Title: Did We Agree To Be Arch-Rivals?
Original Title: 说好成为彼此的宿敌呢[穿书]
Author: 轻风白杨 (Qingfeng Baiyang)
Translated by: ~PurpleLy~
Upon hearing Gu Feidi say these words, Su Yang felt himself covered with goosebumps. He turned his head and gave him a vicious look, saying, “If you keep talking nonsense, I’ll have people gag your mouth!”
Gu Feidi smiled again, but sure enough, he stopped talking.
The group rode their horses in the direction of the Devil Sect’s headquarters.
In the evening two days later, the craggily outlines of the Devil City appeared before everyone.
It wasn’t far from the headquarters of the Devil Sect. They didn’t encounter martial artists from the Central Plains and weren’t harassed by Eluo Ghost Tent along the way. The journey was completely smooth.
But that evening, the trip that had been entirely plain sailing was still disrupted.
After turning round a rocky beach, facing them were troops from the Central Plains martial world obstructing their way.
Xu Yunzhan and Huo Ying walked side by side, followed by more than twenty guards from Tengyun Pavilion and Qianfeng Villa, as well as the two others whose faces were familiar to Su Yang and Gu Feidi: Pu Lingyun and Fan Xi.
Su Yang’s eyes lit up, and he said to himself: The flower aide who was dispatched hasn’t responded yet, but the heroine has delivered herself to our doorstep! Is there any reason not to capture her?
But before Su Yang could issue the order for her arrest, Pu Lingyun lost her temper.
She pointed her sword at Su Yang and shouted angrily: “I thought you would take into consideration our classmate relationship and treat xiao shixiong better, but unexpectedly, you Devil Sect demon spawn don’t cherish friendships and even captured him!!”
As she spoke, she sped ahead to stab Su Yang with her sword!
Su Yang was afraid that the flower aide might hurt a key plot character and hurriedly shouted, “All of you, don’t move. I’ll go!”
He flipped his hand and drew out the soft sword from his waist.
Gu Feidi was startled: “Wait—”
But it was too late.
Su Yang activated his Prized Flower Steps to leap down from the horse and deflect Pu Lingyun’s sword move. However, he’d forgotten that there was still someone tied behind him!
Gu Feidi was dragged by Su Yang from the horse, but Su Yang hadn’t take into account Gu Feidi’s weight when he’d employed his light footwork. It was too late to change the move at this point… So both of them fell from the horse, tied to each other.
Su Yang’s heart was alarmed from the instability of his center of gravity. He staggered and was just about to stumble. Pu Lingyun was in front of them and was also shocked right then, so she didn’t have time to reclaim her sword strike.
If Su Yang actually tumbled like this, he would be stabbed directly.
Right away, Gu Feidi crossed Su Yang’s legs with his foot; the other toe pointed to the ground, and then he bent his head to bite down on the side of Su Yang’s collar. Using his strength, he borrowed the force of his body to turn and flip Su Yang’s body around.
After all, he was restrained by the rope and couldn’t really stand firm, so the two of them were just able to scrape past Pu Lingyun’s blade and crashed to the ground together.
Gu Feidi was lying under Su Yang; his bound arms slammed heavily onto the ground. In order to save Su Yang, he’d instinctively mobilised his internal power, but he’d triggered the Gu poison in his body and couldn’t help groaning in pain.
Su Yang immediately asked in shock: “Are you alright?”
Pu Lingyun: …
Xu Yunzhan: …
The audience: …
Mei Shisan calmly moved forward just then. He drew out his sword to stop Pu Lingyun and was about to effortlessly injure her when he was intercepted diagonally by a scimitar.
Fan Xi yanked Pu Lingyun away from Mei Shisan and leapt back to protect her at a safe distance.
Eyeing the two who were still struggling to get up from the ground, he couldn’t help but burst into laughter.
He pretended to whisper so that everyone could hear, “Is it too late now to deny that I was classmates with them at Lesser Jade House?”
Su Yang: …
Su Yang was irritated; he swung his sword, cut the rope, and stood up. With his chin raised, he attempted to piece back the fragmented impression of the Devil Sect’s Young Saint again.
“Surprisingly, you all managed to find this place.” He snorted, “What? Don’t tell me that the mere bunch of you are able to rescue him from my clutches?”
Xu Yunzhan was silent for a moment and said: “If you would consider the fact that we were all once classmates together at Lesser Jade House and release Feidi. Tengyun Pavilion and Qianfeng Villa would be very much obliged.”
Su Yang raised his eyebrows: “And if I don’t release him?”
You’ve got to be kidding me; how could he possibly let Gu Feidi go? Only the Devil Sect’s Forbidden Area had the method to solve the blood Gu poison in his body!
Not only could he not release Gu Feidi, but he had to capture Pu Lingyun as well!
Xu Yunzhan slowly drew out the heavy sword from behind him and said, “If you refuse to let him go, don’t blame me for ignoring our classmate relationship.”
