Chapter 303: Uniting
After walking out, the girl never returned to the inside of the cave. Even Jian Chen who had changed into a new pair of clothes had turned red in the face. He had felt embarassed to a major degree and even a little angry. He didn’t think that the girl wouldn’t have any manners and would walk in without making her presence known.
If it weren’t for her quick reaction, Jian Chen would had assumed that she didn’t have a grudge at all for him seeing her naked body and today would be the day that she would return the favor.
If Jian Chen’s thoughts were to be discovered by this girl, then drowning himself in a river wouldn’t be enough for the girl.
After putting on some clothes, Jian Chen walked out of the cave where the girl stood not too far away with her back facing him. Even though he couldn’t see her face, Jian Chen could see the two sides of her neck were bright red, meaning her cheeks must have been as well.
After being discovered completely naked by a girl as he showered, it was completely hard for Jian Chen to not feel embarrassed. He still managed to hold a serious look on his face as he spoke out, “Hey, how could you be so rude and walk in without a sound to look at me while I shower?” A few years back after accidentally seeing the girl’s body, he had suffered greatly from it. Now that the girl had silently and sneakily walked into the cave as he bathed, this was an opportunity that Jian Chen would not dare to miss.
The girl had initially been embarrassed, but the moment she heard Jian Chen say that she snuck in to look at him shower, her red face immediately grew murderous. No longer feeling ashamed, she turned around to look at him, “Pah, who says I was trying to look at you shower? Do you even have any eyes?”
Jian Chen was speechless. To avoid having water in his eyes, he had shut them, so he didn’t see the girl’s figure. However, he had heard her shriek. With an honest expression, he spoke evenly, “My two eyes can see perfectly fine.”
“Pah, what a scoundrel you are, do you even feel any shame? Let me ask you this, that cave was originally mine, I was kind in allowing you to stay there for now, but then you began to take a shower without even telling me. This was your fault in the first place, so don’t go blaming me!” The girl fired back in order to retain her pride. Before Jian Chen could say anything to use against her, she would have to try to win the argument first.
“This cave had been made by someone else, just when did it become yours?” Jian Chen asked bewildered.
“This is a cave with no owner, but since I was the first to enter, then naturally I would be the owner of the cave!” The girl said confidently. Arguing was a specialty that she was good at.
Jian Chen wasn’t convinced by her words and was left speechless. He knew that if he argued with her, he would lose for sure. There weren’t too many people that he’d met that he couldn’t kill and equally less people that were stronger than him. However a fight of words was a different story. The points Jian Chen made were eaten up by her; logic was not something that agreed with her. Her logic was both preposterous and stubborn: the girl could say that one was two and that two was three, and would be very confident in herself. Logic was not something that agreed with her, and the words that Jian Chen had tried to use to win had been eaten up by her.
“You…you win.” Jian Chen spoke with a huff. He hadn’t planned on letting her win, but who could have imagined that not even two sentences later, she had fully suppressed him with her words and given him no chance to win.
“I’ve seen your body and you’ve seen mine. But I’ve also saved your life, so let’s consider this even. If I owe you in the future, tell me.” With that, Jian Chen began to walk away without a look back.
“Yo-you rogue!” Upon hearing Jian Chen say that he had seen her body, the girl immediately grew flustered as her mind couldn’t help but think back to that one time. Her beautiful face instantly lit up with a reddish hue. Immediately, her good mood after beating Jian Chen shriveled away as she grew both embarrassed and angry.
“Who told you to save me anyways? I didn’t ask you. If it weren’t for me impeding the Seal of Treasure Mountain, then you would have long since been smashed to pieces by it.” The girl said angrily as she tried to find a way to fire back at him.
Hearing that, Jian Chen immediately stopped moving. The situation was like she said; if it weren’t for her using her Solunar Bow to control the seal, the he wouldn’t have been able to escape from the seal. He didn’t want to say that to her, so he continued to walk away.
At this moment, the girl had finally realized that Jian Chen’s wounds were completely healed and he was back to normal.
Stunned, the girl couldn’t understand just how Jian Chen had been able to recover thoroughly from his injuries in such a short period of time.
“Hey, scoundrel, how did you heal from your injuries so fast” The girl asked from behind with a hint of anger. Her bright eyes burned with curiosity as she stared at him.
“I had some good medicine on hand.” Jian Chen didn’t want to answer, but avoiding the question would have made the girl even more insistent on figuring out his secret. For the sake of dispelling her questions and doubts, he would have to carefully think of a reason.
With this, Jian Chen had already moved farther and farther away and nearly made it out of the girl’s sight.
Seeing Jian Chen’s back, the girl felt a bit indecisive. After biting her lower lip, she shouted out loud, “Stand still you scoundrel, where are you going?”
Quickly, she had caught up with Jian Chen who didn’t turn back to look at her. Instead, he spoke calmly, “Just why are you following me?”
“Pah, who’s following you?” The girl blinked. “You’ve killed two of the Shi family experts so there is no way that they’ll let you go. With the barrier of Shi Xiangran and his Seal of Treasure Mountain, you won’t be a match for him by yourself. If I’m not there with you, then you won’t be able to live if Shi Xiangran catches hold of you.”
