Chapter 18 – Body Tempering
He was only afraid that under his current circumstances anyone could eliminate him.
So, was this where he stopped?
Ye Chenyuan’s expression became grave. He really wanted to pay respects to Yuan Chu as his master without any tricks. Another important thing was that the top placers’ right to pick their own masters couldn’t be refused. In other words, if that Wei Jisheng really came in first, Master could only accept him if he wanted to become Master’s disciple. These were the rules and the reward. They couldn’t be changed.
So… he couldn’t be resigned to his fate!
He had the Sky Pearl. He must get well before tomorrow!
Seeing his silence, Yuan Chu thought he felt very sad. However, she didn’t know how to console others. She patted his shoulder and then left, telling Little Qiu not to disturb him so he could calm down a bit by himself.
After Yuan Chu left, Ye Chenyuan immediately spoke to Venerable Li.
“Venerable Li, are you okay?”
In the prior competition, he forcefully catalyzed the remaining half of the ten-thousand year spirit essence. In the end, while his sea of consciousness hadn’t exploded, it had still left behind many repercussions. He didn’t know whether Venerable Li was injured or not.
“I’m fine…” A long time later, he heard Venerable Li’s aged voice from his sea of consciousness. “It’s just you, this child. You’re simply too unruly. If it weren’t for your resolute will, your sea of consciousness would’ve definitely collapsed! In the future, you can’t act so carelessly!”
Ye Chenyuan was a bit apologetic. However, he really wanted to continue competing.
“Venerable Li… Is there a way that can let me recover as quickly as possible so that I can participate in tomorrow’s competition?”
Venerable Li was shocked. “You still want to continue?”
He knew the reason with a single guess. Hating how iron couldn’t become steel, he said, “Why are you so stubborn? Even if that Wei Shengji pays respects to Yuan Chu as his master, this Frost Sword Peak will still only have you two. What’s an extra disciple going to do? Is it worth risking your life?”
Exactly, what was an extra disciple going to do? However, Ye Chenyuan only had to think of his master being good to someone else and smiling to someone else in the future, and he… he was unreconciled! Master, she clearly said before: she only wanted to accept him as her disciple!
Perhaps it was the kindness he had never felt before; once he obtained it, he refused to share it with anybody. Or perhaps it was because he was still young, and his desire to monopolize was too strong. In short, he had already made up his mind!
Venerable Li knew Ye Chenyuan hated to part with anyone who was good to him because of the child’s past suffering. Thus, seeing his insistence, he sighed and said,
“Enough. It’s not that there isn’t a way, but… you’ll have to be prepared to suffer a bit.”
Ye Chenyuan’s eyes lit up!
“Any suffering is okay! I’m not afraid of suffering!”
His resolute attitude made Venerable Li nod in approval. He listed some relatively unused medicinal ingredients, telling him, “This is an extremely potent body tempering prescription. Matched with the ten thousand year spirit spring in the Sky Pearl, it can let you remodel your bones. However, the process will be very unpleasant. If you can’t take the medicinal power and give up halfway, you’ll injure your foundation. Are you… willing to try?”
“I’m willing.” There wasn’t a trace of hesitation in Ye Chenyuan’s voice.
“Very good.” Venerable Li praised. “Because you’re young, I wasn’t going to let you begin body tempering. I was afraid you couldn’t endure the medicinal power. However, if you endure it, it’ll be an enormous help to your foundation, your stamina, and your future cultivation, so once you’ve chosen, you must persevere at all costs.”
“Yes.” After Ye Chenyuan pondered for a moment, he nodded solemnly. The Sky Pearl had all of these medicinal ingredients. It seemed as if the previous master had planted them specifically for body tempering, so he was able to quickly prepare them.
Before he entered the medicine filled tub, Venerable Li gave him the corresponding technique.
“Remember, after getting into the tub, you must continuously channel the technique I gave you. You cannot stop for even a moment. Otherwise, your previous efforts will have been in vain, and you’ll have suffered for nothing.”
Ye Chenyuan knew the risks involved, but once he recalled that body tempering could let him remodel his bones and become stronger, he didn’t hesitate.
Just like this, he took out a defensive formation, placed it around the room, and started the body tempering.
On the other side, Yuan Chu kneeled in front of the sect master, her expression downcast.
“You feel wronged?!” Moqi Tingfeng was enraged! “That’s something your mother left for you, yet you gave it so easily to an outsider?!”
Yuan Chu couldn’t resist saying, “He’s not an outsider. He’s going to be my disciple.”
“You dare to talk back?!” Moqi Tingfeng clapped heavily down on the armrest, immense pressure leaking out. Immediately, the pressure was so high Yuan Chu couldn’t even speak.
“Ten thousand year spirit essence, there is one every ten thousand years! At that time, your mother feared your foundation would be unstable and you’d easily suffer Qi Deviation after your cultivation was forcefully advanced, so she traveled to depths of Wang Sea, narrowly escaping death to find it for you. Yet you gave it so easily to someone else? In the future when you suffer from Qi Deviation, who’s going to save you?”
Yuan Chu’s little face was stretched taut. Her voice calm, she said, “As long as my heart is resolute, I will not lose to my demons.”
“What if?!” Moqi Tingfeng anxiously interrupted her. “Once you suffer Qi Deviation, even ten pearls of spirit essence might not save your soul. But you unexpectedly…”
“I will not suffer Qi Deviation!” This time, Yuan Chu’s voice was also raised a bit. “I know what I want to do. My willpower is more resolute than the Ascending Heavenly Pillar. I will not lose to my demons.”
After all, in her last life, she had no signs of losing to her demons. She knew how scary her conviction was.
However, Moqi Tingfeng didn’t believe her at all. He already decided to find Ye Chenyuan and use other treasures to exchange for the ten- thousand year spirit essence. Anyway, not recognizing what’s important at her age was something Yuan Chu should be punished for!
“After the entrance competition, go reflect at the Everlasting Heavenly Barrier for a year! Come back once you realize what you did wrong!”
What? One year?! Yuan Chu’s originally earnest face withered. “Uncle Sect Master…” If we have something to say, let’s talk about it nicely!
But this time, Moqi Tingfeng’s attitude was staunch. “If you say anymore, it’ll be two years!”
Yuan Chu instantly didn’t dare to say another word.
“… Then I can go back now, right…”
So inhumane. She was punished for giving away her own things. Her little heart hurt so much. And she didn’t give them away for nothing; what she would receive in the future would definitely be many times more than what she invested! Unfortunately, no one understood her painstaking effort…
Moqi Tingfeng snorted coldly and turned to leave. Seeing this, Yuan Chu cautiously stood up and headed outside.
Once Yuan Chu walked far away, Moqi Tingfeng sighed inaudibly.
He turned over his palm, and a jade pendant appeared in his hand. On it were the words “Moqi Tingyu”. His eyes darkened.
“Little Yu, I’m only punishing her because I’m worried for her. Don’t blame me…”
That jade pendant’s corners were worn down until they were smooth. It was clear that the jade pendant’s owner constantly fiddled with it. If his little sister hadn’t gotten together with that person, if he had been a bit more resolute, would there have been an entirely different ending?