Bordertown Wanderer - Chapter 41

Chapter 41: Heroes’ Impasse

The cloud had disappeared. The mist had disappeared as well.

Within the ghastly darkness of the cave, a fire had been started and begun to dance. The flickering flame illuminated the depths of the cave, and illuminated Ding Linglin’s beautiful pale face.

When she woke, the first thing she saw was this fire.

Therefore, she didn’t move, and instead simply quietly lay there, calmly watching the flames dance and writhe.

The flames themselves seemed to symbolize life, bringing her warmth and light.

In the past, she had never known that flames were so lovely.

Only then did she see Fu Hongxue. His icy features seemed to be filled with life by the flickering flames as well.

Right now, he was roasting a skinned hare in the middle of the fire.

His movements were slow and complicated. A look of peace and tranquility seemed to have appeared on his face.

Ding Linglin had never seen such an expression on his face before. She suddenly felt as though he wasn’t as terrifying a person as she thought him to be.

The bloody hare had gradually turned a golden color in the flames. The cavern was filled with an alluring scent.

Ding Linglin’s face suddenly reddened. She usually wasn’t the type of girl to faint at the sight of blood.

She couldn’t resist explaining, “I was just too hungry and too cold earlier. That’s why I couldn’t hold out.”

Fu Hongxue emotionlessly said, “Fortunately, you were carrying kindling materials on you. Otherwise, you’d have to make do with raw, bloody rabbit meat.”

Ding Linglin cried out in shock, “You got the kindling from me?!”

Fu Hongxue nodded.

Ding Linglin’s face grew redder still. She remembered the flint and kindling was in a pouch next to her skin.

Biting her lips, she stiffened her face. In a loud voice, she said, “How can you haphazardly search one’s body like that?”

Fu Hongxue coldly said, “True, I shouldn’t have done that. I should have stripped your clothes off and roasted you in the fire instead.”

Ding Linglin immediately grabbed her clothes and pulled them in more tightly, as though she were afraid that this person actually might walk over to her and take her clothes off.

But Fu Hongxue paid her no mind. He quietly broke the cooked rabbit into two pieces, casually tossing her the relatively larger one.

A warm feeling suddenly entered Ding Linglin’s heart.

She couldn’t be considered a very petty girl, but if Fu Hongxue had given her the somewhat smaller piece instead, she still would have felt very unhappy.

She was a girl, after all.

Unsalted roast meat is like a woman who has already given birth to eighteen children. It’s very hard for someone to be interested in them.

But it’s better to have roast meat without salt than no roast meat at all.

The desire for food which hunger creates is one of the two most irresistible desires known to mankind.

Ding Linglin was almost ready to wolf down the bones as well. After finishing, she couldn’t resist letting out a sigh. She mumbled to herself, “There’s less flesh on this rabbit than there is on a monkey.”

Fu Hongxue said, “If it had a lot of flesh on its bones, perhaps someone else might have captured and eaten it long ago.”

Ding Linglin sweetly said, “Little Ye was right. Although sometimes you look very scary, you actually aren’t a malicious and fierce person.”

She blinked a few times, then said, “No matter what you believe, I still think that he’s always been very good to you, and understands you better than anyone else.”

As soon as she mentioned Ye Kai, the expression on Fu Hongxue’s face changed. He suddenly stood up and said coldly, “Can you take your own clothes off?”

Ding Linglin’s expression changed. With a surprised cry, she said, “You…what are you talking about?”

Fu Hongxue said, “If you can’t disrobe by yourself, I’ll disrobe you.”

Greatly shocked, Ding Linglin said, “Why must I disrobe?”

Fu Hongxue said, “Because I don’t want to watch you freeze to death or die of illness.”

Only now did Ding Linglin realized that her clothes were thoroughly soaked. The ground was cold and moist as well. If she were to fall asleep in such a condition, in all likelihood, she’d be extremely sick by the next day.

Naturally, she didn’t wish to freeze to death or die of illness either. But she would rather die than strip in front of a man. Aside from Ye Kai, she wouldn’t do it in front of any other man whatsoever.

