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Chapter Sixty Six - Awakening
Zuo Mo slowly opened his eyes and couldn't help but groan because of his sore body.
'Shixiong, you're awake.' An unfamiliar female stood beside the bed, her expression respectful. Zuo Mo noticed a hint of awe in her eyes. Based on her clothing, she should be an outer sect female disciple, but Zuo Mo didn't know her.
'Where is this?' Zuo Mo struggled to sit up.
'This is Fragrant Ginger Yard. Because you were injured, the mistress took you here.' The female outer sect disciple answered hurriedly.
Zuo Mo relaxed and thought, Oh, so it had been Master. Feeling the hunger in his stomach, he raised his head to ask, 'Is there something to eat?'
The outer sect female disciple nodded, 'Please wait.' She then turned and left. After a while, she carried a bowl of rice and several dishes in.
Smelling the dense ling energy coming from the food, Zuo Mo felt his mind become alert, and felt even more hungry. Without a second wasted, he started to feast. The rice in the bowl wasn't the normal rice that he usually ate but rather cooked with ling grains. The small dishes were all prepared using ling vegetables. The ling energy was abundant. Thus extremely appropriate for people like Zuo Mo who had just been wounded to recover.
To someone poor like Zuo Mo, when had he ever eaten such food? He had a ration of ling grains each month, but he didn't know how to prepare it.
The preparation of ling food needed extremely specialized techniques. This process was called food cultivation. All kinds of raw ingredients filled with rich ling energy, after being especially paired, and then meticulously prepared, the ling energy in the food would be completely released and it was very easy to absorb. Absorbing ling energy from ling food was much gentler than absorbing it from jingshi.
However, that was something only those who had enough jingshi could experience.
Compared to other high level ling foods, ling grains were the most basic and widespread ling food. However, Zuo Mo sold the ling grains he received each month to turn it into jingshi . Having the ling vein in the stone room, the effect of ling grains were not major for him.
This was the first time he was able to experience such luxury. The skill of the person who cooked was high and the ling energy thick. Just smelling it, Zuo Mo felt his mind lighten. When the food entered his mouth, he almost swallowed his tongue as well.
Like a storm, the ling food on the table was swept clean, not a speck remaining.
Zuo Mo stretched, still wanting more. At this time, the female outer sect disciple reminded him, 'Shixiong can meditate which will help in the absorption of ling energy.'
Hearing this, Zuo Mo rushed into the lotus position to meditate.
Seeing this, the female disciple quietly cleaned up the dishes and then closed the door as she left.
Waking up from the meditation, Zuo Mo felt his mind was completely refreshed and unspeakably comfortable. Thinking about the ling food he had just eaten, he couldn't help but sigh at the effect of the meal which was even more effective than meditating for four hours in the stone room. But the ling vein in the stone room was completely free and while there hadn't been that much food, the price of the ling food definitely wasn't cheap. If it wasn't a reward from the sect, he certainly couldn't afford it.
Pushing open the door, he walked outside the room.
It was a small yard outside the door. At this time, Zuo Mo knew where he was. This place was a small out of the way yard in Fragrant Ginger Yard. He would pass by this place everyday. It seemed familiar upon further observation.
He decided to go see his master.
Walking out of the little yard, he saw quite a few female outer sect disciples along his way.
Zuo Mo instantly felt the completely different change in their attitude.
Previously, they had been respectful of him. Now, there was a hint of awe in this respect. This awe that came from the heart, it caused their spines to bend more, their attitude more careful and respectful. Zuo Mo wasn't used to it.
Xu Qing saw Zuo Mo and hurried to bow, Shixiong! Master is waiting for you !'[i]
Even Xu Qing was using the formal 'you.' Zuo Mo felt very uncomfortable. He shook his head and said, 'It's not good that Shimei calls me this, it's too formal!'
'Shixiong is right, Xu Qing was wrong!' Xu Qing smiled warmly.
Previously, she had helped Zuo Mo but she didn't think he would end up doing so well. Who could have known that Zuo Mo could fight to a standstill with Luo Li Shixiong. When she had seen it, she was dumbstruck. Even now, she still felt disbelief. This incident caused the entire Fragrant Ginger Yard to take a new look at this zombie Shixiong. Xu Qing was smart and knew that this fight had completely decided Shixiong's position in Fragrant Ginger Yard and the sect.
Before, Hao Min Shijie had been arrogant and despotic in Fragrant Ginger Yard. In the future, she would definitely be more restrained. If she still didn't control herself, then she would be too stupid. Zuo Mo Shixiong might look slow but no matter if it was cunning, power, or talent, he surpassed Hao Min.
Xu Qing knew of the battle between the inner sect disciples. As an outer sect disciple, she naturally felt closer to Wei Sheng and Zuo Mo who had once been outer sect disciples as well.
However, Xu Qing was still careful and aware of herself. Many people, when they prospered, their temper and personality became drastically different. Prudence would never be a mistake. However, Zuo Mo Shixiong's personality seemed much better than she had imagined.
Zuo Mo's zombie face still was expressionless. He nodded at Xu Qing and then walked towards Master's dan room.
Pushing open the door to enter, he saw Master Shi Feng Rong.
'Now you know to act brave!'When Shi Feng Rong saw him, she discourteously started scolding, 'Just admit defeat earlier next time. Did you have to injure yourself like that?' She completely forgot she had sent a death order for Zuo Mo to not lose.
