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Translator: KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Jay
Xiao Clan Estate, within a spacious large courtyard.
Xiao Yu and Xiao Lan both dashed out from their rooms and ran into each other.
"Brother, I want to go look for Duan Ling Tian!" Xiao Lan’s heart burned with anxiety, her beautiful face pale, and her eyes contained tears that were about to drop.
She’d clearly heard the voice that sounded out from the horizon earlier and she’d realized that Duan Ling Tian might have encountered danger.
"Let’s go together." Xiao Yu didn’t stop her, and he brought along Xiao Lan to walk out of the courtyard, intending to leave the Xiao Clan Estate to look for Duan Ling Tian.
His younger sister was worried, and he was similarly worried.
Duan Ling Tian was his friend.
Especially after Duan Ling Tian returned this time, he even acquired the high regard of the Crimson Sky Kingdom’s Emperor, and his future seemed glorious.
He knew that Duan Ling Tian had quite a contribution behind all this.
So, he was extremely grateful to Duan Ling Tian.
"Wait for me!" Xiao Yu and Xiao Lan had only just walked out of the large courtyard when they heard a voice that was out of breath sounding out from behind them.
It was Xiao Xun who’d come after hearing the voice.
However, they hadn’t even walked out of the Xiao Clan Estate when they were stopped.
The person that stopped them was precisely the Xiao Clan’s Patriarch.
"I know all of you are worried about Duan Ling Tian… But not only will all of you be of no help if you go there now, it’s even possible that all of you will be tragically caught in the crossfire! So, as disciples of the Xiao Clan, all of you can’t leave the Xiao Clan now." The Xiao Clan’s Patriarch had a serious expression as he spoke solemnly.
"Patriarch, Duan Ling Tian is our friend." Xiao Yu’s words were extremely simple, and his tone contained extreme determination.
"Exactly!" Xiao Xun said as well.
"It’s precisely because he’s your friend… At this time, all of you aren’t able to help even if all of you go there, and you’ll only be a burden," said the Xiao Clan’s Patriarch.
Xiao Xun and Xiao Yu were silent for a while when they heard this.
Only Xiao Lan took a graceful stride forward, circumnavigating the Xiao Clan’s Patriarch to head out of the Xiao Clan Estate.
This scene had exceeded the expectations of everyone.
"Xiao Lan, I know of the affection you have towards Duan Ling Tian… However, if you insist on stepping out of my Xiao Clan Estate’s gate today, then you won’t be a member of my Xiao Clan any longer!" The Xiao Clan’s Patriarch spoke in a deep voice.
The expert that had come looking for trouble with Duan Ling Tian was of unknown origin, but since he dared say that he would kill all the Void Prying Stage martial artists of the Crimson Sky Kingdom, it showed his strength wasn’t weak.
An existence like this was something that ordinary people would avoid as soon as possible, how would they dare join in?
If Xiao Lan carried the identity of a Xiao Clan disciple when she went to look for Duan Ling Tian and were to accidentally offend that experts, then wouldn’t their Xiao Clan likely be caught in the crossfire?
The Xiao Clan couldn’t gamble on this!
As the Patriarch of the Xiao Clan, he had to think for the Xiao Clan.
"Then from today onwards, I, Xiao Lan, am not a member of the Xiao Clan!" Xiao Lan didn’t even turn around when she heard the Xiao Clan’s Patriarch, and her chilly voice that followed her heart sounded out.
This caused the Xiao Clan’s Patriarch to be unable to help but reveal a bitter smile.
"Lan…" Xiao Yu gritted his teeth, then took a stride forward, intending to chase after his sister.
"Xiao Yu, do you want to leave our Xiao Clan like your sister?" The Xiao Clan Patriarch’s face went grim when he saw Xiao Yu’s actions.
It was fine if Xiao Lan left the Xiao Clan.
But Xiao Yu was the hope of the Xiao Clan who possessed extraordinary natural talent. Presently, he’d even obtained the high regard of the Emperor, and becoming successful in the future was nothing difficult.
