AGM 200 - Matters of the Past Dissipate With the Wind
Ye Wuque and Wu Chong felt dread in their hearts as they saw the death of Wang Teng.
The three of them had only just started encircling Qin Wentian, but who would have expected that within the blink of an eye, Wang Teng would already be dead.
When Ye Wuque and Wu Chong gazed at Qin Wentian again, trepidation could be seen in their eyes, as their facial expressions grew incredibly ugly to behold.
Not only that, many of the spectating Ye Clan members stood up, gazing towards the skies as shock bombed their hearts.
When had Qin Wentian become this strong... if that were the case, wouldn't Ye Wuque...
Qin Wentian then swept his gaze towards the two attackers. Ye Wuque and Wu Chong locked eyes for an instant before similar expressions of ruthlessness could be seen on their faces.
AWOOO~ An overflowing sense of demonic Qi permeated the air, as all three of Wu Chong's Beast-type Astral Souls howled. His whole appearance resembled a demonic being rushing down from the skies, aiming to kill Qin Wentian. Over ten thousand manifestations of illusory demonic beasts materialized, as they rushed together with Wu Chong, viciously targeting Qin Wentian.
The entirety of Qin Wentian's arms were as though they were covered by demonic armor. The violent look in his eyes grew increasingly pronounced. Now that he had already cultivated the second stage of Fiend Transformation Art, in addition to the power of his bloodline limit, he truly resembled an ancient demon monarch, imperiously gazing at Wu Chong.
The Dragon Subduing Fist he unleashed, metamorphosed into numerous illusory demonic dragons howling in anger. Their towering violence could be felt, even by those in the spectator's stand, as the illusory dragons explosively clashed against the horde of ten thousand demonic beasts.
At the same moment, a pair of wings appeared on Ye Wuque's back, as he descended in a graceful arc. With beautiful multi-colored swords equipped in both hands, his swords sliced towards Qin Wentian's throat.
Qin Wentian didn't even bother to look at Ye Wuque. He merely raised his left hand, flicking a finger in the direction of Ye Wuque as monstrous sword Qi erupted forth from him. The countless numbers of sharp swords formed from the sword Qi, congealed into a powerful beam of light as it shot towards Ye Wuque.
Ye Wuque's countenance sunk, as he instantly changed tactics. At the same time, Qin Wentian's right palm had already wavered several times, reinforcing the illusory dragons as the tyrannical force of his earlier strike blasted apart Wu Chong's attack. The remnant of his attacks continued forth unimpeded, the waves of aftershock causing Wu Chong's head to explode.
The expression on Ye Wuque's face was exceptionally unnatural when Qin Wentian directed his gaze towards him again. His wings fanned out, granting Ye Wuque an increase in speed as he explosively retreated. From that earlier exchange of blows, he already knew that he wouldn't be able to defeat Qin Wentian. And in the face of certain death, he had totally discarded his face and pride. Staying alive was the most important thing to him.
A pair of Garuda Wings sprouted behind Qin Wentian's back, his body sliced through the air with incredible speed, akin to a real Garuda, easily catching up to Ye Wuque. Upon nearing his target, Qin Wentian executed the Dragon Capturing Hands, grabbing onto Ye Wuque. Regardless of how much he struggled, Ye Wuque realised that he could no longer advance forward.
The direction that Ye Wuque was moving forward to, was naturally in the direction of the Ye Clan. At that moment, aside from sensing a strong will from Ye Wuque, those from the Ye Clan could also see true terror reflected in his eyes.
"No..." The countenances of the Ye Clan's members turned incomparably unsightly. They had no way to accept such an ending.
Rendering Ye Wuque immobile with a few well-placed strikes to his spinal area, Qin Wentian stood in the air with Ye Wuque's body in his hands, staring down at the Ye Clan's members with his expression as serene as ever.
"Is this the so-called number one 'genius' from your Ye Clan? Even before I started cultivation, the halo of his supposed 'brilliance' had already shone so brightly in the Sky Harmony City, pressuring my Qin Clan, as well as myself." Qin Wentian glanced at the Ye Clan, as well as Bai Qingsong.
