XHP – Chapter 7


A Junior Sister That Has Senior Brother Is Like A Grass


 

A few sticks of bamboo and a whole loads of straw, that was the first impression of Zhi Yan House on Hu Sha.  It was completely different that those luxurious lofty palaces that she expected.  It looked more like the home of a normal farmer family, she almost expected chickens and ducks running around.

 

The island was indifferent to weather, it was spring all around completely contrasting the frigid cold weather outside.  There were peculiar echoes coming from the bamboo forest, and what flew out weren’t magpies or crows, but a colorful phoenix.

 

There were tall lofty bamboos in front of the house while behind were a couple of apricot tree.  The overall appearance was really calm and peaceful.

 

Now that it was back in it’s own place, the Xue Suan Ni who had been pissed off all throughout the journey finally got the chance for revenge.  It shook it’s body and flung  Hu Sha to the ground.  And then it humphed from it’s nose, gave her a dirty look and strode away with it’s tail wagging.

 

“It…… didn’t like me very much.”  Hu Sha laughed hollowly.  The first thing she thought of was to fix her own girdle.  Once she makes sure her dress wouldn’t fall again, she immediately sheds off the big robe.  She patted the robe to get rid of dirt and respectfully present it back to Feng Yi.

 

“Xue Suan Ni’s personality was haughty and lofty, you must impress it first or else it will treat you like that.”  Feng Yi accepted the robe and casually flung it on his shoulder, watching the snow-white creature jumping up and down the roof and rolling around in the ground.  After that, it happily ran over to him and coquettishly rubbed it’s head against his chest.

 

It acted just like a dog!  Hu Sha quietly wiped her sweat.

 

‘Alright, let me take you to your room.” Feng Yi beckoned her with his hands. They walked past the apricot forest.  There was a few buildings side by side at the back, constructed using green stones.

 

The door had no lock, he pushed it open.  The room was already equipped with table, chairs and bed.  The mattress was green!

 

“Junior Sister will be living here from now on.  Senior Brother Feng Di and I will be living next to you.  If you need anything, you don’t need to be shy, just come to us.”  After saying that, he turned around wanting to leave but then suddenly thought of something.  He turned his head to her and lazily smiled, “Right, shifu wanted me to explain the rules of Qing Yuan to you.  That will be too troublesome, those rules and all.  You’ll naturally gets them after living here for a while.  There are only two things that I need to tell you.  You will need to go to Ruo Yan Hall at the peak of the mountain at 5 am everyday to study.  And if you sees those Senior Uncles or Senior Elders or whatever, you need to act modestly.  Other than that, you don’t really have to worry about anything.”

 

Hu Sha nodded repeatedly until her neck felt like it was going to be strained.  Feng Yi, seeing her so silent and not asking anything felt his interest piqued.  He laughed, “What’s wrong?  Are you disappointed that this place is so different than the celestial dwellings mortals has in mind?”

 

Hearing that, Hu Sha who had been nodding unceasingly immediately shook her head, almost straining a vein, “N-No!  I think it’s great this way!”  She would be really sad if it was really those high and imposing celestial palaces.

 

“This place feels like…… feels like home.”  She laughed shyly.

 

Home?  Feng Yi frowned.

 

“You have to go to Ruo Yan Hall tomorrow, I don’t think your clothes will do.”  He said somewhat in disdain as his eyes swept over her grey and dull clothes.  She looked like a sparrow.  “Change it with something better.”

 

Hu Sha waved her small bag and simply smiled, “No need.  All my clothes are like this.  Cultivating to be a celestial does not require one to wear beautiful clothes, I believe the celestials will not look down on me just because of my clothes.”

 

“Whatever makes you happy,” Feng Yi lazily walked out of the door, suddenly stopping when he thought of something.  “Oh right.  The first step to cultivation is abstaining from foods.  Grains has no use to cultivators.  If you’re hungry, there is nothing on this island you can eat.”

 

Huh——?  What?  Nothing to eat?  Hu Sha jumped up, she wasn’t hungry just now.  But now that he told her that, she suddenly felt hungry.  But…… there was nothing to eat ah!

 

Feng Yi finally managed to shock her.  He smilingly walks out of the door in satisfaction, leaving a startled, green-faced Hu Sha.  She hastily scoured through her bag, hoping she hadn’t finished the grain ration she brought with her.

