Last update: Sunday 24 July 2005
To Meh for giving us permission to post this translation.
To Temujin for sharing his copies of the translation text.
So this went on for months, until those few days when it was quite cold, and rained continuously for a few days. Hunchback Sun went into the back to check on things, found out the back room's window was open, the strange customer lying on the floor, his face terribly red, like it was filled with blood.
The thin man drank some wine, then said, "Hu Fei, Duan Kai Shan, Yang Cheng Zu, Hu Mei, and the Yang brothers!"
After he had said all six names, those brothers and the four people in the third group immediately got up, and started to scream at him. "Who the hell are you?" "How dare you say such lies in here?"
Hu Mei's specialties are hidden weapons and lightness kung fu, her abilities in these areas really are quite excellent, firing many stars, each quick, accurate, and deadly!
The yellow-robed old man simply raised his eyebrows a bit, then said, "Why do you bother..."
The longer ones were thrown first, but the shorter ones were faster, only to hear many clicking sounds, as the whip deflected all thirteen spearheads.
Like a tornado, XiMen Rou floated higher and higher, then twisted off into the distance, out of sight.
The one-legged man said, "After him!"
Still not sober, he looked around and said, "Why would anyone come by this early in the morning? Run into a ghost or something?"
Only after he finished saying this did he see the middle-aged man. "Who are you? What are you doing here?"
The middle-aged man smiled. "We met two years ago. Don't you remember me?"
Li Xun Huan smiled. "I think you should take my advice and leave."
Yan Shuang Fei said, "I've always wanted to duel with you. Others might be afraid of you, but not me!"
He opened his coat, revealing two rows of spearheads.
..Guo Song Yang cut him off. "I know your feelings. If you die in my hands today, I will finish everything you could not complete. I would protect anyone you wish to protect."
Li Xun Huan looked at the ground, then said, "If that's the case, then I can certainly die without regret... Thank you."
He did not answer any of these questions. Some because he didn't want to, others because he didn't know what to say.
He knew that Lin Xian Er was the Plum Flower Bandit.
He knew that Ah Fei could not bring himself to kill Lin Xian Er.
He knew that Ah Fei took Lin Xian Er away.
But to where?
Li Xun Huan asked, "Do you know who ShangGuan JinHong is?"
Hunchback Sun said, "I don't. I'm also not going to drink this cup of wine either."
Li Xun Huan laughed loudly. "Of course you don't. You're not in this duel, so you obviously don't need to follow the rules."
Hunchback Sun looked at him strangely, as if he had never seen him before.
Blue Scorpion said, "Chu XiangYu really is quite a skillful fighter. When he uses his 'Eighty-one Hand Continuous Ringed-Saber', most people can't even get close to him."
Hunchback Sun said, "Humph."
Blue Scorpion said, "But if I were to say that I can kill him in one move, would you believe me?"
Sun XiaoHong rolled her eyes. She said, "So that's why you also have to stay here to protect someone, right?"
Li XunHuan did not respond.
Sun XiaoHong said, "No matter what, you won't leave, right?"
Li XunHuan still did not respond.
Sun XiaoHong said, "Do you still care for Ah Fei? Do you want to see him? Isn't he your friend?"
Li XunHuan kept staring at the pavilion, thinking about something.
Right before ShangGuan JinHong left, he took a peek at where Li XunHuan was hiding. This was the first time Li XunHuan had ever seen ShangGuan JinHong's eyes.
From his eyes, Li XunHuan can conclude that ShangGuan JinHong's inner power is even better than the legend says!
But even worse are Jin WuMing's eyes.
The carriage reached the top of the hill.
Li XunHuan sighed.
So there were two people in this carriage.
One was ShangGuan Fei.
But who was the woman?
Li XunHuan said, "It's me."
Ah Fei said, "You finally came."
Li XunHuan said, "I finally came."
Ah Fei said, "I knew you'd come."
After a while, Guo SongYang left.
He left slowly, and kept looking back, as if he didn't want to leave yet.
The door was already closed.
Did this door lead to Heaven, or Hell?
The little girl kept staring at him. From her look, she would have been thinking that this man was quite interesting. Of course, it was obviously rare for anyone to meet someone like Li XunHuan.
She said with a smile, "I think that you look quite young even if I hadn't fooled you. If you get fooled a few more times, you'd probably turn into a kid."
It was now later in the night.
Ah Fei slept soundly on the bed. He fell asleep right after he drank the tea Lin XianEr gave him.
The courtyard was very quiet, with only sounds of the wind.
Then, the door opened.
LingLing said, "Do you know why I stayed here? It really doesn't matter even if you know. My lady asked me to stay so I can take care of you, to keep giving you wine, to let your hand shake. She says that once your hand starts shaking, you'll soon die."
She stared at Li XunHuan, as if waiting for him to get mad.
But Li XunHuan simply smiled, and said, "Ten years ago, people had begun to say that I would soon die, yet I still lived till today. Pretty strange, don't you think?"
In this situation, Li XunHuan had to open his eyes. When he did so, he was in for a huge shock.
This woman wasn't old, probably around twenty-five to twenty-six. Nor was she bad looking. Actually, if one could split her into three parts, you'd have three beautiful women.
The only problem was that she also had three chins. Cradled in her bosom, Li XunHuan felt like sleeping on a pile of cotton.
Li XunHuan said, "You know I have to go look for Guo SongYang right now. If I can make it back alive?"
LingLing cut him off, "Actually, I know that once you leave here, you'll never return. I'm just a kid. Why would a person like you care about a little girl like me?"