Against the Gods

 
 

Against the Gods Chapter 925-926



Chapter 925 – The Unexpected Truth

The area east of Floating Cloud City had originally been a land of hills and mountains but because of the Divine Phoenix Army, it had been flattened into a wide expanse of flat plains.

Even though Yun Che had grown up in Floating Cloud City, he had never been to this place before he reached sixteen years of age. There were many low level profound beasts which existed around the hills and mountains. If Xiao Lingxi or Xia Yuanba accompanied him, Xiao Lie would not restrict him from venturing into those places. But the one place that Xiao Lie absolutely would not let him and Xiao Lingxi explore was the mountainous region east of Floating Cloud City. Perhaps it was because it was too far from Floating Cloud City, so Xiao Lie would not have been able to stop worrying about their safety if they went.

Yun Che arrived in the skies above this place as he quickly expanded the range of his spiritual perception thereby covering the entire area which the Divine Phoenix Army had trampled.

Even though it was very faint, Yun Che could still faintly sense that a sealing profound formation had been set up on these lands. It was very clear that after the Divine Phoenix Sect had discovered the purple crystal deposit in this place, the first thing they did was to lay down an invisible isolation barrier in order to prevent other parties from detecting the aura given off by the purple crystals.

But what was strange was that even though his spiritual perception expanded to cover a full ten kilometer radius, he could not sense the aura of any purple crystals.

The Divine Phoenix Sect had been without a doubt extremely careful and cautious when it came to this matter. So they had swept this place clean and had not left behind any traces of their activities. After all, to the Divine Phoenix Sect of that time, the consequences would have been nothing short of disastrous if their activities had been discovered by the Four Sacred Grounds.

After he descended from the skies above and stepped onto the flattened ground, Yun Che stood there with sunken brows as he pondered the situation. But he was still unable to figure out how there could be fifty kilograms of Purple Veined Divine Crystal lying beneath this ground.

Previously, this doubt had briefly flashed through his mind but far too many things had happened after that, so the suspicions he had over these Purple Veined Divine Crystals had been shoved to the back of his mind. But while he was dealing with Xuanyuan Wentian, he suddenly discovered something that was definitely highly irregular—even if these fifty kilograms of Purple Veined Divine Crystal were buried deep below the ground, they would still definitely give off an extraordinary profound crystal aura. It was already extremely unusual that the Four Sacred Grounds had not discovered such a deposit. But in addition to that, the members of Sun Moon Divine Hall and Mighty Heavenly Sword Region had paid a visit to Floating Cloud City twenty four years ago while they were in hot pursuit of his parents, Yun Qinghong and Mu Yurou… It was also at that time that harm befell Xiao Ying.

If they had merely briefly visited the city, one could still barely swallow the idea that they had not discovered the crystal deposit. But after they arrived at Floating Cloud City, they had clearly swept across the surrounding area for many days, they had practically dug up the entire landscape. Given the strength of the spiritual perceptions of people on the level of the Sacred Grounds, why had they not detected such a large and high-grade purple crystal deposit at all?

Furthermore, the people sent to chase and capture Yun Qinghong and Mu Yurou were definitely all individuals who had reached the level of Monarch… and the contingent from Mighty Heavenly Sword Region had even been personally led by their young master, Xuanyuan Wendao.

Could it be that this purple crystal deposit had not existed at that time?

No… that definitely was not possible. It required an extremely long time to form such a gigantic purple crystal deposit, so how could this have been formed in the short span of a little over twenty years?

Other than that, according to his spiritual perception and depth of the ground that had been covertly dug up, this purple crystal deposit had not been buried too deeply. On the contrary, Yun Che would even say that it had been buried rather near the surface. The spot that was nearest to the surface was a little more than sixty meters in depth—At that time, the Divine Phoenix Army had dispatched an army two hundred thousand strong to garrison this place, disguising the sounds of the shallow parts of the purple crystal deposit being mined by performing their "act" every day and causing a huge ruckus.

Yun Che stood in that spot for a very long time but he just could not puzzle this conundrum out. If one were to see that the Four Sacred Grounds had never discovered this purple crystal deposit because they had never visited this place even once in the past few millennia, then one could still barely swallow that explanation. But if one were to say that the brains and senses of all of the members of the Sacred Grounds who had visited Floating Cloud City had completely short-circuited… that was an explanation that was simply unacceptable.

Just as Yun Che was considering whether he wanted to delve into the depths of the mountainous regions, a figure suddenly appeared in the west. That person leisurely and slowly strolled towards where Yun Che was standing.

