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Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils Chapter 34

Chapter 34: Wind Gather Closely, Disordered Cloud At Misty Peak
Suddenly someone shouted at the waist of the mountain: “You cannot do it, you definitely must not injure Miss Wang, i will surrender to you.” His gray shadow seems to fly down and rush over, his movement is extremely quick and agile. The people standing outside the encirclement cursed in unison, they move forward to block him, but he turn to the east and dodge to the west, he avoided everyone and threw himself forward. Wang YuYan saw everything clearly under the flame, its Duan Yu.

Duan Yu shouted: “Isn’t it easy to surrender? For Miss Wang, if you want me to surrender a thousand times, ten thousand times i will also agree.” He rush in front of the toutuo and shouted: “Hello, hello, everyone please let go, why are you grappling Miss Wang?”

Wang YuYan knew his martial art is sometimes on and sometimes off, more often than not its off, but he still disregarded his life and came forward to rescue, she felt grateful, her voice trembled: “Duan….Gentleman Duan, its you?” Duan Yu said happily: “Its me, its me!”

The toutuo cursed: “You….what thing are you?” Duan Yu said: “I am human, what thing?” the toutuo flip his hand and form a fist, with a ‘Pa’ sound he hit Duan Yu’s chin. Duan Yu can’t maintain his footing and tumbled to the left, his forehead bump against a rock, immediately fresh blood flow out.

When the toutuo saw his lightness martial art, he assume Duan Yu possess extremely strong martial arts, his fist technique is fake and he did not think it could hit him, after punching his right hand held onto the Buddhist monk knife and immediately execute three moves, these moves are genuine and intended to kill, unexpectedly his left fist manage to knock Duan Yu down with an empty move, he was stunned, at the same time Duan Yu’s internal energy counter-attacked and his left arm felt numb, luckily the punch is
 
light, the counter-force is not strong. The toutuo saw that Murong Fu is still rushing and killing, he shouted: “Murong chap, if you don’t surrender i will really chop of this little girl’s head. Great Buddha will never lie, will you surrender or not!”

Murong Fu felt really troubled, he cannot bear to let Wang YuYan die by the hands of these demonic people, but ‘Gusu Murong’ name is incomparably respected, he cannot cave in to other people’s threats and surrender to heretic people, this will become gossip and everyone will ridicule him, moreover if he surrender he will mostly probably die as well. He shouted loudly: “Evil toutuo, you want young master to surrender, its very difficult. If you dare harm a hair on this lady, if i don’t dismember you into thousand pieces then i am not human!” as he finish speaking he rush towards Wang YuYan, however around 20 people wielded their weapons and stab left and right, they block his front and attack his back, how can he break out in such a short time?

The toutuo said angrily: “I will kill this little girl, i will see how you going to deal with Great Buddha?” as he finish speaking he raised his knife, with a ‘Hu’ sound he chop towards Wang YuYan’s neck. The two women holding onto Wang YuYan fear getting implicated, they quickly release their grip and jump away.

Duan Yu is struggling to get up, his left hand pressing onto the wound on his forehead, his expression really pathetic, he saw the toutuo really chopping his knife at Wang YuYan, but she just stood there motionless, maybe she is in shock or her acupoint is sealed, she did not dodge at all. Duan Yu is extremely anxious, in a moment of desperation his internal energy automatically became abundant and vigorous, he immediately executed his [Six Meridians Divine Sword], with a ‘Chi Chi’ noise, there is a ringing sound as his internal energy strike the Buddhist monk knife and shot it down.

Duan Yu quickly rush forward, he turn his hand and put Wang YuYan on his back and shouted: “Run for your life!”

The toutuo grab the knife off the ground, he roared ferociously and hack the knife at Duan Yu. Duan Yu was alarmed, he quickly pointed his right hand,
 
there is a ‘Chi’ sound, his ‘Shang Yang Sword’ thrust straight at the knife, the knife was jolted off and drop on the ground again. Duan Yu executed his [Graceful Steps upon the Waves] and dash outward.

Everyone rallied and rush forward to block him. But Duan Yu slant left and tilt right, he move in a zigzag manner and rush out. All the Cave-masters and Island-masters send their weapons, fists and kicks at him, but Duan Yu dodge swiftly, he wasn’t hit at all. For the past few days, all he ever thought of was Wang YuYan, even while dreaming he only saw Wang YuYan. At night, he chatted with Fan Hua, Ba TianShi and the rest at an inn, as he was about to go to bed, he kept thinking about Wang YuYan, how can he fall asleep? Thus in the middle of the night, when everyone was asleep, he secretly sneak out of the inn and followed the direction taken by Murong Fu and his party and chase after them. After the dramatic battle between Murong Fu and Ding ChunQiu, Murong Fu accompanied Deng BaiChuan and recuperated at an inn, thus Duan Yu did not spend much effort and manage to catch up with him. Duan Yu hid himself in another room, he did not step out of the room at all, he is separated from Wang YuYan by merely a few zhang, he felt really delighted. By the time Murong Fu, Wang YuYan and the rest left the inn and travelled on the road, Duan Yu followed them from a distance.

While travelling, he said to himself countless times: “After this road, i should not follow them anymore. Duan Yu ah Duan Yu, you really trap yourself and refuse to extricate, you really waste your time studying literature. You should act in the nick of time, its best to turn around and head back to shore, you should brandish your wisdom sword and severe your thread of passion, else you will sacrifice your entire life for nothing. There is a saying in Buddhist scripture: ‘View sex as variable, distance away from it, as your desire wane, your heart will be free. Sex is variable, variable is suffering, suffering is not you. Loathe sex, loathe the reason for unhappiness, free yourself from unhappiness.’”

But to view Wang YuYan’s ‘sex’ as ‘variable’, ‘loathe and distance away from it’, how can he do it? His footstep is extremely light and swift, he followed Wang YuYan at a distance, unexpectedly Murong Fu, Bao BuTong and the rest never detect it at all. Wang YuYan got up on the tree, Murong
 
Fu handling the situation and meeting the enemy, Duan Yu saw all of it at a distance, when the toutuo wanted to kill Wang YuYan he automatically step forward bravely and surrendered on behalf of Murong Fu, but the other party simply refuse to accept his ‘surrender’.

In a short period of time, Duan Yu carried Wang YuYan and rush out of the encirclement, he is afraid that they might chase after him and he ran for a few hundred zhang, he finally stop and relax, he put Wang YuYan down. Wang YuYan blush, she said: “No, no, Gentleman Duan, my acupoint is sealed, i can’t stand.” Duan Yu supported her shoulder and said: “Yes! Teach me how to unseal acupoint, i will undo it for you.” Wang YuYan blushed furiously, she said bashfully: “No, no need! After 3 quarter hour the acupoint will automatically unseal, you don’t have to undo it for me.” She knew that to undo the acupoint, the ‘ShenFeng acupoint’ needs to be massage, the ‘ShenFeng acupoint’ is at the chest beside the breast, its extremely inappropriate.

Duan Yu don’t understand the underlying reason, he said: “The situation is dangerous, we cannot delay, its best that you let me undo your acupoint so that we can plan on how to escape.”

Wang YuYan blush and said: “Not good!” she raise her head, Murong Fu and Deng BaiChuan are still rushing and killing the enemy, she is concern about her cousin, she said: “Gentleman Duan, my cousin is surrounded, we have to go save him.”

Duan Yu chest ached, she is only concerned about Murong Fu, he is completely dishearten, he thought: “I keep thinking about her endlessly, it will never end, Duan Yu will fulfil her wish and die for Murong Fu and settle this matter.” He said: “Very good! Wait here, i will go save him.”

Wang YuYan said: “No, this won’t do! You don’t know martial arts, how can you save someone?”

Duan Yu smiled and said: “Moments ago, didn’t i carry you out?” Wang YuYan is aware that his [Six Meridians Divine Sword] is unpredictable, sometime it works sometime it doesn’t, he cannot execute it freely, she said: “Just now you got lucky…..you….you are concern about my safety, you
 
manage to execute your [Six Meridians Divine Sword]. You might not treat my cousin the same way as you treat me, i am afraid…..i am afraid…..” Duan Yu said: “Don’t worry, i will simply treat your cousin the same way as i treat you.” Wang YuYan shake her head and said: “Gentleman Duan, its too risky, it won’t work.” Duan Yu stick out his chest and said: “Miss Wang, as long as you ask me to go take the risk i am willing to risk my life and limb to help out.” Wang YuYan blush again, she said softly: “You treat me so well, i really don’t deserve it.”

Duan Yu is really happy, he said: “How come you don’t deserve it? Deserve it, you definitely deserve it!” He is vigorous and in high spirits, he desire to rush in and fight the battle.

Wang YuYan said: “Gentleman Duan, i can’t move at all, after you leave no one will watch over me, if some evil doer comes and harm me…..” Duan Yu turn around and scratch his head, he said: “This….en….this……” Wang YuYan real intention is for him to carry her on his back, they will go over and assist Murong Fu, but she is too shy and dare not say it out directly. She hope that Duan Yu can understand her intention, unfortunately Duan Yu don’t understand, he scratch his head and stamp his feet, he is really troubled.

They heard the rallying cry, ‘Ping Ping Pang Pang’, weapons clashing with each other, Murong Fu is duelling even more fiercely. Wang YuYan knew the enemy is powerful, she is really anxious, she cannot be shy anymore, she said softly: “Gentleman Duan, i have to trouble you again to carry….carry me for a while, we will go assist my cousin together, then……then……” Duan Yu suddenly saw the light, he stamped his feet and said: “Correct, correct! Idiot, idiot! How come i didn’t think of it?” he squat down and carried her on his back.

