Ancient Strengthening Technique Chapter 642-643
AST 642 Life Is Filled With Too Much Dissatisfactions And Helplessness
This had granted her a brief moment of clarity.
"Qing Shui, just please kill me. I'm not that kind of woman…."
Two streams of crystal clear tears cascaded down Lady Duanmu's face. She had neither thought of remarrying anyone else nor look for another ever since that man passed away. She had overcome the toughest of times. Any man who plotted against her would be punished back then. To think that she'd be stuck in such a situation now…
This was karma….
"Madam, can you promise me that you'll live no matter what happens? Can you promise me you won't take your own life? Think about your daughter, do you think you're capable of abandoning her?"
"My daughter. Yes, I still have a daughter. She already is pitiful enough, if I were to leave her again…" A slightly strange and pained look flashed across Lady Duanmu's face.
Qing Shui had only brought this up this early because he was worried she wouldn't cooperate with the treatment. She didn't want Qing Shui to look at her body, but he didn't expect something like this to happen. The Stone Beauty could be considered a treasure in the World of the Nine Continents. It was yearned by many, but people were afraid of being judged by others. Furthermore, this 'Stone Beauty' was composed of the White Milky Jade essence.
The body would receive great benefits by relaxing on this bed. However, this item was loved by evil mediators of those Duo Cultivation Techniques, so most people didn't dare to say that this was a treasure.
"Qing Shui, we shouldn't do this…." Yu Ruyan was a little panicked and pained.
Qing Shui rinsed Yu Ruyan's wound with the White Milky Jade. Qing Shui was utterly perplexed as he watched the woman who currently seemed very agonized and conflicted.
He could still contain the lust in his body, but Yu Ruyan on the other hand was already enduring it agonizingly. Qing Shui pulled out the Gold Needles again and inserted them into her Lingtai acupoint.
"Madam, you're giving yourself too much emotional pressure. Your heart already belongs to someone. You're only doing this because you're forced by circumstances. Besides, it wouldn't make much of a difference even if you and I were to take things another step further. The most important thing is how you look at it. Your husband has passed away, if I were him, I'd be very happy that you're able to do this much for him. If he really loved you, he would've definitely wished you to continue living well and happy." Qing Shui was also currently at a loss.
Yu Ruyan went silent. Her emotions were flying all over the place because she knew she couldn't maintain herself like this for much longer. Her face was already red and her body was flushed crimson. Just as he said, she had become like this already….
Then she suddenly remembered about her daughter. She could tell that her daughter was at least a little fond of Qing Shui, but Qing Shui didn't seem to be very interested in her.
Although her daughter possessed an exceptionally beautiful face, her personality was simply too cold. No man would like a type of girl who would freeze someone to death. She couldn't help but to sigh the more she thought about it. How could things turn out like this?
She really wanted to just die, but she simply couldn't leave her daughter alone. Her friends had been persuading her to find another man for a long time. She was still young and she still had a lot of time ahead of her, even her daughter told her the same thing previously. She had never objected it, but then she had never really considered about it either. All this time and this man standing before her was considerably younger than her.
To a cultivator, the age gap between Yu Ruyan and Qing Shui could hardly amount to anything, they had a very long lifespan after all. That would also mean that their prime time was also very long. The only thing standing between them was the existence of Duanmu Lingshuang.
The two of them were still tightly embraced together. To go a step further or to stop here no longer made much difference. Her husband was no longer here and today's incident hardly had anything to do with morality.
"Unexpected things happen. The things that restrict and coerce you are your own notion and the 'shackles you chained yourself with'," Yu Ruyan sighed inwardly.
The flame of lust that was burning in her had tinted her entire body pink. If it wasn't for the cooling sensation coming from the needle that Qing Shui had inserted on her back, she would have lost herself a long ago….
Yu Ruyan watched Qing Shui. He was a rational man who dared to act and bear the responsibility. Even at this moment he was still thinking hard and trying to come up with alternative solutions.
And that was the Stone Beauty. Any woman who laid on it would not be able to withstand that mystical effect, even if it were a sealed woman*.
[TL Note: A woman whose vagina is blocked due to birth defect.]
That burning delicate body lit up the flame in the deepest part of Qing Shui. He knew that he was already under a strong influence, but he was relying on Nature Energy to just barely resist it. After swallowing a Pure Jade Pellet with Yu Ruyan just now, he had consumed another Five Dragon Pellet. Unfortunately it was ineffective. This 'Stone Beauty' from legends was indeed overbearing. The only way to dispel it was to have sex.
