Chapter 170 - 170: Cruel Pill
"Reality can be whatever you desire… " Were the words only words written inside the scroll.
Although these were only words, Long Chen felt like these words contained some strange power. The words looked illusory yet real at the same time. Long Chen kept looking at these words for a long time as he lost himself in the mysticism of these words.
After an unknown period of time, Long Chen felt like he had gained some enlightenment as he sat down on the ground and started meditating.
"What is reality? What is an Illusion? Illusion is everything I make it out to be and so is the reality. The only difference is that illusion is as weak as one's imagination and as strong as one's determination. It can be fake and still be real as long as one believes it to be real. An illusion does not need to follow the laws of this world as it is not real and does not exist! Thus it is out of this world's bounds. " Long Chen muttered as he slowly opened his eyes.
Long Chen looked around and noticed that he was back inside his room. Xun was still sitting in front of him and everything still looked the same.
"How many hours has it been?" Long Chen asked Xun as he looked at her.
"Hours? You have stayed like that for five years. I was starting to feel like you would never wake up…" Xun replied in a serious tone as she looked at him.
" What the heck? " Long Chen exclaimed loudly as he stood up with a stunned look on his face.
"Five years?"He again asked as if looking for assurance as he looked at Xun
"Yup. That girl called Mingyu had left this place years ago. She tried calling you but you didn't answer. She increased the lease of this mansion by two months and stayed here waiting for you but after getting no response, she thought that you didn't actually want to help her and will only cultivate here in seclusion for years to come." Xun told Long Chen in a serious tone as she gazed at him.
"Wow, I never expected such a long time will pass in an instant. It is similar to the trial world, I should be used to it by now."Long Chen let out with a wry smile on his face.
"At least there's one silver lining. I'm 20 years old now. Let's see if the older me looks as good as I imagined myself to look." Long Chen muttered as he walked towards the mirror and saw himself.
"Good joke" He turned back as he looked at Xun with an annoyed look on his face. Xun saw his expressions as she began laughing. Long Chen still looked like a 15-16-year-old boy as he looked at his reflection in the mirror.
"I'm sorry for lying to you... but I really wanted to see your expressions. I must say it was worth it." Xun said as she tried to control her laughter.
"If you had your fun, can you tell me honestly how much time had passed? " Long Chen asked as he looked at Xun.
"Only Seven days have passed so far. As the law orb has broken, I assume that you have learned the law of illusion and formed your illusion law seed? It's a pretty good speed I must say"Xun said with a smile as she looked at Long Chen.
Long Chen finally noticed that the pieces of law orb were lying on the ground as it had broken apart.
Long Chen used his consciousness to enter his Martial space and could actually see a seed-like thing floating near the ground. Entire space filled with stars could be seen inside this seed which just floated a few inches above the ground. It was the law seed of space but right beside it now existed another seed which was floating, albeit slightly lower. The second seed looked semi-transparent. Long Chen could easily guess that this was a law seed of illusion.
His Martial soul stood far from the law seeds, still with eyes closed. It had a symbol on the dorsal side of his left hand. It looked like an ancient Character. Xun had told Long Chen that it was the proof of his martial soul now gaining an affinity with space law.
Although Long Chen couldn't see because of the Armour his martial soul was wearing, there now existed another ancient character in the lower back of his martial soul. Long Chen brought his consciousness out.
"Yea, I gained some enlightenment about it" Long Chen let out as she told Xun.
" What did you have to do to learn it? Was it similar to your learning space law? " She asked back.
"Nope, In Fact, it was completely different. I was inside the Dragon city and I had to face Xue, Mei, grandfather and... Tian Shen. Thankfully I was able up to defeat them all " Long Chen let out as he sat beside Xun on the bed.
" What? How did you win? Tian Shen isn't someone who can be defeated so easily... His fighting sense is the finest that I have ever seen." Xun asked with a doubtful look.
"Well, I was paired with the version of Tian Shen from the time when he had no cultivation and no knowledge of fighting. He was under the effect of a strange demonic pill. You know... Just like Tian Shen who committed the slaughter in Star Martial Academy... " Long Chen let out as he lay down on the bed and looked towards the roof.
"That... how do you know about that time?" Xun asked with a stunned look on her face.
" Oh Right, I remember that I have prevented your access to my thoughts. So you can't even access my dreams without my permission and you didn't see the dream I had. " Long Chen let out with a realization.
" What happened was that I had a dream about that event. I saw you appear there briefly as well. It looked like you were kind of warning him again using that pill" Long Chen said with a thoughtful look on his face.
" How are you still having dreams of Tian Shen? I don't understand what is happening... " Xun let out with a confused look on her face.
"The pill that gave him such strength must have some side effects... " Long Chen said as he interrupted Xun's thoughts.
"Yes... There was a negative effect of that pill. A big negative effect... " Xun muttered.
" What? " Long Chen asked with curiosity on his face.
"Loss of cultivation and death! That pill was only useful for cultivators below Earth Realm. Once someone uses that pill, their physical strength and reflexes will improve by an abnormal amount. A person who has no cultivation would be able to face an Earth Realm Cultivator with ease, and if a Gold Core Realm Cultivator consumed it, he would be able to face even Heaven Realm Cultivators. As for it's side effects... you would lose your cultivation... but not instantly. You might even die"Xun said with a serious expression on her face.
" You would lose all your cultivation as soon as you reach the Heaven Realm Cultivation and you will have to start your cultivation all over again. And if a Cultivator can't reach Heaven Realm in 50 years, they would die as their heart stops." Xun muttered with a downcast look as she looked down.
"Such a cruel pill! Losing all cultivation, that too after reaching a realm like the great Heavenly Realm! And you will die if you don't reach that realm. Wow... " Long Chen let out with a stunned look on his face as he tried to imagine what one must be going through to take this pill, despite knowing it's side effects.
"So he reached Heavenly Realm... lost his Cultivation and again reached such a realm... Tough to imagine that he was the same person who couldn't even break through to the First Stage of Body Refining Realm" Long Chen muttered.
"His being unable to cultivate wasn't because of his lack of trailer talent... Let's not talk about his past as those things are not what you need to know." Xun said as she looked at Long Chen.
"If you say so. Anyways, why is there such a disparity between our inheritances? He got so many things like the sword, the pill and I'm sure that there must be many more while I only received the egg that refuses to hatch. " Long Chen said to Xun with an annoyed expression as he sat up.
"Hah, Are you jealous? Sorry, but I have no control over who gets what" Xun said to Long Chen with a chuckle as she looked at him.
"Your..." Long Chen was about to say something when there was a knock on the door. He stopped his sentence as he stood up.
Long Chen walked towards the door as he opened it. Long Chen saw a beautiful girl standing in front of him.
"Yu... Do you need anything? By the way, it had only been a few days since I last saw you, but I must say that you're looking even prettier than before. " Long Chen complimented her with a smile as he gazed in her eyes.
" Thank you. There was nothing important that I wanted to talk about. It's just that you had stayed in your room for seven days, and I was starting to get worried. The thing is that I had heard that there is a fair in the city this evening. I wanted to ask you to come with me" Princess Mingyu said to Long Chen.
" A fair? Sounds exciting. I'll come with you. Let me get ready." Long Chen said with a smile at he accepted Princess Mingyu's invitation.
"Alright, I'll be in my room. You can knock on my door when you're ready" Princess Mingyu said as she left.
Long Chen closed the door and went inside.
"A date with your crush? I won't disturb you" Xun smiled as she disappeared.
An hour passed as Long Chen got ready. He left the room and walked towards Princess Mingyu's room.