Rebirth from the Fire
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Hua Xiaoqian’s concern was also what the others were most worried about right now. It wasn’t easy for them to successfully send Wu Ningzhu to the fiery stairs. Now she was facing the most difficult test, but everyone was crystal clear that she could only rely on herself. n.o.body would be able to help her.
“We won’t be able to interfere in it. All we can do is to watch silently,” Big Yellow shook his head.
“I believe that Sister Ning will succeed,”said Jiang Chen in an incomparably resolute tone.
His confidence in Wu Ningzhu was logical. First, she was a person with great perseverance. Second, she was someone with strong aspiration. When she was still the saintess of Mysterious River Palace, she wore a veil since young for the sake of her mother, hoping that she could reunite with her mother again one day. So how could she possibly be a weak person?
Furthermore, she had ascended from Saint Origin World to the Immortal World. Without strong perseverance and mind, how was she able to become a true immortal?
Moreover, Jiang Chen believed in Empress Xiao Yao’s vision. As an ancient Empress, she certainly wouldn’t be casual in selecting her descendant. Since Wu Ningzhu had been chosen by the Empress and pa.s.sed the first test of the Xiao Yao Qin, her chance of being recognized as the Qin’s master had become higher.
“That’s of course. How can the one chosen by Empress Xiao Yao be an incapable person? But even if she could succeed, it’s going to be a very difficult process. As the saying goes, a phoenix rises from the ashes. This is Sister Ning’s great opportunity and also her greatest trial,” said Big Yellow.
He had the same thoughts as Jiang Chen, not doubting Wu Ningzhu would get the Great Sovereign’s inheritance, but it wouldn’t be an easy process and success could only come after a series of hards.h.i.+ps. If she was abandoned by Empress Xiao Yao, she would be bound to be mediocre for the rest of her life.
On the fiery stairs, Wu Ningzhu gritted her teeth and lifted her foot onto the 21st step.
However, as soon as Wu Ningzhu stepped onto the 21st step, changes happened all of a sudden. The Fire of Sun suddenly launched an attack on Wu Ningzhu. Her body was now burning with flames. Even from afar, people could see the fire incinerating her body.
“Not good!” Han Yan cried in alarm.
Everyone became tensed as they thought that it was some sort of invisible pressure that made Wu Ningzhu’s movement somewhat slow. To their horror, the fire started to attack her on the 21st step.
“Don’t panic. This is the real test. Sister Ning is going to be reborn from the Fire of Sun, casting off her old self and taking on a new one, allowing her to possess the complete bloodline of the Golden Crow. Empress Xiao Yao was a supreme Great Sovereign of the Golden Clan. In order to obtain the Empress’s inheritance and control the Xiao Yao Qin, one has to possess the genuine bloodline of the Golden clan. We can only let her fate run its course. There’s nothing else we can do. But the refinement process is incredibly cruel. Ordinary experts won’t be able to handle it and die.”
Big Yellow spoke with great dignity. He knew the situation very well. Not only would Wu Ningzhu get the inheritance of Empress Xiao Yao, but also become a descendant of the Divine Bird Golden Crow, however the process was unquestionably painful and dangerous. That was to say, it absolutely wasn’t easy to be a descendant of a Great Sovereign and the Golden Clan.
What Big Yellow said unsettled everyone once more. While being burned by the Fire of Sun, she still had 79 steps to go. This was no easy task, but no one could give her a hand. Even Jiang Chen, the one who had all very powerful means, could only watch motionlessly and pray that Wu Ningzhu could successfully integrate with the Golden Crow bloodline.
There had been a lot of sayings mentioning that phoenixes rose from ashes and b.u.t.terflies emerging from coc.o.o.ns. The truth was that it wasn’t as simple as it sounded. He was afraid that only the one who was experiencing it knew the pain and pressure.
Wu Ningzhu gritted her teeth and continued dragging herself forward. That’s right, she was hauling herself forcefully. With every step, the Fire of Sun would only get stronger. The essence of the flames constantly seeped through her skin, into her body, intending to refine all the insides and outsides of her body, allowing true transformation to take place in her body.
When she reached the 25th step, the Fire of Sun had already turned into a pool of flames, completely drowning her within. It became impossible to see her from outside. She had become a person of fire. Countless expression darkened. Whether it was those who hoped for Wu Ningzhu to fail or those who prayed for her success, all of them couldn’t help but show a trace of respect. They could already imagine the pain and torture that she was bearing. Despite that, she didn’t let out any sound, not even a wail. Instead, she continued ascending the stairs.
