LDP – Ch 6

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Chapter 6. Ximen… ah Chuxue [1]

I went back to my room after having dinner. I couldn’t help but think about the supernatural phenomenons in the world, they were really too much! Even the little devil could toss me about and bring to a state of being half dead. Then what would occur is a millennium year old ghost like Miss Daiyu threw me around? I really must make the best use of my time to make up for my weaknesses. Therefore I took out my traditional Chinese character dictionary from my bag as I pulled out the ‘Niu School’s Past Record on Demon Subjugation’. I translated it word by word then reorganized it into simplified Chinese in a new note.

I originally thought that the records here were only boasting and fantasizing about spirit beings. There were records about the Nine Tailed Fox, Millennium Zombie King, the Evil Undead and other evil spirits. However, after previously experiencing the little devil event, I was convinced that the records in this book should all be real events and experienced by real people. Thus I decided that my duel with that little devil must be included in this ‘Niu Schools’ Past Records’. That was a thrilling duel! But of course I had to make myself look good in this book, for example, “Shortly after I bit my finger, I drew the symbol of a Great Star and a Phoenix symbol with my blood and drew a demon subjugation symbol in the air! With only one chant that little devil was so frightened and boom!”. Anyways, the future generations surely wouldn’t find out whether it was true or false either. I couldn’t help but wretchedly smile after thinking about it.

However, a voice interrupted my obscenity: “What are you laughing?” It was Miss Daiyu’s voice.

I hurriedly stopped my wretched smiling, and spoke seriously: “It’s nothing. I didn’t think that this book would be so interesting. The seniors written in this book could make monsters, evil spirits, and ghosts cry and call their mom and dad. They were kneeling on the ground, shouting: Father, don’t beat me, I’m your long lost son”.

Miss Daiyu took a glance at my traditional Chinese character dictionary on the table, as well as my simplified Chinese characters note, and nodded slightly and asked: “How did you provoke a ghost?”
Under her interrogation-like probing, I knew that if I didn’t tell the truth, I would invite a disaster upon myself. So I told her the whole story in full detail. Miss Daiyu nodded and said: “Originally it’s a resentful baby ghost, did that girl have an abortion before?”

Miss Daiyu’s comments made me unhappy, I really liked Xiaohui, and she didn’t to be that kind of cheap-casual girl to me, besides, she was very young, how could she have had an abortion before?. Therefore I asked her in an unhappy tone: “Why do you say so?”

Daiyu explained: “A ghost’s appearance takes the shape and form of what it looked like before the last second it died. However, it’s different with high leveled ghosts with magical skills, since they can change their appearance at will just like me. But ghosts are divided into normal ghost and extra-ordinary ghosts. Normal ghosts don’t have any magical skills, and after dying they can only wander for 3 days before being transmitted to the Netherworld. However for extra-ordinary ghosts, they have no time limit, moreover they can practice cultivation techniques. As for the resentful infants, they are the weakest existence of all. They died before they were even born, it could’ve been a miscarriage, or they died shortly after they born, or because of an abortion. If they were forcefully aborted, the resentful baby will usually haunt the mother, because they hate their mother. Therefore I guessed that your schoolmate could have had an abortion before. However whatever happened, I’ll ask that resentful baby ghost personally tomorrow.”

I was shocked for a moment: “Personally? Miss Daiyu, you will actually act to help Xiaohui get rid of that baby?”

“Well, although I’m now recovering from injury and an reluctantly getting involved, if it’s only a resentful baby ghost, it’s easy to solve. Not to mention you aren’t able to solve it yourself. And if I don’t act you will not take back that Shadowbane Sword and that would distract your cultivation”

As I heard that Miss Daiyu would help me, I was very relieved and said to myself that Xiaohui has been saved. But… …”Did Xiaohui really have had an abortion? I don’t know anything since we were apart for many years after all. Damn… I don’t want to think about this.” Then I asked Miss Daiyu: “Miss, then what kind of ghost you are?”

Daiyu replied casually: “Just read and translate your ‘Niu School’s Past Record on Demon Subjugation’ book. Open the 7th page and read the title of 100 most powerful ghosts and evil spirits. It’s arranged in a descending rank from the most powerful to lowest successively. And I’m ranked at 35.”

