous isn’t its unique style of decor, but the many kinds of beautiful employees wearing OL (Office Lady) uniforms instead.
As they are a part of the fashion and cosmetics industry, it was as expected that females are the absolute majority. But what takes the cake was this, as Yu Lei International recruitment obviously takes corporate image into account, all of the employees who enter the company, are intelligent and beautiful city girls, even the worst are delicate and pleasant ladies. As for the company’s or their partnered models, they can induce millions to daydream .
As a result, there are many lonely city men walking in circles outside of Yu Lei International, every single one of them hoping to hook onto one of the women inside. The only problem is, those who succeed are next to nothing.
[TL: This is the saddest story T.T]
With such an environment, to enter Yu Lei International has become the optimal choice for countless men. One can imagine, from the moment Yu Lei International released its advert of the Public Relations department recruiting, the number of men that wreck their heads trying to apply!
Therefore, for Yu Lei International’s recruitment, they have come up with a few special requirements only applicable to men:
Number one, male applicants must possess a university bachelor’s degree or higher from the top 50 universities in the world.
Number two, male applicants must be proficient in at least two foreign languages.
With such conditions, the men who wanted to take advantage of this opportunity for their personal desires were all scared silly. If there’s a man who fulfills these conditions, why would he even go to Yu Lei International to be a public relations officer!? Even if they aren’t top level executives they would be the elites of any company. Beauties may be important, but if one’s rich would they still be lacking beauties?!
In the end, on the day Yu Lei International was conducting its final interview, among the dozens who came for the final interview, the only men remaining numbered less than ten. And among these men, every single one of them were wearing branded goods all over, with arrogant expressions of being unparalleled in the world. They were obviously not taking this job seriously, believing in their hearts “I’m the best in the world”. They are such pampered sons, their aim, and also the reason of their job application, was merely to look for thrill and women because they were bored.
Right now there’s still five minutes before the start of the final two tests. The first was a written paper, and second was answering the examiner’s questions. Of the final thirty-over people remaining in the hall, a majority of the ladies seemed nervous, while the remaining seven or eight men were relaxed and carefree.