“You’re the one that’s afraid.” Jian Chen said.
The girl’s eyes narrowed, “I’m not afraid of anything, you scoundrel. Don’t speak any more lies or I’ll smash you into several pieces.”
“If not for that bow, you aren’t even an opponent for me, and even with that bow, you won’t be able to beat me.” Jian Chen almost seemed to forget about his unhappy state and spoke with the emotionless tone he had before all of this had even happened.
“You…” The girl grew quite angry now as her chest constricted with rage; but there was nothing she could say. Even in the injured state Jian Chen had been, he was still able to kill two Earth Saint Masters from the Shi family in record time before fighting against Shi Xiangran himself. His strength was definitely stronger than her own.
In silence, the girl began to calm down before finally speaking out unwillingly, “Shi Xiangran’s strength you’ve seen for yourself. With his defensive barrier, you have no way of harming him. Furthermore, he has the power to use the Seal of Treasure Mountain whenever he wishes. If any one of us two were to come across him by ourselves, then we will surely eat up a heavy loss or even die. My Solunar Bow can impede Shi Xiangran for some time and control the Seal of Treasure Mountain, and you can personally deal with anyone Shi Xiangran will bring. This is the only way we’ll survive against him.”
The girl hadn’t lost any face from her words, but the way she had cleverly spoken had emphasized just how much she wanted to join forces with him.
Pausing to think, Jian Chen nodded his head in approval of her plan. After killing two of the Shi family experts, the Shi family would definitely not forgive him for this. Shi Xiangran’s defensive barrier was far too strong for the Solunar Bow to break, and if Jian Chen’s azure and violet Sword Qi weren’t enough to shatter the barrier, then Jian Chen would have no other option. Shi Xiangran had been completely unrestrainable, hidden behind his barrier, he could use his Seal of Treasure Mountain to attack relentlessly. At that time, if the girl didn’t use her Solunar Bow to hold back the Seal of Treasure Mountain, then it would have been truly hard for him to run away. Even if he did run away from it, he would still have to waste the entire day running away from Shi Xiangran.
Shi Xiangran’s use of his treasure had rendered Jian Chen helpless, but if the treasure were to fall from Shi Xiangran’s hands, then Jian Chen wouldn’t see him as anyone strong.
To be chased down and killed by someone that he didn’t see as worthy would be an unbearable shame to him. So to unite with this girl would be a good plan.
Jian Chen and the girl continued to travel in silence. Not even idle chatter was heard or even an introduction spoken, so neither person knew the other’s name. In their hearts, it was as if the other person didn’t exist.
On the road, when many competitors saw just how young Jian Chen was and how beautiful the girl next to him was; they were extremely surprised. Previously, there had been two men that were barely Great Saint Masters and even a few Earth Saint Masters that had clearly underestimated Jian Chen. The vast majority of them had been stabbed through the throat by Jian Chen’s sword while the small minority had been killed by the yellow clothed girl after they spoke out in a rude manner toward her. One Earth Saint Master had even been blown up by her Solunar Bow and died a miserable and violent death.
While she herself looked quite young, she was no stranger to killing. Despite not being at the level of Jian Chen who was always calm, her expression remained the same during each kill and she delivered each blow firmly. This caused Jian Chen to secretly admire her; for a child of a rich family to be able to do this much was a hard task, especially if she was the highly valued young daughter.
Half a month quickly went by as Jian Chen and the girl traveled without seeing Shi Xiangran. By now, they had traveled far away from the sword like mountains and were now at a mountain range with grass everywhere.
In this amount of time, Jian Chen and the girl continued to give each other the cold shoulder. They rarely spoke to each other or even chatted at all. The only thing worth mentioning was that in this half a month of time, the both of them had gained a plethora of profit. Each one of them had now a total of a thousand tokens after killing several Earth Saint Masters. Even some of the Great Saint Masters they had killed had at least fifty tokens.
Only a month and a couple days were left with the time limit for the first round rapidly approaching. In this short amount of time, the tokens would all be congregated among the Earth Saint Masters. Very few Great Saint Masters would be able to keep hold of their tokens.
Just as Jian Chen and the girl were climbing on a huge slope, the sounds of battle could be heard to Jian Chen. Looking toward the source, he could see a man with wind Saint Force surrounding his body fighting against two Earth Saint Masters. Not too far away from them was a blood soaked figure that was laying on the ground.
The wind attributed Earth Saint Master was extremely strong. Just by himself, he could fight against two Earth Saint Masters and slowly win. Both of them had plenty of injuries on their body, causing their clothes to be dyed red with blood. The wind attributed Earth Saint Master however didn’t have a single scratch on him.
Subconsciously, Jian Chen looked over to where the battered individual lay. Straight away, he could see a sturdy like build that seemed quite familiar to him. Following a closer inspection, Jian Chen’s eyes suddenly flew wide open as a dangerous gleam appeared within. As soon as his eyes widened, a feeling of bloodlust could be felt.