◎ Itinerary cannot be changed, understood? ◎
The sun’s radiance gradually shot through the narrow valley of the One-Line Sky Mountain, as if it were a flowing stream of glass.
Within this 5A scenic area, Lin Shuang finally checked off her list with satisfaction.
Xiao Qi activated the Diamond Sutra, causing his entire body to shine with a golden light.
With a noble gaze, he looked at Lin Shuang.
“Shall we go to the small forest on the side?”
Behind a pile of rocks by the One-Line Sky Mountain’s ravine, the undergrowth was thick, barely enough to shield others from prying eyes.
Amid meditation within the convoy, Zhou Xuanwu couldn’t help but furrow his brow.
He gazed at Lin Shuang, who had sheathed her sword and retrieved two oddly shaped pink gloves from her mustard seed bag.
Lin Shuang was also observing him.
Her eyelashes drooped slightly, and her ink-black pupils rapidly circled around him.
In her mind, countless calculations were instantly made.
Zhou Xuanwu didn’t associate with disciples who were lagging in strength.
He only conversed more frequently with Zhao Keran, his junior sister, and the steward’s senior brother, Xu Rui.
At most, he added a few transmission hall masters whom he deeply respected.
Zhou Xuanwu was aware that, in essence, only these few knew about her secret.
This wouldn’t cause widespread commotion among the outer disciples.
In this way, the issue of her cultivation level would only need to be explained to these few people, and it wouldn’t lead to more challenges from senior brothers and sisters, causing disruptions in her future schedule.
But if the steward Senior Brother Xu Rui found out that she had been concealing her strength all along…
Lin Shuang’s contemplative gaze trembled for a moment.
Elite disciples of the outer sect had to shoulder more responsibilities.
More assignments, outer sect duels… she couldn’t escape them.
This would slow down her path of becoming the fastest cultivator!
Lin Shuang’s eyes flickered.
“Well, I believe in Senior Brother Zhou’s character.
He won’t endlessly inquire and won’t casually discuss my private matters with others.
It’s not a problem if Senior Brother Zhou knows.”
Zhou Xuanwu was slightly taken aback.
Did she trust him this much?
But as Lin Shuang finished speaking, she turned lightly, “Xiao Qi, let’s go to the small forest.”
Zhou Xuanwu: “???”
Xiao Qi: “…”
Where’s the promised trust?
“Senior Brother Zhou, you’ll temporarily guard the convoy.
After a stick of incense, I’ll return to relieve you,” Lin Shuang walked forward, also remembering the ‘weekend outing’ task.
Zhou Xuanwu looked at the small forest and couldn’t help but furrow his brow.
Relief duty—both of them took turns surveying the surroundings.
It was Lin Shuang’s suggestion to let their spiritual awareness rest in turns.
Shaking his head, he suppressed his curiosity and forced himself to retract his gaze from the small forest where the two had disappeared.
However, his meditative state was soon disrupted.
The twigs in the small forest rustled erratically, occasionally accompanied by sharp crackling sounds.
A dissatisfied female voice drifted from the woods.
“You’re too slow…”
“…Is this all you’ve got? Heh, man, it’s only a quarter of an incense stick’s time.”
The male martial cultivators and Old Man Sun within the convoy were stunned, their eyes wide open.
Several female martial cultivators clicked their tongues and cast admiring glances at the swaying small forest.
“Indeed, a female immortal!”
“Lin Fairy is truly exceptional!”
Throughout the three days of the journey, everyone had developed a strong liking for Lin Shuang, the fairy-like figure.
But no one expected her to be this formidable.
To force a handsome male cultivator who appeared to have high cultivation to such a state…
The male martial cultivators were beginning to feel fearful.
“It seems male cultivators mustn’t slack off either.
Lin Fairy is as fierce as a tiger.”
Female martial cultivators nodded admiringly.
“Cultivation should be like Lin Fairy.”
Zhou Xuanwu: “…”
His temple twitched, and the Water Spirit Art circulating within him nearly went haywire, almost diverting from the Conception Vessel.
Xiao Qi, how can you, not even last half an incense stick’s time? No, how have you fallen so low?
At the outer sect’s Clear Water Hall,
Steward Senior Brother Xu Rui, carrying the Trigram Sword on his back, walked into a quiet room and furrowed his brow, stopping his steps.
Three breaths later, he stepped back out of the door.
Quickly performing a hand seal, he moved the two bamboo mats placed on the left and right sides of the quiet room by half an inch, aligning them perfectly in a straight line, and positioning them to face the north and south transparent windows respectively.
Only then did he nod, exhaled a breath, and reentered the quiet room.
“Senior Brother Xu, I’d like to take on a Grade B mission,” a disciple rushed in.
Xu Rui noticed that the disciple entered through the side door, stepping on the line of green bricks on the left.
This led to a slight crease forming on his forehead.
Swiftly turning away, he absentmindedly retrieved the outer sect mission manual from his mustard seed bag, “Hmm.”
He quickly flipped through the first ten pages, bypassing Grade A missions and reaching Grade B missions—available for disciples at the 5th to 8th Qi Refinement levels.
Just as he was about to show it to the person,
He couldn’t help but pause.
【Wilderness Escort Mission Grade A (Issued by Sun Clan Trading Company) 】
【Accepted by Zhou Xuanwu and Lin Shuang.
A moment of confusion crossed Xu Rui’s otherwise composed face.
Did the mission manual have a mistake?
This was driving him crazy!
But as he continued to read line by line, his expression changed drastically.
【Wilderness Escort Mission: Originally rated Grade E.】
[But after receiving shared information from the Mountain and Sea Sect and the Annihilation Pavilion, it’s known that Liu Ba, a Golden Hammer at the 7th Qi Condensation layer, has lost an arm and fled into the Great Wilderness Mountain.
Thus, the mission’s difficulty has increased.
It’s suggested that disciples below the Great Completion of Qi Condensation don’t enter the Great Wilderness Mountain.]
[Golden Hammer Liu Ba: Violent and ruthless, he has brutally killed over twenty Condensation realm cultivators.
Ranked 534th on the Annihilation Pavilion’s Convergence Ranking.
Reward: 5000 Spirit Stones.]
[Mission updated to Grade A.]
[Available for disciples from Great Completion of Qi Condensation to the 2nd stage of Yuan Condensation.]
Xu Rui’s complexion changed drastically.
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