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    Default Sword of the Third Young Master (三少爷的剑) - Gu Long UNABRIDGED

    This is an edited compilation of all the translated chapters for San Shaoye De Jian (三少爷的剑) by Gu Long.
    For discussion, please go to the current active thread.

    About The Translation

    This translation project started back in November 24, 2004 by kara...almost ten years ago. All translated chapters should be posted before we hit the ten year marker. There are several threads with translation on this story. The following is a list of all the threads, translators, and corresponding chapters they'd translated:

    Thread 1
    Ch. 1-12 [translated by Kara] from Vietnamese source
    Ch. 1-3 [re-translated/edited by chowbeng] based on Kara's translation
    Thread 2
    Ch. 1-6 [re-translated by xJadedx] from Chinese source
    Thread 3
    Ch. 13-17 [translated by Kara]
    Ch. 17-34 [translated by Ren Wo Xing] from Chinese source
    Ch. 35-38 [translated by Darkaos] from Vietnamese source
    Thread 4
    Ch. 46 (partial) [translated by Justin Lu] from Chinese source

    I will translate Ch. 39-47 from the following source: SSYDJ. If anyone thinks I should use a different source material, PM me.

    About My Role

    After translating a project all by myself, I have a deep appreciation on people that contributed and devoted their time to these translation projects. Unlike Silver Spear, in which I restarted an earlier translation by BeeDreamer, I have no intention of starting from scratch here. One of the reasons is that I really wanted to credit this translation as a community effort. I think everyone deserves credit.

    However, there is still a lot I can contribute to this translation. For example, I've been reading all three versions of the first chapters by Kara, chowbeng, and xJadedx in the threads above. I am comparing them with the Chinese source in the link I'd provided. There are discrepancies between the every translation and my source material. I have already spent three hours compiling the first third of chapter 1, including like 20 minutes on the first five lines or something like that.

    Regarding my translation style, just remember I am not a writer by trade. I will not add any artistic interpretation to the original Chinese source. I will translate the meaning of the text in the most direct way possible. If I don't believe I can find a proper English translation to the corresponding Chinese text, I will keep the pinyin and have what I believe is the closest English equivalent in parentheses. People might already notice in the Silver Spear translation, I use footnotes liberally.

    Therefore, what I am doing is joining the text together and creating a sort of definitive version of the translation. As an editor, I'll reserve the right to alter any text if I deem necessary. I do try to keep as much of the original translation if possible. Truthfully, I don't really want to spend time re-translating the completed chapters.

    I mentioned this before in the Silver Spear thread. I am focusing mainly on how accurate and how close it stays with the original Chinese source. Grammar is not my strong point but I will proofread the text to the best of my ability.

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    FYI, information lifted from baidu and wiki.

    About the Novel

    This is San Shaoye De Jian (lit. Sword of the Third Young Master) by Gu Long. It was one of his later work and one of his more popular works of this period. It was serialized from June 1975 to March 1976. It was originally called Jianghu Ren (lit. Jianghu Man). It is now part of what is known as the Jianghuren series.

    This story is about the world's number one sword, Xie Xiaofeng of Shenjian Shanzhuang (Divine Sword Manor), who is also as the Jianshen (God of Sword) Sanshaoye (Third Young Master). This story is about his relationship with Murong Qiudi and his rivalry with Yan Shisan.

    (Don't want to say anymore, want to keep synopsis to the bare minimum.)

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    Table of Content

    Chapter 1: One Sword Strike Through the Heart
    Chapter 2: A Change of Fortune
    Chapter 3: The Strange Sword of Thousand Snakes
    Chapter 4: The Love and Hatred of a Foolish Woman
    Chapter 5: The Lion Opening Its Mouth
    Chapter 6: Sudden Fortune With Women
    Chapter 7: Attracted Misfortune
    Chapter 8: Drunk As Mud
    Chapter 9: More Than Meets the Eye
    Chapter 10: Sword Is Present, Man Is Present
    Chapter 11: Crestfallen Vagabond
    Chapter 12: Love as Deep as the Ocean
    Chapter 13: The Green Clothed Military Advisor
    Chapter 14: Feeling Secure Knowing There's Support
    Chapter 15:
    Chapter 16:
    Chapter 17:
    Chapter 18:
    Chapter 19:
    Chapter 20:
    Chapter 21:
    Chapter 22:
    Chapter 23:
    Chapter 24:
    Chapter 25:
    Chapter 26:
    Chapter 27:
    Chapter 28:
    Chapter 29:
    Chapter 30:
    Chapter 31:
    Chapter 32:
    Chapter 33:
    Chapter 34:
    Chapter 35:
    Chapter 36:
    Chapter 37:
    Chapter 38:
    Chapter 39:
    Chapter 40:
    Chapter 41:
    Chapter 42:
    Chapter 43:
    Chapter 44:
    Chapter 45:
    Chapter 46:
    Chapter 47:
    Last edited by kaister; 07-23-14 at 05:22 PM. Reason: Updated chapters and links.

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    translated by kaister

    The modern society is becoming more and more complicated, more and more acceptable of the reality of things.

    Modern people could, at anytime and anywhere, receive all kinds of restrictions and limitations.

    However it isnt like this in the past.

    The old days are good days is a saying I do not agree with.

    Sure there are indeed good days in the past.

    In the modern west, if you knew someone was a murderer, knew he killed your wife and brothers, without solid proof you will see him walk.

    Because you wanted an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, you killed him. You have become a murderer too.

    Revenge is not a very good method. However, it is still better than letting the evil walk free.

    At a certain time in the past, there was no such thing.

    In that joyous era, people knew gratitude and vengeance, dared to love and dared to hate; virtue had its reward, evil had its retribution.

    There is no need for heaven to avenge you; you can retaliate by yourself.

    I am writing about these times.

    I am writing about the Jianghu people of these times.

    * * *

    In that era, there were all kinds of people in Jianghu.

    There were great heroes, and great bandits; there were brothel patrons, and assassins; there were righteous people, and hermits; there were magnificent thieves, and magnificent constables; there were heroic women, and prostitutes; there were common city folks, and noble gentlemen.

    Their lives were usually colorful and interesting, full of dangers and excitements.

    There were many people who loathed and detested them. There were many people who envied them.

    Because they usually dressed glamorously, gave out generously, drank whole-heartily, ate wholly.

    Unfortunately these are their happy side

    They have another side.

    A painful side.

    * * *

    Magnificent constable caught a magnificent thief, planned feast to celebrate the heroic deed, ate and drank whole-heartily, drank till half-death.

    Great bandit completed a big heist, handed some to the poor, spent the entire day in wine and pleasure, spent until there was no more.

    Great hero with fame and power and no matter where he went, he was respected and welcomed.

    Noble child born to luxury and extravagance, who always had whatever he wanted.

    These lives are definitely envious; but have you seen their other side?

    * * *

    They had their loneliness and pain.

    In dark and quiet night, waking up after drinking whole-heartily, and then suddenly realizing the person lying next to you is someone you didnt even know the name of.

    Have you experienced this before?

    Between the noise of cheers and acclaims, after a person returns home to the pitch-black window only wishing for daylight to come out quicker.

    Have you felt this way before?

    Tonight you spent in drinking and pleasure, party blissfully, but you do not even know when you will be at tomorrow.

    Even not knowing where you will be drunk tonight.

    Willow tree dances in the wind, breezes at dawn and the fading moon. Although these moods are beautiful, but in its beauty how desolate it is and how it makes a man heart-broken.

    This type of happiness, would you want to enjoy it?

    Hypothetically, if you are able to have whatever you wanted, then what in life is worth chasing after?

    This type of meaningless, who would know?

    I know.

    This is because I am also a Jianghu man and a wanderer without a root. If someone says I am in a slow and chronic suicide, seeking my own death, it is because he does not know

    Not know I already have a poisonous wine on my hand.

    Of course it is the best poison.

    * * *

    Whats written in wuxia novels are people of Jianghu, but what I am writing right now is a bit different.

    I want to write a series of stories; each chapter is a model representing individuals at its core.

    I want to write about their happiness and about their pain.

    I want them to create a mirror, in which everyone can find out what they should do through this mirror.

    No matter what, they are lovely people.

    It is because they dare to love and dare to hate, dare to cry and dare to laugh. It is also because they speak of loyalty and have principals.

    * * *

    Life, after all, is also lovely.

    When a man is alive, he ought to understand how to enjoy life and how to pursue happiness.

    If a mans face is dirty, should he not go to a mirror in order to see how to wipe it off?

    I only hope this mirror could do the same; help people wipe away the dirt spots in their lives.

    I truly hope every ones life could become happier.

    [End Forewords]
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    Originally translated by xJadedx, chowbeng, and kara. Edited by kaister

    Chapter 1
    One Sword Strikes Through the Heart -

    Aura of the sword sweeps across 30 000 li (miles)
    Light of the sword chills through nineteen zhou (continents/islands)1

    Late autumn.

    Tree leaves were falling due to the wind2. The setting sun filled the sky.

    Under the falling tree leaves, there stood a man. It was as if he was one with this vast lands autumn scenery.

    Because he was too quiet.

    Because he was too cold.

    Along this bone-deep cold detachment and tiredness, there was a kind of threatening killing aura.

    He was tired. Perhaps it was because he had already killed too many. There were even some who should not have been killed.

    He killed only because he never had a choice.

    * * *

    There was a sword in his palm; a northern snakehead3 leather scabbard with a golden mouth and decorated with thirteen large pearls, with a long sword .

    In Jianghu, there were not many people who did not recognize this sword, and not many people who did not know this man.

    This man and his sword had been famous in Jianghu since he was seventeen. Right now, he was nearing middle age; he could not longer put down this sword. Other also would not allow him to put down this sword.

    When he put down this sword, his life would come to an end.

    Fame, sometimes, is like a baggage; a baggage you can never get rid of.

    The nineteenth of September. Youshi (5-7pm). On the side of the ancient road outside of Luoyang city, under the old tree, clean your throat, and come with your sword!

    Sunset at youshi.

    The autumn sun had set and the fallen leaves were fluttering.

    On the ancient road, a person was coming while taking big strides. He was dressed in fresh and exquisite clothing. He had a pale face and a long sword hanging diagonally behind his shoulder. His pair of eyes was like swords that came out of its scabbards; staring at the sword under the tree.

    He footsteps were steady, but he was walking quickly. He stopped seven chi (feet) away and suddenly asked, "Yan Shisan?"


    "Your Duoming Shisan Jian (Life Snatching Thirteen Sword), is it really invincible?"

    "Not necessarily."

    This person laughed. He laughed mockingly and insensitively and said, "I am Gao Tong4. The "One Sword Strikes Through the Heart", Gao Tong."

    "I know."

    "Did you ask to meet me here?"

    "I know you are currently looking for me."

    "That's right. I am looking for you, because I have to kill you."

    Yan Shisan coldly said, "You are not the only one who wants to kill me."

    Gao Tong said, "It's because you are too famous. As long as I kill you, I can instantly become famous."

    He was laughing coldly and continued, "It is not easy to become famous in Jianghu. Only this method is relatively easy."

    Yan Shisan responded, "Very good."

    Gao Tong said, "Right now I've already came. I brought my sword and cleaned my throat."

    "Very good."

    "Where is your heart?"

    "My heart is already dead."

    "Then I will let it to die one more time."

    The light of the sword flashed and was already drawn out of its sheath. It was heading straight at Yan Shisan's heart as fast as lightning.

    One sword strikes through the heart.

    With just this one sword, he had already pierced through countless of people's heart. This was supposedly a fatal killer!

    However, he did not pierced through Yan Shisan's heart. As his sword thrust out, his throat suddenly became cold.

    Yan Shisan's sword was thrust into his throat.

    It was thrusted one cun three fen (4.33 cm/1.7 in) deep.

    Gao Tong's sword fell, but he was still not dead.

    Yan Shisan said, "I hope you know, becoming famous is not an enjoyable thing."

    Gao Tong stared at him, his eyes were sticking out.

    Yan Shisan dully said, "So you will be better off dead."

    He pulled out his sword from Gao Tong's throat. He was pulling it out very slowly so that the fresh blood would not splatter on his body.

    He was very experience with this. If blood stained your clothes, it will be very hard to clean it off.

    -- Wouldn't it be even harder to wash off the bloodstain on your hand?

    * * *

    The twilight grew even darker.

    The blood on the sword had finished dripping.

    As the sword went back to its sheath, four people appeared in the twilight.

    Four people, four swords!

    The four people were dressed very exquisitely and had very imposing manners. The hair of the oldest was already completely white. The youngest was still a youth.

    Yan Shisan had never seen these people before, but still knew who they were.

    The oldest had been famous for forty years; he had remained outside the frontier5 all these years. His self-developed Feiying Shisan Ci (Flying Eagle Thirteen Stabs) stance dominated the border region. This time he entered the border to look for Yan Shisan. He did not believe his Flying Eagle Thirteen Stabs could be less than Yan Shisans Life Snatching Thirteen Sword.

    The youngest was a promising youth who had recently rose to fame in Jianghu. He was also the most outstanding student of the Diancang Sect. He had natural talent and was willing to endure hardship. His heart was also very ruthless. That was why after debuting for only one year, the name Heartless Youngster Cao Bing6 had already shook Jianghu.

    The other two were, of course, also highly skilled masters. Qing Feng Jians7 swordplay was light and unpredictable, his sword was like wind. Iron Sword Zhen Sanshas8 swordplay was steady and vigorous, his sword actually weighed thirty-three catties.

    * * *

    Yan Shisan knew who they were. They came because he invited them here.

    All four peoples eyes were staring at him. No one even glanced at the corpse on the ground.

    They were not willing to break their own spirit before they even attack. No matter who was lying dead on the ground, it had nothing to do with them. As long as they were alive, whoever was dead or alive did not matter to them.

    Yan Shisan smiled. He was smiling wearily, I cant believe you all came.

    Guanwai Feiying9 coldly said, I thought you only invited me.

    Yan Shisan said indifferently, If something can be taken care of once, why waste more time on it.

    Cao Bing interrupted, Four people came, so who goes first?

    He was anxious.

    He was anxious to become famous and anxious to kill Yan Shisan.

    Iron Sword Zhen Sanshan suggested, We can use rock paper scissors. The winner gets to go first.

    Yan Shisan said, Not necessary.

    Iron Sword Zhen Sanshan asked, Not necessary?

    Yan Shisan said, You can all attack together!

    Guanwai Feiying angrily said, What kind of people do you think we are? How can we use many against the few?

    Yan Shisan asked, You are not willing?

    Guanwai Feiying replied, Of course not willing.

    Yan Shisan said, Im willing!

    He had already drawn his sword. His sword flashed like a rainbow and lightning. It suddenly flashed at the same time in front of all four mens eyes.

    Now they had no choice even if they were unwilling. All four of their swords left their sheath at the same time. Cao Bing attack was the fastest, the most vicious, and the most heartless.

    Guanwai Feiying leapt in the air and attacked downward. Flying Eagle Thirteen Stances10 was the same type of martial art as the Qiqin Zhang (Seven Avian Palm); using height to strike low and strength to conquer the weak. Unfortunately, his opponent was even stronger.

    In a blink of an eye, Cao Bing had struck out nine sword stances. He did not pay attention to the others, but only stared at Yan Shisan. His only wish was to have this man die under his sword. Unfortunately, his nine sword strikes hit nothing but air. Yan Shisan, who was originally in front of his eyes, was now nowhere to be seen. He paused and then realized something very frightening.

    Three more dead people appeared on the ground. Each one of their throats had a hole.

    Guanwai Feiying, Qing Fengjian, and Iron Sword Zhen Sanshan, these three first-class swordsmen in Jianghu, had all in the blink of an eye died under Yan Shisans sword.

    Cao Bings hands were ice cold. He lifted his head and then saw Yan Shisan was already standing far away underneath that ancient tree.

    The killing sword had returned to its sheath.

    Cao Bing gripped his hands tightly and said, You

    Yan Shisan interrupted him, I dont want to kill you yet!

    Cao Bing asked, Why?

    Yan Shisan replied, Because I want to give you another chance to kill me.

    The green veins on Cao Bings hand were bulging. The sweats on his forehead were like beans. He could not accept such an opportunity. This was an insult. However, he also did not want to give up this opportunity.

    Yan Shisan continued, Go back and practice sword skills for three years, then come back and kill me.

    Cao Bing clenched his teeth.

    Yan Shisan continued, Diancangs swordplay is really not bad. As long as youre willing to practice, then youll surely have a chance.

    Cao Bing suddenly asked, What if you have already died under someone elses sword three years later?

    Yan Shisan smiled, Then you can go kill the person who killed me.

    Can Bing bitterly replied, You better take care, and better not die!

    Yan Shisan said, I also hope that would be the case!

    * * *

    The twilight grew even darker. Darkness had enveloped the land.

    Yan Shisan slowly turned around and faced the darkest part of the night. Suddenly, he said, Are you well?

    After a long time, there was indeed a reply in the darkness, I am not well.

    It was a cold voice; hoarse yet deep. A man slowly emerged from the darkness. Black clothes, black hair, black sheathed sword, and his face was black as if it was carrying an expression of death. Only his pair of pitch black eyes was shining. He walked very slowly, yet his entire body seemed very light. His feet seemed as if it did not even touch the ground; like a spirit of the night.

    Yan Shisans pupils suddenly contracted. He suddenly asked, Raven11?


    Yan Shisan deeply sighed, Couldnt believe that in the end I still meet you!

    Raven replied, Meeting me is not a good thing.

    Indeed it was not. Raven is not a magpie12, no one like to see a raven. In ancient times, there was a legend the arrival of raven would bring disaster. What kind of disaster did he bring this time?

    Perhaps he himself was the disaster, an unavoidable disaster.

    * * *

    Since it was unavoidable, then why bother and worry about it? Yan Shisan had returned back to calmness.

    Raven stared at him, stared at his sword, and then said, Great sword!

    Yan Shisan asked, You like swords?

    The Raven replied, I only like great swords. You not only have great swordplay, but also have a great sword.

    Yan Shisan asked, You want my sword?

    Raven replied, En.13

    His reply was straightforward yet simple. Yan Shisan laughed. This time, his smile no longer had that weary expression, but only a killing aura! He knew that he had, at last, met a true opponent.

    Raven said, Magpies bring good news, but ravens, however, bring difficulties and disasters.

    Yan Shisan asked, You came to bring disaster?

    Raven replied, Yes.

    Yan ShiSan asked, I will face disaster?

    Raven said, Yes.

    Yan Shisan asked, Are you the disaster that I must face?

    Raven replied, No.

    Yan Shisan asked, If it is not you, then what is it?

    Black Raven replied, It is your sword!

    * * *

    An ordinary man by himself is innocent, but treasuring a jade ring becomes a crime.14 Yan Shisan obviously understood this principle. His fame and his sword were like the musk deers smell and the antelopes antlers.

    Raven said, I have already collected seventeen swords.

    Yan Shisan replied, Quite a few.

    Raven continued, All seventeen are famous swords.

    Yan Shisan said, Looks like youve also killed quite a few famous people.

    Raven said, I also want Gao Tong and the Old Eagles swords.

    Yan Shisan responded, If you take care of their corpses, all four swords are yours.

    Raven said, I only want the swords, not the corpses!

    Yan Shisan asked, Could it be that you only want dead peoples swords?

    Raven said, Thats right!

    Yan Shisan said, If you kill me, my swords yours as well!

    Raven said, Of course.

    Yan Shisan said, Very good.

    Raven said, Not good.

    Yan Shisan replied, Whats not good?

