How can I possibly allow her to do such a risky thing? As Chong Xu Cabinet’s Cabinet Master, I should be the one doing this. “How can I let you take such a huge risk when you’re just a stage-four warrior? If anyone needs to be the bait, it’s me!”
Chu Liuyue shook her head. “You know your own condition best, Master.”
“Even so, that person definitely can’t be you! We’ll think of another way if we can’t find a suitable person! In any case, I won’t agree to this!” How can I let my new disciple do such a thing?!
Chu Liuyue had expected this reaction from him. She didn’t actually intend to tell him this, but this was Chong Xu Cabinet after all—nothing could escape Weichi Song’s eyes. Rather than having things turn chaotic, she decided that she might as well make things clear to him now.
She quietly stood in place and listened to Weichi Song before slowly explaining, “Master, this is the only viable method. If we don’t solve this issue as soon as possible, the entire Qing Yuan Mountain will be destroyed. Can you bear to let that happen?”
Chong Xu Cabinet has a history of hundreds of years and has been right here on Qing Yuan Mountain ever since it was established. Giving up this mountain will indubitably be a huge blow to everyone in Chong Xu Cabinet. “It wasn’t easy for you to preserve Chong Xu Cabinet. Can you really bear to watch that happen?”
Weichi Song closed his eyes in agony. “Of course, I’m reluctant for that to happen. As long as I can preserve Chong Xu Cabinet, I won’t hesitate to risk my life! But that person can’t be you, Liuyue… It mustn’t be you…”
“Master, I have absolute confidence that I can succeed. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have come here to discuss this matter with you,” enunciated Chu Liuyue.
Weichi Song looked at Chu Liuyue with a frown.
The young adolescent in front of him appeared so confident and sure of herself that anyone would be convinced by her when they saw the calm look in her onyx eyes.
Closing his eyes, Weichi Song took a deep breath before finally meeting Chu Liuyue’s gaze with utter seriousness. “I’m grateful that you’re willing to do this, Liuyue, but I won’t agree to it if your life is at stake. Not unless… You can prove you’re capable of the task.”
Although I know that she’s much more capable than she lets on—which was proven when she emerged as the Wan Zheng Competition’s winner—I have to know her true capabilities. Otherwise, I won’t dare to gamble on her life when there’s so much risk involved in this matter.
“Alright.” Chu Liuyue blinked her eyes and smiled before gently closing her eyes.
It was quiet in the room when a concentrated force suddenly shot out from her body, and a strong suppression started spreading out.
She’s just a beginner stage-four warrior! Weichi Song stared closely at Chu Liuyue, trying to see where she got her confidence from. Does she have some sort of impressive martial art skill, Yuan instrument, or something else?
But he soon realized that her aura was rapidly changing and had reached the intermediate fourth stage within seconds. His eyes widened at that. Was she hiding her true abilities before this when she had actually surpassed the beginner stage—no, that’s not right! Her aura is still getting stronger! It’s at the advanced stage now!
His lips twitched. “W-which cultivation stage is she exactly at?”
This question seemed to be directed at Qiang Wanzhou, who stood next to him.
“I have no idea either,” replied Qiang Wanzhou frankly. I really don’t know. All I know is that she’s definitely stronger than me.
Amidst Weichi Song’s astonishment, Chu Liuyue’s aura had surpassed that of a stage-five warrior. What made him feel even more incredulous was that she showed no sign of stopping at all.
Following this, her aura continued becoming stronger, reaching the intermediate fifth stage, advanced fifth stage, and then the sixth stage.
Weichi Song sucked in a cold breath of air in surprise as he watched her aura continue to get stronger, reaching the intermediate sixth stage and eventually the advanced sixth stage.
It was then that it suddenly hit him that he should cast a barrier around the room, and he did just that. There’s no telling how big of a commotion this will cause if others were to find out about her capabilities…
Chu Liuyue knitted her brows slightly as another surge of force shot out from the water droplet in her.
She had reached the seventh stage, and it was only then that her aura stopped intensifying.
For some reason, Weichi Song heaved a sigh of relief when he saw her opening her eyes. Despite having encountered many things in his life, this particular scene left him shocked and speechless for a long time.
With a smile, Chu Liuyue asked, “Do you want me to continue, Master?”
His mind—which had just been put at ease—became tense once more. “C-continue?!”
Chu Liuyue nodded her head in all seriousness. “Yeah! If you think that this isn’t enough to prove my capabilities, then—”
“It’s enough! It’s enough!” His eyelids twitched hard. Although his doubts about her capabilities had been dispelled, he became increasingly curious about it. How did she… manage to do that?!
“Y-you kept your true capabilities hidden…” said Weichi Song with much difficulty. How could she already be a stage-seven warrior when she’s barely 15?
“Don’t be mistaken; I’m not a stage-seven warrior. I… merely possess force of that stage.” Chu Liuyue opted for a more euphemistic explanation.
Weichi Song fell silent for a moment as he looked at Chu Liuyue with mixed emotions. Eventually, he said, “You have my consent.”
Chu Liuyue was delighted to hear that, and it was only then that she retracted her aura.
The intense force flooded back into the water droplet that was quietly suspended in her dantian, but it failed to cause a single ripple in the water droplet. Like rainwater falling into the sea, it disappeared quietly without a trace.
Once all the force returned to her body, Chu Liuyue heaved a sigh of relief. To be honest, this is the force that’s stored in the water droplet, and it doesn’t belong to me. It’s a good thing that my control over the water droplet has gradually begun to increase as my cultivation improves. That’s how I managed to use some of the water droplet’s force earlier to prove my capabilities.
After staring at her with a grave expression for a while, Weichi Song finally seemed to understand something. “Does that mean… Y-you can draw the force of another person?”
Draw the force of another person? Does he think that the force I have belongs to another person? The question left Chu Liuyue confused. She wanted to explain to him, but on second thought, his explanation seemed to sound a bit more logical. Thus, she nodded her head after some contemplation. “Yes.”
I see. Perhaps she won the competition with this mysterious and powerful force back when she was in the Tianling God Realm. Weichi Song looked enlightened, as well as much more relieved than before. “That’s good… That’s good…”
Chu Liuyue’s eyes curved, knowing that he was agreeing to her suggestion.
All of a sudden, she heard a teasing voice inside her mind. “Lass, I can lend you my powers.”