AC Chapter 431-4

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Chapter 431: No More Escaping (4/4)

Speechless said loudly, “That man’s Sword Truth is my Sword Truth!”

The superpower of Mirror Replication allowed Speechless to do imitations that were opportunistic in many ways. However, there were many imitations that required him to depend on his hard work to grasp it. And from his birth to the present day, he, who had never stopped imitating the Hero King, had suffered through countless tears and sweat to possess his present strength.

He had used his life and youth to imitate that man.

He naturally also possessed that man’s Sword Truth!

“Then what about Sword Soul?”

Suddenly a calm voice was heard.

Speechless felt as though he was struck by lightning. He looked up in disbelief. “Imposs…”

He did not manage to finish saying the word ‘impossible’.

Because at the moment he lifted his head, a gigantic astral soul appeared behind the blond youth’s body.

The astral soul was about ten meters tall. It was blurry, preventing others from seeing its true form. However, one could tell that it was wearing armor, and that both of its hands held onto a gigantic sword. Its posture was identical to the blond youth’s.

The gigantic astral soul’s sudden appearance behind the blond youth gave many people a fright.

And Sunless, who knew what that astral soul meant, had a rare startled expression.

Speechless’ eyes nearly glazed over as he muttered, “The power of the Sword Soul. In the family’s records, that man at this age had clearly not grasped the power of the Sword Soul, so how can you possess such power? Did that man conceal it from the family? Or have you been designated to be stronger than that man?”

In the way of the sword, the enhancement of sword techniques had four levels.

The lowest level was Sword Intent. This was a power that a swordsman with some talent would eventually grasp.

The second level was Sword Truth. This was something a genius swordsman would learn of after many years of accumulated experience. It was a power that would be awoken after one figured out one’s way of the sword. Typically, those who wielded the power of Sword Truth were already at a top tier standard in the realm of swords.

And the third level was the Sword Soul. It was a mystical power. The swordsmen that could comprehend and use the power of Sword Soul were few and far between. The power of the Sword Soul not only needed extraordinary perceptive powers, one needed crucial encounters. Even many of the top ten Sword Masters in the world failed to gain insights into the power of the Sword Soul till much later.

The fourth level, the Sword Domain was even more mystical. Even across history, there were very few humans that managed to comprehend a Sword Domain. The most famous Sword Domain was Sword Immortal Xu Taibai’s at his peak.

Speechless, Sunless, and even Shi Xiaobai could be considered geniuses among geniuses. At such a young age, they had already gained insights into the power of Sword Truth which was enough to cause a stir in China. But no one could be sure that the three of them would be able to comprehend the power of the Sword Soul at the age of thirty, forty, or even fifty.

As for the Hero King, or in some sense, the fake Hero King in front of them, was demonstrating the power of the Sword Soul at that moment!

Even though his Sword Soul was only ten meters tall and it being blurry to the point of not being able to discern its facial features, it was still a sword soul!

It was a power that far exceeded the power of Sword Truth!

The power of Sword Soul was enough to completely crush Speechless!

“So you always possessed the power to absolutely crush your foes from the beginning.”

Speechless said with a wry smile, “You could have used your absolute power to destroy the Mirror Replication, but you chose the most difficult manner to completely defeat me. What unpleasant pride.”

“You are an opponent worthy of respect.”

The blond youth said in a deadpan manner, “If I do not use the power of Sword Soul, I won’t be able to kill you. But sorry, I have to kill you. Receive the attack. I will be using all my strength for this strike, giving you the most respectable death!”

As the blond youth said so, his cold pair of eyes suddenly showed an additional strand of emotion. He lifted his arms. The gigantic astral soul behind him did an identical motion!

“Slash!”

The strike did not seem to have a name. It appeared to be the most normal of slashes, but the power produced from the strike struck fear into the deepest depths of one’s soul!

