MARTIAL PEAK 4691


At the entrance of the Seven Stars Collection, a young man and a young woman stood side by side, staring at the bustling crowd in front of them.


After thirteen years of separation, the Seven Stars Collection had changed so much that they almost didn’t recognize it anymore. The entire town had become much larger and livelier.


The Seven Stars Collection was established by relying on Seven Star Square. In the past, Seven Star Square was just an ordinary second class Sect. Although it had a small reputation within a thousand kilometer radius, it was nothing outside of this thousand kilometer radius.


However, ever since the Seven Star Square's Disciple Recruitment Conference, when the Supreme Elder had shocked the world, Seven Star Square had become one of the top first class Sects in the entire Void Continent. With its fame, it naturally attracted more people to come and watch, and Seven Stars Collection had become even more prosperous.


The young man took a deep breath, feeling somewhat nervous.


Although he had occasionally asked Miao Feiping, who was on his way down the mountain, to deliver a few words or letters to his Mother and Grandma, telling them that everything was going well at home, he had never seen it with his own eyes.


Back when he left home, he was just a child. Now that he had grown up and embarked on the road of martial dao, he wondered if his Mother and Grandma would still recognize him.


“Brother Xiaobai.” Seemingly sensing the change in his mood, Zhao Ya leaned towards him and held his hand.


“Let’s go,” Zhao Yebai took a deep breath and walked alongside Zhao Ya.


Not long after, the two of them stopped in front of a small shop.


The shop’s entrance wasn’t big, but it was extremely lively. Several tables in the shop were filled with people, and even the tables outside the shop were filled. Not only that, but there were also many people waiting in line.


“It’s here, right?” Zhao Ya looked around, somewhat uncertain.


When they were young, Uncle Yang would set up shop here every day, and the two of them would often be chased by Miao Feiping and a group of older children until they had nowhere to run. They would then hide under Uncle Yang’s cart and only dare to come out after the storm had passed. After that, Uncle Yang would give each of them a glutinous rice dumpling and eat it with relish.


Now, there was no longer a cart stall, but a shop with a shop front.


“It’s here!” Zhao Yebai closed his eyes and took a deep breath. The familiar smell of tea and glutinous rice dumpling was something he had never forgotten even after thirteen years.


According to Miao Feiping, his Mother and Grandma had saved up some money over the past few years and had set up a shop that specialized in making glutinous rice dumpling. Their business was booming.


Looking up, there were indeed two busy women inside. One of them was roasting a glutinous rice dumpling while the other was cleaning up the dishes left behind by the guests.


Seemingly sensing something, the woman who was cleaning the dishes suddenly looked up towards the door.


As their eyes met, Zhao Yebai’s eyes reddened and he pursed his lips to stop himself from crying.


The woman was stunned for a moment before a look of disbelief appeared on her face. Putting down the bowl and chopsticks in her hand, she walked out trembling and stretched out her hands from afar.


“Xiaobai?” The woman’s hand caressed Zhao Yebai’s face as if she was in a dream.


“Mother!” Zhao Yebai sniffed, “I’m back.”


The busy granny in the shop turned her head and saw the woman embracing Zhao Yebai and Zhao Ya, crying tears of joy.


Xiao Bai and Xiao Ya had returned and the shop had also closed early, causing many of the customers who had yet to eat the glutinous rice dumpling to be disappointed. However, everyone in town knew that the shop’s owner’s son and daughter had taken a master from Seven Star Square, and that the master was also a Supreme Elder of Seven Star Square, so although they were disappointed, no one dared to say anything.


When night fell, Grandma and Yu Lu cooked a table full of food while Zhao Yebai wolfed down his food.


“Mother, that Miao Feiping guy said that you haven’t changed much over the years, but I still can’t believe that you really haven’t.” Zhao Yebai stared at his mother in amazement as he ate.


It had been thirteen years, but her mother was still the same as before, as if time had not left a single mark on her.


Yu Lu touched his cheek and glared at her son, “Why haven’t I changed? I’ve become much older.”


“No, Aunt Lu,” Zhao Ya shook her head, “I remember you were like this when I was young. If the two of us were to go out together now, anyone would think that we were sisters.”


“These two little brats only know how to make Mother happy,” Yu Lu lowered her head and chuckled.


She also knew that her appearance was easy to provoke some people with ideas, so after she had sent Zhao Yebai and Zhao Ya to Seven Star Square, she and granny had always been using veil, not daring to show their true faces.


Even so, it still attracted a lot of people passing by.


It was just that those who dared to speak rudely to her often encounter misfortune before they even left the Seven Stars Collection.


Once or twice was fine, but after so many times, no one dared to speak nonsense in front of her again. It was only later that she learned that her daughter had been fortunate enough to become a disciple of Seven Star Square’s Supreme Elder, so Seven Star Square naturally took care of her. Those unlucky fellows must have been secretly taught a lesson by the masters of Seven Star Square.


If not for that, how could she have dared to show her face all these years?


“You only know how to make your mother happy so you don’t care about your grandma, right?” Grandma Zhou said angrily.


