Siao Qi looked at him and said softly.
"You've already started to train the Sentient Menace, right?"
Chu Li nodded, "I tried to, at least."
"How is it?"
"It's still fine."
Chu Li had been training for ten days. The Sentient Menace was truly powerful. It had formed a very unique aura. Instead of flowing into the meridian, it piled up in between his flesh and bone. When he channeled the Sentient Menace, the energy in his muscles circulated and formed a membrane that was invisible but tough.
There were six layers to the Sentient Menace. The skin, flesh, muscle, meridian, bones and marrow.
His first level had great progress. There was an energy membrane on his skin. It was as hard as the skin of a crocodile. It repelled attacks. Normal knives and swords would not break through.
"Are there any side effects so far?" Siao Qi looked at him.
"There certainly seems to be something off," Chu Li answered.
Every since he began training the Sentient Menace, he would feel that his temper surged every now and then. In that moment, anything unpleasant would provoke him and trigger an urge to destroy, even better if he could kill.
He was indeed lucky that his buddhist austerities were really deep. He was able to chant the Buddha's Scriptures as soon as he felt like killing. When he had lost control completely, he would just activate the Omniscient Mirror. It was pure and clean, his thoughts of killing would be immediately banished.
If it were not for the Omniscient Mirror, he dared not train it any longer. He would have definitely transformed into a murderous demon if he had continued without the mirror.
He felt that the head of the Raging Tiger was probably acting that way because he was eager to learn the Sentient Menace.
"If it isn't right then stop learning!"
"I'll be more cautious, if I really can't take it then I'll stop."
"You know your own limits, right!?" Siao Qi warned him.
Chu Li quickly nodded.
"We're leaving!" Su Ru waved off her hand.
The two of them levitated away.
Chu Li sighed. Their graceful backs had left him feeling despondent. If such beautiful women did not belong to him, it would be such a tragic life!
He woke up and practiced the Delusion Split the next morning while Lee Yue was practicing his fist techniques. The courtyard was quite busy.
Suddenly, the jade instrument rang.
Lee Yue stopped practising, "I'll go and have a look."
Chu Li's swordplay did not stop. He nodded and continued to wield his blade gently.
Lee Yue ran back in large steps. Chu Li heard him laugh for a few moments.
"Brother! Look who came!"
Chu Li's Omniscient Mirror had already sensed Zhao Ying. Her lake green gown was floating. Her great figure and face as pretty as jade, she was lovely.
She gently walked into the courtyard and covered her mouth.
"Sister Zhao Ying!" Chu Li did not stop his swordplay. He smiled, "Come here, let's practice!"
"Okay!" Zhao Ying drew her sword from her scabbard, and hopped in front of him. She immediately struck, showing her elegance. She was like a swallow flying across the lake.
Lee Yue was surprised and impressed. He widened his eyes and it looked like he was not blinking at all.
Chu Li's swords play was still slow. He wielded it to the left and then the right slowly while Zhao Ying had already come up with whatever she could. Her elegant swordplay started to become scattered about. After twenty or so moves, she flew backwards and stared at Chu Li, "Brother, that's a little too much!"
Chu Li kept his sword and shook his head, "Your swordsmanship didn't improve much."
"I have been practicing the entire time!" Zhao Ying sheathed her sword and smiled.
"Brother, I am now a ranked seven Protector!"
"You didn't challenge rank six?"
"I'm waiting to reach innate mastery. My chances are much higher then."
"Hmm, that's true."
"A rank seven Protector?" Lee Yue was shocked.
Zhao Ying turned and smiled.
"Do I not look like one, Lee Yue?"
"My god! Zhuo Feiyang is ranked seven himself!" Lee Yue praised Zhuo Feiyang.
"Another genius? Both of you joined the Public House together, didn't you?"
"Yes." Zhao Ying nodded.
"I'm from the same batch as Brother Chu and Zhuo Feiyang."
"Rank seven" Lee Yue shook his head in lamentation.
"Are you guys even going to give the others a chance!?"
Zhao Ying smiled, "If Brother Chu challenged the Tower of Ranking, he would definitely pass rank six."
"Him ?" Lee Yue glared at Chu Li and smiled, "Hah, his swordsmanship is really good, but he's afraid of concealed weapons. What a waste.."
"Let's go and have a look at the flowers, shall we?" Chu Li said.
"Okay!." Zhao Ying agreed.
"Zhao Ying, you haven't had breakfast, have you?" Lee Yue quickly asked.
"Great, let's have it together, what do you feel like eating?"
