“Um… Is that all?” Bai Xiaochun asked.
“That’s all.” The Sect Head squeezed out a smile.
Bai Xiaochun panicked. He opened his mouth, ready to protest and tell of his hardships and near death experiences when Li Qinghou coughed. He was the one most familiar with Bai Xiaochun’s personality.
“Shouldn’t you thank the council? The title of Honourable Disciple has only been given to ten people in the last ten thousand years, you, being the only one alive after receiving it!”
“An Honourable Disciple was above an inner sect disciple. It was the highest honour in the sect, granting descendants all the resources of the sect for their personal use, and the right to be an inner sect disciple from birth. The Spirit River Sect would look after the bloodline for eternity!”
“The Spirit River Sect has nine great families, all of them were Honourable Disciple bloodlines. This title is the beginning of a new great family.” Li Qinghou explained.
After hearing the explanation, Bai Xiaochun frowned, feeling the excitement leaving his body. He threw a pitiful look at Li Qinghou with puppy eyes, and then to the council.
He didn’t know what to say. He roughly understood that the Honourable Disciple title seemed good, but it was something meant for the deceased… The benefits are left entirely for the descendants to enjoy, but he wasn’t dead…Currently, Bai Xiaochun realized that he was reduced to the state of feeling jealous of his future descendants.
“Thank you… Sect Head…” Bai Xiaochun was downcast, thanking with a feeble voice.
“From this day on, you may refer to me as Senior Brother Sect Head.” Sect Head Zheng Yuandong coughed dryly, feeling awkward. He had taken Bai Xiaochun as a disciple because of his sacrifice. Now he had come back alive, yet he was too old to have a less than twenty years old kid following him around. He sighed again and again in his heart.
“Ah?” Bai Xiaochun widened his eyes. His mood experienced many ups and downs, he first went in the great hall with great hopes, only to find himself in a cruel reality where he was dashed and his heart had sunked. And that had now lead to the current development.
“Due to your great service and absence of a master, this old man has taken it upon himself to accept you as a disciple of his teacher. So from now on, I’ll be Senior Brother Sect Head to you.” The Sect Head felt even more awkward after saying this.
Taking a deep breath, Bai Xiaochun’s face was filled with excitement again. He felt that the sect had indeed treated him kindly. This man was at the center of the elders. Judging from this, Bai Xiaochun knew that this man wasn’t simple, perhaps this man was an extraordinary man.
“Let’s see anyone bully me now! Look at who my master is! Ha!” Bai Xiaochun was brimming with joy as he cupped his fist and bowed deeply.
“Thank you, Senior Brother Sect Head. Where is our master? I want to pay my respects to him.” Bai Xiaochun’s eyes were glowing with anticipation.
“Take it slow. He currently rests in peace at the back of the mountain. I have made preparations, you may join him shortly.” The Sect Head said slowly, acting a little odd.
“Resting in peace… at the back of the mountain…” Bai Xiaochun was dumbstruck, his head was filled with these words. It took some time before he could react… his respectful master had already… passed away.
“I…” Bai Xiaochun felt a buzz in his mind. His heart sank to the bottom once again, he wanted to cry but had no tears. He paid no attention to his surroundings as he followed behind the Sect Head to the back of the mountain. He paid his respects to the portrait of his deceased master, and went back to Scented Cloud Mountain.
He met many disciples who greeted him with respect on the way back, their eyes exposing their curiosity, some of them even kind enough to show him his very own tombstone.
Looking at his own tombstone, Bai Xiaochun felt that dark days had arrived.
“I… I paid my respects, yes… To the portrait of my master…” Bai Xiaochun somehow managed to make it back to his courtyard. He slumped down in front of his wooden cabin as grief and indignation filled him.
Several days later, Bai Xiaochun still continued sitting there, frowning. Only after two weeks had passed did he finally recover.
Sighing, he left the place to have a reunion with Zhang Fatso One, only to see two outer sect disciples greeting him with utmost respect.
“Greetings, Senior Uncle Bai.”
Bai Xiaochun walked a few steps before suddenly pausing. His eyes burning as he pulled the disciples closer.
“What did you just call me?”
“Senior Uncle Bai? You’re the Sect Head’s Junior Brother, so it’s only natural for us to refer to you as Senior Uncle.” The outer sect disciples quickly explained, staring blankly at him.
