63 Family


I talk to him and spoke of what I was feeling. He was surprised. He didn’t think that I felt that way. He even tried to apologize, but I stopped it. “This is all my fault, these are my feelings, not yours, and I know that they are bad ones. I now understand why my Master was angry at me. She was angry because I was weak. If I can’t even congratulate you because the same thing didn’t happen to me, how I could be mentally prepared to be a good cultivator. I’m a selfish person and I need to change if I want to be better, a too be also a better sister for you.

I always said that you are my brother, but when the time came, I didn’t act as a sister. I want to be a sister capable to cheer you up and congratulate you from the bottom of my heart. I really do.”

What I told him was my real feelings, even if I hurt him a little, I wanted him to know how despicable I was, and perhaps he could forgive me.

“You know —said Meng Shang calmly—, sibling always fight, and they get jealous sometimes, that’s normal. I have seen my cousins and friends doing it, many times. But they always reconcile, and then they play as if nothing happened. I always wanted to have someone who could that with me. I know that you told me that, I felt kind of relieved. As you, I always said that you are my sister, but sometimes I felt that you were too distant with me. This is the first time that we really talk like siblings. I will not said that I was not angry when you don’t congratulate me, know I understand why you did that, and even if it’s weird I fell happy about it. Because is the first time that we actually acted as siblings.”

I almost cried. He was there with me, and we were sharing like real siblings. That day we talk about our past. He talked how he loved their parents, how his nanny was almost like his grandmother and how he loved to eat lotus cakes. He even tried to imitate the voice of his father when he was angry.

I told him how severe my parents were, and how I always was pushed away for everything. I also told him about my best friend, I shared with her everything and she was the one that help me to escape. I was worried that something could happen to her if she was discovered, but his father had a high position in the city so it was mostly impossible. I also talked how I didn’t like to eat tofu, but I could tolerated with honey.

He laughed a lot; she showed our feelings. It felt good. This was the first time that we were so open to each other.

While the time was passing, I could feel that my meridians were slowly open so my qi could flow again. I didn’t care for that in that moment. We keep chatting all day and even at night, with the moon illuminating the mountains. We saw the stars, and it felt wonderful. “Meng’er —I told him— thank you for everything.” He smiled. “You are my sister, don’t forget it.”

And when I felt I could control all my qi again, we went to the sect. I thanked my Master for this punishment. It made me realize many things and made me have a beautiful memory with my brother.

A mi hermana


Dejo de lado por hoy la novela (a la cual debo cambiarle el título), para desear un feliz cumpleaños a mi hermana.

Hoy ya estás más vieja,
mas no tienes alma añeja,
aún conservas la ternura de la niñez,
y seguirás así hasta la vejez,
tantas cosas hemos pasado,
algunas nos hemos olvidado,
sin embargo nuestros lazos inexorables,
nuestros lazos entrañables,
no serán corroídos por el olvido,
pues por todo lo vivido,
tu eres y serás mi hermana,
hoy, ayer y mañana.

62 Thinking


I was freezing, as my Master told me, she had closed my meridians, so my qi wasn’t flowing. I didn’t feel like that since I become a cultivator. She even closed my inner place. I was alone, cold and angry.

My Master didn’t try to understand my complaint. She only said that I was still a little girl. How I was a “little girl” anymore? Was I not a victim of my family? They try to force marriage, and I was almost raped and killed. Remembering these scenes and become angrier. They ripped my clothes, I could see then in my mind, their faces. Their eyes had lust and madness. I goose bumped.

If it was not for my Master, my end would have been terrible. She showed me another path, one that I didn’t even think it existed for me. Since that day I had tried my best to become someone who didn’t need to be so defenseless again. I cultivated and learn the techniques my Master gave me. They were difficult, but most of them I have already mastered them. I knew that she was proud of my advancement, I had seen her face. I wanted her to keep being pride of me. But now she was clearly angry at me.

Was it bad that I would angry because I didn’t achieve to breakthrough? I really wanted to do it! I wanted to be more powerful! What’s bad about that?! And why Meng Shang could do it but not me? When I saved his life he was only a little more powerful than me, and I closed the gap quickly. I had to train hard to do it, but I finally achieve that and now… now! He is stronger! Not a little beat, but to a whole new level! I felt the enormous power that I had as a peak semi-mortal, how would it feel if I achieved what he did? It has to be wonderful! Why I didn’t could do it?

