Chapter 73: Cut Off Your Finger
Translator: / KurazyTolanzuraytor Editor: Lucas
Xiao Yu could be considered to have defeated Li Qing without the slightest effort, without any consumption whatsoever.
His gaze fell upon the far away Meng Quan, who was still eating and drinking to his heart's content.
"Meng Quan, have you finished eating?'
Xiao Yu directly issued a challenge to Meng Quan.
Meng Quan picked up another dim sum and swallowed it before slowly walking out of the pergola.
"I'll be using a weapon straight off if it's fighting you, or else I'll surely end up like Li Qing, getting sent flying by a swing of your sleeve."
Notifying Xiao Yu, Meng Quan drew a black iron rod from the weapons rack.
"Do as you please."
Xiao Yu nodded.
Meng Quan held the black iron rod in his hand as he stood to face Xiao Yu. The straightforward smile on his face had vanished and was replaced by a serious expression.
"Although I know I might not be a match for you, I still want to try... I want to know the disparity between me and you, the publically acknowledge number one youth in Aurora City's younger generation."
Meng Quan had an earnest expression.
Suddenly, he moved.
Three ancient mammoth silhouettes appeared above him.
Arriving in front of Xiao Yu in the blink of an eye, the black iron rod in his hand trembled, whistling through the air as it descended.
Thousand Shadow Rod!
His rod strike transformed into tens of rod shadows as it descended, smashing straight towards Xiao Yu.
Xiao Yu still did not move; he stood there, immovable like a mountain.
Facing Meng Quan's head on blow, his sleeve moved once again. Faint Origin Energy almost completely twined the sleeve as it lightly jerked.
He swung his sleeve out to intercept Meng Quan's menacingly approaching rod strike.
Meng Quan's black iron rod jerked, avoiding Xiao Yu's sleeve, and instantly changed directions to a horizontal sweep at Xiao Yu's waist."
Shapeless waves of air vibrated, as the might of Meng Quan's rod strike was extremely ferocious.
If a normal person were to be smashed by this rod strike, it would lead to paralysis, or even death!
"Huh? Xiao Yu is actually not dodging...."
Duan Ling Tian was slightly surprised. He noticed that if Xiao Yu wanted to dodge the attack from Meng Quan, it wouldn't be difficult.
But he instead didn't dodge, and he didn't execute Sleeve Dimension again.
It was as if he was waiting for Meng Quan's rod strike to smash down.
"Is Young Master Yu planning to receive Meng Quan's rod strike head on?"
Many people had their eyes wide open with expressions of disbelief.
Among the people present, only the four Xiao Clan youths and young girls, including Xiao Lan and Xiao Yun, had tranquil expressions. It was as if they were not one bit surprised.
Meng Quan's rod strike finally smashed onto Xiao Yu's waist, or more accurately, it smashed the defensive qi barrier on Xiao Yu's body.
The defensive qi barrier abruptly shuddered.
In the next moment, it completely shattered.
And at the exact moment the defensive qi barrier shattered, Meng Quan let out a shrill cry as he was blasted flying along with his rod, both falling on the ground in a sorry state.
Duan Ling Tian's pupils constricted.
Wasn't this his defensive martial skill, Greater Teleportation?
How could Xiao Yu also know it?
Moreover, Xiao Yu's Greater Teleportation was at a higher stage than his, already being cultivated to the Mastery Stage.
That's why he was able to take Meng Quan's Thousand Shadow Rod head on.
After all, they were both high grade Profound Rank martial skills at the Mastery Stage.
"It's Star Shift! I heard that the Xiao Clan possesses a heaven-defying high grade Profound Rank defensive martial skill that is able to give someone a dose of their own medicine... Young Master Yu was able to use Star Shift to counter Meng Quan's Thousand Shadow Rod head on. He surely has cultivated Star Shift to the Mastery Stage!"
"Oh my god... Perfect Stage Sleeve Dimension, Mastery Stage Star Shift, Young Master Yu's comprehension ability is truly shocking."
Many people recognized the defensive martial skills Xiao Yu executed.
"Star Shift? So that's how it is..." Duan Ling Tian thought in his heart.
