ISSTH – Book 7 – Chapter 1009

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Chapter 1009: I’m Already Married!

Meng Hao’s eyes flashed, and he stood there, silent and unresponsive as he listened to the Three Great Daoist Societies discuss both him and the Echelon with Fang Shoudao. He didn’t mind this. As soon as he had been appointed to the Echelon by that white-robed woman, he had known that the matter would eventually come to be known by others.

Meng Hao was a cautious person, but now that the matter of the Echelon had been discovered by the The Three Great Daoist Societies, trying to conceal the truth would have been pointless. As of now, it made sense for the clan to be made aware of it too; at least then he would have a foundation of protection.

Fang Shoudao didn’t respond at first. After some thought, he finally said, “This is a weighty matter, something I cannot make a decision on by myself. How about this: Fellow Daoists, please return to the hall for now. I’ll discuss the situation with Hao’er privately, and then we’ll give you an answer.”

The representatives from the Three Great Daoist Societies exchanged glances and then nodded. In the blink of an eye, they left the private chamber and reappeared out in the main hall.

After they were gone, Meng Hao glared at Fang Shoudao, who looked back at him, cleared his throat, and then smiled.

From Meng Hao’s perspective, that smile looked far too treacherous, causing him give a loud harrumph.

Fang Shoudao cleared his throat, then eyed Meng Hao and said, “I’ll give you one percent!” He was well aware that he hadn’t brought up the matter of splitting the profits.

“Impossible! I demand fifty percent!” Meng Hao responded immediately.

Fang Shoudao frowned and then said, “All of these gifts are very important to the clan! At the very most, I can give you two percent!”

“Do you know what I’ve done for the clan? I’ve–” Meng Hao was just about to launch into a long explanation when Fang Shoudao interrupted with a loud sigh.

“Hao’er, you’re the Crown Prince of the clan!” he said, looking very disappointed. He sounded pained as he continued, “Don’t you know that as the Crown Prince, you receive special protection from the clan? That shows how much the clan approves of you! How does a piddling profit the likes of which we’re discussing now compare to that?

“This is your home!

“And right now, your home is in a very tight spot! The first generation Patriarch is sleeping, and the planet is weak. Other than the resources spent on the fundamental cultivation needs of the clan, everything else is used on the planet itself.

“Plus, we have to be on guard against the Ji Clan! In addition to all that, we have to keep some resources in reserve in case we need to awaken the first generation Patriarch again. Meng Hao… do you understand what I’m saying?

“Considering all of those things, how could the clan possibly agree to send our magnificent Crown Prince to the Three Great Daoist Societies to practice cultivation?!

“The Fang Clan is your home, and you are one of our family members! You’re even a young lord of the clan! Now is the time for you to forgo a bit of profit to ensure that the clan can have some breathing room. Can you agree to that?

“In the future, everything in the clan will belong to you, right?

“If you think this isn’t fair, then go ahead and just take all the gifts! I don’t want any of it!” With that, Fang Shoudao closed his eyes and sighed.

Meng Hao stood there silently. All of a sudden he felt like he really was putting too much emphasis on wealth, and felt a bit bad. Finally, he nodded his head.

“No, I’m fine,” he said. “Forget about it….”

Fang Shoudao opened his eyes, and the kindness in them was apparent as he patted Meng Hao on the shoulder.

“Good boy….” he said. Then he waved his sleeve, causing both of them to vanish and reappear in the main hall.

The banquet continued, and eventually, it was with much anticipation that the Three Great Daoist Societies listened as Meng Hao announced that he would join their ranks. However, Fang Shoudao, citing Meng Hao’s cultivation base as the reason, said that they would have to return in three months to accept him officially.

Meng Hao was crestfallen. Although he understood that the clan was in a very difficult situation, when he thought about the vast amount of spirit stones pouring in, not a single one of which were going to him, it filled his heart with pain.

“Ah, it doesn’t matter. The Patriarch was right. I’m a member of the clan, and should act as such.” Consoling himself all the way, Meng Hao said his goodbyes and then stepped out of the hall. Just when he was about to fly away, two bright beams of light whistled through the air toward the main hall.

Members of the Fang Clan flew nearby in escort, and as the beams of light neared, it turned out to be people from the Li Clan. One was Li Ling’er, whose face was grim and unsightly. Next to her was a middle-aged man who had the bearing of a transcendent being. His features were handsome, and his aura was extremely strong with the power of Essence.

When Li Ling’er saw Meng Hao, she gritted her teeth, and her eyes blazed with fury. In contrast, the middle-aged man’s eyes shone brightly, and he laughed heartily.

“Ah, handsome as expected,” he said. “Before, I could only observe with divine sense, but now that I can look upon you in person, kid, I have to say, excellent. Truly excellent!” The man laughed as he walked into the hall.