I felt I was robbed of my opportunity, in was not fair. If not for him I would have ascended. I remembered when I help him, I could have do nothing and we would never see us again. He would what trained with me, and he would not risk my life the first time we tried to breakthrough to the semi-mortal level. That day I thought I would die, and only because of my Master I could survive. I didn’t was angry by him, because I knew that all was something unexpected, nobody could think that that would happen, and also we were happy that we achieved what he wanted.

We trained in the words, we kill a lot, and even fought on a life or death situation. He could have abandoned me, but he didn’t’, and from that moment we were sworn brothers. We had tried to help each other, and I was happy. But now… I felt depressed. This was not me.

Do I was selfish? He what go to a lot of things, and we were siblings. I hated him to do something that I couldn’t, but it was not his fault. How could I be angry to my brother? No, I was not angry at him, I was angry at me. I had taken for granted that I would ascend, but I didn’t do it and he did. I had to felt happy for him, but I was jealous. Deep down, I knew it.

 I was a failure, not only in my eyes, but also in the eyes of my master. She was angry at me. She told me that this was all my idea, and she was right. If I didn’t want to help then, perhaps I would be at the same level as Meng Shang, but I did help them. I wanted to do it. I was angry to choose that path.

No, I was not. They needed help, and I had to give them help. I dint’ want them to suffer. They didn’t have any fault. Meng Shang…. He was not at fault neither. She didn’t wanted to do it, he said that to me many times. She was worried that I could be harmed. But I didn’t listen to him. I only cared to help the sect. What happened —I realized— it was not anyone fault but mine. I was the one who choose that path, and that was the consequences of my acts. I felt that way because I was ashamed of myself to not do better.

Now I was freezing, realizing how feeble were mortal beings, and I was one of them in that moment. Many things happened but I always had the help of my Master and Meng Shang. I felt embarrass by the way I acted. Know I knew it was childish. Perhaps I even hurt him. I didn’t’ want that, he was my brother, but I was so jealous that I could prevent that. I began to cry.

The problem was me, and I didn’t know what to do. Everyone sure hated me, and I didn’t want to felt alone. It that was the path that I would take from now on? Without master or brother? Power was important, but true family was even more.

Ice began to form near my eyes. I kept meditating and think all the things I did wrong. I need to remedy that. I didn’t want to be alone.

From far away I heard someone was calling me, I responded and it as Meng Shang. He began to search for me when I didn’t return to the sect. He was worried about e, because he felt I was not in a good mood. He ask me how I was. I embrace him. He was shocked, but didn’t do anything. I began to apologize to him, I told him everything I felt. He listened and not said anything after I finished my talk. “You know —he said— when I was in my family, many of my cousins were better than me, they grew stronger and faster than me, so I could understand what you feel. But we are brother and sister, we are true brother and sister forged by the circumstances. I know that this doesn’t make to feel better, but I want you to understand that I don’t care who is more powerful, now I’m, perhaps in the future, you are; but we can’t have jealousy between us. I want you to know that”.

I felt more ashamed. He was my minor, but act as the adult here, but he was right. I had to be happy for him, he was my true brother.

“What do you say if we left this place? —he asked—, we are celebrating that the sect.”

“Thank you —I responded—but I was punished by my master to be here one entire day, I can’t go. He nodded and stay with me meditating, so of his aura present me to freeze.

He stayed with my all day. I was really ashamed and happy.

That what true brothers do.

61 Failed!


I felt more powerful than ever, and my soul tree was overflowing vitality. I was fantastic to ascend to quasi-divine level. I was something different. “Congratulations little girl —said my Master— you are a cultivator for a few years and you are already at the peak of the semi-mortal level. A little more and you will ascend!”

Her words froze me. Peak of the semi-mortal level? I was not a quasi-divine cultivator? How? How that happened? The pills the Founder gave me were enough to ascend! And all the qi I received from the purple lighting! How I not ascended? It had to be a mistake of my Master. I was sure of it.

“I can’t believe it, he is a quasi-divine cultivator at this young age! This is something you can’t always see!”, said the founder astonished of what he had seen. Everyone began to congratulate Meng Shang and he was between ecstatic and shy.

“Master —I speak almost trying to not do it—, did you misspoke? You said I’m only at the peak of the semi-mortal level, that’s not true isn’t it?”

She saw me and saw that I only wanted to hear one kind of answer. She caressed my hair, and tell me that we would talk later. I was almost about to cry, but if I did it, it would be seen by everybody as weak. That I would not do it, but I was angry. I left without congratulating Meng Shang, I didn’t want to do it. Why him and not me?

