Chapter 223: Li Qing?
Translator: KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Lucas
No matter what, Duan Ling Tian had never thought that he would encounter Pei San again, moreover on the main street of the Imperial City's inner city.
Everything in the world was truly inconstant!
Thinking back to the time he was in a sorry state after he severed Pei San's arm, Duan Ling Tian suddenly felt as if he wasn't even in the same era anymore.
He could still remember how he desperately spurred his horse to gallop madly to Triumph City just to escape chase from the powerhouse that followed by Pei San's side.
He could imagine how if the powerhouse that followed by Pei San's side was able to catch up to him, the him of that time would have died for sure!
Later on, even when he stayed in Triumph City for those few days, he still moved carefully every step of the way, as he was deeply afraid of being uncovered.
The Pei San of that time was an extremely large threat to him. Even to the extent that once he was found by Pei San, Pei San would only need to say a word and his blood would splatter from a three-foot-long blade, and he would die on the spot!
Once, he was filled with fear towards Pei San's identity of being the son of the Swallow Mountain County's County Governor.
However, now....Duan Ling Tian suddenly realized that when he encountered Pei San once again, besides being slightly surprised, he didn't feel anything else.
Maybe now he stood at a different height.
Or maybe it was too long ago.
"I've finally found you!" Pei San gnashed his teeth, then he walked out of the carriage and looked at the youth on horseback with eyes filled with icy-cold killing intent.
Duan Ling Tian looked at Pei San with a calm expression.
In the past, he might have been fearful of Pei San.
But now, Pei San and he weren't on the same level, even to the extent that so long as he wanted it, he would only need to say a word and it would be sufficient to cause the Swallow Mountain County's County Governors Estate that backed Pei San to change ownership.
He was confident that so long as he told the Emperor, the Emperor would absolutely satisfy his request.
Even to the extent that he only needed to give an order and the Embroidered Uniform Guards behind him would attack swiftly to make Pei San's blood splatter from a three-foot-long blade, killing him on the spot.
But he didn't act in such a way, and he didn't even have any thoughts of fussing about it with Pei San.
"Third Young Master, what's wrong?" Right at this moment, two more people walked out in succession from within the carriage and stood behind Pei San.
An old man and a young man.
The old man was obviously an existence at the Nascent Soul Stage.
As for that young man....
"Li Qing?" Duan Ling Tian couldn't help but exclaim in a low voice. The young man that presently stood behind Pei San wasn't anyone else but precisely Li Qing, who'd left the Li Family years ago.
He never imagined that after this Li Qing left the Li Family, he'd actually get together with the Swallow Mountain County's County Governors Estate's Third Young Master.
Everything in the world was truly inconstant!
Only when he heard Duan Ling Tian's voice did Li Qing look towards Duan Ling Tian, and with only a single glance, his face abruptly went grim as he hurriedly said to Pei San, "Third Young Master, it was precisely this person that crippled your arm that day, it's him! It's him!"
"Blood Enmity, do you think I still need you to tell me now?" Pei San slowly turned around and glanced at Li Qing, then a sneer appeared on the corners of his mouth. "So it turns out that Li Qing is your real name....No wonder I was unable to investigate your background throughout these two years. Li Qing, you're truly capable, and you truly concealed yourself so well."
"Third Young Master, I...." Li Qing's gaze was complicated, and a bitter smiled appeared on the corners of his mouth. I made a mistake and was found out in the end?
"Humph! I'll deal with you later." Pei San's voice was cold and indifferent, and his gaze then descended onto Duan Ling Tian. "Two years ago, you crippled my arm....Today, I'll make you repay it with interest."
"Oh?" Duan Ling Tian asked indifferently, "How will you make me repay it with interest?"
"I'll take your life!" Pei San's voice was filled with hatred and ruthlessness.
"Presumptuous!" The face of the two old men in Valador Robes beside Duan Ling Tian sank, and they shouted out in unison.
"Hmm?" Pei San frowned. Only now did he realize that the youth before him wasn't alone, and the gaze with which he looked at Duan Ling Tian went even colder. "What? You think that I, Pei San, will be unable to touch you just because you have a few helpers?"
"Pei San." Duan Ling Tian's gaze descended onto Pei San, and he said indifferently, "You're the most clear of who provoked the matter outside Triumph City that year....Today, it can considered to be fate that we're able to meet again. I don't want to fuss about the matter from that year with you, so let's call it off right now!"
It had already been two years. Moreover, he didn't suffer a loss that year, so Duan Ling Tian didn't want to fuss over it anymore.
Now, Pei San wasn't on the same level as him anymore, thus he didn't intend on playing the bully.
Just let everything from the past be blown away by the wind....
However, this was only Duan Ling Tian's wishful thinking.
The corners of Pei San's mouth curled into a sneer when he heard what Duan Ling Tian said. "You speaking like this, is it because you're afraid? Over these two years, there hasn't been a moment that I forgot the scene of you severing my arm....I wish for nothing more than to tear your corpse into thousands of pieces, then burn your bones and scatter your ashes! Only like this will I be able to vent the hatred in my heart!"
"It's too late to regret now....That year, if you had obediently suffered a whip from my little sister Ru, the following events wouldn't have occurred. So, even after you die today, it can only be blamed on you being too arrogant that year. You didn't know who you could or couldn't offend!"
"I, the son of the Swallow Mountain County's County Governor, am an existence that a commoner like you is unable to offend!" As he finished speaking, Pei San's voice was filled with arrogance and ruthlessness.
Li Qing stood behind Pei San, and the corners of his mouth curled into a smile, as he felt that Duan Ling Tian would die on the spot today as well.
