Chapter 691: The Old Woman’s Identity
Translated by Jouissance of Exiled Rebels Scanlations
Wei Bai was a sickly pale as ever, though he was much better than before. In the past, Wei Bai’s expression was always cold, like nevermelting ice, with a hint of gloom. He was clearly someone with a story to tell. Now, his skin was no longer so white it was practically transparent and the laughter in his eyes brought life to his expressions. Though he still seemed fragile, he had become a much brighter person overall.
Seeing how he had changed, Fu CangQiong was delighted. Since his youngest disciple was in a better mood now, he had gotten much better and had less bouts of pain in the past two years.
So, when he found out that You XiaoMo and Ling Xiao had already arrived at the Amaranthine Mountain, he knew that the Samsara Pill was probably done and brought his youngest disciple over.
You XiaoMo didn’t beat around the bush, immediately taking out the small vial with the Samsara Pill. The sea blue colored magic pill lay quietly in the vial, faintly glowing. It was almost as if you could smell that fresh herbal scent.
Wei Bai began to tremble in excitement.
Back when he had heard that the Samsara Pill could heal his injuries, he had been in low-spirits, but still placed his hopes on it. However, a hundred something years had passed and there wasn’t even a hint of the Samsara Pill’s existence. He fell into despair once more, all the way until the little disciple his past master had taken in appeared and gave him new hope.
However, Wei Bai’s hopes weren’t high. The Samsara Pill was from ancient times, and the recipe had been lost. He didn’t dare put too much hope into it, afraid that he would only be met with greater disappointment. Now, his little Shidi had brought the Samsara Pill to him.
Wei Bai thought he was dreaming.
In the end, it was Fu CangQiong who took the Samsara Pill. He was no less excited than his little disciple, it was just that he was used to not expressing his excitement so plainly. He placed the small vial into his little disciple’s hand, softly saying, “XiaoBai, your youngest Shidi has successfully refined the Samsara Pill. It’s not a dream.”
Wei Bai stared at the pill inside the vial blankly. He really, really would be healed!
After a moment, Wei Bai buried himself in Fu CangQiong’s arms. Though his expression couldn’t be seen, his trembling shoulders was a clear indication of his emotional state. You XaoMo dragged Ling Xiao away, leaving the room to the two.
They were probably the only people to leave a room to its owners. However, they were here in the South Continent just to give Wei Bai the Samsara Pill, otherwise they could’ve just asked the Cang Alliance to send someone over to the Ghost Tomb Mountains to get the pill.
They also wanted to ask after Qiu Ran. Duan QiTian was You XiaoMo’s first real master, and You XiaoMo owed him a debt of mentorship. If it wasn’t for the other’s guidance back then, his journey wouldn’t have nearly been so smooth.
Xiong Xiao had known of his and Wei Bai’s relationship long ago, and heard about what was between them and Qiu Ran since he was the one in charge of investigating Qiu Ran. Every time he thought of this, it reminded him of what a serendipitous coincidence this was.
“A while ago I received news that there were traces that he had been in the city. His Self-Remoulding Pill is impressive; he even managed to shake off my men once. It’s lucky that his cultivation base isn’t high and he has no teleportation talismans, ao he can’t escape the Southern Continent. Three days ago, our people found him in a small town. However, that town belongs to the Vermillion Blood Clan, so I didn’t have them capture him immediately.”
You XiaoMo thought Qiu Ran’s current circumstances were rather amusing. A man who was at the top of the world in the LongXiang Continent had become a wanted criminal, forced to hide and flee. It definitely wouldn’t be a good feeling for him. He could practically imagine how Qiu Ran felt then.
“Where is he now?”
Xiong Xiao laughed, saying, “Of course, we’ve caught him now. It was my eldest Shixiong Zuo Yan who personally brought him back.”
In reality, sending Zuo Yan to catch Qiu Ran was a bit of a waste of Zuo Yan’s talents. However, Qiu Ran was very important to their youngest Shidi and their master didn’t want any further developments, so he had Zuo Yan bring him back. Reality proved that this decision was a good one.
The Vermillion Blood Clan was also looking for Qiu Ran, but they had different reasons.
You ZhenTian wasn’t looking for Qiu Ran to kill him because the former already knew that it wasn’t the latter that had sent YuXian City into chaos. In any case, Ling Xiao was doubtlessly a practitioner and acted as one back then, while Qiu Ran was a mage. It was clear that the perpetrator wasn’t Qiu Ran.
You ZhenTian’s idea was simple.
The enemy of my enemy is my friend. If Qiu Ran could be used, he was willing to help the other.
Unfortunately, You ZhenTian’s people weren’t nearly as fast as Fu CangQiong’s disciples. By the time the people from the Vermillion Blood Clan arrived, Qiu Ran was being taken away by Zuo Yan. The two sides had met outside of town, but they weren’t a match for Zuo Yan and easily dealt with.
