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The crowd of Megrez Peak disciples respectfully sent Duan Ling Tian off with their gazes.
They only recovered to their senses after Duan Ling Tian’s figure disappeared before them, and the exclamations of surprised rose and fell.
"I really never imagined that Senior Brother Duan Ling Tian would actually defeat the Demonic Lotusblade Sect’s Saber Young Master and seize first place in the Martial Competition of the five great sects!"
"Senior Brother Duan Ling Tian is too terrifying… In the past, I felt that his natural talent wasn’t inferior to those first-rate figures like the five great young masters. I never imagined that he’d directly beat down Saber Young Master."
"During the last two Martial Competitions of the five great sects, our Seven Star Sword Sect didn’t even get in the top three. This time, we directly seized first place! Senior Brother Duan Ling Tian has truly brought glory to our Seven Star Sword Sect."
"As expected of my idol! He’s only 22 and already possesses such accomplishments. Once a few years have passed, sweeping through the other four of the five great young masters that are the most outstanding in the younger generation of our Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom would be nothing difficult!"
"With Senior Brother Duan Ling Tian’s current situation… Defeating the Zither Young Master in the agreed battle one year from now might not be hopeless."
As the crowd of Megrez Peak disciples discussed, they moved the topic to the agreement between Duan Ling Tian and Zither Young Master.
One year ago, Duan Ling Tian and the Zither Young Master had settled upon the two year agreement.
This matter had spread throughout the Seven Star Sword Sect since long ago.
At that time, they didn’t look favorably upon Duan Ling Tian.
After all, although Duan Ling Tian’s natural talent was not bad and was not inferior to Zither Young Master, as far as they were concerned, at that time, if was extremely difficult for Duan Ling Tian to surpass Zither Young Master if he was only given two years of time.
Now that they knew Duan Ling Tian’s cultivation had broken through to the fourth level of the Nascent Soul Stage and had defeated one of the five great young masters, Saber Young Master, to seize first place in the Martial Competition, they had seen hope.
"I believe that Senior Brother Duan Ling Tian will surely defeat the Zither Young Master one year from now and create a miracle again!" All the Megrez Peak disciples were filled with confidence towards Duan Ling Tian.
Only Zhao Ling, who was at a corner of the Trade Hall, had a gloomy expression and seemed out of place from everything in the surroundings.
"Fourth level Nascent Soul Stage and Elementary Wind Force? This won’t do! I can’t allow Duan Ling Tian to continue growing… I must find an opportunity to kill him and seize the Muscle Meridian Rebirth Scroll!" Zhao Ling’s expression was savage and terrifying, and his eyes emitted frightful fierce lights. "If he’s given another few years of time, wouldn’t he possibly break through to the Void Prying Stage and catchup to me or even surpass me?" When he thought up to here, Zhao Lin’s heart burned with anxiety.
He wished for nothing more than to directly chase and kill Duan Ling Tian!
In the end, his reason defeated his impulse. "Presently, Duan Ling Tian has seized first place in the Martial Competition and has seized the glory for the Seven Star Sword Sect that the sect hasn’t obtained in a long time… The Sect Leader surely has an extremely high regard for him! It must be done secretly if I want to kill him. Otherwise, even Grandfather would be unable to protect me."
Zhao Lin knew clearly in his heart that although his grandfather was the Guardian Elder of the Seven Star Sword Sect, his grandfather wasn’t able to control everything by himself.
If he were to kill the person who rendered a meritorious service to the Seven Star Sword Sect, then the Sect Leader and the other Guardian Elder would surely not let him off!
"Duan Ling Tian, I’ll surely find a chance…" Zhao Lin’s eyes emitted a sheen of greed and ruthlessness.
As for Duan Ling Tian, he naturally didn’t know of Zhao Lin’s current thoughts.
Or perhaps, even if he did know of it, he wouldn’t care.
Duan Ling Tian had arrived at Alkaid Hall once again and noticed that Ke Er had already awoken from her cultivation.
