A Deadly Secret Chapter 4 Bahasa Indonesia

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Bab 4 Bayam air

Ding Dian melirik ke tiga pria di seberangnya dan bertanya: “Saudara Di, apakah Anda ingat empat angka yang baru saja saya baca?”

Di Yun mengamati ketika ketiga musuh mereka mengelilinginya dalam lingkaran. Salah satu dari mereka memegang pedang dan yang lainnya memegang pedang. Yang ketiga adalah tangan kosong, tetapi wajahnya dipenuhi dengan kebencian dan agresi. Di Yun melihat bolak-balik dan tidak menjawab pertanyaan Ding Dian.

Ding Dian mengulangi pertanyaannya lagi dengan nada yang lebih keras: “Saudara Di, apakah Anda mengingatnya?”

Di Yun menggigil dan menjawab: “Angka pertama adalah …” Dia ingin mengatakan “4”, tetapi kemudian dia berpikir: “Jika aku mengatakannya dengan keras, bukankah musuh kita akan mendengarnya?” Jadi alih-alih dia mengangkat tangan kirinya dan mengangkat empat jari.

Ding Dian mengakui: “Bagus sekali!”

Lelaki yang memegang pedang itu mencibir: “Orang dengan nama keluarga Ding, kau bisa dianggap sebagai pria terhormat. Sekarang kita telah sampai sejauh ini, mengapa Anda harus terus mengoceh tanpa henti seperti seorang banci tua? Cepat ikuti saya dan saudara-saudara saya di rumah sehingga kita tidak perlu melakukan kekerasan. ”

Pria yang memegang pedang itu menambahkan, “Saudara Di, kami belum pernah bertemu selama bertahun-tahun. Bagaimana kabarmu? Bagaimana kenyamanan kehidupan penjara? ”

Di Yun terkejut, karena suara pria ini sangat familiar. Dia menatap pria itu dan langsung kembali kepadanya — itu adalah murid kedua Wan Zhenshan, Zhou Qi. Dia sudah bertahun-tahun tidak melihatnya. Di Yun tidak bisa mengenalinya dengan mudah, karena dia sekarang menumbuhkan janggut kecil di bibir atasnya dan mengenakan pakaian yang indah. Kesedihan dan kemarahan yang dideritanya selama bertahun-tahun tiba-tiba muncul di benaknya dan wajahnya memerah. “Aku tahu siapa kamu. Kamu adalah Zhou … Zhou … Saudara Kedua Zhou! “Dia ingin mengucapkan nama Zhou Qi secara langsung, tetapi sebaliknya menambahkan gelar terhormat” Saudara Kedua “ke nama belakangnya” Zhou “.

Ding Dian dapat menekankan dengan bagaimana Di Yun rasakan dan berteriak: “Bagus!” Mereka akan terlibat dalam pertempuran sampai mati, namun Di Yun masih bisa menahan amarahnya dan memanggilnya “Kakak Zhou Zhou”, maka dia berpikir yang terakhir tidak bisa menjadi orang yang kasar atau tidak sopan. “Segera dia melanjutkan:” Zhou Senior Kedua yang terhormat ini haruslah seorang murid berpangkat tinggi di bawah Penatua Wan. Sangat bagus … sangat bagus. Kapan Anda menjadi penjaga di bawah Hakim Ling? Brother Di, izinkan saya untuk memperkenalkan: ini adalah klan ‘Sepuluh Ribu Kemenangan Kemenangan’ Ma Daming, Penatua Ma. Pria di sini berasal dari ‘Klan Taixing di Shanxi, namanya’ Twin Saber ‘Geng Tianba. Dikatakan bahwa telapak besinya setajam pedang, maka julukannya adalah ‘Twin Saber’. Tapi sebenarnya dia tidak pernah menggunakan senjata. ”

Di Yun bertanya: “Bagaimana seni bela diri keduanya?”

Ding Dian menjawab: “Mereka adalah petinju kelas tiga. Mereka ingin naik ke kelas dua. Namun, itu adalah upaya tanpa harapan. ”

Di Yun bertanya: “Dan mengapa begitu?”

Ding Dian menjawab: “Mereka hanya blok materi. Kecakapan seni bela diri mereka rendah dan mereka tidak memiliki seniman bela diri terkenal untuk mengajar mereka. ”

Di Yun terus mengajukan pertanyaan sementara Ding Dian menjawab, tidak memperhatikan orang-orang di sekitar mereka. Geng Tianba menjadi tidak sabar dan berteriak, “Kamu pencuri ibu! Anda berada di ambang kematian tetapi Anda tidak perlu bergosip. Rasakan pedangku! ”Ketika dia mengatakan“ pedang ”dia benar-benar bermaksud telapak tangannya. Bahkan sebelum dia selesai berbicara, telapak tangan kanannya sudah terlepas.

Racun Ding Dian telah mengganggu alirannya untuk sementara waktu dan mencegahnya untuk mengerahkan seluruh kekuatannya, jadi dia tidak berani untuk menyerang langsung dan mencoba menghindar. Telapak tangan kanan Geng Tianba tidak menghasilkan apa-apa, jadi dia mengambil tembakan lagi dengan telapak tangan kirinya. Ding Dian menyadari bahwa teknik ini adalah “Changed Momentum Palm”, dan buru-buru menyerahkan tangannya untuk menyelesaikannya. Tapi telapak tangan sudah terlepas, dan kekuatan dan momentum harus diperhitungkan. Dengan suara keras, lengan bawahnya dipukul oleh telapak tangan kanan Geng Tianba. Tubuh Ding Dian bergoyang dan dia memuntahkan seteguk darah segar. Geng Tianba tertawa: “Ada apa? Jika saya kelas tiga, kelas apa Anda? ”

Ding Dian menarik napas dalam-dalam, lalu tiba-tiba internalnya mulai tidak tersumbat. Ternyata racun dari “Bunga Riak Emas” telah memasuki aliran darahnya dan darahnya secara bertahap mulai menggumpal. Itu mengalir lebih lambat dan lebih lambat. Meskipun ia baru saja memuntahkan seteguk darah dan luka-lukanya tidak lemah, namun racun di tubuhnya terhenti sementara. Dia merasa senang dan segera maju untuk memperpanjang telapak tangannya untuk mengusir Geng Tianba. Geng Tianba mengangkat lengannya dan menghalangi secara horizontal. Ding Dian membuat gerakan memutar dengan tangan kirinya, dan dengan keras, dia menampar wajah Geng Tianba dengan keras. Tangan kanannya kemudian mengikuti dengan gerakan melingkar dan mengenai bagian atas kepala lawannya dengan backhand yang keras. Geng Tianba berteriak “Aiya!” Dan dengan cepat bergerak mundur. Ding Dian terus menyerang saat dia dengan cepat mengulurkan tangan kanannya dan memukul dada Geng Tianba dengan keras. Geng Tianba berteriak “Aiya!” Dan mundur dua langkah.

Tiga telapak tangan Ding Dian dipenuhi dengan energi dari Cahaya Surgawi dan satu telapak tangan saja sudah cukup untuk langsung membunuh pejuang kelas satu mana pun. Namun, itu hanya karena seni eksternal Geng Tianba yang tangguh – energi internalnya tidak mengesankan – bahwa ia benar-benar mampu menahan tiga telapak tangan tanpa runtuh. Ding Dian tahu bahwa kematiannya sudah dekat. Meskipun dia adalah pria yang bermartabat, dan dia sudah bertekad untuk mati atas nama cinta, pada saat ini dia merasa seperti dia tidak punya alternatif lain. Dia merasa seperti pahlawan yang menemui jalan buntu dan dia tidak bisa membantu tetapi merasa tertekan dan sedih.

Geng Tianba telah terkena tiga pukulan telapak tangan dan karenanya dia terkejut dan mulai kehilangan warna. Dia bisa merasakan sakit luar biasa di wajah, dada, dan kepalanya. Dia berpikir bahwa ketiga area itu adalah bagian vital dari tubuh. Karena dia tidak tahu berapa banyak kerusakan yang dideritanya, dia tidak bisa tidak khawatir.

Ma Daming melirik Zhou Qi dan berkata, “Kakak Zhou, kita akan bertarung bersama!”

