I Am A Killer - Chapter 65
Zhuo Xiao Xuan knew the codewords she yelled worked the moment she looked at You Ming because it came from the killer organisation the both of them were from in their previous life Realm*;the founder of the organisation was called Du Bu**, and was an extremely arrogant person, else they wouldn't have a code phrase asc onceited as ’’I am unparalleled supreme’’.
* 天下 = tian xia;all of Earth under the sky the entire mortal realm
** 独步 = du bu;walks alone, as the person is unrivalled/unparalleled
You Ming stared at Zhuo Xiao Xuan donned in white cap with only her eyes and mouth revealed. Pausing in suspicion, he chose to stand still by Gao Zheng Ye, unmoving. When he saw her mouthing two words silently, he leapt over to her, ignoring Gao Zheng Ye's bellows behind him.
’’You Ming.’’ He read her lips. That was his code name from the organisation before he came to this world, one which he neither used, nor spoke of after coming to this world. However, this person knew their code phrase from Realm, and knew his code name from Realm;she was definitely someone from the Lille organisation as well!
When Zhuo Xiao Xuan saw him dashing at her, she immediately jumped backwards. There were too many people around here, as especially so as she was being watched by the Z organisation;she didn't want to reveal the fact that she knew martial arts, so she had to bring him to a secluded location.
The man lying on his belly on the slope didn't think that Zhuo Xiao Xuan would be able to lure out the skilled bodyguard beside Gao Zheng Ye with such a shocking code phrase. He knew that it was much more dangerous luring the skilled bodyguard away as compared to sniping Gao Zheng Ye, so he mentally saluted in the direction Zhuo Xiao Xuan left before speedily searching for Gao Zheng Ye's location. Gao Zheng Ye's shouts from previously had revealed his location, so all he had to do now was to finish him off in the shortest amount of time possible and give his comrade a hand in defeating that bodyguard.
After removing themselves from the masses' field of sight, Zhuo Xiao Xuan used her qinggong and shot off of the snow as though a meteor. The moment You Ming behind her saw the faint, almost non-existent footprint she left in her wake on the snow, his expression fell and his steps quickened.
Zhuo Xiao Xuan only stopped after the two of them was a long distance away from the masses, then she turned to look at You Ming.
You Ming asked lowly: ’’Who are you exactly?! What do you seek luring me all the way out?’’ When he was being chased by the other underworld organisation a few days before, the person that had fought him till he received internal injuries was also dressed as such, revealing only the eyes, and was as skilled. Even the figure of both person were very similar. When he gave more thought into get similar moves, he figured that both person were the same person. If it hadn't been the difference in figure, he'd have thought this person was her when he saw this person's similar moves.
Zhuo Xiao Xuan stretched to take off her hat, revealing her icy expression, ’’It's me.’’
When You Ming saw Zhuo Xiao Xuan's face, he was shocked beyond words. He stuttered: ’’Xiao... Xiao Ye... you...’’ How was this possible?! Though her face was the same, her figure was different! He'd never seen anything that could change a person's height or size. Was this perhaps the legendary art of rejuvenating one's youth?! How did she learn it?!
’’Didn't think I was still alive?’’ Zhuo Xiao Xuan sighed in melancholy. Following that, her gaze hardened as she sent a cold gaze in the direction of You Ming, who was still wound flabbergasted upon seeing the revived An Ye. ’’Since I didn't die don't you think I living either!’’
’’Xiao Ye, I didn't...’’ You Ming looked at Zhuo Xiao Xuan with a crestfallen expression.
Zhuo Xiao Xuan bent and drew the two handguns tucked by the sides of her legs, aimed it at You Ming and fired continuously, not giving him any chance to continue. As she fired, she dashed forward with light footsteps in the direction where the bullets zipped out towards him. Too occupied trying to block the bullets zipping his way, You Ming naturally was unable to block Zhuo Xiao Xuan's attacks.
You Ming swiftly retreated, dodged to evade a bullet before clashing head on with Zhuo Xiao Xuan who was dealing damage at him. His arm waved and he blocked the claw Zhuo Xiao Xuan had sent at him;he spoke urgently: ’’Xiao Ye, listen to me...’’
Zhuo Xiao Xuan minced her lips. Her hand-claw gripping You Ming's arms instead before twisting it outwards. At that, You Ming flipped outwards, pivoting with his arms to prevent his arm from being broken by Zhuo Xiao Xuan.
’’Xiao Ye! Listen to my explanation! I didn't have a choice then!’’
Zhuo Xiao Uan snorted coldly. ’’No choice? I no longer am interested in the reason for your betrayal, and you killing me. All I want, s for you to die!’’ She leant forward, her hands grasping at Uou Ming's throat.
You Ming turned his head, his hand raising to sweep aside her nearing nearing claw. He however broke two of his fingers as he did so;she was really going all out. At that, he frowned. She did not give him any chance to explain himself;she really did seem to want him to die. He sighed mentally before both his hands reached out to catch both of Zhuo Xiao Xuan's arms.
Zhuo Xiao Xuan was unable to shake free from his grip no matter how she tried;she was still weaker than You Ming in the end. Gritting her teeth, she raised her leg to sweep at You Ming. Who knew You Ming would welcome her move instead of evading, and caught both her legs as well.
As such, Zhuo Xiao Xuan was caught. Unable to keep her balance, she fell backwards. She'd never pulled such a dirty move before, but both her hands and legs were tied. She slammed her forehead against You Ming who was lying on her in anger. You Ming however was as though he'd long anticipated she would make such a move, hence he immediately dodged when he saw her moving.
