Qin Wanwan lowered her head like a quail, afraid that if she didn’t lower it more, she would get the attention of that person.
But that man, after glancing at Qin Wanwan surprisingly walked over to them with his meal in hand without hesitation. He put both his meal tray and sword side by side on the table, and sat in front of Qin Wanwan.
She immediately stood up, it was completely a subconscious reaction. Before she could take her tray and slip away, the person opposite him spoke up, “Didn’t you come to eat?”
Qin Wanwan’s movement stopped, she looked at Jian Xingzhi with wide eyes as she said in a trembling voice, “It’s you?”
Jian Xingxiang gave her a stare as if looking at a fool. He had a bit of OCD, so he didn’t like how the chopsticks in his tray were put and aligned them side by side. After finishing the job, he frowned at Qin Wanwan who was still standing with a dumbfounded expression on her face and urged, “Hurry up and eat. You have to cultivate after eating. You just formed a powerful Golden Core, so you have to cultivate to stabilize it.”
Qin Wanwan hurriedly nodded like a chicken pecking on rice and sat down again. It was Big Brother’s instruction, she couldn’t refuse it even if she wanted to. She obediently picked up the chopsticks and was about to start eating when she remembered Bai Suiyou sitting beside them and introduced Jian Xingzhi to him.
“He was also the one who saved you ……”
Saying this, she hesitated a little before speaking again, “Zhang San.”
Bai Suiyou froze before asking, ” then what was guniang’s surname again? I seem to forgot?”
“Li Si.” Qin Wanwan replied much more smoothly this time, “We are siblings.”
Bai Suiyou didn’t seem to believe her bluffing. He looked at them back and forth before asking, “Are the names your real name? Is guniang really not deceiving me?”
Qin Wanwan paused, she thought about it in her heart. Bai Suiyou was right, it wouldn’t be good for her to mingle with the cultivation world with a fake name. Not only did it sound so unlike her, it was also not sincere to lie to the people she knew.
Jian Xingzhi silently ate his meal as head them talking. He looked up at Qin Wanwan and saw her pondering look and understood the reason. He simply announced himself without caring for the consequence, “My name is Long Aotian.”
“I ……” Qin Wanwan hesitated for a moment and said her real name, “Qin Wanwan.”
Jian Xingzhi’s movement paused as his eyebrows furrowed. But none of them noticed it. Bai Suiyou looked at the two of them and asked, “You two are wandering cultivators?”
Qin Wanwan nodded her head, Bai Suiyou sighed with sorrow and said with emotion, “the phrase ‘high achievers are among the ordinary people’ is true.”
The three of them finished their meal, Jian Xingzhi and Qin Wanwan told the story of how they met Qian Liu and defeated him. Bai Suiyou became sad hearing the two people with him died and said sadly, “Thank you for everything you did. My Senior Uncle Mu Yi and Senior Nephew Mu Qing must be exterminated by Qian Liu. The two of you not only saved me but also avenged them for me.”
“No need to thank us.” Qin Wanwan waved her hand and said, “It was our responsibility.”
After thinking about something, she spoke again, “How about you tell us about the Sword Mound Conference?”
“The divisions are carefully made.” Bai Suiyou smiled and said, “The Sword Mound Conference is called a General Assembly of the cultivators. You not only have to pass the tastes of your martial arts, but there’s also the Secret Realm test, which you have to pass to finally enter the competition. The Secret Realm is only open for the cultivators below the Jindan stage, and only ten people will be selected from the test. So, only the first ten cultivators who will come out of the Secret Realm can officially enter the Sword Mound Conference to choose a sword for their next fight.”
Hearing Bai Suiyou’s explanation, Jian Xingzhi frowned and said, “Below the Jindan? Then she and I have already formed the Jindan ……”
“It does not matter,” Bai Suiyou waved his hand, “It’s just an optional rule that cultivators below the Jindan stage can enter the Secret Realm. Because in the big sects, only cultivators below the Jindan stage don’t have their own native magic treasures to enter the Sword Mound Conference to choose a sword. The two of you don’t have any native magic treasures with you, so you don’t have any restrictions. It’s too troublesome to suppress one’s foundation just to enter the competition.”
Hearing this, Qin Wanwan also put down her worries and asked, “What is the test given in the Secret Realm?”
“I don’t know. The Secret Realm sets different tests according to the qualities of the people who enter, there are those who had to test their martial arts skill, those who had to compete in painting, those who have lived in there for a lifetime, and those who had competed in making tofu. Who knows what will be there for whom?”
Jian Xingzhi and Qin Wanwan looked at each other hearing this and nodded their heads in understanding.
The three of them talked while walking back to the guest room. After reaching the door, Bai Suiyou and the two of them parted their ways. But before leaving, Bai Suiyou suggested to them, “You two just take a good rest. When the Sword Mound Conference registration will be over, the Tian Chen Sect will inform you.”