Zuo Mo perceptively didn't mention it and muttered in compliance. To argue with this person, he didn't have the guts.
Shi Feng Rong's tone relaxed, 'But, you didn't lose face for me. Very good.' Zuo Mo heard this and rolled his eyes inside. This is probably what you really thought inside.
Shi Feng Rong was very satisfied with this disciple. Even though he had only been a ling plant farmer, but she had been shocked at his talent at dan-making. He could make the golden crow pill even when he just started to learn dan-making. The first time Zuo Mo made the golden crow pill, it could be explained by luck. Afterwards, when he found the basic method, she hadn't said anything, but she had been very shocked inside. This wasn't something that could be accomplished by luck. Seeing his exceptional talent, Shi Feng Rong had made even stricter demands of him.
She didn't have any hope for the fight between Zuo Mo and Luo Li. Regardless that she had ordered that he could not lose, she was clear that the two weren't on the same power level. Yet Zuo Mo once again gave her a surprise. Even though he didn't win, but he truly didn't lose.
In a short three months, he was able to comprehend sword essence! This kind of sword talent, even the cold Second Shixiong was surprised. The sect leader and Third Shixiong had gaped. She had been very smug inside.
'Three months, and you were able to comprehend sword essence. Your talent at the sword isn't weak. If it was buried, it would be a pity.' Shi Feng Rong slowly said, 'In the future, you can go to your Second Shibo to learn about the sword. I'm telling you, if you go to your Second Shibo, don't dishonour me. If I learn that you are slacking, humph!' The snort was very cold.
Zuo Mo silently grimaced. To go to Second Shibo's place to learn the sword, this treatment, it was extremely high in Wu Kong Sword Sect. It was something that every disciple dreamed about. If it was in the past, Zuo Mo would have nodded and agreed but now......
He thought that there was still an idle and steady Pu Yao in his consciousness, and then thought about Second Shibo's sword-like gaze......
Zuo Mo felt he had dropped into ice.
He still remembered the snow white sword essence of Second Shibo slicing through the black sea the night he met Pu Yao for the first time! Even the kind of strong yaomo that was Pu Yao, he still wasn't Second Shibo's opponent. If Second Shibo found Pu Yao in his consciousness, his own ending would be of the utmost miserable!
What was a reward in other people's eyes, Zuo Mo wanted to avoid it.
'This disciple just wants to learn dan-making from Master......'
Before Zuo Mo could finish, Shi Feng Rong interrupted, 'Dan-making is dan-making. Cultivating the sword is cultivating the sword. No one said that making dan means not being able to cultivate the sword! Stop talking and go where I tell you!'
'Hm!' Shi Feng Rong looked suspiciously at Zuo Mo, 'You have a question?'
Being pierced with Master's gaze, Zuo Mo's heart jumped rapidly. Don't let Master see anything fishy! He hurriedly shook his head, 'No! No!'
'If you don't have any, then go!' Shi Feng Rong impatiently waved her hand to rush Zuo Mo out.
Coming out of Master's dan room, Zuo Mo felt very uncertain. Of the four elders, the one he was most afraid of meeting was Xin Yan Shibo. Whenever Xin Yan Shibo looked at him, Zuo Mo felt that the other could see him clearly, and that all secrets were revealed in Second Shibo's eyes.
But this obstacle could not be avoided.
Zuo Mo cautiously went to Second Shibo's residence. Second Shibo was skilled in two areas. One was cultivating the sword. The other was forging. Wei Sheng Shixiong had personally been taught by him. Luo Li had once received his teachings. Other than that, Xu Yi Shixiong was the only disciple of Second Shibo and learned forging from him.
Zuo Mo could only walk towards Second Shibo's residence.
Second Shibo resided alone at Sun Lookout Peak. This was a place that Zuo Mo had never stepped in before. Following the winding mountain road, Zuo Mo was extremely careful and furtive. When he reached the peak of Sun Lookout Peak, he was shocked still.
The peak was very large but there was only a small grass hut. Other than that, no other living thing was on the ground.
Zuo Mo was about one hundred and fifty steps from the grass hut. These one hundred and fifty steps, he walked with his heart beating fast. A few times, he almost turned and ran away.
Under his feet, not one foot of ground was whole. Actually, not just under his feet but the entire top of Sun Lookout Peak, there wasn't a whole piece of ground. There were intersecting cracks. The ground of Sun Lookout Peak seemed to have been heavily ploughed countless times.
When he stepped on the upturned soil, Zuo Mo's heart shrunk!
The broken soil on the upturned ground under his feet contained extremely strong sword essence! They followed out as though they wanted to cut off Zuo Mo's legs, or as though they wanted to burrow inside his body from the soles of his feet. The cold killing intent made Zuo Mo's hairs stand on end.
He unconsciously swallowed, controlling his impulse to take out the ice crystal sword and gritted his teeth as he walked forward.
One step one step!
It was like his feet were stepping on countless sword tips. Each step was extremely careful.
Zuo Mo felt the impulse countless times to take out ice crystal sword. It was an instinctive response, but each time, he would stop it!
This patch of broken ground concealed countless sword essences. If he really summoned the ice crystal sword, that was really poking the hornet's nest! Those hidden sword essences would swarm and rip him to shreds.
