"I chopped it off back then from the heavens so of course he's still alive."
Butcher and Blind walked in a line and gradually went further away. Even though their footsteps were slow, their speed was very fast. Butcher's voice came from the distance, "This was the hand I exchanged my lower body for. However, the divine flesh on it seems to have been stripped off and turned into spirit pills for consumption, thus only the bones are left."
"Mu'er, remember to come back to the village to celebrate the new year!" Blind's voice also came from afar.
Qin Mu saw them off and gave a smile. He waved towards the shadow of their backs, "I will definitely be back for new year!"
Blind seemed to see him waving and raised his arms to wave back without even turning back his head.
"Grandpa Blind sure is powerful."
Qin Mu exclaimed, "To be able to see so clearly despite being so far."
Not long later, a massive voice came from far away and echoed through the skies of the prairie, "Junior Brother Qin, Brother Qin, Qin."
Qin Mu heard that it was Chancellor Ba Shan's voice and immediately shouted, "I'm over here!"
That voice still continued to shout, "Imperial Academician Qin, Academician Qin, Qin."
Qin Mu replied again, yet Chancellor Ba Shan's voice was still calling out from afar and he came to a realization, "Chancellor Ba Shan is probably still a few hundred miles away from here. His voice is able to reach here but my voice can't reach him."
Ling Yuxiu woke up and immediately said, "Cowherd, let me do it!" When she finished saying, she waved her hand and released a flame divine art, shooting a fireball into the sky which exploded with surging heat waves.
Qin Mu praised that she was clever in his heart and smiled, "It's useless, he is still a few hundred miles away from here so he can't see it."
Hu Ling'er and the green bull also woke up. The green bull looked around and couldn't find Butcher and Blind. He asked, "Where's old old master?"
Qin Mu still heard Chancellor Ba Shan shouting to him in all kinds of manner and sighed. Chancellor Ba Shan's vocals sure are huge and he really could talk. It was very hard to imagine how such a rough man could be able to be so talkative. Qin Mu said, "Let us go to the direction of the borders. If Chancellor Ba Shan can't find us, he will definitely head there."
The green bull showed his true form and Qin Mu brought Hu Ling'er up the bull's back. Ling Yuxiu also jumped up. The green bull took a step and sprinted towards the borders. Qin Mu looked at the girl beside him and asked, "Have your injuries healed?"
Ling Yuxiu nodded her head, "Even the scar is gone. Look, I had a cut on my waist originally and it's now completely healed."
She pulled up her clothes and revealed her waist while turning to the side, "Right here."
Her skin was very exquisite and her waist was also very white. She probably hadn't tanned by the sun before. Qin Mu's skin was originally darker as he frequently swam naked in Surging River during summer, exposing himself to the hot sun. Sometimes he even got pursued relentlessly by the huge fish monsters that were on his tail.
Now that he had come to Imperial College, Qin Mu had no more chances to run around naked so his skin had gradually lightened up. However, when compared to Ling Yuxiu, Qin Mu was still slightly darker.
Qin Mu stretched out a finger and touched the location of her wound. He could still feel a bump on the wound.
Ling Yuxiu felt ticklish and giggled.
Qin Mu said, "Don't move. I'll help you dissolve the clotted blood, otherwise, there will always be a bump here."
Ling Yuxiu immediately stopped moving and held her shirt up. Qin Mu transformed his vital qi into Green Dragon Vital Qi and threads of vital qi came out from the tip of his finger, carefully piercing into her skin to dissolve the clotted blood.
Ling Yuxiu only felt numb and ticklish which made her giggle again, "You are making me ticklish. There's a ticklish spot there."
Qin Mu didn't raise his head and said, "Bear with it. It won't be ticklish in a moment and it would feel slightly painful."
After a moment, Ling Yuxiu felt a needle piercing pain and immediately looked down. She only saw Qin Mu using his Nature Fragrance Silk's handkerchief to wipe away the clotted blood that was flowing out. When the clotted blood had flowed out, there was no trace left on the skin.
Ling Yuxiu pulled down her shirt and blinked her eyes innocently, "Divine physician, there are still some wounds on my back, I don't know if they will leave scars…"
Hu Ling'er replied loud and clearly, "I smeared the wounds on your back and before I applied the medicine, I had already squeezed out the clotted blood for you. They won't leave any scars."
Ling Yuxiu looked at her and the little fox was smiling very sweetly... and very fake.
"Hmph, vixen!" Both of them thought at the same time.
Hu Ling'er blinked her eyes, "Sister Yuxiu, how old are you this year?"
Ling Yuxiu's gaze flickered and asked, "How old are you?"
"You're one year older than young master!"
Ling Yuxiu had a feeling that a little fox had pounced on her and gave her two stabs in her aching heart. This fox may be a little thing but her moves were ruthless and unexpected, making her unable to defend herself.
She had long noticed that this little fox harbored evil designs. Making her way onto Qin Mu's bed every night and acting as if she didn't know anything, she hadn't a reserved manner and acted shamelessly cute.
And now, this little hussy had already started to go on the offense.
Ling Yuxiu may be unconstrained and looked like a big-hearted girl that was outspoken and straightforward unlike other girls, but she also had her own meticulous side. She smiled sweetly, "Sister Ling, the furs on your paws are really soft. Why didn't you try to turn them into human hands?"
Hu Ling'er yawned and squinted her eyes, "Young master likes it this way."