She bit her lips, then suddenly asked, “Did you really force yourself on Ma Fangling?”

All the muscles on Fu Hongxue’s face suddenly tightened. Pain revealed itself in his gaze, but he still nodded.

So long as he actually did something, he would never deny it.

Ding Linglin said, “Will you force yourself on me?”

Fu Hongxue coldly said, “Are you warning me?”

Ding Linglin said, “If you were to force yourself on me right now, obviously I would be unable to resist you. But I hope you understand something.”

Fu Hongxue was listening.

Ding Linglin said, “Aside from Ye Kai, if any other man in the world so much as touches me, I want to throw up. This is because I feel that no man in the world can compare to him.”

It seemed as though a flame was blazing within Fu Hongxue’s pained, hate-filled gaze.

His entire body seemed to be roasting within the flames.

Ding Linglin said, “Maybe the reason you hate him isn’t because he killed Cui Nong, but because you know that you will never match up to him…”

Fu Hongxue suddenly grabbed her by the front of her clothes, lifting her entire body into the air. In a rasping voice, he said, “You’re wrong.”

Ding Linglin said, “I’m not wrong.”

Fu Hongxue said, “You shouldn’t have forced me.”

He suddenly exercised some force with his hand and ripped her clothes open.

In the time it took Ding Linglin to fall down, her snow-white bosom had already began to stiffen in the cold wind.

Tears were already beginning to flow down her face. Grinding her teeth, she said, “I’m not wrong. Little Ye is the one who is wrong. He was wrong about you. You aren’t a human being at all. You are vermin.”

Fu Hongxue’s entire body was trembling nonstop. He suddenly collapsed, then rolled into a ball.

Beneath the flickering flame, his entire face had become contorted with agony. His mouth appeared just like a horse’s, as he spat out mouthfuls of white foam.

Ding Linglin was stunned.

She too had heard that Fu Hongxue was a person suffering from illness, but she didn’t know that his sickness could suddenly seize him so quickly, so terrifyingly quickly.

Not only was this young man lonely and his heart filled with wounds, he was constantly tormented by this terrifying, viper-like malady.

The only person who could comfort him, who understood him, was now buried beneath the earth.

How long had he lived such a life? Life is simply too cruel to him.

He has reason to be filled with hate!

“If I were him, I might bitterly hate all human beings and all life as well.”

The anger and dread in Ding Linglin’s heart was suddenly transformed into sorrow and commiseration.

If she could still stand, perhaps by now she would have held him in her arms as she would a child.

But not only was she unable to stand, she seemed incapable of all movement.

Even her hands had slowly become numb from the biting cold. She could only raise them with some effort to shut her clothes.

Just at this moment, she suddenly heard a series of footsteps.

The footsteps were very light, but clearly, more than just a single person had come.

“Obviously, this isn’t Ye Kai. If Ye Kai had come, he definitely would not have brought someone else with him.”

Ding Linglin’s heart sank.

So late at night, who could possibly brave such a harrow autumn rainstorm to come to the top of this mountain?

The footsteps came to a halt outside the cavern. The flickering fire light told them, without a doubt, that someone was here.

After a long moment, someone asked probingly from outside, “Might I inquire the names of the friends inside?”

Ding Linglin tightly bit her lips, not allowing herself to make a sound.

She could only hope that these people would not, for the moment, dare to rashly charge in. She hoped that Fu Hongxue might wake up before these people charged in.

But just then, she saw a sabre slowly stretch inside. Next, she saw the man who wielded the sabre.

There definitely was more than one person there, but only one person stepped inside.

This person’s face was pale, but not in the same manner as Fu Hongxue’s translucent, pale face.

There were green spots within the paleness of his face. Beneath the flickering light cast by the flames, the face looked miserably green, or perhaps like he was wearing a bronze mask.

His eyes were ghastly and terrifying as well. After sparing Fu Hongxue but a single glance, his gaze settled upon Ding Linglin’s snow-white chest, covered sparingly by her torn clothes. An obscene look suddenly entered his eyes as well.