 

This was a serious problem, if she wanted to go home, she needed to find Qing Ling Zhen Jun.  If she wanted to find Qing Ling Zhen Jun, she needed to cultivate in Qing Yuan Mountain as a disciple.  But to cultivate means she could not eat any food!  If that was the case, she would turns into a hungry ghost before she even gets to go home.

 

Hu Sha was at loss.  She almost pulled out her hair and still could not think of any solution.  Maybe it was a psychological side-effect or something, but the feeling of hunger gradually intensified within her.  Her stomach grumbled non-stop.  Her eyes fell on Xue Suan Ni who was happily rolling in the snow outside, so round—- so white—– so pliant, just like a big bun.

 

Hungry—– So hungry———- Hu Sha lied next to the windowsill helplessly.

 

The windowsill was green, two little flowers the color of ice blue were growing on it.  There were deep black lines on the flowers; when blown by the wind, it looked like a sad face and then turned into a happy face.

 

She could not resist reaching out and touching it.  Just as her finger touched it, she suddenly heard a cold voice, “Who are you?  How did you come in?”

 

She quickly looked up, a man wearing black clothes was standing in front of her.  He was that guy she saw earlier in the forbidden part of Qing Yuan Mountain!  “Ah, celestial!” she blurted out.

 

The man in black froze for a moment, “….. It is you.  What are you doing here?”

 

“I found shifu and made him my shifu….” Hu Sha explained haphazardly.

 

The man looked at her fingers that was harshly tugging at the small flower.  He could not help but frown, “Don’t move.  Nobody tells you that everything within Zhi Yan House are precious herbs?”

 

Hu Sha hastily retrieved her hand, extremely embarrassed.

 

Feng Yi’s voice floated from behind, “It’s Senior Brother.  Where were you?  People from Wu Qu Department has been looking for you all day long.”

 

The frown on that person’s face intensified, a slightly bashful expression appearing on his face. He lowered his voice, “I was just strolling around.  Did any of the Wu Qu people leaves any message?”

 

Feng Yi slowly fling his robe before walking towards him, laughing, “Did you got lost again? Senior Brother, no matter what, you came here 20 years earlier before me.  Why did you get lost everywhere other than Zhi Yan House or the main mountain?”

 

That man’s face got suspiciously red, “Don’t speak nonsense, did they leave any message?”

 

Feng Yi took out a sealed letter from his sleeve and handed it over to him, “Shifu told you to look for him in Yu Hua Hall.”

 

The man stuffed the letter in his sleeve before turning his head to glanced at Hu Sha.  He paused for a moment.  “I was at the main mountain just now and heard them saying shifu took in a new disciple.  Don’t tell me it’s her?”

 

Feng Yi laughed, “You indeed got lost!  You got lost until you reached the main mountain!  You’re right, this girl from now on is our Junior Sister.  Her name is Hu Sha.  Junior Sister, this is our eldest senior brother, Feng Di.”

 

So he was her eldest senior brother!  Hu Sha suddenly felt very honored, thinking she would be able to fly in the sky like him one day.  Her hunger suddenly didn’t feels like a big deal anymore.

 

She flatteringly and worshippingly greeted him, “Eldest Senior Brother!”

 

Feng Di scrutinized her up and down.  After a while, he finally said, “Why did shifu chose a mortal without a single foundation?”

 

The flattering and admiring expression on Hu Sha’s face froze.

 

Feng Yi quickly spoke up for her, “Celestials are all mortals before cultivating.  Everything has a beginning.  Junior Sister is still so young, and we on the other hand is so old.”

 

Feng Di quickly went to do his thing.  Xue Suan Ni who had been trying to egg him into playing, cried after he left, whining and rolling on the ground.  Feng Yi crouched in front of it and rubbed it’s stomach before speaking in a low voice, “Shifu’s health is not good.  He has not been able to teach disciples cultivation for years.  He will most likely ask Senior Brother to teach you.  So, even though he is your Senior Brother by name, you must treat him with respect you will give a teacher.  You must not lose conduct.”

