ASV Chapter 11: The Protagonist’s Halo Shines Everywhere

“Oh,” Shen Feixiao responded simply. He then stopped talking, leaving Qin Kaiyi and Zi Yangpei to watch on helplessly.

Qin Kaiyi’s heart was beating like a drum at this moment. When he saw Shen Feixiao, he was worried that Zi Yangpei would sense that Shen Feixiao had the sable. Now that he saw that Zi Yangpei didn’t have much of a reaction to Shen Feixiao, his anxiety left him. He surmised that “Mountain Cloud Notes”1 played a role in hiding the spiritual energy left by Zi Yangpei.

Since Shen Feixiao was not exposed, Qin Kaiyi was relieved. However, before he could relax, he remembered the system prompt just now. Since Zi Yangpei was not interested in Shen Feixiao, then what did it mean to keep Shen Feixiao from falling under Zi Yangpei’s control?

“Is this your shidi?” Zi Yangpei noticed the subtle atmosphere betwen Shen Feixiao and Qin Kaiyi, and asked this with great interest.

“Ah, yes,” Qin Kaiyi responded. He was thinking about how to lure Zi Yangpei to the martial arts training ground.

“Well, you two have a very good relationship.” With a thoughtful glance at the ever-silent Shen Feixiao, Zi Yangpei smiled and said: “Do you care about him very much?”

“Ah?” Not expecting Zi Yangpei to suddenly say such a thing, Qin Kaiyi didn’t know how to answer. If he said he cared, he was afraid that Zi Yangpei would take an interest in Shen Feixiao; if he said he didn’t care, Shen Feixiao was right in front of him.

“Your heartbeat is very fast.” Giving the slight impression that he didn’t really care about Shen Feixiao at all, Zi Yangpei kept the same harmless smile one would direct towards domesticated animals: “If Shen Shidi is actually a woman, I would speculate that you liked him. “

“… Hehe, shidi, you really know how to crack a joke.” Qin Kaiyi guessed that the poisonous insect inside him was giving his heart rate away, but he wondered why Zi Yangpei cared so much about who he liked.

“Really?” Zi Yangpei said lightly.

Shen Feixiao still maintained a blank expression, silently watching the interaction between Qin Kaiyi and Zi Yangpei. It was only when he heard the phrase “Shen shidi is a woman” that his mouth twitched slightly. Unlike Qin Kaiyi, not everyone could calmly accept Zi Yangpei’s crazy behavior.

“Since I have already seen the spirit grass, we might as well go to other places,” Qin Kaiyi suggested. He couldn’t stand the awkward atmosphere any longer, and knew that Zi Yangpei was in a hurry to find the sable so he wouldn’t linger too long either.

“Okay.”  Zi Yangpei readily agreed, but before Qin Kaiyi could finally let go of his anxiety, he suddenly changed topics: “It looks like Shen shidi recently entered the sect. Shen shixiong won’t bring him along to look around?”

“This… Shen shidi must be busy with the spirit grass right now, bringing him along now wouldn’t be good, right Shen shidi?” Qin Kaiyi couldn’t easily directly reject Zi Yangpei, and placed all his hopes on Shen Feixiao. Quickly refuse, you unlucky child! Don’t forget that I have given you a hard beating, and quickly demonstrate the backbone of a protagonist and reject Zi Yangpei!

Then Qin Kaiyi helplessly watched as Shen Feixiao retrieved his protagonist’s backbone to spit out an “okay.”

“Eh…” Qin Kaiyi finally understood how much of a bastard this fraudulent system was.

“It seems that Senior Brother Qin is a little unhappy?” After achieving his goal, Zi Yangpei still pretended to be obedient and perfectly acted out his role as a newly-accepted disciple worried about the future: “Qin shixiong isn’t now thinking that I’m troublesome? Ai, that’s right, I only just entered a cultivation sect from the secular world, and there’s a lot I don’t understand. Shixiong are you really annoyed with me?”

… Grandfather, do I dare to be annoyed by you? Qin Kaiyi gritted his teeth secretly, but on the surface he had to smile to appease the uneasy “shidi:” “No way, I like other people asking me questions the most, ha ha ha ha ha.” Everyone knew that behind each “haha” were ten thousand vigorous fuck-your-moms.2

“Really.” Zi Yangpei seemed to be at ease now, and looked at the Shen Feixiao who said nothing behind them: “When did Shen shidi enter the sect?”

“…” Shen Feixiao glanced at Zi Yangpei without a word, and his expression made it clear that he didn’t have an interest in this shixiong who had just appeared.

