Ancient Strengthening Technique - Chapter 720-721
AST 720 –Leaving everyone and returning to Greencloud Continent
Although Qing Shui did not blame Yuan Su and could also empathize about her troubles, he still felt slightly uncomfortable. However, after thinking about the benefits that Yuan Su had brought to him that were immeasurable, his heart felt at at ease and relieved.
Qing Shui had originally thought of leaving some items behind for her, however there was really no need for that. Since doing so would increase her distress, Qing Shui chose to leave without a single trace of hesitation.
He already treated Yuan Su as an honored person along his life journey. Perhaps he was also an honored person in her life, however both of them were passing travelers in each of their lives.
Since she had made this choice, Qing Shui felt that this might be the best conclusion to this matter.
Looking at the disappearing figure of Qing Shui, Yuan Su's heart had become disordered for a moment. Thinking about the imminent takeover of the Medicinal Pill Sect, a wave of jitters rocked through her heart, before shaking her head and riding her yellow bird back to the Medicinal Pill Sect.
Qing Shui did not return to the Di Family and instead rushed towards Central Plains. Before he left, he had to send his greetings to Lady Duanmu, 端木城！ Duanmu City!
Qing Mu rode on his Fire Bird. As of now the speed of the Fire Bird was much faster than before. Coupled with the Nine Continents Steps, it took him much less time to reach Duanmu City.
On the second day he had already arrived at Duanmu City. With the Fire Bird having a fold increase in speed, coupled with the Nine Continents Steps, the distance between regions was akin to crossing doors for Qing Shui.
Upon arriving on the door of the Duanmu Family House, it just so happened that Duanmu Lingshang was leaving the house. Looking at her, he felt slightly awkward.
Previously, during the period of time at the Flower Fruit Mountain, he had teased this frosty and icy lady.
" Young Lady Duanmu!" greeted Qing Shui with a smile.
"Why are you here?" exclaimed Duanmu Lingshuang as she looked at Qing Shui in surprise. Due to her azure dress coupled with her icy cold expression, even the words she said made people feel a chill in their bones.
"Are you going out?" Qing Shui did not reply to the question of why he was here.Taking a look he asked Duanmu Lingshang who was seemingly going out.
"I originally planned on going out. Since you have come over, let's go. Mother's in the house." said Duanmu Lingshang who felt slightly awkward. However she felt that it would be even weirder if she had not said it.
In actual fact Duanmu Lingshang did not think about the matter between Qing Shui and her mother. Even if it was told to her she would not believe it. To her, her mother was the most pure and holy woman and would absolutely never do such a thing. Therefore, she still acted like before.
If one was to pay close attention, one would be able to discover the change in Qing Shui and Yu Ruyan. It was a kind of indescribable flavor that felt slightly surprising and awkward for her when she saw Qing Shui.
Qing Shui knew and understood this, as after all she was different from Yuan Su. They had truly gone all the way and have done the most intimate of things. Furthermore, she had felt that even she was unable to endure it.
"Yes, I've come today to inform Madame and young lady that I'm returning to the Greencloud Continent." said Qing Shui softly after the three of them took a seat.
"Yes, you should go back. When are you preparing to head back?" asked Yu Ruyan with a faint smile as before without any change of her former expression.
"After preparing I'll head back in a couple of days. When I'm leaving I won't come and say my goodbyes to madame again." replied Qing Shui as he looked at Yu Ruyan.
"Okay, please take care on your way back and be careful."
Yu Ruyan did not know what to say to Qing Shui while Duanmu Lingshang maintained her silence. Occasionally saying a word or two, her loneliness gave people a feeling of being very natural.
Taking out two sets of fur coats, bracelets and necklaces like the ones that he had given to Hai Dongqing, he gave one set each to Yu Ruyan and Duanmu Lingshuang before saying: " I'm going to head back. Here's some gifts for you two. If there's anything you need remember to find me."
Yu Ruyan nodded her head, and pretended to be calm receiving the presents from Qing Shui while replying to him.
Duanmu Lingshuang seemed very happy and gave a rare smile towards Qing Shui. She had seemingly no friends of the opposite se* and had very little contact with other people. However she had a quite a lot of interactions with Qing Shui. In her memories, Qing Shui was considered as the most familiar friend from the opposite se*.
In a previous encounter when Qing Shui had met up with Yu Ruyan, they had chatted about a lot of things unrestrictedly. However this could only be considered as being one another's best friend and the probability of progressing to the next level was not high.
