ASV Chapter 26: Rain and People

When the second rainfall arrived, Qin Kaiyi knew that the hidden treasure pavilion was about to open.

He sat in a dark, cold cave and transformed spiritual qi into demonic qi bit by bit. The secret method given to him by Yan Gu was very useful. So far he didn’t leak any demonic qi, but somehow Qin Kaiyi felt that Yan Gu’s tone of speech was a little guilty, as if he was hiding something. Despite Qin Kaiyi’s questioning, Yan Gu wouldn’t loosen his lips. Helpless, Qin Kaiyi had to let this matter go temporarily.

He had been away from Shen Feixiao for nearly five months. He found a decently hidden cave for himself and began to peacefully cultivate. The speed of righteous cultivation could not be compared with that of demonic cultivation. In only five months, Qin Kaiyi easily broke into the fasting period. Unlike righteous cultivators, for whom entering the fasting period seemed to almost trigger visions of the Heavenly Tribulations (T/N: trials that cultivators encounter at key points in their cultivation. Since cultivation goes against the heavens, the heavens will send down tribulations to oppress powerful cultivators. Cue lightning bolts striking at the cultivator, etc.), demonic cultivators could enter their fasting periods without fanfare. Qin Kaiyi started to wonder if he actually broke through. When he realized that he didn’t need to eat, he recognized that he really had.

The rain lasted a full month. Qin Kaiyi knew it would from the beginning, so he was not in a hurry. He wore a golden mask on his face and a gray robe on his body, looking at the endless rain outside the cave mouth with a clear heart–he had actually forcibly squeezed out a bit of that immortal daoist aura. 

Since entering the fasting period, Qin Kaiyi’s frame of mind changed quite a bit. Like sand filtered by a sieve, he would no longer be as irritable and confused as before, and he once again solidified his greatest objective in his heart–to go home. 

Five months were too short for a righteous cultivator. In the blink of an eye, time elapsed as quickly as running water. When Qin Kaiyi woke up to reality, he even had the illusion that he had just slept. However, the unique talisman  in the storage ring told him that he was really not dreaming–he was truly in the secret realm, and half a year had already passed. 

The food in the ring was almost all consumed, but Qin Kaiyi had reached the fasting stage and no longer needed that food. Although he didn’t need to eat, Qin Kaiyi somehow got addicted to alcohol. If he didn’t drink on any given day, he would find it hard to endure. He hadn’t brought much alcohol in the storage ring, so he quickly drank all of it. Qin Kaiyi’s formerly relaxed nerves finally tensed up—he had to leave the secret realm earlier. Days without drinking wine were really not meant for humans to bear.

But just when Qin Kaiyi made up his mind to leave the secret realm as soon as the exit opened,  as if unsatisfied with his laziness, that system sound that had disappeared for a while sounded again: [System Reminder: Please help Shen Feixiao leave the secret realm safely, to fail is to be obliterated, please help Shen Feixiao leave the secret realm, to fail is to be obliterated.】

Qin Kaiyi was stunned the moment he heard this voice. He thought he was having a hallucination. However, as if it knew what Qin Kaiyi was thinking, that disgusting reminder sounded again in his ears. [System Reminder: Please help Shen Feixiao safely leave the secret realm, to fail is to be obliterated. Please help Shen Feixiao leave the secret realm, to fail is to be obliterated. 】

“Fuck me.” Qin Kaiyi smiled bitterly, as if he had fallen from heaven to hell.

“It seems that it’s really impossible not to wade in those muddy waters,” Qin Kaiyi sighed deeply. He knew that the system would definitely not let him live happily…

“Yan Gu, are you there?” After calling out in his sea of knowledge, Qin Kaiyi saw an orange flame gradually gather in front of him.

“What’s the matter?” A lazy voice answered him. Yan Gu had been very low-key for the past five months, probably to save energy for their trip to the soon-to-be-opened Treasure Pavilion. He even spoke less to Qin Kaiyi. 

“Which door of the Treasure Pavilion is the treasure you want in?” There were eight doors in the Treasure Pavilion: open, rest, life, death, shock, injury, closed-door, and bright. Every door had within it a rare treasure. But of course, for Qin Kaiyi, if he was lucky enough, he would directly help Yan Gu find his thing and then go to watch Shen Feixiao.

“Injury.” Yan Gu answered Qin Kaiyi’s question, but soon he noticed something wrong about Qin Kaiyi’s discourse: “How do you know there are eight doors in the treasure trove?”

Qin Kaiyi didn’t answer Yan Gu’s question. He wasn’t in a good mood. How could he find the will to accompany this wraith who’d been locked up for thousands of years?

“Who are you after all? How do you know these things!!!” In stark contrast to Qin Kaiyi’s calmness, Yan Gu was like a cat whose tail had been stepped on; his voice was sharp and completely devoid of his usual unperturbed manner. 

“You are noisy.” Qin Kaiyi said coldly.

“… What is your relationship with Xue Xian?” Thinking that he seemed to have grasped some important clues, Yan Gu’s voice was hoarse: “Qin Shi, don’t ignore my words!!”

“What will happen if I ignore you?” Suddenly thinking of teasing Yan Gu, Qin Kaiyi raised his eyebrows.

“Do you really think I can’t move you?” That voice suddenly became cold. The flame originally only having the outline of a human instantly condensed into the appearance of an actual person. That person wore a fiery robe, but the expression on his face was as cold as ice and frost. Garishly beautiful bright red hair flew about though there was no wind, and red lotus patterns spread along his neck to his face.

Qin Kaiyi jumped with fright at Yan Gu’s sudden action, but when he calmed down, he was shocked to find that the person in front of him actually looked exactly like himself!

“Why do you look the same as me?” Qin Kaiyi asked, not daring to believe this development.

“He, I was originally only a flame, without my own appearance. Now that I’ve adopted your look, you can take that as a compliment.” Yan Gu sneered using the same face as Qin Kaiyi. He lifted up his right hand and snapped his fingers. That previously pitch-black sea of ​​knowledge instantly changed into an endless sea of ​​fire. Qin Kaiyi actually felt as if his soul had been burned by this imaginary sea of fire. 

“Only your shizu Xue Xian and thousand-year-old monsters could know about the hidden treasure pavilion in this secret realm. Boy, if I were you, I would frankly speak to suffer less pain.” Yan Gu changed his former scatterbrained disposition, unexpectedly using Qin Kaiyi’s originally gentle mien to forcibly make such a treacherous expression. 

“… Are you threatening me?” Qin Kaiyi narrowed his eyes and smiled: “You’ve actually guessed my identity.”

When Qin Kaiyi said this sentence, his heart was pounding. Although he knew that Yan Gu wasn’t to be trifled with, he didn’t expect that offending him this time would lead to this incident. But he wasn’t too worried because, from Yan Gu’s every move, he could basically see that Yan Gu and Xue Xian had a good relationship. So he might as well deceive him with that.

Yan Gu naturally didn’t know the scheming in Qin Kaiyi’s heart. His face changed instantly after he heard Qin Kaiyi’s words. After a long time, he tremblingly said, “Are you… a descendant of Xue Xian?”

Qin Kaiyi didn’t answer, he was creating space for Yan Gu’s imagination…

“I didn’t expect it.” That skyrocketing imposing manner subsided. Yan Gu shook his head and smiled bitterly: “I waited for him for tens of thousands of years, but didn’t expect that in the end he would never come. Now I have seen his descendant. It can count as a resolution to my worry… but since you are his descendant, why is your surname Qin? “

“Oh, this is a long story.” Qin Kaiyi hadn’t sketched out his lie beforehand. “In the past, I heard my mother say that our ancestor’s surname was Xue. This change of surname is just to avoid a disaster.”

“Is that so?” Yan Gu’s eyes dimmed, but then immediately his tone changed: “That’s not right, if circumstances are like this then how can you know about the hidden treasure pavilion. Xue Xian would never pass this information on to future generations. Where did you find this out? “

At this moment, Qin Kaiyi really wanted to answer: this book was written by Laozi, how do you think Laozi knows?? Of course, the bit of remaining reason he had left made him resist the impulse to roar. He took a deep breath and was planning to keep bullshitting Yan Gu, when he heard a loud noise.

The earth-shakingly loud noise seemed to come from underground, and it made Qin Kaiyi’s ears somewhat numb from its vibrations. He cast his eyes outside the cave and saw a circular building break out of the ground. Its appearance was like that of a suddenly awakened giant creature, making people have no choice but to quake. 

Qin Kaiyi admired the sight for a while and then his face went white. He stuttered: “Hey, I, I say Yan Gu, you, you, do you remember where the cave Shen Feixiao is living in is?”

“It’s just ahead.” Yan Gu was bemused.

“… Hehe.” Qin Kaiyi uttered an awkward laugh softly: “The cave has been leveled, would the person inside still be alive?”

“Well, the answer to this question is obvious.” With a face modeled exactly after Qin Kaiyi’s, Yan Gu revealed a brilliant smile suited for a Virgin Mary. He said softly: “He must die.”

“…” Hearing this, Qin Kaiyi’s expression became even uglier. Fine, now he could only send hope to the beautiful protagonist halo on Shen Feixiao’s head… Hey, by the way, Qin Kai suddenly remembered something and let out a sigh of relief. Shen Feixiao was definitely okay, because if Shen Feixiao really had an accident… then the first one to be killed was himself.

Since there was no sound from that obstructive system, it meant that Shen Feixiao should be fine… right?

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ASV Chapter 25: Mistake

Shen Feixiao didn’t know what was wrong with him. After Qin Kaiyi went out, he began to cultivate. However, he didn’t know why, but his originally clear state of mind experienced intense fluctuations.

The eggplant was aware of Shen Feixiao’s abnormality, and it circled around Shen Feixiao anxiously. It knew what happened to Shen Feixiao’s body, but couldn’t speak the human language. It could only pace around Shen Feixiao, squeaking. 

Shen Feixiao sat on the ground, frowning tightly. His originally calm spiritual power became like scaldingly hot boiling water, rolling around in his dantian. The pain from this out-of-control spiritual force had Shen Feixiao involuntarily letting out a painful moan. He gritted his teeth fiercely, and soon bright red blood spilled from the corner of his mouth.

It was extremely difficult to break through the Qi Refining Stage to the foundation-building one.

The originally limited sea of qi continued to expand under the impact of spiritual force, and the meridians in the body could not bear the huge spiritual energy infusion, and even showed signs of damage. To some extent, Shen Feixiao’s luck this time was not good. 

“Mountain Cloud Notes” was originally a practice that went against the natural order. It described a method for gathering auras, which was enough for an ordinary cultivator to practice in even those places that had the lowest amount of spiritual energy. In the Lingshan Sect, because Shen Feixiao lived in place without much spiritual qi, he didn’t feel that anything was wrong. However, after Shen Feixiao entered the spiritual energy-rich secret realm, the power of Mountain Cloud Notes was finally revealed.

Not even half a month had passed, and Shen Feixiao actually rose to the foundation-building period from the Qi Refining period. However, the speed with which he broke through was too great, so that the instability in his foundation was hidden.

And this hidden danger revealed itself completely when Shen Feixiao was about to break through.

Out of control spiritual energy attacked Shen Feixiao’s state of mind, causing it to fall into chaos. Opening a pair of bloodshot eyes, Shen Feixiao suddenly smelled a strange fragrance which pulled his precarious mental state back from the edge of the cliff.

What was this smell? Why was it so fragrant? What actually was this… scent. With such thoughts, Shen Feixiao pushed up from the ground, stumbling to follow the wisps of that scent. 

The sound of water. Shen Feixiao, who stood on the shore, looked silently at the person bathing in the river.

The man’s body could not count as robust, but he was definitely neither thin nor weak. He had a firm physique and stood tall and straight. That skin was very white, but not wan–more like a warm jade, from which a kind of faintly flowing brilliance emitted. That slender body was a lot taller than his own, and clear water slid down the shoulders, flowing along a gracefully-shaped spine and finally reaching a pair of lovely buttocks.