“100 most formidable ghosts? And Daiyu is ranked at 35th? This Niu School is really too picky!” I looked at the ranking list starting from 35th, and started to translate the information with the help of my traditional character dictionary and my simplified Chinese dictionary.

Mysterious Profound Demoness:[2] The condition for this existence to come into being is extremely difficult, the dead must be a virgin female and has to have a huge resentment before dying. The body must be buried in a place filled with an extremely dense amount of Yin energy. The coffin must be placed with the head heading to the east and feet to the west. If all conditions are met the dead has the probability to become a Mysterious Profound Demoness. Because she has great resentment when she was still alive, this demoness kills any person indiscriminately! And once this demoness’ cultivation age passes more than 9 jiazi (1 jiazi=60 years), her strength will increase greatly and may perhaps be promoted to the 20th rank. At that time she will fly and escape from the ground after killing all the people in a certain village, one must take advantage of her condition when she is in her period and… … … [3]… … if you want to exterminate her.

Someone has actually erased it! It seemed that the old swindler must have erased this line. He didn’t want someone to know the method of how to deal with this ghost. Wow! One jiazi is 60 years, that meant that 9 jiazi is 540 years, and Miss Daiyu said that she has been dead for 1000 years. Which meant that she actually has exceeded a cultivation of 9 jiazi! Her strength could now be compared to the top 20 rankings! Then what kind of existence could make her severely injured?

I quickly asked Miss Daiyu: “Miss, what kind of being made you injured?” [4]

Miss Daiyu said softly: “You don’t need to know now. Well, I’m leaving and I’ll call you up at 4AM tomorrow morning”

“Wait, wait.” I stopped her: “Why do I have to use sandbags to learn Daoism?”

Daiyu replied: “To subdue ghosts and evil spirits, you need a strong physique, good agility and indomitable willpower. When you can carry 40 kg of sandbags and your step is so light and it feels as if you can fly, then I’ll start to teach you the Daoist arts.” after finishing these words, she disappeared instantly.

I slipshod my school homework, and directed my full energy to this ‘Niu School’s Past Records on Demon Subjugation’ book and translated it literally. This chronicle was just like a ghost story, but it also had detailed descriptions of certain ghosts’ characteristic, as well as its subduing method.

The book was very thick, if I wanted a completely translate it, it was estimated that it would take a year or so. I had translated two pages when I discovered that it was already 9:00 o’clock. I switched the light off and went to bed. I fixed the alarm to 3:00 AM, starting from tomorrow I will give double efforts for the tasks given by Miss Daiyu. Therefore I needed to get up an hour in advance.

I was awakened by the alarm at 3 o’clock in the morning, and reluctantly got up. I washed, got dressed, and tied my sandbags down as I jogging downstairs.

As a result of my excessive exercising yesterday, my leg muscles were still very sore. But if I did not train and prepare myself for Daoist cultivation, Miss Daiyu would not give me another opportunity. Therefore I forced myself to run, although I was panting and dead tired, I didn’t stop and just randomly walked for a while.

I didn’t know how long I had run when that female ghost suddenly appeared at my side, looking at me sweating profusely and said in a satisfied tone: “Good, very good, as long as you are willing to work hard, you can soon be successful and start to learn. It seems that master didn’t choose a wrong person when he selected you to become his apprentice. However you cannot overexert your body like this since your body cannot afford it. If you trained like this you will collapse in a few days.”

My butt was so heavy that I stopped, panted and watching Midd Daiyu, but I couldn’t say anything since I was so dead tired.

Miss Daiyu comfortingly said: “Chill out, I just found something good and I will give you this elixir to help you mend and recover your body. Moreover, at six o’clock tonight, I’ll come to your school and help you solving that resentful baby ghost.” Then she once again disappeared without a trace.

“Damn, when will I become that powerful?” I secretly mused.

The time quickly turned into the evening.

This morning I really overexerted myself, running and walking for 10 km took a full 4 hours. Seeing that I was dead tired and covered with sweat, Mom said that she wanted to take me to the mental hospital to check my mental health. I tried every mean possible to persuade her until she finally believed that I really was just exercising my body and not trying to commit suicide.

At 5:50, we left for school on time. But Miss Daiyu said that she would come at 6:00. So I made an excuse to Xiaohui to wait for me as I needed to pack my things and then I would escort her to her house.

