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Movements in the Shadows
Although the competition was held simultaneously, some of the matches ended quickly, while others were slower. When Su Yun had finished his match, the rest were still in bitter struggle, and according to the rules, he was able to return to his cave to wait until the competition ended, and then the Mountain River List Ranking Competition would begin.
Before long, the graceful and pure angelic like human who appeared to be above humans quietly appeared in the cave.
“I say, Xian Li, where did you learn the bad habit of not knocking on the door? In the past, you were like that at the Su Family, why haven’t you changed after all these years?”
Su Yun who was seated cross legged opened his eyes, and looked at the person standing in front of him.
Long Xian Li snorted and said: “This is a cave, where’s the door? And furthermore, if I wanted to come, I can come. If I wanted to leave, I can leave, who can stop me?”
Such an arrogant tone!
Su Yun took down his mask, his pale face revealed a smile : “Clan Elder Long is so powerful, how can you send out a disciple who was not even able to withstand an attack? Hehehehehe, your Immortal Sword Sect’s Imperial Sword Technique is only so so.”
Hearing that, Long Xian Li was enraged, and when looking at his arrogant smile, the rage in her heart became even stronger, she wanted to move and teach him a lesson.
“Hey hey hey, Xian Li? In any case you are also an expert, can’t you be more open-minded? It’s just a joke, can’t you tell?” Su Yun immediately spoke out.
“Facing a person like you, I don’t need to be open-minded!” Long Xian Li snorted.
“Is that so?” Su Yun’s gaze suddenly straightened, looking straight towards Long Xian Li’s full chest under the light muslin.
Long Xian Li was startled. She followed his eyes and… Noticing that he was staring at her chest, she immediately covered them with both of her hands and said: “W-what are you looking at? Shameless junior! If you dare to be blasphemous against this senior again, this senior will dig your eyes out!”
“Ok ok, I’ll stop joking with you.”
Su Yun chuckled, then said: “Then again, I have already won against Zhang Kai Feng, all that’s left is Bai Yan Shan, if I win against her, you better not forget your promise!”
He pointed at his own thick skin and said.
“Zhang Kai Feng is not my Immortal Sword Sect’s most talented disciple! You winning against him was just a fluke, wait till you face Yan Shan!”
“Bai Yan Shan? She was defeated by me before, I wonder how much her has strength grown since the last time.”
“You’ll be shocked for sure! Su Yun, you better not lose before you meet the white sword! If not, it will still be considered your loss! You better prepare to go to Clan Elder Shen Hong’s tomb and kowtow!”
“Me?” Su Yun smiled, a firm look flashing past his eyes: “I will not lose, relax.”
Seeing that, Long Xian Li was startled, why did Su Yun’s expression suddenly become so serious?
“Could it be that he truly wants to get a position in the Mountain River List?” Long Xian Li thought.
A light breeze blew past, followed by a drift that undulated across the mountain.
A moss green Qi that mixed together with the wind slowly faded away.
On a peak where there were rarely signs of human habitation.
Two figures slowly walked to the cliff and surveyed the scenery of Qin Creek.
A man and a woman, the man dressed in a full blood red colored cloak, his head drooped low, his appearance was covered, his body releasing the stench of blood.
The woman was very alluring, dressed in a full jade green dress, her looks were extremely charming, especially her jade green pupils, they extremely graceful, as if her eyes could speak, and perfectly exquisite body, could not mask her noble aura.
In her hand, she held a deathly pale skull, releasing a bit of weird spirit demon force, forming a void.
The pale human skull’s pitch black eyes immediately shot out two green light that struck the void.
In a moment, the void showed the scene of a rowdy place.
The scene revealed many stages, with spectators all around the stages, and youths engaged in fights on the stages.
“Is this the last round?”
The greenish jade woman spoke gently, her voice was sweet yet enchanting.
The Blood Noble folded his arms across his chest and smiled: “I am curious, what method do you have to sneak in to Qin Creek? There are so many experts in Qin Creek, the spirit cultivators are as many as the sand on the ground, just for the few treasures of Mountain River List, you are willing to take such a risk? Is it worth it?”
“They are not just a few treasures! You know of the matters of the spirit demon dao, as of now, I have no way to retreat.” The greenish jade lady spoke indifferently.
“Then, what’s your plan?”
“The Qin Creek Protectors are all mysterious and unfathomable, information about them are very few and rare. It’s not like I did not make any preparations, I obtained some information from the past few days, all those Protectors that have appeared in the competition are all considered the weaker Qin Creek Protectors already, above them, there should be even more powerful existences!”
“More powerful existences? Then they are at the Spirit Star Realm already! If it is only one or two, then that would not be too difficult, but if there are more, I am afraid that even if you and I were to join hands, it would be difficult to do anything in front of them.”
“You don’t have to worry about this, the Qin Creek protectors are easy to handle, I already have a plan.” The greenish jade lady had a fierce look in her eyes as she spoke: “My goal is the Qin Creek Treasury! Prizes from all of the previous Mountain River List competitions are all supplied by the Qin Creek Protectors. Others may not know, but I know about it. Qin Creek has a large treasure deposit, but it had been kept by the Qin Creek’s people, and they went according to the wishes of the Owner of the Treasury. He had left behind a message, to tell them to hold the Mountain River List competition, and use the treasures in the Treasury as prizes. Now that I am already here, it is time to hand over the Treasury to me!”
The blood noble who was by her side was startled for a while: “Where did you get this information from?”
“My father told me about it in the past; Those who come to the Sky Martial Continent, this is one of the main reasons why.”
