XHP – Chapter 8

Chapter 8

A Disciple Who Has A Shifu Is Like A Treasure

 

 

In a state of half awake and half asleep, Hu Sha is dragged to the mountain peak where Ruo Yan Hall is located at.  She vaguely takes note that a lot of people greets her on the way there, addressing her as Senior Sister or Senior Uncle.  Even Senior Grand Uncle is there amongst the term of addressment.  Only then did she finally realize that her shifu has a really high position in Qing Yuan Mountain.

 

Apparently her shifu was the last disciple of the founder of Qing Yuan Mountain.

 

The hierarchy of Qing Yuan Mountain is a little complex.  There are many branches and departments, Hu Sha cannot bring herself to understand them all.  In order to introduce his beloved disciple’s newest disciple, the founder, Senior Grandfather Jin Ting especially calls for her to introduce herself in the middle of his lesson.  Pity, Hu Sha was busy sleeping on top of the cushion mat, dreaming of a beautiful dream that involves food and delicacies.  Senior Grandfather’s goodwill is put to waste.

 

In the middle of the dream, she can somewhat feel as though her arm is being pinched.  Hu Sha clicks her tongue, wiggles a little, and continue sleeping.

 

That hand becomes even more brutal, pinching her hand hard.   It is so painful that she wakes up with a yelp.

 

There are buzzing sounds from all direction.  Everyone quickly goes silent.  Hu Sha looks around at a loss, so many pair of eyes are looking at her.  Some are surprised, some are ridiculing, some are incredulous while some looks like they are enjoying this.

 

She uses up quite a while to realize that they are here to listen to the founder’s lesson and yet she goes around sleeping on top of the cushion.

 

Hu Sha is an earnest girl.  She is embarrassed by her laziness and quickly puts down her head and try to make her body appear as little as possible.

 

But everything is wishful thinking on her part.  The Senior Granduncle who is sitting at the highest place does not have the intention to let her go, his voice is deep as he says, “How noisy.  Fang Zhun, that is your disciple, correct?”

 

That slender and frail shifu of her’s is being implicated by her.  He lightly bows and says, “It is this disciple who did not teach her well.  Please punish this disciple.”

 

Senior Granduncle Jin Ting simply says, “Never mind.  If the other party does not have the heart to learn and wants to sleep in the middle of the lesson, why should we disturb the other party’s rest?”

 

A burst of laughter echoes inside the hall.  Hu Sha curls underneath the cushion to escape everybody’s eyes.  It is okay if she is ridiculed by people, but even her shifu is scolded because of her.  His health isn’t good, if it gets worse, wouldn’t it be outrageous?

 

The more Hu Sha thinks about it, the more disheartened she becomes.

 

Somebody suddenly pulls her arm up.  Eldest Senior Brother’s voice suddenly reaches her ears, “Sit properly.  Don’t let others mock you.”

 

She regains her composure and sit with her waist straight.  Eldest Senior Brother sits on her left.  He must be the one who pinched her arm earlier on.   His hand is really vicious ah, the place he pinched still aches even now.  Her mind is suddenly sure of this one thing: Eldest Senior Brother is an evil spirit.  He tossed her around until she almost fainted early in the morning; and now, he goes around pinching her.

 

The Senior Grandfather who sparkles in golden light continues speaking on top of the platform, but Hu Sha has no idea what he is talking about.  All that she thinks of is how Shifu plans to punish her later.

 

Once the lesson ends, Hu Sha follows Feng Di from behind.  As she walks out, a lot of people points at her while muttering and whispering.  Two particular ladies speak with loud voice, “That person is Senior Granduncle Fang Zhun’s newest disciple!  She actually slept mid-lesson!  How insincere and half-hearted!  She implicates everyone in Zhi Yan House.  Senior Granduncle and Senior Uncles are so pitiful……”

 

Hu Sha puts down her head even more and hides behind Feng Di like she is his shadow.

 

Feng Yi’s lazy and idle voice can suddenly be heard from behind, “Speaking behind people’s back is even more embarrassing.  I wonder which Junior Brother or Sister’s face that you two are implicating.”

 

The two girl’s expressions harden.  They turn around and walk away.