He’d even already intended to betroth his daughter to Xiao Yu and foster Xiao Yu into the next Xiao Clan Patriarch.
But now, Xiao Yu instead wanted to take a risk!
"Patriarch, thank you for your constant care… However, I can’t disregard the safety of my friend and sister! Today, if I don’t walk out of the Xiao Clan Estate today, then I’m not much of a brother, and not much of a friend." Xiao Yu had a resolute expression as he took a stride forward, and his imposing aura shot into the sky like a rainbow.
"Xiao Yu, wait…" Xiao Xun was influenced by Xiao Yu and wanted to follow suit.
However, he hadn’t even took the stride forward, and he hadn’t even finished speaking when he saw the Xiao Clan’s Patriarch make a move, directly knocking Xiao Yu out.
"Patriarch, how can you do this!?" Xiao Xun’s face went grim as he asked with a low voice.
"Hmph!" The Xiao Clan’s Patriarch glanced at Xiao Xun, then said indifferently, "Xiao Xun, could it be that you want to learn from Xiao Yu? Don’t blame me for not warning you, if you dare walk out of the Xiao Clan gate, then you’ll have to be put down like Xiao Yu!
"I really don’t know what you juniors are thinking, all of you know that there’s a tiger on the mountain, yet you walk towards the mountain!" As he finished speaking, he had an expression of being exasperated at their actions.
Xiao Xun laughed bitterly, he knew that this Patriarch would do as he said, and he could only hope in his heart that Duan Ling Tian and Xiao Lan would be fine.
"Don’t worry! So long as Xiao Lan doesn’t incur trouble, then all I said earlier is invalid… She is still a disciple of my Xiao Clan." The last words that the Patriarch spoke caused Xiao Xun’s expression to ease up.
At the same time.
A beautiful figure dashed out from a luxurious pavilion, and fragrant winds swept out from everywhere the figure passed.
"Princess… Princess, wait for me!" Behind the figure, a palace maid chased as she breathed heavily.
"You must be fine… You must be fine!" The figure that dashed in the front was none other than the Crimson Sky Kingdom’s Imperial Family’s Princess Bi Yao.
At this moment, Princess Bi Yao’s beautiful face was pale, her eyes that were like autumn water were anxious, and she wished for nothing more than to insert two wings onto herself and directly fly towards that man’s courtyard house.
Whereas presently, high above the sky of the Crimson Sky Kingdom’s Imperial Kingdom…
Three figures were like three gods that stood on the clouds.
Suddenly, a dignified and graceful figure rose up into the sky to soar above the clouds and mist, then looked at an azure clothed old man in the distance.
"Elder Ming!" This was a beautiful woman, and the beautiful woman’s voice contained slight seriousness. "Is there some misunderstanding between you and Duan Ling Tian?"
The beautiful woman was Qin Xiang, the former Alkaid Peak’s Master of the Seven Star Sword Sect who was an existence that possessed a cultivation that had stepped into the fifth level of the Void Initiation Stage.
In terms of strength in the Seven Star Sword Sect in the past, she was only inferior to the Sect Leader, Linghu Jin Hong, the Sect Guardian Revered Elder, Elder Peng, and the two great Guardian Elders.
Earlier when she heard Elder Ming call Duan Ling Tian’s name, she thought that Elder Ming wanted to protect Duan Ling Tian, and allow Duan Ling Tian to not be found by the members of the Azure Forest Tri-Sect…
After all, Duan Ling Tian was the hope of the Seven Star Sword Sect.
Avenging the Seven Star Sword Sect and rebuilding the Seven Star Sword Sect both couldn’t do without Duan Ling Tian.
However, she’d only just rose into the sky when she heard what Elder Ming said next.
At that instant, the pleasant surprise on her face completely vanished.
Elder Ming actually didn’t come to protect Duan Ling Tian, but instead came to look for trouble with Duan Ling Tian!
She couldn’t wrap her head around it and only thought that it was a misunderstanding.
"Little girl Xiang." The azure clothed old man, formerly one of the two great Guardian Elders of the Seven Star Sword Sect, Elder Ming, was slightly surprised as well when he saw Qin Xiang appear.