She was about the same age as Zhu Qing, the only difference between them was that one was a mother. For a dignified woman like her, things would be very difficult even if Qing Shui wanted to openly court her. Perhaps it wouldn't be much of an issue when he becomes powerful in the future. For now, Lady Duanmu couldn't bring herself to do it.
Soon enough, Qing Shui's Gold Needle couldn't control the flames in Lady Duanmu's body any longer. Qing Shui couldn't let her die, so he had no choice but to pull out the Gold Needle on her back.
He no longer tried to suppress the flame burning within him either. The two of them slowly fell back onto the stone bed. Qing Shui's clothes were also quickly shed. The mood right now, was perfect.
Two bare naked bodies wrapped around each other. Their movements were controlled by the most primitive energy within their body, melding perfectly into each other before climaxing in a series of pleasing moans of satisfaction.
Qing Shui opened his eyes as if he had just woken up from a dream when Yu Ruyan's body glowed white. The two of them were currently joined together in the most intimate position.
He looked at those divinely beautiful breasts which were just inches away from him, forcibly controlling his urges to lick them again. A silver necklace still hung around her delicate neck, but the pendant on it was lost. He was guessing that it must have vanished or dropped when she was resisting Old Man Ba's final attack.
Yu Ruyan opened her eyes too, but she immediately closed them since she was so shy. He was roused awake by her own breakthrough. Before that, everything had seemed just like a wonderful dream.
Lady Duanmu, who was at peak Grade Eight Martial Saint, had now attained Grade Nine Martial Saint. Unexpectedly, she wasn't as pleasantly surprised, but rather she felt a little at loss.
The poison had already been dispelled. Even the injuries in Yu Ruyan's body had been completely healed. The sun was setting when they came here, but it was already the following morning now.
They had actually stayed here for an entire night. Yu Ruyan couldn't help but blush the more she thought about it as she stayed motionless, snuggled in Qing Shui's arms.
Qing Shui was leaning on top of Lady Duanmu when he realized that his abilities had also increased quite a lot. Not only that, his physical strength and spirit energy had also been raised tremendously. However, there wasn't too much joy in him either.
Because he didn't know how to face this woman from now on.
He had never thought the day where he would share such intimate moments with this woman would come. Qing Shui involuntarily moved his body a little, but it made Yu Ruyan, who was in his arms, tremble and let out a weak sigh.
She didn't seem to be in a hurry to get up. This incident had already been imprinted into their minds. Although it was as if they were dreaming, it felt real at the same time.
It should've been many years since she last touched a man. Similarly, Qing Shui hadn't tasted any flesh recently. The duo cultivation tonight was beyond delightful. It was wonderful.
Qing Shui got up slowly. The feeling of his lower weapon sliding out still made them both quiver. Half of their bodies were soaked in the White Milky Jade, even filling up the places where they were previously joined. Although Qing Shui currently wanted to have another round again, he knew he shouldn't.
He had no choice but to let go earlier for the sake of saving a life. His action would no longer be justified if he were to do that again.
"This incident is history, forever a history. Let's forget about it, what do you say? Let's pretend this never happened," Yu Ruyan spoke gently with her head lowered.
"Alright, I understand. I won't make things hard for you. Sorry that you had to go through that." There was nothing Qing Shui could do other than sigh.
"I don't feel like that at all. No one is aggrieved in this incident. If it had felt that bad, I would have chosen death," Yu Ruyan shook her head in agony. The thought of Duanmu Lingshuang entered her mind, she was worried that something would happened to her daughter due to her death. Judging from her daughter's temper, she would no longer allow herself to live. Yu Ruyan was extremely concerned that her daughter would commit suicide if she were to lose her mother as well.
Life was filled with too much dissatisfaction and helplessness!
"Perhaps my daughter will lose the her opportunity to be with him forever over this incident. He's the saviour of both me and my daughter. He had not only saved my daughter but also myself. This incident also occurred because he had to save me. Perhaps I should be more open minded about it? But then my body…."
Qing Shui didn't know what she meant with her words. He found his clothes and got dressed. He then helped Yu Ruyan to find her Interspatial Silk Sachet, she probably had a change of clothes inside there.
After a man and a woman had sex, it was impossible to completely forget about what happened even if they were to treat each other like strangers. Qing Shui knew that he couldn't do it, let alone a woman like Yu Ruyan. Otherwise she wouldn't have stayed as a widow for all these years.
