Two wind chimes were hanging on the eaves of a house. The style of the wind chimes resembled the one hanging on that girl's carriage.
"Who on earth is that girl? We don't even know about each other. Why did she help me like this?" Xiao Chen was confused.
"Okay then, I'm leaving, Junior Brother. Remember to take the entrance ceremony tomorrow morning." The disciple in teal said.
Xiao Chen smiled and nodded, saying, "Okay. Farewell, Senior Brother Teal Clothes."
The disciple coughed and said, "I'm not Teal Clothes. My name is Qing Shi." He then flew to a high peak on the sword radiance.
"Ah..." Xiao Chen yawned and stretched. It had been so long since he left home, and he finally settled down. Lil Ruo said, "I'll go boil some water for Young Master."
"Okay, good." Xiao Chen nodded and was going to the house when footsteps suddenly rose outside.
"Nobody lives here anyway. Don't waste it. We brothers, the three of us, can live here. Nobody knows who lives here. If someone asks, we can just say that the elders arranged it."
"Sounds good. As a prince, I can't live in that kind of woodshed."
Xiao Chen coughed and cleared his throat. "Who said that nobody lives here?"
"Is it... Is it Senior Brother Xiao's voice?"
The Three Princes rushed to Xiao Chen with joy and said, "Senior Brother Xiao, it's really you! Why did you come back?"
Xiao Chen shook his head and said with a bitter smile, "I think that I'm just bounded with you three people. We are fellow disciples from now on."
"That's great. With you on our back, we can bully anyone!"
"Alright, alright. You three can go back now. You can take part in the entrance ceremony again with me tomorrow."
The three princes left when Xiao Chen shook his head and smiled. One of the advantages of staying in the Outer Gate was that he would not be haunted by Shangguan Yan. While thinking of this, he suddenly felt a gust of evil wind blowing on his back. He swiftly turned around and fortunately it was just wind, not Shangguan Yan.
Two hours had passed, night fell and stars shone. Xiao Chen lay on the couch when a silver-haired youth suddenly appeared in his room.
"Evernight, why did you come out?" He stood up and asked.
Evernight glanced at him and then walked to the window. Gazing at the numerous stars, Evernight said, "This place is abundant with Spiritual Qi, so it's a good place for you to cultivate. But, kid, don't forget your ultimate goal."
"I know." Xiao Chen nodded his head. He carried a mystery of thousands of years. He had to reach the Foundation Building Realm as soon as possible to go to Violet Manor. There could he solve the mystery and find his master.
"So, you'd better not have too many karmas with people here. You will leave this place eventually. If you have some affairs with some women here, there will be one more ordeal in your next life."
"Okay, I know this..."
The next morning, Xiao Chen went to the gathering place of Sunset Peak disciples. His entrance ceremony could basically be ignored, but the major event today was the "Apprenticing Ceremony" for the 50 new Outer Disciples.
Of course, this was not a real Apprenticing Ceremony because the Outer Disciples didn't have masters. The ceremony today was for an Outer Disciple to find an Inner Disciple to take charge of himself; to put in simple, was to find a backer.
Each of the five elders sent his disciple to Sunset Peak, including Mo Yu, Wen Qingyu, Luo Shangyan, and the others. The Sunset Peak disciples, even the elders here, treated them respectfully.
Without a doubt, most of the 50 disciples went to Mo Yu's line. Wen Qingyu looked unhappy. Maybe it was because her own master introduced the three princes yet she treated them coldly; as a result, she might have been scolded by her master.
At this moment, she saw the three princes walking forth and shot them a cold glance. She then said impatiently, "You three, come over here."
Prince Zhao looked at her, snorted dismissively, and then walked to Luo Shangyan. "Hi, Senior Sister Luo, please take care of me henceforth!"
"You!" Wen Qingyu angrily gnashed her teeth.
Needless to say, Xiao Chen joined Luo Shangyan's side. She was a bit shocked upon seeing him.
After the ceremony, the elders' disciples left on their swords, while the Outer Disciples could only stand and watch them leave. Then, many senior disciples started to lecture newcomers, saying things like respecting your master and senior brothers. Those senior disciples established their positions by saying so.
