Chapter 8: I’ll Fight It Out With You!
Bai Xiaochun hurriedly stood up as he saw Xu Baocai walking towards him.
“He came here so quickly…” Bai Xiaochun murmured with hesitation in his eyes. Although he had done all kinds of preparation during this short half a year, he still felt that he was not ready. Originally, he had thought that he could ensure his own safety when he reached the fourth level of Qi Condensation.
However, Xu Baocai had not come alone. He had even brought seven to eight companions, and Bai Xiaochun knew he had to face them. He grit his teeth resolutely.
“Screw it!” He breathed deeply. Bai Xiaochun nervously pushed the door open, and slowly walked out wearing seven to eight leather coats while carrying the pot that he had used to boil the spirit rice on his back.
Almost at the same time, Zhang Fatso One and a few others had reached the front gate of the Burning Stoves Kitchen, they had large knives and ladles held in their hands, aggressively staring at Xu Baocai and those people that had come along with him.
“I was wondering what would happen today when I heard the crow caw this morning. It turns out that a group of bastards from the Administrative Department, who know nothing but squeeze fellow sect disciples, came to mess with our Burning Stoves Kitchen!” Zhang Fatso One yelled after a scornful snort. Standing there, Zhang Fatso One’s body looked like a small hill as his voice resounded in surrounding area like roaring thunder.
“Zhang Fatso One! Others may fear your Burning Stoves Kitchen, but we, the Administrative Department people, don’t give a shit about you! Our brother Xu complained tearfully to us about his grievances. We came here today, because we have the right to do so! How dare you stand against us?!” All of the seven to eight people that had come along with Xu Baocai had proud and scornful faces. Although they were all wearing handymen uniforms, the distinct character, Administration, was clearly written on each of the cuffs of their sleeves, declaring the Administrative Department’s rights and the special status of these people.
Among them was a powerful man, who was born as sturdy as a bear, was releasing a spiritual pressure that only those of the third level of Qi-condensation could release; his eyes shone with a frosty light as he stared at Zhang Fatso One, completely ignoring the rest of the people who were standing beside Zhang Fatso One.
“Bullshit! Did you just say that you were right for chasing and attempting to kill my brother, Bai Xiaochun?!” Zhang Fatso One yelled and sneered while shaking his right fist in the air. Accompanying his outburst, the large black pot that he was carrying on his back flew into the air and released a powerful aura, causing the opposing group’s facial expressions to change. As for the strong man, his pupils shrunk as he made an odd hand gesture; at the same time, a small flag rose into the air and sprayed out clouds of dense mist. From within the mist, a stream of faint bestial roars could be heard.
Right at that moment, amidst the rattling of swords and bows, Xu Baocai immediately saw Bai Xiaochun, who was walking out of his straw hut. Suddenly, all kinds of grudges and hatred gushed in his heart, making him roar in anger.
While shouting, Xu Baocai abruptly darted out and raised his right hand, waving it in the air. Suddenly, a wooden sword flew out from his sleeve with a swishing sound.
The expressions of Zhang Fatso One and the others immediately changed. They immediately rose up to intercept Xu Baocai but the strong man from the Administrative Department instantly blocked their paths with a mocking smile.
At exactly the same moment when Xu Baocai had yelled out and darted towards Bai Xiaochun, Bai Xiaochun’s eyes turned red, and he shouted out as well.
“Xu Baocai, you have pushed me too far! Today we shall fight!!!”
Bai Xiaochun’s heart was beating like a drum. He had never fought against anybody in his whole life before, not to mention a fight against a true cultivator.
Bai Xiaochun was now nervous to the point of going mad. As he growled aloud in attempt to boost his own courage, his cultivation of the third-level Qi Condensation suddenly bursted out. Bai Xiaochun forcibly injected all the Qi that was contained in his body with all his strength into the wooden sword that he was holding in his hand, before controlling it and pointing its tip at Xu Baocai.
