Chapter 9: Earn Money
This chapter is by Windyday of BC Novels.
The crowded group of people automatically moved aside to create a path. Two young man wearing red and carrying swords with cloud markings walked in.
The man in the lead has a well-formed temple1 and an angular face; his appearance can very well be described as ‘full of righteousness.’ On his chest, there were 3 white markings. Similar to the Heavenly Sword Sect, it was an indication that this disciple has a high level of importance. It was very likely that he could be the eldest disciple to an elder in their sect. The identity of the one in the back is a little less outstanding but it isn’t low either.
As soon as the one with the righteous face saw Fang Youde, his two sword-shaped eyebrows screwed up together, “Fang Youde! It’s you again!”
Yi Xichen quickly jumped up, “Senior disciple, this ‘Fang Lack-of-Morality’2 probably feigned being a disciple of your Grand Black Sect, right? Just now I’ve revealed his scheme. Otherwise, if he was allowed to continue to do as he please, I really don’t know how much he would have darkened your Grand Black Sect’s reputation.”
The one with the righteous face angrily said, “He has already been kicked out of the Grand Black Sect a couple of years ago, but he still uses the name of our Grand Black Sect to swindle others and brag. It’s despicable!”
He walked up to the front, lifted up Fang Youde with one hand, raised his voice and said, “Although this person has long been excommunicated by our Grand Black Sect, he was still one of our disciples and it was our fault that we weren’t strict in our teachings. When I bring him back this time, I would report him to all of my Shishus. They would destroy his cultivation and he would be faced with severe punishments. Please forgive us.”
Yi Xichen hurriedly said, “Senior disciple don’t leave so fast, he still owes me a hundred times my original bet!”
Righteous Face gave him a look. After a moment of thought, he untied the spatial bag from himself, tosses it to him and said, “I don’t carry large amounts of spirit stones when I go out. Is the amount in here enough compensation?”
Yi Xichen opened the spatial bag to look at its content. Inside, there were four high-grade spirit stones, around thirty intermediate spirit stones and a couple of primary spirit stones. A high-grade spirit stone is equivalent to about ten intermediate spirit stones. And when all these are added together, although it doesn’t reach the 100 times the original bet that Fang Youde promised him, he would have still earned a lot. Furthermore, almost all the spirit stones in the bag have the fire attribute. For the Grand Black Sect, they have a mountain in the back of the sect that produces spirit stones with the fire attribute. Comparably, it will be slightly more difficult for the disciples of the Heavenly Sword Sect to obtain fire spirit stones. Therefore he laughed and said, “For the sake of this Senior Disciple, if I’ll give you a discount this much would be enough.”
Righteous Face hmphed and gestured to the little disciple brother that followed him in to organize the spirit stones on the spinning wheel. After sorting out the bitter owners that came up to ask for their money back, they took Fang Youde away on their swords.
Yi Xichen his and Zhangsun Zijun’s spirit stones along with a lot of compensation. Squeezing out of the hoard of people, his whole face was alight with happiness, “We’re rich! We’re rich! We earned so many spirit stones, and we can buy a lot of stuff now!”
Zhangsun Zijun didn’t actually care about this small amount of spirit stones. In the fanfic world eight years later, he was rich enough to buy a couple of spiritual mountains as a love nest for Yi Xichen and himself with a wave of his hand. However, when he saw the happiness and satisfaction on Yi Xichen’s face after he worked so hard to earn those spirit stones, his own mood also became brighter.
Yi Xichen pulled Zhangsun Zijun to a place with no people and silently unclenched his hand to show the two halves of the Black Fire Stone from before. The Black Fire Stone is extremely rich in spiritual energy and has a variety of uses when creating traps. Yi Xichen has wanted one for a long time but he wouldn’t be able to afford it even if he has to scrap his pots to sell iron. He smugly said, “I took this out in passing. Just now the person from the Grand Black Sect gave us a lot of fire spirit stones as compensation. When we go back, let’s ask Master for help. We can definitely repair the Black Fire Stone!”
The two people continued to head deeper into the market. This time, Yi Xichen was a lot more generous when buying things. Aside from the Black Iron from Zong Mountain that can strengthen their swords, he also bought an abundant amount of spiritual ingredients.
Zhangsun Zijun suddenly stopped completely in front of a stand. When Yi Xichen discovered that Zhangsun Zijun didn’t follow behind him, he rushed back to find him staring at a ball of Ice Silk3. Yi Xichen asked, “Do you want this?”
Ice silk can be used to refine medicinal pills with water properties and clothes for Daoists. The cold, smooth texture can be used to mediate the internal fire of the wearer and it also has the ability to prevent them from entering the demonic path. At the moment, Zhangsun Zijun really needed the Ice Silk to make a pair of underpants to prevent his little brother from exploding.
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Yi Xichen didn’t know what Zhangsun Zijun want with that but Zhangsun Zijun gave him all the spirit stones. So if Zhangsun Zijun wants to buy it then he would buy it for him. Once he saw that the owner of the stand was a female daoist, Yi Xichen knew why Zhangsun Zijun refused to open his mouth—although Zhangsun Zijun is a rare talent with the Heavenly Spirit Root and has a cultivation speed unrivaled by anyone else, he has a fatal weakness. That would be women.