    [End of Chapter 1]

    [1] Two quick notes: 1. li is 1640ft or 500m, often translated as mile even though its really only 1/3 of an English mile. 2. zhou (洲), is a land mass surrounded by water. The previous translation had this translated as province or state. I think this is because the Chinese character looks and sounds similar to zhou (州), which is more of a province/state.
    Truthfully the exact text 30000 li or 19 zhou doesnt really matter. I can easily translate it as great distance and great area and still convey the same message. However, I'm just going stay as close to the original text as possible.
    [2] Muyexiaoxiao (木叶萧萧), muye, lit. "wood leave", is a very poetic way of saying tree leave. Xiaoxiao when used in the context means wind blowing causing the leaves to fall. Muyexiaoxiao is a phrase used to paint a very desolate scene or show a person in a sorrowful mood.
    [3] Heiyu (黑魚), lit. black fish is a nickname for wuli (烏鱧), or Northern snakehead.
    [4] Gao Tong (高通), surname Gao means high/tall, given name means go through/clear/open.
    [5] Guanwai (关外), means outside the Shanhai Guan (Pass), which is traditionally the Chinese frontier.
    [6] Cao Bing (曹冰), surname Cao, given name means ice.
    [7] Qing Feng Jian (清风剑), lit. mean cool breeze sword.
    [8] Tieshou Zhen Sanshan (铁剑镇三山) is another strange name. It literally means iron sword pressing three mountains. However since Zhen Sanshan is an actually character in Water Margin, I only partially translate the name.
    [9] Guanwai Feiying (关外飞鹰) is not exactly a name. Feiying is literally flying eagle. So his name is Flying eagle of the outside of Guanhai Pass, which is very wordy.
    [10] Not a typo. The Chinese text says feiyingshisanshi instead of feiyingshisanci earlier, where shi=stance and ci=stab/pierce/prick.
    [11] wuya (乌鸦), means either raven or crow. The Chinese literally mean black corvidae (crow family) so I understand why it was translated to black raven since its literally means black crow. Unfortunately, raven is never translated back to a ya, its always a wuya. So if I translate black raven back to Chinese, itll be something like a heiwuya, where hei is the common word for black, thus hei=black wuya=raven. Therefore, I dropped black altogether.
    [12] xique (喜鹊), lit means happiness magpie.
    [13] En, a noise used to indicate agreement.
    [14] Chinese idiom, 怀璧其罪, means wealth or talent will attract trouble from envious people to an innocent man.

    Quote Originally Posted by kaister
    Editor Notes

    Most of the edited chapter is based on xJadedx's translation. I did this because that translation is closer to the style I translate in, which is more direct and follows closer to the original text. Although chowbeng's chapter is based on kara's translation, I suspect the original Chinese text was used somewhere because it correctly translated two mistakes in the other translations. There was really nothing inherently wrong with kara's translation; because there are 3 versions, I had to choose one as a basis.

    More notes:
    1. I've decided to keep the beginning poem more as a literal translation of the original text. I found someone translated it as the following:

    The energy of the sword penetrate through thousands miles.
    The aura of the sword pierce through thousands lands.

    Although, this translation doesn't stay true to the original text, it's a perfectly valid translation, IMO.
    Translating poetry is a bit difficult for me. Part of the reason is that poem uses a lot of figurative speech; literal translation doesn't always work. The poem pretty much describes how invincible a person's sword skill is.

    2. chowbeng managed to translate two parts of the text correctly, which stuck to me. One, "木叶萧萧" (see footnote 2) is a phrase I'm not familiar with but after doing a bit of research, chowbeng's translation is the most accurate. The text can not be translated literally. Two, "关外" (see footnote 5), for some reasons also seemed to have given the other two translators some difficulties.

    Again, I re-translated a few of the texts but a most of the translation is based off one of the previous translations. I also made so style choice decision. For example, I'm treating "Raven" as an actual name; therefore "The Raven" sounds kind of strange, just like it doesn't make sense to say "The John" or "The Harry". Since ravens are inherently black, "Black Raven" sounds redundant so I dropped the word "black".

    Going over the first half took much longer than the second half. This is because second half is mostly dialogues and they're pretty straightforward. I was starting to get worry at the beginning.

    Unfortunately, I'm not much of an "editor". If there's any mistake, feel free to PM me.
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    Default ch. 2

    Originally translated by xJadedx, chowbeng, kara. Edited by kaister.

    Chapter 2
    A Change of Fortune

    Raven said, Right now I am still not certain I can kill you!

    Yan Shisan laughed loudly. He suddenly realized that this man truly was a raven at least ravens would not tell lies.

    Raven continued, Especially that sword stance you used just now to kill Guanwai Feiying.

    Yan Shisan remarked, You cant break that sword stance?

    Raven said, I cant think of a person who can break that sword stance.

    Yan Shisan asked, You believe that this swordplay is the unparalleled in the world?

    Raven replied, I have seen the great masters from both the Seven Major Sword Sects and the Four Great Noble Families.

    Yan Shisan asked, What do you think of them?

    Raven replied, Their swordplay are all too conservative. They value their own lives too much. Therefore,
    they are inferior to you.

    Yan Shisan sighed and said, Your insights are quite good, but your knowledge is quite limited.

    Raven replied, Oh?

    Yan Shisan continued, I know a man who can break that sword stance of mine easily.

    Ravens expressions changed, Youve seen his swordsmanship?

    Yan Shisan nodded and sighed, Now that swordplay is truly unparalleled in the world.

    Raven asked, Who is this man?

    Yan Shisan did not answer directly, but only held out three fingers.

    Raven asked, Three Hand Sword Jin Fei15?

    Legend has it that when Three Hand Sword dueled with someone, it was as if he had three hands. A single sword also seemed to transform into three. One only needed to hear his name to be able to imagine the quickness of his swordplay and the numerous variations of his stances.

    Yan Shisan, however, shook his head, To truly kill someone, you dont need three hands, nor do you need three swords.

    To truly kill someone, one sword is enough.

    Raven said, So youre not talking about him?

    Yan Shisan replied, No!

    Raven asked, Who is it?

    Yan Shisan replied, Third Young Master.

    Raven asked, Which familys third young master?

    Yan Shisan replied, At the foot of the Emerald Cloud Peak, in front of the Green Water Lake.

    Ravens fists tightened. Yan Shisan continued, He is also using a precious sword that is unparalleled in the world.

    Ravens pupils contracted. Yan Shisan continued, But I advise you that no matter what do not go meet him.

    Raven suddenly laughed. He rarely laughed, and his laughter was erratic yet strange. Yan Shisan said, This is not a joke.

    Raven replied, Im laughing at you.

    Yan Shisan said, Oh?

    Raven replied, You obviously knew that since I already came here, I would never let you go.

    Yan Shisan agreed.

    Raven continued, Although Im not certain that I can kill you, you also are not certain that you can kill me.

    Yan Shisan admitted to this. Raven continued, Therefore you want to provoke me to go to Emerald Cloud Peak and challenge that Third Young Master first.

    Yan Shisan also laughed!

    Raven asked, Is this a joke to you?

    Yan Shisan replied, No, Im laughing at myself.

    Raven said, Oh?

    Yan Shisan explained, Because you see through my mind so easily.

    Raven asked, So right now you are not willing to duel with me?

    Yan Shisan replied, Very unwilling.

    Raven asked, Why?

    Yan Shisan replied, Because I still have an appointment to keep.

    Raven asked, What kind of appointment?

    Yan Shisan replied, An appointment with death.

    Raven asked, Where is the appointment?

    Yan Shishan answered, At the foot of the Emerald Cloud Peak, in front of the Green Water Lake.

    Raven asked, You are still going even though you know perfectly well that you are not his match?

    Yan Shisan replied, Appointment of death is eternal until weve met?

    Raven asked, Could it be that you are intentionally going to your death?

    Yan Shisan laughed again and plainly said, Could it be that you think living is such an enjoyable thing?

    Raven shut his mouth.

    Yan Shisan was still laughing; his laughter contained an indescribable hint of mockery. He said, A swordsman will sooner or later die under someone elses sword, there is no way to escape this.

    Raven kept his silence.

    Yan Shisan said, I had killed countless people in my life. If I could die under the sword of the worlds
    number one swordsman, then I would die with no regrets.

    Raven looked at him and stared at him for a very long time. Suddenly he said, Fine. You can go.

    Yan Shisan cupped his fists to bid farewell, turned around and left without another word. He did not go far before he stopped once again. He discovered that Raven had been following him all along; following him like his shadow.

    Raven also stopped and looked at him.

    Yan Shisan said, I understood your intentions.

    Black Raven said, Oh?

    Yan Shisan said, If I can go, why cant you go as well?

    Raven said, You are not stupid.

    Yan Shisan said, But you don't necessarily have to go with me together.

    Raven replied, I have to.

    Yan Shisan asked, Why?

    Raven replied, Because I don't want to miss the chance to see the duel between the two of you. He continued coldly, A dual between great masters, they had to use their full strength. If I watched from the side, I definitely would be able to identify the flaws in their swordplay.

    Yan Shisan sighed, Makes sense.

    Raven said, No matter which one of you wins or loses in this dual, the one alive at the very end must be me.

    Yan Shisan said, Because by that time, the victor must have also exhausted all his strength. Additionally, you have identified the flaw in his swordplay; so if you wanted to kill him, that would be the best opportunity.

    Raven said, So how can I miss out on such an opportunity?

    Yan Shisan replied, Indeed, you should not.

    He sighed again, It's just a pity that you've made one slight error.

    Black Raven asked, What is it?

    Yan Shisan replied, Within Third Young Masters swordplay, there is no flaw, not even one!

    * * *

    Right now they had already started drinking.

    The best restaurant, the best wine; they had always been extravagant men.

    Yan Shisan said, After killing people, I must drink wine.

    Raven responded, Without killing people, Id still drink wine.

    Yan Shisan continued, After drinking wine, I must to find a woman.

    Raven responded, Without drinking wine, Id still go find a woman.

    Yan Shisan laughed loudly, Who knew that you are a voluptuary16.

    Raven replied, We are both the same.

    They had really drunk quite a few.

    Yan Shisan said, Since youre also a voluptuary, Ill let you have it today.

    Raven asked, Let me have what?

    Yan Shisan replied, Let you have the bill.

    The Raven said, No need to let me have it, no need to be polite.

    Yan Shisan said, This time I must let you have it, I must be polite.

    Raven replied, No need, no need.

    Yan Shisan said, I have to, I have to.

    When others dine out, they tend to insist on paying the bill, but these two were insisting on not paying the bill.

    Yan Shisan said, When I have to kill, I never carry any burdens with me, so they wont get in the way.

    Raven replied, Oh?

    Yan Shisan continued, Silver is the most burdensome thing.

    Raven agreed. If a person carried a few hundred taels of silver with them, how could he possibly still display light movements?

    Raven suggested, You can bring silver banknotes.

    Yan Shisan said, I hate silver banknotes.

    Raven asked, Why?

    Yan Shisan replied, A single banknote passed through countless pairs of hands. Its awfully filthy.

    Raven suggested again, The large pearls on your sword can be exchanged for silver.

    Yan Shisan laughed again. Raven asked, Is this a joke?

    Yan Shisan replied, The world's biggest joke.

    He suddenly lowered his voice, All the pearls are fake. I sold the real ones a long time ago.

    Raven was stunned. Yan Shisan continued, Therefore today I have to be polite and let you have it.

    Raven asked, What if I didnt come with you?

    Yan Shisan replied, Then Id obviously have other ways. But now since youre here already, why would I need to think of other ways?

    Raven also laughed.

    Yan Shisan asked, What are you laughing at?

    Raven said, Im laughing at you because you found the wrong person.

    He also lowered his voice, Im the same as you. Tonight, I also came prepared to kill.

    Yan Shisan asked, You also hate paper money?

    Raven replied, I despise them.

    Yan Shisan was also stunned.

    Raven said, So today I also have to be polite and let you have the honor.

    Yan Shisan sighed only to see the restaurant owner came forward with a laugh.
    Both of you need not to be polite to each other because both of your bills had already been paid for by someone downstairs.

    * * *

    Who paid the bills? Why would they pay the bills for them? They did not even think about it, nor did they even ask about it. To them, none of these were important.

    To be able to eat and drink freely without paying is always a very happy thing.

    When a person is happy, it is natural to drink more than usual. However, they were not drunk yet.

    Just when they were about to feel a bit drunk, two women suddenly came up from downstairs. Both were very attractive women and they were very well dressed. They were exactly the kind of women who could captivate men the best.

    When men are on the verge of being drunk, they are most easily tempted.

    Yan Shisan and Raven were already captivated, and were just planning on thinking of a way to seduce them. Who knew that they actually did not even need to be seduced; they came over by themselves.

    I am Xiao Hong.

    I am Xiao Cui.

    The two of them smiled very sweetly and very charmingly, We came here specifically to serve you two.

    Yan Shisan looked at Raven, and Raven looked at Yan Shisan.

    If the people who had died under their swords saw what they looked like now, they would surely feel that they had died unjustly. Now, they did not look at all like the world famous, heartless swordsmen.

    Xiao Hong sweetly said, Would the two gentlemen like to drink wine here or come to our place; either is fine.

    Xiao Cui said, The bills for both places, someone had already paid for.

    Although there were many good people and good deeds in the world, such good thing was still very rare.

    Raven asked, Is this your luck or is it mine?

    Yan Shisan replied, It is certainly mine.

    Raven asked, Why?

    Yan ShiSan replied, They say that when a man was about to die, his fortune would always change.

    * * *

    This was the first day.

    The second day was also the same, no matter where they went, someone always paid for their bills.

    Who was paying the bills? Why? They still did not even ask or even think about it.

    They slept very late and rose very late. Every day, the moment they stepped out of the inns door, there would be a carriage waiting for them outside. It was as if someone was worried that they would be too tired from the night before and were unable to walk. But today, they wanted to get off the carriage and walk.

    The weather today was excellent.

    Raven asked, Is the Emerald Cloud Peak far away?

    Yan Shisan answered, Not very far.

    Raven said, To travel like this, I hope to travel a bit further. The further the better.

    Yan Shisan said, We could walk slowly.

    In front of them was a large forest; the tree leaves were still very green. Yan Shisan suggested, How about we go drink for a bit in the forest?

    Raven asked, Wheres the wine?

    Yan Shisan replied, Relax, if we want to drink, someone would naturally bring the wine here.

    * * *

    It was a sunny day.

    They walked along the sun-lit road; the carriage was following behind them. On the other side of the road, however, a carriage was coming over and only stopped after it drove into the forest. Three adults and a child stepped out of the carriage.

    [End of Chapter 2]

    [15] Jin Fei (金飞), surname Jin means gold, given name means fly/flight.
    [16] jiusezhitu (酒色之徒), lit. means follower of wine and woman, but voluptuary, which is a person devoted to the pursuit of luxury and pleasure, is also a fair translation.

    Quote Originally Posted by kaister

    Editor Note.

    Not much changes, saw a few relatively small mistakes. Its primarily based on xJadedxs translation.
    xJadedx translate like I do, i.e. a more direct translation and close translation, which is a good and bad thing. Why bad? The original text has a lot of redundancy.

    For example, sooner or later will inevitably dies under someone elses sword, something hard to avoid.. (paraphrasing here). It has the following redundant elements: sooner or later, inevitably, and hard to avoid. Thus chowbeng/karas translation sometimes flow better.

    The one change I made was switching from Jade Cloud Peak to Emerald Cloud Peak. Either is fine, the word "cui" could mean either jade green or emerald green. I wanted to emphasize that it's a color but "jade green cloud peak" or "emerald green cloud peak" doesn't sound as nice. Jade to me means the gem, but frankly so is an emerald. However emerald give me a sense of a richer green color, whereas the shade of jade varies. I stuck with emerald because that color is closer to how I imagine this color to be.

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    Originally translated by xJadedx, chowbeng, and kara. Edited by kaister.

    Chapter 3
    The Strange Sword of Thousand Snakes

    The adults went in. A beautiful child in green clothes and a small hat came out, took a big red silk ribbon and tied it on the tree branches outside. The child also went into the forest. Then Yan Shisan sighed, Looks like we better change to another location to drink wine.

    Raven asked, Is this place not good?

    Yan Shisan replied, Its very good!

    Raven asked, If its very good, then why should we change?

    Yan Shisan replied, Because of this.

    He pointed at the red silk ribbon on the tree branch.

    Raven asked, What does this mean?

    Yan Shisan replied, This means that this place has momentarily become a forbidden ground, and no one else can enter.

    Raven laughed coldly, Whose rules are these?

    Before Yan Shisan could reply, the sound of a zither suddenly flowed out from the forest. The sound was melodious and beautiful, and was filled with happiness and joy.

    The Raven, however, tightly clenched his fists.

    At that moment, eleven fast horses were suddenly galloping on the road. The riders on the horses were wearing tightly fitted clothes. They were agile and fierce. Each person was carrying a large saber on his back. The red silk ribbons on the saber were dancing in the wind. As the horses rushed into the forest, each of the riders got off their horses. Each of their movements seemed strong and vigorous.

    There were not many true skilled masters in the martial world, but these eleven people all appeared to be skilled masters.

    The one with the swiftest movements was a one-armed big fellow, as soon as he rushed into the forest, he shouted fiercely, Brings all your lives and come with me!

    * * *

    The sound of the zither in the forest did not stop, still sounded so melodious and beautiful, and made people joyous.

    The eleven big men already stormed in.

    Raven asked, Did these men came from Mount Tai Hang?

    Yan Shisan said, En.

    Raven said, The Great Sabers of Tai Hang do indeed have guts.

    Yan Shisan said, En.

    Raven asked, What do you think they came here for?

    Yan Shisan replied, Came here to die!

    As soon as he finished speaking, someone flew out from the forest, falling heavily on the ground. He stopped moving as soon as he hit the ground, without even making a single sound.

    This man was the most agile and fiercest, the one-armed big fellow.

    * * *

    The melodious zither sound still did not stop.

    From the forest, however, bodies continued to fly out nonstop, one after another, a total of eleven.

    The eleven men, as soon as they flew out, dropped to the ground and could not even move.

    When they stormed into the forest, they moved very fast.

    They came out even faster.

    Raven coldly said, They had indeed come here to die.

    Yan Shisan replied, It seems that theyre not the only ones who came here to die.

    Raven asked, There is still me?

    Yan Shisan replied, Now is not your turn yet.

    Raven did not ask any further.

    He had already seen two people approaching on the road one adult and one child. The adult was not very old, and was at the most around thirty years old. Moreover, it was a woman; a woman that appeared very delicate and very pretty. Her face had an expression of indescribable sorrow. The child was younger than the child who came out a moment ago to tie the silk ribbon, and had a pair of large eyes that were constantly looking around. Anyone could tell that this was a very smart child cute as well as smart.

    However, he was about to do something that was perhaps not very smart.

    They were walking toward the forest.

    Even Raven could not bear to see them walking to their deaths and was prepared to stop them.

    They had also seen the red silk ribbon on the branch, and the young ma'am, who was dressed in emerald green clothes, suddenly said, Untie it!

    Thus, the child stood on his toes and untied it, but then also replaced the knot with a piece of emerald green silk ribbon that he took out.

    After that, the two slowly walked into the forest.

    It was as if neither of the two had seen the dead bodies on the ground nor Raven and Yan Shisan. Raven originally planned to stop them, but now, for some reason he had changed his mind. Yan Shisan did not even move.

    Their eyes, however, both showed a strange expression.

    Just now, the sound of zither in the forest suddenly stopped.

    * * *

    The wind was blowing the tree leaves and the sunlight basked the earth.

    A very, very long time had passed after the zither had stopped; there was still no sound coming out from inside the forest.

    No one knew just what had happened inside.

    * * *

    Who was the one playing the zither?

    Why did the zither music suddenly stop?

    Would the young woman and the child be thrown out of the forest just like the men of Great Sabers of Tai Hang?

    * * *

    Anyone would want to know the answers to these questions. Raven and Yan Shisan were no exceptions.

    Therefore they did not leave. Even the driver of the horse carriage, who was following behind them, had his eyes wide opened waiting to see some excitements.

    There was no excitement to see. No one was thrown out.

    They only heard a series of footsteps treading on the fallen leaves. The footsteps were very light and very slow. Walking in the front was the older child who moments ago came out to tie the red silk ribbon onto the branch. Two people were slowly walking behind him, a man and a woman who seemed to be husband and wife. They both were not very old, their attire was exquisite, and their demeanor was very elegant.

    The man carried a long sword at his waist, and looked handsome and suave. The woman was not only beautiful but also gentle. If they really were husband and wife, then they really would be an enviable pair. Only now, both of their faces were a bit pale and they seemed to be a bit angry.

    They were initially planning to step into the carriage, but changed their minds after they saw Raven and Yan Shisan standing outside the forest.

    The two, in a low voice, gave a few instructions to the child. The child ran over and stared at them with his pair of big eyes. He said, Have you been here for a long time?

    Yan Shisan nodded.

    The child asked, Youve seen everything that just happened?

    Raven nodded.

    The child asked, Do you know where were from?

    Yan Shisan replied, Flaming Mountains17, Red Cloud Valley, Xiahou Manor.

    The child sighed and said, You seem to know quite a few things.

    Although his voice was clearly that of a child, his tone and facial expressions, however, were very mature.

    Yan Shisan asked, Whats your name?

    The child said with a serious face, You dont need to ask for my name. Im not here to make friends with you!

    Raven asked, What are you here for?

    The child replied, Our master (gongzi) want to borrow three things from you, three things from each of you!

