The Right Way For the Protagonist and Villain to Interact - Chapter 5 Part 2
Long translator rambling after the translation. Read if you want.
This chapter was translated by Daed and proofread by ZiarayZ on Foxaholic.com.
Just as Li Jinzhi was deep in thought, there was a sudden sound outside that tore through space. Everyone raised their heads up to the sight of a luxurious horse-drawn carriage flying down from the sky. The horses were snow white and unmanned.
When the carriage came to a stop, several people got down from the carriage: three youths in similar attire, as well as five boys and girls in gorgeous attire.
As soon as they disembarked, the family head Li Zongmu rose up to meet them. He cupped his hands as he greeted, “You three immortals have had a long journey, please have a seat.” After calling for servants to guide the three men to their seats, he turned to look towards the five boys and girls. “And you five little friends must have come from Extreme Snow City and Extreme Ice City. Come, come, come, have a seat.”
Once everyone was settled, Li Zongmu cheerfully returned to his seat.
“It’s already been several days since we came out this time, the three of us are quite pressed for time. So we’ll forgo the pleasantries.” The head of the celestial sect disciples took out a spiritual measuring plate. “Then let’s begin. Who’s first?”
“I’ll go first!”
Li Jinzhi stood quietly in the corner and looked over. Why, wasn’t that his eldest brother, Li Jintang? He smirked. In the original novel, the protagonist stood near the Di mother and was pushed forward as the first to be examined. The odd result that the former had received made Li Jintang’s spiritual roots look better in comparison when he went next. This allowed him to enter the inner door.
He nonchalantly watched as the latter marched forward and placed his hand on the magic tool. Immediately, a red-blue light burst from the pillar-shaped jade, dazzling in its luster.
Looking back at Li Jintang, he is completely over the moon. His joy is clear for all to see, his eyes fixed on the red-blue light with a wide, confident grin on his face.
The disciple holding the magic tool glanced at the result, then turned his head back to report to the disciple recording the exam results on a jade strip, “Water-Fire dual spiritual root. Aptitude, hm——extremely inferior quality, enter the outer door.” He turned back to Li Jitang and inquired, “Current stage of Qi-refinement?”
“……” Li Jintang stared at him blankly for a while, mumbling, “Second stage. How could my spiritual root aptitude be of extremely inferior quality?” He seemed to have suddenly realized his predicament. With a look of disbelief, he confronted them, “I am a dual spiritual root constitution! Why am I classified as ‘extremely inferior quality’?!”
The examiner didn’t want to waste his words, only giving him a look and replying, “A dual spiritual root constitution with contradictory elements is less favored than a quadruple spiritual root constitution. The mundane realm does not understand this kind of sect knowledge. You are also the sole unlucky egg in the past century. Peh-peh*. Alright, who’s next? “
[*TLN: sound of spitting. In this context, it’s used to emphasize their words of how unlucky he is]
“Pfft.” There was a clear snicker in the quiet living room. Li Jintang turned his head over in fury to glare at the person in question. It is the family head’s favored concubine. “Oh my, so that’s how it is. If the clan knew this earlier, then how could they have wasted so much energy on someone like him?” Her bright eyes moved about, she eyed the branch family with a meaningful look.
“Xi Niang, you cannot be unreasonable!” Li Zongmu barked, but his tone didn’t convey any reproach.
“Yes, Xi Niang knows her faults. Jinren, you should be the next one to go.” The favored concubine smiled tenderly, lightly pushing her son forward.
Li Jinzhi nonchalantly assessed his Di mother Liu-ming. The handkerchief in her hands was almost going to become a rag with how tightly she was clenching it. It’s also quite hard on her to have schemed for so many years.
This time if he hadn’t had Ye Yu who had drunk that bowl of medicine in his place, he probably wouldn’t even have the privilege to stand here. Though he felt guilty, he will remember this debt.
Except this Liu-ming…. Li Jinzhi narrowed his eyes. He’ll give her a heartfelt blow later.
