The Villain Has Something to Say
The Villain Has Something to Say – Chapter 19

The Taihua Mountain is the number one sect on the Xuantian continent, and holds a sect-wide competition every seven years.

As the unique top sect for Dao cultivation, Taihua Mountain never hesitates to showcase its strength by allowing its elite young disciples to display their superior skills and demonstrate the supreme honor of Taihua.

In the past, various major forces on the continent would attend each sect-wide competition to offer congratulations.

This time was even more remarkable, as even small forces that received invitations sent their sect leaders or elders to attend. As for the Four Sects, Eight Great Families, and Sixteen Sects, they directly dispatched a Tribulation Crossing period elder to offer their congratulations.

As the outstanding members of the younger generation, Luo Jianqing and Zuo Yunmo were tasked with receiving the visiting guests. Once these external cultivators were settled in Taihua Mountain, Hao Xingzi immediately gathered everyone together to discuss the matter of suppressing demonic cultivators and proceeding to the Flowing Flame Valley.

Ordinary disciples naturally couldn’t participate in such high-level discussions, but Luo Jianqing sat calmly in the Lingyun Hall, listening to the debates among these experts at the Foundation Establishment and Nascent Soul stages. He represented the Yuxiao Peak and didn’t usually concern himself with these complicated affairs, especially since the demonic cultivator in question was only in the Nascent Soul stage and wasn’t worth his attention.

However, this matter of the demonic cultivator didn’t occupy the group of elders for long, as they were more concerned about the situation in the Flowing Flame Valley.

The Flowing Flame Valley opens every fifty years and is said to have been formed when a Heavenly Stage fire-type demon fell in Changzhou during a great war between two races tens of thousands of years ago. The flames in the Flowing Flame Valley have not been extinguished for thousands of years, and only cultivators below the Nascent Soul stage can enter to explore and gain great opportunities.

The heavenly ranked demonic beast is equivalent to the human’s Nascent Soul stage!

As long as it takes one step further, the heavenly ranked demonic beast can ascend to become an immortal and achieve the golden body.

The importance of the Flowing Flame Valley to cultivators can be imagined.

The early opening of the Flowing Flame Valley this time naturally made many forces envious. After a day and night of discussion, Hao Xingzi finally wrote a covenant, and representatives from other sects signed and left their spiritual imprints on it. Finally, everyone reached a consensus on the exploration of the Flowing Flame Valley this time.

After the heads and elders of these sects left, Luo Jianqing stayed alone. Hao Xingzi said, “Jianqing, the early opening of the Flowing Flame Valley this time is also a good thing for you. Otherwise, with your cultivation level, when the Flowing Flame Valley opens again after twenty-four years, you will already be in the Nascent Soul stage and unable to enter.”

Luo Jianqing nodded, “I understand.”

Hao Xingzi said, “But the timing of the opening of the Flowing Flame Valley this time is also unfortunate. The young generation of Taihua Mountain is still growing, and they are in a difficult situation. As the eldest senior brother, you need to lead your junior brothers and sisters to act cautiously and prioritize your lives.”

After some more instructions, Hao Xingzi let Luo Jianqing go.

As Hao Xingzi said, Taihua Mountain is indeed in a difficult situation now. Among the disciples below the Golden Core stage, Luo Jianqing, who is at the mid-stage of the Golden Core stage, has the highest cultivation level. Although the disciples of Luo Jianqing’s generation are strong, their cultivation time is not long enough. Unfortunately, the Flowing Flame Valley is opening at this time, so they can only be sent to explore it.

After returning to the Yexiao Peak, Luo Jianqing did not return to his bamboo house to cultivate, but instead took out his Shuang Fu Sword and practiced in the bamboo forest.

The pale-colored long robe floated lightly in the air, with light green patterns resembling bamboo, elegant and unique. The Shuang Fu Sword shimmered with flickering sword light, and the green sword aura seemed to have thunder snakes swimming within, shining brightly under the moonlight like a precious gem.

Every move of Luo Jianqing was controlled with extreme precision, and the sword aura made the green bamboo in the forest sway continuously. The bamboo leaves fell like petals, but not a single bamboo was harmed. If someone observed carefully, they would find that the sword aura was precisely controlled to allow the bamboo to sway just enough, without leaving a single scratch on the bamboo.

