Translator: EndlessFantasy Translation Editor: EndlessFantasy Translation
Lu Yurong turned away and left. Her white gown floated like a cloud as she glided away, yet she was leaving relatively quickly.
Chu Li asked, “So, you are not behind this?”
Upon Chu Li’s hesitant question, Lu Yurong returned and sat parallel to his seat. Her fragrance wafted towards him as he drew a breath. The aroma was dangerously luring him in.
Unfortunately, she only liked females!
Chu Li felt a slight sympathy for their current relationship, but he was still staring at her with fury. “You are the only one with the knowledge that the Cloud Slashing Treasure Manual is with me! People have spread the news as if they know it is true. We planned this out perfectly to avoid this exact mess from happening. Whoever did it couldn’t be someone normal.”
“Even if I was the one who spread the news, it wouldn’t be this simplistic! I would have made it seem that the manual contained unprecedented powers within those chapters. Allowing people to reach the Heaven God’s boundary right away. Nonetheless, you will become one soon!” Lu Yurong replied.
Chu Li smiled. “You are so evil!”
Many people were highly interested in the manual. This was due to the rumor that it could increase their position to the Grandmaster’s boundary. However, if the rumor was tweaked to state that the manual could increase their position to an Enlightened Master, different people would be interested in the manual. The top Grandmasters who were trying their best to reach the Heaven God’s boundary would be the ones going after it.
These Grandmasters were hard to deal with alone, as they would have reached their position organically and now desired to become Enlightened Masters. Their desire alone could intimidate anyone as their determination was much stronger compared to those who only aimed to become Grandmasters.
If Lu Yurong was the one to spread such rumors, they would be on their way right now. Regardless of how strong Chu Li’s Heavenly Demonic Power was, it would still be difficult to deal with those top-ranked Grandmasters. Even if he could defy the odds and defeat one or two during a battle, he could not handle any more than that number.
Chu Li looked at Lu Yurong and raised his eyebrows. “Are you hurt? Who managed to hurt you?”
“It was this stupid secret manual! This secret manual is weird! It almost drove me insane!” Lu Yurong retrieved a yellow bounded book from her sleeve and slammed it on the table.
Chu Li was surprised.
He picked it up. With amusement written on his face, he flipped through it. Chu Li shook his head and laughed. “This manual is powerful?”
Lu Yurong was highly trained in all forms of martial arts and knowledgeable in many aspects. This secret manual must have been something extraordinary if it were able to make her this distressed.
Lu Yurong said, “I feel like this secret manual is broken.”
Chu Li raised his eyebrows and started thinking.
Lu Yurong continued, “It is very likely that what was written inside was an incomplete technique… Basically, this is just a wild goose chase. If this manual was actually complete, it may be some special technique!”
Chu Li nodded. “Maybe this is only one piece of the Cloud Slashing Treasure Manual?”
Lu Yurong replied, “So, you are saying that the manual is separated into different parts?”
Chu Li answered, “It is very likely!”
He immediately shook his head. “I always thought that the Li dynasty was the one who started all this. But now I see it. I was afraid that everyone was trying to cause trouble and was an accomplice with each other to eliminate me in person. That fear clouded my judgment severely and I couldn’t even figure out who really did it!”
“Anyway, I am never going to train for this technique anymore, so how about we throw it away?” Lu Yurong sneered.
Chu Li replied, “No one will believe us even if we told them. There’s no point in doing so.”
“Then you are going to have a whole lot of trouble coming for you soon, this place will not always remain as peaceful as it is now. The Public House will soon grow better, but sooner or later, they will be in the same situation as you!” Lu Yurong said.
Chu Li raised his eyebrows.
Lu Yurong added, “If you start to fight back, or kill them, you might be able to hold them back for just a moment. However, this peace will not be forever.”
“I don’t think that will be the case. They are not brave enough to risk their lives!” Chu Li replied calmly.
“They will die for the manual, especially those Grandmasters who are at Death’s door. They will risk their lives for their disciples. How many of them can you actually kill?” Lu Yurong said casually.