    Raven asked, Which three?

    The child replied, A tongue and two eyes.

    Yan ShiSan laughed.

    Raven also laughed unexpectedly.

    The two suddenly reached out simultaneously, one grabbing his arms and the other grabbing his legs, and at the same time said in a low voice!

    Fly, boy.

    Then the child flew up with a whoosh sound, like a missile shooting straight up toward the sky.

    That man placed his hands behind his back as if he did not even see this, but his wife frowned.

    Only then did the child fall back down.

    Raven and Yan Shisan reached out simultaneously again, caught him gently, and gently placed him on the ground. The child was now scared out of his wits and even his pants were wet.

    Yan Shisan, smiling, patted his head and said, Dont worry, when I was little, I was often thrown up like this by adults.

    Raven added, This way helps build up courage.

    The child rolled his eyes and was prepared to flee.

    Yan Shisan said, You didnt take the things you came here for, how are you going to explain it when you go back?

    The child replied, I

    Yan Shisan said, I can teach you a method.

    The child was listening.

    Yan Shisan continued, Would your master happen to be Master Xiahou?

    The child nodded.

    Yan Shisan asked, Did he ask you come get these things?

    The child kept on nodding.
    Yan Shisan said, Then you can go back and ask him, if hes the one who wants these three things, why doesnt he come get it himself?

    The child did not nod anymore, and ran immediately after turning around.

    Master Xiahous face was still expressionless, but his wife walked over. Her walking posture was graceful yet noble, her voice was also very refined, and she gently said, My name is Xue Keren18. The man standing over there is my husband Xiahou Xing19.

    Yan Shisan blandly said, So it is the young zhuangzhu (manor master) of Red Cloud Valley.

    Xue Keren replied, Since both of you have heard of his name, then you should know what kind of a person he is.

    Yan Shisan said, I dont know.

    Xue Keren replied, He is a genius. Not only is he skilled at both literary and martial arts, very few people can match his swordplay.

    Even if women admire their own husbands, they would still rarely praise their husbands like this in front of others. Even if they did praise, they would at least still blush a little. Not only did she not blush, she did not even look a bit embarrassed. Her beautiful eyes were full of love and admiration for her husband.

    Yan Shisan sighed to himself. Being able to marry such a woman, what good fortune.

    Xue Keren continued, Against a person like him, it is only natural the two of you wouldn't want to fight him!

    Yan Shisan replied, Oh?

    Xue Keren replied, Because not only is he from such a distinguished family, he is also extremely skilled himself. If you two fight someone like him, isn't it akin to eggs hitting against rocks? Therefore I would advise both of you should still

    Yan Shisan said, Should still obediently cut off our tongues, gouge our eyes out, and give to him?

    Xue Keren sighed again and said, Although that method is a little inconvenient, it is at least better than losing your lives.

    Yan Shisan laughed again and suddenly asked, Is this young master of yours, whos skilled in both literary and martial arts, a mute?

    Xue Keren replied, Of course not!

    Yan ShiSan replied, Then why doesnt he come here and say these things himself?

    Raven coldly said, Even if he was mute, he still has an *ss. Why cant he let these bullshits out by himself?

    Xiahou Xings facial expressions changed.

    Yan Shisan continued, Since he wont come over, why cant we go over there?

    Raven replied, We can.

    Yan Shisan asked, Should you go? Or should I go?

    Raven replied, You!

    Yan Shisan said, It is said that his Lotus Root May Break But Its Fiber Remain Connected, Meteor Shower Filled the Sky20 Thousand Snakes Sword is not only a good sword, but also a strange sword!

    Raven said, En.

    Yan Shisan asked, If he died, who does his sword belong to?

    Raven replied, Belong to you!

    Yan Shisan asked, You dont want that sword?

    Raven replied, I do!

    Yan ShiSan asked, Then why are you not eager to fight him?

    Raven said, Because Im too lazy to fight with brats like that. He annoys me the second I see him.

    Before he could finish, a shadow flashed before his eyes and Xiahou Xing was already standing in front of him. His face was pale and he said coldly, But the one I want to fight is you!

    Raven replied, Then draw your sword quickly!

    * * *

    Xiahou Xings sword already left its sheath.

    Lotus Root May Break But Its Fiber Remain Connected, Meteor Shower Filled the Sky Thousand Snakes Sword.

    This was indeed a strange sword.

    With a tremble of his hand, the single sword seemed to have transformed into hundreds and thousand of silver snakes, transformed into meteor shower that filled the sky. It seemed to have broken into countless of slices, each slices aiming for the vital points.

    Ravens vital points.

    Ravens could fly, but he could not take off. He turned around and a sword light flew out and protected his body.

    A Ka sound was heard and the thousands of broken swords suddenly merged again and thrust towards his throat. This sword was installed with an ingenious secret mechanism which allowed it be merged together and divided at will. When it was together, the sword was one long sword. When it was divided, it turned into thousands of secret projectiles all linked together by a thin silver wire. When the thin silver wire was contracted, the mechanism activates and it became one single sword again.

    Yan ShiSan sighed again and said, I should have fought this battle. I also want this sword.

    Suddenly, there was a series of ding ding noise, like dense rain hitting the window or beads falling into a jade plate.

    In this short moment, Raven had also thrust out (seven seven) forty-nine stances, each hitting a fragmented sword piece of the Thousand Snake Sword.

    The Thousand Snake Sword immediately softened as if it was a long, silvery whip. Ravens sword had already wrapped around the tip of the whip. Xiahou Xings facial expressions changed. He turned around and leapt into midair. The tip of the whip spun, along with his body, and left Ravens swords hold; with a Ka sound it merged into a single sword again.

    Yan Shisan immediately interrupted, Neither of you won this battle, now its my turn!

    Xiahou Xing laughed coldly. He looked around in all four directions and his facial expressions suddenly changed again and turned worse than a moment ago.

    He suddenly realized that there was one person missing.

    The child was lying on the ground, as if someone had sealed his pressure points. But Xue Keren was nowhere to be seen.

    XiaHou Xing kicked open his pressure points and fiercely asked, Who did this?

    The child was pale and replied, It it was the Mistress!

    Xiahou Xing asked, Where is the Mistress?

    The child replied, The Mistress ran away.

    * * *

    The child was still sitting on the ground crying, but XiaHou Xing had already left in pursuit. Yan Shisan and Raven did not stop him.

    If a mans wife suddenly ran away, how does he feel? They could guess what that feels like. However they could never have dreamed that such a gentle and virtuous woman, who admired her husband so much, would suddenly run away while her husband was in a battle of life and death. They seemed like a perfect match, a happy couple; even Yan Shisan felt very envious of them.

    Right now, why would she run away?

    * * *

    Yan ShiSan suddenly felt very sorrowful, not for himself, and definitely not for that young master.

    He felt sorrowful for man.

    For mankind Who knew that so many of mankinds unfortunate, unlucky, and unhappy things were hidden within fortune, luck, and happiness?

    Who knew?

    * * *

    The child crying on the ground had left, but another even younger child ran out smiling merrily. He was not running very fast, but arrived in front of Yan Shisan and Raven in a blink of the eye. He was at most seven or eight years old. No one would believe that a seven or eight year old child could have such qinggong (lightness martial art). Yan Shisan and Raven had no choice but to believe, since they had witnessed this with their own eyes.

    This child was also looking at them and smiling. He was smiling adorably.

    Raven usually did not like children. He always thought that little children were like kittens and puppies, and a man should walk very far away as soon as he sees them. This time, however, he did not walk away, but asked, Whats your name?

    The child replied, Im Little Nuisance21.

    Raven asked, Youre obviously not a nuisance, why are you called Little Nuisance?

    Little Nuisance replied, Youre obviously a human, why are you called Raven?

    Raven wanted to laugh, but did not.

    Isnt a raven precisely a nuisance to everyone? How many people in this world love hearing honest and truthful words?

    Yan Shisan could not help but ask, You know hes called Raven?

    Little Nuisance replied, What a waste of breath.

    Yan Shisans question really was a waste of breath. If Little Nuisance did not know he was called Raven, then why would he call him that?

    Little Nuisance said again, Not only do I know that hes called The Raven, I also know that youre called Yan Shisan. Its because there used to be a man called Yan Qi (Yan Seven) and another called Yan Wu (Yan Five), you felt that you were still a bit stronger than the two of them combined. Therefore you call yourself Yan Shisan (Yan Thirteen).

    Yan Shisan was stunned! This was indeed his intention, and also his secret. He could not guess how this Little Nuisance knew about it.

    Little Nuisance said, To be honest, I really dont know much about you. I only heard about this from my older sister!

    This was another bit of surprise. The woman who just then walked into the forest together with him actually looked like his mother.

    Yan Shisan asked, Does your sister have a name?

    Little Nuisance replied, Of course she does.

    Yan Shisan asked, Whats her name?

    Little Nuisance asked, Are you mute?

    Yan Shisan shook his head.

    Little Nuisance asked, Do you have legs?

    Yan Shisan lowered his head, as if he really wanted to check if he still had legs.

    Little Nuisance said, Since you have legs and arent mute, then why not go ask her yourself?

    Yan Shisan laughed and said, Because Im not blind either, I can still see.

    Little Nuisance asked, See what?

    Yan Shisan pointed to the green silk ribbon on the tree branch, and said, Since youre the one who tied this knot, then of course you should know its meaning.

    Little Nuisance replied, The meaning is, this domain is ours now. If you were not mute, then youd turn mute once you go in. If you have legs, then youd lose them once you go in.

    [End of Chapter 3]

    [17] Huoyan Shan (火焰山),i.e. Flaming Mountains, located in TianShan mountain range near Xinjiang.
    [18] Xue Keren (薛可人), surname Xue, given name means likeable/suitable.
    [19] Xiahou Xing (夏侯星), surname Xiahou, given name means star.
    [20] Chinese text as follow: (藕断丝连,满天星雨), which is only 8 characters. Literally its lotus root break fiber connected / full sky star rain. The first 4 character is an expression mainly uses by lover to describe that we may be apart, but our love remain intact. The second part is not an expression, it just sounds nice. Sky full is self explanatory. Star rain is Chinese for meteor shower, which makes sense if you think about it. If you look the sky and its raining star, thats pretty much a meteor shower. Though the proper Chinese for meteor shower is liuxingyu which is literally flowing star rain. Even though they dropped flowing, its still describing the same thing.
    [21] xiao taoyan (小讨厌), xiao = little, taoyan = annoyance/nuisance

    Quote Originally Posted by kaister

    Editor's Note

    Nothing really noteworthy. Translation is mainly based off xJadedx translation. Finally don't have to juggle between three different translations. Realized it's too much effort to review three different translations. From ch. 4-6, I primarily stuck with xJadedx and stop to compare if it doesn't sound right.

    I spend a while thinking about the couplet in front of Thousand Snake Sword, then just gave up and translate it completely which ended up really long. I considered following xJadedx's translation but the first part was mistranslated. chowbeng's version seemed to had lost a bit of charm; it something like "strong like fiber, numerous like star". kara just gave up...lol. If someone has a nice elegant translation, PM me.

    I kept Little Nuisance from xJadedx's translation instead of Despicable Child. I thought the former is a closer translation. It's just "despicable child" sounds really harsh and the word child was not part of the Chinese text.
    Last edited by kaister; 07-25-14 at 04:53 PM. Reason: fixed swear word

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    Originally translated by xJadedx, and kara. Edited by kaister.

    Chapter 4
    The Love and Hatred of a Foolish Woman

    Yan Shisan did not argue, nor did he want to argue. These were the rules of the Four Great Noble Families of Wulin, and were recognized by default by all people of Jianghu. Unless one harbored deep bitter hatred, no one wished to break these rules.

    Those who wished to mingle in Jianghu should usually more or less follow some of its rules. Even Yan Shisan was not an exception.

    Little Nuisance said, Unfortunately, even though you understand everything, there is one thing that you dont understand.

    Yan Shisan replied, Oh?

    Little Nuisance said, Now, you have to go in even if you dont want to.

    Yan Shisan asked, Why?

    Little Nuisance replied, Because right now it was my sister who told me to come and tell you to go inside.

    * * *

    It was peaceful and quiet inside the forest. Even the sound of footsteps on the fallen leaves was gentle. Autumn became deeper as he arrived into the depth of the forest.

    Raven did not come with him

    Because my sister only wants to see him alone.

    Why did she want to see him? Furthermore, why did she want to see him alone? Yan Shisan could not fathom, thus he needed not to keep thinking.

    He already could see her.

    * * *

    A new mat was spread out underneath an old tree, which its leaves were already withered yellow. On the mat were a zither, an incense pot, and a bottle of wine.

    These were clearly left here by Xiahou Xing. It was obvious that he was in a great hurry when he had left here.

    Was he perhaps chased away by this melancholy woman who was at this moment sitting underneath the tree?

    She not only looked melancholy but also frail, as if she could never again handle even the slightest of attack.

    Yan Shisan walked over. He gently walked over, as if he was afraid to alarm her. She, however, already looked up and stared at him with her clear pair of eyes, So youre Life Snatching Yan Shisan?

    Yan Shisan nodded and said, Is the lady from Emerald Cloud Peak?

    He recognized that the emerald green silk ribbon outside was the symbol of Emerald Cloud Mountain and Green Water Lake. However, she unexpectedly shook her head. Yan ShiSan really could not believe how someone who was not Emerald Cloud Peak could dare to use the symbol of Emerald Cloud Peak.

    Im from the Seven Star Pond of Jiangnan.

    Her voice was also very frail, My name is Murong Qiudi22.

    Yan Shisan was even more surprised. The Seven Star Pond of Jiangnan was also one of the Four Great Noble Families of Wulin.

    Murong Qiudi was not only a famous beauty in Jianghu, but was also a famous pious daughter. To take care of her sickly parents, she had declined countless of marriage proposals, and had also sacrificed the most beautiful years of her life. Why did she suddenly appear here now? Could it be that the master of the Seven Star Pond, the Gallant of Jiangnan Murong Zheng23 had already passed away?

    The reputation of Seven Star Pond was not beneath that of the Emerald Cloud Peak, so why would she steal someone elses symbol?

    Murong Qiudi, as if she had already guessed what he was thinking, suddenly spoke, My father is not dead. Although he is very sick, he will not die for at least three to five years.

    Yan ShiSan sighed in relief, and replied, Hopefully he will be healthy and can still live for a few more years.

    Murong Qiudi said, This time I slipped out in secret, he doesnt know.

    Yan Shisan could not help but want to ask: Why?

    But before he could ask, Murong Qiudi already continued, Because I want to kill someone.

    An indescribable sorrow and hatred suddenly appeared in her melancholy eyes.

    She must truly despise this man but who was this man?

    Yan Shisan dared not to ask and did not want to ask. He did not want to bother with the affairs of the Four Great Noble Families of Wulin.

    Murong Qiudis gaze seemed to stare into the distance and her body seemed to have left for a distant place as well. After a long time, she finally slowly continued, You must all know that Im a pious daughter.

    Yan Shisan acknowledged.

    Murong Qiudi said, During these past seven years, I had already declined the marriage proposals of forty-three men.

    Those who had the qualifications to come to Seven Star Pond to propose were obviously all sons from reputable families in Jianghu.

    Murong Qiudi asked, Do you know why I declined them?

    Yan Shisan replied, Because you couldnt bear to leave your father.

    Murong Qiudi said, Youre wrong.

    Yan Shisan said, Oh?

    Murong Qiudi said, Im not actually that pious daughter others think of me as, II

    She suddenly forcefully clenched her hands, and said, I am just a liar. Not only did I lie to others, I also lied to myself.

    Yan Shisan was dumbfounded. He dared not to look at her again, her eyes were red and her tears could come pouring down at any moment.

    He did not want to see a woman shed tears, nor did he want to know the reasons why women shed tears.

    Unfortunately, she just had to tell him.

    I declined others marriage proposals, only because I was always waiting for him to come propose.

    Who was him? Was he the one she wanted to kill?

    Murong Qiudis tears finally started pouring down, He promised me that he would definitely come. He promised many times.

    But he did not come.

    A heartless man, using marriage as bait, deceived a sentimental girl.

    This tragedy did not belong solely to her.

    Since the ancient times, this kind of tragedy mustve happened unknown amount of times, even till now this can still happen anytime and anywhere.

    Yan Shisan did not feel sad for her, because only a tragedy that has befallen to himself is a true tragedy. Thus, it was difficult for other peoples tragedies to move someone like Yan Shisan.

    Murong Qiudi said, I met him when I was sixteen. He told me to wait for him for seven years.

    Seven years! What a long period of time.

    From sixteen to twenty-three, what a beautiful period of time in a womans life.

    How many of these seven years are there in a persons life? Yan Shisans heart already began to sigh.

    When he asked you to wait for him for seven years, he was already deceiving you.

    He thought you definitely would not wait that long, thought you wouldve already forgotten him after seven years.

    Yan Shisan was a man, thus obviously he understood the heart of a man but he did not say this. He could tell what kind of pain and torture, what kind of bitter experience these seven long years must have been for her.

    Murong Qiudi said, That child you saw earlier is not actually my little brother.

    Yan Shisan asked, Hes not?

    Murong Qiudi explained, Hes my son. The illegitimate son I have with that man.

    Yan Shisan was shocked. Only now did he understand why she had to wait seven years, why she despised that man. Now, even he felt sorrowful for her.

    Murong Qiudi said, I told you these things not so that you could feel bad for me.

    Her voice suddenly turned very cold, and her melancholy eyes also suddenly looked as sharp as the tip of a knife.

    She coldly continued, I want you to kill a man for me.

    Yan Shisan asked, That man?

    Murong Qiudi replied, Yes!

    Yan Shisan said, I only kill two types of people.

    Murong Qiudi replied, Those who are your enemies?

    Yan ShiSan nodded, and said, And one more, those who want to kill me.

    He slowly continued, Therefore I hope you can understand one thing.

    Murong Qiudi replied, Go ahead.

    Yan Shisan said, If you must kill someone, then you must do it with your own hands. A knot you tied can only be untied by you.

    Murong Qiudi replied, But I cannot.

    Yan Shisan asked, Why?

    Murong Qiudi replied, Because because I dont want to see him again.

    Yan Shisan asked, Is it because youre afraid that if you see his face, you wont have the heart to kill him?

    Murong Qiudis hands clenched tightly again.

    Yan Shisan sighed and said, Since you dont have the heart to, then why must you kill him?

    Murong Qiudi stared at him and suddenly said, I also hope that you can understand one thing.

    Yan Shisan replied, Say it.

    Murong Qiudi said, I must kill this man, and furthermore you must be the one who kill him!

    Yan Shisan asked, Why?

    Murong Qiudi said, Because this mans name is Xie Xiaofeng24.

    Yan Shisans facial expressions changed, and he said, The master of the Green Water Lake, Xie Xiaofeng?

    Murong Qiudi said, Thats him!

    * * *

    A very large plaque hung in the great hall of the Divine Sword Manor at the Green Water Lake in the Emerald Cloud Peak. On the plaque were only five words golden words.

    The worlds number one sword.

    This was not the owners themselves boasting. This was many years ago, after all the famous swordsmen in the martial world had finished discussing the sword at the top of Mount Hua25, each person took out a tael of gold and cast them into these five words, and gave it as a gift to Xie Tian26.

    Xie Tian was the first generation master of the Divine Sword Manor. This was history from a very, very long ago. Although the brightness of the golden words on the plaque was still eye-catching, the reputation of the worlds number one sword no longer remained. During the past few centuries, famous swordsmen poured out into the martial world, and no one could be unanimously declared the worlds number one sword.

    The glory of Divine Sword Manor gradually faded from magnificent and returned to being ordinary, until this generation because this generation, the Divine Sword Manor had produced another extraordinary talent, a rare prodigy, who caught the worlds attention.

    Thirteen years ago, this man had already defeated Hua Yukun17, the number one swordsman of the Mount Hua Sect.

    It seemed as if from the moment he was born, he brought forth all the blessings and favours from the gods above. The honours and love he received after he was born were even less matched by others. He was the long awaited swordsman of the martial world, and also the generally acknowledged talent in the martial world.

    He was intelligent and handsome, healthy and strong, and was an honest and chivalrous man. None was able to find a single shortcoming or a single flaw in his life.

    This man was the third young master of the Divine Sword Manor at the Green Water Lake.

    This man was Xie Xiaofeng.

    * * *

    It was even quieter in the forest. The cool dry air was filled with the fragrance of the leaves.

