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    That last thread is a bit too long, so I figured I'd start a brand new thread.

    Chapter 26: Stranger in the Little Shop

    Autumn, the leaves are falling.

    At the end of the street is a big mansion, like the autumn leaves, almost time to fall.

    At the front is a big door, seemingly haven’t been opened for over a year now, the bronze filled with rust.

    It’s been a while since any sound came from the inside, other than an occasional cricket or bird.

    However, it hasn’t always been this way. Seven Jin Shi and three Tan Hua had lived here, including one who’s also a hero in the martial world.

    But two years ago, this mansion changed owners, and many amazing events happened here, many top-level fighters died here.

    After that, this mansion became very quiet.

    People started to wonder about this place, some feel there’s an evil presence inside.

    Now, you can no longer hear laughter inside. No more lanterns brightening the mansion in the evenings. Only a single candlelight in little building in the back.

    It seems that a person’s here waiting for someone, but who is she waiting for?


    No matter how dirty, how dark a place, some people would live there.

    Perhaps it’s because they can’t go anywhere else, or that they’re sick of life, preferring to hide in the dark, waiting for others to forget them.

    On the street here is a little shop, selling food and wine in the front, an Inn with a few rooms in the back. The owner, Hunchback Sun, is a handicapped person.

    He knows that this street isn’t very good for business, but won’t move his shop.

    He prefers to simply live a solitary life here, not hearing others’ laughter or joy, because he knows that no money can buy peace.

    Of course he’s lonely.

    About a year ago, a strange customer came into this little shop. Actually, he wasn’t wearing anything special, or looked very special.

    Although he’s fairly tall, and looked pretty dashing, but he also looked quite frail, as if he’s always sick, and he kept coughing.

    He really looks like an ordinary man.

    But Hunchback Sun immediately knew that he was special.

    He did not laugh at Sun for his hunchback, nor cared, especially not tried to show sympathy.

    He wasn’t picky about the wine, nor did he judge it, he just doesn’t talk much period.

    The strange part is, after he entered the little shop, he never walked out.

    The first time he came in, he chose a seat by the corner, asked for some dried tofu, some beef, too pieces of bread, and seven jugs of wine.

    When he finished all his wine, he asked Hunchback Sun to get more, then slept in the last room of the Inn, until he woke up the next dusk.

    By the time he came out, his seven jugs of wine would be all gone.

    It’s been over a year now, every night the same corner, the same dishes, some dried tofu, beef, two pieces of bread and seven jugs of wine.

    He would cough and drink at the same time. When he’s done, he would carry seven more back to his room, not showing up again until the next night.

    Hunchback Sun is also an alcoholic, but he’s still in awe of this person. He has never seen anyone drink fourteen jugs before getting drunk before.

    He would sometimes want to ask for this person’s, but then decide against it, because he knows that he won’t get a response.

    Hunchback Sun is not a chatty person.

    So this went on for months, until those few days when it was quite cold, and rained continuously for a few days. Hunchback Sun went into the back to check on things, found out the back room’s window was open, the strange customer lying on the floor, his face terribly red, like it’s filled with blood.

    Hunchback Sun picked him up, went to get some medicine, cooked it, and took care of him for three days, until he got out of bed, and then asked for more wine.

    At that time, Hunchback Sun realized that this guy had a death wish, so he tried to help him, saying, “No one can keep living drinking like this.”

    But this person simply smiled, asking him, “How do you know drinking would make me live a shorter life?”

    Hunchback Sun could not respond.

    From that day on, they became friends.

    When there are no other customers, they would drink together, talking about useless things. Hunchback Sun realized that this person is quite knowledgeable.

    He only refrained from one subject, his past and name.

    One time Hunchback Sun asked him, “Since we’re now friends, what should I call you?”

    He thought for a while, then answered, “I’m a drunkard, why don’t you call me that?”

    Therefore, Hunchback Sun realized that this person must’ve had a terrible past, so he couldn’t even bear to bring up his name, preferring to live his life in wine.

    Other than wine, this person had one other hobby.

    It’s woodcarving.

    He would always use his little knife to carve pieces of woods, but Hunchback Sun never knows what he’s carving, because he never finishes any of the carvings.

    This really is a strange customer, to the point where it’s scary.

    Yet Hunchback Sun hoped that he’d never leave.

    This morning, it was especially cold, so Hunchback Sun had to wear his heavy coat before opening shop.

    He then saw two people on horsebacks coming his way.

    There aren’t many people who ride horses in the area, so Hunchback Sun took notice.

    These two people both wear long, yellow robes, the person in the front has big eyes, the person in the back with a pointy nose, both with short hair, in their 30s.

    These two people don’t look out of the ordinary, but their yellow robes made them stick out, they didn’t notice Hunchback Sun, simply examining the surroundings.

    He knows that he’s definitely not on the minds of these two.

    Only to see them ride past his shop and out of sight, but soon afterwards, both came back.

    Surprisingly, they actually dismounted in front of the shop.

    Although Hunchback Sun has a strange temper, he’s still a businessman, immediately asked, “Do you need anything?”

    The big-eyed man said, “We don’t need anything, just want to ask you something.”

    Hunchback Sun went back to his chores, because he’s never a big fan of talking.

    The pointed-nose man laughed, then said, “How about if buy some answers from you? A tael of silver per answer.”

    Hunchback Sun immediately brightened his eyes, nodded and said, “Sure.”

    As he said those words, he raised a finger.

    The big-eyed man laughed, “This also counts as an answer?”

    Hunchback Sun said, “Yes.”

    He raised another finger.

    The pointed-nose man asked, “How long have you lived here?”

    Hunchback Sun answered, “Twenty to thirty years.”

    The pointed-nose man asked, “Who lives in this mansion across from you?’

    “The Li family.”

    The pointed-nose man asked, “Who was the owner after that?”

    “His surname is Long, called Long Xiao Yun.”

    The pointed-nose man asked, “Have you seen him?”