"I'm fine with anything, I'll eat whatever you guys are eating."
"Leave it to me!"
Chu Li and Zhao Ying left the courtyard and had a walk along the parterre on the island leisurely.
"Brother, does Lady Siao knows about the Raging Tiger already?"
"Yes, the Chief will lend a hand."
"That's great" Zhao Ying let out a big breath. She shook her head.
"I heard that it isn't going to be easy to start a restaurant. We'd need to build a tall building, and there are already four restaurants in town, three of them are the governor's and the other one is staffed by some really talented people! Competing with them is just..very hard!"
Chu Li nodded.
"It takes at least one year to build a tall building, and you're going to spend a lot. After the building is built, we need a good chef, and all the chef in the Chong Ming Town are already taken, we can't possibly pull one out from the Public House, can we?" Zhao Ying continued.
"Chief Su Ru will bring over a chef from the Fairy's Capital. And about the buildings, there's no need to rush. We can take it slow. We only planning to start with small shop to try things out."
"That sounds great!"
Two of them walked together side by side, and their shoulders touched from time to time.
"You've almost completed your acquired mastery, yes?" Chu Li asked.
"Hmm. Another two weeks and I'll be done." Zhao Ying said, "Brother, I realised that it was faster training in the ravine rather than here."
"It was nice and quiet there, the environment was great too."
"It's unfortunate that we can't return. Or else we'd be able to isolate ourselves and train. It'd be the best."
"It would the best if we could go back."
"Oh right! I want to go have a look at the Raging Tiger ravine, see if anyone had found them, they all can't protect themselves, I am a little worried."
"We'll go and have a look in a few days."
Zhao Ying smiled, "That's a deal! I'll go back and train, and we'll leave once I complete my acquired mastery!"
Chu Li smiled.
Both of them walked throughout the whole Island. Zhao Ying's horizon was expanded, she was impressed and surprised with all the beautiful flowers. It was hard to resist their beauty!
Lee Yue yelled from afar, "Time to eat !"
Both of them returned to the courtyard. The stone table was full of food that smelled amazing. Zhao Ying said thanks with a smile, Lee Yue straightened his chest and proudly introduced them to every single one of the dishes. There were ten of them!
They sat down and started eating. As they were enjoying their food, they suddenly heard the sound of the jade instrument. Lee Yue put down his bowl and chopsticks, and helplessly walked away from the table, "I will go and have a look!"
Chu Li furrowed his brows, it was Zhuo Feiyang!
Lee Yue brought Zhuo Feiyang to them after a few moments.
Zhuo Feiyang was wearing a sapphire blue gown. He looked distinguished and his eyes were like the stars. As soon as he walked in, his face soured. He glared at Zhao Ying, and then Chu Li. He smirked. Both of them eating together like that. They looked just like a married couple!
"Brother Zhuo Feiyang." Zhao Ying quickly stood up, "why are you here?"
"Have I come at the wrong time?" Zhuo Feiyang said, with a cold face, "I'm sorry for bothering you guys!"
Chu Li put down his bowl, "Zhuo Feiyang! Such a rare guest!"
Zhuo Feiyang waved off his hand, "If it were not for Zhao Ying, I wouldn't even step into this doghouse!"
"We wholeheartedly do not welcome you!" Chu Li said monotonously.
"Zhao Ying, why are you eating with this man?" Zhuo Feiyang ignored Chu Li and turned to Zhao Ying. He talked to her in a serious manner, "It's better to stay away from this kind of man, let's go!"
"Zhuo Feiyang!" Zhao Ying furrowed her brows, "don't behave like this!"
"Ah! Right on time too, I haven't had my breakfast either. Let's go to the Sky Inn."
"I'm almost done." Zhao Ying said.
"You should try it too! Brother Lee Yue's cooking is very good!"
"That's the best he can do, running around the kitchen everyday doing what normal women would do," Zhuo Feiyang's mouth twitched as he glared at Lee Yue in disdain, "useless piece of trash."
Lee Yue clenched his teeth and grasped his fists, but he did not swing them at Zhuo Feiyang. He had no chance of winning against a genius like Zhuo Feiyang.
"Brother Lee Yue, don't listen to his barking!" Chu Li pat Lee Yue on his shoulder. He turned and called out, "Zhuo Feiyang! You must be insane! You're in our domain and you're still acting like this?"
"Brother!" Zhao Ying waved off her hand, "Fine, then I'll leave first!"
"Hmm, then I shall send you." Chu Li stared at her, and shook his head.