Qin Kaiyi witnessed Shen Feixiao’s attitude and felt cold sweat come out. Although there were disciples passing them from time to time, according to Zi Yangpei’s strength, he could easily kill Shen Feixiao and manage to leave.

“Hehe, Shen shidi doesn’t like talking very much.” Qin Kaiyi hurriedly digressed: “Where do you want to go next shidi?”

“Where do I want to go?” Zi Yangpei asked. It seemed Shen Feixiao had provoked his interest. He spoke again to Shen Feixiao: “What does Shen shidi want to see? While Qin shixiong is still free, let’s go together to see it.”

“Nothing.” Shen Feixiao continued to be concise.

“Really nothing?” Zi Yangpei continued to chase after an answer: “Shen shidi, you decide.”

Shen Feixiao glanced at Zi Yangpei, appearing to be too lazy to even say anything.

Qin Kaiyi’s heart jumped to his throat. Your mom, if Zi Yangpei became angry, should he turn and run away or should he turn and run away?

“Haha.” It turned out that, unexpectedly, Zi Yangpei not only didn’t get angry but laughed loudly. He nodded to Shen Feixiao: “Shen shidi has quite the personality.”

“…” Qin Kaiyi suddenly realized that Zi Yangpei was a trembling M (T/N: masochist). The colder a person was to him, the more he liked to cling to that person’s chilly butt. Alas, he didn’t understand the world of powerful experts…

“Since Brother Shen does not have a good suggestion, then…” Zi Yangpei side-eyed Qin Kaiyi: “How about going to the forbidden place?”

“… Okay.” Qin Kaiyi squeezed out two words from his mouth. He didn’t have the power to refuse Zi Yangpei’s request.

“Then let’s go,” Zi Yang Pei said.

Then the three of them went to the forbidden place to take a look, then Zi Yangpei used his spiritual power to break the formation, and then he slaughtered Qin Kaiyi and Shen Feixiao, THE END.

Is that possible? Of course not! First of all, our classmate Shen Feixiao is the protagonist–how could it be that easy to get rid of him? Is the protagonist aura just □? Moreover, Shen Feixiao would later be a great help to Zi Yangpei. If he were killed just like that, wouldn’t that be too much of a pity? So what actually happened is that they peacefully walked all the way to the forbidden gate. Zi Yangpei carefully sized up the formation in front of the forbidden realm’s entrance.

Sure enough, he can’t break it now. If it were a few hundred years ago, he would still have the power to give it a try. However, with his current strength, he surmised that if he entered, even exiting would be a problem. Coming to this conclusion, Zi Yangpei realized he had to let go of the “Mountain Cloud Notes” for the time being. He was not afraid about others finding the sable, as only he knew how to control the sable.

So ah, classmate Zi Yangpei obviously ignored the strength of the protagonist’s halo. Compared to a trifling sable, this Shen Feixiao could tame a tiger. Don’t mention this sable–basically, all must become Shen Feixiao’s little shidi. 

After letting go of the matter of the sable, Zi Yangpei’s gaze turned, and his attention struck upon Qin Kaiyi, who was standing behind him with a sullen face. In making this trip, Zi Yangpei happened upon a natural demonic body, which was also a good harvest. But how to make this stubborn little Taoist follow him into demonic cultivation? Zi Yangpei suddenly glanced at the Shen Feixiao standing next to Qin Kaiyi, and a thought gradually formed in his mind… This Qin Shi cares a lot about his little shidi, right?

Qin Kaiyi, who didn’t know that he would soon encounter misfortune, was still immersed in thoughts of how to get rid of Zi Yangpei. He saw Zi Yangpei, who was originally staring at the forbidden grounds, suddenly turning his head and smiling at him. His heart thudded a beat.

“Daoist friend Qin.” Although Zi Yangpei’s mouth didn’t move, Qin Kaiyi heard Zi Yangpei’s voice. He frowned slightly, trying to see what Zi Yangpei wanted to do.

“Are you really not considering demonic cultivation with me?” Zi Yangpei’s smile was very bright, but the words he said were not as kind as his smile: “You really don’t need to consider it one more time?”

“… Hehe, thank you Brother Zi Yang for his care, this humble one…” Qin Kaiyi didn’t speak, but used the same method of sound transmission as Zi Yangpei. Since Zi Yangpei didn’t want Shen Feixiao to hear their conversation, then he would continue to go along with Zi Yangpei. 

“Do you really have the right to refuse?” Seeing that Qin Kaiyi still refused him without hesitation, Zi Yangpei’s voice cooled down: “Do you care a lot about your little shidi?”