Zhou Qi menjawab: “Benar!” Dia tahu bahwa dia bukan tandingan Di Yun, tetapi dia memiliki pedang di tangan sementara lawannya dengan tangan kosong. Selanjutnya, lawannya telah kehilangan semua jari di tangan kanannya dan skapula-nya patah oleh rantai besi. Bahkan jika seni bela dirinya lebih mendalam, dia seharusnya tidak bisa melepaskannya. Jadi dia dengan percaya diri mengarahkan pedangnya dan menyerang Di Yun.

Ding Dian tahu bahwa Di Yun belum menyelesaikan pelatihannya tentang Cahaya Surgawi, dan pada saat ini seni bela dirinya masih jauh dari apa dia sebelum masuk penjara. Untuk bertarung dengan tangan kosong melawan Zhou Qi akan kehilangan nyawanya dengan sia-sia. Segera, Ding Dian mengayunkan tubuhnya dan dengan tangan kiri dia menyambar pedang Zhou Qi. Sikap ini dieksekusi dengan kecepatan luar biasa dan jelas luar biasa, karena Zhou Qi bahkan tidak menyadarinya ketika Ding Dian mengetuk nadi di lengan kanannya dengan tiga jari di tangan kirinya. Zhou Qi menjadi khawatir, karena dia tahu bahwa dia tidak punya pilihan selain melepaskan senjata karena takut kehilangan nyawanya. Namun, dia tidak tahu bahwa titik akupuntur pada nadinya tiba-tiba lepas kendali. Seketika ia mengayunkan pedang panjangnya ke belakang dan membidik dada Ding Dian. Ding Dian mengayunkan tubuhnya dan menghindar dan menghela nafas dalam-dalam.

Ma Daming melihat pertempuran terjadi antara Ding Dian, Geng Tianba dan Zhou Qi. Dia melihat bahwa kawan-kawannya telah dua kali menang, tetapi tidak berhasil mengubahnya menjadi kemenangan, dan pikirannya mulai merenungkan alasannya. “Hakim Ling mengatakan bahwa Ding Dian diracun; pastilah racun itu menyebabkan kekuatannya berkurang secara substansial. ”Geng Tianba melihat bahwa upaya Ding Dian untuk merampas pedang jatuh dalam pandangan keberhasilan dan dia tahu bahwa energi internalnya tidak mencukupi pada saat ini. Dia berpikir: “Orang dengan nama keluarga Ding memiliki sikap yang mengesankan, itu benar-benar kasus harimau yang jatuh di Pingyang [1] … tidak! Ibunya! Harimau yang jatuh di Pingyang menderita terhadap anjing itu: jika saya membandingkan tahanan ini dengan harimau, bukankah itu berarti saya membandingkan diri saya dengan seekor anjing? ”Keduanya berbagi pemikiran yang sama dan bersama-sama mereka menyerang Ding Dian .

Di Yun menawarkan bantuannya kepada Ding Dian, tetapi yang terakhir mendorong bahunya ke belakang dengan lembut dan berkata: “Kakak Di, silakan mundur.” Dia mengulurkan tangan kirinya ke depan dan meraih leher Ma Daming. Namun, ambil ini hanya memiliki jumlah rata-rata energi internal yang mendukungnya, jadi dia meremas jari-jarinya dengan erat di sekitar daerah rawan lawannya, berharap untuk mengambil nyawanya dengan biaya berapa pun. Ma Daming begitu takut sehingga dia merasa seolah jiwanya meninggalkan tubuhnya; dia bergegas pergi.

Ding Dian menghela nafas yang tidak jelas, karena dia tahu bahwa energi internalnya sendiri semakin lemah dan semakin lemah. Namun, karena kemampuannya masih jauh di atas lawan-lawannya, dia bisa terus menahan mereka untuk sementara waktu. Jika dia tidak memberi tahu “Rahasia Maut” kepada Di Yun segera, maka rahasia ini akan segera menghilang dari muka bumi selamanya, dan itu akan sangat disayangkan. Dia berkata, “Brother Di, dengarkan aku. Bersembunyi di belakangku dan tidak peduli dengan musuh kita, hanya fokus pada mengingat mnemonikku. Hal ini sangat penting dan kita harus berhasil dengan cara apa pun. Ini tepatnya alasan bagaimana Kakakmu Ding sampai di tempat dia hari ini.

Di Yun menurut dan pindah ke belakang Ding Dian.

Ding Dian melanjutkan: “Angka kelima adalah ’18’ …”

Ma Daming tahu bahwa Hakim Ling mengeluarkan perintah untuk mencari dan menangkap Ding Dian. Alasan untuk itu adalah untuk mengungkap rahasia seni bela diri yang dia tahu, dan Zhou Qi menjadi penjaga di bawah Ling Tuisi baik untuk ketenaran dan kekayaan. Dia mendapat perintah dari gurunya untuk secara diam-diam menyelidiki “Rahasia Maut”. Pada saat ini, ketika mereka berdua mendengar bahwa Ding Dian mengatakan angka kelima adalah “18”, mereka menjadi sangat tertarik dan mengingatnya. Mereka mendengarkan ketika Ding Dian terus berbicara: “Angka keenam adalah ‘7.’” Ma Daming, Zhou Qi, dan Di Yun semua mendengarkan dengan baik dan mengingat angka-angka ini.

Geng Tianba hanya di bawah perintah untuk menangkap Ding Dian dan tidak mengetahui hal lain. Dia melihat Zhou Qi dan Ma Daming sama-sama memperhatikan ketika mereka mendengarkan angka “17” dan “18”. Dia berpikir bahwa Ding Dian hanya tanpa sadar menggumamkan semacam mantra. Dia berteriak keras: “Hei, jangan jatuh untuk triknya!” Dan mengulurkan tangannya untuk menyerang Ding Dian, tapi dia berhati-hati karena dia tahu bahwa lawannya tangguh, jadi setelah satu serangan dia mundur dan tidak berani terus.

Ding Dian kehilangan stabilitas dan maju ke depan dengan kakinya. Ma Daming mengarahkan pedangnya ke bahu Ding Dian. Ding Dian hanya bisa melihat kegelapan di depannya dan tidak tahu bagaimana cara menghindar. Di Yun merasa gugup saat dia menyaksikan. Dalam situasi putus asa seperti itu dia tidak tahu bagaimana menyelamatkan Ding Dian, jadi dia menabrak kepalanya ke dada Ma Daming.

Ding Dian pingsan sesaat. Ketika dia membuka matanya lagi, dia melihat Di Yun dan Ma Daming saling bertarung, sementara Zhou Qi melepaskan pedangnya yang ingin menyerang Di Yun dari belakang. Ding Dian dengan cepat mengulurkan tangan dan dua jari kirinya dan membidik mata Zhou Qi. Karena dia tahu dia lemah, dia harus menyerang titik lemah untuk melukai lawannya. Zhou Qi tidak punya waktu untuk menyerang, dan menghindar ke kiri. Dengan mudah, Ma Daming menyerang kepala Di Yun dengan pedangnya pada saat yang bersamaan, dan menjatuhkannya ke tanah tanpa sadar. Ding Dian berteriak: “Kakak Di, nomor ketujuh adalah …” Sebelum dia bisa mengatakan apa-apa, dia harus menarik napas saat Geng Tianba mendatanginya dengan telapak tangan lain. Ding Dian menggelengkan kepalanya saat dia bisa melihat kilatan putih di depan. Ma Daming dan Zhou Qi menagih padanya pada saat yang sama. Tubuh Ding Dian bergetar hebat dan dia tersentak kesakitan saat dia ditikam oleh pedang dan pisau mereka sekaligus.

Di Yun berteriak keras dan bergegas masuk untuk memperkuat. Ketika Ding Dian mengeluarkan darah, racun dalam sistemnya melemah sebentar dan dia mengambil keuntungan dari ini: dengan satu telapak tangan dia menghancurkan pipi kiri Ma Daming, lalu mengikuti dan tangannya menghantam Zhou Qi dengan telapak tangannya. Awalnya, telapak tangan ini pasti akan mengenai Zhou Qi, tetapi tanpa diduga, Geng Tianba melemparkan dirinya ke depan dan berteriak, dia memblokir telapak tangan Ding Dian dengan dadanya. Kekuatan telapak tangan ini cukup untuk mematahkan semua tulang rusuknya sekaligus dan dia jatuh pingsan.

