ISSTH – Book 4 – Chapter 574

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Chapter 574: Our Agreement

In the Fourth Peak, Meng Hao’s status made it so that his words were like the will of Heaven. The Inner Sect disciple nodded, made a brand mark onto the jade slip, then clasped hands and left.

Everything happened so quickly that the young woman was left standing there at a loss. She didn’t even notice as Meng Hao grabbed her by the arm.

That seemed to wake her up.

“Hey… hey, what are you doing?!” she said, her eyes going wide. A look of terror appeared inside of them as she suddenly recalled who this person was, and the stories she had heard told about him within the Sect. She was about to struggle against him, when he wrapped his arms around her and flew up into the air.

As Meng Hao flew over the Fourth Peak, the disciples who looked up to see him holding the young woman had strange expressions on their faces. Many of them looked at each other in dismay.

“Who is the Little Patriarch holding…?”

“I’ve never seen her before. From her garments she seems to be an Outer Sect disciple.”

“No way! He was so peaceful earlier today. The sky isn’t even dark, and he’s already back to his old self?”

Meanwhile, up in mid-air above the Fourth Peak.

“Put me down!!” said the young woman, her face bright red. A look of rage had appeared in her phoenix-like eyes. She continued to struggle against Meng Hao, but he seemed to have no intention of releasing her. She could only look at his face, inches away from her own, her fury growing more and more intense.

When the two of them finally landed outside of his Immortal’s cave, the woman opened her mouth and bit viciously down onto his arm. He looked at her for a moment, smiled, and released her.

“You’re going to practice cultivation here for a while,” he said with a smile, giving her a deep look. “It will only take a few days for you to realize who I am.”

“You’re the Eldest Brother of the Fourth Peak, Elite Apprentice of the Sect! Don’t tell me that gives you the right to arbitrarily humiliate other disciples!?” The woman backed up, staring at Meng Hao angrily.

“I was an Elite Apprentice yesterday, not today,” he said, laughing. With that, he sat down cross-legged and looked at the young woman.

That got her even angrier. But then, she thought of his status, and the stories she had heard, and she began to tremble. She backed up further, putting herself even more on guard.

She had heard far too many stories about this person. Any one of them was enough to cause an Outer Sect disciple like her to tremble with terror.

Time passed. Soon, it was evening, and then night. Bright stars twinkled into being up above. They were dim at first, but quickly grew clear and bright.

Perhaps it was because of the icy night wind, or the young woman’s panic-stricken state. In any case, she shrank into a corner against the stone wall, looking quite helpless.

Meng Hao looked at her and then stood up.

“Don’t you move!!” she cried, suddenly growing even more nervous. Ignoring her demands, Meng Hao walked over to her, retrieved a set of clothing from his bag of holding, and gently laid it over her.

The softness of his movement caused her to gape in surprise.

He smiled, returned to where he had been sitting before, and continued to meditate.

The woman looked at him silently, her expression one of confusion and doubt. Even more confused were the surrounding Fourth Peak disciples who had hidden themselves in the area to watch the proceedings.

They were all whispering to each other curiously about his compassionate action just now.

Another person who was completely confused was Ke Yunhai.

“Has the kid really had a change in personality?” he murmured in astonishment.

No words were exchanged through the entire night.

The young woman was incredibly nervous the entire time. She didn’t dare to meditate, nor close her eyes. She was too frightened of what she feared might happen if she did.

However, her nervousness, coupled with the exhaustion from climbing the mountain during the test earlier, caused her to unwittingly fall asleep.

When the first rays of dawn light touched her face, her eyelashes flickered and she slowly opened her eyes. Then she began to tremble. She quickly rose to her feet, causing the two robes which had been placed on top of her to tumble to the ground.

The robes were thick, and were obviously quite warm.

One of them had been placed on her by Meng Hao when she was awake. As for the other, he had covered her with it after she fell asleep.

Just in front of her was a small ball of fire that emanated pulses of heat. The heat was filled with the power of Heaven and Earth, and relieved some of the exhaustion that had filled her body.

