50 – The First of the Heavens and the First of the Earth (6)
I wondered if it was a dream created by desperation.
Or if I was just drunk. But it was too clear to be a dream. It felt like the real Bilyeon was right in front of me.
She was crying, and I wasn’t sure why. But by the time I realized it, I was already running toward her.
If you don’t pick up a crying child, you’re not a parent.
In my arms, she hugged me tightly, not wanting to let go. “I’m sorry, Master.” “I apologize.” “I apologize.” “I…… disrespected your sword technique.” “I’m sorry, Master.” “I apologize.” “I apologize.” “I apologize.” “I apologize.” “I apologize.
“My swordsmanship? The Three Jewels Sword Method? That can’t be called my swordsmanship.” The Three Jewels Sword Method is a swordsmanship book that is readily available in the streets. Of course, there must be someone who created it, but his name is unknown.
In other words, just because I taught it. It wasn’t something I could call my own. Then it dawned on me.
“You took it.”
“…… I’m sorry.”
“No, it’s nothing like that.”
The Heavenly Sword Book was a sword book I made. But it was a book of words, almost a novel. And it was nothing more than a bunch of fancy sword techniques and other stuff, just a bunch of fluff. And you took it and learned it?
At that moment, I felt a rush of shame and guilt. To have my student cry over something so insignificant. What can I do?
“How can you care about such a thing?”
“But, Master, it’s your……!!”
“Just because I made it, it’s not all I am.”
That was my honest impression.
I thought about burning it, but I wrote it down as best I could, and I didn’t think it was worth burning. I chose to keep it.
I never thought this would happen. I let out a sigh. If I’d known this was going to happen, I’d have burned it beforehand.
“Don’t measure your worth by such trivialities.”
“The Master himself wrote it with his own flesh and blood.”
“How can you call it trivial, it’s just that I’m not good enough.”
You must be very firmly mistaken.
I suppose it’s not unreasonable to be mistaken in that way, since you’ve written down all the cool quotes and epiphanies you think you’ve read in martial arts novels, but I have a responsibility as a teacher.
And that doesn’t end with manners. I am the master who taught Bi Yan martial arts.
That’s why I can’t let this situation go.
As her teacher, and as her father, I had to do something.
* * *
In his previous life, Tian Biyun was called the Heavenly Demon, and he had amassed a huge body count. She had killed countless masters with her own hands, including a thousand horses.
To be sure, Tianma was strong, far stronger than any of her opponents. But in the end, it was Tianbi Yan, the so-called Heavenly Demon, who took its head.
And the reason she was able to do so was due to her overwhelming talent: she could embody martial arts just by looking at them.
That overwhelming talent made her the best in the world. This overwhelming talent had even elevated her to the rank of Heavenly Demon, but she eventually gave it up.
The Master said it was a way to rob others of their hard work. In my previous life, I couldn’t understand those words, but I understand them now.
Certainly, to think that someone who didn’t even know him would use his Heavenly Sword Method. It made me sick to my stomach. So Bi Yan made his choice.
I will become the best in the world with my master’s Heavenly Sword Method.
That way, it would prove that Master’s sword method was the best in the land. And that is what a disciple should do on behalf of his master.
I practiced every day, sweating blood. The beauty of the Heavenly Sword Technique was like a child’s dream, the sound of catching clouds. At least, that’s what Sam Ryu thought.
But Bi Yan had noticed. Amongst all of these rambling words, there were words that connected to each other. That was Master’s Heavenly Sword Technique.
And she proved it by winning a victory over Fang Ga, the strongest man in Hebei. After that, there was no stopping him.
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Many martial artists fell to her, all thanks to you. She defeated them with the power of her Heavenly Sword Technique.
All preparations are complete. We will use overwhelming force to force them to obey. In the end, I even dealt with the demonic spy, the Sword Huang, myself.
Now all that remains is a thousand horses.
If I can kill a thousand horses, peace will return to the land, and my master’s deeds will be known far and wide. I have come all this way for that one thing.
But the final gate was too high. The Wall of Heavenly Horses was not for the faint of heart. Even in her previous life, she had barely defeated it.
If only she hadn’t been ambushed from behind. Her death would have been unnecessary. Such an overwhelming presence, now in front of her.
“When an animal abandons its instincts, it becomes fleeting, trivial.”
“Disappointing, what made you like that?”
“Perhaps you will never know.”
Freedom is an important value. I know that. But there is something far more important to me. It is the only thing that has ever saved me from hell.
The only family I have, the only person I love. For him, I would gladly give my life with a smile on my face.”
Bi Yan pushed herself to her feet. But the constant bloodshed had drained her of her strength, and her body was shaking. Looking at her, Tianma sighed and said.
“Are you still unwilling to fight with all your might?”
“Then that is your freedom.”
“So, killing you is also my freedom. It is my freedom.”
A word of murderous intent. I’m not interested. I thought you’d be able to entertain me, not be tied down by some sort of master.
The corners of Tianma’s mouth curled upward at the thought. A shade of black fell over him. Bi Yan had an ominous premonition. Suddenly……?
And that ominous premonition became a reality. “You had a teacher, didn’t you?” “You, how dare you……!!!” “At least he might be more entertaining than you are now.” “Shut up! I’ll kill you!!!” He was furious. Memories of the past came flooding back.
He didn’t know if it was self-loathing or anger, he didn’t know; he just let himself go with the emotion. But Tianma was looking at her with a cold stare.
Quang!!! Tianma didn’t even use his sword, he just swung his fist, and that was all it took to mortally wound the …… Black Huang.
“Only that much?”
In the end, I can’t protect myself. I felt like I was drowning in a swamp. No matter how hard I struggle, I can’t escape my demons.
My vision fades into darkness. I’m afraid. If I continue to be a demon, Master will be saddened again, and perhaps he will abandon me.
But even so. In order to protect my Master,…… I am willing to become a demon. Just like that, Bi Yan was on the verge of crossing the line.
In the darkness, a ray of light was seen, and it was unmistakably Master. As soon as he saw her, he rushed over and hugged her.
It felt so good to be embraced, but there would be no more hugs. I’ll have to become a demon to protect you.
Tears streamed down my face. I didn’t want to leave. But to protect Master, I have no choice. But just then, the Master said. “Don’t measure your worth by something so insignificant.” “You wrote this with your own flesh and blood.” “How can you call it insignificant? It’s just that I’m not good enough.” You’ve been fighting the demonic arts all by yourself, and as a result, you’ve been able to suppress the demonic arts to this point. This is the sword method you created.
But I couldn’t even use it properly, let alone wield its power. Unable and unworthy, he was forced to leave his master.
What a fitting punishment for a demon. Bi Yan was silent. Her throat was tied, and she could say no more. Soon, the Master answered.
“I have something to confess to you.”
“What is it?”
“The Heavenly Horse Sword Technique you saw is fake.”
“Fake……? What do you mean?”
I thought it must mean something. I thought there must be some other meaning to it, since it came from the Master. But the Master was adamant:
“There is no other meaning. It’s a sham.”