Dengan sisa kekuatannya, Ding Dian melepaskan dua serangan telapak tangan pada Ma Daming, dan yang terakhir mati seketika. Napas Geng Tianba perlahan pingsan. Satu-satunya yang tidak mengalami cedera adalah Zhou Qi. Dia meraih pedangnya dengan tangan kiri dan memalsukannya ke arah Ding Dian, lalu diikuti dengan membidik Di Yun. Ding Dian mendorong dirinya ke depan dan memeluk Zhou Qi erat-erat dengan kedua tangannya dan berteriak: “Kakak Di, cepat pergi!” Zhou Qi menusuk daging Ding Dian beberapa inci.

Namun, Di Yun tidak cenderung untuk pergi sendirian. Dia melemparkan dirinya ke belakang Zhou Qi dan mencekiknya dan berkata: “Lepaskan Brother Ding!” Namun, dia tidak menyadari bahwa itu adalah Ding Dian yang memegang lawannya, dan berpikir bahwa itu adalah Zhou Qi yang tidak melakukannya. ingin melepaskan Saudara Ding.

Ding Dian perlahan-lahan kehabisan napas dan dia tidak bisa menahan musuhnya lebih lama. Jika dia membiarkan lawannya menarik pedangnya yang panjang dan melepaskan cengkeramannya, Di Yun pasti akan mati. Dia berteriak: “Saudara Di, jangan khawatir tentang saya, saya tidak akan berhasil!”

Di Yun menjawab: “Jika kamu mati, kita akan mati bersama!” Saat dia mengatakan itu, dia mengerahkan semua kekuatannya untuk mencekik Zhou Qi. Namun, karena bahunya yang sebelumnya tertusuk skapula, otot-ototnya mengalami kerusakan parah. Tidak peduli seberapa keras dia berusaha, dia tidak bisa membuat lawannya mati lemas.

Ding Dian berkata: “Saudaraku yang baik, kamu sangat terhormat … Saya tidak menyesal berteman dengan Anda. Mengenai manual pedang … sangat disayangkan aku tidak bisa mengulanginya sepenuhnya. Saya sangat senang … ‘Spring Water Jade Ripple’ … sekeranjang krisan hijau … ah! Dia meletakkannya di dekat jendela … lihat betapa indahnya … krisan itu … “Suaranya perlahan menghilang, warna wajahnya berangsur-angsur memudar, dan dia melepaskan cengkeramannya pada Zhou Qi. Zhou Qi menggunakan kekuatannya dan menarik pedang panjang dari daging Ding Dian. Ujung bilah penuh darah segar dan dia dengan cepat berbalik. Dia berada dalam kaki Di Yun; dia tertawa jahat dan, memegang pedangnya di tangannya, bertujuan untuk menusuk dada Di Yun.

Di Yun berteriak keras, “Kakak Ding! Kakak Ding! ”Tiba-tiba, dadanya merasakan sakit yang tajam. Dia melihat ke bawah dan melihat pedang panjang Zhou Qi menunjuk ke dadanya. Dia mendengar tawa lawannya yang puas: “Haha! Ha ha!”

Pada saat ini, pikirannya merenungkan berbagai peristiwa dalam hidupnya. Dia ingat berlatih di bawah pengawasan tuannya, dia ingat hubungannya yang baik dengan saudari bela dirinya Qi, dan bagaimana hal itu diikuti oleh ketidakadilan yang dia terima di kediaman Wan Zhenshan dan lima tahun yang menyedihkan yang dia habiskan di penjara. Berbagai kejadian ini muncul di benaknya sekaligus. Penuh kesedihan dan kemarahan, dia mengucapkan: “Aku … aku akan membawamu ke bawah denganku!” Dan mengulurkan tangannya untuk mengambil pakaian Zhou Qi. Meskipun dia belum menyelesaikan pelatihannya tentang Cahaya Surgawi, dia memang memiliki dua tahun fondasi. Pada saat ini dia tahu bahwa dia akan segera binasa, dan mengumpulkan semua energi di tubuhnya ke lengannya, dan mencekik lawannya dengan sekuat tenaga, seperti sepasang rantai besi. Zhou Qi merasa napasnya menjadi mendesak dan mencoba menarik diri, tetapi tidak berhasil.

Di Yun merasakan rasa sakitnya yang meningkat di dadanya tetapi dia tidak peduli. Dia menggunakan kekuatan penuhnya dan meremas Zhou Qi. Apakah dia ingin mencekik lawannya sampai mati pada saat ini, dia bahkan tidak tahu, tapi dia pasti tidak akan melepaskan cengkeramannya pada Zhou Qi. Meskipun pedang panjang itu tidak menikamnya lebih jauh, pedang itu tampaknya bertemu dengan sesuatu yang tidak bisa ditusuk, dan bilahnya secara bertahap mulai melengkung, membungkuk perlahan. Zhou Qi menjadi khawatir dan merasa aneh, dia mengerahkan semua kekuatannya di lengan kanannya untuk mengeluarkan pedangnya. Dia bermaksud menusuk Di Yun dengan pedang panjangnya, tapi dia masih memiliki setengah inci lagi untuk pergi tetapi pedang itu tidak mau mengalah.

Mata Di Yun dipenuhi amarah saat dia menatap Zhou Qi, yang wajahnya dipenuhi dengan kekejaman dan kepuasan. Tapi perlahan-lahan itu menjadi ekspresi terkejut dan ketakutan, kemudian secara bertahap, itu menjadi ekspresi ketakutan dan kekhawatiran, sebelum berubah menjadi ekspresi horor yang tak terlukiskan.

Zhou Qi sudah menembus Di Yun, tapi itu hanya menusuk dagingnya beberapa inci dan tidak berhasil menyebabkan kerusakan kritis. Dia mencoba tiga kali untuk menggunakan kekuatan batin di lengan kanannya untuk menyerang Di Yun, tapi dia masih tidak bisa menusuk pedangnya lagi. Di bawah ketakutan yang besar, dia tidak lagi peduli untuk membunuh lawannya, dia hanya ingin melarikan diri. Namun, cengkeraman Di Yun padanya terlalu kuat dan dia tidak bisa pergi.

Zhou Qi merasakan lengan kanannya mulai menekuk, gagang pedangnya menekan dadanya sendiri. Bilahnya semakin melengkung dan membentuk setengah lingkaran. Tiba-tiba, dengan tepukan keras, pedang itu pecah menjadi dua. Zhou Qi berteriak, bergerak beberapa langkah mundur dan jatuh sendiri. Dua potong pedang yang patah menusuk ke perutnya.

Zhou Qi jatuh, menyebabkan Di Yun jatuh di atasnya, sambil tetap mempertahankan cengkeramannya di tubuhnya dengan kedua tangan. Di Yun bisa mencium aroma darah yang kuat. Dia melihat dan melihat air mata mengalir dari mata Zhou Qi, diikuti oleh darah segar mengalir keluar dari mulutnya, kepalanya menghadap ke samping. Zhou Qi benar-benar tidak bergerak.

Di Yun kaget; dia khawatir lawannya berpura-pura mati, jadi dia tidak berani melepaskan cengkeramannya. Namun, ketika dia merasa bahwa rasa sakit di dadanya telah berhenti dan melihat darah terus mengalir dari mulut Zhou Qi, dia dengan enggan melepaskan tangannya dan berdiri. Dia melihat bahwa dua bagian dari pedang yang patah itu menusuk ke perut Zhou Qi, hanya gagang pedang dan ujung pedang yang terlihat. Dia melihat ke bawah ke dadanya sendiri dan melihat pakaian luarnya tertusuk dan memperlihatkan lapisan pakaian dalam berwarna hitam.

Dia melihat luka pedang Zhou Qi beberapa kali, dan melihat luka di dadanya, dan tiba-tiba sampai pada kesimpulan: ternyata itu adalah rompi ulat sutra gelap yang menyelamatkan hidupnya, dan akibatnya membantunya membunuh nyawanya. musuh. Di Yun panik dan langsung berbalik dan berlari ke sisi Ding Dian. “Kakak Ding … Kakak Ding … bagaimana perasaanmu?” Ding Dian perlahan membuka matanya, tetapi tidak ada semangat atau semangat dalam ekspresinya. Seolah-olah dia bahkan tidak melihatnya, atau tidak ingat siapa dia. Di Yun melanjutkan: “Kakak Ding … aku bilang aku akan menyelamatkanmu tidak peduli berapa pun biayanya.”

