Wu Chen frowned and said, “Indeed, only a demon would say such things.”

Luo Binghe ignored him completely. “If he is my father, why didn’t he mention it?”

At most, when they were beating Luo Binghe, they mentioned “like his mother” without any praise or criticism.

“Like” and then what?

That’s it.

Shen Qingqiu was rendered speechless by the question:

How should I know why!

The most likely reason is that Tian Langjun is really insane, right?

Something felt off, and Shen Qingqiu didn’t have time to complain about it. He turned around and said, “Please calm down, everyone. Luo Binghe’s appearance at Shaohua Temple this time is not to provoke or have ill intentions…”

Master Wu Chen echoed, “That’s right. Brother Yue, it wouldn’t hurt to listen to what Master Shen has to say.” Shen Qingqiu gratefully glanced at him, but Wu Chen sneered, “Not ill intentions? Then what is it?”

He said the last sentence with a gulp of wine. Suddenly, dozens of martial monks dressed in golden robes appeared from the crowd and pinned down a group of people, pressing them to the ground.

The captured individuals slowly emitted black energy. As expected, the scene became chaotic:

“A demon infiltrated!”

“Luo Binghe really came prepared!”

This development! It’s so damn frustrating!

Shen Qingqiu felt like crying.

Those lackeys of Nine Heavens Lord were originally props used to increase Luo Binghe’s positive reputation, but they ended up having the opposite effect and were mistaken as accomplices!

He took out his folding fan with foresight. Sure enough, Wu Chen’s staff came crashing down the next moment. Shen Qingqiu used the fan to intercept the staff in mid-air. He controlled his strength just right to create a deadlock with Wu Chen. He quickly turned his head and hastily said to Luo Binghe, “Leave it to me!” He was about to continue with some dramatic lines when Wu Chen scolded him, “Shen Qingqiu, have you also been bewitched by the demons like Su Xiyan? As the peak lord, you should at least have some sense of shame!”

Shen Qingqiu slipped on the ground and almost lost his balance.

How can these two situations be the same?!?!

After struggling to adjust his distorted facial expression, little did he know that Luo Binghe would strike down at Wu Chen without hesitation.

That audacious child again! Shen Qingqiu infused spiritual energy into the fan’s tip, deflecting Wu Chen’s staff. “Didn’t you say to leave it to me?!”

Luo Binghe’s face was full of gloom. “He can insult me, but he can’t insult you!”

In a matter of moments, the two of them were surrounded by cultivators with various expressions in the Daixiong Hall. As expected, using demonic energy easily aroused hostility. Wu Chen waved his staff and said, “Master Yue, this demon still calls Shen Qingqiu his master, and Shen Qingqiu doesn’t deny it. What do you think? Do you still acknowledge Luo Binghe as a member of Cang Qiong Mountain Sect?”

Yue Qingyuan didn’t respond. His face showed no joy or anger, and his tone remained calm as he sat steadily. “Qingqiu, come back.”

Shen Qingqiu instinctively took a step towards him, thinking that admitting his mistake first might calm Yue Qingyuan down. If Yue Qingyuan sided with him, they would have complete control of the situation. But before he could reach Yue Qingyuan, Luo Binghe grabbed him. “Don’t go over!”

Shen Qingqiu was about to say something, but Luo Binghe added, “Don’t go over.” There was even a hint of pleading in his tone. Shen Qingqiu was about to speak, but before he could, hundreds of sword auras and spiritual lights simultaneously attacked the center of the encirclement.

Liu Qingge’s pupils contracted, and Xiu Ya was unsheathed, ready to protect Shen Qingqiu. However, the entire Daixiong Hall began to shake.

A layer of white and black electric lights intertwined and burst open!

After the vibration, the ground was in disarray. Only about a quarter of the people were still standing or leaning. Luo Binghe’s eyes turned blood-red, shining brightly like scorching hot magma, and his sleeves were enveloped in swirling black energy.