"From then to now, around a year or more has passed right?" Qin Wentian murmured to himself, yet his calm waves sent great ripples through the hearts of the crowd.
Yes, in just this short span of time, Qin Wentian had already defeated Ye Wuque.
Despite seeing the pitiful begging expression on Ye Wuque's face, Bai Qingsong still didn't dare believe all of this was real.
At that moment, a voice rang out. The speaker was none other than the person atop the dragon seat, Chu Tianjiao.
His countenance was still as unperturbed as before, and nobody knew what he was thinking of. However, as he spoke his earlier words, asking Qin Wentian to release Ye Wuque, his voice was filled with an unquestionable command.
A ray of hope bloomed in Ye Wuque's heart, as the eyes of the Ye Clan's members brightened. As the person with the most authority in Chu, maybe Chu Tianjiao would be able to save Ye Wuque.
Qin Wentian didn't turn his head, and continued staring ahead. The sounds of bones shattering echoed in the stillness of the air. In that instant, the light that was shining forth from the eyes of the Ye Clan's members, turned dim.
Qin Wentian slowly relaxed his grasp, as Ye Wuque body fell lifelessly downwards, slamming onto the ground. His reply took the form of action, breaking apart the last of their hopes.
An unnatural light flashed in Chu Tianjiao's eyes. Although he had expected the possibility of Qin Wentian not complying, he didn't think that Qin Wentian would be so decisive, killing Ye Wuque immediately after he interceded for him.
It was as though Chu Tianjiao himself was the culprit that hastened Ye Wuque's death.
Without a doubt, in front of the spectating crowd, Qin Wentian's actions were akin to a huge slap to Chu Tianjiao's face.
"Release him?" A sarcastic smile appeared on Qin Wentian's face. "Mountain was merely a student of the Emperor Star Academy, who did he offend? Had his murderers ever thought of showing mercy to him? When facing the oppression from the Royal Academy and Nine
Mystical Palace, did you ever think of sparing the students of my Emperor Star Academy? Back when the Ye Clan surrounded the Sky Harmony City, causing many in my Qin Clan to die, did they ever think of granting us a path to live?"
Each and every word spoken by Qin Wentian was filled with coldness. He couldn't even be bothered to look at Chu Tianjiao.
The Chu Emperor District was totally silent, it was as though the entire crowd could feel the flames of fury burning in Qin Wentian's heart. If not, he probably wouldn't have gone all out, crushing the three attackers so overwhelmingly.
"Chu Tianjiao, if you had the opportunity to kill me, I don't think you would show me any mercy as well, right?" Qin Wentian asked indifferently.
Chu Tianjiao didn't reply, but the truth was as what Qin Wentian had said. If he really had the opportunity to kill Qin Wentian, there was no way he would show him mercy.
"Me too," Qin Wentian quietly spoke, causing the crowd's gaze to freeze. The simple words of 'me too', had already announced Qin Wentian's determination.
Qin Wentian then turned to regard Bai Qingsong. At that moment, Bai Qingsong was truly afraid.
Back when the Ye Clan came to the Sky Harmony City with a marriage proposal for Autumn Snow and Ye Wuque, Bai Qingsong was incomparably excited. In the proposal, he saw the rise of his Bai Clan, as well as hope, which caused him to kick Qin Wentian away without hesitation, betraying the Qin Clan.
But now, Ye Wuque had actually died in the hands of the youth he kicked away. He felt as though he were dreaming, this sensation was extremely surreal.Nobody would be able to comprehend the current emotions running through Bai Qingsong.
Did he regret it? He didn't know. But so what if he had regrets? At this moment, he felt as though he had aged tremendously. He was somewhat jealous of Qin Chuan, why did he have such an excellent adopted son? It was the opposite in the case of his own daughters; Autumn Snow was a 'genius' that had degenerated, while Bai Qing, his younger daughter whom he used to looked down on, had actually condensed an Astral Soul from the 4th Heavenly Layer for her first Astral Soul. Yet, because he had repaid kindness with enmity, Bai Qing broke their father and daughter relationship, discarded their familial ties and disappeared completely. Up till now, no news had been heard about her.
