Qin Wanwan was thrown into the whirlpool by Jian Xingzhi, after rotating in the whirlpool for 360 degrees, she felt so dizzy that she couldn’t even stand up. When she tried to stand up, someone helped her by holding her shoulder, and spoke with concern, “Fellow Daoist Qin, are you okay?”
Qin Wanwan looked at Bai Suiyou and everything came to her mind immediately. She quickly got up and looked at the black vortex as she muttered, “Long Aotian, this son of a bitch, I ……”
Qin Wanwan cursed Jian Xingzhi as she looked into the vortex.
The vortex from this side was inside of a huge tunnel. Everything happening inside the vortex could be seen clearly in front of Qin Wanwan. Doorframes made with light were on both sides of the vortex and made it look like a door. Qin Wanwan felt like she was watching TV, the only difference was that whatever was showing on the screen wasn’t fake but reality.
At this moment, the sky of the Secret Realm had long been covered with cracks, only Xie Lutang’s pillar of light was supporting the sky. But the pillar of light already looked as thin as a cicada’s wing, it was obvious that it wouldn’t be able to support the sky for long. Cultivators that entered the vortex were scrambling out of the light door, only Jian Xingzhi alone rushed to Xie Lutang with his sword.
“It’s very dangerous down there.” Bai Suiyou stood behind Qin Wanwan and advised her, “Fellow Daoist Qin, let’s go to the Sword Mound first. This place is sustaining on Daoist Xie-daojun’s energy. Once the Secret Realm below collapses, this place will also collapse.”
“Then you go first.” Qin Wanwan gritted her teeth and waved her hand, “I’ll wait for them here. They stayed in the Secret Realm to save people. I can’t just run away leaving them in danger regardless of everyone.”
Bai Suiyou froze, he seemed to be a little surprised hearing Qin Wanwan’s words. He took a few steps forward and looked down at the scene inside the vortex closely. Seeing the Secret Realm collapsing, he hesitated for a moment but still stood beside Qin Wanwan and firmly said, “Then I’ll wait with Daoist Qin.”
When everyone squeezed out of the Secret Realm, Jian Xingzhi landed back beside Xie Lutang. Seeing him returning, Xie Lutang frowned: “Why did you ……”
“Someone said that the strong protects the weak.” Jian Xingzhi raised his hand to draw a seal and said, “she has done her best, I can not fall behind either.”
Xie Lutang could not understand what he meant. He was about to say something when he saw light blooming from Jian Xingzhi’s hand.
“With the order by the Nine Realm, let the sword follow my will*.”
[T/N: I’m not sure if I translated it right. Feel free to point it out if I’m wrong.]
After saying this, he pressed the seal to the ground.
No matter how many warnings 666 gave, Jian Xingzhi did not care about it. The moment he turned his divine consciousness into spiritual power and drew it into the spell formation, powerful electric shock unlike before ran through his whole body. The pillar of light that looked as thin as a cicada’s wing instantly lit up and rushed to the sky, turning into a huge sword and connecting the sky and the ground.
When the top Sword Intent, never seen before, came to the surface, Xie Lutang looked up sharply. He looked at the standing Jian Xingzhi with a shocked expression. Jian Xingzhi gritted his teeth, endured the electricity spreading throughout his body and said in a hoarse voice, “Since the people are leaving, you should also leave. Go quickly.”
The current that was running through Jian Xingzhi’s body with a ‘zi zhi’ sound was as great as when he first ignored 666’s warning and tried to go against the plot. 666 was so heartbroken for him that she couldn’t help herself from raising its small hand to cover her eyes, she couldn’t bear to see Jian Xingzhi’s suffering.
Qin Wanwan saw his figure in blue clothes trembling first before kneeling on the ground through the vortex. He seemed to endure something, but still didn’t move from the place, as if he was even willing to go against God just to save people.
She always saw him bullying people, but seeing his figure now trying his hardest to save the Secret Realm she couldn’t help but think that he was also someone with righteousness.
The moment his struggling figure fell in front of her eyes, Qin Wanwan felt the usual jokes she said in her heart about him sweeping away, and her heart thumping inside her ribcage.
She froze for a moment and instantly understood that she also needed to do something to help them.
“38, what will happen if I go against the character settings and the plot?”
“Haven’t you ever experienced it?” 38 exclaimed with a hint of pain in his voice, “You will get electric shock!”
Hearing 38’s words, what happened from their first meeting, the scenes when this ‘Long Aotian’ used means beyond human capabilities to help her as ‘Jian Zhiyan’ seemed to flash in front of Qin Wanwan one by one. She instantly understood how ruthless these so-called systems could be and how much they limited their task.
“How can I help another person who also has a system to dispel the electric shock issued by the main system? Is there a way?”
