Bab 7 Luohua Liushui
Di tengah malam, Di Yun tiba-tiba terbangun oleh dua ketukan di bahu. The Blood Saber Elder berbisik, “Seseorang akan datang!”
Di Yun terkejut tetapi senang pada saat yang sama. Dia berpikir: “Jika seseorang bisa masuk, itu juga berarti kita bisa keluar.” Lalu dia bertanya: “Di mana mereka?”
Penatua Darah Saber menunjuk ke selatan dan menjawab: “Bersembunyi di sana dan tidak membuat suara. Seni bela diri mereka sangat kuat. “Di Yun mendengarkan dengan penuh perhatian untuk siapa pun yang mendekat tetapi tidak mendengar suara.
The Blood Saber Elder memegang pedang darahnya di tangan dan berjongkok, lalu bergegas keluar tanpa membuat suara. Bayangannya berbelok ke sisi bukit dan menghilang. Di Yun terkesan ketika dia berpikir: “Seni bela diri orang ini benar-benar mengesankan. Jika Saudara Ding masih hidup, saya bertanya-tanya siapa yang akan lebih baik? ”Ketika dia memikirkan Ding Dian, dia merasa bungkusan abu di dadanya masih sepenuhnya utuh. Meskipun lembah itu sangat dingin, ketika jari-jarinya menyentuh bungkusan abu ia merasakan sensasi hangat di dalam.
Dalam kesunyian malam, suara pedang yang berbenturan tiba-tiba terdengar. Setelah dua suara, itu menjadi sunyi lagi. Suasana hening lama sekali sebelum dua bentrokan terdengar. Di Yun menduga bahwa Penatua Golongan Darah ditemukan oleh lawannya dan keduanya sekarang bertarung. Dilihat oleh suara bentrokan pedang, seni bela diri lawannya setidaknya sama baiknya dengan miliknya.
Empat bentrokan lain terdengar, sekarang bahkan Shui Sheng dibangunkan oleh suara. Pemandangan di luar lembah tertutup salju sejauh mata memandang, menyinari warna perak di bawah sinar bulan yang memantulkan awan putih; itu mendekati fajar. Shui Sheng melirik Di Yun dan menggerakkan bibirnya seolah-olah dia ingin mengatakan sesuatu, tetapi dia sangat membencinya dan berpikir bahwa dia mungkin tidak menjawab, jadi dia tidak berbicara.
Suara bentrokan pedang semakin keras dan kencang. Di Yun dan Shui Sheng keduanya mengangkat kepala untuk mengikuti arah suara. Di bawah sinar bulan, dua bayangan bisa terlihat berputar-putar; pedang dan pedang bertabrakan dengan intensitas di bagian timur laut atas. Tebing itu sulit dan curam dengan tumpukan salju yang besar, sulit untuk naik ke sana. Namun, keduanya bertarung dengan intens tanpa henti, kilau pedang dan pedang yang bercahaya tercermin oleh lembah saat mereka saling bertarung di atas tebing.
Di Yun melihat dari dekat ke tebing dan melihat bahwa orang yang bertarung dengan Penatua Golongan Darah mengenakan pakaian Tao dan menggunakan pedang panjang; itu adalah salah satu anggota Luohua Liushui. Di Yun tidak tahu bagaimana orang ini berhasil menjelajah ke lembah setelah longsoran salju menutupi gunung.
Pada saat yang sama, Shui Sheng melihat Tao juga dan diliputi kegembiraan. Dia berkata, “Itu adalah Paman Liu. Paman Liu Chengfeng ada di sini! Ayah! Ayah! Aku di sini!”
Di Yun terkejut dan berpikir: “Penatua Pedang Darah dan Tao tua ini sangat dekat, akan sulit untuk mengatakan siapa yang akan keluar di atas. Jika ayahnya mendengar suaranya dan datang untuknya, bukankah dia akan segera membunuhku? “Lalu dia buru-buru berkata,” Hei, jangan berteriak! Jika longsor menimpa kita lagi, kita semua akan mati! ”
Shui Sheng menukas, “Aku mencoba membuatmu terbunuh bersamaku.” Kemudian dia berteriak lagi: “Ayah! Ayah! Aku di sini!”
Di Yun menegur: “Jika longsor turun, ayahmu akan mati juga. Anda ingin dia mati? ”
Shui Sheng menyadari bahwa apa yang dikatakannya benar dan tidak berteriak lagi, tetapi dia berpikir: “Bagaimana kemampuan ayahku dibandingkan? Siapa pun yang lolos dari longsoran salju akan lari pulang, namun Paman Liu Chengfeng bergegas ke lembah. Jika Paman Liu ada di sini, maka tentu saja ayah saya juga ada di sini. Sekalipun longsoran salju turun, yang terburuk yang bisa terjadi adalah aku mati, tetapi ayahku tidak akan terluka. Biksu tua yang kejam ini begitu hebat, jika dia membunuh Paman Liu, aku harus menderita. “Kemudian dia berteriak lagi:” Ayah! Ayah! Aku di sini!”
Di Yun tidak tahu bagaimana menghentikannya agar tidak berteriak. Dia menatap Penatua Pedang Darah lagi dan melihat bahwa dia berada di saat yang kritis pertempuran melawan Tao Liu Chengfeng. The Blood Saber Elder menari-nari seperti keindahan merah suram, berjingkrak dan berputar-putar di hamparan salju putih. Liu Chengfeng tidak mengeksekusi sikap pedangnya dengan kecepatan luar biasa, sebaliknya dia bertarung dengan agak hati-hati. Saat dua lawan yang tangguh ini bentrok, Di Yun tidak bisa mencari tahu siapa yang akan menang. Namun, ketika dia mendengar teriakan konstan Shui Sheng untuk “ayahnya” dan kemudian beralih ke berteriak untuknya “Biaoge”, dia menjadi bingung dengan kecemasan. Dia memperingatkan: “Gadis kecil, jika kamu tidak tutup mulut, aku akan memotong lidahmu.”
Shui Sheng menjawab: “Saya bersikeras berteriak! Saya bersikeras berteriak! “Lalu dia berteriak:” Ayah! Ayah! Aku di sini! ”Tapi dia takut Di Yun benar-benar akan mengambil tindakan, jadi dia mengambil sepotong batu besar untuk membela diri. Setelah beberapa saat, dia melihatnya duduk di tanah tanpa mengucapkan sepatah kata pun, dan tiba-tiba teringat: “Bhikkhu jahat ini kakinya patah oleh Biaoge saya. Jika bhikkhu tua itu tidak menyelamatkannya, dia akan terbunuh sejak lama. Dia bahkan tidak bisa bergerak, untuk apa aku harus takut padanya? “Kemudian dia berpikir lebih jauh:” Aku benar-benar bodoh! Biksu tua itu sibuk dalam pertempuran, mengapa aku tidak bisa membunuh biksu kecil itu saja? ”Kemudian dia mengangkat sepotong batu besar di atas kepalanya dan mendekati Di Yun, berniat untuk menghancurkan kepalanya.
Di Yun tidak punya cara untuk melawan dan hanya bisa berguling, batu itu menggesek wajahnya, nyaris kehilangan target. Shui Sheng melihat bahwa dia gagal dalam upaya pertamanya dan membungkuk untuk mengambil sepotong batu. Kali ini, dia mengenai targetnya di perut. Di Yun mencoba berguling tetapi kakinya yang patah tidak efektif; pekiknya saat dipukul di betis.
Shui Sheng senang dan segera mengambil sepotong batu untuk dilempar. Di Yun tahu bahwa dia tidak berdaya untuk melawan serangannya dan dipukul tujuh atau delapan kali berturut-turut, bagaimana dia bisa membuat dirinya hidup? Segera, dia mengambil sepotong batu dan berteriak: “Jika kamu memukulku lagi, aku akan menghancurkanmu sampai mati lebih dulu.” Tapi hanya melihat dia meluncurkan batu lain padanya dan segera berguling untuk menghindari pukulan. Lalu dengan sekuat tenaga dia melemparkan batu ke arahnya.
Shui Sheng berkelit ke kiri. Batu itu terbang melewati telinganya dan menyapu kulit dan daging dari wajahnya. Dia terkejut dan tidak berani melemparkan batu ke arahnya. Dia berbalik dan mengambil ranting, kemudian mengeksekusi kuda-kuda “Dorong Perahu Sepanjang Arus” dan bertujuan untuk menusuk bahu Di Yun. Keterampilan pedangnya diajarkan oleh keluarganya dan agak brilian. Meskipun dia hanya memegang ranting di tangannya, jika dia akan menyerang, bahkan jika Di Yun sepenuhnya pulih, dalam hal permainan pedang, dia tidak akan menjadi lawannya. Ketika dia melihat ranting yang mendekat, dia memiringkan bahunya untuk menghindari serangan itu, tetapi Shui Sheng sudah mengubah sikap dan seketika dahinya ditusuk.
Jika itu adalah pedang asli, Di Yun akan kehilangan nyawanya saat itu juga. Namun, itu hanya ranting, tapi Di Yun masih sangat kesakitan sehingga visinya dipenuhi dengan bintang-bintang emas. Shui Sheng memarahi, “Kamu biksu jahat telah menyiksaku selama ini dan bahkan ingin memotong lidahku! Mengapa kamu tidak memotongnya dan tunjukkan padaku! “Dia mengangkat rantingnya dan mulai memukulnya dengan keras di pundak dan dahinya dan berteriak:” Beri tahu guru besarmu untuk datang menyelamatkanmu! Aku akan membunuhmu, biksu jahat! ”Saat dia mengatakan ini, serangannya menjadi lebih cepat dan lebih intens.
Di Yun tidak berdaya untuk melawan dan hanya bisa melindungi wajah dengan bahunya. Dalam sekejap, dia dipukuli dengan sangat parah sehingga seolah-olah dagingnya terkoyak dari hukuman fisik, darah berceceran di mana-mana. Dia terkejut dan kesakitan. Kemudian dia mengerahkan semua kekuatannya untuk meraih ranting dan melemparkannya ke samping. Shui Sheng terkejut dengan langkah ini, tetapi dia mundur beberapa langkah dan meraih ke belakang untuk mengambil ranting lain untuk menyerang lagi.
Dalam keadaan darurat seperti itu, Di Yun tiba-tiba teringat teknik bajingan yang akan digunakan orang desa setelah kalah berkelahi. Dia berteriak, “Berdiri di sana! Maju satu langkah lagi dan aku akan melepas celanaku! ”Dengan kedua tangan dia memegangi celananya dan membuat gerakan seolah dia akan menariknya.
Shui Sheng khawatir dan segera memutar kepalanya, kedua pipinya memerah. Dia berpikir: “Biksu jahat ini benar-benar tidak melebihi kejahatan apa pun, dia menggunakan metode tercela seperti itu untuk mempermalukan saya.”
Di Yun berkata: “Minggir lima langkah, semakin jauh semakin baik.”
Jantung Shui Sheng berdebar kencang dan cukup yakin, dia benar-benar menjauh lima langkah. Di Yun senang dan berteriak: “Saya telah melepas celana saya. Jika Anda masih ingin memukul saya, silakan! ”
Shui Sheng begitu terkejut sehingga dia lari beberapa kaki, jantungnya berdetak cepat. Dia tidak sengaja tersandung tanah yang licin tetapi buru-buru bangkit kembali dan berlari. Dia tidak berani berbalik untuk melihat dan berlari sampai ke belakang bukit.
