Experiencing tranquility in the commonplace, realizing selflessness in tranquility. Xiao Chen sat in an outdoor teahouse, looking at the people come and go, listening to the peddler hawking their wares, he felt that it was so lively.
Everyone in this world was always pursuing the extraordinary, they were always discontent being nothing special. However, what would they get in return after completely exhausting themselves?
Perhaps being ordinary was a true blessing. Looking at the stream of people bustling with activities, Xiao Chen tasted the fragrant tea and felt that the life of the common folks were very rich.
A medium sized man with thin clothes rocked his body as he walked over. He had a slightly above average look, but judging from his attitude, he was an extremely vulgar person. His eyes would occasionally stick to a beautiful woman on the street like a hook. He arrived at the table in front of Xiao Chen and threw his butt onto the chair. Then he said with a stutter, “B-b-bro… you se-se-se-seem… rather free now.”
Xiao Chen smiled and said, “You are?”
“M-m-me, p-p-p…-people call… m-me the butcher, n-n-n-n-no, I mean, I am a tiger slaughtering… sp-sp.. specialist.”
Xiao Chen suddenly felt a thump in his heart. He didn’t say anything and looked at him with a smile.
This average looking yet extremely vulgar guy was chasing after the sight of beautiful girls with his slitted eyes. He poured tea for himself without second thought and downed it in one go.
“G-g-go-good tea… t-th…this is definitely the first grade v-ve-vermi-vermilion tea. I-i-it is said that… y-y-young ladies… i-i-in the early m-mo-morning… h-h-harvested… t-th-these… these… these…”
“These soft shoots!” A big guy at the side let out a thunderous roar. He said angrily, “Let me finish your words for you. I almost choked to death because of your stuttering!”
The extremely vulgar and stammering guy nodded and said, “T-th… that’s… that’s r-r-right… That’s what I wa-wa-wanted to say!”
“O-o-oh… my god!” Even the big guy was influenced by his stuttering. After that, he jumped up in anger and said, “If I am to hear you say a few more words, if I don’t’ die from choking, I’ll die from impatience!” The impatient big guy left immediately.
“T-t-that guy… i-i-is… terrible, he l-l-lacks… training!” The self-proclaimed tiger slaughtering specialist unexpectedly revealed a disdainful expression and looked at the big back’s rear view with fury. It was a little out of place when paired with his vulgar look.
“I-i-i-isn’t that… right?” As he spoke, he turned his head to look at the people all around.
As a result, everyone quickly finished their tea and left. Listening to him speak was one kind of torture. It felt as if there was a lump of air trapped in their throat.
“W-w-why… why i-i-is… e-everyone… l-l-leaving?” The vulgar guy stood up and tried to detain the other people.
“Shoo! Shoo! Let go! It’s stifling with you around!” The last official looking guy shook him off and left with a huff and a pull. ⌈1⌋
“H-h-how… how r-r-rude!” The vulgar guy slapped the table in fury and said, “N-n-n… no manners. N-n-no self-restraint. N-no… ethic!”
This guy grabbed the teapot directly and madly poured the content into his mouth. He gulped down the fragrant tea as if it was water. After wiping the tea that leaked from the corner of his mouth, he turned around to face Xiao Chen and said, “I-i-i-isn’t… that… r-r-right, B-b-bro…?”
This guy was really amusing. Xiao Chen did not feel agitated. On the contrary, he couldn’t hold back his laughter anymore after hearing his last word. He laughed and said, “Don’t call me bro, I doubt I am older than you.”
“Hey! Hey! Hey!” The stuttering guy gasped for air, then he shouted angrily, “B-b-bro… b-b-bro…”
“I-I-I… I didn’t shout! I-I-I… I was s-s-s… s-saying, b-b-b… b-b-b-…brother!” The vulgar guy slammed the desk and finally managed to utter the word “brother”.
“What is your business with me?” Xiao Chen ordered another set of tea. He poured one cup for the stuttering guy, then he poured one for himself.
