Chapter 424: Awakening From the Pipe Dream
"Ah Chu, you have to trust me. I will always be by your side and I will do my best to wipe away your name as the evil dao witch! Please give me some information about your sect so I can help you...I" Lu Wenshu asked Bai Luochu patiently.
Bai Luochu had long been protected from the outside world by her senior brothers and sisters. She would spend all her time cultivating or comprehending the dao. How would she be able to defend herself against Lu Wenshu’s assault with her innocent mind?
Bai Luochu eventually spilled all the secrets of the Thousand Brilliance Temple. After all, she was the Holy Maiden and other than some secrets kept by the temple master, she knew the temple like the back of her hand.
During the time they spent together, Lu Wenshu slowly developed feelings for Bai Luochu. Other than comprehending the dao with her, he would bring back some interesting and novel items for her whenever he was sent out on missions. It was the happiest part of his life and thoughts of spending the rest of his life with her started to form in his mind.
It was a pity that good things didn't last long. Soon enough, Lu Wenshu caught wind of the plan to wipe out the Thousand Brilliance Temple.
"According to Lu Wenshu's information, we should make our move on the 15th of this month. We will be able to catch them all off guard and wipe their evil sect off the face of the earth.”
"She doesn’t know that her feelings were placed in the wrong place. But then again, she has overestimated herself. How dare she think she can be worthy of Lu Wenshu with the strength she gained through her unorthodox methods?”
One of the elders commented before everyone roared with laughter.
How is she not worthy?!
When Lu Wenshu heard the comment, he tightened his grip and ripped out a part of the tree he was hiding behind. “SNAP!”
"Who's there?!" One of the elders yelled out and sent out a hasty attack. Lu Wenshu was no weakling and he quickly dodged it. When he revealed himself, he realized that all the elders in the courtyard were looking at him. For a moment, his mind blanked out.
A moment later, Lu Wenshu’s master took the initiative to break the awkward silence.
"Wenshu, you must have heard everything earlier. You should be able to make the right decision.”
"Yes, this disciple understands." Lu Wenshu nodded. Despite his ‘obedient’ response, he wasn’t able to hide his emotions completely and a look of rage flashed through his eyes.
No one there was an ignorant fool. All the elders had tons of experience and they wouldn’t allow the slightest detail to escape their eye. They could see that the feelings between Lu Wenshu and Bai Luochu were no longer as simple as they thought and they prepared to knock some sense into him.
"We cannot forsake our reputation as one of the Three Great Immortal Sects. Our duty is to vanquish evil and eradicate demons. You cannot ruin our sect’s reputation because of mere feelings. If we fail to destroy the Thousand Brilliance Temple because of you, the world will be in danger.”
In the end, the naive Lu Wenshu agreed with the elders. However, no matter how hard he tried to suppress his feelings, his heart seemed to be torn apart.
Deep down, he didn’t want Bai Luochu to suffer because of a decision made by the elders. When he finally arrived before her, he wasn’t in the right state of mind. He failed to reply to her when she asked him many questions related to cultivation.
"Wenshu? What happened to you? Why are you so preoccupied today?" Bai Luochu asked with concern.
Lu Wenshu didn't say anything and he raised his head to look at Bai Luochu. He remained silent and stared at her, like when they first met. She was still as beautiful as before but her personality had undergone a drastic change. She was a gentle and demure woman, unlike the evil dao witch of the past.
At that very moment, Lu Wenshu made his decision. Even if his sect was going to gather others and raid the temple, he was going to protect her and remain by her side for the rest of her life. He believed that with his identity as the Chief Disciple, he would be able to influence his elders’ decision of executing her. With the information she provided, they were able to destroy the Thousand Brilliance Temple and that should be reason enough to allow her to live.
Lu Wenshu considered everything but failed to take into account Bai Luochu’s personality. She wasn’t a Chinese Trumpet Vine who relied on other people to survive. Neither was she a household pet that grew up under someone’s care. She was a snow lotus that survived in the harshest conditions. She was proud and aloof and nothing would ever change her true personality.
"Is this the surprise you wanted to give me?!" Bai Luochu as the soil beneath the temple was painted scarlet red with the blood of her fellow disciples. Her eyes were bright red and a ferocious expression was plastered on her face.
"Ah Chu, listen to my explanation..." Lu Wenshu looked at Bai Luochu who was no longer the happy and carefree young lady she was when interacting with him in the past. Is this the end of our relationship?
Instead of giving a proper reply, Bai Luochu broke into maniacal laughter, "HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA… Young Master Lu is truly a great schemer! In order to destroy my temple, you sold yourself out! I am truly honored!" The stench of blood was getting unbearable and every single word coming out of Lu Wenshu’s mouth was starting to disgust her.
"Evil witch, time to die!" Taking the opportunity where she was distracted, one of the elders launched a deadly attack at Bai Luochu.
"Pfff..." Bai Luochu immediately vomited a mouthful of fresh blood. It splattered all over Lu Wenshu and his clothes were dyed red.
"Ah Chu!" Lu Wenshu was only startled for a moment before he went forward to catch Bai Luochu.
Avoiding Lu Wenshu, Bai Luochu clenched her teeth and blood seeped through the gaps in them. “Lu Wenshu, even if the whole world betrays me, I never thought that you would…” As the last word left her lips, she turned around and started a bloodbath. Before long, the entrance of the temple was filled with the blood of the disciples of the Three Great Immortal Sects.
Lu Wenshu’s eyes snapped open and he realized that the sun wasn’t up. Three Day Intoxication...
The final scene stabbed deep into Lu Wenshu’s heart. Even though he lived through the happiest part of his memories with Bai Luochu, he experienced the sharpest pain after that… Even though three years seemed like a lifetime ago, Lu Wenshu knew that his feelings for her had yet to fade.
"Ah Chu, you will definitely return to my side. You will never leave me again..."