    “No.”

    The pointed-nose man asked, “Where is he now?”

    “He left.”

    The pointed-nose man asked, “When?”

    “About a year ago.”

    The pointed-nose man asked, “He’s never been back since?”

    “No.”

    The pointed-nose man asked, “If you’ve never seen him, how could you know so much?”

    “His chef often buy wine from me.”

    The pointed-nose man thought for a while, then asked, “Has any stranger drop by to ask you questions recently?”

    “No. If there is… then I’d probably be rich today.”

    The big-eyed man smiled, “Here’s your reward.”

    He tossed some silver over, then without another word, they rode their horses and left.

    Hunchback Sun looked at his silver, then said to himself, “I can’t believe sometimes it’s this easy to make money.”

    He turned around, suddenly found that drunkard is behind him, looking at where those two men disappeared into.

    Hunchback Sun smiled, “You’re awake awfully early today.”

    That drunkard also smiled. “Last night I drank really fast, so I was already sober by morning.”

    He lowered his head, coughed, then asked, “What day is today?”

    Hunchback Sun said, “September 14.”

    That drunkard’s normally white face became a bit red, looked off into the distance, remained quiet for a while, then asked, “Then tomorrow will be September 15th, right?”

    The drunkard seemed to want to say something else, but started to cough continuously.

    Hunchback Sun sighed, shook his head. “If everyone drank as much as you, then all the wine sellers would be rich by now.”

    At dusk, candlelight appeared in the little building in the back.

    The drunkard still simply drank at his old place.

    End of Chapter 26

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    This is where Part 2 of the story begins, so it's a natural place to separate the threads. It's my favorite part of the novel too, cause now is when the heavy hitters start showing up and the action escalates. <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">

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    Cool

    so something did happen between the last chapter and this one?

    can't wait to read more... <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
    "History's third dimension is always fiction."
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    Two years has passed since the last chapter.

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    Damn it. I hate it when I know there's good stuff around the corner, but have to translate the parts before it to set them up. *Sighs*. Here's the first half of Chapter 27.

    Chapter 27: More Strangers in the Little Shop

    Today that drunkard seems to be a bit different. He’s drinking extra slowly, eyes extra bright, no wood in his hand, and especially moved the candle on his table away.

    His eyes kept staring at the door, as if waiting for someone.

    But the hour has passed, with no customers.

    Hunchback Sun yawned, “Looks like there won’t be any more customers today, guess it’s time to close shop.”

    That ‘drunkard’ laughed, said, “Don’t be in such a hurry, I guarantee that your business will be exceptional tonight.

    Hunchback Sun asked, “How do you know?”

    That ‘drunkard’ answered, “Because I can foretell the future.”

    He really can tell the future, because within the next hour, several groups of people entered the place.

    The first group has two people.

    One is a white haired old man wearing a blue robe while holding a pipe.

    The other looks to be his granddaughter, with two big, black, shiny ponytails, a pair of big eyes, brighter, shinier, and darker then even her ponytails.

    The second group is also two people.

    Both looked unclean and unorganized, but very muscular, wearing not only the same clothing, but also the same weapons, as if they’re clones.

    The third group had the most people, four.

    One is tall, one is short, one is a purple-shirt youngster with a spear on his back, and one a green-clothed lady wearing lots of jewelry, twisting her waist while walking like a little girl, when she’s old enough to be such a girl’s mom.

    The last group had only one person.

    This person is ridiculously thin, with a soft saber on his waist.

    This room only has five tables, so these four groups filled the room. Hunchback Sun became so busy he could only hope tomorrow’s business is not nearly as good.

    Only to see these four groups simply sitting here drinking wine, talking very little, with all words spoken at a whisper, as if afraid others might hear.

    After a while, the youngster with the spear started to stare at the ponytailed girl. Strangely enough, the ponytailed girl apparently doesn’t care.

    The youngster suddenly laughed. “Is this girl a singer?”

    The Ponytailed girl shook her head, her ponytails waving side to side, making her look even prettier.

    The youngster said, “Even if you’re not a singer, at least you can sing a bit, right? If you sing well, I will certainly reward you.”

    The Ponytailed girl said, “I can’t sing, only talk.”

    “What can you talk about?”

    “Talk about book, stories.”

    The youngster said, “That’s even better, except I don’t know what kind of stories do you tell. Scholar and Maiden Meet in the Garden? Minister’s Daughter throwing Bouquet*?”

    *Not really a bouquet, but a ball someone uses to find a husband. Chinese custom. Bouquet is the closest English word I can think of.

    The Ponytailed girl shook her head, said, “Wrong. I tell stories about the newest exciting tales of the martial world.”

    The youngster clapped his hands, smiling. “Awesome. Awesome. I can guarantee that these are the stories people here most like to hear about. Hurry up and tell the stories.

    The Ponytailed girl said, “But I don’t know how to tell such stories, only my grandfather can.”

    The youngster looked at the old man, and then asked her, “Si what can you do?”

    “I can only help out my grandpa.”

    The old man drank some wine, smoked his pipe, and then said slowly, “Have you heard of the name Li Xun Huan?”

    Except for the youngster, no one else had taken notice of these two people, but once they heard the name Li Xun Huan, their ears perked up.

    The Ponytailed girl said with a smile, “Of course I’ve heard of him, the heroic, famous Little Li Tan Hua, right?”

    The old man said, “Correct.”

    The Ponytailed girl said, “I heard the saying that Little Li’s Flying Dagger never misses, even to this day, no one has ever escaped from it. Is this really true?”

    The old man said, “If you don’t believe that, you can go ask the knowledgeable Bai Xiao Sheng, or the Five-Poison Kid, then you’d know if this saying is true or not.”

    The Ponytailed girl said, “Are you saying that Bai Xiao Sheng and Five-Poison Kid are both dead?”

    “Yes. They died simply because they didn’t believe this saying.”