After the two of them were fully dressed, the atmosphere between them obviously felt different when previously compared. A complex feeling was in the air, especially whenever their gazes met with other.
There were also awkwardness, ambiguity, nervousness and some other indescribable feelings…
"Qing Shui, I shall take my leave first. I'll return to the Duanmu City with Lingshuang. I should be able to completely forget about this after some time," Yu Ruyan spoke softly when the two of them reached the cave exit.
"Don't think about it too much and don't blame yourself. If you feel bad about it then blame it all on me," Qing Shui stood beside her and gently told her.
"How can I possibly blame you? Alright, I have to go. You should return to the Di Clan after I leave. Forget about what happened today. We're still the good friends as we were before."
After finishing her sentence, Yu Ruyan soared up the skies as she followed the path back home.
Qing Shui summoned the Fire Bird!
"Return with my Fire Bird!" Qing Shui's voice was soft, but it had clearly travelled to Yu Ruyan's ears and Fire Bird had already flew over to her side.
Yu Ruyan turned her head around to look at Qing Shui, and then left with Fire Bird!
Qing Shui stood at the cave exit while being baffled as he realized that his relation to the Duanmu Clan was indeed not bad. He had unintentionally lent a hand to the pair of mother and daughter before, but they were the type of people who must repay the act of goodwill done to them by others. If it had been other type of people, he had a feeling they wouldn't have even been in contact with each other by now .
Qing Shui didn't experience that much of an impact in his heart, but this incident had hurt Yu Ruyan. They could only forget about it since nothing would ever come out of this.
AST 643 – A great improvement! One thousand and five hundred countries worth of strength!
Qing Shui shook his head as he felt the changes that were taking place within his body. Originally, his Ancient Strengthening Technique had already achieved the two hundred and eighty fifth cycle. But as he attempted to continue circulating it, he noticed that it once again successfully broke through to the three hundredth cycle. The process went on until when he reached the three hundred and fifteenth cycle before coming to a stop.
After going through all of these, Qing Shui came to realize that he would have to be at least at his four hundredth cycle to break through to the Seventh Heavenly Layer, which meant that his progression in his cycle of circulated qi would most likely reach a bottleneck when he reached the three hundred and ninety-ninth cycle.
"What's the point of thinking so far ahead for now?" Qing Shui laughed at himself.
Qing Shui's current raw strength once again went through another significant increase. His raw defense already possessed the strength of around four hundred countries. His offensive strength was also already worth around two hundred and eighty countries.
Of course, these were also the results of his recent cultivations in his Ancient Strengthening Technique and his body. Of course, the most important factor was the benefits he obtained when he dual cultivated with Yu Ruyan. At the moment when he broke through to the three hundredth cycle, he felt that he had already increased by quite a large amount of might.
Qing Shui currently possessed Grade Four Nature Energy and Grade Three Immovable Mountain. If he was to include all of these abilities and perform an attack, he would be able to deal damage that worth as much as a thousand and five hundred countries. It’s already more than enough to draw out the strength of a Grade Six Martial Saint Warrior.
Even if he was to fight bare-handed, he would still be able to at least draw out a thousand countries worth of strength.
If he was to use the combined sword technique instead, he would become slightly more powerful.
Qing Shui was already satisfied with what he had. Originally, he thought that it would be hard for him to improve any further within this short period of time. But to his surprise, this happened. From the battle against Old Freak Ba, Qing Shui realized the advantages of supplementary techniques and how heaven-defying the Hidden Weapon Technique could be. Prior to this, he had always felt that it was useless.
This time, even though it only had a purely assistive role, it was capable of changing the tide of the battle. In the future, if a day ever come when Qing Shui's Demon Binding Rope, Black Jade Poisonous Spider Web as well as Body Securing Talismans got strengthened even more, he felt that he might be able to face of opponents at higher cultivation level than his own if he used it properly.
Especially when he was against warriors whose strength exceeded that of five thousand countries. The Fiery Golden Eyes were undoubtedly one of the most powerful attacks. After that, Qing Shui swallowed a Pure Jade Pellet and fixed his sight on a Five-colored Daylily.
Qing Shui wasn’t going to let go of precious objects like this. He didn’t want to have too many regrets since he wasn’t able to take away the White Milky Jade Pool and Stone Beauty.
