The setting Sun draped down faint red lights that reflected off the crystal clear pond. The waves glistened and the scenery was too beautiful to be absorbed all at once.
Before the pond, Ling Xian's expression was collected. His white robe softly tussled in the wind like an immortal.
The gold lion's body trembled with fear. Staring at the silhouette, it didn't dare to move.
It only had one thought.
[Dead. I am dead. To have ran into this demon is worth eight lifetime of bad luck!]
The golden lion cried without tears. Originally, it thought it could enjoy a feast. But instead, it turned out to be a curse that threatened its life.
After noticing that the golden lion was not moving at all, Ling Xian frowned, "I will repeat myself. I will give you three seconds to disappear from my sight."
Then, he uttered out a cold word.
As soon as his voice rung, the lion finally understood what Ling Xian meant. Its eyes sparked with excitement. Without a second thought, it turned around and as Ling Xian said "two", it crazily dashed far away.
The speed of it was comparable to lightening. Even Ling Xian was a little startled.
Looking at the almost gone golden lion, Ling Xian let out a chuckle and exclaimed, "So it is true. Humans or beasts, before death, they release energy that they normally do not have."
That was true. Normally, the golden lion would not have such speed. Even if it was in the eighth realm, it was not possible.
But before Ling Xian's eyes, it disappeared like a shooting star.
Without a doubt, this was because of the lion's fear towards Ling Xian. It was definitely way too afraid of this demon, which was why it ran away using ten times its normal speed.
After watching the lion run away like that, Wang Xiang and his companions were stunned.
They knew very well about the terror of the eighth realm beast. Even if they attacked together as a group, they were no match to the beast!
But before their eyes, Ling Xian, without making a move or even releasing his spiritual energy, forced the lion to run away. All because of one statement made by Ling Xian. How strong did one had to be to reach this stage?
Gazes upon gazes shifted to Ling Xian, all full of disbelief.
These five were the survivors of the Zi Yang House. They naturally knew how strong Ling Xian was. But these people never expected him to be able to scare away a beast with merely his existence! One sentence was enough to scare the beast away like that?!
The five of them were red faced as their excitements raged to a point of no return. The way they looked at Ling Xian was full of respect and admiration.
"Master, you are far too strong! Standing there alone scared away the lion!"
"Yeah, how commanding! Also, I feel like Master is stronger than two years ago. There is something indescribable about you."
"That's right. Though you appear ordinary, you also seem profound and impossible to read."
Everyone chimed in, their voices filled with shock. Especially the pretty girl. Her beautiful eyes were glimmering while her cheeks flushed with redness.
"You are a group of hunters aren't you." Ling Xian softly grinned. Noticing that they were all with wounds, he took out five medicinal Dans and put them into their palms.
"Eat them. Your external wounds will be healed that way."
Everyone was joyous. They knew of Ling Xian's alchemy skills. Now that he took our five Dans to them, they were overwhelmingly excited.
To know that Ling Xian was an alchemist who brewed a perfect Dan. To consume a Dan personally brewed by him was an honor. In the eyes of his admirers especially, it was a heavenly honor!
Without speaking another word, the five of them each took a white Dan and stuffed it into their mouths.
Then, the medicinal Dan broke down into pure healing properties and entered their organs and flowed through their veins. After merely a few moments, their external wounds were visibly healing. Even the claw marks on their bodies were gone.
This brought shock to everyone. They complimented Ling Xian and the Dan.
"How powerful of a Dan! After merely seconds, my wounds are all healed!"
"Haha, of course. Look who is the brewer of it!"
"Yah! How can Ling Xian's Dan be bad? Even if it is a Dan casually brewed by him, it's still better than the Dans on the market!"
"That's right. If I'm not wrong, this Dan should only be of the Eighth Realm. However, its effect is the same as those in the Seventh Realm. On top of that, it's eighth ranked. Of course it can heal me with an alarming speed."
Everyone chitchatted and stared at Ling Xian appreciatively.
Their lives were already saved by Ling Xian. Now they were once again saved by him. How could they not be appreciative?
Sensing everyone's thankfulness, Ling Xian waved his hands and asked, "While I was in isolation, how were you? Did anything major happen?"
"These days, we have been hiding in the Forest of Purple Bamboos and never showed our faces. Not a lot happened as a result." Wang Xiang stepped out and lowered his head to show his respect.