The Greater Teleportation he cultivated and Xiao Yu's Star Shift were martial skills that had an almost identical effect.
"The defensive martial skill you cultivate is also Star Shift?"
Hearing the discussions, Li Fei looked at Duan Ling Tian with a strange expression.
She had once fought with Duan Ling Tian and thus knew of the strangeness of his defensive martial skill; it was almost exactly the same as Xiao Yu's Star Shift.
"No, only the characteristics are the same. My defensive martial skill is called Greater Teleportation."
"You don't have to be so ruthless, right? I rather be defeated how Li Qing was, being forced back by a single swing of your sleeve... If I knew earlier how abnormal your defensive martial skill was, I wouldn't even have fought you."
Meng Quan got up with a face full of dust and glanced at Xiao Yu with a gaze filled with hidden bitterness.
Immediately, it attracted a wave of sincere laughter.
"Meng Quan, you were able to make Young Master Yu use Star Shift. It's already worthy to be proud of!"
"Yeah, at least you're stronger than someone who is even inferior to bumpkins."
Many people laughed as they talked.
"Don't compare me to someone who suffered defeat at my hands, that's insulting me."
Meng Quan glared with an unsatisfied expression.
Li Qing, who was standing at the side, had a gloomy expression. He was enraged to the limit...
"Duan Ling Tian, I want to battle you!"
Meng Quan looked towards Duan Ling Tian.
Xiao Yu's gaze flickered, returning back to Xiao Lan's side.
"Why did you choose me?"
Duan Ling Tian naturally wouldn't refuse and directly walked out.
After all, his target was the first rank in the Hidden Dragon List.
If he wanted to get the first rank, then it was necessary for him to have the strength to dominate all of the young geniuses present.
But he was puzzled. Why would this Meng Quan directly choose him?
He seemingly hadn't fought Lin Zhuo yet, right?
"Originally, I thought that besides Xiao Yu, my opponent would only be Lin Zhuo and Li Qing... but now Li Qing was defeated by me, and I can't defeat Xiao Yu, whereas you defeated Lin Zhuo. Thus, I naturally would choose you! If I defeat you, I don't even need to fight Lin Zhuo anymore," Meng Quan said as a matter of course.
Duan Ling Tian was stunned.
After thinking about it, it was indeed the right argument.
"You're pretty astute."
Duan Ling Tian smiled.
After a short moment, Meng Quan attacked.
Exploding forth with his entire strength of three ancient mammoths!
He attacked like a gust of wind with rod shadows that covered the skies, smashing straight towards Duan Ling Tian.
Spirit Serpent Movement Technique!
Duan Ling Tian moved at a tricky angle, avoiding Meng Quan's rod strike.
Noticing Meng Quan's rod strike was sweeping towards him horizontally, Duan Ling Tian moved once more.
As if transforming into a serpent, he coiled along the black iron rod in Meng Quan's hand and moved towards him.
There was a common saying: hit a snake with a rod and it will coil up the rod towards you.
What the saying said might be what happened right now.
Taking advantage of the opportunity, Duan Ling Tian's fist smashed directly at Meng Quan's chest, blasting him flying.
Meng Quan spat out a mouthful of blood before glaring at Duan Ling Tian. "What movement technique is that? It feels like it restrains my Thousand Shadow Rod."
"Spirit Serpent Movement Technique."
Duan Ling Tian smiled lightly. "Haven't you heard of 'hit a snake with a rod and it will coil up the rod towards you?'"
"Even that is possible?"
Meng Quan smiled bitterly as he withdrew himself.
"Hit a snake with a rod and it will coil up the rod towards you... Duan Ling Tian's movement technique, Spirit Serpent Movement Technique, virtually seems to be made just to restrict Meng Quan's Thousand Shadow Rod."
"Meng Quan is really unlucky."
Many people had odd smiles on their faces; they could perceive Meng Quan's grievance.
"Duan Ling Tian!"
Just at this moment, Li Qing walked out in large strides to arrive in front of Duan Ling Tian.
Duan Ling Tian's eyebrows raised. "Li Qing, you don't seem to be lightly injured... Don't tell me you want to fight me in such a state."
