Surprised, Qin Wushuang did not dare to neglect his manners as he cupped his hands into a salute and bowed: "May I ask where all you fairies had come from?"
That mature woman glanced at Qin Wushuang and did not speak a word. However, when Shui Ruolan looked at this mature woman, a miraculous color flashed across her eyes: "It's you?"
That mature woman dressed in imperial clothing nodded and said with an incredibly indifferent tone: "It's me. Do you still remember me?"
Shui Ruolan also nodded indifferently: "I remember. You came here when I was ten years old."
"Yes, in a flash, six years have passed by." That mature woman in imperial clothing gave a light sigh. She turned around took look at that Senior Rui and that corpse beside him as she asked with a frown, "What's going on here?"
Just as Qin Wushuang was about to open his mouth to speak, that mature woman said lightly: "I didn't ask you."
Her brusque attitude toward Qin Wushuang did not go unnoticed, yet he did not react to it as he retreated to the side with refined grace. He saw that each of these girls were not ordinary people. At the moment, he didn't say anything.
When Shui Ruolan saw Qin Wushuang was being mistreated, she could not bear it as she said: "Senior Brother Qin."
Yet, that mature woman said with a cold smile: "Ruolan, don't blame me for not reminding you. The most unreliable people in the world are men. You see that some men may exhibit an elegant demeanor, but their hearts may not appear the same as their surface. Although you have not seen the world, don't get cheated."
At the scene, besides Senior Rui, the only other male was Qin Wushuang. Of course, Qin Wushuang knew that this mature woman was referring to him. Only, Qin Wushuang would never meaninglessly quarrel with women. He only shook his head with an indifferent smile and said to Shui Ruolan: "Ruolan, today I had come to bid farewell to you. I didn't expect that the village would suffer such disaster. If I don't kill this villain, he will only harm others!"
After he had finished speaking, he lifted his sword and was about to kill Senior Rui.
Standing next to that mature woman, a young girl dressed in purple-red berated him: "Outrageous, with us here, how dare you make a move?"
Having been lectured several times, despite having good patience, inwardly Qin Wushuang could not but help become somewhat angry. He worked hard to suppress his anger and said lightly: "Everyone, what matters to you that I kill these villains?"
"Even if it doesn't affect us, with us here, you should just stand there obediently." The tone of that girl in purple-red still sounded tyrannical.
It seems that these girls had come from a profound background. Their tone was also full of arrogance. Clearly, they felt a sense of superiority toward Qin Wushuang.
With anger in his heart, just as Qin Wushuang was about to respond, he saw a girl in black clothing next to that mature woman send out a flash of cold lights. Next, a wave of black lights sliced through the neck of that Senior Rui.
Frightened stiff, before Senior Rui even had a chance to cry out miserably, he had lost his life.
After finishing all of it, that black clothed girl glanced Qin Wushuang as if deliberately showing off her power. Clearly, she had tried to intentionally frustrate him.
Seeing the spurt of blood gushing out from Senior Rui's throat, Shui Ruolan was shocked as she lost all color in her face.
That mature woman in imperial clothing gave a long sigh: "Such a naïve child, you are a perfect unpolished jade. Ruolan, presently, the villagers of this village are no longer alive, your grandfather has also passed away. This Bowl Valley should not have anything that would make you reluctant to leave, right?"
Shui Ruolan said with a slight surprise: "Do you still want me to go with you, like six years ago?"
"Yes, I've regretted it until today for not taking you away six years ago. This time, if you still do not come with me, not only just me, you will also regret it for the rest of your life."
Shui Ruolan's tone was as calm as water, yet there was a trace of perplexity. Apparently, the sudden loss of the village caused her to lose her spiritual dependence. She only felt that the future was endless and she had no clue how to continue. In the past, her life had revolved around going to the mountain to get herbs to heal people.
However, those villagers were all dead. No one else was left for her to treat. One could say that from now on, she was to live alone at the this Bowl Valley.
Shui Ruolan had been content with her quiet life. However, with such a great change having unavoidably occurring to the surrounding environment, of course, she could not embrace it with calmness. Regardless of her willingness, her life would change.
When she thought here, instantly, Shui Ruolan was at a loss. She looked at Qin Wushuang, and at that group of ladies as for a time, she did not know how to deal with it.
Qin Wushuang gave a light sigh. How could he not know that regardless of whether she wanted or not, Shui Ruolan's could no longer have a carefree life without worries.
The cruelty of those two villains had destroyed the tranquil life of Bowl Valley, and also wrecked Shui Ruolan's secret environment. Qin Wushuang knew that to this naïve and pure girl, leaving behind this rustic life would be her greatest punishment.
Clearly, this mature woman in imperial clothing wanted to take Shui Ruolan away. Perhaps, this mature woman was the head of some female martial arts sect and desired Shui Ruolan's talent. Or else, she would not have praised her as a natural unpolished jade.