Ding Linglin wished she could tear those eyes out.

The sabre in his hand was lowered. He let out a long breath. Clearly, he now realized that the two people here were not worth him being cautious over.

His gaze became even more wanton, as though it was boring through Ding Linglin’s clothes.

Ding Linglin couldn’t resist saying in a loud voice, “What are you looking at? Haven’t you seen a woman before?”

The man laughed, then kicked Fu Hongxue with the tip of his shoes. “Who is he to you?”

Ding Linglin said, “None of your business.”

The man said, “Is he that Fu Hongxue who demolished the Hall of Ten Thousand Horses in the northeast?”

Ding Linglin said, “How did you know?”

The man said, “I came here looking for him.”

Ding Linglin couldn’t resist asking, “For what purpose?”

The man said, “Originally, I wanted to ask him to do something for me…to kill someone for me.”

He chuckled, then continued. “But now I know that the only thing he can do is wait for someone to kill him.”

Ding Linglin barely managed to control herself. She smirked. “If you really think that, you’ll regret it.”

The man’s smile became even more ghastly. He leisurely said, “Not only do I really think that, I also am thinking of something else.”

Ding Linglin couldn’t resist from asking, “What are you thinking of?”

The man laughed. “Even if I don’t explain, I’m sure you can guess what a man is thinking when he sees a beautiful girl lying in front of him with her chest exposed.”

Ding Linglin’s entire body turned ice cold. Letting out a cry of alarm, she said, “You dare?!”

The man casually said, “Why wouldn’t I dare? Even if Fu Hongxue could still pull out his sabre, I still wouldn’t be afraid.”

Ding Linglin said, “You…you really aren’t afraid?”

The man said, “If he knew who I was, maybe he’d proactively offer you to me.”

Ding Linglin said, “Based on what?”

The man said, “Just based on one item, an item which Fu Hongxue couldn’t imagine, even in his dreams.”

Smiling, he used the point of his dagger to prick Ding Linglin’s hands, which were holding her clothes tightly shut. He continued, “Based on this item, not only do I dare to think about it, I also dare to do it. If you don’t believe me, I can show you right now.”

Ding Linglin was about to begin screaming loudly. Her hands were forced to loosen.

Just at this moment, she saw something fly in from outside, striking this lewdly smiling man in his exposed teeth.

With a cracking sound, the man’s front teeth were shattered into three pieces each.

The projectile fell down with his teeth. It was an unshelled peanut.

The expression on the man’s face changed. With one hand, he held his mouth. With the other, he raised his sabre.

Staring at the peanut, the expression on Ding Linglin’s face changed. She couldn’t help but involuntarily cry out in shock, “Lu Xiaojia!”

Lu Xiaojia was also one of the people whom she didn’t want to run into right now. Why did he have to be here?

Why did her luck suddenly become so bad?

Outside the cavern, the misty clouds still roiled about in darkness. Laughing, someone said from outside, “Lu Xiaojia isn’t necessarily the only person in the world who eats peanuts. In fact, it’s actually quite hard to find people who don’t eat peanuts.”

A smiling man leisurely sauntered in. His clothes were very casual, and his smile was very relaxed. From the looks of it, even if heaven collapsed, he wouldn’t have a care in the world.

Upon seeing this person, Ding Linglin only felt as though that stuffy, oppressive fog had suddenly disappeared, and that powerful autumn rainstorm had come to a stop.

At this moment, even if heaven really did collapse, she wouldn’t care, because this person was Ye Kai.

Her heart was suddenly filled with warmth, and she couldn’t help but reveal a sweet smile on her face. However, she intentionally hardened her face as she said, “Where the hell have you been? What took you so long to get here?”

Ye Kai let out a sigh. “I wanted to come earlier as well, but I couldn’t just stand there and watch your second brother lie on the ground and fume. No matter what, he’s still your second brother.”

Even if Ding Linglin still wanted to be angry at him, she no longer could be. She couldn’t resist laughing, “You should be nicer to him anyhow, because sooner or later, he’ll be your elder brother-in-law.”

