Friday, February 15, 2019

the hatred of a family

A young juvenile reacted on instinct, threw off his warm, comfortable covers, jumped up from his bed and put his clothes on. All of this was done in one breath.
At this time most of the family sect disciples and even some of the servants, still slept……
This young person was around 13 to 14 years of age, with a slim body and a childish face. He wasn’t super handsome, but he was still good-looking.
Especially his eyes, they were clear and full of fighting will.
“Just a bit longer and I can reach the 2nd rank of the Martial Path, then I’ll have all those other Zhao family sect disciples shut up.”
This young person’s name was Zhao Feng. Half a year ago, he came from the Green Leaf Village’s Zhao family (side branch family) to the Sun Feather Zhao family sect, relying on his superb performance.
At the Green Leaf Branch, he was a genius for his age and was the first to reach the 1st rank of the Martial Pathway. From then on, he left the life of mortals and stepped into the gateway of cultivation.
At that time, every old person in the village praised him for his talent, saying his future could not be measured…..
His family sect, parents, they all had high hopes for him…..
However, only Zhao Feng knew how many more times the effort he put in compared to his peers, allowing him to become the genius of Green Leaf Village……
Green Leaf Village family…. was one of the main Zhao family sects’ side branch. Every 5 years, there would be 2 people recommended into the main sect.
The person who came with Zhao Feng was “Zhao Xue”, a girl who reached the 1st rank of the Martial Pathway only 2 months after him.
After leaving Green Leaf Village, Zhao Feng was full of fighting will, determined to go to the main Zhao family sect and show off his skills.
However, only after he went to the main Zhao family sect did he realize that he was just a frog at the bottom of a well……
In terms of population, Green Leaf Village Zhao family only had 100 people, with only 7 to 8 people around his own age.
At the main Zhao family however, there were tens of thousands of people, and they controlled large portions of land, mines and resources. Compared to the Zhao family of Green Leaf Village, this family was over a 100 times larger!!!
In the side branch in Green Leaf Village, he was considered a talent, even a genius for some….. Here at the Zhao sect however, he was considered to be one of the lowest level of cultivators for his age, a lowly outer disciple.
In the Zhao sect, there were many youths his age who had broken through to the 2nd rank of the Martial Path. There were even some who were talented, having broken into the 3rd rank. And according to some rumours, some of the families’ geniuses had already broken through to the 4th rank…..
Confronted with this reality, Zhao Feng started to realize that he was nothing compared to them. He was innocently ignorant and small in comparison.
Also, “Zhao Xue”, the beautiful girl who came with him from Green Leaf Village, she slowly became distant from him after entering the Zhao sect. She also interacted more and more with one of the top 3 disciples amongst the outer disciples.
Looking back, when “Zhao Xue” was still at Green Leaf village, she looked up to him in awe and even adored him. However, at that time, Zhao Feng only focused on cultivating, and ignored her
From then on, he became more and more desperate and put in more effort into his cultivation after feeling despair.
He made an oath: that he would take a spot at the top at Sun Feather City in the Zhao sect.
Otherwise, he would never go back to Green Leaf Village!
After washing up, Zhao Feng took a deep breath and then ran towards the family sect’s martial arts field.
“Hah! Hah!” ……..
Zhao Feng took a half step with both fists carrying the wind, and practiced the Zhao sect’s “Flaming Metal Fists”.
“Flaming Metal Fists” was only a core martial art, but Zhao Feng practiced it carefully, polishing it beautifully.
In laymen’s terms, normal martial arts were put into 5 categories: Core, Low, Middle, High, and Peak.
Core martial arts, the lowest of martial arts, were used to strengthen one’s body and blood, the damage dealt by them was very restricted.
Normally, the higher the rank of a martial art, the higher the damage dealt by it would be and the better it would be for cultivating.
However, with Zhao Feng’s side branch identity, as well as having no exceptional talent, it was very hard for him to learn martials arts of a higher rank.