“There is.” 38 said hesitantly, “But you have to lose 500 points to buy the ‘Dispeller’……”
“I want to buy a ‘Dispeller’.”
Qin Wanwan immediately spoke but 38 had some reluctance: “But Master ……”
At Qin Wanwan’s urging 38 sighed: “Master originally had 1035 points, now 500 points will be deducted to buy a ‘Dispeller’!”
After 38 finished saying that, Qin Wanwan felt a talisman paper appearing in her sleeve. She hurriedly took out the talisman paper, raised herself from the ground and threw the talisman towards Jian Xingzhi while shouting, “Long Aotian!”
Jian Xingzhi heard someone calling his name and looked up. He saw a thin talisman paper flying towards him from the vortex amidst the chaotic atmosphere. He raised his hand and the talisman was immediately attached to his palm. In an instant, the pain caused by the electric current disappeared instantly. 666 was surprised as she cried out loud: “Huh? The electric shock was dispelled? Isn’t it the ‘Dispeller’ sold for 500 points?!”
Hearing this, Jian Xingzhi raised his eyes and looked at the vortex in the cracking sky. The corners of his mouth hooked into a smile as he said somewhat proudly, “It seems I didn’t raise her in vain.”
The words just fell, when Xie Lutang who was sitting beside him finally could not stand the pressure of using too much spiritual energy and vomited a mouthful of blood. The pillar of light instantly shattered and a large part of the sky started to fall. The only thing that was supporting the sky now was Jian Xingzhi’s lightsaber.
Xie Lutang raised his hand and pressed it on his chest. He wanted to speak but it was becoming very difficult to even open his mouth. Jian Xingzhi gave him a careless glance and said, “You are useless right now. Hurry up and leave, it’s better if you just go and protect Qin Wanwan for me.”
Qin Wanwan was enrolled in the Wen Xin Sect as ‘Qin Wanwan’. He deliberately used her real name in front of Xie Lutang as a pseudonym, so that he won’t recognise her. Xie Lutang also understood that he could barely support himself anymore and was simply a drag. So he raised himself from the ground to leave, not before saluting Jian Xingzhi, “Yes, senior.”
With that, Xie Lutang rose up with his sword and flew straight up in the sky.
Jian Xingzhi used his divine sense to condense the sword, even for someone who was as strong as him, the probability of damaging the divine sense was extremely high. Although the electric shock was dispersed, he still began to feel some pain in his divine sense. As he watched the cultivators escaping through the vortex one by one and the sky collapsing little by little, he looked towards the vortex where Qin Wanwan was and saw it was also beginning to shatter.
Outside the vortex, Bai Suiyou and Qin Wanwan were observing the whole thing. Seeing the situation, Bai Suiyou couldn’t help but clench his fists and suggested to Qin Wanwan again, “Daoist Qin, I think we should leave now. Once the tunnel* closes down, we can’t go to the Sword Mound.”
[T/N: I suppose the place they are standing must be a tunnel and the mouth of the vortex must be at the end of the tunnel.]
“You can go.” Qin Wanwan stared down at Jian Xingzhi and said with gritted teeth. But her eyes still didn’t move from Jian Xingzhi’s figure as she said, “I’ll stay here.”
‘The person who is truly strong protects the weak’ it was something she said before to Jian Xingzhi. So she didn’t have the will to leave Jian Xingzhi and flee.
Qin Wanwan was of course scared, she was shivering as she spoke, but the hand holding on the door frame still didn’t move itself away. Bai Suiyou gazed at her eyes that were clearly afraid but still did not waver. He couldn’t help but think, the person in front of him must be the most stubborn person he had seen in his whole life. His eyes flashed, as something dark passed through the black pupils and made them darker than usual. Laughing softly he said, “Daoist Qin and Daoist Long really have a deep friendship.”
“I don’t care what deep relationship or friendship is.” Qin Wanwan gritted her teeth and said, “He is risking his life to save people, I can just leave him alone.”
Bai Suiyou froze, it was at this moment when Xie Lutang stumbled through the vortex with his long sword. Holding the doorframe he said to Qin Wanwan, “Let’s go.”
“Xie-daojun.” Xie Lutang was still a little dizzy and barely stabilised himself. He quickly pulled Qin Wanwan outside, “Senior told me to take good care of you.”
“I can’t go, the light door may close at any moment, I have to wait for him to return!” Saying that, Qin Wanwan tried to pull her hand away and turned her head to look at Bai Suiyou as she said stubbornly, “You can take Bai-xiong with you and leave.”
Xie Lutang was about to speak but Qin Wanwan recited a spell and pushed the injured Xie Lutang away. Since Xie Lutang was already injured, he couldn’t hold himself and was forced to take a few steps back. He was surprised, but Qin Wanwan stubbornly stood beside the light door with a firm expression, “Xie-daojun need not to worry about me. I know how to protect myself. You guys can go, I’m fine.”
