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The Vast Desert Chapter 35 (End)

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Chapter 35 – Leaving The Great Desert

Naturally Chu Liuxiang had a lot of enemies. Although these people hated Chu Liuxiang to the bones, they were unable to do anything to him; they could only curse him behind his back, saying, “In the future, Chu Liuxiang will surely die in a woman’s hands; in the future his dead body will surely be found on the lower back of a naked woman.”

If these people were here now, they would have laughed their teeth off.

He saw that this instant, the Stone Guanyin’s naked body seemed to be exceptionally beautiful. Her reflection in the mirror was also glowing. Her face also revealed a touching smile, as she said, “You should know that each time I killed a formidable opponent, I would feel a lot younger. It’s just that I feel it’s a pity killing you.”

Finished speaking, she sent out her last palm strike.

She saw that Chu Liuxiang no longer have the strength to parry.

Who would have thought that Chu Liuxiang’s body suddenly shrank, while he sent out a backhand palm strike?

This palm unexpectedly did not strike the Stone Guanyin at all; rather, it struck the mirror. If this palm was striking the Stone Guanyin, he knew that he would not be able to strike her. But the mirror could not move.

Only to hear ‘Crash! Bang!’ the mirror was smashed to pieces by his palm power.

The Stone Guanyin in the mirror was also shattered.

If it were directed to other people, this move was really useless. But the Stone Guanyin was really too beautiful, as well as too strong. For the last many years, she has already entrusted her spirit on this mirror; she already fell in love with herself.

But she no longer knew whether the one she loved was the illusory figure in the mirror, or the one with flesh and blood.

The person in the mirror and she had become one entity. Real or imaginary, even she herself could not tell the difference.

‘Crash! Bang!’

The person in the mirror was shattered, the Stone Guanyin outside the mirror also seemed to have been hit by a heavy blow. Her whole body was stunned.

When martial art masters fight against each other, how could she allow herself to be baffled?

In this instant, fast as lightning, Chu Liuxiang sealed five of her acupoints.

Unexpectedly the unequaled Stone Guanyin fell down.

But even after she fell down, she still could not believe that it was real. She was practically unable to believe that Chu Liuxiang would be able to knock her down.

In shock, she looked at Chu Liuxiang. Her eyes were brimming with doubts.

But Chu Liuxiang was closing his eyes, while taking a few long breaths. Only then was he able to calm his wildly throbbing heart down. He wanted to wipe the sweats off his face, but then he realized that his clothes and hands were drenched with sweats as well.

The Stone Guanyin stared at him wide-eyed. “You … you knocked me down?” he voice cracked.

Finally Chu Liuxiang laughed. “That’s right,” he said, “I defeated you. I often can defeat some people whose martial art skill is stronger than mine; sometimes even I cannot believe it myself.”

The Stone Guanyin’s eyes showed pained expression. It looked like she still wanted to say something, her mouth moved a few times, but not even one word came out.

Heaving a deep sigh, Chu Liuxiang said, “You killed my best friend; I really want to kill you, but I can’t do that. Now I only want to …”

His voice suddenly stopped, but all the hair on his body was standing on its end.

In this instant, the Stone Guanyin’s beautiful body, like it was magic, suddenly withered. Her flesh and blood suddenly seemed to twitch.

The most beautiful body on earth, unexpectedly in just a short period of time became like a dried skeleton.

No one could kill the Stone Guanyin. She killed herself.

The sky gradually brightened, but the earth was becoming even colder.

In his heart, Chu Liuxiang only felt an unspeakable grief, unspeakable melancholy. He kept asking himself, “Did I win? Did I really win?”

The distance between a beauty and dried up bones was no more than a thread; how much worse would the distance between victory and defeat then?

Even though he knocked down the invincible Stone Guanyin, even if he received news that Su Rongrong and the others were safe and sound, but he lost Hu Tiehua and Ji Bingyan. How could he remedy for this regret?

This regret could never be remedied.

Chu Liuxiang nearly forgot when was the last time he shed some tears, but now the tears had already moistened his sleeves. But he must wipe the tears dry; he must keep on living.

To stay alive is not only a person’s right, but it is also a person’s responsibility. No one has the right to kill someone else. No one has the right to kill himself either.

Sticking out his chest, Chu Liuxiang moved forward in large strides. Ahead there was a cave on the mountain. Wu Hua had his acupoint sealed by him, and was hidden inside that cave. Whatever the case, he was going to take Wu Hua back into the Central Plains to receive punishment according to the law. This was also his responsibility. Murderer was punishable by death, no one could escape the law.