"Elder Ming, this is the former Peak Master of the Seven Star Sword Sect’s Alkaid Peak, Qin Xiang? As expected, she’d young and promising… Elder Ming, you have to win over such a talented person for our Azure Forest Tri-Sect." The red clothed old man that stood beside the azure clothed old man spoke with a sonorous voice and the red clothes on him fluttered with the wind like a blazing flame.
"Yeah, Elder Ming… This girl’s natural talent isn’t bad. In the future, she might be able to become the first existence in our Azure Forest Tri-Sect to break through to the seventh level of the Void Initiation Stage! At that time, our Azure Forest Tri-Sect will be able to be on equal footing as the Azure Forest Imperial Kingdom’s Imperial Family." The last old man wore green clothes, he had a gaunt figure that was like bones covered in skin, and his tone was exceedingly gloomy.
Meanwhile, Qin Xiang noticed the red clothed old man and green clothed old man, and her face went gloomy. "You two… You two are members of the Azure Forest Tri-Sect?"
Subsequently, she looked at Zhao Ming and said in a low voice. "Zhao Ming, you… You actually betrayed the sect and pledged allegiance to the Azure Forest Tri Sect?"
"Betray?" Zhao Ming couldn’t help but sneer when he heard Qin Xiang. "Little girl Xiang, your words are slightly biased… Betray? I, Zhao Lin, have practically given my entire lifetime to the Seven Star Sword Sect! But in the end, how did the Seven Star Sword Sect repay me?"
"My son, Zhao Lin, was killed by a member of the Seven Star Sword Sect! My grandson, Zhao Ke, was crippled by a member of the Seven Star Sword Sect, and caused my Zhao Clan to die without descendants!"
"Since the Seven Star Sword Sect has let me down first, then why should I continue giving my life for the Seven Star Sword Sect!?" As he finished speaking, Zhao Ming’s tone was ghastly, and it contained boundless rage mixed within.
Zhao Ming’s words caused Qin Xiang to be unable to help from being stunned, and she said slightly hesitantly after some time. "Elder Ming, is there some misunderstanding within this? Did you see with your own eyes that a member of our Seven Star Sword Sect killed Zhao Lin and crippled Zhao Ke?"
"Can this even be fake?" Zhao Ming sneered in disdain, and his face was covered in a layer of ice.
"Elder Ming, even if this matter is true… It’s a personal offense, how can you blame it on the sect?!" Qin Xiang said angrily.
"HAHAHAHA…" Zhao Ming laughed loudly as he coldly glanced at Qin Xiang and said in a cold voice, "Little girl Qin, let me ask you… If it was you, what would you think if you saw the sect desperately saving the person that crippled your grandson during the time the sect encountered a calamity? If it was you, what would you think if your son went to stop that person from being saved and was killed by the higher-ups of the sect?"
Zhao Ming’s words were spoken with certainty, and it caused Qin Xiang to be speechless.
After a short while, Qin Xiang recovered her senses and her beautiful brows frowned. "Elder Ming, the person you’re speaking of is Duan Ling Tian?"
"Exactly, it’s that little bastard Duan Ling Tian!" When Zhao Ming mentioned Duan Ling Tian, icy cold flames lit up in his eyes, and they seemed as if they could burn everything.
"Elder Ming, is there some misunderstanding in this matter?" Qin Xiang looked at Zhao Ming. "According to my knowledge, Duan Ling Tian is absolutely not the type of person that made trouble deliberately…"
"What you mean is… From the beginning until the end, this entire matter was brought onto my grandson by himself?" Zhao Ming’s face sank, and the flames of his rage rose to the limit.
Right when Qin Xiang didn’t know how to respond to Zhao Ming.
"Perhaps your grandson didn’t bring it onto himself… But that son of yours absolutely did bring it onto himself!" A cold and indifferent voice suddenly sounded out.
In the next moment, an enormous gold figure tore through the sky and floated by Qin Xiang’s side.
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