Ding Dian menjawab dengan lembut: “Sayangnya … sayangnya manual pedang … mulai saat ini … itu akan hilang … bergabung dengan saya dengan … Shuanghua …”

Di Yun berseru, “Jangan khawatir! Saya ingat … saya pasti akan mengubur Anda dan Shuanghua bersama, untuk memenuhi keinginan Anda. ”

Ding Dian perlahan-lahan menutup rapatnya, napasnya menjadi samar, tetapi bibirnya masih bergerak seolah dia ingin mengatakan sesuatu. Di Yun mendekatkan telinganya ke bibir Ding Dian dan samar-samar mendengarnya berbisik, “Nomor kesebelas …” tetapi pada saat itu tidak ada lagi suara; Di Yun tidak bisa lagi merasakan napas Ding Dian di telinganya. Dia mengulurkan tangannya untuk merasakan dada Ding Dian, tetapi tidak ada lagi detak jantung.

Di Yun sudah tahu bahwa Ding Dian tidak mungkin bertahan, tetapi itu harus terjadi baginya untuk benar-benar mengerti bahwa teman yang telah bertahun-tahun akhirnya meninggal. Dia berlutut di samping tubuh Ding Dian dan terus-menerus bernafas ke dalam mulutnya. Dalam benaknya dia terus berdoa: “Surga, Surga, jika Anda membiarkan Brother Ding hidup kembali, saya bersedia untuk kembali ke penjara dan tidak pernah keluar lagi. Aku rela melupakan balas dendam … Aku rela dipermalukan selamanya oleh murid-murid klan Wan. Surga … tolong … tolong biarkan Brother Ding hidup kembali … “Dia merasa dengan tangannya bahwa tangan Ding Dian menjadi lebih kaku ketika suhu internalnya menurun, dan menyadari bahwa semua keinginannya tidak membuahkan hasil.

Pada saat ini, dia merasakan kesepian yang tak terungkapkan: dia merasa bahwa sifat dunia luar yang riang dan santai berkali-kali lebih mengerikan daripada sel penjara, bahwa hari-hari mendatang hanya akan semakin sulit. Dia berharap dia dan Ding Dian bisa kembali ke sel penjara mereka dan tidak pernah melangkah keluar lagi. Dia memeluk mayat Ding Dian dan berdiri, pikiran penderitaan dan kesedihan yang luas dan tak terbatas muncul di kepalanya. Dia menjerit sangat keras, tangisan yang tidak bisa lagi ditahan, tangisan yang tidak ingin ditahan lagi. Dia tidak mempertimbangkan kemungkinan bahwa seruan nyaring seperti itu akan memikat prajurit kepadanya, juga tidak menganggap bahwa dia bisa menangis dengan menyedihkan. Dia hanya tahu bahwa dia tidak bisa lagi menahan kesedihan di hatinya, bahwa dia tidak bisa lagi menahan tangisnya.

Ketika air matanya mengering dan tangisan kesedihannya menjadi isak tangis yang lembut dan tenang, pikirannya menjadi lebih jernih, dan dia mulai merenungkan, “Apa yang harus saya lakukan dengan tubuh Saudara Ding? Bagaimana saya akan menguburnya bersama dengan peti mati Lady Ling? ”Pada saat ini, tidak ada yang lebih penting baginya daripada memenuhi janjinya kepada Ding Dian.

Tiba-tiba, suara kuda yang meringkik terdengar dari kejauhan; sekitar selusin kuda sama sekali. Dia mendengar seseorang berkata, “Penatua Ma, Penatua Geng, Penatua Kedua Zhou, apakah Anda sudah menemukan pelariannya?” Ada selusin kuda yang diparkir di luar taman yang ditinggalkan.

Salah satu pengendara berkata: “Ayo, lihat!”

Yang lain berkata, “Mereka tidak akan bersembunyi di tempat seperti ini.”

Orang pertama menjawab: “Bagaimana kamu tahu?” Orang ini menurunkan kudanya, sepatu botnya menggesekkan tanah.

Di Yun tidak mau berpikir lebih jauh. Dia membawa tubuh Ding Dian dan keluar melalui pintu samping taman yang ditinggalkan. Dia akan menemukan pintu lain ketika dia mendengar seruan dan teriakan para pengendara yang menemukan mayat Ma Daming, Geng Tianba, dan Zhou Qi.

Di Yun bergerak dengan kasar di Jiangling. Dia tahu bahwa dia tidak bisa pergi jauh sambil membawa tubuh Ding Dian, dan dia tahu bahwa seseorang dapat menemukannya kapan saja. Tetapi dia lebih suka ditangkap, bukannya disiksa dengan kejam — dia lebih baik dieksekusi seketika — daripada meninggalkan Brother Ding.

Dia berlari beberapa ratus kaki dan melihat di sisi kirinya ada jalan yang menuju ke sebuah pintu kecil; dia menendang pintu hingga terbuka dan masuk. Apa yang dilihatnya di dalam adalah kebun sayur besar, penuh dengan wortel, terong, dan banyak sayuran lainnya. Dia sudah dekat dengan pertanian sejak kecil, tetapi dia telah dipisahkan dari buah-buahan dan sayuran ini selama lima tahun. Setelah melihat ini lagi, dia tidak bisa menahan perasaan hangat dan intim di hatinya.

Dia melihat sekeliling keempat arah, dan melihat di sudut timur laut adalah bangunan yang digunakan untuk kayu bakar. Melalui jendela dia bisa melihat kayu pinus dan sedotan yang memenuhi ruangan. Dia membungkuk dan mengambil beberapa wortel, lalu membawa tubuh Ding Dian ke dalam ruangan. Dia mendengarkan dengan seksama dan tidak bisa mendengar suara di sekitarnya, jadi dia mendorong kayu bakar ke samping dan meletakkan mayat itu dengan hati-hati, menutupinya dengan sedotan. Dalam benaknya, dia masih berharap: “Siapa yang bisa mengatakan dengan pasti? Mungkin Saudara Ding tiba-tiba akan bangun. ”

Dia mengupas kulit wortel dan menggigitnya. Rasa wortel mentah itu manis dan pedas, jusnya mengalir ke tenggorokannya. Selama lima tahun dia belum makan wortel. Dia mengenang masa-masa Hunan di pedesaan. Dia bahkan tidak bisa menghitung berapa kali dia dan saudari bela diri Qi akan mengeluarkan wortel di ladang terbuka dan memakannya bersama.

Dia menggigit wortel lagi, memakan satu demi satu. Matanya mulai terasa agak lembab. Tiba-tiba, dari kejauhan dia bisa mendengar suara. Seluruh tubuhnya mulai bergetar, separuh sisa wortel yang dipegangnya jatuh ke tanah. Keputihan wortel menjadi terkontaminasi dengan serpihan jerami dan tanah.

Dia bisa mendengar suara merdu dan rapuh, berseru, “Bayam Air, Bayam Air, di mana Anda?”

Pada saat itu dia ingin berseru, “Aku di sini!” Tapi dia hanya mengucapkan kata “aku” di tengah jalan sebelum dia tersedak dan menelannya di tenggorokan. Dia menutupi mulutnya dengan tangan dan tubuhnya sedikit bergetar.

Ini karena “Bayam Air” adalah nama panggilannya. Di dunia ini, hanya dia dan saudari bela diri Qi yang tahu itu — bahkan guru mereka tidak tahu. Qi Fang mengatakan kepadanya bahwa dia lambat; jujur ​​tetapi kurang kreativitas. Terlepas dari pelatihan dalam seni bela diri, dia tidak tahu atau tidak peduli tentang hal lain. Dia berkata bahwa hatinya hampa seperti bayam air.

Di Yun sedikit terkekeh; dia mengagumi julukan “Bayam Air” yang diberikan kepadanya. Setiap kali dia mendengar nama “Bayam Air”, hatinya akan dipenuhi dengan kehangatan dan rasa manis yang intens. Ini karena ketika orang ketiga ada di tempat kejadian, saudari bela dirinya tidak akan pernah memanggilnya dengan nama seperti itu. Jika dia memanggilnya “Bayam Air”, itu berarti mereka berdua sendirian.