Su Yang sneered, clenching the hilt of the sword in his hand. and instructed the flower aide beside him: “Stop Xu Yunzhan and his guard!”
At the end, he added another sentence: “—Try your best not to hurt anyone.”
The Devil Sect flower aides became speechless after hearing that line and the Central Plains troops couldn’t make head or tail of it.
Su Yang didn’t take notice. He raised his sword and rushed forward, confronting Pu Lingyun head on.
Although Pu Lingyun had also completed her discipleship from Lesser Jade House, she was actually some ways behind Su Yang in terms of internal strength and martial arts; therefore, facing him directly was somewhat strenuous.
Fortunately, Fan Xi assisted Pu Lingyun several times before she was able to escape Su Yang.
Su Yang scowled: “Fan Er, what’s going on?!”
Fan Xi was also baffled: “Why does Young Saint pick on Ling’er?”
Su Yang was flabbergasted and said in confusion: “……Ling, what sort of @&£*! address is ‘Ling’er’ ?! Why are you still protecting her?!”
Fan Xi clenched his teeth, enduring Su Yang’s attack then transmitted over in a low voice: “As a matter of fact, she’s willing to abandon everything and has promised to elope with me. Of course, I’d protect her!”
Su Yang choked out, “Elop…!!!”
With a flick of his sword, he slapped Fan Xi on his chest and yelled, “Are you crazy?! You and her——you—YOU! You want to infuriate me to death?!”
Fan Xi’s expression suddenly turned grim; he gritted his teeth and asked, “Does Young Saint have any thoughts about her?”
Su Yang was hopping mad: “I have thoughts about her when I’m CRAZY!”
Fan Xi said, “Then I beseech Young Saint to let her go this once. If there is any errand in the future, Fan Xi will not refuse!”
Su Yang wailed inwardly: How can I ‘let her go this once’? She’s the heroine aaa! Without her, how can Gu Feidi’s poison be solved?!
Seeing Fan Xi’s gaze sinking, seemingly waiting for him to reply, Su Yang secretly gnashed his teeth, increased his strength by another 20%, and subdued Fan Xi to the ground without delay.
He turned to the flower aide and ordered, “Tie him up!”
Fan Xi almost went ballistic: “Young Saint! Su Yang! Are you really going to destroy our classmate’s friendship with your own hands?!”
Su Yang pretended not to hear. With the thin sword trembling in his hand, he chased after Pu Lingyun, who was not far away.
Upon witnessing Fan Xi arrest, Pu Lingyun no longer cared about running away, so she turned around and glared at Su Yang: “Su Yang! You let Fan Xi and xiao shixiong go. I’ll be your hostage! Leader Gu dotes on me no less than xiao shixiong. It’s enough to have me as a hostage.”
Su Yang: …
Missy, this is really not a hostage issue. Fan Xi can be released since this matter doesn’t concern him. But Gu Feidi must go to the Devil Sect to detoxify!
Unable to communicate, Su Yang stepped ahead to apprehend Pu Lingyun.
At this time, Xu Yunzhan was still entangled by Mei Shisan and the flower aide and was unable to help. Pu Lingyun confronted Su Yang alone and was captured after less than two moves.
Gu Feidi glared at Su Yang’s back with seething emotions in his eyes.
He endured the severe pain and urged his internal forces to condense the sound into a line. He directed it towards Xu Yunzhan, who was battling the Devil Sect’s flower aide, and transmitted his voice over: “You take Huo Ying to withdraw first and wait until night to retrieve the others. Leave Pu Lingyun to me for the time being. There are some matters which I need to ask of her. Don’t worry, I’ll find a way to allow her a chance to escape.”
Voice transmission was extremely exhausting. After he’d finished transmitting those strings of words, Gu Feidi couldn’t help coughing and suppressing a mouthful of blood.
Xu Yunzhan didn’t expect to receive such an order from Gu Feidi. He managed to glance Gu Feidi’s way during the fight and saw that his eyes were firm and he’d obviously strategised this matter thoroughly, so he gave a slight nod of acknowledgment and took Tengyun Pavilion troops and Qianfeng Villa guards to retreat from the squabble and attempted to withdraw in the meantime.
Su Yang noticed this and commanded the flower aides not to give chase.
Now that Gu Feidi and Pu Lingyun were within their party, instead of expanding energy in pursuit of Xu Yunzhan, he might as well rush overnight to reach the Devil City as soon as possible. As long as they had entered the Devil City, even if Pu Lingyun wanted to escape, it wouldn’t be so easy.
“Young Saint.” Mei Shisan knitted his brows and eyed the fleeing Tengyun Pavilion group, whispering, “Their withdrawal was strange; beware of tricks.”
Su Yang said, “Mmm, reinforce and take precautions.”
Mei Shisan was exasperated: “Young Saint, this subordinate means…”
Over there, Fan Xi had finally calmed down. Gu Feidi caught his eye and threw him a meaningful glance.
