Chapter 59 - You will die and I will live!
The instant that Chen Heng’s voice travelled out, Bai Xiaochun, who was nailed to a big tree, suddenly raised his head with a fierce and brutal gleam in his eyes. He raised his left hand and grabbed the tail of the arrow stuck in his right shoulder; despite of the arrow’s spearhead which made a hole in his flesh, he still violently pulled it out.
Once Bai Xiaochun had pulled out that arrow, it took a few pieces of flesh along with it as a huge amount of blood sprayed out. Bai Xiaochun’s body was in so much pain that he violently shivered. Even so, he did not hesitate as the Purple Qi Cauldron Manipulation Technique completely exploded out in this moment. Using the ‘Lifting the Light as Thought It Was Heavy’, he took the arrow and tossed it in the direction of that eighth level Qi Condensation clansman who was approaching him.
A sharp piercing sound suddenly rang out in this moment, reverberating in all directions. This arrow whistled directly towards the eighth level Qi Condensation clansman from the Fallen Chen Clan at an even faster speed than before.
With ‘Lifting the Light as Though It Was Heavy’, the power of his arrow was as great as a mountain.
At the same time, Bai Xiaochun lowered his body and made a hand seal with both of his hands. A wooden sword immediately flew out, forming a double play. Suddenly, there was a shocking chill in the air. These days, Bai Xiaochun had been fighting the clansmen from the Fallen Chen Clan again and again, and because of that, his fighting experience had tremendously increased that even he himself did not realise it. It was as if he had already possessed a natural talent for fighting in his bones, but it was never revealed in his normal life. Now, this fighting talent of his completely erupted after being stimulated by a series of life-and-death scenarios.
The expression on the Fallen Chen clansman’s face who intended to shoot a second arrow abruptly changed. He never thought that Bai Xiaochun would actually be this ferocious. Thinking back, the other party had chosen to take the hit to avoid getting restrained and explosively counter-attack. Perhaps, this was the underlying goal of his actions.
He suddenly backed away. As a peak eighth level Qi Condensation clansman who had battled ferocious beasts all year round in the Fallen Star Mountain Range, he had rich experience. Although he had lost the upper hand and was currently in a dangerous situation, he did not immediately defend himself as he backed away. On the contrary, he used this short time to… completely draw the bow that had only been drawn halfway!
“Are you going to block or not!” As he let out a low growl, the second arrow whistled out, heading straight for Bai Xiaochun who revealed ferocity in his eyes.
Based on his calculations, Bai Xiaochun would definitely use the wooden sword to block his attack. As a result, what he was facing would not be a double play, and he could dispel the danger, so he could change his stance from passive to active.
However, Bai Xiaochun’s eyes turned crimson. He could not afford to give the other party the slightest chance of escape. Once he was entangled in the fight, the others would quickly close in, and at that time, he would unquestionably die.
He gritted his teeth, deciding not to move the wooden sword to block the arrow in the slightest. Bai Xiaochun let the arrow come and pierce his abdomen, while his arrow had also robustly struck, stabbing right through the chest of the Fallen Chen clansman. Fresh blood flowed out from both of their bodies as the eighth level Qi Condensation clansman let out a shrill scream. That clansman’s eyes revealed shock as he was desperately trying to gather strength in order to retreat.
But it was during this time that Bai Xiaochun’s wooden sword arrived like a death’s scythe, closing in on the neck of this eighth level Qi Condensation clansman, and in an instant, it circled once around his head. In the next moment, the clansman’s head fell to the ground.
After this, Bai Xiaochun spat out blood from his mouth, and without stopping even for a moment, he turned around, dashing straight into the forest behind him, quickly disappearing within.
In ten breaths worth of time, the silhouettes of the Fallen Chen clansmen that had been dashing straight for this direction arrived at the scene, and one by one, scared by what they saw. They had just personally witnessed the scene of Bai Xiaochun’s cold-blooded way of exchanging his wounds for the kill, filling them with shock and terror.
The Young Master of the Fallen Chen Clan, Chen Heng, also appeared at the edge of the forest.