    Yan Shisan seemed to have completely lost his feelings. After he had heard these three words, even his breathing seemed to have stopped. After a long time, he finally gently sighed, and said, I know this man.

    Murong Qiudi said, Of course you should know. You two still have an appointment of death, which is eternal until you meet!

    Yan Shisan had to admit, I had indeed made an appointment to meet him.

    Murong Qiudi asked, You never change your appointments?

    Yan Shisan said, Never.

    Murong Qiudi replied, Then this appointment may very likely be your last appointment.

    Yan Shisan asked, Oh?

    Murong Qiudi replied, I have seen your swordplay. Youre definitely not his match.

    Yan Shisan laughed bitterly, Since you already know, why would you still ask me to kill him?

    Murong Qiudi replied, Because you have met me.

    Yan Shisan said, You

    Murong Qiudi replied, His swordplay is of the highest quality, and has almost surpassed the limits of swordplay.

    Yan Shisan sighed, and said, He truly is a genius. I had also seen him strike.

    Murong Qiudi asked, Have you also recognized the flaw in his swordplay?

    Yan Shisan replied, There is no flaw in his swordplay, none at all.

    Murong Qiudi replied, There is.

    Yan ShiSan asked, Really?

    Murong Qiudi replied, Definitely, only one.

    Yan Shisan asked, You know which one?

    Murong Qiudi replied, Only I know.

    Yan Shisans eyes shined. He believed that she was not telling a lie. If there existed one person in the world who could know the flaw in the swordplay of the Third Young Master, then that person had to be her.

    Because they were once lovers. At least during the brief moment when they had that child, their souls no doubt were completely connected. Only a person who had truly been in love with him could know his secret.

    For a swordsman who was unmatched by anyone in the world, his biggest secret was the flaw in his swordplay.

    Not only did Yan Shisans eyes shined, his heart also beat faster. He was also a man who practiced the sword. He had also devoted his entire life and love to his sword. This was already not only a great devotion, but was also an extremely bitter sacrifice. This sacrifice was not completely without a cost.

    The brief moment of splendid radiance in the moment of victory was enough to light up his life. His goal of practicing the sword was to seek victory, not to seek death.

    Absolutely not!

    If there was an opportunity for victory, then who would be willing to abandon it?

    * * *

    Murong Qiudi looked at his shining eyes, and clearly saw that he had been moved. She immediately continued, In this world, only I can help you defeat him, and only you can help me kill him.

    Yan ShisSan asked, Why only me?

    Murong Qiudi replied, Because in your Life-Snatching Thirteen Sword, there is one stance that if slightly altered, you could put him in his deathtrap!

    Yan Shisan asked, Which sword stance is it?

    Murong Qiudi replied, The fourteenth sword stance.

    * * *

    It was obviously called Life Snatching Thirteen Sword, how could there be a fourteenth stance? Other people would definitely not understand.

    Yan Shisan understood.

    Although the Life Snatching Thirteen Sword had only thirteen stances, there were fourteen transformations. That transformation was truly the essence of his stances and the soul of his swordplay. Although the soul is invisible, no one could deny its existence!

    Murong Qiudi suddenly stood up. She still looked so delicate and so weak, but her eyes again shined that light as if it was the tip of a knife. She stared at Yan Shisan and said word for word, Right now I have already become Xie Xiaofeng. After she had said these eight words, her eyes suddenly had an intimidating killing aura! A kind of killing aura that only highly skilled masters who have killed countless of people could have.

    Could it be that this delicate and weak gentlewoman from such a reputable family has also killed a person before? How many people did she kill?

    Yan Shisan did not ask, nor was there a need to ask. He could tell.

    Murong Qiudi broke off a withered tree branch and said, This is my sword.

    Her body changed again after this piece of withered tree branch got into her hand. That all-conquering, uncontainable killing aura was not only in her eyes, but also in her body. It was everywhere!

    Murong Qiudi replied, Now you watch, and watch carefully. This is the only flaw in his swordplay.

    * * *

    A gust of wind blew by. The wind was suddenly very cold.

    Her body and sword have already begun to move. An extremely slow, extremely beautiful movement, as natural as the wind.

    But who could withstand it when the wind finished blowing? And who could tell where the wind was blowing from?

    Yan Shisans pupils were contracting.

    Her sword had already very, very slowly thrust out.

    It thrust out from the most inconceivable place, and when it was thrust out it suddenly had the most inconceivable transformation. But within this transformation there was indeed a small flaw.

    When the gale swept across the ground, was it difficult to avoid missing a spot?

    But when a gale blew over, who could pay attention to these spots?

    Yan Shisan suddenly realized that cold sweats were secreted in the middle of his palms.

    Just then, her movement stopped.

    She coldly stared at Yan Shisan and asked, Have you already discovered it now?

    Yan Shisan nodded.

    Murong Qiudi said, You can discover it, only because my movement was twenty-four times slower than when he strikes.

    Yan Shisan believed that her calculations were absolutely correct.

    A true highly skilled masters estimation towards the speed of swordplay was certainly ten times more accurate than the pawnshop owners estimation towards the price of goods.

    Murong Qiudi said, When I strike in real life, although Im a bit slower than him, Im not that much slower.

    Yan Shisan had to believe. By now he had discovered that this delicate and weak woman was truly a highly skilled master that he had rarely seen in his life.

    Murong Qiudi said, Now Im going to strike.

    Yan Shisan asked, Who are you striking against?

    Murong Qiudi replied, You.

    Yan Shisan lightly sighed, and said, Do you want to see if I can break through this sword stance?

    Murong Qiudi replied, Yes.

    Yan Shisan asked, If I break through this sword stance, doesnt that mean you would die under my sword?

    Murong Qiudi replied, You dont have to worry about that.

    Yan Shisan said, What if I still cannot break through this sword stance

    Murong Qiudi replied, Then youd have to die!

    She coldly continued, If you still cant break through this sword stance, then youd be no good alive to either of us, so I have no choice but to kill you!

    [End of Chapter 4]

    [22] Murong Qiudi (慕容秋荻), surname Murong, given name means autumn reed.
    [23] Murong Zheng (慕容正), surname Murong, given name means just/upright.
    [24] Xie Xiaofeng (谢晓峰), surname Xie means thanks or wither, given name means know peak.
    [25] Huashan (华山), Mt. Hua located at Shanxi province, one of Chinas five great mountains. Literally means splendid mountain.
    [26] Xie Tian (谢天), surname Xie, given name means sky.
    [27] Hua Yukun (华玉坤), surname Hua, given name mean jade earth(Eight Trigrams).

    Quote Originally Posted by kaister

    Editor's Notes

    When Xie Xiaofeng defeated Hua Yukun, both kara and xJadedx translation mentioned his age afterward. However, both of my sources do not have this text. Im using an online source and a 1999 Taiwanese published book. Im dropping this text unless I can verify the source. Regardless xJaded has him 31 years old and kara has him at 13 years old. I checked the text a couple of time and his age was never mentioned.

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    Originally translated by xJadedx, and kara. Edited by kaister

    Chapter 5
    The Lion Opening Its Mouth

    They were silent, and the forest was quiet.

    Yan Shisan stared at the withered tree branch in her hand, as if he was deep in thought.

    Murong Qiudi asked, Why have you still not drawn your sword?

    Yan Shisan replied, My swords in my hands. I can draw it at any time. What about you?

    Murong Qiudi said, This is my sword.

    Yan Shisan replied, Its not.

    Murong Qiudi said, In my hands, this becomes a killing weapon.

    Yan Shisan replied, I know that you can use it to kill, but its still just a piece of withered tree branch in itself.

    Murong Qiudi said, As long as it can kill, is there a difference between a withered tree branch and a sword?

    Yan Shisan replied, There is.

    Murong Qiudi said, Tell me.

    Yan Shisan replied, It can kill, but it had not killed before. My sword, however, is different.

    He gently stroked his sword, This sword has accompanied me for nineteen years. There are already sixty-three men who died under this sword.

    Murong Qiudi said, I know that you have killed quite a few people.

    Yan Shisan continued, This originally was only a very plain sword. But now it has already drank the blood of sixty-three men, sixty-three ruthless killers, sixty-three evil spirits and wronged souls.

    He was still gently stroking his sword, and slowly continued, It is as if this sword now has a life of its own, and desires to taste others blood, and desires others to die under its sword tip.

    Murong Qiudi laughed coldly, It told you this?

    Yan Shisan replied, It didnt, but I can feel it.

    Murong Qiudi asked, Feel what?

    Yan ShiSan replied, As long as it leaves its sheath, then it must kill. Sometimes even I myself cannot control it.

    He was not telling an unsubstantial myth. If you also had a sword like this, and if you also had killed sixty-three men, then surely you would also have this kind of feeling.

    Yan Shisan again stared at the withered tree branch in her hand, and said, This piece of withered tree branch in your hand, however, is dead. It would never have the desire to kill, and you yourself also dont really want to kill me.

    He lifted up his head and stared into her eyes, and continued, Because youre also simply not Xie Xiaofeng.

    Murong Qiudis lips were beginning to turn pale.

    A piece of fallen leaf floated down. She silently stood up and asked, Right now is this leaf also dead?

    Yan Shisan replied, Yes.

    Murong Qiudi said, But just now it was still on a tree branch, and was still alive.

    As long as the leaf did not yet wither and fall, then it would still have life!

    Murong Qiudi asked again, Can it be that a persons life is also like this leaf?

    Yan Shisan replied, I understand your meaning.

    Murong Qiudi asked, Do you really understand?

    Yan Shisan replied, To bear that child, you must have suffered through many hardships. Therefore your love for him absolutely cannot compare with the hatred in your heart.

    Murong Qiudi did not deny.

    Yan Shisan continued, Therefore you already are not at all reluctant to part with your own life. So as long as I can break through this sword stance, even if youd die under my sword, youd still be willing to.

    He let out a long sigh and said again, But youre wrong.

    Murong Qiudi asked, Im wrong?

    Yan Shisan replied, Because even if I could break through your sword stance, I still may not be able to break through Xie Xiaofengs sword.

    He looked into her eyes, Because you are not using a killing sword, and youre also not Xie Xiaofeng.

    Murong Qiudis suddenly lowered her hand, the killing aura suddenly disappeared, and the tears already streamed down her face.

    Yan Shisan said, But I promise you, as long as I have a chance, I will certainly kill him!

    Murong Qiudis spirits rose again, and she asked, How much certainty do you think you have?

    Yan Shisan laughed bitterly, Originally I didnt even have ten percent certainty!

    Murong Qiudi asked, What about now?

    Yan Shisan replied, Now I have at least forty to fifty percent certainty.

    Murong Qiudi asked, You have already figured out the breakthrough method?

    Yan Shisan suddenly also broke off a withered tree branch and replied, Take a look. His movements were simple yet awkward, but a light appeared in Murong Qiudis eyes.

    She knew that he already figured it out. If Third Young Masters swordplay were a lock, then he had already found the key to open the lock.

    One sword strike pierced out, and a gust of wind blew by.

    The withered tree branch in Yan Shisans hand suddenly turned into dust, and in the blink of an eye was blown away without a trace.

    If his hand were holding a sword, then what kind of force would this one sword strike have been!

    Murong Qiudi gently sighed, slowly sat down, and said, You can go.

    * * *

    When Yan Shisan walked out of the forest, Little Nuisance was still strolling outside.

    Little Nuisance was the only person there. His left hand held onto a chicken drumstick, and his mouth was chewing on a pear. There werent any stalls in the surroundings that sold fruits or salted dishes, so it was not known where he had gotten these things.

    As soon as Yan Shisan saw this child, he was fond of him. When he thought of his life story, he felt even more sympathetic. Luckily this child now seemed to be able to take care of himself very well. Little Nuisance was just staring at him with his pair of big eyes.

    Yan Shisan walked over and patted his head, and said, You should go back soon, your sisters waiting for you.

    Little Nuisance asked, Whats she waiting for me for?

    Yan Shisan replied, Because because she cares about you.

    Little Nuisance asked, Why is she caring about me for?

    Yan Shisan asked, Do you think that there was never anyone who cared about you?

    Little Nuisance said, Never, not even half a person. Im a little nuisance, so there are quite a few people who are annoyed with me though.

    He took another bite of the chicken drumstick and continued, But I am not bother by it.

    Yan Shisan looked at those sweet little cheeks of his, and suddenly felt some grief in his heart.

    There was not even a trace of another person around. He could not help but ask again, Wheres that friend of mine?

    Little Nuisance replied, What friend of yours?

    Yan Shisan replied, Raven!

    Little Nuisance said, There are no ravens in this forest, only sparrows.

    Yan Shisan replied, I meant that man who was just with me, whose name is Raven!

    Little Nuisance blinked, and asked, Did you pay me any safeguard fees, and asked me to safeguard him?

    Yan Shisan replied, No!

    Little Nuisance said, Since you didnt, why are you asking me?

    Yan Shisan replied, Because because I think that you surely must know where he went.

    Little Nuisance said, Of course I know. But why do I have to tell you?

    Yan Shisan could only laugh bitterly. This childs questions often left him speechless.

    Little Nuisance took another bite of the pear, and suddenly said, But its not like I certainly wont tell you.

    Yan Shisan asked, How can I make you tell me?

    Little Nuisance replied, If you have to ask me questions, then you should more or less pay me some questioning fee.

    Yan ShiSan was already feeling into his pockets. But after feeling around for a long time, he could not feel anything.

    Little Nuisance said, Even though you appear to be dressed decently, could it be that youre nothing but a hollow shell?

    Yan Shisan laughed bitterly, Because no one has ever asked to collect questioning fee from me.

    Little Nuisance sighed and said, Since I cant press any oil from the wood, then I can only admit to having bad luck. You just write a debt bill then.

    Yan Shisan asked, A debt bill?

    Little Nuisance said, If you want to ask questions, then you must pay a questioning fee. You dont have money now, but you will later.

    Yan Shisan asked, There are no paper or pen here, how can I write this debt bill?

    Little Nuisance said, Use your sword to scrape off a tree bark, and then use your sword to write the words onto the tree bark.

    Yan Shisan laughed bitterly, You are really thoughtful.

    His only choice was to write!

    How much should I write?

    Little Nuisance said, One word youd have to write, ten words youd still have to write. Since its a debt bill, then you should write a bit more.

    His eyes turned a bit and continued, You just casually write me ten thousand taels then.

    Yan Shisan looked at him, carefully looked him up and down several times.

    A seven years old child asked for ten thousand taels as soon as he opened his mouth. How is it going to be when this child grows up?

    Little Nuisance said, I know youre probably thinking right now, if Im already so good at taking advantage of others now, whats it going to be like when I grow up?

    Yan Shisan asked, How did you know I was thinking that?

    Little Nuisance said, Because I dont know how many people have already asked me these questions.

    Yan Shisan asked, How do you answer?

    Little Nuisance said, If Im good at taking advantage of others now, then obviously Id be a man of great wealth when I grow up. Cant you even understand such simple reasoning?

    Yan Shisan laughed. He really laughed, this child really knew how to take care of himself.

    If a child, who did not have anyone else to take care of him, could not even take care of himself, then that would truly be disastrous.

    Thus, the debt bill Yan ShiSan wrote was not for ten thousand taels, but for fifty thousand taels.

    Little Nuisance laughed and said, Youre asked for ten thousand, but gave fifty thousand. Although you seem to be poor, your spending habit is quite big.

    Yan Shisan asked, How can a person with small spending habits be poor?

    Little Nuisance said, Good point.

    Yan Shisan replied, If its a good point, then you should remember it. If you dont want to be poor, then you cant have extravagant spending habits, and definitely should not randomly spend money.

    Little Nuisance said, Whats the point of not spending money if you have it? Whats the difference between that and not having money?

    Yan Shisan laughed again. He really was very fond of this child, but he had not thought of another point he also really wanted to kill this childs father. Really wanted to.

    * * *

    So this was a man of Jianghu.

    The thoughts of a man of Jianghu often baffle others!

    * * *

    A debt bill for fifty thousand taels, a debt bill that definitely was collectable. Little Nuisance, however, casually stuffed it into his pockets, as if he thought that it was a piece of scrap paper.

    Yan Shisan said, Although I have no money now, I could have money at any time.

    Little Nuisance said, I can tell, otherwise why would I accept your debt bill?

    Yan Shisan replied, Any time you see me, you can collect the money from me.

    Little Nuisance said, I know.

    Yan Shisan replied, Therefore you should keep this piece of paper safely, so you wont lose it.

    Little Nuisance said, If I lost it then just consider it as your good fortune and my bad luck. Then its alright, nothing special.

    He blinked again and said, Its just like if you died very soon, then I can only admit to bad luck. People like you could die at any time anyway.

    Yan Shisan laughed loudly.

    He was really laughing, but what really was he feeling in his heart? Who knew?

    Could it be that people in Jianghu just like the leave in the wind, the duckweed in the water?

    After he finished laughing, Little Nuisance finally said, That friend of yours went to the back of that hill in front of us!

    Yan Shisan asked, What did he go there to do?

    Little Nuisance said, It seemed that he went to a battle of life and death!

    Yan Shisan asked, A battle of life and death?! With who?

    Little Nuisance said, It seemed to be with a guy called something Bing.

    Was it Cao Bing?

    Could it be that he had followed them the entire time? Could it be that the bills on this trip were all paid by him? Then why would he now engage in a battle of life and death with Raven? Yan Shisan was not worried about Raven; he knew that Cao Bing would never be a match for Raven.

    But he was wrong.

    * * *

    The grass on the back of the hill was already withered, but the blood was still bright red.

    It was Ravens blood. The Raven had already fallen, fallen onto the hill. The blood coloured the autumn grass red, and also coloured his shirt red.

    The blood flowed from in between his collarbones beneath his throat; its distance from his throat was only three inches. It was only because it missed by these three inches that he was still alive.

    Who was the one that injured him?

    Yan Shisan walked over, Was it Cao Bing?

    Raven nodded. Yan Shisan looked at him surprised, and asked, Did you let him on purpose?

    Raven shook his head.

    Yan Shisan was even more surprised. Although this was obviously the truth, he still could not believe it!

    Raven laughed bitterly, I know you dont believe it. Not even I believe it. I saw that guys strikes before.

    Yan Shisan said, But you

    Raven said, I originally was certain that I could make him fall within three stances. I was absolutely certain.

    Yan Shisan replied, But the one who has fallen now is you!

    Raven said, That is only because I was wrong!

    Yan Shisan asked, Where did you go wrong?

    Raven said, Ive seen him strike before, and I had already clearly understood the transformations of his swordplay. Diancang Sects swordplay could never hurt a hair on my body.

    Yan Shisan replied, He did not use Diancang swordplay?

    Raven said, Definitely not.

    Yan Shisan asked, What swordplay did he use?

    Raven said, I dont know.

    Yan Shisan replied, Even you cant tell?

    Raven said, The transformation of that one stance, not only couldnt I tell, I couldnt even thought of it.

    Yan Shisan asked, Which one stance? He only used one stance and you already were injured under his sword?

    Raven coldly said, If it was you, you also would not have been able to take on that stance.

    He suddenly let out a long sigh, and said, Until now, I still cannot think of who there is that can take on that one stance?

    Yan Shisan did not open his mouth again, but his body already was already in motion.

    [End of Chapter 5]

    Quote Originally Posted by kaister

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    Straight xJadedxs translation. Only a few subtle changes and corrections, don't remember most of them.

    One mistake I do remember
    yicheng = 10%
    siwucheng = 40-50%

    xJadedx has 1%, 4-5%. Interestingly kara 1% and 40-50% somehow.

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    Originally translated by xJadedx and kara. Edited by kaister.

    Chapter 6
    Sudden Fortune With Women

    A kind of extremely slow and extremely graceful movement, as natural as the wind. Then his sword slowly thrust out, out from the most unimaginable place, and after it thrust out it suddenly again had the most unimaginable transformation.

    Raven looked at him in surprise, and suddenly shouted, Thats right! This is the stance he used!

    * * *

    The autumn grass was withered yellow, and the blood was also dried. Yan Shisan sat down silently, sitting on the hill across from The Raven.

    Raven could not help but asked, How do you know this stance?

    Yan Shisan replied, Because only when he used this stance could he defeat you!

    Raven said, This is definitely not Diancang swordplay, and also is definitely not your swordplay!

    Yan Shisan replied, Of course not.

    Raven asked, Whose stance is this?

    Yan Shisan replied, You should be able to guess.

    Raven asked, This is Third Young Masters swordplay?

    Yan Shisan replied, Who else but him?

    Raven replied, There is at least still you, and Cao Bing!