Shi Xiaobai, who was far in the distance, could clearly sense the terrifying power contained within that strike. He placed himself in the shoes of Speechless.

He was pondering how he would face such a strike.

Face it head on?

The outcome would be an abject defeat. He would be blasted to pieces by the power of that single strike!

Dodge as fast as possible?

No, there was no time. The strike could not be dodged. Even if his Crab Steps were to be upgraded by another grade, there was no way he could dodge that strike.

What could he do?

What could Speechless do?

If one was struck by that strike, it would result in death.

A very likely death.

But if there was no way to face it head on nor dodge it in time, what other means were there?

What…should be done?

“Quickly use the exit command!”

Shi Xiaobai roared at the dazed Speechless!

“Why is your hair not blond? Should you dye it? The Hero King’s hair is blond.”

In the arms of a young girl, there was a boy as she ruffled through his black hair. Her eyes appeared like she was deep in thought, as if she was pondering over her own suggestion.

The boy suddenly looked up and said, “No, definitely not!”

The young girl frowned slightly and asked, “Why not? Blond hair is so pretty. It’s as resplendent as the rays of the sun. It is said that the Hero King’s hair had caused countless girls to be infatuated with him. If Little Speechless were to dye his hair blond, he will definitely look better than he is now.”

The boy smacked his lips, “I’m already handsome enough. There’s no need to become even better looking.”

The boy’s facial features looked exquisite and perfect. From a young age, there was a hint that he would grow up to be a handsome young man who would cause thousands of girls to fawn over him. Therefore, what he said was not a lie.

The young girl smiled and pinched the boy’s cheek. She said with a laugh, “It’s not a bad look. You are indeed worthy of being my sister’s child. However, it will look even better if you dye it blond.”

The boy said loudly, “Black is nicer than blond!”

The young girl shook her head and said, “Blond is nice. The Hero King’s hair is blond.”

The boy smacked his lips and said, “Hmph, you idolize the Hero King so much, so it’s obvious you would think his hair color is nicer.”

The young girl gave a happy smile and said, “What you said seems to make a bit of sense, but I really do think blond is nicer. Who asked the Hero King to have blond hair?”

The boy got away from the woman’s arms and jumped onto the ground. Facing the young girl on the chair, he said seriously, “There will be one day you will prefer black!”

The young girl pricked her eyebrows up and said with a laugh, “That’s impossible. Unless the Hero King is revived and dyes his hair black. If not, the color I like will forever be blond!”

The boy clenched his tiny fist and looked up to say loudly, “No, there will be a day when I will surpass the Hero King. I will become a man even greater than he was! When the time comes, the person Little Aunt will worship the most will be me! When the time comes, you will definitely prefer black!”

The young girl widened her eyes slightly as her lips curled upwards. She revealed a beautiful smile as she said softly, “Then we have made an agreement. The day you surpass the Hero King will be the day I prefer black.”

As the young girl said that, she stretched out her fair and slender pinky.

The boy nodded his head heavily.

“Yea, there will be a day when I will surpass the Hero King!”

“Quickly use the exit command!”

Shi Xiaobai’s roar came from a distance, jolting Speechless awake.

That sword beam that tore through the void could not be avoided. Facing it head on would be overwhelming, but if he did not do anything, he would die. He would be killed by that strike.

This was the first time Speechless felt lost. Only when Shi Xiaobai roared was he pulled back to reality.

That’s right. Use the exit command.

There was still that method.

As long as he used the exit command, he could instantly leave the land of the trials. He would escape that strike and successfully live on.

To use the exit command, all he needed to do was utter those two words. It was that simple.

But…

“Heh, I now realize that the young me is so much cuter than I am now.”

Speechless’ eyes turned somewhat gloomy.

“To think that what I thought wasn’t me escaping reality but facing reality head on was actually the biggest escape from reality. The young you could at least say the words ‘an imitation is an imitation after all’ and ‘I want to surpass the Hero King’, but now? You can’t say a thing. It’s like your throat is choked and can’t say a word.”