    That tall thin man coughed a bit lightly, but everyone else had already been hooked by this story, so they did not take notice.

    Only that drunkard lay on his table, as if already drunk.

    The old man drank some tea, and then said, “Unfortunately, this Li Xun Huan is already dead.”

    The Ponytailed girl said, “Dead? Who is powerful enough to kill him?”

    The old man said, “Himself!”

    The Ponytailed girl looked at the old man for a moment, then smiled. “How could he kill himself? I bet he’s still alive.”

    The old man sighed, said, “Even if he is still alive, he’s pretty much like a dead man… so unfortunate… “

    The Ponytailed girl also sighed, then asked, “Other than him, is there another person who can be considered a hero?”

    The old man said, “Have you heard of Ah Fei?”

    The Ponytailed girl said, “It does ring a bell.”

    Her eyes moved around, then said, “I heard that the speed of his sword is unmatched in the martial world, is this true?”

    The old man said, “What do you think of Yi Ku’s kung fu skills?”

    The Ponytailed girl said, “In the Book of Weapons, the Green Devil Hand ranks ninth, so he’s obviously very good.”

    The old man said, “What about Mr. Iron Flute, Reverend Xin Jian, Zhao Zheng Yi, and Tian Qi?”

    The Ponytailed girl said, “These are all very famous people in the martial world. Everyone knows them.”

    The old man said, “If Ah Fei’s sword wasn’t very fast, how do you think all these people lost to him?”

    The Ponytailed girl said, “What happened to this Ah Fei?”

    The old man sighed again, “Like Little Li Tan Hua, he has disappeared. No one knows where he is, only that he disappeared the same time as Lin Xian Er.”

    “Lin Xian Er? You mean the girl considered the most beautiful woman in the world?”

    The old man said, “That’s right.”

    The Ponytailed girl said, “Oh, what is love? Why do people get trapped by love, and cannot escape…”

    That youngster became impatient, said, “Don’t get off-topic, and keep telling the story.”

    The old man shook his head and said, “People like Ah Fei and Li Xun Huan have already disappeared, what else is there to talk about in the martial world? That’s all there is, folks.”

    That thin man coldly laughed. “You could be wrong.”

    The old man said, “Are you saying that your information is better than mine?”

    That man looked around. “From what I know, something extraordinary will happen soon.”

    The old man said, “Where? When?”

    The thin man hit the table, and then said loudly, “At this moment, at this place!”

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    Haha, I know. I'm going on 3 chapters of setup with my translation. <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">

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    When he said this, Those two look-alike brothers and the four-member group immediately turned pale, yet that green-robed lady, still smiling, said, “I certainly don’t see anything extraordinary happening right now.”

    That thin man said, “From my understanding, at least six people will die here NOW!”

    The green-robed lady asked, “Which six people?”

    The thin man drank some wine, then said, “Hu Fei, Duan Kai Shan, Yang Cheng Zu, Hu Mei, and the Yang brothers!”

    After he said all six names, those brothers and the four people in the third group immediately got up, and started to scream at him. “Who the hell are you?” “How dare you say such lies in here?”

    The loudest voice was obviously that big, muscular man, Duan Kai Shan*.

    *Note: Duan Kai Shan translates into ‘slicing open mountain’.

    This person towered over everyone once he stood, even the big Yang brothers are shorter by half a head.

    He apparently wasn’t finished with the insults, “I feel that you’re the one with bad luck today, that you’re not going to live past tonight…”

    Before he could finish, that thin man lifted his leg, quickly appeared right before him, then slapped him seventeen times on the cheek.

    Although Duan Kai Shan has two hands, he somehow couldn’t block those slaps. Although he has two legs, he somehow couldn’t evade those slaps. As if his head has been slapped silly, unable to move.

    The others can only look on with amazement.

    Only to hear this man say, “You think I’m here to kill you? You’re not worthy of being killed by me! I just want to teach you a lesson, so you’ll learn to speak in a more civilized manner.”

    As he spoke, he went back to his seat.

    Yang Cheng Zu said, “Hold on. Tell us who is going to come kill us.”

    As he spoke, the spear on his hand immediately shot up.

    The spear flew towards the thin man.

    That man didn’t even turn around, just said, “The person who’ll kill you is almost here!”

    Only to see his waist twist a bit, and the spear became stuck to the thin man’s body, under the arm. No matter how hard he tried, Yang Cheng Zu could not pull out the spear, his face immediately turned pale.

    That thin man said, “Since you won’t escape anyway, you might as well just wait here.”

    The spear then broke.

    Only to hear a swish sound, and the head of the spear stuck to the table, where the thin man poured another cup of wine, as if nothing had ever happened.

    But the other six people weren’t nearly as carefree as he, their faces without color.

    They’re all thinking, “Who’s coming to kill us? Who…”

    The wind outside became stronger, the lamps shaking, the thin man simply sitting there quietly.

    Who is this man?

    With his kung fu, he’s obviously one of the top fighters in the world, how could we not know him?”

    Why would he come here?

    No one knows the answer, so how can they still have the heart to drink?

    Some already want to run away, but this would really be cowardly. Besides, it’s not like they could anyway.

    Just as they’re thinking, a cold laughter came from the outside.

    The six people immediately frowned, their throats look like they have lumps in them, not just unable to speak, but also unable to breathe.

    The Hunchback Sun was already terribly scared, but these six are even more scared.

    Four people appeared at the door.

    These four people all wore long, yellow robes, one has big eyes, one has pointy nose, the same people who dropped by in the morning.

    Although they reached the front door, no one came in, only just standing there silently, not looking scary at all.

    Hunchback Sun can’t believe that these six people would be so terrified of them. From the looks of these six people, those four yellow-robed men aren’t people, but devils.

    They are now becoming envious of that drunkard, who can’t see anything, hear anything, and therefore obviously not scared.

    The strange thing is the behavior of the first group, the old man so old his teeth are nearly all gone, the girl so young and fragile a breeze can seemingly knock her to the ground.

