Chen Xi's current accomplishments couldn't be compared to the past.
He entered into closed door cultivation in the Nine Radiance Sword Sect for 35 years and was equivalent to 350 years in the world of stars, then successively overcame seven heavenly tribulations to attain a cultivation as a Peak Sovereign before entering into the Bloodsoul Sword Cave to temper himself. Moreover, he charged easily into the 99th floor of the sword cave with crushing force.
No matter if it was his cultivation or actual combat strength, both of them had already attained a supreme height in the Earthly Immortal Realm.
Moreover, after he returned from the sword cave, he'd even entered into closed door cultivation within the world of stars and used 300 years of time to refine the Talisman Armament, comprehend in meditation, and go through self illumination. His strength, Dao Heart, and everything he'd learned had fused into one, allowing him to attain an unprecedented height.
Presently, as soon as he stepped foot into the hall, even though his bearing was tranquil, yet he emanated such an imposing might that no one dared underestimate him, nor did they dare to take him as a junior.
Coupled with the extremely miserable appearance of the Heavenflow Dao Sect's Master, Lu Beiyu, Chen Xi's image in their eyes seemed to be even more unfathomable.
Lu Beiyu was a Sect Master of one of the 10 great immortal sects who possessed monstrous authority and might that shook the entire Dark Reverie, yet he was beaten up to the point everyone was almost unable to recognize him, so the height Chen Xi's strength had attained was obvious.
It was even to the extent that some people didn't dare believe it.
Amongst the people present, only Elder Lie Peng knew about all this clearly because long ago when Chen Xi had just overcome the 8th level of the heavenly tribulation in the Earthly Immortal Realm, the Violet Myrtle Lightning Tribulation, he'd forced the Nine Radiance Sword Sect's Master back with a single strike.
At that time, Chen Xi hadn't even stepped into the Bloodsoul Sword Cave to temper his cultivation, so Lu Beiyu being bashed to such an extent was something he was completely capable of imagining.
The atmosphere in the hall was deathly silent, and Chen Xi's voice still reverberated through the air.
"Leave everything to you? What high sounding sentiments!" Meanwhile, True Jade had already recovered from her astonishment, and her beautiful eyes narrowed slightly and became sharp like blades as they descended coldly onto Chen Xi.
On the other hand, Chen Xi seemed as if he didn't hear her at all. From the beginning until the end, he didn't spare a single glance to this woman, and he just stared at Qing Xiuyi who wore fiery red palace robes while a wisp of indescribable feelings arose in his heart.
Or perhaps both?
He opened his mouth yet didn't know what to say, and he could only keep silent.
How enormous the hall was, yet only she remained in his eyes.
His attitude of disregarding everything infuriated True Jade once more, causing her beautiful eyes to narrow even more while she said with a grim voice, "Junior, no matter who you are, no matter why you've come, merely your actions of forcefully trespassing into my Heavenflow Dao Sect is a sufficient reason for me to kill you on the spot!"
Chen Xi took a deep breath and moved his gaze from Qing Xiuyi. He still didn't pay the slightest bit of attention to True Jade's reproach as he shot his gaze at Bing Shitian instead.
When he saw Bing Shitian who wore a star crested feathered crown, a robe with dark violet cloud patterns, and possessed a handsome appearance and starry eyes standing before Qing Xiuyi like a couple, a wisp of bitterness arose in his heart.
Especially when he saw the pair of rings that Bing Shitian held, the wisp of bitterness in Chen Xi's heart suddenly transformed into indescribable rage, and he wished for nothing more than tear apart and destroy everything!
If I was just a step later, would I be unable to undo everything?
Chen Xi glanced at Bing Shitian then took a glance at Qing Xiuyi, and the surging feelings in his heart transformed into calmness.
There was bound to be no 'ifs' in his life.
So what if he was late?
He wouldn't hesitate to slaughter open a path of blood if she wanted to leave with him!
"What a haughty little fellow! Acting so arrogantly after causing trouble in my Heavenflow Dao Sect. Since you're courting death, then you can't blame anyone!" True Jade was completely infuriated by Chen Xi's attitude of disregarding her, and she suddenly shouted with a grim voice while intending to slaughter Chen Xi before burning his bones and scattering the ashes because she wasn't willing to see him for another moment.
"That's enough, you old woman!" Lie Peng struck the table before him as he stood up, and he shouted furiously. "The great Heavenflow Dao Sect set up a grand formation to obstruct my Nine Radiance Sword Sect's disciple from coming here. Aren't you ashamed of yourself? Now that your deeds are exposed, not only do you not feel ashamed, you're even more arrogant. Is this the way your Heavenflow Dao Sect does things?"
"What did you call me?" True Jade's entire body stiffened. Never had she imagined that someone would actually dare insult her like this, and her cold and grim face instantly darkened as she stared fixedly at Lie Peng.
"What did I call you? As a senior, not only do you have no self-respect, you have wicked thoughts and do things in a despicable manner. Is there any difference between you and those spiteful old women in the streets of the mortal world?" Lie Peng didn't back down and stared angrily at her.
Everyone present here glanced at each other when they saw this, and they frowned while feeling amused. One of these two was the senior of Bing Shitian and Qing Xiuyi that possessed a respected status and had been living in seclusion for all these years, whereas the other was the Enforcement Elder of the Nine Radiance Sword Sect that was similarly renowned.
But now, both of them disregarded their bearings and started shouting at each other, and it was truly too ridiculous. If news of this were to spread, they would probably become the laughingstocks of the entire cultivation world.