“I have been staying at the 1st rank of the Martial Path for a long time. However, to break through to the 2nd rank, I still lack some time.”
After practicing for a while, Zhao Feng’s face was raining with sweat, and his breathing rate was quick.
Zhao Feng’s talent wasn’t considered bad, the reason why he couldn’t catch up to the others was because he didn’t have martial skills of a higher rank. He also wasn’t rich, like the main family disciples who could buy precious pills to increase their cultivation speed.
Some say a few disciples of the Zhao sect would use these precious pills from birth to strengthen their bodies. Before reaching 10 years of age, they had already broken through the 1st rank of the Martial Path, gaining a certain advantage compared to others.
At the starting line, Zhao Feng was already separated too far from them. Half an hour later, the sun slowly rose into view.
At the martial arts field, some of the Zhao sect disciples slowly but steadily came, and some laughed and played with one another.
However, when their visions landed on Zhao Feng, their eyes suddenly became cold, and some even showed disdain.
This attitude wasn’t just pointed at Zhao Feng alone. The Zhao sect disciples looked down upon everyone who came from the side branches. In front of those who came from the side branches, they felt a certain amount of power!
When Zhao Feng was lost in his thoughts, a sound came whistling from this back: “Little broomstick! Stop there!”
“Pah!”
A hand as strong as metal hit him hard on the shoulder.
“It’s you….”
Zhao Feng was caught off balance and almost fell. Luckily, his core skills were good so he steadied himself.
The guy who came was a youth dressed in black. His body was fit and muscular, and he had thick eyebrows. His eyes had a tinge of playfulness inside of them as he looked down upon Zhao Feng who had just steadied himself.
“Zhao Kun! What is the meaning of this?” Zhao Feng had a face full of anger and wanted to hit Zhao Kun.
When Zhao Feng first came to the Zhao sect, the two of them had a little conflict. This was because Zhao Kun was mocking those who came from the side branches and Zhao Feng was dissatisfied with him.
Zhao Kun was a person who took revenge at every possible opportunity, and from then on, when he found Zhao Feng he would humiliate him in every way.
“Zhao Kun! With your strength, if you cannot take this side branch disciple in ten moves, then it would not be cool!”
“Ten moves? Zhao Kun is already at the peak of the 2nd rank of the Martial Path, to fight that kid, I think three moves will be enough!”
“Three moves? If they fight straight on, it will not be that easy!” The disciples nearby said, ready to watch the show. Most people did not care about what happened, so they spoke without restraint.
“Three moves? Hahaha……” Zhao Kun raised his head and laughed with a look of disdain on his face, “You are all looking down on me, Zhao Kun! To beat this kid, I will only need one move!”
Only need one move!
The disciples who were present had looks of shock on their faces.
“One move?”
Zhao Feng’s eyebrows crunched up and his face changed. The anger in his heart also rose again.
He and Zhao Kun only had 1 rank in difference between them. If Zhao Kun did well, maybe he could win in 3 moves. That was true.
However, just 1 move…..
This was a humiliation!
Facing Zhao Kun‘s provocative eyes, Zhao Feng calmed down soon and thought, “I cannot fall into this trap. Even if I live through this one move, he will still humiliate me after.”
Having been at the Zhao sect for half a year, Zhao Feng had been beaten a few times and had learned to bear with it.
“I am quite tired from training today. Let me rest a few days, and then I will fight you.”
Zhao Feng’s face was expressionless and he then left without another word.
His performance gave Zhao Kun who was the same age, a pause.
“Ok, kiddo, I will let you off the hook today, but the next time we see each other, do not forget about today’s ‘1-move battle’.” Zhao Kun’s eyes gave off a cold and cunning feel.
1-move battle?
Zhao Feng’s heart sped up once more, and thought: “It looks like Zhao Kun isn’t going letting me off the hook.”
“I must reach the 2nd rank of the Martial Path soon. Only then can I fight Zhao Kun.” Zhao Feng’s heart tensed up once more.
After leaving the martial arts field, Zhao Feng returned home.