After stopping for a short while Qing Shui had to leave. Although Yu Ruyan and Duanmu Lingshuang tried to urge him to stay, Qing Shui still wanted to leave. After all, it was inappropriate to stay longer due to that matter, after leaving this time, perhaps it might be forgotten in a few years.
Continuing on his journey back, he wanted to say his goodbyes the Nian Feng grandfather and grandson. He had also wanted to say his farewells to Lan Tong and the rest. All of this was arranged by Qing Shui very quickly, with Qing Shui allowing them to remain in the Jade Sea Country and if anything happens they can find the Nian Feng Family. Qing Shui allowed them to visit the Nian Feng grandfather and grandson once while arranging for Lan Tong and the rest to gift them with seafood after dining in the Nian Feng restaurant.
It was a kind of fate to meet by chance and if he could extend a helping hand he would. This was a principle of Qing Shui and he would not request any repayment. This was due to Qing Shui discovering that he had received the help of many people and furthermore it was always from people who he had never met before.
Qing Shui did not head to the Qianyu Family and was prepared to head there only on this return trip, therefore he had only spent four days to reach the Di Family once again.
"You've finished handling everything?" being drawn by Qing Shui to sit on the sofa after enter the room, Di Chen gave a faint smile before asking Qing Shui.
The relationship between Qing Shui and Di Chen had surged up many levels and it was possible for him to do more intimate actions with her. Other than the previous occasion where he had rascally rubbed Di Chen's breasts, he did not have a second opportunity yet.
However Qing Shui did not wish to break the last level with her as Di Chen was seemingly very afraid of it. At most she would allow Qing Shui to kiss her, however she did not allow him to break the last barrier with her.
Qing Shui respected and loved her dearly and therefore did not make any strong requests of her. The feeling of conditions between the both of them was perhaps not there yet.
When this happened, Di Chen would automatically hug Qing Shui and ask him to give her slightly more time. Only she knew that this was due to her training technique, which would not be good for her to lose her virginity at such a level…
On the second day, Qing Shui and Di Chen said their goodbyes to the Di Family people before setting foot on the return path to Greencloud Continent. Di Qing did not leave the Di Family, however during their parting she mentioned that she would come find Di Chen after a period of time.
Giving a smile, Di Chen nodded her head and did not continue to talk about this, as she knew that it was best to let nature take its course.
In two days, they arrived at the Qianyu Family. Qianyu Dingjun, Qianyu He, Qianyu Qingqing, Qianyu Feifei and the rest gave them a warm welcome. For the Qianyu Family, Nian Family as well as Madame Duanmu, Qing Shui had treated them as friends from his heart. Due to their participation in the previous matter, it was enough to justify that.
Qianyu Feifei seemingly had a special feeling for Qing Shui which was akin to that of a father. Her life was given to her by Qing Shui, which made her trust in him no less than to her father, which was the person that she worshipped the most. Now there was another, Qing Shui, and she had even regarded him as an elder brother, the kind that was akin to a father.
He left a few small presents for Qianyu Feifei, which was the Five Elements Fruits, causing her clear and melodious laughter to be transmitted for quite long distance. Upon seeing this, the people in the surroundings were very envious, however this kind of thing was unable to be mass produced. Furthermore, the Five Elements of every person were different.
Not long after leaving the Qingyu Family, Qing Shui arrived at the ten million kilometre wide wasteland. This time however it was a relaxed matter for him as the speed of the Fire Bird was more than double its previous speed. Coupled with the Nine Continent Steps, his speed had directly risen to approximately three fold as compared to before. In the past he would require hundred days to cross it, however now he was able to accomplish that under fourteen days.
"Chen Er, come over here and let your husband give you a hug!" exclaimed Qing Shui with his arms spread open and a smile on his face as he stood on the Fire Bird.
"Alright, stop it Qing Shui." said Di Chen as she shot an annoyed look at Qing Shui
Qing Shui rubbed his nose and walked over while replying, " If you don't listen next time, I'll have to treat you with the family rules?"
"Family rules? What family rules?" asked Di Chen. Hearing his words, she felt very happy, as she thought about them being already considered as a family.
"This is family rules!"exclaimed Qing Shui has he gave a extremely gentle pat on Di Chen's beautiful butt. The sensation that he had felt once again gave him a shock within his spirit.