"Martial Aunt True Jade, calm your anger." Meanwhile, Bing Shitian spoke abruptly and restrained True Jade. His expression was cold while he revealed an awe-inspiring appearance, and he emanated the dignified aura of an immortal from the Immortal Dimension.
As soon as he finished speaking, True Jade shut her mouth right away because even though she was a senior of Bing Shitian's, she didn't dare go against his will at this moment.
Lie Peng grunted coldly and returned to his seat when he saw this.
"Actually, no matter if you arrived earlier or later, the outcome would be the same because Xiuyi has already agreed to become united with me as Dao Companions, whereas you're utterly incapable of changing her will." Bing Shitian turned around, and his gaze that was ethereal like the starry sky carried a unique sense of indifference as he gazed at Chen Xi. "I originally intended to let you off, but you persisted on doing this, so you can't blame anyone."
A wisp of a sneer appeared on the corners of Chen Xi's mouth as he said, "You set up layer after layer of restrictions at the entrance for the sake of letting me off? I originally thought that you were shameless but would at least have a line as a Heavenly Immortal that you wouldn't cross. But only now did I notice that you're shameless to the point that there's no line that you wouldn't cross."
Everyone was stunned and exclaimed endlessly with admiration in their hearts. This kid is really brave to dare to directly scold an emissary of the Immortal Dimension like this. There're probably not many people since the ancient times that dared to do this, right?
"There would naturally be no worry of harm to your life if you stayed obediently within your sect." Bing Shitian was completely indifferent as he said, "Weren't you bent on fulfilling the bet from all those years ago? Alright. According to the bet from all those years ago, you've already lost. If I'm not wrong, then you swore all those years ago that so long as you lost, you would cripple your own cultivation and be obliterated from eternity. Moreover, if you went against this vow, then you would be destroyed by the world and condemned by both men and god!"
As soon as these words were spoken, everyone present was shocked.
Even if they knew since the beginning that Chen Xi and Bing Shitian had once made a bet, never had they imagined that the content of the bet would actually be so heavy!
No matter who won, the person would probably have to commit suicide before everyone in the hall. If news of all of this were to be spread to the outside world, then it would probably cause the entire Dark Reverie to fall into a mighty uproar!
After all, one of them was an emissary of the Immortal Dimension while the other was a peerless genius that was renowned throughout the world. The death of any one of them would probably cause an enormous storm.
"Yes, I did indeed make such a vow." Chen Xi's expression was calm and composed as before when facing this. "But you can't decide if the outcome of the bet has been decided."
"Of course, the outcome is controlled in the hands of Xiuyi. Feel free to ask her if she'd willing to leave with you or willing to go with me, Bing Shitian." Bing Shitian smiled lightheartedly as he spoke slowly, and the space between his brows was filled with confidence and arrogance while he was in high spirits.
Lie Peng's heart couldn't help but sink when he saw this scene because he was able to clearly sense from Bing Shitian's attitude that the following events would be extremely disadvantageous to Chen Xi.
It wasn't just Lie Peng, the thoughts of the others were almost the same.
Unfortunately, Qing Xiuyi's expression was calm from the beginning until the end. No matter if it was when she stepped foot into the hall or when Chen Xi arrived, her peerlessly beautiful face didn't even reveal the slightest ripple.
It was too calm.
It was like she was someone unrelated to the matter, and this extremely tranquil state of mind caused everyone present to feel ashamed of their inferiority.
Chen Xi noticed all of this as well, but it didn't affect his state of mind at all.
He walked directly forward to face Qing Xiuyi before he gazed at that extremely familiar face, and the events of the past instantly surged into appearance within his mind.
"I promised An'er that I would bring you back. I'm here now." After keeping silent for a long time, Chen Xi spoke slowly, and he spoke word by word in a calm and serious tone.
After all this clamor was over, he noticed that only these extremely simple and ordinary words remained from all the words he wanted to say in his heart.
Yes, he came here with the sole goal of taking Qing Xiuyi back with him.
Qing Xiuyi finally reacted. She raised her head slightly and stared at Chen Xi, yet she didn't say anything as if she was in a daze.
Bing Shitian was still composed as before when facing this scene, and he met True Jade's gaze before a wisp of an imperceptible grin appeared on the corners of their mouths.
Both of them were very clearly aware that no matter how touching and moving Chen Xi's words were, it was impossible to turn around the situation.
Because Qing Xiuyi had already drunk a bowl of 'Immortal Bewitchment' a long time ago!
This was an extremely miraculous immortal wine. The main ingredient of the wine was a type of divine water in the Netherworld, the Tea of Forgetfulness, and it was supplemented with other immortal materials before finally being refined.
No matter if it was an immortal or mortal, a single mouthful of it was capable of numbing the mind to the point one was like a puppet, causing one to lose one's will and intelligence for a period of time.
It was a rare treasure that could only be chanced upon by luck because the Tea of Forgetfulness was truly too rare, and it could only be found in the Netherworld. But for the sake of acquiring the final victory in the bet and for the sake of obtaining Qing Xiuyi, Bing Shitian spared no means.
It was precisely because of this that the two of them would be so confident and revealed the reserved appearance as if victory was within their grasps.
The atmosphere within the hall was extremely oppressive while the air seemed to have frozen. Everyone held their breaths in concentration while their gazes converged unblinkingly on Qing Xiuyi because all of them were clearly aware that the words she said next would determine the fate of Chen Xi and Bing Shitian!
On the other hand, Bing Shitian's reaction seemed as if the scales of victory were tilted completely towards him and Chen Xi was bound to be unable to escape the situation of certain loss…
At this moment, Lie Peng clenched his fists unconsciously, and he stared with his eyes wide open while practically forgetting to breathe.