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Zhang Wu Ming
The light shone brightly on the floor and detonated. A burst of Qi wave rippled through.
When all of the energy disappeared, they all saw a young man wearing black luxurious clothes.
He had his hair tied up in plaits. His brows were straight and his fringe was combed neatly. Truthfully, he looked pretty suave.
After he appeared, Hu Qian Mei and Liu Xin Dong both kneeled down to pay their respects.
“We pay respects to the Sect Leader!”
They shouted in unison.
“Mhm, please rise!”
Sect leader Zhang Wu Ming opened his mouth.
“Thank you, Sect Leader.”
They got up slowly.
Zhang Wu Ming scanned all the people and asked deeply: “The night is dark. Why are all of you gathered here?”
“With regards to this, you might have to ask protector Hu.”
Liu Xin Dong put the black needles away and hugged his chest as he smirked towards Hu Qian Mei.
Hu Qian Mei gritted her teeth in silence.
Zhang Wu Ming set his gaze on Hu Qian Mei and questioned her: “Protector Hu, what exactly is happening? Be honest with me.”
“What is happening?” Hu Qian Mei was shocked then, she replied in her soft, vulnerable voice: “Sect Leader, I should be the one asking that question! Why are you making decisions for my marriage?”
“Are you unsatisfied?” Zhang Wu Ming’s brows flinched as he rebutted.
“Of course!” Now, things had come cleared. Hu Qian Mei no longer care and continued: “Today, Qian Mei wants to lay cards on the table with protector Liu! No matter what, Qian Mei will not become Protector Liu’s cultivation partner so it’s best to cancel this marriage!”
“What? Do you not like protector Liu?”
“Yeah.” Hu Qian Mei studied Liu Xin Dong and ridiculed: “I, Hu Qian Mei would rather marry dogs and pigs than a man like him.”
“He is too ugly!”
Liu Xin Dong: “…..”
Zhang Wu Ming hesitated before he continued: “Protector Hu, I still hope you can consider. You two are made for one another. I don’t wish to cause unhappiness amongst the two of you just for marriage.”
“What’s the meaning of this?”
“You have to consummate!”
“Why? Leader! Why are you are forcing me?”
“Protector Hu, your features are unique. If the both of you consummate, you can share your talents and it will benefit the both of you. Especially for protector Liu Xin Dong. He can definitely make it through the last barrier and enter into the Spirit Star Realm. Once protector Liu enters the Spirit Star Realm, he can aid you to enter the Spirit Star Realm. As such, no one is losing anything. It’s a win-win situation, isn’t it? With the help of two experts of Spirit Star Cultivators, our Ming Ying School will definitely earn a reputation and be able to own this entire region. No one can be our enemy!”
Zhang Wu Ming boasted.
Hu Qian Mei was speechless. She finally understood Zhang Wu Ming’s thoughts.
He agreed to Liu Xin Dong purely because he wanted to let two tenth stage Spirit Soul Cultivators break through and become two almighty Spirit Star Cultivators. That way, the power of the Min Ying School would dramatically increase. After all, there was a huge difference between a tenth stage Spirit Soul Cultivator and a first stage Spirit Star Cultivator.
“Just for this?” Hu Qian Mei asked with her eyes staring big. Her breath tensed up as she felt uncomfortable.
“Protector Hu, you might be unwilling to do so but please, look at the bigger picture. If Ming Ying School gets more powerful, would we still fear Immortal Sword Sect?”
“Immortal Sword Sect, Immortal Sword Sect! What Immortal Sword Sect!” Hu Qian Mei was enraged as she shouted. Her pair of glistening eyes were filled with desperation and lost. She felt dissatisfied.
“Zhang Wu Ming! You’re basically using me! Do you think I’ve yet to figure that out?”
“Outrageous, how dare you say the name of our Sect Leader!” The people behind lectured Hu Qian Mei.