Shen Feixiao never thought that his vision could be this good. Standing in the grass and looking at Qin Kaiyi from afar, he was bewitched for a while. Sluggishly staring at the person bathing in the limpid river water, he silently swallowed his saliva–how fragrant.

Originally having calmed down a little, Shen Feixiao’s mental state was broken the moment he saw the person in the river turning around. A golden mask firmly rested on the face of the man, but the beautiful lotus pattern etched on the mask seemed to bring a touch of exotic enticement. That pretty and flirtatious appearance instantly had Shen Feixiao losing his reason. 

Shen Feixiao couldn’t remember what happened afterwards; with only a rough sense from his chaotic memory… he seemed to have done something he shouldn’t have.

When he woke up, Shen Feixiao found his stiff body lying on a soft mat. He didn’t know where the masked man got these things. Of course, the most important issue now was obviously not this…

“Are you awake?” Qin Kaiyi was in a bad mood. He sat beside Shen Feixiao, his voice low.

“…” Shen Feixiao’s body stiffened further, but he didn’t answer Qin Kaiyi’s question.

“Don’t pretend, I know you’re awake.” Qin Kaiyi frowned slightly: “If you woke up then get up.”

“… En.” Lowly replying, the Shen Feixiao who knew he was in the wrong climbed up from the mat silently. He looked up at the masked person on the opposite side, and his eyes were immediately attracted to the wound on his neck. 

“What are you looking at.” Qin Kaiyi found out what Shen Feixiao was looking at, and said unhappily: “Look again and I’ll dig your eyes out.”

“Oh.” Shen Feixiao lowered his head again.

“…” Seeing Shen Feixiao’s stubborn appearance, Qin Kaiyi didn’t know what to say anymore. He struggled for a while, but still spoke. “Give me your hand.”

Shen Feixiao showed a puzzled expression, obviously not knowing what Qin Kaiyi meant.

“Give me your hand!” Qin Kaiyi’s mood became even worse. He really wanted to squeeze Shen Feixiao’s neck and vigorously shake it to see what kind of thoughts were actually contained in this dull gourd of a head. 

“Oh.” Obediently stretching his hand out to Qin Kaiyi, Shen Feixiao went silent again. 

“Alas.” Sighing heavily, Qin Kaiyi suddenly felt that he was becoming more and more like a stay-at-home dad. He looked at Shen Feixiao’s expressionless face and suddenly felt the impulse to pinch it. Of course, Qin Kaiyi did not make this impulse a reality…

Squeezing Shen Feixiao’s wrist a little bit and investigating, against all odds it seemed that Shen Feixiao had reached the foundation-building period. Within half a year, he went directly from an ordinary person to a foundation-building cultivator. Even Qin Kaiyi himself had no choice but to lament at how frightening the existence of the protagonist’s halo was. 

But now was not the time for his lament. Qin Kaiyi slowly probed a wisp of spiritual power into Shen Feixiao’s hand, and it followed Shen Feixiao’s meridians to his dantian.

Checking out Shen Feixiao’s situation, Qin Kaiyi frowned again. 

… What was with Shen Feixiao’s dantian? Qin Kaiyi felt more and more surprised as he investigated–Shen Feixiao’s dantian had turned into a whirlpool-like existence. Qin Kaiyi’s bit of spiritual power was absorbed immediately after entering and disappeared. Cold sweat emerged on his forehead. Qin Kaiyi didn’t dare to study this phenomenon further, and hurriedly withdrew his spiritual force.

Shen Feixiao looked at Qin Kaiyi’s worriedly frowning expression and wanted to say something, but he held back again. (T/N: he is still wearing his mask, perhaps the mask can make expressions). 

“You’re fine.” Qin Kaiyi was still at a loss with regards to Shen Feixiao’s body structure. He thought that since Shen Feixiao’s meridians hadn’t been hurt too much, there shouldn’t be too many problems.

Hearing Qin Kaiyi’s words, Shen Feixiao lowered his head and embraced the eggplant that had been squatting beside him. He pet the eggplant’s fur and began to fall into a daze. In fact, starting from when the masked person began to speak, his eyes did not move from that neck. That bright red bite mark made Shen Feixiao’s indifferent heart unable to calm down; it was so dazzling that he was unable to ignore it. 

Qin Kaiyi naturally didn’t know about Shen Feixiao’s confusion. What had happened had given him a not-so-wonderful idea. 

“Who really are you?” Shen Feixiao glared fixedly at Qin Kaiyi’s masked face, as if to stare a hole into it: “Why are you helping me?”

Qin Kaiyi gave Shen Feixiao a blank expression, too lazy to entangle with him again on this issue… he was now thinking about a more serious issue.

“Shen Feixiao.” Qin Kaiyi finished deliberating, and his voice was clear when he said: “I should go.”

“What?” Shen Feixiao didn’t react for a while: “You want to go?”

“En.” This was the result of Qin Kaiyi’s deliberations. He knew that Shen Feixiao was about to enter the hidden treasure trove to obtain items, but he didn’t have any interest in throwing himself into those muddy waters. If he hadn’t made a deal with Yan Gu, he wouldn’t even enter that treasure house. 

“Where are you going?” Shen Feixiao hugged the eggplant more tightly: “Why are you leaving?”

“Why should I stay?” Qin Kaiyi impolitely responded, “What do you think I’m here for?”

I thought you were here to protect me. Shen Feixiao didn’t say this out loud. He looked at those black eyes that peered out from behind the mask, and suddenly he couldn’t say anything. The masked man was the first person to be unconditionally good to him. Although this goodness might be mixed with other purposes, like a chick who’d seen its mother after just breaking its shell, Shen Feixiao for some reason just couldn’t let go of this pair of hands which protected him.

“You have to become strong.” Qin Kaiyi said this very sincerely. He knew that Shen Feixiao had no choice but to become stronger. In the following days, Shen Feixiao would undergo countless tests. These tests were abnormally cruel, but that didn’t matter; he believed that Shen Feixiao could definitely stand at the top of this world.

“Become strong?” Shen Feixiao numbly repeated Qin Kaiyi’s words.

“Yes, become strong.” Qin Kaiyi nodded seriously: “Only if you become strong can you really get what you want. Only when you become strong, can you not be stepped on by others. Understand?? “

“…” Shen Feixiao didn’t nod or shake his head, and he did not answer Qin Kaiyi’s question, but Qin Kaiyi could see Shen Feixiao’s meaning from his eyes–he understood.

“I’m leaving.” Qin Kaiyi softened his tone a bit, and he said: “In fact, I came to the secret realm only planning to see you. The rest is up to you.” 

“You knew that Qin Shi would send me in?” Shen Feixiao revealed his disbelief.

“…” Qin Kaiyi didn’t know what to say, he couldn’t actually tell Shen Feixiao that he was Qin Shi now could he?

“I get it.” Shen Feixiao’s voice was very soft, so soft that Qin Kaiyi’s heart inexplicably felt some fear: “Leave then.”

“En.” Qin Kaiyi did not stay in the end. Although Shen Feixiao’s reaction gripped at his heart, he could not stay. Today Shen Feixiao may only suck his blood, but who knows whether tomorrow Shen Feixiao would eat his flesh? He was not the protagonist. Without that ineffable halo, if he wanted to live, he had to think about his own insignificant life anytime and anywhere. 

Even though Shen Feixiao made him worried, Qin Kaiyi still had no choice–he had to leave.

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ASV Chapter 24: Beautiful Misunderstanding

When he saw Shen Feixiao, Qin Kaiyi relaxed. He frowned and looked at Shen Feixiao, who was standing still on the shore, questioning: “What’s wrong with you?”

“…” Shen Feixiao looked at Qin Kaiyi without expression, not answering his question.

“… Hey.” For some reason, Qin Kaiyi felt a strange ill feeling from looking at Shen Feixiao. He glanced at the clothes next to Shen Feixiao and said coldly: “Shen Feixiao? What are you doing? “

“…” Still silent, Shen Feixiao’s eyes stayed on Qin Kaiyi. A thread of gloomy purple light flashed through them. 

Qin Kaiyi didn’t try to talk to Shen Feixiao again. He walked a few steps to the shore, trying to pick up the clothes that were placed there.

“What are you doing?” With his wrist caught in a strong grasp, Qin Kaiyi looked at the expressionless Shen Feixiao. He felt a little scared.

Maintaining his silence after hearing Qin Kaiyi’s inquiry, Shen Feixiao glanced at him and a trace of bewilderment slid through his eyes. However, that doubt was immediately buried by dense purple.

“Let go!” Although he noticed that something was wrong with Shen Feixiao, he couldn’t figure out what was behind it. Qin Kaiyi shook off Shen Feixiao and draped his upper garments over his shoulders. He was too lazy to care for whatever craziness Shen Feixiao was up to now. 

“… How fragrant.” A slight voice sounded behind him. Before Qin Kaiyi could react, Shen Feixiao pushed him to the ground. He didn’t know where such strength came from; Shen Feixiao actually used one hand to trap Qin Kaiyi’s hands above his head. That always expressionless face revealed a bit of distortion. 

“Shen Feixiao you are looking for death!” Shen Feixiao had taken him by surprise and he was caught unprepared. Qin Kaiyi quickly reacted, and he said with humiliated rage: “You fucking let me go!”

“… Wu.” Shen Feixiao ignored Qin Kaiyi’s frantic anger. He lowered his head and buried it in Qin Kaiyi’s neck, twitching his nose from time to time, looking as if he was searching for some kind of smell.

“Shen Feixiao!!!” Seeing Shen Feixiao ignoring his words directly, Qin Kaiyi was completely frightened. He bent his knees, thinking to hit Shen Feixiao’s abdomen with one, but was easily avoided. Shen Feixiao’s breath on his neck raised goosebumps all over his body–how did he not previously discover that Shen Feixiao had the potential to engage in homsexuality ah!!

“Why are you being crazy!! Shen Feixiao I’m telling you! If you still won’t let me go, just wait and see!!” His changed voice was originally very low, but now it became scarily sharp, like he was a cat whose tail had been stepped on. Qin Kaiyi struggled hard to get away from Shen Feixiao’s head that was sticking against him.

“… Really fragrant.” The fair and slender neck swayed in front of him. That strange smell made Shen Feixiao’s entire person feel fuzzy. After a while, unable to bear the attraction of the fragrance, Shen Feixiao opened his mouth wide and bit Qin Kaiyi’s neck. 

This bite didn’t bring with it any teasing or other actions. Shen Feixiao ’s behavior at this moment was more like a hungry beast. Due to excessive force, Shen Feixiao quickly broke through Qin Kaiyi’s skin and filled his mouth with the rusty flavor of blood. Bright red and warm blood flowed into his mouth through his teeth, and the hint of strange fragrance contained in it made Shen Feixiao unable to stop.

“Ah!!” Qin Kaiyi instantly screamed at the bite. He stiffened his body and dared not move. He felt like he was like a piece of meat, about to be eaten alive by Shen Feixiao. His lips were trembling. Qin Kaiyi painfully said: “Shen Feixiao why are you being insane, let go of Laozi!!! Fuck!!!”

Shen Feixiao naturally ignored Qin Kaiyi’s pained cry. He relaxed the bite on Qin Kaiyi’s neck slightly, but then licked none-too-gently, lapping the spilled blood into his mouth little by little.

“… Fuck.” Qin Kaiyi couldn’t help but swear; he was trembling all over now. Originally, he hadn’t had time to put on clothes because he was just taking a bath. Now he was pressed down and harshly bitten by Shen Feixiao, in a way that suggested that the one above him wanted to take his life. He gasped and was just about to say something to Shen Feixiao, when from his sea of knowledge came Yan Gu’s voice full of schadenfreude.

“Boy, you are going to be eaten alive.”

“What?” Qin Kaiyi froze for a moment, not understanding what Yan Gu meant.

“Natural demonic body… Hahahaha, your blood is a wonderful thing for demonic cultivators. Of course, it is also a good supplement for the immortal cultivator.” Yan Gu’s tone was very gentle, but what he said made Qin Kaiyi dumbfounded.