Bai Xiaochun’s eyes shined as he let go of them, his heart beating fast. He realized the true weight of his current identity… It was an enormous weight.
He licked his lips and broke into a laughter, echoing all around and scaring the disciples away, uncertain as to why Bai Xiaochun was acting crazy.
Stopping himself, Bai Xiaochun coughed dryly and put on an air of superiority. He gave them a nod, and changed his mind about visiting Zhang Fatso One and went to the Mission Exchange Pavilion instead, full of anticipation.
Because… it was full of people…
At the same time, on the peak of Scented Cloud Mountain, Li Qinghou had gone into seclusion. He sat cross-legged behind closed doors, and after pondering for a long while, he flourished his big sleeves. With a dignified look, he began refining.
“Bai Xiaochun is a mischievous child, I’d better prepare something to ensure his survival. Unfortunately, I’m not familiar with refining tools, I can only make this Nine Absolutes Pill, and use it to exchange for something with the Pill River Sect… To prepare this kind of treasure for a Qi Condensation disciple, with a single glance, anyone will be able to tell that it is for a Martial Nephew. I’m sure the Pill River Sect would be shocked.” Shaking his head, Li Qinghou remembered the difficulty of refining this Nine Absolutes Pill, even if it was him doing it. Thinking of Bai Xiaochun’s narrow escape this time, he took a deep breath and focused his attention and readied himself to open the furnace.
10th guaranteed chapter of the week. One more tonight.
Translated by: Marcus
TLCed by: Nat Nat
Edited by: Crimsonguard, Arch Chapter 68 – Don’t Run, My Nephews!
Bai Xiaochun was very good in deriving pleasure from other people… Now that he had found himself as the Sect Head’s Junior Brother, he swaggered down the mountain elated, heading for the Mission Exchange Pavilion.
With a dry cough, Bai Xiaochun adjusted his clothing and put on the airs of a senior, raising his small chin and clasping hands behind his back.
As one of the most popular areas on the Scented Cloud Mountain, the Mission Exchange Pavilion was naturally filled with a huge crowd. Everyday, many outer sect disciples would come and go, one could hear the clamor even from far away.
It didn’t take long for Bai Xiaochun to reach the Mission Exchange Pavilion. He stood there with what he thought to be a kind smile, gazing at the outer sect disciples.
As he appeared, almost instantly, his presence was noticed. The group of outer sect disciples just in front of him, who were originally discussing what mission to take, immediately froze after seeing him with the corner of their eyes.
“It’s… It’s Senior Uncle Bai. Greetings, Senior Uncle!”
“We pay our respects, Senior Uncle Bai!”
They hastily went to cup their fists in a greeting to Bai Xiaochun. As the words spread, more and more people noticed Bai Xiaochun, and soon, the vast majority of the present outer sect disciples made their way to Bai Xiaochun in order to pay their respects.
“Good work. Good work, everyone.” Hearing ‘Senior Uncle Bai’ made Bai Xiaochun’s insides burst with delight. He smiled and waved slightly to the crowd as he walked forward.
The surrounding outer sect disciples conversed in hushed voices as they looked at Bai Xiaochun with envy.
“Senior Uncle Bai is the Sect Head’s Junior Brother…”
The people working at the Mission Exchange Pavilion, in particular, got up the second they saw Bai Xiacohun approaching, halting all operations in the area simply to greet him, making Bai Xiaochun even more excited.
“You guys continue with your work, don’t mind me. I’m just here to check on the outer sect disciples of our Spirit River Sect for Senior Brother Sect Head.” Bai Xiaochun laughed in his heart. His words prompted the disciples to greet him once again, even the elders of the Pavilion, noded at him respectfully.
But… Even though Bai Xiaochun told them not mind him, he did not leave the area, but instead walked around in the crowd, smiling and nodding to the disciples. These three words ‘Senior Uncle Bai’ were repeatedly heard from the present outer sect disciples, some repeating them more than a dozen times.
Gradually, the crowd began realising that Bai Xiaochun’s presence here was just to fish for attention… Bai Xiaochun knew when to stop and with a wave of his hand, he swaggered off, allowing the Mission Exchange Pavilion to resume its normal operations.
“Ah, I have so much power with this title.” Bai Xiaochun’s eyes were shining this morning. He found it very relaxing, but more importantly, he realised the difference between him and other people brought by his new status.