When Duan Yu carried Wang YuYan for the first time, it was purely to save her and escape from danger, he did not have any other ideas, but now her soft body lay on his back, his hands hooked onto her legs, although they are separated by layers of clothes he could still feel her smooth skin, he cannot help but feel aroused, he immediately reproach himself: “Duan Yu ah Duan Yu, what is the situation now, unexpectedly you have such thoughts, you are really worse than a beast! She is clear as ice and clean as jade,
 
incomparably respected lady, you have such bad intentions, its blasphemous, you deserve to be beaten, you really deserve to be beaten!” He raise his palm and heavily slap himself two times, he open up his footsteps and rush forward.

Wang YuYan was baffled, she ask: “Gentleman Duan, what you doing?” Duan Yu is naturally honest, moreover he respected Wang YuYan as if she is a celestial being, he don’t dare to deceive her, he said: “Really ashamed, i had disrespectful thoughts towards you, i deserve to be beaten, i deserve to be beaten!” Wang YuYan understood his meaning, she blush so much that her ears turned red.

At this moment, a Taoist priest brandishing a long sword rush over, he shouted: “Damn it, this chap come again to stir up trouble.” He executed a move [Poison Dragon Exit Cave] and thrust his sword at Duan Yu. Duan Yu automatically execute his [Graceful Steps upon the Waves] and avoided the attack. Wang YuYan said softly: “His second sword move will thrust from the left side, quickly rush to his right side and smack his ‘TianZong acupoint’.”

Sure enough, the Taoist priest miss the 1st sword-move and his 2nd sword- move [Clear Plum Blossom] thrust from the left side, Duan Yu acted in accordance to instruction given by Wang YuYan, he rush to the priest right side, with a ‘Pa’ sound he hit the ‘TianZong acupoint’. This is the Taoist priest's achilles heel, although Duan Yu palm move is not heavy but the priest still spurted fresh blood and collapsed.

As the priest collapsed another warrior rush over. Wang YuYan is extremely knowledgeable, she gave instructions softly, Duan Yu acted accordingly and immediately defeat the warrior. Duan Yu achieve victory easily, Wang YuYan is whispering softly in his ear, her soft precious body resting on his back, he smell her sweet fragrance, although he is in a dangerous situation but he felt the scene is romantic, he never experience such beautiful encounter before.

Duan Yu knock down another 2 people, he is separated from Murong Fu by merely 2 zhang, suddenly the wind vibrated, two dwarf in green jacket leap up and arrive, two soft whip strike him simultaneously. Duan Yu evaded
 
smoothly, suddenly one of the soft whip straighten up in mid-air and leap towards him, its incomparably quick. Wang YuYan and Duan Yu focus their attention on it, they cry out in surprise: “Ayo!” the two soft whip are not weapons, its a pair of live snakes. Duan Yu speed up his footsteps, he wanted to run past the two men, unexpectedly the two men have extremely fast and nimble footwork, they block in front of him and obstructed his path. Duan Yu ask repeatedly: “Miss Wang, what to do?”

Wang YuYan is knowledgeable about weapons and martial arts of various sects and schools, its extremely rare for her to not know anything about the opponent, but these two live snakes simply don’t follow any martial arts logic, she is completely powerless in predicting which direction they will attack. The two men wearing green jacket jump high and lean low, their posture clumsy and ugly, but their speed is matchless, the two of them are Qiang ethnic people, they never practice any lightness martial art before yet they are naturally fast and nimble like leopard.

Duan Yu met with danger while he dodge repeatedly. Wang YuYan pondered: “The movement of the live snake is unpredictable, defeat the enemy by capturing their chief, we have to knock down the owner of the snake.” But the movement of these men don’t adhere to any footwork in manuals, their movement is the same as ordinary people who don’t know any martial arts, they don’t follow any method or logic, its extremely difficult for Wang YuYan to predict where they will move or attack. She ask Duan Yu to hit their ‘QiMen acupoint’ and seal their ‘QuQuan acupoint’, but its really strange, Duan Yu move his palm everywhere and they will immediately dodge it quickly, they are extremely alert and sharp, its really innate talent.

Wang YuYan pondered how to defeat the enemy, at the same time she look at her cousin, miserable scream and cries rang out in succession, around 10 people lie down on the floor, they are all defeated by Murong Fu technique in borrowing and redirecting force.

Wu LaoDa issued his orders loudly, of the people surrounding Murong Fu, three retreated and another three step up to replace them. These three are experts, one of them is a short man and he has astonishing body strength, he wave his two steel hammer and generated strong wind, his aura impressive
 
and powerful. Murong Fu use the ‘Fragrant Dew Sabre’ and block one move, his arm was jolted and felt numb, the hammer arrive again and he immediately dodge, he don’t dare to clash with it again.

Suddenly Wang YuYan shouted: “Cousin, use [Ten Thousand Golden Lamp], follow up with [Open Lapel To Block Wind].” Murong Fu knew his cousin is brilliant in martial arts knowledge, he did not waste time to think, his right hand drew three circles in succession, the sabre sparkled and generated light, but the ‘Verdant Wave Fragrant Dew Sabre’ emit green light, the move became [Ten Thousand Green Lamp] and not [Ten Thousand Golden Lamp].

Everyone yell out and retreated a few steps, at this moment, Murong Fu flick his left sleeve out and executed [Open Lapel To Block Wind], the short man so happen to execute his move [Splitting Heaven and Earth], his twin hammer pointing at the sky and smashing fiercely towards the ground. There is a loud ‘Dang’ sound, everyone’s ear is buzzing, the left hammer of the short man hit his right hammer, the right hammer hit his left hammer, sparks flew in all direction. The power in his arm is extremely fierce, as the twin hammer collided with each other, there is a ‘Ka la’ sound, the bones in both arms automatically snap and he immediately fainted.

Murong Fu seize the opportunity and send out two palm, he help Bao BuTong to repel two strong enemy.

Duan Yu situation changed. Wang YuYan was concern about Murong Fu and she advice two moves, but one cannot concentrate on two things at the same time, inevitably she neglected the two enemy in front of Duan Yu. Duan Yu heard her advising her cousin, although her body is on his back but her heart is with Murong Fu, in a split second his chest ached bitterly, his footstep slow down, there is two ‘Chi Chi’ sound, the two poisonous snake jump at him and bite his left arm.

Wang YuYan cry out in surprise, she shouted: “Gentleman Duan… you….you……” Duan Yu gave a sigh and said: “Bitten to death by poisonous snake, its the same. Miss Wang, in the future please tell your grandson….” Wang YuYan saw the snake’s body is a mix of greenish yellow, its stripe bright and distinct, the head of the snake is odd and
 
triangular in shape, obviously the snake possess deadly poison, she momentarily panic and don’t know what to do.

Suddenly, the bodies of both snake straighten and drop on the floor, they died immediately. The two green-jacket men jabber in Qiang dialect, they turn around and ran away. These two men have always been raising and worshipping snakes, not only did Duan Yu not die when bitten by the snakes, he even counter-kill the snakes, they assume Duan Yu must be snake god, they don’t dare to linger and ran away quickly.

Wang YuYan is unaware of the miraculous effect of the ‘Poison Bull Cinnabar Toad’ consumed by Duan Yu, she ask repeatedly: “Gentleman Duan, how are you feeling? How are you feeling?” Duan Yu is feeling depress but suddenly Wang YuYan show concern for him, she kept inquiring repeatedly, he cannot help but burst with joy, he spirit rose, Wang YuYan kept on asking: “The two poison snake bite you, how are you feeling?” Duan Yu said: “Its somewhat painful, its nothing, its nothing!” he pondered: “As long as you care for me, i will beg to be bitten by poison snakes everyday” he open up his footsteps and rush beside Murong Fu.

*****

Suddenly a clear and bright voice transmitted from mid-air: “Gentleman Murong, Cave-masters, Island-masters, everyone don’t have any hatred or enmity with each other, why the need for this fierce battle?”

Everyone raise their head and look towards the voice, a Taoist with black beard is standing on top of a tree, he is holding onto a fly-whisk, as the tree branch move he also followed the momentum and move up and down, his expression natural and unrestrained. Under the light, he is around 50 years of age, his face revealed a smile, he said: “Everyone please give some face to poor Taoist, stop the battle for the time being, we will slowly resolve who is right and wrong ok?”

Murong Fu look at the person display of lightness martial art, he knew the person’s martial art is truly capable, he said: “Sir come out to resolve the dispute, it couldn’t be much better. I will stop fighting.” As he finish speaking he swing the sabre in a circle and put it down but his right palm
 
and left arm swell up faintly, he pondered: “That hammer wielding dwarf is really capable, my arm is still aching after getting shock by him.”

Wu LaoDa raise his head and ask: “May i know your great name?” The person have yet to reply when someone spoke out from the crowd of people: “Wu LaoDa, this person is….is….an amazing….an amazing person, he….he….he is Jiao…Jiao….Jiao….” he said ‘Jiao’ 3 times and can’t speak anymore, this person is stuttering, he is anxious and he cannot finish the sentence.

Wu LaoDa suddenly thought of someone, he said loudly: “He is Flood Dragon King….Flood Dragon King Taoist BuPing?” The stuttering person is happy that someone voice out his words, he quickly said: “Yes… yes….yes, he….he….he is…Jiao….Jiao…Jiao….Jiao….” his still stuck at the ‘Jiao’ word.

Wu LaoDa did not wait for him to finish struggling with the word, he cupped his hands at the person standing on the tree top and said: “Sir are you the world famous Taoist BuPing? I know your name for a long time, its like thunder piercing the ear, nice to meet you, nice to meet you!” While he is speaking, everyone stop fighting.

The Taoist smile and said: “I don’t deserve such praise, i don’t deserve such praise! Everyone claims that poor Taoist had long died, thus Mr Wu must have some disbelief correct?” As he finish speaking he jump lightly and descend from mid-air. When he jump off the tree, he will naturally drop down to the ground quickly, but he wave his fly-whisk, generating a gust of strong wind, the wind shoot towards the ground and repelled back, the wind supported his body and he descended slowly, the power of the fly-whisk in generating the counter-force is truly amazing.