As for him, after enduring all these 'impacts', and seeing the rise of Qin Wentian with his own eyes, it all caused him to have an extremely bitter feeling in his heart.
"Qin Wentian." At this moment, Autumn Snow spoke. The smile on her face when she faced him was as though she had already discarded the huge rock that had always been in her heart.
"I know that our Bai Clan has let you down. I, too, have also let you down. Sometimes in the middle of the night, I would regret the choices I made back then. It was you that allowed me to become the dazzling genius of Sky Harmony City, but what you received in return... was my betrayal. Not only that, after the academy selection, my Bai Clan joined the Ye Clan in encircling and killing members of your Qin Clan. I know that I don't have the qualifications to beg for your forgiveness, but I still have to say this."
The Autumn Snow of this moment had already discarded the burdens filling her heart, as she calmly continued, "The things that happened, were all wrought by my own hands. Regardless of how you want to deal with me, even if you want to kill me, I would have no complaints and will wholeheartedly accept your decision. However, please spare my father, he's already so old... I'm no longer the dazzling 'genius' I once was and even my little sister, Bai Qing, has abandoned the family because of you. My father is truly old."
"Do you know that Bai Qing was even more amazing compared to me. Her first Astral Soul was condensed from the 4th Heavenly Layer. That day, she cried as she spoke to my father, releasing her Astral Soul, while telling him she was leaving because of her Wentian gege. Because of you, she severed all ties with us, abandoning her clan, and up till now there has been no news of her. You should know how much she cared for you. I know that I have no qualifications to beg you, but please... please, for the sake of my little sister Bai Qing, please spare my father. If she knew that her beloved Wentian gege killed her own father, how would she face you in the future?"
The crowd also felt moved in their hearts as they heard the sincerity of Autumn Snow's beseechment. So, the rumors were true, her talent was bestowed upon her by Qin Wentian. Back then, the Bai Clan did indeed betray him.
But to think that the little daughter of the Bai Clan had actually condensed an Astral Soul from the 4th Heavenly Layer for her first Astral Soul, wasn't this a little too terrifying?
Qin Wentian's heart shuddered lightly, as the silhouette of a little girl appeared in his mind. He still remembered back then, how the little girl handed a dagger to him, asking him to use her as a hostage for him to escape the clutches of her father. Back then, he could still remember how devastated her heart was.
"Wentian gege." The sound of the lass Bai Qing's voice resounded in his head. Qin Wentian drew in a deep breath, as he tried to clear his mind. Today, he had truly intended to kill Bai Qingsong. However, upon hearing the words of Autumn Snow, his normally resolute heart, actually wavered.
How could he still face Bai Qing if he were to truly kill her father?
Qin Wentian directed his gaze onto Autumn Snow again. Autumn Snow still had a smile on her face, yet tears were silently flowing down it. She too, was reminiscing on the beautiful memories of the three of them together. Now, everything they once shared had dissipated together with the wind, leaving only painful memories.
"Bai Qingsong, cripple your own cultivation and this matter shall be at its end," Qin Wentian finally spoke, deciding not to kill him.
Bai Qingsong's expression faltered, before he nodded his head lightly. Raising his palm, he gritted his teeth and ruthlessly slammed his palms onto his chest, causing his arterial pathways to shatter. In the next instant, Bai Qingsong appeared to have aged over ten years older, as strands of white appeared among his hair.
"Father," Autumn Snow cried out, as she shifted her gaze towards Qin Wentian.
However, she only saw Qin Wentian turn around as he left the platform, doing nothing to her.
The strength in Autumn Snow's legs gave up as she stumbled. She sat on the ground, with tears streaking down her face. This painful emotion in her heart felt extremely excruciating. Watching Qin Wentian walk further and further away, she couldn't help but question herself, what had she lost..?
She was finally free and should be overjoyed, and yet why did she feel such intense pain instead?
Qin Wentian left, this piece of his past that was stuck in his heart, had faded away like smoke. Only that bright-eyed and innocent little lass, Bai Qing, remained in the warmth of his memories.