“… Brother Zi Yang, what do you mean?” Qin Kaiyi was a bit slow to follow.

“What I mean is…” Zi Yangpei whispered softly: “I don’t want to hurt you because you are valuable, but your brother is different. If you really want to refuse me, I can’t guarantee that your brother won’t encounter some abnormal accidents. “

“…” Qin Kaiyi finally understood the meaning of the fraudulent system’s earlier warning. Isn’t it just making him agree to follow Zi Yangpei into demonic cultivation?? If he does not agree to Zi Yangpei, then Shen Feixiao would definitely be in danger, and once Shen Feixiao had an accident, then Qin Kaiyi would be directly wiped out by the system!! Hahahaha… This fraudulent system is really advanced, it can even anticipate plot developments accurately. Not one bit lacking, this system.

Qin Kaiyi, who had already sunken into a hopeless situation, still wanted to have his final deathbed struggles: “Threatening me with others, is this really befitting considering Brother Zi Yang’s status? According to Brother Zi Yang’s status, shouldn’t he be using reason and logic instead?”

This was certainly overdoing it, to make these assumptions about how Zi Yangpei should act according to his status.3 But Zi Yangpei obviously cared more about the other meaning in Qin Kaiyi’s words: “You know who I am?”

“Eh…” Qin Kaiyi froze, then immediately  replied: “I don’t know.”

But he answered too quickly and evoked Zi Yangpei’s suspicion. Zi Yangpei looked Qin Kaiyi up and down; it was unclear what he was thinking about. After a long time, he faintly said: “It seems that I  underestimated you. There really are no undeserved people among Qing Xuzi’s disciples.”

Qin Kaiyi, who only felt at a loss, shut his mouth obediently.

“Since you already know my identity, then I really can’t let you go.” Zi Yangpei said this calmly, but Qin Kaiyi’s whole body went cold: “Either promise to follow me into demonic cultivation, or… you just watch while I flay and pull the tendons out of your shidi, then melt his soul. “

“…” After hearing this sentence, Qin Kaiyi actually wanted to say, “Brother, please feel free to do this. Anyway, Shen Feixiao will later be my enemy, help me nip this threat in the bud. I really appreciate it.” But of course, in his mind echoed the voice of the system reminding him: ”Shen Feixiao definitely cannot die aaah~!!”

“Does it have to be like this?” Qin Kaiyi’s voice was hard and rough, and he fully embodied the image of a righteous shixiong who had to compromise with the devil because his brother was threatened.

“It has to.” Zi Yangpei was in a good mood; he enjoyed Qin Kaiyi’s appearance as he was forced to compromise under threat. 

“…” Qin Kaiyi closed his eyes and took a deep breath, as if he had made a painful decision: “I promise you.”

“Hahahahaha.” Zi Yangpei let out a loud laugh.

“But you have to make a soul contract with me.” Qin Kaiyi was not so stupid as to believe Zi Yangpei’s casual promise: “I will practice demonic cultivation with you; you will promise not to hurt my shidi.”

“No problem,” Zi Yangpei promised in a refreshed manner. Why not feel refreshed? The little daoist in front of him didn’t just have one shidi, he also had shimeis, shixiongs, and shijies.4 With so many relatives, he wasn’t afraid that Qin Kaiyi would not bend to him!

“Then come on.” Qin Kaiyi said: “I, Qin Shi, swear that I will demonically cultivate with Zi Yangpei. Zi Yangpei cannot hurt Shen Feixiao. If he breaks his oath, his heart will be split and his soul scattered.”

Zi Yangpei heard Qin Kaiyi’s oath and said: “I, Zi Yangpei, swear not to hurt Qin Shi’s shidi Shen Feixiao, but Qin Shi must demonically cultivate with me. If he breaks his oath, his heart will be split and his soul scattered.”

After Zi Yangpei finished his oath, Qin Kaiyi felt his heart tighten. He naturally knew how powerful this soul contract was, so at least Shen Feixiao’s life could not be taken away by Zi Yangpei.

Sure enough, after a while, Qin Kaiyi heard the tone of a system prompt: 【System prompt: Shen Feixiao broke away from Zi Yangpei’s control, gaining 1% return value, Shen Feixiao broke away from Zi Yangpei’s control, gained 1% return value. The current return value is 2.5%. The current degree return value is 2.5%.】 Exhaling, Qin Kaiyi felt a heavy weight being lifted in his heart.