When she was not hitting him after slamming several times, she clenched her teeth: ’’Let me go!’’
’’If I let you go, will you not make a move at me?’’ Z L T
’’Then I won't release you. I'll release when you've thought things through.’’ You Ming smiled slightly as he said gently.
Zhuo Xiao Xuan had never loathed her body as she did now. Her thin limbs were in no way comparable to her strong body from previously. She tried to twist around trying to fling You Ming off her and catch him with her moves instead, but You Ming came from a killer organisation as well, so he could read her moves like the back of his hand. And so, his grip on her revealed no flaws for her to break free.
’’Xiao Ye, will you listen to me?’’ Z L T
’’Are you going to tell me the person who killed me then wasn't you but someone who'd changed his face to yours, lied his way to get near me before stabbing me while I was in my weakest state?’’
’’No...’’ You Ming's gaze lowered. That's right, he was the one who'd done all that then.
Their killer organisation, similar to other organisations, have its own ongoing politics both open and in the dark. Though An Ye was ranked as the number one killer in their organisation then, there were many who were extremely unhappy with her and wanted her gone. However An Ye's title as Realm's number one killer wasn't just for show;all those who had wanted to exterminate her would silently disappear. And so, And so, no matter how they loathed her, they were unable to do anything to her for they lacked the abilities to do so.
Ultimately however, she was a female, and it was hard to guard against secret conspiracies. There were countless skilled persons, but at the same time, there were innumerable vile ones.
She was summoned into the inner courtyard by the custodian who said the leader wanted to see her. She'd never entered this part of the inner courtyard, as this was where their leader stayed in;killers with lowly status as themselves were not allowed to enter as they wished.
As she puzzled over in suspicion as to why the leader suddenly wanted to see her today, she silently surveyed the surroundings. Though the scenery was beautiful, there were lots of skilled individuals, as expected, hidden from sight it was where the leader dwelled, so naturally the place would be well guarded.
After waiting for a long time, when she started to suspect if she was sent in wrongly, a few people walked over from the other side of the pond. Amidst them stood a middle-aged man;he was the master of Realm Du Bu.
She quickly dropped into a half-kneel, ’’Master.’’ Z L T
Her head was lowered. She only heard his voice a moment later. ’’Raise your head.’’ Z L T
She looked up obediently, her calm gaze meeting Du Bu's. This was the man that dictated their life and death! The imposing aura that wafted off of him enveloped An Ye. An Ye circulated her qi with difficulty so as to defend herself from collapsing from the heavy pressure.
Du Bu bent down, raising her chin with a finger to have her raise her head a little higher. He turned her head left and right before saying: ’’Enh, not too bad. Serve me at my chambers tonight.’’ Afterwhich, he disregarded An Ye who was still kneeling and left, flanked by maidservants.
An Ye was too floored she didn't dare believe her ears. She asked the maidservant beside her woodenly: ’’What... what did master mean just now?’’
The maidservant burst out laughing before teasing her coquettishly: ’’Maiden you must be too ecstatic, your performance is tonight! If you don't satisfy master well, you may lose your life!’’
An Ye stood. She shook uncontrollably. This wasn't real! Why would master suddenly do this?! She suddenly recalled the multiple gazes of disdain by those whom she'd never seen eye to eye with along the way when the custodian was sending her in. It definitely must be the blasted works of theirs!
It was already very hard for her to maintain her status quo, yet they still want to drag her down into another hell! She another hell! She won't forgive them! Even if she became a ghost, she'd drag them down to hell and make their lives a living hell!
What she needed to do at the moment was to escape such a predicament. She produced a hair clasp and a few pearls before stuffing them into the maid servant's hand. ’’Mei mei, can you help me send the hair clasp over to You Ming?’’
The maidservant was reluctant. ’’But I need to bring you to freshen up before sending you over to master's place. If I'm found out slacking, I'd be beaten to death alive.’’
’’I can bathe on my own, and the master said to go over tonight, no? That's still a long time away. It won't take long for you to help me send my things over to You Ming.’’ An Ye slipped a gold leaf into the maidservant's hand. The maidservant's eyes lit up before nodding her head: ’’Alright then. When you reach the Cloud Pavilion, simply shout for anyone and tell them you are serving the master tonight, there will definitely be someone who can take things from there. Do you have any words you'd like me to bring to You Ming?’’
’’No, thank you mei mei.’’ Z L T
An Ye sat in the wooden bucket bathing, contemplating how she should escape from this heavily guarded location. You Ming would definitely follow up from the outside after he received her hair casp. He was the one that gave it to her. He'd told her that if she were to meet with any danger, send it back to him and he would find a way to help her out.
Ever since they'd clawed their way out of the training arena together, they had been going for missions together. The two of them were just children then;both of them had no one to depend on in the killer organisation as they tried to eke out a living. During one of their missions when An Ye was struck in one of her vital parts by their pursuers and was unable to continue on, it was An Ye who gave her a hand and pulled her to jump into the river to escape. Her life would have ended if it hadn't been him. After that, An Ye saved him once in one of their subsequent missions after that to requite the favour. After which, the two of them helped each other out in their following missions, and with time, their feelings for each other grew with time as they fought for their survival together.
And so, the one and only person An Ye trusted in Realm, was You Ming. Z L T