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Ancient Strengthening Technique: Chapter 1 – Qing Clan, Qing Shui
This is a small village that is surrounded by hills and mountains, the scenery was breathtaking, and the surroundings were filled with the abundance of flora and fauna. Even the quality of the air here is fragrant beyond comparison.
Sitting atop a hillside, was a little boy roughly about five years of age. The little boy was frail and weak, with a very thin physique, and was currently in a daze. At this moment, if there was anyone looking at the little boy, they will be flabbergasted! He can be considered considerably good looking with that delicate small face and a beautiful pair of black eyes, but in this instance, the sorrowful expression in his eyes belied his age. This was a look that no ordinary five years old could emulate.
“It has been five years, how did I appear in this world? This world and my original world was drastically different, I’m unsure of what era of history this place belong to, the only thing I know is that this continent is called Kyushu”.
“Everyone in my current family has the capability to practice martial arts, why is it that I’m a useless trash that is unable to cultivate?” The very moment there was any hints of strenuous exercise, I will be easily exhausted, gasping for breath, suffering from palpitations in my heart and even to the point of going unconscious!” Qing Shui mumbled.
“I was originally playing Western Fantasy  with my classmates, how on earth did i suddenly appear in this world!”
“Qing shui! Qing Shui!” the voice of a woman sounded out, upon hearing that, Qing Shui gradually recovered from his melancholy and regain the bright-eyed naivety look of a 5 year old child.
“Mum, I’m here!” Following which, he waved his hands and quickly ran towards a woman who excluded a charm distinctively different from ordinary village women.
“Child, why did you travel so far to play, if you want to travel so far in the future, let me accompany you alright!” holding his hands, the woman smiled with a tender look in her eyes as she gently berated Qing Shui.
Qing Shui felt warmth in his heart, when he came to this world; he was still a fetus developing inside the woman’s body. Now that five years had passed, Qing Shui was uncertain of the exact reason, but he no longer thought of things from before. He knows that this woman really feels affection for him, other people treated him as trash, and she was the only one on this world that treated him like a treasure!
Since his birth, Qing Shui had not seen his father. From infancy till now, it was this gentle and graceful woman before him that was responsible for his upbringing.
As a result, Qing Shui followed the surname of his mother. His mother is named Qing Yi, belonging to the Qing Clan. The Qing Clan in the Qing village, in this remote region was considered the absolute authority. The Qing Clan was the most influential family within a 100 li radius because of their connections as well as secret family martial arts techniques that was passed down generation after generation. The Qing Clan could be considered as the only family that could rival the top three great families in Hundred Miles City!
As a result, in this remote region, no one could afford to make an enemy of the Qing Clan. Qing Shui knew all this because, in this five years, while the other kids in the family was practicing martial arts, Qing Shui was the only exception. Therefore, he had plenty of free time on his hand and thus paid more attention to the information flowing around.
Even the commoner kids would have practiced some form of inferior martial arts. In his past life, Qing Shui also had the mentality and wish to become an top-tier expert that possessed heaven shaking and earth shattering strength that could sweep humanity off its feet.
The chance finally came, he was reincarnated into a different world, but however he turned out to be a trash that could not cultivate! As he thought of this, he surreptitiously glances at the beautiful lady by his side. Qing Yi was also gazing at Qing Shui compassionately but there were hints of doting, hope and a sense of unfairness for Qing Shui in her eyes…
As he glanced at the hope in her eyes, Qing Shui lowered his head. He was afraid Qing Yi would be disappointed. All parents in the world would want their child to achieve something outstanding in life, this goes without a doubt, and no parents would ever want their child to be a trash! However, looking at the current circumstances, Qing Shui was afraid that he would have no choice but to disappoint his mother.
In these five years, the one that fed and clothed him was this woman. This woman whom which he called mother. Qing Shui was very afraid that she would leave his side one day.
“Qing Shui, are you hungry, even if you went out to play, you still have to remember to eat your meals!” This woman had always been intellectual and caring, possessing a demeanor that’s akin to an angel. This made Qing Shui felt that his mother was not someone ordinary. Initially he thought that people respected her because she is the daughter of the Qing Clan’s grandmaster, but it seems that this was not the case.
“Mother, am I very useless? Other children could practice martial arts, but i am unable to.. will you eventually become the same as them and think of me as trash?” Qing Shui whispered, his expression somewhat holding back tears.
Qing Yi felt her heart shuddered with pain, all the weight of her hope was pinned on this child’s shoulder. However this child was unable to cultivate, her hope was destined to be extinguished. One can’t have everything they want in life. Forget about Qing Shui accomplishing anything outstanding, as long as he can lead a carefree and happy lifestyle, she will be extremely satisfied!
“Shui er, no matter what, you will always be close to my heart. No matter what, I will always love you, you will always be my pride and joy, in my heart you will always be the most excellent and outstanding, only when you happy would i be happy!” Qing Yi chastely kissed his cheeks.
Such heartwarming and affectionate actions were quite common between them; Qing Shui was quite used to it. He felt extremely blessed, no matter what, there is still someone who loves him, and with regards to those who call him trash or look down on him with contempt, what does it matter? He could only not help feeling sorry that he had not met Qing Yi’s expectations.
Qing Clan was located at the northern most site of the Qing Village, over there, within a radius of about 10 Li,  were all populated by the Qing Clan main and branch families. Currently the clan master of the Qing Clan, Qing Luo was already a hundred years old, but due to him being at the peak of Houtian Stage, he looked middle age. Humans at the peak of Houtian Stage had a life expectancy of two hundred years, as compared to normal humans who only had a life expectancy of a hundred and thirty years.
Qing Yi is the youngest daughter of the Qing Clan’s clan master. The clan master had a total of four sons, and a daughter. Qing Yi was the only daughter, and she was also the youngest. Needless to say, she was the apple of his eyes. The Qing Clan, currently collectively had about twenty plus grand children, one could say that Qing Luo was very contented. He would always smile genuinely from his heart even when he was interacting with Qing Shui. There were countless talented geniuses within the two later generations, so even if there was an addition of one more genius or one more trash, it doesn’t really matter much in his eyes. Furthermore, Qing Shui was the son of his precious daughter Qing Yi, even if he could not cultivate, as long as he could peacefully live his life, Qing Yi would also feel reassured and as such, Qing Luo was very protective of Qing Shui.
Located within Qing Clan, there was an enormous courtyard. This courtyard was an extremely important place for the Qing Clan. As both Qing Yi and Qing Shui entered, they could see the grandsons and grand daughters of the Qing clan boisterously practicing their martial arts; every one of them was akin to a ferocious tiger cub!
Qing Yi could see the sadness in Qing Shui’s eyes, as she silently sighed. This child at this young age, had such a unyielding personality that seeks strength, it may be a curse instead of a blessing..
She gently guided Qing Shui into her embrace, unwilling to let him see the children that were currently practicing martial arts!
But all her actions were futile, because at this moment, sounds of ridicule and contemptible laughter targeted at Qing Shui rang out. This sensation was even worse than being directly called trash!
 a MMORPG game in Qing Shui’s previous world.
 Shui`er (adding a er behind a person’s name makes it more endearing, it is usually between parent and child or between lovers)
 a metric system used by Chinese to measure distance