    These two people don’t look scared at all, the old man still drinking wine.

    Looking at those four men again, they just cleared a path.

    A very young man, hands behind his back, walked in slowly.

    This youngster also wore a long yellow robe. He looks very elegant, his attitude very refined, the only difference between him and the other four people is that his robe has gold streaks on the side.

    However, his face is icy, without any emotions, his eyes focused on that tall, thin man.

    The thin man didn’t even bother to look at him, instead just kept drinking.

    The yellow-robed youngster smiled, turned around, looking at the six people.

    The yellow-robed youngster slowly walked over to them, taking out some gold coins, then put one on each of the six people’s heads.

    These six people seemingly all turned to wood, just staring at him while he put those coins on them, not even daring to fart.

    The yellow-robed youngster still had some coins left in his hand, and walked over to the old man and the young girl.

    The old man smiled. “If you want to drink some wine, go ahead. I’ll pay.”

    He seemed a bit drunk, his cheek look like there’s an egg in it, his lips swollen, his words almost impossible to understand.

    The yellow-robed youngster kept a straight face, staring at him. Suddenly he hit the table, the peanuts on the plate jumped up, flying towards the old man’s face.

    That old man must be scared stiff, because he didn’t even try to dodge the peanuts, just as the peanuts almost reached his face, the yellow-robed youngster held up his arm quickly, his sleeves swished, and the peanuts returned to the plate.

    That ponytailed girl began to laugh heartily. “Wow. That’s a really neat trick. I can’t believe you know magic tricks. Can you do that again? If you do, my grandpa will surely buy you some wine.”

    The yellow-robed youngster had just shown a top-level hidden weapon technique, yet he just happened to meet two people who had no idea what it is, thinking that it was all just a parlor trick.

    However, this yellow-robed youngster was not mad at all. He looked at the ponytailed girl for a while, smiled, and walked away.

    But then the ponytailed girl said impatiently, “Why aren’t you doing more tricks? I still want to see more.”

    The thin man suddenly laughed. “You really don’t want to see too many of those kinds of tricks.”

    “Why?”

    The thin man said, “If you knew kung fu, that little trick of his would’ve turned you into a dead person.”

    The ponytailed girl looked a bit at the yellow-robed youngster out of the corner of her eyes, as if she didn’t believe the thin man, but doesn’t dare to ask again.

    The yellow-robed youngster wasn’t listening to the conversation at all. He simply walked slowly to the drunkard’s table, his coins clicking in his hands.

    That drunkard had been drunk for a long time, simply sleeping there like a dead man.

    The yellow-robed youngster laughed while picking him up by his hair, stared at his face for a second, then released his hand.

    As he released his grip, the drunkards fell back onto the table, again asleep.

    The thin man said, “Being drunk cures a thousand worries. This saying really is quite accurate, as the drunk man certain is better off than these sober people.”

    The yellow-robed youngster ignored him, and walked back out the door.

    The funny thing is, the six people with coins on their head followed him out, as if they had a leash on them.

    They all had gloom faces, looking straight ahead. While their feet moves forward, their upper body are straight as a stick, afraid the coins might drop.

    Hunchback Sun has lived for many years, yet still have not seen such a strange sight.

    Considering these people’s kung fu, they should at least be able to give any enemy somewhat of a fight. Why would they look at this youngster like a mouse seeing a cat?

    Hunchback Sun really couldn’t understand.

    He also doesn’t care to understand, either, for a person as old as he is, some things are better off not known.

    It’s been a while since it rained, so there are a lot of dusts in the wind blowing outside.

    Those four yellow-robed people drew a bunch of circles on the ground, each about the size of a soup bowl.

    When those six people got outside, they didn’t even wait for a command before stepping into the circles.

    They then stood as still as wood.

    The yellow-robed youngster walked back into the little shop, and sat down on the chair Duan Kai Shan vacated.

    That face is still just as cold, and remained silent, as he had been since coming into the shop.

    After a few minutes, another person with a yellow robe walked into the shop.

    This people is older, with one ear cut off, one eye blinded, his face filled with rage.

    He also has gold streaks on the side of his robe, also has some people following behind him, some tall, some short, some old, some young.

    From their appearances, these are fairly important people, except their faces look just like Duan Kai Shan and the others, following the yellow-robed man to the door, then stood inside those circles.

    One of them has a dark skin and is very skinny, his face looks terrible.

    When the others saw him, they look at him in a weird way, as if wondering why he’s here.

    The one-eyed man looked at Duan Kai Shan and the others for a sec, chuckled, then went into the little shop, sitting across from the youngster.

    They looked at each other, nodded, but stayed silent.

    After a bit more time, another yellow-robed man came.

    He’s even older, his hair all white, his yellow robe also have streaks of gold, and behind are even more people.

    From afar, he doesn’t look too special, but up close, one can see that his face is green, which looks incredibly scary paired up with his white hair.

    Not only is his face green, so are his hands.

    Those people standing outside the door watched him as if watching a ghost. They all gasped for breath, some even shook.

    Within an hour, all the circles outside the shop had been filled, all with stiff people who do not dare speak or move.

    Four people with gold-streaked yellow robes arrived, the last one an old man who looked quite fragile, and even older than the last one, like he’s too old to even walk. But the people he brought just happened to be the most.

    These four people each sat on a side of the table, sitting there silently.

    The people outside are just as silent, as one can only hear their breaths.

    This little shop seemed to have turned into a graveyard. Even Hunchback Sun couldn’t stand it! Yet that old man and his granddaughter still did not leave.

    Can they still be waiting for more tricks?

    This really is a trick to die for!

    End of Chapter 27

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    Oh... man. I feel like some old housewife who watches way too much home shopping network.

    Just bought LOCH03 yesterday... then HSDS03, 3rd Master's Sword, and Feng Zai Jiang Hu today. o_O Damn! I hate it when I buy stuff impulsively.

