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Painting Of The Nine Immortals - Chapter 28


Chapter 28: Reward Acceptance

Translator: Tatienne

Inside the arena was a sea of happy people.

The cheering and the applauses weaved together to form a clamorous ocean.

At this very moment, the tables have turned for the collateral siblings as they just became

heroes thanks to Ling Xian. They were clapping; they were boiling.

Ling Xian stood on stage. It was as if his body was emitting endless divinity; he was shining

bright like the rainbow, blinding and dazzling.

’’Alright, this year's combat competition ends now. I first want to congratulate all those who

achieved good rankings this year. I hope you will continue your hard work and move forward

courageously! Second, for those who were not ranked today, do not be disheartened. There are

plenty of other opportunities. You might not have done well this year, but there is always next

year. Do not give up easily!’’

A faint smile bloomed across Ling Tian Qing's face. He gestured, and ten poorly dressed

servants walked onto the stage with trays in their hands. Each tray was covered with a red

cloth, appearing very mysterious.

’’Now, the top ten Ling Siblings come up to accept your rewards.’’

When he finished talking, the other nine placeholders in the combat competition walked up

onto the stage. Each one of them had a joyous and excited expression on their faces. Due to the

rewards being very handsome this year, those who rose above the competition were extremely

happy. They deliberately checked out Link Xian in admiration and respect.

After the Energy-Freezing Dans had been rewarded to the fourth to 10th place winners, it was

time for the top three.

’’Ling Fei, you placed third. Here is one token to the Hidden Territory and 2000 spiritual

stones.’’ Ling Tian Qing then glanced at the crowd before his gaze landed on a young woman

dressed in a light blue dress.

’’Thank you, uncle.’’

Ling Fei had a delicate face and a slim figure. She slowly walked before Ling Tian Qing and

accepted the storage pouch. She then looked at Ling Xian and sweetly suggested, ’’Hey Ling

Xian. When I have time, I will find you, and we can hang out.’’

Ling Xian frowned. Ling Tian Xian alone was enough to give him a headache. He did not want to

involve himself in any more rumors. He rejected sternly, ’’Sorry, I have been training alone

these days. I have no time.’’

Ling Fei's pupils dilated in disbelief. She was the daughter of the second elderly and the second

beauty of the Ling Clan. So many men have paced around her and did everything they could to

please her. Many men would laugh for days if she simply talked to them. What was happening?

She was rejected?

other collateral siblings were also in shock. Their tears dampened the floor as the crowd

whispered in confusion. People sure react differently. If this Goddess talked to them in this

manner, they would've jumped three meters high and turned bright red from excitement. How

could they have the heart to say anything, nevermind reject her like Ling Xian did?

Looking at the extraordinary man before them, whose expression was unchanging and heart

unmoving, they couldn't believe that he blatantly rejected her without any room for discussion.

This was a form of confidence and a way of showing how he simply did not care.

Envious, jealous, and hateful.

The entire collateral siblings of the Ling Clan looked into the sky without a word.

’’He has zero understanding of the situation and spoiled the enthusiasm.’’ Ling Tian Qing

silently judged Ling Xian. He then quickly smoothed things over. ’’Fei, don't make a big deal out

of it. Ling Xian meant he will find you when he takes times off from training. Be patient and

wait for him.’’

Ling Xian thought silently how that was not at all what he meant. However, he did not argue.

Rejecting her once was enough. If he rejected her again, others would say he was pretending to

be lofty, and he would be hated.

Ling Fei bit her red lips and looked at Ling Xian hatefully before turning and walking off the


On the stage, second elder Ling Tian Jiao was deep in thought and said to himself, ’’Talented

boy, beautiful girl, a match made in heaven. If Fei can marry a rare genius like Ling Xian, I bet

her life will be very delightful. If this marriage works out, I can make sure he stays loyal to the

clan, and have others be envious of me for having such a successful son-in-law. I can kill three

birds with one stone.’’

’’You old fox sure are indulging yourself in wishful thinking. Sadly, by his attitude towards your

daughter, no way your dreams will happen.’’

