You Are Too Ugly, I Refuse - Chapter 2
CHAPTER 2, GOING OR NOT GOING
The topography of Baiting Zhou (TL note: ‘白汀洲’ pinyin ‘bǎitīng zhōu’, ‘island of hundred sandbank’) is flat and there are several uphills and downward paths. There is only one high mountain called Poyun Peak (TL note: ‘peak of broken cloud’, ‘破云峰’ pinyin ‘Pò yún fēng’) which is undesirable. There are many cultivating families and sects under the mountain. Their dream is to be able to reach the peak of Poyun Peak, but at the most, humans can only climb to the side of the mountain, so it is very difficult to climb to the top. Even if you are a great cultivator who has high flying skills, you will be blown back by very strong and violent winds when you approach a mountain peak.
Even so, there are still many people who try to climb this fairy mountain every year. There is a large stone that stands firmly like a monument under the foot of the mountain. On the monument engraved the name of the fairy mountain, ‘Poyun Peak’. Besides the name of the mountain, there are also many small chinese characters on it, the contents of which tell everyone in the world about ways and routes that can be taken so that everyone can successfully climb to the top of the mountain. The article also tells about how to be able to avoid thunder attacks and strong winds safely, so that everyone can head straight to fairyland with ease.
Therefore, not only humans, but also ghosts, demons, monsters, spirits and all kinds of other spirits always try to climb Poyun Peak everyday. With the hope that one day they can be in the same class as fairies.
The topmost peak of Poyun Peak is the Gate of Cloud Sword-Yun Jianmen owned by Yun Caiye.
The sun is shining brightly. Yun Caiye stepped into Yun Jianmen, he walked step by step on the paved path using beautiful blue sapphire stones. His purple ‘Zhaosan’ robe was worn loosely in long stretches down to the ankles, covering the white clothes worn inside. The ‘Zhaosan’ fluttered slightly to the rhythm of his swinging footsteps. The apprentices who happened to be there immediately stopped their activities, and even the pedestrians who were also there stopped passing by and gazed at it. Their eyes stared at the path Yun Caiye was passing with a deep sense of admiration and adoration, which could be seen from the look in their eyes. (TL note: ‘罩衫随’ pinyin ‘Zhàoshān suí’ is a ‘Smock ‘, a clothes such shirts or long robes usually reaching the ankles, which are worn loosely over other clothes).
“Shizun, Jiu Yi-first fairy from Wine Peak Mountain, come to visit” (TL note : ‘Master’ or ‘Respectable Teacher’, 师尊’, pinyin ‘ShīZūn’, the title usually used in the martial world). A woman in a cyan embroidered skirt came forward and said with her head down. (TL note: ‘Jiu Yi; ’酒 嶷’ pinyin ‘Jiǔ Yí’ is one of a high rank fairy in fairyland who lives in Wine Peak Mountain Fairy, called a wine fairy and known as Dionysus; ‘ 酒神’, pinyin ‘Jiǔ shén’).
“Well, i know.” The voice was gentle, like pearls falling off the plate, three points indifferent, seven points cold.
After hearing those words, Qingyuan couldn’t help but smile and she retreated. “Second sister! You have spoken with Shizun!” Qingying looked at Shizun’s back until it disappeared in the corner of the cloud hall before she dared to jump out from behind the bushes of grass, rushed to Qingyuan who was standing not far from her and spoke with full excitement.
Qingyuan smiled faintly, “ Actually it is Jiu Yi, the Wine Fairy who came to visit Shizun, why don’t you dare to tell Shizun directly?’
“Hey, hey, hey … I’m afraid I’ll keep staring at Shizun’s face, when I see Shizun. And I’ll die if I can’t say anything.”
The Wine Fairy was sitting in the Wuhua Pavilion (TL note: flowerless pavillion, ‘ 无花 亭中’ piyin ‘Wú hua Tíng zhōng’) brewing a pot of wine in a small stove. After seeing Yun Caiye, he quickly got up and smiled, “Caiye, your apprentices said you went out yesterday, why did you come back so late?”
Yun Caiye sat down on the stone bench before answering him, “I went to do something.”
“I see…Are you going to pick someone up?” The Wine Fairy cruelly quipped Yun Caiye’s lies. “I have heard that last night you swing your sword in the Dingju River (TL note: ‘定 举’ pinyin ‘Dìng Jǔ’, ‘ unmovable river’’) and mess up the Water Dragon Palace. Make the Dragon King feel annoyed and upset. This morning he went to see the Jade Emperor to complain.”
Yun Caiye sneered, “I’m only swinging my sword. If he refuses to accept it, even if he comes to me to learn, I will accompany him to the end.”
Wine Fairy put the wine glass in front of Yun Caiye, while pouring wine into it, and gently persuaded him, “learn from each other, you kill and kill all day. I want to ask you, why do you do so much business?”
“Is this what is called business?” Yun Caiye spread his hand and showed his ‘Du Sheng’ sword. “He is a magnificent Dragon King, and he has let the clams attract the attention of the people in his river and has committed a crime by sucking the spirit of those people. For me, He did the wrong thing. Am I doing something wrong? My sword only kills people who have karma, and never kills innocent people indiscriminately…”
“Okay..okay.., I said it casually, as soon as you draw your sword, you will sweep around. What if you hurt the innocent people by mistake? Am I not worried about you?”.
Yun Caiye turned his head and said nonchalantly, “I have my own judgement. If one day i accidentally hurt an innocent person, i would pay for it for a lifetime–”
“Hey, We are both very realistic. Well, i won’t talk about it anymore. Come and let’s try the pear blossom wine that i just brewed.” The Wine Fairy quickly waved his hand and said to Yun Caiye with a toast.
