Shi Xia couldn’t see what kind of vegetables were growing there. But her saliva started to flow just imagining the juicy vegetables, even though they were uncooked. She approached the vegetables garden and took a look, radishes with their white smooth body were protruding from the ground.
Shi Xia looked at the juicy radishes, as if they were calling at her. Just to be sure, she shouted to see if anyone was there whom the garden could possibly belong to. When no one answered, she ran to the garden in a hurry and pulled the radishes with all her might. Fortunately, the radishes weren’t too big so their roots didn’t go much deep into the ground. She plucked a few radishes and began to gnaw on them without even washing them. Her hunger took away all the rationality she had, she felt that even if these were onions rather than radishes, she would still eat them with pleasure.
Shi Xia ate five radishes in one go, only then did she felt her stomach stopped growling like an angry beast and strength returning to her body.
She didn’t know how many radishes she plucked, she was in too much hunger to care how much she could eat. She didn’t even know where did the strength come from to pull them. Now that her senses returned to her, she saw that two more radishes were still left beside her. Shi Xia simply stuffed them in her pocket as her future ration and began to wander around the house again. After walking for a long time, she saw a white figure in front of her. Feeling delighted, she quickly ran towards the figure as she shouted and waved.
“Hello! Do you……”
Before she could finish her sentence, the person in front turned his head to her. His eyes widened the moment they landed on her, “It’s you!”
“Yuanwu?!” Isn’t he the teenager who gave her the jade token that day? “It’s you, I didn’t expect ……” Shi Xia was both surprised and happy. At least there was someone who could help her!
But the expression of Yuanwu’s face was opposite of what she was expecting. He was not only surprised but scared too. As if he saw a ghost. He took a few steps backward, his legs were shaking so much that he couldn’t stand firmly on the ground and fell. He quickly rolled and crawled from her, as if running away from a scary monster, called his long sword before fleeing away.
“…… why are you running away?” Shi Xia couldn’t help but mutter in puzzlement. She touched her face and thought, could it be she looked so horrible with dirt in her face that he didn’t recognize her?
“You can’t blame him for running away.” A heavy voice sounded from behind Shi Xia as she was contemplating. She was startled and completely caught off guard with the sudden voice. When she looked behind her, she saw an old man sitting on the grass behind her in a lotus position* and a gentle smile on his face.
[T/N: Meditating position.]
“He is only at the first levels of cultivation and has the lowest cultivation level among the other disciples of the Yuhua Sect. Naturally, he doesn’t dare to stay more in this Xiu Ling Peak.”
Shi Xia walked to the old man and sat on the ground beside him as she asked, “Why? Is it scary to stay here?”
“It wasn’t scary before.” The old man smiled with arched eyebrows, giving a expression of KFC grandfather, “It’s just that things are different now.”
What do you mean?
Shi Xia tilted her head with arched eyebrows. Seeing that she still didn’t understand, the old man took the initiative to explain, “Little girl, have you ever heard of the Demon King?”
“The Demon King?” Shi Xia was stunned as she asked, “Is it some kind of vegetables? Can I eat it?” Shi Xia’s mind was full of eating now. Starving for two days had made her think of eating hearing anything unusual, so when she heard the word ‘Demon King’ she thought it was some kind of vegetables. Isn’t there’s a vegetable named ‘Devil’s Lettuce’?
The old man stiffened for a moment and glared at her discontentedly before explaining, “Of course not! The Demon King is the master of demonic cultivation. A hundred years ago, the Demon King suddenly emerged to the immortal cultivation world and brought chaos wherever he went. The whole immortal cultivation world was sent into disarray. The evil things that the Demon King had done was unacceptable. In order to uproot the evilness and stop his devil act, all the Sects became one to annihilate him. But even so, we couldn’t beat him. It was my master, Chi Hou, who came out in time to kill him and stop his evil deeds. But before my master could kill him, the Demon King somehow got away. I am afraid that that evil being might be wandering somewhere in this immortal cultivation world.”
“Could it be that ……” Shi Xia was shocked and asked cautiously, “the Demon King is somewhere around here?”
“Yes, and no!” The old man said with a mysterious face.
The corners of Shi Xia’s mouth couldn’t help but twitch. Are you pretending to be mysterious now? Only explaining the half, is it the tradition of the cultivation world?
“Don’t be impatient ah. Listen to me slowly.” The old man continued with his explanation, “Although this Demon King wasn’t as strong as my master, but he was insidious, cunning, inhumane, and always used despicable means to trample on other people. After that Demon King escaped, my master had pursuited him many times, but that evil being always had something upon his sleeve and ran away. But as you know, every man has their weaknesses, even the Demon King is no exception. And his weakness ……” he suddenly stopped as he showed her a smug smile while wiggling his brows. The phrase ‘ask me, ask me quickly’ was written all over his face.