Staring at her, Ye Kai wrinkled his nose. “But why is it that you people of the Ding family all like to lie down on the ground?”

Ding Linglin said, “You yourself once said that a smart person will never sit up when he has the chance to lay down.”

Ye Kai laughed as well. “That’s right. That makes sense.”

He glanced at Fu Hongxue, then glanced at the man wielding the sabre. “Both of you are smart, but why doesn’t this dear friend of ours lie down as well? Isn’t it very tiring to stand up like that?”

Ding Linglin blinked a few times, then said, “Thus, you should persuade him that it’s best to lie down.”

Ye Kai nodded. “That’s right. That makes sense.”

This man’s mouth was already shut, but blood was still seeping forth from the corner of his lips.

He was an experienced traveler and a cunning old fox. Naturally, he knew that a person who could shatter someone’s teeth using a peanut wasn’t a person easily trifled with.

But right now, Ye Kai’s back was turned towards him. No matter how difficult someone is to handle, they still don’t have eyes in their back.

And, as it just so happened, his sabre was already pointed directly towards Ye Kai’s neck. This opportunity really was quite rare, and it really would be quite a shame to waste it.

He suddenly chopped down at Ye Kai’s neck.

Who would have imagined that Ye Kai really did seem to have a pair of eyes in his back. He suddenly turned around and gently flicked at the man’s hand with his fingernail.

The man’s sabre suddenly flew out into his own hand.

Ye Kai looked at the sabre. Gently stroking its edge, he smiled. “Looks like this is a fast sabre.”

The man’s face had stiffened. He wanted to force out a smile, but his smile looked even more pathetic than weeping.

Ye Kai said, “If such a quick sabre was brought down on somebody’s neck, no matter who that person is, their head would fall. Do you believe me?”

He gestured towards the man’s neck with the sabre, then smiled. “If you don’t believe me, we can give it a try.”

The man’s pale, greenish face had become totally colorless with fear. He stuttered, “No…no need.”

Ye Kai said, “You believe me?”

The man said, “Nu….naturally. If somebody doesn’t believe you, that person is a son of a turtle.”

Ye Kai laughed loudly.

The man suddenly asked, “Sir, when you came up the mountain, did you see my friend?”

Ye Kai nodded. “He seemed to be very tired, so I urged him to lie down and rest for a bit.”

The man’s facial expression changed. With a bitter laugh, he said, “Actually I…I’m quite tired as well.”

Ye Kai said, “Since you’re very tired, why don’t you lie down?”

Without saying another word, this person walked to a corner of the cave and lay down stiffly.

Ding Linglin couldn’t resist letting out a sweet smile. “Looks like he’s a smart man as well.”

Ye Kai let out a sigh. “There’s already very few stupid people in this day and age.”

Ding Linglin said, “Unfortunately, I’m just like you. Although we aren’t too stupid, we aren’t very smart either.”

Ye Kai said, “I know you want to get up and walk around for a bit. You can get tired from lying down too long as well.”

Pursing her lips, Ding Linglin laughed, “So you should take this chance to take a little bit of advantage of me and knead my thighs.”

Ye Kai sighed again. “I’m just surprised that when your second brother sealed your acupoints, he didn’t also seal your mouth as well.”

Ding Linglin said, “Because he knew I’d bite him to death.”

Although Fu Hongxue’s body had slowly straightened, he was still panting for breath.

Ye Kai looked at him, then gloomily said, “Why would a person like him suffer from an illness such as this?”

Ding Linglin had already stood up. She was bending down to massage her legs. She also couldn’t help but sigh. “He truly is a very pitiable person. But sometimes, he makes others feel he is very terrifying.”

She suddenly asked, “Do you know why he kidnapped me to this place?”

Ye Kai shook his head.

Ding Linglin said, “He thinks you killed Cui Nong.”

Ye Kai furrowed his brows. “Cui Nong’s dead?”

Ding Linglin said, “Her grave is right outside. Fu Hongxue personally buried her with his own hands.”

The smile playing around Ye Kai’s lips suddenly disappeared.

