Holy shit!

In an instant, Shen Qingqiu’s brain seemed to boil, and he was engulfed in flames. This was like a live reenactment of “Midnight Horror Bell” right in front of him! He grabbed his folding fan, swiftly turned around, and jumped out of the wooden window.

Finally, he tore off the daytime disguise that gave people goosebumps and revealed his true nature, coming to settle the score!

Escaping was purely instinctual. Years of habit made him insist on running away gracefully, even if it was escaping. After landing steadily, with a light step and a swift movement, he rushed forward.

Luo Binghe’s clear voice had an extremely penetrating power, carrying a chilly smile as it reached his ears. “During the day, Master treats Gongyi Xiao with tenderness and affection. In the evening, he waits with a lamp until late at night for Senior Uncle Liu. How come, when it comes to me, the distance is so distant?”

Damn it, each word he speaks narrows the distance tenfold. This speed is not scientific!

Shen Qingqiu took a deep breath and thought that regardless of the situation, he needed to find some help. He used his spiritual energy to shout from his dantian, “Liu Qingge!”

Luo Binghe’s voice drew closer again, but this time, it wasn’t so gentle. Instead, it carried a sneer. “Senior Uncle Liu is currently engaged in a battle, so he probably doesn’t have the leisure to come. Master, if you have any instructions, why not tell me?”

I can’t accept that!

Shen Qingqiu knew that Liu Qingge was most likely being detained by Luo Binghe using some method, so he couldn’t count on him. Right now, he gathered all his spiritual energy and hoped to burst out with speed.

But he had forgotten, in the current phase of the incurable poison, his spiritual energy was sluggish. Even if he managed to form a sword gesture, his current state of spiritual energy wouldn’t respond even if the gesture was perfect, unable to summon his treasured sword, Xiuyao.

Moreover, Luo Binghe’s hand was gradually exerting force, slowly tightening.

Suddenly, a bright light flashed before Shen Qingqiu’s eyes, and a huge dialogue box appeared.

This dialogue box was completely different from before. The previous one was like an error message prompt from the XP system, but now it was simple, low-key, luxurious, and meaningful… and most importantly, the content! The system prompt: “Would you like to accept a friendly tip from the system to resolve the minor trouble you’re currently facing?”

You call this a “minor trouble”?!

Shen Qingqiu roared in his mind, his voice hoarse and desperate. “Yes! Is there a simple mode? Please give me a simple mode!”

System: “Authorization activated. Do you want to use the key item to maintain your survival status?”

Shen Qingqiu’s eyes were already turning green. “What other key items are there?! How much protagonist’s favorability points do I need to spend? Tell me!”

System: “The item is already in your equipment. Do you want to use the ‘Fake Jade Guanyin’ item, consuming 100 points of Luo Binghe’s anger value?”

Holy shit, the Fake Jade Guanyin left behind by Luo Binghe’s foster mother!

This was the life-saving item and high-level equipment he obtained when he first arrived in this world. How could he have forgotten about it all this time, carrying a golden rice bowl for begging? Finally, the system reminded him of something!

Shen Qingqiu: “Use it! Use it!” His vocal cords were about to split into two!

System: “Friendly reminder: This item can only be used once and can consume up to 5000 points of Luo Binghe’s anger value.”

Shen Qingqiu was on the edge. “Wait a minute—!!!”

Luo Binghe’s anger value was only 100 points in his current state?! Are you kidding me?! With his seductive and manic behavior at 100 points, what would it be like when his anger value reached 5000 points? The scene was too beautiful to imagine! The key point is—using an item that could consume up to 5000 points to deal with a situation that only had 100 points, and losing the chance to use it again. Even though his life was at stake, Shen Qingqiu still needed some time to be heartbroken and indecisive!

Continuing like this, he would either suffocate to death or die with his throat crushed.

Just as Shen Qingqiu made up his mind and was about to grit his teeth to use the life-saving item, the pressure on his neck suddenly loosened.

Shen Qingqiu leaned against the wall, barely standing, finally managing to avoid falling to his knees. He couldn’t run away anymore, so he faced the boss head-on.

Luo Binghe had nearly choked him to death just moments ago, and now he came over with a smiling face, just like when he helped Shen Qingqiu get off the carriage or offered him snacks. Shen Qingqiu, for a moment, forgot to struggle and felt a chill run down his spine due to this bipolar behavior.