Zhao Ying knew how powerful Chu Li truly was. If they had actually gotten into a fight, Zhuo Feiyang would end up disabled, and since he had come to the East Garden uninvited, no one would speak for him even if he was killed.
Even though Zhuo Feiyang was unreasonable, Zhao Ying would still feel restless if he were beaten into disability.
Zhuo Feiyang smirked, "You can't do anything about me!"
Chu Li subtly laughed.
Zhao Ying quickly pulled Zhuo Feiyang out of the way, "Zhuo Feiyang, let's go!"
Zhuo Feiyang had tried to escape the grip, but he realized that he could not. He was pulled to the small courtyard and quickly reached the shore. Bai Zhijie was sitting on the boat, waiting.
Bai Zhijie let out a quick breath as he saw them return. He quickly rowed the boat over to let them aboard.
Zhuo Feiyang stood at the helm of the boat and looked at Zhao Ying in surprise.
"Zhao Ying..since when did your inner strength become this strong? It's even better than mine!"
Zhao Ying smiled, "I don't know what you're talking about."
"Every since you came back from the mission, you've changed, Zhao Ying!" Zhuo Feiyang shook his head and sighed.
Zhao Ying smiled unnaturally, and did not utter a word.
"Sister, have I done anything wrong to make you angry...?" Zhuo Feiyang asked sincerely.
"No," Zhao Ying shook her head.
"Then why? " Zhuo Feiyang stared at her beautiful face, "...why are you so cold?"
"Zhuo Feiyang, I've been like this from the start. You are overthinking." Zhao Ying shook her head, avoiding his eyes.
Zhuo Feiyang stared at her, "Zhao Ying, whom did you do the mission with?"
"It's top secret, we cannot talk about this. You know the rules, Zhuo Feiyang," Zhao Ying shook her head.
Zhuo Feiyang furrowed his brows, "You like someone else now, don't you?"
"What are you saying, Zhuo Feiyang!" Zhao Ying waved off her hands.
"I do not like anyone! Don't misunderstand me, we're both just friends! We're not what you think we are!" Zhao Ying angrily replied.
"You...you..!" Zhuo Feiyang's face turned red and he immediately became enraged.
"We just happened to be from the same batch and are closer to each other, it isn't what you think it is! Brother Zhuo Feiyang, please don't mistaken this or anything!" Zhao Ying said.
"You like someone else now!" Zhuo Feiyang coldly replied.
Zhao Ying shook her head and sighed. It was almost impossible to communicate with him currently. She avoided eye contact and looked into the horizon.
Zhuo Feiyang furrowed his brows and had a deep thought. He decided to investigate whom she did the mission with. He may not have known anything about the secret mission, but he could try in some other way. He could always check who went out on missions at around the same period of time and eliminate the possibilities one by one. He would definitely find something out from it!
"What reason do you have to go to that idiot's place?" Zhuo Feiyang took a deep breath, "He's full of uncultured ideas! You're too innocent, Zhao Ying! Don't get tricked by him."
"Zhuo Feiyang, Chu Li isn't that bad."
"If he isn't bad, then who is?" Zhuo Feiyang smirked.
"But this is also fine. It matters not how bad he is, he's still a piece of trash. There's no point in taking him seriously.
Zhao Ying used to think that it was unpleasant to the ear when he called Chu Li useless. But now when she heard it, she believed it to be a tragedy to her ears now. She hated how she was unable to shut him up.
"Zhuo Feiyang, Chu Li isn't that weak."
"He just happened to have better swordsmanship! But it'll never change with subpar quality! Just wait until I reach innate mastary! I'll beat him till his tooth fall out! I'll make sure he becomes disabled!"
"Brother Chu is now a ranked six Scribe!" Zhao Ying hmphed.
"Rank six..?" Zhuo Feiyang was startled. His facial expression changed, "He's ranked six?"
"You can go and check."
"That's impossible!" Zhuo Feiyang furrowed his brows and shook his head.
Rank six was indeed a large gap between the regular Scribes and the elite. Chu Li was still so young. How was it possible for him to achieve the sixth rank!
"Brother Zhuo Feiyang, do you remember the bet?" Zhao Ying suddenly felt a surge of happiness from revenge.
She smiled, "He's ranked six! And you're now ranked seven!"
"I'll go and challenge rank six!" Zhuo Feiyang scoffed.
Zhao Ying shook her head.
"It's almost impossible to reach rank six before achieving innate mastery."
"I can do it!" Zhuo Feiyang firmly said.
Zhao Ying smiled. She said nothing.