“The Ji Dynasty doesn’t have that many Grandmasters,” Chu Li retorted.
Lu Yurong shook her head. “That might not be true. There are many Grandmasters hiding within the forests and mountains. Grandmasters generally live longer than others.”
“I will just kill them as they come,” Chu Li said.
“You sure enjoy every killing, but how many enemies will you make once you have killed them? These enemies are hiding in the dark, ready to pounce on you at any moment. By then you will have more than you can chew! … Overall, this rumor that has spread is so simple yet effective. How cunning!” Lu Yurong shook her head and sighed.
Chu Li asked, “Have you heard of the Crouching Bull Mountain?”
He passed her a cup of wine.
Lu Yurong took the cup. Her hands were as fair as the jade she was wearing. It was hard to distinguish between both of them. She said, “The Crouching Bull Mountain… Why, did they offend you?”
“How strong are they? And how is their reputation?” Chu Li asked.
“They can be counted as an honorable guild. They are exceptionally strong and no weaker than those in the Green Hill,” said Lu Yurong as she then drank the wine.
“How about their leader?”
“One of the top Grandmasters by far, but he hasn’t shown his power these recent years so I don’t know how strong he currently is. If you are going to fight him, you need to be careful. He could possibly kill you!” Lu Yurong responded.
Chu Li nodded and started to go deep in thought.
Lu Yurong said, “Are you having issues with them? That’s unlikely. The mountain is located in the vicinity of the Ji Public House. It is so far from us.”
Chu Li asked, “How about the Young Lord?”
“Zhuge Tian? I heard he is very talented, but he rarely comes out from the mountain. The outsiders don’t really know how strong he is… Are you two holding grudges against each other?” Lu Yurong said.
Chu Li frowned. “He has other ideas towards Lord Mei from the Tai Hua Valley. I believe he was the one who spread that rumor. If he could do that, there’s nothing stopping him from doing it another time. I am afraid he is the one who started all of this.”
“If you know it is him, then why were you framing me?!” yelled Lu Yurong. Her tone had gotten serious.
Chu Li laughed. “You were the most suspicious amongst them all.”
Lu Yurong stared at him, but she was not angry. If she were in a similar situation, she would have suspected him as well.
“If that was the case, then this guy is really cunning. Do you plan to kill him?” Lu Yurong asked.
She knew Chu Li’s way of handling things. It was always clean and straightforward.
Chu Li replied, “We need to. If not, he will continue to cause me problems for the future. Besides that, he is talented, therefore, I need to be wary of him.”
Zhuge Tian’s first move was to take Chu Li’s life. On top of that, he had dragged the whole Public House into this situation, making this personal. Chu Li had always hated people who dragged others into their fights.
Those talented martial artists that were on the same level with Fa Yuan and Lu Yurong were different. They were not naturally evil, but they were enemies due to their different principles.
But evaluating the actions of Zhuge Tian, it was easy to see he was born evil like a venomous snake. He would be an issue if left alone.
“If you want to kill him, don’t do it in the mountains. I recall that there are many Grandmasters hiding in that area. Those major sects will constantly have back-ups, and you alone will not be able to handle it!” Lu Yurong said calmly.
Chu Li nodded in agreement.
Lu Yurong said, “Some of the old monsters love to stay hidden in those sections to live their own lives with no strings attached. They too wish to become Enlightened Masters and never come out from their area. However, if someone dares to enter, they will not be so kind… There are major differences between second-ranked guilds and those from the major factions!”
Chu Li laughed.
Lu Yurong added, “This is not a joke. We always hear news about how second-ranked guilds are wiped off from this Earth but have you ever heard the same story about those major sects?”
Chu Li nodded after he had contemplated the matter.
It seemed like Chu Li should not try to act rash by entering the mountain and killing him with a direct attack.
Lu Yurong said, “If you want to, just lure him out and kill him without alerting anyone.”
“True,” said Chu Li as he smiled.
Lu Yurong continued, “I just feel like we are getting more and more evil as we progress. We are even planning out on how to kill someone together.”
Chu Li chuckled, but his sights were set on the Crouching Bull Mountain!