But, Hu Qian Mei had enough. She wasn’t scared: “Initially, I betrayed the Immortal Sword Sect and escaped. Without thinking much, I came to the Ming Ying School because I saw that the Ming Ying School had a grudge against the Immortal Sword Sect! I wanted to help Ming Ying School destroy our common enemy, the Immortal Sword Sect! But Zhang Wu Ming! Ever since you became the Sect Leader of the Ming Ying School, you have never made a move to fight Immortal Sword Sect right? No! You haven’t! From the beginning, you have never confronted the Immortal Sword Sect! You were avoiding them! You never dared to fight with them! You’re a coward! Because you knew, that the Ming Ying School is not a match for the Immortal Sword Sect! For so many years, I was at your beck and call! Yet, you have never ever done anything against the Immortal Sword Sect. I’ve had enough! Now, you are forcing me to marry this garbage? You can forget about it! Zhang Wu Ming, I’ve made it clear now! I, Hu Qian Mei is officially quitting the Ming Ying School! I’ll not be enslaved to the Ming Ying School again. Farewell!”
After letting it all out, Hu Qian Mei pluck off the badge off her waist and threw it away and left.
“Wait a minute!”
Zhang Wu Ming’s voice was icy cold when he called out to her.
“What? Are you reluctant now? When I joined Ming Ying School, you said it once to me, if I wanted to leave, I could do so anytime! Have you forgotten it?” Hu Qian Mei was heartless but she was clearer than anyone. It was merely an excuse and he could always go back on his words.
She had to stand strong for herself. The Sect Leader was on Liu Xin Dong’s side. She was at wit’s end and her only solution was to leave. She had to leave no matter what happened.
She had to see if the clan leader still saw her as a friend.
However, Hu Qian Mei had obviously underestimated Zhang Wu Ming’s determination.
Zhang Wu Ming was expressionless. After a moment later, he spoke.
“I have no plans to make a move against the Immortal Sword Sect yet. But, protector Hu, I’ve agreed on this marriage, how can I go back on my words? Moreover, you’ve colluded with the Spirit Demon Dao to harm protector Liu, do you think I do not know about this? Now, I, the Sect Leader officially announce that I will strip you away of your status as a protector and imprison you in the courtyard. Ten days later, you shall marry Liu Xin Dong!”
After hearing him, Hu Qian Mei’s expression took a change.
As she was about to move, Zhang Wu Ming reached out his hands and slapped a beam of blue radiance on her body which caused her to stumble backwards. She had lost all of her energy. From a tenth stage Spirit Soul Cultivator, she was weakened to the first stage. Although it was temporary, still, this had crossed the limits of any Spirit Soul Cultivators.
After being challenged by so many experts, being captured was unavoidable for a first stage Spirit Soul Cultivator.
Hu Qian Mei’s heart was in shock.
She had failed terribly today.
She never thought that the just, honourable Sect Leader was biased towards Liu Xin Dong!
“Clan leader, you!”
“Qian Mei, stay in the pavilion obediently. Don’t give me any troubles! Ten days later, the Ming Ying School will uphold a grand marriage ceremony for you.”
Zhang Wu Ming shrugged to call for two people from Ming Ying School to capture her.
Hu Qian Mei whined.
They stopped in their footsteps,
She was in such a terrible state. She wanted to run away so badly but there was no way out for her. She clenched onto her teeth tightly and yelled: “I’ll walk on my own!”
“That’s for the best.” Zhang Wu Ming nodded.
“But, you won’t get it your way.” Hu Qian Mei muttered to Zhang Wu Ming and Liu Xin Dong before she walked.
Zhang Wu Ming looked composed but Liu Xin Dong looked at Hu Qian Mei with a pair of shining eyes. Who knew what he was up to.
A moment’s later.
“Sect Leader.” He parted his lips and called out to Zhang Wu Ming.
“Say it!” Zhang Wu Ming said blandly.