“What? Do you mean he is sucking my blood?” Qin Kaiyi took a few deep breaths, a bit disbelieving.

“Nonsense, otherwise do you think he is doing it?” Yan Gu’s reaction to Qin Kaiyi was very disdainful.

… I thought he was greedy for my beauty, cough. Qin Kaiyi’s old face was red, but he was even more angry after a moment of embarrassment. Shen Feixiao, you have no conscience, Laozi is willing to be your cannon fodder, but you won’t even let Laozi’s blood go, are you human?! Do you have any humanity?! En?!! … Qin Kaiyi would never admit that these roars had an element of humiliated rage.

After figuring out what Shen Feixiao was doing, Qin Kaiyi was not calm. He took a breath and started to struggle hard. After all, previously the worst result was that he would lose his virginity…… Now the worst case was being sucked dry of his blood while alive… this difference was a bit big, haa.

A little irritated by Qin Kaiyi’s renewed struggling movements, Shen Feixiao reached up and pinched Qin Kaiyi’s neck with merciless strength.

F*ck me, why is this bear child so powerful!!! After being pinched his vision directly went black, and Qin Kaiyi clenched his teeth and pinched the emerald green bracelet worn on his wrist… Shifu, I’m sorry to you, *crying noises* … I actually used the bracelet for the first time on Shen Feixiao, I’m ashamed to face your expectations of me!!!

The bracelet Qing Xuzi gave him really did provide a boost. After Qin Kaiyi vigorously pinched it, in a short moment a green light appeared, directly flicking Shen Feixiao from his body.

Only then could he take a break to breathe. Qin Kaiyi’s shaking hand touched the bloody flesh of his bitten neck. Without even having taken his first breath, he wished to directly return a bite to Shen Feixiao!!

“Shen Feixiao you bastard!” First he found his clothes and put them on his body, then he smeared the medicine on the scary wound on his neck. When he finally returned to his normal state, Qin Kaiyi only then noticed that Shen Feixiao was still lying motionless on the ground after being shot back by the green light.

“… Shen Feixiao?” Removing his defensive cover, Qin Kaiyi walked hesitantly over to Shen Feixiao, but he dared not reach out to help him: “What’s wrong with you?”

Shen Feixiao didn’t answer, continuing to lie on the ground without even exhibiting the steady movement of breathing. 

Obviously something wasn’t right. Qin Kaiyi pondered for a moment and soon made a guess. If he wasn’t wrong… then baby Shen Feixiao broke through to the foundation-building level. Because there was no one at his side to nurse him, his qi and blood reversed flow and so he acted as he had just now. 

Although he already had a rough answer, Qin Kaiyi still did not dare to entrust Shen Feixiao to his care. He clearly knew how “Mountain Cloud Notes” was in defiance of the natural order. If both he and the protagonist were in the foundation-building period, he likely wouldn’t be Shen Feixiao’s opponent. If he got bitten again, he stood to lose a lot. 

But should he just leave Shen Feixiao lying here? Qin Kaiyi still felt painful heat from where he was bitten. He inhaled and squatted beside Shen Feixiao. He reached out and poked Shen Feixiao: “Hey, are you dead?”

“…” Shen Feixiao didn’t move.

“Don’t joke.” Qin Kaiyi said lightly: “Your protagonist halo is still on your head.”

“…” Shen Feixiao continued to be motionless.

“Then I’m leaving.” Qin Kaiyi stood up and appeared to really want to turn around and leave..

But before even taking a few steps, he slowly turned around and walked back. He looked at Shen Feixiao lying on the ground silently and sighed heavily: “Forget it… who asked you to be my dear son, ai!!! “

Saying that, Qin Kaiyi stepped forward and took Shen Feixiao into his arms, walking towards the cave with a resigned expression.

When he entered the cave, Qin Kaiyi saw the sleeping sable eggplant lying lazily by the fire. Somehow, he saw a strange look in the eyes of that eggplant, as if it was saying… how did you come back?

“Why can’t I come back?” Qin Kaiyi said uncomfortably to the eggplant, looking a bit unhappy: “What do you mean by your disdainful expression towards me?”

The eggplant licked his paw, appearing too lazy to pay attention to Qin Kaiyi. The fire that had just diminished in Qin Kaiyi’s heart exploded out again.

After he put down Shen Feixiao, he pointed directly at the eggplant and scolded: “You brute (T/N: also means domesticated animal), don’t think because Shen Feixiao spoils you, you should be pleased with yourself. I tell you, even if Shen Feixiao is my own son, I won’t send myself to him to be eaten, I still have to go home. If you dare to provoke me again, I will pull your skin off to make clothes, and not even Shen Feixiao would be able to save you!! “

“Zhi.” Giving a small cry, the eggplant turned his butt to face Qin Kaiyi without a care…

“… I really want to go home.” Qin Kaiyi, who saw this scene, suddenly felt wronged and had the impulse to cry bitterly. Since he came to this world… he never even knew how to write the word “dignity.” Your mom, even a domesticated animal dared to despise him… *crying noises*…

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ASV Chapter 23: The Rain Stops

The following days could be said to be the most peaceful that Qin Kaiyi had experienced in this world. There were no chrysanthemum-tightening system sounds, he didn’t have to think about how to bother Shen Feixiao every day, and even his cultivation problems were solved. Qin Kaiyi, who felt like he was drinking wine, wanted to say that life was very good.

Of course, although life was beautiful, there were one or two inadequacies–the mask that was still firmly attached to Qin Kaiyi’s face, and Yan Gu not letting out a sound since Shen Feixiao came. This made Qin Kai Yi always feel like he had a lump in his heart. No matter how happy he was, Qin Kaiyi was still a little worried about whether the mask would affect his normal life. However, after stuffing something into his mouth, Qin Kaiyi would forget about this problem dangling over his heart. 

This mask of Yan Gu’s wasn’t a real object, but more like a 3D projection. Although this wasn’t immediately apparent, if he used his hands to touch the mask, his hands would directly pass through the mask and reach his face. 

Shen Feixiao was also clearly curious about how Qin Kaiyi could eat, so when he first saw Qin Kaiyi pass food through the mask and directly into his mouth without any obstacles, his expression twisted a bit… Qin Kaiyi looked at the expression on Shen Feixiao’s face and was very satisfied. Your mom, who asked Shen Feixiao to have a paralyzed face all day long; he didn’t have any youthful vitality at all!

The downpour outside went on for seven days. During this time, Shen Feixiao finally put down his guard against the masked man. Although seven days was not too long, it was enough to judge whether the masked man had any harmful intentions. Shen Feixiao didn’t know what the masked man really wanted from him, but judging from the current situation, he had nothing to lose.

On the day when the rain stopped, Qin Kaiyi woke up early. He crawled up from the ground and walked out of the cave. The jungle bathed by heavy rain exuded a fresh earthy smell. Because the rain poured for too long, the ground became muddy, and there were small puddles everywhere.

Qin Kaiyi observed the situation around him for a while. He felt that he could not understand the secret realm with the common sense he applied to normal geography. After all, the terrain of the jungle was very flat, but even after seven days of rain, there was no rise in water level. 

Qin Kaiyi had good luck and managed to find a hare not far from the cave. After a lot of effort, he caught the hare without using spells. The rain stopped, and he was looking for food. Since the rain stopped, it wouldn’t just be humans looking for food. There were also those spirit beasts who hated the rain and other creatures. With a layer of concern in his heart, Qin Kaiyi picked up the rabbit and walked away.

When he reached the cave, Shen Feixiao had also woken up. At this time, he was sitting on the ground and cultivating. The eggplant squatted beside Shen Feixiao. Those purple grape-like eyes were wetly spinning around, and he didn’t know what the creature was thinking. 

Seeing Shen Feixiao cultivating, Qin Kaiyi didn’t bother him. Instead, he walked to the side of the cave to peel the rabbit’s skin and bleed it out. After cleaning it, he stuck it on a stick and returned to the cave to roast it with fire.

If you just put nothing else on the rabbit and placed it over the fire, the taste wouldn’t be good, but Qin Kaiyi was obviously prepared. 

He slowly took out the spice that he had long prepared from the storage ring and smeared it on the rabbit, layer over layer.

Well, in fact, to a certain extent, this trip to the secret realm was like an outdoor cookout for Qin Kaiyi…

The gradually deepening rich fragrance of the rabbit made Shen Feixiao open his eyes. When he saw the rabbit in Qin Kaiyi’s hand, he was surprised, and then his brows slightly wrinkled: “How many weird things did you bring?” “

… For those who enter the secret realm only for magic weapons, spices were indeed strange things… Qin Kaiyi really couldn’t be the protagonist. Qin Kaiyi resisted the urge to cover his face, pretending to be calm: “Why is it strange to take care of basic needs? “

Shen Feixiao didn’t speak anymore. He touched the eggplant which became agitated because of Qin Kaiyi’s use of the storage ring and stared at the fire pit in a daze. 

The roasted, brightly golden rabbit meat exuded a tantalizing smell. Qin Kaiyi saw that the rabbit was cooked and gave half of it to Shen Feixiao. He watched Shen Feixiao take the meat and gnaw it silently, bending the corner of his mouth a bit in his good mood.

They hadn’t eaten anything fresh for a few days, and the feeling of finally eating a big meal was beautiful. Qin Kaiyi quickly nibbled half of the rabbit clean and looked at Shen Feixiao who was still chewing slowly, laughing: “Tastes good?”

“En.” Consistently pithy, Shen Feixiao slightly nodded his head.

Qin Kaiyi was now accustomed to Shen Feixiao’s silent ways. He looked at his greasy hands and thought about it: “I’m going out, you do as you please.”

Shen Feixiao nodded again. He didn’t care much about what Qin Kaiyi was going to do. The eggplant sitting next to him showed a curious look, and its gaze which stuck to Qin Kaiyi could not be pulled off. 

Qin Kaiyi didn’t care about the eggplant’s reaction. He stood up and walked directly towards the river… Yes, he was going to take a bath. He felt like his whole person was moldy from staying in the cave for seven days. The rain finally stopped, and he certainly couldn’t let this opportunity pass. Since the recent rain meant there would be no shortage of water in his surroundings, he wouldn’t have to worry about encountering dangerous spirit beasts coming to the river to drink water.

Walking to the river, Qin Kaiyi observed the surrounding scenery, and then surreptitiously took off all his clothes except for the mask on his face that could not be removed…

The clear river water was still a bit cold, and Qin Kaiyi carefully dipped his body in, letting out a comfortable sigh… It was too nice to take a bath when tired, it would be better if it was a hot bath… Of course, he couldn’t ask for too much. Just having water was enough.

“Wu.” Qin Kaiyi splashed water on his face. As expected, the water directly poured onto his skin, passing through the mask directly.

“It’s really strange, what is this mask?” Qin Kaiyi murmured to himself softly. 

“You are the strange one.” This lowered voice showed how bad of a mood the master of the voice was in. The Yan Gu that had disappeared for seven days appeared again in Qin Kaiyi’s sea of ​​knowledge: “You dare to practice demonic cultivation and live with an immortal beast; I think you are tired of living. “

“Ah?” Qin Kaiyi was stunned by the sudden sound in his head, but quickly reacted: “How come you appeared again?”

“… You!” Yan Gu expressed extreme dissatisfaction with Qin Kaiyi’s amazed tone. He ridiculed: “You dare to be close to the ancient immortal beast, but fortunately your body’s demonic qi isn’t so heavy. If you practiced a few more days, maybe I could think about finding someone else.”

After listening to Yan Gu, Qin Kaiyi finally recalled an important attribute of the eggplant… its favorite food was demonic matter. Demonic matter included a wide range of things–not only demonic beasts, but also the demonic qi on the bodies of demonic cultivators. Of course, for ordinary demonic cultivators, the biggest threat the eggplant posed was absorbing all of their bodies’ demonic qi. But Qin Kaiyi was different, he had a natural demonic body!! Thinking of this, Qin Kaiyi’s face instantly turned white.