    Oh well, watching LOCH trailer right now and I'm just drooling... I mean, Holy [beep]. Those battle and aerial scenes in Mongolia are absolutely breathtaking. The Guo Jing's 'One Arrow Two Eagles' scene was also VERY nice. The fight scenes don't look as nice as those in CCTV's SOD(seemingly too much special effects). But kind of forgivable since it's much harder to get cool-looking fist-to-fist fights. Kind of weird seeing a hot looking Mei Chao Feng, though. Heheh.

    Nothing against LOCH83, which had incredible acting, but the scenery was quite forgettable. Having a pile of dirt as mountains just doesn't compare to the real thing. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">

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    Is that the Taiwanese version of "Third Young Master's Sword"? I bought that one. Didn't like it too much. The song was nice. But they went "Special Effects" crazy with it. Plus they deviated from the story too much for my taste. So I only watched the 1st and last chapters, and now it's collecting dust. <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">

    I saw the LOCH-03 trailers at jin-yong.net. The special effects when Gwok Jing was fighting Au Yearn Fung in the waters was kinda cheesy. But the last trailer with the 7 Taoists vs. WYS looked really cool!

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    Heheh. Guess what. I have only read about 1/4 of 3rd Young Master's Sword. One of the reason why I chosed it is because I don't know enough about the story to notice the changes. I'll probably read it afterwards, THEN complain about the deviations. <IMG SRC="smilies/wink.gif" border="0">

    Yeah, the dragon thing was kind of weird. Guess they really wanted to emulate LOCH83 there. Unfortunately, that 18 Dragon Palm animation in LOCH83 is one of the gayest things I've ever seen. But then again, it really is hard to put to screen the power of the dragon palms otherwise. Overall, I'm not too thrilled about the special effects.

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    Way to go Meh! Chapter 27 itself is a testament that Part II of the story is going to be much more exciting than part I. Good job with the translations Meh. You seem to have stumbled upon a newfound wealth of time lately.... <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> with the translations coming thick & fast.
    "Man is his own star; and the soul that can
    Render an honest and a perfect man,
    Commands all light, all influence, all fate;
    Nothing to him falls early or too late.
    Our acts our angels are, or good or ill,
    Our fatal shadows that walk by us still."

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    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><table border="0" width="80%" bgcolor="#dcdcdc" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1"><tr><td width="100%"><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="10" bgcolor="#DCDCDC"><tr><td width="100%" bgcolor="#eeeeee"><font size="1">Heheh. Guess what. I have only read about 1/4 of 3rd Young Master's Sword. One of the reason why I chosed it is because I don't know enough about the story to notice the changes. I'll probably read it afterwards, THEN complain about the deviations. <IMG SRC="smilies/wink.gif" border="0"></font></td></tr></table></td></tr></table></BLOCKQUOTE>

    I can stomach deviations from the plot. For example, I thoroughly enjoyed the 80s CLH and LSF. The main thing for me is that the characters stay consistent. I thought they took a cool character like Yin 13 and watered him down too much.

    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><table border="0" width="80%" bgcolor="#dcdcdc" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1"><tr><td width="100%"><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="10" bgcolor="#DCDCDC"><tr><td width="100%" bgcolor="#eeeeee"><font size="1">Yeah, the dragon thing was kind of weird. Guess they really wanted to emulate LOCH83 there. Unfortunately, that 18 Dragon Palm animation in LOCH83 is one of the gayest things I've ever seen. But then again, it really is hard to put to screen the power of the dragon palms otherwise. Overall, I'm not too thrilled about the special effects.</font></td></tr></table></td></tr></table></BLOCKQUOTE>

    I think with today's computer effects, you can really show off the power of the dragon palms on screen! Theres no excuse for the type of cheesy effects I saw in that trailer. Like you said, it didn't look much better than the stuff we saw back in the 80s.

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    Chapter 28: Coins That Take Lives

    After a long time, a sound of du, du, du, du… came from down the street, the sound monotonous and sullen.

    Yet this sound coming at this time of the night has an eerie feel to it, as if pounding everyone’s heart with a stick.

    Du, du, du… almost can drive people insane.

    The four yellow-robed men looked at each, then stood up together.

    In the darkness of the night appeared a shadow of a man.

    This man’s left leg is broken, he’s using a crutch.

    As the dim light in the shop shine on the man’s face, one sees disorganized hair everywhere, face black as a kettle, filled with cuts.

    Triangle eyes[don’t know what this means], big eyebrows, huge nose, huge mouth, a face ridiculously ugly even without the cuts.

    Anyone would be disgusted by this sight.

    Yet the four yellow-robed men simply went up to him, and bowed.

    The one-legged man waved them off.

    Du, du, du… the man walked into the shop.

    Hunchback Sun saw that he’s also wearing a yellow robe, gold strips down the side of his robe.

    The thin man also saw him coming in, his expression changed.

    That ponytailed girl had long turned her head away, afraid to look at him.

    The one-legged man scanned the room, his eyes brightened a bit when he got to the thin man, then said to the others, “You’ve been working hard.”

    Although he looks scary, his voice is very nice.

    The four yellow-robed men said together, “It’s nothing.”

    The one-legged man said, “They’re all here?”

    A yellow-robed man said, “Total of forty-nine people. All here.”

    The one-legged man said, “Are you certain they’re here for that thing?”

    The old yellow-robed man said, “I have confirmed this. They all came within the last three days, so it must be for that. Or why else would they come here?”

    The one-legged man nodded, said, “It’s fine as long as you’ve thoroughly investigated them, so we don’t want to hurt any innocents.”

    The old yellow-robed man said, “Of course.”

    The one-legged man said, “So do these people understand?”

    The old yellow-robed man said, “Not yet.”

    The one-legged man said, “Then we should make them understand.”

    “Yes.”

    He walked out the door, then said, “I’m sure everyone here knows who we are. As for your intentions for coming here, we also know that quite well.”

    He continued, “I believe you all received the same letter, and that’s why you all came.”

