When she awoke to see pure white gauze curtains once more, Lei Lei only felt like the heavens above her had fallen and the earth beneath her had cracked. Great, she really was the little devil that killed without batting an eyelid. If the evil abhorring “Xiao Bai” were to know that she was one of Qian Yue Cave’s demon girls, he might just finish her off with a single strike. “Xiao Bai” should have noticed her unexplained disappearance. Does he know that it was Qian Yue Cave’s doing?
She should just go along with beauty gege for now. She jumped off her bed: “Ge ——”
Hearing her movements, two ladies dressed in white entered the room, holding new clothing in their hands as they said with a smile: “Master left in the morning to handle some matters, since little master has awakened, you might as well get dressed and have something to eat before going over.”
After changing her clothes, Lei Lei hastily drank her porridge as she casted occasional glances at the two people.
She suddenly put down her spoon: “Who are you guys?”
The two ladies glanced at each other before the slightly older girl replied: “She’s Yin Huan, I’m Su Lian. We used to serve little master, does little master really not recognise us anymore?”
Lei Lei observed the expressions on their faces: “I don’t remember.”
Su Lian quick-wittedly replied: “It’s good that little master is back, master doted on you the most and will definitely avenge you.”
Avenge? Lei Lei felt a chill: “In the past, did I dig out people’s eyeballs often?”
The two girls hummed and hawed: “This……”
Lei Lei was about to question them again when she suddenly heard someone from outside say: “Xingzhu!”
Xingzhu? As she was puzzling over this, a thirty something year old man hurried into the room. He was of moderately tall stature and had slightly dark skin, with a thin face that had a naturally imposing expression.
“Shuxia is Gu Wan. Master is at Yue Hua platform and has asked shuxia to bring little master there.”
Gu Wan was the aloof and cold type. Lei Lei had asked him about this and that on the way but only received typical replies that were simple and polite. Feeling put out, she didn’t question him further.
Going along stone steps that snaked upwards, the faint sound of water reached her ears. The wind was bone chilling, as if she were standing in front of a giant freezer. Lei Lei finally recognised this place as the platform from last night.
Soon, the two had ascended the platform.
Soft rays of sunshine shone above their heads but the cold air that blew in her face made Lei Lei shiver. She finally knew the cause for this, a sizable valley of ice that lay beyond the ravine. It was a whole section of pure white that reflected the sunlight and was dazzlingly bright. It turns out that this was the silvery white radiance that shone under the moonlight last night.
Dressed in white, Shang Guan Qiu Yue leaned on the railing, the colour tone was cool like a thick piece of ice.
The gentle brother from last night was gone and he now assumed an air of superiority as Qian Yue Cave’s master. Lei Lei suddenly felt like cowering but she stood unmovingly.
Gu Wan stepped forward: “Master, I’ve brought little master here.”
As he spoke, Shang Guan Qiu Yue turned around.
He instantly broke into an especially loving smile. Her surrounding landscapes immediately came to life, the sun above her felt much warmer and Lei Lei didn’t feel that cold anymore.
He beckoned her: “Have you eaten?”
She had nothing to lose from gaining a beautiful brother and seeing his abrupt concern for her, Lei Lei was no longer afraid and walked over to him: “Yeah.”
Shang Guan Qiu Yue looked at Gu Wan with a smile: “Gu Wan is my subordinate, Qian Yue Cave’s Xingzhu. It was him that brought you back from Bai Sheng Manor.”
Lei Lei hurriedly replied: “Gu Xingzhu, many thanks.”
Gu Wan replied courteously: “Shuxia was only acting under orders.”
Shang Guan Qiu Yue then gave him a nod which he understood and stepped down.
“Did you have a good sleep last night?”
“It was alright.”
Her world had been shaken up and everyone she was close to was gone. Now that there was someone who asked after her well-being, Lei Lei felt especially warm. So what if he was a devil? As long as he was good to her.
She tugged at his clothes: “Ge, are you cold?”
Slightly caught off guard, Shang Guan Qiu Yue paused before smiling: “You’ve become more sensible, even knowing to show concern for gege.”