Ding Linglin stared at him. “Did you kill her or not?”

Ye Kai said, “You, too, would ask me such a question?”

Ding Linglin sighed. “Of course I know you definitely wouldn’t do such a thing, but how is it that your dagger fell into his possession?”

Ye Kai said, “My dagger?...”

Before Ding Linglin had a chance to answer, she saw a flash of a dagger.

Ye Kai stretched his hand out, catching the lightning-bolt like dagger. A flying dagger, thin and sharp.

He lifted his head up and saw Fu Hongxue.

When Fu Hongxue rose to his feet, he looked like a spirit of the underworld suddenly rising from the earth. Mist suddenly arose from the ground.

The light from the fire was by now very dim. He looked even more pale, even more sallow, even more tired.

But the anger and hatred in his eyes was even stronger than the flames.

He tightly gripped his sabre in his hand. He fixed his dagger-like gaze upon Ye Kai. One word at a time, he said, “Is this your dagger or not?”

Ye Kai did not respond, could not respond.

This dagger really was absolutely identical to his own daggers. But this dagger definitely was not his.

Although there weren’t many people who could use this sort of dagger to kill, there still were some people who could.

But he truly could not imagine who could possibly counterfeit this type of dagger, and make the counterfeit so perfectly similar.

There was almost nobody in the world who had seen this type of dagger which he used.

Fu Hongxue was still staring at him, waiting for him to reply!

Ye Kai finally couldn’t help but let out a sigh. With a bitter smile on his lips, he said, “Who did I kill with this dagger?”

Fu Hongxue said, “You killed the grandson of Guo Wei, and then you killed Wang Dahong. Am I right?”

Ye Kai said, “Wang Dahong?”

Fu Hongxue said, “You told Wang Dahong to kill someone. Then, you killed him to silence him.”

Ye Kai said, “Cui Nong died by his hands?”

Fu Hongxue said, “He used a poisoned sword, but your tactics are even more venomous than his sword!”

Ye Kai let out another sigh. With a forced smile, he said, “Seems as though right now, you wouldn’t believe me if I denied it.”

Fu Hongxue said, “Definitely not.”

Ye Kai said, “But did you consider the question of why I would have Cui Nong killed?”

Fu Hongxue said, “The real target wasn’t Cui Nong. It was me.”

Ye Kai said, “You? Why would I kill you.”

Before Fu Hongxue opened his mouth, the man lying down suddenly jumped to his feet. In a loud voice, he said, “Because he’s already been bribed by the Hall of Ten Thousand Horses. I happened to overhear his words by accident.”

Fu Hongxue suddenly turned around and stared at the man. In a fierce voice, he said, “Who are you?”

The man said, “My surname is Bai. My humble name is Bai Jian. The people of the martial world all call me the White Faced Gentleman.”

Fu Hongxue said, “You’ve met Ma Kongqun?”

Bai Jian said, “I can see him every day.”

Fu Hongxue’s expression changed. “Where is he?”

Bai Jian glanced at Ye Kai, then said, “Kill him first. I can take you there at any time.”

Fu Hongxue’s face suddenly began to turn red with excitement once again.

He had spent countless days of laboriously searching, only to actually stumbled across some results now. The hatred which had imprinted itself within his very bones and entangled him for countless years had finally found a chance to express itself and take its revenge.

By the grace of heaven, Ma Kongqun was still alive and had not yet been killed by someone else.

Fu Hongxue tightened his hands. The hot tears filling his eyes threatened to spill down his face.

Bai Jian said, “The reason I came here was to bring you to seek out Ma Kongqun, but he…”

Fu Hongxue suddenly interrupted him. “He has to die no matter what, anyhow!”

Bai Jian let out a breath. A hint of laughter appeared in his eyes.

But just at this instant, he suddenly saw a flash of a dagger. A cold wind nipped right by his ear.

Then, with a thudding sound and a spray of sparks, a flying dagger nailed itself into the mountain wall behind him. The thin, sharp dagger had penetrated into the very stone.