"Sister Ling, why haven't you shapeshifted?"
"Young master likes it this way."
"Look at your eyes which are different from ours."
"Young master likes it this way."
Ling Yuxiu had lost the battle. This little fox had an impenetrable defense which struck back after blocking. It was like Great Thunderclap Monastery's divine art, Flowers In The Mirror which could reflect other people's attacks back at them.
"Whom did this vixen learn from?" Ling Yuxiu wasn't her opponent and was slightly angry.
Hu Ling'er was proud of herself. In Rain Listening Pavilion, she had consulted the maidens of Rain Listening Pavilion regarding the techniques of this field.
Ling Yuxiu suddenly didn't know whether to laugh or cry. She was actually being jealous of a little fox, she had truly lost the awe of the imperial family. She had the figure and even though Qin Mu was slightly blind to say that she was slightly chubby, her appearance wasn't bad. No matter how incisive the little fox's moves were, she had not shapeshifted.
Victory was already firmly grasped in her hands and there was completely no need to be jealous of that vixen.
Before they had yet to reach the borders, Chancellor Ba Shan had finally caught up with them. When he saw Butcher had already left, this strong man couldn't help falling into a daze, crying loudly and cursing Heaven Knife at the same time.
Qin Mu consoled him for a moment and said, "It's not that he doesn't miss you, he just dislikes your nagging, therefore, he went first. Actually, Grandpa Butcher cares about you very much. When he heard you were in danger, he was the first one to rush over. Stop crying, stop crying, we're reaching the border station. How can Martial Khan be seen sobbing like a little girl?"
Chancellor Ba Shan wiped his tears and poured out his woes to him. He started telling Qin Mu about everything and anything: ever since he was a child, he had to stand still as punishment for wetting his bed; every single detail of his cultivation; helping Heaven Knife wash his undergarments; how Heaven Knife had brought him to steal duck soup from the neighboring village.
Qin Mu looked at Ling Yuxiu pleadingly and she shrugged her shoulders helplessly.
The young patriarch packed his stuff silently into a small bundle and threw his ribbon attached to the official seal on the floor. Hanging up his official seal on the door of the Hall of Supreme Learning, he took a last glance at Imperial College and gave a smile.
Elder of Discipline walked over in quick steps and carried a bamboo basket that was not very big. In the bamboo basket were an umbrella and items like scrolls and books.
"Let's go, there's no need to alarm the others," the young patriarch smiled.
The two of them walked down the mountain without alarming anyone and when they reached the bottom of the mountain, that dragon qilin immediately stood up and wagged his tail.
"My life is coming to an end and I can't bring you along anymore."
The youth caressed the head of this dragon qilin and shook his head, "If you follow me, you'll just be waiting for me to die of old age. Little friend, you're free."
The chain on the dragon's qilin's neck opened up and this dragon qilin looked at him blankly. He shook his head and asked, "Old master, if I can't follow you, where can I go?"
"You were originally living freely so where can you not go?"
The young patriarch waved his hand and looked at the Imperial College which he had built up personally, having a hint of reluctance in his eyes. He suddenly turned around and left, "Spending my last years here yet I'm leaving here today. I do not wish to die of old age in Imperial College."
The old and the young headed out of the capital city and once they were out of the city, the young patriarch asked Elder of Discipline to stay back as he walked towards that person by himself.
Imperial Preceptor greeted, "Are you going to leave just like this? Are you not going to ask for your dismissal from the emperor?"
The young patriarch smiled, "When I assumed the position effortlessly, I had not come for the emperor so why do I have to leave for the emperor? I'm very happy that you had invited me here and have come to send me off now."
Eternal Peace Imperial Preceptor sighed ruefully, "Dao friend can already face death in the eyes. I wonder how many years do I have to cultivate to be able to reach the height of your frame of mind. Let me send you off."
Both of them walked forward side by side while Elder of Discipline followed not far behind. Eternal Peace Imperial Preceptor said, "When I knew you were leaving, I felt a big piece missing from my heart. No one knows me better than you in this world. Without you, I have one less person I can talk to."
The young patriarch said, "You have great ambitions and your future is paved with difficulties. The path you are taking is filled with bumps and there's nothing I can teach you. You'll have to rely on yourself."
Eternal Peace Imperial Preceptor stopped, "Back then I wanted to acknowledge you as my teacher, why didn't you accept me?"
The young patriarch said calmly, "I knew you would be better than me and have higher attainments than me in the future so I don't deserve to be your teacher, therefore, I can't take you in as my disciple. The things you have thought of were things I had never thought before. They are things I would never have accomplished in my entire lifetime. I have also learned many things from you, therefore, I can't be your teacher."
Eternal Peace Imperial Preceptor took a stride forward and followed him, "I'm still slightly perplexed and exhausted lately. Say, is the path we are taking an orthodox one?"
"In the eyes of the so-called orthodox path, the road we are going down on isn't the orthodox path."
The young patriarch stopped and looked at him in the eyes, "We established primary schools, colleges, and Imperial College to reform the sects and gathered the teachings of numerous sects to teach scholars, to treat commoners and disciples of sects as equals. In their eyes, we are straying from the orthodox path and are committing an unforgivable sin. However, in our eyes, this is the orthodox path! Don't care what the others say, what's right is right! Don't let the furious barkings of others turn it wrong."
"I chopped it off back then from the heavens so of course he's still alive."