Lei Lei looked at that bewitching face, her eyes shining: “I have a birthmark on my body, so I’m called Chun Hua. Your name is Qiu Yue, do you also have a birthmark on your body?”
“Why? Do you want gege to strip and show you?”
Seeing her nod her head repeatedly, Shang Guan Qiu Yue was speechless, reproaching her softly: “Shameless girl!”
“What’s there to be afraid of? I’m your meimei.” Lei Lei finally understood the advantages of her title as meimei. She was very excited as she made a move to untie his clothing, “Take it off, let me see!” Beauty gege is so bewitching, he must have a good body too. Although she was well aware and wouldn’t commit incest, she could still fantasise about it. This is also known as “rape is easy to avoid but incest is difficult to guard against”!
Shang Guan Qiu Yue didn’t stop her.
Lei Lei was just a paper tiger and seeing him like this, she couldn’t continue pretending so she looked around before stopping: “Forget it, what if someone sees us.”
Shang Guan Qiu Yue smiled: “What are you afraid of, we’re siblings.”
He was really open-minded, unlike the old-fashioned “Xiao Bai”. Feeling that this brother was easy to communicate with, Lei Lei asked: “Have you wedded a sister-in-law?”
Shang Guan Qiu Yue embraced her, saying lovingly: “Gege only needs you, what do I need others for.”
Bro, your way of thinking is so progressive! Having received a big shock, Lei Lei quickly comforted herself. That’s not right, she must’ve skewed what he meant: “If you put it like that, others will be shocked when they hear it……”
Shang Guan Qiu Yue frowned slightly, cutting her off: “We’ll just do what we want to do, there’s no need to care about others.”
Walking down his own path without a care for what others say, this ancient devil was surprisingly unrestrained! It wouldn’t be good for Lei Lei to actually remove his clothes, this person didn’t behave normally and although this was his sister’s body, laoniang isn’t!
“Xiao Bai has already found one of our branches?”
“Xiao Bai?” Lei Lei finally collected her thoughts and nervously asked “Does he know that I’m at Qian Yue Cave?”
Shang Guan Qiu Yue looked at her: “He’s good to you?”
Lei Lei shook her head: “We don’t even count as friends. I went missing at Bai Sheng Manor so he has to take on the responsibility of finding me. But he……is a very good person.”
“Very good?” Shang Guan Qiu Yue appeared grim, “Do you know how many of our people he killed back then?”
Lei Lei already knew of “Xiao Bai’s” hatred of evil so she hurriedly asked: “How many?”
“Six hundred and thirty two.”
Oh, a slayer of more than six hundred lives! Lei Lei trembled: “That……”
Shang Guan Qiu Yue held her hand: “For every day that Xiao Xiao Feng Ming Sword exists, we will not have a day of peace. Gege dotes on you so much, will you be willing to help me once more?”
That Chun Hua had enjoyed beauty gege’s pampering but now that there’s work to be done, it’s left to me. Why does life treat me so? Lei Lei sighed: “How do you want me to help?”
Shang Guan Qiu Yue looked at her from the corner of his eyes: “You’ve followed him for many days but he has yet to recognise you.”
Lei Lei gave it some thought: “I don’t think he has.”
Shang Guan Qiu Yue said: “Now that you’ve lost all your martial arts, he’d be less likely to suspect you.”
It turns out that he already had a plan, Lei Lei guessed: “You want me to return with him and find a chance to steal Xiao Xiao Feng Ming Sword’s Xinfa?”
Shang Guan Qiu Yue praised her with a smile: “Clever.”
Lei Lei smiled but felt like she was at her wit’s end. Xiao Xiao Feng Ming Sword’s Xinfa wouldn’t be that easy to get to and if things go wrong and she was found out by “Xiao Bai”, he might very well end her with a slash in a second. Besides, even though laoniang is easily smitten by good looks and has no interest in the right path or evil path, I can still differentiate between a good person and an evil person. After all, “Xiao Bai” did things in an upright manner and she mustn’t touch him. Beauty gege wreaked havoc in Jianghu but he was good to her. Having taken over his sister’s body, if she betrayed him, that would be too ungrateful of her.
