Chapter 92: Battle in Little Fros
Qiu Yuetong wasn’t just a leader for Qiu Zhu. She was like a sister, a member of her family. She wouldn’t let anyone criticize her in front of everyone. She wouldn’t allow anyone to tarnish her reputation.
When she heard Li Hu insult Qiu Yuetong, she lost it and charged at him. Two slender hands grabbed her arm and prevented her from attacking.
“Chief,” said Qiu Zhu.
She didn’t understand why Qiu Yuetong would stop her. Why was Li Hu criticizing her anyway? How could she just accept it? None of what he said could be true.
Qiu Zhu had grown up with Qiu Yuetong. Nobody understood her better than her. Even though the former leader had died suddenly, it couldn’t be Qiu Yuetong’s fault.
“There’s no need. Let people believe what they want to believe,” said Qiu Yuetong indifferently.
“You’re trying to kill me using this excuse? Kill me in one sword strike if you can,” said Li Hu.
He was even angrier now. Qiu Yuetong didn’t react at all to what he was saying. She ignored him completely.
“You can take him. He’s here,” said Qiu Yuetong to Mu Yi.
“Qiu Yuetong, you can’t do this. I’m the second brigand chief. I’m like a brother to you. Your world will collapse if you do this,” said Li Hu.
He finally realized what kind of situation he was in. He knew that Mu Yi was strong. He didn’t want to leave with Mu Yi. He had just been trying to convince Qiu Yuetong to protect him with every word he had said. He wanted to influence her. Qiu Yuetong wasn’t easy to influence though but he wouldn’t know because he had never understood her.
“Alright,” said Mu Yi with a nod.
He had come only to kill Li Hu. Li Hu begged on his knees but Mu Yi just threw an evil spirit slaying charm at him. Lights flashed around Li Hu. Mu Yi had made sure to aim for his head.
There were no miracles to save him. Li Hu’s head exploded into a thousand pieces like it was a watermelon. Blood and pinkish-yellowish pieces of flesh flew into the air. The two people who were next to him were terrified after witnessing it up close. They burst into tears, knelt down, and looked at Qiu Yuetong.
“Chief, please, let us off. We made a mistake. Please. We shouldn’t have escaped,” one of them said.
“That’s right. Chief, please, Li Hu forced us to do it. If we hadn’t followed him, he would have killed us.
“Chief, please, let us off. I beg you. I know where the coins Li Hu stole are.
“I know that Li Hu also gathered more people in the village that were going to betray you. He wanted to cause trouble and create a new group. Those people were supposed to set the fortified village on fire,” the other said.
The crowd burst into an uproar. They would have never thought that Li Hu, who they thought so highly of, was a deserter and betrayer. He would even date to have people set the fortified village on fire. Was he even the Li Hu they knew?
They didn’t doubt the two people’s words at all. They were begging under a lot of distress. How could they lie? It wasn’t the first time the people in the village had experienced people in this type of situation.
“Ingrate, no one should regret his death,” the crowd yelled.
They were all angry at him. They knew why Qiu Yuetong had made him come back with his arms tied behind his back now. He was the kind of person who would bring calamity to the fortified village. He deserved to die.
All of the people who had almost defected a few moments before were embarrassed. However, they blamed it all on Li Hu. It was his fault. If he hadn’t deceived them and tried to make them doubt the chief, they would have never had any doubts about Qiu Yuetong.
“Alright, release them,” said Qiu Yuetong.
She wanted to be fair to the people so she let them off. The two captives started crying even louder.
“You’ve already killed him. So what about you and me?” said Qiu Yuetong to Mu Yi.
The people in the courtyard were shocked, so was Mu Yi.
“What do you want?” said Mu Yi.
“Li Hu made a mistake. You killed him and he deserved it. However, you killed a dozen other people from Little Frost’s fortified village. Shouldn’t you give us something in compensation?” said Qiu Yuetong.
The entire area became tense. Everybody had thought that Qiu Yuetong had handed Li Hu over to smooth everything over. They didn’t think she’d have a request after doing so. They couldn’t help but be worried. However, they were also touched. It seemed that Qiu Yuetong really cared about them.
Qiu Zhu just looked nervous. Her sister was still unconscious. She had thought them turning over Li Hu would be enough to ask Mu Yi to save her. She never thought the brigand chief wouldn’t let Mu Yi off for what had happened.
“What do you want?” asked Mu Yi good-naturedly.
“You and me will fight. If you win, you leave. If I win, you stay,” said Qiu Yuetong coldly.
“Alright,” said Mu Yi.
He didn’t ask what staying here meant. Whether it meant that he would die in Little Frost’s fortified village or it meant that she would make him live there, he didn’t know. He was convinced he was going to win so it didn’t matter.
Qiu Yuetong recently had a breakthrough and was a good martial artist. However, Mu Yi was about to reach the second difficulty on the path of Taoism. He was quite strong and he kept getting stronger. He was very confident.
No matter how strong Qiu Yuetong was, Mu Yi wouldn’t flinch. The battle wasn’t something he could avoid. The entire crowd heard Mu Yi’s response. The people around them moved away to give the two fighters space.
“Please!” said Mu Yi gently.
Qiu Yuetong was holding a sword in her hand. She seemed to disappear because she was moving too fast for them to catch. Mu Yi put on the Ghost King Banner and also seemed to disappear. The sound of metal hitting something resounded in the air and a white light flashed.
Both figures appeared at the same time. Mu Yi stepped back while moving both hands. He was holding two evil spirit slaying charms which he threw. Qiu Yuetong was still holding the sword. She looked like a banished immortal, not human at all.
Evil spirit slaying charms could kill ordinary people instantly. However, against Qiu Yuetong’s sword, they broke apart and the white lights quickly dispersed. Mu Yi had expected the battle to be difficult.
He realized after watching her first move that he had underestimated his opponent. Qiu Yuetong’s sword moved as fluidly as a snake. They weren’t close to each other but Mu Yi felt a chill witnessing it in motion. He couldn’t fight her in close combat so he stepped back to take out the copper lamp.