“Wood-Fire-Gold triple spiritual roots, moderate aptitude, you can enter the records of the inner disciples.” The sound of the celestial disciple’s impassive voice traveled over to his ears. Li Jinren’s examination was done.
After him was that family head’s Di son and his Di second son, who were Wood-Earth dual spiritual roots and Gold-Wood-Earth triple spiritual roots respectively.
Contrary to the branch family’s dark cloud of gloominess, the main family’s side was full of joy and glee. Ah, that’s right. The branch family only had Li Jintang get examined as a contradictory spiritual root constitution, receiving an extremely inferior classification. Meanwhile, the main family’s three children were all examined to have spiritual roots.
The family head stood up in a good mood, the mirth on his face unusually sincere, “At this time, the examination has finishe-….”
“Wait.” Li Zongyin stood up, pulling out Li Jinzhi, who had blended into the background, out from behind him. “There’s still my second son Jinzhi who hasn’t been examined yet.”
“Oh ho, Zongyin you’re quite muddle-headed. Everyone in the castle knows that that second son of yours doesn’t have a spiritual root. Why are you still bringing him out now?” The main family’s Di mother smiled gracefully, “Come now, don’t keep the immortals waiting. We’ve prepared spiritual alcohol and a spiritual banquet to offer our honored guests. If it’s delayed, then how…..”
Before she finished speaking, the disciple in charge of the evaluation interrupted, “You’ve led the Qi into your body?” His gaze was on Li Jinzhi.
“Yes.” Li Jinzhi lowered his eyes and confirmed.
“Yet earlier, someone said that you did not possess a spiritual root.” That disciple mused. “How to lead Qi into the body without a spiritual root, you can try. Recently the aptitudes in your city have honestly been ordinary. If this is still the case next year, we will change to coming every three years.”
Li Zongmo sprung to his feet. He furrowed his brow, his eyes flickering to the five adolescents. “May I ask if this year’s aptitudes in the other cities……”
“Extreme Snow City’s Ye Die’Er, heavenly fire spiritual root. Extreme Snow City’s Ye Ming’Er, fire-wood dual spiritual root. Extreme Ice City Fu Yin, Fire-Earth dual spiritual root. The other two are all triple spiritual roots.” The examiner smiled, “To have a heavenly spiritual root, she will definitely be highly valued by the folks above. Who knows, she might even become a core disciple.”
The familiar name caught Li Jinzhi’s attention. Maintaining an impassive expression, he snuck a peek at that young girl. As he recalled that novel and its unexpected ending, he only felt sweat dripping down his back. He went stiff in shock, and his chrysanthemum clenched tightly.
Hello, Female Lead! Why did you show up here, Female Lead! This didn’t happen in the script!
Yet after mulling over it for a moment, it makes sense. In the original novel, the protagonist was the first to be examined. That immortal master didn’t say what he just said. Naturally, he didn’t introduce the other new disciples either.
“Little friend?” The examiner called Li Jinzhi. “Let’s begin the examination.”
Li Jinzhi snapped back to his senses, stepping forward and placing his hand on the magical tool. He closed his eyes and circulated his spiritual power, discovering that he couldn’t hear the sounds around him afterwards.
Actually he was very nervous as well. The novel only said that when the protagonist had his spiritual root examined, there was a flash of light. It didn’t specify what kind of light it was. When Li Jinzhi opened his eyes, he saw a whole room of astounded faces. Amidst them, his Di mother’s expression was the most memorable.
“This……” The examiner stared at the spiritual measuring plate in puzzlement. He spoke slowly, uncertainly. “A situation like this has never occurred before. What kind of spiritual root is this? Does it count as a dual spiritual root?”
Li Jinzhi looked down and saw that the jade was glowing with dazzling white light, which was clearly the mutated ice spirit root. Yet when one looked closely, they could see the numerous green light spots floating around in the white light——as green and fluorescent as if there were fireflies flying in the air.
