Xiao Chen turned around and saw a man in white with a folding fan in his hand. He was not that Qin Xiu who had come to the Xiao Family. Xiao Chen said, "I was on my way there, but I just lost my bearings since it's my first time here."
The man said with a smile, "There are many formations and Barriers on the island. One will perish if he makes a minor mistake and enters a dangerous formation. Please, follow me." He then turned and started to lead the way.
Xiao Chen nodded gently and said, "Many thanks. How should I address you, senior brother?"
"I'm Chu Biefu. You can call me Senior Brother Chu."
"Many thanks for Senior Brother Chu's reminding me just now."
"You're welcome. What should I call you then?"
"Han Chen." Xiao Chen quietly followed. He dared not speak too much in case of exposing his identity. The man in front of him had high cultivation of at least middle Foundation Building Realm and was much stronger than Mo Yu.
Chu Biefu said a lot on the way, and Xiao Chen carefully answered him. Xiao Chen found that this man was shrewd and deep, and doubted if this man had suspected him. Arriving at the square, Xiao Chen said goodbye with his hands cupped and walked into the crowd.
After spotting Shangguan Yan and Xiao Han, he walked to them. Shangguan Yan saw him and snorted, saying, "Humph! You said that you won't come!"
Xiao Chen smiled gently and sat down beside them. He looked around and found many performers, including singers, dancers, and friendly matches of martial arts and swordplay. However, under the air of harmony, he always felt that there was murderous intent lurking everywhere.
The Skygale Sect had been recruiting hundreds of disciples in every year, yet there were only 1,000 disciples in the sect. Where were the other disciples? It was impossible for the sect to have them sent to the Violet Manor. Besides, on his way here, he had not seen an elder yet.
At this moment, a Senior Brother's loud voice interrupted his thoughts. "Junior Brothers, there will be a freshman competition seven days later. The winner will be awarded a piece of Nine-flowered Shrub of Jaded Leaves and the name of being sent to the Violet Manor."
The crowd cheered upon hearing this, but Xiao Chen frowned deeper. "The Nine-flowered Shrub of Jaded Leaves? When the Huangfu Family's member came to the Xiao Family to cancel the marriage, they seemed to have brought a piece of this."
It was extremely difficult to find the Nine-flowered Shrub of Jaded Leaves in this world. One who had a Spiritual Meridian would grow another Spiritual Meridian after taking this medicine. One who had not Spiritual Meridian would grow one after taking this.
Thinking of this, he became more and more uneasy. He asked, "Senior brother, who was the winner last year?"
The senior brother said with a smile, "It was Junior Sister Huangfu. So, she can be sent to the Violet Manor this year."
Xiao Chen was shocked. It was Huangfu Xin'er indeed. Did she win the Nine-flowered Shrub of Jaded Leaves for him?
After the meeting was over, Xiao Chen and Xiao Han returned to the dormitory. Xiao Han noticed that something was going on in his mind and asked, "What, are you thinking where Huangfu Xin'er is now?"
"Never mind. Let find Senior Sister Luo and Xian'er first."
Seven days passed quickly. Today was the day of the freshman competition, and the island became very busy and bustling. Every newly joined disciple had to attend, including Xiao Chen.
The square was crowded with people. There were several arenas in the square, and each arena was surrounded by people. The rule was very simple. It was an elimination match, and participants drew lots for turns.
At the loudest moment, a white figure in the distance stepped on the air toward the square and landed on a stone pillar. The man held a folding fan and looked unrestrained. It was Chu Biefu. He said loudly, "Due to the fact that the Sect Leader is in seclusion, and the other elders are in the Violet Manor for business, they won't recruit disciples this year. But I here appeal that everyone should do his best in this competition. At the end of the competition, I, and the other five junior sisters and brothers will recruit one disciple each."
Tiangu Zi had seven True Disciples. Now that Qin Xiu was back to the Violet Manor, there were only six True Disciples. The crowd felt resentful upon hearing this, but it was also good to be disciples of these six True Disciples.
Xiao Chen wondered if Huangfu Xin'er was one of the six True Disciples. When he was deep in thoughts, the competition began with a heaven-shaking sound of beating the gongs and drums.
By noon, Xiao Chen had won his place in the round of 32, and he did have a game in the afternoon. When the crowd was still in the square, Xiao Chen went back to the mountain at his convenience.
He wanted to take advantage of the situation where few people were on the mountain to find Luo Shangyan and Xian'er. When he walked past a courtyard, he heard a sound of fighting.
"I've said that I won't give away the name!" In the courtyard, Huangfu Xin'er supported her chest with one hand and held the Stifled Light in the other. There was blood bleeding from the corner of her mouth. Apparently, she was injured.
"Senior sister, you've mistaken us. We're just here to learn some swordplay from you." In front of her stood eight disciples in purple who all held longswords in their hands, smiling.
Huangfu Xin'er smiled coldly and said, "Learn some swordplay? Do you really think that anyone can come to my place and be presumptuous after Senior Brother Qin had gone?!" After saying so, she madly wielded her sword as countless sword shadows appeared in the air.