“I-I-I… a-a-a… already said it, I a-a-am… tiger slaughtering… s-s-s… specialist!” After the vulgar man said these, he was unperturbed and actually stopped speaking, seemingly waiting for Xiao Chen to raise a question. His slitted eyes were glancing to the left and the right of the main street.
Xiao Chen thought that this guy was very interesting. He didn’t have anything to do anyway, so he was not in a rush. After carefreely tasting the tea, he looked at the stream of people on the main street.
The two of them continued to drink is this leisurely manner for an hour. None of them said a thing even after clearing three pots of tea.
After one and a half hour later, the stuttering guy finally couldn’t stand it anymore and opened his mouth, “Y-y-y… you are really t-t-too… too boring. Even after h-h-h… half a day later, you d-d-didn’t say a single word, t-t-too… too boring!”
“Aren’t I waiting for you to speak first?”
“O-o-o… originally… I-I-I… I am the one who… p-p-p… pissed others off! But today, I-I-I… I-I-I… I almost got pissed off by you!”
Xiao Chen absolutely never imagined that, the stuttering guy in front of him was a member of the number one assassin guild, the “Million Chrysus”.
“You are an assassin, and yet you actually dared to reveal yourself under the sunlight. Are you not scared that your career as an assassin would end?”
“T-t-t… that is… the way of an ordinary assassin! W-w-w… who am I? I a-a-am… the future g-g-g… grand assassin!” The stuttering guy before him was very conceited and boasted shamelessly, “I-I-I… I am the daylight’s… a-a-a… assassin! I can h-h-have… an ordinary life. I-I-I… am unrivalled!”
He was a peculiar assassin named Chrysus. He was conceited enough to use the name of the guild as his denomination. But due to his stuttering, it was impossible to judge his true strength. The only thing one could feel from him was vulgarness.
Suddenly, Xiao Chen recalled an event from two years ago. Wasn’t there an assassin called Chrysus who killed the seventh son of the Tiger clan? The same guy who was to be wed to Fairsnow from the Southern Wasteland.
“It’s you.” Xiao Chen smiled.
The ‘Million Chrysus’ was an organization founded since olden times. They had a deep grudge with the Tiger clan. According to legend, the founder of the guild had once tried to assassinate the old ancestor of the Tiger clan. That old White Tiger Saint nearly lost his life as a result. Since then, both parties bore grudges impossible to unravel.
Chrysus fixed his eyes on a beautiful girl with revealing clothes who happened to walk past the main street. Even his soul was almost hooked away by the beauty. However, he still said absentmindedly, “B-b-b… bro, h-h-h… have you recalled who I am? T-the… future grand assassin!”
Xiao Chen wanted to laugh yet didn’t. This vulgar guy actually wanted to become a grand assassin… However, if he thought about it carefully, it was also hard to say. Nothing in this world was absolute, and this Chrysus didn’t look like a simple guy.
“Alright alright, let’s hurry and find a pen. With your way of speaking, it’ll take more than two hours to understand what you’re saying.”
With smooth movements, Chrysus nimbly retrieved a slate from the parcel at his back.
“Let us work together to kill that big tiger.” Chrysus quickly carved the words on the slate.
It seemed like he frequently communicated with others like this. His proficiency was beyond the norm.
“He should’ve taken the slate out earlier.” Xiao Chen cursed silently. Then he looked at him with a smile and asked, “Can the two of us take down a demigod?”
He wiped the slate with his hand, the writings on the slate were turned to dust and another set of writings appeared: “The two of us are about enough. If we include Dugu Jianmo, the three of us should be enough to take his head. What’s so special about a demigod? If the three of us use our divine power simultaneously, he is nothing more than a sickly cat.”
“I need to think about this carefully. But…” Speaking until here, Xiao Chen looked at this vulgar guy and asked, “How can I believe you are Chrysus?”