Ketika mereka bersama, terlepas dari apakah dia bahagia atau sedih, Di Yun merasakan semacam kebahagiaan yang tidak bisa dia ungkapkan dengan kata-kata. Memang, dia adalah orang yang lambat yang tidak pandai berbicara. Kadang-kadang ekspresi kelambatannya akan menyebabkan Qi Fang menjadi marah, tetapi ketika dia memanggilnya “Bayam Air”, mereka berdua tidak bisa menahan tawa.

Dia ingat saat Bu Yuan berada di kediaman guru mereka untuk menyampaikan pesan, saudari bela dirinya memasak untuk melayani para tamu. Di antara makanan ada ayam dan ikan, wortel dan tahu, dan semangkok besar bayam. Malam itu, ketika Bu Yuan dan gurunya sedang minum dan mendiskusikan peristiwa baru-baru ini di dunia persilatan, dengan linglung ia secara kebetulan melihat Qi Fang. Dia melihatnya memegang bayam air dengan sumpitnya dan meletakkannya di dekat mulutnya, namun tidak memakannya. Dia menggunakan bibir merahnya yang lembut untuk dengan lembut melakukan kontak dengan bayam air; matanya dipenuhi kegembiraan. Dia tidak berniat untuk memakan bayam air, melainkan mencium beberapa potongan bayam. Pada saat itu Di Yun berpikir: “Saudari bela diri senang bahwa saya adalah Bayam Air.”

Sekarang di ruang kayu bakar, dalam benaknya tiba-tiba muncul momen kilat; dia menyadari niatnya mencium bayam air. Suara panggilan untuk “Bayam Air” terdengar sangat mirip dengan suara saudara perempuannya Qi, ini yang dia tahu. Dia yakin bahwa itu bukan halusinasi sendiri yang menyebabkan kesalahan penilaiannya.

“Bayam Air, Bayam Air, di mana Anda?” Suara suara ini mewujudkan kelembutan dan cinta yang sangat tinggi. Tidak, bukan hanya itu; ketika saudari bela diri Qi biasa memanggilnya dengan nama ini, suaranya tidak hanya diisi dengan persahabatan, keintiman, dan hubungan, itu juga berisi jejak kesengajaan, kekesalan, dan kecaman. Namun suara “Bayam Air” hari ini dipenuhi dengan rasa cinta yang mendalam. “Dia pasti tahu bahwa saya telah menderita kesengsaraan dan penderitaan yang tak terkatakan selama bertahun-tahun, itu sebabnya dia memperlakukan saya lebih baik. Pasti begitu. ”

Namun, dia tidak berani mempercayai apa yang didengarnya: “Saya bermimpi, mengapa saudara perempuan bela diri ada di sini? Dia sudah menikah dengan Wan Gui, mengapa dia mencari saya? ”

Namun, suara itu berseru lagi dan lagi, setiap kali semakin keras ketika mendekati lebih dekat: “Bayam Air, di mana Anda bersembunyi? Kamu pikir aku tidak bisa menangkapmu? ”Suara itu masih dipenuhi dengan cinta dan kelembutan.

Di Yun mulai merasakan semua pembuluh darah di tubuhnya menyembul; dia mulai merasa sesak napas dan dia tidak tahan lagi, telapak tangannya dipenuhi keringat. Dia bangkit, bersembunyi di balik sedotan, dan memuncak melalui jendela untuk melihat keluar. Dia melihat seorang gadis dengan punggung menghadap ke arahnya, berusaha mencari seseorang. Tanpa ragu — dengan bahu dan pinggang yang ramping, tubuhnya yang agak tinggi tetapi kurus — itu pasti saudara kandungnya.

Dia mendengarnya berkata, “Bayam Air, mengapa kamu tidak keluar?” Tiba-tiba, dia berbalik.

Di Yun tidak bisa percaya apa yang dilihatnya. Dia merasa sedikit pingsan. Wanita di depannya memang Qi Fang. Pupilnya yang hitam legam namun mengkilap, hidungnya sedikit lebih tinggi … wajahnya lebih putih dari sebelumnya — tidak seperti warna kemerahan yang dia miliki di Hunan di pedesaan — tetapi ini memang saudara kandungnya. Itu pastinya saudaranya yang bela diri, yang ia rindukan di penjara selama bertahun-tahun, yang ia cintai dari jarak yang tidak terjangkau, yang ia marahi.

Wajahnya masih mengandung tawa ketika dia berkata, “Bayam air, maukah kamu keluar sekarang?”

Ketika dia mendengar suara yang menyambut dan memujanya memanggilnya, dia sangat tersanjung. Dia ingin menjawab panggilan ini, dia ingin sekali lagi melihat saudari bela diri yang dia pikirkan dan rindukan selama ini, tetapi ketika dia mengambil langkah pertama, dia ingat: “Brother Ding selalu mengatakan kepada saya bahwa kejujuran dan kehormatan saya membuat terlalu mudah bagi saya untuk jatuh ke dalam perangkap orang lain. Saudari bela diri telah menikah dengan putra keluarga Wan, dan hari ini Zhou Qi meninggal di tangan saya, bagaimana saya tahu dia tidak berusaha memikat saya agar tidak bersembunyi? ”Saat dia merenungkan lebih lanjut, dia tidak mengambil langkah lain.

Tapi dia mendengar Qi Fang berteriak lagi: “Bayam Air, Bayam Air!” Di Yun dalam kebingungan, dia berpikir: “Cara dia mengucapkan kata-kata ini dipenuhi dengan cinta dan kekaguman yang mendalam, itu pasti tidak palsu. Lebih jauh lagi, bahkan jika dia ingin mengambil hidupku, aku rela mati dengan tangannya. Dia memutuskan untuk meninggalkan pemikiran sebelumnya dan mengambil langkah kedua ke depan, ketika tiba-tiba dia mendengar suara garing seorang gadis kecil yang berkata: “Mama, mama, aku di sini!”

Di Yun kaget; dia mengintip melalui ambang jendela. Dia melihat seorang gadis berpakaian merah cerah mendekati dari timur. Dia masih muda, jadi langkahnya ceroboh dan gerakannya tidak stabil. Dia mendengar suara lembut Qi Fang berkata: “Bayam Air, di mana kamu bersembunyi? Mama tidak bisa menemukanmu. ”

Gadis kecil itu menjawab: “Bayam Air ada di taman, Bayam Air sedang melihat semut!”

Telinga Di Yun terasa seolah-olah mendengar suara yang sangat tajam, hatinya terasa seperti dipukul oleh kepalan sekuat tenaga. “Apakah benar saudari bela diri itu melahirkan seorang anak perempuan? Dan dia memanggil putrinya ‘Bayam Air’? Ketika dia memanggil ‘Bayam Air’, dia benar-benar memanggil putrinya, dan bukan aku? ”Apakah memang benar aku melangkah ke kediaman Wan karena kebetulan belaka?”

In all these years, deep in his heart he always had a wish. He hoped that one day he would discover that his martial sister did not actually marry Wan Gui, that Shen Cheng was lying to him the whole time. He never dared to tell this wish to Ding Dian, and only buried it deep inside his heart. Sometimes he would dream of this in the middle of the night, only to wake up with his heart pounding at an alarming rate. But at this point, he finally saw it with his own eyes and ears, this little girl calling her “mama”.

His vision became blurred by the tears in his eyes and he could barely make out what was happening through the window. He saw Qi Fang crouched on the ground with her arms open wide. The girl laughed as she was being embraced. Qi Fang kissed the little girl on the cheek, smiled and softly said: “Water Spinach will play by herself now, such a good girl!”

Di Yun could only see the side of Qi Fang’s face. He could see her thin and lengthy eyebrows and the curvature of her lips. Her cheeks were fuller and whiter than it was several years ago. Di Yun felt a sense of bitterness inside his heart and thought: “These last few years she has become the woman of the Wan family, naturally she no longer needs to farm by the countryside, no longer needs to be scorched and drenched by the sun and rain, of course she would be healthier and well.”

He heard Qi Fang say: “Water Spinach, don’t play anymore. Follow mama to your room.”

The little girl replied: “It’s fun here, Water Spinach wants to watch the ants.”

Qi Fang said: “No, today there are bad people outside, looking to kidnap children. Water Spinach is better off returning to her room.”

The little girl asked: “What bad people? Why would they kidnap little children?”

