After those two attacks from Little Snow’s lightning tribulation, Long Chen clearly saw that it was lacking a certain something that should have been there.
It was said that lightning tribulation was a cruel trial, but it was also a gift from the heavens. The lightning contained a destructive aura, but it also contained a portion of life energy to purify the flesh of the person undergoing tribulation.
But Long Chen saw that Little Snow’s tribulation was the same as his. Where was the life energy? It was entirely destructive in nature. Its only goal was to ruthlessly annihilate him. It was completely different from the records.
That made Long Chen furious. The heavens were not only rejecting him, but they were also rejecting Little Snow.
When the third bolt of terrifying lightning descended, he finally roared furiously, and thunderforce covered his right hand as he ruthlessly struck the lightning tribulation.
Long Chen’s qi and blood surged violently. However, he still managed to block the attack.
Originally, the thunderclouds had already begun to show signs of dissipating, but once Long Chen’s fist broke apart the lightning, heaven and earth began to rage, and an area of tens of thousands of miles once more became filled with thunderclouds. A terrifying pressure locked down Long Chen.
“Come then. I want to see just what you can do to me this time!”
Long Chen placed Little Snow into his spiritual space and fed him a healing pill to stabilize his current condition. Right now, he had no time to heal him.
Suddenly, the sky shook, and a rain of lightning crashed down.
“It’s the same order as last time?” Long Chen was surprised. He allowed the lightning to fall on his body. This thunderforce was no longer able to cause any damage to him.
Instead, he began to absorb the lightning. The lightning serpent tattoo on his left arm, which was where all his thunderforce runes had gathered, was like a bloodthirsty beast that had seen food, and it began to crazily devour this thunderforce.
BOOM! As time passed, the lightning grew stronger, each blow containing a boundless destructive aura.
“I didn’t expect my body to have strengthened so much. Last time, I would have needed to defend with my full strength against this level of lightning, but now, I can endure it without even defending.”
Long Chen raised his arms, allowing the lightning to strike him as much as it wished. The lightning serpent on his arm was crazily devouring the thunderforce for itself.
Long Chen’s physical body had already reached an abnormally powerful level. This terrifying lightning couldn’t cause any real injuries to him.
Suddenly, the tribulation clouds rumbled, and two lightning pythons shot out from the clouds, causing the void to tremble.
Most terrifying of all, those two pythons suddenly merged while in midair, and a terrifying aura gave Long Chen a chill.
The two pythons rapidly twisted around each other, attacking Long Chen with a destructive aura.
“Hehe, you’ve finally appeared.” Battle intent soared from Long Chen. Last time, this pair of lightning pythons had nearly taken his life, causing him to feel extremely irritated.
Even if the pair of lightning pythons represented the will of the Heavenly Daos, he didn’t care. All he knew was that it was time for revenge.
The lightning serpent on his arm lit up, and a huge lightning blade appeared in his hand. Countless thunderforce runes flickered over it, causing the void to tremble.
“Split the Heavens!”
Long Chen roared, and a will that caused heaven and earth to tremble surged into the sky.
The void almost exploded. The lightning blade and the lightning pythons shattered at the same time. Long Chen flew back, vomiting a mouthful of blood.
However, this slight injury was nothing to him. Looking at the clouds that were finally scattering, Long Chen suddenly laughed.
That was a release of emotions, as well as a provocation. You want to exterminate me? Wait until I’m stronger. Then I’ll exterminate you.
The black clouds scattered. The tribulation was over. Long Chen called out Little Snow. Although Little Snow was covered in blood and many of his bones were broken, his life energy was growing stronger. Furthermore, Long Chen sensed a powerful pressure from him.
“No crystal core, no Neidan. How curious. All his energy is distributed within his flesh.” Long Chen examined Little Snow’s body, finding no Neidan or crystal core. His energy was distributed throughout each and every cell. The red tuft of hair on his head had now become a complex mark.
Little Snow was still unconscious, and Long Chen could sense his body slowly recovering, so he didn’t give him any medicinal pills. If he could heal on his own, it was best not to consume any medicine.
“What a powerful recovery ability. Looks like he really did reach the fifth rank. However, he’s still in the midst of transforming.”
Long Chen couldn’t be completely sure, but it didn’t seem like there were any problems.
Little Snow had mutated, and it was best to let everything come naturally. Carefully putting Little Snow back in his spiritual space, he returned to the monastery.
While he had been gone, the investigative team had begun to make its way through the first monastery.
However, the Dragonblood Legion ignored them according to Long Chen’s instructions, and simply focused on cultivating. Furthermore, it wasn’t as if they really knew anything about that crap pool other than that it had their own contribution inside it.
