SE Chapter 144

Chapter 144:

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Just when Claire was in deep thought, a cold voice came from behind her.

“Claire.”

Claire did not look back. Of course she could tell who it was. It was the one who had always gazed at her disfavorably, Eric!

“Oh? Is something the matter?” Claire asked indifferently. She still hadn’t turned around.

“What’s with your attitude? And what’s what your attitude towards Father!” The ice cold voice now contained a trace of anger.

“Excuse me, who are you to talk to me like that?” Claire yawned lazily. Only now did Claire remember her haughty second brother had only one virtue: filial piety. In other words, this second brother of hers had come to admonish her rude attitude towards Father?

“I am your elder brother!” The voice was on the verge of exploding.

“What a joke, since when have you acted like you were my brother? Now you’re pretending like you are.” Claire laughed disdainfully. Slowly, she turned around, derision in her eyes.

Eric’s originally fiery expression froze.

“Venerable second brother, I advise you not to learn from your father, never fulfilling the responsibilities of a father, but stepping in once his daughter’s accomplished. Don’t t you think that’s ridiculous? Shameless?” Claire scoffed. She leaned back on the pillar lazily. “I don’t mind fighting you right now.

Eric’s expression instantly darkened. The girl before him was not a coward who could be scared off by just a few words any more.

Claire’s expression suddenly turned icy, not a trace of warmth in her eyes. “But be aware of the price of fighting me. I might just kill you without batting an eye. Do you think you’re my match currently?” Her voice was even more frigid than her gaze, radiating a murderous aura. An enormous, terrifying power burst out abruptly, then disappeared as quickly as it had arrived.

Chills ran down his spine and he trembled. The sensation the girl gave him was so alarming and cold.

“Another word of advice. No matter if you support the crown prince of if you are a spy sent by the second prince, no matter how could fight, do not involve Mother. If anyone hurts her, no matter who, I will slaughter them.” Claire smiled lazily, as casual as if she were chatting with some friends, but the coldness that seeped through told Eric the girl was definitely not lying!  

“Remember my words.” Claire laughed lightly, then walked passed Eric.

“The crown prince is the true successor of the emperor!” Eric’s determined voice came from behind.

Claire glanced over from the corner of the eye and saw the nearly mad loyalty in Eric’s eyes.

“I don’t care,” Claire waved offhandedly. “Just remember my words,” she said, then left.

Eric didn’t move, watching Claire’s retreating figure, his gaze complex. He turned and looked towards the greenhouse. When he saw the crown prince smiling, his eyes softened. Then, he clenched his fists tightly. The crown prince was his god, the true successor of the empire! He had to assist the prince until he was sitting on the throne!

 

The capital. Slowly, winter creeping in:

Cold wind blew past, slightly chilling.

Nightfall. Claire walked through a colonnade, planning on finding Lashia and give her her old storage ring. The space inside was more than enough for Lashia to use.

A breeze blew past. Claire frowned and gazed past the courtyard, then relaxed. She lept onto a rooftop, then hurried off into the distance.

Jean appeared from behind a pillar, watching silently as Claire’s figure disappeared into the night. He did not give chase.

“Chirp chirp?”

“Peep peep!”

Perched on Jean’s shoulders, White Emperor and Black Feather conversed. As for what they were saying, no one would know.

Jean gazed into the night without moving, a lonesome figure.

It was Leng Lingyun. It was Leng Lingyun who had been inside the courtyard, so Jean didn’t follow.

What did he come to find his lady for?

Jean stood silently, staring into the night for a long time.

Leng Lingyun flew and Claire followed. They flew all the way out of the city and finally arrived at a secluded area. After a moment, Claire realized it was where Alice and her cousin had ambushed her during one of her breakthroughs. Leng Lingyun descended and stood there silently. The wind ruffled his long, silver hair. He looked like he had stepped out of a painting.

“What do you need me for?” Claire said indifferently and also descended. She could not treat Leng Lingyun the same as before after what she had seen at the Temple today.

“Claire…” Leng Lingyun turned to look at Claire, his gaze distant.  

“I am very grateful for your yell that awakened me, helping me control of myself. I am truly not the match of the pope. I sincerely thank you for saving me once again.” Claire’s voice was emotionless and cold.  

