Spiritual Recovery: Gamification of Reality

C.134 - : Zhu Cong, InjuredDec 06, 2023
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Translator: EndlessFantasy Translation Editor: EndlessFantasy Translation

An Ya and Su Bancheng didn’t stay long because of Xu Bai.

After all, the two of them didn’t come here for him.

They were here to look for Zhu Cong.

Once the two of them sat down on the sofa, they didn’t even drink a cup of tea. After Su Bancheng had a short discussion with Zhu Cong regarding topics that were difficult for others to understand, Zhu Cong stood up .

After a while.

Zhu Cong followed behind Su Bancheng and An Ya. He wasn’t in a hurry, but he didn’t leave the pawnshop in a leisurely manner either. He didn’t even have time to greet Xu Bai.

Xu Bai stood at the door and narrowed his eyes as he watched Su Bancheng and An Ya leave with Zhu Cong.

Although he didn’t understand the conversation between Su Bancheng and Zhu Cong, his intuition told him that it must have had something to do with Su Meng, whose background was only growing more mysterious.

Hiss.

What was the big secret regarding Su Meng’s birth?

Xu Bai took a deep breath. Although he didn’t like to gossip, he had to admit that he was curious about Su Meng’s background.

At this moment.

“I might know a little.”

. Hmm?”

Xu Bai returned to his senses and looked at Zhu Nianyan who was behind him.

Zhu Nianyan was sitting on the sofa, taking over Zhu Cong’s seat. She sat there and imitated Zhu Cong, holding the cup of tea in her hands.

Xu Bai closed the door and returned to the sofa.

“You know something?”

“Yes.”

“Why do I feel like you’re lying?”

Xu Bai smiled as he looked at Zhu Nianyan. Even though the her face was covered in smoky makeup and it was hard to discern her expression, it was still possible if one were to look carefully.

Zhu Nianyan defended herself when she heard this.

“I really do.” “You really know?”

“Dang… Uh…

Zhu Nianyan raised her head and saw Xu Bail s curious eyes. She hesitated for a moment, then put down her tea and leaned back in the sofa. She shrugged and said, “Alright, I’m not sure myself, but at the very least, I know more than you. How about we exchange information, Senior Brother?”

Senior Brother?

‘That’s true.’

He was the first direct disciple of the Sect Leader of the Thief Sect, and Zhu Nianyan was the second direct disciple of the Sect Leader of the Thief Sect. Thus, this title made sense

Although Zhu Nianyan had joined the Thief Sect before Xu Bai, Zhu Cong had given the title of First Disciple to Xu Bai instead of Zhu Nianyan.

Before this, Zhu Cong had not even given his own son the status of a direct disciple.

Xu Bai chuckled when he heard Zhu Nianyan addressing him. He nodded and looked at Zhu Nianyan, “Alright, Junior Sister, what do you plan to exchange this information for?”

Zhu Nianyan seemed to have already made up her mind. Once Xu Bai said that, she answered straightforwardly, “I’ll tell you what I know. In return, you’ll share with me the information on Dong Tianming.” Xu Bai raised his eyebrows.

“Dong Tianming? The chairman of Tianming Military?” “Yes.”

“Why do you want to know about Dong Tianming?”

“His information file is locked. Only internal staff can access it.”

“I know that.”

Xu Bai knew very well that the files were locked.

“Tianming Military signed the Patriot Agreement five years ago. According to the agreement, Dong Tianming’s information was classified as Class A. Not only Dong Tianming, but all the information regarding those that signed the Patriot Agreement was locked.”

Xu Bai said that his file was also locked. Unless the person who wanted to check his file had a higher security level than him, there was no way to get obtain his information file.

This was mainly due to the Federation’s safety concerns. However, Xu Bai wasn’t very clear about what exactly they were thinking.

For him, after signing the Patriot Agreement, the only benefit was that if he parked his car outside a designated parking spot, regardless of how many times he was taken to traffic court, he could just claim that it was his first offense and hope for leniency.

Zhu Nianyan seemed to have a different opinion.

She pursed her lips.

“The Patriot Act. Isn’t it simply just the Capital Protection Act? The people have the right to know.” “Then will you tell the people that you’re a trascendent?”

“What? Of course not.’

“Then don’t talk about the right to know.”

Xu Bai didn’t want to argue with this quirky girl with smoky makeup. He looked at Zhu Nianyan and said, “My security level is of Class A, so I can retrieve Dong Tianming’s files. But first you have to tell me, why do you want them?”

Zhu Nianyan didn’t say anything, but merely shrugged. It was obvious that she did not want to admit it.

Xu Bai nodded thoughtfully.

He knew that the Thief Sect taught everyone regardless of their background and that anyone could enter the Dao. It was just a matter of time.

But…

Before this, Xu Bai had only heard about it, but he didn’t know much about it. However, after learning the Heaven Mending Strategy from Zhu Cong, he understood a little more.