"It's more than enough to defeat you!"
Li Qing sneered.
"Everyone can brag... come on."
Duan Ling Tian silently awaited for Li Qing to make his move.
Unexpectedly, Li Qing abruptly called out.
"Is something the matter?"
Duan Ling Tian frowned. This Li Qing was so bothersome.
"Why don't we make a bet?"
Li Qing took in a deep breath. His eyes that were like an array of stars glistened.
Duan Ling Tian's gaze shone.
"The loser of our battle will not come into contact with Fei Fei for their entire lifetime and must take a detour as long you could see her from afar... Do you dare to accept this bet?" Li Qing said directly.
Duan Ling Tian's expression froze.
He originally thought Li Qing would bet some medicinal pills, silver, or some sort of other bet.
Duan Ling Tian started laughing.
"What are you laughing at?"
Li Qing got angry from embarrassment.
"Nothing, I just feel it's funny... What are you to Little Fei? And what qualifications do you have to use Little Fei in a gamble? Did you ask Little Fei's opinion? Also, Little Fei is a person, not an item; she has her own thoughts. What were you thinking when you made her a part of your gamble? Did you take her as an item that could be casually lost to another?"
As Duan Ling Tian asked, each question caused Li Qing's expression to distort.
Li Qing was both embarrassed and enraged, but he didn't know how to retort.
Meng Quan praised.
The gazes of the surround people towards Li Qing had a trace of contempt, speaking of such a gamble, this Li Qing really doesn't want his face anymore.
Any person with a good sense would easily notice that Li Fei liked Duan Ling Tian.
"Looks like he really likes Li Fei."
Xiao Lan's clear eyes flashed, vaguely flickered within was a trace of a sense of loss.
When Li Qing spoke of the gamble, Li Fei's face was covered in a layer of frost, but when she heard what Duan Ling Tian said, her expression finally eased up.
For the first time, she felt that Duan Ling Tian was actually so 'noble'...
Her heart was warm.
"Duan Ling Tian, I want you dead!"
Under his extreme rage, Li Qing almost completely lost all reason.
On the space above him, the forces of heaven and earth shook as three ancient mammoth silhouettes appeared.
Swimming Dragon Steps!
Dark Nether Finger!
Li Qing attacked madly, every move containing a bloodthirsty killing intent, without a single shred of mercy, going straight towards Duan Ling Tian's vital points.
Spirit Serpent Movement Technique!
As he dodged, Duan Ling Tian's expression turned grim.
Even a kind person would get enraged when threatened!
"Li Qing, you're going too far!"
Duan Ling Tian sneered as his right hand flashed past his waist and a violet sword shine appeared once again.
Sword Drawing Arts!
The icy cold sword strike that was swift and fierce intercepted Li Qing's Dark Nether Finger.
Li Qing swiftly withdrew his attack, dodging Duan Ling Tian's sword strike before striking with his finger once more, aiming towards the flat side Violet Meteorite Flexible Sword's blade.
But his finger strike descended unto empty space.
Duan Ling Tian had already sheathed his sword.
"Since you want to kill me, then I'll cut off your finger!"
Duan Ling Tian's indifferent voice had just sounded.
In the time it took a bolt of lightning to flash.
He drew his sword once more and a violet sword shine flashed by.
Sword drawn, finger cut!
Li Qing emitted a shrill cry. His left hand clasped the bloody spot where his right hand's finger was cut off, his face deathly pale.
At this moment, his cut off finger had already dropped on the ground.
He endured the pain and allowed his cold sweat to pour as he extended his left hand to pick up his cut off finger, leaving the Star Observation Platform as if he was flying.
At this moment, what Hidden Dragon List ranking, what Li Fei? He didn't give a care.
He only knew that if he didn't connect this cut off finger in time, the Dark Nether Finger that he bitterly cultivated for years would be completely crippled.
His Dark Nether Finger's might was all on the index finger of his right hand.
"Duan Ling Tian, I will surely return todays shame a hundred fold, a thousand fold!
As he left, Li Qing didn't forget to roar.
Duan Ling Tian's face emitted a cold smile, entirely not paying any attention to Li Qing's threat.