Wu LaoDa blurted out: “[Relying On Void To Ride The Wind], excellent lightness martial art!” He barely finish his sentence and Taoist BuPing already landed on the ground, he smile and said: “Its purely some misunderstanding that led to this conflict. Why don’t you give poor Taoist some face, convert an enemy into a friend?” His tone is amiable yet with a hint of imposing aura, its difficult to reject.
 
Wu LaoDa said: “Taking Taoist BuPing’s golden reputation into account, we will write off this debt.”

Taoist BuPing said: “Mr Wu, Cave-masters of 36 Cave, Island-masters of 72 Island, all of you are gathering here, is it for that particular person at Heavenly Mountain?” Wu LaoDa countenance change, but he immediately calm down and said: “Taoist BuPing what are you saying, i don’t understand. All of us brothers are scattered all over the world, its rare for us to meet, everyone made an appointment to gather here and meet up, there is no other purpose. We don’t know how Gentleman Gusu Murong manage to find us and make life difficult for us.”

Murong Fu said: “I am only passing by, i really don’t know everyone is meeting here, if i offended you i apologize for it.” As he finish speaking he clasped his hands and bow in all four direction, he continued: “Taoist BuPing took the initiative to resolve the dispute and prevented me from creating a big disaster, i am utterly grateful. Hope to see you again, i will take my leave now.” He know that there must be some major affair for these heretic people to gather here, Taoist BuPing mentioned ‘a particular person from Heavenly Mountain’ and Wu LaoDa immediately changed the subject, obviously the matter is a huge taboo, if he don’t pull out and retreat its really a bit too insensitive as if he is trying to pry into other people’s private matters, thus he cupped his hands, turn around and walk away.

Wu LaoDa cupped his hands to return the courtesy, he said: “Gentleman Murong, getting to meet such a renown hero like you, i am really honoured. The green hills will never change, the water will always flow, goodbye.” Indeed his speech implied that he is unwilling to let Murong Fu linger here.

But Taoist BuPing said: “Wu LaoDa, do you know who is Gentleman Murong?” Wu LaoDa was startled, he said: “Northern Qiao Feng, Southern Murong! The world renown Murong family, who doesn’t know them? After today’s meeting, its really a well deserved reputation.” Taoist BuPing smile and said: “Precisely. This kind of important figure, if you miss this opportunity wouldn’t it be a pity? Normally if you tried to ask Murong family to help out its extremely difficult, luckily Gentleman Murong is here today but you all refuse to request for help, aren’t you entering a treasure
 
mountain and returning empty-handed?” Wu LaoDa said: “This….this….” his hesitating in his speech.

Taoist BuPing laugh and said: “Gentleman Murong’s heroic reputation is known throughout the world, all of you suffered under Misty Peak Vulture Palace's Child Elder of Heavenly Mountain….”

Once he said ‘Child Elder of Heavenly Mountain’, everyone cry out in shock. Their voice revealed their agitated emotions, some of them panic, some of them are angry, some of them fearful, some of them in pain, some of them even retreat a few steps, their bodies trembled, they are extremely scared.

Murong Fu was baffled: “Who is this Child Elder of Heavenly Mountain, unexpectedly this person can create such terror?” he pondered: “The people i met today, Taoist BuPing, Wu LaoDa, all of them are quite capable, yet i don’t even know about them, this Child Elder of Heavenly Mountain must be a even more amazing figure, the world is wide and my knowledge is really limited. Its really not easy for Gusu Murong to maintain its reputation in the world.” As he thought about it, he became even more fearful.

Wang YuYan muttered to herself: “Misty Peak Vulture Palace's Child Elder of Heavenly Mountain? What is their sect? What is their martial art moves?”

Duan Yu turn a deaf ear to the words of others, but he heard every single word from Wang YuYan, he immediately recalled his experiences at WuLiang Mountain, at that time the Farmer God Clan received orders to seize WuLiang Palace, how ‘WuLiang Sword’ change its name to ‘WuLiang Cave’, the female wearing green cloak embroidered with a black vulture called him ‘little white face’ and brought him down the mountain, all of it due to the orders of ‘Child Elder of Heavenly Mountain’, but he have no answer to Wang YuYan’s question, he said: “Very powerful, very powerful! I nearly got imprison by them till i become ‘old white face’, i would not be able to escape even till today.”

Wang YuYan is well aware of the incoherent speech by Duan Yu, she just smile and ignored him.
 
Taoist BuPing said: “Everyone suffered the insults and torment of Child Elder of Heavenly Mountain, there is no joy in your life, if the heroes of this world knows of the deed they will undoubtedly be angry as well. Today, everyone rise up and rebelled, who doesn’t want to lend a helping hand? Even poor Taoist, who is incompetent is also willing to draw my sword to uphold justice, Gentleman Murong is chivalrous, how can he sit back and doing nothing?”

Wu LaoDa force a bitter laugh and said: “I don’t know how Taoist priest obtain the news, its all just rumours. Child-Granny can be quite strict in controlling us, but its for our benefit. We give thanks to her kindness, how can we rebel?”

Taoist BuPing burst into loud laughter and said: “So poor Taoist is just meddlesome. Gentleman Murong, let us go to Heavenly Mountain together and discuss with the Child Elder, we will say that friends from 36 Caves and 72 Islands are loyal to her, they are thinking of how to celebrate her birthday.” As he finish speaking his figure move and he is already beside Murong Fu.

Someone cry out in alarm: “Wu LaoDa, don’t let this ox-nose priest leave, we will be in trouble if he divulge this secret.” Another person shouted: “Even this Gentleman Murong must be arrested as well.” A thick voice said: “Since we started it, we carry it through all the way, let us go all out!” There is ‘Ca Ca’, ‘Shua Shua’, ‘Qiang Qiang’, the sound of weapons being drawn, everyone pull out their weapons.

Taoist BuPing smiled and said: “You people want to kill us to prevent the secret from leaking out? I am afraid its not easy.” He raise his voice and shouted: “Hibiscus Fairy, Sword God old chap, the Cave-masters of 36 Cave and Island-masters of 72 Island conspired to revolt against the Child Elder, i happen to discover their secret, they want to silence me. This is really dangerous, save me, save me! Taoist BuPing is going to die!” his voice transmitted far away and echoed in four direction at the valley.

Taoist BuPing voice had yet to stop when a cold arrogant voice transmit from the western mountain peak: “Brother BuPing, just escape if you can, if you can’t then just resign yourself to fate. These disciples and grandson of
 
Child Elder are extremely unreasonable, at most i can convey information for you, i don’t have the ability to save you.” The voice is at least 3-4 li away.

The voice barely finish speaking when a melodious female voice transmit from the northern mountain peak: “Ox-nose priest, who ask you to meddle it other people’s business? They already prepared everything in advance, once they revolt the Child Elder will be in big trouble. I will go to Heavenly Mountain now and talk to the Child Elder, see what she have to say about this.” Her voice is even further than the male voice at the western mountain.

When everyone heard it their expression changed, these two are around 3-4 li away, they definitely cannot catch them, clearly Taoist BuPing had prepared everything meticulously, he arrange for support at a distant place. Moreover, from their voices, the two have deep internal energy, even if they manage to overtake them they might not be able to subdue them.

Wu LaoDa is aware of the origins of this male-female pair, he raise his voice and said: “Taoist BuPing, Sword God Mr Zhuo, Hibiscus Fairy, since the three of you are willing to assist us, everyone is extremely grateful. I will not lie in front of you experts, since the three of you already know the inside story its useless for us to conceal it anymore, i invite you to come forward and discuss together, how about it?”

‘Sword God’ laugh and said: “Its better for us to stand far away and observe the ongoing, if there are some unexpected disaster its faster and easier to escape. There is no benefit in associating with wicked people.” The female said: “Correct, my friend Taoist BuPing, the two of us will keep watch for you, if not you will get shredded by them and no one will deliver information for you, then you would have died for nothing.”

Wu LaoDa said : “The two of you are teasing us. In reality, our opponent is simply too strong, we are frighten and thus have to take extra precautions. Just now we did not reveal the matter candidly but we really have no choice, i hope the three of you can forgive us.”

Murong Fu and Deng BaiChuan gave each other a glance, they thought: “This Wu LaoDa is not some minor character, moreover they have great
 
numbers, but he is so courteous towards the three of them, obviously he is trying to prevent the secret from leaking out. This Taoist BuPing, Sword God and Hibiscus Fairy, they claim they want to help out and assist, but most likely they have other motives, its best to stay away from these wicked people.” Both of them nod their head, Deng BaiChuan signal with his lips, indicating that they should leave now. Murong Fu said: “There are so many people here, not matter how big the problem you definitely can handle it, moreover you have Taoist BuPing and another two experts to help you out, in the present age who can resist? There is really no need for me to interfere, i will just be a hindrance. I will take my leave now!”

Wu LaoDa said: “Wait! Since this matter has been exposed, it concerns the lives of several hundred people. The honour and lives of our brothers from 36 Caves and 72 Islands are hanging on a thin line. Gentleman Murong, its not that we don’t trust you, but you are too deeply involved, we don’t dare to take the risk.” Murong Fu said: “So you are saying you won’t allow me to leave?” Wu LaoDa said: “I don’t dare.” Bao BuTong said: “What Child Granny, Child Uncle, we Gusu Murong family is ill-informed, this is the first time we heard of the name, obviously we are not connected to it. Just do whatever you want to do, we guarantee we will never leak out half a word. Who is Gusu Murong Fu, how can he not keep his words? If you try to forcibly make us stay, its not going to be easy, maybe its easy to keep Bao BuTong, but don’t tell me you can make young master Murong or that Gentleman Duan stay?”