“What a powerful willpower! If it had been me, I would’ve given up, even if it’s the inheritance of a Great Sovereign.”
“The burning of the Fire of Sun inside and outside of her body. That kind of torture is unimaginable. I never thought this woman have such perseverance. I have underestimated her. However there are still 75 steps to go. At this rate, I’m afraid she is going to end up dead on the fiery stairs before reaching the top.”
“That’s right. It seems like the inheritance isn’t easy to obtain at all. Such a test isn’t bearable by a half-step Immortal Emperor.”
Many people were shocked. No one looked down on Wu Ningzhu anymore, but most of them felt that she was going to die for sure this time. The situation was far from optimistic. The Fire of Sun was overly strong and yet she still had so many steps to go.
Finally, when she reached the 30th step, she let out a wail. Her voice was hoa.r.s.e, blood-curdling and agonizing. Both of her legs had been fully incinerated. That kind of pain was beyond understanding and imagination.
“Sister Ning!” Jiang Chen yelled.
Despite him being cold-blooded, he found it hard to endure watching this scene. His eyes went red. The scream of hers almost jolted his heart out. He really couldn’t watch this anymore, however he felt compelled to because he wanted to see her continue climbing the stairs.
He wished that he was the one being in the sea of fire now, letting him carry the pain that Wu Ningzhu was feeling right now. At this moment, he began to recall all the bitter-sweet moments he had had with Wu Ningzhu.
This is his woman, but he couldn’t do anything to help her and could only watch her suffer endless torment. The feeling he was having right now was beyond understanding as well. For the first time in his life, he felt pretty useless.
Big Yellow, Han Yan, Tyrant and Dragon s.h.i.+san were silent. Their eyes had also turned red. Their fists were clenched. The worries in their hearts were conceivable. Lan Lingji, Hua Xiaoqian and the other female disciples of the two major powers averted their eyes as they couldn’t bear to watch anymore.
On the stairs, Wu Ningzhu continued to move upwards. After the miserable scream, she quieted down.
On the 35th step, half of her lower body had been incinerated, as though those parts had vanished completely from the Heavens and Earth. The Fire of Sun became fiercer and fiercer as if it was going to incinerate the entire world. Her consciousness became slightly blurred, but her determination had yet to disappear. She continued to move upwards!
“I can do it! I can! This kind of pain is nothing to me!”
Her determination churned inside of her. She wanted to become stronger. She didn’t want to be a liability to Jiang Chen. Perhaps she really didn’t want to become a stronger woman. Her greatest desire was to be able to accompany Jiang Chen and walk along with him. As such, she had to be stronger. She wanted to be useful to Jiang Chen.
The corners of Jiang Chen’s eyes moistened. He felt that his heart was beating uncontrollably fast, and that the scene was suffocating him.
Jiang Chen shouted Wu Ningzhu’s name in a hoa.r.s.e voice, as though something was stuck in his throat. He could feel Wu Ningzhu’s determination, the determination that not even the fire could incinerate. Even if all her flesh were burned away, her determination would still remain.
When a person die, the stubbornness would cling to one’s sentiments! And in the fiery Samsara, the thing that couldn’t be burnt away was one’s sentiments!
Jiang Chen suddenly understood why Venerable Xiao w.a.n.gqing had become what he was. Jiang Chen could never cut his sentiments. In fact, there were some sentiments that he could never cut because not even Xiao w.a.n.gqing could do it. That was why Xiao w.a.n.gqing had to search his sentiments.
Fiery waves rolled. The figure in the pool of flames was still moving up the stairs. The whole scene had become strangely quiet. Most of them didn’t even dare to breathe, afraid that it would disturb the lady’s persistence to climb.
Wu Ningzhu’s stubbornness had been turned into something tangible, and it drifted across the crowd.
Lan Lingji held Dragon s.h.i.+san’s hand tightly. This was her first time holding a man’s hand and she was the one who took the initiative. She was touched by the love between Jiang Chen and Wu Ningzhu. Looking at the serious-looking Dragon s.h.i.+san, she wondered if Dragon s.h.i.+san would also shed tears if she was the one in the sea of fire.
If a woman was pa.s.sionately loved by her man in her life, she wouldn’t mind dying for him.
The upper body of Wu Ningzhu began incinerating. At this rate, she could only reach the 40th step at best and at that time, nothing would be left off of her.
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