“Thank you, Fellow Daoist Bai.”
Qin Wanwan sent off Bai Suiyou and breathed a sigh of relief. As soon as she turned around, she saw Jian Xingzhi looking at her with cold eyes, “Why are you so stupid?”
“Huh?” Qin Wanwan was dumbfounded.
“More trouble will arise now that you have revealed your name. Aren’t you worried that people from Wen Xin Sect will recognize you now?”
“I just need to change my face,” Qin Wanwan didn’t know why this Long Aotian suddenly cared about revealing her identity and was a bit confused, “Qin Wanwan is such a common name, how will the people of Wen Xin Sect recognize me?”
“Change your name.”
Jian Xingzhi stubbornly spoke, Qin Wanwan frowned in confusion, “Why?”
“Your name,” Jian Xingzhi turned his head away as he said, “I don’t like it.”
“What’s wrong with my name?” Hearing that he didn’t like her name, Qin Wanwan immediately flared up, “I like it very much.”
“I don’t like it!”
“I don’t care if you like it or not!” Qin Wanwan simply ignored him and rolled her eyes as she said, “I don’t like your face. Are you going to change it now?”
Jian Xingzhi froze before frowning and asking, “What’s wrong with my face?”
Qin Wanwan stared at his face and felt the urge to scratch it with her nails. Remembering all the painful memories when she was stepped on by Jian Xingzhi, she couldn’t help but emphasise, “Ugly, ugly, very ugly!”
Jian Xingzhi, for the first time, was called ugly by someone. So obviously he was angry and shocked. Even though his face was ugly, it was still better than those crooked gourds* of the cultivation world, right?
[T/N: 歪瓜裂棗. It’s an idiom. It is used as the derogatory term for a group of unattractive people (or objects)]
Jian Xingzhi felt the urge to exclaim in her face, look at the face of smiling Bai Suiyou and cold but handsome Xie Lutang and then look at me. Exactly where am I ugly!?
“Do you know how powerful the original owner of this face of mine was?” Jian Xingzhi raised his hand and pointed at his face while saying. The words about the Immortal Realm were just at the tip of his tongue, but remembering the painful feeling of being electrified by 666, he gritted his teeth and spoke, “Do you have any idea of the status of the puppy!?”
Qin Wanwan sneered, it seemed this idiot was Jian Xingzhi’s admirer.
It’s human instinct to admire strong and beautiful people. Even if Jian Xingzhi’s second name was trouble, there were many people who worshipped him.
Qin Wanwan instantly felt her impression of him dropping down to the ground. She raised her head as if being proud of herself and said word by word with clenched teeth, “I! Don’t! Like! It!”
“Who cares if you like it or not!” Jian Xingzhi didn’t want to argue with her anymore and just sat down to meditate, “I just like my face.”
“I also like my name!”
The two turned their heads to the opposite direction, ignoring each other completely. Each sat with their backs to each other to meditate, both deciding in their heart to have a cold fight, until the other party apologised.
So, when Nan Feng returned, he saw his two Masters, each sitting at the other side of the room, meditating by themselves. The atmosphere between the two of them was heavy, like a gloomy cloud was hovering above both of their heads. But he simply thought they were meditating, so Nan Feng didn’t dare to speak. He just thought in his heart, since both the Masters are meditating, let’s meditate. He also followed his Masters and simply sat on the ground to meditate.
But soon, he found that something was wrong. These two didn’t speak not only while when meditating, but they ignored each other like air after done meditating. After meditating for eight hours, Qin Wanwan began to tour the garden in the Tian Chen Sect, visited the ponds and other courtyard before going to buy sword repairs that looked good in her eyes.
And Jian Xingzhi, he just sat in his room cultivating, cultivating and more cultivating.
This routine stayed for the two of them for several days.
When Qin Wanwan was not around, Jian Xingzhi secretly asked Nan Feng: “Where did your master go today?”
Nan Feng didn’t dare to offend Jian Xingzhi, he was very much afraid of both of his Masters after seeing them forming a Heavenly-Rank Ninth-Grade Golden Core, so he could only answer truthfully.
“Today, she went to see Daoist Xie practicing his sword, and said that Daoist Xie has extraordinary swordsmanship.”
“She’s blind.” Jian Xingzhi commented.
“And then, she went down the mountain to eat wontons with Bai-daojun and said that Bai-daojun was gentle and considerate, just like her first love.”
“Also so stupid!” Jian Xingzhi’s temper immediately flared up.
“Then, she went to see the disciples of Tian Chen Sect and was enlightened.”
Jian Xingzhi’s dying hope rekindled again hearing this. He asked with a heart full of anticipation, “She intends to work hard on her cultivation?”
“No,” Nan Feng shook his head, “the master said, men look better when working hard in a group.”