A captured demon on the ground burst into laughter. “Truly shameless! Using this lowly tactic of surrounding him just like when dealing with Tian Langjun, and using it again today!”

Luo Binghe held Shen Qingqiu with one hand and said word by word, “You can surround and attack me at will. But what did my master do to be encircled together with me?”

In fact, he wasn’t injured. The shaking was too intense, and he stumbled for a moment before Luo Binghe held and protected him in his arms. Shen Qingqiu was about to mediate further when Wu Chen interjected, “He calls him his master, and he doesn’t deny it. Isn’t that enough?”

This bald donkey!

Shen Qingqiu smiled, but it didn’t reach his eyes. “Whether Shen admits it or not, what does it have to do with you?”

He twirled the folding fan in his hand, deflecting the swords and blades coming at him from various angles. With a turn, he suddenly saw Yue Qingyuan’s hand pressing on the Xuan Su Sword hilt as he approached.

His hand went weak, almost throwing the fan straight out. Fight Yue Qingyuan? Are you kidding!

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Unexpectedly, Yue Qingyuan raised Xuan Su, but instead of aiming at Shen Qingqiu, he missed by a few inches. With a loud clang, Shen Qingqiu quickly turned his head. The hilt of Xuan Su Sword and Wu Chen’s staff collided and became entangled.

Wu Chen missed hitting Luo Binghe and instead struck him on the back of his head. What the hell!

Although Yue Qingyuan joined the fray, he didn’t attack the two targets in the center of the battle. Instead, he casually helped Shen Qingqiu block a few attacks. Liu Qingge also joined in the chaos. The two of them fought recklessly, with similar styles. They would fight anyone except Shen Qingqiu, causing pure chaos. The troublesome part was that the ones causing chaos were the two skilled experts. Finally, Wu Chen couldn’t bear it any longer and exclaimed, “Peak Lord Liu!”

Liu Qingge sliced through the dusters of the Tianyi Temple disciples, turning them into mere feathers, and said expressionlessly, “My bad.”

Wu Chen was furious, his beard bristling. “Master Yue!”

After Yue Qingyuan smashed Wu Chen’s staff towards Shen Qingqiu three times, he calmly remarked, “I must be seeing things.”

Everyone present couldn’t help but think in unison: the rumors of Cang Qiong Mountain Sect protecting their own are indeed true!

One mistake can be explained, but what about two? One moment of blurred vision can be understood, but if you’ve had blurred vision since joining the fight, can’t you fight properly? Which side are you on? (╯‵□′)╯︵┻━┻

The two of them were using their actions to tell others: fighting is allowed, but bullying Qing Jing Peak’s Peak Lord is not!

Shen Qingqiu pushed Luo Binghe away with his backhand and said, “Do you want to die? Go first!”

Instead of being pushed away, Luo Binghe grabbed his wrist and said, “Master, let’s go. Let’s leave together!”

Shen Qingqiu didn’t look back at his expression. First, he was too busy, and second, he didn’t have the heart to. He pulled his hand back and urged, “Don’t move! When I say we can leave, we’ll leave. Behave!”

He didn’t know how long he could hold off the others, and it was impossible to abandon this chaotic situation and run away with Luo Binghe. Yue Qingyuan and the others were obviously going easy on them, and Wu Chen was already angry. They had to leave one of the two of them behind; otherwise, conflicts would arise between Shaohua Temple and Cang Qiong Mountain Sect.

After a moment of silence, Luo Binghe whispered, “…Okay.”

“Since it’s what you said, Master.”

The next moment, they landed on the square outside Daixiong Hall.

The speed was too fast, terrifyingly fast. For a moment, everyone forgot to sheathe their weapons and continue chasing. Wu Chen shouted, “Set up the boundary!”