This ghastly place!
[i]?, formal way of saying 'you'. The pinyin is nin as opposed to the informal you 'ni'.
Translator ramblings: Shi Feng Rong tries, she really does. She's old and experienced and so the rest of the elders. The way they see it, it's just a harmless little disagreement. No one would die. Of course, things look different from Zuo Mo and Luo Li's point of view.
The story is going to start heating up soon. We're past the first 'hump' and the outer world comes into play. Share this:TwitterFacebookGooglePrintPinterestRedditTumblrLike this:Like Loading... Related
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Chapter Seventy Five Intelligence Determines Taste
The morning after Cheng Wang's wedding day, he took his wife to the palace for the formal greeting. The Emperor might have been indifferent to his youngest son, but on the surface, he didn't slight him. What should have been bestowed down was given.
The Empress didn't discriminate. What her attitude was when the previous three imperial sons had married, that was her attitude towards He Ming's marriage. But she seemed to be friendly towards Luo Wen Yao.
Coming out of Kui Yuan Palace, Luo Wen Yao's face was slightly red as she walked next to He Ming with her head down. Even though she had dreamed of her husband as one who was well educated and skilled in both martial and literary arts, in reality, she felt that Cheng Wang treated her better and was more steadfast than the one in her dreams. Nothing would be better than to have a place in his heart.
'Don't worry, mu fei is very friendly, she will definitely like you,' He Ming saw his wife's nervousness and gripped her hand reassuringly, 'Don't be afraid. I'll be there with you.'
'En,' Luo Wen Yao gave the smallest of nods, her face blushing harder.
An guipin really did like having Luo Wen Yao as her erxi very much. She had a warm personality and a good conduct. The Emperor might have neglected her child for so many years but thankfully the erxifu he had chosen was a good one.
She looked at her erxifu whose face was full of embarrassment and indicated for the palace maid beside her to take out the prepared gifts. She gently grasped Luo Wen Yao's hand, smiling as she spoke: 'Today, I'm putting Ming'er into your care. In the future, if Ming'er does something wrong, don't let him off. Tell me and I will certainly sort him out.'
'Mu fei is abandoning your son since you have an erxifu,' He Ming stood and raised his hands in a fist, 'Mu fei, don't worry. We will try to live a good life.'
Seeing the situation, Luo Wen Yao perceptively stood and followed in bowing. Her face might have been bashful but her tone was resolute: 'Don't worry mufei. Erxi will definitely take good care of His Highness and have a good life.'
An guipin's eyes slightly reddened. She put the two people's hands together, and said happily: 'It's good to try to have a fulfilling life. A person's life is like a long road. It's a fortunate thing to have someone to walk with along this long road. You have to treasure it.'
He Ming turned to look at his wife. The hand that held Luo Wen Yao's hand tightened as he nodded gravely.
The couple let An guipin's residence and started to head slowly out of the palace. He Ming noticed that Luo Wen Yao kept walking half a step behind him and reached out to grab her hand, remarking: 'When we get back, we should go to see to the gifts prepared for the return to your paternal home and check to see if there's anything lacking.'
Luo Wen Yao shook her head and replied in a small voice: 'Your Highness has already prepared everything. How could there be anything wrong?'
'I don't know what father and mother-in-law like so you have to take a look,' He Ming smiled as he responded, 'Otherwise, what will happen if father and mother-in-law aren't satisfied with their son-in-law?'
Luo Wen Yao heard his words and her hand that was being held by He Ming gripped his broad hand. She smiled as she teased: 'That's even more of a reason not to help you. If you prepare, it's called being thoughtful. What is it if I prepare it?'
The two smiled simultaneously, their hearts gradually becoming closer.
Qu Qing Ju stood at the side of the fake mountain, looking at the sweet young couple not far away. She couldn't resist smiling and remarked to Mu Jin beside her: 'Those two are pretty good like this.'
Mu Jin smiled as she responded: 'Wang fei likes Cheng wang fei very much?'
'I like all the good guniang,' Qu Qing Ju slowly headed towards Zhong Jing Palace. Looking at Mu Jin's confused expression, she smiled and explained, 'A young guniang, she's more beautiful than the most beautiful flower. A woman's whole life depends on one man, but that one man might not only have her as his only woman. Society is like this. A woman's beauty might be very short, or very long, but the only thing in common is that they had all been beautiful. It's just that they've all met different men and had different fates.'
Mu Jin didn't think that wang fei would say such a complicated speech. She mused: 'So it's good for nubi to accompany wang fei. Many of the men in this world are fickle, and nubi won't like them.'
Qu Qing Ju felt that Mu Jin was affected by the Duke of Chang De's actions and the body's original owner's mother. She helplessly patted the back of Mu Jin's hand: 'I won't force you to do something you're not willing to. But if you meet someone you've fallen in love with in the future, you have to tell me.'
Mu Jing smiled as she acquiesced, but she didn't put it on her mind. The kind of being that was man, it couldn't even be compared to a handkerchief. At least a handkerchief was useful for wiping things. Men, other than being fickle and emotional, what else could they do?
When they had reached Zhong Jing Palace, Ding mama received Qu Qing Ju and ushered her inside. Only when she had entered did she realise that, aside from Jing guifei, Wen guipin was also present. She went forward to give a greeting to Jing guifei first before greeting Wen guipin.