When Duan Ling Tian saw Ke Er once again, he couldn’t help but be stunned, as he kept having the feeling that there seemed to be a change in Ke Er. When his Spiritual Force extended, he noticed the root of the problem at the first possible moment.
"Ke Er, you… You broke through to the second level of the Nascent Soul Stage?" Duan Ling Tian had a surprised expression.
"Yes." Ke Er lightly smiled and nodded, then asked. "Young Master, when did you return? Right, Little Gold is missing, did she go look for you?" As she finished speaking, Ke Er’s beautiful brows frowned and slight worry was mixed within her expression.
"I returned today at noon and you just happened to be cultivating… As for Little Gold, she’s here." Duan Ling Tian raised his hand and grabbed out the little gold mouse that was hiding in his sleeve.
"Little Gold, you weren’t mischievous, right?" Ke Er stretched out her delicate hand to lightly stroke the little gold mouse’s head as she lightly smiled and asked.
The little gold mouse hurriedly shook her head.
In the next moment, Duan Ling Tian saw that the smile on Ke Er’s face froze and her expression was filled with astonishment.
Duan Ling Tian could guess that it was surely that the little gold mouse had sent a voice transmission to communicate with Ke Er, and it had frightened Ke Er…
The facts proved that Duan Ling Tian’s guess was correct.
Ke Er’s beautiful face was stunned for a short moment before speaking with slight disbelief. "Little Gold, you… You’re able to communicate with me via Voice Transmission?"
"Yes, Big Sister Ke Er. After I broke through to the Void Prying Stage and overcame the Six-Nine Heavenly Tribulation, I’m now able to condense my Origin Energy into sound and communicate with human martial artists… Hehe, it’s all thanks to Big Brother Ling Tian who took me to go overcome the heavenly tribulation. Otherwise, I would still be unable to find my way."
This time, the little gold mouse’s voice transmission entered into both Duan Ling Tian and Ke Er’s ears.
"You still have the nerve to say that? You’re truly timid like a mouse." Duan Ling Tian shook his head and smiled.
"I am a mouse, a Jade-eyed Heavenly Mouse…" The little gold mouse said as a matter of course, then stopped before continuing. "There are too many existences above the Void Prying Stage within the Seven Star Sword Sect. If it wasn’t for my strength being inferior to them and I was worried of being discovered by them, I’d surely dare to look for a place to overcome the tribulation myself!" As she finished speaking, the little gold mouse provided justification for herself.
When they heard the little gold mouse, Duan Ling Tian and Ke Er glanced at each other and couldn’t hold back their laughter.
This little fellow still knows how to defend herself?
"Young Master, what was the outcome from your trip to the Demonic Lotusblade Sect to participate in the Martial Competition of the five great sects? I heard Master say that the Seven Star Sword Sect has missed the top three in the Martial Competition for two successive Martial Competitions already." Ke Er asked curiously.
When Duan Ling Tian heard Ke Er asked this, he knew that Ke Er still didn’t know of the news that was spread and gave rise to much discussion outside, and he smiled mysteriously as he said, "This time, our Seven Star Sword Sect’s disciples seized first place in the Martial Competition!"
"First in the Martial Competition?" Ke Er was stunned then asked curiously. "Young Master, could it be that the Sect Leader’s personal disciple, Huang JI, seized first place in the Martial Competition of the five great sects for the Seven Star Sword Sect?"
Ke Er wasn’t too clear of Duan Ling Tian’s current strength. She only knew that her Young Master’s strength was stronger than her, but she’d never asked for Duan Ling Tian’s specific strength.
As far as she was concerned, although the Young Master’s natural talent was outstanding, his age was still young, after all. Even if he participated in the Martial Competition of the five great sects, he’d presumably be unable to get any ranking.
"Huang Ji?" Duan Ling Tian shook his head, and when he thought of the scene of Huang Ji betraying the Sect Leader and the Seven Star Sword Sect, his expression couldn’t help but slightly sink…
That Huang Ji was ungrateful to kindness and was virtually an ungrateful bastard!