Qi Fang got up and grabbed the little girl by her hand and said: “Two escaped convicts escaped from prison and they are very, very bad people. Your papa went to catch these bad people. If these bad people come in, they will kidnap Water Spinach. Water Spinach, please listen to mama and go play in your room. Mama will make a doll for you, okay?”

But the little girl was hesitant, and said: “Don’t want a doll, Water Spinach wants to help papa catch bad people.”

When Di Yun heard Qi Fang call himself a “bad person”, his heart sank even deeper. At this precise moment, there were sounds of several horses approaching. Qi Fang pulled out her long sword from the sheath on her waist and went to the door of the backyard. Di Yun remained by the window and did not dare to move, for he was afraid to make noise and shock Qi Fang. No matter what he should not see his martial sister again, his heart was filled with grief and indignation that was hard for him to suppress. He had never done anything wrong, yet for no reason he received some of the greatness suffering in this world. She even declared him a “bad person”.

Di Yun saw the little girl approach the front door of the firewood room. He hoped that she would not enter the room, but the little girl for some reason unexpectedly stepped foot into the room. Di Yun hid his face amongst the straws at the back, and said to himself: “Get out! Keluar!”

Suddenly, the little girl saw him. She sneaked a brief glance at his face: the facial hair that covered his face made for a frightening appearance. She was so startled she had a blank expression and her eyes were fully wide open. She wanted to cry out but did not dare to.

Di Yun knew he was in trouble, for if the little girl were to cry, he would definitely be discovered by Qi Fang. In an instant he reached forward and grabbed the little girl with his left hand, and with his right hand he covered her mouth. However, he was too slow, as the girl managed the utter an “Ah” and let out a cry. But her cry was cut half way by Di Yun when he grabbed her.

Although Qi Fang kept her attention at the outskirts of the garden, she heard the sound of the little girl’s cry and immediately turned around, but the girl was nowhere to be seen. Then as she heard the slight rustling sound of straws in the firewood room, she immediately made two big strides forward into the firewood room and saw that a man covered with fluffy facial hair and blood stains had captured her daughter, covering her mouth with one hand.

Qi Fang was so shocked that for a second she felt as if she lost her soul. Immediately, she released her long sword, aimed it at Di Yun and scolded: “Release the girl at once!”

Di Yun felt more bitterness in his heart, as if he had abandoned himself in despair. He thought: “If you want to kill me, then go ahead!” He saw her long sword approaching him but did not dodge.

Qi Fang was stunned and was afraid that she would hurt her own daughter, so she retracted her long sword. Then she repeated: “Let go of my daughter!”

Di Yun listened as she kept on demanding him to release her daughter, without any regards to their past relationship. In a fit of rage, he refused to let go of the girl, and conveniently picked up a long wooden stick amongst the wooden branches. He used it to hit the long sword of Qi Fang, then backed away one step.

As Qi Fang saw that the violent man would not release her daughter, she became more and more frightened and anxious; both her knees started to feel limp and weak. She took a deep breath and attacked Di Yun, aiming to pierce his right shoulder. Di Yun dodged the attack by moving his body, and with his right hand he wielded the wooden stick as his sword. He aimed downwards from his right shoulder and stabbed backwards.

Qi Fang was perplexed, for she felt this stance was awfully familiar. It was indeed her father’s stance of “Brother Weng Shouts Up”. However, at that moment she did not think too much of it. She lowered her head to dodge, and with her long sword executed the two stances “The Tiger’s Rapid Kick Alarms the Wind”, and “The Mountain Escapes Like a Cloth”.

The firewood room was actually very narrow and small; it was further piled up by stacks of firewood and straws. The remaining space was barely enough room for two people to cycle around, so when these stances were executed, it felt a bit unnatural and hindered.

Since they were young, Di Yun and Qi Fang had been practicing swords under the same teacher. There was not a single day where they wouldn’t be practicing swords; so naturally, these stances were executed thoroughly and without error. Upon seeing these two stances, Di Yun naturally followed through with what their teacher had taught them. He executed the stances “Falling Mud Welcomes Big Sister” and “The Horse Blows a Little Wind”. The wooden stick spread widely around the room as performed these stances.

Back in the days when these two martial siblings were practicing swords, this would be the point where Qi Fang could no longer endure. But this time when Di Yun scraped the wooden stick around the third time, his wrist felt an immense pain, and with a loud clap, the wooden stick fell on the floor. He was shocked, but then he immediately realized: “The fingers on my right hand have been sliced clean; I should never be able to wield a sword again, how can I forget?”

When he lifted his head up, he saw Qi Fang’s long sword was aimed directly within an inch of his chest. The blade of the sword did not tremble in the least, her expression shocked and dumbfounded, it was truly hard to describe. The two stared at each other intently for a very long time and neither uttered a single word. Finally, Qi Fang broke the silence and said: “Is… is it you?” Her voice sounded hoarse and astringent.

Di Yun nodded in reply, and handed over the little girl that he was holding with his left arm. Qi Fang dropped her long sword and rushed to hug the little girl, she did not know what to say. The little girl was so scared that she could not even cry. She buried her face in her mother’s embrace and no longer dared to look at Di Yun. Qi Fang said: “I… I didn’t know it was you. All these years…”

Suddenly, from outside came the loud voice of a man who shouted: “Fang’mei, Fang’mei! Where are you?” It was Wan Gui, the sound of his shouts getting more intense as he approached the direction of the vegetable garden. Qi Fang’s face instantly changed color, then she told her daughter, “Water Spinach, this uncle is not a bad person. Don’t tell your papa, okay?”

The little girl lifted her head and gave a sideways glance at Di Yun. She saw his frightening appearance and expression, and suddenly uttered a “wah” and began to cry. The man outside heard the sound of the girl’s cry, and said: “Water Spinach, don’t cry. Papa is here!”

Qi Fang gave Di Yun a look then turned around and began to walk away. She carried her daughter in her arms and pushed open the front door. Di Yun was stunned and stood there motionless. It felt as if there was a noise inside his head constantly telling him, “I might as well die, I might as well die!”

He heard the sound of the man outside, who asked: “Why is Water Spinach crying?” Di Yun wanted to move over to the window to take a look; he wanted to know what Wan Gui looks like now, but he felt as if his legs were nailed to the floor and he could not make another step.

He heard Qi Fang’s cheerful voice as she said: “I was playing with Water Spinach at the back when two horses passed through. The men on horseback wielded sharp weapons and looked extremely vicious. Water Spinach said they were bad people that wanted to kidnap her. She was so afraid she started to cry.”

Wan Gui laughed: “Those were the escaped convicts from the prefecture. Come, papa will hug Water Spinach. Papa has killed the bad people. Water Spinach does not need to be afraid. Papa has killed each and every bad person.”

Di Yun kaget. He thought: “A woman’s ability to tell lies is impressive. With the way she said it, even if the little girl claims she saw a bad person, her husband would not be suspicious. Hmph, why do I need you to lie for me? Go ahead and come get me, kill me if you want.”

He took two steps and looked out the window. He saw Wan Gui dressed in gorgeous attire, carrying the little girl and walking away. Qi Fang too leaned on his shoulders, the appearance of an affectionate family.

His martial sister has already married Wan Gui. In the past, Di Yun had considered this possibility many thousand times, but had always hoped that it wasn’t true. But at this moment, he saw this intimate family all with his very own eyes. He opened his mouth to utter “I…”, then he bent over to pick up the long sword that Qi Fang had left behind. He wanted to rush outside and engage in a duel to the death with Wan Gui. The time he spent in prison—the time he spent suffering endless injustices and miseries—was all because of this wicked man who framed him. Furthermore, the one he loved more than his own life had now become the wife of this man. At this point he no longer had any desires. Either he would go ahead and kill this man, or he would die by his blade.

But when he turned his body and bent over, he saw amidst the firewood and straws laid Ding Dian’s body. He saw Ding Dian’s eyes closed shut; the expression on his face appeared serene. He suddenly remembered: “Before he died, Brother Ding repeatedly told me to bury him together with Lady Ling. Even if I were to perish in a battle against Wan Gui, my life is not worth mentioning, but Brother Ding’s final wish would not be fulfilled.” And then he thought further: “I could beg martial sister to complete this task for me, she may be able to do it… bah! Di Yun, you insolent fool, the task you refuse to undertake on your own, you would rather let someone else do it for you? If you die now, how can you have any face to see your Brother Ding? Even if martial sister had a guilty conscience, she would still fulfill this task for you.” He thought more about it, and eventually was able to slowly suppress his desire for revenge.

