Xu Min gently laid Xu Wu down on the ground and placed her arms over her chest, before he plucked a flower and placed it in her hair, after which he turned away. The anger in his eyes shone brightly into the dark night. The fire that was burning behind him made it seem as if he was a demon beast, ready to slaughter anything in its path.
"That's enough!" Overseer Tian said, as he sensed how Xu Min was about to jump onto the young master, wanting to kill the person who caused Xu Wu's death. Before Xu Min even had the chance to move, Overseer Tian had already placed his arms around the boy, locking him in a tight embrace.
Xu Min's entire body was filled with pure hate. The only reason why he could still stand on his own two feet was due to this hate and the need for revenge. It felt as though Xu Min had turned into an avenger. He had no other purpose in life than to ensure that Xu Wu's death was paid for in blood.
Xu Min was trying his very best to escape from the tight embrace in which he was locked. However, he was still only a Student Warrior, and nowhere near strong enough to pull away from Overseer Tian. He was filled with unreasonable hate towards the Overseer who had acted like his parent for the past years.
From far away, bustling sounds could be heard as more people approached. Xu Min narrowed his eyes as he saw that the Zhong family leader was amongst those people. He knew that his chances of realizing his revenge had now just plummeted to the ground.
This young master was the only son of Master Zhong, and he spoiled him rotten, handing him all the cultivation resources he could have possibly wished for.
Xu Min was not the only one who saw Master Zhong appear. Overseer Tian also noticed the arrival of his master. Upon seeing him, he let go of Xu Min to greet Master Zhong, and rushed to the Master's side to explain what had happened.
As soon as Overseer Tian let go of Xu Min, the anger within the young boy exploded, causing him to instantly rush towards the young master. He smashed a clenched fist into the young master's face at full force, causing the spoiled brat to scream out in pain and stumble backwards, blood streaming from his broken nose.
One of the guards immediately rushed to the young master's side, caught Xu Min's shoulder, and tore him away from his liege. Xu Min was thrown several meters away, where he got up, only to see the young master hiding behind the guard, which made him grind his teeth in anger.
Master Zhong looked at his son with displeasure as he saw his reaction to the pain. However, as soon as Overseer Tian explained what exactly happened, his face instantly turned brighter, and a smile appeared on his face.
"Little Ji, I never thought you had it in you!" He said in a praising voice, causing the young master to be stunned for a moment, shocked to see that he was not being scolded. "To think you actually had it in you to kill someone, father is proud of you!" He continued, his eyes lighting up with surprise, and his words causing Xu Min's head to go blank.
To kill an innocent woman who had never cultivated was considered something to be commended for? Hate seeped out of his eyes, and Xu Min felt as though he would jump right at Master Zhong, and attack him with his fiercest attack.
Fortunately, Xu Min was aware that he was nowhere near as strong as Master Zhong, and his burning desire for revenge told him that he had to endure for now, or else he would fail for sure. Endure! He bore his fingernails into his palms, allowing the pain to flood in, in an attempt to fill the void that appeared in him.
What Xu Min did not expect was that right at this moment, while Xu Min was staring at Master Zhong, the family leader was also looking at him, and a cold flash appeared in his eyes.
"Kill the brother!" He said with a casual voice. The order caused enormous shock amongst many of the people present. Xu Min used that moment of surprise to turn on his heels and run. With a final look at his beloved sister, Xu Min rushed into the thick forest, running through the familiar paths with sure steps.
Xu Min had lived in that shack his entire life, and his mornings were always spent either bathing in the nearby stream, or playing in the forest behind the city. Xu Min could move through these paths with sure steps even in the dead of night, giving him a head start on the many soldiers who were trying to catch up with him.
Back at the still burning cabin, a frown was apparent on the face of Master Zhong. However, it quickly smoothed over as he looked at his son who was still crying from the broken nose.
"Stop being such a wuss!" He scolded his son, with a resigned voice, almost as though he was giving up on him. "Go to the healers and have them patch you up. Everyone prepare a feast! My son has finally become a man! This is a great time to celebrate for anyone who cultivates martial arts!"
"But milord," one of the guards behind him asked in a trembling voice. "The person who died was the personal maid of the third wife. A maid who never cultivated…" Before the man managed to continue, a hand smacked his head with such force that the guard fell to the floor, blood running from all the openings in his face.
Master Zhong looked around at the people present and his eyes promised more pain for those who dared to say anything against him. "No one cares about a mere maid. She died for the sake of teaching my son how to kill, and that is already a noble cause to die for. If anyone ever brings this up again, I will see to it that they are the next person my son trains on."
His voice was ice-cold, and seemingly devoid of all feelings. Seeing that no one dared to look at him, Master Zhong snorted contemptuously as he started moving away. "Make sure to prepare a great feast. I will give one gold coin to anyone who can get me the head of that boy."
After saying that, Master Zhong turned around, not even looking at the forest once more, and hummed quietly as he made his way back to the main hall of the Zhong Family Mansion.