But no one could take Wu Hua away, because a long arrow has already pierced through his throat, and blood was dripping down his chest. There was also a piece of bluish green piece of paper, “Chu Xiang Shuai unwilling to kill, Huamei Niao must do it for him.”

Chu Liuxiang was stunned. Who was this Huamei Niao [the Thrush]? Did he do it out of benevolence? Or was it out of evil intention?

What exactly was his purpose?

Right this moment, there was a gust of wine, an arrow was whizzing in the air.

Chu Liuxiang turned sideways to evade, he pinched the arrow’s tail feathers with two fingers, and saw that actually the arrowhead has been broken; obviously the person releasing the arrow did not want to take Chu Liuxiang’s life at all.

But there was a long piece of dark green string tied onto the arrow’s tail feathers; it was so long that he could not even see its end. Could it be that the Thrush was at the other end of the string, waiting for Chu Liuxiang?

No matter what kind of trick this terrifying person was playing, Chu Liuxiang decided to get to the bottom of it. Without even giving it any consideration, his shadow already flew along the long string.

At the other end of the long string, there were indeed people waiting for Chu Liuxiang. Not only one person, but four. When they saw Chu Liuxiang, they jumped up at the same time.

But when Chu Liuxiang saw them, he was shocked speechless. These four were unexpectedly the King of Qiuci, father and daughter, and Hu Tiehua and Ji Bingyan. Could it be that he was dreaming?

But Hu Tiehua already pinched his shoulder. He pinched it so hard that Chu Liuxiang was hurt really bad.

Smiling wryly, Chu Liuxiang said, “This is not a dream. People who are dreaming cannot feel pain. But if this is not a dream, how could dead people come back to live?”

Hu Tiehua laughed aloud and said, “Recently the nether world is already full. Yan Wangye [Yama, King of Hell] is at a loss, he had no choice but drive us, four lonely soul, wild ghosts – back to the land of the living.”

Chu Liuxiang laughed and said, “No wonder recently the dead people who came back to live are unusually many.”

Ji Bingyan’s expression appeared to be a bit tense; he said, “How did you know that we were being poisoned? Could it be that you have seen Shi Guanyin?”

“Mmm,” Chu Liuxiang replied.

Hu Tiehua also tensed up. “Where is she?” he asked.

Chu Liuxiang sighed. “She died!” he replied.

Together, Hu Tiehua, Ji Bingyan, the King of Qiuci, and Princess Pipa, all four people were stunned. After half a day, they also heaved a sigh a relief together.

Blinking, Hu Tiehua sid, “But it can’t possibly be you who killed her, can it?”

Chu Liuxiang sighed and said, “Could it be that you never heard that some people always have poison hidden in their teeth, and when necessary, they would bite the outer shell of the poison to break it …”

Without waiting for him to finish, Hu Tiehua scrambled in, “Are you saying she killed herself? Why would she want to kill herself?”

Chu Liuxiang said, “Just because other than death, she already had no other way to go.”

Hu Tiehua stared at him, his eyeballs grew so big that they nearly popped out; it was as if he had never seen Chu Liuxiang before.

Princess Pipa snatched the opportunity to say, “Could it be that you defeated her?”

Chu Liuxiang chuckled; he said, “You guys must be baffled, aren’t you?”

Actually, these people were more than baffled; they practically a bit did not believe it.

Finally Hu Tiehua exhaled slowly. Shaking his head, he said, “It’s over! It’s over! The one surnamed Ji, tell me, how are we going to mingle anymore? The two of us added together, we are still no match for Shi Guanyin; yet this kid effortlessly defeated her.”

Smiling wryly, Chu Liuxiang said, “Effortless? You think it was effortless? To tell you the truth, she and I fought a hard battle for more than two hundred moves, practically not a single move posed any threat to her.”

Hu Tiehua said, “Since your share was only taking a beating, how could you defeat her then?”

Chu Liuxiang had not responded, Princess Pipa already laughed tenderly and said, “Naturally he has a way. I already knew that he must have a way. When martial art masters vie against one another, not only they fight in power, but also in wits. Even if his martial art skill is inferior to Shi Guanyin, but in the battle of the mind, who on earth could possibly match him?”

While speaking, she could not help coming over to pull Chu Liuxiang’s hand, as if she no longer wanted to let him go.

Immediately the King of Qiuci coughed repeatedly; smiling apologetically, he said, “This time this king is really lucky to have three Zhuangshi’s ability. I wonder if three Zhuangshi would be willing to come to Qiuci for a visit …”

Laughing tenderly, Princess Pipa interrupted him, “Of course they are going. Whoever is thinking of not going, I will definitely disagree.”