He doesn’t speak much in the first place, but when he is faced with women even three sticks wouldn’t be able to beat out a grunt from him. Even when he fights, he refuses to lash out against women. This was a design from the original novel that was also emphasized in the fanfic world. Every time the fanfic author decides to start another abuse arc, a female antagonist would be added in to give Yi Xichen abortion drugs or other such things. Every abuse tactic worked.
Yi Xichen pasted a huge smile on his face, “This disciple sister is so pretty.”
There aren’t any women that wouldn’t like to be complimented. The female cultivator brushed her hand against her own face, a blush involuntarily made its way up to her cheeks.
“Is the Daoist outfit on you made by disciple sister herself? The floating cloud embroidery is beautiful. Disciple sister’s hands are so talented.”
“Re-really? Thank you.” The female cultivator quickly straightened out her own clothes and swept her hair behind her ear.
“Disciple sister, how much do you plan to sell that ball of Ice Silk?”
“Five intermediate spirit stones.”
Yi Xichen puffed his cheeks out in distress. The price was actually pretty reasonable but for them, five intermediate spirit stones really isn’t cheap. Although they had just made a profit, they couldn’t carelessly squander it. He continued to spout praise and compliments to the female cultivator before he continued, “Disciple sister, can it be bought for just a little cheaper? I really like Disciple sister’s stuff, it’s just that I don’t have much spirit stones left. Four stones, can you sell it to me with four stones?”
The female cultivator hesitated for a moment, seeing that both of the sword cultivators at her stand were outstanding in looks and their words were also flattering and was just about to agree when a Cheng Yao jin appeared to disrupt her plans.
“I want this ball of Ice Silk, I’ll give you six intermediate spirit stones!”
The two turned around to see that the irksome Cheng Yao jin is none other than Xiao Kui!
“Tsk.” A disdainful expression appeared on Zhangsun Zijun’s face.
Being, once again, looked down upon, Xiao Kui’s anger was coursing through more than one place in his body. He fetched out six spirit stones from his pouch and slapped it onto the stand, “That ball of Ice Silk is mine now!”
The stunned female cultivator looked this way and that way before tentatively reaching her hand out to take the spirit stones. Even if the two that came first looked more pleasing to the eye, she was someone doing business. No one could be hateful toward money.
“Wait a moment.” Yi Xichen’s cold gaze swept against Xiao Kui. The smile on his face has already disappeared and his eyes were full of hostility. He said, “I was here first so if I also give you six spirit stones, disciple sister, do you plan on selling it to me or to him?”
The female cultivator was just about to respond when Xiao Kui generously threw out two more, “Then I will give you eight!”
This is a blatant provocation. Xiao Kui doesn’t have the slightest desire for the Ice Silk, he only wanted to pick a fight and add more obstacles for Zhangsun Zijun and Yi Xichen. After Zhangsun Zijun humiliated him in front of Shen Nong Palace, he has been pointed at and gawked over wherever he went without a shred of dignity left. He was so angry he spends the better part of his nights hiding in his room sticking needles into little dolls. Now that the furious eyes of two enemies landed on one another today, he has to make up for the lost point no matter what.
Yi Xichen secretly clenched his fist. Eight intermediate spirit stones isn’t worth much for the disciples in the Sword Refining Hall, but for the disciples in the Medicine Hall, they can only get that amount if they save it up for half a year. Raise the amount? He can’t afford to. And even if he followed up with the price, Xiao Kui would definitely raise it higher.
Zhangsun Zijun suddenly untied the money pouch and started to count the spirit stones in his palm.
Both Yi Xichen and Xiao Kui was startled by his actions, thinking that he would raise the price until the end. Xiao Kui stretched his neck out to look only to discover that Zhangsun Zijun only had ten intermediate spirit stones in his hands. A satisfied smile suddenly appeared on his face.
“Ha, you dared to go to the market with this amount of spirit stones?” Xiao Kui took back the intermediate spirit stones that he threw out previously and arrogantly thwacked a high-grade spirit stone, “The Ice Silk belongs to me now!”
Xiao Kui bought the Ice Silk and was so smug his tail was cocked up to the sky. He turned around with the ball of Ice Silk in his hand, wanting to fully admire the frustrated expression on Zhangsun Zijun and Yi Xichen’s face, only to realize that there was no one behind him.
Xiao Kui, “!!!”
The two has long strolled off leisurely, not caring the least bit about the Ice Silk. On the contrary, it was Xiao Kui who had spent two times that of the original price to buy something that he doesn’t need at all. That’s extremely stupid.
Xiao Kui was going crazy with anger!
Yi Xichen leaned over to one of Zhangsun Zijun’s ear and whispered, “You scared me for a moment. I thought you were really going to continue fighting till the end.”
Zhangsun Zijun helplessly said, “I was only counting them. That stuff can be bought anywhere.”
“Haha.” Yi Xichen’s happiness was unrestrained, “Let’s continue shopping. I don’t believe that Xiao Kui is able to buy all the Ice Silk in the market.”
He looked back. Xiao Kui was following the two of them with a dark, heavy expression. Looking at him, he seems to really be planning to have a confrontation with them today.
- This chapter is by Windyday of BC Novels.
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- 天庭饱满 is meant to mean a full forehead which is a lucky sign.
- I think this was a pun on the guy’s name. Cause Youde means ‘have morality’ and, in the raws, Xichen said Quede which means ‘lacks morality.’
- Literally “Frost-Ice-Silkworm Silk.”