There was only a split second of opportunity! Shen Qingqiu’s pupils contracted!

Just as the palm was about to land, by some strange coincidence, a beam in the house broke…

If Shen Qingqiu were still a reader of “Proud Immortal Demon Way” at this point, he would definitely throw his phone and curse loudly.

The system had already made it clear that the ironclad rule was that the protagonist cannot die. In other words, if the protagonist’s life was threatened, it would trigger a death event.

Shen Qingqiu deliberately instigated Butterfly to attack Luo Binghe, using this rule to his advantage and plotting to harm him. Although it was… unethical, Luo Binghe was unlikely to be in any real danger. If Shen Qingqiu didn’t do this, he might end up meeting his demise right here. Looking at the bigger picture, if he could trick Luo Binghe here, there would still be a chance to improve their relationship in the future.

But…

What the hell were you thinking, author?! A perfectly beautiful new house, and a random beam suddenly collapses!

Even if you want the protagonist to have a narrow escape, this plot twist is too forced. What’s the difference between this and a third-rate soap opera where the male and female leads are about to get married and suddenly a car crashes in? Thumbs down!

That nearly brand new beam, without any deviation, just happened to inexplicably hit Butterfly, practically flattening it on the ground, unable to get up. Moreover, it inexplicably knocked the pillar that bound Luo Binghe and Ning Yingying out of alignment. Ning Yingying had fainted from fear, and Luo Binghe struggled for a moment before inexplicably becoming untied.

After a series of inexplicable events, Shen Qingqiu found himself tied up by the Binding Immortal Silk, looking at Luo Binghe, who was dumbfounded next to the fallen Butterfly, and fell into a mysterious silence.

Is it over just like that?

Just as he thought that, Butterfly overturned the beam and leaped up.

It angrily exclaimed, “Shen Qingqiu! The people from Cang Qiong Mountain are truly despicable and cunning! What kind of treacherous means did you use just now to set me up from behind?”

Shen Qingqiu looked genuinely innocent. It had nothing to do with him, really. The real culprit was Luo Binghe.

Butterfly persisted, “You were indeed deliberately deceiving me, trying to divert my attention and launch a surprise attack on me. Otherwise, why would this beam suddenly fall and happen to hit me?”

He/she also cleverly noticed the plot’s inconsistencies. Intelligence can be salvaged! Shen Qingqiu felt somewhat relieved.

Butterfly sneered, “Do you think you can restrain me like this? Dream on. The Binding Immortal Silk can only be severed with a celestial sword. You won’t break free with ordinary means.”

…You’re being foolish again right after I praised you. Don’t reveal how to release the enemy, dear!

And were you afraid I wouldn’t see where you put the Xiu Ya Sword? You deliberately exposed it from your cloak and tapped it!

Shen Qingqiu couldn’t contain his excitement and took a moment to communicate with the system, “Let me ask you. Do all the villains follow this same pattern?”

System: [To ensure a smooth progression through the initial stage of the mission, the intelligence of the villains is set below average in the easy mode.]

So not all the bosses are easy to deal with. Shen Qingqiu felt a bit disappointed but still gave a big thumbs up, “The design of this easy mode is truly user-friendly. Excellent review.”

Butterfly gritted its teeth, “I won’t listen to anything you say anymore! Die, Shen Qingqiu!”

Shen Qingqiu exclaimed, “One last thing!”

Under the influence of easy mode, Butterfly indeed stopped, asking, “Do you have any last words?”

Shen Qingqiu thought for a moment and asked, “How does it feel to sleep with a sixty-year-old man?”

“… " While Butterfly’s face contorted with anger, trembling all over, Luo Binghe suddenly pounced from behind!

He snatched the Xiu Ya Sword from Butterfly’s waist, drew it from its scabbard, and the room was filled with a pure, icy radiance.

A silver shadow flashed, and the Binding Immortal Silk on Shen Qingqiu’s body was instantly severed.

Blame it on Butterfly for having an intelligence that didn’t meet the average level in easy mode. With a living person standing behind him, it took him for dead.

Butterfly exclaimed in disbelief, “This can’t be-”

Enough! I don’t want to hear the routine self-reflection before a boss dies! Shen Qingqiu’s mouth twitched as he gathered his spiritual energy in his right hand and struck Butterfly’s chest with a palm. The latter flew out like a kite with a broken string, limbs twisted and bleeding from every orifice.

This was Shen Qingqiu’s first lethal blow. But he didn’t show any mercy. First, this was just a book; second, this was a demon with countless kills under its belt; third, if he didn’t take action, he would be the one to die.

Shen Qingqiu glanced at the battered and bloodied Butterfly, turned his head, and filled his mind with the barrage of those three reasons. Acting composed, he stood up straight, calmed his qi, adjusted his posture, and turned to Luo Binghe, “First time watching ‘Exterminate Demons and Defend the Dao,’ frightened?”

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Luo Binghe’s still youthful face turned slightly pale.

Shen Qingqiu remained composed and said, “If you want to ‘guard,’ then you must ’eliminate.’”

Luo Binghe gritted his teeth and trembled as he asked, “Master, may I dare to ask… just now…”

Unable to wait for the second half of the question, Shen Qingqiu said, “You want to know what I planned to do if the beam didn’t suddenly collapse?”

