Chapter 291: Liu Ruyue Injured
Because the Peak Masters were normally at least peak Medial Grade Martial Kings, regular disciples could not defeat them. Only a demonic-level genius had any possibility of victory. It was very rare that anyone would succeed in the challenge.
Liu Ruyue was the only exception. She had inherited the Peak Master position early because of her father's special circumstances.
Liu Suifeng said, "This is also why my Sis has been cultivating so frantically. In the past few years, she received three challenges and successfully defeated her opponents. However, Murong Chong unexpectedly challenged her this time."
Xiao Chen frowned and asked, "Is Murong Chong strong? With Liu Ruyue's strength, is she not his match?"
Liu Suifeng said sullenly, "He is very strong. When he left Qingyun Peak three years ago, he lost to my Sis by one move. Now that three years have passed, my Sis no longer has the confidence to win."
Xiao Chen said doubtfully, "Elder Sister Ruyue is injured. Doesn't that mean Murong Chong wins by default?"
Liu Suifeng glanced at Xiao Chen and said, "No. According to tradition, if the master is injured, the disciple will replace the master. Hence, the job of protecting Qingyun Peak will fall to you."
When Xiao Chen heard this, he was mildly stunned. However, he was not surprised. He finally understood why those disciples had such a big reaction when they saw him.
However, in all honesty, Xiao Chen was not confident in dealing with Murong Chong either. When Murong Chong executed the Clear Wind Chop outside the sect, there were clearly some improvements. His comprehension of the state of wind was far beyond Xiao Chen's.
Xiao Chen got up and said, "Never mind. Let's not think of all this. I'll go take a look at Elder Sister Ruyue first."
There was no point in overthinking. It was better for Xiao Chen to investigate Liu Ruyue's injury before deciding what to do.
Liu Suifeng stopped Xiao Chen and said, "You should go a bit later. She just fell asleep. She has not eaten much in the past few days. We should let her rest for now."
When Xiao Chen heard this, he felt a pang in his heart. He silently nodded. After Liu Suifeng left, he dealt with his own injuries thoroughly and sat down to try recovering to his peak state.
However, regardless of what he did, he was unable to calm himself. If he continued in such a way, he would end up in Berserking Qi Deviation.
Xiao Chen could only helplessly stop cultivating and sit in the courtyard alone.
Within the huge courtyard, Xiao Chen took out the Tendon Refining Flower from his Universe Ring. He smiled faintly. This all mysteriously seemed like the will of heaven.
Xiao Chen had just obtained the Tendon Refining Flower in the Devil Savanna. Before he had the chance to use it for himself, he obtained news of Liu Ruyue's meridians having been broken. Was it really coincidental?
However, there were certain situations that the Tendon Refining Flower could not treat. For example, if the nine major meridians in the body were severed, even if a deity came, he would be unable to do anything.
Liu Suifeng had left urgently; he had not pondered this problem earlier. At that moment, Xiao Chen could not help but be overcome by anxiety. This must be the reason he was unable to calm down completely.
As the sun set, Xiao Chen sat at the stone table and pondered.
Why do I care so much for Liu Ruyue, even to the point where I felt unease while I was at the Devil Savanna, thousands of kilometers away from the Heavenly Saber Pavilion?
What exactly is the reason? Xiao Chen's expression was puzzled as he gazed at the distant red clouds.
Never mind; there is no need to think about it. Xiao Chen shook his head and sighed. The problems that can not be solved should be left alone. Someday, I will understand it naturally.
Xiao Chen's way was not to waste time on insoluble problems. However, even though he told himself not to think, his mind was still in chaos. He was unable to calm down.
The resoluteness and peace he had in the past were now completely gone.
Xiao Chen simply sat at the stone table as night slowly took over. Finally, Xiao Chen could no longer endure. He pushed his feet off the ground and leaped over the walls, heading quickly to Liu Ruyue's courtyard.
With the illumination of the moonlight, Xiao Chen soon arrived in Liu Ruyue's courtyard. He hesitated for a while at the gates before pushing them open and entering.
"Ye Chen! When did you return?"
Just as Xiao Chen stepped through the gates, he saw Liu Ruyue in the courtyard. She wore a white dress and rested at the table in the courtyard. Her expression was obviously anxious, but when she saw Xiao Chen, her pale face revealed a faint smile.
The moonlight shone on Liu Ruyue's delicate figures. The combination of her white dress and somewhat pale complexion made her originally graceful temperament seemed extremely delicate.
This was the first time Xiao Chen had ever seen Liu Ruyue wear a dress. In the past, every time he saw her, she wore female cultivator robes.
Liu Ruyue's normal graceful exterior gave one a strong, decisive feeling. Like there were no problems too difficult for her like she would be forever filled with passion.
The difference was so great; Xiao Chen felt somewhat uncomfortable. For a moment, he forgot his purpose in coming here. He did not know what to say.
"Ye Chen, are you injured?" When Liu Ruyue saw Xiao Chen standing outside, her expression suddenly changed. She stood and moved to Xiao Chen.
Xiao Chen recovered his wits and quickly responded, "Just a small injury, there are no problems!"
Liu Ruyue's expression became sullen, and she said, "Don't lie to me. Although I no longer have my cultivation, I still can tell. Let me see."
Xiao Chen felt embarrassed, and he quickly moved back, "It's really nothing. Elder Sister Ruyue, let me take a look at your injuries first."
