Against the Fate – Chapter 16
Chapter 16: The Mentor
At Zenith Mountain’s peak, Ding Ze sat on a protruding stone and lit a cigarette as he watched the dark clouds quietly in a daze. Not far from him was Cui Ming. Ding Ze sat in a higher position than Cui Ming, as his role was the lightning rod. Today was the third day, on the previous two days, he had driven to the foot of the mountain to sleep and then went back to report that everything was normal. But today, there were thunderstorms, he had to come here to be the lightning rod.
Ding Ze condensed his aura into a ten meter pillar, full of electric. A lightning strike was attracted to hit the lightning rod, through Ding Ze’s body. His body shivered, but he continued smoking like nothing had happened. Soon, the rain poured down, the dark clouds quickly dispersed and the weather became sunny. The area covered by Ding Ze’s aura was still dry. Using the mountaineering bag as a pillow, he slept as he needed to stay up late. After two days of investigating and ambush, the commission has made no progress, which further proved the fact that trouble in Lincoln Manor caused by a cultivator.
When he was sleeping, Ding Ze felt someone touch his feet. He opened his eyes and saw Cui Ming lying on the ground, grabbed his ankle and said, “I… want… to…. eat.”
It took all his effort to speak.
“65 hours.” Ding Ze looked at his watch, then took out a box of cold rice and a bottle of mineral water from the mountaineering bag and handed them to Cui Ming.
Cui Ming had no strength left to get up, so he leaned on a mound. The box of cold rice and a bottle of mineral water instantly vanished. He tried to stand up, but could not, “It’s so painful. It feels like all my bones were broken.”
Ding Ze took a cigarette and lit it, he leant against the stone and casually said, “The aura is a very powerful force, although you only learned to Envelop, your body wasn’t able to bear it, so we are now ready to start practicing Refine.”
Cui Ming looked up, “So rushing? Can’t we wait after the meal? Do you think a box of cold rice can fill an empty stomach?”
“If you think you can go back down the mountain now by yourself, you can practice Refine after you go back to the city.” Ding Ze said, “I suggest you stay for a few hours, at least till your bones stop hurting, so I will teach you how to practice Refine first. You already know that aura has property like gas, going in and out through numerous pores throughout the body. Refine is very simple. You inhale and exhale the aura until it becomes instinctual. After that you can enter the next stage, Meditate. Because in the Meditate, if you can not instinctively control Aura as if you were breathing, then your Aura will go wild and damage your body.”
Cui Ming thought for a while, “Pores are the nostrils for Aura?”
“It seems that you understand. Continue.”
Cui Ming said, “I suggest that while I practice Refine, you can go down the mountain to buy some food.”
“I refuse.” Ding Ze replied.
Wow, I never ever expected such a shameful reason would sound like a righteous excuse in your mouth. I always thought that spending my childhood in a world of criminals gave me the thickest skin. Never would I have considered “there was always someone better”. A handsome man with superhuman memory can admit that he is lazy without hesitation and may not even need any courage to admit it. That right there shows that he is truly lazy.
Cui Ming said: “There are a lot of climbers, many of them have brought food. Maybe you could consider pick-pocketing…”
“Because you’re lazy?”
“No, because I’m an honest person.” Ding Ze closed eyes and smoked, “If I was you, I wouldn’t grumble. Hurry up and learn. If you can learn just after a few hours, then you can go down the mountain to eat.”
Cui Ming made a slight move and his whole body was on fire. He could not help but cry, “Help me!”
Ding Ze opened his eyes and looked at Cui Ming: “You can also Refine while lying on the ground.”
“Are you too lazy to stand up, come over and help me up?” asked Cui Ming.
“No, this is training your perseverance.”
“Wow, you’re the first person I have ever seen that can raise laziness to the level of righteousness.” Cui Ming bitterly supported his body using his hands so that he could sit upright and slowly enter Envelop.
After completely mastering Envelop, the risk of being disturbed didn’t exist anymore. Cultivators could feel the outside world’s sounds and smells, and could sense any changes. They could feel the passage of time, but could also feel any pain in their bodies. From the second they learned how to Refine, controlling Aura would become an instinct, like breathing. The Aura would then slowly change their bodies.
Three hours later, Cui Ming stood up and twisted his neck. Ding Ze nodded, “Do you see the rock in front of you?”
“I am really that powerful?” Oh man, I must be superhuman now.
Cui Ming, pleasantly surprised, aimed at the stone and punched it… then Cui Ming fell on his knee, his left hand hurting like crazy, all the way down to the bone marrow! He immediately turned around to see Ding Ze, “How have I ever wronged you?”
Ding Ze did not speak, but squatted down and took Cui Ming’s right hand. He opened it to see the back of the hand, slowly kneaded each bone, and was very satisfied, “Congratulations, you have learned Refine.”
“…” Maybe he had good intentions. Cui Ming asked, “If I didn’t?”
“Your bone would have fractured.”
“…” Well, North Luna, I admit that I was wrong. You are not the worst teacher, this son of a bitch is.
Cui Ming didn’t know, but both North Luna and Ding Ze only had experience in being taught. They did not have any experience in teaching, so they taught according to their own practice of the six Principles. How would you measure the process of learning Refine? Using the whole body’s strength to punch the stone. If there was no fractured bone, then it meant you learned Refine. Plain and simple.
Ding Ze went to the edge of the cliff. He looked for a while and said, “We’ll go down now. I need to warn you, going down this cliff will not be too comfortable. You need to get mentally prepared.”
At this point, Ding Ze was better than North Luna. Whatever North did, she did first. If anyone had questions and she was in the mood, then she might explain. Ding Ze would at least explain first that it was going to hurt. However, Cui Ming’s view of Ding Ze became worse yet again. He finally knew why this guy told him to test his fist on the rock: he was calculating the height that he wouldn’t be killed from after falling.
Ding Ze took Cui Minh and jumped off the cliff with him. At a certain height, he let go of Cui Minh’s hand and condensed his Aura into a big parachute to slowly land. Cui Minh just hit the ground like a rock.
What let Cui Ming admired about him was that Ding Ze would even have his own explanation for his behavior, “This is called trauma, when you are in the Refine state, trauma will slowly recover. For cultivators, the most troublesome thing is the internal injuries caused by the Aura. One case is that another cultivator injects his Aura into your Aura, if you aren’t treated by Refine in time, it will lead to internal injuries. Another situation is when the Aura becomes exhausted. When this happens, trauma will lead to internal injuries which can only be resolved by Refine. The time required to heal will be longer.”
Should I thank him for teaching me these things, or should I hate him for throwing me off a cliff? Cui Minh was very hesitant. In his heart, he did not hate North Luna and Ding Ze. After all, no one in this world has a character you were completely satisfied with. If you could not understand this, you wouldn’t be able to accept the shortcomings of friends and lovers and you were destined to be a lonely person.