I left in a hurry, and I sensed that Meng Shang wanted to say something but I didn’t hear it. I didn’t care. When I was far enough I questioned my Master. “He have a wondrous physique, it was expected to ascend, not many cultivators could match someone with his physique. You had to be happy because your sworn brother have ascended, but I can only see a crybaby that made a tantrum because things didn’t go as expected to her.”

“Master! But the pills the turtle give me it could help me to ascend! Why they didn’t work?”

“He absorbed most of the energy of the pills —se explained—. If you have done it separately, perhaps both of you would have become semi-divines.”

“That’s not fair!” I shouted.

“Fair? What are you talking about? There is no fairness in this world. What is fair is what you can obtain with your power, only that. Also, you are the one who wanted to do this; you are the one who asked him many times to do it even if he didn’t want it. This was your choice. Do you think that the world revolves around you? That’s why you are still only a little girl.

I want you to reflect about all this here. All day you will meditate, and I will seal your meridians, so no qi will flow. For a day you will almost like a simple mortal. Use this time to think. Don’t waste this opportunity.”

And for an entire day I was freezing in a mountain powerless, meditating about me and all what happened.

60 Ascensions II


I could sense that all the kids, even the Sect Master and the Elder were afraid when they began to see the lighting. “Both of you, calm yourselves! —angrily shouted the Supreme Elder—. You are the leaders of this Sect, you are the example that the rest have to follow! A turtle is string but without a head, it will die! Steel your hearts!”

“Yes, Venerable Founder!, the shock of his words made slip that secret, but in that moment it didn’t matter. They knew that this was an important moment, not only for themselves but for all the Sect. They would not fail. They began to calm down and began to encourage the disciples. “This lighting is our opportunity —said the Sect Master—, we would take it, and we will advance! From now on, we will not be weak anymore! We are the Metal Turtle Sect! We will reborn!”

The disciples heard it all. Not only they discovered that the mysterious Supreme Elder was actually the founder of the Sect, but this was there opportunity to change. To lift up their faces and said proudly that they were Metal Turtle Sect’s disciples. “We are the Metal Turtle Sect!” all shouted at unison.

The lighting began to fall, and Meng Shang was absorbing it. Like that time he began also to absorb my qi, but this time we were prepared. The Venerable founder began to give him his qi to minimize the absorption of mine, and my master supplemented mine. This process was painful, but not as much as last time.

Soon Meng Shang began to absorb any qi around him, he couldn’t control it. My Master had used one part of the array to prevent that the rest was affected. If not for that, the mortals would have already died. I felt how he was gaining more qi and was soon to become a quasi-divine. More lighting began to appear, but this time it was purple. Even the Founder was shocked by that. “Is this kid have….” He wanted to say something but stopped, it was not the time and he needed to concentrate.

“Are you ready Yue Liang?”, my master asked me. It was one of the few times he called me by name, so I knew that she was worried. Meng Shang couldn’t hold any more and he released the excess of qi in his body. I began to absorb it. “You are not him —my Master said—, don’t absorb it like a sponge, be careful. Use only what you need and expulse the rest.” I don’t want to do it, I knew that Meng Shang was now a quasi-divine and I wanted the same. I wanted that my Master could be proud of my advance. I was about to let all that energy flow to me, but I remembered Master words: “pride is the poison of cultivators” and I stopped. I continued the flow as she taught me and I saw how my soul tree was getting bigger and stronger.

I was not the only one improving my soul tree. The Sect Master, the Elder and Chen began to do it as well. They could feel the powerful energy around them and they knew that this was the opportunity the venerable Founder was talking about. They began to start also lighting as their first tribulation began. If anyone could see all the thunder, they would believe it was the end of the world.

The kids who had their soul seed about to germinate, also use that energy. They knew it was their chance and began to meditate. The way of the turtle were somewhat different of what Meng Shang and I were doing, but not for that it was inefficient. On the contrary, most of the kids began to grow their soul tree. “Careful—ordered the Venerable Founder—, remember the way of the turtle, patience is the key. Don’t try to absorb more than what you can, if not, the only thing you will left will be your minced body for the dogs.” Most of the kids who wanted to get more, stopped. Perhaps if the Sect Master said that, they would not have cared, but this one was the Founder of the Sect. If he didn’t knew how t guide them, who would?

The last kids also began to meditate. They tried to accomplish the same as the kids who had more time meditating, but they also heard the words. They will still try it, but they would be careful.

The array was incredible, it send energy almost proportional to the needs of every group. It was incredible seeing something like that, even other array masters would be fascinated of the complexity and detail of it.