“If I were you, I would stay far away from the one named Shen Feixiao. I have only seen cats chasing mice, and have never seen mice running in front of cats waiting to be caught.” With the same arrogant tone and a trace of irritability, Yan Gu let out a voice that showed that his mood was obviously not very good.

“…” Qin Kaiyi was silent. He lowered his head and looked at the clear bottom of the lake, and only opened his mouth after a long while: “I understand.”

“If you understand, then good.” Yan Gu was finally satisfied.

“Well, since I won’t stay with Shen Feixiao anymore, then there is even less of a need to find treasures.” Qin Kaiyi pretended to say to himself: “Seems like I should find a cave to hide in soon and just wait for the secret realm’s exit to open.”

“What??” Yan Gu heard this and was struck dumb immediatley, “You’re not looking for treasures?”

“What is there to find.” Qin Kaiyi’s tone was lazy: “Letting others find out that I demonically cultivate, isn’t that just seeking my own death?” 

“… That.” After a long silence, Yan Gu gritted his teeth like he was giving up: “If you help me find what I need, I will teach you a way to hide your demonic qi, how about that?”

“Oh? Do you have a way?” Qin Kaiyi knew that the mask on his face was unusual.

“Of course.” Yan Gu sneered: “Otherwise, why wouldn’t the ancient immortal beast find my whereabouts?”

“Your method has no side effects?” Qin Kaiyi was still a little worried.

“Of course not.” Yan Gu answered very firmly. In fact, the secret method still had one or two side effects. Of course, these side effects were really irrelevant to Yan Gu.

“Okay.” Qin Kaiyi agreed to his first deal with Yan Gu, not knowing that he was about to jump into a deep hole.

In fact, Qin Kaiyi was already a little worried about the leakage of demonic qi when he practiced the demonic skills assigned to him by Zi Yangpei. He had not yet planned to leave the Lingshan Sect. It would of course be best if he could stay undiscovered, but even if he was found out it was actually fine… anyway, he would have to experience being found out sooner or later.

Just as Qin Kaiyi thought about his future problems, his sensitive hearing suddenly caught a sound coming from behind him. His eyes were cold and he turned and scolded: “Who!”

There was a tremor in the grass. After a while, a person dressed in the Lingshan Sect’s Taoist robes slowly walked out of a pile of grass not far from Qin Kaiyi. Qin Kaiyi relaxed: “Shen Feixiao, what are you doing hiding there?”

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ASV Chapter 22: Eat

After their conversation, Qin Kaiyi and Shen Feixiao fell silent and still, and the rushing sounds of the rain made the whole cave feel unusually peaceful.

Qin Kaiyi sat next to the fire, absent-mindedly observing the curtains of droplets outside the cave. His relaxed body became a little drowsy because of fatigue. He pressed his hand against his temple, thinking to wake up a bit. Using his peripheral vision to sweep his gaze over at Shen Feixiao, he discovered that the person beside him had actually dozed off. 

Not easy, not easy at all… This scene in front of him completely drove away his urge to sleep. Qin Kaiyi looked at Shen Feixiao with fascination, watching his head dip from time to time as he attempted to continue propping it up. Qin Kaiyi felt his mood inexplicably brighten.

Qin Kaiyi didn’t speak, but added fuel to the campfire. Shen Feixiao’s behavior was too unlike that of a 12-year-old child’s. One could only see the shadow of a child’s likeness in him when he was injured or fatigued. Qin Kaiyi couldn’t help but remember Shen Feixiao’s reaction after he himself heavily beat him. He sighed lowly, watching Shen Feixiao sleeping against the wall and squinting, eventually falling asleep. 

“Really not cute.” Muttering to himself in a small voice, Qin Kaiyi took out some clothes from his storage ring, before walking over and covering Shen Feixiao’s body. The eggplant sleeping in Shen Feixiao’s arms squinted as Qin Kaiyi walked over, and then he opened his eyes and looked at Qin Kaiyi. After he discovered that Qin Kaiyi was not malicious, he closed his eyes and continued to sleep. This was indeed an immortal beast. Qin Kaiyi tsked and increased his own vigilance, thinking that the spirit beast could qualify as a police dog. 

Shen Feixiao frowned a little when the clothes fell on his body, but he quickly relaxed. After entering the secret realm, he had been tense without pause. After being rained on and finally eating something, his strength and body somehow wouldn’t hold on any longer. Although he had expressed skepticism to the mysterious man who suddenly appeared in front of him, he made one conclusion that was good enough… this person would not hurt him. 

It didn’t matter if the other just regarded him as a toy or had other intentions. Shen Feixiao knew that the masked man wasn’t looking to harm him. With this understanding, Shen Feixiao finally relaxed and entered into a deep sleep. 

Qin Kaiyi saw Shen Feixiao fall asleep. Although he was tired now, it was obviously an unwise choice for both of them to fall asleep in such a dangerous jungle. He thought for a bit and then fished out a small bottle of wine from his storage ring, drinking mouthfuls of it until he finished. 

It has been almost half a year since he came to this world. If he said he didn’t miss home that would definitely be false. Qin Kaiyi couldn’t change this fact no matter how free and easy he acted on normal days. He missed home; he really missed it. 

He missed the spicy and numbing fish cooked by his father, the nagging of his mother that he once hated, and his own disastrously messy little room. In his past world, Qin Kaiyi never had to worry about losing his life, not to mention the disgusting sound of the system prompts.

After thinking for a while, Qin Kaiyi shook his head vigorously. He knew that this wasn’t the right time to be sentimental. Using the time that Shen Feixiao was sleeping, he could study what Zi Yangpei had given him. 

So Qin Kaiyi first took out one of Zi Yangpei’s rare books. He carefully read the contents, and then let out a sigh of relief in his heart. It seemed that demonic cultivation was not as difficult as he had imagined.

He didn’t know if the books Zi Yangpei gave him were special or if demonic cultivation was always like that, The book elaborated on the difference between spiritual qi and demonic qi, and gave a method for converting spiritual qi into demonic qi. After thinking for a while, Qin Kaiyi realized why the difference in cultivation speed between regular cultivation and demonic cultivation would be so vast. 

You could make the following analogy: think of spiritual qi as beans. Regular cultivation was like using a grindstone to finely grind beans, separating the soy milk from the dregs clearly. Therefore, the spiritual qi cultivated would be rich and pure. Demonic cultivation on the other hand was like using an electric pulverizer. You directly threw the beans in and let the machine messily grind everything up, then threw the result into a net to filter out the residue. This kind of method was like a shortcut, but was clearly not as stable and safe as regular cultivation. If one wasn’t careful one could have too many impurities in his spiritual qi, and in later stages be unable to raise his cultivation. 

And demonic cultivation also had a more serious problem… heart demons. Unlike righteous cultivation, demonic cultivation’s heart demons were extremely dangerous. Because the speed of cultivation would be too fast, the mind would be unstable. The strength of the body would increase quickly, but the soul would not keep up. 

Of course, these problems would not matter for people with naturally demonic bodies.

Those with natural demonic bodies did not need to worry about the impurities contained in their spiritual power. Their bodies were natural filters, which would automatically parse out harmful impurities. Their souls were also very special. They didn’t need to worry about undergoing qi deviation due to heart demons. Their bodies (T/N: the text has ** instead of bodies. I assumed from context clues this should just be his body, and not his chrysanthemum or something) and their souls were like connectors, both sides would conduct a natural transformation between them. The issue of one side outpacing the other would never occur. 

Having figured this out, Qin Kaiyi was in a much better mood. He began to try to transform the spiritual qi already stored in his body into demonic qi. Of course, he only tried a little for his first time, and then Qin Kaiyi quickly found out–the speed of demonic cultivation was really fast!!

The pressure he had had in his chest alleviated at once. Qin Kaiyi breathed a sigh of relief. It shouldn’t be a problem for him to reach the fasting period within a year, um… but Zi Yangpei’s poisonous insect in his body, where was it? He just checked the area around his dantian (T/N: located two inches below the navel, the dantian can be thought of as “qi focus flow centers”) and didn’t find anything unusual. 

When Shen Feixiao opened his eyes, he saw the clothes on his body. The gray clothes had the faint smell of Chinese honey locust, which made him feel unusually warm. He turned his head and saw the masked man sitting at the mouth of the cave.

The masked person seemed to be cultivating. The eyes exposed from the mask were tightly closed. His long black hair trembled a bit in the wind blowing from the cave’s opening. That person’s entire being seemed to resemble a rock in its solidity and coldness. 

The eggplant in his arms seemed a little uneasy somehow. It kept moving around in his arms, looking as if it wanted to step forward but also seeming hesitant. Shen Feixiao looked at the eggplant and then said quietly: “What are you doing?”

Startled by the sudden sound, Qin Kaiyi opened his eyes and found that Shen Feixiao had already woken up, and the clothes he had put on him were placed beside him: “Are you awake?”

“En.” Somewhat uncomfortably glancing at the clothes that were set aside, Shen Feixiao said: “Thank you.”

“You’re welcome.” Qin Kaiyi felt that Shen Feixiao’s little bit of shyness was very cute: “Are you hungry?”

“No.” Shen Feixiao ate the dry food given by Qin Kaiyi before going to sleep. Naturally, he wouldn’t be hungry at this moment. He held onto the irritable-looking eggplant in his arms and looked at Qin Kaiyi: “What are you doing?”

“It’s nothing.” Obviously, he didn’t intend to answer Shen Feixiao’s question. Qin Kaiyi noticed the abnormal behavior of the eggplant, and there was a faint answer in his heart: “What is your current cultivation period?”

“It seems to be at Qi Refining.” Shen Feixiao was not sure: “You can’t see my cultivation level?”

“Nonsense.” Qin Kaiyi answered in a not-so-good tone: “You can practice  ‘Mountain Cloud Notes,’ how can I see it.”

“Oh.” Shen Feixiao said nothing again.

“Continue to practice, give yourself six months to reach foundation-building.” Qin Kaiyi’s tone made it seem like he was not joking.

“… Is that possible?” Shen Feixiao’s expression was hesitant, apparently not convinced that the task Qin Kaiyi doled out could be completed. Indeed, it seemed really impossible for a disciple in the Qi Refining period to upgrade to foundation-building in half a year. 

However, those kinds of limitations applied only to passers-by and cannon fodder. For Shen Feixiao with the protagonist halo on his head, this was simply too easy!! Although Qin Kaiyi thought so, he couldn’t say that, so after a pause, his expression collapsed: “Naturally it’s possible, as long as you don’t waste Mountain Cloud Notes I gave you.”

“Okay.” Shen Feixiao would never refuse to become stronger. He knew that only by becoming stronger would he be truly respected and get what he wanted, and he would never have to care about what others thought

“Shen Feixiao.” Qin Kaiyi’s voice was deep and hoarse: “I hope you will not let me down.”

Shen Feixiao didn’t answer Qin Kaiyi’s words, but his eyes gave Qin Kaiyi an answer. He was never a person who would let others down.

The sable writhing in Shen Feixiao’s arms stared with its pair of purple grape eyes at Qin Kaiyi. Its gaze made it seem like the sable wanted to chew a few holes into Qin Kaiyi’s body. After the conversation between Qin Kaiyi and Shen Feixiao, its eyes narrowed into slits. There was a clever look in those eyes, and no one could think that that gaze was only that of an animal’s.

Qin Kaiyi figured out a way to demonically cultivate, and he solved the problem of the difficult Shen Feixiao. At this moment, he was secretly ecstatic, so he ignored the strangeness of the sable. He also forgot a terrifying attribute of ancient immortal beasts–their favorite food was… demonic matter.

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ASV Chapter 21: Contemplation

After suffering a cruel blow from Shen Feixiao, Qin Kaiyi felt that his own liver was in slight pain,1 and he no longer talked. The two of them silently watched each other.

Shen Feixiao did not mind the awkward atmosphere. He sat opposite Qin Kaiyi and ate his own dry food with an indifferent expression, not revealing what he was thinking. Qin Kaiyi secretly observed Shen Feixiao through the mask, and the more he looked the more he felt guilty… at this moment he swore that he would absolutely 100% definitely never write novels again. This scene was undeniably too sad to look at. 