Hearing this, Ling Xian was relieved. He was worried that while he was in isolation, something had happened to the descendants of the Zi Yang House. After confirming with Wang Xiang that nothing bad happened, he was naturally relieved.
"It appears that you were good at hiding all these years." Ling Xian nodded.
"Partially, that is correct. But we need to thank the Yun Clan." Wang Xiang formed a fist and cupped it with another, "Without the support of the Yun Clan, we would've be exposed the first time the two forces raided the clan."
"A raid?" Ling Xian frowned and grasped onto this key word.
"Yes, about half a month after you went into isolation. The two forces divided up Shi Ao Island." Wang Xiang reminisced, "Then, they raided the entire island with the goal of locating us."
"Xuan Yin House… Ling Jian House…" Ling Xian's eyes turned cold. He did not think that after they destroyed the Zi Yang House, they would still go after the Zi Yang descendants.
Sensing the coldness from Ling Xian, Wang Xiang's body shook and he gulped. He whispered to himself, "Ling Xian's murderous intent alone could make me cold all over."
Ling Xian smiled at Wang Xiang's reaction. He gave a smile and instantly, all the snow faked and all organisms regained their lives. That coldness turned into warmth.
"Phew…" Wang Xiang exhaled, no longer feel cold. He smiled wryly, "Master Ling, you are terrifying."
"Please continue." Ling Xian grinned.
After breaking through to the completion level, his entire body strengthened and his temperament became even more terrifying. Every move he made sent shiver down others' spines and even the slightest hint of killer's instinct made others shiver.
Wang Xiang, a merely ninth levelled meditational cultivator could not handle him.
Wang Xiang wiped off the sweat off his forehead, "Fortunately, the Yun Clan helped us and moved us to a mysterious place. That's how we got away."
"I see." Ling Xian stayed silent for a bit and asked, "If I'm not wrong, after that, similar things happened a lot."
"Yes, after that, Xuan Yin House came twice, Ling Jian House showed up three times." Wang Xiang nodded.
"That many times?" Ling Xian couldn't help it but to frown. He didn't think the two forces would so frequently visit. It seemed like they were not going to give up.
"Yes, luckily, the Yun Clan, as the most powerful clan in the City of the Sun, helped us every time. We got away every time." Wang Xiang felt very fortunately. Every time he remembered the search and raid, he still felt scared.
Ling Xian beamed, "Then you must thank the Yun Clan."
Wang Xiang nodded heavily with thankfulness in his eyes, "Not only do we thank the Yun Clan, we want to thank you more. If it weren't for you, the Yun Clan would never risk so much to tolerate us."
"There is no need to thank me. I simply was fulfilling the Headmaster's last wish." Ling Xian waved his hand and turned around to go to the Forest of the Purple Bamboo.
"Let's go. It's been two years. It's time for a visit."
Wang Xiang and his companions followed in a hurry. Subconsciously, they all walked behind Ling Xian, scared to walk shoulder to shoulder with him.
It was apparent how much they respected Ling Xian.
Just like that, they slowly walked towards the Forest of the Purple Bamboo.
After a moment, purple appeared in everyone's sight.
Staring at the purple bamboos, Ling Xian softly smiled, "Nothing has changed. Bamboo leaves everywhere."
Then, he marched into the forest.
The moment he showed up, the forest rustled. Then, more than a hundred silhouettes appeared before Ling Xian neatly.
"Look, it's Master Ling!"
"Haha, it's really Master Ling. He finally came out of his isolation!"
"Two years. Ling Xian seems to be even stronger than before. Though he is not releasing any Qi, I have a feeling about him."
"Two years ago, Ling Xian was already the victor of the foundational level. If he advanced… that means…"
Everyone looked at him excitedly, their gazes were of joy and relaxation.
Because of the pressure from the two forces, they lived in fear for the past two years. Now that Ling Xian had had his breakthrough and had shown up, they had found their pillar support and the rock that weighed down on their chests finally dropped to the ground.
After noticing the mysterious and profound aura about Ling Xian, a guess entered their heads.
Zi Hua Shang especially, displayed a look of shock as she looked at Ling Xian in disbelief.
This aura, she has once sensed it on Zi Dong Lai!
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