Since Zhao Feng managed to enter the Zhao main family sect, his parents also gained a bit of his “fame” and entered the Zhao sect.
This was supposed to be his parents’ fame.
Zhao Feng however only felt ashamed because his performance at the Zhao sect might make his parents feel disappointed. He might also disappoint those of the older generation who had high expectations of him at the village.
“I am back.”
A deep, calm man walked out. It was Zhao Feng’s father. Zhao Tianyang.
“Feng’er, come quick and have some food!” This was his mother, Zhao Shi, who had a caring look on her face as she brought out some food from the kitchen.
Every time Zhao Feng came home, he was able to feel the warmth and love here.
“Thanks mom….. This tastes so good!” Zhao Feng mumbled through his mouth, which was full of food.
When they ate, Zhao Tianyang and Zhao Shi didn’t speak, as if there was something on their mind.
“Father, Mother, what are you….” Zhao Feng saw that his parents had solemn expressions and looked as if they had something to say. Zhao Tianyang and Zhao Shi looked at one another, and then they took a long sigh.
“Let me say it. Just not long ago, the sect’s higher level sent some people over with a letter.” Zhao Tianyang paused for a moment.
“The sect’s higher level?” Zhao Feng didn’t understand.
Zhao Tianyang had a solemn face and said: “The sect has now made some new rules. If the side branch’s youths cannot break through to the 2nd rank, they will have no right to participate in the ‘family sparring contest’. If…. before the age of fifteen, they cannot reach the 3rd rank, they will be sent back to their branches.”
What!
Zhao Feng’s heart stopped for a second and his face changed dramatically.
The family sparring competition was where all the youths fought to show off their skills. The ones who won would get rich rewards and have a chance to become an inner disciple, who would be fully trained by the family.
Thus, the family sparring competition was a chance to turn into a dragon from a fish for the outer disciples.
If they lost the chance to enter, it was considered to be the same as being thrown away by the sect!
And the rule that made Zhao Feng’s heart cold was the last one – Before the age of 15, those who are not able to achieve the 3rd rank of the martial path, will be sent back to the branch families.
“No, no, this cannot be true….” Zhao Feng’s voice was soft, and both his hands clenched together.
He and his parents wouldn’t have the face to be sent back to the Green Leaf Village.
“This rule is only set towards the side branch disciples.” His mother Zhao Qi had a look of dissatisfaction on her face.
“Mother, Father, it is ok. I will train even harder and reach the 2nd rank of the Martial Path before the family sparring competition.” Zhao Feng clenched his teeth and said while trembling.
“There are still two months left, and to register, you need to sign up a month earlier. To break through to the 2nd rank in a month is probably not easy.”
Zhao Tian Tang shook his head.
Only a month’s time?
Zhao Feng’s eyes were dim as if he fell into darkness.
If there were 2 months left, and he doubled his efforts, there was a 20 to 30 percent chance of success. To breakthrough in a month however, he didn’t have any confidence at all!
After staying silent for a long time, Zhao Shi wiped the corner of her eyes and spoke softly: “Feng’er, it doesn’t matter if you fail…… you still make us proud…. The most that will happen is us returning to Green Leaf village and living a normal life.”
“Yeah! If we return to Green Leaf Village, you will still be the most talented one there – I would rather have you be the head of a chicken than the tail of a phoenix!”
Zhao Tianyang nodded his head in agreement.
Being parents, they would rather have their children be safe, even if their lives would be normal..
Return to Green Leaf village?
“No!”
Zhao Feng shook his head furiously, “I am not going back to Green Leaf Village to lead a normal life!”
He once swore an oath. To perform well, earn a spot in the Zhao sect and in Sun Feather City, and own his own land.
His heart yearned towards the 9th rank of the Martial Path and the land that lies beyond in the outer world….
How could I be willing to lose and return in this manner?
Zhao Feng restrained himself from crying, screamed, and merely ran out of the house.
“Feng’er! Don’t be stubborn……”
His parents called out.