Yun Che's gaze swivelled and he caught sight of an old man of medium build and with a kindly looking face. His eyes jumped as he took to the air and landed in front of that old man, "Grandpa Hong, why would you suddenly be interested in coming to this place?"

The old man's footsteps ground to a halt before a small smile appeared on his face, "Ah, so it was the Youngest Master. Ah, it is about time to offer sacrifices at Madam's grave again. So the Master wanted me to pick some of the orchids that Madam loved so much. Youngest Master, why have you come to this place?"

Within the Xiao Family, Yun Che respected Xiao Lie the most but the person who came right after Xiao Lie was the person standing in front of him, Xiao Hong. Xiao Hong was originally not someone who belonged to the Xiao Family. He was someone who had been rescued by Xiao Lie's father while he was adventuring. Xiao Lie's father had brought him back to the Xiao Family after that. He changed his family name to Xiao. He had protected and taken care of Xiao Lie ever since Xiao Lie was young and he was also fiercely loyal to Xiao Lie. During Yun Che and Xia Qingyue's wedding, it had also been Xiao Hong who had accompanied and escorted Yun Che to receive his bride.

When the day came to offer sacrifices to his deceased wife came every year, Xiao Lie would always bring along a big bouquet of orchids. Because these were the flowers that his deceased wife had loved the most. This was something that Yun Che and Xiao Lingxi had known since their childhood.

"I was just seized by a momentary fancy, so I came to take a look," Yun Che said as he surveyed the surrounding area. "It looks like there aren't any orchids around here. How about Grandpa Hong and I go to another area to find them?"

"That's okay." Xiao Hong smiled as he shook his head, "Presently, the youngest master already has a body that is practically priceless, so how can I ask you to accompany me to perform such a rough and lowly task. In the past, orchids could be found everywhere in this vicinity. But ever since the Divine Phoenix Army arrived in this place, it has been completely flattened and it seems like the orchids have also become rather hard to find. Sigh."

"Ah, so those orchids from years past were always harvested from this place," Yun Che said in a rather touched manner. "Speaking of which, Grandfather never let me or Little Aunt come here and play throughout our early years, so I do not even know what this place looked like before."

"Hoho, but of course," Xiao Hong said with a chuckle. After that, he spoke in a sentimental voice, "After all, this is a place of sadness for the Master. So even he very rarely came here after that happened?"

"A place of sadness?" Yun Che asked with mild astonishment. "What exactly happened in this place? Why would it be a place of sadness for Grandfather?"

"Oh?" An astonished expression appeared on Xiao Hong's face, "Could it be that the Master still hasn't told Youngest Master yet? Oh… Hoho, well that can't be helped. Master definitely would not bring this kind of thing up to the both of you. After all, this is also the place that brings the most pain to Master's heart."

"…" Yun Che sensed that something was amiss and he continued to ask, "Grandpa Hong, what exactly happened in this place? Why would this be the place that brings the most pain to Grandfather's heart? If you know about this, could you please tell me in the greatest detail possible? After all, I'm no longer the small child that I used to be all those years ago. After I find out, it might just be possible that I could think of a way to help Grandfather walk out from under the dark shadow cast by this place."

To his surprise, Xiao Hong shook his head, "There's no helping it. After all, the dead remain buried. However, there's nothing wrong with telling Youngest Master about this affair. After all, Youngest Master has already become such an incredible person."

"Youngest Master, are you aware of the circumstances in which Madam passed away all those years ago?" Xiao Hong suddenly asked.

Yun Che replied, "Uncle Xiao Ying had been killed by malicious means all those years ago and his wife wasted away while pining for him. Furthermore, no one was aware of whether their child was even dead or alive. The impact Grandmother received from these events was too great and the sorrow in her heart ate away at her body like an illness. So she passed away due to melancholy not too long after she gave birth to Little Aunt… Even though this wasn't something that Grandfather told me himself, this is a story that is well-known in the Xiao Family and the entire Floating Cloud City. Could it be that there is still something hidden as well?"

Before he turned sixteen, Yun Che had never once suspected that Xiao Lie's wife had taken ill due to her melancholy and had died from sadness after she had given birth to Xiao Lingxi. However, after he turned sixteen, he returned with the memories of his life in the Azure Cloud Continent, so the medical knowledge he had acquired had naturally caused some doubts to form in his mind.

