With a single sword, Qin Yanzhi slashed the boundary stone of Lurking Ghost Sect into two halves. Immediately, violent and ferocious coercion struck, and many cultivators of the righteous way felt restless as their blood boiled.
A coarse and cold voice exploded in everyone’s ears. “Don’t think that I won’t retaliate just because all of you are juniors!”
Before the words were finished, a red figure appeared out of thin air in front of everyone. His sharp eagle-like eyes swept across the crowd and finally landed on Jing Yue. Without another word, he swung his sleeves!
A strong gust of wind swept over, comparable to the force of the falling stars, but Jing Yue was not alarmed. He just took out a golden short sword from the Sumeru Ring. “Grandpa Goldfinger, it's your turn!”
A shadow from the golden sword met the blow from the Daoist in red robes. A loud bang was heard and even the ground trembled.
The Daoist in red was so shaken that he retreated several steps back. He gritted his teeth and said the other party's name, “Yi Ye! You are here too!”
Although he saw that the other party was only a projection and had insufficient strength, YI Ye had entered Tribulation Passage stage thousands of years ago. After thousands of years of accumulation, even a projection was also extremely powerful!
If the two of them really fought head-on, Yi Ye’s projection would pose no threat to him, but many disciples of Lurking Ghost Sect stood behind him, as well as the sect’s foundation, which made him worry as if his hands and feet were tied.
The red-robed Daoist cursed the righteous way for being shameless. After the incident at Yao Detention Mountain back then, Lurking Ghost Sect severed all ties with the righteous way. Of course, they were fully prepared, but he never expected the righteous way to lay dormant for 30 years without retaliation. When their defenses were relaxed, they caught them off-guard!
However, he had scruples, but Yi Ye didn't. This time, Yi Ye became the Shizun's golden finger as he wished, and he was very smug. “Han Guang boy, you don't know how high the sky is, rebelled against the human race, and stooped as low as cooperating with the Yao race. Of course, I have to teach you a good lesson on behalf of your Shizun! Don't forget! He died at the hands of a Yao Saint!”
A confrontation among mighty beings would not prelude with a lot of nonsense before making a move. While Yi Ye spoke, he had already attacked Han Guang. With him holding back Han Guang, the others took the opportunity to enter Lurking Ghost Sect. Both parties met in battle and for a while, the blood soared to the sky, and the murderous aura overflowed.
Countless halls in the main sect collapsed, and the demonic cultivators soon suffered heavy casualties. Seeing that the losses of the sect were getting bigger and bigger, Han Guang had to start a great formation to protect the mountain. Once a great formation was activated, the energy consumed would take hundreds or even thousands of years to make up for it. If not forced by the situation, Han Guang would never waste it on these people.
When the righteous cultivators noticed something amiss, they quickly retreated and scattered to the rest of West Shu Continent to continue the cleanup.
Every inch of West Shu was a battlefield, with killing everywhere. The demonic cultivators retreated one after another, like winter bugs that dared not make a sound.
Seven days later, the righteous cultivators gathered in the east of West Shu and finally prepared to leave. It was not that they didn’t want to wipe out the demonic cultivators, but the fortune of the demonic Dao was not yet exhausted. If there was no restraint in the cleanup operation, there might be heavenly repercussions.
That was why even though the overall strength of the righteous path was stronger than the demonic path, there was still a place for the demonic path to live.
Before leaving, Jue Ming of Three Realm Temple left a message, “The hearts of different races hold different intentions. You should watch out for yourselves!”
The cultivators returned one after another, but Jing Yue was not ready to return to Frostcloud Sect. Under the reluctant gaze of the blue phoenix, he handed the golden sword to a sect elder and asked him to take it back.
In this regard, the grandfather in the golden sword expressed his unhappiness.
Elder, “Where is Laozu going?”
Jing Yue, “I’m going to upper south continent. There's something I need to do.”
Elder, “If you are alone, isn’t it better to take the golden sword with you?”
Yi Ye came out of the golden sword and said yes repeatedly, and blue phoenix also nodded.