Di Yun sebenarnya tidak melepas celananya. Dia pikir itu lucu tetapi juga mendesah pada kemalangannya sendiri. Untuk tetap hidup namun masih menderita pemukulan, ia dipukul 30 atau 40 kali dan betisnya juga dihantam oleh batu, menyebabkannya sakit luar biasa. Dia berpikir: “Seandainya saya tidak menggunakan taktik ini, kemungkinan besar saya sudah terbunuh. I Di Yun dapat dianggap sebagai pria terhormat, namun hari ini saya harus menggunakan cara tercela seperti itu. Ai, aku benar-benar sial! ”
Dia mengalihkan perhatiannya ke pertempuran di tebing yang menggantung antara Penatua Pedang Darah dan Liu Chengfeng. Ketika sebongkah batu jatuh dari puncak tebing, dilihat dari angin, dia bisa mengatakan bahwa tingginya setidaknya 700 atau 800 kaki. Dari jauh dia hanya bisa melihat es licin di tanah dan salju turun. Jelaslah bahwa jika salah satu dari keduanya tergelincir dan jatuh, tidak peduli seberapa tinggi seni bela diri mereka, tubuh mereka akan terkoyak dan tulang mereka akan dihancurkan. Di Yun bisa melihat pergerakan kedua pejuang; lengan baju mereka berkibar di udara seperti dua entitas gaib yang menjulang di antara awan. Di langit ada dua elang melayang menembus angin. Sebagai perbandingan, pergerakan kedua pejuang itu jauh lebih cepat.
Dari belakang bukit, Shui Sheng berteriak: “Ayah! Ayah! Cepat datang!”
Dia berteriak beberapa kali, ketika tiba-tiba dari tenggara sebuah suara tua menjawab: “Apakah itu keponakan Shui? Ayahmu menderita beberapa luka ringan, dia akan segera datang! ”
Shui Sheng mendengar bahwa ini adalah suara anggota kedua Luohua Liushui, Hua Tiegan. Dia senang dan berteriak, “Paman Hua! Di mana ayahku? Seberapa parah dia terluka? ”
Dalam sekejap, Hua Tiegan berjalan menuju Shui Sheng dan berkata: “Selama longsoran salju, sepotong batu besar jatuh pada Paman Lu Anda. Ayahmu membelokkan batu itu dengan telapak tangannya, tetapi batu itu benar-benar berat dan melukai lengan atas ayahmu, tetapi itu hanya cedera kecil. ”
Shui Sheng berkata: “Ada seorang biksu jahat yang bersembunyi di sana … dia melepas … Paman Hua, bunuh dia dengan cepat.”
Hua Tiegan berkata: “Baiklah, di mana dia?”
Shui Sheng menunjuk ke arah Di Yun, tetapi dia takut dia akan melihat sekilas tubuh telanjangnya dan tanpa sengaja menunjuk ke depan beberapa langkah tambahan.
Saat Hua Tiegan hendak membunuh Di Yun, tiba-tiba dentang suara logam terdengar dari tebing yang menggantung. Dia mendongak dan melihat Penatua Pedang Darah dan Liu Chengfeng terlibat dalam pertempuran, tak satu pun dari mereka bergerak seolah-olah mereka tiba-tiba membeku. Dia tahu bahwa pada titik pertempuran ini mereka harus menempuh pergulatan energi internal dan berpikir: “Penatua Pedang Darah ini sangat galak, Bruder Liu mungkin belum tentu bisa menang. Jika saya tidak terburu-buru mencari dukungan, lalu kapan saya akan? Meskipun saya telah membuat nama bergengsi untuk diri saya sendiri di dunia persilatan, saya masih tidak mau berbagi gelar ini dengan orang lain. Ketika para pahlawan dari Dataran Tengah mengejar dua biksu pedang darah dalam skala besar, berita ini menyebar ke mana-mana. Jika saya membunuh Penatua Darah Saber secara pribadi, saya pasti akan melihat peningkatan substansial dalam reputasi saya, itu akan cukup untuk mengimbangi tindakan tidak terhormat harus menang “dua lawan satu.” Dia berpegang pada pemikiran ini dan pada suatu kali dia berbalik dan berjalan menaiki tebing.
Shui Sheng bingung dan bertanya: “Paman Hua, apa yang kamu lakukan?” Tapi dia sudah tahu jawabannya. Dia melihat Hua Tiegan memanjat tebing dengan diam-diam, tangan kanannya memegang tombak baja murni, ujung tombak menempel pada dinding tebing untuk mendapatkan dukungan yang memungkinkannya melompat kelebihan sepuluh kaki setiap lompatan. Ketika dia jatuh, dia akan menggunakan tombak untuk dukungan, dia berjalan jauh lebih cepat dari tebing daripada ketika Penatua Pedang Darah dan Liu Chengfeng berjuang di atas sana.
Ketika Di Yun mendengar bahwa langkah kaki orang ini menjadi semakin jauh, dia menjadi lebih santai, tetapi dia melihat bahwa pria itu melompat ke atas tebing dan tidak bisa menahan teriakan kaget. Pada titik ini, satu-satunya harapan adalah bahwa Penatua Golongan Darah dapat membunuh Liu Chengfeng sebelum Hua Tiegan mencapai puncak tebing, kemudian ia bisa memusatkan perhatiannya pada Hua Tiegan. Kalau tidak, jika dia menghadapi mereka satu lawan dua, dia pasti akan dikalahkan. Di Yun berpikir: “Liu Chengfeng dan Hua Tiegan keduanya dapat dianggap sebagai pahlawan terhormat. Penatua Darah Saber jelas adalah orang yang benar-benar kejam dan jahat, namun saya berharap orang jahat ini akan membunuh orang-orang baik ini. Ai, ini … ini benar-benar tidak bermoral. ”Dia menyalahkan dirinya sendiri tetapi dia penuh dengan kekhawatiran. Hatinya melompat-lompat dalam keadaan kebingungan.
Kemudian Hua Tiegan mencapai puncak tebing.
Penatua Darah Saber menyalurkan energinya untuk bersaing dengan Liu Chengfeng, keduanya meningkatkan lapisan energi internal mereka demi lapis, seperti gelombang besar samudera, mendorong maju satu demi satu. Liu Chengfeng adalah seorang praktisi terkenal dari Taiji, dalam hidupnya dia telah belajar dengan cermat ke dalam gagasan menggunakan kelembutan untuk menaklukkan kekuatan. Sementara energi internal Blood Saber Elder mengalir keluar seperti banjir, dia menyalurkan energi internalnya ke dalam lingkaran dalam upaya untuk melarutkan energi ofensif lawannya; pertama-tama dia ingin mengamankan posisi yang tak terkalahkan sebelum fokus pada serangan. Kekuatan Blood Saber Elder luar biasa, ketika energi internalnya mendorong maju, ia menghilang ke berbagai arah lawannya, berfluktuasi tidak teratur. Namun, setelah menemui jalan buntu untuk waktu yang lama, dia akhirnya akan dikalahkan. Sekarang, mereka telah memusatkan perhatian mereka sepenuhnya pada pertarungan dan telah lama menutup mata terhadap gangguan eksternal. Mereka tidak bisa mendengar atau mencium. Ketika Hua Tiegan melompat ke puncak tebing, itu tidak sepenuhnya tanpa suara, hanya saja mereka tidak bisa mendengarnya.
Hua Tiegan melihat bahwa uap naik dari bagian atas kepala mereka dan tahu bahwa energi internal mereka telah ditekankan secara maksimal. Dia diam-diam berjalan di belakang Penatua Pedang Darah dan mengangkat tombak bajanya, mengumpulkan energi di kedua tangannya yang siap untuk menyerang. Ujung tombak berkedip di bawah cahaya dan momentumnya didukung oleh angin kencang saat dia menikamnya dari belakang.
Ujung tombak itu dipantulkan oleh dinding es tebing yang dingin dan memancarkan kilatan cahaya. The Blood Saber Elder memperhatikan hal ini saat dia merasakan angin yang sangat kencang datang dari belakang. Pada saat ini, golok darahnya berada di tengah bentrokan dengan pedang panjang Liu Chengfeng, sulit baginya bahkan untuk bergerak maju satu inci, apalagi mengubah posisi dan melindungi punggungnya. Pikirannya berubah dengan cepat ketika dia merenungkan, “Aku akan mati bagaimanapun juga. Lebih baik jatuh ke kematian saya sendiri daripada membiarkan lawan saya membunuh saya. “Dia menekuk kedua lututnya lalu miring ke samping dan menerkam keluar dengan niat melompat dari tebing.
Hua Tiegan berniat untuk membunuh Penatua Darah Saber dengan serangan tombak tunggal dan mengeksekusi sikap “Menaklukkan Empat Orang Barbar”, menggunakan kekuatannya yang paling dalam dalam serangan ini. Bagaimana dia bisa menebak bahwa Penatua Golongan Darah, pada saat kritis seperti itu, akan memutuskan untuk melompat dari tebing? Suara menusuk keras terdengar; ujung tombak telah menembus dada Liu Chengfeng dan keluar dari sisi yang lain. Hua Tiegan tidak punya waktu untuk melepaskan serangannya, Liu Chengfeng juga tidak pernah berharap sesuatu seperti ini akan terjadi.
Ketika Penatua Golongan Darah jatuh dari tebing di udara, dia mendorong dirinya ke depan dan dengan teriakan keras, mengangkat pedangnya dan menebas ke bawah, tepatnya menusuk di atas sepotong batu besar. Dengan suara keras, pedang darah menusuk sepotong batu tetapi tidak pecah. Penatua Darah Saber meminjam momentum untuk mengangkat dirinya ke atas, dengan kedua tangan dia mengacungkan sekelilingnya, memecahkan es dan salju di dekatnya, lalu mengikuti bahwa dia berguling lebih dari selusin kali di tanah. Dia mencoba menghentikan dirinya dengan tebasan berulang dan pukulan telapak tangan. Setelah 18 membalik, ia berhasil menghentikan kekuatan ke bawah dan mendarat dengan kuat di salju ketika ia tertawa terbahak-bahak.
Tiba-tiba, dari belakang seseorang berteriak: “Awasi pedangku!” Penatua Darah Saber mengenali suara pedang. Dia tidak berbalik tetapi membalik pedangnya untuk bertahan dari belakang, dengan dentang yang keras, kedua pedang berhadapan mati. Dia merasa dadanya sakit dan pedang hampir terbang keluar dari tangannya yang jelas bukan masalah kecil. Dia berpikir: “Energi internal orang ini benar-benar bisa sangat kuat!” Dia berbalik dan melihat seorang lelaki tua yang tinggi dan kokoh yang menampakkan warna putih terang dan memberikan penampilan yang berani dan kuat. Pria ini memegang saber kepala-hantu berkepala tebal. Penatua Darah Saber melompat mundur dan mundur, di tengah-tengah tergesa-gesa, dia tidak menyadari bahwa dia telah menggunakan lebih dari setengah energi internalnya sebagai hasil dari pertempuran Liu Chengfeng selama lebih dari setengah hari. Selanjutnya, ia berhasil selamat dari kejatuhan tebing berkat mengerahkan kekuatan lengannya untuk menusuk batu. Dia mencoba menyalurkan energinya tetapi merasa bahwa daerah kemaluannya memiliki rasa sakit yang berbeda. Dia tidak bisa lagi menyalurkan energi internal lagi.
Dari sisi kiri seseorang berteriak, “Brother Lu, bhikkhu sesat ini terbunuh … membunuh Brother Liu. Kita harus … harus … “Orang yang berbicara adalah Hua Tiegan. Dia secara tidak sengaja membunuh Liu Chengfeng dan dipenuhi dengan kesedihan dan kemarahan. Dia memanjat tebing dengan tergesa-gesa dan bertekad untuk terlibat dalam pertarungan sampai mati dengan biksu pedang darah. Ternyata, pemimpin Empat Keajaiban Selatan, Lu Tianshu tiba pada saat yang tepat ini, dan itu akan menjadi pertempuran dua lawan satu.