Li Ling’er walked past Meng Hao, glaring daggers at him. She looked extremely disgruntled, as if her life was so unfair that she were on the verge of completely losing her temper. Meng Hao stared in shock; something definitely seemed off. Instead of leaving, he stopped and looked back. The first thing he noticed was Fang Shoudao rising to his feet, and then… he heard the middle-aged man from the Li Clan laugh and begin to speak.

“Elder Brother Shoudao, after I got your jade slip, I immediately called a clan meeting to discuss the matter. Hao’er is a wonderful kid, and I’ve really taken a liking to him. In fact, the entire Li Clan agrees! We all support Hao’er, and once he becomes the Clan Chief of the Fang Clan in the future, our two clans will have a powerful alliance!

“I have come here today prepared to give a Dao Realm treasure, 100 precious Ancient Realm treasures, 1,000 Immortal treasures, 100,000,000 Immortal jades, 10,000,000,000 spirit stones, as well as numerous other items, as the wedding gift for Hao’er and Ling’er!” Laughing heartily, the man from the Li Clan clasped hands and bowed toward Fang Shoudao.

The way he listed out all the gifts he was enough to cause even the Dao Realm experts to stare in shock. Such extravagant gift-giving was something rarely seen. However, as soon as they heard the word “wedding,” everyone reached an epiphany.

Meng Hao was no longer an ordinary clan member. He was the number one Chosen of the Fang Clan, a famous blazing sun in the Ninth Mountain and Sea, and even a Crown Prince. With a status like that, any organization would offer up lavish gifts to form an alliance.

A broad smile could be seen on Fang Shoudao’s face as he walked forward, laughing.

“Elder Brother Li, you’re far too polite!” he said. “Hao’er and this lass Ling’er have been engaged since childhood! I just decided to speed up the matter a bit, that’s all.” Fang Shoudao looked over kindly at Li Ling’er.

Meng Hao stood just outside the door to the main temple, gaping in shock. His jaw hung open and his eyes were wide. He almost couldn’t believe what was happening, and he felt his mind spinning.

“He sold me off?” he murmured. He suddenly began to tremble, and rage began to burn inside of him. Generally speaking, it would be the woman who received betrothal gifts. But considering that this was the Fang Clan, they were the ones to receive the gifts. What Meng Hao was even more incapable of accepting was that… everything that Fang Shoudao had said moments ago… had clearly been a huge con that he had fallen right into.

In the end, he could accept all of that, for the clan. He could part with all the extravagant gifts, despite the pain it caused him.

However, what was happening now had nothing to do with money!

Meng Hao’s mind suddenly filled with the image of a Red Wedding, of endless slaughter. That wedding had been one of the most painful moments of his life!

He saw himself holding Xu Qing in his arms until she gradually closed her eyes and faded away. Unforgettable stabs of pain once again filled his heart.

Just barely, he felt as if he could see into the cycle of reincarnation, and all of a sudden, he heard a voice which echoed eternally in his ears.

“I’m in the cycle of reincarnation… waiting for you.”

Although Meng Hao often seemed to treat other women flirtatiously, in truth, there was a place deep in his heart where only one woman could enter.

Chu Yuyan could not enter that place, so therefore… how could Li Ling’er possibly do so!?

That was… a place for only one person. It was… a place that belonged only to Xu Qing!

Meng Hao took a deep breath. His eyes shone with coldness, and even as everyone chatted and laughed, he suddenly spoke out, his voice icy, “Patriarch. I am already married!”

As soon as his voice rang out, the entire hall went completely silent. The middle-aged man from the Li Clan turned to glance at Meng Hao, then looked back at Fang Shoudao.

Li Ling’er’s eyes brightened with anticipation.

Fang Shoudao coughed dryly and transmitted his voice to Meng Hao: “I’ll give you twenty percent of the Li Clan’s betrothal gift!”

Meng Hao’s face was extremely calm, and his eyes were icy as he stared back wordlessly at Fang Shoudao.

“You little hoodlum. Fine. Fifty percent, no more. You know that the clan is in a difficult place right now, and I–”

“Patriarch,” Meng Hao interrupted, his voice calm. “I, Meng Hao, love money. However, not everything in the world can be negotiated in terms of money and profit. I said. I’M ALREADY MARRIED!

“I have a wife, and her name is Xu Qing.” He spoke the words earnestly and very clearly.

All eyes in the main hall shifted to look at Meng Hao. With the exception of the Dao Realm Patriarchs, the other members of the Senior generation, as well as all the Chosen Meng Hao had fought with, had strange looks in their eyes. They stared at Meng Hao, their gazes shining.