"You hoodlum, you're not allowed to bully me." snorted Di Chen with rage as she was drawn into Qing Shui's embrace. The previous pat was extremely soft and gentle, therefore she had only acted like that.
"How could I bear to do that."
Qing Shui smiled while sending the Fire Bird back.
"Qing Shui, you are not considering that we fly there ourselves?"
Nine Continents Steps! Embracing Di Chen, Qing Shui displayed the Nine Continents Steps, causing them to fly forward ten million kilometres. Whenever he used it, it made Qing Shui's heart feel particularly satisfied.
Nine Continent Shoes, refined from the shards of the stars of the World of the Nine Continents and the Nine Continents Mysterious Beast, had unfathomable powers. It was able to double one's speed while decreasing energy consumption by half. It was unable to be damaged by attacks below Martial Emperor and it had an auxiliary combat technique, Nine Continent Steps.
Nine Continent Steps: Activate the Nine Continent Shoes and display the Nine Continent Steps. One would instantly be able to reach a distance of ten million kilometers in a straight line. Primary ability as of now, able to be activated once a day.
Usage criteria: Martial Saint Grade!
After acquiring the Nine Continent Shoes from Old Madame Mo, Qing Shui had basically worn them all along. Although it was somewhat far from a False God tier weapon, due to its ability to increase speed he considered it not bad, with the primary reason being the Nine Continent Steps.
At the instant of leaving, Qing Shui revolved his power to the peak and embraced Di Chen tightly in his bosom although there would not be anything happening as a barrier would automatically be formed when he used the Nine Continent Steps. This barrier was for the purpose of protecting the user, and was large enough to accommodate three people
After he came to a stop, Qing Shui immediately summoned the Fire Bird and continued forward.
Taking advantage of this opportunity, Qing Shui hugged the beautiful woman and laid down on the back of the Fire Bird, while Di Chen leaned on his body. Recently she had discovered that Qing Shui seemingly loved to adhere to herself and would try all means to hug her.
In the past she would never have imagined that Qing Shui would be able to act like that. Slightly like a hoodlum, slightly bad, however she felt that it was much better than before.
"What are you thinking about that made you so lost in thought?" asked Qing Shui towards Di Chen who was in his embrace with a smile.
"No, I just feel that you're particularly bad now."
"Bad? Where am I bad at?"asked Qing Shui with a smile.
"You're acting very bad now." replied Di Chen and she raised her head and smiled towards Qing Shui.
"Since you say I'm bad, what about now." say Qing Shui. Immediately after saying it, pressed Di Chen down under him and blocked the panicky little mouth with a kiss as he greedily sucked on.
Only after a long while did he relax and said to her: " I feel that I can't continue to resist eating you up now."
"Qing Shui, can you give me some more time?" asked Di Chen softly as she looked at Qing Shui with a faint distressed look on her face.
"Chen Er, I will never ever make you do something that you're not willing to do." replied Qing Shui with a faint smile while he sat up and he brushed her luxurious hair.
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AST 721 –Blood Sucking Night Bat King, Horrifying Cold Attributed Blood Poison
Very soon, half a month had already passed. Almost one-third of their journey had peacefully gone by. The aura that the Fire Bird gave off after it broke through scared away many demonic beasts. Unless it was an extremely large group of demonic beasts, Qing Shui would just pass through them.
With his current strength, Qing Shui had a slight desire to meet and fight a strong demonic beast. This long journey was incomparably tedious and lonely. Even though he had an absolute beauty by his side who was his wife in name, all he could do was look and nothing more.
"It is late, let's descend and have something to eat. We will continue our journey again tomorrow." The past half a month had followed this sort of routine.
After Di Chen had gave her consent, Qing Shui ordered the Fire Bird to descend. They first pitched a tent not too far away then released the Diamond Gigantic Elephant to let it get some fresh air.
The surrounding area was boundless and you could see the hazy shadow of a mountain not so far away. The area was mostly covered in withered grass and some green shrubbery were scattered around sparsely.
He couldn't see the boundary, he only saw some demonic beasts and flying beasts in the air as they cried clearly. When the two of them stood there, they could feel a strange sense of loneliness.
Without any family or friends, a person would be like a man who had lived alone in the great grasslands. Just the thought of this would cause an indescribable loneliness that could penetrate the soul.
Qing Shui looked at Di Chen as he thought of what had happened to her in the past few years. She basically had a family but could not come back home. The Heavenly Palace Old Ancestor had been concerned about her, however, he was no longer around.