Several disciples in purple immediately gathered together and made a formation to block the falling sword Qi. One of them saw her concentrating on casting sword spells, rushed to her and punched at her abdomen.
"Puff!" Blood spurted out from her mouth as she took a few steps back. Then, four disciples charged to her with swords.
At this moment, a dazzling white radiance flashed as several clashes rose, seven longswords were cut off in an instant.
Suddenly, a figure stood in front of Huangfu Xin'er and glared at the seven disciples coldly, saying, "Learn some swordplay? Do you have no shame?" As his voice fell, a cold light flashed. Before the seven disciples could see things clearly, their sideburns were cut off.
The seven disciples knew things had gone south and rushed out hurriedly. Xiao Chen turned around and could not utter a word for a while. After two years, she became much more gaunt. His heart stung suddenly upon seeing this.
"Who are you? Are you a freshman this year?"
Now that Xiao Chen had changed his looks and used True Qi to alter his voice, Huangfu Xin'er could not recognize him.
Xiao Chen didn't speak. He put two fingers together and rapidly pressed on her waist. Huangfu Xin'er was startled and hurriedly put her hand back, saying, "What are you doing?"
"Was your lung injured one year ago?"
"You don't need to mind my business. Please go..."
Xiao Chen stopped talking and sighed. He walked to the gate of the courtyard, turned around and said, "I'm Han Chen."
At night, the moon was cold, and the air was silent. Xiao Chen tossed and could not sleep. He was still thinking about the issue today. He had thought that Huangfu Xin'er had a good life here, but it turned out the opposite.
"Do what you want to do. Leave Senior Sister Luo and Murong Xian'er to me and Shangguan Yan." Xiao Han noticed that Xiao Chen was awake and said in a low voice.
In the meantime, in a room of a courtyard, candlelight flickered, casting two shadows of human on the window.
"My Senior Brother Qin had personally arranged Huangfu Xin'er to enter the Violet Manor. It was not easy to remove her name. Moreover, if my master finishes his seclusion, he will be mad at this."
"Then what about my cousin's training? Chu Biefu, don't forget that I have something on you."
Chu Biefu smiled gently and said, "Junior Sister Su, even only for the sake of you being a family member of the Su Family in the Violet Manor, I dare not to refuse you."
Su Wan snorted coldly and said, "It's good for you to know this. I just want to pass my family's training exam. You'd better come up with a solution!"
"Don't worry. I do have a plan." Chu Biefu then whispered something to her ear. Su Wan's eyes turned cold after hearing this. She said, "Don't let me down then. Humph, Huangfu Xin'er."
The next day was the last day of the freshman competition. There were six people sitting on the high platform. They were the six True Disciples of the Sect Leader, Tiangu Zi. Huangfu Xin'er was surely one of them.
In order to avoid attracting too much attention, Xiao Chen and the other two company deliberately lost at the round of 16. Now was the most intense moment of the competition, but Xiao Chen only cared about Huangfu Xin'er and the woman in red sitting beside her.
The crowd burst into an uproar when there were two people fighting. Both of them were experts, and they moved decisively and ruthlessly. Soon, people could tell who was winning. However, the losing one, who was seriously injured, still did not give up and fought with full effort.
Many people were shocked by his persistence. On the high platform, Su Wan looked at Huangfu Xin'er and giggled before saying, "Junior Sister Huangfu, do you feel familiar about this scene? Last year, it seemed that you also fought desperately for a piece of Nine-flowered Shrub of Jaded Leaves? It's really a pity that eventually, someone still had canceled the marriage!"
Huangfu Xin'er looked deadpan, looking at the arena quietly.
But Xiao Chen had heard all these words. He could only feel his heart was messed up. Was the injury of her lung left in that fight? Did she really fight the Nine-flowered Shrub of Jaded Leaves for him?
But back then, it was people from her family that came to cancel the marriage. At this moment, Xiao Chen realized that Huangfu Xin'er was not aware of this, and she had never said things like requiring him to reach Lv 3 Qi Refining Realm in three years. It was the plot by Huangfu Zhe and Qin Xiu.
At this moment, he suddenly felt that he owed her a lot.
The last fight was incredibly fantastic. The injured one won the game in the end, and cheers from below were everlasting.
After a while, when the crowd became quiet, Chu Biefu stood up and said loudly, "This competition was excellent. Then, I and the other five junior sisters and brothers each will pick one of you."
The crowd burst out cheers again. Countless young girls looked at the handsome, unrestrained youth on the platform, hoping that he would pick them. However, after scanning the crowd for a while, Chu Biefu's eyes finally fell on Xiao Chen.
"You. Are you willing to acknowledge me as your master?"
"Whoo!" The crowd was surprised. Someone immediately said, "He was eliminated in the round of 16! How can Senior Brother Chu pick him?" Xiao Chen looked around and clasped his hands, saying, "I'm sorry!"
The crowd was even more shocked. The smile on Chu Biefu's face gradually became stiff. Xiao Chen clasped his hands again, tapped his feet, and landed in front of Huangfu Xin'er.
"Can you be my master?"