“Why? You don’t want to harm him?”
Having had her thoughts seen through by him, Lei Lei was alarmed and knowing that she wouldn’t be able to deceive someone like him, she decided to be honest: “Actually, don’t you think that our way of doing things is too……you know?”
Shang Guan Qiu Yue looked at her: “Gege is the bad guy and he’s the good guy?”
Lei Lei feigned an innocent laugh, taking the opportunity to hug him and act cutely: “They aren’t bad, we don’t have to go against them right?” beauty gege smelled really nice.
Shang Guan Qiu Yue sighed, cupping her face in his hands: “Foolish. The evil factions and good factions have never been able to coexist. Don’t they raise their swords at us for no reason whenever we run into them? Gege is already renowned as the head of the evil faction. Even if I don’t touch them, they will not let me off. You’re Shang Guan Qiu Yue’s meimei, if Xiao Bai were to learn of your identity, do you think that he would show you mercy?”
Lei Lei only bothered herself with snuggling against his body.
Shang Guan Qiu Yue didn’t know this lecherous girl’s thoughts and embraced her as he gave it some thought: “This matter is quite dangerous, it’s fine if you don’t go.”
It was obvious that he wanted to make use of her but now that he was willing to say something like this, it showed that he still cared for this meimei of his. Lei Lei assessed the situation. Even though beauty gege was pretty good to her, his means of handling things was terrifying and she wouldn’t be able to set her mind at ease if she remained by his side. Even though she liked good-looking men, it wasn’t to the point that she was willing to risk her life, so why don’t she follow “Xiao Bai”. As for the task, she could just drag it on for as long as she could and by then, if she were unable to get it because “Xiao Bai” tightened his precautions, beauty gege wouldn’t be able to do anything to her.
So she raised her head to look up at him: “Alright, I’ll give it a try.” no guarantee of successfully stealing it.
Shang Guan Qiu Yue smiled: “As expected of my good meimei.” Stroking her face: “Don’t worry, gege will protect you on the sly, I won’t let him harm a single hair on your head.”
If you don’t reveal my identity, “Xiao Bai” would never hurt me, what I’m afraid of is you! Lei Lei was in a hurry to leave: “I’ll leave now.”
Shang Guan Qiu Yue shook his head: “Xiao Bai isn’t that stupid, we have to plan carefully, to have him bring you back.”
Lei Lei nodded, recalling another matter: “Have you heard of the Longevity Fruit?”
Shang Guan Qiu Yue replied: “Of course I have. You don’t have to concern yourself with this. Gege will arrange everything and won’t let it fall into the hands of He Tai Ping or the rest. Gege had already wanted to get it for you ever since I heard of its properties of preserving youthful looks and strengthening the body if eaten by someone under the age of seventy.”
Oh? The reason gege was on the search for it was actually for meimei. Lei Lei was touched.
Several white lanterns were lit, fluttering in the wind as they hung from the tree branches. In the moonlight, twenty over girls who were dressed in white descended and surrounded a young man, a sword in each of their hands.
Dressed in white and blue robes, his wide sleeves unfurled and billowed in the wind. At this moment, there was none of his usual composed demeanour and there was an ominous air about him, his expression grave and stern.
In his hand was the world-renowned Feng Ming Sword.
The reputation of “beautiful demon girls” was well founded, all the ladies were thinly clad, practically with just a thin layer of muslin. Following their movements of dodging and jumping around, their beautiful bodies were faintly discernible, they actually didn’t have any underclothes on. The young man took no notice of what he saw, raising his sword towards his enemies. But however much of an expert swordsman he was, his opponents numbered in the many and although it wasn’t to the point that he was at a disadvantage, he was momentarily unable to extricate himself from this problem.
At a concealed place, two people were watching the fight from a distance.
Lei Lei had stayed at Qian Yue Cave for a few days and knew that those ladies were Qian Yue Cave’s yuepu. Didn’t “Xiao Bai” abhor evil? Why hasn’t he used his sword against these supposed “demon girls”?
