“I will take care of disciplining them when they make mistakes, no need to bother the City God,” Xia Hongshen said, slowly taking two steps in their direction.

       The next moment, Song Jun saw him standing in front of him and Feng Junyuan, but Song Jun didn’t even see how he moved.

       When Night Patrol God saw Xia Hongshen, he became even more angry. He pointed the long blade at Xia Hongshen and said, “What Immortal Lord? You’re just a mere demonic beast! Don’t think we are really afraid of you!”

       Song Jun was stunned when he heard Night Patrol God’s words.

       Xia Hongshen’s expression remained unchanged, but he said coldly, “Then what do you want?”

       The Night Patrol God pointed at Feng Junyuan and Song Jun and said, “Today is the day that the Ghost Gate is opened, and these two boys are here to disrupt the order of Yin and Yang. I will take them to the City God to hold them accountable. Do you dare to stop?”

       Xia Hongshen said, “I am going to stop it.”

       Night Patrol God’s expression changed, and without saying a word, he swung his long blade and struck down towards Xia Hongshen, shouting, “Let’s see if you can stop my blade first!”

       Xia Hongshen raised his hand. Song Jun and Feng Junyuan were immediately pushed away by a gentle wind. All of a sudden, Xia Hongshen’s figure swayed slightly, and he had already dodged the blade of Night Patrol God. With a flick of his slender fingertips, a deep and gentle spiritual power knocked the Night Patrol God’s blade away.

       Song Jun was a little dumbfounded. He didn’t know how things could develop to this point. Even though he had seen many demons and ghosts before, he had never seen such a battle before.

       The guy who wielded the long blade didn’t say anything, but Song Jun listened to his words and guessed that he might be a ghost messenger; but what exactly was Senior Brother Xia?

       Immortal Lord? Demons? Song Jun felt that he couldn’t understand it.

       However, Song Jun immediately became worried about Xia Hongshen. No matter whether Xia Hongshen was a human or a demon, Song Jun would always be on his side. Now, the opponent had a long sword in his hand, while all Xia Hongshen had was empty hands. Although it seemed that he was not at a disadvantage, Song Jun was always frightened every time the Night Patrol God’s long blade swung, bringing up gusts of wind.

       When Song Jun couldn’t contain his worry and took two steps forward, Feng Junyuan already jumped forward and wanted to rush over.

       Song Jun was shocked and stretched out his hand to stop Feng Junyuan, “Hey!”

       However, Feng Junyuan sensed the Yin energy coming from the Night Patrol God’s long blade and involuntarily took a few steps back. He looked somewhat anxious, and yet he couldn’t quite articulate why. He just felt that he couldn’t stand by and watch the two of them fight.

       When Feng Junyuan stepped forward again, he was forced back by the Yin energy of the Night Patrol God, and he looked a little frustrated.

       Unexpectedly, Xia Hongshen suddenly escaped from the fight with Night Patrol God. He stopped next to Feng Junyuan, stretched out a hand to Feng Junyuan and said, “Come here.”

       Feng Junyuan was momentarily stunned as if guided by some unseen force, he reached out and clasped Xia Hongshen’s hand.

       Song Jun didn’t have time to be surprised. The next moment, he saw a golden light appear on Feng Junyuan’s body. Even Feng Junyuan himself looked down at his body in surprise as the golden light turned into a long weapon in Xia Hongshen’s hands.

       The long weapon was shaped like a long fork, with a sharp blade in the middle and crescent-shaped curved edges on both sides, with golden light flowing.

       Song Jun didn’t recognise the name of this weapon, but the Night Patrol God who fought with Xia Hongshen did. He paused slightly and stared at the weapon in Xia Hongshen’s hand, saying, “Gilded Phoenix Wings?”

       Xia Hongshen didn’t say anything. He held the sharp weapon in his hand and stabbed Night Patrol God in the face.

       The Night Patrol God blocked with his long knife, only to feel a tingling numbness in both hands, instantly recalling the rumours he had heard from Bai Wuchang about the person in front of him. The Night Patrol God was originally a fierce deity, and he would definitely not be afraid of any ancient ferocious beast. However, as they clashed in combat at this moment, he suddenly felt that the person before him did indeed possess a certain frightening quality.

       Little did he know Xia Hongshen had not even transformed into his true form but still retained a considerable amount of strength.

       The two long weapons collided fiercely, with constant clanking sounds. The Night Patrol God was the god of the underworld, and the seventh month was the yin moon, where the yin energy was at its peak. All of a sudden, the nether winds are very strong.

The two long weapons clashed fiercely, the resounding clangs echoing incessantly. The Night Wandering God, being a deity from the underworld, coupled with the fact that it was the seventh month, associated with the peak of yin energy. All of a sudden chilling Yin wind suddenly swept through.

       Song Jun was almost unable to stand due to the strong wind and almost fell to the ground.

       Suddenly, he felt a gentle force wrap around him, and a golden halo suddenly appeared around him. It was not a surprised that Xia Hongshen would use his spiritual power to protect him while fighting the Night Patrol God.

       Song Jun’s eyes fell on Xia Hongshen.

       He was seen waving the Gilded Phoenix Wings; his posture was carefree and unrestrained, and his expression was calm and indifferent, but the person who was fighting with him gradually showed signs of decline and began to retreat slowly.

       The Night Patrol God could hardly withstand Xia Hongshen’s attack.

       The Gilded Phoenix Wings was worthy of being a divine weapon known as the Immortal Sword. The peak of its spiritual power was far beyond what the Yin energy of the long blade in the Night Patrol God’s hand could compete with. Perhaps others couldn’t see it, but Night Patrol God could clearly feel that Xia Hongshen was able to handle things with ease.

