AC Chapter 199

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Chapter 199: The Former Child Prodigy

The silver sword vibrated for a moment after it stabbed into the steel floor before slowly coming to a stop. The clear, loud hum reverberated before dulling.

Everyone was shocked when they saw this sword because the silver sword had a purplish-gold hilt. Its blade was carved with dragon patterns and it was identified at a single glance that this was Sunless’ purplish-gold silver dragon sword.

And the sword had darted over and stabbed into the ground directly in front of Ye Jiaquan.

Everyone quickly turned their heads to the origin of the flying sword and saw an azure-dressed person standing at the entrance to a passageway, in the intersection of shadows and light. It was none other than Sunless. However, the shadows were masking her looks, so it was unknown what her expression was. There was no way to guess at her intentions as to why she sent her beloved sword darting over.

Suddenly, while everyone was still steeped in shocked, a gentle voice resounded. The voice was delicate, as though it was a winter’s sunlight which was soft and non-glaring. It was not cold, but it wasn’t entirely warm. It was as if it had a tiny bit of cautious desire.

“Brother, are you using a sword?”

This voice was very soft, but with every member of the audience turning silent, there were still many people who heard this.

Everyone who heard this revealed surprised looks because the voice came from the passageway and was evidently Sunless’ voice. However, her question was puzzling. Sunless’ purplish-gold silver dragon sword was right in front of the blockhead’s body, but she had asked Heartless if he was using a sword?

And at this moment, Heartless suddenly spoke. His voice was cold like a sword’s blade. “Pull the sword out, Ye Youtian.”

Heartless said those words apparently to the simpleton with ruthless looks but a kind heart. And Heartless had called him “Ye Youtian”?

Who was Ye Youtian?

Why did this name sound somewhat familiar?

Many members of the audience seemed to have doubts in their minds flash when they heard this name.

“Ye Youtian… Could it be that Ye Youtian?” Suddenly said with an exclamation.

The audience stands quickly burst into a flurry of discussions.

“Ah, I remember. Isn’t Ye Youtian… the eldest son of the Ye family?”

“Oh…Ye Youtian from a decade ago?”

“Heavens, this blockhead is that Ye Youtian?”

“That’s right. That Ye Youtian is Heartless and Sunless’ elder brother. Since Sunless called the blockhead ‘Ye Youtian’, this Ye Youtian must be that Ye Youtian.”

“…”

All sorts of gasps and startled voices resounded as the audience stands immediately turned into a cacophony.

At a particular seat, a seven-year-old boy tugged at the sleeves of a man beside him and asked curiously, “Daddy, Daddy, who is the Ye Youtian they are talking about?”

The man turned his head and stroked the boy’s head and said, “This Ye Youtian was a child prodigy known throughout the country a decade ago. At a young age, he had attained a certain level of sword arts. At the age of six, he was invited to Heroes Central’s Spring Festival Gala to perform his swordplay. It had caused quite a sensation.”

The boy exclaimed loudly, “Wow, that’s amazing!”

They man used a tone with slight regretfulness as he said, “But unfortunately, for some reason, the child prodigy suddenly turned average after the age of seven. Not only was his sword arts gradually surpassed by his younger brother and sister, who were one year younger than him, even his psionic cultivation was gradually surpassed by his peers. Back then, people said that Ye Youtian was being placed on too high a pedestal that he became overly conceited and became lazy towards cultivation. This resulted in him becoming mediocre. Many people would use Ye Youtian’s story to warn their children against being too carried away because of a momentary lead. Therefore, Ye Youtian’s story became well known. Later on, it was said that Ye Youtian left the Ye family and his whereabouts were left unknown. Only then did everyone slowly forget this name.”

The boy’s eyes were filled with confusion.

The man rubbed the boy on the head and said, “Child, a child prodigy who doesn’t work hard will become mediocre. So, you must remember that hard work is most important.”

Most of the audience present had heard of Ye Youtian’s story. After all, this story had happened in the past decade and had profound educative value. A child prodigy like Ye Youtian was like a fleeting comet and was like a short-lived epiphyllum. As for the reason, it was likely an intriguing and thought-provoking story.

As the audience discussed amongst themselves, they finally untangled the situation that had happened.

The reason why Heartless had suddenly offered to “feeding a hundred Psionic Condensing Pills to the pigs” for personal reasons was because he had seen Ye Youtian.

The reason why Sunless threw her sword over and said, “Brother, are you using a sword” was because she was addressing her other brother, Ye Youtian.

However, from her affectionate form of address, it appeared as though his younger sister, Sunless, still had deep affections for Ye Youtian. However, the younger brother, Heartless, had a cold attitude. His tone was as sharp as a blade, as though he detested Ye Youtian greatly. What was going on?

And why did the former child prodigy, Ye Youtian, look like this? And why did he appear in Gaia?

The Annihilation division rookies who knew Ye Jiaquan were taken aback. They never expected that Ye Jiaquan, the honest and silly simpleton was previously one of the three sons of the Ye family, the famous child prodigy, Ye Youtian.