All of a sudden, an aura of death burst out. The ice-cold murderous aura immediately caused the tea maker to pass out and die.
There’s no need to probe more than necessary. This was definitely an aura unique to the assassin.
“B-b-b… brother, it’s a promise. L-l-l… Let u-u-u… us kill the old tiger together!”
“Alright, it’s a deal!”
Just at this time, chaos ensued on the main street. Many pedestrian ran over there. While some of the women ran the other way with their child.
Xiao Chen called one of the child into the teahouse. He gave him two pieces of gold coins and asked, “Kid, what is happening?”
The Ox… the Ox King is here. Granny said that the guardian of the underworld has come to reap our souls.”
“N-n-n… Nonsense! H-h-h… how could the guardians of the underworld show up in broad daylight?” The slitted eyes of Chrysus widened.
“It’s true. That Ox King is really strong. He has defeated many practitioners. He even wanted to reap the soul of a person called Xiao Shishui.”
Xiao Chen let the kid go, then he faced Chrysus and said, “Let’s go take a look.”
At the bustling crossroads, a seemingly honest fatty with two horns growing from his head stood there. He looked like the reincarnation of a kindhearted Ox King. And beside him was a banner with these letters: Challenging Xiao Shishui.
“This guy…” Xiao Chen never thought Oxman had actually arrived at Yindu and used this kind of method to find him.
He must have already learned about the battle from the other day. He could trick the others with the Telepathic Sword Wave, Seal of Aquarius, etc., but he couldn’t deceive the little fatty. He was also proficient in many of these skills. He should’ve already guessed the true identity of this Xiao Shishui.
“What, an old enemy?” Chrysus smiled and said, “L-l-l… Let me help you finish him off.”
However, he was already too late. The seemingly vulgar Chrysus already faded into thin air at that very instance. Even Xiao Chen was shocked by his speed.
Oxman, who was lifting the banner, seemed to have sensed something. He instantly soared into the sky. A huge demonic bull materialized behind him. The mountain-sized black bull caused everyone to be terrified. It possessed an indistinguishable magic power.
With a moo, the huge demonic bull swooped down. It caused the street below to break up.
Chrysus’ figure emerged as he fell back. The huge demonic bull also returned to its position behind Oxman after that single strike.
“My god, it’s really the Ox King!”
“It’s a living ghost. The guardian of the underworld has come into being in broad daylight.”
Many women and childrens wailed as they ran towards the distant. As for those with some courage and a few practitioners looked on with curiosity.
Chrysus silently moved back to Xiao Chen’s side and said, “T-t-t… This ox-headed man is v-v-v… very… unusual.”
“Who are you calling ox-headed man, you and your family are the one with ox-head!” Oxman already landed on the ground. The huge Demonic Bull was sucked into his body. He destroyed the banner with a light slap and walked over with large strides.
After seeing Xiao Chen, the little fatty immediately started to chuckle. However, when he looked at Chrysus, his chubby face immediately puffed up.
“Since we are on the same side, let us change our location first.” Xiao Chen hastily pulled the two and squeezed out of the crowd.
Only until they covered a good distance did Xiao Chen finally say, “I didn’t expect you would leave so quickly. Where’s the black dragon?”
“It is in the deep mountains around Yindu. I have no choice but to leave at an earlier time.” Speaking until here, the little fatty was very dejected. He said in annoyance, “The cow horn on my head is growing faster with each passing day. And now… sniff sniff… I can’t even cut it off with a sword anymore. Those bunch of gramps and grannies say it is a good thing. They wouldn’t help me get rid of it. I had no choice but to come out to take a look and see if I can find a way to make it grow smaller.”
Oxman had a bitter expression.
“It really cannot be cut off?” Surprisingly, the stuttering guy spoke very smoothly. His eyes gleamed and one of his hands stretched towards the cow horn. He chuckled and said, “It really is an excellent material to forge the Overcast Dagger.”