Wu LaoDa knows he is telling the truth, especially more so for Gentleman Duan as his footwork is very weird, he is carrying a lady on his back but his feet never touch the ground at all, he is floating around like a feather and goes wherever he wants, nobody can block him; there is no time to consider and he really don’t want to make another powerful enemy by offending Gusu Murong family. Wu LaoDa glance at Taoist BuPing, his expression awkward, its seems he is trying to ask for some ideas.

Taoist BuPing said: “Wu LaoDa, for today’s matter, you definitely have to kill her. If you fail to kill her, then its completely over. Gentleman Murong is such a powerful helper, he is standing right in front of you, why you still hesitate in inviting him?”
 
Wu LaoDa grind his teeth and made up his mind, he walk towards Murong Fu and bow deeply, he said: “Gentleman Murong, we from 36 Caves and 72 Islands suffered endless torment for the past 10 years, we led an inhuman life, we are going all out and risking our lives today to get rid of that old devil, i beg your heroic spirit to save us from this dire situation, we will never forget your great kindness and virtue!” he is begging Murong Fu for help, obviously he is being forced to do it, its not his original intention, but these few words are clearly sincere and honest.

Murong Fu said: “There are so many experts here, there is no use for me……” he already thought of his speech, he wanted to decline and not get involve in this mess, but suddenly he had 2nd thoughts: “This Wu LaoDa said: ’We will never forget your great kindness and virtue’, there are no lack of experts in 36 Caves and 72 Islands. In the future i need to carry out a major plan, i worry about the lack of people, if i help them out today then when the time comes i can invite them to help me as well. There are several hundred experts here, its really an elite troop.” As he thought of it, he immediately change his speech: “But there is a good saying, we should help one another along the way, this is my duty as a martial artist….”

When Wu LaoDa heard it his expression is happy, he said: “Yes, yes!”

Deng BaiChuan kept on shooting meaningful looks, he is hinting Murong Fu to quickly pull back, these people are not good people, its harmful to make friends with them. But Murong Fu just nod his head, indicating that he understood his intention, he continued: “I witness everyone’s superior martial arts, all of you uphold justice and have a sense of loyalty, i really admire greatly, thus i wish to make friends with you all. Everyone is punishing an evil person, originally you don’t need my help, but since we are friends, everyone should stick together through thick and thin, help each other out through trials and tribulations, Murong Fu is at your service.”

The applause is like thunder, everyone cheered and clap. ‘Gusu Murong’ enjoys great reputation in the martial arts fraternity, just now everyone witness his skills and its indeed well-deserved, when Wu LaoDa ask him for help they did not expect him to agree at all, they expect him to swear an oath and not reveal the secret and that would be the end, they never expect him to agree immediately, moreover he is extremely courteous, saying
 
things like ‘stick together through thick and thin’, ‘help each other out through trials and tribulations’, he is pledging his life to make friends with them, they cannot help but be pleasantly surprise.

Deng BaiChuan and the rest are equally shock. They have always obeyed Murong Fu’s orders, even for Bao BuTong who likes to refute and debate he never say ‘Not true, not true’ to his young master, the four of them thought: “Young master promise to assist, obviously he has his own intentions, we merely don’t understand it for the time being.”

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When Wang YuYan heard her cousin agreeing to assist the other party, the enemy turn into a friend, she said to Duan Yu: “Gentleman Duan, they are not fighting anymore, you can put me down!” Duan Yu was startled, he said: “Yes, yes, yes!” he bend his knees slightly and put her down. Wang YuYan cheek is slightly red, she said softly: “Many thanks!” Duan Yu sigh and said: “Sigh, eternity is exhausted, there will be continuous regret from now on.” Wang YuYan said: “What are you talking about? Are you reciting poetry?”

Duan Yu was startled, he woke up from his fantasy, countless thoughts pass through him in an instant, after he put down Wang YuYan she would accompany Murong Fu and leave, they will be separated worlds apart and never see each other again, he will drift around the world, depress for 10 years and finally dying in regret and hate, thus he said ‘eternity is exhausted, there will be continuous regret from now on’. When he heard Wang YuYan query, he quickly reply: “Its nothing…i…i….i let my imagination run wild.” Wang YuYan immediately understood the meaning behind his poetry, she blush and thought of walking to Murong Fu right away, but her acupoint had yet to unseal, she can’t move.

Taoist BuPing said: “Wu LaoDa, congratulations, congratulations, Gentleman Murong agreed to help, the problem is 90% solved, not to mention Murong Fu peerless divine skills, even his subordinate Gentleman Duan is also a top expert with abilities rarely seen in this world.” He notice that Duan Yu expression was respectful when carrying Wang YuYan, thus
 
he assume he has the same status as Deng BaiChuan and the rest of Murong Fu’s subordinate.

Murong Fu quickly said: “This Brother Duan is a top expert from Dali’s Duan family, i myself admire him greatly. Brother Duan, why don’t you come over and meet these friends?”

Duan Yu is standing beside Wang YuYan, he peek at her, sniffing her sweet fragrance, although he don’t dare to look straight at her, he is perfectly contented in looking at her jade white hands, he never hear Murong Fu calling him.

Murong Fu shouted again: “Brother Duan, why don’t you come over and meet these friends?” He is determined to win over these brave heroes, thus he don’t dare to be haughty towards Duan Yu. But Duan Yu is completely focus on Wang YuYan’s hands, 10 fingertips, soft smooth and supple, how would he notice other people calling him?

Wang YuYan said: “Gentleman Duan, my cousin is calling you!” Duan Yu immediately heard her words, he quickly said: “Yes, yes! He call me for what?” Wang YuYan said: “Cousin is asking you to go over and meet some new friends.” Duan Yu is unwilling to leave her side, he said: “Then are you going as well?” Wang YuYan was unsettled by his question, she said: “They want to meet you, not me.” Duan Yu said: “If you are not going, then i am not going as well.”

Although Taoist BuPing notice Duan Yu’s exceptional footwork, he didn’t regard him as some important figure, when he heard Duan Yu’s reply he did not know it was due to infatuation, other than the lady he ignored everyone else in this world, he assume Duan Yu despise them and is unwilling to meet, he cannot help but feel resentful.

Wang YuYan notice everyone is looking at her and Duan Yu, she felt embarrass and fear that her cousin might misunderstand, she call out: “Cousin, someone sealed my acupoint, you…you come over to support me.”
 
However Murong Fu is unwilling to display his love relationship in front of everyone, he said: “Elder brother Deng, please tend to Miss Wang. Brother Duan, why don’t you come over here?”

Wang YuYan said: “Gentleman Duan, my cousin is inviting you, please go over.” Duan Yu heard her asking Murong Fu for support, obviously she regarded him as an outsider, in an instant his heart ached bitterly, he walk towards Murong in a daze.

Murong Fu said: “Brother Duan, i will introduce you to several experts, this is Taoist BuPing, this is Wu LaoDa.”

Duan Yu said: “Yes! Yes!” but he thought: “I am standing beside her, why she never ask me to support her, instead she ask her cousin for support? Just now she wanted me to carry her but its due to the desperate situation, if her cousin can carry her then obviously she will choose her cousin, she will never allow me to touch her body.” He said: “If she can lean on her cousin body, she will naturally burst with joy. Even for Deng BaiChuan, Bao BuTong, the subordinates of her cousin, she is much closer to them than to me. What about me? What about me? There is no relations between both of us, we are strangers who come together by chance, i am just some insignificant stranger, why would she care about me? She permit me to look at her a few times, but if she can sweep her eyes a few time at my lowly self then its considered my great fortune. She most probably still treat me as a gardener in her home, if i have any other wishful thoughts, i am afraid i will immediately exhaust my karmic reward….sigh, she will never want me to support her.”

Taoist BuPing and Wu LaoDa look at Duan Yu lifeless expression, he is just staring at empty air and completely ignored Murong Fu’s introduction, in addition his eyebrows wrinkled and he look worried, clearly he is unwilling to meet them. Taoist BuPing said: “Nice to meet you! Nice to meet you!” he stretch out his hand and grip Duan Yu’s right hand. Wu LaoDa immediately understood Taoist BuPing’s intentions, he flip his palm and hook Duan Yu’s left hand. Wu LaoDa’s martial art is overbearing, he openly display his hostility unlike Taoist BuPing, although both of them have the same intentions, they want to make Duan Yu suffer but they don’t want to reveal any trace of it, they try to appear very friendly and warm-hearted.
 
Both of them held onto Duan Yu’s hand, their ‘LaoGong acupoint’ on the hollow of the palm connected, the ‘YuFu acupoint’ connected, ‘YuJi’, ‘ShaoFu’, ‘ShaoChong’, all these meridians activated. In an instant, Taoist BuPing felt his internal energy draining out swiftly, he cannot help but feel startled, he hastily tried to shake of his hand. But currently Duan Yu’s internal energy is extremely deep and profound, unexpectedly his palm is stuck onto Taoist BuPing’s palm, his [Divine Skill of the Northern Darkness] already activate, he is absorbing his opponent’s internal energy faster and faster. When Wu LaoDa grab Duan Yu’s palm, he immediately channelled his internal energy and use his poison palm skill, he want to make Duan Yu suffer an unbearable itch and make him beg for forgiveness, then he will give him the antidote. Unexpectedly, Duan Yu is immune to poison after consuming the ‘Poison Bull Cinnabar Toad’, the poison on his palm is completely harmless against Duan Yu, but his internal energy is absorbed at lightning speed. Wu LaoDa cry out loudly: “Hello, hello… you…you are using the [Great Energy Dissolving Skill]!”

Duan Yu have yet to snap out of his day dream, he complain and sigh: “She don’t want me to support her, i am born to this world, but where is the joy? Why don’t i return to Dali, henceforth i should not meet her again. Sigh, why don’t i go to Heavenly Dragon Monastery and become a monk, become a disciple under Great Master KuRong, everyday i will cleanse my body and mind, from now on my six senses will be purified and tranquil, untainted and incorruptible….”

