Chapter 44 – Fire

At dawn, a hint of fish-belly white appeared on the eastern horizon.

On the stone steps, Li Ziye suddenly opened his eyes and woke up on time.

As day and night alternated, between heaven and earth, the yin turned to yang, making it the best time to practice the Feixian Decision Method.

Li Ziye sat down, operated the method, and absorbed the spiritual energy of heaven and earth.

In an instant, the boundless spiritual energy of heaven and earth surged around the courtyard, continuously pouring into his dry Divine Hidden Technique.

As time passed, the sun rose in the east, and when the first ray of morning light fell on the earth, the fluctuations of Li Ziye’s true essence gradually subsided.

The Divine Hidden Technique, a treasure trove within the human body, formed a small world on its own. Inside the Divine Hidden Technique, lightning flashed and thunder roared, and the spiritual energy of heaven and earth gathered to form an endless sea of true essence, with huge waves rolling and a breathtaking sight.

As Li Ziye’s cultivation became more profound, the scale of the sea of true essence also continued to expand, boundless and endless.

After opening the second meridian, Li Ziye’s cultivation speed increased by more than twice as much as before, and the expansion speed of the true essence also doubled.


Half an hour later, Li Ziye suddenly opened his eyes, and a sharp light flashed, like a sharp divine sword, exuding a compelling edge.

Beside him, Bai Wangyu felt something and showed a hint of surprise on his face.

Such a sharp sword intent!

Just in the first realm, there was such a sharp sword intent. The Feixian Decision was truly the number one technique in the world.

“Brother Li, do you want to have a try?”

Bai Wangyu thought for a moment and asked.

Li Ziye, upon hearing this, also showed an eager expression and jumped up, saying, “Alright, as usual, you keep your cultivation at the mid-stage of the first realm.”


Bai Wangyu nodded and walked to the middle of the courtyard. Then, he grasped the ancient Taiyi Sword with his right hand, and in an instant, a surge of righteousness gushed out.

On the other side, Li Ziye drew the Pure Jun Sword, grinned, and said, “Please!”

As he spoke, Li Ziye’s figure moved instantly, taking the initiative.

His extremely fast body technique, like a Feixian, was difficult to capture. In the blink of an eye, the edge of the Pure Jun Sword had reached Bai Wangyu’s front.


The Taiyi and Pure Jun swords clashed, and the true essence vibrated. The sword edge in Li Ziye’s hand changed its momentum, and his figure moved again, instantly appearing behind Bai Wangyu.

The edge of the Pure Jun Sword swung over, sharp and unstoppable. However, Bai Wangyu did not dodge or evade, and with a turn, he blocked the sharp sword edge.

The speed was so fast that people couldn’t react in time. After the two moves clashed, Li Ziye’s sword momentum changed again, and his body technique became faster and faster.

Under the morning sun, the two swords kept clashing, sparks flying, and it seemed that they were evenly matched.

In the blink of an eye, ten moves had passed. Bai Wangyu swung his sword, and a sword shook the situation, saying, “No need to continue. Brother Li has only learned less than three moves in total, but he can hold his own against me for ten moves. Brother Li’s progress is truly impressive.”

“Why does it sound strange?”

Li Ziye sheathed his sword and muttered. Did he think too much? Why did he feel uncomfortable with the praise?

“Young Master.”

Just then, outside the west wing, Hong Zhu walked over and respectfully said, “It’s almost time.”

Li Ziye nodded at the words and walked towards the outside of the courtyard.

Outside Li Garden, the carriage was ready, and Li Ziye and Hong Zhu got on the carriage together.

At the same time, in a small courtyard by the Xiang River in the southeast of the capital city, Yu Qingxuan finished packing her guqin and got on the carriage to leave.

At the Yin Family Money House, firecrackers were sounding, and people were coming and going, creating a festive atmosphere.

The Yin Family’s old master was celebrating his sixtieth birthday, and the guests were full, mostly the younger generation of the Yin Family and some relatives and friends.

In front of the Yin Family, a carriage stopped, and on one of the carriages, a pair of slender hands belonging to Hong Zhu were touching Li Ziye’s face, claiming it was a disguise.

However, Li Ziye suspected that Hong Zhu was deliberately taking advantage of him.


Before long, Hong Zhu withdrew her hand, looked satisfied with her work, and then took out a mirror, saying, “Take a look!”

On the other side, Li Ziye was startled when he saw his reflection in the mirror.

Who is this pretty boy?

In the mirror, the fair-skinned youth was quite handsome, even more so than Li Ziye himself.

Li Ziye was a little angry. He had thought he was the most handsome man in the world, but it turned out he was wrong.

It turned out that the most handsome man in the world was himself after putting on makeup!

“Miss Yu Qingxuan’s carriage has also arrived.”

Hong Zhu ignored the self-absorbed Young Master in front of her, opened the curtain of the carriage, and, upon seeing the carriage approaching not far away, reminded him.

Li Ziye heard this, put down the mirror, and got ready to get off the carriage.

“Red Candle, you stay outside to assist.”

Li Ziye said a word and then stepped down from the carriage.

In front of the Yin Residence, Yu Qingxuan’s carriage also stopped.

After that, Yu Qingxuan got off the carriage, looked around, and searched for the figure of a certain person.”Qing Xuan Fairy, long time no see!”

Li Ziye stepped forward, with a smile on his face.

“Young Master, it seems we don’t know each other.”

Yu Qingxuan saw the newcomer, frowned slightly, and responded.

“Qing Xuan Fairy, it’s me, Er Niu.”

Li Ziye’s smile on his face became even brighter, “I brought you the Guangling Powder, Er Niu.”