    Yan Shisan laughed bitterly. He could not imagine that Cao Bing had secretly learned this stance. At that time they were all too focused, and did not notice at all that there were still other people in the forest. It was even harder for him to imagine that Cao Bing would use Raven to test his sword.

    He could only think of one thing

    The person that Cao Bing was going to go find next definitely had to be Xie Xiaofeng. The third young master Xie Xiaofeng of the Divine Sword Manor.

    * * *

    What kind of people did Yan Shisan meet in the forest? How did they learn the brilliant swordplay of the Third Young Master? Raven did not ask any of these questions, he already understood this man Yan Shisan very well.

    If you want to go to the Divine Sword Manor, then hurry. Ill stay.

    Yan Shisan indeed was very anxious to go. Since Cao Bing had secretly learned the stance of the Third Young Master, then surely he had secretly learned his stance as well.

    He really did not want another person to use his swordplay to break through that stance by the Third Young Master. This was originally supposed to be his honour and right. Even if he could not break through that stance, the one who should die also should be him.

    But youre already wounded, if you stay here by yourself

    He could not help but to worry about Raven. A Raven really was not a kind of bird that was liked by people, and also definitely was not a person who was welcomed.

    There must be quite a few people who wanted to kill Raven.

    Raven, however, was laughing coldly and said, Dont you worry. Im not going to die. The one you should worry about is yourself.

    Yan Shisan asked, Myself?

    Raven replied, Its not really far from here to Green Water Lake. Throughout this trip there wont be anyone to pay your bills for you anymore.

    Cao Bing definitely had already found the fastest and most comfortable carriage, and definitely took the quickest path. A penniless man who want to rush ahead of Cao Bing relying only on his two legs, by the time he reached the Divine Sword Manor, the only person he could still defeat would perhaps only be himself.

    Raven said, Unless your luck is exceptionally good, you can very soon meet a rich person riding a fast horse; first rob his money, and then take his horse.

    Yan Shisan laughed, and replied, Dont you worry. Its not like I wont do this kind of thing.

    Raven also laughed.

    The two of them suddenly reached out and firmly gripped their hands at the same time.

    Raven said, You hurry and go. As long as you dont die, I promise that you would definitely meet me again.

    Yan Shisan replied, If I died, Id certainly tell someone to give my sword to you.

    Raven said, Didnt you say that a person who would die soon usually has exceptionally good luck?

    Yan Shisan replied, I said that.

    Raven said, Looks like your luck is arriving again now.

    * * *

    What arrived was a horse carriage.

    A fast horse and light carriage was coming very fast. Just as they heard the wheels turning and the horse whinnying, the carriage drove out from behind the hill.

    Raven said, I believe that you definitely can do this kind of thing.

    Yan Shisan replied, Obviously.

    Although his words were tough, in reality, when it really came to the time to commit such a thing, he was taken aback.

    He really did not know how he should make his move. He suddenly discovered that being a robber also was not as easy a thing as he had previously imagined.

    Watching helplessly as the carriage had already passed over their sides, he still did not have a single intention of making his move.

    Raven frowned and said, There would never be a second time for this kind of good luck.

    Yan Shisan replied, Perhaps I

    He had not yet finished his sentence when the carriage unexpectedly stopped in front of them.

    He did not make his move, and the carriage unexpectedly stopped by itself. A hoarse yet strange voice said from inside the carriage, Those who are in a hurry with their journey, please step inside the carriage!

    Raven looked at Yan Shisan. Yan Shisan also looked at Raven.

    Raven said, Those with exceptionally good luck might not really die soon.

    Yan Shisan laughed loudly.

    The carriage door was opened and he leapt onto the carriage, laughing loudly he waved, As long as I dont die, I also promise that you definitely would meet me again, even if you dont want to meet again, youll have no choice.

    * * *

    Who exactly was the person in the carriage?

    * * *

    A light carriage and a fast horse. Inside the clean and comfortable carriage, there was only one person wearing a wide black robe. The head was wrapped with a black handkerchief and the face was covered in a black cloth.

    Yan Shisan sat down across from him, and only asked one question, Can you take me to Emerald Cloud Mountain, Green Water Lake as fast as possible?


    After he heard this word, Yan Shisan shut his mouth, and even shut his eyes. He originally had many questions that he should ask, but he, however, did not even ask one. He was not a curious person.

    This black-clothed person, however, was obviously a bit curious about him. Their pair of eyes was semi exposed out of the black cloth, and was staring at him the entire time. This pair of eyes was very bright.

    * * *

    The carriage was going very fast. Yan Shisan kept his eyes shut the entire time, and it was not known if he had fallen asleep.

    He did not fall asleep. Because when the black-clothed person took out a bottle of wine from underneath the carriage cushion and began to drink, his throat also began to move.

    A sleeping person could not smell the fragrance of wine. A trace of smile appeared in the eyes of the black-clothed person, he handed over the wine bottle and said, Do you want a couple of sips?

    Of course he did.

    When Yan Shisan reached out his hand to take the bottle, it was just like the way a drowning person grabbed onto a floating log in the water.

    But his eyes still have not opened. If he opened his eyes and looked, he would discover that the hands of this black-clothed person were also very good-looking. No matter how delicate a man is, they would still rarely have such a pair of hands. To be honest, even women very rarely have such good-looking hands. Slender and elegant fingers, its skin as soft and smooth as silk and satin!

    When Yan ShiSan gave the wine bottle back of course it was an almost empty wine bottle he touched this pair of hands. As long as he still had a bit of feelings, he should be able to feel the softness, smoothness and elegance of this pair of hands. But it seemed as if he did not even have a bit of feelings.

    The black-clothed person stared him for a long time again, and suddenly asked, Are you a human being?

    His voice was still so hoarse yet strange. Someone with such a pair of hands really should not have such a voice.

    Yan Shisans reply was very simple!

    Im a human being!

    Are you a live human?

    Till now I still am!

    The black-clothed person said, But you dont want to know who I am?

    Yan Shisan replied, I know that youre also a human being, and definitely are also live human.

    The black-clothed person asked, And this is sufficient?

    Yan Shisan replied, Very sufficient.

    The black-clothed person said, My carriage is not stolen, nor is my wine stolen. Why would I invite you into the carriage for no reason at all, and take you to Green Water Lake, and invite you to drink wine too?

    Yan Shisan replied, Because youre happy to!

    The black-clothed person was shocked for a long time, and suddenly started giggling. Now her voice changed, and changed to be lovely and pleasant to hear. Now anyone could tell that she was a woman, and was certainly a very attractive woman.

    Men usually liked to look at an attractive woman.

    The black-clothed person asked, You dont want to see who I am?

    Yan Shisan replied, No!

    The black-clothed person asked, Why not?

    Yan Shisan replied, Because I dont want to ask for any troubles.

    The black-clothed person asked, You know that I have troubles?

    Yan Shisan replied, A person who invites someone into their carriage to drink wine for no reason at all, usually more or less have some issues.

    The black-clothed person asked, Is it having issues, or is it having troubles?28

    Yan Shisan replied, A person who has issues usually more or less has some troubles.

    The black-clothed person laughed again, the sound of her laughter was even more pleasant to hear, Perhaps after you have looked at me, you would feel that even if you get into some troubles because of me, its still worth it.

    Yan Shisan asked, Oh?

    The black-clothed person replied, Because Im a woman, and also very attractive.

    Yan Shisan asked, Oh?

    The black-clothed person replied, A very attractive woman usually wishes for others to look at her.

    Yan Shisan asked, Oh?

    The black-clothed person replied, If others rejected her, then she would certainly feel its a kind of insult, and would certainly be sad.

    She gently sighed and said, When a woman is sad and feeling unhappy, she would often do some strange things!

    Yan Shisan asked, What things for example?

    The black-clothed person replied, For example, perhaps she would suddenly chase the guest, whom she invited herself, off of the carriage!

    Yan Shisan also began to sigh. When he began to sigh, he had already opened his eyes but immediately shut them again in a flash, as if he had suddenly seen a ghost. Because what he saw was no longer a person whose body was covered completely from top to bottom in black clothing.

    Obviously what he saw was not a ghost either. No matter in heaven or hell, one could not find such an attractive ghost. What he saw was a woman.

    A naked woman, not a single piece of clothing was on her entire body from top to bottom, not even a black cloth or a white cotton print.

    Only silk and satin. The skin on her entire body was as soft, smooth, and beautiful as silk and satin.

    * * *

    Yan Shisans original name obviously was not really Yan Shisan, but his original name also definitely was not Lu Nanzi29, and most definitely not Liuxia Hui30.

    He had seen women before. He had seen all styles and kinds of women; some were wearing clothes, and also some who were not wearing clothes.

    Some originally were wearing clothes, but later on took them off and some even took them off very fast.

    A naked woman originally would never cause him to be so surprised. He was surprised, not because he thought that this woman was too beautiful, and also not because her waist was too slender and her breasts were too ample.

    And of course even less because of her pair of slender and firm, beautifully curved legs. These things could only make his heart beat, but could not surprise him.

    He was surprised, only because this woman was someone he had seen before. In fact, he had seen her just a moment ago. Furthermore, she had also done something that surprised him. This woman obviously could not be Murong Qiudi.

    Astoundingly, this woman was that gentle and refined wife of Xiahou Xing, the head young mistress of the Xiaohou Family of the Red Cloud Valley in the Flaming Mountains.

    * * *

    The swordplay of Xiahou Xing perhaps was not considered too frightening, but their family, however, was very frightening.

    The Xiahou family of the Red Cloud Valley in the Flaming Mountains not only had a celebrated family history and produced many highly skilled masters; they also had the strictest family rules. People from the Xiahou Manor, no matter where they went, would never be disrespected or insulted by others. When women from the Xiahou Manor came out, others dared less to even just give her an extra look. Because if you gave her an extra look, your eyeballs may very likely be dug out. Thus, anyone who suddenly discovered that the head young mistress of the Xiahou family was sitting naked across from him would be frightened. Sitting across from her was still better, but Xue Keren had now unexpectedly sat down beside him, and sat very closely. He could even already feel her breathing. Breathing just next to his ears.

    * * *

    Yan Shisan, however, seemed as if he was no longer breathing. He was not stupid, and also was not the kind of person who was very narcissistic. He had long calculated that there would more or less be some sort of troubles after getting into this carriage.

    But he did not realize just how big this trouble was.

    Now he knew.

    * * *

    If he had known how big this trouble was, he would rather crawl to Green Water Lake than to sit in this carriage.

    * * *

    A naked beautiful woman leaning next to you, gently breathing next to your ears.

    This is how beautiful a sight, how gentle a flavour. If to say that Yan Shisan was not even one bit aroused, then that surely would be a lie. Not only would others not believe, even he himself would not believe.

    Even if he clearly knew that this woman was very dangerous, as dangerous as a volcano that would erupt at anytime.

    Even if he could not breathe, and not smell the sweet fragrance emitted from her body, he could not stop his heart from arousing and beating.

    His heart was beating very fast. If he knew that something like this would happen, he indeed would never sit in this carriage. But now he was already sitting here.

    Not only was there breathing next to his ears, but also gentle speeches, Why dont you look at me? You dare not to?

    Yan Shisans eyes already opened, and already were looking at her.

    Xue Keren laughed, and sweetly said, At long last youre still a man, and still have some courage.

    Yan Shisan laughed bitterly, and replied, But even if I looked for three days and three nights, I still cant tell.

    Xue Keren asked, Cant tell what?

    Yan Shisan replied, Cant tell if you really are a human being or not.

    Xue Keren said, You should be able to tell.

    She lifted her chest and stretched out both of her legs, If Im not a human being, what do you think I am?

    As long as one had eyes, one should be able to tell that not only was this a human being, it was a woman, a living woman, and furthermore was the woman among women, each and every inch of her was a woman.

    Yan Shisan replied, You look very much like a woman, but the things you do, however, do not!

    Xue Keren asked, You cant figure out why I would act like this?

    Yan Shisan replied, If I could figure it out, then Id also not be a human being!

    Xue Keren asked, Do you think youre very ugly?

    Yan Shisan replied, Not too ugly.

    Xue Keren asked, Very old?

    Yan Shisan replied, Still not too old.

    Xue Keren asked, Do you have any flaws?

    Yan Shisan replied, None!

    Xue Keren asked, Has any woman ever liked you?

    Yan Shisan replied, A few.

    Xue Keren asked, Then what are you surprised about?

    Yan Shisan replied, If you were a different woman, not only would I not be surprised, I also would not be polite. Unfortunately you

    Xue Keren asked, What about me?

    Yan Shisan replied, You have a husband!

    Xue Keren said, A woman sooner or later would get married. After she is married to a man, she would certainly have a husband.

    This seemed like a waste of breath, but was not.

    Because her next question was very extreme, If the one she married is not human, does she still have a husband?

    This question was very extreme, but the following was even more extreme, If a woman married a pig, a dog, a piece of log, does she still have a husband?

    Yan Shisan really did not know how to answer, he could only ask back, Xiahou Xing is a pig?

    Xue Keren replied, No!

    Yan Shisan asked, A log?

    Xue Keren replied, Also no.

    Yan Shisan asked, Then hes a dog?

    Xue Keren let out a sigh, and said, If he was a dog, it may be a bit better instead.

    Yan Shisan asked, Why?

    Xue Keren replied, Because dogs at least still understood a bit of peoples desires, and have a bit of feelings.

    She was biting her lips, and appeared both sorrowful and resentful, Xiahou Xing is lazier than a pig, understands gentleness even less than a log, and could bite better than a dog. But he still feigns a very amazing appearance. Im married to him for three years, every day I wish I could slip away.

    Yan Shisan asked, Why dont you slip away?

    Xue Keren said, Because I never have any chance. Normally he would never allow me to leave a step away from him.

    Yan Shisan was again looking for that bottle of wine that had not been completely drained empty by him.

    He wanted to use the wine bottle to cover his mouth. Because he really did not know what he should say.

    [End of Chapter 6]

    28. Fault here is maobing (毛病), which means sickness/defects/issues. Trouble is mafan (麻烦), which mean something troublesome/inconvenient.
    29. Lu Nanzi (鲁男子), lit. Lu male/man. Hes man that lived in the Spring Autumn period in the Lu state. The story was that he lived in solitary and one night a woman came by and requested lodging. The entire night he would have candlelight illuminate everywhere to avoid arousing suspicious. This man was from then on called Lu Nanzi, referring to a man that doesnt show much interested toward a woman.
    30. Liuxia Hui (柳下惠), a governor of the District of Liuxia in the Lu state during the Spring Autumn period. He was a man known for his virtue.

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    Subtle changes, nothing major. Descriptions of two names are wrong.

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    Originally translated by kara. Edited by kaister.

    Chapter 7
    Attracted Misfortune

    The bottle of wine was at opposite side of him. He found it quickly but couldnt use the wine bottle to cover his mouth.

    Because something else was covering his mouth; something that was soft and sweet smelling.

    Most men who have their mouths covered by this usually only have one reaction; a child-like reaction.

    But Yan Shisan had a different reaction. He reacted as if a poisonous snake was trying to glide into his mouth.

    A very poisonous snake. That was an abnormal reaction, which spoilt the moment.

    Xue Keren was getting mad and pouted her lips, Am I poisonous?

    Yan Shisan replied, Doesnt seem like it.

    Xue Keren asked, Are you?

    Yan Shisan replied, Probably not.

    Xue Keren asked, What are you afraid of?

    Yan Shisan replied, I just want to know one thing.

    Xue Keren asked, What thing?

    Yan Shisan said, I just want to know what exactly do you want me to do?

    Xue Keren asked, You think that I treat you like this because I want you to do something?

    Yan Shisan smiled.

    Smiling meant he agreed. Xue Keren got angry. She really did get angry. A person that was angry for half a day still wanted to continue to be angry.

    Unfortunately there really wasnt that much point to being angry, therefore she finally spoke the truth.

    She said, This is not the first time I have run away. I had already ran away seven times.

    Yan Shisan responded, Oh?

    Xue Keren asked, Guess how many time I have been caught?

    Yan Shisan replied, Seven times.

    Xue Keren sighed and said, Xiahou Xing doesnt have any other talent, he only have one great one!

    Yan Shisan responded, Oh?

    Xue Keren said, No matter where I run to, he still have the ability to catch me back.

    Yan Shisan smiled again and said, This is no small ability.

    Xue Keren said, So this time eventually he will still find me. Fortunately, this time is already different.

    Yan Shisan asked, Whats different?

    Xue Keren replied, This time by the time he found me, Im already yours.

    She did not let Yan Shisan deny this, and immediately explained, At least he would think I am already your woman!

    Yan Shisan did not laughed, however, he could not deny this either.

    No matter who sees them in this situation, they would not have another way of explaining this.

    Xue Keren said, He has another ability. Hes really good at getting jealous.

    Many men typically have this ability.

    Xue Keren said, So if he sees us in this situation, hell definitely kill you.

    Yan Shisan could only agree.

    Xue Keren said, If there is a person who wants to kill you, and must definitely kill you, what will you do?

    She answered for him, Obviously you must kill him.

    Yan Shisan was sighing. Now he finally understood her intention.

    Xue Keren gently said, You dont really need to sigh because you are not losing out on anything. Many men would kill for a woman like me.

    Yan Shisan said, I believe plenty of men would, but I

    Xue Keren said, You are no different!

    Yan Shisan asked, How do you know I am the same?

    Xue Keren replied, Because when the time comes you will have no other choice.

    She grabbed onto his neck, By that time, if you dont kill him he will still kill you. So right now why dont you

    She didnt continue not because something was covering her mouth. It was because her mouth was blocking someone elses mouth.

    This time Yan Shisan did not treat her like a poisonous snake. It seemed like he had already thought it through.

    Unfortunately at that moment the horse drawing their carriage neighed frighteningly.

    He startlingly turned around and, from out of the carriage window, saw a carriage wheel rolled from the side of the carriage to the front. It was the wheel from their carriage.

    * * *

    When he saw this wheel rolling away, their carriage was already driven to and toppled on the side of the road.

    When the carriage toppled down, the carriage window was on the top.

    A person was standing on top looking down at them through the window with a very cold and handsome face; his eyes filled with hatred.

    Xue Keren sighed and asked, Cant you see that he truly has this ability?

    Yan Shisan bitterly smiled and replied, Yes.

    * * *

    Xiahou Xing was a member of a noble family. Members of noble family are very well manner, and seldomly swear. Even if they tell people to get lost, they would add the word please31 to it.

    But everyone has moments where they are not polite and it was obvious that this was one of these moments for Xiahou Xing.

    It was already not easy for him to simply just jump up screaming. He only cursed out, Jianren32 (b*tch), get out!

    Xue Keren was actually very obedient; he wanted her to get out and she went out immediately.

    She didnt even have a piece of clothing on her. Xiahou Xing was anxious again, he hollered, Do not come out!

    Xue Keren sighed and said, You know that I always listen to you but now you tell me to get out here and then tell me I cant get out. What should I do?

    Xiahou Xings pale face turned purple and he pointed at Yan Shisan, YouYouYou

    He was never a very good speaker. Now that he was angry and anxious, he couldnt even say a word.

    Xue Keren said, It looks like he wanted you to get out.

    Yan Shisan said, Absolutely not.

    Xue Keren asked, No?

    Yan Shisan said, Because I am not a jianren (b*tch) nor can I gun33 (boil, also means get out).

    He laughed and said, I know Xiahou-gongzi (gentleman) is a very well mannered person. If he wants me to come out, he would politely say please.

    Xiahou Xings face turned from purple to white, clenched his fist and said, Please, Please, Please, Please

    He continued saying seventeen to eighteen please. Yan Shisan had already come out, and he still continue saying it.

    Yan Shisan laughed again and said, What exactly are you asking me to please do?

    Xiahou Xing said, I want you to please go to hell.

    * * *

    There was a horse carriage stopped on the road far away. The door of the carriage had the symbol of Xiahou family printed on it.

    That child and the coachman were sitting at the front of the carriage glaring at Yan Shisan.

    The coachman was a very pale, white haired old man who was small and skinny. Not knowing how long he had been doing this job, however as a coachmen he wouldnt lose out to someone much younger.

    That child had really agile movement, obviously trained in martial art. However, there was no way they could fight for Xiahou Xings behalf, therefore Yan Shisans would only need to go against Xiahou Xing, himself.

    This put Yan Shisan very much at ease.

    Xiahou Xing was certainly not easy to handle; moreover, that Thousand Snake Sword was an extremely fearful unorthodox weapon.

    However with just him, one person, and one sword, Yan Shisan was certainly not worry.