Luo Binghe sighed, “Master, why did you run so fast? Your disciple almost couldn’t catch up.”

Hmph, couldn’t catch up my ass. Who was the one who followed me so calmly without even panting, playing cat and mouse for so long?

Shen Qingqiu took a few breaths and slowly spoke, his voice hoarse, “Aren’t you daring? Coming back so openly, aren’t you afraid of others discovering your true identity?”

Luo Binghe’s gaze flickered as he replied, “Master, are you concerned about that or worried about that?”

Shen Qingqiu found his words interesting. What’s the difference between “concerned” and “worried” in this context?

He couldn’t help but ask, “Do you think that I won’t tell anyone?”

Luo Binghe looked at him with pity in his eyes and said, “Master, even if you want to, others might not believe you.”

A shiver ran down Shen Qingqiu’s spine.

Was he planning to follow the original plot and ruin his reputation first and then slowly corner him, playing with him until his death?

The original Shen Qingqiu had two major flaws: 1) molesting numerous young girls and women, and 2) killing many fellow disciples and non-disciples.

But Shen Qingqiu believed that ever since he took over this body, he had not inherited any of the original’s hobbies and aspirations. Could Luo Binghe still destroy his reputation, fame, and social status?

System: [Friendly response: Of course he can.]

Shen Qingqiu: “Shut up, okay? There is nothing the male lead can’t think of, and there is nothing he can’t accomplish. I know very well what he is capable of, thank you.”

System: [You’re welcome. This response does not cost any protagonist favorability points.]

Shen Qingqiu directly closed the dialogue box that popped up.

He rubbed his throat, stood for a while, and realized that Luo Binghe was still staring at him with wide eyes, showing no intention of continuing his attack.

Still staring?

Could it be that after several years apart, he wanted to make up for the time he didn’t get to see enough?

System: [Protagonist’s satisfaction +50.]

Shen Qingqiu: “You leveled up, but you forgot to give a reason for the satisfaction points? Don’t accuse me of trying to earn points. I didn’t do anything to deserve these points. Also, can you please disappear temporarily?”

After a while, Shen Qingqiu asked, “Why did you come back? What do you want to do?”

Luo Binghe replied, “I just missed the kindness you showed me, Master, and came back to take a look.”

Shen Qingqiu automatically understood it as Luo Binghe coming back to settle old accounts with him.

The exchange of questions and answers between Luo Binghe and Shen Qingqiu seemed surprisingly harmonious. Shen Qingqiu gradually gained more courage and calmly placed his hand on the hilt of his sword, saying, “Just to kill me? What about the epidemic in Jinlan City? Are all the residents in this city also recipients of your ‘kindness’?”

Little did he know, this statement touched a nerve in Luo Binghe. In an instant, his eyes seemed to darken, and the faint smile on his face disappeared.

After a while, Luo Binghe said with suppressed anger, “Master, you truly abhor the demon race.” There was a trace of anger in his tone.

Not really.

Luo Binghe gritted his teeth. “No, I should say you abhor me.”

You see, you understand… whatever, whatever, whatever?

I didn’t say that. It’s not to the extent of abhorrence; I just have a slight psychological shadow. Please don’t exaggerate it. Thank you!

Luo Binghe suddenly took a step closer, and Shen Qingqiu’s expression became alert, retreating a step as well.

Their gazes clashed in the air, and Luo Binghe seemed to sense his own anger, his voice turning colder.

“Master, do you truly believe that I would commit acts such as murder, arson, slaughtering cities, and annihilating countries just because of the half-bloodline within my body?”

Shen Qingqiu could only remain silent.

If he had a physical copy of “Proud Immortal Demon Way,” he would probably slap Luo Binghe in the face with it.

There are layers upon layers of evidence! Behind the 20 million characters, there are countless things you want! It’s not just murder, arson, slaughtering cities, and annihilating countries. You’ve turned the demon and immortal realms upside down. Descriptions like “killing everyone and everything” can’t fully capture what you’ve done!

Seeing that Shen Qingqiu remained silent, his eyes downcast, Luo Binghe sneered, “In that case, why did you say those high and mighty words about separating good and evil regardless of race?”

Suddenly, his face darkened, and a trace of hostility appeared between his brows. He made a swift move and shouted, “So hypocritical!”

