Chapter 0003-3 – The Mischevious Little Monkey
Translated by: Ken
Edited by: Ulamog, Dedition
Ling Yunzi looked at the 4 blades of light leaving towards the distance, and laughed bitterly in his heart. Those few words from Hai Long, had most probably offended the few disciples from Elysian Peak!
Ling Tongzi pulled the wooden box from Hai Long’s grasp and passed it to Ling Yunzi, saying: “4th Senior Brother, forget it. They’re already gone. Hai Long is still a child, don’t hold it against him, I will discipline him later.”
Hai Long felt warm in his heart, as although Ling Tongzi had said that he would discipline him, how could he miss the intent to shield him in his words?
Ling Yunzi received the wooden box, and sighed lightly, before turning around to go back to his room.
Ling Tongzi wore an indignant expression and stared at Hai Long, saying: “Come with me.”
Hai Long made a monkey face at Ling Yuzi, then followed Ling Tongzi back to his room.
“Hai Long, do you know your mistake?” Ling Tongzi asked gravely.
Hai Long rubbed his forehead as he argued: “How was I wrong? It should be like that! They had taken our stuff, it was only proper that they give something in exchange!”
Ling Tongzi shook his head helplessly: “You have no idea about relations. Although it’s true that it was difficult to accede to their request, we are, after all, from the same sect. Everyone’s under Cloudlink Sect. How can we ask for something back while helping a fellow disciple? Furthermore, your attitude today was way out of hand. Ling Muzi and the rest are your Junior-Masters after all. How could you be so disrespectful? This will cause our Cloudstroke Peak to look bad. Since it was your first offence, I will not punish you, but you have to reflect properly.”
Hai Long did not feel that he had done anything wrong, but he nodded anyway: “6th Junior-Master, why aren’t there any ladies on our Cloudstroke Peak! You see their side, there were 3 female Uncle-Masters!”
Ling Tongzi sighed and replied: “We are cultivators, what’s the difference between men and women? They are under Reverend Elysian, Reverend Elysian is a lady herself, of course her disciples would be mostly women.”
Hai Long chuckled, and sat beside Ling Tongzi, saying: “6th Junior-Master, I shall go and get your some fruits, you haven’t eaten yet.”
Hearing Hai Long’s words, Ling Tongzi could not maintain his mask, and replied helplessly: “You little monkey!”
Hearing the words ‘little monkey’, Hai Long’s heart skipped a beat, and thought back to the monkey which had made a fool out of him, and couldn’t help thinking to himself, that one day, he would seek revenge.
The next day, Hai Long’s movements were miraculously fast, and he had gotten up even before the sun came up to go and chop firewood. He finished the firewood portion smoothly way before noon even arrived, and immediately picked up his bamboo pole and headed to the orchard. After picking enough fruits, he sneaked about the orchard in an attempt to track down the monkey from yesterday. His efforts paid off, and just as he had covered himself in an ambush, he noticed an agile grey shadow climbing up to one of the trees in the orchard. It was precisely the monkey from yesterday.
“Sou!” Without waiting for the monkey to sit steadily, Hai Long had sent a handful of stones hurling over. Under those circumstances, without any warning, the monkey was hit squarely and it shrieked. After all, that was a bunch of stones. The little monkey’s eyes turned red with anger, and started pelting Hai Long with fruits.
After hitting his target, Hai Long was overjoyed and roared with laughter, dodging the fruits aimed at him, while returning fire with his own handful of stones. A kid and a monkey, creating a ruckus inside the orchard. Until it was almost late in the afternoon, and his own body almost not moving from exhaustion, Hai Long came out from the orchard. The end result of the day was the same previously, with his agility and vantage point losing out to the monkey, he came out covered in fruit juice once again. However, as he could be considered to have done slightly better, Hai Long was not as depressed as yesterday. In order not to let his Junior-Masters see his sorry plight, he hurriedly went to wash up first before returning to Cloudstroke Plains.
The mountains were not spared from the passing of time, and soon an entire year had passed.
Cloudstroke Peak was full of rich energy, and every single day, the inhabitants would be nourished by the healthy fruits and fresh air. With such an abundance of natural qi, in the entire year, Hai Long had grown much taller, and the 14-year old him was almost as tall as Ling Yuzi. Even his body had become much tougher.
The fundamental cultivation of the Skyheart Technique was extremely simple, and with the assistance of Ling Tongzi, Hai Long had already long since embarked on the journey of cultivation. Although he wasn’t at the optimal condition, in this year, it could be said that he had begun cultivation, and when he practised, he could feel a warm current within him.