Hu Tiehua and Ji Bingyan did not say anything, they both looked at Chu Liuxiang.

Chu Liuxiang could not help coughing as well. Smiling apologetically, he said, “Zaixia [plural] also want to tour your distinguished country’s scenery; it’s just that …”

Princess Pipa’s countenance changed, she laughed and said, “It’s just what?”

Chu Liuxiang rubbed his nose; he desperately signaled Hu Tiehua and Ji Bingyan with his eyes, asking them to say something. But Hu Tiehua and Ji Bingyan clearly did not see it.

Chu Liuxiang could only sigh; smiling wryly, he said, “It’s just that Zaixia [plural] have some other things we need to attend. This time we are letting down Wangye’s good intention.”

Princess Pipa suddenly relaxed her grip, her face already had no trace of blood, her fingertips were constantly shaking. Step-by-step she retreated, but her eyes were still staring at Chu Liuxiang. She spoke with trembling voice, “You don’t want to go? You really don’t want to go?”

Chu Liuxiang could only smile wryly. But the King of Qiuci has hurriedly pulled his daughter’s hand, and said with a sigh, “Three Zhuangshi unexpectedly are unwilling do to us the honor, this king is indeed very disappointed; but it may be assumed that Zhuangshi must have very important matter, we must not force them.”

Princess Pipa lowered her head and muttered, “That’s right, we must not force them. Actually, I should have known that you guys would never go.”

Suddenly she raised her head again and said with a laugh, “I don’t blame you at all, simply because I can’t possibly go with you either. We are basically coming from two different worlds. To be able to meet by chance, I … I’m already very happy.”

Very early in the morning, the wind was as cold as blade. Chu Liuxiang, Ji Bingyan and Hu Tiehua, three men, were standing woodenly in the cold wind. Nobody knew how long they had been standing like that.

Finally Hu Tiehua could not help heaving a deep, deep sigh. “Unexpectedly she left,” he muttered, “Surprisingly, she did not cry. This is really not easy. I have never admired any woman, but now I really admire her a little.”

Chu Liuxiang sadly said, “She was right. She and I are indeed from two different worlds. Even if we are forced to be together, it would only increase each other’s pain. It’s better to part company like this, at least we still have sweet memory of each other.”

Smiling bitterly, Hu Tiehua said, “No matter what, she is not only lovely, but also smart. This kind of girl, how come I never meet any?”

Ji Bingyan coldly said, “Even if you did, your wine breath would definitely drive her away.”

Hu Tiehua laughed. Chu Liuxiang also could not stop himself from laughing. Changing the subject, he said, “Shi Guanyin said that you guys already drank her poisonous wine. Presumably it was not a lie?”

Ji Bingyan spoke indifferently, “Xiao Hu grabbed that cup of poisonous wine and drank half of it, but he also left the other half for me. I could only drink it down, because since we already got to that point, other than death, there was really no better way.”

Hu Tiehua laughed and said, “I originally thought that he was someone who attach utmost importance to life; who would have thought that he …”

It was as if his throat was suddenly choked, the next words unexpectedly could not get out, his eyes also became moist, as he patted Ji Bingyan’s shoulder forcefully and muttered, “In short, in the end, I did not make friends with you in vain. At that time, although Shi Guanyin was definitely going to kill me, but she definitely would not kill you.”

“But how come the two of you did not die?” Chu Liuxiang asked.

Hu Tiehua replied, “Because just as I was about to die, suddenly someone stuffed a pill in my mouth, also spoke gently in my ear, ‘Remember, Huamei Niao not only can kill people, I can also save people’.”

Emotionally moved, Chu Liuxiang said, “It was him who saved you? Did you see what he looks like?”

Hu Tiehua said, “At that time I was losing my consciousness; I did not see anything.”

Chu Liuxiang asked Ji Bingyan, but Ji Bingyan also shook his head.

Chu Liuxiang pondered for half a day. He sighed and said, “This Huamei Niao, what kind of person is he? Why did he do that? Could it be that it was a deliberate attempt to show kindness to me? Could it be …”

Hu Tiehua laughed and said, “Maybe he has a girl he wanted to marry to you. Maybe ‘he’ himself is a woman, who was somehow fascinated by you …”

Without waiting for Chu Liuxiang to respond, he went on, “But in any case, we must find him anyway, right?”

Chu Liuxiang looked at a clump of white cloud on the horizon far away. He spoke slowly, “We do not need to look for her [sic], because he [sic] will definitely come to look for us.”

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