Chapter 11 Purpose
After the demon hunt, Pei Jing was finally able to leave that place without a hint of spiritual essence.
The Heaven within Heaven room, also known as Xiuya Courtyard, was situated amidst a dense bamboo grove. Following the mountain trail, one would encounter extraordinary flora at every step. Within the bamboo forest, a white mist hung in the air, and the wind brought forth the rhythmic sound of leaves. Birds glided past, their white feathers descending in the moonlit glow, creating fleeting silhouettes.
It was still the same Senior Sister who had shown him the way, the one who had urged him to focus on his training. With a thoughtful smile, she said, “You truly are the most unique newcomer I’ve come across in these past years. It’s hard to say whether you’ve had bad luck or good luck.”
Pei Jing: “I should consider myself lucky because, in the end, I met someone who has been of great help.” I met myself.
Senior Sister smiled, “It’s true, encountering someone who brings good fortune is seen as a stroke of destiny.”
They stopped before the mountain steps.
Senior Sister: “Xiuya Courtyard is up ahead. After changing your place of residence, you must diligently focus on your training.”
After agreeing with Senior Sister, Pei Jing made his way up.
The mountain steps were treacherous but not very long.
When they arrived at the gate of Xiuya Courtyard, the air was filled with a dense and refreshing spiritual energy, truly rivaling the Inner Peaks. The courtyard was open, with a sophora tree, a few banana plants, and abundant greenery, perfect for practicing swordsmanship. The view from the entrance promised a comfortable setting.
The only downside was that there was only one room available in this place.
This meant that from now on, he would have to share a room with Chu Junyu.
Pei Jing called out Chu Junyu’s name before even stepping inside. Despite Chu Junyu’s lack of warmth or response to his arrival, Pei Jing remained quite enthusiastic.
As soon as he entered the room, Pei Jing saw Chu Junyu reading a book. Chu Junyu had already changed his clothes, with his hair untied, and his black hair cascaded like clouds onto his snow-white nightwear. He didn’t have a pen in his hand. Instead, he gestured on the pages with a single finger.
However, it wasn’t the introductory method of Yunxiao that he had seen yesterday, but a different book that appeared somewhat odd from a distance. It was entirely black, very thin, and the words on it were so faint that they could hardly be seen from afar.
Pei Jing walked over and said, “Did you hear me calling you?”
Chu Junyu’s finger paused on the page, and the crimson glow faded away. He tilted his head slightly, with a faint frown on his face, and asked, “You actually came?”
Pei Jing: I have gone to great lengths to arrange this, so there’s no way I wouldn’t come.
He sat opposite Chu Junyu and his gaze fell upon the book in his hands, piquing his interest. “What is this? A book without words?”
However, Chu Junyu didn’t respond. He closed the book and stated matter-of-factly, “I’m not used to living with other people.”
Pei Jing: How coincidental, I feel the same way. One room is enough. We can skip sharing a bed.
Pei Jing hurriedly raised his hand and said, “Please don’t make me leave. I can sleep on the floor.”
In his understanding, no matter how talented Chu Junyu was, he was still just a youngster in the Foundation Establishment Stage, and sleep was still important. He positioned himself next to him, not to disturb his cultivation.
Chu Junyu silently stared at him, his pale eyes as cold as glass.
Pei Jing quickly made a determined decision and started babbling, “When I was a child, my family was poor, and I used to sleep on the floor. I slept that way for over ten years, toughening my skin and becoming accustomed to discomfort. Even now, I don’t feel comfortable sleeping on a bed. So, it’s perfect if we each sleep separately, not bothering each other.”
Chu Junyu continued to look at him coldly, and a few seconds later, he said, “Alright.”
After saying that, he stood up and extinguished the lantern.
Pei Jing hadn’t even reacted yet when the room became pitch-black. Only the moonlight streamed in through the window, revealing the outline of the person across from him.
He was left speechless. The lights were suddenly off, and he hadn’t prepared for anything. Was he supposed to sleep directly on the floor?