Murong Fu is unaware of the true origins of Duan Yu’s martial arts, he saw Taoist BuPing and Wu LaoDa are distress, their expression change greatly, he assume Duan Yu is deliberately striking back, he quickly grab Taoist BuPing’s back and pull him off, his energy rush forward and retreat promptly, obstructing the suction force of the [Divine Skill of the Northern Darkness], he manage to pull Taoist BuPing off and he call out simultaneously: “Brother Duan, please be lenient!”

Duan Yu was startled, he snap out of his day-dream, he immediately use the method taught by his uncle Duan ZhengMing and withdraw his [Divine Skill of the Northern Darkness].
 
Wu LaoDa is using all his strength to pull outward, suddenly the suction is gone and he is released, he staggered and retreated a few steps, he finally manage to stabilize himself, his face and ears are red, he is frighten and angry, he shout repeatedly: “[Great Energy Dissolving Skill], [Great Energy Dissolving Skill]!” Taoist BuPing is more knowledgeable and experience, he notice Duan Yu’s internal energy absorbing skill is different from the notorious [Great Energy Dissolving Skill], but he can’t correctly identify them as he has never been hit by [Great Energy Dissolving Skill] before.

Duan Yu’s [Divine Skill of the Northern Darkness] being mistaken as [Great Energy Dissolving Skill], it happened many times before, he smile and said: “Old Freak of XingXiu Ding ChunQiu is vile and repulsive, why would i learn his stinky martial arts? You really lack knowledge….sigh, sigh, sigh!” Originally he intended to tease Wu LaoDa, but he suddenly thought of Wang YuYan treating him as a stranger, he is infatuated and head over heels in love with her, speaking of ‘lack of knowledge’ he is 100 times worse than Wu LaoDa, he cannot help but sigh 3 times.

Murong Fu said: “Brother Duan is a direct descendent of the Duan family, his family is famous and upright, [YiYang Finger] and [Six Meridians Divine Sword] matchless under the heaven, how can he be mention together with the Old Freak of XingXiu?”

While he is speaking, he felt his right palm and arm swelling more and more, evidently its not due to the impact from the dwarf’s twin hammer, he is bewildered and raise his hand, the back of his hand is glowing faint green, he smell some fishy stench, he immediately realize the truth: “Ah, yes, my arm came into contact with the ‘Verdant Wave Fragrant Dew Sabre’, the poison gas slowly diffuse into the skin.” At once he flip the sabre horizontally, the back of the sabre facing outward, the edge of the sabre facing himself, he said to Wu LaoDa: “Mr Wu, i will return this honourable weapon back, sorry for the offense.”

Wu LaoDa stretch out his hand to receive it, but Murong Fu did not release the handle, he was startled and laugh: “This sabre is a little strange, mostly probably it offended you.” He took out a small bottle from his bosom, he open the bottle cork, he pour some fine powder on his palm, he turn his palm over and press in on Murong Fu’s arm. In an instant the medicine
 
penetrate the skin, Murong Fu felt a cooling sensation on his arm and palm, he knew the antidote has already taken effect, he smiled and presented the sabre.

Wu LaoDa received the sabre, he said to Duan Yu: “This brother Duan, are you a friend or foe? If you are a friend you should trust us completely so that i can report the truth candidly. If you are a foe, although your martial art is high but we will fight you to the death.” As he finish speaking he look askance, his expression cold and imposing.

Duan Yu is troubled by emotional matters, how would he have Wu LaoDa’s heroic spirit? He is dejected and said: “I have so much worries on my mind now, i can’t push it away or solve it, where to find the mood to pay attention to other people’s matters? I am not your friend, but i am also not your foe. I can’t help you, but i also won’t trouble you. Sigh, i am grieving for all eternity, the world is so vast and big but who will recognize my worth, my tears roll down in grief and indignation. Those who know me say i am depress, those who don’t know me say i am bringing trouble to myself. The gains and losses in the martial arts fraternity, why would Duan Yu even care about it?”

Taoist BuPing notice Duan Yu is crazy and eccentric, he keep mumbling to himself, but after mumbling a few words he would secretly look at Wang YuYan, Taoist BuPing already guessed 80-90% of the matter, he raise his voice and said to Wang YuYan: “Miss Wang, your cousin Gentleman Murong already promise to assist us for the sake of justice, we will take part in this together and uphold justice, presumably Miss will take part as well?” Wang YuYan said: “Yes, since my cousin is with you, naturally i will also follow, i willingly follow your lead.” Taoist BuPing smiled and said: “I don’t deserve such praise! Miss Wang is too modest.” He turn his head and said to Duan Yu: “Gentleman Murong is with us, Miss Wang is also with us. Gentleman Duan, if you can join us as well, everyone will be eternally grateful to you. But if Gentleman is not willing then please leave by yourself, how about it?” as he finish speaking he move his right hand, his posture sending off a guest.

Wu LaoDa said: “This…maybe its inappropriate…..” he really disapprove of the idea, if Duan Yu leave, he might leak out their secret, he grip his
 
serrated-sabre tightly, if Duan Yu take a single step he will immediately move forward and block him.

But Duan Yu pace back and forth in a circle, he said: “You ask me to leave, but where can i go? Although the world is big, but where will Duan Yu find safe shelter? I….i have nowhere to go.”

Taoist BuPing smiled and said: “Since this is the case, then Gentleman Duan please come with us. When the time comes, you can just sit back without lifting a finger, don’t help either side.”

Wu LaoDa have some misgivings, Taoist BuPing look at him and cast a meaningful glance, he said: “Wu LaoDa, you are trifle in handling matters. Come, come, come! There are 36 Cave-masters and 72 Island-masters, poor Taoist been looking forward to the meeting but we never meet at all. From now on everyone will share the same enemy and hatred, you should come forward and introduce yourself to Gentleman Murong, Gentleman Duan and poor Taoist.”

Wu LaoDa said: “This should be case.” At once he call out everyone’s name, one by one he introduce them. These people rule different region and territory, most of them don’t even know each other, while Wu LaoDa is introducing them to Gentleman Murong, someone will frequently call out: “Ah, it turns out this so-and-so Cave-master.” Or they will whisper: “So- and-so Island-master with shocking reputation, unexpectedly his appearance is like this.” Murong Fu was secretly amazed: “How come these people don’t even know each other? It seems they are meeting each other for the first time.”

Among the Cave-masters and Island-masters, four of them got killed by Murong Fu in the chaotic battle, when the subordinates of the four sees Murong Fu, they despise him and felt indignant.

Murong Fu said brightly: “Just now i accidentally killed a few noble friend, i am terribly apologetic, from now on i will spare no effort and do my best to make up for my past mistake. But if someone is unwilling to forgive me, since we are fighting a common enemy we will put our differences aside for the moment, once the deed is done, please come to Gusu Basin of Swallow
 
and find me, we will settle it once and for all.” Wu LaoDa said: “Your words are correct. Gentleman Murong is very straightforward and honest! Even among our own brothers, we might have some complain and animosity, but we are facing a powerful enemy, everyone should put their minor differences aside. If anyone is short-sighted and refuse to take into account the big picture and try to take advantage of the situation to take revenge, then what should we do?” Many people say in succession:

“That person is obviously a horse that brings trouble to its herd, everyone should get rid of him.”

“If we cannot deal with that Heavenly Mountain old witch, its hard for everyone to preserve their lives, there is no need to even mention personal hatred.”

“How can there be intact eggs in an overturn bird nest? Wu LaoDa, Gentleman Murong, don’t worry, no one will do such stupid thing.”

Murong Fu said: “Very good, i offer my thanks. I wonder what errands you have for me, please instruct me.”

Taoist BuPing said: “Wu LaoDa, since everyone is participating in this major event we need to work towards a common goal. You are the chief, please tell us the matter about Child Elder of Heavenly Mountain, how powerful is that old witch, what kind of shocking ability she has, tell us so that everyone can guard against her to avoid any surprise which we are not aware of.”

Wu LaoDa said: “Yes! All the Cave-masters and Island-masters recommended me to organize this event, my ability and talent is shallow, originally i cannot hold such heavy responsibility, luckily Gentleman Murong, Taoist BuPing, Sword God Mr Zhuo and Hibiscus Fairy join in to uphold justice, thus my burden is greatly reduced.” He still have some resentment towards Duan Yu, thus he did not mention ‘Gentleman Duan’ in his speech.

Someone from the crowd said: “Save those polite words, get to the main point!” another person said: “Damn your grandmother, we are going to risk
 
our lives to kill someone, our lives are in jeopardy, all these empty talks, aren’t you wasting our time?”

Wu LaoDa laugh and said: “Brother Hong spew such vulgar language. Sea Horse Island Island-master Qin, please stand guard at the south-east, release the signal immediately if you spot any enemy. Violet Rock Cave Cave- master Huo, please stand guard at the west….” he dispatch eight experts in succession, they guard the eight directions. The eight of them complied with the orders, they lead their subordinates and rush off to their designated guard point.

Murong Fu pondered: “These eight Cave-masters and Island-masters, it seems they are cruel and arrogant, violent and fierce people, unexpectedly they complied with the orders of Wu LaoDa, their expression vigilant and fearful, obviously the enemy is so powerful that they become extremely fearful. I promise to render my help, but i am afraid this problem is really dangerous and difficult.”

Wu LaoDa wait for the eight group of guards to walk far away, he said: “Everyone please sit down, i will narrate our painful embarrassment.”