“Boom!”
Suddenly, thunder and lightning howled in the sky and it started raining outside. Zhao Feng kept the despair in his heart, howled back at the sky and ran into the rain. At this time, the lightning shone everywhere, making Zhao Feng’s face light up.
“Not good!”
Zhao Feng felt a pressure bearing towards him, and so, as he looked up he was shocked by what he saw.
From birth, he had never seen such lightning, closely packed together, like a spider’s web.
At that short moment, the lightning above seemed to be under some kind of power, which caused the dimension to crack.
“Sheeeeeeew ——————-”
A black streak came from outer space. It passed through the lightning and caused beautiful ripples to appear that seemed like a dream.
It was impossible to imagine what that “black line” was, it was even able to ignore the power of lightning.
“Pah! Pah!”
Zhao Feng felt his feet go numb, his hair and clothes turn black, and thunder rang in his ears nonstop.
The whole world suddenly went dead silent.
“This is……”
His face was white, looking down at his feet he saw a weird black marble, like an eyeball. It was this item that caused the black line.
“Peng! Peng!”
The eye-like marble seemed like it had life, giving off a thumping sound as it “stared” Zhao Feng right in the eye.
However, the eyeball’s thumping seemed to thump in sync with his own heart, giving Zhao Feng a friendly feeling.
At this moment, he felt some kind of summoning.
“Does this item have life?” He held his breath, ready for any signs of danger. However, before he could move.
“Poom!”
The eyeball-like marble turned into an afterimage as it shot into Zhao Feng’s left eye.
“Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!………………………..” Zhao Feng screamed and then fainted.
Before he fainted, he only had one thought: “I’m screwed……… my eye has been blinded!
Not knowing how much time had passed, Zhao Feng started to regain his consciousness, but he was not able to feel his body.
The only thing he felt was the pain coming from his left eye.
Left eye?
Zhao Feng turned cold, and suddenly remembered what happened. Before he fainted, the weird eyeball shaped marble stabbed straight into his left eye.
If there wasn’t any accidents, my left eye might’ve been blinded and can probably be compared with those ugly and berserk “One-eyed dragons”.
When he thought up to here, Zhao Feng had the urge to cry.
Peh!Peh!Peh!Peh!……
There was a sound similar to that of a heartbeat, giving off a familiar and kind feel, resonating from the left eye, which had been punctured.
Shoosh!
He thought about his left eye and in that moment, his consciousness merged with his left eye.
Boom!
His brain suddenly shook and Zhao Feng consciousness went into a pitch black dimension.
“This place is…..”
Zhao Feng had fear for the unknown, and seeing such a weird place was completely outside of his knowledge.
His consciousness was attracted by the faint green light given off from the centre of the pitch black place.
That faint green light seemed so mysterious, and infinitely deep. It slowly spun, as if it had survived from the Ancient times till now, giving people both a feeling of life and eternity.
Zhao Feng consciousness was fully absorbed by it, and was so absorbed that he would not awaken, not until the sky turn old or when the dimension was destroyed.
“The Ancient is broken, and the Ancient Gods slain will turn into a trillion dust…..”
The sigh that came with it seemed so ancient and sad. It reverberated around the pitch black area, as if it came from the Ancient times itself.
“Who’s there!?”
Zhao Feng consciousness swayed, and his whole body turned cold. He surveyed the area but could not see anyone.
That sound seemed to come from the space itself.
“There is a soul in the universe that is perfectly in sync with me? Is this destiny?”
The mysterious voice said to itself.
“Who’s there sneaking around!”
Zhao Feng suppressed his fear and shouted.
“To continue my bloodline of the Eye, you will Rule everyone, control every race. You lucky youngster, do not disappoint me….”
The pitch black area suddenly poured out an Ancient consciousness, which then faded away.
Everything remained calm…….
Hah!
Zhao Feng took a long breath, but before he could think more, a painful feeling came from his left eye.
Within the room.
The burning sun came through the window.