“Do you know him?” Just as Qin Kaiyi was stewing in his remorse, the creature of unknown species in his sea of knowledge spoke again. Qin Kaiyi saw that unruly flame and replied in an unhappy tone: “You always have something to say, what is it?”

Not expecting Qin Kaiyi to show such an attitude, Yan Gu became enraged: “You dare to be so fierce with me!!”

Qin Kaiyi laughed as soon as he heard this sentence. F*ck his sister, did he dare to be fierce with Shen Feixiao or did he dare to be fierce with this strange creature? With fear somehow morphing into anger he said: “Why don’t I dare to deal with you? Are you a soft sister, or are you a pretty girl? You’re so arrogant and yet you’ve been imprisoned in the mask for hundreds of years, if you’re so arrogant then come out of the mask and hit me, hit me!!! “

“You!!” Not expecting Qin Kaiyi to be able to say such a thing, Yan Gu was speechless from anger.

“You what, you what!” Finally having vented the anger he felt at Shen Feixiao, Qin Kaiyi heartily laughed: “Hurry up and tell me.”

“…” There was a silence.

“Hahaha, speechless huh,” Qin Kaiyi said with schadenfreude.

“Hehe…” suddenly letting out a low chuckle, Yan Gu’s voice was very soft: “I can’t get you right now, but Qin Shi, although I have insufficient strength, controlling a mask is still very simple.”

“Then?” Qin Kaiyi had a bad hunch.

“Say, if I make it so that you cannot take the mask off your face, what will that be like for you?” Yan Gu’s tone was full of maliciousness: “Would you still have the chance to see your shixiong and shidi? Even if you could see them, are you sure they wouldn’t just take you for something demonic and kill you?”

“What?” Qin Kaiyi was dumbfounded. He hadn’t thought that Yan Gu could be such a scoundrel!

“Since you dare to challenge my authority, you have to pay the price!!” Although the contents of the sentence were very majestic, Qin Kaiyi just felt that he tasted the meaning of the saying “an inferior person reaches a powerful position, becoming conceited and arrogant…”

The most terrifying thing in the world was not to offend a gentleman, but to offend someone with a nasty character. When Qin Kaiyi heard Yan Gu say this, he knew he would meet disaster and quickly changed his attitude: “I was joking with this senior; senior don’t take it seriously!! “

“Hmph.” “Senior, this humble one knows his wrong… I hope senior can give this humble one a new opportunity to change himself.” “Hmph.” “Hey, don’t win an inch and then want a mile. If you want to be like this then you and I will have to struggle to the death.” “Hmph!!!” “Hmph your sister, isn’t it just a mask, you really think I’m afraid of you, ai, why don’t you say anything? Yan Gu? Yan Gu? Fuck, at least hmph a few times more.” Blessings never come in pairs and misfortune does not come singly–this saying seemed to apply to these kinds of circumstances… Qin Kaiyi wanted to say that his balls really hurt a lot.

Fortunately, the mask covered most of Qin Kaiyi’s expression, so Shen Feixiao didn’t notice Qin Kaiyi’s abnormal state. But he felt that Qin Kaiyi’s gaze upon him became more and more strange, and now even more strange… 

The level of strangeness even made the always calm Shen Feixiao unable to stand it anymore, so he spoke again: “What are you looking at?”

“…” Qin Kaiyi was still entangled with Yan Gu on the side. Hearing Shen Feixiao’s question, he blurted out: “Looking at you ah.”

“…” Shen Feixiao was silent again, but this time, the expression he directed towards Qin Kaiyi became… somewhat strange.

The moment he let slip that sentence, Qin Kaiyi found that something wasn’t quite right. He temporarily put the difficult Yan Gu to the side and looked at the expressionlessly staring Shen Feixiao: “I’m kidding, don’t take it seriously.”

“En.” Shen Feixiao’s voice was very soft and his tone was very weak, as if he was indifferent to Qin Kaiyi’s explanation.

Qin Kaiyi saw Shen Feixiao’s reaction and didn’t know what to say for a while. In fact, he always admired Shen Feixiao. As a child who had been oppressed throughout his life, not only did he not have a self-abasing quality, but he instead had a tranquil and calm demeanor that was difficult for ordinary people to emulate. It was as if nothing could shake him, as if everything was under control. Of course, Qin Kaiyi’s deeply-moved feeling was quickly thrown to the back of his mind, because he suddenly remembered… Shen Feixiao is the protagonist.

Qin Kaiyi thought of this, and suddenly there was an unspeakable tiredness in his heart. He sighed softly, but he didn’t expect the sound of the sigh to be heard by Shen Feixiao.

“Why are you sighing?” Shen Feixiao had finished eating his dry food. His right hand propped up the drowsy eggplant in his arms, while his other hand gently touched its fur.

“I sighed thinking of what to do about this nonstop rain.” Qin Kaiyi leaned against the rock wall, and the voice that he had changed with a spell sounded coldly apathetic due to his absent-mindedness.

“What is the mystery behind this rain?” The outer tips of Shen Feixiao’s eyebrows raised. “What □ do you know?”2

□? Qin Kaiyi felt a bit like laughing when he heard this word. He didn’t hide anything and directly told Shen Feixiao what would happen next in the secret realm: “If the rain lasts for a month, the accumulated rainwater will open the mechanism of a hidden treasure pavilion, and this secret realm’s most precious items will appear. “

“…” Not expecting to hear such words, Shen Feixiao went silent again. His expression made it seem as if he was trying to discern whether Qin Kaiyi was telling the truth.

Qin Kaiyi ignored Shen Feixiao’s suspicion. He knew that this rain would not last long, because the treasure trove opened in the secret realm half a year later, not when they first entered the secret realm. Well… didn’t Shen Feixiao use these six months to improve quite a bit? Qin Kaiyi himself definitely couldn’t waste that precious time either.

“How do you know all this?” Shen Feixiao gazed at the weirdo in front of him. He was wearing a gray robe and his hair was loosely tied behind his head with a rope. The pure gold mask on his face should have made him seem more majestic, but the black lotuses outlined on its surface instead added an alluring quality. Coupled with that icy voice and out-of-sorts temperament… Shen Feixiao narrowed his eyes. He now became even more curious about the identity of the person in front of him.

“I’m talking nonsense.” Qin Kaiyi said, with something that resembled a smile but was not one.

“I don’t believe it.” Shen Feixiao’s expression told Qin Kaiyi his answer; he really didn’t believe Qin Kaiyi’s words.

“What don’t you believe? The secret I told you before or my assertion that it was nonsense?” Qin Kaiyi actually felt that it was a bit fun to tease Shen Feixiao.

“I, don’t, believe, everything.” Shen Feixiao said one word at a time. “You clearly could learn ‘Mountain Cloud Notes’ by yourself but you gave me the sable, you obviously could have helped me avoid entering the secret realm, but did not stop Qin Shi. Who are you? What do you want to do? “

“… what if I say I just think it’s fun.” Qin Kaiyi didn’t take Shen Feixiao’s suspicion seriously at all. In his thoughts, he was going to leave the plot and this world behind sooner or later, so he didn’t have to take responsibility for what he said… Of course, Qin Kaiyi would never realize how much he would have to pay for his carelessness in the future. 

Shen Feixiao heard this answer and said nothing. He stared at Qin Kaiyi in silence. That gaze made Qin Kaiyi feel uncomfortable for a while.

“Just kidding.” Qin Kaiyi waved his hand: “This question about giving you ‘Mountain Cloud Notes,’ I don’t want to discuss with you anymore. You also don’t need to know my thoughts. I’ll only tell you that you won’t die in the secret realm. Not only that, you will make even more gains.”

“How do you know I won’t die here?” Shen Feixiao didn’t believe Qin Kaiyi’s words at all.

“Because…” Qin Kaiyi paused, thinking that he couldn’t tell him that it was because he’d written him into existence with his own pen, so he changed his statement: “Because I will protect you.”

“Why?” The still waters of Shen Feixiao’s gaze seemed to reveal a ripple. “Why would you protect me?”

“…” I can’t escape this plot if you die, Qin Kaiyi thought silently. On the surface, his expression appeared to be like a smile yet not a smile: “Because if you die, I will be very bored.”

“Is that it.” The ripples in his eyes smoothed, and Shen Feixiao’s gaze turned back into a calm and deep lake: “Hopefully your promise is true.”

“Does it really affect you?” In other words, you’ve been given an inch and want a mile. Qin Kaiyi, still pretending to be cool, continued: “You won’t die anyway, if you die… “

“If I were to die, what would you do?” Shen Feixiao picked up after Qin Kaiyi’s words.

“If you die, I will accompany you to die.” Anyway, the system would not let him alone live. Qin Kaiyi was very sincere when he said this. He was really speaking his heart!

“Is that it.” Shen Feixiao lowered his head, making Qin Kaiyi unable to clearly see his expression: “Then I will wait and see.”

Qin Kaiyi no longer talked to Shen Feixiao. He turned to look at the endless downpour of rain within the woods. He felt that his mood became very calm at this moment. In fact, from the first day he woke up in this world, he felt like he was in a dream, an endless dream… maybe death would be an opportunity for him to wake up. However, this opportunity was a challenge that no one dared to attempt. If you failed this challenge, you would actually fall into an eternal dream you would never escape… death. 

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Notes

  1. 小心肝, lit: small heart liver, figurative: small darling. So QKY could be referring to himself as a little darling feeling pain
  2. □ is a placeholder for an unknown word–that’s all I have for you, folks. I’m also confused.

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ASV Chapter 20: Meeting by Chance

The weather in the secret realm was very strange. One moment, the sun would be shining splendidly high in the sky, and then in the next moment an overwhelming downpour of rain would sheet the air. Qin Kaiyi and that elder brother in the mask had just finished their confusing discourse when they were soaked by sudden heavy rain. He hid under a tree for a bit, but then saw that the rain seemed as if it would continue for a while longer. Qin Kaiyi had no choice but to consider finding a mountain cave to seek cover.

He was still unable to detach the mask stuck firmly to his face. However, taking off the mask wasn’t as important as finding a place to temporarily stay. It was raining, and he had to find a safe place to cultivate sooner or later. 

Fortunately, Qin Kaiyi had good luck. He found a hidden cave near the river shortly after searching in the woods. Qin Kaiyi first checked the situation in the cave with a spell. After confirming that there were no spirit beasts or lingering trails of human beings, he entered the cave.

The cave was not too deep, and it was somewhat similar to his dongfu. Because of how humid the jungle was, the rock walls of the cave were covered with green moss. However, Qin Kaiyi found that the ground of this potential abode seemed strangely different from those of ordinary caves. It seemed to have been polished by hand, without the vestiges of the moss that grew on the walls or of any other plants.

These unusual circumstances almost certainly pointed to trouble. Although Qin Kaiyi felt a little uneasy in his heart, he decided to stay put for now when he took a look at the heavy rain outside. After the rain stopped, he would make a decision. After all, the forest already held great danger, and now it was even raining. If he really encountered some ferocious spirit beast, he might not even have the opportunity to attempt an escape and could directly lose his insignificant life.

With this in mind, Qin Kaiyi created a fire in the cave. He hung his soaked clothes over the flames. As he roasted his soggy clothes, he lamented that he must really have a fated relationship with water. 

Seeing that the clothes were almost baked through, Qin Kaiyi took out some prepared dry food from his ring, thinking about filling his stomach first. It had been a day since he entered the secret realm, but he hadn’t eaten anything. Feeling so hungry that he felt that his chest must be sticking to his back, Qin Kaiyi gobbled up the dry food he’d cooked bit by bit. He glanced at the curtains of rain outside the cave, and then at his own sorry state. He could only choke out two bitter laughs to express his current state of mind. 