Bao BuTong suddenly interrupted: “You bunch of people commit murder and arson, put poison and pillage, all of you fierce and vicious, terrible tyrants, what kind of painful embarrassment you have? It makes no sense, it makes no sense!” Murong Fu said: “3rd brother Bao, calm down and listen to Cave-master Wu’s account, don’t interrupt his words.” Bao BuTong grumbled: “His words lack logic, i cannot help but speak out bluntly.” Although he did rebut, but since Murong Fu already gave him an order, he dare not interrupt anymore.

Wu LaoDa force a bitter smile and said: “Brother Bao is correct. The one surnamed Wu, although my ability is lowly, but i am born stubborn, i take advantage of people, i don’t allow others to take advantage of me, but who would have expect, sigh!”

Wu LaoDa gave a sigh, suddenly the person beside him also gave a long sigh, he is even more sorrowful. Everyone look towards the person who gave the long sigh, Duan Yu is looking at the moon with his hands behind
 
his back, Duan Yu gave a long sigh and said: “The moon is so bright, a pretty lady appear before me; she is so elegant and attractive, i worry about how to express my feelings!” He is humming the chapter <Rising Moon> from the <Book of Songs>, the meaning is that the moonlight is bright, the beauty graceful, he find it hard to relax his thoughts and he cannot help but worry secretly. Most of the people around him are uneducated martial artists, how can they understand the meaning of this poem? Everyone glare furiously at Duan Yu, they blame him for interrupting Wu LaoDa.

Wang YuYan understood Duan Yu’s real intentions, she afraid that her cousin might take offense and she secretly peek at Murong Fu, he is fixing his gaze entirely on Wu LaoDa, he never listen to Duan Yu recital of poetry, she breathe a sigh of relief.

Wu LaoDa said: “Gentleman Murong and Taoist BuPing , both of you are not outsiders anymore, i am not afraid of letting you know about this matter. We 36 Cave-masters and 72 Island-masters, some live in desolated mountains, some rule over islands, it may seem as if we are free and unfettered, but all of us are restricted by Child Elder Of Heavenly Mountain. To be honest, we are her slave. Every year, she will send some people to heavily reprimand us, she will curse and berate us, no living person can withstand it. You must be wondering, we must be indignant to be reprimanded by her correct? But this is not the case, the more she curse us, the happier we feel…..”

Bao BuTong cannot help but interrupt: “This is strange! Aren’t you demeaning yourself?”

Wu LaoDa said: “Brother Bao you are not aware of the full details, if the people sent by Child Elder scold us severely, our crisis for that year can be considered over, all the caves and islands will organize a huge feast for several days to celebrate our well-being. Sigh, conducting ourselves like this, its indeed very demeaning. If the people sent by Child Elder don’t curse our grandson as bastards, if they don’t curse our 18 generation ancestors, our lives in the future will be difficult. You must understand, if she don’t send people to curse us, she will send people to beat us, if you are lucky you get 30 strokes of rod, if your legs don’t get broken in the process you will most likely organize a huge feast and celebrate.”
 
Bao BuTong and Feng BoE look at each other and smile, both of them make huge effort to restrain themselves from laughing out, unexpectedly these people have to organize a feast and celebrate even after getting beaten, such strange incident has never been heard before, but Wu LaoDa’s tone is mournful and miserable, the crowd around him also gnash their teeth in anger and curse, it seems this matter is not fake.

Originally, Duan Yu focus solely on Wang YuYan, while looking at her, he notice that she listen attentively to Wu LaoDa, thus he also listen to Wu LaoDa speak, after listening to a few sentence he cannot help but slap his palm and said: “Ridiculous! This Child Elder Of Heavenly Mountain, is she a god or immortal? Devil or monster? She is so tyrannical, isn’t she a bit too absurd?”

Wu LaoDa said: “Gentleman Duan is correct. This Child Elder push us around, she treat us worse than pigs and dogs. If she don’t order her people to beat us with rod, she will often use whip to lash our back, else she will hammer in a few nails into our back. Island-master Sima, the scars you got from the lashings, please let our friends see it.”

A thin and emaciated old man said: “Ashamed, ashamed!” he undo his garment, on his back there are 3 vertical stripe and 3 horizontal stripe, the stripe criss-cross and is bright red in colour, it is really nauseating just looking at it, they can imagine the pain and anguish the old man must have felt when he endured the lashings. A black man said loudly: “That is nothing. Please look at the nails on my back.” he undo his garment, there are 3 huge iron nail, its nailed onto his back, the nails are rusted, evidently it has been a long time but unexpectedly this black man did not attempt to remove it. Another monk said hoarsely: “The injuries suffered by Island- master Yu, i am afraid it can’t be compared with junior monk!” he undo his monk robe. A slender iron chain penetrate through his scapula, the chain goes downward and penetrate his wrist bone. He only need to move his wrist lightly and it will affect his scapula, everyone can well imagine the pain.

Duan Yu is extremely angry, he shouted: “Preposterous, preposterous! Unexpectedly there is such sinister person in this world. Wu LaoDa, Duan
 
Yu is determined to help you, everyone will work together to purge this great evil.”

Wu LaoDa said: “Many thanks to Gentleman Duan assistance.” He turn his head and said to Murong Fu: “Everyone here endured some form of torture from Child Elder. We claim this is an ‘Assembly of Ten Thousand Immortals’, we are just exaggerating, in reality it should be ‘Assembly of Ten Thousand Ghosts’. Our lives for these past years, i am afraid even the sufferings endured by ghost in hell can’t be compared with us. In the past, everyone is afraid of her terrible methods, thus we simply suffer in silence, luckily god is fair, that old witch dominate us for a lifetime but she can also run out of luck.”

Murong Fu said: “Everyone here is controlled by Child Elder Of Heavenly Mountain and did not rebel, is it because of her superior martial arts which lead to defeat at every encounter?” Wu LaoDa said: “Obviously that old witch’s martial art is extremely powerful. But nobody knows exactly how brilliant it is.” Murong Fu said: “Deep and immeasurable?” Wu LaoDa nod his head and said: “Deep and immeasurable!” Murong Fu ask: “You say that old woman ran out of luck, how so?”

Wu LaoDa raise his eyebrows, his spirit rose, he said: “Its for this reason that we are gathering here. On the 2nd day of the 5th lunar month, Heavenly Wind Cave Cave-master An and i, Sea Horse Island Island-master Qin, etc, all nine of us take turns to present our offerings, pearls and treasures, thin silk and satin, exotic delicacies, rouge and cosmetics, we delivered it to Misty Peak Heavenly Mountain…..” Bao BuTong laugh out loudly and ask: “That old woman is a granny, how come she still use rouge and cosmetics?” Wu LaoDa said: “That old witch is old, but she have quite a number of female servants under her, some of the young women need these cosmetics. But there is not a single man at the mountain peak, i don’t know who they dress up for?” Bao BuTong smiled and said: “Maybe its for you to see.”

Wu LaoDa said grimly: “Brother Bao you are teasing me. When we go to Misty Peak, our eyes are covered by black cloth, we can hear but cannot see, the people at Misty Peak, whether they are pretty or ugly, young or old, nobody knows.”
 
Murong Fu said: “If that is the case, then the appearance of Child Elder Of Heavenly Mountain, nobody ever seen it before?”

Wu LaoDa sigh and said: “Someone did see her before. But those who see her will meet a tragic end. The incident happen 23 years ago, someone got the guts, he secretly pull down his black cloth and glance at that old witch, he didn’t have time to pull the cloth up as both his eyes were blinded by that old witch, his tongue cut off, both his arms chop off.” Murong Fu said: “Its fine if his eyes are blinded, but why cut off his tongue and arms?” Wu LaoDa said: “Perhaps its to prevent him from revealing the appearance of the old witch, cut off his tongue so that he cannot speak, cut off his arms so that he cannot write.”

Bao BuTong stick out his tongue and said: “Scoundrel, scoundrel! Ferocious, ferocious!”

Wu LaoDa said: “Cave-master An and i, Island-master Qin, etc, the nine of us were extremely scared while at Misty Peak. The medicine that old witch ask us to prepare 3 years ago, a few items are really rare, for example the egg of 300 years old turtle, 5 chi long deer antler, we really can’t find it. We cannot fulfil her demands, thus we assume the punishment must be heavy. Unexpectedly when the nine of us hand over the items, the old witch send someone to pass on a message: ‘The items are passable, you nine bastards, quickly grab your tail and get lost!’ its as if we are granted amnesty from the emperor, we were overjoyed, immediately we left the mountain peak, its best to leave quickly, if that old witch detect some of the items are not complete and inquire then we will be in deep trouble. We reach the base of the mountain and remove the black cloth covering our eyes, but we saw three dead people. One of them, Cave-master An recognize him as an expert from Western Xia First-Class Hall, he is called Nine-Wing Taoist.”

Taoist BuPing said: “Oh, so Nine-Wing Taoist is killed by that old witch, however its rumoured that he was killed by Gusu Murong family.” Bao BuTong said: “Bullshit! Bullshit! What Eight-Tail Monk or Nine-Wing Taoist, we never heard of them before, this blood-debt is place on us again.” His curse is directed at people who spread the rumours, he isn’t scolding Taoist BuPing, but bystanders still felt rather uncomfortable when hearing it. Taoist BuPing did not take offense, he smiled and said: “A famous
 
person will attract criticism, it's a natural way of life!” Bao BuTong said: “Bull…….” he glance sideway at Murong Fu, he swallowed his words. Taoist BuPing said: “Brother Bao, how come you swallow your words?” Bao BuTong is having second thoughts, he shout furiously: “What? You cursing me, i am eating fart correct?” Taoist BuPing smiled and said: “I don’t dare! Whatever Brother Bao likes to eat, you can simply eat.”