Even though Qing Shui had a poison resistant body and was under the effects of the Pure Jade Pellet, Qing Shui still operated his Nature Energy all the way to its peak and used the Hidden Weapons to contain the Five-colored Daylily before moving it to the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal.
It might seem like an easy task to do but if it had been someone who has no resistance to poison, they might not dare to even come near it even if they were stronger than Qing Shui.
With the combined effects of the Pure Jade Pellet and Nature Energy, Qing Shui was able to resist the poison from the Five-colored Daylily. Otherwise, it would have been hard for him to get near the Five-colored Daylily.
Just like that, he put two of the Daylilies into the realm. He felt that he would just be wasting it if he took more. If he was to move all of the Daylilies into the realm, the ecosystem of the valley would be disrupted.
Qing Shui looked up and realized that it was the Fire Bird! There was someone else on top of it.
Qing Shui stepped up into the sky and dropped down on the back of the Fire bird. After that, the Fire bird let out a high-pitched chirp before flying in the direction of the Di Clan.
"Chen`Er, why are you here?" Qing Shui smiled at Di Chen.
"I’m scared that you will be eaten." Di Chen smiled back.
Qing Shui gave an awkward smile: "is she gone?"
"You know about her injuries. It would be hard for her to avoid awkward situations. She was aware of it herself, that’s why she's like that." It’s not like Qing Shui wanted to lie to Di Chen. It’s just that for the sake of Lady Duanmu, there were some things that he really shouldn’t mention.
After all, both Qing Shui and Lady Duanmu have been out for one whole night. Everyone would be worried. So much so that a lot of people couldn’t manage to sleep for the entire night.
"I know, hehe." Di Chen looked at Qing Shui with her beautiful pupils. Those eyes of hers were very alluring.
Very quickly, both Qing Shui and Di Chen already arrived in Di Clan. As soon as the people from Di Clan heard the Fire bird's chirp, they rushed out of the house happily. Qing Shui noticed that the people from other branches of Di Clan also seemed to be there.
Qing Shui smiled. He had long since become used to things like this. It’s not a matter of whether it’s right or wrong, they're a blood related family. Only a minority of people would be able to hold on under those kind of circumstances. Luckily, most of the people from Di Clan were responsible and trustworthy, with only Di Jing's side of the family being an exception.
"Qing Shui, are you ok!" Di Xuan welcomed Qing Shui's arrival happily, his joy could be seen clearly by everyone.
"I’m fine, Senior Di, how have things been going here?"
"It’s ok! Come in! Let’s celebrate together!" Di Xuan grabbed Qing Shui's hand and said happily.
At this moment, Old Lady Mo came out. She smiled and nodded her head when she saw Qing Shui.
"Thank you for helping us this time, granny." Qing Shui thanked Old Lady Mo with a serious expression. Even though Qing Shui was the one controlling the pace of the battle this time, without Old Lady Mo, things wouldn’t have gone so smoothly.
"You're welcome, Qing Shui. Don’t be so formal, you will only make me feel sad by treating me like an outsider." Old Lady Mo smiled and said. She looked especially happy.
"Brother Qing Shui, can you let me have a look at your skills and techniques?" Di Fenxing scrubbed her head and asked Qing Shui.
Originally, Di Xuan planned to stop him, but he didn’t say it out loud.
"Since Brother Xing has mentioned it, I won’t hold back!"
Binding Talisman, Armor Break Talisman, Body Securing Talisman!
Demon Binding Rope!
Qing Shui demonstrated the skills in front of Di Fenxing all at once. After that, he smiled and continued walking forward.
He hadn’t shown him the Fiery Golden Eyes. Merely these techniques were already enough to cause Di Fenxing to freeze in shock. He was totally stunned by it.
"Second Brother, how was it?"
For a moment, everyone from Di Clan fixed their sight on Di Fenxing. They were really curious to know just how powerful the techniques which killed Old Freak Ba was.
At present, Qing Shui's abilities had once again taken another huge leap. The strength of the Heavenly Talismans were somehow related to Qing Shui's abilities. It reduced the opponent’s abilities by using Qing Shui's abilities as a standard.
However, all of these were already more than enough to shock Di Fenxing. Not only was the opponent's strength reduced by a chunk, they would even be immobilized and become vulnerable, this was the most fatal aspect of this.
Di Fenxing bitterly shook his head and didn’t say anything. The others also stopped asking after seeing his depressing look. After all, someone who was able to kill Old Freak Ba definitely wouldn’t be ordinary.