Penatua Darah Saber melihat ketika Hua Tiegan mendekati ke arahnya. Dia bahkan tidak bisa menangani Lu Tianshu dalam kondisinya saat ini, apalagi ahli tambahan? Satu-satunya cara adalah jika dia menahan sandera Shui Sheng sehingga mereka tidak berani menyerang, maka datang dengan rencana lain.
Dia menyimpan pemikiran ini dalam benaknya. Lu Tianshu mengacungkan pedang-kepala hantu dan menebas ke depan. The Blood Saber Elder menunduk dan menggesek bagian bawah tubuh lawannya dua kali. Lu Tianshu secara alami tinggi dan kokoh, bagian bawah tubuhnya juga kokoh dan mantap, meskipun kakinya cukup panjang dan sekaligus ia menggerakkan pedang untuk mempertahankan bagian bawahnya. Dua gesekan Elder Saber Darah sebenarnya serangan palsu. Namun, dalam serangan palsu juga merupakan rasa kebenaran; seandainya Lu Tianshu bahkan sedikit ceroboh selama pembelaannya, serangan palsu ini bisa menjadi serangan nyata dan akan mampu mengambil nyawanya sekaligus. Ketika Penatua Pedang Darah melihat bahwa Lu Tianshu bertahan dengan sangat luar biasa tanpa ada tanda-tanda kelemahan, dia segera bergegas maju selangkah, lalu tiba-tiba melompat mundur. Teknik penyesatan seperti itu memungkinkannya melepaskan diri dari jangkauan pedang kepala hantu.
Dia berlari menuju Di Yun dan Shui Sheng tidak ditemukan. Dia segera bertanya: “Di mana boneka kecil itu?”
Di Yun menjawab, “Dia ada di sana,” sambil menunjuk ke arahnya.
The Blood Saber Elder sangat marah. “Kamu membiarkannya pergi, kenapa kamu tidak menangkapnya?”
Di Yun berkata: “Aku … aku tidak bisa menangkapnya.”
The Blood Saber Elder sangat marah. Dia sudah menjadi orang yang sangat kasar dan tidak masuk akal; sekarang dalam situasi hidup dan mati, dia melampiaskan amarahnya sampai ke tingkat yang paling ekstrem dan dengan kaki kanannya menendang keras Di Yun. Di Yun mengerang pahit dan segera dikirim terbang keluar. Mereka saat ini berada di lembah yang dalam dari puncak, namun lembah ini terdiri dari lembah-lembah yang lebih kecil. Ketika Di Yun dikirim terbang keluar, dia jatuh lurus ke bawah lembah.
Shui Sheng mendengar suara itu dan berbalik untuk melihat dan melihat bahwa Di Yun jatuh ke dasar lembah. Dia terkejut ketika dia melihat Penatua Blood Saber menerkam dirinya ke arahnya. Pada saat yang tepat ini, seseorang berteriak: “Sheng’er! Sheng’er! ”Ayahnya telah tiba.
Shui Sheng senang dan berteriak: “Ayah! Ayah! ”Pada saat ini dia masih agak jauh dari ayahnya dan Penatua Golongan Darah bergegas maju dengan sangat tergesa-gesa, dia berada sekitar 30 kaki darinya. Jika dia tidak hanya berteriak kegirangan, setelah melihat ayahnya, dia pasti akan berbalik dan berlari ke arahnya yang akan semakin memperpendek jarak antara dia dan Penatua Pedang Darah. Namun, dia masih kurang pengalaman dan di tengah-tengah teriakan gembira dari “Ayah!” Dia lupa bahwa dia sedang dikejar oleh Tetua Saber Darah.
Teriak Shui Dai: “Sheng’er, cepatlah kemari!” Shui Sheng segera bangun dan mulai berlari ke depan. Shui Dai berlari ke depan juga.
Penatua Darah Saber berkata pada dirinya sendiri: “Tidak baik!” Dia segera bergegas ke pintu masuk, membungkuk dan membuat bola salju di masing-masing tangannya. Dia menyalurkan energinya dan dengan tangan kanannya melemparkan bola salju pertama ke arah Shui Dai sementara dia melempar bola salju kedua ke arah Shui Sheng pada saat yang sama.
Shui Dai mengangkat pedangnya untuk memblokir bola salju yang sedikit menghambat gerakannya. Bola salju kedua menghantam Shui Sheng tepat di acupoint “Lingtai” dan menyegelnya. Suara angin bertiup bisa terdengar ketika tombak tajam berjalan menuju tempat kejadian. Hua Tiegan telah tiba.
Hua Tiegan telah mencapai tingkat kesedihan dan pertobatan yang luar biasa karena tidak sengaja membunuh saudara lelakinya yang disumpah Liu Chengfeng. Pada titik ini, dia tidak lagi peduli dengan keamanan Shui Sheng, dan menyerang dengan tombak di kedua lengan dengan intensitas penuh. The Blood Saber Elder mengangkat pedangnya dan menebas, lalu suara keras terdengar ketika pedang darah itu ditolak. Ternyata tiang dan ujung tombak Hua Tiegan keduanya terbuat dari baja terbaik dan tidak dapat dipatahkan bahkan oleh pedang atau pedang yang berharga.
Penatua Golongan Darah mengutuk, “Sialan!” Dan meraih Shui Sheng dan mundur satu langkah, tetapi melihat bahwa saber kepala hantu Lu Tianshu hendak menyerang. Dia dikelilingi oleh musuh-musuhnya dan bisa maju. Matanya menatap tajam ke arah tempat kejadian untuk mencari jalan keluar. Dia melihat sekilas Di Yun yang duduk di dasar lembah dan berpikir: “Salju di sana sangat dalam dan anak kecil itu bahkan tidak jatuh ke kematiannya!” Segera, dia mengulurkan tangannya untuk meraih Shui Sheng dan melompat turun.
Shui Sheng menjerit tajam saat mereka berdua jatuh ke dasar lembah. Akumulasi salju di lembah itu lebih dari seratus kaki tebalnya, dan salju di sana membeku menjadi es, tetapi lapisan terluar itu lunak dan berfungsi sebagai bantalan. Keduanya tidak mengalami sedikit pun cedera dari musim gugur ini. The Blood Saber Elder keluar dari tumpukan salju dan melihat sekeliling. Dia berdiri di atas sebongkah batu besar, mengangkat pedang dan tertawa: “Jika kau punya nyali, turunlah ke sini dan kita akan bertarung sampai mati!”
Sepotong batu tempat Blood Saber Elder berdiri, ditempatkan tepat di pintu masuk. Jika Shui Dai dan yang lainnya akan turun, mereka pasti harus melewati batu ini, dan mereka pasti akan dipotong setengah jika mereka mencoba melakukannya. Sementara mereka diskors di udara, bahkan jika seni bela diri mereka sepuluh kali lebih unggul, mereka masih tidak bisa meluncur dengan kebebasan seekor burung.
Lu Tianshu, Hua Tiegan, dan Shui Dai telah berusaha keras untuk mengejar biksu pedang darah, untuk membiarkannya pergi akan sangat tidak termaafkan. Lebih jauh lagi, putri Shui Dai disandera oleh biarawan sesat itu, dan Hua Tiegan lebih lanjut marah karena keliru membunuh saudaranya yang disumpah. Mereka bertiga berkumpul untuk berdiskusi.
Nama panggilan Lu Tianshu adalah “Saber Lu yang Benar”; Nama panggilan Hua Tiegan adalah “Zhongping Tak Terkalahkan”, mendominasi dunia bela diri dengan Tombak Zhongping-nya; Nama panggilan Shui Dai adalah “Cold Moon Sword”; dan bersama dengan Liu Chengfeng yang julukan “Pedang Awan Lembut”, bersama-sama mereka dikenal sebagai “Luohua Liushui”. Apa yang disebut “Luohua Liushui” sebenarnya adalah “Lu Hua Liu Shui”, masing-masing karakter mewakili peringkat mereka dan nama keluarga masing-masing. Meskipun dalam hal seni bela diri, Lu Tianshu mungkin tidak selalu dianggap nomor satu di grup, ia adalah yang tertua dan paling populer. Oleh karena itu, ia juga pemimpin “Empat Keajaiban Selatan”. Temperamennya seperti semangat mengamuk dan membenci siapa pun yang sangat tidak adil atau menyinggung moral publik, yang semakin ditekankan ketika dia melihat Penatua Pedang Darah berdiri di atas batu mencoba memamerkan kekuatannya sementara tubuh Shui Sheng dibaringkan. di sebelah Di Yun. Dia tidak tahu bahwa acupoint Shui Sheng disegel dan tidak bisa bergerak dan berpikir bahwa kepribadiannya murni atau lurus, bahwa ketika dia jatuh ke tangan para biksu pedang darah dia bahkan tidak menolak. Di bawah amarah yang ekstrem, dia mengambil beberapa potong batu kecil dan melemparkannya ke arah mereka.
Kekuatan lengannya yang berat semakin didukung oleh jarak yang jauh ke dasar lembah; ketika dia melempar batu itu, batu itu mendapatkan kecepatan dan energi yang lebih banyak ketika kekuatan menurun meningkat. Suara tabrakan yang keras bergema melalui empat dinding lembah, serpihan-serpihan salju mengalir di bagian bawah.
The Blood Saber Elder membungkuk dan menarik Di Yun dan Shui Sheng di belakang batu besar. Pada saat ini dia sementara keluar dari bahaya sehingga dia tidak lagi merasa marah pada Di Yun. Dia menegakkan dirinya dan berdiri kokoh di atas batu besar. Dia menunjuk ketiga musuhnya di atas dan mulai mengutuk. Setiap kali mereka melemparkan batu kepadanya, dia hanya akan menghindarinya, bagaimana mereka bisa merusaknya? Dari kejauhan ia melihat Liu Chengfeng tak bergerak di atas tebing yang menggantung dan mengingat kembali pertempuran mereka. Dia menyimpulkan bahwa itu pasti Hua Tiegan yang secara tidak sengaja membunuh rekannya dengan serangan menyelinap yang gagal.
Di Yun melihat bahwa dinding di belakang batu besar mengalami depresi yang tampak seperti gua. Batu besar menghalangi pintu masuk dan di dalam gua tidak ada banyak salju dan bisa dianggap sebagai tempat yang aman. Dia lebih lanjut melihat bahwa batu terus jatuh ke arah mereka dari atas dan takut salah satu dari mereka akan mengenai Shui Sheng. Seketika ia memeluk, menggendongnya dan menempatkannya di dalam gua. Shui Sheng terkejut dan berteriak, “Jangan sentuh aku! Jangan sentuh aku! ”
Penatua Darah Saber tertawa dan berteriak, “Grand-muridku yang baik! Kakekmu akan tetap di luar dan menahan musuh kita. Pergilah ke gua dan puaskan hasrat birumu! ”
Shui Dai dan yang lainnya di atas mendengar kata-katanya dengan sangat jelas dan menjadi sangat marah sehingga dada mereka hampir meledak kemarahan.
Shui Sheng berpikir bahwa Di Yun benar-benar berniat memperkosanya sehingga dia sangat ketakutan. Dia melihat bahwa pakaiannya hampir tidak utuh dan hampir tidak cocok untuknya. Dia ingat bagaimana dia mengklaim telah melepas celananya dan menyadari bahwa itu adalah kebohongan untuk membuatnya takut pergi. Ketika dia memikirkan hal ini, wajahnya memerah dan dia berteriak: “Menipu biksu jahat, menjauhlah dariku!”