“Stand aside, you wretched stuttering guy.” Oxman pushed him to the side and patted his two feet long black horns in annoyance.
“Just let nature take its course.” Xiao Chen tried to comfort Oxman.
The little fatty was an optimists. He quickly pushed the problem regarding the cow horn to the side. Then he excitedly said to Xiao Chen, “Brother Shishui, do you know why I came to Yindu? One of our old acquaintance is here. Do you still remember Rowena? She’s at the Spellbind Castle. I hear that she is very close to the Flower Overqueen over there.”
Oxman couldn’t reveal Xiao Chen’s identity in front of Chrysus, but there was no problem to transmit some news.
“S-s-s… Spellbind… C-c-c-c… Castle?” Hearing those words, Chrysus’ slitted eyes immediately gave off dangerous glints.
“S-s-s, Spell your head. You can’t even speak smoothly. That is a place only true men can go, do you think a wretched guy like you have the qualification?” Oxman just couldn’t stand Chrysus.
“O-o-o… ox-headed man… y-y-you… d-d-d-d… don’t go too far. I-i-if you don’t believe it, w-w-why don’t we give it a try?”
“What’s there to try with that vulgar look of yours that even your gramps and uncles dislike. Even if you go, you will be chased away with a broom. That is not a place you can go even if you have money.”
“B-b-b… you bastard! I-I-I…” Speaking until here, Chrysus quickly retrieved the slate and carved some words on it. Otherwise he’d be choked to death by himself.
“Let’s settle it once and for all, let’s go the the Spellbind Castle and see who is the real man. No matter what is said and done, I can jerk off thirteen times in one night…”
“Pooey, you f**king pervert, it’s more believable if you say thirteen seconds.” Although fatty Oxman looked naive, his mouth was very sharp.
Xiao Chen laughed out loud. He stopped their bickering and said, “Let’s go, our destination is the Spellbind Castle.”
The Spellbind Castle looked just like the palace of the royals. It occupied a vast amount of land. From afar, it looked like Temple in Heaven extending forever into the distance. One could imagine how much influence they held, otherwise how would Yindu allow them to build this kind of palace on their territory?
All the visitors here were wealthy and respectable people. Anywhere you look, you could find an influential figure walking into the VIP room.
After ascending from the white marble steps and entering the imposing hall at the centermost, one could see a lavish, richly ornamented building.
At the moment, it was already close to nightfall. The crystal lamp flickered with an illusory light, making this bejeweled jade palace look even more illustrious in contrast.
There was a two meter tall jade displayed on the other side of the screen. It was sparkling and translucent. One look and anyone could tell it was a priceless treasure.
And on the wall, there was even a scroll with the verse the Sword Saint Li Bai personally inscribed. It was absolutely not a counterfeit.
A courtesan who was assigned to take care of the guests walked over seductively with a veil covering her face. Following behind her were few pretty girls from various races.
The girls from the west had snow-white skin as smooth as the baby’s. They had tall stature and their long blond hair was as bright and beautiful as the sunshine. The girls from the east had smooth black hair that flowed like waterfall. Their bright eyes and white teeth were attractive. And they had the right curves at the right place. The fox ladies of the beastmen tribe were very lovely. Just a coquettish glance from them had already stolen the heart of Chrysus. Not to mention that soft and fluffy tail…
The eight ladies of different races were all extremely charming. Their smiles were well worth dying for.
“Hehe… honored guest, this way please.” The courtesan let out a cute giggle and welcomed them with eight young ladies.
Oxman whispered in a low voice, “Why are you still covering your face, why not let us see it?”
Chrysus took out the slate and quickly carved some words on it, “Idiot, you don’t even understand this. So you are actually a virgin…”
Oxman snickered, “When the great me is doing it, who knows which poor girl is being peeped by a vulgar man like you. Just save your strength, I don’t need you to give a presentation.” Speaking until here, the little fatty seemed to have recalled something and said, “I hear Dugu Jianmo is also at Yindu. It would be interesting if we let that cold-blooded guy come to this kind of place.”