As the audience broke out into a flurry of discussion, all their attention was focused on the savage looking but honest sounding simpleton, Ye Jiaquan.

Sunless asked, “Brother, are you using a sword?”

Heartless said, “Pull the sword out, Ye Youtian.”

Ye Jiaquan’s honest looking expression slowly disappeared. As he looked at the purplish-golden silver dragon sword in front of him, his eyes glazed over, as though he was immersed in distant thoughts.

Heartless’ eyebrows gradually knitted together. It was unknown if it was because of the unkind chatter or it was because his patience had worn out.

Heartless coldly said, “Ye Youtian, do you not even have the courage to pull the sword out?”

Ye Jiaquan turned his head to look at Heartless and had a gloomy expression. He said, “Me is not named Ye Youtian, Me is named… Ye Jiaquan.”

Heartless’ face turned even colder when he heard this as he sneered, “Ye Jiaquan, what a nice Ye Jiaquan. Is this the excuse you are using to escape from reality?”

Ye Jiaquan gaped his mouth and met him with silence.

Heartless coldly snorted and said, “It looks like you have completely lost the courage to hold a sword. Fine, since you have changed your name to Ye Jiaquan, let me see to what extent your cultivation in the fist technique that the Ye family has long abandoned has reached.”

The Ye family were like other family clans that adhered to the tradition of the “era of punches and kicks”, and was famous for it’s Ye family fist techniques. However, now with the society having progressed into the “era of weapons”, the Ye family was gradually replacing fist techniques with sword arts.

Hence, from Heartless’ point of view, Ye Youtian had changed his name to Ye Jiaquan and was using the Ye Family Fist technique as a shield for him to escape from reality.

However, in order to escape from his former shell as a sword prodigy, he had gradually disappeared into the crowd, resulting in the brutal reality of being slowly surpassed by his younger brother and sister.

“Let us begin.”

Heartless looked at the elderly God of Swords and said, “There is nothing more to say between us.”


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12 thoughts on “AC Chapter 199” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

    1. Chapter 200: The king is still not here, even though I was clearly here a long time ago.
      Chapter 201: Sorry, but the king is still not here.
      Chapter 202: Finally arrived after what? 15 chapters of not showing up?

      Seriously, this author needs to stop this. I know he’s going to use the excuse that “only 3 minutes have passed and he was charging up the turtle punch for a cool entrance”, but that’s not an acceptable excuse to use 3 chapters. I thought it was bad enough when the author went for a note saying how he was justified in delaying everything for 11 or so chapters, even though he wasn’t. But now there’s another four or so chapters without the mc. Seriously, 15 chapters without really showing Shi Xiaobai at all? The author could have summed up EVERY plot point here without crappy superfluous details in just 4 or so chapters, at most 5. Instead he went for three or four times the amount necessary, even after claiming that he would focus on the mc from one of his notes in earlier chapters. I’m not saying that he can’t develop side characters and have different POVs, but why the dragged out and unnecessary length that adds nothing to the story at all and is just so dull, oh so dull? And that “this king has arrived!” part… why would you say that if he hadn’t even entered yet? That’s just giving us false hope that he would really arrive in the next chapter, but he must’ve written that to try and appease his readers that were annoyed by showing that “the mc is coming soon”, yet he spent another three worthless chapters before he actually enters, sigh.

      This is supposed to be a pretty funny novel, but in 15 chapters I haven’t smiled, even less laughed, even once. This is the first time something like that has happened in this novel for me. At least make the filler chapters somewhat interesting or funny, but it was just dull, extremely dull, and cliché as hell, just how many times haven’t one seen almost identical “tournament” plots? Even if the mc’s entrance is not going to be that cliché, these past 15 chapters was still something so used that I felt like I had read this a few times before.

      1. Well, it seems to be the common case for most of the good light novels from China. That farm thingy’s the most outrageous case.

        I say, someone should translate these taking out 90% to 95% of volume.

        An author may reuse his world, you know. Take the Diskworld by Terry Pratchett. But I don’t see any need for a single story to target volumes like thousands of chapters. That Diskworld may be as big and you may make it even bigger. But you don’t have to read a 100+ chapters for a single finished story.

  1. This author need to work on devoloping these side character story at a more appropriate timing. I mean he did well with those ‘downtime’ moment where mc was training where we could’ve focus more on character that are important to the next story arc rather than shoehorn it in the middle of an event. Sadly this ‘reveal’ isn’t as impactful (unless that was the intention) because there were not much screentime of ye jiaquan.

    This is the same problem i had with the past arc involving other character. They are either interrupt by other event or no downtime at all. Also even sometime with downtime the author miss the opportunity like the ordeal with kevin+mozzie+massage-misunderstanding. That could’ve been use to devolope ye jiaquan more.

    Well despite my rant Thank You for the translation and author for continuing.

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