Xiaohui said: “Xiaolong, you don’t need to trouble yourself, these days you’re always escorting me when I go home. I’m really embarrassed, you don’t need to escort me now, I can go home myself”

I said: “Xiaohui, you don’t have to feel embarrassed, it’s not your fault! You’re a girl, and outside in the evening is very dangerous. It makes me worried about you, besides our family’s residences are not too far, and we can talk about the old days while we are walking, it’s okay with me.” Then I pretended to pack some things to delay some time.

At that moment, Xia Chaoran went over to Xiaohui and said: “Zhou Huiqing, you are still here?

“Yes, I’m waiting for Xiaolong to go home together.” Xiaohui replied in a raised voice.

“Uh, take care on the way.” Xia Chaoran said and lightly smiled, and he turned at me “Xiaolong, you too.”

He narrowed his eyes and left the classroom.

Xiaohui said to me: “Xia Chaoran is really amazing, he has good grades, has handsome looks and he also cares for other students.”

Her remarks about Xia Chaoran made me unhappy. “What the…? Is this great me not handsome enough?” A trace of impulse budded in my heart and arose spontaneously. “Xia Chaoran, if you continue chasing Xiaohui, I won’t let you succeed! And if you dare to threaten me, once I learn Daoism art, I’ll command some evil spirits to haunt you.”

Before long, Miss Daiyu suddenly appeared in front of me. I nodded slightly at her and spoke to Xiaohui: “I’ve finished packing, let’s go!”

While we were walking on the road, I pretended that I had no other intention and asked: “Xiaohui do you often feel a cold chilling sensation?”

Xiaohui was surprised and asked: “How did you know?”

I casually made up an excuse: “I just read in the book that if a girl’s body is weak it would happen. And when did you feel this kind of sensation for the first time?”

“It’s been happening for a long time since I was a child, it usually occurred for several times every day, and when the cold sensation attacks, I could feel an inexplicable cold on my body.”

“Since she was a child? Xiaohui has been haunted for many years?” I was secretly surprised.

Murong Daiyu on my side gently said: “Ask her, whether her parents had also suffered from the same situation”. Xiaohui couldn’t hear Miss Daiyu speaking to me. However I was certainly sure that if this female ghost suddenly appeared before her, she would have fainted already.

Xiaohui explained that her parents occasionally had the same situation as her. For a little while there was some awkward silence between me and Xiaohui, which made me look for a new topic: “Xiaohui… ah… I read a book recently and it’s very interesting, there is a xīmén……ā jiù chuīxuě! Yes! Xīmén chuīxuě! It’s a martial arts cultivation master!”[5]. I was really startled and cold sweat poured out from all over my body. It’s because I was so deep in thought that I almost slipped my tongue and blurted out I have read the Jin Ping Mei book.

“Xiaolong, you actually love to read martial arts novels!”

“Ah, hahaha, yeah, I like martial arts.” I quickly agreed.

~~~~~~~~~~end of Ch.6~~~~~~~~~~

T/N: The title is really confusing… I had no clue what it meant at first when I made this novel’s table of contents… but I think the author really referred to this character in this novel…

[2] and [3]
(T/N: 玄阴魅姬: Xuán yīn mèi jī, lit: black/mysterious + cloudy/gloomy/shady/negative + charming/demon + woman/concubine. However I took the liberty to translate it to Mysterious Profound Demoness or Profound Black Demoness, I choose the first one since it sounds better and not too far from its meaning, either explicitly or implicitly. The last sentence is filled with … … …, it’s intentionally wrote by the author)

(T/N: 东西 Dōngxī : lit: stuff/thing or person, but I translate it to being here since it’s implicitly refers to other spiritual being)

(T/N:西门……阿就吹雪!对!西门吹雪!Xīmén……ā jiù chuīxuě! Dui! Xīmén chuīxuě, lit: West Gate… ah blowing snow, Correct! West gate blowing snow. Well, I had to leave this sentence as it is, since MC was pondering and almost slipped his tongue and misspelled the first character Jīn in 金瓶梅—Jīnpíngméi with 就 jiù and abruptly stopped when he almost speak about Jin Ping Mei book… Damn, it’s hard to explain this in English; I felt the implicit meanings but pretty much baffled how to describe it in English)

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