While cultivating on Cloudstroke Peak could be lonely, Hai Long still managed to find fun ways to keep himself occupied. They included the daily chores as well as the games he played with the little monkey. Every morning, Hai Long would go to the orchard early to engage the monkey in their play-fights, and the monkey was quite accomodating as well. Ever since it had seen Hai Long for the first time, it would climb to Cloudstroke Peak’s orchard to eat, and it had long since taken the bouts between it and Hai Long as a daily entertainment as well. At the beginning, Hai Long used to be on the losing end most of the time, but the daily exchanges resulted in Hai Long’s agility improving by leaps and bounds, and even his accuracy with his stone-throwing improved. Now the monkey could not gain much of an advantage, sometimes it would be chased by Hai Long with its hands hugging its head.
Ling Tongzi had discovered this little secret of Hai Long early on, but he did not say anything, as there was nothing bad about their play, after all, Hai Long was still a kid, and needed his childhood. In fact, the daily exchanges helped his growth physically and mentally. That was why he allowed it to continue.
It was an early morning yet again, and Hai Long bustled about to get his washing done, after having eaten a few pieces of Huangjing (a root commonly used in Chinese herbs), and ran out of his room. Yesterday, he had managed to gain the upper hand, and caused the monkey to be beaten back with almost no way of retaliation. His stone throwing had been polished to its most consummate level, hitting wherever he wanted to hit. Hai Long was still thinking in his heart, that he had to put in more effort, so much so that the monkey would have no means to fight back.
As he thought to himself, he quickly arrived at the orchard. The moment he entered the orchard, he could sense clearly a slight flow of air current above him. Without thinking, his body reacted naturally, and he curled his body up to minimize his surface area as he routed around the tree, and shifted locations. With a ‘pa’ sound, an unripe peach landed on his earlier location. Hai Long laughed and cursed: “Good! Little Smarty (the name he had given the monkey), I’ve just arrived and you wanted to ambush me. Watch out for my hidden weapons!” Locating Little Smarty, he promptly shot out 3 pieces of stones forming a ‘品’, as the left and right stones sealed off its escape.
Little Smarty had grown quite a bit in this year as well, just as it was about to be hit, it quickly swung out and hit the stone away. Hai Long’s wrist power was not weak, coupled with the fact that he had improved in his cultivation, although he didn’t use all his strength, the power of those stones could still be threatening. Little Smarty had withdrawn its hand and was massaging it as it grumbled out loud.
Hai Long chuckled: “Stop feigning you, see how I take care of you today! Watch out!” In order to contend against Little Smarty, Hai Long had specially asked Ling Yuzi to prepared 2 pouches for him to hang at his waist, and he filled them up with stones he had prepared long ago. Using them was extremely convenient. The stones flew towards Little Smarty with whizzing sounds.
As Hai Long’s accuracy improved, Little Smarty had grown better as well. It jumped about continuously, dodging the stones from Hai Long, while using the various fruits from the trees as bullets to return fire. The 2 of them had tremendous fun as they ran about in the orchard. Today, Little Smarty seemed to be full of vigor, and its speed had clearly increased. After a long bout, both of them had only managed to draw.
As he sat on the ground panting for breath, Hai Long pointed at Little Smarty: “You must have eaten something precious, how is your speed so fast today? Unfortunately for you, this daddy had just broke through to the Early Insight Stage, otherwise, I would really be helpless against you!”
Little Smarty was also obviously tired, as it sprawled on a tree branch not far from Hai Long. However, it’s little red eyes were full of excitement, and it reached out with its own thumb and index to point at Hai Long, giving off a look of arrogance, as though it was looking down on Hai Long.
Seeing that smug look of Little Smarty, Hai Long felt his competitive spirit rising, and he said in annoyance: “I gave you a little leeway and you start to think you’re all that, eh? Watch out for my treasures!” With the remaining stone inside his cloth pouch, Hai Long used all his strength to shoot it at Little Smarty.
Little Smarty was frightened, and it was already out of energy. It was hit squarely and it shrieked out in pain, its body wobbling unsteadily, and started to fall down headlong. If it was its usual energetic self, it could have used its long tail to balance itself on the tree branch. However, it was already pushed to its limits, how could it have used it? It fell down freely with gravity acting on its body.
It was the first time for such a situation to occur, and Hai Long was scared witless as well. He made to reach out and try to catch Little Smarty, however, there was a distance, and his exhausted legs did not listen to his commands. Time slowed, and he watched wide-eyed as Little Smarty dropped right in front of him. The unfortunate coincidence was, at the spot where Little Smarty landed, there was a sharp rock. Little Smarty let out a single cry, as its body that had impacted the ground shuddered.
Although they had been scuffling every day for the past year, Hai Long had long since treated Little Smarty as his friend, and he was shocked. He quickly went forward to carry Little Smarty up. Its condition was perilous, as the sharp rock had pierced its left chest like knife, and blood was flowing without stop from the wound. Its red eyes that were usually sparkling with intelligence were starting to cloud over.