The wooden sword emitted a buzz as two silver patterns that were hidden on the multicoloured sword’s surface flashed slightly, doubling the wooden sword’s size in the blink of an eye before emitting a cold, powerful light. Suddenly, the wooden sword shot straight towards Xu Baocai.
The wooden sword darted so fast and released such a powerful aura that it deeply shocked Zhang Fatso One and the people from the Administrative Department. More astonishingly, the power released from the sword quickly dispersed and shrouded the surrounding area. Everyone stopped fighting as they looked at Bai Xiaochun.
Before Xu Baocai had even sprinted near Bai Xiaochun, he had already been startled by the overwhelming atmosphere Bai Xiaochun had released. This Bai Xiaochun in front of him was nothing like the Bai Xiaochun that he remembered from a few months ago. He seemed like a completely different person! The desperate and vicious expression on Bai Xiaochun’s face made Xu Baocai’s heartbeat quicken.
Immediately after that, Xu Baocai opened his eyes widely, seemingly unable to believe what he was seeing. Bai Xiaochun’s wooden sword was flying towards him so swiftly that it seemed to turn into a stream of white light. The power that was being released from the sword was shocking. He had only seen such power when he watched fights between Outer Sect disciples. Xu Baocai was suddenly frightened to the extent that even his blood seemed to have frozen.
With a thunderous bang, Bai Xiaochun’s wooden sword directly clashed against Xu Baocai’s wooden sword. Xu Baocai’s wooden sword instantly quivered, before cracking inch by inch from the sword tip, seemingly unable to resist the power of Bai Xiaochun’s sword. Within a blink of an eye, Xu Baocai’s wooden sword had completely shattered into countless pieces that scattered into the air.
Bai Xiaochun’s wooden sword did not pause for even a second; it continued its flight directly towards Xu Baocai’s body. Xu Baocai’s spirit had almost left his body from sheer terror as he threw his body to the side to dodge as fast as he could, barely avoiding being run through by the sword. The wooden sword flashed by right above Xu Baocai’s shoulder before piercing into a towering tree nearby.
Half of the tree blew up with a massive boom before directly falling onto the ground, blowing up a large cloud of dust into the air. At the same moment, Xu Baocai rapidly stepped back with big steps. He let out a high-pitched scream as blood spurted out from his right arm.
Bai Xiaochun had not yet honed his skill with object manipulation, otherwise, Xu Baocai’s body would have been torn apart!
“Third-level of Qi Condensation, no, that’s impossible! Impossible!” Xu Baocai yelled. When he looked at Bai Xiaochun, his face was filled with fear, as if he had seen a ghost. To inject such a large amount of Qi into a wooden sword would require at least a cultivation of the third level of Qi Condensation. No matter how hard he tried, he could not believe that it had only taken Bai Xiaochun a few months to improve this much. He could not accept this. It was like he was having a nightmare.
Not to mention Xu Baocai, everyone else was gasping in shock at Bai Xiaochun’s display of his object manipulation. When they recovered, all of them had an extremely serious expression on their faces.
“Honing spiritual energy into an edge, before dispersing the sword light outwards. Only when a cultivator has mastered the Purple Qi Cauldron Manipulation technique to the extent that he can easily lift a heavy object as though lifting a feather, can this magical effect be achieved.” The strong man of the Supervision Department inhaled deeply. When he stared at Bai Xiaochun, his eyes exposed a hint of caution.
Even the supervisors were flabbergasted, not to mention Zhang Fatso One and the others.
One by one, they gazed at Bai Xiaochun, their expressions all filled with great shock. They were already aware of the fact that Bai Xiaochun had achieved the third level of Qi condensation. But the dispersing of sword light and the doubling in size of the sword body - this was the first time they saw what Bai Xiaochun was capable of.
Even Bai Xiaochun himself was shocked by the power of his wooden sword. He stared blankly at the fallen tree. Then, as he saw Xu Baocai tremble with a deathly pale face, he abruptly threw his head back and laughed out loud towards the sky.