Only, each of this group of girls were overbearing and appeared to have come from some hegemonic sect. With their oppressive temperament, Qin Wushuang knew that even if Shui Ruolan had gone with them, most likely she would not feel happiness. At least, she would not be able to live the life she wanted.
"Senior Brother Qin, are you going too?" Shui Ruolan's tone had a trace of light distraction. She seemed bewildered and somewhat helpless.
Qin Wushuang gave a light sigh: "Yes, Ruolan, I am so sorry that I had come back late, I came back too late."
Shui Ruolan sobbed spasmodically. Sixteen years of unshed tears slowly slid down on her cheeks.
From a young age, she was innocent, free of any worries and lived a simple life. Each day, red morning clouds greeted her at the door, and sunset glows accompanied her home, a life free of any worries.
In her eyes, all living things, even the fate of humankind was only naturally moving along its course. Thus, her emotion was much simpler than others.
She did not cry when her grandfather had gotten sick. It was because her grandfather told her that people of the world could not avoid age, sickness, and death. Thus, she did not cry.
When her grandfather had died, she did not cry. It was because grandfather told her that when he had come to this world, he did not think of returning alive.
Death was his original and final destination. Therefore, she still did not cry.
However, at this moment, she cried.
It was for a short encounter, for a possible eternal farewell, for a strange man and for an indescribable emotion, unknown to herself.
When that mature woman in imperial clothing saw the tears falling down Shui Ruolan's face, she could not help but frown deeper.
"Ruolan, you have changed, and grown up." That mature woman in imperial clothing gave a long sigh. In turn, she glared at Qin Wushuang and said with an unfriendly tone, "If you want to leave, just go, why are you still staying here?"
Having been constantly chastised unfairly by this group of ladies, Qin Wushuang did not feel content: "This lady, I hold no grudge with you all, why did you keep throwing such cold words at me?"
"Who said we hold no grudge. You were born as a man, thus you are a bad person and harbor hatred and a desire for revenge. This is your sin, for being a man!"
Qin Wushuang laughed: "Enough! Please withdraw your shrewish opinions. It's true that I am a man, but what I do adheres to the conscience of the heaven and earth, for I would never lie to others. If you truly hate a man, then just kill him, why would you scatter your anger toward all men in the world? This would not show how noble and virtuous you are; it would only prove how narrow your mind is and how bored you are."
As he said this, he did not look at these ladies and turned to speak to Shui Ruolan: "Ruolan, regardless of where you choose to live, I will only give you one advice, and that is to never let the ideology of others influence your own thoughts. You are born beautifully, anyone who tries to change your way of thinking is trying to destroy your simplicity and purity. Do you know what my greatest expectation of you is?"
"Senior Brother Qin, what is it?" Shui Ruolan pursed her lips.
"I wish with everything that the Bowl Valley was still like the day before yesterday, quiet and peaceful, remaining isolated from worldly affairs. I truly hope that you are still that young naïve girl, free of worries and any secular influences." As Qin Wushuang said that, he felt a pain like a knife twisting in his heart.
The looting of Bowl Valley village meant that the quiet life was now destroyed. In Qin Wushuang's viewpoint, this Bowl Valley was a perfect life-like painting of an utopia. And the people that destroyed this perfect picture were the most vicious murderers.
Unfortunately, like all beautiful things in the world, it seemed it would always be brief.
Shui Ruolan was stunned as if she again turned mute. Again, tears of this sixteen-year-old silently fell down. Clearly, Qin Wushuang's words had touched her deeply.
Hearing Qin Wushuang's words, the face of that mature woman in imperial clothing turned extremely cold. Instantly, a layer of frost covered her face.
An incredibly ruthless thought surged in his mind. She turned around and shot a glance to those ladies and nodded with mutual understanding. At the same time, they looked at Qin Wushuang with a hint of mockery. Inside their eyes, it was full of cold and ruthless murderous intention.
With Qin Wushuang's acute sense, feeling apprehensive, he thought: "Indeed the female heart is the most poisonous. This mature woman is emitting serious killing intention because of a few of my words. Even if they had come from a major background, for sure they would not be some kind people."
Shui Ruolan had an unsophisticated mind for how could she know that many contents were hidden inside a few exchanged glances?
That mature woman dressed in imperial clothing said to Shui Ruolan with indifference: "Ruolan, this man has a tongue like a reed. You must not believe a word from him. Today, come with us. I promise that I can return all the life you had at this Bowl Valley to you. You like medical expertise, I will find more people for you to treat. You like a quiet and serene lifestyle, I will for sure find a much more remote environment for you to live…"
Shui Ruolan could not but feel tempted after listening to her words.
"Only one point, you must forget this smelly man, now!"
When the mature woman in imperial clothing finished speaking, she flicked her sleeves and splashed a wave of green mist to Shui Ruolan's face. Shui Ruolan's entire body softened and lost consciousness. She softly fell into the bosom of the mature woman.
After finishing all of it, that woman in imperial clothing looked at Qin Wushuang with an unfriendly expression, while a mocking smile emerged from the corner of her mouth.