Al the process lasted for all night, but when we finished, the result was extraordinary. The Sect Master and the Elder both were now semi-mortals, Chen was a high quasi-mortal; all the first kids were now low quasi mortals, and the last group two of them also ascended and the rest only need some weeks or months of cultivation to do it. It was a great success for the sect. Nobody died, and almost all were most powerful than before.

Only the one who didn’t want to do it remained as before, and now regretted his decision. But they was not medicine for regret. He probably would never be a cultivator in this life, and he knew it.

It was a shame, but it was the path he chose. That was life.

59 Ascensions I


Many months have passed, and now all were meditating. Seen Cheng become a quasi-mortal was incredible for them, even eye opening. Now they knew that they actually had a chance. And the ones who already cultivated were even more enthusiast, because they were following the same path, and they could see how their soul seeds were now full of energy, more, much more than before.

When we thought that they were ready, we began our plan. All the Sect went out of the city. If it was another Sect, perhaps that would cause weird looks, but not this one. Nobody cared about the Metal turtle Sect, so nobody saw us.

We needed to go outside because if we achieved our goal, the results would quite eye catching, and that was something that we couldn’t do. The more nobody cared about us, the safer we were. Before this trip we looked for a good place to do it, the Sect Master knew better than us the outsides of the city, so with his advice, we decided to go to the Thunder Mountains. It was a place were almost every week you could hear thunder there, so even if we make noise, no one would be alert. It was a perfect place.

The trip last for ten days. It would have been a lot faster if not for the mortal kids. They didn’t knew what we were going to do, actually no of the students knew. For them it was a special trip prepared by the Sect Master. We had a lot of food and water, and even some candies for the kids. They were quite happy all the trip until we arrived to the place, then most of their faces changed.

“Today is an special day —the Supreme Elder said—, today all of you will have the chance to become a cultivator. What we will do is something similar of what you have already seen, but more dangerous and more rewarding. All of you have a chance today, but I will not impose my will. You have to want to become a cultivator or to be more powerful than what you are now, to risk your live. Most of you are very young and perhaps will have another opportunity that I can’t say. I only can say that if you risk your life, and don’t die in the process, you will enter to a new era for everyone. You have time to choose before we commence”.

All the kids were silent, but kept moving. I was almost sure that all would accept. Who didn’t want to become a cultivator having the option? And even if the Supreme Elder said it will be dangerous, what we would do, would be mostly safe for them. However, they had to choose their path.

When we arrived to the place, the Sect Master, the Supreme Elder and the Elder began to create an array according to the instructions of my Master. That array was very complicated, and only the Supreme Elder and my Master could comprehend how it worked and what it did. It was a work that they work in secret so I didn’t know anything about it.

While the adults were working with the array, the kids looked at them. Some of them were already resolve to do it, but a few ones were still thinking about it. Chen asked me about the safety, and I only told him that it would be very dangerous for all of us, in that moment he understood that I would also would be risking my life. He didn’t asked nothing more.

The kids that Meng Shang was teaching were already convinced, I don’t know exactly how he taught them but I could see that it was very effective. I couldn’t believe that they were the rebels of the groups some time ago, now they were sheep adoring the shepherd.

All the process took several hours, and when it was completed, it was time for the kids to choose.

All chose to do it except one. It was a boy of 10 years, he was quite talkative and always said the he wanted to be the most powerful cultivator on the world. But he was frightened, and didn’t want to do it. Other kids tried to convince him, even the Elder but was in vain. We couldn’t do anything about it.

After that, everyone took they positions. Meng Shang and I were at the center, the quasi-mortals around us, the kids who had their souls seed more developed next, and lastly the one who started late.

This time My Master would only look for me, she would not have time to do it for Meng Shang, so the Supreme Elder would be the one taking care of him. I could see even now some unwillingness from Meng Shang, but he knew that if my Master was the one who decided it, it was nothing he could do. “Please, be careful”, he said before we started. I nodded.

All would start with me. I took the pills the Supreme Elder gave me and swallowed one, then I enter my inner self. I saw the rush of energy going to my soul tree. “Channel that, and absorb it slowly”, indicated my Master. The flux of energy was very powerful, but I could contain it. “This time this energy is better for you than the thunder you absorbed. It’s easier to control, but you have to be careful, don’t forget.”

I really was easier. When my soul tree absorbed almost all of the pill, I took the second one. Now the tree began to glow, and thunderstorms began to form.

It was time. All or nothing.