He looked at the eighth level Qi Condensation clansman that had lost his head and glanced at the one whose body formed into a rope made out of flesh. He was silent, but his eyes revealed an even stronger killing intent than before.
“Chen Feng, Chen Gu, both of you go and search around and guard yourself against the opponent’s luring strategy. The others… follow me inside. You are not allowed to return until you have obtained the opponent’s head!” Chen Heng flourished his sleeve and stepped into the forest first. Behind him were five clansmen from the Fallen Chen Clan, three of which were eighth level Qi Condensation cultivators, and two were seventh level Qi Condensation cultivators.
Those two seventh level Qi Condensation fell back, obeying Chen Heng’s order and began their search. The other three eighth level Qi Condensation cultivators each had a thick killing intent in their eyes, following Chen Heng as he entered into the forest.
In the forest of the nameless mountain range, Bai Xiaochun felt a wave of dizziness consume him. His shoulder, abdomen and right leg were all seriously injured. The cold air from the rainy night invaded his body, making his already shivering body tremble even more.
“Am I going to die…” Bai Xiaochun laughed bitterly. He looked at the numerous injuries on his body. The stabbing pain that reached all the way to his bones made tears gather in the rim of his eyes.
The ghastly scene of that time when he was standing before his deathly ill parents as he watched their bodies gradually become ice-cold surfaced in his mind.
Perhaps, it was from that moment onwards that he became especially afraid of death.
“I want to live!” Bai Xiaochun raised his left hand and wiped away the tears at the corner of his eyes. He viciously gritted his nearly frozen teeth and dashed towards the forest. He had no idea where he was headed to, nor what the future held. There was only one desire in his mind right now.
As for his fear of death, it supported Bai Xiaochun, providing him with the needed strength in this stormy night, driving him forward.
He even gradually realised that his own cultivation appeared unconstrained in these few battles of life and death, as if he was already not far off from breaking through the sixth level Qi Condensation.
Slowly, the morning sun appeared in the horizon. Streams of sunlight passed through the leaves and fell on the raindrops in the forest, reflecting a beautiful light. However, the rain did not let up.
In the forest, Chen Heng’s group was rapidly chasing after Bai Xiaochun. Chen Heng’s complexion was getting more and more unsightly. Even though Bai Xiaochun was heavily injured, because of his fast speed and them being in the forest, Chen Heng and the others were unable to catch up to him. They had even chased him throughout the night but still had no idea where he had headed to.
Especially in this thunderstorm which had washed away all their leads, even if they were of a cultivator clan which lived in the Fallen Star Mountain Range and fought with ferocious beasts in these forests throughout the whole year, they were still unable to discover any footprints in the heavy rain.
“Split up and search for him. That person is heavily injured and couldn’t have escaped too far. Maintain a hundred zhang distance between the three of you. Once you find that person, do not fight him, but immediately retreat and relay a message to me!” Chen Heng gritted his teeth. Once he said this, the three eighth level Qi Cultivation clansmen behind him hesitated for a moment before nodding their heads and scattered.
(ED note: one zhang is approximately 3.58 meters, or 3.64 yards.)
Time passed and a day later, Bai Xiaochun was exhausted, if it wasn’t for the strong desire to live supporting him, he would have long since collapsed.
His lips were chapped and he looked haggard, even his speed was dropping down. After an incense worth of time, his expression flickered. He abruptly looked to the right and saw a silhouette shoot out from that location. It was not heading towards him, but was retreating instead.
This long-faced youngster was one of the three eighth level Qi Condensation clansmen from the Fallen Chen Clan. As he retreated, he firmly pinched a jade slip that he held in his right hand, immediately sending out a message.
Bai Xiaochun’s heart sank. His body suddenly accelerated, dashing deeper into the forest..
The long-faced youngster’s expression changed. With Bai Xiaochun being here, there was already fear in his heart. When he was deliberating whether he should give chase or not, a sudden glee surfaced in his eyes as he noticed two silhouettes, a couple hundred zhang away, hastily heading in his direction from the sides.
Those two were at the eight level Qi Condensation. In the distant sky, a silhouette of a rainbow could be seen. That was Chen Heng.