Shen Qingqiu was prepared for this and quickly retreated, narrowly avoiding the attack. When he looked back, he saw that the wall behind him had been shattered.

Although he knew in advance that Luo Binghe’s personality would undergo a drastic change after coming out of the Abyss, he didn’t expect it to change so dramatically. Calling him capricious was an understatement.

The outcome predicted in the divination book was one thing, but seeing someone who used to be familiar turned into this was another. Especially when it could be considered his own doing.

It seemed like Luo Binghe didn’t really intend to strike him. After venting his frustration with a critical hit, he calmed down a bit, tilted his head, and reached out as if to catch him. Shen Qingqiu quickly drew out his Sword of Returning Calm.

It had been a long time since he had manually unsheathed his sword. In the past, he mostly summoned it using sword techniques, but now, without spiritual energy, he could only rely on manual operation. He had no choice. He couldn’t just surrender. At least at this moment, he absolutely couldn’t sit idly by and wait for death.

This was a huge miscalculation. He had originally thought that Luo Binghe would spend another five years in the Abyss before climbing out, but unexpectedly, he broke free even larger than before, advancing the timeline by half. And if he calculated the days, Shen Qingqiu, as the guardian of the Day and Night Dew Hua Zhi that could save his life, hadn’t reached the point where it could be effective.

Seeing this, Luo Binghe slowly raised his hand, allowing Shen Qingqiu to see the swirling purplish-black demonic aura between his palms. He calmly said, “Master, guess how many times the Sword of Returning Calm will be eroded if I catch it?”

No need to guess. I bet fifty cents it will be at most one time! Shen Qingqiu felt extremely desolate.

Luo Binghe took another step closer, and Shen Qingqiu had no choice but to meet him with his sword.

He had already mentally prepared himself for the Sword of Returning Calm to be rendered useless, but unexpectedly, when Luo Binghe seemed to have seen something, he froze for a moment and swiftly withdrew the demonic device between his palms. He directly used his hand to intercept the blade.

Shen Qingqiu didn’t expect it to actually pierce him. This was already the second time! In the midst of his daze, Luo Binghe slashed his wrist in one move, causing his hand to loosen, and the long sword fell, kicked away by Luo Binghe.

Luo Binghe firmly grasped Shen Qingqiu’s wrist with one hand, and blood flowed from his palm, soaking Shen Qingqiu’s sleeve. The blood continued to flow, making him inexplicably anxious. In a cloudy state of mind, Luo Binghe turned his hand over and said, “Tainted?”

There were a few small red spots scattered on Shen Qingqiu’s arm, slightly more than during the daytime.

Luo Binghe’s slender fingers grazed over them almost imperceptibly, and those red spots dissipated under his touch.

Indeed, these little things didn’t pose any threat to Luo Binghe at all.

Luo Binghe seemed to ease his expression and said, “Master, this hand of yours has really been through a lot.”

…They actually had the same thought. Shen Qingqiu looked at his flawless hand and became even more puzzled by Luo Binghe’s thought process. Based on the current situation, perhaps he remembered that this hand had also protected him from the spikes on the Venomous Armor and had some remnants of old affection?

While he was speculating, suddenly, he was punched in the lower abdomen.

Luo Binghe smiled and said, “Since you started it, you should bear the consequences yourself. Compensate for the wounds you left behind, Master.”

Shen Qingqiu initially thought that he was using a metaphorical technique to express the psychological trauma he had inflicted on him in the past. But unexpectedly, his scalp stung as his neck was forcefully lifted, and Luo Binghe’s hand brought the wound to his lips, causing a surge of bloody taste in his mouth.

Shen Qingqiu’s eyes widened in shock.

Only then did he realize that the “wound” Luo Binghe referred to was the wound he had just left on his hand with the Sword of Returning Calm!

Damn it! This thing couldn’t be consumed! Absolutely not!

He forcefully pushed away Luo Binghe’s hand, lowered his head to spit out the mouthful of blood, but was forcibly twisted and continued to have blood poured into his mouth. Luo Binghe tore open the wound on his own hand, warm blood gushing out incessantly. He seemed even more delighted. “Master, don’t spit it out. Although the blood of the Heavenly Demon is impure, drinking it doesn’t necessarily mean death, right?”

It wouldn’t cause death, but it would make life worse than death!

Author’s Note: I realized the word count for the previous chapter was way too long…