Shen Feixiao, who was standing behind Qin Kaiyi and Zi Yangpei, didn’t know that he had just returned from taking a meandering stroll before the gates of the underworld. He looked at Qin Kaiyi expressionlessly and clenched his fists behind himself. A thread of unknown emotion flashed across his black eyes.

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Notes

  1.  I’ve decided to keep SilverNeko’s original translation of the manual name.
  2.  Lit: ten thousand galloping grass mud horses. Grass mud horse sounds like “fuck your mom” in Chinese.
  3.  Original was “this hat was pretty big.”
  4.  Older female of the same sect.

TOC: https://chrysanthemumbud.com/a-smile-from-the-villain-2/

Next Chapter: Chapter 12

Previous Chapter: Chapter 10

ASV Chapter 10: Demonic Cultivation

“How about it?” It seemed that Zi Yangpei had not given up on luring Qin Kaiyi into being his disciple.

“… Brother Ziyang, let me think about it again,” Qin Kaiyi replied with difficulty. Although he did have to step onto the path of demonic cultivation eventually, he did not want to do so under the old monster in front of him!

“Then consider it slowly,” Zi Yangpei said with a face full of smiles.

“Brother Zi Yang, what to do about your sable?” Seeing that Zi Yangpei showed no signs of anger, Qin Kaiyi cautiously said, “I really don’t know where it ran off to.”

“…” As soon as he mentioned the sable, Zi Yangpei’s gaze cooled. He checked Qin Kaiyi’s dongfu again and confirmed that the spiritual energy he had attached to the sable had almost disappeared.

“Ran away?” Zi Yangpei sneered, seeming to have thought of something: “Don’t let me catch you.”

“Since the sable has run away, then take me to look around your Lingshan Sect.” Qin Kaiyi, who had thought that he could send this honored senior away, was like a deflated soccer ball after hearing this sentence. He itched to roll his eyes, but Zi Yangpei was standing beside him, and Qin Kaiyi didn’t dare to go too far. He could only fake a smile and consent.

The Lingshan Sect occupied an area as large as dozens of soccer fields. It was mainly divided into several large blocks. The first block was for dongfus where disciples could practice, the second was for refining medicine and contained fields of spirit grass, and the third was a martial arts training field. These three places occupied half of Lingshan sect, while the other half was a forbidden area full of formations.

The forbidden land was covered by a large formation, and the knowledge of who set up this formation was lost with time. It was said that this formation was set up in ancient times, so the items presumed to be inside of it were even more intriguing.

In the realm of cultivation, the most attractive items were magic weapons and elixirs. Clearly, the ancient immortals arranged formations in order to protect something. Therefore, before the Lingshan sect set rules in place, countless cultivators tried to enter the formation every year. Among those seeking to seize treasures, there were many old monsters in the Nascent Soul stage.1 However, seeing that all who entered encountered difficulties in exiting, the Lingshan School finally panicked. In order to avoid unnecessary losses in their disciples, the first article of the prohibition of the Lingshan Sect banned getting close to the forbidden land–if a disciple were to be found out to have done so, the sect would immediately abolish that disciple’s cultivation and expel him from the sect. 

This guy Qin Shi entered the forbidden area for Liu Ling’er. If he hadn’t been there as a head disciple and received Qing Xuzi’s undeserved protection, he might have already become a waste.

Qin Kaiyi walked out with Zi Yangpei, but thought that Zi Yangpei should not have the ability to break the formation now. So what was Zi Yangpei thinking when he woke him up early to take him around the entire sect? Qin Kaiyi really couldn’t figure out what confusing thoughts the old monster was considering.

“How long have you been at the Lingshan Sect?” Zi Yangpei began to chat with Qin Kaiyi in a seemingly nonchalant manner.

“Well, it’s been a few years,” Qin Kaiyi vaguely said, not being stupid enough to lay all his cards on the table.

“How many years?” Zi Yangpei evidently had the requisite intimidating manner to get to the bottom of things. 

“Eight or nine years.” Qin Kaiyi had no choice but to answer Zi Yangpei’s question.

“Do you like the shimei who came to find you just now?” Zi Yangpei continued his inquiry.

“…” Big bro, you really are a gossip, Qin Kaiyi thought silently in his heart, but he did not dare to avoid the question: “No way, we only have a brother-sister relationship.”

“It seems that you really like her.” Zi Yangpei smiled thoughtfully.

Seeing Zi Yangpei’s ambiguous smile, Qin Kaiyi was too lazy to correct his misunderstanding.

After taking Zi Yangpei around the dongfu block a few times, Qin Kaiyi began to consider where to take him next. He guessed that Qing Xuzi must currently be in the martial arts field block, and if he brought Zi Yangpei over… maybe he could make his own escape.

