Battle of wits and strength.
Guo Jing walked through the door and went to sit in a chair in front of the bed, not saying a word. The two people have been tense and quiet for half the day. Finally, Guo Jing asked: “Where have you been all this time?”
Guo Fu said: “I…I’ve wounded Yang da ge (Big Brother Yang). I was afraid you’d punish me, so…so…”
Guo Jing said: “So you went out to avoid me for several days?” Guo Fu bit her lip, nodding. Guo Jing continued: “You were waiting for my anger to pass before coming back?”
Guo Fu nodded, suddenly throwing herself into his arms. She said: “Father, are you still mad at daughter?”
Guo Jing stroked her hair gently, lowering his voice: “I wasn’t angry. I haven’t been angry. I was only sad about you.”
Guo Fu cried out: “Father!” and sobbed on his chest.
Guo Jing looked up and gazed out at the roof, not saying a word. He waited for her weeping to subside then said: “Yang Guo’s grandfather Tie Xingong and your grandfather Xiao Tiangong were sworn brothers, so were his father and yours. You know that.” Guo Fu made a low sound: “Hmm.” Guo Jing then continued: “Even though this boy Yang Guo has always done things as he pleases, he has a heroic heart. He has so many times saved your father and mother’s lives, and even yours. He is young in years but to our country and people, his contribution is not small. You should know that.”
Guo Fu heard her father’s tone getting more and more serious, even more afraid to continue. Guo Jing got up, adding: “There is another matter you don’t know about. Today I will tell you. Guo’er’s father Yang Kang’s conduct during those years wasn’t very scrupulous. I was his sworn brother, yet I couldn’t change him. He eventually died a tragic death at the Jiaxing Wang Tie Qiang temple. Even though it wasn’t your mother who took his life, his death was caused by her. Our Guo family and his Yang family heavily…”
Yang Guo [hidden outside] heard the words ‘Died a tragic death at the Jiaxing Wang Tie Qiang temple.’ This was the first time he heard someone talking about his father’s place of death. Filled with hatred in his heart, he was about to jump out ferociously but then Guo Jing continued: “I originally thought about betrothing you to him to make up for the hatred in my lifetime, who would have thought… who would have thought… alas!”
Guo Fu lifted her head, saying: “Father, he kidnapped my sister and said a lot of rubbish, slandering daughter. Father, even though his Yang family and ours go back a long way, that is not to say I have to let him bully me and not resist, does it?”
Guo Jing jumped up, shouting: “Apparently you cut off his arm, just how could he bully you? If he really wanted to, even if you had ten arms, he would have already cut them all off. Is that the sword handle?” Guo Fu, not daring to say anything more, took out the ‘Lady’ sword from under the pillow. Guo Jing reached out, his hand slightly shaking. The edge of the blade made a chilling sound. His voice trembled: “Fu’er, this must be done. Even though I’m being severe with you, in my heart I love you just the same as your mother.” His voice turned gentle at the end of the speech.
Guo Fu let out a soft cry: “Daughter knows.”
Guo Jing then said: “Good, stretch out your right arm. You cut off another’s arm; I’ll cut off yours just the same. Your father has lived a righteous life and can’t follow selfish instincts like shielding his own daughter.”
Guo Fu knew perfectly well that this time for her father must be difficult, but she hadn’t expected him to go as far as demanding her arm. Frightened, the color drained out of her face. She called out loudly: “Father!” Guo Jing paled, both eyes gazing at her.
Yang Guo hadn’t expected Guo Jing to be this righteous. He considered the situation, heart beating fast, thinking: “Should I or should I not stop all this? Should I call out to spare Guo Guniang [Miss Guo]?” While still trying to make a decision, Guo Jing’s long sword was raised. Then it cut down through the air, about to chop off Guo Fu’s arm.
There suddenly came a shout. Someone jumped through the window in a swift movement. Even before the body arrived, a stick reached out, blocking Guo Jing’s long sword. That person was of course Huang Rong.
She didn’t say a word, sending out three successive hits, all Da Gou Bang Fa “Dog Beating Stick Technique” tricks. First, her beating stick technique was profound. Second, she caught Guo Jing by surprise, forcing him to move back two steps. Huang Rong called out: “Fu’er, why are you not running away?”
Guo Fu didn’t have her mother’s wits. Facing a crisis, she was scared frozen, unable to move. Huang Rong’s left hand carried her baby while her right hand held the stick. She pushed her daughter’s body out of the window straight onto the ground, crying out: “Quickly head back to Peach Blossom Island [Tao Hua Dao]. Ask Ke Gonggong [Grandpa Ke] to come plead with your father.” At the same time, she wielded the bamboo stick, using Da Gou Bang Fa’s “tangle” and “seal” tricks to block Guo Jing from following his daughter. She called out: “Go quickly, Go quickly! Get the small red horse at the mansion’s entrance.”
From the beginning, Huang Rong had understood her husband’s straight forward character, quite old-fashioned and extremely righteous. This time her daughter created a big disaster and then hid away for several days before coming home. In case her husband was still enraged, and had decided on a severe punishment, she had already arranged for someone to bring the red horse to the outside of the mansion’s entrance, along with a saddle, clothes, and some silver coins. If he could be persuaded, she would let him beat their daughter to settle the matter. That would be extremely lucky. If not, Guo Fu had better be sent far away and, after a long while, come back to seek a reunion with her father.
The husband and wife quarreled. Moving towards his daughter’s bedroom, Guo Jing’s face was anguished, but in his heart he knew it was fortunate that his daughter’s arm was saved. Huang Rong, relying on Wu Gong [martial arts] alone, wouldn’t be able to stop her husband. But Guo Jing was disadvantaged by seeing his wife carrying the baby and was not able to get to Guo Fu before she rushed out into the garden outside the mansion’s entrance.
Yang Guo was hiding in a tree, and watched what happened. While Guo Fu was coming out through the window, he only had to raise his sword to strike, how would she be able to get away? But then he thought about Guo Jing and Huang Rong’s earth-shattering fight caused by him; he would be taking advantage of someone fleeing from danger, he just couldn’t do it.
Then Huang Rong lashed out several repeated strikes, forcing Guo Jing to fall back a couple of steps. This time Guo Jing was leaning against the bed with nowhere to retreat. Huang Rong suddenly called out “Take him” and tossed her baby to her husband. Guo Jing was alarmed, stretching his left hand to catch him. Huang Rong let down her bamboo staff, walking over to her husband. She pleaded: “Jing ge ge [Brother Jing], please spare Fu’er!”
Guo Jing shook his head, saying: “Rong’er, It’s not that I don’t love Fu’er. But she did this terrible thing. If I ignored it, how would it ever be settled? How would we apologize to Guo’er? Gods…his arm was cut off, with nobody to care for him. Whether he lives or he died by now we don’t know. I…I really wouldn’t mind cutting off my own arm…”