    He only felt something was not right regarding this matter.

    Although he was not particularly fond of Xiahou Xing, but to help a woman kill her husband

    He did not have any time to think about this.

    Xiahou Xings Thousand Snake Sword attacked him as if it was raining a sky full of hundreds and thousand of silvery poisonous snake.

    He originally could use any stance in Life Snatching Thirteen Sword to counter this move; however, at that moment he had a very strange thought

    If Cao Bing could use Raven to test his swordplay, why couldnt he take this opportunity to test out the power of that Third Young Masters sword stance?

    As he was beginning to have this thought, his sword wiped out as natural as a cool breeze and as magnificent as a setting sun.

    He was precisely executing that Third Young Masters sword stance. Though he was not particularly familiar with using this move, and not even himself felt its power when he was executing it.

    He immediately felt it.

    All of a sudden, Xiahou Xings poisonous snake like attack completely disintegrated between this cool breezes like sword ray. It was like willow catkin dispersing within the spring wind, or ice and snow melting under the sunlight.

    Xiahou Xings was actually flung out seven to eight zhang34 (yard) by this power and trip in front of his own horse carriage.

    Yan Shisan, himself, was also shocked. The old coachman was busy trying to tend Xiahou Xing. The child had his eyes wide opened and frighteningly looked at him. Xue Keren sighed; she smiled while sighing. The sighing was insincere but the smile was honest.

    She was smiling sweetly.

    Cant believe your swordplay is much better than I imagined.

    Yan Shisan sighed and laughed, I cant believe it either.

    His sighing was honest, the laugh was bitter. He knew that if he did use his Life Snatching Thirteen Sword, not a single move would have such power.

    Without the advice from Murong Qiudi, how would he be able to block this move?

    Even if he were able to defeat the Third Young Master, what would this kind of victory taste like?

    Yan Shisans heart felt a bit of bitterness. He turned his hand and put his blade back to its sheath. He didnt really pay attention to Xiahou Xing anymore. He was no longer concern with this person. Unbelievably, right when he lifted his head, Xiahou Xing was standing right in front of him and looking at him coldly.

    Yan Shisan sighed and asked, What do you still want?

    Xiahou Xing said, Please.

    Yan Shisan said, You still want me to go to hell?

    Xiahou Xing actually held himself back and coldly said, Gexias35 (Your) swordplay at first is most definitely the worlds unparalleled swordplay!

    Yan Shisan could not deny it. Not only were these true words, these were flattering words. However, he did not felt good hearing these words because that was not his swordplay.

    Xiahou Xing again said, Zaixia36 (I) come here because I am still very much obliged to learn from gexias (your) swordplay.37

    Yan Shisan asked, You still want to experience that one sword stance?

    Xiahou Xing replied, Yes.

    Yan Shisan laughed.

    This was not an honest laughed, nor was it a cold laugh, and definitely not a painful laugh.

    This laugh was simply a cover up; a laugh to cover up what was in his heart.

    This guy actually dared to go against this move one more time. If he had not gone mad, then he mustd thought of a way to handle this move.

    He did not seemed like he had gone mad.

    Perhaps he had already thought of a way to counter this move, and was confident about it? Yan Shisan seemed to be emotionally affected. He really wanted to see what in the world could possibly counter this sword move!

    Xiahou Xing was waiting for his reply.

    Yan Shisan only said one word, Please.

    After this word came out, Xiahou Xing already started his attack. The Thousand Snake Sword had transformed into thousand of silver snake dancing and covering the sky.

    This move seemed like a deceptive move.

    Yan Shisan could tell, but he did not seem to be concern.

    It didnt matter if the opponent used a false move or true move, Third Young Masters sword stand would be able to handle it.

    This time he was getting more use to executing the move. As this one sword move came out and as it was transforming, there was a ka sound and the sky-filled silver snake joined together as one sword.

    The light of the sword became concentrated, a sword thrust out in a single move. It was an extremely simple move; it was simple yet awkward. However, it was directed at precisely the only weakness of this Third Young Masters sword stance.

    Yan Shisan was truly shocked. The sword move Xiahou Xing executed was exactly the same move he was displaying in front of Murong Qiudi. Even Murong Qiudi acknowledge this is the only move to counter the Third Young Masters swordplay. Right now he was using the Third Young Masters swordplay; and Xiahou Xing was using the same move he had conceived to counter and kill him.

    Right now he had already executed the sword stance and he couldnt even change it if he wanted to. Was he really going to be killed by a sword move that he had thought of?

    * * *

    He did not die!

    He clearly knew this move he was executing had a weakness; and clearly knew his opponent was executing a fatal counter.

    However, when the opponents sword entered this space, the swordplay he was using had another transformation.

    It was a transformation he would never imagine, and it was not a transformation he personally conceived of.

    It was a transformation within a transformation in the swordplay itself.

    It was like a waterfall at a high mountain top. When the water was flowing down, you could clearly see a hole on it. However, once you reached your hand out, you realized the running water had already covered the hole.

    There was a loud ding sound.

    The Thousand Snake Sword was broken; it was broken into thousand of little pieces. Xiahou Xing, himself, flew out due to the impact and flew very far.

    The old man was startlingly looking him that he even had forgotten to take care of Xiahou Xing.

    This time Xue Keren not only laughed, she was clapping.

    However, this time Yan Shisans heart sank; it sank to the bottom of an icy cold lake.

    Right now he finally realized this flaw in Third Young Masters swordplay wasnt really a flaw at all.

    Right now he finally understood there was no one in this world that could break this sword move.

    Absolutely no one!

    If he wanted to go break it then he would simply sending himself to death. If Cao Bing did go, then he would definitely die!

    If it could break that sword move, it should be his glory. If it couldnt, then the one who die should be him.

    Xiahou Xing collapsed on the ground and still hasnt gotten up. Blood was coming out of the corner of his mouth.

    The old man and the child were frozen in terror. However, the horse that was pulling the cart was fine. Anyone could tell it was a well-trained horse.

    He wanted to go steal the horse.

    He was in a hurried to get to Divine Sword Manor. Even if he was going to die, he wanted to hurry there. He definitely could not let Cao Bing die on his behalf.

    Because he was a man of Jianghu. Men of Jianghu have their own unique way of thinking.

    At that moment, he heard a man coughing. A vagrant who was dressed in dirty and worn clothes with a dirty and smelly body, walked out of the forest while coughing non-stop.

    No one saw him at first.

    It seemed at first there was no one in the forest, but this person clearly walked out of the forest. He was walking slowly and coughing violently.

    He seemed as if he did not see that hair raising fierce battle, and that stunning display of swordplay.

    He did not seem as if he saw any of these people.

    A naked beauty with half of her body showing out of the carriage window.

    He did not see.

    A legendary swordsman with his hand still holding a sword full of killing aura.

    He also did not see.

    It seemed like he only saw one person saw that small and skinny old coachman.

    * * *

    The old coachman was frighten to the point that he huddled himself up and was shaking.

    The vagrant was constantly coughing, slowly walked there, and suddenly stopped and stood in front of the carriage.

    The old coachman was even more scared; he looked at him frighteningly. His coughing stopped for a moment. He suddenly smiled in front of the old coachman and said, Good.

    The old coachman asked, Good? Whats good? Good about what?

    The vagrant said, Are you good?

    The old coachman asked, What part of me is good?

    The vagrant replied, Every part of you is good.

    The old coachman bitterly smiled. Before he opened his mouth, the vagrant continued, If it was you who went earlier, right now that person would be dead.

    Before he even finish talking, the coughing started again and walking away slowly.

    The old coachman was startled and looked at him. Every one was startled and looked at him; and seemed as if no one understood what he was saying!

    Yan Shisan seemed to understand something but not completely. As he was about to go up to him and ask, that person vanished into thin air. Even though he walked very slowly, in a flash he had disappeared. Even his coughing could no longer be heard.

    Xue Keren muttered to herself, Strange, how come this person look so familiar?

    The old coachman muttered to himself, Strange, what is this person saying?

    Yan Shisan was already in front of him and said, Even if other people do not understand what he said, I do.

    The old coachman said, Oh?

    Yan Shisan said, Not only do I understand but you do too.

    The old coachman shut his mouth and then used a surprised look and stared at him.

    Yan Shisan said, Twenty years ago the strongest person from Red Cloud Valley was not the current manor master, Xiahou Chongshan38.

    The old coachman asked, If it was not the elder manor master, then who was it?

    Yan Shisan said, His younger brother, Xiahou Feishan39.

    The old coachman said, But

    Yan Shisan said, But twenty years ago Xiahou Feishan suddenly disappeared and even now no one knows of his whereabouts.

    The old coachman sighed and said, Im afraid old master had died a long time ago.

    Yan Shisan said, Everyone in Jianghu thought he is dead, but now I know he did not die.

    The old coachman asked, How do you know?

    Yan Shisan replied, Because I know his whereabouts.

    The old coachman asked, Where is the old master now?

    Yan Shisan replied, Right here!

    He was staring right at the old coachmans eyes and said each word clearly, You are Xiahou Feishan!

    * * *

    The twilight was gradually getting closer. The wind was gradually getting colder.

    This old coachman shrunken up body slowly straightened up. There was suddenly glimmer of light within his eyes.

    A type of shining light that would only come out of a true master.

    Yan Shisan said, Twenty years ago you had an encounter with Life Snatching Thirteen Sword.

    [End of Chapter 7]

    31. qing (请), means please or kindly ask/request.
    32. jianren (贱人), lit. lowly/cheap person. Usually refer to woman, equivalent to a word that means female dog, wh*re, or sl*t.
    33. gun (滚), could mean either boil, roll, or get lost/take a hike. Xiahou Xing told her to gunchulai or get lost, come out, which I changed to get out.
    34. zhang (丈), its ten chi and since a chi is approximately 1 foot, a zhang is about 3.58 meters or 3.645 yards. Theres really no accurate English equivalent to a zhang.
    35. gexia (阁下), means your distinguished self, a very polite way to refer someone. He is using very polite speech.
    36. zaixia (在下), mean I, i.e. a way to refer to yourself but in a very respectful way. Just want to point out, it literally means at below. The point is if you put yourself at a lower position, you elevated the person you are talking directly to in a very respectful way.
    37. I can easily translated to line to I want to fight you again. and would almost mean the same thing. However, a lot would be lost in translation. For one, he is using extremely polite speech. He uses ziaxia, gexia, and lingjiao (领教). Refer to previous footnote on the former two. Lingjiao, literally means experience with the intention to learn. He did not just I want to experience that swordplay again., he is really saying Please allow me to experience that swordplay so I can gain valuable lesson from it. These archaic speeches, in my opinion, adds an extra flavor to wuxia stories.
    38. Xiahou Chongsan (夏侯重山), surname Xiahou, given name means heavy mountain.
    39. Xiahou Feishan (夏侯飞山), surname Xiahou, given name means flying mountain.

    Quote Originally Posted by kaister

    Editor's Note

    Minor changes.
    Original translation said this is her seventh time running away but Chinese text said she as ran away seven times before.

    Missing a lot of lines, maybe a dozen or so. Cant list them out, just compare this translation with the original.
    Last edited by kaister; 07-25-14 at 04:51 PM.

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    Originally translated by kara. Revised and retranslated by kaister.

    Chapter 8
    Drunk as Mud

    Again he explained, No one knows about the battle between you and my late father on the grand mountains of Huashan twenty years ago, I know.

    The old coachman tightened his hands.

    Yan Shisan said, You lost to my late father in that battle. In these twenty years, you mustd studied Life Snatching Thirteen Sword well because you were always thinking about a chance for revenge.

    The old driver suddenly sighed and said, It was a pity that he died so early.

    Yan Shisan, Since you studied Life Snatching Thirteen Sword so meticulously, you must know that beside the thirteen stances there is a fourteenth sword stance. Therefore, you were able to come up with that counter move at first.

    He sighed and said, Aside from you, Im afraid there is no one else in this world that could.

    The old coachman did not deny it.

    Yan Shisan said, The reason Xue Keren could not escape Xiahou Xing no matter where she fled to, also must be you.

    The old coachman said, Oh?

    Yan Shisan said, The Flaming God Eagle Xiahou Feishans41 ability to hunt, capture and scour is already something very few people could match up twenty years ago.

    The old coachman dully said, You seem to know quite a few things.

    Yan Shisan said, Indeed quite a few!

    The old coachmans eyes suddenly had this sword-like cold aura, and said, Do you also know why I suddenly disappeared? After I disappeared why I became a lowly servant and served as Xiahou Xings coachman?

    Yan Shisan dully said, These are things I do not need to know.

    * * *

    These were indeed things he didnt need to know because these are other peoples secret and personal business. However, it was also not that he didnt know.

    Rivalries between brothers, secret affair between brother and sister-in-law, a momentary misstep, and lifetime of regrets.

    These were a few common tragedies a big prominent household had. These were definitely not unique to Xiahou family. However their grand reputation and fame were enough to dazzle the publics view, and made other people overlooked these ugly and tragic matters.

    Xiahou Feishans disappearance in the former years, was it because of a secret love affair between him and his older sister-in-law?

    After he disappeared, he secretly came back and was willing to lower himself to the status of a servant and became Xiahou Xings coachman what were they for?

    Could it be that Xiahou Xing was his child born from this ill-fated relationship?

    These were not issues Yan Shisan wanted to speculate on. This was because these were other peoples personal matters that he did not need to know. He also did not want to know.

    * * *

    The old coachman was still looking at him. He used that pair of eyes that was no longer old and tired to look at him. Yan Shisan did not avoid his eyes.

    If a person has a clear conscience, there is no need to avoid. It doesn't matter what it is, there is not need to avoid. The old coachman suddenly asked a very strange question.

    He asked, What is your surname right now?

    Yan Shisan, Yan, the yan in yanzi (swallow, the bird).

    The old coachman asked, You are Yan Shisan?

    Yan Shisan replied, Yes.

    The old coachman asked, You are really your old mans son?

    Yan Shisan replied, Yes!

    * * *

    Not only was the way these questions were asked strange, they seemed rather baffling. The person answering the question similarly could not make the head or tails of it. These questions seemed to be a bunch of nonsense.

    Typically you dont need to answer to nonsense, but Yan Shisan had no choice but to reply. This was because Yan Shisan knew these were not nonsense. What the old coachman follow up on was also not a nonsense.

    He said, Since you are your old mans son, I should probably kill you!

    Yan Shisan did not open his mouth. In the view of a Jianghu man, the insult of a defeat was a type of unforgettable hatred.

    A hatred that needed retaliation.

    The old coachman, Earlier I wanted to use your own swordplay to kill you!

    He deeply sighed and continued, Its a pity that Xiahou Xings attack was too soft. Also, the variation in that single sword stance you were using was too formidable.

    Yan Shisan said, His attack was not soft. Unfortunately, he already lost confidence in himself.

    Yan Shisan continued, I was not used to that swordplay I was using. Therefore, if it was you that was attacking at first, it was very possible I would die under your sword.

    The old coachman agreed; that vagrants analysis was very accurate.

    Who exactly was he?

    In the vicissitudes of life, there were many extraordinary people and surprising individuals. If a person does not want to reveal his identity, why must you press for it?

    Yan Shisan said, Right now

    The old coachman said, Right now is different!

    Yan Shisan asked, Whats different?

    The old coachman said, Right now you already have confidence in that sword move of yours. Not even I can break it anymore.

    Yan Shisan said, You can at least try.

    The old coachman said, No need.

    Yan Shisan asked, No need?

    The old coachman replied, There are some things you dont need to know so there are some things I also dont need to try.

    He did not let Yan Shisan opened his mouth and continued, Twenty years ago I lost to your fathers sword. Twenty years later Xiahou Xing again lost to your sword. Why do I need to try?

    Although he said this flatly, his voice still contained an unexplainable sadness.

    Yan Shisan also understood what he meant. His sadness was perhaps not due to the battle in the former years but the failure today.

    Because he finally realized his own son could not even be compared to the other persons son.

    This was the true failure, a complete failure. This type of failure was absolutely hopeless.

    What was the point of killing the other persons son?

    The old coachman slowly said, The Xiahou clan already lost today. You are free to take away the person from the Xiahou family.

    He was already prepared to let Yan Shisan take away Xue Keren.

    He no longer wanted such a daughter-in-law.

    Yan Shisan said, I dont want to take anyone away with me.

    The old coachman said, You really dont want to?

    Yan Shisan shook his head, But I want

    The old coachman pupils contracted and said, Even if you want my head, I can give it to you.

    Yan Shisan laughed and said, I just want a horse, a very fast horse!

    * * *

    It was truly a fast horse.

    Yan Shisan was madly speeding whipping this horse. Toward this one in a million fast horse, he didnt even treasure it a bit.

    He did not even treasure his stamina. Toward this one battle, he no longer had any confidence, any hope. This was because no one in this world could break that Thirds Young Masters sword move.

    Absolutely none!

    He only hoped to get to Green Water Lake before Cao Bing.

    * * *

    The Green Water Lake was at the foot of the Emerald Cloud Peak.

    The Divine Sword Manor was built on the mountain facing the water; it was an ancient and grand construction. The other side of the lake was a very small village. In the village, most peoples surnames were Xie. People who wanted to go to Divine Sword Manor usually must be redirected through this Xie-zhanggui (shopkeeper). Like most other places, this restaurants name was also Xinghua Cun (Apricot Blossom Village).

    The very little Apricot Blossom Village.

    * * *

    When Yan Shisan arrived to the very little Apricot Blossom Villiage, the horse collapsed.

    Fortunately, he had not yet collapsed.

    He rushed in. He wanted to find Xie Wangsun42 and ask whether Cao Bing already arrived at Divine Sword Manor.

    However, he did not need to ask because once he rushed in he already had his answer. A very much alive answer.

    * * *

    The very little Apricot Blossom Village only had two people. Once Yan Shisan rushed in, he saw Cao Bing.

    A very much alive Cao Bing. Cao Bing arrived here first.

    Cao Bing was still alive. Did Cao Bing already fought with the Third Young Master? If Cao Bing was alive right now, did that mean the Third Young Master died under his sword?

    Yan Shisan did not believe, and yet could not believe. Cao Bing was definitely not a patient person. As soon as he got here he must have rushed to the Divine Sword Manor immediately.

    He would never sit here and wait. No matter who rushed into Divine Sword Manor and came out alive, there must be only explanation.

    That person had defeated the most fearful person in the Divine Sword Manor.

    * * *

    Did Cao Bing really defeated the Third Young Master? What method did he used to counter that Third Young Masters sword move? Yan Shisan really wanted to ask but he did not ask.

    Because even though Cao Bing was still alive he was already drunk.

    He was very drunk, drunk as mud. Fortunately there was someone else in the restaurant that wasnt drunk. That person was looking at him, shaking his head and sighing.

    This renxiong (fellow) seems like a person that doesnt drink. After drinking only half a catty, he was already drunk for an entire day.

    If he was not a drinking person, why did he get so drunk?

    Was it because of an emptiness after victory, or was it because he wanted to drink a little before battle to gain a little bit of courage but gotten drunk first?

    Yan Shisan couldnt help asked, Are you the Xie-zhanggui (shopkeeper) of this place?

    The person who was originally shaking his head and sighing, immediately nodded his head.

    Yan Shisan asked, Do you know if this renxiong (fellow) had seen the Third Young Master?

    Xie-zhanggui replied, Dont know.

    Yan Shisan asked, Did he go to the Divine Sword Manor?

    Xie-zhanggui replied, Dont know.

    Yan Shisan asked, Where is the Third Young Master now?

    Xie-zhanggui replied, Dont know.

    Yan Shisan coldly asked, What do you know?

    Xie-zhanggui smiled and said, I only know gexia (you) are Yan Shisan, Only know gexia (you) wanted to go to Divine Sword Manor.

    Yan Shisan laughed.

    This person did not know anything that he needed know. Other the other hand, he seemed to know everything he didnt need to know.

    Yan Shisan asked, Can you take me there?

    Xie-zhanggui replied, Can!

    * * *

    The lake water of the Green Water Lake was blue-like green.

    It was a pity that right now was already the end of autumn. The lakeside no longer had any hanging willows; however, there was a fast boat.

    This boat was specifically prepared for you. I already had it prepared for three days.

    They boarded the boat. At the middle of the boat there wasnt just wine and food, there were a zither, a chess board, a book, and a smooth and solid pieced of rock.

    Yan Shisan asked, What is this?

    Xie-zhanggui replied,, Its a sharpening stone for sword.

    He smiled and explained, Id already seen plenty of people that went to Divine Sword Manor. The first thing each person did was not the same.