Sekarang Di Yun menempatkannya di dalam gua, dia tidak akan lagi berisiko terluka oleh batu apa pun, jadi dia bergerak keluar dari jalan. Namun, pahanya masih patah dan betisnya masih rusak, bagaimana dia bisa berjalan? Dia hanya bisa merangkak keluar.
Tiga orang di atas dan Penatua Golongan Darah telah menemui jalan buntu untuk beberapa waktu dan saat itu tengah malam, langit berangsur-angsur cerah. The Blood Saber Elder memanfaatkan waktu ini untuk secara bertahap memulihkan sebagian energinya. Dia bertanya-tanya: “Bagaimana saya bisa keluar dari tempat ini?” Di depannya ada tiga orang yang seni bela diri dapat dianggap setara dengan dia, begitu dia menjauh batu besar dia tidak akan lagi memiliki keuntungan posisi dan tidak akan memiliki cara untuk membela diri terhadap serangan gabungan mereka. Dia tidak bisa memikirkan cara untuk melarikan diri dan tetap di atas batu, meninju dan berjingkrak di posisi canggung untuk mengolok-olok musuh-musuhnya dan menghibur dirinya sendiri.
Lu Tianshu menjadi semakin marah ketika dia menyaksikan dan mengutuk sebanyak-banyaknya. Hua Tiegan tiba-tiba muncul dengan sebuah ide dan berbisik: “Kakak Shui, menuju ke timur dan berpura-pura meluncur menuruni lembah. Aku akan menuju ke barat dan berpura-pura menyerang untuk memikat bhikkhu itu. Saudara Lu dapat memanfaatkan ini dan melompat ke bawah. ”
Lu Tianshu berkomentar: “Ini adalah ide yang bagus.”
Shui Dai berkata: “Jika dia tidak maju untuk membela, maka kita akan benar-benar jatuh ke lembah!” Seketika itu juga, dia dan Hua Tiegan lari ke arah masing-masing.
Di sekitar lebih dari seribu kaki mereka dikelilingi oleh tebing. Jika seseorang benar-benar meluncur menuruni lembah, pertama-tama dia harus melakukan perjalanan lingkaran penuh dan jarak yang jauh. Penatua Darah Saber melihat mereka berdua menuju ke arah yang berlawanan, jelas mencoba untuk mengambil rute bundaran ke lembah. Namun, dia tidak bisa segera menemukan cara untuk menghentikan mereka, dan berpikir: “Sialan! Ini tidak bagus. Keduanya mencoba masuk melalui bundaran. Tapi kelilingnya sangat panjang dan akan memakan waktu dua jam sebelum mereka sampai di sini. Jika saya tidak melarikan diri sekarang, kapan saya bisa menemukan peluang yang lebih baik? Jika mereka bisa memutar lingkaran untuk menyerangku, maka aku bisa memutar lingkaran untuk melarikan diri. ”Segera, tanpa memberitahu Di Yun, dia diam-diam menyelinap menuruni batu.
Lu Tianshu menyaksikan kedua saudaranya pergi ke arah yang berbeda. Ketika dia menunduk untuk melihat, Penatua Darah Saber tidak ditemukan, tetapi dia bisa melihat jejak jejak kaki menuju ke arah barat laut. Dia berteriak, “Brother Hua, Brother Shui, biksu jahat itu mencoba melarikan diri! Kembalilah! ”Mereka berdua mendengar ini dan segera berbalik.
In great haste to pursue his opponent, Lu Tianshu rushed forth and jumped down the valley and was immediately drowned by the large accumulation of snow. However, when he jumped he had already held his breathe, but he felt as if he was constantly sinking down until his foot touched the ground, then immediately he exerted his strength and jumped back up. As the top of his head made its way out of the pile of snow, he suddenly felt a pain in his chest, he was ambushed by his opponent. Taken aback and completely startled, he immediately unleashed his sabre and began slashing around mindlessly. He felt as if he had wounded his enemy. However, his enemy only suffered minor injuries and beneath the snow slashed forward with his sabre.
It turns out that the Blood Sabre Elder heard Lu Tianshu’s yell and knew that he would drop down the valley to pursue him, therefore he turned around and hid himself in the pile of snow behind the large rock. Not only were Lu Tianshu’s martial arts high, he also had much experience. To be able to set up a sneak attack on him like this was extremely unlikely. However, at that moment he fell down into a pile of snow over a hundred feet deep, it was a scenario which he had never experienced before. Naturally, he concentrated his attention completely on breathing and exerting energy so as to not hurt himself. He definitely saw the Blood Sabre Elder run off, how would he have guessed that his enemy would conceal himself in the pile of snow? It was truly a case of an unexpected occurrence amongst unexpected occurrences.
But nonetheless, he was still a figure in the martial world of the Central Plains and could be considered cream of the crop. Although he was wounded in the chest, he was still able to counterattack and slashed out three times in succession inside the pile of snow. He knew that the Blood Sabre Elder was incredibly sneaky; in a match against him, he could not afford to relax his efforts in the slightest. So even though these three slashes were executed mindlessly in self-defense, it still harboured great strength.
After the Blood Sabre Elder was wounded, he increased his efforts further. He backed up one step but did not realize that where he was standing, the snow had yet to be frozen to ice so it felt a bit hollow and he began to sink down.
Lu Tianshu had executed three slashes consecutively without the slightest hint of allowing his opponent any leisure. Then he followed with another three slashes. He knew that under the force of six slashes his opponent would have no choice but to retreat, and immediately pressed forward to attack. However, he felt his feet began to sink into the pile of snow.
The two of them were currently in the most strange and unlikely situation, with nothing but snow covering their entire vision. Furthermore, they could not even hear the wind or distinguish the sound of weapons. Effectively both blind and deaf, they could not even utilize their martial arts that they normally could in the darkness of the night. As soon as their feet touched the bottom of the ground, the two of them began to execute the greatest sword stances that they had ever learned. The pile of snow covered them over one hundred feet deep; besides one killing the other, neither of them dared to venture back to surface. Whoever held back even slightly would immediately be slashed and lose their life immediately.
Di Yun heard loud shouts from outside the cave followed by silence and was curious and took a peak outside. The Blood Sabre Elder was nowhere to be found, and the pile of snow beside the large rock had faint signs of fluctuation. He was curious and after watching for a while, realized that inside pile of snow was an intense battle. He looked up and saw Shui Dai and Hua Tiegan standing on the side, looking at the bottom of the valley with an anxious expression. Since the two of them were up there, the one fighting inside the snow must be Lu Tianshu. Shui Sheng extended her head outside and saw her father’s expression of undivided attention. They were separated by a great distance and she did not dare to yell.
The two on top of the valley both wanted to join in the battle but were hesitant. Shui Dai said: “Second Brother Hua, I will jump down now.”
Hua Tiegan said: “You can’t do that! If you sink inside the pile of snow, how can you fight? You can’t see anything down there, you might… might accidentally hurt Brother Lu.” He did not dare to say that he was the one who accidentally killed his close brother Liu Chengfeng and felt really sorry. However, Shui Dai did not know this.
In such a situation, there was no way for Shui Dai to offer his assistance. If he went inside the snow, besides slashing around mindlessly, how could he differentiate friend from foe? He had two opportunities to kill either the Blood Sabre Elder or Lu Tianshu. However, he would also have two opportunities of being killed by either of them as well. Hence, even though there were two experts watching from the sidelines, they could only watch with folded arms as their Brother Lu fought the Blood Sabre Elder single-handedly. It was truly a case of being unable to find a solution. No matter how they jumped down, they would sink into the accumulation of snow and join the battle. And furthermore, based on the movements of snow on the surface, if they just jump down, they might accidentally land on top of Lu Tianshu.
Eventually, the snow on the surface stopped moving. From Hua Tiegan and Shui Dai who were on top of the valley, to Di Yun and Shui Sheng who were watching inside the cave, all of them were overcome with anxiety, not knowing the outcome of the battle. The four of them held their breaths in anticipation, their gaze fixed completely on the pile of snow.
After a long while, the snow on the surface began to bulge as someone’s head emerged from the snow. However, this person’s head was covered completely in snow and they could not distinguish who it actually was. As this person gradually made his way back to the surface, one could make out that it was a head full of white hair. It was Lu Tianshu!
Shui Sheng was delighted and cheered in private. Di Yun scoffed: “What is there to be happy about?”
Shui Sheng replied: “Your grand-teacher is dead now, it looks like you will be joining him soon.” Even if she did not say this aloud, would Di Yun not know this? In his recent past, he had joined up with the Blood Sabre Elder; a case of “the one near vermillion becomes red”. Some of the Blood Sabre Elder’s violent and unreasonable temper had unwittingly rubbed off on him. Now that Lu Tianshu had emerged the victor, he would most definitely fall victim to his enemies, how would he have any chance of explaining himself? He was surprisingly angry and shouted: “If you speak again I will kill you immediately.”
Shui Sheng sealed her lips and did not say another word. Her acupoint was sealed by the Blood Sabre Elder; even though Di Yun was crippled, he would still be able to kill her without much difficulty.
As Lu Tianshu’s head reached the surface, he gasped loudly for breath. He had to struggle with great effort to pull himself out of the snow. Shui Dai and Hua Tiegan shouted in unison: “Brother Lu, we’re coming for you!” The two of them threw themselves down into the pile of snow and immediately scuttled their way out beside the large rock.
Suddenly, they saw Lu Tianshu’s head submerge into the pile of snow again as if he was pulled down with a great force. After he sunk down again, he did not come back up, but the Blood Sabre Elder was nowhere to be seen.
Shui Dai and Hua Tiegan looked at each other and were filled with worry and anxiety. They saw how Lu Tianshu was pulled into the pile of snow at such a speed without anyway to retaliate, a good chance that he had been ambushed by his opponent.
All of a sudden, a large ripple erupted as another head emerged from the snow. This time, the head belonged to the completely bald blood sabre monk. He laughed heartily and submerged into the snow again. Shui Dai cursed, “Bald thief!” and raised his sword intending to join the fray, when suddenly another head blasted out of the snow.
This head was separated from the body; covered with white hair, it was none other than the severed head of Lu Tianshu. The head flew outward several dozen feet before it landed on the pile of snow and submerged again. Shui Sheng was so startled by this horrific scene that she nearly passed out without even being able to cry out.
Shui Dai was overwhelmed with grief and indignation. He cried: “Brother Lu, you gave your life away for your brothers. Your brother I will avenge you.”
Immediately he was about to jump out when he was pulled on the left arm by Hua Tiegan who said: “Hold on! This evil monk is hiding inside the snow. He has the advantage of being hidden while we are plain as day, if we jump in without caution, he will ambush us for sure.”
Shui Dai knew that Hua Tiegan spoke true words and sighed: “Then… then what do we do?”
Hua Tiegan said: “How long can he stay submerged in snow? He will have to come back up eventually, and when he does, we will attack him together. We will cut off throat and gouge out his heart as a sacrifice to our two fallen brothers.”
Shui Dai tried to hold back his tears as it slowly dropped down his cheeks. He thought: “I must cool down and regain my composure. I mustn’t cry! Facing a powerful enemy in such circumstances, I can’t let my emotions cloud my judgement.” However, he had lost two friends whom he had known for over a dozen years on the same day, how can he not be sad? How can he keep his emotions under control?
The two of them knew that the Blood Sabre Elder would eventually resurface. They moved alongside each other and leapt past one rock then another, gradually making their way to Di Yun and Shui Sheng. Shui Sheng looked askance at Di Yun and schemed inside her head. As soon as her father was another several dozen feet closer, she would scream out so he can rescue her. If she screams too early, she was afraid that Di Yun would kill her first. Di Yun could tell from her expression that her gaze was unfixed and knew her intentions. He pretended to close his eyes to recuperate. Shui Sheng began to ignore him and fixed her gaze on her father. Suddenly, Di Yun jumped up and pounced himself behind Shui Sheng. He raised his left arm and choked her throat.
