Chapter 58 – A Cornered Beast Will Keep Fighting!
Chapter 58 – A Cornered Beast Will Keep Fighting!
On this rainy night, thunder rumbled and lightning flashed across the sky, causing it to flare up momentarily. As thunder echoed, it endlessly rained and the sound of falling raindrops filled the air.
When looked from afar, the entire place seemed to be shrouded by the heavy rainfall. It was a bleak and chilling scene.
On the forest, Bai Xiaochun was shivering and his eyes were bloodshot as he unleashed his full speed and dashed on his escape route. Occasionally, he would ferociously stomp onto the ground and leap forward so fast, that he looked like an arrow released from a bow whistling away.
“Live on… We must live on!” Bai Xiaochun was trembling as he kept repeating these words with both Du Lingfei and Hou Yunfei in his mind.
As death loomed over, it became chillier as if it blended with the rain.
From all around him, eight figures were approaching Bai Xiaochun with great speed, especially Chen Heng. Even though he was the furthest, the last among the group of pursuers, he was still extremely fast. He transformed into a rainbow and shuttled in the heavy rain as he accelerated. In this heavy downpour, sonic booms could be heard.
“You can’t escape me. Noone will escape from the formation array that my Fallen Chen Clan’s patriarch has set up!” Chen Heng’s eyes flashed with murderous intent.
In his pursuit of the trio, even Chen Heng himself couldn’t fathom how these outer sect disciples from the Spirit River Sect could evade them so well? They were able to escape from their pursuit for several days, and they might even escape the scope of the patriarch’s formation array. Especially the one Cheng Heng was chasing right now, not only could this person kill Cheng Yue, he had even killed a few men that Cheng Heng himself brought along with him.
That made Chen Heng even more certain that the opponent was one of two renowned Heaven’s Chosen from the South Bank of the Spirit River Sect, Guan Tianyou or Lu Tianlei. After all, this territory was under the control of the South Bank, and the North Bank would usually not intervene.
“Genius from the Spirit River Sect…” Chen Heng’s killing intent grew, so much that he was seething with excitement.
Thunder roared as Bai Xiaochun clenched his teeth tightly and sped along. He was breathing shallowly as the spiritual energy within his body was being rapidly consumed. The entire place was bleak, as though an ancient beast had opened its wide maw and covered the skies.
All of a sudden, Bai Xiaochun abruptly raised his head and stopped on his tracks. His bloodshot eyes locked in front of him, a couple tens of zhang away where the raindrops suddenly flickered. A huge force shot out, scattering the raindrops as it headed for Bai Xiaochun.
(ED note: one zhang is approximately 3.58 meters, or 3.64 yards.)
Beyond the rain veil, the first Fallen Chen clansmen to obstruct Bai Xiaochun’s escape suddenly appeared!
It was a ferocious-looking middle-aged man with a scarred face. He was a seventh level Qi Condensation cultivator. As he moved forward with big strides, an enormous battleaxe could be seen in his right hand. Like a gust of wind, he approached Bai Xiaochun with a loud roar and grasped the battleaxe with both hands. He charged towards Bai Xiaochun and slashed ferociously!
“Get back!” The middle-aged man’s thunderous voice resounded through the surroundings.
Bai Xiaochun’s eyes turned crimson, his body did not freeze even the slightest bit; right before the battleaxe was about to fall on him, he suddenly raised his left hand and punched straight at the battleaxe!
The middle-aged man laughed coldly as he focused all of his strength into both his hands, causing a gust of wind as he swung his battleaxe down.
When Bai Xiaochun raised his left hand, a black glow flashed as he activated the Impenetrable Skin’s technique. As a result, it appeared that his left hand turned black when it touched the battleaxe.
After a boom echoed, Bai Xiaochun used his left hand to grasp the blade of the battleaxe with such tremendous strength that the surrounding rainwater splattered everywhere.
He felt a sharp pain and fresh blood started oozing out. As Bai Xiaochun activated the Impenetrable Skin’s technique to its fullest, there were no indications of serious damage on his left palm despite the overflowing blood.
The middle-aged man raised his eyebrows and exerted even more strength to push the battleaxe down, but Bai Xiaochun’s hand was like iron pincers, firmly holding the enormous battleaxe in place. The middle-aged man was unable to move it even the tinniest bit after striking at Bai Xiaochun.
This caused a big change in the middle-aged man’s expressions. He raised his head and saw the insanity in Bai Xiaochun’s eyes standing right in front of him.
He had never seen anyone in such state; he had only seen it in cornered beasts in the Fallen Star Mountain Range.
Seeing this, the middle-aged man’s heart suddenly hammered loudly as his whole body, from head to toes, was covered by a light screen. He released his grip on the battleaxe without any hesitation and quickly retreated.
He was fast, but Bai Xiaochun… was even faster!
As Bai Xiaochun held the enormous battleaxe with his left hand, his right hand too turned black. Lightning flashed across the sky and his pitch-black right hand had already appeared in front the middle-aged man.
In that split second when Bai Xiaochun was approaching the middle-aged man, he penetrated through the protective layer surrounding him. “Ka Ka!” The sound of the screen shattering resounded. Bai Xiaochun’s right hand penetrated through the screen with such irresistible force that in a flash, he had destroyed the protective layer; in his current agitated state, the Throat Crushing Grasp appeared different than usual!