As the saying goes, women are weak and delicate but they become strong as steel once they become mothers. Even though the pain of losing her son pierced into the innermost depths of her heart, Xiao Lie's wife would definitely have transferred all of her attention and love to her newborn daughter once she had given birth to Lingxi. And no matter how much pain she still bore in her heart, she would have tried her best to turn that pain into strength—this was not only a mother's instinct, it was also the grandest thing about motherhood.

So she definitely would not have cast aside her daughter and "passed away from sadness," no matter what happened.

Besides, she definitely was not alone and isolated at that time. There was still Xiao Lie, whom she was madly in love with, by her side.

So, whether it was medical diagnosis or human nature, it was highly unlikely that Xiao Lie's wife would have "passed away from sadness." There had to be other reasons as well. For example… she could have died due to an actual illness?

Xiao Hong gazed at the eastern patch of flattened hills as he slowly recounted the story to Yun Che, "During those years, Young Master Xiao Ying had died from an evil scheme and Youngest Master was missing as well. Everything seemed to be going downhill and Madam was heavily affected by those events. Her face was bathed in tears every single day. Furthermore, she had just gotten pregnant at the time, so the Master was afraid that her sorrow would be too excessive and might end up harming her body and her baby. So he did his best to comfort her and cheer her up every single day… Sigh, how could the Master also not be filled with sorrow and pain at that time? However, his feelings for Madam were indeed deep to the bone."

Yun Che, "…"

"When Madam had carried Miss Lingxi for six months, it just so happened that the orchids in this place were in full bloom. Orchids were the flowers that Madam loved the most, so the Master brought Madam to this place to admire the blooming orchid flowers. He planned to use this to soothe a bit of the pain she felt from losing her son. At that time, I had also tagged along to serve and accompany them."

"Madam's mood did indeed turn better as morning faded to night and this was a rare sight indeed. But just as the Master was about to escort Madam back to Floating Cloud City, an unforeseen mishap suddenly occured."

"What mishap?" Yun Che immediately asked.

"Madam… was suddenly struck by a bolt of lightning." The scene he had witnessed had occurred over twenty years ago but when Xiao Hong thought of it right now, his expression still turned into one of trembling fear.

"Struck by… a bolt of lightning?" Yun Che had been struck dumb and for a moment, his brain could not process the words he had just heard, "What do you mean? How did she just suddenly get… struck by lightning?"

"The Master and I simply could not puzzle it out either," Xiao Hong said with a sigh of lament. "The orchids were in full bloom and the blue sky seemed to stretch on forever. Moreover, there wasn't even a single cloud in the sky, so there definitely weren't any dark clouds in the vicinity. However, a bolt of lightning suddenly fell from the sky and so happened to strike Madam's body… Furthermore, that bolt of lightning was strangely black in color."

"…Black in color!?"

"That is right. The Master and I saw it very clearly. It was indeed a black bolt of lightning and it was the first time either the Master or I had seen such a thing in our lives. Its color was as incredibly bizarre as its sudden appearance. At that time, the Master thought someone was trying to assassinate him and that the villain who killed Xiao Ying had come back to tie up all the loose ends. He searched the area in frantic fury but there wasn't anyone on these hilly slopes but the three of us. Also, no further incidents occurred after that."

"What happened after that? What happened to Grandmother after she was struck by that bolt of black lightning?" Yun Che asked in an urgent voice as his brows knit together tightly.

It was already extremely unusual for lightning to strike when the sky was clear. If Yun Che had witnessed it, his first reaction would have been to assume it was artificial. Moreover, black-colored lightning… The basic color of lightning profound energy was purple. Once his Yun Family's Purple Cloud Art had reached an extremely high level, the lightning it produced would turn red. But no matter whether it was the Profound Sky Continent, the Illusory Demon Realm or the Azure Cloud Continent of the past, he had never seen or heard of any person or any sect who was able to create lightning which was pitch-black in color.

But when Fen Juechen and Xuanyuan Wentian released their darkness profound energy, extremely compressed darkness profound energy would at times turn into lightning-shaped profound light beams. So when one saw it, it would look like black lightning… But there was basically no darkness profound energy which existed on the Profound Sky Continent of more than twenty years ago. The Moon Slaughter Devil Sovereign, the only one who could use darkness profound energy, was securely trapped in the Moon Slaughter Devil Nest which wasn't even on the continent in the first place.