'Duan wang fei has no need to be so courteous,' Wen guipin hurriedly stood to return half a greeting. Her face was still fragile, but her mental state seemed much better than last time at the gates of Tian Qi Palace.
'Meimei, sit down. Heng'er's wife, sit down too,' Jing guifei smiled and let the two sit, motioning for a palace maid to serve the pastries her erxi liked, 'Why did you think of coming here today?'
Qu Qing Ju smiled as she looked at the pastries the palace maid served. She gushed to Jing guifei: 'Mufei is so good to erxi, I like eating all of these.' She reached out to pop one in her mouth, joyfully swallowing before replying, 'Because of si di 's wedding these past days, erxi didn't have the time to enter the palace to greet mufei. One of my taijian managed to find a few jars of peach wine. I had a taste and found that the wine was light and sweet, perfect for women so I brought some along to let mufei have a taste. The stuff of the common people might not be as fine as those of the palace, but the taste is unique.'
'Just a few jars of wine, fancy that! You had to send it in,' Jing guifei's tone was reproachful but the smile on her face became more evident, 'Such a child, people will laugh at you.'
Wen guipin, who was sitting to one side, heard those words and interjected: 'Guifei niangniang's words will harm this child's heart. Look how filial this child is. She remembers you whenever she gets something and brings it to you. Niangniang, what are you unsatisfied with?!'
'You don't know her. Today, it's two jars of wine, tomorrow it's a few boxes of food, the day after it's some novels. It's all just petty amusements but she treats them like treasures,' Jing guifei's face was helpless, 'It's lucky that it's you here today. If it was anyone else, wouldn't it be a laughingstock if it got out?'
Qu Qing Ju saw that after Jing guifei said those words, Wen guipin seemed to release a breath. She couldn't help but think Wen guipin was siding with Jing guifei. Was it that Ning Wang was wagering on the second He?
'It's the thought that counts, guifei niangniang shouldn't disdain her efforts,' Wen guipin smiled as she looked at the docilely seated Qu Qing Ju, 'Based on what pin qie sees, this is a very rare and good erxi.'
Jing guifei smiled as she pointed at Qu Qing Ju, ordering: 'Why aren't you thanking your Wen mu fei for saying good things on your behalf? You have to pour tea for her later.'
Qu Qing Ju smiled as she stood to bow to Wen guipin: 'Many thanks to Wen mufei.'
Wein guipin waved her hand repeatedly as she said she couldn't accept it. She was very courteous in her treatment of Qu Qing Ju.
Jing guifei smiled as she watched her erxi personally pour a cup of tea for Wen guipin. Then she naturally helped switch her own cup as well. The mirth in her eyes became even more evident.
Qu Qing Ju ate the noon meal at Jing guifei's palace before leaving. She walked on the black stone paths of the palace and thought about Wen guipin flattering Jing guifei. She couldn't help but sigh. In the past, Wen guipin might have been warm and courteous, but she wasn't at this level. This was all for her son.
'Wang fei, it seems that Shu guifei is coming up front,' Mu Jin informed in a small voice as she looked at the procession coming towards them.
Qu qing Ju raised her head to look ahead. On the other side, walking in front of numerous palace maids and taijian, was Shu guifei. She moved sideways to retreat to the side of the road. When Shu guifei drew near, she bowed and greeted: 'Greetings to Shu guifei.'
'Isn't this lao er's wife?' Shu guifei stopped in her steps. She raised an eyebrow as she looked at Qu Qing Ju who had her head slightly lowered. She said in a sarcastic voice, 'After just a few days, lao er's wife has become even more beautiful.'
'Thanks, niangniang for the compliment,' Qu Qing Ju faintly smiled as she gave another bow.
Shu guifei looked coldly at the woman in front of her. Her looks truly were better than her own erxifu. No wonder she could tempt lao er to not walk when he saw her. Thinking that this was her enemy's erxifu, her tone was icy: 'But a woman's appearance is not the most important. As a wife, virtue is the most important of them all.'
Even Jing guifei hadn't said anything, so how could Shu guifei act as though she was her popo? Qu Qing Ju raised her head to glance at Shu guifei, her voice soft as she responded: 'Qing Ju only has a fleeting beauty and can't measure up to the word beautiful. Guifei niangniang's appearance rivals that of the goddesses. If Qing Ju could even have a fraction, it would be the greatest fortune in this life.'
Shu guifei's face darkened. Those words were complimenting her for being beautiful on the surface, but its true purpose was to block the words she had said previously. She was going to flare up when she heard another person's voice come from behind her.
'Greetings to Shu guifei,' He Heng had a slight smile as he walked in front of Qu Qing Ju, his voice reproachful as he said, 'You went to bother mufei for the noon meal again?'
'Mufei cares for me, and knows that I like to eat the food at her place so she specially let me stay back to eat,' Qu Qing Ju snorted, 'Just right now, mufei said I was filial. How can you say that I was bothering her?'
'Fine, mufei always protects you,' He Heng raised his hands helplessly to Shu guifei, 'Mufei is partial to my wife. We have let Shu guifei see a joke.'