Li Ling’er was very pretty, and would be the type of beloved partner that any clan would view as favorable. Furthermore, the backing of the Li Clan would enable Meng Hao to achieve future accomplishments with much greater ease, and he could definitely reach greater heights of glory.

Nobody could understand why Meng Hao would flat-out reject such an opportunity.

Li Ling’er had originally looked forward to seeing Meng Hao reject the offer. But for some reason, when she heard his explanation and saw how serious he was, she suddenly realized that he seemed very different from the scoundrel she remembered. In fact, he seemed to be hiding some great pain deep within him, a fact that caused her to tremble slightly.

“Where is she?” asked Fang Shoudao, sounding very stern. “On Planet South Heaven?” He looked at Meng Hao a bit more seriously than he had before, and his tone was very grave.

“She’s not on Planet South Heaven,” Meng Hao replied softly. “She’s in the cycle of reincarnation, waiting for me to go find her.” He could no longer prevent the grief from showing on his face. All of a sudden, he saw the vague image of a simple young woman standing in front of him, wearing a plain robe. She was the one who had taken him into the world of cultivation.

She wasn’t shockingly beautiful, but somehow, she had worked her way into his heart. He had given her a Cosmetic Cultivation Pill, and in the end, they had experienced a Red Wedding together.

She was Xu Qing.

His Qing’er….

She had sacrificed her longevity for him. She had entered reincarnation for him. As she died, she had forced a smile onto her face… for him.

In Meng Hao’s arms, she had turned from being beautiful and young into a white-haired old woman. She had withered up and closed her eyes. She had attempted to lift her hand up, as if to wipe the tears off of his face, but then that hand had slumped down lifelessly. That was… the image he saw.

“Her name is Xu Qing,” he continued softly. “She’s waiting for me in reincarnation, and we made a promise that I would go find her. She… is my wife. My… one and ONLY wife!” With that, he bowed to Fang Shoudao, then turned and flew off, his expression one of pain, grief, and bleakness.

Back in the main hall, everyone was shaken. They could sense the grief in Meng Hao, and could tell that although he usually seemed happy and frivolous on the outside, he was actually filled with a sea of sorrow and longing.

Li Ling’er shivered as she watched Meng Hao leave. As of this moment, the detestation she felt toward him was not so profound, and in fact, deep in her heart, pity took root.


Note from Er Gen: I miss Xu Qing….

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134 thoughts on “ISSTH – Book 7 – Chapter 1009” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

    1. You know this is SO similar to a generic harem that it gives me the creeps… All Meng Hao has to do to turn it into one is say yes to all his beloveds(not really HIS but you know that I mean right?)

    1. It’s to create a good story. (Though imo Xu Qing is a crap character/love interest) He misses her, but he actually made a smart way for XQ to be able to traverse the stars with MH later or else at most MH would’ve been able to use his status to secure her a place in a sect if he was still alive, but not only would she have been a vulnerability, she would’ve been useless

      1. He could just build her up along with the main caracter. >.> I do not see how Xu Qing is a bad love interest for Meng Hao tho. Other then the Song Jia I do not think there is another caracter that would be better. However, due to Xu Qing not realy being a princes of a clan, she would make more room for the kind of life Meng Hao would want.
        Wei Li may also not be bad. However I do not see anyone who realy fit him better then Xu Qing.

  1. At first I was like, demmn Meng Hao why aren’t you learning from Yun Che but after Meng Hao uttered the words, “My One and Only Wife” sigh~ much respect very honorable

    I miss Xu Qing too

    Thanks for the chapter

  2. Let’s be honest here, next to none of the characters in ISSTH have had enough dialogue and “screen time” to create an emotional reaction when they are gone. If you add up all the dialogue by Xu Qing it probably doesn’t even fill one chapter.
    The weakness of this novel are its characters and the lack of interactions between them. They end up as empty names and are easy to forget.

    1. While dialogue is very important and it is a fact that the Xianxia genre doesn’t have much dialogues, the narrative explains everything that the characters feel so it’s still possible to create “emotional reactions”.

      1. True, the narrative does do its job and very well at that. Even with that the characters still feel too empty. I loathe how ISSTH focuses way too much on the cultivation part and seems to forget everything else. Remember how Meng Hao finally meets his parents? It basically went like this “hello parents. Hello Hao’er. A year went by. Bye bye parents. Bye bye Hao’er” How about his sister? She had even less interaction. She seemed like an interesting character and would have had great fun with Hao but the author just forgot about her and just tossed her from “secluded meditation” to a distant place. Then again, after all this rambling I’m still reading chapter 1009 of this shit and can’t get enough.

        1. I agree, for now at least. I have faith in Er Gen you see, I’m waiting for more depth about his family.
          Also, Fang Xiufeng sent Fang Yu to that sect because he knew about the upheavals, I think.