    Yan Shisan was listening.

    Xie-zhanggui said, Some people would start drinking vigorously after getting onboard.

    Yan Shisan said, Drinking can boost your confidence and courage.

    He poured a cup of wine and took a full gulp, But drinking wine is not necessarily for building courage.

    Xie-zhanggui immediately agreed. He smiled and said, Some people drink wine because they like to drink.

    Yan Shisan drank three more cups.

    Xie-zhanggui said, Some also like to play zither, read book, and some even like to play chess by themselves.

    These were all methods that help a person relax and remain calm.

    Xie-zhanggui said, However most people that got onboard liked to sharpen their sword.

    Sharpening your sword was another way to help you remain calm. Furthermore, it was something that doesnt require any mental strength.

    Xie-zhanggui was looking at Yan Shisans sword. He said, This is a very good sharpening stone.

    Yan Shisan laughed and said, This sword of mine is never sharpened by a stone.

    Xie-zhanggui asked, If not sharpened by a stone, what do you use to sharpened it with?

    Yan Shisan replied, Use necks, the necks of the enemies.

    * * *

    The water was waving and reflecting the sunset. The Emerald Cloud Peak faraway was very picturesque.

    Inside the boat was calm and silent because Xie-zhanggui already closed his mouth. He didnt want people to use his neck to sharpen sword. However, his eyes couldnt help but took a look at that sword.

    Thirteen pearls were inlaid on the sword. This was not a precious sword, yet it was a famed sword, a very famous sword.

    Yan Shisan was facing the window looking out to the lake water and mountain scenery. It seemed he was thinking about something. After not knowing how long, he suddenly turned around and said, You obviously had seen that Third Young Master before.

    Xie-zhanggui did not deny it.

    Yan Shisan asked, Do you know what kind of sword the Third Young Master uses normally?

    He had seen the Third Young Master use his sword once before. However he seen it far away, he couldnt see the sword clearly.

    Because the Third Young Masters moves were too quick. That was why he wanted to ask but once he asked about this it felt so pointless.

    Because Xie-zhangguis reply would definitely be: Dont know.

    However, this time he was wrong.

    Xie-zhanggui was pondering and then slowly said, Do you know about the matter of the lunjian (sword gathering) at Mount Hua?

    Yan Shisan knew.

    Xie-zhanggui said, Third Young Master is using that sword.

    Yan Shisan said, The worlds number one sword?

    Xie-zhanggui nodded. He sighed and said, That is truly the famed sword unparalleled in the world.

    Yan Shisan said, That indeed is!

    Xie-zhanggui said, Many people took this boat there wanted to simply revere that sword.

    Yan Shisan asked, Are you the only one who takes guests across the lake?

    Xie-zhanggui replied, Usually it is me. Going there, I would typically play chess and drink wine with them.

    Yan Shisan asked, How about coming back?

    Xie-zhanggui laughed and replied, Coming back is usually just me alone.

    Yan Shisan asked, Why?

    Xie-zhanggui replied, Because once they go, very few return.

    * * *

    The setting sun was getting weaker and twilight approached.

    The clear mountain far away was gradually fading under the approaching twilight like a faded painting.

    The boat was even quieter because Yan Shisan also closed his mouth.

    Going there right now, would he be able to come back alive?

    He suddenly thought about a lot of things, things he shouldnt be thinking about.

    He thought about his childhood, his adolescent friends, and also the people whom had died under his sword.

    Out of all those people, how many did not deserved to die?

    He suddenly thought about the first woman he had slept with. At that time he was very young but she already had a lot of experience.

    To him that was not a particularly interesting experience but now he was still thinking about it.

    He even thought about Xue Keren. Right now did she go back with Xiahou Xing? Did Xiahou Xing still want her back?

    These were things he shouldnt spend time thinking about, things he did not need to think about, and also things he shouldnt be willing to think about.

    However, right now he was indeed thinking about them, very chaotic thoughts. When his mind was the most chaotic, he saw a person who stood under the autumn sunset at the side of Green Water Lake.

    * * *

    At the point when a person is in the most confused state of mind, it is rather hard to see anyone or anything.

    Yet Yan Shisan happened to see this person at the most chaotic train of thought.

    This person was nothing out of the ordinary. He was middle-aged man, possibly at the higher end of middle age. Both sides of the hair near the temple were greyed. His eyes revealed an old aged tiredness.

    He was dressed simply; a detailed green garment, cloth shoes, and white stockings. It seemed like he was a very ordinary person who casually walked around the edge of the Green Water Lake. Looking at the scenery at late autumn, he casually stood there.

    Perhaps it was simply because he was too ordinary, like the late autumn twilight, that Yan Shisan noticed him.

    The more simple a thing or person is, sometime that harder it is to escape your notice.

    Yan Shisan saw him, like seeing the autumn sunset night sky. In his heart he could feel very calm, very comfortable, and very beautiful. There absolutely was nothing surprising or dreadful.

    [End of Chapter 8]

    41. Xiahou Feishan (夏侯飞山), surname Xiahou, given name means flying mountain.
    42. Xie Wangsun (谢王孙), surname Xie, given name means kings descendant.

    Quote Originally Posted by kaister
    Editor's Notes

    -Some dialogues are shortened, details were dropped.
    -By the way, different between kara and my new translation, the <A> said, <B> said, before dialogues are dropped, I usually preserved them.

    Discrepancies between karas translation and original Chinese source (in order):

    -Battle between Xiahou Feishan and his master, source said father. Also battle location was missing.
    -YSS mention XHFS mustve known about the 14th stance, this detail was dropped.
    -Section talking bout XHFS personal matter, minute details are being skipped.
    -When YSS talked his surname he describe which Chinese character it is. To be fair, it sorta makes sense for translation to skip this.
    - XHFS said twenty years later Xiahou Xing NOT twenty years later I
    - Missing line: Because he finally realized his own son could not even be compared to other persons son.
    - Originally translation used the person who had defeated him which is not wrong but defeat him is not in the original text. I changed it back to the other person which is exactly the same as the Chinese text, though it is implied this is the person who defeated him. I prefer translation to be true to original text. I think translator has the right to add extra words not in original source if he or she thinks it clarify or enhance the translation. Unfortunately I dont take such a stanceor at least rarely.
    - Restore details: Example, Going from The person nodded. -> The person who was originally shaking his head and sighing, immediately nodded his head. Again, technically the former translation is not wrong. It became more concise and eliminated redundancy because the extra description was mentioned before. However, my preference is to preserve as much of the original text as possible.
    - YSS was drinking with a cup not a bowl

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    Originally translated by kara. Review and partially re-translated by kaister.

    Chapter 9
    More Than Meets the Eye

    Xie-zhanggui also saw this person. He was evidently surprised and even a little bit scared.

    Yan Shisan couldnt help but asked, Who is that person?

    Xie-zhanggui asked back, Do you know who is the current manor master of the Divine Sword Manor?

    Yan Shisan obviously knew, Its Xie Wangsun.

    Xie-zhanggui said, The person you are looking at right now is Manor Master Xie, Xie Wangsun.

    * * *

    Xie Wangsun was not a famous hero of Wulin that blazed through Jianghu. He was famous around the world simply because he was the manor master of Divine Sword Manor.

    Yan Shisan know all of this. However he still couldnt imagine this famous Master Xie was actually this easy-going and unassuming person.

    Although he did not seem too old, his life had already reached its nightfall. It was precisely like the peace and tranquility of a late autumn night. There were no longer any matter in the world that would touch his heart.

    His hands were also arid yet warm. He currently grabbed onto Yan Shisan and smiled, You dont have to introduce yourself. I know who you are.

    Yan Shisan said, But qianbei (senior) you

    Xie Wangsun said, Please dont refer me as qianbei (senior). Right here you are my guest.

    Yan Shisan did not dispute, and was no longer polite.

    Being held onto by this hand, his heart suddenly also had a very warm feeling.

    However, his other hand was still tightly holding onto his sword.

    Xie Wangsun said, My house is not far ahead. We can slowly walk there.

    He smiled and continued, Under such a good weather, being able to take a leisure walk and chat with a person like you is definitely a delightful thing.

    * * *

    Although the setting sun already disappeared, the maple leaves on the mountain side was still gorgeous.

    The night wind was filled with clean smell of the dry tree leaves, and a fragrance from the faraway mountain.

    Yan Shisans heart suddenly had this peace and comfort he had not felt in many years. He suddenly thought of a poem:

    Up faraway a cold mountain a stone path slants,
    Deep within the white clouds households reside,
    Carriage stops to admire the maple forest night,
    Frosted leaves are redder than February flowers.43

    At this time and this moment with this scenery, wasnt this precisely the scene described by the poem? The person walking next to him, wasnt he the person within the poem, the person within the painting?

    Xie Wangsun was walking very slowly. To him, although life was short, he was not impatient or worried.

    As he was looking into the distant, he could see the Divine Sword Manors grand and ancient building.

    Xie Wangsun said, My ancestors built this two hundreds years ago. Till today, it hasnt changed a bit.

    There were emotions stirring in his voice, But the people here already changed. They had changed greatly.

    Yan Shisan was quietly listening. He could hear the emotions in his voice. It was just a slight emotion stirring, not melancholy.

    Because he already see through everything. People always change, why be melancholic about it?

    Xie Wangsun said, The person that built this manor was the first generation ancestor of this place. You should know about him.

    Yan Shisan, of course, knew.

    Two hundreds years ago, all the famous heroes of the world gathered in Mount Hua discussing martial art and comparing sword skills. That was such a fascinating history.

    Capable of garnering the respect of all the heroes at the time, this person must a great figure.

    Xie Wangsun said, Since the laorenjia (old sir) passed away, this place had went through many generations. Although no one could be compared to talaorenjia (him, the old sir), each generation had their grand history and had accomplished great feats.

    He laughed and continued, Only me. I am only a very ordinary man, dont deserved to be part of the Xie clan.

    His laugh was still very serene, very comfortable, It was because I knew I am ordinary with no capability, I am, on the other hand, able to enjoy an ordinary and quiet life.

    Yan Shisan could only listen. The words this old man was saying, there was no way he could partake in.

    Xie Wangsun said, I have two daughters and three sons. The eldest daughter married a very ambitious young man. Unfortunately he was a bit arrogant and prideful, so they died very early on.

    Yan Shisan heard of this matter before. The big miss of the Xie family married the swiftest and most courageous young swordsman at the time. They indeed died very early. They died on the night of their wedding, they were ambushed in their wedding chamber.

    Xie Wangsun said, My second daughter also died very young. She died of depression. It was because she fell in love with one of my young scholar study. She didnt dare to say it out. We did not know so wed arranged a marriage for her to another family. Before the wedding day, she silently passed away.

    He softly sighed, In reality, if she was willing to tell us what was in her heart, we wouldnt be against it. My young study was also a very good child!

    This was the first time he sighed. It was only a sigh of having no alternative.

    And there was not much sorrow.

    Why must men grieve about deeds in the past? Xie Wangsun said, My eldest son was an idiot and died prematurely during childhood. My second son wanted to avenge his older sister and brother-in-law, died in a battle at Mount Yin45.

    The Ghost Pack of Mount Yin who ambushed the big miss of the Xie family all died after that one battle.

    Xie Wangsun said, These are the misfortunes of my family. I never blame anyone.

    His voice was very serene, Everyone has their own destiny. Whether it is fortune or misfortune, you cant blame other people. Therefore after all these years, Ive slowly come to accept these facts!

    Although he had experienced so much tragedies and sorrows he could still maintain a tranquil heart. This point alone made this man an impressive figure. Yan Shisan admired it; he admired him greatly.

    Xie Wangsun said, Right now Id came to acceptance. What created these misfortunes was perhaps because the culmination of killings of the Xie family was too great

    Being able to come to this point was greatly admirable. However, why did he tell another person all of this? These are all private affair of their family, there was no need for other people to know.

    He told me all of this, is it because he already considered that Im a dead person?

    Only a dead person would never reveal any secret.

    Yan Shisan already thought of this point but he was not concerned by it because hed already accepted how other viewed him. He no longer let it bother him any more.

    Xie Wangsun continued, You obviously know I still have a son named Xie Xiaofeng.

    Yan Shisan said, I know.

    Xie Wangsun said, He was indeed a very smart child. The spirit of the Xie clan seemed to be entirely concentrated within him.

    Yan Shisan, I know when he was young, he had defeated the famed swordsman at the time, Hua Shaokun46.

    Xie Wangsun said, Hua Shaokuns swordplay was not as impressive as legend had it. Beside he was too arrogant, he did not take an around ten year old child seriously.

    He slowly continued, A person practicing sword should be wholly focused on proper thoughts. You absolutely cannot be arrogant; arrogance leads to negligence. Any type of neglect can be fatal.

    This was truly a gem of wisdom, of course Yan Shisan was listening.

    Xie Wangsun laughed and said, However that child of mine did not have this bad habit. Although he became famous when he was young, he never take anyone lightly.

    Yan Shisan couldnt help take a deep sigh, and said, Just because of this one point, it is no wonder he is invincible in the world!

    Xie Wangsun also couldnt take a sigh and said, However, this is also his misfortune.

    Yan Shisan asked, Why?

    Xie Wangsun replied, It is because he never underestimate anyone, he always use his full strength.

    He did not say any further, Yan Shisan understood his point.

    If a person insisted on using full strength against opponent, the sword would definitely injure the person.

    He had already known there were no survivor under the Third Young Masters sword.

    Xie Wangsun was sighing and said, His biggest mistake in life was that his killings were too numerous.

    Yan Shisan said, This is not consider his mistake!

    Xie Wangsun asked, No?

    Yan Shisan replied, Perhaps he didnt want to kill. He kills because he doesnt have a choice.

    If you dont kill me, Ill kill you.

    Yan Shisan also sighed and said, A man in Jianghu, sometimes does things that are beyond his control. Killing is also the same!

    Xie Wangsun looked at him. After looking for a while, he slowly said, Cant believe that you understand him very well.

    Yan Shisan said, Because I also kill!

    Xie Wangsun asked, Do you also really want to kill him?

    Yan Shisan replied, Yes!

    Xie Wangsun said, You are very honest.

    Yan Shisan said, A person that kills people must be honest. A person thats not honest usually dies under anothers sword.

    A person who learn swordsmanship must be sincere and just. This principle is basically the same.

    Xie Wangsun stared at him. His eyes suddenly revealed a strange expression. He suddenly said, Good, you follow me!

    Yan Shisan said, Thank you!

    * * *

    Thank you is a very ordinary phrase. At this time this moment, him actually saying these words had became very strange.

    What was he thanking? Was it for the understanding from this old man or was it because this old was willing to bring him to death?

    He originally came here to die.

    * * *


    Early in the night, Divine Sword Manor already had lamps lit up one after another.

    They walked into a room next to the main hall. The lamplights in the main hall were splendid. The light in this room, on the other hand, was muddle yellow and dim.

    Everything in the room were covered with black clothes, magnifying its cold and gloomy atmosphere.

    Why didnt Xie Wangsu receive his guest in the main hall? Why did he bring him here? Yan Shisan did not ask and did not need to ask.

    Xie Wangsun removed a black cloth to reveal a plaque with the golden words: The Worlds Number One Sword.

    Xie Wangsun said, Since ancient times, this is an honor no one in Jianghu has obtained. This is something the descendant of the Xie family greatly treasure, and greatly ashamed of.

    Yan Shisan asked, Ashamed?

    Xie Wangsun replied, Because since the laorenjia44 (the old sir) passed away, not a single descendant of the Xie family had been deserving of this title.

    Yan Shisan said, But right now it has been recognized that a person in Jianghu is worthy of these five words!

    There was just one person.

    The third young master of the Xie family.

    Xie Wangsun said, Thats why talaorenjia (his, the old sir) former sword that he used in Mount Hua, was passed down to him right now.

    He also emphasized, That sword had not been used in a while, only now was passed to him.

    Yan Shisan understood.

    Other than him, who else was worthy of that sword?

    Xie Wangsun asked, Do you want to see this sword?

    Yan Shisan replied, Yes, very much so.

    * * *

    Another black cloth was lifted up, revealing a wooden stand.

    The wooden stand had a sword. The sheath was black. Even though it was very old it was still preserved intact.

    The apricot yellow sword tassel attached to the handle had faded and already lost its form. The classic form blade edge was still shimmering.

    Xie Wangsun was quietly standing in front of this sword, like he was facing his most revere God respectfully.

    Yan Shisan felt the same way. He felt even more pious than Xie Wangsun because he knew only this sword in the world could kill him!

    Xie Wangsun suddenly said, This was not made by a famous master blacksmith, nor is it an ancient sword.

    Yan Shisan said, This is a famed sword unparalleled in the world.

    Xie Wangsun acknowledged, Indeed it is.

    Yan Shisan said, But what I truly wanted to see is not this sword.

    Xie Wangsun said, I know!

    Yan Shisan said, What I wanted to see is the owner of this sword, the current owner.

    Xie Wangsun said, Right now you are already facing him.

    * * *

    Yan Shisan was facing the wooden stand for the sword. Behind the wooden stand was something that was also covered by a black cloth. It was a long rectangular object.

    Yan Shisans heart suddenly felt an indescribable jolt of coldness. It chilled from the head all the way to the bottom of the feet. He suddenly felt something kind of ominous. He wanted to ask but he darent to ask. He so much as to not even dare to believe, and not willing to believe. He only hoped this type of feelings was a mistake.

    Unfortunately, he was not wrong. The black cloth was lifted up revealing a coffin. On top of the brand new coffin, there seemed to be eight to nine words.

    Yan Shisan only saw the first three words: Xie Xiaofeng

    * * *

    Although the light in the main hall was just as splendid as before, but no matter how splendid the lamp lights were it would not light up Yan Shisans heart. This was because the brilliance in his heart already disappeared.

    The brilliance on the sword already disappeared

    The only sword that could kill him!

    Xiaofeng already died seventeen days ago.

    Obviously he did not died under Cao Bings sword. No one could defeat him! Absolutely no one.

    The only thing that could defeat him was destiny!

    Each person has his own destiny. Maybe because Xie Xiaofengs destiny was so glorious that it was so brief.

    Although his death was sudden, it was peaceful. Though the old mans eyes was tearful, it was very serene!

    I am not terribly upset because he had lived enough. He life already had its worth and could die with no regret.

    He suddenly asked Yan Shisan, Would you prefer to quietly live out the rest of your live or prefer to live like him for just three years?

    Yan Shisan did not answer or needed to answer.

    Are you willing to be a shooting star?

    Or willing to be a candle?

    Though the light of a shooting star is brief, how could the countless sticks of candles be comparable to the splendor and beauty of a shooting star?

    * * *

    The lights in the main hall might be radiant, however Yan Shisan would rather walked into the darkness.

    A boundless sheet of darkness between faraway mountains.

    Yan Shisan suddenly asked, You told me all those things is not because you already viewed me as a dead person.

    Of course not.

    The Third Young Master was dead, how could he die?

    Yan Shisan suddenly turned around, faced Xie Wangsun, and asked, Why did you tell me all those things?

    Xie Wangsun dully replied, Because I know you came here to die!

    Yan Shisan asked, You knew?

    Xie Wangsun replied, I could see your admiration and reverence toward Xiaofeng. You knew you had no chance to defeat him.

    Yan Shisan said, Being coming here to die is not a matter worthy of respect!

    Xie Wangsun said, Yes!

    He was laughing. His laugh had a sorrowful tone to it, At least I respect you, because I would never have that courage. I am just an ordinary person, furthermore I am old

    His voice was getting softer and softer; it was muffled as if it was a sigh.

    The autumn wind was also muffled as it it was a sigh.

    At this time, in the darkness there was flash of a person, a sword!

    * * *

    One person, one sword. The movement of the person was as vigorous as a hawk. The spurt of the sword as a quick as lightning.

    This person appeared behind Xie Wangsun. The sword was aiming for his heart from the back.

    When Yan Shisan saw it, it was too late to help him.

    Xie Wangsun, yet, did not seem to have detected anything, he was merely sighing and bent down to pick up a dried leaf.

    His movement was very slow. It seemed as if he decided to pick up this dried leaf on a whim.

    His life was like this dried leaf; it was dried and withered. However, he coincidentally evaded this lightning strike like sword.

    At this moment, the flash of the sword clearly could pierce through back of his heart, yet it pierced nothing but air.

    The person that rushed forward had already committed his energy, there was no way to withdraw this attack. This person turned over from where his back was, the sword was directed at the Yan Shisan at the opposite side.

    The momentum of the sword strike was still there, it was still enough to take someones life.

