When dusk came, Xiao Chen went back to the dormitory. Xiao Han saw him come back, closed the doors and windows and said, "I went to the forbidden area in the back mountain. Senior Sister Luo and Murong Xian'er might be kept in there. But the security is too much for me to get in. There will be a competition tomorrow, I guess the security of that place will be relaxed."
Xiao Chen's eyebrows furrowed tightly. "Tomorrow..."
"I know what you're thinking. You go ahead. Leave this to me and Shangguan Yan."
"But can you two handle it?"
Xiao Han smiled and said, "Rest assured. Besides, your woman will be bullied tomorrow by Su Wan, Chu Biefu, and the Ling brothers. Aren't you going to take care of them?"
Xiao Chen let out a long sigh and said, "My engagement with her had been canceled..."
"Then you just leave her alone? In the entire Skygale Sect, she had nothing but you. Back then when she knew that you can't practice martial arts, she risked her life to earn a piece of Nine-flowered Shrub of Jaded Leaves for you and got injured."
Xiao Chen took a deep breath and said, "Okay. I got it. You must be careful."
At night, the moon was cold and there was nothing but silence. Xiao Chen could hardly sleep on the bed. He was now only at Lv 9 Qi Refining Realm, but his actual strength was equal to that of a Foundation Building Realm cultivator. He could play the first two moves of the Dragon Roar Palm, but he did not know if he was able to play the incredibly powerful third move, Dragon's Wrath.
The power of the Dragon's Wrath was far beyond that of the Cyan Dragon Roar and Water Dragon Roar. Also, the amount of True Qi it consumed was far higher.
By the morning of the next day, it was almost the busiest day recently in the Skygale Sect. No matter the new recruits or the senior brothers and sisters, all of them gathered in the square of the mountain gate. On the high platform, Xiao Chen stood next to Huangfu Xin'er. He saw her being uneasy before he said, "Don't worry."
Huangfu Xin'er raised her head and nodded while looking at him. She did not know why this new disciple who she had only met for a few days could calm herself down as if she did not need to be afraid of anything with him being around.
Su Wan looked at them sideways and snorted.
Now, Chu Biefu started to read the names of the participants. The qualification trial was different from freshmen competition, and not everyone could get to fight on the arena. The participants were all last year's candidates, and they were all experts. The fights in the trial were more intense than that of the freshmen competition.
The matches started one after another. By noon, Xiao Chen also became uneasy. He was not worried about Huangfu Xin'er's match, he was just wondering if Xiao Han and Murong Yan had rescued the hostages.
At this moment, a loud voice interrupted his thoughts. "The last match is Ling Yuxuan versus Huangfu Xin'er!"
As the voice fell, the crowd burst into an uproar. This was a match that a purple-clad disciple cross-class challenging a True Disciple of the Sect Leader. Everybody held their breath and concentrated, looking forward to this match.
Under the eyes of 10,000 people, a purple figure fell on the arena. His speed was so fast that a lot of people stared agape at him. It was Ling Yuxuan with the corner of his mouth curved. He looked at Huangfu Xin'er on the platform and said with a smile, "Martial Uncle, it's your turn now."
Huangfu Xin'er's face grew paler. She sat in the chair and did not stand up because she knew that she would definitely fail this fight. The fact that she was defeated by a purple-clad disciple would make her live in shame in the sect since she would stay in the sect after this fight.
The crowd started to chatter while seeing that she did not go to the arena. Xiao Chen patted on her shoulder and whispered, "Don't be afraid." As his voice fell, he flew to the arena.
"This match, I'll fight on my master's behalf!"
The crowd clamored, and Huangfu Xin'er looked shocked. She also did not expect this. Su Wan frowned and looked at Chu Biefu, who then shook his head, gesturing her not to speak. He then looked at a cold-faced youth in white who sat beside him and said respectfully, "Senior Brother Ling, what do you think?"
"There is no rule that says a disciple can fight on his master's behalf." A disciple said loudly.
"There is also no rule that says I can't, isn't it?" Xiao Chen looked around and said.
Several disciples who presided the trial looked at each other. It was the first time that a disciple fought on his master's behalf, but there was no rule that forbade this. They could not make the call, so they looked at Chu Biefu on the high platform.