Luo Jianqing’s expression was calm as he danced with the sword, practicing for a full hour.

When he just withdrew a certain sword move from the “Nine Lotus Heart Scripture,” he heard a clear and cold voice behind him: “Your heart is not calm, so your swordsmanship is not pure enough. Jianqing, are you ready to demonstrate the swordsmanship of Yuxiao Peak in Taihua Mountain to the world with this level of skill in the upcoming martial arts competition in two days?”

Luo Jianqing stiffened, immediately turned around and bowed his head, saying, “Master, I understand my mistake.”

Xuan Lingzi wore a white collar long robe, with black hair naturally hanging down, calmly looking at his disciple. He carefully looked at him for a long time, and suddenly took a step forward, grabbing the sword in Luo Jianqing’s hand.

Luo Jianqing instinctively held onto the hilt tightly, only to hear Xuan Lingzi say in satisfaction, “Not bad, you still know how to protect your sword.”

Luo Jianqing raised his head in confusion, about to speak, but his voice suddenly stuck in his throat.

–He was too close.

It seems as though Xuan Lingzi had just taken a bath, with his long hair flowing freely without any jade crown or hairpin to hold it up, appearing very casual. His shining black hair fell beside his cold and stern phoenix eyes, making his face even colder and more aloof, as if it were as cold and distant as moonlight.

The disciples of Mount Taihua were known for their rowdiness, with one disciple once joking behind her back, “It’s only natural that there are restrictions on Jade Peak, given the great respect that Xuan Lingzi commands. I’ve heard that the Elder of Feihua Sect in the Four Sects has been secretly in love with him for a long time. Not to mention our eldest martial brother, if there were no restrictions, I’m afraid even many female cultivators from outside would not be able to resist him every night on the mountain raid!”

The excellence of Yexiao Peak was not just in the strength of its master and disciple, but also in every aspect.

They were like flawless jade with no imperfections, perfect to the point where they were pleasing to the eye and convincing to the heart.

At that moment, Luo Jianqing was stunned as Xuan Lingzi used some spiritual energy in his palm to hold the Shuang Fu Sword. Luo Jianqing subconsciously wanted to snatch the sword, and Shuang Fu was also very dissatisfied, shaking twice. However, Xuan lingzi exerted a little force and made Shuang Fu submit.

Xuan Lingzi said, “Jianqing, watch carefully.”

“Chaos opens the first lotus, the lotus blooms into nine petals and transforms into nine lotuses.”

As soon as the words fell, Xuan Lingzi raised his sword, and a mighty sword aura rushed forth.

Under the moonlight, the black-haired white-clothed venerable gently danced his sword, with every move seeming to be calculated down to the last detail. Onlookers couldn’t help but sigh in admiration at how pleasing it was to watch. The sword aura was hundreds of times stronger than what Luo Jianqing had danced before, yet there was no shaking of bamboo in the bamboo forest, and even the bamboo leaves were quiet and still on the branches.

Finally, the vast sword aura turned into golden light and headed straight for Luo Jianqing, stopping an inch away from his eyes.

Xuan Lingzi returned the sword to Luo Jianqing and asked, “Jianqing, did you see clearly?”

Luo Jianqing nodded, “Yes, I saw clearly.”

Xuan Lingzi said, “Then do it again.”

Without any hesitation, Luo Jianqing lifted his sword. After a cup of tea’s time, he put down his sword and looked at his master, but saw him frowning and suddenly stepping forward, holding Luo Jianqing’s hand!

Luo Jianqing froze.

With a faint fragrance, Xuan Lingzi whispered in his ear, “You’re too hasty.”

As soon as the words fell, XuanLingzi held Luo Jianqing’s hand and slowly danced with the sword.

The hot temperature passed through the place where the skin touched and spread throughout his body through the veins. When Xuan Lingzi withdrew his hand, Luo Jianqing suddenly felt something missing in his heart. He looked up at his master in a daze, but suddenly realized that… perhaps tonight, this person was very gentle.

Xuan Lingzi said softly, “There’s two more days. You don’t have to be in a hurry. Do you know what day it is today?”

Luo Jianqing was slightly stunned and shook his head, “I don’t know, Master.”

Xuan Lingzi slowly curved his lips into a gentle smile and said, “Today is your birthday.”

Luo Jianqing suddenly froze.