However, Zi Yangpei seemed to know what Qin Kaiyi was thinking. He directly waved his hand and said, “Take me to see where you plant the spirit grass.”

“Okay… wait no, what does Brother Ziyang want to do there?” Just as he wanted to agree, Qin Kaiyi remembered a terrifying problem… he had sent Shen Feixiao there to help out at the medicinal house!!! If he brought Zi Yangpei over, wouldn’t that be like sending a sheep to a tiger’s mouth??

“What’s wrong?” Zi Yangpei saw Qin Kaiyi’s unusual reaction and chuckled: “Is there anything shameful there?”

“Haha how could that be.” Qin Kaiyi felt that he must be smiling at Zi Yangpei like a fool right now. He hurriedly wanted Zi Yangpei to change his mind: “But Brother Zi Yang, what’s so beautiful about the place where the spirit grass is planted? Why not have me take you to see the martial arts training grounds? “

“Okay,” Zi Yangpei smiled and answered.

Qin Kaiyi breathed a sigh of relief in his heart… But before he had finished his breath, he heard Zi Yangpei speak again.

“Going to the martial arts field to see your master Qing Xuzi?” Zi Yangpei’s teeth were very white and neat, and when he smiled, eight of them got revealed… When Qin Kaiyi looked at those teeth, he felt chills.

“Haha, Zi Yangpei, don’t joke around, how could I do something like that?” At this moment Qin Kaiyi hated himself so much, why did he do something so lowly and cheap, aahhhhhh!!!

“Really?” Zi Yangpei looked surprised. “You wouldn’t do that?”

“Of course.” Qin Kaiyi smiled insincerely.

“That’s good then.” Zi Yangpei’s tone cooled down: “My poisonous insect is placed in your body. Although you don’t feel pain, it doesn’t mean it won’t hurt you. If you don’t believe me, you can try it out and see if you can escape faster than I can activate that bug.” 

“… Hehe, Zi Yangpei really can joke,” Qin Kaiyi said dryly. Of course he was not stupid enough to try out risking his own body.

“So then what are you waiting for? Let’s go,” Ziyang Pei coldly said.

“Yes.” Qin Kaiyi felt abnormally sullen.

The Lingshan Sect planted spirit grass on a large area of ​​cultivated land. There were many spells arranged to amass spiritual energy on the cultivated land, in order to provide spiritual energy to the grass. The spiritual grass on the cultivated land was ranked into grades of three, six, nine, etc. The highly ranked spirit grass was specially taken care of, and there were also strong prohibitions around them. Most wouldn’t be able to get close at all. The slightly worse grass was supervised by ordinary inner disciples, and as long as the grass didn’t die that was enough. The worst grass was used for food and worked on by outer disciples.

Qin Kaiyi didn’t know much about these different spiritual plants and their care. That was quite all right. He was an inner disciple favored by his master, so such details were not useful to him.

The Lingshan sect’s refining medicine house was next to the spiritual grass field, because many spiritual grasses possessed certain practical effects, such as an herbal medicine called Swallow Palm. This herb must be refined within a moment. If it exceeded a certain time limit, it would wither and become a useless weed.

Seeing that Ziyang Pei was actually interested in these herbs, Qin Kaiyi had to pray in his heart… I hope that Shen Feixiao doesn’t obediently report to the medicine house today.

“What are you worried about?” They didn’t speak a word to each other on the way, but after reaching the spiritual grass fields, Ziyang Pei seemed to sense Qin Kaiyi’s uneasiness and spoke.

“Haha, not worried at all.” How could Qin Kaiyi tell Zi Yangpei about the worries in his heart? He could only have a perfunctory reply.

“You wouldn’t… have hidden my sable here?” Ziyang Pei accurately hit Qin Kaiyi’s weak spot. 

“How is that possible,” Qin Kaiyi denied. “Isn’t Brother Zi Yang familiar with the spiritual aura of your sable? If I hid the sable here, why wouldn’t you feel it?” Forgive my stubbornly denying mouth. Shen Feixiao, if you really are in the medicine house at this moment, I’m afraid even a deity could not save you!

“Is that it?” Zi Yangpei obviously didn’t believe Qin Kaiyi’s reply.

“Of course.” Qin Kaiyi gritted his teeth. It didn’t matter, Shen Feixiao had the protagonist aura, he shouldn’t have such a tragic encounter with Zi Yangpei, he… hey wait, the man standing in the medicine field, why does he look familiar?

“You recognize that person?” Zi Yangpei followed Qin Kaiyi’s gaze and looked over.