Shui Sheng was taken aback. She was just about to yell, but how can she let out any noise? She only felt Di Yun’s arm choking her and made her breathing difficult. Then she heard him whisper to her ear: “If you promise not to yell, I won’t choke you to death!” As he said this, he lessened his grip on her slightly and let her breathe. However, his rough and strong arm was clutched against her delicate skin. Shui Sheng reviled him deeply in her heart, but there was nothing she could do.
Shui Dai and Hua Tiegan crouched down behind a nearby rock but saw that there was absolutely no activity in the valley and felt somewhat perplexed. They did not know what trick the Blood Sabre Elder was scheming, how could he remain under the snow for so long?
Overwhelmed with grief and sorrow, they did not remember that the Blood Sabre Elder grew up in a world of ice and snow and was quite well acquainted with his surroundings. Previously, when he hid beneath the snow, he immediately carved a large hole with his blood sabre and packed the snow firmly with his palm and created breathing room for himself. Lu Tianshu did not know of such an ingenious method. When he resurfaced to gasp for air he slashed around mindlessly. Although he had an abundance of internal energy, it was not enough to overcome the Blood Sabre Elder’s advantage of not having to hold his breath. So when the two of them fought beneath the surface, one of them had to occasionally resurface to take a breath while the other remained underneath indefinitely. Eventually, Lu Tianshu could not hold his breath any longer and took a great risk to resurface. Immediately, he was hit consecutively three times and lost his life.
Shui Dai and Hua Tiegan became more and more anxious as they waited. The time it took to burn one incense stick had already passed, yet there was no sight of the blood sabre monk. Shui Dai said: “It is likely that the vicious monk suffered internal injuries and perished beneath the snow.”
Hua Tiegan said: “I think this is likely as well. How would Brother Lu be killed by him without returning two slashes of his own? Furthermore, the evil monk had previously fought a tedious battle against Brother Liu, he should not be Brother Lu’s match.”
Shui Dai said: “He must have used some sort of trick to defeat Brother Lu.” As he said this, he could not hold back his sorrow and declared: “I will go down and take a look.”
Hua Tiegan said: “Alright then, but you must be careful. I will stay here and keep watch.”
Shui Dai held his long sword firmly in hand, inhaled a large breath of air and executed his lightness martial arts. He slid across the surface of the snow for several dozen feet before his feet began to sink beneath the surface and he moved even faster. The accumulation of snow all around this mountain peak was extremely deep and would not see the light of day for thousands of years. Although the bottom of the valley amassed a lot of snow, it had long been mixed with ice. It was like that of wet mud and one would immediately sink should they jump on it. He used his lightness martial arts to slide across the surface in order to not sink in. Shui Dai’s lightness martial arts were indeed impressive and he began sliding faster and faster across the surface. He heard Hua Tiegan compliment: “Excellent lightness martial arts! Brother Shui, the evil monk is nearby, be careful!”
He did not even finish speaking when someone emerged several dozen feet in front of Shui Dai. It was indeed the blood sabre monk. However, the blood sabre monk was empty-handed without his sabre and shouted “Ayo!” and did not dare to confront Shui Dai head on. He floated westward several dozen feet and said urgently: “A gentleman seeks fairness in a competition. You have a weapon in hand but I am empty-handed, how can we fight?”
Shui Dai did not yet reply when Hua Tiegan blurted: “Just kill the evil monk! Who needs to speak of fairness or unfairness at this point?” His lightness martial arts was not as good as Shui Dai’s and did not dare to jump into the snow. He manoeuvred himself around the large rock and attacked from the side.
Shui Dai thought that the evil monk must have lost his blood sabre in the snow during the battle with Brother Lu. This pile of snow was hundreds of feet deep, how could retrieve it? When he saw that his opponent was without a weapon, he took extra caution for he knew that victory was in sight. However, he could not let him run too far away and hide in the snow again, disappearing without a trace. He shouted: “Shameless evil monk! Where is my daughter? If you tell me, I will kill you in one slash and give you a quick and painless death! Otherwise, you will suffer endlessly.”
The Blood Sabre Elder replied: “The place that this little doll is hidden, even if you search for upwards of half a month, you still won’t be able to find her. But if you let me go, I will tell you.” As he said this, he continued running without stopping.
Shui Dai thought “I will deceive him into telling me first.” and said: “We are surrounded by peaks in all four directions. Even if I let you go, where can you run off to?”
The Blood Sabre Elder said: “This location is extremely odd. However, I have lived here for several years in the past and know this place like the back of my hand. If you kill me, you won’t be able to find your way out and will have no choice but starve to death. Why don’t we let go of our past differences and work together? I will return your daughter to you and lead you out of this place, what do you think?”
Hua Tiegan scoffed: “How can the words of a vicious monk be trusted? Kneel down and beg for mercy, we will decide how to deal with you. Do you think you still have any leverage?” As he said this, he continued his pursuit.
The Blood Sabre Elder replied: “Very well then, your father I must be excused!” He increased his speed and ran in the northeast direction.
Shui Dai shouted: “Where do you think you’re going!” He raised his sword and pursued in great haste.
The Blood Sabre Elder ran away in great haste. After running for several hundred feet, he was about to reach the edge of the peak with nowhere left to go. At once he turned around and went the other way, slanting his body running past Shui Dai. Shui Dai brandished his sword to attack but missed his target by about a foot. The Blood Sabre Elder continued running the northwest direction. Shui Dai saw as he was retracing his path and thought: “He is just running back and forth around the valley, where can he go? However, to chase him around vigorously like this, both of our lightness martial arts are impressive, it will be no easy task. And I still don’t know where Sheng’er is.”
He became anxious and increased his pace, closing the gap between his opponent by about a foot, when all of a sudden he heard the Blood Sabre Elder shout “Ayo!” and fell forward, both hands clawing wildly as he attempted to get back up. It must be that his internal energy was completely exhausted, he could not even get back up after his fall.
Di Yun and Shui Sheng watched everything closely from the cave. One was in a state of panic while the other was delighted. Di Yun looked askance at Shui Sheng and saw her face full of joy and he became resentful. He could not help but increase his strength and tighten his arm around her.
Shui Dai watched as the Blood Sabre Elder could not even get up, how could he let go of such a golden opportunity? Immediately he pressed forward and raised his sword to stab him on the butt. The intent of this was not to kill him, but rather injure him so that he cannot run away, and then torture him until he reveals his daughter’s location. His long sword only moved about a foot when suddenly the ground beneath him collapsed and brought him down. He was standing on a deep hole.
This was definitely a strange occurrence, how was the Blood Sabre Elder still able to execute such devious methods of sorcery? Hua Tiegan, Di Yun, and Shui Sheng watched as Shui Dai nearly reached his target but disappeared all of a sudden without a trace. Then followed that a long and miserable shriek was heard from beneath the surface; it was the voice of Shui Dai. He must have fell victim to some kind of extremely terrible trick.
The Blood Sabre Elder jumped up at once, looking completely vigorous and nimble. It goes without saying that his struggles to get back up earlier were completely bogus. At once he jumped into the hole with both feet and just as quickly got back up again, carrying a person whom he tossed across the expanse of snow. This person was completely drenched in blood, it was none other than Shui Dai. Both his legs including his knees were completely cut off, it was not easy to tell whether he was dead or alive.
When Shui Sheng saw her father in such a horrific state, she cried: “Daddy! Ayah!”
Di Yun could not bear to look at such a sight. He was so startled that he released his hold on Shui Sheng and comforted: “Lady Shui, your father is not dead, he… he is still moving.”
The Blood Sabre Elder brandished and raised his left hand, a dark red light shone brilliantly on top of his head spiralling in a circle; he was holding his blood sabre once again. It turns out that when he hid in the snow for such a long time, he secretly cut up a well in the snow and set up a trap. He put the blood sabre horizontally across the hole, the edge of the blade facing upwards. Then he emerged from the snow and pretended to have lost his blade, casting away his opponent’s suspicions. Then he boldly ran away and succeeded in luring his enemy to the trap.
Shui Dai had roamed the realm for several dozen years, he was definitely not lacking in experience. It could be said that he knew of all traps that could be employed on land or water. However, in the land of ice and snow he could not protect himself effectively. When he fell into the hole at such a speed with the blood sabre placed across the diameter, his legs were immediately sliced off.
The Blood Sabre Elder held his blood sabre high in the air and shouted to Hua Tiegan: “Do you have any guts yet? Let us fight for 300 stances!”
Hua Tiegan watched as Shui Dai rolled around the surface in excruciating pain and became so intimidated and frightened that his heart nearly cracked open. How could he dare to press forward and attack? He held his short spear close to him and slowly retreated. The red tassel on the tip of the spear trembled repeatedly, revealing how afraid he truly was. The Blood Sabre Elder screamed ferociously and rushed forward two steps. Hua Tiegan immediately retreated two steps, his arms trembling so much that he actually dropped his spear on the ground. He quickly picked it up and moved another two steps back.
The Blood Sabre Elder had consecutively battled three experts without rest, surviving by the skin of his teeth each time. It was truly the case that he was completely exhausted. If he were to fight Hua Tiegan now, he probably could not even last a single stance. Hua Tiegan’s martial arts were definitely not inferior; if he were to immediately press forward and attack, the blood sabre monk would definitely die. However, after he mistakenly killed Liu Chengfeng, he was completely dejected and his spirits decreased greatly. Now upon seeing Lu Tianshu beheaded and Shui Dai’s legs cut off, he was so scared that his gall nearly exploded, he had not the slightest degree of fighting spirit left in him.
When the Blood Sabre Elder saw how frightened his opponent was, he became even more complacent. “Ha ha! I have 72 evil ruses, today I have only used three and that was already enough to kill three of your Jiangnan elders. I still have 69 evil ruses left for you!”
Hua Tiegan had experienced many crises in the realm. The exaggerations and boasts of the blood sabre monk actually did not swindle him, but at this point he had already become the bird afraid of the bow. He felt as if every word his enemy uttered and every action he took was full of extreme cruelty and viciousness. He heard the blood sabre monk say he had 69 evil ruses that he intended to use on him, shouting: “I have 69 ruses, 69 ruses!” Hua Tiegan trembled even more as he heard this.
At this point, the Blood Sabre Elder was completely exhausted and found it difficult to continue his bluff. He only wished he could collapse immediately and sleep for a full day and night. But he knew that he was in a life and death situation of utmost intensity and ferocity, definitely not less than what he experienced against Liu Chengfeng or Lu Tianshu. If he were to reveal his weakness even slightly, his opponent would see through his scheme and attack, which would cause him to exhaust his internal energy completely. At this point if his opponent were to press forward with his spear, all he could do was have a vigorous state of mind and fight to the end. He began spiralling his blood sabre in a playful manner, appearing completely at ease. He saw that Hua Tiegan still did not run away and secretly urged: “Coward, run away! Just run away!” But the truth was that Hua Tiegan did not even have the courage to run away.
Shui Dai’s legs were completely sliced off from the knee, he lied down on the floor dying and gasping for breath. When he saw how scared Hua Tiegan was, he was further filled with grief and indignation. Although he suffered fatal injuries, he could still tell that the blood sabre monk had clearly exhausted all his internal energy and only pretended to be vigorous. He gathered up his strength and urged: “Second Brother Hua, fight him. This evil monk has truly exhausted all his energy, killing him would be as easy as flipping your palm. It would be as easy as…”
The Blood Sabre Elder thought: “This old man can see through my weakness, that is not good.” He increased his spirit and pressed forward two steps and boasted to Hua Tiegan: “He’s right. My internal energy is truly exhausted, let us go over to that cliff and battle for 300 stances! Whoever doesn’t go is a turtle bastard’s son!”