Shu guifei's smile had already disappeared. These two's words inside and out were implying that they were Jing guifei's son and erxi and thus, she didn't have the qualifications to lecture them. A long time later, she suppressed the anger inside before she spoke: 'Duan Wang exaggerates.'
He Heng smiled insincerely as he replied: 'Shu guifei niangniang is magnanimous.'
'If that is the case, then you should leave the palace early. Ben gong still has to go to Tian Qi Palace, and won't keep you,' Shu guifei's hand, that was supported by a palace maid, tightened. That whore Wei shi's son, he was just as horrid as Wei shi.
After Shu guifei was far away, Qu Qing Ju came to a realization. So this was the type that Qing De Emperor liked. This Shu guifei could be favoured for so many years, it could be inferred that her ancestors must have been generous and virtuous people.
'What are you thinking?' He Heng saw Qu Qing Ju look as though she had an epiphany, and couldn't help asking.
'Nothing, I just suddenly felt that intelligence could determine a person's taste.' Share this:TwitterFacebookGooglePrintPinterestRedditTumblrLike this:Like Loading... Related
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Chapter Sixty Seven - Questions and Answers
Zuo Mo was like a tense string as he carefully moved in front of the door to the grass hut. Just the slightest bit of outside force and he would move.
He took a deep breath. Even though he had broken through to the second breath of [Embryonic Breathing Spiritual Cultivation] and didn't need to use his nose and mouth to breathe, but when he was nervous, he still unconsciously followed the familiar pattern of breathing to calm his emotions. Letting his mind settle, he gave a deep bow to the wooden door of the grass hut, 'Disciple Zuo Mo greets Shibo!'
'Come in!' Xin Yan Shibo's icy voice came out of the grass hut.
The wooden door opened silently. The inside of the hut was a patch of darkness. Zuo Mo's heart couldn't help but tense up once again. He gathered his courage and walked in.
The interior of the grass hut was extremely crude. There was only a meditation mat, other than that, there was nothing else. Xin Yan Shibo was sitting on the meditation mat, a small stream of sunlight entering the grass hut and falling onto Xin Yan Shibo's body. Shibo's body was under the sun but his face was shadowed by the hair in front of his forehead and couldn't be seen clearly until he opened his eyes.
In the shadow, two dots of ice suddenly lit up. For some unknown reason, Zuo Mo felt a bone-aching cold flow from the tail of spine upwards, all the muscles in his body paralyzed.
'You are a surprise to me.' Xin Yan's voice was like a cold mist, permeating through Zuo Mo's skin into his heart, so cold that he almost couldn't move.
'You don't have any talent at the sword.' Xin Yan said calmly.
Zuo Mo's heart suddenly tensed. He felt that he almost forgot to breathe at this instant. Terror, like the flood overcoming the dam, instantly broke through Zuo Mo's psychological defenses. Did Shibo find out?
'You could comprehend sword essence in three months, that surprised me.' Xin Yan didn't look at Zuo Mo. He slowly closed his eyes, the two dots of ice disappearing into the shadows, 'I'm not concerned with what fortuitous encounters you had, but you have to remember, if you do anything against the sect in the future, I will kill you with my sword.'
The tone was calm, as though it was narrating a simple matter.
It was like Zuo Mo suddenly rose from hell into heaven. This joyful surprise stunned him for a moment. He had already prepared to stretch out his neck to be killed. He had assumed that Second Shibo had already seen through him, and seen that Pu Yao was in his consciousness.
The tense muscles on his body instantly relaxed. Zuo Mo felt his body was weak, the lingering fears in his heart like a flood, almost swallowing him. His feet were sore and weak.
'Yes!' Zuo Mo hurriedly answered, his mind slightly steadier.
'The [Li Water Sword Scripture] that you cultivate is unique but is limited by the knowledge of the author and it would be hard for it to improve further in the future.' Xin Yan didn't open his eyes as he said calmly, 'And your fundamentals are too weak. Several places need to be changed. However, the places that you changed yourself, they weren't bad.'
Afterwards, Xin Yan pointed out a few spots. Zuo Mo, now having calmed down, was delighted and willing. The places that Shibo pointed out, it was exactly the places that he felt were uncomfortable and didn't flow properly, but he hadn't known how to change it. Hearing Shibo's advice, he instantly understood.
After that, Xin Yan Shibo threw a jade scroll to Zuo Mo, 'These are some basic sword scriptures. Practice them more.' Pausing, he said with a hint of regret, 'Your primary focus is dan-making, and you're also a ling plant farmer. You are not suited to cultivate the sword. For sword xiu, what is important is not to be distracted by other matters, the clear heart sword. You, try to do your best.'
Bidding farewell to Shibo, when Zuo Mo passed over the mud in front of the grass hut, he didn't feel any of the sword essence that had been there previously. Just like those sword essences knew him and hid themselves.
On the road from Sun Lookout Peak to Little West Wind Yard, Zuo Mo had been pondering Shibo's words. Shibo's meaning was extremely clear. If he wanted to progress another step on the road of the sword xiu, and really accomplish something, he must abandon being a ling plant farmer and dan-making, and only practice the sword. Otherwise, he would find it hard to progress further on the sword.
Shibo's words were as clear as they could be, but Zuo Mo knew what he was worth.