Bai Jian suddenly felt as though his two legs had gone soft, and was all but unable to remain standing.

This dagger was clearly in Ye Kai’s hand. But he was unable to tell how or when Ye Kai had struck.

Even Fu Hongxue hadn’t seen how the dagger left Ye Kai’s hand. His expression seemed to have changed as well.

Ye Kai flatly said, “If I really had been bribed by the Hall of Ten Thousand Horses, this man would be a dead man.”

Fu Hongxue hesitated a moment, then suddenly smirked. “Naturally, you wouldn’t silence him in front of me.”

Ye Kai said, “You believe his words?”

Fu Hongxue said, “I only believe that which I see with my own eyes. I…I personally witnessed Cui Nong collapsing in front of me.”

Ye Kai said, “You really are going to kill me to avenge her?”

Fu Hongxue no longer spoke, because right now, they had reached a point where words were useless.

His sabre had already left the sheath.

A flash of the sabre, even quicker than a lightning bolt, even more terrifying than a lightning bolt.

No one can describe this sabre. When this sabre struck out, it seemed to carry with it a force from hell itself.

No one had ever been able to dodge his sabre.

But Ye Kai was nowhere to be found.

When Fu Hongxue struck out with his sabre, Ye Kai suddenly was thirty feet away, sticking against the stone wall like a gecko.

Just at the moment where the sabre had not yet fully left the sheath, his body somersaulted backwards into the air and flipped away.

Fu Hongxue’s sabre drawing technique approached perfection. If one waited for the sabre to fully leave the sheath, no one would be able to dodge it.

Ye Kai’s body looked as though it had been blown out by the wind.

It seemed as though he had known long ago that there would be this sabre strike, and had long ago prepared to dodge this sabre strike.

His dodging technique approached perfection as well.

Only Fu Hongxue himself knew how perfect, how ingenious that dodge was.

Cold sweat suddenly emerged from the hand with which he gripped his sabre.

Ye Kai looked at him. He suddenly said, “This isn’t fair.”

Fu Hongxue said, “Isn’t fair?”

Ye Kai said, “If you kill me, I die with no regrets. But what if I happened to kill you?”

Ding Linglin immediately interrupted, “If you die, who will seek revenge on Ma Kongqun on your behalf? Have you already forgotten your enmity towards him?”

How could possibly Fu Hongxue forget it!

Although the hatred he felt for Ye Kai was fresh and intense, the hatred he felt for Ma Kongqun had set down roots in his heart like a poisonous weed.

Even if his heart was shattered into tens of thousands of pieces, every single piece would contain this hatred.

His entire purpose in living came from this hatred. Even if he wanted to forget it, he wouldn’t be able to.

The sabre had already left the sheath.

The sheath was pitch-black, but the blade was a pale white. It was just like his face; pale, yet translucent.

He tightly gripped his sabre, uncertain as to whether or not he should launch this second chop.

Bai Jian gritted his teeth. His eyes had become bloodshot from nervousness and excitement.

He had noticed Fu Hongxue’s hesitation. He believed that if Ye Kai were to live, he himself would die.

He usually was a sly, sinister person with excellent judgment, but the pressure of being caught in a life-and-death moment caused him to do something very foolish.

He suddenly said in a loud voice, “Why don’t you make your move? When you were lying on the floor earlier, if I hadn’t saved you, he would have killed you. Are you going to give him a second chance?”

He felt that his words were very incendiary and motivational. If he himself were in Fu Hongxue’s shoes, upon hearing these words, he definitely wouldn’t let his enemy off easy.

But he was wrong. He forgot that Fu Hongxue and he weren’t the same type of people. They definitely weren’t!

Fu Hongxue actually turned around and fixed his dagger-like gaze upon his face. One word at a time, he asked, “You saved me earlier?”

Bai Jian immediately nodded vigorously.

Fu Hongxue said, “Why did you save me?”

Bai Jian said, “Because I want you to go kill Ma Kongqun. Every day Ma Kongqun remains alive is a day I won’t be at peace.”

His explanation was extremely fair and reasonable, and he was very pleased with himself.