“Xu Baocai! So you’re actually this weak! Take this!” Bai Xiaochun yelled in excitement. When he realised that he was much more powerful than Xu Baocai, his energy levels surged. With a wild laugh, he rushed straight at Xu Baocai.
Xu Baocai’s body trembled under Bai Xiaochun’s gaze. Seeing Bai Xiaochun cackle while darting towards him, Xu Baocai was instantly terrified. He rolled and crawled on the ground, scrambling to get away.
However, he had only taken a few steps before Bai Xiaochun had caught up to him. Looking at Xu Baocai, Bai Xiaochun recalled the scenes where he was being chased and attacked. At this moment, all of the efforts he had made to improve himself during these few months flashed in his mind; all of these bitter experiences had now turned into power. He raised his foot high and threw a heavy kick towards Xu Baocai.
“I'll show you the consequences of trying to kill me!” Bai Xiaochun clenched his right hand into a fist as he punched Xu Baocai’s eye with all his strength. Xu Baocai howled in pain as he fell to the ground. He tried to fight back, but he was only at the second level of Qi Condensation. In the face of Bai Xiaochun’s power, he had no means to defend himself at all.
“Now that you’ve pissed me off, I’ll let you know that this young master is not a pushover!!” Bai Xiaochun leapt into the air then fiercely stompedon Xu Baocai’s body. He gnashed his teeth as he kicked and punched Xu Baocai ceaselessly, eliciting continuous agonised wails.
The loud thuds spread in all directions. Whether it were the sturdy men from the Administrative Department or Zhang Fatso One and the other fatties, everyone was now completely stunned. They stared at the violently beaten Xu Baocai and then at Bai Xiaochun who had become more and more excited with every blow and trembled deep inside their hearts.
Xu Baocai’s tears were already gushing out. The feeling that he had been wronged had already reached its peak . He couldn’t believe that Bai Xiaochun had become this powerful within just a couple of months. Especially his godly ability wield something heavy as though it was light, that was not something a cultivator could easily achieve without practicing for years.
In his eyes, Bai Xiaochun had clearly come from an impressive background and was this powerful right from the start. But because his personality was contemptible and shameless, he had put on a facade of weakness. What was even worse was that his acting had been so real, even Xu Baocai himself had bought it.
As he thought this, grief flowed from his heart and anger rushed to his head, causing him to pass out
Seeing Xu Baocai pass out, Bai Xiaochun patted his clothes clean. He stood over Xu Baocai, and raised his right hand. His wooden sword instantly flew into his hands. He then put the wooden sword back into the cuff of his sleeve and made a calm and bored face, trying very hard to hide the excitement in his eyes.
The strong man from the Administrative Department took a deep glance at Bai Xiaochun, with an embarrassed expression on his face, then cupped his own hands together towards Bai Xiaochun.
“Brother Bai, you have hidden your real power so well. We admire you, we truly do,” The man said blandly. He then turned around, took his people, carried Xu Baocai who had fainted, and left without any hesitation.
After they had left, Zhang Fatso One and the others gathered around Bai Xiaochun, and looked at him with smiles on their faces. After all, the Administrative Department’s people were outsiders to them, and they had witnessed all of the effort that Bai Xiaochun had put in during this small half a year. After this fight, all of them were now admiring Bao Xiaochun for his determination.
“Not bad kid! You definitely didn’t put in all that effort in vain during those six months!” Zhang Fatso One said while slapping Bai Xiaochun’s shoulder.
“Of course! When I put my heart into something, even I am scared of my own prowess!” Bai Xiaochun said as he raised his head proudly like a cocky young rooster. His proud expression made Zhang Fatso One and the others burst into laughter once again.
ED note: Wield something heavy as though it was light is exactly the same as in CD. It actually refers to how something heavy can move swiftly and agilely despite its bulk and weight.