“Do. Not. Recognize.” Qin Kaiyi was dying.

“Then why is he walking in your direction?” Zi Yangpei’s eyes flashed with interest for fresh gossip.

“Because he is very bored.” Qin Kaiyi wanted to shrink himself into a tiny dumpling and walk away. Hey, the one walking over here, don’t come over, I’m talking to you, Shen Feixiao you dumb bastard, you’re really still coming this way, still coming this way!!!

Wuwu…2 Qin Kaiyi burst into tears in his heart–Shen Feixiao, your protagonist aura and your overwhelming dominance is leaking away! If you come here the plot is over!!! The protagonist will have to be switched to someone else!!! Seeing that Shen Feixiao noticed Qin Kaiyi’s malevolent expression yet still steadfastly walked forward, Qin Kaiyi just wanted to lie on the ground, crying until he lost his voice. Mom,3 I really want to go home, this place is so scary, *weeping noises*….._ ∠) _

But just when Qin Kaiyi’s spirit was about to collapse, he suddenly heard a sharp and harsh sound. [System Reminder: Please help Shen Feixiao escape falling under Zi Yangpei’s control, please help Shen Feixiao escape falling under Zi Yangpei’s control, failure will result in obliteration of host’s body, failure will result in obliteration of host’s body]

… Hey, system you big god, are you cosplaying as boundless terror or are you cosplaying as boundless terror? Qin Kaiyi looked dead inside. Whatever he chose he would die. What was the difference between being killed by Zi Yangpei and being killed by the system?? 

But even if he became a ghost, he wouldn’t forgive the person in front of him. Shen Feixiao, I’m going to die all because of you!!! Qin Kaiyi raged in his heart.

Shen Feixiao, who walked towards Zin Kaiyi, apparently did not sense his shixiong’s intense inner struggle. He still had a malnourished appearance, and walked slowly to the front of Qin Kaiyi while glancing at Zi Yangpei who stood at the side. “What is it?”

Nothing, please hurry up, Qin Kaiyi said internally. But he barely controlled his face from distorting, and looked at Shen Feixiao lightly: “Nothing, just taking the new shidi for a stroll.”

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Notes

  1. The Nascent Soul Stage is after Core Formation. Recall that Zi Yangpei experienced a calamity when trying to get to Ascension stage, which is right after Nascent Soul.
  2. Crying sounds 
  3.  I think the author wrote 麻麻 as a semi-homonym for 妈妈. Let me know if I’m wrong.

TOC: https://chrysanthemumbud.com/a-smile-from-the-villain-2/

Next Chapter: Chapter 11

Previous Chapter: Chapter 9

ASV Chapter 9: Demonic Cultivation

“Who is calling you?” Zi Yangpei asked, raising his eyebrows when he heard the voice outside the dongfu (T/N: the abode of a cultivator that’s usually rich in spiritual energy, in a cave, and high up on a mountain).

“… My shimei,” Qin Kaiyi said helplessly. “I will send her away immediately.”

After hearing this, Zi Yangpei said nothing, but just gave Qin Kaiyi a rather meaningful look.

“Ling’er, what’s the matter?” Qin Kaiyi ignored Zi Yangpei’s complicated gaze and asked towards the outside of the cave.

“Shixiong, what happened to my bird?” Liu Ling’er said coquettishly: “You promised that a certain someone would give a certain someone else an explanation.”

… Qin Kaiyi wanted to say that every time Liu Ling’er said the words “my bird” he felt a subtle ball ache. Sister, did you know that bird actually has other meanings? (T/N: the word for bird is also used for penis in Chinese).

“You go back first.” Qin Kaiyi coughed and decided to rush Liu Ling’er away: “On my end I still have some urgent matters.”

“Urgent matters? What matters?” Liu Ling’er apparently didn’t believe Qin Kaiyi’s remarks. She doubtfully said: “Brother, you aren’t trying to shield Shen Feixiao?”

Aiyo, my boss lady, can you stop causing trouble here? With unspeakable bitterness in his heart, Qin Kaiyi tried to coax Liu Ling’er again: “Are you actually questioning your shixiong’s character? If I promise you something, I will do it…”

“I don’t believe it. Shixiong, let me in first.” Liu Linger made it clear that if Qin Kaiyi didn’t give her an explanation, she really didn’t plan to leave.

Hearing Liu Ling’er’s words, Qin Kaiyi’s forehead instantly overflowed with cold sweat. He carefully looked at the expressionless Zi Yangpei, and still thought to try his best to prevent Liu Ling’er from entering.

