The Gilded Phoenix Wings in Xia Hongshen’s hands were trembling slightly and making a buzzing sound. Xia Hongshen knew that it could no longer bear the demonic energy, and he was afraid that it would be eroded by the demonic energy.

       Long Xing and Xi Anling still hadn’t arrived yet. Xia Hongshen didn’t want to actually leave the Gilded Phoenix Wings in Mei Ling’s hand, so he held the Gilded Phoenix Wings horizontally, turned him into the size of a golden hairpin in his hand and put it back in his pocket.

       Mei Ling hadn’t taken the opportunity to kill everyone yet, and the demonic energy in her body became stronger and stronger. She asked with a sneer, “You don’t even have a weapon. How can you fight with me?”

       Xia Hongshen responded calmly, “Aren’t you afraid that the demonic energy will erode your sanity?”

       “Not afraid,” Mei Ling said, “because before that, I can subdue you first.”

       “Subdue me?” Xia Hongshen suddenly asked her, “Mei Ling, what do you want?”

       Mei Ling looked at Xia Hongshen and said coldly, “I want no one in heaven and earth to disobey me.”

       Xia Hongshen slowly shook her head, “Delusional.”

       As soon as he finished speaking, along the river, a sudden burst of cyan light illuminated half of the sky. Accompanying the cyan light was the sound of swords that followed each other, gradually becoming longer and shorter.

       Mei Ling turned her head to look at the light with doubt on her face.

       Xia Hongshen, however, similarly looked in that direction, and then a smile appeared on his face. Mei Ling had never seen Xia Hongshen smile like that, with a soft smile on his brows and eyes.

       “Chunjun,” Xia Hongshen called in a deep voice.

       Immediately after, a radiant light shot toward them like a released arrow. It forcefully pushed Mei Ling back a few steps with its sword energy, falling into Xia Hongshen’s hands. The blossoming cyan light gradually receded, leaving only a sharp-edged bronze sword.

       Xia Hongshen lifted Chunjun and slowly stroked Chunjun’s bronze sword body with his fingers. As if feeling his touch, Chunjun’s sword trembled continuously and made a sword cry, responding to Xia Hongshen’s previous call.

       Xia Hongshen held the hilt of the sword with both hands, pointed at Mei Ling and said, “Can you hear Chunjun’s excited cry? He hadn’t seen blood for a long time. Even if it’s a monster, he can’t hold it back.”

       When he finished speaking, Xia Hongshen raised Chunjun and struck lightly with his sword. Mei Ling suddenly felt the sword energy pressing against her face. Even though she held up Shining Snow to block it, she still took a few steps back before she could stand still. At the same time, to resist the impact, more magic flowed into her body.

       The blade of Shining Snow’s sword was slender, while the bronze sword was inherently heavy. When the Shining Snow hit Chunjun, it suddenly felt strenuous. It was only because Mei Ling constantly had to replenish it with magic power that it could maintain the Shining Snow to be undefeated.

       The Chunjun sword in Xia Hongshen’s hand had a warm and mellow glow, and the sword energy was full of spiritual power. It was better than the Gilded Phoenix Wings. In just a few confrontations, Shining Snow’s magic power was completely suppressed.

       Mei Ling gathered more and more magic power; she suddenly felt her consciousness dispersing. She realised that she was about to be controlled by the demonic energy; perhaps she would already be consumed by it before she could subdue Xia Hongshen.

       In her plan, Chunjun should not have been there. Chunjun was obviously trapped at Cen Le’s place.

       Mei Ling began to hesitate, and her sword moves became a little messy.

       Xia Hongshen knocked Shining Snow away with her sword, but he was not in a hurry to pursue her. He said to Mei Ling, “You want to be the only one in the world. Where will you put your father?”

       Mei Ling said, “Has he ever treated me sincerely? All he cares about is his position!”

       “Ridiculous!” Xia Hongshen rebuked. Chunjun gathered huge spiritual power and slid down tightly against Shining Snow. With a backhand move, Chunjun actually knocked Shining Snow out of Mei Ling’s hand.

       Shining Snow penetrated into the ground and trembled endlessly.