Suddenly, from the cave behind him he heard Shui Sheng cry: “Daddy! Ayah!”
The Blood Sabre Elder schemed in his head: “If I kill Shui Dai right now, I will only show my weakness. I should capture the little doll first and force Shui Dai to surrender. Then the one with the surname Hua will have even less will to fight.” He grinned at Hua Tiegan and said: “Are you going or not? How ’bout 500 stances?”
Hua Tiegan shook his head and retreated another step.
Shui Dai shouted: “Fight with him! Fight with him! Are you not going to avenge Big Brother Lu and Third Brother Liu?”
The Blood Sabre Elder laughed heartily and shouted: “Fight me! Lawan aku! I still have 69 evil traps ready to be unleashed onto you.” As he said this, he moved closer to the cave and grabbed Shui Sheng by the hair and dragged her across the floor. Even doing this caused him to breathe deeply and he could not even say a word.
He knew that Hua Tiegan had impressive martial arts, so he had no other choice but to execute all kinds of cruelty towards Shui Sheng and her father in an attempt to scare Hua Tiegan away from fighting him. At once he pulled Shui Sheng in front of her father and shouted: “You said I am out of life energy. Very well then, I will show you if I am really out of life energy!” As he said this he exerted his strength, and with a pull, ripped off a large portion of Shui Sheng’s right sleeve, revealing her snow white skin. Shui Sheng shouted in alarm, but because her acupoint was sealed, she was powerless to resist.
Di Yun ran off from the cave and upon seeing such a tragedy, he felt really disturbed and shouted: “Don’t… don’t hurt Lady Shui!”
The Blood Sabre Elder laughed: “Haha, my obedient grand-disciple, you don’t have to worry, your grand-teacher I will not take her life.” He turned around and slashed with his sabre, cutting off a piece of flesh from Shui Dai’s shoulder and asked: “Is my energy exhausted yet?” Shui Dai’s shoulder immediately began to spray out fresh blood. Hua Tiegan and Shui Sheng both cried out in alarm.
Although Hua Tiegan saw that the blood sabre monk’s movements were hindered, he thought: “He could be feigning weakness in an attempt to trap me. This evil monk crafty and cunning, I must exercise extreme caution.”
The blood sabre monk swiped with his sabre and cut off another piece of flesh on Shui Dai’s shoulder, leaving a very deep scar. He yelled: “Why don’t you call me ‘grandpa’?”
Shui Dai was in so much pain that he nearly passed out, but shouted: “I surnamed Shui would rather die than submit! Just kill me now!”
The Blood Sabre Elder said: “I won’t let you die so easily. I will cut the flesh off your arm inch by inch. If you call me ‘grandpa’ three times and beg for mercy, I will spare your life!”
Shui Dai scolded, “Not even in your mother’s wildest dreams!”
The Blood Sabre Elder saw that he was incredibly stubborn and presumed that even if he were to torture him further, he would not surrender, so he yelled: “Very well then, I will torture your daughter, let’s see if you call me ‘grandpa’ then!” As he said this he turned his hand and sliced off half of Shui Sheng’s lower garment.
Shui Dai was extremely furious. His vision was covered with darkness and he nearly passed out. He thought: “Brother Hua is scared out of his wits, I cannot die yet. No matter how much the evil monk harasses Sheng’er in front of me, I must keep my emotions in check and prevail to the very end.”
The Blood Sabre Elder laughed maliciously and said: “If the one surnamed Hua kneels down and begs for mercy, I will spare his life and allow him to tell everyone in the realm of how I stripped off Lady Shui’s clothes completely! Haha, wonderful! Hebat! Hua Tiegan, you want to surrender? Alright, alright, I will spare your life! The Blood Sabre Elder never harms the ones who surrender!”
When Hua Tiegan heard these words, his fighting spirit became even weaker. He fully intended to flee for his life, but to kneel down and beg for mercy would be much too shameful, although it is still better than having his flesh cut off piece by piece by his enemy. What he did not realize was that if he were to fight right now, he would kill his opponent at once. He only felt that the blood sabre monk in front of him was horrifying and frightening to the extreme. He heard the blood sabre monk assure him: “Don’t worry, you don’t have to be scared. If you surrender to me, I will spare your life. I assure you I will not hurt you in the slightest.” These words were spoken like gold to Hua Tiegan, who felt an unspeakable amount of relief and comfort.
The Blood Sabre Elder saw that his opponent’s face showed a bit of hope and did not let the opportunity pass. At once he let go of Shui Sheng and walked towards him with his sabre and said: “A gentleman can submit or stand tall as the situation demands it, very good! If you want to surrender, throw down your spear first. Very good, I will not take your life. I will be your friend, my good brother! Throw down your weapon.” His voice was somewhat soft and comforting.
His words were spoken with an irresistible force. At once, Hua Tiegan let go of his spear and it dropped on the ground. Now that he dropped his weapon, it was clear that he had surrendered. The Blood Sabre Elder smiled and said: “Very good! Sangat bagus! You are a good person. Your spear is not bad, let me take a look! Move back three steps. Good, you are very obedient, I definitely won’t kill you, be completely assured. Move back another three steps.” Hua Tiegan obeyed his every command and moved backwards. The Blood Sabre Elder bent down and picked up the spear. When his fingers made contact with the spear, he felt as if all the energy in his body was decreasing. He tried to channel his energy twice but to no avail. He was worried as he thought: “I have fought three consecutive battles against experts, I am truly exhausted. I’m afraid that it will take at least half a month for me to regain my vitality.” Even though he now had spear in hand, he was still nervous. For even if Hua Tiegan was to attack him bare-handed, he would still be defeated immediately.
Shui Dai could only watch as Hua Tiegan surrendered his weapon. He realized that there was no hope left and said softly: “Sheng’er, kill me now!”
Shui Sheng cried: “Daddy… I… I can’t do it!”
Shui Dai looked at Di Yun and said: “Little monk, do a good deed. Kill me now.”
Di Yun understood his intent. He knew that Shui Dai would eventually die anyway. Rather than stay alive and suffer endless insults and humiliations like this, it would be better to just die a quick and painless death. He could not bear to take action. He wanted to end his suffering, but feared that if he were to take action, it would enrage the blood sabre monk. He knew how vicious and cruel this person was, he could not offend him at any cost.
Shui Dai said: “Sheng’er, beg this little monk to kill me. If you delay any further it will be too late…”
Shui Sheng was in a state of conflict and did not know what to do. She said: “Daddy, you can’t die… you can’t die…”
Shui Dai scolded: “I am better off dead than alive! Tidak bisakah kamu melihat itu? ”
Shui Sheng was startled then declared: “Right! Daddy, I will die together with you!”
Shui Dai begged Di Yun again. “Little monk, please be benevolent and merciful; kill me now. To ask me to beg the vicious monk for mercy, how can I Shui Dai do such a thing? How can I watch my little girl suffer his humiliations?”
Di Yun saw the heroic qualities of this man and respected him greatly. He was in a state of moral indignation and finally whispered: “Very well, I will kill you. Even if the old monk blames me, I cannot care!”
Shui Dai was delighted by his words. Even though he suffered fatal injuries, his mind was still completely clear as he whispered: “I will curse you loudly, then you can kill me with one attack. The old monk will not punish you.” He did not wait for Di Yun’s reply and shouted: “Little horny monk! If you don’t change your ways, you will follow the path of this old monk and eventually suffer a slow and painful death. If you still have any conscience, then leave the Blood Sabre Clan at once! Little evil monk! Turtle bastard! Repent your past mistakes and turn over a new leaf! Become a good person from now on!”
When Di Yun heard Shui Dai’s words he could tell that he had the intention of admonishing him and thanked him greatly. He raised a large twig and swung it around several times, but did not stab him.
Shui Dai became anxious and enraged that the little monk did not take action, and began to curse him even more profusely. He looked askance and saw Hua Tiegan kneeling down and kowtowing to the blood sabre monk.
The Blood Sabre Elder gathered up the remaining energy in his body and concentrated it all on the fingers on his right hand, intending to seal Hua Tiegan’s ‘Lingtai Acupoint’. This finger was truly filled with all his energy, as soon as he sealed his acupoint he had nothing left. Hua Tiegan fainted as his acupoint was sealed, and the blood sabre monk too began to bend both knees.
Shui Dai saw as Hua Tiegan fell and his heart turned sour. He knew that once he died, there would be no one left to protect Shui Sheng and said inwardly: “My poor Sheng’er…” Then he yelled: “Bastard! Why haven’t you killed me yet!”
Di Yun saw as Hua Tiegan collapsed and thought that the Blood Sabre Elder would soon come. At once he clenched his teeth and with all his strength he stabbed the twig right on Shui Dai’s head. His skull was cracked immediately, the ill fate of the hero of his generation.
Shui Sheng cried “Daddy!” and immediately passed out.
When the Blood Sabre Elder heard Shui Dai curse repeatedly, he thought that Di Yun could not keep his cool and decided to kill him. However, since Hua Tiegan was already under his control, it did not really matter if Shui Dai was dead or alive. The Blood Sabre Elder was pleased with himself and laughed out loud. There were stutters in his laughter as he kept coughing in between and his legs became more limp and painful. He moved forward a few steps before finally collapsing on the snow.
Hua Tiegan saw this and regretted greatly. “Brother Shui was correct, this monk is truly out of energy. If I realized this sooner I would have killed him at once, why would I have been scared to such an extent? And to kowtow and beg for mercy?” He could be considered a renowned hero of the Central Plains of over a dozen years, yet he fell on my knees and yielded to this most despicable opponent. To only care about his own life was an act of a coward; truly shameless and despicable. As he thought back to this, he was so ashamed he didn’t even want to show his face. However, his “Lingtai Acupoint” was sealed and it would be 24 hours before it would release itself. Had the blood sabre monk not revealed his weakness, he would still have chances to live. But now no matter what he says is intolerable. As soon as Hua Tiegan’s acupoint is unsealed, how would he not kill the blood sabre monk at once?
Indeed, he heard the blood sabre monk say: “My grand-disciple, kill him for me. This person is vicious to an extreme, we can’t keep him alive.”
Hua Tiegan shouted: “You promised to spare my life. You said you never kill those who surrender, how can you go back on your word?” He knew that he was powerless to resist, but in a life and death situation, he had to cling on to any hopes of survival.
The Blood Sabre Elder laughed. “The monks of the Blood Sabre Clan have long turned trust and honour into that of dog shit. That you kowtowed to me and begged for mercy was your own decision. You fell into my trap, haha! My good grand-disciple, kill him now! This person cannot be kept alive, it is extremely dangerous.” He was extremely cautious of Hua Tiegan for he knew that the strength he used to seal his acupoint earlier was not even a tenth of his full power. It would not have pierced deeply into his channels. This person has formidable martial arts, so it could be the case that he would be able to break through his sealed acupoint in only several hours. At that point the tables would have turned and he would be at the mercy of his opponent.
Di Yun did not know that the Blood Sabre Elder had completely exhausted his energy and thought: “Earlier I only killed Hero Shui to end his suffering, but this Hero Hua is a good man, why should I kill him?” He replied: “He has already been subdued by you grand-teacher, I think it is better to spare him!”
Hua Tiegan hurriedly replied: “Right! Kanan! This little monk speaks true words. I have already been subdued without any power to resist, why would you have to kill me?”