As she was baffling over this, Shang Guan Qiu Yue explained with a smile: “It’s because Xiao Yuan, his father’s last will was that Feng Ming Sword mustn’t be used to kill women. ”
This beauty gege was too scary, he could even guess others’ thoughts. If he were to find out that I’m not his meimei……returning to Xiao Bai’s side is the right decision! Lei Lei shivered with fear as she carefully dealt with her emotions and continued to watch the fight.
In less than a cup of tea’s worth of time, the gongzi had become impatient and with a wave of his hand, he sent the ladies near him flying, saying coldly: “If you still don’t get out of the way, don’t blame me for acting ruthlessly!”
None of the ladies replied, only caring about the fight. Although they weren’t highly skilled, they kept to their formation, securely trapping the gongzi and not letting him get away.
With only his scabbard and fists against the enemy, the gongzi knew that it would be difficult for him to win and that he needed to break their formation before charging out. So he found an opportunity to strike and with no time to dodge his attack, the lady was about to be hit but unexpectedly, she chuckled and shifted her body slightly, intentionally meeting him head on with her chest.
That handsome face flushed red and the gongzi immediately withdrew his attack.
In a split second, he had lost his chance of escape and fell back into their encirclement.
Lei Lei burst into laughter. Gentleman, he was an honourable gentleman indeed, the type to be taken advantage of.
Shang Guan Qiu Yue laughed: “What an upright person, interesting!”
Villain gege, the underlings you’ve taught are so evil too! Lei Lei shot him a sidelong glance but just as she was about to speak, she heard the gongzi’s scornful laugh.
A bright white light suddenly appeared, then there were miserable screams.
Lei Lei immediately shifted her gaze back, only to see that of the twenty plus ladies, more than ten of them had fallen onto the ground, clutching at their severed right hands as their beautiful faces twisted from the pain they felt. More than half of them had already fainted and the remaining ten or so that were unhurt wore terrified expressions as they looked at the person who wielded the sword, somewhat at a loss as to what to do.
Having broken their formation, the gongzi slowly sheathed his sword in a manner that was three parts graceful and seven parts imposing.
“Feng Ming Sword won’t be used to kill women but nothing has been said about chopping off demon girl’s hands.” he said indifferently.
He had no pity or tender love for women! Lei Lei didn’t dare to look at this hair-raisingly bloody scene anymore and turned her face away, desperately holding onto Shang Guan Qiu Yue who was beside her. Gege, if we still don’t go out, your beautiful subordinates will become Venus!
“Xiao Xiao Feng Ming Sword doesn’t disappoint indeed,” Shang Guan Qiu Yue’s expression remained unchanged, looking down with a smile on his face, “Gege will bring you out, don’t be afraid.”
Abovehead, a shadow flitted past silently at an unbelievably slow pace. Under the half moon, with his clothes fluttering in the wind, like a flying celestial being from beyond the highest heavens. Two white figures descended onto a tall and large boulder.
With rapt attention, the gongzi stood unmovingly.
Lei Lei immediately put on the expression of someone who had been kidnapped, crying out in alarm: “Xiao Bai!”
At once, the gongzi looked up at her: “You……” suddenly noticing the man beside her who was dressed in white. Recalling that this was the man who poisoned his father, his eyes burned with fury as he spoke through clenched teeth: “Shang Guan Qiu Yue.”
The ladies on the side quickly helped up the injured ones and left.
Shang Guan Qiu Yie said with a smile: “Young Master Xiao, how have you been?”
The gongzi said: “Terms?”
Shang Guan Qiu Yue doesn’t reply, raising his hand to Lei Lei’s neck.
Lei Lei seized this opportunity to show off her acting, struggling: “Xiao Bai, don’t bother yourself with me! Kill this devil, quick! Avenge the old master!”
“Do you really want him to kill gege?” A low laugh sounded beside her ear.
“How can we deceive him without making a show of it, do you take him for a fool?” Lei Lei shot him a glare, raising her voice, “Xiao Bai, hurry up and make your move, kill him and rid the people of evil, don’t care about me!”
Obviously, the gongzi wouldn’t just leave her behind, saying sternly: “Shang Guan Qiu Yue, what is it that you want?”
