God of Dragon - chapter 86
A man, who was wise at all times, chose to do a stupid thing this time.
This was how Cui Zhaoren evaluated himself.
Like crazy, he decided to do something stupid.
Cui Zhaoren had killed people before. In fact, since he was in charge of the Department of Supervision, killing was all in a day’s work.
He would kill people for many things, such as power, benefits, his superiors, and his family. Sometimes, people would die in his schemes and intrigues, and sometimes, he would kill people only to fawn upon someone. What was worse, he might take the life of a person who had a quarrel with him. In a word, he killed whenever he wanted to.
This time, he insisted on fighting against Li Muyang only to see whose skills were better.
There was an old saying that “After grasping the supreme skill, you can serve with the imperial family”.
This sentence showed the relationship between interests. It seemed that everyone was trying their best to cultivate only to seek a position in an imperial court.
However, those cultivators might have different purposes.
Some of them practiced in order to stay ever-young while some pursued to become great figures. There were also some cultivators who desired to be crowned with eternal glory. Sure enough, a part of them just had a love for cultivation.
In the Starry Sky History, only those who were keen on cultivating and practicing martial arts could finally become the best and be dominators of the world.
Li Qiubai was one of these people, and so was Du Ruofu.
Cui Zhaoren was an extremely proud person, for he had great confidence in not only his talent and intelligence but also his family’s unique techniques.
Now, he had made up his mind to fight for the reputation of the Dujie Sword and the “Infinite Sword Skill”.
Also, he would fight to prove that his years of diligent study was not in vain.
Therefore, he would do everything he could to fight against Li Muyang.
Either Li Muyang or he would die.
This looked fair enough.
Li Muyang knew what Cui Zhaoren was thinking, so he said, “I really don’t like you.”
“But now, I admire you a little,” Li Muyang said in a low voice. “As a young master of a rich family, you were fearless in the face of danger and chose not to escape. You’re willing to fight to the death. I admire your courage!”
“Me too.” Cui Zhaoren looked at Li Muyang, who was floating in the air, and he added, “Born in a humble family, you can get yourself great abilities and mighty power. Though I don’t know what has happened to you, I respect you because you have miracle skills. Everyone knows that no pains, no gains. However, only a few of them can pull through firmly to the end.”
Only outstanding people could recognize and admire the excellent ones of their kind. Those idiots would only point at their backs and say with envy, “They’re just lucky.”
After exchanging a few words, they knew each other better. Somehow, Cui Zhaoren and Li Muyang start to appreciate each other.
Finally, they found some strong points of each other that they liked.
“Then, show me your second sword strike,” Li Muyang said aloud. “Is it named Emptying Karma?”
“Yes. Only after clearing up all karma can one achieve what he wants.” Cui Zhaoren said with a smile, “I haven’t yet perfectly mastered this sword strike. This will be the first time that I fully display it. Therefore, I hope you won’t be disappointed.”
“I see. I will remember this name,” Li Muyang said. “If anyone uses this sword strike to deal with me in the future, its name will come back to me and I’ll think of you.”
Cui Zhaoren felt a little uncomfortable and secretly complained. “What do you mean by saying that?”
“The battle has not yet begun and you said that you would remember me in the future… You made it sound like I would die this time.”
“I’ll miss you too, in my heart,” Cui Zhaoren replied.
He then stopped talking because he thought that the actual strength speaks louder than words.
He raised his right hand and held his long sword up high, his face quite calm.
When strong Qi flows entered into his black robe fast, it started to flutter violently as if it could no longer bear the pressure.
The sound of tearing brocade came. It turned out that the hem of Cui Zhaoren’s black robe was torn off.
However, the hem did not fly away but suspended in the air like Cui Zhaoren.
With Cui Zhaoren as the core, a cyclone was formed, and the piece of cloth also stayed in the cyclone.
Cui Zhaoren had produced 100,000 clones, who filled the sky. Like him, all of them were holding the swords high.
Then, in an instant, the 100,000 copies of Cui Zhaoren united into one—the real Cui Zhaoren.
Cui Zhaoren moved his left hand and cast a sword spell, and instantly more than a dozen emblematic gestures appeared around his five fingers. The scene looked complicated and gorgeous, dazzling people’s eyes.
The long sword held up high in the air began to shine, giving out rays of black light. These flames coming from the hell were black, the color of death.
It was said that when Earth Store Bodhisattva saw all living beings suffering in the hells, he felt their unbearable pains. So, he vowed that he would stay in the hells to rescue them all and cause them to leave the realms of the hells. “If someone has to take the tough stuff, let me do it. Only when the beings who are undergoing retribution for their offenses have all left the hells will I myself become a Buddha.” With his bodhicitta, Earth Store Bodhisattva added great wisdom into the Hell Fire from the hells and created the Dujie Sword Technique. By teaching others this technique, he intended to help them empty their karma, get rid of their human bodies and became Buddhas.
While absorbing Cui Zhaoren’s internal strength, flames rose up continuously and grew much bigger. Now, the original little spark caused a great fire.
Like a torch, the long sword ignited a huge piece of the sky around it.
The black flames were burning but produced no heat waves. In fact, these extremely cold flames gave people the creeps.
It was cold!
It was bone-chilling cold!
The humid air was turned into fog. Beyond that, all the living beings in the sky and even the falling raindrops were frozen in an instant after being burned by the Hell Fire. When those raindrops fell on the river, they had already become black frozen balls.
Pa! Pa! Pa!
The ice balls were beating against the surface of the river, which was another devastating blow to those college students and travelers who were still floating on the river.
The river was very wide and its banks were out of sight. Thus, it was almost impossible for them to swim to the shore by their physical strength.