Shui Sheng grieved unconsciously in her sleep and cried: “Daddy! Daddy!” When she heard how shameless and despicable Hua Tiegan was acting, she reprimanded: “Uncle Hua, you are also a renowned figure in the martial world, do you have no shame? You only watched as my daddy was tortured… my daddy… daddy…” Her voice was filled with sobs and did not speak anymore.
Hua Tiegan said: “These two monks have profound martial arts, we can’t beat them. We should surrender and follow them and comply with all their orders!”
Shui Sheng spat in contempt. “Bah! Bah! Kamu tidak tahu malu! ”
The Blood Sabre Elder knew that the longer he stalled the more dangerous the situation. At this point he was completely exhausted and could not even get up and move two steps. He said: “My clever grand-disciple, please listen to your grand-teacher’s instructions. Kill this man!”
Shui Sheng turned her head around and saw her father’s head was badly mutilated and died an extremely painful death. As she thought of his affection and care for her, she nearly passed out again. Although Shui Sheng heard with her very own ears how her father begged for Di Yun to end his suffering, at this point she was so sad that she forgot it all completely. She only knew that Di Yun was the one who killed her father with a stick, splattering his brains everywhere. She could no longer hold back the grief and indignation in her heart, and felt a surge of warm energy rise from her pubic region.
Those who have cultivated their internal energy to a really high degree are capable of overcoming their own sealed acupoints through a surge of energy, but to practice to such an extent is no small task. Hua Tiegan was not even capable of doing this, so how could Shui Sheng? However, when someone is faced with a calamity, an unusual extreme surge of emotions may cause one to release one’s hidden capabilities. It is often the case that in a life and death situation, someone can perform a task that they would normally find nearly impossible. At this point, Shui Sheng was so miserable that her energy surged up and unsealed her acupoint. She did not know from where she got such a surge of energy, but immediately she got up and picked up the stick beside her father’s corpse and aimed to attack Di Yun.
Di Yun urgently dodged left and right. Although he managed to protect his vital areas, his face, shoulders, ears, and the back of his head were struck 12 or 13 times in succession. He extended his arms to block and said: “Why are you hitting me? It was your father who begged me to kill him.”
Shui Sheng trembled as she heard this and realized that he was correct. She was stunned and her surge of energy dissipated as she collapsed on the floor and wailed.
When the Blood Sabre Elder heard Di Yun say “It was your father who begged me to kill him,” he understood the whole truth behind the story. He became furious and thought: “This little brat dares assist his opponent, he is going against me!” At once he wanted to pick up his blood sabre to kill him, but even the slightest movement of his arm caused his entire arm and shoulder to be filled with pain. Under such paralysis he remained calm and collected and said: “My good grand-disciple, look after this little doll and don’t let her go crazy. She is yours now, you can do whatever you want to her. Your grand-teacher will not say a word.”
Hua Tiegan came up with an idea and shouted: “Niece Shui, come over here. I have something to say to you.” He knew that the blood sabre monk was completely exhausted and was no longer cause for concern and Di Yun was crippled. Of the four people here, she was the one with most energy and he had to ask her to kill the two monks.
However, Shui Sheng despised him greatly for his despicable actions and thought: “If you did not surrender your spear, my father would not have died.” When she heard Hua Tiegan’s words, she ignored them completely.
Hua Tiegan continued: “Niece Shui, if you want to get out of this mess there is only one way. Come over here, I will tell you.”
The Blood Sabre Elder cursed: “What nonsense are you speaking? If you don’t shut up I am going to kill you with my sabre.”
Hua Tiegan did not dare to confront him directly and winked at Shui Sheng consistently to signal her. Shui Sheng scolded: “Whatever you have to say, just speak up. Why be so secretive?”
Hua Tiegan thought: “This old monk is currently trying to channel and recover his energy. If he even regains a tenth of his strength, he would be able to pick up his sabre and kill me. There’s no time, I have to speak now.” Then he said: “Niece Shui, look at this old monk. After so many battles, he has completely exhausted his internal energy, he can’t even pick himself up.” Even though he knew that the blood sabre monk was powerless to attack him, he still did not dare to disrespect him and only referred to him as “old monk”.
Shui Sheng took a look at the blood sabre monk and saw that he indeed collapsed on the floor and looked to be in a very sorry state. As she thought of taking revenge for her father’s death, she no longer cared whether Hua Tiegan spoke true words or not. At once she picked up the twig and aimed to attack the blood sabre monk.
When the blood sabre monk heard Hua Tiegan repeatedly urge Shui Sheng, he already knew what was going to happen next. With a sense of great urgency he came up with ideas in his head and thought: “If this little doll comes to attack me, what will I do?” He tried to channel his energy twice but felt that his pubic region was completely empty and even felt weaker than before. He could not come up with a plan at once as Shui Sheng approached him, twig in hand.
Shui Sheng was especially skilled with long swords and was not used to using sticks. However, urgently trying to take revenge for her father, she just concentrated on using her full strength to attack and revealed weakness on her underarm. The blood sabre monk slanted sideways intending to strike with Hua Tiegan’s short spear that he was holding in his hand. However, he was indeed much too weak; even turning the spear around proved to be a task too difficult to overcome. He could only exert all his strength to attack with the tail of the spear, aiming at her “Dabao Acupoint” near her underarm. Shui Sheng, overcome with grief and sorrow, did not expect this counterattack. The twig hit its target square on the face and lacerated his flesh, but at the same time she felt a numbness in her underarm and lost all her strength and fell forward.
The blood sabre monk was hit hard with the twig which caused him to nearly pass out. However, his trick succeeded as Shui Sheng voluntarily made contact with the pole of the spear with her underarm and sealed her own acupoint. The Blood Sabre Elder laughed heartily: “The one surnamed Hua, you said I am completely exhausted of energy, then how was I able to subdue her?” The way he matched Shui Sheng’s arm with the pole of the spear causing her to seal her own acupoint was obstructed by their two bodies, so Hua Tiegan and Di Yun did not see what happened and actually thought that he sealed her acupoint by force.
Hua Tiegan was completely startled and did not know what to say. “Elder truly has profound martial arts, I am merely an ordinary folk with the view of a frog. I truly did not expect this. Elder has such profound internal energy and could be said to be unrivalled in this world, truly unprecedented and matchless.” His words were filled with flattery and compliments, but his words trembled; he had never felt so much fear before.
The Blood Sabre Elder thought to himself: “Shameless!” He knew that he was safe for the time being, but he only sealed Shui Sheng’s acupoint with external force and not with his own finger strength. He knew that this seal could not have penetrated deeply into her acupoint and knew that her acupoint would release itself before long. Such a fortunate occurrence could only happen once and not again. If she were to pick up the blood sabre to kill him, even if he were to try and seal her acupoint with the spear a second time, he would have been beheaded a long time ago. He could only wait to regain a portion of his internal energy during this short period and kill Shui Sheng before her acupoint unseals itself. However, how could the recovery of internal energy be forced? In the face of a disaster, he did not say a word and lied down in a position to recover. At this point it was not even possible for him to sit on his knees nor did he dare to open his eyes. He was afraid of any distractions by the other three.
Di Yun’s head, shoulders, hands, and legs all suffered injuries. He could only clench his teeth and groan inwardly. His mind was in a state of chaos and he could not think clearly. Shui Sheng lied down on the ground only a few feet away from the blood sabre. At first because she was hasty, she did not know what the blood sabre monk was planning to do. Now after a good while she saw that the blood sabre monk did not move and felt relieved. She could hardly bear the sorrow in her heart and could not wait to avenge her father. After a while, she drifted into a lethargic sleep.
The Blood Sabre Elder was delighted as he thought: “Hopefully you will sleep for several hours, that will be enough.”
Hua Tiegan looked at Di Yun, not knowing whether he was feeling his own guilty conscience or confused as he did not harbour any intention of taking action, leaving all eyes on whether Shui Sheng would be able to kill the blood sabre monk before he recovers. He called out: “Niece Shui, don’t fall asleep! These two perverted monks want to hurt you!” But Shui Sheng was exhausted and moaned a few times in her sleep, how could she be awoken? Hua Tiegan yelled: “This is not good, wake up quickly! The evil monk wants to take off your pants!”
The Blood Sabre Elder was enraged and thought, “To let him shout and quarrel like this is extremely dangerous.” and at once said to Di Yun: “My good grand-disciple, kill that old man with one slash.”
Di Yun said: “This person has already surrendered, we don’t need to kill him.”
The Blood Sabre Elder reasoned: “How has he surrendered? Listen to him make a racket, he wants to hurt the two of us.”
Hua Tiegan added: “Little monk, your grand-teacher is most vicious. Right now he does not have any energy left and can’t move, that’s why he’s telling you to kill me. However, once he regains his energy he will kill you for not listening to his orders. Why don’t you make the first move and kill him?”
Di Yun shook his head and replied: “He is not my grand-teacher, only that he has saved my life and has been kind to me. How can I kill him?”
Hua Tiegan said: “He is not your grand-teacher? Then you must take action at once or it will be too late. The evil monks of the Blood Sabre Clan are ferocious and ruthless without any feelings and sensibilities. Don’t you want to live?” In a moment of desperation, he no longer cared about showing any respect to the blood sabre monk.
Di Yun hesitated to take action. He knew that Hua Tiegan spoke true words but for him to kill the blood sabre monk, he could not bear to do such a thing. But upon hearing the consistent persuasions of Hua Tiegan, he became impatient and warned: “If you keep talking I will kill you first.”
Hua Tiegan knew that the situation was unfavourable and did not dare to speak further. He only hoped that Shui Sheng would wake up soon. After a while, he shouted again: “Shui Sheng, Shui Sheng, your daddy is alive! Your daddy is alive!”
In a daze, Shui Sheng unconsciously heard someone shout “Your daddy is alive!” and full of delight, she immediately woke up and shouted: “Daddy! Ayah!”
Hua Tiegan said: “Niece Shui, which acupoint of yours has been sealed? This evil monk has no energy left, it is no big deal. I will teach you how to inhale and the technique to rush through your sealed acupoint.”
Shui Sheng said: “My left underarm and my ribs are numb, I can’t move at all.”
Hua Tiegan said: “So he has sealed your ‘Dabao Acupoint’. That is easy then, just breathe and focus on your pubic region. Slowly channel your breath to rush through the ‘Dabao Acupoint’ on your left underarm. After you unseal your acupoint, you can avenge your father.”
Shui Sheng nodded her head and replied, “Yes!” Although she still resented Hua Tiegan greatly, after all he is still on her side and his techniques are beneficial. So she did as told and inhaled, focusing on her pubic region.
The Blood Sabre Elder gazed attentively for any activity and saw that she nodded her head to Hua Tiegan’s words. He whined inwardly: “This little doll nodded and will definitely rush through her acupoint. It won’t even take the time of one incense stick before she is free.” At once he focused his eyes on his nose and his nose in his heart. Whether Shui Sheng would be able to successfully take action, that he had no control over. All he could do was focus on recuperating his own energy.
The technique of channelling your energy to rush through an acupoint is indeed profound. Even Hua Tiegan himself would not be capable of such a task, how could Shui Sheng be successful only after a few words of instructions? However, her sealed acupoint followed the flow of her blood vessels and had gradually unblocked itself automatically; it was not that she was able to channel her energy to rush through it. After a while, she was able to move her back slightly. Hua Tiegan was delighted and said: “Niece Shui, this is good. Just keep using that technique and you will be moving in no time.”
Shui Sheng nodded her head and felt the numbness in her arm gradually decrease. She exhaled a deep breath and brought herself up.