“Honourable Disciple, Sect Head’s Junior Brother… With this status, no one would dare mess with me in the entire sect!” Thinking of this, Bai Xiaochun laughed as he hurried to the Ten Thousand Herbs Pavilion.
The Ten Thousand Herbs Pavilion… was crowded, as usual.
It didn’t take long before Bai Xiaochun reached the pavilion. He looked at the ten stone steles as he listened to people calling him ‘Senior Uncle Bai’. He seemed wistful as he lingered there for a long time. Only when the surrounding gazes began turning weird did he reluctantly leave. Even though dusk had arrived, Bai Xiaochun was tireless as he continued visiting places where outer sect disciples gathered.
Xu Baocai was just leaving his courtyard when he noticed Bai Xiaochun and quickly cupped his fist.
“Ah, Little Bao. Your cultivation hasn’t changed since I left half a year ago, that won’t do, you shouldn’t be negligent.” Bai Xiaochun patted Xu Baocai on the shoulder as he spoke, proud of his quirk.
Xu Baocai was stunned for a moment, blinking. Little Bao? Ever since he was born, only his father had called him that, did Bai Xiaochun have the right to call him that? After thinking of this, his heart was filled with awkwardness. But in the end, he dared not argue and only nodded in agreement.
“I… Uh, my esteemed self!” Bai Xiaochun suddenly noticed that a simple “I” would not fit a position as high as his, so thinking of how Li Qinghou addressed himself, he used “my esteemed self.”
“My esteemed self is unfamiliar with the area. Little Bao, would you take my esteemed self around for a little tour?” Bai Xiaochun coughed dryly, his hand placed on Xu Baocai’s shoulder as he lifted his chin.
Helpless, Xu Baocai showed Bai Xiaochun around.
As the outer sect disciples started returning to their courtyards, they noticed Bai Xiaochun. Many of them had already greeted him in one of the pavilions, but having encountered him again, after exchanging glances with each other, they had no other choice but to greet him once again.
Bai Xiaochun once again felt the glory brought by his new status, pleased with everyone paying their respects to him, he basked in it until late at night before he was content to leave.
On his way, he passed by a Spirit Tail Chicken coop and bursts of ‘Senior Uncle Bai’ sounded out yet again. On his way back, two Spirit Tailed Chickens were already in his hands.
“These are the benefits brought by my status. Ah, I once had to steal to eat these chickens. But now, just a snort with Sect Head being my Senior Brother, who would dare to oppose me!” Bai Xiaochun hummed a tune as he triumphantly returned back to his cabin.
Just as the sun rose on the next day, Bai Xiaochun hopped out from his bed in high spirits, tidied his clothing and tried out different expressions in front of the bronze mirror until he picked one befitting of his position before finally going out.
He started treating this as… his duty…
He chose somewhere else other than the Mission Exchange Pavilion such as the other gathering places on the Scented Cloud Mountain, and even places where a small competition was being held.
Throughout the entire day, his ears filled with the greeting ‘Senior Uncle Bai’. All this made him feel as though he had achieved his goal of immortalising himself, which made him very happy, so… three days, four days, five days….
Ten days in a row, he had taken such strolls, in the end, every outer sect disciple on the Scented Cloud Mountain had called him Senior Uncle Bai at least a dozen times. For the masses, calling a youngster Senior Uncle was already ridiculous. Every once in a while was fine, but as they had to do it again and again, they became increasingly dejected.
These days, Bai Xiaochun lived his life to the fullest. He especially loved meeting acquaintances, every time he saw one, he would call out to them…
“Ah, Nephew Yiduo… Oh, don’t go, come here. Long time no see.” One day Bai Xiaochun noticed Zhao Yiduo, his eyes brightened and he immediately approached him. Hearing Bai Xiaochun call him “nephew” , his brows twitched.
“Senior Uncle Bai, We… met so many times these past days…”
Blinking, Bai Xiaochun coughed dryly. Just as he was about to open his mouth to speak, he noticed a familiar figure in the distance and immediately turned around to leave.
“Yo, isn’t that nephew Zi’ang? It’s been a while!’ Bai Xiaochun let Zhao Yiduo go as he locked on to his new target with a delighted expression.
Chen Zi’ang was going crazy. These days, he had been meeting Bai Xiaochun about three times every single day. He had heard that everyone who was acquaintanced with Bai Xiaochun on the Scented Cloud Mountain had been repeatedly visited, just like him. Rumour has it that an unfortunate fellow who liked to call himself the Wolf God received at least a dozen visits per day.