If he was like Wei Sheng Shixiong, he might abandon everything and be a pure sword xiu but he wasn't. He knew just how much talent he had. If he didn't have Pu Yao, he basically couldn't have been able to comprehend sword essence. He had been sliced several thousand times before he had comprehended Shibo's tidal sword essence. If it had been Wei Sheng Shixiong, he would have needed only a few dozen before he could have comprehended it.
If he didn't have the experience of comprehending the tidal sword essence, he certainly wouldn't have been able to comprehend the li water sword essence in three months.
He was fated to not walk Wei Sheng Shixiong's path!
As he walked with the wind blowing gently in his face, Zuo Mo's mood rose. The road each person walked was different. Even more, the progress he had made was something he didn't dare to even think of before. Yet now, he had made it.
His mood recovered quickly. After the rise and fall in his emotions today, his body felt slightly exhausted. He needed rest.
However, when he walked to the mouth of the West Wind Valley, his feet stopped and he paused on this spot.
'Ai ya! Zuo Mo Shixiong, you finally came! Shixiong was so strong in the sect assessment, Shidi has come to especially give congratulations, just a humble gift... ...'
'Does Shixiong still remember me? That year, if it wasn't for your [Little Art of Cloud and Rain], I would have been homeless. This little brother still remembers it... ...'
'Shixiong Shixiong, this little brother cultivates the sword, but doesn't have a master... ...'
'Shixiong, us sisters from the Eastern Peak... ...'
Looking at the dense mass of people, Zuo Mo's head rang.
The entrance of West Wind Valley was filled to the limit. This scene, it was even busier than the last time when Zuo Mo had been promoted to an inner sect disciple. Even the gifts they had prepared were higher quality than last time. Some outer sect disciples that had good family backgrounds had really spent a lot.
Desperately needing rest, Zuo Mo felt his head was going to explode.
'Stop the noise!' Suddenly, a voice passed over, and everyone instantly quieted.
Xu Yi had accompanied two females over. Zuo Mo saw clearly that it was Eldest Shijie Gong Sun Qing and Xu Yi Xia Shijie. The one that had spoken was Xu Yi Shixiong. Xu Yi waved his hand, 'Leave.'
Seeing the situation, the outer sect disciples scattered like birds.
Xu Yi bowed to Zuo Mo and said, 'Shidi, don't blame me for overstepping. It really is too noisy with all these people here.'
Zuo Mo hurriedly returned the bow, 'Many thanks, Shixiong. This little brother's eyes are already dizzy. If Shixiong had been just a moment late, this little brother would have been dead right here.' Then he bowed towards Gong Sun Qing and Xu Yi Xia, 'Eldest Shijie, Yi Xia Shijie!'
'Hee! You are actually somewhat interesting~a!' A green-clad Xu Yi Xia laughed.
Zuo Mo was deeply cautious and alert towards this innocent-looking girl. Li Ying Feng Shijie said that the jade scroll had been from Xu Yi Xia Shijie. What the intentions were at that time of giving him that jade scroll were hard to tell.
Gong Sun Qing smiled warmly, responding, 'Shidi looks very tired. Why don't we come another day?'
'What is Shijie saying, come come come. Everyone come in and have some tea.' Zuo Mo hurriedly said and then made a joke, 'But I don't have Shixiong's ling tea. Please don't blame me.'
Everyone started moving towards the valley. Each person made with a pondering expression as their eyes encountered the ruined jinzhi scattered on the ground,. They had heard earlier on that Luo Li had gone to challenge Zuo Mo at the valley, the news was passed furiously through Wu Kong Sword Sect. Thinking about the match that neither of the two had won, all three of them had their own thoughts.
Zuo Mo didn't have any expression. In fact, he couldn't make expressions. That zombie face couldn't hold any expressions.
Entering the West Wind Yard and seeing Zuo Mo return, the grey beaked goose on the roof made a call as though she was giving a greeting. Just having escaped death, Zuo Mo's mood was very good and he waved his hand in greeting to the female bird.
Gong Sun Qing saw Zuo Mo's youthful actions and couldn't help but grin.
Xu Yi Xia only took a glance. Seeing it was only just a normal grey beaked goose, she looked away with a hint of disdain in her eyes. Her steed was a third grade golden fire pupil beast. Extremely intimidating and dominant. In her eyes, a grey beaked goose was for country bumpkins only.
The group of four sat down. Zuo Mo made a pot of tea. The three touched it with their lips before setting it down. Zuo Mo didn't care. What he had was just normal tea. It was a bit cheap. Normally, even he didn't drink it.
'It really shocked me that Shidi comprehended sword essence in three months. Shidi is really too mean to not have slipped any hint and make me worry.' Xu Yi said with a smile.
Zuo Mo quickly answered, 'It isn't that this little brother deliberately concealed it. Even this little brother hadn't thought it would be possible.Afraid of saying it and being embarrassed, this little brother had been practising in the river and had been swept a few hundred miles away by the water. Even the sect leader had to send someone to search.'
The other three people's expressions instantly became slightly strange. They had already used the incident of Zuo Mo being swept away by the river as a joke. The three had mocked or disdained it. Now that Zuo Mo mentioned it in self-mockery, the three instantly didn't feel good inside.
Zuo Mo had comprehended sword essence and was walking far in front of them. Previously mocking Zuo Mo, it clearly showed their ignorance and stupidity.
