Chapter 32: Flipping Out
Translator: Atlas Studios Editor: Atlas Studios
Jiang Yi yelled out numerous times, but the entire courtyard had no reply. His expression was turning unpleasant as his eyes flickered constantly, his entire body trembling severely. In this world, his only close relative was Jiang Xiaonu. If she ended up dead, Jiang Yi didn’t know if he would go crazy.
Chunya! Yes, I have to look for Chunya!
Jiang Yi suddenly awakened from realization and frantically ran outside. Chunya’s residence was just nearby, and she would definitely know where Xiaonu went.
As Jiang Yi took a single step out of his courtyard, he saw a tanned and lean lass walking over. She was terrified when she saw the sinister expression of Jiang Yi. Her body trembled as she stuttered, “Young Master Jiang Yi, you… you are back.”
Seeing Chunya in this pitiful state, Jiang Yi’s heart sank again as he sprinted towards her. Before he was even near to her, he yelled, “Chunya, where is Xiaonu?”
Chunya’s body trembled once again; she took two steps back and forced a smile, “Young Master Jiang Yi. Two days ago, Xiaonu said… she was going to visit a relative. She will only be back after two weeks.”
Jiang Yi shouted coldly as his body circulated his essence force, releasing an imposing aura that put pressure on her so much that Chunya nearly couldn’t breathe. He grabbed Chunya’s arm and said coldly, “Chunya, stop your nonsense. Xiaonu and I are both orphans, what relatives do we have? Don’t be afraid… tell me the truth. Do you know that I am really worried about her?”
Chunya lowered her head and began to mumble. Her eyes were filled with the dilemma, but she finally clenched her teeth and replied, “Young Master Jiang Yi, Xiaonu is fine. You don’t have to worry. She will be back in two weeks.”
Jiang Yi let out a long breath; it was fine as long as Jiang Xiaonu wasn’t dead. He tried his best to remain calm so that his tonality could sound more at ease. “Where did she go? Chunya, don’t lie to me and tell me everything. Don’t be afraid, I will be here no matter what; I will not trouble you.”
“Young Master Jiang Yi, stop asking!”
Chunya stomped hard and perplexedly said, “You just have to wait for two weeks, and Xiaonu will definitely be back. I promised her not to say anything.”
Seeing how Chunya was, Jiang Yi surprisingly calmed down. He sighed and gestured his hand, “Oh! Then you should head back first. I will wait for half a month.”
As if relieved from a burden, Chunya nodded and walked into the courtyard. She turned around to take a peek at Jiang Yi. She could only let out a breath of relief after reaching her home. She then quickly ran into one of the rooms.
The room was small, and it was filled with the smell of herbs. A frail body was lying on the bed: half the body was wrapped in bandages which had subtle blood stains. Half of the delicate face was swollen like a meat bun while the eyes were rather tensed up. Seeing Chunya walking in, a gentle voice could be heard: “Chunya, has the Young Master truly left?”
“En…” Chunya patted on her chest and stuck out her tongue as she replied, “Young Master Jiang Yi scared me to death. I nearly told him the truth. Xiaonu, are you sure you want to cover up the truth from Young Master Jiang Yi? If he found out about this, he would surely be mad.”
Jiang Xiaonu’s expression dimmed down and sighed quietly. “What should I do if I don’t hide from him? How can I let Young Master see how I look like now…?”
“Why can’t you show me how you look?”
Right at this moment, an indifferent voice interrupted the words of Jiang Xiaonu. The doors were forcefully opened, and a black figure strode in with a cold gaze and an infuriated expression.
When he saw Jiang Xiaonu wrapped in bandages, his body stopped moving entirely. The anger on his face vanished, and his eyes were filled with heartache. He stood by the door and looked at Jiang Xiaonu from afar. He only sighed after a moment and spoke out three words, “Who did this?”
“Young—young Master!” Jiang Xiaonu panicked, her eyes filled with fear. She knew her young master all too well; he doted on her from a young age. Every time she got bullied, he would risk his life to get revenge. It was the same issue with the Fengyue Brothel.
She paused for a moment, shook her head, and replied, “Young Master, Xiaonu accidentally fell and hurt herself…”
Jiang Yi yelled suddenly and interrupted Jiang Xiaonu. He turned to look at Chunya and shouted, “Chunya! You say it!”