       He saw Xia Hongshen’s slender fingers twirl the Gilded Phoenix Wing’s long handle effortlessly, swinging it in a circle easily and slashing towards the top of his head. Instinctively, he raised his long knife to block, but in that instant, he felt regret, fearing that the long knife might be powerless against the spiritual energy of the Gilded Phoenix Wing weapon.

       However, the imagined attack did not land on top of his head. At the last moment, Xia Hongshen gently pushed the long handle with his finger, and the Gilded Phoenix Wings flew away from the Night Patrol God.

       Knowing that the other party was showing mercy, Night Patrol God felt a surge of anger in his chest. He wanted to yell to tell Xia Hongshen not to look down on him, but at the last moment, he chose to be patient. He escaped from the battle, pointed at Xia Hongshen and said, “Monster, please don’t be arrogant! The two realms of Yin and Yang have strict order, so we won’t allow you to act recklessly! Sooner or later, we will end our relationship with you after what happened today!”

       Xia Hongshen stood still and responded calmly, “I’ll be waiting for you.”

       Immediately, the Night Patrol God disappeared from the street with a big blade on his shoulder.

       Only Song Jun and Xia Hongshen were left, as well as the long soldiers in Xia Hongshen’s hands.

       However, Song Jun only saw Xia Hongshen’s weapon transforming into the appearance of Feng Junyuan. He stood there in a daze for a moment, then, with a mix of annoyance and anger, he glared at Xia Hongshen and turned to run away.

       Xia Hongshen showed no intention of stopping him but instead said to Song Jun, “Are you okay?”

       Song Jun was in a complicated mood at the moment and couldn’t say a word for a moment. He felt that if there was a tree next to him, he should hold on to the tree and say, “Let me slow down.”

       It was a pity that there was no tree, and he was too embarrassed to hold Xia Hongshen in front of him. The words ‘Are you a human or a monster?’ lingered on his lips, but he didn’t ask.

       Suddenly, Song Jun heard the sound of cicadas chirping on the tree next to him. It was so quiet just now that it was not like a human world. Now, somehow, the lively scene has returned. There were old people squatting by the side of the road to burn paper money, middle-aged people taking a walk, and small children running, jumping, and playing.

       The fog on the river had dispersed, and the big red lantern had disappeared.

       In an instant, Song Jun felt like he was back in the original world.

       He turned his head blankly and saw Zhou Yingchun and the group not far ahead.

       A senior sister turned around and saw him, and waved to him.

       Song Jun was a little dazed at that time. He replied, “Oh,” and then showed Xia Hongshen the cup he had been holding in his hand and said, “I will return the cup to Professor Zhou.”

       Xia Hongshen said, “Go ahead.”

       Song Jun then chased in the direction of the group of people. Returning the cup to Zhou Yingchun, everyone continued to talk and walk towards the school. Song Jun turned around and found that Xia Hongshen had disappeared.

       In that moment just now, it was as if time and space had frozen. Once Song Jun broke free from that place, there were no traces left of what had transpired.

       However, Song Jun had witnessed everything about Xia Hongshen and Feng Junyuan with his own eyes. His mind was a jumble of confusion. It wasn’t until he returned to the dormitory at night and was quiet that he could carefully contemplate all these events.

       Xia Hongshen was probably not a human being, at least not an ordinary person; maybe neither was Feng Junyuan. But Song Jun didn’t feel scared. He just felt a little confused. Since he came to this university to study, he had encountered many strange things that he had never encountered before, and he didn’t understand what happened. And now, even his close and trusted senior brother seemed to be no ordinary human being. Having received education about materialism1Philosophical Materialism states that everything that truly exists is matter; everything is material, thus all phenomena we see are a result of material interactions since childhood, his cognition had been subverted overnight, which was really hard for him to accept.

       After struggling alone in the room for half an hour, Song Jun opened the door and walked to the opposite side, knocking on Xia Hongshen’s door.

       The door opened quickly. Xia Hongshen was standing in front of the door wearing a dark T-shirt, cotton trousers, and a pair of slippers as he looked at Song Jun.

       Song Jun glanced at him and suddenly became nervous, and then he heard Xia Hongshen ask him, “Do you want to eat small fish?”

       Song Jun didn’t know what happened, but he sat in Xia Hongshen’s room again and ate dried fish. He didn’t like eating dried fish at all, and he was not a cat.

       Xia Hongshen was sitting on a chair with one leg raised. Song Jun’s eyes were unconsciously attracted to his bare feet wearing slippers. Even Xia Hongshen’s feet were beautiful in shape and fair in complexion, and his toenails were round and smooth, just like him. It was perfect, flawless.

       Seemingly noticing that Song Jun was staring at his feet, Xia Hongshen raised them up to show him and asked him, “Does it taste good?”

       When Song Jun was asked, he remembered the purpose of his coming here. He put the dried fish aside and asked, “Senior Brother, are you a human?”

       Xia Hongshen did not answer.

       Song Jun asked tentatively, “Are you a demon?”

       Xia Hongshen still didn’t answer.

       Song Jun suddenly felt a little discouraged. He was not the kind of person who was used to being aggressive. On the contrary, he was actually a bit meek in character. He didn’t like to force others, and he didn’t like to fight for anything. He asked Xia Hongshen two questions in succession but did not get an answer from him. He suddenly lost the confidence to continue asking.

       When he thought of Xia Hongshen holding Feng Junyuan’s hand and Feng Junyuan transforming into Xia Hongshen’s weapon, Song Jun felt even more uncomfortable. He stood up and said, “I’m going back first.”

       Xia Hongshen didn’t ask to stay with him.

       When Song Jun went out, he said angrily, “The dried fish is not delicious at all!” Then he closed the door of Xia Hongshen’s room.

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