'What sword scripture is Shidi practicing?' Xu Yi Xia asked with a face of innocence.
'Li Water Sword Scripture.' Zuo Mo didn't deny it. If they wanted to know, they naturally could find out, 'It is a third grade five elements sword scripture. Pity that Shibo said that it would be difficult for it to progress more.'
Hearing this Xu Yi Xia's cunning eyes couldn't help but reveal delight.
Zuo Mo coincidentally caught it. He couldn't resist sneering inside. This brat definitely didn't have a good heart!
'Shidi, don't be discouraged.' Gong Sun Qing comforted, 'Your talents are so outstanding, Shibo and Sect Leader wouldn't waste your talents.'
'Shijie is right.' Feeling the concern of the other, Zuo Mo felt goodwill for her and bowed towards Gong Sun Qing. It might have been that she would be marrying soon but she didn't walk closely with Qin Cheng's group. It seemed like that she didn't want to involve herself in the battle between the two sides.
'This time, it is me that is searching for Shidi.' The Eldest Shijie smiled, her tone gentle, 'These two have been taken along to keep me company. I heard that Shidi can make a kind of lingdan called Golden Crow Pill which has a probability of making Golden Crow Fire. Is that true?'
'The appraisal says so. In reality, this little brother has not tried.' Zuo Mo said cautiously.
'That's good.' Gong Sun Qing smiled and took out a jade box, 'I want to use this time to exchange with Shidi for one hundred Golden Crow Pills. Shidi, take a look.'
Finishing, her slender fingers pushed the jade box in front of Zuo Mo.
Zuo Mo was slightly puzzled as he opened the jade box. The moment he opened the jade box, his pupils suddenly expanded, glee was unable to be disguised in his eyes!
Translator ramblings: Zuo Mo is on vacation but that's not going to be for long.He's made a decision about his 'career' and really, it was unrealistic for Xin Yan to expect the money-grubbing zombie to abandon his pursuit of wealth in exchange for a promise that he might succeed.
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He Heng is really sincere about Qu Qing Ju. The intelligence of the Emperor and Shu guifei... ...
Chapter Seventy Six Truth and Falsehood
After Cheng Wang's wedding, the bustling and rumbling Jing City slowly calmed down. It seemed that no one remembered the imprisonment of the eldest imperial son in Bright Moon Tower nor did they recall the imperial censor who'd rammed himself into a pillar in the court hall. The people who lived in Jing City were the most pragmatic. They would only remember what they should. What they should forget, they definitely wouldn't even remember a hint.
Just as everyone was peacefully living their lives, news came out of the palace. The Emperor was sick. Shu guifei and Jing guifei spent day and night looking after the Emperor but there were still no signs of recovery. Shu guifei even had a professor of the Imperial Hospital beaten to death.
The Emperor was sick, and it was serious. This matter was a sign in Jing. If Shu guifei had not ordered the death of the Imperial Hospital's professor, the news wouldn't have been revealed so early. Upon hearing the news, every family's immediate thoughts were different. All the senior officials who were held in the Emperor's confidence, such as Tian Jin Ke, had shut their doors and rejected all who came.
There were many who'd tried to find information from Duan Wang Fu. Excluding Qu Qing Ju's family, even the paternal families of Feng Zi Jin, Jiang Yong Yu, and the others had eavesdroppers. These people didn't think it through. What would the paternal family of a qie of a wang fu know? Did they really believe that Duan Wang was an idiot, and would tell such things to a qie, and in this sensitive time, allow the qie to pass crucial information to her paternal family?
The ones who could only beseech the paternal families of the qie clearly didn't have any great abilities. It was also clear that their brains weren't any good. They wouldn't be able to climb up any higher in their lifetimes unless the Heavens willed it.
Qu Qing Ju listened to Jiang Yong Yu report that people had come to seek information from her paternal family and let her sit down below her.
'My father isn't experienced, and doesn't know anything about this kind of a great matter. He could only decline all of them,' Jiang Yong Yu presented the letter in her hand to Qu Qing Ju, 'This is a list of those who came to visit. My father is timid and took down the names of the people as well as the gifts they have sent. Please have a look, wang fei.'
Qu Qing Ju took the letter and placed it to one side. She didn't even look at the contents of the letter. She smiled at Jiang Yong Yu as she promised: 'This must have been bothersome for your parent. I will definitely speak of this matter to wang ye.'
In Qu Qing Ju's eyes, Jiang Yong Yu was the one who saw the situation most clearly in He Heng's qieshi. She was also the one who had the greatest abilities. She even felt pity for Jiang Yong Yu. If Jiang Yong Yu hadn't been selected as a female candidate to enter the palace, she would have had good life, marrying a son of a normal rich family as a wife.
Jiang Yong Yu wasn't surprised that wang fei didn't read that letter. Based on wang fei's personality and conduct, she definitely wouldn't look at such things. This was wang fei's intelligence at work.
'Nubi's needlework is not yet finished so I will not disturb wang fei any further. Farewell.' She had said what she had needed to say. Jiang Yong Yu didn't want to rely on wang fei to gain wang ye's favors. She knew very well now her looks had no chance of being liked by wang ye. It was better to walk behind wang fei at her tempo. She would have much easier days.
Qu Qing Ju didn't detain her, nodding her head and letting Mu Jing to personally send her out.