Hua Tiegan said: “Excellent! Niece Shui, you must listen to my every instruction in sequence without any mistake, otherwise it will be difficult for you to take revenge. First, pick up the curved sabre on the ground.”
Shui Sheng slowly extended her hand beside the blood sabre monk and picked up the blood sabre.
Di Yun watched her every action and knew that the next step was to behead the blood sabre monk in one slash. But he saw that the blood sabre monk’s eyes were tightly shut without paying any attention to his dangerous situation.
The Blood Sabre Elder felt the energy in his hands and feet began to recover slightly. He would need another hour or so before he was able to use any strength and move freely. However, Shui Sheng had already picked up the blood sabre and was about to attack. At once he focused all the remaining energy in his body to his left arm.
Hua Tiegan said: “The second step is to kill the little monk. Go quickly! Kill him now!”
This command caused Shui Sheng, the blood sabre monk, and Di Yun to all be taken back by surprise. Hua Tiegan continued: “The old monk can’t move. It is important that you kill the little monk first. If you kill the old monk, the little monk will try and stop you!”
Shui Sheng understood that he was correct. At once she raised her sabre and walked in front of Di Yun. She hesitated as she thought: “He helped end my daddy’s suffering against the evil monk. Should I kill him or not?” She only hesitated for a moment before she decided: “Of course I should!” She raised her sabre intending to slash Di Yun by the neck.
Di Yun urgently evaded the attack. Shui Sheng slashed a second time but Di Yun dodged again. He picked up a twig from the ground and defended against her sabre. Shui Sheng hacked with her sabre three times and broke the twig into two pieces. At once she wanted to attack again, when suddenly she felt tension around her wrist; someone had grabbed her blood sabre from behind.
The one who took her sabre was the blood sabre monk. He had limited energy and could not attack freely, but saw the urgency of the situation and exerted his energy to retrieve the blood sabre. Further beyond expectations, he followed by brandishing the sabre to slash her neck. Shui Sheng was startled as she evaded the blow.
Di Yun yelled: “Don’t kill anymore!” He pounced himself forward and with twig in hand he attacked the Blood Sabre Elder by the wrist. If it was a normal situation, how could the Blood Sabre Elder ever be stricken by his attack? However this was a special circumstance and his martial arts was not even a twentieth of what it normally was. His fingers retreated and he dropped the blood sabre. The two of them went to pick up the weapon at the same time. Di Yun was first with his palm on the ground grasping onto the handle of the sabre. The Blood Sabre Elder raised both his hands intending to snap his neck in half.
Di Yun choked and let go of his hold on the blood sabre. He extended his hands and tried to struggle free. The Blood Sabre Elder knew that he did not have much energy left. If he could not strangle Di Yun immediately, he would lose his life. He did not realize that Di Yun had no intention of hurting him and was only attacking to protect Shui Sheng. Di Yun’s neck was being strangled by the blood sabre monk and he found it increasing difficult to breathe and felt as if his chest was about to pop. He turned his hands over and exerted all his strength hoping to push the blood sabre monk away.
The Blood Sabre Elder thought that the little monk had the intention of rebelling. According to the rules of the Blood Sabre Clan, he should first kill the traitor before killing his enemies. He knew that Hua Tiegan could not join in the fight at this time and that Shui Sheng was only a girl with limited capabilities, so he focused all his remaining energy to strangle Di Yun.
Di Yun’s face turned purple as he found it difficult to breathe. He had no energy in his hands to retaliate and slowly began to hang down with only one thought in mind: “I am about to die! I am about to die!”
When Shui Sheng saw the two of them rolling about on the snow like this, she knew that it was all because Di Yun wanted to save her. However, she thought that for these two monks to massacre one another was not bad at all, hoping that the two of them would both suffer injuries and die together. After watching for a while, she saw that Di Yun’s hands and feet were dangling, he did not have any energy left to defend himself. She could not help but be startled and thought: “After the evil monk kills the little monk, he will kill me next. Apa yang dapat saya?”
Hua Tiegan called: “Niece Shui, this is a golden opportunity. Pick up the curved sabre!” Shui Sheng followed his instructions and picked up the blood sabre. Hua Tiegan continued: “Go over there and kill both monks!”
Shui Sheng raised her sabre and walked forward a few steps. On one hand she wanted to kill the Blood Sabre Elder, but when she saw him tangling with Di Yun, she knew that the blood sabre was capable of slicing iron like mud, if she were to strike she would kill the both of them. She recalled that Di Yun saved her life before. Even though this little monk was vicious, to kill the one who saved her was still an immoral action to take. Hence she decided to kill the blood sabre monk only, but her hands and legs were numb and she was not confident.
Amidst her hesitation, Hua Tiegan said: “You must take action now. If you delay any further you will lose the opportunity to avenge your father.”
Shui Sheng said: “These two monks are tangled together and are inseparable.”
Hua Tiegan scolded: “You are so silly. I told you to kill them both!” He was a renowned hero in the realm and was the leader of the Eagle Claw Iron Spear Clan. He was used to giving orders to people, expecting them to be followed. However, he forgot that at this moment he was helpless and Shui Sheng also resented him greatly.
When she heard such an egotistical and irritable command, she became frustrated and actually moved back three steps! She shouted: “Hmph! You are a hero and a towering figure, why did you not fight a battle to the death against the blood sabre monk earlier? If you have any skills, kill him yourself!”
Hua Tiegan knew that the situation was unfavourable and smiled. “My good niece, it is Uncle Hua who was confused, please don’t be angry. But you must kill those two monks in order to avenge your father. The Blood Sabre Elder is such a remarkable evil, if he dies by your hands and news of this spreads out, how would everyone in the realm not respect you as filial and the matchless heroine of the era?” However, the more he spoke of flattery the angrier Shui Sheng became. She glared at Hua Tiegan and moved forward. She aimed precisely at the blood sabre monk’s back intending to slash him twice. That way he would just bleed to death while Di Yun remains unharmed.
The Blood Sabre Elder did not let go of his grip on Di Yun even slightly and was also constantly turning his head, paying attention to Shui Sheng’s every movement. When he saw that Shui Sheng brandished the sabre he realized her intentions and spoke softly: “If you slash me twice from behind, you must be careful not to hurt the little monk.”
Shui Sheng was startled by these words; she dreaded and feared the blood sabre monk greatly. When she heard him encourage her to attack him, she thought that he must have harboured malicious intentions and did not listen. However, she did not expect that the blood sabre monk was only telling the truth sometimes while other times he was bluffing. She stared blankly and did not dare to attack.
Di Yun was strangled tightly by the blood sabre monk, his lungs gathered a breath of air in an attempt to exhale through his nose, but because the pathways on his throat were completely obstructed, once the breath of air reached his throat it fell back down. This breath of air crashed and dashed left and right inside his body without any way of finding an exit. If it was an ordinary person, in such a circumstance that person would have gradually fainted, eventually dying of suffocation. However, at this moment he actually had no way of fainting and only felt his entire body suffer an extremely painful feeling of being trapped within itself. He thought: “I am going to die soon. I am going to die soon!”
All of a sudden, he felt an intense pain in the area between his chest and stomach. This breath of air bloated larger and larger and warmer and warmer, like that of steam bursting out of a filled cauldron, rushing out of his body until his stomach was about to explode. Unexpectedly, the “Huiyin Acupoint” between his front and back appeared to have pierced a small hole by this warm surge of energy. He felt a faint surge of warm energy going from his “Perineum Acupoint” to the “Changqiang Acupoint” near the tip of his vertebra. In a person’s body, the two acupoints of “Perineum” and “Changqiang” were separated by a distance of no more than a few inches. However, the “Perineum Acupoint” belonged to the “Ren” meridian while the “Changqiang Acupoint” belonged to the “Du” meridian; the energies of the two meridians were simply not interlinked. However, the energy inside his body, compounded by the inability to release his own energy at this point caused a tremendous amount of energy to crash against each other. It went so far as to storming its way out in such a crucial situation, allowing him to open access and interlink his “Ren” meridian and “Du” meridian.
This breath of air ventured into the “Changqiang Acupoint” and immediately acceded to the various acupoints of his lower back; the “Yangmen”, “Mingmen”, and “Xuanshu” acupoints followed the path of the vertebra and surged upward, flowing according to the various important acupoints of the Ren and Du meridians, then it went down his spine hitting the various “Zhongshu”, “Jinsuo”, “Zhiyang”, “Lingtai”, “Shendao”, “Shenzhu”, “Taodao”, “Dachui”, “Koumen”, “Fengfu”, “Naohu”, “Qiangjian”, and “Houding” acupoints until it reached the “Baihui Acupoint” on the top of his head.
During his time in prison, Di Yun received the mnemonics to the Heavenly Glow from Ding Dian. This internal technique was utmost profound and difficult to practice and his martial arts aptitude was not exceptionally high. Later on he no longer had Ding Dian to give him pointers, he may not be able to master it even in another 20 or 30 years. Who would have thought that in a life and death situation he would be able to interlink his Ren and Du meridians? Firstly, it was because that his throat was being strangled that his breath of air could not exhale itself and had to find an exit at any cost. Secondly, he had previously practiced the unorthodox internal energy techniques in the Blood Sabre Sutra; the path through which his internal energy channelled itself was opposite that of the techniques of the Heavenly Glow Sutra and it served to help him rush through with his energy and remove the obstruction.
Once this surge of energy reached the “Baihui Acupoint”, he felt a cool sensation on his face; a surge of cool air starting from his forehead down to the bridge of his nose and his lips and down to the “Chengjiang Acupoint” on his chin. This Chengjiang Acupoint belonged to the Ren meridian and returned to the Du meridian. The various acupoints of the Ren meridian were placed at the front of the body, this surge of cool energy made its way down to the “Zilian” and “Tiantu” acupoints and followed to the “Xuanji”, “Huagai”, “Zigong”, “Yutang”, “Shanzhong”, “Zhongting”, “Jiuwei”, and “Juque” acupoints. The three internal cavities of the stomach had moisture content; the “Shenjue”, “Qihai”, “Shimen”, “Guanyuan”, “Zhongji”, and “Qugu” acupoints all returned to the “Perineum Acupoint”. For all his acupoints to link together like this without being shut caused an indescribable carefree sensation around his entire body. Initially, it was difficult for him to channel his energy this way, but with the Ren and Du meridians interlinked, the path became unhindered. The second and third time his energy was channelled at lightning speed, and an instant it had gone through his body 18 times.
The internal energy techniques of the Heavenly Glow were matchless under heaven. He had practiced this for a while since his time in prison. At this instant he felt completely unhindered, every time his energy was channelled for a whole cycle and his strength would increase by a percent. He felt the four limbs and hundreds of bones in his body all filled with vigour and strength, flourishing at copious amounts. He felt that even the roots of his hair were felt with an abundance of energy.
How would the blood sabre monk know that even with his ten fingers strangling his opponent, his body would go through such a tremendous change? He at once increased his grip on Di Yun’s throat while at the same time being cautious of the blood sabre on Shui Sheng’s hands.
Di Yun’s internal strength became stronger and stronger. He felt very afraid and only wanted to struggle himself free, he clawed and scratched frantically, eventually hitting the blood sabre monk. His left leg kicked backwards frantically several times, when all of a sudden he managed to kick the blood sabre monk on his lower stomach. This kick was filled with tremendous power, the blood sabre monk had already exhausted all his energy beforehand, how could he have any power to resist? At once his body soared in midair like that of mist amongst clouds.
Shui Sheng and Hua Tiegan were both startled by the turn of events and did not know how it happened. They only saw as the Blood Sabre Elder was sent flying, rotating in midair before landing head first on the ground. His body submerged several feet into the snow and only his legs could be seen above the surface, not moving the slightest.