Chu Biefu coughed and said, "Han Chen, the participant of today's match is your master. Don't mess around in here. Get off there, now!"
Xiao Chen turned around and said with a clasp of his hands, "My master feels uncomfortable these days. As her disciple, if I can't help her, how can I face the other brothers and sisters!?"
In the cultivators' sects, what cultivators valued the most was the respect to masters. Xiao Chen's words were persuasive. Many people who were against him now nodded one after another. Even some purple-clad disciples said to their students, "You see? This is the example you need to learn from."
Having known each other for only a few days, Huangfu Xin'er also had not expected that Xiao Chen could say this. She could not help weeping. Although she knew that his cultivation was far beyond her, she worried that Xiao Chen would offend Ling Yingfeng by doing this. She felt uneasy now.
Chu Biefu coughed softly and looked at the man in white beside him, asking, "What do you say, Senior Brother Ling?"
The man in white was Ling Yingfeng. He was still expressionless at the moment and nodded lightly. Chu Biefu immediately faced the arena and said, "Han Chen's behavior should be complimented. We will make an exception today and allow him to fight on his master's behalf."
"Great!" Cheers rose from below. Ling Yuxuan's mouth was curved. "You're just at middle Qi Refining Realm. You're not qualified to fight me."
Xiao Chen said casually, "You will know after we exchange some moves."
Ling Yuxuan snorted coldly and started to move. He punched forth, and a golden light shrouded his fist with crackles and a strong wind. The crowd gasped because they did not expect the fight to be so intense at the beginning.
Xiao Chen was a bit shocked. The strength his opponent showed was about Lv 7 or Lv 8 Qi Refining Realm. He could not fight with full effort in case the Skygale Sect paid attention to him. He played the Immortal-override Steps and left a fake illusion at where he stood, while he had already secretly moved to the other's back.
"Swoosh!" Ling Yuxuan's fist hit Xiao Chen's illusion. Some people screamed while Huangfu Xin'er's heart tightened. She did not relieve until the illusion disappeared.
Ling Yuxuan found that his fist had no feedback, so he instantly knew that he did not hit the real body. He turned around and felt a fierce wind coming at him. He then cast a Barrier with both hands in front of him to block Xiao Chen's blow. He was shocked and thought Xiao Chen was not an ordinary disciple.
"I underestimated you."
He suddenly ran all his True Energy into his arms and punched out. Xiao Chen parried away and pointed at his wrist. Ling Yuxuan felt his body was limp and numb all over and quickly took his hands back.
Xiao Chen's move was as fast as lightning, so the audience did not see what had happened and just know that Ling Yuxuan took back his hands. However, Ling Yingfeng's eyes were so sharp that he saw it and knew that his brother was hit.
Ling Yuxuan's eyes turned cold. Facing an opponent with lower cultivation level, he failed to hit the target twice and could not touch his opponent at all. He was a bit upset about this. He then gave a battle cry while moving his fingers, and three rows of golden light suddenly appeared in the air, moving toward Xiao Chen. This was the Three Talents Formation of the Taoist.
The audience was shocked. They did not expect that he could cast out a formation with his own True Energy.
The Three Talents Formation emphasized the points of heaven, earth, and human. Most of Ling Yuxuan's strength came from Ling Yingfeng, so the weakest point of this formation was the human point. Xiao Chen was so expert at formations, so he found out the weak point of this formation at first sight. He pointed at the human point of the formation, and a vacancy appeared in the Three Talents Formation as the other two rows of golden light disappeared immediately.
Upon seeing the formation was broken, Ling Yuxuan's face changed. He ran his True Energy and attacked with a set of fist moves. Golden light burst out on the arena with constant crackles. The crowd held their breaths, waiting to see how Xiao Chen would avoid this rain-like fist shadows.
However, Xiao Chen did not want to dodge the attack. He channeled his True Energy into his palm and punched at the overwhelming fist shadows. The crowd gasped with cold air and thought this man acted in a brash way by doing this. People were worried about him.
Although Xiao Chen was in the midst of Ling Yuxuan's aura, he was unstoppable. He looked just like a boat in the sea that rode on the waves. "Poom!" After breaking layers of body-protecting Qi, he punched at Ling Yuxuan's chest.