Who would have expected that Fu Hongxue would let out a cold chuckle? He said, “Right now, there’s only one thing I don’t understand.”

Bai Jian said, “What?”

Fu Hongxue coldly said, “If he really wanted to kill me, could someone like you save me?”

Bai Jian was suddenly stunned.

He finally realized that although this young man was a cripple who could suffer from this foul malady at any given time, he definitely wasn’t the foolish, childish person he had imagined him to be.

Only now did he realize that he had done something very stupid.

Fu Hongxue coldly looked at him, watching as cold sweat dripped down from his forehead. He seemed to be looking at a wild dog that had been forced into a trash heap by someone.

He was no longer willing to spare this man another glance. He lowered his gaze, staring at the sabre in his hand. He coldly said, “Originally, I should kill you.”

Bai Jian was also staring at that sabre. His entire body was quivering.

Fu Hongxue said, “But someone like you isn’t worthy of me killing.”

Bai Jian’s entire body suddenly went limp, and he collapsed against the mountain wall. Anybody who suddenly managed to climb up from the precipice of death would find it difficult to avoid collapsing just like him.

Fu Hongxue slowly continued, “I won’t kill you. But you had best not force me.”

Bai Jian said, “I…I understand.”

Fu Hongxue said, “Is Ma Kongqun really still alive?”

Bai Jian said, “That definitely is not false.”

Fu Hongxue said, “Do you want to remain alive and take me to him, or die here? You can take either route.”

He didn’t say another word, nor did he spare this man another glance.

He had already calculated what type of choice this type of man would make. In reality, this man had no real choice at all.

Ye Kai was looking at him. His gaze was filled with a hint of a gratified smile. He suddenly said, “Looks like you really have improved quite a bit.”

Fu Hongxue was still staring at his sabre.

The more you polish your blade, the sharper it becomes. Isn’t the same true for people as well? Don’t most people in the world grow up due to pain?

For the first time since Cui Nong’s death, he suddenly once more felt confident in himself.

Lifting his head up, he stared at Ye Kai. “I can let you go today, but the account between us has to be settled sooner or later.”

Ye Kai said, “I know.”

Fu Hongxue said, “What time? What place? I can let you choose everything.”

Ye Kai said, “No need to schedule a place or a time.”

Fu Hongxue said, “Why not?”

Ye Kai said, “Because, seeing as how I don’t have anything to do anyhow, I can go with you.”

Fu Hongxue smirked. “So long as I can lay my eyes on Ma Kongqun, there’s no one in the world who can save him.”

Ye Kai said, “I don’t necessarily wish to save him. But, I really do wish to go and watch.”

Fu Hongxue said, “First, you’ll watch me kill Ma Kongqun, and then you’ll wait for me to kill you?”

Ye Kai laughed. Smiling, he said, “At that time, if you perhaps no longer wish to kill me, I won’t object.”

Fu Hongxue coldly said, “You can come watch, and you can come wait. But this time, regardless of whether I kill him or he kills me, you’d best mind your own business.”

Ye Kai said, “I accept.”

Pain once more appeared in Fu Hongxue’s eyes. “On the road, it’s best if you stay far away from me. It’s best if you don’t let me see you two.”

He could no longer bear to see successful couples. He would rather be alone. There are some types of pain which are more easy to bear when one is alone.

Ye Kai naturally understood his feelings. He suddenly chuckled, then said, “Actually, you don’t need this person to guide you at all.”

Fu Hongxue said, “Why?”

Ye Kai said, “Because I already know where he’s from.”

Fu Hongxue said, “Oh?”

Ye Kai said, “He’s from the Dragon and Tiger Stockade. I imagine Ma Kongqun has hidden himself this entire time at the Dragon and Tiger Stockade.”

Bai Jian’s face suddenly turned green. Without a doubt, this proved that Ma Kongqun really was at the Dragon and Tiger Stockade.

His life had already become totally worthless to others. He believed that Ye Kai definitely wouldn’t let him go, but he was wrong yet again. He forgot that he and Ye Kai were not the same type of person. They definitely were not.