Liu Ruyue placed her hand on Xiao Chen's chest and felt the position of his wound in an instant. Her expression changed, and she said, "The wound is just 6.6 millimeters away from your heart. If it were slightly closer, you would have died. How is this a small wound? Who caused it?"
Xiao Chen smiled; naturally, he could not tell Liu Ruyue the truth. He said, "It was the bandits of the Devil Savanna. However, I have always been very lucky. I will not die so easily."
Xiao Chen walked behind Liu Ruyue and placed his right hand on her shoulder. Liu Ruyue trembled slightly but calmed quickly.
Xiao Chen's Essence slowly entered Liu Ruyue's body via his right hand. Then, his Essence circulated in Liu Ruyue's nine major meridians for a cycle. After that, Xiao Chen let go, and he breathed a sigh of relief.
Liu Ruyue turned around and smiled faintly, "I am now a cripple. I can no longer guide you."
Xiao Chen shook his head. He took out the Tendon Refining Flower from his Universe Ring and said, "That might not be so. Take a look at this."
"Tendon Refining Flower?" Liu Ruyue's face filled with shock. "Where did you get this?"
One must know that injuries to the meridians were the most difficult to treat. Usually, when meridians were damaged, it took a long time of nurturing to treat them.
Furthermore, in cases like Liu Ruyue's, where the meridians were severed, aside from some Immortal Grade herbs, ordinary pills that treated the meridians would have no effect.
However, Immortal Grade herbs could only be found and not sought. At this moment, the only thing that could help her was this Tendon Refining Flower.
However, although the grade of the Tendon Refining Flower was not high, it was extremely rare. It also took a long time to mature. Even if it appeared in an auction, it would be immensely difficult to obtain. This was because it would be snapped up in a jiffy.
Hence, Liu Ruyue was astonished Xiao Chen managed to obtain it.
Xiao Chen did not answer her question. He smiled gently and said, "Your nine major meridians are not injured. With this Tendon Refining Flower, you should be able to recover in a month. Furthermore, the toughness of your meridians will improve."
Liu Ruyue received the Tendon Refining Flower and revealed a joyful expression. However, she immediately saddened. She said, "One month...there is no way to make it in time for the fight with Murong Chong. It is still too late in the end."
Xiao Chen smiled and asked, "Do you not believe in my strength?"
When Liu Ruyue heard this, she was mildly stunned. She remembered when she first met Xiao Chen; she could easily defeat him.
However, after a significant portion of the year, Xiao Chen had advanced from Martial Grand Master to Medial Grade Martial Saint. Furthermore, his combat prowess was not inferior to that of an Inferior Grade Martial King.
Such talent was not inferior to Murong Chong's. Unfortunately, he was still slower by a step. He did not have enough time to mature.
Furthermore, the fight between them would not be a regular duel; it was a life-or-death battle. Liu Ruyue was very clear on Murong Chong's character. He definitely would not leave any loose ends. Xiao Chen was in dire danger.
"Just recuperate in peace. Regardless of the situation, I will help you to protect Qingyun Peak, for I am from Qingyun Peak as well. I shall take my leave," Xiao Chen said with a serious expression.
After Xiao Chen spoke, he turned to depart. Just as he was about to step through the gates, Liu Ruyue said softly, "Ye Chen, thank you."
Xiao Chen paused for a moment, and a gentle smile appeared on his face. Then, he increased his speed and quickly left this place.
When Xiao Chen returned to his courtyard, he sat on his bed in a cross-legged fashion. Then, he immediately circulated his energy to treat his injuries.
This time, Xiao Chen was as calm as still water; there were no ripples in his mind at all. His mind was completely clear. He slowly circulated his Essence and nourished the wound on this chest repeatedly.
Xiao Chen's physical body was very strong. After several temperings and the aid of the Seven Leaf Flower, his recovery abilities reached an impressive level.
The sword had not completely pierced through Xiao Chen's chest. With some time, after he calmed down, it would not take more than twenty-four hours to repair most of the damage.
Two days later, Xiao Chen's wound had healed completely. In the meantime, Liu Suifeng came over and brought a plethora of healing medicine from the Jade Maiden Peak. Xiao Chen did not know whether to laugh or cry at this.
Actually, his injury was not serious. He had only almost injured the heart. However, the key word here was 'almost.' He did not receive any serious damage. He just needed to circulate his Essence for a period, and he would recover. There was no need for so much medicine.
After staying in for two days, Xiao Chen got up and pushed open his door. The sunlight shone on his face, and fresh air entered his nose. He felt utterly refreshed and much more relaxed.
"The fifteenth...there is still another week. Murong Chong is already aware of most of my trump cards. Furthermore, I am still not aware of many of his.
"I have to learn the three sure-kill techniques of the Wukui Saber Technique and use them to create new trump cards. Otherwise, there will be no chance at victory. I can also make some changes to the Rushing Thunder Roars. If I turned the Martial Technique for dealing with groups into a single target one, it could become a trump card as well."
Xiao Chen muttered to himself as he looked into the distance, watching the sunlight adorn the sky.
Once Xiao Chen made up his mind, he started on it. Xiao Chen walked past the walls of his courtyard and headed for the back mountains of Qingyun Peak. There were not many people on Qingyun Peak; hence, the vast back mountain was quiet and tranquil; it was perfectly suitable for Xiao Chen.
Xiao Chen arrived at a clear area and practiced the first three moves of the Wukui Saber Technique first.
The saber flashed in the air nine times, and nine Wukui Tree branches appeared immediately. The tree branches moved through the air chaotically at lightning speed. They tore through space and left afterimages as they did so.