He thought about Yiye Jiange and Canghai Mingyue who had both lost their parents, and Wenren Wu-shuang who had lost her elder sister. Canghai Mingyue was now different, she already changed after they had children. She would no longer feel that kind of loneliness, at most she yearned for her dead parents.
It could be considered that Yiye Jiange now had a family ever since she met Luan Luan. However, the person that had caused Qing Shui the most worry was Wenren Wu-shuang. He did not know if she was able to completely recover her memory.
Everyone had their own past. It was not surprising for them to have these kind of issues, even he had his own problems.
Their meetings was the most fortunate events in his life. Qing Shui would repay any kindness to him with even more kindness, he was such a person regardless in both his past life or this life. That was why Qing Shui felt that it was all worth it when he had willingly put in so much effort and confronted so many dangers for them.
He took out a large piece of beast skin and placed it on the ground like a carpet. A pot of a fragrant meat soup simmered above the bonfire beside them.
The sky got dark as the sun sank beneath the mountains in the west. The cry of a beast could be occasionally heard from far away as Qing Shui and Di Chen had their dinner.
This kind of open-air environment was not bad, they took an hour to finish their dinner. The bonfire had become more eye catching as their surroundings started to darkened.
A faint cry could be heard from the distance. Qing Shui, who had only casually glanced in that direction, carried Di Chen and retreated. Di Chen actually saw it as well, she just didn't have the chance to react before Qing Shui had carried her.
There were many red dots in the sky and they slowly increased in size as they came closer. With the aid of their cultivation, they could clearly see the dots when they were about the size of a head.
Blood Sucking Night Bat!
The red dots that were as large as a head were actually their eyes. Their body's were jet black and had a size of five meters. They had great numbers that would always travel in groups. They were considered as the kings of the night.
He watched as the sky became filled with Blood Sucking Night Bats. His scalp went numb because these things had the same nature as the Blood-Thirsty Bald Eagle. However, these bats were even more terrifying.
Qing Shui knew that this happened because of the food he had made. Even if they wanted to escape now, it would be hard when they had attracted such a crowd of Blood Sucking Night Bat.
The Blood Sucking Night Bats numbered in at least the thousands, the numerous scarlet eyes could easily intimidate a person. They covered the entire sky with their large, five meters body and sheer number. These Blood Sucking Night Bats were at peak Martial King level, but their attacks contains poison that could harm upon contact. This poison would cause one's blood to freeze and just like the Blood-Thirsty Bald Eagle, they loved blood and their poison would multiply in lethality if applied several times. These were the horror of such demonic beasts, thus no one dared to antagonize the Blood-Thirsty Bald Eagle and Blood Sucking Night Bat.
They had nowhere to run to in this boundless plains. The Nine Continents Steps was already used up, they could only wait until the next day to use it again. Aside from killing the bats, they could only ride on the Fire Bird to dash through them. However, he realized the situation was more difficult than he had initially thought.
This was because Qing Shui saw a Blood Sucking Night Bat that was completely scarlet in color, with a wingspan that was greater than 10 meters. With just a glance, he could tell that this was the Blood Sucking Night Bat King.
Its abilities was about 10000 countries but Qing Shui was more worried about its poison. In fact, he was mostly worried about Di Chen and felt flustered in his heart.
Qing Shui raised his abilities to its peak, his left hand held the Violet Gold divine Shield while his right hand held the 'Thunder God'. With the Thunder God, he felt more confident in their ability to escape.
Qing Shui summoned the Fire Bird which circled above his head. He only summoned the Fire Bird as he had no intention of summoning out his others demonic beasts.He did not dare to let the Fire Bird wander far away but he couldn't just wait there either.
He decided that it was better to rush out. He would not be worried if he was by himself but Di Chen was here. He could not let anything happen to her, thus he took out two Frosted Iron Ball.
"Qing Shui, What should we do?" Di Chen appeared very calm as she looked at Qing Shu.
"Don't worry, it will be fine!" If the Blood Sucking Night Bat King only had the abilities of 10000 countries, Qing Shui could deal with it in a short period of time. However, he was worried about the Blood Sucking Night Bat King's poison.
Qing Shui recalled the Diamond Gigantic Elephant.
"Alright, don't say anything, I will get us through this."
Qing Shui took a few Medicinal Pills, the Agility-Enhancing Fruit and then fastened the Tiger Card on himself. This was Qing Shui's first use of a Crystal Demonic Beast Card that he had obtained from refined demons.