Before the disciples of the Thief Sect entered the Dao, they also cultivated the Heaven Mending Strategy, but not completely. The cultivation method before they entered the Dao was called the Heaven Mending Strategy.

It could also be called the Self Replenishment Technique.

There was no threshold to cultivating this technique. Even a pig could steal the fate of an evil person and use it to repair its foundation.

Some people might persevere for three days and be able to repair themselves and enter the Dao.

But…

Some people might have to persist for a hundred days.

For example, Zhu Cong?

However, Xu Bai seriously suspected that Zhu Cong was lying.

There was no other reason.

According to Zhu Cong, if he had truly participated in Su Meng’s birth back then, it would have been more than 20 years ago. However, when Xu Bai was young, Zhu Cong had told him that he had to persevere for 100 days to complete his merit.

The timing didn’t line up.

Could it be that the old man also faked his own level?

Xu Bail s thoughts spiralled.

Zhu Nianyan, who was sitting on the other side, saw that Xu Bai only nodded and didn’t answer. She couldn’t hold it in anymore, “Do you want to exchange information? Just give me a confirmation of agreement. If you don’t, I’ll think of another way myself. Anyway, I…”

Xu Bai returned to his senses and looked at Zhu Nianyan. He nodded and said,

“I agree.”

Dong Tianming’s military rank was one of the top ten in the entire Federation. He was also very well known in Feng City.

But…

This had nothing to do with Xu Bail s innocence

Dong Tianming was just a businessman, and he was a law-enforcement officer. It was reasonable for law-enforcement officers to check the file of a businessman. There was nothing that they dared to or even could do.

Moreover,

As long as it did not involve money, it was not considered selling information. “I’ll send you the information tomorrow morning. Now, it’s your turn.”

After Zhu Nianyan heard Xu Bai’s answer, she seemed to be stunned, as if she felt that the exchange was too easy. Instead, she looked at Xu Bai suspiciously, “Are you lying to me? After you get me to talk, tommorow will you claim that I’m lying?.”

Xu Bai smiled. “We are not doing business together. If all goes well, we will be siblings for a long time, right? I have no reason to lie to my junior sister on the first day of becoming your senior brother. This is not setting a good precident. Besides, it is not conducive to our unity, is it?”

Zhu Nianyan nodded in agreement.

“That’s right.”

“Therefore, I will keep my promise and give you the information you want tomorrow. Of course, I hope you will do the same. Don’t leverage some worthless information to fool your senior brother.”

“Don’t worry.”

Zhu Nianyan raised her eyebrows and patted her chest. “What I know is definitely valuable. For example, I know that more than ten years ago, Grandpa descended the every day mountain to steal because of the Su family.”

Because of the the Su family?

Xu Bai raised his head and looked at Zhu Nianyan.

“Continue.”

“My father told me that it was because my grandfather was invited to the Su family’s residence that he missed my father and mother’s wedding. All these years, I’ve heard my mother talk about this.”

“In fact, it was also because of the Su family that my grandfather stayed in the secular world for so long. It was not until I was fourteen years old that he returned to the mountain.”

“That’s why he brought me into the Thief Sect.”

“Most importantly.”

Zhu Nianyan looked around to make sure that there was no one around. Then, she approached Xu Bai and said in a low voice, “I heard from my father that grandfather was already in the Nascent Soul Realm before he left the mountain. However, upon returning to the mountain, his cultivation had not advance but had instead deteriorated. Even his Golden Core realm cultivation was in danger. My father asked my grandfather what had happened, but he did not say anything. Instead, he brought me down the mountain the next day and settled down in Feng City.”

Hearing Zhu Nianyan’s words, Xu Bail s heart was moved.

Twenty-one years ago, before Zhu Cong left the mountain, he was a Nascent Soul cultivator.

Six years ago, when Zhu Cong returned to the mountain, his cultivation level had not advance but instead fell, and his Golden Core realm was in danger?

Right now?

Xu Bai recalled Zhu Cong’s realm.

Golden Core?

Even the level 32 Zhu Cong was probably only at the Foundation Establishment stage.

What was this?

Cultivating in the opposite direction?

Xu Bai frowned.

Zhu Nianyan lowered her voice and said, “I asked my father secretly, and he said my grandfather’s cultivation level was deteriorating for so many years likely because he had suffered a Dao injury. This might also be the reason why my grandfather has been stealing every day since he left the mountain. My grandfather lied to you. He didn’t retire at all. The reason why there are no thieves on this street is all down to my grandfather.”

Xu Bai looked at her and said, “I know.” Zhu Nianyan blinked.

“You know Grandpa hasn’t retired?” 𝘧𝑟𝑒𝑒𝑤𝑒𝑏𝓃ℴ𝘷𝑒𝓁.𝒸ℴ𝘮

“Heh, I’ve known grandpa for a longer time than you. Also, didn’t your grandpa tell you that I already had the title of God Thief by the time that you were thirteen?”

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