Jian Xingzhi: “……”
Jian Xingzhi couldn’t stand it anymore, he stood up, and rushed to the sword practicing platform of Tian Chen Sect. He grabbed the collar of Qin Wanwan who was holding a watermelon and eating it with a spoon, while sitting in the shade and watching the disciples compete.
Jian Xingzhi simply carried Qin Wanwan on his shoulder and started walking towards the guest room. Qin Wanwan shrieked and stretched her hands towards the watermelon that was about to fall, “My watermelon!”
The other hand of Jian Xingzhi caught the falling melon and carried both Qin Wanwan and her melon to the guest room.
“All you know to do everyday is eat, drink, sleep and play. If you don’t cultivate hard and continue to be lazy, do you think you will be able to ascend even in a thousand years?”
“Put me down first! I meditate for four hours a day, that’s enough!”
“Not enough! You have to meditate twelve hours a day. Can’t you do anything productive after meditating? Other people practice their martial arts, what about you? Other people polish their basic skills and you do what? At least make the foundation solid to level up.” Jian Xingzhi put her to the ground, raised his hand to break a branch from the pear blossoms tree above their heads and raised it threateningly as he scolded, “how can you be so lazy? Grab your sword right now!”
Qin Wanwan took a breath of cold air as soon as she saw the aura of the person in front of her.
The person in front of her was the admirer of that dog Jian Xingzhi, even the aura emitting from him was the same as Jian Xingzhi.
She gulped in fear and tried to placate Jian Xingzhi: “Brother Aotian, I went to see their sword practicing because I want to learn.”
“If you want to learn, I can teach you, is there any need to watch others?” Jian Xingzhi snorted, “You were looking at their sword? What a fart, you were clearly looking at the men!”
This Qin Wanwan bought a male pet so young at age, it seemed her demands were not small at all.
If he didn’t correct it now, how would she become a great immortal in the future?
“This,” Qin Wanwan felt as if she was standing in front of her parents and being scolded for having puppy love. She struggled hard to answer before opening her mouth, “Looking at people isn’t considered bad, right? I need some rest time too.”
“Not considered bad?”
Jian Xingzhi snickered, “Do you know why I have never looked at a woman more than once in my years of training?”
“Why?” Qin Wanwan was a bit confused.
“Women,” Jian Xingzhi said seriously, like an old monk, “can affect the speed of training.”
Qin Wanwan: “……”
“For you, so do men.”
Qin Wanwan: “……”
She understood now, this old Taoist priest wanted her to follow him to become a monk!
“Stop speaking now. Grab your sword, I will teach whatever you want to learn. If you don’t, then I will release my Sword Intent on you.”
Jian Xingzhi threatened in a calm voice.
Qin Wanwan listened to his threat and hurriedly grabbed her sword, “I grabbed, I grabbed the sword.”
Jian Xingzhi watched Qin Wanwan drawing her sword and frowned. He took a deep breath to control the impatience that was about to leak and walked beside her. Her way of handling the sword was obviously bad, but he didn’t speak up to correct it. He stood beside her and grabbed the pear blossom branch and swung it as a demonstration, while explaining, “When swinging a sword, hold the handle of the sword properly. Send strength to your arms, not on the wrists ……”
Saying this, the pear blossom branch in his hand suddenly cut through the air with a beautiful arc. The petals of the pear blossoms fluttered under the pressure and flew everywhere. His action was nimble and sharp, without any fault. The petals danced around him, making the action more beautiful than intended. Qin Wanwan couldn’t help but stare at him blankly.
She dazedly turned her head and looked at the face across the fluttering pear blossoms before suddenly coming back to her senses.
That face, it was too hateful for her to like. It was that she was shocked that his sword techniques were so good.
Jian Xingzhi noticed that she was lost in thought and turned her head to look at her as he asked, “Have you learned?”
“I’ve learned, I’ve learned.”
Qin Wanwan hurriedly nodded her head, Jian Xingzhi threw the pear blossom branch to the side and instructed, “Then practice swinging your sword ten thousand times today.”
“Ten thousand times?!”
Qin Wanwan’s eyes opened in shock, Jian Xingzhi simply raised his eyes to look at her. That glance immediately shut her up as she consoled herself in her heart. It’s okay, it’s just ten thousand times. Just the difference between active and passive.
She immediately nodded like an obedient student, “I’ll swing, I’ll start swinging right now.”
Jian Xingzhi’s mood slightly eased as he nodded in approval. He turned back to sit under the shade of the pear blossom tree and picked up Qin Wanwan’s half eaten watermelon. He also grabbed the spoon that Qin Wanwan used and used the water diversion trick to lead the flow of water to wash it as he said with a smile “Practice, I will watch you.”
Qin Wanwan: “……”
Her thoughts of slacking off broke in an instant.