       Xia Hongshen said, “This sword can’t withstand the magic power.”

       Just hearing his assertion, Shining Snow instantly fell apart and turned into tiny crystal fragments.

       Xia Hongshen said: “Shining Snow is a divine weapon. If you infuse it with magic power, it will be unable to bear it sooner or later. Besides, all things have their own spirit. As the master, do you know Shining Snow’s intentions? Is it willing to follow you into the demonic path?”

       Mei Ling looked at the Shining Snow fragments and was stunned for a moment.

       “There’s no need to listen to him talk too much,” however, at that moment, they heard a voice at the same time, and that voice said, “Return Chunjun to me.”

       Immediately afterwards, Cen Le appeared behind Mei Ling. He supported Princess Mei Ling with one hand and said softly, “Princess, please let me come and serve you.”

       Mei Ling raised her hand, and pieces of Shining Snow flew into her palm one after another. She made a fist and put it in her chest.

       Xia Hongshen looked at Cen Le, “Who are you?”

       At this time, Chunjun trembled slightly, and Xia Hongshen heard Chunjun’s voice ringing in her ears and said, “This man is the City God. His name is Cen Le, and he is also the owner of the Demon Market.”

       “City God?” Xia Hongshen said, “You’re the one who stole from me?”

       Cen Le smiled when he heard this, “Why did Lord Immortal say this? Chunjun was originally my sword. In the past, you destroyed my seal and stole Chunjun. It’s time for you to return Chunjun to me.”

       Xia Hongshen’s expression did not change. He lightly stroked the Chunjun sword with his fingers and said, “If you can’t keep it, doesn’t it belong to me? Give it back to you? What a joke.”

       Cen Le responded calmly, “I guessed you wouldn’t willingly return it, so for something that was stolen, I’ll personally retrieve it.”

       Xia Hongshen sneered. He raised Chunjun, pointed it at Cen Le, and said, “Did you hear him answer you?”

       Xia Hongshen said to Cen Le, “Did you hear him answer you?”

       Cen Le said, “Hm?”

       Xia Hongshen raised his sword and struck at Cen Le, “He said you are delusional!”

       Cen Le retreated repeatedly, and Xia Hongshen waved his Chunjun, slashing with the powerful sword energy.

       At this time, Cen Le raised his hand and surrounded Xia Hongshen with many beasts emitting demonic energy from all directions.

       Xia Hongshen turned his wrist and instantly cut the surrounding beasts with Chunjun’s sword energy.

       “It’s useless,” said Cen Le, and he retreated to the surface of the river. “You can’t kill all the demonic beasts irrigated by demonic energy even with all your strength.”

       Xia Hongshen said, “That’s right, so I only need to kill one of you.”

       Cen Le saw Xia Hongshen disregarding the attacks of the demonic beasts and swung Chunjun towards him. Simultaneously, he used the demonic beasts as a shield in front of him and urged them to attack Xia Hongshen from behind. He said, “Do you want to perish together with me?”

       But as soon as he finished asking, the beast that pounced on Xia Hongshen’s back was wrapped around the neck by a silver whip, dragged away, and hit the ground hard.

       Xi Anling held the dragon tip whip in her hand and protected Xia Hongshen behind him. At the same time, she called out in surprise, “Chunjun?”

       Xia Hongshen said, “Stop them!” Then he held Chunjun tightly and chased Cen Le across the river.

       Cen Le waved his hand and summoned a spear to block Chunjun’s attack. At the same time, the demonic beasts appeared one after another and stepped forward to block Xia Hongshen’s attack and bite Xia Hongshen at the same time.

       Xi Anling used his Dragon Tip Whip to block them one by one, preventing the beasts from getting closer to Xia Hongshen.

       Soon, a large number of City God Temple guards came chasing from the river.

       Cen Le shouted, “Take him down for me!”

       But before they could take action, The Lord Magistrate of Yin and Yang Division also shouted loudly, “Don’t do anything!”

       Cen Le and the demonic beasts he bred were both equally full of demonic aura.