Yun Caiye’s eyes drooped, his long lashes looked like curtains, covering his eyes that were reproachful. He looked at the sapphire wine glass in front of him, and then raised his hand to hold it and drank it.
“How?” The Wine Fairy stared at Yun Caiye intently.
Wine Fairy slapped his thigh and glared, “It’s still ‘not bad’, wouldn’t you say something else?”
“But i’m telling the truth.”
“No. You have to come with me.” Wine Fairy sat for a while, pulling up Yun Caiye’s sleeve and going.
“Where are you going?” Yun Caiye still sat firmly on the stone bench, and refused to step. “You only tasted the wine I made and only commented on it with ‘Not Bad’. I will take you to the person who has taught me how to refine this wine. If his name doesn’t change, i really want to give him the name Dionysus!!!” (TL note: ‘dionysus’; ‘酒神,’ pinyin ‘Jiǔ shén’ is the Greek God of frenzies, spiritual ecstasy, wine and alcohol in general).
Yun Caiye couldn’t bear him anymore, he could only get up and follow the Wine Fairy to walk under Poyun Peak.
“Why not fly with a sword?” Yun Caiye and Jiu Yi walked on a long and winding road, resembling the staircase that stretched along Poyun Peak, somewhat puzzled.
Jiu Yi asked him, ”Why do you have to fly with swords? You see on this road how many people come because of admiring fairies. They walked day and night climbing this fairy road, and kept moving forward. Only you and me walk from the opposite direction. Don’t you find it interesting?”
“You are boring.”
Dengxian Road is the only road leading to Poyun Peak. The Road was a very long and winding stairway from the bottom of the mountain to the top of the mountain. And was the first asphalt road at the order of the Stone Fairy. The road paved by the Stone Fairy cannot be destroyed. Even though it has been tens of thousands of years, the road remains intact as if it were a brand new, not crack at all.
Over the past tens of thousands of years, don’t know how many people have walked on this road. Some humans with mediocre cultivation levels died, and refuse to be born again. So they turned into ghost cultivators and continued climbing. Even the stones on the side of the road get a little energy from fairies and some are turned into spirits. They joined the ranks of demons and climbed along the winding stairway, only to become a Fairy.
However, cultivator families and cultivator sects living at the foot of the mountain were far smarter than ordinary level cultivators. They practice under the mountain everyday without taking any little spirit fairies under the Wine Peak Mountain-Jiuyan Peak to Poyun Peak. In early spring each year, many Sects choose their qualified students to try to climb the long winding staircase. Once they can no longer move forward, they must return and continue to practice.
Today, it’s the annual ascending day at the gates of the largest sect among nine sects under the mountain.
Yun Caiye and Jiu Yi, came down from the top of the mountain, and just after walking out of Yun Jianmen, there were few pedestrians on the road. Those who come here often are Demon Fairies, but ghost cultivators and human cultivators are very rare. Yun Caiye and Wine Fairy make their bodies invisible, it doesn’t mean fairies can’t see them at all.
“Alas, these people are thinking of taking shortcuts. Aren’t they also able to become Fairies if they practice their spiritual well? Why do you have to spend this precious time climbing long winding stairs that will never even reach the top of the mountain?.” Jiu Yi shook his fan, and sighed, “There are too many people who have different thoughts, but I think these spirit demons are simple in nature and can go further. Maybe one day, they will really come to your Yun Jianmen.”
Yun Caiye didn’t care. It’s not that nobody walks on Dengxian Road, but those people without exception, are very determined. Has a rare talent with extraordinary perseverance.
“If someone really walks to Yun Jianmen, I will naturally tell the Jade Emperor to let that person choose a Gate Fairy to worship.”
“That is definitely under your door again. Who doesn’t know that you have the most apprentices in this Fairyland. I’ve been on the Jiuyan Peak for two thousand years, and during that period, no one came to visit under my door. Beauty is wrong.” The Wine Fairy shook the fan.
Yun Caiye frowned when he heard the words, but didn’t reduce the beauty of his face that was peerless, and his entire whole body emits an aura like a supreme celestial being that is extraordinary. ”Can’t you stop talking when you walk through this Dengxian Road?
“Hey, don’t say this anymore. You haven’t told me why you came back so late this time.”
“After I killed the demon clams in the Dinggao River, I suddenly saw the Purple Cloud appear and shine from the east of the imperial capital, and look like a dragon snake. It moves from the east, unstoppable….”.
Jiu Yi raised his eyebrows and shook his fan, “Purple Cloud is coming here, this is a sign of auspiciousness, why, now, you not only have to deal with bad things, you have to put a foot in your happy events ?”
Yun Caiye walked step by step and suddenly stopped when he heard the voice, and looked sideways at Jiu Yi, then explained, “That’s not a sign of auspiciousness. I watched the red mist flow from the Purple Clouds, cover the stars and cover the moon, there must be a demon coming out…”
“Why don’t you say it? If I say that even if there is a demon born, since it is accompanied by the Purple Cloud, that is the life of that person. What is your business? What’s more, don’t say about astronomical phenomena, this is not the old man of the stars…”
“Hush…” Yun Caiye raised his fingers and pressed his lips, giving a sign to Jiu Yi to close his mouth. Then drag him to hide in a tall tree nearby.
“What’s wrong?” Jiu Yi asked quietly, but Yun Caiye silently said nothing, just frowned at a group of people under the tree.