She sucked through her nose and told herself that he was doing it for…his benefit, but it’s good for her too.
She knew that she didn’t have the strength to complain, so she could only endure.
Qin Wanwan resigned herself to her fate and between effort and violence, she did not hesitate to choose the former.
She began to swing her sword as Jian Xingzhi had said.
Although Qin Wanwan was lazy, she was smart, Jian Xingzhi only said and demonstrated once, but she remembered all the points.
She not only remembered it perfectly, but also drew a human figure in her mind. Every time she swung her sword, she imagined her sword hitting that figure on head, chest, arms, stomach and…everywhere. But this human figure also helped her correct her posture and swinging technique. If she ever made a mistake, she would compare her way to the figure in mind and find out the mistake, before continuing swinging.
She swung her sword over and over again, and corrected the mistakes on the way. Everytime she swung her sword, she saw “Martial arts proficiency, +1” flashing before her eyes.
38, seeing its host working so hard, tried to soothe her, “Host, don’t be sad and work hard. After you ascend the Immortal Realm, you will be the strongest, richest and the most beautiful little fairy!”
This really helped Qin Wanwan boost her motivation, as the urge of working harder rose in her heart.
She continued to swing the sword as she chanted in her heart, I’m the strongest, I’m the richest, I’m the most beautiful little fairy.
When the 10,000 swings finished, Qin Wanwan could no longer support herself and fell to the ground face first. Her sword also fell beside her with a “clang”.
Jian Xingzhi at that moment stood up and walked to the fallen Qin Wanwan. He kicked her with the tip of his foot as he instructed again, “Go back to your room now and meditate.”
“I can’t do anything anymore,” Qin Wanwan fell on the ground and huffed, “please, let me rest for a moment.”
“Then go back to your room and rest.”
Jian Xingzhi saw that she really was exhausted and couldn’t practice anymore and reluctantly let her go.
Qin Wanwan closed her eyes peacefully as she mumbled, “Long Aotian, I still have some money in my pocket. If I die right now, don’t forget to give me a proper burial. Bury me beside a river, I can eat fish……”
Jian Xingzhi listened to her whimpering and mumbling things about her dying and couldn’t help but think, this woman is really troublesome. He waited until she finished her monologue when he suddenly heard Qin Wanwan started crying. He had a headache. He simply scooped her on his shoulder and said, “Okay, okay, I’ll carry you back.”
Qin Wanwan was carried back to the room like a sack of rice, Jian Xingzhi threw her onto the bed, pulled down the bed curtain and ordered, “Rest well.” Before turning around and leaving.
Qin Wanwan fell asleep the moment her head touched the pillow. The next morning when she woke up, she heard Nan Feng running in happily as he said, “Master, the registration for the Sword Mound Conference is over. The competition will start tomorrow. The Tian Chen Sect has sent a form, and after filling it out, you can enter the Secret Realm tomorrow.”
Upon hearing this, Qin Wanwan breathed a sigh of relief.
Finally, she could stop cultivating.
“Quickly give me the form.”
Qin Wanwan urged Nan Feng who handed the form and a brush to Qin Wanwan.
The Secret Realm tested cultivator based on clan group registration. Qin Wanwan, Jian Xingzhi, and Nan Feng were from a nameless sect as they said, so they were all placed on the side.
Qin Wanwan swept the brush across the form, quickly filled it out, and told Nan Feng to send it back to the Tian Chen Sect.
When Xie Lutang got the Secret Realm application form, he saw these sentences written on it.
Name: Qin Wanwan, Long Aotian, Nan Feng
Sect: No sect.
Relationship with companions: Bundle of fools, placed on my shoulders and unable to get them down.
Cultivation goals: Eating food and waiting for death. Raising the world’s first class chickens and dogs after ascending to Heaven.
Xie Lutang: “……”
The people of this sect were a little confusing.
At the beginning.
Jian Xingzhi: “Women are so troublesome. They could do nothing but affect my speed of sword training. I don’t want to touch her but she is like a trash bag. Won’t move if not thrown away. At least throwing her away can relieve my stress.”
Qin Wanwan: “ooooooooo I don’t want to cultivate, I just want to see pretty boys……”
Jian Xingzhi: “I like my wife the most, I don’t want my wife to practice sword. I just want her to stay obediently at home. I want to hug her but she doesn’t let me. I have to work hard on not scaring her anymore, she cries if I just frown a little. Also, I have to beat those people who dare to step out of the line and try to flirt with her. Oh! I forgot, I have to buy a melon for her, she loves to eat melon.”
Qin Wanwan: “Roll! Don’t affect the speed of my sword swinging!”
Long Aotian was dumbfounded, he wanted to reunite with his Wan Wan after the ascension to the Heavenly Realm.
The result is …… a woman’s revenge is too fierce.
The shame of stepping on the head of a salted fish is unforgettable ah.