Shen Qingqiu was at a loss for words. He really wanted to tell Luo Binghe, “Don’t worry, even if the beam didn’t collapse, there could still be a wall collapsing, or even a pillar. In short, you won’t die, the boss must die…”

But it was difficult to say such words, so he had to act mysterious and deflect, saying, “Are you blaming me for this?”

Luo Binghe shook his head, earnestly saying, “No. It would be an honor for your disciple to sacrifice their life for you, Master.”

…Shen Qingqiu was stunned by his pure-heartedness!

After some thought, Shen Qingqiu chose a more ambiguous phrasing and said, “Then let me tell you. Even if something happens to me, you won’t be in any danger.”

This was truly the truth. Even if Shen Qingqiu died a hundred times, the invincible protagonist Luo Binghe would still be fine!

With a confident and composed expression, devoid of any trace of insincerity, Shen Qingqiu’s voice resounded, “I absolutely won’t deceive you in this regard.”

Upon hearing these words, Luo Binghe seemed to be ignited with vitality. The slightly withered flower immediately bloomed again, and he held the sword with both hands, raising it to the level of his eyebrows and presenting it to Shen Qingqiu, saying, “Master, your sword!”

Shen Qingqiu took the sword and wiped off the sweat on his heart. This child was really good at coaxing. He had been completely bamboozled a moment ago, but with just a few words, he was resurrected to full health. However, it wouldn’t be so easy to fool him in the future. Growth truly was a thorny and brutal path…

Then, a series of system notifications came in rapid succession, making him overjoyed.

【Ning Yingying’s favorability has increased, Protagonist’s satisfaction +50】

【Obtained the advanced item ‘Binding Immortal Silk,’ Antagonist’s power +30】

【Completed the primary stage mission, Grade B+ unlocked. From this moment on, you have complete control over Shen Qingqiu’s account. Congratulations! Keep up the good work.】

Shen Qingqiu started to enjoy this rollercoaster-like feeling of rising and falling.

With the OOC function unlocked, he could finally embark on the great and glorious task of clinging to the male lead’s thigh!

The first thing he did upon returning to Cang Qiong Mountain was to climb the Peak Guardian’s residence on the Summit Peak and report his work to Yue Qingyuan.

Previously, Shen Qingqiu had always felt that this Sect Leader Senior Brother was like an NPC who issued missions. But that feeling disappeared as soon as he stepped through the mountain gate.

Before he even entered the main hall, Yue Qingyuan led the disciples from the Summit Peak to welcome him. The two of them exchanged smiles without saying a word. Yue Qingyuan reached out and held Shen Qingqiu’s pulse.

Shen Qingqiu was taken aback, but Yue Qingyuan didn’t make any further movements. He focused on carefully examining and inputting a faint flow of spiritual energy to check the condition of Shen Qingqiu’s spiritual pulse. Satisfied, he let go.

After a moment, Yue Qingyuan released his hand, smiled, and walked into the main hall together with Shen Qingqiu. He asked, “How was your training?”

Yue Qingyuan’s tone resembled that of an older brother in a family, reminding Shen Qingqiu of his two older brothers. He felt a touch of sadness, but more importantly, a sense of warmth. Even his words of frustration sounded cheerful, “Not satisfying.”

The disciples didn’t even catch a glimpse of the Skin-peeling Demon. From the perspective of training disciples, it was indeed unsatisfactory.

Yue Qingyuan said, “There’s no need to be hasty.”

Shen Qingqiu nodded and suddenly changed the topic, “Senior Brother, I want to go into seclusion at the Lingxi Cave behind the Back Mountain of the Summit Peak.”

As the highest of the Twelve Peaks, the Summit Peak naturally gathered the essence of heaven and earth. The Lingxi Cave was the best place for cultivation on the Summit Peak, where results could be achieved with half the effort. Therefore, senior figures or outstanding disciples within the sect could request permission from the Sect Leader to enter the cave for closed-door cultivation. Only with the approval of the Sect Leader could the request be granted.

Shen Qingqiu wanted to go into seclusion in the Lingxi Cave, and Yue Qingyuan wouldn’t refuse. However, a fleeting change crossed his smiling face, and his expression shifted slightly.

Sensing something unusual, but that brief anomaly quickly passed, Yue Qingyuan asked gently, “Is it for the Immortal Alliance Assembly?”

Shen Qingqiu replied, “Exactly.”

Not only because of the Immortal Alliance Assembly, but also because of the Skin-peeling Demon incident, Shen Qingqiu realized even more the importance of diligent cultivation. In this world, having strength meant having qualifications to think about the future. After all, it wasn’t every time that there would be easy mode and intelligence below average…

Before going into seclusion, Shen Qingqiu called Luo Binghe and handed him the correct entry-level cultivation technique.

Luo Binghe took the technique and asked, “Why would Master give me a completely different technique?”

Shen Qingqiu solemnly spouted nonsense, “Your constitution is different, and you can’t cultivate according to the general techniques of our sect.”

He didn’t want to personally reveal the truth that Shen Qingqiu instructed Ming Fan to give Luo Binghe a fake cultivation technique, although it was bound to be exposed sooner or later.

As he watched Shen Qingqiu’s receding figure, Luo Binghe held the technique in his hands, feeling greatly shaken inside.

This was a technique that his master specifically gave to him alone!

Shen Qingqiu occasionally glanced back and saw Luo Binghe still standing there in a daze. He rubbed his temple and continued walking.

Although he didn’t know what Luo Binghe was thinking, it was probably an overthinking situation…