Unexpectedly, there was a suction force that erupted from his palms which caused the middle-aged man to be pulled back. Bai Xiaochun stamped his feet on the ground all of a sudden, and before the middle-aged man could react, Bai Xiaochun’s pitch-black right hand filled his sight!
“Boom!” Bai Xiaochun’s right hand struck straight at the middle-aged man’s neck. With a fierece expression, he ruthlessly crushed his neck!
The middle-aged man was unable to believe what had just happened. Blood spilled from his mouth and he was unable to even scream because all of the bones within his neck were crushed to pieces. His head drooped down, he was dead!
Until death, his eyes showed his shock. As he knew that his opponent was strong, he had no intention of attempting to kill the opponent; when he attacked Bai Xiaochun, he only wanted to block his path and delay him. He didn’t think that this skinny Spirit River Sect’s outer sect disciple would be strong to this extent.
Just when the middle-aged man died, two figures hastily approached Bai Xiaochun from afar. One of them was surprisingly an eighth level Qi Condensation cultivator, similar to Chen Yue.
“Chen Zhong!” The two pursuers howled with sorrow when they saw the lifeless man.
“It is you who forced me into this!” Bai Xiaochun used his right hand to fling the middle-aged man’s corpse out of his way. His breathing was labored as he quickly turned around and dashed away. He was trembling, but his eyes displayed even greater ferocity than before.
He knew that he could not afford any obstructions and delays. Originally, he had planned to lure the Fallen Chen clansmen away, but he suddenly headed for an endless mountain range in the distance.
This mountain range was not a part of any border, and hence, it was nameless; lengthwise, it was longer than the Fallen Star Mountain Range and looked more majestic than the latter. What was most surprising was that the falling rainwater seemed to fall harder than usual, and even lightning and thunder gathered in that area.
Bai Xiaochun raised his head and he saw countless of lightnings linked together which formed balls of lightning that struck the ground and were accompanied by heavy rain.
Taking a deep breath, Bai Xiaochun continued his escape. The two Fallen Chen clansmen relentlessly pursued him, and in the distance, he could see other clansmen approaching.
Especially in the distance, there was a rainbow approaching quickly. That was Chen Heng.
As the Fallen Chen’s clansmen from all around were closing in on Bai Xiaochun, the distance to the thick forest on the mountain range was getting shorter as well, he was only a few zhang away. He was drenched from head to toe as he stamped the ground with his feet, leaping forward, obviously rushing into the thick forest on the mountain range.
“Stop him!” Chen Heng’s faint shout arrived from afar.
At this moment, of the two pursuers who were closest to Bai Xiaochun, the one who was of the eighth level of Qi Condensation growled. He grabbed the clansmen in the seventh level of Qi Condensation and the duo looked into each other’s eyes, understanding what the other was thinking immediately. The clansman who of the seventh level of Qi Condensation curled his body in the shape of a ball and was then thrown towards Bai Xiaochun by the one who was in the eighth level Qi Condensation.
Boom! Their cultivations erupted and in an instant, the speed of the seventh level Qi Condensation clansman who had curled himself into a ball explosively increased. Whistling, he penetrated through the heavy rain, and in a blink of an eye, he caught up with Bai Xiaochun.
When he was about to reach Bai Xiaochun, the clansman, who was at the seventh level of Qi Condensation, charged towards Bai Xiaochun quickly. Bai Xiaochun halted, turned around and made a hand seal, sending the wooden sword against the clansman. However, disregarding life and death, the clansman chose to be penetrated by the wooden sword. In the moment before his death, a strange grin adorned his face.
Boom! His body exploded into various pieces of flesh, which formed into a rope of flesh aiming at Bai Xiaochun.
Bai Xiaochun’s expression flickered as he immediately retreated. While he was distracted, a sharp, piercing sound came from behind him. That was an arrow!
Looking back, the clansman at the eighth level of Qi Condensation was holding a longbow that was still shaking.
He shot the arrow with a perfect timing, exactly when Bai Xiaochun wouldn’t be able to avoid it. The coordination between him and the clansman who disregarded his own life was astonishing!
In that moment of crisis, Bai Xiaochun’s eyes flashed and he forcefully stopped, as though he wanted to be struck by the incoming arrow.
After a loud cry, the sharp, piercing arrow struck directly at Bai Xiaochun’s right shoulder. His face paled when he felt the sudden intense pain.
When the arrow penetrated Bai Xiaochun’s right shoulder blade, it seemed to coincidentally get stuck in the bone. The arrow was made of quality material, and coupled with the fact that it was fired by the great strength of the clansman at the eighth level of Qi Condensation, it had caused serious damage to Bai Xiaochun. The caused the skinny Bai Xiaochun to fly off along the trajectory of that arrow, allowing him to avoid being restrained by the rope of flesh!
Bai Xiaochun hit a huge tree at the boundary of the thick forest. The arrow had pinned him firmly onto the tree!
The clansman who had fired the arrow from nearby was elated. In a flash, he hurried to approach Bai Xiaochun, raising his bow at the same. He intended to fire a second arrow and finish off Bai Xiaochun!
From afar, one by one, clansmen from Fallen Chen’s clan neared Bai Xiaochun, and all of them had a look of savagery. However, Chen Heng, who was hastily rushing over, suddenly had his expression change.
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Translated by: KK
TLCed by: Nat Nat
Edited by: Crimsonguard, Arch