Di Qing smiled as she greeted Qing Shui. After that, the group walked into the main hall. There was a feast being held in the living room. There were plenty of sumptuous foods already prepared on the tables.
Everyone had a lot of fun during the feast. They felt particularly good when they were eating the food. It felt as if the burdens that have long been on their mind had finally been released. Di Chen was sitting next to Qing Shui and wasn't wearing her veil.
Qing Shui began to realize that recently, Di Chen hadn’t been putting on her veils as often as she used to. The feeling of sitting close with her with a calm mind made Qing Shui feel as if they have been husband and wife for many years.
Actually, there was also one more reason behind it. It was the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal. Because of the different ratio in time, Qing Shui would often have the feeling that he had known somebody for a long time even if he had just met that person recently.
"Why are you looking at me like that." Di Chen turned to the side and asked Qing Shui, who was distracted.
"Because you look good!"
The feast went on all the way until high-noon. After it finished, Qing Shui looked for an excuse to rest. The others said goodbye to Qing Shui. After all, he spent one whole night treating Lady Duanmu, it was just that they were not aware of how he had treated her.
He fell into the trap of talking to himself!
He once again wasted another day. The more free time he had, the more he couldn’t afford to lose. To Qing Shui, wasting a day was equivalent to wasting fifty days.
As soon as he entered the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal, Qing Shui immediately went to the lake where he kept the poisonous objects. The two five-colored Daylily we’re growing at the side of the lake. They gave off so much aura that it covered up the entire area. By doing so, it could help make the poisons within the poisonous objects multiply many fold.
Earlier, when he was leaving, he requested the Blackjade Poisonous Spiderweb to be returned. Di Xuan had also let Qing Shui see if there were any useful things which could be taken away from the Red Jiao.
Qing Shui didn’t hold back. He took away a lot of blood, flesh, bones, tendons and the beast's core.
At present, all of these were already in the Realm. After witnessing the power of the Blackjade Poisonous Spiderweb this time, Qing Shui thought to himself that it's time to temper the Spiderweb with some strong poison.
It’s just that he would need a bit of time for that. He would have to collect some poisons from the five-colored Daylily as well as some poisons from the Python and refine them together. The current poison that Qing Shui possessed was only considered average. But with the five-colored Daylily, Qing Shui was no longer concerned about this matter. The aura could help multiply the poisons around the surroundings by multiple times.
Qing Shui planned to use the crystals that the Crystal Lions produced to help increase the toxicity of the poisonous substances before using them to temper the Spiderweb. If the Spiderweb as well as the Demon Binding Rope could become more powerful, Qing Shui felt that he would be able to kill off his opponent’s more easily.
Sword Technique combination!
Qing Shui didn’t confront Old Freak Ba in a close range battle. It would be futile if he had done so as his attacks would show little to no effect. Despite this, Qing Shui knew that the combination sword techniques were definitely powerful. It’s just that he hadn’t reached that kind of level yet with his cultivation, which was why he was unable to show their full potential.
Qing Shui felt that the essence of sword most definitely lay within this Basic Sword Technique. No matter how gracious or godly a sword technique was, they were still made up from basic sword skills.
So much so that Qing Shui felt that if he was able to combine the sword techniques to a certain extent, he would be able to make it as effective as a paragon.
After cultivating for a while, Qing Shui started refining medicines. After that, he took in one Meridians Clearing Pellet every day to boost his strength. When he was tired, he would lay down on the ground in the Realm of the Violet Jade Immortal to rest.
Every time he laid down on the ground, he would feel particularly relaxed. He would often think about stuff like cultivating as he did so.
Now that he has finally witnessed the strength of a Grade Ten Martial Saint Warrior. The only thing which he was unclear about would be the strength of a Peak Martial Saint Warrior. However, by observing the pattern in Martial Saints where the difference in strength widened each time one advanced to a higher grade, he could roughly figure out that a Peak Martial Saint Warrior should have a strength worth around ten thousand countries.
Every time he compared the strength of a Peak Martial Saint with himself, he would instantly fire up and be filled with hope.
There would definitely be Peak Martial Saint Warriors among the strongest people in Central Continent. Furthermore, there should also be some in Lion King's Ridge located in Northern Sacred Lu Continent. When Qing Shui first met Yiye Jiange, he had promised her before that he would help her topple Lion King's Ridge. It seemed like he would have to wait for a while longer in order to do so. It seemed like it’s really going to be the way he predicted, he would really need twenty years for it to happen.
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