    Those people can’t nod, and they’re afraid that they may say the wrong words. So no one responded.

    The yellow-robed old man said, “But considering your abilities, you don’t deserve to come. That’s why you’re all standing here. Until we’re finished with our business, to insure everyone’s safety, just stand still, and no harm will come to you.”

    He chuckled, “I’m sure everyone knows, that unless we absolutely have to, we won’t hurt anyone.”

    When he said this, someone suddenly coughed.

    That person is Hu Mei.

    Because she doesn’t want to make her waist look big, she’d rather freeze than to wear thicker clothing. This is a bad habit that most women share.

    Not only did she wear very little, there just happened to be a lot of wind outside today, plus she’s standing in the front, getting the brunt of the wind. No wonder she caught a cold.

    As she sneezed, the coin on her head dropped to the ground.

    Only to hear a clank sound, as the coin hit the ground and rolled away. Not only did her face turn pale, so did everyone else’s.

    The yellow-robed old man said, “Do you know our rules?”

    Hu Mei stuttered, “Y… Yes.”

    The yellow-robed old man shook his head. “Then you really should be more careful.”

    Hu Mei’s whole body shook. “It was an accident. Please spare me.”

    The yellow-robed old man said, “I also know it was an accident, but I can’t break the rules. Who would follow the rules if people can keep breaking them? You’ve been around the block, you should know this.”

    Hu Mei turned around, looking at Hu Fei. “Big brother, you… won’t help me out?”

    Hu Fei closed his eyes, his muscles stiffened, “What can I do?”

    Hu Mei smiled. “I know…. I won’t blame you.”

    Her eyes moved towards Yang Cheng Zu, “What about you, little Yang? I’m about to leave, don’t you have something you want to say to me?”

    Yang Cheng Zu’s eyes simply stared down on the ground, without an expression.

    Hu Mei said, “You won’t even look at me?”

    Yang Cheng Zu closed his eyes.

    Hu Mei suddenly laughed, pointing at Yang Cheng Zu. “Everyone, look at this. This is my lover. Last night he told me, as long as I love him, he’s willing to die for me. But now? Now he won’t even look at me, as if looking at me will give him a disease…”

    Her laughter gradually died down, but tears rolled down her eyes. “What is affection? What is love? What do I have to live for mow? It really is better to die now than to go on living.”

    When she said this, her body suddenly rolled on the ground, quickly covered several yards, releasing numerous Ice Stars as she rolled, all flying towards the yellow-robed old man.

    Her body levitated quickly, trying to get over the wall.

    Hu Mei’s specialties are hidden weapons and lightness kung fu, her abilities in these areas really are quite excellent, firing many stars, each quick, accurate, and deadly!

    The yellow-robed old man simply raised his eyebrows a bit, then said, “Why do you bother…”

    He might walk and talk slowly, but he certainly can move very fast. When he finished the sentence, he had captured all the Ice Stars into his sleeves.

    As Hu Mei tried to get over the wall, she felt a huge amount of energy rushing towards her, causing her to crash into the wall, then dropped to the ground, all parts of her body started to bleed.

    The yellow-robed man said, “You could’ve had a painless death, but unfortunately…”

    Hu Mei’s hand held her chest, coughing continuously, coughing blood.

    The yellow-robed man said, “But before you die, I can grant you a wish.”

    Hu Mei asked, “This is also one of your rules?”

    “Yes.”

    “No matter what I ask for, you’ll do it?”

    The old man said, “If you have some unfinished business, we can do it for you. If you need revenge, we’ll carry out the revenge for you!”

    He chuckled, then said, “So anyone who dies in our hands can be considered quite lucky.”

    Hu Mei’s eyes suddenly brightened, said, “Since I must die, can I choose someone to kill me?”

    The yellow-robed old man said, “That should be no problem. Who do you have in mind?”

    Hu Mei bit her lips, then said, “Him, Yang Cheng Zu!”

    Yang Cheng Zu’s face immediately became pale, said, “What’s the meaning of this? Do you want to kill me?”

    Hu Mei said, “Although you only pretended to have feelings for me, I actually do have feelings for you. As long as I die in your hands, I’ll die a happy person.”

    The yellow-robed man said, “It’s easy to kill someone, don’t tell me you’ve never killed before.”

    He moved his hand a bit, a knife came out. Then he walked over and gave it to Yang Cheng Zu. “This knife is very sharp. It won’t need a second slice to kill someone.”

    Yang Cheng Zu instinctively shook his head, said, “I don’t…”

    Just as he said those words, the coin on his head dropped to the ground and rolled away.”

    Yang Cheng Zu’s whole body stiffened.

    Hu Mei began to laugh without abandon. “You told me, if I died, you would not live on. Now you really are going to die with me. At least you still have a shred of conscience left.”

    Yang Cheng Zu started to shake, and then suddenly yelled, “You *****! You heartless…”

    He immediately grabbed that knife, walked over and sliced off Hu Mei’s head, blood pouring on his body.

    He finally calmed down, raised his head back up.

    Everyone just stared at him coldly.

    Yang Cheng Zu stomped the ground with his feet, then cut his own throat with the same knife, his body falling on top of Hu Mei’s.

    Now Hunchback Sun knows why those people walk and stand in such a weird way.

    These yellow-robed men’s rules are not just scary, but also uncalled-for.

    That thin man didn’t seem to care at all, as if this sort of thing happens all the time.

    At this time, the one-legged man stood up, walked over to that thin man’s table, sitting down across from him.

    The thin man slowly raised his head, staring at him intently.

    They did not speak, but Hunchback Sun felt that something big is going to happen.

    These two people’s eyes are like knives, trying to stab the other’s heart.

    After who knows how long, the one-legged man smiled.

    His smile is very unique, very strange. It can make people forget just how ugly he is, because it feels so warm and tender.

    He said with a smile, “I know who you are now.”

    The thin man said, “Really?”

