The roar pierced the sky, the surrounding trees shook and leaves fell to be swept by the raging winds.
Bai Xiaochun was so startled by the roar that he nearly jumped from fright. He raised his head only to see the white-haired Elder Zhou in mid-air, charging at him with bulging veins.
The elder, at this moment, resembled a fiend, quite similar to the phoenix from a month ago…
“Bai Xiaochun, you will pay for what you did to this old man’s phoenix! Even if Li Qinghou were to arrive now, I will still teach you a lesson!” Elder Zhou’s voice pierced the sky like thunder. He raised his right hand towards Bai Xiaochun in the distance and clenched it.
It was like that grasp caused Bai Xiaochun’s surroundings to solidify. Bai Xiaochun’s heart trembled and a blood-curdling scream sounded as his skin emitted a silver light. Simultaneously, a white light flashed outside his body as the Divine Crane Shield was summoned, bent like an egg shell.
“I’m going to die! I’m going to die!” Instantly shrouded by the glows, Bai Xiaochun’s speed exploded as he actually escaped the elder’s grasp. Without hesitation, he dashed in the opposite direction.
Elder Zhou blinked. Although he did hold back, he was still an early stage Foundation Establishment cultivator; even a tenth of his power should be extremely difficult for a Qi Condensation cultivator to escape from. Seeing the protective light surrounding Bai Xiaochun’s body, the elder’s voice sounded once again.
“Bai Xiaochun! Do you think I don’t know, ever since you entered the Burning Stoves Kitchen, you’ve been causing trouble for me! This old man’s ginseng for the soup was eaten by you, and those thick-bottomed bowls too were your doing! And now you also drugged my phoenix?!”
“Oh, am I going to show you today! You’ll learn that the sect is a serious place and not for the unruly to goof around!” In a flash, the elder charged at Bai Xiaochun once again. Those events from the Burning Stoves Kitchen were all known to the sect elders.
“Hey, don’t blame me! It was your damned bird that snatched the pill, how is that my fault?” Bai Xiaochun felt extremely wronged. But seeing the furious elder chase after him with his unfathomable cultivation, he ran for his life, his figure turning into a blur as he sped forward.
The male phoenix up in the sky exploded with rage when it heard Bai Xiaochun’s words. As if someone had pulled its feathers, all of them stood on end as it let out a piercing cry, pointing its wings at Bai Xiaochun. If it could talk, it would surely hysterically speak how Bai Xiaochun gave him the pill, and deny snatching it!
“You… you…” Bai Xiaochun’s felt depressed when he saw the phoenix falsely accuse him. Never would he have imagined that with his intelligence, he’d one day be framed by a bird, of all things.
His heart burned with hatred for the bird. Staring at the bird, he decided to get back at him after things settled down. He was a male, sure, but he could always get a stronger male bird to destroy him.
“You still dare to quible!” The elder’s was gaining ground on him, and with a wave of his big sleeves, he suddenly leapt into the air and landed straight on Bai Xiaochun. Bai Xiaochun staggered a bit before he dashed away even faster as if it was nothing.
This scene caused Elder Zhou’s eyes to widen. The strength he just used would be enough to cause any outer sect disciple to immediately collapse, but surprisingly, Bai Xiaochun seemed completely fine.
Aghast, Bai Xiaochun grimaced in pain from the impact just now. His heart trembled as he watched Elder Zhou approach again, so he pulled out the Golden Crow Sword. The Qi within him exploded out, transforming Bai Xiaochun into a golden rainbow that shot into the skies.
Elder Zhou snorted coldly and similarly shot into the air, chasing after Bai Xiaochun with the phoenix beside him.
The Scented Cloud Mountain disciples watched Bai Xiaochun with schadenfreude. Seeing him run desperately for his life relieved them from all the stress he had given them.
Smiles bloomed on Chen Zi’ang and Zhao Yiduo like flowers. Liu Ergou, the one who introduced himself as Mr.Wolf, was even tearing up.
“The heavens are just!!”
In the air above the Scented Cloud Mountain, Bai Xiaochun’s horrible screams pierced the skies, letting everyone know who it was even though they couldn’t see
“Elder Zhou, your damned bird’s lying! Ah, I’m telling the truth, your damned bird is lying!” Bai Xiaochun wanted to cry but had no tears, desperately fleeing on his Golden Crow.
“Silence!” Elder Zhou was not pleased with how Bai Xiaochun was addressing his phoenix. Damned bird this, damned bird that. As everyone listened, their faces turned weird. Enraged, he roared as he formed a hand seal, a finger-attack quickly approaching Bai Xiaochun.
“But I’m telling the truth! Your bird framed me!” Bai Xiaochun wanted nothing more than to explain to the furious elder. The wind howled as the finger approached. Reacting as quick as he could, Bai Xiaochun dodged to the side with incredible speed, leaving it to shoot straight into a boulder, boring a small hole in it.
“I’m the Sec Head’s Junior Brother! My master’s a Daoist Spiritual Master!” Bai Xiaochun’s scalp numbed when he saw the hole, quickly using his backers.