As for the ordinary disciples and Elders, they never learned what had happened. Their investigation didn’t reveal anything.
However, after the investigative team went through the crap pool, they transported it far away. After all, such a thing was too offensive to leave in the monastery.
Everything went according to Long Chen’s prediction. The investigation was just a formality, and wouldn’t lead to any conclusion. Although Zhou Qingyi was certain it was done by Long Chen, she was unable to find any proof.
Furthermore, she was also being closely followed by Shui Wuhen. She was helpless to do anything, and so Long Chen managed to escape the law.
The first thing Long Chen did upon returning to the monastery was to find Guo Ran. That little fellow truly was not bad, and he had managed to accomplish the task he had given him.
After leaving Guo Ran’s residence, he went to visit Meng Qi. Meng Qi was just blankly looking at the Violet Phoenix Sparrow in front of her. It was unknown what she was thinking.
“Long Chen!” When she saw Long Chen, her eyes brightened and she hastily came to greet him with delight.
“Why are you just lost in thought all by yourself? Could it be that you miss me?” laughed Long Chen.
What surprised Long Chen was that Meng Qi nodded, blushing. “I was worried about you.”
“Worried about me?” he asked with surprise.
“Long Chen, it’s not just me. Wan-er is the same. Each time we see you face off against powerful enemies, our hearts clench inside.”
Seeing the worry in Meng Qi’s beautiful eyes, Long Chen felt a burst of warmth and lightly pulled Meng Qi into his embrace, burying his head into Meng Qi’s hair.
“Sorry, I’ve made you worry.”
Meng Qi’s arms tightly wrapped around Long Chen’s waist, her heart filled with warmth.
“Long Chen, how about we leave the monastery? We won’t need to cultivate. We can just be some commoners living in seclusion. We’ll live an ordinary life, give birth to a group of kids, and pass each day happily.
“Although our lives will be shorter, we can pass each day peacefully. We won’t have to be constantly on edge,” said Meng Qi.
Meng Qi’s words caused Long Chen’s heart to tremble. The image of a maiden appeared in his mind. Although she wasn’t extremely beautiful, she had a pair of beautiful eyes as well as a kind smile.
Xiao Hao was still in that nameless little village. When she had parted with Long Chen, she had given him a necklace that Long Chen constantly wore now. Her final words rang out within his mind again.
“Long Chen, I know I can’t keep you. I made this just now. I hope you can forever wear it on your body. Haha, perhaps this gift is too poor and will be laughed at.”
“I just hope that when you look upon this necklace in the future, you’ll remember that there was once a girl… whose heart… yearned to go hunting with you… and make babies.”
That expression of melancholy and her soft voice appeared in his mind, causing him a burst of pain.
Long Chen also wanted to give up the struggle of walking the cultivation path. He didn’t care about fame or profit, but how could he not want to learn who his parents were? How could he live like that?
But that didn’t change the fact that this was a dangerous path. It was possible to fall at any time. Meng Qi was a quiet and peaceful woman. The sole reason she had slaughtered so many people in the secret realm was because of Long Chen.
She felt a great aversion to killing inside. But each time she saw Long Chen facing powerful enemies, she would feel afraid, afraid that she would lose him.
“Meng Qi, I promise you, I’ll be fine. Trust me.” Long Chen looked into Meng Qi’s eyes, giving her a solemn promise.
“I’m sorry Long Chen. I shouldn’t be like this. This will disturb your Dao-heart. I’m just being too emotional.
“There’s a saying in the secular world: if you marry a chicken, follow the chicken; if you marry a dog, follow the dog. Since you’re my fiancé, I’ll leave it up to you. Where you go, I’ll go. We’ll be together in life and death.” Meng Qi took out a small piece of paper, a smile appearing on her face.
That paper was the marriage contract he had given her back then. She had carefully protected it all this time. She handed it back to him.
“You should take care of the marriage contract. Now I’m your fiancée again.”
Long Chen looked at the marriage contract, all kinds of emotions surging within his heart. The scene atop Sunset Mountain once more appeared in his mind. He felt as if countless years had already passed since then.
“You should keep the marriage contract. It’s just a souvenir now. I’ve already said the marriage contract doesn’t count. I’ll pursue you anew.” Long Chen held Meng Qi’s hand, laughing.
“Didn’t you… already manage to to do that.” Meng Qi blushed, her face like a peach blossom in bloom, making Long Chen’s heart pound.
“When pursuing a woman, you naturally have to have gifts. Come, let me give you a custom-made gift.” Long Chen laughed mysteriously and took out a beautiful case.