    The one-legged man said, “I bet you know who we are too.”

    “In the past two years, I’d assume that there aren’t many people who don’t know you.”

    The one-legged man chuckled, then took out a letter.

    This looks like a regular letter, but Hunchback Sun couldn’t help but want to know what’s in it.

    The one-legged man said, “I bet you came all the way here because of this letter too, right?”

    The thin man said, “Maybe”

    The one-legged man said, “From what I heard, over a hundred people received this letter, but no one knows who wrote it. Despite much investigation, I could not get any leads.”

    The thin man said, “If you can’t find any info about it, then no one can!”

    The one-legged man said, “But although we don’t know who wrote it, we do know its intent.”

    “Really?”

    The one-legged man said, “He tried to get the famous fighters here, fight over this treasure, so he can gain something.”

    The thin man said, “If that’s the case, then why are you still here?”

    The one-legged man said, “It’s simply because this is such a deadly plan, that we have to come.”

    ”Really?”

    The one-legged man smiled. “We came so we can tell everyone of his intent, so they would not fall into this trap.”

    The thin man said, “In that case, you’re being a humanitarian now.”

    The one-legged man didn’t seem to catch the sarcasm in his voice, said, “We just want to turn a big problem into a small one. A small problem into no problem, and everyone can live a happy life.”

    The thin man said, “Actually, no one’s certain whether there really is a treasure here or not.”

    The one-legged man said, “That’s why it would be quite sad if someone were to lose his life over this.”

    The thin man said, “But since I am here, I might as well see what’s really going on. So how could someone persuade me to leave with just a few words?”

    The one-legged man’s face immediately became serious, said, “So you definitely won’t leave?”

    The thin man laughed coldly, “Even if I leave, it still won’t be in your hands!”

    The one-legged man said, “Other than you, I really don’t know who can compete with us.”

    He pushed his iron crutch down, and after a cracking sound, the two-meter stick now has one and a half meters under the ground.

    The thin man said coldly, “Really is great kung fu. No wonder in Bai Xiao Sheng’s Book of Weapons, your Iron Crutch is ranked eighth.”

    The one-legged man said loudly, “Your famous Snake Whip is ranked number seven, so I’ve always wanted to see it!”

    The thin man said, “I’ve also been looking forward to this fight!”

    End of Chapter 28

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    Great Translations Meh! Keep up the good work.
    Wandering the world,
    Sword in hand,
    Searching for a challenge,
    Begging for a loss...

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    Heheh. Might as well keep translating since I have time right now. Another short chapter, btw. Too bad they return to normal lengths after this chapter. Oy.

    Chapter 29: The Whip with Eyes

    Only to see the thin man’s left hand hit the table, his body rise into the air, the wind breeze by, a shiny black whip appeared in his right hand.

    He flicked his wrist, the long whip carried the wind through the heads of the people standing outside, only to hear sounds of ding ding dang dang, as over forty coins dropped to the ground.

    These forty-some people are all very experienced in the martial world, yet none of them had ever seen such intricate use of a whip.

    When the whip is in his hand, it seems to be alive, and has a pair of eyes.

    Those forty-some people looked at each other, then immediately applied their lightness kung fu, some dashed down the street, some climbed over the walls, the sky filled with shadows of people. In an instant, everyone had left.

    That yellow-robed old man’s face became pale. He said angrily, “You took their Life Taking Coins. Do you wish to die for them?”

    The one-legged man coldly laughed. “The God of Whips XiMen Rou’s life certainly is good enough to replace those lives!”

    He pulled out his crutch, standing on one leg, but it’s as if that one leg is nailed to the ground, as it is solid as a tree trunk.

    The yellow-robed old man stretched out his hands, an Official Brush appeared.

    Anyone who uses this type of weapon must have incredible kung fu.

    Four people surrounded XiMen Rou.

    Only that one-eyed man retreated a few steps, opened up his robe, showing forty-nine spearheads, some long, some short.

    The five people’s eyes all fell on XiMen Rou’s long whip, all seem weary of it.

    The one-legged man laughed. “I’m sure you have figured out who my four friends are.”

    XiMen Rou said, “I figured it out a long time ago.”

    The one-legged man said, “From a fairness standpoint, the five of us really shouldn’t fight you alone, but today’s different.”

    XiMen Rou laughed. “I’ve seen way too many people in the martial world win through superior numbers. Do you think I care about that?”

    The one-legged man said, “I didn’t want to kill you originally, but you did break our rules. So how can we let you go? If rules are allowed to be broken, then we’d be considered liars, so I hope you understand.”

    XiMen Rou said, “What if I intend on leaving?”

    The one-legged man said, “You can’t leave!”

    XiMen Rou suddenly laughed. “When I really do want to leave, the five of you certainly aren’t going to stop me!”

    The one-legged man grunted, his crutch slashing out.

    Although this is a very simple move, its power is limitless!

    XiMen Rou still kept his smile, his whip twisting even faster, as his person rise high above the ground.

    That one-eyed man stretched his arms, thirteen spearheads came out, carrying the windy breeze towards XiMen Rou.

    The longer ones were thrown first, but the shorter ones were faster, only to hear many clicking sounds, as the whip deflected all thirteen spearheads.

    Like a tornado, XiMen Rou floated higher and higher, then twisted off into the distance, out of sight.

    The one-legged man said, “After him!”

    Hitting the ground softly with his iron crutch, the one-legged man also floated into the air, His lightness kung fu is amazingly better than most two-legged people, disappeared out of sight.

    The other four yellow-robed men immediately followed, and suddenly the shop became quiet again, with only two dead bodies left.

    If it weren’t for these two bodies, Hunchback Sun would’ve thought that this was all a bad dream.

    Only to see that old man somehow awaken, his look seemingly without a hint of being drunk. He looked at where the yellow-robed men disappeared into, then sighed. “No wonder XiMen Rou’s Snake Whip is ranked ahead of Yi Ku’s Green Devil Hand. From the moves he showed, he certainly deserves the title ‘God of Whips’. Bai Xiao Sheng really does know what he’s talking about.”