The tunnel was shaking more and more, the debris was peeling off from the roof and the sound of fighting was coming from outside the tunnel. Xie Lutang looked at the direction of the Sword Mound and couldn’t understand what he should do. The Senior told him to protect Qin Wanwan but something wrong seemed to be happening outside. It was a tough decision for him to make.
As the last cultivator rushed out the vortex, the chicken Ji Wuyou who was sitting on the roof of his manor glanced at Jian Xingzhi and urged him, “Young man, let’s go.”
Jian Xingzhi smiled at him when he heard the words, “You helped Laozi today, come find me if you are ever in trouble.”
After saying that, he drew away from the formation in his hand and stood up. The lightsaber instantly disappeared, and the sky fell down at a rapid speed.
The entire tunnel also started to shake as the vortex began to close. Qin Wanwan quickly turned around to the door of the vortex. Seeing the light door closing, she looked back and shouted towards Bai Suiyou and Xie Lutang, “Go!”
With that, she grabbed her longsword from her waist and thrust it inside the vortex. Using her divine sense as a spiritual force to block the vortex from closing.
Seeing the situation not good, Bai Suiyou also gritted his teeth and grabbed Xie Lutang: “Let’s go!”
After saying this, he pulled Xie Lutang and rushed out.
Qin Wanwan stepped on the whirlpool, the force to close the whirlpool was stronger than her spiritual energy. So, she began to use the ‘Energy Absorption’ method to violently suck the energy around the area to increase her spiritual energy. While doing so, she was still cursing Jian Xingzhi.
“Long Aotian I will not let you go even if I die here today!”
“Why don’t you run faster!? I’m going crazy for your stupidity!!!”
Seeing that the vortex was close to closing and only open as big as a melon, she thrust her hand inside through the small point and held the other hand against the wall next to it as she shouted desolately, “Long Aotian!”
Jian Xingzhi flew to the vortex with his sword and saw the vortex suddenly closing. He was close to the vortex but the vortex was closing at a rapid speed. Just when he thought he wouldn’t be able to reach the vortex in time, a slender hand broke through the small closing, accompanied by Qin Wanwan general scream as if he had already died: “Long Aotian! “
Jian Xingzhi grabbed Qin Wanwan’s slender hand. Feeling someone holding her hand suddenly, Qin Wanwan started desperately pulling Jian Xingzhi towards her direction. The moment Jian Xingzhi’s figure came through the vortex, the tunnel instantly collapsed. Jian Xingzhi immediately held herself in his arms and protected her while rolling on the ground. The door of the tunnel was completely closed, Jian Xingzhi held her and protected her head as he rolled in the ground. Holding Qin Wanwan, he ruthlessly hit the door and escaped the tunnel.
The moment they came outside, Qin Wanwan felt something sharp coming towards her. She wasn’t prepared and subconsciously hugged Jian Xingzhi, who rolled on the ground and avoided the oncoming attack. As the attacker was kicked away by Jian Xingzhi, Nan Feng immediately rushed to them, “Master, Daojun, are you okay?”
Jian Xingzhi didn’t answer, because he wasn’t in the position to answer. His forehead was filled with cold sweats, excessive consumption of divine energy made him somewhat difficult to respond. Qin Wanwan’s entire body was still shaking, she somehow stabilised herself and quickly pulled out her Qiankun bag for Qi stabilising pills. But her hands were shivering so much that she couldn’t even pull out the medicine. Seeing her pathetic appearance, Jian Xingzhi couldn’t hold himself anymore and snatched the pill bottle from her hand. After pouring out several pills, he slapped them on her mouth while popping a few in his mouth on the way. “Have the courage as small as a mosquito but still dared to do a big job. So stubborn.” Although his mouth was poisonous, it could still be considered praising her, “really stubborn ah.”
“Daoist Qin, Daoist Long!” Just as Jian Xingzhi finished speaking, he saw Bai Suiyou running up to the two of them. He had a sword in his hand that was still dripping with blood. He gasped for breath as he rejoiced, “You’re all right? That’s great.”
“What’s going on?”
Qin Wanwan looked up at Bai Suiyou while taking a glance at the surrounding area.
There seemed to be an extremely fierce fight happening around, corpses were littered everywhere. The fight seemed to come to an end, people who survived were running ahead to the two towering mountains made with swords. In the middle of the two mountains of sword, a deep and wide canyon could be seen. The canyon was surrounded by black fog, a powerful energy was emitting from around the canyon. But it was unknown exactly where the energy was coming from.
“Fight for spiritual treasures.” Bai Suiyou wiped the blood from his face as he said, “The cultivators are rushing in to grab them. No competitors are at the Foundation Establishment stage, each one is stronger than the other.”