“Thirty-six years ago, I found you by the Luo River. Superb aptitude always accompanies a natural phenomenon when it is born. Your parents abandoned you by the river when you were born, and I secretly gave them some silver and brought you back. Now, thirty-six years have passed, and I calculated a few days ago that this year is your parents’ death anniversary. Jianqing, do you want to go back and take a look?”

Luo Jianqing smiled and said, “No need, master. Since you have cut off the karma between me and them, life and death are no longer related.”

Xuan Lingzi looked at the handsome young man in front of him, his eyes slightly lowered, and said, “Your natural phenomenon was the descent of divine thunder. The Luo River, which was 18,000 li long, gradually became clear. At that time, I named you Luo Jianqing. Have you ever thought about going back to see the life you were supposed to have in the past thirty-six years?”

Luo Jianqing smiled brilliantly and his voice softened, “Master, having you is enough for me.”

One sentence suddenly made Xuan Lingzi dumbfounded. He looked at this extremely handsome and beautiful young man under the moonlight, and his fingers couldn’t help but tremble. Even his spiritual power showed signs of disorder. Looking at this extremely beautiful face, his heart felt as if it was ignited with a raging fire, and his mind was becoming unstable.

Xuan Lingzi suddenly turned cold and said, “Master has celebrated your birthday for you. From now on, you have no more entanglements with the mortal world. You should forget about the mundane world and focus on the Tao, and ascend to become an immortal as soon as possible.”

Luo Jianqing blurted out, “How can one forget the mortal world?”

Xuan Lingzi paused for a moment before saying, “Cut off the roots of worldly attachments and keep the great Tao in your heart.”

Luo Jianqing asked again, “How does one cut off the roots of worldly attachments?”

After a long silence, Xuan Lingzi said, “You have no ties to the mortal world, so that can be considered cutting off the roots of worldly attachments.”

Upon hearing this, Luo Jianqing laughed and said, “Master, I have never cut off the roots of worldly attachments. In my heart, there is Taihua, there is Second Martial Brother, Third Martial Sister… there are all the elders and respected ones who love and care for me at Taihua Mountain.”

The words stopped there, and suddenly came to a halt. Luo Jianqing gently lifted his gaze, his bright eyes carrying a brilliant smile as he looked at Xuan Lingzi, his voice clear and melodious, as if saying the sweetest words in the world, “Master, in my heart, there is still you.”

Xuan Lingzi did not answer, his face still as cold as ever, while Luo Jianqing continued to smile at him.

After a while, Xuan Lingzi brushed his sleeves and said, “We are not your worldly attachments. When you reach that state, you will understand.”

As he spoke, Xuan Lingzi flew into his bamboo house, and then a gust of wind swept by, pulling Luo Jianqing into the house as well. Xuan Lingzi held a jade hairpin and gently inserted it into Luo Jianqing’s hair, his fingers gently stroking his hair, causing Luo Jianqing’s heart to tremble.

“This hairpin is made from the Blue God Jade Essence, storing six-tenths of my power in one strike. Jianqing, when you use it up, it will only become an ordinary decoration with no other function. You must use it carefully.”

Luo Jianqing smiled and replied, “Yes.”

Next, Xuan Lingzi helped Luo Jianqing comb his hair and tie his jade crown.

Although it was supposed to be a birthday celebration, the two of them didn’t say much all night, sitting by the chessboard and playing move by move. When dawn was about to break, they heard the voice of Zuo Yunmo from the bottom of Yexiao Peak, calling Luo Jianqing to handle the affairs of the sect’s grand competition.

Luo Jianqing immediately got up and walked to the door, but couldn’t help turning around and asking, “Master, I want to know, have you severed your worldly attachments?”

Xuan Lingzi stood with his back to the door, staring at the chessboard.

After a long time, just when Luo Jianqing thought he would never get an answer, Xuan Lingzi’s voice, sounding like a sigh, rang out, “No, I haven’t.”

Luo Jianqing bowed and left, and the bamboo house returned to its peaceful state.

Xuan Lingzi sat on the bamboo bed, looking down at the chessboard. After a while, he reached out and slowly touched each of the chess pieces that Luo Jianqing had just played. His movements were extremely gentle and lingering. When he reached the last piece, Xuan Lingzi’s body trembled as if he had been burnt, and he quickly withdrew his hand.


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