Seeing this, the woman stared in astonishment. She looked up at Meng Hao.

He was striding down some of the stone steps on the mountain, some fruit in hand. These were Spirit Fruits, something that Outer Sect disciples had no qualification to enjoy. Only Elite Apprentices could have access to them.

Meng Hao put one down in front of the young woman.

Her expression was complex. After having a night of rest, she seemed to have come to terms with her current situation. She still felt apprehensive, though, unsure of how she had attracted the attention of this Chosen of Heaven. She also wasn’t sure why he had changed her entire fate with that single sentence.

“Try the Spirit Fruits,” he said, popping one into his mouth. “The flavor is incredible.” He handed another over to her.

She hesitated for a moment, then accepted and bit down onto one of the fruits. Suddenly, her eyes began to glow, and when she squinted, they looked like two crescent moons.

“Good?” asked Meng Hao with a smile.

The young woman’s face flushed, and she nodded.

“The Outer Sect is pretty chaotic,” he continued, looking up into the sky. “I’ll help you pay back the debts you owe.”

The young woman’s hand stopped in mid-air, clutching at a Spirit Fruit. She bowed her head, saying nothing in response.

“Those Outer Sect disciples who have been treating you poorly have already been taken care of,” he went on softly.

The young woman’s body trembled slightly. After a long moment passed, she looked up at Meng Hao, almost in a daze.

“Why?” she asked. “Why are you treating me like this? I’m just an ordinary Outer Sect Disciple, and you’re…. Why?”

Meng Hao shook his head but didn’t say anything.

“Is it because of Xu Qing? Who is she?” the young woman asked. She rose to her feet and looked at him, her gaze filled with stubbornness. She wanted to know the answer.

Meng Hao was quiet for a moment. Today was the third day, and unless something unforeseen occurred, Xu Qing should be waking up soon. Then this young woman would disappear. After all… she had long since already perished.

Seeing the look in her eyes, Meng Hao’s eyes slowly grew blank, as if he was recalling the past. In his mind’s eye, he saw the events outside the Rebirth Cave, the killing of Ji Hongdong, and Xu Qing’s tears. He saw himself raising his hand to wipe them away. He heard those voices from years ago.

“We’re safe now. No one will know your secret.”

“Meng Hao. Will we… see each other again?”

“Don’t cry. There’s a long road ahead. Who knows when it is that we will meet again.”

Meng Hao still remembered how he had been about to turn around that day, when a warm, supple body embraced him from behind.

“I’ll wait for you.” 1

Xu Qing’s voice, filled with determination, was strong enough to last through past, present, and future lives.

“You could think of Xu Qing as your next life,” Meng Hao said softly. “Regarding the two of us… we have an agreement to meet each other in the next life.”

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Note from Er Gen: This chapter is short by a thousand characters because I feel that for this chapter, it’s just the right amount. If I force myself to write more, I’m afraid it will lose its charm

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  1. The scene recalled between Meng Hao and Xu Qing happened in chapter 306

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88 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 4 – Chapter 574” - NO SPOILERS

    1. This novel only gets better right?

      Off topic: Am I the only one getting turned on by ‘I am willing to let you reunite with her here.’?

      Haha sorry for hijacking your post Tnyhy

      1. Nope. I like the idea actually also. It gives a impression that they will most likely separate again for a long time after this before they will meet again.

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    1. How the f*ck do you hate Xu Qing? WHO HATES XU QING?!?! She’s the sweetest, most innocent, devoted little bundle of joy you could ever find in a Xianxia woman. And she’s not a very bright heroine, A FIRST INTENTIONAL EFFECT PUT ON BY THE AUTHOR HIMSELF, INSTEAD OF THEM DEGRADING INTO “YES MASTER” IDIOTS EVENTUALLY ANYWAYS. Sorry. It’s just… I really, really like this romance. It feels… I don’t know, as authentic it can be considering what it is. It’s not a god damn pokemon “gotta catch all dem girlz” like in ATG, nor is it a copy paste female type like BTTH. And while Delia was sweet, she was too much of a “yes girl” for my tastes. Xu Qing…

      1. I actually really like Xiao Xun Er in BTTH, although Queen Medusa at the point I’m in in the manhua is growing on me.

        Also I agree. WHO THE F HATES XU QING?! She’s so sweet!