 

Hu Sha smiled obsequiously, “That conduct is……”

 

Feng Yi took out two fingers, solemnly saying, “There are two rules.  Everything Eldest Senior Brother said is right.  Everything Eldest Senior Brother does not agree to is wrong!  As long as you remember these two, you will do just fine.”

 

Hu Sha was busy trying to find a little notebook to jot down that word of wisdom when she thought of something, “Then…. Will you be teaching me too, Second Senior Brother?”

 

Feng Yi propped his chin, lightly smiling before saying, “Me?  I am not a good teacher.  You are such a cute little girl, how can I bear to torture you?  We can only count on our Eldest Senior Brother who has no tender feeling for the fairer sex.”

 

C-Cute?  Hu Sha’s face felt like it was on fire, her heart racing.  She could not help but stole a look on his face.

 

Those fancy, flashy robes, those lazy and idle demeanor, that smile that seemed to contain ill-intention upon closer inspection, no matter how she looked at it——- he looks like a lecher.  Is Second Senior Brother the kind of man who spoke flowery words to women?

 

Hu Sha instinctively puts some distance from him.

 

“What?  You want Second Senior Brother to teach you?  You really want me to?” Feng Yi studied her face that suddenly turned red and then turned green and could not help from teasing her.  “Then, I’ll speak to Shifu tonight, I’ll ask him to let me teach this cute Junior Sister.”

 

“N-No need!”  Hu Sha quickly refused.  “Eldest Senior Brother is fine!  He is fine!”

 

Of course, that was a decision she would tearfully regret in the future.

 

That night, Hu Sha tossed and turned in that foreign place.  She could not sleep.

 

She missed home and she was hungry.

 

She wondered how her parents were doing in that distant world.  Would they remember her everyday?  She missed her parents, she missed the shrine that she used to hate so much in the past.  She missed meat dumplings, beef stew and chicken cooked with lotus leaves.  She missed them so much that her saliva flowed.  She could not sleep even more.

 

In that hazy and blurry time, she could hear a sound from outside.  Eldest Senior Brother, Feng Di’s cold voice cculd be heard, “Get up, it is 3 am now.”

 

Hu Sha muddle-headedly sat up.  Before she could even discern where she was at, the door was pushed open.  A black silhouette entered her room like a whirlwind and made her get up.

 

“Get up.  From now on, you must wake up at 3 am everyday to cultivate.  You must not be lazy.”

 

She was left on the floor.  With a light head, she puts on her shoes and followed him out.  The sky was still dark outside, even the moon was still suspended in the sky.

 

“Eldest Senior Brother, w-where are we going?”  Hu Sha asked him nervously.

 

The person in front who was taking big steps answered without even turning his head, “You have no foundation.  Don’t talk about cultivating, you need to work out first.”

 

Hu Sha nodded understandingly, he was right.  Your body was your biggest asset in cultivation.  In the end, Eldest Senior Brother was the one who spoke with great impact.  Her respect for this Eldest Senior Brother was unending, like the ceaseless flow of the river.

 

After a while, they reached the frozen lake.  Hu Sha was already restless from the cold.

 

Feng Di stopped at the bank and motioned towards the lake, “Run ten laps, after that practice the ‘horse stance.’”

 

Boom.

 

Hu Sha’s chin almost fell to the floor.  “T-That place is ice.  Can I go and wear more clothes?”  Hu Sha pitifully smiled at him.

 

Feng Di didn’t even look at her, simply saying, “No need. Go on.”

 

She helplessly gritted her teeth and jumped down.  Just as her feet touched the ground, she slipped on the slippery ice.

 

She wanted to cry.

 

She was hungry to death.  Her dress was so thin it was doing nothing to protect her from the cold snow and ice.  The ice was so slippery it was so hard for her to run on it.

 

She finished a lap with such difficulty.  Just as she was about to rest to take a breather, she heard her Senior Brother’s cold and heartless voice, “You are too slow.  You are not allowed to rest.  If you’re still slow on the next lap, I will add 5 more rounds as punishment.”

 

At that moment, Hu Sha felt like her road home was so far and distant.

 

She looked back to see Feng Di.  That face that was initially handsome in her eyes was the face of a devil now.  A devil!

 

In the end, the first day of training ended with Hu Sha tearfully and tremblingly practicing the horse squat before passing out.