Several monks headed towards the square. Shen Qingqiu swiftly unsheathed Xiu Ya and snapped his fingers. The sword swept through, disrupting their formation and rhythm. He shouted, “I’ll return to Cang Qiong Mountain first. We’ll meet again later.” Luo Binghe had the Nightmare Technique and could meet at any time. He could just go to sleep and they would meet. The latter half of the sentence was meant to comfort Luo Binghe, implying that he would console his injured heart later. But saying it out loud like this couldn’t help but make Shen Qingqiu feel a bit guilty. He couldn’t help but steal a glance at the two from Cang Qiong Mountain.

Upon seeing this, Luo Binghe’s lips twitched, revealing a strange smile.

Many people shivered at the sight of that smile for no reason, feeling inexplicably frightened.

Luo Binghe slowly said, “I will come back to pick you up.”

Before his words even finished, he disappeared from outside the hall.

Once he was gone, Wu Chen let out a frustrated sigh. Shen Qingqiu, on the other hand, breathed a sigh of relief and immediately sheathed Xiu Ya.

He held the sword horizontally and presented it to Yue Qingyuan. “Due to the urgent situation earlier, Qingqiu had no choice but to offend everyone present. Senior Martial Brother, please punish me.”

Yue Qingyuan pushed the sword back. “Since the person has returned, the matter of punishment can be discussed later when we return to Cang Qiong Mountain.”

Shen Qingqiu glanced at his expression.

Although Yue Qingyuan appeared very serious, based on his behavior in the previous melee… it seemed he was just putting on a show in front of others.

“Discuss it later when we return to Cang Qiong Mountain” is the same as saying, “Let’s forget about this matter and go eat”…

The Sect Leader is indeed easy to talk to, but Wu Chen doesn’t have such an easy way out. Luo Binghe was let go right in front of everyone’s eyes. Although the blame lies mostly with the three Peak Lords for causing chaos, Shaohua Temple feels a bit embarrassed. Wu Chen joined his palms together and said, “This matter cannot be left like this, right? Shen Sect Leader should give an explanation. Or rather, Cang Qiong Mountain Sect must provide an explanation on behalf of Shen Sect Leader!”

Someone in the corner spoke in a sharp voice, “Earlier, it was said that Su Xiyan was confused, but the favor and loyalty to the sect couldn’t compare to a few sweet words from a man. Shen Qingqiu is even more confused. There’s no need for Luo Binghe’s sweet words; he should know better.”

Shen Qingqiu pretended not to hear, while Yue Qingyuan politely said, “People from Cang Qiong Mountain Sect will be dealt with by me. I believe we will give you an explanation.”

Master Wu Chen happily said, “Amitabha, that would be for the best. I believe Sect Leader Yue and Peak Lord Shen will be able to resolve this matter.”

Wu Chen snorted and began to reproach, “That’s not necessarily true. Perhaps everyone has forgotten that Shen Qingqiu still hasn’t given an explanation for the incident in Jinlan City. He escaped from the water prison in Fantillusion Palace and even feigned death in Huayue City. Cang Qiong Mountain Sect has yet to provide a detailed explanation for this matter. If this is the ’explanation’ that Shen Qingqiu and your sect offer, I must say it’s far from satisfactory.”

He brought up past events, but Shen Qingqiu was completely lost in his thoughts and not listening at all.

The system had sent a red warning, and who the hell had the time to listen to the old monk rehashing old grievances?!

System: [“Zhao Hua Temple” side quest concluded. Value statistics: Reputation -200. Mission completion status: Thorough failure!]

It reached -200, and not +200, but -200!

This was the first time, after all this time, that he had failed a mission. And it was a complete failure!

Shen Qingqiu hurriedly asked, “What are the consequences of failure?”

Suddenly, a sharp pain and intense dizziness struck his brain.

System: [“Mission failed! Please prepare for return to your original world within 60 seconds.”]

He remembered now. Anyone whose values fell below zero would be sent back!

Shen Qingqiu roared, “No way, damn it! I’m being sent back to the original world just like that?! Don’t you know my original account was canceled? It’s just a failure. Can’t my high satisfaction level offset it a little? What about my B-rank? My B-rank is also high! Shouldn’t it be of some use?!”