    The ponytailed girl said, “Is he really the best among the people who uses whips today?”

    The old man said, “The skill he has shown is unmatched by any other practitioner of soft weapons in the past thirty years.”

    The ponytailed girl asked, “What about that one-legged man?”

    The old man responded, “He’s called ZhuGe Gang. The people in the martial world call him ‘Sweep Across Thousand Soldiers’. His Golden Steel Crutch weighs seventy pounds, the heaviest of any weapon in the martial world.”

    The ponytailed girl laughed. “One is called XiMen Rou. The other is ZhuGe Gang. They really are born to be enemies*.”

    *Note: ‘Rou’ means soft. ‘Gang’ means Hard. As you can see, their names reflect the type of weapons they use.

    That old man took out some silver, put it on the table, and then walked out the door with his granddaughter, into the night.

    Hunchback Sun watched their backs as they left, then looked back, realizing that somehow, the drunkard had also awakened, and has walked over to the seat where XiMen sat. He picked up the letter ZhuGe Gang left.

    Hunchback Sun smiled. “You really shouldn’t have been drunk today, because you missed out on a pretty nice show.”

    That drunkard laughed, and then sighed. “The real show hasn’t even begun yet, I’m afraid I’ll be watching even if I don’t want to.”

    Hunchback Sun raised his eyebrows. He found that these people have all been acting strangely today, like they all took the wrong medicine.

    That drunkard took out the letter, looked at it for a second, then his face suddenly turned red, bent down and started to cough again.

    Hunchback Sun asked, “What does the letter say?”

    That drunkard said, “No…nothing.”

    Hunchback Sun said, “I heard they all came because of the letter.”

    “Really?”

    Hunchback Sun smiled. “They also said something about some treasure. Whatever, they have got to be kidding me.”

    He then asked, “You want more wine? It’s on me.”

    He didn’t hear any response, turned around, and saw that the drunkard simply stood there, looking into the distance.

    His eyes showed no sign of alcohol, but a strange elegance.

    Hunchback Sun followed his line of sight, only to see a lone candle from afar, seemingly even further away because of the fog…

    By the time Hunchback Sun returned to the backyard, it’s already midnight.

    It’s always peaceful in the courtyard, the drunkard’s light is still on, but the door is open, waving as the wind blows by.

    Hunchback Sun went over to take a look, knocking on the door asking, “Hey, are you asleep?”

    No sound came.

    What’s he doing outside at this hour?

    Hunchback Sun walked inside, found out that the room in a mess, pieces of wood laying everywhere, but that little dagger is nowhere to be seen, half a jug of wine still sits on the table.

    A crumpled piece of paper lay on the side.

    Hunchback Sun recognize it as the letter ZhuGe Gang left.

    He couldn’t help but read it.

    “September 15th. Happy Cloud Manor has treasure to show. Hope you can come take a look.”

    Just those three phrases, nothing else. The less written in the letter, the more mysterious and attractive it becomes.

    The person who wrote this letter certainly knows psychology.

    Hunchback Sun raised his eyebrows, a strange expression appeared on his face.

    He knows that Happy Cloud Manor is the mansion across from him, but can’t figure out just what kind of relationship that drunkard has with the manor.

    End of Chapter 29

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    Awesome!!!
    Can;t wait for the dagger to be released again!
    "Man is his own star; and the soul that can
    Render an honest and a perfect man,
    Commands all light, all influence, all fate;
    Nothing to him falls early or too late.
    Our acts our angels are, or good or ill,
    Our fatal shadows that walk by us still."

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    Anyone knows what's the list (ranking) like in Bai Xiao Sheng’s Book of Weapons?
    "Man is his own star; and the soul that can
    Render an honest and a perfect man,
    Commands all light, all influence, all fate;
    Nothing to him falls early or too late.
    Our acts our angels are, or good or ill,
    Our fatal shadows that walk by us still."

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    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><table border="0" width="80%" bgcolor="#dcdcdc" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1"><tr><td width="100%"><table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="10" bgcolor="#DCDCDC"><tr><td width="100%" bgcolor="#eeeeee"><font size="1">Originally posted by Acidbeastonfire:
    <STRONG>Anyone knows what's the list (ranking) like in Bai Xiao Sheng’s Book of Weapons?</STRONG></font></td></tr></table></td></tr></table></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Always a popular question <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">

    Too lazy to look up the pinyin, so hope you know Cantonese...

    1) Tien Gei Lao Yun's Pipe (or was it a Stick?)
    2) Searn Goon Gum Hung's Dragon & Phoenix Rings
    3) Lee Cham Foon's Flying Dagger
    4) Gwok Sung Yearn's Solar Apex Iron Sword
    5) Liu Fung Tsin's Marquis Silver Halberd (he switched to some kind of hand weapon)
    6) Hearn Chung's Wind & Rain Twin Meteors
    7) Sai Moon Yau's Snake Whip
    8) Chu Gort Gong's Golden Iron Crutch
    9) Yee Hook's Green Demon Hand
    10) Yuk Lan Dao Yun's Eastern Sea Jade Orchid

    I'm missing some but that's all I can remember.

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    Heheh. Some of those translations are even better than ones I can come up with... Solar Apex Iron Sword. I was going to go keep the pinyin for that term...

    I actually remember less of the weapons. My mind is really getting hazy. I actually didn't figure out who those 'men in the yellow robes' were(the organization they belonged to) until after I finish translating chap 29.

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    Thanks for tht Meh.

    So Li XunHuan's dagger is 3rd only.
    Looking forward to the appearances of the rest of the folks in the top 10.
    "Man is his own star; and the soul that can
    Render an honest and a perfect man,
    Commands all light, all influence, all fate;
    Nothing to him falls early or too late.
    Our acts our angels are, or good or ill,
    Our fatal shadows that walk by us still."

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