Hearing this, Xiao Chen smiled and said, “It just so happens that I have something to discuss with him, it’s not a bad idea.” He turned his head to face the courtesan and said, “Do you think you girls will be able to help?”
“Of course there is no problem. All the honored guests here are synonymous to ancestor gods to us.” The courtesan answered with a smile.
Seeing that Xiao Chen really went ahead to invite Dugu Jianmo, Oxman started to chuckle when he imagined that cold-blooded guy coming to this kind of place. Then, as if he just recalled some other thing, he said, “I hear the chick, Yan Qingcheng, is also at Yindu. She is but a world class beauty. How about brother Shishui invite her as well?”
The courtesan covered her mouth and laughed. The eight sexy ladies behind her also laughed with cute gesture. They felt that this little fatty was absolutely disgraceful. Who in their right mind would take a girl to this kind of place?
At this time, Oxman found that the wretched Chrysus was laughing at him. At the same time, he could also feel cold gazes directed at him from the street.
He turned around to look, who could that be other than Yan Qingcheng herself?
Yan Qingcheng, Frosty, and the third princess just happened to pass through. Since the Spellbind Castle was too popular, the third princess had no choice but to give a short introduction of the place when they passed by.
When Yan Qingcheng saw Oxman’s face, she covered her mouth in shock. Her anger had been curbed for the time being as she whispered, “Ox-head… how did he turn into an ox-head?”
She had a distinct memory of this abominable fatty. Back when they were still on the dragon island, this silly-looking guy was not easy to deal with.
“Lass Yan… oh, that’s not right, younger sister Yan, how are you? It’s only been a few years, and you have become much more beautiful compared to your past self. You are indeed a peerless beauty. Incomparably charming, blah, blah, blah…” Oxman was shooting his mouth off with praise after praise.
“Swish” A silver hairpin flew over and interrupted his words. Yan Qingcheng’s face was beet red as she looked at the men with pure anger.
“Yan-yan… yan-yan… yan-yan… You are too beautiful!” The wretched Chrysus also didn’t want to lag behind as he opened his mouth to shoot off praises. He didn’t manage to spit out the “Lady” part of “Lady Yan”, so he just cut it off. Fortunately, the following words flowed out smoothly.
However, because of this, the meaning was not at all the same. Instead of called her Lady Yan, he called her intimately with a nickname, ‘Yan Yan’. This caused Yan Qingcheng’s cheeks to turn red from anger. She was itching to grab this vulgar guy and beat him up.
She was gnashing her teeth at the street. She was actually beset by three guys who were visiting the brother. This was really humiliating.
“Ah…” He wanted to call Frosty, but the vulgar guy stuttered again, “Frost-frost… frost-frost… frost-frost, you are also very beautiful!”
He did it again and called Frosty with a seemingly intimate nickname, which caused her countenance to change.
“G-Gr… Gra-gran… grandpa…” Chrysus’ face turned red from anxiety. However, he just couldn’t spell out the “cess” of “princess”. He pointed at the third princess and said with clenched teeth, “Grandpa… is also very beautiful!” ⌈2⌋
While the third princess was angry, she also came to realize something, so she didn’t know whether to laugh or to cry.
The crowd who happened to pass through were laughing their hearts out. In the hall, the courtesan and the eight girls were already tearing up from suppressed laughter.
While Xiao Chen was laughing in his mind, he shouted: Genius! ⌈3⌋
Oxman already crouched down and slammed the ground as he laughed with no restrain.
- Yea, I can totally relate man… it feels so stifling whenever I translate his dialog >w< ↩
Word play at work here.
公主 = princess
公公 = grandpa
Chrysus was unable to spell out the “主” of 公主, so he kept repeating the two words: 公公 ↩
- Just to clarify, he shouted in his mind, the word didn’t leave Xiao Chen’s mouth. ↩