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Chapter 80 - Qin Nan’s Entry
The atmosphere at the scene, in an instant, turned serious and intense, as if a terrifying thunder was about to explode.
From the disciple intake this year, both super geniuses were the only ones possessing ninth-grade Huang ranked Martial Spirits, causing the five elders to have high expectations of their results. These two super geniuses, Huang Long and Ling Zixiao, were finally going to compete with each other.
Even though these two were not having a duel with their cultivation, a duel of Martial Heart was quite precious to see too, causing the crowd to be excited.
At last, the atmosphere—which was frozen for a moment—exploded as the whole place was covered in noisy discussions. Every disciple was incredibly excited, causing their faces to blush.
“Oh my god, Huang Long and Ling Zixiao are going to compete with each other. I’ve been waiting for this for a month!”
“HAHAHA, I would place my bets on Senior Brother Huang Long, he will surely win.”
“Hehe, Senior Brother Huang Long was too fast-tempered, his Martial Heart is surely unsteady. On the other hand, Senior Brother Ling Zixiao has the appearance of a gentleman, and is polite to the people around him. This is the sign of a firm Martial Heart.”
“Pfft, your interpretation is definitely a joke.”
“Shut the f**k up guys! Those two were both super geniuses; who gave some trash like you the right to comment here?”
Meanwhile, Xu Qian—who was an inner disciple that achieved the Martial Emperor Realm—was quite interested in the duel too. This was because a duel between two super geniuses with ninth-grade Huang ranked Martial Spirits was considered a rare sight for him too. He smilingly said, “The duel between the duo, what a rare sight. As a Senior Brother, I’m willing to contribute a thousand Xiantian Pills as the prize. The winner of the duel is free to take these one thousand Xiantian Pills.”
Xu Qian’s words caused the scene to explode once again.
A thousand Xiantian Pills, was considered a great fortune.
“Thanks, Senior Brother!”
Huang Long and Ling Zixiao gave Xu Qian a respectful bow, before exchanging glares filled with lusts for battle and murderous intents.
The two—almost at the same time—emitted extremely powerful auras, before their two figures turned blurry as they vanished into the Mind-Seducing Ancient Bamboo Woods.”
The noisy crowd fell silent immediately; everyone held their breaths looking at the scene before them.
As Huang Long and Ling Zixiao entered the Mind-Seducing Ancient Bamboo Woods, they immediately displayed the reason why they were considered super geniuses; they sprang forward like two enraged beasts among the bamboo woods at an incredible speed.
A hundred steps!
Two hundred steps!
Three hundred steps!
In just a brief moment, Huang Long and Ling Zixiao both were on their five hundredth steps; even after surpassing the results of Xiao Yunhe and the others, they continued to advance forward with no sign of slowing down.
At that instant, every disciple felt their hearts almost reach their throats, as they clenched their fists tightly, feeling extremely thrilled.
A period of ten breaths had passed, and Huang Long and Ling Zixiao had achieved eight hundred steps!
It was at this moment that the two began to slow down their speed as they continued to proceed forward.
As they reached eight hundred and fifty steps, they both came to a stop and let out a deafening roar; nine golden rays suddenly appeared behind them, with a murderous sword behind one, and a flute encapsulated in flames behind the other.
The two had unleashed their Martial Spirits at the same time!
Despite that, the force of the Mind-Seducing Ancient Bamboo Woods was at last evident; even after unleashing their ninth-grade Huang ranked Martial Spirits, both Huang Long and Ling Zixiao were advancing forward with a speed slower than a person walking, like an old man walking slowly, or a man running out of energy carrying a huge boulder on his back.
As the two lashed out their eight hundred and ninety-ninth step, a furious roar was heard from the Mind-Seducing Ancient Bamboo Woods, and a figure was sent flying out from the woods.
The figure was none other than Huang Long.