       Now, the whole city was overflowing with evil spirits, and it was sealed by the heavenly realm, leaving no way in or out. Originally, the City God should have made the decision in everything, but now the City God had fallen into his own selfish desires, disregarding the safety of the entire city.

       In the dark night sky, lightning and thunder continued. Whenever a demonic beast emerged from the gap, lightning would fall to block it. However, Jade Emperor seemed to be hesitant to make up his mind on what to do with the city, so he could only seal it first to prevent anyone from entering or exiting.

       The guards of the City God’s Temple should not have obeyed the orders of The Lord Magistrate of Yin and Yang Division and ignored the orders of the City God. But then, the judge, Black Bai Wuchang and others came one after another. Now that everyone saw this situation, they all felt that it was unusual.

       The judge stepped forward and said, “Lord City God! Please put the safety of the city first and stop now!”

       Cen Le naturally shouldn’t do it.

       Xia Hongshen said loudly, “You City God is the mastermind colluding with the demonic realm. It’s best for you to sever ties with them quickly. When the time for reckoning comes, don’t let yourselves be implicated by them!”

       The City God’s group of guards suddenly didn’t know what to do. They are just a group of small officials in the underworld, and they definitely didn’t dare to go against the underworld for the City God’s sake, let alone the heaven.

       Black Bai Wuchang stood beside the magistrate and The Lord Magistrate of Yin and Yang Division and asked, “What should I do?”

       The Lord Magistrate of Yin and Yang Division said, “Be calm and don’t be impatient. Send someone quickly to inform the underworld. The underworld will make the decision.”

       Everyone here was hesitant, but Xia Hongshen slashed hard with Chunjun in his hand. The river immediately split into two halves, and water mist splashed everywhere.

       Cen Le gradually lost the ability to fight back, and he laughed wildly, “As long as the demonic energy here remains, you will never be able to defeat me! I am different from Mei Ling. I am not afraid of becoming a demon. As long as I can get Chunjun back, what does it matter if I become a demon?”

       Xia Hongshen said, “Oh? You don’t think that I have a way to get rid of the devil?”

       Cen Le looked at him, “Even the Heavenly Lords remain indifferent. What can you do on your own?”

       Xia Hongshen raised his head, looked at the dark sky above his head, and said, “If He doesn’t want to take action, I will just force him to take action.”

       After saying this, Xia Hongshen held Chunjun tightly, jumped up high, and flew straight into the clouds.

       Cen Le was stunned for a moment. He saw Xia Hongshen lifting Chunjun above his head, gathering all his spiritual power, and slashing down into the void. He suddenly realised that Xia Hongshen was actually trying to use Chunjun’s power to split the boundary the Jade Emperor had left behind.

       Lightning flashed all of a sudden, and the whole city was illuminated like daylight. A gap was opened in Jade Emperor’s seal, and strong winds swept through it. Even the river in the city centre was churning as if an earthquake had shaken the mountains and floods had erupted.

       Yun Po still had time to send a text message to Xia Hongshen, saying, “Thank you!”

       It was a pity that even Xi Anling couldn’t take the time to reply to him.

       Yun Po led hundreds of monks from the temple into the city, chanting Buddhist mantras and washing away the evil spirits.

       Once the seal was broken, the Heavenly realm could no longer sit back and let the evil spread.

       At this time, if an ordinary person looked into the sky from the window, they would notice that besides the lightning and thunder, there were lights flashing in the sky and then falling to the ground, but they couldn’t see clearly what they were.

       That was when a large number of heavenly soldiers and generals descended from the heavenly realm. While sealing the gaps in the demon world, they wanted to capture Mei Ling and Cen Le back to the heavenly realm.

       Seeing Cen Le being surrounded by the heavenly generals, and the demonic beast being expelled by the heavenly generals, Xia Hongshen stood still and loosened the hand that had been holding Chunjun tightly.

       Song Jun appeared next to him and called, “Master.”

       Xia Hongshen turned to look at him and said, “Do you remember?”

       Song Jun nodded slightly.

       Xia Hongshen said, “You should call me Senior Brother; I’m used to hearing it.”

       Song Jun heard this and responded, “Okay, Senior Brother Xia.”