"After being struck by lightning, Madam fainted dead away and fell into a coma for a full three days before finally waking up. However the weirdest thing was that there were no traces of any wounds inflicted by lightning on Madam's body. But after that, Madam's body became exceptionally weak and she was frequently affected by fainting spells during the day while nightmares plagued her sleep at night. The Master looked for all the famous doctors near and far and he tried using various remedies, great and small, to strengthen Madam's body. But it was all to no avail. After that, Madam's pregnancy reached a whole thirteen months before Miss Lingxi was finally born. After Lingxi was born, Madam's body steadily deteriorated and it was not long before she passed from this world…"



Chapter 926 – The Sacred Hand's Retirement

Black lightning…

No wounds…

A pregnancy which had lasted thirteen months!?

……

"Youngest Master? Youngest Master!"

Xiao Hong's two consecutive cries caused Yun Che to raise his head, shaking him from his reverie. According to his knowledge of the profound way, black lightning was something that definitely should not exist. Furthermore, according to his medical knowledge, a thirteen month pregnancy was something that should not happen to humans either. Even if it did happen, the newborn child would definitely not be a normal child… But after Xiao Lingxi was born, she had always been healthy and Yun Che did not remember her falling sick even once while they were growing up.

"Ah, so Grandmother passed away because of this event," Yun Che muttered softly to himself as suspicion and doubt flooded his heart. Given the present heights he had reached, there should not be anything that happened in the Profound Sky Continent that exceeded his knowledge. But if Xiao Hong's tale was true, then his knowledge could account for neither the black-colored lightning nor the Xiao Lingxi who was born after a thirteen month pregnancy.

Just like how he was completely mystified by the fifty kilograms of Purple Veined Divine Crystal that was found in this place.

"Yes," Xiao Hong said with a light sigh of lament. "However, the Master did not tell anyone about this matter. After all, Madam being struck by lightning out of the blue could be construed and distorted into her being struck by the wrath of the heavens. After that, Madam died and the Master announced that her melancholy had turned into illness and she had passed away from sadness. It is just that, he never came to the place ever again after that. This was also the reason he never allowed you or the young missus to go anywhere near this place."

"…I understand," Yun Che said with faint nod of his head. "Grandpa Hong, thank you for telling me all of these things."

"Hoho," Xiao Hong let out a dry chuckle. "Ever since the Master has come back, his complexion has become much better and his face has been glowing. This has caused me to feel great relief, so I think it is best that you don't mention the things regarding Madam in front of the Master, lest you reopen old wounds."

"Mn, I understand," Yun Che replied.

Xiao Hong went east as he continued to search for those elusive orchids. Yun Che remained in the same spot for a very long time. The words that Xiao Hong said tumbled through his head but in the end, he still was not able to come up with an explanation for these events. Finally, he exhaled lightly before muttering to himself, "Whatever, it is something that happened more than twenty years ago, who knows what exactly happened at that time. Black-colored lightning… It is extremely likely that the light had played tricks on their eyes. A thirteen month pregnancy… the only possibility was that they had mistakenly thought that she was pregnant for the first three months."

Yun Che gave himself that final explanation and did not think on this matter any further. After all, it was something that had happened over twenty years ago and the dead would remain buried regardless. Furthermore, Xiao Lingxi had grown up without any mishaps, so even if he continued to think about this strange affair which had happened in the past, not only would this event be nearly impossible to trace, the attempt would be completely meaningless as well.

Yun Che took out his Sound Transmission Jade while he was flying back to Floating Cloud City and found a Sound Transmission Imprint that had been recorded years ago.

"Hua Minghai, where are you now?"

After he had sent the sound transmission, it had only taken a few short breaths for the Sound Transmission Jade to buzz with the Hua Minghai's swift reply. An incredibly emotional voice rang out through the Sound Transmission Jade, "Yun Che… Big Brother, is it really you? I… I'm not dreaming, am I?"

"Of course it's me. Where are you right now?"

"I… I'm somewhere to the north of Divine Phoenix City, I'm no more than five kilometers from the city proper." Hua Minghai's voice was still filled with deep emotion.

"The northern region of Divine Phoenix City?" Yun Che's eyes jumped as he immediately stopped in midair and sent an instant reply, "Stay right where you are, I am going to find you immediately… and I'm going to deliver a present to you in passing as well."

After he put away his Sound Transmission Jade, Yun Che swiftly flew back to Floating Cloud City and took a certain someone off Luo Chi's hands. After that, he boarded the Primordial Profound Ark to directly translate to the area which was around five kilometers away from the northern gate of the Divine Phoenix City.