At that instant, Huang Long’s face appeared to be pale white and his strength greatly weakened. He no longer had the imperious appearance of a super genius, but it seemed like he was severely injured.
However, meanwhile, in the Mind-Seducing Ancient Bamboo Woods, continuous sounds of a flute could be heard, forming a pleasant melody. At the same time, Ling Zixiao leapt out on his final step, which summed up to a total of nine hundred steps!
The whole crowd fell quiet as everyone received a huge blast to their minds.
Nine hundred steps!
Ling Zixiao had achieved nine hundred steps!
The winner of the duel between these two super geniuses is Ling Zixiao?
“HAHAHA.” Ling Zixiao’s figure slowly floated out from the Mind-Seducing Ancient Bamboo Woods, with a forceful aura and a prideful expression like an emperor sitting on top of his throne; he glanced disdainfully at Huang Long not far from him and said, “Huang Long, see this? You’re mismatched against me; your Martial Heart is nowhere close to mine. Remember what happened today, as you’re no longer my opponent after today!”
After hearing this, Huang Long’s expression greatly changed, as his aura further weakened.
Ling Zixiao words served as a sharp blade, penetrating into Huang Long’s heart and planting a nightmare inside it.
At this moment, the crowd finally burst into an uproar after they collected their thoughts.
“HAHAHA, Senior Brother Ling Zixiao won!”
“Senior Brother Ling Zixiao is the best! He is ranked first among the new disciples!”
“So terrifying, even Senior Brother Huang Long is mismatched against him. It seems like Senior Brother Ling Zixiao is the king of the new disciples!”
At that instant, every disciple was extremely excited; their glances toward Ling Zixiao were no longer filled with mere respect, but endless worship.
Those geniuses who submitted themselves to Ling Zixiao, like Xiao Yunhe, were enlivened too, who all burst out laughing joyfully. As Ling Zixiao had defeated Huang Long, it also meant that they would receive tremendous benefits by following Senior Brother Ling Zixiao, which would then allow them to improve to greater realms.
Who among the new disciples is able to compete with him?
Xu Qian was quite astonished too, who then decided to befriend with Ling Zixiao as he declared, “Now, as a representative of the Mystic Spirit Sect, I declare Ling Zixiao to come first in the test with nine hundred steps. Do you guys have any comments about that?”
It immediately grabbed the attention of the crowd, which caused the disciples to exchange glances with each other, and shook their heads after.
What comments could they have?
Ling Zixiao proceeded forward nine hundred steps, beating Senior Brother Huang Long; what could they even say?
At that moment, Ling Zixiao was positioned in the spotlight of the crowd. A prideful expression appeared on his face as he smiled instinctively, enjoying the worshiping gazes from the crowd, as if he was now considered the first-ranked genius among all the new disciples.
“Thank you, Senior Brother Xu…” Ling Zixiao let out a satisfying smile and brought his fists together.
However, before he could finish his sentence, a calm voice was heard all of a sudden; “Wait.”
The voice was even more outstanding and annoying in the current situation.
Everyone’s expression was replaced by anger as they immediately turned around. They could not wait to find out who the person was, to be so ruthless at this crucial moment and disrupt the atmosphere.
With a glance, everyone was stunned.
The one speaking was none other than Qin Nan, who had remained silent the whole time.
Xu Qian did not expect anyone to reject his declaration at this moment; he immediately turned mad, with a forceful murderous intent arose within him. Despite that, he could only restrain his anger as he said in a cold tone, “Mere trash with seventh-layer Body Tempering Realm cultivation; what do you have to say?”
“You’re right.” Qin Nan nodded his head, with a calm face, as if he was not aware of Xu Qian’s anger, and said in a calm tone, “Senior Brother said it right. I do have something to say, an important thing indeed. I just want to ask, since I have yet to enter the Mind-Seducing Ancient Bamboo Woods, yet to do the test, why would he be ranked first?”
Toward the end of his sentence, a scornful tone could be felt from his words!