“But shouldn’t a dual spiritual root be half-white and half-green?” The disciple holding the jade strip also stood up and moved to get a closer look. “Huh, maybe that wood spiritual root is so small that it disperses like starlight.”
“That seems reasonable. Hm——Ice-Wood dual spiritual root, high aptitude, enter the inner door.” The examiner said contemplatively, “Although it’s not a heavenly spiritual root, this ice spiritual root of yours is very thick. Furthermore, it is a mutated spiritual root. If you work hard, you might just enter the eyes of the elders.”
Li Jinzhi retracted his hand and nodded. Then he obediently went to stand behind Li Zongyin again. However, this time he could no longer act as a wallflower. Virtually everyone on the scene assessed him.
There were complicated gazes, resentful, envious, unwilling to accept, curious….
Li Jinzhi felt like he was going to be pierced into a sieve with all these burning gazes. But he didn’t have much time to care about them. He frowned. How could he be an ice-wood spiritual root constitution?
The original protagonist had been a sole ice spiritual root cultivator. What’s more, he himself (LJ) could only sense the ice property as well, but what had happened just now——
Li Zongyin cast a complex gaze upon his second son. To be fair, it’s understandable that anyone whose second son who they have neglected for so many years would find it difficult to completely accept and process that the latter suddenly had a mutated dual spiritual root….
“Hah, my good younger brother really suffered keeping this from this older brother.” The family head directed a malign look at the branch family. “You’ve actually hid a trump card as critical as this for sixteen years!”
Li Zongyin let out a bitter laugh, “Elder brother, you’ve misunderstood. When Jinzhi was a month old, he didn’t have a spiritual root at all. This was witnessed by everyone present here.”
The branch family’s Di mother Liu-ming added sarcastically, “Oh, Jinzhi is quite capable. He actually kept this from us all.” With one sentence, she implied that Li Jinzhi intentionally concealed this matter. Then she pulled Li Jintang to her side and continued insincerely, “In the future in the celestial sect, you must take care of your Di brother and help him out. Think of it as your mother’s request.”
Li Zongyin’s expression changed. His complex expression disappeared, instead turning solemn as he firmly entrusted Li Jinzhi, “That’s right. No matter what, he is your Di brother. It’s good to have someone in the inner door.” He glanced at the people of the main family, “With your cousins as well, you should help each other out when possible. Understand?”
“Hmph.” Li Jintang shook off Liu-ming‘s hand and narrowed his eyes at Li Jinzhi, completely unwilling.
Li Jinzhi watched this couple as they performed, their words full of calculations. Although he was already sneering in his heart beneath the poker face, he only lowered his eyes and answered, “Jinzhi will naturally bear Father’s words in mind.”
“Oh, really now, you two. To have concealed such an important matter, and actually mistreat the kid like this for so many years.” Li Zongmu’s eyes quickly whirled. He was more or less aware of what the branch family had done. He reached into his robe and fished out a storage bag, “Come, Jinzhi. Take this. This is a bit of Uncle’s good will for you. When you go to the celestial sect, you must cultivate properly.”
Li Jinzhi did not refuse; he accepted the storage bag and gave his thanks.
Now that everything had settled down, the immortal master let the juniors with spiritual roots return to their rooms and pack up, while they themselves were escorted by the elders to enjoy the spiritual feast.
Li Jinzhi walked at the back, secretly grabbing an immortal teacher. With a respectful expression on his face, he struck up a conversation. “This junior has something to ask the immortal teacher.”
The person who he held back had round eyes and a round face that seemed very benevolent. When he saw that the one who pulled him was that junior with the dual spiritual root constitution, he smiled more kindly. “We will soon be disciple brothers, there’s no need to be so formal. My surname is Ren, junior brother may address me as Senior Brother Ren.”