Upon hearing this, Yu Qingxuan was first stunned, then showed an excited expression on her face, “Er Niu, it’s really you.”

After speaking, Yu Qingxuan chuckled, unable to hold back, “Ziye, you’ve changed so much.”

“No choice, I’m too famous, afraid of being recognized!”

Li Ziye looked around and whispered, “When we go in later, don’t let it slip.”

“I understand.”

Yu Qingxuan glanced at the young man in front of her, then handed the ancient qin to him, saying with a smile, “Er Niu, let’s go in together.”


Li Ziye took the ancient qin, grinned, and followed Yu Qingxuan into the Yin Family Mansion.

In the courtyard of the Yin Family, the stage had already been set up, and famous actors were performing, with drums thundering.

Below, the guests cheered, creating a lively atmosphere.

The guests who came to celebrate the birthday were all influential figures in the capital city. However, after seeing Yu Qingxuan’s figure, many people took the initiative to come forward and show their respect.

To these people, Yu Qingxuan responded with a plain attitude, without any intention of ingratiating herself.

On the side, Li Ziye’s gaze swept across various parts of the Yin Family, feeling a hint of nervousness in his heart.

Whether he could obtain the “Technique of Heavenly Craftsmanship” depended on today!

“Everyone, today is my father’s sixtieth birthday, so I specially invited Fairy Qingxuan to play the qin for everyone. Please welcome her.”

At this moment, a middle-aged man on the stage stepped down and looked at the many guests below, smiling.

“Fairy Qingxuan!”

“Fairy Qingxuan!”

Suddenly, everyone below shouted loudly, especially the young people, who were even more excited and flushed.

On the side, Li Ziye was startled by this sudden momentum, and looked at the woman beside him with an incredulous expression.

Is this girl very popular in the capital city?

So many die-hard fans!

Yu Qingxuan seemed to feel the surprise in Li Ziye’s eyes, smiled, then took the ancient qin and walked towards the front.

On the stage, Yu Qingxuan sat down and placed the ancient qin down.

Below, the middle-aged man clapped his hands, and several graceful women walked up to the stage to dance to Fairy Qingxuan’s qin music.


Yu Qingxuan played the qin, and the melodious sound of the qin rang out, like a gurgling spring, pure and clear.

With the sound of the qin, the women behind her began to dance, their graceful movements complementing the qin music.

Below, many guests quieted down, listening to the qin music while watching the dance, completely captivated.

Not far away, Li Ziye had no mood to enjoy the performance. His gaze was fixed on the backyard of the Yin Family, waiting for Yin Kuang’s move.

At the same time, not too far from the Yin Family, the envoys of the Divine Temple were arranged at the Honglu Temple, waiting for an audience with the Emperor of Great Shang.

In the Honglu Temple, Yan Xiaoyu, who was practicing, slowly opened his eyes and looked outside, frowning slightly.

Why is it so noisy!

Yan Xiaoyu got up and walked outside.

“Divine Child!” A knight of the Divine Temple outside the room respectfully saluted.

“Go and ask whose family is making such a noise,” Yan Xiaoyu said.


The knight of the Divine Temple took the order and quickly left.

Not long after, the knight returned and respectfully said, “Reporting to the Divine Child, it’s the Yin Family in the capital city celebrating the old master’s sixtieth birthday, so it’s a bit noisy.”

“The Yin Family?”

Yan Xiaoyu narrowed his eyes. Is it the Yin Family behind the Yin Family Money House!

According to the records of the Divine Temple, the Yin Family Money House was likely related to the Third Prince of Great Shang.

“It’s on fire!”

Just then, outside the Honglu Temple, an urgent voice rang out, shocking everyone.

“The Yin Family is on fire!”

Following that, more voices rang out, rushing to spread the news and bring people to help fight the fire.

Inside the Honglu Temple, Yan Xiaoyu heard the news and looked in the direction of the Yin Family, his eyes narrowing slightly.

On fire?

Everything was fine, why did it suddenly catch fire?

Thinking of this, Yan Xiaoyu walked out of the Honglu Temple.

“Divine Child, unnecessary matters should not concern you!”

At this moment, the figure of Liu Rongnü appeared behind him, her voice hoarse.

“I know my limits.”

Yan Xiaoyu nodded, then walked out of the Honglu Temple.

In the backyard of the Yin Family, the sudden fire caught everyone in the mansion off guard, and they were in a panic.

Because the old master of the Yin Family was celebrating his birthday, most of the people in the mansion were in the front yard, and there were hardly any people in the backyard.

So, after the fire started, there was no time to put it out, and the fire grew bigger and bigger.

As a result, the entire Yin Family was in chaos.

“It’s the first month of the new year, why is there a fire…”In the midst of utter chaos, Li Ziye hummed a tune, calmly making his way towards the location Yin Kuang had informed him of.

Before the Yin family ancestral hall.

Yin Kuang stood there, anxiously waiting.

Before long, Li Ziye strode forward, a green jade pendant hanging from his waist, purportedly a token of trust!

Upon seeing the jade pendant at the waist of the newcomer, Yin Kuang immediately recognized the identity of the visitor and stepped forward to greet him with a bow:

“Young Master!”

“Let’s go, we’ll retrieve the item together.”

Li Ziye responded and they both walked on.

The two entered the Yin family ancestral hall and opened the secret passage entrance. What appeared before them was a passage over thirty feet long, gloomy and dim.

“Young Master, you must follow closely behind me. Do not make a single misstep, or neither of us will be able to leave alive.”

Yin Kuang looked ahead at the secret passage, his expression grave.

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