Even though he had not seen Hua Minghai for a long time, his aura was still familiar to Yun Che. He locked onto Hua Minghai's location the moment he appeared and rapidly descended from the sky, landing in front of him.

Hua Minghai still had not recovered from the wave of emotions that had washed over him when he received Yun Che's sound transmission; his hand still tightly gripped around his Sound Transmission Jade. But after that, he saw Yun Che suddenly appear in front of him. His hands shook and he nearly dropped the Sound Transmission Jade that he was holding onto. After that, he spoke in an extremely emotional voice, "Big Brother Yun!! You… I… Ah… Ah! Xiaoya, come quickly! Hurry up and pay your respects to the man who saved us!"
Just like every other time Yun Che had met him, Hua Minghai was currently disguised and it was a double-layered disguise at that. An elegant and gentle-looking woman stood at his side. Her eyes shone with a bright and clear light and there was no trace of weakness coming from her body. After she heard Hua Minghai's words, she hurriedly moved forward and she attempted to bow down in respect, "Ru Xiaoya greatly thanks Big Brother Yun Che for saving my life…"

"Cough…" Yun Che hurriedly raised a hand, a thread of profound energy shooting out and stopping the movements of the two people in front of him. After that, he spoke with a helpless expression on his face, "You rascal! All those years ago, you had a completely fearless attitude and swaggered about like you had the biggest cojones around, so why are you trying to act all coy and shy in front of me now?"

"Hahahaha," a loud and carefree guffaw escaped from Hua Minghai's mouth. "In front of other people, I am naturally unafraid. I even walked in and out of the Divine Phoenix Sect tens of times but Big Brother Yun is different. Right now you are the foremost person in the entire history of this continent, even the Four Sacred Grounds are under your feet… Phew, I truly never thought that the person that I met in Divine Phoenix City all those years ago would actually turn out to be such a big shot. Ah, my loss at that time was truly well-deserved."

"How can it simply just be well-deserved? It could practically be considered the thing that is most worthy of showing off in your entire life," the woman beside him said with a gentle smile.

"Heh heh but of cour…" Hua Minghai's lips were just about to curve into a smile before they suddenly froze in place. Because he suddenly realized just who Yun Che was carrying around. Even though that face did not possess the slightest trace of its usual pomp and authority, even if that person… turned into ashes, Hua Minghai would still definitely recognize him.

"Ye… Xuan… GE!!" Hua Minghai's expression turned sinister all of the sudden, an incredibly intense baleful energy radiating from his eyes. His hands clenched into tightly-balled fists and when he shouted out that name, even the woman standing behind him started to shake as her hands tightly clutched at Hua Minghai's arm.

Yun Che flung out his arm and threw Ye Xuange at Hua Minghai's feet before saying, "Ye Meixie is already dead and the Sun Moon Divine Envoys and all of the elders of Sun Moon Divine Hall have been buried. Only this Ye Xuange remains because you had said in the past that the person that you wanted to kill the most was Ye Xuange. His profound strength has been crippled, so if you want him to die or suffer a fate even worse than death, that's up to you. Sun Moon Divine Hall will soon disappear from the Profound Sky Continent forever, so you don't need to be worried about any future consequences."

Yun Che had made an extra effort to save Ye Xuange specially for Hua Minghai. This was naturally not only due to the words that he had said at the time… He was someone who definitely was not willing to leave any favors unpaid, so he used this Ye Xuange as a present to return the favor Hua Minghai did for him all those years ago when he gave Yun Che the Extreme Mirage Lightning skill. After all, Extreme Mirage Lightning had been a great help to him over the intervening years and it had even saved his life many times.

"Big Brother Yun… I…" Hua Minghai raised his head, he was so overcome with emotion at this time that he did not know what to say. Ye Xuange, who had collapsed to the ground, strove to raise his head so that he could see Hua Minghai. He struggled on the ground while he spoke discontentedly, "You… Just who are you… what grievance does… this old man have with you?"

"What grievance?" Hua Minghai looked down his eyes turning incredibly dark and fierce, "Old villain Ye, do you still remember the name Hua Guhuan!?"

"Ah…" Ye Xuange's face froze as he remembered that name in the next instant, "You… you… You're the Ghost Mirage Sacred Hand, Hua Minghai!"