Li Jinzhi didn’t hold back, “Senior Brother Ren, I’ll be honest with you. I have an attendant, and I was wondering if he could accompany me to the celestial sect together.” He thought of this before. Ye Yu’s spiritual root could not be detected nor did he officially guide Qi in his body yet. There’s no supporting evidence even if he claims that Ye Yu has a spiritual root, so he could only ask in this way.
“Certainly not, there is no such thing as a disciple who has just entered the door bringing along his attendant from the mundane realm.” Senior Brother Ren shook his head at his request, “However, once you enter the foundational period, you may have a spot for an attendant. It’s not too late to try again then. “
Li Jinzhi thanked him and excused himself. He’s made a decision.
As soon as he opened the door, he was met with the sight of Ye Yu sitting on the bed cultivating. Although he was making complicated gestures, his eyes were open.
“You are back.” His tone was very calm, melancholy written across his face.
“Mn.” Li Jinzhi grunted, “I’m here to pack my clothes, later …” Looking at the other person’s dark eyes, his heart inexplicably tightened. Although he had made a decision, he didn’t know how to bring it up to the other person.
“I will help you.” Ye Yu jumped down from the bed, opened the cabinet and took out the clothes. The whole time, he didn’t ask if he could go along.
“I will come to pick you up.” Li Jinzhi looked at the other person’s busy figure, continuing on by himself, “You will be bullied here. When I settle down there, I will find an opportunity to come out and take you to take up residence at the bottom of the mountain where Ji Bing Sect is. “
The person packing up abruptly stopped and whipped his head back to stare blankly at Lin Jinzhi. Hesitantly, he asked to confirm. “You….you won’t abandon me?”
“Of course not.” Li Jinzhi frowned, solemnly asserting his position, “You saved me from the ice hole and gave me life. I also gave you the promise that when I enter the foundation period, I will bring you to my side.”
“No!” Ye Yu firmly refused. He ducked his head and stared at the ground as he shared his plans. The young teen’s voice carried a distinctive elegance. “I will practice at the foot of the mountain alone, take the entrance test, and meet up with you. I am a man. How can I rely on you for everything? “
Li Jinzhi was taken aback. For the first time, he studied Ye Yu properly. He was not so thin that you could see bones as he was a month ago. At the age of fifteen or sixteen, his face was extremely outstanding. Presently, that face wore a determined expression to work towards a magnificent goal. Li Jinzhi couldn’t help but laugh lightly, “You have ambition, then I’ll be waiting for you to come to me.”
The two packed up. Li Jinzhi started to pull Ye Yu towards the main hall, but was rejected again.
“I have some disagreements with the main family, so I won’t be sending you off.” He pushed Li Jinzhi out the door and promptly closed it, his speed astonishing.
Li Jinzhi could only go to the main hall alone, and saw that the immortals’ carriage was already parked in the hall. Except for the main family’s Di son and Di second son, everyone else had already arrived. Li Jinzhi was used to being part of the background. He didn’t go fawn on the immortal teachers, calmly standing there without anyone minding him.
After waiting for half a incense stick (to burn), the two came in a hurry. When they were both in the carriage, a celestial sect disciple recited the magic spell and a spiritual force shot into the carriage. The snow-white horses let out a long neigh to the sky and galloped on their hooves through the sky….
Li Jinzhi peered out from behind the muslin curtain, and saw a slender adolescent standing in the snow in his small courtyard, looking up at the sky.
The adolescent’s figure gradually became smaller, becoming part of the snow.
But what Li Jinzhi didn’t know was, this would be the last time that he would see those eyes full of hope.
Heyyy so instead of 3 parts, it’s combined. Thanks for your patience with me. Since I’m so slow with this, I was actually considering dropping it for someone else to translate. So I guess until then, I’ll be translating…..And yeah. Daed is a liar. Don’t trust my deadlines anymore. I thought midterms were over after the week but I was wrong. I also have 2 exams after break (which have gone online due to corona virus so hahhhh). Anyways, hope you all stay safe as you can during this time!