Although he didn't know why Duan Ling Tian would appear in the Imperial City, as far as he was concerned, Duan Ling Tian would undoubtedly die from encountering him, who'd gone berserk!
However, the expression of the old man behind Pei San was slightly unnatural.
He noticed that after his Young Master said all this, the passersbys that had stopped to spectate from the sides of the road all had expressions of disdain....
Son of the Swallow Mountain County's County Governor?
Calling the Embroidered Uniform Guards Commander, Duan Ling Tian, who is currently bathing in the limelight, a commoner?
An amusing feeling arose within the hearts of the passersbys present.
At this moment, they even forgot to whisper in discussion amongst themselves, as they focused their attention to see the development of the matter.
But their gazes when they looked at Pei San had traces of mischievous laughs jumping within.
Pei San extended his hand to point at Duan Ling Tian, and his gaze was filled with a blood thirsty killing intent as he shouted fiercely, "Grandpa Huai, I want him dead!"
However, Pei San quickly noticed that the old man behind him remained unmoved, as if he hadn't heard what Pei San had said.
"Grandpa Huai." Pei San was stupefied, and he turned around to look at the old man behind him only yo notice that the old man's gaze was staring fixedly at the waist of the youth that sat atop the tall horse.
And his gaze followed on to descend there.
This glance nearly frightened him out of his wits....
Embroidered Uniform Guard!
He had arrived at the Imperial City yesterday and had stayed the night at the outer city.
In the outer city's restaurant, he'd heard of the rumors about the Embroidered Uniform Guard and knew that the Embroidered Uniform Guard was the most terrifying and the most arrogant and domineering organization within the Imperial City currently...
Allegedly, the Commander of the Embroidered Uniform Guard, Duan Ling Tian, was only 18 this year, but he had already deeply received the favor of the Crimson Sky Kingdom's Emperor and became the spokesman of the Emperor.
Even though he was far away at the Swallow Mountain County, he'd heard of 'Duan Ling Tian' and knew that he was the number 1 genius of Paladin Academy.
He came to the Imperial City precisely because he intended to report to Paladin Academy.
In his opinion, once he arrived at Paladin Academy, he might have a chance to meet this figure of legend....
When he'd first heard of 'Duan Ling Tian' a few months ago, he had a trace of yearning within his heart, as he was curious about what sort of figure that 'Duan Ling Tian' was.
When he arrived in the Imperial City and found out about Duan Ling Tian's military exploits in the northwest border's battlefield, admiration even arose from the depths of his heart.
When he heard that Duan Ling Tian became the Commander of the Embroidered Uniform Guard, brought over ten plus Embroidered Uniform Guards, and directly forced entry into the City Guard Army's campsite to kill the City Guard Army's Commander, Xue Lu, he felt his blood boil.
For that moment on, he practically took Duan Ling Tian as his idol.
"You....You're that Commander of the Embroidered Uniform Guard, Duan Ling Tian?" Pei San took a deep breath, and he looked at Duan Ling Tian while harboring the last trace of hope in his heart. At this moment, he hoped so dearly that Duan Ling Tian would deny it.
"What do you think?" Duan Ling Tian looked at Pei San with a calm expression as he responded rhetorically.
"This son of the Swallow Mountain County's County Governors finally recognized Commander Duan!"
"What a joke! Actually threatening to tear Commander Duan's corpse into a thousand pieces and then burn his bones and scatter his ashes...."
"Humph! He's just the Swallow Mountain County's County Governor's son; even if the Swallow Mountain County's County Governor personally came here today, he would still not dare be so presumptuous before Commander Duan. This Pei San is really courting death!"
"This Per San had an expression of having gone through much bitterness and was thirsting for revenge earlier. But now he instead has a face full of terror and disbelief."
"That's normal! He's recognized Commander Duan now, after all. If he still dared to act like how he was earlier, then he'd really be an utter moron!"
The crowd of people that stood at the roadside to spectate discussed animatedly amongst themselves and didn't intentionally suppress their voices.
"Duan....Commander Duan?" Pei San's body trembled and his face went ghastly pale. He was dumbstruck.
He'd completely confirmed it!
Never would he have imagined that the person he had a pressing need to kill these past two years was actually this 'Duan Ling Tian!'
The hatred within his heart completely crumbled at this moment, and all that was left was a sense of loss and helplessness.
Exactly as the surrounding crowd had said, with Duan Ling Tian's current status and influence, not to mention him, even his father, the Swallow Mountain County's County Governor, would have to treat Duan Ling Tian with respect.
A trace of bitterness appeared on the face of the old man behind Pei San.
This youth was the violet-clothed youth he'd chased into Triumph City that year?
The youth had already climbed to such a height within a mere two years' time....A height that even he could only look up to.
"No....No....Impossible! Impossible!" Li Qing stood behind Pei San and shook his head unceasingly, as he wasn't willing to believe all this was true.
The Embroidered Uniform Guard's Commander Duan Ling Tian?
He's heard of the Duan Ling Tian whose name was spread and gave rise to much discussion within the Crimson Sky Kingdom these past few months.
But he never linked the 'Duan Ling Tian' of rumor to his sworn enemy, 'Duan Ling Tian'....
As far as he was concerned, his sworn enemy 'Duan Ling Tian' was only a disciple with another surname from a Branch Family under Aurora City's Li Clan.
Whereas the peerless genius 'Duan Ling Tian' from the rumors was instead a direct descendant of the Imperial City's Duan Clan!
In the past, he thought the two only possessed the same name.
After all, the Crimson Sky Kingdom was so huge, and thus it wasn't strange for people with the same name to appear.