“Then, do you know where the Treasure Deposit is at?”
“No I don’t, but very soon, I will.”
“Very soon? When?”
“When they go and retrieve the treasures.”
“When they retrieve the treasures?” The Blood Noble’s eyebrows creased, but very quickly he understood what she meant.
He watched as the greenish jade woman turned and looked at the group of demons and ghosts, and she roared: “What’s the progress on the deployment?”
A few Bull Headed Spirit Demons rushed forward and knelt down.
“Reporting to Master, We will complete it in three days!”
“Very good!” The greenish jade woman nodded her head, and looked at the Blood Noble, and said: “Persevere for another 3 days.”
“Continue to shield the Qi here for three days, that’s not difficult, but I hope there will not be another failure. My respectful and lovely Princess highness, if this mission fails again, I think our collaboration will stop.”
The blood noble laughed and said.
“There will be a day where our collaboration will stop, but it is not this time.”
Outside of the Competition grounds, there was a line of vehicles and mounts heading towards the Solemn Palace Hall, around the carriages were many brightly colored experts. Every single person wielded broad and heavy blades, regardless of man or woman, they were imposing.
However, amongst the group of barbaric men and women, there was a group of women dressed in robes with snowflake imprints, the ladies were all beautiful, elegant and refined, especially the lady walking at the front, she was even more elegant and her beauty was intoxicating. This beauty that could choke people, was not seductive or pure, only an ordinary type of beauty. Her complexion was bare with no makeup, her features were delicate and pretty, her eyes seemingly gathering all the beauty and glitter of the world, very spiritual and mystical. Her body was toned, her skin pure white, complexion as smooth as jade, nose seemed to be made of jade, her entire body covered with aesthetics.
Lu Xi Shan who was riding on his white horse at the front raised his eyebrows repeatedly, gazing at the beautiful lady, his eyes kept on revealing traces of passion.
“After walking for so many days, we have finally reached Qin Creek. Miss Ming’er, later on, do not rush to enter the Sacred Palace, go and rest first. Wait for the Dragon Group selection competition to be over, and do some preparations, and get a good ranking on the List.”
Lu Xi Shan smiled and said.
But, the lady merely nodded her head, and did not say anything.
Seeing this, Lu Xi Shan felt awkward.
Even though he had relied on Ink Blade Pavilion’s power in exchange for the opportunity to travel alongside Ming’er, but the entire road, Su Ming’er maintained her indifferent attitude. She was not cold or passionate to him, causing him to feel terrible.
Su Ming’er was one who recently joined the Snow Jade Palace, Lu Xi Shan did not care a single bit about the small sect, but when he coincidentally saw Su Ming’er in the sect, he was immediately surprised. Her strength, talent, beauty far exceeded the average person, and she was truly a beauty unmatched in her generation. At that instant, Lu Xi Shan swore in his heart that he will never give up on chasing her, so he used his influence in the Ink Blade Pavilion to interact with the Snow Jade Palace’s people. Coincidentally, the Ink Blade Pavilion had the intention of absorbing the Snow Jade Palace, so they took advantage of the situation and used Lu Xi Shan as a point of breakthrough, to build a connection with the Snow Jade Palace.
But Su Ming’er’s attitude was much colder than what they all thought, causing Lu Xi Shan to be caught in a thorny problem.
“Are my friends from Ink Blade Pavilion and Snow Jade Palace?”
Just then, a prominent and languid voice came out, followed by a group of people walking out from the side of the road.
Hearing that, everyone stopped in their tracks.
Su Ming’er looked towards where the voice came from, only to see an old man and a young man with a group of guards with excellent quality equipment walking towards them.
The old man had wrinkled skin, dressed in black robes, his expression was stern and Qi reserved, he was most probably an expert.
The young man had a smile on his face, his eyebrows were sharp, he looked charming and graceful with his hand on a clear sleek green sword. The sword did not have a sheath, and its blade was releasing green light, it was obviously not a normal weapon.
“Lin Tian Yin?”
Lu Xi Shan frowned as he asked.
“Brother Lu, long time no see! How have you been?”
Lin Tian Yin greeted with a cupped fist and bowed to the two people.
Lu Xi Shan was not smiling like Lin Tian Yin, but instead had a black face as he said: “I lost to you the last time, but this time, I will watch how you suffer!”
“Oh?” Hearing that, Lin Tian Yin smiled, and laughed: “Lu Xi Shan. I called you Brother Lu and greeted you, this is purely etiquette, if you throw away your etiquette, you won’t even have anything. At most, you’d be defeated by my underling! Please do not climb over me.”
“You!” Lu Xi Shan was enraged, he wanted to unsheathe his blade.
The people of Ink Blade Pavilions touched the blades on their waists, as though they were going to take action.
“Everyone, do not be rash!”
Su Ming’er spoke out, her pleasant voice was like spring water sprinkling on their ears, people who heard her speak would feel comfortable and enjoy the moment.
Her bright pupils swept across, and her mouth opened: “This is Qin Creek, the land of the Sacred Palace, if anyone is to create a ruckus here, your qualifications to participate will be removed, so everyone, please reconsider your actions, whatever grievances you have can be resolved in the competition!”
“Miss Ming’er is right!” Lu Xi Shan kept his blade and snorted: “Lin Tian Yin! We will meet in the competition, and at that time, don’t blame me for being merciless!”
“On what basis do you deserve to say that?” LIn Tian Yin laughed: “Lu Xi Shan, stop thinking your love will be reciprocated, the reason why I came here today was not for you, but for this Miss Su Ming’er!”