Chapter 70: No way out
Translator: Sparrow_ Editor: Sparrow_
On the stream of water in the mountain, a bamboo raft floated down the water.
On the raft sat a green-clothed scholar and a child only four or five years old.
Sitting on the raft, besides controlling the direction of advance for the raft, the two people not only didn’t paddle to accelerate, they instead controlled the raft to not drift too quickly with the stream.
A couple of bubbles suddenly appeared in the water beside the raft. Afterwards, a completely soaked black-clothed youth rushed out of the water, nimbly landing on the raft and greedily breathing in the fresh air.
“If only we had Master’s Black Cloud Flag, we wouldn’t need to waste so much effort.” The black-clothed youth was naturally Xiao Yan. The mana in his body circulated and hot air steamed from his body, instantly drying his clothes.
Zhu Yi said: “Saying that stuff now is all useless. This method may still be very slow, but at least we won’t reveal our position.”
Xiao Budian jumped up from the raft and smiled saying: “My turn.” He plunged into the water and dived to the bottom. Xiao Yan’s black metal greatsword had sunk under the water, dragging out a straight vertical line underwater on the sandbed.
Xiao Budian grabbed the black metal greatsword. The heaviness was secondary, the crucial part was that his mana has become stagnant. He thought: “Big Senior’s loot is really truly strange. Even though it is a burden, it is indeed a shame to throw it away. We’ll just take it back and let Master see it.”
Afterwards, Xiao Budian dropped the tip of the black metal greatsword on the floor, dragging it on the sand and lifting his head looking at the raft above to determine his direction.
On the bamboo raft, Xiao Yan laughed helplessly: “Could I be considered wanting money over my life?”
Zhu Yi smiled faintly: “A saying that Master frequently says is ‘There are always more solutions than problems’. It may be shallow, but it holds a strong element of truth.”
The three people spaced out in the mountain for half a day and finally thought of this solution that wasn’t really a solution, using the water route to hide their tracks. But the black metal greatsword was too heavy and the small bamboo raft was simply unable to transport it. So they can only take turns dragging it in the water.
A couple of kilometers behind the three people, a group of people were pursuing them down the stream.
The leader was a young man. It was precisely the member of the main branch of the Yu clan, Yu Tian. His appearance was relatively handsome but his expression right now was incredibly dark: “This kind of stream in the mountains has countless branches. Chasing like this, it’s very easy for us to go the wrong way.”
He turned around and walked to the very back of the group. There was a black-clothed elder with a plain face, resting with his eyes closed and sitting on a chair, being carried by a couple of Yu clan servants using rods.
Yu Tian greeted him respectfully: “Elder Yue, please use your skill once. This is very important to the clan.”
The black-clothed elder named Elder Yue didn’t even move his eyelids and said coolly: “I am only responsible for protecting your safety, anything else is not my problem.”
Yu Tian slightly knit his forehead, but he did not dare to persuade him again. He could only back off to the side and think: “Why did the clan send this old monster over, what bad luck.” He doesn’t dare to actually say this and instead glanced at Elder Yue with an expression of fear. Afterwards, he hurriedly lowered his head and turned around leaving.
The black-clothed elder’s body didn’t reveal any hint of mana, but just sitting there resting with his eyes closed, he was like an immovable mountain.
The raft turned around a river bend and their vision opened up. Zhu Yi stood at the front of the raft looking into the distance: “Next we have to return back to land or else we will stray further and further.”
Xiao Yan nodded his head and used his mana to transmit his voice to Xiao Budian. Afterwards, he jumped onto shore with Zhu Yi.
Xiao Budian also dragged the black metal greatsword and walked out from the water. He gave the black metal greatsword back to Xiao Yan while he himself recovered his mana while walking.
Zhu Yi asked: “Right now there are pursuers behind us. Do we still go back to Mount Hengyue to wait or should we go directly to Master?”
Xiao Yan pondered. Before he could answer, an old voice suddenly rose up” “Young Master Zhu Yi has actually already taken someone else as his master? This really isn’t good, the Marquis once said that before Young Master Zhu Yi completes his studies, he cannot practice martial arts and cultivation.”
The expressions of Zhu Yi and his apprentice-brothers all changed. Zhu Yi’s eyebrows shook and he said calmly: “Master Tao Er.”
The person who came was a skinny and shriveled old man. It was precisely the second steward of the House of the Marquis of Xuanji, Master Tao Er.