Jiang Yi’s imposing aura was much denser than before, and his eyes were overflowing with killing aura which frightened Chunya so much that she dared not speak. She hesitated for a moment before clenching her teeth to speak, “Young Master Jiang Yi. It’s Young Master Hu, Young Master Jiang Bao, and Jiang Song… Two days ago, the three of them came to your place and asked Xiaonu where you went. Xiaonu didn’t want to tell them; thus, they beat her up. Had it not been that I was early… Xiaonu might have died in their hands.”
After hearing Chunya’s explanation, Jiang Yi’s expression quickly settled down. He retrieved a piece of golden leaf and tossed it to Chunya. “Chunya, go find a good physician for Xiaonu. Take good care of her, and I will be back shortly.”
Jiang Xiaonu’s expression immediately changed. She struggled to sit up and yelled desperately, “Young Master, don’t be rash. Xiaonu is fine, ouch…”
Due to her abrupt movements, Jiang Xiaonu aggravated her wounds and couldn’t help but shed tears. Even so, her eyes were locked onto Jiang Yi as she desperately shook her head.
What made Jiang Xiaonu lost hope was that Jiang Yi turned a deaf ear and turned around with an ashen face, without leaving behind any words.
“Young Master! Young Master!”
Jiang Xiaonu shouted non-stop, but Jiang Yi’s footsteps sounded like it was getting further. She then turned to plead Chunya, “Chunya, quickly go stop my Young Master. He cannot go; he is going to be beaten to death…”
“Xiaonu, don’t move! I can’t stop Young Master Jiang Yi. No one can!”
Chunya shook her head and helped Jiang Xiaonu to lie down. Chunya didn’t appear as panicky as before, but her eyes were glistering. She looked in the direction where Jiang Yi left and pursed up her lips, “Xiaonu, don’t worry! I feel that Young Master Jiang Yi isn’t like before. You don’t know that feeling I felt earlier. It was just as horrifying as seeing the Clan Head…”
“Pong, Pong, Pong…!”
Jiang Clan’s Disciplinary Court was suddenly echoed with the dull rings of the bell. The Deputy Elder of the Disciplinary Court—Jiang Yunshi, who was having his tea, nearly dropped his teacup. On the outside of the Disciplinary Court was a bell meant for grievances—which any clansmen who met with any acts of vengeance or grievances—could use to alert the Disciplinary Court.
It was a part of the Jiang Clan’s rules that anyone who sounded the bell of grievances would need to be attended to. But clan rules were just rules. The clansmen of the Jiang Clan—all saw the Disciplinary Court as a demonic existence; who would dare to make a ding at the Disciplinary Court?
The Chief Elder position of the Disciplinary Court had always been held by Grand Elder Jiang Yunhai. But after the disappearance of the Grand Elder, the Clan Head appointed Jiang Yunshi as Deputy Elder who held control of all affairs regarding the Disciplinary Court. Jiang Yunshi was just a Deputy Elder, but he held quite a bit of authority within the Jiang Clan.
He was currently nicknamed by the Jiang clansmen as “Yama’s Face” due to him always having this angered look.
Jiang Yunshi walked to the front in a hurry and yelled furiously at one of the Jiang’s guardsmen, “Which bastard is ringing the bell outside?! Bring him in!”
The one who rang the bell was brought in quickly. Jiang Yunshi hadn’t seen this clansman before so he then burst out yelling, “What grievances do you have? The clan just began our celebratory feast yesterday, and you are here complaining about a grievance? If there isn’t any, you better be careful—I will break your leg!”
“Jiang Yi pays his respects to Deputy Elder of the Disciplinary Court!”
The person who came was obviously Jiang Yi. He entered the Disciplinary Court, which every clansman feared, like a tiger yet remained calm as ever. He paid his respects to Jiang Yunshi before speaking, “If I rang the bell, it means I have a grievance to report. I want to report of Jiang Ruhu, Jiang Bao, and Jiang Song. They had beaten up my servant girl, Jiang Xiaonu, without any valid reason, causing her to have severe injuries and even almost lose her life. I plead for the Disciplinary Court to punish them.”