    Yan Shisan had to counter attack. His sword left its sheath, the light of the sword flashed.

    This person somersaulted in mid-air and fell back seven chi (feet) away, the pale green face was still intoxicated.

    Cao Bing!

    Yan Shisan cried and lost his voice. His tone carried three parts astonishment and seven parts pity.

    Cao Bing stared at him. His eyes were filled with astonishment and fear. He wanted to say something but he couldnt say it out.

    His throat suddenly had a strand of fresh blood coming out, and then he collapsed.

    * * *

    The autumn wind was still sighing.

    Xie Wangsun slowly picked up that dried leaf, quietly gazed at it, and seemed as if he still didnt realized what had occurred.

    In that split second, there was a person, whose life had withered and fallen like the dried leaf. Though the tree leaf life is short, it will grow again the following year.

    How about human?

    Xie Wangsun slowly bent his back again and gently put this leaf back on the ground. Yan Shisan had been looking at him, his eyes filled with admiration and respect. Till now he finally realized this person was more than meets the eye, an expert. His martial art had reached a godly stage, had already reach the stage of perfection, had already fused with the great nature. Therefore, nobody could even see it anymore.

    When the ruthless cold approaches, you cant see its power yet imperceptibly it turned water into ice and can freeze a man to death.

    I am only an ordinary man

    Wonder how much of his ordinary was created from the extraordinary?

    How many people in the world can achieve this type of ordinary?

    * * *

    Yan Shisan did not say anything. Although right now he could see a lot of things but he did not say a single thing. He had learnt how to remain silent.

    Xie Wangsun simply blandly said, This night is already dark, you should leave.

    Yan Shisan said, Yes.

    [End of Chapter 9]

    43. Du Mus Mountain Travel 杜牧 - <山行>. Du Mu is a famous Tang dynasty era poet.
    44. laorenjia (老人家), a very respectful ways to address an old person.
    45. Yinshan (阴山), the Yin mountains of Inner Mongolia.
    46. Hua Shaokun(华少坤), not a typo but I think he was called Hua Yukun earlier. The difference is the middle character which means little or young.

    Quote Originally Posted by kaister
    Editor's Notes

    Translation difference:
    Line missing in the beginning after YSS answered "It's XWS.".
    not polite was incorrectly translated as not a guest. Note: In Chinese, polite is a compound of the words guest airso maybe thats why its wrong. <shrug>
    Updated translation of the poem, added footnote with some info.
    Section about XWS had many errors, most are words and description never used in the original text.
    Example of changes: bedroom -> wedding chamber (technically correct but text was very specific), young mistress -> big miss (not the same), too hesitant never mentioned original text was die of depression/grieve, too shy -> dare not to say (word shy was never used), my wife and I - > we (word wife never mentioned), became ill and die -> silently passed away (word ill was not used), page was a talented young man -> young study was a good child (completely different),
    Second sons location of battle was missing.
    When XWS talks about HSK, he mention XXF was around ten. This was missing.
    After YSS entered DSM, I changed from them going to a house to a room based on context. This is because even though wuzi typically means a house, it can also mean a room. Hell, it could be a single room house since I believe a main ancient Chinese house, and especially manor, could consist of multiple small buildings.
    Lines missing after XWS said YSS had no chance to beat XXF.
    According to text sword was aiming at XWS back heart, not just the back.
    When YSS realized XWS was not ordinary, one line is missing after "I'm just an ordinary man..."
    Last edited by kaister; 07-25-14 at 01:41 PM.

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    Originally translated by kara at 11/29/04. Reviewed and partially re-translated by kaister.

    Chapter 10
    Sword Is Present, Man Is Present

    So he left.

    The night was even darker, Xie Wangsun slowly walked through the dark courtyard and into a small storied building in the backyard.

    The light on the upper floor of the building was rather desolate. There was an old and haggard madam quietly sitting next to the lone light waiting.

    Who was she waiting for?

    Xie Wangsun saw her. His eyes were immediately filled with tenderness; anyone would be able to tell what type of emotions he had.

    They were an interdependent couple who had went through all the sadness, joy, and suffering in life.

    She suddenly asked, Ah Ji47 did not come back yet?

    Xie Wangsun silently shook his head.

    Her aged and tired eyes suddenly had a glister of tears; her voice was still full of confidence.

    She said, I know he would come back sooner or later. Dont you agree?

    Xie Wangsun said, Yes.

    * * *

    As long as a person still has a little bit of hope, then life is worthwhile.

    Hope always exists in the world.

    * * *

    The night was very dark. There was only a single lamplight on the shore of the dark lakeside.

    The lamplight was coming out of the window of a fast boat. Xie-zhanggui (shopkeeper) was sitting next to this light drinking alone.

    Yan Shisan silently boarded the boat, silently sat across from him and poured a cup of wine.

    Xie-zhanggui saw him; there was a hint of smile in his eyes.

    The boat slowly left the shore and entered the quiet lake water in the desolate night.

    Yan Shisan drank three cups, then suddenly asked, Did you know that I was going to be coming back?

    Xie-zhanggui laughed and said, Otherwise why would I wait for you!

    Yan Shisan lifted his head and stared at him, What else do you know?

    Xie-zhanggui raised his cup and said, I also know that this wine is not bad. You should drink more.

    Yan Shisan also laughed and said, Make sense.

    * * *

    The boat was at the heart of the lake.

    Xie-zhanggui seemed to be slightly drunk. He suddenly asked, Did you see that sword?

    Yan Shisan nodded.

    Xie-zhanggui said, As long as that sword is still here, Divine Sword Manor will always exist.

    He softly sighed, slowly lifted his head, and said, Even if the person is no longer here, the sword will always exist.

    There was a sword in Yan Shisans palm. He was currently looking at the sword in his palm. He suddenly walked out, walked out of the hold of the ship, walked onto the bow of the ship.

    There was an impenetrable darkness on the lake. He suddenly drew out his sword and carved a + character on the boat. Afterward threw this sword, which accompanied him for twenty years and killed countless of people, into the heart of the lake.

    After a splash of water, it returned to calmness. The sword had been xiaochen48 (subdued).

    Xie-zhanggui looked at him in shock, He couldnt help but asked, Why dont you want that sword anymore?

    Yan Shisan replied, Maybe I will need it one day. At that time, I will come back.

    Xie-zhanggui asked, So you left a mark by carving a + character onto the boat?

    Yan Shisan replied, This is called marking a ship, begging for a sword49.

    Xie-zhanggui asked, Do you know how stupid that is?

    Yan Shisan replied, I know!

    Xie-zhanggui asked, If you know then why did you do it?

    Yan Shisan laughed and said, Because I suddenly realized, a person in his lifetime would do a few stupid things. Besides

    His laughter carried a hidden meaning, are some things really stupid or brilliant? Often, no one can decide.

    * * *

    In the calm and quiet lake water and the calm and quiet night, the person was still here but the famed sword had been subdued.

    * * *

    Tonight where will you wake up in your drunken state?

    The willow shore, early wind, and waning moon.

    * * *

    The autumn waned, winter solstice, and ruthless cold.

    The cold wind was like knives. The great land was deserted. The heaven was heartless.

    The vagabond had no tears.

    * * *

    Ah Ji was forging into the cold wind with it blowing onto his face. He pulled tightly onto his sole light jacket and walked out from the Han family alley. He simply had nowhere to go.

    He only had twenty-three copper coins left on him. However he had to leave this place, leave these people that had treated him with kindness.

    He did not cry.

    A vagabond already had no tear, only blood. Right now even his blood was practically frozen.

    * * *

    The most famous figure in Han family alley was the great Madame Han. Madame Han was at the Han Place50.

    The Han Place was a brothel. The first time he saw Madame Han was on a ice cold yet damp bed.

    The stiff cold wooden bed had traces of his vomit everywhere. It was filthy and smelly.

    His situation was not any better than the bed. He had already been drunk for five days. When he woke up, he felt his dried throat, parched tongue, and his head hurting like it was cracking.

    Madame Han, with her hands on her waist, stood before the bed looking at him.

    She was seven chi (foot) or taller. Her waist was as thick as a water tank. Her short and thick fingers were full of gold and jade rings. The skin on her round face was very tight; it made her look slightly younger than she really was. When in a good mood, her eyes would occasionally show a child-like mischievous smiling expression. Right now, her eyes had no such expression.

    Ah Ji was rubbing his eyes with might and opened his eyes wider; it was as if he wanted to make sure whether this person in front of his bed was really a man or a woman.

    It was not common to see a woman like this.

    Ah Ji struggled and wanted to sit up. His hangover was like a sharp needle that pierced through his body.

    He sighed and muttered, For the past two night, I mustve been drinking like a drunk cat51.

    Madame Han said, Not a drunk cat, like a dead dog52.

    She coldly looked at him, You had been drunk for five whole days.

    Ah Ji was tightly grabbing onto his head. He was struggling really hard trying to remember what he did in those five days. However, he immediately gave up.

    Madame Han, You are not from around here right?

    Ah Ji nodded.

    That was right, he came from a land from the outside, a far away outer place. It was so far not even he could not remember it.

    Madame Han asked, Do you have any money?

    Ah Ji shook his head. This he remembered, his last bit of silver was used to buy wine. However, where was he that time when he was drunk?

    He had also forgotten.

    Madame Han said, I know you dont have any money. I had already searched your entire body. You are basically poorer than a dead dog!

    Ah Ji closed his eyes. He wanted to sleep.

    The alcohol in his body had already sucked away his energy. He only wanted to know, Do you have anything else to ask me?

    Madame Han replied, Only one.

    Ah Ji said, I am listening.

    Madame Han asked, A person without money, how does he pay his bill?

    Ah Ji said, Pay?

    Madame Han said, In these five days, you owe this place seventy-nine taels worth of wine bill.

    Ah Ji took a deep breath and said, Thats not a lot.

    Madame Han coldly continued, For people who dont pay, we deal this with two methods here.

    Ah Ji was listening.

    Madame Han asked, Do you want to have one of legs broken, or three of your ribs?

    Ah Ji replied, Anything.

    Madame Han asked, You dont care?

    Ah Ji said, I only wanted you to do this quickly so I can leave.

    Madame Han was staring at him; her eyes were showing curiosity. Who exactly was this youngster?

    How did he become so down-hearted and unrestrained? Was there a tangled knot in his heart? A painful memory he couldnt forget?

    Madame Han couldnt help but asked, Youre in such a hurry to leave, where are you going to?

    Ah Ji replied, I dont know.

    Madame Han asked, Not even you know?

    Ah Ji replied, I go wherever Ill go.

    Madame Han stared at him again for a very long time. She suddenly said, You are still young, still have energy. Why dont you work to pay off the debt?

    Her eye became gentler, I have a errand position here for you. Five part silver a day, are you willing to do this?

    Ah Ji said, Whatever.

    Madame Han asked, You dont want to ask what this place is or what you will be doing?

    Ah Ji said, Ill do whatever.

    Madame Han laughed and strongly patted his back. First, you go to the kitchen and pour a basin of water and wash yourself. Right now you look like a dead dog but stink like a dead fish.

    Her eyes were also revealing a smiling expression.

    People that work at my place, even if they are not human, should seem like they could look like a human.

    * * *

    The kitchen was filled with the scent of white rice and meat soup. Anyone coming in from the cold courtyard would be able to feel its warmth and comfort.

    The workers in the kitchen were a pair of married couple. The man was tall and strong but he was mute like a piece of wood. The woman was skinny and small yet was vicious like a piece of awl. Beside this couple, there were five more people in the kitchen.

    Five women with unkept hair and clothes. Their faces still had the leftover makeup from last night and a hard to describe type of disgust and tiredness. Their ages ranges from twenty to thirty-five. The oldest had a pair of bulging melon-like bosoms and a pair of swollen eyes filled with degenerate and sinful carnal desires.

    Later Ah Ji would find out she was the elder sister of these ladies. The patrons like to call her Big Elephant.

    The youngest still looked like a child. Her waist was slim, breasts were flat, but was also the one with the most business

    Was this because men all had a beast like merciless cravings?

    Seeing Ah Ji walked in, all these women seemed curious and surprised. Fortunately Madame Han followed in. The ladies all immediately lowered their head.

    Madame Han said, There are things only men can do. Every man here are either a log or a pimp53. Right now, we at least found someone that look like a human.

    She strongly slapped on his shoulder, Tell these female dogs whats your name.

    Ah Ji said, I am Ah Ji.

    Madame Han said, You dont have a surname?

    Ah Ji said, I am Ah Ji.

    Madame used her force and struck his head. She laughed, Although this kid has no surname, he has one good quality.

    She was laughing joyfully, He doesnt speak needlessly.

    * * *

    Mouth is for eating and drinking, it doesnt need to be used too much for words. Ah Ji never speak needlessly.

    He quietly poured a basin of hot water and squatted down to wash his face. Suddenly a leg came out and kicked over his basin of water.

    It was an extremely fat leg. It was wearing a red satin shoes embroidered with flowers.

    Ah Ji stood up and looked at that round face with tightly stretched skin. He could hear the women chuckling, but the sound seemed very far away.

    He could also hear Big Elephant loudly said, You made my foot wet. Dry it quickly.

    Ah Ji did not say a single word. He quietly crouched down and used that washing cloth the mute gave him to wipe her fat foot.

    Big Elephant also laughed, You are an obedient child. If I do not have a customer tonight, you can secretly sneak in. I wont charge.

    Ah Ji said, I dont dare.

    Big Elephant asked, You dont even have the gut to do this?

    Ah Ji said, I am a useless man. I need this errand job to pay back my debt.

    Hence he was given the nickname Useless Ah Ji. However, he wasnt a bit bothered by it.

    * * *

    Early evening when the lantern was first lit, the women changed to a shiny flower pattern clothes. Their faces were smeared with a thick layer of makeup.

    Useless Ah Ji, quickly pour tea for the customer.

    Useless Ah Ji, go out and get a few catties of wine back.

    It wasnt until all the way late at night where he could finally hide at the corner of the kitchen to rest for a short period.

    At this time, the mute would fill a bowl of white rice with roasted red meat and watch him eat. His eyes would carry a sign of sympathy.

    However, Ah Ji never looked back at him. Some people seem to never like to show any gratitude toward other people. Ah Ji was one of these people.

    Because he didnt have the courage and was useless. Till that day when two little punks carrying sabers wanted to eat and get serviced without paying, everybody finally realized he had another side. He wasnt afraid of pain.

    When the little punks with the sabers wanted to turn and leave abruptly, suddenly there was Useless Ah Ji blocking them.

    The little punks coldly laughed, You want to die?

    Ah Ji replied, I dont want to die but also do not want to starve to death. If you insisted on leaving without paying, you are essentially knocking off and breaking my rice bowl54.

    As soon as he finished saying this, two sabers were pierced into his body. He did not even move, did not even blink. He just stood there and endured seven to eight blows.

    The little punks looked at him shockingly and suddenly obediently took out money and paid.

    Everyone was looking at him shockingly and wanted to go over to help him up but he left without making a noise. It was until after he went back to the little shed in the backyard that he finally collapsed. He collapsed on that cold hard bed, gritted his teeth, and was rolling about while pouring out cold sweat.

    He did not want people to see him as a hero. He also did not want people to see his agony.

    However the cloth door on the shed was quietly opened, A person quietly came in, quickly turned and covered the door, then leaned on the door. Eyes were looking at him. The gaze was filled with pity.

    She had a pair of big eyes and a delicate pair of hands. Her name was Xiao Li55. The customers like to call her Little Demon56. She was currently using her pair of little hand to wipe away his sweat.

    Why did you do that?

    Because this is the thing I should be doing.

    His reply was very simple, I needed this errand job.

    But you are still young. You have a lot of other things you can do.

    She seemed very caring and sympathetic.

    Ah Ji did not even look at her. He coldly said, You also have things you need to do. Why are you not doing it?

    Xiao Li still didnt give up. She continued, I know there must be a lot of pain in your heart.

    Ah Ji said, I did not.

    Xiao Li said, There mustve been a woman in the past that caused you a lot of pain.

    Ah Ji said, You saw a ghost.57

    Xiao Li said, If you had not been hurt in the past, why did you become like this then?

    Ah Ji said, Because I am lazy and besides I am a drunkard.

    Xiao Li asked, Are you also lecherous?

    Ah Ji did not deny; he was too lazy to deny.

    Xiao Li said, But its been a long while since youve been with a woman. I know Her voice became very strange and gentle. She suddenly held his hand up and pressed it onto her stomach.

    She was completely naked under her thin silk garment. He could immediately felt the heat on her stomach.

    Looking at his saber injuries and bloody cuts, her eyes lit up.

    I know your injuries arent light, but once me and youI can promise I could make you forget your pain.

    She was speaking and pulling his hand caressing her body all over at the same time. The breasts on her flat chest were small but sturdy.

    Ah Jis reply was only this, Get Lost! This and a slap.

    She fell down facing upward. Her face had an expression of victory as if she wanted him to do this.

    You are really strong.

    She said.

    Ah Ji kept his mouth shut. The saber wounds on his body was in pain as if it was burning and fiery flame. His heart also seemed to have a flame.

    He had to use all his might to control himself.

    However she seemed determined and wouldnt let him go. She suddenly used on hand to pull his leg, and used the other hand to lift up the lower part of the clothes.

    She had a low groan and her waist was turning. She was already wet.

    At this moment, a hand came out and grabbed onto her hair. She was pulled away.

    The fat, thick and strong hand was adorned with various rings.

    * * *

    When Madame came here, she was already drunk. Her hand still had wine.

    That little female dog is born to be a harlot.

    She was looking at Ah Ji in her drunken state. She likes to be beaten by men. The harder you hit her, the more she gets excited.

    Ah Ji closed his eyes. He suddenly realized this half old and fat woman carried the same desire as Xiao Li in her eyes. He couldnt bear to look.

    Come, drink some wine. I know the wine worm in your throat was already itching.

    She was chuckling and shoved the wine bottle in his mouth.

    Today you did a good thing for me. I have to properly reward you.

    Ah Ji did not move, did not have any reactions.

    Madame Han furrowed her eyebrow, Could it be that you are really a useless man?

    Ah Ji said, I am.

    * * *

    When Ah Ji opened his eyes, Madame Han already left. Before leaving, she left some silver on his bed.

    This is what you deservedly earned. No matter who endured seven to eight blows, it cant be for nought.

    She was not a young lady after all.

    What happen at first, I know you would forget about it.

    Once Ah Ji heard her footsteps went out the door, he started to vomit. He cannot forget this type of thing.

    Once his vomiting stopped, he went out. He left the silver in the rice bowl of the mute. Facing the cold wind, he left Han family alley. He knew he could no longer stay.

    [End of Chapter 10]

    47. Ah Ji (阿吉), ah has no meaning, its just a modifier typically attached to one character name. Ji means lucky/blessed/fortunate.
    48. xiaochen (消沉), means downhearted, low-spirited, dejected, depressed. Im using subdued because the other doesnt sound right in this context.
    49. kezhouqiujian (刻舟求劍), lit. carve ship, beg sword. An idiom meaning taking a pointless action without considering changes in circumstances.
    50. Hanjialou (韩家楼), lit. means Han family storied building
    51. zuimao (醉猫), simply an expression referring to a drunkard. I think its nice to keep it.
    52. sigou (死狗), lit dead dog. This is an insult. Since dog as a insult mean subhuman, a dead dog would mean not even subhuman, i.e. even lower. I think
    53. guigong (龟公), lit male turtle. It pretty refer to a male hustler or pimp.
    54. Breaking rice bowl is a Chinese saying that means destroying my means to make a living.
    55. Xiao Li (小丽), lit. little beauty. Its just a typical girl name.
    56. yaojing (妖精), lit. demon or more correctly wicked spirit. Its a term that refers to an alluring woman.
    57. nijianlegui (你见了鬼), lit. you saw a ghost is an expression that means youre hearing things.

    Editor's Notes:

    - Added missing descriptive words, removed embellishment (words that were not in the original text.
    - Idiom kezhouqiujian was left out.
    - After dead dog insulted, two lines were missing.
    - Dont know how big elephant got mistranslated to male elephant.
    - When XL pulled her leg, it never specify whose clothes was lifted up so I kept it ambiguous. kara thinks its his but I thought its hersbut either way doesnt make too much sense, perhaps both.
    - Racy line after above was not translatedlol
    - Missing line after MH said Come, drink
    - At the end, Madame Han said would forget and never forget is pretty different.
    Last edited by kaister; 07-25-14 at 04:55 PM. Reason: switch to using "harlot" for a certain censored word

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