 

Hu Sha is touched to no end.  She turns around and looks at Feng Yi with bright, watery eyes.  He lazily strokes his chin with his fingertips and says, “Idiot, what are you looking at?  Sleeping in the middle of a lesson isn’t embarrassing, but pretending to be pitiful when others mock you is.  You actually need this Senior Brother to speak out on your behalf?”

 

Hu Sha laughs twice, not knowing what to say.  Feng Di who is in front of her glances at her expressionlessly, “……. You didn’t cultivate enough.  You need to practice once we get back.  Meditate in your room quietly before noon, I forbid you from coming out.”

 

Hu Sha’s face becomes bitter upon hearing that.

 

“Feng Di, Hu Sha has no foundation, you must not be so hasty.  It will backfire.” Fang Zhun’s gentle voice can suddenly be heard.  The three quickly turns around to pay respect.

 

Feng Di replies, “Shifu, this disciple dare not slack off.”

 

Fang Zhun smiles lightly, “Being too harsh is not good.  Have you forgotten how I taught you and Feng Yi?”

 

Feng Di bows down his head, “This disciple was wrong.”

 

Evil Senior Brother is being scolded by shifu!  Hu Sha is touched, her eyes getting all watery.  A disciple who has a shifu like him is too lucky!  Shifu Shifu Shifu……  The best person in this world is still shifu, in the end!

 

Fang Zhun pats Hu Sha’s head, full of affection.  “It is hard to adapt in the beginning right?  It is alright, it will get better as days passes.  Your Eldest Senior Brother only wants what is best for you, you must not blame him.”

 

Hu Sha nods repeatedly.  The shifu in her eyes suddenly becomes high, sparkly and unparalleled.

 

Fang Zhun pats her shoulder before turning around to leave.  He suddenly remembers something, he turns around and whispers something in her ears.  “Look for your Second Senior Brother if you’re hungry.”

 

Hu Sha freezes.  She looks up and can somehow see a naughty smile hanging at the corner of his lips.   She blinks and by then, Fang Zhun has left.

 

What does he means by that?  Hu Sha curiously looks over to Feng Yi who is lazily yawning.

 

“Feng Yi, Hu Sha, return to Zhi Yan House first.  Feng Yi, remember to supervise her meditation.  Do not let her come out before noon.”  Feng Di turns around after leaving that instruction.

 

Feng Yi sighs, “Senior Brother.”

 

“What?”

 

“Where are you going?”

 

“Wu Qu Department.”

 

Feng Yi points to the opposite direction of where Feng Di intended to go, “Wu Qu Department is in that direction.  You’re heading the wrong way again.”

 

Feng Di stiffens, his voice is cold when he says, “…… I know that!  Just go!”

 

Feng Yi shakes his head before pulling Hu Sha’s sleeves.  Two steps after, he glances at Feng Di who is hesitating in front of an intersection.  He puts his hand around his mouth as he quickly shouts: “The one on the right!”

 

Feng Di turns around to glare at him and in the end walks off.

 

Eldest Senior Brother is so capable and heroic, no one could have guessed that he has a poor sense of direction.  Hu Sha secretly sighs, nobody is perfect, not even celestials.

 

“Hu Sha…” Second Senior Brother suddenly calls her with a warm, gentle voice.  She steps back, putting her guards up.

 

He laughs, that laughter of his somehow containing ill-will, “Are you hungry?”

 

Hu Sha nods in frustration.  Feng Yi stares at her in affection, patting her head.  “Second Senior Brother is frustrated on your behalf.  Hmm, if you can meditate until 3 pm, Second Senior Brother will get you something to eat.”

 

3 pm?  Hu Sha is dumbfounded.

 

“B-But, Eldest Senior Brother said I only has to do it until noon.”

 

“That was Eldest Senior Brother.  If you want to eat good things, you will have to listen to Second Senior Brother.  Go and obediently meditates in your chamber.  Once it reaches 3 pm, come out.  Second Senior Brother will give you something to eat.” He frivolously toys with the two little braids on her shoulder.  “If I finds out you are slacking off or sneaking out, don’t blame me for bullying you.”

 

Hu Sha wants to pass out.

 

Shifu isn’t around so Senior Brother is playing king.  How unlucky of her.

 

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