When Leng Lingyun heard her words, he felt as if his heart had been sliced.

“Do not think I am mocking you, it’s true,” Claire added indifferently when she saw Leng Lingyun’s expression.

Leng Lingyun bit his lip. “I let Shack and the girl go. I told them to get as far away as possible and not to let me catch them again, that if I caught them again, perhaps I would not be alone. Then I would not be able to let them go,” Leng Lingyun forced out with difficulty.

Claire froze. In Leng Lingyun’s violet eyes, she saw confliction and pain.

“Everyone has someone they treasure the most. For me, that is Xuanxuan. For her, I am willing to have blood on my hands and descend into hell. But I wish that Xuanxuan will be pure forever.” Leng Lingyun’s voice trembled slightly, his eyes full of anguish.

Claire’s eyes flashed with realization. “When you found the knight and girl, was the Divine Princess the one who attacked?”

Leng Lingyun fell silent. Slowly, he unclenched a fist, frowning. “I had no way of saving them. I could not give up Xuanxuan for them…”

Claire fell silent, understanding instantly. Leng Xuanxuan required medicine supplied by the Temple to survive. Leng Lingyun’s every action was to help Xuanxuan live more comfortably. He knew the Temple was fraudulent, but kept his mouth shut for Xuanxuan, striving his best to assist her disability.   

“Your life sure is exhausting.” Claire sighed, sorrow in her heart.

Every individual had someone they treasured the most and for this person, they could do things others would find hard to understand.

“Claire, in truth, you are already aware of the hypocrisy of the Temple. But I do not wish for you to fight the Temple and be harmed.” Leng Lingyun finally revealed the purpose of his visit.

“I know, I am not the pope’s match. The pope’s strength is unfathomable.” Claire frowned, thinking. “His strength is far above Master’s. Even with Master’s recent breakthrough, he is not the pope’s match.”

The pope’s strength is not something easily read.” Leng Lingyun sighed. “And there are so many archbishops and cardinals. I do not wish for you to face them.” His underlying meaning was, I do not wish for you to get hurt.

“Thank you for your concern. I will not be as rash as I was today again.” Claire’s tone was now genuinely sincere.

However, Leng Lingyun understood the true meaning of her words. Not being as rash meant she had other plans.

“Claire, remember, the pope’s strength is unfathomable,” Leng Lingyun warned again, worried.

“I understand. Thank you.” Claire nodded.

“Also, the struggle between the princes is becoming more intense. At the end, the Temple of Light will definitely choose a side,” Leng Lingyun said in a low voice, “And the Hill clan will also choose a side. If both support the same prince, there would be nothing to be worried about, but if not, your position would be very special.”

Claire fell silent, pondering. Duke Gordan had ordered Jean to support the second prince secretly, but her second brother Eric supported the crown prince publically and Duke Gordan did not show any disapproval. What did this mean?

Seeing Claire deep in thought, Leng Lingyun couldn’t help but ask, “Has the Hill clan already chosen a side?”

Claire shook her head. “I do not know.” She sat down on a nearby stone and patted on the spot next to her. “Sit down, I have something to ask you.”

Leng Lingyun paused for a moment but still sat down.

“What kind of person do you think my grandfather, Duke Gordan, is?” Claire asked seriously. “I want to listen to an objective viewpoint.”

Seeing Claire’s solemn expression, Leng Lingyun understood Claire was serious. After some thinking, he responded sincerely. “He is no simple individual. Someone who is able to maintain the Hill clan’s status for so long and even able to have the emperor fear them is no ordinary person.” Leng Lingyun paused, then added with hesitation, “This individual is extraordinarily cunning.”

Claire switched to another topic. “Has the Temple not chosen a prince yet either? In other words, the pope is waiting to see which prince has a better chance?”

“I believe so.” Leng Lingyun nodded.

Claire frowned, switching back. “Grandfather must be waiting also. His position is not definite.”

“But I have heard the captain of the Griffin Squad, Eric, your second brother, is very close to the crown prince whereas rumors say you are close to the second prince.” This was the reason why no one could tell which prince the Hill clan was supporting.