“Hmph, you look like a dog who lost his home. I really don’t know how Xue Xian could have a disciple like you.” A voice that was both frigid with irony and scorching with mocking rang from his sea of ​​knowledge. Qin Kaiyi wanted to roll his eyes when he heard this. He rudely responded to the ridicule: “I’m begging you, my shizu has already gone away to heaven for tens of thousands of years, so sir, please let my shizu rest in peace.”

“Hmph.” Still exuding arrogance, Yan Gu continued to look for his faults: “You are a waste of your talents. If this body was under my control, it would long have reached the fasting period.”

Qin Kaiyi suddenly discovered that this Yan Gu really had a lot to say… 

“Boy, you really won’t consider a deal with me?” Yan Gu saw that Qin Kaiyi was ignoring him, and began trying to convince Qin Kaiyi: “I promise, if you agree to do this deal with me, you can stand at the top of the cultivation world within a hundred years. “

“Then have you rob my body?” Qin Kaiyi asked with a smile. He would never believe that pies could just fall into his lap from the sky. He didn’t have the almighty protagonist halo, yet encountered a “good thing” like Yan Gu. There was a ninety-nine point nine nine nine nine nine percent chance that there were hidden caveats.

“Who wants your rotten body.” Yan Gu seemed to fly into a humiliated rage at having been seen through–the flames surrounding him burned even brighter in Qin Kaiyi’s sea of ​​knowledge. “I haven’t even told you what the deal would entail.”

“Then tell me and let’s see?” Qin Kaiyi wanted to know what kind of temptation this Yan Gu would try to dangle in front of him. 

“I can provide you with a map of the labyrinth in the secret realm, and you… can help me get a thing.” Seeing the signs of Qin Kaiyi relenting, Yan Gu hurriedly said: “That thing is inside the maze. You can take it out while you grab treasure.”

“What kind of thing?” Qin Kaiyi asked with an eyebrow raised.

“It’s… not good! It has an otherworldly aura!” Suddenly saying some silly words, Yan Gu went silent. No matter how Qin Kaiyi called him, he wouldn’t answer.

“Fuck me (T/N: he uses 我靠, which sounds like the curse but isn’t. “Fudge me” seemed a bit too awkward to use)… What are you doing.” Before Qin Kaiyi could get some kind of an answer, he suddenly went silent–there was a rustling sound in the woods outside the cave, as if someone was walking over. Combined with Yan Gu’s abnormal reaction, Qin Kaiyi unhappily concluded that someone must be coming towards him. 

Who was it? With the bracelet on his wrist clenched in his hand, Qin Kaiyi’s expression was very grave. Most of the people he would bump into in the secret realm would be enemies and not friends. Killing others to snatch treasure was entirely too normal an occurrence. 

Although he was emotionally prepared, Qin Kaiyi was still surprised when he saw the appearance of the person coming. He looked at the soaked teenager and gave a small cry of alarm: “Shen Feixiao!”

Enemies on a narrow road: this saying was probably used just for these kinds of situations. ╮╭

Compared with Qin Kaiyi’s surprise, Shen Feixiao showed more vigilance instead. That was reasonable. Suddenly finding a person wearing a golden mask in a cave, any person would feel their hackles raise.

Qin Kaiyi only realized after seeing Shen Feixiao’s expression… he was wearing a mask on his face and did not need to fear being recognized by Shen Feixiao.

Shen Feixiao seemed to be holding a trembling eggplant in his arms, and he looked at the weird man sitting in the cave with a cold expression. He had been looking for a place to shelter from the rain for a long time. He finally found a cave, but there was someone inside. The situation was not very good. If he missed out on this cave… he didn’t know how long it would take to find shelter, nor when the rain would stop.

“Come in,” Qin Kaiyi said, changing his voice. After all, he couldn’t bear to watch Shen Feixiao standing outside in the rain.

“…” Having heard this, Shen Feixiao’s eyes revealed a bit of hesitation, but then he glanced at the sable who was still shaking in his arms. After clenching his teeth, he walked into the cave and sat not far from the entrance.

Well, this vigilance made sense. Qin Kaiyi rubbed the edge of his golden mask. Suddenly, he felt like this thing called a Yan Gu actually had a bit of use…

“Come and dry by the fire,” Qin Kaiyi helplessly said, looking at the Shen Feixiao who had shrunk into himself at the entrance of the cave. “Your pet is sick?”

Seeming to consider the sincerity in Qin Kaiyi’s words, after a long silence Shen Feixiao said: “It ate something bad.”

“Oh.” Qin Kaiyi recalled from the novel that after entering the secret realm, the sable really was abnormal for a short time… and of course it wasn’t sick. After eating a spirit fruit, the sable was about to evolve.

Alas, this really was the protagonist. Just picking two fruits can result in such fortune. If Qin Kaiyi tried this and picked some random fruit, he might get poisoned… 

“Which sect are you from?” No matter how he looked at the masked man, he seemed suspicious. Shen Feixiao didn’t let down his guard.

Qin Kaiyi didn’t want to answer this question at first, but an interesting thought suddenly came into his mind, so Qin Kaiyi said with a smile: “Lingshan Sect. Well, was the chicken I gave you tasty?”

“It’s you!!!” Shen Feixiao’s looked exceptionally stunned. He fixed his gaze at the pure gold mask on Qin Kaiyi’s face: “You… who are you really?”

“I am just me ah.” Qin Kaiyi finally understood why everyone liked to act like pretentious pricks… This kind of superior feeling was undeniably too cool!!

“Why did you help me?” Shen Feixiao forgot his manners and yelled: “What do you intend to do?”

“If I meet you once you just have to ask me once.” Qin Kaiyi said innocently: “Do I need a reason to help you?”

“… Of course you do.” Shen Feixiao absolutely did not believe that there was anyone in the world who would treat him well without cause or reason.

“Okay.” Qin Kaiyi lowered his voice and pretended to say with deep feeling: “I’ve fallen for you…”

“…” Shen Fexiao.

“…” Qin Kaiyi.

After big eyes silently stared into small ones for quite a while, Shen Feixiao opened his mouth and replied faintly: “What do you mean by ‘fallen for me’?”

… Qin Kaiyi finally understood the meaning of “one cannot escape from self-inflicted disaster.” This child Shen Feixiao really was a dumbass!!

“Can you stop asking why?” Qin Kaiyi sighed: “Can you ask something else?”

“Do you have food.” Shen Feixiao was not polite, and directly got to the point.

“Cough cough.” Almost choking on his own saliva, Qin Kaiyi drew dry food from his arms and smiled to Shen Feixiao: “You little fart, sit down a bit closer, still afraid I’ll eat you?”

Shen Feixiao hesitated for a while, and then slowly moved to sit next to Qin Kaiyi’s campfire, taking the dry food that Qin Kaiyi handed over: “Thank you.”

“You’re welcome.” Qin Kaiyi waved his hand and chatted casually: “Why are you here?” In fact, Qin Kaiyi wanted to ask… How did you find this cave too? Yet Shen Feixiao understood this as… how are you also in the secret realm?

Then……

“I was set up by Qin Shi.” Shen Feixiao’s tone was obviously full of anger and hatred: “If I find him, I will definitely kill him.”

… Hey, you little juvenile, is it really scientific (T/N: reasonable) to say bad things to someone’s face? Wanting to wipe the cold sweat from his forehead, but finding that he was still wearing a mask, Qin Kaiyi laughed: “Why should small children commit violence and murder?”

“I am not a child.” Shen Feixiao angrily retorted: “I am already twelve years old, twelve years old!!”

“……… ==.” Qin Kaiyi showed that he didn’t want to say anything anymore.

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ASV Chapter 19: Elder Brother in the Mask

Qin Kaiyi opened his eyes and found himself lying on the soft bed in his own bedroom. The bed had a familiar smell. He got up and went to the kitchen to pour himself a glass of water.

What was he doing just now? It seemed like he forgot something important? Rubbing his messy hair, Qin Kaiyi guzzled the water, then sat on the computer chair in his living room and began to get lost in thought.

The empty feeling in his heart made Qin Kaiyi feel anxious. He lit a cigarette and looked around at his surroundings. He was now at home, but what should he do at home? Qin Kaiyi licked his dry lips, and suddenly noticed the computer in front of him. A lightbulb went on in his head–he wrote novels at home!

That’s right, he just wrote novels. It seemed he had grasped something important. Qin Kaiyi tremblingly pressed the power button, and after a few minutes he heard the familiar power-on music. He clicked on some novel-writing software with practiced ease, then scrolled all the way to the bottom of the page.

“Qin Shi, who was locked in the large array again, gave a painful □. A dark cloud hovered over his head, and from time to time golden lightning flashed through that black cloud. Qin Shi raised his head…” Reading these words, Qin Kaiyi felt as if his head had been hit by something. He looked around at the scenery which should be familiar with a shocked expression, but found that his surroundings seemed somehow indistinct. What he could see was blurred, as if covered with steam, and his head again felt that violent pain. Qin Kaiyi grabbed at his own hair and let out a pained □… fake, this was all fake!!! (T/N: not sure what the empty boxes are. That’s what the author wrote in, instead of a word). 

Along with the severe pain, Qin Kaiyi clearly saw the scene in front of him twist, like a mirage destroyed by sunlight. The entire space fragmented.

“Who are you?” Qin Kaiyi frowned as he looked at the person-shaped flame in front of him. Even if he were using his toes to think instead of his brain, he would understand that what he had just experienced was related to the strange thing in front of him. 

“I am Yan Gu.” Seeing that Qin Kaiyi’s consciousness did not disappear after he had invaded, Yan Gu’s mood was obviously not very good. The body made of flame glowed a dazzling red light in Qin Kaiyi’s sea of ​​knowledge. Yan Gu’s tone was a little unpleasant: “You actually didn’t disappear?”

“Why should I disappear?” Qin Kaiyi expressed extreme bemusement towards this entire situation: “Why do you appear in my sea of ​​knowledge, what kind of thing are you?”

“You are a thing,” the self-proclaimed Yan Gu sneered. “I didn’t expect that you, a foundation-building cultivator, had this kind of willpower. The illusion didn’t whittle away all your will…”

Hearing this, Qin Kaiyi finally understood his situation. Items in the secret realm really were not to be trifled with. Even a mask picked up by the roadside could lead someone astray. If not for the fact that he was not of this world, he would long have been trapped in the illusion. But those of this world would never be able to understand what Qin Kaiyi really wanted. 

“Let me make a deal with you.” Noticing Qin Kaiyi’s uncertainty, Yan Gu’s expression changed: “I can give you countless rare treasures, but you have to agree to help me do one thing.”

“I don’t want to.” Qin Kaiyi directly refused.

“Don’t want to?” Hearing Qin Kaiyi’s merciless rejection, Yan was stunned for a moment, and then angrily said: “I didn’t even tell you what I want you to do and you refused?”

“What can you give me?” Qin Kaiyi looked at this strange man in front of him with a smile.

“Top-level elixirs, the most precious rare books, talismans… I can give you anything you can think of,” Yan Gu said.

“Oh, that good?” Qin Kaiyi seemed tempted, his eyes flashing.

“Of course.” Yan Gu thought he had moved Qin Kaiyi: “How about it, do you agree?”

“I don’t agree.” There was no room for discussion in Qin Kaiyi’s tone; he smiled and said: “Something that a powerful person like you can’t do, how could I do it? No matter how good the magic weapon is or how numerous the elixirs, without my life that all would go to waste, don’t you agree?” 

“You!!!” Not expecting Qin Kaiyi to be so resistant to persuasion, Yan Gu felt annoyed. He was sealed in the mask for tens of thousands of years. His skill was almost worn away such that he only had the remaining scraps of the power he had at his peak. Now even a little Taoist at the foundation-building period dared to tease him. Thinking this, Yan Gu’s eyes revealed a strong killing intent.

“Hey, please don’t be rash.” Sensing Yan Gu’s anger, Qin Kaiyi hurriedly said: “People enter this secret realm only once in a couple hundred years. If you kill me, who knows when you’ll encounter someone again.” Qin Kaiyi knew that he was not the opponent of the person in front of him, so he had to reason with him: “Although I can’t agree to your deal, even if a trade doesn’t succeed we can still maintain civility. We can also discuss other things… “

“Other things?” Hearing this, Yan Gu didn’t know what he thought of, and took a slight pause before saying: “What’s your name?”