Shi Xia facepalmed seeing him acting like that, her mind was full of black lines. She knew that he wanted to reveal the whole story then what’s the point of being mysterious?
“What his weakness?” Shi Xia finally couldn’t help but ask seeing him asking for attention.
The old man let out a satisfied smile before continuing, “It is rumored that the Demon King has a sister, whom he dotes on immensely. He can tolerate everything but can’t tolerate disrespect towards his beloved sister. At the beginning, people only thought it was a fleeting rumour. The first Sect to spread this rumour was Yu Ming Sect, the people of this sect also laughed at the mention of Demon King’s sister and spread more rumors like ‘The Demon King’s sister is ugly, so he doesn’t let her out’ or ‘The Demon King’s sister is actually a fool and cripple, doesn’t know how to cultivatate’. We all thought it was just young cultivators gossiping among themselves but one day, the Demon King destroyed the whole Yu Ming Sect. All the disciples of Yu Ming Sect was killed mercilessly. Every faction, every peak and every door of the Yu Ming Sect was destroyed by him. Even the family and friends of Yu Ming Sect was also tortured by him. The daughter of the head of the Dishan faction was captured by him. There’s still no trace of her.”
“Oh oh.” Shi Xia wasn’t afraid but rather amazed and thrilled by the whole story. It seems that this Demon King was a sister maniac ah, “and then?”
“After this incident, the entire immortal cultivation world was certain that this Demon King has a sister who is like a pearl in the palm of his hand and is his only weakness.” The old man frowned as he explained more, “There were some cultivators who intended to seek revenge and want to use his sister to threaten him. But the Demon King has hidden his sister to deeply, no one knows how she looked like. One day, the Demon King suddenly disappeared. Now people of the cultivation world have no way to know the whereabouts of his sister. Except for the name of the said sister, it has become nothing but a gossip for young people.”
Shi Xia’s heart couldn’t help but skip a beat, the corner of her mouth twitching unconsciously. With a trembling voice she asked, “The name of the Demon King’s sister wouldn’t …… be Shi Xia, right?”
“Yes, exactly that name.” The old man nodded.
Crap! No wonder those people in the hall of Yuhua Sect wanted to turn me into a hedgehog as soon as they heard my name! How can I have the same name as the Demon King’s sister!?
“The Demon King disappeared for a hundred years, so all the sects thought that since the devil has stopped his acts, they don’t need to search for the Demon King’s sister for the sake of revenge. But unexpectedly, two days ago, the Demon King’s sister, Shi Xia broke into my Yuhua sect.” The old man said with a face full of indignation, “Fortunately, she was taken down in time, and is now locked up in this Xiu Ling Peak. This is also one of the reasons why disciples do not dare to easily enter or stay in this peak.”
“Aren’t you afraid of capturing the wrong person?” I was wronged! Shi Xia couldn’t help but roar in her heart. Yes, she has a brother, but she had crossed over in this world and her brother was no longer with her. That bastard must have still being a vegetable* and lying at home. He was a lazy ass, even his cat’s food was bought by her. There’s no way he was capable of killing and kidnapping people, bringing chaos to the world.
[T/N: Vegetative or coma. By vegetable she meant her brother is as lazy as a person in coma.]
“She personally admitted that she is Shi Xia, how can we be wrong?” The old man had a look of justice on his wrinkled face.
“But there are many people with the same name in the whole world, there can’t be only one Shi Xia, right?” Shi Xia tried to reason, but her heart dropped at his next words.
“But the whole world also knows that the Demon King’s sister is called Shi Xia, even if a parent is deaf, they wouldn’t give their children such a name, right?”
Shi Xia: “……”
Makes sense, she was actually speechless.
“Besides,……,” The old man said with
righteousness on his face, “my master has confirmed that the girl is the Demon King’s sister, how could he, who has fought with the Demon King recognise the wrong person? If he says that person is that devil’s sister, naturally she has to be that devil’s sister!”
Shi Xia couldn’t help but facepalmed. This is called blind belief ah. Your master says she is the culprit and you believe it?
“What’s your master’s name ah?” Shi Xia wanted to cry. She couldn’t understand how can people talk nonsense with their eyes open ah!
“My master is the Yu Hua Sect’s Tai Shang Lao*, Ancestor Chi Hou.” The old man said with a proud face, “It was he, who personally captured the devil girl.”
Capture her ……is he that neurotic who took her to practice killing with eyes?!
“Where is he?” Shi Xia asked impatiently. I need to explain the situation to him and make everything clear.
“Master? His whereabouts are uncertain. I don’t get to see him much often.”
“……” That means until he appears, no matter how much she explained, people of this world won’t change the fact that she is the sister of the Demon King? Shi Xia felt her whole world had turned grey, there’s nothing to live for. Let her make a hole and bury herself in it.
