Battle Through the Heavens - chapter-41
“Second Elder, is the test over yet?”
Xiao Yan softly inquired as he looked at the golden words on the
Monument. He slowly removed his hand while looking at the distracted
“Oh, eh, the test is over…” The Second Elder snapped out of his
confusion after hearing Xiao Yan’s voice. He frantically nodded his
head, though his eyes were still drifting here and there. The Elder was
obviously still in a state of shock.
Ah, to raise 5 Duan Qi in a year? What a fast progression… truly
terrifying. The second Elder was still lost in thought and looked at the
youth before him with complex emotions. However, the doubt that was in
his old eyes disappeared in the face of reality.
The golden words gradually faded from the Monument and it returned to a
deep black hue.
Even though the golden words had dissipated, the audience remained quite
still. Everyone was still absorbed in shock.
“Ahem……” On the high platform, the second elder let out a cough
and finally he got the audience’s attention back.
“The Ceremonial Test has been completed. In accordance with the rules,
Xiao Yan will accept a single challenge. Those below Dou Zhe rank will be
allowed to to challenge him, who will come forward?” The second Elder
shouted as his eyes swept over the younger generation.
If one were to consider the Coming of Age ceremony as a test of how high
one’s Dou Qi was, then the challenge was an examination of one’s Dou
Technique proficiency. Ultimately, in a fight of life and death, Dou
Techniques would be an influential factor in determining the outcome.
Each clan’s attention to the proficiency of Dou Techniques was no less
than their attention to the Dou Qi of a Dou Zhe.
Upon hearing the Second Elder’s declaration, a mild clamour broke out
in the audience. The younger Xiao generation looked at each other while
cowardice tightened their lips. The golden words on the Black Monument, 8
Duan Qi, had torn any thought dwelling in their heart of easy victory to
At the moment, they had not the qualification to boast of their strength
in combat with Xiao Yan.
Xiao Yan was silently standing on the platform and calmly swept his gaze
down over his peers. Each time his eyes rested on a youth, he or she
would quickly step back.
“Hmph, a bunch of cowards!” Looking at the surrounding clan members,
cowering in fear, Xiao Ning scolded in derision. He lifted his head and
looked challengingly at the black clad youth on stage and was about to
step on stage when a slender hand pulled him back.
With a furrow of his brow, Xiao Ning looked at his sister and said
Xiao Yu sighed and replied : “He’s at 8 Duan Qi, you might not be
able to beat him.”
Xiao Ning’s mouth twitched slightly, he hesitated as well. But when his
eyes drifted towards the nearby Xun’er, what greeted him was the sight of
her gazing warmly at Xiao Yan with a delicate pleasant expression that
had never been directed at him…
Gritting his teeth savagely, Xiao Ning shrugged off Xiao Yu’s hand with
jealousy and anger surfacing on his still somewhat childish face. “So
what! It has already been more than 1 year since I’ve reached 8 Duan
Qi, do you think I can’t beat him, who just reached 8 Duan Qi?”
Looking at Xiao Ning, whose face was filled with stubborness and
jealousy, Xiao Yu knew she had no choice. After pausing a while, she took
out a green pill and stroked it gently with a hint of reluctance, before
shoving it into Xiao Ning’s hands. She whispered: “This is a tier 2
pill, ‘Qi Increasing Powder’, which grants the power of a Dou Zhe for
a short period of time. However, the consequence is that if consumed, one
will be bedridden for the next month. Do not use it unless absolutely
Upon hearing that, Xiao Ning grasped the pill joyously, saying “With
this, I will definitely teach that guy a lesson!”
Xiao Ning frowned and warned him “Don’t be too reckless. Let him
suffer just a little. You must not injure him heavily or else even
Grandfather will not be able to protect you. The current ‘him’ is no
longer the useless cripple of the past.”
“Yes yes, I already know…” Xiao Ning said indifferently, nodding
slightly. With a wry smile he looked at Xun’er, proudly saying in his
heart, I will let you know, that guy is only a pillow with an embroidered
TL: Chinese Proverb – an outwardly attractive but worthless person
With a cold smile, Xiao Ning brushed off Xiao Yu’s hand and jumped onto
the stage, shouting “I’ll challenge you!”
Upon hearing that, everyone’s gaze turned towards Xiao Ning and the
feeling of being the center of attention made the proud look on his face
Looking at Xiao Ning who was walking over, the second Elder’s brows
furrowed. Looking up at the guests seats, he saw as expected the first
Elder with a troubled look on his face. Sighing lightly, he rebuked in
his heart: Ignorant fool! Do you still think that Xiao Yan is still the
useless cripple he was in the past?
Xiao Ning did not notice the frown on the second Elder’s face and
taking a big step forward he arrogantly grinned : “Xiao Yan, let me
test your fighting prowess.”
Looking up lazily to see Xiao Ning in front of him, Xiao Yan did not even
Seeing that Xiao Ning had already reached the center of the stage, the
second Elder had no choice but to loudly proclaim : “Xiao Yan has been
challenged by Xiao Ning. Xiao Yan, do you accept the challenge?”
“You won’t run from my challenge will you? Xun Er is watching, you
had better not disappoint her…” Caressing the pill hidden in his
sleeve, Xiao Ning’s confidence swelled and with a look at the
beautiful, calm maiden below, he said to Xiao Yan with a cold smile.
Idiot… Xiao Yan muttered in his heart, brushing his nose. In front of
everyone, he nodded and calmly said: “I accept.”
Seeing Xiao Yan nod, the second elder sighed once more and waved his
hand. As he retreated off the stage, he lowered his voice to a volume
where only the two of them could hear and said “Remember, control your
strength. Do not injure each other!”
Xiao Ning curled his lip while Xiao Yan, shrugged indifferently.
As the second Elder left the stage, the air atop it grew strained. A
fight was soon to arise.