Shang Guan Qiu Yue looked at Lei Lei with interest: “Feng Ming Sword.”
Hearing this demand, Lei Lei was dumbfounded. Hey, even though we need to make this as real as possible, there’s no need to put out such a difficult request. What is the Feng Ming Sword? They were neither family nor friends, would he be willing to use it as exchange? What if he refuses and straight up attacks them? Wouldn’t their plan be foiled?
With one look, one can see that “Xiao Bai” wasn’t one to counter offer so she could only glare at Shang Guan Qiu Yue desperately, Ge, lower your terms!
Shang Guan Qiu Yue smiled, repeating: “Leave Feng Ming Sword behind.”
Beauty gege’s words carried weight, and since he refused to lower his demands, Lei Lei was beginning to regret making this show too real. With no other choice, she could only place her hopes on the gongzi, that he wouldn’t be foolish enough to be tricked into exchanging his treasured sword otherwise she would feel guilty about it.
The gongzi stayed silent for a moment before saying coldly: “In the days to come, I’ll certainly kill you, this devil.”
He flung his sword to the ground and retreated back.
“Xiao Bai” is so great! I’ll definitely not hurt you! Lei Lei’s eyes brimmed with hot tears.
Shang Guan Qiu Yue raised his eyebrows: “Are you thinking that he’s really good to you?”
Having had her thoughts seen through once more, Lei Lei rolled her eyes. Beauty gege you’ve proven yourself as a devil, that was too despicable. Look at your moral standards, it’s not just a difference in level when compared with “Xiao Bai”, it’s inversely proportional to your attractive looks!
Shang Guan Qiu Yue said in a low voice: “Foolish girl, you can’t be soft-hearted when dealing with these people. You’d be in danger if he knew of your identity.”
Yeah, there’s a possibility that she would be butchered, Lei Lei remained silent.
Shang Guan Qiu Yue sighed, telling her: “Gege will come to find you when the time comes. Remember to be careful.”
You’re finally showing concern for your meimei, Lei Lei felt slightly comforted and was about to reply when Shang Guan Qiu Yue suddenly picked her up by the collar and carelessly flung her ——
As if she were weightless, Lei Lei glided through the air like a kite.
“Young Master Xiao has personally come for her, how could I not give you some face?” Shang Guan Qiu Yue laughed.
Lei Lei was frightened half to death by this experience of riding on clouds and flying on the mist and had no strength left to even shout out. Beauty gege, the extent of your bastardness is really unforgettable, you were just showing concern for me but a moment later I’m nothing to you. What if “Xiao Bai” doesn’t catch me in time? Falling from such a height, I, your meimei, will fall and hurt my head!
Just as she was about to come into close contact with the ground, a strong arm stretched out and accurately latched onto her waist, bringing her to skim past twenty one feet of ground before landing.
At the same time, a white shadow flew out from Shang Guan Qiu Yue’s sleeve to retrieve the Feng Ming Sword on the ground.
Despite seeing that his precious family heirloom sword was about to end up in his enemy’s hands, the gongzi remained calm and collected, laughing grimly: “It’s just a sword, Master Shang Guan regards it too highly, with more practice you might even be able to wield it.”
1. 星主 (xingzhu) ☆ – This is just a title for the leaders under Shang Guan Qiu Yue, with 星 xing (probably) coming from 星 Nan Xing He (The founder of the Evil factions) and 主 zhu meaning ‘leader’↩
2. 属下 (shuxia) ☆ – Subordinate↩
3. 妹妹 (meimei) ☆ – Younger Sister (Will be used interchangeably with ‘sister’ if I feel that ‘meimei’ is too awkward in the sentence. There’s actually many instances where ‘sister’ will fit just fine but because Chun Hua calls Qiu Yue ‘Gege’, I’m trying to balance the field.)↩
4. 月仆 (yuepu) ☆ – This is just a title for Qian Yue Cave’s servants, with 月 yue coming from 千月洞 Qian Yue Cave and 仆 pu meaning ‘servant’↩
5. Also known as Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of Love. There’s a famous statue of her “Venus de Milo” that’s armless↩