His mind was in turmoil, and his face changed unpredictably, alternating between pale, blue, red, and green. He looked like he was about to vomit or faint at any moment. Liu Qingge noticed something was wrong and asked, “What’s the matter with you?”

System: [“Do you want to use all of your current satisfaction points to purchase alternative forms of punishment?”]

Shen Qingqiu said, “Buy, buy, buy! No matter the cost, buy!”

Ding! System: [“Purchase successful. Satisfaction points reset to zero. Please note your balance. Punishment loading.”]

The pink satisfaction bar really became 0… Well, it seems he won’t experience the day when the number shocks him during the monthly settlement. This is the second time it has been reset [wave goodbye manually]. The second time!

Shen Qingqiu’s head no longer hurt, but he still felt dizzy.

Yue Qingyuan also noticed something was wrong. “Were you hit just now?”

Liu Qingge grabbed him with one hand to steady him and looked up, asking, “Who hit you?”

The Peak Lord of Bai Zhan Peak inquired, but everyone shook their heads in a hurry.

Are they pretending?! Who could hit Shen Qingqiu?! Based on the situation just now, there’s no way Shen Qingqiu would have been hit! All three of them were protecting someone openly and secretly! How dare they put on airs! Only he has the right to hit others!

The dispute outside became increasingly noisy. As Shen Qingqiu felt more and more dizzy, his vision went dark, and he collapsed between Yue Qingyuan and Liu Qingge with a thud.

He really fell down.

When he opened his eyes again, he was no longer in Zhao Hua Temple.

Shen Qingqiu looked around and found no one there.

Could this be a dream?

But usually, when he dreams, the setting is always Qing Jing Peak because he shares dreams with Luo Binghe, and the latter loves to use Qing Jing Peak as the dream map.

Shen Qingqiu walked a bit and carefully observed. Suddenly, he realized that this place was indeed Qing Jing Peak.

However, it was Qing Jing Peak after being burned.

The bamboo forest and cottages were completely destroyed, reduced to blackened ruins and charred roots, leaning and collapsing. White smoke mixed with a burnt smell lingered in the air.

The desolation and misery of the scene made Shen Qingqiu increasingly calm and composed.

It was burned to ashes. How deep was the grudge?!

Shen Qingqiu messaged the system, “Can you provide an address?”

System: [“Hello. The punishment program is running, and other system functions are not available. Please understand and good luck to you.”]

WTF…!!!

So it has already begun! Shen Qingqiu punched the nonexistent wall and suddenly heard the sound of footsteps crushing gravel.

The footsteps were slow, taking one step at a time, giving off a sense of power and impending action.

Amidst the scorched earth and rubble, a figure emerged.

In the cold wind, the person in the black robe had wide sleeves that fluttered slightly. Their face and the collar of their clothes were as immaculate as snow, slowly walking forward with an indifferent expression. Their eyes seemed to be fixed in the sky, giving off a sense of superiority. With arms crossed, they stepped on a piece of scorched stone, seemingly uninterested.

Shen Qingqiu couldn’t help but exclaim, “Luo Binghe!”

Luo Binghe blinked, and his head turned slightly. A gaze as sharp as ice and snow shot toward Shen Qingqiu.

Upon meeting that gaze, Shen Qingqiu felt as if he had been pierced by two knives, and his heart skipped a beat. Suddenly, he felt a strong wind and that his clothes were a bit thin. Why else would his forehead and spine feel cold?

Luo Binghe raised an eyebrow and flicked at the nonexistent ashes on his sleeve, emitting a slightly puzzled “Hmm?” from his nose.

Shen Qingqiu abruptly stopped in his tracks.

This feeling was off.

Luo Binghe tilted his head. “Shen Qingqiu?”

It felt even more off.

The tone, expression, and demeanor didn’t seem like Luo Binghe, yet they also resembled Luo Binghe.

To put it precisely, the person standing in front of Shen Qingqiu appeared to be the original “Luo Binghe” from the novel.