Chapter 247: Reward and punishment
Sima Tai looked at Sima You Yue's expression with satisfaction, then said seriously, "That is only natural, I have always differentiated between reward and punishment fairly."
"Then first tell me what my reward is?" Sima You Yue said,
"You must have heard before that there is a large selection that goes on in our Sima Clan every few years?" Sima Tai asked.
Sima You Yue nodded. When they were still in the Dong Chen Kingdom, Sima Lie was saying that something big was happening soon in the Sima Clan and so those few people would not look for them so early. In the end, they still came not long later.
"So what if there's a great selection? What does that have to do with me?" Sima You Yue couldn't understand.
"It was actually the time for the great selection three years ago, but because I was injured and comatose, they could not locate the seal to unlock. That was why the great selection never reached the next step." Sima Tai said.
"What's the next step?"
"Entering the ancestral ground, finding your legacy." As Sima You Yue said this, his face revealed loss and worry that were hard to mask.
"What does this have to do with me?" Sima You Yue said, "I didn't make it to the great selection."
"This is the prize that I am going to give you." Sima Tai was not impatient and said slowly, "You and your four brothers can go with them into the ancestral grounds this once. Especially you, someone who does not even have our bloodline can actually not enter, but I am breaking this rule to let you in."
"Your clan has been around for so many years. All those legacies and whatnot should mostly be gone." Sima You Yue muttered. However, no matter how small her voice was, it could not escape a Spirit Paragon's ears.
Sima Tai smiled widely, saying, "How can the land of my Sima Clan ancestors be emptied that easily! You do not have to worry about this."
"Then why are you so troubled?" Sima You Yue asked, "Is is not because of this?"
Sima Tai sighed then shook his head slowly, "My troubles are not due to this, but due to the face that it has been a long time since the ancestral ground has passed on any inheritance."
"The inheritance is broken?" Sima You Yue was shocked, this was something that involved the existence of a power!
"You could say that." Sima Tai sighed, "My Sima clansmen are not just a first rate power, but for a hundred thousand years but have risen simply based on our inheritance."
"That's why the current Sima Clan would regress to this point today, as well as become the target for other groups." Sima You Yue understood.
Sima Tai looked at Sima You Yue satisfactorily. He was truly smart. Many clansmen did not manage to grasp this point but he had only come for a short while before he understood what the Sima Clan was affronted with.
"The older generation of people are still okay, they're not that much weaker. However, aside from Sima Lin and the others, those who are in the generation below it are not that promising." Sima Tai was deeply worried. If this continued on, the Sima Clan was going to be in much danger within a few years.
"Can't you all directly it pass it on to the next generation one you obtain the legacy?" SIma You Yue asked.
"All those legacies are directly passed on, for example, increasing one's cultivation and so on. Those who obtain the spirit skills are few. 'Raging Inferno Slash' is one that our clan obtained and then passed on." Sima Tai said, "It's a pity that many legacies are broken and we don't know the reason why. Our Sima Clan also received major losses since a few hundred of years ago."
"Why do I still feel like this is such a popular hotcake that I can see yet cannot touch?" Sima You Yue "Since it's been such a long time since someone has obtain a legacy, there's no point to them entering. Furthermore, I'm not someone who's of the Sima Bloodline."
"Really a smart guy." Sima Tai looked at Sima You Yue with a smirk, "Many legacies require the bloodline of the Sima Clan before it can be obtained, however, some do not. Don't you wish to check out which you can obtain? Who knows, you might be able to gain something."
Sima You Yue touched her chin and rubbed the tip of her nose, saying after thinking for a while, "Alright, my character has always been above average, who knows, I may be able to get a good opportunity!"
Sima Tai was speechless, this guy was really narcissistic!
"Alright, now we should talk about your punishment, right?"
Sima You Yue's face fell the moment she heard it, saying, "How are you going to punish me?"
"It's actually really simple." Sima Tai smiled as if he had obtained the greatest opportunity.
Once Sima You Yue saw his smile, a chill ran down her back. It was as if an old fox has locked on to her as a target.
As expected, when Sima You Yue walked out the great hall, her face was a grimace and she turned around, looking aggrievedly at the main door. She sighed and left.
Inside the hall, Sima Tai touched his face that was still slightly red and snickered, "Nobody has ever slapped my face before. You think that those two slaps would come easily?"
If Sima You Yue heard what he said, she would have spat blood immediately. She wasn't even the one who hit him, but Sima You Lie was fine while she had been squeezed.
When she returned to the house, Sima Lie and the others were waiting for her. Seeing that her eyebrows were knit together as she came out, they asked, "Clan Leader has been tough on you?"
Sima You Yue nodded, then she shook her head and sighed.
"Fifth Bro, don't tell me Clan Leader wants to chase you out? If that's the case, we'll leave with you!" Sima You Le said.
"That's not it." Sima You Yue said, "He just harshly squeezed me dry."
"How has he squeezed you?" Sima Lie was a bit curious. He had always felt that Sima Tai was a little fox, so he must now be an old fox.
"He wants me to increase the strength of the younger generation by one notch." Sima You Yue said, "That old fox, better not let me find out your weakness, if not, HMPH!"
"Ah? Isn't this troubling you?" Sima You Le was anxious.
Sima You Ran's eyebrows knit together, saying, "You saved his lie, but you can't even slap him twice?"
"He said that he would let me follow the youngsters who were chosen three years ago into the ancestral ground." Sima You Yue said, "He also said that I could use this prize to cancel our the punishment if I wanted to."
"Then why didn't you use it to cancel it out?" Sima You Le looked at her as if she were an idiot.
"It's said that the ancestral ground only opens once every ten years. The opportunity is hard to come by. Who knows what opportunity or legacy you might get, how could I use it to cancel out the punishment!" Sima You Yue said, "Anyway, I'm not the one who has to come out with the pill ingredients for those pills and stuff. At most, I'll just use my refining methods, refine a few pills and tame some beasts and stuff. Furthermore, I'll even benefit from contracting spirit beasts!"
Sima You Ran and the others understood that it wasn't because she was unsatisfied with Sima Tai punishing her, it was just that she was not happy she had been forced to do so.
"Sigh, you all wait for him to call you to the ancestral ground. I'm going to cook some food to comfort my wounded heart. Sigh, It's so clear that I saved him. There's no justice!" Sima You Yue lamented as she walked to the kitchen to cook.
Seeing her barbaric appearance, Sima You Ming and his brothers could not help but laugh. Ever since she had a big change in character at fifteen, they hadn't seen her so sad!
"The ancestral ground is a good place. Who knows what opportunities you will find when you enter. In the past, a Spirit King entered but came out a Spirit Overlord. There were also those who learnt a unique spirit skill." Sima Lie said, "You all have to grasp hold of this opportunity well. This is something that You Yue has fought for you."
"We will!" The four of them nodded.
At this time, there came the sound of someone chopping meat, followed by a voice that said through gritted teeth, "I'm going to eat fox meat meatballs today, I'm going to cut, cut cut…"
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