        1. actually i ship Meng Hao with scheming girl Han Bei.. but i know he will be with Xu Qing.. and I approved that, me and my wife being separated because of job.. so yeah i’ll encourage this kind of long distance relationship story.. ahahaha

          chu yuyan is tsundere type.. i kinda bored with that type of girl

          *my bad english messy grammar.. not my first language

        2. YES. Now i dont ship them, but atleast they have a VIABLE reason to have any sort of feelings for each other. This relatiinship just feels random and boring.

          1. I feel like we’ve read two entirely different stories.

            If you think Meng Hao has no connection with Xu Qing then you need to reread the story, and remember it this time.

          2. yea they have good reason to be together but ….. i feel like she will tell him her feelings but meng hao will turn her down, and she will get pissed off.

  1. Ke Jiusi’s old man reaction is funny! He was like “Huh!? No [email protected]!?”

          1. And I know a family with seven daughters and one son. The worst part is he only has one younger sister.

  2. i’m amazed how you keep track of all the references to the chapters where it happened in the past, :l
    Thanks for the chapter team DB and donors~!

    edit: well i guess not donors for this chap, then. but then for the motivation to do this chapter~ ! x)

  3. what a waste of a chapter. i rarely feel this way about issth. what charm? if er gen actually put any effort into this relationship, maybe it would be a worthwhile chapter. if you go back and look, the amount of time they actually spent together, amounts to like a day or two. thats it.

    1. their time in the reliance sect, where they were actually together and talked, amounts to several hours at most, then at the black seive sect, they were together for a few minutes after he saved her, then when he came as an alchemist they spent a several hours together outside of the sect when he left, then like an hour in choumen tai’s domain at the rebirth cave, and then the tear drop (which he was dead for). all of that together might not even equal a day. its ridiculous

        1. Is that the justification you’re using? She waited over the sea for a year for what reason? Love? At the most she owes him a lot. Love isn’t part of it. Eats even more annoying is why Meng Hao likes her. There is literally no reason why.

          1. I’m pointing out that the tear part was longer. Is love suppose to be logical? The impression I get is that it isn’t suppose to be. They like each other and have for hundreds of years.

      1. How is he wasting his time? He’s protecting Xu Qings soul by keeping her in his immortal cave. He’s being productive by meditating while he waits for her to awaken. Is he wasting time because he had a conversation with the woman?

        1. He’s meditating occasionally. Other times he’s looking up her past and dealing with her debts and bullies. He’s getting her food and putting blankets on her. Give her a magic spell to practice and get back to work until Xu Qing actually wakes up.

      2. During the night and the morning, he did 3 things :
        – Meditated (training, no time wasted)
        – Protected the girl (it will soon be the body of the girl he loves, he will at least treat her well)
        – Dealt with the girl old problem (half to settle the debt of taking this girl identity, and half because he won’t let anyone threatening Xu Qing will she is in this body. Even if it’s not probable with her new status, he won’t take any risk).

        Personally, I’m amazed and managed to settle everything in only one night, and still found time to train.

        1. You mean other than the hours he spent staring at her, getting her food(cultivators don’t need to eat), and putting coats on her(I don’t think cultivators get sick naturally). If he’s doing something excessive like taking care of the past her bullies then I’m gonna say it doesn’t make sense. They’d have to be suicidal to bother her now.

          1. Boy you like to whine.
            If you want the mc to do nothing but train for thousands of years at a time, go read coiling dragon. Towards the end you’ll get all the training time jumps you could ask for.