In an instant, he felt very good as his four limbs were filled with a significant amount of explosive strength.
The effects of these Crystal Demonic Beast Card were this good?
Qing Shui felt like he had discovered a treasure but he discarded these thoughts as he fed the Fire Bird a Gale Pellet and prepared to rush out. He felt that there would be no problems as long as he could successfully break out of this encirclement.
Phoenix Dance of the Nine Heavens!
Qing Shui used his spiritual sense to lock onto his main concern, which was the leader, the Blood Sucking Night Bat King. He then activated his Fiery Golden Eyes and Emperor’s Qi.
At the same time, he threw out the two Frosted Iron Ball with the use of his Twin Dragon Explosion!
He was worried about the numbers of the opponent, however, he had faith in the terrifying capabilities of his hidden weapons. When he made a move, the Blood Sucking Night Bat King couldn't help but cry out.
At the same time, all the Blood Sucking Night Bats in the sky frantically rushed to attack Qing Shui.
The Fire Bird spat out an intense flame, which turned the first wave of Blood Sucking Night Bats into ash. Di Chen's Nine Heaven Immortal Silk also struck out continuously. With every strike, it would claim the life of a Blood Sucking Night Bat.
Qing Shui took out another Frosted Iron Ball and used his spiritual sense to lock onto the Blood Sucking Night Bat King as he ferociously shot it out.
The Blood Sucking Night Bat King cried out urgently and a few Blood Sucking Night Bats quickly arrived in front of it. Qing Shui's Meteor Smash had only killed a normal Blood Sucking Night Bat……
It could actually do this……
Qing Shui indifferently smashed one Blood Sucking Night Bat that had rushed over to him. He then ordered the Fire Bird to fly towards the west. Suddenly, the Blood Sucking Night Bat King shot out a blob of red liquid the size of a fist. It was originally aimed at the Fire Bird but since it changed its position, the attack ended up flying towards Di Chen.
Qing Shui's heart raced, his body moved quickly to shield Di Chen with the Violet Gold divine Shield!
It felt like some mud had hit a wall but just when Qing Shui was about to heave a sigh of relief, he suddenly felt that something was wrong. That mysterious red liquid was actually hurled from the unprotected side of his shield.
It was too late to block and he couldn't avoid because Di Chen was behind him!
With a faint sound, the red liquid entered Qing Shui's body. At this moment, the Fire Bird used the Phoenix Dance of the Nine Heavens and Di Chen also aided it to carve out a path for escape.
The speed of the Fire Bird was increased with the effects of Phoenix Dance of the Nine Heavens and Gale Pellet. They managed to break free from the thousands of Blood Sucking Night Bat.
Qing Shui was now very cautious because he could feel his blood start to turn cold. He could resist it with the assistance of his techniques but his blood still continued to turn colder.
Even though Qing Shui did not have a Pure Yang Constitution, his constitution was not inferior compared to a person who had one. Even so, he still could not withstand this cold!
Qing Shui circulated the Nature Energy to its peak then infused it into his blood and it started to slowly counteract the cold attributed poison. He now knew how formidable the Blood Sucking Night Bat King was.
When the poison slowly disappeared, he heaved a sigh of relief in his heart. However at this moment, the poison that he thought he had already subdued came back even more ferociously. It even caused a layer of ice to form on the surface of Qing Shui's body.
Qing Shui gently closed his eyes as the Fire Bird continued to fly!
Di Chen was heartbroken when she felt the cold atmosphere and saw Qing Shui covered in ice as he stood there.
She did not cry out because she could see that there was still a warmth emitted from Qing Shui's head. She knew that he was circulating his energy and did not dare to disturb him. Instead, she just anxiously stood beside Qing Shui and looked at him.
The Qi circulation of the Ancient Strengthening Technique got progressively slower, and only the Nature Energy and State of Immovable as Mountains counteracted the effects of the cold poison by a little.
The Yin-Yang Image continued to slowly spin, it also helped to negate the cold poison and repaired the damages to his body.
Qing Shui had been covered in ice for a long time. When Di Chen saw the energy circulation in his body seem to stop, she recklessly decided to hug him.
The bone-chilling cold did not bother her, she just tightly hugged Qing Shui's frozen body. Very soon, the bone chilling coldness seeped into her body and she felt that she was about to pass out.
At that moment, she was shocked when she suddenly felt as if she entered another dimension.
The dream among the sea of flowers!
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