However, someone popped out of nowhere. “If we are going to the upper south region, I can accompany Laozu for a while.”
Elder, “Since Qin-zhenjun can travel with Laozu, I can rest assured.”
Jing Yue, “…” Have you forgotten that every time I'm with him, I have bad luck?
But Jing Yue didn't mean to avoid Qin Yanzhi. After all, Sword Inscription Sect was in the same direction.
So it was settled. When the elders left with the disciples, blue phoenix was in poor spirits. “Jing-jing, you actually gave up Grandpa Goldfinger for Hooligan. Ji-ji is heartbroken.”
Jing Yue, “He’s not really a goldfinger. You guys are too into the scene, right?”
At this time, Qin Yanzhi said, “Are we going directly to upper south region?”
Jing Yue, “I have some errands to run in Miniwest Lu region. If Qin-zhenjun has something to do, you may go ahead.”
Qin Yanzhi, “It’s fine. It’s on the way anyway.”
Jing Yue, “Let’s go then.”
The two stood on their swords and disappeared into the clouds in a blink of an eye.
More than ten days later, the Chen family in Megasun City.
Patriarch Chen Shi and several elders gathered in the room, and one of them said, “Frequent visions have been seen in Yehuo City recently. The mayor sent word that the Desert Snake Tower plans to investigate the situation. They also want to go along and asked if you are interested.”
Lil Pebble of the past was now a middle-aged man and his cultivation had also reached Foundation Establishment. He thought for a while and said, “There are more cultivators in the city recently and they are probably eyeing Yehuo City too. Even if there is a chance encounter, families like us cannot compete with the immortal sects.”
The elder knew that Chen Shi had a point. Even he dared not risk it, but still lamented, “After all, the opportunity is rare…”
Chen Shi was about to speak when a steward outside suddenly announced, “Patriarch, there are two immortals outside the door, saying that they are your old acquaintances and want to see you.”
Chen Shi's heart jumped when he heard it was an immortal, and then he smiled bitterly—how could that one look for him?
Chen Shi had something on his mind, so he naturally didn't notice the anomaly in the steward's tone. He calmed down and said, “Quickly invite the Xianzhang to come in.”
Since the steward addressed the other party as an immortal, the Chen family dared not be negligent. Chen Shi and the elders went to the entrance to welcome them, but when they really saw the other party, everyone froze.
The elders had never seen such a good-looking couple, so good that they didn’t know how to describe them. They only saw a hazy vision while the two immortals were glowing.
Of course, the visitors were Jing Yue and Qin Yanzhi. It was just that after the great change in Megasun City back then, most of these elders were still young. They had no chance to enter the mayor’s mansion so they had never seen Jing Yue.
Besides, Jing Yue was no longer the little boy he used to be. Even if they met him before, they might not recognize him at the moment.
But Chen Shi was different. To him, Jing Yue was one of the most important people in his life. Even if his naked eye couldn’t confirm at first glance, his feeling wouldn’t deceive him.
He only felt an explosion in his head and all his thoughts were blown away, leaving only the Daoist in front of him. Chen Shi shouted, “Gege!”
Jing Yue, “Lil Pebble, how have you been doing?”
Before the elders of the Chen family had recovered from the conversation between the two, they saw their family head, who was always calm, fall to his knees and cry without image.
Blue phoenix, who was perched on Jing Yue's shoulder, pushed its hat and whispered, “Lil Pebble has become Old Pebble. It's not fun at all.”
Jing Yue, “How is he old? He’s not even older than me.”
Blue phoenix said anxiously, “Jing-jing isn’t old at all. Even if you are, Ji-ji will take care of you!”
At this time, Qin Yanzhi also transmitted to Jing Yue, “This person calls you Gege?”
Jing Yue, “…” He couldn’t help feeling that this question was a trap. It would be better if he didn’t answer.
Although Jing Yue was quick-witted and alert enough, he couldn’t stop Qin Yanzhi’s routine. “I don’t know how many Didi you have, but I’ve only ever called you Gege.”