Bao BuPing intended to debate with him but Murong Fu said: “In this world, praises and approval cannot be anticipated, we wholeheartedly want to preserve our reputation, instead we suffer slander, this is a very common matter, 3rd Brother Bao why the need to debate? Its rumoured that Nine- Wing Taoist possess extremely high lightness martial art, he is skilled in [Thunder God Shield], he rarely meets his match, ignoring the fact that he does not have any enmity with me, even if we did have some hatred i might not be able to beat him, he is known as the [Thunder That Shift The Nine Heavens] Nine-Wing Taoist.”

Taoist BuPing smiled and said: “Gentleman Murong is too modest. Although Nine-Wing Taoist [Thunder That Shift The Nine Heavens] is impressive, but if Gentleman Murong also returns it with another [Thunder That Shift The Nine Heavens], then he will wait for death with his hands tied.”

Wu LaoDa said: “There are two scars on Nine-Wing Taoist, both of them inflicted by sword. Hence, its rumoured that he died by Gusu Murong hands, but that is pure rubbish. Base on my observation, how can it be fake? If Gentleman Murong wants to kill him, obviously he will use Nine-Wing Taoist’s [Thunder God Shield] to kill him.”

Taoist BuPing interrupted: “Two sword wounds? Two scars? That is so strange!”

Wu LaoDa slap his thigh and said: “Taoist BuPing is indeed an expert, you immediately detect something fishy. Nine-Wing Taoist died at the base of Misty Peak, but he suffered two sword wounds, something is amiss!”

Murong Fu pondered: “What is so fishy about that? Taoist BuPing found it strange, but i really don’t understand.” In an instant he cannot help but feel
 
inferior.

Wu LaoDa wanted to test Murong Fu, he said: “Gentleman Murong, do you think there is something fishy as well?”

Murong Fu is unwillingly to bluff his way through, he was startled and wanted to say: “I really don’t know the underlying reason.” Suddenly Wang YuYan said: “One of the sword wounds on Nine-Wing Taoist is likely to be on his right leg, between the ‘FengShi’ and ‘FuTu’ acupoint, the other sword wound must be on his back, his ‘XuanShu’ acupoint, his vertebra is slice in half with a single sword move, am i correct?”

Wu LaoDa’s shock is no small matter, he said: “Miss you are also at Misty Peak? How come we….we never see….see you?” his voice is trembling, clearly he is extremely scared. He thought that since Wang YuYan is at the scene, then his future conduct inevitably will be known to her as well, he is afraid that the big secret is leaked out already, he have yet to mobilize the attacks but Child Elder Of Heavenly Mountain already knows about it.” Another voice transmit from the crowd of people: “How come you know….know….know…how come we didn’t see….see….see….” The speaker already suffered from serious stuttering, he is even more anxious and his speech is unclear. Murong Fu thought the person’s stuttering is awkward, its really funny, but unexpectedly none of the 36 Cave-master and 72 Island-masters dare to ridicule him, Murong Fu presume the person’s martial arts must be solid, or the person is very vicious and everyone is rather fearful of him, immediately everyone cast meaningful looks at Bao BuTong, hinting him not to offend this person.

Wang YuYan said indifferently: “Heavenly Mountain is located at western region, it is so far away, i never been there before.”

Wu LaoDa is even more afraid, he thought: “Since you didn’t witness it personally, then you must have heard it from other people, don’t tell me this matter spread all over the martial arts fraternity already?” he quickly inquire: “Miss, who did you heard it from?”

Wang YuYan said: “Its just my own casual guess. Nine-Wing Taoist is an expert in the ‘Thunder And Lightning Arts’, when he fight with others he
 
will definitely use his lightness martial art. He wield an iron tablet on his left hand, 42 move [Sichuan Road Tablet Art], protecting his chest, back, the top of his head and his left side, its really like an iron barrel, difficult for his opponent to attack, the only gap is on his right side, for a sword- wielding expert to injure him, he must attack his right leg, between the ‘FengShi’ and ‘FuTu’ acupoint. If the sword is thrust between these two acupoint, Nine-Wing Taoist will definitely raise his tablet to protect his chest, at the same time he will use his [Thunder God Shield] and make a move [Spring Thunder Moving Abruptly], chopping his opponent. Since his opponent is an expert, naturally he will seize the opportunity and chop his back. I guess this move must be from [White Rainbow Piercing The Sun], the move [White Emperor Beheading The Snake], or similar kind of moves to chop his ‘XuanShu’ acupoint on his backbone. Nine-Wing Taoist’s martial art is strong, its not easy to use a sword to harm him, its best to use judge-pen or some other short weapon to hit his pressure point, but since its a sword, then this move is the most effective.”

Wu LaoDa breathe a sigh of relief, its as if he is released from a heavy burden, after a long time he stick out his thumb and said: “Admirable! Admirable! The people under Gusu Murong is really extraordinary! Miss, your analysis is deep and logical, its as if you witness it personally.”

Duan Yu cannot help but interrupt: “This lady is surnamed Wang, she is not….she is not Gusu Murong….”

Wang YuYan smiled and said: “Gusu Murong is my closest relative, there is nothing wrong in calling me part of Gusu Murong family.”

Duan Yu vision turn dark, his body sway, his ears buzzing with the phrase: “There is nothing wrong in calling me part of Gusu Murong family.”

The stuttering person said: “So it is..is…is…..” Wu LaoDa did not wait for him to finish speaking and said: “The wounds on Nine-Wing Taoist are indeed as speculated by Miss Wang, one sword wound at the right leg between the ‘FengShi’ and ‘FuTu’ acupoint, the ‘XuanShu’ acupoint on his back chop in half…..” but he is still worried, he inquire: “Miss Wang, you are certain that you deduce it using martial arts knowledge, you really
 
didn’t hear it from someone else?” Wang YuYan nod her head and said: “Yes.”

The stuttering person suddenly said: “If you want to kill…kill….kill Wu LaoDa, then how….how…how….how….”

Wu LaoDa heard the person ask Wang YuYan on how to kill him, he is furious and shouted loudly: “What is your intention in asking that question?” but he immediately had second thoughts: “This lady is so young, its really unimaginable that she can deduce how Nine-Wing Taoist died base on martial arts knowledge, most probably she hid at the base of Misty Peak and witness someone using the sword moves. The implication of this matter is serious, there is no harm in probing further.” He said: “Correct. May i ask Miss, if you want to kill me, how would you do it?”

Wang YuYan smile faintly, she move close to Murong Fu’s ear and said softly: “Cousin, the loophole in this person’s martial art is behind his shoulder the ‘TianZong’ acupoint and the ‘Qing Leng Yuan’ acupoint behind his elbow, you can subdue him by attacking these two points.”

In the presence of several hundred experts, how can Murong Fu accept the guidance given by a young maiden? He snorted and said brightly: “Since Cave-master Wu is asking you, there is no harm in saying it out loud.”

Wang YuYan blush, she felt ashamed, she pondered: “I wanted to fawn upon you, but i didn’t expect to show off my ability in front of everyone, it overshadowed your manly authority.” She said: “Cousin, Gusu Murong knows all the martial arts under the heaven, you tell Wu LaoDa about it.”

Murong Fu is unwilling to pretend, thus he is unwilling to receive the glory base on her knowledge, he said: “Wu LaoDa’s martial art is high, you want to harm him, its easier said than done? Cave-master Wu, we don’t need to discuss this unrelated topic, please continue narrating what you heard and saw at the base of Misty Peak.”

Wu LaoDa is determined to know if someone else is at the base of Misty Peak, he said: “Miss Wang, if you don’t know the method to kill me then you might not know the sword moves that killed Nine-Wing Taoist, then
 
your speech just now is just wasting our time. Please tell us truthfully, how you know about the death of Nine-Wing Taoist, this matter is extremely important, its not for fun.”

Duan Yu fix his gaze and concentrate his attention on Wang YuYan when she move towards Murong Fu, he look at her actions towards Murong Fu, while she is speaking to Murong Fu he also concentrate and listen attentively. Duan Yu’s internal energy is deep and profound, although Wang YuYan whispered softly to Murong Fu, he heard every single word clearly, at this moment, listening to Wu LaoDa’s tone, it seems as if he is rebuking Wang YuYan for telling lies, Duan Yu respect her as if she is his sweetheart deity, how can he allow someone else to trouble her? Thus he did not say anything else, he move his right foot and executed [Graceful Steps upon the Waves], he flash to the east and spin to the west, suddenly he move to Wu LaoDa’s back.

Wu LaoDa was alarmed, he said: “What you doing…..” Duan Yu extend his right hand, he is already pressing down on the ‘TianZong’ acupoint behind Wu LaoDa’s right shoulder, his left hand grab the ‘Qing Leng Yuan’ acupoint behind Wu LaoDa’s left elbow. These two acupoints are indeed his Achilles heel, the weak point in his martial arts. Duan Yu is careless and clumsy, he doesn’t know any martial arts at all, but firstly his footwork is strange and exquisite, in an instant he seize the advantage and arrive at Wu LaoDa’s back, secondly Wang YuYan is extremely accurate in determining Wu LaoDa’s martial arts, as Wu LaoDa flip his palm to attack his opponent but both his weak points are already controlled by his opponent, his opponent only needs to send a tiny bit of internal energy and he will immediately be crippled. Although Duan Yu possess strong internal energy, he cannot channel it at will, even though he manage to grab onto Wu LaoDa’s weak point but in reality he cannot harm him at all. Wu LaoDa previously suffered under the hands of Duan Yu, he don’t dare to flaunt his bravery in front of him. He force a bitter smile and said: “Gentleman Duan’s martial art is marvellous, i am completely convinced.”

Duan Yu said: “I don’t know any martial arts, this is all due to the guidance of Miss Wang.” As he finish speaking he release him and stroll back.
 
Wu LaoDa was startled and fearful, he stare stupidly for quite some time and finally said: “I am finally aware that this world is vast, Child Elder Of Heavenly Mountain might not be the only one who possess superior martial arts.” He kept glancing at Duan Yu’s shadow repeatedly, he is bewildered.