“Don’t worry.” The old man patted her shoulder to comfort her, “If little girl wants to see the old ancestor, you have to wait patiently. I believe you will have the chance in future. I understand the feelings of you, young disciples worshipping the strong. My master…. although he maybe a little fierce, cold-hearted, has a bad temper, a little violent, doesn’t like to speak much, his words are like poison….but he still can be considered as a good person.”
(￢_￢)May I ask where are the assence of goodness in what you said?
How blindly can a person worships someone to see that person’s bad personality as good?
Shi Xia didn’t have much time to dwel on the matter of a disciple worshiping his master. When she remembered the situation she was in, she felt the whole sky fell on her shoulders. The more she remembered the injustice done on her, the more aggravated she felt. She pulled out the radishes she put in her pocket as her future ration and bit into it like a chick. Only eating these juicy radishes could soothe her heart that had been wronged.
The old man continued to comfort her, “You have to believe in this old man, you see …… Huh? Why does this radish in your hand look so familiar?”
“You want one ah? Here, take it.” Shi Xia generously gave the other radish to the old man.
“Little girl is truly kind.” The old man took it with a smile, “This radish is crisp!” The old man looked at the radish handed by Shi Xia as he thought, this radish looks a lot like those purple jade ice ginseng he had planted in the medicinal garden. Shrugging his shoulders, he couldn’t help but take a bite, hmm, it tasts pretty good.
“By the way, what’s your name, little girl, and where did you find this radish?”
“Oh, this? I found them in the garden over there!” Shi Xia said as she pointed where the garden was.
The radish that he had just bitten into spurted out.
“I’m Shi Xia, by the way.”
This time, he felt a mouthful of old blood spluttered out. He looked at the radish in his hand and heard the sound of something breaking, it was his heart breaking into pieces.
Chi Hou once met the most loathsome person in the whole world, and the one he met was a devil with demonic cultivation. He had been too obssessed on training and cultivating, practicing various kinds of arts all his life. He seldom spent his time on other unnecessary things, and that’s also one of the reasons his cultivation level improved faster than anyone. When he came back from the close door cultivation after a hundred years, he couldn’t find anyone who can rival against him.
He was confident that in several years, he would be able to break through the shackles of this realm and enter the void to cross the border and reach other realms. His immortal journey went extraordinarily smoothly, of course …… if he hadn’t met that Demon King.
Unlike the legend of the immortal cultivation world, he didn’t go to annihilate the Demon King, rather the other party delivered himself to his(Chi Hou) door. Chi Hou was cultivating in a forest when the Demon King stumbled over him because he lost his way. That was how the two met, there were no fierce battle between the two, one just asked for directions while the other merrily pointed the way.
And from then on, the Demon King often came to him to challenge him in a fight. Of course, he could never beat Chi Hou, but there’s one thing that the Demon King was expert at; bragging about his sister. Whenever he opened his mouth, all that left his mouth was praise about his sister. That’s right, the Demon King who everyone fears, who everyone thinks as a cunning, inhumane and merciless person, kills any person at the sight actually loves to flaunt about his sister everyday.
“Yo, brother, I heard you are the strongest person in the immortal world. But seeing you, it seems you are still a single dog, right? Do you at least have a sister? You don’t? Poor you. You don’t have any girl, let alone a sister. But I have a sister ah!”
Chi Hou: “……” Who cares. Get away from me.
“Do you know who my sister is? Her name is Shi Xia. You don’t know, she is so beautiful and cute! Especially when she was a child, she was the best looking little girl in our community. Her face was as round as a bun and as soft as a tofu. Pinching her cheeks feels so good, as if you can pinch out water. And she was so obedient and lovely too. Wherever I went, she would follow me calling ‘Brother’, her voice was so nice to hear…..Tsk, Tsk, you would never understand this feeling.”
Chi Hou: “……” What does it matter to him?
“Let me tell you, my sister Shi Xia was especially sweet and caring child since her childhood, especially, towards her brother. In other words; me. One day when she was five years old, she went to the kitchen telling that she wants to cook for me. She was so small so she had to step on a stool to reach the stoves. Tell me, don’t you feel moved? Isn’t she so sweet? Alas, you don’t have a sister, so you don’t understand.”
Chi Hou: “……” Who wants to understand?
“Let me tell you, my sister Shi Xia liked to listen to story from me. She won’t be able to sleep untill I tell her stories every night. Have you ever told a story to your sister? You haven’t? Of course you haven’t! Because you don’t have a sister!”
Chi Hou: “……” So what?
“My sister Shi Xia is very smart. No matter how hard a topic is, she can learn it very easily. She loves to study and once she learnt something, she didn’t need to taught twice. No other kids were as smart as her. Even if you had a sister, she couldn’t beat my sister. Oh! I forgot, you don’t have a sister.”
“……” Who wants to compare with you?