Jing Yue, “…” He knew it.
When Chen Shi's emotions finally calmed down, Jing Yue and Qin Yanzhi were immediately invited into the Chen household respectfully. Although the other elders were full of doubts, they retreated sensibly and wisely, leaving room for the head of the family to be alone with the two immortals.
Chen Shi's eyes were still a little sore, and he was quite embarrassed when he remembered how he had just lost his composure. “Ge… Jing-laozu, do you have something important to do in Megasun City?”
Now that he was over 100 years old and had been struggling in the adult world for many years, he was no longer as naive as he was when he was a child, still thinking about going to Frostcloud Sect to look for his Gege. He also understood more profoundly how lucky he was and how much advantage he had taken. He blurted ‘Gege’ just now because of excitement. Now that rationality had returned, he was also more cautious.
Jing Yue was not surprised that Chen Shi could call out his identity. After all, he was very famous in the cultivation world. As long as he had the intention to inquire, of course he could find a match.
“It's not important, but I heard that there was a vision in Yehuo City. I sensed something, so I wanted to go and explore.” Jing Yue smiled. “Since I passed by Megasun City, I stopped by to see you.”
Chen Shi didn't expect Jing Yue to make a trip especially to see him. He was moved and at the same time, a little overwhelmed, so he could only stand there in a daze.
Jing Yue, “How have you been doing these years?”
Chen Shi, “Laozu was so protective of me before leaving, so how could I not be well?”
Jing Yue, “That’s good to hear. Is Liu Sheng…”
Chen Shi's eyes darkened. “Grandpa is gone.”
Jing Yue sighed. “My condolences.”
Chen Shi forced a smile. “Grandpa went in peace.”
Since he already knew Jing Yue's purpose, he told them all the news he had heard about Yehuo City. Of course, he also mentioned the Zhao family’s intentions.
Jing Yue, “Don't you want the Chen family to go?”
Chen Shi, “If a member of the family is willing to try and look for this chance encounter, I won’t stop them.”
So on this day, the Chen family urgently recalled the family members. Chen Shi talked about the situation in Yehuo City and asked if anyone wanted to go.
Members of the Chen family had low cultivation and most of them dared not take risks. Only a junior from the third branch expressed his desire to take a look.
Chen Shi was a bit surprised, because this junior named Chen Guo had never been bold, and had a soft demeanor, so why was he so decisive today? Thus he reminded, “You have to think carefully. Although there may be a chance encounter, the trip is dangerous. Even if you get a chance, you may not be able to keep it.”
Chen Guo hesitated for a bit, but after thinking about it, he said, “I'm willing to go.”
Chen Shi, “Very well then, come to my room early tomorrow morning.”
The next day, Chen Guo saw two unfamiliar youths in the main room of the house. They were ordinary in appearance, and he couldn't tell their cultivation base, which meant that they were higher than his level-4 Qi Refining.
Chen Shi, “This is Chen Jing and Chen Qin, brothers from the side branch. They will go with you.”
Chen Guo had heard the name of one of them, so he nodded and looked at the two of them secretly.
The two of them were transformed by Jing Yue and Qin Yanzhi. Many people in the cultivation world knew them, so if they went to Yehuo City with their original faces, they would probably be watched at all times, and their movements would be restricted. So, they simply changed their identities to blend in.
They all noticed Chen Guo's gaze. In fact, they were also looking at Chen Guo.
At this moment, Jing Yue transmitted his voice to Qin Yanzhi, “Something is not right with this Chen Guo.”
Jing-jing: Ji-ji, someone is asking what your staple food is?
Ji-ji: Slap face!
Jing-jing: No, your staple food. (Hints secretly: heavenly lightning, source of clear Qi, anything that sounds grand)
Ji-ji: JI-ji doesn’t need to eat anything. I can be full just by watching people’s faces being slapped!
Jing-jing: … Very well then, from now on, no more melon seeds, dates, peanuts, or fruits.