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8 thoughts on “SE Chapter 144

  1. Another empty threat by Claire. Most of us know she will not kill her brother. Also, if she was really angry about someone hurting her mother, she should be angry at the second prince, his sister. Both of them dragged her mother into their schemes, Jean is working with the second prince. Yet, she has an amiable relationship with the princess and Jean.

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    • I don’t know… Her brother is nothing to her. That was the first conversation they’d had in her whole life basically. I think it would be easier for her to kill him than the prince and princess who she’s at least hung around with. Maybe in the future her relationship with her brother will improve, but in the moment I don’t think the threat was empty.

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        • True, but their relationship improved when her sister stopped all her nonsense. If she had continued, our MC may have ended up killing her. The way I take it is that she’s more than okay with killing them, but isn’t going to do it willy nilly. If Eric involves the mom – I’m pretty sure she will make good her threat. She spared her sister originally because of her mother.

          Just because a threat doesn’t end up getting actualized doesn’t mean it’s empty. If I tell my niece I’m going to throw away her pudding if she plays with it instead of eating it and she ends up eating it – my threat to throw it away wasn’t empty just because I didn’t throw it away.

          This is how I interpret her threats.

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          • I have a great relationship with all my siblings, but if they tried to kill me once I may be able to forgive them, but the relationship would be stained. If they tried to kill me again, I will not be able to get along with them. Not only did Claire’s sister try to kill her several times, she used to bully the original as well for a long time by using magic to shock her. I understand she let her live because of their mother, but if she were to kill her, it would not have been “willy nilly.” It is one thing to leave her alive, but to be almost like best friends is absurd. Going by Claire’s track record, I doubt she will kill Eric, regardless if he involves their mother. Claire is no angel, but she is not as ruthless as she is described or depicted. Comparing her to Jun Wu Xie from GD:BBM, Claire is an angel and uses words, while JWX acts.
            I understand how you interpret her threats. However, the characters are not children, which are easy to threaten. Children resent threats but later realize the truth of real and fake threats. As I was growing up, I began to realize what threats were real or fake. Also, the world in the story is a dog-eat-dog world. If cultivators, fighters, etc., do not follow through with their threats, eventually they may be walked all over.

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            • Ehm Claires sister is about 11 or twelve and Claire is just one year older bodywise so yeah they ARE CHILDREN for me at least.
              Also as far as I can remember there was only ONE real instance where her sister actually intended to kill her, the rest was bulling trying to put the new Claire down a peg, what also was the real intention before she was provoked to the point that she wanted to kill Claire I believe. What sister intended to do after she lead the coach astray we never really found out since it ended fast.

              Whatever, what it is that is forgotten here is the FANTASY-fact that Claires sister didn’t really hate HER!!! It was the ORIGINAL that she hated and of course still saw overprojected over new Claire!!! And the original truly didn’t really seem all that lovely. I wouldn’t have liked her too, so not until the point of bullying her. And neo-Claire was of course concious of the fact that she wasn’t really the old one and the hate was not truly put in her direction.

              So that truly doesn’t make her sister a good person this fact and the fact neo-Claire loved her mother (what old Claire did not) is enough of a reason why she didn’t just kill of her sister on the first circumstance. I am sure she would have if her sister didn’t somehow change after finally registering the changes in her sister after her life was saved (near death expiriences have this tendencies to open somebodies eyes).

              So I have to say, yes that they jump from enemies to best friends in one go is the most unrealistic part here!!! In a slow developement we could have started to understand how it came to be, so I am not saying it isn’t possible to reach this point later in time but it happened to fast!!!

              (Ok …so much for a short reply, that nobody will ever even read anyway -_-‘)

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  2. thankyou so much for all your hard wrk in translating this novel im really enjoying it less than 100 chapter to go cant wait to read the rest thankyou again

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  3. Ty <3!
    TBH i think she would kill him, her father and maybe even her grandfather if it endangered her mother, simply because she doesn’t have as much affection for them compared to her mother. Her mother is loving to her even when she hasn’t taken over yet and that memory remains. Especially since this is a Chinese written novel…likelihood of killing between blood relatives is extremely high.

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