“This humble one is called Qin Shi.” Qin Kaiyi introduced himself.

“Which sect are you from?” From the hair to the eyes to his outer clothes, the completely red-colored Yan Gu appeared extremely dazzling in the dark sea of ​​knowledge. He sized up Qin Kaiyi as if he were a butcher determining which part of his prey was worth the most money. His gaze was frank and bloodthirsty.

Shivering from Yan Gu’s stare, Qin Kaiyi coughed: “I am the head disciple of the Lingshan Sect.”

“Lingshan Sect?” Yan Gu’s expression distorted for a moment when he heard the name, but he quickly corrected it: “I didn’t expect you to be from the Lingshan Sect. Is your shizu (T/N: shifu’s shifu or further down the line of shifus) Xue Xian good lately?”

Xue Xian…? Qin Kaiyi knew this person. In his novel, Xue Xian is the author of “Mountain Cloud Notes.” However, he did not have a detailed description of this person. After all, he had been dead for tens of thousands of years; even if he left behind bones they would have become ashes by now…

“Shizu… has already been in heaven for many years.” After thinking for a while, Qin Kaiyi decided to reply honestly.

“He’s dead??” At the moment when he heard this, a few feet of flames suddenly exploded out from Yan Gu’s body. Flames that were supposed to produce heat somehow held a penetrating chill: “Haha… That’s right, I’m afraid there are not many who could survive after the ancient war.”

Another… old monster. When Qin Kaiyi heard Yan Gu’s words, he knew that he was going to be out of luck again. F*ck your sister, he just got rid of that fraudulent thing Zi Yangpei and now there was something else called Yan Gu. This one was even harder to handle than the last.

“You go, I want to calm down.” Not knowing if the news of Xue Xian’s death had hit Yan Gu too hard, he coldly looked at Qin Kaiyi and waved a hand.

“Yes.” Qin Kaiyi obediently and mellowly left his sea of knowledge. When he came out, he resentfully realized something. Why did this bastard ask him to leave, that was his very own sea of knowledge, OK?!!

Qin Kaiyi’s mood was already very bad, and became even worse when he returned to reality, because he discovered that… the mask on his face could not be taken off!!!

Even though the mask was pure gold, and even though it looked trendy, if you asked him to wear it for a lifetime Qin Kaiyi wouldn’t agree even if he had to die. As an otaku who did not even give away his first kiss, he firmly believed that this mask would affect his future love life. *Crying noises*… which sister would marry a man whose face she couldn’t even see?? 

Sadly drawing circles on the ground, Qin Kaiyi’s mind flashed with a sudden thought–he could accept his situation and move on. He would return to his original body anyway. If Qin Shi had to forever wear a mask on his face, what the hell did that have to do with him?

Thinking this way, he felt a lot better. At this moment Qin Kaiyi suspiciously seemed to completely ignore the problem of how he would explain himself when others saw him…

Qin Kaiyi wasn’t the only one gloomy; there was also the very depressed Shen Feixiao.

Since witnessing the scene of Qin Kaiyi jumping into the river to commit suicide, Shen Feixiao wasn’t feeling too well. He originally thought that someone like Qin Kaiyi must be very afraid of death, so he didn’t expect Qin Kaiyi to fearlessly jump into the river and kill himself. Shen Feixiao had lied about the poison, and he hadn’t thought to murder Qin Kaiyi in such a way. Even so, under unexpected circumstances, Qin Kaiyi actually jumped into the river and committed suicide.

Actually, Shen Feixiao still had not lost the innate kindness of a child. However, after looking in the river for Qin Kaiyi’s body to no avail, this kindness was nearly completely wiped out. Shen Feixiao had no choice but to suspect that Qin Kaiyi had not died. Furthermore, he wondered if the act of jumping into the river was all calculated to cheat himself. 

What to do if Qin Kaiyi didn’t die? Shen Feixiao petted the soft fur of the sable in his arms and felt a chill in his heart at this possibility. According to the nature of this vile and arrogant person who had come into a position of power, since he already knew that Shen Feixiao wanted to kill him, he would certainly not let him go. In this secret realm perhaps he had a chance, but if he left this secret realm… Shen Feixiao felt an uncontrollable murderous intent in his heart. He could not let Qin Kaiyi leave this secret realm alive!! If Qin Kaiyi did so, Shen Feixiao only had two choices. The first one was to leave the Lingshan Sect to avoid disaster. The other was that Qin Kaiyi would report this incident, whereupon Shen Feixiao would be wiped out by the sect head. Shen Feixiao wanted to walk on neither one of these two paths. So without any hesitation, Shen Feixiao chose a third path–kill Qin Kaiyi!! 

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Notes

If anyone has the original (possibly uncensored??) version for me to translate, that would be amazing. I’m getting the raws online as I go, but a lot is missing.

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ASV Chapter 18: The Protagonist’s Mood

When Qin Kaiyi woke up, he felt his head hurt so much it would burst. When he opened his eyes, he found himself lying on dry grassland in an unfamiliar place.

“No way…” Holding his head while crawling up from the ground, Qin Kaiyi’s mouth twitched. He was planning to wait for the gust of wind to blow the rest of his team away so that he could use his knowledge of the surrounding environment to hide. He didn’t think that Yan Buxuan, this unaccounted-for variable, would take him somewhere he had no knowledge of. 

Unfamiliarity equals hidden danger. Qin Kaiyi checked the equipment on his body and finally let out a sigh of relief. Fortunately, Yan Buxuan didn’t move his storage ring and bracelet. So why did he bring him here, and where did he go now?

Full of doubts, Qin Kaiyi carefully observed his surroundings. Where he was now was different from the jungle that he had just left. In front of him lay a relatively open grassland, and there was a clear river not far away. Qin Kaiyi thought it was a good place to station himself. Did Yan Buxuan do this for his own good…?

Reality proved that Qin Kaiyi was too naive, because just when he looked around, a familiar voice rang out behind him: “Don’t move.” Along with this voice came the sensation of a sharp weapon pressing against his own neck. 

Shen… Fei… Xiao… Qin Kaiyi felt dazed when he heard this voice. No matter how he turned it over in his head, he  could not think of why Shen Feixiao would appear here and also use a sharp weapon to restrain him.

Shen Feixiao seemed to understand Qin Kaiyi’s surprise. He sneered: “You didn’t expect it.”

“…” Qin Kaiyi nodded silently, he was a little worried that Shen Feixiao would kill him just like this.

“Relax, I won’t kill you.” Seeing Qin Kaiyi’s worry, Shen Fei’s voice carried mocking overtones: “How could I dare to kill shixiong.”

Qin Kaiyi felt that there was something not quite right about that sentence.

“Raise your hands and squat down. Hurry up.” The protagonist was obviously different from the villain. There was no verbose and fraudulent monologue, and he cut straight to the point: “Although I don’t want to kill shixiong, this sword has no eyes.”

Qin Kaiyi said nothing and crouched down obediently. In fact, if he wanted to escape he could do so easily. He could twitch a lip and resolve this matter, but without knowing why, he just wanted to see to what extent this little baby Shen Feixiao hated him. 

Seeing Qin Kaiyi squat down obediently, Shen Feixiao fished out a black pill from goodness knows where, and held it out to the side of Qin Kaiyi’s mouth: “Swallow.”

“What is this??” With panic in his voice, Qin Kaiyi deeply embodied the alarm of a villain being threatened. Of course, no one would know that at this moment he was internally ridiculing his own novel–really too cliche… 

“You’ll know once you eat it.” Shen Feixiao didn’t give Qin Kaiyi the opportunity to refuse, suddenly thrusting the ball into Qin Kaiyi’s mouth. Watching Qin Kaiyi swallowing it with his own eyes, he sneered: “This is the Rotting Heart Pill. If you don’t take the antidote I give you on a regular basis, your heart will break apart and you will die. If you don’t believe me, why don’t you try poking three inches under your rib.”

“…” Qin Kaiyi at this moment greatly disdained his own dog blood plot. Your mom, why did this rotten overused plot appear using his own body ahhhhhhhhh, and concerning this three inches below the ribs something or other, even if he poked it without having taken medicine it would still hurt!!! Of course, Qin Kaiyi would never outwardly express his collapsing mental state. He only feigned horror as he poked his own ribs, and said with great alarm: “Shen Feixiao you really poisoned me!!” 

“Who told me to mistrust shixiong.” Shen Feixiao moved his dagger away from Qin Kaiyi: “If you reveal anything about today, I won’t let you die a good death.”

Qin Kaiyi stood up silently, turned around, and saw Shen Feixiao standing next to the sable that Qin Kaiyi had sent to him. That sable tilted its head and  staring at him with eyes like purple grapes.

Shen Feixiao, seeing Qin Kaiyi turning his gaze to the sable, and hurriedly stepped forward and said: “This sable will be mine in the future, don’t think about getting it back.”

Shen Feixiao’s reaction caused Qin Kaiyi to smile internally, thinking, if he really was a child… Of course, on the surface Qin Kaiyi only showed an annoyed expression. 

“Come with me.” Shen Feixiao glanced at Qin Kaiyi and said: “I have something for you to do.”

Then Qin Kaiyi just eagerly (T/N: literally translated as “with jolting buttocks”) walked away with Shen Feixiao–that was impossible. As an ultimate villain, he also had an unyielding character. Did Shen Feixiao really think that he is afraid of death? Could he be afraid of death? Well, he was really afraid of death, death is terrible, but the villain’s integrity should never be lost. If it was like this and he walked with Shen Feixiao willingly, he may become cannon fodder, so Qin Kaiyi rose up to resist!!!

He pretended to be righteous and said, “Shen shidi, why are you being like this to me?”

“…?” Shen Feixiao completely didn’t understand why Qin Kaiyi asked such a question. Shen Feixiao looked at Qin Kaiyi with a baffled expression. That expression seemed to say… Haven’t we always been enemies?

“I didn’t expect that my kindness would be repaid by Shen shidi with betrayal. Fine, I’ll just die with my convictions.” Then Qin Kaiyi jumped into the river. Yes, he really jumped into the river, just plunged right into the little river’s motherly embrace, leaving behind a Shen Feixiao who looked like he had seen a ghost. 

Apparently not understanding how the plot could develop in such a distorted way, Shen Feixiao’s paralyzed face looked like it was about to cramp. Shouldn’t Qin Kaiyi try to drag out his own ignoble existence under Shen Feixiao’s watch, and then shouldn’t Shen Feixiao be able to use him and then kill him? So, how could this glorious image of choosing to die rather than submit suddenly appear on a wretched and nasty person? At this moment, Shen Feixiao’s outlook on life and his values  were profoundly impacted …

In fact, Qin Kaiyi didn’t want to provoke Shen Feixiao so much. Who told him to have his own plans? If he just stupidly followed Shen Feixiao, how could he demonically cultivate? Besides, that pill really didn’t seem like a poison… Qin Kaiyi swam a great distance along the river before going to shore. He sat soaked on the shore and sneezed a few times. He didn’t dare to use spells to dry his body. In this secret realm, the use of spells would inevitably involve spiritual power, and spiritual power would attract spirit beasts. 

After sitting on the shore for a while, Qin Kaiyi opened up a matchbook and lit a fire. He changed to clean clothes and dried his wet ones over the fire. It wouldn’t be good to catch a cold. 

“Ai, bitter life ah.” With a sigh, Qin Kaiyi groped around for some fruits in the storage ring and began to contemplate what to do next. He had already determined his general plan anyway: find a place with no people to demonically cultivate. But these kinds of places without people… would not be easy to find.

It would certainly be dangerous to go too far into the jungle. However, if he didn’t go deep into the jungle, in the case that someone caught onto the fluctuations of his demonic cultivation then tragedy would result. And given his current level of cultivation, if he was found out, then he would definitely die. 