“Ahhhhh….. My eye.”
Zhao Feng screamed and clutched his left eye which was now swollen red and burned with pain.
At this time, Zhao Feng suddenly woke back up into reality.
This was his room.
Zhao Feng laid on the bed, and his body still had charred pieces from when he was struck by lightning.
At this time, the pain coming from his left eye made him sweat and toss around in the room.
It was good that, as time went, the pain eventually faded away.
“My eye……”
Zhao Feng had a face full of worry, and slowly loosened the grip around his left eye.
He was certain that his left eye could still see the light.
However, when his left eye saw the first ray of sunlight, the strong burn in his eye made him squint, but it still made Zhao Feng let out his breath.
His left eye eventually adapted to the sunlight and could finally see the outside world.
However, the thing that came after made Zhao Feng go into shock.
At that moment, the whole world seemed to have become one of tens of thousands of different colours.
The vision of his left eye made everything seem perfectly clear and beautiful.
Zhao Feng even saw the particles in the air, which certainly wasn’t what normal vision could see.
He even clearly saw ants on a tree 100 metres away, and the veins on a leaf.
“What is going on? My left eye can even……”
Zhao Feng thought about it after the shock passed and revealed some happiness on his face.
He was certain that his left eye had undergone a series of changes and was at least 10 times, or more, stronger than the original eye.
Zhao Feng took out a mirror and looked at it closely, the left eye’s size was the same as before.
The only difference was that the centre of his eye was darker than the original.
And when he fully used his left eye, the eyeball would give off a faint glow of green light.
These changes, although not very obvious, sped up Zhao Feng’s heartbeat.
“Did….. did that mysterious eye merge with my left eye?”
Zhao Feng’s heart was happy but also worried at the same time.
After a while he took a deep breath and walked out his room.
“Feng’er, you did not wake up for one day and one night, do not make me feel worried.”
Zhao Shi saw that her son was all right and was super happy.
“Mother, I am all right! I might even have gotten lucky from this disaster.”
Zhao Feng laughed.
However, his face soon turned, “Wait! Mother, did you say…. That I was unconscious for one day and one night?”
“Yes, that day you were hit by lightning, but the alchemist said that you were just unconscious.”
Zhao Shi wiped her eyes and felt scared by what might have happened.
When they talked, Zhao Feng’s stomach growled, only then did he feel the hunger.
“Come! I will make you some food to eat.”
Zhao Shi went to the kitchen and busied around.
At this time, Zhao Feng kept on using his left eye to observe everything and felt that his body also went through some changes.
The most obvious change was his reaction speed.
“Mmmmmm…..”
When they were eating, Zhao Feng eyes landed upon a fly.
His left eye saw the fly’s flying route, he could even differentiate the gender and he also saw the stripes on its wings.
Shoosh!
He waved his chopsticks on instinct.
Suddenly, the humming stopped.
Hahaha….
Zhao Feng looked at the fly killed by his chopsticks and laughed deep in his heart.
That felt good!
That felt d--n nice!
Because of his left eye, Zhao Feng’s reaction speed and senses had far surpassed that of normal people.
After eating, Zhao Feng felt full of energy so he walked towards the martial arts field.
He had a feeling, that the change in his left eye could possibly change his life……
His left eye gave off sizzles of heat and after that, also gave off a “peh!peh!” heartbeat sound.
He didn’t know that as the mysterious eyeball merged with him, his bloodline and body was slowly changing.
Martial Arts Field.
Zhao Feng was the same as normal and started to practise his fist core martial arts.
“Hahaha! Zhao Feng, you’re finally here, I thought you’d be a turtle hiding in your shell…..”
A laugh came from the other side of the martial arts field.
D--n it!
Zhao Feng said d--n in his heart and then looked at the muscular Zhao Kun, who was taking big strides while coming over.
He then remembered the “1 move battle” with Zhao Kun.
With Zhao Kun’s laugh, many sect disciples in the martial arts field came gathering around.