The three of them were speeding in this direction and were quickly approaching. Judging by their speeds, those two eight level Qi Condensation clansmen would arrive in a mere ten breaths, while Chen Heng would arrive in twenty breaths at most.
The long-faced youngster laughed loudly as he came to a decision. His entire cultivation erupted in an explosive manner, and a strong protective screen appeared over his body. Patting the storage pouch with his right hand, a claymore appeared in his hands.
This claymore was seven Chi long, and although it had a simplistic appearance, when the long-faced youngster brandished it, it would cut through everything with its incredible sharpness. Killing intent gleamed in his eyes as he grinned, chasing Bai Xiaochun with full speed.
“Killing the Heaven’s Chosen of the Spirit River Sect is sure to fill one with greater satisfaction and sense of accomplishment than killing those cultivators that have scattered away!” The long-faced youngster’s laughter rang out. When he chopped forward with the claymore in his hands, a sword beam cut through everything, making a piercing sound. His left hand made a hand seal as he pointed forwards, and a fist-sized fireball appeared and flew straight at Bai Xiaochun.
Boom! Even though there was a thunderstorm, the fireball’s heat could still be felt when it exploded, and shockwaves spread all around. Bai Xiaochun paused and turned his head around, his eyes filled with killing intent. He knew that if he did not deal with the other person, he would be unable to escape.
But when Bai Xiaochun turned around, the long-faced youngster suddenly retreated with mocking eyes. He would never give Bai Xiaochun the chance to approach him. He only had one goal in mind and that was to stall Bai Xiaochun.
Bai Xiaochun tightly clenched his fist as his body flashed, once again speeding away. Soon, that long-faced youngster had come to provoke him again. After a few breaths, the other two eighth level Qi Condensation clansmen, who were closing in on them, saw Bai Xiaochun and both of their cultivations completely erupted out as they headed straight for Bai Xiaochun.
Simultaneously, that long-faced youngster laughed loudly, no longer avoiding Bai Xiaochun, but instead, unleashed his full speed and together with the other two, they attacked Bai Xiaochun from three different directions.
With three eighth level Qi Condensation cultivators attacking, Chen Heng, who was flying toward them in the distance, relaxed because even if the opponent still had tricks up his sleeve, he was still sure to die.
“Sadly, there is no chance for you to improve anymore.” Chen Heng lightly said, but in the blink of an eye, his expression suddenly changed.
The three silhouettes were quickly approaching Bai Xiaochun, each using their ultimate abilities with the intention to kill. Bai Xiaochun, who was some distance away, flashed a hand seal with his right hand, and a wooden sword whistled out, heading straight for one of them. At the same time, he clenched his right hand into a fist and directed a powerful punch towards another.
A loud sound echoed out as the wooden sword was blocked. Bai Xiaochun’s punch connected with the eighth level Qi Condensation clansman and fresh blood spewed from the corner of his mouth. Even though he was backing away, Bai Xiaochun was similarly spewing blood out as his wounds had all reopened. Not waiting for him to back away, the long-faced youngster suddenly approached. The claymore in his hands emitted a sharp glow as he stabbed Bai Xiaochun.
It was a crucial moment, and Bai Xiaochun barely avoided getting his heart pierced as the claymore stabbed him. That claymore penetrated through his chest in an instant, and the excruciating pain caused Bai Xiaochun’s whole body to bleed profusely. Bai Xiaochun trembled for a moment as the long-faced youngster’s laughter rang out. He was about to pull his claymore out, when suddenly, Bai Xiaochun grabbed the claymore in his chest and violently jerked forward. He allowed the claymore to slide further inside his body, leaving only the hilt behind.
Because of this, he had reached the long-faced youngster. The youngster blankly stared for a moment and paled as his mind burst with the intense danger of looming death. He quickly pulled back his hand as Bai Xiaochun’s right hand, shining with a black luster, grabbed the long-faced youngster’s neck.
“You…” The long-faced youngster’s eyes widened. But before he could finish his sentence…
His neck was crushed!
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Translated by: Nat
Edited by: Crimsonguard, Arch 5 Best Chinese Romance Books of 2018 So Far