This incident had You ZhenTian enraged, and he had, rumor has it, completely blown up over this. Due to this, the Southern Continent’s fragile peace was once again broken. You ZhenTian sent people to attack the Cang Alliance’s towns, but they didn’t manage to gain anything from it. With Zuo Yan personally overseeing things, there was little to no chance that they would manage to take the town without You ZhenTian personally getting involved.
Plus, if it wasn’t for the fact that the Cang Alliance didn’t initiate any attacks, then the Vermillion Blood Clan would probably be on the losing side of a one-sided battle.
Xiong Xiao took You XiaoMo and Ling Xiao to see Qiu Ran. Qiu Ran had become a prisoner now, kept in the Cang Alliance’s dungeons. The dungeons were damp and all those who were imprisoned there were either traitors or horrible criminals that had committed the most terrifying of crimes.
The three arrived at the last cell.
You XiaoMo blinked, unable to recognize the person inside as Qiu Ran because he was far from how he looked before. He had become a white-haired old lady?
“What on earth?” You XiaoMo’s surprise was visible.
Xiong Xiao began to laugh uproariously. “Brother You, I forgot to tell you, when my eldest ShiXiong found him, he was like this. Even I never would’ve thought that he would disguise himself as an old woman. If it wasn’t for the fact that my people had been keeping an eye on him, when he really would’ve managed to slip away. To escape and survive, he really hasn’t shown himself any mercy!”
You XiaoMo couldn’t help but laugh. Qiu Ran really didn’t hold back!
It would be fine for him to disguise himself as an old man, but he chose to pretend to be an old lady, which was indeed very unexpected. Normal people wouldn’t do such a thing unless they didn’t want to make a name for themselves in the future.
Once something like this was dug up, then no matter how powerful that person was, they would still be looked down on by people. However, this was also a show of Qiu Ran’s endurance and what he was willing to do to himself to live. At the same time, to achieve his goals, he was also willing to use any method no matter how cruel.
Someone like that had to be killed before they could grow further. Otherwise, who knows what would happen.
“You XiaoMo?” Qiu Ran, who had been sitting in the corner of the cell, raised his head upon hearing their voices and immediately saw You XiaoMo. Since he hadn’t changed much from before, Qiu Ran recognized the other immediately, his expression disbelieving.
He had only been here in the TongTian Continent for a few months. In these days where he was forced to run and hide, he had heard a lot about him and Ling Xiao. Back then he was shocked and furious. It had only been a few years since they last saw each other and they had already become legendary figures in the TongTian Continent. He knew that he had no hope for revenge anymore.
After that, he had been hunted, so he didn’t have the energy to think so much. Now, seeing them here, he had a moment of enlightenment. His intuition told him that his current situation was probably their doing.
“Eldest ShiXiong Qiu, it’s been a few years, have you been well?” You XiaoMo looked at him with a look of enthusiasm. It was a bit dark, but their eyesights were enough to clearly see one another.
Qiu Ran could hear the mockery in his words, his expression twisting viciously. He could practically see himself reflected in You XiaoMo’s eyes, and the hatred in his heart overflowed. If it wasn’t for the fact that his Self-Remoulding Pill’s antidote had been taken, then he wouldn’t be stuck with his horrible body.
Qiu Ran lunged at the bars of the cell, his eyes flashing maliciously. He glared at You XiaoMo. “It was you. It was you, wasn’t it?”
You XiaoMo backed away a few steps, avoiding his spittle. “So what if it was me, so what if it wasn’t? You’re the only one to blame for your current situation.”
Though Ling Xiao’s actions, which was the really reason that the other had landed in this situation, were purposeful, so long as Qiu Ran made any sort of name for himself in the TongTian Continent, he still wouldn’t be able to escape such a fate, because there was no way Wei Bai would forgive him.
“You XiaoMo, I curse you, you’ll die a horrible death and… ah!” Seeing that he wasn’t denying it, Qiu Ran immediately decided that it was all You XiaoMo’s schemes that had landed him here. His eyes glared, bulging like brass bells and filled with malice.
Qiu Ran hadn’t even finished saying his spiteful words before there was an eruption of energy that struck him suddenly. His body flew back, slamming against the wall with huge sound. Dust fell from the impact and the fallen Qiu Ran coughed, unable to get up again…
Afterwards, You XiaoMo and company left the dungeons.
Qiu Ran’s fate was clear. There was no more need to waste any effort on someone like him anymore. You XiaoMo originally also wanted to ask him about his master, but seeing Qiu Ran’s state, even if he was willing to talk, it wouldn’t be anything good. If he had to, then he could just wait until everything was dealt with over here to go back and visit.