"That's right, it is I!" Hua Minghai waved a hand over his face, removing the disguise he was wearing and revealing his true appearance, "For the sake of stealing the Extreme Mirage Lightning technique, your Sun Moon Divine Hall pursued my Thief God Clan for many generations. What's more, my parents died miserably at your hands, you old villain… and now the Thief God Clan consists of only one person! Me! Hua Minghai! All those years ago, my wife was also struck by your cold poison and she nearly lost her life because of that… Even when I dream, I dream of tearing you into bits and pieces! And today, you have finally fallen into my hands!!"

As he yelled in fury, Hua Minghai suddenly sent a hand hurtling down, smashing his fist into Ye Xuange's head. How could the crippled Ye Xuange endure such a blow? His eyes rolled into the back of his head as he instantly fainted dead away.

"What are you going to do with him?" Yun Che asked. Seeing the current Hua Minghai, it seemed like he had no intention of killing him right away.

Hua Minghai fiercely stomped on Ye Xuange's leg in indissoluble rage before he quickly sucked in a small breath of air and said, "Just simply killing him is letting him off far too lightly. I am prepared to bring him back to my hometown and use his blood as a sacrifice to the departed souls of my father and mother."

"Mn." Yun Che nodded his head before producing an Overlord Pellet and stretching his hand out to Hua Minghai, "This is an Overlord Pellet. Once your profound strength reaches the peak of the Emperor Profound Realm, it will allow you to quickly break through the bottleneck and allow you to become an Overlord."

Hua Minghai's jaw dropped open. As the "Ghost Mirage Sacred Hand" who had touched countless rare and valuable treasures, how could he not know just how valuable a medicinal pill that allowed one to breakthrough the bottleneck of the Tyrant Profound Realm was? But he did not stretch out his hand to take it. Instead, he shook his head and said, "Big Brother Yun, you've allowed me to take my long-desired revenge and there's no way I can repay you for that already. So how can I take such a valuable thing from you as well?"

"Don't you worry, it is something that is very common to me, I still have more than a thousand of these pellets in my possession," Yun Che said with a faint smile.

Hua Minghai still shook his head even after hearing Yun Che's words. His arm wrapped around the woman at his side as his expression turned much more calm and serene, "I think it is still better to not waste such a valuable item on me. Because from today onwards, the name 'Ghost Mirage Sacred Hand' shouldn't appear in the Profound Sky Continent ever again."

"Oh?" Yun Che was rather stunned by that announcement, "Could it be that…"

Hua Minghai and the woman beside him looked at each other and smiled, "My grandparents and parents were killed one after the other and now our Thief God Clan only consists of one inheritor which is myself. So only our reputation remains, the reality of the situation is that we don't even exist anymore. After all of the waves that have buffeted us over the years, I have already figured out exactly what I want. In order to gather the profound crystals I needed to sustain Xiaoya's life, I stole and plundered them from all over the place. Now, it is finally time for me to repay my debts. Furthermore, the Extreme Mirage Lightning technique has gained its most incredible successor in its entire history, so I haven't disgraced the honor and glory of my clan either."

Yun Che kept the Overlord Pellet and smiled as he nodded his head, "That's fine as well. Regaining something that you've lost will indeed allow people to clearly see many things that were hidden from them before. Even though you are the successor of the Thief God Clan, perhaps a peaceful and quiet life would be more suitable for you."

"However, my Sound Transmission Imprint will not change. If Big Brother Yun ever gives me a command, I will definitely answer the call and I definitely won't even hesitate or have misgivings over it," Hua Minghai said, his words a solemn vow.

"It would be better if you devoted more attention to carrying on the line of your Thief God Clan."

Yun Che said as he gave a great laugh. He waved a hand towards Hua Minghai before taking to the skies and flying far away.

"Big Brother Yun… I will never ever forget you!!" The shout that Hua Minghai had made with all of his might rang out into the air behind him.

Hua Minghai's voice grew more and more distant as it was carried away by the wind. The corners of Yun Che's mouth curled up as a sedate and happy smile appeared on his face. As the only successor of the Thief God Clan, he had chosen to give up the name he had always been proud of for the sake of the beloved wife he had "nearly lost." Henceforth, he would retire into seclusion and live the peaceful life of a normal person. He would even continue to carry out covert acts of heroism to atone for the sins of his past crimes… Perhaps, compared to living a bustling and vigorous life and causing his name to shake the heavens, this was the most perfect way to live one's life.

This was Hua Minghai's decision… and there were indeed some things that Yun Che himself needed to make a decision on soon as well.

For example, after bringing Xuanyuan Wendao before Xiao Lie and allowing him to get his revenge, Yun Che could finally bring up the matter of himself and Xiao Lingxi to his Grandfather…