“Let her come in.” Facing Qin Kaiyi and suddenly speaking, Zi Yangpei’s eyes flashed with a hint of interest.

“… This,” Qin Kaiyi hesitated.

“If I say it, you must do it. Don’t let me say it a second time.” Although he had switched to an ordinary face, Zi Yangpei’s imposing manner was not affected at all. He looked at Qin Kaiyi coldly: “Do you understand?”

“Yes.” He had no other choice but to agree, Qin Kaiyi thought. But he didn’t dare to hesitate: “Ling’er, come in first.” He then opened the barrier on his dongfu.

“Shixiong.” As soon as she entered the cave, Liu Ling’er rushed towards Qin Kaiyi. As she rushed over, she noticed that a stranger stood next to Qin Kaiyi. “Who is this person?”

“He… is a newly accepted shidi.” Qin Kaiyi glanced at Zi Yangpei, and was relieved to see that he was not opposed to this fabrication. “You stop fooling around, I said I would give you an explanation and I will give you one. “

“Huh, I think shixiong is biased.” Liu Ling’er glanced at Zi Yangpei and then immediately turned away. An ordinary-looking disciple couldn’t evoke the slightest bit of interest in her. “You just want to protect Shen Feixiao. Do you think I can’t see it? “

“What are you blathering about?” Qin Kaiyi now itched to strike Liu Ling’er so that she could faint, and then directly throw her out. F*ck your sister,1 in this kind of situation, he still has to get caught up in such trivial problems.

“Shixiong, what’s the matter?” The old monster by his side obviously thought differently from him. Zi Yangpei became a bit curious after hearing Liu Ling’er’s coquettish performance.

“… Nothing.” Qin Kaiyi squeezed out a few words from behind clenched teeth, not in the mood to satisfy Zi Yangpei’s curiosity.

“What nothing?” Hearing Qin Kaiyi saying this, Liu Ling’er decided to quit cooperating. “Shixiong, how can you say that? You clearly agreed to teach Shen Feixiao a lesson, why is it now nothing?” 

Qin Kaiyi heard these words and even felt the urge to cover his face and weep bitterly. Couldn’t this cute shimei pick the right timing to accost him? “Oh.” Zi Yangpei’s eyes rolled and he suddenly said: “Shimei, tell your brother to catch a sable to compensate you.”

This Zi Yangpei really was cunning, and actually flipped the topic to the sable he wanted to find. Qin Kaiyi ground his teeth in secret. Though it was difficult to reply, he was not afraid. Besides Shen Feixiao and Qin Kaiyi, no one else knew that the sable had been given to Shen Feixiao.

“Sable?” Unexpectedly, Zi Yangpei suddenly switched to this topic, so Liu Ling’er glanced at him: “What do you mean?”

“Shen Feixiao caught shimei’s bird, so let shixiong use a sable to compensate for this,” Zi Yangpei said while smiling. He had grasped the general situation from the conversation between Qin Kaiyi and Liu Ling’er just now. He decided to use Liu Ling’er’s interrogation to see whether Qin Kaiyi lied. If Qin Kaiyi lied to him from the beginning…

“Huh, your shixiong is stingy.” Obviously remembering when she had asked for the sable some time ago, Liu Ling’er’s dissatisfaction worsened: “I asked you for the sable and you wouldn’t give it. Where did the sable you caught go? If you compensate me with one now, I won’t pursue the matter of Shen Feixiao eating my bird. ”

“It ran away,” Qin Kaiyi said with a cold face.

“Humph.” Liu Ling’er snorted and didn’t speak anymore. Her appearance clearly conveyed to Qin Kaiyi that she was quite angry.

If she was angry then let her be angry.  At this moment Qin Kaiyi couldn’t spare any attention to comfort her. The situation had already developed to this point, and Qin Kaiyi was having a hard time guessing what Zi Yangpei actually wanted to accomplish. If Zi Yangpei was just here for the sable, why would he let Liu Ling’er come in?

So Qin Kaiyi had to look down and lower his head, and appeared to be too lazy to talk anymore. Zi Yangpei also didn’t speak. Instead, he sized up Qin Kaiyi with a gaze that aroused fear in the heart, leaving Liu Ling’er stewing alone for a long time.

The oppressive atmosphere lasted for a while. Qin Kaiyi sighed and said: “Ling’er, don’t cause trouble without reason here. Can we resolve this if I catch a sable and give it to you in a few days?”

“Really?” Liu Ling’er felt a little better after hearing this. In fact, today’s quarrel with Qin Kaiyi is also the result of long-term accumulation. Who asked the shixiong who used to spoil her to treat her with such cold indifference?