’’Who said that?’’

Ling Tian Jiao became furious. As the second elder of the Ling Clan, he had the most

intelligence in the clan, and he was also very sensitive and very cunning. Who just insulted him

and called him an old fox?

He turned around and saw a pair of clear and cold eyes. He couldn't help it but chuckle. ’’Oh, it's

our little sister. Even though I am nicknamed old fox, but save me some face before the third


’’Calling you an old fox is not at all crossing the line. You are using your daughter for your

wishful thinking,’’ Ling Tian Xiang scoffed.

Ling Tian Jiao knew that Ling Tian Xiang was blaming him for wanting to marry his daughter

off to Ling Xian. However, he was too scared to say that out loud. His expression turned

worrisome, but he simply laughed it off.

Ling Tian Xiang did not notice the worried look. Gazing at Ling Xian, who was shining brightly,

she remembered his cold attitude towards Ling Fei, and she beamed in response. She suddenly

felt better. The sadness she felt when Ling Xian rejected her disappeared as well.

’’Next, the second placeholder. The reward is one token to the Hidden Territory, and the

training mantra for the first three stages of the Tidal Sword Technique.’’

Ling Tian Qing saw Ling Zhan for the first time today. He hasn't seen him for a few days, and he

gained another few pounds of muscle. Ling Tian Qing said helplessly, ’’You bastard. I have

talked to you many times about not focusing on pure physical training. You can play around

with it, but shouldn't neglect the other forms of training. Everyone attacks with techniques

these days, you cannot even approach them or engage in close combat if you don't improve the

other aspects of training. Sooner or later you will suffer because of it.’’

’’Hehe, leader, I am a simple guy. I just think the feeling of my fist against physical bodies is

very satisfying. It suits me,’’ Ling Zhan scratched his head.

’’Alright, I won't say anymore. You have your grandpa who lectures you. Here is your reward,’’

Ling Tian Qing shook his head. He felt a bit regretful toward Ling Zhan.

Between the direct descendants, the most talented one was not Ling Chen. Rather, it was the

tall and sturdy muscle man standing before him, Ling Zhan. At 18 years of age, he could already

match his physical training with his spiritual training and at the same time advance his qitraining

to level six. It really hasn't been easy.

As everyone knew, physical training was very formidable. When one could train their body

strong enough for others to become tongue-tied, then the individual would not need to fear

soldiers or techniques. When engaged in close combat, there was no need for any tactics

because the physical body alone would be enough. In the history of Qing, out of the famous

strong men, seven out of the 10 of them exclusively trained their physiques.

If this was 20,000 years ago, physical training was highly respectable and effective. Sadly, these

days, a strange change occurred that nobody could understand. The community has lost the

way to create treasures required to accompany those with physical training. Without these

resources, nobody could reach the peak of physical training, which led to a decline in this type

of cultivation. Nowadays, in the entire Taoism community, there were not a lot of strong

physique-focused cultivators.

Therefore, Ling Tian Qing wanted to talk Ling Zhan out of going down a dead-end path. Rather,

he should take advantage of his spiritual talent and make something out of it. However, Ling

Zhan was stubborn, and there was no way of getting through to him.

’’Thank you, leader,’’ Ling Zhan smiled as he accepted the rewards for second place. He then

looked at Ling Xian as competitiveness flashed across his eyes. He asked, ’’if there is a chance,

let's fight. What do you think?’’

’’Ok.’’ Ling Xian did not say much else, only that one word.

Ling Zhan's lips curved up, and he stuck up his thumb. ’’You're alright! It's settled then. I'll wait

for you inside the Hidden Territory. Even though you look thin and weak, you are very manly. I

like that!’’

Ling Xian nodded. He was very interested in physical training and saw Ling Zhan highly. He

was straight-forward, blunt, and easy to get along with. He was not arrogant either. Ling Xian

did not mind being acquaintances with him.