“Looks like it cannot be avoided……”
Zhao Feng could only walk over.
“Zhao Feng, get ready. One move! I’ll only need one move to make you go down!”
Zhao Kun’s massive body seemed like a tiger and pressured towards Zhao Feng.
As soon as his words finished.
Using a weird stance, his two hands and body contracted, then like a poisonous snake, gave a dark and creepy feeling.
Zhao Feng felt a chill, as if he was locked onto by a poisonous snake.
“Whoa, it is the high ranked martial art Thirteen changes of the Poisonous Snake!”
From the crowd came an excited shout from someone who recognising Zhao Kun’s move.
“High ranked martial art, how is this possible! Most 2nd rank disciples can only go to the “Martial Arts Library” and get middle rank martial arts, how could Zhao Kun get a high ranked one?”
“You might not know this but Zhao Kun’s grandfather is one of the sect elders……”
“No wonder Zhao Kun has confidence in winning with one move, it is because he’s learned the Thirteen Changes of the Poisonous Snake!”
The disciples around the area all felt chilly, even some of those whose cultivation exceeded Zhao Kun gave him a solemn look.
“It is a high rank martial arts skill.”
Zhao Feng took a cold breath.
At the Zhao sect, disciples under the 4th rank of the Martial Path could only learn low or middle ranked martial arts.
As for Zhao Feng, since he had not even achieved the 2nd rank of the Martial Path yet, he could not enter the sect’s “Martial Arts Library”, so he could not even learn low rank martial arts.
Thirteen Change of the Poisonous Snake was a high rank martial arts skill, and the damage dealt by it was way higher compared to low and middle ranked martial arts, not to mention core rank martial arts.
At this moment, Zhao Kun’s moving hand even gave Zhao Feng a huge pressure, as if he just needed to move and the poisonous snake would attack.
“No wonder Zhao Kun has confidence to take me down in a single move!”
Zhao Feng’s heart sped up, as he knew that, under normal circumstances, he couldn’t take one move from a high rank martial art skill.
And even then, Zhao Kun’s cultivation was higher than his own by 1 rank.
Peh!Peh!……
Under the pressure, Zhao Feng felt his left eye move, this gave him an excited feeling.
Zhao Feng now put all of his power into the left eye and set the target on Zhao Kun.
Not one realised that, at this moment, Zhao Feng’s left eye gave off a faint green glow……
Shoosh!
Zhao Feng felt like he had gone into super-vision mode. In his vision, Zhao Kun’s body was enlarged, and every change, including his breathing rate, heartbeat, the body’s muscles, veins, they were all seen with his left eye.
And at that moment, the world seemed to slow down by many times.
However, the speed of the world didn’t slow down.
The change was Zhao Feng’s own reaction speed!
Under the pressure, Zhao Feng’s heart felt extremely peaceful and calm.
His opponent, Zhao Kun, got an unknown shiver and had a feeling as if all of his secrets had been seen.
“3rd Change of the Poisonous Snake!”
Zhao Kun had a face full of dimness and used his strongest strike without hesitation. His body was like a poisonous snake, and like lightning, had both extreme speed and power.
Shoosh!
In a flash, Zhao Kun 2 fingers were together, and like a poisonous snake’s teeth, slashed through the air as they stabbed towards Zhao Feng.
So fast!
Many of the sects disciples thought.
Many youths of the 2nds rank of the Martial Path did not even manage to see how Zhao Kun moved.
Just as Zhao Kun’s teeth like fingers were about to to hit Zhao Feng.
Pah!
Suddenly, a strong fist punched through the air, hitting Zhao Kun’s arm, making him fall.
“What happened?”
Zhao Kun felt his mind shudder as his body turned stiff due to shock, his arm turning numb.
His fingers, which were only half an inch away from Zhao Feng’s chest, could not move forward another bit.
Whoosh——
Zhao Kun’s stomach suddenly felt pain as he was sent flying out with a scream.
“What happened!?”
All of the disciples shouted in shock.
“One move, you’ve lost…

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