However, the word “I” he uttered earlier had already caught the attention of Wan Gui, who remarked: “It sounds like there may be someone in that room.”

Qi Fang replied: “Is that so? Just a moment ago I saw Old Wang go in to move the firewood. Gui’ge, I stewed some bird’s nest soup for you, why don’t you go and eat it? Besides, Water Spinach is still crying endlessly, we should let her get some good rest.”

Wan Gui groaned and said: “The one in the room is really the chef Old Wang?” He continued to walk down the path with his daughter and wife.

Di Yun’s mind was dazed and empty, he did not know what to think. After a very long time, he scratched his head and thought: “I cannot hide in this room for very long. If the chef by the name of Old Wang really does come, then what will I do? I should secretly hide Brother Ding and then sneak out myself. When night falls, I will come back to retrieve Brother Ding’s body. Yes, that’s what I’ll do.”

However, he only took one step when his thoughts in his mind stopped him further. “Martial sister will certainly come back for me, if I leave now, I may never see her again.” “What good is it if I see her again? She has a husband and a daughter, they are one happy family. Why would she care about a heartless criminal like myself? If I see her again, wouldn’t I simply be inviting a rebuff?” “Hah, for so many years in prison, day and night I have been longing to see her just once, so how can I forfeit this opportunity today? Do I have any other wishes? Maybe I can ask her how our teacher is doing? I want to ask her, how can she like the new and hate the old, after I suffered repeated tragedies, how can she no longer care for me?” “What’s the point of me asking anyway? She won’t tell any lies, and only speak the truth. But even if she does lie, what does it matter? If she speaks the truth, I will only be hurt even more.”

His thoughts went back and forth consistently for some time. At once he wanted to leave, but he could not fully make up his mind. He was usually a straightforward person and definitely not the type who could not settle with a decision. Yet today he when he was faced with the greatest decision in his life, he did not know what to decide. He knew the risks of staying, but also knew that he would regret leaving.

As he continued to contemplate in his mind, he suddenly heard faint footsteps in the garden. This person seemed to be tiptoeing quietly. Every few steps that were taken, this person would stop before moving another few steps. This person’s movements were obvious extremely cautious as if afraid to be discovered.

As this person approached closer and closer, Di Yun’s heart beat faster and faster. He thought: “Martial sister has finally come back for me. But what does she want to say to me? Does she want to beg for my forgiveness? Perhaps she still cherishes our past relationship?” Then he thought further, “What do I have to say to her? Sigh, forget it. Lupakan. She has a good husband, a good daughter, she is living a very happy life. I never want to see her again.”

All of a sudden, his heart was filled with desires of revenge. He felt ice-cold. “Originally I was just some poor folk in the countryside, supposing if I did not receive any injustice, martial sister and I would become husband and wife. Although I would be very happy, martial sister would spend the rest of her life working and exhausted, what good is that for her? If I want revenge, do I have to kill Wan Gui? Martial sister would become a widow, how can she marry me? How can she marry the one who killed her husband? For a long time she has already forgotten about me. In the past I could not compare to Wan Gui. Today, the difference is that of heaven and earth. I should forget about revenge and forget everything that’s happened. I should let their family of husband and wife and daughter live happily ever after.”

After he thought up to this point, he decided that he no longer wished to speak with Qi Fang. He turned around and reached for Ding Dian’s body when suddenly, with a ferocious roar and a loud bang, the door was kicked open. Di Yun was completely taken aback. He turned around and saw the reflection of a long sword wielded by a tall but thin man standing by the door—it was none other than Wan Gui. Di Yun took a deep breathe, then he leaned over to grab the long sword that Qi Fang had left behind.

Wan Gui appeared to be very furious. He had already known about Di Yun escaping from prison and had been feeling ill-at-ease for the whole day; now when he saw that the sword Di Yun was holding belonged to Qi Fang, he felt jealous and angry at the same time. He spoke coldly: “Hah! Meeting up in the firewood room, she even gave you her weapon. Planning to kill her own husband? I’m afraid it won’t be so easy!”

Di Yun’s thoughts were all over the place, and for a moment he did not understand what Wan Gui was saying. He thought: “Why did he come? How did he know that I’m here? Naturally, it must have been Qi Fang who told him this, telling her husband to arrest me in order to claim the rewards. How can she be so cold and heartless?”

Wan Gui saw that Di Yun did not respond, and knew that he was scared, and aimed at his chest with his long sword. Di Yun blocked with his sword, and naturally executed the stance that the old beggar taught him many years ago, “Stabbing Throat Stance”.In an instant the long sword was pointing at Wan Gui’s throat. This technique was extremely strange. In the past, Wan Gui was unable to counter this stance; now after five years, even though his martial arts has seen significant improvement, he was still unable to counter this stance.

Wan Gui was so stunned that he did not know what to do with the long sword in his hand. He would not have enough time to counter, and if he made the slightest move his opponent would have seized him at once. At this point, his life was at mercy of his opponent. He was extremely furious at this outcome and did not dare to make the slightest move. As he looked at Di Yun’s face full of dirt and facial hair, his expression of hate gradually became fear.

Di Yun was hesitant to strike him with his sword, thinking to himself: “Should I kill him or not?”

Wan Gui saw the hesitation and perplexity in Di Yun’s face. In a moment of desperation, the sword on his wrist began to tremble slightly. Suddenly, he came up with an idea and shouted: “Qi Fang, you have come!”

Di Yun heard him yell out Qi Fang loudly, and his heart was startled. He turned his head slightly to look at the side. He did not realize that he had fallen into Wan Gui’s trap. As soon as Di Yun turned his head, Wan Gui immediately lifted up his long sword and countered. Because the fingers on Di Yun’s right hand had been sliced clean, he could not maintain a good grip of his sword. As such, his sword fell out of his hands. Wan Gui was excited at this turn of events and immediately stroke forward with his sword. Di Yun dodged a few blows, and retreated to the pile of wood. He picked up one of the pieces of hard firewood in the pile and used it as a weapon and began to attack. Wan Gui too attacked, and the two weapons clashed, causing a piece of the wooden stick to be hacked off. Di Yun threw the remaining half of his stick at Wan Gui with enough force, so his opponent had to dodge it. Then he conveniently picked up another stick from the pile and attacked again.

Wan Gui saw that since Di Yun lost his sword, as long as he remained cautious he should win. Even if Di Yun uses a wooden stick as a sword and managed to hit him a few times, it would be no big deal. He remained focused and stayed sharp, then began to execute his sword stances to attack. After several stances, Di Yun let out a sharp cry as his right wrist was struck by a sword. Immediately, blood began gushing out of the wound. He no longer had any strength in his right hand, and the wooden stick fell out of his hands. Wan Gui followed through by stabbing his leg, then lifted his left foot and kicked him hard. Di Yun struggled and tried to climb back up, but Wan Gui kicked him again, this time on his cheekbone. Di Yun immediately fainted.

Wan Gui scolded, “Playing dead?” and followed through by stabbing Di Yun on his right shoulder. However, he saw that his opponent did not budge at all, and realized that he had really passed out. He thought to himself: “Magistrate Ling is offering five thousand taels of silver as a reward. If I am to capture these two prisoners, it is better off if I leave them alive. Besides, once I take them back to the prefecture, they would be extremely lucky should they be kept alive. Why should I be the one to kill them?” He gave a sideways glance and saw that the pile of straws exposed a leg. He was both startled and excited at the same time, shouting: “There’s someone in there!” He did not realize that Ding Dian was already dead, and in his excitement stabbed hard at the leg of the corpse.

Even though Di Yun was knocked out, there was a voice in his head that repeatedly shouted: “I can’t die! I can’t die! I promised Brother Ding that I would bury his body together with Lady Ling!” This thought was so intense that it caused him to quickly recover consciousness. He was bewildered and thought: “Several years ago, one night, he knocked me out cold before and my head suffered damages from his kicks.” As he slowly opened his eyes, he saw Wan Gui was about to stab at Ding Dian’s body. At this point he was not fully conscious, and did not process his thoughts clearly. But as soon as he saw Wan Gui pull Ding Dian’s corpse out of the pile of straws, he shouted: “Brother Ding!” All of a sudden, his entire body was filled with energy, and he immediately threw himself at Wan Gui’s back, with his right arm choking at his throat.