’’Next, it's reward for first place. Here is a token to the Hidden Territory, three sixth-ranked

Energy-Freezing Dans, and three sixth-ranked Strengthening Dans!’’ Ling Tian Qing smiled

kindly and said meaningfully, ’’Ling Xian, I hope you can train well and reach new heights. The

future of the Ling Clan will fall on your shoulder one day.’’

’’Yes, leader.’’

Before a thousand pairs of eyes, Ling Xian stepped forward and accepted the reward for being

first place. He casually put them in his pouch. His expression was calm, and there was no hint

of excitement.

All the Ling Siblings were staring at the six Dans passionately. They were sixth-ranked

medicinal Dans. Most of the people here have never tasted them, and of course, they wanted

them bad. What they didn't know was that Ling Xian did not care about them at all. If he puts in

a little effort, he could brew eighth-ranked Dans. Why would his heart shake for sixth-ranked


’’Ling Hu didn't come to compete. Now that I have an extra token to the Hidden Territory, I can

gift it to him,’’ Ling Xian thought silently. He bowed to Ling Tian Qing and said, ’’Leader, I have

some errands to run. I will leave first.’’

Ling Tian Qing nodded and genuinely said, ’’If you ever run into any difficulties, you can always

reach out to me for help. You are the hope of Ling Clan. Remember, do not put yourself in

difficult situations.’’

Ling Xian nodded and fled off the stage. He walked toward Ling Hu's house.

He was very worried about Ling Hu. Therefore, he hurriedly walked away.

At that, the combat competition concluded.

People began to disperse until Ling Tian Jiao, and the other elders were the only ones left. He

asked, ’’big brother, the way you dealt with today's situation was admirable. Though Ling Chen

will have to suffer, you avoided tension between the collateral and the direct siblings. That is

the most important issue. Before the war, we cannot have internal conflicts.’’

’’There is nothing pitiful about what happened to that bastard. He deserves his punishment.

The master himself sent out the order,’’ Ling Tian Qing sneered. When Ling Chen was

mentioned, he was more than disappointed and hurt, he was enraged.

With a corrupted moral, one cannot achieve greatness.

’’Alright big brother, calm your anger. Maybe after locking him up for three years, he will

mature,’’ Ling Tian Xiang consoled.

’’Maybe.’’ Ling Tian Qing gently sighed. He then said something that made the others freeze in


’’Ling Xian is overwhelmingly talented, calm and composed, and has great integrity. I wish for

him to be the next clan leader. What are your thoughts?’’

Ling Tian Ao was the first to oppose. ’’Big brother, we cannot do this. I admit that Ling Xian is a

seed of hope for our clan, but he is a collateral sibling. This is against principles.’’

’’What did I just say to our people? The Ling Clan is an entirety, and we should not be separated

into collateral and direct siblings. Why do you still have discriminative thoughts? Also, I did my

research on him. He does have the Ling blood flowing through his veins, meaning that he is not

necessarily a collateral sibling.’’ Ling Tian Qing stared Ling Tian Jiao down.

’’Even if that's true, I still oppose this proposal,’’ Ling Tian Ao said coolly.

’’Big brother, this issue requires some serious thought. I am not on board with this either. Why

don't we discuss this at a later time.’’ Ling Tian Jiao also stepped out and tried to stop Ling Tian


As for Ling Tian Xing, even though she only wants the best for Ling Xian, this issue on hand

was too important and too political. She also did not completely agree.

’’You... if that's the case, then we can talk about it at a later date.’’ Ling Tian Qing took a long

sigh and asked, ’’where is Guard Ying Wei?’’

A ghost like shadow suddenly appeared. Dressed in a tight black bodysuit that covered his face,

he kneeled before Ling Tian Qing. ’’Ying Wei is here. What are your orders?’’

’’Allocate someone who is well-trained and smart to protect Ling Xian. Remember, do not let

him notice this person. Also, do not invade his privacy. If anything goes wrong, I will hold you

responsible,’’ Ling Tian Qing said in a dark tone.

’’Yes, master.’’

The shadow then disappeared without warning, just like how he had appeared.


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