These people were waiting for the storm to pass, and then there would be other ships to salvage the wrecked ship and save them.
To their disappointment, no other ships came to their rescue, and it actually started to hail.
Zhang Linpu began to roar in his heart.
“Oh, my God! A moment ago, the scorching sun was high in the sky. But now, it’s thundering and raining heavily. Just after the fish and shrimps crashed our ship, hailstones fall upon us! Will God stop only when all of us are killed? I’m not going to Capital Heaven. I want to go home…”
Li Muyang also felt cold.
To be exact, it felt more than cold—it was chilly and horrifying.
Someone had asked about Earth Store Bodhisattva, “In this world, what is the coldest thing, the hottest thing, and the most domineering thing respectively?”
He replied, “The hottest thing is the underground fire. The Hell Fire from the hell is the coldest while the fire caused by heaven is the most overbearing.”
The Hell Fire, the coldest thing in the world, could freeze people’s limbs, blood, thoughts, and all other things.
It could also make karma cease to be effective.
In the sky, the burning flames of the black Hell Fire crawled fast toward Li Muyang, like the wet paint that was poured onto a large piece of silk.
Before the arrival of the Hell Fire, Li Muyang had already felt its chill menace.
However, he made no attempt to escape and was ready to confront his enemy head-on.
Li Muyang knew that the momentum of Cui Zhaoren’s sword had been formed, so Cui Zhaoren would cut at him any moment he moved.
Cui Zhaoren held his sword up but did not wield it only because he had not found any flaws of Li Muyang.
If Li Muyang remained still, he certainly would not make any mistake. But if he moved a little, his opponent could find his weak point to attack.
Of course, the two sides should be peerless masters who were well-matched. Otherwise, the weaker one would be killed within one sword strike no matter he or she moved or not.
Li Muyang’s hair was wrapped in a milky mist, and his wet clothes froze in an instant.
Even the drop of rain hanging on his eyelashes and the blood on the corner of his mouth solidified.
Li Muyang’s body stiffened, and he was like an ice sculpture at this moment.
The Hell Fire was still burning, but Cui Zhaoren’s left hand, which was casting a spell, suddenly stopped.
He then put his left hand on the handle of a sword. Now, he was holding his long sword up high with both hands.
Then, he brought the sword with black flames down and violently slashed at Li Muyang.
It seemed to be a simple sword strike.
It also appeared to be a casual one.
On the surface, Cui Zhaoren launched an ordinary sword strike.
However, it represented the highest point of all Cui Zhaoren’s achievements in sword cultivation.
His speed was neither fast nor slow, and the strength that he used was neither too strong nor too weak.
Everything that he made to wield this sword strike was just right.
It was a perfect delight to the eye for his moves looked beautiful and harmonious.
Harmony was considered as the most supreme law in the world.
Cui Zhaoren launched his sword strike, aiming at Li Muyang, who was frozen by the Hell Fire.
In the sky, a long black flame appeared and cut through the sky like a fire dragon, slashing at Li Muyang, who was at the other end of the sky.
The entire sky was shrouded by Hell Fire. The black fire that was burning fiercely darkened everything between heaven and earth. It looked as if a huge black cloth had covered the sun above.
The sky was plunged into darkness. It rained heavily, and it seemed that the black Hell Fire would not be extinguished in a long while.
In the darkness, someone sighed wistfully.
“How could this be?” It was Cui Zhaoren’s voice which was filled with deep regret. He was still alive but sounded exhausted.
There must be a lot of questions that he could not get the answers!
“I said that you have once attempted to kill me.” Li Muyang’s voice also came from the darkness. “Of course, it was not you, but you two used the same sword technique. However, that person did not use Cutting off Bonds or Emptying Karma, but another sword strike…”
“Then, it must be Violate Divine Will.” Cui Zhaoren smiled bitterly and said, “Among the three sword strikes of the Dujie Sword, Violate Divine Will requires the greatest sword awareness. For thousands of years, no one in my family has comprehended and mastered it. It has never occurred to me that not only did you see it but also this sword strike didn’t kill you. Who are you exactly?”
“That sword strike failed to kill me, and I found out a secret,” Li Muyang said.
“What is it?”
“Since I have seen the ‘Violate Divine Will’, which is the best and flawless one, I know what the perfect state of the three sword strikes should be. Thus, the moment you made this sword strike I saw its flaw.”
“It’s really…” Cui Zhaoren began to cough violently, which made him feel extremely uncomfortable.
At this time, he was too feeble to maintain his perfectly elegant image as a man of noble birth.
Gradually, the black flames faded away, and the sky returned to normal.
The storm stopped and the dark clouds dispersed.
Once again, the blazing sun shone upon the earth and the sky turned clear and blue, showing a breath-taking scene.
All the others who had been swimming in the river looked up. However, before they could show a relieved smile, they were even more scared.
All of a sudden, they all wondered in horror. “The weather changed so fast. Was there anyone manipulating it from behind?”
“I’ve made a fool of myself in trying to display this technique before you,” Cui Zhaoren said, coughing up mouthfuls of blood.
“Not really,” Li Muyang said, “I happened to think of something in the past.”
“Did you say that you have seen someone use the Violate Divine Will?”
“Although I’m not in the position to make this request, I suppose I won’t get another chance to say it if I don’t ask. Could you… Could you please show me the third sword strike?”
“I only know its moves but not its spirit.” Li Muyang told him.
“It doesn’t matter. I’ll feel completely satisfied if I can only catch a glance at it. Please enlighten me.”
Li Muyang hesitated for a moment and said, “Well, I can show you how to do it.”
“Thank you!” Cui Zhaoren said gratefully, “Try it with my broken body, please.”