“Really.” Qin Kaiyi was completely helpless. He glanced to the side to see Zi Yangpei still standing and looking at him, and said,”You go first, your shidi and I have other matters to discuss.”

“That’s fine. Shixiong, don’t forget what you promised me.” Finally receiving a satisfactory answer, Liu Ling’er left appeased.

“Oh, you just let your sister go like that?” Ziyang Pei said coolly when he saw Liu Ling’er had gone.

“… She doesn’t know anything,” Qin Kaiyi whispered.

“Hehe.” Zi Yangpei lowly chuckled and looked at Qin Kaiyi thoughtfully: “You aren’t in pain right now?”

“What?” Qin Kaiyi didn’t understand Zi Yangpei for a moment.

“I mean, doesn’t your stomach hurt now?” Repeating himself with a seemingly good temper, Zi Yangpei stared at Qin Kaiyi’s waist and abdomen as if he thought if he stared long enough a flower would bloom from there.

“… No pain.” Qin Kaiyi looked at Zi Yangpei, baffled: “What do you mean?”

“Strange,” Zi Yangpei said, and then directly reached out a hand to cover Qin Kaiyi’s waist.

“What are you doing?” Frightened by Zi Yangpei’s movement, Qin Kaiyi furrowed his brows and tried to avoid Zi Yangpei’s hand.

“Don’t move.” His other hand restraining Qin Kaiyi’s movements, Zi Yangpei showed a strange expression: “I just activated the poisonous insect, and you didn’t react at all… that’s very interesting.”

“…” Qin Kaiyi’s complexion turned ugly. What did this Zi Yangpei want to do?

“Huh?” The hand groping around Qin Kaiyi’s waist suddenly stopped, Zi Yangpei seemed to have a huge finding and so let out a “huh.”

“Brother Ziyang, what do you mean by this …” the outer tips of Qin Kaiyi’s brows jumped.

“Hahahahaha~!!” Suddenly bursting into laughter, Zi Yangpei finally loosened the hand restraining Qin Kaiyi, and his face was full of ridicule: “Who would have thought, who would have thought, such a talented disciple under Qing Xuzi was actually born with a demonic body. Hehe, kid, if your body’s nature is discovered by your master, I really want to see what ghastly expression he’d make.”

… What? Born with a demonic body??? Qin Kaiyi’s expression was thunderstruck.

“You don’t know what that means?” Zi Yangpei thought Qin Kaiyi didn’t understand the meaning of “born with a demonic body,” and kindly explained: “To be born with a demonic body means that if you practice demonic cultivation, you not only don’t have to worry about qi deviation, your cultivation speed will be several times that of what it would be with normal cultivation. But if you continue to cultivate normally into the late stages, with this naturally demonic body you would suffer great suppression. “

In fact, without Zi Yangpei’s explanation, Qin Kaiyi already knew what it meant to have a natural demonic body. That is, would he not be clear about the novel he wrote himself?? One of Shen Feixiao’s many wives has this physique. As long as he had such a physique, he could cross a thousand miles of progress in a single day, and there was no need to worry about qi deviation! This was almost on par with a protagonist’s golden finger! Could Qin Kaiyi believe that he himself was the protagonist? How is that possible!! Qin Kaiyi’s expression became extremely dark; he clearly remembered that the natural demonic body also had another great use… those with natural demonic bodies were the best supplements for demonic cultivators.

“How about it, kid.” Zi Yangpei looked towards Qin Kaiyi’s eyes with some additional meaning: “Do you want to stop following Qing Xuzi and follow me? I promise you will do better than you are now.”

“Haha,” Qin Kaiyi laughed drily, but he didn’t dare to refuse directly: “I appreciate the kindness in Senior’s intentions… But my shifu’s kindness and nurturing, I simply cannot repay…”

“Oh? Then you mean that you want to refuse me?” Zi Yangpei smiled very gently.

“… Hehe.” Qin Kaiyi smiled and almost wanted to cry… You said that Qin Shi, this guy who only has had the gift of dual fire and earth spiritual roots for a long time, just had to also have a natural demonic body. Furthermore, keeping this natural demonic body a secret would be fine, but his secret was discovered by an old monster like Zi Yangpei of all people. Isn’t this equivalent to delivering fragrant fatty meat to the corner of someone’s mouth? If that someone doesn’t bite down hard, could Zi Yangpei still be called Zi Yangpei??

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Notes

  1. Casual Chinese curse. There’s also “your mother,” “your grandfather,” etc.

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