Guardians of the Holy Chapter
Yi Ping was looking at the stunning view of the Holy Amalgamate Mountains. After an arduous journey, they had all finally reached their destination, encountering only a few minor difficulties along the way.
They had avoided taking the main road and were guided by Lingfeng through the many mountains and valleys.
Lingfeng had explained, “Even though we are near the clan territories of the Holy Hex Clan and her allies, the number of unfriendly clans that were gathering at the foot of the Holy Amalgamate were in the hundreds and their protégés in the thousands. It is best that we totally avoid the main road altogether.”
She looked at Yi Ping keenly and asked, “What’s wrong, Yi Ping? You seem unhappy. Is it because we are not interested in the Celestial Star Formation?”
Yi Ping was startled, “Lingfeng, you are not interested in the Celestial Star Formation?”
Lingfeng quickly said, “Not that. Why do you look so depress lately? That is so unlike the Yi Ping that I have known who is undaunted by any difficulties.”
Yi Ping secretly shared in his worries with her, “Lingfeng, in the past…I lead a simple life and carefree life. I didn’t know the fraternity at large and didn’t even know what life is in the fraternity. After I have fought with that old man, I have suddenly known fear. It’s not that I am really fearful of him but…I don’t want to lose anyone of you. I don’t want to lose you, Lingfeng. I am really afraid now.”
Lingfeng’s alluring eyes were watery, “It’s alright Yi Ping. You have already done your best. You know you don’t have to accompany me back to the Holy Amalgamate Mountains…”
Yi Ping said, “It’s not that, Lingfeng. I…want to protect you. I want to become strong now. I…I also can’t afford to lose Youxue, Ding Yun, Yu’Er and Mei’Er. If any of you comes to harm, I will be heartbroken. I know that I shouldn’t say that but I…really don’t even know my heart anymore…”
Lingfeng said softly, “Yi Ping, you don’t have to say anymore…I do understand. Just follow your heart…”
Yi Ping smiled bitterly, “I can’t even trust my heart anymore. A part of me is telling me to leave clandestinely and forget about the burdens of the heart…maybe it is the Emptiness Translucence that is playing a trick on me…”
Lingfeng said quietly, “Hmph, what Emptiness Translucence…If you do that, I will kill myself in front of you…”
Yi Ping was startled.
Unknown to Yi Ping, Youxue, Yu’Er, Mei’Er and Ding Yun were standing and listening tearfully out of his sight…
Back to the present…
When Gongsun Jing looked at the breathtaking misty mountains and valleys of the Holy Amalgamate Mountains, he said sadly. “The entire mountain slopes are treacherous. This is really a place that is easy to defend and hard to assault.”
He asked Ding Yun, “Maiden Ding, are you alright? You are quiet along the way…”
Ding Yun said demurely, “I have always been quiet. It’s not strange.”
Gongsun Jing gave a soft sigh, “Is that so?”
Qiu Wufeng said, “I have thought that the Heavenly Mountains are grand enough but this is simply too breathtaking.”
Yu’Er disagreed with a soft sigh, “This is not a truly accurate way to say it. For me, I prefer the snow and ice of the Heavenly Mountains.”
Qiu Wufeng smiled bitterly, “Yes, yes. You’re right.” But he was secretly thinking. “The Heavenly Mountains is such a cold and desolate place; I’ll never want to go there again…”
Mei’Er added enchanting, “Oh? Why is that what you are saying and what you are thinking seems different?”
Qiu Wufeng protested, “That’s not the truth. I swear!”
He quickly tried to divert attention from himself by saying, “How come Brother Nangong is so quiet today?”
Nangong Le smiled dreamily, “I’m admiring the view…”
Yu’Er flushed as she interrupted with a disdain look in her eyes, “He is lying. He is filled with dirty thoughts!”
Nangong Le forced out a weak smile, “That’s not true, Yu’Er. You are also so beautiful today. Your astonishing beauty is like a rainbow. I am just appreciating the rainbows here…”
Yi Ping was turning his head as he looked at the surroundings, “Brother Nangong, you really have sharp eyes. I don’t see any rainbows…”
Lingfeng almost fainted as she admonished Yi Ping silently, “You are so dense…I give up on you…!”
Nangong Le said to Mei’Er and Yu’Er, “You know. We have so many things in common like music, swordplay, fine appreciation of the arts…”
Mei’Er hummed with an icy tone, “Not again…You can save your efforts, Young Master Nangong.”
Nangong Le smiled secretly to himself, “One of these days, I will melt your heart…”
Youxue walked quietly besides Nangong Le, whispering in an almost inaudible voice in his ears. “I will blind you if you dare to take another look at me. And don’t think I do not know you have been peeking at us all the time in the quiet along the way.”
Nangong Le broke into a cold sweat.
When Yi Ping saw that Lingfeng had put on an annoyed look, he quickly said to her, “Lingfeng! We have finally reached the Holy Amalgamate Mountains. The scenery here is so beautiful. You have grown up here?”
Lingfeng nodded tenderly at Yi Ping, “Yes, I have grown up here.”
She pointed at the yellow mountains range in the far horizon, “Do you see those yellow mountains in the horizon?”
Yi Ping said, “It is beautiful, isn’t it? Maybe we can stay there in the future…”
Lingfeng smiled weakly, “You…you…don’t want to go there! The mountains there are called the Nirvana Mountains. It is said that the Celestial Palace is somewhere in those mountains. No one returns from that place. But we are able to see the Nirvana Mountains from here.”
Mei’Er asked her, “Sister Lingfeng, why are your heart filled with sorrow? Shouldn’t you be happy that you are now home?”
Lingfeng sighed softly, “I am…”
Yi Ping said, “Lingfeng, don’t you worry. I’ll protect you no matter how difficult it is.”
Lingfeng looked alluringly at Yi Ping…
Yi Ping began to flush.
He quickly turned around and walked hurriedly, “We have better hurry. We’re almost there…”
All of a sudden, he had frozen in his tracks!
It was because Yi Ping had caught sight of an appalling sight!
The mountain slope on the other side of the mountain was covered with the charred bodies of hundreds of fallen exponents. Their weapons and their martial banners were littered everywhere!
Lingfeng gasped, “The orthodox clans had already made their way to the top?”
Yi Ping said quietly, “So many dead. Is it worth to throw their lives just like that? For what cause?”
Ding Yun calmed Lingfeng, “From the attire and banners of the dead, it seems that they are mostly from the orthodox clans. This could be just a minor skirmish. I see no banners of the maj