“Huh, what is this?” Qin Kaiyi, who was still thinking, was suddenly attracted by something gold hidden in the dirt. He saw it was in some grassland not far away from him and walked forward with curiosity. 

What was buried in the ground? Seeing the small tip of it exposed, Qin Kaiyi did not hesitate to dig at the surrounding soil. He clearly knew that there were many treasures in this secret realm. Although he had no protagonist halo, what if he really just had some dumb luck? 

After digging out the buried object, Qin Kaiyi was completely stunned. He looked at what was in his hand with eyes full of shock.

Qin Kaiyi held a mask in his hand. The mask was made of pure gold with inlaid images of black lotuses. The mask seemed almost alive, and even someone without much awareness like Qin Kaiyi could tell that this object was not ordinary. The beautiful lines of the lotuses decorating the mask held a fascinating charm. Qin Kaiyi unwaveringly stared at the mask, not realizing that at some point his eyes began to suffuse with red.

Put it on… Quickly put it on… a deep voice sounded with incomparable charm, and Qin Kaiyi’s hand began to shake slowly… Who was talking, who wanted him to put on this mask…

Put it on… you can have anything… The man’s magnetic voice was like a succubus’ (T/N: lit. female demon), making Qin Kaiyi become sluggish. He slowly raised the mask, but there seemed to be some hesitation.

Put it on… magic weapons, elixirs, beautiful women… all yours… the voice was still tempting Qin Kaiyi, but Qin Kaiyi was still a bit muddleheaded, and he somehow spit out a sentence: “Nonsense, beautiful women are all Shen Feixiao’s.”

Well, it seemed Qin Kaiyi’s deepest resentment just got revealed… 

Hearing Qin Kaiyi’s words, the voice seemed distracted for a bit, but then continued… Put it on, and you can step on Shen Feixiao and rise above him.

“That won’t work. How can I go back after stepping on him.” Qin Kaiyi continued to answer reflexively.

…… The voice went silent again for a while, and then continued with some anger… I told you to put it on!! You can go home after you put it on!!

Really? Go back home? After hearing this, Qin Kaiyi finally raised the mask in his hand and put it on his face.

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ASV Chapter 17: Greetings, Supporting Role

Because entering the secret realm required passing through the Lingshan Sect’s forbidden grounds, Qing Xuzi showed that he prepared a lot in advance. The formation that originally would trigger once someone entered the forbidden area didn’t respond. Yan Buxuan walked in the middle of his team with an entirely vigilant expression. 

As an elder of the Ice and Fire Sect, Yan Buxuan had a deep understanding of secret realms. When a sky secret realm opened three hundred years ago, he entered with his master. He naturally knew what sorts of dangers lay in that kind of an environment. Although he had made sufficient preparations, he still did not dare to be reckless. 

The entrance of the secret realm was in the middle of the forbidden area. Qin Kaiyi knew that they would not encounter any accidents in the forbidden area, so he was not too nervous. As he thought, they safely made their way to the entrance of the secret realm. Qin Kaiyi was thinking to let out a sigh of relief, but then he heard a familiar voice. 

“Yan Buxuan, it turns out you really did collaborate with that silly youngster (T/N: just a mocking form of address used a lot in ancient settings. Zi Yangpei previously called Qing Xuzi this) Qing Xuzi!!” Qin Kaiyi turned his head and saw that woman who had been impolite with Qing Xuzi before.

She obviously didn’t have the same luck as Qin Kaiyi and the rest. They didn’t know what kind of arrays the other group had encountered in the forbidden ground, but the lot of them appeared filthy and dejected. Some of the disciples standing next to Yan Yi had even had all their hair burned off.

“Oh, why does Young Lady Yan Yi say such a thing?” Yan Buxuan was not annoyed by Yan Yi’s aggressiveness; he smiled.

“Dare you say you haven’t colluded?” Yan Yi blazed with anger: “Why didn’t you encounter anything along the road you walked on, and how come the path we were on was just…”

Before Yan Yi finished speaking, Yan Buxuan interrupted her: “How does the Young Lady Yan Yi know that we haven’t encountered anything?”

“Did you really encounter something?” Yan Yi sneered: “Tell me, what did you encounter?”

“What we encountered, why should we report that to you?” Although Yan Buxuan was still smiling, the smile was already a little unkind. He lightly snorted: “No matter what happens, I will try my best to protect these disciples, unlike Young Lady Yan Yi–not only did she not protect herself, but even the disciples under her suffered.”

“You!!!” Yan Yi’s face went red and then white, but she couldn’t find any rebuttal.

“Forgive my humble self, we won’t waste any more time here with Young Lady Yan Yi.” 

After rendering Yan Yi speechless, Yan Buxuan said lightly: “Let’s go.”

Qin Kaiyi enthusiastically spectated from the sidelines. When he heard Yan Buxuan’s last two words, he hastened to catch up. 

The other disciples also seemed to have been enjoying the show. At this time, Yan Buxuan had given an order, so naturally his line of sight returned to his team. 

“Qin Shi.” Yan Buxuan, who was walking in front, suddenly spoke to Qin Kaiyi who was following behind him: “What do you think of this trip to the forbidden land?”

Why did Yan Buxuan ask him this? He really had no impression of this guy who was just a passerby buying soy sauce in the original novel (T/N: “I’m just here to buy soy sauce” = “it’s none of my business.”) Qin Kaiyi deliberated and then replied: “The younger generation only needs to gain the experience of being in the mysterious realm, and doesn’t need to ask for any rare treasures.”

“Is that it.” Yan Buxuan didn’t show any expression when he heard this sentence. He still appeared neutral: “Young man, why don’t you have any ambition?”

“This one of the younger generation still has self-awareness,” Qin Kaiyi said awkwardly.

“It’s better to call me Brother Yan, ‘senior’ is too unfamiliar.” After looking at Qin Kaiyi, Yan Buxuan smiled.

“Eh… this is not appropriate, Senior Yan is of the same generation as my shifu.” Qin Kaiyi couldn’t quite understand Yan Buxuan’s meaning, but he wasn’t too worried. After all, after entering the secret realm they would be separated. 

“There is nothing inappropriate.” Yan Buxuan’s tone seemed to brook no argument. 

“Okay,” Qin Kaiyi forced himself to say. 

The entrance to the secret realm was a huge teleportation array. The array appeared on a huge rock. As if entirely outlined with golden thread, the array emitted a striking light. Qin Kaiyi, staring at the array, suddenly felt a thread of anxiety that he could not explain. 

“Let’s go.” Yan Buxuan took the lead and stepped onto the teleportation array first. Qin Kaiyi followed closely, and he chanced a glance at the Shen Feixiao who was walking at the back of the crowd. He found that Shen Feixiao had fixed an expressionless stare on the teleportation array. That cold stare made Qin Kaiyi’s heart shiver a bit. Good, he had to admit, the protagonist’s grand and tyrannical aura was overflowing. 

Not long after he stepped onto the teleportation array, Qin Kaiyi’s vision blurred, and the scene in front of him changed suddenly.

“Here it is.” Of course, Yan Buxuan was the first to come in. He looked at the surrounding scenery, his expression solemn.

The teleportation array sent them into a dense jungle. They were surrounded by tall trees which blocked more than half of the sun’s rays. The air around them carried a bloody smell emanating from the soil, making Qin Kaiyi quite uncomfortable. 

“Count the number of people.” Yan Buxuan saw that no more disciples teleported over, and so gave this order. He glanced at the surrounding environment, frowning slightly.

Arriving at a jungle meant they would have to spend energy on dealing with spirit beasts. Spirit beasts’ most favored living in jungles. 

“Elder, everyone is together,” a disciple said to Yan Buxuan.

“Good.” Yan Buxuan nodded slightly: “Let’s go, everyone focus on staying safe.”

Hearing Yan Buxuan’s words, Qin Kaiyi’s felt his nerves acting up. He clearly remembered… once Yan Buxuan said this, an accident would happen. 

Qin Kaiyi’s memory proved to be reliable. The sound of Yan Buxuan’s words had just rung out when, from within the depths of the jungle concealed by bushes, came a wail that sounded like that of an infant’s.

“…” Qin Kaiyi’s whole body stiffened when he heard that sound. His bad premonition really came true.

Motherf*cker, the monster in front of him with a human’s face and a tiger’s body did not appear in the novel. Why did the cute monsters from the book change into the human-faced freak in front of them????

The human-faced monster with a tiger’s body was a beast that had the voice of an infant and ate people alive. 

Upon seeing this creature, Qin Kaiyi felt goosebumps rise all over. His conditioned reflex was to glance at Shen Feixiao, and when he did, he found that Shen Feixiao was not in the crowd… fuck, he was indeed the protagonist, the incredible speed of this escape!!

“Everyone spread out.” The moment he saw the monster, Yan Buxuan’s expression turned black. He didn’t expect to encounter this kind of difficult creature when they had just entered the secret realm.

In fact, the monster’s attack power was not strong, but the trouble lay in its powerful life force and vengefulness. Once provoked, it would fight to the death. 

Yan Buxuan was obviously reluctant to spend too much energy on this creature. He stared at it, watching it still crying like a baby, and said, “start the spell.”

As soon as these words came out, the disciples of the Ice and Fire Sect who were originally only watching quickly arranged themselves into a strange formation, surrounded the remaining disciples of the Lingshan Sect. Qin Kaiyi looked around for Shen Feixiao, but reluctantly came to a conclusion… Shen Feixiao had the ancient immortal sable, he didn’t need to concern himself with the beasts of the secret realm. 

Qin Kaiyi was not so lucky. He had neither the protagonist halo nor the sable. He felt like a weak cabbage; if the wind blew past he could lose half his life, not to mention traversing the dangerous jungle environment. 

Qin Kaiyi was on the side being absent-minded, while Yan Buxuan was already fighting with the monster. He was holding an ice-blue longsword and looking coldly at the creature in front of him. 

The baby-like crying became harsher. The creature seemed to perceive that the person in front of him was difficult to deal with. It walked around Yan Buxuan with no intention of stepping forward. It opened its mouth and kept crying, as if wanting to disturb the people around it. 

After being imprisoned in the secret realm for hundreds of years, a group of people finally showed up–how could the creature so easily let them go? Qin Kaiyi, seeing everything, felt that he understood the freakish thing in front of him a little bit. 

But was this creature the reason for the team getting separated? Of course not, the human-faced creature only signalled a turning point. The real reason for why their entire team would disperse was… coming!!

Just as Yan Buxuan and the monster were about to confront each other, a strong wind with a thickly bloody odor blew from within the jungle. This wind was extremely strange. The jungle was full of trees, so how could such a great wind pass through? Furthermore, why didn’t any of the trees move as it passed? And the bloody smell in this wind seemed to confirm that Qin Kaiyi had remembered the plot correctly. 

At the moment that the wind blew, Qin Kaiyi stuffed a few pills in his mouth, and then covered his mouth and nose with a piece of black gauze. He knew what would happen next… they would fly away. 

Sounds funny, right? But when everyone flew, no one would find it funny. Qin Kaiyi sat on the ground, looking at the screaming crowd in the sky, and sighed helplessly. He secretly comforted them in his heart: don’t worry, you won’t die… at most you’ll scatter to different areas, just gather the team again, um, wait why didn’t he see Yan Buxuan in the sky? He inspected the sky for a long time and still couldn’t find Yan Buxuan’s figure. Just as Qin Kaiyi was getting curious he heard a cold voice from behind him: “Hehe, in this place you’re actually sitting quite calmly.”

“…” Qin Kaiyi turned his head stiffly and saw Yan Buxuan standing behind him without expression.

Being stared at by Yan Buxuan like this, he felt somewhat guilty. Just as he thought to explain himself, he saw Yan Buxuan sneer and wave a hand. Qin Kaiyi’s vision went black. Before he lost consciousness, his most pressing thought was… f*ck your mom, he knew that there must be some people hiding their true intentions lingering near him. This time he really got played. 

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Notes

Really wish these BL authors would consider writing well-rounded, sympathetic female characters. Oh well, this lacking hasn’t deterred me from reading ASV so far.  

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