Ling Yuxuan covered his chest and retreated. When he tried to run his True Energy, he felt his elixir field painful as hell, and his face suddenly looked ashen. The faces of Su Wan and the other people on the platform fell upon seeing this.
Xiao Chen knew that Ling Yuxuan's True Energy was not cultivated on his own, so he secretly pushed some True Qi into Ling Yuxuan's body. With three different kinds of Qi inside Ling Yuxuan's body, he would definitely get backfired soon.
"You! What have you done to me!" Ling Yuxuan held his abdomen tightly with his face shifting between red and ashen and his forehead sweating.
Xiao Chen walked over and said lightly, "What's not yours will never be yours!" As his voice fell, he was about to punch at Ling Yuxuan when the drum rang.
"The third quarter of noontime is now. The two participants will stop and continue at 3 p.m.!"
A figure flashed as Su Wan landed on the arena. She glared at Xiao Chen and then helped Ling Yuxuan off the arena. Xiao Chen smiled coldly and flew to Huangfu Xin'er.
Huangfu Xin'er took out a silk scarf from her chest and wiped off the sweat on his forehead, asking, "Are you alright?"
Xiao Chen smelled the aroma from the scarf and was suddenly refreshed. He smiled and said, "I'm fine." He just worried about Xiao Han and Murong Yan.
When they went to the back hall to rest, Xiao Chen saw Huangfu Xin'er frowning. He said with a smile, "It's okay. Don't worry."
Huangfu Xin'er raised her head and said, "Let's just give up. They will definitely..." Xiao Chen interrupted. "Trust me. I'm fine."
"Can you tell me who you are exactly?"
Xiao Chen took a deep breath and said, "Believe me. Even if everybody in the Skygale Sect was against you, I wouldn't."
Two hours later, the drums and cheers rose from the square again. Xiao Chen felt Ling Yuxuan's aura had surged, reaching to that of a Foundation Building Realm cultivator which was far stronger than before. He thought, "I'm afraid that I can't hide my strength anymore."
With the ring of the gongs and drums, Ling Yuxuan launched his attack first. He charged to Xiao Chen and punched out. "So fast." Xiao Chen parried away and thought. Before he could react again, he felt a gust of wind coming from his back—Ling Yuxuan went around behind him.
"Bam!" Xiao Chen cast out a True Energy shield that blocked the blow, and he was sent flying backward for tens of meters. Before he could steady himself, he felt like numerous figures had surrounded him. He then tapped with his foot to rise to the air tens of meters. When he felt a pressure above his head, he looked above and saw three rows of golden light falling to him.
He could not borrow force in the air, so he fiercely blew with his mouth to let him fly backward. All of a sudden, he felt the pain on his back—he was kicked by Ling Yuxuan.
The audience exclaimed incessantly. Within two hours, Ling Yuxuan's strength had improved this much. Huangfu Xin'er's brow furrowed tightly. Su Wan sneered and said, "Junior Sister, it seems like your little disciple will definitely lose."
Huangfu Xin'er glared at her and said, "Blood-firing Pill is forbidden in a competition. You're so mean!"
Su Wan snorted and said, "Mean? Humph! After Senior Brother Qin left, you are having a romance with this little disciple of yours."
Huangfu Xin'er turned pale and said, "Nonsense!"
"Humph, nonsense? Why are you afraid of me saying this?"
On the arena, Xiao Chen was beating continuously. He glanced at the platform and found Huangfu Xin'er quarreling with Su Wan, when Ling Yuxuan kicked at his chest again.
Ling Yuxuan approached him and smiled with pride. "What, are you going to continue? I'm the Young Master of Ling Family in the Violet Manor, and I've got infinite extraordinary pills. You? What are you? Degenerates like you in this Human World, you will never have the chance to rise! Die!" As his voice fell, he ferociously kicked at Xiao Chen's face.
Xiao Chen retreated meters back to dodge this heavy kick. His heart sank and realized that his opponent had taken some forbidden pills. In this case, he could not hide his strength anymore.
All of a sudden, there were gusts of wind whistling on the stage. Around Xiao Chen, a faint white radiance appeared. The crowd under the arena exclaimed, "What's going on?"
"Has he hidden his strength before?"