Mei Shisan was still speaking: “…Why don’t we sedate these people with a drug—”
“Young Saint! I’ve something to discuss with you!” Fan Xi interrupted Mei Shisan loudly.
Su Yang was enraged when he caught sight of him: “What? What do you and I have to talk about?”
Fan Xi lowered his eyes and said, “Lingyun and I have an affinity for each other…”
After saying that, he seemed too shy to speak, pausing and hesitating several times. After that, his voice became softer and softer until you could barely make out what he was saying.
Su Yang was questioning why Pu Lingyun would actually follow this dude, Fan Er, and was about to interrogate him. Seeing him like this, he stepped forward to speak with him.
Mei Shisan: ……
At the same time, Gu Feidi silently shifted over to Pu Lingyun’s side and transmitted his voice over to her.
“Lingyun.” He tilted his head, resisting the discomfort, and whispered, “Come here.”
Pu Lingyun edged closer to Gu Feidi. Gu Feidi’s footsteps were slightly off as he brushed past her and stealthily swiped her little purse which was hanging from her waist.
Catching a glimpse of the purse that Gu Feidi was holding, Pu Lingyun raised her eyebrows, and a smile tugged at the corners of her mouth.
Gu Feidi didn’t make another move and continued to transmit his voice: “I can see that Fan Xi treats you well. Before we enter Devil City, I’ll find a chance to let the two of you escape. As long as I restrain Su Yang, none of the Devil Sect flower aides will be able to overtake both of you with both your skills. You should be able to escape successfully, and Yunzhan will always be following nearby waiting for an opportunity to come to your aid.”
Pu Lingyun was slightly startled and asked, “What about you, xiao shixiong? We actually came here to save you.”
Gu Feidi said, “Don’t worry, Su Yang won’t harm me.”
Pu Lingyun: “You actually trust him?”
Gu Feidi’s voice fell slightly. “Yes, I trust him.”
There was a moment of silence. Gu Feidi added, “I have news and something else that I need your help to bring back to Tengyun Pavilion.”
Pu Lingyun frowned slightly. “Xiao shixiong, you mean to say you don’t plan to go back?”
“I… have an issue which I need to go to the Devil Sect to resolve. Don’t concern yourself with this; just assist me to relay the message.”
Gu Feidi didn’t explain in detail after speaking. He coughed sullenly; his face paled but he gritted his teeth and continued: “In the previous battle after falling off the cliff, Su Yang and I found a retreat where a senior used to practice swordsmanship, but it was a trap designed by Eluo Ghost Tent to lure us in. Therefore, I suspect that the matter of the Dubious Tomb of the Sword Sage was a trap set up by Eluo Ghost Tent for the Central Plains martial arts circles and the Devil Sect. There will be another provocation in the future.”
“You go back and remind my father that in the future, no matter what rumours are in the Jianghu, he must investigate carefully before deciding anything.”
Pu Lingyun was at a loss and hesitated for a long while before she could squeeze out a sentence: “To be frank, xiao shixiong… I don’t want to return to Tengyun Pavilion so soon…”
This was something Gu Feidi hadn’t expected, and he couldn’t help being astonished. “Since you’ve already completed your discipleship at Lesser Jade House, why don’t you want to go back?”
Pu Lingyun pursed her lips, bowed her head aggrievedly, and said: “I… don’t want to marry…”
Gu Feidi was silent for a moment, then asked, “Because of Fan Xi?”
Pu Lingyun dodged the question for a while, ultimately she admitted: “After leaving Lesser Jade House, I discussed it with him, and we agreed to travel the Jianghu together… On the way, we received news that xiao shixiong had fallen off the cliff and disappeared. I anxiously hurried to the Wasteland. Unfortunately, not only were we unable to find you, but we’d also bumped into biao ge and we’ve been in his company ever since.”
After quietly listening to Pu Lingyun’s words, Gu Feidi expression became complex. He then heaved a sigh: “You…”
Pu Lingyun immediately berated him, “Xiao shixiong, you don’t need to coax me! I have feelings for someone who won’t be approved by elders. Xiao shixiong, you won’t understand what it’s like!”
Gu Feidi was instantly at a loss for words.
He was speechless for a while; his stare gradually slackened as if he was distracted. After a while, his gaze focused from the haziness and fell upon Su Yang, who was not too far away and who’d just turned to look at him.
The sky had already dimmed. Su Yang had recently changed into a black outfit belonging to the Devil Sect’s flower aide and gradually faded into the gloom, almost blending into the surrounding darkness.
When he observed Gu Feidi and Pu Lingyun standing side by side, Su Yang frowned, went over, and separated them.
After anding over Pu Lingyun and Fan Xi to the flower aides to be escorted, Su Yang mounted Fei Lian and hauled up Gu Feidi to sit behind him.
“Let’s go. We’ll set off as soon as possible and rush back to the Devil City overnight.”