Huang Ji’s actions incurred great indignation by all!
"Young Master, what’s wrong?" Ke Er noticed that Duan Ling Tian’s expression was off and her beautiful face went pale as she asked nervously. "Did Ke Er say something wrong?"
As she finished speaking, Ke Er’s eyes contained tears that were about to drop.
Ke Er was incomparably strong when facing outsiders, but she was instead extremely tender and soft before Duan Ling Tian.
To her, Duan Ling Tian was her heaven, her everything!
Duan Ling Tian’s every action would affect her emotions at all times…
"It’s nothing." Duan Ling Tian’s heart ached slightly when he saw Ke Er’s delicate and touching appearance.
Duan Ling Tian stretched out his hand to take Ke Er’s hand, then pinched the center of her palm as he said with a light smile, "Silly girl, I just thought of that ungrateful bastard, it has nothing to do with you."
"Ungrateful bastard?" A wisp of bewilderment appeared on Ke Er’s beautiful face when she heard this.
"Huang Ji!" Duan Ling Tian retold all the actions of Huang Ji.
After Ke Er finished listening to it, her beautiful face seemed to be covered in a layer of thin ice. "Huang Ji has really gone too far! The Sect Leader fostered him to his current accomplishments, but he actually repaid the Sect Leader like this… The Sect Leader is surely extremely grieved now, right?"
"Of course." Duan Ling Tian nodded, then sighed. "If I placed myself in his position and thought about it, it isn’t difficult to feel the Sect Leader’s current feelings… Alright, let’s not talk about this."
Ke Er nodded then blinked her pretty eyes as the thin ice on her face melted and she stared fixedly at Duan Ling Tian. "Young Master… It was you who seized first place in the Martial Competition for the Seven Star Sword Sect, right?"
"Why would you think that?" Duan Ling Tian was stunned, as he never expected Ke Er would suddenly say this.
Could it be that the little gold mouse secretly told her?
For a time, Duan Ling Tian’s gaze descended onto the little gold mouse.
He still remembered that when he brought the little gold mouse over from Megrez Peak earlier, there was a group of Megrez Peak disciples that surrounded him and congratulated him for seizing first place in the Martial Competition of the five great sects…
Presumably, this little fellow heard it as well.
The little gold mouse noticed Duan Ling Tian looking over and hurriedly shook her head as she sent a voice transmission. "I didn’t tell her."
"Young Master, I guessed it." Ke Er couldn’t refrain from bursting into laughter when she saw Duan Ling Tian questioning the little gold mouse and the little gold mouse’s innocent expression. Her smile was like a flower, causing Duan Ling Tian to be stunned for a moment.
"Young Master, you’re really formidable." Ke Er noticed Duan Ling Tian’s burning gaze and her face flushed red, and it seemed as if blood would drip out…
"Ke Er, Young Master’s formidableness is yet to come." Duan Ling Tian blinked his eyes at Ke Er with an evil smile on his face, then stretched his hand to embrace Ke Er up by the waist before walking towards the room.
At the same time, Duan Ling Tian raised his hand and tossed the little gold mouse in his hand flying. "Little Gold, go fly kites! I’ll throw you to the Sect Leader tomorrow if you dare disturb us, and ask him to stew you and make a pot of nourishing soup."
Duan Ling Tian embraced Ke Er and entered the room before closing the room door.
The little gold mouse stood in midair, and her pair of jade eyes flickered with threads of anger.
"Big Brother Ling Tian is bad, you bully!" Although she was angry, the little gold mouse really didn’t dare go disturb Duan Ling Tian, and her body flashed to descend onto the pavilion in Alkaid Hall before staring blankly.
Right at this moment, a dignified and graceful figure appeared within the pavilion, and it was a beautiful woman.
"Little Gold, why are you here?" The beautiful woman’s gaze descended onto the little gold mouse as she asked curiously.
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