  4. This chapter doesn’t make sense to me. Why exactly is Meng Hao wasting time with her when he should be trying to gain enlightenment on magic or something? Sure promote her and let her use your cave. What’s the point of sitting in front of her? Is that gonna make her wake up faster? Also what was the point of taking care of the people who bullied her? She’s not Xu Qing. They weren’t bullying Xu Qing. She’s going to disappear in a day or so. Give her a spell to practice and get back to cultivation. When she wakes up she’ll come find you.

    1. Well, they haven’t met in more than 100yrs, and they wondered if they’ll ever meet again on their last departure. So I guess I can understand MH is anxious and excited to meet her again to do anything else than wait in front of her. It’s similar to waiting for your loved ones at the airport, even though you know they would’ve meet you back home.

      And about the taking care of people who bullied her…. Who knows, maybe he thinks they bullying her is similar to bullying Xu Qing, since Xu Qing’s soul still asleep in her. It would only take 1 order for it to be done, so why not I guess.

        1. That was way back in book1. She helped and saved him a few times. Her impression on MH was also the strongest since MH was naive and innocent back then. He also said he’d liked her, and wanted to marry her, or maybe a girl like her if she wasn’t that cold, which he found out later she isn’t. Also, she’s the one who brought him to the cultivation world, which he thought was a blessing, so her place in his heart is undeniable.

          MH always cared, just that circumstances kept them apart, since they aren’t strong enough. But now, in this dreamland, where MH has (almost) supreme power. It would be weirder if he didn’t care. Also, they’re likely to keep the reunion short anyway, since their main purpose of this place is to gain enlightenment, which means long secluded meditation.

          And yea, you’re right. Their romance does seem fragile, since I don’t think they know each others’ true self…. Well, MH knows that XQ is a simple girl, but I don’t think XQ knows MH is a shameless conman. I’m still waiting for her reaction if she ever finds out.

          1. I think she actually does know of his conning ways. After all he became infamous in reliance sect scamming ppl into buying his pills back then. Not to mention the occasion of him bestowing the pill to her on pill day to avoid getting jumped lol. She obviously caught on on how cunning & shrewd he is.

          2. I think the only reason Er Gen made her simple was so that regardless of MH’s actions, nothing can make her feel conflicted and leaves it to a perfect relationship. If shes sad, itll be obvious, if shes happy, itll be obvious. Nearly 600 books in and her character hasnt even undergone much – if any character development. MH has had serious build up to a relationship with nearly every other female EXCEPT Xu Qing which is just stupid.

          3. Meng Hao became legendary in the Southern Domain for 2 reasons, first for all his cons, and only secondly for his strength.
            I doubt any cultivator of their generation doesn’t he is a conman (remember the groom search banquet where he managed to have 4 of the 8 great clan young generation claiming his head, and the other 4 protecting him?)

  5. Idk about you guys but if you simply just dislike Xu Qing then i doubt you enjoying this chapter.
    I like it, i myself ship Chu Yuyan and Haowie but this chapter did have a certain charm about it.

  6. i hate you all who hating on xu qing! shes best waifu! simply because meng hao is emotionless and sexless, and she manage to capture and brand him with her existence before cultivating strip everything away. this kind of long distance and slow burning love is perfect for our hero who essentially live only for cultivating.

  7. Thank you!

    Meng Hao’s relation with Xu Qing can be summed up as nostalgy and gratitude, since she is the person he relied upon to survive his early cultivation days.

    And I don’t know about you folks calling their relation shallow because of short time they spent together, but if someone saves my life, I ain’t paying back the debt once and forgeting him/her afterwards. Whether it makes for an interesting romance? Meh. We can simply agree that Meng Hao’s sex drive was converted to pursuit of immortality.

    He doesn’t need to eat, drink and sleep anymore anyway, and can setup his own Domain of sexlessness Patriarch Huyan style. So any romance is doomed to feel artificial anyway.

  8. That was so cheesy and cute I loved it. I love how in this story Love isn’t something stupid and fast. Its a slowly building lake that slowly becomes a sea then an ocean and finally overtakes the world. Slowly bit by bit.
    Its nice.

    Thanks for the chapter.

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