Taoist BuPing said: “Wu LaoDa, you have people with such high-level ability assisting you, its really heartening.” Wu LaoDa nod his head and said: “Yes, yes! Our probability of success increase by several times.” Taoist BuPing said: “Since there are two sword wounds on Nine-Wing Taoist, then he is not killed by Child Elder Of Heavenly Mountain.”

Wu LaoDa said: “Correct! At that time when i saw these sword wounds, i had similar thoughts as you. Child Elder Of Heavenly Mountain don’t like to travel far away from home, normal people don’t dare to come within 100 li of Misty Peak to make a nuisance. She rarely has to fully utilize her martial arts. Thus, within 100 li of Misty Peak, if someone is killed, then it must be done by her personally. We are well aware of her temper, sometimes we deliberately lure 1-2 experts to the base of Misty Peak, let that old woman satisfy her lust for killing. When she kill people she only use 1 move, where is the logic in leaving two sword wounds on her opponent?”

Murong Fu was startled, he pondered: “This Child Elder Of Heavenly Mountain don’t need a 2nd move to kill people, there is really such level of martial arts in this world?”

Bao BuTong is also sceptical, he is not reserved like Murong Fu, he ask: “Cave-master Wu, you say that Child Elder Of Heavenly Mountain don’t need to use a 2nd move to kill people, of course its easy when dealing with someone with ordinary martial arts, but if its a real expert, don’t tell me she can also kill with a single move? Exaggeration, exaggeration! Its really hard to believe.”

Wu LaoDa said: “If Brother Bao refuse to believe, there is nothing i can do. But all of us are willing to be insulted by Child Elder Of Heavenly Mountain, whatever she says, we don’t dare to say no, if she does not have superhuman abilities, which of the 36 Cave-masters and 72 Islands-masters
 
here wants to be nice to her? How come for all these years, we are so docile and nobody dares to revolt?”

Bao BuTong nod his head and said: “Its indeed odd, everyone here might not be willing to be her slave.” Although he felt Wu LaoDa’s speech is logical, he still want to debate: “Not true, not true! You say nobody dares to revolt, but now aren’t you revolting?”

Wu LaoDa said: “There is some reasoning behind it. At that time, when i saw the two sword wounds on Nine-Wing Taoist, i had some doubts, i look at the other two dead people, those two also did not die by a single move, obviously its due to a fierce battle, they are riddled with scars. Immediately i discuss with Brother An, Brother Qin and the others, this matter is simply too strange. Could it be that Nine-Wing Taoist and the others wasn’t killed by Child Elder? But if they wasn’t killed by Child Elder, then her subordinates at Vulture Palace, how dare they kill people at the base of Misty Peak and spoil Child Elder’s reputation in killing people with a single move? I had several doubts and suspicions, when we travel for a few li, Cave-master An suddenly said: ‘Maybe….maybe that old madam… contracted…..contracted…..’”

Murong Fu is aware that he is referring to the stuttering person, he thought: “So this person is Cave-master An.”

Wu LaoDa continued: “At that time we are not far from Misty Peak, but in fact its actually a few thousand li away, when mentioning that old witch nobody dares to be disrespectful towards her, we always address her as old madam. Brother An said: ‘contracted…..contracted…’ these few words, everyone also know it without consulting each other: ‘contracted illness?’”

Taoist BuPing said: “That child granny, how old is she?” Wang YuYan said softly: “She can’t be too young.”
Duan Yu said: “Correct, since she is a granny then she can’t be too young. But in the future, if you become a granny, you will still be young.” But Wang YuYan listen attentively to Wu LaoDa, she pay no attention to him at all, Duan Yu felt dull, he pondered: “The words of Wu LaoDa, i better pay
 
attention as well, if not when Miss Wang ask me about it and i can’t answer then won’t i be wasting a golden opportunity?”

Wu LaoDa said: “Nobody knows how old Child Elder is. We are under her control, at least 10-20 years, at most 30-40 years, only Cave-master of WuLiang Cave and a few others, they recently came under the control of Vulture Palace. In any case, nobody has ever seen her appearance, nobody dares to ask her about her age.”

As Duan Yu listen, he recall that he know the Cave-master of WuLiang Cave, he look around, indeed Xin ShuangQing is leaning against a large rock far away, his head lowered in contemplation, his expression sorrowful.

Wu LaoDa continued: “We immediately recall: ‘Man must die eventually’, no matter how powerful Child Elder is she will eventually die and her body break down. Our offering is not complete but she did not punish us, its already unusual, moreover Nine-Wing Taoist died at the base of the mountain, unexpectedly he suffered more than one wound, this is even more suspicious. To cut the story short, something must be greatly amiss.”

“We look at each other, nobody dare to speak, everyone knew that this is our only chance to take off our chains, but Child Granny is strict in governing us, nobody dare to suggest to investigate the incident. After a long time, Brother Qin said: ‘2nd Brother An conjecture is reasonable, but this matter is simply too risky, in my opinion, we should go back and quietly wait for news, after getting solid information it won’t be too late to decide on what to do.’”

“Brother Qin’s tried and tested method is appropriate….but…but we simply cannot wait anymore. Brother An said: ‘This life-death talisman….life- death talisman….’ he don’t need to say it, everyone understood. The old witch has a hold on our life-death talisman, we cannot rebel, if she dies due to illness and the life-death talisman falls into the hands of another person, won’t we be the slave of the second person again? We cannot free ourselves and be trapped for eternity? If that person is cruel and malicious, or worse than that old witch, then won’t we have to endure even more suffering and torment? We are like an arrow on the bow string, there is no choice but to
 
fire. We are well aware that its exceptionally risky, but we must go and investigate fully.”

“Among our group, in terms of martial arts and resourcefulness, Cave- master An is number one, especially his lightness martial art, its much higher than the rest. It was quiet at that time, the eight of us look at Cave- master An’s face.”

Murong Fu, Wang YuYan, Duan Yu, Deng BaiChuan, Bao BuTong, they don’t know Cave-master An, they scan the crowd repeatedly, they want to know what kind of person Cave-master An is, who possess superior martial arts and stutters while speaking. Everyone suddenly recall, previously Wu LaoDa introduce the crowd to Murong Fu and Taoist BuPing, but Cave- master An is not among them.

Wu LaoDa said: “Cave-master An likes his peace and quiet, he is not fond of making friends, thus he did not introduce himself just now, please don’t blame him! At that time, everyone long for Cave-master An to take charge and investigate the matter. Cave-master An said: ‘Since this is the case, i will accept and go ahead to investigate.’” Everyone is aware that Cave- master An’s speech is not that smooth flowing, its just that Wu LaoDa is unwilling to imitate his stuttering to avoid ridicule; this is also the reason why Cave-master An is unwilling to meet Murong Fu and Taoist BuPing.

Wu LaoDa continued: “We wait anxiously at the base of Misty Peak, time crawls, we are afraid that Cave-master An might meet some misfortune. We don’t have to lie to each other, although we are worried about Cave-master An falling under the evil hands of that old witch, but we are more worried the old witch might make life difficult for us in her anger. But since the matter already reach such a state, we can only endure, if the old witch wants to punish us severely, there is no way for us to escape. After 6 hours, Cave- master An finally return to the designated meeting point. His expression is happy, everyone breathe a sigh of relief. He said: ‘The old madam is sick, she is not at Misty Peak.’ It seems he secretly return to Misty Peak and eavesdrop on the conversation between the old witch’s maids, he found out that the old witch suffered serious illness, she left to find medicine and seek medical treatment.”
 
When Wu LaoDa finish speaking, everyone immediately cheered loudly. They long knew about the news concerning the illness of Child Elder Of Heavenly Mountain, everyone gathered here, the purpose is to discuss this matter, but hearing Wu LaoDa mention the incident they cannot help but cheer.

Duan Yu shakes his head and said: “Feeling happy upon hearing news about illness, you people rejoice in other people’s misfortune!” his words is inter- mix with thunderous joyful cheers, nobody heard his words.

Wu LaoDa said: “We were elated when we heard this news, but we are worried the old witch is crafty, she deliberately fake illness to test us, the nine of us discuss, after two days we finally went up Misty Peak together to investigate. This time, i personally heard it for myself. That old witch indeed suffered serious illness, most probably its real. But we can’t find out the location of the life-death talisman.”

Bao BuTong interrupted: “Hello, old chap Wu, that life-death talisman, what stupid thing is it?” Wu LaoDa gave a sigh and said: “That thing is complicated and not easy to explain, i can’t explain it to Brother Bao in a short period of time. In short, the old witch controls the life-death talisman, she can kill us any time.” Bao BuTong said: “Then its an extremely powerful magic weapon?” Wu LaoDa laugh bitterly and said: “You can also say that.”

Duan Yu pondered: “That Divine Farmer Clan Clan-Leader, goat-beard SiKong Xuan, he is extremely afraid of Child Elder Of Heavenly Mountain’s life-death talisman to the extent that he jump off the cliff to commit suicide, it seems this magic weapon is really powerful.”

Wu LaoDa is unwilling to talk about the ‘life-death talisman’, he said to the crowd: “The old witch suffered a serious illness, its absolutely true. To free ourselves from disaster we have to gather our courage and fight till death. However, we don’t know if the old witch has return to Vulture Palace. We have to figure out how to proceed from now on. Especially Taoist BuPing, Gentleman Murong, Miss Wang….Gentleman Duan, if the four of you have any brilliant idea please grant it to us.”
 
Duan Yu said: “Previously, i heard that Child Elder Of Heavenly Mountain is vicious and tyrannical, she humiliate everyone, i feel really indignant, i am determined to go up Misty Peak and debate with that old madam. But since she has fallen ill, its not the way of gentleman to take advantage of other’s precarious position. Not to mention that i don’t have any brilliant idea, even if i have some brilliant ideas i won’t speak of it.”

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