“It doesn’t matter!” Elder Zhou frowned. As an elder, chasing Bai Xiaochun around was rather inappropriate and he felt ashamed, however, he just couldn’t tolerate it anymore. Especially how Bai Xiaochun was screaming so desperately despite the elder not even touching him once.
On Scented Cloud Mountain, Xu Baocai looked up and had a puzzled expression on his face. He wasn’t fearing for Bai Xiaochun’s safety, but instead, pitied the elder chasing him as he recalled his past.
“Bai Xiaochun, stop right there!” Elder Zhou closed in once more as the phoenix chirped haughtily, pointing at Bai Xiaochun from time to time.
“I’m an Honourable Disciple! I’ve bled for the sect, I’ve stood up for and done great services for the sect!” Bai Xiaochun screamed, as he recklessly fled like a mad man, his voice spreading in the surroundings, attracting the attention of quite a few people even on the Green Peak Mountain and the Purple Cauldron Mountain. People raised their heads to the sky, and as they noticed the scene in the skies, their expressions became weird and bursted out laughing not long after.
“That title’s meant for the dead, let this old man fix that for you!” The elder didn’t actually mean to kill Bai Xiaochun, but the punishment he had in mind wasn’t kind either. In order to scare him, he raised his right hand again, causing a strong gust of wind to appear around Bai Xiaochun that formed into a vortex.
Hearing that sentence while being pulled by the violent wind, Bai Xiaochun’s screams sounded even more miserable as he infused all of his Qi into the Golden Crow Sword. This caused the the golden light to rapidly expand in an instant as he bursted out of the vortex’s pull. The light dimmed down as he neared the gorge between the Purple Cauldron Mountain and Green Peak Mountain.
Bai Xiaochun’s whole body glowed with a sliver light and his body dashed out. He repeatedly let out blood-curdling screeches as he ran at lightning speed. He headed straight for Zhong Dao Mountain, vying for the only person that could save him - the Sect Head.
Witnessing Bai Xiaochun escape from him again and again, Elder Zhou was surprised in his heart. He thought that Bai Xiaochun who had survived the Fallen Chen Clan’s pursuit indeed had a few tricks up his sleeve.
But there were quite a lot of observers which slightly made Elder Zhou’s face burn with shame and made his anger surge. The cultivation throughout his whole body scattered as he once again gave chase to Bai Xiaochun.
“Senior brother Sect Head! Save me!” Bai Xiaochun cried out without slowing down as he continued to avoid the elder. He dashed up the mountain road energetically, occasionally leaping up, giving Elder Zhou a hard time catching him.
Actually, if he had used the skills belonging to the Foundation Establishment, it wouldn’t be hard to catch Bai Xiaochun. But after all, he wanted to merely punish him and feared that a small miscalculation in the force used could cost Bai Xiaochun his life.
On the other hand, Bai Xiaochun was moving too swiftly while screaming desperately at the same time. This only angered Elder Zhoug even further as he formed a hand seal with his right hand and pointed at Bai Xiaochun. Immediately, clouds appeared out of thin air in the sky above Bai Xiaochun. As they roiled, thunder rumbled and lightning flashed straight at him.
Bai XIaochun’s eyes stared as the lightning was striking down on him. The shocking power contained within them made him feel an imminent danger. His mind blanked out and his eyes turned red. He quickly formed a hand seal and pointed upwards. Purple Qi immediately surged above his head and headed straight at the incoming lightning.
Elder Zhou was surprised by this. He had only planned to scare the kid, the lightning seemed as if would hit him, but was actually going to hit beside him. However, now that Bai Xiaochun was actively engaging it, he tried to pull back its force, but it was already too late for him to withdraw it all.
The purple Qi produced by Bai Xiaochun collided with the lightning, forming a faint outline of a cauldron in purple. This caused an explosion to shake the skies as the purple mist dissipated while the dimmed lightning passed through it and slammed on the side, its strength cut in half.
Bai Xiaochun’s face was pale as he screamed once again before escaping into the distance.
“Senior brother save me! Master save me! Master, ah, your esteemed soul is up there in the Heavens, right? Save me!”
Elder Zhou paused in mid-air. As he looked at Bai Xiaochun, his face exposed his shock. The lightning from just now, although he had withdrawn most of its strength and had less than half its original Qi, was still enough to critically damage a Qi Condensation cultivator. Yet just now, Bai Xiaochun only had his face pale and his Qi becoming unstable, without even a scratch appearing on his body.
“That was… the Purple Qi Cauldron Melting Technique! Du Lingfei and Hou Yunfei did mention Bai Xiaochun had comprehended the technique, but its strength just now was not something a seventh level Qi Condensation disciple should be capable of achieving. This kid’s strength is already comparable to the ninth level of Qi Condensation, perhaps even stronger than that!”
Awe surfaced on Elder Zhou’s expression. Looking at this Heaven’s Chosen, Bai Xiaochun, his anger gradually subsided. As Bai Xiaochun’s cries echoed around, he didn’t know whether to laugh or to cry. He snorted coldly and chased after him one again.
“Whether the phoenix is at fault or Bai Xiaochun is at fault, I should take the chance to scare this unruly character. It ought to teach him some restraint for the future.”
Translated by: Marcus
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