“Why do we have to wait to ten days later? We can do it tonight! Anyway, I just need Hu Qian Mei’s body right?”
“You’re too impatient!”
Zhang Wu Ming shook his head and said: “Her features are special. If you consummate with her directly, you can reap benefits, however, it will not be perfect. In these ten days, I can help you cleanse your channels and restructure your Qi channels Spirit Essence and stabilise your Tian Tai and De Que to aid you. So, when you consummate with Hu Qian Mei, you will be able to reap much more benefits and those benefits would be flawless. Then, it would be an easy feat for you to enter the Spirit Star Realm. You may even be able to improve one step further! A step closer to the second stage Spirit Star Realm! Isn’t that better? Although we will lose an expert like Hu Qian Mei, but in exchange, we will have an expert of the Spirit Star Realm, it’s still worth it. Xin Dong, be patient. Hu Qian Mei will be yours!”
“I see.” Liu Xin Dong cupped his fists and smiled: “Thank you for taking care of me, Sect Leader. Xin Dong understands.”
“Don’t let me down. Don’t disturb Hu Qian Mei in these ten days. Let those people look after her! The wedding must be grand. After all, you’re marrying her rightfully and properly. After the wedding, wherever Hu Qian Mei wants to go, let her be!”
“Oh? Clan leader if I consummate with her and shared her talents. If she’s in danger, my talents would be affected!”
“Don’t worry. I have already prepared for it. When you have consummated with her, I will immediately place you through a ritual to eliminate the contract. When she’s injured or is dead, you will not be affected at all!”
“Clan leader, you actually have such methods?”
“It is recorded in the ancient records of the Ming Ying School. This ritual came from the demonic continent. After it is done, her cultivation level will vanish completely.”
“Is it that serious?”
“That’s amazing though!” Zhang Wu Ming eyes shone and continued: “This side effect can hold Hu Qian Mei back! If she’s willing to stay, then she can keep her cultivation level. I’ll provide her luxuries and treat her nicely. If she insist on leaving, then she can’t blame me on that.”
A beam of light aura shot through the roofs and into the sky.
Slowly, the light aura dulled and disappeared.
The evil people around the mansion looked up at it.
The light aura was obviously a radiance that was created when one had a breakthrough on their cultivation level. From its color and intensity, it seemed to have risen to the fifth stage.
That light aura came from the King’s mansion. Could it be that the Sovereign King had broken through to the fifth stage of the Spirit Soul Realm?
How was that possible? How could a fifth stage existence murder a tenth staged Spirit Soul existence??
Countless evil people shook their head as they decided it did not come from the King.
In actual fact, that beam of light aura was emitted by Su Yun.
Within the mansion.
Su Yun meditated in the middle of an extravagant array.
The array was made from 9981 pieces of gems. The gems gave off a colourful aura and lit up the entire room like a disco ball. Around the array were seven Soul Stone statues. They continuously fed the array with strength and allowed the strength of the array to be maintained.
Such a luxurious array could only be used by an authoritative Spirit Cultivator.
Su Yun opened his eyes and took a deep breath. He felt extremely good.
When he first fought, he already felt it. His profound strength had grown stronger and he had achieved a breakthrough. On top of that, he had a series of ingredients and gems to facilitate his cultivation in the King’s mansion. Therefore, his cultivation level shot up so much in such a short period of time. He took a leap into the fifth stage straight away!
In the road of cultivation, it could be considered godspeed.
The Spirit Essences in his body grew bigger. With the help of Monarch Occult Force, adding on Limitless Sword Art and Great Evil Sword Technique, he could easily kill a sixth stage Spirit Soul Cultivator. He would be fearless even when confronting a seventh staged Spirit Soul Cultivator!
Just then, a shout emerged outside the house.
Su Yun got up and asked: “What’s wrong?”
“Reporting to Sovereign King, someone has found the ‘Violet Seven Leaves’ and ‘Roasted Red Blood’.
After hearing that news, he became overjoyed.