The four guardsmen within the Disciplinary Court had a change in expression; they looked at Jiang Yi with pity when they heard Jiang Yi greeted Jiang Yunshi as ‘Deputy Elder’. Jiang Yunshi was indeed Deputy Elder, but who would dare to come in the Disciplinary Court and not addressed him as Chief Elder? This clansman was so ignorant and still dared to report on the son of the Chief Supervisor? Did he just hang himself, or was he tired of living?
Before Jiang Yi even finished his sentence, Jiang Yunshi’s expression turned severe. He slammed his hand on the table and spoke furiously, “Do such minute matters require you to ring for grievance? Do Jiang Ruhu and the trio have any problem with their brains? Why would they beat up your servant girl without any reason? If you didn’t provoke them, would they do it to you? Get your ass back and cultivate. If you dare create any more disturbance, I shall lay out severe punishment and with no forgiveness—hmph!”
“As I expected…”
Jiang Yi let out a sneer and didn’t continue. He bowed with cupped fist and headed out. This Jiang Yunshi was the young blood brother of the Clan Head, Jiang Yunshan. The Chief Supervisor Jiang Yunshe was the cousin brother of Jiang Yunshi. Their lineage held most of the Jiang Clan’s authority. If someone wanted to report Jiang Yunshe’s son, Jiang Yunshi would naturally side with their own lineage.
Jiang Yi never once thought he could rely on the Disciplinary Court. He just wanted the Disciplinary Court to know that he wasn’t creating trouble for no reason. For no reason… he didn’t flip out.
Leaving the Disciplinary Court, he headed straight for the Jiang Clan’s inner courtyard. He stood in front of an imposing manor and shouted, “Jiang Ruhu, someone is here looking for you.”
The gates of the manor opened soon enough. An old servant looked at Jiang Yi with doubt and asked, “Who are you? Young Master Hu went to the Martial Arts Demonstration Court. Go look for him there.”
Jiang Yi nodded and turned back to the center courtyard. Fifteen minutes later, he found the Martial Arts Demonstration Court where the clansmen practiced their martial arts. Before he even reached the Martial Arts Demonstration Court, he could hear the yells of the clansmen practicing. It was obvious that there were plenty of clansmen practicing within.
Martial Arts Demonstration Court. It must have been eight years since I came here right?
Looking at the imposing aura emitted by the Martial Arts Demonstration Court, Jiang Yi let out a smirk and took large strides towards the massive hall. He gently pushed the gates and swept in like lightning.
The insides of the Martial Arts Demonstration Court were huge, and there were forty or fifty Jiang clansmen demonstrating their martial skills. The sudden appearance of Jiang Yi attracted the looks of a group of people. After identifying Jiang Yi, around twenty pairs of eyes lit up and looked at each other with excitement.
Jiang Yi finally appeared!
“Ruying, go get my brother!”
Jiang Ruhu, who sat at the corner lazily, suddenly got spirited. He whispered something to Jiang Ruying by his side and asked him to leave by the side gate. Jiang Ruhu then brought a group of men and headed towards Jiang Yi. From far away, he let out a scoff, “Jiang Yi, what are you doing here? Is this place somewhere you should be at?”
Jiang Yi scanned his surroundings and made sure there wasn’t any Jiang Clan’s expert around. He then sneered and looked around before locking his eyes on Jiang Ruhu. “This place indeed isn’t a place meant for me. Had it not been because you guys are here, I truly didn’t want to come…”
Finishing his statement, he strode in with large steps and closed the heavy doors. He then swept his gaze across everyone with eyes like a saber. Jiang Yi declared, “Everyone, listen up. Today, I only want the 6 legs of Jiang Ruhu, Jiang Bao, and Jiang Song. The rest of you better stand aside, or else… you shall bear the consequences.”
The entire Martial Arts Demonstration Court went into commotion. Many of the Jiang clansmen thought they heard wrongly. There were at least a dozen clansmen who were of the fourth or the fifth stage of the Cast Tripod Realm, how could Jiang Yi be this brazen? What’s more, this Martial Arts Demonstration Court was an important facility of the Jiang Clan, and Jiang Yi dared to declare war here? Wasn’t he clearly challenging the prowess of the Disciplinary Court?