und and left.
After walking very far away, he couldn’t help but turn his head around and take a glance.
Fang Chaozhou’s room door was already closed.
Du Yunxi sighed again.
Second Shixiong was really too pitiful, the illness of impotence hit Second Shixiong too hard.
Now, Second Shixiong even began to abandon himself to despair.

Thinking of this, Du Yunxi decided to display some same-sect love.
Even if Second Shixiong didn’t allow him to help treat the illness, he still wanted to help Second Shixiong.

Fang Chaozhou didn’t know what Du Yunxi was imagining at all, and he tossed the number onto the table at will.
He even yawned a few times.
The protagonist from last night’s huaben really infuriated him and made him unable to fall asleep until he finished reading.
He read until he saw daybreak.

[T/N: “Huaben” are printed versions of the prompt books used by the popular storytellers in Song and Yuan times.]

Still so tired, let’s sleep again. 

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The next day, Fang Chaozhou had a match.

He intentionally changed into clothes that had very strong defense capability.  South China Sea shark silk was used to weave these clothes, and it could protect against water, fire, knives, and swords.
The jade crown on his head also had a defense function.
When encountering a deadly attack, it could block on behalf of its owner.

After Fang Chaozhou came downstairs, he saw Xue Danrong standing at the inn’s doorway.

Xue Danrong wore snow clothes and a black curtain hat, his figure slim.
His back faced the inn, and Fang Chaozhou could recognize the other party at a glance because of the Breaking Water sword in Xue Danrong’s hand.

This sword was the only one in the whole world.
The founder of the sect created it for Xue Danrong.

Although this sword was called the Breaking Water sword, it was also known as the Breaking Feelings sword.
Xue Danrong himself also wholeheartedly sided with Daoism, but the overwhelming majority of the people in the whole world wished for him to be trapped by love.

Xue Danrong seemed to hear the sound of footsteps and turned his head.
Fang Chaozhou couldn’t see his expression clearly at all because he was wearing a curtain hat.
Fang Chaozhou also wasn’t intending to see anyway.

He directly walked to Xue Danrong’s side: “Youngest Shidi, do you also have a match today?”

[T/N: “Shidi” is a younger male that studies in the same place.]  

“En.” Xue Danrong tossed out one word and walked forward.

Fang Chaozhou knew of his cold temperament earlier, so he didn’t mind at all and followed him, walking forward. 

They rode swords, arriving at the Cultivation Convention’s site of competition.
There were 99 elevated stages total for the competitions to be held on the site of the competition.
The middlemost one was the elevated stage that determined the outcome of the Top Ten’s battle.
Every elevated stage’s whole body was engraved with different decorative designs, but the decorative design picked for the middlemost one was the tree peony flower of outstanding beauty.
Close up, even the tree peony flower’s fragrance could be smelled.

The competition site was already a mass of bobbing heads.
After Fang Chaozhou and Xue Danrong entered the site, they separated.
According to the instructions, Fang Chaozhou found his elevated stage.
Before he went up, there was already someone striking up a conversation with Fang Chaozhou.

“You are Fang Shixiong of the Tianshui Sect, right?” A man whose figure was slightly petite took the initiative and moved closed in front of Fang Chaozhou.
Seeing the confusion in Fang Chaozhou’s eyes, he quickly introduced his identity.
“I am the one competing with Fang Shixiong today, Li Ming.”

Fang Chaozhou showed an expression of sudden realization.
“It’s an honor to meet you at last, an honor.
I also hope Li Xiong will not judge me too harshly in a moment.”

[T/N: “Xiong” means elder brother.
Not blood-related in this case.]

Li Ming shook his head at once, “Fang Shixiong is joking, my sect is a sect from the mountain and fields and can not compete with the Tianshui Sect.
What’s more, I have only learned some superficial knowledge.
This time my master let me participate, but it’s only to let me come and see the world.
Saying this, I’m also not afraid of Fang Shixiong ridiculing me.
I… I never thought that I could pass the preliminary contest.”

His eyes swept over Fang Chaozhou’s hands and added, “I heard that Fang Shixiong bought a lot of magic weapons.
I’m afraid I won’t be able to take on even one of them later.”  

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Fang Chaozhou smiled gently, “It’s okay, just consider this a friendly exchange of pointers.”  

When they get on the elevated stage in a moment, it would automatically generate a barrier formation.
People outside wouldn’t see what happened on the elevated stage, and someone must fall on the floor without getting up before the barrier formation could open. 

When the time came, Fang Chaozhou and Li Ming got onto the elevated stage together.

Before Li Ming made a move, Fang Chaozhou showed an understanding expression.
“Li Shidi, I can really understand your words just now.
Li Shidi and I also are brought together by fate in this way, so I thought, how about this, we don’t fight.
I will give Li Shidi a magic weapon as a present, and Li Shidi will forfeit.” He paused.
“After all, I certainly think taking this many magic weapons to swap pointers with Li Shidi, I certainly think I have a somewhat unfair advantage.”  

As Fang Chaozhou spoke, he rubbed the storage ring on his hand.  

A quarter of an hour later, the barrier formation broke.

Fang Chaozhou’s hair wasn’t even messed up.
He leisurely walked down from the elevated stage, and the forfeited Li Ming was still dutifully fallen on the elevated stage.  

Human beings would die for riches, just as birds would for food.
This saying would work applied anywhere.  

Fang Chaozhou didn’t hold the desire to get first place, but the original owner got a good ranking in the Top Ten last time.
If he couldn’t even get into the Top Ten this time, he might get beaten up by his master when he got back.
Forget getting beat up, what if he wouldn’t let him be a salted fish anymore and had him wake up early and return late, assiduously cultivating?  

Buying magic weapons was to force his way into the top ten, and flaunting his wealth was also to force his way into the top ten.

A few days ago, Fang Chaozhou went to the city’s largest magic weapons store with a high profile and bought a lot of magic weapons.
That magic weapons store was located in the town where the Cultivation Convention was held and it could be said that all the world’s famous and valuable magic treasures were there.
All the cultivators who came to this store participated in the Cultivation Convention.
Fang Chaozhou borrowed their mouths to spread the word that he bought a lot of magic treasures.

He bought so many magic weapons that the people who knew they have to go against him would naturally would births ideas of cowardice in their hearts.
The idea of forfeiting would arise.

Like today’s Li Ming.
Fang Chaozhou then mentioned giving him a magic weapon.
Li Ming felt that he would lose for sure.
If not fighting could win him a magic weapon, wouldn’t it be a profit? After all, only the Top Ten in the Cultivation Convention could have precious and exotic treasures to take.

So Li Ming decisively agreed with Fang Chaozhou’s offer and was even willing to help Fang Chaozhou keep it a secret.  

Fang Chaozhou only dared to put so many magic weapons on his body because his sect was the Tianshui Sect, the world’s number one sect.
Li Ming thought that he might not be able to save the magic weapon he got from Fang Chaozhou if the word got out.  

Of course, Fang Chaozhou was also prepared for the scenario of when the other party disagreed.
It would require him to waste some strength.
Use the magic weapon to smash the other party, making them faint.

When Fang Chaozhou was ready to leave the Convention site, he unintentionally saw an elevated stage where most people were crowded around.
He glanced at it and turned his head away uninterestedly.  

But he had only taken a few steps when someone stopped him.

“Good, I finally found you!”

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