They were disciples from the last session, or even last few sessions, so they had higher cultivation levels and stronger social networks than newcomers, who could only quietly listen to lectures. If any one of the newcomers disagreed, he would be slapped in the face by those seniors without fighting back.
Of course, those newcomers who had just joined Mo Yu's crew would be spared from physical contacts.
Xiao Chen shook his head. Those "seniors" were just at late-stage Body Refining Realm. Fortunately, none of them came to lecture him.
Thinking of this, two youths walked to him. When they were about to say something, the three princes took out the jade plates and asked, "Are you from the State of Qi, the State of Yan, or the State of Zhao?"
"Uhh..." The two youths looked at the jade plates and walked away, looking for someone else to lecture.
Prince Qi's face looked quite proud with his thumb up. He pointed at Xiao Chen and said, "This one is our Senior Brother. Leave us alone. Senior Brother Xiao's cultivation is at Lv 1 Qi Refining Realm. How dare you scums come to lecture us?"
His voice was pretty loud, hence many people looked at them. Many seniors thought that they were challenged and surrounded Xiao Chen.
"Lv 1 Qi Refining Realm? Why don't you say that you're at Lv 1 Foundation Building Realm?"
The three princes looked disdainful and were about to retort, when Xiao Chen glared at them and said in a deep voice, "Shut up! Don't make trouble for me!"
At this point, a man in red who was leaning against a big tree narrowed his eyes with his arms crossed on his chest. He spat out the grass in his mouth and said to the two people beside him, "Go ask his name."
The two men immediately nodded respectfully and then walked over to Xiao Chen. The others made the way upon seeing the two men coming.
One of the two men walked in front of Xiao Chen, glared at him and said in a loud voice, "Hey! What's your name?"
Prince Qi stepped forward and pointed back with his thumb, saying, "My Senior Brother, Xiao Chen. Remember that."
The man nodded and said, "Xiao Chen? Okay then, come to the back of the mountain later." He then tilted his head, gesturing the other to leave.
"Sorry. No time."
The man paused, turned around slowly, and asked, "What did you say?"
Prince Zhao raised his head and said, "My Senior Brother said 'no time'! Do you hear...?" Before he finished his words, he was sent flying backward by a Shadowless Kick.
Prince Qi and Prince Yan rushed to help him up. Prince Zhao held his chest and said with hatred, "Senior Brother, he dares to hit me..."
Xiao Chen glared at him and said, "You deserve it! I think it's not hard enough!"
"Not hard enough?" That man narrowed his eyes and punched at Prince Zhao in a flash. His move blew up a gust that caused people nearby to retreat rapidly.
This punch was weak, even weaker than that of Xiao Yuan. Xiao Chen raised his hand to hook his arm and took advantage of that man's momentum to throw that man 16 or 17 meters away, stirring up dust. This was Xiao Family's martial arts technique—deflecting one thousand pounds with only four ounces of energy.
The crowd exclaimed upon seeing this. The other man ferociously charged at Xiao Chen and then was thrown back to his company in the same way.
The crowd was exclaiming. They were not admiring Xiao Chen's technique but the fact that he dared to touch those two men.
"It seems that the newcomers this year are dominant."
As the voice fell, a figure in red suddenly attacked from Xiao Chen's back. Xiao Chen's Divine Sense was swift enough to found the figure, and then he turned around rapidly and punched out. The two attacks met, stirring up dust and soil. Under the shock wave, two big trees nearby were shaking and many people were sent flying.
The crowd exclaimed, "He can even trade a punch with Senior Brother Ye!"
Xiao Chen took back his hand. He looked fine on the outside, but the True Qi in his body became extremely turbulent under the blow. He could judge that this man had reached Lv 2 Qi Refining Realm.
The man in red squinted and said, "Not bad. But you'd remember this: my name is Ye Shaochong. On the Sunset Peak, if I want you dead at 1 a.m., you won't breathe after 5 a.m. If you really want to die, I'll grant your wish."
"Hehe, Ye Shaochong, what else can you do except for bullying the newcomers?"
At this point, a man in green walked here in the distance with a dozen people following behind him.