       Xia Hongshen hugged Song Jun a little tiredly, rested his head on his shoulder, and rubbed it for a while.

       Song Jun lowered his gaze but couldn’t help but blush slightly on his cheeks.

       At this time, a heavenly general came over and saluted, “Lord Immortal, Jade Emperor asks you to go back and see him.”

       Xia Hongshen responded, “Wait a moment, I will go back with you.”

       He handed the Gilded Phoenix Wings to Long Xing and Xi Anling, who came later and went to Yun Po himself to explain the situation of the city to him.

       “You’re going back to the Heavenly Realm?” Yun Po asked.

       Xia Hongshen nodded, “Although the Heavenly General is sealing the gaps in the demon world, there is still a lot of demonic energy remaining in the city, so I have to trouble you.”

       Yun Po looked at him and suddenly sighed, “You old monster, after living in the mortal realm for so long, have you developed feelings for humans?”

       Hearing this, Xia Hongshen raised his head, looked at the sky and said, “The human world is originally a place where humans and monsters coexist. It’s a pity that the heavens don’t cherish it, but I still do.”

       Yun Po also felt a little emotional for a moment, nodded, and then said, “Okay, leave it to me, but you should settle the bill with me before you leave.”

       Xia Hongshen patted him on the shoulder and said, “Go ahead and write it down. I’ll pay it back when I have the money.”

       Yun Po suddenly said angrily, “When will you have money?”

       Xia Hongshen smiled and said nothing, waved to Yun Po, and turned back to Song Jun and the others.

       However, Cen Le was besieged by the heavenly generals and wanted to fight to the death. He gathered a large amount of magic power around him and wanted to use the magic power to kill the heavenly generals. Seeing this from a distance, Song Jun gathered his sword energy and slashed at the magic power around Cen Le, scattering the magic power so that he could not gather it.

       Cen Le stopped and looked at Song Jun, “Do you really not care about our old friendship at all?”

       Song Jun said to Cen Le, “I have completely forgotten what you looked like in the past. So what friendship is there?”

       Cen Le closed his eyes, allowing the Heavenly General’s large blade to rest against his neck. He sighed and said, “Back then, I should have taken you away. As long as you don’t recover your memories, you won’t be like this again today.”

       Song Jun asked, “You are the one who locked my soul in the Soul-Suppressing Pagoda?”

       Cen Le didn’t say anything and just sighed.

       Song Jun said softly, “Even if I don’t recover my memory, I won’t leave with you.” He pointed to his chest, “I’m not a cold weapon. I have a soul.”

       Princess Mei Ling still held the pieces of Shining Snow in her hand, and when the generals attacked her, she said, “Don’t come near me. I’ll go back with you.”

       She looked in the direction of Xia Hongshen from a distance and thought, in the end, she had underestimated him.

       Mei Ling and Cen Le were escorted back to the heavenly realm. The two heavenly generals were still waiting for Xia Hongshen, asking him to return with them.

       When Xia Hongshen returned, Long Xing and Song Jun were checking Feng Junyuan’s injury. He squatted down, looked at Feng Junyuan lying in Long Xing’s arms, and asked, “Are you okay?”

       Feng Junyuan shook his head.

       Song Jun said, “Demonic energy seeping in, but it’s nothing serious.”

       Xia Hongshen reached out and touched Feng Junyuan’s head and then said, “Come back to the heavenly realm with me, and I will find someone to help you remove the demonic energy.”

       Feng Junyuan nodded and turned into a small golden hairpin in Xia Hongshen’s hands, which he put into his pocket.

       Song Jun stood up, following Xia Hongshen, and asked, “Are you going to go back?”

       From the bottom of his heart, Song Jun was not too willing to return to that place.

       Chunjun in the previous life and Song Jun in this life were actually more like two people regardless of personality and experience. But once they were merged together, the one who had the upper hand was the life and memory that had lasted for thousands of years.

       And Song Jun couldn’t help but panic sometimes. He felt that the current Song Jun would be completely swallowed up.

       However, didn’t the fact that he still felt panic indicates that Song Jun was still present? This short experience of more than 20 years has shaken him despite his millennia-long lifespan.

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