Chu Junyu didn’t give him a chance to speak and coldly instructed, “Stay quiet now.”
Pei Jing parted his lips, but ultimately held back his words.
He secretly fumbled around and quietly prepared the bed.
The moonlight was soft, and the ethereal mist of the mountain clouds outside seemed like a dream.
The tranquil room was filled only with the sound of their breathing.
Pei Jing tossed and turned, unable to find sleep. After struggling restlessly for a long time, he gave up. He turned to the side and softly spoke in the direction of Chu Junyu, “Let’s have a little chat.”
He knew that Chu Junyu was also awake.
Chu Junyu opened his eyes, and the icy chill in them could almost freeze a person.
Pei Jing ignored the gaze and blinked his eyes, continuing to speak in a low voice, “Why did you come to Yunxiao?”
He thought Chu Junyu might get angry, but Chu Junyu only fell silent for a moment. Then, he closed his eyes, turned away, and didn’t face Pei Jing.
Pei Jing took advantage of the situation and said, “Come on, share with me. I’ll start with mine. I came here because I wanted to become stronger.”
After turning away, Chu Junyu’s eyes were actually still open. Under the starlight and mist outside the window, his eyes were incredibly shallow, purely icy and cold.
The voice of the young boy behind him continued, clear and sincere, “Because they said Yunxiao is the top immortal sect, with the most powerful techniques and elders. If you want to become stronger, this is the best choice.”
So sincere, yet so ignorant…
Chu Junyu lowered his gaze and asked, “How strong do you want to become?”
Pei Jing put on a smile, knowing that Chu Junyu would entertain his question. He adjusted his sleeping posture, lying flat on his back with his hands behind his head, gazing up at the ceiling.
Pei Jing reminisced about his initial state after being transported into the book and said, “I no longer aspire to be the best in the world. Second place will do.”
After all, the first place was undoubtedly reserved for the main character.
After some pondering, he added, “Being strong enough to protect myself and the things I cherish would be sufficient. Of course, it would be even better if I could gain recognition in the world of cultivation.”
Chu Junyu slowly closed his eyes and stated, “That’s not enough.”
Pei Jing was taken aback and asked, “What do you mean by ‘not enough’?”
Chu Junyu replied, “Even the best in the world cannot ensure your own protection.”
Pei Jing: “……”
Although he had stirred up four out of the Five Champions on the Trial of Challenging the Heavens, the first one was himself.
Even though he played the role of a major antagonist in the book, his words couldn’t be so absolute.
Pei Jing asked with sincerity, “Why? Am I so repulsive that even if I become the best in the world, I still won’t be able to protect myself? So, I must surpass this world and, incidentally, trample the Heavenly Dao beneath my feet?” As he spoke, he chuckled, “Brother, are you joking with me?”
Chu Junyu heard his laughter, and a faint smile appeared on his lips.
He whispered softly, “Yes.”
Fleeting crimson sparks flashed through his light-colored pupils, the intense hatred and merciless killings vanished in an instant. Moonlight graced his black hair, and for a brief moment, it appeared as white as snow.
Pei Jing: “…You really got me there. So, what about you? Why did you come to Yunxiao? If you tell me, I’ll keep quiet, I promise.”
Chu Junyu didn’t correct his understanding and said, “Also, to become stronger.”
“For the same reason?”
Pei Jing was shocked. But you said you won’t even practice Yunxiao Swordmanship. I thought you came to Yunxiao just to have fun.
Pei Jing asked again, “How strong?”
Chu Junyu calmly said, “Just enough to trample the Heavenly Dao beneath my feet.”
Pei Jing: “…” It seemed like when he evaluated Pei Yuzhi as “not bad” on the broken bridge, he was actually showing some courtesy.
The brave were unafraid of challenges. For young people like Chu Junyu, Pei Jing decided to offer encouragement.
“Alright, keep going. Goodnight, go to sleep.”
Anyway, in dreams, everything was possible.
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