Following the appearance of Master Tao Er, more and more cultivators of the house of the Marquis walked out from the mountain.
Tao Er closely sized up Zhu Yi, revealing an expression praise: “In less than half a year’s time, you reached Qi Disciple level 6. Young Master Yi is indeed very gifted, the Marquis’ blood truly flows in you.”
“But you disobeyed the Marquis’ instructions, this is very bad.”
Zhu Yi took a deep breath and said with a heavy voice: “The profundity of Father’s cultivation level is his own skill. My cultivation level today originates from my own hard work and my master’s teachings.”
Tao Er shook his head: “Young Master Yi, you do not understand. The Marquis is just and harbors the future in his mind. His arrangements are absolutely correct, all you need to do is walk according to the path the Marquis has arranged for you.”
Hearing this, not only Zhu Yi, Xiao Yan and Xiao Budian also wrinkled their foreheads.
But Tao Er did not care and continued to say slowly: “The reason I came out this time is, one, to investigate the matter of Huang San’s disappearance, and two, to find Young Master ZhuYi.”
Zhu Yi said calmly: “Huang San and the other died by the hand of the Mount Shu Sword Sect’s Aurous Core stage cultivator, Liu Yang. I witnessed it myself.”
“The Mount Shu Sword Sect.” Tao Er nodded his head and continued asking: “Then how did Young Master Zhu Yi you escape from danger, and what about those rebels of the Covenant of Liefeng?”
Zhu Yi answered saying: “The people of the Covenant of Liefeng escaped through a transportation formation. My Master saved me and I have been following Master and learning cultivation ever since.”
Tao Er nodded his head: “If that’s so, then we can only leave things like that for now. Young Master Zhu Yi, come home with me right now. You have been away from home for many days and the Marquis and the Lady all miss you very much.”
Zhu Yi said calmly: “I want to follow Master to learn cultivation. When I have achieved success in the future, I will naturally return.”
Tao Er laughed: “Young Master ZhuYi, you jest. You may not be the legitimate son of the Marquis and cannot learn the Marquis’ cultivation path and skills, but the Marquis naturally will also arrange a suitable master for you. There is no need for you to find your own master.”
“So, come back with me to Tianjing right now Young Master Zhu Yi.” Tao Er said as a matter of factly: “If you are worried that Master of yours will not let go of you, I will go speak to him for you. If he really is an enlightened master, he will naturally understand the reason. How could he bear for his disciple and parents to be separated?”
Xiao Yan’s and Xiao Budian’s expressions both slightly changed, their bodies were just about to move but they were stopped by Zhu Yi. Zhu Yi lifted his eyes looking at Tao Er, he said calmly: “Master has saved my life and taught me. As long as I live, he will always be my Master. I appreciate your kindness but I cannot accept it. Please return and report to Father that one day, I will definitely return to Tianjing, but it is not now.”
Tao Er stared straight at Zhu Yi and sighed saying: “Young Master Zhu Yi has always been the most filial, yet now you have been guided onto the path of evil by someone. It is clear that Master of yours must be a treacherous man. Young Master Zhu Yi, please tell me where he is right now? I will go exterminate this demon right now.”
“Such a demon should have his cultivation level destroyed, be immersed in feces and paraded through the streets to warn the world.”
Not only did Xiao Yan and Xiao Budian show expressions of anger, even Zhu Yi’s face also darkened. But they heard Tao Er continue to say: “In addition, before coming out, the Marquis instructed me that if I find Young Master Zhu Yi, I must be sure to bring back Young Master Zhu Yi safely.”
“The Marquis’ order must be completed.”
While speaking, the cultivators of the House of the Marquis of Xuanji behind him had already spread out, surrounding Zhu Yi and his fellow disciples in the center.
For a moment, the three people’s hearts all sank to the bottom.
In the Pearl of Styx at the heart of the river, Wang Lin had still yet to awaken within the sphere of light. Lin Feng sat quietly above the light sphere, his mind was still seriously studying the River Styx Nirvana Mantra from the black stone pillar.
The River Styx Primordial Water in the distance suddenly started to crash and gurgle. Surging River Styx Primordial Water supported a human figure who was rapidly approaching.
The human figure was precisely Sikong Nan. He saw Lin Feng and instantly laughed out loud: “Kid, the humiliation that you gave to me before, right now I will return it to you 100 fold!”