Wan Gui did not see this coming. He wanted to stab backwards with his sword, but there was no way for his wrist to curve at such an angle. He slashed with his sword but only managed to slash the pile of wood in front of him, and the lock that Di Yun had on his throat was getting tighter and tighter. When Di Yun saw that his nemesis was attacking Ding Dian’s body, he became extremely furious. This person had not only caused him a lot of injustice, but also took Qi Fang away from him. Not even mentioning that part of revenge, he was now disrespecting Ding Dian, a matter that definitely could not be put to rest.

At this point, he had no other wishes, he only wanted to strangle his opponent to death. However, he noticed that after a while, he was gradually losing energy trying to hold down Wan Gui. This was due to the fact that Di Yun had suffered numerous injuries and his wounds were bleeding. Furthermore, the strength of his wrist was being reduced significantly. He said to himself: “I only have to hold him a bit longer, then I will be able to kill him.” Soon, he felt as if he was seeing stars in his eyes; he began to feel very dizzy and faint, and eventually he lost consciousness. Although he passed out, the arm that was holding down Wan Gui did not retract. Wan Gui found it so difficult to breathe, that at the time Di Yun passed out, he too lost consciousness at the same time.

They both lied on the ground, facing each other, unconscious. It looked as if both of them were dead. However, their hearts were still beating and there was breathe coming out from their mouths and noses.

It is truly unpredictable what fate has to offer. Should Di Yun be the one to wake up first, he would immediately pick up the long sword and kill Wan Gui with one slash. However, if Wan Gui should be the one to wake up first, he would no longer have the intent of capturing Di Yun alive for the reward, as it would be too risky. He too, would end Di Yun’s life with one slash to the neck.

Anything can happen in this world. It is not necessarily the case that good fortune will come to good people, nor is it the case that bad fortune will befall on bad people. Likewise, bad people may not necessarily have good fortune, and good people may not necessarily have bad fortune. In the end, everyone has to die, but the ones who die later may not necessarily be blessed with good fortune.

But from the perspective of the people alive, from the perspective of Qi Fang and her daughter, the outcome of this battle would be extremely significant. If at this point Qi Fang were to choose, if she had to pick just one person to wake up first, who would she pick?

The two people in the firewood room remained still and unconscious; footsteps could be heard slowly approaching the room. Di Yun’s ears could hear the faint sounds of water dripping, drops of ice cold water falling on his face. He began to feel pain, followed by a feeling of intense cold, but he did not have any strength left in his body. Soon, he fell unconscious.

*****

As soon as Di Yun regained consciousness, he channelled strength on his right arm and immediately said, “I will strangle you! I will strangle you!” but he was not holding onto anything. He felt his body shook as if he was moving. He opened his eyes and saw complete darkness. He felt drops of water falling on his face, hands, and body. It turns out that it was raining.

His body was still in motion, his chest felt congested and he wanted to throw up. Suddenly, there was a boat that rowed beside him. There was a sail on the boat, so he knew for sure that it had to be a boat. He felt extremely strange: why would there be a boat beside him?

He wanted to stand up and take a good look at his surroundings, but his whole body felt weak and he was unable to move a muscle. He was lying down, facing upwards looking at the sky. He saw from the corner of his eye that there were black clouds adrift; he was no longer in the firewood room. All of a sudden, a thought came to his mind: “Where is Brother Ding?” As soon as he thought of Ding Dian, his body regained a bit of energy. His hands pushed against the ground as he got up. It turns out he was on a small boat. The small boat was at the river bank slowly floating to the heart of the river. It was night time and the sky was covered in darkness. He gave a glance at the left and right sides of the boat, but his view was pitch-black, he could not see anything at all. He felt a sense of urgency and shouted: “Brother! Brother Ding!” He knew that Ding Dian was already dead, but he could not afford to lose his body. All of a sudden, his left leg kicked on something soft. He lowered his head to take a look, and became excited. “Brother Ding, there you are!” He opened wide both arms and hugged him. Ding Dian’s body was at the side of the ship, right on the side of his leg.

Di Yun felt so weak that he could barely breathe; he did not even have enough energy to think clearly. He felt his throat was very dry, so he opened his mouth wide and let the raindrops drip to his tongue. He felt very dizzy and half asleep. With both arms he hugged Ding Dian’s body and lied there until day. The rain poured throughout the night.

The brightness of morning daylight shone on his body, and he suddenly noticed that on his thigh was wrapped around by a long cloth strip. As he became more conscious, he realized this cloth strip was used to bandage his wounds. He then noticed that his arms and shoulders were also bandaged by cloths, and he could smell the faint scent of medicine under the bandages. Last night’s rainfall caused his bandages to become moist, but he was no longer bleeding from his wounds.

“Who was the one who bandaged me? Had I not been bandaged, even if no one went after me, I would have certainly died of excessive blood loss.” In that moment he felt a burst of loneliness and suffering that he could not describe. “In this world, who still cares for me and is willing to help me? Brother Ding is already dead, who else would want me alive in this world? Who would trouble themselves to help bandage me?”

He looked closely and saw that the bandages in his body were not applied neatly, it seemed as if the person who bandaged him was in a great rush. However, the bandages were not made of rough material, it was in fact made of high-grade satin cloth. On the side of the ribbons appeared an exquisite decorative border, and on the other side appeared a torn cloth, it was ripped from someone’s garment. It appeared to belong to a female.

Could it be his martial sister? His heart began to pound quickly, causing the injuries on his chest to warm up a little. From the corner of his mouth appeared an experience of coldness and self-mockery. He said: “She told her husband to come and kill me, why would she tend to my injuries? If it was not her that disclosed that I was hiding in the firewood room, how would Wan Gui know where to find me?”

However, he was currently on a small boat floating along the current. He had no idea how far away he was from Jiangling now. In any case, at the moment he was not in any danger and would not be harmed by the men from Ling Prefecture.

“Who was the one that bandaged my wounds? Who put me on the boat? This person even brought Brother Ding with me?” He no longer cared for his own well-being, but for this person to bring Ding Dian’s body together with him, he could not help but feel a sense of deep gratitude in his heart. He began to ponder deeply about the identity of this person, but he ended up having a headache, he no longer had any clue what was happening.

He tried his hardest to recall last night’s events. He remembered Wan Gui attacking Ding Dian’s body, and then he lunged himself at Wan Gui trying to strangle him with his arms. But he could not remember anything after that. The events afterwards felt like complete emptiness in his mind. He turned his head to the side and his forehead bumped into a very hard item. It was a bundle wrapped in light cloth. He became excited, as he felt that inside the bundle he could possibly find some clues. He struggled as he unwrapped the bundle with both hands. What he saw inside was five or six silver coins, and four pieces of woman’s jewellery consisting of a pearl flower, a gold bracelet, a gold necklace, and a precious gem ring. Besides that, there was a gold lock slice that children would often wear around their neck; the gold chain in the lock was hastily pulled off by someone. The part where the chain broke off hooked on the fragment of a small piece of cloth. Evidently, it was pulled from a little child’s neck and ripped off, as if this person’s possessions were robbed by a thief. On the gold lock slice engraved the four words “Virtuous Appearance, Double Luxuriance”. Di Yun was not very well educated. Even though he could read those four characters, he could not understand the meaning behind them. He thought: “Could it be the name of the child? Her daughter’s name is not ‘Virtuous Appearance’, nor is it ‘Double Luxuriance’. It is ‘Water Spinach’!”

He fiddled around with these five pieces of jewellery, and ended up being even more confused now than he was before he opened the bundle. He thought: “These coins and jewelleries were naturally given to me by the one who saved me, so that when I arrive at shore, I will have enough money to buy food. However, who was the one who gave it to me? These jewelleries do not belong to my martial sister, I have never seen her wear it before.”

In the vast ocean of water was that small boat drifting slowly ashore. In the days on the boat, Di Yun constantly pondered: “Who was the one who tended my wounds? Who was the one who gave me these silver coins and jewelleries?”
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[1]Chinese idiom; literal translation “The tiger falls in Pingyang.” It means that the man who loses position and influence may be subjected to much indignity.

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