    2. Well, yeah, that’s the part about why I can’t accept xu qing at all as the “wife”… Well, that and that there’s a ton of other good girls out there, much better than her, with some actual personality, xu qing pretty much has no personality and exists just to exist, one of the most insipid female love interest I’ve ever seen.

      If you can’t even properly build up their relationship, you might as well not write romance at all. The times they’ve interacted are not enough for the kind of relationship they have. Hell, even saying that it’s enough for him to love her at all is really way too unlikely, at most he’d like her. This author has no skill whatsoever when it comes to making readers feel that xu qing is the right choice, or a choice at all, but he just forces it down our throats since he clearly likes xu qing himself… AT LEAST give us reasons to believe that they’d even love each other this much before pairing them like that. It was way too sudden and the mc just changed into another character altogether when it comes to romance. Urgh, I’ve seen many horrible authors when it comes to romance, but this one is on the top list. Even harem authors tend to somewhat properly build up relationships and make us feel that we like the girl and she deserves to be there, unlike xu qing who is the least memorable and most insipid character in this entire novel.

  3. Thanks DB and co!!!

    I’m with the side that believes Xu Qing’s story can create emotional reactions. That episode in Rebirth Cave got me much more the Red Wedding! So yeah, it’s perfectly normal for MH to get attached.

  4. Chu Yuyan though.. I’m fully supporting polygamy, for once.
    Er Gen is freaking teasing me every time he talks about Chu Yuyan’s feelings.

    Why am I so stuck up on this? It’s because Meng Hao freaking ruined her love life but I didn’t give a shit at that time. Only after he entered the Violet Fate sect as Fang Mu and she showed genuine feelings for him did I consider that but imagine her conflicted feelings after she found out that Fang Mu is the one who everyone is assuming she freaking slept with..
    I think he has to take responsibility. Song Jia’s circumstances are also similar but she never even talked to him in person. I only felt pity for Song Jia but Chu Yuyan is different. Her feelings had been so emphasized on by Er Gen but daamm.

    1. Meng Hao is an Asexual recluse who has spent most of his life running away from people and “dying”. I’m surprised there is even one romantic interest in this story, even if that was also just swiped under the rug to make more room for cultivation.

      1. The story would be much better without any romantic interests at all since the author can’t properly write romance 😀 It ruins the story rather than enhances it.

    2. After reading some comments it dawned on me: why the author is so “focused” on keeping chu yuyan around empashing the feelings part? Maybe something else happens in the future ,for example Xu Qing truly dies …. anyway this is hoping too much from this kind of story

      1. Perhaps Im a bit late, and maybe a lot of shit has already happened. But if you read coiling dragon, the romance is quite similar. Right now Yuyan is left in the shadow, but if Xu Qing dies, there is a big probability that she will fill up meng haos empty heart.

    3. Well, I feel a lot of girls out there deserves meng hao better than xu qing, chu yuyan included… It’s just that the author is somehow extremely hung up especially on chu yuyan and keeps on telling us over… and over… AND OVER again how he broke her heart and she can’t get over it. We understood it the first time, we knew already, even at the time at the dao lakes around chapter 720, it was enough and excessive to show how he broke her heart and didn’t care. But after that, I think it’s been mentioned from the mcs and chu yuyans perspective a dozen times or more how she still can’t get over him and how he broke her heart… Come on, enough is enough, by now I just wish there’d be no romance at all.

  5. a girl fit to be the main heroine and (i can’t believe i’m saying this but….where the harem can’t be allowed…..)..( man that was hard to compromise but really …no harem needed here…)

  6. Even though people say that there is too little dialoge between the characters and the characters are too shallow,I still think that this is definitly one of the best chapters so far

  7. feelings doesnt need to be expressed with sweet and sugary words, it can be expressed with action and I believe that Xu Qing action towards MC is more than enough to make her one and only wife

    1. Riiiight, and you’re speaking as if she’s more memorable or has done much more for the mc than some other potential love interests… Even zhixiang is more interesting and has more basis to make the mc fall in love with her than xu qing did. Pretty much sacrificing herself for the mc is not something unique to xu qing either. She doesn’t even have any personality, so what is there to like about her?

  8. f**k Er Gen you as author miss Xu Qing, and you should now, even YOU miss her, how about us reader? we miss her more, you know that but you give little scene to her. Sigh

    1. No, I believe a majority doesn’t miss her at all since she ruined the plot and didn’t have enough appearances to justify the romantic development and she was also one of the most insipid and personality-less girls I’ve ever seen.

      I just wish she’d disappear and never come back, it would’ve been great if she was just killed with the rest of the souls in that reincarnation river, maybe the mc would finally get over her then.

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