“Senior Uncle Bai… I’m sorry, I have some unfinished business.” Chen Zi’ang almost ran away as he quickly escaped.
After the tenth day, most of the outer sect disciples of the Scented Cloud Mountain started avoiding Bai Xiaochun, pretending not to see him as he approached. This displeased Bai Xiaochun, so he became more proactive.
“Oh, my esteemed self think you look quite familiar. Come, come, haven’t we met before?” Bai Xiaochun caught one of Zhou Xinqi’s admirers, to his great distress. Pulling him aside, they spoke for an incense’s worth of time. Not until the disciple called him ‘Senior Uncle’ thirty times did the frown on Bai Xiaochun’s face had vanished, so he finally let him leave.
But this didn’t resolve the problem as people began to hide from Bai Xiaochun from there on. Feeling he should be more proactive, he began to cough loudly to alert others of his presence.
It wasn’t too effective, and Bai Xiaochun was not too happy. Fortunately, there was another sweet girl apart from Du Lingfei on the Scented Cloud Mountain.
That was Hou Xiaomei. She paid him a visit almost every day on her own initiative and without him even needing to cough, she would bounce around him, sweetly shouting ‘Senior Uncle Bai’ without getting tired.
If one were to look around, they would notice that all the outer sect disciples were bitter. On the other hand, Bai Xiaochun had never felt more alive. Hou Xiaomei, who in the past had received his guidance regarding the mysterious Little Turtle, had now practically worshipped it. She once followed behind Bai Xiaochun, inquiring about the Little Turtle.
“Little Turtle? That is a mystery, a peerless talent among the Spirit River Sect that would appear only once every ten thousand years! This kind of person is like a cloud, an entity we can only look up to in awe and respect!” Bai Xiaochun gave a dry cough after boasting, desperately suppressing his impulse to reveal to his Junior Sister that he was the Little Turtle. He had decided that he’d only reveal his identity before a great audience.
“I think so too. I’ve talked with many other people, and they all think that Little Turtle’s disregard for fame and fortune are as remarkable as their thirst for the medicinal knowledge! Indeed, like a cloud in the sky!” Listening to Hou Xiaomei’s words, his eyes sparkled.
There was a time when the people of the sect suspected Bai Xiaochun of being the Little Turtle, but it was soon rejected. After all, everyone’s image of the Little Turtle was completely different of Bai Xiaochun’s, and in the end, the ten stone steles recorded no names, only symbols. As such, identifying the Little Turtle was quite difficult.
Hearing this, Bai Xiaochun decided he hadn’t paid enough attention to Zhou Xinqi, one of the five beauties of South Bank.
“I wonder what that proud Heaven’s Chosen, Zhou Xinqi, calling me Senior Uncle Bai would be like?” Bai Xiaochun thought, suddenly filled with excitement as he started searching for Zhou Xinqi every day.
His hard work payed off, eventually, he noticed Zhou Xinqi flying away on a blue damask.
“Niece Xinqi!” Bai Xiaochun quickly yelled out.
Zhou Xinqi’s face darkened instantly. She had heard how Bai Xiaochun had been acting during the past month, and knew what the situation was like for the outer sect disciples of the Scented Cloud Mountain. She felt shivers ran down her spine when the word ‘Niece’ entered her ears. She pretended not to hear anything and quickly accelerated. But she would have never thought that… Bai Xiaochun would persistently sprint after her.
“Niece Xinqi, come, discuss life with this Senior Uncle.” Bai Xiaochun was extremely excited. After searching for Zhou Xinqi for such a long time, now that he had found her, how could her simply let her go?
Zhou Xinqi clenched her teeth, accelerating once again, quickly leaving the Scented Cloud Mountain before Bai Xiaochun could catch her.
Looking at her disappearing silhouette, Bai Xiaochun sighed regretfully.
“It’s fine. I can’t fly, huh? I will be able to fly pretty soon. There’ll be plenty opportunities to get you to call me Senior Uncle.” Bai Xiaochun was gloomy. Seeing that it was late, he decided to search for Du Lingfei.
As soon as Du Lingfei noticed him, she giggled.
“Senior Uncle Bai, Senior Uncle Bai, Senior Uncle Bai….”
“Um… Is that all?” Bai Xiaochun asked.