Ding Linglin suddenly chuckled at him. “Relax. Although they no longer need you to guide the way, they won’t kill you either, because neither of them is cruel or merciless.”

Bai Jian mopped away his sweat. “I…I know that they are both good people.”

Ding Linglin smiled. “They definitely are, but I am not.”

Bai Jian’s face turned green again. “You…you…”

Ding Linglin flatly said, “I’m just a woman. Women always tend to be a bit narrow-minded. Thus, it’d be best for you to remember this; no matter what type of person you offend, no matter what, do not offend a woman.”

Bai Jian’s sweat was flowing like rain. He stuttered, “In the future, I…I definitely will remember that.”

Ding Linglin said, “Will you really remember it for the rest of your life?”

Bai Jian said, “Really.”

Ding Linglin let out a sigh. “Unfortunately, I don’t believe a word you say.”

Bai Jian said, “You…what will it take for you to believe me?”

Ding Linglin’s face suddenly sunk. “I only can think of a single way.”

Seeing her expression, Bai Jian suddenly understood what she was thinking. He suddenly used his very last bit of energy to charge out.

This time, he wasn’t wrong. Although he didn’t understand the hearts of heroes or gentlemen, he understood women very well.

As he rushed out, he suddenly an exquisite, melodious sound of bells ringing behind the back of his head.

This was the last sound he heard.

The night grew still deeper. When the night was at its darkest, dawn is about to approach.

Fu Hongxue watched as Bai Jian collapsed in the middle of the darkness. Turning around, he stared at Ye Kai. Coldly, he said, “You shouldn’t have let him die.”

Ye Kai let out a sigh. Forcing out a smile, he said, “He shouldn’t have offended a woman.”

Fu Hongxue said, “What if Ma Kongqun isn’t at the Dragon and Tiger Stockade?”

Ye Kai said, “He definitely is there.”

But this time, Ye Kai was the one who was wrong.

Ma Kongqun was no longer at the Dragon and Tiger Stockade. No one was there. No one living.

The blood on the ground had already congealed, and the bodies in the midst of the pools of blood had stiffened.

It wasn’t as though Ye Kai had never seen blood or corpses before, but right now, even he felt an almost irresistible urge to vomit.

Fu Hongxue tightly gripped his sabre and tightly clenched his fist. He was almost about to vomit as well, but he forcefully controlled himself.

He couldn’t bear to look, but he used all of his strength to force himself to look. Was the situation outside the Plum Blossom Convent nineteen years ago similar to that which he now saw?

He hated Ma Kongqun, but he had never before hated Ma Kongqun as much as he did now. Because this was the first time he personally saw, with his own two eyes, how cruel and vicious Ma Kongqun’s methods were.

After an indeterminable length of time, Ye Kai let out a long sigh. “I imagine he found out that Bai Jian went to seek you out and thus used such a vicious tactic.”

Fu Hongxue did not open his mouth. He couldn’t open his mouth. If he were to open his mouth, he would have to vomit.

Ye Kai squatted down. With two fingers, he pulled up a piece of blood-soaked earth. The earth was still moist.

The sunlight couldn’t reach this place. Although the blood had already congealed, it hadn’t totally dried yet. Was this because the blood was mixed with tears?

Ye Kai mumbled to himself, “It seems he didn’t leave too long ago.”

Ding Linglin had already turned around, covering her face with her hands. She suddenly said, “But who knows which road he took?”

Ye Kai said, “Nobody.”

His gaze was distant, his own eyes filled with anger as well. After a long time, he slowly continued, “All I know is that for someone like him, no matter what road he takes, he won’t get very far.”

Ding Linglin said, “Why?”

Ye Kai said, “Because he will quickly exhaust every road open to him.”

Even if a person were to exhaust every road open to him, even if he had no roads left, he still wouldn’t come to a halt.

Because he still had one road left to him.

The road to ruin! No one wished to walk on the road to ruin.

But if you truly weren’t willing to walk on this road, no one could force you to do so either. The only person who could force you on to the road to ruin is yourself!