Jiang Yong Yu came out of the door of the room, and thanked Mu Jin repeatedly in order to reject her escort. In the end, Mu Jin still saw her off to the gate of zhengyuan before turning and leaving.
Ai Lu supported Jiang Yong Yu as they carefully descended the stairs. She turned back to look at the decreasing figure of Mu Jin, and commented in a small voice: 'Mistress, wang fei let the most trusted Mu Jin guniang to see you off. It shows that wang fei puts importance on you.'
Jiang Yong Yu didn't speak. Not long after, she saw wang ye walking towards her from another direction. Her steps paused and she lowered her head to bow in greeting to wang ye.
He Heng noticed that she was coming from the direction of zhengyuang and asked: 'Has wang fei not had her noon nap?'
'Wang ye, wang fei has risen just now,' Jiang Yong Yu obediently answered.
'En,' He Heng nodded and proceeded to walk in the direction of zhengyuan, not even looking twice at Jiang Yong Yu.
Jiang Yong Yu straightened her body and raised her head to look at the back of He Heng. She suddenly thought, now that the Emperor was seriously ill, if wang ye......
She shook her head. No matter what, she had to respect and honor wang fei. She could see this wang fu very clearly. It had been, from very early on, grabbed by wang fei. Even if other women entered the fu in the future, they would just be wang ye's playthings. Wang ye's love towards wang fei wasn't a pretence.
He Heng carelessly flipped through the list in his hand. Seeing Qu Qing Ju was tormenting the bonsai again, he remarked: 'These people are unimportant. Some were subordinates of lao san who'd come to fish. The people of the Jiang Family are very sensible.'
Qu Qing Ju was carefully trimming out a rabbit's ear. Hearing He Heng's words, her hands stilled. She hadn't thought He Heng would mention what was occurring outside to her. Was it that he really thought of her as one of his people so he didn't even disguise his words?
'Does wang ye mean that san shu has secretly done something?' She put down the scissors. After washing her hands, she said, 'Wang ye, how about I tell you a folk tale?'
'What tale?' He Heng saw Qu Qing Ju's expression was solemn and waved his hand to let the all servants leave the room. He smiled as he urged, 'Let me hear it.'
'An old man had two sons in his family. The old man was partial to his youngest son and always wanted to give the good things to his younger son. Afterwards, when the old man was seriously ill, the younger son assumed that the old man would leave behind the family property to him. One day, the younger son heard a neighbor say that his father secretly gave the good things to his brother. The younger son was angry and went to argue with his father. Who knew that he managed to cause the old man to die. The younger son was very regretful. A while later, he finally found out that what the neighbor said was a lie, but the deceased was already gone and regret was useless.' Qu Qing Ju gave a sigh, 'Don't you think that this younger son harmed himself. It isn't a good thing to believe what others say.'
He Heng smiled and replied: 'I've actually heard this story before. Qing Ju and I really are two hearts linked as one.'
Qu Qing Ju smiled and talked about some other matters with him before he hurriedly left. She knew inside that what He Heng wanted wasn't her idea but her attitude. This man had ambitions but he didn't want the person in his bed to not have the same stance as him. But he was very satisfied with her as the person in his bed, so he had said what he did to try to feel her out.
She hadn't been here for one year, but she now understood what was power, and the magnitude of power. With power, a woman could divorce her husband. Without power, one had to kowtow and bow to another.
She looked at the letter He Heng had left behind. Qu Qing Ju reached out to take a look and slowly folded the list, handing it to Mu Jin and told her to carefully hide it away.
Mu Jin looked worriedly at her. By now, Jing City was a mess and it was unknown what could happen, 'Wang fei......'
'There's no need to worry. Tell the others to proceed normally, but if there is anyone who dares to talk nonsense, throw them all out of the fu. No one is to be spared.' Qu Qing Ju commanded with a calm face, 'The qieshi in the fu cannot pass messages to the outside. If anyone disobeys, report it to me.'
'Yes,' Mu Jin saw wang fei seemed to be confident and slowly lowered her heart back to its place.
'Niangniang,' A palace maid frantically ran in front of Shu guifei. Seeing that everyone in the room was a confidante of Shu guifei, she spoke: 'Nubi just managed to get some news from Xiao De Zi in Tian Qi Palace. Today, when it was Jing guifei niangniang's turn at care, the Emperor praised Duan Wang in front of many people.'
Shu guifei had been lying on the recliner since she was massaged by a maid. She instantly sat up when she heard the report, her expression changing as she demanded: 'The Emperor is awake?! What did he say?!'
The palace maid knelt down with some fear, replying; 'Nubi heard that the Emperor praised Duan Wang for his conduct, and generosity for being similar to Xiandi .'[i]
'Xiandi?' Shu guifei furrowed her brow. Xiandi had been considered a wise ruler by many. The Emperor deeply respected Xiandi and had always exclaimed that he himself wasn't a wise ruler in comparison, and that if Xiandi didn't have him as the only son, he most definitely wouldn't have succeeded the throne. She had heard it many times. Shu guifei understood the position Xiandi held in the Emperor's heart. Now that the Emperor was comparing Duan Wang to Xiandi, what did it mean?
That year Yuan'er was born, didn't the Emperor say that Yuan'er's brows were similar to that of Xiandi? Why was he now praising that whore Wei shi's son?