As his words fell, a reasoning “Ding!” sounded in Qin Wanwan’s mind as a task panel appeared in front of her, along with a progress bar:.
Task 2: Search for the Divine Sword from the Sword Mound.
Task completion: 90% completed.
Core Task Prompt: Obtain the Divine Sword, Yuan Ying.
When Qin Wanwan got the mission, Jian Xingzhi also got the mission at the same time with a different task.
Task 5: Assist the female lead to obtain the original sword. Points: 1000
Side mission: Assist any male character with a face value of 90+ to save the female lead. Points for completing the task: +50
The two looked at each other, Jian Xingzhi saw fatigue in Qin Wanwan’s eyes, and Qin Wanwan saw points in Jian Xingzhi’s eyes.
“You want to search for the sword, right?” Jian Xingzhi felt he had been injected with chicken blood as he leaped up with new found strength, “I’ll help you!”
Qin Wanwan looked at him enviously, “Young man, aren’t you tired? Doesn’t your head hurt?”
“After we find the sword, you can carry me.” Jian Xingzhi said unburdened, “I can rest on the way! I have experience in such a situation, don’t worry.”
Saying that, Jian Xingzhi grabbed Qin Wanwan’s shoulder and sent a wave of spiritual energy to her. After pulling her up, he looked at Bai Suiyou and asked, “Where is Xie Lutang?”
Bai Suiyou pointed to the canyon: “Xie-daojun also went in.”
Jian Xingzhi beckoned toward Nan Feng who was standing next to them. At his gesture, he immediately turned into a big fire ant. Jian Xingzhi looked at Qin Wanwan who just stood up next to him, “Help me up.”
Qin Wanwan looked at Nan Feng that became huge in front of him, and suddenly smiled as something flashed in her mind, “Okay.”
After saying that, she grabbed Jian Xingzhi’s hand and flung him to Nan Feng. Jian Xingzhi was completely unprepared and was directly thrown to the back of the huge ant. He quickly grabbed Nan Feng’s antenna and struggled to climb up on his back. After climbing up, he heard Qin Wanwan’s voice asking him, “How does it feel to be thrown?”
Hearing her, Jian Xingzhi realised in a flash that she was getting back at him for his actions, and he bit back a smile, “Cool.”
“Oh.” Qin Wanwan nodded, “then I’ll throw you a few more times in the future.”
Saying that, Qin Wanwan also climbed up on top of Nan Feng and pulled Jian Xingzhi’s hands around her waist: “Hold tightly.”
Jian Xingzhi froze, he didn’t even know if it was his consciousness or his brain that was messed up, he stiffened the moment his hands touched Qin Wanwan’s slender waist. Qin Wanwan was completely unaware of his emotional turmoil and looked at Bai Suiyou, “Fellow Daoist Bai, let’s go.”
Bai Suiyou smiled and nodded before climbing up on his long sword. When everyone boarded, Qin Wanwan shouted: “Charge!”
At her command, Nan Feng began to run wildly towards the canyon. Bai Suiyou was following them behind, standing on his sword and rushing together towards the canyon.
Nan Feng ran very fast, although he was carrying Qin Wanwan and Jian Xingzhi, the additional weight didn’t hinder him from running smoothly. Qin Wanwan’s body was pretty stable since she was holding Nan Feng’s antenna. But Jian Xingzhi was sitting behind and had nothing to hold on, so he could just hug her waist tightly.
As his hand touched the soft flesh under his hand, he couldn’t help but feel….a little strange. The feeling was indescribable as he couldn’t understand the reason for the strange emotion.
He controlled his thoughts and tried to adjust his breath. As he looked at Qin Wanwan, he could see her clear and resolute eyes from the side. The scene where her hand broke through the vortex and grabbed him suddenly flashed in his mind. His heart couldn’t help but skip a bit as a complex and indescribable emotion filled it to the core.
“I didn’t expect that you would wait for me.”
Before he knew, the words left his mouth.
Qin Wanwan didn’t immediately reply, she also didn’t know that one day she also had to face a life and death situation. But compared to Jian Xingzhi, who was being electrocuted by the system for saving Xie Lutang, she felt what she did wasn’t much.
She was about to answer something modest back when she heard Jian Xingzhi calling her…
“Daughter.” His voice was full of emotion, “I did not raise you for nothing.”
Qin Wanwan’s hands shook and she gritted her teeth in anger, “Long Aotian, if you have the guts, you can say that again in front of my father!”
“Okay.” Jian Xingzhi answered, “After I recover my identity, I will go to your father and tell him to worship me for raising you so nicely.”
“Fine, fine.” Qin Wanwan laughed in exasperation, “I’ll tell my father to wait.”
With her father’s status, he would worship him(Jian Xingzhi)?
See if he doesn’t tear this kid up first.
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