“What happened to those arrogant claims?” Where did that arrogant you who kept making arrogant claims go to?”

“Ha, to be subdued by that man’s life and to lose the confidence to surpass him. To me, being able to imitate that man’s life is also a destiny that one can be contented with. In the end, it’s only consoling the unsuccessful me. Isn’t it to fulfill me who is destined to fail?”

“Could it be that I have to continue escaping?”

“Are you willing to continue escaping?”

Speechless gradually lifted his head. His gloomy eyes suddenly flashed with a dazzling light.

“Little Aunt, black is nicer.”

A peaceful smile suffused across Speechless’ mouth. With both hands clasping the sword, he slowly lifted them up and slashed out at that strike that covered the world with white light!

“I will not escape any further!”

The white light filled the world. The blond youth’s strike was blinding. Even the sun’s rays were overwhelmed by it.

What Shi Xiaobai last saw was Speechless’ figure as he held up his sword.

Then, everything was consumed by whiteness. It was devoured by energy.

Nothing could be seen.

But the outcome could already be seen.

“No!”

Shi Xiaobai roared angrily as he crazily ran in Speechless’ direction.

Speechless did not use the exit command but chose to face it head on. Although he knew he was no match for the strike, he still chose to face it head on.

He had made a wrong choice.

He had made a wrong choice at the cost of his life.

Shi Xiaobai knew that if it were him, he too would have made the same choice.

But, was such a choice worth it?

“Bang!”

While Shi Xiaobai was running, an object that flew backwards slammed into him.

All he could see was whiteness in front of him.

However, death felt to be in close proximity.

Shi Xiaobai used his strength to embrace the ‘object’ that collided with him. He allowed his body to fly backwards as well so as to counteract the strong impact.

Nothing could be seen.

But he could feel something in between his fingers. It was a sticky and hot liquid.

Shi Xiaobai knew what it was.

He tried his best to widen his eyes, hoping to make out the ‘object’ he was holding in that white world.

The white glaring light caused his eyes to turn red.

Shi Xiaobai’s backward flying body finally came to a halt. As for the white light, it gradually dispersed.

Everything in front of him finally began to materialize.

The first thing he saw was blackness in the white light.

That was hair.

“You are still alive, you must be still alive.”

Shi Xiaobai muttered softly.

However, the sticky liquid his fingers was feeling seemed to retort that fact.

He could only try his best to widen his eyes so as to make out the reality that would soon appear from the whiteness.

Then, he saw complete redness.

That was blood.

And in the bright redness, there was a circular blackness.

That blackness seemed to be a bottomless pit that devoured all light.

Shi Xiaobai’s pupils gradually dilated.

A sound that was stuck in his throat was finally released at that moment. That sound resembled the cries of someone.

Shi Xiaobai finally managed to make out the ‘object’ in his arms.

He also discerned the bright redness and the deep black hole.

The “object’ was Speechless.

The “redness” was Speechless’ blood.

The “deep black hole” was the wound on Speechless’ body.

The wound had appeared on the left side of Speechless’ chest. Speechless’ left chest had been penetrated. The wound was completely dark and had nothing in it.

The beating heart that should have been in the left chest…was gone.


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15 thoughts on “AC Chapter 431-4” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

      1. Famous broadcaster, famous writer, famous musician, famous host, famous advertiser, airplane hijacking hero, taiji fist master, professional korean insulter, famous crosstalker, most wanted hacker, I am Face Smacking Zhang!!!

        I flag this as spoiler. The feels man. It hurts. (Slowly walks in a corner. Lie down and cry.)

    1. The absolute choice has been established since the beginning of the novel it’s the premise it’s not a Deus ex. A real Deus ex would be out of nowhere with a contrived plot device. Also being able to predict when something is going to happen doesn’t make the story bad(not that you said it was).

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