Zhao Yebai quickly replied, “No, Grandma, compared to Mother, your change is even more unbelievable to Xiaobai.”


Zhao Ya also nodded vigorously, “Granny suddenly became thirty or forty years younger.”


Back when she left home, this grandma was old and frail. Now that thirteen years had passed, not only did the grandma not appear any older, she had actually become younger. Even her white hair had become black again, and her slightly hunched back had straightened again. Grandma was now a hundred years old, but in the eyes of those who didn’t know, she was at most fifty or sixty years old.


“Granny, what have you and my mother eaten all these years?” Zhao Yebai asked curiously.


As a cultivator’s cultivation increased, they might be able to regain their youthful looks, but his mother and grandma were obviously ordinary people who had never cultivated before, so what he saw today was truly beyond his understanding.


The granny couldn’t help but laugh, “What else can I eat? Your mother and I don’t know what’s going on, but there are rumors in town that my family’s glutinous rice dumpling have the ability to retain people youthful appearance. Otherwise, how could our business be so popular?”


“Is it related to the glutinous rice dumpling?” Zhao Yebai fell into deep thought.


Granny picked up some food and passed it to him, “Do you think I don’t know if it has anything to do with it?” These were all ordinary rice and noodles, so how could they have any effect on preserving one’s youth?


Zhao Ya giggled, “I don’t know if glutinous rice dumpling can retain people youthful appearance, but I have some fruits here that can prolong one’s life.”


Saying so, she took out eight spirit fruits from her Space Ring and gave four to her mother and four to her grandma.


“This fruit is really beautiful.” Yu Lu stared at the Spirit Fruit in front of her, only to see that its skin was transparent, and there was even a faint light flowing from it. Moreover, the fruit exuded a strange fragrance that made one’s appetite increase.


Granny asked, “Where did this fruit come from? Isn’t it very precious?”


“It’s grown on a tree on the mountain. I took it off so it’s not too expensive. Aunt Lu and Granny should quickly eat it, it’ll be good for you.”


At the same time, Seven Star Square’s Star Vision Peak, a place where the Sect Elder Guan Qianxing lived.


Miao Feiping fled in panic, begging for mercy as he fled, “Master, I was wrong, please don’t hit me, if you hit me again I’ll die.”


Although he had escaped quickly, how could he escape from his master’s pursuit?


Guan Qianxing held a stick in his hand and followed behind Miao Feiping like a shadow, smashing down with it one after another. As he did so, he cursed, “You wastrel, it’s not easy for Master to raise this fruit tree. It only blooms once every ten years, it only matures once every ten years, and after another ten years, it only bears eighteen fruits, but now that little girl has snatched twelve of them, Master’s heart is bleeding!”


Miao Feiping covered his head, “Master, you also said that Zhao Ya was the one who picked it. Why don’t you go beat her up? Why do you want to beat me up?”


Guan Qianxing said angrily, “Beat her up? Do I dare? Besides, that Zhao Ya girl doesn’t even leave her house. If you hadn’t let your mouth slip, how could she have known I had something good here? If I didn’t beat her up, who would I beat up?”


Miao Feiping didn’t know what to say, and since he couldn’t escape, he decided not to. Turning around, he knelt down in front of Guan Qianxing and said with a sad face, “Master, the fruit is precious, but the disciple is even more precious. If you lose the fruit in thirty years, you will still have it later. If you kill your disciple, where will you find such a talented disciple like me?”


Guan Qianxing raised his stick high and stood in front of him.


Miao Feiping stretched out his two index fingers and pressed them against the corners of his mouth, forcing out a smile that was uglier than crying, “Master, is Disciple right?”


“Right my ass!” Guan Qianxing smashed his stick down again, “The fruit is really gone, even if I beat you up I can’t kill you, I just want to vent my anger!”


Miao Feiping quickly got up and fled out of the mountain while screaming, “Square Master, save me!”


In the Seven Stars Collection, Zhao Yebai and Zhao Ya stayed for an entire month.


He never tell her mother about the hardships he had endured on the mountain, only about the interesting experiences he had experienced on the mountain. He also told his mother that he was now able to cultivate and would become a powerful cultivator sooner or later. Yu Lu listened attentively and looked at her two children with a sense of satisfaction.


She had never thought that her lonely self would actually be able to see her two children grow up. Suddenly, she thought back to that rainy night twenty years ago. Time had passed so quickly, as if it had only happened yesterday.


A month later, Zhao Yebai and Zhao Ya prepared to depart.


This trip down the mountain was to gain experience, so although he was reluctant to leave, he couldn’t always stay in the Seven Stars Collection.


At the entrance of the town, Yu Lu and Granny sent the two of them out and repeatedly reminded them.


“Xiao Ya, come here.” Yu Lu suddenly beckoned to Zhao Ya and walked to the side.


“Aunt Lu, what is it?” Zhao Ya asked as she approached.


Yu Lu took out a silk scarf from her sleeve, wrapped something in it, and handed it to Zhao Ya, “I ate two of the fruits you gave me and left two. If you can see your Uncle Yang on this trip, give this fruit to him. If you can’t… eat it yourself.”


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